FEDS OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO OBAMA CAMPAIGN MONEY

11/30/12
Election camp accused of stuffing war chest with illegal donations.
Federal investigators confirmed an investigation has been opened into allegations that Barack Obama’s re-election campaign stuffed its war chest with illegal donations.
The complaint sent to the FEC in Washington cited the Obama for America campaign and treasurer Martin H. Nesbitt. The complaint alleged the Obama campaign systematically violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 as well as the regulations of the FEC, specifically by “soliciting, processing, accepting and confirming contributions from foreign nationals and non-U.S. citizens” in contravention of federal law.
The complaint argues it is unlawful for a foreign national to directly or indirectly make a contribution of money or to promise a contribution of money in connection with a federal, state or local election.
It also is illegal for a person to accept or receive such a contribution.

The Obama campaign has repeatedly and willfully ignored the law in order to amass a vast campaign war chest, primarily of non-disclosed donors,” the complaint states. “Reports have increasingly noted evidence of the Obama campaign’s unwillingness and continued failure to install the safeguards used by other campaigns, such as the Romney for President campaign, as well as to utilize industry standard protections against illegal contributions.”
It was documented that “Osama bin Laden” used a Pakistani proxy server to run a grassroots fundraising page titled “Fatwa: Foreign Donations” on Obama’s campaign website, which openly sought foreign donations.
“Bin Laden’s” foreign donors page was not removed by the Obama campaign after a WND report prior to the election exposed how the same “bin Laden” account had successfully donated twice to Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The test was also in response to a nonprofit group’s report alleging Obama’s campaign had solicited foreigners for political donations through its social media websites.
The complaint said, “there have been increasing published reports of individuals making contributions to the Obama campaign using foreign names and/or addresses, foreign IP addresses and many other serious breaches of security that would have prevented such contributions. ”
The reports have been cited in RedState.com, the Washington Examiner and other publications.
For example, a $15 donoation came from Osama bin Laden of 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, Calif. His occupation was listed as deceased terror chief and his employer was al-Qaida.
“The contribution from this source, with this information, to the Obama campaign was accepted and the disposable credit card was charged the amount of $15.00,” the complaint explains. “We then conducted the same transaction with the Romney for President campaign. The attempted contribution was rejected immediately.”
The Obama donation system was set “to accept all credit card contributions, regardless of source or other information.”
“From WND.com’s own investigative and reporting experience in 2008, we established that Palestinians in Gaza successfully donated to the 2008 Obama campaign. a forensic audit of the Obama campaign’s fundraising by a government agency or an independent auditor, there is no way to know the extent of the funds raised illegally by the Obama campaign, including from non-US citizens. ”
He noted the Obama campaign refuses to release the names of donors who give less than $200, the threshold for required disclosure.

Sources-wnd- redstate, Washington examiner

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ANOTHER SUPREME COURT CHALLENGE TO OBAMACARE

11/29/12
The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals court to review Liberty University’s claim that Congress violated the Christian school’s religious freedoms by forcing it to provide federally mandated insurance and requiring payment for abortion-related services. “But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience,” he said.
The case on behalf of the university and Michele Waddell and JoAnne Merrill asked the Supreme Court to reverse an order from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied a petition for review. “Specifically, petitioners request that this court enter an order granting, vacating and remanding the petition because the Fourth Circuit’s determination that the Anti-Injunction Act deprived it of subject matter jurisdiction was overruled by this court in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius.”
Specifically at issue are the demands that employers pay for government-listed health care coverages, including abortifacients and other services that Christians and others cannot accept because of their religious beliefs.
The constitutional issue is the First Amendment’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause and the question of whether the government can order citizens to violate their faith. Also at issue is the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“Respondents do not oppose petitioners’ request that the (Supreme) court reconsider its order denying review in this case, grant the petition for a writ of certiorari, vacate the court of appeals’ decision, and remand for further consideration. “As relevant here, they contended that the minimum coverage and employer responsibility provisions were beyond Congress’s Article I powers to enact and also that those provisions violate the First Amendment’s religion clauses and the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.”
Government attorneys in the brief said the Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Businesses, which called Obamacare constitutional, “held that the Anti-Injunction Act does not bar a pre-enforcement challenge to the minimum coverage provision.” “The court of appeals incorrectly held that the Anti-Injunction Act bars petitioners’ challenges to the minimum coverage provision,” the government wrote. “Because of that jurisdictional holding, the court of appeals did not address any of petitioners’ challenges to that provision on the merits. “In seeking rehearing … petitioners observe that the court of appeals’ jurisdictional holding also prevented that court from considering on the merits their claims based on the First and Fifth Amendments.
While the Obama administration insists there is no taxpayer funding of abortion in the laws, Staver pinpoints why he believes that position is patently false.
“It funds it in two ways,” said Staver. “First all, for the individual, for the first time in history, it requires each individual to pay a particular fee and that goes directly into an abortion fund and that fund funds abortion. This fee doesn’t go into a general fund, some of which funds other surgeries or medical treatment, some of which might fund abortion. No, this goes into a specific fund that funds abortion. (It’s the) very first time in history you can trace the dollar to the actual abortion.” Staver said the provision forces individuals and business leaders to subsidize something they vehemently oppose.
“It requires religious employers, and other employers but certainly religious employers to also fund abortion as well,” Several other individual lawsuits are pending on behalf of Christian company owners who say the orders require them to violate their religious faith. Already, three different federal judges have decided to issue injunctions preventing enforcement of the mandate against the companies in those cases until a resolution is reached.
Sources—wnd, bob unruh, mat staver

