Day 275 Obama Administration October 21, 2009 - History

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The President began his day with his security and economic briefings.

The President then met with Senator Kerry who had just returned from Afghanistan.

The President then made a major announcement on a plan to provide more financing for small business. Remarks.

The President then flew to New Jersey for a campaign appearnce with Governor Corzine.


Trump Should Have Pardoned This Pro-Family Hero

ABOVE: Philip Zodhiates and his wife Kathie Lee Zodhiates

Note: This article first appeared in American Thinker.

BY BRIAN CAMENKER

We have all seen the corrupt US Justice Department aggressively prosecute and imprison political opponents such as General Michael Flynn and former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman on the flimsiest of “crimes.” Meanwhile, left-wing figures such as Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden, who commit serious crimes remain untouched. The full truth is worse than most people are aware. Here is just one case we’re familiar with.

Philip Zodhiates is recognized as one of America’s best direct-mail professionals for conservative and Christian non-profits. His company, Response Unlimited, has sent out tens of millions of fundraising letters regarding the homosexual agenda and other anti-Christian movements. (Several years ago his company helped us!) Prior to and during the Obama administration his company sent out over 80 million fundraising letters targeting various suspect issues concerning Barack Obama, including his status as a “natural born citizen” and his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, Zodhiates operated the Conservative Petitions website that generated impactful feedback and millions of email messages opposing leftist programs.

Zodhiates is a committed Christian who adopted six children from Central America and has generously donated money to, and volunteered for, Christian causes.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Zodhiates gave a young woman he knew from church, Lisa Miller, a car ride from Virginia (where they all lived) to New York. At the time, Miller was under emotional stress and was accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter Isabella.

That was the beginning of Zodhiates’ nightmare. The Obama Justice Dept. and major liberal and LGBT groups used the incident to manufacture an outlandish charge against him, leading to a tremendously expensive trial, and landing him in federal prison where he is today.

But the story began almost ten years earlier. It’s not surprising that a “gay rights” dispute is involved.

In December 2000, Lisa Miller and another young woman, Janet Jenkins, were in a lesbian relationship. They traveled from home in Virginia to Vermont to enter into a “civil union” which was not legally recognized in Virginia.

Lisa wanted to have a child and was artificially inseminated. Janet did not participate in that. In April 2002 when Isabella was born, Janet was not listed as a parent on the baby’s birth certificate. Since then, Jenkins also declined to adopt Isabella on at least two occasions, according to published documents.

In July 2002, the couple and child moved from Virginia to Vermont. But in September 2003, the relationship broke up and Lisa and Isabella moved back to Virginia. In November 2003, the domestic partnership was dissolved. After that, according to documents, Janet only saw Isabella once in 2003 and twice in 2004. Soon after, Lisa became a Christian. In 2004, a Virginia judge officially recognized Lisa as Isabella’s sole parent. Lisa decided not to allow Janet to have any further visits with Isabella. And according to published papers, Janet expressed little interest in Isabella.

Then the LGBT movement stepped in.

The ACLU along with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund sought to make it a test case to establish that same-sex partners in civil unions could have “parental rights” over children – even if they were not biologically related and had never legally adopted them. In addition, according to documents, the Southern Poverty Law Center convinced Janet to allow them to make this case the precedent-setting attempt to nullify the Virginia Marriage Amendment and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Starting in 2007, these groups funded Janet Jenkins’ protracted custody battle over Isabella in the courts of Virginia and Vermont. A Vermont judge ordered that Janet should be allowed unsupervised overnight visits with Isabella, even though at that time she had not seen Isabella for 2½ years.

Lisa initially complied with these orders. But then she noticed that Isabella was acting very disturbingly after these visits. According to published documents, after one visit in 2007 (when Isabella was 5 years old) Lisa noted (published later in an affidavit):

Isabella has been crying at night asking me to promise that she doesn’t have to take a bath or shower with [Janet] … Since I picked her up on Sunday, Isabella has been exhibiting severe behaviors of stress, including pushing a comb against her stomach and telling me she is going to kill herself. She has been excessively and openly masturbating since she returned on Sunday and at one point tried to put a pen in her vagina.

When Lisa could see that Isabella was obviously being sexually abused during the visits with Janet, she declined to yield to the orders of the Vermont court. She continued trying to fight, but the massive legal force of the national groups was no match for Lisa’s meager resources.

Three licensed social workers in Virginia submitted affidavits stating that they believed Isabella was in danger with these visits, but that did not sway the courts. The Vermont court would not even allow those affidavits to be introduced as evidence.

The Virginia courts were persuaded to go along with the Vermont decision on visitation. In 2008, Lisa fought it all the way up to the Virginia Supreme Court. The court ruled in favor of continuing visitation rights for Janet!

Lisa still refused to comply. In 2009 a judge warned that if Lisa did not allow the visitations, he would transfer full custody of Isabella to Janet. In November 2009, the judge followed through with his threat and ordered Lisa to hand Isabella over to Janet.

But by then it was too late. Lisa and Isabella had left the country.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Lisa asked her friend from church, Philip Zodhiates, to drive her to Buffalo, NY. The next day Lisa and Isabella took a taxi across the border to Canada. They apparently flew from there to Central America, but their exact whereabouts are still unknown, according to reports.

At that point, the LGBT groups got the Obama Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to get involved, which they did with enthusiasm. They charged Zodhiates with International Parental Kidnapping and Conspiracy. The two-week jury trial was largely a sham. Among other things:

  • The DOJ got the jury trial moved from conservative Lynchburg, Virginia to liberal Buffalo, New York. But the supposed “kidnapping” took place in Virginia. Buffalo was simply the endpoint of the ride.
  • Lisa had full legal custody of Isabella, they had legal passports, and there were no travel restrictions.
  • Virginia's Defense of Marriage Amendment to its Constitution forbade the Virginia courts from recognizing the Vermont civil union, and Isabella's Virginia birth certificate lists Lisa as her only parent. Lisa lived in Virginia when Isabella was born.
  • The trial was largely on ad hominem characterization, not points of law. During the trial, the SPLC helped introduce “evidence” that Zodhiates was a horrible Christian bigot. But the judge refused to allow evidence of Zodhiates’ philanthropy and charitable work.
  • The jury never heard any evidence of the horrible sexual abuse regarding Isabella (or the affidavits from the social workers) which was the reason Lisa was escaping with her daughter. More important, fear of sexual abuse is a legal defense for alleged “parental kidnapping.” But Zodhiates’ lawyers purposefully chose not to tell the jury about that – an act of apparent legal malpractice which Zodhiates brought up in his appeal.

By any normal measure, Philip Zodhiates committed no crime. And certainly, by the normal standards of today’s legal system, he wouldn’t have been charged even if he had. But that’s not how things turned out.

The massive DOJ, SPLC, and LGBT legal team was too overwhelming, and Zodhiates’ lawyers were frankly unimpressive. The jury convicted Zodhiates.

The appeal was also shameful. The court rejected all of the problems with the trial that Zodhiates brought up. Petitions to the US Supreme Court were also rejected. In 2018 he was sentenced to three years in federal prison, where he sits now until the end of 2021. They would not even let him out early for Covid, even though thousands of other inmates were released.

Philip Zodhiates is also hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for legal fees and lost income. It is likely that the SPLC will bankroll a further lawsuit against him on behalf of Janet for “damages.”

In December 2019, Zodhiates filed a Petition for Pardon to President Trump. Since then, there were numerous letters and emails from the Trump administration. On Dec. 23, 2020, President Trump pardoned 15 people and commuted the sentences of 5 others. Then on Jan. 20, 2021, President Trump granted 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 people. Philip Zodhiates was not among them.

Many of these people had been convicted of drug trafficking, securities fraud, and similar crimes. A friend of a famous rapper got pardoned.

But no one who got pardoned, that we could determine, had committed a transgression against the LGBT movement. We have a disturbing feeling that President Trump – or his staff – did not want to offend that “constituency.” It’s a terrible shame, and bad for America.


