Panic!!!! The Three Great Battles To Come

Obama’s world is crashing in over his gray head. The three great battles leading to the presidential elections of this year are headed the way of Michelle’s fashion sense. Disaster!

The first great battle is Wisconsin. This is total war. It’s a war the craven are losing and deserve to lose.

In 2008 when Obama lied to every Democratic interest group in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, Obama promised to put on some comfy shoes and join the picket line as president if ever the labor unions faced attack. As if. When the fight came Barack Obama ran.

But Barack Obama cannot outrun the hounds of defeat biting at his scrawny ass. New Wisconsin poll: Walker by six among likely voters, Romney tied with Obama at 46. Even the DailyKooks polls show Walker winning.

As we wrote with such precision about the many Wisconsin recalls back in February 2011 “The ending won’t be pretty.” If indeed Scott Walker wins his recall election a few weeks from now Barack Obama will have to spend a great deal of time and money to win what was once supposed to be a solid and easy victory for Obama Dimocrats in November. Failure to win Wisconsin in November means President Romney.

The second big battle is the battle for money. This is the battle that has Barack Obama worried. Barack Obama cannot win if he is outspent and Barack Obama knows this.

Barack Obama first promised to accept public funds for the general election in 2008. John McCain of McCain/Feingold campaign finance legislation made the same promise. John McCain kept his word. Barack Obama outspent McCain by hundreds of millions.

Now it is Barack Obama about to lose out on dollars. It’s why Obama, like a cheap hustler on the strip, went Gay For Pay.

The cheap hustler from Chicago is terrified. Obama has little SuperPac support so he has to order a $25 million dollar expenditure out of his own campaign coffers, money desperately needed for the fall. Meanwhile Romney is fundraising with little spending in the next five months. Worse of all, American Crossroads launches $25 million ad campaign against Obama – and that’s the amount in only one month!



Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia are the ten states that will see that ad on their television screens. More ad campaigns are sure to follow:

“Obama won all of these states in 2008, but all of them are expected to be battlegrounds in this election. Pennsylvania might be the toughest for Republicans to flip under normal circumstances, but Obama’s war on coal, the HHS mandate, and his flip-flop on gay marriage will hurt him in this blue-collar, Catholic state. Michigan will be almost as difficult for the GOP, but Romney’s personal connection to the state gives him at least a shot at it. North Carolina might be the only gimme, after last week’s gay-marriage faceplant and the fact that Obama couldn’t get 80% of Democrats to vote for him in a primary in which he was unopposed.

It’s interesting to see Wisconsin and Missouri left off of this list. Republicans probably have a better shot in those states, and combined they represent more electoral votes than Michigan, or equal to Pennsylvania. Expect further ad campaigns to focus on those states.

This is, of course, why Democrats are panicking on fundraising. With unions spending money in Wisconsin on a losing cause this summer, they won’t have as much of a backstop on the outside-group front, and it’s only going to get worse.”



Yup, Obama has money woes. Obama/DNC fundraising drops $10 million from March to April. Yup, the rate of dollars flowing in is slowing not increasing. What’s the Barack Obama answer? Super-O-Rama!

“‘Super-O-Rama’ for Obama

Strapped for cash and facing a tidal wave of big-money Republican attack ads, Democratic super PACs are putting an unlikely plan in motion: the Super-O-Rama.

The kitschy name is for a massive fundraising push at the national convention in Charlotte, where Democrats aim to woo elusive big donors with parties featuring live music, open bars and mingling with “senior Democratic policy leaders,” according to a fundraising appeal.

Democrats hope the events will lead to a massive cash infusion for three super PACs that have struggled to pull in the big checks necessary to compete with GOP outside advertising juggernauts like the Karl Rove-conceived Crossroads outfits and the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity.

But the plan isn’t perfect. The Democratic National Convention is just two months before the general election — too late to spend any money raised there on ads, some Democrats worry. Plus, conventions do not typically lend themselves to the type of one-on-one meetings where mega donors usually sign six- and seven-figure checks.

The Super-O-Rama plan is just one example of a larger overhaul afoot among Democratic super PACs, which have gotten a cool reception from some of the party’s biggest traditional donors.”

As Jon Lovitz would say “Super-O-Rama, yes, that’s the ticket.” Raise money when it is too late to spend it. Interrupt the parties at Bank of America stadium to ask for cash. Maybe Barack Obama will do lap dances in satin short-shorts. Hey, if you’re Gay For Pay you might as well go all the way.

The “O” charged Super-O-Rama name is a knob polisher for the narcissist but not much else:

“A Democratic operative familiar with the Party’s outside groups characterized the convention fundraising push as last ditch, explaining “It would be better for everyone to have money early, so they can protect incumbents and define their opponents. But you can still spend late money on advertising.”

The Democrats’ super PACs have been crushed in the race for early advertising money. The three Super-O-Rama groups had raised a combined $18 million at the end of March, while a super PAC supporting Romney had raised $52 million alone at that point. And that’s to say nothing of the $100 million raised by the two groups that compose Crossroads or the untold millions raised by other GOP-allied groups that don’t disclose their donors but have been flooding the airwaves with tough anti-Obama ads. [snip]

Unity Convention 2012 is organizing Super-O-Rama and will divide the proceeds equally among its three component groups. Its fundraising appeal indicated that it could accept unlimited “individual, labor union, or corporate” contributions, and laid out four sponsorship categories ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. [snip]

A showy super PAC presence at the convention could create tricky optics for Obama and congressional Democrats, who railed against the explosion of outside group spending sparked by a pair of 2010 federal court decisions, including the Supreme Court’s seminal ruling in a case called Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.”

“Tricky optics?” Big Media thinks they can get away with Obama fundraising lies by using the gulling phrase “tricky optics”. No, Obama promised and his convention planners promised there would be no corporate contributions to his campaign. Now the convention at Bank of America stadium is going to request unlimited funds from corporations and Big Media thinks that’s “tricky optics”? Next we will see Obama’s phrase from his Rezko house scam, “boneheaded” resurrected.

“Boneheaded” leads us to the third big battle: North Carolina. Romney is now ahead in must win for Obama North Carolina:

“Mitt Romney has moved out to an eight-point lead over President Obama in North Carolina after the two men were virtually tied a month ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.”

Last month Obama was ahead of Romney 46% to 44%. Romney gets the backing of 88% of North Carolina Republicans while Obama only gets 76% of Democrats. Obama’s flaccid North Carolina poll numbers are not a cause for pressing the panic button. But what if the gay marriage platform fight turns ugly. What if…. press the panic button:

“The state’s Democratic Party is mired in a sexual harassment scandal. Voters just approved a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which conflicts with Obama’s view on the issue. Convention fundraising has been slow, and labor unions tapped to fill the financial gap are angry the convention will be in a city — Charlotte — with no unionized hotels and in a state where compulsory union membership or the payment of dues is prohibited as an employment condition.

North Carolina’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate is above the national average and one of the host city’s top employers —Bank of America (BAC) — has announced job reductions. Obama is scheduled to accept his party’s nomination at Bank of America Stadium in September.

“It’s inconceivable that they would move the convention,” said Don Kettl, dean of the school of public policy at the University of Maryland. “But they may wish that they had placed their chips on another swing state.”

Yup, narcissist Obama thought he could replicate or increase his 0.3% margin of victory even though the past three years have been a disaster. But Obama needs to win North Carolina. Obama has visited North Carolina 11 times to campaign on the tax payer dime. North Carolina is a MUST WIN state for Obama:

“North Carolina is one of about a dozen states that Democratic and Republican strategists say are likely to determine the outcome of the presidential election.

Gay Community Protests

Last week’s vote to approve a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has triggered calls from gay rights activists to move the convention. Some Democrats also want to include same-sex marriage in the party platform that will be approved at the convention, a potentially headline-grabbing debate. [snip]

Association With Bank

There are political downsides for Obama in delivering his acceptance speech in a stadium named after a bank at a time when he’s championing the need for tighter regulations and more robust consumer protections. [snip]

Preparations for the Sept. 4-6 convention come as the Democratic Party in North Carolina is dealing with fallout from a sexual harassment accusation.

Sexual Harassment Allegations

State Democratic Chairman David Parker submitted his resignation over the weekend following complaints about his handling of allegations by an ex-worker against a former party director.”

Amazing isn’t it? In that entire article not a mention is made that the sexual harassment allegations are male on male harassment. Considering (1) the convention will face a potential fight over gay marriage; (2) which Obama now, for pay, endorses personally, (3) but his campaign is fighting against including gay marriage in the platform – isn’t it rather pertinent to inform readers that the sexual harassment is male on male? Isn’t that likely to play out in a state that just rejected gay marriage and civil unions by putting these prohibitions into the state constitution? Way to go Big Media in shilling for Obama.

Let’s not forget Handsome Johnny who endorsed Obama in 2008 is on trial in North Carolina. But, the focus is still money. Money is the big battle:

“Unlike previous conventions, the Democrats are trying to fund this year’s gathering without million-dollar donations from corporations. They’ve pressed labor unions to fill in the fundraising gap as part of an effort to raise $36.6 million.

Money Woes

Convention planners are expecting to receive, at most, $4 million from unions this year, less than half of the $8 million contributed by organized labor in 2008, according to a person familiar with the funding strategy who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about fundraising. The number could eventually be less than $1 million and the Charlotte host committee, the main vehicle for funding the convention, is still short more than $20 million, the person said. [snip]

Crone, the North Carolina Democratic strategist, said the decision to hold the convention in his state doesn’t look as smart as when it was first announced, given the controversies that have erupted since then.”

That story was published before the Super-O-Rama corporate donation scheme was uncovered. It is time for the Hopium addled to panic.

Yup it’s panic time. The outcome of these three battles will determine the outcome in November. And we’re not going to discuss Pennsylvania… yet.

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  1. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/05/16/warning-signs-in-wisconsin-for-obama/

    As the Obama team eyes potential paths to victory in November, all count on the president winning the reliably blue states of New England, the Midwest and the Upper Midwest, all of which went for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. A loss of any of the bigger traditionally blue states—particularly Pennsylvania, Michigan or Wisconsin—would scramble the Obama math and make matters much easier for Mr. Romney, allowing him to lose in Virginia or Ohio without that automatically jeopardizing his chances.

    Mr. Obama won Wisconsin handily in 2008, and has lead there by wide margins in most recent polls. But a new Marquette University Law School poll finds that Mr. Obama’s 4-point lead from April has vanished, despite other poll findings that has exactly half of the states’ voters feeling optimistic about Wisconsin’s future. Nearly 8 in 10 voters say the economy will improve or stay the same over the next year.

    Also in the last month Mr. Obama’s favorable rating dropped sharply, from 55% to 49%.

    A slip in Mr. Obama’s fortunes in Wisconsin could easily spill into nearby states like Michigan, which the Romney campaign is hoping to make competitive.

  2. I’ve been seeing Romney ads here for the past few days, especially the one about the missing teenager in NYC.

  3. Excellent overview, Admin! Thank you for all your work.

    Re. the new FOX poll today showing Obama with a 7-point lead over Romney, Dick Morris rebutted that poll on O’Reilly tonight. He said it’s just wrong. Morris recently did a nationwide poll of 6,000 LIKELY VOTERS and the results were Romney 52, Obama 42. Morris said his poll of likely voters in MICHIGAN showed Romney two points over Obama!

    I wonder what you think about Riverdaughter’s belief that there could be an intervention before the convention….

  4. Have you ever seen a building implosion?

    If you ever get the chance, by all means go see one in person. It’s quite spectacular and thrilling. Here’s what happens.

    First you hear what sound like a string of very loud firecrackers. If you look carefully, you might see a few flashes of light from inside the building.

    But nothing happens.

    More loud bangs.

    Still nothing.

    Then the noise stops entirely. At this point, the building is destroyed, but it doesn’t know it yet. Everything seems normal. Then the walls of the building start to melt into dust. You hear a rumble. The entire building starts to sink into the ground. The rumble turns into a roar. As the collapse completes, you no longer see the building. All you see is an enormous cloud of dust. Inside the cloud of dust, the remnants of the building are pounding on themselves, reducing the broken pieces into dust, broken bricks and twisted metal. When the dust cloud clears away, all that is left is a pile of powder, ready for the trucks to haul it away.

    All these little news stories we’re hearing today. The War on Women, gay marriage, Sarah Palin oral sex jokes told by the President. Each one of those is one of those bangs you hear at the beginning, blowing away the internal support structure of the Democratic party. Like the building, the Democratic Party still stands fast.

    As if nothing is happening.

    As if everything is normal.

    But eventually the bangs stop, and gravity takes over.

    November.

  5. If it becomes too obvious, there will be an intervention because of how 2008 went. That is just my gut feeling. But cowardice may set in and they could just let it go too.

  6. you know that kid is terrified and the lion tortured. These parents are insane and I find it abusive. Both the parents and zoo should be held accountable IMHO

  7. I get nervous just watching the lions /tigers from a distance at a zoo!!!
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    Grat articlevadm., although I was discouraged by the fox news poll today.

  8. pm317
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    If it becomes too obvious, there will be an intervention because of how 2008 went. That is just my gut feeling. But cowardice may set in and they could just let it go too.

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    These dimocrat cowards never stand for any thing even if they are losing. Being a super narcist he is, I am hoping the big Zero, once he realizes he will definitely lose, will come before the nation and declares that this is no place for a great idealistic leader like him and withdraws from these gutter politics paving the way for Hillary. Of course, the sleeveless will be ok with that because what ever left over campaign funds they can keep for themselves.

  9. Excellent article, admin. And, jms, I love your analogy – it’s perfect. I, for one, won’t mind a bit seeing my former party implode. If there must be chaos to achieve order, then let the destruction begin. Maybe then, the party will embrace some of the values and principles it threw under the bus, along with us Hillary supporters. I would so love to see Brazillenut on CNN trying to explain away the defeat of her “New Democratic Party”. All those chickens are coming home to roost, Donna.

    Win or lose, if the Dim party does not begin to really support gender equality, it will never have the level of support it has in the past from women. We’ve seen the light, and we won’t be used and discarded again.

  10. He will not quit, cheat, but not quit. Remember the votes are going over seas, I still don’t get that, how can that be true?

  11. This from someone who until recently thought the election was in the bag for Obama:

    http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_135/Is-Pennsylvania-In-Play-for-November-214491-1.html

    Pennsylvania is an old state. Only Florida, West Virginia and Maine have a higher percentage of residents 65 years old or older, according to 2010 census data. And the Keystone State is white. Among the nation’s dozen largest states, it ranks behind only Ohio for the lowest percentage of minority residents. Just more than one-fifth of Pennsylvania’s population is minority, slightly above Ohio’s 18.9 percent.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won both whites and voters 65 and older in 2008, according to the national exit poll, and the president is likely to be weaker in those two demographic groups again.

