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									               Obama's Political Evolution
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                                                        Barack
                                    Obama was born of Marxists;
                                    mentored by a communist
                                    writer and activist during his
                                    formative years; spent his
                                    college days hanging around
                                    radical activists; worked as a
                                    radical community organizer,
                                    learning the radical tactics of
                                    the communist, Alinsky;
Politics                            attended a radical church;
                                    was introduced to Chicago
                                    politics by a communist in the
                                    home of two communists; and
                                    today lends his political skill to
                                    the international goals of
                                    radical activists. He had
                                    radicals working on his
                                    campaign and has them in his
                                    administration. The simple
                                    fact is, since the age of 12,
                                    the people closest to Obama
                                    have been active, radical
                                    Marxists and/or members of
                                    the Communist Party USA.

                                                        Alinskyized




Community Organizing                                     A
                                    "community organizer" is an
                                    agitator -- a rabble-rouser.
                                    The agitator's job, according
                                    to Alinsky, is first to bring
                                    folks to the "realization" that
        they are indeed miserable,
        that their misery is the fault of
        unresponsive governments or
        greedy corporations, then
        help them to bond together to
        demand what they deserve,
        and to make such an almighty
        stink that the dastardly
        governments and corporations
        will see imminent "self-
        interest" in granting whatever
        it is that will cause the
        harassment to cease. Obama
        said his five-year education,
        in what was euphemistically
        labeled "community
        organizing," was the best
        education he ever got
        anywhere.

                            Radicalized




        Obama’s most important
        radical connection, a by-
        product of his organizing, has
        been hiding in plain sight all
ACORN   along. Obama has had an
        intimate and long-term
        association with the
        Association of Community
        Organizations for Reform Now
        (ACORN), the largest pro-
        Democrat, radical group in
        America. If I told you Obama
        had close ties with
        MoveOn.org or Code Pink,
        you’d know what I was talking
        about. ACORN is at least as
        radical as these better-known
        groups, arguably more so.
        Yet because ACORN works
        locally, in carefully selected
                       urban areas, its national
                       profile is lower. ACORN likes it
                       that way. And so, I’d wager,
                       does Barack Obama -- and
                       that goes double for SEIU.

                                          Sanitized




                       While in the Illinois State
                       Senate, Obama supported
                       homosexual marriage, racial
                       preferences, the banning of all
                       firearms, flag-burning,
Illinois
                       socialized medicine and the
House
                       absolute right to abortion,
and                    including partial-birth
Senate
                       abortions. He voted against
                       requiring medical care for
                       aborted fetuses who survive
                       an abortion. He is anti-war,
                       voted against the
                       reauthorization of the USA
                       Patriot Act, against privatizing
                       Social Security and opposes
                       the death penalty, three
                       strikes laws and school
                       vouchers. He has no military
                       service record. He strongly
                       supports the decriminalization
                       of marijuana.

                                          Brevitized




United States Senate
                                         After 143
                       days in the U. S. Senate,
                       Obama was elected to the
                       White House. IN January
                       2008 the National Journal
            published its rankings of all
            U.S. senators -- based on how
            they had voted on a host of
            foreign and domestic policy
            bills -- and rated Barack
            Obama "the most liberal
            Senator of 2007." In the area
            of domestic policy voting, the
            study found that "Obama
            voted the liberal position on
            65 of the 66 key votes on
            which he voted … [and]
            garnered perfect liberal scores
            in both the economic and
            social categories." At the
            beginning of 2010, folks are
            saying, "I thought he was a
            moderate?"

                               Socialized




                               Obama and
            the people around him are are
            Obamunists -- Obama is the
            prototypical Obamunist -- a
            blend of Marx, Lenin, Stalin,
            Hitler, Mao, Che, Capone, Billy
            Sunday, Boss Tweed,
Obamunism   Muhammad, and Tupac --
            they are hybrids -- they use
            all the tools -- whatever will
            get them power and keep
            them in power.

            An Obamunist believes the
            orders must come from them,
            the enlightened ones, through
            the bureaucracy, to the
            People. They wrap their stuff
            up in fancy slogans, but their
            goal is power -- and they
            believe they are entitled to it.


                               Organized
                                                              On July 2nd, 2008, Obama
                                                              spoke in Colorado Springs and
                                                              hit themes of national service,
People's                                                      foreign policy, and national
Organization                                                  security. In that vein, Obama
                                                              proposed a rather
                                                              extraordinary idea -- that the
                                                              US should spend as much
                                                              money on a civilian national
                                                              security force as it does on
                                                              the military. His actual words
                                                              were: "We cannot continue to
                                                              rely on our military in order to
                                                              achieve the national security
                                                              objectives we’ve set. We’ve
                                                              got to have a civilian national
                                                              security force that’s just as
                                                              powerful, just as strong, just
                                                              as well-funded."

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               With the exception of some background entries at the top, this page is
               organized alphabetically, by political issue.
               Background
               Barack Obama was born of Marxists; mentored by a communist writer and
               activist; spent his college days hanging around radical activists; worked as a
               radical community organizer, learning the radical tactics of the communist,
               Alinsky; attended a radical church; was introduced to Chicago politics by a
               communist in the home of another communist; and today lends his political
               skill to the international goals of radical activists, and had radicals working
               on his campaign and in his administration.

               The fact is, Obama has been around Marxists, of one kind or another, since
               the age of 12. Before that, it was Muslims. Barack Obama is no Jack
               Armstrong.
               Frank Marshall Davis
Obama had an admitted relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, who was
publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The
record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some
point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with
Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. In his
book, "Dreams From My Father," Obama refers to Davis repeatedly as just
"Frank."

At Occidental It Was Marxist Professors

In his first memoir, "Dreams," Obama included a description of black student
life at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1979, writing, "There were
enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging
out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together,
traveling in packs," he wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side
you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and
name names." -- he added -- "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose
my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign
students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists.

At Columbia It Was Marxist Conferences


During Obama's Columbia period, he regularly attended the Marxist-Socialist
conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyn and
started lecturing his relatives until they worried he'd become "one of those
freaks you see on the streets around here."


At Work It Was Marxist Tactics
Obama answered a help-wanted ad for a position as a community organizer
for the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community
Religious Conference (CCRC) in Chicago. Obama was 24 years old,
unmarried, and according to his memoir, searching for a genuine African-
American community.
1st Amendment -- Obama Uses It


"St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit
Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama
and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have
attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign."


2nd Amendment -- Obama's Against It
"Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously
confused," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "Throughout his
tenure in the Illinois Senate, Obama served as one of the most loyal foot
soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership.
While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and
forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the
state. Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a
law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam
our streets. And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation
that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families."
Abortion -- Obama's For It

The entire issue of abortion involves determining when a baby becomes a
person. If Obama thinks this is above his pay grade, then he probably
shouldn’t be running for political office. If a baby is a person at conception,
then abortion is murder. If Obama doesn’t believe that abortion is murder,
then he can’t believe in the personhood, the humanity, of an embryo or fetus
-- not unless he’s some kind of monster.



Affirmative Action -- Obama's For It




April 29th -- Obama says, "I still believe in affirmative action as a means of
overcoming both historic and potentially current discrimination ..."




Alinsky -- Obama's A Fan



Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to
create a "mass army" that brings in as many recruits as possible from local
organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and
individuals. Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But
he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are
fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.



Change -- Euphemism For Socialism


Yup, Obama isn't done with his personal fable. He's got another novel on the
way. You’ll never guess the what the title is.

"Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s
Promise" is a recycled collection of talking points and speeches. It attempts
to explain all the gaffes and lies he's uttered over the past years.

Barack Obama’s plan to renew America -- yeah! In the image of Karl Marx.


China -- People's Republic Of
Yup, Obama sold $700 billion in treasuries to China. China now holds the
mortgage to the United States of America.
Crime and Punishment -- Light On The Punishment, Please




Obama doesn't talk much about his views on crime and punishment -- at
least not in front of general audiences -- and for good reason. While his Web
site says he's "a strong proponent of tougher measures to fight crime," his
record tells a different story. As an Illinois state senator, for example, he
acted more as a friend to criminals than to cops,




Defense -- Obama's Against It
According to the new strategy, the U.S. will not use or threaten to use
nuclear weapons against nonnuclear members that sign the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty, known as the NPT, and comply with its terms. For
strategic deterrence purposes, in the case of extreme provocation, the U.S.
keeps the right to use or threaten to use nuclear arms against nuclear states
and NPT signatories for failing to abide by its terms.
Demagoguery -- Obama's For It



Demagogues use dishonesty to shape opinions. Webster defines one as "a
leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in
order to gain power." But, does it matter if our leaders deceive us? After
all, everyone knows politicians lie -- so why not just adjust expectations?



Egypt -- Obama Hasn't A Clue

Under Obama's leadership, the US has voluntarily ceded its authority as the
world's super power. After all, according to Obama, all countries and
cultures are equal. America's voice should be but one of many. This is now
becoming a reality. Egypt continues to burn. And Obama parties and
Twitters by proxy. Welcome to the new world order.


Elections -- Obama Prefers Them Rigged
The Democrats in Congress are pushing for a new law that would allow
nearly 4 million people currently banned from voting to cast their ballot, and
most of those millions, studies show, will vote Democrat. And where will
these new voters come from? Why, from the ranks of convicted felons.
Energy -- Obama's For Windmills
Obama is lying. There is no "clean energy future" when he talks of solar and
wind energy. America needs oil, but the policies of previous administrations
from the 1970s onward have stymied production, shut down existing wells,
driven oil companies to seek it anywhere but here! Instead, he devoted the
thrust of his address to tell Americans they must "embrace a clean energy
future", must "transition away" from so-called fossil fuels, and that the
nation must, in fact, "accelerate" that effort. Obama is lying. There is no
"clean energy future" when he talks of solar and wind energy.
Globalism -- Obama's For It



"Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen...a
proud citizen of the United States...and a fellow citizen of the world." Barack
H. Obama II



Government Pharma -- Obama Loves It


The Obama administration says it has become so concerned about the
slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that
officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development
center to help create medicines.


International Relations -- Obama Treats Enemies As Friends And
Friends As Enemies
Calling for a new direction when it comes to Cuba, Obama today said as
president he would allow unlimited family travel and remittances to the
island.

"It's time for more than tough talk that never yields results. It’s time for a
new strategy," he said. "It's time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers
and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American
money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime."
Homosexual Agenda -- Obama's For It
"The gay press may feel like I'm not giving them enough love, but basically
all press feels that way at all times," Obama told The Advocate. He said he's
frequently spoken out against homophobia and in support of gay rights.

Asked what he could reasonably accomplish for the gay community as
president, Obama said he can "reasonably see" repeal of the "don't ask,
don't tell" policy as well as signing legislation to ban workplace discrimination
against gays. He said he'd like transgendered people to be covered by the
law, but thinks it would be tough to get such legislation through Congress.

Obama also said he's interested in ensuring that same-sex couples in civil
unions get federal benefits.




Illegal Immigration -- Obama's For It

"The system isn’t working when 12 million people live in hiding, and
hundreds of thousands cross our borders illegally each year; when
companies hire undocumented immigrants instead of legal citizens to avoid
paying overtime or to avoid a union; when communities are terrorized by ICE
immigration raids -- when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when
children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people
are detained without access to legal counsel." -- Barck Obama

India -- Obama's For It

While Obama and his entourage were jetting off to India on what is believed
to be a $200-million-a day junket, he was silent about the one year
anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting in which jihadi Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan
murdered 13 Americans and injured 30 others.

Iran -- Obama's For It

Obama offers a policy of dialogue and accommodation to Iran. He has
opposed listing Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist
organization and proposed a grand bargain with Syria's rulers. He is even
prepared to ignore two UN Security Council resolutions that require Iran to
stop its uranium-enrichment program as a precondition for talks at the
highest level. He has campaigned for a formal congressional move to
prevent Bush from taking any military action against Tehran.

Iraq-- Obama's Against It
Obama finally abandoned his dangerous insistence on an unconditional
withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by making clear that for the
foreseeable future, troop levels in Iraq will be "entirely conditions based."
This latest shift in Obama’s position is welcome, but it is obvious that it was
only a lack of experience and judgment that kept him from arriving at this
position sooner.
Israel -- Obama's Against It
Obama has refused all Israeli military requests since entering office in 2009,
reminding us that last week Obama refused to have his picture taken with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There were reports that he
refused to dine with Netanyahu, too. But, his angst against Israel does not
stop there.
Korea -- Obama Ignores It


That tiny light in North Korea Is Pyongyang, its capital. The rest of the
country has no electricity.

Seoul, on the other hand...

A testament to capitalism v. communism/socialism.


Libya -- Obama's Thinking
James Lewis says some great powers talk big and act big. Some do big
things quietly. But you can't talk big and do nothing and still expect to be
taken seriously in a world of ruthless power players. That's what Obama is
doing in Libya today, following in the pathetic footsteps of Jimmy Carter and
Lyndon B. Johnson. Obama is the ditheriest of them all. He has absolutely
no experience making difficult decisions. He is the "vote present" guy who
talks big and does nothing.
National Security -- Huh?

Mind you, Commander-in Chief Obama has never even been a boy scout, but
now he's second-guessing the combined wisdom of the Department of
Defense, the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs, the Central Command, and the
Presidents National Defense Team.

Oddities -- Obama's Got 'Em




Political odds and ends.




Patriotism -- Obama's Ambivalent

Obama defends his commitment to patriotic ideals by telling a town hall
meeting in North Carolina that "I always have the flag in my heart."

He just won't wear one on his lapel or salute it during the National Anthem.

Pushback -- Obama Hates It
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced
legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers Obama has employed
over the past two years.
               Taxes -- Obama Loves Them




               Barack Obama's never met a tax or a fee he didn't like. Of course, his
               money is in a tax-exempt trust.




               Technology -- Obama Loves It


               Obama says it's the answer to all the world's problems -- as long as it's
               powered by windmills.


               Third War -- Obama's On Mexico's Side
               More civilians were killed last year in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city across
               the border from El Paso, Texas, than were killed in all of Afghanistan. There
               were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the
               entire country of Afghanistan. On a per capita basis, a civilian was 30 times
               more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where there are 1,328,017
               inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010 census, than in Afghanistan, where
               there are 29,121,286 people according to the CIA World Factbook.
               Yemen -- Obama's Not Talkin'


               The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen,
               exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant
               suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.




http://www.theobamafile.com/_politics/ObamaPolitics.htm



With the exception of some
background entries at the
top, this page is organized
alphabetically, by political
issue.
                               Background
                               Barack Obama was born of Marxists; mentored by a
communist writer and activist; spent his college days hanging
around radical activists; worked as a radical community
organizer, learning the radical tactics of the communist,
Alinsky; attended a radical church; was introduced to Chicago
politics by a communist in the home of another communist;
and today lends his political skill to the international goals of
radical activists, and had radicals working on his campaign and
in his administration.

The fact is, Obama has been around Marxists, of one kind or
another, since the age of 12. Before that, it was Muslims.
Barack Obama is no Jack Armstrong.
Frank Marshall Davis

Obama had an admitted relationship with Frank Marshall Davis,
who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist
Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in
Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he
developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis,
listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path.
In his book, "Dreams From My Father," Obama refers to Davis
repeatedly as just "Frank."

At Occidental It Was Marxist Professors
In his first memoir, "Dreams," Obama included a description of
black student life at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1979,
writing, "There were enough of us on campus to constitute a
tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to
function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs,"
he wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side you
were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike
out and name names." -- he added -- "To avoid being
mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more
politically active black students. The foreign students. The
Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists.
At Columbia It Was Marxist Conferences

During Obama's Columbia period, he regularly attended the
Marxist-Socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African
cultural fairs in Brooklyn and started lecturing his relatives until
they worried he'd become "one of those freaks you see on the
streets around here."

At Work It Was Marxist Tactics
Obama answered a help-wanted ad for a position as a
community organizer for the Developing Communities Project
(DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC)
in Chicago. Obama was 24 years old, unmarried, and
according to his memoir, searching for a genuine African-
American community.
1st Amendment -- Obama Uses It
"St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn
Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign
Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police
state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign."


2nd Amendment -- Obama's Against It
"Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his
friends is seriously confused," said ISRA Executive Director
Richard Pearson. "Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate,
Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor
Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership. While a
state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and
forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and
hunting rifle in the state. Obama also voted for bills that would
ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own,
yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets.
And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation
that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes
and families."
Abortion -- Obama's For It

The entire issue of abortion involves determining when a baby
becomes a person. If Obama thinks this is above his pay
grade, then he probably shouldn’t be running for political
office. If a baby is a person at conception, then abortion is
murder. If Obama doesn’t believe that abortion is murder,
then he can’t believe in the personhood, the humanity, of an
embryo or fetus -- not unless he’s some kind of monster.


Affirmative Action -- Obama's For It



April 29th -- Obama says, "I still believe in affirmative action
as a means of overcoming both historic and potentially current
discrimination ..."



Alinsky -- Obama's A Fan
Through a process combining hope and resentment, the
organizer tries to create a "mass army" that brings in as many
recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services
groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals. Alinsky
provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he
emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics
that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.
Change -- Euphemism For Socialism
Yup, Obama isn't done with his personal fable. He's got
another novel on the way. You’ll never guess the what the title
is.

"Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew
America’s Promise" is a recycled collection of talking points and
speeches. It attempts to explain all the gaffes and lies he's
uttered over the past years.

Barack Obama’s plan to renew America -- yeah! In the image
of Karl Marx.
China -- People's Republic Of


Yup, Obama sold $700 billion in treasuries to China. China
now holds the mortgage to the United States of America.


Crime and Punishment -- Light On The Punishment,
Please



Obama doesn't talk much about his views on crime and
punishment -- at least not in front of general audiences -- and
for good reason. While his Web site says he's "a strong
proponent of tougher measures to fight crime," his record tells
a different story. As an Illinois state senator, for example, he
acted more as a friend to criminals than to cops,



Defense -- Obama's Against It
According to the new strategy, the U.S. will not use or threaten
to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear members that sign
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, known as the NPT, and
comply with its terms. For strategic deterrence purposes, in
the case of extreme provocation, the U.S. keeps the right to
use or threaten to use nuclear arms against nuclear states and
NPT signatories for failing to abide by its terms.
Demagoguery -- Obama's For It



Demagogues use dishonesty to shape opinions. Webster
defines one as "a leader who makes use of popular prejudices
and false claims and promises in order to gain power." But,
does it matter if our leaders deceive us? After all, everyone
knows politicians lie -- so why not just adjust expectations?



Egypt -- Obama Hasn't A Clue

Under Obama's leadership, the US has voluntarily ceded its
authority as the world's super power. After all, according to
Obama, all countries and cultures are equal. America's voice
should be but one of many. This is now becoming a reality.
Egypt continues to burn. And Obama parties and Twitters by
proxy. Welcome to the new world order.

Elections -- Obama Prefers Them Rigged



The Democrats in Congress are pushing for a new law that
would allow nearly 4 million people currently banned from
voting to cast their ballot, and most of those millions, studies
show, will vote Democrat. And where will these new voters
come from? Why, from the ranks of convicted felons.



Energy -- Obama's For Windmills
Obama is lying. There is no "clean energy future" when he
talks of solar and wind energy. America needs oil, but the
policies of previous administrations from the 1970s onward
have stymied production, shut down existing wells, driven oil
companies to seek it anywhere but here! Instead, he devoted
the thrust of his address to tell Americans they must "embrace
a clean energy future", must "transition away" from so-called
fossil fuels, and that the nation must, in fact, "accelerate" that
effort. Obama is lying. There is no "clean energy future" when
he talks of solar and wind energy.
Globalism -- Obama's For It



"Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but
as a citizen...a proud citizen of the United States...and a fellow
citizen of the world." Barack H. Obama II



Government Pharma -- Obama Loves It
The Obama administration says it has become so concerned
about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the
pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a
billion-dollar government drug development center to help
create medicines.

International Relations -- Obama Treats Enemies As
Friends And Friends As Enemies
Calling for a new direction when it comes to Cuba, Obama
today said as president he would allow unlimited family travel
and remittances to the island.

"It's time for more than tough talk that never yields results.
It’s time for a new strategy," he said. "It's time to let Cuban
Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and
brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American money make their
families less dependent upon the Castro regime."
Homosexual Agenda -- Obama's For It
"The gay press may feel like I'm not giving them enough love,
but basically all press feels that way at all times," Obama told
The Advocate. He said he's frequently spoken out against
homophobia and in support of gay rights.

Asked what he could reasonably accomplish for the gay
community as president, Obama said he can "reasonably see"
repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy as well as signing
legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays. He
said he'd like transgendered people to be covered by the law,
but thinks it would be tough to get such legislation through
Congress.

Obama also said he's interested in ensuring that same-sex
couples in civil unions get federal benefits.
Illegal Immigration -- Obama's For It
"The system isn’t working when 12 million people live in hiding,
and hundreds of thousands cross our borders illegally each
year; when companies hire undocumented immigrants instead
of legal citizens to avoid paying overtime or to avoid a union;
when communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids --
when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when
children come home from school to find their parents missing,
when people are detained without access to legal counsel." --
Barck Obama
India -- Obama's For It

While Obama and his entourage were jetting off to India on
what is believed to be a $200-million-a day junket, he was
silent about the one year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting
in which jihadi Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 13 Americans
and injured 30 others.
Iran -- Obama's For It
Obama offers a policy of dialogue and accommodation to Iran.
He has opposed listing Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps as a terrorist organization and proposed a grand bargain
with Syria's rulers. He is even prepared to ignore two UN
Security Council resolutions that require Iran to stop its
uranium-enrichment program as a precondition for talks at the
highest level. He has campaigned for a formal congressional
move to prevent Bush from taking any military action against
Tehran.
Iraq-- Obama's Against It
Obama finally abandoned his dangerous insistence on an
unconditional withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by
making clear that for the foreseeable future, troop levels in
Iraq will be "entirely conditions based." This latest shift in
Obama’s position is welcome, but it is obvious that it was only
a lack of experience and judgment that kept him from arriving
at this position sooner.
Israel -- Obama's Against It
Obama has refused all Israeli military requests since entering
office in 2009, reminding us that last week Obama refused to
have his picture taken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. There were reports that he refused to dine with
Netanyahu, too. But, his angst against Israel does not stop
there.
Korea -- Obama Ignores It


That tiny light in North Korea Is Pyongyang, its capital. The
rest of the country has no electricity.

Seoul, on the other hand...

A testament to capitalism v. communism/socialism.


Libya -- Obama's Thinking
James Lewis says some great powers talk big and act big.
Some do big things quietly. But you can't talk big and do
nothing and still expect to be taken seriously in a world of
ruthless power players. That's what Obama is doing in Libya
today, following in the pathetic footsteps of Jimmy Carter and
Lyndon B. Johnson. Obama is the ditheriest of them all. He
has absolutely no experience making difficult decisions. He is
the "vote present" guy who talks big and does nothing.
National Security -- Huh?
Mind you, Commander-in Chief Obama has never even been a
boy scout, but now he's second-guessing the combined wisdom
of the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs,
the Central Command, and the Presidents National Defense
Team.
Oddities -- Obama's Got 'Em




Political odds and ends.




Patriotism -- Obama's Ambivalent
Obama defends his commitment to patriotic ideals by telling a
town hall meeting in North Carolina that "I always have the
flag in my heart."

He just won't wear one on his lapel or salute it during the
National Anthem.
Pushback -- Obama Hates It


Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans
introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid
advisers Obama has employed over the past two years.


Taxes -- Obama Loves Them




Barack Obama's never met a tax or a fee he didn't like. Of
course, his money is in a tax-exempt trust.




Technology -- Obama Loves It


Obama says it's the answer to all the world's problems -- as
long as it's powered by windmills.


Third War -- Obama's On Mexico's Side
More civilians were killed last year in Ciudad Juarez, the
Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, than were
                             killed in all of Afghanistan. There were 3,111 civilians
                             murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the entire
                             country of Afghanistan. On a per capita basis, a civilian was
                             30 times more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where
                             there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010
                             census, than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286
                             people according to the CIA World Factbook.
                             Yemen -- Obama's Not Talkin'


                             The Obama administration has intensified the American covert
                             war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the
                             country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and
                             fighter jets, according to American officials.


Items are archived chronologically. Blue titles are hot links to more information . . .
Who Is This Guy?
Barack Obama is definitely not who you think he is, whatever that is. Despite his "poor-
boy" myth, Obama is:

       • a privileged African-American, educated at the finest schools, who has not
       shared the black American experience
       • by birth, blood and training, a Muslim, who later became a member of a
       Marxist, Black-African church
       • a socialist whose politics are rooted in Marx and whose tactics were
       conceived by the communist, Alinsky
       • a master at shaping his own mythology
       • completely unqualified to be Commander in Chief
       • and, he is not now, nor ever has been, a "natural born citizen"

The Press Is AWOL
Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting,
and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. Just himself .

Everything we know about Obama comes from "Dreams...," critical historical stuff is
disappearing or hidden by lawyers, and all we have left is Obama's idealized version of
events. Now, this undocumented stranger, who has repeatedly been rewarded for the work
of others, is sitting in the Oval Office -- and that's just fine with the Fourth Estate.
The Wonder Years
There's incredibly little documentation of Obama's early life. What there is is under lock and
key. I don't think Obama knows much about the first 4 or 5 years of his life. June 1960
through March 1963 -- I call them the "Wonder Years," because I wonder what really
happened inside the Dunham Family. No doubt there's the family stories and stuff. But I
don't think Obama knows, for a fact, the events proceeding his birth until his mother
returned to Hawaii in ther spring of 1963 to attend the sprimg session classes at the
University of Hawaii. What happened in between is anybody's guess.

Part of the exercise of writing "Dreams...," was to create a history -- a foundation, upon
which to anchor a life. Obama's father, Barak H. Obama, was out of Obama's life long
before Obama became aware. When Obama became aware, he was "Barry Obama," and
about to become Barry Soetoro. Whoever Obama is, his foundation was laid in Indonesia.
Provenance
The Dunham-Obama "divorce" provides the first artifact documenting a relationship
between Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama of Kenya. There are no documents of a
marriage. The divorce was important provenance for little Barry's adoption by Lolo Soetoro.
"At Birth," Barack Obama Was A Kenyan Citizen And A British Subject
The question that the court must decide is whether a person governed by the laws of Great
Britain at the time of their birth could be considered a natural "born citizen" of the United
States as required by Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of the United States Constitution.

       No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at
       the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of
       President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not
       have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a
       Resident within the United States.




Obama was a Constitutional law instructor. That means he knows, and has always known,
that he is ineligible to hold the Office of POTUS, because, "at birth," he was subject to the
laws and jurisdiction of the United States, Kenya, and Great Britain. Barack Obama is not
now, and never has been a "natural born" American citizen.

The screen snapshots at the links are from Obama's "Fight the Smears" website. There are
three very important facts on this page:

       1. Obama describes his citizenship status as "native born" citizen -- second
       paragraph. Obama never claimed he was a "natural born" citizen.

       2. Obama's uses a phony id to do it. I had a better fake ID when I was in
       high school. Hell, it took three iterations to get it right.

       2. Obama says, so what if I'm British? I hate the British. Oh! And look in
       the lower left. He repeats the fact he's a "native born" citizen.
Obama’s Biography Is A State Secret In Canada
Obama is the most high-profile politician in recent history, the winner of a bruising election
campaign in which every aspect of his life -- from his smoking habit to anti-American
comments made by his pastor -- came under relentless scrutiny.

But according to Canadian government officials, a biography of Barack Obama provided to
Prime Minister Stephen Harper shortly after Obama's inauguration last January qualifies as a
state secret.

Broken link again, Obot scrubbers at work, but here is my cache copy.
It's A State Secret In America Too
Obama has lived for almost 50 years without leaving any footprints -- none! There is no
Obama documentation -- no bona fides -- no paper trail -- nothing.

Original, vault copy birth certificate -- Not released (lawyers' fees greater than $4,000,000
~ birth certificate is $15)
Certification of Live Birth -- Released -- Counterfeit
Certificate of Live Birth -- Released -- Counterfeit
Amended Certification of Live Birth -- Released -- Counterfeit
Obama/Dunham marriage license -- Not released (if one exists)
Obama/Dunham divorce -- Released but incomplete (by independent investigators)
Obama Sr. INS file -- Released
Noelani Kindergarten records -- Records lost (this is a big one -- read two frames)
Soetoro/Dunham marriage license -- Not released
Anna Soetoro/Dunham passport records -- Released, but key years are missing
Soetoro adoption records -- Not released
Fransiskus Assisi School School application -- Released (by independent investigators)
Punahou School application -- Missing
Punahou School records -- Not released
Noelani 3rd Grade records -- Not released
Soetoro/Dunham divorce -- Released (by independent investigators)
Selective Service Registration -- Released (by independent investigators) -- Under suspicion
Social Security Numbers -- Released (by independent investigators) -- Under suspicion
Occidental College records -- Not released
Financial Aid Records -- Not released
Passport -- Not released and records scrubbed clean by Obama's terrorism and intelligence
adviser
Columbia College records -- Not released
Columbia thesis -- "Soviet Nuclear Disarmament" -- Not released
Harvard College records -- Not released
Harvard Law Review articles -- None
Illinois Bar Records -- Not released
Baptism certificate -- None (he was never baptized)
Medical records -- Not released -- nor is the source of this nasty scar
Illinois State Senate records -- None
Illinois State Senate schedule -- Lost
Law practice client list -- Not released
University of Chicago scholarly articles -- None
Rashid Khalidi video -- Hidden by the L.A. Times
White House Visitors list -- Incomplete to the point of worthless
The Blagojevich Interview -- judge denies access to the FBI report
The Osama bin Laden photos -- sealed by Obama
The Fast & Furious documents -- Executive Privilege invoked

The Illinois State Archives told Judicial Watch that they never received any request from
Senator Obama to archive any records in his possession. In 2007, Obama told Tim Russert
that his records were "not kept."

And there's less on the web every day. In time, the entire Obama body of knowledge will
consist of 3 documents -- "Dreams From My Father" -- "The Audacity of Hope" -- and the
latest -- "Change We Can Believe In" -- all written by Barack Hussein Obama or his "ghost-
writers."

Just an accident? I don't think so, but the overriding question is what, and why? What is
Obama hiding? And, why is he using such extreme measures to hide it?

With his willing accomplices in the ObamaMedia, Obama has succeeded in evading the
eligibility issue and seizing power.

And we still don't know who the hell he is -- or where he comes from -- or who sent him.

This is the original list -- it has been copied all over the Internet -- but this is the original
source.
The Birthplace
Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has said that Obama was born in two different
Hawaii hospitals.

In a November 2004 interview with the Rainbow Newsletter, Maya told reporters her half-
brother Sen. Barack Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, at Queens Medical Center in
Honolulu; then in February 2008, Maya told reporters for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that
Obama was at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

Recently, a top private investigator with extensive FBI training was tasked with visiting both
the Queens Medical Center and the Kaliolani Medical Center to investigate claims that
Obama birth certificates existed at either hospital.

The private investigator reported that sheriff's deputies were stationed at both hospitals to
fend off press inquiries about Obama's birth certificate.

No hospital in Honolulu will even confirm his birth there. That is highly suspicious given the
historic nature of Obama's presidency. Hawaii has never before been able to boast a
presidential birth -- let alone the first black president. Why would a hospital not make a
claim? Why would one not be renaming a wing after its most famous patient? Why would it
not be sending out press releases? Why all the mystery? I also consider it strange that the
only living person in the world who claims to have been present for his birth is his Kenyan
grandmother. No doctor, no nurse, no relative, no family friend has come forward to say
they can confirm his birth in Honolulu. And, of course, the biggest question of all is: Why
won't he release the one document that can confirm this -- his long-form birth certificate?
Elementary School
Obama began his education in Hawaii's public schools. He was enrolled in Ms. Sakai’s
kindergarten class at Noelani Elementary School in 1967. He was only there a couple or
three months before he was off to Indonesia. There he attended a school run by Catholic
nuns, and later an Indonesian public school. Obama would remain in Jakarta, Indonesia
until 1971.
Except for the photo that popped up showing "Scott and Barry, 3rd Grade, 1969." They
were third-grade classmates at Noelani Elementary School in 1969 -- in Honolulu!
Indonesia
Young Barry Obama spent the ages from 6 to 10 attending school in Indonesia after his
mother married Lolo Soetoro. During that time, according to Obama's third-grade teacher,
the "fat, curly-haired, curious" Barry studied Quran and went to Islamic classes over the
protestations of his mother, Ann, who apparently showed up at the school demanding to
know why the religious teacher had accepted young Barry into class. "But," said Barry's
teacher, "he kept going to the classes because he was interested in Islam. He would also
join the other pupils for Muslim prayers."

Even as young Obama reportedly embraced the Quran, his nanny was teaching him about
other lifestyles. According to The New York Times, "His nanny was an openly gay man who,
in keeping with Indonesia's relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair
with a local butcher, longtime residents said." The nanny was part of a transvestite
volleyball group who called themselves the Fantastic Dolls.
The Formative Years
The Dunhams enrolled "Barry Obama" in the prestigious Punahou School, starting in the
fifth grade. He attended Punahou on a scholarship, and walked the five blocks from his
grandmother's apartment on Beretania to the school.

With more than 3,000 students, Punahou is the largest private school in the country, and it
sits on a lush, sprawling campus in Honolulu. The school is elite and wealthy.

Grandpa was the driving force behind Barry being accepted at Punahou and he took Barry to
Punahou for the entrance exams in 1971 and he also accompanied Barry to Punahou on his
first day of classes in 1972. It was grandpa Stanley who brought the communist and
pornographer, Frank Marshall Davis, into Barry's life.
First Unitarian Church Of Honolulu
Aaron Klein says that in his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," Obama recounts on
page 17 moving to Hawaii and being enrolled in the Unitarian church.

When Obama’s maternal grandmother died in November 2008, the memorial service,
attended by the then-presidential candidate, was held in Honolulu’s Unitarian church.

According to an account in the Tampa Tribune, when Young reminded Obama at his
grandmother’s memorial service that he attended the church’s Sunday school as a kid,
Obama’s eyes lit up, and he turned to his wife, Michelle, and said, "Hey, that’s right. This is
where I went to Sunday school."

Young recounted to WND in 2009 how the bathrooms for the main sanctuary were in full
use after the service. Obama said he had to use the restroom, so Young directed Obama
and his secret service detail to instead utilize the upper floor facilities, located at the
church’s Sunday school operations.

"When he returned," Young recalled, "I asked Obama if the Sunday school looked familiar.
He said it didn’t, but I explained to him we recently remodeled."

Notorious hotbed of far-leftist activism
Young came to the Honolulu church in 1995. He claimed the church and Sunday school is
non-partisan. However, just as it is now, during Obama’s attendance in the early 1970s, the
church was a hotbed of far-leftist activism.

The church notoriously granted sanctuary to U.S. military deserters recruited by the SDS.
The deserters’ exploits at the church were front page news for months in 1969, including
articles in the New York Times.

Eventually, the police raided the church as well as another nearby Honolulu worship house,
Crossroads, that was also providing sanctuary to draft dodgers.

Aside from its early connections to the SDS, Young confirmed his church was instrumental
in founding the League of Women Voters and activating a local branch of the American Civil
Liberties Union.

The church is still active is liberal politics. It reportedly helped to launch the Save Our
Constitution effort to fight the constitutional amendment on same-sex marriages. In 2003,
the church sponsored a Death with Dignity poll that collected a 72 percent response in favor
of end-of-life legislation.

In February 2003, the Unitarian church celebrated its 50th anniversary at a ceremony
replete with "Liberal Religion for 50 Years" T-shirts.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported bumper stickers on cars outside the church gave insight
into its members’ beliefs: "No War." "If you want peace, work for justice." "An eye for an
eye makes the whole world blind."
Frank Marshall Davis
During Barry's middle and high school years, Frank Marshall Davis, a radical black
communist, fed the impressionable Barry a constant diet of Marx and "blackness." He was
introduced to Obama by grandfather Stanley -- they were drinkin' buddies and Stanley
thought the Obama should have a black influence. He picked a beauty!

Davis's parting words to Barry on his leaving for Occidental College were, "college is an
advanced degree in compromise" and he warned Obama not to forget his "people" and not
to "start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all
that shit."

Obama, who grew up in a comfortable white household, has struggled to find an identity as
a righteous black men ever since. Obama accepted "the pure and heady breeze of
privilege" to which he was exposed as a teenager, but rejected his "white skin privilege" --
or at least tried to.
Barry's Birth Certificate
"I discovered this article, folded away among my birth certificate and old vaccination forms,
when I was in high school. It's a short piece, with a photograph of him. No mention is
made of my mother or me, and I'm left to wonder whether the omission was intentional on
my father's part, in anticipation of his long departure. Perhaps the reporter failed to ask
personal questions, intimidated by my father's imperious manner; or perhaps it was an
editorial decision, not part of the simple story that they were looking for. I wonder, too,
whether the omission caused a fight between my parents."

From "Dreams..." (Pg. 26 last paragraph)
Barack's Social Security Card
The affidavit, with true and correct copies, of Susan Daniels is here. It was filed by Dr. Orly
Taitz in the Barnett v. Obama case. Susan Daniels is a private investigator, licensed by the
State of Ohio.

In her affidavit, Daniels states that she has located Barack Obama's Social Security
Number. She states it was issued between 1977 and 1979 in the State of Connecticut.
She states that it is the only Social Security Number Barack Obama ever used.

The number assigned to Barack Obama "appears to be associated with someone born in the
year 1890."

But, there appears to be a controversy!
First Job




This Makiki neighborhood store claims he worked there during high school. It is a tourist
trap. Baskin Robbins open stores starting in 1953. Two years before he received the bogus
social security card from Connecticut.
Occidental College
At Occidental, Obama sought out the more politically active black students. The foreign
students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists.

There is an open question regarding Obama's status as a student at Occidental. The
question is, did Obama receive student aid as a foreign student? Obama is vigorously
fighting the release of his Occidental College records and has paid .

At Occidental, a few of his friends had already begun to call him Barack, and he'd come to
prefer that. The way his half sister, Maya, remembers it, Obama returned home at
Christmas in 1980, and there he told his mother and grandparents: "no more Barry."

However, Occidental, it turns out, wasn't black enough for him and after two years he
headed east to Columbia University -- on the edge of Harlem.
Draft Registration Question
Did Obama ever actually register or did friends of his in the Chicago federal records center,
which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service registration commit the
crime for him?
Columbia College
Obama's Columbia experience is a complete mystery. No one, absolutely no one,
remembers Obama from Columbia -- Fox News asked 400 ex-students and all Fox got was
shrugs. There is no picture of him in the yearbook. The only thing we really know about
this period is that Obama spent a lot of time at the Marxist-Socialist conferences at Cooper
Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyn.

Oh, and he lived down the avenue from Bill Ayers, who was getting his masters at Bank
Street College.

Obama stopped drugging sometime during the Columbia period. He started abusing
marijuana and cocaine at Punahou. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when
you could afford it. Not smack, though," he wrote.
Obama Tries Work
Obama graduated from Columbia College in 1983 and briefly entered the commercial world,
staying in New York for a little more than a year after graduation. He was employed by
Business International Corporation before moving to the activist New York Public Interest
Research Group.

Business International Corporation (BI) was a publishing and advisory firm dedicated to
assisting American companies in operating abroad. In 1986, Business International was
acquired by The Economist Group in London, and eventually merged with The Economist
Intelligence Unit.

Obama's recollection of this period demonstrates his tendency towards puffery, writing in
"Dreams...," (p. 135), that his first job after graduating Columbia was as a "research
assistant" in "a consulting house to multinational corporations," with "my own office, my
own secretary" and "myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in my hand."

But as one of his former fellow workers (and an Obama supporter) has written, it wasn't a
consulting house; it was a small company that published newsletters on international
business, "a bit of a sweatshop" where casual attire and low pay were the norm. His job
was essentially copyediting "in the cramped three Wang terminal space we called the bull
pen."

Here's an interesting account of the BI period from several of Obama's co-workers.

Obama rejected the commercial world and joined the agitators at The New York Public
Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). Created by Ralph Nader in the 1970s, NYPIRG is New
York State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform
organization. It is a not-for-profit group, established to effect policy reforms while training
students and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Since 1973, NYPIRG has played the key
role in fighting for more than 120 public interest laws and executive orders.

During this period, Obama spent three months working for a NYPIRG offshoot up in Harlem,
trying to convince the minority students at City College about the importance of recycling.
Anna Freaks Obama
To Obama, his mother is a Kumbaya-era liberal. He feels that she messed up her life due to
naïve faith in Third World countries and Third World men. Obama would write, "My mother
was that girl with the movie of beautiful black people playing in her head."

In the early eighties, when he’s working on Wall Street, he’s creeped out by his visiting
mother’s insistence on seeing her favorite film, the 1959 Brazilian art-house classic "Black
Orpheus." He belatedly realizes that his very fair-skinned mother is sexually attracted to
dark men. He pompously intones, "The emotions between the races could never be pure;
even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in
ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always
remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart."

Wallace-Wells mentions in Rolling Stone:

There is an amazingly candid moment in Obama’s autobiography when he writes of his
childhood discomfort at the way his mother would sexualize African-American men. "More
than once," he recalls, "my mother would point out Harry Belafonte is the best-looking man
on the planet." What the focus groups his advisers conducted revealed was that Obama’s
political career now depends, in some measure, upon a tamer version of this same feeling,
on the complicated dynamics of how white women respond to a charismatic black man.

Early in his run for the U.S. Senate in 2004, Obama’s pollsters discovered that women loved
him, especially nice white ladies who like personalities more than politics and definitely don’t
like political arguments.
Cherchez La Femme
David P. Goldman profiled Barack Obama on Feb. 26, 2008 in Asia Times Online. His essay
caused more revulsion and anguish than all the rest of his "Spengler" writings put together.
He stands by every word, and believes that subsequent events validate the analysis.
Obama is a Third World anthropologist who has cleverly infiltrated our culture, and is
studying us. He is deeply and fiercely hostile to the American proposition.

       "Cherchez la femme," advised Alexander Dumas in: "When you want to
       uncover an unspecified secret, look for the woman."

I didn't want to excerpt this most interesting article. Read it here . . .
Organizing
Obama was then hired by a community organizer for the Developing Communities Project
(DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC) in Chicago.

The "Project" was funded by Bill Ayers' Woods Fund, which raises the question, "did Obama
do a deal with Ayers" while both were students in New York? They lived and attended
school in the same neighborhood. Now, a year later, they bump into each other.

Obama was 24 years old, unmarried, and according to his memoir, searching for a genuine
African-American community.

Both the CCRC and the DCP were built on the Alinsky model of community agitation,
wherein paid organizers learned how to, in Alinsky's words, "rub raw the sores of
discontent."
Saul Alinsky
Alinsky viewed as supremely important the role of the organizer, or master manipulator,
whose guidance was responsible for setting the agendas of the People’s Organization. "The
organizer," Alinsky wrote, "is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man
can reach -- to create, to be a 'great creator,' to play God."

Alinsky wrote, "Rules for Radicals," a book he dedicated to Lucifer, whom he called the "first
radical'" For Alinsky, "Change" was his mantra. By "Change," Alinsky meant a quiet,
Marxist revolution achieved by slow, incremental, Machiavellian means that turned society
inside out. This had to be done through systematic deception, winning the trust of the
naively idealistic middle class, and by using the language of morality to conceal an agenda
designed to destroy it. And the way to do this, he said, was through "people’s
organizations'"

One of Obama's early mentors in the Alinsky method was Mike Kruglik, who had this to say
to an interviewer of The New Republic, about Obama:

"He was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation, who could engage a room full of
recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were
not living up to their own standards. As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and
confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would pinpoint the source
of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos just enough before dangling a carrot of hope
that they could make things better."

Watch Obama work a crowd at a town hall meeting. He comes out, says a few words in
greeting and then begins his laundry list of all the stuff that's wrong with America, getting
the audience all revved up. When the crowd is engaged and sufficiently "pissed off," Obama
presents a solution to the all the things that are "pissing them off" -- the chosen one, the
anointed one, the Obama -- as president.

Alinsky's goal was to slowly turn the United States into a Communist dictatorship; to this
end he tried to convince various groups of poor people and labor unions to push for
legislation in that direction; he did this by appealing to their self-interest -- whether valid or
not -- instead of using charismatic leadership -- but now we have Obama, who is skilled in
the Alinsky method and charismatic.
Bill Ayers
The unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers, was a constant during Obama's "Alinsky" period.
 Alinsky supplied the method but Bill Ayers supplied the money and the connections to the
Chicago Left that allowed Obama to grow his activism into political office. When Obama
wasn't agitating, he was elbow to elbow with Bill Ayers on one project or another.
Reverend Wright
When Obama undertook his agitating work in Chicago's South Side poor neighborhoods, he
was un-churched. Yet his office was in a Church and most of the folks he needed to agitate
and organize were Church people -- pastors and congregants, who took their churches and
their church-going very seriously. Again and again, he was asked by pastors and church
ladies, "Where do you go to Church, young man?"

In the paperback version of "The Audacity of Hope," in the chapter entitled "Faith,"
beginning on page 195, and ending on page 208, Obama is telling us that he doesn’t really
have any profound religious belief, but that in his early Chicago days he felt he needed to
acquire some spiritual "street cred."

So, at 28, Obama finally joined a church, in part to deepen what one friend called "a whole
web of relationships" in the community. It also gave him a strong political base and a well-
connected mentor.

Obama didn't join just any church, but a huge black nationalist church, the Trinity United
Church of Christ (UCC). Its pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, a former Muslim and racist
black nationalist, unabashedly preached a "black" gospel" and the Marxist "Black Liberation
Theology."
Membership in this congregation gives Obama the political cover he needed. He now
introduces himself as a Christian, although he has never been baptized. Swearing
allegiance to the "Black Value System" of a church whose foundation is "Black Liberation
Theology" does not a Christian make. But it is good politics on the South Side.
Harvard
Harvard Law School changed everything. Being the first affirmative-action president of the
Harvard Law Review netted Obama a book deal -- which he booted -- he spent the money
but didn't produce a book -- but he got a second advance and headed off to Bali, Indonesia,
to finish his fable, "Dreams From My Father," the source of almost everything we know
about Obama.
ACORN
In the early 90's, Obama married and practiced civil rights law for a couple of years and
then, with the publication of "the book," Obama started blossoming out. He cut back on his
law practice. He began teaching at the University of Chicago. He co-chaired the Chicago
Annenberg Challenge with Bill Ares. He did legal work and trained ACORN managers and
staff.
Chicago Annenberg Challenge
One of Ayers' and Obama's schemes, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, spent $150 million
to radicalize Chicago schoolchildren -- $110 million (including over $60 million in public
funds) was spent on a project that, according to the official review, yielded no discernable
result.
Alice Palmer
Barack Obama was Alice Palmer's Chief of Staff when she attempted an ill-fated run for the
US Congress. Alice Palmer was an executive board member of the U.S. Peace Council, which
the FBI identified as a communist front group, an affiliate of the World Peace Council, a
Soviet front group.

She participated in the World Peace Council's 1983 Prague Assembly, part of the Soviet
launch of the nuclear-freeze movement. The only thing it would have frozen was the Soviet
Union's military superiority.

In June 1986, while editor of the Black Press Review, she wrote an article for the
Communist Party USA's newspaper, the People's Daily World, now the People's Weekly
World. It detailed her experience attending the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of
the Soviet Union and how impressed she was by the Soviet System.

Palmer lost the congressional race to Jesse Jackson, Jr., and decided that she wanted to
hang onto her hard-won state senate seat. Most of the community leaders tried to
persuade Obama to withdraw and wait his turn. He was a newcomer after all. Obama said
no. He challenged hundreds of signatures on his rivals' nominating petitions and kept
challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced
off the ballot and won unopposed.

Obama first entered public office not by leveling the playing field, but by clearing it.
The Socialists
During his run for the Illinois state senate seat, Obama received the endorsement of the
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Obama was an associate of the Chicago branch of
the DSA, and a member of the "New Party," and signed documents seeking their support.

Obama actively sought and received the stamp of approval of a Marxist third party that
operated briefly in Chicago between 1992 and 1998. The group was called the "New Party"
and was started in 1992 by Daniel Cantor (a former staffer for Jesse Jackson’s 1988
presidential campaign) and Joel Rogers (a sociology and law professor at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison).

The New Party was a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect
leftist public officials -- most often Democrats. The New Party’s short-term objective was to
move the Democratic Party leftward, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of new
Marxist third party.

Most New Party members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America (Obama was an
associate of the Chicago branch), and the militant organization ACORN. The party’s Chicago
chapter also included a large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist
coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyists, and Communist Party USA members.
Emil Jones
Obama has spent his entire political career trying to win the next step up. Every three
years, he has aspired to a more powerful political position. When Obama was considering a
run for the US Senate in 2003, he paid an intriguing visit to Emil Jones, Jr., the Illinois
Senate Majority Leader.

"You have the power to elect a U. S. senator," Obama told Jones, a former Chicago sewers
inspector, who had risen to become one of the most influential African-American politicians
in Illinois.

Jones looked at the ambitious young man smiling before him and asked, teasingly: "Do you
know anybody I could make a U. S. senator?"

According to Jones, Obama replied: "Me." It was an audacious step in his spectacular rise
from the murky political backwaters of Springfield, the Illinois capital.

Jones had served in the Illinois Legislature for three decades. He represented a district on
the Chicago South Side not far from Obama's. He became Obama's kingmaker.

Several months before Obama announced his U.S. Senate bid, Jones called his old friend
Cliff Kelley, a former Chicago alderman who now hosts the city's most popular black call-in
radio program.

I called Kelley last week and he recollected the private conversation as follows:

"He said, 'Cliff, I'm gonna make me a U.S. senator.'"

"Oh, you are? Who might that be?"

"Barack Obama."

Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation in the
senate, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama
and had spent years championing the bills.

"I took all the beatings and insults and endured all the racist comments over the years from
nasty Republican committee chairmen," state senator Rickey Hendon, the original sponsor
of landmark racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation, yanked away by Jones
and given to Obama, complained to me at the time. "Barack didn't have to endure any of
it, yet, in the end, he got all the credit."

"I don't consider it bill jacking," Hendon told me. "But no one wants to carry the ball 99
yards all the way to the one-yard line, and then give it to the halfback who gets all the
credit and the stats in the record book."

Every bill Obama passed as a state senator was passed his last year. During his seventh
and final year in the state senate, Obama's stats soared. He sponsored a whopping 26 bills
passed into law -- including many he now cites in his presidential campaign when attacked
as inexperienced.

It was a stunning achievement that started him on the path of national politics -- and he
couldn't have done it without Jones.
Senator Obama
When Obama decided to run for the U. S. Senate he was virtually unknown in his own
state. Polls showed fewer than 20 percent of Illinois voters had ever heard of Barack
Obama.

But he got a boost, when, on June 2004, the billionaire, George Soros threw a big fund-
raiser at his New York home for Obama’s Illinois Senate campaign. Soros and family
personally chipped in $60,000. No telling what Soros' buddies chipped in.

Then the Democratic Party introduced Barack Obama to the nation on July 27th, 2004,
when Obama delivered his now-famous speech before the Democratic National Convention.

During the 2004 senate campaign, Obama ridiculed as "a silly question" whether he would
run for president or vice president before his term ends in 2011. "I’ve never worked in
Washington," he said. "I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in
four years, and my entire focus is making sure that I’m the best possible senator on behalf
of the people of Illinois."

In November, 2004, Obama was elected to the United States Senate, mostly through the
self-destruction of his top opponents in both the primary and general elections.
Presidential Prep
Almost immediately after Obama was sworn into the US Senate, Obama's beatification
began. Time magazine named Obama one of "The World's Most Influential People." He was
listed among other leaders and revolutionaries. The British journal, New Statesman, named
Obama one of "10 People Who Could Change the World."

In the first 18 months of his first Senate term Obama was also writing his second book,
"The Audacity of Hope." Immediately after finishing it, he built up support for his
forthcoming Presidential campaign by campaigning for other Democrats in 2006, took part
in a book tour, made a few appearances on entertainment shows, and began his campaign
for the presidency. Not much time for doing what he was elected to do -- represent the
people of Illinois.

On Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, less than two years after his swearing-in, Obama, who
has been repeatedly identified as the most liberal member of the U. S. Senate, took the first
step toward running for president by filing papers to create a presidential exploratory
committee.
Is Obama A Muslim
When Obama first showed up on the national scene, people wanted to know if Obama was a
Muslim.

I personally don't think so -- at least he's not a practicing Muslim. But, I don't think he's a
Christian, either.

He's a Black Marxist and an Alinsky-style "community organizer." Alinsky described himself
as a communist -- as do many of Obama's closest friends and associates.

Yet, there is a part of Obama that is Muslim. There's the prepubescent youngster who lived
in a Muslim household, in a Muslim country, attended a Muslim school, undoubtedly eager
to please his peers and teachers, and doing his best to be a good little Muslim boy to please
his new step-father.

The Jesuits would say, "Give me the child, and I will mould the man."

There's still some Muslim in there somewhere -- some influence -- some sensitivity -- some
empathy -- but, he's not a Muslim -- could be an undercover Muslim, I suppose.

See The Facts Of Obama's Religion.
The Elevation
Everybody that cares, has watched what has gone on since. The elevation of Obama to cult
status as the Obamamessiah.

The "we can change the world" slogans and mass crowds. The Alinsky-inspired challenges
about "the world as it is, and the world as it should be."

But, there was a downside to the campaign. The Rev. Wright's hateful, racist and anti-
American sermons become public and, after 20 years, Obama swore he didn't know
anything about it, saying, "I wasn't in church that day."

The names Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn bubbled up and Obama went, "Who?"

His pal and money-man Rezko was found guilty and Obama said, "What?"

The Annenberg Challenge? The only executive experience Obama has, is missing from his
resume.

ACORN? Nuts!

Obama doesn't know anybody or anything.
You Can Tell A Lot About A Man...
                                 Barack Obama's Gas Guzzler

...by the car he drives.

In May of 2007, then Senator Obama, made a speech towards the Detroit Economic Club
criticizing the U.S. auto makers for their poor availability of efficient and environmentally
friendly vehicles.

As beautiful as the speech was, the unexpected backlash from a few folks was to reference
towards his own gas guzzling V-8, Hemi powered Chrysler 300C (13/15 mpg city), claiming
the speech as a tad hypocritical in light of the fact. In return to such criticisms, the senator
purchased a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid (34 mpg city) within a few weeks of the fiasco,
blowing a cool breeze through what had become a tad bit of a lukewarm situation.

A year and several months later, Obama's 300C made headlines again, but this time on
Ebay -- conveniently, just a few days before Obama's historic inauguration -- to a man by
the name of Tim O'Boyle. Tim purchased Obama's old 300C back in February of 2008,
through the original Park Plaza Dodge dealer in Forest Park, Illinois.

Well, old Tim figured that this might be a great opportunity to make a few bucks. Let's say
for instance somewhere between $100,000 to $1 million for a vehicle which would normally
fetch more like $14,000 according to the Kelly Blue Book.

So up went Obama's 300C on eBay with an opening bid of $100,000. Now consider the
media, who in jest or in light of having anything better to report on, made this eBay find a
regular Britney Spears underwear slip, and news spread fast about the auction.

How fast? Everyone was reporting on the event, including CBS News, USA Today, Yahoo!
News, in fact, there weren't many places it wasn't being talked about. The Obama Chrysler
300C was quickly becoming a celebrity Drudge report in its own right.

So the next reaction of the public was a series of irrational bids from folks on eBay and by
the end of the evening of January 15th, the price for the vehicle shot up to just shy of about
$1 billion dollars. That's some $999 million more than the original "Buy it Now" price Tim
was originally asking for.
Well, realizing that there are only a microscopic thimble full of folks with that kind of
money, Tim re-listed the vehicle once again the very next day, but this time insisting that
each bidder become pre-qualified before being allowed to bid. Now there's a thought!

Next you had the folks making use of the headlines and keywords to boost their own eBay
items, such as other 2005 Chrysler 300C's which read, "just like Obama's 300C," and even
a 2008 Dodge Charger got in the mix using the headline, "not Obama's 300C, but faster!"
There are even random hand drawings of this, ahem, somewhat historic event, for sale on
eBay which makes reference to the 300C auction in order to draw attention to itself. One of
these drawings has already reached $405 with several days left of bidding.
A Man Of Stunning Self-Regard
In his pre-campaign book, "The Audacity of Hope," Barack Obama proclaims, "I find comfort
in the fact that the longer I'm in politics the less nourishing popularity becomes, that a
striving for rank and fame seems to betray a poverty of ambition, and that I am answerable
mainly to the steady gaze of my own conscience."

Some might think this odd testimony from a young and inexperienced freshman senator on
the cusp of seeking the highest rank, and the most famous position, in the world. It's a bit
like a parish priest saying he's happy with his modest lot in life and then declaring he's
throwing his hat in the ring to become pope.

But a closer reading reveals a possible explanation. Perhaps he's an adulation junkie.
Maybe the diminishing "nourishment" Sen. Obama receives from "popularity" is actually
causing him to ratchet up his pursuit of more and more praise just to get the minimal fix he
needs.

That would account for why a man who thinks striving for popularity is a character flaw has
nonetheless decided to give his nomination acceptance speech in a 76,000-seat football
stadium.

Or it might tell us why a candidate who hasn't even been nominated yet wants to re-enact
some of the most famous scenes from both Reagan and JFK's highlight reels by holding a
rally at Germany's Brandenburg Gate, even though he's not a head of state yet. (German
authorities, aware of Obama's rock-star status with the German public, diplomatically
suggested that it was up to Obama to decide what is in "good taste.")

Perhaps Dominic Lawson, writing in the British newspaper The Independent had it right
when he recently wrote that Obama is "a man of stunning articulacy, but also stunning self-
regard."

Read more from Jonah Goldberg . . .
A Healthy Ego
John Reiniers says, that in commenting upon Barak Obama's "Olympic ego trip" to
Copenhagen, George Will noted that Obama used the personal pronoun 26 times in 46
sentences.

In his first 41 speeches he mentioned himself 1,400 times.

Everyone needs to have a healthy ego if they assume they have the experience and
competency to be president of the United States. But that ego needs to be coupled with a
tinge of humility. And it helps to make a distinction between two forms of egomania, given
Obama's admitted lack of experience, which is even more obvious now.
As to the first form of egomania, let me quote other presidential figures to make the point.
Those old enough to remember will recall the time Lyndon Johnson (no shrinking violet, he)
was heading for the wrong helicopter when a young Air Force corporal pointed to the
presidential helicopter: "This is your helicopter sir," to which Johnson replied," They're all
my helicopters, son." This is the statement of a guy who exuded command authority from
years of experience of being boss. Ludwig Erhard, German chancellor said to Johnson upon
a visit to Texas, "I understand you where born in a log cabin," to which Johnson said, "No,
no, no! You have me confused with Abe Lincoln. I was born in a manger." This was a quip
by a seasoned totally self-confident Democratic political veteran with a healthy impression
of himself.

But now that other sort of ego that was present in Charles De Gaulle who proclaimed,
"When I want to know how France thinks, I ask myself." Or a surprising statement by
President Woodrow Wilson who unsuccessfully championed our membership into the League
of Nations: "Why has Jesus Christ so far not succeeded in inducing the world to follow His
teachings in matters of world peace? It is because he taught the ideal... That is why I am
proposing a practical scheme to carry out His aims." (A strange Pope-like comment, coming
from a progressive Democrat and former president of Princeton, whose racist views were
hardly a secret.)

Obama's ego is more of the flavor of Wilson's and De Gaulle's. Nevertheless, these guys at
least had lots of high level mileage that prompted their over-the-top egos. Obama's is more
of an elitist chutzpah that comes from being extremely clever, and being a performance
artist at the level of any of our great motivational speakers. More than 215,000 Germans
attended his speech in Berlin before he was even elected pResident! ("People of Berlin --
people of the world -- this is our moment. This is our time.") He won a Grammy for the
Best Spoken Word for the CD version of his autobiography, "Dreams from my father." He
won his second Grammy award for Best Spoken Word album for "The Audacity of Hope."
These were the credentials that qualified him for the pResidency. Two books all about
himself. His Nobel prize came later. There really is nothing else, because he started his
campaign for the presidency the day he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

He may be more clever than smart. He has chosen not to release his SAT, LSAT, or his GPA
scores. The Obama inner circle keeps these a closely guarded secret,

Continue reading here . . .

Audacity of Chutzpah
This "Audacity of Chutzpah" is classic Obama. He creates a disaster, like his professors,
Cloward and Piven taught him, and then blames somebody, or something else for the
fallout. He's been doing it his entire political career. Since he's occupied the Oval Office,
he's been blaming George Bush for his own failures, caused by his own lack of judgment.
At the end of 2009, he blamed the "fat cat" bankers for the mortgage meltdown that Obama
helped initiate -- he was involved, up to his eyeball, at the very, very beginning.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense
of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. They believe that they're superior
to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-
confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. -- Source: The
Mayo Clinic
Remind you of anyone?
Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic
Sam Vaknin Ph.D. believes Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist.

Granted, only a qualified mental health diagnostician (which he is not) can determine
whether someone suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and this, following
lengthy tests and personal interviews. But, in the absence of access to Barack Obama, one
has to rely on his overt performance and on testimonies by his closest, nearest and dearest.




Narcissistic leaders are nefarious and their effects pernicious. They are subtle, refined,
socially-adept, manipulative, possessed of thespian skills, and convincing. Both types
equally lack empathy and are ruthless and relentless or driven.

Perhaps it is time to require each candidate to high office in the USA to submit to a rigorous
physical and mental checkup with the results made public.

Read Vaknin's detailed assessment here . . .
Yet Humble
If there was any doubt about who and what Obama is, this photograph ends that doubt, as
the usurper humbles himself before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. (video)
This disgraceful. An American should stand erect and polite, and shake hands like a free
man. No American should ever show ANY deference to ANY monarch. No monarch,
including Elizabeth, have 1% of the legitimacy of of an American president. They don' t
even come close.

Remember, King Abdullah's Saudi regime spends billions of dollars each year promoting
Wahhabism, one of fundamentalist Islam's most extreme movements. Fifteen of the 9-11
terrorists were Saudi Wahabbis.

Al-Qaeda represents Wahhabism in its purest form -- a violent fundamentalist doctrine that
rejects all non-Wahhabi Islam, especially the spiritual forms of Islam. Wahhabism is an
expansionist sect intolerant of Shi‘ite Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism; in fact,
Wahhabists seek to challenge and destroy these faiths. The Saudi-Wahhabi threat must not
be underestimated

Shame on Obama -- the clearest signal yet that he is indeed a bogus POTUS -- and
probably a closet Muslim. 85% of all human communication is non-verbal and this vulgar
display will tell the entire Muslim world, the Ummah, who and what is occupying the Oval
Office.

Oddly, on Monday, September 12, 2005, the LA Times reported that the new Saudi king has
ordered citizens not to kiss his hand, saying the traditional gesture of respect is degrading
and violates Islam.

"Kissing hands is alien to our values and morals, and is not accepted by free and noble
souls," Abdullah told a delegation from Baha, in southwest Saudi Arabia, which came to the
royal palace to offer congratulations on his accession. "It also leads to bowing, which is a
violation of God’s law. The faithful bow to no one but God."

You got that Obama, not only did you offend all real Americans, you offended Allah, too.

This will certainly make Obama the laughingstock of the G20, if not all of the Western
Hemisphere.

Update: As of Friday morning, I have been unable to find this photo in a single mainstream media source -- not
one. If any of you do see this reported in the mainstream media, I would be interested in knowing about it.

I would also be interested in learning if anyone has ever seen Obama publicly bow and bend his knee when
meeting someone prior to this?

The Washington Times, a conservative-leaning newspaper, finally addresses Obama
dhimmitude, 5 days after the fact -- and doesn't publish the photo or link to the video.
Really Humble
How Low Can He Go? Obama is in Japan and is not behaving very presidential.




The AP reported that upon arriving at the palace, Obama greeted the Japanese Emperor
Akihito and Empress Michiko with a deep bow and many subsequent smaller bows.

In Japan, bowing is used as a way of greeting. The depth of the bow has a lot of meaning.
In this bow, Obama sent the signal that the Emperor is his superior, whether he knows it or
not, and by extension that Japan is the superior to the U.S.

Foreigners should not bow in Japan until they learn the rules, which takes a very long time.
Obama's bow was a grievous breach of protocol on Obama's part. It's almost like he wants
the world to know that he is a child.

The US Embassy here should have had these fine points scripted for Obama.

American leaders do not bow to foreigners. We are free, and it should show. Other world
leaders don't respect this kind of bowing and scraping. It is not just a loss of face for
Obama, but also for America. Wait till the Chinese and the North Koreans see this picture.
There will be provocations from North Korea -- and soon.

To any American soldier who gave his life at Pearl Harbor or throughout WWII at the hands
of the Japanese, this is treason.

It’s humiliating to see an American leader do this to any foreigner, and it's just a reminder
of this.
Obama's Crotch Salute




       The Obots say you can't question Obama's patriotism. I say what patriotism?

Friends And Associates
Have you noticed? Obama doesn't have any close friends. Obama doesn't have a "best
friend," a pal or a buddy, who goes back to Punahou, or Occidental, or Columbia, or
Harvard, or the projects -- not one.

But, the people that are around Obama all have one thing in common -- they all hate
America -- and there's a bunch of them that are hard-core communists.

His wife (Michelle), his mentor (Davis), his druggy buddy (Rafik), his pastor (Wright), his
other pastors (Pfleger, Meeks, Watts), his associates (Ayers, Dohrn, Klonsky) or his
supporters at the Daily Kos and Code Pink all have one thing in common -- they all hate
America -- and they all say so, all the time -- and Obama feigns surprised that anyone
would question his patriotism, even as he disrespects his country's symbols.

Obama and all his friends have clearly stated their goals. America, as it is and has been,
needs to change and the change they have in mind is socialism -- at best.

I know this is true, because these people have repeatedly and clearly said so. They're all up
to their ears in the "quiet revolution," first described by the Italian Marxist, Antonio
Gramsci, and they feel it is at hand. They can taste victory and it all hinges on Barack
Hussein Obama.

The mainstream media provides cover for Obama. It has completely abrogated its role and
responsibility to vet him.
The CPUSA Loves Him
The People's World describes itself as, "...a national, grassroots newspaper and the direct
descendant of the Daily Worker."

This page, entitled (in big, bold print), "New York City: Celebrate at our annual holiday open
house sponsored by the Communist Party USA, Young Communist League and People's
World," contains the following:
"We have a lot to do going forward, so let's celebrate our struggles and future victories: the
struggle to fund education and health care, to bring Obama's health plan to fruition as a big
step forward on the road to a national health service, for jobs and housing for all, against
racism and sexism, and for a more just, democratic and peaceful nation and world."

And if you missed Sam Webb's endorsement of the Obama agenda, click here . . .
The Man Who Despises America
Mark Hyman says the very next paragraph is going to make the nut jobs on the far left
excitable beyond belief.

       I am not referring to all Democrats or even a majority of liberals. I am
       singling out the "they've-lost-all-touch-with-reality" crowd. This includes
       Media Matters for America led by the admitted hit-and-run, drunk-driving
       serial liar. The group includes the unshaven, bathrobe-clad unemployed who
       live in their mother's basement and are devout followers of MoveOn.Org. It
       is also the bitter, aging spinster working at the New York Times, the morbidly
       obese documentary film maker, and cable TV news' resident drama queen
       who hosts MSNBC's Countdown. They are about to simultaneously suffer
       from brain aneurisms. So without further delay, I'll say it.

       Barack Obama despises America.

Continue reading here . . .
Scrub-A-Dub
On the Internet, there is an organized, systematic cleansing of Obama-related content.

Every couple of days I get an email telling me this link, or that link, connects to a "Page not
found -- 404 error." The extensive body of Obama web-knowledge, that has evolved over
the last 20 years, is shrinking. Stuff that's considered an Obama smear or unflattering is
sent to the Obama '08 cyber shredding machine. And the campaign is getting help from
some really big web service providers.

A good example is Kristof's famous New York Times article, in which Kristof quotes Obama
saying that the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth" and in which
Obama recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, "with a first-class [Arabic] accent" --
that's gone -- from The New York Times (It's here though).

And, the Trinity UCC website has completely changed. Now, it's all sweetness and light.
Gone are all those great Rev. Wright "God damn America" videos and anti-Israeli Trumpet
magazine excerpts.
Eligibility Issues
All evidence points to the fact that Obama, who finds it hard to praise the United States for
any achievement without mentioning some sin or grave shortcoming for balance, is, not
even eligible for POTUS because he is not a "natural born" citizen of the United States.
Conspiracy
The one and only issue that matters are all of the fraudulent and illegal acts committed by
Obama, his Campaign, his staff, his shills and co-conspirators in the news media, his ACORN
affiliates, his foreign contributors, and an all-star cast of supporting characters in the
biggest political cover-up since Watergate.

The indisputable facts are that Obama never released his birth certificate to anyone, and
that whatever Hawaii has on record for Obama is unknown. No one in Hawaii has ever said
or verified that he was born in Honolulu. The question of his birthplace, birth date, and
birth parents remain hidden from view, and are deliberately being withheld from the public.

Obama is a fictitious character with a fairytale for a biography befitting the Brothers Grimm.

Remember This
On July 2nd, 2008, Obama spoke in Colorado Springs and hit themes of national service,
foreign policy, and national security. In that vein, Obama proposed a rather extraordinary
idea -- that the US should spend as much money on a civilian national security force as it
does on the military. (video)

       "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national
       security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security
       force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

And what color shirts will they wear?

Lenin said this about socialism, "The goal of socialism is communism."

None of this is good.
Obama Evaluates His Performance
The Telegraph (UK) reports that Barack Obama has awarded himself a B plus for his first 11
months in office, stressing in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that there was still much to
be done.

"A good solid B plus," Obama said during an hour-long, intimate soft-focus ABC network
Christmas at the White House special, when Winfrey asked what grade he would give
himself.

Explaining why he wouldn't give himself top marks, Obama blamed George Bush, saying his
administration had "inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin
Delano Roosevelt," which they were still working on.

Obama thinks he's doing pretty good -- here's what the American People have to say:
Why Can't We Find Out?
Consider this -- 14 months after the election, the list of stuff we don't know about Obama
just grows, and grows. We still don’t know:

how Obama transferred into Columbia University, what courses did he take, what grades did
he get, who paid his tuition and fees and how did he support himself?

how did Obama get into Harvard Law School, what courses did he take, what grades did he
get, who paid his tuition and fees and how did he support himself?

We still know no more about the younger Barack Obama’s political affiliations and
friendships then we did prior to the 2008 election. Did Bill Ayres help him write his first
book?

Why in the world can’t we see his birth certificate, since he obviously was born in Hawaii?
What about that local Socialist Party in Chicago, did he really belong to it?

Don’t know. Don’t know. Don’t know.
And, How About That Scar?
Back on the 20th of December, 2009, I ran a photo of Obama that showed a large scar on
the right side of his head. A blow-up of the image shows that in addition to the large scar,
the image also clearly shows that Obama's ear lobe has a crease.
Clueless And Shoeless
Walter Olson says voters elected an inexperienced, untested man as President of the United
States. Since Obama’s inauguration (January, ‘09) he has exhibited severe narcissistic
tendencies, accomplished little, and shown an alarming propensity for wild spending to
appease his liberal/radical base. Essentially he is clueless about the economy. He does not
grasp the job creating opportunities afforded by free market capitalism. Conversely, he
espouses programs which are anti-business and job killers.

He does not seem to understand that our dependence on foreign oil can be solved by drilling
in our country. We have enough resources to be completely independent within ten years
and could create thousands of jobs by drilling now.
He is totally clueless about military strategy and national security. He refuses to
acknowledge that we are at war with ruthless, dangerous terrorists. His decisions to close
Guantanamo and give the 9/11 terrorists a trial in NYC are seriously endangering the safety
of U.S. citizens and the brave members of our armed forces.

Obama’s obsession with passing the current Health Reform bill borders on recklessness and
an inability to recognize the wishes of the public.

Obama is clueless because he is shoeless. He has never walked in the executive shoes of
great leaders or corporate CEO’s; he has never trod the battlefields in combat boots; nor
has he strolled in the scientists laboratories in their prescribed footwear, and never crept
into the operating room in booties to view the miracles of medical science applied by
wonderful, passionate doctors.

Barack Obama is absolutely unqualified to run our great nation and downright dangerous to
our national security. His administration is the major cause of increasing unemployment
numbers and seems obsessed with destroying free market capitalism.
Game Change On Obama
Ed Lasky draws our attention to a passage that occurs within a few pages of the new book,
"Game Change."

"He [Obama] could come across as cocky, that was for sure. He knew he was smarter than
the average politician and he not only knew it but wanted to make sure everyone else knew
it, too. He would interrupt aides at meeting, saying, 'Look,...' (he does this all the time)
and be off to the races, reframing the point, extending it and then claim ownership of it.
'Whose idea was that?' Was another of his favorites, employed with cheerful boastfulness
whenever something he'd previously proposed had come up roses. His calmness and
composure would veer into the freakish, and sometimes concealed gaudy confidence in
himself. When asked if he was nervous, Obama replied, "I'm Lebron, baby, I can play at
this level. I got some game".

In other words: he claims credit for others' ideas, brags when "his" ideas turn out to work
and -- when he is not unnaturally apathetic (oh..sorry..calm), he is filled to the brim with
hubris and ego.

Great guy....
Game Change
Rick Moran says that in the first 40 pages of "Game Change," which recounts details from
the 2008 presidential campaign, there are several eye popping accounts of how Obama was
seen by his own staff and allies, including this one:

       After his election as Senator a lot of requests came in for him to
       speak...many of them fundraisers for other candidates. They required
       registration systems be set up that allowed Obama to get the email of all
       attendees for someone else's event. But that is a digression. His aides were
       "praying it wouldn't go to Obama's head; his ego was robust enough
       already. They even conferred on the senator a new nickname: Black Jesus."

Arrogant, sensitive to slights, bored with his job in the senate, and someone with a
messianic self-image; a cold, calculating Chicago pol -- all of this is of no interest to the
MSM? The Gatekeepers have been working very hard to ignore this.
Another snippet:

       "He could come across as cocky, that was for sure. He knew he was smarter
       than the average politician and he not only knew it but wanted to make sure
       everyone else knew it, too. He would interrupt aides at meeting, saying,
       'Look!' (he does this all the time) and be off to the races, reframing the
       point, extending it and then claim ownership of it. 'Whose idea was that?'
       Was another of his favorites, employed with cheerful boastfulness whenever
       something he'd previously proposed had come up roses. His calmness and
       composure would veer into the freakish, and sometimes concealed gaudy
       confidence in himself. When asked if he was nervous, Obama replied 'I'm
       Lebron, baby. I can play at this level. I got some game'."

In other words: he claims credit for others' ideas. Brags when "his ideas" turn out to work
and -- when he is not unnaturally apathetic (oh..sorry..calm) he is filled to the brim with
hubris and ego.

On page 30, the book comes down pretty hard on Obama's description of how bored he was
with the Senate:

       The glacial pace, the endless procedural wrangling, the witless posturing and
       petifoggery, the geriatric cast of characters doddering around the place: all of
       it drove him nuts. To one friend in Chicago, Obama complained,

       "It is basically the same as Springfield except the average age in Springfield
       is forty-two and in Washington it's sixty-two. Other than that, it's the same
       bullshit".

       After listening to Biden during a committee hearing, Obama passed a note to
       Gibbs that read "Shoot me now."

       Time and again after debates on the floor, he would emerge through the
       chamber's double doors shaking his head, rolling his eyes, using both hands
       to give the universal symbol for the flapping of gums, sighing wearily, "Yak,
       yak, yak".

Moran opines that this reflects why Obama tramples the Constitution, congressional rules,
traditions, engages in bullying and bribery, loopholes, etc. to push through his policies.
Why should he care about other people or institutions (or checks and balances) because
that is all so boring. No wonder he just cannot stop giving speeches and making
appearances on television, in front of crowds, down Broadway-because that is ...what's fun?

