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By Mary Pat Flaherty
The Nevada office of ACORN had planned a potluck dinner at its Las Vegas office Tuesday night to celebrate the 80,000 newly registered voters its staff had signed up in Clark County as part of its work with low-income communities nationwide.

Instead, their office was raided Tuesday morning by agents of the Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General who alleged in an application for a search warrant that ACORN had hired 59 felons through a work release program as canvassers and submitted nearly 300 apparently fraudulent voter registration cards as part of the drive.

The submitted voter cards included addresses and names that do not exist in Nevada, duplicate registrations, names culled from telephone books and names of Dallas Cowboys players, an investigator for the Secretary of State alleged in his affidavit for a search warrant.

One ex-employee of ACORN reached by the state investigator told him she began making up names for her forms on days when it was too hot to work outside. ACORN canvassers are paid by the hour. Ex-employees also said they were expected to collect 20 complete forms a shift or risk probation and termination, the investigator said in his affidavit.

The search drove ACORN and its critics to exchange charges of political maneuvering in a battleground state that voted Republican in the 2004 presidential election but is considered in play for November. Mail-in voter registration closed Saturday in Nevada.

Agents removed 20 boxes of documents and eight computer hard drives from the ACORN office in "an ongoing investigation," said Secretary of State Ross Miller, a Democrat. "Now we begin the task of sifting through the material that was seized to determine how widespread any fraud might be."

No arrests were made yesterday and no ACORN staff were in the office during the raid.

ACORN officials said they were stunned by the search because they had unilaterally identified and flagged suspicious voter registration cards to the county elections board starting in July and had been cooperating with authorities to cull bad information and fire workers who collected that information, said Brian Mellor, senior counsel for Project Vote.

Project Vote relies on staff from ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, to do field level voter drives.

ACORN's internal checks, Mellor said, included tracking forms assigned to canvassers using serial numbers and worker sign-offs on each form and following up with listed voters by phone to verify they had taken part in the registration drive. The search warrant mentions those procedures.

That cooperation and meetings with state officials also are mentioned in the search affidavit, as is a subpoena from the state that was delivered to ACORN in September asking the group to resubmit information on several employees it had previously turned over to county elections officials. The forms were resubmitted, Mellor said.

"The raid was a stunt designed perhaps to make them look tough on voter fraud," said Matthew Henderson, the southwest regional director for ACORN. "We don't think fraud is a rampant problem. This was a politically motivated stunt, that is all there is to it because those new voters can reshape the electorate of Nevada."

Henderson said many voters registered through ACORN are "working people and people of color and there may be corners of the political world where a high injection of new voters like those is unsettling some."

The state is one of several viewed as a battleground. The Secretary of State and Attorney General are Democrats.

"If this were a stunt I would have put Ross (Miller) out there with a shotgun like Buford Pussey," said Miller's spokesman, Bob Walsh. "I'll grant them their cooperation, though it is grossly dishonest not to bring up the felons in their official statements they released."

But, said Walsh, "at the end of the day, it is our job, not ACORN's, to enforce election law and that is why we acted."

In July, the two Nevada state agencies involved in the raid, along with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for Nevada, formed a task force to target voter registration and election fraud and complaints over voter registration practices, potential voter fraud, and enforcement of laws regarding voter intimidation. The federal agents were not part of Tuesday's search, Walsh said.

Registration drives conducted by ACORN in several states are under scrutiny by local elections officials for the accuracy of cards gathered by its workers.

Mellor said that problems with duplicate registrations -- for people already registered who sign on during a drive -- have been a problem that ACORN is working to eliminate because those cards burden local elections boards who must process them. He also noted that the group has worked with local authorities in St. Louis and Kansas City in the past on investigations. But the Nevada search, he said, "is the first raid I can recall."

ACORN has been the object of heated denunciations from the Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign, which contend the group is attempting to overwhelm election officials with new registrations that are carelessly gathered and would enable unqualified voters to get on the rolls.

"It is very difficult to ascribe any other motive to the activities of ACORN other than to swamp the system with registrations cards" that range from illegible to being drawn from names from telephone listings or other public directories, said RNC Chief Counsel Sean Cairncross. Cairncross spoke Tuesday during a telephone press conference on another ACORN voter drive in northwest Indiana that local news accounts report is under review by elections officers.

