Obama’s Real Problem With Ayers

Obama’s Real Problem With Ayers

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, October 07, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election ’08: At an education forum in Venezuela, Bill Ayers showed the real issue is not his terrorist past. It’s the socialist revolutionary agenda that he and Barack Obama want to impose on the nation’s schools.


Still more evidence of how the media are in the tank for Obama was evident in Tom Brokaw’s description of Ayers on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.”

“School reformer” is how Brokaw identified the co-founder of the Weather Underground, the radical organization that, among other activities, bombed government buildings, banks, police departments and military bases in the early 1970s.

Yeah, right: Ayers is a school reformer in the same sense, as City Journal’s Sol Stern put it, as Joe Stalin was an agricultural reformer.

An idea of what Ayers has in mind for America’s schools was provided in his own words not 40 years ago when Obama was eight years old, but less than two years ago in November 2006 at the World Education Forum in Caracas hosted by dictator Hugo Chavez.

With Chavez at his side, Ayers voiced his support for “the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . . . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.”

Ayers told the great humanitarian Chavez: “Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions large and small. La educacion es revolucion.” It is that form of socialist revolution that Ayers, and Obama, have worked to bring to America.

Ayers, now a tenured Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, works to educate teachers in socialist revolutionary ideology, urging that it be passed on to impressionable students.

As Stern points out, “Ayers and his education school comrades are explicit about the need to indoctrinate public school children in the belief that America is a racist, militarist country and that the capitalist system is inherently unfair and oppressive.”

If Ayers was just another nutty professor, we’d be lucky. But he wields great influence in academic circles and has had Obama’s ear. He’s the author or editor of 15 books. Chicago’s current mayor, Richard M. Daley, has employed Ayers as a teacher trainer for Chicago’s public schools and consulted him on the city’s education-reform plans.

Just last month, Ayers was elected vice-president for curriculum for the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association. AERA is the nation’s largest organization of education-school professors and researchers.

In a recent interview on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” Obama upgraded Ayers’ status from “a guy who lives in my neighborhood” to “somebody who worked on education issues in Chicago that I know.”

Actually, Obama knew him quite well, having worked together on a school “reform” project called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

In the 1990s, Ayers was instrumental in starting the Annenberg Challenge, securing a $50 million grant to reform the Chicago Public Schools, part of a national initiative funded by the late Ambassador Walter Annenberg.

Obama was given the Annenberg board chairmanship only months before his first run for office. He ran the fiscal arm that distributed grants to schools and raised matching funds.

Ayers participated in a second entity known as the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, the operational arm that worked with grant recipients.

During Obama’s tenure as Annenberg board chairman, Ayers’ own education projects received substantial funding.

One of Ayers’ descriptions for a course called “Improving Learning Environments” says a prospective K-12 teacher needs to “be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and . . . be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, teaching for social justice and liberation.”

John McCain needs to repeatedly point out the stealth socialism of Ayers’ education agenda and Obama’s complicity in it. Otherwise, we may one day see Ayers as Obama’s secretary of education.

ACORN’s Senator

ACORN’s Senator

Election ‘08: Barack Obama wasn’t just the second-largest recipient of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac political contributions. He was also the senator from ACORN, the activist leader for risky “affirmative action” loans.

Despite efforts to blame the rescue bill’s failure on the GOP, it should be remembered that 95 Democrats — some 40% of the Democratic Caucus — withheld support. Obama himself also deserves blame — not only for the bill’s failure, but also for the crisis it was designed to solve.

As the New York Times reports, “Aides to Mr. Obama said he had not directly reached out to try to sway any House Democrats who opposed the measure.” Is the reason the fact that the slush fund for ACORN in the original bill, siphoning off 20% of any future profits for such activist groups, was trimmed from the tree?

Obama, who once represented ACORN in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois, was hired by the group to train its community organizers and staff in the methods and tactics of the late Saul Alinsky. ACORN would stage in-your-face protests in bank lobbies, drive-through lanes and even at bank managers’ homes to get them to issue risky loans in the inner city or face charges of racism.

