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So, this is Change We Can Believe In?

It's more like the same old change we've heard jingling in the pockets of politicians since the beginning of time.  And it's the same dirty change that has landed the bums in jail since the beginning of democracy.

Barack Obama hasn't even made history yet by getting into the White House, but he's already making history for the number of serious scandals between his election and his inauguration.

First, it was Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Obama's old pal and political ally.  Now New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson -- Obama's pick for commerce secretary -- bails out amid a grand jury investigation into how a major political donor snared a lucrative contract from the state.

At this rate, Obama will be lucky to have any friends left after his first 100 days in office.
Obama Tried Bribing Arlen Specter's Opponent
Judicial Watch is reporting a major political scandal orchestrated by the Obama Administration.  A popular Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania has revealed that the White House tried bribing him to drop out of the upcoming U.S. Senate race.

Congressman Joe Sestak said in a television news show that the White House offered him a top federal job in an effort to keep him from challenging Senator Arlen Specter in the state's Democratic primary.  A five-term incumbent, Specter switched from Republican to Democrat last spring after giving Obama the critical vote for his disastrous and fraud-infested $787 billion stimulus program.

Obama clearly wants to return the favor by helping the controversial lawmaker keep his job.  In fact, Obama endorsed Specter at the White House and has raised money for the 80-year-old lawmaker.  Besides Obama, many top Democratic leaders have also tried to dissuade Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, from challenging Specter.

However, attempting to bribe a legislator with a "high-ranking" federal job is deplorable and downright unethical to say the least.  Obviously this is why Obama and his White House staff are enraged that Sestak disclosed the unscrupulous backdoor offer to keep him out of the upcoming Democratic primary.

Before Specter bailed on Republicans Obama assured the contentious lawmaker he'd do everything in his power to help him win reelection if he switched parties.  The White House assured Specter there was no Democrat in a position to make a realistic challenge against him and that he had the "full backing" of Obama, which includes campaigning and fundraising by the commander-in-chief.

That plan evidently blew up in Obama's face so he resorted to bribery.  Not only does Specter face stiff competition from Sestak in the Democratic primary, the Republican (former Congressman Pat Toomey) expected to make the general election leads both Specter and Sestak in head-to-head match-ups by about ten points.

"Whoever solicits or receives … any….thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both." -- 18 USC Sec. 211 -- Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office.
Obama’s Crony Capitalism
"No more bailouts, no more greed, how many profits do you need?"  That’s been a signature chant of community organizers and Big Labor thugs who have stormed bank offices and financial executives’ private homes decrying corporate welfare over the past several months.  But now that the federal government and a coalition of big banking interests are poised to bail out a crony Chicago bank with longtime ties to the Obama administration, Saul Alinsky’s avenging angels are nowhere to be found.

Michelle Malking says ShoreBank is a Windy City investment bank with all the right (or, rather, left) ties.  Its stated progressive mission isn’t merely to make good lending decisions, but to engage in Barack Obama-esque social engineering to "create economic equity and a healthy environment."  The ShoreBank corporate slogan: "Let’s change the world."

The company website features a video of Obama in Kenya championing ShoreBank microlending projects overseas.  ShoreBank has also touted itself as a "green" bank from its founding days -- promoting dubious carbon credit programs, subjecting new borrowers to eco-litmus tests ("we look at how you use water, how you recover water and clean it, how you use energy, if you produce clean energy, how you manage CO2, whether you are offsetting CO2 that your product produces, if you are using sustainably produced materials") and encouraging customers to participate in "EcoDeposits" to "directly support the green agenda."

Social and environmental justice may make for good Volvo bumper stickers.  They do not, however, make for a good bottom line.  While the bank was on do-gooder missions around the world, business at home was in trouble.  As The Wall Street Journal reported, "Losses racked up during the recession have left the bank facing a demand to raise new capital or face likely closure by regulators."

Enter the Chicago political friends and family of ShoreBank.  The ties are long and deep, as the Central Illinois 9/12 Project has been chronicling for months:
    

  ShoreBank co-founder Jan Piercy was a Wellesley College roommate of Hillary Clinton’s, who has long supported the bank along with former president Bill Clinton.

