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5-18-13 - LONG DREAM -  This dream had several parts to it, all with the same male characters, but something different was happening in each room.


It started out that I was babysitting a small, thin boy who wasn't wearing a shirt.  He got very cold and I wanted him to have a shirt on, and the other men in the dream tried to prevent that from happening. 


In the other room, the telephone rang, and there were several extensions on the same line, but not all of them picked up the line itself for some reason, and that was being interfered with by the same adult men.


When I didn't get the message on the phone, despite the fact that the phone lines didn't all work, they picked on me for not getting the message.


In the last scene, again it was about clothing, and again they were all interfering in one way or another to not letting me have the clothing I needed.







I'm sure this refers to the previous dream of this morning and my needing to clothe a little boy I was taking care of who had no shirt on, and he was cold and the men in the dream apparently didn't want him to have a shirt to wear.  (He was unprotected)








5-18-13 - NAP DREAM -  I was in a very large house, and the landlady came to see me.  She noticed that not all the digital connections were made in the house, so she said we needed that, and she said she would make sure that got done.


So the man who was going to do the installation, ran back into the warehouse area, and I clumsily followed him, because I had to walk on top of things in the

aisles, but he found the digital connection gadget and holding it high in the air with one hand, he ran back to the living room to install it for us, and I ran back after him, all excited, because we were finally going to be able to SEE everything that was happening at the same time.


It's being installed as we speak. :-)





Sun Feb 06, 2005 at 02:02 PM PST

I'm a Republican: Fuck you

bySue in NH


I'm a republican. Fuck you.

I'm a republican. I have my own pile of money.  Fuck you.


I'm a republican.  My kids go to private school. I don't care about your kids, or public schools. When my kids are better educated than yours, they will get better jobs and make more money than your kids. Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I have a job with health insurance. If you were not so lazy or stupid, you would have a good job with health insurance too. It sure is sad when you go bankrupt after a catastrophic health crisis, but its probably your own damn fault anyway. Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I'm a Christian. You are either a heathen, a raghead Muslim, or the wrong kind of Christian. Fuck you.

I'm a republican. I'm going to heaven and you're going to hell. Fuck you.


I'm a republican. It is not only my right, it's my duty to spread freedom and democracy around the world.  If you don't understand that, Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I have a condo in Vail, a summer home in Maine, and a beach house in Florida.  We don't need any National Parks or protected forests. Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I'm white. I'm perfect, and I'm not like all those brown, yellow and black people. Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I live in a gated community. It's too bad about all the crime out there on the city streets, but that's your problem.  Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I hate taxes. Its my money.  I earned it.  I don't want to pay to support all you lazy, uneducated, pathetic poor people, least of all you teenage mothers (whores), you drug addicts and all you black boys. Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I hate homosexuals.  When I think of gay people, I think of of man-on-dog, horse on woman, threesomes, and other sexual fantasies, and that frightens me.  If you are queer, or have a queer friend, Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I was born rich, and I've become more rich, and damn it, since I can't take it all with me, I'm going to make sure my kids are just as stinking rich. Fuck you.


I'm a republican.  I'm never wrong.  I know everything, never make a mistake, and can't learn anything from you, you damn ignorant pussy democrats.  Fuck you.


I'm a republican. My rights and civil liberties should be protected, but not yours, you terrorist loving, America hating, pansy liberal.  Fuck you.


I'm a republican. I hate you and everything you Democrats stand for, you fucking communists. Fuck you.


Rage, rage, rage against the lying right.

Damn that felt good! Do you have anything to add?


Originally posted to Sue in NH on Sun Feb 06, 2005 at 02:02 PM PST.


FROM: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/02/06/90594/-I-m-a-Republican-Fuck-you



Tue Feb 06, 2007 at 05:30 PM PST


McAuliffe channels Tancredo, while Hillary doesn't regret war vote

bykosFollow forDaily Kos

While Republicans fret about Hillary's chances in 2008 (they think she's a lock), problem is she still has to get through a primary. She may lead in general population votes, but the activist set is distrustful. And with good reason, given how unwilling Clinton is to distance herself from her terrible judgment on the Iraq vote, and with the choice of triangulating, Joe Klein-esque corporatist Democrats in her inner circle.


People like Terry McAuliffe, who just did his best Tom Tancredo impersonation:


We've got to shut these borders down. These people shouldn't be coming in this country. We need to enforce our border protections. We have to do something for the people who have been here for years and have paid taxes -- you know, we're for the people who have been in this country and paying taxes and raising their family. But for the people who have not been here, who have been here illegally and have taken advantage of the situation, we need to have a plan to get them back to the countries they came from, and more important, which is the first thing John talks about, we have gotta shut these borders down. I couldn't agree more.


... I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican, we all agree you've gotta shut the borders down. People who are coming into this nation taking our jobs.

Lovely. It's exactly this kind of thinking that killed Republicans in border districts like TX-23, AZ-08 and AZ-06, and spurred the fast-growing Latino swing vote to cast their lot overwhelmingly with Democrats last year.


Clinton, who is a true practitioner of laundry list politics, responded quickly:


“These comments do not reflect Senator Clinton’s thinking or her position on immigration.”


“America has been a beacon of opportunity to generations of immigrants and we need an immigration system that respects that heritage while also respecting the rule of law. Senator Clinton supports comprehensive reform that fixes our broken immigration system, strengthens our border security and sanctions employers who break the law. She has supported legislation that provides an earned path to citizenship while respecting the enormous contributions that immigrants make and continue to make to our country.”


So how much should we be concerned about McAuliffe's comments? He's no mere staffer or consultant. He's not even a mere "chairman". He's a political giant and would feature prominently in one way or another in a Clinton administration. But ultimately, decisions on things like immigration would be Hillary's to make. So it could all be a wash.


What isn't so easy to stomach is Hillary's assertion that she doesn't regret her war vote. Amongst Democrats, the only other war supporters who don't regret their vote are Schumer and both Nelsons. As Bowers notes:


The biggest news, however, is that Hillary Clinton has just stated, flat-out, that she does not regret her war vote. At the same time, she is still trying to campaign as though she is against the war, claiming that she wouldn't have started it, and that she would end it. Basically, it is the same thing we saw from Lieberman during the general election against Lamont: an absolute hawk trying to appear anti-war in order to pick up Democratic votes.


This type of dishonesty worked for Joe Lieberman in Connecticut, so who knows, it might work for Hillary.


FROM: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/02/06/299080/-McAuliffe-channels-Tancredo-while-Hillary-doesn-t-regret-war-vote


Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 02:18 AM PST/p>

Laundry List Politics: Perpetual Rage & Impotence Guaranteed



"Yeah, but..."  This is such a common, almost reflexively-used phrase in response to good news by some commentators on the left that it might as well be a single word - perhaps even a single syllable.  "Yeabut."  It's a perfectly legitimate qualifier when the comment that follows is actually relevant to the news being discussed - "Yeah, but the bill contained an amendment that limits its effectiveness."  But when it's used as a means to change the subject completely - "Yeah, DADT repeal is great and all, but what about mountaintop removal mining, huh?  Talk about that, hotshot!" - in other words, when the only caveat to a celebrated achievement is that something else exists that hasn't been accomplished, what you have on your hands is laundry list politics: The obnoxious pursuit of outrage at the cost of never capitalizing on victory.

This is not to say that all or even most people afflicted with laundry list syndrome are just rage-addicted perpetual victims who see winning as a kind of death - they're a sizable minority, but hardly the bulk of the phenomenon.  Rather, the problem as I see it appears to stem from two perspectives that (as I explain later) stem from the same conceptual failure.  The first:


  1.  Sub-dimensional thinking.  This is my overly cerebral way of saying "oversimplification," but the distinction is not gratuitous - there are very specific consequences to ignoring applicable political dimensions.  Though the perspective may be simpler, the resulting picture often paradoxically appears more complex than it is because otherwise logical relationships are obscured or seem chaotic.  Consider the following series of visual illustrations.



Suppose the above is a two-dimensional representation of a set of agenda items one is hoping to accomplish, with each node denoting a particular objective.  Now, it is a very shallow, cross-sectional plane, so you cannot see anything in the foreground or background relative to these nodes, all you can see is that which exists in the plane - like in a microscope slide.  Based on this visualization, what would you deduce about the relative priority of these items?


Naturally, you might assume the largest and most obtrusive is the most important, and focus more on those closest to it than those further away.  But your attempts to address these issues based on this perspective are frustratingly ineffective - you find that the relationships you deduce are generally not quite as you think, and you have to keep reinvesting the same energy over, and over to protect gains already made and address new issues.  This is the laundry-list view of politics - nothing is connected, so every issue has its own costly political overhead rather than being addressed in a holistic way.  One can deal with this fact by looking deeper, or by inventing self-rationalizing betrayal mythologies that do nothing to improve your effectiveness.  Let's look deeper.  




Now suppose we extend our shallow 2D plane to a much greater depth - it's still two-dimensional, but objects in the foreground and background are projected on to the plane, as illustrated above.  We now have more information, and can begin to discern clearer and more useful relationships.  What deductions can we make based on this fuller picture?  It appears that one of the nodes is far more important than the others based on the number of direct connections it has.  Perhaps the largest is still important, given its enormous comparative size, but there is also this hub node that may deserve a great deal of focus as well.


