Saturday, October 11, 2008

Barack Obama on His Faith

Ghadddafi on Obama

Nancy Razik just sent me this video of Libya's Moamar Khaddafi campaigning for Barack Obama:

John McCain's Campaign on Youtube

My old friend, Manoj Dalvi, professor of economics at CW Post College, sent me the following depiction of Senator John Sidney McCain's 2008 presidential campaign:

Is Bush Administration Planning Military Enforcement of Socialism?

Contrairimairi has forwarded the following link to Daily Newscaster.com. Back in the late nineteenth century Americans feared a labor revolt. As a result, "armories" were built around New York State as fortresses to base the national guard. Earlier, in the days of Alexander Hamilton, all Americans agreed that the US government has to honor its foreign debts. To consider any alternative would have been a moral disgrace.

George W. Bush is probably the worst president in history. There's always a present orientation fallacy that makes us forget old-time presidential buffoons, but his nationalization of banking, huge injection of money, incursions on civil liberties, bail out, inept management of FEMA and now this story (if true) have to put Bush near or at the bottom. The question for me as a business school professor is how a graduate of our nation's leading business school can be a socialist, an economic and historical illiterate, an inept opportunist and a moral idiot.

The Daily Newscaster article article reads as follows:

>"Wayne Madsen a Washington based investigative journalist, author, columnist and former U.S. Naval Officer reported on April 3rd, 2008 the existence of a document called the 'C & R' document is being passed around among senior members of Congress and their staff.

>"Bush planning martial law

>"FEMA sources have told Madsen today that the Bush administration is putting final touches on a plan that would initiate martial law in the event of continuing economic collapse causing massive social unrest, bank closures resulting in violence against financial institutions and another fraudulent presidential election that would result in rioting in major cities and campuses around the country.

>"Troops on American streets

>"In addition to FEMA sources, Army Corps of Engineer sources report that the assignment of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade to NorthCom to augment FEMA and federal law enforcement for the purpose of traffic control, crowd control, curfews, enhanced border and port security, and neighborhood patrols in the event a national emergency being declared.

>"The other possibility discussed in the document is that the federal government will be forced to drastically raise taxes in order to pay off debts to foreign countries to the point that the American people will react with a popular revolution against the government."

I don't know if any of this is true or not. Read the whole thing here. I would add that John Locke would have sanctioned a popular revolution one hundred years ago, with the advent of "Progressivism", which has violated every natural right conceivable. But the American people, like a national Rip van Winkle, have been asleep for one century. A revolution against the current political and economic system would be perfectly justified and moral, and I have thought of this idea more than once. However, even if there is such a revolution, if it were to reinstate the traditional American commitment to natural rights and justice, and discard the barbaric, oppressive Progressivism of the past century, the United Sates would necessarily honor any and all debts. To do otherwise would just be another form of socialism

Pirates Save Israel

Contrairimairi has sent me a link to Shirat Devorah with the following story:

On August 21st, 2008, the MV Iran Deyant, 44,458 dead weight bulk carrier was heading towards the Suez Canal. As it was passing the Horn of Africa, about 80 miles southeast of al-Makalla in Yemen, the ship was surrounded by speedboats filled with members of a gang of Somalian pirates who grab suitable commercial ships and hold them and their cargos and crews for ransom. The captain w as defenseless against the 40 pirates armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades blocking his passage. He had little choice other than to turn his ship over to them. What the pirates were not banking on, however, was that this was no ordinary ship.

The MV Iran Deyanat is owned and operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) - a state-owned company run by the Iranian military that was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on September 10, shortly after the ship's hijacking.

The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to20Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. The Somali pirates attempted to inspect the ship's seven cargo containers but the containers were locked. The crew claimed that they did not have the "access codes" and could not open them...

Within a period of three days, those pirates who had boarded the ship and opened the cargo container with its gritty sand-like contents, all developed strange health complications...

The Somali pirates initially set the ship's ransom at $2 million and the Iranian government provided $200,000 to a local broker...

...She was an enormous floating dirty bomb, intended to detonate after exiting the Suez Canal at the eastern end of the Mediterranean and in proximity to the coastal cities of Israel. The entire cargo of radioactive sand, obtained by Iran from China (the latter buys desperately needed oil from the former) and sealed in containers which, when the charges on the ship are set off after the crew took to the boats, will be blasted high into the air where prevailing winds will push the highly dangerous and radioactive cloud ashore.

Given the large number of deaths from the questing Somali pirates, it should be obvious that when the contents of the ship’s locked cargo containers finally descended onto the land, the death toll would be enormous. This ship was nothing more nor less than the long-anticipated Iranian attack on Israel.

Read the whole thing here.

A Fate Worse Than Death

Phil Orenstein just e-mailed:

> A fellow at work who was reading a book on the evil of the Fed came up to my office today out of the clear blue and asked me what I think. I said, the book is correct. He asked what do we do with the people who have been defrauding the American people with the greatest hoax in history, shoot them? I said vote them all out of office. Maybe he's right.

My response:

>Make them work in real jobs at average pay rates for the rest of their lives. To them, that would be worse than death.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Conservative Chloe Responds to Palin's Attackers

Conservative Chloe responds to my blog on Sarah Palin, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Prejudice here. Her thoughts follow:

The reasoning behind the anti-Semite questions surrounding first Senator Obama and more recently Gov. Palin are not only important to Israel and the Jewish community in America, but for every citizen living in the United States. God clearly states in the Bible, “those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed.” We must accurately assess each candidate’s intentions toward Israel not only for their safety as an ally, but to secure our blessing and protection as a Nation.

In Dr. Langbert’s blog post ‘Sarah Palin, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Prejudice’ he addressed allegations made by others that Gov. Palin may be an anti-semite for attending a church where an alleged anti-semite spoke. She also was accused of attending a function with Pat Buchanan, whom many affiliate with anti-semitism. The first allegation is in regards to a group ‘Jews for Jesus’ that were not vetted and spoke at her church. She was in attendance. I have looked into this group and from what I saw on their website they are not anti-semitic and in fact appear to be the opposite. For those wanting to research here is their link: http://www.jews-for-jesus.org/. They observe all the Jewish holidays and yet believe that Jesus is their Lord. They invite both Jesus believing Jewish people (I believe that is Messianic Jew) and non-believing Jewish people. It appears they are evangelizing to the Jewish community. If they were anti-Semites, they would not care about saving the Jewish community and leading them to the Lord. While many in the Jewish community may be offended by this, that is the very nature of Christianity. To share Jesus with others who do not believe in him. In a statement by David Brickner clarifying the incident:

I want to thank those of you who have commented either here or in e-mails in response to the media furor over my remarks at Wasilla Bible Church on August 17th. The comments attributed to me were taken out of context. The notion that the terrorist, bulldozer attack in Jerusalem this summer was God’s judgment on Israel for not believing in Jesus, is absolutely not what I believe. In retrospect, I can see how my rhetoric might be misunderstood and I truly regret that.

Of course I never expected the kind of magnifying glass scrutiny on a message where I was speaking extemporaneously. Let me be clear. I don’t believe that any one event whether a terrorist attack or a natural disaster is a specific fulfillment of or manifestation of a Biblical prediction of judgment. I don’t believe that the newspaper should be used to interpret the Bible. The Bible interprets the Bible.

