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Obama’s Enemy List – “Truth Team” Blacklisting Private Citizens

Barack Obama's Enemies List

Richard Nixon had his enemies list and his presidency went down in flames. Nixon averted impeachment proceedings because he chose to resign while his hapless successor, Gerald Ford, pardoned him under the guise that ” . . . the immediate future of this great country” concerns him most.

Burglaries, clandestine meetings, plumbers and an “enemies list” containing the names of James Reston, Jack Anderson, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Paul Newman to name just a few. There is also a “master list” that took some time to appear publicly.

However, in the world of the Internet and 24-hour news cycle it’s easy, if not practical, to name your enemies online. Maybe dumb but Barack Obama and his reelection regime think its important to do so.

“Names and Shames” of eight private citizens describing them as having “less-than-reputable records.”

In fact, the site goes so far as to say that “quite a few” of the donors have been “on the wrong side of the law” and that they have profited at “the expense of so many Americans.” …

In the week that special counsel to Nixon, Charles Colson passed away, Obama’s enemies list is brought to light. Mr. Colson would have fit in nicely in the Obama administration, initially managing Nixon’s contacts with special-interest groups, such as industry and nonprofit organizations. The Wall Street Journal in a front-page profile described the job as “doing favors for interest groups in return for getting favors from them.” Sound familiar?

Colson credited, now Liberal, John Dean, with having compiled the “White House enemies list.”

Fast forward to 2012 and you’ve decided to donate to the Mitt Romney campaign. You’re a private citizen, never held or sought public office but have a right to take part, legally, in the election process.

In the name of Barack Obama you are singled out, on the Internet, with claims you are “betting against America.”

Authored by “Obama for America” and emblazoned with the header “Truth Team”, the site “KeepingGOPHonest” is a compendium of quick hits against Mitt Romney and a view into the looking glass of the Obama campaign on how they will attack their opponents. Elected officials or not.

Thus far eight donors are singled out. What are their crimes? Who are they?

  • Paul Schorr and Sam and Jeffrey Fox, investors who the site outed for the crime of having “outsourced” jobs;
  • T. Martin Fiorentino is scored for his work for a firm that forecloses on homes;
  • Louis Bacon (a hedge-fund manager);
  • Kent Burton (a “lobbyist”);
  • Thomas O’Malley (an energy CEO) stand accused of profiting from oil;
  • Frank VanderSloot, the CEO of a home-products firm, is slimed as a “bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

Yes, wealthy individuals but private citizens having their names splashed across an Obama website, denouncing them, accusing them, ridiculing them for their beliefs, opinions or methods of doing business, none of which are illegal.

Theodore Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general, said:

“We don’t tolerate presidents or people of high power to do these things. When you have the power of the presidency—the power of the IRS, the INS, the Justice Department, the DEA, the SEC—what you have effectively done is put these guys’ names up on ‘Wanted’ posters in government offices.”

Previously Mr. Olson demanded that Obama stop targeting Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, which he represents. His demands have gone unheeded. None of these individuals have committed any crime unless you are of the belief that donating to Mitt Romney is one. Silly me, of course the Liberals, the Marxists in the Democrat Party believe crimes have been committed.

If you can stomach it listen to Obama speeches then listen to him repeatedly targeting and ridiculing oil companies, insurance businesses, Wall Street, the Supreme Court and US Chamber of Commerce.

And on the drawing board is an executive order which require companies to list political donations as a condition of bidding for government contracts. Those companies are given the choice of not donating to Republican candidates or lose their bids.

Under the guise of “disclosure” Obama and Democrats have repeatedly claimed corporations don’t have free speech rights but they are now making that claim for individuals not on board with Team Obama and his “truth” detection squad.

Politics ain’t beanbag but Barack Obama took an oath to uphold the US Constitution. Any US citizen has a right to take part in the democratic process without fear of reprisal from the federal government and the top office holder in the country.

This is simply one more indication why Barack Obama doesn’t deserve a second term in office. Not only won’t he uphold, defend and protect the Constitution, he ignores it and lied when taking his oath.