The ACORN drives, he said, "point to a lack of control in this organization" and "a willingness to go out and do this relentlessly."

The McCain and Obama camps have been trading blasts and Internet alerts over Republican charges that ACORN has been closely linked to Barack Obama for years, a contention the Obama campaign denies

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 ???

Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
Ive been everything you want to be
Im the cult of personality
Like mussolini and kennedy
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights, a nobel prize
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
Im the smiling face on your t.v.
Im the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me

I tell you one and one makes three
Im the cult of personality
Like joseph stalin and gandi
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights a nobel prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You me power in your gods name
Im every person you need to be
Im the cult of personality
Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
Ive been everything you want to be
Im the cult of personality
Like mussolini and kennedy
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights, a nobel prize
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
Im the smiling face on your t.v.
Im the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me

I tell you one and one makes three
Im the cult of personality
Like joseph stalin and gandi
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights a nobel prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You me power in your gods name
Im every person you need to be
Im the cult of personality

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 ???

Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
Ive been everything you want to be
Im the cult of personality
Like mussolini and kennedy
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights, a nobel prize
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
Im the smiling face on your t.v.
Im the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me

I tell you one and one makes three
Im the cult of personality
Like joseph stalin and gandi
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights a nobel prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You me power in your gods name
Im every person you need to be
Im the cult of personality
Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
Ive been everything you want to be
Im the cult of personality
Like mussolini and kennedy
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights, a nobel prize
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
Im the smiling face on your t.v.
Im the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me

I tell you one and one makes three
Im the cult of personality
Like joseph stalin and gandi
Im the cult of personality
Cult of personality
Cult of personality

Neon lights a nobel prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You dont have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You me power in your gods name
Im every person you need to be
Im the cult of personality

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...is it possible that in his one term as a united states senator we have not found out enough about barack obama?


...is it possible that barack obama and bill ayers who was in the weathermen underground and bombed the capital building and the pentagon have had confabulations regarding old gray ghosts? of radicalism?

bill ayers made barack obama the "chairman" of his "chicago annenberg challange group"...these two were very connected.

...in my humble opinion...aye don't think there has been enough time to investigate how barack obama rose to power in chicago and his associations which helped him rise to power are questionable...

...at least this time around...

...lets wait...why would obama lie that he only had brief contact with bill ayers...hell...he straight up knew bill ayers and they surely share some ideologies...bill ayers has been unrepentant with regard to the bombings he advocated...


...aye am gravely wary of people who associate with past ties to bombings of buildings...aye am convincing others that obama cannot be trusted...

...there has not been enough time to see who obama really is...

we still don't know this "cult of personality"

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here is another group which barack obama and william ayers were members...


what about The Woods Fund of Chicago

it appears that it is a philanthropic organization devoted to poverty relief and the promotion of social mobility, founded in 1941.



how can barack obama claim that his relationship with william ayers was only in passing???

here is obama's quote in a debate...after george stephanopoulos questioned obama: "can you explain that relationship for the voters, and explain to Democrats why it won't be a problem?"

"This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He's not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense, George.[24][2]"
this is a lie on obama's part...he is knowingly being surreptitious....he has a cult of personality...he is being deceptive and aye question this first term senator on the trust issue...aye don't trust him...




there are other independents who have not made decisions yet...this story is going to be explored more than a george stephanopalos question in a debate...

this is a matter of trust...aye don't think obama can truly be trusted at least at this juncture...he is still too green.








