This could be the game changer

This could be the game changer

By Thomas Lifson

Someone with the unlikely name of Molotov Mitchell has produced a 10 minute and 52 second video [watch it below] that could well change the terms of the election — if enough people watch it. Illuminati Productions has posted it to YouTube. They have provided the voting public a very professionally and engagingly done video generation equivalent of a long detailed article in a place like American Thinker.

It makes accessible to the general public some of the serious questions about Obama’s citizenship status that have been vetted almost exclusively in the conservative web world. You can’t get most voters to focus on print media in order to entertain a series of hard questions on what seems like a far-fetched notion. Especially those voters who rely on the Big Media. They figure that if this were true, they would have heard about it from the old familiar faces.

But you can get people to watch 11 minutes of interesting video raising a slew of questions for Obama, in fact cornering him, on the question of his birth, citizenship, and eligibility for office as POTUS under the Constitution. Especially if people start talking about the video. It’s called viral distribution. A friend emails an Obama-supporting friend and dares him or her to watch.

 

A lifelong Democrat who has held political office and been a committeeman, Philip Berg, has brought suit over the real questions raised by the absence of a valid Obama birth certificate. His narrative of the various questions Obama has refused to answer is devastating. Graphics and sound are well-deployed to avoid tedium as factual data is conveyed in a way that allows viewers to absorb it. When he contrasts Obama’s behavior when challenged (use perfectly valid legal technicalities to delay) with John McCain’s full disclosure of all documentary evidence under a similar challenge (remember the flap over his birth in the Panama Canal Zone? — who raised those questions, anyway?), there is no doubt in a viewer’s mind that there is something seriously wrong here.

 

We are talking about the Presidency and this guy stonewalls?

 

The only way Obama can satisfactorily resposnd is to release his supossed Hawaiian birth certificate. If he has it, why hasn’t he released it? If he does release it, game over. So why drage this out on technical grounds? It doesn’t make sense.

If this video gets widely viewed and discussed, Obama’s support will crumble in the face of continued stonewalling.

I am grateful for the efforts of the people who put this op together. It is brilliantly timed. I do know that there are one or more smart Democrats who haven’t forgiven Obama and who don’t want to see him elected. They know how to design and implement really effective plans to get things done.

They might even want to get Obama thrown off the ballot and replaced by the second place finisher before Election Day. Or, if the Democratic Party stonewalls and the court delays, pick up the pieces.

Watch it and see what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA6_k3NtXZs&eurl=http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/this_could_be_the_game_changer.html

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

Thomas Lifson is editor and publisher of American Thinker.

Update: All the filings to date in the court action of Philip Berg are available here.

READ THIS, TAKE ACTION, AND PASS ALONG

READ THIS, TAKE ACTION, AND PASS ALONG

 

Fellow patriots, we must demand from McCain to expose Obama and his associates on ANY and ALL the verifiable, factual issues that add up to making him, Obama, unfit to becoming the President of the United States of America . That includes Obama’s associations, alliances, relations, or whatever can be called, with the extreme Left and other, dead or alive, American-haters and racist-bigots, e.g., ACORN, The New Party, CAC, William Ayer and Bernardine Dohrn; Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger and Louis Farrakhan; Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky and James Cone.

 

McCain wants us to hire him for the same post that he seems to be facilitating his opponent, Obama, to grab: the Presidency of the United States of America .

 

The only difference being that Obama wants the job for the exclusive purpose of destroying the America that you and I love: America , the world’s utmost inextinguishable beacon of freedom, everlasting fountain of effective democracy, inexpugnable bastion of individual rights, and inexhaustible mother lode of free entrepreneurialism.

 

McCain either does NOT understand, or does NOT want to acknowledge that fact.

 

But if he wants the job, that is, if he wants to represent us at managing the Executive Branch of the government, he MUST heed and do what we, true Americans, want from him: go after Obama with all he’s got.

 

Robert A. Gismondi —a patriot from Los Angeles , Marxifornia (aka, California )— wrote McCain a most spirited and inspiring letter that, with some modifications for more effectiveness, is the base of the message to McCain shown below.

 

Please, for the sake of America ’s fate, copy, paste, sign and send it to McCain (Website: http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/; Campaign Mangagement –TO: RickDavis@JohnMcCain.com, CC: astorch@JohnMcCain.com). Send it also to Sarah Palin (palinforvp@gmail.com).

