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Chicago PD has a secret interrogation “black site”

black site is a location at which a publicly unacknowledged black (or highly classified military/defense) project is conducted.

The term has gained notoriety in recent years in reference to secret prisons operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), generally outside of U.S. territory and legal jurisdiction, which are used by the U.S. government in its War on Terror to detain alleged unlawful enemy combatants. The existence of CIA black sites or secret prisons was acknowledged by then-President George W. Bush in a speech on September 6, 2006.

Well, it turns out black sites are not just run by the CIA or outside of the United States, we have a black site right here in Chicago, Illinois, Obama’s hometown! But it took a foreign newspaper, the UK’s The Guardian, to discover that, not the august New York Times or Washington Post.

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Homan Square, the Chicago PD’s black site

On Feb. 24, 2015, The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman had an exclusive on the “equivalent of a CIA black site” operated by police in Chicago. Here are excerpts:

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead. […]

The secretive warehouse is the latest example of Chicago police practices that echo the much-criticized detention abuses of the US war on terrorism. While those abuses impacted people overseas, Homan Square – said to house military-style vehicles, interrogation cells and even a cage – trains its focus on Americans, most often poor, black and brown.

Unlike a precinct, no one taken to Homan Square is said to be booked. Witnesses, suspects or other Chicagoans who end up inside do not appear to have a public, searchable record entered into a database indicating where they are, as happens when someone is booked at a precinct. Lawyers and relatives insist there is no way of finding their whereabouts. Those lawyers who have attempted to gain access to Homan Square are most often turned away, even as their clients remain in custody inside.

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes.

Chicago civil-rights attorney Flint Taylor said Homan Square represented a routinization of a notorious practice in local police work that violates the fifth and sixth amendments of the constitution. “This Homan Square revelation seems to me to be an institutionalization of the practice that dates back more than 40 years,” Taylor said, “of violating a suspect or witness’ rights to a lawyer and not to be physically or otherwise coerced into giving a statement.”

Much remains hidden about Homan Square. The Chicago police department did not respond to the Guardian’s questions about the facility. But after the Guardian published this story, the department provided a statement insisting, without specifics, that there is nothing untoward taking place at what it called the “sensitive” location, home to undercover units. […]

A former Chicago police superintendent and a more recently retired detective, both of whom have been inside Homan Square in the last few years in a post-police capacity, said the police department did not operate out of the warehouse until the late 1990s.

But in detailing episodes involving their clients over the past several years, lawyers described mad scrambles that led to the closed doors of Homan Square, a place most had never heard of previously. The facility was even unknown to Rob Warden, the founder of Northwestern University Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, until the Guardian informed him of the allegations of clients who vanish into inherently coercive police custody.

[…] Chicago police guidelines appear to ban the sorts of practices […] lawyers said occur at Homan Square. A directive titled “Processing Persons Under Department Control” instructs that “investigation or interrogation of an arrestee will not delay the booking process,” and arrestees must be allowed “a reasonable number of telephone calls” to attorneys swiftly “after their arrival at the first place of custody.” Another directive, “Arrestee and In-Custody Communications,” says police supervisors must “allow visitation by attorneys.”

[…] Police often have off-site facilities to have private conversations with their informants. But a retired Washington DC homicide detective, James Trainum, could not think of another circumstance nationwide where police held people incommunicado for extended periods. “I’ve never known any kind of organized, secret place where they go and just hold somebody before booking for hours and hours and hours. That scares the hell out of me that that even exists or might exist,” said Trainum, who now studies national policing issues, to include interrogations, for the Innocence Project and the Constitution Project.

[…] Cook County, home of Chicago, has received some 1,700 pieces of military equipment from a much-criticized Pentagon program transferring military gear to local police. It includes a Humvee, according to a local ABC News report.

Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project, said that Homan Square, as well as the unrelated case of ex-Guantánamo interrogator and retired Chicago detective Richard Zuley, showed the lines blurring between domestic law enforcement and overseas military operations. 

The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said. “They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”

Writing for The Intercept, Feb. 26, 2015, Juan Thompson describes the experiences of two Chicago black site detainees.

Kory Wright

Kory Wright

Kory Wright, a Chicago resident and computer program analyst, claims that 9 years ago, he spent some 6 brutal hours at Homan Square, zip-tied to a bench in an intentionally overheated room without access to water, phone, or a restroom. He was never read his Miranda rights and his arrest was not put into the police system until after he gave false statements to try and end his ordeal.

