4 Confess To ‘Hanging’ Obama Likeness

From an outraged Associated Press:

4 students in Ore. confess to hanging Obama cutout

By RYAN KOST      

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — George Fox University says four students have been punished for hanging a likeness of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama from a tree on campus last week.

The Christian school broke the news to students and staff Tuesday afternoon at an all-campus meeting. About 1,000 people attended, said Rob Felton, a university spokesman.

The four students were punished with public service and immediate long-term suspensions, though Felton said federal privacy laws prevent him from saying how long the suspensions would last and who the students were.

Meanwhile, the FBI continued its criminal investigation into the matter to determine whether the students had violated any civil rights when they tied fishing wire around the neck of the life-size cardboard cutout, a commercial product, and hung it from a tree last Tuesday along with a message that read, “Act Six reject.” The note referred to a scholarship and leadership program for minority and low-income student leaders at Christian colleges primarily located in the Northwest.



Unbiased VP Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill

Guess what Vice President debate moderator has a book coming out in January from Random House:

The Breakthrough – Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Written by Gwen Ifill

* Category: Current Affairs – Political; History – United States – 20th Century; History – United States – 21St Century
* Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
* On Sale: January 20, 2009
* Price: $24.95
* ISBN: 978-0-385-52501-5 (0-385-52501-X)

(Available January 20, 2009)


In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s.



Obama: Folks Tricked Into Buying Homes

From his July 29, 2008 speech before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) conference:

[2:45 minutes in:] … "We marched together in the streets of Chicago to fix our broken immigration system. And it’s because of that twenty year record of partnership with your communities that you can trust me when I say I will be your partner in the White House and I will be your champion in the White House. And that is what you need now more than ever.

For eight long years Washington has not been working for ordinary Americans and for hardworking Latino-Americans. Few have been hit harder than Latino-Americans and African-Americans. You know what I am talking about. You know the people like the couple I met in Las Vegas who were tricked into buying a house they couldn’t afford and are at risk of facing foreclosure…"

(Indeed, his remarks preceding these are pretty appalling as well.)

Apparently, this claim even become a part of Mr.



How Freddie Mac Bribed House Committee

From a two year old article from the Associated Press:

Freddie Mac pays record $3.8 million fine

Settles allegations it made illegal contributions between 2000 and 2003

April. 18, 2006

WASHINGTON – The home loan giant Freddie Mac has agreed to pay a record $3.8 million fine to settle allegations it made illegal campaign contributions.

The fine announced Tuesday is by far the biggest ever levied by the Federal Election Commission. Because the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, widely known as Freddie Mac, agreed to pay the fine and stop breaking the law, the FEC said it would not take further action against corporate officials.

“We’re hoping this will catch people’s attention,” Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said, noting that campaign watchdogs have often called the FEC a do-nothing agency.



2004: HUD Ups Goals For Fannie, Freddie

Another four year old article from the archives which helps to chronicle how we got here.

From the very back pages of the November 2, 2004 edition of the Washington Post:

Willie Snell, a member of The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), holds a sign during a staged protest in front of the Federal Reserve Bank Building in Doral, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008.

HUD Sets New Goals For Fannie, Freddie

Funds for Lower-Income Buyers to Rise

By David S. Hilzenrath
Tuesday, November 2, 2004; Page E02

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will have to increase their funding of mortgages for low- and moderate-income home buyers, under a new rule the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced yesterday.

Under the rule, for example, the goal for low- and moderate-income home buyers would be raised from the current 50 percent to 56 percent in 2008 — 1 percentage point less than the 57 percent goal HUD proposed in the spring.


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Fannie Mae Pac Gave Pelosi, Hoyer Cash

From a four year old article from the Credit Union Journal:

Fannie Mae Uses Its PAC To Support Other PACs

Credit Union Journal  |  Monday, November 8, 2004

Secondary mortgage market giant Fannie Mae, fighting off congressional attacks over the last year, has used its newly formed political action committee to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars of contributions into the campaign funds of key congressional leaders.

In just the last eight months, Fannie Mae’s new PAC has made more than $150,000 in contributions to top congressional leaders, then at least as much again to those key lawmakers’ leadership PACs, according to records filed with the Federal Elections Commission and reviewed by The Credit Union Journal.

Since February, campaign contributions went to: Keep Our Majority PAC (House Speaker Dennis Hastert) $5,000; Americans for a Republican Majority PAC (House Majority Leader Tom DeLay), $5,000; Rely on Your Beliefs Fund (House Majority Whip Roy Blunt) $5,000; Volunteer PAC (Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist) $5,000; Defend America PAC (Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby), $5,000; Leadership PAC 2004 (House Financial Services Chairman Michael Oxley) $7,000; Growth and Prosperity PAC (House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Spencer Bachus) $5,000; PAC to the Future (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi) $2,500; and AmeriPAC (House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer), $5,000, among others.



ACORN: Bailout Failure Is An Opportunity

From ACORN’s website:

A ACORN, The Association of Community Organizations for Reform NOW, member holds a sign, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, as the political action group stages a protest in front of the Federal Reserve Bank Building in Doral, Fla. The group was protesting the ‘failure of the Bush administration and Chairman Ben Bernanke to include lifelines for homeowners facing foreclosure in its big bank bailout.

Bailout Failure an Opportunity to Improve Package

September 29, 2008

More Relief for Homeowners Would Stem Crisis More Effectively

On Sept. 29, ACORN National President Maude Hurd released the following statement about the House of Representatives’ 205-228 vote in opposition to the Wall Street bailout package:

“ACORN welcomes the opportunity to renegotiate a package that will actually do something for homeowners on Main Street and not just bail out Wall Street.



