May 192012

Protesters clashed several times on Saturday with protesters in the Loop.

@ Michigan and Balboa:

Around 7:30 p.m., a group of several hundred were seen scuffling with police outside the CBS 2 Broadcast Center at Dearborn and Washington. Several police in riot helmets left the demonstrators pass after the brief encounter.

A few minutes later, police clashed again with protesters and Balbo and State and police were seen arresting demonstrators. One protester told CBS 2 he was deliberating trying to challenge the police line.

Officer on horseback were seen trying to control the crowd.

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* Skirmish over police bike leads officer to use baton on protester 8:01 p.m.

A female protester tried to take a police officer’s bike. An officer grabbed her.

Other protesters came to try to free her, and as the crowd surged toward the officers, at least one officer took out a baton and struck a protester. Some of the crowd is moving now at Balbo and Wabash.

At the back of the march, police mounted on horses were used to advance the crowd.

Growing protesters head south on State Street 7:48 p.m.

* washington & state arrest

* Protesters rush, officers on bikes hold 7:41 p.m.

As protesters tried to rush forward through a line of police officers, they knocked over officers and their bicycles. Officers pushed back with their bicycles.

The first serious confrontation of the day came after a group of hundreds of protesters had been marching through the Loop for hours, growing in strength as the evening went on.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is on the scene.

* Police detain protesters at State and Washington 7:39 p.m.

Police detained several protesters this evening following a scuffle at State and Washington.

A large crowd tried to push through police lines and police with batons and riot helmets on pushed back.

There is a standoff now with protesters milling around while police form a protective line facing out at the crowd.

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May 192012

Severe weather in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia.

In the West, Midwest, North and South USA — we’re seeing tornadoes damaging winds, and hail break out across MULTIPLE states.

On the east coast the system mentioned earlier this morning has now officially become a tropical storm named “Alberto”. Tracks have it making landfall, then back out to sea.

Overall this midwest outbreak is a huge developing system.. heading ENE from Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas….. across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, nebraska.. heading towards Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.


May 192012

CHICAGO (FOX Chicago News)

Clowns had whipped cream pies at the ready in Lakeview Friday.

But the bigger for concern for police is another group of protesters whose activities have nothing to do with pies, and everything to do with causing problems.

Most of the protesters coming to Chicago will be here to engage in peaceful demonstrations – but not all of them. Some, often associated with anarchists, will be here with a different agenda: disruption and destruction. They are known as the Black Bloc.

Black Bloc Tactics – 10 Quick Points! (1 of 3)

Unlike Occupy Chicago, which has at least a loose affiliation, a spokeswoman and an open Twitter account announcing their activities, the Black Bloc is not a group at all, but a tactic, and one that often spells trouble.

“Their potential for violence is very high,” Jim Mauer said. He’s the former Chief of Patrol for Chicago Police.

He said that at summits in cities like Seattle and Toronto, the Black Bloc has proven to be the biggest headache for police. Those cities experienced a lot of vandalism attributed to the block.

“In the past what they’ll do is they’ll get into the main group, they’ll march and have their signs,” Mauer said, “then during the march or during the protest they’ll attempt to break off into smaller groups, cause some problems somewhere, force the police to react to something.”

(which they did yesterday)

But the Black Bloc is not an organization like Occupy Chicago.

“It’s a tactic,” DePaul University professor Tom Mockaitis said. “It developed in Germany in the 1930’s as a response to what peaceful protesters believed was overly aggressive police tactics and arrests.”

At the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, police used tear gas to stop a Black Bloc march – a response Chicago Police are unlikely to use, except in a crisis.

What makes the Black Bloc so problematic for police, is their tactic after engaging in violence.

“The bloc, which gives them some protection, will disperse whenever they’ve done what they want to do, melt back into that crowd, ditch the black clothing and then be unrecognizable,” Mauer said. “[It makes them] very hard to arrest.”

Yesterday: Henry Edwards of Albuquerque, New Mexico is arrested at National Nurses’ protest rally at Daley Plaza in Chicago before NATO Summit in Chicago on Friday, May 18, 2012. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune)

It remains to be seen how this tactic will be used during the NATO summit, but the city is prepared.