Eventually, Wright was taken to Cook County jail, where he was processed and charged with distribution of heroin and cocaine. In the end, the drug charges against Wright were thrown out, though not before he’d spent six months under house arrest because his mother lacked the money to fund a bond for release.

Deandre Hutcherson, a friend of Wright’s swept up in the same police raid, described attacks to his face and genitals. Hutcherson was shackled to a bench and was being interrogated in another room. “He [a Chicago police officer] gets up, walking toward me,” Hutcherson alleges. “I already know what’s finna happen. I brace myself, and he hit me a little bit and then take his foot and stepped on my groin.” According to Hutcherson, the officer struck him two or three times in the face before kicking his penis. “You must think I’m a fucking idiot,” Hutcherson says his attacker told him. Within an hour, Hutcherson, who was in town for his mother’s funeral, faked an asthma attack that unnerved the police. He says they then released him from detention and sent him on his way.

The Chicago Police Department declined to address the specific allegations from Wright and his friend, providing only a general statement denying abuses at Homan Square. “CPD abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility,” the statement read. “There are always records of anyone who is arrested by CPD, and this is not any different at Homan Square.”

Kory Wright was attending Wilbur Wright Community College, and taking criminal justice courses, when he was detained at Homan. He says he had hopes of becoming a police officer in the city of Chicago before that June day. His experience at Homan, and his subsequent arrest, caused him to miss a semester of school. Fortunately, Wright recovered, and today, at age 29, he is working on his master’s degree in network engineering at DePaul University. He lives in Bronzeville, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, and is the father of a new baby girl. But the torture he says he suffered at Homan continues to haunt him. “The whole thing caused a rift between me and my mom. I didn’t like being black at all after that, and when I got to DePaul, I started trying to be as white as possible,” a doleful Wright told me. “Being black is a curse.”

Note: Kory Wright is now a programming analyst at Aon Hewitt. Here is his LinkedIn page. Send him a note of encouragement!

H/t Activist Post

~Éowyn

Why It’s Hard To Sleep

The heat is turning up

The enemy knows Obama has signaled defeat

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The screen grabs above are from today, February 27 2015, on Breitbart.com.
Sweet dreams, all of you who voted for Obama.


States that restrict abortion have lower maternal mortality rates: Mexican study

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LifeSiteNews: An international team of medical researchers comparing maternal mortality rates and abortion laws in 32 Mexican states claims it has disproven the claim of abortion promoters that easy access to abortion will reduce maternal deaths.

Comparing 14 states with constitutional protection for the unborn with 18 states with varying degrees of permissiveness over 10 years, the Chilean-Mexican-American team found that the less permissive states had a maternal mortality rate 23% lower, and a post-abortive mortality rate “up to” 47% lower.

Team member Dr. John Thorp of the University of North Carolina medical school said in a video released along with the study that it “pretty much refutes the conventional wisdom” that freer access to abortion will reduce maternal fatalities because abortions will be done in safe conditions.

The research director, Dr. Elard Koch, director of the sponsoring MELISA Institute and an associate researcher with the University of Chile’s faculty of medicine, said in the same video that the study does not show “making abortion laws less permissive will automatically decrease maternal deaths.”

But what it does show is that more difficult access to abortion has none of the negative impact on death rates claimed by organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Guttmacher Institute.

At the same time, the study shows that states with more permissive laws had higher rates of violence against women. Meanwhile, those states with less permissive laws regarding abortion provided better prenatal care, more skilled maternity staff, and better emergency obstetrics.

Out of 10 factors examined, the one bearing the strongest relationship with reduced maternal mortality rate (MMR) was the mother’s literacy and education levels, which bring knowledge about pre-birth health and hygiene and dispel counter-productive folk “wisdom.” Less permissive states had better literacy rates.

Thorp said the results were not a surprise.  A similar study tracking Chilean MMR through several changes back and forth in abortion laws showed the same factors correlating strongly with a reduced MMR, especially female literacy maternal and access to modern medicine. It also showed that legal abortion access had little to no relevance.  Thorp also noted a study comparing abortion laws and the rate of complications arising from abortions in 23 U.S. states also showed that tighter abortion laws went with fewer complications.

