Silence And The Scams, Part I

“Silence is golden” – the Mafia calls its code of silence “Omertà “. Now that Obama and his Chicago crimelords have made their move to Nevada Washington, a curtain of silence is beginning to fall over the nation’s capital.

Good Americans must speak out and not be intimidated into silence.

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We were the first to call for a Special Prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama and the Dimocrats before the Chicago infection of corruption afflicted the nation.

We repeatedly warned about the Obama multi-headed Hydra and the Culture Of Corruption in Chicago. We repeatedly warned in early December of last year that “It’s not Santa Claus coming to town. It’s Barack Obama and the Chicago Culture of Corruption setting up shop – a future newer and bigger corruption mill in Washington, D.C.”

How bad is it now? There are so many scams and flim-flams and crimes in Washington it is difficult for any citizen to keep track. Even the once reliable Friday afternoon bad news dump must be regarded with suspicion because with Obama it is always possible that the dirty scams admitted to on Fridays are mere distractions to keep the really dirty dealings hidden amidst the publicity stunt of the news dump.

Yesterday’s news dump was about a firing along with the release of a single photograph taken during the Swine Flew flight. Was this a flight for donors or other Obama friends paid for with hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars? We need to find out and for that we will need a special prosecutor because Nancy Pelosi and friends certainly will make no effort to find out.

Pelosi and the Dimocrats (the Republicans are clean on this only because they are currently powerless) will not investigate. Pelosi and the Dimocrats will not find out where the money flows to. Even as Obama broke another promise, the vow “that citizens will be able to track “every dime” of the $787 billion stimulus [sic] bill”, Pelosi and the Dimocrats will keep the silence. Obama will keep the information to himself and we won’t know which Chicago cronies get the money until it is too late.

Recovery.gov now lists programs being funded by the stimulus money, but provides no details on who received the grants and contracts. Agencies won’t report that data until Oct. 10, according to Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which manages the website.

Devaney told a House subcommittee Tuesday that it will be a challenge to have the site ready to present spending data in five months. He said after the hearing that the board doesn’t have enough data storage capacity, for example.

Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, a Republican serving on the House Science and Technology subcommittee, criticized the administration’s decision to require reporting of only the first two recipients of stimulus spending. Broun said that means if the money goes to a state and then a city, the identities of the city’s contractors will be unavailable.

Devaney said that after the first data become available in October, the board will wait six to nine months for the White House Office of Management and Budget to issue new guidance on how far down the spending chain the money must be tracked. “I’m going to push them for as much data as possible,” he said.

Devaney’s spokeswoman, Nancy DiPaolo, said the website may not be completed until next spring.

Not enough data storage space? Obama and his henchmen think Americans are that stupid. Big Blogs will undoubtedly pretend to believe Obama and trash anyone who dares raise a question or suggest Obama call his friends at Google to ask them about data storage space.

If it is a question of a lack of money for data storage space Obama can scrimp by not wasting hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars on silly trips with his TelePrompter.

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Who knows where the money will go?. Perhaps it will go to ACORN.

Some ACORN leaders and workers are not staying silent.

Yesterday, there was a powerful interview with two former ACORNs – they are no longer nuts. These former ACORNs suggest fraud and embezzlement and other nefarious deads from the organization The televised interview followed up on this earlier news report:

The splinter group, ACORN 8, released a 24-page document Wednesday that asks federal investigators to consider fraud, embezzlement and conspiracy charges, and criminal civil rights violations relating to the embezzlement of nearly $1 million from the nonprofit’s accounts and an alleged cover-up of the theft for almost a decade.

“Moreover, due to the admission that a felony has been committed, other federal offenses may have also been committed … ,” states the document signed by 14 members of ACORN 8, including recently expelled members of ACORN’s national board of directors.

The embezzlement and accusations of voter registration fraud in at least eight states, including Pennsylvania, have cost ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — the support of a benefactor that gave the activist group $7 million in the past decade.

The ACORN 8 complaint alleges violation of the civil rights of board members who sought to investigate the embezzlement and subsequently were removed from the board.

These valiant fighters who ask questions, and open their mouths to demand answers are not low level malcontents. The “ACORN 8” raise questions about the organization from the perspective of a fairly high level of authority:

ACORN 8 members, however, claim the embezzlement was symptomatic of deeper problems. Top staff and members of the board’s executive committee have stymied internal efforts to reform ACORN and open its operations, they maintain.

“We’re trying to officially ring the bell by notifying federal authorities,” said Michael McCray, a civil rights attorney and member of ACORN’s Washington branch who supports ACORN 8.

ACORN 8 members delivered the complaint to U.S. Attorneys’ offices in several states and the District of Columbia, seeking an investigation into the 38-year-old activist organization based on information detailed in the document, McCray said.

“We’re not trying to destroy ACORN. We love ACORN, but it needs to be reformed,” McCray said. “Members have to take control of ACORN and try to get it back on the right track.”

Some of the “ACORN 8” were national board members of ACORN:

Two members of ACORN’s national board of directors, Washington ACORN President Marcel Reid and Minnesota Chair Karen Inman, inadvertently started the ACORN 8 movement after fellow board members elected them last summer to reorganize ACORN and recommend improvements to prevent embezzlement.

Reid, Inman and six other ACORN members filed a lawsuit in Louisiana seeking access to financial records kept by Citizens Consulting Inc., the ACORN affiliate Dale Rathke headed when he stole money.

Most of ACORN’s 51-member board of directors, however, decided to drop the lawsuit.

After Reid, Inman and others continued to seek a court decision, ACORN’s executive board removed Inman and Reid from the national board. Subsequently, Inman and Reid were notified they no longer are ACORN members. [snip]

Charles Turner, a member of ACORN in D.C. for 10 years and signer of the ACORN 8 complaint, said that “everybody who knew about the embezzlement, or was in a position that they should have known about it, should be separated from ACORN.”

I’d like to see somebody go to jail,” Turner said.

These are some very very brave women (one ran the legal arm of ACORN and the other one is still an official of ACORN because her local group persists in support of her in defiance of the ACORN National Board):



These are very brave women. Marcel Reid, who still works for ACORN as a representative of the Washington, D.C. office, makes the case that the board is a sham, that someone or something else runs the organization. We have always noticed how so many ACORN workers are African-American or minorities, yet the leadership is decidedly white. Reid and Inman also say that many people are joining the resistance movement called “ACORN 8”.

We really like and appreciate Reid and Inman because they, like us, want to “follow the money”. They have a great deal of intelligent things to say about those that are entitled and those that are too poor and don’t know any better than accept the totalitarian fear state at ACORN:



Big Media has been quiet about ACORN. The New York Times spiked a story about ACORN which was to be published before the election. The story was spiked because, according to the reporter assigned to the story, Obama might be hurt if the story was published. Obama and his henchmen have never vetted nor examined and they continue to do great harm to the nation.

A McCain campaign advertisement few saw:



ACORN is not what it pretends to be. Workers denied pay, illegal campaigning for politicians like Claire McCaskill with expenditures from a campaign reported to be for an increase in the minimum wage. We need many special prosecutors to hack away at the corruption transplanted from Chicago to the fertile swamps of Washington.



The scams will only be broken with special prosecutors and courageous voices refusing to be silent.

Silence = Death.

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  1. White House aide resigns over NYC flyover

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House official who authorized a $328,835 photo-op of an Air Force jet used by the president soaring above New York City resigned under fire Friday as the administration tried to move past the embarrassing incident that sent panicked workers rushing into the streets amid flashbacks of Sept. 11.

    As former Army Secretary Louis Caldera took the fall for the flyover, the White House released the findings of an internal investigation that portrayed him as out of the loop in a cycle of missed messages and questionable judgments as plans for the photo shoot proceeded.

    Caldera said he didn’t know the plane, known as Air Force One when the president is on board, would fly at 1,000 feet during the April 27 photo promotion, according to the investigation findings. He also failed to read an e-mail message describing the operation and seemed unaware of the potential for public fear, the findings said.

    Local officials had been notified in advance. But it was a shock to New Yorkers who looked up to see the Boeing 747 and its fighter jet escort flying near the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan’s financial district, a terrifying reminder of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in which jets brought down the two towers of the World Trade Center.

    The Federal Aviation Administration told local officials in advance of the flight, but asked them not to disclose it to the public, the White House report said. There was a prepared statement for the FAA’s New York regional office and for the Air Force in Washington to release if anyone called to ask about the flight.

    In his resignation letter, released by the White House, Caldera said the controversy had “made it impossible for me to effectively lead the White House Military Office,” which is responsible for presidential aircraft. “Moreover, it has become a distraction in the important work you are doing as president,” he wrote in the letter addressed to President Barack Obama.

    Last month, Obama called the flight a mistake and vowed it would not be repeated. Obama had no statement Friday; White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the president had accepted Caldera’s resignation.

    Caldera’s office approved the photo-op, which cost $35,000 in fuel alone for the plane and two jet fighter escorts. The Air Force estimated the photo shoot cost taxpayers $328,835.