Great guy -- why has the media ignored, at least so far, this unflattering portrait of
Obama?
From The White House Website
HotAir asks -- Try to picture any other president doing this.
This is an "official White House photograph." What's worse, the fact that Obama treats the
Oval Office like this, or the fact that they are arrogant enough to upload it on the White
House website -- and remember this, and this -- do you think his mother let him put his
feet on the furniture in her house -- do you think Michelle allows this boorish behavior in the
residence -- or in her mansion in Chicago?

This boorish behavior isn't a one-time thing. This crude man does it all the time. Click here
for the proof.
Obama Big Hit As TV Broadcaster
Barack Obama, deluder in chief of the free world, gave notice that if things don't work out in
politics then he just might end up behind the microphone doing basketball commentary.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Obama spent several minutes today during the second
half of the Georgetown-Duke basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington with
broadcast team Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg. He provided insightful analysis as well
as getting off a few jabs and zingers, such as:

"After retirement, I'm coming after your job, Clark. I'm just letting you know. So you
either have three more years or seven more years."

"I went to the Republican House caucus just yesterday to prove that I could go to my right
once in a while."

Why wait -- I vote right away -- why wait three more years -- basketball announcing seems
like something Obama would be good at -- two or three hours every day in front of the
camera and the microphone -- adoring fans -- telling tall tales -- yeah! -- he'd like that.
Still Smokin!
Sweetness & Light is reporting that Barack Obama’s doctor says Obama’s first medical
checkup since he took office finds the 48-year-old is in "excellent health," is "fit for duty,"
and is still addicted to tobacco nicotine.
As Obama blew smoke into his face, Navy Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, said he saw nothing in his
examination of Obama on Sunday that would prevent him from fulfilling his term.




The physician recommends that Obama "continue smoking cessation efforts" and modify his
exercise regimen to strengthen his leg muscles to overcome occasional pain from chronic
tendinitis in his left leg.

Obama uses a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory for the tendinitis and "nicotine replacement
therapy" -- believed to be nicotine gum -- in his bid to quit smoking. The details are in a
report the White House released after the checkup.

Imagine the headline if it turned out that George Bush had been addicted to a dangerous
drug like nicotine.

If this joker is smoking during his physical, he's smoking all the time. The man has no will
power.

The physician's report states: "Past Surgical History -- None." Then where did this scar
come from?

This is too bizarre! I went looking for the White House link to Obama's physical report, and
look what I stumbled on -- "Protecting Our Children from the Dangers of Smoking" -- there
he is, the Hypocrite-in-Chief, signing an anti-smoking bill -- between cigarettes!

Check out his speech. It's one of the greatest exercises in hypocrisy I've ever read.

More do as I say, not as I do, from Dear Leader.
Is Obama Boozing?
The Washington Times, cites a Guardian report that states that Obama's doctors
recommended "moderation of alcohol intake,"

Most reportage on the Obama's recent physical has focused on his continuing smoking
habit, but revelation of a potential drinking problem is a much bigger story. How much
"alcohol intake" does it take to get a doctor's attention? And what did Obama drink and
when did he drink it? If nothing else it might help explain some of his policy priorities, and
why the government is spending money like a drunken sailor.
Holy Sissy Pitch! Obama Even Lies About Baseball
While being interviewed in the broadcasting booth after his high, arcing pitch, Obama says
the ball slipped, but Hot Air Pundit says super slow motion camera shows that the baseball
did not slip out of Obama's hand.


            Slo-Mo Camera Shows Ball Didn't Slip Out of Obama's Hand (01:03)

Obama: "This is heartbreaking right here...What breaks your heart on these is that you
know, you're down there practicing, you know I was throwing the punch, throwing strikes,
heat, and the thing slips out of your hands a little bit, you know it's heartbreaking"

Analysis of Obama's pitch is similar to his election:

       1. He walks about and everybody thinks he's rooting for the home team,
       that is until he gets on the mound and you find out his favorite team is
       someone else.
       2. He doesn't have any experience throwing a pitch, but we're gonna put
       him on the mound anyway.
       3. Everybody in the country thinks he's gonna throw right down the middle
       and he throws it hard left.
       4. After going hard left, he looks up at the crowd and expects everyone in
       that stadium to still cheer for him.

Gateway Pundit adds, "Good Grief!" That pitch would make any 9 year-old girl blush.

Obama was booed loudly at the Nationals Game today in Washington DC, a city where he
collected over 90% of the vote in 2008. To top it off, he threw an arcing sissy pitch that
barely made it to home plate. It’s a good thing that catcher can jump.

The MSNBC hosts came to his defense in this clip, insisting that Bush was probably booed
more.

Related: Obama is no fan of anything but Obama.

Carlton Fisk, Frank "the Big Hurt" Thomas, Tom Seaver, Rich "Goose" Gossage -- all names
that any Chicago White Sox fan knows by heart. But today, while being interviewed by
Washington Nationals booth announcers Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble, Obama couldn’t
muster up a single name.

Obama, who has referred to himself as a "White Sox kid," during the interview, was hard
pressed to name a favorite player on a team that has been around since the late 19th
century. Are you surprised?

NB: The audio from Boston's Howie Carr Show, at the "Related" link, is priceless! -- "We'll
take a couple of calls if you want to laugh at him (Obama)" -- even addresses Michelle's
"birther moment" -- and these callers are all blue-collar guys -- best 25 minutes I've spent
all day -- hilarious!
Even Obama's Fans Notice He's a Phony
Tim Graham asks, "How phony is Barack Obama?"

PBS Washington Week host Gwen Ifill reviewed New Yorker editor David Remnick's new
Obama book The Bridge in the Washington Post Outlook section Sunday, and she kept
finding Obama is a Slick Barry, a "shape shifter." Obama even admitted to rhetoric what
should be obvious -- how he changes "dialects" depending on the audience he's talking to:

       "The fact that I conjugate my verbs and speak in a typical Midwestern
       newscaster's voice -- there's no doubt that this helps ease communication
       between myself and white audiences," Obama tells Remnick.

       "And there's no doubt that when I'm with a black audience I slip into a
       slightly different dialect. But the point is, I don't feel the need to speak a
       certain way in front of a black audience. There's a level of self-consciousness
       about these issues the previous generation had to negotiate that I don't feel I
       have to."

When he reads this, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was excoriated after being
quoted in another campaign book saying essentially the same thing, will no doubt regret his
tortured apology.

Obama -- the offspring of a white mother and an African father -- learned what Remnick
calls "shape-shifting" when he arrived in Chicago. Reared in Hawaii and Indonesia, he "had
never encountered a place where race was so determinative," one old Chicago friend
observes.

Ifill relayed that this wasn't contained to talking -- but even to walking!

Continue reading here . . .
How Many Names Does Obama Have?
Jerome R. Corsi asks, how many different name is Obama legally authorized to use?

Is his legal name Barack Hussein Obama II, Barack Hussein Obama (without the
designation "II" indicating Barack Obama Jr.), Barry Soetoro or Barack Hussein Obama
Soebarkah?

All of these names appear in various documents produced since 2008 regarding Obama's life
story and his passport records.

The White House has refused to release Obama's long-form birth certificate, filed at his
birth, that lists the hospital where he was born and the name of the physician who attended
the birth. Also, the White House has refused to disclose to the public his passport and
travel records as maintained by the U.S. State Department.

The White House released this week a video displaying Obama's passport, but the name
displayed does not match the name on the Certification of Live Birth, or COLB, prominently
displayed on websites favorable to Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

In a thread that drew over 1,000 comments to a Politico.com article yesterday by former
President George W. Bush speechwriter Josh Gerstein, titled "Don't look, birthers: Obama's
passport," was the following comment:

       If you go back to the Birth Registration (not Birth Certificate) that was
       released by the Daily Kos, Obie's was Obama II (named after his father). If
       the "II" is part of his actual name (as per Hawaiian birth registration
       records), how is it that this is missing from the current passport? Something
       doesn't compute here. Can any of the leftist apologists explain what's going
       on here, and why their hero's actual name isn't shown?

Another contributor stated:

       Anyone believes anything this guy or ANY prez says just because he says it is
       a foolish sheep. Question everything. Don't trust. VERIFY. Why is it so
       impossible to verify something as simple as his birthplace? When did he
       change his name back to Obama from Soetoro? How can he be adopted by
       an Indonesian citizen and not be Indonesian? Where the hell are the real
       journalists?

Remarkably, nearly two years after the election, and Obama's legal name remains a
mystery.
Who Schooled Obama




Stanley Kurtz says, "Obama has not been telling the truth to the American People." To view
part II, click here . . .
Ode To Obama
I got this little ditty from Peter Boyle's web page. I don't know if he's the
composer/performer, but this is terrific!




Uhh!
Meghan Daum says Obama's brain is working faster than his mouth, and it's not that
Obama can't speak clearly; he employs the "intellectual stammer."

Apparently, a lot of people consider Obama to be bumblingly inarticulate. "The guy can't
talk his way out of a paper bag!" a reader wrote to me recently. "Sarah Palin is a brilliant
speaker. It's the president whose sentences are undiagrammable," said another in
response to a column I wrote about Palin. It's not just my readers, nor is it exclusively
conservatives, who hold this view. A Google search of "does Obama have a speech
impediment" turns up several pages of discussion among his supporters and critics alike.
Admittedly, Obama is given to a lot of pauses, "uhs" and sputtering starts to his sentences.
As polished as he often is before large crowds (where the adjective "soaring" is often
applied to his speeches), his impromptu speaking frequently calls to mind a doctoral
candidate delivering a wobbly dissertation defense.

But consider this: It's not that Obama can't speak clearly. It's that he employs the
intellectual stammer. Not to be confused with a stutter, which Obama decidedly does not
have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't
keep up.


When someone has so many stories and lies to keep straight, his brain has to work faster
than his mouth.
                                        Who is this guy?

                                       What is his secret?

                               Why won't he release his bona fides?
http://www.theobamafile.com/BarackObama.htm



Obama's Communist Mentor
Accuracy in Media has an in-depth profile of a leftist who influenced Obama during his high
school years. In an article entitled, "Obama's Communist Mentor," Cliff Kincaid identifies a
member of the Communist Party USA, who has been influential in Obama's life and
education, Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist -- and born in Kansas.

Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member
of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from
1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a
son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama,
in his book, "Dreams From My Father," refers to him repeatedly as just "Frank." Frank is
the black communist writer now considered by some to be in the same category of
prominence as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker.

According to an interview with Dawn Weatherly-Williams, Obama returned to Hawaii in the
fall of 1970 to attend Punahou School. He first met Frank Marshall Davis after he took the
entrance exams.

Davis moved to Honolulu from Chicago in 1948 with his second wife Helen Canfield, a white
socialite, at the suggestion of his friend the actor Paul Robeson, who advised them that
there would be more tolerance of a mixed race couple in Hawaii than on the American
mainland. Robeson, of course, was the well-known black actor and singer who served as a
member of the CPUSA and apologist for the old Soviet Union. Davis had known Robeson
from his time in Chicago.

The 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the
Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What's more, anti-communist
congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC),
accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.
In his book, Obama writes about "a poet named Frank," who visited his family in Hawaii,
read poetry, and was full of "hard-earned knowledge" and advice. Who was Frank? Obama
only says that he had "some modest notoriety once," was "a contemporary of Richard
Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago..." but was now "pushing eighty."
He writes about "Frank and his old Black Power dashiki self" giving him advice before he left
for Occidental College in 1979 at the age of 18.

Davis wrote, "The genuine Communists I knew as well as others so labeled had one
principle in common: to use any and every means to abolish racism." Davis said he wrote
to give "the widest possible publicity to the many instances of racism and the dissatisfaction
of Afro-American with the status quo."

Obama quoted him as saying: "Leaving your race at the door. Leaving your people behind.
Understand something, boy. You’re not going to college to get educated. You’re going
there to get trained."

He added, "they’ll tank on your chain and let you know that you may be a well-trained,
well-paid nigger, but you’re a nigger just the same."

Is it possible that Obama did not know who Davis was when he wrote his book? That's not
plausible, since Obama refers to him as a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston
Hughes and says he saw a book of his black poetry.

But why? What does Obama have to say about this curious omission? Could it have
something to do with the fact that, by the time Obama wrote his book, he knew that Davis
was a Communist? And that he deliberately covered this up? Or did he know it earlier?

This is the key question: What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Which of course raises the disturbing questions that must be asked:

Did Davis recruit Obama?

Professor Gerald Horne, a history professor at the University of Houston, noted that Davis,
came into contact with Barack Obama and his family and became the young man's mentor,
influencing Obama's sense of identity and career moves.

As Horne describes it, Davis, who wrote the memoir, "Living the Blues," had "befriended" a
"Euro-American family" that had "migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman
from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who
goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped
to Chicago."

Dr. Kathryn Takara, a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawaii at
Manoa who also confirms that Davis is the "Frank" in Obama’s book, did her dissertation on
Davis and spent much time with him between 1972 until he passed away in 1987.

In an analysis posted online, she notes that Davis, who was a columnist for the Honolulu
Record, brought "an acute sense of race relations and class struggle throughout America
and the world" and that he openly discussed subjects such as American imperialism,
colonialism and exploitation. She described him as a "socialist realist" who attacked the
work of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Davis, in his own writings, had said that Robeson and Harry Bridges, the head of the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and a secret member of the CPUSA,
had suggested that he take a job as a columnist with the Honolulu Record "and see if I
could do something for them." The ILWU was organizing workers there and Robeson’s
contacts were "passed on" to Davis, Takara writes.

Takara says that Davis "espoused freedom, radicalism, solidarity, labor unions, due process,
peace, affirmative action, civil rights, Negro History week, and true Democracy to fight
imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy. He urged coalition politics."

Poems from Davis are in the book "Black Moods" which was edited by John Tidwell, a
University of Kansas professor and expert on Davis' writings. He confirmed to Kincaid that
Davis joined the Communist Party but that he publicly tried to deny his affiliations.

Asked why Takara thought Obama didn't identify Frank in his book by his full name, she
replied, "Maybe, he didn't want people delving into it."

Stanley Dunham, Obama's grandfather, was friends with Davis, a bohemian libertine who
drank heavily and loved jazz -- both had roots reaching back to Kansas and had families of
mixed races -- and the black writer took an interest in Obama.

"Our grandfather ... thought (Frank) was a point of connection, a bridge if you will, to the
larger African-American experience for my brother," Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama's half-sister,
said during a recent interview.

For Obama, Davis was an intriguing figure, "with his books and whiskey breath and the hint
of hard-earned knowledge behind the hooded eyes."

Dunham and his grandson would spend evenings at Davis's dilapidated home in Waikiki,
Honolulu's main tourist district. Davis, who had raised a family with a white wife, would
read his poetry and share whiskey with Dunham, Obama recalled.

Dawna Weatherly-Williams, a friend of Davis' who also lives in Honolulu, said Dunham
wanted Obama to know that there were other children like him who were part black and
part white, she said.

"Stan was real proud of that," she said, adding that it was rare to see black men with white
women at the time.

"He knew Stan real well. They’d play Scrabble and drink and crack jokes and argue. Frank
always won and he was always very braggadocio about it too. It was all jocular. They
didn’t get polluted drunk. And Frank never really did drugs, though he and Stan would
smoke pot together."

"Stan had been promising to bring Barry by because we all had that in common. Frank’s
kids were half-white, Stan’s grandson was half-black and my son was half-black. We all had
that in common and we all really enjoyed it. We got a real kick out of reality."

Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama's half-sister, told the Associated Press recently that her
grandfather had seen Davis was "a point of connection, a bridge if you will, to the larger
African-American experience for my brother"

According to Miss Weatherly-Williams, Davis lost touch with Dunham some time in the
1980s.

Obama describes driving to Davis' home in Waikiki after learning that his white grandmother
was so afraid of a black panhandler she did not want to take the bus to work. Davis told the
teenager that his grandmother was correct to feel scared because she understood African-
Americans "have a reason to hate."

Davis said Obama's grandfather would never understand people like him because they
hadn't experienced the humiliations he had, according to Obama's memoir. As he left
Davis's house that night, Obama wrote, he knew he was completely alone for the first time
in his life.

Davis appears again later in the book, when Obama recalls meeting the writer shortly before
leaving for college on the mainland. At that meeting, Davis scolded Obama for his listless
attitude toward college and warned him not to leave his race behind, which he called "the
real price of admission" to higher education.

"Leaving your race at the door. Leaving your people behind…. You're not going to college to
get educated. You're going to get trained…. They'll train you to forget what you already
know. They'll train you so good, you'll start believing what they tell you about equal
opportunity and the American way and all that s**t." And then Frank pronounces the
modern version of the one key concept which the Democratic Party, under slavery,
segregation, and civil rights, has sought to ingrain in the mind of every black person: "You
may be a well-trained, well-paid nigger, but you're a nigger just the same."

A few days later Obama left Hawaii for Occidental College in Los Angeles.

The writings and ramblings of Frank Marshall Davis.

Read more here -- and here -- and here.

The Frank Marshall Davis network in Hawaii.

Cliff Kincaid's Frank Marshall Davis Files.
The FBI Had A File On Davis
Information from Davis's 601 page FBI file reveals that Davis (born 1905) became
interested in the Communist Party as far back as 1931.

Certainly from the mid/late '30s to the early '40s Davis was involved in several Communist
Party fronts including the the National Negro Congress, the League of American Writers, the
National Federation for Constitutional Liberties and the Civil Rights Congress

The FBI first began tracking Davis in 1944 when they identified him as member of the
Communist Party's Dorie Miller Club in Chicago. "Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet,
pro-Red China, card-carrying member of Communist Party (CPUSA). His Communist Party
card number was 47544."

Davis taught courses at the party controlled Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago and
attended meetings of the party's Cultural Club until he left for Hawaii in 1948.

In Hawaii Davis became a columnist for a union financed, Communist controlled newspaper,
the Honolulu Record.
Despite going underground in 1950, the Hawaiian CP was one of the most dynamic in the
US at the time. The mainland put huge resources into the Hawaiian party because the
Soviets wanted the US military presence on the islands shut down. The Hawaiian CP was
charged with agitating against the US military bases at every opportunity. Several times
the FBI observed Davis photographing obscure Hawaiian beaches -- possibly for espionage
purposes.

Through its control of the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) the Hawaiian CP
had huge influence on the local Democratic Party. In the mid '50s, while still a confirmed
communist, Davis like many of his comrades, became an official in the local Democratic
Party. The communist influence is still felt in the Hawaiian democratic party today.

At the time the underground CP was divided into two or three person independent cells.
Davis led one such cell "Group 10" with his wife and one other comrade.

An extensive Senate Security Investigation in 1956 shattered the Hawaiian CP, driving the
remnants completely underground where it remains to this day.

The FBI continued to monitor Davis into the '60s and though they found little if any party
activity on the islands, he was still regarded as a "believer."

The FBI monitored Davis for at least 19 years. They marked him down for immediate arrest
should war break out between the US and the Soviet Union -- an honor reserved only for
the most dangerous subversives.

One of the longest lived communist fronts was the American Committee for Protection of
Foreign Born. Active from 1935 until 1980, the ACFPFB was charged with preventing
foreign communists such Davis's friend ILWU leader Harry Bridges from deportation.

Davis was a long time supporter of the ACFPFB, apparently at least until 1973, three years
after meeting the young Obama.

The ACFPFB letterhead April 12th 1973, contains Davis' name listed under "Sponsors."

Interestingly, Hawaiian lawyer, party member and long time Davis comrade Harriet Bouslog
also appears on the list.

Others of the several known party members listed above include civil rights activists Carl
and Anne Braden, Dirk J Struik, a mathematician and accused Soviet spy, whose daughter
peace activist daughter Gwen lives in New Zealand, Hugh DeLacy a secret party member
who became a Democratic Congressman for Washington State and three prominent Chicago
activists, Richard Criley, Frank Wilkinson and Abe Feinglass.

When Obama decided to go to Chicago in 1983 to become a "community organizer" he was
inspired by that year's election of Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington.

A long time friend of the Chicago Communist Party, Washington would have almost certainly
known Frank Marshall Davis from his post-War student days.

It would be interesting to know if Frank Marshall Davis ever told the young Obama about
Harold Washington and his leftist connections.
What connection did Obama have to Chicago other than his boyhood mentor Frank Marshall
Davis?
Behind The Mystery Of Barack Obama
Cliff Klincaid says on March 29, 2007, CPUSA writer Gerald Horne gave a speech,
"Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party," upon the acceptance of the
Communist Party USA archives at the Tamiment Library at New York University. He wrote
about black CPUSA member Frank Marshall Davis going to Hawaii in 1948 "at the suggestion
of his good friend Paul Robeson" and becoming friends with a "Euro-American family" that
included a child "who goes by the name of Barack Obama…" Notice the use of the phrase
"who goes by the name of Barack Obama." Why not just "Barack Obama" or "the name of
Barack Obama?" Why use the phrase "who goes by the name of?" Was Barack Obama his
real name?




Robeson was a secret CPUSA member and supporter of mass murderer Joseph Stalin. Davis
was a CPUSA member under survillance by the FBI. Horne said, "In his best-selling memoir
‘Dreams of my Father’, the author [Barack Obama] speaks warmly of an older black poet,
he identifies simply as ‘Frank,’ as being a decisive influence in helping him to find his
present identity as an African-American, a people who have been the least anticommunist
and the most left-leaning of any constituency in this nation -- though you would never know
it from reading so-called left journals of opinion." That "Frank" was Frank Marshall Davis.
Obama didn’t want people to know who "Frank" really was. We confirmed his identity and
released his 560-page FBI file. Gerald Horne went on, "At some point in the future, a
teacher will add to her syllabus Barack’s memoir and instruct her students to read it
alongside Frank Marshall Davis’ equally affecting memoir, ‘Living the Blues’…" That is
significant. Remember this was delivered in 2007, before anybody could reasonably
anticipate that Obama would become the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. What
did Gerald Horne know that other people did not? Why was his speech about the history and
"future" of the CPUSA? Was he saying something about Obama that only he and other
CPUSA insiders knew? Did Horne know something special about Obama’s relationship with
Davis? Indeed, had information about Obama been provided by Davis to other CPUSA
members? For whatever reason -- and perhaps Horne thought he was only taking to other
members of the CPUSA -- he blew the whistle on Barack Obama. But the future of Obama is
in our hands. Horne also knew something that Hillary Clinton -- Obama’s opponent in the
2008 Democratic primaries -- did not. That is that the blacks – "the least anticommunist
and the most left-leaning of any constituency in this nation" -- would back Obama and help
carry him to victory. Of course, it took a carefully planned financial collapse in September
2008 to help this along.
Why did Horne think Obama would go down in history? It is because, as he implied, the
CPUSA had been working in the black community for decades, laying the groundwork for
Obama’s candidacy. The CPUSA did this by targeting black intellectuals, entertainers, and
politicians, and using a journal known as Freedomways to manipulate and influence them.
Freedomways was CPUSA-controlled and Soviet-funded. We have just released a major new
report that explains all of this. It begins: "Newly declassified documents from Operation
SOLO, an FBI program to infiltrate the Communist Party of the United States, reveal that a
journal called Freedomways, which was influential in the black community for decades, was
subsidized by the Soviet and Chinese Communist Parties." Read the entire report below. It
is titled Soviets Funded Black "Freedom" Journal. Here are some of our findings: During the
25 years it served as a propaganda organ for the CPUSA and Soviet front organizations such
as the World Peace Council, Freedomways published articles by such figures as:

•Derrick Bell, one of Barack Obama’s academic mentors and a Harvard professor;
•Martin Luther King, Jr., the slain civil rights leader who turned against the Vietnam War
and has been honored with a national memorial in Washington, D.C.;
•John Lewis, a Democratic member of Congress from Georgia and critic of the conservative
Tea Party movement; and
•Jesse Jackson, a former aide to King and Democratic candidate for president who has
recently been stirring up racial resentment over the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Freedomways grew out of a Soviet campaign, launched after the Russian revolution, to
exploit the "Negro question" in the U.S. and manipulate blacks and members of other
minority groups for Communist purposes. The goal was a "Soviet America." We have a lot
more to report, based on the revelations in these FBI documents, and other information we
have developed. We are on the trail of Obama. The truth is coming out. We are already
coming inder attack by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center for daring to speak the
truth -- and raising the tough questions -- about Obama and his mentor, Frank Marshall
Davis. We will not rest.
From Dinesh D’Souza‘s "2016" Film
Frank Marshall Davis Files
 Shocking New Information! News release: Obama's Communist Mentor Frank Marshall
 Davis was a Communist and Sex Pervert

Special Report: Obama’s "Sex Rebel" Communist Mentor -- The "Naked Truth" About
Frank Marshall Davis (PDF)

Read Excerpts from Davis's "Sex Rebel" Book (PDF)

Who was Frank Marshall Davis? (This is a 32-page analysis of the FBI file by Cliff Kincaid
and Herbert Romerstein.) PDF

The Frank Marshall Davis Network in Hawaii (Andrew Walden examines the remnants of the
Davis network in Hawaii). PDF

Pages from the FBI File (This 40-page report includes selected pages from the FBI file
which document Davis's Communist history and pro-Soviet and anti-white views). PDF

FBI   File   #1   (PDF)
FBI   File   #2   (PDF)
FBI   File   #3   (PDF)
FBI   File   #4   (PDF)
FBI   File   #5   (PDF)
FBI   File   #6   (PDF)

The Communist Party of Frank Marshall Davis (PDF)

Frank Marshall Davis and the American Committee for Foreign Born (PDF)
Frank Marshall Davis Testimony before the Senate (PDF)

California Senate Report on Communist Press Networks (including and naming Frank
Marshall Davis) (PDF)

Excerpts from "Investigation of Un-American Propaganda Activities in the United States"
(Includes numerous references to Frank Marshall Davis) (PDF).

The Communist Party's Cold War Against Congressional Investigation of Subversion. 1962
House Committee on Un-American Activities Report. 58 pages. (PDF)

How We Almost Lost Hawaii to the Reds (from the Saturday Evening Post). (PDF)

 Excerpt from "The Scope of Soviet Activity in the United States" (Hawaii) (PDF)
Obama Admits He Knew Of Frank's Communist Connections
Page 76, "Dreams..." -- He (Frank) had enjoyed some modest notoriety once, was a
contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes, and it means that Obama knew this
in high school.
Frank Marshall Davis -- Author
 here is the book, "Black Sex Rebel," now, out of print, that was written by Obama's Mentor,
Frank Marshall Davis, Marxist, in which Davis brags of having sex with an underage girl in
Hawaii named Anne. Congratulations, America, we now have a president whose mentor in
Hawaii from age 10 to 18 wrote a bisexual pornographic autobiography. What other
president can say this?
Frank Marshall Davis In His Heyday
His socialite 2nd wife, Helen Canfield from Chicago
In 1946, Davis married Helen Canfield, a white Chicago socialite, who was 19 years his
junior. The couple divorced in 1970, and Canfield Davis herself died in May 1998 in
Honolulu. The couple had four daughters named Lynn, Beth, Jeanne and Jill and a son
named Mark.
"Frank and Helen with their first child, Lynn, in Honolulu."

Son, Mark
Early Obama Poem Shows Davis' Hand
This is excerpted from a Jack Cashill piece, about an unnamed poem, that Cashill calls
"Forgotten." It was unearthed for a lengthy March 2008 article in Vanity Fair by the
magazine's national editor Todd Purdum. It reads as follows:

I saw an old, forgotten man
On an old, forgotten road.
Staggering and numb under the glare of the
Spotlight. His eyes, so dull and grey,
Slide from right to left, to right,
Looking for his life, misplaced in a
Shallow, muddy gutter long ago.
I am found, instead.
Seeking a hiding place, the night seals us together.
A transient spark lights his face, and in my honor,
He pulls out forgotten dignity from under his flaking coat,
And walks a straight line along the crooked world.

When Purdum mentioned the poem, which was published in 1978 or 1979 in Obama's high
school literary magazine, to Obama in 2008, he told Purdum he had no memory of it. The
question that must be asked, however, is the one that Obama himself poses, did he actually
write it?

As to the content of the poem, Obama told Purdum, "it sounds in spirit that it's talking a
little bit about my grandfather." Note that the subject of this sentence is "it" not the
expected "I." As he does even in the forward of his acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from
My Father, Obama distances himself from his presumed composition.

The "grandfather" Obama refers to here, of course, is his mother's father, Stanley Dunham,
"Gramps," the Willy Loman character with whom Obama lived during much of his
adolescence. If the critics are to be believed -- they ought not be -- that makes two early
Obama poems about his grandfather, the other being "Pop."

The contention that Obama's poems are about Dunham, however, leaves a basic question
unanswered: why did Obama not call the poem "Gramps." If I were to write about the man
I knew as "Gramps," I might not necessarily call the poem "Gramps," but I surely would not
call it "Pop." That latter title, after all, has obvious implications.

The case for Dunham as "Pop" is further weakened by the line in the poem, "he switches
channels, recites an old poem he wrote before his mother died." Although Obama credits
Gramps with a little poetic dabbling, Dunham was more of a dirty limerick kind of guy than
a real poet.

As an adolescent, Obama did have a relationship with a real poet, Frank Marshall Davis, a
Communist and pornographer but also a skilled writer. "I could see Frank sitting in his
overstuffed chair," Obama remembers in Dreams, "a book of poetry in his lap, his reading
glasses slipping down his nose."

Obama continues, "[Frank] would read us his poetry whenever we stopped by his house,
sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar."

Cashill has done a lot to expose Obama's suspicious literary career, but you'll have to decide
for yourself if he's on the right track here. He does make some very interesting points.
Commies Everywhere
FReeper Fred Nerks has long been investigating Obama's pre-history, and says that
Langston Hughes was a sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace
which ran from March 25 - 27, 1949 in New York City. It was arranged by a Communist
Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and
Professions. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering, the strongly anti-
America, pro-Soviet World Congress of Intellectuals which was held in Poland, August 25 -
28, 1948.




Langston Hughes -- committed communist

Investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid and Herbert Romerstein, a former investigator with the
U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities, presented evidence Obama was
mentored, while attending high school in Hawaii, by Frank Marshall Davis, an African-
American poet and journalist who was also a CPUSA member. The authors, in a separate
report, document Obama's ties to radicals in Chicago who helped launch his career.
In a paper entitled "Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection," the authors
document that in 1948, Davis decided to move from Chicago to Honolulu at the suggestion
of what they describe as two "secret CPUSA members," actor Paul Robeson and Harry
Bridges, the head of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen Union, or ILWU.

In Chicago, Davis had worked for the Chicago Star newspaper; in Honolulu, he was hired as
a reporter for the Honolulu Record, both identified by Kincaid and Romerstein as
"communist front newspapers."

Those books made Davis's reputation and cemented his relationships with Langston Hughes,
Richard Wright, and other leading black writers whom he met while participating in the
federal Works Progress Administration Writers' Project and other organizations -- read more
-- Frank Marshall Davis Biography -- Victim of Attempted Lynching, Worked for Associated
Negro Press, Moved to Hawaii...

The Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939 presented the most troubling dilemma for American
Communists. It came on the heels of the bloody anti-Trotskyite Great Purges in which
many CPUSA members quit the party with apprehension and fear over what the Party had
become. Those who remained during the purges were, for the most part, dedicated anti-
fascists. However, with the coming of the Communazi era wherein German Chancellor Adolf
Hitler became an ally of the Soviet Union against French and British "Imperialism," only the
most ardent Stalinists continued in the party who were willing to overlook, and justify,
Stalin's murderous excesses. Among them was Frank Marshall Davis.

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The late Marxist activist Frank Marshall Davis, frequently
accompanied by young Barack Obama and his grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham, sold
marijuana and cocaine from a "Chicago style" hot dog cart Davis operated near his home on
Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki in the early 1970s, WND has established.

A credible source, a well-known resident of Honolulu who spoke at length on condition he
not be named, disclosed that Davis was the source of drugs consumed by Obama. Davis
was also the author of an autobiographical novel boasting of "swinging" and sex with
minors, a copy of which was obtained from Andrew Walden, a resident of Hilo on the island
of Hawaii and publisher of the Hawaii Free Press...

..."Obama was a young kid, about 14 or 15 years old," the source said. "I was told his
name was Barry, and there was no doubt Barry knew Davis was selling marijuana and
cocaine as well as hot dogs from the stand."

The above probably relates to this account: "I know of only two individuals who attended
Punahou at the same time young Barry did; one was older and one was younger. The senior
only remembers him as the Popolo kid (one of two) and the younger one remembers him
the same.....but, along with his buddy Keith Kakugawa, as the campus drug dealers."

Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) was a black poet and writer (he wrote for the Honolulu
Record, a Communist newspaper), and a known member of the Soviet-controlled
Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

Davis’ good friend Paul Robeson, who himself was a dedicated Stalinist, persuaded him in
1948 to move to Honoloulu, Hawaii. In 1950 Edward Berman, a member of the NAACP‘s
Honolulu branch, testified to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that
Davis had "sneaked" into local NAACP meetings to "propagandize" the organization’s
members about America’s "racial problems," with "the avowed intent and purpose of
converting it into a front for the Stalinist line."

Davis was identified unequivocally as a CPUSA member in a 1951 report of the Commission
on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii (CSALTH), which, along
with HUAC, also charged that Davis was affiliated with a number of communist-front
organizations. According to Max Friedman, a former undercover member of several
Communist-controlled "anti-war" groups, Davis testified in 1956 before the Senate Internal
Security Subcommittee and took the Fifth Amendment when asked about his Communist
Party membership.

Birds of a feather




Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, and James Baldwin




Langston Hughes and Oprah pal Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou and James Baldwin
Beck To Publish Blockbuster On Frank Marshall Davis
Seizing on the scandal involving President Obama’s "open mic" obsequious conversation
with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Glenn Beck has announced that Paul Kengor’s
explosive new book on Frank Marshall Davis will be published this summer through Beck’s
Mercury Ink outlet. Davis was a pro-Moscow communist who helped raise and mentor
Obama.

Davis, Beck says, is the key to understanding Obama’s pro-Russian foreign policy.

The new Kengor book carries the title, THE COMMUNIST Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold
Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. Mercury Ink, which is publishing the book, is the
publishing imprint of Mercury Radio Arts, Inc., a multimedia production company owned by
Beck.

In the embarrassing "open mic" incident, Obama told Medvedev that he needed some
"space" from the Russians before meeting any more of their demands, and that he would
have more "flexibility" after being re-elected. Medvedev promised to transmit the
information to "Vladimir," meaning Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer who is going to
assume the Russian presidency for the second time on May 7. Putin has described the fall of
the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century."
One of the leading analysts of the international communist movement, Kengor has written
that the evidence, including Davis’s 600-page FBI file, demonstrates that "…a mentor of the
current president of the United States was a Communist—and not only a party member, but
an actual propagandist for Stalin’s USSR…"

Kengor, who is also a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, has written
extensively on "progressives" who came under the influence of the old Soviet Union. His
most recent book, Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a
Century, has a chapter on Davis.

A member of the Communist Party USA and under FBI surveillance for 19 years, Davis was
a mentor to young Barack Obama while he was growing up in Hawaii, for as many as eight
years. Kengor’s new book on the subject could be an explosive development in the
presidential campaign and possibly jeopardize Obama’s chances for re-election.

Davis, who advised Obama on matters like race relations and college, was listed on the
FBI’s security index, meaning that he could be arrested or detained in the event of a
national emergency. The FBI material documents Davis’s anti-white and pro-Soviet views,
infiltration of the Hawaii Democratic Party, and other activities.

One document from the surveillance of Davis in Hawaii reveals, "Informant stated that
DAVIS…had been observed photographing shorelines and beachfronts. Informant advised
that it did not appear he was photographing any particular objects." The information
strongly suggests the possibility of espionage or some other form of illegal activity on the
part of Davis.

Kengor tells Accuracy in Media that he continues to see Davis’ influence on Obama.

"I do indeed see similarities between Obama and Frank Marshall Davis in that both men
made favorable overtures to the Russians at the expense of both our interests and our
allies," he said. "Davis did this far more blatantly, taking Russia’s position against ours on
matters ranging from the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan to NATO and Poland and
Czechoslovakia, among many others. Obama is giving in to the Russian position on
American missile defense, including joint missile defense with Poland and Czechoslovakia."
He went on, "By the way, remember that Obama had cancelled U.S. plans for that joint
missile defense back on September 17, 2009. That day just happened to be the 70th
anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. Poles painfully noticed the historical irony.
Frank Marshall Davis joined CPUSA and sided with the Russians AFTER that invasion of
Poland. The invasion, and the Hitler-Stalin Pact that precipitated it, launched WWII. And
none of that dissuaded Davis from joining the Party, which he did in the middle of WWII."

A political ad from the Republican group American Crossroads, which also highlights the
"open mic" controversy, seems to suggest that Obama is acting like a secret Russian agent.

video

Although the ad is designed to be funny, the subject is a deadly serious one, as it involves
relations with an adversary in possession of nuclear weapons that can destroy the United
States and which is currently supporting such rogue regimes as Iran and Syria.
Beck’s publication of the book demonstrates his willingness to tackle subjects many would
rather avoid.

Beck left Fox News after being told to mute his hard-hitting criticism and scrutiny of
billionaire George Soros, a major funder of the progressive movement in the U.S. He now
hosts GBTV, an Internet-based television network.

Accuracy in Media published the column, Obama’s Communist Mentor, on February 18,
2008, examining the nature of the Davis-Obama relationship and why it was covered up by
Obama. This continues to be one of the most-read columns ever published by Accuracy in
Media.

Anti-communist blogger Trevor Loudon had broken the story wide open, noting that a
communist writer had given a March 2007 speech that mentioned Davis’s influence on
Obama as possibly having a major historical impact. Obama was then a U.S. senator from
Illinois with political connections to communist networks in Hawaii as well as Chicago, where
he had been a community organizer and associate of Weather Underground terrorists Bill
Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Davis had lived in Chicago, where he was also active in Communist Party actvities, before
moving to Hawaii.

Loudon said the information proved beyond doubt that the mysterious "Frank" in Obama’s
book Dreams from My Father, a figure influential in Obama’s young life, was actually Frank
Marshall Davis, a fact confirmed through sources in Hawaii by Accuracy in Media. The
Obama campaign acknowledged the identification while insisting that Davis was just a civil
rights activist.
The major media, including many conservative media personalities, did not want to cover
the incriminating information about Obama because of its ominous implications and
questions about Obama’s loyalty to the U.S. Hence, Obama was elected to the presidency in
2008 without an adequate vetting of his relationship to a major figure in the Moscow-funded
Communist Party. Equally significant, as a candidate for a federal political office, Obama did
not have to undergo an FBI background check.

We have continued these investigations, noting that a mysterious Obama trip to Russia in
2005 continues to generate concern, as well as the President’s handling of a Russian spy
scandal that broke in 2010 and that may have been tied to passage of the New START
nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. Critics say the treaty damaged America’s
strategic interests.

One of the spy scandal documents said Moscow wanted its agents to obtain information
from sources "close to State Department, government, major think tanks." The Russians
were interested in sources "who are in, or able to infiltrate, United States policy-making
circles," and one of the Russian agents "met with an employee of the U.S. Government with
regard to nuclear weapons research."

But because the Russian spies were quickly sent home, in a development that prevented the
high-level nature of the scandal from being examined publicly, the American people were
never able to find out how high up in the Obama Administration it went.
Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona said:

"We know the President cancelled plans to station an anti-ballistic missile system in Poland
and the Czech Republic. We know the President supported language in the New START
Treaty to link missile defense to nuclear reductions. We know the administration is sharing
information with Russia, including plans to deploy missile defenses in Europe. We know the
President has significantly reduced funding and curtailed development of the U.S. national
missile defense system, undermining our ability to effectively intercept long-range ballistic
missiles. And we know the President has doubled-down on efforts to reduce our nuclear
arsenal while failing to honor his promises to modernize the aging nuclear weapons
complex.

"But what we don’t know is what President Obama has in mind for after the election, when
he would gain some ‘flexibility’ in negotiating with the Russians. Perhaps the Russians, in
whom President Obama recently confided, could shed some light on his missile defense
plans for the American people who otherwise have been left in the dark by this President."

Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has cited Obama’s statements to Medvedev in a warning
about the direction Obama is taking the country.

"Our nuclear arsenal is as much about deterrence as it is about strike capability," said
Inhofe. "Under the New START deliberations, Congress was assured by President Obama
that our remaining nuclear assets would continue to be modernized. Based on the cuts and
delays to our nuclear arsenal and facilities in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget, President Obama
is once again going back on his word."

Inhofe added, "Another key concern is the reduction of our assets below the New START
approved level of 1550. It seems that President Obama is looking at unilateral reductions
even further below the agreed upon limits under the treaty. I remember back in 2008 when
Secretary Gates said that we must maintain some level of these weapons ourselves to deter
potential adversaries and to reassure over 30 allies and partners who rely on our nuclear
umbrella for their security."

Obama dismissed the controversy and claimed he wasn’t hiding anything. "I’m on record,"
he said. "I want to see us over time gradually, systematically reduce reliance on nuclear
weapons."

After he was already elected president, The New York Times wrote about how Obama, when
he was in college, had written the article, "Breaking the War Mentality," about his
involvement in the anti-nuclear cause on the campus of Columbia University. The article
attacked the "military-industrial interests" with their "billion-dollar erector sets" and agitated
for a nuclear-free world. The Times noted that Obama "explored going further" than the so-
called nuclear freeze movement, an effort on some U.S. campuses that was backed by the
Soviet Union and designed to defeat President Reagan’s defense build-up in the 1980s.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be
contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org
Is Frank Marshall Davis Obama's Real Father?
Jerome Corsi asks, does Does a family photograph of a young Barack Obama posted on
Obama’s Facebook campaign page offer a clue to the identity of his real father?


A professional graphic artist who examined the 1973 photo believes the image of Obama’s
mother, Ann Dunham, was airbrushed into the scene to cover up an African-American man
who was standing next to Obama at the Honolulu airport.

Filmmaker Joel Gilbert, who commissioned the analysis, told WND there’s substantial
evidence that the man in the original photograph was Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist
Party member, pro-Soviet propagandist and pornographer who played a fatherly role in
Obama’s teen years.

In his full-length documentary "Dreams from My Real Father," Gilbert presents a compelling
case that Davis was Obama’s biological father as well as his ideological mentor. He believes
the Dunham family recruited the Kenyan student Barack Hussein Obama to act as the
father, to cover up an illicit affair with a subversive political activist.

Gilbert posted a page on his website at the time this article was published with details of his
find.

Gilbert says the black male hand under Obama’s armpit is strikingly similar to the right
hand of Davis.

"We know from Obama’s own writing and interviews with Davis’ neighbors, that Obama was
a regular visitor to Davis’ house from age 10," Gilbert told WND. "This doctored photo on
Obama’s own Facebook page seems to be part of a pattern of document forgery by
President Obama to hide his biological and ideological relationship to communist Frank
Marshall Davis."
Obama would have been about 12 years old at the time the photo was taken. The image
also shows Obama’s half-sister, Maya, and his grandfather, Stanley Dunham.

After Gilbert saw the photo on Obama’s Facebook page, he found a clearer version on the
Web that he used in his video. The image used in his video has not been enhanced.

Gilbert commissioned Robert Nikolakakis, a professional graphic artist and illustrator from
Montreal, Canada, to examine the photograph.

See the detailed analysis of the Obama photo by Robert Nikolakakis

"There seem to be several suspicious anomalies in this family photo depicting President
Obama as a child along with his half-sister, mother and grandfather," Nikolakakis wrote in a
report.

"All suspected alterations to the photo seem to point to the cutting, pasting and airbrushing
of Barack Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, into the photo to cover up someone of African-
American origin," he wrote.

Nikolakakis, with 21 years experience as an illustrator and graphic designer, has created
websites, corporate identities, editorial illustrations, photo retouches and photo-
manipulations for television shows, film studios, magazine publishers and photography
studios. He as also served as a consultant for old-age special-effects makeup and has
contributed to tutorials on photo manipulation.
His analysis of the Obama photo found at least half-a-dozen anomalies:

The black hand under Obama’s right armpit doesn’t match Ann Dunham’s right arm. The
size and color is wrong for a white female, and the hand is positioned closer to the camera
than Dunham’s arm. The hand appears to be a remnant from a black male before it was
airbrushed.

The chair on the far left next to Ann Dunham is brown and smaller than the chairs on the
right, which are white. The horizontal support bar for the brown chair does not align with
the white chairs’ support bar.

Ann Dunham’s hair over both her right and left shoulders show signs of airbrushing.

The lighting on Ann Dunham’s face is from the far left and is not consistent with the other
figures, who are lit from above. This suggests Ann Dunham’s image was placed into this
scene from a different photo.

Above and below Obama’s right elbow is a ghosting effect in which a glow emanates from
the arm, suggesting a different underlying image such as a light-colored shirt behind
Obama. Uneven pixilation is a sign of cloning.

Ann Dunham looks to be about 25 years old, too young for this 1973 photo. Maya, who
was born Aug 15, 1970, looks to be about 3 years old. Ann should look 30 years old.
"This photo forgery appears to be part of Obama’s ongoing campaign to minimize, misdirect
and outright lie about damaging information about his past," Gilbert said. "I hope the media
will now demand that he come clean about his family background, his political foundations
and fully reveal his agenda for transforming America."

In his film, Gilbert shows how Davis indoctrinated Obama with a political foundation in
Marxism and an anti-white worldview.




Screen grab from Joel Gilbert video shows comparison of hand in Obama family photo with
                                      photo of Davis

"This is a known phenomenon in the radical left, referred to as "red diaper babies" or "hand-
me-down Marxism," he noted.

He pointed out that much of the leadership of 1960s Marxist groups such as Students for a
Democratic Society and the Weather Underground were children of Communist Party USA
members, including Katherine Boudin and Jeff Jones.

Barack Obama’s chief campaign adviser, David Axelrod, also is a "red diaper baby," Gilbert
said.
As WND reported Tuesday, a new book by Paul Kengor, "The Communist: Frank Marshall
Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor," documents Davis’s work for the
Communist Party and his influence on Obama.

Weekly visits

As WND reported, Gilbert discovered racy photos published in vintage fetish and bondage
magazines of Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, that he believes were taken by Davis.
The photos, he says, bolster his belief that Dunham had an intimate relationship with Davis.
                                    Frank Marshall Davis

In his film, Gilbert documents that Ann Dunham gave her father, the "Gramps" of Obama’s
autobiography, instructions to make sure her young son would be taken regularly to visit
Davis while she was in Indonesia.

Obama mentions "Frank" 22 times in his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," without
using his full name.

Gilbert believes the only scenario in which Obama’s weekly visits as a child to Davis’ home
would make sense is if Davis was the biological father.

Much of what Obama has told the American public of his childhood has been proven false,
he said.

"We now know that the family did not stay together in Hawaii until 1962, when the Kenyan
Barack Obama went to Harvard to begin his graduate studies as Obama claimed," said
Gilbert. "Ann Dunham took her infant son with her to Seattle a few weeks after his birth and
began studies at the University of Washington, while the Kenyan Obama remained in Hawaii
for another year before leaving for Harvard."

The evidence, he said, "points to the conclusion that Ann Dunham’s relationship with the
Kenyan Obama was a sham marriage designed to cover up an illicit affair with Frank
Marshall Davis in which an infant was conceived."

Obama’s election was not a sudden political phenomenon, Gilbert maintains.

"It was the culmination of an American socialist movement that Frank Marshall Davis
nurtured in Chicago and Hawaii and has been quietly infiltrating the U.S. economy,
universities and media for decades," he said. "To understand Obama’s plans for America,
look no further than communist Frank Marshall Davis."
Frank Marshall Davis In The Forum
click image for the latest on Obama's spiritual mentor
http://www.theobamafile.com/_associates/FrankMarshallDavis.htm



This page is organized in chronological order . . .
Noelani Elementary
Obama began his education in Hawaii's public schools. He was enrolled in Ms. Sakai’s
kindergarten class at Noelani Elementary School in 1967. He was only there a couple or
three months before he was off to Indonesia.




                                 click image for large photo

The first little boy in the third row, left is "Barry Obama." Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng
confirms that the boy is Obama.

The two white girls in the same row are probably the Nordyke twins. They were not
identical twins, but they did have the same smile. They were born the same time as
Obama. I still want to know what happened to their birth announcement. Twins, being
born to a prominent physician is news. More specifically, I want to know what happened to
the space their birth announcement was in.

Or am I expected to believe that Vital Statistics included Obama's name on their
announcement list, and forgot the Nordyke Twins?

Born within hours of Obama according to Eleanor Nordyke, their names should be here:

Birth Announcement here -- expand to regular size to read.

The Nordyke twin girls were born the next day(early evening 6 pmish) and the only reason I
can see for their names not appearing in the Vital Stats birth announcements was that an
entire story was devoted to them considering their father’s position as a doctor. I never did
find out how many beds were available at the Kapiolani Maternity Home at the time nor did
I find out exactly what Doctor Nordyke’s position (he was an internist wasn’t he?) was at
the time or what residents worked at the hospital at the time.

Here's a surprise! Hawaii's Department of Education has been unable to find his
Kindergarten records.
Noelani Mystery
Obama's Noelani Elementary School Kindergarten records, oddly missing from the State of
Hawaii Department of Education -- just one more coincidence in a series of "coincidences."

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch writes, "...the Department of Education has been unable to find his
records."

Although Obama has had a first-class education that spanned 25 years, there is only a
single document that has ever been released, the application for entrance to the Franciscus
Assisi Primary School (next item) -- and that document was discovered by independent
investigators.

This is an important feature because Kindergarten records for original school entry would
have contained the following:

1. Obama's REAL Birth Certificate.

2. An application with the following:

•   His Legal name.
•   Parents or Legal Guardians’ names.
•   Date of Birth
•   Place of Birth
•   Vaccination Records (revealing a timeline to the place and DOB.)

It also is important for two additional reasons:

A. The Department of Education does not "lose" the records of one particular student. (So,
who paid whom what sum to make this record disappear?)

B. There would have been NO shameful low-test scores, NO embarrassing Equal Opportunity
advancements, and NO trails of fraudulent funding to hide that could possibly "excuse" the
quashing of public school Kindergarten entry records. For the rest of his life he attended
very expensive private schools and has had his records legally sealed to deny the public his
true life story.

This is different. Hawaii should be able to verify he attended their school since he is
featured in class photographs. State and federal tax dollars paid for his initial year of
education. Why is there no documentation?

This is the beginning of an intentionally erased life of a fraud and conman and it reeks of
complicity by officials within the State of Hawaii’s Dept. of Health and Dept. of Education.

Obama joked during the primary campaign that his opponent (Hillary) was even digging into
his Kindergarten records. He knows what they would contain and why they must be kept
unavailable.
Did Obama Flunk Kindergarten?


Obama Flunked Kindergarten (04:33)

Evidence from both Hawaii and Indonesia shows that Barry had to repeat kindergarten, and
was just pushed along with the children his own age each time he returned to Hawaii.
Assisi Primary
The "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" blog reports that Obama's Indonesian schooling
began when he was entered into the Roman Catholic, Franciscus Assisi Primary School, in
Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 1, 1968 and sat in class 1B. His teacher has been identified
as Fermina Katarina Sinaga (translation, next item).

He was registered under the name of Barry Soetoro, serial number 203. The school
registration document identifies Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen and his religion
was identified as Islam.

This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiscus Assisi
school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry
Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists
Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his
Muslim step-father listed the boy's religion as Islam.




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Translation of above document:




The Obama Campaign claims that the "Muslim" entry references the religion of the father,
which is absurd. Every other entry on the document relates to Obama. The attributes on
the document describe Obama, the child, not Lolo, the stepfather.

Born on August 4, 1961, Obama would have been 7 years and 5 months old. That's late to
start school. Obama will always be 2 years older than his classmates.

Obama may have started Kindergarten in Hawaii but was whisked off to Indonesia as a
result of his mother's second marriage. There are 5 missing years in Anna's CV between
Obama Sr. abandoning the family and her emigration to Indonesia with Lolo.

Obama will complete the first 3 grades at Assisi.
Besuki Primary
Obama then entered the Besuki Primary School, a state school. He was enrolled as
Indonesian citizen, Barry Soetoro, Muslim. He would attend Besuki for two years.
Iis Darmawan, 63, Obama's teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly
haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. "He wrote
an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,'" the teacher said. Here are Barry's school
records:

His third grade teacher, Fermina Katarina Sinaga, now 67, asked her class to write an essay
titled "My dream: What I want to be in the future." Obama wrote "I want to be a
President," she said.
Quranic Studies
All Indonesian students are required to study religion at school and a young Barry Soetoro,
being registered as a Muslim, would have been required to study Islam daily in school. He
would have been taught to read and write Arabic, to recite his prayers properly, to read and
recite from the Quran and to study the laws of Islam.

In his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Quran and
describes the public school as "a Muslim school."

"In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Koranic
studies."

According to Tine Hahiyary, one of Obama's teachers and the principal from 1971 through
1989, Barry actively took part in the Islamic religious lessons during his time at the school.
His teacher was named Maimunah and she lived in the Puncak area, the Cianjur Regency.

"I remembered that he had studied 'mengaji' (recitation of the Quran)" Tine said.

Our guy in Jakarta writes: "The actual usage of the word 'mengaji' in Indonesian and
Malaysian societies means the study of learning to recite the Quran in the Arabic language
rather than the native tongue. "Mengagi" is a word and a term that is accorded the highest
value and status in the mindset of fundamentalist societies here in Southeast Asia. To put it
quite simply, 'mengaji classes' are not something that a non practicing or so-called
moderate Muslim family would ever send their child to. To put this in a Christian context,
this is something above and beyond simply enrolling your child in Sunday school classes."

"The fact that Obama had attended mengaji classes is well known in Indonesia and has left
many there wondering just when Obama is going to come out of the closet." As Plato said,
the images and stories we feed our children affect them for life.

"As I've stated before, the evidence seems to quite clearly show that both Ann Dunham and
her husband Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo were in fact devout Muslims themselves and they
raised their son as such."
Obama's half-sister, Maya, recalled that the family attended the mosque "for big communal
events," and "Obama occasionally followed his stepfather to the mosque for Friday prayers."

On January 24, 2007, the Obama campaign released the following statement, "To be clear,
Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed
Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Then, on March 14th, 2007, the Obama Campaign told the LA Times he wasn’t a "practicing
Muslim."

But his official website says: "Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, And Is a Committed
Christian" (dated: 11/12/2007, and still up as of 5/5/2008)

This is the basic problem with Obama -- his dissimulation -- some would call it outright lying
-- but read what his classmates say:
Mates
In 2007, classmate Rony Amiris described young Barry as enjoying football and playing
marbles and of being a very devout Muslim. Amir said, "Barry was previously quite religious
in Islam."

"We previously often asked him to the prayer room close to the house. If he was wearing a
sarong he looked funny," said Rony.

Amiris now the manager of the Bank Mandiri, Jakarta, recently said, "Barry was previously
quite religious in Islam. His birth father, Barack Hussein Obama was a Muslim economist
from Kenya. Before marrying Ann Dunham, Hussein Obama was married to a woman from
Kenya who had seven children. All the relatives of Barry's father were very devout Muslims"

Rony extrapolates further, that Obama at one point had to change his religion if he ever
intended later to run for the office of President of the United States because America would
never elect a Muslim to the be President of the United States.




Also in 2007, Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia, was quoted as saying, "He
(Obama) was often in the prayer room wearing a 'sarong', at that time."
"He was quite religious in Islam but only after marrying Michelle, he changed his religion."

The above item is as I posted it in the summer of 2008. In February, 2010, Obama's life
story took another mysterious twist. Although every single account of Obama's life puts
him in Indonesia in 1969, the above photo was taken in Hawaii -- while Obama was in the
3rd grade!

Check out the facts here . . .
Punahou
In late 1971, Anna took Obama to live with her parents, the Dunhams, in Honolulu. Anna
and Obama's half-sister, Maya, returned to Indonesia. Madelyn Dunham’s co-workers did
not know she was a grandmother until Barry showed up there in the 70’s.

The Dunhams enrolled "Barry Obama" in the prestigious Punahou School, starting in the
fifth grade. He attended Punahou on a scholarship, through the generosity of many donors,
and the influence of Stanley Armour's boss, who was a Punahou alum. Obama walked the
five blocks from his grandmother's apartment on Beretania to the school.

With more than 3,000 students, Punahou is the largest private school in the country, and it
sits on a lush, sprawling campus in Honolulu. The school is elite and wealthy.

"Gramps" was the driving force behind Barry being accepted at Punahou and he took Barry
to Punahou for the entrance exams in 1971 and he also accompanied Barry to Punahou on
his first day of classes in 1972.

Barry made friends quickly and told his classmates that his father was an African prince, the
leader of a proud and successful people.

Obama's classmate, friend and drug-dealing partner, Keith "Ray" Kakugawa, drove around
in a VW bus nicknamed the "Choomwagon." He said, "Barry's biggest struggles then were
missing his parents. His biggest struggles were his feelings of abandonment. Ray would
later be killed with a ball-peen hammer by a scorned gay lover.

Obama would write, "I didn't feel [her absence] as a deprivation, but when I think about the
fact that I was separated from her, I suspect it had more of an impact than I know."

While at Punahou School, Obama turns into a disenchanted teenage rebel, experimenting
with cocaine and marijuana. Obama admits in "Dreams" that during high school he
frequently smoked marijuana, drank alcohol, even used cocaine occasionally.

In his book, Obama recalls that he had "been headed" to the status of "junkie" or
"pothead", which he describes as "the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man".
He recalls smoking "reefer" in the backs of his friends' vans, dorm rooms and "on the beach
with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school."

Obama, told a group of students in New Hampshire that his drug use had caused him to
"waste a lot of time" during his high school years.

Bryon Leong, a former classmate, remembers, "He was known as a partier, as a guy looking
for a good time, but not much more," Mr Leong said. "There was pot in Hawaii in the
1970s, but it wasn't a big deal."
"It wasn't like guys were smoking dope on campus and coming to school high," said Eric
Kusunoki, 57, Obama's teacher from age 15 to 18. "If they did, it would have been pretty
obvious. If he did dabble with drugs or alcohol, I didn't see it."

Other schoolmates also remember his time at school rather differently. He was a spoiled
high-achiever, they recall.

One of his former classmates, Alan Lum, said: "Hawaii is such a melting pot that it didn't
occur to me when we were growing up that he might have problems about being one of the
few African-Americans at the school. Us kids didn't see color. He was easy-going and well-
liked."




                                           1972

"He was a basketball player and always had a ball in his hand wherever he was," Wysard
recalled.




At school, Obama was surrounded by the island's richest and most accomplished students.
America Online founder Steve Case, actress Kelly Preston and former Dallas Cowboys
lineman Mark Tuinei, who died in 1999, attended the school around that time. Pro golf
sensation Michelle Wie, 17, is a student there now (2006).

While a student in the late 1970s, Barack Obama carved his name in the pavement outside
the cafeteria of Punahou School.
Kinda interesting, eh, King Obama?

And, did you know Punahou School, has a statue of their most PRIZED student bronzed in a
court yard on the school campus? And who is this "pillar of academic and character
success"? Why, it's Ho Chi Minh.

In his 1979 yearbook pictures, the B-minus student wears a 1970s-style wide-collared shirt
and sports jacket, his hair in a neatly trimmed afro that covers the tops of his ears.

He added a photo of himself playing basketball, and a shot entitled "Still Life" that includes
numerous items. Among them are a trophy, telephone, turntable and beer bottle.




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A package of "Zig-Zag" rolling papers and a matchbook are prominently displayed in front,
and in a brief caption he thanked the "Choom Gang" and others "for all the good times."

The "Choom Gang" is a reference to "chooming," the Hawaiian slang for smoking marijuana.
A Basketball Jones
This file photo provided by The Oahuan, the yearbook of Punahou School, shows Barack
Obama posing with his 1979 state basketball championship team for Punahou School.
Identified as Barry Obama, he is in the back row, last player on the right. Others identified
in the yearbook are:

front row: Greg Ramos, manager; Chris McLachlin, head coach; Dan Moore, manager.

Second row: Matt Hiu, Alan Lum, Tom Topolinski, Darin Mauerer, Dan Hale, John Kamana.

Third row: Darryl Gabriel, Boy Eldredge, Greg Orme, Larry Tavares, Jason Oshima.

Hoop Dreams From Obama’s Mythology
Paul Mirengoff says: I don’t attach any significance to Barack (or Barry) Obama’s high
school basketball career. However, several items in David Maraniss’s account of that career
are interesting.

First, although Obama attributed his lack of playing time to not "play[ing] like white boys
do," there appears to be no merit to his complaint.

The notion that [Obama] was hampered in his progress because his style was more
playground-oriented, that he played "black" and the coach coached "white," distorts the
dynamics of his own game, the performance of the other players and the coaching
philosophy of [Chris] McLachlin. The reality was that Barry, as skilled and intelligent a
player as he was, could not stand out in this group. He had good court sense and an ability
to slash to the basket, but was an unreliable outside shooter and not much of a jumper,
contradicting the stereotype of "black" ball.

Decades later, a story emerged that his nickname was Barry O’Bomber, playing off his last
name and a propensity to fire away from long range, but few team members recalled that
nickname and said the real gunner was Darin Maurer, who was better than Obama but
barely got more playing time. Maurer never started at Punahou but went on to play Division
I basketball at Stanford as a walk-on. Maurer was . . . a caucasian; race had nothing to do
with it. . . .
"He loved basketball so much, I think a lot of things have been blown out of proportion,"
said Lum [a high school teammate]. "Anybody wants to play. His style of play was flashy,
but it was okay. McLachlin didn’t really put a damper on it. If you did a behind-the-back
pass, McLachlin would frown on that, but when it came down to playing time, he [Barry]
wasn’t one of the five best." In fact, Lum and other teammates pointed out, Barry was only
occasionally considered one of the top eight, the number of players McLachlin usually used
in his rotation, following the substitution pattern of John Wooden, the brilliant coach at
UCLA.

Second, after his team won the state championship, Obama, who had played only after the
team took a massive lead, turned into a quote machine for a reporter from the school
newspaper:

Barry wanted to be part of history. He wanted recognition. He wanted to be recorded in this
glorious moment. He had seemed so cool and laid back -- never panicked, never fazed --
but now his burning will was on rare display. "One thing that stuck in my mind was the
extent to which Barry.  .  .was in my face giving me the equivalent of sound bites, giving
quotes left and right," Egami [sportswriter for the school paper] recalled decades later. "He
made sure he got something he said in the paper. Such good stuff, I couldn’t leave it out,
though kind of schmaltzy. That night I knew there was a side to him that was scary. This
guy is ambitious. He wanted the quote, and he got it."

Third, Obama’s account of his high school basketball days in Dreams From My Father
includes false information (is based on "composites," I mean):

In one of the scenes with Keith Kakugawa, the character he called Ray in his memoir,
Dreams from My Father, Obama broached the subject of basketball style, complaining that
he did not get the breaks of other players on the team because "they play like white boys
do" and that was the style preferred by the coach. Since Kakugawa was two years ahead of
Barry, if this conversation took place he would have had to have been a sophomore, a fact
that raises two contradictions. First, as a sophomore he was a long ways from making
Varsity AA, and second, the head coach he was complaining about, Chris McLachlin, was on
temporary leave during Obama’s sophomore year and did not return until the following
season, when Kakugawa was gone.

In other words, Obama wrote an account of a conversation with Kakugawa that didn’t
happen, in which he supposedly raised a complaint of race-based bias that didn’t exist.

What a guy.

As I said, I don’t care about Obama’s basketball career. But it would have been nice if,
years later when he wrote his autobiography, he hadn’t misleadingly twisted that career to
conform to a hack racial paradigm.
Magazine
Barack Obama, then known as "Barry," sits with the Ka Wai Ola literary magazine staff in
the 1979 Punahou School yearbook. (NY Times account here)
Early Obama Poem Shows Davis' Hand
This is excerpted from a Jack Cashill piece, about an unnamed poem, that Cashill calls
"Forgotten." It was unearthed for a lengthy March 2008 article in Vanity Fair by the
magazine's national editor Todd Purdum. It reads as follows:

I saw an old, forgotten man
On an old, forgotten road.
Staggering and numb under the glare of the
Spotlight. His eyes, so dull and grey,
Slide from right to left, to right,
Looking for his life, misplaced in a
Shallow, muddy gutter long ago.
I am found, instead.
Seeking a hiding place, the night seals us together.
A transient spark lights his face, and in my honor,
He pulls out forgotten dignity from under his flaking coat,
And walks a straight line along the crooked world.

When Purdum mentioned the poem, which was published in 1978 or 1979 in Obama's high
school literary magazine, to Obama in 2008, he told Purdum he had no memory of it. The
question that must be asked, however, is the one that Obama himself poses, did he actually
write it?

As to the content of the poem, Obama told Purdum, "it sounds in spirit that it's talking a
little bit about my grandfather." Note that the subject of this sentence is "it" not the
expected "I." As he does even in the forward of his acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from
My Father, Obama distances himself from his presumed composition.

The "grandfather" Obama refers to here, of course, is his mother's father, Stanley Dunham,
"Gramps," the Willy Loman character with whom Obama lived during much of his
adolescence. If the critics are to be believed -- they ought not be -- that makes two early
Obama poems about his grandfather, the other being "Pop."

The contention that Obama's poems are about Dunham, however, leaves a basic question
unanswered: why did Obama not call the poem "Gramps." If I were to write about the man
I knew as "Gramps," I might not necessarily call the poem "Gramps," but I surely would not
call it "Pop." That latter title, after all, has obvious implications.
The case for Dunham as "Pop" is further weakened by the line in the poem, "he switches
channels, recites an old poem he wrote before his mother died." Although Obama credits
Gramps with a little poetic dabbling, Dunham was more of a dirty limerick kind of guy than
a real poet.

As an adolescent, Obama did have a relationship with a real poet, Frank Marshall Davis, a
Communist and pornographer but also a skilled writer. "I could see Frank sitting in his
overstuffed chair," Obama remembers in Dreams, "a book of poetry in his lap, his reading
glasses slipping down his nose."

Obama continues, "[Frank] would read us his poetry whenever we stopped by his house,
sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar."

Cashill has done a lot to expose Obama's suspicious literary career, but you'll have to decide
for yourself if he's on the right track here. He does make some very interesting points.
Occidental
Barack Obama began his undergraduate education at Occidental College, in California.
Occidental is a 1,825-student liberal arts college in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los
Angeles and isn't shy about claiming Obama as an alumnus for his two years there (1979-
81) on full scholarship.

The Boston Globe did a large piece on his Occidental years.

Obama writes in "Dreams," that he saw his mentor, the communist Frank Marshall Davis,
only a few days before he left for Occidental College, and that Davis seemed as radical as
ever.

Davis called college, "An advanced degree in compromise" and warned Obama not to forget
his "people" and not to "start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the
American way and all that shit."

With those words ringing in his head, Obama entered Occidental College in California in
1979, where his freshman roommate was Imad Husain, a Pakistani, who's now a Boston
banker. Also, as a freshman, he quickly became friends with Mohammed Hasan Chandoo
and Wahid Hamid, two wealthy Pakistanis.

Obama had an international circle of friends -- "a real eclectic sort of group," says Vinai
Thummalapally, who himself came from Hyderabad, India, and who lived with Obama the
summer of 1980.

In his first memoir, "Dreams," Obama included a description of black student life at
Occidental College in Los Angeles (click and expand page 98).

"There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out
many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs," he
wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the
black masses, to strike out and name names."

He added: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more
politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist
professors and structural feminists."
Obama said he and other blacks were careful not to second-guess their own racial identity
in front of whites.

"To admit our doubt and confusion to whites, to open up our psyches to general
examination by those who had caused so much of the damage in the first place, seemed
ludicrous, itself an expression of self-hatred," he wrote.

Obama joined the Students for Economic Democracy (SED), a radical socialist "cousin"
organization to Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), of which the Weather
Underground was an off-shoot. As a matter of fact, Obama's first public speech was at an
event sponsored by the Students for Economic Democracy. This fringe group was chaired
by the radical Tom Hayden in the late 70's and early '80's.

You are know by your friends and associates -- and Obama's are the hard-core leftists.
Occidental Friends
At Occidental College, Obama plays basketball and continues taking drugs. He becomes
friends with Pakistani Muslims Mohammed Hasan Chandoo (perhaps spelled Chandio) and
Wahid Hamid, and Indian Vinai Thummalapally. At Occidental College Obama indulges in
alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. He becomes interested in the anti-apartheid movement in
South Africa. While at Occidental Obama is mentored by an openly gay professor, Lawrence
Goldyn, who has a strong influence on Obama’s acceptance of gays. Fellow student
Thummalapally lives with Obama in the summer of 1980. Obama’s freshman year
roommate at Occidental is Imad Husain, a Pakistani.

Safely away from his grandparents Obama starts smoking cigarettes while at Occidental
College, as many as 10 per day, and continues the habit until an attempt to quit in February
of 2007. On the campaign trail in 2008, however, reporters with a keen sense of smell
recognize that Obama was still sneaking occasional cigarettes. (Obama’s refusal to release
his medical records may arguably relate to his 25-year smoking habit.)




Obama and Chandoo

Obama’s friends at Occidental tend to be the more politically active blacks, foreign students,
Chicanos, Marxist professors, structural feminists, and punk-rock performance poets.
Obama is rebuked on one occasion for calling another black student, who wasn’t "black
enough," an "Uncle Tom." One female student criticizes Obama with the remark, "You
always think it’s about you."

At Occidental, Obama meets a professor of politics who is a CIA expert on the Soviet Union
and an associate of Zbigniew Brzezinski (who would later be the National Security Advisor to
Jimmy Carter -- and then to Obama).

You will notice that Obama's roommates were foreign students from South Asia. This is a
pretty good indicator that Obama was enrolled as a foreign student from that part of the
world.
Summer 1980
There is an anecdote related in the Maraniss book “Barack Obama: The Story” that
embraces a confluence of events and timing that leaves Obama open for immense
interrogation, if only there was someone in the media to first recognize it and second able
to get it out there for all to see.

Remember the Obama race speech where he referred to grandma “tuts” as a “typical
white person” afraid of taking the bus to work because of “black man” who was “in the
neighborhood”. As Jack Cashill has enumerated, Obama creates generic scenarios as life
experiences. There is no doubt that this anecdote was created by Obama but what is
notable is that in the Maraniss books Obama has moved this scenario from occurring in
“high school” to “between my college years” meaning between freshman and sophomore
at Occidental. The end result of the anecdote had Obama “(driving) down to see the
aging black poet , Frank Marshall Davis, at his shack in “the jungle” near the Ala
Wai Canal, and shared a drink with Davis, and listened as the old man talked about
race in America”.

So we have Obama in his own words seeking a meeting with Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii
at a time when Obama felt “utterly alone“ and was looking for understanding. Several
pages following this anecdote but preceding it’s telling in time, Maraniss writes “When
Barry returned to Hawaii for part of the summer of 1980, he staked claim to his
old bedroom in Gramps and Tut’s Punahou Circle apartment for the last time”.
Continuing Maraniss writes “at about the time Barry left Oxy for home, a lawyer in
Honolulu named William H. Gilardy Jr. filed papers in the Family Court of the First
Circuit on behalf of Stanley Ann Soetero seeking a divorce from Lolo Soetero“.
Documentation evidenced the divorce proceeding began on June 15th, 1980. Which places
Barack Obama in Hawaii on or about June 15th, 1980. For those closely following Obama’s
history this is relevant to a certain document he was required to complete. A somewhat
coincidental story follows of one Lisa Jack, she of the infamous “freshman photographs”
apparently meeting him in a Honolulu night club, he draped in female apparel but giving her
the requisite time of day for a “non babe”. Maraniss admits this encounter was
“exaggerated”, though gives no indication as to when it occurred.

The very next reference to Mr Obama’s was as follows, “ When he returned to Oxy, the
Annex was out of his life. He had talked to Kofi Manu, the Ghanaian, about finding
an apartment with him for their sophomore year, but instead moved into a place
with his Pakistani friend Hasan Chandoo, now a senior………Vinai Thummalapally,
from India, was leaving the apartment for another place, though he would come
over often and cook meals there".

The Obama official line is that, Thummalapally came to the United States in 1974 at the age
of 19, and attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he first met Obama in 1980.
They spent the summer as roommates, debating foreign policy and watching Los Angeles
Lakers basketball games. Thummalapally lived with Obama the summer of 1980. The two
ran together daily, 3 miles in the early morning, often chatting about their dreams.
Thummalapally made Indian food for “Barry”—the name Obama went by at that time—
teaching him how to make daal.

Not only does the NBA not play in the summer, that season the Lakers were NBA champions
and the last game was played on May 16th, 1980. According to Vinai’s future wife, a fellow
Oxy student Barbara Nichols-Roy: "Vinai and I met Barack about a month after we had both
met. We were part of the same group, especially during my last year at Oxy's when Vinai
and a friend roomed right above Barack and another close friend in an apartment complex
near our college". This meeting was undoubtedly as a result of Barack Obama moving in
with his new Pakisatani friend Hasan Chandoo, which we now know occurred sometime on
his return from Hawaii in the summer of 1980. Since Obama spent his freshman year in the
dorms at Oxy, this is evidence that the Thummalapally meeting did not occur until after the
end of the 1980 Spring semester. So did Obama spent the summer with Vinai?, he most
certainly was not ever his “roommate”, nor did he or Barabara ever attend classes with
Obama, though as "International Students" they appeared to hang out together, maybe he
was Obama’s beard, for Husan.Whatever the truth he is now Ambassador to Belize.

Why is all this important? The summer of 1980 was marked by an announcement by then
President Jimmy Carter on 2 July, 1980 of the reinstitution of the draft for males 18 an
older. Obama’s selective services registration dates were between July 28th, 2008 and Aug
4th, 1980. At any post office in the US but required “in person” and with “evidence of
identity”. Barack Obama’s 19th birthday was on Aug 4th, 1980. Occidental college fall
semester was to begin on Aug 25th, 1980. Barack moved off campus that summer, met life
long friends that summer, discussed major politics of our time that summer, and yet his
knowledge of completing his draft registration was “right out of high school in 1979”.

Do today’s journalist just not care anymore.
Registers For Draft -- Maybe?
Pajamas Media obtained official confirmation from the Selective Service System via email
that Barack Obama did indeed register for the Selective Service as required by law.

Barack Hussein Obama registered at a post office in Hawaii. The effective registration date
was September 4, 1980.

His registration number is 61-1125539-1.

Daniel Amon
Public Affairs Specialist

However, Debbie Schussle wants to know if President-elect Barack Hussein Obama
committed a federal crime in September of this year?

Did he never actually register and, instead, did friends of his in the Chicago federal records
center, which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service registration commit
the crime for him?

It's either one or the other, as indicated by the release of Barack Obama's official Selective
Service registration for the draft. A friend of mine, who is a retired federal agent, spent
almost a year trying to obtain this document through a Freedom of Information Act request,
and, after much stonewalling, finally received it and released it to me.
But the release of Obama's draft registration and an accompanying document, posted
below, raises more questions than it answers. And it shows many signs of fraud, not to
mention putting the lie to Obama's claim that he registered for the draft in June 1979,
before it was required by law.

Check out THIS documentation.
Obama’s Gay Mentor Speaks Out
Lou Chibbaro writing for the Washington Blade says that as an 18-year-old undergraduate
student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Barack Obama was among a coterie of
students who spoke regularly with Lawrence Goldyn.

Goldyn, an openly gay political science professor who served as a mentor and friend to
many of the school’s minority students, said Obama joined him and other students in
discussions about social and political issues at a time when Obama was beginning to
develop an interest in politics and civil rights causes.

He decided to speak with the Blade about his interaction with Obama during their years at
Occidental after Obama told the Advocate, in an April interview, that Goldyn had a "strong
influence" in his understanding and perception of gay people and gay rights.

"He was a wonderful guy," Obama said of Goldyn in that interview. "He was the first openly
gay professor that I had ever come into contact with, or openly gay person of authority that
I had come in contact with."

"He wasn’t proselytizing all the time, but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship
we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues."

Goldyn told the Blade that he believes he first met Obama when Obama took a course on
European politics from him in 1979 or 1980.

At the time, Goldyn was considered a controversial figure at Occidental for advocating gay
liberation. But Goldyn said he became a mentor to gay students during a period when
academic institutions had few positive role models for gay men and lesbians.

