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The “Wonderful Young Pastor” Otis Moss

This is Otis Moss’s Easter Sunday rant sermon:


Here’s another memorable Moss sermon:

Obama’s Remarks on Wright,” New York Times, April 29, 2008:

Q: I remember after the story — when the story immediately broke, Trinity Church — the current pastor kind of defended Reverend Wright.

I’m wondering — I don’t know how they reacted to the latest, but I’m wondering if you continue planning on attending Trinity.

SEN. OBAMA: Well, you know, the new pastor — the young pastor, Reverend Otis Moss, is a wonderful young pastor.

And as I said, I still very much value the Trinity community.

This — I’ll be honest, this obviously has put strains on that relationship, not because of the members or because of Reverend Moss but because this has become such a spectacle.

Update: Readers have e-mailed me that the videos aren’t available. They work for me. Keep trying. Or click here.

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Barack Obama, from his March 2008 Philadelphia speech on race:

“I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.”

Barack Obama’s JUDGMENT was that Jeremiah Wright was his “close spiritual adviser” for 20 years until the media bought the CDs of Wright’s sermons, for sale publicly, and simply played excerpts from the sermons that Wright himself and his church had CHOSEN for inclusion on those for-profit CDs.

Barack Obama’s JUDGMENT is that the character and abilities of the new pastor Otis Moss are such that he will continue to be a member of Trinity. Well, that’ll last until the media more widely plays the videos of THOSE sermons — and quite possibly more videos we haven’t seen yet — and then undoubtedly Obama will do another fast backtrack.

Larry Johnson had a great conversation with his own former pastor of many years recently, and wrote about the talk in his story here, “What Would Tip O’Neill Do About Barack’s Pastors?” That retired pastor told Larry a story about a truly WISE politician, who KNEW what to do:

Too bad Tip O’Neill is dead, because Barack Obama could benefit from his wisdom. I had a conversation last night with my pastor, a man named Calvin. He is like Jeremiah Wright in only one aspect–he has retired from his official duties. Unlike Wright, I have never heard a hateful, vile, or racist rant from him and he continues working to touch the lives of people.

As we discussed the Wright rant, my former pastor recounted the words of Tip O’Neill, the former Speaker of the House, as they played golf twenty years ago. The subject was the role of pastors in speaking out on hot political topics. Tip told Cal:

Politicians need to learn an important skill. If you are hearing things that go against your values you get up and walk out.

The common sense of Tip O’Neill is sorely lacking in the life and campaign of Barack Obama. Most Americans have already seen clips of Wright’s racist and hateful rants. But he’s not the only religious adviser close to Barack with a knack for intemperate comments. Consider the following gentlemen.

“If you are hearing things that go against your values you get up and walk out.”

Can it get any simpler than that?

Obama can hold a press conference every day from now until June, and it won’t erase the KNOWLEDGE that people NOW have about him: That he sat in those pews for 20 years and heard the same narcassistic, hate-filled, anti-American “bull” from Jeremiah Wright that we were all subjected to on our television sets from Friday through Monday morning.

In “When it suits his all-consuming political ambitions, at the time …,” I wrote:

[W]hen it suited his political “aspirations” in 2004 during his U.S. Senate runObama couldn’t get close enough to Rev. Wright and his church. From the Chicago Sun-Times, April 5, 2004:

These days, he says, he attends the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Trinity in the Brainerd neighborhood every week — or at least as many weeks as he is able. His pastor, Wright, has become a close confidant.

Obama can’t unring this bell.

Obama can’t deny knowing that his own church sold the now-infamous Wright sermons on CDs to make money.

Obama can’t deny having seen and/or read the church’s bulletins, full of anti-American writings.

Obama can’t deny having been married by Wright or having his two beautiful little girls baptized by Wright.

Obama can’t deny who he is: An opportunistic politician who can’t get close enough to someone like Wright when it helps, and who can’t run fast enough when it most certainly doesn’t help.

And Obama can’t lessen Wright’s impact by pointing to that “wonderful” new pastor because — thank god — we have tapes these days. We have YouTube these days. And we can see that that “wonderful” new pastor, Otis Moss, is preaching the same divisive, racist rhetoric that Wright did.

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Afterthought: It is heartening that few of America’s predominantly black churches preach racist hate and separatism, according to NPR’s Juan Williams.

It is therefore all the more disturbing that Obama chose one of the small minority of churches that used hate, distrust of whites, and anti-Americanism to rev up its parishioners.

Obama probably wouldn’t have gotten the visibility — and the aid to his all-consuming political ambition — had he attended one of the more progressive, and probably smaller and less influential, black churches. But he would have been able, during this presidential race, to present himself as someone who, as Tip O’Neill did, got up and walked out, and instead sought a more mentally healthy atmosphere in which to worship.

It is, however, very worrisome to me that such churches exist and make boatloads of money from selling such hate. Their more impressionable parishioners can be forever affected, scarred, and wrongly influenced by such racist speech.

But this is a free country. No matter what Jeremiah Wright — and many of his parishioners, including ____ ? — may think of it. And they are free to preach their hate speech.

Maybe it’s not such a bad country after all.

