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Thursday, August 13, 2009


Audio unearthed of Barack Obama in 2006 advocating mandatory service for all citizens. Ironically, he does so while trying to assuage the anxiety of parents and students who are staring down hefty student loans.

Much easier to sell when he implies that he can take away that anxiety by making the Service-for-Tuition tradeoff.



I had the good fortune of getting to see this live and wasn't ready for it to end. Fox News Channel's Major Garrett challenged White House Press Secretary today on emails people had forwarded to him saying that they had received unsolicited emails from David Axelrod. Garrett asked Gibbs how the White House got the email addresses of the people who received the correspondence.

Let's just say Gibbs got a little touchy. Garrett persisted and clearly got the better of the argument. Some have suggested that Garrett may have been overreacting to emails that didn't really originate from the White House but were forwarded to him.

As the evidence trickles in, it's seeming more and more like Garrett is onto something. That said, once you hit "forward", you can manipulate text to make it look like what Garrett is describing. To be fair to Garrett, if that's what happened, the onus would be on the person who did it and not on Garrett. I'm assuming that with Fox's budget, Garrett is making 100% sure that his claims are what he relayed to Gibbs today.

In the past, I've been skeptical of Garrett's tenacity for the truth over merely reporting from wherever. This back and forth with Gibbs took him up several notches with me.

The exchange (with facial expressions) is definitely worth watching.


There is absurd, there is patently absurd, and then there is the Sheila Jackson Lee standard. After the YouTube video of her talking on a cell phone as a woman tried to ask her a question made its rounds, Lee appeared on CNN with Rick Sanchez.

At one point, Lee floated the notion that the video of her interrupting a questioner by talking on her cell phone may have been "doctored".

Tip to Sheila. When your argument causes apolplexy on the face of Rick Sanchez, you may want to retreat. Here's the video of Lee placing Sanchez firmly beside himself.

Now here's the entire one minute video of the actual incident.



First we had the far left protester (and John Dingell supporter) from LaRouche PAC busted holding a sign of Obama with a Hitler moustache, then we have the questionable swastika painted on a sign outside the office of Democrat Congressman David Scott. Then we find out that an Obama delegate posed as a doctor at the town hall meeting of Sheila Jackson Lee because she thought it would help her credibility.

Now this....

Dyron Hart was threatening people via email while maintaining that he was a white supremecist and has pleaded guilty. WWL AM870 in New Orleans quotes U.S. Attorney Jim Letten as referring to a particular email sent by Hart to a black student
"indicating he wanted to kill African American individuals because of the election of the President."
Small problem. Dyron Hart is black.

I can personally think of only two explanations for why Hart would do something so despicable.

1.) Hart was engaging in the same tactics used by those enumerated in the first paragraph of this post.
2.) He was inspired by a fictitious Dave Chappelle character, Clayton Bigsby, who was the world's first black white supremecist, who also happened to be blind.



While Van Jones, Obama's Green Jobs Czar, and Jeff Jones are not related, there is new irony relative to both sharing the same last name. Like Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, Van and Jeff served on a Board together as well. That group is Apollo Alliance, which is a conglomerate of leaders who claim to be creating an array of green jobs for people. Van recently departed from Apollo according to Klein.

Ayers started Weather Underground with Jeff Jones in 1969 after breaking away from the Students for Democratic Society (SDS). So what do we know about Jeff? Klein tells us that:
Jeff Jones founded the Weathermen with terrorists Bill Ayers and Mark Rudd when the three signed an infamous statement calling for a revolution against the American government inside and outside the country to fight and defeat what the group called U.S. imperialism. President Obama came under fire for his longtime, extensive association with Ayers.
When you begin to look into Van's past, you begin to see things that he has in common with folks like Bill Ayers and Jeff Jones. Klein reports:
Jones, formerly a self-described "rowdy black nationalist," boasted in a 2005 interview with the left-leaning East Bay Express that his environmental activism was a means to fight for racial and class "justice."