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Obama was born on August 4, 1961, [1] at Kapi ʻ olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital (now Kapi ʻ olani Medical Center for Women and Children) in Honolulu, Hawaii, [2] [3] [4] and would become the first President to have been born in Hawaii. [5] His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, born in Wichita, Kansas, was of mostly English ancestry. [6] His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya. Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship. [7] [8] The couple married in Wailuku on Maui on February 2, 1961, [9] [10] and separated when, in late August 1961, Obama’s mother moved with their newborn son to attend the University of Washington in Seattle for one year. In the meantime, Obama, Sr. completed his undergraduate economics degree in Hawaii in June 1962, then left to attend graduate school at Harvard University on a scholarship. Obama’s parents divorced in March 1964. [11] Obama Sr. returned to Kenya in 1964 where he remarried he visited Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. [12] He died in an automobile accident in 1982, his son being 21 years old at that time. [13]

In 1963, Dunham met Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian East–West Center graduate student in geography at the University of Hawaii, and the couple were married on Molokai on March 15, 1965. [14] After two one-year extensions of his J-1 visa, Lolo returned to Indonesia in 1966, followed sixteen months later by his wife and stepson in 1967, with the family initially living in a Menteng Dalam neighborhood in the Tebet subdistrict of south Jakarta, then from 1970 in a wealthier neighborhood in theMenteng subdistrict of central Jakarta. [15] From ages six to ten, Obama attended local Indonesian-language schools: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School for two years and Besuki Public School for one and a half years, supplemented by English-language Calvert School homeschooling by his mother. [16]

Obama with his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, mother Ann Dunham and grandfather Stanley Dunham, inHonolulu, Hawaii

Obama returned to Honolulu in 1971 to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelynand Stanley Dunham, and with the aid of a scholarship attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979. [17] Obama lived with his mother and sister in Hawaii for three years from 1972 to 1975 while his mother was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Hawaii. [18] Obama chose to stay in Hawaii with his grandparents for high school at Punahou when his mother and sister returned to Indonesia in 1975 so his mother could begin anthropology field work. [19] His mother spent most of the next two decades in Indonesia, divorcing Lolo in 1980 and earning a PhD in 1992, before dying in 1995 in Hawaii following treatment for ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. [20]

Of his early childhood, Obama recalled, “That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind.” [8] He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. [21] Reflecting later on his years in Honolulu, Obama wrote: “The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.” [22] Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine during his teenage years to “push questions of who I was out of my mind”. [23] Obama was also a member of the “choom gang”, a self-named group of friends that spent time together and occasionally smoked marijuana. [24] [25]

After high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend Occidental College. In February 1981, Obama made his first public speech, calling for Occidental to participate in the disinvestment from South Africa in response to that nation’s policy of apartheid. [26] In mid-1981, Obama traveled to Indonesia to visit his mother and half-sister Maya, and visited the families of college friends in Pakistan and India for three weeks. [26] Later in 1981, he transferred as a junior to Columbia College, Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations [27] and lived off-campus on West 109th Street. [28] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 and worked for a year at the Business International Corporation, [29] then at the New York Public Interest Research Group. [30] [31] In 1985, Obama was among the leaders of May Day efforts to bring attention to the New York City Subway system, which was in a bad condition at the time. Obama traveled to several subway stations to get people to sign letters addressed to local officials and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and was photographed at the City College subway station holding a sign protesting the system’s condition. [32]

Community organizer and Harvard Law School

Two years after graduating, Obama was hired in Chicago as director of the Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale on Chicago’s South Side. He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988. [31] [33] He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens. [34] Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute. [35] In mid-1988, he traveled for the first time in Europe for three weeks and then for five weeks in Kenya, where he met many of his paternal relatives for the first time. [36] [37] He returned to Kenya in 1992 with his fiancée Michelle and his half-sister Auma. [36] [38] He returned to Kenya in August 2006 for a visit to his father’s birthplace, a village near Kisumu in rural western Kenya. [39]

Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988. He was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, [40] president of the journal in his second year, [34] [41] and research assistant to the constitutional scholarLaurence Tribe while at Harvard for two years. [42] During his summers, he returned to Chicago, where he worked as anassociate at the law firms of Sidley Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990. [43] After graduating with a J.D. magna cum laude [44] from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago. [40] Obama’s election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention [34] [41] and led to a publishing contract and advance for a book about race relations, [45] which evolved into a personal memoir. The manuscript was published in mid-1995 as Dreams from My Father. [45]

University of Chicago Law School and civil rights attorney

In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book. [45] [46] He then taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, first as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and then as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004. [47]

From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois’s Project Vote, a voter registration campaign with ten staffers and seven hundred volunteer registrars it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, leading Crain’s Chicago Business to name Obama to its 1993 list of 󈬘 under Forty” powers to be. [48]

He joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004. His law license became inactive in 2007. [49] [50]

From 1994 to 2002, Obama served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and of the Joyce Foundation. [31] He served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999. [31]


Sat Dec 14th Todays News

Blair Poll shows 0.73% want the ABC to have increased funding, the rest asking for it to be privatised, have funding cut, or punitive measures taken against her staff. Or in gender neutral terms favoured by the ABC, against his/her staff. Obama told the truth, once, just on a different day. Holden has become like many Australian icons, a victim of ALP policy. Al Gore was wrong five years ago with his prediction of an ice free north Polar cap. The hand waver who could not sign, but stood next to the hand wringer who didn't care, has been accused of murder. The hand wringer, meanwhile .. doesn't care. My handwriting is too poor for some plumb jobs. AMWU reps must take their skills elsewhere .. parasite host beware.
Bolt challenges Turnbull on gay marriage statement. Rhiannon admits she was trained by neo-Stalinists. Why our intelligence service targeted the activity of a significant political player. Why is the media hiding the demonstrated effectiveness of boat people policy?
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Hatches

    – Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (d. 1045) – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and chemist (d. 1601) – Jimmy Doolittle, American aviator and general (d. 1993)
  • 1946 – Michael Ovitz, American talent agent, co-founded Creative Artists Agency
  • 1954 – Steven MacLean, Canadian astronaut, former President of the Canadian Space Agency
  • 1970 – Anna Maria Jopek, Polish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1973 – Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-American actress (d. 2001) – Joshua Dionisio, Filipino actor
    – Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake. – Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled. – Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots. – The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifts off on its first test flight. – The French invasion of Russia comes to an end as the remnants of the Grande Armée are expelled from Russia. – Quantum mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law. – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. – New South Wales Premier Charles Wade signs the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909, formally completing the transfer of State land to the Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory. – Roald Amundsen ' s team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole. – Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne. – NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus. – Bangladesh Liberation War: Over 200 of East Pakistan ' s intellectuals are executed by the Pakistan Army and their local allies. (The date is commemorated in Bangladesh as Martyred Intellectuals Day.) – Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

POLL BELIEVED

Tim Blair – Saturday , December 14 , 2013 ( 5:29pm )

OBAMA DID TELL THE TRUTH, JUST ON A DIFFERENT DAY

Tim Blair – Saturday , December 14 , 2013 ( 4:52pm )

DOORS OPEN, FACTORIES CLOSED

Tim Blair – Saturday , December 14 , 2013 ( 3:12pm )

AL LIED, POLE UNFRIED

Tim Blair – Saturday , December 14 , 2013 ( 2:38pm )

It isn’t. To celebrate, even Cairo is turning on the snow. Look at the happy children:

SCAM LANGUAGE

Tim Blair – Saturday , December 14 , 2013 ( 2:07pm )

What’s the sign language symbol for “hilarious fraud”? Thamsanqa Dyantyi demonstrates:

Mr Dyantyi presumably also knows the symbols for “convicted thief” and “accused murderer”.

POLITENESS MONEY

Tim Blair – Friday , December 13 , 2013 ( 4:25pm )

JOE BLAMED

Tim Blair – Friday , December 13 , 2013 ( 4:06pm )

It’s just possible that one or two other factors were involved in Holden’s decision. Speaking of which, here’s Bill Leak today:

High Court uses slippery slope argument to defend same sex marriage. Where is Malcolm Turnbull now?

Andrew Bolt December 14 2013 (9:29am)

Rhiannon admits a brutal Communist regime schooled her

Andrew Bolt December 14 2013 (9:14am)

Why we spied on a harmless Indonesian housewife to the horror of our media Left

Andrew Bolt December 14 2013 (7:31am)

Who is hiding the non-boats?

Andrew Bolt December 14 2013 (7:03am)

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Primordial Yosemite

Shot just after the sun went down and before the valley turned dark. The steam was churning off of El Capitan all day long and was still going as fog started rising from the valley floor. The air seemed thick and full of movement. The day was over.
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13 years ago today, George W. Bush was declared the President.
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Marinel Pretzles
At Balmoral Beach .
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Sitting on the balcony not sure whether to keep my cardigan on or off, lol. #sydney #weather #confusing #breezy #view #blue #sky
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Stephanie Ann
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Ferrari 1962
My other car - ed
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Chris Poole
The other night Max made individual summer puddings with brioche, and then made "brioche icecream" with all the off cuts. Note the candied rose petals that he dried all night in front of the open oven, after we stole roses from some unsuspecting neighbour, with me driving the getaway car, the day before.
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US Campaign for Burma

Who of our fellow activists are in the Milwaukee area?

Tomorrow, December 14, from 12:30-7:00pm there will be a conference hosting a slew of speakers discussing various topics regarding the Rohingya in Burma, from citizenship rights to international bodies' responsibility to act and protect.

An exciting opportunity to learn an enormous amount of information on this ongoing crisis and persecution. We hope to see you there!

