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  1. 1

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Lots of time & energy will be spent untangling Obama’s Campaign financing. Just a few “pearls” from Newsmax:

    But an investigation by Newsmax correspondent Kenneth R. Timmerman has uncovered numerous examples of questionable donations, including those originating from foreign sources in apparent violation of laws forbidding candidates from accepting foreign money.

    On Sept. 29, Timmerman first disclosed that more than half of the $426.9 million Obama had raised at that point came from small donors whose names the Obama campaign would not disclose — making it impossible to verify that donors were not surpassing the $2,300 an individual can contribute to a candidate for the general election.

    The Federal Election Commission cited a series of $25 donations from a contributor identified as “Will, Good” from Austin, Tex. A Newsmax analysis of the master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, totaling $17,375.

    Similarly, a donor identified as “Pro, Doodad” gave $19,500 in 786 separate donations. The donor listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You.” Some of Doodad Pro’s donations were refunded by the campaign, but as of Sept. 20 more than $11,000 had not been returned.

    Timmerman disclosed that the FEC compiled a database of potentially questionable overseas donations totaling $3.38 million. The funds came from such places as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, and Ethiopia.

    In June, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gave a speech in which he claimed foreign nationals were contributing to Obama’s campaign.

    Timmerman also reported that donors from the Gaza Strip had contributed $33,000 to the Obama campaign through the purchase of Obama T-shirts they had shipped to Gaza.

    Timmerman published a new report on Oct. 8, disclosing that an investigation of Obama’s campaign finance reports turned up more than 2,000 cases in which individuals made donations far above the legal limit of $2,300 per election.

    For example, in August the campaign filed a report listing a single donation from a Debra Myers in “Rancho Palos Verde, Calif.,” for $28,500, and a $28,500 contribution from a donor identified as Woodrow Myers Jr.

    The Obama campaign said it had refunded both donations on Sept. 30, the day after Newsmax published Timmerman’s first report.

    Timmerman followed up with a new report on Oct. 19, disclosing that more than 37,000 Obama donations appeared to be conversions of foreign currency, totaling as much as $63 million.

    The red flag was the odd amounts donated by a number of suspected foreign donors. One contributor gave $188.67, $1,542.06, $876.09, $388.67, $282.20, $195.66, and $118.15.

    “They are obviously converting from local currency to U.S. dollars,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center.

    On Oct. 21, Timmerman revealed that the Obama campaign had accepted contributions from donors identifying themselves as King Kong, Daffy Duck, and Bart Simpson — without any apparent effort by the campaign to screen them out as suspect donors.

    An individual using the name “O.J. Simpson” donated to the campaign on Oct. 14, giving his occupation as “convict.” The campaign sent O.J. a thank-you note.

    Other donors with clearly fictitious names include “Dertey Poiiuy,” “Mong Kong,” “Fornari USA,” and “jkbkj Hbkjb.”

    Timmerman reported on Oct. 29: “A Newsmax investigation of Obama/Biden campaign contributors, undertaken in conjunction with a private investigative firm headed by a former CIA operations officer, has identified 118 donors who appear to lack U.S. citizenship.

    “Some of these ‘red flag’ donors work for foreign governments; others have made public statements declaring that they are citizens of Cameroun, Nigeria, Pakistan, Canada, and other countries.”

    Frederick W. Rustmann Jr., the former CIA operations officer, told Newsmax: “Hillary and McCain demanded proof of citizenship of all their donors. Obama did not, so he benefitted by receiving an enormous amount of money from foreign donors who wanted to influence the U.S. election process.”

  2. 2

    busdrivermike spews:

    Do you think anyone actually reads your drivel, Mr. Dicklickle?

    You do not matter anymore. You and your party are now relegated to the corner wearing a dunce hat for the next two years.

  3. 3

    Jake spews:

    Obama’s first press conference and what did we have.
    A slam at Nancy Reagan though it was Hillary who said it yep, you’re guy.
    When off the teleprompter he’s in big trouble.
    So he‘s long on talking with no substance, God help us.

  4. 4

    Proud to be SeattleJew Today spews:

    Will

    Better than the bench ??

    Better than the troll ?

    The good part is that we are finally getting transit! You and other activists deserve a cred!

  5. 5

    YLB spews:

    LMAO!!! Cynical, you’re so freaking stupid.

    Newswhacks? The National Enquirer has tons more credibility than that right wing trash.

