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The Obama Ex-Girlfriend Conspiracy Inevitably Falls Apart

May 02, 2012 5:25 pm ET by Ben Dimiero

For the past few years, much of the conservative echo chamber has thrived on exploring what they see as Barack Obama's mysterious, ominous past. The most prominent examples of this fixation have been the durable birth-certificate conspiracy and the increasingly exotic allegations that Barack Obama Sr. is not Obama's father (suggested "real" fathers have included Malcolm X and, as recently as last week, Frank Marshall Davis).

In a newly-released Vanity Fair piece adapted from his upcoming Obama biography, journalist David Maraniss details two of Obama's romantic relationships during his early 20s, complete with interviews of his ex-girlfriends. The article seemingly puts to rest conspiracies promoted by conservative big wigs about why none of Obama's exes have ever come forward. Rush Limbaugh asked this very question last year, citing "one of these email things" he had been sent.

In Dreams From My Father, Obama wrote about a romantic relationship he had with a woman in New York. The lack of a name (and the fact that no one had come forward to claim the mantle) led some creative conspiracy theorists to doubt her existence. Her presence in the book was one of the main pieces of "evidence" in WND columnist Jack Cashill's much-mocked theory that Bill Ayers is the true author of Dreams

Cashill wrote in a 2010 WND column:

I was not the only one to have noticed Obama's curious silence on this issue. One correspondent of mine made a compelling case that Obama's mystery woman was drawn fully from the memory of Bill Ayers and based on the great love of Ayers's life, the late Diana Oughton.

Ayers was obsessed with Oughton who died in 1970 in a Greenwich Village bomb-factory blast. In "Fugitive Days," his 2001 memoir, he fixes on her in ways that had to discomfit the Weatherwoman he eventually settled for.

Physically, the woman of Obama's memory with her "dark hair, and specks of green in her eyes" evokes images of Oughton. As her FBI files attest, copies of which my correspondent sent me, Oughton had brown hair and green eyes.

Today, in the mad dash to make news of the Maraniss excerpt, Politico's Dylan Byers put up a misguided piece implying Obama had misled readers of his memoir by not explaining that the "New York girlfriend" in Dreams is actually a composite of Genevieve Cook -- one of the women Maraniss interviewed for his book and the focus of the Vanity Fair excerpt -- and another girlfriend from his early twenties.

Slate's David Weigel, who labeled Byers' post "one of the most ill-informed pieces of Drudge bait to come down the transom in a while," noted that Dreams actually opens with a disclaimer from Obama explaining that "[f]or the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I've known." (Byers has since updated his post to include this fact.)

Despite Obama's use of composite characters in Dreams not being anything new, conservatives are running with the Byers piece undoubtedly because it fits nicely into the "Obama is a liar hiding something about his weird past" theme they've been hammering for years.

It quickly hit the top of Drudge:

And is also being featured on Fox Nation (which dropped their pejorative "Left-Wing Politico" label to promote it):

Inevitably, the story found its way to Limbaugh. Earlier today on his show, Limbaugh told listeners that Byers "has uncovered an interesting fact" about Dreams From My Father and read from the Byers post. Limbaugh chastised Obama because he would "only admit" that characters in the book had been composites "after people have tried to find them." (Again, this is utterly false.)




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    • Author by curiousindependent (May 02, 2012 5:52 pm ET)
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      This is just one more pointer to the fact that the Right Wing Propaganda Machine counts on it's adherents' unwillingness to expose themselves to anything authentically Obama or liberal. They will "quote" from a liberal's speech or writing, completely getting it wrong, with full confidence that their audience will never fact check.
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    • Author by eweston8542983 (May 02, 2012 6:00 pm ET)
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      When is the media going to interview Lush's ex wives?