  • pastor mbowa vicent

    hello i greet you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Am a youth pastor in Uganda based in Kampala doing the work of christ. I have served in that capacity for quite some time and i have seenthe work of the Lord he has done in our communityto change livesthrough miracles.I am now writing to you to request you to join hands with us to further this ministry.
    We are running a full schedule in our ministry to help trnsform the youths through biblical teachings.We have been able to do so in the home of the church, street activities to help the children on the streets and also to start up simple projects that can keep them occupied in God’s work life.
    Am requesting to be brief at the moment and hope that we shall hear from you very soon and also pray that the Almighty bless you inthe ministry in which we all serve for the true future of God’s kingdom. churchonrock@live.com
    In God’s work

    Pastor mbowa vicent

  • truelibertyspirit

    Do not be fooled by pretty speeches people. Racism is bad; every man is created equal; treat others as you’d like to be treated… well pardon me but DUH! But if you don’t mean if from every angle; then you’re a liar. If you prefer your own race to that of others, you’re a racist.

    Otis Moss is seen in the abominable “soundbytes” of Jeremiah Wright as he spews his poisonous venom of hatred in the PULPIT of a supposed church called Trinity United. What is Otis Moss doing in these video clips? Why, he’s showing his full support of the WACKO and undeniably racist doctrines of the former pastor Jeremiah Wright. Here are the facts:

    Jeremiah Wright is a racist hypocrite and obviously INSANE.

    Otis Moss is more of the same. That’s right; I mean Otis Moss, the new pastor, has to be racist and I’m sure we’ll learn he’s also insane and a hypocrite with time.

    Barack Obama as well as ANYONE else who attends that church for any length of time is either absolutely brain-dead or is a racist…. and probably insane as well Either of which makes him unfit for any elected position. The fact that Barack Obama has decided to continue to attend Trinity United under the leadership of Otis Moss shows that he is very dedicated to his racism and he also thinks that the American people are so stupid that they will elect him despite his attending that so-called church.

    The sad thing is that he may be right. The American people are so tired of corrupt government that they want change and want to believe in a young candidate for change so badly that they will overlook such obvious warning signs of the man already having been corrupted…. or being a kook! But TWENTY years in attendance of Trinity United is enough to question the man’s motives people!!!!

    I’m still waiting for a proper presidential candidate… and something tells me I’m going to be disappointed. I used to pray for America. Now, I don’t know if I even should anymore.

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  • Jeff

    moving to latest thread…

  • anna shane

    I”m thinking he’s truly detached from real issues. He claims he didn’t vet his pastor but he had no trouble saying he’s been vetted and Hillary has higher negatives (for sure, since he’s been driving them up as much as possible). Fortunately we learn how little we know about him before he’s got it locked up. It’s up to our super’s to save the GE, will they do it?

  • Jeff

    News Flash to No Quarter:

    Black people like rap music.

    • Amanda

      Jeff, even Oprah, Cosby and many others have denounced many “rap artists” and their lyrics, or what you call “the popular culture of the community.”

  • rjj

    I really miss Heritage USA with Jim and Tammy Bakker.

    Also Kathryn Kuhlman.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocW5ovSXpZw&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jS_1EUwHVU&feature=related

    And I genuinely like Joyce Meyer.

    But a non-Cracker-American might not appreciate them.

  • Jeff
    • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

      The propaganda war consisting of announcing awaiting SDs in the pocket continues…

      And you posting it here after the attempt to spin the Moss issue. I have to thank you, interacting with you finally made me realize something I just posted:

      The bottom line here is this church is not mainstream America and mainstream America won’t elect its most highly visible church member Obama.

      Funny thing about blogging, one’s adversaries often lead you to the truth.

      I sincerely thank you.

  • beebop

    I won’t be changing my religious affiliation any time in the near future.

    • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

      Yeah, that makes sense.

  • Jeff

    Rev. Otis Moss paraphrased a popular Ice Cube as a joke in a sermon. When’s the trial scheduled?

    • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

      Obviously you don’t have a problem with the joke. But other people are not obviously you. I did not perceive it as a joke and even if he did intend it to be a joke it is always wise to be careful what one jokes about.

      The trial “joke” reference you make and its implications: If you are going to go that route, why hold back? Why not call us a lynch mob?

      We’ll see if Moss hurts Obama. Reality is always a better judge than speculation.

      • Jeff

        “The trial “joke” reference you make and its implications: If you are going to go that route, why hold back? Why not call us a lynch mob?”

        You went there, not me. I do think it’s really weird that Susan posted a lengthy sermon of Otis Moss’ that contains not one controversial or offensive statement, and insinuates in her lede that he’s just like Jeremiah Wright. He’s simply not, and the video actually proves that, if you bother to watch it.

        • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

          You went there, not me.

          I did, because that’s where it looked like to me you went.

          • Jeff

            “I did, because that’s where it looked like to me you went.”

            Since a lynching by definition is exclusive of a trial, you invented the rest in your head.

            • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

              You were using an analogy. I used a stronger one. I understand the technical difference between a lynching and a trial. So we don’t get lost on what I meant:

              You implied we want a “trial” of Moss for sharing his heartfelt views. I was suggesting, why hold back? Suggest something even stronger like a lynching or whatever. Maybe I should have picked another example or I was not clear enough to you.

              The “subtle” use of remarks like the “trial” are noticed by me. I see why they are used. That’s my point more than anything else.

              By the way I fully support Moss’s right to preach in any way he chooses. To suggest we want a “trial” because we are talking about him is your right. But I find it unfair and a misdirection. You may have the final word now if you wish.

              • Jeff

                “To suggest we want a “trial” because we are talking about him is your right.”