 

And finally, for you to realize the gravity of Obama’s collusive entanglement with the extreme Left and other America haters and racist-bigots, read James Simpson’s articleand view the attached PDF file.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/barack_obama_and_the_strategy.html

 

 

Senator McCain:

 

We Republicans selected you as our champion, to fight for us and for America .

 

You are a decent man, without a doubt. And you tend to see the best in others. But, those of us who have paid attention, and taken the time, have overwhelming evidence that Barack Obama is NOT a decent man, even if he seems so in person. He is determined to bring a socialist society to America , ruining everyone financially, destroying freedom, and eliminating our way of life.

 

That is NOT a decent man. His long time associates are the subjects of ever increasing revelations of their America-hating, white people-hating, anti-Semitic views. His radical-leftist background, which he has carefully concealed, is becoming clearer over time, and shows a man who is not only of different values, but who is dangerous to all we hold dear. And the people with whom he has had long associations have been increasingly found to be using unfair, intimidating and illegal tactics to help him win the election.

 

Obama is dishonest; he is the human embodiment of a Potemkin Village: he is purposely deceiving the American people by, now, portraying himself as a centrist and a decent person . . . and you do know that. It is your duty as our candidate, and more importantly, your SACRED duty as an American, to denounce him for whom he really is.

 

Obama does NOT need you to defend him; he has many times over the funds and staff you have to do it for him. Do NOT weaken, or even lose, our support for you by defending him. We need you to EXPOSE and DENOUNCE him mercilessly but based on verifiable FACTS! We need you to tell everyone why they should NOT vote for him, which automatically means voting for you! And only then we want to hear you describe why YOU will be good for US–and good for AMERICA !

 

Stop campaigning for Obama, and start campaigning for what is right in

America , what is good in America , and our confidence in the future. That is the job for which we selected you as our candidate.

 

We demand back the “Straight Talk Express” you told us so many times, in so many ways you were!

 

Expose Obama and his associates on ANY and ALL the verifiable, factual issues that add up to making him unfit to becoming the President of the United States of America . That includes Obama’s associations, alliances, relations, or whatever can be called, with the extreme Left and other, dead or alive, American-haters and racist-bigots, e.g., ACORN, CAC, the New Party, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn; Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger and Louis Farrakhan; Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky and James Cone, etc.

 

Challenge Obama to give you the name of just one entity or individual related or associated to you, that could be equivalent to even the mildest among the plethora of reproachable entities and individuals related to him by ideology or by work.

 

“Country First”! Do it! Do it here! Do it now!

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Obama “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career”

Obama “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career”

The New York Post reports on Obama and ACORN:

“I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career,” he told the group last November.

Indeed, in the early ’90s, Obama was recruited by Talbott herself to run training sessions for ACORN activists.

ACORN also got funding from two charities, the Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation, when Obama served on their boards, and from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge – the radical “education reform” outfit Obama ran from ’95 to ’99.

Ironically, the group stood to be a key beneficiary of the goodies Democrats were loading into Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s rescue plan – including one demand that 20 percent of any profits the feds make from reselling mortgage securities go to fund groups like ACORN.

From McCain-Palin HQ – Barack Obama & ACORN Open the Tree Link

Today, the McCain campaign outlined the intimate and longstanding relationship between Barack Obama and the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN). Given ACORN’s recent efforts to engage in voter fraud and to disrupt our political system, Obama’s affiliation with this group raises serious questions about his judgment and ability to lead this nation.
 
As of today, ACORN is under investigation for fraudulent activities in at least 11 key battleground states and accused of wrongdoing in many others. According to election officials across the country, about 50% of ACORN’s voter registrations are fictitious. This week alone, ACORN offices in Nevada were raided by state officials – after the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys appeared registered to vote in Las Vegas – and in Connecticut, a seven-year-old child registered to vote as a 27-year-old.
 
Below is a brief summary of Obama’s connection to the organization. A diagram of connections outlining Obama’s many ties to ACORN can be found here:
http://www.gop.com/ObamaAcornTree 
 
The relationship between Barack Obama and ACORN dates back to the early 1990s, well before the start of his political career. In 1992, Obama directed Project Vote – an arm of ACORN that also encouraged voter registration. Around the same time, Obama began teaching classes for “Future Leaders Identified by ACORN,” and according to an op-ed at the time, Obama continued his community organizing work largely through these classes.
 
