Tuesday, 12 August 2008
OBAMA AND THE PALESTINIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
This is the kind of story that makes me glad there is a blogosphere.
Did you hear the one about the two Palestinian Arabs who illegally
contributed about $30,000 to the Obama campaign?
And the one about the Obama campaign changing the address it got the $30,000
from to make it look legal, so the money would not have to be returned?
And the one about the campaign promising to return the money but not
providing any information that they actually did?
Mainstream media are about as likely to initiate an information
stream about this story as Barbra Streisand is to have a sex change
operation and enter the Mr. Universe contest.
But Aaron Klein of World Net Daily is all over it. And voters, like
you, should know the facts he has come up with. So here they are (the bold
print is mine):
Obama camp still can't
verify return of Arab cash
More questions than
answers in illegal Middle East donor affair
Posted: August 11, 2008
JERUSALEM One week after WND
brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip illegally contributed to
Barack Obama's campaign, the Democratic presidential
candidate's team has not responded to repeated WND requests for a clarification
regarding how purported refunds were returned. The brothers told WND their money
was not refunded.
Last week it was exposed Palestinian Gazans Monir,
Hosam and Osama Edwan made a series of donations online at Obama's official
campaign website totaling more than $30,000.
The donations violate election laws,
including prohibitions against receiving contributions from foreigners and
accepting more than $2,300 from one individual during a single
The Wall Street Journal reported it spoke to Obama officials who said the nearly $33,500 in donations
were received between Sept. 20 and Dec. 6 of last year and that most of the
money was returned by Dec. 6. The campaign claimed, however, the refunds were
not reported to the Federal Election Commission due to a technical
The Obama camp insisted the remaining
$2,500 was refunded Aug. 4 and that all the refunds will be reflected soon in an
amended report. The campaign said new controls are in place to prevent any
similar attempts in the future.
But WND spoke to the brothers, who denied
the Obama campaign refunded their money.
"No, we did not receive any money
back from the Obama campaign at any time," said Monir
The Edwans continue to maintain their financial
transactions made on Obama's campaign website were not actual donations but
purchases of "Obama for President" T-shirts.
The transactions, however, were listed as
donations in U.S. government election filings.
Obama's campaign also told the Wall
Journal last week the funds from the Edwans were for the purchase of
The Obama team has not explained why T-shirt
revenue was reported to the FEC as contributions.
The Atlas Shrugs blog, which first highlighted the unusual Edwan
has posted copies of FEC letters from as early as last April requesting
additional information for 36 contributors, including the Edwans. The FEC
letters, which document the contributions in question, state the donations may
be "excessive" exceeding the allotted amount for each
The question arises: Why didn't the Obama campaign
immediately report back to the FEC in April that the illegal Edwan money had
been returned four months prior, as the campaign now claims. The FEC, in fact,
had to send an additional letter just last month requesting an
In addition, the explanation both from the Obama
camp and from the Edwans that the brothers purchased T-shirts from the Gaza
Strip doesn't appear to stand up to close scrutiny. The Edwans claimed to WND
the T-shirts were received in Gaza last December.
When the Edwans made their contributions
online, they listed their street as "Tal Esaltan," which they wrote was located
in "Rafah, GA." The same address was listed in all relevant FEC
Rafah is not a city in
A WND investigation last week tracked down
the Edwans living in the Tal Esaltan neighborhood of Rafah, a large refugee camp
in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
The brothers could not explain how the purportedly
purchased T-shirts arrived in Gaza if the campaign had a mistaken address in
Georgia. The T-shirts would have been shipped to the purported "Rafah, GA"
That the Edwans were able to contribute
any money to Obama's campaign from Gaza also raises questions into the methods
used by the presidential candidate's website to accept online
The website donation form asks each donor to
affirm he or she is a U.S. citizen and is above the age of 16 but doesn't
require donors to prove their citizenship status, such as providing a social security number. The
form further requires the donor to affirm the contribution is not coming from a
corporation, political action committee or lobby group.
