Saturday, 08 May 2010

THE OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE ISSUE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

I hate to talk about this issue:

-Almost everyone has an opinion set in stone about it and won't be changed unless significant new information becomes public;

-The Obama administration and its abettors have made it as certain as they can that no such information will see the light of day;

-A great many people are ignorant about what they have and have not seen as evidence (e.g. the "Certification of Live Birth they think is an actual birth certificate, but is not);

-A great many people are ignorant about what the constitutional requirements are to be President;

-The media-driven "knowledge" that anyone who feels there is any doubt about Barack Obama's eligibility are "birthers", therefore lunatics, therefore not worth listening to, regardless of their facts and the logical conclusions those facts lead to.

But every now and again I feel there should be an update.  So here is the latest one, from Joseph Farah at World Net Daily, who has doggedly kept up his crusade to have Mr. Obama prove his eligibility in the face of the obstacles I enumerated above:

More birth-certificate mumbo jumbo

 

Posted: May 08, 2010
1:00 am Eastern

Has any birth certificate in the history of the world been discussed and debated more than Barack Obama's?

I don't think so.

 

Yet, nearly every time it is discussed or debated, the public becomes more confused, mystified, curious and certain they are being deliberately deceived.

 

The latest entry into this circus is Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle. You would think the governor of Hawaii would be an expert on the subject of Barack Obama's birth certificate by now. But her public comments suggest she is either abjectly ignorant or an active component of a disinformation campaign.

 

Lingle told a New York talk show Obama was born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu. But she offered no evidence to back it up and has also claimed she has never seen the document.

 

She claims her office issued a press release stating the birth hospital during the 2008 campaign. But no such release was ever published, and this is the first time any government official has claimed Kapi'olani as the birth hospital.

 

The birth certificate has been withheld from the public ostensibly by Hawaiian officials who claim releasing information about Obama's birth would be a violation of the state's laws. Yet, Lingle herself just apparently violated that law by releasing information she claims is in that secret document.

 

But perhaps most remarkable about Lingle's cavalier, dismissive public statement is the fact that even Kapi'olani Hospital has been unwilling to make the unequivocal assertion it is the birthplace of Barack Obama. WND has recounted in detail Kapi'olani's attempts to have its cake and it eat, too: Using Obama's name to raise funds for the facility, but refusing to confirm or deny that he was actually born there.

 

In other words, it's more mumbo jumbo from another Hawaii official.

 

The trouble with all this is that we live in a nation supposedly governed by the rule of law and the will of the people.

 

The law is very precise regarding the eligibility of the president of the United States. It leaves little doubt that every American is entitled to know with 100 percent assurance whether the occupant of the White House is a natural born citizen. It shouldn't be a matter of opinion. It shouldn't be a matter of imprecise testimonial from a faceless bureaucrat in Hawaii. It shouldn't be a matter of a questionable digital document posted on the Internet. It should be a matter of established fact.

 

That's certainly not the case with Barack Obama's nativity story.

 

The story itself keeps changing.

 

The ground rules for keeping the birth certificate secret keep changing.

 

Now we're supposed to forget about this little constitutional requirement because the governor of Hawaii says there are so many more important issues to deal with.

 

May I remind everyone that Hawaii's history of negligence and malfeasance in keeping birth records is at the very root of the nation's suspicions?

 

Who is Gov. Lingle to lecture the rest of us about our priorities?

 

She is second only to Obama himself in raising alarm among half the nation's populace that something significant, something important, is being purposely concealed from them.

 

Enough with the double-talk.

 

Enough with the imprecise statements.

 

Enough with the secondhand testimony.

 

Enough with the condescension about how trivial this matter is.

 

It's time to see some documents.

 

It's time to establish some facts.

 

Hawaii recently changed its laws to deny the public answers about this issue. If the goal was to address the public concerns, a more sensible change in the law would have been to require more openness about vital records of public officials.

 

Openness would assure the public. Secrecy makes us more suspicious.

Barack Obama, and his willing accomplices in our wonderful "neutral" media, have successfully kept the actual birth certificate from us.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg.  We also have been disallowed from seeing Mr. Obama's passport, his school records, any written material he produced at Columbia or Harvard and a good deal more. 