    Pennsylvania is also well-known as a state with a large number of working-class whites, particularly in northeastern (Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, for example) and western Pennsylvania (Erie, Johnstown and Pittsburgh) — the kind of people one GOP strategist says “have their names on their shirts when they are at work.”

    Candidate Obama had problems with those kinds of voters in 2008 — county-level data shows he did worse than Kerry in 2004 in a swath of counties running from southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia through extreme southwestern Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, and into Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. If anything, he seems weaker in those areas this year.

    These voters don’t have an automatic cultural connection to Obama (or to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney), and the president’s recent announcement supporting same-sex marriage isn’t likely to be a plus with them. Jobs, of course, remain a big issue with these voters, and whatever hope they had that Obama would turn the economy around has almost certainly evaporated.

    Potentially, Romney could outperform most national Republicans in the southeastern corner of the state, as he is a better “cultural fit” there, particularly in Philadelphia’s upscale suburbs (Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware counties).

    There isn’t much polling in the state. The only recent survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows the president siting at 47 percent of the vote and leading Romney by 8 points.

    Given these considerations, is there enough reason to include Pennsylvania in a short list of swing states? Not yet, for me. But there certainly is enough reason to treat Pennsylvania as a potential battleground and to continue to monitor the presidential numbers in the state. [snip]

    Of course, Pennsylvania is not the only state where demographics come into play. Older working-class, white voters are also key to winning Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. West Virginia isn’t in play, but the other two are.

    These kinds of voters are likely to be conflicted in November. They often identify more with the Democratic Party’s working-class positioning and rhetoric, and Romney’s background and style isn’t appealing to them. But they have little in common with the president, have some differences with Democrats’ positions on cultural issues and are disappointed with the performance of the economy.

    These voters were once loyal members of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Coalition. But will they back Obama? Will they support Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, or even Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts?

  12. admin:

    From the Newsweek quote:

    “Justice (and Injustice) For Sale”!

    any way for Obama to make a Buck!

  13. Arkansas giving Obama a well deserved Punch in the nose? … and a kick in the rear end? 🙂
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    Hillary 2012? Obama In Serious Danger of Losing Arkansas Primary

    After President Obama’s humiliating showing against a West Virginia prison inmate earlier this month, a more serious humiliation could be in making after the May 22 Arkansas primary. According to a new poll of Arkansas Democrats taken by Talk Business-Hendrix College, Obama is only seven points ahead (45-38) of his challenger, a relatively unknown attorney by the name of John Wolfe.

    According to our friends at The Weekly Standard, Wolfe hasn’t done a single radio or television ad.

    In West Virginia, a prisoner garnered nearly 42% of the vote against this sitting president. In North Carolina, “no preference” took 20% of the vote away from Obama. In national and many battleground state polls, even when he’s ahead, Obama is stuck in the mid-forties — the worst possible place for an incumbent to be

    This is an incumbent in way more trouble than the corrupt media wants to let on. But even though they refuse to report it, the media does know Obama’s in trouble. All you need do is look … at … their … increasing … desperation.

    But nothing displays the corrupt media’s desperation more than the fact that this pretty major story is being marginalized and/or ignored in most MSM outlets — even as they find time to do oppo-research on private citizens who support Romney.

    And then there’s the desperation of the White House.
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    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/16/Obama-Could-lose-Arkansas-Primary

  14. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV

    Rev Wright ‘Throws Barack Obama Down The Stairs’ In Explosive New Audio

    From Fox News Insider: Sean Hannity sat down with author Ed Klein who wrote the new book “The Amateur.” It covers everything from the allegations that the Obama inner circle attempted to pay off Reverend Jeremiah Wright to reports about widespread corruption that exists within the administration.
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    go to above link

  15. Book: Michelle Almost Divorced Barack After He Lost 2000 Congressional Race

    According to the new book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, by Edward Klein, Michelle Obama was so angry in 2000 that her husband had run for a House seat and failed miserably that she prepared divorce papers against him. Obama had taken on Bobby Rush, a four-time incumbent on the South Side of Chicago, and lost by a margin of two to one.

    Michelle Obama had warned her husband not to run, but he ignored her advice and ran anyway. After Rush destroyed Obama in the election, he called Obama “an educated fool.” Later, when Michelle Obama prepared the divorce papers, according to friends, her husband became so depressed that he was suicidal. Klein describes the situation at the time this way:

    After Obama’s humiliating defeat he was broke and deeply in debt and it looked as though he might be finished in public life. During the dark days that followed his defeat, he turned to Michelle for comfort. But she was in no mood to offer him sympathy. After all he had refused to listen to her warnings about taking on the formidable Bobby Rush. He had put his family in a precarious financial position. And he had dashed Michelle’s hopes of creating a stable and secure future. As a result their marriage was on the rocks, and Obama confided to friends that he and Michelle were talking about divorce.

    The Obamas have acknowledged that their marriage has been in trouble before; in 2010 there were rumors of an impending divorce.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/16/Michelle-prepared-divorce-papers-after-Obama-lost
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    I hope my day ends as it began with all the good news found this morning…

  16. Awesome post. I love good news 😉
    This fits in with PA comment by admin @ 2:14am:
    Pocono Mountain board votes to close three schools, cutting 280 jobs. [Today’s Pocono Record]
    Philadelphia foreclosure rate up [Bloomberg’s Jane King 6abc this morning].

    Obama: Don’t worry about PA. Biden grew up in Scranton. OK. So just his first 10 years.

  17. Everyone here knows how slanted this is:
    Chicago hospital with Obama ties gets $6M federal grant | Fox News
    The federal government has awarded a nearly $6 million grant to a Chicago hospital with close ties to President Obama. The grant was awarded to the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative through the president’s Affordable Care Act and will link patients with community-based services through an electronic data base. The initiative is run by longtime Obama friend and golfing partner Dr. Eric Whitaker, and the medical center is closely tied to the Obama family. Whitaker is the executive vice president and an associate dean at the University of Chicago Medical Center. First lady Michelle Obama also used to work at the medical center, which received the grant with two co-applicants. She started working at the university in 1996, then became a vice president at its medical center. And senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was chairman of the medical center’s Board of Trustees before coming to Washington, according to her official profile. The hospital, though, defended its selection for the federal funding. “We met the criteria for the competition,” Dr. Stacy Lindau, from the University of Chicago Medical Center, said Wednesday. “We had a very innovative idea. … We provided solutions particular to local needs….”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/15/chicago-hospital-with-obama-ties-gets-6-m-federal-grant/

    I know. Like patient dumping.

  18. I remember reading somewhere during 2008, how MO wanted guarantees that if they made Obama run, that he would win. It seemed like an odd thing then because in a democracy (meh!) there wouldn’t be such guarantees and you steel your attitude to go with the flow before your run. I was surprised and became suspicious about half way how he (and they both) put everything on the line that if they were to lose they would be destroyed and they were still young. Little did I know that it was all guaranteed.

  19. now what was that again about Obama’s fundraising advantages……..

    Twitter : Romney/RNC raised $40.1M last month; Obama/DNC barely ahead, at $43.6M

  20. how sad…………Mary Kennedy ‘hanged herself’ in barn…The men in that family treat women like shit.

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary, who battled her husband’s rumored philandering by turning to alcohol and prescription drugs, hanged herself in a barn on their Westchester estate yesterday, sources told The Post.

    The 52-year-old mother of four — the latest victim of a family dynasty cursed with tragedies — may have taken her own life because she was haunted by her broken marriage, her friends lamented.

    “She was deeply troubled, abusing alcohol and prescription meds,” a close family friend said. “She had cause. She was used up and tossed away by Bobby. That was awful.”
    SAD SPIRAL: Mary Richardson Kennedy (above, in the home where she died) was found at this Mount Kisco estate. Her ups and downs included time with her family in 2008 and an appearance at a Westchester court in 2010 after a DWI arrest.

    Officials refused to elaborate on her death and said it would be investigated with the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Bedford police responded at 1:36 p.m. to a report of a “possible unattended death” — meaning there were no witnesses — at the estate.

    After authorities arrived, they cut her down and tried to revive her. She was found by a housekeeper, ABC News reported.

    Mary was found “inside an out-building on that property,” police said in a statement.

    She left behind a note, and none of her children was home at the time, sources said.

    There are several sheds behind the home — some hold garden tools and another is a falcon house — on a slope leading to a lake.

    The Kennedy family dealt stoically with the latest in the long line of shocking deaths.

    “We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her,” the family said in a statement.

    “Our heart goes out to her children, who she loved without reservation. We have no further comment at this time.”

    A grim-faced RFK Jr. showed up at the house at around 8 p.m.

    The third of 11 children of former US Sen., Attorney General and presidential candidate Robert Francis Kennedy, he married Mary Richardson in 1994, one month after his first marriage ended following 12 years.

    The ceremony took place aboard a research vessel on the Hudson River, a fitting spot for the couple, who were environmental advocates.

    A family friend said Mary had known the Kennedy clan long before she married Bobby, and had been a close pal of his sister — also named Mary, but known as Kerry — since they were 15-year-olds.

    “She had grown up with the Kennedy family, having been Kerry’s best friend since they were teenagers,” the friend said.

    The marriage broke down amid reports of her addiction and rumors of his involvement with other women.

    “She knew Bobby her whole life, and now he rejected her. Tragic,” the family friend said.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/rfk_jr_wife_hangs_herself_pyWHUGMLz6ntRTOeCkf3JI#ixzz1v7vpRe5b

  21. moononpluto, I just finished reading that article. Very sad. It is not the curse, it is the men.

  22. For the Atlantic, a congenital fan of Obungo, this is a somewhat startling piece by Clive Crook. Conclusion is obviously disinclined, but, there it is… inescapable. HA HA

    Why I Think Obama Is Losing
    By Clive Crook
    As always Bill Galston and John Cassidy are well worth reading. In interesting new commentaries on the election, both think Obama has the edge, while emphasizing that it might be a close thing and warning Democrats against complacency. I hesitate to put my instincts up against their careful analyses, but if the election were tomorrow and I was forced to put money on one of the candidates, I’d say Romney. I also feel that unless something new and dramatic happens–as it usually does, admittedly–Romney’s advantage is more likely to grow than diminish.
    Why do I say this? It’s not because the country is sick of Obama. He’s still pretty well-liked personally (more so than his policies). Among those who aren’t committed to support or oppose him regardless, my feeling is, the country still wants him to succeed. If voters do reject him in November, for many people it will be with regret. It’s striking to me that while Obama has approval ratings in the upper 40s, not bad under the circumstances, Congress is viewed by the electorate with naked contempt.
    It’s not because the opposition to Obama is strong. Romney is a weak candidate. Yes, he was much the most electable of the serious Republican contenders, but that’s saying so little. The Congressional GOP, meanwhile, is a national disgrace, and one of the reasons Congress gets such pitifully low approval ratings.
    Is it the economy, then? Does that settle it? I don’t really buy the view that the current state of the economy will be decisive in this election, one way or the other. This was a very unusual recession and the tepid recovery is correspondingly strange. This time, the mechanical connection between growth and votes needs to be questioned, at least. The country knows that Obama inherited the recession. It also knows that his efforts to arrest it–for which, to be sure, he gets less credit than he deserves–had to contend with fierce GOP resistance. The economy is a negative for the incumbent, but I suspect less so than the raw numbers would lead you to think. Equally, if the pace of recovery improves, that will help Obama but again, I’m guessing, less than the historical correlations would suggest.
    So what’s the answer? Obama’s big problem, I think, is that he is no longer the president he said he would be. Above all, he’s stopped trying to be that president. The astonishing enthusiasm for Obama in 2008 rested heavily on his promise to change Washington and unify the country. You can argue about whose fault it is that Washington is even more paralyzed by tribal fighting than before–in my view, it’s mostly (though not entirely) the GOP’s fault. For whatever reason, Obama failed to bring the change he promised. That would be forgivable, so long as he was determined to keep trying. But he isn’t determined to keep trying. His campaign message so far boils down to this: You just can’t work with these people. I tried, they’re not interested, so it’s war. If they want bitter partisan politics, they can have it.
    My instinct tells me this is a losing strategy. To me it seems so obviously the wrong strategy, in fact, that I struggle to understand what Obama’s people can be thinking. The fact that Republicans refuse to compromise is not, tactically speaking, a problem for the Democrats, but a wonderful opportunity. Offer centrist compromise proposals on the issues that confront the country–Bowles-Simpson on fiscal policy, to cite the most obvious instance–and let the Republicans reject them. Keep offering, keep being rejected. Don’t stop coming back with appeals for moderation and common sense, and let the GOP respond with promises to eliminate the federal government. See where that gets them.
    In the end, remember, Bill Clinton defeated Newt Gingrich. He had to stare down the base of his own party to do it–but he won.
    What you recommend is exactly what we have been doing, say many Democrats. No. The administration has accepted compromise in some areas, but always reluctantly, never at its own initiative. The advice from the base, which the White House now appears to be heeding, is that compromise gets you nowhere. As a result, Obama’s ownership of his own policies is cast into doubt. The outcomes in many cases may be Clintonian or “moderate conservative” (on health care, for example), but they weren’t celebrated by the administration as examples of the virtues of compromise. They were accepted grudgingly. We made concessions: this far and no further. And now the tacit message of the campaign is veering towards saying that traditional Old Democratic policies are the way to go. UAW, I love you. Just give us the votes, and the era of big government is back.
    That’s crazy. The middle of the country doesn’t want grinding paralysis, and it also doesn’t want a pre-Clinton Democratic program. The middle of America is center-right, not center-left. How many times do Democrats need to be told this? Swing voters want Obama to keep trying to do what he said he would do–not reluctantly, but with limitless patience and because he believes it’s the principled approach leading to the right policies. Then if compromise fails, there’d be no doubt whatever who was to blame.
    So that’s why today I’d put my money on Romney to win, even though he doesn’t deserve to. He’s unfrightening and he looks like a pragmatist. Little as that is, it might be enough. His etch-a-sketch personality is a strength, not a weakness: The country doesn’t want a right-wing true believer. Whether he could make the compromises happen, of course, is doubtful. I’m not saying that he could. Only that, as the election comes round, he’ll be able to say that he’d try with more conviction than Obama, apparently, can any longer muster.

  23. That fool Clive Crook (haha) wanted a Hillary instead he got Obama. Deal with it. The way they twist themselves into a pretzel to rationalize their choice for Obama and then come back to say Romney is no choice at all, bring me popcorn with a good dose of scorn and disdain. How did these Crooks (pun intended but they are more like fools) get their jobs?

  24. Looks like the Rev Wright is getting his revenge. Barack has done nothing for the Black community. Hmmm, is that racist? I think that the WH will call him a racist now.


