” …. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car or paying my mortgage …. If I help them, they’ll help me ….”
The audacity of hype ….. God help us.
” …. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car or paying my mortgage …. If I help them, they’ll help me ….”
The audacity of hype ….. God help us.
** Credit card fraud enabled by campaign “omission” allows anonymous and criminal donations:
Remember the 137,000 foreign donations that were converted to U. S. dollars?
Remember the ridiculous names that appeared on the Obama donor list?
Remember the contributions which exceeded the $2,300 limit?
Remember the number of stolen credit cards which contained a donation to Obama which were NOT made by the credit card owner? Consider that over half — HALF — of Obama’s campaign contributions have been made by credit card donation ….
Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed.
Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited. The Obama organization said its extensive review has ensured that the campaign has refunded any improper contributions, and noted that Federal Election Commission rules do not require front-end screening of donations. In recent weeks, questionable contributions have created headaches for Obama’s accounting team as it has tried to explain why campaign finance filings have included itemized donations from individuals using fake names, such as Es Esh or Doodad Pro. Those revelations prompted conservative bloggers to further test Obama’s finance vetting by giving money using the kind of prepaid cards that can be bought at a drugstore and cannot be traced to a donor.
There is only one reason to deliberately choose to bypass those security processes, and that’s to facilitate fraud. Team Obama claims that they vet the donations after the fact, but that’s hogwash. It costs far more to do that than to screen for security codes and address verification up front, and everyone knows it. Obama counts on the fact that most of the fraud will fly under the radar of its victims, and the only cost they’ll incur is when they have to process refunds after getting a specific complaint.
This is a key, revelatory moment about Obama and his team. They have deliberately chosen to make it easier for people to defraud the public so that they can ring up millions more in a campaign that has already broken records for fundraising. It’s unethical, dishonest, and dangerous — especially since these will be the same people with their hands on tax records if Obama wins this election.
Other critical commentaries are noted here:
Cross-posted at Perish the Thought.
James Lyons’ article, The Hoax, is reprinted here as a continuing review of the hoax that is Barack H. Obama:
The packaging of the Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States, aided and abetted by the drive-by media and major TV networks, have perpetrated a great hoax on the American public. Never before in our history have we had a candidate with such a lack of accomplishments and a lack of transparency into his background and associates.
We can’t see his records from prep school, Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard. What was his thesis? Who paid for his education at Harvard, since there is no record of student loans? There are even questions concerning where he was born. This is a fundamental and critical question. Was he born in Hawaii or Kenya? Did he become an Indonesian citizen? If so, he would have had to give up his U.S. citizenship. Was he then naturalized as a U.S. citizen when he returned to Hawaii from Indonesia? The documentation needs to be made public now. Certainly, security clearance requirements will require that the original documents be produced.
If the backgrounds and record or accomplishments of the two candidates were reversed, you can be assured the message coming out of the major media outlets would be quite different. Past associations matter. If John McCain had a 15-year relationship with the former unrepentant Weather Underground domestic terrorist, Pentagon bomber, flag-stomping radical leftist communist fugitive William Ayers and his accomplice wife Bernadine Dohrn, he would be attacked most critically. His judgment would be trashed.
There is a history of past associations by Barack Obama with black militants and dedicated Marxist leftists that should raise serious concern and should be exposed. If Mr. McCain had worked as a community organizer for the “Industrial Area Foundation,” an organization founded by the Marxist radical agitator Saul Alinsky using his training manual “Rules for Radicals,” he probably could not have got past the primaries. Likewise, his association with Gerald Kellman – an Alinsky disciple – who would have hired him with a $25,000 grant from the Woods Fund, where Mr. Ayers was on the board, would be more fodder for the drive-by media.
Had Mr. McCain been associated with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, he would be condemned as a racist. The same for his association with nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Let’s not forget, Mr. Obama considered Mr. Wright to be his “moral compass” until he became a political liability. There is his association with campaign fund-raiser and “slum lord” convicted felon Tony Rezko. The list of past and continuing questionable associations is too long to be covered here, but while they should be fully and openly vetted to date they have largely been given a pass.
The economy is the No. 1 issue facing the next president along with two ongoing wars. Mr. McCain in 2006 along with other Republican senators sent a letter to the Senate majority leader urging passage of a bill that would have reined in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and possibly reduced the economic crises we are now in. Mr. Obama did not support this effort. In fact, he is one of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from these organizations.
When Mr. McCain tried to introduce the bill again in 2007, it was blocked by Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and his fellow Democrats.