"He was remarkable in that he was not intimidated by a publicly gay figure and, in fact, was
interested in learning from me, whether formally or informally. That required an
extraordinary kind of confidence in an 18 or 19 year old -- the kind that comes from
somewhere deep inside, that was still finding its way into his adult personality.

"He demonstrated a kind of social courage, which has served him well and helped get him
where he is today," said Goldyn, who described himself as a strong supporter of Obama’s
presidential campaign.

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Narcissist? Who? Me?
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Obama, The Poet
On the basis of two poems Barack Obama wrote and published as an undergraduate, Ian
McMillan in The Guardian opines that the Democratic nominee for president had obviously
read the Beat poets and writers like Gary Snyder and Charles Bukowski, who knew that the
simple words are the best ones, as long as you place them carefully on the page.

Here is "Pop," written when Obama was 19.

Jack Cashill believes the "Pop" in "Pop" was Frank Marshall Davis.
Obama's First Political Speech
WorldNetDaily reports that it was at Occidental that Obama first engaged in community
activism, delivering what has been described as the first political speech of his career. On
Feb. 18, 1981, Obama addressed students gathered outside Coons Hall administration
building, exhorting Occidental's trustees to divest from South Africa. The speech was
sponsored by Students for Economic Democracy (SED)

Obama had joined the SED, a branch of the Campaign for Economic Democracy (CED).
That group was founded by radical, anti-American, Marxist activist Tom Hayden (former
husband of actress Jane Fonda), who was also active with the Students for a Democratic
Society (SDS). Obama writes in "Dreams..." about the rally, co-sponsored by the Black
Student Alliance.

Obama agreed to deliver the opening remarks for the rally, for which, he writes, "the
agenda had been carefully arranged beforehand." In the middle of his speech "a couple of
white students" were to come onstage, "dressed in their paramilitary uniforms," to drag him
away. "A bit of street theater, a way to dramatize the situation for activists in South
Africa," Obama writes.

Hayden authored the 1962 "Port Huron Statement," the first official political manifesto of
the Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS -- the radical 1960s protest movement from
which Ayers' Weathermen terrorist organization splintered.

An example of Hayden's brash rhetoric dates to his December 1968 testimony before the
House Committee on Un-American Activities on the Chicago "anti-war protests."

At the committee, a portion of Hayden's SDS manifesto was read:

"Disobey your parents: burn your money: you know life is a dream and all of our institutions
are man-made illusions effective because YOU take the dream for reality. … Break down the
family, church, nation, city, economy; turn life into an art form, a theatre of the soul and a
theatre of the future; the revolutionary is the only artist. … What's needed is a generation of
people who are freaky, crazy, irrational, sexy, angry, irreligious, childish and mad: people
who burn draft cards, burn high school and college degrees; people who say: "To hell with
your goals!"; people who lure the youth with music, pot and acid; people who re-define the
normal; people who break with the status-role-title-consumer game; people who have
nothing material to lose but their flesh. …"

When asked if this was "the way to have a better America," Hayden called them "beautiful
sentiments."

The official mission statement for Hayden's SED, for which Obama delivered a major
speech, espouses socialist ideology:

"Economic democracy means that ownership and control will be spread among a wide
variety of public bodies: city, state and Federal governments, churches, trade unions,
cooperatives and community groups, small business people, workers and consumers."

Hayden later was a founding member of Progressives for Obama, a matrix of radicals who
supported Obama's presidential candidacy.
Road Trip
At a fundraiser in San Francisco on April 7th 2008, Barack Obama waxed eloquently on the
need of foreign policy experience to be Commander in Chief, saying:

"You do that in eighty countries -- you don't know those eighty countries. So when I speak
about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small
villages in Africa -- knowing the leaders is not important -- what I know is the people..."
... and out of the blue, came this statement:**

"I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college -- I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic]
before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. . . ."

In 1981, after visiting his mother and sister Maya in Indonesia, Obama went to Pakistan for
about three weeks, In 1981, as a student, Obama visited Larkana for a partridge hunting
session. He traveled with Wahid Hamid and staying in Karachi with Mohammed Hasan
Chandio's [sic] family in Karachi and visiting Hyderabad as well.

Obama also made friends with Chairman of Senate, Muhammadmian Soomro, who said that
in Pakistan he [Obama] came to know about Sunni and Shia sects.

According to the report of Larry Rohter of April 10, 2008, in The New York Times, the
Obama campaign staff, when questioned about the revelation of Obama's 1981 trip to
Karachi, stated: "Mr. Obama visited Pakistan in 1981, on the way back from Indonesia,
where his mother and half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, were living. He spent 'about three
weeks' there, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, Bill Burton, said, staying in Karachi with the
family of a college friend, Mohammed Hasan Chandoo, but also traveling to Hyderabad, in
India." That information is significant for two reasons. First and foremost is the fact that
Mohammed Hasan Chandoo is a radical Muslim who with his relatives operate a website that
is anti-Semitic and anti-American and supports radical Islamic politics.

Go to chandoo.com , the home page of the Chandoo brothers, with a links to the Chandoo
brothers favorite sites. Not only are the sites anti-American and anti-Semitic, they are anti-
women, with several vulgar references to the distasteful Shia Muslim practice of "muttah," a
short term marriage whereby poor Pakistani and Indian Muslims often "pimp" their own
daughters to Middle-East tourists for a few rupees.

I wonder which face Obama wore to Pakistan -- his Christian face? -- or his Muslim face?

Update: Hamid nor Chandoo have each contributed the maximum $2,300 to Obama's
campaign, and records indicate each has joined an Asian-American council that supports his
run for president. Both also are listed on Obama's campaign Web site as being among his
top fundraisers, each bringing in between $100,000 and $200,000 in contributions from
their networks of friends. Both also attended Obama's wedding in 1992, according to
published reports and other friends.

There have been many postings to the Internet that claim travel to Pakistan was forbidden
to Americans at this time. That is a false report.

There was a "travel advisory" issued by the U. S. State Department in August 1981 that
stated that Americans should be aware of updated visa requirements, but there never was
any ban on travel to Pakistan by Americans.

** Another Obama coincidence -- just two weeks before this announcement, employees of
John Brennan, who would become Obama's terror chief, were caught tampering with
Obama's passport files.
Recollections Of An Occidental Classmate
Doug Ross says that Dr. John Drew was a classmate of Obama's at Occidental College. He
was interviewed by Paul Kengor on The Glen Meakem Show, and he took time to transcribe
most of the podcast because of its importance.
Q: I interviewed you for my book Dupes a year ago and you had contact me a couple of
years ago because you read a piece that I wrote for American Thinker and it was called
"Dreams from Frank Marshall Davis" and it was on Obama's background and youth. Frank
Marshall Davis was an actual Party member and that's something, John, I spent two or
three years on investigating, but there's no question about it... the documentation is there,
a 1957 Senate report called him "and identified member of the Communist Party," there's
an FBI file that's 600 pages, and I took ten or twelve pages from that report and put it in
the appendix of my book. It even lists Davis' Communist Party card number, which was
47544, so very clear. Why is all of this relevant? Well, I think it explains, at least to some
degree, that -- if he's not a Communist, he's at least very far to the left -- and has some
very left-oriented views. But you met Obama when he left Frank Marshall Davis in 1980
coming from Hawaii and went to Occidental College. So tell us about when Obama got
there and when you met.

A: I see myself as Barack Obama's missing link from his exposure to Communism through
Frank Marshall Davis and his later exposure to Bill Ayers and Alice Palmer in Chicago. So,
as far as I can tell, I'm the only one of Obama's extended circle of friends who's spoken out
and verified that he was a Marxist-Leninist in his sophomore year of college, from 1980 to
1981.

I met him because I graduated from Occidental College in 1979 and I was back at
Occidental visiting a girlfriend. I met him because of the relationship which I'd started my
senior year at Occidental --

Q: By the way, tell us where Occidental is. We're way out here in Western Pennsylvania.

A: Sure, Occidental College is in the Eastern Los Angeles area. It's a very prestigious, very
beautiful, sort of very garden, rose-garden sort of college, with three- or four-thousand
students --

Q: And pretty competitive, I mean Obama would have had to have good grades and been a
good student to get accepted there.

A: Yeah, my sense is because of affirmative action, guys like me were going to Occidental
instead of even better schools and guys like Obama were going to Occidental instead of, uh,
less challenging schools. A lot of very successful people were there, were part of Obama's
social circle at the time.

Q: Now, was Occidental known for radical left politics? Would that have been an attraction
for Obama?

A: Yeah, I'm certain that it was. It was considered sort of the "Moscow" of southern
California. There were a lot of Marxist professors, many of whom I got to know pretty well,
not just there but also at Williams College in Massachusetts. Two of the same Marxist-
Socialist professors were on the staff with me at Williams.

Continue reading here . . .
Obama In His Early Daze
Appears to be the faculty lounge at Occidental, circa 1980. It also appears that Barry is
toasted. It was around this time when Barry Obama started to use the name "Barack."

The blackboard, in addition to listing the booze available, has a reference to Eagle Rock
High School, located between the cities of Pasadena and Glendale in the northeastern tip of
Los Angeles, CA. Occidental College is located in the community of Eagle Rock.
Did Obama Affirm His Indonesian Citizenship?
On his website, Phil Berg explains he believes Obama obtained an Indonesian passport while
he lived with his mother and stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, in Indonesia, and that his act of
attending school in Indonesia required him to be an Indonesian citizen.

Further, he contends that as an adult, Obama chose to continue his Indonesian citizenship
by renewing his passport.

"Renewing an Indonesian passport after the age of 18 is an affirmative act, as you are
swearing allegiance to another country. Soetoro/Obama renewed his Indonesian passport
when he traveled to Pakistan, that is why he had to stop in Indonesia first. Remember, in
1981, [his mother] was divorcing Soetoro in Hawaii and was not in Indonesia.
Obama/Soetoro admits to traveling to Indonesia first and then on to Pakistan.
Soetoro/Obama claims in his book 'Dreams from my Father' that he stopped in Indonesia to
visit his mother. But again, his mother was not in Indonesia, she was in Hawaii with Maya,
divorcing Lolo Soetoro. In addition, the State Department has stated in response to a FOIA
request that they do not have a U.S. Passport application on file for Barack H. Obama," he
explained.

"As a result of Soetoro/Obama's Indonesian 'natural' citizenship status, Soetoro/Obama
could never regain U.S. 'natural born' status, if he in fact he ever held such, which we
doubt. Soetoro/Obama could have only become 'naturalized' if the proper paperwork were
filed with the U.S. State Department, after going through U.S. Immigration upon his return
to the United States; in which case, Soetoro/Obama would have received a Certification of
Citizenship indicating 'naturalized,'" he said.
Columbia
In 1981, in search of a community to belong to, he transfers to that prestigious university
on the edge of Harlem -- Columbia, where he majors in political science with a specialization
in international relations. He also swapped drugs for Marxism.

Obama says he was somewhat involved with the Black Students Organization and
participated in anti-apartheid activities. "Mostly, my years at Columbia were an intense
period of study," he says. "When I transferred, I decided to buckle down and get serious. I
spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk."

Obama says it is difficult to separate his college experience at Columbia from the urban
experience of living in New York City, and his memoir offers little about his time on campus

When Obama arrived in New York, he already knew Sohale "Hal" Siddiqi, a drug addicted
illegal alien from Pakistan, who was a friend of Chandoo's and Hamid's from Karachi, who
had visited them at Occidental College.

He had come to New York from London two years earlier and found his caustic wit and
unabashed desire to make money in the cocaine trade perfectly pitched to the city’s mood.
He had overstayed his tourist visa and now made a living in New York’s high-turnover,
illegal immigrant workforce, waiting on tables.

In 1982, Siddiqi and Obama got an apartment at a sixth-floor walk-up on East 94th Street.

In "The Book," Siddiqi is identified only as "Sadik" -- a short, well-built Pakistani" who
smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and liked to party. They were roomies for a while.
Siddiqi confirmed Obama's account that he turned serious in New York and "stopped getting
high."

Watching Sadik's drugging obviously got Obama's attention.

"I stopped getting high. I ran 3 miles a day and fasted on Sundays. For the first time in
years I applied myself to my studies and started keeping a journal of daily reflections and
very bad poetry," he wrote in "Dreams."

He went to the Marxist-Socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in
Brooklyn and started lecturing his relatives until they worried he'd become "one of those
freaks you see on the streets around here."

The Obama campaign declined to discuss Obama's time at Columbia and his friendships in
general. It won't, for example, release his transcript or name his friends. It did, however,
list five locations where Obama lived during his four years here: three on Manhattan's Upper
West Side and two in Brooklyn -- one in Park Slope, the other in Brooklyn Heights. His
memoir mentions two others on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Where Was Obama?
Dr. Orly Taitz that has a shocking revelation. It seems Obama went missing for more than
a year in 1981 when he was supposed to be at Columbia. That's also the year that Obama
said he went to Pakistan for the summer.

The following paragraphs have been extracted from Taitz' First Amended Complaint, filed at
the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia:

27. Further records from the Student Clearing House show even more shocking evidence.
In his memoirs and multiple speeches Obama wrote that he studied for two years at
Columbia University September 1981-May 1983. He admitted that in summer of 1981 he
traveled to Pakistan to visit his friends, but repeatedly claimed that from September 1981
until May of 1983 he resided in New York and studied at Columbia University. Taitz ran a
check of his years of attendance at Columbia university and found out that Columbia official
records show him attending Columbia university only for nine months September 1982-till
May 1983 (Exhibit 3 -- last line -- click to enlarge), which means that the President of the
United States lied to the whole nation about his whereabouts for a whole year September
1981 until September 1982. One year absence is the best case scenario, as he could get
his university credit by reciprocity or through extern studies.

28. As there is no record of Obama residing anywhere else in the United States from
September 1981-September 1982, or attending any other university, by way of simple
deduction it becomes clear that his visit to Pakistan lasted not a month or two, as he claims,
but may have lasted for over a year.

29. In 1981-1982 Pakistan was ruled by a ruthless radical Muslim leader general Zia Ul
Hac, who came to power as a result of a military coup, announced himself as a Chief Martial
Law Administrator and ruled the country via the system of iron fist terror. Supreme court of
Pakistan, apparently afraid for their lives found such rule to be acceptable due to a
"necessity" doctrine. Based on verification of Columbia university records, Taitz found that
Obama spent at least a year within the regime of general Zia Ul Hac. This revelation adds
urgency in processing this complaint, as it shows that we have today an individual usurping
the position of the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the whole US
military, while using a stolen social security number, not possessing a valid long form U.S.
birth certificate and defrauding the nation and concealing a whole year of his whereabouts.

Continue reading here with additional documents . . .

Taitz is something of a loose cannon, but that is an interesting artifact that she has
uncovered.

Watch for the announcement from the National Student Clearinghouse describing Taitz'
discovery as a data entry error, but in any case this isn't going to help Obama's Columbia
story.
Obama's "Missing Year" At Columbia
Jerome Corsi says swirling amid the black hole of information are a host of theories about
Obama’s whereabouts during the 1981-1982 school year, so WorldNetDaily contacted the
National Student Clearinghouse and Columbia about the clearinghouse records that show
Obama was at the school only during the 1982-83 school year.

Janine Greenwood, vice president and general counsel for the clearinghouse, told WND
there was a "computer error" in their system that has been corrected. She said she
confirmed with Columbia that Obama was at the university for two academic years, not one.

Greenwood said she "tried to untangle this" discrepancy one year ago after two
"DegreeVerify certificates" from the Herndon, Va.-based clearinghouse -- obtained through
a fee-based request -- indicated Obama attended Columbia College at Columbia University
only in the 1982-1983 academic year, from Sept. 1, 1982 until May 31, 1983, receiving a
Bachelor of Arts degree May 17, 1983.

"All I know is [the record] was right originally, and somewhere along the line it went off the
rails, and then it was right again," she said.
Columbia's Robert Hornsby said he was unaware of any contact between Columbia and the
National Student Clearinghouse regarding the discrepancy.

In the Thursday interview, Hornsby said regarding the clearinghouse’s information: "I don’t
know what they’re basing their information on or what their system is for logging, but I can
confirm, as a matter of fact, that President Obama was here in September 1981 as a
transfer student from Occidental."

Asked whether he had personally seen a transcript that would verify Obama attended
classes during the 1981-82 school year, Hornsby said, "You’re looking for proof I cannot
provide."

He noted academic records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
of 1974, "and we don’t talk about any student’s academic records, presidents or otherwise."

Hornsby said his information is based on confirmation from "people that have the authority"
in the registrar’s office.
Which Columbia?
Obama attended Columbia School of General Studies. If a General Studies student
completes enough courses, and/or has other credits from elsewhere accepted, a student can
receive a degree. People confuse Columbia University, Columbia College, and Columbia
General Studies. A big university system has many different schools and colleges attached.

Of course, what Columbia University will not release is exactly what Obama actually did
while in their General Studies degree program.

Undergraduate education at Columbia is offered through Columbia College, the Fu
Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies.
Undergraduate programs are offered by two affiliated institutions, Barnard College and
Jewish Theological Seminary. Columbia University provides post-graduate education
through thirteen graduate and professional schools and a school of continuing education.
Three affiliated schools also offer post-graduate programs.
Obama Was An Unremarkable Student
Obama was an unremarkable student and that he benefited from affirmative action. Here
are three reasons to support this view:
1) As reported by The New York Sun: ”A spokesman for the university, Brian Connolly,
confirmed that Mr. Obama spent two years at Columbia College and graduated in 1983 with
a major in political science. He did not receive honors…” In spite of not receiving honors as
an undergrad, Obama was nevertheless admitted to Harvard Law. Why?

2) Obama himself has written he was a poor student as a young man. As the Baltimore Sun
reported:

In "Obama’s book 'Dreams from My Father,….the president recalled a time in his life…when
he started to drift away from the path of success. 'I had learned not to care,' Obama
wrote. '… Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.' But his
mother confronted him about his behavior. 'Don’t you think you’re being a little casual
about your future?' she asked him, according to the book. '… One of your friends was just
arrested for drug possession. Your grades are slipping. You haven’t even started on your
college applications.'"

3) Most damning, of course, is Obama’s unwillingness to make his transcripts public. If
Obama had really been a stellar student with impeccable grades as an undergrad, is there
any doubt they would have been made public by now and trumpeted on the front page of
the New York Times as proof of his brilliance? To Matt Patterson it all adds up to affirmative
action.
Appeared With Columbia Activist, Ayers
WorldNetDaily reports that Obama has revealed almost nothing about his last two years as
an undergraduate at Columbia University's Columbia College.

Obama has said he was involved with the Black Students Organization, which emerged in
the 1960s in response to a growing black student population at Columbia. Undergraduates
formed the Student Afro-American Society, "which was concerned with the affairs of black
students and issues of the greater black community."

The Coalition for a Free South Africa (CFSA), began as a Black Students' Organization
committee to promote Columbia University's divestment in stock in companies doing
business in South Africa.

CFSA, which split from the Black Students' Organization in 1981, was a loosely structured
group with a predominantly black steering committee of about a dozen individuals who
made decisions by consensus, and a less active circle of about fifty students who attended
meetings and the group's protests and educational events."

Early CFSA leaders were Danny Armstrong, a Columbia College student who played forward
for Columbia's basketball team, and Barbara Ransby, a student from the School of General
Studies

As CFSA spokeswoman, Ransby famously convinced Columbia's student senate "to support
full divestment."

Ransby, now an associate professor of African-American studies and history at the
University of Illinois-Chicago, and the executive director of Public Square, was in the class of
1984 at Columbia, only one year behind Obama, who would later publicly appear with both
Ransby and Ayers.

In April 2002, Ransby appeared at a University of Illinois-Chicago forum and sat on the
same panel -- "Intellectuals in Times of Crisis: Experiences and applications of intellectual
work in urgent situations" -- with both Obama and Ayers.
New York Livin'
Obama moved into an apartment with fellow Occidental College transfer Phil Boerner in the
fall of 1981. It was located at #3E, 142 W. 109th St., between Amsterdam and Columbus.
Boerner, who remained Obama's friend throughout his college years, describes the
apartment as a third story walkup with a railroad layout and a missing doorbell. It had a
walkthrough layout, and Boerner had to walk through Obama's room to get to his own. The
heating frequently failed, one of the reasons Obama wound up spending so much time in
Butler Library. At other times, the two roommates read their books under blankets.




After their first semester, Obama tried to find a better apartment for himself and his friend,
but was only able to locate a studio. He eventually moved into a walkup at #6A, 339 E.
94th St., in Yorkville, where he would "chat with his Puerto Rican neighbors about...the
sound of gunfire at night".
Acxiom Database Suggests Barack Obama Used The Name Barack Soetoro At
Columbia
Via Al Hendershot @ Facebook:

Obama/Soetoro discovered at Columbia University address. My friends. I am still going
through all of the files that I made from all of the database pulls that I was completing
almost daily on Obama and Soetoro just to name a few.

On 10/21/2011 I completed a pull for the last names of Soetoro and Obama for the state of
NY and I printed it and scanned the pull and made a file then for later use. I just found
them again. I want the public to see it first because as Americans we all deserve the truth
first before anyone else. Let others try to disprove this. I date them.

Note the addresses that belong to both, "Barack Soetoro" (not Barry) and to Barack Obama
as of 02/2010. It is an address in NYC at Columbia University. These were pulls that were
completed using ACXIOM.

I will be doing an article for the Hustle tomorrow. Documents had to be altered on 02/2010
at Columbia for there to be two separate indexes to be created. Could it be a name change
to help hide something? Do they think we are stupid?
Now, what is located at 2960 Broadway, New York, NY?




As most of you know, there has been speculation for many years that Barack Obama
attended Occidental College on a Fulbright Scholarship available only to foreign students.
There is also speculation that Obama's 1981 "road trip" was made using an Indonesian
passport.

Now we see Barack Obama using the surname "Soetoro" in association with Columbia
University.

Remember, Lolo Soetoro was still acknowleding Barry/Barack/Subarkah/Soetoro/Obama as
his son at the time of the Dunham-Soetoro divorce in August of 1980 even though Barack
Obama of Kenya formally acknowledged Barry Obama as his son in 1972.

It appears likely that Barack Obama was a legal resident and carried the passports of
Indonesia and the United States from 1972 through at least 1982.

If it suited Obama and his mother to be American -- he was an American -- and if it suited
Obama and his mother to be Indonesian -- he was Indonesian.
Probably Photoshopped -- But There Is No Way To Know




Cooper Union
Each year from 1983 to 2004, the City University of New York’s (CUNY) chapter of the
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) sponsored the Socialist Scholars Conference (SSC)
at Cooper Union, a privately funded college for the advancement of science and art. SSC
events featured the elite of socialist academia as well as union activists, political
revolutionaries, reformers, and opponents of "corporate greed." According to the libertarian
writer Trevor Loudon, guest speakers at these conferences included "members of the
Communist Party USA and its offshoot, the Committees of Correspondence, as well as
Maoists, Trotsyists, black radicals, gay activists and radical feminists,"

and, Barack Hussein Obama.
Cloward And Piven
Obama studied the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Manufactured Crisis in Political Science
classes at Columbia University.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy is to overcommit government, growing it past the point of
sustainability by causing crises. This, while developing an organized proletariat of
dependent classes and applying them to disrupt society and revolt against American
freedoms. All, to ring in the new "egalitarian" (neo-Marxist) state. That would be a big
"change."
The Thesis
The latest report on Obama's missing thesis comes from MSNBC. Written his senior year at
Columbia University, Obama's thesis was about Soviet nuclear disarmament. It's only
natural to wonder what the budding socialist turned presidential candidate thought of
nuclear proliferation in the early 1980s.

"We do not have a copy of the course paper you requested and neither does Columbia
University," Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt told NBC News.

The Obama campaign has been less than forthcoming with details. "Spokesman Ben LaBolt
wouldn’t even say whether Sen. Obama threw out his copy or lost it." At an earlier date, an
aide actually told the New Republic the junior senator couldn't recall what he had written
about, but as that editor notes, "who doesn't remember their senior thesis?" To get the
inside scoop, MSNBC contacted the former professor who taught Obama's senior seminar
and who recalls the content of the paper better than Obama himself.

What MSNBC doesn't report is that Baron, or at least a Michael Baron who also happens to
run an electronics company in Florida, has given $1,250 to Obama. Maybe if the Obama
campaign would release the thesis and Obama's college transcript like a normal presidential
campaign, we could all decide for ourselves whether Obama deserves an A.
The Author
In early 2009, an article written by Obama, Breaking the War Mentality, was discovered.

It's crap, for the most part. You'll have to read it and decide for yourself.
Obama Meets Ayers?
Obama and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers were at college -- within a quarter mile of
each other -- for two years in 1982 and 1983.

When Obama was at Columbia, Ayers was at Bank Street College (BSC), where he received
an M.A. in Early Childhood Education -- 371 yards down the street.

BSC has no student housing, everyone lives off Campus. Columbia DOES have housing and
encourages students to live on campus. However, Fox News interviewed 400 former
students from his graduating class and no-one remembers him!

Presumably Obama lived off campus also.
Obama and Ayers had mutual friends. One was Edward Said, the left-wing Columbia
superstar was just recently out of hiding. It is inconceivable, given their concentric politics,
that they did not know each other.

Obama won't release his transcripts (actually he won't reveal any documentation from his
past). Was it because it would reveal his ties to Ayers, a class in common (BSC has
collaborations with Columbia), or maybe a common street address?
Who?
Obama graduated from Columbia College in 1983, and after spending a year in New York,
moved to Chicago.

Wayne Allyn Root says, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they
all know me. I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia. Ever! ...
Nobody recalls him. I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding.

Questioner: Were you the exact same class?

Root: Class of '83 political science, pre-law Columbia University. You don't get more exact
than that. Never met him in my life, don't know anyone who ever met him. At the class
reunion, our 20th reunion five years ago, 20th reunion, who was asked to be the speaker of
the class? Me. No one ever heard of Barack! Who was he, and five years ago, nobody
even knew who he was... the guy who writes the class notes, who's kind of the, as we say
in New York, the macha who knows everybody, has yet to find a person, a human who ever
met him. Is that not strange? It's very strange...

When asked about his undergraduate training at Columbia University, The New Times states
that Obama "declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his
Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend
from those years."

Many of his classmates don't remember Obama. He's not in the yearbook. Columbia
couldn't find a picture of him at school.

What can be said with some certainty is that Mr. Obama lived off campus while at Columbia
in 1981-83 and made few friends. Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and
found no one who remembered him. He had transferred from Occidental College in
California after his sophomore year because, he told the Boston Globe in 1990, "I was
concerned with urban issues and I wanted to be around more black folks in big cities."

Here is an in-depth interview with Wayne Allen Root.
Henry Says, Who?
Did he attend classes at Columbia?

Henry Franklin Graff, professor emeritus of history at Columbia for 46 years, has cast doubt
on claims Obama attended classes at the New York City university.

Henry Franklin Graff:

"I have no recollection of Barack Obama at Columbia, and I am sure he never attended any
of my classes," Graff told WND in a telephone interview.

"For 46 years, I taught political history, diplomatic history and one of the pioneering courses
on presidential history, and every future politician of note who went through Columbia in
those years took one or more of my classes – every one, that is, except Barack Obama."

Graff further told WND no professor he knew could remember having Obama as a student at
Columbia.

"Nobody I knew at Columbia ever remembers Obama being there," Graff insisted.
Oh! Him
Well, he didn't go to the prom or make it into the yearbook, but the day after he was
elected resident, Columbia suddenly remembered that Barack Obama went to school there,
by proclaiming that Obama, CC'83, had become the first Columbia graduate elected
Resident of the United States.

He joins other illustrious Columbians who went on to run the country at pivotal times during
its history: Theodore Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 to 1908, and his cousin
Franklin D. Roosevelt, president from 1933 to 1945. Both attended Columbia Law School
but did not graduate. And Dwight D. Eisenhower left his post as University president in
1952 to become the nation's 34th president. As an undergraduate, he attended the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point.
Evidence That Obama Attended Columbia
There are lots of questions about whether Obama attended Columbia, or not.

As Wayne Allyn Root said above, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him,
and they all know me. I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at
Columbia. Ever! ... Nobody recalls him. I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding.

And Fox News interviewed 400 former students from his graduating class and no-one
remembers him.

But finally! We have the evidence, in the form of his transcript (click to enlarge) and
student ID!

Just kidding . . .
Harvard Law
Even though Obama’s Columbia grades fall below the Harvard norm, likely even below the
affirmative action-adjusted black norm at Harvard, Obama began Harvard Law School in
1988.
Friends say he did not want anyone to assume they knew his mind and because of that,
even those close to him did not always know exactly where he stood.

"He then and now is very hard to pin down," said Kenneth Mack, a classmate and now a
professor at the law school, referring to the senator’s on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand
style.

Mack added, "Obama stood out from the beginning. He seemed more mature. Everyone
understood he was a liberal. He didn't hide that."

All the yearbooks for the year Obama graduated have been yanked from Harvard’s library.
Obama's Benefactor
How exactly did Barack Obama pay for his Harvard Law School education?

The way the Obama campaign has answered the question was simply hard work and
student loans, even though Obama’s financial disclosures found no trace of any outstanding
college loans, going back to 2000. Michelle Obama contradicted this claim by saying that
the couple had "only just" paid off their student loans after receiving book royalties paid out
in 2005 and 2006.

But new questions have been raised about Obama’s student loans and Obama’s ties to a
radical Muslim activist who reportedly was raising money for Obama’s Harvard studies
during the years 1988 to 1991.

The allegations first surfaced in late March, when former Manhattan Borough president
Percy Sutton told a New York cable channel that a former business partner who was "raising
money" for Obama had approached him in 1988 to help Obama get into Harvard Law
School.

In this video interview, Sutton says he first heard of Obama about twenty years ago from
Khalid Al-Mansour, who Sutton described as advisor to "one of the world’s richest men,"
Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Prince Alwaleed catapulted to fame in the United States after the September 11 attacks,
when New York mayor Rudy Guiliani refused his $10 million check to help rebuild
Manhattan, because the Saudi prince hinted publicly that America’s pro-Israel policies were
to blame for the attacks.

Sutton knew Al-Mansour well, since the two men had been business partners and served on
several corporate boards together.

As Sutton remembered, Al-Mansour was raising money for Obama’s education and seeking
recommendations for him to attend Harvard Law School.

"I was introduced to (Obama) by a friend who was raising money for him," Sutton told NY1
city hall reporter Dominic Carter. "The friend’s name is Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, from Texas."

Apparently, al-Mansour serves on the Board of, among others, Saudi African Bank and was
responsible for the Africa investment activities of Kingdom Holdings, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed
bin Talal's investment company.

Obama released seven years of tax returns on March 25 of 2009.

The returns, dating back to 2000, indicate that the couple paid no interest on their student
loans. The interest from such loans would have been deductible on their joint income tax
returns.

For 2000 through 2004, taxpayers declared student loan interest as a deduction on line 24
of federal form 1040. After 2004, the deduction can be taken on Line 33.

But the Obamas never declared a dime of interest in student loans on their return.
Harvard Law Review
On February 6th, 1990, Obama became the first African-American president of the Harvard
Law Review. The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.

He managed to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review without ever publishing a
SINGLE piece of signed, written work -- not one!

Update: Obama did do interviews and Politico claims that an unsigned -- and previously
unattributed -- 1990 article was produced by Obama and offers a glimpse at hi's views on
abortion policy and the law during his student days, and provides a rare addition to his body
of work.

The six-page summary, tucked into the third volume of the year's Harvard Law Review,
considers the charged, if peripheral, question of whether fetuses should be able to file
lawsuits against their mothers. Obama's answer: No.

I sent Politico an email asking how they knew the document was produced by Obama, since
it is "unsigned -- and previously unattributed." They never responded.

Obama’s timing, however, was better than his writing. In the same spring 1990 term that
he would stand for the presidency, the Harvard Law School found itself embroiled in an
explosive racial brouhaha.

Black firebrand law professor Derrick Bell was demanding that the Harvard Law School
appoint a black woman to the law faculty.

This protest would culminate in vigils and protests by the racially sensitive student body, in
the course of which Obama would compare the increasingly absurd Bell to Rosa Parks.

Feeling the pressure, HLR editors wanted to elect their first African American president.
Obama had an advantage. Spared the legacy of slavery and segregation, and having grown
up in a white household, he lacked the hard edge of many of his black colleagues.

"Obama cast himself as an eager listener," the New York Times reported, "sometimes giving
warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once."

In February 1990, after an ideologically charged all day affair, Obama’s fellow editors
elected him president from among 19 candidates. As it happened, Obama prevailed only
after the HLR’s small conservative faction threw him its support.




Obama was elected after a meeting of the review's 80 editors that convened Sunday and
lasted until early this morning, a participant said.

Until the 1970's the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the
Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L.
Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law
School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.
Obama personally responded to the controversy by writing a poorly-written letter explaining
both the Review’s selection policy and his personal experience with affirmative action. The
letter was published in Volume 91, Number 7 (November 16, 1990) of the Harvard Law
Record. It is reprinted here.

Curiously, once elected, Obama contributed not one signed word to the HLR or any other
law journal. As Matthew Franck has pointed out in National Review Online, "A search of the
HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law
review anywhere at any time. After his appointment, the NY Times carried a story in
February 1990, that included a few quotes from Obama:

"The fact that I've been elected shows a lot of progress," Mr. Obama said today in an
interview. "It's encouraging." "But it's important that stories like mine aren't used to say
that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there
are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don't get a
chance," he said, alluding to poverty or growing up in a drug environment...

On his goals in his new post, Obama said: "I personally am interested in pushing a strong
minority perspective. I'm fairly opinionated about this. But as president of the law
review, I have a limited role as only first among equals." Therefore, Obama said, he would
concentrate on making the review a "forum for debate," bringing in new writers and pushing
for livelier, more accessible writing.

Unlike most editors, and likely all its presidents, Obama was not a writer. During his tenure
at Harvard, he wrote only one heavily edited, unsigned note.

In this note for the third volume of the 1990 HLR, he argued against any limits on abortion,
citing the government’s interest in "preventing increasing numbers of children from being
born in to lives of pain and despair."

Well, the new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority
students became editors of The Law Review.

And, it worked!

In other words, Obama was the first affirmative action President of the Harvard Law Revue.
Einstein And The Law
In a page-one footnote of what may be the zaniest-titled article ever published by the
Harvard Law Review: "The Curvature of Constitutional Space: What Lawyers Can Learn
From Modern Physics," authored by noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe.

The 39-page densely argued treatise argues that constitutional jurisprudence should be
updated in a similar way that Einstein's theory of relativity replaced Newtonian mechanics, a
view that would release judges from the original intent of the Founders of America.

Published in 1989, with help of the much younger and politically greener Mr. Obama, the
long-ago article could indicate his views on the Constitution, which, if he is elected, could
come into play in such matters as his choice of nominees to the Supreme Court.

If Mr. Obama captures the White House, he might not curve space but may settle for setting
aside a high-altitude seat on the Supreme Court for his former teacher, Mr. Tribe, who is
the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard.
The Plan
Abner Mikva, a five-term congressman from Illinois who was at that time Chief Judge of the
United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, tried to recruit Obama as a clerk, a
position considered a stepping stone to clerking on the Supreme Court, but Obama turned
him down.

"He could have gone to the most opulent of law firms," David Axelrod, a longtime friend
who is now Obama’s media adviser, said. "After Harvard, Obama could have done anything
he wanted."

The Carl M. Loeb Professor at Harvard University, Laurence H. Tribe, taught Obama and
employed him as a research assistant. He remembers him as a "brilliant, personable, and
obviously unique" person. Tribe said that Obama’s theoretical perspective on applying
modern physics to law was "very impressive."

"He is obviously a serious intellectual as well as a fantastic campaigner who can reach
across boundaries," Tribe said. "He will make an extraordinarily fine president."

David B. Wilkins , the Kirkland and Ellis professor of law, said he advised Obama to become
a Supreme Court Clerk. "Obama recognized the honor in pursuing that post," Wilkins said,
but quickly added that he wasn’t interested.

"He said that he wanted to write a book about his life and his father, go back to Chicago,
get back into the community, and run for office there. He knew exactly what he wanted
and went about getting it done," Wilkins said.

Obama works hard to dispel the image of having sought his superstar status. "It's not about
me, it's about you," he likes to tell his crowds. But according to those who know him, he
has been talking about the presidency for more than a decade. "It was clear to me from the
day I met him that he was thinking about politics," says Harvard Law School classmate
Christine Spurell.

The one thread, that remains consistent, throughout Obama's life, is his teacher's, mentor's
and friend's recollection of Obama's single-minded pursuit of high political office.
Understanding Obama As He Understands Himself



Juris Doctor
Obama graduates from Harvard Law School in 1991. He supposedly received his Juris
Doctor law degree, magna cum laude -- although there are no records available to validate
this assertion
Law Review
Obama’s College Transcripts
Kevin D. Williamson says count me among those who’d really like to get a good long look at
Barack Obama’s college transcripts -- not because I think they would provide evidence for
any of the crazy conspiracy talk that infests the fringes of our political discourse, but simply
because I want to know what the man studied and what his grades were.

For instance, I’d like to know whether he took any economics and how he did in those
classes. I’m also curious about what his literary studies were: especially, I’d like to know
whether the man who wrote two self-important memoirs before he’d done much of anything
interesting with his life is sufficiently conversant with the concept of hubris that he might
take a moment for self-examination -- because, as the economy slows and the government
debt stacks up, the hubris is not the only thing around here looking Greek and tragic.

Some of the people that Williamson insults might think his reasons are frivolous.

The point is, regardless of one's curiosity factor, The American People have a right to know,
and a need to know who Obama is, who sent him, and what his agenda is.
The Student Loans
Michelle Obama tells of the collection calls they used to get from the "loan debt people".
Mrs. Obama clearly implies that the family's hardship was caused merely by living in this
hellhole that is America, usually right after she mentions their onerous student loans.

However, the Obamas have thus far refused to validate these stories of loan collection,
despite requests from Chicago papers, or the source of the debt. Obama's personal loan of
$20,000 to his failed Congressional race seems like a very likely culprit for any loan
collection calls they might have received. Thus, the Obamas should provide the financial
records that validate their claims about bill collector calls, if they exist, and be honest about
the source of the debt. Certainly, the loan itself gives lie to the Obamas' stories about their
financial hardship due to their being "just regular people"; regular people don't loan
themselves large sums of money for rash and obviously doomed congressional races.

The most trivial, and yet in many ways the most revealing, of the Obama campaign
distortions involves their incessant invocation of their school loan burdens. Yet the Chicago
Tribune has asked them to produce evidence of their school loans and they've not yet
complied. Tellingly, they made too much money since 2000 for their loan interest to be
deducted, so they can't even prove that they finally paid off the loans in 2003, as they
constantly claim.

Obama received a full scholarship to Occidental, which he rejected after two years in favor
of Columbia. Did he get a similar deal at Columbia? What grants and loans did the Obamas
receive while at Harvard?

Again, these may seem like trivial amounts. However, the Obamas have consistently
presented their life story as a rags to riches tale in which they triumphed over the odds just
like ordinary people. But they've offered no proof. Given Obama's career reliance on
patronage and kingmakers, the reality may be very different from their touching campaign
anecdotes.
Obama's Rabbi
The AP reported that attorney Judson Miner, who was the communist mayor of Chicago,
Harold Washington's, lawyer, called Harvard to offer a job to a graduating student named
Barack Obama and didn’t expect to be showered with gratitude. Still, he wasn’t expecting
the reception he got. "You can leave your name and take a number," the woman who
answered the phone at the Harvard Law Review said breezily. "You’re No. 647."

That was 1991 and even then Obama was a hot commodity. As the first black president of
the Harvard Law Review, Obama had his pick of top law firms. He chose Miner’s Chicago
civil rights firm, where he represented community organizers, discrimination victims and
black voters trying to force a redrawing of city ward boundaries.
Besuki Redux
"Good Luck, Barry!" the shout gave birth to Indonesia's Obama Fan Club established by the
childhood friends and alumni of the Democrat party's presidential candidate. (Photo at link)

The shout of support was given by 18 childhood friends of Barack Obama from when he
went to school at SDN 01 Menteng (Besuki Primary School), Indonesia on Saturday, March
1st, 2008, at 2:30pm.




18 of the original 40 of Barack Obama's classmates gathered around in the schoolyard
against a backdrop on the roof that read "Good Luck Barry".

Here's another reunion, with photos, of Barry Soetoro classmates in January, 2009.
Alma Matters
Obama’s alma maters -- from his high school to his graduate school -- are planning to claim
a small piece of the president-elect at gatherings throughout the inaugural week.

Punahou School alum Steve Case, founder of America Online, will host a brunch for about
250 people, Saint Chu said, many of whom will be making the trek from Hawaii.

Occidental College’s gathering on January 19th will host about 250 people, including alum
and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll.

"The reaction has been terrific," said Jim Jacobs, Occidental’s director of alumni relations,
saying their 250 reservations are "more than we ever anticipated" for the free celebration.

More than 1,000 Harvard Law School grads have paid $100 per ticket to attend a Sunday,
Jan. 18th brunch at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel, once a common place to spot
President Abraham Lincoln. It will be hosted by the school’s dean and recently-tapped U.S.
Solicitor General, Elena Kagan.

Only Columbia is not hosting a big party for their presidential grad.

What's the story with Columbia? What was Obama up to in the years between Occidental
and Business International Corp? He gets back from Pakistan and disappears. Why is it
that nobody -- absolutely nobody -- remembers Obama at Columbia College? Columbia
College of Columbia University is a small school. Current enrollment is 4,100.
BMOC Wayne Allyn Root says, "I don't know a single person at Columbia that knows him,
and they all know me. I don't have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at
Columbia. Ever! ... Nobody recalls him. I'm not exaggerating, I'm not kidding.
Obama Should Release His Transcripts
George Joyce reminds us that, in a nationally televised educational address next Tuesday,
Barack Obama is scheduled to, according to the Department of Education, "challenge
students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning."

Concerns by many Americans that Obama’s televised address to schoolchildren will simply
represent a forum for socialist indoctrination are wildly "overwrought" according to a Wall
Street Journal editorial today:

"America's children are not so vulnerable that we need to slap an NC-17 rating on
Presidential speeches. Given how many minority children struggle in school, a pep talk from
the first African-American President could even do some good."

While the WSJ editors criticized some of the Education Department’s post speech lesson
plans they also condemned those "columnists who spy a conspiracy theory behind every
Democrat" for "spreading alarm."

Could a pep talk from the first African-American President "do some good" for minority
students as the WSJ editors argue? Back in September of last year Steve Gilbert of
Sweetness and Light pondered over our first African-American president’s prior academic
performance:

"By his own admission, Obama spent his final two years in high school skipping classes,
playing basketball, doing cocaine and getting drunk."

After high school, Gilbert notes the following about Obama:

"Similarly, his admission to Harvard Law School is highly questionable. Where are his LSAT
scores? And how does one graduate from Columbia without honors and yet get accepted at
Harvard Law? Lastly, his ascendency to the Presidency of the Harvard Law school would
appear to have also been a case of blatant affirmative action, since the student Obama had
only written one legal paper -- and that was quite short and remarkably undistinguished.
So where are his grade transcripts?"

If Confucius were to describe a democracy, he’d probably say that the people are the
"parents" and the rulers are the "children." Children are normally required by their parents
to be open and transparent about their grades at school. Barack Obama has sealed off his
transcripts from the people.

Is it possible for the first African-American president to inspire minority schoolchildren about
education when he continues to hide the record of his academic performance?

Many of us had to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for our learning
because our gender and skin color actively worked against us on college admissions panels.
There were others however who could get drunk, do cocaine, skip class and still make it to
the Ivy League.

Lao Tzu once said that "you gain by losing, lose by gaining." Now I think I know what he
means.
Obama’s Education Records To Remain Sealed
Lynn Sweet is reporting that White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said Obama will not
release his academic records, commenting a day after Obama put out his "long form" birth
certificate and Donald Trump decided to press his luck by demanding Obama's college
transcripts.

"We know this is nonsense," Jarrett said in an interview on The Joe Madison Show on
SiriusXM on Thursday morning. "He is almost 50 years old. And he is president of the
United States, and I don't think anybody will debate his intelligence, and so now we do need
to get serious...let's just get serious...get back to focusing on what's important.

Trump, on a Birther roll as he explores a 2012 GOP presidential run, claimed credit for
forcing Obama to finally release the "long form," which proved what had been proved before
-- Obama was born in Hawaii. Trump is now on another tangent, asking why Obama never
released college transcripts and wondering how he got into Occidental and Harvard.

Jarrett cuts through Trump's barely coded remarks.




       click to play

Sweet plays the race card a little more subtly than most "journalists," but there it is,
nevertheless.




 Obama has degrees, but he is not educated. There is a difference. Listen to Obama over time, and it is obvious that he
doesn't know or understand history, doesn't have a junior high level grasp of science, and has an understanding of human
                                 psychology most kindly described as wishful thinking.
http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaEducation.htm#Occidental



This page is organized chronologically. Blue titles are "hot" links to more information.
WHAT Exactly Does A "Community Organizer" Do?
Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a
big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans
to customers with poor credit. In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers
occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes --
and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages
to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the
banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and
funding the organizers who do it.
New York
Obama graduated from Columbia College in 1983 and briefly entered the commercial world,
staying in New York for a little more than a year after graduation. He was employed by
Business International Corporation before moving to the activist New York Public Interest
Research Group.

Business International Corporation (BI) was a publishing and advisory firm dedicated to
assisting American companies in operating abroad. In 1986, Business International was
acquired by The Economist Group in London, and eventually merged with The Economist
Intelligence Unit.

Obama's recollection of this period demonstrates his tendency towards puffery, writing in
"Dreams...," (p. 135), that his first job after graduating Columbia was as a "research
assistant" in "a consulting house to multinational corporations," with "my own office, my
own secretary" and "myself in a suit and tie, a briefcase in my hand."

But as one of his former fellow workers (and an Obama supporter) has written, it wasn't a
consulting house; it was a small company that published newsletters on international
business, "a bit of a sweatshop" where casual attire and low pay were the norm. His job
was essentially copyediting "in the cramped three Wang terminal space we called the bull
pen."

Here's an interesting account of the BI period from several of Obama's co-workers.

Obama rejected the commercial world and joined the agitators at The New York Public
Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). Created by Ralph Nader in the 1970s, NYPIRG is New
York State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform
organization. It is a not-for-profit group, established to effect policy reforms while training
students and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Since 1973, NYPIRG has played the key
role in fighting for more than 120 public interest laws and executive orders.

During this period, Obama spent three months working for a NYPIRG offshoot up in Harlem,
trying to convince the minority students at City College about the importance of recycling.
Why Chicago?
In 1984, after Columbia but before Harvard, Obama moved to Chicago. "I came because of
Harold Washington," he says. "I wanted to do community organizing, and I couldn't think of
a better city than one as energized and hopeful as Chicago was then."
The Project
The Chicago Period began in 1985, when some leftists were looking for someone who could
recruit in a black neighborhood in the south side of Chicago and Obama applied for the
position as a community organizer for the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the
Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC) in Chicago. The "Project" was funded
with a $25,000 grant by Bill Ayers' Woods Fund. Here is an account from the Gamaliel
Foundation, another community organizing group.

Obama was 24 years old, unmarried, and according to his memoir, searching for a genuine
African-American community.

Stories have varied wildly. Jerry Kellman, who hired him and is now a strong supporter,
says it was "$10,000 a year and a $2,000 car allowance". Obama himself has given
different numbers; his memoir says $10,000 (as well as the car), in his "Wesleyan speech,
he gave it as "$12,000 a year plus $2,000 for an old, beat-up car", and when he announced
his candidacy for president, it was "a group of churches had offered me a job as a
community organizer for $13,000 a year".

However, Ryan Lizza, then at The New Republic, reported that "Jean Rudd of the Woods
Fund...had provided Kellman with his original $25,000 to hire Obama". . Ari Berman
reported in The Nation that the "[Woods Fund] gave a $25,000 grant to the Developing
Communities Project, which hired Obama CBS2 in Chicago ran a story with a document
showing that Obama's planned 1987 salary was $25,000, a number that the Obama
campaign confirmed whilst insisting that his original salary was $13,000.

So accounts, to put it mildly, vary. This isn't just a minor discrepancy; Obama's entire
campaign narrative begins with his tremendous self-sacrifice in taking on what at the time
was a reasonable salary for a young college graduate. Either Obama has lied about his
starting salary or he has neglected to mention that his salary nearly doubled within 18
months.

Both the CCRC and the DCP were built on the Alinsky model of community agitation,
wherein paid organizers learned how to "rub raw the sores of discontent," in Alinsky's
words.

Alinsky viewed as supremely important the role of the organizer, or master manipulator,
whose guidance was responsible for setting the agendas of the People’s Organization. "The
organizer," Alinsky wrote, "is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man
can reach -- to create, to be a 'great creator,' to play God."

One of Obama's early mentors in the Alinsky method was Mike Kruglik, who had this to say
to an interviewer of The New Republic, about Obama:

"He was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation, who could engage a room full of
recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were
not living up to their own standards. As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and
confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would pinpoint the source
of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos just enough before dangling a carrot of hope
that they could make things better."

The agitator's job, according to Alinsky, is first to bring folks to the "realization" that they
are indeed miserable, that their misery is the fault of unresponsive governments or greedy
corporations, then help them to bond together to demand what they deserve, and to make
such an almighty stink that the dastardly governments and corporations will see imminent
"self-interest" in granting whatever it is that will cause the harassment to cease.

In these methods, euphemistically labeled "community organizing," Obama had a four-year
education, which he often says was the best education he ever got anywhere.

For three years Barack Obama was the director of Developing Communities Project, an
institutionally based community organization on Chicago’s far south side. He has also been
a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, an organizing institute working
throughout the Midwest.
Alinsky
For those unfamiliar with Saul Alinsky, his writings on radicalism and social change will chill
the bones of not only conservatives, but more moderate liberals:

"Any revolutionary CHANGE must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging
attitude toward CHANGE among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so
defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the
past and CHANGE the future."

"This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation
requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the
40 per cent of American families –- more than seventy million people -– whose income
range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]."

And what word comes out of Obama's mouth the most -- why, CHANGE!

Here is a wonderful backgrounder on Hillary, Obama and the cult of Alinsky -- the weird
thing, it's published in the Tehran Times in English.
Gamaliel
The connections are numerous. Gregory Galluzzo, Gamaliel's co-founder and executive
director, served as a trainer and mentor during Obama's mid-1980s organizing days in
Chicago. The Developing Communities Project, which first hired Obama, is part of the
Gamaliel network. Obama became a consultant and eventually a trainer of community
organizers for Gamaliel. (He also served as a trainer for ACORN.) And he has kept up his
ties with Gamaliel during his time in the U.S. Senate.

After hearing about Barack Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernardine
Dohrn, Fr. Michael Pfleger, and the militant activists of ACORN (the Association of
Community Organizations for Reform Now), it should be clear to everyone that his extremist
roots run deep.

But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has yet another connection with the
world of far-Left radicalism. Obama has long been linked -- through foundation grants,
shared political activism, collaboration on legislation and tactics, and mutual praise and
support -- with the Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation, one of the least known yet most
influential national umbrella groups for church-based "community organizers."

The same separatist, anti-American theology of liberation that was so boldly and bitterly
proclaimed by Obama's pastor is shared, if more quietly, by Obama's Gamaliel colleagues.
The operative word here is "quietly." Gamaliel specializes in ideological stealth, and Obama,
a master student of Gamaliel strategy, shows disturbing signs of being a sub rosa radical
himself. Obama's legislative tactics, as well as his persistent professions of non-ideological
pragmatism, appear to be inspired by his radical mentors' most sophisticated tactics. Not
only has Obama studied, taught, and apparently absorbed stealth techniques from radical
groups like Gamaliel and ACORN, but in his position as a board member of Chicago's
supposedly nonpartisan Woods Fund, he quietly funneled money to his radical allies -- at
the very moment he most needed their support to boost his political career. It's high time
for these shadowy, perhaps improper, ties to receive a dose of sunlight.

Read more -- Stanley Kurtz
Friends Of The Parks
Obama’s early Chicago days opens with the touching story of his efforts to build a
partnership with Chicago’s "Friends of the Parks, so that parents in a blighted neighborhood
could have an inviting spot for their kids to play.
However, as the L. A. Times puts it, "Obama’s task was to help far South Side residents
press for improvement" in their communities. Part of Obama’s work, it would appear, was
to organize demonstrations, much in the mold of radical groups like ACORN.
Altgeld Gardens
Next, Obama worked at a Chicago housing project, Altgeld Gardens, where he refined his
skills.

Here, Obama worked as an ethnic activist, helping the impoverished black community wring
more money and services from the government. That government money was wrecking the
morals of the housing-project residents seems obvious from his book, but Obama never
comes out and says it. Numerous white moderates assume that a man of Obama’s
superlative intelligence must be kidding when he espouses his cast-iron liberalism on race-
related policies, but they don’t understand the emotional imperative of racial loyalty to him.

His mentor during this period was the veteran local agitator, Hazel Johnson, who disputes
the version of events at Altgeld Gardens that Obama wrote of in his book and tells
audiences at his political gatherings.
Madeleine Talbot
An L. A. Times piece says some claim that Obama’s book, "Dreams from My Father,"
exaggerates his accomplishments in spearheading an asbestos cleanup at the low-income
housing project. Obama, these critics say, denies due credit to Johnson, who claims she
was the one who actually discovered the asbestos problem and led the efforts to resolve it.
Read carefully, the L. A. Times story leans toward confirming this complaint against Obama,
yet the story’s emphasis is to affirm Obama’s important role in the battle. Speaking up in
defense of Obama on the asbestos issue is Madeleine Talbot, who at the time was a leader
at Chicago ACORN. Talbot, we learn, was so impressed by Obama’s organizing skills that
she invited him to help train her own staff.
Obama Gets Religion
In 1988, while working as a community organizer, Obama was repeatedly asked to join
Christian congregations but begged off.

"I remained a reluctant skeptic, doubtful of my own motives ..." he wrote.

When Obama first undertook his agitating work in Chicago's South Side poor
neighborhoods, he was un-churched. Yet his office was in a Church and most of the folks
he needed to agitate and organize were Church people -- pastors and congregants -- who
took their churches and their church-going very seriously. Again and again, he was asked
by pastors and church ladies, "Where do you go to Church, young man?" It was a question
he dodged for a while, but finally he relented and joined a church, to get some "street
cred," according to his second book, "Audacity."

Obama didn't join just any church, but a huge black nationalist church, the Trinity United
Church of Christ (UCC). Its pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, unabashedly preaches a
"black" gospel.

The crosscurrents appealed to Obama. He came to believe that the church could not only
compensate for the limitations of Alinsky-style organizing but could help answer the nagging
identity problem he had come to Chicago to solve. "It was a powerful program, this cultural
community," he wrote, "one more pliant than simple nationalism, more sustaining than my
own brand of organizing."
So it is very clear. Obama joined Trinity UCC for political reasons.
Harvard Law School
Obama interrupts his activist career to attend Harvard Law School.
Summer In The City
Obama is a summer intern at the corporate law firm Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago where he
meets Michelle Robinson, his summer adviser -- and Michelle's friend and fellow staffer, the
left-wing terrorist Bernadine Dohrn.
Harvard Law Review
Obama’s story first surfaced publicly in February 1990, when he was elected as the first
black president of The Harvard Law Review. An initial wire service report described him
simply as a 28-year-old, second-year student from Hawaii who had "not ruled out a future
in politics"; but in the days that followed, newspaper reporters grew interested and
produced long, detailed profiles of Obama.

The coverage prompted a call to him from Jane Dystel, a gravelly-voiced literary agent, who
suggested Obama write a book proposal. Then she got him a contract with Poseidon Press,
a now-defunct imprint of Simon & Schuster. When he missed his deadline, she got him
another contract and a $40,000 advance from Times Books.

Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and received his Juris Doctor law
degree, magna cum laude.
Judson Miner
Obama moves back to Chicago where he takes a job with the civil rights law firm, Davis,
Miner, Barnhill and Galland.

Judson Miner had been counsel to Chicago's late black mayor, Harold Washington. Miner
was also classmates with Bernardine Dohrn at the University of Chicago law school in 1967
where they were both were involved in anti-war activity.

Obama is a member of the Illinois Bar. He was admitted on December 17, 1991. He is
voluntarily inactive, with no record of discipline or pending proceedings. You can check the
status of Illinois lawyers at www.iardc.org.

Obama lied twice on his application to the Illinois Bar by omission. He neglected to provide
his "also know as" name of Barry Soetoro and information regarding his six years of abusing
drugs.

People who knew Obama in the early 1990s said he made it clear that he aspired to run for
public office. For that, the firm, now called Miner, Barnhill & Gallard, was a good place to
start.

The firm has been a force in Chicago politics. Carol Moseley Braun, one of Obama's
predecessors in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, briefly worked there.

Miner was counsel to the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Allison Davis, a co-
founder of the firm who since has left, is a major Chicago developer.

Miner, Davis and other partners and clients have been a regular source of campaign money
for Obama, giving him $100,000 over the years. Miner said he organized fundraisers for
Obama's first state Senate run, his 2000 congressional campaign and his 2004 U.S. Senate
race.

Davis, who could not be reached for comment, has been a partner with other Chicago
developers who also are clients of the firm and are Obama backers. One Davis partner was
Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a major Obama patron who has now been convicted in a federal public
corruption case.

Over the next several years, Obama represents victims of housing and employment
discrimination. The law firm says Obama logged 3,723 billable hours during his tenure from
1993 to 2004, most of it during the first four years.

In 1995, the year his first book came out, Obama started his successful run for the Illinois
state Senate, and stopped working full-time once he took office in 1997. He remained
associated with the firm until he was elected to the U.S. Senate nearly eight years later.
Project Vote
By 1991, when Obama, law degree in hand, returned to Chicago...black voter registration
and turnout in the city were at their lowest points since record keeping began.

Six months after he took the helm of Chicago's Project Vote!, those conditions had been
reversed. Within a few months, Obama, a tall, affable workaholic, had recruited staff and
volunteers from black churches, community groups, and politicians.

He helped train 700 deputy registrars, out of a total of 11,000 citywide. And he began a
saturation media campaign with the help of black-owned Brainstorm Communications. The
group's slogan -- "It's a Power Thing" -- was ubiquitous in African-American neighborhoods.
"It was overwhelming," says Joseph Gardner, a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District and the director of the steering committee for Project Vote! "The black
community in this city had not been so energized and so single-minded since Harold died."

"I think it's fair to say we reinvigorated a slumbering constituency," says Obama. "We got
people to take notice."

As for Project Vote! itself, its operations in Chicago have officially closed down. Barack
Obama has returned to work on his book, which he plans to complete this month. "We
won't let the momentum die," he says. "I'll take personal responsibility for that. We plan to
hold politicians' feet to the flames in 1993, to remind them that we can produce a bloc of
voters large enough that it cannot be ignored."

Nor can Obama himself be ignored. The success of the voter-registration drive has marked
him as the political star the Mayor should perhaps be watching for. "The sky's the limit for
Barack," says Burrell.

Some of Daley's closest advisers are similarly impressed. "In its technical demands, a
voter-registration drive is not unlike a mini-political campaign," says John Schmidt,
chairman of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and a fundraiser for Project
Vote! "Barack ran this superbly. I have no doubt he could run an equally good political
campaign if that's what he decided to do next."

Obama shrugs off the possibility of running for office. "Who knows?" he says. "But
probably not immediately." He smiles.

Project Vote of course was an affiliate of the radical community group ACORN, to which
Obama was long connected.

When Obama successfully ran for an Illinois State Senate seat in 1995/96 he was endorsed
by DSA. He also joined and was endorsed by the New Party, a front for ACORN, DSA and
the Committees of Correspondence.
Woods Fund
Barack Obama served on the board of directors of Woods Fund of Chicago from 1993 to
2001. During that time, the tax exempt foundation made some interesting grants, including
one to Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ, headed by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Grants were also made to ACORN, a left wing voter registration group and to a partnership
for constructing low income housing. The fund also used Northern Trust for financial
services, which is the same company that provided Obama his 2005 mortgage.

In 2001 the board of directors included Obama, William Ayers, the former Weather
Underground radical terrorist, and serving as chairman was Howard J. Stanback who headed
New Kenwood LLC, a limited liability company founded by now-convicted felon Tony Rezko
and Allison Davis, Obama's former boss at the law firm of Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland.
Chicago Law School
He also began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, although he declined to
pursue a tenure-track post, hoping to save time for politics.

Here is Obama's Constitutional Law III, 1996 Final Examination. His examination review is
here. All of the exam questions appear to deal with an issue connected with minority
activism (race, gender preference), which I suppose one would expect to be the extent of
Obama’s interest in "constitutional" law.

During the presidential campaign, Obama would consistently and falsely claims that he was
a law professor. The Sun-Times reported that, 'Several direct-mail pieces issued for
Obama's primary [Senate] campaign said he was a law professor at the University of
Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school. In academia,
there is a vast difference between the two titles. Details matter.' In academia, there's a
significant difference: professors have tenure while lecturers do not.

The University of Chicago Law School has now posted a statement declaring his claims
semantically sound: "The Law School has received many media requests about Barack
Obama, especially about his status as 'Senior Lecturer.'

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a
instructor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior
Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior
Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as
professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct
from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law
School's Senior Lecturers have high-demand careers in politics or public service, which
prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as an instructor in the Law
School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he
declined."
Obama's Syllabus
D. Fredrick says the classes Obama taught at the University of Chicago seem to have had
more to do with race than law.
The syllabus for a class Obama teaches in the spring of 1994, "Current Issues in Racism and
the Law," covers the topics, "Discussion of Reconstruction and Jim Crow," "Discussion of
Black Response," and "Discussion of Civil Rights/Backlash."

Student discussion topics suggested by Obama include, "The All-Black, All-Male School,"
"Interracial Adoptions," "Racial Gerrymandering," "Race and the Criminal Justice System,"
"Racial Bias in the Media," "Welfare Policy and Reproductive Freedom," "Affirmative Action,"
and "Reparations." (For the slavery reparations discussion, Obama poses such sample
questions as, "Do such proposals have any realistic chance of working their way through the
political system?" and "Would there be any legal impediments to such a broadly-conceived
reparations policy?").

Required reading assigned by Obama include works by his beloved Derrick Bell, his critical
race theory professor at Harvard.

If most of the classes taught by Obama are in a similar vein (another of his classes was
called "Race, Racism, and the Law"), he should be considered a teacher of race and the law,
rather than a professor of constitutional law. His choice of subject matter suggests that the
issue of race affects every aspect of his life
Law School Faculty Hated Obama
According to TheBlogProf blog, the University of Chicago Law School faculty hated Obama,
"because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was
clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool."

Note: The original link to TheBlogProf now has an "invitation only" sign-in. Here is a copy of
the article archived in FreeRepublic.com.

Is the Obama's resume accurate when it comes to his career and qualifications? I can
corroborate that Obama's "teaching career" at Chicago was, to put it kindly, a sham.

I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months
back, and he did not have many nice things to say about "Barry." Obama applied for a
position as an adjunct and wasn't even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a
phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the
payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn't have to be a member of
the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor
and was hardly an adjunct.

According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He
also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if
he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be
published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).

Consider this: Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a
"lawyer." He surrendered his license back in 2008 possibly to escape charges that he
"fibbed" on his bar application.

A senior lecturer is one thing. A fully ranked law professor is another. According to the
Chicago Sun-Times, "Obama did NOT 'hold the title' of a University of Chicago law school
professor." Barack Obama was NOT a Constitutional Law professor at the University of
Chicago.
The University of Chicago released a statement in March, 2008 saying Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Ill.) "served as a professor" in the law school, but that is a title Obama, who taught
courses there part-time, never held, a spokesman for the school later confirmed.

"He did not hold the title of professor of law," said Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, an Assistant
Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago School of Law.

The former Constitutional senior lecturer cited the U.S. Constitution recently during his
State of the Union Address. Unfortunately, the quote he cited was from the Declaration of
Independence, not the Constitution.


By the way, the promises Obama mentions, are not a notion, our founders named them
unalienable rights. The document is our Declaration of Independence and it reads: "We
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness."

And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court moments later in the same
speech?

When you are a phony it's hard to keep facts straight.
The Book
If one had to name Barack Obama's chief accomplishments in public life, his two books
would outweigh anything he has done in politics. The New York Times had a fascinating
article, The Story of Obama, Written by Obama, on the front page of Sunday's paper. The
piece points out that Obama's attraction to the masses is driven not by what he has
accomplished in the real world (especially in the Senate), but by his ability to tell a tale --
his own. Unspoken by the NYT is that this phenomena does have its place in history -- it is
the very definition of "cult of personality."

After he was elected as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He was
approached by an agent, Jane Dystel, who got him a contract for a book.

Obama’s original plan was to write a book about race relations (what else?), but, sitting
down to write, he found his mind "pulled toward rockier shores." So the book became more
personal -- the record of an interior journey, as he put it in the introduction, "a boy’s search
for his father, and through that a search for a workable meaning for his life as a black
American."

Obama had been given free use of an office at the University of Chicago, along with a law
school fellowship and the aforementioned advance, to finish his first manuscript. Obama
missed his deadline, and Dystel promptly got him another contract and a $40,000 advance
for the same book.

The New York Times reported that Obama's first agent (the one he dumped) got him a a
second book deal with Random House after the first one with Poseidon Press fell through.

The Times article neglects to mention that Obama received then Random House publisher
Peter Osnos describes as a six figure advance "(about $125,000, I am told)" from Poseidon.
According to Osnos, Obama would have had to return all or part of the first advance. Did
he? And when?
Obama and Dystel worked mostly by telephone and by manuscripts sent by Federal Express
between New York and Chicago. Obama, an inveterate journal writer who had published
poems in a college literary magazine but had never attempted a book, struggled to finish.
His half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said he eventually retreated to Bali for several months
with his wife, Michelle, "to find a peaceful sanctuary where there were no phones."

Ah, retreating to Bali after getting a second $40,000 advance and while receiving income
from a law school fellowship -- a tough life indeed. We can all empathize. Oh, and about
the "truthfulness of the book"?




In the introduction, Mr. Obama acknowledged his use of pseudonyms, composite characters,
approximated dialogue and events out of chronological order. He was writing at a time well
before a recent series of publishing scandals involving fabrication in memoirs. "He was
trying to be careful of people's feelings," said Deborah Baker, the editor on the first
paperback edition of the book. "The fact is, it all had a sort of larger truth going on that you
couldn't make up."

That's how we judge "truth" now? Ignore the lies used to build the foundation for the
benefit of the quest for the nebulous "larger truth"? This article is looking more and more
like an apologia for upcoming disclosures that Obama's story as told by himself has more
than a few holes in it.
Anna Helps With "Dreams..."
Anna helped Barack write his book, "Dreams from My Father," while she was battling
cancer. Obama wrote:

During the writing of this book, she would read the drafts, correcting stories that I had
misunderstood, careful not to comment on my characterizations of her but quick to explain
or defend the less flattering aspects of my father’s character.

Obama noted in the book that it was Ann rather than his natural father who taught him
about his African American heritage.

She would come home with books on the civil rights movement, the recordings of Mahalia
Jackson, the speeches of Dr. King. When she told me stories of schoolchildren in the South
who were forced to read books handed down from wealthier white schools but who went on
to become doctors and lawyers and scientists, I felt chastened by my reluctance to wake up
and study in the mornings…

Every black man was Thurgood Marshall or Sidney Poitier; every black woman Fannie Lou
Hamer or Lena Horne. To be black was to be the beneficiary of a great inheritance, a
special destiny, glorious burdens that only we were strong enough to bear.

Obama noted in the book that he might have written a different book if he had known she
was dying when he wrote it:

I think sometimes that had I known she would not survive her illness, I might have written
a different book -- less a meditation on the absent parent, more a celebration of the one
who was the single constant in my life.

In my daughters I see her every day, her joy, her capacity for wonder. I won’t try to
describe how deeply I mourn her passing still. I know that she was the kindest, most
generous spirit I have ever known, and that what is best in me I owe to her.

His mother was his first class and race propagandist and mentor.
Who Wrote Dreams And Why It Matters
Jack Cashill said his involvement in this occasionally harrowing literary adventure began in
July 2008, entirely innocently. A friend sent him some short excerpts from Dreams and
asked if they were as radical as they sounded. Cashill bought the book, located the
excerpts, and reported back that, in context, the excerpts were not particularly troubling.

But he did notice something else. The book was much too well written. Cashill had seen
enough of Obama's interviews to know that he did not speak with anywhere near the verbal
sophistication on display in Dreams.
About six weeks later, for entirely unrelated reasons, Cashill picked up a copy of Bill Ayers
2001 memoir, Fugitive Days. Ayers, he discovered, writes very well and very much like
"Obama."

In mid-September, after considerable digging, Cashill wrote a few speculative articles for
American Thinker and other online journals and discovered that he was not alone in his
suspicions.

Looking for some scientific verification, Cashill consulted Patrick Juola of Duquesne, a
leading authority in the field of literary forensics. Juola, however, advised him against
relying on computer analysis on a subject this sensitive. "The accuracy just isn't there," he
told him. He encouraged Cashill instead "to do what you're already doing . . . good old-
fashioned literary detective work." Cashill took his advice.

The first question Cashill had to resolve was whether the 33 year-old Barack Obama was
capable of writing what Time Magazine has called "the best-written memoir ever produced
by an American politician."

The answer is almost assuredly "no."

Very interesting piece -- worth reading -- go here . . .
Mortgage Meltdown
Note: Many of the links on this page have been moved to here.

Sources point to Obama as a starting point to the domino affect that lead to the housing
crises we are now facing. Check the provided links and judge for yourself.
"In a 1995 case known as Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank, Obama and his fellow attorneys
charged that Citibank was making too few loans to black applicants, "victimized" by home
mortgage lenders, and won the case. As one commentator noted in May 2008, legal
"successes" such as this were probably responsible for the sub-prime mortgage crisis of
2007 AND 2008. That is, banks were not loaning to blacks whose credit was poor. When
the law forced them to lend money anyway, the inevitable collapse occurred."

Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Fed. Sav. Bank

Obama’s Early Legal Career: Heavy on Advocacy for Blacks

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon we're talking about real money

Obama had a part in the lawsuit that started the government on a course of forcing lenders
to give more loans to those who had poor credit. Lending companies were forced to come
up with imaginative ways of fulfilling the quota that was required. Sub-prime lending was
born as a result. The mortgage crises was forecast by many who were able to look beyond
the quota.

This New York Times article (.pdf) clearly forecast the mortgage meltdown.

In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income
consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it
will purchase from banks and other lenders, ... under increasing pressure from the Clinton
Administration.

"Fannie Mae has expanded home ownership for millions of families by reducing down
payment requirements," said Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae's chairman and chief executive
officer. "Yet there remain too many borrowers whose credit is just a notch below what our
underwriting has required who have been relegated to paying significantly higher mortgage
rates in the so-called subprime market."

Demographic information on these borrowers is sketchy. But at least one study indicates
that 18 percent of the loans in the subprime market went to black borrowers, compared to 5
percent of loans in the conventional loan market.

In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on
significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But
the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn,
prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry of the
1980s.

"From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing
up around us," said Peter Wallison, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
"If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out, the way it stepped up
and bailed out the thrift industry."
More Mortgage Meltdown
What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many
Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community
organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant
inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes -- and thereby force financial
institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the
banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and
funding the organizers who do it.

The seeds of today's financial meltdown lie in the Community Reinvestment Act -- a law
passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later
decades.

CRA was meant to encourage banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers, often minorities
living in unstable neighborhoods. That has provided an opening to radical groups like
ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) to abuse the law by
forcing banks to make hundreds of millions of dollars in "subprime" loans to often
uncreditworthy poor and minority customers.

Any bank that wants to expand or merge with another has to show it has complied with CRA
-- and approval can be held up by complaints filed by groups like ACORN.

In fact, intimidation tactics, public charges of racism and threats to use CRA to block
business expansion have enabled ACORN to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in loans
and contributions from America's financial institutions.

Banks already overexposed by these shaky loans were pushed still further in the wrong
direction when government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began buying up their
bad loans and offering them for sale on world markets.

Fannie and Freddie acted in response to Clinton administration pressure to boost
homeownership rates among minorities and the poor. However compassionate the motive,
the result of this systematic disregard for normal credit standards has been financial
disaster.

One key pioneer of ACORN's subprime-loan shakedown racket was Madeline Talbott -- an
activist with extensive ties to Barack Obama. She was also in on the ground floor of the
disastrous turn in Fannie Mae's mortgage policies.

Long the director of Chicago ACORN, Talbott is a specialist in "direct action" -- organizers'
term for their militant tactics of intimidation and disruption. Perhaps her most famous stunt
was leading a group of ACORN protesters breaking into a meeting of the Chicago City
Council to push for a "living wage" law, shouting in defiance as she was arrested for mob
action and disorderly conduct. But her real legacy may be her drive to push banks into
making risky mortgage loans.

Important! -- Read the details from Stanley Kurtz
Mortgage Meltdown -- Full Circle
The NAACP is accusing Wells Fargo and HSBC of forcing blacks into subprime mortgages
while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates.

Class-action lawsuits were to be filed against the banks Friday in federal court in Los
Angeles, Austin Tighe, co-lead counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, told The Associated Press.
Black homebuyers have been 3 1/2 times more likely to receive a subprime loan than white
borrowers, and six times more likely to get a subprime rate when refinancing, Tighe said.
Blacks still were disproportionately steered into subprime loans when their credit scores,
income and down payment were equal to those of white homebuyers, he said.

Similar NAACP lawsuits are pending against a dozen other subprime lenders.

"This is systematic, institutionalized racism," Tighe said. "Once you take out factors relative
to income and credit risk, the only difference between the borrowers is the color of their
skin."

Tighe estimated that "tens of thousands" of blacks had been forced into bad loans, but said
it was difficult to gauge the scope of the problem because banks keep much of their internal
data private. The lawsuits could force banks to divulge closely guarded information, such as
how banks can determine the race of a loan applicant and how federal bailout funds are
being spent.

The NAACP is seeking reforms from the banks such as increased transparency in the loan
process, educational outreach and internal training.

File under damned if you do -- damned if you don't.
Politics
In 1995, when Obama gets the chance to run for the state senate in a district that includes
Hyde Park, the home of the university and some of the poorest ghettos on the South Side,
he jumps at it.

A longtime, widely-revered matron of the civil rights movement named Alice Palmer had
held the seat for a number of years, but she announced that she wanted to run for
Congress. So, Obama seized the opportunity and proclaimed his intention to run for Alice's
open seat.

And, we're off!




 While working as a community organizer, Obama was repeatedly asked to join a Christian congregation but begged off.
http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaWorks.htm#TheProject



1st Amendment
Obama is scheduled to speak at a rally at the University of Mary Washington today (UMW).
The public is invited to this forum, on property it, the public, owns. However, signs and
banners will not be allowed, according to the organizers and compliant campus officials.
Suddenly, UMW is a First Amendment-Free, or at least a First Amendment-Crippled,
Zone, subject to the self-serving preferences of politicos. Why does an Obama rally justify
taking a little off the top of Americans’ most fundamental rights?
A UMW spokeswoman says that the Obama campaign required the sign-and-banner ban.
That campaign tells us that the ban is for "security" reasons. But a spokesman for the U.S.
Secret Service, responsible for protecting presidential candidates, says that the service has
no objection to signs at rallies, provided that no "part of the sign could be used as a
weapon," e.g., a heavy metal pole or a sharpened stick.

Just more Chicago gangland tactics from Camp Obama.

The McCain campaign tells us, "We encourage people to make signs at our events."
Police State Tactics
Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed
plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and
intimidate his critics.

"St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer
Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri
campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the
Obama-Biden campaign."

"What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that
claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of
public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

"This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of
Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power
of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of
Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing
themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to
conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr.
Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on
television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

"Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false
things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because
the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law
enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts --
not a free society."
Obama Is An Old-Fashioned Stalinist
                In this letter, sent to TV stations from Obama campaign general counsel Bob
                Bauer, the Obama campaign, once again, attempts to intimidate television
                station managers from airing a TV ad by the National Rifle Association.

               Bauer argues, "Unlike federal candidates, independent political organizations
               do not have a 'right to command the use of broadcast facilities.' Moreover,
               you have a duty 'to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive
               advertising.' We request that you immediately cease airing this advertising."

