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A conservative black leadership network has denounced a racial slur made against President-elect Barack Obama by al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahri.

“While no fan of Barack Obama, I am a proud American. I find this terrorist’s remarks directed at our nation’s incoming leader to be highly offensive,” said Mychal Massie, director of Project 21, a nonprofit group sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research.

Al-Zawahri called Mr. Obama a “house negro” on Wednesday.

There are larger lessons at stake, Mr. Massie said.

“Liberals fail to grasp the reality that Muslim extremists such as al-Zawahri hate them just as much as they hate the rest of America. At the very least, his crazed diatribe should prove this very point. I hope it jolts the incoming administration into reality. Being president isn’t like playing senator or being a community organizer - it is about protecting the American people,” Mr. Massie said.

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Pollsters at Predictor Mobile recently revealed that 75 percent of us seriously think that Beyonce will sing at the inauguration.

The events are still a work in progress, perhaps.

“The Illinois ball for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration might be Washington D.C.’s hottest ticket, but the event’s headliners aren’t exactly Kanye, The Boss or any of those A-list entertainers who’ve endorsed Obama,” notes the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“In fact, wedding singers, corporate-events crooners and bar mitzvah bands make up the list of the musicians scheduled to perform at the Illinois State Society’s Jan. 19 inaugural gala,” according to the paper.

Planners are “still hoping to hire a handful more professional acts, who will also be joined by two high school choirs” at the event - which has a $1 million budget and will be staged at the Renaissance Washington Hotel.

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“Augustthermopylae,” a blogger with Reason magazine, has another notion for President-elect Barack Obama to consider.

“I would like to believe that a Ron Paul Treasury department would not only tell the President he had no clothes, but how to get clothes for the best price and how long it would take to pay them off,” the blogger notes.

“Talking about having your cake and eating it too: Obama would be able to use the terms ‘uniter’ without becoming a caricature while lobbing a grenade into the middle of the RNC.”

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