  Former ShoreBank Vice Chairman Bob Nash worked for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid as deputy campaign manager.  Board of Directors member Howard Stanback is a Hyde Park neighborhood pal of Obama, who served with Stanback on the board of the radical Woods Fund (where Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers also sat).

  White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett served on the board of Chicago Metropolis 2020 with ShoreBank Director Adele Simmons, former president of the liberal MacArthur Foundation, where she focused on "climate change" and "global governance" issues.

  The bank and its employees donated some $12,000 to the Obama 2008 presidential campaign, and co-founder Mary Houghton reportedly gave advice to Obama’s late mother about small business lending issues.

    
In other words: ShoreBank is too politically connected to fail.

And now you, the taxpayer, may be on the hook for helping its cronies engineer a special rescue.  Fox Business News reported this week that a consortium of large lenders -- including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and GE Capital -- have partnered with the feds to pitch in a combined $200 million public-private bailout. (In addition, Illinois Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky has been crusading for a state-level bailout of the beleaguered bank.)  The buzz on both Wall Street and Capitol Hill is that Goldman and perhaps others in the public-private partnership were pressured to lend a hand.

It wouldn’t be the first time that businesses have felt the Obama squeeze.  And it wouldn’t be the first time that Democrats exploited the financial crisis to milk public money for their banking cronies.

The laggardly House Ethics Committee is still investigating Democrat California Rep. Maxine Waters, who had a personal and financial stake in Boston-based OneUnited, a minority bank that received $12 million in TARP bailout money under smelly circumstances.  The bank’s executives donated $12,500 to her congressional campaigns.  Her husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into OneUnited.  Waters secured meetings between OneUnited execs and Treasury Department officials.

That probe has dragged on for nearly a year, which doesn’t bode well for fresh GOP demands for an investigation into the shady ShoreBank bailout.  House Financial Services Committee ranking minority member Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., has demanded that the White House cough up documentation about any possible overt contact with Goldman about the deal.

Team Obama is smarter than that, of course.  To quote Obama’s environmental czar Carol Browner, who pressured auto industry execs last year to cooperate on a fuel standards increase, they know "to put nothing in writing, ever."

The fingerprints may be missing, but the stench of the Chicago Way is impossible to cover up.
Obama Wastes Millions On Parties
Fred Dardick says Obama is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on his personal entertainment.

The same hypocrite who says our energy costs must "necessarily skyrocket" to fund his political ambition, is giving Marie Antoinette a run for her money when it comes to spending national treasure on personal luxuries.

While much of the country is struggling to pay their bills, Obama and Bridezilla are partying like rock royalty.  The collection of talent that has made the pilgrimage to the White House to entertain Obama and friends is nothing less than amazing: Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennet, Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Herbie Hancock, Martina McBride, Queen Latifah, The Foo Fighters, Faith Hill, and recently foot-in-mouth Paul McCartney to name a few.

This has the makings to be the greatest ongoing concert series ever to be seen on this Earth just to entertain one man -- all paid for by the American taxpayer.

How much does this world-class entertainment cost?  Assuming the artists themselves forgo appearance fees, I highly doubt Paul Simon would perform with just a karaoke machine as backup.  Professional equipment needs to be brought in -- sound engineers, stages, lights, etc.  Even small scale performances by these artists can be very expensive.

Add booze, food, security, invitations, social secretaries, wait staff, and hangers on to the tab and the price for one of these events could easily top $75K.  With over 27 concerts hosted thus far, the total cost to taxpayers is in the millions of dollars.

The executive branch does not provide detailed information regarding entertainment expenses, however it has been estimated the Obamas spent at least $10 million on "drunken White House parties" in 2009 alone.

Considering the country is at war and a record 40 million Americans rely on food stamps to eat, Obama should show some class and skip the expensive partying.

Whether it’s the world’s greatest concert series, multi-million dollar date night in New York or taxpayer funded shopping in Europe for the First Lady, the Obamas are exposing themselves as nothing more than greedy, self-serving politicians.