In the early 1990s, reports Stanley Kurtz, senior fellow at the Ethics and Policy Center, Obama was personally recruited by Chicago’s ACORN to run training sessions in “direct action.” That’s the euphemism for the techniques used under the cover of the federal Community Reinvestment Act to intimidate financial institutions into giving what have been called “Ninja” loans — no income, no job, no assets — to people who couldn’t afford them.

CRA was designed to increase minority homeownership. Whenever a bank wanted to grow or expand, ACORN would file complaints that it was not sufficiently sensitive to the needs of minorities in providing home loans. Agitators would then be unleashed.

Chicago’s ACORN used Alinsky’s tactics against institutions such as Bell Federal Savings and Loan and Avondale Federal Savings. In September 1992, the Chicago Tribune described the group’s agenda as “affirmative action lending.”

Obama also helped ACORN get funding. When he served on the board of the Woods Fund for Chicago with Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, the Woods Fund frequently gave ACORN grants to fund its activist agenda.

In 1995, Kurtz reports, Obama chaired the committee that increased funding of ACORN and other community organizers. The committee report boasted that the fund’s “non-ideological” image “enabled the Trustees to make grants to organizations that use confrontational tactics against the business and governmental ‘establishments’ without undue risk of being accused of partisanship.”

The CRA empowered regulators to punish banks that failed to “meet the credit needs” of “low-income, minority and distressed neighborhoods.” It gave groups such as ACORN a license and a means to intimidate banks, claiming they were “redlining” poor and minority neighborhoods. ACORN employed its tactics in 1991 by taking over the House Banking Committee room for two days to protest efforts to scale back the CRA.

As a former White House staff economist writes in the American Thinker, Obama represented ACORN in a 1994 suit against redlining. ACORN was also a driving force behind a 1995 regulatory revision pushed through by the Clinton administration that greatly expanded the CRA and helped spawn the current financial crisis.

Obama was the attorney representing ACORN in this effort. Last November, he told the group, “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career.” Indeed he has. Obama was and is fully aware of what ACORN was doing with the money and expertise he provided. The voters should be aware on Nov. 4 of the roles of both in creating the current crisis.



Obama, who once represented ACORN in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois, was hired by the group to train its community organizers and staff in the methods and tactics of the late Saul Alinsky. ACORN would stage in-your-face protests in bank lobbies, drive-through lanes and even at bank managers’ homes to get them to issue risky loans in the inner city or face charges of racism.



88 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Phone : 718-246-7900 
URL :http://acorn.org/index.php?id=1600


·     Largest radical group in America, with 175,000 dues-paying member families, and more than 850 chapters in 70 US cities

·     Implicated in numerous reports of fraudulent voter registration, vote-rigging, voter intimidation, and vote-for-pay scams during the 2004 election

·     Maintains close ties to organized labor

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is a grassroots political organization that grew out of
George Wiley‘s National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), whose members in the late 1960s and early 70s invaded welfare offices across the U.S. — often violently — bullying social workers and loudly demanding every penny to which the law “entitled” them. In the late 1960s, ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke was a NWRO organizer and a protegé of Wiley. Rathke also organized draft resistance for the militant group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during the same period. 

In 1970 Rathke — along with the aforementioned Wiley (best known for his effective use of the so-called “Cloward-Piven strategy,” which called for swamping the welfare rolls with new applicants and thereby creating an economic crisis) and Gary Delgado (a lead organizer for Wiley’s NWRO) — formed a new entity called Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The group’s name was later changed to Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, but the acronym ACORN remained. Instead of focusing only on welfare recipients, ACORN’s mandate included all issues touching low-income and working-class people.

Rathke and his ACORN co-founders enlisted civil rights workers and trained them in a program (at Syracuse University) patterned after Saul Alinsky‘s activist tactics.

Today ACORN claims 175,000 dues-paying member families, and more than 850 chapters in 70 U.S. cities in 38 states. (The organization is also active in Canada and Mexico). It owns two radio stations, a housing corporation, and a law office, and maintains affiliate relationships with a host of trade-union locals. ACORN also runs schools where children are trained in class consciousness; a network of “boot camps” for training street activists; and operations that extort contributions from banks and other businesses under threat of racial violence and trumped-up civil rights charges. 

