Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #7

The Nut: Obama and ACORN

The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now was the organization Obama (Dear Leader) staked his hopes on for a grass roots army that could run his community organizing ground game. Things might not work out quite the way he planned.

It all started circa 1991 when Obama returned to Chicago, having completed his legal education. ACORN noticed Dear Leader when he was organizing on the far south side of Chicago working with the Developing Communities Project (LA Times 3-2-08 - Letta Tayler). The work he did according to the LA Times was to organize demonstrations in the mold of radical groups like ACORN. Madeleine Talbot, the Chicago ACORN leader at the time said that at first they considered Obama a competitor but she was impressed enough with his abilities that she brought him onboard with ACORN as a staff trainer.

"It was Talbot (with Obama by her side), who led Chicago ACORN's campaign to intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to low credit customers." (NRO - Kurtz) Talbot's genius for leading a mob into "direct action" (militant tactics, intimidation, disruption, etc.) was something Obama learned first hand.

By 1992, Obama headed the Chicago Operation for Project Vote! It was an ACORN effort to register voters nationally. (World News Daily) Today, Obama denies ever organizing with ACORN. He applied what is now known as the Cloward-Piven strategy, mobilizing the poor in class warfare against capitalism, who are viewed as oppressors. Cloward-Piven applied the tactics of the revolutionary civil rights movement including inciting urban riots. The strategy transcends politics defined by race and focuses on politics defined by class.

In 1993, Obama was invited to join the board of the Woods Foundation where his long time friend Bill Ayers, a self proclaimed urban terrorist, was serving at the time. Pajamas Media reported that during Obama's tenure on the board, ACORN received annual grants of up to $45,000 from the Woods Foundation.

World News Daily reported that in 1994, Obama represented ACORN in the Buycks-Roberson vs Citibank Federal Savings Bank case in which ACORN sued Citi to make more loans to marginally qualified (or unqualified) African-American applicants "in a race-neutral way".

By 1995, Obama worked for ACORN in a major lawsuit where ACORN sued the State of Illinois to implement the "motor voter" law. That same year, Bill Ayers co-founded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge with a $50 million grant program for Chicago Public Schools. Ayers selected Obama to be the first chairman of the Board. (WND- Corsi) Stanley Kurtz (Wall Street Journal) reported that the Annenberg project funneled money through various far left community organizing groups including ACORN.

In 1996, Obama became a member of the New Party, a group that sought to move the Democratic Party to the far left. (WND - citing newspaper evidence) According to Democratic Socialists of America documents, the New Party worked with ACORN to promote its candidates. DSA's New Ground newsletter stated, "In Chicago, the New Party's biggest asset and biggest liability is ACORN."

Between 1997 and 2004, Obama was an Illinois State Senator.

Toni Foulkes (ACORN National Board Member) wrote in "Case Study: Chicago – The Barack Obama Campaign":

ACORN noticed [Obama] when he was organizing on the far south side of the city with the Developing Communities Project. He was a very good organizer. When he returned from law school, we asked him to help us with a lawsuit to challenge the state of Illinois' refusal to abide by the National Voting Rights Act, also known as motor voter. .. Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won. Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992 that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the Senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them).

Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus, it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for State Senate and then his failed bid for Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for Senate, we were old friends.

Obama became a United States Senator in 2005. In 2007 on Obama's Organizing for America blog, Sam Graham-Felsen, a paid blogger wrote of Obama's November 2007 speech to ACORN leaders:

When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, "I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work."
Obama spoke at the Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum meeting and said "Groups such as ACORN will shape the agenda of my presidency." (December 1, 2007)

In 2008, ACORN endorsed Obama over his political rival Hillary Clinton. (February 21, 2008 ACORN PAC)

During the presidential campaign of 2008, both Obama and Joe (Slow Joe) Biden insisted they had nothing to do with ACORN since by that time the organization had been the target of voter fraud allegations. However, in August 2008 the Pittsburg Tribune-Review reported that the Obama campaign paid $832,589.29 to ACORN "offshoot" Citizen's Services for the "get out to vote" projects from February 25 - May 17, 2008.
The newspaper revealed that Obama's payments to CSI for services were unusual: "For example, CSI received payments of $63,000 and $75,000 for advance work. Excluding the large payments to CSI, the average amount the Obama campaign spent with other organizations was $558.82 per check on more than 1,200 entries classified as advance work."
Obama clearly continued his close working relationship with ACORN.
According to the same Pittsburg Tribune-Review report, Citizens Services Inc. is headquartered at the same address as ACORN's national headquarters in New Orleans. A 2006 ACORN publication describes Citizen Services Inc. as "ACORN's campaign services entity."