I love my Jewish people and the land of Israel. I stand with and support her against all efforts to harm her or her people in any way. Please feel free to read my further explanations, in my Realtime article and in the interviews I did with Christianity Today and NBC.

Sincerely,
David Brickner

Another attack against Gov. Palin is she “once” appeared at an event with Pat Buchanan. I found Gov. Palin’s explanation of this “incident”, it was reported:

Palin wrote a letter to her local newspaper making clear that her appearance at the Buchanan event wasn’t an endorsement of his candidacy. Published July 26, 1999, the letter said:

“As mayor of Wasilla, I am proud to welcome all presidential candidates to our city. This is true regardless of their party, or the latest odds of their winning. When presidential candidates visit our community, I am always happy to meet them. I’ll even put on their button when handed one as a polite gesture of respect……” (www.politicofact.com)

In an Arab news article (arabnews.com) in regards to Gov. Palin meeting with Israeli officials it was also noted: “Palin displays an Israeli flag in her office window despite the tiny Jewish population in her state.”

Sounds like the media was making a mountain out of a molehill in an attempt to cast doubts on Gov. Palin’s sincerity when it comes to her support for Israel and the Jewish community. It is one thing to have one incident of a suspected association that turns out to be false. It becomes an issue when a Presidential candidate sits in the pew of a church for 20 years listening to a Pastor’s diatribe about his dislike not only for Jews and Israel, but also for his own Country.

There is a very large and very successful attempt in America and in Israel to repair relations between Christians and the Jewish Community. Many organizations have been established to rekindle a relationship that was damaged shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus when the Romans convinced Christians that the Jews were the ones who killed Him (when in fact it was the Roman Empire). This led to the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, a Holocaust in which most Christians turned their backs on their Jewish brothers and sisters.

Now the Christian community has opened their eyes to the Jewish community and realizes they are an ally, and not an enemy. The distrust in the eyes of the Jewish community is substantiated given the track record of people who are supposed to believe in a loving Jesus. But while this attempt has seen the fruits of its labor under such organizations as Christians United for Israel and other organizations, there is an attempt to undermine the process.

Progressives and anti-Semitic groups in America (mainly the pseudo-intellectual community) and abroad will do anything and everything to undermine the process or anyone supporting the process. They view a united Christian/Jewish coalition as very dangerous to their efforts to annihilate Israel. It is their tactic and attempt to pit those working in this relational effort against one another (a tactic many times used by Satan himself). I assure you we will continue to see this type of reckless behavior from the liberal media, other countries and anyone opposing Israel’s right to exist as a Nation.

In a comment in response to Dr. Langbert’s defense of Gov. Palin someone stated:

Protestant Church? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. This church is an Apocolyptic bunch of whacked end-timers, they speak in tongues and do demonic exorcisms! They are Creationists who deny absolutely every shred of science. You talk like these guys are Methodists. They are outside mainstream Christianity as Scientologists! You either have absolutely no knowledge of Protestantism or you will defend Republicans no matter how ridiculous the argument is.

It is interesting to note that a person who thinks the Christian community is crazy because we don’t support evidence-based scientific theories (emphasis on theory) and yet has dismissed the scientific backings of intelligent design/Creationism findings is truly ignorance. There is much data and research archaeologically, geologically, biologically etc. to back up intelligent design/creationism. People who think we are ignorant for believing a different set of scientific data and research just as concrete if not more so than evolution which is also backed up by a very large book that has been more accurate then any Darwinist ideal are by their very nature deceived. Or maybe just demon possessed and in need of exorcism.

If this person thinks we are a bunch of apocalyptic wackos well, I guess he/she will just have to wait for the apocalypse to see who is right. And he better be right that we are a bunch of wackos because the alternative will not be to his/her advantage.

For those wackos looking for the science to back up intelligent design:

http://www.intelligentdesign.org/
http://www.intelligentdesignnetwork.org/
http://www.expelledthemovie.com/
http://www.allaboutscience.org/intelligent-design.htm

JammieWearingFool On the New York Times

I don't usually fuss over the New York Times because they've been dead to me ever since they sided with Robert Moses about the Cross Bronx Expressway. But JammieWearingFool offers a classic observation on New York's Progressive Propaganda sheet (that favors estate taxes on all and everyone with the exception of family trusts that own newspapers) (h/t Larwyn):

Shocker: 'Paper of Record' Discovers Fraudulent Obama Donations
The New York Times is playing a little CYA here by actually reporting on the massive campaign fraud by the Obama campaign in accepting donations from thousands of suspect sources. It would be nice if this were front page news rather than being buried on page A24. When they made up the story about John McCain supposedly having an affair with a lobbyist, that was front and center on page 1.

Read the whole thing here.

Federal Reserve Bank as Archaic Fetish

In the past seven decades the field of economics has claimed to be able to "manage the money supply" to prevent booms and busts. As well, the questionable institution of fractional reserve banking has relied on repeated government support and bailouts. These include the lending fiasco surrounding commercial banks' support of the Hunt Brothers' attempt to corner the silver market in 1980 (which ended not because of the threat of regulation as I have heard on television but because the Hunt brothers defaulted on a 650 million dollar futures contract with Englehard Mining, resulting in massive defaults on the commercial bank loans that were supporting their frivolous effort) as well as the Long Term Capital Management fiasco. Much worse than either of these has been the Fed's ongoing subsidization of the financial sector of the economy through monetary expansion and the working of destructive political deals with foreign governments that will cause grievous harm to these developing countries. Hedge fund managers and Wall Street executives have contributed no value to the economy, have extracted large salaries and have used the edifice of the liberal media to justify themselves.

The economics profession has claimed expertise that it does not have. The economics of public policy is a smoke screen to justify providing bankers who destroy rather than create value with enormously bloated salaries, to falsely boost the stock market and allow hedge fund managers to extract wealth from a naive public.

The economists who for seven decades have claimed that the gold standard is an antiquated relic have to face the failure of their policies. The elegant edifice of macroeconomic planning has turned out to be a chimera. The Federal Reserve Bank is a failed institution. It is an archaic fetish.

The fetishizers of central banking, the very interests that have benefited from the bamboozling of the American public, will undoubtedly argue that a 68% increase in the monetary base over one month and a trillion dollar bailout of institutions that have been extracting Americans' wealth and perverting economic incentives for seven decades are necessary.

We would do well to recall that the most fertile economic period was the one from 1830 to 1913, when there was no central bank. Real wages increased, innovation occurred at a fever pitch, much greater than in the declining twentieth century, and there was deflation. Yes, deflation. While employment levels were skyrocketing, unemployment was low and innovation was exploding, businessmen and real estate speculators complained endlessly about "depression". What they meant by depression was that profits were too low. Today's historians, reading the frequent discussions of "depression" in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s conclude that there were low wages. They are wrong. Wages were escalating and unemployment was low in the gold standard/no central bank period. But profits were "depressed" and firms kept complaining about profits. Remarkably, immigration exploded during the late nineteenth century, yet there were enough jobs for the immigrants at wages that were much, much higher than 40 years previous (say 1889 versus 1849).

