Sunday, 14 December 2008
BERNARD MADOFF A BIG-TIME CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ??? PARTY
bernard madoff. Thief of thieves. $50 BILLION dollars gone.
If he were a Republican, would you know about it by now? Take a
But madoff isn't a Republican. He's a Democrat. A major player in
the Democratic Party.
So, did you hear about it? If so, congratulations. You must
really be a news junkie.
Warner Todd Houston, writing for www.newsbusters.org, explains:
Media Forgets That Wall Street
Rip Off Artist is BIG Democrat Donor
The wires services and the rest of the Old Media have also
been reporting on a scandal that doesn't have to do with Illinois Governor, Rod
Blagojevich. But, like the Blago story line, the media seem to be forgetting one
small aspect of the story of Wall Street rip off artist Bernard Madoff. Like
Blago, Madoff's connections to the Democrat Party seem to be of little interest
to the media.
Very few media stories of the fraud perpetrated by
former Nasdaq chairman Madoff mentions the heavy financial support that Madoff
has donated to the Democrat Party. Campaign contributions by Madoff show many thousands of dollars going to Democrat
candidates and causes. Including $100,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign,
thousands to Charles Rangel (D, NY), Charles Schumer (D, NY), and $6,000 to the
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Madoff also gave
generously to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D, NJ) who runs a charitable foundation
that invested with Madoff.
With the money that Madoff spread
around in contributions is it really surprising that his actions went ignored by
In any case, the media seems wholly uninterested
in the fact that Madoff is a big Democrat contributor. I found no mention of
Madoff's past support of the Democrats in any of the following stories.
The Associated Press: "List of potential victims grows in NY fraud
ProPublica: "Losses Unknown From Madoffs One Big Lie"
Gawker: "A Bloodthirsty Public Finds the Villains We
The New York Times: "Standing Accused: A Pillar of Finance and
New York Magazine; "Bernard Madoff: Its All Just One Big Lie"
Forbes: "Fleeced Madoff Investors Face Cold Winter"
... these among many others.
I found but two mentions of Madoff's support of
Democrats. One brief mention in Time Magazine and one
in a Bloomberg report.
So, what we are seeing is the Old Media
conveniently forgetting that this guy was a big Democrat donor. Who can doubt
that if Madoff was a big donor to the GOP we'd see this fact featured
prominently in every story? Yes, it's another sad but true name-that-party
I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's good to have that D
after your name.
IS OBAMA STILL CONFIDENT HIS STAFF DIDN'T NEGOTIATE WITH BLAGOJEVICH?
The fraudulent claim that Barack Obama and his people had no contact with
Illinois Governor rod blagojevich is breaking down. Fast.
So fast, in fact, that the New York Times, which did just about everything
short of picking out furniture with Obama during the campaign, can't pretend
this away. See for yourself below:
Emanuel Had Contact With Governors Office on Senate Seat
CHICAGO President-elect Barack Obamas chief
of staff, Rahm Emanuel,
communicated with the office of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of
potential candidates for Mr. Obamas Senate seat and provided a list of names,
according to two Obama associates briefed on the matter.
The Obama associates said the interactions
concerned several people who might fill the seat. Such contacts are common among
party officials when a political vacancy is to be filled. It was not clear
whether the communication was via direct telephone calls.
The Chicago Tribune reported that communications
between Mr. Emanuel and the governor, both Democrats, had been captured on
court-approved wiretaps, but Obama associates gave conflicting accounts of the
Obama aides have said privately that Mr. Emanuel
did not engage in any deal-making with Mr. Blagojevich, whom federal prosecutors
charged last week with conspiring to turn a profit from the appointment.
The federal inquiry is looking into the exact
nature of Mr. Emanuels contacts with the governors office. Mr. Emanuel has not
been accused of wrongdoing by federal prosecutors.
Mr. Obama has said he has never spoken with the
governor about the seat. But Mr. Obamas aides have declined for five days to
answer publicly questions about what discussions they had about the seat, with
several saying they were doing so at the request of the office of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney for the Northern District of
In announcing the charges against Mr. Blagojevich,
Mr. Fitzgerald said the president-elect was not implicated in the case.
The Illinois governor alone has the power to fill
such vacancies. The criminal complaint against him alleges that he sought to
benefit personally from the appointment by securing high-paying jobs for himself
and his wife, or campaign contributions, in return for his selection.
Mr. Obama said Thursday that his aides were
looking through all of their possible contacts with the governor and would
release more information in the coming days. Republicans, meanwhile, have raised
questions about Mr. Obamas refusal to say more and about his past ties with the
main characters in the story.
Mr. Emanuels list of possible candidates included
a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, Valerie Jarrett; the
Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan;
Representative Jan Schakowsky; and Dan Hynes, the state comptroller.