While Obama and Bridezilla insist the rest of us endure economic hardship for the greater good, they are living like a king and queen on our dime.

RelatedDrudge has a few words on the Obamas' latest soirée -- "Obama Off to the Theater."
Party Boy
John Gibson says it's the wrong kind of leadership.

Last week's jobs report tanked the stock market; Obama took weeks to assert control of the oil spill that threatens doom on the Gulf Coast -- but at the White House the Gatsby-like parties roll on as if happy days were here again.

Just yesterday, Obama held another fun-filled White House event, a picnic for Congress members, complete with hot dogs, cold beverages and a fire pit.

All told, during the last seven weeks of spewing oil and rampant unemployment, he has frolicked and danced through three major White House music parties:
    

 The black-tie tent bash on the White House South Lawn after the state dinner for Mexico's President Felipe Calderón, which featured singer Beyoncé.

 The Paul McCartney hootenanny -- a night of tributes to the former Beatle, which featured Obama himself scooting onto the dance floor to join the Jonas Brothers in the long "la-la-la" closing refrain of "Hey Jude."  (Plus, of course, McCartney serenading the first lady with "Michelle.")

 The Ford Theater event -- in which Obama, taking a break from "kicking ass" on the oil spill, kicked back and relaxed to the song stylings of one-time "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, among other B-listers.

    
It was one thing when Obama launched his White House days with a round of Martini Wednesdays, Stevie Wonder concerts, conga-line dancing and Super Bowl parties.  That was before the gushing oil and before the employment picture defied the Obama hope-and-change cures.

Now it's different.  Now Obama's fascination with fun and parties in the midst of crisis has not only reinforced a feeling he's out of touch, but has migrated down the chain of command.

Last weekend, Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel held a "super soaker" squirt-gun party at the veep's residence.  Everybody ran around giggling and shooting squirt guns at each other.  Members of the press covering Biden joined in, to their shame.

And last Sunday, presidential spokesman Tommy Vietor and Obama speechwriter extraordinaire Jon Favreau, both 29 years old, were spotted at a Georgetown bar, stripped to the waist, playing a game of beer pong with a gang of bare-chested buddies.  (This game involves throwing a ping-pong ball into cups of beer -- loser drinks beer, winner drinks beer, everybody drinks beer.)

Meanwhile, MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell said on the "Morning Joe" program that she talks to White House staffers who are having nightmares about the oil spill.  Evidently, Vietor and Favreau aren't O'Donnell's contacts at the White House.

Fine, folks in the White House pressure-cooker need to blow off some steam.  But it seems Obama and his underlings don't see any need to rein in their love of partying, even though regular Americans are facing catastrophe.

Yes, Obama looks elegant and cool in his tuxedo, dancing to Jay-Z or the aging "cute Beatle" -- but there are people in the Gulf who can't pay their bills, and millions of the long-term unemployed who are on the outside, looking in on all the fun.  Judging by the polls, the grumbling of the outsiders is getting louder.

Obama may want to consider making good on his promise that all hands are on deck for national disasters, by passing the word that party time is now on hold -- and then leading by example.
Obama Protects BP From Investigation
Robert Moon says Obama announced Wednesday that he opposes any further investigations into allegations that liberal oil giant BP -- which made huge donations to Obama and almost single-handedly designed Cap-and-Trade -- helped get a mass-murderer released in exchange for cushier drilling rights.

It's always the same story with these people.  Condemn corporations at every turn while actually being the one doing their most corrupt bidding, and the moment anyone objects, smear them as being in bed with corporate interests (as with the healthcare takeover, the Wall Street takeover, etc.).
More From The "White House Insider"
Ulsterman continues to post communications from a "White House Insider, who says the Democratic Party has lost its collective mind -- and it’s going to get much worse before it gets better.

This is a long interview, and well worth reading, but this extract has the juicy stuff.

So what about the coming scandal that you have stated earlier is going to be hitting the White House?  What about it?