               The Obama campaign takes issue with an ad called "Hunter," pointing out
               that claims in the ad were called "false" by Factcheck.org, and were given
three Pinocchios by the Washington Post's "Factchecker."
In response, Cleta Mitchell, Counsel to the NRA, fired back in a letter to station managers
that the fact checkers in this case are wrong.

"We respectfully request that your station disregard the shamefully false assertions from the
Obama campaign and its attorneys," Mitchell writes. You can read more of Mitchell's letter
at the blog of Ben Smith of Politico, who reprinted it in full.

Political speech is absolute. This is another attempt by Obama's NKVD to deny Americans
their 1st Amendment "free expression" rights. As you read down the page you will see
other instances of intimidation by Obama's NKVD. This is obviously a formal tactic of his
campaign.

Just imagine what these people would do with the full force of the Department of Justice
behind them.

Obama's assault on free speech reminds me of how Islam deals with speech it does not like:
"Behead Those Who Insult The Prophet."

As an aside, the "lawyer letter" is on Obama Campaign stationary. Obama's name in the
letterhead is quite large. One can hardly read Biden's name.
The Bigger Story
300winmag says the bigger story is that liberals have thrown away their own sacred
principle of "separation of church and state" to side with an alien and hostile religion. They
turn a blind eye to that loathsome Phelps guy who desecrates funerals of our military to
invite a suit that will bring him millions. In the name of his "free speech," we have to shut
up and take whatever crap he dishes out.

Since the Supreme Court said that burning the American flag was "protected symbolic free
speech," will liberals and cowards elevate the koran above that principle? This pastor is free
to burn his own Bible, the American flag, his money, and anything else that does not create
a fire hazard.

But now that Islamic terrorists, their sympathizers, and self-proclaimed dhimmis oppose his
First Amendment rights, the entire country is being threatened by another cowardly attack if
we don't submit.

These murderous coward Islamists have murdered innocent Americans for no reason. Will
they try to kill us deader if they now think they have a reason? I'm afraid that the majority
of our "best and brightest" have proclaimed the USA a "dhimmi nation" rather than standing
firmly for the First Amendment and our highest standards, like that of "separation of church
and state."

Their greatest principles were the first ones they threw overboard upon reading a press
release.
"Transparent" Obama Administration Holds More "Listen Only" Events
Eric Scheiner says Barack Obama has often lauded his administration as being the "most
transparent," but the administration continues to hold a string of "listen only" media events
where reporters are not allowed to ask questions.

On Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama held a "listen only" media call on the "Joining
Forces" national initiative to support military families. This latest conference call where
reporters can not ask questions, is part of a string of media events with the first lady where
reporters can only "listen in" or attend if invited by the White House press office.


This "listen only" procedure has been used earlier this May by the State Department.
During the first days of the U.S.-China economic summit neither Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton or Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took questions from reporters.

There have also been reports of threats from the White House press office to ban reporters
from events if they don’t like the coverage they have been given in the past. This
Wednesday, a reporter from the Boston Herald newspaper was not given full access to
Obama’s fundraising visit in Massachusetts. Reportedly because the White House press
office was not pleased with a front page op-ed by 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt
Romney that ran in the paper.

Late last month, it was reported the White House press office threatened to ban a San
Francisco Chronicle reporter and other Hearst newspaper reporters from the press pool
covering Obama. This was allegedly because the reporter posted video of protestors at an
Obama campaign fundraiser for the paper’s website. The White House denies the threat
was issued.

Not all reporters are threatened with bans however, it was revealed on air on May 12th that
CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria has face-to-face meetings with President Obama, at Obama’s
request. This is after the CNN host told viewers on-air that he would vote for Obama for
president in October of 2008.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

However, Team Obama seems to have no problem with abridging the freedom of the press -
- but what is really weird is that "the press" doesn't seem to mind -- in Obama's case.




                                          STFU!   I won!
http://www.theobamafile.com/_politics/1stAmendment.htm
Items on this page are archived in the order of discovery . . .
Obama Is Anti-Gun
Obama has been embracing anti-gun policies in the run-up to a Democratic presidential
debate scheduled on the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings.

"I am not in favor of concealed weapons," Obama told the Pittsburgh Tribune. "I think that
creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during)
altercations."

These remarks break from Obama’s previous moderate rhetoric on gun control.

While campaigning in Idaho in February, Obama promised, "I have no intention of taking
away folks’ guns." This statement is a bald-faced lie. Obama favors complete ban of
handguns (except for the Black Panthers).

Obama’s presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes
the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn’t want to take away their guns.

But before he became a national political figure, he sat on the board of the Joyce
Foundation, a Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly
$2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions.

The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment
does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated
handgun bans. And it paid to support a book called "Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The
Case for Banning Handguns."
Obama Wants Cling-Free Citizens


                      On the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (01:28)
Obama's 5 Mile Ban
Obama's proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school.

"Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park,
which would eliminate almost every gun store in America." is more than just a little
exaggeration.
Obama's Against Self Defense
Barack Obama voted four times to allow criminal charges against homeowners who defend
their person and home with a gun.

Despite Obama's propensity to say and do anything to get elected, Obama's record does not
match his rhetoric.

In fact, Barack Obama specifically voted four times in the Illinois Legislature to allow
criminal charges against a homeowner who used a firearm in self-defense of their person
and home -- specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right. Obama may
say he supports it, but his record says exactly the opposite.
Obama On Constraints
Obama said this during an April 17th debate:

"I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because
you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't
constrain the exercise of that right."

Here's a few examples -- make up your own:

"Just because you have an individual right [to free speech] does not mean that the state or
local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [not to be searched unreasonably] does not
mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [to freely exercise religion] does not mean that
the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [to an abortion] does not mean that the state or
local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [to bear arms] does not mean that the state or
local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

Does anyone else find this disturbing?
"One Of The Most Blatant Lies Ever To Come From A Politician's Mouth"
... is how the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is characterizing a recent statement by
U.S. Senator Barack Obama. Speaking in the latest issue of "Field & Stream," Obama
claims that Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their rights. On the contrary,
Obama's voting record while a state senator clearly indicates that he has nothing but
contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner.

"Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused," said
ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate,
Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish
civilian firearm ownership. While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would
ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state.
Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen
could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets. And, inexplicably,
Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to
defend their homes and families."

"Let us also not forget that Obama served as a director of the Joyce Foundation," continued
Pearson. "While on the Joyce Foundation board, Obama funneled tens of millions of dollars
to radical gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
and the Violence Policy Center."

"If Senator Obama considers his legislative record and his philanthropic endeavors to be
acts of advocacy on behalf of sportsmen's rights, then I submit that the Senator is seriously
confused as well," asserted Pearson.

"Nobody knows Obama's record on guns better than I do, and it's rotten to the core," said
Pearson. "I've been involved in Illinois politics nearly as long as Obama has been alive. In
that time, I have never encountered a legislator who was more hostile towards or more
disinterested in sportsmen's rights than Barack Obama."
While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate
nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state. Obama also voted for bills
that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to
the violent thugs who roam our streets. And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times
against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes
and families.
Kagan's Threat To Gun Owners
The Washington Times says the nominee has a past that is opposed to individual self-
defense.

Obama poses a real and present danger to the Second Amendment, and he's working to
pack the Supreme Court with justices who will undermine Americans' gun rights.

Obama didn't fess up to this radical agenda when running for the highest office in the land.
"I have said consistently that I believe that the Second Amendment is an individual right,
and that was the essential decision that the Supreme Court came down on," Obama told Fox
News in June 2008. Despite the campaign rhetoric, Obama is appointing judges who
strongly oppose that position. The most recent pick, Elena Kagan, ran much of Clinton's
war on guns from 1995 to 1999.

When Kagan served as Clinton's deputy domestic policy adviser, she was a feverish
proponent of gun control. From gunlock mandates to gun-show regulations, she was
instrumental in pushing anti-gun policies, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Every court nomination counts. Two years ago, the Supreme Court barely mustered a
narrow 5-4 majority to strike down the extreme District of Columbia gun ban. Should
Justice Anthony Kennedy or one of the four more conservative justices retire or die while
Obama is in office, the high court likely will undo such narrow victories for the Second
Amendment. While Kagan was nominated to replace the liberal Justice John Paul Stevens,
and thus won't swing the court in a new direction, her being there will necessitate that gun
owners concentrate more than ever on fighting outright gun bans.

Kagan's defenders acknowledge her liberal political views but claim that as a judge, the
former Harvard Law School dean will somehow manage to separate her judgments from her
political opinions. The hitch is that her legal views correspond with her political views.
When Kagan clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, she wrote, "I'm not sympathetic" to the
claim that "the District of Columbia's firearms statutes violate [an individual's] constitutional
right to 'keep and bear Arms.'"

Her memos to Justice Marshall foreshadow an activist judge who wouldn't hesitate to fall
back on her own personal views to override policy decisions made by elected officials. She
clearly counseled Justice Marshall on how he should rule based upon whether she thought
policies made "sense." Take her advice in the case of Robertson v. Methow Valley Citizens
Council, in which an appeals court stopped federal agencies from issuing a permit to build a
ski lodge in a national forest. Kagan might feel that stopping ski resorts from such building
makes "policy sense," but that isn't the job of a judge.

Kagan is Justice Sonia Sotomayor's soul sister when it comes to gun control. Last year,
during her confirmation hearings, Sotomayor insisted the Supreme Court had never found
that an individual right to self-defense exists. Two of Justice Sotomayor's own appeals
court decisions came to the same conclusion. One ruling denied there is an individual right
to self-defense. In another case, even after the Supreme Court struck down the District's
gun ban, Judge Sotomayor opined that any restrictions on self-defense would pass
constitutional muster so long as politicians who passed it said they had a good reason.

Senators must realize that a vote for Kagan for the Supreme Court is another vote against
gun rights.
Gun Rights Extended By Supreme Court
The Washington Post is reporting The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the
right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the
John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled
that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal
challenges.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court, said that the Second Amendment right "applies
equally to the federal government and the states."

The court was split along familiar ideological lines, with five conservative-moderate justices
in favor of gun rights and four liberals opposed. Chief Justice Roberts voted with the
majority.

Two years ago, the court declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right
to possess guns, at least for purposes of self-defense in the home.

That ruling applied only to federal laws. It struck down a ban on handguns and a trigger
lock requirement for other guns in the District of Columbia, a federal city with unique legal
standing. At the same time, the court was careful not to cast doubt on other regulations of
firearms here.

Gun rights proponents almost immediately filed a federal lawsuit challenging gun control
laws in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park, Ill, where handguns have been banned for
nearly 30 years. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says those laws appear to be
the last two remaining outright bans.

Lower federal courts upheld the two laws, noting that judges on those benches were bound
by Supreme Court precedent and that it would be up to the high court justices to ultimately
rule on the true reach of the Second Amendment.

The Supreme Court already has said that most of the guarantees in the Bill of Rights serve
as a check on state and local, as well as federal, laws.

Continue reading here . . .
Gun Rights Extended By Supreme Court
The Washington Post is reporting The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the
right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the
John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled
that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal
challenges.
Obama Advocates For "Common Sense" Gun Control
Matt Schneider says, that on a smaller platform than some may have hoped, Obama wrote
an op-ed in today’s Arizona Daily Star launching his intention to tackle serious and
"common sense" gun control. Two months after the Tucson, Arizona shooting tragedy,
Obama seems to be searching for middle ground on the issue in an effort to protect "our
children’s futures."

Obama first reaffirmed he has no intention of confiscating guns, calling for more stringent
enforcement of existing gun laws, citing the "awful consequences" of gun violence in
American society.

Obama says legislation to bolster criminal background checks for gun buyers hasn't been
properly implemented, with too many states providing "incomplete and inadequate"
information. He says the system needs to be "faster and nimbler" so it works for gun
sellers and "criminals can't escape it."

Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an
individual right to bear arms. . . . And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the
rights of gun owners -- it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns
in national parks and wildlife refuges.

And Obama discussed his awareness of how difficult it will be to approach an issue that both
sides feel so passionately about:

I know that every time we try to talk about guns, it can reinforce stark divides. People
shout at one another, which makes it impossible to listen. We mire ourselves in stalemate,
which makes it impossible to get to where we need to go as a country.

Then Obama outlined a few practical beginning steps, including "enforcing laws that are
already on the books," strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check
System, rewarding states that provide the best data, and making the background check
system "faster and nimbler" so that criminals can’t escape it.

Concluding, Obama stated, "I want this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on
how we can keep America safe for all our people." Given that NRA supporters often fear
any increased federal gun control legislation could be a slippery slope towards greater
restrictions in the future, and given that anti-gun activists will likely think Obama’s first
steps here don’t go far enough, it’s likely many will be eager to participate in the "new
discussion" Obama is starting.

Obama says one thing, but . . .

"One of the most blatant lies ever to come from a politician's mouth," is how the Illinois
State Rifle Association (ISRA) characterized a statement by U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
Speaking in the latest issue of "Field & Stream," Obama claims that Illinois sportsmen know
him as an advocate for their rights. On the contrary, Obama's voting record while a state
senator clearly indicates that he has nothing but contempt for the law-abiding firearm
owner.

"Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused," said
ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate,
Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish
civilian firearm ownership. While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would
ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state.
Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen
could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets. And, inexplicably,
Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to
defend their homes and families."

"Let us also not forget that Obama served as a director of the Joyce Foundation," continued
Pearson. "While on the Joyce Foundation board, Obama funneled tens of millions of dollars
to radical gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
and the Violence Policy Center."

"If Senator Obama considers his legislative record and his philanthropic endeavors to be
acts of advocacy on behalf of sportsmen's rights, then I submit that the Senator is seriously
confused as well," asserted Pearson.

"Nobody knows Obama's record on guns better than I do, and it's rotten to the core," said
Pearson. "I've been involved in Illinois politics nearly as long as Obama has been alive. In
that time, I have never encountered a legislator who was more hostile towards or more
disinterested in sportsmen's rights than Barack Obama."

While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate
nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state. Obama also voted for bills
that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to
the violent thugs who roam our streets. And, inexplicably, Obama specifically voted four
times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes
and families -- specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right.

Obama may say he supports your right to keep and bear arms, but his record says exactly
the opposite.
Obama Plans Changes To Gun Policy
Sam Stein says the Obama administration has conducted informal discussions with groups
from both ends of the gun-policy spectrum, including law enforcement and gun-rights
organizations, and is set to hold formal meetings as early as this week in an effort to chart
out a set of new firearms policies, administration officials say.

Spearheaded by the Department of Justice, the talks were described by one individual
involved in the discussions as a "feeling-out process." With more official meetings set to
begin shortly, they provide the clearest indication to date that the White House is readying a
response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others at Tucson in
early January.

"As the president said, we should focus on sound, effective steps that will keep guns out of
the hands of the criminals, fugitives, people with serious mental illness, and others who
have no business possessing a gun and who are prohibited by laws on the books from
owning a gun," Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said. "We will be meeting
with stakeholders on all sides of the issue to discuss how we can find sensible, intelligent
ways to make the country safer."

The goal is to finalize a set of policy changes, including, perhaps, legislation that could pass
through a Congress hostile to abridgments of Second Amendment rights. The last serious
bite at the apple occurred following the shootings at Virginia Tech in April 2007.

In a Sunday op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star, President Barack Obama called for a three-
pronged approach: enforcing the laws already on the books, including the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System; pushing for greater state-to-state coordination; and
expediting background checks and the release of relevant data.

The NRA response To Obama's op-ed on gun laws:

On Sunday, March 13, the Arizona Star published an op-ed from President Barack Obama
that discussed his belief that we should seek "agreement on gun reforms."

Those "agreements" would almost certainly include new restrictions on the Second
Amendment rights of the American people that are unneeded and unacceptable for law-
abiding gun owners.

It's interesting that Obama didn't ready a response to the murder of 13 and the wounding of
30 others at Fort Hood, but that terror attack doesn't fit Obama's narrative.
Obama Looking For Ways Around Congress On Gun Policy
Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the
Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly
through executive action, administration officials say.

The Department of Justice held the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings on
Tuesday afternoon with a group of stakeholders in the ongoing gun-policy debates. Before
the meeting, officials said part of the discussion was expected to center around the White
House's options for shaping policy on its own or through its adjoining agencies and
departments -- on issues ranging from beefing up background checks to encouraging better
data-sharing.

Administration officials said talk of executive orders or agency action are among a host of
options that Barack Obama and his advisers are considering. "The purpose of these
discussions is to be a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the spectrum,"
one official said. "We think that’s a good place to start."

Earlier in the day, House Democrats joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to offer
another possible starting point, announcing legislation that would make fundamental
changes to the nation’s gun background check system. Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a longtime gun control advocate, the bill mirrors one introduced late last
month by another New York Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer.

"Too often, any serious discussion about guns devolves into ideological arguments that have
nothing to do with the real problem," Bloomberg, a co-founder of the coalition Mayors
Against Illegal Guns, told reporters at a press event outside the Capitol. "Our coalition
strongly believes in the Second Amendment. We also know from experience that we can
keep guns away from dangerous people without imposing burdens on law-abiding gun
owners."

For gun control advocates, however, executive action remains a more promising -- albeit
more limited -- vehicle for reform than Congress. On Monday, The Huffington Post first
reported that the Justice Department was convening meetings with groups from across the
ideological spectrum in an effort to chart potential policy changes to Second Amendment
law.

[ ... snip ... ]
"We need tougher laws, but there’s a lot we can and should be doing to enforce the laws we
have," said Mark Glaze, the executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. "Sometimes
it’s a question of manpower and money, but in many cases it’s just a question of political
will. We think the president knows that and is getting there."

The extent to which Obama can change gun law without the hand of Congress is not, gun
control activists say, wholly insignificant. Though they say they'd prefer longer-lasting,
broader legislative responses to shootings like that which occurred in Tucson, Ariz., in early
January, there are notable gaps that can be filled with presidential action.

Continue reading here . . .

What that official meant was, a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the
"anti-gun and gun control' spectrum.




"Under The Radar"
David Codrea is reporting that anti-gun activist Sarah Brady claims Barack Obama is
committed to stealth gun control according to a report in The Washington Post.

Recounting a March 30 meeting between Brady, her husband Jim and White House Press
secretary Jay Carney, The Post reports:

During the meeting, Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue
of gun control, "to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda," she said.

"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled Obama telling them.
"We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

Among the measures discussed:

[H]ow records get into the system and what can be done about firearms retailers. Her
husband specifically brought up the proposed ban on large magazine clips…

While Brady reports Obama "just laughed," she also expressed "absolute confidence that the
president was committed to regulation."

That Obama is coyly discussing "processes…under the radar" directly contradicts a campaign
pledge further documented via an official White House memorandum:

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in
Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of
transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our
democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

There is nothing transparent, open or participatory about maneuvers to exercise control
over unalienable rights. The entire purpose of being "under the radar" is to escape
detection.

For the administration to continue an "under the radar" gun policy points to directed
practices very different from its public promises. But it does give insight into how another
stealth program, "Project Gunwalker," was allowed and encouraged, and why accusations of
stonewalling continue to be made by both Senate and House investigators.

When Barack Obama claimed that Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their
rights, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) released the following statement:

"One of the most blatant lies ever to come from a politician's mouth. Any sportsman who
counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused."

"Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate, Obama served as one of the most loyal foot
soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership. While a state
senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every
shotgun, target rifle and unting rifle in the state. Obama also voted for bills that would
ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent
thugs who roam our streets. And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation
that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families."

"Let us also not forget that Obama served as a director of the Joyce Foundation While on
the Joyce Foundation board, Obama funneled tens of millions of dollars to radical gun
control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence
Policy Center."

And Barack Obama specifically voted four times in the Illinois Legislature to allow criminal
charges against a homeowner who used a firearm in self-defense of their person and home
-- specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right. Obama may say he
supports the 2nd Amendment, but he's lying (again) -- his record says exactly the opposite.
Obama: We're Working on Gun Control "Under the Radar"
Fox Nation is reporting that On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt
on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the
attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial "large
magazines." Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers
is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting,
Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, "to
fill us in that it was very much on his agenda," she said.

"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled Obama telling them.
"We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

And along came "Operation Fast & Furious" . . .
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More Obama Attacks On The 2nd Amendment
In March 2003, Obama voted in the Illinois state Senate to ban semiautomatic rifles.

However, Obama voted for legislation in the state Senate in 2004 to allow retired police
officers to carry concealed weapons, The Chicago Tribune reported on April 27, 2004, when
Obama was running for the U.S. Senate. The article also reported that critics charged
Obama with seeking the favor of the Fraternal Order of Police at a time when he was
running for statewide office.

Obama explained in the 2004 Tribune article, “I didn't find that [vote] surprising. I mean, I
am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry.
This was a narrow exception in an exceptional circumstance where a retired police officer
might find himself vulnerable as a consequence of the work he had previously done--and
had been trained extensively in the proper use of firearms.”

Bob Unruh is reporting that In July 2005, as a U.S. senator, Obama voted against a bill
prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers that would potentially hold the companies
liable for violence committed by the guns.

During the Democratic presidential primary of 2008, Obama said, “There is an individual
right to bear arms. But it’s subject to common-sense regulation, just like most of our rights
are subject to common-sense regulations,” the Chicago Tribune reported on Feb. 16, 2008.

In April 2009, a few months after becoming president, Obama said during a joint press
conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, “I continue to believe that we can
respect and honor the Second Amendment right in our Constitution -- the rights of
sportsmen and hunters and homeowners that want to keep their families safe -- to lawfully
bear arms, while dealing with assault weapons that, as we know here in Mexico, are used to
fuel violence.”
After the Tucson, Ariz. shooting in early 2011, The Arizona Daily Star published a
commentary by Obama that called for gun reforms. “First, we should begin by enforcing
laws that are already on the books,” it stated. “Second, we should in fact reward the states
that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens. Third, we
should make the system faster and nimbler.”

After the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting in July 2012, Obama said, “I believe the
majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent
criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons. We should check someone’s criminal
record before they can check out a gun seller.”
During the debate at Hofstra University, Obama made one of his strongest pronouncements
in favor of gun control since becoming president.

“What I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the
violence generally,” Obama said. “Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban
reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence -- because,
frankly, in my hometown of Chicago there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using
AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns.”




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Obama Argues For Infanticide
Jill Stanek says that the Illinois General Assembly destroys audiotapes of its floor debates
after transcripts have been written. That is why there is precious little audio, if any, of
Barack Obama as state senator making any speeches.

But a pro-life sleuth has found a short audio clip on the Chicago Tribune website of Obama
arguing on the IL Senate floor on April 4, 2002, against Senate Bill B1663, a companion bill
to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that would have required an abortionist to call a
second physician to assess a baby aborted alive.

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Here is the senate transcript to ensure the comment is heard in context.

Obama opposed SB1663 arguing he had "confidence" that the abortionist -- who was
invested in attempting to kill the child pre-delivery -- would not mind revealing his or her
botch by calling a 2nd physician to ensure the child was given proper medical attention and
revived if possible.

Obama thought it remarkable to suspect an abortionist of having a subjective medical
opinion about his new second patient. It didn’t occur to Obama that the abortionist might
also be invested in seeing the baby dead to preclude malpractice lawsuits down the road if
the baby were found not to have pre-birth diagnosed defects, an overriding reason for these
late-term induced labor abortions.

But Obama’s most telling statement from the clip was to say this bill "is really designed
simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and
perform an abortion."
In other words, if a baby were to survive his or her abortion, the death plan marked out for
this child should be carried out nonetheless.
It's Above My Pay Grade
The entire issue of abortion involves determining when a baby becomes a person. If Obama
thinks this is above his pay grade, then he probably shouldn’t be running for political office.
If a baby is a person at conception, then abortion is murder. If Obama doesn’t believe that
abortion is murder, then he can’t believe in the personhood, the humanity, of an embryo or
fetus -- not unless he’s some kind of monster.

Obama side-stepped a pointed query about abortion on Saturday by "mega-pastor" Rick
Warren during a televised forum.

Asked at what point a baby gets "human rights," Obama, who strongly supports abortion
rights, said: "… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific
perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade."

As President -- even as Senator -- Obama is expected to have an answer for this. Quite
literally, there is no higher pay grade in the US government, and abortion is one of the
issues he has to face. If he can’t face it, then he should go back to community organization
and leave politics for people who can. John McCain had no trouble answering the same
question. Obama dodged it -- and for good reason: his answer would have exposed his
radical views.
Obama's First Priority
Almost one year has passed since Obama made his vow to the Planned Parenthood Action
Fund that abortion would be the first priority of his administration.

"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Obama said in his
July, 2007, speech to abortion advocates worried about the increase of pro-life legislation
at the state level.

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is legislation Obama has co-sponsored along with 18
other senators that would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion,
including the federal ban on partial birth abortion.
Most Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever
Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.

He is so pro-abortion that he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to
protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede -- as
he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor -- that these babies, fully
outside their mothers' wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact
"persons."

The Illinois bill that Obama refused to support had language identical to the Born Alive
Infants Protection Act that passed the U.S. Senate 98-0, with such senators as Barbara
Boxer voting in favor.

But who cares about such stuff when gas is over four bucks a gallon? Not Donna Brazile or
the MSM, apparently.
Obama's 10 Reasons For Supporting Infanticide
Following are 10 excuses Obama has given through the years for voting "present" and "no"
on the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, or BAIPA.

10. Babies who survive abortions are not protected by the Equal Protection Clause of the
Constitution.

Obama, the sole opponent ever to speak against BAIPA, stated on the Illinois Senate floor
on March 30, 2001:

"I just want to suggest ... that this is probably not going to survive constitutional scrutiny."

"Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the
equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying
is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be
provided to a -- child, a 9-month-old -- child that was delivered to term. …"

"I mean, it -- it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does
not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion
statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional."

Read the other 9 reasons for supporting infanticide here.
100% Rating From NARAL -- Three Years Running
The Christian Defense Coalition is launching a new campaign focused on painting Obama,
who received a 100% rating from NARAL in 2005,2006 and 2007, as "The Abortion
President."

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, says Obama would
have "the most extremist policies on abortion of any President in history. Senator Obama's
views on abortion are so radical that he even wants American citizens to pay for them. This
would include Catholics, Evangelicals and all people of faith. He would also expand abortion
rights through his passionate support of The Freedom of Choice Act."
Obama Authorizes Human Embryonic Stem Cells For Experiments
NewsMax.com is reporting that Obama has authorized the first human embryonic stem cells
for experiments by federally funded scientists under its new stem cell policy. The National
Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, revealed the 13 stem cell lines Wednesday.

"What we are announcing today is just the beginning," Collins told a press briefing. "This is
the first down payment on what is going to be a much longer list . . . that will empower the
scientific community to explore the potential of embryonic stem cell research."

Children’s Hospital Boston has 11 of the approved lines, and Rockefeller University in New
York has the other two.

Collins said the 13 lines conformed exactly to the new guidelines established in June
regarding informed consent by embryo donors. Embryonic stem cells are grown from the
cells of a five-to-six-day old embryo. They are unspecialized cells that can grow into every
type of body tissue. Researchers want to utilize the cells to learn about embryonic
development, test drug treatments and possibly grow replacement organs for people
afflicted with serious diseases, such as cancer.

In 2001, President Bush restricted federal funding of the embryonic stem cell research to
already existing lines. The idea was to respect ethical objections to the destruction of
embryos.

Federal funding is still prohibited for destruction of embryos to gather the cells. But if
private money finances the destruction, Obama’s new rules permit federally-backed
research on stem cells grown from those embryos. The approved lines came from embryos
freely donated by fertility patients for research. The NIH will look at another 20 cell lines
Friday under a different evaluation process for cell lines that match the "spirit" of the
consent rules.

"We are just seeing today the beginning of potential flood of stem cell lines," Dartmouth
bioethicist Ronald Green, told USA Today.

There is strong opposition to the new policy. "Ethically, we don't think any taxpayer should
have to fund research that relies on destroying early human life at any stage," Richard
Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told The Washington Post.
Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion
CNSNews.com is reporting that If you want proof that Obama's Executive Order on
taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House
Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services
Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool
that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.
"The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer
dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American
people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports
to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information,
and the American people are still waiting for answers."

Update: Obama administration approves second set of abortion funding under ObamaCare.

Related: U.S. Taxpayers Funding Kenyan Pro-Abortion Campaign.
Obama’s Abortion Extortion
Emily Miller says Obama is holding $4 billion in Medicaid funding hostage in an effort to
force Indiana taxpayers to underwrite the biggest threat to unborn life: abortion. On June
1, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disapproved Indiana’s Medicaid
State Plan over a new state law restricting taxpayer subsidies for abortion mills.

On Thursday, 28 Senate Republicans fired off a letter demanding CMS Administrator Donald
Berwick reconsider. "If this administration cuts off all of Indiana’s Medicaid matching funds,
that would be an outright declaration that it cares more about the abortion lobby than about
allowing states to run their own programs free of Washington interference," Sen. Orrin
Hatch, the Senate Finance Committee’s ranking member, told The Washington Times.

In early May, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels closed a loophole meant to circumvent the Hyde
Amendment and funnel taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, an organization which
"commingles Medicaid reimbursements with other revenues it receives," according to the
state’s attorney general. Planned Parenthood of Indiana performed 5,580 abortions in 2010
and received more than $2 million in government funding, according to its annual report.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America.

Indiana’s statute is the first in the nation to cut off Medicaid funding and other sources of
tax dollars for "any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where
abortions are performed" (except hospitals and surgical centers). Medicaid, a mandated
health program for the poor, is jointly funded by federal and state taxpayers. Planned
Parenthood immediately filed suit against the state in federal court over the law. U. S.
District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said she will decide by July 1 if Indiana must reinstate
Medicaid funding to abortion providers.

Berwick’s June 1 had said Indiana’s plan for Medicaid funding was denied until abortion law
is rescinded. "Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from
providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider’s scope of
practice," Berwick wrote to Indiana in the rejection letter. He added that "such a restriction
would have a particular effect on beneficiaries’ ability to access family planning providers."

The CMS decision was based on a narrow interpretation of Title XIX of the Social Security
Act which claims women will be cut off from other health procedures if Planned Parenthood
doesn’t receive funding from the public. "Given the concerning loopholes in funding family
planning facilities that also perform abortions, Indiana has the right to ensure taxpayer
dollars do not fund operational costs for abortions through facilities such as Planned
Parenthood," Mr. Hatch countered.

Hoosiers have every right to deny giving their tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, which
can’t provide any certainty to pro-lifers that the dollars used to turn on the lights aren’t
being used to terminate babies. "In trying to protect the financial bottom line of the
abortion industry, the Obama administration once again demonstrates its goal of imposing a
radical abortion agenda on the nation," David N. O’Steen, executive director of National
Right to Life, told The Washington Times.

Indiana needs to continue fighting back and stop the pro-abortion Obama from wielding his
political power against the unborn. Our freedom means very little if the most fundamental
right of all -- the right to life itself -- isn’t protected.




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                          A Strong Supporter
                          "I am a strong supporter of affirmative action programs that
                          ensure qualified minorities, women and gays and lesbians are
                          actively recruited and supported at all levels of government."
                          Barack Obama -- General Candidate Questionnaire




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Rules for Radicals
 In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote a text on grassroots organizing titled "Rules for Radicals"
(Prologue). Those who prefer cooperative tactics describe the book as out-of-date.
Nevertheless, it provides some of the best advice on confrontational tactics. Alinsky begins
this way:

What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they
believe it should be -- there's that word, "change." The Prince was written by Machiavelli
for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how
to take it away.

His "rules" derive from many successful campaigns where he helped poor people fighting
power and privilege

For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people
they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have
the power to change a bad situation, they stop thinking about it.

According to Alinsky, the organizer -- especially a paid organizer from outside -- must first
overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of
agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is
necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the
prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept
a bad situation. Alinsky would say, "The first step in community organization is community
disorganization."

Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a "mass
army" that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches,
services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals.
Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he emphasizes these rules
must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at
hand.

RULE 1: "Power is not only what I have, but what the enemy thinks I have." Power is
derived from two main sources -- money and people. "Have-Nots" must build power from
flesh and blood.

(These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations
always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with
economic arguments.)

RULE 2: "I never go outside the expertise of 'my people'." It results in confusion, fear and
retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

(Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don't address the "real" issues. This is
why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

RULE 3: "Whenever possible, I go outside the expertise of the enemy." I look for ways to
increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

(This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by
seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

RULE 4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." If the rule is that every letter
gets a reply, I send 30,000 letters. I can kill them with this because no one can possibly
obey all of their own rules.

(This is a serious rule. The besieged entity's very credibility and reputation is at stake,
because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to
chip away at the damage.)

RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's
infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

(Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? He wants to create anger and fear.)

RULE 6: "A good tactic is one 'my people' enjoy." They'll keep doing it without urging and
come back to do more. They're doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

(Radical activists, in this sense, are no different than any other human being. We all avoid
"un-fun" activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

RULE 7: "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag." Don't let it become old news.

(Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are
constantly coming up with new tactics.)

RULE 8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up." I keep trying new things to keep the
opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, I hit them from the flank
with something new.
(Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest,
regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego
can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

(Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something
that may be furthest from the activists' minds. The upshot is that the organization will
expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of
conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

RULE 10: "If I push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive."
Violence from the other side can win the public to my side because the public sympathizes
with the underdog.

(Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions
in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management's wrath, often in the form of
violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

RULE 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative." I never let the
enemy score points because I'd be caught without a solution to the problem.

(Old saw: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Activist
organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given
a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

RULE 12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." I cut off the support
network and isolate the target from sympathy. I go after people and not institutions;
people hurt faster than institutions.

(This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting.
"The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength."

Additional reading
Alinsky's Dedication In Rules For Radicals
The Beginning
Obama answered a help-wanted ad for a position as a community organizer for the
Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference
(CCRC) in Chicago. Obama was 24 years old, unmarried, and according to his memoir,
searching for a genuine African-American community.

Both the CCRC and the DCP were built on the Alinsky model of community agitation,
wherein paid organizers learned how to "rub raw the sores of discontent," in Alinsky's
words.

One of Obama's early mentors in the Alinsky method was Mike Kruglik, who had this to say
to an interviewer of The New Republic, about Obama:

"He was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation, who could engage a room full of
recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were
not living up to their own standards. As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and
confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would pinpoint the source
of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos just enough before dangling a carrot of hope
that they could make things better."

The agitator's job, according to Alinsky, is first to bring folks to the "realization" that they
are indeed miserable, that their misery is the fault of unresponsive governments or greedy
corporations, then help them to bond together to demand what they deserve, and to make
such an almighty stink that the dastardly governments and corporations will see imminent
"self-interest" in granting whatever it is that will cause the harassment to cease.

In these methods, euphemistically labeled "community organizing," Obama had a four-year
education, which he often says was the best education he ever got anywhere.
Rubbing Raw The Sores Of Discontent
In order to stop the "bitter" bleeding caused by Obama's "bitter, bibles and guns," remark,
Obama responded to the Pennsylvania gaff with the following



I found this video very illuminating, as it demonstrates Obama employing the Alinsky
agitation technique of "rubbing raw the sores of discontent." (Alinsky's words)

Watch as Obama sets up a list of grievances, gets everyone angry and then leads the choir
in an emotional response to Washington's failures -- "they (Americans) can't count on
Washington" -- and ends strong -- he's the answer to everything he says is wrong with
America.

The entire exercise was to change the discussion. Obama never addressed his
condescending remarks. Instead, he got his audience mad at Washington -- he changed
the subject.

Note the difference between what Obama said in his unguarded moment at San Francisco's
"Billionair's Row," and the cleaned-up version he tried to sell tonight.

At the Getty Mansion (see picture below -- 4/6/2008):
"So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to
people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way
to explain their frustrations."

With "the folks" in Indiana:

"So people end up voting on issues like guns and are they going to have the right to bear
arms. They vote on issues like gay marriage. They take refuge in their faith and their
community, and their family, and the things they can count on."
Praise From Alinsky's Son
All the elements were present: the individual stories told by real people of their situations
and hardships, the packed-to-the rafters crowd, the crowd's chanting of key phrases and
names, the action on the spot of texting and phoning to show instant support and
commitment to jump into the political battle, the rallying selections of music, the setting of
the agenda by the power people. The Democratic National Convention had all the elements
of the perfectly organized event, Saul Alinsky style.

Barack Obama's training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing its
effectiveness. It is an amazingly powerful format, and the method of my late father always
works to get the message out and get the supporters on board. When executed
meticulously and thoughtfully, it is a powerful strategy for initiating change and making it
really happen. Obama learned his lesson well.

I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond
local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute
to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.

L. DAVID ALINSKY
Medfield
Altgeld Gardens
Obama goes to work at a Chicago housing project, Altgeld Gardens, where he refines his
skills.

Here, Obama worked as an ethnic activist, helping the impoverished black community wring
more money and services from the government. That government money was wrecking the
morals of the housing-project residents seems obvious from his book, but Obama never
comes out and says it. Numerous white moderates assume that a man of Obama’s
superlative intelligence must be kidding when he espouses his cast-iron liberalism on race-
related policies, but they don’t understand the emotional imperative of racial loyalty to him.

His mentor during this period was the veteran local agitator, Hazel Johnson, who who
disputes the version of events at Altgeld Gardens that Obama wrote of in his book and tells
audiences at his political gatherings.

While working as a community organizer, Obama was repeatedly asked to join Christian
congregations but begged off.

"I remained a reluctant skeptic, doubtful of my own motives ..." he wrote.
Gregory Galluzzo
Using donations for the poor to help power-seeking politicians attain their ends is pure
Alinskyism. One of Obama’s Chicago mentors, Gregory Galluzzo -- a former Jesuit priest,
now married and Executive Director of the Gamaliel community organizing network -- was
interviewed by a writer to whom he showed the training manual he uses with new
organizers.

"Galluzzo told me that many new trainees have an aversion to Alinsky’s gritty approach
because they come to organizing as idealists rather than realists. But Galluzzo’s manual
instructs them to get over these hang-ups. 'We are not virtuous by not wanting power,' it
says. 'We are really cowards for not wanting power,' because 'power is good' and
'powerlessness is evil.'"
The World As It Might Be
'We don't care about the world as it is, we imagine the world as it might be. We want to
write a new chapter,'" Obama told the crowd. "That is the moment that we are in right
now."
One Of Our Heroes From The Past


  MSNBC's Chris 'Tingles' Matthews Cites "One Of Our Heroes From The Past," Saul Alinsky
(01:25)

Alinsky's Star Pupil Uses "Rules" As A Manual For Social Surgery
Paul Sperry says Obama is fond of using ridicule to frustrate critics. He recently mocked
Republicans for predicting "Armageddon" if health care reform passed. After signing the
bill, he cracked that he looked around to "see if there were any asteroids falling," only to
discover a nice day with "birds chirping."

Obama has also used the tactic to dismiss charges that he's pushing a "socialist" agenda,
arguing that critics will next accuse him of "being a secret communist because I shared my
toys in kindergarten."

But the former community organizer also knows that ridiculing the opposition is an effective
tactic taught by the father of community organizing, Saul D. Alinsky -- a socialist
[communist?] agitator from Chicago whose influence on Obama is deeper than commonly
known.

In fact, the tactic is ripped right from the pages of "Rules for Radicals" (Vintage Books, New
York, 1971), a how-to manual Alinsky wrote for coat-and-tie revolutionaries.

"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon," reads Rule No. 5. "It is almost impossible to
counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage."

It's just one of 13 rules Alinsky coached his acolytes to follow to "take power away from the
Haves." The Haves, represented foremost by corporate America, are "the enemy." They
must be identified, singled out and targeted for attack -- and the more personal the better,
Alinsky advised, putting a special bull's-eye on banks.

His 13th rule -- "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it" -- is not lost on
Obama, who has targeted "fat cat" bankers, "predatory" lenders, "greedy" insurers and
industrial "polluters" as enemies of the people.

"Obama learned his lesson well," said David Alinsky, son of the late socialist [communist?].
"I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully
beyond local community organizing."

Obama first learned Alinsky's rules in the 1980s, when Alinskyite radicals with the Chicago-
based, Alinsky group, Gamaliel Foundation recruited, hired, trained and paid him as a
community organizer in South Side Chicago.

They also helped him get into Harvard Law School to "learn power's currency in all its
intricacy and detail," as Obama put it in his memoir. A Gamaliel board member even wrote
a letter of recommendation for him.

Obama took a break from his Harvard studies to travel to Los Angeles for eight days of
intense training at Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation, a station of the cross for acolytes.
In turn, he trained other community organizers in Alinsky agitation tactics. In 1988, he
even wrote a chapter for the book "After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois," in
which he lamented organizers' "lack of power" in implementing change.

Continue reading page 2 here . . .
What Would Alinsky Do?
David Limbaugh asks us to remember the popular motto "What would Jesus do?" which was
invoked by many Christians as a moral guidepost for daily living? Barack Obama more
likely adheres to "What would Saul Alinsky do?" as most recently evidenced by his apparent
defiance of a federal court order on his moratorium on offshore drilling.

Politico reports that the drilling companies who secured the court order blocking the
moratorium say the administration indeed is going to defy the court order. I'm quite sure
that Alinsky would applaud this move: If at first you don't succeed through proper legal
channels, proceed anyway, because nothing is more important than the radical ends you
seek, including the means that must be trampled in the process.

Of course, shrewd Alinskyites like Obama will always have a plausible excuse for their
deceitful tactics. In this case, they are alleging newly discovered facts. Interior Secretary
Ken Salazar said he intends to reimpose the drilling moratorium based on information that
wasn't "fully developed" in May, when the six-month moratorium was imposed. Quite
convenient.

The administration is also sending mixed signals, probably to introduce sufficient confusion
to cover its disobedience. The government's brief filed with the court insisted, "Of course,
until a further order of this Court or the Court of Appeals granting relief from this Court's
Preliminary Injunction Order, Defendants will comply with the Court's Order." But attorneys
for the drilling companies warn that "Secretary Salazar's comments have the obvious effect
of chilling the resumption of (outer continental shelf) activities, which is precisely the wrong
this Court sought to redress through its Preliminary Injunction Order."

The companies' point, notes Politico, is that Salazar's public announcement that the
administration will reinstitute the moratorium will have the same practical effect as actually
doing it because companies are not about to prepare rigs for drilling when they might be
shut down in a few days. The administration predictably pooh-poohs the companies'
concerns and says these new "facts" present an entirely different scenario. How
convenient. Whenever you can't advance the football, just move the goal posts your way.

Can't you just hear an irate Alinsky-schooled Obama behind closed doors learning of the
court order audaciously purporting to limit his plenary executive authority? "Just find the
damn loophole -- or say you did -- and I don't want to see you again in this office until it's
done."

Defying court orders is just one of many ways Obama abuses his authority.

When Congress failed with its initial efforts to impose cap-and-tax legislation designed to
suppress traditional energy production and consumption in the United States for the
ostensible purpose of reducing global temperature an imperceptible amount over the next
century, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency just issued ultra vires regulations to
accomplish similar results. It didn't matter that every literate and intellectually honest
person had to concede that the EPA had no statutory (or any other) authority to issue such
sweeping regulations. What mattered were the administration's radical environmental
goals.

When Obama wanted to secure for his favored unions a stake in his new General Motors far
exceeding their actual ownership interest and rob secured creditors of their preferred-
creditor status and the value of their investment, he used the power of his office to strong-
arm a restructuring of the company to accomplish his aims. When Democratic Party donor
and super-lawyer Tom Lauria opposed this plan on behalf of his client, the White House,
according to Lauria, threatened to destroy his client's reputation. One unnamed source
described the White House as the most shocking "end justifies the means" group he had
ever encountered. Another attributed Obama's negotiating tactics to a "madman theory of
the presidency," saying Obama wants to be feared as someone who is willing to do anything
to get his way. In return for standing up for their legal rights as secured creditors and not
bending to Obama's horrendously unfair demand, er, offer, Obama maligned the recalcitrant
creditors as "a small group of speculators."

When inspector general Gerald Walpin blew the whistle on the corruption of an Obama
friend and supporter, Obama fired Walpin and sought to discredit him as a senile misfit -- a
charge wholly unsupported by the facts.

And I won't begin to recite the many ways (e.g., reconciliation) Obama sought to
circumvent the legislative process en route to ObamaCare.

Alinsky is surely beaming from the other side.
Obama Following The Alinsky Textbook
John Howting says In his Chicago days, Obama spent a great deal of time working with
Marxist, Saul Alinsky-disciples Mike Kruglik, Gregory Galluzzo and Gerald Kellman. It should
come as no surprise then, that he employs many of the tactics found in Alinsky's Rules for
Radicals in his handling of the BP oil spill.

Here are a few examples:

"Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to
cause confusion, fear, and retreat."

Obama has spent little time focusing on the specifics of what caused the disaster. Such
specifics include the ineptitude of the government inspectors. And he never acknowledged
that his administration gave the faulty rig a safety award. Instead, Obama has misdirected
attention by talking about such things as "green reform."

"Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it
infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

On the occasion of Michael Bromich's appointment as head of the Mineral Management
Service, Obama said, "For a decade or more, the cozy relationship between the oil
companies and the federal agency (Mineral Management Service) was allowed to go
unchecked. That allowed drilling permits to be issued in exchange not for safety plans, but
assurances of safety from oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore."

"Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself."

"We will keep a boot on the throat of BP," said Robert Gibbs during a press conference in
May.

"Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped
by an opponent or an interviewer who says, "Okay, what would you do?"

This rule of Alinsky’s was paraphrased by the Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, "never
let a good crisis go to waste." Obama has used the oil spill crisis as an excuse to spew
green rhetoric and promote his cap-and-trade bill.

"Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract
corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or
spread the blame."

Alinsky’s most useful tactic involves creating a good versus evil scenario. It is not about
fixing the problem, it is about blaming someone -- in this case BP and their Chief Executive
officer Tony Hayward. On June 12, Obama told British Prime Minister Cameron that BP
would have to put $20 billion into an account to pay for "environmental and economic
damages" caused from their spill. Less than a week later, Texas Rep. Joe Barton, of the
House Committee on Energy and Commerce, blasted Obama for forcing a private business
to be the victim of a "$20 billion shakedown." Barton went on to say, "There is no question
that BP is liable for the damages, but we have a due process system." Barton raises a good
point but "due process" certainly would not have stopped Saul Alinsky and it will probably
not stop Obama.
Saul Alinsky Debates Young Canadian Radicals
Trevor Loudon has some more from Saul Alinsky. This documentary short captures a lively
confrontation between the American community organizer and writer Saul Alinsky, and
members of the Company of Young Canadians. Among other topics, the parties argue and
disagree about the means and costs of securing "social change".


The company of Young Canadians was a Canadian version of the U.S. Peace Corps, which
existed from 1966 to 1977.

After serious rioting in Montreal in October 1969 Oct 11, city officials pointed the finger at
the Company of Young Canadians. In a scathing address, the administration accused the
group of sheltering Quebec separatist extremists, masterminding violent demonstrations
and plotting to make bombs.

The accusations leveled against the CYC were made by Lucien Saulnier, the chairman of
Montreal's Executive Committee, and were supported by Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau and
the chief of police.
Saulnier appealed to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to withhold the group's multi-million
dollar budget and establish a Royal Commission to investigate his claims. Though the leftist
Trudeau, failed to launch a federal inquiry, the allegations and others that followed lead to
the eventual de-funding and termination of the agency.

Surprising that Saul Alinsky, a man who inspired both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,
should be associated with such radicals, no?
Quotes And Excerpts From Rules For Radicals
"Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is
being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic
campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday." --
Letter from L. DAVID ALINSKY, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky

Obama helped fund 'Alinsky Academy': "The Woods Fund, a nonprofit on which Obama
served as paid director from 1999 to December 2002, provided startup funding and later
capital to the Midwest Academy.... Obama sat on the Woods Fund board alongside William
Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization.... 'Midwest
describes itself as 'one of the nation's oldest and best-known schools for community
organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social
change.'... Midwest teaches Alinsky tactics of community organizing."

Hillary, Obama and the Cult of Alinsky: "True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism,
Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.
Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing
institutions such as churches, unions and political parties.... Many leftists view Hillary as a
sell-out because she claims to hold moderate views on some issues. However, Hillary is
simply following Alinsky’s counsel to do and say whatever it takes to gain power.

"Obama is also an Alinskyite.... Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. In 1985
he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called
the Developing Communities Project.... Camouflage is key to Alinsky-style organizing. While trying to
build coalitions of black churches in Chicago, Obama caught flak for not attending church himself. He
became an instant churchgoer." (By Richard Poe, 11-27-07)

Document here . . .
Of Course Obama Is OK With Occupy Wall Street -- It’s Just More Alinsky

AlinskyDefeater's blog says Rules for Radicals, p. 113, says:

"The first step in community organization is community disorganization."

It’s no wonder that Barack Obama and other politicos on the Left have embraced the
Occupy Wall Street movement. They do it, not in spite of the excesses, but because of the
excesses. In true Alinsky fashion Obama finds affinity with a group of anti-capitalists who
defecate on police vehicles. Obama is a product of his Alinsky training, and of the 1960′s
counter-revolution.

It is second nature for Obama to sanction the types of political dissent with which he is
familiar. When he saw a peaceful demonstrations by the TEA Party, that sought smaller
Government and less debt, he was confounded. At first he tried to ignore it, and when that
became impossible he famously referred to the TEA Party as:
"Folks waving Tea Bags around"

Occupy Wall Street is right in Obama’s wheelhouse. After all, the objective of Alinsky in his
quasi-Marxist approach, was to inspire "revolution not revelation" (Rules for Radicals, p.
xviii).

Alinsky went on to say:

The significant changes in history have been made be revolutions. There are people who
say that it is not revolution, but evolution, that brings about change -- but evolution is
simply the term used by nonparticipants to denote a particular sequence of revolutions as
they synthesized into a specific major social change (Rules for Radicals, pp. 3-4).

The class warfare we see today is nothing new, and the fact that Barack Obama embraces
it, and preaches it should come as no surprise to anyone who has taken even a cursory look
at Obama’s past as a Community Organizer. Again, it is probably best encapsulated in the
words of the man who fathered Community Organization when he says regarding class
distinctions.

The setting for the drama of change has never varied. Mankind has been and is divided into
three parts: the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-Little, Want Mores (Rules for
Radicals, p. 18).

While those of us who have been paying attention know that Barack Obama studied and
taught Alinsky methods, and became a Community Organizer in the Alinsky mold, many are
still in denial. Perhaps none are so in denial about Obama and Alinsky as the Left.

This "Yahoo Answers" response probably sums up the way too many still feel about Obama
and the Alinsky model. The best chosen answer to that Yahoo question not only
demonstrates an ignorance of Obama, Alinsky, and what it means to be a Community
Organizer, but it also drips with the type of snarkiness that seemingly only comes from the
thoroughly uninformed. In part, the answer to the question, "Does Obama use the Saul
Alinsky tactic Rules for Radicals keep your enemies close?" says:

No, but right wingers appear to be more familiar with the Alinsky rules, considering the fact
that they mention them so often. You are using a form of projection in order to try to
criticize President Obama. Is that one of the Alinsky rules?

The author of "the best answer" goes on to say:

You’ve simply made up some theory identifying alleged "enemies" and then you’ve accused
President Obama of dealing with these alleged enemies a certain way. It is all nonsense
conceived in your own fevered imagination.

To the Left, everything and everyone can be separated into groups with neat little
identities. They divide us by race, socioeconomic status, sex, sexuality, and on and on.
And yet, it is the Left who screams about racism, sexism, and so on. Conservatives would
prefer to just think of us all as Americans, and although we are all created equal it is insane
to believe that we should all remain equal regardless of how hard we work.
This is the ignorance we are dealing with, but at least those of you who do your homework
know what’s really going on.
Barack's Love Song To Alinsky
Breitbart says that in The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama claims that he worried after
9/11 that his name, so similar to that of Osama bin Laden, might harm his political career.

But Obama was not always so worried about misspellings and radical resemblances. He may
even have cultivated them as he cast himself as Chicago’s radical champion.

In 1998, a small Chicago theater company staged a play titled The Love Song of Saul
Alinsky, dedicated to the life and politics of the radical community organizer whose methods
Obama had practiced and taught on Chicago’s South Side.

Obama was not only in the audience, but also took the stage after one performance,
participating in a panel discussion that was advertised in the poster for the play.

Recently, veteran Chicago journalist Michael Miner mocked emerging conservative curiosity
about the play, along with enduring suspicions about the links between Alinsky and Obama.
Writing in the Chicago Reader, Miner described the poster:
Let's take a look at this poster.
It's red—and that right there, like the darkening water that swirls down Janet Leigh's drain
[in Psycho’s famous shower scene], is plenty suggestive. It touts a play called The Love
Song of Saul Alinsky, Alinsky being the notorious community organizer from Chicago who
wrote books with titles like Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals. On it, fists are
raised—meaning insurrection is in the air.
And down at the very bottom, crawling across the poster in small print, it mentions the
panel discussions that will follow the Sunday performances. The panelists are that era's
usual "progressive" suspects: Leon Despres, Monsignor Jack Egan, Studs Terkel . . .
And state senator Barack Obama.

Miner obscured the truth. His article only reveals only a small portion of the poster.

Here’s the whole poster -- And here’s the press release.

So, what’s in the play? It truly is a love song to Alinsky. In the first few minutes of the play,
Alinsky plays Moses -- yes, the Biblical Moses -- talking to God. The play glorifies Alinsky
stealing food from restaurants and organizing others to do the same, explaining, "I saw it as
a practical use of social ecology: you had members of the intellectual community, the hope
of the future, eating regularly for six months, staying alive till they could make their
contributions to society."

In an introspective moment, Alinsky rips America: "My country … ‘tis of whatthehell / And
justice up a tree … How much can you sell / What’s in it for me." He grins about
manipulating the Christian community to back his programs. He talks in glowing terms
about engaging in Chicago politics with former Mayor Kelly. He rips the McCarthy
committee, mocking, "Everyone was there, when you think back -- Cotton Mather, Hester
Prynn, Anne Hutchinson, Tom Paine, Tom Jefferson … Brandeis, Holmes … Gene Debs and
the socialists … Huey Long … Imperial Wizards of all stripes … Father Coughlin and his
money machine … Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd … and a kicking chorus of sterilized reactionaries
singing O Come, All Ye Faithful …"
And Alinsky talks about being the first occupier -- shutting down the O’Hare Airport by
occupying all the toilet stalls, using chewing gum to "tie up the city, stop all traffic, and the
shopping, in the Loop, and let everyone at City Hall know attention must be paid, and
maybe we should talk about it." As Alinsky says, "Students of the world, unite! You have
nothing to lose but your juicy fruit."

The play finishes with Alinsky announcing he’d rather go to Hell than Heaven. Why? "More
comfortable there. You see, all my life I’ve been with the Have-Nots: here you’re a Have-
Not if you’re short of money, there you’re a Have-Not if you’re short of virtue. I’d be asking
more questions, organizing them. They’re my kind of people -- Hell would be Heaven for
me."

That’s The Love Song of Saul Alinsky. It’s radical leftist stuff, and it revels in its radical
leftism.

And that’s Barack Obama, our president, on the poster.

This is who Barack Obama was. This was before Barack Obama ran for Congress in 2000—
challenging former Black Panther Bobby L. Rush from the left in a daring but unsuccessful
bid.

This was also the period just before Barack Obama served with Bill Ayers, from 1999
through 2002 on the board of the Woods Foundation. They gave capital to support the
Midwest Academy, a leftist training institute steeped in the doctrines of -- you guessed it! --
Saul Alinsky, and whose alumni now dominate the Obama administration and its top
political allies inside and out of Congress.

Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief
, described the Midwest Academy as a "crypto-socialist organization." Yet almost no one has
heard of Midwest Academy, because the media does not want you to know that the
president is a radical's radical whose presidency itself is a love song to a socialist
"community organizer."

The reason Newt Gingrich surged in the Republican primary contest in January is that he
was attempting to do the press's job by finding out who the current occupant of the White
House actually is. Millions also want to know, but the mainstream media is clearly not
planning to vet the President anytime soon. Quite the opposite.

For example, Miner tries to turn Obama’s appearance on the Alinsky panel into a plus for
the president:
Obama was on the panel that talked about Alinsky the last Sunday of the play's run at the
Blue Rider Theatre in Pilsen. Neither Pam Dickler, who directed the Terrapin Theatre
production, nor Gary Houston, who played Alinsky, can remember a word Obama said. But
he impressed them. "You never would have known he was a politician," says Dickler. "He
never said anything at all about himself. He came alone, watched the play, and during the
panel discussion was entirely on point and brilliant. That evening I called my father, who's a
political junkie, and told him to watch out for this man, he's going places." Houston was just
as taken by Obama—though he remembers him arriving in a group.

But is it a good thing to impress the sort of people who show up to laud The Love Song of
Saul Alinsky? Here are the other members of the Obama panel:

Leon Despres: Despres knew Saul Alinsky for nearly 50 years, and together they
established the modern concept of "community organizing." Despres worked with secret
Communist and Soviet spy Lee Pressman to support strikers at Republic Steel in Chicago in
1937; the strike ended in tragedy when 14 rioting strikers were killed and many wounded in
a hail of police bullets. Despres worked with another Communist Party front, the Chicago
Civil Liberties Committee, but eventually left because of the "Stalinism" of its leaders.

Also in 1937, Despres and his wife delivered a suitcase of "clothing" to Leon Trotsky, then
hiding out from Stalin’s assassins in Mexico City. Despres and his wife not only met with the
exiled Russian Communist, but Despres’s wife sat for a portrait with Trotsky pal and Marxist
muralist Diego Rivera while Leon took Rivera’s wife Frida Kahlo to the movies.

Quentin Young: From 1970 until at least 1992, Quentin Young was active in the
Communist Party front organization, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights -- a
group dedicated to outlawing government surveillance of radical organizations. He was also
a member of the Young Communist League. Young, a confidante and physician to Barack
Obama, is credited with having heavily influenced the President’s views on healthcare
policy.

Timuel Black: An icon of the Chicago left, Black was originally denied officer training
because military intelligence claimed he had secretly joined the Communist Party. Black also
worked closely with the Socialist Party in the 1950s, becoming president of the local chapter
of the Negro American Labor Council, a organization founded by Socialist Party leader A.
Phillip Randolph.

In the early ‘60s Black was a leader of the Hyde Park Community Peace Center, where he
worked alongside former radical Trotskyist Sydney Lens and the aforementioned Communist
Dr. Quentin Young. Black served as a contributing editor to the Hyde Park/Kenwood Voices,
a newspaper run by Communist Party member David S. Canter. By 1970, Timuel Black was
serving on the advisory council of the Communist Party controlled Chicago Committee to
Defend the Bill of Rights.

Timuel Black says he has been friends with domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine
Dohrn, "going back to 1968, since long before I knew Barack." In April 2002, Black, Dohrn
and Democratic Socialists of America member Richard Rorty spoke together on a panel
entitled "Intellectuals: Who Needs Them?" The panel was the first of two in a public
gathering jointly sponsored by The Center for Public Intellectuals and the University of
Illinois, Chicago. Bill Ayers and Barack Obama spoke together on in the second panel at that
gathering. Communist academic Harold Rogers chaired Timuel Black’s unsuccessful
campaign for Illinois State Representative.

Studs Terkel: A sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace in 1949,
which was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National
Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions.

Roberta Lynch: A leading member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and a leader
of the radical Marxist New American Movement (NAM).

Are we expected to believe that "Baraka Obama" was a countervailing voice of reason on a
panel of radicals?

The reason that Obama's Alinskyite past, and his many appearances in political photography
and video from the 1990s, are conspicuously missing from the national dialogue is that
State Senator Barack Obama's reinvention as a reasonable and moderate Democratic
politician could not withstand scrutiny of his political life.

Because the mainstream media did not explore his roots, the American public remains
largely ignorant of the degree to which Obama’s work with ACORN and his love of Alinsky
were symbolic of his true political will.
Saul Alinsky On Professional Agitators




"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon."


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Obamunism -- It's About Power
Definition -- "Obamunism" -- Obama and the people around him are are Obamunists --
Obama is the prototypical Obamunist -- a blend of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Che,
Capone, Billy Sunday, Boss Tweed, Muhammad, and Tupac -- they are hybrids -- they use
all the tools -- whatever will get them power and keep them in power.

An Obamunist believes the orders come from them, the enlightened ones, through the
bureaucracy, to the People. They wrap their stuff up in fancy slogans, but their goal is
power -- and they believe they are entitled to it.

Orwell and power

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of
others; we are interested solely in power.

Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.

We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All
the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The
German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but
they never had the courage to recognize their own motives.

They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for
a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings
would be free and equal.

We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of
relinquishing it.

Power is not a means; it is an end.

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the
revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

The object of persecution is persecution.
The object of torture is torture.
The object of power is power.

-- George Orwell, 1984

"...no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it." This is precisely the
mindset of the murderous, Machivellian, Gramscian Marxists who have gotten their hands
on the apparatus of the American State. They are monsters, all of them. You can neither
reason with them nor negotiate with them.

Barack Obama -- Life-Long Marxist
Team Obama, the ObamaMedia, and Obots all scoff at the notion that Barack Obama is a
Marxist, but their denials all fly in the face of Obama's lifelong association with all things
and all people Marxist.
Democratic Admissions
More, and more, Obama and his Democratic colleagues admit it, yes, their goal is to destroy
the U. S. Constitution, and implement Socialism in the United States.
Committees Of Correspondence For Democracy And Socialism
The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism is a democratic socialist
group in the United States which originated in 1991 as the Committees of Correspondence,
a moderate, dissenting wing of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Named after the
committees of correspondence of the American Revolution, the group was critical of the
leadership of CPUSA leader Gus Hall and argued that in light of the collapse of the Soviet
Union the party should reject Leninism and adopt a more moderate democratic socialist
orientation.
Communist Party USA
Obama says he's not a Bolshevik but, folks, the Communist Party USA loves Obama. Here
are just some sample headlines. "CPUSA and Obama Platforms are Identical." August 8th,
2008: "Forget for the moment about Bill Ayers and Obama's other Communist friends and
mentors of the distant past," and they go on to cite how his agenda and theirs, Obama's
and the CPUSA, are identical.
Democratic Socialists Of America
Progressivism is a political and social term for ideologies and movements favoring or
advocating changes or reform, usually in an egalitarian direction for economic policies
(public management) and liberal direction for social policies. Progressivism is often viewed
in opposition to conservative ideologies. Progressive Movement is a movement began in the
cities with the settlement workers and reformers who were interested in helping those
facing harsh conditions at home and at work. The reformers spoke out about the need for
laws regulating tenement housing and child labor. They also called for better working
condition for woman.
Dictatorial Tendencies
Where does Barack Obama get the authority to "inform" a private company -- BP or any
other -- that it must surrender its money?
Marxism
The early Russian Marxists promised freedom, justice, happiness, and equality.
New Party
Obama won't even acknowledge the New Party. But he was clearly a member.
Obama And Marxism
Obama's vision for the United States has included marginalizing the accomplishments of the
United States, during his international apology tours, Obama’s essential message to the rest
of the world was, "See how I have tamed the savage beast, nothing is too difficult for the
Obama."
Obama And Socialism
Obama denies being an ideologue or a Bolshevik, why? Is he ashamed of his heritage and
convictions, just intent on keeping his motivations covert until the right time to spring his
true nature upon us, or is there a technicality that we need to grasp?
Political Left
Undermining the Constitutional Republic since the 1960s.
Racial Socialism
Barack H. Obama is the logical outcome of racial socialism. You can see it in his words and
actions, and his very physical stance, all signaling his sense of superiority, the flip-side of
feelings of inferiority he is reacting against. Obama's core support came from the Leftist
alliance of grievance groups in spite of his total lack of relevant experience. Obama is
objectively the least qualified person to ever be elected to the presidency, but the media
could not say that, because it would not have been P.C. to tell the truth.
Unions
Obama confirmed what small business leaders and concerned workers fear most: that he
will spare no effort to achieve Big Labor’s goals. Obama admits that labor’s top priority, the
job-killing, rights-stripping Employee "Forced" Choice Act (EFCA), does not have the votes it
needs to pass in the Senate. And with his own words, Obama acknowledged that he has
unambiguously aligned himself with union bosses seeking to bypass Congress and cram
their priorities down the throats of the American people.
Socialism
Socialism refers to the various theories of economic organization advocating public or direct
worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of
resources, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with a
method of compensation based on the amount of labor expended. Most socialists share the
view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of
society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal
society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximize their potential and
does not utilize technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of
the public
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Obama Grants Eminent Domain Rights To China
The time for partisan bickering just ended. This is as serious as a
heart attack. Obama is going to spend so much money, which he
intends to get from China via the sale of government backed
bonds, that the Chinese apparently don't think he'll be able to
make good on them.

So President Obama gave the Chinese eminent domain rights to
American land and businesses as collateral -- i.e., if we don't pay
them their trillions, they now own American properties.

The written agreement was brought to Beijing by Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and was formalized and agreed-to during her
recent trip to China.

This means that in the event the US Government defaults on its
financial obligations to China, the Communist Government of
China would be permitted to physically take -- inside the USA --
land, buildings, factories, perhaps even entire cities -- to satisfy
the financial obligations of the US government.

Put simply, Obama has now actually mortgaged the physical land
and property of all citizens and businesses in the United States.
He has given to a foreign power, their Constitutional power to
"take" all of our property, as actual collateral for continued
Chinese funding of US deficit spending and the continued carrying
of US national debt.

This is an unimaginable betrayal of every man, woman and child in
the USA.

Here is one of the bond agreements! Google any town or
city/county with Cede & Co.! It is the basic agreement they all
use.

George Soros and Quantum Partners. Cede & Co. is under:

•   SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT LLC. in Delaware
•   Quantum Industrial Partners LDC in Cayman Islands
•   QIH Management Investor, L.P. in Delaware
•   QIH Management, Inc. in Delaware
•   Stanley F. Druckenmiller
•   Duquesne Capital Management, L.L.C. in Pennsylvania

Update: I'm getting a lot of questions about this story. So what's
available is this report and this report -- they're usually pretty
reliable -- in the meantime, no major outlet has yet released or
referenced this report.

I don't know if I'd take this to the bank just yet. There's 194
references to "Obama Grants Eminent Domain Rights to China" on
the Internet at 1800 Eastern.
Commie Obama Tee Shirts Banned In Beijing
With Obama's scheduled to visit Beijing on Monday, city
authorities have banned souvenir vendors from selling a popular t-
shirt depicting Obama as a Mao-era red guard, reports Foreign
Policy.

Since he was elected last year, the T-shirt has had a ready
market. According to some business owners, they got calls last
week from Beijing Municipal Government demanding them to stop
the sale of this kind of T-shirt immediately. And inspection officers
even came to stores to make sure the T-shirts are off the shelf.

Business owners have been notified that after Obama ends his
visit to China, they can resume the sale.

Posters and shirts depicting Obama as a communist aren't
uncommon at anti-Obama rallies in the U.S., but there's confusion
about what exactly this shirt means when a Chinese person wears
it. Are they pro-Obama, anti-Obama, or just all about the LOLs?

While the authorities are anxious not to offend Obama on his high-
profile visit, there's a feeling that Obama's seen way more
ridiculous images of himself if he's ever looked out the window of
his limo on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mustn't embarrass Obama -- you know the rules.
Obama To Sell Share Of General Motors To China
Yahoo News is reporting that investment bankers handling the
upcoming General Motors Co. stock sale are expected to court
foreign investors as well as those in North America, according to a
U.S. Treasury Department statement.

GM and the Treasury Department would not comment Sunday on
reports that the automaker is in talks with its current partner in
China, SAIC, about buying a stake in the Detroit company. SAIC
is owned by the Chinese government.

The Treasury Department, in a statement issued late Friday, said
investors in GM would be sought across "multiple geographies,"
with a focus on North America.

The U.S. Treasury loaned GM about $50 billion to help it through
bankruptcy protection last year. GM has repaid $6.7 billion. The
rest of the bailout money was converted to a 61 percent
government stake in the company.

The government hopes to get the remaining $43 billion back with
stock sales that could start in mid-November.

The Treasury statement also said banks underwriting the GM stock
sale will be expected to balance getting the maximum price per
share, and return for taxpayers with having a stable base of
shareholders and keeping up interest in several sales that will
occur after the initial public offering.

It's bad enough that China holds almost a trillion dollars of
treasuries. Now the Obama administration is selling off America's
once mighty companies.
Obama Tested On US-China Ties With Currency Report
Foster Klug says Barack Obama faces a deadline Friday that could
test already fragile U.S.-China relations. He must decide whether
to accuse Beijing formally of using its currency to gain unfair trade
advantages against the United States.

Labeling China a currency manipulator would enrage the Chinese
just as the Obama administration looks for the Beijing
government’s help on major global initiatives. Failing to do so, or
postponing a decision, also could damage Obama’s struggling
Democratic Party ahead of crucial congressional elections on Nov.
2.

Obama is under pressure to punish China for trade policies that
U.S. lawmakers say cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Many are angry over a politically sensitive U.S. trade deficit with
China that has climbed to an all-time monthly high.

Friday’s deadline is part of a congressional requirement for the
Treasury Department to prepare a twice-a-year report whether
any countries are manipulating their currencies.

The U.S. trade deficit with China rose 8.2 percent in August to an
all-time high of $28 billion, surpassing the record $27.9 billion set
in October 2008. So far this year, the U.S. deficit with China, the
largest imbalance with any country, is running 20.6 percent above
the 2009 pace.

American manufacturers contend that an undervalued currency
gives China a trade boost by making Chinese goods cheaper in the
United States and U.S. products more expensive in China.

The administration, worried about high unemployment and losing
ground to opposition Republicans in the elections, wants to look
tough on China. That is especially true after ministers from
around the world left last week’s global finance meetings in
Washington without resolving how to deal with differences over
currency.

At the same time, U.S. officials see Chinese cooperation as
essential to American efforts to deal with the Iranian and North
Korean nuclear standoffs, climate change and other difficult
issues.

U.S. lawmakers, soon to face frustrated and anxious voters,
appear to have tired of White House attempts to strike a delicate
balance with China. The House sent the administration and China
a strong message last month by passing legislation that would
impose economic sanctions on countries found to be manipulating
their currencies.

If the United States should designate China as a currency
manipulator, it would trigger negotiations between the two
countries and could result in U.S. economic sanctions against
Beijing.

Update: Team Obama punts on China currency until mid-
November

Klug doesn't address the trillion dollars in treasuries held by the
Chinese.
Mystery Contrail Was From Chinese Missile
Joseph Harrah contends the muted response was a decision made
by Obama himself.

Although the U.S. Defense Department and North American
Aerospace Defense Command have speculated publicly that the
unidentified contrail of a projectile soaring into the skies off the
California coast -- and recorded by a KCBS television crew -- came
from a jet and posed no security threat to the U.S., several
experts are raising provocative and disturbing questions about the
government's official response. (video)

Two governmental military experts with extensive experience
working with missiles and computer security systems have
examined the television video and conclude the mysterious
contrail originating some 30 miles off the coast near Los Angeles
did not come from a jet -- but rather, they say the exhaust and
the billowing plume emanated from a single source nozzle of a
missile, probably made in China.

They further suggest the missile was fired from a submerged
Chinese nuclear submarine off America's coast, and point out that
the timing of the alleged Chinese missile shot coincided with an
increasing confrontation between the U.S. and China, and was
likely meant to send a message to Washington.

Indeed, the Federal Aviation Administration documents that there
were no aircraft flying in the area at that time, the night of Nov.
8. FAA Spokesman Ian Gregor released this statement:

"...The radar replayed did not reveal any fast moving unidentified
targets in that area."

So, according to the FAA, this, whatever it was, wasn't even there!

"The question that still must be answered is why NORAD's muted
response was simply that North America was not threatened, and
later our government approved the lame excuse that the picture
recorded was simply an aircraft leaving a contrail," said retired
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Cash.

A former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and commander of an F-15
squadron and an F-16 wing, Cash was assigned to NORAD as an
assistant director of operations at the Cheyenne Mountain complex
near Colorado Springs, Colo., and is fully knowledgeable of NORAD
procedures.

"There is absolutely no doubt that what was captured on video off
the coast of California was a missile launch, was clearly observed
by NORAD, assessed by a four-star general in minutes, and passed
to the president immediately," he said.

Even more ominously, cautioned Cash: "We must question the
timing of this shot across our bow. The president was abroad
being diplomatic, which means trying to placate China which is
becoming overly concerned with our handling a totally out-of-
control deficit in spending."

Note: There are comments in this report from Wayne Madsen. It
is my personal opinion that this guy is not a reliable source, but
that would not exclude the other experts' comments.

Note: The government's late response is the contrail was caused
by an airplane, but the FAA's initial reports said there were no
aircraft in the area, 35 miles off the California coast, at the time.

One question -- does "this fireball" look like an airplane to you? --
file under, "Who you gonna believe? The Obama administration or
your lying eyes."
US Humiliated
Scott Baker says Chinese Pianist Lang Lang played an anti-
American composition at White House (video).

Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao
recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet
users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early
morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or
two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19,
about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a
famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War:
the theme song to the movie "Battle on Shangganling Mountain."

The film depicts a group of "People’s Volunteer Army" soldiers who
are first hemmed in at Shanganling (or Triangle Hill) and then,
when reinforcements arrive, take up their rifles and counterattack
the U.S. military "jackals."

The movie and the tune are widely known among Chinese, and the
song has been a leading piece of anti-American propaganda by the
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for decades. CCP propaganda has
always referred to the Korean War as the "movement to resist
America and help [North] Korea." The message of the propaganda
is that the United States is an enemy -- in fighting in the Korean
War the United States’ real goal was said to be to invade and
conquer China. The victory at Triangle Hill was promoted as a
victory over imperialists.

The song Lang Lang played describes how beautiful China is and
then near the end has this verse, "When friends are here, there is
fine wine /But if the jackal comes /What greets it is the hunting
rifle." The "jackal" in the song is the United States.

He then said, "I thought to play 'My Motherland' because I think
playing the tune at the White House banquet can help us, as
Chinese people, feel extremely proud of ourselves and express our
feelings through the song. I think it’s especially good. Also, I like
the tune in and of itself, every time I hear it I feel extremely
moved."

He expressed this idea more frankly in a later blog post, writing:
"Playing this song praising China to heads of state from around the
world seems to tell them that our China is formidable, that our
Chinese people are united; I feel deeply honored and proud."

At the end of the attached video, you can see Obama (front row
left, aisle seat) applauding the Chinese insult.

Obama's supports an Islamic Victory Mosque at Ground Zero, and
applauds a Red Army victory march in the White House.

Obama is just being Obama, and he wasn't humiliated, at all.
Made In China


Yup! This is how the Chinese see the United States under Obama.
Obama's Disarmament Is The Key To China's Dominance
Ben Johnson says if Americans were to judge Barack Obama based
on how he protects our country's interests and keeps our nation
safe, they would have to conclude either that he is blinded by his
ideology or that he favors our enemies. His insistence that the
jihadist Muslim Brotherhood have a seat at the table in the post-
Mubarak Egyptian government is the most recent, high-level
reminder of how this man hurts our allies and rewards our
enemies. The question Americans should parse is not whether
Obama is motivated by idealism or antagonism -- the results are
essentially the same. Instead, they must ask how they can stop
his encroachments on their liberties, their wealth, and their
security before disaster strikes. Radio talk show host Tammy
Bruce has asked if Obama's foreign policy of empowering Islamic
fundamentalists is impeachable.

However, not all of Obama's policies consist in helping our
enemies. Many of his policies undermine our security and leave
Americans weaker.

Perhaps the most unexplored of these is Obama's obsession with
nuclear disarmament. Obama told the United Nations in the fall of
2009, "we must stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and seek the
goal of a world without them." The previous April, Obama told an
audience in Prague, "the United States will take concrete steps
towards a world without nuclear weapons." He appointed Ellen
Tauscher, a congresswoman dedicated to unilateral disarmament,
as his Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International
Security. In February 2009, Tauscher told the Munich Security
Conference:

The U.S. would, without question, be more secure in a world free
of nuclear weapons. The real question is whether pursuit of such
a goal is in our security interests. I believe it is.