This has scandal written all over it.
But, fortuitously for the Obama campaign the scandal has a "D" instead of an
"R" next to it. So mainstream media are largely eliminated as a source of
Thank you Aaron Klein and World Net Daily for staying on top of the
story. We owe you a debt of gratitude. And thanks a lump, mainstream
media, for ignoring another Democratic scandal.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
OBAMA SNUBS US SOLDIERS. AGAIN.
I read this at www.littlegreenfootballs.com.
It came from the Weekly Standard web site. Please pay special
attention to the paragraph in bold print:
Calling their convention "America's Townhall"
takes a lot of chutzpah given Barack Obama refused to do a series of townhalls with McCain. But
not as much as declining to do a townhall with U.S. soldiers because of a
"previously scheduled commitment" and then jetting off to Hawaii for a vacation.
Last month, Obama refused to do a military
townhall for 6,000 veterans, service members, and military families at Fort
Hood, Texas. That event would have taken place tonight, but Obama spokesman,
Phillip Carter, said at the time Obama couldn't make it because we unfortunately
had a previously scheduled commitment on the date proposed. But Obama doesn't
have another event scheduled for this evening -- he's busy bodyboarding in Hawaii.
Let's get this straight: When Obama visits Europe,
he'd rather address German hipsters than soldiers who were injured while
fighting in Iraq. And now that he's back in America, he'd rather vacation in
Hawaii than answer questions that our soldiers and their families have for him.
Is there anything that would convince the self-proclaimed presumptive president
that he'll have to address this country's military before he'll be ready to
As mentioned, I saw this at www.littlegreenfootballs.com which
got it from the Weekly Standard.
Where else would you expect this to come from? The NY Times?
Today? The network News shows? MSNBC??????????
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
THE LATEST MCCAIN INTERNET AD
Have you seen John McCain's latest internet ad? If not, just click here:
.I don't know who is going to win the 2008 presidential campaign. But I
do know who is winning the battle of internet ads.
This one builds on the premise that Barack Obama is a celebrity and not a
serious presidential contender. Given the success of the initial ad, that
makes all the sense in the world.
It also makes me eager to see the next one. And I don't often say that
about anyone's political ads.
~~~BATHE IT YOUR WAY, BATHE IT YOUR WAY...~~~
Here's a good reason to, er, eschew the Burger King in Xenia, Ohio.
It comes to us via WDTN, the local NBC affiliate:
Video shows Burger King
employee bathing in sink
XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - Some workers at a Greene
County restaurant are in hot water with the health department, after an employee
took a bubble bath in a store sink.
It happened at the Burger King on Orange Street in
A four-minute video posted on MySpace captured the
employee, self-described as Mr. Unstable, bathing nude in a large stainless
steel sink as several other employees and a store manager looked on.
The video began making its rounds on the Internet
Monday morning. One of the recipients was Greene County Health
Commissioner, Mark McDonnell.
"My first thought was oh my god," said
McDonnell immediately sent staff to restaurant to
investigate the numerous health code violations.
He said the restaurant was aware of the incident
and had already taken steps to clean up, including disposing of all the utensils
and sanitizing the sink twice.
All of the employees involved were
"You can't account for everyone's stupid actions
but when things do happen if you respond to it and take the appropriate action
that's reassuring," McDonnell said.
Some Burger King patrons don't agree.
"That's just, it's wrong it's a place where
families come to eat and them taking a bath in the sink that's just not work
ethic," said Crystal Dodge, who said she used to eat at Burger King all the
2News reporter Megan O'Rourke went to the Xenia
Burger King Monday afternoon looking for comment, but was met at the door by an
employee who asked her to leave and referred comment to Burger King's corporate
Burger King spokesperson Denise Wilson emailed the
following statement to 2News Monday afternoon:
"Burger King Corp. was just notified of this
incident and is cooperating fully with the health department. We have sanitized
the sink and have disposed of all other kitchen tools and utensils that were
used during the incident.