My FOX Chicago

Then there’s this from Breitbart:

The Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Station Great Lakes, just north of Chicago, has ordered all uniformed military personnel to stay out of downtown Chicago from May 18 to 22 during the NATO Summit. Given threats of violent protest at the meeting of international leaders, the Navy cannot guarantee their safety.

The off-limits areas include:

• Northern Boundary: West Division St.
• Eastern Boundary: Lake Michigan
• Southern Boundary: East 47th St.
• Western Boundary: Interstate 94

The order represents a unique hardship to new sailors in the U.S. Navy, who traditionally visit downtown Chicago after completing several weeks of rigorous training at Great Lakes before being deployed to their new bases.

Anarchists, socialists, Occupiers, and other activists of various kinds have begun descending on the NATO Summit site in the hopes of inciting confrontations with police, attracting attention, and re-igniting the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement that was the darling of the mainstream media in the fall of 2011.

May 192012

Of course the big story of this NATO fiasco is one that I held off on until it was confirmed. There were conflicting reports yesterday. See: NATO summit Chicago: Three men face Terrorism charges ‘City will Never be the Same’

Excerpts of charges against NATO protesters

Read the full proffer HERE

* Supporters of arrested trio gather outside courthouse. About 30 supporters for the three criminally charged protesters gathered outside the Cook County Criminal Courts building at 26th and California eagerly awaiting the start of today’s bond hearing.

William Vassilakis, who said he hosted the out-of-state trio at his apartment before police arrested them, said he came to the courthouse today to support his friends.

“I’m confident that these charges are bogus,” a subdued Vassilakis said, before declining further comment.

No major demonstrations are planned today in Chicago

Protesters move on from North Side 3:30 p.m.

~ Still getting away with camping out at least two locations…

The sun rises over protesters outside of Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ on Saturday morning. — William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

Dylan Kelley of Vermont shaves after sleeping outside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic in Chicago with other Occupy protestors and members of The Mental Health Movement. — Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

Haley Maine of Lansing, Mich., center, and Robert Fountaine of New York, right, brush their teeth at their campsite outside the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic. — Keri Wiginton, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

The mental health protesters on the North Side dissipated today, with a few getting on trains to head downtown for a solidarity march in support of three out-of-state men arrested on terrorism conspiracy charges.

After moving on from a spot near Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house, the protesters headed to Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and other nearby streets, sporadically stopping at intersections to sit down.

Christopher Colon, Chicago, and Angie Pray, Portland, Ore., wear hospital gowns as they go door to door on Saturday morning, canvassing Rahm Emanuel’s neighbors about where they can find mental health care since they mayor closed some of the clinics. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune)

Protesters sit in street near mayor’s home

~ This should make Rahm/Obama proud:

Patrick Rapacz, 17, of Chicago, heads out to canvas Rahm Emanuel’s neighbors on Saturday morning, asking them where they can find mental health care since the mayor closed some of the clinics. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune)

~ I wonder if Rahm got Blago’s house being it is in the exact same neighborhood.

* Heightened security in effect for commuters. Elsewhere in the Chicago area, the security crackdown implemented for the NATO summit that starts Sunday didn’t seem unduly burdensome on commuters, many said.

* Sources: Informants used in probe of protesters. Two informants were working with Chicago police before officers raided a Bridgeport apartment this week and arrested the men accused of planning to hit President Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house and police stations with molotov cocktails, sources have told the Tribune.

“The city doesn’t know what it’s in for,” an undisclosed defendant is quoted as saying in court records.

Weinan Li of Chicago holds up his 15-month-old son Eric while a U.S. Customs agent wands him at the security checkpoint leading to the museum campus. Li and his family planned to go to the Shedd Aquarium which was closed today. Security was tight on and around the museum campus with streets partially closed off and part of Lake Shore Drive closed down. — Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

* Protest winds through Lincoln Square, Ravenswood:

~ Must admit I like this one:

Police guard Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s North Side home Saturday as a small group of protesters gather targeting the NATO Summit and city healthcare cuts. — Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

Several hundred protesters headed toward the mayor’s house marched down Montrose Avenue, spilling into the street and moving around parked cars as police walked with them on foot.

Drivers watched, some snapping photographs of the crowds, which marched past city parks.

“Whose streets? Our streets!” they shouted.

Parents clutched their small children as the protesters marched by. They lined the fence of the playground and watched.

“Hey Rahm Emanuel! Take your cuts and go to hell!” the crowd shouted. They’re protesting the mayor’s mental health cuts.

