Category Archives: 2012 Election

Ted Cruz’s undisclosed $1M loan from Goldman Sachs

Heidi and Ted Cruz, March 23, 2015, Lynchburg, VA. (Photo Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Heidi and Ted Cruz, March 23, 2015, Lynchburg, VA. (Photo Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Senator Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, is head of the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of the Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs, on a temporary “leave” because of Ted’s presidential campaign.

Heidi Cruz is also a former investment banker for J.P. Morgan and a “historical member” of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), for which she served as a member of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on the Future of North America, which a North American Union. (See “Is Ted Cruz an advocate of a North American Union?“)

Although Heidi Cruz presently is on leave, she was fully working for Goldman Sachs in 2012 when Ted obtained a low-interest $1 million loan from her employer for his senatorial campaign. To top it off, Ted Cruz did not disclose the loan as he is required by law.

The New York Times reports on Jan. 13, 2016, that campaign finance reports show that in the critical weeks before the May 2012 GOP primary, Ted Cruz put “personal funds” totaling $960,000 into his Senate campaign. Two months later, shortly before a scheduled runoff election, he added more, bringing the total to $1.2 million — “which is all we had saved,” as Cruz described it in an interview.

But a review of personal financial disclosures that Cruz filed later with the Senate does not show a liquidation of assets that would have accounted for all the money he spent on his campaign. What it does show, however, is that in the first half of 2012, Ted and Heidi Cruz obtained a low-interest loan from Goldman Sachs, as well as another one from Citibank. The loans totaled $750,000 and eventually increased to $1 million before being paid down later that year. Both loans had floating interest rates around 3%, generally in line with rates available to wealthy borrowers at that time.

Neither loan appears in reports filed by Cruz’s senate campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Candidates are required to disclose the source of money they borrow to finance their campaigns. Other campaigns have been investigated and fined for failing to make such disclosures, which are intended to inform voters and prevent candidates from receiving special treatment from lenders.

A spokeswoman for Cruz’s presidential campaign, Catherine Frazier, acknowledged that the loan from Goldman Sachs, drawn against the value of the Cruzes’ brokerage account, was a source of money for the Senate race, but insisted that the failure to report the loan was “inadvertent” and that there had been no attempt to hide anything. Frazier did not address whether the Citibank loan was used also for Cruz’s Senate race.

Former election commission lawyer who specializes in campaign finance law Kenneth Gross, however, disagrees.

Gross said that listing a bank loan in an annual Senate ethics report — which deals only with personal finances — would not satisfy the requirement that it be promptly disclosed to election officials during a campaign: “They’re two different reporting regimes. The law says if you get a loan for the purpose of funding a campaign, you have to show the original source of the loan, the terms of the loan and you even have to provide a copy of the loan document to the Federal Election Commission.”

Specifically, in failing to report the two bank loans to the FEC, Cruz violated:

  • 52 USC 30104 (b)(2) (6), which requires the committee of a federal candidate to disclose on a report filed “loans made by or guaranteed by the candidate”; and
  • 52 USC 30104(b)(4)(d), which requires the reporting of “repayment of loans made by or guaranteed by the candidate”.

ZeroHedge points out that someone will have to file an official complaint against Cruz, and the FEC could impose fines. But if evidence emerges that his failure to disclose the loans was ‘knowing and willful,’ he could be criminally prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to campaign finance experts.

Aside from Ted Cruz’s dishonesty in not reporting the loans to the FEC, there is also the matter of his hypocrisy.

In 2012 when he ran for the Senate as a darling of the Tea Party, and in his current presidential campaign, Ted Cruz presents himself as a populist for the “little man,” against Wall Street bailouts and the influence of big banks in Washington. Recently, when asked about the political clout of Goldman Sachs in particular, he replied:

“Like many other players on Wall Street and big business, they seek out and get special favors from government.”

As financial analyst Martin Armstrong puts it:

The dishonesty here is that Cruz has pretended to stand against the bankers…. I am sorry. But Cruz is bought and paid for and would be in the pocket of the New York Banks no different than Hillary, Bush, or the rest of them who take money from this crowd. You do not forget to report a loan from Goldman Sachs when your wife is a managing director. Come on. How stupid do we have to be to entertain this excuse?

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~Eowyn

Betrayal: GOP funds Planned Parenthood, Syrian “refugees” and amnesty for illegals

Someone please tell me why we had voted a Republican majority to the House and Senate?

Tweedledee & Tweedledum

House Republicans, led by new Speaker Paul Ryan, have completely caved in and given their approval to a $1.67 trillion, 2,100-page, debt-ridden omnibus spending bill. 

