Obama to ACORN 12/07: “We’re going to be calling all of you in, to help shape the agenda.”

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At the Heartland Democratic Presidency Forum, in December 1, 2007, in Des Moines, IA, a number of community organizing groups gathered through the efforts of Deepak Barghava, leader of the ACORN entity for community reinvestment and fair housing. Senator Barack Obama was in attendance. There is a Youtube video for the event, included at the bottom of the page. It begins with Barghava addressing the crowd stating:

All of this change is coming to a society that is still deeply structured by racism and sexism and unless we change course, these divisions and walls that still separate us will get bigger, not lower. And of course, [inaudible] of community organizing from which everyone in this room comes, which is the power of many, which can change the world

That is why we have created the Campaign for Community Values, bringing together hundreds of grassroots community organizations, from across the United States, to begin today, to continue through the elections to get justice in America for everyone.”

Following this recitation, an unidentified woman questioned Senator Obama:

If elected President of the United States, would you agree to meet with a delegation of representatives of these various community organizations, [inaudible] would you agree to within the first 100 days to sit down with them?”

In reply Sen. Obama stated the following:

Yes, but first, let me just say, before I even get inaugurated, during the transition, we’re going to be calling all of you in, to help shape the agenda. We’re going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations, so that you have input into the agenda of the next Presidency of the United States of America.

This statement completely contradicts comments Senator Obama made on Tuesday, October 14, to reporters who questioned him about his relationship with the organization. Here is what he said:

Taking a break from debate preparations, Obama told reporters during a brief press conference this afternoon, “My relationship to ACORN is pretty straightforward. It’s probably 13 years ago when I was still practicing law, I represented ACORN and my partner in that representation was the U.S. Justice Department in having Illinois implement what was called the “motor voter” law, to make sure that people could go to DMVs and driver’s license facilities to get registered. It wasn’t being implemented. That was my relationship, and is my relationship to ACORN.”

He said he had further interactions with the group through its Chicago office, in his capacity as a local elected official. “But they are not advising our campaign,” Obama asserted.

Senator Obama, there is no avoiding saying, is one of the most slippery politicians to ever walk on two feet. Outright deceptions are hiding in plain sight in every direction on the mounting contradictions Mr. Obama himself has amazingly managed to perpetrate, with the direct aid of the media. Take careful notice that Sen. Obama stops just a nanometer short in his statement. “But they are not advising our campaign”. We could do a, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”, considering the tortured, parsed language being employed. Perhaps ACORN is not advising Sen. Obama’s campaign. But they have done staging and lighting, I mean, “get out the vote efforts” for his campaign to the tune of $800,000, or least their subsidiary, ancillary, or, let’s all just face it, its front group has done so. And perhaps they are not advising his campaign but they will, he promised “have input” into his Presidency. If you examine the unbelievably careful wording here, you could actually say that Mr. Obama didn’t technically lie. ACORN’s subsidiary did get out the vote work for his campaign. ACORN and many other community organizing groups will help shape his administration’s agenda. It just didn’t or is not going to do both, at the same time. The diabolical kind of rhetorical foresight that must go into preparing these statements is both hard to ignore or deny.

But, as with everything else Obama, these associations have connections rather like the invisible yet rooted, tubular growth found in a mushroom’s “fairy-ring” in the forest. Or perhaps it would be more apt to apply the analogy of cockroaches. For every one you see, there are about 80,000 of them hiding in the wall.

Senator Obama’s site “Fight the Smears” has presented to its visitors a list of facts regarding Mr. Obama’s relationship with the infamous ACORN, available, one must add, by using the handy “Not the Smear You’re Looking For? Search All Smears” search box in the upper right hand corner of the site’s homepage. By the way, I’m really not making that up. Besides the parody that title is, in and of itself, since when does a politician need a site dedicated entirely to all the “smears” against him, let alone an entire searchable database of them? If the consequences to the country of an Obama Presidency weren’t so serious, it would actually be hysterically funny. “Not the Smear You’re Looking For?” How many do there have to be, for the love of Pete? There is only one thing, really, that can be true: Either the “Republican Attack Machine” is so completely out of control in this election cycle that they are making up loads of smears (again, enough to fill a searchable database) about an opponent, or, there are so many troubling things about a candidate, that they had to dedicate an entire website to fending off the coming attacks.

Anyway, to las cucrachas. As noted, by using the handy “Search All Smears” tool, one finds that Sen. Obama not only plainly contradicted himself yesterday, to reporters, despite the tap dance act, he contradicts himself on his own websites by his own campaign’s statements and those of his supporters.”Fight the Smears” reports the following:

Fact: Barack was never an ACORN community organizer.
Fact: ACORN never hired Obama as a trainer, organizer, or any type of employee.
Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.

