The ultimate delusion:
The female in this video believes the Obamessiah will put gas in her car and pay her mortgage:
Straight from the socialist playbook:
Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father,Â lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.
Bob Krum notes that rather than help the aunt Obama used as a prop,Â his campaign has shut her up. Mark Steyn sums up the moral:
The London Times story of Barack Obama’s Aunt Zeituni – like that of his penniless brother and the Kenyan grade school he promised to help – is interesting not only as a reflection on the candidate’s belief thatÂ “spreading the wealth around” is a centralized government mandateÂ to be imposed on Joe the Plumber rather than a personal act by, say, a wealthy memoirist whose books repackage colorful relatives to highly lucrative effect.
TigerHawkÂ concedes that we’re not obliged to support every relative, but wonders why we’re not allowed to hear if Obama’s relatives agree with his characterisation of their relationship and history.
Obama’s “spread the wealth” plansÂ sound worryingly like his father’s.
From the Bolt blog
Daniel Pipes makes the connection betweenÂ Obama’s Mansion and Saddam’s Money:
Barack Obama appears to have personally benefited from funds originating in Saddam Hussein’s regime. It’s a complicated connection, but one that deserves the consideration of Americans voters.
|Nadhmi Auchi (left) with Illinois’ governor, Rod Blagojevich, in 2004.|
Two similar figures, Nadhmi Auchi and Antoin S. “Tony” Rezko, served as the intermediaries. Both are Middle Eastern males of Catholic Christian heritage who left Baathist dictatorships for Western cities (Auchi from Iraq to London, Rezko from Syria to Chicago). Both became successful businessmen who hobnobbed with politicians and promoted Arab interests. Both have been convicted of taking kickbacks and both stand accused of other shady dealings.
Auchi, born in 1937, is the more successful. When young, he joined Saddam in the Baath Party. He founded his main financial instrument, theÂ General Mediterranean Holding SAÂ in 1979 â€“ revealingly, while still in Iraq. A year later, he emigrated to the United Kingdom. GMHSA now describes itself as a diverse group of 120 companies with consolidated assets of over US$4.2 billion. TheSunday TimesÂ (London) recently estimated Auchi’s personalÂ wealthÂ at Â£2.15 billion, making him the 27thÂ richest person in Britain. He garnered manyÂ honorsÂ along the way.
On the dark side, a French court in 2003 convicted Auchi ofÂ taking kickbacksÂ in the Elf Affair and handed down a suspended jail sentence and fine. One analyst,Â Hector Igbikiowubo, calls this “probably the biggest political and corporate sleaze scandal to hit a western democracy since World War II.” Also in 2003, one of Auchi’s firms was accused of taking part in aÂ price-fixing cartelÂ of prescription medicines. In 2004, a report by the Pentagon’s International Armament and Technology Trade Directorate found “significant and credible evidence” that Auchi organized a conspiracy to offer bribes to winÂ mobile telephone licenses in Iraq. He wasÂ barred from entering the United StatesÂ in 2005.
|Tony Rezko (left) with Illinois’ junior senator, Barack Obama.|
Rezko, born in 1955, arrived in the United States in 1974 to study civil engineering. After some work on road construction projects, he went into the fast-food business, then into real estate, with help from Auchi. His political involvement began in 1983 with a mayoral campaign, after which he acquired a taste for cultivating up-and-coming politicians, notably Obama and the current governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.
Rezko too has extensive legal problems, starting with a June 2008 conviction on sixteen counts of taking kickbacks from companies wanting to do business with the State of Illinois. He also stands accused of evadingLas Vegas gambling debtsÂ and using false information in theÂ sale of his pizza businesses. In contrast to Auchi’s wealth, Rezko is said to be over $50 million in debt.
In three steps, these corrupt businessmen tie the Democratic Party presidential candidate to the executed Iraqi tyrant:
- Saddam Hussein made use of Auchi: Auchi’s fortune largely grew through his Iraq government connection, much of itÂ sub rosa. In the 1980s, he procuredÂ Italian military ships. By 1993, the Italian banker Pierfrancesco Pacini Battaglia testified about Auchi bribing Iraqi officials for an Italian engineering company and called Auchi “one of the most important intermediaries in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries.” Auchi is also a major shareholder in BNP Paribas, the French bank deeply implicated in the U.N.’s corrupt IraqÂ oil-for-food program.
- Auchi made use of Rezko: RezkoÂ lobbied for AuchiÂ to be allowed into the United States. A wholly-owned GMHSA subsidiary,Â Fintrade Services Inc., transferred a loan of $3.5 million on May 23, 2005 to Rezko.
- Rezko cultivated Obama: Rezko offered Barack Obama a job in 1990, which Obama declined. Still, Rezko persisted, hiring him forÂ legal workÂ and hosting in 2003 an early fundraiser that, writes David Mendell inÂ Obama: From Promise to Power, proved “instrumental in providing Obama with seed money” for his nascent U.S. Senate campaign. Then, on June 15, 2005, just twenty-three days after receiving Auchi’s $3.5 million, Rezko partnered with Obama in aÂ real estate deal: while Rezko’s wife paid the full asking price,Â $625,000, for an empty adjoining lot which they then improved, subdivided, and partially sold to Obama, Obama acquired a mansion for $1.65 million, $300,000 under the asking price.
Summing up: Barack Obama’s house purchase depended on favors from Rezko, flush with a “loan” from Auchi, whose fortune derived in part from Saddam Hussein’s favor.
When seen in the context of Obama’s other dubious connections (Ayers, Davidson, Wright, Khalidi, et al.), this network is all the more alarming.
Oct. 29, 2008 update: Additional details and updates on this subject are available at “More on the Links between Obama and Saddam Hussein.”