The economist David Ames Wells discusses all this in his book "Recent Economic Changes" published in 1889. Historians know about the book, but they either ignore it or don't bother to read it, because it contradicts everything they tell you about laissez-faire America. Wells, incidentally, was commissioner of revenue under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Thus, the gold standard made real estate speculators, stock speculators and bankers poorer than they have been under the Fed. But it made workers richer. Fraudulent quacks like Paul Krugman go around saying that taxes are necessary for lower income inequality. But income inequality was declining in the late nineteenth century, about which today's historically ignorant economists are unaware.

It is time for the American people to wake up to the fact that there is no legitimate field of "macroeconomics" and that the entire edifice of government-subsidized finance is a scam that has been instituted to steal money.

Phil Orenstein's "Barack Obama Is Herbert Hoover"

Phil Orenstein posts a first-rate blog at Democracy Project, my previous blog home. Phil makes the point that Herbert Hoover raised taxes, regulation and public works in response to the stock market crash, and he is concerned that if Obama gets elected, he will do the same thing. Phil is right that increased socialism, taxes and government intervention would prolong the psychological malaise and harm the country in the long run. Those who feel that Senator Obama cares about humanity might consider that Herbert Hoover, who oversaw the birth of the Great Depression, had similar policies to Obama and, like Obama, saw himself as a "progressive" who loved humanity. Hoover's successor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, prolonged the deprivation caused by Hoover's socialistic policies. By the commencement of World War II, 11 years after the stock market crash of 1929, the depression was not over.

At this point in time, the country has painted itself into a corner. We can choose among (i) a major correction, unemployment and firm bankruptcies followed by a new round of inflation, (ii) hyper-inflation and the dislocation that it would cause and (iii) long term stabilization of monetary growth via a gold standard.

The source of the current problem is the Federal Reserve Bank and big government. Inflation has been causing a decline in innovation, a decline in real wages and transfers of wealth from production to Wall Street and banking for the past 75 years.

Ultimately, the field of economics and "economists" are responsible for this in the sense that they have provided the ideological cover for the looting of the public purse in which the banking system has engaged. Economists claimed that they knew how to manage the economy via the Fed, and now they have turned out not to have known. A banking system that requires massive subsidies and monetary inflation does not function. This is the product of the economists who run the Fed.

The economists who are responsible for the current situation have scoffed at the gold standard, calling it a fetish or nonsense. Alan Greenspan started out in life supporting the gold standard, but then realized that he could become more famous and successful by advocating Keynesianism, and he did so.

Is a trillion dollar subsidy to the banking system superior to a gold standard? Might we not conclude that the Federal Reserve Bank is an antiquated fetish?

David Abramsky Responds to "Sarah Palin, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Prejudice"

I just received the following e-mail from David Abramsky:

Dear Mr. Langbert:

re: Your 10/9/08 blog post: "Sarah Palin, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Prejudice"

I'm not sure who your sources were for the bit about the comments from "an executive" from Jews for Jesus (it was Executive Director, David Brickner). You simply wrote that he said that, " the Jews' refusal to convert to Christianity causes terrorism." A read of Mr. Brickner's ACTUAL sermon would be worthwhile. Go to:

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/blog/20080817

By just printing that one little sentence--without giving it the context it was really in--you have distorted the words (really the meaning) of someone you're reporting about. Yes, you summed up a 30-minute sermon with just one sentence! Unfortunately this is why many people have trouble trusting what they read these days. I wish you had put the Brickner quote in its true context: He paints a picture of his belief that God's love and forgiveness for all people have been offered over and over for centuries. But the world does what it wants. The results we experience are not PUNISHMENT (which is the way you portrayed it) but just that we reap what we sow.

Once again, I was disappointed by how you portrayed the meaning of Mr. Brickner's beliefs.

Sincerely,
- David Abramsky
Richmond CA 94804

$3,500 Gold

I already live in these hills, so please do not head for them.

Currently gold is selling in the low $900s per oz., up from $250 or so earlier in the decade. A recent tidbit of news suggest that the price of the precious metal will skyrocket. As part of the Bush administration's tragic, socialist tap dance, which the New York Times reports may include partial nationalization of banking, the Federal Reserve Bank announces yet another sharp increase in the monetary base. Howard S. Katz just e-mailed me that there has been a 68% increase in the monetary base over the past few weeks.

The inflation of this cycle may turn out to be much worse than that of the late 1970s. The inefficiencies in the economy are greater and there has been a much longer period of withdrawal of commodity production in response to low prices in the 1980s and 1990s. Howard calls this the "commodity pendulum".

Gold has already demonstrated an ability to anticipate inflation. The problem is exacerbated by the Fed's decision to encourage foreign central banks to monetize American debt. The global liquidity excesses of a few years ago are transforming into an inflation stoked by the banking system's addiction to easy money. The shortages will get worse as the old, new and future liquidity slosh through the system over the next few years, bidding up prices.

I'd say head for the hills, but I already live there and I want to keep the traffic down.

Robert P. McCulloch Denies St. Louis Truth Squads

I just received the following denial from Robert P. McCulloch. I had previously written to him about accusations that he was threatening to arrest critics of Barack Obama:

>A recent report on KMOV-TV completely distorted what I and others said about potential campaign ads. We simply said that if the ads were false we would say so. Period. The statement was immediately morphed into something sinister starting with the KMOV lead in to the story and continuing through various blogs and radio talk shows.
As a result, many people were left with the mistaken idea that I threatened to take action against those who criticize Obama. To clear the record, let me state unequivocally:

RUSSELL KINSAUL (KMOV-TV) lead in- "The Obama campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad." THIS STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE.

DRUDGE and LIMBAUGH (by way of something called Gateway Pundit) – "[McCulloch and Joyce] are threatening to bring criminal libel charges against anyone who levels what turns out to be false criticisms of their chosen candidate for President." THIS STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE (never mind that there is no such animal as criminal libel)

GOV. MATT BLUNT – "What Obama and his helpers are doing is . . . abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment." THIS STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE.

Various local talk radio hosts continued to spread the above falsehoods without bothering to check the facts or even ask me for clarification.

Neither I nor any other person made any of the above statements. Nor did I or any other person say anything from which a responsible journalist could infer or surmise that we said or even intended the above. The mere fact that my statement of

". . . if they’re not going to tell the truth then somebody’s got to step up and say wait a minute that’s not true. . ."

becomes:

". . . threaten[ed] to bring criminal libel charges…"

clearly demonstrates the need for someone to step up and call out those who intentionally distort or ignore the truth.

For 25 years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and the Prosecuting Attorney, I have worked diligently to protect the freedoms of all people in our community. I have always done my very best to earn and retain the trust of the people of St. Louis County and the metropolitan area I serve. I HAVE NEVER BEEN, NOR WILL I EVER BE, AFRAID OR HESITANT TO STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT ON ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF MY COMMUNITY.

What the radio talk show hosts and their cohorts, Matt Blunt, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh, et al, must realize is that they are not the only people in this Country who enjoy the freedoms and rights of the 1st Amendment. The Rights apply to all people-including me.


Robert P. McCulloch

Prosecuting Attorney

St. Louis County, MO

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lawless in Chicago: Obama Breaking more Laws

Newsmax's Ken Timmerman reports that the Obama campaign has broken the law more than 2,000 times by allowing individuals to contribute above the $2,300 limit.