Other factors the study found to be related to higher maternal death rates were “Poverty, malnutrition, and exposure to infectious diseases during the fertile age of women increase the risk of maternal death,” according to Sebastián Haddad, MD, a researcher at the Universidad de Anáhuac in Mexico.

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Wayne Allyn Root on How to Stop aka Obama

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Martin Luther King “was fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system.” King believed that ”the Christian doctrine of love operating through the Gandhian method of nonviolence was one of the most potent weapons available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.”

It is time to adopt MLK’s “doctrine” to defeat Obama. Our nation is upside down. A lie is called the truth. The truth is called intolerant or racist. A Great Depression is a “recovering economy.” Record cold and snow is a sign of global warming. Low gas prices are attributed to the man whose stated goals and policies are to drive energy prices ever higher. The way to “save” the middle class is by taxing them more. Illegal aliens have the same rights as any American-born citizen. And, of course, we can’t use “Muslim” and “terrorist” in the same sentence, even if every terrorist attack is conducted by Muslims.

America’s future is going bad…fast. We have to fight back. We have to act now to take back the country from the evil destroying it.

How bad are things? We have a president who described the attack by a radical Muslim who murdered four Jews in a kosher deli as “random folks shot in a deli”…

We have a president who described twenty-one Coptic Christians beheaded on a beach in Libya by Muslim terrorists because they were Christians as “Egyptian citizens.”

We have an administration that, as ISIS beheads and burns to death prisoners, proposes the solution is finding “jobs for jihadis.”

We have a president who has set up a hotline for illegal aliens to complain about border agents “violating their rights.”

We have a president more concerned about the rights of Muslim terrorists, Gitmo detainees, and illegal aliens than you and me.

We have a president more willing to negotiate with murdering Mullahs in Iran than negotiate with Republicans in Congress.

We have a president who orders the release of tens of thousands of illegal alien felons putting them back on the streets to rob, rape, and murder.

We have a president who orders the IRS to audit honest businessmen…but gives $24,000 checks to illegal aliens.

Thanks to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, we know we have a president who committed fraud to sell Obamacare and bankrupt the middle class he thinks of as “too stupid to understand.” He told lies including “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.” and “The average middle class consumer’s cost will go down.” All lies, fraud and misrepresentation.
Martin Luther King advocated non- violent resistance to fight evil. Here are four non-violent actions we can take to slow or stop the evil that is destroying America and our children’s future.

The New York City police showed us the first way. Mayor DeBlasio made clear his distaste and disrespect for the police, the same way Obama has made clear his distaste for the military, law enforcement, border agents, business owners and the US Constitution. Just as police stood with their backs to Mayor DeBlasio, concerned citizens and patriots, especially Republican Senators and Congressmen need to turn their backs to Obama wherever he appears.

Martin Luther King knew visual images like this change public opinion. Turning our backs on the individual perpetrating the evil, can paint a picture that independent and “undecided” citizens need to see. They need to know it’s deadly serious and it’s time to stop worrying about political correctness.
GOP political leaders need to stop making believe we don’t have a Muslim sympathizer in the White House, a fraud willing to lie and illegally target, persecute and intimidate his critics. They need to stop making believe he isn’t a criminal willing to violate the US Constitution. They need to stop making believe Obama isn’t consciously implementing a purposeful plan to destroy America by bankrupting taxpayers under a blizzard of taxes, regulations, and debt; showering illegal aliens with amnesty, massive entitlements, free healthcare, and of course, the right to vote without being citizens.

Stand up America. We must all admit the truth and show our anger by standing with our backs to the president. What Obama is doing to America is no different than what DeBlasio is doing to the New York City police. Standing with our back to Obama is a perfect example of Martin Luther King’s “non-violent resistance.”

Second, we must use the courts, filing lawsuit after lawsuit against Obama’s illegal actions. On Monday a federal judge blocked Obama’s amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. We must use the liberal trick of “law-suiting” Obama to death. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Another perfect example of Martin Luther King’s non-violent resistance.

Third, we must use States Rights to destroy Obama’s plans. Exhibit A- each state, at least those led by GOP Governors, should pass a law making it a crime for noncitizens to attempt to register to vote with a MANDATORY five years in prison, $100,000 fine, and deportation after prison. Then start a P.R. campaign in Spanish and conduct high-profile prosecutions. Democrats will find it very difficult to get illegal volunteers to the voting booth. Another perfect example of Martin Luther King’s non-violent resistance.

