The Texas GOP has launched one of the dickiest attack ads imaginable. A British newspaper tracked down one of Barack Obama's half brothers, who it contended was living in awful, destitute squalor. CNN interviewed the half-brother who in turn flatly refused his half-sibling's help:

But reports surfaced in the past few days, springing from an Italian Vanity Fair article saying George Obama is living in a shack and "earning less than a dollar a day."

The reports left him angry.

"I was brought up well. I live well even now," he said. "The magazines, they have exaggerated everything.

"I think I kind of like it here. There are some challenges, but maybe it is just like where you come from, there are the same challenges," Obama said.

Obama, who is in his mid-20s, is learning to become a mechanic and is active in youth groups in Huruma. He said he tries to help the community as much as he can.

At least one of his neighbors feels that perhaps the candidate should help the brother.

"I would like Obama to visit his brother to see how he is living, to improve his way of life," said Emelda Negei, who runs a small dispensary near Obama's house.

But George Obama will have none of it. He draws inspiration from his famous half-brother. He acknowledges that he is biased but said he knows that his half-brother will be the next president.

The Texas GOP, stepping in with the full force of patronizing assholism (the best kind), attacks Barack Obama for not helping his brother...because John McCain was a POW.

If this election was on the verge of awesome before, it flung itself full-force into awesomeland today, via Dickway Lane.