    White House officials said the purpose of the flight was to update the official photo of the plane. In releasing its report and the resignation letter, the White House also released a photo of the blue-and-white plane high above the Statue of Liberty, with New Jersey in the background. The White House report, which did not address officials’ conduct outside the White House, portrayed Caldera as deaf to concerns. After the flight, Caldera met with top administration officials and was asked if the White House had been notified. “The director responded yes, someone had mentioned it to him,” according to the report.

    Later in the meeting, a White House official presented Caldera a letter accepting responsibility. He made some edits and took responsibility because he thought it was the “standup thing to do.”
    The White House report also indicated the operation was packed with potential opportunities for administration officials to call it off.

    Deputy military director George Mulligan said he first told Caldera about the proposed photo shoot on April 20 — a week before it was scheduled to take place. The same aide also said Caldera should notify deputy chief of staff Jim Messina because it was an unusual move. Caldera told officials he didn’t recall the conversation. Ultimately, Caldera didn’t tell Messina or Gibbs. “When asked why he failed to do so, he did not offer a coherent explanation,” according to the report.
    Caldera also told officials that he didn’t read an e-mail detailing the flyover plans until it was over. Mulligan, Caldera’s second-in-command, sent him an e-mail message on April 24 advising him again to tell Messina and Gibbs about the photo shoot.

    Caldera said he hadn’t seen the e-mail because he has two official accounts. He also said he was suffering from severe muscle aches and had been prescribed pain medication. The report said Mulligan believed “the breakdown was the lack of public notification.” Col. Scott Turner, head of the White House military office’s presidential airlift group, said “the FAA had taken the lead on public affairs and coordination,” according to the report.

    FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown declined to comment.

    Friday’s release is hardly the end of the matter for the White House. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a review at the Pentagon; the Air Force is conducting its own review as well.

    In a May 5 letter to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Gates apologized for the incident, saying “we deeply regret the anxiety and alarm that resulted from this mission.”

    McCain posted the letter on his Web site Friday. “I am concerned that this highly public and visible mission did not include an appropriate review and approval by senior Air Force and (Department of Defense) officials,” Gates wrote.

    Gibbs said Obama has ordered a review of how the White House Military Office is set up, and how it reports to the White House and the Air Force. That review, to be conducted by Messina and Gates, will also offer recommendations to Obama designed to ensure that such an incident will not happen again, Gibbs said.

    When Obama appointed Caldera, who was Army secretary in the Clinton administration, he said: “I know he’ll bring to the White House the same dedication and integrity that have earned him the highest praise in every post.”

    Caldera’s resignation takes effect May 22, but he is done at the White House Military Office. He said he will use the two weeks of his employment to complete the necessary steps to leave the White House.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hBGKBTkNHi5jtbPeSfeH1m4_FQZgD982HKBG0

  2. Obama to address Muslims in Egypt:

    Egypt is a key Muslim ally of the US
    US President Barack Obama will give a long-awaited speech on US relations with the Muslim world on a visit to Egypt, the White House has announced.
    He will travel to Egypt on 4 June and a day later arrive in Germany for a visit to Dresden and the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald.

    During his election campaign, Mr Obama promised to make a major speech on ties with Muslims early in his presidency. Egypt arguably represented “the heart of the Arab world”, a spokesman said.

    In Turkey last month, the president declared that the US was not at war with Islam and he called for a greater partnership with the Muslim world.
    Right from the start, Barack Obama has made clear he wants to rebuild relations with the Muslim and Arab world, the BBC’s Jonathan Beale reports from Washington.

    With so many events in so short a space of time, it is going to be a carefully choreographed trip, our correspondent says.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked if Egypt was an appropriate venue for the speech, given its poor record on human rights.

    OBAMA’S SCHEDULE

    Thursday 4: Egypt for keynote speech
    Friday 5: Dresden and Buchenwald
    Saturday 6: D-Day events in Normandy

    “The scope of the speech, the desire for the president to speak, is bigger than where the speech was going to be given or who’s the leadership of the country where the speech is going to be given,” he replied. “This is a continuing effort of the president to engage the Muslim world,” he added. “All of this gives the president the opportunity hopefully to extend the hand to those that in many ways are like us but simply have a different religion.”

    The White House press secretary explained that Mr Obama’s great-uncle had helped liberate Buchenwald. After the German leg of the visit, the president is due in Normandy for events commemorating the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June. French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced earlier he and Mr Obama would visit together the American war cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer above Omaha Beach on 6 June. About 56,000 people were killed by the Nazis at Buchenwald
    Omaha was one of the main landing points for US troops on D-Day and thousands of them were killed. “We will spend some time together, this time in Normandy on the beaches, and we will go together to pay tribute in the cemeteries where so many young Americans paid with their lives for the freedom of our country,” said Mr Sarkozy. “We will also invite American veterans, so they can see that the French people have not forgotten them.”

    Charlie Payne, brother of the president’s grandmother, was among US troops who liberated Buchenwald, where some 56,000 inmates were killed between 1938 and 1945.

    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8041226.stm

  3. May 8th, 2009

    JOHN LOTT: Thugs In the White House

    By John R. Lott, Jr.
    Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland/Author, Freedomnomics.

    So much for any hope that the government would uphold rules and abiding by contracts. Instead, we keep getting examples of something else – that when President Obama fails to persuade firms to follow his wishes, he does not hesitate to use threats of financial destruction.

    Cliff Asness, the co-founder of the $20 billion hedge fund AQR Capital Management, laid bare the latest attacks with an open letter on Wednesday:

    “The President screaming that the hedge funds are looking for an unjustified taxpayer-funded bailout is the big lie writ large. Find me a hedge fund that has been bailed out. Find me a hedge fund, even a failed one, that has asked for one. In fact, it was only because hedge funds have not taken government funds that they could stand up to this bullying. The TARP recipients had no choice but to go along.”

    This is just the latest in a string of intimidating tactics starting with threatening costly public audits to get compliance. Then there were the threats of firing CEOs who had the audacity to oppose government plans. The very latest is threats to use “ the full force of the White House press corps [to] destroy [the firm Perella Weinberg’s] reputation” if it resisted the government stealing their money, according to Thomas Lauria who represented the firm up until last week. ABC News’s Jake Tapper reports that Mr. Steven Rattner, the head of the auto task force, made the threat.

    The White House has been pushing hard to nationalize the automobile companies. While bondholders and the government have loaned similar amounts each to GM and Chrysler, the White House feels that the government should get 50 percent ownership of GM and the creditors about 10 percent. The Wall Street Journal reports that unions are also being given stock that should be going to the creditors – 39 percent of GM and 55 percent of Chrysler.

    Most of the financial institutions holding these bonds have gone along with Obama’s nationalization of the car companies for a simple reason -– the government has already nationalized them and they do the government’s bidding. As ABC News and the Wall Street Journal note: JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs have been given up to $100 billion by the government. The irony is that the Feds gave these financial institutions money because they were hemorrhaging financially and now the government orders these same institutions to throw away money and take loses that no private company would voluntarily do. Not surprisingly, with this waste, there is talk that Citigroup may need another $10 billion from the government.

    As we have pointed out previously here, the government only obtained ownership of many financial institutions through threats of imposing unnecessary costly public audits and replacing disobedient CEOs with political cronies willing do Obama’s bidding. Yet, there are financial institutions that the government still has not gotten control over, and they are fighting this wave of nationalization. So how does the Obama administration control these financial institutions that have avoided being forced to take government bailouts? Why, of course, their standard method: threats. According to lawyer Thomas Lauria in an interview with Frank Beckman on WJR radio, one of his former clients “was directly threatened by the White House and in essence compelled to withdraw its opposition to the deal under the threat that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight. That’s how hard it is to stand on this side of the fence.”

    Not surprisingly, as the financial institutions did not cave in, President Obama then followed through his promise and attacked these creditors. During his announcement of Chrysler filing for bankruptcy, he warned, “While many stakeholders made sacrifices and worked constructively, I have to tell you some did not.” Despite the financial institutions offering to give up 50 percent of their bonds value, Obama claimed: “They were hoping that everybody else would make sacrifices, and they would have to make none.” The New York Times and other media have joined in on this attack.

    One consequence of the president singling out these creditors is that The Detroit News reported on Monday that some have received death threats and that the threats has been turned over to the FBI.

    Finally, we can’t help note that Rattner seems the perfect person to play the enforcer role. In April, The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Rattner’s former private-equity firm, Quadrangle Group, is the target of a long-running pay-to-play investigation. Mr. Rattner wasn’t named in the SEC complaint, but The Journal reported that Rattner was “the senior Quadrangle executive the complaint identifies as meeting with a politically connected consultant about a finder’s fee, which Quadrangle later paid after receiving an investment from the New York fund.”

    Of course, the administration denies that it has threatened Chrysler’s creditor. This from an administration that denies Obama bowed to the Saudi King despite it being on video tape.