In 1998, ACORN founded the Working Families Party in New York, which endorses candidates for political office. It endorsed Hillary Clinton in her 2000 Senate race. Canvassers from ACORN and its sister groups launched a statewide voter-mobilization drive that proved influential in Clinton’s victory. In November 2001, a coalition of radical politicians led by ACORN-sponsored candidates running on the Working Families Party ticket won a veto-proof majority on the New York City Council, giving ACORN de facto control of the New York City government. 

With little opposition from Republicans or moderate Democrats, ACORN radicals pushed laws tightening their control over New York City government and stripping the Mayor of executive power. Their current platform calls for a rollback of welfare reforms; a crackdown on NYC police, including a ban on “racial and ethnic profiling”; and the appointment of a politicized Civilian Review Board newly empowered to prosecute police officers. ACORN also seeks to use its influence to raise corporate taxes, increase regulation, and empower unions with an array of new rights. ACORN seeks to prevent any corporation from being free to leave New York without an “exit visa” from the City Council.  

On March 12, 2003, the ACORN-controlled City Council passed a resolution, by a 31-17 margin, condemning the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In the 2004 election cycle, ACORN and its sister group Project Vote ran a nationwide voter mobilization drive that was marred by allegations of fraudulent voter registration, vote-rigging, voter intimidation, and vote-for-pay scams. ACORN’s get-out-the-vote activists were implicated in schemes that included the falsification and destruction of thousands of voter registration forms, and the registering of convicted felons even in states where felons are ineligible to vote. 

In 2006, approximately 20,000 questionable voter registration forms were turned in by ACORN officials in Missouri — virtually all in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, where ACORN purportedly sought to help empower the “disenfranchised” minorities living there. Similar allegations of ACORN voter fraud were made in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado. Between 2004 and 2006, ACORN employees were accused of submitting fraudulent voter registration cards and forging signatures on ballot initiatives in 12 states.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin writes:

“[In July 2007] ACORN settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State. Seven ACORN workers had submitted nearly 2,000 bogus voter registration forms. According to case records, they flipped through phone books for names to use on the forms, including ‘Leon Spinks,’ ‘Frekkie Magoal’ and ‘Fruto Boy Crispila.’ Three ACORN election hoaxers pleaded guilty in October [2007]. A King County prosecutor called ACORN’s criminal sabotage ‘an act of vandalism upon the voter rolls.’

“The group’s vandalism on electoral integrity is systemic. ACORN has been implicated in similar voter fraud schemes in Missouri, Ohio and at least 12 other states. The Wall Street Journal noted: ‘In Ohio in 2004, a worker for one affiliate was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters and pillars of the community named Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey. During a congressional hearing in Ohio in the aftermath of the 2004 election, officials from several counties in the state explained ACORN’s practice of dumping thousands of registration forms in their lap on the submission deadline, even though the forms had been collected months earlier.’

“In March [2008], Philadelphia elections officials accused the nonprofit advocacy group of filing fraudulent voter registrations in advance of the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary. The charges [were] forwarded to the city district attorney’s office.”

ACORN makes a great deal of money from its “community organizing” campaigns, and shows little tolerance for rival leftist groups infringing on its turf. For instance, when ACORN set up shop in San Francisco in May 2002, it discovered that many of its potential recruits – low-income blacks and Hispanics – were networked with the Outer Mission Resident’s Association (OMRA). The San Francisco Examiner reports, “ACORN soon began a process of intimidation by busing in activists from Oakland to disrupt OMRA events. ACORN members then began showing up at some neighbors’ homes, and in one case jabbed a person in the chest.”

Since ACORN is a private corporation, it does not divulge its finances. Further complicating any effort to calculate ACORN’s income is the fact that it operates an unknown number of front groups, many of which conceal their relationship to ACORN. But as of March 2006 ACORN claimed 175,000 member families on its website, each contributing at least $120 per year, which amounts to about $21 million in annual membership fees. ACORN’s website states, “Membership dues and a host of grassroots and chapter-based fundraising programs pay for 70 to 75 percent of the entire organization’s budget.”