How ‘Speaker’ Pelosi Screwed The Pooch

The rant from the “gentle woman from California” that helped turn the tide against the “bailout bill”:

Pelosi: “When was the last time someone asked you for $700 billion?

It is a number that is staggering, but tells us only the costs of the Bush Administration’s failed economic policies—policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision, and no discipline in the system.

Democrats believe in the free market, which can and does create jobs, wealth, and capital, but left to its own devices it has created chaos…”

Ms. Pelosi is either too stupid or partisan (or both) to be in such an important position of national responsibility.

By the way, to address just one of the speaker’s myriad lies, check out The Myth Of The Clinton Surplus.



The House Votes Down The ‘Bailout’ Bill

The bill has not been approved:

Indeed, the last minute arm-twisting by the Democrats seems to have cost the bill two more votes.

The final tally was 205 – 228.



Obama Camp Didn’t Call For Prosecutions

First, here is the news report from Missouri’s CBS affiliate KMOV-TV that got so much attention:

Today we have this from the reporter who did the on-camera report for KMOV-TV:

Analysis: Who’s afraid of the big bad truth?

McCain has a truth squad, but Obama’s makes big news

Monday, September 29, 2008

By John Mills

John McCain’s campaign has a truth squad which includes prosecutors who support his candidacy, according to reports and a campaign source.

Last Tuesday without any fanfare, the Barack Obama campaign announced Jennifer Joyce and Bob McCulloch, the top prosecutors in St. Louis city and St. Louis County, were joining something called an Obama truth squad.

They plan to respond immediately to any misleading advertisements and statements that might violate Missouri ethics laws.



Obama’s Real Thoughts About Capitalism

From Mr. Obama’s first autobiography, Dreams From My Father, pp 50-1:

When [Obama’s drug using and dealing illegal Pakistani pal] Sadik lost his own lease, we moved in together. And after a few months of closer scrutiny, he began to realize that the city had indeed had an effect on me, although not the one he’d expected. I stopped getting high. I ran three miles a day and fasted on Sundays. For the first time in years, I applied myself to my studies and started keeping a journal of daily reflections and very bad poetry. Whenever Sadik tried to talk me into hitting a bar, I’d beg off with some tepid excuse, too much work or not enough cash. One day, before leaving the apartment in search of better company, he turned to me and offered his most scathing indictment.



Stanley Kurtz On Obama’s ACORN Friends

From from the great Stanley Kurtz, via the New York Post:




September 29, 2008

WHAT exactly does a “community organizer” do? Barack Obama’s rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here’s a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes – and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans.



Paulson’s Last ‘Bailout Plan’ – Hope Now

A year old press release from the US Treasury:

U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson (L) listens to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson speak after their meeting with the Hope Now alliance at the Treasury in Washington October 31, 2007. The Hope Now alliance is trying to reach struggling homeowners and help them avoid preventable foreclosures.

Statement by Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. on Announcement of New Private Sector Alliance – HOPE NOW

October 10, 2007

Washington, DC–Thank you, Secretary Jackson, for being here today. And thank you to everyone here today with one common objective – helping homeowners stay in their homes. We all know well the turmoil in today’s mortgage markets. A combination of stagnant or falling house prices, low down payment mortgages and resetting adjustable-rate mortgage rates are creating real challenges for many American homeowners.



AP: Palin Got Zoning Variance And Facial!

More hard-hitting investigative journalism from the laughable Associated Press:

[AP photo and caption:] Protesters hold signs at a Hold Palin Accountable rally organized by Alaskans For Truth, in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. Hundreds of people showed up to demand Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s GOP running mate, uphold her promise to cooperate with the state Legislature’s investigation into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

AP Investigation: Palin got zoning aid, gifts  

Sep 28

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) – Though Sarah Palin depicts herself as a pit bull fighting good-old-boy politics, in her years as mayor she and her friends received special benefits more typical of small-town politics as usual, an Associated Press investigation shows.

When Palin needed to sell her house during her last year as Wasilla mayor, she got the city to sign off on a special zoning exception—and did so without keeping a promise to remove a potential fire hazard.



Obama’s Alinsky Organizer ‘Fellowships’

From the Obama campaign back in March of this year:

These “fellowship programs” are an adjunct to the “How To Become An Alinsky Street Organizer” indoctrination camps.

(Click to enlarge)

And the Obama folks and the rest of the radical left have not been shy about them:

Daily Kos: Obama “Fellows” will Organize Regardless of Nominee

Marc Ambinder (June 13, 2008) – What The 3,600 Are Actually Doing

The Democratic Party | PartyBuilder | Barack Obama’s Blog: Obama Organizing Fellows

Obama Organizing Fellows

Who’s missing from the Obama Organizing Fellowship? « John Bracken

Obama Organizing Fellows Training Begins Today – Eyes On Obama

Technorati: Discussion about “Obama Maps a Nationwide Push in G.O.P.

More than 10,000 grassroots activists applied for Obama Organizing Fellowships | WesPac | Securing America Community

Organizing for Change: An Inside Look at Obama For Americas Grassroots Strategy | Netroots Nation

Obama Dispatching 3,600 Organizing Fellows

Campaign Emails: Obama’s Organizing Fellows

Daily Kos: Obama Organizing Fellows: Volunteer Opportunity

Obama Campaign Dispatching Thousands

Barack Announces “Obama Organizing Fellows” – Truveo

Obama Fellowships Launches (and Other Training Opportunities) | Future Majority

BlueOregon: Eleven Obama Fellows Arrive in Jackson County

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need | Apply to be an Obama Organizing Fellow

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