The criminal complaint quotes Mr. Blagojevich as
saying at one point that Mr. Obamas aides were not willing to give him anything
more than appreciation in return for appointing a candidate they
Ms. Schakowsky told The New York Times last week
that she called Mr. Emanuel last month when she was exploring whether she might
fill Mr. Obamas seat. She and Mr. Emanuel had served in the House
Ms. Schakowsky said Mr. Emanuel had declined to
tell her if Mr. Obama had a favorite to fill the seat. She said he seemed wary
about Mr. Blagojevich.
Transition officials would not comment publicly on
One of the schemes Mr. Blagojevich is accused of
involves Mr. Emanuels House seat, for which Illinois law requires a special
According to the criminal complaint, Mr.
Blagojevich talked about approaching an unnamed president-elect adviser to ask
for help raising 10, 15 million for the governor to start a nonprofit
The complaint quoted Mr. Blagojevich as saying
that when the president-elect adviser asked him about the special election for
the House seat, Mr. Blagojevich wanted it to be in his
Does this pass any sniff test you ever heard of? I didn't think so.
Watch for new developments. It's an excellent bet they're coming and
just as excellent a bet they aren't going to be pleasant for the Obama people --
maybe even the head of the klan.
PALIN'S CHURCH TORCHED
Why was Sarah Palin's church in Wasilla, Alaska the object of an arson
attack? Here is the story from the Washington Post:
Palin's Church Severely Damaged by
Sunday, December 14, 2008;
ANCHORAGE, Dec. 13 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's home church was badly damaged by arson, leading the governor to
apologize Saturday if the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention"
from her campaign as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Damage to the Wasilla Bible Church was estimated
at $1 million, authorities said. No one was injured in the fire, which was set
Friday night while a handful of people, including two children, were inside,
according to James Steele, the Central Mat-Su fire chief.
He said the blaze was being investigated as an
arson. Steele said he didn't know of any recent threats to the church, and
authorities did not know whether Palin's connection to the church was relevant
to the fire.
"It's hard to say at this point. Everything is
just speculation," he said.
Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say whether the
church had received any recent threats.
Palin was not at the church at the time of the
fire. She stopped by Saturday, and her spokesman Bill McAllister said in a
statement that the governor told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire
was connected to the "undeserved negative attention" the church has received
since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29.
"Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the
governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil
will in some way be used for good," McAllister said.
The 1,000-member evangelical church was the
subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named Sen. John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was
criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Love Won Out conference in
Anchorage sponsored by Focus on the Family. The conference promised to "help men and women
dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can
The fire was set at the entrance of the church and
moved inward as a small group of women worked on crafts, Steele said. The group
was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm.
How fortunate that the women and children inside the church at that time were
not incinerated along with the physical plant.
And how interesting that the Associated Press, whose article this is, tossed
in the fact that Wasilla Bible Church is against homosexuality amd believes it
can help people overcome it.
What is that all about? Did the AP do it to explain why the church was
hit? If so, does it have evidence that homosexual activists did this? Did
the AP check last week's bulletin to see who else the Wasilla Bible Church might
Is it meant as an explanation that justifies the torching? "Hey,
these people are homophobes, they brought it on themselves", something like
Well, here's a thought: Has the Associated Press considered that this might have been done out of political hatred?
You know, the kind that is churned up when media spend months telling readers/listeners
what an objectionable dunce one of the congregants is and what an
affront it was that she ran for the vice presidency?
I guess it hasn't.
OBAMA'S ENERGY CZAR
This one needs no help from me. I'll just post Michelle Malkin's expos
of what an ethically challenged selection Barack Obama appears to be making for
his (therefore our) energy czar:
Crooked Carol Browner: Obamas
ethically-challenged energy czar
My syndicated column today puts the screws on
Clintonite Carol Browner, rumored to be Obamas choice for energy czar. Shes
not so fresh and so clean. And conservatives should raise their voices for, you
know, real change.
old, same old.
The trouble with Obamas energy czar
Yet another Clintonite has been wheeled out of the
political morgue to serve in the Obama administration. Carol Browner, a neon
green radical who headed the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2000, is
widely rumored to be the president-elects choice for energy czar. But an
ethical cloud still hangs over Browners EPA legacy. It doesnt take a team of
Ivy League-degreed lawyers to figure out that this is one more headache the Hope
and Change crew doesnt need.