Timmerman points out that:

"On Aug. 31, for example, the Obama campaign filed a report listing a single donation from a Debra Myers in “Rancho Palos Verde, Calif.,” for $28,500 – more than 10 times the amount the law allows per election. Although Debra Myers is identified as a physician, only two individuals with that last name have a listed phone number in Rancho Palos Verdes (the city’s name actually does have an “s” at the end). Neither is a Debra or a “D” Myers, or a physician...

"...hundreds of other individual donors have given to the Obama campaign far in excess of the legal limit, a Newsmax analysis of campaign finance records shows.

Read the endless list of specifics of the Obama campaign's law breaking here .

Obama was understating when he said "change you can believe in". His lawless supporters believe in tens of thousands of dollars, not just "change".

Nancy Razik Effects Change

Nancy Razik is one of the "One Million Moms". She just forwarded this e-mail about their successful campaign to eliminate pornography from American Airlines.

>October 8, 2008

American Airlines says your action influenced change
Dear Nancy,
Earlier this week, we asked you to contact American Airlines and encourage them to take measures to filter pornography from their in-flight Internet service.

Within hours, American put out this press release:
Based on the feedback of our customers and employees, American Airlines is working with Aircell to implement technology to filter pornographic content over the Gogo inflight Internet service.
Because of the overwhelming number of emails sent to American Airlines, it has taxed their system. Therefore, we have thanked them on your behalf. However, if you still wish to contact them, please use their online form.


Thank you for taking time to contact American Airlines. You are making a difference!
Sincerely,
Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman
OneMillionMoms.com
P.S. Please forward this to your family and friends!


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Sarah Palin, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Prejudice

One of the slanders concerning Sarah Palin is that she is anti-Semitic. The reasoning on which this accusation is based is as follows. She attended a meeting at her church. The speaker, an executive of Jews for Jesus, in remarks not previously vetted by the church or by Palin, said that the Jews' refusal to convert to Christianity causes terrorism. As well, Palin once appeared at an event with Pat Buchanan.

The "Jed Report" makes these claims in a blog entitled "Sarah Palin and the anti-Semitism Question", based on a blog by Ben Smith on Politico.com entitled "Jewish Voters May Be Wary of Sarah Palin" in which Smith accuses Palin of anti-Semitism because she once appeared on a podium with Pat Buchanan and because she once attended a speech at her church. The speech was given by David Brickner and in it Brickner said that terrorist attacks on Israelis were God's "'judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity'".

To accuse someone of anti-Semitism in good faith there ought to be at least a little evidence. Knowing an anti-Semite or appearing with Pat Buchanan is not evidence, in part because many Jews have been associated with anti-Semites and with Pat Buchanan. Likewise, attending a speech billed as a "Jews for Jesus" speech is not anti-Semitic because all Christians believe in Jesus and there is nothing anti-Semitic about welcoming Jews who believe in Jesus either. Moreover, I have heard Jews make similar remarks. For instance, when I was a teenager a Jewish friend had discovered the Jewish religion and he said to me that the holocaust had occurred because the Jews were not sufficiently observant of Judaism. Coincidentally and tragically, my friend was killed in a car accident not long after.

It is not surprising that readers of the Bible make statements like this because the Bible is full of such statements. The Jews are criticized throughout the Bible for foresaking the path of righteousness, etc. That does not make the Bible anti-Semitic, just the opposite. Jews should not condemn Christians for using the same kind of logic that's in the Bible.

A friend recently e-mailed me with the argument that Sarah Palin is anti-Semitic as follows:

>"...Palin does go to a church that is wildly antisemitic..."

>"Palin's church supports what I consider, although others may not, the most antisemitic group of them all, Jews For Jesus, who have blamed the problems in Israel on the Jews because they have not accepted Jesus. The church's support of this group is incontrovertible, I leave it to you to decide whether they are an antisemitic group."

>"One of the many terrifying things about Palin is that she is an active member of a church that believes that the world will come to an end in our lifetime. I don't want her near "the button"

>"There are many deep conservatives who I respect, even though I may be in disagreement with 80% of their philosophy. I think there is a big difference between Pat Buchanan and a shrill shill like O'Reilly"

Interestingly, my correspondent likes Pat Buchanan even though Ben Smith and the Jed Report claim that association with Pat Buchanan is evidence of anti-Semitism.

Part of the reason for Jews' concern about anti-Semitism is that there has been alot of it, although few left-wing Jews have the knowledge to distinguish between European anti-Semitism and American anti-Semitism, which is much less intense and more the exception than the rule. In contrast, European anti-Semitism is more the rule than the exception.

Jews were expelled from much of western Europe, to include Spain, France and England, from the 13th to the 15th centuries. They were forced to either live in ghettoes as in Venice and Germany, in eastern Europe or the Muslim world. Over the course of the following centuries, eastern Europe, especially Russia and Poland, became intensely anti-Semitic, and much of the anti-Semitism was channeled through the official Russian Orthodox Church. Rape and killing were part of this history, as was official state oppression. Czar Nicholas, for instance, mandated that all Jewish males serve in the army from childhood until age 42. This was meant to be genocidal.

As a result, many eastern European Jews are fearful of Christianity. However, they do not understand that the Protestant Reformation was accompanied by an intensification of interest in and warmth toward Jews. The Cromwellian Revolution was accompanied by England's reopening to Jews. This was also associated with the growth of commerce due to the same historical process. Likewise, at least some of the Puritan thinkers in America were openly Zionist and philo-Semitic. Following the Revolutionary War, Jews were always permitted freedom of religion in the US, with a couple of stark exceptions, such as an edict by General Ulysses S. Grant. Progressivism integrated elements of Populism, which was often anti-urban and anti-Semitic, and was accompanied by a reaffirmation of feudal values that included anti-Semitism. Hence, there was more anti-Semitism beginning in the late nineteenth century through 1950 then there had been previously. However, many Jews, such as Walter Weyl and Walter Lippmann, were prominent in the Progressive movement, and the older, laissez-faire Mugwump movement as well.

When eastern European Jews arrived here between 1880 and 1925 they carried the fear of anti-Semitism with them. This was accompanied by the fact that America, in the throes of Popuulist nativism and Progressivism, was susceptible to various anti-Semitic movements, to include that of Henry Ford and Father Coughlin.

Despite the history of tension that eastern European Jews feel toward Christians, largely because the Russian Orthodox church was virulently anti-Semitic, the Whigs in England and the Calvinist faith to which they adhered, and their American offspring, the Puritans, were often philo-Semitic. Palin's church, Assembly of God, descends from the Puritan heritage. Many of the Puritan religionists of the 18th and 19th century were Zionists.

Christianity is a proselytizing religion that is historically a Jewish sect. The imagery of the New Testament is rooted and imbued with the old. A knowledgeable Christian cannot hate Jews. However, they naturally aim to convert Jews, which is not the same thing.

I would add that Jews need to be aware of their own prejudices. Calling someone anti-Semitic merely because they belong to a Protestant Church in itself may constitute bias. As well, America is very much a Christian country. To understand America a deep understanding of Jonathan Edwards, the Great Awakening, the Church in America and the philosophy of tolerance rooted in the Cromwellian Revolution of 1648 is absolutely essential. Jews should be aware that the tolerance of America is an Anglo-exception to the intolerance of socialist Europe. In contrast to Europe, where Jews were repeatedly murdered and oppressed by feudalistic then socialist and national socialist regimes, America, precisely because of its Protestant basis, has accepted and honored Jews. Jews should be aware of this virtue. I do think that there is much anti-Christian bias among liberal Jews, which is as much a form of bigotry as anti-Semitism.