    Some creditors, such as Perella Weinberg Partners, have already given in to the president’s threats over Chrysler. But breaking contracts through thuggish threats makes investment riskier and increase the costs as much as any big tax increase. Driving investment overseas is not the way to make America wealthier.

    foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/05/08/lott_chrysler/

  4. Admin> I would take a much more supportive view toward ACORN if these two ladies were running it. There is an embezzlement of taxpayer dollars, and a move by the national board against two members of the local board because they asked for an audit? Yet the NYT censors this for fear that it might damage Obama. Only a fool would buy that newspaper and be guided by its prescriptions.

  5. Dear Mr. Krauthammer

    I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate your sound consistent analysis of current political events, and your keen understanding of their implications. You are an important voice in the continuing struggle to provide the public with information they need as citizens.

    Today, most of your colleagues have settled for the easier path of regergitating the 120 emails they receive from the White House per day (average) rather than engaging in the more challenging task of critical thinking. You are the exception to that rule.

    We followed your editorial advice to vote for McCain, knowing that we were likely to lose. Many others did not. They were swept up in the political zeigeist that Mr. Obama would change the nature of the political process for the better. David Brookes was among the hopium addled. But now, as Obama endeavors to govern it has become obvious to more and more people whom he really is.

    This has led to a reappraisal by some members of his loyal following. It has forced them to choose between their values and his policies. The dissembling can no longer be ignored or rationalized. The smarter ones, including some on the left are beginning to see the light. For example, I have a friend who supported Mr. Obama in the election and has since changed his mind. He told me it took him only 60 days.

    Appropos of that, I ran across an excellent article by Christopher Hurst which you may or may not have seen. He is of course the former bureau chief for the New York Times in the Middle East. He tends to see Mr. Obama for what he really is. He is not prepared to call him a God that failed yet. However, he does an excellent job of unmasking him. He approaches the subject from a liberal perspective. Consequently, he is less concerned about the socialistic aspect of his gameplan than you and I are.

    This article illuminates the how and the why of Obamas rise to power. I commend it to your reading:
    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090503_buying_brand_obama/

  6. JanH, it appears we are not the only ones using the word “thugs”.

    Wbboei, those women inspire confidence. The one who is still working at ACORN, despite the hostile atmosphere she must endure, is the type of person you want at your side in a fight. They are both amazing and strong, but the one still fighting at the national headquarters has our highest admiration and respect.

    They both also bring up some very good points about the poor who are exploited at ACORN, among other smart observations.

  7. Admin: what I see in both of those ladies is that wonderful blend of compassion, commitment to principle and mental toughness that we saw in Stephanie Tubbs Jones and of course in Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  8. Admin: THUGS is the right words….and THUGS FOLLOW THUGS…

    somebody send me quiet a few police photos of arrestees….who will get their fair due process in their attempted crime….and guess what these folks were wearing T-shirts with BO on it…

    THUGS FOLLOW THUGS!!!!!

  9. The Grey Lady’s masthead “all that’s fit to print” is no longer descriptive presciptive or emblematic of what the New York Times is today. Therefore, they need to adopt a new masterhead to convey a clear sense of who and what they are now. The new mastehead would read as follows: “All that Obama wants to you know–and dont ask us any further questions”.

  10. I wonder how long it will take the media and the newspaper to wake up to the fact that people ready them to get all the dirt, to exam every aspect of the situation, and come to their own conclusions.

    The evening news, and papers are so boring right now, no one wants to pay the price or the time to see or read them. Yes, their hero worship will be the final nail.

  11. With the mess Obama has created of the Financial Crisis, unemployment at an all time high. It’s TIME we get to the root of the problem and end this charade of a presidency gone over the cliff into the abyss.

    Thank you Admin for posting a comprehensive analogy of how we’ve gotten to where we are today.

    Your post should be circulated FAR and WIDE to every Blog with the intent of going viral. Starting the wheels of REAL CHANGE ridding the White House of the Impostor in Chief who is not only unqualified to lead but isn’t a Natural Born Citizen!

    It has begun…
    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  12. Admin:

    Here is something of interest that hasn’t been publicized. Where the FBI has intervened on behalf of Ayers and his connection to Obama changing the writing and link submitted by fellow journalist, Cliff Kincaid in his column.

    h… and ws

    aim.org/aim-report/ayer-head-professor-defends-terrorist-ayers/

  13. I’m beginning to think that we are giving “thugs” a bad name. Surely obama and his “friends” deserve a far more severe description for their continued criminal actions?

  14. Hillary Clinton in Poland

    2009-05-09

    The head of US diplomacy Hilary Clinton will visit Poland. However it is not going to be an official visit. Mrs Clinton has no plans to meet the President of Poland, Prime Minister or Minister of Foreign Affairs. She will come to the Congress of Polish Women.

    The speech of Clinton, known for her feminist world view is going to finish the Congress that will be held in Warsaw at the end of June.

    It is not certain that Mrs Clinton will meet with any officials as Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs knows nothing about her visit to Poland.

    news.poland.com/result/news/id/2279

  15. Fannie Loses $23 Billion, Prompting Even Bigger Bailout: Chance of Repaying Taxpayers Is Slim; Fannie Mae is to get an additional $19 billion to stay solvent.

    By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    May 9, 2009

    Fannie Mae reported yesterday that it lost $23.2 billion in the first three months of the year as mortgage defaults increasingly spread from risky loans to the far-larger portfolio of loans to borrowers who have been considered safe. The massive loss prompts a $19 billion investment from the government to keep the firm solvent, on top of a $15 billion investment of taxpayer money earlier this year.

    The sobering earnings report was a reminder of the far-reaching implications of the government’s takeover in September of Fannie Mae and the smaller Freddie Mac. Losses have proved unrelenting; the firms’ appetite for tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer aid hasn’t subsided; and taxpayer money invested in the companies, analysts said, is probably lost forever because the prospects for repayment are slim.

    But the government remains committed to keeping the companies afloat, because it is relying on them to help reverse the continuing slide in the housing market and keep mortgage rates low. Even as the government bailout of banks appears to be leveling off, the federal rescue of Fannie and Freddie is rapidly growing more expensive. Fannie Mae said that the losses will continue through at least much of the year and that it “therefore will be required to obtain additional funding from the Treasury.” Analysts are estimating that the company could need at least $110 billion.

    Freddie Mac, which has been in worse financial shape than Fannie Mae and has obtained $45 billion in taxpayer funding, will report earnings in coming days.
    Fannie’s most recent loss compares with a $2.2 billion loss in the first quarter last year, before the government takeover.

    Fannie Mae, of the District, and Freddie Mac, of McLean, have been growing ever more dependent on federal largesse. The Federal Reserve has bought $366 billion of their mortgage investments and $70 billion of their debt, and has pledged to buy hundreds of billions of dollars more of both. The Treasury has pledged $200 billion to each company to keep them solvent and already bought $124 billion of their mortgage investments. In total, the government has committed about $2 trillion to supporting Fannie and Freddie and buying the securities they issue.

    Over the next 10 years, the government’s rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is expected to cost $389 billion, exceeding the cost of investments in banks and other financial firms by the government’s Troubled Assets Relief Program, according to a recent study by Subsidyscope, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. The group based its calculations on Congressional Budget Office figures. The federal government seized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last September out of concern that they would collapse and threaten the entire financial system. Since then, the companies have been called on to carry out large parts of the government’s plan to spur a housing recovery by modifying mortgages and taking anti-foreclosure steps.

    Fannie Mae said these programs are likely to have “a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition, including our net worth.” But, it said, the program could yield long-term benefits. “If, however, the program is successful in reducing foreclosures and keeping borrowers in their homes, it may benefit the overall housing market and help in reducing our long-term credit losses.” But in a filing, Fannie Mae said, “We expect that we will not operate profitably for the foreseeable future.” The plight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac contrasts with the findings of federal “stress tests” done on the country’s largest banks. The government announced Thursday that the tests showed that only one bank, GMAC, required additional public aid, with the tab at $9.1 billion. Fannie Mae’s earnings results also contrast with reports in recent weeks by the biggest banks that they are returning to profitability.

    Even the ailing insurer American International Group said Thursday that it may not need more taxpayer dollars.
    Many banks that have received bailout funds said they will try to pay the government back. But that doesn’t hold true for Fannie and Freddie. Their financial situation is so weak that they may have to borrow government money to pay dividends due to the government on money borrowed previously. Yet even if the companies were profitable, they might not be able to pay back the money because the dividend payments are so onerous. “The scenario where these guys can earn money to pay that back is remote,” said Bose George, an analyst a New York investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

    Jim Vogel, an analyst at FTN Financial, said the amount of taxpayer money that must flow to Fannie and Freddie will be clear in the coming months. He said it will depend on whether government efforts to keep people in their homes can make significant headway even as rising unemployment makes it more difficult for many to afford their loans.
    “We need more to pass to see how people react to all the different plans to help people with mortgages and how people react to a prolonged period of unemployment,” Vogel said.