When utilizing this deep-focus 2D perspective, one finds that the effectiveness of the agenda increases somewhat, but there are still a lot of puzzling failures and disappointments.  We are beginning to distance ourselves from the laundry-list mentality, but there is still some of that going on because the systemic relationships between the issue objectives are still not clear.  Once again, we can engage in self-justifying CTs and pathological betrayal theologies, or we can look deeper.  Let's look deeper.  


You'll have to forgive the relative crudity of this next model, I'm not using any kind of professional program to generate the dimensional geometries, I'm just drawing in MS Paint to give a rough idea of the concept.  Basically, it contains all the same information as the above, only we see what's causing that information - we see its origins.  Just realize that relationships are radically different when the perspective adds a new dimension:




From this perspective, the "central node" is seen to be almost totally irrelevant, and the largest node isn't connected to anything else - if you were to pour all of your resources to conquering it, you could not capitalize on that energy for any subsequent victories.  So, as could be said of anything, it's important to understand the connections - the systemics - in order to achieve lasting, sustainable political progress.  To make your efforts count, they must be calculated to address root causes of both problems and solutions, and efficiently deploy resources to have maximum impact.  


In the visual metaphor above, this would mean focusing on the second largest node, which is much smaller than the largest and has far fewer connections than the apparent "hub" node, but would in the larger perspective be key to accessing the rest of the system.  Were you to focus on the largest node, even if you were to succeed you would end up isolated; and if you were to focus on the apparent hub, you would discover it was an optical illusion and you had just wasted your energy.  


So that is one type of laundry-list politics - failing to appreciate the dimensionality and systemics of the issue.  Now for the second type:  


  1.  Inability or refusal to prioritize.  For some on the left, politics is not about achievement, but about expression.  In particular, expression of judgments and reactions.  They regard activism as a series of conditional but nonetheless one-dimensional statements: If x, then y - this is the definition of morality for them, and if you follow the program, then you are a "true progressive."  They find the addition of new variables disquieting, confusing, and corrupting - it smacks of "triangulation" or "capitulation" to them.  "If x AND z, then NOT y" simply doesn't compute for them because x is present, so the core statement "If x, then y" must apply or else one will be deemed to have violated it.  There is no recognition that "x AND z" is fundamentally different from x - no recognition that one number is different from another that is a factor of it.

For these people, prioritizing would be an abhorrent act of amorality, like choosing between one's children.  They do not understand the roots of their own values, and how those roots ultimately converge on fundamental principles that not only tolerate, but frankly demand casuist ethics: If "standing up" for your issues is more important than actually advancing them, then you don't actually care about them - you simply worship them as ideal objects, and wish to preserve them in your mind far more than you give a damn whether they are represented in practice.  


If one asks such a person what they stand for, they will not tell you their values - i.e., what moral postulates they apply in determining actions.  Instead, they will recite a...you guessed it...laundry list of specific agenda items, legislative positions, and - if they're assholes - reel off a litany of grievances, perceived betrayals, and individuals whom they deem to be insufficiently committed to these items, whose motives they suspect, or whom they consider to be actively treacherous.  They're not actually telling you anything by this, let alone engaging in productive thought - what they're doing is regurgitating the contents of their brains so that you can bask in the awesomeness that is them, and perhaps pay them the compliment of imitation.  Basically religious proselytizing.

In reference to the illustrations above, a person who cannot prioritize either does not know or does not care that they can win two or more victories for the price of one - they would consider it "cynical" or a form of "cheating" to address the roots of issues rather than individually focusing on every single twig and leaf.  Because activism for them is an expression rather than a constructive activity, victory is just another form of defeat - it temporarily dampens the emotional potency of their cause, and thereby deprives them of what may be a central motivator.


In such cases one might as well dismiss them, because they are quite happy to be inconsequential - merely expressing themselves fulfills them, and they couldn't care less whether anyone else benefits from what they're doing.  It's the expression that matters to them.  But at the same time, there are people who simply aren't aware that laundry-lists are not how things are accomplished - that politics in reality does not consist of discrete, non-negotiable items that you obtain by shouting louder, stomping your feet, and waving around signs more vigorously.  


The first step to transcending the laundry list mentality is to know what it is you actually want.  You can start with the litany of issue positions if you must, but start looking for commonalities between them - the connective tissue that reveals where it is your interest comes from.  Do this repeatedly until you begin to recognize the nature of your own motives: Is it that you feel inadequate, and thus want to change the world around you in the hopes that it will change you in turn?  Do you hate someone or something, and attack ideas and policies that benefit them or remind you of them?  Are you afraid, and trying to defray your fear through a lot of pointless noise and self-distraction?  Or do you actually see something larger than yourself?  Do you see what fills the spaces between you and others?  Do you understand its fluidity and living nature?


Once you know what you're about, then you can begin rationally designing your political program.  If you are afraid, what is the root of your fear?  If you hate, what is the root of your hatred?  Not the object at which it is directed - it's never that simple.  We never hate the objects of hatred or fear that which frightens us - it's things about them, things they do, reactions they cause in us.  The deeper you examine, the more mutability you discover - principles of connection that reveal that that which we assumed to be absolute was fluid, that which we thought permanent, temporary.  And vice-versa!  And it's not a bad or depressing realization at all, because it creates far more possibilities than it limits.


But leaving aside the philosophy of it, you also come to understand the reality of what already exists and how others achieved it.  Real historical accomplishments that most people gloss over with puerile fantasies of an angelic crusade against evil become understandable, manageable, and what's most important, replicable within suitable contexts.


I, for instance, stand for Liberty, Equality, and Opportunity - my signature line.  Those three words encompass everything I stand for: Countless specific positions, countless potential legislative items, and innumerable opinions of political figures past and present.  I don't have to memorize a laundry list, and I don't have to randomly select some cherry-picked example out of the ocean - I can just say Liberty, Equality, and Opportunity, and know exactly what I'm talking about.  In fact, I wrote a diary about it a while back, so feel free to check it out.  You can ask me to elaborate on the meaning, and I can - easily - because I'm beginning with the root principles of my politics and expanding outward rather than stumbling around trying to synthesize a million different agendas into a pithy statement.


So let's generate a small example of someone's political laundry list (real ones can run to hundreds of items):


  1.  Guaranteed healthcare.
  1.  Free college education.
  1.  Save endangered species.
  1.  Gay marriage.
  1.  End capital punishment.
  1.  Rebuild New Orleans.
  1.  Net neutrality.
  1.  Teaching evolution.
  1.  Higher minimum wage.
  1.  The DREAM Act.

If you were to hear someone advocate these issues, you would know their politics lean to the left, but you probably will not see any kind of coherent mission behind the litany of subjects.  As a result, more often than not, they cannot prioritize them - they are struggling to express a unified agenda and failing to do so, ending up instead spewing out huge litanies of specific positions that are only loosely related at first glance.  But look deeper.


  1.  Guaranteed healthcare - Equality, Opportunity.
  1.  Free college education - Equality, Opportunity.
  1.  Save endangered species - Opportunity.
  1.  Gay marriage - Liberty, Equality.
  1.  End capital punishment - Liberty, Equality.
  1.  Rebuild New Orleans - Opportunity.
  1.  Net neutrality - Liberty, Equality.
  1.  Teaching evolution - Opportunity.
  1.  Higher minimum wage - Opportunity.
  1.  The DREAM Act - Opportunity.

Judging by the deeper interpretation of this person's laundry list - and please, let's not quibble with the interpretation, it's just an example - they appear to value Opportunity most highly, then Equality, then Liberty.  Perhaps this reflects their personal circumstances, where they feel the greatest inadequacy to be lack of opportunity, or perhaps it is just a reflection of their character to be more interested in that side of things.  Others may be more interested in addressing Equality, and still others Liberty.  Some may find them of equal interest, and possibly some who discover their interests to be imbalanced will decide that the three are equally important and deserve a conscious effort to address them all with equal vigor.  


Whatever the case, it becomes obvious that the three are intertwined, and reflect an even higher principle - albeit one so abstract it's virtually meaningless to assert it beyond recognizing that it exists.  We can just call it "freedom" for want of an equally universal, all-encompassing term - one that has gradually diverged from "liberty" over the course of American history and become a generalized term for democratic political virtue.  This apex value is different in different societies - in some Asian cultures, for instance, the apex value might be "harmony," and in others (pick your usual suspects) it could be beauty, while still others are rooted in the ideal of happiness - but there is no mistaking ours.  In this country, everything is defined in reference to freedom, even where it has been ruthlessly extirpated: Liberals fight to preserve and cultivate it, conservatives seek to pervert and co-opt it, and everyone, sincere or otherwise, wraps themselves in its iconography because freedom is our national postulate.


Now, one realizes there is a strangely Trinitarian relationship in that "freedom" as we've defined it cannot exist in the absence of the three stated principles, and yet the three cannot exist in isolation either - they naturally form a gestalten whole requiring a separate definition from its components and representing the essence of a living democracy in homeostasis.


There is not one progressive agenda item that is not derived ultimately from at least one of the three - liberty, equality, or opportunity.  So feel free to use it if you find it helpful, or (perhaps more fun) go on your own exploratory adventures and discover the roots of what you do and why you do it for yourself.  Now, that isn't to say I'm fundamentally motivated by support for liberty, equality, and opportunity - those are just the moral/philosophical derivations of my actual motives.  In truth, I'm a little more human than that: I just fucking hate liars and bullies.  Analyzing deeper than that becomes a trivial exercise, because beneath instinct there is only more instinct.


