Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sen. Obama's half-brother is "found" in Kenya


The Italian version of Vanity Fair purports in its latest edition to have tracked down brother George living in obscurity in a hut in the shanty town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, surviving on less than a dollar a month:

He will not, in other words, be by his brother's side in Colorado enjoying reflected adulation. "No one knows who I am," he told the magazine, saying he is too embarrassed to admit to anyone that the man running for the White House in America is his half-brother because of his abject penury. "If anyone says something about my surname, I say we are not related. I am ashamed."

OK, lets get it out of the way, as the photo above bares, he does look a bit like the Tyrone-- the crack head character from Dave Chapelle's show.

To me, the two most newsworthy aspects of this story is how the Right is going to try (as they have already started) and turn this into an anti-Obama story. That is predicable and, sadly,going to be predictably effective.

What has not really been mentioned is the reality that "slum" dwellers in Africa (and other parts of the developing world) actually subsist on $12 USD a year. That is insane. I have seen people spend more on that for a single coffee in this country, even while we are in the midst of an economic downturn.

We often discuss (correctly) the economic disparity in the USA, but this is completely out of whack, and something we must focus our energies on, if not for our humanity, then for our physical safety, as this is fertile soil for those that wish to recruit agents to commit political violence against the West.

Since the Right frames seemingly every argument this way, we should take a page from there book, because, sadly, it almost always works.

26 comments:

Bradda said...

"Do you know what dog food tastes like kids?? Do YA??.........it's DELICIOUS!"


He looks like the older kid from Musical Youth. Pass the dutchie!

alzaido alzaido said...

Yeah, use the same tactics. When the GOP comes up with this stuff, the Dems should just mimic. I could find a great half-brother for McCain on the web.

Randal Graves said...

Oh right. Help the third world out, then they'll run the planet because there's so many of them 'cause all they do is fuck all day. Why do you hate White Christian America so?

Anonymous said...

Remember Barak's favorite Bible Verse? Matthew 25:40 says "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'".

What has Barak done for his half-brother, who lives in a cardboard shack on $1/year?

puddy said...

anon - what have you done for him?

remember: "cast not the first stone, ye anonymous shmuck".

DCup said...

And worse, the Right can frame Obama as a racist. He traipses off to Hawaii to visit his WHITE grandmother, but does nothing for his African brother.

Anonymous said...

Puddy:

Barak has already cast the First Stone with that scriptural quote. Can I help it when the rocks come flying back at him?

If you are also going to say something about "Judge not least you be Judged.", I suggest that you read the next verse, as Barak Obama should have before he cast the First Stone.

If Obama wants to stop thse rocks aflying, all he has to do is step up to the podium and appologize, and the flying rocks will stop.

Anonymous said...

DCUP:

I remind you about the way you judged John Edwards on your blog. Keep this up and some of the rocks will fly in your dierction.

DCup said...

Anon - Do NOT threaten me. I am doing nothing to you or John Edwards. For your information, I intended to vote for him until he dropped out of the GA primary. Then I voted for Hillary.

Now stay the fuck off my blog.

puddy said...

anon - no, you missed the point of my comment. it was simply that you're a shmuck. now go fuck yourself with the business-end of a garden rake... allegedly.

Anonymous said...

DCUP: I Knew you were one of Rush'es Operation Chaos Voters!

Puddy: What dou you have against a substantive defense of Obama via Facts? Does everything have to be a Personal Attack?

HelenWheels said...

I honestly don't mean this as snark, but isn't having an embarassing brother practically an american presidential tradition? Remember Billy? Roger? Neil? At least Barack's brother's only embarassment is being poor. I'm the last person on earth to see that as embarassing, but most people would in this country... sadly.

puddy said...

anon - obama doesn't need to, nor should he be defended on this non-issue. so what if obama doesn't do the secret handshake - its one of things I kinda like about him.

oh, and the personal attack? that was just for fun you warthog-faced baboon.

Bradda said...

dcup, You know they'll frame it that way! Nutters that they are...oh and don't engage our trolls, they bite! HEH...

Helen, Unfortunately with the latest Bush, the idiot brother actually got to be prez. Jeb is just a lousy gov.

Anon: Your opinions are moot until you have the balls to not be anonymous. Till then.....yawn.

Anonymous said...

This RightWing Moonbat Cave pretending to be Liberals is beginning to bore me.

I'm Gone!

HelenWheels said...

Bradda got bored first! Troll got pwned!

HelenWheels said...

Don't you mean "mangina"?

puddy said...

i would have... removed it 'cuz it seemed a little crass... and the lord nows i would never intentionally be "crass".

HelenWheels said...

Well I laughed first and got offended 2d. If that helps.

okjimm said...

oh gees, a troll .... and I missed him/her/it......

bummmerrrrz... I love trolls, with a little garlic and butter....

Bradda said...

okjimm, A little garlic? You need like 15 cloves to eat a troll. With a nice chianti of course!

HelenWheels said...

I like to marinate mine in a vat of acid first.

Bradda said...

They are a little chewy if you don't marinate them. i find the back of the thigh to be the tastiest part!

HelenWheels said...

Ewwww.... troll thigh... I feed mine to the dogs.

Sal Kilmister said...

Well, does anyone else see the Tyrone thing?

Distributorcap said...

that troll made slappz look like albert schweitzer