How The Left Works

This is how the Left and the Obama campaign and its surrogates and shills work. In the quest for the Presidency they seem to be willing to use any and all means – legal, quasi-legal, or outright criminal – to achieve their aims.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about “Joe the Plumber.”

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama’s tax proposals.

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, attempted to portray the inquiries as politically motivated. “It’s outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama’s allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen who dared to ask a legitimate question,” he said.

Isaac Baker, Obama’s Ohio spokesman, denounced Lindsay’s statement as charges of desperation from a campaign running out of time. “Invasions of privacy should not be tolerated.  If these records were accessed inappropriately, it had nothing to do with our campaign and should be investigated fully,” he said.

The attorney general’s office is investigating if the access of Wuzelbacher’s BMV information through the office’s Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway computer system was unauthorized, said spokeswoman Jennifer Brindisi.

“We’re trying to pinpoint where it came from,” she said. The investigation could become “criminal in nature,” she said. Brindisi would not identify the account that pulled the information on Oct. 16.

Records show it was a “test account” assigned to the information technology section of the attorney general’s office, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Thomas Hunter.

Brindisi later said investigators have confirmed that Wurzelbacher’s information was not accessed within the attorney general’s office. She declined to provide details. The office’s test accounts are shared with and used by other law enforcement-related agencies, she said.

On Oct. 17, BMV information on Wurzelbacher was obtained through an account used by the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency in Cleveland, records show.

Mary Denihan, spokeswoman for the county agency, said the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services contacted the agency today and requested an investigation of the access to Wurzelbacher’s information. Cuyahoga County court records do not show any child-support cases involving Wurzelbacher.

The State Highway Patrol, which administers the Law Enforcement Automated Data System in Ohio, asked Toledo police to explain why it pulled BMV information on Wurzelbacher within 48 hours of the debate, Hunter said.

The LEADS system also can be used to check for warrants and criminal histories, but such checks would not be reflected on the records obtained by The Dispatch.

Sgt. Tim Campbell, a Toledo police spokesman, said he could not provide any information because the department only had learned of the State Highway Patrol inquiry today.

Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch

The Obama campaign is reported to have threatened the Jewish groups sponsoring the rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN with potential loss of their tax exempt status if they had Palin and not Clinton or Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden speak at their rally.

In key swing states Obama has set up “Truth Squads” composed of law enforcement officers and high profile prosecutors to intimidate any media outlet that airs or publishes any article critical of Sen. Obama that they – Obama and his Truth Squads – feel is false or misleading.

Obama has attempted to use the US Congress’ Special Prosecutor to attack the entire GOP and the current US administration due to their investigations into the actions of ACORN in key swing states. He has made spurious claims that the ivestigation of voter fraud and voter registrations fraud is somehow related to Congress’s witch hunt over the dismissal of seven U.S. attorneys in late 2006.

Now it seems that that either the Obama campaign – they deny the allegations – or more likely some of Obama’s supporters have illegally used Ohio state law enforcement data in the attacks against Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Joe The Plumber.

I find it most disturbing that the illegal searches came from the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency. It’s frightening to think that the Obama supporters might use Joe’s children in their attacks upon him. Was this an attempt to punish Joe the Plumber by having his children removed from his custody? Probably not, but it still should send a chill of fear down all our spines.

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11 Responses to “How The Left Works”

  1. Ari Collins Says:

    Hey, Jo,

    Gotta say, I’m a little disappointed. When last I checked in on your site, you were definitely not an Obama supporter, but I didn’t think you were going to start quoting rumors as fact, as is the tendency within the conservative blogosphere.

    First off, on the Joe the Plumber privacy story, I absolutely agree with you that what someone did to look into his information is absolutely wrong. (See http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4499860 for when this was done to McCain, Obama, and Clinton.) But to speculate that the Obama campaign has had something to do with it, or further that they are trying to use Joe the Plumber’s children against him? I mean, that’s right up there with this weekend’s conservative blogger speculation that Obama went to Hawaii to cover up birth certificate fraud. In other words, it’s a wholly baseless claim. Of COURSE it puts chills down your spine. As any good ghost story should.