    According to analysts, Fannie Mae’s financial assumptions aren’t as bleak as those embodied in the government’s stress tests of major banks. For the tests, the government assumed that the percentage of loans going bad in a portfolio would range from 1.5 percent to 4 percent. Fannie Mae assumes that only 1.45 percent of loans will be bad, suggesting that the company would have to come up with much more money to cover losses if a worse scenario comes to pass. A major reason for concern about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is the size of their exposure to the mortgage market, analysts said. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac own $5.4 trillion in assets, and all of those are mortgages, the worst-performing kind of loan. By comparison, the total assets — from mortgages to credit card loans — held by the 19 big banks that underwent stress tests was $7.8 trillion.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/08/AR2009050801558.html

  16. JanH..

    you really need to read this.. actually everyone should.

    h… and ws

    aim.org/aim-report/ayer-head-professor-defends-terrorist-ayers/

  17. “It is all part of an effort to try to separate Ayers, a leader of the Weather Underground and associate of President Barack Obama, from the murders that his group was responsible for.”

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    Mrs. Smith,

    This is monstrous! So now obama and his cutthroat friends are using the “cleansing” method to whitewash a known terrorist’s murderous activities? And they are enlisting the FBI to aid and abet them in their dirty work?

  18. “Kincaid has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for any information about the Bureau’s contacts with Kennedy over this change. It is indeed troubling that a Bill Ayers apologist has this kind of contact and sway with the FBI, and that a low-level official can make such a change without adequate research.”

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    I dearly hope that Kincaid has bodyguards. He is treading on the false messiah when he presents challenges like this.

  19. You have to give these people credit for speaking out. The conspirocy theorist in me is worried for their lives. ACORN lost its way just as Freddie and Fanny did which coincided with the corruption of the Democratic Party. We have got a foot in the door now we need to push it open. This is going to be huge especially with the association of the SEIU.

    Keep the pressure on!

  20. JanH: Thanks so much. You know there are good people working for ACORN and it looks like they are taking a stand. The woman in DC said she had to thank her board for supporting her. I wish we knew who all these people were.

    The credit card scam is coming to light now. Obama is on TV pontificating about how Americans understand that they need “to live within their means and pay their bills but they also don’t want to get ripped off by credit card fees”. Hummm, how did he vote again? What a pathetic liar!

  21. Admin: Can you please get one of this fancy “share it” buttons that allows your posts to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter?

  22. The FBI must be full of holdovers from Bush II, and Bush I, ftm. It’s hard to imagine them cooperating very enthusiastically with Obama re Ayers, or in similar matters.

  23. Real funny BHO at the WH Correspondents’ Assoc. Dinner. “Hillary tells Arlen Specter ‘If you can’t beat them…join them'”. @sshole. Then, Hillary hugs and kisses him when returning from Mexico (Swine Flu) and tells him he needs to get to Mexico……………..@sshole.

  24. Democracy my ass. Has the nerve to talk about democracy in the media…newpapers…media of all sorts…as he PLOTS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE MEDIA. LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How does lightning not strike him where he stands. Glorifying NYT, WP, NBC……………….GAG ME……….

  25. Wanda Sykes comments about Limbaugh and Hannity beyond the pale. If the lovefest at the WH Correspondents Dinner isn’t enough to let you know we are smack dab in the middle of a complete fascist takeover state, nothing will. Sykes incited hate, not humor. Bitch.

  26. Comment about Palin “pulling out” and abstinence also unbelievably crass. Low-class slut.

  27. if people are being honest, O bombed…just like he did at that other dinner when McCain was so much funnier…all O’s humor is ego centric…everthing out of his mouth revolves around him…there he was in that hollywood packed audience…a supportive captive audience and they hardly laughed at what he was saying…the response to him was very muted all things considered…and most of his humor was at someone else’s expense…actually what i would call mean spirited, not funny…these are nasty people

  28. everthing out of his mouth revolves around him…and most of his humor was at someone else’s expense…actually what i would call mean spirited,
    ***************
    Sociopath

  29. I take it that Bambi and his racist buddies and his lapdog press cronies were laughing at how they put one over on the country, and if you look at the ignorant people who voted for him I guess they are right.

    But for him to mention nyt, nbc, and washpo by name must not go down too well with those he did not mention, and it might even provide some inducement for them to stop the hero worship and take a different tack.

    They will never be in his inner circle of journalists even if they are as sweet and deferential as abc ann compton who is remembered for the tough question she asked him if being black made it more difficult for him to fulfill the duties of the office–like shooting hoops with the Bulls.

  30. SHV: I wonder what happens to a sociopath when things turn against him, when people begin to openly criticize and when he supporters step away from him, and all he is left with to tell him how great he is is the washington press corp. It is a mistake of the first order to give unchecked power to a sociopath, but that is what we have done.

    Tonight I cancelled my on line sign-up to Huff Po. They are worse than Swine Flu.

  31. Bambis failure to create 3.5 million new jobs by 2010 will be his undoing. So far he is 2 million jobs in the hole. That means he needs to create 5.5 million new jobs in the next 18 months. In fact, he will lose more jobs between now and then. My guess is we will lose another 2 million between now and then. In that case he will be a cool nifty 7.5 million jobs in the hole by when election time rolls round. He is not getting the V recovery he promised. He will get an L. And after 2010 people will be talking about how his policies did not create jobs–they cost them. And he and his little nerd budget director will be making up phony stories about jobs saved which is an imponderable and nyt, washpo and nbc will be try peddling those lies to an increasingly sceptical (and jobless) electorate. They will not cling to him if we can make a clear, cogent and convincing case that his policies looted the treasury and cost us jobs. The auto industry jobs he creates–abroad will be another stricky wicket for this Chicago thug.

    President Obama has vowed to create 3.5 million jobs by 2010. But the latest unemployment report shows Obama will have his work cut out for him.

    The economy lost another 539,000 jobs in April, bumping the unemployment rate up to 8.9 percent, the highest in 26 years, according to the Labor Department report released Friday.

    That figure already exceeds assumptions made by Obama’s economic advisers when they pushed for a $787 billion stimulus package — a measure that they said would be critical in reviving the slumping economy.

    To reach his 3.5 million-jobs goal, Obama needs at least 138.6 million people employed by next year, leaving him with a job deficit of nearly 6.2 million jobs, according to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

    J.D. Foster, a senior fellow in economics at the Heritage Foundation, who performed the analysis, argues Obama’s policies will only widen the gap.

    “Unfortunately, the president’s policies will more likely decrease employment than help to reach his target,” he wrote in his analysis.

    “Policies like higher tax rates on small businesses, sustained massive budget deficits, doubling the national debt (and the consequent upward pressure on interest rates) and the building threats of government meddling in companies are eroding the foundations of the economy today and for the future,” he said.

    The White House did not respond to an e-mail seeking an interview for this story.

    In pushing to get his stimulus package passed in Congress, Obama’s economic team said that without the federal spending jolt, the unemployment rate would hit 8.8 percent by the last fiscal quarter of 2010. With the package, his advisers argued, the unemployment rate would only reach 7 percent.

    The advisers acknowledged, though, that there estimates could be off the mark.

    “There is the obvious uncertainty that comes from modeling a hypothetical package rather than the final legislation passed by the Congress,” they wrote in a memo. “Our estimates of economic relationships and rules of thumb are derived from historical experience and so will not apply exactly in any given episode.”

    Obama has claimed that his stimulus package has already saved or created more than 150,000 jobs. But the U.S. economy has lost more than 2 million jobs since he took office, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seeming to undercut Obama’s claim.

    But it’s hard to tell exactly where Obama’s record stands — or where he thinks it stands — because the White House has not yet announced how it intends to count jobs created by the stimulus bill. Obama’s number is based on a job-counting formula that his economists have developed but have not made public.

    Whatever the formula, economists who study job creation say it will require some creative math. That’s because Obama has lumped “jobs saved” in with “jobs created.” Even economists for organizations that stand to benefit from the stimulus concede it probably is impossible to estimate saved jobs because that would require calculating a hypothetical: how many people would have lost their jobs without the stimulus

  32. PHIL KERPEN: New Jobs Report — It’s Hard to See This as Turning the Corner…
    By Phil Kerpen
    Policy Director, Americans for Prosperity

    Today’s jobs report shows that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid stimulus seems to be stimulating exactly what its OPPONENTS said it would: bigger government. Private payrolls slashed 611,000 jobs in April, the smallest number since 601,000 private jobs were lost in November, but it’s hard to see this as turning the corner when you consider that, outside of the past four months, that’s the largest monthly job loss we’ve seen since December 1974.

    The headline number of 539,000 jobs lost–still a shockingly large number in historical perspective–is misleading because of the enormous number of new government jobs created in April. State and local government added 6,000 workers, while the federal government added an astonishing 66,000 workers to the taxpayer-funded payrolls in April.

    The Obama/Pelosi/Reid stimulus seems to stimulating exactly what its OPPONENTS said it would: bigger government.

    At that rate of hiring, the federal government would add 792,000 workers in a year–the biggest total in U.S. history by far with the sole exception of 1942, when World War Two was an extenuating circumstance.

    Unemployment also jumped in April to 8.9 percent, the highest rate since 1983. We have a rapidly shrinking number of private sector workers who will be forced to pick up the tab for a relentlessly expanding federal government. This will not end well. No wonder hardworking American taxpayers have been taking to the streets to protest.