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Posted by Don Anastas - April 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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Society Gone Wild – Like This!

Sodom and Gomorrah Gone Viral

Sodom and Gomorrah Gone Viral

Secret Service agents playing loose and fast with prostitutes in Columbia. General Services Administration (GSA) officials living high off the taxpayers money in Las Vegas. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY) placing his Internet exploits online for the world to see.

I would ask just what are these people thinking about and don’t they believe they will get caught? Or don’t they care and has their arrogance gone so far people think it’s all about them and to bad what the rest of us think? Has society lost all humility and sense of decency?

My son was in Afghanistan and his “public” Facebook page went wild with his female “friends” engaging in a vulgar cat fight for everyone to see. I had to cancel or “unfriend” the linkup to clean up my personal Facebook page. Before that I posted a comment, identifying myself and telling the sluts to clean up their acts, and asked if they actually ate with their filthy mouths. That didn’t quiet them down and why should I expect it would? If people don’t have any self-respect are we to believe they would respect anyone else? This isn’t 1950s America. Ward Cleaver has been replaced with Dog the Bounty Hunter, reality TV and a host of other “entertainment” shows including untold violence depicted more like a video game instead of actual crime in the streets. That would be reality and if less glamorized maybe a wake up call.

Living large and if it feels good do it and let the world know all about it. Indiscretion is alive!

Should I be surprised? After all, Bill Clinton received oral sex in the Oval Office, lied publicly about it and is as popular as ever. Imagine that.

Daniel Henninger writes at the Wall Street Journal:

The reign of indiscretion has been a long time coming. Some say it arrived in the late 1960s or early ’70s, when constraints on behavior eased. But the new age’s booster rocket, the thing that finally killed discretion, was social media.

Social media of its nature is about compulsion and revelation. It empowered the already indiscreet. Some of social media’s indiscretions are microscopic (“She tweeted that?”), but holding nothing back has become reflexive, and so the norm.

Would anyone know about the Kardashian’s and their perpetual indiscretions if not for the Internet and the ability to exploit it? Why do people really care about a bunch of bottom dwellers who don’t mind showing their most intimate acts on video? Indiscretion proceeded by a lack of moral fiber.

Government officials wish to tell you how to live your life and they want to help you do that. Mr. Henninger continues:

A big part of the Greatest Generation’s mystique was its instinct to self-protect. On balance, they were discreet. Countless intelligence veterans of World War II and the Cold War, for example, have gone to their graves without a public peep about their successes. But when the current generation takes down Osama bin Laden, it releases a photograph of itself in the Situation Room and provides operational details of the Navy Seals’ attack plan to the media the next day. That was indiscreet.

We now have digitized photos, audio and video to help society display what used to be the most private and personal acts, all uploaded to the Internet and going viral.

Today if you’re being indiscreet you may get caught. That’s the nature of our world.

If less is more than more becomes less when you are caught for the anyone to see. We live in a free society and individuals are free to choose. A lasting society can only remain intact if it retains some moral purpose.

If not, we turn our country into the modern Sodom and Gomorrah gone viral. Or have we have we already accomplished that with no turning back? That Facebook “Like” button keeps getting clicked.

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Posted by Don Anastas - April 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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Argentine President – The Envy of Barack Obama

Comrades Kirchner and Obama

Comrade's Kirchner and Obama

Argentina has moved far, far left and Argentine President Cristina Kirchner is not quite finished fundamentally transforming the country through nationalization of private business. The scary part is so much of what she says sounds much like Barack Obama.

Spanish oil giant Repsol owned 57% of the Argentine oil company YPF until this week. Kirchner then proclaimed she would seize 51-percent of the oil company shares, all coming from Repsol.

We have seen Barack Obama enrich his union pals and anyone else willing to take a pay off that would enhance their side and of course Obama. In Latin America they call this kirchnerismo, an economic model that enriches friends of the government while driving the nation toward poverty. This sounds all too familiar when considering the Obama regime of the last three years.

Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes at the Wall Street Journal: (Emphasis LCs)

Repsol won ownership of YPF in a 1999 privatization. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But then the 2001-2002 peso collapse hit. The economy contracted sharply and a political crisis followed. In 2003, Néstor Kirchner, husband of Cristina and a former governor of the province of Santa Cruz, was elected president—with a mere 22% plurality.

Kirchner needed to shore up support. He did so by demonizing business and promising to redistribute wealth to the have-nots, whose numbers had swelled due to the crisis. He denounced entrepreneurs, condemned profits and stirred up class warfare. To hold back inflation after the peso devaluation, he imposed price controls on food and fuel. Utilities got hit with rate freezes. But wages and taxes kept going up. Companies referred to the slow strangulation by government diktat as “asphyxia.”

With all the Czars and new regulations spewing out of the administration could price controls and rate freezes be far away? It’s happened before and it never works as an economic boost.

During Cristina Kirchner’s first year as president and Néstor Kirchner as ex-president, the assets of the couple increased as never before: throughout 2008, their net worth grew from 17,824,941 to 46,036,711 pesos which implies an increase of 158 per cent. The initial assets when Néstor Kirchner assumed the presidency were of 2 millions pesos, the Kirchners’ assets increased by 572% since they arrived in the Government House in 2003.

Kirchner’s have been accused of undermining the democratic process in Argentina and compared to both Fascism and Communism. Hugo Chavez as elected “democratically” and it didn’t take long for nationalization throughout private industry as well as private land to take place.

When you decide to trust a jackal bad things happen. Ms. O’Grady continues:

Respol agreed to allow Nestor Kirchner to broker a deal in 2008 to bring in an Argentine partner that he chose. That partner, the Petersen Group, was headed by banker and construction magnate Enrique Eskenazi, a long-time Kirchner ally.

According to published accounts in the Argentine press and in The Wall Street Journal, the Petersen acquisition of almost 25.5% of YPF was completed with almost no money down. Repsol agreed to finance the majority of the shares and loans from banks financed the balance. Repsol says that the Petersen Group still owes it $1.9 billion.

Repsol also agreed to increase YPF’s dividend payout to 90% of earnings. Using those dividends Petersen was to pay back its loan to Repsol over time along with some $680 million in bank loans, according to Bloomberg. The company also paid one extraordinary dividend from retained earnings to help in paying down the loan.

Respol is getting what it deserved by allowing all this to happen, however, a takeover by any means was most likely imminent.

Apparently, the Argentine government had been strong arming Respol all along.

Another similarity to the Democrats in Congress and Obama is lack of transparency and doing their dirty deeds behind closed doors. O’Grady writes that shares from the deal with Peterson may be in bearer form so no actual ownership can be proved.

As shale gas is being discovered in the United States and Obama is claiming that since he came into office the United States is being produced, the YPF/Respol takeover occurred right after it was announced they discovered the third largest shale-gas reserve in the world in a place called Vaca Muerta.

The timing was no accident.

So Obama is pictured joking with the president of Argentina while she and her husband fundamentally transformed Argentina into a Communist regime by nationalizing private business.

Madrid threatened to retaliate as soon as this week in response to Argentina’s proposed seizure of a prized unit of Spain’s flagship oil company, as Argentina’s nationalization drive drew international rebuke and threatened to drive the relationship between Spain and its former colony to its lowest level in decades.

Spain will take “clear and forceful measures,” said Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo. These could affect commercial, energy and industrial relations between the two countries, senior officials said, and could be announced during Friday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

But here is what Mr. Obama had to say:

Well, it is wonderful to be joined by the President of Argentina, a great friend of not only mine but the United States. We’ve spent a lot of time together at the G20, and I have very much appreciated the engagement and the passion that President Kirchner has brought to the important global issues that we’ve been discussing.

What exactly were they discussing?

Think it couldn’t happen here? Members of Congress have already called for it:

First, Maxine Waters:

 

Then we have Maurice Hinchey calling for the government to take over all the refineries back in 2008:

We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.

Give Obama a Democrat Congress and four more years in the White House and not only will oil be nationalized, the Constitution will be burned and America, as we know it, will be finished.

Barack Obama - Cristina Kirchner

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner shares a joke with President Barack Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14

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