Whatever the origins of one's philosophy and politics, what matters is what you do with it.  If politics is just another form of masturbation for you, there are far less selfish and socially corrosive ways to go about it than adding your voice to the Noise that pollutes our society, deforms our debates, and drains public energy from reform.  Whatever you do, at least let it be the result of a conscious decision on your part, and not the default result of unexamined reactions.


Originally posted to Troubadour on Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 02:18 AM PST.



Liberty, Equality, and Opportunity: We Can Have All Three, or None - No Multiple-Choice.


In 2010, I had an epiphany about my personal philosophy that, in my view, reveals all of progressive, liberal, and humanist politics at its most basic and unified essence: Liberty, Equality, Opportunity - a trinity of moral ends-in-themselves that can neither be subdivided nor sustained in practice unless all three are protected and promoted.  The conceptual power of "LEO" is that it unifies principles we all generally share, but which we are often at odds to optimally balance, let alone articulate in a way that doesn't simply trap us into dead-ends by the limitations of language.  By looking at it this way, we can understand our politics as a three-dimensional system with the "ideal good" being at the intersection of these three qualities, and realize the fact that unless all three are balanced, what results will be both unstable and unsustainable.

Try to imagine a circumstance where any of the three is lacking.  What you get is a dystopia where even the values that are promoted in theory are degenerate in practice.  For instance...


1.  Consider anarchy: Liberty and Equality are technically present, but only in their basest and least constructive forms.  When no institution is effective enough to control individual behavior, people are theoretically just as free to do good things as well as bad, but in practice all you get is the latter.


  Moreover, people are theoretically equal, but only because insecurity and desperation are universal, with even the predators fighting over transient scraps of illusory power.  And both perversions are the result of one of the three legs of the LEO tripod being totally nonexistent - Opportunity.  No idea, no matter how clever; and no amount of work, no matter how diligent, can be rewarded so long as anarchy persists.


2.  Consider fascism: Opportunity is strongly present in a fascist state, at least at first - those with the Will to rule and excel in some profession just smash their way to their objectives, and align themselves with unscrupulous powers who will reward their competence in exchange for obedience.  However, it's unstable: Sooner or later the people who smash and murder their way to the top simply become a stifling aristocracy who do everything they can to suppress the same kind of revolutions from toppling them.  And in a monstrous, diabolical way, even Equality is present in a fascist state in the form of the "right of conquest" tautology: Everyone is equally entitled to murder and enslave everyone else, and those who do so successfully are "justified" by definition.  But Liberty is not permitted on any level: You may not choose to coexist peacefully, or dissent, or take moral positions - fascism forces all parties to a zero-sum test of strength, and you will either join, be conquered, or conquer in turn.


3.  Consider communism (or other form of authoritarian egalitarian state): Equality is the single overwhelming value in a communist state, but it is both in a degenerative sense and unstable.  The vast majority of people are equally oppressed, deprived, and exploited, but even the benefits of that Faustian bargain are ephemeral because the cunning and unscrupulous learn how to cheat the system, forming black markets and mafias around the bits and pieces of inequity that crop up in a bureaucracy.  And, of course, neither Liberty nor Opportunity are present - everything is strictly regimented from the top, and monolithic Leviathan states determine who is worthy of reward rather than any sort of natural, democratic, or fluid process, assuring that ultimately only the people who control the rewards are rewarded and nothing is permitted to change.


These are just the most extreme examples, but you can have any number of intermediate versions, e.g.: The social Darwinian capitalist kleptocracy, where you have Liberty in theory but not practice (because few can afford to do anything other than barely survive), and Opportunity only in the sense of being unrestrained from preying on others, much like fascism; the petty monarchy, where there is no Equality or Opportunity, but a kind of Liberty in the fact that the rulers mostly don't care what you do and won't exert themselves to control it except where their own interests are concerned; and the primitive tribal state, where there is general Equality because social control is extremely simple, but neither Liberty nor Opportunity have meaning because there's little structure against which to either dissent or build upon.


As these examples demonstrate, if you shortchange any of the three, the other two become a sick joke and/or radically short-lived.  This is why we find such technically bewildering alliances as the partnership between libertarianism and fascism: Not because they agree on anything specifically, but because they have a mutual enmity toward LEO as a unified system - both oppose the practical, politically-enforced maintenance of Liberty and Equality, preferring that people not be given a choice about participating in zero-sum competitions for power and privilege.  The only significant difference is that libertarians prefer that the ruthless wield power through corruption of explicit governments rather than directly wielding them, but this preference is idle at best.  


In practice, the two blend smoothly into each other, with libertarianism rapidly degenerating into some other crippled state - anarchy, kleptocracy, monarchy, fascism, or if a radical counter-reaction occurs, an authoritarian egalitarian state like the French revolutionary government or the 20th century Communist dictatorships and oligarchies.


You need Liberty for people to access and exploit Opportunity, and to demand and maintain Equality; you need Equality to maintain Liberty and effectively, robustly distribute Opportunity; and you need Opportunity for Equality and Liberty to efficiently benefit society.  These are three words, but in practice they are one, deeply interconnected dynamic system, and trying to turn any one or two of them into the slave of the other(s) creates disfigured, sickly, or stillborn governments and cultures.  


This realization was codified into the very fabric of the US government, in the three-branch structure of checks and balances, but as often happens the success of it merely created more advanced opportunities for failure.  As a result, the state that was the most robust in modern times at embodying LEO (and second only to the 400-year Roman Republic in all of human history) - mitigating and forestalling the violent revolutions and stagnant vulnerabilities that have destroyed most other governments or left them defenseless against external events - has fallen prey to its own hyper-evolved economy, with financial systems that operate with such speed and complexity that the corporate institutions of the rich constantly outwit and outflank the political system that makes them possible.


The solution to this is not to retreat to greater simplicity, which would be to simply pretend that history never happened or that we don't know what we know: That would be little more rational or constructive than dealing with a personal crisis in adulthood by reverting to adolescence.  Nor is the answer to cultishly mimic societies with an equal and opposite imbalance to our own current problems, since - for instance - it obviously hasn't helped more socially-inclined states like those of Europe to avoid the predations of austerity that are wracking most of the continent.  The answer is to take the profound understandings embodied in the US Constitution to the next level - to a more evolved, more rapid set of mechanisms that we can rely upon in daily life to regulate and control the otherwise unchecked corporate anarchy/monarchy that rules over us, and stop it from corrupting and obstructing our ability to appeal to slower, more distant political institutions.


The Occupy movement had the right idea in this respect, at least initially, in that it tried to envision what LEO might look like on a granular level that people could interact with in their daily lives, but it lost momentum when it became more concerned with its own treatment by authorities than in creating, communicating, and implementing ideas.  Part of it was that a lot of the people at its core were themselves impatient with the reality of a democratic mass-movement whose larger community didn't necessarily care about the laundry-list politics of its most active constituents, and some of whom felt hindered or "co-opted" by mainstream involvement.  But nothing stops any of us from building on the foundations of Occupy's early successes and trying to implement a more rigorous, more robust set of democratic mechanisms in everyday life and in our local communities.  At the nexus of Liberty, Equality, and Opportunity is a free, humane, and limitless society, if we are smart enough, courageous enough, and yet humble enough to pursue it.






The answer should not surprise you. On the day after seven people, including a one-year old, had been shot in Oakland, it took at least twenty police, the City Attorney and his aide, a bunch of private security, vast numbers of press and a Running Wolf no longer in a tree before everyone stood down and allowed a teepee to be erected on Frank Ogawa Plaza / Oscar Grant Park.


How much is twenty police? It represents somewhere around 10% of the entire Oakland Police force on duty at that time (assuming three shifts and about 600 on the entire force). How many people, not counting all those listed above, were on the Plaza? Maybe fifty, assuming you were counting downhill with the wind at your back. How many exhibited any signs of violence? Zero. What is the population of Oakland? 400,000.  You do the math; I'll tell the story. Read on, and check out the pictures.

I headed down to Oakland in the cold Berkeley fog, prepared, literally, to chill out. I emerged from the 12th Street BART a mere three miles away to a cloudless, warm day, a few minutes before the 24-hour vigil to reclaim the Plaza was scheduled to begin. But if there was a significant event planned you wouldn't have known it just by looking around.


A half hour later some seventy people had gathered in the amphitheatre to commence the vigil. Running Wolf, who has been #occupying a tree in the plaza for the last seventeen days/a>,, explained the significance of the teepee and the vigil, and how the teepee was not to be used for camping, but as a symbol of #occupation and #decolonization. A table was set up for people to inscribe messages to be hung on the teepee, further emphasizing it's messaging aspect.

Then a policeman informed Running Wolf and the vigil committee attorneys that they would need a permit to erect the teepee. And so it began.


(For background on the vigil and some of the legal issues involved, check out Occupy Oakland: P-Q4. The Vigil Gambit Begins/a>))

All of what I tell you here is true to the extent that I saw it and heard it, but much of what happened and much of what was discussed betwixt the police, city officials, Running Wolf and the vigil committee remains obscure.


After some time milling about, Running Wolf and supporters headed off to the North side of the plaza to erect the teepee where they were blocked from proceeding further by the police. More police seemed to arrive every minute.


A tense standoff ensued, with a small crowd of attendees surrounding Running Wolf, a lot of police surrounding them, and press scattered amongst everyone. Runnning Wolf was of a mind to attempt to start erecting the teepee, stating that he was willing to go to jail. But he kept his cool while the lawyers talked things over.