Fourth, our GOP Congress must find the courage to impeach Obama. Simple. There are so many obvious and clear charges. Lead with Obama’s use of fraud to pass Obamacare. Charge Jonathan Gruber and force him to give evidence and roll over on Obama to avoid life in prison for being the architect of the first trillion-dollar fraud in world history.

This is how we stop evil in America. Without resorting to violence. Martin Luther King would be proud.

New VA secretary Robert McDonald lied about being in Special Forces

“The lie is the distinguishing feature of evil, because of its self-devouring commitment to what is not: it is an inner vacuity.” -Anthony Esolen

How did deception and lying become so facile and common place in high places?

We have a President who lies habitually and can’t seem to tell lies from truth. Writing for the New York Post on Sept. 13, 2014, author Jack Cashill said he’s counted 75 significant lies since Obama’s campaign for president began, excluding the casual fibs and hyperbole Obama “spouts seemingly every day.” Here are some big whoppers:

“If you like your health insurance, you can keep your insurance.”

“After Obamacare, your insurance premiums will go down.”

Jon Gruber never worked for me.”

“We revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time.” — about the Benghazi attack of Sept. 11, 2011.

“Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”

We also have a network news anchor Brian Williams, who makes an annual salary of $10 million that most Americans can only dream of, repeating a lie for 12 years that he was in a helicopter that was shot down by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) in Iraq in 2003.

And now we have another public figure, the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald who, like Brian Williams, is a very successful man and, leaving aside the immorality of lying, doesn’t need to lie to burnish his credentials.

On the evening of Jan. 30, 2015, McDonald joined some volunteers who were out in the mean streets of Los Angeles counting the number of homeless veterans — all captured on video by CBS News.

McDonald came upon a black homeless vet.

Robert McDonald and homeless vet, L.A., Jan. 30, 2015

The exchange between McDonald and the homeless vet begins at the 1:07 mark in the CBS news video (click here):

McDonald: Do you happen to be a veteran, sir?

Vet: [indecipherable]

McDonald: Really? Army? Navy? Air Force?

Vet: Army

McDonald: What year?

Vet: Special Forces

McDonald: Special Forces! What years? I was in Special Forces!

The exchange was broadcast in a Jan. 30 CBS News story about the VA’s efforts to find and house homeless veterans.

Wikipedia says Robert McDonald, 61, a retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble, had graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for 5 years, primarily in the 82nd Airborne Division, attaining the rank of Captain.

On February 23, 2015, 24 days after McDonald’s encounter with the homeless Special Forces vet, The Huffington Post published an article by David Wood stating that McDonald “wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in the Army’s elite special forces.”

Wood pointed out that:

U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Army Rangers, Delta Force, Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces (also known as the Green Berets) — but not the 82nd Airborne. […]

In fact, McDonald never served in special forces. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975, completed Army Ranger training and took courses in jungle, arctic and desert warfare. He qualified as a senior parachutist and airborne jumpmaster, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division until he resigned his commission in 1980. While he earned a Ranger tab designating him as a graduate of Ranger School, he never served in a Ranger battalion or any other special operations unit.

It was only when Huffington Post contacted McDonald to explain himself did this cabinet-level secretary in the Obama administration admit he had “misspoken”:

“I have no excuse,” McDonald told The Huffington Post, when contacted to explain his claim. “I was not in special forces.” […]

McDonald told The Huffington Post that he “wanted to clear up the confusion I probably created — I did create” in the exchange with the homeless man in L.A. Saying he was in special forces, McDonald said, “is not right. I was not in special forces. What I said was wrong.”

McDonald said he has many friends in the special forces community “and I have great respect for special forces.” But, he added, “as I thought about this later I knew this [claim] was wrong.”

When the homeless veteran claimed to have served in special forces, McDonald said, “I reacted spontaneously and I reacted wrongly, [with] no intent in any way to describe my record any different than it is.”

Ironically, McDonald was selected by Obama to replace Eric Shinseki, the retired Army general who resigned in disgrace last May following reports of widespread corruption and malfeasance within the VA.