Since its inception in 1970, ACORN’s overriding mission has been to enact “living wage” ordinances at the local, state and – ultimately – federal levels. It has succeeded in getting many such laws passed. ACORN’s model legislation contains a clause that exempts unionized businesses from paying the minimum wage. As a result, those companies that stubbornly resist unionizing founder and, in many cases, go bankrupt. Those that unionize thrive, providing an ever-expanding membership base for union recruiting. This is the main reason that unions such as AFSCME and SEIU contribute so generously to ACORN. 

Housing activism is another major focus for ACORN, which forms housing collectives in targeted areas. The collective applies pressure on local authorities to place it in charge of renovating and managing abandoned or dilapidated properties for poor tenants. Local authorities provide money for renovation — much of which ends up in ACORN bank accounts. The poor tenants are compelled to “earn” their new homes by investing “sweat equity” — that is, working without pay on renovating the properties.  ACORN or its designated “housing collective” retains title to the land on which the building stands.  If the tenants decide to move out, they are required to sell their property back to ACORN, at cost, no matter what the market value of the property. 

In recent years, ACORN has received funding from many foundations, including but not limited to the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Minneapolis Foundation; the Open Society Institute; the Public Welfare Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Woods Fund of Chicago; the Scherman Foundation; and the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.

At the March 2008 “Take Back America” conference sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future (CAF), ACORN joined CAF and five additional leftist organizations in announcing plans for “the most expensive [$350 million] mobilization in history this election season.” The initiative focused on voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote drives. Other members of the coalition included MoveOn.org, Rock the Vote, the National Council of La Raza, the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO.

On June 2, 2008, Wade Rathke stepped down from his role as ACORN’s chief organizer.

Also in 2008, ACORN publicly acknowledged that Dale Rathke — the brother of Wade Rathke — had embezzled nearly $1 million from ACORN and affiliated groups in 1999 and 2000. ACORN further admitted that for eight years its executives had kept this information secret from almost all of their organization’s board members and from law-enforcement authorities. Wrote journalist Stephanie Strom in July 2008:

“Dale Rathke remained on Acorn’s payroll until a month ago, when disclosure of his theft by foundations and other donors forced the organization to dismiss him. ‘We thought it best at the time to protect the organization, as well as to get the funds back into the organization, to deal with it in-house,’ said Maude Hurd, president of ACORN. ‘It was a judgment call at the time, and looking back, people can agree or disagree with it, but we did what we thought was right.’”

According to Strom, Wade Rathke “said the decision to keep the matter secret was not made to protect his brother but because word of the embezzlement would have put a ‘weapon’ into the hands of enemies of ACORN, a liberal group that is a frequent target of conservatives who object to its often strident advocacy on behalf of low- and moderate-income families and workers.”

In September 2008 the Board of Elections in Cuyahoga County, Ohio accused ACORN’s paid workers, who had been tasked with registering as many pro-Democrat voters as possible, of submitting fraudulent voter-registration cards. According to the Board, ACORN workers had commonly turned in separate cards with duplicate names but different addresses or different birth dates. Other cards listed people living at an address that was not a residence.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Michigan indicated that it might prosecute ACORN for similar voter-registration scams in that state. Registrars there had complained about duplicate registrations and fictitious names. “There appears to be a sizable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications,” said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s office. “And it appears to be widespread.”

ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe

ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe
Oct 7 01:30 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.A Nevada secretary of state’s office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN.

No one was at the ACORN office when state agents arrived with a search warrant and began carting records and documents away.

Secretary of State spokesman Bob Walsh says ACORN is accused of submitting multiple voter registrations with false and duplicate names.

The raid comes two months after state and federal authorities formed a task force to pursue election-fraud allegations in Nevada.
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CNN Finds Extensive Ties Between Barack Obama and ‘Terrorist’ Bill Ayers


CNN Finds Extensive Ties Between Barack Obama and ‘Terrorist’ Bill Ayers


Kenya deports US author of anti-Obama book

Kenya deports US author of anti-Obama book
Oct 7 02:15 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – The American author of a controversial book accusing Barack Obama of seething with “black rage” and of being unfit for the U.S. presidency was kicked out of Kenya on Tuesday.The deportation of Jerome Corsi came just hours before he was to launch his book in a country where the U.S. Democratic candidate for president is wildly popular.

