Arne Duncan Background

Grew up in Hyde Park and went to the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. *The Obama girls have been students at the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where tuition currently runs above $21,000 per year per student. Duncan's mother ran a tutoring program and his father is on the University of Chicago faculty.

After graduating with a Bachelors degree in *Sociology from Harvard in 1987, where he was co-captain of the basketball team during his Senior year, Duncan played professional basketball* in Australia* with the Eastside Spectres of their National Basketball League, (after he was cut by the Boston Celtics.)

While in Tasmania he met his future wife, Karen Duncan currently resides in Hyde Park area of Chicago with Karen and their two children, Claire and Ryan.

*Some of Duncan's childhood friends were/and are *John W. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Ariel Capital Management (now Ariel Investments) and also founder of the Ariel Academy (this becomes very important later), Illinois Senator Kwame Raoul, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, singer R. Kelly and martial artist Michelle Gordon.

Duncan's spoken accent at this time led at least one college basketball coach to assume that he was of African-American descent

*Duncan returned to Chicago in 1992, to work for his high school friend John W Rogers Jr., and direct the Ariel Education Initiative (founded by Rogers Jr). The *purported mission of the Ariel Funds and Foundations is to seek to create outstanding educational opportunities for inner-city children on the City's South Side.

*In 1998,Duncan broke with Bill Ayers and Obama and their Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) and joined the Chicago Public Schools. Duncan served as deputy chief of staff for Chicago School Systems first CEO, Paul Vallas, who was appointed by Mayor Daley in 1995. The CEO position, was created as part of Mayor Daley re-centralizing the Chicago School System after the abysmal failure of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC)

He was among the friends who played basketball with Obama on Election Day and has played pick-up games with Michael Jordan.

Duncan's  appointment--*confirmed to the Sun-Times by a transition officialadds Duncan to an Obama White House lineup that already includes a bevy from Obama's Chicago inner circle: Valerie Jarrett, incoming senior advisor; Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), chief of staff designate; Desiree Rogers, social secretary; David Axelrod, another advisor; Tina Tchen, public liaison chief and Michael Stratumanis, Jarretts's chief of staff.

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Obama's NAFTA History and Duplicity

The news from Canada on Wednesday and Thursday nights created quite a storm here in the States about Obama's views on Free trade. I'll briefly review - then get into his history on the topic.

On Thursday February 28, 2008 We learned from Canadian TV

Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama's campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value*

Obama's response

Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member's warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.

"Senator Obama does not make promises he doesn't intend to keep," the spokesperson said.

Hillary's Response

Low-level sources also suggested the Clinton campaign may have given a similar warning to Ottawa, but a Clinton spokesperson flatly denied the claim.

Then Friday, February 29, 2008, We heard an update from Canadian TV

On Thursday, the Canadian embassy in Washington issued a complete denial.

"At no time has any member of a presidential campaign called the Canadian ambassador or any official at the embassy to discuss NAFTA," it said in a statement.

NOTE they carefully used the words ambassador, and embassy, not the words consulate or Consulate General

Hmmm Interesting parsing.

Obama Camp Response

Earlier Thursday, the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue.

Early Thursday, we are told no conversations took place with a senior member of Obama's campaign and representatives of the Canadian Government. Now the term Consulate General is a title and the word representative is generically used to mean lower level people, but still with some authority. More parsing and confusion.

On Thursday night, CTV spoke with (Austan) Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any questions to the campaign headquarters.

Mr. Goldsbee, Obamas Senior Economic Advisor will neither confirm nor deny whether he had a conversation with the Chicago Canadian Consulate General.

The Obama campaign told CTV late Thursday night that no message was passed to the Canadian government that suggests that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated.

However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama's senior economic adviser -- Austan Goolsbee -- and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago

Late Thursday night, Obama's campaign issue a flat denial.