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~Éowyn

Major U.S. magazine breaks with Obama admin by calling ISIS Islamic and apocalyptic

Dr. Eowyn:

This is VERY IMPORTANT, sobering, and downright frightening, so please make time to read it. The West has become so secular and post-modern relativists, we are incredulous about people who genuinely, truly are ideological/religious fanatics. Our politicians and opinion leaders made that mistake with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and they are doing it again with ISIS or the Islamic State.

Read and listen to what ISIS says! Put simply, ISIS is bat sh*t crazy. Not only are they Islamic, they are fundamentalist in their beliefs. Not only are they fundamentalist Muslims, determined to return the world to the medieval ages and committed to the grotesque barbarism wielded by Mohammad (beheadings, crucifixions, slavery), ISIS is apocalyptic in their beliefs. They are convinced the end times are near, and that the Islamic State is an instrument to bring on the apocalypse.

Please read and forward/disseminate via email & social media. Do it for your lives and those of your loved ones.

God help us.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

In his bestseller book, People of the Lie, the late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, M.D., wrote that just as physicians must first properly diagnose and name a disease in order to cure it, we must first name a problem in order to combat it.

Although ISIS/ISIL calls itself the Islamic State, President Barack Obama refuses to identify the group that now controls a third of Syria as either Islamic or a state. Instead, in his speech of Sept. 10, 2014 and since, he calls the Muslim jihadists — who have been slaughtering Christians in Iraq, Syria, and most recently beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya — generic “terrorists.”

Taking their cue from Obama, U.S. media like NBC News also call ISIS “terrorists,” absent any qualifying adjective. And although he denounced the beheading of the Coptic Christians and called them “martyrs,” Pope Francis similarly refuses to identify their killers as…

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Twilight of Capitalism: Number of U.S. corporations at lowest level in 40 years

“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” -Obama in a campaign speech on July 13, 2012, in Roanoke, Virginia.

“We don’t believe anybody is entitled to success in this country.” -Obama in a campaign speech on Oct. 5, 2012, in Fairfax, Virginia.

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For more than six years, America’s entrepreneurs and businesses have been subjected to a stream of verbal abuses from a President whose own life has been one of privilege and mediocrity, instead of his “poor me” portrayal of himself as a child of a single mother who spent his childhood in an impoverished Third World country (Indonesia) and then was raised by his grandparents in difficult circumstances. (More on that later.)

So it shouldn’t surprise us that after years of Obama’s hectoring, the can-do spirit of American capitalism seems to have petered out.

Ali Meyer reports for CNS News, Feb. 19, 2015, that the number of business corporations in the United States has hit the lowest level seen in 40 years, according to data from a report by the Tax Foundation.

It doesn’t take an Einstein genius to know that fewer businesses mean fewer jobs and less tax revenue for the government.

The report, “America’s Shrinking Corporate Sector,” states that “recently released IRS data shows that there were 1.6 million C corporations in 2011. This is the lowest number of traditional corporations since 1974 and 1 million fewer than there were at the peak in 1986. In other words, in every year since 1986, roughly 40,000 U.S. corporations have disappeared from the tax rolls. However, the losses have accelerated since 2006 to a rate of about 60,000 per year.

While C corporations have seen a decline in number over the years, the number of partnerships and S corporations have increased.

Note: C corporations generate more tax revenue for the federal government because they face double taxation due to the corporate tax and shareholder taxes on dividends on capital gains. In contrast, S corporations and partnerships are subject to just one layer of tax, the individual income tax, because they pass their profits to owners who report them on their individual tax returns.

 The Tax Foundation’s report explains:

“The decline of the traditional corporate sector has generally coincided with the rise of the pass-through sector, comprised of businesses such as partnerships and S corporations that pass profits to owners who report them on their individual tax returns. Pass-through businesses are subject to just one layer of tax, the individual income tax, while C corporations face double taxation due to the corporate tax and shareholder taxes on dividends and capital gains.”

But the problem is more than C corporations being eclipsed by S corporations, as the latter aren’t doing that well either. The report explains that in addition to a decline in the number of corporations, business sector growth and profits have taken a dip as well:

“The recession and subsequent slow recovery have led to slow overall growth in the business sector. As a result, the growth rate of pass-through entities have tapered off in recent years.

Since 2006, S corporations have grown at a rate of about 1 percent a year, down from a rate of about 8 percent in the 20 years prior. Likewise, partnerships have grown at a rate of about 2 percent a year since 2006, down from a rate of about 3 percent in the 20 years prior.