Some marched arm in arm, shouting, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.”

* Several hundred protesters gathered in Horner Park on Chicago’s North Side. See Video

Amtrak Police K-9 Unit officer Sgt. M. Stoltz handles K-9 dog “Ryder” as he sniffs Amtrak passengers before they board the Saluki southbound train departing Union Station in Chicago on Saturday. The passengers were subject to screenings and searches. The Saluki train runs under McCormick Place where the NATO Summit is taking place May 20-21. — Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

* Empty suitcase halts Metra Electric trains 10:13 a.m. at 56th Street near the scene where a suspicious package is being investigated.

A Chicago police officer looks through a piece of luggage at the scene where a suspicious package was found near Metra tracks seen here in Chicago on Saturday morning. The was removed by the officer and transported in his car. Trains were stopped for an hour and a half on the Metra Electric District line on the South Side while authorities investigated a suspicious package that, according to authorities, turned out to be an empty suitcase. — José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

* Bikes, strollers navigate security along the lake 9:07 a.m. Megan Zehel and Mike Chorvat found their customary bike ride down the southern section of the Lakeshore Trail was interrupted by NATO security measures early Saturday morning.

A line of city snow plow trucks parked along Balbo Drive from the Lakeshore Trail nearly to Michigan Avenue blocked roads and pathways into the south end of Grant Park.

* Restrictions kick in: Metra crackdown, parking bans, road closings 8:17 a.m. The streets bordering Wrigley Field will be off-limits to traffic Saturday night and an expanded stretch of Lake Shore Drive will close for seven hours on Sunday as part of extra security for NATO summit dignitaries, officials said Friday.

The new road closings and inconveniences are in addition to extensive changes previously announced — widespread parking bans, CTA bus reroutes, a Metra crackdown on what passengers can carry on board and even restrictions on pedestrians and bicyclists.

It’s all aimed at creating a larger security bubble for visiting world leaders.

An Occupy protester sleeps outside of the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic as The Mental Health Movement and Occupy Chicago collaborated to protest closured of mental health facilities by the City of Chicago. — William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2012

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May 192012

L to R: Brent Betterly, Brian Church, Jared Chase

The three men being held at the Harrison District police station were charged late Friday night and were scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday afternoon, said Chicago police Lt. Kenneth Stoppa. He identified them as Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla.

Chase’s uncle, Michael Chase of Westmoreland, N.H., said he was shocked to learn of the charges against his nephew, who he said quit his job as a cook at a Boston restaurant in the fall to join the Occupy movement.

“He can be confrontational,” Chase said of his nephew. “If he’s pressed, he tends to lash out. I really can’t envision him doing this on his own, coming up with an idea to do something that radical.”


Three out-of-state men arrested in a Bridgeport apartment raid days before the NATO summit considered hitting President Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house and police stations with “incendiary devices,” according to court documents.

The trio, who are being held on $1.5 million bond apiece, are charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing material support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or incendiary device. They are the first people to ever be charged with violating the state’s anti-terror statutes, which were enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, authorities said.

Cook County prosecutors identified the men as Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla. According to prosecutors, the three men are self-proclaimed anarchists and members of “Black Bloc,” a band of protesters who typically mask their faces to avoid identification.

The men traveled from Florida to the Chicago area ahead of this weekend’s NATO meetings in order to prepare a multi-staged attack against various targets in the city, prosecutors said. According to court documents, the men planned to first attack four Chicago police stations and destroy several squad cars with “destructive devices” in order to divert the department’s attention and resources.

While authorities were distracted by those strikes, the group intended to hit Obama’s national campaign headquarters in the Prudential Building, Emanuel’s home in Ravenswood and other downtown financial institutions, prosecutors said. The group had already done reconnaissance work on the Chicago Police Department headquarters in Bronzeville in preparation for the attack, law-enforcement officials said.

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May 192012

Credit: Hinode/XRT. On May 20, 2012, an annular solar eclipse of the sun will occur when the moon will block about 94 percent of the sun. This view from Japan’s Hinode spacecraft shows an example of an annular solar eclipse. This was taken during the solar eclipse of Jan. 4, 2011.

Credit: Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC. This NASA graphic depicts the path of best viewing for the annular solar eclipse of May 20, 2012. For some observers in East Asia, the solar eclipse begins on May 21, 2012.