  25. Black community was hoodwinked as much as every one else. But they gave him 95+% vote and are ready to do it again.

  26. hmmm someone been nixoning it?

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/house-burglaries-baffle-staff-police-20120516

    Now aint that funny all republicans, all linked on certain committees……

    Puzzling break-ins over the last month at the offices of at least three House members and several committees have U.S. Capitol Police gumshoes working to find a pattern and the culprits, with missing items ranging from cash and expensive computer equipment to autographed baseballs and alcohol.

    In at least four of the cases, thieves broke into the offices at night when doors were locked, leading some staffers to believe they were victims of an inside job.

    (MAP: Where the House Office Break-Ins Happened)

    “The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,” freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., surmised in a letter to the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

    Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    Those looking for some common link might note that Lewis serves on Appropriations; Gowdy sits on Oversight; and Runyan is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Also, staffers on the House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census, and the National Archives, which Gowdy chairs, reported that $200 of their money went missing during business hours.

    But whether that may represent anything more than coincidence appears uncertain.

    In each case, items stolen were high in street value. Computer monitors, cameras, and cash were taken most frequently; other items included blazers, personal iPods, and in three cases, alcohol. Lewis’s office reportedly lost four signed baseballs, six bottles of wine, and a $200 set of presidential Easter eggs. In at least four cases, thieves broke into the offices during the evening while doors were locked.

    Matthew Van Patton, Gowdy’s chief of staff, is fighting an uphill battle with House Administration to replace two cameras and a computer monitor—totaling $1,750 in value—that were missing from the lawmaker’s office after the April 10 break-in.

    House rules require members to personally pay a fee as well as take the replacement cost out of their office stipends when equipment is stolen. Almost a month after the incident, the chief administrative officer notified Gowdy that he had to cut a personal check totaling $763.63 payable to the U.S. Treasury as a penalty.

    CAO spokesman Dan Weiser said that is standard practice.

    It is meant to “establish accountability of taxpayer resources”—in other words, partially counter the taxpayer burden of paying for the same item twice, he said.

    Gowdy appealed, accusing the House Administration Committee of punishing him for being the victim of an inside job—all the doors were locked when his staff opened the office on April 11.

    Gowdy added that Capitol Police confirmed his suspicion and pointed to a “rash of numerous similar occurrences” in House buildings.

    Next door to Gowdy, Runyan’s office was burglarized on the same night—it was the second break-in at his office.

    Runyan chief of staff Stacy Barton wants a better notification system. She said other staffers dropped by when they heard via word of mouth, but that no official notice went out.

    “Clearly it’s going on and we’re just not hearing about it,” Barton said.

    Barton said she found it easier to replace the stolen items out of pocket rather than tap the office fund and pay a fine. Runyan, like Gowdy, is a new member who had to furnish most of his office last year. To show fiscal austerity, the House trimmed office budgets this year. Van Patton said he was proud to send $126,000 of his first year’s stipend back to Treasury, but now he has to tighten the belt further to replace the stolen equipment.

    “It doesn’t feel fair to me,” Van Patton said. “I managed my budget, I bought responsibly. Security is not my job.”

    And without better surveillance of the building, Van Patton is reluctant to replace the items.

    “I have no assurance this is not going to happen again,” he said.

    The House Administration Committee does not provide insurance for office property, but a committee spokesman said members may buy private insurance.

    Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said there is an “active, open investigation regarding these cases.”

    Similar reports filed this month are still being processed, according to a Capitol Police officer.

    In April of last year, there was only one report of theft in an office. That report did not specify whether or not it was a break-in.

    No such break-ins were reported in Senate offices.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the USCP Criminal Investigation Section at (202) 224-0928.

    ………………………………..

    No doubt, stealing small stuff and money is meant to make it look like a common burglary. Wonder what they really went for?

  27. The most popuar woman in the world is at her job every day and very cleverly includes her experience and accomplishments resume and Bill is no doubt her ever present campaign manager for 2012.Foreign leaders and journalists(not US MSM)rush to get a mike for her interviews while BO is rushed by his idolaters for food stamps and welfare checks.

    Public Schedule: Public Schedule for May 17, 2012
    05/17/2012 08:48 AM EDT

    Public Schedule for May 17, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    May 17, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the regional bureau secretaries, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with African activists working to end gender-based violence, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    12:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton officiates the swearing-in ceremony for Roberta Jacobson, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of Burma U Wunna Maung Lwin, at the Department of State.
    (JOINT PRESS AVAILABILITY FOLLOWING BILATERAL MEETING AT APPROXIMATELY 2:20 PM)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 1:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, at the Department of State.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 2:20 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton participates in a signing ceremony with the Tunisian Ambassador to the U.S. Mohamed Salah Tekaya, at the Department of State.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Admiral William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a reception celebrating the New Partnership to Advance Food and Nutrition Security on the Occasion of the 2012 G8 Summit, at the Department of State.

  28. How hard that women works. In addition, if she declared today, there would be such a rush of donating we would clog up the system. She would have built a war chest to admire, just as she is admired.

  29. Just a grim reminder of what we face if Benito has his way and he is around for another term.

    1. RESTITUTION

    2. RETRIBUTION

    3.REDISTRIBUTION

    4.REVOLUTION

    IMPEACH BO

    DRAFT HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

  30. Great post admin!

    —-

    jms

    …..November

    —–> Perfect visual of implosion of the Democratic party.

    Little firecracker sounds, bickering, faux stage set showing ‘all is well’ while backstage they all run around with their hair on fire.

  31. Obama is only seven points ahead (45-38) of his challenger, a relatively unknown attorney by the name of John Wolfe.

    ========================

    Isn’t Wolfe the one who wants Single-Payer instead of Obamacare?

  32. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary, who battled her husband’s rumored philandering by turning to alcohol and prescription drugs, hanged herself in a barn on their Westchester estate yesterday, sources told The Post.

    ========================

    Depending on the evidence of her note, this ought to be a case for the conspiracy theorists. With access to drugs etc, why use hanging and cause a scandal for her children?

    Perhaps the conspiracy theorists don’t want to defend RFK Jr, an environmentalist who SUPPORTED HILLARY in an op-ed in the 2008 campaign.

  33. Suppose Obama loses by a landslide but wins by a single vote thanks to the Soros Secretary of State Project and vote manipulation in Spain, you can be sure that big media would say the People have spoken and hum a few bars of hail to the cheat. When people objected to this hijacking of democracy, they would be labeled racists and young black gangstas would roam through middle class neighborhoods getting back at Whitey and when people of all other races defended themselves Big Media would say even though they look like other minorities they are really whites–witness NBC, ABC and CNN efforts to do that with Mr. Zimmerman. And when the violence erupted Michelle would repeat certain parts of the whitey tapes, proclaiming that the kingdom of god is at hand because the blacks are finally moving the crime to other neighborhoods where it will be noticed. Obama will be happy too because he can now field that internal police force he spoke about in 2008, and can fly drones over the houses of white people and people suspected of being whites. Big Media will claim that the kingdom of God is at hand, cycle through the white house press department, enhance their careers and watch their own property values go sky high, oh the good life. And as the country fails, and we find ourselves at the edge of default, Obama can make a we have nothing to fear but fear itself–except for whitey of course, and as the entire house of cards collapses Obama can appear before us and deliver a whole aria of I Did It My Way, to the thunderous applause of you know who…. big media. Is this satire emulating life or life emulating satire. I vote for the latter.

  34. what does she know..
    ———————
    less than nothing. And like step and feth it or greek boy–never let a little thing like loyalty to the Clintons stand in the way of stepping on the people who hired you, violating confidences, to enhance your career. In Steps case, when you are 5 foot 2 and look like a perennial child what else is there? This disease has a long Latin name, but in slang it is often described as Bill Richarden disease. It may well be that there is no loyalty in politics, but that does not mean that there must be utter extreme disloyalty. Reciprocity demands otherwise. And without reciprocity, politics becomes an endless war of all against all, and you cannot muster support from others when you need it.

  35. Thanks S. We are all excited , but a bit also a bit disappointed as the Stones most likely will not tour this yr for a multitude of reasons. Mick, however, remains quite active.

  36. moononpluto
    May 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    hmmm someone been nixoning it?
    ———————–
    Correct. And the breadcrumbs will undoubtedly lead to Obama, as they did to Nixon. Need to get one of his insiders to roll however. It will not be Holder–he is too conflicted. But someone on the inside needs to do what Wright is now doing, telling it how it really was.

  37. moononpluto
    May 17th, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    ———–
    Panic is not an irrational reaction when you face what Obama is facing and cannot you cannot countenance the prospect of vain inglorious defeat. The one word that best describes Obama is RADICAL!!! The one word that best describes his supporter is gullible. Obama knows what dog meat tastes like. I wonder what deer in the headline venison is like. We will soon find out. Hey Barack–if you can meet with triumph and disaster–and treat those two imposters just the same–like you didnt after your ignominous defeat by Bobby Bush–who summed you up rather nicely when he said educated fool–which explains his enduring appeal to the Georgetown Set, since that is also what they are.

    http://www.dickmorris.com/obamas-poll-numbers-get-worse-and-worse-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

  38. BOMBSHELL FROM BREITBART: Obama’s literary agent listed him as “born in Kenya” in 1991:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Obama-Literary-Agent-1991-Born-in-Kenya-Raised-Indonesia-Hawaii

    I posted this on the Breitbart article:

    I’m not a birther – I think it’s likely the man was actually born in Hawaii. But I have said from the beginning that Occam’s Razor indicates Obama was hiding things in his past – otherwise why all the deception/legal fight over his birth certificate, passport, school records, etc?

    I think it’s as simple as this: Obama at various times in his life falsely claimed foreign birth and/or citizenship for the purpose of academic or political advancement. I think the school records are sealed because he claimed foreign exchange student loans/grants. I think he traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport.

    I think, in short, that Obama used “foreign birth” (even if he lied about it) when it suited him and it was to his advantage. And that’s what he keeps hiding.

  39. Not surprisingly, a Republican leaning super pac is considering an ad based on the confessions of Jerimah Wright about how he got thrown under the bus by mad king lear Obama–to the point of bribery. And, not surprisingly, some of the lesser guns (water pistols) of big media like Beth Reinhart are calling this race baiting or some such. Race baiting? Go listen to Jerimah in the church,go listen to Obama tell us he stands with him, and then learn that he did everything he could to shut him up and distance himself from him. For those like Reihart, ANYTHING critical of Obama has a racial tone, not because she believes it, but because it is in her economic interest to lie for a living. No conscience. Just lie, and lie, and lie with impunity–and pretend the country does not know what you are doing.

    Jacobsen has a fine article on this, and his conclusion is spot on:

    “Sorry, he’s (Wright) on the table and in the room, and all the false accusations of race-baiting which infect the media and left-blogosphere today – even if they work in preemptively squelching the ad campaign — will not stop people from thinking of the elephant in the room.

    Not thinking is so 2008”.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/05/do-not-think-of-the-jeremiah-wright-in-the-room/

  40. jbstonesfan you were citing Fox’s poll that placed Obama I think 7 points ahead of Romney but I watched Hannity last night and that poll was way off for several reasons.

    First off, I noticed that the poll was from a very small 500-600 sampling of Registered Voters. Dick Morris explained that using Registered Voters in a poll doesn’t give you an accurate portrayal of what will happen in an election. He said he did a poll with 6,000 Likely Voters and Romney is ahead. Hannity questioned him and Morris said he did the poll with people from every single state, even California. One of the things that he said that stuck with me is that “60% of Registered Voters don’t even go out and vote.”

    The other day I watched a five minute video where Morris explained that a poll with Likely Voters is a much more accurate poll than one with Registered Voters. He goes into a long explanation of why that is true. He’s done a lot of studies over the years and says also that the majority of Undecideds usually don’t go for the Incumbent but rather break at the last minute for the other guy-usually two to one.

    So there may some good news in there for all of us. I wouldn’t obsess over those polls right now. Sit back and relax. Obama is imploding all by himself.

  41. ROTFLMAO! A commenter on HotAir just pointed out that what sneaky Bill Clinton is doing to Obama is actually concern trolling him. Yeppers. 😀

  42. new book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, by Edward Klein

    ——
    I’m thinking of getting this book…just cause he rags on Barry.

    But, I hear he has said terrible things about Hillary in the past, so if this is true, I don’t want to give him a penny.
    Anyone know more about this guy?

  43. HillaryforTexas
    May 17th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    BOMBSHELL FROM BREITBART: Obama’s literary agent listed him as “born in Kenya” in 1991:

    ——–
    Good that the guys at Brietbart are hitting hard and pounding on Barry.

    Barry isn’t a Natural Born Citizen and he is hiding his past, this is alone enough to impeach him.

  44. H4T, it looks like a PR Pamphlet/brochure from the agency for distribution.. How many others got this or still have it? Why didn’t this come out sooner?

  45. Here is what Mitt said, the full context for that video:(via hotair)

    During my time in business and in state government, I came to see the economy as having three big players – the private sector, the states and localities and the federal government.

    Of these three, the private sector is by far the most efficient and cost effective. That’s because scores of businesses and thousands of entrepreneurs are competing every day to find a way to deliver a product or a service that is better than anyone else’s. Think about smart phones. Blackberry got things going. Then Apple introduced the iPhone. Now the Android platform leads the market. In the world of free enterprise, competition brings us better and better products at lower and lower cost. Innovate and change or you go out of business. And the customer — us — benefits. …

    Imagine if the federal government was the sole legal supplier of cell phones. First, they’d still be under review, with hearings in Congress. When finally approved, the contract to make them would go to an Obama donor. They’d be the size of a shoe, with a collapsible solar panel. And campaign donors would be competing to become the all-powerful app czar.

    My point is this: As President Obama and old-school liberals absorb more and more of our economy into government, they make what we do more expensive, less efficient and less useful. They make America less competitive. They make government more expensive.

    What President Obama is doing is not bold; it’s old.

  46. Who is running the show in this Administration, one wonders.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/05/17/obama-administration-issues-visa-to-raul-castros-daughter/

    Wow. The Cuban-American community in Florida leans Republican, but they’re strongly anti-Castro. They won’t appreciate the decision by the Obama administration to give the dictator’s daughter a pass to the US, especially not for the purpose of politicking. Listening to lectures from the Castro family on the nature of political and cultural freedom is somewhat akin to having to sit through a seminar on graciousness by Morton Downey.

  47. and the idiot of the year award goes tooooooooooooooo

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/05/17/man-goes-to-police-station-to-pick-up-bag-of-drugs/

    PETERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Leaving a bag behind at the grocery store might not normally be a big deal unless the bag contains marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

    And that’s exactly what Peters Township Police Chief Harry Freucht says was inside a black bag found at the Giant Eagle.

    A customer found the bag and turned it over the folks at the store. The store called police.