Obama soon moved on from his role as a community organizer and became a trial attorney for ACORN. In 1995, Obama represented ACORN in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois for its supposed failure to implement a federal law designed to make voter registration easier, and thus increasing the likelihood of voter fraud. Obama also joined two well-known boards with strong ties to ACORN – the Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation. Under Obama’s watch, the Chicago ACORN branch received thousands of dollars in grants from both organizations.
 
During this year’s Democrat primaries, Obama’s campaign paid $832,000 to Citizens Services, an ACORN-affiliated organization, for get-out-the-vote efforts. Sensing the need to distance itself from the controversial organization, however, Obama’s Federal Election Commission report mischaracterized this work as “staging and lighting.”
 
Given his longstanding ties to the organization, it is not surprising that Obama accepted the endorsement of ACORN in 2008. In a press release touting the endorsement on his official campaign website, Obama says: “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues that you care about my entire career.”
 
Obama’s subsequent failure to disclose the true nature of his relationship with ACORN, however, is very surprising and deeply troubling. His campaign website, which on one page features the aforementioned quote, claims on another page that Obama has no connection to ACORN. This direct contradiction illustrates Obama’s willingness to distort the true facts and seriously calls his judgment into question.
 
We are hopeful that three actions come from today’s discussion. First, Barack Obama has to be forthright about his relationship with ACORN. Secondly, given their willingness to compromise the voting process in key battleground states across the country, a thorough investigation of ACORN must be conducted before Election Day. Finally, federal funding of ACORN must cease immediately until the full examination has been completed. American taxpayers should not be funding an organization mired in potentially illegal activities.

 

McCain Letter Demanded 2006 Action on Fannie and Freddie

McCain Letter Demanded 2006 Action on Fannie and Freddie

 

 

Sen. John McCain’s 2006 demand for regulatory action on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could have prevented current financial crisis, as HUMAN EVENTS learned from the letter shown in full text below.

McCain’s letter — signed by nineteen other senators — said that it was “…vitally important that Congress take the necessary steps to ensure that [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac]…operate in a safe and sound manner.[and]..More importantly, Congress must ensure that the American taxpayer is protected in the event that either…should fail.”

Sen. Obama did not sign the letter, nor did any other Democrat.

The full text of the letter appears below.

 

McCain Letter

The Coming Obama Thugocracy

The Coming Obama Thugocracy
Michael Barone
Saturday, October 11, 2008

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people’s faces. They seem determined to shut people up.

That’s what Obama supporters, alerted by campaign emails, did when conservative Stanley Kurtz appeared on Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio program in Chicago. Kurtz had been researching Obama’s relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers in Chicago Annenberg Challenge papers in the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago — papers that were closed off to him for some days, apparently at the behest of Obama supporters.

Obama fans jammed WGN’s phone lines and sent in hundreds of protest emails. The message was clear to anyone who would follow Rosenberg’s example. We will make trouble for you if you let anyone make the case against The One.

Other Obama supporters have threatened critics with criminal prosecution. In September, St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce warned citizens that they would bring criminal libel prosecutions against anyone who made statements against Obama that were “false.” I had been under the impression that the Alien and Sedition Acts had gone out of existence in 1801-02. Not so, apparently, in metropolitan St. Louis. Similarly, the Obama campaign called for a criminal investigation of the American Issues Project when it ran ads highlighting Obama’s ties to Ayers.

These attempts to shut down political speech have become routine for liberals. Congressional Democrats sought to reimpose the “fairness doctrine” on broadcasters, which until it was repealed in the 1980s required equal time for different points of view. The motive was plain: to shut down the one conservative-leaning communications medium, talk radio. Liberal talk-show hosts have mostly failed to draw audiences, and many liberals can’t abide having citizens hear contrary views.

To their credit, some liberal old-timers — like House Appropriations Chairman David Obey — voted against the “fairness doctrine,” in line with their longstanding support of free speech. But you can expect the “fairness doctrine” to get another vote if Barack Obama wins and Democrats increase their congressional majorities.