We have also taken appropriate corrective
action on the employees that were involved in this video. Additionally, the
remaining staff at this restaurant is being retrained in health and sanitation
But for diners like Crystal, it may be too little,
"That's just disgusting. I wouldn't want to eat
here after I heard something like that, that's just not appropriate for
employment," Dodge said.
"This kind of stunt really is a black eye for the
Health Department officials plan to talk with
prosecutors to see if any criminal charges will be filed, but they don't have
any plans to issue fines at this time.
Well, at least the EMPLOYEES are sanitary.
And you can peek under those suds to see if Burger King really is
the "Home of the Whopper".
Ok, enough from me. Now you have to supply your own bad
DID BARACK OBAMA END RUSSIA'S WAR AGAINST GEORGIA?
That title looks so idiotic that I'd be ashamed to have it up there.....were
it not for the fact that Tim Kaine, Governor of Virginia and on Barack Obama's
short list for VP, actually said it.
No I did not just take a drug cocktail of some kind and I am not
hallucinating. He really did. Steve Gilbert of www.sweetness-light.com has the video
on his site, and I'm posting it for you to see/hear.
August 12th, 2008
From Fox News, via YouTube:
Tim Kaine: Barack Obama Solved The Crisis In
Kaine's exact words:
"...it was a bad crisis for the world. It
required tough words but also a smart approach, to call on the international
community to step in, and I'm very very happy that the senator's request for a
cease fire has been complied with by President Medvedev"
How imbecilic would you have to be to buy into this?
Barack Obama makes a vapid, predictable statement, straight out of
diplomacy-central-casting, and you are being told that it
single-handedly ended the Russia-Georgia conflict (which, by the way, is
not over according to Georgia...a little something Mr. Kaine, in his
exuberance, neglected to take into account).
How coincidental that Russia claims to have stopped fighting right after
achieving its military objectives. What lucky timing for the
Russians that Barack Obama convinced them of the error of their ways
just at the point where they got everything they wanted!
All I can say is, if being a fart-catcher for Barack Obama is a qualification
to be his VP, this has got to put Mr. Kaine way out in front.
NANCY LIKES DRILLING NOW. HONEST!
The polls are in and the focus groups have been conducted. Now,
suddenly, Nancy Pelosi is ok with offshore drilling - with about 5,692 different
caveats, of course, that would address every splinter group in her hard-left
coalition and, in reality, prevent it from ever happening.
But she had to say something, didn't she? Oil, as of this moment and
quite possibly through to November, is the wedge issue of this election
campaign. And Pelosi, along with her Democratic amen chorus, is on the
wrong side of it.
Michelle Malkin has put together the particulars. Here they are:
Maybe Do-Nothing Nancy should enter the Olympic
diving competition. She gets a 10 for her flip-flop-flop yesterday on
drilling. It is now no longer the hoax she knew.
What a hoot. Did she think she could sell 2 more
books trying to pander and straddle like this? Nan, youre slaying us. My
From CNNs Larry King show:
PELOSI: I would not. It depends how the
drilling is put forth. But I dont that is not excluded, let me say it
that way. It depends how that is proposed, if the safeguards are there. Now,
mind you, 68 million acres 10 million more acres in Alaska where they can
drill. But if theres if we can get some great things, in terms of
renewable energy resources; a renewable electricity standard; wind, solar,
biofuels and the rest in that context, because if you make a decision only
to go with the offshore drilling, you are increasing our dependence on
fossil fuels and you will never free yourself of that addiction unless you
invest in the renewable energy resources that are good for the environment,
cheaper for the consumer and will reverse global warming.
And the consumer is our first responsibility.
The American taxpayer owns this oil offshore, by the way. Let me make this
one final point. This oil is owned by the American taxpayers. The oil
companies drill. We give them money to drill there. But we get very little
So I think as we have this debate, which is a
very healthy one to have and I welcome it, we have to review and realign the
relationship between our oil, big oils profits and what it means to the
consumer and the taxpayer.