    And police say 31-year-old Joseph Moody called the store to see if anyone had found a black bag. When he was told to go to police, he did and was taken into custody.

    “I’d say he’s pretty stupid,” said one shopper. “I think he’s pretty stupid.”

    “That’s pretty unbelievable that he would do that,” added another shopper.

    “He’s probably pretty desperate,” a woman said.

    He’s being held on a parole violation. Charges have yet to be filed over the bag of drugs.

    ……………………….

    Must be an Obama voter.

  48. Japanese to evacuate 40 million people!

    Wow! I didn’t realize things were that bad!

    http://www.eutimes.net/2012/04/russia-stunned-after-japanese-plan-to-evacuate-40-million-revealed/

    A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Ministry on the planned re-opening of talks with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands during the next fortnight states that Russian diplomats were “stunned” after being told by their Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million of their peoples were in “extreme danger” of life threatening radiation poisoning and could very well likely be faced with forced evacuations away from their countries eastern most located cities… including the world’s largest one, Tokyo.
    *************************************

  49. SO, of all the authors on the literary booklet? have any of them saved it? for their own memories, etc.? and didn’t any of them remember Obama when he started running for POTUS?

    Interesting. This is going to be big, I agree.

    The bigger story may be how the MSM reacts to it.

  50. I also think it is very smart how Breitbart is handling this as not a birther issue, but an issue of how Obama, and those that support him…reshape his history. Love it!

  51. Shenanigans,

    I have published several novels on a shoestring budget with tiny publishers which do the same thing as was done with the BO bio; They compile a list of authors and their books into a pamphlet which is distributed at the major annual book fairs like the ones in Chicago and Germany and it’s d the main way of selling inventory and getting orders. In my experience, the AUTHOR writes the short bio. I would imagine it was in fact BO who submitted what Breitbart and Drudge are now running with.

    Just a hunch. In 1991 BO probably considered citing a Kenyan birth would create a mystique and pique interest which would boost his sales AND I also happen to think it is the truth!

  52. http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm

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    Sunday, June 27, 2004

    Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
    Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.

    The allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days have given Obama a clear lead as Republicans struggled to fetch an alternative.

    Ryan’s campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife, Boston Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.

    Barrack Obama
    “It’s clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could not take place if I remain in the race,” Ryan, 44, said in a statement. “What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign – the kind of campaign that has turned off so many voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play.”

    Although Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one ‘avant-garde’ club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable, lashed out at the media and said it was “truly outrageous” that the Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the records.

    The Republican choice will become an instant underdog in the campaign for the seat of retiring Republican Senator Peter Fitzgerald, since Obama held a wide lead even before the scandal broke.

    “I feel for him actually,” Obama told a Chicago TV station. “What he’s gone through over the last three days I think is something you wouldn’t wish on anybody.”

    The Republican state committee must now choose a replacement for Ryan, who had won in the primaries against seven contenders. Its task is complicated by the fact that Obama holds a comfortable lead in the polls and is widely regarded as a rising Democratic star.

    The chairwoman of the Illinois Republican Party, Judy Topinka, said at a news conference, after Ryan withdrew, that Republicans would probably take several weeks to settle on a new candidate.

    “Obviously, this is a bad week for our party and our state,” she said.

    As recently as Thursday, spokesmen for the Ryan campaign still insisted that Ryan would remain in the race. Ryan had defended himself saying, “There’s no breaking of any laws. There’s no breaking of any marriage laws. There’s no breaking of the Ten Commandments anywhere.”

    —AP

  53. Forgot to add: Those pamphlets are sent EVERYWHERE – especially to book reviewers and (at in 1991) book stores so there would have been hundreds if not thousands printed up. I have at least 3 from my 2003 novel.

  54. A rocky start for Obama. Yuppers. Reeeel rocky. What did he have that he don’t have. Or—an aging rock star. Being a narcissist by nature, he has got to be talking to himself and wondering out loud:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Llrp9TWqU&feature=related

    Rove: Obama’s Campaign Is Off to a Rocky Start
    The record in May has been one mistake or disappointment after another.

    By KARL ROVE

    May has been a bad month for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Let’s review some of the lowlights.

    First, Team Obama politicized the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death on May 2 by releasing a video claiming that Mitt Romney would not have ordered the strike. The video didn’t pay much tribute to the Navy SEALs who actually carried out the perilous mission. The whole thing came across as ungracious and egocentric.

    On May 4, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that only 115,000 new jobs were created in April while 342,000 Americans became so discouraged that they dropped out of the workforce. When unemployment creeps down because people are leaving the labor force, it’s evidence of a sick economy, not a robust recovery.

    The next day, Mr. Obama formally kicked off his re-election campaign with a rally at Ohio State University. But “there were a lot of empty seats,” according to the Toledo Blade. Vacant chairs and a nearly empty arena floor are not good optics for a political campaign. To add insult to injury, a New York Times reporter described it and a Virginia rally later that day as having at times “the feeling of a concert by an aging rock star.”

    On Sunday, May 6, Vice President Joe Biden said on “Meet the Press” that he was “absolutely comfortable with . . . men marrying men, women marrying women.” The White House had to scramble, immediately reaffirming Mr. Obama’s support for traditional marriage. But three days later, he told ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

    Why the shift? Newsweek’s Andrew Sullivan credits the need for campaign dollars from gay donors and votes from now apathetic young men and women under 30. New York Magazine’s John Heilemann quotes unnamed White House aides who say that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage led Mr. Obama to shift privately early this year. According to Mr. Heilemann’s reporting, Mr. Obama was going to wait a month or two to maximize the political payback from a public conversion, and the need for campaign cash and youthful voters was part of the equation.

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    President Obama in Columbus, Ohio, on May 5th.

    Whatever the reasons, the president’s announcement came across as political: 67% in a May 11-13 CBS News/New York Times survey said the president announced his public support for same-sex marriage “for political reasons” while 24% said he did it because “he thinks it’s right.” A USA/Gallup poll of May 10 found only 11% of independents said they would be more likely to vote for him because of his shift, and 23% said they would be less likely.

    While this kerfuffle played out, West Virginia and North Carolina Democrats held their presidential primaries on May 8. In West Virginia, 40% chose Keith Judd, a felon in a Texas federal correctional facility, over Mr. Obama. In battleground North Carolina, nearly 21% expressed “no preference” for president.

    Then on May 11, Mr. Obama traveled to Nevada to tout the success of his “Hardest Hit Fund,” launched two years ago, in staving off foreclosures. But a government report that morning revealed it had helped only 30,640 homeowners, not the three million to four million the administration originally promised.

    On Wednesday, the news was that Mr. Obama’s fundraising dropped to $43.6 million in April from $53 million in March. At this stage, he will be hard pressed to reach his 2008 total of $750 million, let alone the $1 billion goal his campaign set last year.

    The president has trailed or been tied with Mr. Romney in 16 of the last 29 Gallup five- and seven-day tracking polls. This during a period when, with significant organizational and money advantages and no primary opponent, he should be pounding his Republican challenger in the polls.

    In 2008, Team Obama ran a first-rate campaign. They made relatively few unforced errors and capitalized on openings. Things look very different this time. The re-election effort is off-key and off-balance, making the president’s strategic weaknesses more apparent. His record is uninspiring. He has no explanation for his first term and no rationale for a second.

    Mr. Obama may have difficulty leading and governing but has been considered an effective campaigner. Events in May are starting to call that into question.

    Mr. Rove, the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, is the author of “Courage and Consequence” (Threshold Editions, 2010).

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303448404577408101945994054.html?grcc=6d1c69aaa10520d75ca4062622a232d4Z3ZhpgeZ0Z108Z200Z36Z2&mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion

  55. Yes, Basil, I believe you are correct in your assumption.

    Something was never right with this candidate and much money was spent by him to cover things up. Will this finally be the beginning of the vetting that should have been done forever ago?

    You know, he was “raised by a single mother….” “my mother and father got together because of Selma….” “my white grandmother fought insurance companies to get care for her cancer….” blah, blah, blah…

  56. Dustin Siggins at Republican/conservative HotAir deserves some major kudos. When it comes to the Clintons many Republicans/conservatives are E/I. Siggins is a voice for I/E. For many Republicans/conservatives mocking/hating Clintons is preferable to thinking rationally. Here’s Siggins on what Bill said, not what Politico reported Bill said:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/05/17/ignoring-the-rest-of-the-story/

    Clinton, who spoke at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2012 National Fiscal Summit, did indeed say that hiking taxes across the board is necessary, especially in light of the mathematical impossibility of balancing the budget solely on the backs of the top one or two percent of earners. However, the Politico article spells out some of Clinton’s qualifiers (emphasis mine) the editors failed to acknowledge:

     “This is just me now, I’m not speaking for the White House — I think you could tax me at a 100 percent and you wouldn’t balance the budget,” said Clinton, who has earned tens of millions of dollars since leaving office. “We are all going to have to contribute to this, and if middle class people’s wages were going up again, and we had some growth to the economy, I don’t think they would object to going back to tax rates [from] when I was president” – before the Bush tax cuts.

    In short, Politico is being intellectually dishonest in its headline depiction of what Clinton said. Unlike most other Democrats, the former President is not saying raising taxes now is good policy. He is saying that if we had a good economy and if middle-class wages were going up, most earners wouldn’t mind paying a higher rate of their income to federal taxes.

    Related, both the article and the headline ignore some of Clinton’s other remarks. Via Market Watch:

    [snip]

    So rather than simply be a tax-and-spend Democrat, Clinton is actually talking about combining some tax increases during a good economy that has growth for the middle class with simple, substantive cuts to federal spending that would substantially diminish our forthcoming trillion-dollar deficit for fiscal year 2012. This is a very different story than that which Politico would have the reader believe.

    The entire article, including Siggins views on cutting/balancing the budget is worth reading.

  57. Oh My God! The fraud was claiming he was Kenya – Born until 2 months before he started
    Presidential campaign

    According to archive.org, a website that caches websites on a regular basis, the Dystel.com website – the official website for Dystel & Goderich, Obama’s literary agents – was using the Barack Obama “born in Kenya” language until April 2007, just two months after then-Senator Obama declared his campaign for the presidency.
    Archive.org shows that the Dystel website used the following biography for Obama as of April 3, 2007:
    BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
    Obama launched his presidential campaign in February 2007.
    By April 21, 2007, the Obama bio had been changed to state that Obama was born in Hawaii:
    BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Hawaii to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
    Obama had already been a national figure for three years, since the Democratic National Convention in 2004, by the time the biography was changed; he had been a sitting Senator for over two years.
    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/05/17/breaking-drudge-leading-story-obama-born-in-kenya-raised-in-hawaii-and-indonesia/

    How come no body noticed until this time

  58. Shenanigans,

    Also, if this was BO’s publishing debut, I can guarantee he would have been as involved as possible with every aspect of the promo materials even though he never wrote a word of the book (lazy SOB – writers would KILL for the chance to get a book out) and probably waited until later in the 90’s when Ayers either wrote or co-wrote the 2 books he finally did publish.

    Someone should check what the original author bio was on his 1995(?) book. Most books do have at least a short author blurb.

    IMHO, of course. But that Kenya birth thingie didn’t just pop up out of the blue. BO SAID it – either to the publisher or in his own self written bio. What reason would the publisher have to invent such a factoid? It just doesn’t pass the smell test. Either Bo was lying then or he’s lying now. That’s the thing with liars – eventually they lose track of what they said when to whom and it all starts unraveling as, hpefully, is happening now. FINALLY!

    (But not gonna hold my breath.) Media is so in the tank for this SOB that beginning this morning Axelgrease, Burton Butthead and all the false king’s couriers tweeted up a storm about the plan of some conservative PAC to run the Wright stuff in anti-BO ads and dummie MR caved almost immediately and said he wouldn’t support such a move. Hopefully, these independent PACS will ignore MR and run with the Wright stuff anyway.

  59. I hope laypeople who got distributed that pamphlet will come forward with their own copies now. Obama has some explaining to do.

  60. pm317,

    Those kinds of pamphlets are mostly distributed to those in the publishing business although browsers and shoppers can (or at least COULD) pick them up at major book shows.

  61. D@mn! This 1991 pamphlet is, IMO, more proof Breitbart was murdered for what he knows but his staff is not backing down.

    Whose gonna be the brave reporter who asks BO how come your first publisher has info saying you were born in Kenya and the same info was on their site until 2007?

    I mean, we are NOW getting proof from people of the press! WTF are these incompetents gonna say? The PUBLISHERS got it wrong?????

    This can be a big deal if someone takes the ball and runs with it.

  62. My first thoughts were of Andrew Breitbart and his…..umm…..untimely death. His staff are brave and may the all be safe!

  63. Oh, and Basil, the Breitbart people were on Hannity’s radio show, today. They have more on Obama…and others.

  64. Some more grist for the mill. Check this.
    ******************************************************

    After he was elected as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He was approached by an agent, Jane Dystel, who got him a contract for a book.

    Obama’s original plan was to write a book about race relations (what else?), but, sitting down to write, he found his mind “pulled toward rockier shores.” So the book became more personal — the record of an interior journey, as he put it in the introduction, “a boy’s search for his father, and through that a search for a workable meaning for his life as a black American.”

    Obama had been given free use of an office at the University of Chicago, along with a law school fellowship and the aforementioned advance, to finish his first manuscript. Obama missed his deadline, and Dystel promptly got him another contract and a $40,000 advance for the same book.

    The New York Times reported that Obama’s first agent (the one he dumped) got him a a second book deal with Random House after the first one with Poseidon Press fell through.

    The Times article neglects to mention that Obama received then Random House publisher Peter Osnos describes as a six figure advance “(about $125,000, I am told)” from Poseidon. According to Osnos, Obama would have had to return all or part of the first advance. Did he? And when?

    Obama and Dystel worked mostly by telephone and by manuscripts sent by Federal Express between New York and Chicago. Obama, an inveterate journal writer who had published poems in a college literary magazine but had never attempted a book, struggled to finish. His half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said he eventually retreated to Bali for several months with his wife, Michelle, “to find a peaceful sanctuary where there were no phones.”

    Ah, retreating to Bali after getting a second $40,000 advance and while receiving income from a law school fellowship — a tough life indeed. We can all empathize. Oh, and about the “truthfulness of the book”?

    http://theobamafile.com/ObamaTheBook.htm

  65. The Jorge Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case just exploded with a big document dump. A witness audio statement states that it was Martin beating up badly on Jorge. Marijuana in Martin’s blood. Pictures of broken nose on Jorge. Head wounds on Jorge.

  66. Thanks for that info on Zimmerman, Admin. I have just been sick over the attempt to lynch Zimmerman By Any Means Necessary. I understand the autopsy showed two sets of wounds on Martin; one gunshot wound, and wounds to the knuckles. Add it all together and what do you get???? We live in one crazy country that the media, the politicians, and the race baiters have set race relations back half a century.