Is it still out there?  Is it still developing?  Stupid question…sorry, but -- yeah of course it’s still out there.  I would let you know if I heard different.  There have been a few more media reports circling the situation.  As is most often the case, one investigation will open up another and then the snowball takes off down the hill.  That is starting to happen now.  It’s big.  It’s messy.  And if it gets back to the White House, it will be a very significant problem for the administration.  It is my understanding they are already working very hard to distance the president.  That is what always happens, but once it is happening, it also confirms that there really is an issue out there.

So this thing -- this "scandal," might not actually reach the president?  I think it will, and so do others aware of the general situation, but a White House affords a lot of protection.  The Obama White House is currently utilizing all of those protective powers at the moment -- that is what signaled to me that this was legit.  That is when I realized this scandal was really out there and gathering momentum.  When certain figures in an administration go into action…the campaign to protect the president from the situation becomes known.

So the Republicans are aware of the situation?  Oh yeah.  At least certain members are, and likely some who have very specific details.  It is no casual thing to have incoming members of a new Republican House majority telling the media that the White House needs to make certain it doesn’t start shredding documents…well, that’s about as bold a declaration as one makes in this town.  Those Republicans are making it clear to the Obama White House that they know something -- and are willing to go after them over it.  I just don’t think President Obama fully understands or appreciates what is going to be coming at him in 2011.  The scrutiny and the power that a Republican Congress now holds over him is going to be immense.  I’m not exaggerating when I say it might very well break this president.

Break the president?  Yeah.  President Obama is already trying to balance on a very thin edge.  His confidence is shattered. His lack of experience fully realized.  Staff have abandoned him -- or were forced out.  Some in the media are actually starting to question him.  The big money donors for the party are starting to reconsider their investment.  The American voters rejected his agenda by historical proportions.  Nancy Pelosi continues to pose a threat both as a national figure that the vast majority of Americans despise, as well as for what she knows regarding certain White House dealings…and now a Congress with the authority to demand answers?  To hold investigations?  Does anyone really think this president has the strength to endure this kind of political environment?
Obama Lauds Brute
Perry Bacon says Obama doesn't seem to shy away from the divisive social and cultural topics that Americans are debating in their living rooms, gyms and workplaces.

Obama has spoken out about the responsibility of fathers to raise their children, has condemned the arrest of a prominent black Harvard professor who said he was the victim of racial profiling, was heard chastising Kanye West for the rapper's rude behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards and recently said his views on gay marriage were "evolving" from his previous opposition.

On Monday, the buzz was about how Obama had weighed in on the alleged redemption of Michael Vick.  Obama phoned the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles to praise the team for giving a second chance to the quarterback, who is again a National Football League star 19 months after leaving prison for his role in a horrific dog fighting ring that killed pit bulls by electrocution, hanging and drowning.

Vick's associates testified that the dogfighting ring's operation and gambling monies were almost exclusively funded by Vick. Additionally, Vicks associates fingered Vick in the execution of eight dogs that performed poorly in test fighting sessions. Vick's associates told investigators that Vick participated in killing the dogs, which were hung or drowned.

Obama has joined the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Jamie Foxx, who defended Vick on the grounds that murdering man's best friend was a "cultural thing."

That's some "culture."

Related:  (Video) Robert Byrd, the deceased congressman from West Virginia, had a few words about Vick's "barbaric" actions.
Our Condescenders In Chief
While one Obama says we can't leave the eating habits of kids up to their own parents, another Obama congratulates a football team for hiring a quarterback with a criminal past. What to make of all this, and the uproar that has followed both?

Food and football are private affairs, and they're as often as not connected to each other. We pig out when we watch football. They're both a matter of individual taste. But thanks to Congressional hearings on steroid use among athletes, ObamaCare's overreach into our health care, the FDA, the state near monopoly on primary education, and so forth and so on, both have become increasingly public issues, and more and more subject to government intervention and meddling.

It's telling in some ways that Obama even called up Philadelphia Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie in the first place. They were mainly discussing the use of alternative energy at the Eagles' home stadium, not Michael Vick's second chance. Why should Obama give a fig about what sort of energy gets used at a sports stadium? Because he's a global warming zealot, and he actually thinks that his election will be marked as the time when the earth began to heal, because of his enlightened energy policies. How the Eagles power their lights and heat their hot dogs is all part of the system in which he, more than most, feels drawn to intervene.