To further this agenda, Obama abandoned our nation's promise to
provide Poland and the Czech Republic with the missile defense
system we had pledged to them -- in order to cut our nuclear
arsenal with the New START Treaty. Although he tried to push it
through the lame duck session of Congress, Republicans pushed it
into the new year. (Sen. Richard Lugar, R-IN, this weekend told
the Tea Party to drop dead; he was voting for it. No wonder
MSNBC once referred to Lugar as "Barack Obama's Favorite
Republican.")

Such Pollyanna notions as complete, unilateral nuclear
disarmament (and its domestic counterpart, gun control) would be
misguided under any realistic circumstances. In a dangerous
world, where a debt-riddled American decline threatens to
permanently yield to rising Chinese power, it is perilous.

Continue reading here . . .
China's Holdings Of US Debt Larger Than Reported
AFP is reporting that China's holdings of US bonds reached $1.16
trillion at the end of December, almost $270 billion more than
previously estimated, new data showed Monday.

Beijing, which has converted much of a huge trade surplus with
the United States over the past two decades into buying up US
treasuries and other securities, held 26.1 percent of the total of
$4.44 trillion held by foreigners, the Treasury said.

The figures came as the US government recalculated its data on
foreign holdings of US securities from June 2010.

Chinese-held Treasuries have fallen since hitting a high of $1.18
trillion in October, under the revised figures. Japan remained by
far the second largest holder of US government debt, with $882
billion in December, around $1.3 billion less than original
estimates.

Britain was third at $272.1 billion.

Remember those reports that the Feds granted eminent domain as
collateral to China for US debts?
President Of China?
William Kristol says that according to The New York Times, March
11, 2011:

"Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be
the president of China. As one official put it, 'No one is
scrutinizing Hu Jintao's words in Tahrir Square.'"

Mr. Obama is right.

If you're president of China, people around the world who are
fighting for freedom don't really expect you to help. If you're
president of China, you don't have to put up with annoying off-
year congressional elections, and then negotiate your budget with
a bunch of gun-and-religion-clinging congressmen and senators.
If you're president of China, you can fund your national public
radio to your heart's content. And if you're president of China,
when you host a conference on bullying in schools, people take
you seriously.

Unfortunately for him and us, Barack Obama is president of the
United States. That job brings with it certain special
responsibilities. It's a tough job -- maybe tougher than being
president of China. But Barack Obama ran for president of the
United States. Maybe he should start behaving as one.

Not a chance!
Another Obama "Success" Story
The Statesman is reporting that in the wake of the US raid in
Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, China has "warned in
unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed
as an attack on China," a media report claimed today.

The warning was formally conveyed by the Chinese foreign
minister at last week's China-US strategic dialogue and economic
talks in Washington, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as
saying. China also advised the USA to "respect Pakistan's
sovereignty and solidarity," the report said.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao informed his Pakistani counterpart
Yousuf Raza Gilani about the matters taken up with the US during
their formal talks at the Great Hall of the People yesterday. The
                          report said China "warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on
                          Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China." The two
                          premiers held a 45-minute one-on-one meeting before beginning
                          talks with their delegations.

                          The Chinese leadership was "extremely forthcoming in assuring its
                          unprecedented support to Pakistan for its national cause and
                          security" and discussed all subjects of mutual interest with Gilani,
                          the report said. Gilani described Pakistan-China relations and
                          friendship as "unique." Talking to Pakistani journalists
                          accompanying him, he said that China had acknowledged his
                          country's contribution and sacrifices in the war against terrorism
                          and supported its cause at the international level. "China
                          supported Pakistan's cause on its own accord," Gilani said with
                          reference to the Sino-US strategic dialogue where the Chinese told
                          the US that Pakistan should be helped and its national honor
                          respected. Gilani said China had asked the US to improve its
                          relations with Pakistan, keeping in view the present scenario.

                          Pakistan reiterated its position on the one-China policy and said it
                          fully supported China on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet, he said.
                          He said both sides will continue their consultations on UN reforms.
                          It was also agreed that both countries will formulate a long-term
                          joint energy mechanism for electricity generation in Pakistan
                          through various means, including nuclear energy.

                          Wen announced that the Chinese leadership will send a special
                          envoy to Islamabad to express solidarity with Pakistan at this
                          "crucial period in its history." The envoy, a senior minister, will
                          take part in celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of
                          diplomatic ties between the two countries.

                          Continue reading here . . .

                          Related: Pakistan gets 50 fighter jets from China

                          If Obama doesn't behave, the Chinese will call in their $1 trillion in
                          treasuries.
http://www.theobamafile.com/_politics/China.htm



Crime and Punishment
Obama doesn't talk much about his views on crime and punishment -- at least not in front
of general audiences -- and for good reason.

While his Web site says he's "a strong proponent of tougher measures to fight crime," his
record tells a different story.

As an Illinois state senator, for example, he acted more as a friend to criminals than to
cops, legislating among other things:
• Curbs on what he called a "broken" death penalty system.

• A measure to expunge some criminal records and give job grants to ex-cons.

• Tougher handgun controls.

• A vote against making gang members eligible for the death penalty if they kill someone to
help their gang.

• Opposition to a bill requiring juveniles to be prosecuted as adults for firing a gun at or
near a school.

At the federal level, Obama would:

• Repeal "unfair" mandatory sentences for crack convictions.

• Provide drug counseling instead of jail time for some abusers.

• Rethink criminal penalties for pot.

• Ban profiling by federal law enforcement, even if it helps catch violent criminals including
terrorists.

• Strengthen hate-crime laws and beef up civil rights enforcement against police chiefs who
profile.

• Provide job training, drug rehab and counseling for ex-cons.

• "Re-enfranchise" felons denied the right to vote.

In addition, Obama, who once vowed to repeal the Patriot Act, still talks about reforming it.
He also once proposed banning executions of inmates, arguing he was against capital
punishment.

It's not clear where Obama stands on the issue now, but he does think death row and the
entire U.S. penal system are stacked against blacks. While so far only alluding to racism as
the culprit, his mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright minces no words in blaming "racist white
America."

"The brothers are in prison" largely because of their skin color, he claims.

And a racist white majority put them there, he believes, by "structuring an economic
environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons."

In Wright's conspiracy, personal responsibility plays no role. This is the same adviser who
told Obama that there are "more black men in prison than in college" -- a statement that
Obama parroted until he was told that it was false.

Unfortunately, Obama listens to his preacher and buys into his conspiracy theories. "In our
criminal justice system, African-Americans and whites are arrested at very different rates,"
Obama recently complained. "It has to do with how we pursue racial justice."
He vows to pursue it with gusto, unleashing civil rights cops on police chiefs and district
attorneys who dare to arrest and prosecute criminals who happen to be of color.

In last Tuesday's speech explaining his ties to Wright, he reiterated his desire to do more to
enforce civil rights laws.

He cites the Jena Six case as an example of racial injustice. But one of the thugs he
defends as a victim of Louisiana racism recently was arrested again for assault. The 6-6
Bryant Purvis allegedly choked and slammed a classmate's head on a table after helping five
other blacks beat a white student within an inch of his life.

Would Obama go soft on such brutal crime in the name of racial equality? No justice, no
peace? Obama for now speaks only in code, saying he'll fix "a criminal justice system that's
broken." But how exactly is it broken? And who would he appoint to help fix it?

Who will he pick as his attorney general? His top civil rights cop? Is his pal Rep. John
Conyers on the short list? Rep. Keith Ellison?

What about federal judges? Will they be frustrated social workers who go easy on criminals
to "reintegrate" them into society?

More important, what kind of justices does Obama have in mind to replace aging veterans
on the high court, who decide the constitutionality of capital punishment cases?

We shudder to think.
More Crime And Punishment
His political history in Illinois shows that Obama has proven himself to be a nearly perfect
Progressive-Democrat.

While in the Illinois State Senate, Obama is named Chairman of the Health and Human
Services Committee. His distinguished works include passing bill to assist children and
adults who cannot afford health insurance; increasing funding for AIDS prevention and care;
a law requiring police to videotape interrogations for crimes punishable by the death
penalty; a law requiring insurance companies to cover routine mammograms; legislation to
curb racial profiling.

Obama opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times in Illinois. The Born Alive
bill would have prohibited a baby from being born alive but left to die according to the
mother's wishes. Obama opposed this bill not once, twice, or three times, but four times.

Obama took almost $90,000 in bundled contributions from the Council for a Livable World.
The council is a well-known anti-defense organization.

Obama puts rigid ideology before what's best for the people of Illinois, and presumably he
would do that as President as well. He has on several occasions made public his opposition
to the NAFTA trade agreement and his belief that it must be negotiated. All the while
thanks to NAFTA, Illinois exports $1.3 billion in agricultural goods to Canada.

Obama was the only member of the Illinois State Senate to vote against a bill that
prohibited early release for sexual predators.

Obama voted to make a criminal out of a homeowner who was forced to use a gun in his
own defense in his own home.

Obama refused to vote for a bill in the Illinois State Senate that would have increased
penalties for drug traffickers.

Obama voted against making it a criminal offense for convicts on probation or on bail to
have contact with a street gang.

Obama voted against a bill that would have delivered the death penalty to gang members
who murder first responders.

Obama's record on anti-gang legislation is simple; because gang members are more often
people of color, they shouldn't be singled out for increased attention or special penalties by
the law.
An Avalanche Of Obama Investigations Announced
Ben Johnson says the last 24 hours have provided an explosion of new investigations into
the Obama administration and its allies. National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy has called for
Republicans to investigate the Justice Department’s racial discrimination. The FBI and the
Labor Department announced today they are investigating Andrew Stern, the head of the
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for financial improprieties. Rep. Jim
Clyburn, D-SC, is warning fellow Democrats that a new Republican Congress will investigate
Barack Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility. Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson told
NewsMax that Obama bundler Jodie Evans could (and should) be tried for treason. And
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, today considered keeping open a House select committee
to investigate Climategate. (Rep. Darrell Issa also pledged to investigate this and many
other crimes in the new year.) At a minimum, this confluence of coverage demonstrates
the gravity of the charges and abundance of the need for increased scrutiny and potential
legal action.

The investigation of the former SEIU president cuts particularly close to the Obama White
House. Andrew Stern is a former New Leftist who spent $5 million of SEIU union dues to
buy into George Soros’ Democracy Alliance and later took a seat on the executive council of
Americans Coming Together (ACT), Soros’ get-out-the-vote organ. (Journalists recently
learned that ACT, which allegedly closed its doors in 2005, is still open and paid $775,000 in
"civil fees" after Ralph Nader filed a Federal Election Commission complaint of dirty tricks in
the ’04 election.) SEIU donated at least $27.8 million to Obama’s 2008 presidential
campaign, and in return Stern visited the White House more than any other person.
Obama, in turn, appointed SEIU lawyer Craig Becker to head the National Labor Relations
Board (NLRB). Stern remains a member of Obama’s deficit reduction commission.

When Stern announced in April he was suddenly stepping down as SEIU president, no one
knew why. Today’s announcement that the FBI and Labor Department are looking into his
finances seems to clear up the mystery. The AP reported agents questioned Stern in May
and June about a $175,000 advance he received from 2006 Simon & Schuster for his book
"A Country That Works," which may have been illegally fact-checked and promoted at SEIU
expense. Given Obama’s long and intimate relationship with the union itself and Stern
specifically, one wonders if the president had any knowledge of the dealings -- and if he
gave Stern the heads-up to quit the union before the investigation broke wide open.

Jodie Evans is less concerned with helping herself to forced union dues than in excusing
Muslims who kill U.S. soldiers. In April 2008, Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen revealed that
Evans has bundled "at least $50,000" in donations for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. She
and her college student son both donated the maximum $2,300 allowed by law to Barack
Obama. Evans is a co-founder of Code Pink. I was the first journalist to report that Evans
and Code Pink delivered more than $600,000 in cash and supplies to "the other side" in
Fallujah in December 2004. Several Congressmen -- all far-Left Democrats -- signed
diplomatic letters facilitating their journey to the recent battlefield and terrorist stronghold:
Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, and Rep. Raul Grijalva.
Evans had provided aid and comfort to the enemy before. Shortly after the Iraq war began,
she and several other radicals established the International Occupation Watch in Baghdad
with the explicit goal of getting U.S. soldiers to declare themselves conscientious objectors
so they would be sent home and the armed forces would collapse. One of the members of
her advisory committee, Tariq Ali, wrote at the time, "There, it is to be hoped that the
invaders of Iraq will eventually be harried out of the country by a growing national reaction
to the occupation regime they install, and that their collaborators may meet the fate of Nuri
Said before them." In August 2006, Jodie Evans joined 11 others in a Code Pink-sponsored
trip to meet Iraqi "political leaders," an action one team member called a "diplomatic
communication." Such a trip is potentially illegal, violating the prohibition for private
citizens to conduct their own foreign policy. During the trip, Evans met a host of local pro-
terror activists, including Sheikh Ahmad al-Kubaysi, who once stated those who fight
American soldiers "are guaranteed Paradise."

Evans does not merely support others who want to kill American soldiers; she justifies the
slaughter herself. In a June 2008 radio interview, she agreed Osama bin Laden had "a valid
argument" for attacking the United States on 9/11. In the same interview, she likened
military recruiting centers to "liquor stores and porn shops." She claimed the American
people "must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to
resist," including by force of arms. Finally, she blurted out: "You’re right! We were trying to
undermine the war effort!"

I wrote at the time candidate Obama should return the cash. Instead, he returned the
favor. Evans visited Obama appointee Buffy Wicks in the White House on June 19, 2009.
That such an individual is welcome in the seat of government exposes how ideologically
polarized, extremist, and corrupt the present regime is.

These are but two of many Obama scandals desperately in need of investigation. The Black
Panthers case, the Joe Sestak scandal, the firing of Gerald Walpin, the use of taxpayer-
funded covert government propaganda, and many other crimes all need to be exposed and
removed from our body politic.

Legal sunlight will be the best disinfectant. As today’s cascade of investigations prove,
when it rains it pours.
http://www.theobamafile.com/_politics/CrimeAndPunsihment.htm




                          Out Of The Command Loop
                          So, today he says, ""Earning trust means listening to advice
                          from military people, including top uniformed leaders."

                          But before the long weekend began, Obama reaffirmed his long-
                          expressed intention to abandon Iraq by saying, "I am absolutely
                          committed to ending the war." I will call my Joint Chiefs of Staff
in and give them a new assignment and that is to end the war."

So much for listening, but check this out.

The Joint Chiefs are not part of the chain of command.
Indeed, they are specifically by statute not part of the chain of
command but instead serve solely in an advisory capacity to the
president.

Surely Obama knows this. Obviously he wouldn’t be seeking the
role of Commander-in-Chief without knowing how the job is done.
So what follows will be familiar to him, but may be enlightening to
the media types who to date have overlooked yet another Obama
misstatement.

In 1986, the Goldwater-Nichols act passed congress, and it
reorganized the way the military functions. The Joint Chiefs would
have a representative from each of the services that could advise
the president of their individual service’s insights, but they were
specifically cut out of the command loop so that the Schwarzkopf-
type could run things efficiently.

So what is to become of our poor President Obama, barking out
orders to his Joint Chiefs only to learn that they don’t carry out
orders but just give advice? Will he claim he is powerless to end
the war? Or will he eventually figure out that he has to get
Odierno or Gates or Petraeus on the phone to make his wishes
known?

And what are we to think of our Candidate Obama? As he’s been
running for office for 18 months now, shouldn’t he have found
some time to explore the way the president interacts with the
military rather than repeat canned (not to mention erroneous)
assumptions he’s probably held since his community organizing
days?

Excerpt --read the details
Obama calls for the Draft
In remarks that clearly pointed toward the restoration of the
military draft under an Obama administration, the Democratic
candidate said Thursday night that his job as president would
include demanding that the American people recognize an
"obligation" for military service. "If we are going into war, then all
of us go, not just some," Senator Barack Obama declared.
US Missile Shield In Doubt
The construction of a US missile shield in Europe has been thrown
into doubt after Poland said that President-Elect Barack Obama
had failed to commit himself to the project.

Officials in Warsaw said that after a conversation between
President Lech Kaczynski and Obama, they believe that the
chances of the controversial project going ahead now stood at no
more than "over 50 per cent".

Radek Sikorski, the foreign minister, also conceded that the
worsening state of the American economy might force the
president elect to ditch, or at least delay the program, in favor of
domestic priorities (reparations before defense).

Poland and the US committed themselves to the project on paper
in August in the wake of Russia's military intervention in Georgia.
A cornerstone of the of the defense strategy of President George
W. Bush and designed to protect the West from attack by "rogue
states" such as Iran, the shield would see Poland host ten
interceptor missiles and the Czech Republic host the radar
component of a system.

Any delay would delight a resurgent Russia, which has described
the plan as an affront to its national security and has threatened
to place missiles near Poland in retaliation.

Denis McDonough, a foreign policy adviser to Obama, said that
during the phone call Obama had reiterated his long-standing
position supporting the deployment of the missile shield but only
when the "technology is proved to be workable."

Of course, the system will never be "workable" because Obama
has promised to end defense spending and development. (video)
Nobody Has Confidence In This Guy
When asked how they feel about President-elect Barack Obama as
commander in chief, six out of 10 active-duty service members
say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times
survey.

In follow-up interviews, respondents expressed concerns about
Obama's lack of military service and experience leading men and
women in uniform.

''Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world
with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as
commander in chief," said one lance corporal who asked not to be
identified.
A Dumb Policy on Nuclear Weapons
John Hinderaker says Obama announced a new strategic policy
with regard to the use of nuclear weapons. The New York Times
reports:

...Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear
strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the
United States would use nuclear weapons. ... To set an example,
the new strategy renounces the development of any new nuclear
weapons, overruling the initial position of his own defense
secretary. ...

For the first time, the United States is explicitly committing not to
use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states that are in
compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, even if they
attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or
launched a crippling cyberattack.

On its face, that is unbelievably stupid. A country attacks us with
biological weapons, and we stay our hand because they are "in
compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty"? That is too
dumb even for Barack Obama. The administration hedged its
commitment with qualifications suggesting that if there actually
were a successful biological or chemical attack, it would rethink its
position. The Times puts its finger on what is wrong with the
administration's announcement:

It eliminates much of the ambiguity that has deliberately existed
in American nuclear policy since the opening days of the cold war.

That's exactly right. The cardinal rule, when it comes to nuclear
weapons, is keep 'em guessing. We want our enemies to believe
that we may well be crazy enough to vaporize them, given
sufficient provocation; one just can't tell. There is a reason why
that ambiguity has been the American government's policy for
more than 50 years. Obama cheerfully tosses overboard the
strategic consensus of two generations.

Or pretends to, anyway. Does anyone doubt that the
administration would use nukes in a heartbeat if it considered such
measures necessary? I don't. The problem is that when the time
comes to actually use nuclear weapons, it is too late. The danger
here is not that the Obama administration has really gone
pacifist. On the contrary, the significance of today's
announcement appears to be entirely symbolic -- just one more
chance to preen. The problem is that our enemies understand
symbolism and maybe take it too seriously. To them, today's
announcement is another sign that our government has gone soft,
and one more inducement to undertake aggressive action against
the United States.
U.N. Nuclear Control
The Washington Times reports Obama is placing a key element of
our nuclear deterrence strategy in the hands of the United
Nations, an organization with one of the poorest records for
controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.

Keith B. Payne, a former Pentagon official in charge of nuclear
weapons policy, said an alarming feature of the Nuclear Posture
Review, made public Tuesday, is that the U.N. International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the foreign powers that are
represented in it will be able to indirectly set U.S. nuclear weapons
policy.
"The new NPR appears to place the UN's IAEA and its Board of
Governors at the heart of determining U.S. nuclear deterrence
strategy options," e-mailed Mr. Payne, who has published several
books on nuclear deterrence.

According to the new strategy, the U.S. will not use or threaten to
use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear members that sign the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, known as the NPT, and comply
with its terms. For strategic deterrence purposes, in the case of
extreme provocation, the U.S. keeps the right to use or threaten
to use nuclear arms against nuclear states and NPT signatories for
failing to abide by its terms.

The paramount question is: Who will determine whether a state is
complying with the treaty?

"This question becomes central to U.S. nuclear deterrence policy,"
Mr. Payne said in an e-mail to Inside the Ring.

"A quick check will reveal that NPT compliance is determined by
the IAEA's Board of Governors a board made up of 35 states,
including Russia, China, Venezuela, Mongolia and Cuba."

In addition, the standards used to determine compliance or
noncompliance are designed intentionally to be flexible in order to
give the board latitude in its findings. Thus, there is no standard
definition of noncompliance.

The result is that the Obama administration's new strategic
nuclear deterrence policy gives a U.N.-based international
organization broad authority in the United States' use of nuclear
arms.

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Obama Disarms
Hugh Hewitt says Obama unveiled a radical shift in American
military doctrine last week that ought to be known as "the Obama
Doctrine: the embrace of unilateral, pre-emptive disarmament."

The new policy was announced in a handful of sentences in the
just released "Nuclear Posture Review Report" (NPR). The two
passages that are genuinely radical and that mark a significant
break with all of post-World War II history have not received much
attention and deserve underlining and sustained debate, especially
in Congress.

The first comes at Page xiv:

"The United States will not develop new nuclear warheads. Life
Extension Programs (LEPs) will use only nuclear components
based on previously tested designs, and will not support new
military missions or provide for new military capabilities."
(Emphasis added)

The same position is restated in slightly different form at Page 40
of the NPR, with the unqualified statement that the United States"
will not develop new nuclear warheads, and it will be structured so
as not to require nuclear testing." Thus Obama commits his
administration to a policy of not producing a new nuclear weapon,
no matter how strategic its effect or significant its deterrent value,
and no matter what our enemies are doing.

Nuclear weapons will never again, under the Obama doctrine, be
used for a new military mission no matter how effective that
mission might become via the integration of nuclear weapons or --
and this should be stressed -- even if the deployment of the new
weapon or mission might lead to less loss of life rather than more;
fewer American casualties rather than more; a quicker end to war
rather than a prolonged and devastating campaign.

This isn't a military strategy -- it is a military theology, one
founded on the central belief that evolutions in nuclear weapons
are always and everywhere evil. If FDR or Truman had embraced
the Obama Doctrine, there would have been no Manhattan Project
and no end to the war in Japan except for the invasion of the
home islands.

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Obama’s Unexceptional Nation
Alan W. Dowd writes on defense and security issues and says
America has had presidents who were realists and idealists and
realistic, even cynical, about the world yet idealistic about
America’s mission in the world, but Barack Obama is unique
among this fraternity. For arguably the first time in 220 years,
that a president is idealistic about the world, but cynical about
America’s role in it. Obama’s recent flurry of nuclear diplomacy
and declarations is just the latest example.

First, his administration carried out a Nuclear Posture Review
(NPR) that, among other things, pledges that the United States:

"...will not conduct nuclear testing, and will seek ratification and
entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,"

"...will not develop new nuclear warheads," and

"...will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-
nuclear weapons states that are party to the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty and in compliance with their nuclear
nonproliferation obligations."

Obama’s NPR also removes the protection afforded by what
Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls "calculated ambiguity." "If a
non-nuclear-weapon state is in compliance with the
nonproliferation treaty and its obligations," Gates explains, "the
U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons
against it." Instead, such an enemy "would face the prospect of a
devastating conventional military response" -- even if that enemy
"were to use chemical or biological weapons against the United
States or its allies or partners."

"Calculated ambiguity" has kept America’s enemies on notice and
off balance for decades -- and, not coincidentally, kept America
and American forces safe from nuclear, biological or chemical
attack. Recall Secretary of State James Baker’s implied threat to
his Iraqi counterpart regarding how the U.S. would respond to
Iraq’s use of chemical or biological weapons. Or consider
Eisenhower’s counsel:

"One of America’s great tacticians, Stonewall Jackson, said 'Always
surprise, mystify and mislead the enemy.'"

Ike had quite a surprise in store for North Korea’s patron and
protector in China. As historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote years
after Ike’s presidency, "Eisenhower began by invoking the nuclear
threat to end the fighting in Korea," letting the Chinese know that,
in Eisenhower’s own words, he "would not be constrained about
crossing the Yalu or using nuclear weapons."

Fifty-seven years later, we have a president eager to constrain
American power -- and willing to surrender the strategic deterrent
advantage of ambiguity -- in hopes that thugs, dictators and
outlaws can be reasoned with.

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Overwhelmingly, Americans See Obama Inviting Attack
Bob Ubruh says that the first scientific survey shows most
Americans believe that a terror attack is more likely because of
Obama's policies.

Some 200 million-plus Americans -- almost two of three in a new
poll, conducted by Wenzel Strategies -- believe the United States
is more likely to be targeted in an attack -- either by a hostile
military or a terrorist organization -- because of the policies of
Barack Obama.

A majority also disagree with his newly announced policy against
using nuclear weapons against those nations or groups that would
attack the U.S. with biological or chemical weapons of mass
destruction.

Citing the possibility of either a terrorist attack or a military
assault on the U.S. shores, the poll, the first national assessment
to address the issue, asked, "Do you think the current policies of
the Obama administration are making it more or less likely that
the U.S. will suffer such an attack?"

Forty-six percent responded much more likely and another 13.6
percent what somewhat more likely. Only about 28 percent said
somewhat less likely or much less likely.

Even a combined 28 percent of Democrats conceded an attack was
somewhat more or much more likely. Those categories included
more than 92 percent of Republicans and more than 60 percent of
Independents.

The poll also revealed that a plurality strongly disagree with the
Obama's promise that rules out using nuclear weapons against
enemies who attack the U.S. with a biological or chemical weapon.

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Obama To Reveal Nuclear Secrets
The Washington Post is reporting that the Obama administration is
likely to reveal a closely guarded secret -- the size of the U.S.
nuclear stockpile -- during a critical meeting starting Monday at
which Washington will try to strengthen the global treaty that
curbs the spread of nuclear weapons, several officials said.

Various factions in the administration have debated for months
whether to declassify the numbers, and they were left out of
Obama's recent Nuclear Posture Review because of objections
from intelligence officials. Now, the administration is seeking a
dramatic announcement that will further enhance its nuclear
credentials as it tries to shore up the fraying nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The numbers could be released as soon as Monday, when
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to address the NPT
Review Conference in New York, officials said. She will speak after
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is likely to repeat
his demands for more global controls over the stockpiles of the
nuclear nations.

U.S. officials fear he could hijack the conference with such
demands, diverting attention from his own nuclear program, which
is widely seen as violating the nonproliferation treaty.

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Obama Announces U.S. Military Secrets to the World
Foxnation.com is reporting that Obama has decided to pre-
announce to the world once-secret American ballistic missile tests
and satellite launches.

Obama's goal is to show a friendlier face to other countries and to
coax Russia to do the same.
It's part of a confidence-boosting initiative launched, so to speak,
last fall when Obama suddenly abandoned the U.S. missile-
defense system in Eastern Europe that had exercised the
Russians, though it was aimed at potential future missiles from
Iran.

Obama hoped such a unilateral U.S. forfeiture would encourage
Russia to put pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear weapons
development. So far no good on that.

Of course, the point of secret tests by any state in an insecure,
suspicious world is to deny advance notice to potential enemies,
making it more difficult if not impossible for them to gain
intelligence by monitoring the tests themselves.

According to George Jahn of the Associated Press, a confidential
U.S. note sent to 128 other countries two weeks ago said:

The United States ... will provide pre-launch notification of
commercial and National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) space launches as well as the majority of intercontinental
ballistic and submarine-launched ballistic missile launches.

Obama's Odd Arms-Control Secrecy
Peter Brookes says Obama is urging the Senate to ratify the US-
Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty -- but it won't release the
negotiating record for "New START" to senators who've asked for
it.

Denying the Senate's requests raises all sorts of suspicions about
the treaty, which would reduce the US strategic nuclear arsenal by
about 30 percent and cut our missile silos, bombers and
submarines by nearly 20 percent.

Is there is something in the blow-by-blow transcript of the talks
with the Russians that the White House doesn't want senators to
see?

Some fear the administration did some winking and nodding with
the Kremlin on missile defense that won't show up in the treaty
language. Team Obama says START doesn't limit US missile-
defense plans, but the administration's remarkable weakness so
far on missile defense is cause for anxiety.

Obama & Co. have cut budgets of many missile-defense programs
and put the kibosh early in their tenure on the Bush-era missile-
defense system planned for Poland and the Czech Republic, aimed
at Iran's nuclear/missile programs. (It's widely believed they
deep-sixed the Polish-Czech program as a sop to the Russians in
their near-incessant efforts to "reset" relations with the Kremlin.)

Then there's the treaty preamble that acknowledges "the link
between strategic offensive and strategic defensive armaments."
This language, experts say, might limit American missile-defense
programs. And, while the administration says the preamble isn't
part of the treaty, Moscow said on the day of the treaty signing
this spring that it will withdraw from the pact if US missile defense
is expanded or improved.

Thus, Washington may face the choice of defending us from North
Korea and Iran or seeing New START fall apart -- not a choice we
should have to make.

Others wonder if the bargaining sessions included discussions on
arms control in space. The Russians (and Chinese) are seeking to
diminish (actually eliminate) US superiority on the Final Frontier.
This is not only a matter of satellites and counter-satellite
weapons, but missile defense as well -- since space is the best
place to base interceptors to defend against incoming ballistic
missiles.

Interested senators also wonder why the verification procedures in
New START are less stringent than the original 1991 START it
supersedes. (Especially since the Russians aren't known for their
strict adherence to arms-control pacts.)

Team Obama claims negotiating records haven't been provided to
the Senate before when other treaties were brought before the
body for ratification. Not true: The negotiating records for the
1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile and the 1987 Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces treaties were provided when requested. In both
cases, it was the Reagan White House obliging Democratic
senators, who had questions about the treaties.

Obama says he plans to pursue additional strategic weapons cuts
as he puts the United States on the "road to zero," over time
eliminating our arsenal in hopes of creating a nuke-free world.

The notion of "no nukes" is problematic, especially looking at
proliferation trends (e.g., North Korea, Iran and Syria). And tepid
Senate support for New START certainly wouldn't bode well for
cuts Obama might seek in the future.

As a result, it only makes sense that the Senate is given access to
the New START negotiating record. Indeed, precedent and good
faith demand it. But even more simply: If there's nothing to hide
in New START, what's the problem?
Obama Plans To Cut Up To 40% Of Nukes
The AP reports a government document reveals that Obama is
planning to cut the U.S. nuclear stockpile by up to 40 percent by
2021.

The Energy Department document provides details of the
reductions that Barack Obama has called for on a path to
eliminating nuclear weapons. The reductions continue a trajectory
of cuts that already has reduced U.S. stockpiles by about 75
percent since 1989.

In May the administration said that it had 5,113 nuclear warheads.

The new document says the administration would like to reduce
that number to a range of 3,000 to 3,500.

The document was presented to Congress in May and posted
Tuesday on the websites of the Federation of American Scientists
and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Obama Is Stripping National Defense
Alan Caruba says there is no single duty that a president has as
Commander-in-Chief that is more important than ensuring the
nation's engines of defense remain at a level that will deter and
defend against any attack upon America or its allies.

How is that going under the Obama Administration? As this is
being written, the U.S. Air Force and Navy are seeking alternative
ways of powering their aircraft after having been ordered to cut
fuel costs by $20 billion. The Obama solution includes an August
test flight of the C-17 transport aircraft attempt to fly missions on
tallow, which is a nice way of describing animal fat.

The push for biofuels notwithstanding, the notion approaches
absurdity considering the fact that, beneath the Arctic National
Wildlife Reserve, there are millions of untapped barrels of oil to
power military aircraft. The absurdity is compounded by the White
House attempt to shut down deep water drilling in the Gulf of
Mexico which has been struck down by the courts not once, but
twice.

My interest in the status of our air defense was piqued while
watching a recent C-SPAN broadcast of some Senate committee
discussing funding of the C-17. I paid scant attention until one
senator said, "We don't have the money." Suffice to say, that
caught my attention.

Of course we have the money! There are billions unspent in the
failed "stimulus" act and millions more wasted weekly across the
spectrum of a government that funds all manner of idiotic
"research" programs of dubious value. Some $20 million was just
spent on signs touting construction projects funded by the
stimulus bill.

As Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for
Security Policy, recently noted, "Barack Obama came to office
promising to 'fundamentally transform' America." Gaffney and
others are increasingly concerned that Obama is "changing the
United States from 'the world's sole superpower' to a nation that
may require the permission, or at least the help, of others to
project power and defend its interests around the globe."

Nothing invites mischief and outright attack more than weakness.
Theodore Roosevelt said, "The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his
country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer." The
latter is a good description these days of Iran.

"The backbone of America's power-projection capability is its
ability to get to a fight 'the firstest with the mostest,'" wrote
Gaffney. Something tells me that doing it with aircraft fueled by
slaughterhouse renderings is a very bad idea

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Why Obama Is Wrong On Missile Defense
Steven Price says Obama’s recent decision to "overhaul" the Bush-
era missile-defense shield for Europe was the most significant, but
hardly the only, indication that the Obama national-security vision
is skeptical of, and very likely actually hostile to, missile defense
altogether. Obama’s missile-defense request for the 2010 fiscal
year is an outright cut of 16 percent -- down from $9.3 billion to
$7.8 billion. What’s more, the 2010 budget underfunds, delays, or
outright kills core programs designed to protect our homeland.

It scales back the Airborne Laser program, which could provide an
airborne capability and serve as the nation’s first line of defense
(because it destroys an incoming missile in boost phase). The
budget terminates the Kinetic Energy Interceptor program, which
can be rapidly deployed by air to land bases abroad to counter
unexpected threats. It kills the Multiple Kill Vehicle program,
which is intended to attack incoming missiles in midcourse. It also
defers funding for design and risk reduction for the space-based
sensor constellation, an important part of the warning and
detection systems.

Why, at a time of growing threats from unstable regimes that are
testing long-range missiles and at or near nuclear status, would
we spend less money on missile defense? To answer this
question, we recall the early years of the Cold War. Our nation’s
response to the strategic nuclear confrontation with the former
USSR was deterrence, not defense. Indeed, U.S. policy rejected
anti-ballistic-missile defense systems on the theory that the USSR
could add enough missiles or warheads to overwhelm and negate
any such system. Instead, we relied on the theory of mutually
assured destruction (MAD), according to which neither side would
ever launch a nuclear strike because both the U.S. and the USSR
knew they would not survive the result.

There is good reason to believe America is actually more at risk
today than at any time during the Cold War. In 1972 only nine
countries possessed ballistic missiles; today that number is more
than two dozen. New nuclear actors, such as North Korea and
possibly Iran and Syria, may not be deterrable in the classic
sense. Mutually assured destruction is useless against an enemy
that does not value life.

To deal with these emerging threats, we need a layered missile-
defense system of a global, rapidly deployable sea-, land-, air-,
and space-based capability to defend against ballistic missiles.
This system must be capable of defending through the
ascent/boost, midcourse, and terminal phases of flight. It requires
robust command-and-control systems and state-of-the-art
network and sensor technologies.

We know that America has the technological expertise and
financial resources to protect and defend itself. The question is
whether America will have the strategic vision and the
determination to do everything it can to deploy a layered, robust
missile-defense system.

The other question is whether the Obama administration’s hostility
to missile defense is an atavistic, reflexive callback to the Reagan
years, when Democrats and liberals tended to oppose every
initiative in the realm of defense -- and none more so than this
one. On March 23, 1983, when Ronald Reagan proposed the
Strategic Defense Initiative to "render nuclear weapons impotent
and obsolete," he was met with a hail of criticism from the
Democratic Left, fearful of provoking the Soviets.

The New York Times mockingly called Reagan’s initiative "a pipe
dream, a projection of fantasy into policy." To the Democrats,
missile defense represented everything they distrust about
defense policy in general. SDI relied on technology rather than
manpower, increased the defense budget, and was and is
designed specifically to provide a unilateral advantage to the
United States.

History has demonstrated that this reaction a quarter century ago
was shortsighted and foolish. The Reagan administration’s
insistence on pursuing SDI was the final blow to the sclerotic
Soviet regime. And in the years since Reagan unveiled it, missile
defense has succeeded numerous times and proven its value, with
consistent successes in testing and real-world successes with the
Patriot and Arrow systems. And yet it appears that the mockery
of "Star Wars" has remained more potent for the people in
Obama’s orbit than has the evidence of 25 years of serious work
on the only possible deterrent of the 21st century.

Congress should restore the proposed cuts and support test and
deployment of needed systems. If it doesn’t, the political
argument that Democrats are soft on defense will once again have
real teeth. And it will have teeth because what Obama has
already done and what he proposes to do have made and will
make America unambiguously less safe.
Obama's Defense Cuts Are A Dangerous Mistake
James Corum says when Obama was a student at solidly Left-wing
and anti-military Columbia and Harvard universities in the 1980s
students were not taught the simple fact that the Western
democracies of today only exist because a lot of people put on
uniforms and fought to preserve those democracies. The only
reason that the American, British and other soldiers succeeded in
their fight is because in the period between the wars a handful of
military leaders fought to maintain a core infrastructure of the
defense establishment.

Today, US Defense Secretary Gates has announced that he wants
to close Joint Forces Command stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Joint
Forces Command is mostly concerned with training and support of
multinational and NATO operations. It supports one of the top
schools for the US military -- the Joint Forces Staff College -- that
came out of the major military education reforms of the 1980s.

Because of the Joint Forces Command and the Joint Forces Staff
College, the US military is far more capable of combining the
efforts of all the services. The command and school was created
out of a direct need to solve major problems in the US military’s
inability to operate effectively. It has done its job -- and continues
to do it.

Cutting such things is not cutting fat and waste -- this is cutting
out the bone, sinew, muscle and brain of the armed forces.

Robert Gates came into his job in 2006 when the US military was
clearly overstressed by the disastrous Bush/Rumsfeld policies of
cutting back the military in time of war. He authorized some
minimal manpower increases for the army, but since 2006 has cut
the Navy and Air Force to please Obama.

Even though we are still at war, Gates is proposing major cuts in
support staff, defense agencies and other infrastructure. This is
the Bush/Rumsfeld mentality compounded. Obama ran, and still
runs on the platform that he is NOT George Bush. So why is he
following some of Bush’s worst policies?

There is no military rationale for major cuts -- this is 100 per cent
politically driven cutting. Obama wants to use the massive deficit
he has created as an excuse to cut the vital infrastructure of US
defense. He has endorsed a stimulus package that is really about
bailing out bankrupt states and preserving state worker union
jobs. So it’s not about saving money -- it’s about cutting defense.

Given the international situation -- a violent and volatile North
Korea, trouble in Afghanistan, an Iran well on the way to nuclear
weapons, the continued threat of Islamic radicalism -- cutting
some of the essential military infrastructure needed for training
and preparedness is irresponsible.
Obama’s One-Man Wrecking Crew
Jennifer Rubin says if possible, Obama has done still more harm to
the Democrats who are on the ballot this year. Liz Cheney of Keep
America Safe was fast on the draw, calling for Obama to explain
what he meant about 9/11:

Americans expect our President to do everything possible to
defend the nation from attack. We expect him to use every tool at
his disposal to find, defeat, capture and kill terrorists. We expect
him to deter attacks by making clear to our adversaries that an
attack on the United States will carry devastating consequences.
Instead, President Obama is reported to have said, "We can
absorb a terrorist attack." This comment suggests an alarming
fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration.
Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do
what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the
American people an explanation.

Soon other Republicans will be denouncing the comment and
challenging their opponents to do the same. It seems as though
there is no end to the damage Obama can wreak on his party.

Moreover, the comments come in the context of the rest of the
eye-popping disclosures in the book, suggesting, at best, an
indifferent commander in chief. The slow-motion reaction to the
Christmas Day bomber and the fetish for criminalizing the war on
terror now seem to have stemmed from a rather lackadaisical
stance toward another attack. If it’s coming anyway, why ruin a
Hawaii vacation, no? This hardly helps Obama’s standing, either
at home or internationally.

And finally, this revelation may potentially reignite the Ground
Zero mosque controversy. If 9/11 is simply the first of many
anticipated attacks to be "absorbed," that location and the event
itself fade into insignificance. For Obama, maybe the most searing
experience in the last generation is just one of any number of
spots where Americans can and will die.

All in all, it is yet another revealing moment, in which
conservatives whisper to each other in horror, "I never expected
him to be THIS bad," Democrats shudder, and independents
confess they were snowed by a candidate who appeared sober and
serious at the time.
We Can Absorb Another 9/11
Dick Morris says Barack Obama's essentially European world
outlook has no better illustration than his comment to Bob
Woodward during a July, 2010 interview that "we can absorb a
terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even
a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever...we absorbed it and we are
stronger."

The essence of the differences between the European and
American view of terrorism is the deeply felt, but often unstated
opinion on the Continent that terrorism is normal and that it would
be a mistake to over-react to it. In the United States, terrorism
cuts very, very deeply into our national psyche. But in Europe, its
often just one of those things.

After all, Europe has seen a lot worse than the relatively naive
American public has ever had to witness. The last serious
bloodshed on American soil came in the Civil War. The Pearl
Harbor and 9-11 attacks stand out as landmarks in our history
precisely because we have shed so little American blood with the
boundaries of the United States. Britain lost 50,000 people in the
blitz during World War II. France lost about one-quarter of its
military age men in World War I. Germany saw seven million die
in World War II (not counting the German Jews the Nazis killed).
Next to these horrific casualties, 2400 dead at Pearl Harbor and
3,000 lost on 9-11 pale by comparison.

Basically, Europeans say to America "get over it. Grow up.
Welcome to reality." But Americans refuse to accept the idea that
random death and massive violence are inevitable concomitants of
the modern world. We demand that government emphatically
reject this as a norm and move heaven and earth to stop it from
happening.

The President of the United State is supposed to reflect American
views and priorities, but Obama so clearly indicated how the
European view shapes his thinking in the Woodward interview.

The practical consequences of such an outlook are profoundly
disturbing.

Obama told Woodward that "we'll do everything we can to
prevent" another 9/11, but his confidence that we could "absorb"
an attack, clearly implies that he won't. If preventing an attack on
the scale of 9/11 or greater is the absolute priority it was for
George W. Bush, we will indeed do "everything we can" to stop it.
But if it is something we can "absorb" preventing an attack is but
one of a number of competing priorities. The Obama worldview
also demands that we avoid racial profiling, protect the civil
liberties even of non-citizens who are not in the country, and limit
interrogation techniques well short of torture. If a president has a
basic confidence that 9/11 could be "absorbed", these competing
priorities are likely to loom large in his thinking and attenuate his
efforts.

His comments also indicate a total lack of realization of the
escalating nature of terror attacks. In 1993, we lost a few people
when terrorists hit the Trade Center. By 2001, they had refined
their techniques and demolished the buildings and killed 3,000.
The next attack is not likely to be "another 9/11." It is far more
probable that it would be a dirty bomb or even a nuclear device or
some other weapon of mass destruction, dwarfing the casualties of
9/11. These things escalate.

And, unless we realize that they do, we are not likely to really do
all we can to stop it. If the stakes are the total obliteration of New
York City, we will obviously do more to stop the attack than if they
are "merely" another 9/11. And Obama's view that the threat we
face is of the order of magnitude of 9/11 indicates a blindness to
the danger we face.

Finally, the Obama comments indicate a cold and inhuman view of
the likelihood of 3,000 new deaths. He says we can "absorb" such
mayhem. Can the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and children
of the dead "absorb" the attack as easily? Obama's comments
remind one of the notion of acceptable casualties in warfare. This
is World War I thinking at its worst. Americans do not count on
"absorbing" an attack of this magnitude. We see it as a unique
horror to be avoided at all costs.

But Obama, like Mao calculating how many Chinese he could
afford to lose in a nuclear exchange, seems to focus on how much
we can "absorb" as a nation. This is chilling stuff indeed.
Obama Needs To Wake Up To World Threats
Bridget Johnson is reporting that a Republican on the Armed
Services Committee said that the Obama administration "seems to
be asleep at the wheel" in its policies toward terrorism and nuclear
proliferation by rogue states.

"I think that this president has subverted critical national security
policy to his need to look 'reasonable' in other less friendly parts of
the world," Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told The Hill.

"This administration does not seem to understand the intent of
jihadist ideology," Franks said, adding that it "could be fatal to a
great many people and to world stability itself if Mr. Obama does
not wake up."

Franks introduced the Protect the Homeland from North Korean
and Iranian Ballistic Missiles Act last year, which never was given
a hearing, and the Peace Through Strength Act of 2009 that
detailed sanctions against Iran. That bill sits in committee.

Five years ago, Franks called from the House floor for Iran to be
referred to the U.N. Security Council.

"My fear is that this administration has surreptitiously embraced a
policy of allowing Iran to gain nuclear weapons, and I cannot
begin to express the naiveté and dangerous insanity of this
policy," he said.

Franks lamented that many Democrats with whom he'd worked on
stronger national security policies were defeated in midterm
elections. "The Gene Taylors of the world, the Jim Marshalls of the
world, these are good Americans even if they have the
disadvantage of being registered as Democrats," he quipped.

The Security Council released a report last week that found North
Korea to be in violation of sanctions by deceptively exporting
weapons and missiles and being active in the nuclear activities of
Iran, Syria and Myanmar.

"North Korea and the leaders in Tehran laugh at this president
because of his offensible belief that he can dissuade them with
kind words," Franks said.

Franks charged that if the European missile defense shield hadn't
been frozen by Obama shortly after he took office, it would have
been completed by late next year. "What he has done in the face
of that is to dismantle probably the most important short-term
element of persuasion," he said.

Obama scrapped the missile interceptors plan for Poland and the
Czech Republic, which had soured relations with Russia, in favor of
a "stronger, swifter and smarter" missile defense plan that would
focus on short- and mid-range missiles from Iran instead of
intercontinental nuclear missiles.

"Iran is working relentlessly to develop nuclear weapons," Franks
said. "It's almost impossible to express the gravity of that concern
for all of the human family."
Obama Administration Hiding Massive Saudi Arms Deal
Matthew Mosk is reporting that the Obama administration has
quietly forged ahead with its proposal to sell $60 billion worth of
fighter jets and attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia unhampered by
Congress, despite questions raised in legislative inquiries and in an
internal congressional report about the wisdom of the deal.

The massive arms deal would be the single largest sale of
weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the U.S., outfitting
Saudi Arabia with a fully modernized, potent new air force.

"Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a
primary security pillar in the region," Defense Sec. Robert M.
Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a
Nov. 16 letter to congress. "This package continues that
tradition."

But some critics are questioning the deal, and the stealthy effort
by the Obama administration to avoid a more probing
congressional review by notifying Congress last month, just as
members were headed home for the November elections.
Congress had 30 days to raise objections -- a review period that
concludes Saturday. With most members leaving Washington
today, any significant effort to block the deal appears dead for
now, officials said.
"I do not think there will be any action" to hold up the sale, Rep.
Howard Berman, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs
Committee, told Bloomberg News Thursday.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat, submitted a
resolution this week to try and block the deal, and was among
those who objected to the way the administration approached the
required congressional review.

"Hiding this in a recess announcement is a sign of how unpopular
it is," he said. "It's bad policy that now is further tainted by
shameful process."

Continue reading here . . .
Stop START
Scott Johnson says it is disheartening to read the news that
Obama and Majority Leader Reid are intent on ramming the START
Treaty through the lame duck session of a discredited Congress.
Action on the treaty is imminent. Today at NRO Andrew McCarthy
summarizes the substantive arguments against passage of the
treaty.

Consideration of the treaty in this lame duck session of Congress
raises a procedural issue as well. Isn't it fundamentally
illegitimate to ram a treaty through the lame end of a lame duck
session? McCarthy doesn't address that question, but there is
something deeply disturbing about the Democrats' shenanigans on
this point as well.

Why not wait for the Senate to convene next month in the session
including newly elected members? Apparently because that would
complicate passage of the treaty.

Matthew Spalding and Anna Leutheuser review the record since
the passage in 1933 of the Twentieth Amendment limiting lame
duck sessions. Spalding and Leutheuser write: "The State
Department maintains a comprehensive listing of all agreements
and treaties currently in force. While considerable research would
be required to establish definitively that no treaty has ever been
ratified by a lame duck session, it is of note that current research
efforts have yet to find any such treaty."

Spalding and Leutheuser therefore conclude: "The ratification of
New START by a lame duck Senate would not only ignore the
message sent by voters in November, but also break a significant
precedent, consistent with the principle of consent, maintained by
Presidents and Congresses since the passage of the Twentieth
Amendment in 1933."

In short, what Obama et al. are doing is wrong. It is akin to the
procedural shenanigans in which they engaged to ram ObamaCare
through the Senate after the election of Scott Brown earlier this
year. Someone really ought to call them on it.

Related: Reagan Aide Perle: START Is "Seriously Flawed"
Obama Has Always Wanted To Disarm America




So, how does this genius think he's going to convince the the
Pakistanis, the North Koreans, the Iranians, and al-Qaeda to
abandon their nuclear goals?
Obama's START Secrets
The Washington Times says the Obama administration is
frantically trying to deliver a ratification win on the New START (or
START II) nuclear arms treaty. The harder Democrats push the
agreement, the more troubling questions arise.

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "It is time to
move forward on a treaty that will help reverse nuclear
proliferation and make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on
a nuclear weapon." Rebranding START as a counterterrorism tool
in this way is disingenuous. The treaty has nothing to do with
terrorism, and the word doesn't appear anywhere in the text. The
treaty limits strategic nuclear warheads, weapons that terrorists
wouldn't be able to deploy even if they had them.

The only possible linkage to terrorism would be if the treaty
limited the 2,000 to 6,000 Russian tactical battlefield nuclear
warheads, which it doesn't. Likewise, START II will do nothing to
address the threat of nuclear proliferation, which is centered on
countries such as North Korea, Pakistan and Iran, none of which is
a party to the agreement or even mentioned in it.

It's possible that U.S. and Russian negotiators took up these
issues at some point during the process, but the Obama
administration -- in another violation of Obama's promise of
government transparency -- has sealed the negotiation record.
Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for arms control,
verification and compliance, brushed off calls for more openness,
claiming her team already "answered a thousand questions for the
record," which purportedly should be enough. On Dec. 7, she said
letting the Senate see what was discussed "would have a chilling
effect on future negotiations and overall have a deleterious effect
on U.S. diplomacy." Mrs. Gottemoeller's comments defeat her
purpose; if there is something that important in the record, then
by all means the Senate must know what it is. Treaties cannot be
decided the same way House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed
through ObamaCare legislation, in which lawmakers could only
find out what was in the bill after they voted for it.

On the critical linkage to missile defense, Obama sent a letter to
the Senate on Sunday claiming the treaty "places no limitations on
the development or deployment of our missile-defense
programs." Moscow directly contradicted this last spring when the
Kremlin issued a statement that START II "can operate and be
viable only if the United States of America refrains from
developing its missile defense capabilities quantitatively or
qualitatively." It's curious why the White House isn't troubled by
such a fundamental disconnect between prospective treaty
partners. But instead of seeking clarity from Moscow, Obama is
focusing on convincing senators there is no problem. Once the
vote is taken, of course, Obama can do as he pleases.

The gist of the issue is the treaty's preamble language, which
states that the parties recognize "the existence of the
interrelationship between strategic offensive arms and strategic
defensive arms, that this interrelationship will become more
important as strategic nuclear arms are reduced, and that current
strategic defensive arms do not undermine the viability and
effectiveness of the strategic offensive arms of the Parties."
Treaty supporters assert this language isn't operable but merely
an embellishment.

If that's the case, they should have no objection to an amendment
striking the paragraph, or even just the reference to "current"
strategic defensive arms. If Obama is as good as his word on
missile defense, he should have no objection, either. If treaty
supporters do object, senators should stand firm against
ratification until all the troubling secrets of START have been
revealed.

Related: For Obama, START is "personal"
Russians Play Obama For A Fool
Ulsterman says, as predicted, the Russians were playing an inept
and incompetent Obama administration over the implications
inherent within the latest START treaty, intending to leave America
less capable of defending itself against nuclear attack.

Obama, desperate to appear presidential, seemingly at any cost,
has pushed and prodded for quick Congressional approval of the
latest START treaty between the United States and Russia. Surely
a much publicized signing ceremony was sure to follow,
attempting to glamorize a sure and steady Obama as he continues
to embark on saving the world from itself.

Ah, but what Obama seemingly forgot -- yet again, is that it is
now well known he is neither sure nor steady as a statesman.
Rather, Obama is a man bereft of experience, confidence, or
character, and thus, an easy mark for world leaders with far more
cunning and grit than the hapless Obama.

After the Obama administration gave itself a collective atta boy for
pushing through the START treaty during the Lame Duck session,
the Russian Duma revealed its true dismissiveness of the U.S. Boy
King, adding language into the treaty that would further
consolidate its intent to hamper America’s ability to further
develop a missile defense system. In effect, the Obama START
treaty has far less to do with reducing the numbers of nuclear
missiles, as it does with greatly reducing the United States’ ability
to defend itself against those very missiles. The Obama
administration, and the then-Democrat dominated Congress, are
either being fooled by the Russians into making such a grievous
error, or willingly complicit in lessening their own country’s
defenses.

The Obama administration had assured opponents against START
that the treaty did not involve America’s missile defense
capabilities. These same opponents pointed to the preamble
portions of the treaty that appeared to do just that. Democrats
(and some Republicans) rolled their eyes and shook their heads,
and continued to assure us that the preamble language said no
such thing. That START was in fact, simply and effort to reduce
the numbers of nuclear weapons -- the same as previous
presidents had negotiated. The name of Reagan was invoked
numerous times by Obama himself as justification for passage of
START. And besides, said these same supporters of START, even
if the treaty preamble did mention missile defense, that portion of
the treaty is not even enforceable, right? (Such a mindset is
about as far removed from Reagan’s "Trust but verify" approach
as can be imagined. The Obama mindset has been simply "please
give me something important to sign so I look like I know what
I’m doing.")

Now the Russian Duma is making clear that START has
EVERYTHING to do with limiting a missile defense system, and
that the specific language in the preamble better damn well be
complied with by the United States. They are going so far as to
threaten to alter the language within the agreement to further
clarify this point.

Continue reading here . . .
Iran Building Rocket Bases In Venezuela
Judith Levy is reporting a situation, developing south of the
border, that has the potential to become Obama's very own
missile crisis.

Die Welt reports that in fulfillment of a commitment made by
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran in October 2010, Iran is
constructing launching pads for Iranian intermediate-range
missiles in Venezuela. The missiles Iran intends to deploy at the
site are believed to be Shahab 3s (1300-1500 km range), Scud-Bs
(285-330 km) and Scud-Cs (300, 500 and 700 km).

Note that Venezuela is about 2000 km from Florida, and according
to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Iran is making
"robust strides" in its attempts to manufacture longer-range
ballistic missiles "with the apparent aim of being able to deliver
nuclear warheads."

Citing "Western security insiders," Die Welt claims that Iran is
building the launching pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, which is
on the coast of Venezuela about 75 miles from Colombia. This
would appear to be the first stage of a larger project to establish a
military base that will eventually be manned by Iranian missile
officers and soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well
as Venezuelan missile officers who are to receive intensive training
from the Iranians.

When the agreement between Iran and Venezuela was signed last
fall, the Hudson Institute noted the significance of the timing: it
coincided with NATO's Lisbon summit (19-20 November 2010),
which set up a missile defense capability to protect NATO's
European territories against ballistic missile attacks from the East
(i.e., Iran). "Iran's counter-move consists in establishing a
strategic base in the South American continent -- in the United
States's soft underbelly," the Institute wrote.

The plan is now in motion. Engineers from Khatam al-Anbia, a
construction company owned by the Revolutionary Guards, visited
Paraguaná in February. According to Die Welt, they were
accompanied by Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard's Air
Force. The project is believed to entail commando and control
stations, bunkers, barracks and watch towers, and twenty-meter
deep rocket silos. It's being financed by Iranian petroleum
revenues, and Iran is said to have already paid in cash for the
preliminary phase of construction.

The missile base, when armed, will constitute a multi-level threat.
Chavez agreed at the 2010 meeting in Teheran to fire on Iran's
Western enemies if Iran is itself attacked, and Iran agreed to allow
Venezuela to use its missiles for "national needs" -- a phrase that
should cause some sleep to be lost in Bogotá and elsewhere in the
region.

The base will also, as the Hudson Institute notes, represent a
means by which Iran and its suppliers can sidestep UN sanctions.
After the latest round of sanctions, "Russia decided not to sell five
battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defence systems to Iran," the
Institute wrote in December 2010. "These weapons, along with a
number of other weapons, were part of a deal, signed in 2007,
worth $800 million. Now that these weapons cannot be delivered
to Iran, Russia is looking for new customers; according to the
Russian press agency Novosti, it found one: Venezuela."
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                                          Defense Plan
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Saluting Obama, Our Demagogue In Chief
Kelly O'Connell asks, is the central purpose of communication to persuade an audience, or
to tell them the truth? Of course, a combination of both is the goal of effective and ethical
speaking. But has this question ever sprung to Barack Obama’s mind when rising to
pontificate? Contra, it appears Obama’s entire approach to communication is simply using
words to service political goals.

He continually sacrifices honesty to expedience in his "Pragmatic" manner. In short, Barack
is a "sophist," misusing words to create false impressions of reality to fool people into
supporting his policies.

Unfortunately, given the mainstream media’s liberal default, we can’t often discover
inconsistencies in their favored figures. So we often don’t know when leftist leaders are
lying. Contra, media bogeymen receive coverage either warped, or wholly falsified.
Consider when Dan Rather offered "proof" President Bush had dodged Vietnam, itself a
transparent forgery. It’s dangerous when the 4th Estate utterly abandons any pretense of
unbiased reporting, simply operating like brain addled celebrity hacks; functionally no
different than a star-struck high school girl "reporter" doing a feature on the
quarterback/homecoming king.

I. TRUTH VERSUS POWER

A. What is a Demagogue?

Demagogues use dishonesty to shape opinions. Webster defines one as "a leader who
makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power."
But, does it matter if our leaders deceive us? After all, everyone knows politicians lie -- so
why not just adjust expectations? Actually, political lies are very costly to a democracy,
quite easily destroying not just public good will, but the very country itself. Besides,
America’s greatest leaders, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, were famed
for honesty. So, why should we accept any public lies to begin with?!!

B. An Ancient Debate

Humanity’s oldest argument probably ponders which ideas, goals and actions represent the
"Good Life." In America, we’re currently debating whether models of socialist-big-
government create a better life than capitalist-small-government-democracy. In ancient
Athens, philosophers frequently debated the Good Life, including those covered in Plato’s
Dialogues. These starred his teacher, Socrates, using questions meant to discover answers
to important topics. According to Alasdair MacIntyre, in "Whose Justice? Which
Rationality?" -- Plato believed the Good Life wasn’t about seeking money or power, but
justice, via truthful communication.

C. The Sophists Versus Truth

Sophists were a Greek intellectual school from whom comes the word "sophism." Webster’s
defines this as "subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation." In several dialogues, Plato
writes of Socrates debating truth in speech, in works like Gorgias, the Sophist, and
Statesman. Sophists were traveling debate teachers famed for coaching pupils on unethical
and dishonest tricks for winning arguments.

In "Gorgias," Socrates expresses scorn for tricky speeches, saying these are…"a phantom of
a branch of statesmanship…a kind of flattery…that is contemptible." This is because the
words are meant only for the speaker’s benefit rather than the good of listeners. Worse,
Plato writes these speeches are… "designed to produce conviction, but not educate people,
about matters of right or wrong." Here, Socrates makes Gorgias (an actual Greek Sophist)
admit his "art" (technê) deals with opinion (doxa) instead of knowledge (epistemê); and his
goal is persuasion rather than instruction. Gorgias reveals ambivalence towards "truth,"
boasting, "Rhetoric is the only area of expertise you need to learn. You can ignore all the
rest and still get the better of the professionals!"

Good stuff, continue reading here . . .

Closing paragraph: The greatest leaders in history, from Christ to Plato and Washington to
Reagan, opposed demagoguery. Is there a reason to accept a third-rate, incompetent, tin-
pot despot as a leader if these bad habits block effectiveness? No. How can one claim to
"lead" a democracy if it presumes a well-informed populace making choices between real
options while the leader only offers lies? Can one imagine a doctor lying to patients so they
feel better while dying? In these days of desperate problems and failed policies, we
desperately need politicians who at least tell the truth if we hope to overcome our problems
and regain national health. The first thing, then, is to demand honest leaders, and the rest
of good government should follow.
Ten Mental Mistakes Of Obots
Kelly O'Connell says we live in times of rank, unchallenged errors of thought forcefully
expressed in print and spoken word. Political movements, in particular, traffic in purposeful
verbal trickery. In fact, some especially depend upon fallacies to drive their message since
their essential convictions are defective or even diseased. Such groups as the Nazis,
Fascists and Communists immediately spring to mind here.

Barack Obama peppers his rhetoric with a veritable buffet of verbal trickery. But why? If
Obots are correct, and Barack is one of history’s great speakers, why must he use cheap
rhetorical tricks to win support? The answer is Obama offers ideas which, on their face, are
either counter-intuitive, or false to the average listener. Speakers do not mislead unless
they sense an inability to otherwise persuade their audience. Therefore Barack needs extra
help to persuade. What other explanation can there be for such incongruent methods?

Obama supporters, aka Obots, have created a human ocean of fallacies to buoy their leader,
threatening to engulf the globe in a terrifying flood of logical errors. The following is a short
list of some of the most persistent members of this false-argument tsunami.
A. What is a Fallacy?

A fallacy is generally an error in reasoning. Fallacies are common, yet fraudulent
arguments. The most popular are mistakes that occur when people don’t think clearly. The
most typically used have given names to aid in their detection. Certainly, we all tend to use
fallacious thinking daily. But for important topics, such as politics, religion, and law it is
imperative we do not employ these flawed logical structures as we will end up with
unacceptable results.

B. Top Ten Liberal Fallacies

The following fallacies are employed by Obama, his administration and his rabble of fervent
and often intellectually challenged fans.

1. Self-Righteousness

This fallacy claims if someone is "morally pure," or has the "right" motivations, then their
actions cannot be questioned.

Example: Obama claims his foreign policy is better received and more effective because it
is not "arrogant." Further, he implies both his economic policies and health care plans will
succeed because they are not based upon "greed," but instead on altruism, as the wealthier
are forced to share with the less affluent.

Analysis: Obama repeatedly employs the fallacy of Self-Righteousness (perhaps a logical
result of his apparent embrace of a semi-messianic self-identity). Describing Obama as the
furthest thing from pure, former House member Dick Armey summed him up, saying,
"You’re intellectually shallow. You’re a romantic. You’re self-indulgent. You have no
ability." He added Obama was "...the most incompetent president perhaps in our lifetime."

Read the other 9 here . . .
Mean Streak: Obama Is Not As Nice As He Looks
The Examiner says Liberal Democrats were often befuddled by President Reagan's "Teflon
presidency."

By their lights, Reagan could commit the most heinous acts, but their criticisms were
usually shrugged off by the American people, who judged him a "nice guy" who deserved
the benefit of the doubt. Obama has enjoyed something similar during his first 2 1/2 years
in office. Even as public opposition mounted to his policies -- ObamaCare, the failed
economic stimulus program, cap and trade, skyrocketing government deficits -- Obama
retained a reserve of public good will reflected in consistently strong personal favorability
ratings. People who didn't like his policies generally still saw Obama as a likeable guy,
somebody they would enjoy having over for dinner with the family.

But that may be changing. Recall that Obama invited House Budget Committee Chairman
Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to George Washington University to hear his Wednesday address on
the federal government's dire fiscal situation. The speech was advertised by the White
House as a major address in which Obama would join the serious conversation initiated two
weeks ago by Ryan in his detailed proposal for cutting spending. What Obama instead
delivered, with Ryan sitting in the front row, was, in the Wall Street Journal's unsparing
description, a "poison pen" speech dripping with mean-spirited partisanship, gross
misrepresentations of fact, and sophistry of the lowest sort concerning Republicans' alleged
desire to hurt old people, the poor and mentally challenged children. It was the sort of
harangue one would expect from a rabidly devoted partisan hack, with no relation whatever
to the thoughtful appeals to reason and common values that historically have characterized
presidential leadership in this country.

Obama then spent Thursday evening regaling an audience of Democratic donors with what
he thought were off-the-record insider jabs about his recent budget negotiations with House
Republicans, including this cheap shot at Ryan: "When Paul Ryan says his priority is to
make sure he's just being America's accountant, that he's being responsible, I mean this is
the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that
were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill
-- but wasn't paid for. So it's not on the level." The reality is that the Iraq and Afghanistan
wars under President Bush were regularly funded by Congress, claiming tax cuts must be
"paid for" is a hoary piece of Democratic class-warfare demagoguery, and the prescription
drug plan Ryan supported cost half as much as the Democratic alternative then on the
table. Such fact-free commentary is to be expected from blind partisans, but not the
president of the United States.

Odds are we will see more of this meaner side of the Obama persona in the months ahead
because, as columnist and former GOP presidential aide Pete Wehner notes, "now that he
finds himself intellectually outmatched by Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget
Committee, and in a precarious situation when it comes to his re-election, Obama is
dropping his past civility sermons down the memory hole. Decency and respect for others
has suddenly become passé. Talking about our disagreements without being disagreeable
has been overtaken by events. Not impugning the character of the opposition is fine as
long as it's convenient, but it's to be ignored whenever necessary." In other words, we're
now seeing the real Obama in what promises to be an ugly campaign.
Obama Talks The Talk, But Skips The Walk
Bob Leibowitz says that in his speech last week on the American debt crisis, Barack Obama
volunteered that a number of millionaires would be delighted to volunteer to pay more to
support the government.

Well, with an income last year of $1.7 million Obama is one of those very "millionaires" of
which he speaks. How many dollars is he willing to contribute to his cause? Not a one. Not
a dime, not a penny. In fact, quite the opposite.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama paid a small fortune to accountants to generate 53 pages of tax forms
designed to avoid paying his "fair share." In those 53 pages, Mr. and Mrs. Obama
apparently took advantage of every single tax-minimization tool, every exclusion, every
loophole available to them. Deductions? Yep. Capital gains treatment? You bet. Tax
credits? Lots.

Obama wants the wealthy to pay more. Fine and dandy. When's he going to start? The
Obamas paid a lot of taxes on their income last year, $454 thousand to be precise, or about
25% of their income. But that left them with $1.3 million free and clear. To parrot Obama,
I have trouble believing they "need" all that. I mean, their rent, medical care and
transportation are free, or more accurately, I'm paying the freight. They get a food
allowance of, what, $50 thousand a year? That'll buy a burger or two, even a nice arugula
salad. Why does he feel he needs to keep so much while he is constantly pointing out the
many who need more and getting a free ride to boot?
Granted, the Obamas made a number of generous (and tax deductible) donations last year,
but isn't that still pretty selfish of them, making their own decisions on where that money
goes? Why not cut out the private charities and put the money where his mouth is by
giving it to Treasury Secretary Geithner and the other 2.75 million federal bureaucrats to
spend as they see right and proper? Isn't that more the American way that Obama thinks
made our nation great? Further granted that spreading an extra couple hundred thousand
dollars between nearly 3 million public servants doesn't amount to much, but isn't that the
point? It's going to take ton of money to finance all the "investments" that Obama outlined
in his speech and his budget. Best get started!

To the point, why doesn't Obama make a really tangible offer to lead, something we
ordinary people can see and count? Perhaps he'd pony up at least as much as the maligned
Bush tax rates call for while skipping all those horrible "loopholes for the rich?"
Volunteering to step up to the top Bush rate of 35% would cost the Obama's an extra $174
thousand, really not much for a family of their wealth.

Even more impressive would be a true feat of leadership. I'd like to see Obama name his
new, fair rate for the wealthy, and then pay it.




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While Cairo Burns, Obama Parties
Keith Koffler says the Washington A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell
party for senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries,
big shot journos and -- Barack Obama.

As revolution threatened to sweep Egypt and possibly other allies -- with the horrifying
prospect of Islamism replacing reliable friends -- Obama was on view partying with the IN
crowd.

The skepticism beyond the Beltway about whether Washington is just one big Love-In
certainly gets fed by the sight -- as conveyed by the press pool report -- of reporters like
ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd, National Journal’s Major Garrett, and John Harwood
of CNBC and the New York Times emerging from a bash with Obama that was held to toast
his chief political fixer and leading spinmeister.
I understand why reporters would do this -- other than the admittedly pathetic notion that,
gosh, it’s fun to party with the big guy! It is pretty good for building sources and getting
inside dope. But man, it ain’t easy smacking the White House with tough stories all the
time if you’re getting invited to their exclusive parties, now is it?

Also on hand were Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Education Secretary Arne Duncan,
and Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The party was at the Washington residence of Linda
Douglass, the former hard-hitting ABC reporter who dropped out of journalism to spin the
health care bill out of the White House. She’s now a VP at Atlantic Media.

So we have an official with a journalism outfit -- Atlantic Media -- hosting a party for the
usurper and his consigliere.

Michelle stayed home. Good for her. Maybe she was monitoring the situation in Egypt.

It looks like Obama took the day off. He spent the morning watching his daughter play
basketball.

The man does have his priorities.
Obama’s Egypt Position Is Becoming Ridiculous
Alana Goodman says the corner that the Obama administration has boxed itself into on
Egypt is growing increasingly cramped and awkward by the hour. As Leon Wieseltier noted
at the New Republic website yesterday, the U.S.’s position is "strategically complicated:
since Mubarak may fall, it cannot afford to alienate the protestors, but since the protestors
may fail, it cannot afford to alienate Mubarak."

The end result is like watching a tight-rope walker swaying dangerously from one side to the
other. It’s stomach-churning. First, it looked like the administration would throw its full
support behind Mubarak, with Vice President Biden asserting that the Egyptian leader was
no dictator. Then the U.S. position appeared to lurch sharply to the other side during
Robert Gibbs’s Friday press conference, where he announced that Obama hadn’t even tried
to contact Mubarak. And then, just when it looked like the administration was about to tip
to the side of the Egyptian people, Obama’s public address made it clear that he wasn’t
ready to throw "President Mubarak" under the bus just yet.

The equivocation is becoming increasingly uncomfortable to watch. Mainly because it’s so
plainly obvious -- to both the people saying it and listening to it -- that it’s equivocation.

But now that the administration has set out on this strategic high-wire, it’s following it to
the end. On Fox News Sunday this morning, Hillary Clinton noted that the Egyptian people
"have legitimate grievances and are seeking greater political freedom, a real path to
democracy, and economic opportunity."

She then added that this democratic change could come about under the current regime.
"[W]e see a dialogue opening … that has the concrete steps for democratic and economic
reform that President Mubarak himself said that he was going to pursue," she said.

From a logical standpoint, this is an impossible position. You can’t support both the will of
the people and Mubarak. Yes, the people want democracy, political freedom, and economic
reform. But, more plainly, they don’t want Mubarak -- and they could not have made that
more obvious over the past few days.
As Max wrote earlier, the Obama administration needs to make a decision. The current
balancing act isn’t fooling anybody.
Obama's 3 AM Moment
Nancy Morgan says one of the issues raised in the run-up to our last presidential election
was the question, "Which candidate is best qualified to handle a '3 AM moment'?" America
now has a partial answer. It isn't Barack Obama.

Last Friday was Day 4 of the ongoing uprising in Egypt, where tens of thousands Egyptians
took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. As the situation
reached a flash point, with a mounting death toll and Egyptian tanks in the streets of Cairo,
Obama maintained his silence. Well, not quite. He did Twitter, by proxy.

Around noon Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs issued a 22 word statement on
Twitter: "Very concerned about violence in Egypt -- government must respect the rights of
the Egyptian people & turn on social networking and internet." The White House also
informed the media that Obama had received a 40 minute briefing on the situation. Phew!

After the U.S. markets tanked Friday, a full 4 days after the beginning of the Egyptian crisis,
Obama finally addressed the nation. As usual, Obama first absolved himself of any blame,
stating that if only Egypt has instituted the reforms he had been suggesting for the last 2
years, the crisis could have been averted. He then went on to make a bold statement about
human rights, "...and the US will stand up for them -- everywhere." Period.

By Saturday, the uprising in Egypt had spread to other countries, with waves of Arab
protests in Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen. Saturday night, Obama partied. "The Washington
A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for senior adviser David Axelrod,
with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries, big shot journos and Obama."

On Sunday, with the protests turning into a conflagration, the only word from the White
House was that Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, was heading to Haiti to "mediate the
political crisis." That's right, Haiti.

Meanwhile, the only information available to Americans comes from talking heads and the
few journalists not hung-over from Saturday's rollicking good time at the White House. The
only "official" information so far from the White House was Joe Biden's statement on Day 3
of the protests. Joe said that President Hosni Mubarak should not step down. He then
proceeded to downplay the protests spreading across the Mid East as generally
unconnected.

The world is left wondering what position America, the world's former superpower, will
take. The only stance our administration has taken to date is a generic plea for an end to
the violence and the oft-repeated call for human rights. Meanwhile, the world teeters on
the brink as a global crisis with profound geopolitical implications for the U.S. continues to
unfold.

Obama's 3 am moment has come. And gone. Obama was noticeably AWOL. America is
now officially bereft of leadership, at least until the latest polls come in.

Under Obama's leadership, the US has voluntarily ceded its authority as the world's super
power. After all, according to Obama, all countries and cultures are equal. America's voice
should be but one of many. This is now becoming a reality. Egypt continues to burn. And
Obama parties and Twitters by proxy. Welcome to the new world order.
The Battle Of The Bridge




On several occasions, you can clearly see the water cannon vans indiscriminately running
over people.

At 3:25 you can see that the march is being led by a cleric.

Beginning at 9:25, police lose finally control of the bridge, and a cleric leads a prayer on the
captured side.

Democracy movements are rarely led by Islamic clerics.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to call for a peaceful and orderly transition.
Egypt Protests
The Telegraph (UK) is reporting that the American government secretly backed leading
figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning "regime change" for the past
three years.

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for
activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of
opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a
democratic government in 2011.

He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the demonstrations.

The crisis in Egypt follows the toppling of Tunisian president Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who
fled the country after widespread protests forced him from office.

The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the
WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release
other dissidents who had been detained by the police.

Continue reading here . . .

American government = Obama!
Obama Says Egyptian Transition "Must Begin Now"
Kara Rowland is reporting that Obama praised embattled Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak‘s decision not to stand for re-election in September and urged the nation’s military
to "ensure that this time of change is peaceful."

But even as Obama rejected any role for outsiders to determine Egypt‘s leaders, he laid out
several conditions that he said a transitional government should meet.

"An orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now," he
said in a brief statement from the White House just hours after Mubarak announced he
would not run for reelection in September. "The process must include a broad spectrum of
Egyptian voices and opposition parties. It should lead to elections that are free and fair,
and it should result in a government that is not only grounded in democratic principles but
that is also responsive to the needs of the Egyptian people."

It’s not yet clear whether Mubarak‘s announcement will be enough to satisfy throngs of
rowdy protesters in the nation’s streets. But it’s surely welcome news for Obama and his
team, who have struggled to grapple with the fast-moving crisis, which has forced them to
balance competing objectives of backing a key Middle Eastern ally while staying true to
principles of freedom and human rights.

Obama urged Mubarak not to seek another term, according to a report in the New York
Times Tuesday. Frank Wisner, a retired U.S. diplomat whom the White House dispatched to
Cairo, personally delivered the message to the longtime ruler.

Obama, who spoke with Mubarak for about a half-hour Tuesday afternoon, said he
"recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and that a change must take place."

Continue reading here . . .

Related: Obama & Muslim Brotherhood Agree: Mubarak Must Begin To Transition Power
Now
Obama Encourages Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt
Barack Obama may embolden the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in the Brotherhood’s effort
to overthrown a pro-American dictator, President Hosni Mubarak, renowned conservative
commentator Dinesh D’Souza tells Newsmax.TV (video at link).

Egypt’s political situation presents an irony for the United States, says D’Souza, president of
The King’s College in New York City and author of the recent book, "The Roots of Obama's
Rage."

"In Egypt, you have a democratic wave. In some ways that seems to be what America has
always wanted. We stand for democracy," he says. "Yet in Egypt, democracy may result in
the rise to power of a group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the inventor and largest
representative of Islamic radicalism."