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Aristotle plagiarised my wife - ed ===

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Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920.
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Aprille Love

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All-New Today: Brianna, 25, claims she was raped 10 years ago and that her mother coerced her into sharing her story with the national media — creating backlash from her peers. Can they fix their fractured relationship? And, best-selling author Mitch Albom offers advice for living a life without regret.
http://bit.ly/DRP121313 #DrPhil
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Emma Watson
"I was always a very serious child. So I was the right child to get cast: I loved the responsibility."-Emma on getting cast as Hermione Granger at age 9
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On the 5th day of ObamaCare, Democrats gave to me…five million cancelled plans, Four-Oh-Four errors, fewer physicians, two times the cost and a nightmare for my family. http://bit.ly/1jX1s02
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"Forgive them, for they know not what they do." -Jesus
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"We're not left or right, we're individuals!" *Snigger*

Pastor Rick Warren
Those God uses most, Satan attacks most.
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Want to get healthy, feel better, and honor God with your body? (Romans 12:1)
TODAY watch @DocAmen, @MarkHymanMD, @DrOz and me as we explain THE DANIEL PLAN: GLORIFYING GOD BY KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY today on The Dr. Oz Show. Tell your friends!

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Michelle Malkin

Truth-boom! Brit Hume crushes Obamacare with one question, devastating answer ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/ 12/10/ truth-boom-brit-hume-crushe s-obamacare-with-one-quest ion-devastating-answer/
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San Francisco Sunrise
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For the first time in recent history, it has snowed in Cairo!

With freezing temperatures across Egypt, New Cairo, Alexandria, and parts of the Sinai all witnessed snow fall this morning and yesterday.

[Photo from Madinaty, New Cairo via @i3atf)
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John LaMantia Reminds me of my favorite kicked out of band story from local friends - leader kicked out guitar player by calling him on the phone while everyone else in band was in room with leader calling: " Hey Paul, yeah its Sean, you're out"
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Aprille Love

Thanks so much to the cast of Atomic Kingdom for coming to support! #akfamily I love this shot sooo much. — with Justin Coombs , James Peniata , Jacqueline Murray , Leigh Murray and Jace Alexander Pickard .
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Look my love, a gift! Such a remarkable thing! Chocolate? Jelly Beans? It is too well wrapped for me to peep .. who taught patience? - ed
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Actress Orla Brady plays Tasha Lem in this year's Christmas special, #TheTimeoftheDoctor (less than 2 weeks to go!). In this interview she talks costume, playing a "galactic nun" and being reunited with Peter Capaldi.

Read Orla's full interview here: http://bbc.in/ OrlaBradyTTOTD
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Are you in a custody battle? Click here for Dr. Phil’s advice! http://bit.ly/ CustodyAdvice
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Steven Moffat promises that #TheTimeoftheDoctor will contain "elements from every series of Matt’s Doctor, which will come to a head in this special. Things that we've laid down for years are going to be paid off." Geronimo!

Read the whole interview on doctorwho.tv: http://bbc.in/ StevenMoffatTTOTD
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Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו
Jerusalem of white gold.

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Michelle Malkin

‘I literally LOL’d!’ What was Jimmy Fallon’s Furious FLOTUS, funeral selfie prediction? ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/ 12/12/ i-literally-lold-what-was-j immy-fallons-furious-flotu s-funeral-selfie-predictio n/
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David Bowles

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Fogged in at the Gate

The fog lifted momentarily. just long enough to get this image. The Golden Gate bridge seemed to be floating as the billowy glowing mist rose up and down for those few brief moments before drifting back in over the hill of Battery Spencer on this warm autumn evening. — at Golden Gate Bridge .
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Zaya Toma

At the Canley Heights town centre Christmas celebration. Wonderful performance by three young girls from Canley Heights public school. About to hand out lollies to everyone so come down!!
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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Are you feeling broken hearted today?
Life can be difficult at times but we need to lean the word of God and the comfort and encouragement it can provide. The Bible verses for a broken heart are a clear call from God to cast your burden upon Him and trust in Him.No matter what you are passing through,be it single for a long time! or financial problem to meet up with Children Christmas wears? Is it loneliness of the heart? Is it unfaithfulness from your spouse? Whatever it is,there is a solution.Psalm 34:18 says,The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

God knows all about your inner pain.Tell Him you do not know how to pray.Your cry for help will not be in vain.God will give you strength when weary.And when everything seems to go wrong,Lift your hand and reach out to Him.He will make your heavy heart strong.Look up to God, He holds the key,and knows what is best for you and me.
Only He can make heartaches cease and fill a heavy heart with peace.The Lord is my strength and my shield my heart trusted in him and I am helped.Psalm 28:7.God bless you.
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PRAY ALONG..
Father, I come to You today with thanksgiving in my heart and a mouth full of praise. I bless You because You are worthy. Thank You for redeeming my life from the pit. Thank You for leading me in the way everlasting as I keep my heart and mind on You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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God’s will for us unfolds each and every day as we obey Him and serve Him with a thankful heart. When you wake up every morning with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, you just took a step toward your destiny — you are walking in the will of God. When you go throughout your day thanking God that His hand of blessing is upon you, thanking Him for ordering your steps, thanking Him for a new day, you are taking another step in His will.The Scripture says,“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”(1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).

So,Keep praising, keep believing and keep thanking Him because that’s what will keep you moving forward. Submit every area of your heart to Him and walk forward in His will for your life.God bless you.
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JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I APPRECIATE YOU HIGHLY AS YEAR COMES TO AN END.
Yesterday I was going through my old messages and I said to myself,am i doing enough?.I receive gifts and presents all the time. Perhaps it is just me, but as the years go by you worry less about the gifts and more about the people you will share your special moments with. As I read through the messages and comments from all of you, I felt so humbled. I remembered this passage in the Scripture.Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundred times, and will inherit everlasting life.

There were times when I felt like my very pieces of my heart had been taken out. Today though I look at how much more the Lord has added to me and I do not remember the things I had to give up any longer.As I read every message I was touched so deeply. You know, as a leader I love to pour out. More than making people happy, I want my Heavenly Father to be happy with me. It was an overwhelming joy though to read those messages and comments and to feel the appreciation from you.
To see the lives I touched and the people that knew me, even though we have never met face-to-face. I looked around and I saw that God had indeed given back to me a family that was dear to my heart. I might not know you face-to-face, but as we have traveled together over the months and years through Facebook, I realize that our paths have been intertwined.

Together we are making an impact in the world. Together we are shining as a City on a Hill. For someone that usually never runs out of words. I find it hard to try and find the exact words to express what a blessing you are in my life. So I will only say that I wish above all else that you will prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. I pray that you will come to know Jesus face-to-face and have every part of your heart fully healed. I pray that you can see your value in the eyes of your Heavenly Father.
I pray that every promise that God has given you will be fulfilled and that every ache of your heart is transformed into rejoicing. I pray that you would know how precious you are to the Lord and how much potential you have to succeed. I pray that you know you have a place and that you are destined to walk in His power.
I pray that you will see that you are a signet ring on the right hand of the Lord and a treasure beyond compare. May Jesus truly reveal Himself to you today.A big Amen.
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PRAY ALONG.
Father in heaven,I thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. Thank You for choosing me. Thank You for delighting in me. I invite You to renew my heart and mind to the good plans You have for me. Today I open my heart and mind to You so that I can see the greatness of what You want to do in my life. Use me for Your glory. Thank You for Your favor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Greatness of His Favor.
The Scripture says,“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”(Ephesians 2:4𔃅, NKJ)

Oftentimes, people set their focus on what God has done in the past — how He parted the Red Sea, or stopped the sun for Joshua, or fed thousands of people with just a little boy’s small lunch. Yes, God has performed many amazing miracles throughout history, and it’s important that we give Him praise and glory. But at the same time, we also have to look forward to what God wants to do in our lives today. In this verse, Paul says that “in the ages to come” God would do things that far supersede anything He’s ever done before. I believe that the “ages to come” that He’s talking about is this day and time we’re living in right now. God wants to outdo Himself in our generation.Dare to dream big! Dare to keep a God-sized vision in front of you! Dare to take hold of every blessing that the Lord has in store for you.You are blessed.
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Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.O Lord teach me to seek you,and reveal yourself to me when I seek you.
For I cannot seek you unless you first teach me,nor find you unless you first reveal yourself to me.Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, Jesus, help me and never forsake me.
Amen.
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12/12/2013
Pollard and an American Jewish Renaissance By CAROLINE B. GLICK
Every day Pollard remains in prison is an attack on the freedom and security of the American Jewish community.
http://carolineglick.com/ pollard-and-an-american-jew ish-renaissance/
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Cyberattack on Democrats

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According to the Mueller Report, the second method of Russian interference saw the Russian intelligence service, the GRU, hacking into email accounts owned by volunteers and employees of the Clinton presidential campaign, including that of campaign chairman John Podesta, and also hacking into "the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC)". As a result, the GRU obtained hundreds of thousands of hacked documents, and the GRU proceeded by arranging releases of damaging hacked material via the WikiLeaks organization and also GRU's personas "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0". ⏓] ⏔] ⏕]

Starting in March 2016, the Russian military intelligence agency GRU sent "spearphishing" emails targeted more than 300 individuals affiliated with the Democratic Party or the Clinton campaign, according to the Special Counsel's July 13, 2018 Indictment. Using malware to explore the computer networks of the DNC and DCCC, ⏖] they harvested tens of thousands of emails and attachments and deleted computer logs and files to obscure evidence of their activities. ⏗] These were saved and released in stages to the public during the three months before the 2016 election. ⏘] Some were released strategically to distract the public from media events that were either beneficial to the Clinton campaign or harmful to Trump's.