That Obama weighed in on Vick's second chance with the Eagles makes us squirm for several reasons. One, Vick's appalling crimes put him outside the norm for sports criminals. Most sports criminals hurt themselves, and it usually costs them their careers. We are accustomed to sports figures using drugs, abusing spouses, gambling and assorted other sordid activities. We're not accustomed to sports heroes torturing and murdering animals for fun and profit, but that's what Michael Vick confessed to doing, and for which he served time. I'm fine with Vick getting his second chance even on the NFL team I loathe the most, but no one should be under any illusions about why the Eagles picked him up. Other teams, including the Falcons who arguably lost out the most when he went to prison, passed on Vick because they didn't want their brands associated with him. Quarterbacks are the faces of NFL franchises. Before going to prison, Vick was a star among stars for his speed and elusiveness. He was the most electrifying player on the field.

Vick the dog torturer makes for a disturbing front man, regardless of how incredible his play is going forward. The Eagles picked him up mostly because they could. They rolled the dice. Vick 2.0 unexpectedly turned out to be better after his stint in prison than he was before. He seems to be making better decisions, and if anything his passing arm is much stronger than before. He's turning out to be a brilliant quarterback. Lucky for the Eagles, then. But his second chance wasn't done out of altruism. The Eagles want to win, and Vick is helping them do that. Both are making millions on the deal, which is fine.

Obama did not call up the owners of, say, the Texas Rangers to congratulate them for giving Josh Hamilton a second chance. Hamilton led that team to its first World Series appearance in its history. But Hamilton made some bad choices in life, and had his early MLB career derailed by drug and alcohol addiction. The Rangers took a chance on him and it paid off: He was brilliant at the plate in the 2010 American League playoffs, to the point that the New York Yankees wouldn't even pitch to him in the ALCS. Where was Obama's call to Nolan Ryan, congratulating him for giving Hamilton a second chance?

Continue reading here . . .
Top 10 Obama Administration Investigation Targets
Human Events says Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has signaled he will conduct numerous oversight investigations of the Obama Administration.  Here are the Top 10 areas ripe for investigation for Issa and other congressional Republicans:
   

(1)  ObamaCare
(2)  Stimulus
(3)  Freddie and Fannie
(4)  Wikileaks
(5)  Climate science
(6)  ACORN
(7)  Oil spill response
(8)  Justice Department
(9)  Czars
(10)  Obama’s presidential eligibility

    
Details here . . .
U.S. Approves Obama/Soros-Backed Project
I've posted many items describing how Obama's administration has been refusing or delaying the licensing of American oil producers from Alaska, down the west coast, across the Gulf of Mexico, and up the east coast.

If you're an American oil company, Obama says, screw you, but if you're a foreign company from a foreign country -- especially one led by a Marxist revolutionary -- Obama says, go for it! 


Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Interior Department said it gave final approval for Petrobras, a foreign entity that was funded by Barack Obama and George Soros, to use the first ever deepwater floating production storage facility in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here's another Obama coincidence -- Obama sponsor George Soros repositioned himself in Petrobras to get dividends just a few days before Obama committed $2 billion in loans and guarantees for Petrobras’ offshore operations?

These are the top 5 holdings of George Soros:
    

1.  Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.Petrobras (PBR) -- 9,818,323 shares, 15.42% of the total portfolio
2.  Hess Corp. (HES) -- 5,123,198 shares, 10.56% of the total portfolio
3.  Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.Petrobras (PBR-A) -- 5,884,700 shares, 7.53% of the total portfolio
4.  Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (POT) -- 1,978,053 shares, 7.06% of the total portfolio
5.  Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) -- 6,526,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio

    
Note that there are two Petrobas stock numbers (PBR and PBR-A, numbers 1 & 3 listed above).

The facility will be used when the company begins oil and natural gas production at its Chinook-Cascade project in the near future, the department said. Petrobras is based in Brazil -- and where was Obama all weekend -- why in Brazil, where its Marxist president Rousseff said that Brazil wants to be a major supplier of new stable sources of energy, and Obama told her that the United States wants to be a major customer.  More American dollars to another third-word country.