In his capacity as an attorney, Barack represented ACORN in a successful lawsuit alongside the U.S. Department of Justice against the state of Illinois to force state compliance with a federal voting access law. For his work helping enforce the law, called “Motor Voter,” Barack received the IVIIPO Legal Eagle Award in 1995.

The “Obama for America” campaign site includes the option for visitors to participate in a “Community Blog”. One of these posts, by a Sam Graham-Felsen, dated February 21, 2008, details, among other things, how Obama himself, addressing ACORN leaders, said the following in November 2007:

“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.”

Again, if one carefully parses the words used by Obama, he didn’t technically lie with his own words. While claiming ACORN was “not part of Project Vote”, he states they were “smack dab in the middle of it”. This one’s a little trickier than the “advising, campaigning, get out the vote, presidency”, sleight of tongue trick, but it can be done and here’s how: Technically, you could be in the middle of something and not be a part of it. You know, like, um, like,…..an Oreo cookie! Yeah, that’ s it. The frosting is, smack in the middle of the cookie, but it’s not technically part of the chocolaty wafer things on either side. They are, technically, separate entities. So one could, technically say, that the overall “cookie” here was the general get out the vote effort during the election cycle in question. But, the wafers (Project Vote) and the frosting (ACORN) were separate parts of that cookie, but not really together.

Something that is yet another root, tentacle, or cockroach, pick whichever analogy you want to use, is that at least at this point, Project Vote and ACORN are working together.

From Project Vote Home Page

From Project Vote Home Page

The snapshot at the right is a blurb found on Project Vote regarding the large number of new voters the organization had registered, together. A search of the site doesn’t give any informatoin on Project Vote’s history with ACORN, just its inception date of 1982 and its general mission.

As with a number of these questionable associations, the tentacles reach in many directions, but trying to grab onto clear facts is difficult.

In any case, the diabolical planning here must just keep teams of rhetoricians very busy at the Obama campaign. Between those careful sentence crafters and the maintenance staff of the “Fight the Smears” site, there is absolute job security for anyone employed by Obama. Maybe that’s why he thinks campaigning for President makes you qualified to be President. The rest of us just have no idea how hard it is to manage all of these people, afterall, it requires a very large staff.

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BREAKING: 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Ohio Sec. of State Must Verify Votes

Tuesday, October 14, ~8:30 P.M. Central

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an emergency ruling ordering Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to devise a method of verifying that the large number of newly registered voters in the state are legally eligible to do so, and to purge the rolls of any that are illegal. The ruling was issued by the full six judge panel. The case has been moving its way through the courts since it was originally filed by the Ohio Republican Party. Tonight’s ruling by the six judge panel upholds last Friday’s decision by a Federal judge.

The three judge panel had sided with Sec. Brunner, who had stated that there was not enough time to set up a verification system prior to the elections. Of particular concern for those who suspect wide spread voter fraud, are absentee ballots, which can be cast until October 16 and are, by state law, to be opened on October 25. Ohio’s procedure is to open these ballots and separate the vote from the identifying information. Once the ballots are separated, there would be no way of detecting whether or not the voter who cast it was legally eligible.

Fox News’ Bill Sammon reported on Greta Van Sustern’s On the Record that the Ohio GOP has been pushing for Ohio’s eighty-eight counties to review the registration lists and purge those that are fraudulent such as “Mickey Mouse”, “Hans Solo”, and the like.

The ruling is significant, in light of the reports of voter fraud by ACORN workers across the state and in at least twelve states throughout the country.

Time for a Dan’s Bake Sale America! America’s Bake Sale

In 1993, a man named Dan called Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. What started as a flippant conversation, quickly exploded into a listener-driven phenomenon. Although, the whole “saga” may seem trivial, there were fundamental truths within it that appealed to Rush’s listeners. Dan introduced himself by thanking a friend who’d recently made him aware of Rush, and for the weekly photocopy of Rush’s subscription Limbaugh Letter. Initially, Rush was simply going to gift a year’s subscription to the poor fellow, whose wife didn’t care for Rush’s show.

Rush, being the true conservative at heart, advised Dan to have a bake sale and raise the money himself to purchase the subscription. He rightly told Dan that he would appreciate the subscription more if he paid for it. Beginning with the very next caller, listener after listener called in to donate everything from baked goods to t-shirts for Dan’s effort. Ultimately, an estimated 65,000 – 80,000*  people showed up for Dan’s bake sale in Fort Collins, Colorado. Rush himself, best explained why his listeners responded so enthusiastically:

Here’s the truth of the matter.  These people show up, 35,000 to 65,000*, they drop a hundred dollars in and around Fort Collins.  That, my friends, is called trickle-down economics.  You should see the people who were at Dan’s Bake Sale, ’93, in Fort Collins, Colorado, because this is something that’s just fundamental.  What happened in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a microcosm of what could have happened all over this country, could be right now if you just had the right kind of leadership.  If we had somebody talking about how great people can be.  If we had somebody talking about how good people are and decent they are in their hearts and motivating those people, take the people who play by the rules, take the people who are good and decent, hardworking, motivate them, inspire them, don’t punish them, motivate them, then you could have Fort Collins, Colorados, all over America.  It’s just overwhelming.

