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    Pennsylvania Paper Flunks U.S. History, Publishes Obama Death Threat


    Someone placed a personal ad in the Warren (Penn.) Times-Observer calling for Barack Obama's assassination. But to understand the ad you have to know history and stuff, so no one at the paper really got it. It's kind of like The Da Vinci Code.

    The ad reads simply, "May Obama Follow in the Footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy." Cute, right? But wait a minute—what do those great men all have in common?

    Somewhere in Pennsylvania, a Hillary voter is snickering to himself.

    The Times-Observer realized that they had published and distributed a call for the assassination of a sitting U.S. president early yesterday morning, and now the feds are investigating, because Obama is a power-mad socialist who hates free speech:

    Upon realizing the mistake early Thursday morning, the ad was immediately discontinued and the identity of the person who placed the ad was turned over to Warren City Police as per newspaper policy. The local police department forwarded the information to federal authorities, as per department policy.

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    I'm not even shocked.

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    Yeah I'm not shocked either. I worked PA during the Democratic primary this year and the racism I encountered in the far western part of the state exceeded anything I have encountered while living in Mississippi or Texas. I was totally shocked- I thought PA was a part of the New England region. Parts of it are, but the western parts are like a totally different country.

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    Thats horrible and should not have been published, great editing job or proofreading, someone let the ball drop if it was printed
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    It's disturbing to think of how many sickos there are. Obama hasn't done anything bad enough to warrant a death wish imo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali View Post
    Yeah I'm not shocked either. I worked PA during the Democratic primary this year and the racism I encountered in the far western part of the state exceeded anything I have encountered while living in Mississippi or Texas. I was totally shocked- I thought PA was a part of the New England region. Parts of it are, but the western parts are like a totally different country.
    New England is made up of just six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Pennsylvania's actually several states away and not terribly close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    New England is made up of just six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Pennsylvania's actually several states away and not terribly close.
    Honestly, whatever. To the rest of the country, New England / the East Cost encompasses that entire peninsula on the East coast.

    It wasn't until I moved here that I realized people got all territorial over the terms: 'no we are mid-Atlantic, not New England.'

    It is what it is. My over-riding point is that for a state that is seemingly a part of the East coast demography, I was completely shocked at the backwards and awful notions held by the majority of people in western PA.

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    How about the general stupidity of th editor?

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    Here is why it slipped through: alas,most of stff would have no problem identifying Lincoln or Kennedy as being great presidents. Garfied-to most of them-is a cat in a cartoon & McKinley a far off mountain.
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    Still.. it's kind of basic fucking history that Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated. A small part of me thinks this wasn't an oversight on behalf of the newspaper... it's an unusual personal ad and Obama's name alone would have caught my eye, leading me to read the whole thing and discovering what it really was: a pussy-ass, ignorant, white supremacist attempt to show racist bigotry towards a black man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Lane View Post
    Still.. it's kind of basic fucking history that Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated. A small part of me thinks this wasn't an oversight on behalf of the newspaper... it's an unusual personal ad and Obama's name alone would have caught my eye, leading me to read the whole thing and discovering what it really was: a pussy-ass, ignorant, white supremacist attempt to show racist bigotry towards a black man.
    True. I'm sure they knew it would be discovered yet they wanted to get their licks in. This is perfect, the editors only have to have plausible deniability. They probably knew damned well what they were doing but did it anyway.

    Awaiting the "IF anyone was offended by this, we apologize" schtick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    True. I'm sure they knew it would be discovered yet they wanted to get their licks in. This is perfect, the editors only have to have plausible deniability. They probably knew damned well what they were doing but did it anyway.

    Awaiting the "IF anyone was offended by this, we apologize" schtick.
    Exactly. This ad wasn't an accident. But, even if it had nothing to do with the editors hating Obama, considering the shape newspapers are in somebody probably figured we need all of the ad revenue we can get, so let's just run it.
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    It also gives the newspaper an opportunity to accuse critics of playing the race card or jumping to ridiculous conclusions if they don't buy their excuse of it being a mistake and half-assed apology.

    No coincidence that this same paper endorsed McCain...

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    Revolting.
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    Either the newspaper staff knew what the ad meant and chose to run it, or they were too stupid to recognize it, which is not a good sign in a news organization. Either way, fuck 'em.

    And yes, PA is an odd state politically...very diverse. It's not just an east versus west thing. Even in the eastern part of the state, you can go from an urban, educated population to a rural, toothless population in an hour's drive. (Sorry, don't mean to offend any Pennsylvanians, rural people, or toothless folks.)

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