A Petrobras official who asked not to be identified told Reuters that production would begin in May.

The floating facility has a daily production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil and 16 million cubic feet of gas. It can be disconnected and moved out of the path of a storm, unlike permanently moored production platforms, preventing long-term supply disruptions because of storms.

"These regulatory approvals pave the way for safe, new production of oil and gas resources in the Gulf of Mexico," said Michael Bromwich, who heads the department's agency that oversees offshore drilling.

Obama won't issue permits to American companies because of what "might happen" to tested technologies, and but doesn't hesitate to give a permit to a project using "the first ever deepwater floating production storage facility in the Gulf of Mexico."
Shocker!  Government Spending Topped $11 Trillion Last Year
Terence P. Jeffrey says that if you look at the historical tables attached to Obama's latest budget proposal, they say the federal government took in $2.165 trillion in revenues in fiscal 2010 and spent $3.720 trillion, leaving a federal deficit of approximately $1.555 trillion.

This looks like a horror story, of course.  Yet the true story is more horrible.  To find that story, you have to look at the financial statements quietly posted by the U.S. Treasury on the website of the Financial Management Service.  These documents show the actual accounting for the federal government in much the same way your bank statements show the actual accounting for your household.

The Daily Treasury Statement published on Sept. 30, 2010 -- the last day of fiscal year 2010 -- itemized all the revenue the government received in that fiscal year and all the money it spent.

True federal spending for fiscal 2010, the Treasury statement said, was $11.5 trillion ($11,537,305,000,000.00).

Now, how can the White House budget claim federal spending was only $3.720 trillion in fiscal 2010, when the Treasury says it was $11.5 trillion?

The biggest reason is because the spending tables produced by the Office of Management and Budget to accompany the White House budget do not count the money the Treasury is obligated to disburse in any given fiscal year to pay off old Treasury securities -- that is, old loans -- that come due in that year.

In fiscal year 2010, according to the Treasury statement, $7.207 trillion ($7,206,965,000,000.00) in loans came due.  Paying off old loans is by far the greatest annual expense the federal government faces.

After the $7.207 trillion the Treasury spent paying off old loans in fiscal 2010, the next two greatest expenses were federal entitlement programs.  Treasury spent $571.5 billion paying Social Security benefits, and $513.7 billion paying Medicare benefits.  The fourth greatest federal expense was paying defense contractors, who billed $399.1 billion for the year.

So, where did the government find $11.5 trillion to pay its bills?

The answer is here . . .
FEC Investigating Obama's 2008 Campaign
NewsMax is reporting that Barack Obama raised a record-shattering $750 million on his way to winning the 2008 presidential election.  But that stunning flood of cash has triggered an investigation by the Federal Election Commission, which is taking a detailed look at the campaign's records and transactions.

According to Roll Call, the audit of Obama's financial records began two years ago.  It was not required by law, since the Obama campaign did not accept federal matching funds and funded itself entirely with private donations.  But allegations of improper contributions, coupled with the FEC's suspicions of certain transactions, led to the probe.

Obama recently officially launched his 2012 campaign effort, and a representative there admitted to Roll Call that a review was under way.

"The FEC is conducting a routine review -- as is true with the McCain campaign, the Romney campaign and many others -- to determine if they have any questions with the information reported," Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for Obama's re-election campaign, told Roll Call.  "Given that there was an historic number of contributors and contributions -- nearly 4 million and over 9 million, respectively -- this takes time."

In October 2008, Newsmax's Ken Timmerman reported that questions about the source of Obama's amazing fundraising were already swirling around.  He reaped a stunning $150 million in campaign donations in September of that year, bringing his total at the time to more than $600 million.

As Timmerman reported:
    

By Obama's own admission, more than half of his contributions have come from small donors giving $200 or less.  But unlike John McCain's campaign, Obama won't release the names of these donors.