The tenseness was defused somewhat by an announcement that the City Attorney, Arturo Sanchez, would come down from Barad-dur City Hall tower in five minutes to sort things out. He eventually did come down, although it took far more than five minutes.


As is befitting any negotiation, once he did arrive the lawyers kept telling the crowd "five more minutes." The police and the crowd kept a watchful eye on each other as all this played out, but there were no incidents other than typical shout out to the police to "Go chase down criminals" and the like.


Some thirty minutes into the negotiations, the City Attorney presented the City's offer to the vigil attorneys: #OccupyOakland could erect the teepee and maintain a 24-hour vigil, but the teepee itself had to come down between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. There was no explanation that I noted as to why those hours were chosen as the park itself seems to be, legally, open twenty-four hours.



The vigil legal team and Running Wolf (facing)

The vigil attorneys huddled as you see above and eventually decided that they would "conform" to the City's restrictions.  They stated that they disagreed with the City's right to impose such conditions on the vigil, and reserved the right to file a lawsuit against the curfew. I talked with one of the attorneys immediately after the fact, and asked him if a lawsuit would indeed be filed. He replied that he intended to file a lawsuit in Federal court as soon as possible. (They have the lawsuit all prepared, as they had stated previously, so this should not take long, should it actually come to pass).


Note: A tweet I've recently seen says that the agreement or permit is only good for three days. But this was not stated as a condition by the vigil lawyers when they announced to the crowd the situation and said that the teepee should be erected. The exact situation remains unclear to me.


At this point the teepee began being erected, the excitement wound down, and I decided to head off.



Running Wolf supervising the teepee going up, facing the camera.

But that's not all. While all this was happening, an entire side-story was playing out just a few feet away. This is the Interfaith Tent, which has been #occupying the Plaza for a week or so now. Notice the artillery emplacements:




This tent is visible from City Hall (that's the lower floors of City Hall in the background). It's not like no one noticed it until today. I'm told the Mayor, Jean Quan, even paid it a visit some days ago. But, oddly enough, today during the standoff, was the day the police decided to inform the Interfaith group that they would need a permit or the tent would have to be removed.  


Can you say "selective enforcement?" I knew you could. Apparently the deadline for removal is 10:00 PM, as allie123 tweets

alyssa011968 Alyssa

I am going to take a nap & go to #OccupyOakland at 9:30pm-- OPD threatened to take down interfaith tent& Running Wolf requested support


BootsRiley Boots Riley

RT @FaezaMoghul 10PM is deadline for taking interfaith tent & teepee down. Running Wolf requests your support. #OO #Occupyoakland #OWS

You can be assured that there will be plenty of police about the Plaza at that point, zealously guarding the right of the people to peacefully assemble be shot at in liquor stores while the police are elsewhere.


Stay tuned as the City of Oakland decides whether to commit police, attorney and monetary resources in a single-minded effort to derail #OccupyOakland, or to stop little kids from getting shot. In a bet on which direction they'll take, I know which choice my money's on.


Credits: Alyssa, aka our own allie123, aka alyssa011958 on Twitter, took these pictures. I just uploaded them. My story is my own.


7:44 PM PT: AP is reporting that the permit is for seven days.

Police say officers and private security will be on hand to make sure no tents, sleeping bags or camping equipment are set up at the site, but they will allow a seven-day vigil at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

7:48 PM PT: A video of the teepee going up, wherein I am, briefly, visible way in the background

8:28 PM PT: Interview with one of the vigil's lawyers (the one with his back toward the camera in the picture)

Originally posted to jpmassar on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 07:39 PM PST.


Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, California politics, SFKossacks, Dailykos Kossacks For Action, Mitt the Twit & the GOP's stupid sh*t, and ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.


FROM: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/29/1040965/-Occupy-Oakland-How-many-Oakland-Police-Does-it-Take-to-Erect-a-Teepee





June 14, 2012


Speaking to skeptical voters nationwide from the pivotal battleground of Ohio, President Barack Obama defiantly defended his record on the economy Thursday and painted Mitt Romney as the standard-bearer for those who would bring back George W. Bush's policies.


"I want to speak to everybody who is watching who may not be a supporter, may be undecided, or thinking about voting the other way," Obama said. "If you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, then you should vote for Mr. Romney."


That line drew a chorus of boos from a rowdy crowd of about 1,500 people assembled to hear Obama try to reframe what some Democrats have described as his wobbly election message.


Romney, speaking to supporters at an aluminum plant in Cincinnati moments before Obama's remarks, offered his own version of the choice voters face on Nov. 6.


"If you think things are going swimmingly, if you think the president's right when he said the private sector is doing fine, well, then he's the guy to vote for," he said.


Obama opened his remarks with a direct reference to his much-mocked claim last Friday that the "private sector is doing fine" compared to cash-strapped state and local governments. Republicans including Mitt Romney have seized on that comment to suggest the president is out of touch.


"So, Ohio, over the next five months, this election will take many twists and many turns, polls will go up and polls will go down, there will be no shortage of gaffes and controversies that keep both campaigns busy and give the press something to write about," he said.


"You may have heard I recently made my own unique contribution to that process. It wasn't the first time. It won't be the last," the president said in the verbal equivalent of a dismissive shrug.


"Of course the economy isn't where it needs to be. Of course we have a lot more work to do. Everybody knows that," Obama said from behind a lectern emblazoned with his campaign slogan, "Forward," in front of eight American flags.


Aides had suggested the president's 53-minute speech from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland would serve to recast the debate between him and Romney on the sour economy, the top issue on voters' minds. The remarks at times seemed like a blend of the soaring oratory that carried the Democrat to his historic victory in 2008 along with the ponderous, laundry-list politics of unsuccessful "State of the Union" addresses.Obama worked to cast Nov. 6 as "a choice between two fundamentally different visions" about the best path out of the rubble left by the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown—not a referendum on an embattled incumbent at a time of 8.2 percent unemployment.


"The economic vision of Mr. Romney and his allies in Congress was tested just a few years ago," Obama said. "We tried this. Their policies did not grow the economy. They did not grow the middle class. They did not reduce our debt."


"Why would we think that they would work better this time?" said the president, who has used variations on that theme in scores of campaign events all over the country over the past few months.


"We can't afford to jeopardize our future by repeating the mistakes of the past. Not now. Not when there's so much at stake," he said.


In a preemptive rhetorical strike, Romney anticipated Obama's words: "He's going to be a person of eloquence as he describes his plans for making the economy better," Romney said. "But don't forget, he's been president for three and a half years. And talk is cheap. Action speaks very loud."


But the president emphasized the timeline of events. "Our economy started growing again six months after I took office and it has continued to grow for the last three years," Obama said.


The president also pleaded for patience—"not only are we digging out of a hole that is 9 million jobs deep, we're digging out from an entire decade"—and he blamed Republicans in Congress for stalling his efforts to revive the economy.


"What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take," he said. "And this election is your chance to break that stalemate."


"If they win the election, their agenda will be simple and straightforward; they have spelled it out. They promise to roll back regulations on banks and polluters, on insurance companies and oil companies. They'll roll back regulations designed to protect consumers and workers while cutting taxes on the very wealthy," Obama said.


The president said he would boost investments in education, scientific research and refurbishing the country's crumbling infrastructure.


Before Obama left Washington, the Department of Labor released official data showing that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000—the latest sign of anemic hiring and sluggish growth.


And the Gallup polling organization released a survey showing that more than two-thirds of Americans—including half of Republicans—still pin the country's economic ills on former President Bush.


What one might call the blame gap has narrowed considerably: When Gallup first asked Americans in July 2009 whom they faulted for the poor economy, 80 percent laid a great deal or a moderate amount of blame on Bush, and only 32 percent held Obama responsible.


The current numbers show 68 percent of the public blames the former president while 52 percent say Obama deserves the criticism. (The numbers total more than 100 percent because the question was not "which one do you blame more," but how much blame each president deserves individually.)


And on Wednesday, an ABC News/ Washington Post poll showed that only 38 percent of independent swing voters viewed Obama's economic plans favorably, with a majority (54 percent) disapproving. But independent voters judge Romney's economic ideas just as harshly: 47 percent gave his economic approach an unfavorable rating, with just 35 percent finding it favorable.


The Democratic president has crisscrossed the country in recent months pleading for patience from voters still struggling in the anemic recovery and grappling with a stubbornly high unemployment rate above 8 percent. In his speeches, Obama makes a point of charging Bush and Republicans in general with the 2007-2008 meltdown and warns that Mitt Romney's economic program resembles the Bush approach "on steroids."


Among independents, who often play a role in deciding elections, 51 percent assign Obama a great deal or a moderate amount of blame, while 47 percent say he deserves not much or no blame at all. Meanwhile, 67 percent of independents say Bush bears a great deal or a moderate amount of the fault. Only 32 percent exonerate him in whole or in part.


After the speech, Obama headed to New York to make a Flag Day pilgrimage to ground zero and attend a pair of fundraisers aimed at scooping up $4.5 million for his campaign. One of the events will be hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Fifty guests there are due to pay $40,000 each.


"Running for president is an expensive proposition," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.


FROM: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-defend-economic-record-ohio-speech-171829505.html






Crop Failure (Obama lies when he says Paul Ryan is blocking drought relief)






 SourceBreitbart.com, August 12, 2012


Barack Obama has been proven by more than one fact checking organization to be a habitual liar.


  “I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days,” he said while in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.”