Corporate liberals have done their share in shutting down anti-liberal speech, too. “Saturday Night Live” ran a spoof of the financial crisis that skewered Democrats like House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and liberal contributors Herbert and Marion Sandler, who sold toxic-waste-filled Golden West to Wachovia Bank for $24 billion. Kind of surprising, but not for long. The tape of the broadcast disappeared from NBC’s Website and was replaced with another that omitted the references to Frank and the Sandlers. Evidently NBC and its parent, General Electric, don’t want people to hear speech that attacks liberals.

Then there’s the Democrats’ “card check” legislation, which would abolish secret ballot elections in determining whether employees are represented by unions. The unions’ strategy is obvious: Send a few thugs over to employees’ homes — we know where you live — and get them to sign cards that will trigger a union victory without giving employers a chance to be heard.

Once upon a time, liberals prided themselves, with considerable reason, as the staunchest defenders of free speech. Union organizers in the 1930s and 1940s made the case that they should have access to employees to speak freely to them, and union leaders like George Meany and Walter Reuther were ardent defenders of the First Amendment.

Today’s liberals seem to be taking their marching orders from other quarters. Specifically, from the college and university campuses where administrators, armed with speech codes, have for years been disciplining and subjecting to sensitivity training any students who dare to utter thoughts that liberals find offensive. The campuses that used to pride themselves as zones of free expression are now the least free part of our society.

Obama supporters who found the campuses congenial and Obama himself, who has chosen to live all his adult life in university communities, seem to find it entirely natural to suppress speech that they don’t like and seem utterly oblivious to claims that this violates the letter and spirit of the First Amendment. In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see its flourishing in the four or eight years ahead.

Developing: Pat Dollard.Com Directly Threatened By The Obama Campaign To “Be Shut Down” Through Illegal Cyberattacks

We are going after Pat Dollard and we are going to do everything we can to shut his site down every day, through spam, whatever.”

- an Oama campaign official to a source in The National Review.

 

http://patdollard.com/2008/10/developing-pat-dollardcom-directly-threatened-to-be-shut-down-by-illegal-cyberattacks-by-officials-in-the-obama-campaign/

If Bailout Plan Is Too Socialistic, Just Wait For Obama Leviathan

If Bailout Plan Is Too Socialistic, Just Wait For Obama Leviathan

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election ’08: Have Americans been so lulled by Barack Obama’s smooth talk that they don’t realize his plans would expand government into a massive socialist behemoth? His is a soft-spoken, hard-left agenda.


IBD Series: The Audacity Of Socialism


 

During Friday night’s debate in Mississippi, Obama disparaged what he called “this notion that the market can always solve everything and that the less regulation we have, the better off we’re going to be.”

But the subprime crisis Washington is dealing with is the result of three decades of the federal government pressuring banks — via the regulatory demands of the Democrats’ 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, which was expanded by Bill Clinton — to make tens of billions of dollars in bad loans to poor people with lousy credit ratings.

It was Democrats’ regulatory and litigious assaults upon the mortgage market in pursuit of “social justice” that left our economy in its precarious position of today; indeed as an attorney, Obama himself in 1994 represented a client suing Citibank, accusing it of systematically denying mortgages to blacks.

But if the taxpayer rescue of Wall Street and Uncle Sam’s taking over the banking system scares you, the broader socialism planned by the Democratic presidential nominee should leave you petrified.

Here are a few examples, with price tags provided by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation:

• Politicized financial regulation: Obama would establish a Financial Market Regulation and Oversight Commission to “end our balkanized framework of overlapping and competing regulatory agencies” and “which would meet regularly and report to the president, the president’s financial working group and Congress on the state of our financial markets and the systemic risks that face them.”

Translation: more centralized and heavy-handed regulatory power over businesses for Washington.

• Government-managed medicine: Even left-leaning health care experts concede that Obama’s expanded coverage plan will cost $100 billion; with no real cost containment, that will mean a second wave of reform that could impose full socialized medicine on our country.

Obama declares that “governments at all levels should lead the effort to develop a national and regional strategy for public health, and align funding mechanisms to support its implementation.”

His plan also presumes racial discrimination, “requiring hospitals and health plans to collect, analyze and report health care quality for disparity populations and holding them accountable for any differences found.”