In 2008, Anita MonCrief, a woman who worked in the Strategic Writing and Research Department of ACORN Political Operations and its affiliate Project Vote from 2005 through January 2008, said ACORN acted as an unofficial arm of the Democratic Party during the election and used cash operations to keep some financial transactions under wraps.

"It has always been a Democrat operation," she recently told WND. "They've never made any secrets about who they support. Their political action committees are usually set up to support these Democratic candidates."

She said political action committees support Democrat candidates, and the at the same time voter registration drives were being conducted, the group was putting out propaganda in communities telling people not to vote for Republicans.

According to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report, she further told a Pennsylvania court before the election that the Obama camp provided ACORN with a "donor list" that enabled Project Vote to solicit contributions from Obama supporters who had "maxed out" under federal contribution limits but who could surreptitiously give more to Obama's cause by donating to ACORN and its affiliates.
Obama would like to distance himself from ACORN today, and it's peculiar that MSNBC hasn't done any investigative reporting on these widespread allegations... Yes I'm kidding, MSNBC is in Obama's pocket.

A report from the Committee on Oversight and Government reform stated that ACORN:

"has repeatedly and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud. Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate."

Since 1994, ACORN has received more than $53 million in federal funds, according to the report.

"Under the Obama administration, ACORN stands to receive a whopping $8.5 billion in available stimulus funds. Operationally, ACORN is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia through a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract investigators. Structurally, ACORN is a chess game in which senior management is shielded from accountability by multiple layers of volunteers and compensated employees who serve as pawns to take the fall for every bad act," the report said.

The report continued, "Lobbying is a substantial part of what ACORN does. It has endorsed Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representative Albert Wynn (D-MD), and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD). ACORN keeps donor records from the Clinton, Kerry and Obama campaigns with the intent to engage in prohibited communications. ACORN receives federal funding yet engages in improper lobbying. ACORN and its nonprofit affiliates do not have separate accounts. Neither ACORN nor any of its affiliates have properly reported their political activities to the IRS. These harms fly under the legal radar because the IRS rarely checks for compliance. The 'no substantial part' test is rarely enforced and the accounts of ACORN and its affiliates are illegally commingled."
During the 2008 presidential race, ACORN admitted that more than 400,000 of the 1.3 million voter registrations it claimed to have collected were not valid. There is a criminal investigation underway in 23 States.

Once in office, the Obama Administration selected ACORN to recruit counters for the 2010 US Census.
The Census Bureau severed its ties with ACORN on Sept. 11.The Internal Revenue Service has also indicated that it is conducting a "thorough review" of its agreements with ACORN. According to Bloomberg, ACORN has has helped prepare about 150,000 free tax returns since 2004 for low-income families. Those returns have generated $190 million in tax refunds.

There's no other way to look at it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #6

The Attack Dog: Rahm Emanuel

His bio isn't all that different from his colleague, David Axelrod's. Both started their careers in machine politics working for Mayor Richard Dailey in Chicago. On one occasion when a pollster made Rahm Emanuel mad, Emanuel sent him a dead fish... which makes him a classical Chicago politician. If you say something he doesn't like, he wants you to "sleep with the fishes." He also sat on the board of Freddie Mac, but takes no responsibility for mortgage failures even though he is joined at the hip with Dear Leader and David Axelrod.

He claims to be a devout Jew, but pushes Dear Leader in a direction that would push Israel in the position of being hit by nuclear weapons from Iran or striking Iranian nuclear facilities first. Both situations would be devastating to the world's economies.

