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If Democrats Had Their Way…


If Democrats Had Their Way…

Remember New Coke? It was a dismal failure and the company scrapped it. How about three slice toasters? They were supposed to be the rage once, too. But nobody bought them and they disappeared into the dustbin of history.

That’s how life works in the private sector. If people don’t buy and the product doesn’t deliver, it disappears. Companies and individuals are forced to develop winning strategies in order to survive. If not, they perish.

The policies of the Democratic Party are not like that. The policies of the Democratic Party — high taxes, exorbitant union contracts and pensions, excessive government regulation, gun control, dysfunctional schools, etc. — continue to produce one failed program after another, yet they are fully supported by an average of 52% of the voting public. If they operated in the private sector, they would be forced into bankruptcy. However, because they are funded by our tax dollars, they have a never-ending spigot of cash flowing into their coffers. In essence, they are rewarded for failing.

Detroit is a city that has been under complete Democratic control for over forty years. And when I say complete, I mean complete. Every official, every policy, every decision affecting Detroit has come 100% from the Democratic Party and their supporters. The result? Bankruptcy.

Detroit is $2.5 billion in debt. That’s billion, with a “b”. Thousands of homes, buildings, and businesses are vacant and abandoned, and two thirds of the city’s street lights do not work.

Detroit is America’s most dangerous city with a violent crime rate five times higher than the national average. It’s the murder capital of the country, and — because it’s under Democratic control — Detroit has strict gun control laws.

In short, Detroit is a hellhole. A man-made, Democratic-Party-created hellhole. And it’s exactly what all of America would look like if Democrats had their way.

Detroit is not an aberration. It is a direct result of Democratic leadership and how applying the principles of the Democratic Party actually play out in real life. It’s as simple as 1 + 1 = 2. You do this action, you get this result.

If Detroit shows all of us the natural consequence of what happens when the Democratic Party gets its way, why do people support it? Why do tens of millions of Americans continue to vote for Democrats? The answer, I believe, consists of five distinct elements within the Democratic Party.

In the first group are the hardcore socialists and communists that form the leadership and financial backing of the Democratic Party. These are the folks that actually hate America and want to destroy it. (See https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/22/99549/). They are the corrupt union leaders, the financial donors, the advisors, the radical college professors and teachers, the leaders of various “equality” groups and causes, the militant feminists, the Islamic extremists, education officials and administrators, and the actual politicians themselves. I estimate their numbers to comprise 5% of less of the Democratic Party.

To this first group, Detroit is a shining example of how they would like all of America to be. Many of them are atheists, or outright satanists, and they hate not only America, but also Christianity, because they see Christians as the primary roadblock that keeps them from turning America into a Communist dictatorship. Death, murder, kidnapping, and rape mean nothing to them if it helps to accomplish their objective.

The second group is big business and union members. The majority of those in this group do not hate America, however they can develop intense hatred toward any individual or group that threatens their current financial status. They support the Democratic Party because it pays.

For big business, that means bailouts, favorable loans, taxpayer subsidies, and government regulation to create monopolies and eliminate competition. You know who I’m talking about: Hollywood, Facebook, Yahoo, Apple, GE, Wall Street, owners of professional sports teams, etc.

For union members, it means maintaining their high salaries, pensions, insurance, and paid holidays. You’ll find many teachers in this group. All together, this second group comprises about 20% of the Democratic Party. They vote for their own personal gain, regardless of how much it hurts their country or their fellow citizens.

The third group consists of the media. I estimate them to comprise 5% or less of the Democratic Party. Like the first group, many of them are hardcore socialists and communists who also hate America, but their hatred is cloaked with a thinly disguised intellectual disdain. They consider themselves smarter than everyone else. Though they are intelligent, they suffer from a total lack of wisdom. If their intellectual superiority is threatened, they can revert to most violent and animalistic of natures, all condoned through intellectual justification.

This third group — the media — do everything they can to obscure reality in order to confuse and indoctrinate the fourth group: Useful Idiots.

“Useful idiot” sounds like a harsh term, but it was actually coined by the Left to describe many of their followers. (See https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/12/29/are-you-a-useful-idiot/)

It saddens me to say that I have many friends, acquaintances, and co-workers in this group. They are nice people. Many of them would give you the shirt of their back, or rush to your aid at the first sign of an emergency. Sadly, they just don’t know very much about history or politics.