    
A Newsmax canvass of disclosed Obama campaign donors shows worrisome anomalies, including outright violations of federal election laws.  For example, Obama has numerous donors who have contributed well over the $4,600 federal election limit.  Many of these donors have never been contacted by the Obama campaign to refund the excess amounts to them.

And more than 37,000 Obama donations appear to be conversions of foreign currency.

According to a Newsmax analysis of the Obama campaign data before the latest figures were released, potential foreign currency donations could range anywhere from $12.8 million to a stunning $63 million in all.  With the addition of $150 million raised in September, this amount could be much more.

This is a joke!

It's well documented that the 2008 Obama campaign did not put in place address verification software that would have routinely prevented most foreign donations.  In effect they were encouraging donations by foreign nationals.  Here is a report from the Washington Post -- and here's one from the Washington Examiner.

And remember the $32,332.19 that came from two brothers living in a Hamas-controlled Palestinian refugee camp in Rafah, GA (that's Gaza, not Georgia).  The Palestinian's $31,318 cash was part of a flood of illegal foreign contributions (click for larger image) accepted by the Obama campaign.

I predict that this FEC investigation will be nothing but a whitewash.
Shock Report Says Obama Moved $85 Billion To Honduras
Richard Ambrose is reporting that Interpol lists a US-EU transfer to Banco Citibank de Honduras, S.A. from Barack Hussein Obama II in the shocking amount of "$73 Billion in cash and US Securities" and "(estimated) $15 Billion in gold and silver bullion" on the same day the American President (March 22nd) was visiting El Salvador on his visit to Central America.
    

Important to note is that the entry in this report naming "Barack Hussein Obama II" does not list him as the American President, but as he is the only person in the world having this exact name one would be hard pressed to believe it could be anyone else.

     

The American leader’s ties with Honduras, the Central American country where this staggeringly huge deposit was made, are well known with his supporting of the 2009 coup d'etat that ousted President Manual Zelaya in favor of a right-wing military junta.   Under Obama’s direct orders, President Zelaya was held at the US airbase outside Tegucigalpa before being forcibly sent to San José, Costa Rica, a move that earned Honduras an expulsion from the Organization of American States (OAS) and shocked the entire Latin American World.

      

Zelaya had earned the wrath of both the US and the right-wing thugs arrayed against him for his efforts to stem the flow of drugs from South America to Mexico, none of which could reach the American market without traveling through Honduras.  Since Zelaya’s ouster by Obama, however, Honduras is now described as a "Drug Traffickers’ Paradise."

      

Since 2009 Obama has become the leading ally and cheerleader for the right-wing coop leader Porfirio Lobo, and Hillary Clinton’s US State Department is currently campaigning for Honduras to be readmitted to the OAS. Since the 2009 coup, the US has, also, built two new military bases in Honduras and increased its training of local police.

      

To where Obama gained access to a fortune that has made him the richest man in the world we can glean from the special report published last week by London’s Observer newspaper wherein they detailed how one of the United States largest banks named Wachovia was discovered to have laundered over $500 Billion for Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

      

According to the Observers report, an investigation begun in 2006 after a CIA-linked DC-9 aircraft made an emergency landing in the Mexican port city of Ciudad del Carmen carrying nearly 6 tons of cocaine also contained detailed financial records linking some of Americans largest banks to the global trade.

      

Though US Federal Prosecutors wanted to indict many powerful US banking executives, for what is described as the largest drug related money laundering scheme in history, Obama overruled them allowing just Wachovia to be prosecuted, and which rather than going to trial they admitted guilt and paid a $160 million fine, the largest amount ever gained under the US bank secrecy act.

     

Even more important to note about Obama’s covert involvement with the drug-linked US banking and financial system (who actually put Obama into power to begin with) was that at the height of the 2008 banking crisis, which allowed him to be elected, Antonio Maria Costa, then head of the United Nations office on drugs and crime, said he had evidence to suggest the proceeds from drugs and crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to US and EU banks on the brink of collapse.  Costa further stated that "Inter-bank loans were funded by money that originated from the dru... and "There were signs that some banks were rescued that way."

      

I'd be skeptical about his one, but it is all over the Internet.