House passed bill on August 2, 2012 (Paul Ryan voted yes)


The American automobile industry has come roaring back…So now I want to say what we did with the auto industry, we can do it in manufacturing across America. Let’s make sure advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs take root here, not in China. And that means supporting investment here. Governor Romney … invested in companies that were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to outsource. I want to insource.

Forbes- Outsourcer-In-Chief: Obama Of General Motors


“You Didn’t Build that”
A few examples


While writing the previous piece where Washington Post’s The Fact Checker gave Barack Obama four Pinocchios on a statement he made on April 30, 2012, I clicked over to PolitiFact and took a look at the Obama File they keep where they have three pages of statements made by Barack Obama that were rated false statements.

ObamaIf the Supreme Court throws out the federal health care law, it “would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact- Slim majority, not unprecedented)

Obama-  “For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False

Obama-  “Preventive care … saves money, for families, for businesses, for government, for everybody.”
 Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact- Wrong in 2009, and wrong today)

Obama-  “Thirty million Americans, including a lot of people in Florida, are going to be able to get healthcare next year because of that law.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False 

Obama“I made a bunch of these promises during the campaign. … We’ve got about 60 percent done in three years.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact- “In the Works” does not equal “done”)

Obama Admin.-  Under President Barack Obama, the United States has “doubled our exports.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False

Obama Admin.- The president’s proposed budget “will help reduce the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade to the lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False 
(PolitiFact-A mangled reference to a prior talking point) 

ObamaUnder the White House’s budget proposal, “we will not be adding more to the national debt” by the middle of the decade.
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-Revenue would equal outlays, but he ignores growing interest on the debt) 

Obama-  Twelve judges have thrown out legal challenges to the health care law because they rejected “the notion that the health care law was unconstitutional.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-Score two to two on judges’ decisions on constitionality) 

Obama-  “I didn’t raise taxes once.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-We’ve tracked a few increases) 

Obama-  When President Franklin D. Roosevelt started Social Security, “it only affected widows and orphans,” and when Medicare began, “it was a small program.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-A grain of truth in the big picture, far off on the details) 

Obama-  The Bush administration had been “giving (auto companies) billions of dollars and just asking nothing in return.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False

Obama- “The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-Big donors bankrolled much of Obama’s campaign) 

Obama-  “We’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-We found at least four) 

Obama-  When Obama was interviewed by American reporters in Asia, “Not one of them asked me about Asia. Not one of them asked me about the economy.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-More than one did) 

Obama-  Insurers delayed an Illinois man’s treatment, “and he died because of it.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False 
(Insurer’s decision was reversed and man lived three more years)

Obama-  Health reform will “give every American the same opportunity” to buy health insurance the way members of Congress do.
Truth-O-Meter rating: False

Obama-  Preventive care “saves money.”
Truth-O-Meter rating: False
(PolitiFact-Covering preventive care for everyone is a net cost) 

Obama(No earmarks in spending bill)
Truth-O-Meter rating: False

That was only from page one of Obama’s false statement PolitiFact files.

(Note- Skipped one from page one because while PolitiFact rated it as false it was because Obama misspoke and quoted the wrong time frame, so I don’t count that as an outright lie to the American people, just sloppy.)

Page two is here and page three is here.

Noteworthy- Those three pages do not include the five instances where Obama was ruled worse than “false” but were called “pants on fire” false.

The another three pages of statements that are listed as “mostly false” on the Truth-O-Meter.

Mostly false statements by Obama or his administration- Page one herepage two here and page three here.

All those listed above are from one fact checking organization, PolitiFact, which leaves one to wonder how many lies Obama has told in total since organizations often fact check different statements.

Barack Obama has been proven by more than one fact checking organization to be a habitual liar.


Lies During Third Year

I will walk on that picket line with you, if workers are denied the right to bargain.


In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama said that American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years.


I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any President ever
Obama aided Islamic Extremists take over of Egypt/ Libya
 – Weapons pour into Gaza


Virtually every Senate Republican voted against the tax cut last week


“Every idea that we’ve put forward are ones that traditionally have been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.”
Like Raising taxes?


Obama met highly qualified out of work teacher Robert Baroz
He wasn’t out of work and Obama never met him.


GOP Responsible for Obama Jobs Bill Not Passing
Dems Rejected Jobs Bill


You have 80 percent of the American people who support a balanced approach. Eighty percent of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem
Gallup Poll: Only 69%


These are obligations that the United States has taken on in the past. Congress has run up the credit card, and we now have an obligation to pay our bills.
Looks like it’s been incurred mostly in the years of Obama


Jobs Bill Paid for
Seems not so much Paid for


Then you’ve got their(GOP)which is dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance
Barack Obama, campaiging in Asheville, NC, 10/17/11


I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.


USA producing more oil than ever before
Petroleum Insights


Fence between US and Mexico is “Practically Complete”
Department of Homeland Security says 5%


Rich doesn’t pay their fair share.
National Taxpayers Union


Mitt Romney would deny gay people the right to adopt children. 
Cnn Interview


Lies During Second Year


Obama claimed the SCOTUS decision in Citizens United v. FEC, “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.


No signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law
Obama Lies to Keep Czars


No “boots” on the ground Libya
Anyone that has worked with the AC-130 gunship can tell you, you need spotters to let aircraft know where the targets are.  Usually it is Special Forces, Rangers etc trained for this mission. It’s CIA Agents in Libya on the ground


Reform will also rein in the abuse and excess that nearly brought down our financial system. It will finally bring transparency to the kinds of complex, risky transactions that helped trigger the financial crisis.
Obama Lies About Financial Reform Bill


All Americans WILL BE were, “surprised, disappointed and angry” about lockerbie bomber
Obama Memo


I will not rest until the BP Oil Spill stops
Obama’s Schedule


The health care bill will not increase the deficit by one dime.
Campaign and Presidency

If you like the health care plan you have you can keep it


“Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., September 9, 2009.


ObamaCare Fee is not a new tax
Obama denies healthcare is a new tax on all Americans


We have run out of places in the US to drill for oil.
Obama’s oval office speech in June 2010


Now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you can be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.
Arizona Immigration Law


Doctors choose amputation because they get better compensation. Greedy Doctors taking out tonsils for more money.
Claims never documented


The Health Care Package will pay for itself


Republicans don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush’s ideas — not one.
Hmm Immigration?


We shouldn’t Mandate the purchase of health care
Democratic Debate Lies


Obama says he’ll save average family $8,000 in gas
Video Proof


I am immediately instituting PayGo “Pay as you go”
Said during a speech immediately after the Trillion Dollar “Shovel Ready” bill.


I got the Message from Massachusetts
Daily Bail


Lies During First Year


We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs.” – caught cooking the books and now changed to ‘jobs supported’ versus ‘created/saved’
AP fact Checker


Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. … That wasn’t me.” – Congress, under Democratic control in 2007 and 2008, controlled the purse strings that led to the deficit Obama inherited.Obama supported the emergency bailout package in Bush’s final months — a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger.
AP fact Checker


Collective salvation
Obama calls himself a Christian


I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Obama Inauguration. 20 Jan 2009


Cut Deficit in Half by end of first term
Associated Press Video


Health Care deals will be covered on C-span
Obama Lies


As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide


Recovery Act will save or create jobs
ABC News


Unemployment rate will be 8.5% without stimulus.
Obama Lies


No Earmarks in the $787 Billion Stimulus


I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan


We have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages.
Obama Lies


I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage.


Guantanamo bay to be closed within a year
Council on Foreign Relations.


Won’t Raise taxes on those making less than 250,000 per year.
Businessweek: Obama Agnostic on taxes

List of Tax Promise Violations


2008 Campaign Lies


I will walk the picket line with you, if workers are denied the right to bargain 


No more wiretapping of citizens


Mr. Ayers as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” but “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
News Busters


I had a uncle who was one of the, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Obama campaign would accept public funding


Minimum Wage will increase to $9.50/hr
A Socialist


Ann Dunham spent the months before her death in 1995 fighting with insurance companies that sought to deny her the coverage she needed to pay for treatment.
Mounting Heath Care Lies


Didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was Radical
Dreams of My Father – A radical Socialist.


Would have the most transparent administration in History
Cato Institute


We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way.
Boston Globe


I have visited all 57 states.


I’ll get rid of earmarks
Source: Any bill passed during presidency


When a bill lands on my Desk, The American people will have 5 days to review it before I sign it.
Campaign Speech


My father served in World War II.
The Videos and the Facts


Have troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2009
News Video


Seniors Making less than 50,000 will not have to pay taxes


Would not vote for any bill supporting troop funding without a firm withdrawal commitment from the Bush Administration.
He has done nothing but continue the Bush admins strategy and to explain how the “surges total failure” has now become his greatest achievement.

Present Votes Are Common In Illinois


I Won Michigan
Huffington Post


I won Nevada
The Nation


I don’t Have Lobbyists
US News


My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad
Crooks and Liars


I Have Always Been Against Iraq
Washington Post


My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country


Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.
Obama Campaign Video


I Barely Know Rezko
Sun Times


My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church
ABC News




1995 In his memoir, Obama writes of one of the watershed moments of his racial awareness — time and again in remarkable detail. It is a story about a Life magazine article that influenced him. The report was about a black man who tried to bleach his skin white. When Obama was told no such article could be found in Life, he says “it might have been Ebony.He is 9 years old, living in Indonesia, where he and his mother moved with her new husband, Lolo Soetoro, a few years earlier. One day while visiting his mother, who was working at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Obama passed time by looking through several issues of Life magazine. He came across an article that he later would describe as feeling like an “ambush attack.”The article included photos of a black man who had destroyed his skin with powerful chemical lighteners that promised to make him white.