THE OBAMA-AYERS CONNECTION

Bob Robbins and Jim Crum have forwarded the link to the following Dick Morris article that appears in RealClearPolitics:


THE OBAMA-AYERS CONNECTION

By DICK MORRIS

Published on TheHill.com on October 7, 2008

In the best tradition of Bill Clinton's famous declaration that the answer to the question of whether or not he was having an affair with Monica depended on "what the definition of 'is' is," Barack Obama was clearly splitting hairs and concealing the truth when he said that William Ayers was "just a guy who lives in my neighborhood."

The records of the administration of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), released last week by the University of Illinois, show that the Ayers-Obama connection was, in fact, an intimate collaboration and that it led to the only executive or administrative experience in Obama's life.

After Walter Annenberg's foundation offered several hundred million dollars to American public schools in the mid-'90s, William Ayers applied for $50 million for Chicago. The purpose of his application was to secure funds to "raise political consciousness" in Chicago's public schools. After he won the grant, Ayers's group chose Barack Obama to distribute the money. Between 1995 and 1999, Obama distributed the $50 million and raised another $60 million from other civic groups to augment it. In doing so, he was following Ayers's admonition to grant the funds to "external" organizations, like American Community Organizations for Reform

Now (ACORN) to pair with schools and conduct programs to radicalize the students and politicize them.

Reading, math and science achievement tests counted for little in the CAC grants, but the school's success in preaching a radical political agenda determined how much money they got.

Barack Obama should have run screaming at the sight of William Ayers and his wife, Bernadette Dohrn. Ayers has admitted bombing the U.S. Capitol building and the Pentagon, and his wife was sent to prison for failing to cooperate in solving the robbery of a Brink's armored car in which two police officers were killed. Far from remorse, Ayers told The New York Times in September 2001 that he "wished he could have done more."

Ayers only avoided conviction when the evidence against him turned out to be contained in illegally obtained wiretaps by the FBI. He was, in fact, guilty as sin.

That Obama should ally himself with Ayers is almost beyond understanding. The former terrorist had not repented of his views and the education grants he got were expressly designed to further them.

So let's sum up Obama's Chicago connections. His chief financial supporter was Tony Rezko, now on his way to federal prison. His spiritual adviser and mentor was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, of "God damn America" fame. And the guy who got him his only administrative job and put him in charge of doling out $50 million is William Ayers, a terrorist who was a domestic Osama bin Laden in his youth.

Even apart from the details of the Obama/Ayers connection, two key points emerge:

a) Obama lied and misled the American people in his description of his relationship with Ayers as casual and arm's-length; and

b) Obama was consciously guided by Ayers's radical philosophy, rooted in the teachings of leftist Saul Alinksy, in his distribution of CAC grant funds.

Since Obama is asking us to let him direct education spending by the federal government and wants us to trust his veracity, these are difficulties he will have to explain in order to get the votes to win.

Now that Obama is comfortably ahead in the polls, attention will understandably shift to him. We will want to know what kind of president he would make. The fact that, within the past 10 years, he participated in a radical program of political education conceptualized by an admitted radical terrorist offers no reassurance.

Why did Obama put up with Ayers? Because he got a big job and $50 million of patronage to distribute to his friends and supporters in Chicago. Why did he hang out with Jeremiah Wright? Because he was new in town, having grown up in Hawaii and Indonesia and having been educated at Columbia and Harvard, and needed all the local introductions he could get to jump-start his political career. Why was he so close to Rezko?

Because he funded Obama's campaigns and helped him buy a house for $300,000 less than he otherwise would have had to pay.

Not a good recommendation for a president.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

US Senate Roll Call Vote 110th Congress 2nd Session, Bail Out

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On Passage of the Bill (H. R. 1424 As Amended )
Vote Number: 213 Vote Date: October 1, 2008, 09:22 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: H.R. 1424 (A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. )
Measure Title: A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes

Grouped by Home State A

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Alaska: Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Stevens (R-AK), Yea
Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Allard (R-CO), Nay Salazar (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Delaware: Biden (D-DE), Yea Carper (D-DE), Yea
Florida: Martinez (R-FL), Yea Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Idaho: Craig (R-ID), Yea Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Yea Obama (D-IL), Yea
Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Yea Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Nay Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Nay Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Minnesota: Coleman (R-MN), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Nay Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Nay
Nebraska: Hagel (R-NE), Yea Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Yea Reid (D-NV), Yea
New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Yea Sununu (R-NH), Yea
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Domenici (R-NM), Yea
New York: Clinton (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Dole (R-NC), Nay
North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Yea Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Oregon: Smith (R-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Nay
Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Specter (R-PA), Yea
Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay Graham (R-SC), Yea
South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Nay Thune (R-SD), Yea
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Yea
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Yea Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Yea Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Virginia: Warner (R-VA), Yea Webb (D-VA), Yea
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Nay Murray (D-WA), Yea
West Virginia: Byrd (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Nay Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Nay

Antecedent of the Bank Bailout: The Hunt Brothers

The current $700 billion subsidy to poorly run banks, insurance companies and Wall Street firms is not the first of its kind. Economists call incentives that encourage perverse behavior "moral hazard". As incompetent and reckless lending practices are subsidized, they generate even greater incompetence and more reckless lending practices.

America's financial system, led by the Federal Reserve Bank, is broken. The past year's inflation of 5.4% is inexcusably high. This inflation is the penalty that Americans pay for allowing the Federal Reserve Bank to create monetary credit which it has deposited in the hands of commercial banks, hedge fund managers and Wall Street investment bankers.

The late 1970s saw similar kinds of failures that were also met with bailouts, although of a smaller scale. In other words, the financial system has been sucking wealth out of the productive economy for decades, and Americans have naively applauded this process.

In the late 1970s the Hunt brothers attempted to corner the silver market. In 1979 Jimmy Carter implemented credit controls that precipitated a considerable recession, a recession that also reflected rising interest rates needed to quell high inflation that was approaching 20% per year for a couple of months. The Hunt brothers had been borrowing large sums from a number of banks, who as in the real estate bubble of the past few years, were recklessly lending the money to them. The Hunts drove the price of silver from below $5 per ounce to over $50 per ounce, then defaulted on the large loans. According to William Greider in his book Secrets of the Temple (p. 190):

"All told, twelve US banks, the American branches of four foreign banks and five brokerage houses had provided the Hunts' silver-buying venture with more than $800 million in loans--equivalent to almost 10 percent of all the bank lending in the country during the previous two months...

"The Federal Reserve's admonitions against speculative lending had been ignored...The new question was whether a further slide in silver prices would bring down any major banks. First National of Chicago, ninth-largest in the country, was most vulnerable, having lent the Hunts a total of $175 million either directly or indirectly. If silver prices fell to as low as $7 an ounce, the value of the collateral held by the banks would be worth less than the loans they had made....

"...the Hunts had bought futures contracts for silver totaling 19 million ounces from Engelhard, the giant international minerals firm...The Hunts lost their bet. Delivery was due on Monday, March 31, and Engelhard was demanding cash for its silver--$665 million.