                People at No Quarter are not merely “talking about” Otis Moss. Susan wrote the following in her blog entry, which kicked this whole discussion off:

                “Barack Obama’s JUDGMENT is that the character and abilities of the new pastor Otis Moss are such that he will continue to be a member of Trinity. Well, that’ll last until the media more widely plays the videos of THOSE sermons — and quite possibly more videos we haven’t seen yet — and then undoubtedly Obama will do another fast backtrack.”

                So obviously, No Quarter thinks there’s something so offensive in Moss’s sermons that Obama will have to backtrack on his relationship with Moss, too. So it’s fair for me to point out that No Quarter is therefore rendering critical judgment on Moss, much the way it renders critical judgment on pretty much any figure who has ever associated with Obama anywhere, anytime. And it was that ridiculous statement by Susan, and the gasping by the commenters here, over Moss’s mere paraphrasing of an Ice Cube lyric, that caused me to jokingly ask “when’s the trial”. That’s all.

            • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

              Since a lynching by definition is exclusive of a trial, you invented the rest in your head.

              I just thought of something: a lynching is a punishment without a trial, but a trial does have a punishment. I think they way I originally challenged you is entirely fair. Well Jeff, we agree to disagree then.

              • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

                (potential) punishment that is, if found guilty.

              • beebop

                No, it takes two reasonable people to agree to anything … even disagree.

                You’re only batting .500 in this discussion with Jeff.

              • Jeff

                “I just thought of something: a lynching is a punishment without a trial, but a trial does have a punishment. I think they way I originally challenged you is entirely fair.”

                A trial doesn’t end with a lynching. So, no, it doesn’t fit.

        • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

          if you bother to watch it.

          I did, the sermon makes a reference to a song and that is the point.

        • beebop

          Have you gone to many church services that quote rap artists?

          • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

            You have to admire the zeal in which the trolls try to spin everything. The bottom line here is this church is not mainstream America and mainstream America won’t elect its most highly visible church member Obama.

            Funny thing about blogging, one’s adversaries often lead you to the truth.

            • Mike B

              To me, this is precisely the point. I couldn’t agree more.

              • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

                Sometimes it takes time to cut through the troll noise. Some of them are very good at misdirection. We have to stay on our toes. I think it helps to find the core theme of a post and mentally prepare to no let the trolls divert us from the core truth we see. I’m new to blogging so I appreciate everyone’s help, including the trolls, some of which might end up on our side eventually.

          • Jeff

            “Have you gone to many church services that quote rap artists?”

            Have you gone to church services that reference the popular culture of the community? Um, I sure have.

  • Jeff

    I have no idea why these videos of Otis Moss were posted, or what point was being made by posting them. Has anyone here actually watched them? There is nothing offensive or controversial in them at all. Nothing. Try finding someone else to scapegoat and character assassinate. This is pathetic.

    • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

      As I stated previously:

      There is a reference in that sermon to a song. Listen to the song then you should see the point clearly.

      If you don’t see the point, that’s fine. We agree to disagree.

  • ginamc

    Susan — great article.
    Can you, Larry, Uppity or any of the contributors get a gig, just for one evening… I’m not asking much… on any and/or all of the evening cable shows? Please. Just set these guys straight once and for all. I’d love to hear any of you debate these points. Hell, sign me up. I debate regularly with these bozos every night in front of my T.V., and I do a pretty good job.:) Seriously though, let’s get some new perspective on the cable/satellite airwaves. I’ve had enough of the lies, lies, lies in the spin, spin, spin zone.

  • Ellen Tenn

    The video where Rev Moss says that he wishes he could say it like Ice Cube is scary. It really makes me mad/sad that this is what is being preached in many churches.

    • Jeff

      “The video where Rev Moss says that he wishes he could say it like Ice Cube is scary.”

      Get a grip. There is nothing “scary” or offensive going on in those videos at all.

      Rev. Wright’s comments, sure–I see why people are offended. I was offended by many (though not all) of them myself. But Otis Moss? Come on. Anyone who is intimidated or offended by that guy is in the grip of an irrational white panic.

      • beebop

        Are you know the fucking thought police?

        People are entitled to an opinion here in America, right?

        Take you thug mug and hit the road asshole.

        • Jeff

          “People are entitled to an opinion here in America, right?

          Take you thug mug and hit the road asshole.”

          It never ceases to amaze how reflexively an idiot like you contradicts themselves. I have an opinion, too, genius.

          • beebop

            Get a grip. There is nothing “scary” or offensive going on in those videos at all

            When you come here and tell people that there nothing wrong with Otis Moss (and, previously with Jerry Wright), you are being disengenuous. If Barack Obama didn’t believe that he needed to provide “context” to a white voter he wouldn’t be spending more time talking about his religious affiliation that he talks about his policies …

            • Jeff

              “When you come here and tell people that there nothing wrong with Otis Moss (and, previously with Jerry Wright), you are being disengenuous.”

              How am I being disingenuous? I certainly haven’t “come here” and said there’s “nothing wrong with Jerry Wright”, but hell yeah, I am saying there’s nothing wrong with Otis Moss, as far as we can glean from the sermon video Susan posted.

              • beebop

                You conveniently dropped the remainder of my thought …

                Why then does Obama find it totally necessary to put the Trinity in context? He sees that it is no more like the average American’s church, otherwise he wouldn’t (hopefully) go on and on and on …

                • Jeff

                  “Why then does Obama find it totally necessary to put the Trinity in context?”

                  Because the vast majority of white America has never been to a black church. But that’s pretty basic, isn’t it?