The pathetic fact is, that we know next to nothing about the man we have installed in the oval office.  And the same media that spent countless hours scouring every facet of the previous president's life in every way they could, is clearly determined to keep us just as ignorant about Mr. Obama as we are now.

I don't know whether Barack Obama is constitutionally able to be President.  And I don't know whether Joseph Farah is on track or off the rails as he continues to demand answers.

But I do know that the last line of his column is true.  When people hide things, it generally means there is something to hide.

Common sense tells me that if a man can spend a few minutes on the phone and pay maybe $10 or $20 dollars to get his orginal birth certificate and prove his legitimacy, but instead spends millions of dollars on lawyers dedicated to keeping it hidden, there are one or more things on that birth certificate that he does not want us to see.  And they may include information regarding his eligibility for the presidency.

It would be nice if some of the professional "journalists" who are working so hard not to get this information would use a little of their common sense too and start demanding the same answers Mr. Farah is.

Zeke .... ... .... Reasons to ignore the berfer issue : ... 1) Supercilious, haughty, disdainful arrogance ... 2) "Everyone knows" ... 3) It's a minor matter .... 4) Obama has spent millions in legal fees to bottle up the issue ... WHY ? .... 5) for sure, defendants in federal trials will assert the laws they are being tried under are not valid ... because they were not signed by the REAL president. .... .... 6) Jackass Joe might become our President ! ! ! ! ! ! (05/08/10)


THE ALEXI GIANNOULIAS/CBS NEWS SCANDAL

Ken Berwitz

It takes a brave man to put his name on this blog.

No, not me.  I'm talking about Jed Skillman, whose excellent piece for americanthinker.com is excerpted below.

May 08, 2010

'Vote for the Crook. It's Important.'

By Jed Skillman

 

If you ever wonder why politics in the State of Illinois is such a bucket of worms, you need look no further than the shot a CBS Chicago bureau producer fired at Republican US Senate nominee, Mark Kirk the other day.

Said CBS producer, Ed Marshall told Kirk in front of a live mike;

"Channel 2's made a decision. We're really not going to cover the Senate race if it consistently, only in your terms, is about Broadway Bank. The bank's been taken over by the government, Alexi's been pilloried. Tell me: what is your campaign going forward? What are the issues that you are going to tell the voters why they should vote for you?"

In other words, The Broadway Bank collapse is not going to be investigated further by the media, and hence forth it is off-limits as a campaign issue.  CBS was telling Kirk to button his lip -- or else. 

 

Why is this significant?  Because the "Alexi" in the above quote is none other than the former VP and Chief Loan Officer of the bankrupt Broadway Bank, Alexi Giannoulias, who currently is the Democratic Senate nominee.  CBS doesn't want to rock any boats here.

 

The media's gripe with Kirk is that he is making a campaign issue of the bank's collapse and of it's nearly $400 Million dollar cost to taxpayers.  Continually harping on the matter makes it tough for the media to run soft coverage of the Giannoulias campaign.  They continually have to brush aside tough financial issues in order to get to the warm and fuzzies about his recent marriage or his love of Bulls basketball.

 

And in an election climate where being labeled a " banker" is not a resume-enhancer, Giannoulias needs all the media help he can get. 

 

Another thing the media would rather not concern voters with is the fact that a lot of the missing Broadway Bank money was lent to Chicago Mob figures.  Locally, these are termed "juice loans".  Believe it or not, Giannoulias lent some $20 Million to felons who were already convicted and were awaiting sentencing at the time the loans were made.  This kind of banking is straight out of The Sopranos.  Yet, to CBS news Mob connections are not a disqualifier for public office.  Today's Democratic Party is a big tent.

 

Alexi Giannoulias happens to be the Democratic Party nominee for Barack Obama's old US Senate seat, the same seat that former Illinois Governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich attempted to sell for $5 Million dollars just a year and a half ago.  The "Blago" trial is set to start in June.  A key witness is expected to be money-man Anton "Tony" Rezko, who also helped fix things so Barack and Michelle Obama could buy their Hyde Park house at below market price.  Did you follow all of that?  And we haven't even mentioned two recent suspicious suicides or Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the gaggle of Alderman and City officials under investigation.