    As to the “spurious” claims the Obama campaign is making, you will find those claims written in many prominent newspapers long before Obama mentioned them. They are not spurious. Here is a complete timeline of the attorney firing scandal, complete with numerous sources: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/usa-timeline.php

    Here is an excellent article on fired attorney Iglesias. It includes, in his own words, why he was fired. http://www.pubrecord.org/law/360.html?task=view

    The more important issue, to me, is the question of voter fraud with ACORN. The issue is: if an ACORN worker goes out and fills out a registration card with Mickey Mouse on it, what do you think happens? Can Mickey Mouse vote? There’s an important difference between voter fraud and voter REGISTRATION fraud. Registering voters without their knowlege is registration fraud. It is fraud perpetrated ON ACORN. If I’m an ACORN worker and I register an inmate, or a dead person, or a cartoon character, what exactly is the problem? The problem is that ACORN has to clean it up, which, painfully, includes being legally required to turn those cards in to the state (imagine if they were allowed to throw out registration cards they didn’t consider valid, now THAT would be an issue). But an inmate or a dead person or a cartoon character are not going to swing an election.

    What it comes down to is this: the ACORN story is about a nonprofit group trying the best it can to get poor people and minorities registered. The GOP does not want that. The GOP this year has tried its best to suppress poor people and minority votes. Rhetoric aside, even the most liberal estimates of voter registration fraud accounts for a couple thousand illegal votes each year, and that kind of estimate is, again, an extreme estimate. But voter SUPPRESSION has cost hundreds of thousands of people, mostly minorities and the poor, the right to vote. This strategy won Bush both of his terms in office. ( http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10432334/was_the_2004_election_stolen )

    In 2000 and 2004 and 2006 the Republicans used ACORN as a shield, acting like its occasional voter registration fraud was an actual problem, thus diverting attention from their truly massive voter suppression efforts. When their attorneys failed to turn up any voter fraud cases, they fired them. This is all on the public record, and to suggest that the Obama campaign is making spurious claims on something that you clearly haven’t researched, Mr. Nolan, is drinking the Kool Aid from your own campaign.

    I have no problem with the ideas of conservativism, though obviously I disagree with them. And I don’t know what I would do if the party whose ideas I believe in was the party that was responsible for the incredible, illegal, unamerican acts that the GOP has been responsible for the last eight years. I would probably stand by the party anyway, frankly. Acknowlege that the party is corrupt and dirty and manipulates democracy to its own ends, while trying to support the ideas behind the party platform. What I would not do is try to pretend that it’s the other party that is trying to steal the vote, while spreading horribly misguided internet rumors that do nothing but reflect poorly on the rumor-mongers.

    Good day.

  2. Lou F. Says:

    > The Obama campaign is reported to have threatened the Jewish groups sponsoring the rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN with potential loss of their tax exempt status if they had Palin and not Clinton or Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden speak at their rally.

    Do you have a link for this? I read that the threats were made by the National Jewish Democratic Council, which is not “the Obama campaign”.

  3. jonolan Says:

    Lou,

    See the following:

    http://armandsrancho.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-disinvited-by-blackmail.html
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/09/21/dems-threaten-anti-iran-rally-organizers-irs-attack-if-they-let-
    http://wcbstv.com/local/clinton.palin.event.2.821565.html

    One could argue that there was no smoking linking the Obama campaign definitively with the threats, but it seems more than likely that calls were made and threats issued. I say this because Palin’s invitation was not rescinded into after the Obama campaign was contacted.

    I’m also unsure if it matters whether the threat came directly from the Obama campaign or from one of its surrogates. Either way a threat was leveled at the organization because they were going to do something that might disadvantage Obama.

  4. Akira Says:

    Speaking of how the left works, to see why it’s a waste of time trying to have a debate with lefties [especially Obamites], not that the blog-owner left a comment 5 hours after mine [#2] was still unapproved, which means he has no intention of publishing my question for you. I’ve noticed that they hardly ever have any dissent in their comments, so I thought you were an Obamite zombie who was starting to come to his senses.

    QUOTE, from http://jaymerton.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/i-don%E2%80%99t-get-excited-over-voter-polls-and-other-stuff:

    1. jonolan, on October 28th, 2008 at 8:30 Said: That is not what is meant by dismissed for lack of standing. That means that Berg – or anyone else – is not considered to have the right to file a suit on this matter and vs. this person or agency. That is what bothers me. … I think that a US citizen has the right to demand verification of a presidential candidate’s legal eligibility to be POTUS. I certainly think any and all US citizens are sufficiently affected by the matter at hand. These lawsuits have been to force Obama to provide the pertinent documents, not to gather the document themselves.