Rahn Emanuel was clever enough to endear himself to the Chicago Political Machine, ruthless enough to prove himself to them, and is more or less as ambitious as Satan. (I think he'd agree with all those comments) He's not a fool by any stretch - but the overarching question is whether or not he's good for America. (I haven't discussed his brothers: Hollywood Agent and Mad Scientist)

I often wonder whether Rahm Emanuel is President of the United States or whether Dear Leader is. When it comes to gray matter, Emanuel certainly comes out on top. Dear Leader needs the adulation of the masses. Emanuel does not.

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #5

David Axelrod: Uber Czar

No view of the Dear Leader can be complete without taking a look at his closest advisors. It's a toss up between David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel so I'll take them separately and we'll examine who they are and why they are so close to Dear Leader.

Axelrod grew up in a middle class Jewish household in Manhattan (NY). His mother, an avid socialist, worked as a journalist at "PM", a left wing newspaper that operated as a front for the American Communist Party during World War Two. He followed his mother into journalism as a political reporter for the "Hyde Park Herald" in Chicago and later as a political columnist for the "Chicago Tribune". He moved from reporter to political strategist under the aegis of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Since 1985, he worked as a strategist for a number of political campaigns.

David Axelrod, strategist, would seem to some to be an odd member of Dear Leader's inner circle since Dear Leader, himself, is blatantly anti-Jewish (See Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United Nations last week) and anti Israeli. Maybe Axelrod is compensating from some inner deficiency? Who can tell? Maybe Dear Leader saw in Axelrod some of what he sees in himself (see the previous four Analyzing Obama blogs)?

When I first saw David Axelrod on television I couldn't help but feel as if I'd seen him somewhere before.

Then, it struck me - - the comedian Jon Lovitz is a dead ringer for David Axelrod... if Jon was a dissipated drunk with a few more years on him. In the movie "RAT RACE" (2001), Jon Lovitz steals Hitler's car.

Jon Lovitz ends up with a hitler mustache, ranting to a crowd of veterans (reminded me of Axelrod on NBC).

You're going to need to view the entire video below, to get the whole thing in context. Once you've done that, the next time you see David Axelrod ranting about one or another of Dear Leader's absurd utopian socialist programs that he wants to ram down your throat, you'll break out in laughter as you recall Jon Lovitz in his memorable scene from RAT RACE.

Apologies to Jon Lovitz, a great comedian - comparing him to David Axelrod, a thug, is not kind to Jon Lovitz.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #4

The Chicago Way = The Obama Way

Chicago is one of the world's great eating cities. It's a great place to visit and I have friends who live in the City. I enjoy visiting them, I enjoy the city and I have nothing against Chicago's people, but it's corrupt, it's been corrupt and it will likely always be corrupt. There is no sign of a turn-around on the horizon.

Barack Hussein Obama's (Dear Leader's) career was molded in and by Chicago Politics. It's that very machine that propelled him to his present position as President of the United States. When he took office, the position was also "leader of the free world". Last week in the United Nations, he informed us, that wasn't his job anymore. Many Americans didn't notice, the man on the street didn't care -- because there was nobody to tell him. The mainstream media didn't cover it in the same way they don't cover much of anything that can be construed as negative toward Dear Leader anymore.

This is one example of The New York Times killing a story (with considerable evidence) about corrupt behavior involving Dear Leader and ACORN:

William Ayers, Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine, Edward Vrdolyak, Dr. Robert Weinstein, Ali Alta, Joseph Cari, Jeremiah Wright, Jessie Jackson, P. Nicholas Hurtgen, Jacob Kiferbaum, Steven Loren and William Daley are not the only cronies from Chicago, but they are examples of the SYSTEM that built Dear Leader.

If you want to understand Dear Leader, you need to look at what created him, what molded him and not at the guy wearing expensive suits with a well studied line of blandishments.