 

This is the kind of furniture in the room that the Mainstream Media in Illinois has to tip-toe around every day.  There are crooks everywhere that need to be ignored.  And, all the mouthing-off that Mark Kirk is doing is just making CBS's job of keeping this Senate seat in Democratic control a lot tougher.

 

To further move the narrative along, in 2006 Giannoulias got himself elected State Treasurer of Illinois.  On the good side, at age 30 he was the youngest treasurer elected in state history.  On the bad side, his record in Springfield is similar to his record at the Broadway Bank.  Illinois finances are a mess; per capita taxpayer debt is second only to California.  Here's an example; recently Illinois Bright Start, a State program that allowed parents to send money to Springfield to pre-pay for their kid's college tuition, was found to have lost $85 Million dollars. 

 

While we have to admire Giannoulias; thrown off, he gets right back on the horse and  failing at one thing - at the bank or at the Treasurer's job - he dusts himself off and attacks his next goal. 

 

But, what about CBS?  Do they get to decide what to gloss over, what's important and what is not?  In an era of economic trouble aren't a candidate's financial blunders worthy of public notice, even if that candidate happens to be a Democrat?  Has the mainstream media become that useless? 

Wow.

Readers of this blog already know about the remarkably damning threat CBS producer Ed Marshall made to Mr. Kirk, and have a general idea that Giannoulias was involved in his family's scandalous banking enterprise.  But now, thanks to Jeff Skillman, we see just how deep that involvement was and how intrinsic a part candidate Giannoulias played in it.  We also see how far the wonderful "neutral" CBS news operation will go to keep these facts hidden from voters.

This is dirty even by Chicago standards - a status which, given Chicago's standards, is almost impossible to achieve.

Will the voters be fooled (and/or made ignorant) enough to elect Alexi Giannoulias?  We'll find out in November.

Be sure to watch CBS on election night.  Don't miss its hard-hitting, neutral commentary.

Oh, by the way:  Did you see or hear even one word about this on the network news or on the morning shows or in the NY Times, etc?  Now think about how they would have covered a Fox News political producer telling Giannoulias to lay off an issue troublesome to Kirk or they'd just stop covering his campaign.

Are they any better than CBS News-Chicago?


BARACK OBAMA & OIL SPILL POLICY

Ken Berwitz

This one is for anyone who actually believes President Bush was in any way retroactively responsible for the oil rig explosion last April 20th (and there are multiples of gullible goofs who do).

From www.mcclatchydc.com:

WASHINGTON Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico.

The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obamas vow that his administration would launch a relentless response effort to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling

The exemptions, known as categorical exclusions, were granted by the Interior Departments Minerals Management Service (MMS) and included waiving detailed environmental studies for a BP exploration plan to be conducted at a depth of more than 4,000 feet and an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. exploration plan at more 9,000 feet.

To those of you who think George Bush had anything to do with that oil rig disaster:  Who the hell do you think has been in charge of oil policy since April 20th of this year?  Bush?  His father?   Reagan?  Eisenhower?  Taft?  Who?

For just this once, how about considering the possibility that when bad things happen during Barack Obama's presidency there just might be a reason to look at Barack Obama, not the people who are no longer in charge;  if not for the last 16 months, then maybe for the last 16 days?  Ok?  Thanks.


THE OBAMACARE DISINCENTIVE

Ken Berwitz

The Obama administration continues to crow over 290,000 new jobs in April - while ignoring the facts that much of these gains are due to seasonal or temporary workers, and unemployment rose to 9.9% in the same month.

This being the case, I thought I would balance their selective use of facts by showing you an excerpt from the excellent blog by Paul Mirengoff , writing for powerlineblog.com, on how the health care legislation will disincent businesses from expanding and/or hiring new workers:

May 7, 2010

The unintended but foreseeable consequences of Obamacare

May 7, 2010 Posted by Paul at 4:13 PM

The jobs report for April has been released and the news is mixed. The economy added 270,000 jobs, but this was not enough to offset the rise in the number of people looking for work. Accordingly, the unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent to 9.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute explains why Obamacare is likely to cause employers not to hire as many workers as they otherwise would, particularly among the ranks of the unskilled and the young.