Corsi, who wrote “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” was detained at immigration headquarters in Nairobi for not having a work permit before being ordered to leave Kenya, said Joseph Mumira, head of criminal investigations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Corsi was scheduled to leave on an evening flight to London, Mumira said. Airport officials would not allow journalists access to Corsi at the airport and a message left on his mobile phone was not returned.

A spokesman for Obama said the campaign had no comment on the deportation.

Obama’s Kenyan uncle, Said Obama, said he was unaware of Corsi’s detention and had no comment. A government spokesman did not return calls for comment.

In the past, the Obama campaign has called Corsi a bigot peddling rehashed lies to hurt Obama in the U.S. presidential race against Republican Sen. John McCain. The best-selling book, released earlier in the United States, collects false rumors and distortions to portray Obama as a secret radical who cannot be trusted.

Obama’s late father, whom he barely knew, was a Kenyan economist and the candidate is considered by many here as a “son of the soil.” Obama’s last trip to Kenya, in 2006, drew thousands of Kenyans who thronged every stop of his tour.

Ahead of the Nov. 4 election in the U.S., minibuses here are emblazoned with Obama’s picture and vendors sell T-shirts bearing his image.

But Obama was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas.

Corsi’s book claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president and includes innuendoes and false rumors—that he was raised a Muslim and attended a radical black church.

Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and his campaign picks apart the book’s claims on the Web site FightTheSmears.com.

The campaign’s rebuttal is titled “Unfit For Publication,” a play on the book Corsi co-authored against 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s military service called “Unfit For Command.”





Sarah Palin keeps up her attacks on Obama's ties to domestic terrorist William Ayers yesterday in Florida.
MISS SUNSHINE: Sarah Palin keeps up her attacks on Obama’s ties to domestic terrorist William Ayers yesterday in Florida.

Last updated: 9:04 am
October 7, 2008
Posted: 3:40 am
October 7, 2008

John McCain went nuclear on Barack Obama yesterday, charging that the Illinois Democrat “abetted” the mortgage meltdown.

McCain’s harshest attacks on Obama’s readiness for the White House came on another disastrous day on Wall Street, with stocks plummeting despite Washington’s approval last week of a rescue plan for troubled financial firms.

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With the economy worsening, Obama has opened an 8-point lead over McCain – the largest of the campaign – according to two separate polls by Gallup and Rasmussen Reports.

Obama countered the attacks by rehashing McCain’s role in the “Keating Five” savings-and-loan scandal two decades ago – the last major government intervention in troubled financial institutions.

But McCain insisted he’s the man to fix the economic mess, not Obama, whom he mocked as a typical “Chicago politician.”

“Whatever the question, whatever the issues, there’s always a back story with Senator Obama . . . Our current economic crisis is a good case in point. The crisis started in our housing market in the form of subprime loans that were pushed on people who could not afford them.

“Bad mortgages were being backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and it was only a matter of time before a contagion of unsustainable debt began to spread,” McCain said during an event in Albuquerque, NM.

“This corruption was encouraged by Democrats in Congress, and abetted by Senator Obama.”

McCain said he raised the alarm and called for tighter borrowing rules on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, which could have helped stem the crisis.

By comparison, he said, Obama was “silent” while congressional Democrats fought efforts to rein in the mortgage giants.

“As recently as September of last year, [Obama] said that subprime loans had been, quote, ‘a good idea.’ Well, Senator Obama, that ‘good idea’ has now plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” McCain said.



For his part, Obama pounced on a statement from a McCain adviser that the Arizona senator’s campaign was “looking forward to turning a page on this financial crisis.”

“I have got news for the McCain campaign, the American people are losing right now,” Obama said, referring to the loss of homes, jobs and health care, during a speech in Asheville, NC.


The Obama campaign also retorted that McCain had twisted the Illinois senator’s remarks on the subprime-mortgage crisis.

In the same speech McCain cited, Obama also blasted mortgage lenders for lowering borrowing standards, which made homeownership “just too good to be true.”