  67. The Jorge Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case just exploded with a big document dump. A witness audio statement states that it was Martin beating up badly on Jorge. Marijuana in Martin’s blood. Pictures of broken nose on Jorge. Head wounds on Jorge.
    ———————–
    If I were that prosecutor I would be lawyering up myself right about now. You can be sure of one thing. Race Hustling Reverend Al does not care about this exculpatory evidence. On the contrary,he would bury it if he could. Ditto with big media. Remember they were the ones who were pushing for a Murder 2 charge–without the evidence, and they found themselves a prosecutor dumb enough and weak enough to do their bidding. Now those chickens have come home to roost.

  68. I heard an interview with a witness to the scene on Brett Baier (with Chris Wallace). Corroborates everything GZ said.

  69. If Jorge had just pleaded out to murder 2 or settled it would have taken barack’s and big media’s ass off the line, but to their chargrin he appears to want his day in court. Funny how that works.

  70. My feeling is at this point the prosecutor would be willing to give him probation to get this case off her desk, and avoid responsibility for her own misfeasance and/or malfeasance. Of course, if she can get herself a jury comprised of made members of the New Black Panther criminal enterprise, then she probably could get the conviction buy short of that, the prospects for prosecutorial success are small, and disbarment proceeding are more likely.

  71. Something must be about to drop with ABC reporting this.

    Cops, Witnesses Back Up George Zimmerman’s Version of Trayvon Martin Shooting

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/cops-witnesses-back-george-zimmermans-version/story?id=16371852

    By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) , SENI TIENABESO (@senijr_abc) and COLLEEN CURRY
    May 17, 2012

    Two police reports written the night that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin said that Zimmerman had a bloody face and nose, according to police reports made public today.
    The reports also note that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman’s version of what happened when they describe a man on his back with another person wearing a hoodie straddling him and throwing punches.
    ******************************************************************
    The documents start with a criticism of Zimmerman’s decision to follow the teenager, who Zimmerman said was looking suspicious.

    “The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement,” an investigating officer wrote.

    Zimmerman claims he got out of his vehicle to find a house number to let police know where he saw the allegedly suspicious person, and while returning to his car was knocked down by a punch in the nose and attacked by Martin.

    Two police officers reported that when they arrived at the scene of the shooting, Zimmerman seemed to have a battered nose and bloodied face. One wrote that his “facial area was bloodied,” and the back of his clothing was soiled with wet grass.

    “Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and the back of his head,” Officer Ricardo Ayala wrote.

    Another officer wrote, “I saw that Zimmerman’s face was bloodied and it appeared to me that his nose was broken.”

    Witnesses, whose names were redacted from the report, also lent support to Zimmerman’s version of what happened.

    “He witnesses a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style,'” the police report of the witness said. “He then heard a pop. He stated that after hearing the pop, he observed the person he had previously observed on top of the other person (the male wearing the hoodie) laid out on the grass.”

    A second witness described a person on the ground with another straddling him and throwing punches. The man on the bottom was yelling for help, the witness told police.
    The documents state that Zimmerman can be heard yelling for help 14 times on a 911 call recorded during the fight.
    **********************************************************

    The teen, who lived in Miami, was in Sanford while serving a suspension for a bag of marijuana being discovered in his possession. Martin had THC, the drug found in marijuana, in his blood on the night of his death, according to the autopsy. His family told ABC News that it was “trace amounts” of T

  72. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

    The BO truthers are in combat mode. Look how long THIS took!

    Miriam Goderich, who helped represent Obama at the same literary agency, issued this statement to Political Wire:

    “You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time. There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.”

  73. D@mn! This 1991 pamphlet is, IMO, more proof Breitbart was murdered for what he knows but his staff is not backing down.
    ———————–
    Of course not. He is a martyr in the noble cause to save this country.

  74. Confession – I went to Europe coz of Breitbart. What I mean is to see someone so full of life and vigor bumped off in his prime spiked my own sense of immortality and I figured I should go while I had the chance.

    Not that anyone’s planning to bump me off – yet – except that town supervisor who doesn’t like the way I covered her teeny mistake of sending all employee info including SS #’s and retirement account numbers to a few people not qualified to receive it.

    No, she never got over the fact I refused to tell the story her way and she’s still haranguing me whenever possible.

  75. When she joined the agency that would soon become Acton and Dystel, Inc., she quickly developed a reputation for honesty, forthrightness, hard work, and real commitment to her authors and their writing careers.
    —————————
    I thought Brian Williams was the only one who started false rumors about his reputation for honest reporting, forthrightness, hard work and real commitment (to a paycheck)–a greater than Cronkite. He has only one rule of thumb. The third time he hears about his greatness based on nothing more than the rumor he started, he feels the market is saturated and content to move on. I doubt however that Brian who is a spastic when it comes to athletics–his specialty was chess and debate could match Mrs.Swindler’s reputation as a tenacious golfer. I have never before heard the term tenacious used to describe a golfer, but if that is the new coin of the realm it is not hard to figure out what it means. It means someone like Barack who keeps shanking, topping and slicing the ball, but keeps swinging the same godawful way expecting a different result. Sort of like how he governs, when he is not campaigning, golfing, throwing out baseballs, hiding from decisions and titillating the public who is too dumb to spit.

  76. Some posters are now comparing 1/32 Cherokee Warren with Kenya-boy and musing both used such biographical info for financial gain – student loans, college aid, etc.
    ———————-
    Basil, do you think they are simply gaming the system, or does it rise to the level of fraud?

  77. Is THIS what the information age has given us–self promoters like Obama and Mrs.Swindler, who pump up their reputation like Hollywood shills hoping that the blinding light of their celebrity will deter anyone from asking them a serious question that might show that beneath the veneer and patina, guess what folks, there is no there there. Since we do not manufacture things anymore, we end up with an economy run not by business men but by the world’s biggest bull shiter.

  78. wbboei,

    I am no lawyer (clearly) but it sure seems fraudulent to me.

    But aren’t “gaming the system” and “fraud” the same thing? Or is the first just pushing legal guidelines to the limit? I dunno. I do think they both committed crimes. Unless, of course, BO really was born in Kenya which, after having that little factoid out in the world – pre-internet, even, for 16 years and see it repeated in AP stories in 2004 and then hear his WIFE say he was born in Kenya in some clip I now can’t find – I mean – you know the duck theory.

    One thing is clear. Either he was lying then or he is lying now or maybe his really was some strange transatlantic birth aboard a plane or in a submarine or on some distant world.

    Who the F*** knows

    But I would say the Lit Agent was threatened. I mean, who makes a statement like this within the span of a few hours of a breaking story like this?

    “You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time.”

  79. @pm317

    Black community was hoodwinked as much as every one else. But they gave him 95+% vote and are ready to do it again.

    I’ve read that the percentage is now down to 80% if that much. It’s a shame to have this hideous stain on the office because folks were voting on melanin content.

  80. Obama’s old literary agent has issued a terse statement to the effect that the wording was all her fault and she never consulted her client. If that’s true, she’s a bad agent. A different agent, quoted by Breitbart.com, disagrees. He told the website “that while ‘almost nobody’ wrote his or her own biography, the non-athletes in the booklet, whom ‘the agents deal[t] with on a daily basis,’ were ‘probably’ approached to approve the text as presented.”

    If we accept that Obama didn’t provide the biography, it would seem highly unlikely that he didn’t get a chance to vet it. Accepting that he didn’t do that either, it’s incredibly strange that the literary agent approached by Breitbart.com does not remember Obama calling the agency to register a complaint and make a correction. My mother spent a lot of her childhood in Grenada. If my literary agent told people I was born in the Caribbean, I’d at least pick up the phone to set the record straight.

    Look beyond the sordid details and the big story here is that this nugget wasn’t part of the wider discussion had back in 2008 about Obama’s background and credentials. And why not? The documents were easy to find – the one that showed that “born in Kenya” was still being used in 2007 was on the Internet.

    Link at 8:15.

  81. mcnorman
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    If we were still living in a “real” world with a “real” press the BB revelation would finish BO off.

    Unfortunately, we’re living in some twisted distorted bizzarro-land and we can’t escape! (Yet!)

  82. Now this is funny. Two comments on Kenya-boy from another blog:

    Q – Why did he need a literary agent in 1991 ?

    A – His ghost writer hired the agent.

  83. You are never going to convince me that an ego as big as Obama’s, faced with the prospect of his first real grown-up big boy book, did not go over any press releases, publisher brochure bios, etc, with a fine-tooth comb.

  84. And this! (HA)

    ‘In the end, it will be determined that he’s a White Hispanic with 3.14159265358979% Cherokee blood.’

  85. From a comment at No Quarter

    The literary agent who says that it was her mistake on 1991 Bio did not start the work until 1995

    Miriam Goderich, represented Obama at that agency Dystel, was the one who wrote the statement saying that it was her fault for making the error of writing that he was born in Kenya. Except that she started working there in 1995, FOUR YEARS after that brochure was published.

    http://www.dystel.com/staff-e-

    There appears to be no shortage of volunteers willing to throw themselves underneath the bus for His Glory.

  86. HillaryforTexas
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Agreed. Any author (writer’s) first book is exhilarating for even a non-author like BO. People are IN LOVE with their first book – record – CD – painting – Baby – fill-in-the-blank.

    So either he really is from Kenya or he was lying coz he thought that was an advantageous thing for his career – just like Squaw Warren.

    Mama told me not to lie.

  87. “There appears to be no shortage of volunteers willing to throw themselves underneath the bus for His Glory.”

    Or she was threatened or terrified she would be and spilled her guts prematurely.

  88. Basil99

    I think they call it an Obama World. Yes, upside down. I so want this assclown evicted yesterday.

  89. I am getting the impression that Bush, Rove & Gang knew all this in 2008 but did not want Hillary or McCain to be POTUS. So they kept quiet and let the Fraud become POTUS.

    Now that they are ok with MR, they are letting this out.

  90. Did Hillary’s campaign have this information? They probably did but could not use it because of being called a racist and the whole momentum was such they were afraid?

  91. So what can we conclude from Promotional Bookletgate?

    1. Miriam Goderich, who created the booklet from bio information provided to her by Obama (where else would she get his bio from?), was totally incompetent and allowed the booklet to go out at great cost without the final copy being first reviewed by him and rewarded by becoming a partner at the literary agency firm. Or…

    2. His Magnificence, not having the foresight in 1991 that he will run for POTUS someday, decided to lie to Goderich in his bio form in order to beef up his credentials with the left-wing Chicago political big-shots when his future books at the time would be published. Or…

    3. Not having any idea that he would run for POTUS at the time and just glad to have the chance of publishing a book, filled out his bio form truthfully when he got it in the mail and gave it to Goderich, who wrote the booklet based on the info on the form without making a mistake.

    So which scenario is more likely? My money is on the third scenario.

  92. Holy Smokes, more than 4 years have passed and admin and Big Pinkers are still going strong, so much info to cover and everyone is still on fire.

    Kudos to all on Big Pink!!!!

  93. Shadowfax, I said in 2008, back when I was still hanging out on Taylor Marsh’s site, that I would devote myself to making sure Obama did not get into the White House, by any means necessary. And that if he did get in, that I would devote myself to making sure he got tossed right back out. I would shill for Beelzebub himself if I thought he could beat Obama. I’d campaign for Dick freaking Cheney if he could get Obama OUT.

    I despise everything Obama is, and everything he stands for. I have blogged, worked, donated, pushed memes, talked, worked, etc for over 4 years now. With one goal in mind. GET. THAT. DESPICABLE. CREATURE. OUT. OF. OUR. WHITE HOUSE.

    Kudos to Big Pink and all those here for helping me with that goal.

  94. from a comment on another blog, how did the literary agent know to write Kenya when Obama had not even written his book? She assumed because of his Kenyan father? But the father was at Harvard at the time…

  95. “‘Super-O-Rama’ for Obama“ is the stupidest sounding catchphrase since WTF (win the future).

    Imagine if Obama had to name the code name for D-Day…

    Obummer: Let’s call it Operation ThisBetterMakeMeLookGood”.

  96. Admin at the top wrote:

    Convention planners are expecting to receive, at most, $4 million from unions this year, less than half of the $8 million contributed by organized labor in 2008, according to a person familiar with the funding strategy who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about fundraising. The number could eventually be less than $1 million and the Charlotte host committee, the main vehicle for funding the convention, is still short more than $20 million, the person said.
    &&&&&&&&

    By now, the blocs that enthusiastically donated to Obummer in 2008 have realized, “What’s the point? What do we get out of it??”. He’s stabbed them all in the back: unions, gays, women, young people, pacifists, the ACLU anti-torture crowd, the anti-war MoveOn.org faction, African Americans, environmentalists, bank reform advocates, the list is endless.

    So here he comes again, the charming con-artist, hat in hand. But this time…THE JIG IS UP. “I am onto you, get out of here, or I’ll call the cops”.

    And look for negative coat-tails. The Dems will have to pay for being within smelling distance of this walking calamity. Even Bo the canine is seeking to be adopted out “to a loving family”.

  97. HillaryforTexas
    May 17th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Shadowfax, I said in 2008, back when I was still hanging out on Taylor Marsh’s site, that I would devote myself to making sure Obama did not get into the White House, by any means necessary. And that if he did get in, that I would devote myself to making sure he got tossed right back out.
    &&&&&&

    Amen!

  98. HillaryforTexas
    May 17th, 2012 at 9:42 pm
    Shadowfax, I said in 2008…

    I despise everything Obama is, and everything he stands for. I have blogged, worked, donated, pushed memes, talked, worked, etc for over 4 years now. With one goal in mind. GET. THAT. DESPICABLE. CREATURE. OUT. OF. OUR. WHITE HOUSE.

    Kudos to Big Pink and all those here for helping me with that goal.

    —–

    I’m with ya and all with this goal in mind.

    Hillary supporters are the best supporters in politics, I hope she knows we are all still here busting down doors, lost many obot friends, gone rogue against their life long
    party…and have her back while we purge the O’crats.

  99. Thanks, BASIL99, for the websites and info you provided on Jane Dystel and Miriam Goderich.
    The time line doesn’t add up.

    Goderich claims she became partners with Dystel in 1995, after working at Jane Dystel Literary Management agency for six years (i.e. since 1989 [?], straight from grad school). But this agency did not exist in 1989; it was founded in 1994. And Goderich does not list Acton & Dystel as her employer. If she did, then she could claim that she worked at that agency in 1991 and thus was responsible for the “erroneous statement” in Obama’s bio. But Goderich’s own bio lists Jane Dystel Literary Management as her employer.