    2. Akira, on October 28th, 2008 at 10:10 Said: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Jonolan,

    The actual ruling states that Berg lacks standing because even if his concerns about Obama not being eligible as a natural-born citizen should prove to be well-founded, and Obama is in fact ineligible to run, Berg himself would not be an injured party.

    Justice Surrick also determined that only congress could determine who met the 3 presidential requirements and who did not.

    The second argument is faulty, and debatable; but the first point is sheer insanity. Who does the judge consider an injured party and therefore worthy of being granted status? Only Edwards, Clinton, Gravel etc? Donors to Obama’s campaign, because they would have been defrauded? Donors to Clinton because Obama forced her to spend more than she would have otherwise? How ridiculous! Obviously every itizen would be an injured party if it were proven that Obama is not a citizen.

    Regardless of the legalities, how on Earth can Obamites take pleasure in Obama’s “victory” in court, knowing that the leading candidate in a presidential election refuses to make his birth [and health and employment and educational] records public? How can that be something to celebrate?

    How about you, Jonolan, can you answer the following question:

    Q. If Obama has in fact already released the details of his birth, then why does he refuse to grant permission to make his birth records public?

    http://brianakira.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/what-obama-could-be-trying-to-hide/

    3. boomerjack, on October 28th, 2008 at 15:30 Said: Jonolan: If there is real concern, why then is Senator McCain not pursuing this? Certainly there are more honorable people to initiate a case–neither Mr. Martin nor Mr. Berg based upon their past activities are particularly credible persons to initiate these actions. I suspect the remaining cases will be dismissed as well.

    UNQUOTE

    See what cowards they are?

    Notice how he ignores the basic problem — a presidential candidate wants to keep his birth records secret — and instead attempts to distract attention by making irrelevant ad hominem attacks against the people filing the suits [here are 8 I know of] and bringing up McCain [whose actions now are guided by political and image concerns].

    McCain’s actions are irrelevant. Because McCain has decided not to pursue this matter, then you or I or Berg or whoever is now forbidden to assert our right to birth information about a presidential candidate?

    Anyway, I’m still amazed that these Obamites think it’s a victory that their idol has managed to get so far keeping his birth, health, employment and educational records secret.

    If the media ever turn on Obama, I bet there’ll be hundreds of suicides from his disillusioned acolytes.

  5. Akira Says:

    Lou F.: “The National Jewish Democratic Council…is not “the Obama campaign”.”

    Really? It’s not?

    http://www.njdc.org/

    Really? A matter of semantics? Is this not campaigning for Obama?:

    http://moleprogressive.blogspot.com/2008/06/obama-vs-mccain-jewish-perspective.html

    Note their arrogance. NJDC is not presents as A Jewish perspective, but as THE Jewish perspective.

    Further:

    “Vote for Obama ’cause some of his best friends are Jews!”

    http://brianakira.wordpress.com/2008/10/19/vote-for-obama-cause-some-of-his-best-friends-are-jews/

  6. Akira Says:

    Lou F.: “Do you have a link?”

    Akira’s Source Marketwatch.com – edited by Jonolan so the link would work

    “Yesterday, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, under pressure from the Obama campaign, withdrew its invitation to Gov. Palin.”

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=24036

    “The current US presidential campaign interfered with the Jewish community’s efforts to build a united front against the Iranian nuclear threat last week. Supporters of the Obama campaign launched an effective political power play to force the secular leadership of the American Jewish community to dis- invite Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin from a speaking role at Monday’s anti-Iran rally near the UN.”

  7. jonolan Says:

    Akira,

    Though this comment is wildly off-topic for this post, I’ll answer it since Boomerjack seems to not have wanted to let you have your say on his blog.

    “Q. If Obama has in fact already released the details of his birth, then why does he refuse to grant permission to make his birth records public?”

    I have no answer for that. Anything I would say would be pure speculation, which is the core of your issue I believe.

    Here was my response to Boomerjack:

    My issue is not with the validity or lack of validity of the claims made by the plaintiffs. My issue is Obama and the DNC’s motion to dismiss, and the judge’s agreement to such an action, based on the idea that the plaintiffs weren’t entitled to file the suit in the 1st place.

    I strongly feel that any American citizen meets the criteria for “standing” on this issue – even annoying nut-jobs like Berg and Martin.

    Thanks for stopping by, Akira – please return when you can :)

  8. Akira Says:

    Jonolan,

    Boomerjack is confused about the meaning of “one who has standing” (or, perhaps, willfully distorts the meaning?).

    He takes it to mean who has access according to the Hawaiian statute, and that is beyond contention. Only Obama [or his parents] has [or would have] authority to allow access to his birth records, according to Hawaiian statute.

    However, Berg etc are requesting that the courts override that statute, in the national interest, since being a natural-born citizen is one of the only 3 prerequisites for a presidential candidate.

    The court didn’t address the question of whether the statute may or may not be over-ridden, but “merely” ruled that even if such an over-riding WERE permitted, Berg would not have standing to insist on it, because even if it were proven that Obama is not eligible to run for the presidency, Berg would [amazingly] “not have suffered PERSONAL injury”.

    + + +

    As for the question, “If Obama has in fact already released the details of his birth, then why does he refuse to grant permission to make his birth records public?”

    As far as I can figure out, the only logical responses are:

    He hasn’t actually made his records public, or he has made them only partially available because there must be a/some detail(s) in his original Birth Certificate that he doesn’t want examined.

    I don’t understand how anybody can logically argue that he can’t have something to hide.

    + + +

    I believe without a doubt that regardless of his reasons and regardless of the content of his birth certificate, if American citizens were simply aware of the fact that Obama’s lawyers have in seven cases so far argued that his birth records are a private matter, then he wouldn’t stand a hope in hell of winning any state [perhaps only Minnesota and DC...].

  9. Akira Says:

    http://brianakira.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/rough-notes-re-dismissal-of-berg-case/

  10. Akira Says:

    Re Obamite’s search of Joe the Plumber [no search into Obama's records of course]:

    Helen Jones-Kelley is a lowlife bitch ~ BIG SISTER is watching for THE ONE

    http://brianakira.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/helen-jones-kelley-is-a-lowlife-bitch-big-sister-is-watching-for-the-one/

    The Head of Ohio’s Job and Family Services gave the maximum-permitted political donation to Obama and approved a Child-Support search on Joe Wurzelbacher immediately after hearing his name in a presidential debate

    But there’s nothing sinister about it. “Oh, We Always Do That”

    Big Sister Is Watching

    QUOTE

    Ohio’s inspector general is investigating why a state agency director approved checking the state child-support computer system for information on “Joe the Plumber.” Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, confirmed today that she OK’d the check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher following the Oct. 15 presidential debate.

    She said there were no political reasons for the check on the sudden presidential campaign fixture though the Support Enforcement Tracking System.

    Amid questions from the media and others about “Joe the Plumber,” Jones-Kelley said she approved a check to determine if he was current on any ordered child-support payments.

    Such information was not and cannot be publicly shared, she said. It is unclear if Wurzelbacher is involved in a child-support case. Reports state that he lives alone with a 13-year-old son.

    “Our practice is when someone is thrust quickly into the public spotlight, we often take a look” at them, Jones-Kelley said. “Our practice is to basically look at what is coming our way.”

    The use of a state computer system to search for information on Wurzelbacher is the fourth uncovered by The Dispatch.

    Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland [who appointed Jones-Kelley this past January] is satisfied that there are no political overtures to the check on Wurzelbacher, a spokesman said.

    UNQUOTE

    So there you have it. No big deal Move on. Nothing to see here.

    Joe’s name was also searched at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in the Toledo Police Department’s criminal records, and in the office of the Attorney General.

    Good to know they’re so keen on looking into every person who’s name they ever here.

    It’s absolutely irrelevant that Jones-Kelley is an Obama supporter.

    This women is so hard-working that I feel it’s only fair to urge all bloggers everywhere to find out whatever you can about every single little detail of this woman’s life!

  11. Daniel Yahraes Says:

    Ummm… Obama became President because all sorts voted for him… he couldn’t have done it unless people on the left AND THE RIGHT voted for him…

    You do understand that, right?

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