Kenya detains Corsi during Obama probe
Officials scuttle WND reporter’s news conference on investigation


Anti-Obama author faces deportation from Kenya

NAIROBI (AFP) — The American author of a best-selling, controversial book blasting White House hopeful Barack Obama faces deportation from Kenya after being detained by security officials, police said on Tuesday.

Jerome Corsi, who was scheduled to unveil “The Obama Nation” to the Kenyan public at a Nairobi hotel, was briefly detained in the capital Nairobi early Tuesday, officially for “visa-related issues.”

Corsi “was detained and is currently being held at the immigration office,” a top police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The author’s spokesman confirmed that they were being questioned.

“Before we launched the book, immigration officials came to us and said that they were investigating us on immigration issues. (Finally) they said that our visa and passport were in order, but they had lost the customs form,” said his spokesman Tim Bueler.

Bueler explained that they had been taken to the airport for investigation, but a Kenyan immigration official said the author was being deported.

“A decision has been reached to deport Corsi. He is being transported to the airport,” an immigration official said on condition of anonymity.

“There was a problem with his travel documents and his mission in the country. It is not clearly stated what he came to do in Kenya,” he added.

Obama’s father, now deceased, was Kenyan and the US senator running for president enjoys wide support in East Africa.

In his book, Corsi also pillories Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, whom he accuses of supporting the agenda of radical Muslims.

In a press release distributed earlier this week, Corsi announced he would “expose deep secret ties between between US Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and a section of the Kenyan government leaders.”

He was also to detail Kenyan leaders’ “connections to certain sectoral groups in Kenya and a subsequent plot to be executed in Kenya should Sen. Obama win the American presidency,” the release said.

The police officially denied Corsi’s detention was linked to the contents of his book.

“Just like anybody else, we are concerned with his immigration papers. We have nothing to do with the book or whoever it’s about. It’s about the law of Kenya,” the senior official said.

Corsi made his name by co-authoring “Unfit for Command,” which maligned 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s Vietnam War record and is believed to have contributed to his defeat by President George W. Bush.

Corsi’s book on Obama, subtitled “Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” was released on August 1.

The book’s publisher, Threshold Editions, said it examined “why the extreme leftism of an Obama presidency would leave the United States weakened, diminished and divided, why Obama must be defeated — and how he can be.”

Tuesday’s issue of the US edition of Reader’s Digest Magazine said Obama would win with a landlside if the entire planet was voting in the US elections, not just Americans.

Respondents voted “overwhelmingly” for Obama in every country polled except the United States, where Republican John McCain was slightly ahead in the race for the November 4 vote.

Barack Obama, who was born in the United States, barely knew his Kenyan father who returned to his homeland when Barack was a young boy.

But Obama was given a hero’s welcome during his last visit to the family village in western Kenya in 2006. His grandmother still lives there and is now a local celebrity.

Obama commandos’ teacher disciplined



Obama commandos’ teacher disciplined
Suspended for insubordination for slogan-chanting drill squad

Posted: October 06, 2008
9:55 pm Eastern

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A middle school teacher has been suspended for posting a video of his Barack Obama-slogan chanting, arm-waving drill team on YouTube.

The report from Fox News said the teacher, whose name was being withheld by the school district, was suspended today for the video revealing his students chanting lines from Obama talking points and wearing military-style uniforms.

According to Fox News, the school learned about the posting of the video, called “Obama Youth – Junior Fraternity Regiment,” and immediately took action.

It shows 10 black male students in 8th or 9th grades from the Urban Community Leadership Academy in Kansas City, a public charter school organized by the University of Central Missouri. They march in the room chanting, “Alpha, omega, alpha, omega.”

Although the immediate source of the phrase “alpha omega” likely traces to the black fraternity step team tradition, the deeper source derives from the book of Revelation, which refers to God as the “Alpha and Omega,” the first and last letters of the classical alphabet.

That chant soon yields to, “Yes we can.”

School superintendent Joyce McGautha was not pleased. She did not approve and does not condone the video. Not only was the teacher suspended, further drill activities were halted.

“Taxpayers have every reason to be upset,” she said.