    Also, it’s ambiguous as to when Goderich became partners with Dystel. She claims Jane Dystel Literary Management was renamed Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in 2003, so one would presume this is when their partnership began. If this is the case, then she began working there in 1997 (six years earlier, straight form grad school) — which means she could NOT have edited, in any shape or form, Obama’s bio in 1991.

    So, which is the date of their partnership? 1995 or 2003? This would tell us when she
    graduated from Columbia University (1989 or 1997?), thus when and where she worked straight from grad schoo1.

    ****************************************************
    TIME LINE

    Excerpts from http://www.dystel.com/staff-e-mail/

    [see Jane Dystel’s bio.]
    [1994] — “In 1994, with a growing roster of clients, she [Jane Dystel] founded Jane Dystel Literary Management, which became Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in 2003.”

    [see Miriam Goderich’s bio]
    [1995] – “Miriam Goderich and Jane Dystel have been partners since 1995 and they work closely as an agenting team to generate book ideas, help create book proposals, place projects with publishing companies, and negotiate all contracts pertaining to publishing and subsidiary rights.”

    Excerpts from http://www.netwo.org/conference/bios-07.htm%5D

    [see Miriam Goderich’s bio]
    [1989 or 1997?] — “Miriam Goderich, completed a Masters Degree in English from Columbia University, and immediately when [sic]to work for Jane Dystel Literary Management [JDLM]. Six years later, she became a partner in the agency.”

    [2003]– “In 2003, the agency was renamed to be Dystel and Goderich Literary Management [DGLM].”

  100. But, I hear he has said terrible things about Hillary in the past, so if this is true, I don’t want to give him a penny.

    =================

    good for you.

  101. I understand the autopsy showed two sets of wounds on Martin; one gunshot wound, and wounds to the knuckles.

    ==================

    So what about the gunshot wound? From what angle? Any powder burns?

  102. Never mind Obama being born in Kenya, with his economic skills, i’d swear he’d been born in Greece.

  103. Long time lurker. I may have posted once or twice. But I just wanted to share this comment I found on the DailyKooks site regarding the new Breitbart Kenya disclosure (by the way it looks like Admin’s title of this post–PANIC!!!!–was quite prophetic):

    There’s nothing good about this one (1+ / 1-)
    There is no way to spin this one in a way that won’t fuel the fire. You can check my uid here and my very liberal history here and support of BO – very strong as a candidate, frustrated along the way but never once a birther or even remotely close. If you flame me on this then you are in denial.

    There’s a piece missing from this diary – that’s the other bad looking item that is on the web in the archive.org – http://web.archive.org/… from 2007 when his management firm again has him listed as follows — it’s been updated and edited from the pamphlet and still has that info – that’s pretty hard to explain against a single persons fact checking and again – I want you to try to go balls out defending this – it’s years later – what – they never fact check anything like this????

    “BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller. ”

    What I am saying is this doesn’t look good – period. I don’t know what I think – I always thought the birthers were freaks but how the hell do you explain this – I’ve been around publishing and I have a lot of trouble seeing the multiple errors.

    This is hard to explain to ME – a man who does at least still like the pres – again – I have been frustrated but I have every intention of supporting him 100% but I can see how these multiple items – one that I can see on the web look BAD.

  104. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-17/news/os-george-zimmerman-evidence-released-20120517_1_special-prosecutor-angela-corey-new-evidence-documents

    And crime-lab experts found that Zimmerman’s blood was on several pieces of evidence: his shirt, his jacket, his gun and Trayvon’s shirt.

    Among the pieces of evidence released was a photocopy of a photo taken of George Zimmerman at the scene. In it, he has a bloody, swollen nose.

    Sanford Officer Michael Wagner pulled out his personal iPhone, he wrote in his report, and shot the photo. It appeared to him, Wagner wrote, that Zimmerman’s nose was broken.

    “I also saw that the back of Zimmerman’s head was also bloodied,” Wagner wrote.

    Autopsy report released

    Trayvon’s autopsy showed that he died of a shot to the heart and that the gun was so close, it had left gunpowder burns on his skin.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement firearms expert Amy Siewert examined Trayvon’s gray sweat shirt and gray hoodie for powder burns and wrote that she found them on both garments, prompting her to conclude that the muzzle of the gun was touching them when Zimmerman pulled the trigger.

    The Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office found just one other injury on Trayvon’s body: a small “abrasion” on one finger of his left hand. It also found THC — the active chemical in marijuana — in Trayvon’s blood and urine. [snip]

    Two days after the shooting, police asked Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, whether those screams were his son’s, according to a report by Sanford police lead Investigator Chris Serino. Tracy Martin said no, according to Serino’s report. But since then, Trayvon’s family has said the person screaming for help was Trayvon.

    In a recorded interview with FDLE investigators, Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, said: “That is absolutely, positively George Zimmerman. Myself, my wife, family members and friends know that that is George Zimmerman. …

    “He sounded like he was screaming for his life,” he said. [snip]

    Several witnesses wrote statements for police after the shooting. One wrote that “after I completed the statement, I cried and told him I’ll never forget the cries for help and wish I could have helped.”

    The investigator, however, “told me, ‘If it makes you feel any better, the [cries] for help were not the person that died.‘ ” The same witness told the investigator that it sounded like a boy’s voice screaming.

    Serino said statements made on scene to Officer Tim Smith “were corroborated by several witnesses and led to the possibility of this shooting having been in self-defense.”

    From the report:

    One resident told the investigator that he heard a commotion and “witnessed a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help.” He said the black male was on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches “MMA [mixed martial arts] style.” He then heard a “pop” and saw the black male wearing the hoodie laid out on the grass.

  105. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/trayvon-martin/martin-zimmerman-witness-758903

    A witness told Florida cops that he saw Trayvon Martin straddling George Zimmerman and pummeling the neighborhood watch captain “MMA style” shortly before the unarmed teen was felled by a gunshot to the chest.

    The witness’s account was included in Sanford Police Department reports released today.

    Interviewed by cops about 90 minutes after the shooting, the witness–whose name was redacted from police documents–said that he was inside his home when he heard a “commotion coming from the walk way” behind his residence.

    The man recalled seeing “a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help.” The black male, he added, “was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style.’”

    The witness–who was in his living room and about 30 feet away from the confrontation– said he called out to the two men that he was dialing 911. “He then heard a ‘pop,’” police reported, and saw the black male “laid out on the grass.”

    Zimmerman is pictured above in photos taken by police shortly after the February 26 shooting.

    The police reports also include observations from two Sanford cops regarding Zimmerman’s physical appearance following the shooting. Officer Timothy Smith reported that Zimmerman was “bleeding from the nose and back of his head,” while Officer Jonathan Mead noted that he “appeared to have a broken and bloody nose and swelling of his face.”

    Investigators also reported receiving medical reports from Altamonte Medical Practice “identifying the injuries sustained by Zimmerman on the evening of 2/26/2012.” The records indicated that he suffered an “open wound of scalp” and “Nasal bones, closed fracture.”

  106. http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/05/evidence-and-ultimately-avoidable-legal-irrelevancy-released-in-trayvon-martin-case/

    It’s legally irrelevant that the encounter could have been avoided if Zimmerman stayed in his car. The Stand Your Ground law talks about initiating physical contact in a very specific way (emphasis mine): [snip]

    Getting out of the car, in itself, is not provoking the use of force. The prosecution would have to show Zimmerman started the fight, not merely that he was in a place he has a right to be.

    Even so, Zimmerman would have had legal protection even if he initiated contact if the counter-force were deadly or threatened serious bodily harm and there was no way to escape. There would be a fact issue if, as some reports say, Zimmerman were on the ground being beaten.

    These nuances will be lost in the media blitz, and you will hear how Zimmerman must be guilty because he got out of the car.

    Again the caution, we know some more facts, but not all the facts.

  107. Thanks ACroixTheSea for traveling to the DailyKooks swamp to inform us.

    That comment with the Wayback Machine’s entry from the archives demonstrates that this was not a one time “mistake”.

  108. Trayvon’s autopsy showed that he died of a shot to the heart and that the gun was so close, it had left gunpowder burns on his skin.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement firearms expert Amy Siewert examined Trayvon’s gray sweat shirt and gray hoodie for powder burns and wrote that she found them on both garments, prompting her to conclude that the muzzle of the gun was touching them when Zimmerman pulled the trigger.

    ==================

    So what about Martin’s blood? Was any found on Z’s clothing, or did M’s clothing absorb it all? Or was M no longer on top of Z when M’s bleeding occurred?

  109. I have to say there’s little tee vee nooze about POTUS these days. Nonetheless it appears plenty from Rev. Wright to this guy are ready to spill their guts:
    Obama’s bin Laden leaks angered military
    When they published their revealing book last August about the nation’s fight against terrorism, the authors, two New York Times national security reporters, immediately felt heat from the Pentagon for dishing too much operational info about the killing of Osama bin Laden. “I was stopped by a very senior officer in the special operations community who basically wanted to rip my lungs out,” said Thom Shanker, who co-authored “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” with Eric Schmitt.
    But, he revealed at a counter terrorism expo this week, the info came directly and officially from the White House, not some garbage can digging operation. “I said to him, ‘Sir, that information came officially to us from the podium at the White House,’” Shanker said….
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets/2012/05/obamas-bin-laden-leaks-angered-military/622606

  110. So looks like the lit agency pamphlet flare up deflated suddenly. Let us go back to: ‘It is the economy and we’re not stupid.’

  111. Water spurt!

    (Quote) Someone make a bumper sticker:

    “Kenya guess where I was born?”

    Yephora says:
    2012/05/17 at 4:51 pm

  112. pm317
    May 18th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    It’s another link in a chain which will yank the POS offstage in November.

  113. Miriam Goderich, who helped edit a 1991 booklet for Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which erroneously stated that Obama had been born in Kenya, has issued a press release–first reported by her own client at Political Wire:

    Political Wire is run by Taegan Goddard, a client of Goderich’s agency, Dystel & Goderich.

    From Breitbart.

  114. May 17, 2012
    Hard to believe Obama didn’t approve literary agent listing him as born in Kenya
    Rosslyn Smith
    It is going to be hard for the media to argue this was some inadvertent error as almost all the big names there have literary agents and know the unwritten rule that an author controls what gets said about the author.

    It should be noted that many of the talking heads on cable TV have have authored books and therefore presumably have literary agents. Thus they are familiar with practices in the industry. I suspect their experience mirrors that of PJ Media founder Roger L. Simon.
    … as the author of 11 books, I can say that in EVERY instance that I have been published, I have seen such material in advance. It could be that Obama is the exception, but that is highly unlikely.

    It’s always been my understanding the author controls what is said about the author’s background by the literary agent, the editor and the publisher. That certainly was my experience both when I worked for a professional magazine and when I’ve written articles in professional and general interest publications. We might advise that some aspect of their background be highlighted over another but everything got double checked with the author.

    Since the blurb that appeared in the 1991 promotional booklet by literary agents Acton & Dystel appears to contain information about Obama’s place of birth that he presumably never got to see I think both his supporters and detractors can agree: Obama must be considered sui generis among authors of memoirs, law school professors and presidents. If Bill Clinton was first in his class when it came to his relationship with the truth, Obama is a class all of his own.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/hard_to_believe_obama_didnt_approve_literary_agent_listing_him_as_born_in_kenya.html

  115. BO’s days are numbered when Zimmerman gets off there will be riots in the streets and people will see that the race card was played, that along with the supreme courts ruling on his health care plan coming shortly, this summer is going to be rough.

  116. I’m going to be president of the United States’

    Meanwhile, Allen Hulton, a retired Chicago-area mailman, has come forward with his first-person recollection of a clean-cut young man he identified as Obama who approached him and told him he was going to be president.

    Hulton delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the late 1980s and early 1990s and claims to have met Obama in front of the Ayers home.

    He has given a sworn affidavit to investigators commissioned by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio to determine whether Obama is eligible for Arizona’s 2012 election ballot. Hulton has recorded about three hours of video interviews with WND.
    ******************************************************

    About a year after discussing with Mary Ayers the foreign student she and her husband were supporting, Hulton recalls meeting a young black male on the sidewalk in front of the Ayers home.

    Hulton describes the man as being in his early 20s, noting that he was tall, thin, had a light complexion and that his ears stuck out.

    “He greeted me,” Hulton says. “He was very polite, dressed nicely, but informally – slacks and a dress shirt – and he spoke with no accent. Immediately this young black man entered into conversation with me. He told me he had taken the train out from Chicago and had come to thank the Ayers family personally for having helped him with his education.”

    Hulton remembers asking the young man what his plans were for the future.

    “He looked right at me and told me he was going to be president of the United States,” Hulton says.

    “There was a little bit of a grin on his face when he said it – he sounded sure of himself, but not arrogant. I know how people will say things because they have an ambition, but it did not come across that way,” Hulton says. “It came across as if this young black male was telling me he was going to be president, almost as if it were the statement of a scientific fact that had already been determined, as if his being president had been already pre-arranged.”

    There also was an internal bulletin from the Kenyan National Security Intelligence Service, or NSIS, that states that the Kenyan government in 2009 commissioned a cultural museum in the Obama home village of Kogelo to honor the “birthplace of President Barack Obama” and rededicate the tomb of his father, Barack Obama Sr.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/arpaio-reacts-to-latest-obama-kenya-connection/?cat_orig=politics

  117. jms
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Have you ever seen a building implosion?

    If you ever get the chance, by all means go see one in person. It’s quite spectacular and thrilling. Here’s what happens.

    First you hear what sound like a string of very loud firecrackers. If you look carefully, you might see a few flashes of light from inside the building.

    But nothing happens.

    More loud bangs.

    Still nothing.

    Then the noise stops entirely. At this point, the building is destroyed, but it doesn’t know it yet. Everything seems normal. Then the walls of the building start to melt into dust. You hear a rumble. The entire building starts to sink into the ground. The rumble turns into a roar. As the collapse completes, you no longer see the building. All you see is an enormous cloud of dust. Inside the cloud of dust, the remnants of the building are pounding on themselves, reducing the broken pieces into dust, broken bricks and twisted metal. When the dust cloud clears away, all that is left is a pile of powder, ready for the trucks to haul it away.

    All these little news stories we’re hearing today. The War on Women, gay marriage, Sarah Palin oral sex jokes told by the President. Each one of those is one of those bangs you hear at the beginning, blowing away the internal support structure of the Democratic party. Like the building, the Democratic Party still stands fast.

    As if nothing is happening.

    As if everything is normal.

    But eventually the bangs stop, and gravity takes over.

    November.
    This is too good not to share everywhere.I hope I have your permission to do so and recommend others do the same. 🙂

  118. pm317
    May 18th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    So looks like the lit agency pamphlet flare up deflated suddenly. Let us go back to: ‘It is the economy and we’re not stupid.’
    I agree stay focused Mitt.