"If the Hunts defaulted on Monday, the price of silver would fall drastically again and the entire accumulation of speculative bank loans would doubtless crash with it. While $800 million was a lot of money, the dozen major banks and the foreign ones were large enough to survive a loss of that magnitude...

"The neogitations led ultimately to the terms for a private bailout--a new loan of $1.1 billion from thirteen banks which would extinguish the Hunts' old debts, given them the means to settle with Engelard and stretch out their obligations over ten years.

"In the end, with certain provisos, he blessed the transaction--a crucial assurance for the banks. If Volcker had not consented, the major banks would have found it difficult to participate, perhaps impossible. After all, the Fed had just imposed new credit controls on the nation and the new loan package for the Hunts directly violated at least the spirit of that program...

"As details of the silver bailout became public, Volker was grilled again and again at hostile congressional inquiries...Why had the Fed been so blind to what was going on? And why had it rushed to the rescue?"

It would seem that the public rejected Jimmy Carter in part because of this boondoggle. But the Republicans proved just as bad, even worse, with three decades of monetary expansion, subsidies to hedge fund and private equity operators and to Wall Street as well as commercial banking. Now, the public is asked to subsidize the failures of these corrupt institutions to an even greater extent than in the 1970s. Yet, the Democrats have nothing to offer but the same regulatory regime that led to the 1970s inflation, and the Republicans have nothing to offer other than perpetuation of the same inflationist "supply side" Keynesianism. What moral hazards are the new round of bailouts generating? Will Americans choose to become slaves to masters in the financial industry? Will emotional fear of the word (not the reality of) "DEPRESSION" turn Americans into slaves?

Evolution of a Bail-Out Opponent: Correspondence with Jim Crum

Prior to 1980 I became interested in the problem of economic decline, especially in New York City, and inflation. I met Howard S. Katz, who interested me in the gold standard around 1979. I lost interest in inflation issues after Reagan's election in 1980. I didn't pay attention because I assumed that the Fed had changed to a monetarist position and so was controlling inflation. Then I learned that "supply side" economics was really just Keynesian economics coupled with tax cutting and the pretense of free market rhetoric (while expanding government you tell everyone you're for small government and it's inevitable and that you can't stop government's growth because of the Democrats, even when the Democrats are a minority). Then I learned that Greenspan was increasing the money supply at better than 8 percent a year over many years. Then I learned that foreigners were monetizing US debt for us, facilitating an extra six or seven years of monetary expansion from 2001-8 but creating the risk of hyper-inflation if the foreigners panic. Then I learned that George W. Bush believes in government. Then I learned that President Bush appointed a Fed chairman who believed that dollars should be spread from a helicopter. Then I learned about the bail out. Then I learned that the Fed increased the money supply by 35% in August and September. I don't have to head for the hills. I already live in the hills, and I have re-habbed my house in the hills!

Jim Crum writes:

This is going to get interesting- fast.

I know our business is feeling it. I have many friends in the trades and that work is coming to a grinding halt in many areas. I am not a fearful man. Yet the signs are very ominous, and it might be too late to bring things under control. To that end, I am of the opinion that things may really deteriorate quickly. Such a surge in cash and a slowing in economic output could lead to really aggressive inflation while wages drop- 1970’s stagflation all over again.

I cannot say, using polite language, how upsetting this is. The rank in competency of those in charge (Congress & Fed) is just short of criminal. With nothing to hold them in check, the last thirty years have been setting us up for a tremendous fall.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fox News and Ideological Bias

There are at least three distinct movements within what is called the "conservative" movement, Progressive, libertarian and Straussian. The first, Progressive, is probably the majority of the professional Republicans and has dominated the presidential races since 1904, with a few exceptions. Where presidential rhetoric has deviated from Progressivism, as in the case of President Ronald Reagan, the substance has not. Progressivism is the idea that the state needs to guide the economy and that big government is necessary to provide economic "services", expand the money supply and counteract the evils of big business. The management of government is to be placed in the hands of experts, or an elite, who, as John Dewey argued, can paint artistic images for mass consumption. The second conservative view, that of libertarian conservatism, is opposed to Progressivism. Republican Progressives tend to be in favor of existing business whereas libertarian conservatives believe that neutrality toward existing business is most beneficial because future entrepreneurs are often at odds with large, existing firms. Progressives do not see the possibility of entrepreneurship competing with existing large firms and so aim to subsidize them. The Progressives include the followers of Leo Strauss, who for practical purposes advocated policies that fit the Whig tradition.

The Republican Whig/Progressive/Straussian position is distinguishable from the views of the Democratic Party in some ways. For example, the Democratic Party says it aims to benefit the poor and working class, but actually benefits the rich. The Republican Progressives simply say that they aim to benefit the rich, with benefits to the poor "trickling down". Both Progressive Republicans who dominate the Republican Party and the Democrats favor big government and the Federal Reserve Bank, and both parties have overseen declining real hourly wages among the average American, which is due to inflationary Fed policies and support to incompetently run large businesses that would not survive on their own, without monetary support. The recent bailout is but one more piece of evidence in this decades-long tragic bamboozling of the American public.

Cliff Kincaid writes a fine article in canadafreepress.com entitled "The Rise and Fall of Fox News". Kincaid points out that:

"The coverage of the financial crisis has been helpful in demonstrating that many of the “conservatives” in the media are not so conservative after all. When the going gets tough, they are quick to abandon their principles. Several commentators on the Fox News Channel joined Senators Barack Obama and John McCain and most congressional Democrats in supporting the socialist-style bailout scheme...Exhibit number one is Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, who declared on “Special Report with Brit Hume” on Fox News on October 2 that conservatives in the House of Representatives opposing the plan were crazy, nuts, and idiots."

Fred Barnes and the Weekly Standard are economic illiterates whose opinions on bailouts, the Fed and the economy are of little intellectual importance because they literally reflect sophistry. The Sophists, you will recall, were paid teachers in Athens. Athenians discounted their opinions because they were not philosophers, thinkers who thought for love of wisdom rather than money. Barnes and the Weekly Standard are linked economically to the interests of the American Enterprise Institute and the beneficiaries of the bailout, and therefore should not be taken seriously.

This is not to say that Barnes is not a conservative. He is a conservative in the Whig tradition of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln and the early twentieth century Progressives and socialists like Republican and then Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt. This view is inconsistent with Jacksonian liberalism, which has an increasingly ramshackle home in the Republican Party.

With Progressives like Barnes and John McCain dominating the Republican Party, and the big government legacy of George W. Bush and, for that matter, his dad and Ronald Reagan as well, it is increasingly questionable whether the Republicans offer a viable home to Jacksonian liberals.

This will be troubling to the Republicans. As Kincaid points out:

"A new Rasmussen poll finds that 'The fact that most Americans still agree with Reagan helps explain the ongoing public resistance to the bailout bill currently working its way through Congress and the fear of many voters that the federal government will do too much rather than too little to deal with the current economic situation.'

Reagan, though, used the rhetoric of small government with the practice of big. The Republicans, believing that substance rather than rhetoric motivates the public, dispensed with the Reagan ideology. Instead, they would have been wiser to cause the substance to follow Reagan's rhetoric, but that would have conflicted with their corruption, the subsidies to their donors and the thinly veiled stupidity of opportunists like Barnes.