• Community health centers: Your local doctor may become obsolete in Obama’s brave new world in which $6.7 billion will be spent over five years building “community health centers” featuring “preventive, diagnostic and other primary care services.”

• Antitrust enforcement: Promising this “is how we ensure that capitalism works for consumers,” a President Obama would “stop or restructure those mergers that are likely to harm consumer welfare, while quickly clearing those that do not” and “working with foreign governments to change unsound competition laws.”

Behind this harmless-sounding rhetoric is the misguided belief that the government must shield companies of its choosing from their competitors’ lower prices and innovative practices. Courts and government bureaucrats under Obama could be expected to use antitrust to claim the existence of imaginary monopolies and squash mergers and other business transactions.

• Required IRAs: Under Obama, “employers who do not currently offer a retirement plan will be required to automatically enroll their employees in a direct deposit IRA account.”

Costing $292 billion annually, according to the NTUF’s latest analysis, Obama’s plans are far more than just “change”; they would transfigure American society into full-blown socialism. With little more than a month to go before this most consequential election, voters seem not to appreciate the danger.

• Dictatorial energy policy: Obama would spend $150 billion over a decade “to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids” and create other ways to force uneconomical forms of energy on the auto and oil industry.

A Clean Technologies Deployment Venture Capital Fund would artificially finance the environmentalist pet projects in which private investors have little faith.

Negating the global labor market, the Illinois senator also promises to “provide specific tax assistance and loan guarantees to the domestic auto industry to ensure that new fuel-efficient cars and trucks” are built within the U.S.

• Bullying utilities: The Chicago Democrat would require that 25% of electricity consumed in the U.S. be “derived from clean, sustainable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal by 2025.” Unless those alternative sources get cheap fast, that likely means a big escalation in consumers’ electric bills.

Obama also proposes “to ‘flip’ incentives to state and local utilities by ensuring companies get increased profits for improving energy efficiency, rather than higher energy consumption.”

• Billions for teachers unions: Instead of school choice for parents, in which competition would improve public educations and give the poor access to private education, Obama proposes “an accountability system that supports schools to improve, rather than focuses on punishments.”

His five-year, $90 billion education plan would dole out “a $200 million grant program for states and districts that want to provide additional learning time for students in need,” double federal funding for afterschool programs, provide “professional development and coaching to school leaders, teachers and other school personnel,” “develop multi-tiered credentialing systems that encourage principals to grow professionally,” and cook up other ways to keep public school teachers on the clock longer.

Uncle Sam would also “collect evidence about how prospective teachers plan and teach in the classroom” in an Obama administration.

• Required public service: In return for the federal government paying the first $4,000 of college tuition through a tax credit — which would be tough for most American families to turn down — Obama would require recipients “to conduct 100 hours of public service a year.”

• Required sick leave: Spending $1.5 billion over five years, Obama would “encourage” the states to adopt paid-leave systems that “guarantee workers seven days of paid sick leave per year.”

• Thought police: In what sounds like the outdated and unconstitutional Fairness Doctrine on steroids, Obama would “encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation’s spectrum.”

What would the “public interest obligations” of liberal Democrats’ opponents within the media end up being in an Obama administration?

• Green Corps: Barack Obama would spend $390 million over five years to fund “an energy-focused Green Jobs Corps to engage disconnected and disadvantaged youth . . . to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings in their communities, while also providing them with practical skills and experience in important career fields of expected high-growth employment.”

It’s a quasi-paramilitary organization dedicated to environmentalism that promises inductees that they would be getting practical employment training for future “green jobs.”

• Teaching parents parenting: The senator would spend $300 million over five years establishing “Promise Neighborhoods in cities that have high levels of poverty and crime and low levels of student academic achievement.” A key feature would be “parenting schools for parents.”

• Housebuilding army: the Youthbuild program would be expanded from 8,000 to 50,000 over eight years at a cost of $257 million to “construct and rehabilitate affordable housing for low-income and homeless families.”

• Patent reform: Obama’s idea of “opening up the patent process to citizen review” would make it much tougher for businesses to challenge the government’s judgment on the ownership rights of an invention, which will have a negative effect on the incentives to innovate.

• Private parklands regulation: Obama would “do more to encourage private citizens to protect the open spaces and forests they own and the endangered species that live there . . . and encourage communities to enhance local greenspace, wildlife and conservation areas.”