So democracy might ironically result not only in an Egyptian government detrimental to
Israel, but also to U.S. foreign policy, D’Souza says.

"This puts Obama in an interesting bind. It’s not surprising that he’s been pretty coy,
saying almost nothing. I think he’s trying to decide how to come out on this."

In Obama’s view, the United States is a neo-colonial power occupying Iraq and Afghanistan,
D’Souza says. "He sees the Muslims fighting against America as freedom fighters. This
gives him a somewhat romanticized view of Islamic radicals."

As a result, Obama may not view the Muslim Brotherhood as a problem.

In his eyes, they may be "good guys trying to liberate Egypt from this horrible dictator
Mubarak, supported by us, the rogue nation," D’Souza says.

"So Obama might encourage the democracy movement, not because he’s an idealist about
democracy, but because he might approve of the overthrow of a pro-American dictator and
a reduced footprint for America in that region."

Related: U.S. open to a role for Islamists in new Egypt government

Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood to Attend Obama’s Speech in Cairo
Egypt’s Blood Is On Obama’s Hands
The Washington Times believes the White House is fanning flames of Islamic revolution, and
Obama is signaling the Egyptian opposition that their time has come. In a terse statement
last night, Obama announced a "moment of transformation" had arrived in Egypt, "the
status quo is not sustainable" and a new government must begin to form "now." An
administration official later reiterated, "the key part of the statement was 'now.'" Today the
formerly peaceful protests in Egypt turned violent. It turns out that words do have
consequences.

Egypt is at a crossroads, a time of suspense when change could come gradually and
peacefully, or quickly with maximum instability. The White House has chosen to back the
latter course, which will play into the hands of the best organized, most radical factions,
which in this case is the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood.

The Obama administration is strangely adamant that Muslim religious parties have to play a
key role in the new government, and U.S. officials reportedly are reaching out to the Muslim
Brotherhood behind the scenes. White House wishes aside, an Islamist government is not
in Egypt’s interest and certainly not in the interest of the United States. The Muslim
Brotherhood seeks to increase the influence of Shariah worldwide and reverse the progress
Egypt has made in becoming a more Western, more secular state. Its foreign policy was
succinctly summed up by brotherhood leader Muhammad Ghannem, who said the Egyptian
people should "be prepared for a war against Israel." None of this will be good for America,
the Mideast or the world.

On Tuesday, embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak acknowledged it was time for
change and promised to step down in the autumn, a pledge intended to defuse the tension
Obama seeks to ramp up. The Egyptian Army, the best organized and most pro-Western
force in the society, is for the moment siding with the established government. With a
transition period stretching into the fall, more opposition groups will have time to organize
and more political parties would bring more choices for the Egyptian people, as well as more
opportunities for the United States to influence events in a positive way.

Obama, however, is intent on throwing this opportunity away. His administration doesn’t
have a strategy, only preachy rhetoric. Its actions will only inflame this delicate situation
and give radical voices the upper hand.

Sen. Barack Obama showed no such inclination to support regime change during the George
W. Bush administration. Obama made no such call for change when Iranians took to the
streets to protest against their hardline Islamist theocracy. In the summer of 2009, when
power was in the streets of Tehran, Obama chose to make only lukewarm statements about
how Iran’s ayatollahs needed to listen more. When it comes to a 30-year partner of the
United States, a man who has helped keep peace in the region and been a durable ally in
the war on terrorism, Obama is quick to toss Mubarak under the bus.

Pushing for immediate regime change in Egypt is not in American or Egyptian interests.
Cutting the legs out from an already tottering regime could easily lead to widespread
violence. If so, some of Egypt‘s blood will be on Obama’s hands.
Related: Egypt official: White House demands contradictory
Obama Empowers Radical Islam
The Washington Times says Obama likely may have lost Egypt. If he has, it will be one of
the most dramatic and devastating foreign policy defeats for the United States in decades.
It also will be a significant victory for the forces of radical Islam -- a blow that threatens to
undermine American interests across the Middle East.

The regime of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak is teetering on the brink. He is a spent
force. He will be out of office by September, if not much sooner. His son Gamal, who was
groomed to be his successor, has fled to London. The rampaging mobs in Cairo and
Alexandria dominate the political landscape. They represent the future, Mubarak the past.

The downfall of the Mubarak regime should come as no surprise. He has led a corrupt
police state for decades. Egypt‘s political system is closed. Its statist economy is sterile.
The security services imprison and murder dissidents. Mubarak came to resemble an
ancient Egyptian pharaoh: a power-hungry dictator insulated by the luxury and wealth of his
lavish court palace. As he grew fat and old, the people bristled under his harsh rule.

The authoritarian status quo was unsustainable. Yet Washington’s foreign-policy
establishment -- wedded to the illusion of "stability" -- propped up Mubarak‘s regime.
America has sent Egypt more than $1.2 billion in annual military aid. Washington provided
Mubarak with the weapons -- and support -- he needed to suppress political opposition and
violate human rights. The United States became an accessory to an unpopular, brutal
dictatorship. This is why the mobs on the streets of Cairo hate America. We are paying the
price for our pact with the devil.

Years ago, Washington should have encouraged civil society and political reform. America
could have fostered a secular democratic opposition. Instead, by blindly backing Mubarak,
the United States enabled the most militant, unified and organized Islamist party to take
advantage of the growing discontent: the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is the Brotherhood‘s supporters who fill the ranks of the protesters. The Muslim
Brotherhood very likely will join a national unity government and eventually seize control.
Its goal is to erect a Sunni version of Iran‘s Shiite theocracy. It champions the hatred of
America, war with Israel and a global jihad against the West. It supports Hamas in the
Gaza Strip and other terrorist groups. In short, the post-Mubarak regime most probably not
only will be anti-Western but will have ties to al Qaeda and Iran‘s mullahs.

Egypt is not some strategic backwater; it is not Yemen, Tunisia or Jordan. Rather, it is the
cultural linchpin of the Arab world -- the France of the region. For centuries, Egypt has
been a trendsetter. In literature, art, radio, cinema, industrialization, nationalism and mass
politics, it was Egyptians who showed the way for other peoples of the Middle East. If the
land of the pharaohs should go Islamic, it will reverberate across the entire region. The
balance of power will tip irreversibly into the hands of Muslim hard-liners.

Obama is repeating the fatal mistake of President Carter in 1979. Carter dithered about
whether to back the shah in Iran. Although a ruthless despot, the shah was a pro-American
strategic ally. Carter eventually withdrew U.S. support in the face of massive street
protests, delivering Iran to the apocalyptic ayatollahs. Iran‘s clerical rulers have proved to
be much more murderous and repressive than the shah ever was. Moreover, the Iranian
regime is the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world. It is a fanatical anti-American,
anti-Semitic state that is on the verge of acquiring the nuclear bomb. Carter‘s decision not
only condemned the Iranian people to an Islamic fascist theocracy but allowed a mortal
enemy of the West to seize power.

History is repeating itself. By publicly standing with the demonstrators -- albeit belatedly --
Obama has betrayed a key U.S. partner whose collapse likely may usher in a gang of
medieval Islamist butchers. The cause of human rights and democracy will be set back
even further under the Muslim Brotherhood -- buried under the corpses of religious
cleansing. After ignoring Egyptian secular-opposition activists for his entire presidency,
Obama now decides to throw in his lot with militant Muslims. Administration officials
already have reached out to top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood to discuss an orderly
transition to power.

Continue reading here . . .
The Next Mideast War
The Washington Times says Obama's policies are pushing volatile region to the brink.

The Obama administration is pressing a reset button to return the Middle East to the bad
old days of open Arab-Israeli warfare. Obama is requiring participation of the Muslim
Brotherhood in any prospective new Egyptian government, while the brothers themselves
are telling their countrymen to "prepare for war." The current crisis in Egypt and Obama’s
maladroit response are forcing strategists to consider conflict scenarios that had been
mothballed since the 1970s.

The Camp David Accords have formed the bedrock of U.S. security policy in the Mideast
region since they were signed in 1978. The strategic logic behind the accords was that no
coalition of Arab states could have a chance of waging a successful conventional conflict
against Israel without including powerful Egypt. Subtracting Cairo from the equation would
mean no new Arab-Israeli wars.

The possibility now looms that Egypt could be back on the bad side of the ledger. Rather
than reaching out to progressive, secular, Western-oriented dissident groups, who are more
sympathetic to the United States and not virulently anti-Israel, Obama is inexplicably
placing his weight behind "important non-secular actors" such as the America-hating Muslim
Brotherhood. A new government dominated by these Islamic extremists would almost
certainly seek another round of conflict. The brothers have not only threatened war against
Israel but also have a long term objective of "eliminating and destroying the Western
civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of
the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other
religions."

If Egypt falls under the sway of this band of religious zealots, it will quickly move backwards
culturally, economically and politically. This revolution will empower and embolden radical
Islamist groups seeking to destabilize other pro-Western regimes in the region. Actively
promoting the fortunes of the Islamist parties makes neither strategic nor moral sense.

The Obama team maintains that giving prominence to the religious parties will "give Egypt a
strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner." This is nonsense.
Empowering Islamists will promote regional instability and drive Egypt away from the United
States and towards Iran, which is loudly promoting the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause. One of
the first items on the agenda of a new hard-line Islamist government will be to renounce
the Camp David accords and the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Next will be to lift the
Egyptian part of the Gaza embargo and open a channel for arms flowing to Hamas. Iran will
do its part by sending increased aid to Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria, and generally foment
violence when possible.

Israel, the lone stable democracy and America’s most reliable ally in the Middle East, will
then have openly hostile neighbors to the north and south, a weakened Jordan to the east,
and uncertain support from the west. Israeli leaders already are wondering whether the
current occupant of the White House would rush to the aid of the Jewish State in time of
war or simply make a few speeches deploring the violence but leaving Israel to fend for
itself.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted the United States is "not advocating any
specific outcome." Some outcomes, however, are much worse than others. One of the
worst would be a new coalition of radicalized, Islamist, anti-Western states facing off with
Israel and working against U.S. interests in the region. Unlike previous such coalitions, this
time they would be able to count on support from Iran, which may soon add nuclear
weapons into the mix.

Obama is in over his head with this crisis and may end up helping dismantle the only
positive and lasting achievement of Jimmy Carter’s administration. The Obama team could
not have better orchestrated a looming existential crisis for Israel and the Mideast if they
had tried.
Egyptian VP Says There Will Be No Regime Change
Jim Hoft asks, is it any wonder then that the Obama Administration has alienated all sides in
Egypt?

Last Tuesday the Obama Administration asked Hosni Mubarak to step aside.
On Wednesday they said about transitioning power "now means yesterday."
On Saturday morning the Obama Administration said Mubarak must stay.
On Saturday evening the Obama Administration said Mubarak should step aside.
On Sunday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mubarak must stay in power.
Monday the Obama Administration said that political reform will be a gradual process.

And, on Tuesday, in another blow to the Obama administration, Egyptian Vice President
Omar Suleiman told reporters that there will be no regime change in Egypt, and that
Mubarak is not planning on leaving office anytime soon.

Salon is reporting that Vice President Omar Suleiman warned Tuesday that "we can't put up
with" continued protests in Tahrir for a long time, saying the crisis must be ended as soon
as possible in a sharply worded sign of increasing regime impatience with 16 days of mass
demonstrations.

Suleiman said there will be "no ending of the regime" and no immediate departure for
President Hosni Mubarak, according to the state news agency MENA, reporting on a meeting
between the vice president and the heads of state and independent newspapers.

He told them the regime wants dialogue to resolve protesters' demands for democratic
reform, adding in a veiled warning, "We don't want to deal with Egyptian society with police
tools."

At one point in the roundtable meeting, Suleiman warned that the alternative to dialogue "is
that a coup happens, which would mean uncalculated and hasty steps, including lots of
irrationalities. We don't want to reach that point, to protect Egypt."

Pressed by the editors to explain the comment, he said he did not mean a military coup but
that "a force that is unprepared for rule" could overturn state institutions, said Amr Khafagi,
editor-in-chief of the privately-owned Shorouk daily, who attended the briefing. "He doesn't
mean it in the classical way."
I Am An Arab Warrior, Not A Community Organizer
Kathryn Jean Lopez says this is a huge lesson in political culture. It also shows just how
bad the media coverage has been. Mubarak is not resigning. He's managing the "reform"
process. He is appointing a committee to study constitutional changes. He will decide when
there are elections. He is going to "consider" changing the emergency law. He basically
said: I am an Arab warrior, not a community organizer. That speech should be required
reading for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East.

This is not over yet. There has been no revolution so far, but the protesters are going to
freak out. If Obama has been interpreted as applauding real and major change, either he
didn't know what Mubarak was going to say or he is going to look like a total fool.

When Mubarak said he won't accept outside advice, that was a direct slap at Obama. Can
you imagine the expression on Obama's face as he watched the speech after being told by
his intelligence that Mubarak resigned? After he made a speech about how the youth had
forced change? If I had to summarize it, tabloid-style, I'd say: "Mubarak to Obama: Drop
Dead!"

The regime is not giving in -- Mubarak will leave office, perhaps in September, but the
regime will fight on. The speech was the equivalent of Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood
saying: Come and get me!

Of course, we should not forget that this is a dictator refusing to step down. Mubarak and
the army knew that this would inflame the crowd. The army would not have agreed to this
unless it was willing to deal with the consequences.

In Bostonese, Mubarak told Obama to "take a Dudley."
World-Wide Islamists Attend Muslim Brotherhood Ceremony -- In Egypt
MEMRI blog is reporting that a ceremony to inaugurate the new Muslim Brotherhood
headquarters in Cairo was attended by thousands of Islamist movement members and
political activists from Egypt and across the world.

They included representatives of Al-Azhar, Egyptian political party leaders, Egyptian
presidential candidates Amr Moussa and Hamdadin Sabahi, Hamas representative Amin
Taha, and delegations from Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist movements in Jordan,
Somalia, Malaysia, Sudan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Australia.

Expat Cairo adds, the ceremony was attended by officials from a Turkish Islamist party.

The chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Mohamed Badie, who presided over the
opening of the headquarters, said the group’s aim was "to have a civilian government with a
reference to Islam."

And that reference is Sharia law.

But Obama's brain-dead Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told a
congressional hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood was a "secular" organization:

"The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case
of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and
has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."

Badie? The chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood is named "Badie?" Now, that's what I call
truth in advertising.

Meanwhile, ousted dictator Mubarak, an evil bastard, but one who kept the lid on the
Islamic crazies, is to be tried on charges related to the shooting deaths of protesters during
the country's 18-day revolt. The charges could carry the death penalty.
Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood Legal
News.com is reporting that Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood political movement
legal, ending a ban on the group that had been in place for decades.

The organization is one of the country's best organized political groups. Egyptian state
media announced the government's decision, which clears the way for the Muslim
Brotherhood to field candidates in parliamentary elections set for September.

In May, the Brotherhood announced it had formed a new political entity called the Freedom
and Justice Party. A spokesman said the party would contest about half of the
parliamentary seats in the upcoming election.

The Muslim Brotherhood ran its candidates as independents in previous parliamentary
elections. The group controlled about one-fifth of Egypt's lower house after 2005 elections
but was virtually shut out of parliamentary elections last year.

Egyptian authorities, under former President Hosni Mubarak, arrested hundreds of Muslim
Brotherhood supporters ahead of that voting.

Egypt will have a Sharia-centric government before Obama leaves the White House.
Goal Is Islamic State
According to a report in Al-Masry Al-Youm, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists
have formed an electoral coalition. Their goal is making Egypt an Islamic State.

Pamela Geller asks, who is surprised by this? Who is surprised by Obama's colossal failure
to use American hegemony, power, money and influence to effect a different outcome.
Instead he supported the Brotherhood from the very first. The Muslim countries under
revolt are secular regimes that outlawed religious parties. You think Mubarak was bad?
Next to what is coming, he was Mother Teresa.

Back in February, top members of the Egyptian government said they felt betrayed by
Obama, charging that he is acting against American interests. Such subterfuge is without
peer. It wasn't hard to know. I called it from day one.

When America elected a hostile agitator to the most powerful office in the world, we inflicted
not just America with this danger, but the free world.

What fresh hell awaits the US troops Obama intends to put on the ground in Libya (without
the sanction of the Congress or the American people) fighting alongside al-Qaeda and
devout jihadis? This is madness, people.
And where are the media lapdogs for Islamic supremacists? Democracy! Freedom!
Annihilation! Gender apartheid! Where's their 24/7 coverage of these events?

Related: Christian girl being sexually abused to make her convert to Islam in Egypt
(Warning: graphic)

Can't be right. Obama's Director of National Intelligence told everybody that the Muslim
Brotherhood was a "mostly secular organization."




                  Will Obama hand Egypt over to the Muslim Brotherhood?
http://www.theobamafile.com/_politics/Egypt.htm



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Obama Finds 4 Million More Votes
Drew Zahn reports that Democrats in Congress are pushing for a new law that would allow
nearly 4 million people currently banned from voting to cast their ballot, and most of those
millions, studies show, will vote Democrat.

And where will these new voters come from? Why, from the ranks of convicted felons.

Last week, a House subcommittee heard testimony on H.R. 3335, the "Democracy
Restoration Act." The bill seeks to override state laws, which vary in how they restrict when
convicted felons released from prison can vote.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and sponsored in the Senate by Sen.
Russell Feingold, D-Wis., states, "The right of an individual who is a citizen of the United
States to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that
individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless such individual is serving a felony
sentence in a correctional institution or facility at the time of the election."

Advocates of the bill trumpet it as a civil rights issue and a matter of freedom, while
pointing out that a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic Americans have been
disenfranchised by laws restricting felons from voting.

Critics call it another example of the federal government overstepping its constitutional
powers to squash state sovereignty and point out that the laws don't discriminate against
minorities, for the statistics simply reflect the disproportionate numbers of black and
Hispanic Americans convicted of crime.
Critics have also hinted that the law is politically convenient for Democrats.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, explained
in a blog statement, "What is particularly revealing about this bill is that it does not say
anything about the other civil rights that a felon loses, such as the right to own a gun or
serve on a jury or in some states, to work as a public employee.

"That is an interesting comment given that the 'findings' in the bill claim that such state
felon laws 'serve no compelling State interest,'" he concluded. "I guess this legislation
would serve one compelling interest for the sponsors -- it might get them votes they need
to win in close elections."

Continue reading here . . .
Americans Relate To Founders, Not Progressives
Michael Barone says Democrats are reportedly planning to raise $125 million for a campaign
to sell ObamaCare to the voting public. Apparently the idea is that what 50-plus
presidential speeches and statements and months of congressional debate could not do can
be done by $125 million spent on everything from TV ads to community organizers. Maybe,
but there seems to be a more fundamental problem here. The Obama Democrats didn't set
out to produce an unpopular stimulus package, an unpopular health care bill and an
unpopular cap-and-trade scheme. They thought these initiatives would be popular. In their
view, history is a story of progress from small government to big government and, as
historians of the New Deal wrote, that progress is especially welcome in times of economic
distress.

The massive unpopularity of the Obama Democrats' programs suggests that view of history
is defective. Let me propose another, starting with the Founding Fathers.

The Founders believed there was a tension between representative government and the
right to life, liberty and property. So they wrote the Fifth Amendment to insure that no
citizen was deprived of those rights without due process of law. In Britain, that tension had
been limited by allowing only property owners to vote. That way, those without property
could not elect representatives who would steal from the rich and give to the poor.

In the early years of our republic, that precaution did not seem necessary. We were a
nation of farmers where land was plentiful and labor scarce. The large majority of citizens
then considered relevant -- white adult males -- actually owned the land they farmed.
There was no danger in allowing all of them to vote, because the large majority owned
property. The definition of relevant citizens in time expanded to include blacks and
women. But as Americans and immigrants increasingly clustered in enormous cities, and as
large industrial factories employed thousands of low-skill workers, the percentage of
property owners fell.

One hundred years ago, most urban Americans rented rather than owned their homes.
Many had no bank accounts and few had significant financial assets. Elites worried that this
proletariat might rise in revolution.

In this America, the Progressives argued that the Founders' vision was obsolete. Property
rights should be subordinate to human rights. Government should regulate economic
activity and "spread the wealth around," as Barack Obama told Joe the Plumber. This view
animated the New Deal in the 1930s and appealed to the non-property-owning majority.
Franklin Roosevelt sowed the idea, harvested by the New Deal historians, that an ever-
expanding government was both good and necessary. Democrats were referencing this
when they said they were "making history" by passing their health care bill.

Their problem is that the America of the Progressives and New Dealers no longer exists.
Government home finance programs helped make us a nation of homeowners.
Technological progress and deregulation squeezed out transportation and communications
and made the necessities of life less costly, enabling citizens to accumulate significant
wealth in their working years. True, we carried some of these things too far. Efforts to
raise homeownership over 65 percent resulted in a housing price crash. Poorly understood
financial innovations resulted in the financial crisis of 2008.

But we still live in an America like the America of the Founders, and unlike the America of
the Progressives and the New Dealers, in which a majority of citizens are or have every
prospect of becoming property owners. And a nation of property owners is less willing to
plunder the property of others in search of some promised gain than a nation where most
people don't and will never own significant property. So when Susan Roesgen, then of CNN,
upbraided a Tea Party protester in 2009 by reminding him that he was getting a $400 tax
rebate thanks to the Democrats' stimulus package, she was met with utter dismissal. You
don't sell out your property rights for a mere $400.

The polls and the post-2008 election results show that the purported beneficiaries of the
Obama Democrats' programs are unenthusiastic about voting and people with modest
incomes are trending heavily Republican. The only enthusiasm for the Obama Democrats'
policies comes from David Brooks's "educated class": people who are or identify with the
centralized experts tasked by the Obama Democrats with making decisions for the rest of
us. Unfortunately for the Obama Democrats, they, unlike property owners, are not a
majority in today's America.
Evidence -- Obama Stole Election Against Hillary


Evidence of voter intimidation and fraud (06:15) YouTube link

The Election Process Is The Left's Next Target
Jerome Corsi is reporting that Democrats have found yet another way to circumvent the
U.S. Constitution: Bypass the Electoral College and elect a president by popular vote
without first passing an amendment to the founding document.

The Massachusetts Senate has joined five other states in passing a National Popular Vote
bill to do just that. It approved the legislation July 15 by a margin of 28-10.

The National Popular Vote, which already passed the Massachusetts House, is within one
final "enactment vote" in the Massachusetts Senate before the measure can be ready for
the governor's signature, the Boston Globe reported.

"Under the proposed law, all 12 of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the
candidate who receives the most votes nationally," according to the report.

Critics fear the movement, if successful, could turn the entire nation into a potential "Florida
2000" battleground in close elections.

The Political Left has been working on this for some time. Just Google FairVote. These guys
are busy, busy beavers. They have been actively attempting to corrupt the American
electoral process for years.

Hell, they even run a workshop called "New Analysis on Fixing the Primaries" -- they boldly
use the phrase, "fixing the primaries."

And if that isn't scary, check this out. Frances Piven, of Cloward-Piven fame, recently joined
the Project Vote board of directors.

It was Piven’s strategy that served as the impetus for the creation of the National Welfare
Rights Organization, led by the radical George Wiley. Wiley had a young protégé, named
Wade Rathke, who was eventually dispatched to Arkansas to establish a beachhead in the
South for the social justice movement. He founded, of course, ACORN.

The strategy put forward by Piven and Richard Cloward, to overwhelm the welfare system in
the late 60s and early 70s, bankrupted New York City. It was Piven who suggested that
people losing their homes to foreclosure should simply refuse to leave. ACORN had been
following this strategy to a T with its Home Defenders program.

And now Piven is going to have a direct influence over the policy and direction of Project
Vote.

Perhaps Piven’s strategy of overwhelming the system will now be applied to registering
people to vote. As we saw in Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and
many other states, Project Vote created chaos for elections workers to sift through. With
Piven now guiding this ship, her success at overwhelming the welfare system will now be
applied to voter registration.

What could possibly go wrong?
Obama Loses Campaign-Finance Fight
Greg Hitt and Brody Mullins are reporting that Senate Democrats failed to advance the
campaign-finance legislation that had been a top priority of Barack Obama, falling short of
the 60 votes needed to end a GOP filibuster.

Tuesday's 57-41 vote broke along party lines. It could signal the death, at least in the
current Congress, of legislation meant to blunt the impact of a landmark Supreme Court
decision striking down major portions of campaign-finance laws that were intended to limit
the influence of special interests in political campaigns.

Among other things, the legislation would force companies and labor unions to disclose
more information about their donors and their spending on elections. It is opposed by many
of the largest interest groups across the political spectrum, including the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce and the AFL-CIO.

Republicans said the bill would impose greater limits on corporations, discouraging them
from taking steps on behalf of GOP candidates. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R., Ky.) called it a "transparent effort to rig the fall election for the Democrats."

"Unions are the ultimate victors under this bill," he said.

Continue reading here . . .

Remember the State of the Union? Justice Alito shook his head when Obama lied about the
effects of the campaign finance decision. Obama wanted this one.

Related: Obama met with about 50 of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors on Tuesday
night at an upscale Washington hotel, but aides excluded reporters from the event.
Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election
Recently, Accuracy In Media interviewed Gigi Gaston, director of the documentary film, "We
Will Not Be Silenced." The film documents voter intimidation and corruption by forces
working for then-candidate Barack Obama at Democratic precinct caucuses and state
conventions during the 2008 Presidential primary. The filmmaker is surprising in that she is
a lifelong Democrat, whose grandfather was the mayor of Boston and later the governor of
Massachusetts, and she is a Hollywood screenwriter.

She says that after receiving a call from a former congressional investigator, she went to
Texas to look into charges of voter irregularities in the Democratic caucus process to choose
their presidential nominee. It was down to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. What she
found, as described on the website for the film, was "falsified delegate counts, falsified
documents, and other violations," and she describes the "disenfranchising of American
citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign," and said that the "infamous
campaign of 'Change' from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus
packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and
intimidate Hillary supporters, stop them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling
places, silence their voices, and stop their right to vote."

Through interviews with people with a first-hand knowledge of what was going on, including
civil rights activist Helene Latimer, a very disturbing picture formed of what the Obama
campaign was up to in order to "win" the nomination. Attorney Gloria Allred is shown
calling for the elimination of the caucuses.

Ms. Gaston described how the Clinton campaign attempted to bring evidence of some of
these irregularities to the attention of the media, but they were largely ignored.

You can listen to the full interview, or read the transcript here . . .
Strategists Advising Democrats To Walk Away From Obama
Flopping Aces says most of us already knew this, but look where this advice is coming from.

The advice from Democratic consultants and strategists is almost unanimous: Run away
from Obama, and fast. A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows
George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than Obama in "Frontline districts" -- seats held
by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most
vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-
held seats is cause for outright fear.

"He is a walking radioactive disaster," one senior Democratic operative said of Obama, but
any effort to seriously distance oneself from Obama is dangerous for an incumbent -- go too
hard against Obama and the voters will think the candidate is faking it.

What will those Democrats who fell all over themselves lapping up the ch-ch-change
message do now? Are they going to just walk away from the one?

Can’t see it.

Reid reports that those same Democrat strategists seem to understand this problem since
the only advice he can give them is to stop talking about the one and talk about yourself,
the local politics, and their opponent.

All well and good but Obama is a professional candidate who doesn’t know how to lead his
way out of a cereal box. So instead of leading he is out campaigning, giving his asinine
"blame everyone else but me" speeches. They can’t help but be seen with this guy.

No, after 2008 the Democrats own Obama. The Democrats are Obama.

Ch-ch-changes!
A Perfect Example Of All That Is Wrong
Warner Todd Huston says we see a perfect example of all that is wrong in both our
immigration and electoral systems in Cookeville, Tennessee.

In 2004, an illegal immigrant voted illegally in Tennessee’s Putnam County. He showed
false identification and a stolen Social Security card, but in 2010 the federal government is
asking Tennessee officials to help smooth this illegal’s way to citizenship by ignoring past
crimes. (video)

Putnam County administrator of elections Debbie Steidl seems pretty annoyed by the whole
situation. This illegal immigrant even went to her and signed an affidavit admitting that he
voted illegally, but he also presented the election official with a letter from the Department
of Homeland Security demanding that she purge his name from the 2004 voting records.

You see, unless his name is purged he cannot seek legal citizenship because he has this
illegal act on his record.

The frustrated County official said this illegal immigrant, "is being enabled. And that’s what
bothered me more than anything!"

Naturally the court is siding with the illegal saying that his illegal act has exceeded the
statute of limitations for vote fraud.

But here is the thing: it doesn’t matter if the statute of limitations for vote fraud has been
exceeded or not. No one is prosecuting him for vote fraud. The question being considered
is if he should be allowed to become a citizen. The answer is no, and the solution is
immediate deportation of this long-time criminal, not coddling and a free pass to citizenship.

This incident shows a complete breakdown in our electoral system, our courts, and our
immigration system as well as the Dept. of Homeland Security -- not to mention common
sense.
The Anti-Obama Tide Hasn't Peaked
Dick Morris says don't confuse the dramatic swell of the Republican tide that is becoming
increasingly evident to the pundits of the country with party trend. Right before Election
Day, the numbers will get even better and presage an even larger Republican victory.

Party trend usually indicates itself in the 10 days before an election when voters who do not
typically follow politics closely tune in and decide for whom to vote. Until this window, they
usually describe themselves to pollsters as "undecided." There will be a huge Republican
party trend this year, but it hasn't happened yet.

The huge Republican poll numbers these days do not reflect the last-minute switches typical
of less involved voters, but rather mirror the disappointment with Barack Obama and with
Congress among voters who do follow politics closely that has accumulated over the past
year and a half. It is this reappraisal of their political opinions that is occasioning the big
swing toward Republicans in the 2010 election.

The ranks of these disaffected voters who are now turning against Obama and the
Democrats will soon be joined by the less-involved voters who will come around in the week
or 10 days before the election.

From the perception of the pollster, party trend is a bit like a curveball thrown by a pitcher
to a batter. The election statistics remain fairly static for weeks, or even months, with little
change as the race unfolds through September and early through mid October. Like a
fastball that comes in straight and true.

Then, suddenly, as the election nears, the vote swings wildly to one side or the other, akin
to a curveball that breaks as it approaches the batter -- usually too late for him to make an
adjustment.

Suddenly, the tied races show up as decisive victories for the side that benefits from party
trend, and the unwinnable races come into play.

2010 is a year like no other in the magnitude of the partisan shift going on. It dwarfs 1994,
and even 1974, in its order of magnitude. But we haven't yet seen the full impact of the
last-minute party shift that will take place. Plenty of voters who are now undecided are yet
to be heard from, and when they are, they will impact the results decisively.

In which direction? Most likely they will transform a massive Republican win into an even
more massive victory. The uninvolved voters who will decide late in the process are likely
to break the same way the rest of the country is breaking -- toward the Republicans.
Surveys suggest that they share the disenchantment of the participating voters with the
economy and Obama's performance. They have just not focused on the coming election.

Democrats hope that the less involved voters are also less educated and more likely to be
the young or minority voters on whom their party depends, but the lack of enthusiasm
among Democrats for Obama indicates that these voters are likely to decide by staying
home. In the most recent Fox News/Opinion Dynamics study, 54 percent of Republicans
said they were "very enthusiastic" about voting in the 2010 elections, while only 28 percent
of Democrats felt the same way

So the net result is that for those who anticipate a major Republican win in 2010, you ain't
seen nothin' yet!
Democrats Face Midterm Meltdown
Edward Luce says Barack Obama’s Democratic party faces a series of dramatic defeats at
every level of government in Washington, and beyond, in the November midterm elections,
according to leading analysts and opinion polls.

The University of Virginia’s widely monitored Crystal Ball will on Wednesday forecast
sweeping setbacks on Capitol Hill and the loss of a clutch of state governorships on
November 2.

It follows a Gallup poll that showed the Republicans with a 10 percentage point lead over
the Democrats -- the widest margin in 68 years. Separately, a University of Buffalo paper
has predicted a 51-seat gain for Republicans in November.

The Democrats have a 39-seat majority in the House of Representatives. Many believe
Democratic control of the Senate is also at risk.

"Voters are going to deliver a big fat message to President Obama, which he will not want to
hear," said Larry Sabato, who runs Crystal Ball. "The Republican base is at least 50 degrees
further to the right than where it was when Newt Gingrich took control of the House in
1994, so we would be looking at two years of absolutely nothing getting done on Capitol
Hill."

Continue reading here . . .

The Ultimate Political Trophy
Shane D'Aprile says that in a last-minute fundraising appeal, Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) warned that capturing Obama's
former Senate seat would be the "ultimate political trophy" for Republicans in 2010.

"Nothing would give them more bragging rights than winning this seat," Menendez wrote in
a fundraising e-mail Tuesday. "Polling shows we're in a dead heat, and your gift now will
help level the playing field in this and other important races."

Campaign committees are in the midst of a last-minute flurry of fundraising appeals to get
as much in their coffers ahead of the monthly fundraising deadline.

Polls show Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) locked in a tight
battle for Obama's former Senate seat. The latest Rasmussen poll has the race tied 45-45.

Obama held a fundraiser for Giannoulias earlier this month to help cut into the financial lead
Kirk held at the end of the second quarter. The Republican raised $2.3 million during the
second quarter to the $900,000 raised by Giannoulias.

Only in Obama's Chicago can a mob banker and out-and-out crook, like Giannoulias, even
run for the United States Senate, much less be tied in the polls.

You’re a Bigot, Now Vote for Me
Derek Hunter asks, are you opposed to ObamaCare or illegal immigration? You’re a racist.
Are you opposed to gay marriage? You’re a homophobe. Did you oppose Elana Kagan’s
appointment to the Supreme Court? You’re a sexist. After less than two years of complete
Democrat control of government, there aren’t many Americas progressives haven’t accused
of some sort of bigotry for simply having an opinion different from theirs. The politics of
"hope" and "change" have devolved into exactly what those espousing them claimed they
would end. Is this really Democrat’s plan to win votes in November?

Barack Obama campaigned under the banner of unity and ending the "politics of division."
But that banner was swiftly furled and the true banner of progressive politics began flying
over our country. Progressivism leaves no room for debate or disagreement. To
paraphrase former President Bush, to progressives you’re either with them or you’re with
the enemy.

During the ObamaCare debate, opponents were compared to opponents of civil rights
legislation. The ethically challenged Congressman from New York, Charlie Rangel, said "The
group that were in Washington fighting against the health bill and fighting against the
President, [they] looked just like and sounded just like those groups that attacked the civil
rights movement in the South." Left-wing blogs ran with this mantra and agenda-driven
media outlets like MSNBC dutifully followed. They still advance the lie that African-American
Members of Congress were pelted with racial slurs as they walked to cast their vote,
something even the New York Times has acknowledged there is zero evidence of.

The ends justify the means, no matter how sickening and divisive the means.

When a homosexual judge in California overturned Proposition 8, a ballot measure that
defined marriage as being between one man and one woman which was passed by voters,
these self-appointed champions of democracy cheered its undermining. Whatever your
opinion on the issue, it was a rather ironic turn for people who use the word "democracy" as
though they respect it.

When Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court without much of a record,
opposition to this life-time appointment was called sexist all across the left-wing echo
chamber. Blogs were replete with this unfounded charge, with headlines like "Not-So-
Subtle Sexism at the Kagan Hearings" from the blog at Ms. Magazine.

The bigotry arrow has become the default weapon in the progressive’s quiver, only it’s lost
its sting.

Continue reading here . . .

Feingold Laments
Michael O'Brien says Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) decried what he said was a
"systematic, conscious" effort by groups to "destroy" Obama.

Feingold, who's facing a tough reelection effort this fall, blamed coordinated opposition to
Obama and the Democratic agenda in Congress for some of the political and electoral woes
facing his party this fall.

"A conscious decision was made by certain groups to destroy this presidency the minute it
started," Feingold said in a question-and-answer session with The New York Times published
Tuesday evening.

"People say it was the healthcare bill -- no, it wasn’t. I go to every county every year and
hold a town meeting," he added. "Within days of the president being sworn in, I had people
showing up at my town meeting with hats on, with tea bags coming out, saying this is going
to be socialism."

snip...

"I started coming back and telling my staff and my friends -– way back in spring of '09 -–
that something is going on out there that is pretty deadly and pretty harsh even before we
had any idea what the healthcare bill was going to be," he said. "There appears to be a
systematic, conscious attempt to dismantle this president, so I’m less surprised than other
people."

Boo, freakin-hoo! If we don't destroy Obama, he'll destroy America. He gives us little
choice.
Man Campaigns Against Obama From The Grave
Jon Bershad says, no. That headline isn’t a snide joke about voters’ ages (you know what
they say, when you’re young and poor you’re a Democrat and when you’re rich and a dead
person…), the deceased are actually coming after Democrats; rising from their graves and
advancing on Washington while growling "SMALL GOVERNMENT! SMALL
GOOOOOVERNMENT!" through their rigor mortis-afflicted mouths. Ok, not exactly, but their
obituaries are sure leaning right. A few months ago, a Nevada woman’s obituary called out
Harry Reid, and now, a recently departed man from Georgia is borrowing the tactic to attack
President Obama from beyond the grave.

The National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg scanned in this treat from the obituary of the
late Donald Charles Unsworth:

"The family respectfully asked in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the
American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of whoever is running against President
Barack Obama in 2012."

When the Reid story hit last July, many people complained about the family using the
memory of their loved one for political purposes. I’m not sure I agree with that. For all we
know, these people actually used their last available strength to ask their family members
to help turn their entire life into a quirky, quickly dated cable news anecdote. Still though,
if this was the family’s doing in this case, it’s even more disturbing. It’s one thing to exploit
a loved one for politics. It’s quite another to exploit a loved one for politics, and do so in a
wholly unoriginal fashion.
Obama's Desperate Assault On The TEA Party
Nile Gardiner says The New York Times has a major piece this morning outlining the White
House’s response to last week’s dramatic surge in Republican primaries by TEA Party
candidates. After months of mocking and sneering at the TEA Party movement and largely
ignoring its rising success, Obama’s advisers are now contemplating a major campaign
against it. According to The Times:

Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the
midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a national advertising campaign that
would cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by TEA Party extremists, people
involved in the discussion said.

That is among a range of options and plans under consideration at the White House for
energizing dispirited Democratic voters over the coming six weeks, in hopes of limiting the
party’s losses and keeping control of the House and Senate.

…. "We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the
Republican Party because the people who have taken over the party are radical," said one
Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity
to discuss private strategy talks.

This is the clearest sign yet that the Obama White House fears the tremendous energy the
TEA Party movement has brought to this November’s Congressional race. What the Obama
administration once dismissed as an inconsequential, rag tag organization has evolved into
a full scale political revolution that threatens to storm Capitol Hill six weeks from now. But
if it thinks it can quell the rebellion by painting the TEA Party as a bunch of "extremists" it is
sadly mistaken.
Poll after poll shows that the TEA Party’s anger over the rise of Big Government, the
mounting budget deficit, excessive government spending, and spiraling entitlement
programs are now shared by a clear majority of the American people. If the Obama team
believes it will make political capital out of slandering the views of the TEA Party it is hugely
misreading the general mood of the country. The grassroots organization’s stunning
success is symbolic of a deep-seated rejection across the United States of Barack Obama,
who is making America poorer, weaker, more indebted and significantly less free.

The White House’s planned assault is yet another example of an elitist presidency that is
spectacularly out of touch with the American electorate, and increasingly digging its own
political grave. Unfortunately for Obama, it is his own policies, rather than the ideals of the
TEA Party, which the American public increasingly view as extreme.

This is too rich! The real radicals want to paint Mom and Pop America and the Kids as
"radicals." These people can not even conceive of the notion of free and open elections.
Everything is dirty tricks. The end justifies the means. It's who they are. It's in their DNA.
And it's why they have to go.
Obama Can’t Even Fill A 650 Seat Room
Warner Todd Huston says that over at the left-wing Daily Beast, Gail Sheehy has a story
that should make every Obot tremble in fear of November 2. As Sheehy reports it, in New
York Barack Obama couldn’t even fill a room that holds 650, even though they slashed the
ticket prices from $500 to $100 a person to get in, and there are reports of some paying
$50.

On the 22nd Obama appeared in New York for a fundraiser but gay rights organizers found
that attendees were harder to come by than ever. As Sheehy points out, this is six weeks
before the elections. Less than two months and Democrats can’t garner enough enthusiasm
to sell 650 tickets to see Obama up close and personal.

Initially tickets were priced at $500 a person but as the event neared, panic set in and
emails began to gush from the organizers offering bargain basement, slashed ticket prices
in order to fill the room. Sheehy paid just $100 to stand in the same small room with The
One and she only anted up after half a dozen emails pleading that she come.

Then there were the protesters. I guess the lowball ticket prices didn’t serve to keep the riff
raff out as Obama faced sudden chants taking him to task for the military’s don’t ask, don’t
tell policy.
Sheehy makes one last interesting point about those "Filene’s Basement" prices. Later that
night, she says, supporters paid $15,000 a person to have dinner with the Obammessiah.
But even that is a cut-rate price from the recent past. "Think that’s a lot?," Sheehy asks.
"It’s a 50 percent markdown from a recent invitation to dinner with Obama at the home of
Linda Douglass and John Phillips, costing $30,000."

The bloom is off the rose and thorns are all that’s left for Obama.
Big Daddy B.O. Tries To Excite Young Obamunists At Hip-Hop Concert & Rally
The AP is reporting that Barack Obama addressed supporters at a hip hop concert and rally
Thursday night, seeking to re-energize the youth vote that helped propel him to the White
House,

The Democratic National Committee enlisted hip hop artist B.o.B to perform for a sold-out
crowd of 3,000 at DAR Constitution Hall. The crowd also was hearing from Obama’s 2008
campaign manager, David Plouffe, and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on the importance of the
youth vote to the November elections, which are expected to be tough on Democrats.

The event was organized for the DNC’s gen44 group, which tries to cultivate [indoctrinate]
young leaders. It was expected to raise $750,000.

Beforehand, Obama spoke at a small fundraising dinner at the home of John Phillips and
Linda Douglass, where guests paid $30,400 each to raise $1 million for the Democratic
Party.

"We’re going through a very tough time. … So people are feeling it," Obama said, reflecting
on what he heard from the public this week during a trip to four states.

He said people are anxious and, "This election cycle’s going to be tough because of that
reality."

His message to those people: "That hope you were feeling when I came in, there’s no
reason to lose it."

The kids come for the music, just like they did at the University of Wisconsin -- and the
media pretends they're coming to hear Obama's tired, old sloganeering.

Obama is going to need to put a band at every polling place in the country to get these kids
to come out to vote.
Delusional Liberal Elites Are In Denial
Nile Gardiner says in early Septemberhe wrote a piece discussing how The Washington Post,
widely viewed as a flagship of the liberal establishment, was now acknowledging the scale of
the collapse facing the Left in this November’s mid-terms. As The Post put it,

"Democrats in Congress are no longer asking themselves whether this is going to be a bad
election year for them and their party. They are asking whether it is going to be a disaster."

Three weeks later, there is no evidence to suggest the political landscape is getting any
better for Obama and his party. If anything, it’s getting even worse according to some
polls, as a recent CNN survey showed. According to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation
survey, a striking 56 percent of Americans now believe Obama has fallen short of their
expectations.
The latest RealClear Politics poll of polls has Obama at just 45 percent approval, and the
Republicans currently with a 17 seat advantage in the House of Representatives race, with a
further 38 seats in contention. The Senate race remains extremely tight, with RealClear
Politics giving the Democrats a projected slim 51 to 49 seat lead, which would mean an
eight seat gain by the GOP. At the Governor level, RCP has the Republicans with a nearly
two to one advantage in terms of the race for State Houses.

Over at The New York Times however, the message doesn’t seem to have sunk in. The
Times, generally regarded as the most powerful and elite liberal media entity in America,
has a major piece this evening with the headline: "In Fluid Race, House Majority is
Uncertain, GOP Says." The article goes to extraordinary lengths to talk about a Democratic
fight back in November, yet without citing any independent polling evidence to back it up.
As The Times puts it:

Republicans carry substantial advantages as they move into the final month of the fall
campaign, but the resilience of vulnerable Democrats is complicating Republican efforts to
lock down enough seats to capture the House and take control of the unsettled electoral
battleground.

By now, Republicans had hoped to put away a first layer of Democrats and set their sights
on a second tier of incumbents. But the fight for control of Congress is more fluid than it
seemed at Labor Day, with Democrats mounting strong resistance in some parts of the
country as they try to hold off a potential Republican wave in November.

While acknowledging "the chances of a Republican takeover in the House remain far greater
than in the Senate", The Times bullishly declares that "enough contests remain in flux that
both parties head into the final four weeks of the campaign with the ability to change the
dynamic before Election Day."

I haven’t come across a single major poll which supports this conclusion, and as for the GOP
"declaring a house majority is uncertain" the piece merely cites unnamed "Republican
strategists" as its source. And this view is completely contradicted in the same article by
Senator John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee who,
according to The Times, "said Democrats were delusional if they believed an upswing was
under way."

The Washington Post, to its credit, has offered a realistic assessment of the scale of the
political revolution that is likely to sweep Washington this November. The New York Times,
on the other hand, remains in a state of denial, and still seems to be living in November
2008. My guess is that on November 2nd 2010, The Times and the diehard liberal elites
that continue to cling to it’s archaic left-wing vision will be given a wake-up call that will
reverberate across the United States.

Although he won’t be on the ballot, the mid-terms will largely be a referendum on Barack
Obama’s leadership. And by all accounts, The New York Times aside, Obama is almost
certainly heading towards a massive humiliation at the polls, no matter how hard his
supporters try to put a positive spin on it.

Ah, but The New York Times also recognizes the powerful ability of the Democrat Party and
its leftist allies to raise the dead, and rally the foreign on election day. Just look at what
ACORN was able to accomplish in 2008.
Obama Makes Supporters Ill
WTOP.co is reporting that three dozen people were treated for illness during an Obama at
Bowie State University.

Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous
ambulances were sent to the rally after people started fainting and became dizzy.

The problems could be related to warmer temperatures Thursday. Brady says crowds at the
rally were outside and packed shoulder to shoulder.

Two people were taken to the hospital, Brady says. The rest have been treated at the
scene.

Officials set up a triage area inside the gymnasium at Bowie State.

Obama was scheduled to appear in an effort to rally Maryland Democrats for incumbent
Gov. Martin O'Malley prior to November's elections.

Obama still spoke despite the health issues in the audience. He implored voters to be ready
to fight in the upcoming elections.
Pot Calls Kettle . . .
Michael Barone says Glenn Reynolds nails this one: the Obama Democrats’ campaign riff
against foreign donations to Democrats is bogus -- and according to the New York Times, no
less. This looks like a matter of projection, since it’s well documented that the 2008 Obama
campaign did not put in place address verification software that would have routinely
prevented most foreign donations. In effect they were encouraging donations by foreign
nationals.

Here’s the Washington Post on this back in October 2008: Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential
campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could
potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to
mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed. Faced with a huge influx of
donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security
measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its
accounts, aides acknowledged."

And here’s our own Washington Examiner editorial from the time: "Then there’s the
question of whether foreign nationals are contributing to the Obama campaign. There is
more than enough evidence to warrant a full-scale investigation by the Federal Election
Commission, including the $32,332.19 that appears to have come from two brothers living
in a Hamas-controlled Palestinian refugee camp in Rafah, GA (that’s Gaza, not Georgia).
The Palestinian's $31,318 cash was part of a flood of illegal foreign contributions (click for
larger image) accepted by the Obama campaign."

The Obama campaign was happy to encourage mass illegal donations from foreign
nationals. Now it’s making baseless charges that its opposition is doing the same thing.
Hope and change!
Where Is Obama Going?
Jennifer Rubin says Obama is now politically toxic in many states. So where is he going on
the campaign trail? The White House schedule is telling. He’s going to Delaware, where the
Democrat is already running away with the race. He’s going to Massachusetts, the bluest
state until the voters disregarded his advice and elected Scott Brown. He’s going to
California and Nevada, but for fundraisers, not big public events. He’s going to Rhode
Island (Rhode Island?), where one supposes he can do no harm.

The number of competitive races in which he is holding public events is limited to
Washington (Patty Murray), Minnesota (gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton), and Ohio
(Gov. Ted Strickland). That’s it. And he better be careful in both Washington (where a
large plurality think his economic policies have hurt more than they’ve helped) and Ohio
(where his approval rating has plummeted). Oh, and he’s going to Oregon for the
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who had this to say:

Oregon’s Democratic candidate for governor said Tuesday that President Obama’s health
care reform bill will be a "toxic" issue in 2012 unless states are given the opportunity to
address the problem of rising medical costs. …

"I supported the passage of the bill but I think we need to recognize that this was really
health insurance reform and not health care reform," he said in an interview over coffee at a
Portland diner. "What it’s done is provided most people in the country financial access to
medical care by 2014. The problem is it didn’t deal with the underlying cost drivers, and
those are embedded in the delivery system."

Should be a fun campaign trip.

It’s tricky finding places where Obama won’t do damage to the candidates he’s supposed to
be helping. The White House seems to think gubernatorial races are "safer" for Obama than
the Senate contests, where all those unpopular votes on the stimulus, ObamaCare, etc., are
sure to come up. But the reality of a 24/7 news environment is that wherever Obama goes,
he makes the news -- and Republican Senate and House candidates have the benefit of free
media to remind voters across the country whose agenda they are opposed to and who has
been making all those silly promises (e.g., ObamaCare will save money). Unfortunately for
the Dems, you really can’t hide the president of the United States.
Billboard Targets Obama And Democrats
A "racist" billboard attacking Democrats and President Obama is getting burned from both
sides of the political aisle.

The massive sign, erected along the I-70 Business Loop in Grand Junction, Colo., depicts
four caricatures of Obama, one as a suicide bomber, another as a gangster, the third as a
Mexican revolutionary and the fourth as a homosexual.

The four cartoonish men are playing poker, surrounded by rats with words written on them
such as Trial Lawyer and IRS, and two vultures bearing tags that say Soros and U.N.

Across the top is written "Vote DemocRAT, Join the game."

"It's beyond disrespectful," Mesa County Democratic Party Chairwoman Martelle Daniels
said, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel. "You would like to think that we all would
show respect for our commander-in-chief, but this is just beyond that. It's racist, it's
homophobic, and it's really cowardly."

Her GOP counterpart, Mesa County Republican Party Chairman Chuck Pabst, also called it
offensive.

"That kind of political positioning and statements, I think, are in bad taste," he said, the
Sentinel reports. "To ridicule somebody in this manner is juvenile."

It is unclear who is behind the billboard. The artist, Paul Snover, refused in an e-mailed
statement to say who paid for its creation.

"I am not allowed to say who (paid for it) at this time," he said.

Dennis Lucas, the Grand Junction businessman who owns the billboard, took a similar
stance. "I cannot tell you who it's rented to," he told AFP.

This isn't the first time a billboard attacking President Obama and the Democratic party has
drawn fire. Here's a whole page full of them . . .
Controversial Obama Billboard Pulled Amid Death Threats
Kelly Asmuth, reporting from Grand Junction, CO, says the emotion–stirring Obama
billboard on I–70B stood over the highway for its last day Friday. The sign was taken down
after causing national outrage since it was put up Monday.

Those who know the owner of the billboard say he and his wife were receiving violent
threats. Meanwhile, the person who commissioned the artist and the use of the billboard is
still anonymous. Those who know the owner say their friend decided to take the heated
Obama cartoon down after a flood of harassing calls.

"He got a lot of calls out of his place of business that he said he was fine with. When things
got out of hand and people started calling his wife, that's when he decided to go ahead and
take it down," says Blake Brueggeman, owner of Integrity Auto Repair. Brueggeman leases
property from the billboard owner.

The sign's artist says it's meant to convey a message. It showed Obama as a terrorist,
gangster, Mexican bandito and a homosexual. "It's got a lot of symbolism in it, in that all of
those characters are issues being mishandled by presidency," says creator of the sign, artist
Paul Snover.

Some consider the work political satire. "Lighten up people. Have a sense of humor," says
Brueggeman.

"We had cartoons of George W. Bush with gorillas," says Jamie Lee Smith, who is angered
that the sign was taken down.

Others are enraged at what they say is hate and disrespect. "Where do you draw the line?
It just causes hatred and racism if you ask me," says Cory Caldwell, who is offended by the
billboard.

Regardless of the emotions conjured by the cartoon, the anger has now shifted to First
Amendment rights. "It is sad that people have to go so low as to threaten somebody's life
because they don't like a sign," says Dennis Patton, who stopped by the sign to see that it
had actually been taken down.

"Political correctness is a suppression of free speech," says Brueggeman.

Some argue that the image was not appropriate for public display. "If it offends people, you
do have a certain obligation to take it down because little kids see that," says Crystal
Kitzman, who says she thought the sign was lewd.
"The billboard is an expression or statement. I don't think it's intended to be hateful. It's
intended to get across a message," says Snover.

GJ Result, the Tea Party in Grand Junction, has been accused of commissioning the sign.
The group denies this, but says they do support the right for it to be there. GJ Result is
holding a rally Saturday afternoon at the old Mesa County Court House over the sign
situation. A leader of the group tells 11 News that he is outraged that someone's First
Amendment rights have been trampled on.

Another demonstration of progressive intolerance, and rage -- they have no respect for the
1st Amendment rights of anyone they disagree with -- they will kill you -- it's no different
than the Muslim fanatic that will cut your head off for drawing a picture of Muhammad --
don't draw graven images of Obama -- they will kill you.
Everyone Is At Fault Except Obama
Carol Lee, reporting from West Newton, MA, quoted Barack Obama as saying that
Americans' "fear and frustration" is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that
threatens to derail the Democratic agenda.

"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and
argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not
to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a
small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. "And the country's scared."

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his "view from the Oval
Office." He faulted the economic downturn for Americans’ inability to "think clearly" and
said the burden is on Democrats "to break through the fear and the frustration people are
feeling."

"You can respond in a couple of ways to a trauma like this," Obama said, referring to the
economy. "One is to pull back, retrench and respond to your fears by pushing away
challenges, looking backwards. Another is to say we can meet these challenges and we are
going to move forward. And that’s what this election is about."

Obama blames Americans' fear and frustration for the state of things. His push to install
socialism has nothing to do with it.
If Dems Lose, Obama Will Blame Everyone But Himself
Byron York says to assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House,
and perhaps even the Senate, in next month's elections. What lessons will the White House
learn? Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will
he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?

Bet on the latter. All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats
suffer major losses, Obama and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies
-- national health care, stimulus, runaway spending -- that led to their defeat. Instead,
they will point fingers in virtually every direction other than their own. Come November, it's
likely the D-for-Democrat that Obama refers to so often will actually stand for "denial."

The White House has given us plenty of clues in recent days as to how Obama will react to a
possible Democratic drubbing at the polls. Here are five:

1. Obama will blame voters, not himself. At a small fundraiser in Massachusetts Saturday,
Obama suggested Democrats are in trouble because recession-weary Americans simply
aren't thinking clearly. "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and
facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because
we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama said. "And the
country is scared." If Democrats lose, Obama is likely to fault voters' irrationality, and not
anything he has done.

2. Obama will spin the outcome as an illegitimate GOP victory. In recent weeks, Obama
and top administration officials have accused the Chamber of Commerce of illegally using
foreign contributions to fund ads critical of Democrats. There's no evidence to support the
charge, but Obama has laid the foundation for a simple explanation of Democratic defeat:
Republicans cheated.

3. Obama will blame a broken process. In a recent New York Times article, reporter Peter
Baker asked a number of White House aides about mistakes Obama has made in office.
"The biggest miscalculation in the minds of most Obama advisers," Baker writes, "was the
assumption that he could bridge a polarized capital and forge genuinely bipartisan
coalitions." By that standard, a post-defeat Obama will be guilty more of overestimating
Republicans and the culture of Washington than of making mistakes on his own.

4. Obama will reaffirm, not reconsider, his achievements. Obama says he has already kept
about 70 percent of the promises he made in the 2008 campaign. Now, his main task will
be to shield those accomplishments from GOP challenge. Aides constantly tell reporters
that Republicans intend to roll back ObamaCare and Wall Street reform, and Obama plans
to spend as much time as it takes fighting those efforts. "There's going to be a lot of work
in [the next two years] just doing things right and making sure that new laws are stood up
in the ways they're intended," Obama told Baker.

5. Obama will resist real change inside the White House. He has lost several top aides in
recent months: Rahm Emanuel, James Jones, Lawrence Summers, Christina Romer, Peter
Orszag and others. So far, Obama has preferred to replace departing insiders with other
insiders. His reluctance to bring in a high-level adviser from outside his circle suggests he
wants to keep doing what he's doing.

Tie all those threads together, and in the wake of a Republican victory in November you can
virtually guarantee the White House will not concede that Obama hurt himself by pushing an
unpopular national health care program through Congress; by pushing nearly a trillion
dollars in stimulus spending that failed to reduce unemployment as predicted; by pushing a
costly cap-and-trade agenda; or by advocating any number of other initiatives that flew in
the face of voter sentiments.

In a recent campaign ad, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck says the public
tried to tell White House and Democratic leaders not to go ahead with those unwelcome
measures. "They heard us, and yet they ignored us," Buck says, adding: "And folks, on
Nov. 2 they will ignore us no more."

Republicans no doubt hope Buck is right. But so far Obama is sending signals that even if
he loses big in November, he'll make excuses, point fingers, and try to keep going just as
before.
I'm With The Band
Obama would be talkin' to himself, Axelrod and Plouffe, if it were not for the band. There's
a featured music act at every Obama event. 12,000 came out in Philly -- 11,650 came to
hear the hip-hop band, "The Roots" -- the rest came to hear Obama.

Now, the Daily Caller is reporting that Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, singer of the pop hit
"Love Song," will open for Barack Obama at a Las Vegas rally designed to rouse Democratic
voters before the midterm elections.

Bareilles performs Friday at a Las Vegas middle school, where Obama will host his latest
"Moving America Forward" rally.

Nevada is prime battleground for Democrats, who face losing Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid if Republican Sharron Angle’s TEA Party bid is successful. Republicans have painted
Reid as the face of Obama’s sweeping social and economic policies, including the federal
health care law and the $787 billion stimulus.

Bareilles is a White House favorite. She performed before world leaders at the G-20 summit
in 2009 and during the First Family’s 2010 Easter Egg Roll.

It's a long, long way from Berlin.
Obama To Appear On Stewart's "Daily Show"
NewsMax.com is reporting that Barack Obama is taking his campaign message to "The Daily
Show" with Jon Stewart.

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer says Obama is taping an appearance on Oct. 27, just
days before the Nov. 2 elections. Stewart is coming to Washington next week for the "Rally
to Restore Sanity" he is holding three days later on Saturday, Oct. 30, on the National Mall.

The host of the Comedy Central show says the rally is for people who think the loudest
voices shouldn't be the only ones people hear.

Obama recently endorsed Stewart's event. It will be Obama's first appearance on Stewart's
program.
Obama's Bribe-A-Thon
Ed Lasky says Barack Obama is facing plummeting popularity and many Democrats are
going to be washed away by the coming red tide. What to do when Obama demagoguery
and stoking divisiveness and paranoia is no longer working? When insults to the Tea Party
and baseless smears against critics being funded by foreigners just don't work anymore?

Well there are always bribes -- and those are coming fast and furious.

Obama has been busy giving away goodies to special interest groups to get them to come
out and vote for Democrats. This is money from our pockets and the piggy banks of our
children, as well as money borrowed from the very foreigners he has been using as straw
men. Christmas has come early for people who need a little pocket money to nudge them
to pull the lever for Democrats. We have seen the crudest and most disgraceful types of
payoffs in the last week as November 2nd approaches.

We have bribes to ethanol beneficiaries up and down the ethanol chain, tax breaks for
college students and their families, bribes to seniors with money America does not have and
money seniors are not entitled to by Social Security funding formulas (even eliciting a
negative Washington Post editorial), and bribes to unions who get a special waiver from
onerous ObamaCare rules so at least they get to keep their current healthcare plans -- even
if the rest of us do not.
Now the Cook County style of "governing" that has left Chicago a fiscal mess has come full
bore to Washington. The latest attempt to gin up the base to come out for Democrats?
Obama has again brought out executive orders to rule by fiat, as is his and fellow
demagogues wont. After all the rest of us are just too reptilian and dumb to say Thank You
to him so he will have to go out and buy some more votes with our money. The latest
group to get the gift? Hispanics.

Politico reports:

President Obama will focus on Hispanics as he signs an executive order aimed at meeting
his goals. The ceremony for the Executive Order on the White House Initiative on
Educational Excellence for Hispanics "follows a National Education Summit and Call to Action
hosted by the U.S. Department of Education that began on Monday, bringing Administration
officials together with experts in education and Hispanic community leaders from around the
country on issues ranging from early childhood learning to higher education," the White
House said in guidance to reporters. "The revised executive order will place a high priority
on action designed to reach the ambitious education goals President Obama has set for our
nation...

Well...at least sometimes Barack Obama is transparent. But he is always disgraceful.

Related: Crazed Democrats in Ploy to Buy Senior Votes
Obama Brands Republicans As Extreme Radicals
(AFP) – On Friday, Barack Obama branded Republicans as extreme and reactionary, in
campaign appearances for high-profile Democratic senators under threat in November's
mid-term polls.

Obama rallied crowds in Los Angeles, California, and was to move on to gambling paradise
Nevada in a bid to rescue wobbling Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid, on the
third day of a four-day campaign blitz.

He charged that the first Republican president, his political hero Abraham Lincoln would not
be able to win the opposition party's presidential nomination in the modern age.

"Seriously, can you imagine him trying to run with these folks?" Obama said, in a bid to
portray the Republican Party as outside the mainstream ahead of November 2 congressional
polls in which his Democrats fear heavy losses.

Obama accused Republicans of sitting on their hands while he saved the economy from a
second Great Depression and of wanting to go back to the same lax regulatory regimes that
caused the crisis in the first place.

"This agenda that poses as conservatism is not conservative. It resulted in a radical shift
from record surpluses to record deficits, allowed Wall Street to run wild, nearly destroyed
our economy," Obama said.

"This is a choice between the past and the future, between fear and hope, between moving
backwards and moving forwards. And I don't know about you, but I want to move forward,"
Obama said, at a campaign event for under-fire Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

"They are clinging to the same worn-out, tired, snake-oil ideas that they were peddling
before."

Republicans need to win 39 seats to take back the House after four years of Democratic
control -- a task well within their reach with some analysts judging up to 90 races in the
435-seat chamber as competitive.

In the Senate, Republicans need a 10-seat swing, a result that may be beyond them after
several races tightened in favor of Democrats in recent days, and a scenario of six or seven
seats changing hands seems more likely.

Obama was later to head to Nevada to take part in a Democratic National Committee rally
alongside Reid, who is the top Republican target in the election, and is locked in a close race
with "Tea Party" conservative favorite Sharron Angle.

He was due to finish up a campaign swing, which has also taken in Oregon and Washington
state, in Minnesota on Saturday.

Related: Angle: "The only word for Obama, Reid… delusional"

More delusions: Valerie Jarrett says, "We completely understand this voter anger."

Second largest dhimmicratic city in the country, on the USC campus (30,000 students) and
all Obama can get to show up is 35,000 -- and 32,000 of those came for the band.

Obama is clearly delusional if he believes he saved the economy from a second Great
Depression created by those evil Republicans. Granted, they didn't help, but his entire
speech demonstrates he is delusional -- or he is consciously lying his ass off -- neither is
appropriate for an alleged leader.

Obama Post-Racial? You Decide
Weasel Zippers says this is leftist demagoguery at its finest.

In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Obama sought to assure Hispanics
that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, despite fierce
Republican opposition.

"If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re
gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' if they don’t
see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and
that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2."

Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border
security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration
measure, Obama said, "Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American
values."

Related: Obama Tells Latinos That Officials Who Support Border Security "Aren’t the Kinds
of Folks Who Represent Our Core American Values"

Related: Obama the Uniter -- Republicans "Gotta Sit in Back"

This guy is all about dividing and conquering. He's vile.
Democrat Election Fraud Openly Running Rampant
Sher Zieve says Arizona and Colorado are reporting massive voter fraud perpetrated by the
Marxist groups Mi Familia Vota and One Vote Arizona. Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce
writes: "I also understand that these 2 groups have signed up 20,000 states wide and they
have requested that 45,000 be put on the permanent early ballot. If 65% of these last
minute registration forms in Yuma are invalid, which may be more as they are still checking
the rest, then what is the percentages of invalid in Maricopa, Pima and other counties?"

Aided by Socialist Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and a George Soros funded
group, poll watchers are being threatened with, amongst other things, Obama's DOJ:
"Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was seen inside the polling location electioneering
and threatening to turn a poll-watcher's name to the Department of Justice for voter
intimidation." Note: It appears that Michele Obama is not the only Marxist Democrat who is
now allowed to illegally electioneer.

Kelly Shackelford of Liberty Institute says "All these attacks are clearly an attempt to bully
and silence a group of volunteer citizens who are just trying to keep the election process
honest."

Voting machines in Nevada are being reported for automatically checking Harry Reid's
name. The Washington Examiner reports: "Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote
for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid's name was
already checked. Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience. She said her
husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

"Something's not right," Ferrara said. "One person, that's a fluke. Two, that's strange. But
several within a five minute period of time -- that's wrong"." Note: Oh and by the way,
guess who is the official technical organization for the voting machines? Why, it's Obama's
bought and paid for SEIU. I was very serious when I wrote my column "Obama & Co
Election Fraud may be Worst in US History." With even members of the now Marxist-run
Congress illegally and openly intimidating voters, this is worse than it has ever been.
Myriad other reports of early voting fraud are coming in from across the country.

Again folks -- and I cannot stress this enough -- We-the-People MUST vote in
unprecedented numbers in order to counter the all-out attack now being waged against us
by Dictator-in-Chief Obama's government. Our would-be slave masters are proving the
point -- beyond any and all doubt or question -- that they WILL do anything and stop at
nothing to stay in power in order to bleed every last drop of resources, blood, freedoms and
liberty from us. It's now or never.

"If once the People become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and
Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our
general nature, in spite of individual exceptions" -- Thomas Jefferson

I've started a page containing instances of the Democrat's voter shenanigans. I'll be
updating it over the next week.
Obama Warns Of Progress Reversed
The Obama-friendly AP reports Barack Obama implored voters on Saturday to resist a
Republican tide, warning that if the GOP prevails in Tuesday's midterm elections all the
progress of his first two years in office "can be rolled back."

That would be just fine, said Rep. John Boehner, in line to become the new speaker if
Republicans take the House, as expected. He declared, "Americans are demanding a new
way forward in Washington."

Embarking on a four-state weekend campaign dash, Obama acknowledged the difficulties
Democrats face -- the distinct chance of losing their comfortable majority in the House and
possibly the Senate, as well as several governors' seats.

All four weekend stops are in states Obama carried in 2008 -- Pennsylvania, Connecticut,
Illinois and Ohio. But Democratic candidates for the Senate, House and governorships are
struggling in these places and elsewhere, and Obama is making a last-ditch plea for the
party's core supporters not to abandon them.

"It is difficult here in Pennsylvania, it is difficult all across the country," Obama told several
hundred campaign volunteers at Temple University in Philadelphia, a Democratic-leaning
city he has visited often.

The weekend tour marks the president's last campaign swing of the campaign season, with
Republicans expecting big victories on Tuesday. Obama's sagging popularity has limited his
ability to save Democratic candidates, and his legislative agenda may be deeply complicated
if the GOP takes over the House, as many expect.

Unless Democratic voters turn out in big numbers, Obama said in a seven-minute talk, all
the progress made in the past two years "can be rolled back."

Continue reading here . . .

"...all the progress made in the past two years can be rolled back." -- Now that's an
encouraging assessment.
Obama and Pelosi's Agenda Down In Flames
Hugh Hewitt says it takes a powerful collective repugnance to propel a national political
rebuke.

Obama and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have accomplished an extraordinary thing. Tomorrow
they will enter the history books as the most spectacularly failed partnership in modern
American political history. Never in the last 100 years have two American politicians
squandered so much political capital and achieved so complete a rejection as this duo. (I
omit intentionally the hapless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is very much the
Lepidus in this triumvirate.)

The Obama-Pelosi record contains hugely significant actions, but negative ones. They are
to the Democrats of this century what Hoover was to the Republicans of the last: a
complete platform for the other party in proper names. How far in the future will it be when
a Republican convention does not prominently feature warnings to the public of a return of
the era of Obama-Pelosi?

The myth about "off-year" elections is already being spun out by the left as a threadbare
cover for their leaders' collective collapse. These observations overlook 1934, 1954, 1962
and 2002 as examples of elections following a new president's entry into office when he
managed not to get clobbered at the polls. FDR saw the Democrats add nine seats in the
House of Representatives in 1934. Dwight Eisenhower's GOP lost 18 House seats and JFK's
Democrats lost four in '54 and '62 respectively. George W Bush's Republicans actually
added eight House members in 2002. Two other parallels are exact: Presidents Reagan in
'82 and Clinton in '94 were also both new presidents taking office after an administration of
the opposite party and who had governed for 22 months when the public got to deliver a
verdict. Reagan watched the GOP lose 27 seats to the Democrats, and Clinton witnessed
the rise of Newt Gingrich as the GOP added 54 seats. Until Nov. 2, 2010, Clinton was the
gold standard for botched opening presidential acts. How the Man from Hope must be
laughing at the Man of Hope and Change. Obama won't erase Clinton's stain of
impeachment, but he will replace 42 with 44 in the annals of political failure in America.

Pelosi is in a class by herself. Her particular style of leadership -- arrogant, humorless,
imperious and dense -- will guide by negative example many generations of future
legislative leaders. "Don't go Pelosi on us," consultants and colleagues will chide their
leaders. And what a caution that will be: Do you want history to know you as a wholly,
completely, irrefutably rejected failure?

But for the condescension these two have displayed toward their fellow citizens and citizen-
legislators, their fall might even elicit some sympathy. But "I won, you lost" and "we'll have
to pass the bill to find out what is in it" are not predicates on which much empathy can be
built. Obama and Pelosi were handed unique majorities and a chance to establish a very
long-lasting domination of American politics had they only governed from the center-left
and not chosen the agenda of the hard left. (The noise from the bloggers and Jon Stewart
may be a balm to lefties that Pelosi and Obama failed for want of going far enough left, but
Republicans can only pray that Democrats run on "the stimulus was too small and
ObamaCare insufficiently radical" in 2012 and beyond.)

The epic loss on Tuesday will launch a thousand op-eds and who knows how many
dissertations. But the explanation is very simple. Never have two modern American
leaders been so utterly bereft of graciousness. Americans do not particularly value humility
in their politicians, but arrogance and disdain are poison to the public. Obama gets a
second chance. Pelosi does not. And that is at least some consolation for Democrats on
Tuesday.
Thousands Of Empty Seats
Shane D’Aprile says the arena where Obama and Biden made their final appeal to
Democrats to get out and vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections was far from capacity Sunday
afternoon.
The crowd estimate stands at 8,000 in the arena that seats just over 13,000 and a couple
thousand empty seats are visible above the stage where Obama and Biden rallied
supporters.

The event is the final one in a series of "Moving America Forward" rallies aimed at ginning
up enthusiasm with the party’s largely deflated base ahead of Tuesday.

The crowds are undoubtedly too confused and afraid to show up.

Related: Obama makes final pitch to voters, says Republicans getting "cocky"
The Obama Agenda Is Dead
On the Fox News Channel’s early morning coverage, Charles Krauthammer said, "I think
that the message is unmistakable that the Obama agenda is dead. The question is how
much of it is going to be repealed and how much will Obama be willing to concede. It’s
clear as you projected the house is going to be Republican. I think what is going to happen
is the Republicans are not going to win the Senate."

"But I think they're going to have de facto control of the Senate in the sense that there
were going to be several Democratic senators that are going to be up for re-election in two
years," he continued. "I'm thinking of a Jim Webb from Virginia. I’m thinking of some of
the others. There are going to be more Democrats up for re-election than Republicans in
two years in the Senate, and they’re looking at the fate of those Democrats who went with
Obama with his agenda and walked the plank and are now gone, and they're not going to
go. And I think there will be great resistance in the Senate to any advance of the Obama
agenda."
The Observer At His Own Funeral
George Neumayr says that at his post-defeat press conference, Barack Obama worked hard
to project an air of somber reflection, even as his remarks revealed that he had learned
nothing from the defeat.

Amidst the practiced pauses and detached narration of the crash came a litany of excuses,
evasions, and arrogant denials. He more or less cast himself as the victim of a "bad
economy," as if two years of sending anti-business signals to employers had nothing to do
with the high jobless rate. He made sure to note that other presidents had gotten similarly
clocked after two years. And he essentially blamed the American people for a lack of
perception and patience.

But since he couldn't say that directly, he had to couch his self-justification in the form of
patronizing blather about how he could have "accomplished" more, made better "progress,"
and "communicated" more effectively with the American people. He tried to make some
sort of phony distinction between his "policy decisions" and his "policy outcomes," implying
that the people objected to the latter but not to the former. Never mind that the exit polls
demonstrated that they repudiated both.

Obama couldn't bring himself to admit the obvious, that his liberalism leaves the American
people unafraid of alternatives, so instead we got the usual self-serving nonsense about
how the American people like the content of liberalism but just resist it in times of distress
when Democrats fall down at salesmanship and implementation. In one answer, he even
had the audacity to suggest that the American people were too dumb to realize that his
bailout-style socialism was only temporary and not a permanent policy. Where could they
have possibly gotten that idea?
Obama was in effect saying at the press conference what Joe Biden said on the campaign
trail (that liberalism is hard "to explain," but somehow wonderful to behold over time in its
results) and what Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid said after the passage of the health care bill
(that a patient people will learn to love all the goodies contained within it if they just wait a
decade or so).

Obama received praise after the press conference for his "pensive" demeanor, but what's
stunning about him is his utter lack of reflection. He either has no capacity for critical
thinking or what little he once possessed has dissipated in ideological reliance upon
mindless cliché and sophistry. In any case, it is scary. At the end of the day, he is nothing
more than a shallow pol with little interest in or knowledge of governing. He backed into
the White House through effortless luck (he ran against one of the worst Republican
presidential candidates ever), and apparently assumed that running the White House would
be just as easy.

His shallowness also makes him obtuse, even from a rawly political and self-interested
standpoint. He suffered one of the worst defeats in decades because of his environmental,
socialist, and Brave New World dilettantism, yet spent much of the press conference talking
about "electric cars," gays in the military, and 26-year-olds who, thanks to his largesse, will
get to stay on the health care plans of their "parents."

Obama's metaphorical "car in the ditch" is apparently an electric car which, if it ever gets
out, will drive America into a glorious future by picking up 26-year-olds and depositing them
at job interviews for work made possible through the "Stimulus" package.

Obama admitted that he lives in a "bubble," but that too was the fault of others. He
presented himself as the passive victim of his own presidency. Near the end of the press
conference, he allowed himself a particularly absurd and maudlin moment, complaining that
because of the presidency's inherently insular character no one can see the depth of his
concern for the people. He said that "no one is filming him reading those letters" from them
which leave him so anguished and inspired.

Perhaps Obama needs his own reality show.
The End Of Obama’s Legacy
Skookums asks, will arrogance and narcissism toll the end of Obama’s legacy?

The midterm elections are basically over and has left the Democrat Party shaken and
demoralized. That is everyone except the leadership. Reid and Pelosi see their individual
wins as an endorsement of their leadership, an attitude that is shared by Obama. They the
Undaunted Triumvirate of Marxism feel that the only failing on their behalf was to push
forward without adequately explaining to the people of America the benefits and advantages
of increased governmental control of their lives and how we will benefit from the dissolution
of our national sovereignty. Thus with the flimsiest of mandates that relies on arrogance
and narcissism rather than substance, they intend to forge ahead with their Marxist-Leninist
policies and continue implementing the Obama/Soros policies of Open Society and Open
Borders as if the American people and their opinions are inconsequential and the election
didn’t happen.

I think that’s a fair argument. I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy
and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that, we stopped paying attention to the
fact that leadership isn’t just legislation. That it’s a matter of persuading people. And
giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone."

"Making an argument that people can understand," Obama continued, "I think that we
haven’t always been successful at that. And I take personal responsibility for that. And it’s
something that I’ve got to examine carefully … as I go forward."