  33. Given how he ridiculed the brave men and women who attended the tea parties, I’m not surprised that he continued in his vane and superciliousness fashion to denegrate everyone else. Also not surprised that the response was so mild.

  34. President Obama has vowed to create 3.5 million jobs by 2010. But the latest unemployment report shows Obama will have his work cut out for him

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

    I was going to say the jobs “he” creates will all be Gov jobs, on our payroll, but your 3:55 am post beat me to it.

  35. Happy Mothers Day.

    Good Morning Jan. Bambi reminds me of the deranged nobleman in the short story entitled The Mask of Red Death–figuratively speaking. I am not suggesting any parallel here to swine flu, we do not want to get ahead of ourselves.

    The Press Club dinner reminded me of that literary work because there as here the corrupt overlord shuts himself off from what is really happening in the country outside the walls of his castle. There as here he invites his adoring crowd of privileged–courtiers, subnobles and not so fair ladies to partake of his humor, narcissm and ill got gains. There as here he covers the sounds stirring outside the walls with the sound of music, his thinly veiled jokes at other peoples expense. As those sounds grow louder and the people with him feel a rising sense of fear and you can almost here him say like Kamaravsky in Dr. Zviago “I wonder they will sing in tune after the revolution”. But in the end, the plague enters his sanctuary, his guests begin to perish and eventually he too succumbs. In this case it will not be the plague that gets him. It will be the permanent job losses and the prolonged recovery that does him in. The world does not look kindly upon those who promise miracles and then fail to deliver. Sic transit gloria mundi–all glory is fleeting.

  36. The Georgetown set have found their soul mate and they will continue t rejoice in it. The have proven to themselves that they can bamboozle the American People–once. But the next time they try to play them for suckers they may be less successful. And If I am right the future press club dinners there will be somewhat less levity and more concern about the voices in the street–the army of unemployed, regardless of whether they can sing in tune.

  37. Happy Mothers Day all

    The unemployment will be the achilles heel. Government jobs can only replace so many regular jobs. At the higher salary scale levels of the Government, there are few, and they don’t pack near the benefits.

  38. President Obama has vowed to create 3.5 million jobs by 2010.
    **************
    His handlers didn’t put him in a box like that…with Obama the details are in the fine print. He said SAVE or create. If their are 10 million unemployed in 2010 he will say “but for his brilliance, it would have been 13 million” and the Obots will say “smartest ever”…

  39. His handlers didn’t put him in a box like that…with Obama the details are in the fine print. He said SAVE or create. If their are 10 million unemployed in 2010 he will say “but for his brilliance, it would have been 13 million” and the Obots will say “smartest ever”…
    —————————————————-
    Isn’t it true that he initially said that he would CREATE 3.5 million and then later came back and said create or save? If he said that initially, then that is what we need to hold him to.

    The larger point however is we have LOST 2 million jobs since he took office. That trend is likely to continue. Those losses will ripple across the economy. They we create an army of unemployed which is not a good thing to have on the eve of an election.

    The hard numbers as much as the broken promise will be what will stick. And by 2012, the large block of independent voters will say he has four years to work on this, things are worse and bush is no longer an excuse. I am worse off today than I was four years ago.

  40. The hard numbers as much as the broken promise……….
    *************
    I agree..an unemployment rate of >10% will be hard to spin. You know the economy is in real trouble when the economic talking heads try to spin a 539,00 job loss as good news and a “turn around”.

  41. Happy Mothers Day y’all..

    sorry i havent been nearly as active here as i usually am.
    I am out of town staying with my mother as she is going through
    a hard time. She was diagnosed with lung cancer last fall and has
    recently discovered it spread further and is now going through chemo
    and doing very well with it i must say….no nausea …yeah!

    so this is a difficult and special mothers day here for me and so i know
    you all will understand.

    I have had to quit my job and move 4 hours away from my husband and kids
    to be here for her (she wouldn’t leave her home, can’t say as i blame her )

    but is well worth it all and i am lucky to have a very supportive husband and children to give freely for me to spend this time with her.

    so, for now life is upside down a bit…the good thing is i used to live here about 4 years ago and so it’s like old home week for me…lots of old friends around and i am looking forward to spending the summer here by the lake ….I’ve missed it 😀

    so…. I wish you all a very special mother’s day today, let your’s know how special and how truly loved they are….. I know i am

  42. Secretary Clinton, friends eulogize Madison’s Rev. Donald Jones: Drew professor remembered as mentor, scholar, activist who loved life

    May 9th, 2009

    MADISON – She is one of the most instantly recognizable figures in modern public life – First Lady, then New York senator, then candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, and now Secretary of State. But on Saturday, May 9, Hillary Clinton blended in with a host of friends who took the podium at the United Methodist Church in Madison in a memorial service to honor one man who had touched all their lives, the late Rev. Donald Gene Jones of Madison, who died April 23 at 78.

    They remembered Rev. Jones, professor emeritus of social ethics at Drew University, adjacent to the church, as a larger-than-life figure, a Christian scholar who favored bright red convertibles, a social activist, a steadfast Democrat and a steadfast Jets fan regardless of the fortunes of the party or the team, an inspiring teacher and colleague, a loyal friend and a challenging mentor.

    It was those latter roles that Secretary Clinton, who attended with her mother, Dorothy Rodham, addressed in expressing “my gratitude for the life of Don Jones.” Said Clinton, “Next to my parents, no adult had more influence on my life.”

    Following his ordination as a Methodist clergyman at the Drew Theological School, Rev. Jones took up a youth ministry in the rock-ribbed Republican suburb of Park Ridge, Ill., where Clinton joined his “University of Life” youth group when she was a high school freshman in 1961. “The world was changing fast,” Clinton remembered. “Don was there to provide a little challenge, and context… It must have been Providence that brought him as our youth minister” to the First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge.
    “The times were turbulent,” outside “my conservative Republican family and community,” Clinton said, although “you wouldn’t have known it in my town.”

    At a time when the Park Ridge youth group members were “13, 14, 15, he crossed our path,” Clinton said of Rev. Jones. “He believed in faith in action. He challenged us to understand the world beyond. “He would have us read literature, and poetry – including the boys – and he would ask us questions.” Art was another medium employed by the youth minister. Clinton recalled Rev. Jones once “put a picture of ‘Guernica’ on the wall,” Picasso’s depiction of the tragedy of war, and asked the teens for their thoughts about it. “He made sure we didn’t overlook poverty, and discrimination,” Clinton said. Rev. Jones took his youth group to hear, and shake hands with, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a speech in Chicago, “but more,” Clinton said, he forged exchanges with youth groups at “black and Latino churches in the inner city of Chicago,” where the youth groups would meet ‑ without the knowledge of the Park Ridge parents, Clinton pointed out.

    Once the teens got past some culture shock, “We realized we were much more alike than different,” Clinton said. “We never could have done that without Don Jones.” Clinton said Rev. Jones also questioned the teens about their plans for their lives, and connected with young people “who weren’t interested in church” through a mutual love of sports. She called him “a lasting influence, not only on me, but many others. He showed us by example that one person could change a life.”

    She said nearly two decades later, Rev. Jones visited the Clintons in Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor, and more than a decade later the Clintons were pleased to host Rev. Jones and his wife, Karen Rudolf Jones, at the White House. “He gave us counsel,” Secretary Clinton remembered.

    Beyond that, Rev. Jones was a regular at Democratic conventions and rallies, and when she sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, Clinton said, “out of the corner of my eye, I’d see Don” at campaign events. “He was always there to support – and sometimes offer political advice. “Knowing Don Jones has been a joy,” Clinton said. “He lived his life – every minute of it – and reminded us that’s what we should do, too.

    “Thank you, my dear friend.”

    recordernewspapers.com/articles/2009/05/09/madison_eagle/latest_news/doc4a061a38be6ab560243766.txt

  43. Pelosi makes surprise visit to Iraq

    By PATRICK O’CONNOR
    5/10/09

    In a brief, unannounced trip to Iraq, Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for better intelligence gathering there before the U.S. withdraws most of its combat troops from the country, according to news reports.

    Pelosi, a longtime critic of the war, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi politicians during her brief visit, according to the Associated Press and Voice of America.

    President Barack Obama has promised to withdraw most combat troops from Iraq by the end of August in 2010. While that plan seems to be on course, Army Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Sunday that intelligence and other support personnel could remain in some of the country’s major cities even after combat troops have withdrawn from their bases there.

    politico.com/news/stories/0509/22326.html

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    What a waste of money!

  44. thedonovan.com/archives/2009/05/thankyou_ms_mil.html
    **********************************

    The above link I found @ bitterpolitiz and was posting it here for you all when I read this from JanH above. I think there is common ground…

    It is for these Hero’s we must not stop fighting for leaders that will not put them in harms way for their own personal agenda’s or those of the the shadow puppet makers
    **********************************
    Art was another medium employed by the youth minister. Clinton recalled Rev. Jones once “put a picture of ‘Guernica’ on the wall,” Picasso’s depiction of the tragedy of war, and asked the teens for their thoughts about it.