Not only has the total number of traditional corporations declined, so has the total of their profits. C corporation profits, while extremely volatile, have generally trended downward as a share of GDP in recent decades, while the profits of S corporations and partnerships have trended upwards.”

The irony is that when Obama told entrepreneurs, “You didn’t build that!” and “You’re not entitled to success in this country” ’cause it’s all due to “blind luck” and piggy-backing on “a generation of women doing someone else’s laundry and looking after someone else’s children to get you here,”Obama is projecting his life history onto us. It is his success that’s all due to blind dumb luck.

*Obama said that in his keynote address at the Harvard Law School Association “Celebration of Black Alumni” Award Luncheon on Sept. 17, 2005. (WND)

For the truth is Barry Soetoro Barack Hussein Steven Dunham Obama grew up in privilege. He was born to a maternal grandmother (Madelyn Dunham) who was the vice president of a bank in Honolulu. From ages 6 to 10, Obama lived in the home of his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, in an exclusive section of Jakarta, Indonesia. The family was so well off that they hired a gay transvestite nanny to look after young boy Obama.

As recounted in the Washington Examiner‘s Special Report “The Obama You Don’t Know,” when he was 10 years old, mommy sent him back to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents who paid for his education at the costly élite private Punahou School — one of the most expensive schools in Hawaii — which Obama attended from 1971 to 1979. Obama admitted in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, that his grandfather had pulled strings to get him into Punahou: “There was a long waiting list, and I was considered only because of the intervention of Gramps’s boss, who was an alumnus.”

After he graduated from Punahou, Obama went across the Pacific Ocean to attend the private Occidental College in Southern California. Today, tuition for a full-time student at Occidental College is $43,490 per year, which doesn’t include room-and-board and the costs of books and supplies.

After two years at Occidental, Obama transferred to another expensive private university, Columbia University, where no student or faculty can remember ever having seen him in the two years he supposedly spent there, reportedly graduating with a mediocre 2.6 (B-) GPA . Despite his lackluster GPA, he was admitted to yet another expensive private university, Harvard University Law School.

By his own account, Obama was a mediocre student in high school and college who lived a “party” lifestyle of cocaine and booze. Since he refuses to make public his college records, including his GPAs at Occidental, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School, as well as his SAT and LSAT scores, we can assume that those records are lackluster because, being the grandiose narcissist that he is, he would most certainly make known those records if they were sterling.

After Harvard Law, he taught for 12 years at University of Chicago Law School as a part-time lecturer, not professor. Despite Time magazine gushing in 2008 about Obama being “a rock-star professor with hordes of devoted students,” his law student evaluations show him to be a mediocre teacher. After his first two years of teaching, his popularity fell steadily. In 1999, Obama was the third-lowest-ranked lecturer at Chicago Law School that year, with only 23% of students saying they would repeat his racism class. By 2003, only a third of the student evaluators recommended his classes.

And, unlike others on the Chicago Law School faculty who published numerous articles in legal journals, Obama’s byline did not appear in a single legal journal while he taught there. Nor did he publish any articles in legal journals before and after his stint at Chicago Law School, which is puzzling for someone touted as “the smartest man ever.”

While he was teaching part time at Chicago Law, he served one singularly undistinguished term in the Illinois State Senate. According to Gov Track.us: “From Jan 2005 to Oct 2008, Obama missed 314 of 1300 recorded or roll call votes, which is 24.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.4%.”

Then he was elected to the U.S. Senate where, after having served only two lackluster years, he decided to run for president and became his party’s nominee. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he was hailed as messiah and compared to Jesus, despite his mediocrity and in spite of his pro-abortion and pro-infanticide positions that are the antithesis of Christ. With just a vague campaign slogan of “Hope and Change,” millions of Americans projected their dreams and fantasies onto this man whom the media deliberately refused to vet, and elected him President of the most powerful country on Earth.

After just 9 months as president, without a single foreign policy achievement, he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

In other words, when Obama decries success as due to blind dumb luck, he was describing himself. For surely, his astonishing successes are not due to any excellence on his part.

Yes indeed, Obama. You didn’t build that! And you most certainly didn’t earn, don’t deserve, and are not entitled to your success.

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~Éowyn