But the undaunted and intrepid Canadian reporters (WOW Real Reporters) press on and inform us:

Sources at the highest levels of the Canadian government -- who first told CTV that a call was made from the Obama camp -- have reconfirmed their position.:

ABC News Report, 2/29/08:

On Thursday, Goolsbee told ABC's Jennifer Parker that Georges Rioux , Canada 's consul general in Chicago, contacted him "at one point to say `hello' because their office is around the corner."

Goolsbee refused, however, to deny whether he downplayed Obama's anti-NAFTA rhetoric.

Both men did say that they know each other

Curioser and Curioser. And none to happy to learn that an OUTRAGEOUS LIE was now to be called CAMPAIGN RHETORIC by DC insiders. As a die-hard Academician, the first thing I do when there are totally opposing statements, is to go digging a bit into the past to see what patterns, if any, exist.

First I needed to know who the heck is Goolsbee. Austan Goolsbee is a neoclassical or Friedman type economist Professor at the University of Chicago Grad School. He calls himself "a centrist, market economist" (Washington Times, July 16, 2007).

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OBAMA - In His OWN Words; and Some History

Research for the quotes from Obama's books was done by the very erudite Mike Howell at NO QUARTER Admittedly I personally have not read Obama's books, but has read excerpts on the net

Progressives boast they are the REALITY based people in politics. Obama supporters also claim to be part of the REALITY based community. The porcine shaped evil one, Karl Rove, unfortunately, is not justifiably incarcerated. Many of us realize Rove has spent the past months preparing strategic plans to use against the Democratic Presidential nominee in the General Election. Rove himself provided a preview of his intentions in a WSJ Op-ED the day after the NH primary.

Even Worse, Karl now has a national media platform on Faux News.

Any good Political Consultant, or Lawyer, agrees that the best way to dull the impact of the oppositions dramatic revelations, is to get it out in the public first, and making it old news. This post is an attempt to do just that.

Obama's own words impart a look at his perception of American life, culture, and Politics.

In Obama's book, DREAMS OF MY FATHER..


*  "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites"

*  "That hate hadn't gone away," he wrote, blaming "white people -- some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives."

However, while campaigning in Kansas, Obama frequently emphasized that his mother was white, and that he had grown up in a predominantly white world.

*  (Obama) vowed that he would "never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

According to Colonel Ray, at Huffington Post,  Barack's father was a Muslim economist from Kenya. Before marrying Ann Dunham, Obama's father was married at the age of 18, to a Kenyan woman, with whom he had seven children.

Steve Sailor, uncovers the identity of Obama's half brother Mark, who is the son of Obama Sr. 3rd wife, Ruth. The post includes a great genalogical family tree. Mark is noted as disagreeing with Baracks emotional attachment to his black roots vs. his white heritage.

*  "I was trying to raise myself to be a black man in America, and beyond the given of my appearance, no one around me seemed to know exactly what that meant." Honolulu's paucity of African-Americans meant he had to learn to be black from the media: "TV, movies, the radio; those were places to start. Pop culture was color-coded, after all, an arcade of images from which you could cop a walk, a talk, a step, a style."

*  About student life and race at Occidental College  Obama wrote "There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs," he wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names." He added: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."

*  While in college, Obama wrote(he) disapproved of what he called other "half-breeds" who gravitated toward whites instead of blacks.

Again, from Colonel Ray

"And after college, he once fell in love with a white woman, only to push her away when he concluded he would have to assimilate into her world, not the other way around. He later married a black woman."

*  After making his first visit to Kenya, Obama wrote of being disappointed to learn that his paternal grandfather had been a servant to rich whites. The revelation caused "ugly words to flash across my mind. Uncle Tom. Collaborator. House nigger."

Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng with whom he is very close, answered a question about Barack's Race Identity this way:

Q.     Do you think of your brother as black?

A.     Yes, because that is how he has named himself. Each of us has a right to name ourselves as we will.

Obama has never recanted what he wrote, although in his 2004 Senate Race he admitted "Certain passages have proven to be inconvenient politically."

In Dreams Obama wrote

*  "The person who made me proudest of all, though, was half brother Roy. He converted to Islam."