Useful idiots have been dumbed down at school and at home. Now in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond, they continue to believe everything they’re told by the mainstream media. They have been exposed to alternate information only in the form of ridicule. Many of them are so busy working, earning a living, raising families, paying bills, and looking for love that they just don’t have time to read and educate themselves.

I was in the position of not having time to read myself until I was laid off a couple of years ago and actually had time to research what was happening in the country. That’s when I discovered this site, Commieblaster, Moral Matters, and many more.

In this group you will also find many females who have been taught to accept abortion and feminism, and many males who accept abortion and feminism as a means to seduce and sleep with the aforementioned females. (See https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/11/15/an-open-letter-to-obama-supporters/) I estimate useful idiots to comprise a full 40% of the Democratic Party.

The fifth and final leg of the Democratic Party are what I call Useful Leeches. This group consists of all races and ages, and they are far worse than the useful idiots. Useful idiots actually mean well. Useful leeches are angry, bitter, resentful, and believe that the world owes them a living. They survive on government handouts: food stamps, welfare, Section-8, disability, etc., and they hate themselves because of it.

Useful leeches have no desire to improve their station in life and would love nothing better than to drag the entire country down to their level of misery and poverty. Not surprisingly, this group tends to be extremely racist and intolerant. They live in a constant state of fear.

The hardcore socialists and communists of the first and third groups love useful leeches, because they are so easily manipulated. They make excellent shock troops, and can be employed to strike fear among the population and silence critics on the right.

If there’s any hope of saving our country, it lies with the useful idiots. With extremely few exceptions, the members of the other groups are not going to change. Useful idiots CAN change if they are approached and educated correctly. A friendly conversation here, a book or article passed along there, and slowly but surely the tide can be turned.

If we can begin to sway even 5-10% of the useful idiots, we can tilt the balance of our country back to its Constitutional foundation. We can’t look to others to do this. The work is ours. The future of our country rests with us.

(Thanks to my friend, Alan, for suggesting this topic.)






Why this state senator left Illinois for Texas

Roger Keats was an Illinois State senator and a Republican Cook County Board President candidate.

Two years ago, Keats and his wife, Tina, decided they couldn’t take Illinois any longer. And so, “voting with their feet and their wallets,” they left the state that had been their home for 60 years, for Texas.

They bade farewell to their Illinois friends in a Wilmette Beacon article and with the letter below which is published in Illinois Review and many other sites. The letter has gone viral, widely disseminated via email.

Just remember President Lucifer the POS began his political career in Illinois!

H/t FOTM’s igor.


Roger & Tina Keats Roger and Tina Keats


As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well.  I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it.  After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart.  BUT enough is enough!  The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can’t continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here.  I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen.  In 2012 we will have 18.  Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/4rd of our population.  Don’t blame the weather, because I love 4 seasons.

Illinois just sold still more bonds and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds! Junk Bonds!  Illinois is ranked:

  • 50th for fiscal policy;
  • 47th in job creation;
  • 1st in unfunded pension liabilities;
  • 2nd largest budget deficit;
  • 1st in failing schools;
  • 1st in bonded indebtedness;
  • highest sales tax in the nation;
  • most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat).

Five of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted.  That is more than the other 49 states added together!  Then add 32 Chicago Aldermen and (according to the Chicago Tribune) over 1000 state and municipal employees indicted.

The corruption tax is a real cost of doing business.  We are the butt of jokes for stand up comics. We live in the most corrupt big city, in the most corrupt big county in the most corrupt state in America.  I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks.  A day rarely passes without an article about the corruption and incompetence.  Chicago even got caught rigging the tests to hire police and firemen!

Our Crook County CORPORATE property tax system is intentionally corrupt.  The Democrat State Chairman who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House and the most senior alderman in Chicago each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their client’s tax assessments.

We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax while Illinois’ just went up 67%.  Texas’ sales tax is ½ of ours, which is the highest in the nation.  Southern states are supportive of job producers, tax payers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents.  Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.

In The Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool.  It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for and the property taxes are 1/3rd of what they are here.  Crook County’s property tax system is a disaster: Wilmette homes near ours sell for 50% more and their property taxes are ½ of ours.  Our assessed home value was 50% higher than the sales price.  The system is unfair and incompetent. Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20% and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes over 20% in one year.

I could go on, but enough is enough.  I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us.

I will miss our friends a great deal.  I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life.  But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost effective government.  We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets.