    🙂

  119. pm317 and foxyladi – maybe not so deflated as you think. Breitbart has a habit of releasing info, waiting for it to be poo-pooed and “rebutted”, then releasing MORE info that blows away the rebut. It has been their pattern all along. They often don’t show everything in their hand from the start – there is usually more.

    An aspiring author who was a client of the literary firm at the same time as Obama says that policy was to submit your own bio:

    All material she used in our proposals came directly from me and my writing partner. She edited our rough-draft proposals and gave us feedback, but the final versions were all ours. Our final versions, bio included, were then simply photo-copied, by us, and distributed to potential publishers. This was back in the pre-Google days, recall.

    I was asked to write the bio in the third person.

    Also, the firm’s website even today, in laying out guidelines, specifies that bios are submitted by the authors.

    I find it interesting that in her statement re: her “fact-checking error”, she never says who gave her the erroneous info that she failed to check. If Obama submitted that bio, then she is technically truthful to say it wasn’t fact-checked properly. Probably because one would assume the author himself knew where he was born.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/18/dystel-biography-submission-guidelines-obama-kenya-fact-checking-error

  120. H4T, agree. Nobody on the publishing side writes bio for someone else and that to without verification. It is just not done. It was not some obscure pamphlet either, as is noted because of the other people in it. This revelation will hurt Obama no question but not enough to make him withdraw from the race. Curious question is how this escaped the scrub?

  121. While I agree with those who say Mitt should focus on the economy and jobs, I think a twofold (or three or four) attack is helpful.

    But it matters who does what part. MITT and the official campaign needs to stay above the fray and keep talking about jobs. Romney should condemn anything controversial, and be all about being the adult in the room. OTHERS – like tweeps, pacs, and various bloggers, need to hit the Rev. Wright and Kenya birth lie and Ayers and other stuff.

    Those are the Obama rules. He stays above it all, talking about being civil and serious, while his media and other lapdogs like DailyKooks and ThinkProgress do the incendiary dirty stuff. It’s a winning formula that Dems have been using, like, forever. It’s not that you can’t touch the slimy stuff, it’s that it matters WHO does it. Surrogates can, politicians themselves can’t.

    Do I LIKE the fact that that’s the reality of our political environment? Nope. But it is what it is. Fight dirty by THEIR rules.

  122. Did Obama admit in 2004 that he was born in Kenya?

    See this report.

    How so? Because in a syndicated report, published Sunday, June 27, 2004, by the Kenyan Standard Times, and which was, as of this report, available at
    http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm
    The AP reporter stated the following:
    Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.
    This report explains the context of the oft cited debate, between Obama and Keyes in the following Fall, in which Keyes faulted Obama for not being a “natural born citizen”, and in which Obama, by his quick retort, “So what? I am running for Illinois Senator, not the presidency”, self-admitted that he was not eligible for the office. Seeing that an AP reporter is too professional to submit a story which was not based on confirmed sources (ostensibly the Obama campaign in this case), the inference seems inescapable: Obama himself was putting out in 2004, that he was born in Kenya.

  123. Within hours, Miriam Goderich claimed responsibility for the “erroneous statement” in Obama’s bio (printed in 1991 by Acton & Dystel, Inc). But did she ever work at Acton & Dystel, Inc.? Furhermore, (as mentioned in an earlier post), the time line concerning when she worked at Jane Dystel Lit Management and when she became a partner in that agency doesn’t add up.

    According to two websites, she become a partner either in 1995 or in 2003 (when the agency formerly changed its name to Dystel & Goderich Literary Mangagment). If the former date, than she might have been involved in the editing of Obama’s bio — but this would mean she was employed as early as 1989 at Acton & Dystel, Inc. The problem is, she claims to have gone straight from grad school to work at Jane Dystel Lit Management — which was founded in 1994! Nowhere is Acton & Dystel, Inc mentioned as her employer.

    Bios for Jane Dystel and Miriam Goderich:

    http://www.dystel.com/staff-e-mail

    http://www.netwo.org/conference/bios-07.htm

  124. Within hours, Miriam Goderich claimed responsibility for the “erroneous statement” in Obama’s bio (printed in 1991 by Acton & Dystel, Inc). But did she ever work at Acton & Dystel, Inc.? Furhermore, (as mentioned in an earlier post), the time line concerning when she worked at Jane Dystel Lit Management and when she became a partner in that agency doesn’t add up.

    According to two websites, she become a partner either in 1995 or in 2003 (when the agency formerly changed its name to Dystel & Goderich Literary Mangagment). If the former date, than she might have been involved in the editing of Obama’s bio — but this would mean she was employed as early as 1989 at Acton & Dystel, Inc. The problem is, she claims to have gone straight from grad school to work at Jane Dystel Lit Management — which was founded in 1994! Nowhere is Acton & Dystel, Inc mentioned as her employer.

    Bios for Jane Dystel and Miriam Goderich:

    http://www.dystel.com/staff-e-mail

    http://www.netwo.org/conference/bios-07.htm

  125. LMAO! This is a good ad for coal country. My favorite part is the before and after Obama website:


  126. Of course Breitbart has more proof.

    Spot on, H4T.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/18/dystel-biography-submission-guidelines-obama-kenya-fact-checking-error

    A ‘Fact Checking Error’? Dystel & Goderich Ask Writers to Submit Their Own Bios

    ________________________________________

    by Steve Boman

    Submission guidelines at the Dystel & Goderich website (original emphasis): “[Y]ou should describe in two or three sentences—no more—what the book will be about. This is followed by another brief paragraph on why it is being written and then another on why you are qualified to write it….Finally, there should be a more formal narrative Bio of the author.”
    ***
    Back in the mid-1990s, I lived in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. My wife was a medical student at the University of Chicago and I worked as a newspaper reporter.
    I didn’t know it, but also living in Hyde Park a few blocks away was a fellow just a couple years older than me named Barack Obama. At the time, he was a part-time lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, and I’m sure that at one time or another we crossed paths. I had no idea who he was, and unless he was a regular reader of the Chicago Daily Southtown, I’m pretty certain he had no idea who I was.

    During that time, another reporter and I decided we wanted to write a non-fiction book about aging super-jocks–men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s who could still sprint or do an Ironman or play baseball.

    So we searched long and hard for a literary agent, and finally we found one who liked our material. Her name was Jane Dystel, and she worked in New York City.
    A few years earlier, Jane Dystel had agreed to rep another client: my neighbor, Barack Obama!

    All these years later, my former neighbor is President of the United States, and I’m reading a kerfuffle about how Dystel’s agency promoted Obama as being born in Kenya. The kind people at Breitbart News asked me to write a bit about what it was like writing material for Jane Dystel and how she worked.
    *************************************************************
    I can speak of what she was like to work with and how she generated material. In my dealings with Dystel, I found her exceptionally thorough and very professional. She had a template she wanted non-fiction writers to follow, and my writing partner and I followed her template closely. She was rather fastidious, going so far as to mail a personal “Season’s Greetings” card in December.

    All material she used in our proposals came directly from me and my writing partner. She edited our rough-draft proposals and gave us feedback, but the final versions were all ours. Our final versions, bio included, were then simply photo-copied, by us, and distributed to potential publishers. This was back in the pre-Google days, recall.
    I was asked to write the bio in the third person.

  127. Glad there’s a transcript available of Hannity’s interview with Klein about what Wright said about BO.

    HANNITY: Yes. Interesting. All right. Now, you did ask, because this issue comes up about when he became a Christian. He tells a story and — for my father about how we found the black value system and he was reading it and he was fortified by tapes of Reverend Wright. I mean, very familiar with Reverend Wright.

    KLEIN: Yes.

    HANNITY: And you asked about the issue. He did also talk in one of his books about, you know, how he did study the Koran and et cetera and that prayer at sunset was one of the most beautiful things in the world. But when he was a kid and you asked Wright if he thought that Barack Obama at some point was a Muslim and this is the answer of Reverend Wright.

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    KLEIN: Do you think he ever thought of himself as Muslim?
    WRIGHT: Yes.
    KLEIN: No.

    WRIGHT: Yes. It’s like. I am sure he got some grief not politicizing grief, but some grief from that part of his family. And I say that based on my wide range of Muslim friends.
    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    HANNITY: What do you think of that?

    KLEIN: Well, I was very interested in another part of that, as well, which is, when I asked the Reverend Wright about this whole question of Islam and Christianity. He said, well, you know, Barack Obama was steeped in Islam. He knew a lot about Islam from his childhood. But he knew very little about Christianity. And I made it easy for him to feel not guilty about learning about Christianity without turning his back on his Islamic friends?

    HANNITY: What does that mean?
    KLEIN: So then I said to him, well, did you convert him from —
    HANNITY: You did ask him that. I remember.
    KLEIN: Yes. I said, did you convert him? He said, it’s hard to tell.

    HANNITY: Interesting. Because, you know, anyone that ever — you know brought up the fact, he did say in his book that he studied the Koran. OK. He studied the Koran.

    KLEIN: All right.

    HANNITY: He didn’t say he was a Muslim. He did say the prayer at sunset was beautiful. He doesn’t say he was a Muslim. But if you bring it up — the right wing is trying to say, you know. But, all right, I have one last question for you.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/rev-jeremiah-wright/2012/05/18/jeremiah-wright-obamas-faith-and-perhaps-being-steeped-islam

  128. Since last night and earlier today, ABC has taken a sharp turn toward favoring Zimmerman’s account:
    Cops, Witnesses Back Up George Zimmerman’s Version – ABC News
    Zimmerman claims he got out of his vehicle to find a house number to let police know where he saw the allegedly suspicious person, and while returning to his car was knocked down by a punch in the nose and attacked by Martin.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/cops-witnesses-back-george-zimmermans-version/story?id=16371852

  129. This is an ABC site. And yet nearly all 540+ comments are in the this-has-jumped-the-shark group.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/born-kenya-obamas-literary-agent-misidentified-birthplace-1991/comments?type=story&id=16372566#.T7XV5dmIinR

    We all know something big is going on. NATO meets this weekend in Chicago. The foreign press, or at least the UK press, has been covering this story. How does POTUS go meet with world leaders with all the accumulating proof of fraud hanging over his head? WTF is going on? Fighter jets spotted over Chicago yesterday. Reports drones will be on patrol.

    Is this doc dump a smoke screen for something else? Why hasn’t MSM mentioned it except to “Laugh” about how the birther source has finally been revealed in the lit agents’ “erroneously fact-checked” bio blurb from 1991..

    I feel really spooked today. Plus there’s the full sun-moon eclipse on Sunday – next one of this type will be in two decades.

  130. holdthemaccountable,

    Why accounts for ABC’s change of heart? And check the comments on the lit biogate story.

  131. basil – It has to do with their willingness to publish the reason Zimmerman got out of his truck. I heard tell of that reason early on with the OrlandoSentinal interview of Z’s father just after the story broke. But most accounts never mention that.

    To be fair, I guess there is a police statement which has been released and says “The incident was avoidable”. Everyone from Martin’s father to his lawyer to the usual evening news cronies to WPIX spread that far and wide. WPIX had it on this morning’s crawl. BTW I’m probably done mentioning WPIX. It used to lean my way. Regret to note a recent change in content, tilt toward the left and toward the color black. Probably no longer a good source for those such as we.

    Your suggestion to comb through comments is a good one, a habit I should cultivate; but today is not a good day for that. BBL

  132. “It is going to be hard for the media to argue this was some inadvertent error as almost all the big names there have literary agents and know the unwritten rule that an author controls what gets said about the author.”

    That statement gets to the heart of the mater,for me. This revelation reaches into all aspects of publishing, writing, news-gathering, journalism, academia – EVERYONE media-related is implicated. Maybe that’s why there’s such a deafening silence from LSM. Dystel is a prominent LA. There are few left in publishing. For them to so obviously be blackmailed into changing their 16 y-o- bio blurb and THEN be forced to put out a statement yesterday that it was a fact-checking error must have EVERYONE in media occupations quaking in their boots.

    This IS 1984 – the rewriting of truth – the revision of history and for what? One skinny not-too-bright narcissist with big ears, purple lips and an ego so big the entire universe can’t hold it?

    Like I said before – this makes me very nervous.

  133. Let’s do some pink vetting.

    The Dystel agency blurb says Bo worked as a “financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation.”

    He also served as “project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group.”

    This should not be too hard to track down, if it’s true.

  134. TexasDarlin
    May 16th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Excellent overview, Admin! Thank you for all your work.

    Re. the new FOX poll today showing Obama with a 7-point lead over Romney, Dick Morris rebutted that poll on O’Reilly tonight. He said it’s just wrong. Morris recently did a nationwide poll of 6,000 LIKELY VOTERS and the results were Romney 52, Obama 42. Morris said his poll of likely voters in MICHIGAN showed Romney two points over Obama!

    I wonder what you think about Riverdaughter’s belief that there could be an intervention before the convention….

    Good to see you TD.
    and yes I agree with RD.I said all along a deal was made in 08.Just waiting for the explosion.

  135. No doubt, stealing small stuff and money is meant to make it look like a common burglary. Wonder what they really went for?
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    Probably information to use as blackmail or elections

  136. ROTFL!

    ADMIN, please embed. Great Moments in Presidential History, starring The Once. LOVE the Masterpiece Theater theme music.


  137. Did you know you’ve accumulated nearly $13G in debt just since March of 2011?

    The Census Bureau estimates there are about 117,538,000 households in the United States. The per household increase in the federal debt since Congress enacted its March 4, 2011 spending deal has been approximately $12,984.

  138. Johnson NAILS the issue, especially P’s 6 and 7.

    Barack Obama, Born in Kenya for 16 Years

    By Larry Johnson on May 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM in Current Affairs

    This is not my opinion. This is a fact from Barack Obama. From 1991 thru most of 2007, he told the public that he was “born in Kenya.” His PR flacks want you to believe that they made a simple mistake, like me typing “Hawaii” when I meant to type “Kenya.” But that is complete, utter bullshit. When I learned I made a mistake I corrected it immediately. Barack Obama deliberately and purposefully promoted the myth that he was born in Kenya. We don’t have a single instance of him prior to 2007 insisting that he was born in Hawaii rather than Kenya. NOT ONE TIME!!

    The “why” is quite simple–he wanted to persuade the lefties in Chicago politics that they had a genuine, black African ready to run for office. You can’t get more authentic than that. It’s like a white person trying to convince others that she is a Cheerokee Injun. Frankly, I’m stunned that most of this did not come out in 2008. It is outrageous. Barack Obama lied his half-white ass off. Black like him? Fuck him and his lies.
    As I noted in this morning’s post, the lie started in earnest in 1991 when he allowed his publicist to put out the claim:

    Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.

    Do you really understand how stunning this is?