Again, what may have seemed like a superficial endeavor to some at the time, reveals what is universally true about the heart of America: America is a country filled with good, generous, and kind-hearted people. We are a people who are more than willing to stand up and help out our neighbor, whether he be next door or in a state across the country. The vast majority of us are busy living our lives and taking care of our families, trying to live the American dream, but when action is called for by a leader, or events require, we will come together to support a just cause or convey a necessary message.

There is something in the phenomenon of Dan’s Bake Sale that makes a very clear point that is not to be overlooked. People responded so enthusiastically because they were willing to get behind a man who was going to work to earn something for himself. Dan was making the first move, and people were willing to back him up. It wasn’t a government-imposed form of “neighborliness” or an attempt to impose someone’s arbitrary idea of fairness. It was support of the idea that Dan’s friend needed to stop enabling him from taking the newsletter for free, something he hadn’t paid for, and earn the money himself. Once Dan embraced the concept, people we were willing to step forward and help him out. America, at its heart, has always been like that.

The majority of Americans know that social engineering through government-fiat is always doomed to failure. We know that handing something to people who aren’t willing to take the first steps themselves, who aren’t willing to work hard, or who don’t play by the rules, will ultimately fail in helping the person and drag down the rest of society who are burdened with paying for the experiment.

The American people are angry because they know two such massive social engineering programs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, were wildly mismanaged, enlarged, and forced upon the banking industry, and they know that none of the responsible parties are being held to account, and to add further injury, capitalism is now under attack. The American people know that the Fannie and Freddie mess are not totally to blame; massive over spending by Congress, left unchecked by President Bush’s veto pen, and very bad money policies by the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve, lack of enforcement of existing regulations, and failure to communicate the extent of the problem effectively to the American people in time to head off disaster, were also to blame. The American people also know that there was a lot of greed on the part of some companies to make a fast buck on the loosened lending rules, and yes, some people were taken advantage of.

The financial meltdown that has taken place was a wake up to all Americans; from the average citizen on “Main Street”, to the institutions on Wall St., to the halls of Congress, to the Oval office, and to the media. Of late, a large number of Americans have previously woken up and spoken out on a couple of other serious issues facing this country, both of which, in retrospect, it can be seen, in one way or another, have helped to contribute to our economic problems. Large numbers of calls and e-mails have reined down on Washington in the recent past, albeit not in the totally unprecedented numbers seen with the proposed bailout bill. In 2007, a very large number of Americans voiced their disapproval of a so-called comprehensive immigration bill that did not adequately secure our borders and was viewed as granting a form of amnesty to illegal aliens. Just this past summer, again, a large number of Americans put pressure on politicians to “Drill Here, Drill Now”, recognizing the lack of a truly comprehensive energy policy that includes immediate increases in the amount of drilling and refining for oil, is very damaging to our economy and endangering our national security.

The average American understands the problems and the solutions. Torrential downpours of phone calls and e-mails flooded Washington in an effort to stop the extraordinarly ill-conceived “bailout bill”. While many of us may not be able to articulate the minute details, we knew in our guts that it was wrong. It wasn’t because we didn’t want to bail out “the fat cats” on Wall St., we opposed it because we knew the very same people who engineered the failure were not the ones to engineer the solution. We knew the bill was dangerous, we knew there were saner, better solutions proposed that did not socialize a large portion of our financial sector. After decades of expansion in the housing market and a long period of growth of the stock market, the average person took stock of history, applied their common sense, and knew that it was time for a major correction. We knew some would get hurt and we could personally suffer hard times. In order to preserve freedom, and the principles of a capitalist, free market society, we shouted our voices that we were willing to accept that. We knew those of us who could, would help others out. We will and do help each other out, but we don’t want the government taking the money from us and deciding. That’s the American way. Sometimes we fail but we will get back up. Punish the guilty, correct the mistakes, learn from them and then, emerge stronger and smarter than before. Many, many Americans conveyed this message to Washington.

But Washington utterly failed to listen. Many of us were momentarily hopeful that the initial failure of the bill meant that our voices were being heard. While there were some of our representatives of principle who opposed the bill from the beginning for the right reasons, we were informed that it was not the fundamental principles of the bill that were the cause of the failure; it was partisan politics embodied in a speech on the House floor given by Speaker Pelosi. Most unfortunately, a bill was ultimately passed. We heard phrases like “that’s whay happens in the sausage factory” and that the bill was “sweetened” to entice more politicans to vote for it. It was Washington business as usual, but this time, large numbers of Americans were watching and were completely repulsed.