Jones was president and founder of Green For All, a nonprofit organization that advocates for building a so-called inclusive green economy.
Enviornmental activism as a means to fight for justice? What exactly does that mean?

I personally find some striking similarities between Bill Ayers and Van Jones in that the former said at a recent book signing that he thinks we "should abolish all prisons" while dedicating said book to all of the millions of prisoners. A group Van founded almost takes on added significance when you factor in that view:
He was a founder and leader of the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM. The organization had its roots in a grouping of black people organizing to protest the first Gulf War. STORM was formally founded in 1994, becoming one of the most influential and active radical groups in the San Francisco Bay area.

STORM worked with known communist leaders. It led the charge in black protests against various issues, including a local attempt to pass Proposition 21, a ballot initiative that sought to increase the penalties for violent crimes and require more juvenile offenders to be tried as adults.

The leftist blog Machete 48 identifies STORM's influences as "third-worldist Marxism (and an often vulgar Maoism)."
Vulgar Maoism? Gee, what a coincidence when you consider that Obama and Ayers shared a business address with a Chinese Maoist named MIKE KLONSKY in the 1990's.

NAKED EMPEROR NEWS posted the audio of a Bill Ayers interview from 2002 in which he said he still considers himself a marxist and an anarchist. Compare that with this quote Klein attributes to Van Jones:
"I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist."

"I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.' I spent the next 10 years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary."
Is it really any wonder that Van, Jeff, Bill, and Barack run in the same circles? What makes this reality so dire is that one of them is the President of the United States.

Be sure to read Klein's ENTIRE ARTICLE



Roxana Mayer was in the audience at Sheila Jackson Lee's town hall. In fact, she was in the front row and was given the opportunity to ask a question. During her question, she said she was a physician, at which point Lee thanked her while giving her a hug.

Small problem. It appears that Mayer ISN'T a doctor at all. Thanks to some excellent work at PATTERICO, Mayer actually admitted as much via email correspondence.

However, there are two things we DO know about Roxana that should be identified as relevant:

1.) She was an Obama state delegate
2.) She doesn't live in Sheila Jackson Lee's district (how'd she get that front row seat?)

Interesting developments to be sure but Patterico also has a link to a LONE STAR TIMES piece you definitely want to see. In addition to their claim that Mayer actually admitted to lying because she thought it would help her credibility (ah, so many dimensions to the backward left), LST id's a woman that accompanied Mayer to Lee's town hall as Maria Isabel, who ran an Obama campaign office that proudly displayed a Che Guevara flag (LST has the actual photo of Isabel seated behind Mayer).

Refresh my memory. What side of this debate was being accused of astro-turfing again? The conservatives are being accused of fake grass roots despite all of the evidence nearly exclusively to the contrary. Obama's advisor, David Axelrod, practically invented it. I guess astro-turfing is such a sleazy enterprise that part of it actually involves demonizing your opponents by accusing them of doing it.

Back to Mayer at the town hall.....

In a show of shoddy journalism, even the Houston Chronicle id'd Mayer as a doctor on August 11th. Here is the caption under the photo of the Mayer-Lee embrace:

Then, after it became apparent that Mayer was lying, the Chronicle changed the caption:

But the Chronicle's change didn't exactly come with an open admission of a mistake. Wouldn't you think if the Chronicle was a real newspaper, they'd investigate this alleged fraud? Impersonating a police officer is a serious crime. Why isn't impersonating a doctor in a public forum in order to push an ideological agenda serious as well? It may not be illegal but it is more than just a little unethical and should be investigated.

If this is true (it looks pretty ironclad at the moment), what does it say about the Houston Chronicle if they don't investigate this new story further?

Be sure to read the email correspondence and get a much more detailed chronology of events at PATTERICO'S PONTIFICATIONS. An additional touch of irony provided when Mayer derides Frey's journalistic qualifications. It would seem, at least in this case, he was better qualified than was the Houston Chronicle.

Here's a video of the exchange between Lee and Mayer. Frankly, Mayer's status as a doctor should have been questioned when she said, "..we're deficient is that um, we are like so poor..."

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