Yeah. She means realigningwith Big Wind!
14 percent and plunging
God almighty does she really think we are all this stupid?
I guess she does.
THE OBAMALYMPICS AD
Here, folks, is the best ad of them all. Although I saw it on www.sweetness-light.com, it comes to
us from the Tennessee Republican party. It's funny, clever and
See for yourself:
Wow. Does that bring it home, or what?
PEOPLE'S WEEKLY WORLD: A GUEST EDITORIAL
Here is an editorial analysis of the 2008 election from the
People's Weekly World, published by the Communist Party, USA. It is written by
Sam Webb, who is chairman of this organization. The bold print is mine.
Elections 08: embracing the moment
People's Weekly World Newspaper,
The expected presidential nomination of
Barack Obama is a path breaking and historic achievement from many
standpoints, not least the struggle for equality and against racism.
Obamas nomination leaves an enduring mark on every aspect of our nations
culture a culture steeped both in racism and anti-racism.
Robinson, a columnist for the Washington Post, had this to say:
young, black, first-term senatora man whose father was from Kenya, whose mother
was from Kansas and whose name sounds as if it might have come from the roster
of Guantanamo detaineeshas won the marathon of primaries and caucuses to become
the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. To reach this
point, he had to do more than outduel the partys most powerful and resourceful
political machine. He also had to defy, and ultimately defeat, 389 years of
The breaking of this barrier says much about the candidate but
it also speaks volumes about the American people. While it augurs well for our
countrys future, it must be very disconcerting for the ruling class that
class which has been the main architect and beneficiary of racism for nearly
People crossed racial and gender barriers in numbers
that many of us didnt think possible only a few months ago. Some said an Obama
nomination was impossible, that it would never happen, and that white voters
would never pull the lever for a Black presidential candidate. But the primaries
proved that the doubters were wrong.
The Clinton campaign also broke barriers. Her concession speech was
stirring as well as profound in many ways. While we had disagreements (and
stated them) with the racist text/subtext in her campaign, it is also true that
she captured the imagination of millions of women who in their own lives
encounter gender barriers and oppression in the home, work and community. I am
not sure if we have taken full measure
Her candidacy dissolved male
supremacist notions disfiguring the thinking of men and plowed away barriers
preventing women from playing a full and equal role in every aspect of social
life. The struggle for full equality of women wont necessarily be easy going
forward, but Clintons campaign did take the fight to higher ground.
Decent and democratic minded people are rightfully celebrating the
breaking of these barriers. Imagine how enthused the depression-era communists
those who gave their lives to Black/white unity and equality at a time of
legalized segregation and lynching with impunity would be about these turn of
Soberness in politics is essential, but it should be combined
with passion, hope, excitement and images of a just and peaceful future. If we
are going to err with respect to the significance of the moment and the
potential of the coming elections, it is better to err on the side of passion
Anti-racism at a new level
Most, I suspect,
underestimated the growth of anti-racist feeling among white people to one
degree or another. Consider this statement by Loree Suggs, executive secretary
of the Cleveland building trades, in reference to Obama:
Go back to
your locals. Now is the time to unite. We cannot let any bias or racial thoughts
get in the way. If your members have any problem with racial bias, tell them to
get over it for all time, but especially now for this election, get over it. We
must put Barack Obama in the White House and, if we dont, we are in deep
This may not be typical of changing sentiments of white people
in general and white unionists in particular, but it isnt atypical either. Mass
thinking is changing. Again, to quote Robinson,
[T]he amazing thing
isnt that there were instances of overt, old style racism during the campaign,
its that there were so few. The amazing thing is that so many Americans have
been willing to accept or, indeed, reject Obama based on his qualifications
and his ideas, not on his race. Ill never forget visiting Iowa in December and
witnessing all white-crowds file into high school gymnasiums to take the measure
of a black man and, ultimately, decide that he was someone who expressed their
hopes and dreams.