In so doing, the Republicans are stabbing in the back Americans who had voted for them in the 2014 mid-term elections by funding:

  1. Obama’s massive wave of “refugees” from Syria and other terror-risk countries (170,000 people in 2016 alone!).
  2. Obama’s 2012 radical amnesty agenda for illegal “immigrants,” sanctuary cities and the release of criminal aliens.
  3. Massive increase in H-2B visas for foreign labor used to displace American workers.
  4. Obama’s climate change agenda.
  5. Fully funding Planned Parenthood, 5 months after a series of videos showed Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of unborn baby parts and discussing illegal partial-birth abortions.

All this, while increasing the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars.

House members were given little time to actually read the spending bill. Congressman David Brat (R-VA), who voted an emphatic “No” on the bill, said in an email that 2,100-page bill was dropped on his desk at 1:30 AM Wednesday morning.

Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman, a board member of the Center for Medical Progress that conducted the undercover video investigations, says the funding shows “the corrupt, establishment Republicans are once again walking lockstep with the pro-abortion Democrats to give the criminal enterprise Planned Parenthood more money. Over the past six months, we have proven that Planned Parenthood routinely engages in gross criminal conduct that includes profiting from the sale of fetal body parts, changing the abortion procedure to put their profits ahead of women’s safety, and killing children that were born alive.”

And to think Paul Ryan actually calls himself a Roman Catholic. steaming-turd-smiley-emoticon

Breitbart rightly calls the Ryan-Pelosi deal a “total and complete sell-out of the American people”.

Sources: LifeSiteNews; Breitbart.com

~Eowyn

Obama makes devil’s horns hand-sign in Turkey

The Group of Twenty or G-20, founded in 1999, is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors of 20 major economies: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (EU). The purpose of the G-20 is to study, review and promote high-level discussion of policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability.

This year, the G-20 Summit took place in Antalya, Turkey, on November 15-16, 2015.

When Obama was in Antalya, this pic below was taken of him making a devil’s horns hand-sign.

Obama makes devil sign

The pic was posted on the Facebook page of Nassar F. Nasralha on Nov. 20, 2015, with the following comment:

During his visit to Turkey on the occasion of the G-20 annual meeting in Antalya Obama doing sign of the Grey wolves a Turkish fascist group which is anti-semitic, anti-Israel and Jews, anti-Christians, anti Armenians and anti Kurds…

According to Wikipedia:

The Grey Wolves (Turkish: Bozkurtlar) . . . is a Turkish nationalist organization. It is variously described as ultra-nationalist or neo-fascist. Formally a youth organization with close links to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), it has been described as MHP’s “militant youth arm”, “unofficial militant arm”, and “paramilitary and terrorist wing”…. The Grey Wolves have a “strong emphasis on leadership and hierarchical, military-like organisation.”

The ideology of the Grey Wolves is described as:

  • Race-based: belief in a “Turkish race”
  • Supremacist: belief in “the superiority of the Turkish race”)
  • Theocratic: “its conception of the Turkish nation is blended with Islam”; “The principle of . . . the synthesis of Turkishness and Islam is very dominant in their rhetoric and activities.”
  • Their ideal Turkish nation is Sunni-Islamic and mono-ethnic, inhabited by “true” Turks.
  • Pan-Turkist: The Grey Wolves seek to unite the Turkic peoples in one state or empire stretching from the Balkans to Central Asia, including the newly independent Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union.

The UK’s Telegraph calls the Grey Wolves an “ultra-nationalist Turkish terrorist group”.

The Grey Wolves and Nationalist Movement Party supporters are known for their hand sign, which represents a wolf head. It is made by holding up the forefinger and little finger.

Grey Wolves hand sign

Grey Wolves hand sign

Call it the Grey Wolves’ sign all you want, it’s still the devil’s horns hand-sign, by whatever name.

devil's horns

Anton LaVey, founder of Church of Satan, makes devil's horns sign

Anton LaVey, founder of Church of Satan, makes devil’s horns sign

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of LaVey and Obama:

Anton LaVey & Obama make devil's horns handsign

At best, Obama was making the Grey Wolves salutation, which means the President of the United States was expressing his solidarity with an Islamic racial supremacist terrorist group. At worst, the President of the United States was making the devil’s hand-sign.

To all those who voted for the POS in 2008 and again in 2012, you must be so proud.

But then, Obama voters probably are proud of him, being satan worshippers themselves. I honestly can’t explain their votes otherwise.

Lest we forget, here’s FLPOS making the “Grey Wolves” satanic hand-sign.