            • Anna

              This blog looks like the Daily Kos. No room to challenge without being attacked. Pathetic

      • workingclass artist

        Jeff….LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND BLACK SEPARATISM ARE NOT COMPATIBLE TO AN ENLIGHTENED AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY.

        • Jeff

          workingclass…I CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS, TOO. WHAT DO “LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND BLACK SEPARATISM” HAVE TO DO WITH OTIS MOSS MAKING A JOKE?

          • workingclass artist

            Well Moss uses the language that is common usage with the doctrinal foundation that Wright established.
            Just because you change the preacher don’t mean you change the message. By the way I use caps for emphasis because I’m a dork who fucks up and get lost trying to navigate bold…No offense meant….chuckle…

      • workingclass artist

        Jeff….LIBERATION THEOLOGY IS SCARY….UNLESS YOU ARE A MARXIST.

        • Jeff

          Here’s some Wellbutrin to treat your white panic.

          • workingclass artist

            Jeff….Would attending a KKK rally or a neo nazi birthday for Adolf party induce mild feelings in you…..I’m Catholic and a cracker so I’d be a target at Wrights church and the KKK and the the nazis….
            Fascism is what it is….There is no defense….Nuff said…

            • Jeff

              “I’m Catholic and a cracker so I’d be a target at Wrights church and the KKK and the the nazis….”

              Even though Trinity has white parishioners…

              • beebop

                Why is it so difficult to spot them in the congregation? Just a civil question …

  • http://parsingwords.blogspot.com cjbardy

    I’ve got to say, even though I come from an entirely different cultural place (Jewish female from the northeast and a Clinton supporter to boot) but I didn’t see anything hateful or inappropriate in Otis Moss’ sermon. Just because the style was different, and he was speaking the vernacular of his congregation, doesn’t make it bad or wrong, just different. He appears to me, in fact, to be a responsible and very effective preacher.

    Wright was wrong, no doubt about that, but from the videos you have shown, Otis Moss is not.

    Lets be careful on the things we pick on and publicize lest we be guilty of the same behaviors we criticize in many of the Obama supporters.

    • ginamc

      cj– I wholeheartedly agree with what you are saying in general. However, I do not believe that the values of the Church are mutually exlusive of Jeremiah Wright. I think that they are the values of the entire Church at Trinity, as a whole. If that were not the case, there wouldn’t be that many congregants left at Trinity after Wright left. I also believe that Moss has just switched places with Wright, a younger version. Wright may be gone, but what he represents, his core values have remained. There is a theme of victimization and oppression running throughout that Church that is inherrently unhealthy and at times, racist.

    • ginamc

      cj– I don’t agree with what you are saying. My fiance is Black and his father is a Pastor of his Church — the themes of Moss/Trinity/Wright are not the themes that I have heard at his Church or any of the othe myriad of Black Churches I’ve attended many times before. They are not, as the defenders of Trinity would say, indicative of the “Black Church” because they are antithical to Wright’s Church. IMHO — the majority of Black Churches in America are NOT like Wright’s Church.

      I do not believe that the values of Trinity Church are mutually exclusive of Jeremiah Wright. I think that they are the values of the entire Church at Trinity, as a whole — they are one in the same. And, if one’s values are not in line with Wright’s, then they would not have attended his Church. If that were not the case, there wouldn’t be that many congregants left at Trinity after Wright left.

      I also believe that Moss has just switched places with Wright, a younger version. Wright may be gone, but what he represents, his core values have remained. There is a theme of victimization and oppression running throughout that Church — which with the right leader may be constructive if the anger is channeled in a REAL Christian way. However, there is also a covert, and sometimes overt attitude that is inherrently unhealthy and at times, racist. As Susan said:
      “Obama can’t deny knowing that his own church sold the now-infamous Wright sermons on CDs to make money.”

      This is sad but true. As a Latina, living and working in the inner city. I know precisely what Wright was speaking about. However, it was how the message was delivered — loaded with racist anger and indignation towards the rich, powerful Whites, Jews, Romans, etc. We have choices. We choose either to stay angry and imprisoned by this mentality or we choose not to. Obviously, Obama chose to stay for over 20 years at a Church, that for all of its high points of community activism, was/is plagued with the low-points exemplified by Wright, and now Moss.

      • workingclass artist

        Agree….Wright has tried to imply that his is a AA mainstream church.
        Wrights’ is a theology that is BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND BLACK SEPARATIST.
        This is why he is at a non-denominational church.

    • Jeff

      “Wright was wrong, no doubt about that, but from the videos you have shown, Otis Moss is not.”

      Good for you.

  • Dawnelle

    Disgustingly racist!! Otis Moss is NO Christian.

    YUCK

    • Jeff

      “Disgustingly racist!! Otis Moss is NO Christian.

      YUCK”

      Do tell–what exactly offended you?

      • workingclass artist

        Jeff…..Are you of any religious persuasion…..

        • Jeff

          “Jeff…..Are you of any religious persuasion…..”

          I fail to see how my religious beliefs are in any way relevant.

          • workingclass artist

            Well….We are discussing the relationship between Liberation Theology and politics as the two are inseparable especially with regards to Black Separatism. Now this does require at least the ability to grasp fundemantal theological concepts and history.
            If you are unable to do so…..I’ll discuss with others more prepared.

            • Jeff

              “I’ll discuss with others more prepared.”

              Thanks for subjecting me to your religious test. After how you’ve treated Obama, I shouldn’t be surprised.