The first tranche of 19,000 emails and 8,000 attachments was released on July 22, 2016, three days before the Democratic convention. The resulting news coverage created the impression that the Democratic National Committee was biased against Clinton's Democratic primary challenger Bernie Sanders (who received 43% of votes cast in the Democratic presidential primaries) and forced DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign, disrupting the plans of the Clinton campaign. ⏍] ⏙] A second tranche was released on October 7, a few hours after the Obama Administration released a statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the director of National Intelligence accusing the Russian government of interfering in the election through hacking, and just 29 minutes after The Washington Post reported on the Access Hollywood videotape where Trump boasted about grabbing women "by the pussy". The stolen documents effectively distracted media and voter attention from both stories. ⏍] ⏘] ⏚]

Stolen emails and documents were given both to platforms created by hackers—a website called DCLeaks and a persona called Guccifer 2.0 claiming to be a lone hacker—and to an unidentified organization believed to be WikiLeaks. ⏙] (The Russians registered the domain dcleaks.com, ⏛] using principally Bitcoin to pay for the domain and the hosting.) ⏛]

Podesta hack

John Podesta, Chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, received a phishing email on March 19, 2016, sent by Russian operatives purporting to alert him of a "compromise in the system", and urging him to change his password "immediately" by clicking on a link. ⏜] This allowed Russian hackers to access around 60,000 emails from Podesta's private account. ⏝]

John Podesta, later told Meet the Press that the FBI spoke to him only once regarding his hacked emails and that he had not been sure what had been taken until a month before the election on October   7 "when [WikiLeaks' Julian] Assange   . started dumping them out and said they would all dump out, that's when I knew that they had the contents of my email account." ⏞]

The WikiLeaks October 7 dump started less than an hour after The Washington Post released the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording Access Hollywood tape, WikiLeaks announced on Twitter that it was in possession of 50,000 of Podesta's emails, and a few hours after the Obama Administration released a statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the director of National Intelligence stating "The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations." ⏟]

It initially released 2,050 of these. ⏠] The cache included emails containing transcripts of Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street banks, controversial comments from staffers about Catholic voters, infighting among employees of the Clinton campaign, as well as potential Vice-Presidential picks for Clinton. ⏡] ⏢] The Clinton campaign did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the emails but emphasized they were stolen and distributed by parties hostile to Clinton and that "top national security officials" had stated "that documents can be faked as part of a sophisticated Russian misinformation campaign." ⏣]

Podesta's e-mails, once released by WikiLeaks, formed the basis for Pizzagate, a debunked conspiracy theory that falsely posited that Podesta and other Democratic Party officials were involved in a child trafficking ring based out of pizzerias in Washington, D.C. ⏤] ⏥]

DNC hack

The United States Intelligence Community concluded by January 2017 that the GRU (using the names Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear) had gained access to the computer network of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—the formal governing body of the Democratic Party—in July 2015 and maintained it until at least June 2016, ⏧] ⏨] when they began leaking the stolen information via the Guccifer 2.0 online persona, DCLeaks.com and Wikileaks. ⏩] ⏪] ⏫] ⏬] Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chairwoman following the release of e-mails by WikiLeaks that showed DNC officials discussing Bernie Sanders and his presidential campaign in a derisive and derogatory manner. ⏭] Emails leaked included personal information about Democratic Party donors, with credit card and Social Security numbers, ⏮] ⏯] emails by Wasserman Schultz calling a Sanders campaign official a "damn liar". 𖏜]

Following the July 22 publication of a large number of hacked emails by WikiLeaks, the FBI announced that it would investigate the theft of DNC emails. 𖏝] 𖏞]

Intelligence analysis of attack

In June and July 2016, cybersecurity experts and firms, including CrowdStrike, 𖏟] Fidelis, FireEye, 𖏠] Mandiant, SecureWorks, 𖏡] Symantec 𖏠] and ThreatConnect, stated the DNC email leaks were part of a series of cyberattacks on the DNC committed by two Russian intelligence groups, called Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear, 𖏢] 𖏣] also known respectively as APT28 and APT29 / The Dukes. 𖏤] 𖏥] 𖏟] 𖏦] ThreatConnect also noted possible links between the DC Leaks project and Russian intelligence operations because of a similarity with Fancy Bear attack patterns. 𖏧] SecureWorks added that the actor group was operating from Russia on behalf of the Russian government. 𖏨] 𖏩] de Volkskrant later reported that Dutch intelligence agency AIVD had penetrated the Russian hacking group Cozy Bear in 2014, and observed them in 2015 hack the State Department in real time, while capturing pictures of the hackers via a security camera in their workspace. 𖏪] 𖏫] American, British, and Dutch intelligence services had also observed stolen DNC emails on Russian military intelligence networks. 𖏬]

Intelligence reaction and indictment

On October 7, 2016, Secretary Johnson and Director Clapper issued a joint statement that the intelligence community is confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, and that the disclosures of hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts. 𖏭]

In the July 2018 indictment by the Justice Department of twelve Russian GRU intelligence officials posing as "a Guccifer 2.0 persona" for conspiring to interfere in the 2016 elections 𖏮] 𖏯] was for hacking into computers of the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, state election boards, and secretaries of several states. The indictment describes "a sprawling and sustained cyberattack on at least three hundred people connected to the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign". The leaked stolen files were released "in stages," a tactic wreaking "havoc on the Democratic Party throughout much of the election season." 𖏯] ⏘]

One collection of data that hackers obtained and that may have become a "devastating weapon" against the Clinton campaign was the campaign's data analytics and voter-turnout models, 𖏰] extremely useful in targeting messages to "key constituencies" that Clinton needed to mobilize. ⏘] These voters were later bombarded by Russian operatives with negative information about Clinton on social media. ⏘]

WikiLeaks

In April 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said WikiLeaks was a hostile intelligence agency aided by foreign states including Russia, and that the U.S. Intelligence Community concluded that Russia's "propaganda outlet," RT, had conspired with WikiLeaks. 𖏱]

WikiLeaks 𖏲] and its founder Julian Assange 𖏳] 𖏴] have made a number of statements denying that the Russian government was the source of the material. However, an anonymous CIA official said that Russian officials transferred the hacked e-mails to WikiLeaks using "a circuitous route" from Russia's military intelligence services (GRU) to WikiLeaks via third parties. 𖏵]

In a leaked private message on Twitter, Assange wrote that in the 2016 election "it would be much better for GOP to win," and that Hillary Clinton was a "sadistic sociopath". 𖏶] 𖏷]

Hacking of Congressional candidates

Hillary Clinton was not the only Democrat attacked. Caches of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents stolen by "Guccifer 2.0" were also released to reporters and bloggers around the U.S. As one Democratic candidate put it, "Our entire internal strategy plan was made public, and suddenly all this material was out there and could be used against me." The New York Times noted, "The seats that Guccifer 2.0 targeted in the document dumps were hardly random: They were some of the most competitive House races in the country." 𖏸]

Hacking of Republicans

On January 10, 2017, FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia succeeded in "collecting some information from Republican-affiliated targets but did not leak it to the public". 𖏹] In earlier statements, an FBI official stated Russian attempts to access the RNC server were unsuccessful, 𖏺] or had reportedly told the RNC chair that their servers were secure, 𖏻] but that email accounts of individual Republicans (including Colin Powell) were breached. (Over 200 emails from Colin Powell were posted on the website DC Leaks.) 𖏺] 𖏼] 𖏻] 𖏽] One state Republican Party (Illinois) may have had some of its email accounts hacked. 𖏾]

Civil DNC lawsuit against Russian Federation

On April 20, 2018, the Democratic National Committee filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in New York, accusing the Russian Government, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks, and others of conspiracy to alter the course of the 2016 presidential election and asking for monetary damages and a declaration admitting guilt. The lawsuit was dismissed by the judge, because New York "does not recognize the specific tort claims pressed in the suit" the judge did not make a finding on whether there was or was not "collusion between defendants and Russia during the 2016 presidential election". 𖏿]

Calls by Trump for Russians to hack Clinton's deleted emails

At a news conference on July 27, 2016, Trump publicly called on Russia to hack and release Hillary Clinton's deleted emails from her private server during her tenure in the State Department. 𖐀] 𖐁]

Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Trump's comment was condemned by the press and political figures, including some Republicans 𖐂] he replied that he had been speaking sarcastically. 𖐃] Several Democratic Senators said Trump's comments appeared to violate the Logan Act, 𖐄] 𖐅] and Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe added that Trump's call could be treasonous. 𖐆]

The July 2018 federal indictment of Russian GRU agents said that the first attempt by Russian hackers to infiltrate the computer servers inside Clinton's offices took place on the same day (July 27, 2016) Trump made his "Russia if you're listening" appeal. 𖐇] While no direct link with Trump's remark was alleged in the indictment, 𖐇] journalist Jane Mayer called the timing "striking". ⏘]

Trump asserted in March 2019 that he had been joking when he made the remark. Katy Tur of NBC News had interviewed Trump immediately after the 2016 remark, noting she gave him an opportunity to characterize it as a joke, but he did not. 𖐈] 𖐉]


The Weekly Sift

As soon as the competition for votes ends, a new battle begins: The struggle to define what the election results mean.