  6. 6

    Steve spews:

    @4 10 years from now it’ll take 4 hours to get from Tukwila to Redmond. Then, as when 405 was built, there’ll only be two open lanes and no train. The “good part”? What’s that? That after four decades of failure the downtown Seattle business interests, the developers and landlords, finally got their way? Today, as it was in the days of Forward Thrust, all tracks shall lead us to downtown Seattle. The powers that be thank you, SJ.

  7. 7

    YLB spews:

    So he‘s long on talking with no substance, God help us.

    No, go back eight years. That was your guy.

    By the way, our President-elect also said the Congress should pass more economic stimulus sooner rather than later and if your Chimp won’t allow it, it’ll be the first thing our new PRESIDENT will sign.

    Sure must suck to be your silly ass.

  8. 8

    David spews:

    @7
    Your fool told us “Change” we needed to change the culture in Washington what a laugh his mouth opens with attack on the ex-first lady. He will never be my president or over 50 million other true Americans.
    Sooner than later you will see what everyone else knows about him he isn’t change.
    His cabinet will be the old boys not change.
    How dose it feel to be duped?

  9. 9

    YLB spews:

    8 – I like you. YOU LOST. Let that sink in a bit.

    The Limbaugh didn’t help. The Insanity of Hannity didn’t help. The Fixed News didn’t help. Wall Street melted down. Home foreclosures reached a record. Highest unemployment in 14 years ON YOUR CHIMPANZEE’s watch. YOUR PRESIDENT.

    Your guy who you voted for twice.

    Look at your stinking party. It’s in ruins. Check out this list:

    http://www.republicanoffenders.com/

    It’s going to get bigger. Count on it. You think your crowd can do what it’s done without consequences?

    THERE ARE ALWAYS CONSEQUENCES!

  10. 11

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    YLB et al–
    You guys won alright…but you cannot coherent explain precisely what this means in terms of your expectations regarding spefic Obama actions.

    Like Clinton, you will spew smack all swollen up with pride, while your guy doesn’t do anything you expected him to.
    Obama will be like Clinton..campaign rhetoric to motivate the KLOWNS and then do almost nothing they approve of.
    I saw Obama groupies crying and cheering while he was telling youu he couldn’t get things done in the 1st year or even the 1st term. Yet the Kool-Aid drinkers cheered???

    Having zero expectations of Obama will mean you cannot possibly be disappointed. He will not raise Capital Gains Taxes or taxes on the “Rich” and “Big Corporations”.
    This is what you KLOWNS longed for…punish wealthy folks. Ain’t gonna happen.

  11. 13

    David spews:

    @9
    All you can talk about is Bush or Republicans,
    what a joke you are obama won he’s your guy.
    When we looked yesterday it was obama not bush or republicans stumbling over words and trying to act like he knows what he’s doing. Saying nothing but useless words for minuets on end isn’t action it’s the same old obama.
    You have obama now and you can’t defend him either can we.
    Like a little kid need to hold him up.
    Lol, this is going to the the funniest 4 years in history.

    @10 NEVER!

  12. 15

    YLB spews:

    11 – There’s CONSEQUENCES Cynical, a bill to be paid for looting the Treasury and dragging our country’s name through the mud.

    It’s NOT going to be the poor and middle class who pays it.

    If it happened on FDR’s watch, it can happen on Obama’s.

    If we muddle through the next 4 years I’ll take it. That how deep a hole Bush has dug.

    And if there’s discontent at that from the whining Bush voters like you then who are you going to put up?

    GINGRICH? PALIN?

    Dream on.

  13. 16

    YLB spews:

    13 – So you’re part of the 50 million “Real Americans”?

    I got my work cut out for me. Me and others like me are going make sure the other 150 million who you so disdain are going to keep showing up to vote.

    We’ll keep your ugly crowd from ever getting near the levers of power ever again.

    Count on it.

  14. 17

    Daivd spews:

    @16
    After obama’s failed policies and when the kids see how he deceived them time after time. We will be back with a “REAL Conservative Agenda” to fixed what you and his kind destroyed.

    So my friend, it’s your guy your government get used to it we lost to a guy who bought an election get used to it.

    Take some responsibility for a “CHANGE”
    LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 18

    YLB spews:

    17 – You’re really delusional.

    What happened to all the people who supported your chimp back in 2004? Just four short years ago.

    A lot of them finally realized they were sold a crock of shit and voted you bastards out!

    You really think they’re going to go back to the same bullshit sold on the Limbaugh show?