Unfortunately, the Democrats have seen fit to nominate an SDS-type radical, Barack Obama, making it difficult for me to do anything other than choose the lesser of two evils. However, I am not counting out the possibility of voting for Bob Barr. And I stopped watching Fox and their Straussian Progressive commentators long ago.

Pamela Geller/Atlas Shrugs Uncovers More Lying About Obama Birth Certificate

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs has found that the Annenberg Foundation website has modified the birth certificate it previously posted on its blog.

Geller writes:

Altering Obama's birth docs seems to be infectious eh? Liberal fascists will stop at nothing. The end justifies anything, anyway, anyhow... Well check this out THE EXIF INFO HAS BEEN REMOVED BECAUSE ATLAS CAUGHT THESE SCOUNDRALS IN THEIR SKULDUGGERY. How long before Isikoff at Newsweak cribs this? (hat tip yid with lid)...It "appears" to be exactly the same, but it isn't. ALL THE EXIF INFO HAS BEEN REMOVED...When factcheck says the images haven't been edited in any way, they are lying.

John McCain Wins October 7 Debate

John McCain was the hands down winner of tonight's debate. One of the pundits on CBS, a Democratic Party propaganda outlet, said the debate was a tie, which was a convincing bit of evidence that McCain won. Moreover, only one of CBS's stacked panel of "undecideds" came out in favor of Obama. McCain's knowledge of foreign affairs is far superior to Obama's. McCain successfully painted Obama as a tax-and-spend Democrat. However, I do not think that either candidate is competent with respect to economics. We have two parties committed to failed Progressive policies that have caused declining real hourly wages through the Federal Reserve Bank's inflationary policies, policies that have recently been intensified. This will not change. With Obama, there will be more socialism and more economic decline. With McCain there will be the same, only less so.

Unfortunately, Senator McCain didn't raise any of the important questions about Barack Obama's mysterious background, illegal campaign contributions, voter fraud and related ethics issues. For instance, what occurred during his upbringing in Indonesia; whether he is eligible to be president given his dual citizenship; and why the Kenyan government has briefly arrested anti-Obama investigator, Jerome Corsi, before releasing him.

Mairi's Update on Berg Case and Jerome Crosi

I just received the following e-mail from Contrairimairi re the Berg case:

>Dear Mitchell,
T. B. Bradley has now filed a request for a Writ of Mandamus in the Berg Case.
As of today, she and Berg are requesting in PA, through her court documents filed in Georgia, that the two cases be joined in Pennsylvania.
Her case is filed very closely to his, with many of the same claims, but she has requested the Court allow her filings as "Jane Doe" to be representative of the "American Voter", and also to "protect" her.
In her filings, she is listing her address as a Post Office Box in Georgia.
I don't know if you have read any of the court documents, but I will be flabbergasted if the Judge does not rule on their behalf, and VERY soon.
The recent problems with Jerome Corsi being detained and apparently "deported" in Kenya, for attempting to obtain more info about BO's involvement with Raila Odinga, the signed contract with radical islamists to try to guarantee Raila's election, and BO's subsequent campaigning and support of Raila, his "cousin", should help SEAL his "dual allegiances" problems. I am just not sure how he can defend himself when he knowingly and willingly campaigned on behalf of Raila who was clearly a threat to the U. S. if he had been elected. And who also represented a threat to the American ideal of democracy in his support of initiating shariah law upon his election. Thank HEAVEN the Founding Father's were such GENIUSES! They must have seen BO coming even then.
This case appears to really be "heating up" as T. B. Bradley has also demanded in her filings.....BO's immediate removal from the Senate, and/or an immediate Senate impeachment process.
YAY!
Mairi

Steve London, PSC Demonstrates For Obama

Steve London, Vice President of the Professional Staff Congress (the union of the City University of New York's faculty), has sent around an e-mail that came to my private e-mail and NOT my college e-mail announcing a demonstration in favor of Barack Obama.

Two points. First, the e-mail DID NOT go to my Brooklyn College e-mail, which suggests that some of the complaints David Seidemann, others and I have made may have had some effect. Previously, the PSC used the CUNY e-mail to announce their political activities. which is a breach of Internal Revenue Code rules concerning not-for-profit organizations. Second, this is an example of the "soft" political activities about which Professor Seidemann has complained in his law suit against the PSC claiming their failure to fully reimburse faculty who dissent, as the law requires.

Steve London writes:

VOLUNTEER FOR PSC-SPONSORED OBAMA CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES NOW!

The American Federation of Teachers, our national affiliate, has endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket. The PSC has been mounting a union member-to-member outreach operation in “swing” states and hundreds of PSC members have already participated. The election is close in a number of states and we have a lot of work to do to reach union members in these states. So, we are going to keep our phone banks going right up to election day.

We need more volunteers to staff phones and go on PSC buses to Pennsylvania.

If you have already volunteered, thank you for participating in the PSC’s Obama campaign activities. Please consider doing more. If you haven’t volunteered, now is the time to join the effort to make a difference in this election...

Sukumar Sikdar's Letter to Tom Brokaw Concerning the Candidates' Past

Dr. Sukumar Sikdar has written a letter to Tom Brokaw and e-mailed it to a group of media outlets. I have sent a follow-up e-mail to the same outlets. First, I list the outlets, then the follow-up letter, then Dr. Sikdar's original letter.

Recipients:

letters@msnbc.com ; Today@NBCUNI.com ; Nightly@NBC.com ; Dateline@NBCUNI.com ; foxaroundtheworld@foxnews.com ; TechNews@MSNBC.com ; multimedia@msnbc.com ; yourcomments@foxnews.com ; Atlarge@foxnews.com ; ontherecord@foxnews.com ; oreilly@foxnews.com ; hannity@foxnews.com ; colmes@foxnews.com ; studiob@foxnews.com ; special@foxnews.com ; kewing@hkis.edu.hk ; ann.banker@FOXNEWS.COM ; brigette.boyle@foxnews.com ; wsj.ltrs@wsj.com ; a.murray@wsj.com ; a.latour@wsj.com ; d.pettit@wsj.com ; darren.mcdermott@wsj.com ; k.delaney@dowjones.com ; accuracy@usatoday.com ; editor@usatoday.com

My e-mail:

>Mr. Tom Brokaw
NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

PO Box 130
West Shokan, New York 12494
http://www.mitchell-langbert.blogspot.com

Dear Mr. Brokaw:

I concur with Dr. Sukumar Sikdar's suggestion that you ask questions concerning the two candidates' past on Tuesday's debate. Dr. Sikdar writes:

"There are too many gaps regarding the early (30/47 = 63%) life of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr."

Dr. Sikdar raises a range of questions concerning the candidates, especially Barack Obama, but the same questions ought to be posed to John McCain concerning his early life as the child of a military officer, which the New York Times considers to be objectionable.

I would suggest to you that your and the media's blackout of questions about the candidates' past is unsconscionable, and as a Ph.D.-trained academic and a libertarian conservative, I have long since stopped watching your and any other television station and, as well, stopped reading newspapers and magazines. Without a competent news source, and there is virtually none in the United States, American democracy has ground to a halt.

Sincerely,


Mitchell Langbert, Ph.D.