Michelle Obama on March 2009 Vogue cover

H/t FOTM’s maziel

~Eowyn

Coal company to pay $5,000 fine for ‘fire Obama’ signs

Getty Image

Getty Image

The Hill: A major coal mining company has agreed to pay $5,000 to settle charges that it violated election spending rules by distributing anti-President Obama signs in 2012.

In a settlement announced Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Murray Energy Corp. admitted that it failed to disclose paying for signs that read, “STOP the WAR on COAL — FIRE OBAMA” in the months before the 2012 presidential election.

Following a complaint by a liberal group in Ohio, FEC investigated the signs, for which Murray paid about $22,000.

The agency found that the signs are not expressly prohibited under current campaign finance law, but Murray should have disclosed on the signs themselves who paid for them, and filed regular reports about its spending, which FEC determined was meant to sway the election fight between Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee that year.

“Because Murray Energy’s ‘STOP the WAR on COAL – FIRE OBAMA’ signs are public communications that contain express advocacy, they required a disclaimer,” FEC attorneys said in an administrative filing.

Murray, led by Robert Murray, is an outspoken critic of Obama’s environmental agenda, which it says amounts to a “war on coal.” Robert Murray received widespread attention in 2012 when he was accused of compelling coal miners to attend a Romney rally.

In its own filings, attorneys for Murray said the company only paid to reproduce signs that had already been printed. To accuse it of electioneering for simple furthering a “pop culture” phenomenon would be outside of the scope of election law, Murray argued.

FEC reached the settlement in September, but only disclosed it Friday.

Murray Spokesman Gary Broadbent said the company and Bob Murray “consider the matter closed, will continue to vigorously exercise their rights to participate in the political process as the law allows.”

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Obama’s DOJ considers “racist” and “anti-government” Americans to be domestic terrorists

Remember that 2008 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secret memo that identified Americans who love liberty, are “fiercely nationalistic,” “anti-global,” pro-life, pro-Second Amendment gun rights, Christian, and military veterans, to be “domestic terrorists”?

Now the POS is going one step further by creating a new position in the Department of Justice (DOJ) — the Domestic Terrorism Counsel — who is charged with coordinating investigations into “domestic terrorists,” specifically Americans who are “racist” (whatever that means) and “anti-government” (whatever that means).

Assistant Attorney General John Carlin

Eric Tucker reports for the AP, Oct. 14, 2015, that in a question-and-answer session after a George Washington University speech, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, head of the DOJ’s national security division, said that while the international terror threat occupies the public attention, federal officials are just as concerned about domestic terrorism from Americans motivated by anti-government views and racist ideologies. 

Carlin said that Americans inspired by racial hatred (whatever that means) — but without any ties to established terror groups — are a “clear and present danger” to the public. He claimed that more Americans have been killed in recent years in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups.

The new Domestic Terrorism Counsel will be the main point of contact for U.S. Attorney offices nationwide and will work to identify trends across cases, help shape strategy and analyze legal gaps that need to be closed.

By the latter the Obama administration seems to mean a specific legal gap between how the DOJ deals with “international” terrorists like Islamic State sympathizers and how it deals with “domestic terrorists.” In the case of IS sympathizers, they are routinely charged with providing material (financial) support to foreign terror groups. But, due to First Amendment concerns, there’s no comparable legal statute for “domestic terrorists” like Americans who aid white supremacist organizations.

Carlin said, “To do that for a group here would mean, based on who the group is and what they’re doing, that the entire group is designated as the terrorist group.” 

In other words, the DOJ is proposing that any and all Americans whom the Obama administration deems to be “racist” or “anti-government” would be designated as domestic terrorists. 

How does the Obama administration define “racist” or “anti-government”?:

  1. Is it by behavior, and if so, what specific behaviors constitute “racist” or “anti-government”?
  2. Or is the Obama administration defining “racist” and “anti-government” not just by behavior, but also by speech and thought? — which appears to be the case, given the administration’s identification of the First Amendment, with its guarantee of freedom of speech, as a legal obstacle to going after “domestic terrorists.”

Welcome to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

To the liberals=Democrats=Progressives=socialists=commies who are applauding this chilling new notion of “domestic terrorists”:

Today, “racist” and “anti-government” Americans are designated to be “domestic terrorists.” Tomorrow, the definition of “domestic terrorists” may well be expanded to include liberals.

To those Americans (and who knows how many illegal aliens) who had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012:

May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.

Founding Fathers were domestic terrorists

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~Éowyn

Obama to let in 10,000 Syrian refugees despite no way of identifying terrorists

Obama did say when he was first elected in 2008 that he meant to “fundamentally transform” America.