To hear Republicans talk about it, Obama's victory doesn't mean much. They immediately began chanting "This is a center-right country" as if the Constitution said so and mere votes can't change it. Most of these same people had been telling us (until Tuesday) that Obama is a socialist, so you'd think seeing a socialist carry states like Indiana and North Carolina would shake their world. But something about losing messes up your ability to draw logical conclusions.

The Kubler-Ross stages. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross called that something denial. It's the first-stage reaction to extremely bad news, like Montana becoming a battleground state. So, for example, Christine Todd Whitman: "One pollster I heard zeroed in on people's obsession with Barack Obama the person, not necessarily Obama the ideology, and I have to agree. When the dust settles, I don't think we'll find a liberal recalibrated nation on our hands." (Somehow, Obama the person also elected at least six new Democratic senators and close to 20 new representatives. Maybe they're just great people too.) Robert Novak: "[Obama] neither received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large congressional majorities."

Another form denial takes is to attribute losses -- this is the second straight Republican thumping, remember -- to one-of-a-kind causes that have no long-term consequences. So Charles Krauthammer can believe that the 2006 loss was all about Iraq, and 2008 was just the economic meltdown. And since the Iraq War and the meltdown are random acts of God, unrelated to Republican policies, nothing needs to change.

The folks inside McCain's campaign probably knew weeks ago that they were going to lose, so they've moved on to the second stage, anger. How else to interpret their anonymous sniping at Sarah Palin? McCain aides charged the most incredible things about Palin: that she thought Africa was a country, didn't know which countries were in NAFTA, spent even more than $150,000 of expense-account money on clothes, and lacked knowledge of basic civics. (That last one I had already figured out from her statement about the First Amendment. She thought it was supposed to protect her from criticism by the press, not free the press to criticize politicians like her.) Apparently an RNC lawyer has been dispatched to Alaska to retrieve Palin's clothes. (No, that's not a scene from Nailin' Palin. It's a news story. Really.) For her part, Palin charitably attributes the criticisms to "a small, bitter person" or to "jerks".

Like most expressions of anger, these are appallingly self-destructive. If half this stuff is true, those same McCain aides have been lying through their teeth for the last two months about how qualified and capable Palin is. And their guy is the one who picked her to begin with, so they can't sling mud at her without hitting him -- and themselves.

The other odd thing here is that Fox News, the conservative movement's version of Pravda, broke the story. And some folks on RedState.org, the flagship conservative blog, are so incensed that they are calling for a boycott of Fox News. Seriously. This can only mean a Republican civil war is starting, which you can expect more people to join as they get through the denial stage and move on to anger. (Should I make popcorn? With butter?)

The Wall Street Journal -- always one of the most advanced conservative bastions -- has made it all the way to the third stage, bargaining. They'll accept that Obama has won on the condition that he agree never again to talk about racism in the present tense: "One promise of his victory is that perhaps we can put to rest the myth
of racism as a barrier to achievement in this splendid country. Mr.
Obama has a special obligation to help do so." (The best answer I've seen to this point is from Episode 12 of Elon James White's This Week in Blackness: "I hate that people are using the Obama presidency as a get-out-of-jail-free card." He mentioned newscasters talking encouragingly about how white voters "looked past" Obama's race and "still" voted for him. "If you have to work past it," White said, "it's still a problem.")

It's hard to tell when the fourth stage, depression, has begun, because the depressed tend to hide from public view. Personally, I hope it holds off until Obama's first bills arrive in the Senate. I picture Mitch McConnell getting up to start the filibuster, then saying, "Oh, never mind. It's all hopeless."

Eventually, though, nearly all the Republicans will reach acceptance. (Around 2016, most of them.) Here's the reality that they will need to accept if they're ever going to get back to power: The 2008 results are even worse than the 53-46 gap between Obama and McCain shows, because of who voted against them and why.

Neither black nor white. The worst news for Republicans is that Hispanics have started to identify with the Democrats. Obama won them about 2-1, and that made the difference in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada -- three states that used to be reliably Republican. (With a candidate other than McCain, Arizona might well have gone blue too.) Republicans wrote off the black vote when Nixon adopted his "southern strategy" in 1968 if the Hispanic vote (and the Asian and Arab vote, which also went heavily for Obama) hardens against them as well, they'll start every campaign with a quarter of the country lined up on the other side. And that quarter is growing.

Worse, the racism-friendly (if not overtly racist) atmosphere of the Republican Party is precisely what energizes the conservative base. McCain had to back off of his reasonable immigration-reform position (to the point of saying he would vote against his own bill) because the electorate in the Republican primaries was so inclined to villainize Hispanic immigrants. Technically, candidates like Tom Tancredo only railed against the illegal immigrants, but they definitely appealed to the more general sentiment that there are just too many brown-skinned, Spanish-speaking people in America today. And when Republicans talk about "real America" or Sarah Palin tells lily-white rural crowds that they are the "pro-America" parts of the country, Hispanics (as well as blacks, Arabs, Asians, and Jews) all get the message that they're not wanted.

Young people. The second piece of Republican bad news is the under-30 vote, which also went 2-1 to Obama. If the under-34 vote goes 2-1 Democratic in 2012 and the under-38 vote does the same in 2016, Republicans are toast. I'm not saying that will definitely happen, but what's going to stop it? Again, current base-rallying issues are a huge part of the problem. Scapegoating gays and lesbians, for example, turns off young voters, who have grown up in a much less prejudiced world than their elders.

Another Republican tactic that is ineffective among younger voters is the elitism attack. To Republicans, elitists aren't trust-fund kids like George W. Bush or Cindy McCain, they're people like Obama, who worked his way up by getting an education. An elitist, in other words, isn't somebody born to privilege, it's somebody who's smarter than you are. In high school terms, the 2008 elitism attack amounted to this: McCain and Palin were a jock/cheerleader couple ridiculing the idea that a nerd could be president.

It didn't work this time, as Nicholas Kristof notes: "Yet times may be changing. How else do we explain the election in 2008 of an Ivy League-educated law professor who has favorite philosophers and poets?"

What changed? Well, pop culture for one thing. When 50ish people like me were young, action heroes were jocks. If the jock-hero needed smarts, he'd have a nerd sidekick. (Think Kirk/Spock in Star Trek.) But things started to flip around in the 80s. The second generation of Star Trek had Picard/Ricker -- a nerd with a jock sidekick. In the 60s, Stan Lee created the comic-book Spiderman to be a hero for nerds. Now he's a mainstream hero, the most successful movie action hero ever.

In the 21st century, in other words, smart can be cool. So when aging jocks and cheerleaders point to their opponent and jeer "He's a nerd!" voters who were kids in the 80s (or later) say "So?"

Summing up. The Republicans face larger problems than just a bad candidate or a bad campaign. They can't win in the future with the voters they currently appeal to, and the messages that best rally their current base turn off the new voters they need to reach. It's not a hopeless situation, but it's not going to fix itself.

If they're smart -- which they may not be -- Republicans will run somebody like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in 2012. He's a young non-white Rhodes scholar who did his masters degree in political science even though he'd been accepted by both law schools and medical schools. His conservative credentials are in order, and his biography alone would solve a lot of problems. Or they could nominate Sarah Palin and just underline everything they did wrong in 2008.

Related to the idea that "this is a center-right country" is the worry that the Democrats will "overreach" -- go so far to the left that the country rebels and elects a bunch of Republicans in 2010, the way it did in 1994 after Clinton's first two years. And I suppose I'll even agree with this point if Democrats start talking about nationalizing the oil industry or confiscating all the guns. But so far "overreaching" seems to mean "doing what they promised the voters they'd do".

  • making the tax code more progressive by letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy and cutting taxes on everybody else,
  • doing something major to restructure how we pay for health care, with the goal of drastically reducing the number of people uninsured,
  • drawing down our forces in Iraq at a measured pace, until we have a much smaller "residual force" in about 16 months,
  • creating jobs by rebuilding infrastructure and pursuing green energy.

Trying to fulfill those promises cannot possibly be "overreaching". He may or may not succeed, but he owes it to the voters to try.

BTW, Mike Lux on OpenLeft disputes the idea that the Democrats' problem in 1994 was Clinton's liberal overreaching. His interpretation says that the Democrats didn't deliver for the working class, which then stayed home in the 1994 elections. Paul Krugman and E. J. Dionne give similar warnings: They worry that Obama will attempt too little, not too much.