[edit] Mission statement

The fund describes itself as "a grantmaking foundation whose goal is to increase opportunities for less advantaged people and communities in the metropolitan area, including the opportunity to shape decisions affecting them. The foundation works primarily as a funding partner with nonprofit organizations. Woods supports nonprofits in their important roles of engaging people in civic life, addressing the causes of poverty and other challenges facing the region, promoting more effective public policies, reducing racism and other barriers to equal opportunity, and building a sense of community and common ground."[1]


[edit] Board membership

2001
Howard J. Stanback - Board Chair - Manager, New Kenwood, LLC
Maria G. Valdez - Board Vice Chair - Attorney-at-Law Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
William C. Ayers - Distinguished Professor Of Education, University Of Illinois At Chicago
Cynthia M. Campbell - President, McCormick Theological Seminary
R. Eden Martin - President, Civic Committee And The Commercial Club
Barack Obama - State Legislator, University Of Chicago School Of Law, and Attorney at Law with Davis, Mine and Galland
Suzanne Boyle, Board Treasurer
Kristin Patton, Board Secretary


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INDEPENDENTS are interested in things like this...you are quite presumptuous to think that INDEPENDENTS have made up their minds...that would be a big mistake on your part...there are many, many undecideds and uncommitted voters...

most of which are INDEPENDENTS...many are suspicious by nature...

aye am sorry but...need aye remind you that obama has not even completed his ONE term in the senate...he is brand new...the vetting process needs to take its course...it is fair that we examine the STRONG relationship between william ayers and barack obama...

no...aye am sorry...one term in the u.s. senate does not appear to be enough time to foster trust...


...this is the united states of america...where the cult of personality has propelled obama...

and we do not know everything about obama...hell...he lied about knowing william ayers and ayers made barack obama the chairman of the ....


let me repeat that...william ayers made barack obama THE CHAIRMAN of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge



The Chicago school reform movement began in 1987 in the wake of an unpopular strike by Chicago teachers. Bill Ayers was active in the reform effort through a group called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, composed of various activists and reform groups. A key accomplishment of the reform movement was the passage in 1988 of a new state law that established local school councils in every school in Chicago as a competing center of power relative to the teachers union and the Chicago school administration.[citation needed]

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge's successful grant application was written in 1993 by Bill Ayers.[2][3] after extensive community-based discussions also involving Anne Hallett of the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, and Warren Chapman of the Joyce Foundation. It received a grant of $49.2 million from the national Annenberg Challenge based at Brown University. The grant was to be matched 2:1 by private donors. By 1999 the Chicago Challenge succeeded in raising an additional $60 million.

At its founding, the Annenberg Challenge was made up of three constituent parts.

The Chicago School Reform Collaborative was the operative body of the Challenge. Its role was to help identify potential grant recipients, prepare requests for proposals and develop other means for the Challenge to intervene in supporting the local school council-led reform process in Chicago.
The Board of Directors engaged in fundraising and approval of grants. The Board also hired a Executive Director, Ken Rolling, from Woods Fund of Chicago. Other CAC board members were prominent Chicagoans from both the private and non profit sectors.[citation needed]
 
The Chicago Schools Research Consortium was a research arm.[4] It was responsible for assessing the impact of the expenditure of the Challenge's grant money. Ironically, they concluded that the $110 million spent in Chicago over six years had little or no impact on outcomes for students.
 

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...this is as good a month as any to vet the one term senator from illinois...

Barack Obama, William Ayers & The Annenberg Challenge

 
August 26, 2008 | By BoomerJeff In Obama hype, Presidential Election
 
In the prologue to his second book Barack Obama wrote what would become the conceptual nucleus of his Presidential campaign.

…I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.
Obama organized his Presidential campaign around this blank screen concept. The campaign is a cult of personality drawing in millions of fans with huge audience events where he delivers soaring but largely meaningless rhetoric about “change.” Each fan is subliminally encouraged to project onto the blank screen his/her own notions of what change would be desirable.

Obama presented himself as the ultimate statesman whose messianic presence would “bring America together for change,” without encountering dissent or partisan acrimony. People whose visions of change were vague, purely emotional, impossible to implement, Unconstitutional, or different from the vision of the person next to them, all stood together cheering for the rock-star candidate, each believing he would deliver whatever change they desired.

But some Americans, those who live in Chicago and have watched Obama climb the ranks of the local, corrupt, Democratic machine, have known all along that the Obama campaign was a fraud. The Obama they know is a hard-ball politician from the radical left, with unsavory and corrupt associations.