Americans are outraged at the complete disenfranchisement that has occurred in this whole debacle and that has been going on for some time. We are outraged that no one directly responsible for the financial mess in which we find ourselves are being held to account. We are outraged that the very same people should be under intense scrutiny, are instead hatching plans to further socialize this country and impose still more social engineering programs. And we are equally outraged that many of the same representatives in our government that sat idly by in the past are still doing it today. Why don’t they speak?

Americans are fed up with being lectured to by the media. After the bailout bill initially failed, the all-out assualt on public opinion, nay, the sheer propaganda flew from every quarter. We were inundated with stories of businesses that had been having financial troubles for quite some time now supposedely going belly-up because of the “credit crunch”. We were warned about so-called experts about the devasting effects of the sharp drop in the stock market on all our retirement accounts and the impending apocalypse should the bill ultimately fail to pass. In one case, a business network anchor actually wagged her finger at the screen and chastized, “Wall Street is ‘Main Street’, folks!” How dare we form our own opinions! Apparently, or so we are told, we are just too stupid to understand the fatal consequences.

We are fed up with the absolute absence of tough questioning to politicians who are currently in power while corruption is “hiding” in plain sight. We are fed up with the complete lack of journalistic ethics that has resulted in free advertising for one candidate on the one hand while deploying squadrons of investigators to dig up dirt on another.

As this is being written, the press are perverting what is behind the righteous anger of citizens who have begun expressing themselves at McCain – Palin campaign rallies, and even using it as a weapon against the campaign, accusing them of inciting a racist, mob mentality. While there have been a very few inappropriate remarks at a couple of the rallies, those hyperbolic expressions come as no real surprise to the rest of us.

These unfortunate inflammatory effusions of anger are what come from years of disenfranchisement of the average citizen while Washington continues down a ruinous path. Nearly all widely available forms of media, including broadcast and print news, films, celebrity interviews and award ceremonies convey to Americas what a terrible country they live in, that it must become more like Europe, that capitalism doesn’t work, and that they, the average person with values, are just plain ignorant if they disagree with a socialist agenda. The calvacade of insulting rhetoric has recently reached a crescendo, so much so that it has become nearly a parody of itself. This kind of environment does ultimately produce a frustration that spills out. The elitists in the world who are nearly the only voices broadcast, are so totally out of touch, they can’t possible understand this.

The majority of Americans, a few principled, lonely souls in Washington, some in print, some on TV, and a huge number of people in “the blogosphere” do get it. The sentitments of the majority of Americans are best embodied in the passionate remarks of a gentleman at an October 9th McCain-Pally townhall meeting in Waukesha, Wisconsin, during which the following exchange occurred:

Speaker: I’m mad, I’m really mad, and what’s going to surprise you is, that it’s not the economy. It’s the socialists taking over our country. (applause) (to the crowd) Sit down, I’m not done. Thank you.

John McCain: You’re going to have to…(inaudible from Speaker) You’re going have to give me…

Speaker: Let me finish, please.

John McCain: Ok. Excuuuuse me….(laugher) I think I get the message.

Speaker: Thank you. I think it’s important, what we’re really missing, and what’s going on, when you have an Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run this country, we’ve gotta have our heads examined. It’s time that you two are representing us and we are mad!

This gentleman spoke for so many, many people and he was trying to convey to Senator McCain and Gov. Palin that we know where the real power in this republic is supposed to reside. Many of us are concerned that Sen. McCain is just as out of touch with the majority of Americans as the rest of Washington, based on the fact that he, too, voted for the bailout, and has even proposed using some of the money to bail out people who took on more house than they can afford. Sen. McCain is not articulating the many issues about which people are so angry, he is not spelling out how he would punish the guilty, or what he would fundamentally change to prevent a recurrance. People attending his rallies are just trying to get the message through. Senator McCain is not inciting a mob, the average American is trying to incite him to hear truth and take appropriate action.

The expressions of fear by McCain rally attendees at the prospects of a President Obama are being called racist by the media, the Obama campaign, and his supporters. Again, while a very few of those comments have been inappropriate, it is again, an expression of a righteous emotion. Despite all the efforts by the Obama campaign and the overwhelming majority of the media, many Americans are aware of the questionable aspects of Sen. Obama’s history and have followed his ever-evolving versions of past and current associations, comments, positions, and policies. Many Americans are becoming increasily dismayed by the emerging portrait of a man who once gives such eloquent speeches, yet in other quarters says so many troubling things. The espousal of principles of unity, hope, and a new kind of politics does not square with the demeaning remarks about Americans with values, the inciting of supporters to “get into people’s faces”, appeals to the Justice Department, the Federal Communications Commission, even local law enforcement to silence the free speech of those in opposition, and a failure to distance himself from the multitude of odd supporters whose t-shirts, signs, songs, and chants evoke the imagery of socialism, communism, and fascism of days gone by.