One common opinion in the Washington establishment -- a few months ago liberal bloggers started referring to it as "the Village" and establishment pundits as "villagers" -- is that campaigns are meaningless because things really only work one way. And so the subtext of article after article is that Obama won't really change things: Our troops will stay in Iraq. The middle class won't get a tax cut. Health care reform will consist of a few modest changes, like expanding the S-CHIP program for children.

To hear the villagers tell it, Obama's most important job is going to be to stand up to the Left. Obama's real opposition, says the Wall Street Journal, will come from the Democrats in Congress, who foolishly will want to implement the policies that Obama campaigned on and the voters voted for.

The strangest part of this center-right fantasy is that Republicans have any interest in bipartisanship. Which Republicans will be receptive to Obama's overtures? On which issues? What bipartisan solutions might they embrace? Bush's attempt at bipartisan immigration reform was torpedoed from the right, not the left. Why does anybody think they'll treat Obama's attempts at bipartisanship any better?

Scorecard: I have been annoyingly smug this week about the accuracy of my election night simulation, which predicted that Ohio would be called for Obama between 9 and 10, and that we could all go to bed at 11 when the networks called California. I was surprised that Virginia took so long to resolve and that Pennsylvania came in so early, but otherwise I had it about right.

Other bits of self-congratulation from the campaign: Catching on early (December 9) to McCain's comeback in the Republican primaries, and realizing right away (September 8) that Palin would alienate more Republicans in the middle than she gained on the right. But let's not talk about my prediction that Obama would do better than expected in the New Hampshire primary.
The reason I could have it right on election night was that the polls had it right. No Bradley effect. Nate Silver's meta-poll projection was so accurate that a less enlightened age would burn him as a witch. He projected the popular vote as 52.3-46.2%, when it actually came in at 52.6-46.2%.
TPM has spotted evidence of true radicalism in the incoming administration: The Obama transition team's org chart puts the President back under the Constitution, and returns the Vice President to the executive branch.
Speaking of executive power, the Treasury Department has learned a trick from those Justice Department memos that made our laws against torture meaningless. It "reinterpreted" the tax code to say the opposite of what it really says.

The law actually says that profitable companies can't avoid taxes by acquiring companies with losses. But the Treasury has said, basically, "Oh, never mind." The change is worth an estimated $25 billion to banking company Wells Fargo, which just acquired failing Wachovia. The overall benefit to the banking industry is about $140 billion, in exchange for which the public gets . well, nothing, actually. Think of it as a going-away present from the Bush administration.

This is the ironic part of all that conservative rhetoric about "activist liberal judges" who supposedly make the law say whatever they want. (I critiqued this myth back in 2005.) There are no activist liberal judges in that sense, but it is quite literally true that the Bush administration has been full of activist administrators, who make policy and then interpret the laws to fit.

President Bush has been fond of saying that his first duty is to keep Americans safe. But what the Constitution actually says is: "He shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." That's what "executive branch" is supposed to mean.
It continues: AIG needs still more government money. Circuit City is bankrupt. GM stock hasn't been this low since 1946.
On the environment, Matt Yglesias writes: "Simply declaring that the EPA is going to start following existing law . could make a huge difference." Relive the whole campaign in one big graphic.
A lot of conservative ink has been spilled raising the alarm that Democrats are going to kill right-wing talk radio by restoring the Fairness Doctrine, which used to require balance on the public airwaves. Matt Yglesias and Kevin Drum have both tried to figure out what the conservatives are worried about and have come up blank. Talk on, Rush Limbaugh. It's a free country. The Carnegie Endowment's Iran expert, Karim Sadjadpour:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This is your brain on communism, kiddies.


Myhell Okhrana before she started pretending to be bourgeois and white.


TheBlaze.com exposes the Shrew-In-Chieftess as a racist commie moron from way back:

A Detailed Look at Obama’s Radical College Past…And We’re Not Talking About Barack

Michelle Obama attends and promotes a “Black Solidarity” event for guest lecturer Manning Marable, who was, according to Cornel West, probably “the best known black Marxist in the country.” The event is the work of the Third World Center (TWC), a campus group whose board membership is exclusively reserved for minorities.


Michelle Obama (Robinson at the time) was one of those 19 board members and a leader of the organization. She helped to dispense what was, in today’s dollars, a $30,000 budget. Of the 19 elected positions on the board, there were two reserved spots for each of the five ethnic groups TWC purported to represent: Asian, Black, Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Native American.

The board also had representatives from the various minority organizations on campus, including Accion Puertorriquena y Amigos, the Asian-American Students Association, the Black Graduate Caucus, and the Chicano Caucus, among others. She also fundraised for the TWC by participating in its African-themed fashion show and fundraisers (see picture here). It was a controversial and racially-charged organization. And in looking at the group’s racial focus before and during Michelle’s tenure, we get a glimpse of her priorities while at Princeton.

“White Students on This Campus Are Racist”

If ever there was an example of the TWC governing board’s obsession with race, an editorial from October 21, 1981 is it. The members took great offense to an op-ed titled “Rebuilding Race Relations,” calling the article “racist, offensive, and inaccurate” for daring to question the group’s true commitment and to present a thesis on race relations counter to its own.

“The word RE-building implies that race relations once existed and, for some mysterious reasons, fell apart … ,” the board wrote in a scathing letter to the editor. “We, on the other hand, believe that race relations have ​never​ been and still are not at a satisfactory level. We are not RE-building. We cannot RE-build something that never existed in the first place.”

“Don’t hide behind excuses such as a lack of effort [to integrate with the Princeton campus] on our part,” the revealing letter added.“The bottom line is that white students on this campus are racist, but they may not realize it.” [Emphasis added]

Princeton itself, however, was concerned about the self-segregation by black students and proposed reforms to counter it, including no longer permitting black students to all room together in one dorm and integrating black freshmen into the general student body. The TWC strenuously opposed all of these reforms, arguing that integration of non-white students would harm the “support system” available to them, especially blacks. (Julie Newton, “TWC criticizes CURL plan: Minority strife would worsen,” The Daily Princetonian, October 21, 1981).

While Michelle was not a part of the board in 1981, as a board member of the Third World Center starting on April 7, 1983 she joined in a different racially-charged statement reproaching the college for not doing enough to hire “Latino administrators.” In a letter a few weeks later, the TWC attacked Princeton’s administration for not replacing Hector Delgado, a minority dean of students.
“This search needs to produce another experienced individual who is of minority background, preferably Latino, and who will be responsive to the concerns of Third World Center as well as the student body at large,” the TWC’s governing board wrote.

Others on campus took notice of the group’s calls and expressed concern.
For example, Fred Foote — the editor of Prospect magazine, a conservative monthly publication — criticized the TWC and Delgado for their obsessive focus on race.

“[Delgado’s] penchant for drawing campus issues along racial lines—a penchant shared by the TWC and The Daily Princetonian—is the chief cause of racial strife on campus,” he wrote.

A Culture of Racial Focus
The TWC’s racialism extended beyond who could become an officer in the group . Although the TWC served a number of roles on campus and was a hangout spot for minorities, its focus was mostly political. Its various constitutions make this clear. To quote the 1983 version:

The Center also opposed the “ruling class values and culture that characterizes Princeton University.”

In November 1984, TWC’s board demanded that non-white students should have the right to bar whites from their meetings on campus. They also demanded minorities-only meetings with the deans. (John Hurley, “Black students, university debate closed meeting policy,” The Daily Princetonian, November 29, 1984). The ban was frankly unnecessary, since whites were made to feel unwelcome at the meetings if they were invited at all, but the TWC continued to press for it, arguing, too, that blacks ought to be able to bar whites from attending events aimed at discussion of “sensitive” racial issues.

“The administration, by denying us these [blacks-only] meetings, is saying that we don’t have specific needs that have to be addressed this way,” David Jackson, 󈨛, a fellow TWC member, told the Daily Princetonian after the university officials finally rejected its proposal to hold racially limited meetings.

But despite the radical and racialist character of the TWC, Michelle Robinson was an active participant and may have been attracted by that very radicalism.
“The Third World Center was our life,” Angela Acree, her best friend at Princeton, told The Boston Globe in June 2008. “We hung out there, we partied there, we studied there [in Liberation Hall].”

“Not a day went by that I did not see Michelle at the Center,” Czerni Brasuelle, TWC’s director at the time, told the Daily Princetonian in its November 5, 2008 issue.

Brasuelle, director of the Third World Center from 1981 to 1983 and a friend and mentor to Michelle during and after Princeton, was herself no stranger to controversy. According to a Daily Princetonian columnist, she described the campus climate as “racist” and worried about “a lack of understanding of Third World [non-white] people.” (Barton Gellman, “Rebuilding Race Relations,” Daily Princetonian, October 16, 1981). In May 1983, Brasuelle joined calls for a minority dean, writing that “[Princeton] cannot afford to ignore our commitment to Affirmative Action with token representation of Latinos on the administrative level.” Michelle’s mentor left Princeton for a position as vice president of academic affairs at Kentucky State University at the end of 1983.