    If you have ever appeared as a pundit on television, written an op-ed for the New York Times or written a book (or thought about writing a book), you are keenly interested in what people saying and writing about you. When someone like Acton & Dystel put out a book with your bio prominently displayed you can bet your half-white ass that you get copies of that book and spread it around to family and friends.

    Barack Obama and his team think you are a fucking moron. They think they can tell you, “OOPS, it was a simple editorial error.” Well, that steaming turd might float in a bowl of sand, but not here. That mistake was not a one time thing. It was not a one week or one month event. It lasted 16 years.

    In 1998, seven years later (and with an updated blurb no less) Obama was still “born in Kenya.”
    Much more.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/67699/barack-obama-born-in-kenya-for-16-years/#more-67699

  139. Once is a mistake. Five times is a goddamned pattern of behavior. The question needs to be asked over and over, “WHY DID BARACK OBAMA CLAIM FOR SIXTEEN YEARS THAT HE WAS BORN IN KENYA?”

    Why? I’m waiting till hell freezes over.

    (LJ referring to BO’s promoting his Kenyan birthplace through his LA in 1991, 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2008.)

  140. More instances of BO cited as a Kenyan including a Honolulu paper and an AP account.

    In a syndicated report, published Sunday, June 27, 2004, by the Kenyan Standard Times, and which was, as of this report, available at

    http://web.archive.org/web/20

    The AP reporter stated the following:

    Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.

    This report explains the context of the oft cited debate, between Obama and Keyes in the following Fall, in which Keyes faulted Obama for not being a natural born citizen, and in which Obama, by his quick retort, So what? I am running for Illinois Senator, not the presidency, self-admitted that he was not eligible for the office. Seeing that an AP reporter is too professional to submit a story which was not based on confirmed sources (ostensibly the Obama campaign in this case), the inference seems inescapable: Obama himself was putting out in 2004 that he was born in Kenya.

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    It should be noted that on January 8, 2006, the Honolulu Advertiser also reported that Barack Hussein Obama was born outside the United States.

    http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/politics-government/group-3/general-discussion/forum-26/obama-the-indonesian-when-confronted-so-what-i-am-running-for-illinois-senator/discussion-282415/

  141. BASIL99
    Always find your posts enlightening. Sadly while I await a real estate transfer I am using clear as my internet provider not paying for anything til I have the deed. Cannot access this site when using it so I can only read sporadically, which I do every chance I get. Hope you continue to scroll on by the posters who seem hell bent on getting a rise out of anyone it can.

  142. Hi Henry! I was wondering how you were. Thanks for the kind words and BOL in your real estate transfer whatever that is.

    Agree, scroll button = good.

    😀

  143. H4T,

    Update: Trinko reported that Warren’s book came out in 2006 and the book she allegedly plagiarized from came out in 2005. That’s true — of the paperback version of Warren’s book. According to Amazon, though, the hardcover came out on March 1, 2005 — seven months before the book she supposedly plagiarized from. Assuming those dates are right, it’s her writing that was lifted by someone else, not vice versa. Sorry to Warren and our readers for passing along apparently bad info, and good work by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski to catch this.

    Update: And here’s Trinko’s correction.

    I’m no Warren fan but I am for the facts. Looks like she’s not guilty as charged on this issue, at least. No worries, though She’s still got plenty of ‘splaining to do.

  144. Okay, the left has lost their fucking minds. HuffPo has this up as an example of……wait for it…..wait for it…..

    A negative ad. Yep, this here ad is some nasty, horrible negative campaigning against the Holy Plastic Jesus. The comments are a sewer of how terrible it is that the ad actually…. (let me swallow hard before I reveal the depraved depths of the R perfidy)…. mentions Obama by name. Have you ever seen such nasty negativity??? Take a look, you’ll be shocked:


  145. Just got back, haven’t checked this out.


    Looks like Elizabeth Warren plagiarized more than just cookbook recipes. She also plagiarized passages in her book.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/300502/plagiarism-2006-book-co-authored-elizabeth-warren-katrina-trinko#

    ———

    Update: Trinko reported that Warren’s book came out in 2006 and the book she allegedly plagiarized from came out in 2005. That’s true — of the paperback version of Warren’s book. According to Amazon, though, the hardcover came out on March 1, 2005 — seven months before the book she supposedly plagiarized from. Assuming those dates are right, it’s her writing that was lifted by someone else, not vice versa. Sorry to Warren and our readers for passing along apparently bad info, and good work by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski to catch this.

    Update: And here’s Trinko’s correction.

    I’m no Warren fan but I am for the facts. Looks like she’s not guilty as charged on this issue, at least.

    If National Review used sloppy fact-checking, easily debunked, for this libel against Warren — the Rightwing must be really scared of her.

  146. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/05/21/120521fa_fact_toobin?currentPage=all

    Citizens United is a distinctive product of the Roberts Court. The decision followed a lengthy and bitter behind-the-scenes struggle among the Justices that produced both secret unpublished opinions and a rare reargument of a case. The case, too, reflects the aggressive conservative judicial activism of the Roberts Court. It was once liberals who were associated with using the courts to overturn the work of the democratically elected branches of government, but the current Court has matched contempt for Congress with a disdain for many of the Court’s own precedents.

  147. “No More Tears” also known as “Enough is Enough”
    A tremendous gift to the world passed away this week and for whatever reasons the media does not acknowledge the huge effect this woman had on society and music.
    Enough is enough and I want him out that door now(no more tears)
    I grew up listening to Donna Summer and I don’t ever remember thinking of her as anything but a kick ass talent. I still have the vinyl double album(remember them) with her sitting on a jukebox. I have 45’s that require a plastic thingy(anyone know the name of those things) in the middle to play on my “stereo” which did have an 8 track player.


  148. I have to say I am saddened by the media’s ignoring of the death of Donna Summer. Whitney Houston’s self induced demise was ubiquitous. She never wrote a thing. Hot Stuff, Last Dance and Bad Girls can all be interpreted as pro”feminist”
    I am 45 and the queen of disco was a wondrous part of my life. Doubt anyone can bake that cake again

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaZim6ybvdA

  149. henry: I am saddened by the media’s ignoring of the death of Donna Summer.
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    I’m definitely not playing my “A” game these last several days, so my observations may be off, but I think the infatuation with Trayvon coverage has once again eclipsed normal people’s interests.
    Surely the media is as out of touch with real people as DC is.

    There are things such as a letter Boehner others which I find of great interest. It was sent to urge Obama to push Holder for Fast and Furious documents. Ho Hum. Obama’s budget being voted down 99 – 0 in the Senate again.Ho Hum Even down to the very minute yet pathetic. Despite the fact that closure of Scranton’s USPS mail sorting facility was announced many weeks ago, @SenBobCasey tweeted within the past 7 days that he’d been there giving a speech not to close it. I tweeted back “Great idea. Too late” It only took a few more days for tee vee to announce Scranton and WilkesBarre facilities to be absorbed by Lehigh Valley.
    Thursday night on our smallest area tee vee station the anchor read YES READ a press release from Casey. He was requesting that 30 jobs at the local Army Depot be kept there rather than being transferred far away as had already been announced. His stated reason for the request was: we need jobs here.
    Then he and Schumer co-sponsored what had to be a hastily-written bill prohibiting the new FB billionaires from denouncing citizenship. Schumer talked and Bob sat in a big over-stuffed chair beside him. He has got to be the worst of the worst. The alternative in PA is @TomSmithForPA who has money, but I think it is self-made. Bob is trying to get as far as that Casey last name will take him.

    I am sorry for the loss you feel over Donna Summer’s passing. Having it coupled with disrespectful coverage makes it only that much worse.

  150. I watched Hannity and some talking heads from their
    “THE FIVE” Pit where Dana Perino is cute and smart but talks so fast that shr gets very confused at times and”El Gordo Beckel”is perhaps the most rude and “Mush Mouth” out in the public for his ever loving BO.
    This election is all for Hillary if she decides to let herself be drafted. BO fooled us once but if he does it twice the “STASHSEEKERS” WIN. I will be long gone knowing that in my entire life I have never taken politicians words seriously until the Clintons made me see the light of real patriotism and to this day there never has been apenny in my pocket that I did not earn.No unemployment and welfare checks or food stamps.I am guilty of my only pay-of Four years service WWII Battle of “THE BULGE Decorated and it really felt good to give back
    I must thank the Black truck drivers that were called “THE RED BALL EXPRESS”who formed miles of 6×6 GMC trucks like an ant train from the ports of France right up to the front lines around the clock.
    They shared ther K-Rations and humor then turned around with their return loads of mt gas drums and sadly the many bodies of our dead buddies.
    Now a message to BENITO HUssein Obama.A song title that I have always liked “NO NO YOU CAN’t TAKE THAT
    AWAY FROM ME”
    ORDERS of THE DAY: IMPEACh BO.

    DRAFT HILLARY

  151. Good article up by Mark Stein on Obama and his “Kenyan birth”. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing:

    Barack Obama refined his own identity with a finesse Harvard Law’s first cigar-store Indian lacked. In 1984, when “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee” was cooking up a storm, the young Obama was still trying to figure out his name: He’d been “Barry” up till then. According to his recently discovered New York girlfriend, back when she dated him he was “BAR-ack,” emphasis on the first syllable, as in barracks, which is how his dad was known back in Kenya. Later in the Eighties, he decided “BAR-ack” was too British, and modified it to “Ba-RACK.” Some years ago, on Fox News, Bob Beckel criticized me for mispronouncing Barack Obama’s name. My mistake. All I did was say it the way they’ve always said it back in Kenya. But Obama himself didn’t finally decide what his name was or how to say it until he was pushing 30. In the shifting sands of identity, he picked his crabs carefully.

    “I suppose he’d had the name ready for a long time, even then,” says Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. . . . So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.”

    In a postmodern America, the things that Gatsby attempted to fake — an elite schooling — Obama actually had; the things that Gatsby attempted to obscure — the impoverished roots — merely add to Obama’s luster. Gatsby claimed to have gone to Oxford, but nobody knew him there because he never went; Obama had a million bucks’ worth of elite education at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard Law, and still nobody knew him (“Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him”). In that sense, Obama out-Gatsbys Gatsby: His “shiftless and unsuccessful” relatives — the deportation-dodging aunt on public housing in Boston, the DWI undocumented uncle, the $12-a-year brother back in Nairobi — are useful props in his story, the ever more vivid bit-players as the central character swims ever more out of focus, but they don’t seem to know him either. The more autobiographies he writes, the less anybody knows. Like Gatsby presiding over his wild, lavish parties, Obama is aloof and remote: Let everyone else rave deliriously; he just has to be. He is in his way the apotheosis of the Age of American Incredibility. When just being who you are anyway is an incredible accomplishment, Obama managed to run and win on biography almost entirely unmoored from life. But then, like Gatsby, he knew a thing or two about “the unreality of reality.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/300468/great-barry-mark-steyn

  152. Jay Cost on the North Carolina mistake:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/charlotte-was-bad-choice_645146.html

    In a report called, “Messina dismisses doubts about Obama chances of winning North Carolina,” the Hill has this to say about Obama campaign manager Jim Messina: [snip]

    I don’t buy this spin. It was a mistake.

    For starters, you win the presidency with 270 electoral votes. If you rank Obama’s 2008 statewide victories from biggest to smallest, and take into account the changes to the Electoral College because of the latest census, North Carolina provided the 344th electoral vote for Obama–meaning, it was just gravy. The state that put him over the top was actually Colorado, and Iowa was a close second in that regard.

    So if he was looking to hold a minimum of 270 electoral votes by using 2008 results as his baseline, either of those two states would have been better than North Carolina. In fact, any other state that he won in 2008 would have been better. His margin in North Carolina was just 0.32 percent, smaller than his margin of victory even in Indiana, smaller even than his margin of victory in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.

    Worse, putting the convention in Charlotte frustrates multiple clients of the Democratic party. The gay marriage ballot initiative in North Carolina is only one such example, which obviously aggravates high-profile gay donors to Obama-Biden. But also problematic is that North Carolina is a right to work state and the unions are having a hard time swallowing that one.

    So, Charlotte was a mistake — at least insofar as these things matter. He should have held it in Denver or maybe Des Moines. Even Omaha, Nebraska would have been a better location than Charlotte!

    If the Obama campaign knew what it was doing the convention would have been in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

  153. I love Steyn. i especially like his comparison between BO and Gatsby.

    “I suppose he’d had the name ready for a long time, even then,” says Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. . . . So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.”

  154. The Obama Campaign, are we still talking about that dream team that seemed perfect (according to the media) (Of course they are when you hid every questionable thing about him, and bring him along so fast he learned nothing except neighborhood organizer, and it is questionable he even learned that), who now seem to do nothing but step in SHIX.

    There was no dream team, only the perception of one which was created. I understand HRC quitting. Even though she won, she lost. Amazing that happened in a Democracy. However, if it happens twice it will be a disaster.

  155. Castellanos usually gets on my last nerve but this is a pretty good read.

    Obama falls to earth as just a politician

    There is a good chance the Obama campaign is about to disintegrate, if only briefly. Obama is about to walk through “the valley of death,” where candidates lose their way and are tested on an arid march. In this familiar story, the campaign that could do no wrong can do no right: Pundits who have predicted an Obama victory reverse course and insist Romney is a sure bet.

    Republicans should restrain their exuberance. The race will certainly tighten again if this president fixes a fundamental and possibly fatal political mistake:
    Obama is asking America to be a polarized, angry country, where we are at war with each other, tearing at our own throats. Romney is asking us to be a country at peace with itself.

    Unless Obama changes course, he will not make it through the valley. This is a race Romney wins.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/opinion/castellanos-obama-campaign/index.html

  156. admin, please embed.


    American Crossroads ad with the theme music from Masterpiece Theater. Funny.

  157. Even though she won, she lost. Amazing that happened in a Democracy. However, if it happens twice it will be a disaster.

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    It already happened twice. The 2008 primary was the second time. The first time was when Gore won the popular vote and the electoral college vote but the Bush SC threw out the votes.

    Well, actually, it’s probably happened quite a few times in the last 200 years here, and elsewhere.

  158. Even though she won, she lost. Amazing that happened in a Democracy. However, if it happens twice it will be a disaster.

    =====================

    It already happened twice. The 2008 primary was the second time. The first time was when Gore won the popular vote and the electoral college vote but the Bush SC threw out the votes.

    Well, actually, it’s probably happened quite a few times in the last 200 years here, and elsewhere.

  159. It’s been said that the downfall of a con man comes when the people he has been telling different stories to, get together and compare the stories.

    So here’s young Obama saying he will grow up to be President (and at Ayers’ party?). But telling readers that he was born in Kenya.

    (Actually I suspect an error — it was Barak Senior who was born in Kenya — which Barak Jr didn’t bother to proofread.)

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