 Instead, the chemicals had peeled off much of his skin, leaving him sad and scarred, Obama recalled.“I imagine other black children, then and now, undergoing similar moments of revelation,” Obama wrote of the magazine photos in “Dreams.”Yet no such photo exists, according to historians at the magazine. No such photos, no such article. When asked about the discrepancy, Obama said in a recent interview, “It might have been an Ebony or it might have been … who knows what it was?” (At the request of the Tribune, archivists at Ebony searched their catalogue of past articles, none of which matched what Obama recalled.)In fact, it is surprising, based on interviews with more than two dozen people who knew Obama during his nearly four years in Indonesia, that it would take a photograph in a magazine to make him conscious of the fact that some people might treat him differently in part because of the color of his skin.
2003 Barack Obama in 2003, talking to the AFL/CIO:“I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see.”In January, 2008, Obama claimed in a nationally televised debate:”I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer.”


In Obama’s famous DNC Convention speech, Obama says, “My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father — my grandfather — was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.”


Kezia, Obama Sr.’s first wife tells a story that puts Obama’s account to lie.

Kezia said: In 1955 Obama Sr. was 18 and working in an office in Nairobi, when he took Kezia from her family at the age of 16. Her father was furious. “He did not like Obama. My father and brothers came to Nairobi to bring me back. They said I had to go back to school. “When I wouldn’t, they said they would never speak to me again. “Barack was also worried about what his father would think because I was so young, but he gave us his approval. Obama’s father (often described as poor) sent my mother and father 14 cows for my dowry.


Just how can a cook, a domestic servant to the British, provide a dowry of 14 cattle for Senior’s first wife? Also, Obama’s father had been working in a Nairobi office since the age 16, not herding goats.


As an aside, can you imagine if a Republican was running for president and it came out that his father had bought his first wife for 14 cows???!!!Just wow!!


2004 Responding to questions about his intent to serve out the six year senate term, Obama says, in this video, (link removed), that he will not run for the presidency in four years.Notice: The video has disappeared. Using WayBackMachine, I found two links — both played empty videos — a lot of stuff is being scrubbed from the web.Here is what he said in the video:“I think I’ve been very clear. Ah-ah-mumble-mumble, there’s a presidential election in four years. I’m not running for president in four years.”Here is a backup story — during a meeting with reporters at his Illinois campaign headquarters after his election to the U.S. Senate, he ridiculed as “a silly question” whether he would run for president or vice president before his term ends in 2011. “I’ve never worked in Washington,” he said. “I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years, and my entire focus is making sure that I’m the best possible senator on behalf of the people of Illinois.”
2004 On July 28th, the day after his speech at the Democratic convention catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an “absolute obligation” to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success.”The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster,” he said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, according to an audiotape of the session. “It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective.”In late winter, 2008, on the campaign trail, Obama says he wants to bring the troops home yesterday — you decide — was he lying then or is he lying now?
2006 On the January 22nd edition of “Meet the Press,” Tim Russert and Obama had the following exchange:Russert: “When we talked back in November of ‘04 after your election, I said, ‘There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?’”Obama: “I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.”Russert: “So you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?”Obama: “I will not.”
2007 As another example, consider Obama’s stirring tale for the Selma audience about how he had been conceived by his parents, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham, because they had been inspired by the fervor following the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights demonstration that was commemorated March 4. “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama,” he said, “because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama”Obama was born in 1961, and the Selma march occurred four years later, in 1965. The New York Times reported that when the senator was asked about the discrepancy later that day, he clarified: “I meant the whole civil rights movement.”
2007 Obama went on to tell his audience that the Kennedys — Jack and Bobby — decided to do an airlift. They would bring some young Africans over so that they could be educated and learn all about America. His grandfather heard that call and sent his son, Barack Obama, Sr., to America.The problem with that scenario is that, having been born in August 1961, the future senator was not conceived until sometime in November 1960. So, if his African grandfather heard words that “sent a shout across oceans,” inspiring him to send his goat-herder son to America, it was not Democrat Jack Kennedy he heard, or his brother Bobby, it was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Actually, Senior was awarded an American sponsored scholarship in economics to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was selected by a former Kenyan cabinet minister, the late Tom Mboya, who was earmarked as the successor to Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first prime minister.The presumption was that Senior would return to Africa and use his “Western-honed skills in a new Kenya.”
2007 On January 24, the Obama campaign released a statement, saying, “To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago.On March 14th, in a statement to The Times, the Obama campaign offered this statement to correct their previous statement, that appears to be a bold-faced lie:”Obama has never been a practicing Muslim. The statement added that as a child, Obama had spent time in the neighborhood’s Islamic center.”And, the original statement began, “To be clear …”So, in three months, Barrack’s campaign has gone from describing the U.S. presidential hopeful as never having been a Muslim and never having been raised as a Muslim to now never having been a practicing Muslim.What’s with the semantics? Statements from Obama’s campaign appear to have evolved, to say the least.
2007 On March 25th, the Chicago Tribune reports that an extensive search found no basis for an episode Obama recounts about a picture he ran across in Life magazine of a “black man who had tried to peel off his skin” in a failed effort to use chemicals to lighten it. Obama writes that “seeing that article was violent for me, an ambush attack.”The Tribune continued: “Yet no such Life issue exists, according to historians at the magazine. No such photos, no such article. When asked about the discrepancy, Obama said in a recent interview, “It might have been an Ebony or it might have been … who knows what it was?”At the request of the Tribune, archivists at Ebony searched their catalogue of past articles, none of which matched what Obama recalled.”
2007 On March 27th, Obama, tells the crowd at fundraiser , “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.”For the record, Obama is a “Senior Lecturer (on leave of absence)” at the University of Chicago Law School. He has taught Constitutional Law III: Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process, Current Issues in Racism & the Law, and Voting Rights & the Democratic Process.
2007 On May 8th, Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died.”In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser.The death toll was 12.
2007 On May 10th, Obama botched his facts in a speech criticizing the U.S. auto industry for “investing in bigger and faster cars while foreign competitors invested in more fuel-efficient technology.”Obama stated that “while our fuel standards haven’t moved from 27.5 miles per gallon in two decades, both China and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon.” But Toyota, which should know, has responded, “No carmaker gets 45 mpg; ours is closer to 30 mpg.”Well, we’re glad to see Obama’s shifting the blame from the consumer to the automakers. That must explain why the Illinois Senator and Presidential candidate owns a HEMI-powered V8 Chrysler 300C.Obviously it’s Chrysler’s fault Obama bought a big 5.7-liter engine from them — he just didn’t have a choice.
2007 During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman, Tony Rezko and his associates, than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.Seven months ago, Obama told the Sun-Times his “best estimate” was that Rezko raised “between $50,000 and $60,000″ during Obama’s political career.However, Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. Additionally, Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s. Everything you ever wanted to know about Obama and Rezko.
2007 Responding to criticism of his disrespect of the flag of the United States during the National Anthem, Obama defended himself by saying “My grandfather taught me how to say the Pledge of Allegiance when I was 2.” He didn’t even remember what he was doing on September 17th, when Obama, Hillary and Bill Richardson attended the Steak Fry of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in Indianola, IA.How can he possibly remember what happened when he was two years old?
2007 On October 6th, Obama accused his fellow American citizens of the indiscriminate murder of Iraqi civilians, saying, “And these private (Blackwater USA) contractors, they go out and they’re spraying bullets and hitting civilians and that makes it more dangerous for our troops.”Obama lies with the same ease as the Clintons and proves that he will say anything to win the nomination and election.
2007 Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana. (first video).But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times.”I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws,” Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. “But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.” (second video).Asked about the two different answers, Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign said he in fact has “always” supported decriminalizing marijuana as he answered in 2004, meaning the candidate mistakenly raised his hand during the presidential debate last fall.
2007 On the 1st of December, Obama said, “I’m not running because I’m trying to fulfill some long-held plan.”Oh, really?Iis Darmawan, 63, Obama’s teacher in 1970, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. “He wrote an essay titled, ‘I Want To Become President,’” the teacher said.In 1971, Obama’s sister Maya, has also said, “There was always a joke between my mom and Barack that he would be the first black president.”In 1991, David B. Wilkins , the Kirkland and Ellis professor of law, said he advised Obama to become a Supreme Court Clerk. “Obama recognized the honor in pursuing that post,” Wilkins said, but quickly added that he wasn’t interested.“He said that he wanted to write a book about his life and his father, go back to Chicago, get back into the community, and run for office there. He knew exactly what he wanted and went about getting it done,” Wilkins said.In 1992, Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson pulled him aside and asked about his plans. “He said, ‘I think I’d like to teach at some point in time, and maybe run for public office,’” recalls Robinson, who assumed Senator Obama meant he’d like to run for city alderman. “He said no — at some point he’d like to run for the U.S. Senate. And then he said, ‘Possibly even run for President at some point.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, but don’t say that to my Aunt Gracie.’ I was protecting him from saying something that might embarrass him.”In 1993, Obama began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, where he declined to pursue a tenure-track post, hoping to save time for politics.The one thread, that remains consistent, throughout Obama’s life, is his teacher’s, mentor’s and friend’s recollection of Obama’s single-minded pursuit of high political office.
2007 On December 22nd, in a small-town café in Pleasantville, Omaha, Obama was asked a question that typically only circulates on the Internet. As he sat down to have a slice of pie with a small group of potential voters and an elderly woman asked him about being Muslim. “I’ve always been a Christian,” the Illinois Democrat responded. “I have never practiced [Islam].”Note: The newspaper editors had to add the word, “Islam.”In his autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama mentions studying the Quran. He was enrolled in two Jakarta schools as a Muslim. His teacher Tine Hahiyary said that she remembered that he had studied “mengaji” (recitation of the Quran).” Classmate Rony Amiris described Obama as being a very devout Muslim, saying, “Barry was previously quite religious in Islam.” Another classmate, Emirsyah Satar, now the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, was quoted as saying, “He (Obama) was often in the prayer room wearing a ’sarong.’” (See Obama’s Education.)Yet, on his official campaign website, Obama has posted this statement, “Barack has never been a Muslim or practiced any other faith besides Christianity.”Obama’s grandfather was a Muslim. Obama’s father was a Muslim. Obama’s stepfather was a Muslim. His African relatives are Muslims. What was he for the 27 years before his alleged conversion if he wasn’t a Muslim? If Obama has always been a Christian, why was he enrolled in two Jakarta schools as a Muslim, and why did he study the Quran?And note his Clintonesque defense, “I have never practiced.”This is Obama’s biggest problem — his dissimulation.Saying, “I’ve always been a Christian,” is a bold-faced lie.
2008 On January 22nd, the Hillary Clinton Campaign releases a video that proves that Obama lied about his position on “single-payer healthcare.”The video compares statements Obama made during the January 21st Democratic debate with those he made to an AFL-CIO conference in June 2003 while campaigning for the Senate. Contradicting what Obama said at the debate, the old footage shows the senator saying, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see.”At the debate, Obama stated: “I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer (healthcare).”Single-payer healthcare is an euphemism for socialized medicine.
2008 February — As Sen. McCain has pointed out, Obama promised to use public funding in the general election if the Republican candidate would do so also. Well, McCain has agreed to it, but now Obama wants to back out of the deal. After all, when he made the promise, he didn’t have a chance of raising more than the public’s $85 million stipend. But now that he can raise $300 million, well, what’s a little untruth between the waited-for one and his people? Yes, he can.
2008 On February 29th, the Obama campaign told Canadian Television (CTV) that no message was passed to the Canadian government suggesting that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated.However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama’s senior economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago.Earlier Thursday, the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue. On Thursday night, CTV spoke with Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any questions to the campaign headquarters.CTV didn’t stop there. They announced that their sources, at the highest levels of the Canadian government,” reconfirmed the story to CTV and one of their primary sources provided a timeline of the discussion to CTV.
2008 On March 2nd, Obama told another whopper while criticizing Hillary Clinton.Obama said that Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a fellow Democrat from neighboring West Virginia, had read the intelligence estimate as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and after a brief pause said the then-chairman had voted against the war resolution.However, Rockefeller was not the chair at the time and voted in favor of the war authorization. Sen. Bob Graham of Florida was the intelligence committee chair in 2002 and voted against the resolution. Obama did not mention Graham’s name in the passage.His exact words are, “She didn’t read the National Intelligence Estimates. Jay Rockefeller read it. But she didn’t read it. I don’t know what all that experience got her because I have enough experience to know that if you have a National Intelligence Estimate and the chairman of the national, um, Senate Intelligence Committee says you should read this, this is why I’m voting against the war, that you should probably read it. I don’t know how much experience you need for that.”
2008 March 7th — Obama’s courage: Contrary to a recent hyperbolic campaign ad, it wasn’t “courageous” to give his 2002 anti-war speech, primarily because he delivered it at an anti-Iraq war rally.At the last debate, America’s former co-president claimed that it was easy to give that speech, and it wasn’t a gamble for him because he wasn’t in the US Senate and therefore wasn’t in a position of responsibility. Obama’s impassioned reply was, “I was in the midst of a U.S. Senate campaign. It was a high-stakes campaign.”Wrong. In reality, Obama did not announce his intentions to run for the US Senate until January 2003.
2008 March 7th — Obama say he doesn’t take money from DC lobbyists and special interest PACS. This is the type of double-talk “politics of the past” rhetoric Obama rails against.While his claim is technically true, what he does do is take money from state lobbyists and other big money contributors who have substantial lobbyist machines in DC, like law firms and corporations.In April 2007, the LA Times quoted the Campaign Finance Institute’s Stephen Weissman as pointing out that the distinction Obama makes on lobbyist money is meaningless: “He gets an asterisk that says he is trying to be different. … But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates, whether or not they are lobbyists.”The Capital Eye reported that “[a]ccording to the Center for Responsive Politics, 14 of Obama’s top 20 contributors employed lobbyists this year, spending a total of $16.2 million to influence the federal government in the first six months of 2007.”Obama’s no stranger to being influenced by those campaign donations, either.
2008 March 14th — In one of the biggest lies he ever told — Obama says he “vehemently condemns” the words of his pastor and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, an official member of Obama’s campaign, as a member of Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee. What an absolute pile of crap!Obama says he’s never witnessed or heard these statement before.