In April 1983, the Third World Center held an emergency meeting where it approved a draft statement, prepared jointly with the student government’s race relations committee, calling for racial preferences and set-asides in the hiring of administrators.

“There should be someone representing Third World views in the administration,” explained Raghu Murthy ,󈨙, who sat on the board with Michelle. (Daily Princetonian, May 6, 1983). The TWC wanted one of its board members to be given a vote and a voice in the administrative hiring process. (Daily Princetonian, September 20, 1983). Ultimately, Dean of Students Eugene Lowe caved, agreeing he would “make an effort to identify some candidates who are of Latino background.” (Daily Princetonian, September 20, 1983.)

For the TWC, this departure set off alarm bells because it meant someone more moderate might be appointed to run the Center. TWC members demanded that they be given representation on its board. Michelle Robinson joined a statement saying that students associated with the center be given a role in picking its director and was quoted in the Daily Princetonian as demanding that the dean place more TWC members on the search committee.

“We Saw a Need to Address Issues of Race Relations on a Continuing Basis…”


As a member of the Princeton student government’s standing committee on race relations, Michelle signed another provocative statement, recounting the history of the TWC and offering insight into its focus.

“We saw a need to address issues of race relations on a continuing basis … .We saw the need to realize that situations, issues, and problems involving race relations occur everyday.” She even helped to “organize a rally to raise the question of [minority] representation in the Dean of Students Office,” according to the statement.

The TWC bemoaned the “institutional racism” on campus and pushed for more minority students. A frequent participant in TWC events was assistant dean Delgado, who claimed that Princeton was excluding minorities from admissions or hiring on campus, presumably because of its racism.

“Sometimes the institution gives criteria which exclude certain people,” Delgado told the Daily Princetonian in December 1982 at one of the numerous TWC forums on racism. “There are only five black tenured faculty, no Chicanos, no Puerto Ricans.” (Michelle Robinson would go on to make a similar argument as a student at Harvard Law School and in her thesis.)

Unfortunately the calls for more diversity did not extend to diversity of thought within the black Princeton community. Blacks who disagreed with the race-baiting consensus and need for agitation among the campus’s minority activists were often made to feel like “sellouts” by the TWC members, who sought to enforce a racial orthodoxy.

Crystal Nix Hines 󈨙, who became the first black editor of the Daily Princetonian, had a run-in with Michelle that reflects the activists’ mentality. As she would recall to the New York Times in 2008, Michelle wanted her not to run an article that characterized a black politician in a negative way.

“You need to make sure that a story like that doesn’t run again,” the former editor remembered her saying. (Hines could not be reached for comment, but the likely story was this profile of Harold Washington, the controversial first black mayor of Chicago and a role model to both Michelle and Barack Obama.)

Crystal wrote about her experience at Princeton in a January 7, 1983 op-ed. She mentioned a “series of run-ins with the type of student who implied that my involvement with white-dominated organizations,” and her friendships with whites, were tantamount to “selling-out.” Crystal became involved in the Third World Center and the Organization of Black Unity, both environments in which Princeton’s alleged racism was stressed.

“They prepared me for racism from students, professors, and from the institutions itself. Above all, they urged me to be a part of the black community[,] which they said would be sensitive to my needs and aware of the problems I would face as a black student at a predominately [sic] white institution.”
Robin Givhan,󈨚, described TWC as follows:

Givhan remembers getting the impression from one Third World Center speaker that “if you didn’t believe what I believe, or operate the way I operate, you’re denying that you’re black. I came back to my dorm room and was in tears, relating my experience to my roommate, who was Chinese American.” (Mundy, 86)

TWC’s Role in Bringing Radicals to Campus

In cooperation with the Organization of Black Unity, to which Michelle also belonged, the TWC brought a number of terrorists and radicals to campus. We don’t know which of these events she attended, but it was probably more than a few, especially after she became a TWC board member. According to the heavily favorable “Michelle: A Biography”, she “spent much of her free time at the center, where, among other events, she attended seminars that featured the last surviving Scottsboro boy—a member of nine black Southerners who were falsely accused of raping two white women in the 1930s—and another featuring Rosa Parks.” (Mundy, 114).

  • In November 1981, Hassan Rahman, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s deputy observer to the U.N., came to campus. At this remarkable event, sponsors TWC and OBU segregated the audience along racial lines and had students serving as security guards and searching bags. (Jay Appelbaum, “Students decry ‘security’ at PLO speech,” Daily Princetonian, November 30, 1981).
  • In February 1982, the Center sponsored David Johnson, a representative of El Salvador’s Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR), the political wing of the terrorist group FMLN. (Stona J. Fitch, “Salvadoran opponent speaks. Demands end to U.S. military, economic aid,” Daily Princetonian, February 26, 1982). That very day the TWC created a task force intended to “draw attention to the link between U.S. policy in El Salvador and other forms of oppression.” (Meryl Kessler, “TWC forms task force to oppose U.S. intervention in El Salvador,” Daily Princetonian, February 26, 1982). Members also signed a petition that opposed the Reagan administration’s involvement in El Salvador and, in particular, the military aid to its pro-American, anti-Communist government. (Tom McLaughlin, “TWC members petition against Reagan,” Daily Princetonian, February 23, 1982)
  • The following month, TWC sponsored a trip for 20 Princeton students Puerto Rico in order “to examine student movements, Puerto Rican nationalism, family structure, the role of women, and the U.S. military activities on the island of Vieques.” (The island off Puerto Rico — and the military’s presence on it — were a cause celebre among the political left. After years of agitating, the Navy’s extensive live-fire exercises on the island were ended due to political pressures.)
  • In April, the Daily Princetonian reported, the Organization of Black Unity sent two representatives to Yale for a weekend symposium on the problems of black Ivy League students. Kwame Toure, a.k.a. Stokely Carmichael, a member of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party and a leader of the Black Panthers in the 1960s, gave a presentation emphasizing “the need for the organization of the black masses and the active participation required from black students,” said Janette Payne, 󈨘, who attended the conference.
  • In late April 1982, the TWC and the campus’s Minority Recruitment Office hosted the April Hosting Cultural Show, at which William T. Murphy, a member of the Organization of Black Unity’s board, launched into an attack on white people by quoting Malcolm X, the subject of his senior thesis that year. One student, Paul Russo 󈨙, walked out and wrote a letter titled “Fostering Hate” to the campus paper. Murphy refused to apologize and attacked Russo in a letter of his own, accusing him of being an oppressor and blind to the racism on campus. (William T. Murphy 󈨖, “The past and present reality of Malcolm X,” Daily Princetonian, May 3, 1982).
  • Michelle also likely participated in Black Solidarity Day the following semester, where black students en masse absented themselves from class to dramatize what they considered blacks’ largely ignored contributions to society. Protestors carried signs saying “The struggle continues” and “Liberation through unity and struggle.” (Crystal Nix, “Procession symbolizes ‘continuing struggle,’ Daily Princetonian, November 2, 1982).
  • On November 19, the TWC honored the anti-American Julia de Burgos, a Puerto Rican poet and Puerto Rican nationalist.
  • On April 15, the TWC hosted Michael Manley, the former prime minister of Jamaica. Manley, a committed socialist who dubiously denied that he was a Marxist, headed the pro-Castro National Liberation Party and later in 1983 opposed Reagan’s removal of the Marxist thug Maurice Bishop from power in neighboring Grenada.
  • In April 27-28, 1983, the TWC hosted a symposium praising the work and life of Clemente Soto Velez, another Puerto Rican nationalist and poet. In 1936, Soto Vélez was arrested by United States authorities and charged with conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. He served a six-year prison term. Soto Velez then returned to Puerto Rico, only to be arrested once more for violating the conditions of his release. In 1942, after another two years in prison, he was released but forbidden to return to Puerto Rico. (“Clemente Soto Velez, Puerto Rican Poet, 89,” New York Times, April 17, 1993).
  • On May 5, representatives from ACORN held a job fair at the Third World Center for those interested in “community organizing to help victims of Reaganomics.”
  • In September 1983, the TWC hosted Princeton’s president, William G. Bowen. Although Michelle has habitually made her alma mater seem racist in her writings and public statements, Bowen was actually the architect of Princeton’s racial preferences and an outspoken advocate of them. He even went on to co-author a book, “The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions,” about them with President Derek Bok of Harvard. Seeking minority applicants would be the “responsibility of everyone in the admissions office,” Bowen told the TWC. To attack Bowen, president of Princeton from 1972-1988, and his allegedly racist Princeton, was to attack a straw man. Both his successor and his predecessor were just as enthusiastic about preferences.
  • In November, Michelle likely attended a Black Solidarity Day (BSD) event. The photograph appears to include her, at right. Black Solidarity Day, founded in 1969 during the height of the black power movement, tries to highlight what would happen if blacks absented themselves from American life. Celebrated the day before Election Day, BSD reminds blacks of their political power.
  • On February 10, 1984, TWC brought the pro-Sandinista, pro-Che Guevara poet Roberto Vargas.
  • Four days later, it played host to the pro-Castro writer and ethnographer Miguel Barnet in Liberation Hall. He criticized the American media for its coverage of El Salvador, where the Marxist FMLN continued to fight the country’s legitimate government. “If there are guerillas in El Salvador, it is because the people want justice,” he told the TWC.
  • On April 20, the TWC held a conference on “being black.”
  • In September 1984, Arcadio Diaz-Quinones, a Puerto Rican nationalist, specialist in “post-colonial” studies, and Latin American studies professor, became interim director of the Third World Center. (Later in the decade, he helped an illegal immigrant, Harold Fernandez, conceal his status at Princeton and eventually help him secure financial aid, as revealed in Fernandez’s memoirs.) (Joseph Berger, “An Undocumented Princetonian,” The New York Times, January 3, 2010).
  • In November of that year, Malcolm X biographer Manning Marable spoke to TWC’s annual Black Solidarity event. He encouraged the audience to vote for Reagan’s opponent Walter Mondale, who “[i]n the context of black solidarity” was both “a lesser evil” and “a choice against Reagan, Reaganism, and racism.” Marable also sided with the Marxist Nicaraguan dictatorship, encouraging black Americans to express solidarity with “the righteous movements of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the New Jewel Movement in Grenada, the guerillas of El Salvador, and especially, our brothers and sisters in South Africa.” (D.E. Williams, Daily Princetonian, November 6, 1984)

