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The Unusual Suspects

June 21st, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Seen on Twitter, Roger Simon writes “in the new world of the NSA, the only secret left is Barack Obama’s college grades.”

Somebody’s got to know what they are. But it’s a surprisingly hard question to answer. The records are sealed and nobody remembers. Haaretz writes “Obama’s Israeli Columbia classmates don’t recall the young president — U.S. President Barack Obama, due here for his first official visit next week, graduated college in 1983; yet, none of the 25 or so alumni of his class who are now living in Israel remember laying eyes on him.”

They’re scattered around the country, but Beit Shemesh and Ra’anana seem to be their preferred locales. Four live in Jerusalem and its outskirts, three in Tel Aviv, two are up north in Kfar Vradim, and two live over the Green Line in the settlement of Ginot Shomron.

But here’s the thing: Not one of us remembers Barack Obama – who transferred to Columbia after his sophomore year at Occidental College in California – from our undergrad years, nor do we know anyone else who does.

We have better luck among classmates from earlier days. Kirsten Caldwell, who was with the future president at Punahou was interviewed by PBS. She recalls as much more tantalizing Obama, a boy who still in the process of becoming,  who called himself the “son of an Indonesian king” and “Kenyan royalty” who would someday return to be a “ruler in Indonesia”.

My understanding is that Barry — and that’s what we called him, so I’m not meaning to be disrespectful, but I’m going likely to refer to him as Barry for the most part. My understanding is that Barry was on a scholarship. And a lot of times if you’re on scholarship you had to do some work at the school. You worked in the snack bar.

My father told me — and I didn’t know it at the time — that Barry did some work at the tennis courts. We all did work at the tennis courts, those of us who hung out there. So it wasn’t unusual when the tennis pro would ask me, “Go and walk courts 1 and 2,” and that sort of thing, because he would ask any of us to do that. So I wasn’t aware of that.

When I first met Barry, when he showed up I think it was the summer before fifth grade, he was hanging out at the tennis courts. And at the time that was the very Wimbledon-like, where everyone had to wear white clothes and white tennis shoes. Very careful about the soles of the shoes because you didn’t want to scuff up the courts, mark them up.

So yeah, I can picture him as this slightly — “chubby” is too strong, but rounded, short little guy, Barry Obama. And he told us that his father was an Indonesian king and that he was a prince, and after he finished school he was going to go back, and he would be a ruler in Indonesia. And I absolutely believed him.

I understand that he told his fifth-grade class that he was Kenyan royalty, but I never heard that story until years later. My sister and I remember very clearly that he was an Indonesian prince and that he would be going back there. So there was some reference to where he had come from, and the understanding was his family was there.

I didn’t know who he lived with at the time. I since know that it was his grandparents. I knew where he lived, because a lot of times if it rained, my dad would give him a ride home from the tennis courts, because we would hang out after school. In the summers we’d hang out at the tennis courts; after school we would hang out at the tennis courts. That’s what we did. And that’s what Barry did pretty much from fifth through eighth grade. And I think after he leaned up and grew and got into basketball, he shifted away from tennis.

There are in these recollections echoes of the fictional Great Gatsby. Who was Jay Gatsby? Everyone who has read the novel knows that Fitzgerald gives us hints, but never shows us the whole of his hero.  We see him as standing half in the light, half in the shadow.

“Who is he?” I demanded. “Do you know?”

“He’s just a man named Gatsby.”

“Where is he from, I mean? And what does he do?”

“Now you’re started on the subject,” she answered with a wan smile. “Well,–he told me once he was an Oxford man.”

A dim background started to take shape behind him but at her next remark it faded away.

“However, I don’t believe it.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know,” she insisted, “I just don’t think he went there.”

Something in her tone reminded me of the other girl’s “I think he killed a man,” and had the effect of stimulating my curiosity. I would have accepted without question the information that Gatsby sprang from the swamps of Louisiana or from the lower East Side of New York. That was comprehensible. But young men didn’t–at least in my provincial inexperience I believed they didn’t–drift coolly out of nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island Sound.

“Anyhow he gives large parties,” said Jordan, changing the subject with an urbane distaste for the concrete. “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”…

James Gatz–that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career–when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior. It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants, but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a row-boat, pulled out to the Tuolomee and informed Cody that a wind might catch him and break him up in half an hour.

I suppose he’d had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people–his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God–a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that–and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.