  45. gonzotx Says:

    May 10th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    —————————–

    That clip brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing and heartfelt story!

  46. Here is the best Mother’s Day present you will ever receive:

    Having your families healthy and alive next Mother’s Day 2010, by not allowing ANYONE YOU LOVE to take a flu vaccine manufactured by Baxter Pharmaceutical this fall. Coincidentally (?) they have been awarded the contract to begin mfg. Please follow this, as NOTHING is more important for you to know at this point.

    The physician for whom I am employed told his nurses about this at lunch this week on Nurse’s Day (May 6) as he treated us to lunch. We have all been shell-shocked ever since.

    Google “Baxter Manufacturing Avian Flu” then read the OpEdnews article and follow the links in the short article.

    Since there is a blackout in Big Media (surprise) about this scandal known world-wide, the ONLY way to become informed about this is to do the legwork. Our physician stated that the H1N1 (swine) flu is just a dry-run for the “big one (Avian)” heading our way. It’s a way to see how the CDC will handle. What we didn’t realize, but should have, is that our own government is hell-bent on starting this pandemic. Guess that’s one way to solve the world’s economic collapse. Just eliminate 80% of the population.

    How ironic that the WH Correspondent’s Dinner last night was to honor the “profession” for news coverage. Never in the history of the United States has there been such blatant miscarriage of justice, as the apparent prohibition of reporting this monstrous story/debacle with the most far-reaching consequences in the 21st century.

    Paranoid, you say? Damn straight, and for damn good reason. When the doctors know this among themselves, you better pay attention.

    Never thought this long-standing RN would advocate NOT TAKING flu vaccine, but never say never.

    PLEASE DIG THIS STORY OUT, PASS TO ALL YOU KNOW, MAKE COPIES OF ARTICLES, SO IF/WHEN DISAPPEARS – YOU KEEP THIS VITAL INFORMATION/COVER-UP. Your lives may depend on it.

    Now Happy Mother’s Day 2009, and next year, too.

    Your welcome.

  47. Here is the trick: show the unemployment rate at then end of his term as opposed to the beginning, show that he failed to produce the v-shaped recovery he promised, show how the purchasing power of the dollar has declined precipitously, show him making those promises and then fade to black with caption in red to read:

    “Fool me once Mr. Obama shame on you; fail me twice shame on me. You had your shot. For the good of the country, step aside.”

  48. And then watch the media use the same mantra:

    “give him a chance!” “It’s not his fault!”

    “How could he have known???”

  49. curiosity,

    Yes, I posted about the Baxter incident a couple of days ago.

    Citizen wells has been all over it. The fake-vaccine was sent to 18 countries and i believe it was Canada that discovered it, first.

    What a f**#ing nightmare! This is being PLANNED! (IMHO)

  50. curiosity,
    Here are excerpts from the CW posting. Right now it’s about the 4th thread down. This scared the cr@p outta me.

    March 10, 2009 (this is an email to CW from an ex-military officer)

    “The one important thing you need to know now is: the Avian Bird Flu has been mixed into vaccines. Get things you need now in event of Quarantine. Epidemic outbreaks are reason for Quarantine and Martial Law. So this could have been done accidentally or purposely. May

    want to get Echinacea, lots of Vitamin C, Nano-silver to help fight. Source: http://www.organics4u.org. Mainstream Media has a BLACKOUT on this ——–as of yesterday. May have lifted by now?”

    From a long time commenter and helper

    March 17, 2009

    “If that wasn’t enough, I logged in on Friday March 13 to look at a few things. Knowing I was banned from posting links I tried to post an article on the page of a friend/colleague. The article came from http://www.naturalnews.comregarding a company named Baxter, associated with Bayer, which sent flu vaccines tainted with active bird flu (H5N1) to 18 different countries (http://www.naturalnews.com/025760.html). It was an independent Microbiology Lab in Canada that blew the whistle. A message appeared that stated I was blocked from posting links, and the next thing I knew my account was disabled.

  51. curiosity,

    Here are excerpts from the CW posting. Right now it’s about the 4th thread down. This scared the cr@p outta me.

    March 10, 2009 (this is an email to CW from an ex-military officer)

    “The one important thing you need to know now is: the Avian Bird Flu has been mixed into vaccines. Get things you need now in event of Quarantine. Epidemic outbreaks are reason for Quarantine and Martial Law. So this could have been done accidentally or purposely. May
    want to get Echinacea, lots of Vitamin C, Nano-silver to help fight. Source: Mainstream Media has a BLACKOUT on this ——–as of yesterday. May have lifted by now?”
    From a long time commenter and helper
    March 17, 2009
    “If that wasn’t enough, I logged in on Friday March 13 to look at a few things. Knowing I was banned from posting links I tried to post an article on the page of a friend/colleague. The article came from regarding a company named Baxter, associated with Bayer, which sent flu vaccines tainted with active bird flu (H5N1) to 18 different countries It was an independent Microbiology Lab in Canada that blew the whistle. A message appeared that stated I was blocked from posting links, and the next thing I knew my account was disabled.

  52. 😳
    Here’s the link.
    it’s a long one.
    Insert the regular stuff at the beginning.

    citizenwells dot wordpress dot com/2009/05/06/h1n1-swine-flu-obama-flu-shots-baxter-international-chicago-il-pandemic-corruption-influenza-a-cdc-obama-ties-to-baxter-owned-stock-political-contributions-generated-bird-flu-lethal-vac/

  53. curiosityhasme Says:

    May 10th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    ***************************************************

    I was listening to Alex Jones show, didn’t know it as I was driving until the subject caught my attention. Another person was on, sounded young, anyway, he was talking pretty much what you stated in your post. He said that up to a week prior to the “pandemic”, the WHO had on its website the definitions for each level and they scrubbed the site. We know about this from the Hillary Dem election how often sites mysteriously scrub their content. I digress, anyway he said that up to last WEEK the definition of a Pan 5 was the amount of people the illness had killed NOT how many were infected because, as this one is @ this time, some are very weak and there is no need for alarm.
    He thinks they are prepping us for the vaccine in the fall and they will try to FORCE the American public with it by declaring it a Pan 6, which is mandatory immunizations.
    Big question is why… and one has to wonder, what is in that vaccine?

    I hope I don’t sound like a conspiracy theorist, I guess I do. Just throwing it out there

    Also he said that this woman on the Colbert Report, well she professes that the Swine flu started in the US. However, there is not one reported pig with the Swine virus. Here’s the video: Her name is

    May 6, 2009: Laurie Garrett

    colbertnation.com/the-colbert

  54. basil9: Thanks for the info. Been surfing web for hours and found much, much more. Been so tied up that haven’t been on net past couple of months….and wow! Found the Avian flu Alex Jones tapes on disclose.tv (banned from youtube?). Here it is a full 2+ months since reported by world press, and still virtual blackout in Big Media. Glad this site already aware of huge vaccine scandal, because blogs are only way to try to spread the word. Listen to CDC conference calls in TX from 3-5pm and reading between the lines has been extremely taxing this past month. When our physician shared his thoughts with us about the contrived swine flu as the “warm-up”, bracing for the “big one” about to hit…naturally I FOUND the time to start googling like crazy. Our physician is EXTREMELY down-to-earth and not prone to conspiracy theories, so when his radar went up…we realized that this if not some made-up story…this is so very real.

  55. God, I just posted a essay on the above vaccines and it did not post. Maybe because a link was in it i didn’t clear up? Hate to do it all over. Well here is the jest of it.

    Curiosity
    I was driving home from shopping and the Alex Jones show was on. They were warning of this very thing. Said the WHO changed their def of Pandemic just, surprise the week before last . Pan 5 use to be defined that the disease had to cause numerous deaths across nations, being infected was not the issue, death was and by most accounts, this is a mild disease, as it stands now.

    They think this will set us up for pan 6 being called and mandatory inoculations. You can be jailed for up to a year if you refuse the vaccine under Pan 6.

    Colbert had this woman on may 6th, an author that stated the virus started in the US . Really? Then why aren’t the 1000’s of cases and deaths here in the US ? Here is the link colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/226864/may-06-2009/laurie-garrett

    Interesting side bar, no pigs in the US or Mexico have come out + with the virus

    Basil,

    The article came from regarding a company named Baxter, associated with Bayer, which sent flu vaccines tainted with active bird flu (H5N1) to 18 different countries It was an independent Microbiology Lab in Canada that blew the whistle.

    This woman on Colbert said that the H5N1 is 850 times worse than the H1N1.
    ********************************************

    One has to ask why, why will they force us to take this vaccine under threat of jail? What is in this vaccine?

    ,

  56. OK twice I, tried to post something about the flu, Alex Jones and Colbert nation, Admin can you help me?

  57. This is totally off subject, but I NEED HELP!!!
    I don’t remember if I have told you about 30 year old daughter who was recently divorced and was beaten up almost everyday of the eleven years she was married to him. Since she had no money for lawyers, he was able to get conservatoryship away from her in January. Since then he has drug her thru the courts and threatens her on a daily basis with suing her for complete custody.
    So the courts thru their blind justice, enabled t his abuser to hold her and her children hostage just like he did when he was married to her.
    Please blog me back if anyone knows what I can do to help!!