Dr. Sikdar's e-mail:

----- Original Message -----

From: Dr. Sukumar Sikdar

Mr. Tom Brokaw

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

Dear Mr. Brokaw:

To differentiate between the two presidential candidates, I was comparing them using “two axioms” taking them as proven / written below:

1. A person’s innate survival core is totally formed before age 7-9. It means that how and if a person survives the 1st few (7-9) years of life – the core autopilot of person’s life is preset.

2. A person’s intrinsic character is formed before age 27-30. That means all deeds and actions in later life by that person are seeded in events within that earlier part of life.

I was searching for those data and answers from public / internet information. There are too many gaps regarding the early (30/47 = 63%) life of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. I hope you agree that the questions below are appropriate. Kindly gather the answer to these questions by your questions and prodding during the upcoming presidential debate.

Here are the queries or questions or blanks to fill:

Senator Obama was born out of a premarital alliance between a White Christian Mother and a Black Foreign Muslim Father and that union was legitimized by a Muslim ritual marriage without proper civil records. He was born as a Muslim by religion and US Citizen by birth on US Soil. His birth parents separated by Muslim “Talak (instant divorce)” and his Mother married 2nd time to another Foreign Muslim Step Father from Indonesia (the country with largest Muslim Population). Child Barack Hussein Obama Jr. at age 5/6 went to Indonesia as a Muslim Stepson of a Muslin Stepfather to live in a Muslim Country. At age 10/11, adolescent Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was sent back to US to his white Christian Grandparents while his Mother and Stepfather stayed back in Indonesia. His mother visited USA for a short while and then returned to INDONESIA. Here are some missing data or relevant questions:
When he traveled to Indonesia – did he travel with his own Passport or in Mother’s Passport or in Step Father’s Passport or in several different Passports? What nationalities were used in those Passports? Does he have any recollection?
When he was in INDONESIA – did his Kenyan Muslim birth father visit with his Indonesian Muslim Stepfather and did they both jointly take him see any Special Muslim Mullah? Was he circumcised according to special Muslim Rites? Does he have any recollection?
While in INDONESIA – was he given any special Muslim Amulet or Charms? Does he know the meaning of the phrase “al-qada wa al-qadar”? Did he learn anything about Islamic Predestination? What was he told about his own life’s Predestination? Does he have any recollection?
When his Kenyan Muslim birth father visited him in USA in 1970s – what specific gifts, beads and books he gave him? Does he have any recollection?
Does he remember that he was determined by a Prophetic few in INDONESIA that he was the ultimate “Qurbani” chosen by Allah?
Has he been able to quit smoking and / or nicotine? If not, why not and what is the specific fear which forces him back to that specific slow suicidal coping aide?
As “The President of USA” is truly the person with the Highest Level of Security Clearance, is he willing to take a polygraph, under truth serum injection, answering the above questions privately, just like an ordinary Citizen applying for a very high level Security Cleared job?
Between 1979 and 1991, Barack Hussein Obama Jr. traveled outside of USA and visited with friends in selected places and cities. Here are some missing data or relevant questions:
What were the travel dates, durations, purpose and destinations?
Where (which cities and mosques) and with whom, which families did he spend his time during those visits?
What and how many passports did he travel with over those 12 years? Are those passports available for scrutiny?
How those travels were financed?
We Citizens seek more factual details on the college years of Barack Hussein Obama Jr. – both at Columbia and Harvard Universities. Here are some missing data or relevant questions:
May we get to see his University applications, essays and recommendations for both Universities? How and who all helped him in his admission process and why?
May we get copies of his Transcripts and Thesis completed at both locations? May we get the details of his “room mates and close buddies” in those two universities?
May we get some clue as to how his living and school expenses from 1970 to 1991 was met / financed? We need to know his support Money Trail of those 21 years.
We Citizens are highly suspicious about the Character, Judgment and possible Covert Foreign Association of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. We ought to ask:
Is he willing to “testify under oath” if he is asked about the circumstances or Iranian / Arabic connections which led to his arranged marriage with Michelle LaVaughn Robinson?
Is he willing to “testify under oath” if he is asked about how and why he sought out specific persons like William Ayers, Valerie Jarrett, George Soros, Reverend Jeremiah Wright and such others and was there a long term goal-seeking strategy directed by powerful people from Foreign Countries such as Middle East, Pakistan and Indonesia?
Is he willing to “testify under oath” about the circumstances, reasons, actions and his knowledge and feelings around the three major, untimely, grieving, very tragic events in his life – deaths of his (a) Black Muslim birth father from Kenya, (b) Muslim Stepfather from Indonesia and (c) white Christian Mother from USA?

In spite of some initial attention and attraction, I am personally very perplexed and extremely concerned about the future of USA with Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. as a Candidate.

I am an elderly person. I wish to live a simple life without publicity or attention; also I do not want to attract personal dangers to myself or to my family. Requesting all Journalists, Editors, Producers, Reporters and Recipients, to kindly keep me as anonymous, though I have provided you with my name and email to indicate that I am real and how very concerned I am as an ordinary Citizen.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sukumar Sikdar

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mairi Protests ACORN to Sally Lasota

Mairi writes:

>I just sent an e-mail to the "Sally Lasota" in the press releases from Indiana. She is apparently trying to investigate illegal voter registrations by ACORN in her county.

It dawned on me, Illinois is the "home of dirty politics and politicians". WHY would I EVER think Dan White would respond to an honest request? Maybe, we should start a campaign to request Board of Election Commissioners in "friendly" States to look into eligibility in those States instead? I am not sure others in those States have come on board, so why trust it. Shouldn't be too hard to start writing to the Election Boards in other States from our own.

I am going to try.

"Dear Ms. Lasota,

There is information online that you are working to eliminate fraudulent voter registration, and I am HOPING you can answer a question for me....well, actually, maybe a couple if you don't mind.

First, what criteria do you use to verify eligibility of a candidate to be on the ballot?

You may or may not be aware, that a lawsuit has been filed in PA regarding Barack Obama's eligibility to run for POTUS. I DO believe he is an Indonesian citizen, and has committed an act, by using his Indonesian passport, which negates any claim he may ever have had to U.S. citizenship. I will send you two sites, and I hope you will look at them.

http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/obama-is-indonesian/
At Obama's "factcheck.org" site, he admits to having had Kenyan citizenship.

That citizenship alone disqualifies him from being POTUS. Article II strictly forbids anyone ever having dual citizenship from the office. But the link I sent is FAR more frightening. Mr. Obama refuses to produce certification of an "Oath of Allegiance" to the U.S. after accepting his Indonesian citizenship in 1981 by using a passport issued by that country. Also, Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship with the U.S., so Barack's American citizenship was in FACT lost when Lolo Soetoro adopted him.

http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/pennsylvania/paedce/2:2008cv04083/281573/13/

This site will show you the lawsuit filed by Phil Berg, Esq. in PA. All trust in the election process is fast fading in this election. We have just watched this Country nearly be taken to it's knees by Wall St., and many of us in "fly-over" country are TRYING to make sure this election adheres to laws defined clearly in the Constitution. I have written THREE times to Dan White, Exec. Dir. IL Brd. of Elections, but to no avail! I am PRAYING you will be able to help us!

If it is not too big a problem, could you send me an answer? I would GREATLY appreciate hearing what you have to say.

Sincerely,