Mr. Obama states he has a plan to fix the economy. He says he will ensure that “economic justice is served.” What this phrase means is code for a socialist agenda for redistribution of wealth following a failed Marxist model of government taxing and spending.
Education is one of the key issues that have been raised to counter inequity in America today. If John McCain’s home base were Chicago and he pontificated on how he would focus on early education and helping poor children so another generation is not left behind, the news media would be quick to point out that Chicago has one of the worst education systems in the country for children.
Money is not the problem. Chicago spends more than $10,000 per student. However, less than one-third of Chicago’s high school juniors meet the statewide standards in tests. Teacher’s salaries are well above the norm and apparently are unaffected by performance.
In 1995, the radical leftist Mr. Ayers selected Barack Obama as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge on “Excellence in Education.” His 1995-2000 tenure proved remarkably unsuccessful. When he can’t fix the school system in his home base, what does he plan for the country?
Mr. Obama’s track record as a united and consensus builder does not exist. His record in the Senate earns him the reputation as the second most liberal senator. His qualifications as commander in chief, when compared to the military credentials and service to our country by Mr. McCain, are nonexistent.
The propaganda that the American public is inundated with today by the drive-by media is the 21st-century version of the 19th-century medicine man whose “snake oil” will cure everything. The American public didn’t buy it then, don’t buy it now.
More to come ….
By now everyone has surely seen Biden’s blow up during an interview with Florida WFTV news anchor Barbara West: (multiple copies have been removed from YouTube — see it while you can!)
Here’s her interview with John McCain today.
Now watch her interview with Bill O’Reilly tonight:
Even though the Obama campaign has refused to “give” Ms. West or her station any further interviews, I hardly think she will be out of a job anytime soon ….. Check out her resume.
Oh. And as expected, libtards and the loonie-left are already attacking Ms. West. Do we expect anything less?
Let’s see ….. Obama’s minions have now gone after anyone who dares to extend anything BUT softball questions and supportive talking points: Hillary Clinton ….. Sarah Palin …. Joe the Plumber …. Barbara West …. next?
First about Colin Powell and
— his questionable expertise (code word: ignorance of Muslim theology) on the (un)likelihood of a practicing Muslim (ever swearing allegiance to the US Constitution to be eligible for) serving as POTUS, and,
— his rejection of Sarah Palin as “inexperienced.”
The cusp of Powell’s definition of a woman’s “experience” may lie (ala, Bill Clinton) in his definition of “is” …..
Take for example “someone” who learned about Powell’s attitude toward “inexperienced” women in Vietnam first hand: This “someone” shared a 2-bedroom hooch with one of Colonel (at that time) Powell’s “experienced” women …. How “experienced” was she? Suffice it to say that she was so “experienced” that after Powell rose through the ranks to Secretary of State, she was sent to Brazil to live a life of luxury ….. Did I mention that this “someone” also has names and pictures?
And I ain’t talkin’ shoe fetish “experienced” here.
Obama’s mistress should be jealous — she was banished, not a life of luxury, but to a job in Martinique.
But I digress.
Am I the only one who remembers that Powell’s contemporary political bed-fellows were once the minions calling him “Uncle Tom” and other racially-toned slurs?
Astute observers of Powell’s career in Vietnam and the Gulf War never seriously considered him a viable candidate for President to begin with — Powell’s abject failure as Secretary Of State is suggested by only the bravest of historians. Allowing him to resign was but a face-saving alternative to his being fired.
Resentments? Powell surely has a few …. But so do those who know the REAL Colin Powell.
Secondly — let’s be more realistic than Powell’s hyperbole RE: Obama’s associations and assumed alliances:
That Obama’s biography touches so frequently on such unsavory organizations as CAIR and the Nation of Islam should give pause. How many of politicians have a single tie to either group, much less seven of them? John McCain charitably calls Obama “a person you do not have to be scared [of] as president of the United States,” but Obama’s multiple links to anti-Americans and subversives mean he would fail the standard security clearance process for Federal employees.
What our mainstream media is not telling us involves Powell’s ludicrous Middle East, pro-Muslim speaking tour and his close affiliation with Saudi prince Bendar, his tennis-playing buddy who gifted him with a new Jaguar.
Surely the distinguished General Powell has not been blinded by the glitter of Saudi gold?
…. on the basis of having seen a picture of a Muslim mother of a Muslim son who had been killed in Iraq, Colin Powell uses his (apparent) prestige to tell the interviewer and all of America, that there is nothing wrong with Islam, nothing wrong with the ideology of Islam, nothing to be concerned about in Sharia supremacism, nothing wrong with the idea of a Muslim president. His irresponsibility astounds.