Operation Fast And Furious
  

Over 150 Mexican law enforcement officials killed as a result of Fast and Furious.  As have nearly 1,000 Mexican civilians, at least one U.S. Border Agent (God bless the family of Brian Terry), and who knows how many other humans on both sides of the border who have yet to be accounted for.  And there are still over 1,000 weapons on the loose, although we are starting to find them more and more at crime scenes in America.

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Solyndra

The Week is reporting that solar-power startup Solyndra -- one of the flagships of Obama's efforts to create green-energy jobs -- has shut down, and plans to file for bankruptcy. Solyndra received $535 million in federally guaranteed loans to expand, and Obama once visited the company's Silicon Valley factory to congratulate its workers on their bright future.
    

However, Solyndra says it just can't compete with cheaper solar panels from China, and now its 1,100 employees are out of work.
    

Half a billion is political kickbacks from Obama, and now they tell us they can't compete!

The Week asks, "Is this a 'political catastrophe' for Obama, or just a painful setback in the transition to clean energy?"
    

Answer: No. It's not a political catastrophe because the ObamaMedia will either ignore this story altogether, or make excuses, or blame George Bush.

    
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LightSquared
The four-star Air Force general who oversees U.S. Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise.  Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor.
  
Now the Pentagon has been raising concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared, whose majority owner is an investment fund run by Democratic donor Philip Falcone. Gen. Shelton was originally scheduled to testify Aug. 3 to a House committee that the project would interfere with the military’s sensitive Global Positioning Satellite capabilities, which control automated driving directions and missile targeting, among other things.
  
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Obama's 15+ Scandalous "Achievements"

Yid with a lid says sometimes I think my conservative compatriots go a bit too far. They say that the three-year-old Obama administration is totally void of achievement. That is total nonsense; in three short years Barack Obama has increased the national debt by $5 trillion dollars, that's more than George Bush did in eight years and almost as much as every president from Washington-Clinton combined.
  

I don't want to give you the impression that Obama's only achievement was the record increase in debt, but the man who promised change Washington D.C. can also count some scandals among his achievements. Here are just some of his achievements:
  

bulletGoing to war in Libya without first seeking congressional approval.

bulletThe administration's screwing of the primary GM investors so he could give the company to his buddies in the UAW.

bullet Offering Joe Sestak a White House job to drop out of the Senate race against Arlen Specter

bullet Offering Andrew Romanoff a White House job to drop out of the Senate Race against Michael Bennett.

bulletDropping an already won case against the New Black Panther's.

bullet Refusing to prosecute African Americans for Civil Rights violations.

bulletIgnoring a court order to ease up on restrictions against deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, instead issuing tougher restrictions.

bulletCircumventing the Senate by setting up a "shadow cabinet" of Czars.

bulletObama's Justice Department’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Ignoring his constitutional responsibility to defend laws passed by Congress.

bullet Firing (and slandering) AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin after because he was investigating Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson a friend of the Obamas.

bulletPracticing crony capitalism and wasting taxpayer money with Green energy loans to Solyndra and other failing companies.

bulletNo bid contract given to a company owned by major Obama donor for a small pox vaccine that doesn't work.

bulletFast and Furious: Giving guns to Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to take away guns from law abiding Americans.

bulletMaking recess appointments when congress was not in recess.

bullet Trampling on the Catholic Church's first amendment rights by forcing them to pay for procedures and drugs that their faith bans.
bulletThe GSA and Secret Service scandals neither of which should be blamed on Obama directly, both of which show his poor management of the federal government.

    

Interestingly Obama has taken a wait and see attitude on the secret service scandal:
  

"I expect that investigation to be thorough and I expect it to be rigorous. If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I'll be angry."
  

Which is rather confusing for the man who said the Cambridge police acted stupidly, and injected race into the Trayvon Martin case before the allegations in the press were confirmed.
  
It started out as 15 different achievements but thanks to reader feedback we are up to 19 successes of the Obama Administration (and I am sure there's lots more). Granted they are all scandals, but no one should ever say the administration has achieved nothing.

Benghazi


Obama called the murder of the U. S Ambassador a "bump in the road" -- click photo
 

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