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Is the Obama campaign sending the law after critics?
The Examiner ^ | 9/25/2008 | J.D. Tuccille

Posted on 09/26/2008 6:05:24 PM PDT by markomalley

Have I gone insane, or is KMOV in St. Louis, Missouri, actually reporting that "Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad during the presidential campaign"?

The report goes on to say that "prosecutors and sheriffs from across Missouri are joining something called the Barack Obama truth squad."

A video of the news broadcast can be found here.

Look, politicians are all about lies. It may be annoying (I find it entertaining), but that's for their opponents and good-government groups to counter -- not law enforcement. That's especially true since whether or not criticism is "misleading" is open to debate. What's being said may be simply a different interpretation, a bit of spin -- or a better version of the truth than candidates and their friends like.

Even if the officeholders joining the "truth squad" are nominally stepping out of their official roles in order to put on their (political) party hats and play politics, it's inappropriate. They wield too much power to use it to wag their fingers at people who say un-nice things about political hopefuls. Prosecutors and sheriffs are, after all, normally thought of as people with the clout to put their targets behind bars.

Somebody, please drop me a note to tell me that the station has it all wrong.

By the way, if the report is accurate, it fits all too well with the legal threats the Democratic candidate's campaign is leveling against TV stations that run NRA ads critical of Barack Obama. John Lott, a noted economist and firearms scholar, has copies of the Obama campaign's cease-and-desist letters on his Website. He also defends the content of the ads (emphasizing the debatable nature of "misleading.")


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: 2008; alinsky; banglist; brownshirts; censorship; democrats; electionads; elections; mo2008; nobama08; obamabiden; obamabrownshirts; obamatruthsquad; thoughtcrime; thugbama; totalitarianism

1 posted on 09/26/2008 6:05:25 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Das Fuhrer Obama always speaks the truth!


2 posted on 09/26/2008 6:12:23 PM PDT by Rodm (Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings)
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To: markomalley

bump.


3 posted on 09/26/2008 6:17:35 PM PDT by lmr (NOBAMA '08!)
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To: Rodm
this is frightening and extremely upsetting....

is no one paying attention?...

where is Rush?..Hannity?....where is Beck and where is BOR!

4 posted on 09/26/2008 6:18:44 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Rodm

“I for one welcome our new Muslim overlord”

-Kent Brockman


5 posted on 09/26/2008 6:23:00 PM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: markomalley

The Brown Shirts are becoming Official. It is getting to be less funny.


6 posted on 09/26/2008 6:26:58 PM PDT by arthurus (Old age and guile beats youth and enthusiasm.)
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To: markomalley

Arrest Obama. He seldom tells the truth.


7 posted on 09/26/2008 6:26:58 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: markomalley

Obama is a natural born totalitarian.


8 posted on 09/26/2008 6:29:46 PM PDT by devere
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To: markomalley

Saul Alinsky tactics.


9 posted on 09/26/2008 6:42:47 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: markomalley

It’s Barack Obama—”in your faces”. Between this, the WGN incident, the Obama camp asking stations to remove an NRA ad critical of him, and threatening the licenses of television stations who aired a commercial linking him with Ayers, it’s all part of a very disturbing trend.


10 posted on 09/26/2008 6:42:54 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: cherry

I’ve heard both Rush and Hannity on this issue, bigger question is WHERE ARE WE?? We need to push back, question those people, see if there are contact points which there are.

“Missouri Law Enforcement”? What’s that? State police, DAs, CAs, local police, which? Need some more specifics, what “instrument” do they have in hand, what legal document, what court order, which court?

I’ve been in that business a long time, those people are not untouchable, many operate under the “color of law” an assumption that gets many of them in hot water, especially without true authority backing up their demands.

Remember the old hippie slogan “Question Authority”? That goes both ways, for conservatives as well as hippies.


11 posted on 09/26/2008 6:48:24 PM PDT by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: markomalley

Just wait: If Der Fuhrer Baraq Hussein mohammed 0bama takes office,this will be common practice.