    Nice talking to you. Have a great life.

  16. 19

    slingshot spews:

    This went out to everyone on the WWU servers yesterday. Good old family value young Republicans:

    To the Campus Community:

    During the evening hours of Nov. 6, University Police officers discovered
    10 vehicles with slashed tires and/or a W scratched into
    the vehicle. Most of the vehicles had bumper stickers supporting newly
    elected President Barack Obama. The location of the damaged vehicles
    ranged from just north of campus, in the 100 block of Highland Drive, to
    the 2400 block of Bill McDonald Parkway and included many campus parking
    lots between those points.

    Most victims have been contacted, but it is possible that some damaged
    vehicles were not located by investigating officers. Police believe the
    vandalism occurred between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. or later. Two of the
    damaged vehicles were parked in off campus locations, but
    Bellingham Police do not report having similar incidents in any other
    part of the city.

    Western Washington University Police are asking that the person
    responsible for this property destruction come forward and seek
    assistance in dealing with their anger before more damage is done, or
    someone is injured in a confrontation.

    University Police have increased their patrols on campus parking lots.

    Anyone whose vehicle has been damaged or with information regarding this
    incident, or any other potential threat to persons or property at the
    University is asked to call the Safe Campus phone line at
    360-650-SAFE (360-650-7233), or the University Police at 360-650-3555.

    Safety Reminders

    Western students should make use of the Green Coat personal
    safety escort services during the evening and late night hours
    (650-3555).

    If you are threatened or accosted call the police immediately, Bellingham
    Police at 911; Western Washington University Police for on
    campus incidents at 3911 from campus phones, or 650-3555.

    If you see a suspicious person, call those same numbers.

    Randy Stegmeier, Chief
    Western Washington University Police
    360-650-3555

  17. 20

    Christine spews:

    @19
    A friend of mine put McCain Bumber Sticker on his car two weeks before the election.

    The next morning it was torn off and his his two rear tires were slashed.

    You can find intolerance everywhere.

    Seems like busdrivermike and YLB are pretty intolerant.

  18. 21

    YLB spews:

    20 – Lemme guess. You voted for the muscle man with the perfect hair. Who chased after a high school dropout for 20 years.

    Who right now is chasing just a tiny bit of relevance on a Congressman’s paycheck in D.C. I don’t think he’ll find it even after 20 years.

    I tolerate you just fine. I just feel sorry for you.

  19. 22

    What a WASTE spews:

    What a God Damn waste of money. How much did that grab bag of parts from Radio Shack cost the taxpayers?

  20. 24

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    Already obama is screwing up.
      

    President-elect Barack Obama’s private conversation with Poland’s president created an international disagreement Saturday, with President Lech Kaczynski saying Mr. Obama promised to continue a missile-defense system and the transition office saying the Democrat made no such commitment.

    Mr. Kaczynski issued a statement in the Polish-language section of his Web site saying the U.S. president-elect “emphasized the importance of the strategic partnership of Poland and the United States and expressed hope in the continuation of political and military cooperation between our countries. He also said that the missile-defense project would continue.”

    Obama senior foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough released a statement once the news came from Poland.

    “President-elect had a good conversation with the Polish president and the Polish prime minister about the important U.S.-Poland alliance,” Mr. McDonough said. “President Kaczynski raised missile defense but President-elect Obama made no commitment on it.

      
    If obama continues on this pace it’s going to be a fun 2 years. First misspeaking about nancy reagan and now this international incident with the president of poland.
      
    Maybe the president of poland doesn’t understand the double-speak that democrats & liberals enjoy.

  21. 25

    YLB spews:

    24 – Sounds familiar.. You said back in September ‘at the rate he’s going…blah, blah blah”. Obama won easily.

    You were wrong then. You’re wrong now.

    Keep it up Stamm. Keep being wrong.

    You’re good at it.

  22. 26

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    25. YLB spews:
    24 – Sounds familiar.. You said back in September ‘at the rate he’s going…blah, blah blah”. Obama won easily.

     
    He won.
     
    Without the media covering for him, acorn and the lack of journalistic ethics by the media would obama have been elected?
     
    If the liberal media talked about the role the democrats had in fannie & freddie instead of ignoring the cause of the problem would obama have won?
     
    When you consider the war, the economy, bush, the oldest presidential nominee in history, obama sure didn’t hit it out of the ballpark. No where near the landslide of reagan, nixon, etc.