**The Obama Campaign for the US Senate was funded largely by Tony Rezko. According to a number of sources including Evelyn Pringle and Jerome Corsi, Rezko's funds tracked back to the "Islamic money mogul who was the bag man to Saddam Hussein at the height of his Oil-for-Food Scam". Rezko is a convicted money launderer.
From CBS News: "A federal jury has found a prominent political fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of 16 of 24 counts in his Illinois corruption trial. Antoin "Tony" Rezko was accused of scheming to get bribes from businesses seeking state contracts. According DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett, "The conviction of Tony Rezko represents a deep stain on the Democratic Party in Illinois. Democrats from top to bottom, including Barack Obama, stood idly by — and in some instances directly benefited — while the massive Blagojevich corruption scheme flourished. They rode into office promising to clean up after the George Ryan scandals and they have taken corruption in Illinois to a new low. They ought to be held accountable at the polls starting this November."
**ACORN - The blatant graphic evidence that it is a racketter influenced and corrupt organization is not in dispute. The election fraud portion of the ACORN trial begins this week. Other criminal charges are pending. ACORN is Obama. Obama is ACORN. The loan fraud perpetrated by ACORN was in part, responsible for the mortgage melt-down that the US experienced last year, carrying over to the present. Mortgage fraud with tens of thousands of mortgages that failed because the recipients were unqualified can be laid directly at the feet of ACORN (and Dear Leader).

** Circa 2006, the FBI investigated corruption that included Illinois State Senator Barack Hussein Obama and the Illinois Teacher Retirement System. For a LONG list of investigative reports by Evelyn Pringle on this subject (CLICK HERE)

Check out this "transcript" from the official wire tap!!!

With a H/T to streetwise pundit, I pulled this according to dailykos.com -- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says there is "nothing in the complaint" that implicates President-elect Obama but the affidavit suggests someone from the Obama camp was in touch with Blagojevich or his aides, if only to tell the Governor that Obama would not offer anything but "appreciation" in exchange for the Senate appointment.

I don't know if the transcript of a recorded telephone conversation is correct or not. So I pulled it.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #3

Barack Attack
(Dear Leader's Struggle with
his hatred toward America)

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's advisor and
spiritual Leader for 20 years:
"God Damn America"

The song the school children have been taught to sing (blasted across conservative blogs including my own) say that "He wants to change it, to rearrange it."


Because Dear Leader holds very deep seated resentments toward America and "Americans" in the general sense. The First Lady said in a widely publicized statement that the first time she felt like an American was when her husband was elected President of the United States. That's quite some statement and reflects how both she and her mate feel about their country. As a result, Dear Leader is all talk and aggressive inaction when it comes to national security. Other leaders have noticed and mock his childish agenda--even if our own media haven't.

Even the French are now worried that Dear Leader will not do what is necessary to protect the US (and by extension, France) from the the Iranian nuclear threat. The only "evil" he has ever been able to internalize is that of the "social injustice" of capitalism and America, taught to him all through his life by his mother and father figures like Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright.

Psychologically, he can't protect us, even if he wanted to. He is bound up in and obsessed with his own personal, unresolved conflicts and caught up in a destructive
repetition compulsion; and having a Daddy who was interested in protecting little Barry's world is not something he can relate to.

He has enough political "will" to support the ranting Zelaya (yet another Chavez wannabe south of us) and, interestingly, always seems to come down on the side of those who dislike and even hate his own country. Dear Leader needs to stop dreaming and wake up to the reality in front of him...but pointing out something like that to a person acting out his own personal psychopathology and grandiose fantasies on a world stage, while little children are singing praises to his wonderfulness and the left is reinforcing and enabling and excusing that gradiosity, would be therapeutically ineffective.

So is it really a lack of political will?

Or is it political grandiosity and malignant narcissism playing itself out on a world stage? All the world's his stage now--a stage he can use to act out those malignantly narcissistic defects manifested in his cold grandiosity and in his "selfless" devotion to pursuing what the left insists on calling "social justice"; but which in the cold light of reality always turns out to be the pursuit of power over others.

(h/t to Dr. Sanity who I drew on for portions of this blog posting - but not attributed in detail)

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #2

Walk the Walk like Barack
(Dear Leader)

Some psychologists and psychiatrists have suggested that Dear Leader is a narcissist. It hardly takes a PhD or an MD to bring one to that conclusion - in my opinion. However in the world of politics and power, narcissism isn't a trait that Dear Leader has a corner on.

I've been paying attention to our Dear Leader since long before he jumped up and down on the Lincoln Bed in the Lincoln Bedroom with glee - in his job as 'leader of the free world', which he resigned from two days ago in the UN when he more or less said that the United States was stepping down from that role.