12 posted on 09/26/2008 7:16:32 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Just your average "Whitey" - bitterly clinging to my guns and religion.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Then some will learn the tactics of insurgency...


13 posted on 09/26/2008 7:29:55 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: markomalley

liberal fascism.


14 posted on 09/26/2008 7:33:00 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: markomalley

I am seriously starting to lose it. This guy is pure evil.


15 posted on 09/26/2008 7:45:38 PM PDT by Misschuck
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To: markomalley

Are the jackboots standard issue or do they come in the package with the brown shirts?


16 posted on 09/26/2008 7:54:41 PM PDT by constitutiongirl (We will not go quietly into the night...we will fight to save our Republic.)
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To: markomalley

Did somebody say Schutzstaffel?


17 posted on 09/26/2008 8:10:22 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: markomalley

Did somebody say Schutzstaffel?


18 posted on 09/26/2008 8:11:43 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: markomalley

OK - take a deep breath. In, out.

Better?

It’s St Louis (a cesspit to be sure, for the most part)

Who? St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch. What? - they are threatening to bring libel charges against those who speak out falsely against Barack Obama.

(No, they are not, they are as white as you - no, really!)
NO - go to the KMOV website, the have the photos up.

Deranged - likely. A threat, no.

Put away the AKs, put down the torchs and pitchforks.

Just make sure that when they come up for re-election, they end up un-employed.

ASOC out!


19 posted on 09/26/2008 8:18:51 PM PDT by ASOC (Have a nice day, just don't have it around me (bumper sticker))
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To: markomalley

Get an anti bumper sticker and drive by the police sta. a lot. Get a ticket or arrested and sue hell outa em. Money will come in handy during this recession.


20 posted on 09/26/2008 8:19:09 PM PDT by Waco ( G00d bye 0'bomber)
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To: markomalley

Remember that scrawny little wise-ass kid in Junior High who always ran to the Principal’s office whenever anyone actually challenged him to a real fight? It appears he went to Harvard and is now the Democratic Party’s candidate for President. What a pussy.


21 posted on 09/26/2008 8:20:34 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Taxation is to patriotism as insubordination is to disclipline.)
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To: markomalley

Obama’s little “Chicago Communist Mob” group was able to force his opponents off the ticket in Illinois fairly easily. NOW, they’re up against the entire Country, not just one little State. It isn’t easy to coerce an entire Country that’s not already totalitarian to back off and allow “the one” to be “the only one” on the ticket.

Obama wants to win the election, I’m not sure he really understands what it means to be President. It’s not like being the 12th Caliph, King of the Realm. I really do not think he actually knows what a President really does.

Maybe John McCain could ask him.


22 posted on 09/26/2008 8:36:44 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (CEO's are only worth $400,000 a year! They shouldn't get paid more than the POTUS!)
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To: markomalley

Just watched the kmov video about this.

It enforces my resolve against all things obama.


23 posted on 09/26/2008 8:37:16 PM PDT by new cruelty (I don't want my daughters punished with obama.)
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To: markomalley

Imagine what life would be like under Prez 0bama. Free Republic shut down. Members blacklisted. Maybe re-educated. Think it can’t happen?


24 posted on 09/26/2008 8:39:47 PM PDT by informavoracious (The Other Guy Blinked)
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To: markomalley

unf@cking believable!!! These tools literally are appearing in media stories promising to prosecute people who disagree with Obama.

No mention of lies about McCain huh???


25 posted on 09/26/2008 8:44:36 PM PDT by bpjam (If an enemy chooses you as his executioner, don't be rude by refusing.)
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To: new cruelty

I watched the KMOX video. My take is that these two politicians are in the tank for Obama and are IMPLYING that their self-appointed role of truth squad carries the force of law. It doesn’t. These are just two politicians who are trying to bluff people. If they really were to try to charge people it would be a clear abuse of power and office.

It reminds me of all the anti-gun police chiefs. They believe that people will assume that their office lends some credibility to their positions.

It’s quite shameful really.