The rumors regarding Mr. Obama that speculate on his past and present ideology and connections are only fueled by the near-total lack of journalistic ethics. The number of false rumors about him are the direct result of an absence of rigorous investigation. It is left to the individual to sort through what is available from a few in the media, from those with whom they speak casually, and most especially from the internet. Because there is much about Mr. Obama to correctly cause genuine concern intuitively, some people latch on to the wrong reason for it. The media, rather than pointing fingers at the McCain campaign have only themselves to blame.

While many Americans are feeling the same way, they feel they have no one who is voicing their concerns and they are fearful that time is running out. The daily message from the media is: “This election is over.” There is growing concern, as the gentleman from Wisconsin put it, “What’s going on, when you have an Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run this country, we’ve gotta have our heads examined.” The gentleman was articulating the growing concern that “the hooligans” will actually increase in numbers, that there will be a tipping of the balance of power and the increasing forces of socialism will be unstoppable. And, he was attempting to clearly tell Senator McCain and Gov. Palin that they are not articulating that particular message at all or the overall issues with clarity.

What is so desperately needed at this time is leadership. There appears to be an absolute lack of it from the President, whose failures and failure to communicate have lost our trust. The only leadership in Washington is leading this country to ruin.

Perhaps because of a long period of prosperity and an agenda-driven media that has long attempted to frame the overall picture of government, including what it should and should not do, and what it really does, too many of us may have “bought in” to these ideas. Clearly, the majority of us no longer trust the government and have come to question how much stock we put in its leadership.

Leadership cannot come from Washington at this point. America has lost sight of the single most important principle on which it was founded: God grants rights to the individual and “In order to protect these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” “We the people” need to be the leaders and remind all of those “hooligans” in Washington, the media, and Senator McCain, with home the power really rests.

We the people need to come together and send the following messages…

To those currently in power:

  1. No more bailouts! Companies and people who make bad decisions should be allowed to fail so they learn from their mistakes.
  2. America is not a socialist country, so stop nationalizing the private sector
  3. The only thing that you should be doing to “help” fix the current situation is to come up with real market based solutions.
  4. Stop spending our money! Actually stop printing it! Right this minute! We’re broke!
  5. You work for the American people – when we barrage Washington with phone calls and e-mails in opposition to your plans, you better listen.
  6. If we have too many foreign entanglements that have tied our hands, you’d better figure out how that happened and begin extracting us, somehow. Trade may be global, with global markets, but America is not a market! America is a sovereign nation filled with American citizens, we are not citizens of the world.

To the media elite and celebrities:

  1. Stop telling us who to vote for and do your jobs.
  2. If you’re a reporter, investigate and report. Stop advocating. Look carefully into Sen. Obama’s background and ask him the tough questions.
  3. If you’re a celebrity, shut up. No one cares what you think. All you’re dong is alienating a good chunk of your audience. If you’re a comedian, poke fun at both sides or find something else to joke about.

To John Mccain and Sarah Palin:

  1. Stop talking to us about corruption on Wall St. and predatory lenders and start talking about corrupt politicians. Announce who you would appoint as your Attorney General and develop a plan with him to investigate and prosecute all responsible parties on Wall Street and in Washington. Send him around the country until Election Day to explain this plan to the American people.
  2. You must totally ignore the opinions of the media, you’re not going to win them over no matter what you do. Do only live interviews with major broadcast networks, go on every local media affliate you can wherever you go, and one of you should call someone in talk radio, daily, everyday until the election is over. More people are paying attention than ever before; there are a lot of new listeners calling in, upset about the current situation.
  3. Tell the history of Barack Obama, from start to finish. That includes all of his socialist and radical ties, including Rev. Wright. Weave a narrative, it’s really not that complicated. Stop telling crowds that Mr. Obama is a decent, honorable man, from whom they have nothing to fear. At the very least, he is not truthful and it just makes you look out of touch and like your’re caving into media criticism.  Any criticism will be called racist, and by caving in, you are allowing yourself to be completely disarmed. Expose, vigorously all of Mr. Obama’s ties to ACORN.
  4. Call for an immediate investigation into and a nationwide rejection of any more voter registrations to be accepted by ACORN. Propose the introduction of an immediate spending freeze on funds to ACORN. Promise the American people, if you are elected, you will direct your appointed Attorney General with investigating this group and all of its activities, say that you are willing to appoint a Special Prosecutor, if necessary. Promise the American people you will challenge election results that appear questionable due to the widely reported incidents of voter fraud involving this group.
  5. Start talking about the danger we all face from the possibility of a Democratic majority in Congress, the loss of the filibuster, and the plans of Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid in the event of this possibility and in particular, in the event the majority is secured, what America might look if Barack Obama would also be elected President.
  6. Stop talking to us about any additional bailouts! Realize your mistake in supporting the original bill. Propose only real market solutions and advocate for capitalism and free markets. Talk about how the wrong kind of government intervention led to the current financial mess, how because there were a few greedy companies, it doesn’t mean we reject the entire capitalist system. Talk about how the fear of increased taxes and looming prospect of the re-imposition of the offshore drilling ban creates so much uncertainty in financial markets, those factors are contributing to fear. Talk about how increasing government intervention creates even more uncertainty and failure of investors and business to trust that the government won’t swoop down on them, too.
  7. In the event you are elected, Sen. McCain, you need to realize that you work for us. The American people are awake to the difficulties that face the country and have little trust in politicians. If the majority of Americans express themselves so loudly in the future, as they did in trying to stop the bailout you need to listen to them next time.