While I dont think that we have fully digested the
political meaning of this turn of events, we can still say that the readiness of
so many white voters to cast their ballot for an African American candidate in
the presidential primaries gives confidence that the struggle against racism in
its ideological and material forms can proceed on higher ground and in a bolder
Beware of rigid concepts
political categories in this moment are not useful. It is said, for example,
that Obama is a centrist or, worse still, a bourgeois politician. But arent
categories of this kind, even if they capture some aspects of reality, too
closed to be useful in a dynamic situation?
Political categories should
allow for complexity, contradictions, transitions and new experience. If this is
true in general then it is even truer at this moment when politics are fluid and
social actors (individuals and social groups) are in motion?
possible for a social group or an individual to occupy more than one political
space? Isnt there something to be said for Italian Communist Antonio Gramscis
concept of contradictory consciousness? Shouldnt we think twice before
embracing cut and dried assessments of social actors that not only fail to
capture complexity of their politics, but also impede our political imagination
to creatively elaborate strategic and tactical positions?
Assessments of candidates should be informed by their political
formation and sensibilities, the movement that has sprung up around a candidacy
and the overall context of these elections, including the presence of a powerful
right-wing attack machine. Rather than pigeonholing Obama, for example, as a
centrist or bourgeois politician, it may be more useful to characterize him as a
potentially transformative political figure, much like Abraham Lincoln,
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. were. None of them were
revolutionaries, but they each had a keen appreciation of the moment in which
they lived, they each interacted with the larger movement of their time and they
each understood the necessity of expanding and giving new content to democracy
and citizenship rights, albeit in the context of their times.
ordained that Obama will fit into this category, either, but it is also far too
early to foreclose that possibility. Life and struggle will decide.
Appreciating political realities
There is a
tendency especially among some on the progressive and left part of the
political spectrum to nitpick every single position of this or that candidate,
including Obama. Some people on the left were apoplectic over Obamas speeches
to AIPAC and a Cuban American group in Miami. It is true that there is much in
each speech that the left would disagree with, but at the same time we should
look for positive openings that the speeches offer, if not now, then in the
event of an Obama presidency. Unfortunately, looking for openings, by
the way, isnt something that the left is skillful at doing, especially in the
There should be an appreciation of this broad popular
movement that has arisen around Obamas candidacy. It has diverse currents and
trends, including sections of the ruling class all of which have to be taken
into account. This campaign is also up against a very powerful right-wing attack
machine not to mention powerful and reactionary corporate interests.
What is more, to win, the campaign has to reach out to independents and
disaffected Republicans. Without winning a section of them, a landslide victory
The broader movement should give some wiggle room to this
path-breaking candidacy. Obama is not running for city council in Berkeley or a
safe congressional seat. Instead he is running for the highest national office
in 50 states and in every region of the country.
Being right in the
Communists and others on the left can and should
differ with Obama and other Democratic candidates. But the more important
question is how we do it. Carl Winter, a former national leader of the Communist
Party, said to me on more than one occasion: It is not enough to be right, but
you have to be right in the right way. By which I understood Carl to mean that
Communists, in advancing our views, have to be not only respectful of other
peoples opinions and circumstances, but also to present them in a way that
deepens peoples understanding, confidence and unity in the context of our
In order to advance one iota of a
pro-peoples agenda, the peoples movement has to elect Obama and to enlarge the
Democratic Party majorities in Congress. Without that everything else is wishful
However the focus in these elections should neither
be solely on the candidate nor solely on the movement, but rather on the
interactions and connections between the two. We should accent dynamics,
fluidity and possibilities of the political process rather than dwelling on this
or that shortcoming of either the candidate or the broader movement. If the
latter consumes us, if it becomes the main thing, we will miss the forest for
There it is, every word. Make of it what you will.