The superintendent said because of the “legal action that we’ll probably have to take against the teacher,” his identity would be withheld at this point.

The Fox News report said the students studied Obama’s economic plan with the teacher, and the superintendent did not know whether the teacher or the students scripted the routine. The group should have also studied Republican John McCain’s economic plan, the superintendent said.

The superintendent said many of the school’s activities are recorded, and the teacher had been warned in a letter not to put it on the Internet.

Anonymous forum participants on the Fox News site were disdainful of the Democrats.

“The Democratic Party has become taken over by distorted closet socialists,” said one.

“Why does this not surprise me in the least, coming from an Obama supporter?” said another. “He deserves to be fired and NEVER allowed to teach again!”

WND reported just last week when nearby Missouri law officials, including public prosecutors, who were reportedly planning to “respond immediately” to any misleading advertisements against Obama if they “might violate Missouri ethics laws,” said they were backing off the intimidating implications of that report, promising they have no intention of prosecuting anyone.

As WND reported, prosecuting attorneys Bob McCulloch and Jennifer Joyce originally announced on KMOV-TV in St. Louis their participation in Obama’s “Truth Squad,” pledging to defend the candidate from untruthful ads with an undefined “immediate” response.

“Whether it is directly attributable to the (McCain) campaign or to one of the soft money operations,” McCulloch told the station, “if they’re not going to tell the truth, somebody’s got to step up and say, ‘That’s not the truth. This is the truth.'”

The move prompted Missouri’s governor to object that the prosecutors were using “police state tactics” to squelch information hurtful to the Obama campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words,” wrote Gov. Matt Blunt in a statement. “The party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.”

100-Plus Former Ambassadors Endorse McCain

100-Plus Former Ambassadors Endorse McCain

Sunday, October 5, 2008 9:38 PM

By: Ronald Kessler

More than 100 former American ambassadors are endorsing John McCain and Sarah Palin for president and vice president.

To be announced by the McCain campaign later this week, the endorsements counter Barack Obama’s claims that McCain is inflexible when it comes to diplomacy and negotiations with other countries, Newsmax has learned.

Obama has specifically said that in contrast to McCain, he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other world dictators to negotiate, without preconditions.

“Senator Obama does not have sufficient leadership experience, nor has he been tested in difficult times,” said Mark W. Erwin, a Democrat and former Hillary Clinton supporter who is a co-chairman of Former U.S. Ambassadors for McCain/Palin. Erwin was ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius.

Endorsing McCain are Howard Baker, who was ambassador to Japan; former President George H.W. Bush, who was ambassador to the United Nations; Frank C. Carlucci III, who was ambassador to Portugal; and Jim Nicholson, who was ambassador to the Vatican.

Others endorsing McCain are Bruce Gelb, former ambassador to Belgium; Margaret Heckler, who was ambassador to Ireland; John L. Loeb, Denmark; Ed Ney, Canada; and Julia Chang Bloch, Nepal.

Former Ambassador Gilbert A. Robinson spearheaded the formation of the group. Besides Erwin, the other co-chairman is former Ambassador to Sweden Gregory J. Newell. Robinson was special adviser to Secretary of State George Shultz, director of the Office of Public Diplomacy, and deputy director of the U.S. Information Agency under President Reagan. Newell was an assistant to President Ford and assistant secretary of state under Reagan.

Such designations carry ambassadorial rank and require Senate confirmation.

“Nobody could ask for a greater show of confidence,” McCain said in a statement to be released to the press. “These former ambassadors are outstanding men and women who have served their country in foreign lands with great distinction and devotion to the values we hold dear. They have a deep knowledge of the challenges facing this country abroad as well as at home. I am honored by their endorsement.”