Professor Diaz-Quinones, the interim director of the TWC in 1983 noted “the growing consciousness of Third World countries and the relationship minority students felt to certain threads in their history.” Blacks and other non-white students, then, weren’t American in any larger sense, the thinking went, because of America’s institutional racism. The TWC provided programs that “link the ‘historical legacy of racism on both sides.’” Recalling its own legacy on its tenth anniversary, Center representatives wrote:


Multiple Levels of Community Organising and Potential for Social Work Practice

Barack Obama’s experiences, knowledge and skills of community organising at multiple levels are well reflected in his memoir. I wonder if Obama were a professionally trained social worker, whether his thoughts and actions would have been different. As a community organiser, Obama worked with communities impacted by the steel plant closure. He engaged in advocacy and lobbying, and voter mobilising. Then he worked as a senator in Illinois state and in the US senate and finally became the US President. At every level he worked, he found the scope very narrow to bring any major change or make a major impact. At every level, he was unsatiated about the level of impact he was making, given the size of the problem and need. However, he did make an impact at all the levels he has worked. What Obama did: was it social work or was it not social work? Can social-work-trained community organisers follow a similar path to make a greater change and impact?

Where does professional social work stop, and politics begin? Or simply, is it a fallacious conceptualisation and question? There is an inextricable link between social work and politics (Gal and Weiss-Gal, 2013, 2017 Haynes & Mickelson, 2009 Pawar, 2014b Ritter, 2019). And it is up to professional social workers to explore and make use of this link for the betterment of society. A few social workers have become politicians and have worked in the parliament. It would be useful to explore to what extent and in what ways they used their social work knowledge and skills in political social work to bring change and serve people at greater levels. In my earlier work, I have argued that there are imperatives for social workers to positively engage in politics to bring social change (Pawar, 2014b, 2019), which is the taproot and core agenda of the social work profession. Has social work explored this potential of social work in terms of social work education, practice and research? Professional social workers often categorise practice at three levels: micro (working with individuals/case work/clinical practice), meso (small groups, neighbourhoods, small-to-medium organisations, and advocacy/lobbying) and macro (communities, administration, research, institutions, policy, advocacy, lobbying and legislature) and by using the systems theory, link these levels of practice and engage at appropriate levels. Social work practice is also viewed as binary in terms of direct and indirect practice. When Obama states that the essence of politics is more about building community connections/relationship/trust and less about power and position, whether or not this kind of binary approach of direct and indirect practice makes any sense?

Obama’s political social work for heuristic purposes may be conceived at multiple levels as shown in Figure 1 . Developing his own identity and audaciousness, from community organiser to politician and politician to community organiser, Barack Obama placed people and communities in the centre of his work at the local and international levels. Speaking from his heart and head, he practised democratic values and principles, deeply listened and empathised, mobilised people, groups and communities, critically reflected and fought against discrimination, facilitated to voice community concerns, tried to build trust and introduced major social and legal changes at every level he worked. The Obama model of community organising and political action offers significant insights about social work education, practice and research. It is heartening that social workers can learn from this model and multiple levels of practice and begin practise at any of this level according to their interest, knowledge, skills and capacity. What is clear is, to bring change, local community level practice is not enough it is just a beginning. In my view, many social workers are struggling to begin at this local community level practice. To the two questions raised in the introduction, Barack Obama’s memoir does offer some lessons for changing the clinical dominance and focusing on community organising and policy work in a balanced way in social work education and practice, and significant insights for community organisers and development practitioners to change the world by working with the people and communities at various levels.


From Shutdown Corner via Yahoo! Sports:

The backlash to Rashard Mendenhall's Osama bin Laden tweets has gotten a little more real.

Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers running back and guy who probably doesn't like Twitter anymore, has been let go as a spokesman for Champion. Here's the statement released by the company:

Champion is a strong supporter of the government's efforts to fight terrorism and is very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces. Earlier this week, Rashard Mendenhall(notes), who endorses Champion products, expressed personal comments and opinions regarding Osama bin Laden and the September 11 terrorist attacks that were inconsistent with the values of the Champion brand and with which we strongly disagreed. In light of these comments, Champion was obliged to conduct a business assessment to determine whether Mr. Mendenhall could continue to effectively communicate on behalf of and represent Champion with consumers. While we respect Mr. Mendenhall's right to express sincere thoughts regarding potentially controversial topics, we no longer believe that Mr. Mendenhall can appropriately represent Champion and we have notified Mr. Mendenhall that we are ending our business relationship. Champion has appreciated its association with Mr. Mendenhall during his early professional football career and found him to be a dedicated and conscientious young athlete. We sincerely wish him all the best.

Mr. or Mrs. Champion, or whoever is in charge of the company, has a right to employ whoever they want as a celebrity endorser, and since Mendenhall's words run pretty contrary to public opinion, it's probably best for their bottom line to cut and run. I don't blame them.

They get some headlines out of the deal, too (like this one, for example), and they also get to release a tidy little statement in which they mention their company's name seven times in six sentences.

I'm pretty sure this won't be the case, but I hope this is where the punishment ends for Mendenhall.

At the end of the day, this is just a guy who tweeted something unpopular. He did not punch anyone in the face. He did not get picked up for driving drunk. He was not arrested for domestic abuse. He did not have a gun in a night club, father 47 children by 39 women, obstruct justice, fight dogs, commit sexual assault or send anyone unwanted pictures of his genitals.

No, what he did was question the celebration of death and wonder if maybe the government wasn't telling the people the truth (others have also done this recently). Is that so bad?

I'm not defending what Mendenhall said. You don't have to like it. I personally don't happen to agree with him, but that doesn't mean I'm going to permanently label him as an evil dipstick, either. It's okay with me that not everyone is going to be John Cena about this.

Even if Mendenhall is wrong -- really, really wrong -- it doesn't make him a bad guy. In fact, at the core of what he said, there's a seed of love and compassion. He spoke against hate and judgment.

He believes some unpopular things. That's it. I know that I cheer everyday for athletes with whom I would not agree on political or ethical issues, and you probably do the same. In fact, if you're a sports fan at all, it's overwhelmingly likely that you have cheered for guys who have broken actual laws and hurt actual people.

Mendenhall lost an endorsement, and he probably should have expected that. If he loses any more than that, though -- for example, the good will of the fans for the rest of his career -- it would be a shame. This is not a bad person.

Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 12:02 PM 0 comments  


Day 275 Obama Administration October 21, 2009 - History


George Aref Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, was arrested on child pornography charges Monday in New York, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

Nader was arrested upon arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport for "transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."
He previously pleaded guilty to the same charge in 1991, the Justice Department said.

If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.


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The Mueller report mentions Nader in nearly four dozen footnotes, including references to his interviews with special counsel investigators, and other materials, like his emails and text messages.

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He is cited extensively in the portions of the report about the Seychelles meeting in between Trump supporter Erik Prince and a Russian banker with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. His testimony about his role in the secret January 2017 liaison undercut Prince's claims that the meeting was a random encounter and that it was not coordinated with anyone from the Trump transition.

Speculation from informed people: Nader says the Russian banker showing up was planned Prince says it was unexpected.

What if they're both telling the truth?

What if Prince wasn't expecting the Russian banker, but Nader was?

What if Nader has been an FBI informant/asset since his first quickly-dispensed-with child porn bust, and invited the Russian as part of an as-of-yet unacknowledged spying operation against Trump?

What if the Russian banker meeting was a set-up arranged by Nader, as directed by his handlers in the FBI?

This was, informed speculation suggests, yet another attempt to frame the Trump campaign by the FBI and maybe Brennan.



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