Let’s send these messages, together, by raising money to either form a 527 group or by donating to one already in existence to run ads about these issues during the last few days of the election.

Let’s raise money to support candidates who voted “No” on the bailout bill and to avoid tipping the balance of power in the House and the Senate so far to the left that further damaging legislation can’t be stopped.

Let’s get together for one big event in a central location and in as many locations across the country as possible. Let’s remember Dan, and really do something with it this time, together. Let’s remember that we’re not alone, that this is our country and then, as Rush said, “Then you could have Fort Collins, Colorados, all over America.”

I call on anyone who is interested in fighting for freedom and stopping socialism, to send a message that We the People are the true leadership in this country, to join me.

Here’s to Fort Collins, all over America.

How, and what next?

Instead of Dan’s Bake Sale, it’s…

America’s Bake Sale

Saturday, October 25

Time to be determined

I invite as many people as are able to participate in the main event, which will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’ll start out with the idea of holding it in a nearby park shelter, with an advertisement in my local newspaper. If that’s all, so be it. I’ll donate any money raised to the American Issues Project which is the only organization currently running any ads close to the kind that should be on the air. If we work together, though, a show in numbers can make a difference, and it would definitely send a message.

I call on anyone willing to help, to join me. We’ll move from the park shelter to a small community center. If we get more help, we’ll move from the community center to an event center, or to a large farm field near the edge of the city.

For those who cannot come and join me in Nebraska, I urge you to hold an event in your city own or town. Starting out, just like I suggested for myself, with a little sale in your driveway, local park shelter, or community center. Call on others to join in, and see how big you can make it and try to move it a larger venue.

I call on people who own businesses to donate items for sale, including, of course, the requisite baked goods. But I also call on any business that is willing to donate t-shirts, stickers, buttons, or like items, to be sold. I call on people with sound equipment, with video and webcam equipment to set up to broadcast the individual bake sales across the country, live, over the internet. I call on vocalists, musicians, or other people with the skills to put on some entertainment at local events. I call on those with motivational speaking abilities to say a few words of encouragement to those attending. I call on printers to make up flyers and signs.

I call on attorneys who know more about election finance law than I do to advise on setting up a 527 group or to work with one already existing to best spend the money raised. I call on these attorneys to advise on any election law issues allowing or preventing the invitation of worthy candidates to attend these events.

I call on widely known people who have been in positions of leadership in government, like Newt Gingrich,  Fred Thompson, and others to come and speak in Lincoln. I call on radio talk show hosts, who have led the way on in the past on grassroots movements just like this one, to join in and spread the word, and speak at one of the locations where one of these bake sales is being held.

I call on people with video editing skills to make some more videos to put on the internet to explain the vital issues and post them on the internet in a coordinated effort to spread the word. I call on people with these skills to work together to possibly prepare ad spots should it be determined forming our own 527 group is the best way to go, so they are ready for placement during the last few days of the election immediately after the nationwide effort.

I call on anyone who is willing to help me organize this thing, right now, to give ideas for ensuring its success, and to get immediately to work.

And most earnestly, I call on bloggers all over the internet, whose many voices have been shouting out the truth, trying to spread the word about the issues facing all of us, who love their country, and who feel frustrated about what to do. You can do something – spread the word!

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Obama Was Co-Counsel Against Citibank in 1994 Suit for “Red-lining” – Can You Say ACORN?

Senator Obama Has Said He “Never Organized With ACORN” or “Worked For Them in Any Capacity” and Has Pointed Fingers at Wall Street and Bush’s Policies,  Anyone, and Everyone But Himself (or His Own Party) in the Sub-Prime Mortgage Mess…

But His Associations and Prior Activities Put in Him Directly At Ground Zero of the Financial Crisis and Only Raise Many More Questions

On June 12, 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s campaign set up a website dedicated to fighting “viscous rumors” about the candidate. The site, entitled “Fight the Smears” seems to have a “smear du jour” which it addresses and lists nineteen separate issues on which the campaign apparently feels its candidate has been unfairly “smeared” to date. For instance, the issue of the day, October 9, regards Sen. Obama’s “tangential” relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist-turned Professor of Education and author, William Ayers.