  58. basil9,

    Is the media keeping quiet so that there won’t be a panic? Or is there something more sinister going on here i.e. big corporation and big money?

  59. White House Forecasts No Job Growth Until 2010

    By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN
    May 10, 2009

    President Obama’s chief economics forecaster said on Sunday that the country was not likely to see positive employment growth until 2010, even if the economy began to grow later this year.

    Speaking on C-SPAN, Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said that she expected the G.D.P. to begin growing in the fourth quarter of this year. Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, made a similar prediction last week. But Ms. Romer also said that she expected unemployment to rise even after the economy turns, saying that the G.D.P. has to grow at a rate of about 2.5 percent before unemployment will fall. Before that happens, she said, it is “unfortunately pretty realistic” that the unemployment rate could reach 9.5 percent. A reasonable estimate for the G.D.P.’s growth rate in 2010, she said, is three percent.

    Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Bill Clinton and advised the Obama campaign, said on Sunday that the rate of growth would have to be higher — 4.5 percent — to reverse rising unemployment. “I think that when we talk about — or anybody talks about — hitting bottom, what we really have to understand is that the bottom is a kind of an undefined concept here,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    According to figures released on Friday, the unemployment rate in April was 8.9 percent, its highest level in a quarter-century. The so-called underemployment rate, which counts people who are working part time because their hours have been cut and those who have given up looking for jobs, reached 15.8 percent.

    Still, the administration seized on the report as an early sign that the economy’s free-fall was coming to a halt, because the pace of deterioration had slowed. The economic recovery, Ms. Romer said, will be driven by business investment in sectors like renewable energy rather than consumer spending. She echoed the views of other economists who expect a long-term economic shift. “The chance that consumers are ever going to go back to their high spending ways is not very plausible, nor do I think they should,” she said. “We were a country that needed to start saving more.”

    Several major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Nordstrom are due to post quarterly earnings reports in the coming week, which will give further indication of consumer spending.

    Ms. Romer also defended the Obama administration’s budget, which has been criticized by Republicans and independent analysts for not cutting deeply enough. In details released Thursday, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag announced cuts to 121 programs that would save $17 billion. The savings total about one-half of one percent of the $3.5 trillion budget. The White House is expected to provide additional information on its budget on Monday. Ms. Romer said that the cuts announced Thursday were only one part of the Obama administration’s larger plan to cut the size of the deficit in half by the end of his first term, a goal that she said was still reasonable. She pointed to the president’s announcement last week to close tax loopholes for offshore tax havens as another example. But the “big dollars,” she said, would come from fundamental changes in the health care system.
    “When you actually look at that budget going out in time, the thing that is going to bankrupt us is government expenditures on health care,” she said.

    nytimes.com/2009/05/11/business/11economy.html

  60. MAY 11, 2009 Hedge Funds Are Piqued by White House: Managers Go Public Following Rebuke; Less Likely to Help?

    By JENNY STRASBURG

    Hedge-fund managers are showing rare public outrage against the Obama administration, saying that it has wrongly rebuked investors necessary to salving the financial crisis. Fund managers caught in a dispute over Chrysler LLC with the government “generally have been anonymous for fear of going on the record against a powerful president,” said one recent letter from Cliff Asness, who runs the $20 billion asset-management firm AQR Capital.

    Mr. Asness’s remarks capture what many fund managers say they feel but would never say publicly: They have been disappointed by the Obama administration, left detached from a leader to whose party they gave 70% of their overall campaign donations during the 2008 election, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. That has made them say they are less willing to support government initiatives aimed at luring private capital back into the economy.

    The effort by hedge funds to be heard was on display Friday in Washington, when the Managed Funds Association and the Coalition of Private Investment Companies, the two biggest U.S. hedge-fund lobbying groups, were among those who met with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to talk about financial regulation, according to people familiar with the meeting. Hedge-fund chiefs and lawyers said they considered it a sign of progress that they were even invited to such a meeting, though nothing concrete came from the discussion, said people familiar with the matter.

    Hedge funds have historically shied from the spotlight, hoping to avoid the attention of regulators, politicians and the general public. But as the industry is beset by asset declines, political barbs and the Madoff fraud scandal, Mr. Asness and others say the approach is too passive. “Hedge funds really need a community organizer,” Mr. Asness quipped in the three-page letter, pointedly signed as “Unafraid in Greenwich, Conn.” The letter seems to capture the broader tensions between the government and private markets. In many ways, both sides need each other to help restore the U.S. economy. But the exact approach for achieving that has revealed a clash in both style and philosophy.

    Last month, funds representing a minority of Chrysler creditors resisted the government’s restructuring plan, in which they were asked to accept a deeply discounted return on their secured loans. Eager to implement the deal, President Barack Obama in a late April speech called the holdout hedge funds “speculators” that were “refusing to sacrifice like everyone else.” Hedge funds argued that the restructuring plan favored unions, while trampling the funds’ rights as lenders under long-established bankruptcy law. “Let’s also mention only in passing the irony of this same president begging hedge funds to borrow more to purchase other troubled securities,” wrote Mr. Asness, 42 years old, whose firm wasn’t directly involved in the Chrysler situation.

    He isn’t the only one complaining. Paul Singer, who heads the $13 billion credit hedge fund Elliott Associates, has also written a letter to investors with criticisms of an array of big government programs. “The programs as structured are overly complicated and loaded with features that will produce costly delays in getting the process of deleveraging under way,” Mr. Singer wrote. “Let’s not forget that false assumptions, unrealistic prices and high leverage got us into this soup in the first place.”

    Two of the biggest such programs, the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility and the Public-Private Partnership Investment Program, aim to draw private fund managers to buy up such assets using government-backed loans. Hedge funds could make sizable profits on the programs. But the so-called PPIP has been a frequent source of hedge-fund disgruntlement since it was unveiled in late March.

    Now that the government’s “stress tests” of 19 of the biggest U.S. banks are complete, those banks have been told to raise a combined $74.6 billion as a capital cushion. The government is looking to private funds to help. “You definitely need private money in there, and hedge funds have a significant amount of capital to bear,” says Joseph Vitale, a banking and regulatory lawyer at Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York.

    Some hedge funds have said that a key part of PPIP could unfairly benefit Allianz SE’s Pacific Investment Management Co. and BlackRock Inc. among a handful of large asset-management firms seen as more politically connected. Pimco didn’t respond to a request for comment, and BlackRock declined to comment.

    “The programs, identified by innocent sounding acronyms like ‘PPIP,’ ‘TARP’ and ‘TALF,’ are rapidly changing, confusing and interwoven,” Mr. Singer wrote. He said the programs could cause taxpayers losses while resulting in “concentrated large profits reaped by a small group of anointed gatekeepers.”

    The message from the Obama administration is that hedge-fund managers are, in large part, whining in order to gain more advantage in the toxic-assets programs. The Treasury hasn’t yet named fund managers or said how many will qualify to participate, so it is saying hedge funds are protesting before full details are known. The conflicts come after hedge funds spent record amounts on lobbyists and made $16.9 million in campaign contributions in 2008, in large part hoping to stave off tax increases and regulatory changes, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124200087733205123.html

  61. And then watch the media use the same mantra:

    “give him a chance!” “It’s not his fault!”

    “How could he have known???”
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    That is a colorable argument after 100 days. After a year it begins to lose its luster. After three years it is a non-starter unless there is substantial job growth. The policies he enacts which make the sitution worse are his fault. He knew because he was briefed and still shot his mouth off. The media has less impact by the day. No one wants to listen to a liar.

  62. CONFLOYD
    don’t know if this helps, but I would suggest contacting legal aid— However I strongly suggest that the woman in question go in person and not attempt to navigate the issue over the phone. Legal aid lawyers are grossly over worked and more often than not when a case is screened it is done by a paralegal. So show up with any and all documentation of abuse and be prepared to wait hours.Pack a lunch and wait.

  63. The annual dinner for media and Telebama worshippers was a reminder for me of my early years when vaudville was a major part of life and levityfor hard working people got a lot of laughs and to many was razzberry time for the dummies on stage.The Hook was always a good way to herd them off stage and out the back door.I only watched BO and his stooge MO make asses of themselves.Bring back the HOOK friends and keep it handy att his nothing new conferences at the WH.When will America wake up and run him out the back door and back to Kenya?

    By ABM90 Only watched that segment and that was pain enough.

  64. Iranian court ‘frees US journalist’

    Monday, 11 May 2009

    A court in Iran has cut the prison sentence handed to a US journalist to a two-year suspended term, her lawyer has claimed. Roxana Saberi, who worked as a freelance reporter for the BBC and America’s National Public Radio, was convicted of spying in a trial conducted behind closed doors last month.

    The 31-year-old was arrested in January initially for not carrying the correct press credentials but was then accused of passing information to US intelligence services.