Another load of crap! Obama has! Later, in a cover-his-ass speech, Obama even admits he heard “the REV’s” despicable words.Obama and his wife Michelle have been listening to this man for 20 years.Obama is a bold-faced liar to now claim he had no idea the “the Rev” was such an anti-American, racist, hate-monger!Why hasn’t Obama denounced “the Rev” at any time in the past 20 years?The answer, of course, is because Obama wasn’t running for national office before — that’s one reason.Another?Obama and Wright are of the same mind — now and then!
2008 March 14th — OK, OK! Maybe he didn’t hear those words. But what about Reverend White’s words that appear in Obama’s very own book, “Dreams of My Father.”"It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere… That’s the world! On which hope sits!”Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House. That was 13 years ago, in 1995.
2008 March 14th — Barack may not have heard Wright’s rants, but did he read them?In the Trinity United Church of Christ Bulletin, January 21, 2007, on pages 9 and 10, “The Pastor’s Page,” are these words:”We have lost over 3,000 boys and girls in an illegal and unjust war, and the media is on a feeding frenzy about Barack Obama’s church. Where is the outrage about the 3,000 dead American military personnel and the 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians who are dead for no reason other than greed and ego? What’s goin’ on?”"I use his words today on the third Sunday of a New Year to keep before you the painful truth of who we are and where it is we are in this racist United States of America! What’s goin’ on?”"The reality, however, is that the entire war in Iraq and the larger “war on terror” have been based on lies, half-truths and distortions to serve the agenda of the United States imperialism. Where is the public outcry? Where is the outrage? What’s goin’ on?”He may never have heard Wright actually say the U. S. was racist or some aspiring empire. But he never read it in his bulletin? Ever?
2008 On Friday, the 14th, presidential candidate Barack Obama repudiated what he called “inflammatory and appalling remarks” made by his Chicago pastor.Obama said he had not been present during the sermons in question.Obama told MSNBC, “Had I heard them in church I would have expressed that concern directly to Rev. Wright.”Please note, he says that he would have expressed concern, not repudiate, the wordsYet, in this video, “the Rev” places Obama in the congregation, by saying, “There is a man here, who can take this country in a new direction” and he points at him.In the next clip, during Wright’s 2007 Christmas services, Wright rails, “Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a process that is controlled by rich white men, Hillary can never know that, Hillary ain’t ever been called a nigger!”While Wright rails, “Bill did us like he did Monica Lewinsky,” Wright’s successor, Otis Moss III, jumps into the picture frame, attempting to high-five “the Rev.”Barack was in Chicago for Christmas 2007 and Wright is addressing him from the pulpit. Will Barack say me didn’t attend Christmas services?When Obama said, “Had I heard them in church …” Obama lied. He listened to Wright’s sermons for 20 years.These two men, Obama and Wright, are two peas in the same pod.And before I get feedback from the loony libs, remember, it was Obama, himself, that wrote these words in “‘Dreams of My Father,” — “I found solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”And, please notice the congregation in that video. They are going nuts during Wright’s preaching. All of them believe this “evil white man” crap and eat it up. The whole bunch of them are the worst kinds of hateful racists — and remember, Wright’s congregation is composed of successful, educated African-Americans.
2008 And on the same day, he admits to another whopper!Obama now says Rezko played a bigger fundraising role.Indicted Chicago businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko was a more significant fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama’s earlier political campaigns than Obama has previously admitted. Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for the first three offices Obama sought, the senator told the Tribune on Friday.Obama also said for the first time that his private real estate transactions with Rezko involved repeated lapses of judgment. The mistake, Obama said, was not simply that Rezko was under grand jury investigation at the time of their 2005 and 2006 dealings. “The mistake was he had been a contributor and somebody involved in politics,” he said.And this from a guy who is running for office based upon his judgment.
2008 March 15th — Will Obama deny he was in attendance at the controversial Chicago church when the pastor referred to “white arrogance” and “the United States of White America” on July 22, 2007, accompanied by his Secret Service detail.Wright laced into America’s establishment, blaming the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the woes of the world, especially the oppression suffered by blacks. To underscore the point he refers to the country as the “United States of White America.” Many in the congregation, including Obama, nodded in apparent agreement as these statements were made.

http://www.freedomsenemies.com/_Obama/ObamaLies.htm OBAMA LAUNDRY LIST OF LIES as of April 16, 2008 (76 lies and counting)

76) “I am the only candidate who isn’t taking a dime from Washington lobbyist” - LIAR- The record shows quite the opposite. According to USA Today, Obama’s campaign fundraising team includes 38 members of law firms that were paid $138 million last year to lobby the federal government, records show. Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for the Illinois senator’s presidential race. Employees of their firms have given Obama’s campaign $2.26 million, a USA TODAY analysis of campaign finance data shows.