WOULD OUR GOVERNMENT LIE ABOUT THE ECONOMY

11/29/12
Amazing financial fairy tales we’re told daily.
Their reporting on politics and culture – which is to say, biased, inaccurate and misleading, sometimes intentionally so.
In fact, a great deal of what passes for “objective reporting” on the economy is little more than “laundered” press releases from the government (and other power players like the Federal Reserve) whose credibility depends on continually deceiving the public. So, what are the government, the Fed and their media cheerleaders hiding?
Let’s begin with the unemployment rate. A month before Election Day, the government’s official unemployment rate, after close to four years above 8 percent, surprised everyone by magically breaking through the psychological 8 percent floor with a September “jobless rate” of 7.8 percent. As proof the president’s controversial spending and regulatory policies were indeed working to heal a troubled economy. High-profile skepticism was immediate. Jack Welch, former chairman of General Electric, suggested fudged data: “Unbelievable jobs numbers. The numbers don’t square with what’s going on with the economy,” states Trump, Welch and Langone.
It’s easy to forget that all these numbers are just a fairy tale created by the government and promoted by the elite media. Ron Paul “has long argued that the unemployment figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are inaccurate and that the country has actually been in a depression for the past decade.” But if you take … the number of people employed, 132 million people, it’s the same number that was employed in the year 2000. There have been no new jobs produced.”
And how does the government arrive at only 8 percent unemployment? Easy, just leave out lots of unemployed people from the calculations. Let’s break it down. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In September, 2.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force.” … they were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.” In case you missed that: The government is openly admitting that 2.5 million unemployed Americans were not counted as officially “unemployed.”
That’s just for starters. The government’s “official” unemployment stats also don’t include part-time workers who want and need full-time work. As the PolicyMic.com blog summarized, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 7.8 percent figure “does not include unemployed members of the workforce who are not actively looking for work; nor does it factor in workers with part-time jobs who are seeking full-time employment. When these workers are included, the (U-6) un/underemployment rate for September remained at 14.7 percent as it had been in August.” In an article titled “The Real Unemployment Rate,” Fox Business News analyst Elizabeth MacDonald does the math and arrives at virtually the same number: 14.5 percent unemployment.
And Mortimer Zuckerman, U.S. News & World Report’s editor in chief, writes: “Given that the median period of unemployment is now in the range of five months, vast numbers who want to work are just not counted. If we include, as we should, people who have applied for a job in the last 12 months, and those employed part time who want full-time work, the real unemployment number is closer to 15 percent.” In short, America’s actual unemployment rate is almost double the “official” fairy-tale number.
“Everyday prices are up some 8 percent over the past year, according to the American Institute for Economic Research.” The not-for-profit research group measures inflation, not by the academic theories preferred by government economists, but by focusing on Americans’ daily purchases of food, gasoline, prescription drugs, phone service, television programming and all the other things most people actually buy on a regular basis.
The group’s index measures the real-world impact of price increases, most people are astonished to learn the government excludes from its “cost of living” calculations food and gasoline. Bloomberg Television commentator and equities analyst Barry Ritholtz humorously sums up the government’s game: “If you take everything out of the CPI basket that’s going up in price, sure, you have no inflation!” To keep the “official” inflation rate as low as possible, the government has actually redefined the way it calculates inflation at least twice in recent decades.
“In 30 years as a private consulting economist,” said Williams, “I have noted a growing gap between government reporting of inflation, as measured by the consumer price index, and the perceptions of inflation held by the general public. It has been my experience that the general public believes inflation is running well above official reporting, and that the public’s perceptions tend to mirror the inflation experience that once was reflected in the government’s CPI reporting.”
“Primarily is due to changes made over decades as to how the CPI is calculated and defined by the government. Specifically, changes made to the definition of CPI methodologies in recent decades have reflected theoretical constructs offered by academia that have little relevance to the real-world use of the CPI by the general public. Importantly, these changes generally are not understood by the public.” Putting it even more candidly, Williams said, “the reporting system increasingly succumbed to pressures from miscreant politicians, who were and are intent upon stealing income from Social Security recipients without ever taking the issue of reduced entitlement payments before the public or Congress for approval.”
Sources—wnd, whistleblower, david kupelian, ron paul, wash post, bls, barry ritholtz, john williams