This photo of one of Barrack Obama’s associates, William Ayers is from a 2001 Chicago Magazine profile. In 2001, Ayers admitted that he participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, the Pentagon in 1972. His only regret, expressed in 2001, was that he had not succeeded with other bomb plots.

This photo wasn’t a candid shot of an unintended accident. Mr. Ayers posed for this photo. He wanted readers to see him standing on the wadded up American flag. Ayers and his convicted terrorist wife, Bernardine Dohrn, are folk heroes to the far left.

Several months ago, the Obama campaign persuaded some of the national media herd to report that Obama had no significant connection with Ayers, who was just a neighbor, a guy who did some bad things decades ago that Obama dennounced. But Chicago newspapers and local talk radio have persisted in turning over Ayers-Obama rocks, and Chicago residents know better.


Recently, a blog from the political Left, Global Labor and Politics, and Reporter Stanley Kurtz of National Review have begun to uncover information on one of Mr. Ayers more recent projects, The Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a privately funded effort to improve Chicago schools. Mr. Ayers appointed Barack Obama Chairman of the Board of Annenberg Challenge, a position he held from 1995 to 1999.

This Obama experience is important because:

It is further evidence that Obama and his campaign attempted to deceive us with claims that Ayers is not an Obama associate and was nothing more than a guy who happened to live in the neighborhood. Records of Annenberg Challenge meetings and activities show Obama and Ayers interacting regularly for several years.

The Annenberg Challenge was a failure. It spent hundreds of millions of dollars and achieved nothing, reflecting negatively on Barack Obama’s self proclaimed talent for making wonderful things happen, just by “bringing people together.”

The funding mechanism for the Annenberg Challenge was convoluted and full of loopholes through which funds could have been funneled to causes other than school improvement and even to benefit individuals.

The Annenberg Challenge experience has been omitted from fawning, national media biographies of Senator Obama.

Here is an excerpt from one of several reports that are available at the University of Illinois at Chicago website about the Annenberg Challenge:

Its primary strategy was to create networks of schools with common interests and needs and to link them to individuals and organizations that would serve as External Partners. This strategy followed a logic that schools would find more direction and support for improvement if they worked together and with an External Partner than if they worked alone.

The organizations that became “External Partners” served as funding agents of Annenberg grants. Each External Partner had three or more schools in its “network.” Annenberg gave cash grants to the External Partners who then distributed funds to schools.

Here’s another excerpt from one of the Annenberg reports:

It is difficult without detailed analysis of network budgets to determine how much money was used by External Partners to cover their own costs, to purchase goods and services for schools, or to give directly to schools. Initial budget requirements set by the Challenge limited partners to spend only 10 percent of any total grant to cover their own expenses. Later, however, the challenged recognized that some partners required more money to be effective and it altered this requirement to permit larger percentages of grants to be used by partners to cover their own expenses.

Finally, this excerpt describing the results of this huge program, led by Barack Obama:

Achievement trends in Annenberg schools did not differ from those in demographically similiar non-Annenberg schools. there were no statistically significant differences in reading or math at any grade level in any year between 1995 and 2001. Although Annenberg schools appeared to outperform non-Annenberg schools in some years at particular grade levels, the reverse appeared to occur in other years. None of those differences were statistically significant.

Yesterday, Obama attempted, yet again, to deny his Ayers association with this TV ad. This is another, obvious attempt to deceive the viewer by focusing on Ayers’ earliest crimes, committed when Obama was a child. The ad fails to reveal that Ayers does not regret his crimes, is still a radical leftist, and has been a recent political mentor to and associate of Barack Obama.



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aye thought obama's logo on his campaign posters was odd...something bothered me...

not to get into my occupation...but there was something along the lines of an orwellian "animal farm" script...some pattern to it...very innocuous...but subliminally strange...an eerie pattern...

now aye know why...


look at the logo on this page in the top right...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Weather_Underground_logo.jpg


now look at the logo of obama's campaign poster...