Source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-04-15-obama_N.htm

75) “I did not take money from oil companies” -LIAR- It is against the law to take money from oil companies. None of your opponents take money from oil companies either. 74)I did not recall meeting Nadhmi Auchi at any time or on any occasion” - LIAR - But a government witness said on Monday, during Antoin Rezko’s corruption trial, that he recalled seeing Sen. Barack Obama at a party that Rezko held in 2004 to honor Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born tycoon. Two other guests at the party declared the Obamas were present at the event, which took place one week before Obama won his U.S. Senate seat. Source: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/rezko/894559,CST-NWS-rezko15.article


according to the Chicago Tribune.


73) Here is what Obama now said he meant about comment he made about Small town PA - “So I said, ‘Well, you know, when you’re bitter you turn to what you can count on,’ ” he continued. “So people they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community. And they get mad about illegal immigrants who are coming over to this country or they get frustrated about, you know, how things are changing. That’s a natural response.” - LIAR - See what Obama really meant in red. It does not take high school student to understand what Obama meant - “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them…And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.


 72) Obama on Guns - when Obama ran for the Illinois state senate the political group, Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI), asked him if he supported a “ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” and he responded “yes.” - LIAR- But in what will probably be the most improbable change, the Politico reported on Saturday that Barack Obama was making a big play for gun votes in Pennsylvania. In 1998, another questionnaire administered by IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test didn’t ask about banning all handguns, but it did find that Obama wanted to “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.” Source: Fox News and Politico.com


71) Obama distort (aka “Lie”) about McCain saying, “McCain (he) is willing to send our troops too another war of 100 years in Iraq”. Obama also denied what he said on the video - LIAR - The video proves him absolutely untruthful (”a liar”). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-cXV4Z2Hrg


70) I did not campaign in Florida, (so Florida vote shouldn’t count) - LIAR -According to Boston Globe, HeraldTribune and other sites, Obama airs “ads” on Cable stations in Florida. Even with the Florida cable ads, Obama still lost.

From heraldtribune.com Obama’s Florida ads bust pledge

See the Video here http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/obama_airs_nati.html


69) “I stopped smoking. I stopped smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette since I quit - LIAR - But in his own words, here is what Obama said. Except….last night on MSNBC’s Hardball, Obama admitted that his attempt to wean himself from the vile tobacco weed had not been entirely successful. I fell off the wagon a couple times during the course of it, and then was able to get back on,” he said. “But it is a struggle like everything else.” Source ABC News: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/obama-is-smokin.html


68) Look at my education record in Illinois - LIAR - In reality, Obama never really championed the local councils. He supported them behind the scenes and only eventually came out publicly on their behalf. When he did weigh in, he came down on the wrong side of the debate—against protecting principals from unwarranted dismissals and in favor of keeping councils independent, no matter what. In the end, the resolution of the conflict between the two sides didn’t alleviate anyone’s concerns. Instead, it prolonged a turf battle that seems to have dragged down academic progress in the years since. Read more here http://www.slate.com/id/2188010?wpisrc=newsletter Source: slate.com Source: ABC News: Buried in Eloquence, Obama Contradictions About Pastor


67) “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial,” Obama said at a community meeting in Nelsonville, Ohio, earlier this month. - LIAR - But yesterday, he told a different story. “Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes,” he said in his speech yesterday in Philadelphia.


 66) I did not take money from oil companies: - LIAR - [03/31/2008] THE FACTS: True enough, Obama does not take money from oil companies. No candidate does. It is illegal for corporations to give money to politicians. Corporations, however, do have political action committees that collect voluntary donations from employees and then donate them to candidates. Obama doesn’t take money from PACs. He also doesn’t take money from lobbyists. But he does accept money from executives and other employees of oil companies and two of his fundraisers are oil company executives. As of Feb. 29, Obama’s presidential campaign had received nearly $214,000 from oil and gas industry employees and their families, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Clinton had received nearly $307,000 from industry workers and their families and Republican Sen. John McCain, the likely GOP presidential nominee, received nearly $394,000, according to the center’s totals. Two of Obama’s fundraisers are Robert Cavnar, the chairman and chief executive of Houston-based Mission Resources Corp., and George Kaiser, the president and CEO of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. Source: Associated press via Yahoo News


 65) I did NOT play the race card: - LIAR - [03/31/2008] Obama was the first to play the race card. According to Phialdelphia Inquirer, Quietly, the storm over the hateful views expressed by Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has blown away the most insidious myth of the Democratic primary campaign. Obama and his surrogates have charged that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has deliberately and cleverly played the race card in order to label Obama the “black” candidate. Read more here


64) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion - LIAR - [03/31/2008] It was found that Obama — the day after sitting for the interview — filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes added to one answer. Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey


 63.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis - LIAR. [03/30/2008] You and your campaign buddy Penny SubPrime Bank Collapse Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash - Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST - Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs. I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?


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1.) Selma Got Me Born - LIAR, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965. Source: hotair.com

 2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - LIAR, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government. Source: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message504435/pg1

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - LIAR, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had Source:http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/01/obamas-oginga-o.html

 4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - LIAR, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in decades. Source:http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/01/obamas-oginga-o.html

5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian - LIAR, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn’t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man. Source: According to NYTimes story of April of last year, Sarah Hussein Obama told the New York Times she is a devout Muslim.

6.) My Name is African Swahili - LIAR, your name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

7.) I Never Practiced Islam - LIAR, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years,until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - LIAR, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - LIAR, not one teacher says you could speak the language.


10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - LIAR, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.


11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs - LIAR, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.

12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - LIAR, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.


13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - LIAR, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.


 14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - LIAR, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.


15.) I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ‘08 - LIAR, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.


16.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - LIAR, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.


17.) Oops, I Misvoted - LIAR, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.


18.) I Was A Professor Of Law - LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.


19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.


 20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - LIAR, you didn’t write it,introduce it, change it, or create it. <!–noadsense–>


21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - LIAR, it took just 14 days from start to finish.


22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.


23.) I Have Released My State Records - LIAR, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.


24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - LIAR, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.


25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - LIAR, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill


26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - LIAR, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part. 27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - LIAR, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.


 28.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - LIAR, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.


29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.


30.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.


31.) I Didn’t Run Ads In Florida - LIAR, you allowed national ads to run 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.


32.) I Won Michigan - LIAR, no you didn’t.


33.) I won Nevada - LIAR, no you did not.


34.) I Want All Votes To Count - LIAR, you said let the delegates decide.


35.) I Want Americans To Decide - LIAR, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.


36.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - LIAR, you passed 26, most of which you didn’t write yourself.


37.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend - LIAR, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has stopped saying this.


38.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - LIAR, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.


39.) I Don’t Take PAC Money - LIAR, you take loads of it.


40.) I don’t Have Lobbysists - LIAR, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.


 41.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - LIAR, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.


 42.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace - LIAR, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this advertising to MySpace clients.


43.) I Inspire People With My Words - LIAR, you inspire people with other people’s words.


44.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate - LIAR, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate - for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.


 45.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - LIAR, you weren’t in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you Obama. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date - AGAIN.


46.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - LIAR, your plan leaves us all to pay the 15,000,000 who don’t have to buy it.


47.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail - LIAR, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no record of any such letter ever being created or sent.


48.) I Am As Patriotic As Anyone - LIAR, you won’t wear a flag pin and you don’t put your hand over your heart during the Anthem.


49.) My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country - LIAR, your wife’s words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.


50.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn’t Support - LIAR, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.


51.) Treehouse Is A Small Company - LIAR, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.


52.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair - LIAR, your wife’s pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years. They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!


53.)I Barely Know Rezko - Only 5 Billed Hours - LIAR, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezko’s wife buys the lot beside it that you can’t afford, saving you $625,000.


54.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly - LIAR, you only gave back Hsu ($72K) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN OBAMA, it’s $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.


55.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church - LIAR, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.


56.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time - LIAR, you still have yet to repudiate Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message - hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK - that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.


57.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko - LIAR, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Seems Mr. Auchi may have helped Obama buy his million dollar property long before Obama had millions of dollars. Wonder what favors Mr. Auchi expects, when Obama leaves Iraq free to be taken over by special interests such as him.


58.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wright’s, that have been in videos all day, You Tube - LIAR! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa BS speech you said “Did I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did.”


59.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! - LIAR. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records. PS - You had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clinton’s and McCain’s more than a year before!


60.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning - LIAR. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. PS - He also seems to despise America.


61.) My wife didn’t mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase - LIAR. Again, MicHELLe’s comments perfectly sync with Wright’s, Meeks’, and Farrakhans, both in language, anger, and direction.


62.) I am very Anti-Terror - LIAR. [03/30/2008] One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel.


PS - Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto - guess you weren’t there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.


This is the LAUNDRY LIST OF LIES. Updated to reflect new dishonesties.


FROM:  http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/fashion-shows/



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