FINANICAL NEWS FROM SATURDAY 11/24/12—FOX NEWS

The union protests SEIU and the unions hired many of the protesters. They were bused in for the protest. However they never discussed Hostess. Non-right to work states the unemployment rates are higher than right to work states. The unions in Europe are also having troubles getting and holding members.
Egypt is out of control—is the obama plan working? From 12/2007 to 10/2012 government job loses were 365k while private sector was 3.9 million. 19% of college students consider moving out of the USA after graduation. 73% because they feel there are better prospect somewhere else. 63% say the American dream is dead.

In a survey of the American people 56% say fiscal cliff will effect their spending. Politicians waiting until the last minute on the budgets and cuts to scare the people so they can increase spending. Buffet doesn’t care if taxes go up. 1.5T in profits are are sitting off shore due to our tax rates. Obamcare in 2013, will be a form of Big Brother who will decide what you eat. But ‘weed’ is ok?
7/15/10—Obama there will be no longer taxpayer funded bailouts period, for wall street mistakes. The FHA is broke look for a $93 billion bailout form the government (read above). The Dow down 8.2%, the nasq is down 41.2% and S&P is down 10% from there all times highs.

DHS website welcome to the USA.com tell immigrants how to get free stuff, medical care, food stamps, social security, supplements, SSI and other entitlements. Also the people already here can use it. The government average handouts 20 years ago was 3900, today its more like 6600—70% by 2013 an individual will get 710.00 month and a couple will get 1066. college salaries are surging especially the football coaches getting a 44% increase in some colleges, while the hated CEO average has been 25%. Climate change fees on carbon in the works and you will some have to have a carbon permit.

Unions are striking the docks in Oakland were 6% of the freight from overseas is unloaded. But there seems to be no concern how this is effecting those out of work. Shopping for surgeries is becoming more common to lower the lost of an operation—some companies paying for travel to get lower cost operations—Kroger and Wal-Mart are two that were mentioned. US hospital cost are like the government they are not transparent. Spain offering citizenship if you buy a house there. Would it work here?

Fox news—Saturday morning financial shows

A VIEW OF WASHINGTON D.C. AND THE SMITHSONIANS THROUGH THE EYES OF A 14 YEAR OLD.

When one of our grandchildren, graduate from the eight grade, makes their confirmation in the church and as a birthday present we take them on a trip of their choosing.
Mind you this is my grandson who plays baseball and football so I just knew we were on the way to the baseball or football hall of fame.
Wrong! He picks Washington DC and in particular the Smithsonian’s.

As we arrive in the DC area we are greeted by what we called the “rolling parking lot” of DC or better known as the freeways. Thank God we were going to use the Metro systems.
Welcome the Metro—crowded, busy, escalators in many stations not working, cars and stations dirtier than the last time there. However the people were helpful and friendly as they can spot a “visitor”, and tell you’re lost! Drew had first hand experience with this as he was trying to be polite with people 10 rolls deep to get on the car, and he was left at the station, thank God for one of those friendly and helpful people as they let us use their phone to contact him. He was on the next train and all he did was laugh when we saw him. He said he wasn’t afraid but who really knows?