26 posted on 09/26/2008 8:47:30 PM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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To: markomalley

Hopefully the American people see a glimpse of what a Muslim president acts like. Or do they even care?


27 posted on 09/26/2008 10:44:14 PM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: ASOC
baloney...this is blatant violation of freedom of speech and if somebody doesn't handle this, it will become the unquestioned tradition, just like hacking private emails, or having certain churches carry on politicking while other churches get their tax exemption pulled...

its the weekend....but I better be seeing Hannity and Rush and Bor and all of them attacking this loudly .....we need a national outrage and an national response.....

fight fire with fire.....

28 posted on 09/26/2008 10:46:13 PM PDT by cherry
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To: stranger and pilgrim
just stop this nonsense....stop seeing good where there is evil....

it doesn't matter if they actually act on what they are saying..

.THEY ARE INTIMIDATING CITIZENS WITH THE FORCE OF THEIR OFFICE TO PROTECT THEIR ONE CANDIDATE....

this is fascist......pure and simple.....

I see we have the boot lickers trying to calm us down though....

29 posted on 09/26/2008 10:50:46 PM PDT by cherry
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To: ClaudiusI

“Did somebody say Schutzstaffel?”

They also mentioned the “Final Solution”. It is not Obama who is frightening, it is the lawyers and cops who blindly follow him and allow him to get away with it. Shades of Naziism and Communism. “Kristallnacht” will not be far off.


30 posted on 09/26/2008 10:53:46 PM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: markomalley

I watched the news cast on video. I can’t beleive it wasn’t a satire... And said with a stright face! And that the sheriff was joining the group???


31 posted on 09/27/2008 5:43:28 AM PDT by Libertina (Sarah Palin for VP - not because she is a woman, but for the woman she is!)
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To: Brilliant

Precisely. OF course no mention of them going after ALL lies, just ones they perceive are against Obama. Hello, are any American citizens home? Wake up!


32 posted on 09/27/2008 5:45:53 AM PDT by Libertina (Sarah Palin for VP - not because she is a woman, but for the woman she is!)
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To: ASOC
A threat yes. That anyone could utter this openly is a threat. How do you think Germany got to its point in history? One little step at at time. Have you checked out Canada lately with their up and running "hate crimes" tribunals?
33 posted on 09/27/2008 5:49:02 AM PDT by Libertina (Sarah Palin for VP - not because she is a woman, but for the woman she is!)
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To: cherry

An exclamation point on everything in your post! BUMP


34 posted on 09/27/2008 5:50:31 AM PDT by Libertina (Sarah Palin for VP - not because she is a woman, but for the woman she is!)
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To: 353FMG
They also mentioned the “Final Solution”. It is not Obama who is frightening, it is the lawyers and cops who blindly follow him and allow him to get away with it. Shades of Naziism and Communism. “Kristallnacht” will not be far off.

But Jews will go for Osama in overwhelming numbers. Go figure.

35 posted on 09/27/2008 9:32:47 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: Steely Tom

They are intelligent lemmings but logic seems to be lacking.


36 posted on 09/27/2008 10:37:55 AM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: informavoracious
Free Republic shut down. Members blacklisted. Maybe re-educated. Think it can’t happen?

Nope. The US would go the way of the USSR instead, the second Illinois lawyer having undone completely the work of the first.

37 posted on 09/27/2008 11:31:27 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: markomalley

Chavez, Stalin, Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Kim Jong-il, Obama....


38 posted on 09/27/2008 1:54:23 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: markomalley

To Obama any opinion that is in disagreement with his is labled as Lies, Hate speech, Racist. America is dying while we watch. TAKE ACTION.


39 posted on 09/27/2008 3:12:14 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (America is dying your choice is to stand and fight or cut and run.)
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To: markomalley

Obama is green. Oops, did I say that out loud? Good thing I live in Michigan. Wait, someone just pulled into the driv...


40 posted on 09/27/2008 3:16:31 PM PDT by JPII Be Not Afraid (McCain/Palin 08)
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