      Oh they can't cause the ladies signed agreements to never speak of the bliss of being his beard.
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    • Author by shaggles (May 02, 2012 6:05 pm ET)
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      HA! I love it every time they come up with a new "revelation" from the book Obama published before he was ever elected. I wonder has anyone counted the number of times the word "I" appears in his auto-biography? Because that would be highly unusual and a true sign of arrogance to use "I" when referring to oneself. Or has anyone pointed out how arrogant and self-important it was of him to write an auto-biography in the first place?
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      • Author by clams casino (May 02, 2012 6:27 pm ET)
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        Yeah, it's hilarious how Obama has hidden all these shameful facts about his life in two best-selling books that have been widely available for years.
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        • Author by phlcstgan (May 02, 2012 8:26 pm ET)
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          Wasn't the dog meat thing in one of his books too? I guess it makes sense that they're just now getting around to it; I always assumed they were the slow reading group.
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          • Author by clams casino (May 03, 2012 12:03 am ET)
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            It reminds me of back when the right wing meme of the month was that we knew nothing about Obama's life and nothing about his political philosophies. Meanwhile, back in reality, the two books he'd written, one detailing his life and the other his political philosophies, were both sitting comfortably on the best seller lists.
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            • Author by tsam100 (May 03, 2012 7:12 am ET)
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              Who writes, talks of, or even thinks about their old girlfriends as composite figures?
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              • Author by chazmanr (May 03, 2012 9:29 am ET)
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                Novelists.
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                • Author by clams casino (May 03, 2012 10:19 am ET)
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                  And memoirists. It's actually a fairly common disclaimer given at the start of many biographies and autobiographies.
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                  • Author by Imbecile (May 03, 2012 10:31 am ET)
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                    Yeah, but you have to be a reader to grasp that fact. Remember, we're not dealing with readers asking those "gotcha" questions.

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                  • Author by maryc (May 03, 2012 3:47 pm ET)
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                    It's also polite. Gentlemen don't kiss and tell.
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              • Author by mookworthjwilson (May 03, 2012 11:27 am ET)
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                People who might respect the privacy of the people they care about and who don't want numbskulls like yourself hounding them.
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                • Author by aturingtest (May 03, 2012 7:33 pm ET)
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                  Thank you, mook. That, and maryc's comment above, was exactly my first reaction. Of course, these folks aren't exactly known for gentlemanly sensitivity or respect for others, are they?
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            • Author by aBeck in 10-O-C (May 03, 2012 8:31 am ET)
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              Do we even need further illustrations of proof that rightwing critics can't be bothered with research? It is so time consuming. They just circulate phoney talking points amongst themselves like a virus. Any wonder that conservative media is called an "echo chamber"?
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    • Author by nixter (May 02, 2012 6:36 pm ET)
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      These jokers keep trying to find the next beatles album to play backwards, only to blame Obama for the ear infection they got.
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      • Author by Chameo (May 02, 2012 8:26 pm ET)
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        Just wait until we get the bill for the psychiatric services they need because they've driven themselves crazy (crazier?) in their attempts to find something to pin on the president. If he'd just serve them up a juicy scandal like any self-respecting Democratic president, they wouldn't have to twist themselves into pretzels trying to find one.
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    • Author by phlcstgan (May 02, 2012 8:25 pm ET)
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      Oughton had brown hair and green eyes.

      My God! Caught red-handed! So you thought you could fool us, Barack HUSSEIN Obama? I guess you didn't realize that only one person has ever had brown hair and green eyes.
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      • Author by MiniTru (May 03, 2012 12:43 pm ET)
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        that only one person has ever had brown hair and green eyes.
        "And I had to find out who that was. --Nick Danger
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    • Author by magnolialover (May 02, 2012 9:24 pm ET)
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      So yet again we see something Obama wrote about and claimed in his book a log time ago being used to attack him. Amazing really. Ok, not really that amazing.

      Are republicans really this ignorant?
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      • Author by barscotch9441 (May 03, 2012 12:22 pm ET)
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        Are republicans really this ignorant?

        Dude, is that a serious question?

        In all seriousness, it depends on to which republicans you're referring. The politicians? Maybe some. But most of them are not. The spindoctors and orderbarkers? No way. They definitely know better. The viewer/voters? Absofv<kinglutely. And therein lies the problem. You don't have to tell the truth to get skiddish, squirrel-like people scared enough to do whatever you tell them: you only have to make them THINK that you're telling the truth. Of course, it doesn't hurt if they are already gullible racists.
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    • Author by politeradical (May 02, 2012 9:24 pm ET)
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      The guy wrote two autobiographies before he was ever in politics. But we don't know the "real" Obama.

      Yeah, that makes sense.
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      • Author by phlcstgan (May 02, 2012 9:42 pm ET)
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        Also, nobody in the media said anything about Rev. Wright except for that one or two or 500 times.
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        • Author by magnolialover (May 03, 2012 1:10 pm ET)
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          Remember NOBODY wrote or talked about his connections to Bill Ayers either, except for those thousands of times that people did that.
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    • Author by grmce (May 02, 2012 11:08 pm ET)
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      Really, these pathetic idiots should stick to their day jobs: cleaning the evaporation ponds at the treatment works.
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      • Author by MsYellowDog (May 02, 2012 11:43 pm ET)
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        I don't think they have the intelligence to do that job.
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    • Author by Meremark (May 03, 2012 12:59 am ET)
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      The rightwing nuttiness -- "Drudge bait" indeed, a perfect tag on outright stupidity -- amounts to a fogbank of petty peevishness. The plain shallow bigotry rightwingers ooze is idiocy on parade.