              • beebop

                After how you’ve treated Obama, I shouldn’t be surprised.

                You’re kidding me, right?

                Obama has gotten one huge free ride on the subject of his religion!

                He gives an “historic” speech where he once again proves he is a liar and no one in the media sees fit to cover it.

                He puts Gerri Ferraro in the same sentence as the anti-Cracker and throws granma from a moving train with Jerry’s help.

                We have been subjected to an unnecessary social exercise in the middle of a POLITICAL SEASON because the twerp sat in the pews of a hate-spewing upper middle class black preacher!

                “how we treated Obama?!” Indeed!

                • Jeff

                  “Obama has gotten one huge free ride on the subject of his religion!”

                  Yet McCain and Clinton’s pastors remain almost totally untouched.

  • Lute

    As I mentioned, Wright bugged me because he was preaching Hate and Racism.

    Generally, this fellow preached Christian love in the old-style black church tradition.
    Christian churches, especially in the deep south, have always bothered me the way most blame Jews for the demise of Jesus, and this preacher touched it as well. It could easily be expanded into anti semitism, and often does, but he did not, at least at this point.

    I would expect an individual as educated as Obama to want his daughters acquainted with a calmer spirituality, but maybe he feels it would be turning them away from their roots. I don’t know.

  • Karen

    Greta Van Susteren had a minister, Myron Cloyd, on from Houston last night who has known Wright for 25 years. The pastor says he felt Obama should have distanced himself from Wright “2-3 years ago,” because there was “no way who Rev. Wright is and always has been” was not going to be a problem for Obama.

    2. Toward the end of the interview, the pastor says that what Obama called a “spectacle” yesterday at the National Press Club is what Jeremiah Wright has been doing all over the country for years. It was the same Jeremiah Wright he has heard for years.

    OOPS…….Obama’s assertion that Jeremiah Wright has somehow “changed” of late? History.

    • simon, too

      So many problems here, from Rezko, to Wright, to even, I would suspect, Obama’s own corruption, it’s almost as if he was trolled to run for President, ie why would you risk exposing yourself? Because you couldn’t get Fitzgerald fired, for Pete’s sake?

      And seeing Bob Kjellander’s (big IL “fundraiser”) relationship with Rove, the RNC, and the White House, they must have felt they could get away with ANYTHING, that bubble so thick.

      • simon, too

        I suppose better than trolling George Bush , Jr, to run for President.

        lol.

    • ginamc

      Karen– I saw this Rev. with Greta last night. He’s one of her semi-regulars. Just the night before and definitely all of the other nights, he was singing Rev. Wright’s praises. How his performance with Moyers, and the NAACP dinner was great, great, great. Hell, coming to think about it… every one from Geraldo to Montel to Soledad O’Brien, said “Rev. Wright hit a homerun… right out of the ball park…” Now, he’s persona non-grata. That’s amazing.

      BO says it’s cool, Wright is his uncle, so everyone in lockstep — Wright’s cool. BO says Wright is bad news, then everyone in lockstep– Wright is a stark, mad, raving lunatic.

      I wish these folks would just think on their own. Isn’t there just one of them from them the NAACP or the Black Panthers who disagree with BO? Isn’t there just one dissenter?

  • Mel

    Obama now using the words “church community” that he felt was so important to him and not the words or rantings of Rev Wright. The videos of those rantings of Wright all over youtube sure seemed to be spoken to a packed church! So what does that say of Obama’s chosen community he is now attempting to use as an excuse?

    Well Obama’s community consists of the parisheners who go crazy over Wright’s vile preaching, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Uncle Wright and Michelle Robinson Obama. What a scarey community to consider yourself a part and subject your chidren to, what does that say about judgement?

  • GA Moderate

    Quoted from the NYT today, this is how one SD judges this situation:

    Eileen Macoll, a Democratic county chairman from Washington State who has not chosen a candidate, said she was stunned at the extent of national attention the episode has drawn, and she said she believed it would give superdelegates pause.

    “I’m a little surprised at how much traction it is getting, and I do believe it is beginning to reflect negatively on Senator Obama’s campaign,” Ms. Macoll said. “I think he’s handling it very well, but I think it’s almost impossible to make people feel comfortable about this.”

    The most telling thing here, “It’s almost impossible to make people feel comfortable about this.” So right – the American people are not stupid. OB still insists that he never heard/knew of this type of speech. One would have to be naive and suspended from reality to believe this.

    Hopefully NC & IN will finish him and he and his pastor can feud in private.

    • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

      An NC win is his firewall. If he wins he can go on, albeit irreparably harmed in my view. If he loses NC, it will be sooner as opposed to later that the toast is well done to a charcoal cinder.

      • simon, too

        Well, he’s crippled, even more now, than five days ago.

        So no matter what the “fix” he’s toast, like Bush, and Cheney.

        They did enormous damage, no doubt, but nothing that cant be fixed, with the exception of those who have died, or who’ve been maimed, needlessly.

        They were unable, though, to implement their Straussian, neocon vision.

      • workingclass artist

        NPR : DAY TO DAY program just did an interview with a member of Obama’s church….It is an interesting interview. It confirms the damage to Obama’s campaign…..Check it out…..

  • workingclass artist

    OBAMA is great for poliical cartooning…..No ?

    • beebop

      I think it’s the nose … always in the air?

      • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

        …and the ears. From behind he looks like a Taxi with the doors open.

      • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

        Be careful when you bring up noses, I am very sensitive about them! :) And my nose is down in the bitter middle class gutter, although I don’t tote a bible nor own a gun.

    • rjj

      Looks like a y-axis flattened Richard Nixon.

  • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

    If the “Wonderful Young Pastor” Otis Moss is so wonderful, we should create a petition demanding Obama pledge to get Moss to deliver the invocation at the swearing in of Obama as President. :) We would never see such a pledge from the hypocrite Obama. I’ll fight my hardest to also see we never have a President Obama. Maybe a President Obama of the Troll Admiration Society? He could be that! :)

  • http://www.mybluecube.blogspot.com Blue

    “I’m the wrong ni**er to fuck with”?
    Nice.

    • simon, too

      “I’m the wrong ni**er to fuck with”?

      You must tell people, otherwise they wouldn’t know?

      Guy watches too many movies, and not the right ones.

      What you did was tell people you’re scared sh*T*ess, and your first line of defense is violence.

      Hm.

      Now how can I troll that?

      Ask any republican, and his even dumber democratic counterpart.

  • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

    Check out this cartoon in North Carolina’s top newspaper:

    http://www.charlotte.com/290/story/603135.html

    • Mel

      that is a good cartoon….lol

    • beebop

      Excellent … several good ones in the Chicago papers as well. One shows Jerry falling over on Barry.

    • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

      LMAO. I am enjoying watching numb-nuts BO crash!

  • JoeySky

    Even the younglings abandon Obama.

    “Barack Obama saw his overall 25-point lead in North Carolina shrink by half after his loss to Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, according to PPP numbers. But his losses among voters between ages 18 and 29 were far worse. While Obama captured 65 percent of these young voters in PPP’s April 21 measure (PDF), giving him a 42-point lead over Clinton.”

    http://www.slate.com/id/2175496/?from=rss

  • Dot

    Now how can I put this so it will clearly understood. When the Rev. Wright spoke about the past to his flock he used the words to discribe the evil doings then but he was really talking about the present. Now we have a new Rev. who is doing the same thing. Using the past to damage the present. Why do black ministers give semons in an angry tone. Aren’t they men of the cloth, and aren’t they suppose to talk about what we can do to help our souls get into heaven when we die. Looks like they might be comparing apples to oranges.

  • Anna

    Senator Clinton’s “judgement” was way off on the invasion of Iraq. The day that she voted for that 2002 resolution was the day she lost her chance to be President.

    • simon, too

      Senator Clinton did not make the decision to go into Iraq, Dick Cheney did, as did the rest of that crew of morons.

      This is silly, if this is your talking point you simply look stupid, try to get with the discussion.

      You want to troll, fine, but don’t look like such a flaming moron, try to give some indication you understand the greater intricacies of the argument.

      You make Obama look even more stupid, and you really don’t understand what is happening, here.

      Pretentious is not a substitute for intellect, just ask Dick Cheney.

      • Dawnelle

        Pretentious is not a substitute for intellect, just ask Dick Cheney.

        THAT is PRICELESS and exactly how the really YOUNG BO supporters always sound.

      • Jeff

        “Senator Clinton did not make the decision to go into Iraq, Dick Cheney did, as did the rest of that crew of morons.”

        Right, she just voted for a bill titled “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002″. No responsibility there…

        • workingclass artist

          Jeff….Ignoratio Elenchi….Must all your arguments begin with fallacy ?

          • Jeff

            “Jeff….Ignoratio Elenchi….Must all your arguments begin with fallacy ?”

            Where’s the fallacy in pointing out that Hillary voted for a bill titled “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002″?

            Must you always throw in Latin to disguise your deep insecurity over the strength of your arguments?

            • workingclass artist

              Jeff I was simply pointing out that you use fallacies. You have an urge to make irrelevant conclusions and switch topics as a means of argument. Logic 101….

              • Anna

                IAea weapons inspector Scott Ritter has stated that the Clintons knew that Iraq did not posess WMD’s. That yes vote of Hillary’s for the 2002 war resolution will take her down.

    • Mel

      And where was Obama on the day of the Vote, well he wasn’t in the US Senate, he wasn’t a US Senator then, he was sitting in Rev Wright’s church, maybe, sitting with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, likely, sitting with Tony Rezko taking money from the slumlord, probably!

      Get a grip on life and not Axelrod’s attempts to market things other than what they truly are!

    • JoeySky

      that line was annoying back in Jan. then it got pretty boring in Mar. but now it’s just so damn right amusing. humorous.

      can you guys come up with anything new?

    • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

      Too bad she didn’t vote ‘present’…or maybe too bad she wasn’t just in the Illinois state senate where she wouldn’t be privy to any of the CIA information and could just sit on her ass in an arm chair and make a decision based on….well…nothing.

      • simon, too

        Ambassador Wilson gave a detailed analysis of the truth of that vote, if they woudl even troll that, it would at least show there is some recognition they understand where the more intelligent people are coming from, for god’s sake, use it as a false flag, if you have to troll.

        But they stay entrenched, thinking “pest” is an offense.

        It’s not, “pest” is a crack in their organization, but they don’t get it.

        The dumbing down of America, indeed…

    • stodghie

      actually if she isn’t president it will be because of lazy, biased people like you.

  • nightmares

    otis moss ??? he’s the same as wright and obama mentioned him as “wonderful”……here we go again.

  • Catriley

    Perhaps the voters will answer Obama’s pathetic press conference with a resounding “BULLSHIT!” at the polls in the next primaries.