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=barack+obama+%22logo%22&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=


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OBAMA...Mr. Surreptitious Snake Oil Salesman.

last week with regard to our current financial tsunami...obama called mccain advisor phil gramm,  "the architect in the United States Senate of the deregulatory steps that helped cause this mess."

well...OBAMA is a LIAR...OBAMA lies...

uncle fannie and aunt freddie created a kiosk in the marketplace...they created this market...they bought junk mortgages...subprime mortgages...this is the vortex of the cause of the financial mess we are now experiencing...

the treasury department asked congress to buy these mortgages...

the democrats did not allow reform legislation to become law in 2005...if the democrats had allowed reform legislation to become law back in 2005....aye might not be praying at the stock exchange every morning for a more peaceful humanity in nyc and on court street...because let's face it...the rest of the world is experiencing lost life...aye have been monitoring mortally pressing issues with regard to a more frequent pattern of "human bombs" exploding in the eastern part of the earth...as an intuitive actuary this is the more pressing issue...aye could care less if wall street becomes more like beaver st. or pearl st. or gold st...much more peaceful environments....maybe wall st. needs to be smaller...but we need a resolve...we need it now.


...in 2005 the pubs controlled the senate banking committee and sketched out a tough as nails regulatory bill for uncle fannie and aunt freedie...committee "donkees" rejected the bill unanimously...the enactment of the bill became impossible because of the opposition of democrats before it reached the floor...they tabled it...before it could be voted on by the senate...

john mccain endorsed the bill on the senate floor...check it out...he was out there on the floor...energized...and working hard...warning...warning that there could be problems down the road...fighting for his convictions...


what was obama doing...pondering his campaign for a job he is severely under-qualified.

yes...there has been deregulation in the economy over the last thirty some years...but NOT with regard to wall st....nor does it have anything to do with this pressing crisis...obama is WRONG... .almost all financial legislation was adopted after the savings and loan problem in 88 and 89 and 90...and has to do with the regulation of banks...like the improvement act of 1991...


the continued mantra by democrats and surrogate democrats...and some pubs...of the repeal of bits of the glass-steagall act in 1999--has nothing to do with the current financial crisis except that it suffered banks to be affiliated with firms which underwrite securities...with this sufferage...bank of america corporation acquired merrill lynch + co. and j.p. morgan chase + co. bought bear stearns cos....these transactions saved the federal government the additional costs of a buyout which would have caused the market and the feds...additional headaches...bill clinton signed it...he doesn't agree with obama...



obama was putting  blame on phil grahmm in an attack which was a blatent lie...obama was creating a lie and trying use this financial hurricane to make political gains...

but it won't work...

while hiliary is a pathological liar obama is one of the worse kinds...surreptitious...a slippery kind of liar..by being misleading...aye now see him as a very dangerous...oily man...whose lack of experience is about as flighty as his hollow feathered rhetoric...aye don't believe him anymore...his vocaly manipulative oratory is about as droning as the sound of incoming fire...the pitchy highs and lows of his voice hide the downbeats of a shaky watered subreptious foundation...aye am over this tired tune...and his tax hike plan for a sunny day is GONE now with our current economic weather.

enough!

obama is a professional campaigner and his hollow boned feathery rhetoric is as pitchy as one of his tone manipulated concerts which he holds in arenas...attempting to lull the public into compliance...

obama wants to speake directly to the supreme leader of iran or the assembly of experts??? what is he going to do...bring a podium and a microphone? hope that he will get to speak to them in a large auditorium with thousands of iranians??? HA!

aye don't believe this snake oil salesman...and neither should any of the ladies and gentlemen who the new york and california ass-jacked democratic windbags call "flyover" states...and pennsylvania...ohio...nevada. ..colorado and new mexico would be prudent to REJECT this "professional campaigning snake-oil salesman"...aye don't think he will convince these people...

his pitchy rhetoric is now putting independents to sleep...

no guts...no passion...NO BALLS...aye'd be surprised to see if he would last ten minutes as a prisoner of war...

we need a COMMANDER IN CHIEF...not a vacuuous snake oil salesman...
 
HELL...bill clinton is supporting this guy with "tongue in cheek" style...constantly hinting at another hiliary run...

the two liars...the pathological, "hiliary" and the surrupticious "obama" have their own party so fractured...and many in this california and new york party have been lulled to empty-hope by this cheap voice-over actor and debauched rasputin figure...HOPE?
 