One of the issues addressed concerns the now widely discussed organization, ACORN. The group’s acroynm stands for Associatons of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and describes itself as:

The nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country.  Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action, negotiation, legislative advocacy and voter participation.  ACORN helps those who have historically been locked out become powerful players in our democratic system.

ACORN has a purportedly separate, incorporated entity, that was specifically created to address housing issues:

National non-profit ACORN Housing has been providing free housing counseling to low and moderate income homebuyers since 1987. We have opened HUD-certified, Fannie Mae-approved housing counseling offices across the US, helping over 50,000 families to achieve homeownership.

Obama’s “Fight the Smears” site includes a page with “acornrumor” in the address bar. This page states that “Obama never organized with ACORN.” In addition, the Campaign asserts that Obama never trained for ACORN nor was he employed by them in any other capacity other than his representation of the organization in a 1995 suit against the Justice Department for violations of the “Motor Voter” law in Illinois. Finally, the campaign reports that ACORN was not involved in Obama’s 1992 effort “Project Vote“. The Fight the Smears site addresses accusations by a Ken Blackwell that the campaign describes as a “voter suppression guru”. If Mr. Blackwell, whoever he is, was the only party questioning Mr. Obama’s associations with ACORN, he might be worth looking into. Rumor aside, there is no question that Sen. Obama has a long history with ACORN.

Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an investigative reporter for National Review, has spent months intensively investigating Senator Obama, including his connections with William Ayers and the Annenburg Challenge, and with ACORN. One of many, the article “Inside Obama’s ACORN” best details the organization’s true history, intent, and Obama’s connection with it.

Any spinning Obama and his campaign have done notwithstanding, Mr. Kurtz has done his homework. He cites many sources for his articles. One of those mentioned in “Inside…” is an LA Times article, which quotes ACORN’s Madeleine Talbot:

” ‘He got people to vote with their feet’ on the issue, organizer Madeleine Talbot said. At the time, Talbot worked at the social action group ACORN and initially considered Obama a competitor. But she became so impressed with his work that she invited him to help train her staff.”

Perhaps Obama and Company intend to play the careful parsing of words game on this issue. It’s wildly reminiscent of “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” However, this one doesn’t pass “the smell test”. Mr. Kurtz’s article begins with, “What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along?” Mr. Kurtz may not know how right he was. Unbelievably, on the Obama campaign site, there is a “Community Blog” post by a Sam Graham-Felsen dated February 21, 2008, which details, among other things, how Obama himself, addressing ACORN leaders in November, 2007 said:

“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.”

The unbridled arrogance of Mr. Obama, his campaign, and the media truly leaves one speechless. None of these superior beings apparently anticpates that any of us know how to read or work our way around a search engine.

It is not surprising that the tip-toeing through the tulips on the ACORN issue is in full swing, considering the recent public outrage at the possibility of additional ACORN funding being slipped into the recent Bailout Bill and rapidly mounting reports of voter fraud by the organization.

The community organizations element of ACORN is the official entity currently embroiled in voter registration fraud in twelve states throughout the country. ACORN’s Political Director in Ohio, Mari Engelhardt, admitted on Tuesday, October 7, that it couldn’t “perfectly” prevent fraud. ACORN attorney Teresa James admitted, “We do not have the resources to know if a particular card is fictitious.”

Late this evening (Oct. 9), a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judge issued a temporary restraining order against Ohio Attorney General Jennifer Brunner because, to paraphrase the information relayed by Greta Van Susteren during her show, On the Record, “Brunner is not doing enough to investigate voter fraud.” The Attorney General intends to appeal the ruling. Despite my extensive efforts to discover detailed information about the ruling, there is nothing as of yet available online.

Apparently, all of the above concerns prompted House of Representatives Minority Leader from Ohio, John Boehner, to call today for all federal funding to ACORN to stop as well as for a prohibition against any candidates for federal office contracting with ACORN for campaign work.

Obviously, the outcome of the voter fraud problems are yet to be determined as are any actions that result from Sen. Boehner’s proposals. The second appeal from Boehner results directly from the fact that Barack Obama, despite denying any connection with ACORN, contracted with Citizen’s Services, Inc, a subsidiary of ACORN for services rendered to his campaign in the amount of $800,000. As an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on August 22, 2008, details, Citizen’s Services, Inc. was described on an ACORN publication in 2006 as “‘ACORN’s campaign services entity”‘. Besides ACORN’s own publication, the article also details that the headquarters of Citizen’s Services, Inc., are listed as existing at the same address as ACORN’s national headquarters. As the links above note, there is ample information available that confirms the assertion is true. I intend to spend further time looking at the address, 1024 Elysian Fields, New Oreleans, LA, and for further newinformation on ACORN and Citizen’s Services, Inc., as my researching their addresses reveals a large number of other organizations at the same address, which must mean this is a huge building or there are some questions that need to be raised. Further, the tax-exempt database I linked for the ACORN address above displays that ACORN keeps its money in an offshore bank account in the Virgin Islands, which I find just plain odd.