The former ambassadors endorsing McCain are Weston Adams, Malawi; Thomas H. Anderson, Barbados; Leonore Annenberg, chief of protocol; Cresencio Arcos Jr., Honduras; George Argyros, Spain; Catherine Todd Bailey, Latvia; Howard H. Baker Jr., Japan; Douglas H. Barclay, El Salvador; Stuart A. Bernstein, Denmark; Everett E. Bierman, New Guinea; Julia Chang Bloch, Nepal; Stephen F. Brauer, Belgium; Keith Lapham Brown, Lesotho and Denmark; Richard R. Burt, Germany; George H.W. Bush, United Nations and U.S. Liaison Office (Beijing); William J. Cabaniss Jr., Czech Republic; Richard G. Capen Jr., Spain; Richard W. Carlson, Seychelles; Frank C. Carlucci III, Portugal; Bruce Chapman, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Sue McCourt Cobb, Jamaica; Charles E. Cobb Jr., Iceland.

Also Walter J.P. Curley, Ireland and France; Peter H. Dailey, Ireland, special envoy to NATO countries; Richard J. Egan, Ireland; Mark L. Edelman, Cameroon; Donald Burnham Ensenat, Brunei, chief of protocol; Mark Erwin, Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of the Seychelles, and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros; Richard M. Fairbanks III, ambassador-at-large; William S. Farish III, United Kingdom, Versailles; Edward R. Finch Jr., Panama; David Funderburk, Romania; John R. Gavin, Mexico; Bruce S. Gelb, U.S. Information Agency (USIA), Belgium; Joseph B. Gildenhorn, Switzerland; Anthony H. Gioia, Malta; Luis Guinot Jr., Costa Rica.

Also Margaret M. Heckler, Ireland; Charles A. Heimbold Jr., Sweden; Hans H. Hertell, Dominican Republic; Alfred Hoffman Jr., Portugal; Charles W. Hostler, Bahrain; Philip Hughes, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Jon M. Huntsman Jr., Singapore; Robert S. Ingersoll, Japan; James C. Kenny, Ireland; Alfred H. Kingon, European Union; Lester B. Korn, UN Economic and Social Council; Tom C. Korologos, Belgium; Mary E. Kramer, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean; Paul C. Lambert, Ecuador; L.W. Lane Jr., ambassador-at-large and Australia and Nauru; Mark Langdale, Costa Rica; Howard Leach, France; Melvyn Levitsky, Bulgaria and Brazil; John L. Loeb Jr., Denmark; Earle I. Mack, Finland.

Also Susan Rasinski McCaw, Austria; Thomas Patrick Melady, Burundi, Uganda, Holy See; J. William Middendorf II, Netherlands, Organization of American States (OAS), European Union; John A. Miller, ambassador-at-large; Steve Minikes, Commission on Cooperation and Security in Europe (CSCE); Thomas A. Nassif, Morocco; Gregory J. Newell, Sweden; Edward N. Ney, Canada; Jim C. Nicholson, Holy See; Herman W. Nickle, South Africa; Julian M. Niemczyk, Czechoslovakia; Keith Foote Nyborg, Finland; John D. Ong, Norway; Penne Korth Peacock, Mauritius; Joseph Carlton Petrone, UN European Office; Charles J. Pilliod, Mexico; John Price, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros.

Also Charles H. Price II, Belgium, United Kingdom; James W. Rawlings, Zimbabwe; Otto J. Reich, Venezuela; Mercer Reynolds, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Gilbert A. Robinson, special adviser to the secretary of state; Joe M. Rodgers, France; Sig Rogich, Iceland; John Rood, Bahamas; Francis L. Rooney III, Holy See; Bob Royall, Tanzania; Rockwell A. Schnabel, Finland, European Union; Peter F. Secchia, Italy; Martin J. Silverstein, Uruguay; Marion H. Smoak, chief of protocol; Ronald J. Sorini, chief textile negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Michael G. Sotirhos, Jamaica.

Also Robert D. Stuart Jr., Norway; Charles J. Swindells, New Zealand and Samoa; Peter Terpeluk Jr., Luxembourg; Timothy L. Towell, Paraguay; Rodolphe M. Vallee, Slovak Republic; Leon J. Weil, Nepal; John G. Weinmann, Finland, chief of protocol; Ronald N. Weiser, Slovak Republic; Pamela P. Willeford, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Richard Williamson, assistant secretary, ambassador IAEA; Curtin Winsor Jr., Costa Rica; Dr. Aldona Z. Wos, Estonia; and Joseph Zappala, Spain.


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