Our best wishes to all of you,


Roger and Tina Keats


Who had insider knowledge of the impending Cyprus bank confiscation

Throughout the week of “negotiations” between the Eurozone Powers that Be and the government of Cyprus, on how much of Cypriots’ privately-owned bank deposits would be confiscated looted in exchange for a €10 billion ($13 billion) loan to bail out the heavily indebted country, I was wondering if any of Cypriot elite’s money would be among those “large” (€100,000 or more) bank deposits that would be “levied.”

At the time, I said to FOTM’s joandarc that I very much doubted that the elites would lose their money. I also said that the Cyprus Bank Robbery is setting a terrible precedent and indeed, the contagion already had seeped to other countries (Spain and New Zealand), with the Eurozone chair declaring that the personal bank accounts of other countries can also be raided. I thought out loud that being a small island country, Cyprus probably was chosen by TPTB to be the guinea pig because its small population of a million people are unlikely to mount much of a protest, investigation, or resistance.

Sadly, my cynicism proved to be warranted.

We now have substantial credible evidence that the elite had insider knowledge and so withdrew their money out of Cypriot banks before the the Kabuki “negotiations” had even begun. In the words of Tyler Durden, “the Cyprus deposit confiscation was known by virtually everyone on the ground days and weeks in advance.”

In February, there was a massive surge in Cyprus deposit outflows. Italian media said €4.5 billion ($5.9 billion) left the island in the week before the crisis.

So who had insider knowledge?

The face of corruption: Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades

1. Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades:

  • Anastasides had warned his close friends to move their money abroad before the financial crisis engulfed the country. The respected Cypriot newspaper Filelftheros made the allegation which was picked up by German media. The Cyprus newspaper did not say how much money was moved abroad but quoted sources saying Anastasiades “knew about the possible closure of the banks” and tipped off close friends who were able to move vast sums abroad.

2. The Russians: Cypriot banks were a favorite of Russian nationals, and even they knew and pulled out their money.

3. 132 companies and individuals withdrew their deposits in the two weeks from March 1 to March 15, and transferred them to banks outside Cyprus. Among them is the company Loutsios & Sons, which transferred €21 million to a UK bank. The company’s owner is alleged to have family ties with President Anastasiadis.

The following images are a list of the 132 companies and individuals. (Note: The first vertical column lists the names of companies and individuals; the 2nd, 3rd and 4th columns record the amounts withdrawn in various currencies; the 5th and last column refers to the date of transfer, i.e., the date when the money withdrawal was made.)

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Meanwhile, the latest news is that the Cyprus government’s parliamentary committee tasked with tracking down the leaks, has suspended its probe into who withdrew money early.

Sources: Daily Mail, March 22, 2013; ZeroHedge, April 1, 2013; Sigma.


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Obama gets illegal foreign campaign donations through China-based fundraiser

Money is the lifeblood of political campaigns.

For the first time in U.S. history, a political campaign will hit the billion-dollar mark. After raising $181 million in September, Obama’s re-election effort has raised nearly $950 million this cycle, with one month left until Election Day.

In the interest of protecting U.S. national interests so that America isn’t auctioned off to the highest bidder, federal law prohibits political campaigns to accept or solicit donations from foreign countries and foreign nationals. But a study by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) finds that  Obama’s reelection campaign likely is getting millions of dollars in foreign contributions, funneled through a prominent Democratic donor named Robert Roche.

Roche founded and sits on the board of Acorn International Inc, a media and branding direct sales company based in Shanghai, China. He lives in China, has deep connections to the Chinese Communist Party, and is a frequent visitor to the Obama White House.

The GAI’s mission is to investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance. Its website enables anyone to send them a report about government corruption.

H/t FOTM’s BritCapitalist


Robert Roche in 2011

China-Based Fundraiser Linked to Illegal Foreign Donations

BY: Andrew Stiles, Washington Free Beacon,  10/8/12

A prominent Democratic donor with ties to the Red Chinese government may be implicated in the Obama campaign’s flouting of federal campaign finance law, according to a bombshell investigative report.

The groundbreaking new study, authored by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), highlights the “curious case” of Obama.com, a website previously, and possibly still, owned by Obama campaign bundler and frequent White House visitor Robert W. Roche.

The website—which is not one of the hundreds of different domain names owned by the Obama campaign—is examined at length in the report as a major potential gateway for illegal foreign donations to the campaign.