    The fact is that Obama didn’t reject Wright when all of this first hit, he defended him and schooled us all on race. He knew full well what Wright had been saying then, and he did not reject him.

    Now Obama is outraged?? Suddenly Wright is a different person? Bullshit. Unless someone is drunk on koolaid they will never buy this stunt from Obama. Rev. Moss has been spotted by many here as one of the guys slapping Rev. Wright on the back in agreement during some of his most vile rants.

    Political opportunism is a bitch, isn’t it Obama? Quite the corner you’ve painted yourself in. Either he went along with the theology of the church and Wright’s beliefs because he agreed or because he was using them to further his political cred. Either way he’s unelectable.

    This lastest stunt is laughable. Axelrove– you’re getting clumsy!

  • beebop

    He has not put himself in a very good spot. I left this at the thread on media coverage. The writer here makes an excellent point about talking to the black voter versus the white voter … He’s gone as far as he can go in pursuit of votes he’s not going to get any way. He is more liable to piss off more people — like he did when he “knuckled under” and went on FOX. The white media is not his constituency. They’re just the cheerleaders.

    On Tuesday, Obama responded to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s ill-timed defense by condemning his former pastor’s fresh comments as “ridiculous,” “outrageous” and “appalling.”

    “When he states and then amplifies such ridiculous proposition as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS, when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices in the 20th and 21st century, when he equates the United States wartime effort with terrorism, then there are no excuses,” Obama said during a press conference.

    “They offend me. They rightfully offend all Americans and they should be denounced,” Obama said.

    This is a sad day for Black America.

    At a time when African Americans are on the cusp of watching a barrier come crashing down, up jumps a divisive issue that is being driven by those outside of the black community.

    Obviously, Wright’s timing for a press conference about his sermons couldn’t have been worse.

    Still, when Obama says he is “offended” by Wright’s latest comments — given in defense against an orchestrated assault on his character and on his ministry — he’s opening up a can of worms.

    There is no institution in the black community more respected than the black church. And the notion that white pundits can dictate what constitutes unacceptable speech in the black church is repulsive to most black people.

    Even so, after Wright’s fiery speeches surfaced on the Internet, most African Americans understood why Obama had to distance himself from Wright.

    Obama’s cross-cultural appeal, which, by the way, made some blacks suspicious of him early in his campaign, is largely because of his ability to make white people feel comfortable with his blackness.

    But Wright speaks to a different audience, and that audience has been supportive throughout his ordeal.

    On Monday, for instance, when Wright spoke at the National Press Club, the predominantly black crowd cheered, clapped and punctuated Wright’s speech with shouts of “amen.”

    So, when Obama says America was “offended” by Wright’s harsh language, he isn’t speaking for or to Black America. He is speaking to White America.

    As much as I want to see Obama make history by becoming the first black man to be elected president, I don’t want to see a warrior like Wright denigrated to prove to white voters that Obama is not a radical.

    When Obama denounced Wright’s angry words but refused to disown him, it signaled that he understood the sensitive tightrope he is being forced to walk.

    His “outrage” over Wright’s latest remarks signals something quite different. With the gap narrowing, Obama advisers are obviously scrambling for every white vote.

    But really, what more should blacks have to sacrifice? Their dignity?

    Frankly, Obama and Wright risk becoming metaphors for the ongoing struggle of blacks to unite politically.

    Obama shouldn’t have held a press conference to deal with Wright.

    He should have been able to pick up the phone.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/923055,CST-NWS-mitch30.article

    • workingclass artist

      Thanks Bee…..I think Obama is being SQUEEEEEEEEZED between Wright and Sharpton ( who accused Obama of granstanding to please the CrackerMan )
      Obama has some serious problems…..He’s got 2 pissed off preachers on his tail…..

    • simon, too

      “Warriors” for any number of reasons, don’t’ align themselves or their churches with Hamas.

      Period, people need to stop validating this crap, once and for all, no matter what the race, or ethnicity. Hamas murders civilians, Hamas would murder Americans, too, if it could, you’re an American first.

      Secondly, a guy like Farrakhan, who apparently was also tossed under the bus, by Obama, sees in Obama mainstream validation, vicariously, the opportunity to take the chess match, such as it is, compensating for a lifetime of racial discrimination, second class status.

      Ouch, that must hurt…

      • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

        Reverend Wright DID have the Hamas Manifesto on his web site…before he scrubbed it.

        • simon, too

          And Farrakhan, with Qaddafi.

          And who knows WHERE Rezko will lead?

          Someone made the point all those men socialized together, and it’s relevant, if they shared business contacts, as well.

          • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

            Barack just donate Alsammarae’s contribution to his campaign to charity.

            This guy is a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who broke out of a Baghdad jail in 2006, has been listed as part of the Rezko investigation. He was the Electrical Minister to Iraq and Rezko is accused of giving him a 1.5 million dollar bribe for the electrical contract contract to train Iraqi power plant security guards.

        • workingclass artist

          Tis true…..I read it as well.

  • OBSP

    OMG, he gets advise from Rev. James Meeks? Wait tell you guys get a hold of those tapes. He’s Jesse Sr.’s guy and a real AA power broker in Chicago.

    • simon, too

      Meeks is Jesse Sr’s guy?

      Isn’t Meeks considered a hatemonger by the Southern Poverty Law Center?

      That’s too bad.

      • Catriley

        I thought Meeks was Jesse Jackson, Jr.s’ guy.

