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Obama Contributors Emerged from Staff and Boards of Annenberg Grantees

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Oct 16, 2008

Barack Obama started serving as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an education grant program, in 1995, the same year he was elected to the Illinois state Senate.

As chairman, Obama oversaw the disbursement of $49.2 million in Annenberg grants (Snip) Since the start of his political career,

Obama has received a total of $331,528 in campaign contributions from people who served as staff and board members of non-profit groups that received grantsWeb Link

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Posted by Samuel
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:34 pm

More details of the ACORN/ RICO conspiracyWeb Link

Chapter two of the Cuyahoga County corruption probe opened Wednesday with a new round of early morning raids focusing on a new cast of characters.

The scope of the investigation, which has already shaken the foundation of county government, has clearly widened. Wednesday's raids took aim at contracts involving the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and MetroHealth Medical Center, two publicly funded agencies that serve the housing and health-care needs of the area's poor.
FBI, IRS and U.S. Housing and Urban Development investigators searched the agencies and the homes of CMHA Director George Phillips; former hospital Vice President John J. Carroll,."

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Posted by please
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Honestly. ACORN's been around for 30 years. The vast majority of the ACORN registrations are legitimate. ACORN caught many of the erroneous registrations. And then the jurisdictions get to take a look through them and catch erroneous registrations.
This is little more than the McCain camp preemptively shouting "we was robbed!" Do you really honestly think that someone would walk into a polling place and say "Yes I'm Mickey Mouse, I'm here to vote, and oh here's my identification document (since I'm a newly registered voter) to verify that I am indeed Mickey Mouse" and further that the poll worker would then give the supposed Mr. Mouse (with his passport or electric bill) a ballot? Give me a break.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 17, 2008 at 1:11 am

Unfortunately, it looks like the ACORN registration issue is basically an excuse for the Republicans to try disenfranchise new voters (who are overwhelmingly registering Democrat).

There are almost no cases of voter fraud, so this is a non-issue in many ways. Legal voters have, however, been denied their right to vote through GOP-mandated voter purges.

It's the usual dirty politics.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2008 at 6:52 am

I have learned left-speak well

DISENFRANCHISED VOTERS: illigitimate voters ( no or wrong addresses, no citizenship, dead, multiple votes).

INVEST IN: A bureaucrat takes my money and gives it to bureaucrats' buddies or favorite causes, in stead of letting me decide who to give it to ( because I am too stupid to know what I want to give to or invest in)

HATERS: Anyone who gives factual or logical information contrary to mythological belief.

RACIST: Anyone who criticizes the ideology, associations, knowledge, allegiances, perspective, vision or plans of anyone of color who is on the left side of the political spectrum. If they are on the right side of the political spectrum, then it isn't racist, it is simply correct.

Democrat: Believes that

++the USA is dead or deserves to be,
++God is dead,there is no higher authority than the govt.
++the death sentence for rampaging murderers is wrong but for innocent babies and dying old people is right,
+++democracy is an outmoded idea,any means to justify the ends
+++speech should be limited to acceptable ideas determined by the left
+++tolerance for murderous extremists of a certain religion which aligns with fascism and oppresses women tremendously in the extremist areas is the right thing to do..but tolerance of a certain religion which preaches life, liberty, free will to pursue happiness, live and let live, self-reliance, and voluntary helping of others is wrong.
+++self-defense is wrong, we must rely on 911 to protect us from a murderer or rapist breaking into our home ( govt. is all we need,ever)
+++ Rewarding hard work isn't fair ( govt is the one who decides who gets rewarded and who pays for it)
+++it isn't fair that some people can't afford houses ( govt will decide who will get money for houses and who won't)
++++ 6-9 unelected judges get to decide the meaning of words, not just interpret the law. The will of the people is irrelevant when it comes to determining the meaning of a work which is thousands of years old.


I fully expect that in my lifetime owning a car is going to become a right, and that all of us who have any money left will be forced to pay taxes to buy people cars. After all, all it takes is for a definition of "right" to change, and VOILA, it is a right, isn't it?

It has already happened with education and homes, it is about to happen with health insurance and changing the definition of marriage.

Hard to believe that not even 100 years ago we had no federal taxes, and people actually took care of themselves, banded together to help each other out, managed to educate their kids, pay the doctors for their care, and pay for their homes, and donate to associations which helped out those with less..all without government telling them what to do, isn't it?

It is a never ending slide..and we have to fight it.

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Posted by but seriously
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

perspective, either you are a troll or the angriest person in the world. your posts get more hateful and hate-filled every time. perhaps this is because the polls show your candidates are not resonating with the "just plain folks" as much as you want to believe.

bigotry of any extreme is ugly.

no one is making you buy anyone a car. stop the histrionics or go back to watching rush.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2008 at 8:12 am

Like I said, look at my definition of "hate" for the left.The above post proves my point.

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Posted by It's The Economy Stupid!
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

Guess what: Joe the Plumber doesn't give a ---.
Repubs are so f-ing clueless.

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Posted by BS
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

Perspective takes additional doses of her stool softener so he can unload all her wonderful messages.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 17, 2008 at 10:50 am

Great news, Justice Stevens put a stop to the GOP shenanigans in Ohio.

Perspective, you make me think of a Jon Stewart line: Republicans love their country, they just hate half the people living here.

Your rant against Democrats was that--a rant--black and white and demonizing those who disagree with you.

This is *my* country, Perspective--how dare you try to dictate how I feel about it. My ancestors worked too hard and fought in too many wars to build this country into something for *you* to think you've got any right to deem who is patriotic and who is not.

And you might start learning something about the balance of power with your dopey contempt for our judicial system. I don't like all the judges appointed, but one of the outstanding things about the U.S. is that its court system has not had the systemic corruption found in many countries.

It is very likely McCain will lose in November. He's been too far behind in the polls for too long--it's not the equivalent of Bush v. Kerry--there's been no flip-flopping for a month. The polls will tighten and then Obama will win--he has too many sizable margins in too many states. McCain can't spend enough, basically.

And I won't think you're unpatriotic when you grouse about Obama and the Democrats.

I'll just disagree with you.

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