He once held high office. And though he never demonstrated any particular gifts, he acquired — possibly because there had to be something good about him to focus on — the reputation for “integrity.” Apparently the gift to his wife of a Jaguar from Prince Bandar, his tennis partner, who was recently revealed in Great Britain to have been the recipient of up to $2 billion in kickbacks from a British aerospace company, and who was famous for distributing his largesse to powerful people in Washington, did nothing to modify this reputation for “integrity.” It would be useful to know, by the way, whether Colin Powell has been on the Arab lecture-circuit, the way so many others among our high and mighty have been, picking up, for a single lecture, a hundred thousand, two hundred thousand, even a million dollars (if you are Bill Clinton, or the first George Bush). But palling around with an obvious fixer and influence-peddler who worked on behalf of a sinister ruling family of a most sinister country, Saudi Arabia, befriending him, becoming his tennis-partner, says a lot about Colin Powell’s judgment — none of it good.
But in his offhand remarks In Defense Of Islam — remarks based on his having seen a photograph of a mother mourning her son — demonstrate what is so wrong with so many of our high and mighty, who presume to instruct and protect us. What does that photograph tell us? It tells us nothing at all about what Islam inculcates. Unless Colin Powell has studied the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira, unless he has read the Qur’anic commentators, and such influential people at present as Qaradawi and Tantawi, he knows nothing about Islam, and has a duty not to make pronouncements as if he does. The dead soldier was, it appears, one of a very few Muslims who joined up. Indeed, there have been widespread reports of how the handful of Muslim (not Black Muslim) soldiers in the American and British armies have been subject to harassment and threats and even, in Great Britain, plots, by fellow Muslims who are outraged that they would behave in so un-Islamic a fashion, and dare to join an Infidel army to “fight against Muslims.”
Is Colin Powell aware of how few Muslims are in the army, the Reserves, the National Guard? Is he aware of how few are like the soldier whose grieving mother at his gravestone apparently struck him so much that he felt it gave him the right to pontificate to the public at large about Islam? He only has that right when he learns enough about Islam. And there are no signs, none, that he has been any more diligent or responsible in fulfilling that task than Bush, or a hundred others, at the top of the Washington heap, who have squandered so many men, so much money, so much material, so much attention, so much time, in their insensate inability, or willful refusal, to learn about the ideology — the politics, the geopolitics — of the Total Belief-System of Islam.
What Powell did was a clear dereliction of duty. He baselessly, on the slimmest and most misleading of anecdotal evidence, jumped to sweeping conclusions about Islam and Jihad. A glimpse of a grave and a griever tugged at his heartstrings, but did not tell him anything about what the texts and tenets of Islam are all about, and why that particular grieving mother was, if she had no regrets about her son joining the American army, as little representative of Muslims as her son was. That photograph had no larger significance. It said nothing about the texts, tenets, attitudes, and atmospherics of Islam. An intelligent observer would have understood this. A responsible observer, aware of his own ignorance of Islam, would never have dared to draw a conclusion, and impose that conclusion, on a presumably naive, and in some cases far too respectful, audience.
Of course Powell is behaving just like those who sentimentalize everything, reducing issues to this or that “real life” individual who may, or may not, be a useful representative or guide. But the error in this case was particularly egregious, and the irresponsibility flabbergasting, given the dangers the Infidels everywhere face. Does Powell know what is going on in southern Thailand? Does he think about the Biafra War, or southern Sudan? What does he know about the treatment of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh? What does he know about the spending of a hundred billion dollars by the Saudis alone to spread Islam all over the globe? What does he know about the present and certain future troubles, presented by no other group of immigrants, the result of the Muslim presence in Western Europe? He knows, I suspect, nothing of this. He’s a big shot. He delivers lectures. He speaks slowly, and portentously. He has an air, some think (I don’t) of “rectitude.” We are expected to admire him, and to forgive this kind of negligence — a failure to perform due diligence in investigating the matter of Islam — that does damage to the ignorant and the simple-minded, who may not recognize anecdotal evidence, or be able to see how misleading it is.
Why should we forgive Colin Powell? What’s so wonderful, what has ever been so wonderful, about him? And when will he give back that Jaguar to Prince Bandar?
And let’s not forget those other questionable associates that are the cause of multiple “obama smears” re-writes:
Did we mention the updates on the Rezko-Obama connection? They go deep …. Meet Obama’s buddy whom he nominated as Illinois State Treasurer …. The Chicago Way’s “new” party is now reserving cells in a federal prison near you!!!
And the list is growing.
Ahhhhhh, nothing clears your head like the smell of a hoax in the morning!
Part III coming …..