Two of the industries that traditionally offer work to members of these groups are leisure/hospitality and retail. As Furchtgott-Roth explains, many of these employers do not provide their employees with health insurance, and both sectors have large percentages of part-time workers. Obamacare threatens to raise costs in these sectors because every employer with more than 50 workers will either have to offer health insurance or pay an annual penalty of $2,000 per worker. For part-timers, employers will pay $2,000 for each "full-time equivalent worker," a block of 30 weekly hours of part-time work by the same or different employees.

Employers thus have a strong incentive not to employ more than 50 workers. By avoiding that threshold, they won't have to provide health insurance and will gain a cost advantage over competitors.

Accordingly, says Furchtgott-Roth:

Firms will have an incentive to become more automated, or machinery-intensive - and hire fewer workers. Fast food restaurants could ship in more food and have it reheated, rather than cooking it on the premises. Department stores could have fewer sales clerks and more price-scanning stations, so that shoppers could scan labels for prices rather than asking sales assistants.

Thus, in the name of expanding health care coverage the administration is making it harder than ever for unskilled workers to get started in the workforce. This is particularly unfortunate because adults without high school diplomas currently face an unemployment rate of 14.5%, and the unemployment rate for teens is 26%.

This little tidbit of reality is being ducked and ignored by most of our "evenhanded" media - the (still prodigious) segment that intends to protect and shield Barack Obama every way they can.

But you aren't part of those media, are you?  You understand that when businesses see that it is enormously expensive to expand beyond a certain point, it discourages them from expanding, don't you?

Maybe if you run into Mr. Obama, you can impart this wisdom to him.  Thanks.


ERIC HOLDER: OUR NATIONAL DISGRACE

Ken Berwitz

eric holder is the Attorney General of the United States.  He is also a Barack Obama sock puppet and a national disgrace.  Here is the latest reason I say that, excerpted from an article at thehill.com.  The bold print is mine:

The top GOP member of the Senate Intelligence Committee blasted Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday for having allegedly refused to brief senators on last weekend's attempted Times Square bombing.

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), the ranking member of the intelligence panel, accused Holder of obstructing congressional inquiries into the attempted attack.

"It seems Attorney General Holder is only interested in looking tough on terrorism on TV since hes now told the intelligence community to skirt the national security law and give only the details he wants and when to Congress," Bond said Saturday.

Both Bond and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Intelligence committee,
said earlier this week that the administration had not made clear to them how Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the attempted attack in New York, was interrogated and handled after having been arrested late Monday night.

A Bond spokesperson said the senator had a ten-minute phone conversation with an intelligence official about the issue on Tuesday following Holder's press conference to announce Shahzad's arrest. But since then, the spokesperson said, Bond has been unable to get additional briefings or details.

This is the same Attorney General who encouraged then-President Clinton to release 16 FALN (Puerto Rican terrorist) members in 2000.  The same Attorney General who became a senior partner at Covington and Burling, a law firm which seems to take special delight in defending accused terrorists.  And the same Attorney General who insists that khalid sheikh mohamed be tried in a civil court, thus giving him an opportunity to employ every legal device he can think of, thus forcing the trial to last for years while he uses the courtroom as a propaganda venue, and costs taxpayers an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars to do it.

And now this.

Do you feel safer with eric holder in charge of the justice department?  Or would you feel safer if Barack Obama found his way clear to remove holder and replace him with someone who seems just a tad more on our side, not theirs?  

I'm sorry for you if it's choice #2.  Because the man who appeases Iran while laying the wood to Israel it isn't about to remove his sock puppet from office.  They think too much alike.

Zeke ... ... .... ... Mr. Holder just announced that Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square Fizzle-Bomber, is a Taliban. ... ... Nice to know that he might be able to chat with his buddy Khalid Sheik Mohammud at the courthouse in Manhattan. ... ... .... Shahzad is a naturalized US citizen, been in the US for 11 years, earned a BS and MBA in the US. He is the son of a retired senior Pakistani air force officer. ... ..... ..... .... Mr. Holder ... please tell us how you will protect us from these sleeper terrorists. .... .... ... Maybe the entire US population should relocate to Gitmo, where it is safe. (05/09/10)


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