Visitors to the site, more than two-thirds of which are located outside the United States, are redirected to the Obama campaign’s main donation page at barackobama.com.

The GAI investigation found numerous links to Obama.com on foreign blog sites and forum boards, links that “increase the probability that foreign nationals will try to donate to the Obama campaign.” Furthermore, the GAI discovered that search engine optimization (SEO) techniques were employed at some point in order to generate foreign traffic to Obama.com.

Federal election law prohibits campaigns from knowingly accepting or soliciting donations from foreign nationals.

The GAI report cited Obama.com’s existence and the unusually lax online security measures on the Obama campaign’s donation page as evidence the campaign may be breaking the law. At the very least, these two factors indicated the need for further investigation.

Roche, who has raised nearly $850,000 for Obama since 2007, registered the domain in September 2008. It is unclear if Roche still owns the site, however, as it switched to an anonymous registration in October 2010.

In October 2008, the site began redirecting its mostly foreign visitors to content on my.barackobama.com, the campaign’s social media platform that frequently solicits donation over email. The site employs no safeguards to ensure that potential donors are American citizens.

Following Obama’s victory in November 2008, Obama.com began redirecting visitors to a page selling inauguration merchandise and soliciting donations for the inauguration celebration. Roche personally donated $50,000, the maximum allowable amount.

He has contributed more than $375,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees since 2007,and at least $100,000 to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA, which notably ran an ad suggesting that Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney was responsible for a Missouri woman’s death from cancer.

At some point in 2012, the webpage began directing visitors to a donation page on the Obama campaign’s website.

The campaign website, meanwhile, is able to monitor traffic and donations coming from Obama.com using a unique tracking number.

The Obama campaign raised more than $500 million online in 2008, the vast majority of which came in amounts less than $200. Federal election law does not require campaigns to collect information about the individual making the donation at such a low level.

Investigation into the campaign’s online fundraising in 2008 uncovered thousands of examples of fraudulent donations from nonexistent people.

Additionally, the Obama campaign does not employ basic verification safeguards to weed out fraudulent online payments, even though doing so would save them millions of dollars in processing fees. As a result, the campaign is extremely susceptible to illegal activity.

Kenneth Sukhia, a Florida attorney retained by GAI to examine the legal implications of the report, argued that the findings raise serious questions about the Obama campaign’s motivations. “There is reason to suspect that such decisions may be motivated by the belief that more money could be raised through foreign contributions than lost in added fees by declining security tools designed to stop them,” Sukhia wrote.

Originally from Chicago, Roche has lived in China and Japan for the past 27 years. During that time, he has developed extensive ties with the communist Chinese government and many of the largest state-owned businesses in the country.

Roche co-founded Acorn International in 1998, and currently serves as chairman of the board. The Shanghai marketing firm specializes in infomercials.

Roche is represented by Haiwen and Partners, a politically connected law firm that also works for many of China’s largest state-owned companies, such as the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Coal Energy Company, and China Construction Bank. He is a past chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Board of Governors, and a member of the Board of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative Initiative at Harvard.

Roche also has deep ties to the Obama administration.

In 2010, the president appointed him to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Roche currently co-chairs the Obama campaign’s technology initiative, an effort designed to raise money via the technology and information industry.

White House visitor logs show that Roche, despite living in China, has made at least 19 visits to the executive mansion since 2009, which include at least one private meeting with the president in the Oval Office and several others with senior staff members.

Roche’s connections earned him a spot at the head table at the State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao in January 2011, along with the president and first lady, and other power couples such as the Clintons, Kerrys, and Carters. “How Roche, a businessman running infomercials on Chinese State Television, ended up at the table is puzzling,” notes the GAI report.

Roche, who hosted a fundraiser for Obama in Shanghai on July 11, could not be reached for an interview. A representative for Acorn International did not return a request for comment.

UPDATE: The Wolves of Bell, California

This is an update to the stories of corrupt officials who ran the City of Bell, CA as their private, for-profit fiefdom.  Today the LA Times reported:

Before the Bell scandal broke in the summer of 2010, Rizzo could have expected an annual retirement check of about $650,000, which would have made him the highest-paid pensioner in the state’s largest public retirement system, in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year more from Bell’s supplementary retirement program.

But his pension has now been reduced to about $50,000 a year.