      Why do they pick at petty lies and so shame themselves and their type? Larger truths of Obama's life experiences, and the containing context, is collected in evidence available to the haters.

      The larger work has been compiled and curated by Wayne Madsen. Obama's family tree and the grove where it grows gets described in detail in Madsen's forthcoming book, of which about three chapters are pre-released here:
      http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/madsen1.1.1.html

      ... in which is disclosed, for example, that Obama's grandmother worked several years alongside Tim Geithner's father at the Bank of Hawaii.

      A second book (by Larry Sinclair) is already published and distributed, and sustained last month winning a protracted lawsuit in court that tried and failed to get it banned. Sinclair, in Chicago, describes homosexual engagements with Obama during the few years Obama was 'infiltrated' into African-American groups as an informant or 'snitch' for FBI and/or CIA targets in case files.
      An interview with Sinclair is posted here:
      http://newhampshireherald.com/sinclairinterview.html

      and the book, Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder? is marketed here:
      http://www.larrysinclair.org/2011/04/18/barack-obama-larry-sinclair/

      There is irony that these biographical sketches which are ignored by righwing busybodies (including Drudge) portray Obama fostered and fashioned in rightwing style -- seemingly quite as much as one of their 'own'. Certainly Obama's behavior and president, in many ways carrying on Bush's banner, shows a developed personality consistent with description in the two books, (which corroborate each other, as well).

      Yet the mouthy rightwingers prefer concocting lies and deceits pretending Obama is someone else, not himself, not like them.

      (Meanwhile, the leftists and Obama '08 voters are saying, 'Who is this guy?', 'What is he thinking?', and, 'We have been fooled and betrayed!')

      -
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      • Author by mary59 (May 03, 2012 5:02 pm ET)
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        Larry Sinclair, seriously? Oy.
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      • Author by aturingtest (May 03, 2012 7:40 pm ET)
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        Meremark: "Why do they pick at petty lies and so shame themselves and their type?"
        Riiight- the bigger lies, like Sinclair's, are so much more trustworthy and relevant. Nothing to shame yourself about there, buying those in preference, right?
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      • Author by fantagor (May 03, 2012 8:20 pm ET)
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        Larry Sinclair is obviously mentally ill. His prose reads like the ravings of a lunatic. The conference staged at the National Press Club is something to behold:

        Video 1 of 2

        Video 2 of 2

        Keep in mind that he wrote a narrative around Obama's PUBLICLY available schedule. He could've taken any member of any elected body and woven the same tapestry of baloney.

        Randy
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    • Author by Ozonator (May 03, 2012 2:35 am ET)
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      It has been a slow AGW news period for the skeptic tank when this maggot-infested grass carp to beach itself from a Mengele Morano link -
      “Steven Goddard ... 0 Fans ... Become a fan ... 4 hours ago (10:54 PM) ... According to NOAA, there has been no warming in Maine since they started keeping records in 1895”

      on


      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shoshana-zuboff/global-warming-lightning-strikes_b_1471783.html
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    • Author by foole (May 03, 2012 9:06 am ET)
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      Fats can get away with telling lies like this since he knows none of his "dittoheads" will be seen within 100 yards of a book if they can help it. He and his acolytes knew all they needed to know about President Obama the first time they got a look at him.
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    • Author by raynfala (May 03, 2012 11:02 am ET)
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      New York girlfriend? I thought made-up girlfriends were supposed to be Canadian!
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      • Author by MiniTru (May 03, 2012 12:49 pm ET)
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        Eh?
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      • Author by juliajayne1 (May 03, 2012 1:07 pm ET)
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        But it would then be aboot the Lacross and curling and those sports sound so foreign.
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        • Author by Old_Benjamin (May 03, 2012 4:46 pm ET)
             
          But it would then be aboot the Lacross and curling and those sports sound so foreign.

          Field lacrosse or box lacrosse?=>
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    • Author by Nihilist (May 03, 2012 11:36 am ET)
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      but wait! for months rightwing barfosphere, have been saying the prez has no past, no school records, no one who knew him. you the Manchurian Obama...
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      • Author by foghornleghorn (May 03, 2012 5:04 pm ET)
           
        Well, it took the nutjobs a little while to realize that Obama has written books on his life. And then it took a little longer for them to finish reading and comprehending those books.
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    • Author by NiceguyEddie (May 03, 2012 11:50 am ET)
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      I was not the only one to have noticed Obama's curious silence on this issue.

      This is the best they've got when he REFUSES TO DIGNIFY OR LEGITIMIZE THE ACCUSTAION WITH A RESPONSE.