HOPE???? HOPE??? HA! HA! aye say to hope...{hope is something his new handlers have dropped from his schtick} ...there is no hope...we are in a mess and we have to WORK..Work hard...

HOPE is lost...hope is not an option...we have to STOP the bleeding...we have roll up our sleeves and take care of our problems NOW...we need a survivor...we need strength...we need someone who has felt the physical pains of hell on earth in a prisoner of war camp and experienced real torture and faced death and has returned alive...a real war hero...someone who will fight for us...not just chastise people because they cling to guns and religion...someone who respects life and doesn't think that the birth of a baby is a punishment...what a depraved individual obama is...we need experience...otherwise.

we are doomed.

there is no more hoping!..the financial hurricane is blowing...we need to be energy independent now...we need strength and resolve..and action...not oily speeches and flash over substance and indifference and surrupticious lies from a man who wants to pick our pockets...




here was john mccains warning...
Quote in 2005: by Sen. John McCain R-AZ

 Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.

The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs—and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.




aye once was going to vote for barack obama...aye voted for him twice...aye was fooled...

shame on barack obama...he will NOT get my vote a third time...no way...no how...

NO OBAMA!

NO OBAMA!

NO OBAMA!

america needs the forward energy of endurance and strength ...not a braking oily subreption.







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News Discussion / Somali pirates remain at large on ukrainian cargo ship.
« on: September 30, 2008, 04:50:09 PM »
Somali pirates remain at large on Ukrainian cargo ship
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 | 9:28 AM ET Comments10Recommend11CBC News
Somali pirates in small boats are seen alongside the hijacked cargo ship Faina in this picture released by U.S. Navy on Sunday. (U.S. Navy/Associated Press)Somali pirates who seized a Ukrainian ship laden with military hardware last week remained at large on Tuesday, even as they denied reports that three of their own were killed in a shootout aboard the ship.

Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said there was an unconfirmed report that three Somali pirates were killed Monday night in a dispute over whether to surrender to U.S. warships that have surrounded the ship.

Pentagon officials later verified the report.

But a spokesman for the pirates insisted there was no truth to the account.

"We didn't dispute over a single thing, let alone have a shootout," pirate spokesman Sugule Ali told the Associated Press by satellite phone.

The 21-person crew aboard the ship includes 17 Ukrainians, three Russians and a Latvian. One of the crewmembers died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack, reported the Associated Press.

The pirates have demanded a $20-million US ransom for the cargo ship Faina and its cargo of 33 Soviet-designed tanks and weapons, which they hijacked on Sept. 25 as it was passing the Gulf of Aden off the Indian Ocean en route to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. The gulf is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

The San Diego-based USS guided missile destroyer Howard has been watching the pirate ship for several days and has spoken to the pirates and crew by radio.

On Monday, U.S. naval officials said several other U.S. ships and helicopters had joined the watch, but declined to give details. Russia has also dispatched a warship to the area, but it will take about a week to get there.

Fears of arms landing in militant hands
The U.S. fears the armaments aboard the ship could end up with al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants in Somalia if they are allowed to be unloaded in the country. Militants there have led an insurgency against the shaky, U.N.-backed Somali transitional government since late 2006, when the Islamists were driven out after six months in power.

U.S. Navy officials said they have allowed the pirates to resupply the ship with food and water, but not to unload any of its military cargo.

"Our goal is to ensure the safety of the crew, to not allow off-loading of dangerous cargo and to make certain Faina can return to legitimate shipping," said Rear Adm. Kendall Card, commander of the task force monitoring the ship.

The pirates, in an interview with the New York Times, said they were only interested in money and had no knowledge that the ship contained an estimated $30 million US of weaponry.

Agence France-Presse quoted Nathan Christensen, spokesman for the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet, as saying the armaments were bound for Sudan. That claim has been denied by Sudanese, Ukrainian and Kenyan officials.

Kenya has insisted since the start of the standoff the arms were being sent to them as part of a deal with the Ukraine government.

Piracy has become a lucrative criminal racket in impoverished Somalia, bringing in tens of millions of dollars a year in ransom. There have been 24 reported attacks in Somalia this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.


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