Spaccia could have expected a pension of $250,000 annually from CalPERS, along with a huge bump from the Bell program. As it stands, she will now receive a pension of about $34,000.   Full Story  -LTG
Below is Dr. Eowyn’s original post dated 11/04/2010

Heed these words of Thomas Jefferson, in his 1787 letter to Edward Carrington:

“If once they [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.”

The citizens of California’s working-class city, Bell, are discovering this truth. So should we.


Residents stunned as scope of Bell scandal told

By John Rogers, Associated Press – Nov 9, 2010

BELL, Calif. – Residents of the scandal-plagued city of Bell gasped in shock and disbelief Monday as state auditors told them their political leaders mismanaged tens of millions of dollars of the modest city’s money, using much of it to pay themselves enormous salaries. The auditors spoke at a hearing called by state Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, who said he wanted to give residents of the working-class city of 40,000 a full accounting of what had happened.

Some 300 residents sat quietly in a school auditorium, listening politely as auditors from the state Controller’s office said Bell officials had collected $6.8 million over the past three years by doing such things as illegally raising their property taxes, sewer assessment fees and business license fees. The auditors said Bell officials also took money earmarked for street repairs and affordable housing and used much of it to pay themselves their huge salaries.

Among other things, they were told that:

  • Ousted City Manager Robert Rizzo, who had an annual salary and compensation package of $1.5 million, gave himself an interest-free loan of $93,000, then paid it back with money the City Council put into his retirement fund.
  • Rizzo made $1.5 million in loans from the city’s general fund available to numerous city employees, who were allowed to use accrued vacation time to pay it back — at an interest rate of 0.5%.
  • The city’s six highest paid administrators had a combined annual salary of $6 million.
  • Four of the City Council’s five members were paid more than $100,000 a year.

Although the Controller’s office had released the information in two earlier separate reports, receiving it in its totality Monday seemed to take many people aback. The office plans to release two more audits of Bell in the weeks ahead.

“I was shocked. It’s absolutely outrageous. They were just paying each other with our money,” said Lydia Barrios, who has lived in Bell for more than 30 years.

Rizzo, the four City Council members and four other former Bell officials have been charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.

Three of those council members, Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Councilman George Mirabal, are the subject of a March 8 recall election. The fourth, Councilman Luis Artiga was also targeted for recall but has resigned, and a special election to replace him has been scheduled for March 8.

None of the officials was present at Monday’s hearing and, unlike several City Council meetings in recent months where officials have been insulted and told to resign, the crowd remained calm throughout. Afterward several rose to thank De La Torre for calling the hearing. Several people also said they had recently received tax refunds demanded by the state Controller’s office.

The salary scandal became known in July when the Los Angeles Times received the officials’ salaries under a California Public Records Act request and published them. Several local residents have said they tried to get that information themselves but were ignored. At least one person was given false information, according to the district attorney’s criminal complaint. Part of Monday’s two-hour hearing was given over to an explanation of how to make such public records requests.

Alabama County Biggest Muncipal Bankruptcy in US History

Yesterday, drowning in red ink, Alabama’s Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy, becoming thereby the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. With more than $5 billion in total indebtedness, the Chapter 9 filing on Wednesday surpassed that filed by Orange County California, in 1994.

In so doing, Jefferson County joins three other U.S. cities to go bankrupt: Vallejo, California; tiny Central Falls, Rhode Island; and the most recent, Pennsylvania’s capital of Harrisburg.

Melinda Dickinson reports for Reuters, Nov. 10, 2011, that commissioners of Jefferson County – home to Birmingham, the state’s biggest city and economic powerhouse — voted 4-1 to declare bankruptcy after meeting behind closed doors for two days in a last ditch-attempt to restructure its debt out of court.

Jefferson County, with a population of about 660,000, contains some of the richest neighborhoods in the country as well as pockets of urban poverty and blight.

The county’s debt escalated in the mid-2000s when bond issuance deals to upgrade its sewer system soured amid widespread corruption, bribery and fraud charges that led to some 22 convictions.

Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford

Larry Langford, a Democrat and former mayor of Birmingham, was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year for his role in corrupt business deals that fueled the multibillion-dollar sewer debt. Langford presided over the county commission during the height of the bond swaps that led to the run-up of the massive debt.

There are also widespread fears that the bankruptcy filing could raise borrowing costs for other Alabama governments and school districts. Efforts to forestall Jefferson County’s bankruptcy had already triggered layoffs of government employees and cuts in municipal services.

The bankruptcy filing will also add to concerns about the risks in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market.