I can't help but believe that Dear Leader has a dose of solipsism syndrome (CLICK HERE) going on. No I'm not a doctor rendering a diagnosis, merely a trained observer rendering an opinion.

Solipsism is the default state of humanity. There is, arguably, a kernal of us that always believes that we personally, our own consciousness, is the only thing that really exists and nothing else matters. We exhibit it when as babies, we exhibit utter selfishness. Beginning as an infant, we are absolutely demanding (paradoxically all-powerful due to our helplessness). This transfigures into a common adolescent intuition that we are invulnerable, almost certainly marked out for something special, but in any event simply not capable of dying, not in our present, gloriously fresh state of youthful primacy.

Armed forces at war are full of barely mature individuals who are perfectly convinced by the proposition that 'it won't happen to me' and that significantly, this applies to many who have no serious religious faith (Dear Leader in point) predisposing them to such wildly and irrational self-centeredness.

Victims of the syndrome, and I suspect Dear Leader is one of them, never shake off this feeling. We find that many people confined in lunatic asylums are solipsists, believing that they are Napoleon or even The Messiah (God), capable of any achievement or state of bliss through the simple act of thinking it. The degree to which the solipsist's pathology advances can be measured by the development of their delusional state.

There is always some underlying psychological reason why the individual retreated into the deceptive bastion of selfish untouchability in the first place. Freudians take one approach to explain this and other noted psychiatrists take other approaches. My point is not to examine why Dear Leader has been struck with solipsism. That is for professionals more skilled than I am to consider.

It seems apparent from the absurd level Dear Leader has taken things early in his presidency that using the word "egotist" to describe him doesn't come close enough to deconstructing who "the boss" really is. Not all pathological solipsists are the same in the same way that not all pathological narcissists are the same. Where does Dear Leader fit in the whole scheme of psychosis, paranoia and general delusional self-image? I don't know, but I believe he needs professional help, and for all our sakes, the sooner he receives it, the better off we all will be.

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #1

Talk like Barack (Dear Leader):

Communications consultant Jon Kraushar said Obama’s inaugural address on January 20, 2009 was, "marked by the magical powers of conviction, determination, faith and belief in rejuvenation." By breaking down Dear Leader's speech, you can borrow and apply his tricks the next time you give a speech.

Every speech indeed tells a story and needs a title to show its principle point. Obama's address focused on a new era of responsibility, accountability, and possibility. His speech was also distinguished by the emotion behind his words.

President Obama used many rhetorical devices to make his messages memorable. Three techniques stand out: contrast, repetition, and imagery. In a contrast about possibility, he said: "We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord." - (Kraushar)

When speakers give speeches, audiences remember a few general ideas and themes, but mainly go on feelings: "I liked him", "I agreed with her" (or didn't). This tells us that to capture the hearts and minds of your audience, your words, face, eyes, body, voice, and attitude must fit together emotionally and connect with them.

If you want to borrow Obama’s techniques, start with words. Decide on a theme. Organise your thoughts into an outline or bullet points. Then write a few sound bites, using contrast, repetition, and word pictures. In short: show, tell, and sell.

A lot of the impact a speaker makes is based on what we read in his face, eyes, and body language. Dear Leader's non-verbal signs telegraph his seriousness, determination, and fundamental optimism. We see this in his furrowed brow, his dignified demeanour and the way he emphasizes his points with his hand gestures. It’s more interesting to watch and listen to a lively speaker whose gestures bring out stronger sounds out of them.

You can see the effect of body language by rehearsing in front of a mirror. Also have someone watch you rehearse to benefit from a second opinion.

The final impact derives from the voice: tone, pitch, volume, resonance, pauses and rate of speaking. Vocal techniques to evoke specific emotions include pauses for drama, emphasising certain words, a tone shift from sombre to optimistic, and a change in pace from slow and deliberate to slightly faster.

In order to be effective communicators, presidents need to convey the right combination of authority and warmth so people identify with them even while considering them to be on a higher plane. Dear Leader isn't a wizard; he's a craftsman who works hard at being a good communicator. He applies the law of focus which says that whatever you focus on increases.

Go ahead and customize what you like from Dear Leader's techniques to fit your personality and style and you will perform "magic" when you speak in public.