    US authorities, including secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and humanitarian groups had previously called for her release.

    Ms Saberi, who has a Japanese mother and an Iranian father, went to Iran six years ago to complete a master’s degree on Iranian studies and international relations.

    inthenews.co.uk/news/world/international-affairs/iranian-court-cuts-us-journalist-s-prison-sentence-$1294715.htm

  65. Believe it–or not. The reason I am sceptical is because I am convinced that Obama has no commitment to the middle class, except to destroy it. These blue dogs may or may not have what it takes, but he will primary them if they fight him too hard. The whole idea here is to disenfranchise the middle class. I believe that. It is partly tactical and partly personal. It is part of what makes him a full blown sociopath. If you understand nothing else about Obama, that is the one thing that is essetial to realize through all the smoke and mirrors. Keep one eye on his evolving policies and the other on how he handles real crises in the moment and you will get a fair sense of what I am talking about. This is not a brief for the Republican Party, but merely a suggestion that the cure may be worse than the disease once all the blue smoke clears.
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    Moderate Democrats become decisive factor
    TAGS: Republicans, Arlen Specter, Democrats, Party Switchers, Moderates
    By MATTHEW DALLEK | 5/11/09 4:24 AM EDT Text Size:

    Moderate Dems, like Sen. Evan Bayh (pictured), could dictate much of Obama’s legislative agenda.
    Photo: AP

    One critical topic was largely lost amid the media’s grading of Barack Obama’s presidency at its 100-day mark, and the decibel-splitting debate about the GOP’s future: As Sen. Arlen Specter’s party shift shows, for the first time since the mid-1990s, moderate Democrats are a rising, increasingly decisive factor in American politics.

    From their efforts to enact bipartisan health care reform to shaping energy and environmental legislation, Democratic moderates form a crucial bloc of votes that will define much of Obama’s legislative agenda. Elected from the South, the Midwest and the interior West, they come from Republican strongholds and claim to speak for moderates and independents — or swing voters.

    Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Warner of Virginia, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have emerged as a formidable legislative force, following in the steps of Bill Clinton’s Democratic Leadership Council on economic issues. One of their greatest concerns is averting a new era of exploding budget deficits.

    They recall that Clinton enacted a landmark budget in 1993. It raised taxes on corporations and the wealthy, put limits on new social spending and ultimately helped cut the budget deficit and produce a budget surplus in 1998. Clinton’s presidency “marked a profound change” in the Democratic Party’s direction, argued Kenneth Baer, the author of “Reinventing Democrats,” a history of the DLC. Before Clinton’s ascendance, Democrats “had been seen as profligate ‘tax-and-spenders’”; with Clinton in power, however, Democrats “had a president who championed … fiscal restraint.”

    Clinton helped Democrats shed their image as pro-Big-Government liberals, and his legacy of fiscal responsibility reverberates among Democratic moderates in Congress in 2009. In March, Democratic centrists in the Senate formed a moderate coalition to push for bipartisan deficit reduction, among other center-left policies.

    But DLC founders Al From, former Louisiana Rep. Gillis Long, and former Sens. Chuck Robb of Virginia and Sam Nunn of Georgia also “sought to reorient the party toward the white middle class,” as Clinton biographer David Maraniss put it. Their program offered tax cuts for middle-income families, hailed small business as America’s economic driver and held traditional interest groups — organized labor, for one — at arm’s length.

    In a 60-40 Democratic Senate, the influence of the DLC’s heirs is going to be profound. Specter, the newest Democratic moderate, opposes the union-backed Employee Free Choice Act, while Ben Nelson has expressed disapproval of Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan. They are reluctant to buck the wishes of business and raise taxes on the middle class.

  66. Obama election spurs wave of hate group violence
    Study cites anger of white supremacists

    By Joseph Williams, Globe Staff | May 11, 2009

    WASHINGTON – While the inauguration of the first black president has lessened racial tensions for most Americans, it has set off a wave of violence on the white supremacist fringe, with anti-hate groups attributing six recent killings – including the ambush last month of three Pittsburgh police officers and the fatal shootings last month of two Florida sheriff’s deputies – in part to anger over President Obama’s election.

    According to a study by two leading anti-bias organizations, paranoia over Obama, spread largely through Internet forums and chat rooms, apparently spurred a Maine man to gather components for a “dirty bomb,” including substantial quantities of radioactive compounds, in a plot to kill the president. Police found the stockpile in the home of James G. Cummings, a frequent visitor to neo-Nazi websites, after his wife shot and killed him.

    Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement, said the number of white extremist groups in the United States has increased by about 50 percent since 2000, and activity has sharply increased in recent months. The day after Obama won the presidency, he said, activity on the two most popular white supremacist websites overwhelmed computer servers. The rash of threats and attacks, specialists fear, could lead to a renewal of the militia groups that spread around the nation in the 1990s and could prompt acts like the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people. Such groups, they said, tend to feed on racial resentment, economic deprivation, and anger toward government, but they have focused their wrath on Obama.

    “It’s sad and unfortunate, but it has been a consistent pattern in our country,” said Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s vice president for advocacy and director of its Washington chapter. The paranoid rage, however, “has never been as finely tuned as this,” he said. “They have a lightning rod in this case. We’ve never had a black president before.”

    Neither the Secret Service, charged with protecting Obama and his family, nor the FBI would comment on specific investigations related to threats against the president. All threats are taken seriously “no matter where the threat comes from,” said Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley. “We’ve gotten threats on every president who has been in office.” The Secret Service started its protection of then-Senator Obama in May 2007 – the earliest extension of air-tight security to a presidential candidate in the nation’s history. During the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year, local police arrested and charged three men with white-supremacist ties for allegedly plotting to kill Obama, and a similar plot was foiled in Tennessee just weeks before the presidential election.

    And in December, police called to the Cummings home in Belfast, Maine, found him shot dead during a dispute with his wife Amber, who has not been charged. But they also found James Cummings had accumulated gallon-sized containers of radioactive materials, directions on how to build a bomb, and had completed applications to the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi party. “Amber Cummings indicated that James was very upset with the election of Barack Obama,” according to an FBI affidavit. She also indicated that her husband “had mixed the chemicals in the kitchen sink and had mentioned ‘dirty bombs.’ ”

    White extremists seem particularly upset at the belief Obama will curb their access to assault weapons; gun shops nationwide have reported a huge increase in sales of handguns and rapid-fire, large-capacity rifles, and the FBI reports that applications for required background checks for gun owners have soared compared with last year. Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, has said that the administration will try to reinstitute the ban on military-style assault rifles that expired in 2004 during the Bush presidency.

    Fears about the ban, and paranoia about Obama, allegedly led a Pittsburgh man to don body armor and lie in wait for police headed to his house on a domestic disturbance call early last month. After shooting three officers at point-blank range with a high-powered rifle, authorities say, Richard Poplawski, 22 – a Marine Corps washout with Nazi-style tattoos – traded more than 100 rounds of gunfire with police before they wounded and captured him. “With Obama’s election, Poplawski became convinced that there would be ‘federal gun bans on the way’ and that the people would be rendered defenseless in the face of a police state in which the military would be used against American citizens,” according to an Anti-Defamation League report on the shooting. In one posting on Stormfront, a popular international neo-Nazi site, Poplawski called himself “BracedForFate” and vowed he would “continue to instill racial awareness among our brothers and sisters,” and promote the need to prepare for armed conflict. The ADL report says that Poplawski “was posting on white supremacist sites and had elaborate fears about Zionists running the world, and, “he also saw Obama very much as a threat,” Potok said.

    Academics and anti-bias groups agree that people like Poplawski, Cummings, and Joshua Cartwright – a 28-year-old National Guardsman, nascent white supremacist, and militia enthusiast who died in a gun battle after killing two sheriff’s deputies in Pensacola, Fla. – are on the fringes of American society and hold little political influence. A New York Times-CBS News poll last week found that two-thirds of Americans now say race relations are generally good.

    At the same time, the number of white supremacist hate groups rose to 926 by last year, and the trend shows little sign of abating. “These groups have an outsized effect based on the way they have been able to mainstream their propaganda and conspiracy theories,” Potok said, noting racially tinged, anti-Obama demonstrations during the election. He also blamed conservative politicians and pundits for employing talking points that supremacists rally around, including reports of government-sponsored “reeducation camps” and claims that Obama is a socialist.

    “The reality is there is an underworld of people who really believe that armed revolution is absolutely and vitally necessary. To the extent that that sector grows and is energized, they will be more dangerous,” Potok said. Judged by a 16-page string of postings on Stormfront titled “I hate Obama,” the anger isn’t going to subside soon. “I’ve never had a fire burning inside me like I do for that mongrel thug,” said one posting April 29.

    boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/05/11/obama_election_spurs_wave_of_hate_group_violence/

  67. 1. It has been my experience that it is the middle income population that vote more consistently than any other group (correct me if I’m wrong?).

    And yet for the longest time they have been the ones who have been consistently dinged by higher taxation.

    Makes absolutely NO sense to me.

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