Before going into DC proper we stopped to visit the home of President James Madison, at Montpelier. I could tell Drew wasn’t impressed, as it appeared to be just a big empty house. But, as he looked out over the countryside he decided he wanted to see a civil war battlefield. So we visited Chancellors Ville—watching this 14 year old read the numbers killed in just a day did hit home with him as he couldn’t understand how this could have happened with the weapons they used. From there we proceeded to Arlington Cemetery. Being there before I positioned him right in front of where the changing of the guard takes place and the “inspection”. He was silent and I feel this really had an impact on him, the silence, the uniform being spotless and the same for the weapon, the sternness of his commanding officer doing this inspection. The eerie complete silence as they match off their 21 steps. We showed him Audrey Murphy’s grave but he didn’t know anything about him. Off to the Iwo Jima memorial and this was his first reaction. He could not get over the detail and the faces of the men pulling up the flag their expression and the strength they displayed. The Pentagon was next and we showed him where the plane struck the building,
The next day was a tour of the Capitol and a visit to Senator Blunts office. We were given a tour of the Capital and were able to see the House Chamber. We were invited back the next day for Missouri Mornings in Blunts office. . He meets with the people from Missouri, you are served donuts and drinks and a picture is taken with the Senator.
We also were privileged to be able to go into the Senate while in session and listen to Mr. Liberman speak
The busy day—the Washington Monument, Jefferson memorial, FDR memorial, Martin Luther King memorial, Korean, WW 2, and the Viet Nam Wall memorials and of course the Lincoln Memorial. Here again I noticed that Drew was drawn to the Vietnam wall and all the names of it. He was amazed that, that many had been killed. The Korean memorial also impacted him because the expressions of the faces of the men and their condition. Disappointed that we could not go up into the Washington Monument Drew thought it was neat how you could see the Lincoln memorial, the Capital, the White House and WW2 memorials from that one spot. He couldn’t get over how tall it was and the construction of it.
Time for the White House tour. You are now staged further from the White House than before. Drew really liked the different colored rooms and what special occasions were held in each. He did get to pet the Presidents dog and we got to see his handler. We didn’t get to pick anything from the garden however. Drew was impressed with the security at the White House the different stages you went through.
Finally the Smithsonian’s—Air museum at Dulles, the Air museum on the mall, and National History. Drew got to see everything from a dinosaur to the first plane that flew to the Discovery Shuttle. The Shuttle was amazing and the story on the titles is remarkable. We also got to see a group of WW2 veterans at Dulles and Drew and I got to talk to one of them. He was on Iwo Jima and all he would say is you can’t believe how bad it was.
Another important day for us was when we were able to sit in the Supreme Court just days before the Obamacare decision came down. The National Archives was interesting to Drew being able to see the actual documents, which our founding father wrote.

Was it a trip of a lifetime for Drew only as he matures will we know the answer to that? He was highly impressed with all of the war memorials and the detail given to them. I know his grandmother and I both enjoyed our time with him. What he actually took away from the experience also will remain to be seen.