The Obama campaign uses the word “encourage” over and over in numerous areas of policy. Expect it to be the form of encouragement practiced by Don Corleone — making you an offer you can’t refuse.

• Autism czar: If you weren’t convinced that the Democratic nominee intends to use the federal government’s powers to solve every known problem, consider his promise to spend $2.5 billion over four years on appointment of an “Autism Czar” to “ensure that all federal funds are being spent in a manner that prioritizes results.”

Rezko Singing: Obama Sweating?

Rezko Singing: Obama Sweating?

Rick Moran

The news out of Chicago is not good for Governor Rod Blagojevich. Convicted Chicago political operator Antoin “Tony” Rezko is talking to prosecutors about what he knows as far as corruption in Illinois and Chicago politics.

 

Believe me, it’s plenty.

 

Jailed political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration faces multiple federal investigations over how it handed out jobs and money with advice from Rezko, is considered the most vulnerable.
Rezko also was friendly with Obama – offering him a job when he finished law school, funding his earliest political campaigns and purchasing a lot next to his house. But based on the known facts, charges so far and testimony at Rezko’s trial, there’s no indication there’ll be an October surprise that could hurt the Democratic presidential nominee – even though Rezko says prosecutors are pressing him for dirt about Obama.
“I think this strikes fear into the Blagojevich administration and the Statehouse Democrats but not into the Obama campaign,” says state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Westmont, a John McCain delegate to the GOP convention but an old friend of Obama.

Rezko is not necessarily a problem for Obama. But one of the convicted fraudster’s cronies might be:

It is the Giannoulias family and their ownership of The Broadway Bank. Specifically, the bank’s vice president and chief loan officer Alexi Giannoulias who has, to put it mildly, a rather checkered history:

A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure will host a Windy City fund-raiser tonight for Sen. Barack Obama.
 

Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator’s Oval Office bid.
Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael “Jaws” Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution.
Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help.

Young Alexi’s dealings with Obama may make the candidate a target:

4) The Giannoulias family was involved with Obama as far back as his first state senate campaign in 1996. It has been long rumored here in Chicago that Obama obtained a sweetheart deal on his first town home here in Chicago – which he could not have afforded otherwise – and guess who the financing came from for that house? We’ve been told it was Broadway Bank, the Giannoulias bank. Now, this sets up a scenario where the Giannoulias family helps Obama with his campaign finances and gets him deeper in their pocket with his sweetheart mortgage deal (for the first home he owned that he could not afford) – all in exchange for quid pro quo to be determined later.

(5) One favor political Chicago claims Obama did for the Giannoulias family was in 2006 when, out of the blue, 29 year old Alexi Giannoulias, with no experience, and without ever having voted before, decides to run for State Treasurer of Illinois. Also out of the blue, Barack Obama endorses Alexi Giannoulias for State Treasurer. This was a SHOCK to everyone in Chicago – and Giannoulias would have never become State Treasurer without Obama’s help. In political circles here, it has always been believed that this endorsement was bought years ago with that sweetheart mortgage deal Broadway Bank arranged for Obama to buy his town house.
(6) So, the Tony Rezko sweetheart deal was not the first magic home loan Obama ever received to buy a house he could not afford.

Obama’s ties to the Giannoulis family have been shrouded in mystery. If Fitzgerald can untangle the web, there very well may be something there that would cause Mr. Obama a lot of trouble – after he was president.

For in truth, there is no chance this will come out before the election. Fitzgerald has proven himself to be a very careful prosecutor – especially when aiming high – and will no doubt seek to build his case slowly. He may end up not even indicting Obama, seeing the enormous problems in trying to bring Obama to trial. But you can bet that Obama will be interviewed several times by the prosecutor and will himself, be on tenterhooks as to his fate.

 

Obama was simply caught up in business as usual Chicago politics – where there are times you can’t tell the difference between the businessman, the politician, and the mobster. It is from this political culture our next president will have sprung.

 

Kind of makes you wish for the good old days of Al Capone. At least you knew who the crooks were.

Much of this blog post appeared originally at Right Wing Nuthouse

Financial crisis explained SHOTINTHEFANNIEMAE a PDF file This is well researched and simply stated. A Powerpoint presentation. Keep clicking your mouse to advance the slide show.

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