"I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy" playing golf and vacationing, I
neglected my duties as a war time president trying to impose Marxism on an unsuspecting
electorate; there simply wasn’t enough time to do everything.

Never even admitting in the slightest that Americans might be reluctant to join the
Obama/Soros march toward International Marxism, he is driven towards his final goal like
any true despot. Instead, it is the ignorance of Americans that prevents them from seeing
the wisdom of his genius and the only reason why they want to repeal his plan for Socialized
Medicine.

The Great Unifier that was going to unite America has created an even larger chasm of
political polarity in America, a void so immense that he hasn’t even begun to realize its
width or depth. At some point the stark realization will set in, he no longer has the support
of America except for the unions, entitlement classes and minorities; a coalition that may
have seemed powerful as a community organizer, but will be a disaster in 2012, despite the
billions of Soros and his direction.




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Obama Uses Gulf Oil Spill For Energy Agenda Push
Obama used the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico to advance his alternative energy
agenda Wednesday, calling it a warning that America needs to transition away from
dependence on fossil fuels.

"The catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf right now may prove to be a result of human error --
or corporations taking dangerous shortcuts that compromised safety," Obama said in
remarks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"But we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the
surface of the Earth -- risks that are bound to increase the harder oil extraction becomes.
Just like we have to acknowledge that an America run solely on fossil fuels should not be
the vision we have for our children and grandchildren."

Obama's emphasis on energy issues was part of a broader focus in his speech on the state
of the economy. Administration officials pledged to focus strongly on job creation earlier in
the year but have since been forced to grapple with a host of unexpected challenges,
including the oil spill.

"The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a clean energy
future," Obama said. "That means [making] everything from our homes and businesses to
our cars and trucks more energy efficient. It means tapping into our natural gas reserves,
and moving ahead with our plan to expand our nation's fleet of nuclear power plants. And it
means rolling back billions of dollars in tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize
investments in clean energy research and development."

Obama also renewed his call for a carbon tax.

"The only way the transition to clean energy will succeed is if the private sector is fully
invested in this future," he said. "And the only way to do that is by finally putting a price on
carbon pollution."

Clean energy is a wonderful notion, but Obama's socialism will bankrupt America in the
process. It's going to take 50 years to change this:




Obama Asks America To Commit Suicide
Alan Caruba says Obama is one of the most articulate we have had in that office. His ability
to deliver a speech or a short talk such as his first from the Oval Office Tuesday evening is
impressive. He knows how to deliver an address.

What he doesn’t know or doesn’t care about is the difference between the truth and a lie.
His fifteen-minute address was the piling on of one lie after another regarding America’s use
of energy and its needs for the future.

It is a lie to say America is "addicted" to "fossil fuels." Oil is not a fossil fuel. It is not the
result of dead dinosaurs. It is created deep in the bowels of the planet. There is an
abundance of oil, but with the wealth it creates there is also massive corruption in many of
the nations that possess it.

We are no more addicted to oil than we are addicted to oxygen. This extraordinary mineral
is a part of every aspect of our lives; used to create plastic, used in pharmaceuticals, used
for the asphalt that pave our highways, and used as the fuel for our cars, trucks, and for
countless other applications.

Oil is not "finite" as Obama suggested. There is no end of oil.

There are, however, tremendous challenges and costs to find it, drill for it, transport it, and
refine it. It is an industry that requires huge amounts of money to discover new reservoirs
of oil and even more to acquire it. It involves tremendous risk as well. Oil companies that
hit too many dry wells are no longer in business.

Obama cited China as a nation pursuing "clean energy", but Obama said nothing of the new
coal-fired plants to generate electricity that China has been opening every week in recent
years and will continue to do in the years ahead. Obama did not mention that China is
literally drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cuba. Like every modern nation,
China needs oil.

Obama is lying. There is no "clean energy future" when he talks of solar and wind energy.
America needs oil, but the policies of previous administrations from the 1970s onward have
stymied production, shut down existing wells, driven oil companies to seek it anywhere but
here!

Instead, he devoted the thrust of his address to tell Americans they must "embrace a clean
energy future", must "transition away" from so-called fossil fuels, and that the nation must,
in fact, "accelerate" that effort. Obama is lying. There is no "clean energy future" when he
talks of solar and wind energy.

Neither solar or wind can begin to compete with oil, coal and natural gas. If they were
viable, the government would not have to plunder the national treasury to provide them
with subsidies, requiring that they be included as a source by utilities.

Together, after many years of propaganda, they only provide about three percent of the
nation’s energy requirements. They will never provide enough because the wind does not
always blow and the sun does not always shine. Every wind and solar farm must be backed
up by a traditional plant, be it coal-fired, nuclear, natural gas or hydroelectric.

Instead, this administration has declared war on the most abundant source of energy we
have in America, coal. We are the Saudi Arabia of coal. Coal provides fifty percent of our
electricity and it could provide even more; a source that could last for centuries, except that
the Obama administration is doing everything it can to thwart the building of new coal-fired
plants, to shut down coal mining operations.

If Americans continue to believe this president’s lies, if we continue to believe decades of
lies by environmental organizations, many of whom have been the happy recipients of oil
industry largess and support, and if we abandon the very sources of energy on which our
entire economy and way of life depends, Obama will have led America off the cliff.

Obama is asking America to commit suicide.
$7-A-Gallon Gas?
Ben Lieberman says Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas. That's a
Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of Obama's global-warming
agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for
addressing the Gulf mess.

So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill? Good question,
because such measures wouldn't do a thing to clean up the oil or fix the problems that led
to the leak.

The answer can be found in Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's now-famous words, "You
never want a serious crisis to go to waste -- and what I mean by that is it's an opportunity
to do things that you think you could not do before."

That sure was true of global-warming policy, and especially the cap-and-trade bill. Many
observers thought the measure, introduced last year in the House by Reps. Henry Waxman
(D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), was dead: The American people didn't seem to
think that the so-called global-warming crisis justified a price-hiking, job-killing, economy-
crushing redesign of our energy supply amid a fragile recovery. Passing another major
piece of legislation, one every bit as unpopular as ObamaCare, appeared unlikely in an
election year. So Obama and congressional proponents of cap-and-trade spent several
months rebranding it -- downplaying the global-warming rationale and claiming that it was
really a jobs bill (the so-called green jobs were supposed to spring from the new clean-
energy economy) and an energy-independence bill (that will somehow stick it to OPEC).

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) even reportedly declined to
introduce their new cap-and-trade proposal in the Senate on Earth Day, because they
wanted to de-emphasize the global-warming message. Instead, Kerry called the American
Power Act "a plan that creates jobs and sets us on a course toward energy independence
and economic resurgence." But the new marketing strategy wasn't working. Few believe
the green-jobs hype -- with good reason. In Spain, for example, green jobs have been an
expensive bust, with each position created requiring, on average, $774,000 in government
subsidies. And the logic of getting us off oil imports via a unilateral measure that punishes
American coal, oil and natural gas never made any sense at all.

Now Obama is repackaging cap-and-trade -- again -- as a long-term solution to the oil spill.
But it's the same old agenda, a huge energy tax that will raise the cost of gasoline and
electricity high enough so that we're forced to use less.

The logic linking cap-and-trade to the spill in the Gulf should frighten anyone who owns a
car or truck. Such measures force up the price at the pump -- Harvard Kennedy School's
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs thinks it "may require gas prices greater
than $7 a gallon by 2020" to meet Obama's stated goal of reducing emissions 14 percent
from the transportation sector.

Of course, doing so would reduce gasoline use and also raise market share for hugely
expensive alternative fuels and vehicles that could never compete otherwise. Less gasoline
demand means less need for drilling and thus a slightly reduced chance of a repeat of the
Deepwater Horizon spill -- but only slightly. Oil will still be a vital part of America's energy
mix.

Oil-spill risks should be addressed directly -- such as finding out why the leak occurred and
requiring new preventive measures or preparing an improved cleanup plan for the next
incident. Cap-and-trade is no fix and would cause trillions of dollars in collateral economic
damage along the way.

Emanuel was wrong. The administration shouldn't view each crisis -- including the oil spill -
- as an opportunity to be exploited, but as a problem to be addressed. And America can't
afford $7-a-gallon gas.
Obama's Energy Pipe Dreams
Robert J. Samuelson says just once, it would be nice if a politician would level with
Americans on energy. Barack Obama isn't that guy. His speech the other night was about
political damage control -- his own. It was full of misinformation and mythology -- Obama's
forte. Obama held out a gleaming vision of an America that would convert to the "clean"
energy of, presumably, wind, solar and biomass. It isn't going to happen for many, many
decades, if ever.

For starters, we won't soon end our "addiction to fossil fuels." Oil, coal and natural gas
supply about 85 percent of America's energy needs. The U.S. Energy Information
Administration (EIA) expects energy consumption to grow only an average of 0.5 percent
annually from 2008 to 2035, but that's still a 14 percent cumulative increase. Fossil fuel
usage would increase slightly in 2035 and its share would still account for 78 percent of the
total.

Unless we shut down the economy, we need fossil fuels. More efficient light bulbs, energy-
saving appliances, cars with higher gas mileage may all dampen energy use. But offsetting
these savings will be more people (391 million vs. 305 million), more households (147
million vs. 113 million), more vehicles (297 million vs. 231 million) and a bigger economy
(almost double in size). Although wind, solar and biomass are assumed to grow as much as
10 times faster than overall energy use, they provide only 11 percent of supply in 2035, up
from 5 percent in 2008.

There are physical limits on new energy sources, as Robert Bryce shows in his book "Power
Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future." Suppose an
inventor "found a way to convert soybeans into jet fuel," Bryce writes. "Even with that
invention, the conversion of all of America's yearly soybean production into jet fuel would
only provide about 20 percent of U.S. jet fuel demand." Jet fuel, in turn, is about 8 percent
of U.S. oil use. Similarly, wind turbines have limited potential; they must be supported by
backup generating capacity when there's no breeze.

The consequences of the BP oil spill come in two parts. The first is familiar: the fire; the
deaths; coated birds; polluted wetlands; closed beaches; anxious fishermen. The second is
less appreciated: a more muddled energy debate.

Obama has made vilification of oil and the oil industry a rhetorical mainstay. This is
intellectually shallow, if politically understandable. "Clean energy" won't displace oil or
achieve huge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions -- for example, the 83 percent cut by
2050 from 2005 levels included in last year's House climate change legislation. Barring
major technological advances (say, low-cost "carbon capture" to pump CO2 into the ground)
or an implausibly massive shift to nuclear power, this simply won't happen. It's a pipe
dream. In the EIA's "reference case" projection, CO2 emissions in 2035 are 8.7 percent
higher than in 2008.

Rather than admit the obvious, Obama implies that other countries are disproving it.
"Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right
here in America," he said in his address. If China can do it, so can we! Well, whatever
China's accomplishing on wind and solar, it's a sideshow. In 2008, fossil fuels met 87
percent of its energy needs, reports the International Energy Agency. Coal alone accounted
for 66 percent. China represents about half of the world's hard coal consumption. Usage
grew 10.7 percent annually from 2000 to 2008.

The outlines of a pragmatic energy policy are clear. A gradually increasing tax on oil or
carbon would nudge people toward more energy-efficient products, including cars. Any tax
should be part of a budget program that includes major spending cuts. This is a better
approach than the confusing cap-and-trade proposals -- embraced by the House and the
administration -- that would inevitably be riddled with exceptions and preferences. Finally,
research and development should search for cheaper, cleaner energy sources.

Meanwhile, it's imperative to tap domestic oil and natural gas. This creates jobs and limits
our dependence on insecure imports. Drilling advances have opened vast reserves of
natural gas trapped in shale. Human error and corner-cutting by BP seem the main causes
of the spill. Given the industry's previously strong safety record, Obama's six-month
moratorium on deepwater drilling isn't justified and should be shortened. It's not industry
lobbyists who sustain fossil fuels but the reality that they're economically and socially
necessary. A candid president would have said so.

Related: Obama's strategy for the Gulf oil spill -- just ignore it -- it's time for a big GAY
party at the White House -- whooppee!
Energy Department To Force Market Transformation
Penny Starr says Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi said Thursday that the U.S.
Department of Energy has a "mandate" to issue regulations that will determine what
household appliances are available to Americans in the future.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the recently reestablished Secretary of Energy
Advisory Board (SEAB), Zoi pointed to four tactics the Obama administration intended use
to advance the "deployment of clean energy." The first three were government subsidies
for private-sector green energy projects, special tax incentives for green energy projects
and low-interest government-backed loans for green energy projects.

"The fourth one, which the secretary and I love," said Zoi, "is where we have a mandate.
Where we can actually just issue regulations and do market transformation."

Zoi, who stands to benefit directly from the government's spending, was referring to
authority the department has under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 as
amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. That law gives the DOE the power to set
efficiency standards for energy-consuming products.

"That’s an existing statute that this department of energy is going to make work really
hard," Zoi said. "We’ve already issued appliance standards that are going to save the
American public somewhere between $250 billion and $300 billion over the next 20 years
just by getting the crummy stuff off the market."

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who also spoke at the meeting, announced in April that the
department had finalized five new "higher energy efficiency standards" for commercial
clothes washers, small electric motors, water heaters, direct heating equipment and pool
heaters.

Standards for 10 additional categories of products are expected to be finalized by the end of
next year, according to a DOE spokeswoman. These will include new standards for
refrigerators, microwave ovens, residential and mobile home furnaces, fluorescent light
ballasts, residential clothes washers and dryers, room and central air conditioners, and
battery chargers.

"We’re going to update [the standards] more frequently" said Zoi. "We have the power to
do that in the statute."

Continue reading here . . .

Is there anyone in Obama's government that doesn't think like a dictator?
Who Needs Domestic Oil Production?
The Institute for Energy Research says one of the sad truths about the Obama
administration is the indifference they have for producing energy domestically.

The Obama administration has given us another piece of evidence of their hostility toward
energy production. On page 69 of a new proposed drilling rule, the administration argues
that we don't need to worry that their permitorium will reduce oil production in the Gulf of
Mexico (and destroy good paying jobs) because we can always get more oil from the oil
dictators at OPEC:




It's a sad state of affairs when our government halts domestic oil production and tells us to
just buy oil from OPEC. Will the Obama administration ever get serious about creating jobs
in America?

John Hinderaker observes that the U.S. is the only country in the world that, as a matter of
policy, does not develop its own energy reserves. It is hard to see a rational basis for that
policy. Energy is an important component in every physical object that is manufactured and
shipped. If a country is not competitive in energy, it is not competitive, period. A Facebook
friend writes:

PETROBRAS BRAZIL DISCOVERS TRILLION-DOLLAR CRUDE OIL FIND. AND AMERICA IS
F****** AROUND WITH USELESS BATTERY-POWERED GOLF-CART CHEVY VOLTS?

Well, yes. The difference is that Brazil wants to become richer and more powerful. I think
there are many in the Obama administration, especially Obama, who think it is unjust that
we are richer and more powerful than Brazil and many other countries. So they design
policies that are intended to retard our progress so that others can catch up. If you think
this makes any kind of sense, you are undoubtedly a Democrat.

It looks like Obama's billions of dollars to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to
finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil's Tupi oil field in the Santos
Basin near Rio de Janeiro has paid off -- for Brazil.
Obama's America Faces Energy Shortage, Blackouts
The Washington Times says the Obama administration is ushering in 2011 with new powers
that will jack up energy costs for consumers. In the name of fighting unproven climate-
change theories, bureaucrats are pushing through tough new business restrictions on
emissions from energy plants that light and heat homes across the country. As a result,
Americans in the near future may be forced to pay a hidden tax in their electric bills or,
worse, find themselves in the dark and cold.

The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules, which take effect Jan. 2, will impose
limits on carbon dioxide. The EPA's primary targets are coal-plant operators, who will be
forced to choose between retrofitting their facilities with expensive emissions-control
equipment and cooling towers or shutting them down. Democratic Sen. John D. Rockefeller
IV -- whose West Virginia coal-country constituents have the most to lose from the tough
emissions restrictions -- announced Friday that he had failed in his 11th-hour attempt to
force a Senate vote to suspend the regulations before they take effect. His measure would
have delayed for two years the new emissions requirements for power plants, refineries and
manufacturing factories under the Clean Air Act.

A study released Dec. 8 by the Brattle Group, an economic consultancy, found that the new
EPA rules could force the retirement of older power plants that produce 50,000 to 67,000
megawatts of electricity, or roughly 20 percent of the nation's coal-fired power plants. As
many as 70 million homes could be subject to blackouts, according to American Solutions,
an advocacy group for conventional energy. Equipping remaining plants to comply with the
mandates would cost $100 billion to $180 billion, the Brattle report warned. Those
expenses would be passed along to consumers in the form of higher electric bills.

Look no further than the White House to find the source of this assault on America's energy
supply. The Obama administration's energy policy is driven by global-warming true
believers. Their intent is to flip the economics of energy and raise the cost of carbon-
dioxide-based power, making purported green energy appear more cost-efficient by
comparison. A review of 2010 recalls a series of obstacles to a fully powered nation that
Team Obama has tossed in the path of nuclear waste disposal, offshore oil and gas drilling
and now coal-produced electricity. All the while, billions are funneled to politically favored
industries in order to subsidize expensive alternatives such as solar panels that produce
electricity at double the cost.

During this Great Recession, families must make wise decisions on how to allocate their
limited financial resources. Unelected bureaucrats at the EPA have appropriated the power
to force consumers to spend more on their energy bills, leaving less for other necessities.
When the 112th Congress convenes on Jan. 5, the newly fortified Republican caucus needs
to get behind the Rockefeller bill, which would halt EPA's power grab and return energy
choice to the people.
Obama’s Energy Power Grab
Rich Trzupek is reporting that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
announced its intention to deliver yet another body blow to the power and petrochemical
industries, piling on another layer of unneeded, unwanted and economically disastrous
regulations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States. Before we
consider the agency’s latest move, let’s take a moment to consider all that has been done
and will be done in the name of fighting the non-existent problem of global warming.
States and the feds are already moving forward with at least six major regulatory programs
designed to reduce the use of fossil fuels and thus decimate the energy sector.

New CAFÉ Standards -- The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards are
arguably the least bad of the bunch, because the due date for the new 35.5 miles per gallon
CAFÉ standard is at least a few years out (2016). Nonetheless, the new CAFÉ standard will
make automobiles more expensive -- as even the White House admits -- less safe (lighter
cars don’t do as well in accidents as compared to heavier ones) and will do almost nothing
to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Renewable Portfolio Standards -- More than thirty states, encompassing about three
quarters of the population of the United States, have adopted Renewable Portfolio
Standards. These standards require using ever decreasing amounts of electricity generated
by the combustion of fossil fuels.

Regional Trading Programs -- States in three parts of the country, the east coast, the west
coast and the midwest, have formed partnerships to create regional cap and trade
programs. The east coast cap and trade program has been up and running for two years.
The west coast and midwest programs will "go live" in the near future.

Permitting of Greenhouse Gases -- Recent USEPA guidance directed state permitting
authorities to treat greenhouse gases as regulated pollutants when considering the
construction of new major sources and major modifications to existing sources. Permitting
authorities are further directed to apply the Best Available Control Technology standard to
the control of greenhouse gases from these sources.

New Ambient Air Standards -- The USEPA’s new ambient air standards for "traditional" air
pollutants are so ridiculously low that it’s virtually impossible for any new facility to comply
with them. This is thus a back-door way of ensuring that no new fossil fuel fired power
facilities can be built.

New Hazardous Air Pollution Rules -- The USEPA’s new rules limiting emissions of hazardous
air pollutants from industrial boilers are also draconian. Again, the net effect will be to
ensure that new industrial boilers powered by fossil fuels are just about impossible to
construct.

Related: Obama’s New "Unreasonable Standard"

Related: White House Plans to Push Global Warming Policy
Obama's Breezy Hypocrisy
The Washington Times says that just before Christmas, Obama's top trade negotiator
dropped off a report to Congress complaining of Chinese wind-turbine incentives. U.S.
Trade Representative Ron Kirk wants the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intervene in
the dispute over Beijing's use of grants and loans to prop up its domestic propeller industry.

The administration is irked that U.S. firms aren't allowed to enjoy a slice of the Chinese
pork. "Specifically, the United States is challenging subsidies being provided by the Chinese
government to manufacturers of wind turbine systems that appear to be contingent on the
use of domestic over imported components and parts," Mr. Kirk's report explained.

There are plenty of trade policy issues where China is in the wrong, but Obama is living in a
glass house on this one. The Obama administration has significantly boosted the support
targeted to our own domestic windmill industry. "The Recovery Act is helping to ramp up
manufacturing and deployment of wind-power components in the U.S., maintaining strong
demand and financing for wind projects and helping to attract billions of dollars of additional
investment into U.S. wind manufacturing," a White House fact sheet boasted.

One of the primary mechanisms for this assistance is the production tax credit, which
Obama's "stimulus" bill renewed through the end of 2012. This measure offers an inflation-
adjusted 2.1 cent per kilowatt-hour credit for windmill owners, which covers about 21
percent of the average retail cost of the power. The "stimulus" added a cash grant option
covering 30 percent of the capital cost of wind-farm installation. Federal and state
governments also offer "Buy American" incentives available only to U.S. firms.

The biggest beneficiary of this generosity happens to be General Electric, the top U.S. wind-
turbine manufacturer, and a huge Obama contributor. GE got into the windmill business
after gobbling up "renewable energy" assets from Enron as that ill-fated firm was forced
into bankruptcy in 2002. Enron's rent-seeking business model didn't change when its wind
business moved into the house that Edison built. Billions in taxpayer dollars continue to fan
the rebirth of this fundamentally medieval technology.

Wind power hasn't made sense since the Industrial Revolution perfected the steam engine.
Instead of looking to the skies to know when a trip across the Atlantic was possible,
travelers were free to go when they pleased. Americans looking for reliable electricity aren't
going to find it by returning to the whim of an unpredictable breeze.

The Obama administration doesn't care about efficiency or reliability. It's responding to the
distress call of a political ally. In September, the United Steel Workers union urged WTO
intervention on the grounds that, "U.S. imports from China of the towers and masts for
windmills have grown 17 times over since 2006." Big Labor wants its cut of the
international subsidies doled out to bird-slicing blade producers.

Both Washington and Beijing are wrong to intervene in the marketplace by bankrolling
Enron-style wind boondoggles. The White House should drop its own "green energy"
programs if it really wants China to do the same.
Team Obama Yanks Coal Permit
Jim Hoft reminds us that on Sunday April 25, 2010, Barack Obama attended the memorial
service in West Virginia for the 29 miners who perished in the nation’s worst mining disaster
in 25 years. During his speech to the families Obama praised the coal miners and "the
fruits of their labor that so often we take for granted."

"Five miles into a mountain. The only light, the lamp on their caps. Day after day they
would burrow into the coal. The fruits of their labor that so often we take for granted. The
electricity that lights up a convention center; that lights up our church or our home our
school our office. The energy that powers our country. The energy that powers the world."

Obama praised the coal industry at the miner memorial service -- but that was then.

Now, for the first time ever, the Obama Administration blocked an already approved bid to
build one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history.

The Obama administration Thursday reversed a Bush-era decision and blocked a bid to build
one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history.

For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency is revoking a permit already issued,
taking back its approval for Arch Coal’s Spruce No.1 mine in southern West Virginia. EPA
said the mine would cause unacceptable damage to local waterways and public health.

EPA’s decision is a major victory for environmental groups, who have fought against the
mine since it was proposed more than a decade and cements agency administrator Lisa
Jackson’s status as their environmental hero. The George W. Bush administration had
approved the Clean Water Act permit in 2007.

"In sharp contrast to the previous administration’s policies on mountaintop removal coal
mining, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is showing a strong commitment to the law, the
science and the principles of environmental justice," Sierra Club executive director Michael
Brune said today. "She deserves enormous credit for changing policies to protect
Appalachia’s health, land and water."

But EPA’s critics are vowing to battle the decision in the courts, Congress and the White
House.

Remember, when democrats say they want to supply America with affordable energy
alternatives -- They’re lying.

Related: Oil at $99 -- if it breaks past $100 it will drive up fuel costs and threaten the
fragile economic recovery.
The Next Obama Disaster
John H. Hinderaker says in any other administration, Obama's energy policies would be
dominating the political debate. It is only because the administration has pursued so many
disastrous policies -- government medicine, bailouts, faux stimulus, unheard-of deficits --
that energy has taken a back seat. It will not be long, however, before rising energy costs
are again in the forefront of economic anxiety and political debate. Reuters reports:

Oil rose on Wednesday after production shutdowns, falling U.S. inventories and growing
demand sent Brent crude toward $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008.

U.S. government data showing U.S. crude stocks falling for a sixth straight week helped
extend this week's gains. Disruptions from Alaska and Norway stoked supply concerns and
cold weather in the U.S. Northeast fed demand for heating oil. [EIA/S]

Oil's climb back toward $100 a barrel -- last touched in October 2008 -- has raised concerns
about the impact of higher fuel costs on the tenuous economic recovery. "Back in 2008,
(U.S.) crude oil only traded above $100 a barrel for about six months before the world
economy collapsed into the worst crisis since the 1930s," warned Sabine Schels, commodity
strategist for Merrill Lynch.

Crude's rise on Wednesday was part of wider gains across commodities, with metals rising
and soybean and corn futures touching 30-month highs that further stoked economic
worries. London Brent oil LCOc1, benchmark for European, Middle East, and African crudes,
rose 51 cents to settle at $98.12 a barrel, after touching $98.85 a barrel earlier, the highest
level since Oct. 1, 2008.

The Obama administration's announcement that permitting for deepwater drilling in the Gulf
will "likely" resume in June is way too little, way too late, and basically amounts to kicking
the can even farther down the road.

Was it actually rising energy prices rather than home prices that caused the Great
Recession? I don't think so, but The Fiscal Times makes an interesting point:

Some observers have suggested that the recent financial crisis had its roots in a jump in oil
prices. James Hamilton of UC San Diego produced a report in 2009 saying that higher oil
prices in 2007-2008 impacted domestic spending and auto purchases to such an extent that
"in the absence of those declines, it is unlikely that we would have characterized the period
2007:Q4 to 2008:Q3 as one of economic recession for the U.S."

In other words, the Great Recession may have stemmed from a sharp jump in the average
cost of imported oil, which rose from $59.05 per barrel in 2006 to $92.57 in 2008 -- and not
from a collapse in the value of subprime mortgages. Since the 1960s consumer outlays on
gasoline and heating fuel have ranged from a little below 5% in the late 1990s to nearly
10% in the early 1980s. When this ratio starts moving towards the higher end of the range,
as it did in the mid- 2000s, the consumer cuts back on other spending, precipitating an
economic downturn.

The Obama administration's attitude toward energy costs is astonishingly cavalier. So far,
Obama and his advisers don't seem to have gotten past the idea the America is an exploiter
nation and therefore "too rich;" so if energy policy makes us all poorer, it is probably just as
well. This is not, to put it mildly, an attitude that prevails among voters.
Obama Oil Policies Fueling Recession?
Dana Joel Gattuso says as Obama and his team of regulators bring domestic oil production
to a crawl via their moratorium on offshore drilling, standstill on drilling permits, and myriad
regulations on accessing oil on public lands, is it any wonder that oil and gas prices are
climbing toward the record highs we saw in 2008, prior to the economic collapse?

Last week, Greenwire reported that there were fewer new wells drilled for oil on public lands
in 2010 than in any other year in the past decade, and that as many as two-thirds of the
permits issued to the oil and gas industry for drilling on federal lands were unused.

Kathleen Sgamma, government-affairs director for the Denver-based Western Energy
Alliance, said the Obama administration’s regulations have discouraged new drilling in the
West, where BLM controls some 250 million acres. "We were surprised," Sgamma said, "to
see just how much the additional regulatory burden has discouraged drilling in the West."

Meanwhile, U.S. crude supplies have fallen for the sixth straight week, oil is inching toward
$100 a barrel, the highest since October 2008, and retail gas prices are close to $3.00 a
gallon.
This has scary implications for an economic recovery -- as Ben Bernanke alluded to last
week when he testified that he was "closely watching" increasing gas prices which could
hurt economic growth.

Some experts are even warning that rising energy prices could push us into another
recession.
Under Obama Gas Prices Have Risen 55%
The Heritage Foundation points out this fact: Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu
wants to "figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." At the time
he made the statement, gas cost $7 to $8 per gallon in Europe.

And this fact: Since taking office, Obama’s entire energy agenda has made a gallon of gas
more expensive:

• Immediately after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, canceled 77
leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.
• The EPA announced new rules mandating the use of 36 billion gallons worth of renewable
fuels (like ethanol) by 2020.
• This summer Obama needlessly instituted, not one, but two outright drilling bans in the
Gulf of Mexico.
• After rescinding his outright offshore drilling ban, Obama has refused to issue any new
drilling permits in the Gulf, a policy that the Energy Information Administration estimates
will cut domestic offshore oil production by 13% this year
• Interior Secretary Salazar announced that the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast,
and the Pacific coast will not be developed, effectively banning drilling in those areas for the
next seven years;
• The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new global warming regulations for
oil refineries;
• Interior Secretary Salazar announced new rules making it more difficult to develop
energy resources on federal land.




All of these policies raise gas prices at the pump by either: 1) decreasing the availability of
domestic energy supplies, or 2) increasing regulatory costs on gasoline production.

President George Bush was no saint when it came to free market energy policies either. He
mandated the use of ethanol, put off opening up the Outer Continental Shelf till the end of
his second term, supported the expansion of renewable energy tax credits, tried to subsidize
the nuclear power industry, and caved into environmental pressure by allowing the EPA to
begin the global warming regulation process.

But as two time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells says, "You are what your record says
you are." And the facts are these: during the first two years under Barack Obama, gas
prices have risen 55%. You can compare that to the 5% drop in gas prices during the first
two years of President Bush’s term or the 2% drop under the first two years of President
Clinton’s term. Neither President Bush nor President Clinton had perfect energy policies.
But neither of them appointed an Energy Secretary who wanted Americans to pay $9 for a
gallon of gas either.




Obama’s Decrees Cause Energy Prices To "Skyrocket"
Ben Johnson says that in a candid moment while running for president, Barack Obama told
the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, "under my plan…electricity rates would
necessarily skyrocket." Last week, the Obama administration moved to make that a reality,
using its rule by executive fiat to punish the coal industry. The action comes as Obama is
halting offshore oil drilling and threatening one state alone with millions of dollars in lost
revenue. His most recent action was "unprecedented," could kill jobs during a recession,
and comes as heating oil and gasoline prices are rising.

Obama’s latest environmentalist imbroglio is his declaration of war on the coal industry.
Last week, the EPA revoked the mining permit of Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan
County, West Virginia. The EPA granted the permit in 2007. Since then, Arch Coal has
complied with all of the agency’s terms and made millions of dollars of investments in the
hard-hit Appalachian state.
The EPA reversed itself last week, revoking its validly granted permit and calling into
question whether it would honor any of its prior obligations. Its pretext was the company’s
use of mountaintop removal mining, which it called "destructive and unsustainable.
However, it was known the mine would use this procedure when the EPA granted the permit
four years ago.

The mine would have employed 250 people and harvested more than 40 million tons of
coal, over 15 years.

West Virginia’s lawmakers are rightly incensed. Newly elected Democratic Senator Joe
Manchin’s statement read in part:

"According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the
rules. Why? They just change the rules." Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, called
the revocation, "a staged event to reward a core constituency that doesn’t want any coal
mining or coal plants, no matter the cost to West Virginia or our nation."

Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller told Obama in a letter that his action "needlessly throws
other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress."

Industry leaders echoed his concern. "Every road project, construction project or mine site
that has received valid CWA 404 permits in the past is now in jeopardy of having that
permit vetoed or revoked," said Bryan Brown, executive director of the Foundation for
American Coal Energy. The crippling handicap of uncertainty harms our economy,
undermines confidence in the government, and keeps industry executives from making
additional investments in energy exploration.

Which was the point. Obama is acting in a lawless manner to introduce uncertainty and stop
business from finding additional natural resources, because they want to use skyrocketing
energy prices to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint.

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Obama said he would bankrupt coal (video). I guess he meant it.
Drill, Baby, Drill
Jonah Goldberg reminds us that Obama will deliver his State of the Union message on
Tuesday.

The conventional wisdom is that he will continue his "move to the center." The quotation
marks are necessary because some people think he really is moving to the center, while
others think he just wants to appear like he is.
Either way, this undoubtedly means Obama will try to seem as if he's meeting Republicans
halfway on their "reasonable" demands (quotation marks for the same reason as before)
while drawing a stark line against their "unreasonable" ones.

As much as I may enjoy it, this sort of strategizing leaves most Americans cold. As far as I
can tell, these days they are less concerned with "triangulation" than they are with the
creation of good jobs that aren't bogus make-work, or paid for with money borrowed from
China or our grandkids.

If that's the case, the solution is right in front of Obama's face. To echo a chant from the
2008 Republican convention, "Drill, baby, drill!"

The objective case for developing our oil and gas wealth is pretty straightforward. With the
exception of climate change, pretty much everything the Obama administration considers a
major problem would be improved by opening the floodgates to new exploration.

The deficit? The oil industry already pays the U.S. treasury more than $95 million a day in
taxes, rent, royalties and the like. If you expand exploration, you expand revenues.
According to estimates, if America unlocked its oil and gas reserves, the government could
take in somewhere between $1 trillion and $2 trillion in additional revenue over the coming
years. And that's not counting the increased revenues from the stimulus of lower fuel and
energy costs.

Trade imbalances? Domestic oil and gas is, by definition, not imported. The more we
produce here, the less we import, or the more we can sell overseas. Either way, the trade
deficit goes down and GDP goes up.

Jobs? You can't drill for American oil or natural gas in China, Saudi Arabia or anyplace other
than America. Oil and gas exploration jobs pay more than twice the national average.

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Obama Knows Business
Jim Hoft says, "it figures," Obama delivered his weekly address from a "Green Energy"
company that is losing money.

Here is what Obama said about the Orion manufacturing plant (video):

I’m speaking to you today from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where I’m at an innovative company
called Orion Energy Systems.

Just a few years ago, this was an empty warehouse. A major employer had shut down this
factory, moved its operations abroad, and took a lot of jobs away from this town.

But today, as you can see behind me, this is a thriving enterprise once more. You are
looking at a factory where 250 workers are building advanced clean energy systems --
state-of-the-art technologies that use solar power and energy efficiency to save farms and
businesses thousands of dollars on their utility bills.

I’m here because this business and others like it are showing us the way forward. And in
the coming days, I’ll be shining a spotlight on innovators across America who are relying on
new technologies to create new jobs and opportunities in new industries.
That’s what companies like Orion are doing. And that’s how America will win the future --
by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our competitors. We’ll win the future by
being the best place on Earth to do business. That is what we are called to do at this
moment. And in my state of the union, I talked about how we get there.

Unfortunately, just like we’ve seen so many times before, there’s much more to the story.

Despite millions in government grants and subsidies, the Manitowoc Company, Obama's
"glimpse of the future," lost $4.8 million last year and cannot promise shareholders it will be
profitable in the foreseeable future. Orion stock has plummeted in the past four years. It
closed 2007 at $18.82 a share. By the end of 2010 it was $3.34.
Obama's Contemptible Drilling Ban
Investor's Business Daily says that an administration that has no respect for Congress, the
courts or the Constitution has been found in contempt for reissuing a drilling moratorium
that a U.S. district judge found overly broad.

The Obama administration's trouble with the courts has continued with a judge's ruling last
week that the Interior Department's reinstating of a drilling moratorium followed by a de
facto moratorium via an overly restrictive permitting process constituted contempt.

Obama had issued a drilling moratorium in May in waters deeper than 500 feet after the
explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off Louisiana that resulted in the
spill of more than 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

In June, Martin Feldman of the Eastern District Court of Louisiana struck down Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar's original moratorium, saying it was overkill based on flawed
reasoning. "If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are?"
Feldman asked in his ruling. "That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed and rather
overbearing."

Feldman further asked: "Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like
Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines?" The administration's answer still seems to be yes, as
offshore oil rigs find their way to other shores, and communities dry up along with the oil
business that sustained them.

So the administration went back, rearranged a few words and a few deck chairs, and
reissued its moratorium. That one was officially lifted in October, although the permitting
process, which mysteriously includes shallow-water wells, has had the effect of continuing
the moratorium.

Feldman was not amused. "Each step the government took following the court's imposition
of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance," the judge said in his ruling. "Such
dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the reimposition of a second moratorium ...
provides this court with clear and convincing evidence of its contempt."

Feldman even accused the administration of outright lying, pointing out that "at the hearing
on the first moratorium, in response to a question by the court, the government's answer
then was wholly at odds with the story of the misleading text change by a White House
official, a story the government does not now dispute."

As we have noted, now-departing climate czar Carol Browner's office edited a May 27, 2010,
report to Obama by a panel of experts brought together by the administration to review
offshore drilling safety. The report was altered to make it seem like the panelists supported
the administration's six-month drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico when they did not.
Obama Favors Ideology Over Science
Peter Schroeder is reporting that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is accusing the Obama of
"leading with ideology and politics" instead of science on the deepwater oil drilling debate.

"Unfortunately, I think it is politics and ideology over sound science and common sense,"
Vitter said in an interview with the Fox Business Network.

"The president...has also been attacking traditional energy, particularly oil and gas."

Vitter, a vocal critic of the administration's opposition to deepwater drilling, said he agreed
with a recent court ruling that held the administration in contempt for its repeat imposition
of a deepwater drilling moratorium.

On Wednesday, a Louisiana federal judge held the Interior Department in contempt for re-
imposing a deepwater-oil drilling ban after the judge had struck down an earlier version of
the moratorium last year. Judge Martin Feldman’s ruling requires the department to pay
attorneys' fees in the case against last year’s drilling ban that was brought by several
offshore oil services companies.

That second ban, which the administration put in place in July, was lifted in October, but
permitting for deepwater projects has not resumed yet as the Interior is requiring
companies to meet tougher safety standards put in place after the Deepwater Horizon
disaster.

That "permit log jam" amounts to a "de facto moratorium," Vitter said. "The Obama
administration is virtually issuing no permits, costing us jobs every day," he added.

And with much of the discussion in Washington focused on getting the federal deficit under
control, Vitter said expanding domestic energy production, including oil, would bring in more
revenue for the federal government.

"With a horrible deficit and spending and debt crisis, guess what else we're driving away?
Major federal revenue, because after the U.S. income tax, the biggest category of federal
revenue are energy royalties. And we are pushing that beneath the floor," he said.

Related: White House says no offshore drilling permits without more details.
Court Orders Obama To Act On Drilling Permits
Steve Hargreaves is reporting that a federal court ordered the Obama administration
Thursday to act on five deep water drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days,
calling the delays in issuing new decisions "unreasonable, unacceptable, and unjustified."

In a case brought by the drilling company Ensco, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
of Louisiana Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the four to nine months the company has
waited for a decision on the permits it has a stake in is simply too long.

Feldman acknowledged the difficulty the administration's Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Regulation and Enforcement has had in implementing new regulations in the
wake of the BP disaster, but said the time has come to act.

"The Court therefore orders that [the bureau] is required to act on the five pending permit
applications within thirty days of this Order and simultaneously report to the Court its
compliance," Feldman wrote in his ruling, issued late Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the agency said it is reviewing the court's decision.

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$535 Million In Porkulus Funds Lost On Green-Energy Turkey
Ed Morrissey says there wasn't much doubt about whether the White House would back of
Solyndra in California. The report from November, about the dissipation of more than a
half-billion dollars, covered the facts well. In fact, let’s watch the original report from the
local ABC affiliate one more time:


Congress has now confirmed the waste in a letter from the House Energy and Commerce
Committee to Energy Secretary Steven Chu:

Solyndra, Inc. was supposed to have showcased the effectiveness of the Obama
administration’s stimulus and green jobs initiatives, but instead it has become the center of
congressional attention for waste, fraud and abuse of such programs.

According to a Feb. 17 letter signed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred
Upton, Michigan Republican, and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, Florida
Republican, to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Fremont, Calif.-based solar panel
manufacturer squandered $535 million of stimulus money. …

According to Biden’s speech, the $535 million loan guarantee was a smaller part of the $30
billion of stimulus money the administration planned to spend as part of its Green Jobs
Initiative.

Obama made similar claims in a May 26, 2010 speech at the plant, but the 1,000 jobs he
and Biden touted in their respective speeches failed to materialize.

Instead, Solyndra announced on Nov. 3 it planned to postpone expanding the plant, which
cost the taxpayers $390.5 million, or 73 percent of the total loan guarantee, according to
the Wall Street Journal.

It also announced that it no longer planned to hire the 1,000 workers that Obama and Biden
had touted in their speeches and that it planned to close one of its older factories and
planned to lay off 135 temporary or contract workers and 40 full-time employees.

Gosh, who could have predicted that the Solyndra pork project might fail? Perhaps all of
those Wall Street investors that avoided Solyndra for one obvious reason:

A closer look at the company shows it has never turned a profit since it was founded in
2005, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.

And Solyndra’s auditor declared that "the company has suffered recurring losses, negative
cash flows since inception and has a net stockholders' deficit that, among other factors,
[that] raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a growing concern" in a March
2010 amendment to its SEC registration statement.

Just another object lesson in why government’s role shouldn’t be to pick winners and losers
in a market. They’re usually no good at it. And in this case, we had two people -- Barack
Obama and Joe Biden -- with no experience in private investment, management, or even
energy production making those choices.

That’s a half-billion-dollar lesson that we’d all better heed in the future.
Obama’s Deprivation Nation
The Washington Times says as Obama hurries to catch up to Europe in the conversion to so-
called green energy, our trans-Atlantic neighbors are finding that they can no longer afford
to support their "sustainable" power schemes. Obama‘s fiscal 2012 budget, released Feb.
14, takes a page from the global-warming believer’s hymn book. It calls for a 4.2 percent
boost in the Department of Energy‘s budget to $29.5 billion. It also pours $8 billion into
solar panels, windmills and batteries, blowing the country in the wrong direction.

Congressional Republicans attempted a small but important course correction on Saturday
when they adopted an amendment to the House budget that prohibits the administration
from sending $13 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to the United Nations Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, an organization whose dodgy statistics have been used to inflame
climate hysteria. The United Kingdom, an early player in the green game, is also cutting
back on its sponsorship of intermittent sources of power. The U.K. Department of Energy
and Climate Change announced Feb. 7 that it would reconsider one of its programs in light
of evidence that money intended for homes and small businesses to generate their own
electricity was being gobbled up by large-scale solar farms. Investors who depend on
government checks to bail out their money-losing ventures are crying foul. "Change
damages confidence in established assets, and for fledgling industries such as solar, it could
be fatal," one investor told the Financial News.

Even the Netherlands, which has always been at the cutting edge of windmill technology,
may pare back national goals for renewable energy. Noting the unsustainable expense of
underwriting such ventures in tough economic times, the Dutch are dropping the renewable
mandates and instead planning to build their first new nuclear plants in nearly 40 years.

With many on both sides of the Atlantic struggling through yet another severe winter,
trendy green programs look more and more like luxuries everyone can do without. In
Wales, about 26 percent of households find themselves in "fuel poverty," spending at least
10 percent of their income heating their homes. Wales Online reports that during this
particular cold spell, some low-income families chose to go hungry so they could afford to
pay the bill to stay warm.

Until now, the European Union has been all-in on the green-power craze. EU Energy
Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger recently threw cold water on the European plan to
boost carbon-dioxide-reduction targets from 20 percent to 30 percent. "If we go alone to
30 percent, you will only have a faster process of deindustrialization in Europe," he told
Britain’s Guardian.

Deindustrialization is precisely the goal of the Obama administration. While other nations
drop out of the race to be the greenest, Obama soon could find himself running alone.
Winning this race would make losers of taxpayers, who would be the ones left in the cold.
Obama Pushes For $8-A-Gallon Gas
Ben Johnson says with oil prices surging above $100 a barrel, consumers are realizing they
will be paying a heavy price at the pump for the unrest in the Middle East. A perfect storm
of foreign and domestic policy choices by the Obama administration has paved the way for
European-style energy prices to arrive on these shores. Far from being alarmed, Obama
sees the prospect of $8 a gallon gas as an opportunity.

When it comes to energy, the White House has sought to augment government controls to
prevent the "long-term threat of climate change, which if left unchecked could result in
violent conflict, terrible storms, shrinking coastlines and irreversible catastrophe," in
Obama‘s words. Making energy more expensive is exactly what the administration’s "cap
and trade" scheme is meant to do. The theory is that pricier power will be used more
frugally, which in turn will appease Mother Earth into blessing us with cooler weather.
Obama expressed the same outlook in May when -- with oil at $61 a barrel -- he signed a
memorandum dictating to automakers the kinds of cars they will be allowed to sell. At the
time, Obama noted with trepidation, "The impetus for action would fade when gas prices
started to go back down"…

It’s not possible for domestic production to relieve the pressure from international
uncertainty. Obama and congressional Democrats have blocked drilling in places like
Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in millions of acres of federal lands and in offshore
locations. Obama even took advantage of the BP oil disaster to shut down operations in the
Gulf of Mexico. Obama points to the small amount of oil currently produced at home to
conclude, "We can’t drill our way out of the problem." That’s only a true statement as long
as the current policies place 67 percent of America’s reserves off-limits.

We’re now paying the price for weak leadership, but it’s about more than just paying a few
bucks more at the local Chevron station. Every product and service depends on the price of
oil and the price of electricity. The vast majority of goods hit the shelves after being
transported by aircraft, ships and trucks powered by fossil fuels. That’s why, as economists
note, there is a direct correlation between the number of miles vehicles travel in a year and
the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. Unless there’s an immediate U-turn in the domestic
and international agenda, we’re headed for rough economic times.

The ineffective response to problems in the Mideast, economic malaise and sky-high gas
prices are all symptoms of an administration that take no interest in promoting economic
growth. Like his ideological soul brother Jimmy Carter, Obama is headed toward one-term
status.
Does Obama Want $8 Gasoline?
Investors.com says that while we sit on abundant oil and natural gas reserves, prices at
both the wellhead and the pump are rising on fears of spreading Mideast turmoil and short
domestic supply. But then, maybe that's the plan.

The silver lining for this administration in the gathering storm over the Middle East may be
what it's doing and may yet do to energy prices. The average price for gasoline jumped
nearly 12 cents a gallon last week to $3.287, according to AAA. But at the White House,
that's not necessarily bad news.

Oil has surged to 2 1/2-year highs as the chaos in Libya chokes that nation's exports. Yet
among the "full range of options" the Obama administration is considering as the Libyan
crisis festers, and the lit match of discontent gets perilously close to Saudi oilfields, ordering
the full resumption of domestic oil and gas production is not one of them. Why?

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said that "any disruption in the Middle East means a
partial disruption in the oil we import. It's a world market, and (a disruption can) have real
harm on the price." And so, we would think, would the orchestrated and carefully planned
disruption of domestic supply by this administration.
It's not just Mideast turmoil that has brought us to this point. It's also a deliberate program
of restricting domestic energy to make so-called green energy more attractive and
necessary, keeping an Obama campaign promise that energy prices would "necessarily
skyrocket" on his energy agenda.

Before he was appointed energy secretary, Chu expressed a fondness for high European gas
prices as a means of reducing consumption of fossil fuels. In September 2008, he told the
Wall Street Journal: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to
the levels in Europe." Gas prices in Europe then averaged about $8 a gallon.

Certainly every administration energy decision has had the effect of raising energy prices.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster gave the administration the excuse for a drilling
moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, one that a federal judge overturned. When the
administration reinstated the ban, it was found in contempt of court.

A virtual regulatory ban continues today. At least 103 drilling permits await approval by a
federal government that has not approved a single new permit since the moratorium was
allegedly lifted last October.

The administration has announced that the eastern Gulf and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts
will be off-limits for the next seven years. The Interior Department has canceled four
pending lease sales in Alaska. Drilling in that state's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is
prohibited, and oil-rich offshore areas have been designated as critical polar bear habitat
despite a booming bear population.

The administration's hostility to fossil fuels is documented. Immediately on taking office,
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah. Recently,
in a stunning land grab, Salazar issued an order allowing Bureau of Land Management
officials to place land with "wilderness characteristics" off-limits to energy development.
Some 6 million acres in energy-rich Utah would be affected.

The day before Obama was inaugurated, the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.83, the
Heritage Foundation notes. Today it's well over $3 and on the way to $4. Prices for this
February and last December were the highest ever for those months.

John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil, told Platt's Energy Week Television that
Americans could be paying $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012 based on the uncertainty of
world events, the lack of domestic supply and increased worldwide demand fueled by
countries like India and China.

Democrats once accused Big Oil of deliberately restricting supply to enrich itself. Now
Obama may be doing the same on purpose -- a policy sure to impoverish us all.
Obama Continues His War On American Energy Producers
Ryan Dezember is reporting that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that U.S. regulators
would not bow to political pressure to restart deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before
they are certain the oil-and-gas industry is capable of containing an oil spill like the one that
followed last BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Translation -- "U.S. regulators would not bow to political pressure to restart deepwater
drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before gas is $8 per gallon."
Salazar and Michael Bromwich -- the head of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which oversees offshore drilling -- were in
Houston Friday to meet with oil industry executives to assess the spill-containment systems
they have developed in the wake of nation's worst-ever marine oil spill.

Bromwich said he was "quite confident that we are getting very close to the point where we
can begin issuing deepwater permits." But he and Salazar said the industry still has work to
do before exploration of the Gulf's deepest waters can resume.

The U.S. government shut down deepwater drilling shortly after the Deepwater Horizon
exploded on April 20, killing 11 and unleashing a catastrophic oil spill.

The government's official ban was lifted in October, but regulators have yet to allow drilling
to resume in water deeper than 500 feet despite mounting political pressure from
congressional Republicans and Gulf Coast Democrats to reopen one of the nation's primary
energy fields.

"We don't respond to political pressure," Salazar said. "We are frankly doing what's right
for America's energy program."

While Obama, and his tool Salazar continue to refuse to allow Americans to drill, The Gulf of
Mexico and nearby Caribbean is loaded with oil companies from abroad.

Companies from nations like Norway, Spain, India, China, Russia and Brazil have signed
exploration agreements with Cuba and the Bahamas that could mean drilling south of Key
West in 2010, and 120 miles east of the Keys in the Cay Sal area of the Bahamas in fewer
than one year.

Cuba’s communist newspaper Granma reported that the country’s state oil company
Cubapetroleo, or CUPET, inked a deal with Russian company Zarubzhnieft to begin exploring
for oil in four of the 59 blocks the island nation divvied up off its coast in the Gulf of
Mexico. Spain’s Repsol-YPF and Norway’s StatoilHydro have reached an agreement with
BPC Limited to become the operator of three of BPC’s offshore exploration licenses in the
Cay Sal area of the Bahamas.

Who is going to contain an oil spill from these companies? Hint -- its initials are "USA."

And, did you know Obama sent $2 billion to the Marxist government of Brazil to support
Brazil's offshore oil production? It's good for Brazil, but bad for America.

It is apparent that Obama is purposely doing everything he can to cripple America's energy
sector -- but, to what end?

Related: The Oil Crisis: How Bad Must It Get Before Obama Chooses to Act?
Obama Prolongs American Power Drain
The Washington Times says Obama has intentionally hamstrung domestic energy production
under the delusional theory that the U.S. economy can thrive on so-called green power. As
Mideast turmoil threatens the oil supply, the price of domestic crude has jumped above
$100 a barrel and gas prices at the pump have now hit $4.00 per gallon in some states.
This shows just how dangerous the Obama administration’s economic and energy policies
can be to our wallets.
There can be no doubt that Obama took deliberate action to block access to the nation’s
energy resources. A federal judge recently found the Interior Department in contempt for
ignoring his order overturning the oil-drilling moratorium the administration imposed
following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Feb. 22, Judge Martin Feldman upped the
pressure by insisting that the department act on five pending permits within 30 days.
Permits that would, under normal circumstances, be processed in two weeks have been
ignored for four to nine months. "Not acting at all is not a lawful option," Judge Feldman
wrote. The department had no choice but to issue the first permit since the spill on Feb. 28.

Interior pinned the blame for delays on technical problems. Yet, as the department
dithered, oil companies atrophied and employees lost work. According to a study released
in January by the business alliance Greater New Orleans, Inc., the moratorium cost
Louisiana about 25,000 jobs. Houston-based Seahawk Drilling, the most recent victim of
the drilling ban, announced Feb. 18 that it had filed for bankruptcy and agreed to a buyout
from a competitor. The jobs of the company’s 494 employees are in jeopardy, according to
USA Today.

Meanwhile, Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal calls for imposing a $4 per acre fine on oil
and gas companies for land on which they currently hold leases but are not drilling. This
gimmick helps the O Force imply that the industry is holding off on drilling in the hope that
shortages will drive up prices. This is the ultimate in hypocrisy for a leftist administration
committed to hampering domestic production by blocking drilling in the Gulf, the Outer
Continental Shelf and elsewhere across the country.

On Feb. 23, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner brushed off questions about the impact
of oil price spikes resulting from civil war brewing in Libya and turmoil throughout the
Middle East. "The world’s got a lot of experience in managing the tensions that could come
with short-term impact on commodity prices," he said. For Americans who must bear the
strain of these policies on their family budget -- while dutifully paying their taxes -- the
consequences are real.

Prior to his election, Obama vowed to "transform" the nation. Americans have learned too
late that the transformation is from exceptionalism to mediocrity and from prosperity to
bankruptcy. America needs an energy policy where the most proven, cost-effective
techniques are harnessed wherever possible here at home to fuel long-term, sustainable
economic growth.

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were to build at least two new refineries in this country, develop ANWAR and build a
pipeline to Prudhoe Bay, it would create a half a million jobs. Then we could tell the Saudi's
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In May, 2010, Obama announced that he would limit new oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico,
and he has banned offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond.
In June it was reported that Team Obama fudged a report to support their drilling
moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, but this didn’t stop the Obama Administration. Last
Friday the Obama Administration appealed a ruling to restore deepwater drilling permits in
the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of
Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the
evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast.

Russia is using this oil exploration to establish a new presence in the Western Hemisphere.
It recently concluded four contracts securing oil-exploration rights in Cuba’s economic zone
in the Gulf of Mexico. A Russian-Cuban joint partnership will exploit oil found in the deep
waters of the Gulf.

Cuba has rights to the area in which drilling will be conducted under an agreement the
Carter administration recognized.

And, yesterday, White House chief of staff, William M. Daley, said Obama is considering
tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in response to rapidly rising gasoline prices
brought on by turmoil in the Middle East.

"It’s something that only has been done on very rare occasions," Daley said on Meet the
Press on NBC, adding, "It’s something we’re considering."

Of course Obama is considering tapping the emergency oil reserve. It will weaken America.

If he was serious about the energy crisis, he would issue the drilling permits, and he would
lift the offshore drilling bans he imposed just last December.
Gas Prices Up 67% Under Obama
Mark Hemingway reminds us that in January of 2009, hope was in the air, but more
importantly, gas was under two dollars a gallon. Since then gas prices, have gone up 67
percent and it's an ominously upward trend. Interestingly enough, the Heritage Foundation
also took a look at the first 26 months of Bush's presidency -- gas only rose 7 percent
during that time frame.
Now obviously turmoil in the Middle East has something to do with our current astronomical
gas prices, but keep in mind that by this point in the Bush presidency 9/11 had happened
and we were on the verge of invading Iraq. So while Obama can't be entirely responsible
for global commodity prices, it's still worth asking what Obama's doing to make things
worse.

After all, this is the guy who told us, "We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want
and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries
are going to say OK."

And Obama was that one that appointed a Secretary of the Interior that famously said he
didn't mind if gas hit $10 a gallon.
High Energy Prices Are Obama’s "Explicit Policy Goal"
Christopher Neefus is reporting that a prominent GOP senator on energy issues accused
Barack Obama of having set an "explicit policy goal" of making energy prices more costly for
Americans.

"My message today is simply this: higher gas prices -- indeed, higher prices for the energy
we use -- are an explicit policy goal of the Obama administration," said Sen. James Inhofe
(R-Okla), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "Let
me put it another way: the Obama administration is attacking affordable energy."

Inhofe’s comments come as crude oil futures traded up on anxiety over unrest in the Middle
East and broke the triple-digit mark in recent weeks. As of Thursday, light crude was
trading at over $101 per barrel.

"We have, in fact, 163 billion barrels of recoverable oil -- nearly six times higher than what
Obama and the Democrats like to claim," Inhofe continued. "Let's think about 163 billion
barrels for a moment: that is enough to maintain our current levels of production and
replace our imports from the Persian Gulf for more than 50 years."
The senator, who regularly rails against the Obama administration’s support of so-called
"cap-and-trade" legislation, said such policies are about starving the country of energy
supply.

"You see, the cap-and-trade agenda is also about energy austerity," Inhofe said on the
Senate floor. "The hope is that if we restrict enough supply, the price will increase, and we
can then simply shift to less costly alternatives. Yet this is wishful thinking."

"If you think $4.00 is too much for a gallon of regular, fasten your seat belts."

Inhofe made the speech in support of the Energy Tax Prevention Act, legislation designed to
bar the Environmental Protection Agency from moving to regulate carbon dioxide emissions
under the Clean Air Act, which Republicans claim is outside the agency’s purview. After he
introduced the bill last week, it quickly picked up 42 more co-sponsors, including Democrat
Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
The One Campaign Promise Obama Has Kept
That is, his promise to increase the price of gasoline. Sarah Palin explains:

Through a process of what candidate Obama once called "gradual adjustment," American
consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Let's not
forget that in September 2008, candidate Obama's Energy Secretary in-waiting said:
"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."
That's one campaign promise they're working hard to fulfill! Last week, the British
Telegraph reported that the price of petrol in the UK hit £6 a gallon -- which comes to about
$9.70. If you think $4 a gallon is bad now, just wait till the next crisis causes oil prices to
"necessarily" skyrocket. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep
prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of Obama's deliberate
unwillingness to drill here and drill now.

Hitting the American people with higher gas prices like this is essentially a hidden tax and a
transfer of wealth to foreign regimes who are providing us the energy we refuse to provide
for ourselves. Like inflation, higher energy prices are a hidden tax on Americans who are
struggling to make ends meet. And these high gas prices will be felt in the form of higher
food prices due to higher transportation costs. Energy is connected to everything in our
economy. Access to affordable and secure energy is key to economic growth, which in turn
is key to job growth. Energy is the building block of our economy. The President is
purposely weakening that building block and weakening our country.

2012 can't come soon enough.

Every word of that is true. This chart, from the Heritage Foundation, is also instructive

John Hinderaker says Barack Obama took office as a naive leftist with essentially no
knowledge of how our economy works or how wealth is created. He subscribed to the leftist
view that America is too rich and too powerful. He therefore took office intending to make
America poorer and weaker. The single easiest way to accomplish this goal is by making
energy more expensive. Obama said that he would increase gasoline prices gradually and
cause the cost of electricity to "skyrocket." I'm not sure he has fulfilled any other campaign
promise, but he has certainly made good on that one. And every American is paying the
price, every day. Just as Obama intended.
Gasoline Up 100% Under Obama
James S. Robbins asks, feeling pain at the pump? Gas prices have doubled since Obama
took office. According to the GasBuddy gasoline price tracking web site, the price of a
gallon of regular gas was around $1.79 when Obama took office. Today the national
average is $3.58. The lowest average price in the continental United States is $3.31 in
Tulsa Oklahoma, the highest is $4.14 in Santa Barbara, CA. Four-dollar-a-gallon gas has
arrived on average throughout California, and a number of other states are headed in that
direction.

Consumer price index (CPI) figures from February show an unadjusted 12 month gasoline
inflation rate of 19.2%, but in the last month alone prices jumped 6.8%, probably because
of oil price increases due to instabilities in the Middle East. If the trend continues, gas
prices would double again within a year. 100% gasoline price inflation is nothing to brag
about, but imagine Obama going into the 2012 election having to explain why gas costs
$7.00 a gallon? I'm sure the White House would spin it as one of their "Green" initiatives.

Related: Obama says "no quick fixes" on gas prices
Gas Prices See Highest March Price Ever
Susanna Kim says the weekly national average gas price showed the highest price ever
during the month of March and the seventh consecutive increase this week, according to the
Department of Energy. Prices are at their highest level since 2008.

The national average gas price is $3.60 today, according to the Department of Energy, up 3
cents from a week ago and 80 cents from one year ago. Last week's national average was
an updated $3.56 per gallon for regular gas, the 13th consecutive week that the average
was above $3 a gallon, according to the DOE. The last time gas rose higher than $3.50 was
Sept. 29, 2008, when the weekly average hit $3.64.

China is the second biggest consumer of oil, behind the U.S., and is expected to increase its
demand by 6.5 percent this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

And in California, where you MUST drive, gasoline has soared to $4.06 per gallon.

Related: Gulf Coast Residents "Galled" by Obama’s Suggestion We Buy More Brazilian Oil

Excerpted from the Obots at ABC News. You can read how they spin this very bad news
here . . .
Obama Meets With Greenies At White House
Politico is reporting that Barack Obama met with a dozen environmental activists at the
White House Friday during a meeting between White House staffers and Energy Action
Coalition activists in town for the Power Shift 2011 conference -- a gathering of some
10,000 people, almost entirely college students, organizing to promote clean energy and the
environment.

The discussion could be seen as an attempt to head off discontent on the left over the
failure to pass a comprehensive climate change bill and Obama's embrace of offshore oil
drilling, nuclear power and the use of "clean coal" technology.

The above statement, "Obama's embrace of offshore oil drilling, nuclear power and the use
of "clean coal" technology," is complete nonsense -- actually, it's a lie.

Courtney Hight, co-director of the Energy Action Coalition and a former White House Council
on Environmental Quality staffer, said the group is happy the White House and
congressional Democrats were able to stop GOP attempts to block greenhouse gas
regulations in the budget bill.

White House spokesman Clark Stevens said Obama "appreciated the opportunity to discuss
the administration's record on clean energy as well as his ongoing focus to build a 21st
Century clean energy economy with Power Shift leadership."

Former Vice President Al Gore opened the Power Shift conference Friday night with speech
took aim at the fossil fuel lobby.

"It's true that governments, by and large, have been politically paralyzed because the
energy companies -- the coal companies, the oil companies, the coal-burning utilities --
they have spent enormous amounts of money and they have succeeded in many countries
in paralyzing the political process," Gore said, citing a statistic that there are four "anti-
climate" lobbyists per lawmaker in Washington.

"But at the same time governments have been paralyzed, we are seeing at the grassroots
level a fantastic growing movement, and we're also seeing some responses with renewable
energy and conservation."

To that end, Gore, who's family fortune came from Occidental Petroleum -- lied, when he
said wind and solar energy is "just a couple of years away" from being competitive on the
national electric grid -- and energy efficiency.
As Gas Prices Reach $4 Per Gallon
Fox News is reporting that Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for
oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes
following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits.
The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at
stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.

Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the
Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete
Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would
take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the
Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. "We think the
issues were really not major," Slaiby said, "and clearly not impactful for the communities we
work in."

The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most
remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245
and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits
right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill
site.
Kaktovik, Alaska

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an
ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project.
Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.

"What the modeling showed was in communities like Kaktovik, Shell’s drilling would increase
air pollution levels close to air quality standards," said Eric Grafe, Earthjustice’s lead
attorney on the case. Earthjustice was joined by Center for Biological Diversity and the
Alaska Wilderness League in challenging the air permits.

And NorCal blog is reporting that Obama has cleared the way to shut down oil production in
America's richest source of domestic energy, the Permian Basin of West Texas. This is their
rational:




Sceloporus Arenicolus

The current threat to America's freedom comes from a 3 inch lizard called the Sceloporus
Arenicolus, or better known as the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard or the Sand Dune Lizard. It was
originally classified as a subspecies of the Sceloporus Graciosus, or Common Sagebrush
Lizard. Before they designated the Dune Lizards as a separate species, there were so many
of them you could feed them to the Chinese as a delicacy and never run out.

It was in 2002 that the Center for Biological Diversity first petitioned to have the lizard
listed as endangered. The Bush administration stood in the way of the lizard being listed for
6 years, but last year Obama cleared the way by ordering his administration to back off
from delaying the listing. This in spite of the news that Obama has repeatedly refused to
grant species the protection for which they are known to qualify adding them instead to the
waiting list. So why did he allow this lizard to be listed? There can be only one reason, and
that is because Obama wants to destroy America's ability to be energy free. So his
relentless attack on America's energy capabilities continues.
Obama Keeps Up Assault On Oil Companies
Jamie Klatell is reporting that Obama used his weekly address to push his plan to end tax
breaks to oil companies. Amid rising gas prices and a heated debate over cutting the
federal debt, Obama has targeted the incentives Washington gives the energy industry.

"I don’t have a problem with any company or industry being rewarded for their success.
The incentive of healthy profits is what fuels entrepreneurialism and helps drives our
economy forward."... "But I do have a problem with the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies
we’ve been handing out to oil and gas companies -- to the tune of $4 billion a year."

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Thursday vowed to shepherd a
plan through the panel that ends billions of dollars in tax breaks for the largest oil
companies. Baucus released a short "blueprint" of the plan -- which would expand
investment in "clean" fuels and efficient vehicles -- the same day that oil giants Exxon and
Shell reported big gains in first-quarter profits.

The office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) rejected Democratic calls to consider
legislation eliminating billions of dollars in tax breaks for the same corporations. "The
Speaker wants to increase the supply of American energy to lower gas prices and create
millions of American jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an email. "Raising
taxes will not do that."

The national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.93, according to AAA's Fuel
Gauge Report.

Obama said in Saturday's message that he wants an energy policy that increases energy
production through traditional and alternative sources.

"We need to operate on all cylinders, and that means pursuing a broad range of energy
policies, including safe and responsible oil production here at home."

"But I also believe that instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, we should invest in
tomorrow’s -- and that’s what we’ve been doing. Already, we’ve seen how the investments
we’re making in clean energy can lead to new jobs and new businesses."

Obama says a lot of things. It's what he does that matters, and Obama has done
everything he can to shut down or otherwise hobble the fossil-fuels industry.
Obama's Scandalous War Against Domestic Oil
David Limbaugh asks, do you remember the terrible things the left was saying about
President George W. Bush when gas prices soared under his watch? Yet Obama, whose
policies and actions are actually contributing to rocketing gas prices today, gets the usual
mainstream media pass.

Is it that the liberal media exempt Obama from accountability because they're on his team
in general? Is it because they think he's blameless in the equation even though they sprang
to the unfounded conclusion that Bush was culpable? Or could it be that they aren't critical
because they share his bias against conventional energy and believe the pain caused by his
policies is necessary to move us toward alternative energy sources?
During Bush's term, gas prices went down 9 percent, adjusted for inflation. Yet,
preposterously, he was excoriated for allegedly colluding with "big oil" to drive up prices.
When prices spiked later in his term, he took proactive steps to increase our supply and
reduce prices, and they worked. But Obama has taken action to impede conventional
energy sources and shove us into alternative ones. Even so, liberals ignore any possible
causal links.

Obama told us he would bankrupt the coal industry. He's pushing high-speed rail down our
throats despite the lack of public demand for it and our inability to finance it.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the administration intended to coerce us out of
our cars. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost
the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." In view of exploding gas prices, why aren't
these statements seen as scandalous? Where are the calls for investigations?

Obama demeans "big oil," pushes alternative energy every time he gets a chance and does
everything in his power to suppress domestic oil production, then looks us in the face and
tells us he's increasing domestic production -- kind of like how he says his budget won't add
a penny to the national debt. The audacity is of Hollywood magnitude, and so is the lack of
scrutiny that enables it. Behind the smoke and mirrors of his rhetoric, it's hard not to
conclude that Obama's on a mission to suppress or shut down the existing oil infrastructure
in the United States in pursuit of his stated alternative priorities.

The Heritage Foundation's Rory Cooper reports that, as of February 2011, at least 103
permits were awaiting review by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and
Enforcement. And since February, the administration has issued on average only 1.3
permits a month, a 78 percent reduction in the monthly average according to the latest Gulf
Permit Index. Obama even reversed an earlier decision to open access to coastal waters for
exploration, placing a seven-year ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and in the
eastern Gulf of Mexico. Oil production in the Gulf is expected to drop by 220,000 barrels
per day in 2011, which is going to cost the U.S. some $1.35 billion in revenues in 2011.

Not only are we losing oil production and revenues, the administration's actions are
destroying jobs in the oil industry and elsewhere. Many companies are going out of
business. The Heritage Foundation reports that Seahawk Drilling, of Houston, laid off 632
employees before recently filing for bankruptcy as a direct result of Obama's moratorium
and subsequent "permitorium." Seahawk owned and operated 20 shallow-water rigs in the
Gulf. Randall Stilley, president and CEO of Seahawk, said, "As an American, you never
want to look at your own government and say they're hurting you personally, they're
hurting your business and they're doing it in a way that's irresponsible. I'm not very proud
of our government right now and the way they handled this."

Cooper explains that these crippling policies are having a negative rippling effect throughout
the economy. Many vendors, suppliers, restaurants and retailers are losing revenues or
going out of business. More than 30 deepwater rigs, which each employ around 200
people, have moved from the Gulf to other markets. While the industry is on "life support,"
Obama is at war with it, brazenly spending billions to support foreign oil and jobs in Brazil.
Making matters worse, the administration and congressional Democrats are considering
legislation that would further damage energy businesses by significantly increasing taxes on
domestic oil and gas concerns. And just in the past few days, we've been reading that the
administration is floating a plan to tax cars by the mile.

Can you imagine the insanity and insensitivity of raising taxes on this ailing industry and its
consumers (drivers) at a time when both need all the relief they can get? Obama is no less
determined to cram his preferred energy alternatives down Americans' throats than he was
to force feed us socialized medicine.

Again, where is the outrage?
Obama On Oil -- Living A Lie
On May 6th, Barack Obama said:

'We’re actually producing more oil here than ever."

Natural Born Conservative says that the truth is that we are producing fewer barrels of oil
here than we did in 1951.




click image for large copy

The U. S. Energy Information Agency statistics demonstrate Obama's lie here, and here.

Natural adds, "It’s time to start drilling, and time to stop lying. If Obama won’t do it, then
let’s find someone who will."

Related: Is Obama a Serial Liar?

He certainly is, and Obama lies with impunity because he knows no one in the ObamaMedia
will call him on his lies.

American journalism is a joke.
House Approves Bill To Lift Drilling Moratorium
Chad Pergram is reporting that the House of Representatives voted to open more of the
nation's oceans for oil and gas exploration on Thursday by a vote of 243 to 179.

The "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act," requires the Interior
Department to set a production goal of three million barrels of oil per day for its 2012-2017
leasing plan.

In order to reach that target, the legislation requires the department to hold lease sales off
the coast of Southern California, in the Arctic Ocean, off Alaska's Bristol Bay, and in the
Atlantic Ocean from Maine to North Carolina.

Republicans say that the bill, along with two other drilling measures passed earlier this
month, would create 1.2 million jobs and lower the price of oil. The Congressional Budget
Office says that the offshore lease sales would generate $800 million in revenue over ten
years.

The Obama administration released a statement opposing the bill Wednesday. The White
House argued that the proposal would undermine the current leasing process and mandate
drilling leases without input from the affected states.
That Was Then -- This Is Now
On March 31, 2010, John Broder, of The New York Times, penned a report that said Obama
was proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf
of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first
time.

He didn't. he lied.

Yesterday, John Broder reported that Obama, facing voter anger over high gasoline prices
and complaints from Republicans and business leaders that his policies are restricting the
development of domestic energy resources, announced Saturday that he was taking several
steps to speed oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters.

Obama said the administration would begin to hold annual auctions for oil and gas leases in
the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve, a 23-million-acre tract on the North Slope of
Alaska. The move comes after years of demands for the auctions by industry executives
and Alaska’s two senators, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Mark Begich, a Democrat.

The administration will also accelerate a review of the potential environmental impact of
drilling off the southern and central Atlantic coast and will consider making some areas
available for exploration. The move is a change from current policy, which puts the entire
Atlantic Seaboard off limits to drilling until at least 2018.

Obama also said he would extend leases already granted for drilling in the Arctic Ocean off
Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico that had been frozen after the BP spill last year. The
extension will allow companies time to meet new safety and environmental standards
without having to worry about their leases expiring.

Broder notes that, "Tens of millions of acres onshore and offshore are under lease but have
not been developed."

So what's the point of issuing new leases if Team Obama won't let the oil companies exploit
their existing leases?

This is just more smoke and mirrors. Obama is lying -- again.

In his report, Broder repeated Obama's biggest lie from last the week, that "Last year,
America’s oil production reached its highest level since 2003," when in reality we are
producing fewer barrels of oil here than we did in 1951. The U. S. Energy Information
Agency statistics demonstrate Obama's lie here, and here.

Obama lied in 2010. What are the odds that he's lying now?
Obama's Gas Solution: More Government
J.K. Gregg is reporting that Obama took his weekly radio address to speak towards the
growing gas prices across the country and offered a variety of solutions. The common
denominator of most of his solutions, however, was the direction of, funding from, and
oversight by the federal government.

At the onset, Obama announced the creation of a task force to search and destroy
"manipulations in the market that might affect gas prices" with particular focus on
speculators. Speculators have been the go-to scapegoat on oil prices by both the left and
right. Unfortunately, Obama's efforts are misguided. Speculators are those trained
individuals who -- with advanced knowledge of supply, demand, and the effects on each by
current events -- buy and sell oil at risk to themselves. If they speculate that a new fervent
uprising in Iraq or Nigeria will shake the production of oil, then they will buy oil, increasing
its price. If an oil company strikes a new bountiful oil well, they will sell, and prices will
decrease. We rely on speculators' insight and knowledge of the oil market to give us oil at
its market price.

Obama seems to view things differently. Such high gas prices shouldn't be so, facts or
market signals be damned. Instead, Obama seeks to root out, regulate, or annihilate the
very components of the oil market that make it tick. Just as a contractor has the
experience and know-how to complete a project on time and on budget, so too do
speculators have the skill to buy and sell oil based on the facts of production. To assume
that the federal government could "resolve" anything related to speculation is an insulting
irony.

Secondly, Obama seeks to expand domestic oil production, which is a step forward, but he
qualifies such production with more regulation and misguided incentives...which make for
two steps backwards. Obama wants to unleash new permits to oil companies for drilling off
the coast of Alaska, but he says that in order to make the process streamlined, a new
government organization is required. Such logic seems counterintuitive; how is it that more
government bureaucrats and red tape will quicken leasing and not in fact slow it down?
Moreover, Obama wants to incentivize companies to drill in unused leases -- leases that do
not have production-worthy quantities of oil or gas. So while he pushes for the end of oil
subsidies, he's more than willing to subsidize unproductive oil wells. It seems a little two-
faced. The only difference between "incentives" and "subsidies" is the name. The money
still comes from you and me.

Obama has taken a statist approach to solving the "problem" of high gas prices. Yes, gas
prices are high, but oil is a limited resource subject to an infinite array of market conditions,
current events, weather, and simple luck of the draw in drilling. To demand a set price
based on nothing but wishes is anti-capitalist speak. Dictating prices didn't work for Stalin,
Lenin, or Brezhnev; it won't work for Obama.
An Incandescent Bulb In Obama's Head
David Lawrence says Obama is sucked in by nearly every utopian idea that floats across his
desk.

He backs cap and trade, green chimeras and restricting drilling. He is a proponent of
spending fortunes on high speed rail and electric plug-in cars.
Obama is Don Quixote chasing after absurd windmills to supply our need for energy. He is
riding with his faithful, flunky, Sancho Panza --Joe Biden. Obama is investing billions of
dollars in Brazilian oil while inhibiting oil jobs in America.

He has insisted that all incandescent bulbs be replaced by compact fluorescent bulbs, even
though they are manufactured in China and will cost us jobs. All in the pristine name of
"clean" light bulbs. Well, what the hell, let the Chinese be poisoned by these harmful
compact fluorescent light bulbs.

And why does Obama do all these silly things? Democrats boast altruistic purposes.
Obama ruins our economy so that polar bears won't die and glaciers won't melt in a few
hundred years. Forget that the glaciers are growing in Antarctica.

But where are our jobs? How do we resurrect the economy?