No, no that’s wrong. There never was a “James Gatz”. Or if there was, he faded away a long time ago. In the end all the world ever got to see was that man on the blue lawn, hands in his pockets, eyes on the Green Dock. The difference of course was that Gatsby was a fictional character while Barack — or Barry — Soetero or Obama is president of the United States.

What Obama was — is — doesn’t matter. What he knows does matter. Recently trial lawyers have hit upon the notion that since the NSA knows everything, then maybe they can force it to solve all crimes and mysteries past, present and future.

The National Security Agency has spent years demanding that companies turn over their data. Now, the spy agency finds the shoe is on the other foot. A defendant in a Florida murder trial says telephone records collected by the NSA as part of its surveillance programs hold evidence that would help prove his innocence, and his lawyer has demanded that prosecutors produce those records. On Wednesday, the federal government filed a motion saying it would refuse, citing national security. But experts say the novel legal argument could encourage other lawyers to fight for access to the newly disclosed NSA surveillance database.

So maybe they know.

Think of it. Omniscience at last. We could finally know who killed JFK (his 50th death anniversary happens later this year), where the alien cadaver is stored in Area 51 and what really sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. It is often said that we live in a profane age yet nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps Hollywood got it right when Verbal Kint declared that  ”Keaton always said, ‘I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of him.’ Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.” But if Verbal were asked today he might say ”I don’t believe in God, but I believe in the NSA.”

Do you  believe in Barack Obama, Verbal?

“It’s all there. May I have a cigarette?”.

I don’t smoke.


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Geoffrey Britain hypothesized: "Obama got preferential treatment, by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. "

It probably goes further than that. All the deliberate obfuscation over birth certificates and college transcripts and medical records etc is probably designed to hide the one unforgiveable fact: as an 18-year old adult, Barry Soetero may have rejected US citizenship and chosen to carry an Indonesian passport.

Very few people really care where he was born or who his father was; he was the child of an American woman and entitled to US citizenship. Not too many people would care if he skated his way through higher education; he outsmarted those annoying academics who think they are the best & brightest. But if he rejected US citizenship -- he has a problem.

Since everyone acknowledges that some powerful people pushed Soetero forward to advance their agenda, not his -- what are those people going to do when Obama (ne Soetero) becomes an embarrassment? Good thing he has the NSA spying on everyone, probably with special emphasis on his backers. Uneasy sits the crown ....
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The presidential man of mystery ironically breezed through his state level elections by ferreting out sealed records and trading on scandals of his opponents. Had he run as a Republican, the media would have exposed the details of his history that he apparently wishes to conceal. As it is, he is the man of the age held in awe by the paparazzi; a hollow man of weak character fit for nothing but elective office.

As the left ascended over this generation, it has elected three presidents, each one worse than the one before. This hollow man of little substance may be the end of the road for them. After this comes ruin, desperation, and criminality. If the script is Roman, perhaps comes Sulla.
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Not that it was needed but more evidence that Obama has been a congenital liar from an early age.

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 Columbia classmates and never found even one who remembered Obama.

Obama refuses to unseal his college records. He's spent a lot of money to keep them sealed. People do not spend a lot of money without a good reason.

But if he had great grades or even good grades, why would he seal his records? That would enhance his standing with the public.

So let’s assume Obama got OK grades. Why not release the records? He’s president of the free world, for gosh sakes. He’s commander-in-chief of the U.S. military. Who’d care about some average grades from three decades ago, right? So then what’s the problem? Something doesn’t add up.

But, if he had poor grades at Occidental, how did he get admitted to an Ivy League university in the first place? And if his grades at Columbia were awful, how’d he ever get into Harvard Law School? Revealing poor grades would lead to some awkward questions.

So, if his grades were average to great and he was on the 'up and up', he has every reason to release them. There's only one reason to not release them and that's if they reveal something best left hidden.

Third, how did Obama pay for all these fancy schools without coming from a wealthy background? If he had student loans or scholarships, would he not have to maintain good grades?

I can only think of one answer that would explain this mystery.

Obama got preferential treatment, by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back?

Unsealing Obama’s Columbia University records would reveal:

A) He rarely ever attended class.

B) His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.

C) He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.

D) He paid little for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreign students like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.

And if we could discover who paid for his schooling, it would reveal far too much.

Liars lie to conceal the truth because they fear the exposure of the truth.
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It occur to me recently that the private and (semi-private) enterprise being responsible for an enormous development of technology is the prime driver of deflation in the economy: all goods and services are getting cheaper fast, or get replaced. If the trend that is in place at least since industrial revolution will continue, at some point in the future the cost to support a single human will drop almost to 0. What than?
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Subotai is correct that we are between "forms of government". The Constitutional Republic that was bequeathed us by the Founders, and grew in fits and starts, that had some democratic institutions in it, is dead. The Constitution remains, to be used by the new political class as a tool, the "LAW" as it were, to enforce the dictatorship of Democracy, with the facade of the Old Republic.

This will continue to fool the weak-minded for some time yet, and the perpetually gullible, and the Media will of course play its part to continue the charade, maintain the facade. But the dripping cynicism of the political leadership of both parties is nothing short of ......wretched. There is no need to illuminate the unusual suspects. It is right in front of us. Plain as day.

Almost every part of the original Bill of Rights has been eviscerated, and "Hope and Change" has speeded up the process. We don't need leaks of what the NSA has been up to "for National Security". It's not even a subtle secret. We let this waltz go on for years on end, and think that "next time" we'll fix it in the election.

Well, there won't be a "next time". There will surely be elections in 2014, 2016 and beyond, but the choices available are already ordained to create the desired outcome by the Political Class. The various handmaidens of despotism in the Media will of course tell us "all is well", but to quote again that classic political rebuttal, "What difference does it make!"
1 year ago
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Subotai,
Very evocative of the numerous ambiguous casualties on the "Clinton list of forty six names". Certainly some of those deaths were gruesome coincidences, but as the numbers and messy circumstances escalated, who would want to take chances. This takes us back to the previous thread about Gaslighting.

And all this stuff about his vague origin is convenient, even appropriate, for a Mythic Hero figure who aspires to be a god-King. Nobody know whence came Oedipus, or Arthur. Or Shane, the Man With No Name, or The Man Who Would Be King. Real gods and fake ones arrive mysteriously. Been this way since Gilgamesh. Let's see what the mob does when this one bleeds a little.
1 year ago
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“in the new world of the NSA, the only secret left is Barack Obama’s college grades.”

Well, there's also what really happened to Vince Foster, what Bill Clinton's medical records say, how the missing Rose Law Firm records teleported themselves to the executive living quarters of the White House with Hillary's fingerprints on them, what happened to Kathleen Willey's cat and why that man mentioned it to her as a warning, and how Barry managed to be Editor of Harvard Law Review without producing any articles himself.

Like the source of the Bengahzi Talking Points and IRA Targeting Instructions, all of these Unsolved Mysteries are accepted by the same people who would never consider anything as untrue as telling their own children that their Christmas gifts came down the chimney via supernatural means.

That's the real mystery: Whaddaya gotta do to shake such people?

When the P-51's showed up over Berlin. When Patton got to the Meuse. When the IJN got its butt kicked out of the Solomons (check out the new book, Islands of Destiny). Then the handwriting was on the wall, and even the most dedicated Axis adherent could not fail to read it. And those were the losers, folks.
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----"BFTP

By attacking the AP the regime really screwed their own pooch. We can expect more whistleblowers to come forward as momentum builds. Now that the media are both threatened and less afraid stories will not only come out but they will get disseminated."----

You have to keep in mind that we are in a transition between political systems and the differing means of coercion appropriate to each.

If the risk to the regime is that the largely still kept media is both threatened and LESS afraid; the solution for those in power is to have them threatened and MORE afraid. That buys silence and continued sycophancy.

Remember, in terms of practical politics; there is now no honest broker or protector for the press to run too. The regime has up till recently been talking about licensing "journalists" to determine who will be covered by the First Amendment. They were very clear, by the way, that the 'nasty bloggeresess' were not included in the Mordor News Service. That will be back. They cannot appeal to Congress or the Courts; because recent revelations show that both are almost surely controlled by a combination of blackmail, threats, and bribery. In fact, those revelations took Occam's Razor to the question of why they have been so supine for the last few years.

Sharyl Attkisson's rather blatant computer intrusion could have been a warning shot across the media's bow. As were the DHS storm troopers who were "escorting" reporters for a while. Hastings' death could be purely coincidental and accidental. But if you are a reporter, and you know that your management is wholly owned by the regime; can you be sure?

Oh, and ledgerp.

Sehr interresantes as to tradecraft.

Subotai Bahadur
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Faking SAT or LSAT: If he had taken the PSAT and SAT, his name would have shown up if he had been a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.

And enigma wrapped in a mystery inside a brown paper manila envelope, kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls back porch.

We are never going to know about the Book of Secrets regarding Barack Obama. The years will roll by, and his devoted acolytes in academia and the Media will continue to cover for his lies and deceptions, and call it all brilliant.

We already know the reality of Obama as President. He is, by and large, an incompetent executive, and has filled the discretionary positions in the Executive with ideological allies of similar incompetence. He has been allied and protected by the permanent bureaucracy in Washington DC and elsewhere, who are largely sympathetic cheerleaders to his Big Government Solutions to everything that is done.

We know enough now to know where we have been and where we are. At this point it is irrelevant what the circumstances are with regards to Barry Soetoro and Occidental, Columbia and Harvard Law.

Where we go from here is much more important than if Barry thought he was Indonesian royalty or went to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport. Interesting facts in and of themselves, but they will not persuasively change the narrative.
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Traveling on a foreign passport after the 18th birthday would not stop anyone from being a US citizen but it should invalidate their status as a "natural born citizen" eligible for the office of POTUS. The precedent for this is not so much in US law but in British law, given that Lord Haw Haw was convicted of treason for traveling from the UK to Germany on a British passport, even though at the time he was not a British subject but in fact was unknown to himself an American citizen. Many would argue that the foreign example should have no standing but it was the Democratic appointees to the SCOTUS that have pushed for admitting such jurisprudence.

What Obama did as a minor means nothing. His mother taking him to Indonesia and his step father adopting him do not affect his eligibility. His conduct as an adult, claiming to be a foreigner for financial aid and his traveling on a foreign passport, should matter.

It is remarkable that they successfully kept the lid on for so long. By attacking the AP the regime really screwed their own pooch. We can expect more whistleblowers to come forward as momentum builds. Now that the media are both threatened and less afraid stories will not only come out but they will get disseminated. Recently I have seen the covers of trash tabloids running anti-Obama stories that they never would have done a few years ago. Look at them when you go to the grocery or candy store. As they said in "Men In Black" those cover the real news At least they do in the sense of showing where the public are heading. My guess is that the "coup de grace" may be the Khalidi tape appearing.
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Apart from grades and claimed citizenship, other areas of interest would be courses taken -- heavy Marxist orientation, and/or associating with the most radical prods. All those are things to bury for an election.
Don't just focus on grades, -- its quite likely at higher levels that he was given unearned good grades. Harder to fake SAT and LSAT, those would be interesting.
1 year ago
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Geoffrey Britain hypothesized: "Obama got preferential treatment, by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. "

It probably goes further than that. All the deliberate obfuscation over birth certificates and college transcripts and medical records etc is probably designed to hide the one unforgiveable fact: as an 18-year old adult, Barry Soetero may have rejected US citizenship and chosen to carry an Indonesian passport.

Very few people really care where he was born or who his father was; he was the child of an American woman and entitled to US citizenship. Not too many people would care if he skated his way through higher education; he outsmarted those annoying academics who think they are the best & brightest. But if he rejected US citizenship -- he has a problem.

Since everyone acknowledges that some powerful people pushed Soetero forward to advance their agenda, not his -- what are those people going to do when Obama (ne Soetero) becomes an embarrassment? Good thing he has the NSA spying on everyone, probably with special emphasis on his backers. Uneasy sits the crown ....
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None of this saga with the NSA would be a surprise to anybody who actually tried to understand the symbolism of the Obama campaign's official artwork in 2008. It's all there. He actually told his audience that he was a megalomaniacal control freak who would leave them no privacy, but he told them through art.

Look at the Obama symbol. It's carefully drawn. It may look like the rising sun (as in the House of the Rising Sun), but if you look at it carefully, it's the “All Seeing Eye”. The “All Seeing Eye” is traditionally a symbol for God. But then, there is one piece of artwork that shows Obama's face inside the “rising sun” logo – the “rising sun” is a clear reference to Barack Obama himself.

The iconography of the 2008 Obama campaign was weird, so weird that it comes close to being a form of gaslighting. Yet, basic art criticism of Obama's campaign material shows that he told his audience exactly what he was planing to accomplish. When there is dissonance between the words a man says and his nonverbal communication, look at his feet. Look at his hands. Look at his art.
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