It is clear that Citizen’s Services and ACORN are essentially one and the same. The Obama for America campaign initially reported a varied list of services that the group was supposed to have performed (see the sidebar in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article linked above) that seem curiously out of place, considering the nature of the organization. The campaign ultimately revised its reports, citing simple filing error. The revision is to report the services of Citizen’s as “field work”.

Not only is it disturbing that Mr. Obama and his campaign believe that denying any connection to ACORN is plausible, it is disturbing that the ACORN entity in Louisiana appears to be registered as the incorporated housing entity. It is troubling because the organization receives federal funds and calls in to question why this federally funded group would have any connection with an affliate that performs campaign services. There is a clear conflict of interest, at the very least. ACORN, in any form, having been the recipient of tax dollars, should not be working for any political candidates nor should it be endorsing them. The left-wing publication The Nation, proudly crowed on February 23, 2008, that ACORN’s PAC had given Obama it’s “important endorsement”. Yes, in addition to ACORN’s many other tentacles, the organization seems to have a Political Action Committee. The above mentioned “Community Blog” is actually a report of ACORN’s endorsement of Obama for President.

The only relationship Obama publicly owns in regards to ACORN is his work as an attorney for them in suing the Justice Dept. per the Motor Voter Law. Besides all of the other connections, it appears that there is another legal case Mr. Obama has failed to mention.

In 1994, Obama was one of the attorneys listed on a lawsuit against Citibank in which the plaintiffs claim the bank was engaged in “red-lining” or refusing to grant mortgages to people in particular neighborhoods in Chicago.

Clicking here will allow you to see actual final documents in the case. It is a .PDF file.

Clicking here will allow you to see detailed records of the case at a site called “The Civil Rights Litigation Clearing House”

Note that the case is entitled “Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Fed. Sav. Bank”. Due to the nature of such a case, which, to the best of my understanding, requires an individual private citizen or citizens as plaintiffs, and not a non-profit organization, ACORN’s name is not listed anywhere in the documentation. In order for the plaintiff to have standing in the case, they have had to have been damaged. Since ACORN as an entity doesn’t apply for mortgages on private homes for itself, it cannot sue banks, and so the organization most likely found some victims to prove its point.

Even if this particular case has no connection whatever to ACORN, and that looks most likely not plausible at this stage, it is clearly a tactic straight out of the ACORN playbook. There is no denying that Mr. Obama engaged in filing a lawsuit that had the same purpose as pushing for more and more people to be granted loans who couldn’t afford them. These kinds of measures share not only the same purpose, they had the same effect: the collapse of the sub-prime lending market, in addition to terrible monetary policy by the FED, have led us to the current financial crisis.

Citibank likely rejected loan applications for homes in the neighborhoods that were “red-lined” because they were graded as areas for high-risk of default or were of market values that were so low, the costs of establishing and servicing mortgages for homes in those areas exceeded any potential profit. In other words, Citibank was likely employing sound business practice and attempting to avoid granting mortgage loans to people who they had deemed were at high risk for default.

Lawsuits like Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank directly contributed to forcing banks to grant risky mortgages. It again, is not surprising that Obama makes no mention of any such measures taken by “community organizations” or attorneys that helped to lead to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Instead, he blames the Bush policies and capitalism. There is no question that Pres. Bush, his Treasury Secretary, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board deserve much blame for the current crisis, but the entire strategy of giving loans to people who couldn’t afford them, gets at least half of the blame.

Besides his involvement in the Citibank suit, Obama received $105,849 from Fannie Mae and its employees since being elected to the Senate in 2006. That makes him the #3 recipient on the list. He is only topped by Connecticut Sen. Dodd at $133,900 and Massuchusetts Sen. John Kerry at $111,000. The list actually records all donations received from 1989-2008. Dodd has been in office since 1981, meaning the amount he has received may have been spread out over the last seven years, and the same is true for Sen. Kerry, who has also been in office for much longer than the term of the report. Sen. Obama has been campaigning for much of his first term in the Senate, and has reportedly spent 141 actually serving in Washington, D.C., since taking office. That means he received $756 in contributions from Fannie Mae and its employees for every day he served.

It’s hard to imagine that kind of money has no influence on a politician’s policy decisions. Further, it causes one to wonder why Fannie Mae executives and employees thought the Senator was so worthwhile an investment? Could it be that the continued reckless practices of out-of-control lending were concepts he particularly endorsed? Put together with his involvement the Citibank suit, tax policies of forced “fairness”, belief that healthcare is a “right”, and intent to tax businesses at high rates, it doesn’t take a leap to understand that Fannie Mae would find a friend in Barack Obama.

The questions that beg asking are: Where is the media to ask these questions? Why didn’t they dig up the information about the Citibank suit?