      He's being "curiously slient."

      No, you lot are just a bunch of dumbasses and he's tired of following up every cockamamey conspiracy theory you come up with.

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      IMHO
      UTOPIA
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      • Author by thegreatbear (May 03, 2012 2:38 pm ET)
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        Standard conspiracy-monger talking point. If they don't acknowledge their whacko theory, you've got something to hide and they have an excuse to keep pressing the story. If you take a second to say, "that's baloney," they feel vindicated and insist there must be something to the story. So they have an excuse to keep pressing the story.
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    • Author by draftedin68 (May 03, 2012 2:19 pm ET)
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      Whoooooooshhhh...

      If I'm right, that was the sound of the point of this issue zooming over the head of lots of folks.

      A month ago, I told my wife that if there are photos of pre-POTUS Barack Obama with a white woman, they're gonna pop up before November.

      I think the "Obama lied in his memoirs" meme is a ploy to hide the real intent of these slimeballs.

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    • Author by thegreatbear (May 03, 2012 2:46 pm ET)
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      Aside from the absurdity of Obama "admitting" to something in 2012 that he told his readers in 1995, you have to love the file photo Drudge put over the headline. It's obviously been darkened through Photoshop to make him look even more ominous.
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    • Author by mjh (May 03, 2012 3:53 pm ET)
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      The most prominent examples of this fixation have been the durable birth-certificate conspiracy and the increasingly exotic allegations that Barack Obama Sr. is not Obama's father (suggested "real" fathers have included Malcolm X and, as recently as last week, Frank Marshall Davis).


      Well, if the wingnuts want to persist in making this case, it'll undermine their own beloved birth certificate controversy.

      Consider: if either Malcolm X {born Malcolm Little in Omaha, NE} or Davis {born in Arkansas City, KS} was Obama's father, that would mean BOTH of his parents were born on US soil -- rendering any further demands for the President's birth certificate unnecessary . . .



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      • Author by mary59 (May 03, 2012 4:50 pm ET)
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        Ohhhh Nooooos!

        I was born in Omaha Nebraska too. But some say I have a Kenyan Birth Certificate.
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    • Author by PBVV (May 03, 2012 5:34 pm ET)
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      WoW.

      Did anyone else read The Wayne Madsen link that Meremark tossed up there in his post?

      The Story of Obama: All in the Company

      That thing has more twists and turns than the worlds craziest roller coaster!

      I think that is the same article I was directed to by a RW conspiracy theorist during the 2008 campaign.

      Sheesh.
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      • Author by mary59 (May 03, 2012 6:38 pm ET)
           
        I didn't read that link but did look up Lew Rockwell & Larry Sinclair. They're both far gone into the psychic world of conspiracies.
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        • Author by aturingtest (May 03, 2012 7:11 pm ET)
             
          If you like weird Obama conspiracies, you're gonna love this one, from Ed Brayton's Dispatches From The Culture Wars-apparently Obama not only had Breitbart killed, he had a forensic tech (who didn't even work on Breitbart's autopsy) killed for, ah, something or other. A WorldNutDaily exlusive!
          Your text to link here...

          (Crossing my fingers that I'm doing the link thing right- this my first stab at one)


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          • Author by aturingtest (May 03, 2012 7:14 pm ET)
               
            Yay! It works! I feel like a teenager again!
            (Actually, I'd be happy to feel like a 40-year old again)
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            • Author by mary59 (May 03, 2012 7:23 pm ET)
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              I have a tingly feeling that if I click your link, another weird bizarre world will unfold. ;-)
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              • Author by mary59 (May 03, 2012 7:26 pm ET)
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                Oh thank you, it's not a wing nut site, but reporting on one. Loved the comments there.
                BTW I'm 62 and it's not too bad.
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                • Author by aturingtest (May 03, 2012 7:49 pm ET)
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                  That's pretty good- read the article and got back here in four minutes. You must read like I do- really fast (though your typing is evidently about 100 times faster).
                  BTW- I'm 55, and, you're right, it's not really all that bad. Still got all my hair, no gray in it, reasonably fit- guess I should count my blessings instead of my ills, eh?
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              • Author by aturingtest (May 03, 2012 7:31 pm ET)
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                Well, the link takes you to a site based on reason (Ed Brayton's), which, in turn, links to the WND article. So, if you really wanna satisfy that tingle, you're gonna have to work for it.
                (Warning, though- Ed's site contains some pretty salty language, both by him and his commenters- so, if that sort of thing offends you more than stupidity, or you're at work-BEVARRE! BEVARRE!- as Bela Lugosi once said.
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