        • simon, too

          I hope, I can actually see good come out of Jackson, sr, despite when he carries around him, sometimes.

          Martin must have rubbed off, somewhere…

    • workingclass artist

      Ehemmm…..SHAPIN UP TO BE A FINE MONTH FOR SEN. CLINTON….

      • Dawnelle

        LOL

        This is turning in to my most FAVORITE repeat post!!!

  • pm317

    I just saw the whole interview with Indystar — Jeralyn has it at http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/4/29/19464/6850

    What the hell are we doing with this other nincompoop airing his dirt laundry? I think he should drop out of this race and fight with his pastor on his own private time and place. Together they are going to bring the party down and lose in the GE. Mark my words and wait for the pastor to strike back — he feels he has been betrayed by the guy who is where he is because of him in many respects. This thing is not going away and we will pay a big price if Obama is the nominee. Republicans still have the same underlying issue to run ads — neither his speech nor his angry press conference does anything to his judgment for having sat there for 20 years. It is also revealing a lack of character and cowardice of political expediency in throwing the person who perhaps gave him his credibility in the black community to the dogs. Whatever it is, we don’t want this soap opera and I hope IN and NC will soundly reject him.

  • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

    Oh Look, Rev Moss’ Easter Sunday Rant is “no longer available”.

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      Uhoh. Must.find.another.copy. Surely someone has it up.

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      It works for me.

      Here’s another copy:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrjM94zjr_k

      • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

        It’s working for me now. Thanks, sister.

  • http://noratings.blogspot.com/ Bud White

    Great post.

    OT: Let’s donate to Hillary today. Someone please match my $50!!! That translate into $200 with matching, but today only.

    http://www.hillaryclinton.com/contribute/GSYS

  • secularhumanizinevoluter

    JEEBUS FARKIN CRISPIES onna popcicle stick! Trinity is just the gift that keeps on giving ain’t it! I LOVE the preformance all these hucksters go through. EXACTLY the same rythms and intonations, EXACTLY the same emphasis on word ends. There REALLY is a school these hoodwinkers go to. They teach all this crap. Hey obamalamadingdong, is THID guy yer NEWEST, BESTEST spiritual advisor and mentor?

    • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

      Hahaha. Wait! We haven’t heard from Wright again yet!

    • waiting

      Wasn’t this the same young man that was giving Wright a pat on the back for Wright’s “ridin dirty” comments? And how come we never hear the MSM talk about that particular sound bite? As a country we get offended by an exposed breast but not a preacher doing pelvic thrusts while talking about an ex president?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xb7AVw_no0

      Discontent and hate can be propogated in many forms.

  • http://Supergram.blogspot.com Melissa

    Obama actually CAN and DOES deny all of those things. HOWEVER, we the people are not as dumb as he would prefer- Denying will get him diddly. We know a lie when we see one.
    He is like a child caught doing something naughty. Lie like hell to avoid being punished.
    He can deny all he wants, it won’t change the facts. You don’t sit in a church for 20 years lsitening to a raving lunatic unless you agree with the crap.

    • Lute

      I just listened to the second mov, and maybe because I come from the south, and understand the culture the style comes out of, thought it was just good, old fashioned preaching with roots in the African tradition.

      My problem with Wright was not the style. Wright preached HATE.

      This sermon was about love. I actually found it moving.

      • http://myspace.com/loyaldissent Garlic-Nosed Guitarist

        There is a reference in that sermon to a song. Listen to the song then you should see the point clearly.

        • Victor

          Honestly, I don’t see the big deal either. I listened to the song, and it is as objectionable as Reverend Wright’s comments. However, after watching the second video which contains more of Reverend Moss’ sermon it appears as though he was just using the song as a cultural reference. His sermon seems to reflect the same message that this lapsed catholic heard many times in church.

          • PMS

            I agree here. Moss’ sermon is clearly in the AA tradition that the Obamaphiles want us to see Wright’s in. But Wright’s were different.

            Moss’ Easter sermon is fairly standard exposition on the Cross. No rant there.

            Wright’s sermons were totally different.

          • workingclass artist

            Ehemmmm……Victor as a lapsed Catholic are you saying you have attended churches that are doctrinally based in Liberation Theology

      • stodghie

        i was channel surfing this morning and happened on an aa preacher. i went back to listen and appreciated the fact that he was warning them about false credit scams. christian? i think so as that would part of the abudant life. the shame to me is there are so many good christian aa ministers.

        i am so sick of the obamadrama i could scream. i find that i can’t trust any pundit of either skin tone. if i want drama, i’ll watch days of our lives. i want to talk solving this country’s problems. i have zero minus 10 trust in obama to do it.

  • workingclass artist

    Thank you Susan….Well done. I miss Tip and all the old style Pols.
    It’s one of the reasons I support Clinton….
    This is GETTING SCARY TRIBAL…

    • Patrick Henry

      During His Press Conference.about Pastor Wrights recent Apperances and comments…Obama makes the Excuse…that “He did Not VET Pastor Wright” before he decided to run for President…in a effort to diswtance himself from all the Criticism of Pastor Wrights Anti American Rants…which makes one able to WRIGHTFULLY question Senator Obamas Judgement…
      Since Senator Obama is now Praising his New pastor
      Young OTIS MOSS III, so much..I wonder if Senator Obama has learned anything and VETTED Pastor MOSS…since Obama is swo determined to continue attending that church which clearly is EXTREME with its BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY…