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  1. 10 Nov '15 01:24 / 1 edit
    http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/release-the-records-ben-carson-vs-barack-obama-college-edition/

    The mainstream media just opened the door for conservatives to demand President Barack Obama release his Columbia University records immediately. How nice of them! Thank you!

    The media decided to investigate Dr. Ben Carson’s claims about getting a scholarship offer from West Point. They say Dr. Carson made a “false claim.”


    Did he?


    I don’t know. It’s muddled and debatable, although clear that one of the world’s most prominent brain surgeons certainly doesn’t need to exaggerate any claims about his education. Dr. Carson claimed he was “offered” a scholarship by a well-known Army general if he applied to West Point. He wanted to be a doctor and chose not to. Was it an actual scholarship offer, or just a casual conversation? Politicians exaggerate or remember things to their benefit all the time. But his claim, however interpreted, didn’t cost taxpayers a dime.

    The same can’t be said of Obama’s whoppers. Obama’s lies about Obamacare alone have cost American taxpayers millions, even billions in higher premiums and medical costs. Like millions of others, I lost my insurance based on Obama’s lies, and now I’m paying far more and getting far less. Obama promised the world and delivered disaster.

    Now THAT’S a significant lie.

    Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, even admitted fraud was committed to fool the “dumb voters.”

    But, let’s compare apples to apples. The media is going after Dr. Carson for supposedly making false claims about his college record. So isn’t this the perfect time to demand fair, unbiased and equal treatment of Obama’s college record? As any good trial lawyer would say, “The media opened the door to this one.” If you can investigate Dr. Carson, then you must investigate Obama’s claims about college as well.


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    Apples to apples. The media is trying to disqualify Dr. Carson’s right to the presidency based on his college records. Why did they never check Obama’s college records? Why are Obama’s Columbia records STILL sealed seven years into his presidency?

    The media anxiously called West Point demanding to verify Dr. Carson’s claims, but never called Columbia to verify Obama’s claims. Why? If claims about college from 30 or 40 years ago are important for Dr. Carson, why not Obama?

    Did Obama make false claims about his college experience? No one can prove it (yet) because his college records are sealed. Why? What is he hiding? If it matters for Carson, it should even more for a man already sitting in the White House with his fingers on the economy and the nuclear button.

    It’s time to DEMAND that Obama release his Columbia college records.



    Fair is fair. If what a young man claims happened at college many years ago is important for Carson, then it’s important for Obama too.

    I graduated Columbia University in June of 1983. According to Obama not only were we in the same graduating class, we had the same majors, Political Science and Pre-Law. That would mean we took the same classes. I thought I knew every classmate in Columbia’s Political Science department.

    Yet neither I nor anyone I knew ever met, saw, or heard of Obama.

    This was reinforced two years ago in 2013 when I attended my Columbia University 30th class reunion.

    I asked everyone – “Did you ever see Obama at Columbia?” Not one classmate answered affirmatively.

    I simply couldn’t believe no one claimed to have met a classmate, who supposedly was in our class, and who was later to become president of the United States. So, I tracked down Professor Henry Graff, perhaps the most honored professor in Columbia history and Columbia’s Presidential historian. I interviewed Graff that same year for TheBlaze.

    Professor Graff never met Obama; heard of him; or saw him.

    Professor Graff said it was virtually impossible to graduate Columbia as a Political Science major without attending his history classes. Yet Graff never heard of him. He even studied his old records to verify Obama’s existence at Columbia … and found nothing.

    Graff asked other Columbia professors. None remembered Obama ever being in their classes. All of this is on the record from my interview, published in 2013 here at TheBlaze.

    Obama is “the ghost of Columbia.” With his records sealed we can only conclude his existence at Columbia is just a rumor.

    Isn’t this an important issue for the media? Something is wrong, yet no one in the mainstream media cares about the possibility Obama might have made false claims about his college records?

    Yet in Dr. Carson’s case, they were champing at the bit to investigate a casual boast of a one-time meeting with a general.

    Now, assuming Obama did graduate from Columbia, but never went to class (a very strange story)…

    How did a poor student from Occidental, an average non-Ivy League college, transfer into Columbia in the first place? Columbia only accepts a handful of transfers and those are always “the best of the best” scholars from the top of their classes at Harvard, Yale or Princeton. Clearly Obama didn’t meet that standard.

    Why are Obama’s college records sealed? Did they show bad behavior? Was he caught using drugs? Were his grades terrible?

    One possibility is that Obama beat the long odds of being accepted for transfer into Columbia by claiming status as an Indonesian “foreign student.” People familiar with the admissions process tell me that was a likely way to jump ahead of other applicants. But, of course, if true it would be out and out fraud.

    Could that be why Obama sealed his college records? He released his birth certificate, yet never released his college records. Why?

    Perhaps critics have been looking in the wrong place. Is it possible Obama’s college records are the weakness in his narrative? We’ll never know, unless the media demands access to his Columbia college files. Ghost or no ghost, he is clearly hiding something.

    If the media thinks Dr. Carson’s claims about his college experience 40 years ago are relevant, then clearly Obama’s college claims are relevant too. It’s time for all of us to demand Obama release his Columbia college records. It’s time for the media to scrutinize Obama the same way they are scrutinizing Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and every other GOP Presidential candidate.

    Dr. Carson’s claims haven’t cost taxpayers a dime. But Obama’s presidency has cost all of us dearly. If it was all built on a lie, on fraud, we have a right to know.



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  2. 10 Nov '15 01:32 / 2 edits
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/the-real-story-of-barack-obama#.taWEa9kWM

    David Maraniss’s new biography of Barack Obama is the first sustained challenge to Obama’s control over his own story, a firm and occasionally brutal debunking of Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father.

    Maraniss’s Barack Obama: The Story punctures two sets of falsehoods: The family tales Obama passed on, unknowing; and the stories Obama made up. The 672-page book closes before Obama enters law school, and Maraniss has promised another volume, but by its conclusion I counted 38 instances in which the biographer convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.

    The two strands of falsehood run together, in that they often serve the same narrative goal: To tell a familiar, simple, and ultimately optimistic story about race and identity in the 20th Century. The false notes in Obama’s family lore include his mother’s claimed experience of racism in Kansas, and incidents of colonial brutality toward his Kenyan grandfather and Indonesian step-grandfather. Obama’s deliberate distortions more clearly serve a single narrative: Race. Obama presents himself through the book as “blacker and more disaffected” than he really was, Maraniss writes, and the narrative “accentuates characters drawn from black acquaintances who played lesser roles his real life but could be used to advance a line of thought, while leaving out or distorting the actions of friends who happened to be white.”

    That the core narrative of Dreams could have survived this long into Obama’s public life is the product in part of an inadvertent conspiracy between the president and his enemies. His memoir evokes an angry, misspent youth; a deep and lifelong obsession with race; foreign and strongly Muslim heritage; and roots in the 20th Century’s self-consciously leftist anti-colonial struggle. Obama’s conservative critics have, since the beginnings of his time on the national scene, taken the self-portrait at face value, and sought to deepen it to portray him as a leftist and a foreigner.

    Reporters who have sought to chase some of the memoir’s tantalizing yarns have, however, long suspected that Obama might not be as interesting as his fictional doppelganger. “Mr. Obama’s account of his younger self and drugs…significantly differs from the recollections of others who do not recall his drug use,” the New York Times’s Serge Kovaleski reported dryly in February of 2008, speculating that Obama had “added some writerly touches in his memoir to make the challenges he overcame seem more dramatic.” (In one of the stranger entries in the annals of political spin, Obama’s spokesman defended his boss’s claim to have sampled cocaine, calling the book “candid.&rdquo

    Maraniss’s deep and entertaining biography will serve as a corrective both to Obama’s mythmaking and his enemies’. Maraniss finds that Obama’s young life was basically conventional, his personal struggles prosaic and later exaggerated. He finds that race, central to Obama’s later thought and included in the subtitle of his memoir, wasn’t a central factor in his Hawaii youth or the existential struggles of his young adulthood. And he concludes that attempts, which Obama encouraged in his memoir, to view him through the prism of race “can lead to a misinterpretation” of the sense of “outsiderness” that Maraniss puts at the core of Obama’s identity and ambition.

    Maraniss opens with a warning: Among the falsehoods in Dreams is the caveat in the preface that “for the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology.”

    “The character creations and rearrangements of the book are not merely a matter of style, devices of compression, but are also substantive,” Maraniss responds in his own introduction. The book belongs in the category of “literature and memoir, not history and autobiography,” he writes, and “the themes of the book control character and chronology.”

    Maraniss, a veteran Washington Post reporter whose biography of Bill Clinton, First in His Class, helped explain one complicated president to America, dove deep and missed deadlines for this biography. And the book’s many fact-checks are rich and, at times, comical.

    In Dreams, for instance, Obama writes of a friend named “Regina,” a symbol of the authentic African-American experience that Obama hungers for (and which he would later find in Michelle Robinson). Maraniss discovers, however, that Regina was based on a student leader at Occidental College, Caroline Boss, who was white. Regina was the name of her working-class Swiss grandmother, who also seems to make a cameo in Dreams.

    Maraniss also notices that Obama also entirely cut two white roommates, in Los Angeles and New York, from the narrative, and projected a racial incident onto a New York girlfriend that he later told Maraniss had happened in Chicago.

    Some of Maraniss’s most surprising debunking, though, comes in the area of family lore, where he disputes a long string of stories on three continents, though perhaps no more than most of us have picked up from garrulous grandparents and great uncles. And his corrections are, at times, a bit harsh.

    Obama grandfather “Stanley [Dunham]’s two defining stories were that he found his mother after her suicide and that he punched his principal and got expelled from El Dorado High. That second story seems to be in the same fictitious realm as the first,” Maraniss writes. As for Dunham’s tale of a 1935 car ride with Herbert Hoover, it’s a “preposterous…fabrication.”

    As for a legacy of racism in his mother’s Kansas childhood, “Stanley was a teller of tales, and it appears that his grandson got these stories mostly from him,” Maraniss writes.

    Across the ocean, the family story that Hussein Onyango, Obama’s paternal grandfather, had been whipped and tortured by the British is “unlikely”: “five people who had close connections to Hussein Onyango said they doubted the story or were certain that it did not happen,” Maraniss writes. The memory that the father of his Indonesian stepfather, Soewarno Martodihardjo, was killed by Dutch soldiers in the fight for independence is “a concocted myth in almost all respects.” In fact, Martodihardjo “fell off a chair at his home while trying to hang drapes, presumably suffering a heart attack.”

    Most families exaggerate ancestors’ deeds. A more difficult category of correction comes in Maraniss’s treatment of Obama’s father and namesake. Barack Obama Sr., in this telling, quickly sheds whatever sympathy his intelligence and squandered promise should carry. He’s the son of a man, one relative told Maraniss, who is required to pay an extra dowry for one wife “because he was a bad person.”

    He was also a domestic abuser.

    “His father Hussein Onyango, was a man who hit women, and it turned out that Obama was no different,” Maraniss writes. “I thought he would kill me,” one ex-
    wife tells him; he also gave her sexually-transmitted diseases from extramarital relationships.

    It’s in that context that Maraniss corrects a central element of Obama’s own biography, debunking a story that Obama’s mother may well have invented: That she and her son were abandoned in Hawaii in 1963.

    “It was his mother who left Hawaii first, a year earlier than his father,” Maraniss writes, confirming a story that had first surfaced in the conservative blogosphere. He suggests that “spousal abuse” prompted her flight back to Seattle.

    Obama’s own fairy-tales, meanwhile, run toward Amercan racial cliché. “Ray,” who is in the book “a symbol of young blackness,” is based on a character whose complex racial identity — half Japanese, part native American, and part black — was more like Obama’s, and who wasn’t a close friend.

    “In the memoir Barry and Ray, could be heard complaining about how rich white haole girls would never date them,” Maraniss writes, referring to Hawaii’s upper class, and to a composite character whose blackness is. “In fact, neither had much trouble in that regard.”

    As Obama’s Chicago mentor Jerry Kellman tells Maraniss in a different context, “Everything didn’t revolve around race.”

    Those are just a few examples in biography whose insistence on accuracy will not be mistaken for pedantry. Maraniss is a master storyteller, and his interest in revising Obama’s history is in part an interest in why and how stories are told, a theme that recurs in the memoir. Obama himself, he notes, saw affectionately through his grandfather Stanley’s fabulizing,” describing the older man’s tendency to rewrite “history to conform with the image he wished for himself.” Indeed, Obama comes from a long line of storytellers, and at times fabulists, on both sides.

    Dick Opar, a distant Obama relative who served as a senior Kenyan police official, and who was among the sources dismissing legends of anti-colonial heroism, put it more bluntly.

    “People make up stories,” he told Maraniss.
  3. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Nov '15 04:16
    None of this matters to the Liberal Media. They are just happy to support the Democrat Party and have elected the first Black President as a Liberal Democrat. It would not have worked for them if Obama had been a Conservative Republican regardless of his race.

    The Liberal Media also attacked the two Black Conservative Republicans that were candidates in previous Presidential elections. Now the lies by Hillary Clinton will make no difference to their efforts to elect the first woman Democrat President. It is what they do.
  4. 10 Nov '15 11:05
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    None of this matters to the Liberal Media. They are just happy to support the Democrat Party and have elected the first Black President as a Liberal Democrat. It would not have worked for them if Obama had been a Conservative Republican regardless of his race.

    The Liberal Media also attacked the two Black Conservative Republicans that were candidates in ...[text shortened]... ifference to their efforts to elect the first woman Democrat President. It is what they do.
    At least we know they care nothing about race other than trying to use race as a tool to win elections. In fact, they could really care less about a black man like Ben Carson who overcame poverty and racism and rose to the top levels of society. To Progs, he is not a success story, he is their worst nightmare.
  5. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    11 Nov '15 02:03 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by whodey
    At least we know they care nothing about race other than trying to use race as a tool to win elections. In fact, they could really care less about a black man like Ben Carson who overcame poverty and racism and rose to the top levels of society. To Progs, he is not a success story, he is their worst nightmare.
    The Democrat Party used to be the more racist party until they realized they needed the Black vote to win. They have managed to make many Black's dependent on support from government programs and the Democrats keep promising them more to keep them dependent and to get their vote.

    They also see the Hispanics as a voting block they wish to make dependent on government programs in which the Democrats will promise to spend more tax payer money to get their vote. I see this as why Obama is attempting to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants and force Texas and other states to give them welfare benefits. His action is believed to benefit the Democrat Party now and in the future. Never mind that we are nearly $19 trillion in debt.

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  6. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    11 Nov '15 05:16
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/release-the-records-ben-carson-vs-barack-obama-college-edition/

    The mainstream media just opened the door for conservatives to demand President Barack Obama release his Columbia University records immediately. How nice of them! Thank you!

    The media decided to investigate Dr. Ben Carson’s claims about getting a scho ...[text shortened]... nge of views. The opinions expressed in this channel are solely those of each individual author.
    You need to expand on your thoughts more. Your posts are far too short..
  7. 11 Nov '15 20:27
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    None of this matters to the Liberal Media. They are just happy to support the Democrat Party and have elected the first Black President as a Liberal Democrat. It would not have worked for them if Obama had been a Conservative Republican regardless of his race.

    The Liberal Media also attacked the two Black Conservative Republicans that were candidates in ...[text shortened]... ifference to their efforts to elect the first woman Democrat President. It is what they do.
    Obama is not the first black President. He is the first half black President.

    Conversely, Ben Carson would be the first real black President.
  8. 11 Nov '15 20:30
    Originally posted by bill718
    You need to expand on your thoughts more. Your posts are far too short..
    The media are all a bunch of partisan whores.

    Is that short and concise enough for ya?
  9. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    12 Nov '15 05:08 / 4 edits
    Originally posted by whodey
    Obama is not the first black President. He is the first half black President.

    Conversely, Ben Carson would be the first real black President.
    Obama may not be all Black, but generally one is considered Black if he is part Black and looks more Black than some other race. Another example is the professional golferTiger Woods.

    As far as Ben Carson is concerned, are you claiming to be able to predict the future?

    By the way, if you are looking for your post "Trump vows to prosecute Hillary", you accidentally posted it in the Spirituality Forum. But I covered for you with a reference to the fate of a liar like Hillary from Revelation 21:8 to make it more spiritual.
  10. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    12 Nov '15 08:12
    Jesus Christ being gangbanged.

    This thread is what they call a conservative reach-around.
  11. 13 Nov '15 01:58
    Originally posted by shavixmir
    Jesus Christ being gangbanged.

    This thread is what they call a conservative reach-around.
    Do conservatives do that sort of thing?