Obama rode into office on Quixote's donkey with the promise that he would fix the economy
and provide more jobs. He has totally failed to do either. Our economy is more in debt
than ever and unemployment is certainly higher than it was.

Let's put an old incandescent bulb in Obama's head. Let him light up to the idea that he
should quit selling practical realism down the river for utopian, self-destructive idealism.
Report Finds Obama Policies To Blame For High Energy Prices
Andrew Stiles says a new report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform details a disturbing "pattern of evidence" indicating that not only are the Obama
administration’s energy policies responsible for higher oil and gas prices, but that the
administration’s energy policy, in fact, is higher gas prices.

The report’s findings are the result of an extensive committee review of public records,
policy analysis, statements and e-mails from administration officials, and reveal "a pattern
of actions [that] shows the Administration is, in fact, pursuing an agenda to raise the price
Americans pay for energy," according to a copy of the report obtained by National Review
Online.

"What Obama failed to accomplish through the so-called 'cap and trade' program, his
administration is attempting to accomplish through regulatory roadblocks, energy tax
increases, and other targeted efforts to prohibit development of domestic energy
resources," the report concludes.

Among the report’s key findings:

• Key administration officials, including Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have
gone on record in support of higher energy prices as a means to promote "green"
technology by making it more economically viable. The failed "cap and trade" legislation is
a prime example of this approach. "The result of this government action is less production,
higher costs for producers, and more expensive energy," the reports states.

• The United States currently boasts the largest domestic energy resources on earth --
"greater than Saudi Arabia, China and Canada combined." New technology has allowed for
greater access to these resources -- with the potential to increase domestic production by
up to 40 percent -- but government regulations threaten to severely limit or restrict
development.
• Despite the fact that the United States relies on carbon-based fuels for more than 80
percent of its energy needs, the Obama administration has been "aggressively suppressing"
the utilization of these fuels.

• Current administration policies have limited the domestic production of oil by restricting
access to resources located along the outer continental shelf. Many of these restrictions
were put in place before the disastrous Gulf oil spill.

• Government agencies have stepped up efforts to regulate energy production indirectly
through environmental restrictions, for example, by placing on the Endangered Species list
certain animals that live in resource rich habitats, or "targeting independent energy
producers for environmental concerns not related to their operations."

• Obama’s proposal to increase taxes on the energy industry (and transfer some of the
money to "green" energy) will severely impact the independent operators responsible for 95
percent of domestic oil and gas production. The proposed tax hikes would cost these firms
a combined $12 billion in the first year alone.

• Independent operators are responsible for 95 percent of domestic oil and gas wells and
they currently invest 150% of their domestic cash flow back into future projects
development. Tax increases proposed by Obama, some of which would be transferred to
"green" energy producers, would cost energy producing firms a combined $12 billion in the
first year.

• Many of the "green" energy sources promoted by the administration "create unintended
environmental, security and economic consequences," for example, by increasing the
demand for Chinese "rare earth" materials, which subsequently boosts harmful coal
production because that’s where more than two-thirds of China’s energy comes from.

According to the report, the administration’s "concerted campaign" to keep energy prices
high extends "across government agencies" and constitutes a complete disregard for
governmental transparency, much less the pocketbooks of all of those affected by the
increased cost of energy. "An effort to intentionally raise the costs of traditional energy
sources is a dangerous strategy that will harm economic recovery and job growth," the
report asserts. "If past statements of key administration officials are indeed reflections of
the policies they are pursuing, this strategy is playing a quiet but significant role in the
higher energy prices Americans are currently paying."

The committee is releasing the report in conjunction with a hearing Tuesday morning titled
"Pain at the Pump: Policies that Suppress Domestic Production of Oil and Gas." Members
will hear testimony from Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection
Agency, and David Hayes, Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior. The
hearing, designed to examine the harmful effects of government regulation on economic
productivity, is part of the House Republican majority’s recent efforts to promote the
"growth" portion of its "cut and grow" agenda.
Obama's Regulations Will Cost $200 Billion And Cause Rates To Skyrocket
Jim Hoft says in January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle:

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.
Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass
that cost onto consumers."
He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket.


He wasn't kidding.

In January the Obama Administration, for the first time ever, blocked an already approved
bid to build one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history, and,
today it was reported by US News and World Reports that Obama's energy plans will cause
electricity rates to necessarily skyrocket… Just as he promised:

Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of
thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23
percent, according to a new study based on government data.

Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant
industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.

"Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious
economic challenges," said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal
Electricity. "Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed
regulations before they are finalized," he said.

The EPA, however, tells Whispers that the hit the industry will suffer is worth the health
benefits.

Related: Obama Administration Spends $17.4 Million to Explore Market for Carbon Credits




                                           Your new car,
                                      if Obama gets his way.
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Berlin
"Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen...a proud citizen of
the United States...and a fellow citizen of the world."

Barack H. Obama

US Backing For World Currency Stuns Markets
The Micro Effect reports US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner shocked global markets by
revealing that Washington is "quite open" to Chinese proposals for the gradual development
of a global reserve currency run by the International Monetary Fund.

The dollar plunged instantly against the euro, yen, and sterling as the comments flashed
across trading screens. David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said the apparent policy shift
amounts to an earthquake in geo-finance.

"The mere fact that the US Treasury Secretary is even entertaining thoughts that the dollar
may cease being the anchor of the global monetary system has caused consternation," he
said.

Geithner later qualified his remarks, insisting that the dollar would remain the "world’s
dominant reserve currency … for a long period of time" but the seeds of doubt have been
sown.

The markets appear baffled by the confused statements emanating from Washington.
Barack Obama told a new conference hours earlier that there was no threat to the reserve
status of the dollar.

"I don’t believe that there is a need for a global currency. The reason the dollar is strong
right now is because investors consider the United States the strongest economy in the
world with the most stable political system in the world," he said.

Continue reading here . . .

Flashback: Barack Obama: We Must Embrace Globalism And The Emerging One World
Economy
Obama Throws Support Behind World Tax Organization
Dan Mitchell says: I’ve been battling the Organization for Economic Cooperation for years,
ever since the Paris-based bureaucracy unveiled its "harmful tax competition" project in the
late 1990s. Controlled by Europe’s high-tax welfare states, the OECD wants to prop up the
fiscal systems of nations such as Greece and France by hindering the flow of jobs and
capital to low-tax jurisdictions.

Guided by a radical theory know as Capital Export Neutrality, the OECD wants to impose
global tax rules that would prevent taxpayers from ever having the ability to benefit from
better tax law in other jurisdictions. This is why, for instance, the international bureaucrats
are anxious to undermine national tax laws -- such as America’s favorable treatment of
bank deposits from overseas -- that enable people to escape onerous tax regimes.

Bolstered by support from the Obama Administration, the OECD now is taking its campaign
to the next level. At its Global Tax Forum in Bermuda, which ends later today
(Wednesday), the bureaucrats unveiled a new scheme that effectively would result in the
creation of something akin to a World Tax Organization.

The vehicle for this effort is a Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in
Tax Matters. This may sound dry and technical, but the OECD wants all nations to
participate in this pact, which has existed for a couple of decades but was radically
expanded last year to give high-tax governments sweeping new powers to impose bad tax
law on income generated in low-tax jurisdictions.

But the real smoking gun is that the OECD has put itself in charge of the "coordinating
body" that will have enormous powers to interpret the agreement, modify the pact, and
resolve disputes -- thus giving itself the ability to serve as judge, jury, and executioner.

This is a profoundly dangerous development with all sorts of very troubling implications.
Since I’m in Bermuda trying to destabilize this effort, I don’t have time for extensive
analysis, but here’s a press release from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and here
are some of my immediate concerns.

Continue reading here . . .




                                     Obama is a globalist.
                                        He's said so.
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Obama Creating Billion Dollar Government-Run Drug Company
Gardiner Harris says the Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing
pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to
start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.

The National Institutes of Health has traditionally focused on basic research. But the drug
industry's research productivity has been declining for 15 years, "and it certainly doesn't
show any signs of turning upward," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the institutes.

The job of the new center, to be called the National Center for Advancing Translational
Sciences, is akin to that of a home seller who spruces up properties to attract buyers in a
down market. In this case, the center will do as much research as it needs to do so that it
can attract drug company investment.

"None of this is intended to be competitive with the private sector," Collins said. "The hope
would be that any project that reaches the point of commercial appeal would be moved out
of the academic support line and into the private sector."

Whether the government can succeed where private industry has failed is uncertain, officials
acknowledge, but they say doing nothing is not an option. The health and human services
secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, sent a letter to Congress on Jan. 14 outlining the plan to open
the new drug center by October.

Creating the center is a signature effort of Collins, who once directed the agency's Human
Genome Project.




                                    Government drugs
                                    What could go rong?
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New America
That's the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World
Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.

He promised "fundamental changes" in US foreign policy -- saying America must "heal
wounds" it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the "arrogance
of the Bush administration."

The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where "decades of putting
Israel's interests first" would end.

Jackson believes that, although "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades"
remain strong, they'll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White
House.

"Obama is about change," Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. "And the change
that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the
way America looks at the world and its place in it."
Ay Mi Cuba
Calling for a new direction when it comes to Cuba, Obama today said as president he would
allow unlimited family travel and remittances to the island.

"It's time for more than tough talk that never yields results. It’s time for a new strategy,"
he said. "It's time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and
brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American money make their families less dependent upon
the Castro regime."


                                   Obama on Cuba (01:37

Cowtowing
For an entire week, Americans watched as Senator Barack Obama took his act on the road,
courting the European elitists and cowtowing to an endless array of foreign politicians. At
this point it may be easy to take Obama’s "celebri-plomacy" lightly. Yet, his trip highlights a
dangerous threat to America’s national sovereignty in the form of his globalist policies that
will diminish America’s role in the world and outsource decisions of vital national interest to
the United Nations.

Obama's Global Poverty Act, currently under consideration in Congress, is just one such
policy. Despite its seemingly innocuous title, the Global Poverty Act would force America to
adopt the U.N.’s "Millennium Development Goals" as official U.S. policy. This means
outsourcing to the United Nations all important decisions concerning the use of U.S. foreign
aid dollars. Not only that, but the fee for allowing the U.N. to play the "middle man" in our
global war on poverty would be a tax of .7 percent of the U.S. Gross National Product.
That’s right. Barack Obama and his liberal allies such as Senator Biden have signed on to a
bill that would allow the U.N. to tax America (and Americans) an estimated $845 billion over
the next 13 years. Obama’s plan represents perhaps the greatest affront to our national
sovereignty since the War of 1812.
How’s That Apology Thing Working Out?
Ken Blackwell says that as a candidate, Barack Obama wowed the world. He went to Berlin
and gave a speech at their victory monument. It was a curious venue for such a speech.
But a million Germans came out to hear him. It was a phenomenal scene. No one
remembers what he said there, but it was quite a show. A year later, when he returned to
the continent, he spoke at Normandy. No one can quite recall what Obama said, but
everyone remembers what Newsweek’s Evan Thomas said: "I mean in a way Obama’s
standing above the country, above -- above the world, he’s sort of God."

If you are hailed as a "sort of God," it’s no wonder that your head gets turned. You don’t
want to seem puffed up, or succumb to the sin of pride. So you start apologizing. Not for
yourself, but for your country. America has been arrogant, you tell the world. America has
tried to go it alone. America has not sufficiently respected the rest of the world. And you
bow. You bow a lot.
You decide you should "re-set" relations with Russia. Back in America’s sinful past, those
evil days B.O., Before Obama, the U.S. objected to Russia’s invading neighboring Georgia
and ripping of a piece of South Ossetia. Well, who really cares who runs South Ossetia, or
North Ossetia, for that matter? What a little Ossetia between friends, anyway?

So you send your defeated rival, Hillary, out to face the press with a misspelled Russian
"reset" button. She humiliates herself and her country in front of Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov by apologizing for that late unpleasantness over Russia’s naked aggression. Then,
to make nice even more nice, you ditch the Anti-Ballistic Missile system that had been
promised to the Poles and the Czechs because it annoyed the Russians.

Not to worry, though, all this apologizing is going to bring the Russians around on the really
big thing: Iran’s nuclear ambitions. They are going to express their gratitude for all the
apologizing, re-setting, and abandoning of our East European allies by helping us out with
Iranian sanctions. The Russians will line up for "smart sanctions," "sanctions that bite,"
even, if we’re really nice to them, "crippling sanctions" against Iran.

Not so much. Russia has just poured cold water all over Obama and Hillary. Read it and
weep:

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States and
other Western nations on Thursday against imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran over its
nuclear program, Interfax news agency reported.

Lavrov issued this cold blast while awaiting the arrival in Moscow of President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva of Brazil. Lula, a South American leftist, was apparently unimpressed by
Obama’s embrace of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez at last year’s Latin summit. Brazil’s vote on
the UN Security Council will now go against the Obama administration’s No. 1 priority --
Iranian sanctions. Just to put an exclamation point after his resounding vote of não, Lula is
headed from Moscow -- to Tehran.

There, Lula will buddy up with the anti-American mullahs, the rulers of the leading terrorist
regime on Earth. He will certainly not meet with any of the Iranian dissidents, the green
movement of democracy advocates who were shot down in the streets last June.

What we are seeing is a nation standing into danger. We are watching as the United States
is publicly and internationally humiliated. Our idol worship of an inexperienced and ill-
equipped leader has blinded us to the mounting dangers in a world of dangers.

It would be hard to say which specific foreign policy of the Obama administration is worst.
Iran sanctions? Russian relations? Attacks on Israel for Jewish settlements in Jerusalem?
Trashing the special relationship with Britain? Insulting the Canadians in their own capital?
Failure to secure the border with Mexico? We have an entire menu of foreign policy
disasters to consider. Maybe if your perspective is from above it all, standing up there as
sort of God, it looks better. For those of us with our feet firmly on the ground, it looks less
heavenly.
Israel Is An Infection
In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, Barack Obama presents himself as
the best friend Israel ever had.

Then he proceeds to call Israel a "constant sore" that "infects all of our foreign policy:"
Obama on Zionism and Hamas.
JG: Do you think that Israel is a drag on America’s reputation overseas?

BO: No, no, no. But what I think is, that this constant wound, that this constant sore, does
infect all of our foreign policy.
Obama’s Global Failure
Daniel Greenfield says our allies hate him. Our enemies are laughing at him. Nearly two
years after Obama’s World Tour in which he did his best to convince voters that he
understood global challenges with a high profile tour of a lot of foreign countries (a
approach that if it worked should convincingly make every internationally famous rock star a
foreign policy expert), his biggest global accomplishment is still his ability to travel around
the world to high profile destinations on the taxpayer’s shrinking dime.

His attempts at diplomacy consisted of delivering vicious slaps across the faces of longtime
allies, from England to Israel, and pathetic love notes to tyrants in Iran, Russia and
Venezuela, who responded by openly mocking him.

Last week, in a scene almost worthy of the Godfather, Russia decided to stage a coup in
Kyrgyzstan at the same time that Obama was signing a nuclear arms reduction treaty with
Russia’s Medvedev. While Obama was exchanging good wishes with the titular head of the
regime backing Iran’s destabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan, Russia was recognizing their
own coup’s takeover, with their newly installed puppet leader, Roza Otunbayeva, a Moscow
educated Soviet diplomat and top ranking former member of the Kyrgyz Communist Party.

A few hours later, the second secretary of the Lenin regional council, thanked Russia for its
"significant support" in the takeover.

Kyrgyzstan’s self-proclaimed interim leader thanked Russia on Thursday for its significant
support in exposing what she said was the nepotistic and criminal regime of President
Kurbanbek Bakiyev. Separately, a senior Russian official said Bakiyev had not fulfilled a
promise to close a U.S. base in Kyrgyzstan and Moscow would advise the new government
there should be only one military base in the former Soviet state, a Russian one.

Which of course is exactly how it will be. And though Kyrgyzstan may be nothing more than
a series of odd letters to Obama, it’s home to one of the US bases that serves as part of the
shrinking supply line for the Surge in Afghanistan. And Putin has just drawn a knife over
one more artery feeding supplies to Allied soldiers on the front lines, while Obama preened
and posed for the cameras with Medvedev.

The same Administration which threw a global tantrum over the menace of Israeli houses,
had nothing to say of course. Just as it had nothing to say when after that, Hillary Clinton
was humiliated by the Russians by being subjected to extensive public tirade. It is of course
just one of those things that the media can’t be bothered to report when faced with truly
important stories, like what Michelle Obama wore on her latest foreign trip.

Continue reading here . . .
Obama's Fantasy Foreign Policy
CNSNews.com is reporting that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich characterized this
week’s nuclear summit in Washington as a "charade" that reveals the Obama
administration’s "fantasy foreign policy."

"When you can give a speech on nuclear disarmament while the North Koreans are proving
on the same day -- deliberately -- that they have no interest in your policy" -- that’s
fantasy, Gingrich told journalists at an Americans for Tax Reform gathering in Washington
on Tuesday.

"When you can have a big, giant summit in Washington while the Iranians hold a press
conference laughing about the concept of sanctions" -- that’s fantasy, Gingrich said. He
also mentioned China’s reluctance to go along with another round of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Since leaving Congress in 1998, Gingrich has been an outspoken advocate for Reagan
conservatism. In recent months, his name has surfaced in connection with a possible
presidential run in 2012.

On Tuesday, Gingrich described Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy as reminiscent of U.S.
foreign policy leading up to World War II. While U.S. diplomats were meeting in Geneva to
sign an anti-war pact, Adolph Hitler took the reins in Germany, he said.

"It’s hard to believe how disengaged the diplomatic world was from reality in the period
leading up to World War II," Gingrich said. "You’re seeing a similar pattern. This entire
charade this week (the nuclear summit) is an absurdity in terms of the real world."

Gingrich said the Obama administration’s approach to the Middle East also reflects a
misguided foreign policy.

"You have an administration which is angrier about Israelis building apartments in
Jerusalem than it is about Iranians building nuclear weapons," Gingrich said.

Ronald Reagan was successful in ending the Cold War and the nuclear threat from Russia by
standing firm against giving up ballistic missiles as part of an arms treaty, Gingrich said:
"What Reagan wanted was to be able to stop nuclear weapons rather than sign a paper
document. Reagan had lived through the '30s. Reagan had lived through World War II.
Reagan understood that when democracies lie to themselves, dictatorships take advantage
of them."

When asked the role the Tea Party movement would play in upcoming elections, Gingrich
praised the grassroots group as a "very healthy and very powerful" movement made up of
mostly educated people who are loyal to the U.S. Constitution and limited government.

Gingrich said the attempt to demonize the movement reveals the mindset of liberal
politicians and members of the media.

"Every time the left attacks the Tea Party, it reminds you of how alien the left is from most
Americans," Gingrich said. "If you go to the average American and say, 'Doesn't the Tea
Party people frighten you?' they will tell you, 'Not nearly as much as big government.'"
Obama Is Building A Post-American World
James G. Wiles says two different pictures come from the recent nuclear summit in
Washington, and they perfectly sum up the success of the Obama Administration’s foreign
policy of building a post-American world.

One shows Obama speaking with Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister and a
Conservative. Mr. Obama is gesticulating and pointing his index finger in the PM. Mr.
Harper is frozen in place, staring at the finger. Eloquently, however, his right fist is
clenched.
Thus to our allies. See also Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s gestures to
Britain’s Gordon Brown and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. American allies whose national
security interests and status as American allies, which the Obama Administration has
deliberately dissed, now include India, Honduras, Poland, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Georgia,
Australia and Ukraine.

The other image, flashed around the world, shows Obama bowing to the Chinese President.
We have, of course, seen this before. Obama is a serial bower.

But only to America’s adversaries. So far, by the standards of FDR, Harry Truman, Jack
Kennedy and LBJ -- Democratic presidents all -- the results of the Obama foreign policy are
nil. Obama’s offer of an open hand to our enemies has so far left him holding only a bloody
stump.

Let us spin the globe . . .
Russia Tells Obama How It's Gonna Be
Reuters is reporting that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States
and other Western nations on Thursday against imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran over
its nuclear program, Interfax news agency reported.

The European Union has said it may impose unilateral sanctions if a U.N. Security Council
resolution fails.

Obama's administration has been lobbying Western companies not to do business with Iran,
but has not imposed sanctions against them.

Countries facing Security Council sanctions "cannot under any circumstances be the subject
of one-sided sanctions imposed by one or other government bypassing the Security
Council", Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax. "The position of the United States today
does not display understanding of this absolutely clear truth."

Russia is in talks with the United States and other U.N. Security Council members on a
fourth round of sanctions. Moscow has indicated it could support broader sanctions but has
stressed they must not harm the Iranian people.

Washington has not publicly warned of unilateral sanctions but has made clear it wants
tougher measures than veto-wielding Security Council member Russia is likely to accept.

Permanent Security Council member China has joined Russia in opposing Washington's
plans to impose tough, wide-ranging sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its refusal to
suspend sensitive uranium enrichment activity and open up fully to U.N. nuclear
inspections.
You’ve Got To Be Kidding
Jay Nordlinger, commenting on the United States human-rights talks with China, says our
side is apparently led by Michael Posner, an assistant secretary of state. I will quote from
an Associated Press report:

Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule
of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights,
which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.
He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its [their?]
own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person’s
immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

I hope I have read that incorrectly, or am interpreting it incorrectly. Did we, the United
States, talking to a government that maintains a gulag, that denies people their basic
rights, that in all probability harvests organs, apologize for the new immigration law in
Arizona? Really, really?

And that is to leave to one side, for the moment, the question of whether issues of crime,
poverty, and so on truly belong in human-rights talks. You remember the old line, taught
to us by our dear Marxist professors: "Here in the West, we have political rights: of
expression, worship, assembly, etc. But you can’t eat those! In the East Bloc, they have
economic and social rights: to food, shelter, health care, and the like." Of course, free
countries do better by material measures, too -- better than those countries that have
"economic and social rights." Infinitely better.

A month ago, Obama told the leader of Kazakhstan that we were still -- you know: working
on our democracy. An Obama national-security aide, Mike McFaul, said, "[Obama has]
taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office
here in the United States." "Historic steps"? I suppose he meant national health care,
socialized medicine. I suppose, by "democracy," he meant social democracy. Hard to tell.
I don’t think he meant that the Justice Department was going to make the New Black
Panthers stop intimidating voters.

Do you ever get the idea that our government is a bunch of left-wing undergraduates come
to power?
Obama's Domestic War On Democracy
Noemie Emery says Obama kicked off his reign as the Free World's main honcho by dissing
the British, which was an unpromising start. First, he sent back the bust of Sir Winston
Churchill. Then there were the tasteful gifts to the queen and prime minister, dug out of a
sale bin at Wal-Mart. So much for Churchill and Roosevelt, Reagan and Thatcher, JFK and
his sister's relation-in-law, Harold Macmillan -- see why.

Special relationship? What special relationship? You must be out of your mind.

He dissed Poland and the Czech Republic -- to make Russia happy. He dissed Israeli -- to
make Hamas happy -- making its prime minister cool his heels somewhere while he stalked
off to have dinner.

The outlines of the emerging Obama Doctrine had begun to be obvious: He would engage,
indulge, and look kindly on the likes of tyrants like Iran and North Korea, who armed to the
teeth while threatening to eviscerate Israel and South Korea. But when it came to
democracies and political, strategic, and historic allies of this country, their welcome and
luck had run out.

Having run out of allies to annoy or embarrass, it seemed only a matter of time before
Obama turned on his country, and began aiming at one of its states. This would be Arizona,
which tried to check a crime wave caused by illegal immigrants, setting off a flood of
outrage not heard since Tea Party members held their last peaceful rally, and were blasted
for hoped-for but unperceived violence while walking around bearing signs.
Obama said that his administration was studying Arizona's law "very carefully," just before
Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano (Arizona's governor until fairly recently) said they hadn't
read it, but opposed it on general principles. Mexico's president blasted the state from the
floor of Congress, while Obama nodded in assent, and Democrats burst into cheers.

Arizona joins Britain, Israel, Poland and the Czech Republic on the list of democracies dissed
by Obama. "Arizona might as well be an enemy nation," says columnist Debra Saunders.
And so it does seem.

Not only is Obama now in a war against his own people, he seems to be abetting a species
of civil hostility not seen here in 145 years. Some states -- or some neighborhoods, which
consist of your brie-nibbling Metro-Americans -- want to wage civil war in the form of a
boycott of the state's hospitality, and/or of its goods.

A boycott is perfect for this demographic, as it provides the maximum amount of self-
satisfaction at the minimum amount of effort required, and no cost at all to themselves. Los
Angeles wants to suspend economic relations. To show they mean business, they are now
wearing bracelets: Red and blue bands designed by Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., who refuses to
travel through Phoenix while flying to and from Washington.

Next, they'll roll out the big guns, and don lapel ribbons, like actors on Oscar night. Unless
all the best colors are taken, of course.

Fortunately, in Civil War II, Arizona is not without weapons, one, it would seem, being
polls. By substantial margins, Americans support Arizona's laws and its governor: As
November draws near, some Democrats may come to regret their members' cheers for
Mexico's president.

Outside Metro America, this may not play well. And, Arizona supplies Los Angeles with
about 25 percent of its energy. A surprise power cut might make the lights go out in a
numbers of neighborhoods, and go on in a number of heads.

As for Los Angeles, Arizona should pull the plug, pronto. Let them sip warm chardonnay in
the dark.
Obama's Islamic Poll Dance
The Washington Times says Obama's Middle East appeasement policy has failed.

Obama took office with a mission to transform America's image around the world. In
particular, he was determined to extend the hand of friendship to Muslims whom he felt had
been slighted during the George W. Bush administration. Some of his efforts were
substantive, such as his attempt to close down the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo
Bay. Others were symbolic, such as removing all references to Islamic extremism from U.S.
national security strategies and refusing to use the word "terrorism" when referring to
jihadist attacks on the homeland.

Despite his best efforts, Obama has failed to woo the Muslim world. After an initial burst of
enthusiasm in 2009, America's favorability ratings sagged. A Gallup poll on opinions of the
leadership of the United States released last week shows declines in each of six Muslim-
majority countries surveyed. Approval in Lebanon is 25 percent, a 5-percent drop back to
2008 levels. Approval in Egypt fell by about half since last fall, from 37 percent to 19
percent. Approval in the Palestinian Territories is 16 percent, a drop of 4 percent and just
three points better than it was under the Bush administration. In Iraq, approval is at 25
percent, compared to the 35 percent rating in 2008.

Polls in Israel show confidence in Obama's policies in single digits, and American Jews are
deserting him at a rate seldom seen for a Democratic president. A McLaughlin & Associates
poll released last month showed that Obama's support among Jews plunged from 78
percent in the 2008 election to around 40 percent and that a plurality of 46 percent would
consider voting for another candidate in 2012. Two weeks ago at an emergency White
House meeting with Jewish-American religious leaders, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
admitted that the White House had "screwed up the messaging" about its support for
Israel. He said Obama was a friend of the Jewish state and urged the assembled to "watch
what the administration does."

This week, the United States broke 40 years of precedent to back a United Nations
resolution calling for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel as a problem without
even mentioning Iran. It is one of the worst diplomatic blows the United States has ever
dealt to Israel, and it will be hard to explain away as simply more incompetent messaging.

Obama's weak response to the crisis over the boarding of the Mavi Marmara is symptomatic
of the leadership vacuum Obama has created. He issued no strong message of support for
Israel, no criticism of NATO ally Turkey for its threatening language and bellicose attitude,
no condemnation of the attempt to run supplies to Hamas through the Gaza blockade, and
no suggestion that the United States would take any action to prevent future such flotillas
from fomenting other crises, which the Free Gaza Movement has pledged to do. Obama
seems to be watching the crisis unfold as helplessly as he watches oil leak into the Gulf of
Mexico.

Niccolo Machiavelli counseled that it is better for a leader to be feared than loved because
love is fickle and can change but fear will endure. Obama wanted the world to love him,
and the world did, seemingly, for awhile. But love is turning to disappointment and
contempt as the world realizes that Obama is just a charming empty suit. As he grows
weaker, America's adversaries are realizing that there is no need to fear him, either.
Palestinian Aid Package
Breitbart is reporting that Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was to unveil a
$400 million civilian aid package for the Palestinians, as he called the situation in the Gaza
Strip "unsustainable."

That's your money. It's reparations to foreigners -- and many of them are terrorists.

Related: Obama pushes Israel to limit Gaza blockade.
The Most Unpopular Man In Britain?
Niles Gardner says what a difference 18 months and an oil spill makes. In January 2009
Barack Obama was hugely popular on this side of the Atlantic, and could have walked on
water in the eyes of the British media, the political elites, and the general public. In June
2010 however he probably qualifies as the most despised US president since Nixon among
the British people. In fact you can’t open a London paper at this time without reading yet
another fiery broadside against a leader who famously boasted of restoring "America’s
standing" in the world.

When even Obama’s most ardent political supporters in Britain, including Boris Johnson, are
on the offensive against the White House, you know his halo has dramatically slipped. It’s
hard to believe that any politician could become more disliked in the UK than Gordon
Brown, but Barack Obama is achieving that in spades. And as Janet Daley noted of the
British press, the love affair with Barack is well and truly over.

The key catalyst for rising anti-Obama sentiment in the UK has been his disastrous handling
of the BP issue, and his relentless desire to crush Britain’s biggest company. There is no
doubting BP’s responsibility over the Gulf oil disaster, and it is right that the firm is being
held to account for its failures. But the brutal, almost sadistic trashing of BP by the
imperious Obama administration, which has helped wipe out about half its value, threatens
its very future, as well as the pensions of 18 million British people and the jobs of 29,000
Americans. There is now the very real danger of the bankrupting of a great British
enterprise, and the prospect even of a Chinese or Russian takeover.

Instead of adopting a constructive, statesmanlike approach, Barack Obama’s decision to
launch a "boot on the throat" campaign, while adopting a thinly veiled Brit-bashing agenda,
has generated significant bad blood in America’s closest ally. At the same time, Obama has
inexplicably rejected offers of help from the UK and an array of European countries, no
doubt out of both pride and protectionism.

As I wrote previously, we are witnessing one of the worst exercises in public diplomacy by a
US government in recent memory, one that could cause significant long-term damage to the
incredibly important economic and political partnership between Great Britain and the
United States. And for those who say this is minor storm in a tea cup, I would point out
that it is highly unusual for a British Prime Minister to have to stand up to an onslaught
against British interests by an American president, as David Cameron has just done. In fact
the prospect of a major confrontation between Downing Street and the White House grows
stronger by the day.

But this is not the whole picture. Obama’s handling of BP is part of a far bigger problem.
This is an administration that has consistently insulted Britain, and has even sided with her
foes in some cases, most notably in its wholehearted support for Argentina’s call for
negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falklands, a position that has been strongly backed
by Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez. Time and time again, the Obama team has undercut
America’s key allies, from London to Prague to Jerusalem, while kowtowing to the enemies
of the United States in the name of engagement. It is a disastrous foreign policy that not
only weakens American global power, but generates resentment and anger in nations that
have traditionally stood shoulder to shoulder with America.

The Anglo-American Special Relationship, the most successful partnership of modern times,
will survive long after Obama departs the White House. It is far bigger than any one
president or prime minister. But there can be no doubt that it is being significantly
damaged and weakened at this moment by Obama’s sneering approach towards Great
Britain, at a time when British and American soldiers are fighting and dying alongside each
other in a major war in Afghanistan. Obama needs to see the big picture and understand
that his anti-British posturing is hugely counter-productive and highly offensive. He is
already one of the least popular US presidents of modern times, not only in the eyes of the
American people, but now the people of Britain as well.
Obama To Host 18 Leaders In August
Kemo Cham, is reporting that Barack Obama has invited 18 African leaders to celebrate the
50th anniversary of independences of their countries. An anonymous senior U.S.
administration source, speaking on the sidelines of the just concluded G8 Summit in
Huntsville, Canada, that the Marxist gathering is scheduled for August in Washington.

A report by French magazine, Jeune Afrique, said that Obama embarked in an extended
engagement during the first day of the Summit in Canada, holding sessions in the afternoon
with several African heads of states, including the presidents of Senegal, Malawi, Algeria
and Ethiopia.

Alongside those of Nigeria and South Africa, the leaders of these African countries were
among other non G8 member countries invited to the Huntsville meeting of the 8 most
industrialized nations in the world.

It is at this meeting with African leaders that Obama reportedly made the invitation
announcement, Jeune Afrique said.

Obama, who is said to be looking for a "fresh start", was quoted by a second Jeune Afrique
source as saying since independence, "there were many disappointments, much frustration,
and now 50 years later, we want to make a fresh start."

The G8 Summit saw a number of key issues discussed, among them the United Nations
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), maternal, newborn and child health, food security
as well as aid to Africa.

"...maternal, newborn and child health, food security as well as aid to Africa" -- there goes
billions more from the American treasury.
What Are You Going To Do About This, Obama?
Breitbart is reporting that Venezuela's legislature has voted to nationalize 11 oil rigs owned
by the US firm Helmerich & Payne.

The rigs, located in Monagas, Anzoategui and Zulia states, will be taken over by state oil
giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the official news agency AVN said.

PDVSA had asked the legislature controlled by supporters of leftist President Hugo Chavez
to take over the rigs after the US firm declined to negotiate a new service contract, unlike
32 other foreign firms.

The oil giant is South America's top oil producer.

Since 2007 Caracas has nationalized companies in industries from oil to utilities, to
telecoms, cement, steel and banking.
Obama Chases His Tail
Paul Mirengoff says Syrian president Bashar Assad has declared that the Obama
administration's failure to facilitate change in the Middle East shows that it is weak. Assad
made this statement during a visit to Latin America, which has become a region of interest
to both Assad and Iranian president Ahmadinejad.

Assad's statement provides further evidence of the dangers that arise from Obama's
obsession with forcing Israeli concessions in the name of "peace." Try as he might, Obama
will not be able to force enough concessions to satisfy the Palestinians, and by extension
Assad. Thus, he enables Assad and other enemies of the U.S. to portray Obama as weak
and ineffectual. And the claim is plausible because Obama is failing to meet his own
objectives.

Weakness, or even just plausible claims of weakness, can only make Obama an object of
contempt in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Nor can Obama cure this perception by pushing harder on the Israelis. First, once the
Israelis perceive Obama as placing demands on them in response to criticism from the likes
of Assad, he loses whatever credibility he might retain with the government. Obama can
succeed in inducing Israel to make concessions only if the government somehow believes
he's urging these concessions based on Israel's interests, not his own desire to save face.

Second, as already mentioned, each concession Obama extracts from Israel under pressure
from Arab states will lead to pressure to extract new concessions. This puts Obama in the
position of chasing his tail. There are few surer signs of weakness than that.

Assad is playing Obama, and who can blame him? Why should he treat Obama better than
Putin, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, etc., do?

Related: Obama has declined to publicly affirm commitments made by President Bush to
Israel in 2004 on the final borders of the Jewish state.
Obama's Trip To India Will Cost $200 Million Per Day
Press Trust of India is reporting that the US will be spending a whopping $200 million per
day on Barack Obama's visit to Mumbai, India.

"The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other
aspects of the Presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the
arrangements for the high-profile visit said.

About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists
wil accompany Obama. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are
already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security
instruments.

"Except for personnel providing immediate security to the President, the US officials may
not be allowed to carry weapons. The state police is competent to take care of the security
measures and they would be piloting the Presidential convoy," the official said on condition
of anonymity.

A billion dollars -- and for what?
Obama Chan
One of our members, who is known on FreeRepublic.com as Candor7, is a serious man who
has spent years in Japan, and has family there.

He explains the various terms of address that reflect Japanese attitude.

"Samma" is a term for a highly respected man. For example, Ronald Reagan would be
"Reagan samma."

Equals in station are called "San" -- "Lucy san" for example.

Children and those who act like children are addressed as "Chan." Candor7 calls his
daughter-in-law "Misato chan."

He says, geriatrics, who act like children, are referred to as "Ojia-chan."

Ones social station and mode of address is related to outward appearance but also is related
to one’s conduct as well.

Candor7 explains that what you see in the above photo are the Japanese patronizing Obama
as a child. They have their "Obama chan" faces on, much as you would if you had to sit
beside an Irish setter in church that was noisily slobbering on an ice cream cone.

Kamakura is a sacred place, and Obama's behavior was so out of context, it was beyond
ludicrous.

So it's "Obama chan." He will never amount to anything in the East. The South Koreans
will hardly talk to the man child. The Japanese treat him as child, literally. This can be
clearly seen in the green tea popsicle photo, it is subtle, but very evident to any Japanese
person. Obama was tolerated in Japan, as a child. South Korea would not even tolerate
him diplomatically -- nor would the Chinese.
The only fans Obama has internationally are Muslims (who see him as a weak chump), and
his own leg tingly fans at home. Everyone else in the world does not want to be in the
same room with him. They see him responsible for the destruction of America and her
ability to stabilize the world through her strength. They know it means WW III eventually.

Candor7 says he is ashamed of Obama more than he's angry at him, reference Japan.
Modern Asians cannot stand dogma because it reminds them of totalitarian society from
which all have historically suffered in Asia, and Obama is a walking dogma machine.
Obama's Message To The World
Scott Johnson says the Obama administration has a message for the world. The message is
something along these lines: The United States is very bad, but Barack Obama is very
good. He seeks to redeem America from its evil.

Eye on the UN has compiled the disgusting video below of the United States abasing itself
before some of the most reprehensible regimes in the world. I believe this is what goes
under the name of "smart diplomacy" in the Obama administration.

The video depicts in condensed form the three-hour appearance of the United States in the
dock at the UN Human Rights Council to present its first-ever universal periodic review
report and receive recommendations for improvement from council members. Eye on the
UN's Anne Bayefsky explained at the time that 56 countries lined up for the opportunity to
have at the U.S. representatives, many standing in line overnight for the opportunity to be
near the top of the list. Making it to the head of the line were Cuba, Venezuela, Russia,
Iran, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and North Korea.

Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner made an appearance to play his designated role
demeaning the United States on behalf of the Obama administration. The weasel Posner
replied "thanks to very many of the delegations for thoughtful comments and suggestions"
shortly after Cuba said the U.S. blockade of Cuba was a "crime of genocide," Iran
"condemned and expressed its deep concern over the situation of human rights" in the
United States, and North Korea said it was "concerned by systematic widespread violations
committed by the United States at home and abroad."

Carl in Jerusalem aptly comments: "The key foreign policy goal of the Obama administration
is to destroy the notion that America is an exceptional nation, and to cut it down to the
same size as brutal dictatorships around the world. Trying to cut down America's most
feisty ally by forcing it into a situation where it will have to fight for its very existence is part
of the same


It should be noted that the formal response of the United States to the constructive
criticisms tendered by the likes of Cuba and Iran is posted here, and will make your head
explode.

Update: Steven Den Beste thanks Obama almighty and comments: "When I read about
this, it reminded me of the movie Becket, which begins with Henry II submitting himself to
a ritual flogging by Catholic priests, as penance for the murder of Thomas Becket."

And Allahpundit tweets: "Stick with [the video] at least until North Korea starts to speak."
Good advice, if you're not struggling with anger management issues!
Surrendering Our Sovereignty
Wayne LaPierre says that for the first time in history, the United States government has
bowed before the United Nations with the Obama administration cravenly asking U.N.
officials to question our great nation on what a State Department report confesses to be
domestic "human rights" violations.

In submitting what amounts to an American guilty plea to the U.N.'s Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Obama administration has effectively
unsealed the protections of our Constitution to the predations of the United Nations.

Add to that the Obama administration's agreement to aggressively pursue participation in
the creation of a U.N. gun-ban treaty. In reversing President George W. Bush's opposition to
U.N.-mandated international gun control, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, "The
United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the
highest possible, legally binding standards. …"

Included in the August 2010 submission of what the Obama-Clinton State Department
considers America's affronts against "human rights" is Arizona's effort to enforce federal
immigration laws -- laws negated by the Obama administration's refusal to seal our porous
borders against the flow of criminal aliens, terrorists and international drug traffickers.

Until the "change" of the Obama administration, the U.S. has consistently refused to
participate in the farce of U.N. "human rights" bodies that are comprised of rogue states like
Syria and Cuba.

Remember Obama's 2008 victory promise: "We are five days away from fundamentally
transforming the United States of America." With this single step, he has shared that
destructive effort with the United Nations.

The fire sale of our sovereignty came with the Aug. 20, 2010 "Report of the United States of
America Submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights In Conjunction with
the Universal Periodic Review."

A fact sheet posted on the U.S. State Department website explaining the "Universal Periodic
Review" should chill the heart of every citizen who believes in the sanctity of our shores and
the freedom of "We the People."

It says the second step -- following submission of the "human rights" report -- is what the
State Department reverently refers to as "The Review":

"The review of a national government takes place in a working group of the [U.N. Human
Rights Council]… Each country under review undergoes a three-hour Q&A session webcast
on the U.N. website, in which any U.N. member is able to ask questions and make
recommendations."

Any U.N. member can question the United States of America on our human rights;
Zimbabwe, perhaps, or how about Sudan, Iran, the Democratic Republic of the Congo or
whatever they call the brutish regime in the former Burma.

"The reviewed national government is entitled to use one hour of that time to present its
report, respond to any written question it may have received prior to the day of the review,
respond to oral questions, comments and recommendations from the floor and present its
conclusions."

I can give my conclusion right now. Why are we letting these people do this to our country?
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The Universal Periodic Review
How much worse things can get under Barack Obama?

Well, here’s an answer to that question -– a nine-minute video of portions of the United
Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the United States that was held
on November 5, 2010.

You will probably be very angry after watching this kangaroo-court humiliate of our nation
in front of the world, by representatives of some of the most despicable and repressive
despots on the face of the Earth


Barack Obama not only signed on to it -- he sent America-despising ambassadors Esther
Brimmer and Michael Posner to participate in allowing outrageously false accusations of the
most gross violations one could imagine a government committing against humanity.
Brimmer was positively beaming at the opportunity to see her own nation flogged, drawn
and quartered.

Watch the whole thing. The end is a killer. The message? America bad. Obama good.
White House Statement On Leaks
(AP) We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand
classified State Department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic
discussions with foreign governments.

By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete
information. It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always shape final policy
decisions.

Nevertheless, these cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments
and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the
front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy
interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world.

To be clear -- such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and
people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting
democracy and open government. These documents also may include named individuals
who in many cases live and work under oppressive regimes and who are trying to create
more open and free societies.

President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and
around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By
releasing stolen and classified documents, Wikileaks has put at risk not only the cause of
human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals. We condemn in the strongest
terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security
information.

This will show 'em who's boss!
The Lunatic Who Thinks He's Barack Obama
Spengler says that Napoleon was a lunatic who thought he was Napoleon, and the joke
applies to Barack Obama with a vengeance. What doesn't Obama know, and when didn't he
know it? American foreign policy turned delusional when Obama took office, and the latest
batch of leaks suggest that the main source of the delusion is sitting in the Oval Office.

From the first batch of headlines there is little in WikiLeaks' 250,000 classified diplomatic
cables that a curious surfer would not have known from the Internet. We are shocked --
shocked -- to discover that the Arab Gulf states favor an invasion of Iran; that members of
the Saudi royal family fund terrorism; that Pakistan might sell nuclear material to
malefactors; that Saudi Arabia will try to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran does; that Israel
has been itching for an air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities; that the Russian
government makes use of the Russian mob; that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan tilts towards radical Islam; or that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi mixes
politics and business.

American career diplomats have been telling their masters in the Obama administration that
every theater of American policy is in full-blown rout, forwarding to Washington the growing
alarm of foreign leaders. In April 2008, for example, Saudi Arabia's envoy to the US Adel
al-Jubeir told General David Petraeus that King Abdullah wanted the US "to cut off the head
of the [Iranian] snake" and "recalled the king's frequent exhortations to the US to attack
Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program".

Afghani President Hamid Karzai warned the US that Pakistan was forcing Taliban militants to
keep fighting rather than accept his peace offers. Pakistani government officials, other
cables warn, might sell nuclear material to terrorists.

The initial reports suggest that the US State Department has massive evidence that
Obama's approach -- "engaging" Iran and coddling Pakistan -- has failed catastrophically.
The crisis in diplomatic relations heralded by the press headlines is not so much a diplomatic
problem -- America's friends and allies in Western and Central Asia have been shouting
themselves hoarse for two years -- but a crisis of American credibility.

Not one Muslim government official so much as mentioned the issues that have occupied
the bulk of Washington's attention during the past year, for example, Israeli settlements.
The Saudis, to be sure, would prefer the elimination of all Israeli settlements; for that
matter, they would prefer the eventual elimination of the state of Israel. In one
conversation with a senior White House official, Saudi King Abdullah stated categorically
that Iran, not Palestine, was his main concern; while a solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict
would be a great achievement, Iran would find other ways to cause trouble.

"Iran's goal is to cause problems," Abdullah added. "There is no doubt something unstable
about them." There never has been a shred of evidence that an Israeli-Palestinian
agreement would help America contain Iran's nuclear threat. The deafening silence over
this issue in the diplomatic cables is the strongest refutation of this premise to date.

How do we explain the gaping chasm between Obama's public stance and the facts reported
by the diplomatic corps? The cables do not betray American secrets so much as American
obliviousness. The simplest and most probable explanation is that Obama is a man
obsessed by his own vision of a multipolar world, in which America will shrink its standing to
that of one power among many, and thus remove the provocation on which Obama blames
the misbehavior of the Iranians, Pakistanis, the pro-terrorist wing of the Saudi royal family,
and other enemies of the United States.

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. With a Muslim father and stepfather, and an
anthropologist mother whose life's work defended Muslim traditional society against
globalization, Obama harbors an overpowering sympathy for the Muslim world.

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Obama Has Lost The World
Daniel Greenfield says that after the 2010 elections, it's not exactly news that Obama has
lost America. But in a less public referendum, he also lost the world. Obama's cocktail
party tour of the world's capitals may look impressive on a map, but is irrelevant on a policy
level. In less than two years, the White House has gone from being the center of world
leadership to being irrelevant, from protecting world freedom to serving as a global party
planning committee.

Even the Bush Administration's harshest critics could never have credibly claimed that
George W. Bush was irrelevant. He might have been hated, pilloried and shouted about --
but he couldn't be ignored. However Obama can be safely ignored. Invited to parties,
given the chance to show off his cosmopolitan sophisticated by reciting one or two words in
the local lingo, read off a teleprompter, along with some cant about the need for everyone
to pull together and make the world a better place, and then dismissed for the rest of the
evening.

As a world leader, Obama makes a passable party guest. He has a broad smile, brings
along his own gifts and is famous in the way that celebrities, rather than prime ministers
and presidents are famous. On an invitation list, he is more Bono than Sarkozy, Leonardo
DiCaprio not Putin. You don't invite him to talk turkey, not even on Thanksgiving. He's just
one of those famous people with a passing interest in politics who gets good media
attention, but who has nothing worthwhile to say.

The only countries who take Obama seriously, are the ones who have to. The leaders of
Great Britain, Israel and Japan -- who have tied their countries to an enduring alliance with
America based on mutual interests and values, only to discover that the latest fellow to sit
behind the Oval Office desk no longer shares those values and couldn't give less of a damn
about American interests. It's no wonder that European leaders ignore him as much as
possible. Or that Netanyahu visited America, while Obama was abroad. Or that Japanese
politics have become dangerously unstable.

On the enemy side, the growing aggressiveness of China, North Korea, Iran, Hezbollah and
Al Qaeda can all be attributed to the global consensus that no one is at home in the White
House. And if no one is at home in the White House, then that's a perfect time to slap the
big boy around the yard. China is doing it economically, the rest are doing it militarily.
They're all on board with Obama's Post-American vision of the world. But unlike him and
most liberals, they have a clear understanding of what that means. The America of some
years back, which actually intimidated Libyan dictator Khaddafi into giving up his nuclear
program, without lifting a hand against him is long gone. So is the Cedar Revolution. Syria
and Iran are back in charge in Lebanon, and in Afghanistan, the Taliban are laughing at our
soft power outreach efforts.

Obama's soft power approach emphasizes the "soft" and forgets the "power." It neglects
even Clinton era understandings about the role of America in the world, and reverts instead
to a Carter era sense of guilt that bleeds into hostility toward American interests and allies.
While the rest of the world puts their own interests first, they act like a cog in some
imaginary global community, turning and turning toward the distant horizon of international
brotherhood. While China, Russia and most of the world walk down their backs and up their
jellyfish spines, laughing all the way. And America's allies gird themselves and prepare for
the worst.

From the first, this administration has curried favor with America's enemies by betraying
and humiliating its allies. But these hideous acts of moral cowardice have not won Obama
the approval of America's enemies, only their contempt, and a Nobel Peace Prize from a
committee of elderly left wing Swedes, awarded not for any accomplishment, but for the
lack thereof. For being a man without a country, a leader without a spine and a
representative of America who gives no thought for the interests of that country.

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Obama Eases Travel Restrictions To Cuba
Lesley Clark says the Obama administration said it will allow for more U.S. travel to Cuba,
making it easier for schools, churches and cultural groups to visit the island.

A senior Obama official told The Miami Herald the much-expected move to expand cultural,
religious and educational travel to Cuba is part of the administration's continuing "effort to
support the Cuban people's desire to freely determine their own future."

Barack Obama is also restoring the amount of money ($2,000) that can be sent to
nonfamily members to the level they were at during part of the Clinton and Bush
administrations. There will be a quarterly limit on the amount that any American can send:
$500 per quarter to "support private economic activity.''

The administration also will restore the broader "people-to-people'' category of travel, which
allows "purposeful'' visits to increase contacts between U.S. and Cuban citizens.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
assailed the revision, saying they "will not help foster a pro-democracy environment in
Cuba."

"These changes will not aid in ushering in respect for human rights,'' Ros-Lehtinen said.
"And they certainly will not help the Cuban people free themselves from the tyranny that
engulfs them. These changes undermine U.S. foreign policy and security objectives and will
bring economic benefits to the Cuban regime.''

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Obama Acknowledges Decline Of US Dominance
The Times Of India is reporting that Barack Obama implicitly acknowledged the decline of
American dominance, and said the US was no longer in a position to "meet the rest of the
world economically on our terms".

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said, "I do think that one of the challenges
that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial
crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalization? The fact of the
matter is that for most of my lifetime and I'll turn 50 next year -- the US was such an
enormously dominant economic power, we were such a large market, our industry, our
technology, our manufacturing was so significant that we always met the rest of the world
economically on our terms. And now because of the incredible rise of India and China and
Brazil and other countries [and Obama's policies], the US remains the largest economy and
the largest market, but there is real competition."
"This will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete. There is going to
be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalization as a threat and those
who accept we live in a open integrated world, which has challenges and opportunities."

The US leader disagreed with those who saw globalization as unmitigated evil [of course he
did]. But while acknowledging that the China/India factor had made the world flatter, he
said protectionist impulses in US will get stronger if people don't see trade bringing in gains
for them. Obama said:

"If the American people feel that trade is just a one-way street where everybody is selling
to the enormous US market but we can never sell what we make anywhere else, then the
people of the US will start thinking that this is a bad deal for us and it could end up leading
to a more protectionist instinct in both parties, not just among Democrats but also
Republicans. So, that we have to guard against."

He pointed out that America, which once traded without bothering about barriers put up by
partners, could not promote trade at its own expense at a time when India and China were
rising. "There has to be reciprocity in our trading relationships and if we can have those kind
of conversations -- fruitful, constructive conversation about how we produce win-win
situations, then I think we will be fine."

Obama's remarks at the town hall meeting exposed his tremendous anxiety over the failure
of his policies to spur the US economy fast enough and create jobs for Americans facing
nearly 10% unemployment rate.

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Silence, Speeches, And Strategy
Rick Richman says that last year, Barack Obama said nothing as mass demonstrations
against an evil regime took place in Iran. This year, he said and did nothing as Lebanon
was taken over by a Syrian/Iranian proxy. He had no comment on Tunisia while events
were occurring -- his secretary of state announced we were not taking sides. It got a
shout-out in his State of the Union address ("America stands with the people of Tunisia")
once the dictator was gone.

It seemed as if Obama’s guiding principle in foreign affairs was to avoid confrontations
(unless someone announced Jewish housing in Jerusalem). He ignored human-rights issues
in China, reset relations with Russia, outstretched his hand to Iran, went to Cairo to issue a
message of peace to the entire Muslim world, and endlessly courted Syria even as it
rejected him. It was a hazardous time to be a U.S. ally: Poland, Georgia, the Czech
Republic, Columbia, Honduras, South Korea, Britain, and Israel all saw their interests
slighted or subordinated to Obama’s other concerns.

Obama’s initial response to the mass demonstrations in Egypt was also silence. Ironically,
this might have been the appropriate strategy. Dealing with an important U.S. ally, in a
tense and uncertain situation, with repercussions affecting U.S. interests throughout the
Middle East, required private efforts. Calling publicly for the overthrow of a leader who had
allied himself with the U.S. for decades might simply energize U.S. enemies and demoralize
allies; even Jimmy Carter never publicly called for the Shah’s resignation. At 82 years old,
Hosni Mubarak was likely to be leaving soon in any event; the transition to a different
leader, or a different regime, called for quiet diplomacy, not a speech.

Getting rid of Mubarak and holding an election within a few months, where the only
organized political group was an ally of Iran, was not necessarily the best way to promote
freedom in Egypt -- as the 2006 Palestinian election demonstrated. The outcome of the
1933 German election is not an argument against democracy -- but having seen what
happened in 1933, one might not necessarily make it a central goal in 1938 to hold an
election in a neighboring country and risk transforming it into another ally of Hitler.

An important concept is the one acknowledging, "no strategy is applicable in every
circumstance." The danger is very real that Egypt might follow the path of revolutionary
Iran. If that is true, promoting regime change when regime change might produce a
significantly worse regime is not self-evidently the right strategy.
Obama's Handling Of Egypt Like Carter's Handling Of Iran
The Examiner.com says that Newt Gingrich compared Obama handling of Egypt to Carter
handling of Iran. Talking about the increasingly volatile developments in Egypt last night,
Gingrich communicated what he thought so far of the Obama Administration's handling of
the crisis. And he had only disparagements to hand out in his description of Obama and
company's series of blunders. Citing the very real potential for great harm and risk to
emerge in Egypt if the Muslim Brotherhood takes power (as many expect it to), Gingrich
declared that Obama's performance has been as bad as Jimmy Carter's performance in the
late 1970s regarding Iran, which saw the American alliance there collapse in the face of a
hostile, Islamic takeover.

Appearing on Sean Hannity's show last night, Gingrich was brought on to analyze, first, the
embarrassing comments of the so-called Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.
Late yesterday, Clapper's office had to retreat from his self-incriminatingly ignorant
statement and, essentially, spin that Clapper really knew all along that the Muslim
Brotherhood was not secular -- just that he chose to make it look like he didn't know while
in front of Congress!!

Citing that massive gaffe by the very inept-sounding Clapper, Gingrich then went on to
present another, recent example of Obama Administration idiocy regarding the Egypt
quagmire. As a matter of fact, his next example occurred yesterday, too, making it a
double shot of Obama bungling on the Egypt mess! To underscore the verified lack of
knowhow in the administration, Leon Panetta, the "brilliant" and very "smooth" CIA
Director, let another errant statement fly out of his mouth, just like Clapper did. Only this
time, Panetta proved that Obama Administration members are as inept at making
predictions as they are about familiarizing themselves with radical Islamic groups. Panetta's
failed prediction, you ask? The utterly laughable claim that under-pressure Egyptian
dictator Hosni Mubarak would step down later on in the day!

However, we all know what happened instead: Mubarak refused to step down, merely giving
some power to his vice-president, General Omar Suleiman, in a largely symbolic and
devious move. So that clearly meant that Panetta suffered a massive case of having egg on
his face, because he could not have made his bone-headed prediction at a more
inopportune time. Coupled with the failure by Clapper to also get things right with regards
to identifying what the Muslim Brotherhood is all about -- it takes only two seconds to
Google it, Mr. Clapper! -- the Obama Administration was showing off its incompetence like a
worse-than-usual episode of the slapstick comedy, the Benny Hill Show.

In light of all of this, Gingrich is not only right to denounce Obama's (mis)handling of Egypt
to be as incompetent as Carter's was with Iran, but he is also warning of what, sadly, may
just be another Middle Eastern country officially lost to anti-American forces of barbarity and
fanaticism. Aside from the gaffes yesterday, Joe Biden still expressed support for Mubarak
in late January, even when mass protests where already occurring, so it is really verifiable
that the Obama Administration is in total screw-up mode with regards to Egypt. The most
repugnant part of their screw-ups, however, is that the world will have to suffer another
country that may be a bastion of Islamic terror attacks.
Obama's Wishful Thinking
Robert Spencer says in Barack Obama’s statement on the uprising in Libya Wednesday, he
asserted somewhat counterfactually that "throughout this period of unrest and upheaval
across the region the United States has maintained a set of core principles which guide our
approach." He added that "these principles apply to the situation in Libya" -- and as he
delineated them further, it became clear that he was siding strongly with the Libyan people
and other Middle Eastern protesters, and that he was assuming that the recent Middle
Eastern uprisings were all idealistic, humanistic pro-democracy movements. In reality,
they’re anything but.

Obama condemned "the use of violence in Libya," declaring that "the suffering and
bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful
protesters and further punish the people of Libya." He affirmed that "the United States also
strongly supports the universal rights of the Libyan people," and enumerated several of
those rights: "That includes the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of
the Libyan people to determine their own destiny."

That phrasing itself suggested that Obama envisioned the crowds thronging the streets of
Tripoli, crying out for Gaddafi’s blood and holding up pictures of him with Stars of David
drawn on his forehead, as something akin to the Founding Fathers of the United States of
America in Congress assembled. He saw Jefferson and Madison elsewhere, also, as he
added that "even as we are focused on the urgent situation in Libya," his Administration
was working to determine "how the international community can most effectively support
the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt."

Obama expressed satisfaction that "the change that is taking place across the region is
being driven by the people of the region. This change doesn’t represent the work of the
United States or any foreign power. It represents the aspirations of people who are seeking
a better life." And he quoted a Libyan who said: "We just want to be able to live like human
beings." In conclusion, he vowed that "throughout this time of transition, the United States
will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all
people."

The one thing Obama didn’t explain was on what basis he believed that the Libyan (and
Tunisian and Egyptian) people themselves were interested in principles and rights such as
the freedom of speech and the dignity of all people, or held an understanding of freedom
and justice remotely comparable to that of the American Constitutional system.

Unfortunately for him, there are numerous signs that they don’t. It is not insignificant
vandalism that protesters in Libya have marked Gaddafi’s picture with the Star of David;
rather, it is an indication of the protesters’ worldview, and of the pervasiveness of Islamic
anti-Semitism. When Muslim protesters want to portray someone as a demon, they paint a
Star of David on his picture. This also shows the naiveté of Obama and others who insist
that the demonstrators in Libya, Egypt (where the Star of David was drawn on Mubarak’s
picture also) and elsewhere in the Middle East are pro-democracy secularists. They may be
pro-democracy insofar as they want the will of the people to be heard, but given their
worldview, their frame of reference, and their core assumptions about the world, if that
popular will is heard, it will likely result in huge victories for the Muslim Brotherhood and
similar pro-Sharia groups. Hence the ubiquitous chant of the Libyan protesters: not "Give
me liberty or give me death," but "No god but Allah!"

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The Obama Doctrine?
Andrew Roberts says that after two years in office it seems that Obama has finally found a
foreign policy doctrine, but the trick will be sticking to it when the going gets tough like in
Libya.

Obama has stated, in a telephone call with Angela Merkel on Saturday about Colonel
Gaddafi, that "When a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence
against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for
his country by leaving now." Could this be the long-awaited "Obama Doctrine," at least in
outline? It certainly seems to have the high-sounding tome of a presidential
pronouncement.

Every president strives to have a foreign policy Doctrine -- note the capital D -- that gets
named after him. The Truman Doctrine prescribed the way to contain Communism, the
Kennedy Doctrine the way to defy it, and the Reagan Doctrine the way to defeat it. More
recently, the Bush Doctrine defined how, in the War on Terror, states had to decide whether
they were for America or against her, and explained unequivocally what would happen to
those caught on the wrong side of the divide. In this year of revolutions in the Middle East,
Obama might now be stumbling towards an Obama Doctrine, in a foreign policy so far made
in a vacuum.

It may be completely absurd in historical terms, but at least its overarching theme about
legitimacy sounds good. If it had been promulgated in 1861, of course, when Abraham
Lincoln used mass violence against an insurrection of his own people for four years at the
cost of 600,000 lives, Barack Obama might not have the vote today, but there's little
advantage in pointing out such intellectual and historical inconsistencies. Otherwise we
might also wind up wondering why the then Senator Obama opposed a war to overthrow a
certain Iraqi dictator who used mass violence against his own people as his only means of
staying in power?

For Obama is a man who does not want to act when it's right to do so unless it also sounds
right. If the sound bite fits, do it, especially if it includes impressive words from
international jurisprudence like "legitimacy." The fact is, however, that were the pro-
Gaddafi forces, which seem to include the all-important air force, actually -- God forbid -- to
defeat the insurgents, and were Gaddafi to re-establish control in Libya, the United States
and the West would quickly find that he had re-established his "legitimacy to rule" too. We
would be sending back our oilmen after a decent interval, all talk of "legitimacy"
conveniently forgotten. Legitimacy comes from different places in different countries at
different periods of history, and in Libya since 1969 it has come from the barrel of a gun,
which is where it very firmly remains today.

That is not to say that Obama should not stick to his newfound Doctrine, just so long as he
extends it to countries beyond the Middle East. Were the Chinese to use mass violence
against their own people as their only means of staying in power, as they did in Tiananmen
Square in 1989, can we expect Obama to call for them "to do what is right for their country
by leaving now," or would it just apply to weak powers like Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe or
the military dictatorship in Burma?
Or is this latest pronouncement, as I suspect, merely a high-sounding form of words that
sounds good for the present Libyan situation, but which will be swiftly forgotten the moment
they no longer suit the Obama Administration's immediate requirements.
Do Tyrants Fear America Anymore?
Nile Gardner says Obama’s timid foreign policy is an embarrassment for a global
superpower. The débacle of Obama’s handling of the Libya issue is symbolic of a wider
problem at the heart of his administration’s foreign policy. The fact that it took ten days
and at least a thousand dead on the streets of Libya’s cities before Obama finally mustered
the courage to call for Muammar "Mad dog" Gaddafi to step down is highly embarrassing for
the world’s only superpower, and emblematic of a deer-in-the-headlights approach to world
leadership. Washington seems incapable of decisive decision-making on foreign policy at
the moment, a far cry from the days when it swept entire regimes from power, and
defeated America’s enemies with deep-seated conviction and an unshakeable drive for
victory.

Just a few years ago the United States was genuinely feared on the world stage, and
dictatorial regimes, strategic adversaries and state sponsors of terror trod carefully in the
face of the world’s most powerful nation. Now Washington appears weak, rudderless and
frequently confused in its approach. From Tehran to Tripoli, the Obama administration has
been pathetically slow to lead, and afraid to condemn acts of state-sponsored repression
and violence. When protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the Islamist
dictatorship in Iran in 2009, the brutal repression that greeted them was hardly a blip on
Barack Obama’s teleprompter screen, barely meriting a response from a largely silent
presidency.

In contrast to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, Obama fails to see the United States as
an exceptional nation, with a unique role in leading the free world and standing up to
tyranny. In his speeches abroad he has frequently found fault with his own country, rather
than projecting confidence in American greatness. From Cairo to Strasbourg he has
adopted an apologetic tone rather than demonstrating faith in America as a shining city
upon a hill, a beacon of freedom and liberty. A leader who lacks pride in his own nation’s
historic role as a great liberator simply cannot project strength abroad.

It has also become abundantly clear that the Obama team attaches little importance to
human rights issues, and in contrast to the previous administration has not pursued a
freedom agenda in the Middle East and elsewhere. It places far greater value upon
engagement with hostile regimes, even if they are carrying out gross human rights abuses,
in the mistaken belief that appeasement enhances security. This has been the case with
Iran, Russia and North Korea for example. This administration has also been all too willing
to sacrifice US leadership in deference to supranational institutions such as the United
Nations, whose track record in standing up to dictatorships has been virtually non-existent.

The White House’s painful navel-gazing on Libya last week, with even the French adopting a
far tougher stance, is cause for grave concern. Obama's timid approach to foreign policy is
the last thing the world needs at a time of mounting turmoil in the Middle East, including
the growing threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, and Islamist militancy on the rise from Egypt to
Yemen. US leadership is now needed more than ever, but has embarrassingly gone AWOL
on the world stage.
Barack Carter-Obama Is Back
Ross Kaminsky is reporting that on Monday's edition of CNN's Situation Room, host Wolf
Blitzer and political analyst Gloria Borger discussed Barack Obama's response to the
situation in Libya, bringing unwitting clarity to the issue of Barack Obama's projected and
real weakness.

First, they wondered aloud how it could have been that Barack Obama would come out
relatively quickly against Egypt's Hosni Mubarak who, while not a paragon of democratic
virtue, was nevertheless an important and mostly reliable ally of the U.S. and partner in
peace with Israel for three decades, but stay silent about Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
for nearly two weeks. Gaddafi is a man who has been responsible for the deaths of
hundreds of Americans and other westerners and who doesn't even have allies in the Arab
world.

Instead of running a country, Gaddafi should have long ago been executed for murder. He's
unbalanced, apparently delusional, and murdering his own people. But Obama said nothing
against this dictator until who knows how much Libyans were killed in the streets. The
inconsistency and poor judgment of Obama that Blitzer and Borger point to is something
that even the left, but especially the critically important independent voters, can't help but
notice.

As Stephen Hayes said at an event in Colorado, the ferry boat that eventually brought
hundreds Americans and other westerners to safety in Malta, first sat for several days in a
harbor just outside Tripoli, bobbing in the waves, waiting for conditions to improve -- an all
too fitting metaphor for Obama's reaction to the events in Libya.

In attempting to answer their own question of the administration's delayed reaction to the
revolt in Libya, Blitzer said that perhaps Obama was worried that strong words against
Gaddafi might put at risk about 150 American diplomats in Tripoli. But the only way that
would make sense is if Obama knows that he is, or at least is perceived in Libya as, the
second coming of Jimmy Carter: a man who would let American diplomats be taken hostage
and then not have the wisdom or courage to do whatever it takes to rescue them and cause
great and permanent harm to the hostage takers.

After all, in the purely political world in which Barack Obama lives -- and I write this
understanding how Machiavellian it sounds -- the taking of an American hostage by the
Libyan (or any other) government could be as much a political opportunity as a political risk
for Obama. Of course, a rescue attempt could go horribly wrong, resulting in the death of
those who we were trying to rescue. That would indeed reflect badly on him, but not nearly
as badly as doing nothing. Implicit in Blitzer and Borger's comments is the all too believable
suggestion that Barack Obama is too likely to do nothing, too afraid of a bad outcome, or
too disdainful of U.S. military power to do something, and that therefore the risk of
American hostages is indeed one he cannot take.

Unfortunately, his inability to take that risk jeopardizes far more than the slight possibility
that Americans would have been taken hostage. It risks every would-be Arab reformer-
rebel who might, if they could expect U.S. support, try to topple their various dictators
instead deciding that the US is all hat and no cattle when it comes to brave talk of
democracy. Well, to be fair, there's precious little brave talk from Obama, so perhaps you
can't call him hypocritical; to the extent that U.S. policy has encouraged these rebellions,
it's something for which George W. Bush can take far more credit that Barack Carter-
Obama. And, by projecting such abject weakness, Obama's actions actually increase the
chances of Americans being treated badly by any tin-pot dictator trying to get leverage on
the U.S.

When even CNN implicitly recognizes that Barack Obama probably is, and certainly is seen
in the Arab world as, every bit as spineless as the worst American president in recent
generations (until the current one), Barack Obama and Democrats who hope to get elected
or re-elected in 2012 had better hope that foreign policy magically drops off the table as an
issue before the elections. The way things are going in North Africa and the Middle East,
the Obama-Carter comparisons are likely to haunt Obama through the election and will
increase the chances that his first term is also his last -- much to the chagrin of dictators
around the world.
The Obama Doctrine
Victor Davis Hanson says the problem with Obama’s Middle East policy is that there is no
policy, and that’s why we have heard nothing consistent or comprehensive from the
administration that would try to explain our glee at Mubarak and Ali leaving but outreach to
the far worse Assad, the monster Ahmadinejad’s enjoying exemption from "meddling" but
Qaddafi’s being merely "unacceptable," talk of going into Libya as good but no talk of Saudi
Arabia going into Bahrain as good or bad, reset diplomacy as not judging other regimes but
human rights declared universal, no idea whether plebiscites without constitutional
guarantees will bring governments worse than the pro-American autocracies that fall, and
loud declarations of Bush’s policies as bad but also reset diplomacy’s quietly embracing
most of them in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the not-to-be-named war on terror.

All this is in line with simultaneously establishing withdrawal dates and surging into
Afghanistan, virtually closing Guantanamo, and regretting Iraq while claiming it as a
possible "greatest achievement." All that can be said for it is that the chaos keeps our
friends and enemies guessing -- and that confused inaction is, I suppose, preferable to
confused intervention.

What then is or was at the heart of U.S. bewilderment in the region?

Three flawed assumptions:

1) Not being George Bush meant that we should keep mum about "democracy" and "human
rights" and not judge the culturally constructed practices of 'other' indigenous
governments. We saw that rhetoric early in 2009, and it was reified by our silence over the
Iranian protests six months later. Oddly, we were to assume that a right-wing Bush had
been too idealistic, and that a left-wing Obama was going to return to realpolitik dressed up
in multicultural platitudes of non-intervention. The result is that we have become loud
multicultural neocons who sermonize but are not taken too seriously;

2) We trumpeted multilateralism in the sense that we would follow the lead of the U.N. or
the EU/NATO or the Arab League, all of whom are always waiting to follow America’s lead.
Apparently, the administration believed that the usual serial criticism from these
international bodies meant that they don’t like U.S. leadership. In fact, they both do like us
to lead and even more do like to criticize us for leading -- and find absolutely no
contradiction in that at all. The result is that they are all unhappy that they finally got what
they have always wanted and did not want.

3) As we saw in Obama’s first interview (with al Arabiya), his Cairo speech, and
commentary from his advisers, the president as Barack Hussein Obama believed that his
unique racial heritage, his non-traditional name, his father’s Muslim ancestry, and his left-
of-center politics were all supposed to combine to reassure our former enemies and
suspicious neutrals that we were now on the right side of progressive history-making -- as if
a democratic, capitalist, wealthy military superpower could at last be seen as quasi-
revolutionary, and therefore they should both like us and desist from inappropriate
behavior. It was almost the foreign-policy equivalent of a stuffy, big-city establishment
organization cynically hiring a hip community-organizing liaison to go out into the
neighborhood and convince suspicious locals that it was 'really' on their side -- and it has
worked about as well as these things usually do for all parties involved.

So where do we go from here? In the next crisis, I suggest that we can always boycott the
Olympics.
After All Of Obama's Bowing And Scraping
Verum Serum is reporting that a protest against Barack Obama's visit to Brazil ended in
confusion late on Friday (3/18) in the center of Rio de Janeiro. It should arrive to the
country tomorrow evening and stay until the morning of Monday (21).

According to the Reserved Service of the 13th Military Police Battalion (Tiradentes Square),
the protesters threw a Molotov cocktail at the U.S. Consulate. Part of the device reached a
vigilante and his vest caught fire. To counter the confusion, MPs threw stun grenades and
tear gas.

The PM said at least 13 people attending the protest were arrested and taken to the police
station the avenue Gomes Freire (Precinct 5) in the center.




According to the corporation, about 100 people attended the protest. They are part of
organizations like the CUT (Central Unica dos Trabalhadores), Sindipetro (Union of Oil), UNE
(National Union of Students) and MST (Landless Movement).

The march began in front of the Candelaria church in downtown Rio, and followed by the Rio
Branco Avenue until you reach the consulate. Were displayed banners reading "Obama, go
home" and "Imperialism no! Obama, take the jaws of the pre-salt. All the solidarity of
peoples in struggle."

It’s no wonder that the White House announced earlier today that Obama will no longer be
speaking at a public square in Rio. It seems that Obama’s days of pontificating before
enraptured foreign audiences may be over.
Many more pictures here.
Obama Regime Promises America Will Improve Its Human Rights Record
The Washington Posts is reporting that the United States disavowed torture and pledged to
treat terror suspects humanely, but set aside calls to drop the death penalty, as the United
Nations carried out its first review of Washington’s human rights record.

As part a groundbreaking "commitment to improvement" under the Obama administration,
the U.S. joined the 47-nation Human Rights Council in 2009. And in doing so, submitted to
more international scrutiny.

State Department legal adviser Harold Koh outlined nine key improvement areas Friday,
encompassing about 174 of the 228 recommendations the community had urged on
Washington in an initial report last November. Nations are held accountable for what they
agree to improve.

Koh said the U.S. would agree to improvements in areas ranging from civil rights to national
security to immigration, including intolerance of "torture" and the humane treatment of
suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Cuba, Iran and Venezuela complained the U.S. was brushing too many recommendations
aside, while China and Russia said the U.S. was not going far enough on Guantanamo, and
called for it to be shut down as Barack Obama had promised.

Other nations urged the U.S. to reduce overcrowding in prisons, ratify international treaties
on the rights of women and children, and take further steps to prevent racial profiling. Koh
said Obama also would push to ratify additional measures under the Geneva Conventions
and add protections for anyone it detains in an international armed conflict.

However, Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s human rights
program, said one of the biggest U.S. shortcomings is that it has still has not created an
independent human rights monitoring commission as has been done in over 100 countries.
He said:

"While the Obama administration should be commended for its positive engagement in this
process, in order to lead by example, this international engagement must be followed by
concrete domestic actions to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human
rights standards."

Some of the current and recent members of the United Nations Human Rights Council that
are demanding the U. S. act humanely are:

Angola; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chile; China; Cuba; Djibouti;
Ecuador; Gabon; Ghana; Guatemala; Libya; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritania; Mauritius;
Mexico; Nigeria; Pakistan; Republic of Moldova; Russian Federation; Saudi Arabia; Senegal;
Slovakia; Thailand; Uganda; Uruguay and Zambia.

Related: To really get your blood boiling, check out Today's ObamaFact.
US Funds $20 Million Remake Of Sesame Street For Pakistan
The BBC is reporting a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan.

USAID -- the "independent" agency that funnels US taxpayer dollars to 150 of the world's
192 countries (video) -- is donating $20 million (£12m) to the country to create a local
Urdu version of the show.

The show is to be filmed in Lahore and aired later in the year. The project aims to boost
education in Pakistan, where many children have no access to regular schooling.

"The program is part of a series of ventures that is aimed at developing the educational
infrastructure in the country. Education is one of the vital sectors that need help in
Pakistan."

The show will be set in a village in Pakistan -- rather than the streets of New York -- with
roadside tea shop and residents sitting on their verandas.

The remake will star a puppet called Rani, the six-year-old daughter of a peasant farmer,
with pigtails and a school uniform, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Read more here . . .

It's bad enough that taxpayers' dollars support NPR, but this is ridiculous.

Producers would not comment on whether the puppet Rani will be costumed in a full burka
and explosive vest or not.
Obama Not Yet Up To Handling Even A 3PM Phone Call
Barrack Obama, they told us, and keep telling us, is so nuanced.

James Eckert says Obama's idea of how to conduct operations in Libya is so nuanced that
we may well soon be bombing both sides.

Sure, you're probably saying to yourself: "If we're bombing Muammar Gadddafi’s Libya,
what's not to like?" and "Hey, if Obama has decided to attack one of our enemies rather
than undermine one of our allies, could there be hope he’s changing?

But is there any reason to believe his decision-making in connection with the situation in
Libya is part of a rational scheme, a plan, the dawn of an Obama Doctrine? Certainly not
that anyone else can seem to detect. Or that he can explain.

Sorry, talking about Obama and foreign affairs is like talking about the weather. You know,
you talk about it and that’s pretty much it. Obama can’t seem to do anything right about
foreign policy any more than he can do anything at all about the weather. He clearly
prefers to simply watch things unfold just like the rest of us do. He comments about it
occasionally, but, of course, not as much as he likes talking about, say, basketball. And the
media gives him