In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, let me
dust off the cobwebs and help out all the smarty-pants vetters on the Obama team
with a little background on Browners stained past:
On her last day in office, nearly eight years ago,
Browner oversaw the destruction of agency computer files in brazen violation of
a federal judges order requiring the agency to preserve its records. This from
a public official who bragged about her tenure: One of the things Im the
proudest of at EPA is the work weve done to expand the publics right to
Asked to explain her track-covering actions, the
savvy career lawyer Browner played dumb. Figuratively batting her eyelashes, she
claimed she had no clue about a court injunction signed by U.S. District Judge
Royce Lamberth on the same day she commanded an underling to wipe her hard
drives clean. Golly gee willikers, how could that have slipped by
According to testimony in a freedom of information
lawsuit filed against EPA by the Landmark Legal Foundation, a Virginia-based conservative legal watchdog group,
Browner commanded a computer technician on Jan. 19, 2001: I would like my files deleted. I want you to delete my
files. Not coincidentally, the
Landmark Legal Foundation had been pressing Browner to fully and publicly disclose the names of any special interest
groups that may have influenced her wave of last-minute regulatory actions. Two
days before she told her technician to purge all her records, EPA had gone to
court to file a motion opposing the federal court injunction protecting those
Plausible deniability? Not bloody
Incredibly, Browner asserted that there was no
work-related material on her work computer. She explained she was merely
cleaning the hard drive of computer games she had downloaded for her son, and
that she wanted to expunge the hard drive as a courtesy to the incoming Bush
administration. How thoughtful. Later, her agency admitted that three other top
EPA officials had their computers erased despite the federal court order and
ongoing FOIA case (the record is silent on whether Browners son was playing
games on their desktops, too). A further belated admission revealed that the
agency had failed to search Browners office for public documents as required by
Landmarks public disclosure lawsuit.
Not only were all the top officials hard drives
cleared and reformatted, but e-mail backup tapes were erased and reused in
violation of records preservation practices.
After a two-year legal battle, Judge Lamberth
finally held the EPA in contempt of court for the systemic file destruction actions Lambert lambasted as
contumacious conduct (obstinate resistance to authority). As is typical in
Washington, Browner weaseled out of any serious repercussions. Lamberth
inexplicably decided that slapping the agency as a whole with contempt rather
than any individual would deter future cover-ups.
Is this a gamble the Obama administration wants to
take? Browner has crossed the line and violated public trust before in her
capacity as eco-chief. Early in her first term as EPA head, Browner got caught
by a congressional subcommittee using taxpayer funds to create and send out
illegal lobbying material to over 100 grassroots environmental lobbying
organizations. Browner exploited her office to orchestrate a political campaign
by left-wing groups, who turned around and attacked Republican lawmakers for
supporting regulatory reform. These are the very same groups anti-business,
anti-sound science, pro-eco-hysteria that Browner would be working arm in arm
with as Obamas energy czar.
This is regression we cant afford.
What is this? "Change we can believe in", or "Change we can recognize
because it was there 8 years ago"?
Did you really expect Mr. Obama to honestly do what he promised? And,
if so, based on what? His honesty about wright, rezko, ayers or his
willingness to show us his real birth certificate?
OBAMA'S FREDDIE MAC/FANNIE MAE MORTGAGE
Let me start by saying that I do not know, and therefore cannot vouch for,
this web site.
On the assumption I've made myself clear, I will now post what I found at www.deathby1000papercuts.com.
See what you make of it:
Obama Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Chicago Home
Mortgage $903,000 over Legal Limit
Relativity by E. M. Escher
While researching an article about
Obamas Chicago home about the circumstances surrounding who is the owner, I happened
across a bit of information: Obamas home has a Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac mortgage
to the tune of $1,320,000. (Page 5 of Cook County Property Assessment
The information comes from the Cook County Clerks office where the owner of the Obama home is listed as William Miceli, a
former supervisor of Obamas when he worked at the David Law Firm.
Whats unusual about the Obama mortgage is that
the upper limits of a Fannie Mae loan on a single family dwelling as of January,
2008, is $417,000 while mortgages in high cost areas cannot exceed
The Obamas mortage, through Northern Trust
Company, is in the amount of $1,320,000.
The limits for a Freddie Mac single family dwelling
is $417,000, with an upper tier of $625,500 for homes located in Alaska, Hawaii,
the Virgin Islands, and Guam.
I looked into whether Cook County, Illinois, where
the Obama home is located, and whether it is considered by Fannie Mae or Freddie
Mac as a high cost area. I found this little snippet written by Lew Sichelman,
of the Reality Times in
2004, a few months prior to the Obamas purchasing their home:
Effective Jan. 1, the new FHA ceiling in high
cost areas is 87 percent of the limit on loans which can be purchased by
Freddie Mac. The Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae conventional loan limit rose to
$359,650, also on Jan. 1. In most of the nations 3,300 other jurisdictions,
the FHA floor is $172,632. But in about 530 places, the FHA maximum is
somewhere in between $172,632 and $359,650.
The new limits already are the subject of
controversy. For example, some Chicago area lenders already are grumbling that
Jefferson County, a distant Washington area jurisdiction at best, is
considered a high-cost area but Cook County, Ill., is not.
I took it one step further and entered the Obamas
South Greenwood address at Fannie Maes Loan Limit Geocoder. The results: Obamas South Greenwood home was eligible
for a maximum Fannie Mae loan of $417,000.
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Im not sure how, but the Obamas managed to
procure a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mortage $903,000 over the legal limit.
Wouldn't you like to know more about this? Wouldn't you think
mainstream media would be greatly interested - especially given the involvement
of slumlord and convicted felon antoin "tony" rezko's involvement in Mr. Obama's
Will these "journalists" ever do their job when it comes to Obama? Or
is he just too godly for them to trouble him with issues like whether he got an
illegal home loan?
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them