The millions who voted, twice, to send this man to the White House will have to answer to their conscience for what they inflicted on America and the world.

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Obama’s policy and conduct in the Middle East are nothing but a disaster.

The disaster began with his celebration of the so-called Arab Spring that brought the radical Muslim Brotherhood (MB) into power in Egypt and replaced the Khadaffi regime with chaos in Libya.

Then the premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq brought instead a new lethal threat of ISIS that now, as the Islamic State, controls a broad swath across Iraq and Syria. (See Blowback: ISIS leaders are former officers of Saddam Hussein’s army”)

Meanwhile, Obama is determined to do the same to Syria by arming and training so-called rebels who are every bit as extreme as the MB and ISIS, to topple the Assad government, under which Syrian Christians and Muslims have lived in peace. See:

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The time for Civil Disobedience is here: Kentucky county clerk imprisoned for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals

On November 12, 2012, a week after Americans re-elected Barack Obama to the White House, Dr. Paul Kengor mournfully — and presciently — declared a sunset for the culture of life in the Untied [sic] States. He wrote:

The battle to end legal abortion in America is over. The election and reelection of Barack Obama has made Roe v. Wade a permanent part of American life, with tens to hundreds of millions of unborn babies the coming casualties. Barack Obama got two Supreme Court picks in his first term and will get more in his second.

But it’s worse than that. All of us will now be handmaidens in this destruction. In the not-so-distant past, abortion advocates didn’t demand that all of us forcibly pay for their abortions—and for Planned Parenthood, contraception, and embryo destruction. They weren’t demanding that taxpayer-funded contraception become a new “entitlement.” That, too, has changed under Barack Obama, and we will not be able to conscientiously object as faithful [Christians]….

This is a devastating defeat. The heights of abortion absurdity will be thrust to once unimaginable depths.

Little did Dr. Kengor know then what we now know that the “heights of abortion” involved the harvesting of organs and tissue from still-alive aborted late-term babies in the taxpayer-funded slaughter-houses of Planned Parenthood. (See “Planned Parenthood horror: Baby’s heart beats during harvesting of his brain”)

Nor did Dr. Kengor anticipate that 2½ years after, the U.S. Supreme Court would rule that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. (See “Judicial Tyranny: Dissenting opinions on Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage”)

But where Dr. Kengor was wrong was in predicting that “we will not be able to conscientiously object as faithful” Christians. Faithful Christians are doing just that, most notably a brave Kentucky county clerk named Kim Davis.

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis

Four days ago, on September 3, 2015, Kentucky Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses for two months since the Supreme Court, by a razor-thin margin of one (5-4), legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015. She argues that her Christian faith — “God’s moral law” — should exempt her from signing the licenses.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning jailed Davis for contempt of court — for refusing to follow his order to issue the licenses. Bunning said Davis’ religious beliefs don’t allow her to disobey the law, “Her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense.” Banning said he didn’t make the decision lightly and spoke of his own religious beliefs. But he said that the oath he took, and the oath Davis took, supersedes those beliefs. Bunning also said that it’s not his job or the court’s job, but that of the legislative and executive branches, to write laws or make changes.

Meanwhile, 5 of 6 Rowan County deputy clerks all succumbed and told Judge Banning they would hand out marriage licenses to homosexual couples beginning the next day, Sept. 4. The lone holdout is Davis’ son.

Kim Davis' mug shot

Kim Davis’ mug shot

Kim Davis’ attorney Roger Gannam called Judge Banning’s decision “unprecedented.” Gannam said this is the first time in history that an American has been jailed for believing in their conscience, “for having the belief of conscience that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”

Bunning told Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. Davis says her supporters are raising funds for her, but she herself hasn’t requested any money. (Source)

U.S. federal judge David Bunning

U.S. federal judge David Bunning

David Bunning was appointed by Pres. George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He is the son of Jim Bunning, who was a U.S. senator from 1999 to 2011. Throughout Davis’s months-long legal battle, Bunning made it clear that he knew his decision to force the Rowan County clerk to follow the law put him at odds with the deeply held personal beliefs of a lot of Americans, himself included. Bunning wrote in his ruling:

“Personal opinions, including my own, are not relevant to today. The idea of natural law superseding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed. Our form of government will not survive unless we, as a society, agree to respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions, regardless of our personal opinions. Davis is certainly free to disagree with the court’s opinion, as many Americans likely do, but that does not excuse her from complying with it. To hold otherwise would set a dangerous precedent.”

“Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!” -Isaiah 35:4

Please pray for Kim Davis.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Éowyn