JUDGE RULES COMPANIES HAVE 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

11/26/12

A federal judge in Michigan has become the second in the nation to say he would halt the federal government’s enforcement of the Obamacare mandate that employers pay for abortifacients regardless of their religious views. The case was brought against the federal government by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Legatus, a coalition of Catholic business owners, Daniel Weingartz and his company, Weingartz Supply. The judge’s decision means the federal government will not be allowed to enforce its abortion mandate against the company until the lawsuit is resolved. Judge John J. Kane of Colorado granted Hercules Co. owners Andy Newland and other family members a similar order preventing enforcement of the mandate against the family-owned company. The “mandate” is a set of regulations adopted by Barack Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services, run by the emphatically pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius, that forces employers, regardless of religious faith, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under threat of financial penalties.
The case was brought over the provisions of the Obamacare law that demand Americans buy products from insurance companies or face government penalties of thousands of dollars. It was filed against Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and others. The judge said the injunction would not apply to Legatus since, as a nonprofit, the rules applying to that group of organizations was not yet final.
Cleland specifically rejected arguments from the government that the company is secular and has no right to exercise a religious perspective, regardless of what the owner believes. Citing the Citizens United case. He noted that previous rulings have held a corporation “is an extension of the beliefs of [its owners], and for all purposes, the beliefs of [its owners] are the beliefs and tenets of the [corporation].” He said the company has an independent First Amendment right to free exercise of religion, a point that Obama’s lawyers had argued against. Department of Justice attorneys specifically argued the challenge “rests largely on the theory that a self-described secular corporation established to sell outdoor power equipment can claim to exercise religion and thereby avoid the reach of laws designed to regulate commercial activity.”
“It would also cripple the government’s ability to solve national problems through laws of general application.” They said the goals of the government – “improving the health of women and children and equalizing the playing field for women and men” – is so important that even if the regulations are a burden on religious rights, the court should affirm them.
“The government may substantially burden the exercise of religion if it ‘(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest,’” they said. They argued that whatever the religious beliefs of the owners, the fact that the company is set up as a corporation means the government can order it to do anything the government wants, irrespective of the owner’s beliefs.
They said the requirement for companies to have their health care plans provide abortifacients has nothing to do with the owner of the company or his religious beliefs. “By their terms, the regulations apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers. Mr. Weingartz is neither. The regulations do not impose any obligations on individuals.”
“Increased access to contraceptive services is a key part of these predicted health outcomes, as a lack of contraceptive use has proven to have negative health consequences for both women and a developing fetus,” the federal attorneys explained. They did not argue that there would be no damage to the company or its owner but said it simply doesn’t matter.
“Any potential harm to plaintiffs resulting from their desire not to provide contraceptive coverage is thus outweighed by the significant harm an injunction would cause to the public,”
The Bible publisher is not religious for the purposes of being a religious employer.Tyndale House is one of the world’s largest privately held Christian publishers of books and Bibles. But Obamacare demands it purchase the abortion services because it is classified as “categorically non-religious.” That’s even though it is owned by the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, through which profits are funneled to be donated to various charities.
“To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is patently absurd. Tyndale House is a prime example of how ridiculous and arbitrary the Obama administration’s mandate is. Americans today clearly agree with America’s founders: the federal government’s bureaucrats are not qualified to decide what faith is, who the faithful are, and where and how that faith may be lived out.” The department has filed an appeal to force the Newland family of Denver, which owns Hercules Industries, to violate their beliefs in the operation of their company, in a case also handled by the ADF.
A trial judge ordered that the mandate could not be enforced immediately against the family that owns Hercules. “In filing its appeal today, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to earn a living. That’s the opposite of religious freedom.”
But it was Obama who said his “Christian faith” has guided his presidency, and, “In a changing world my commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering.”
ADF attorneys have clients in other cases challenging the mandate, including Indiana’s Grace College, California’s Biola University, Louisiana College and Pennsylvania’s Geneva College and the Seneca Hardwood Co. Other lawsuits have been filed by Wheaton College in Illinois, Catholic University of America, University of Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of New York and the Catholic University of America. Larry Cirignano, president of Faithful Catholic Citizens: “Give up your religion or go bankrupt. This is not a mandate; it is an ultimatum. Buy insurance and kill babies or go bankrupt fighting us.
When family owned small businesses were forced to abandon their religious beliefs to provide products and services for free. The HHS mandate imposed on the American people is the beginning of the end of freedom as America has known it and loved it.
The government has told them – either comply with this mandate in violation of your faith and do what we tell you, or you will pay crippling faith fines to the federal government. With the stroke of a pen, the Obama administration has shredded the First Amendment and the Constitution right before our eyes.”
Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute: “The Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty is taking root … Failure to comply with the mandate will result in penalties that could cost business millions of dollars. The administration clearly did not reach a much-vaunted ‘accommodation’ with business owners who strongly oppose the mandate and believe it is a clear violation of their constitutional protection of religious liberty. The Obama administration clearly believes the government is supreme and that individuals and businesses must bow to its dictates or suffer severe consequences.
Thomas Jefferson, ‘All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.’ To force religious groups to deny their deeply held convictions is not called balance; it is called tyranny.”
Who will keep government panels from effectively denying physicians and patients choice about what are the most effective and appropriate medicines, surgeries and treatments. This path sets a dangerous and foolish precedent that First Amendments rights such as freedom of speech, association, freedom of the press and the rights to assemble and petition the government may be just as easily curtailed in the future.
Kristin Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America: “Today marks the beginning of the end of religious and conscience rights in America.

Sources—wnd, bob unruh, those quotes above

HOBBY LOBBY HAS NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

11/26/12
A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
At a hearing earlier this month, a government lawyer said the drugs do not cause abortions and that the U.S. has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them. (SO WHAT DO THESE PILLS ACTUALLY DO FOR THE WOMEN—WHY DO THEY TAKE THEM?)
In his ruling denying Hobby Lobby’s, “Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations.” “Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.
“Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement.
The morning-after pill works by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In medical terms, pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it can reduce a woman’s chances of pregnancy by as much as 89 percent. Critics of contraception say it is the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. The lawsuit also alleges that certain kinds of intrauterine devices can destroy an embryo by preventing it from implanting in a woman’s uterus.
Hobby Lobby is the largest business to file a lawsuit against the mandate. 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance coverage. The company, which is self-insured, has said it will face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if it ignores the law.
Sources—gopusa, judge joe heaton