Classmate Rony Amiris describes young Barry (Barrack Obama) as enjoying playing football and marbles and of being a very devout Muslim. Amiris said, "Barry was previously quite religious in Islam."We previously often asked him to the prayer room close to the house. If he was wearing a sarong he looked funny," said Rony. Amiris now the manager of the Bank Mandiri, Jakarta, recently said, "Barry(Obama) was previously quite religious in Islam.

Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng who describes herself as a Buddahist, stated "I don't want to deny Islam. I think it's obviously very important that we have an understanding of Islam, a better understanding. At the same time, it has been erroneously attached to my brother. The man has been a Christian for 20 years".

In yet another interview, Maya states "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim"

Obama did convert to an Afro Centeric form of Christianity at Trinity United Church of Christ in South Chicago, when he was 26 years old. Peter Hitchens, of London's Daily Mail describes Trinity United Church:

It is pretty radical.

The parish magazine is full of fierce denunciations of the American government's failure to fight AIDS. A large chunk of the sermon was devoted to urging black Americans not to allow themselves to be relegated to second-class citizenship.

The retiring Senior Pastor, Jeremiah Wright (who brought Obama to Christianity), is famous for preaching in African robes. He is also noted for his Church's "disavowal of the pursuit of middle-classness" which sets it apart from many black churches.

Those who achieved success in the American mainstream, Trinity urged, should avoid the "psychological entrapment of black middle-classness that hypnotizes the successful brother or sister into believing that they are better than the rest and teaches them to think in terms of we or they instead of us!"

Trinity says it is "unashamedly black and unapologetically Christian". And so it is. A male choir in smart suits sings and sways and on the night I visited, a charismatic preacher, Pastor Otis Moss III, expounded from Exodus with wit and power.

In Obama's book THE AUDACITY Of HOPE

*  He wrote "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

The premier expert on Foreign Affairs and Intelligence, Larry Johnson informs us Obama has involved himself into the tribal clashes now occurring in Kenya. Please read the whole thing, including the well informed comments by other Intelligence Officials.

The opposition leader in Kenya, Raila Odinga, is Obama's cousin. Kenya's tribes-the Luo and Kikuyu-are killing each other over a disputed election that Odinga claims was stolen from him. Prior to the election in December 2007, Odinga wrote a letter to Kenya's pro-jihadist National Muslim Leaders Forum. There he pledged that if elected he would establish Sharia courts throughout the country; enact Islamic dress codes for women; ban alcohol and pork; indoctrinate schoolchildren in the tenets of Islam; ban Christian missionary activities, and dismiss the police commissioner, "Who has allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists.".

Obama's campaign sent former Clinton Aide, Dick Morris to Kenya to help out Barack's cousin, Odinga. AFP news service details the conditions on the ground as of the first of February 2008.

The information in this post brings the following up for discussion:

*  Obama grievances against the white race, and his struggles to learn how to be "black" while growing up.

*  Obama's father was a Polygamist and Obama has several half siblings. One of the Family Lawyers, commenting, will have to expound on whether Obama's mother and Obama Sr's 3rd wife, Ruth, needed to get a legal divorce, as their marriages were not recognized under American Law. Both ladies did go through some court process, in order to remarry.

*  Obama himself was of the Muslim faith until he was 26 years old, then he converted to an Afro-Centric form of Christianity that is still considered well outside of the `mainstream'.

*  Obama has involved himself in the Kenyan conflict to help the opposition leader, Odinga, who is his cousin.

Karl Rove, and Bill O'Reilly must be beside themselves, planning exclusive "BREAKING" news stories. Imagine Obama's former Muslim classmates, his Occidental College buddies, his Minister or a surrogate, and his cousin Odinga on Fox News for exclusive interviews. Every other media will pick it up, and on this information alone, they would have enough to play up until the General Election.

Add to this Fox's FACT Challenged reporting techniques, and implying Obama has ties to Auchi through Rezko, as done in this blog

If Progressives do not get out in front of this, we can all say HELLO to 100 Year War President McCain come January 2009.

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