Credit: StarDate (sancho_panza/Wikipedia) This map shows the path of ‘annularity,’ with maximum eclipse (p.m., local time) for sites along the path. Areas outside the path of annularity will see a partial eclipse.

Credit: NASA/JPL, Jane Houston Jones. This NASA graphic of the United States depicts the path of the annular solar eclipse of May 20, 2012, when the moon will cover about 94 percent of the sun’s surface as seen from Earth.

Guide to Solar Eclipses (Infographic) Credit: Karl Tate, Contributor

How Solar Eclipses Work: When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.

How to Look at a Solar Eclipse Without Going Blind (Infographic) Credit: Karl Tate, Contributor

You should never look directly at the sun, but there are ways to safely observe an eclipse

Solar Eclipse View Chart: Credit: Geoff Gaherty/Starry Night Software/

This chart notes the cities and times to view the annular solar eclipse of May, 20-21, 2012.

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As the solar eclipse on May 20, 2012, progresses, its partial and annular phases will look very similar to this eclipse on May 10, 1994. CREDIT: Fred Espenak/

When the moon blots out the sun in a solar eclipse on Sunday (May 20), producing a “ring of fire” in the sky, it will cover roughly 94 percent that of the sun and offer a rare view of our nearest star.

How to Safely Observe Sunday’s Solar Eclipse

How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer

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This diagram illustrates the differences between orbits of a typical near-Earth asteroid (blue) and a potentially hazardous asteroid, or PHA (orange). PHAs have the closest orbits to Earth’s orbit, coming within 5 million miles (about 8 million kilometers), and they are large enough to survive passage through Earth’s atmosphere and cause significant damage. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A new NASA survey has pinned down the number of asteroids that could pose a collision threat to Earth in what scientists say is the best estimate yet of the potentially dangerous space rocks.

The survey found there are likely 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids, plus or minus 1,500 space rocks, that are larger than 330 feet (100 meters) wide and in orbits that occasionally bring them close enough to Earth to pose a concern, researchers said. To date, only about 30 percent of those objects have actually been found, they added.

Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs in NASA-speak, are space rocks in orbits that come within 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) of Earth and are large enough to cause damage on regional or global scale if they were ever to hit our planet.

The new study was based on observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), an infrared space telescope. While the telescope data returned an estimate of the potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroid population that is similar to previous projections, it also revealed some surprising new results.

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May 192012

Quotes: What Americans Really Should Know About President Obama

Sean Hannity sits down with a panel of contributors and experts to discuss the real Barack Obama and what his own autobiography reveals about his controversial political decisions.

The Insider caught up with a few of Hannity’s guests in the green room to find out what they think the average American really knows about President Obama and what they think we should know.

How informed do you think the average American is about President Obama’s past?

Erik Rush, WorldNetDaily Columnist:

“Extraordinarily uninformed — The establishment press for the most part, what a lot of folks call the mainstream media, has been, for whatever their reason, they did not do their due diligence, whether it’s because they’re complicit or whether it’s because they’re just incompetent. They like Obama. They’re ideologically aligned with him and they let a lot of things go that folks should have known. As far as his upbringing and associations, his vision for America, it’s not the vision that he speaks to wanting to have for America. It’s basically a very hard-line Socialist vision that he has for the United States, and that has been well concealed because he doesn’t want people to know … It’s been a very, sort of, perfect storm of confluence and events that have allowed him to get as far as he’s gotten without people knowing these things.”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“It’s synthetic; it’s a promotion not an autobiography. It’s all marketing. There’s very little of it that I personally believe is true.”

Why do you think it’s important right now for Americans to take a closer look at the revelations in the book?

“I think people would be a lot better served to investigate him on their own. You know the sort of kicking back and watching the big three or the big four news isn’t going to do it. The information is out there, it’s just that people have to be proactive in looking for it, rather than reading the book.”

Jedediah Bila, author and conservative political commentator:

“Americans know very little about President Obama. In terms of his background, probably almost nothing. I think if you went out there and listed all of the things he’d done and asked them ‘Do you know that he increased the debt by X amount’ or did this, I think you would get a stunned face. I think if they can give us his name, that’s a lot.”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“I think people have to look at Barack Obama for who he actually is, meaning if you associated with people all of your life, then that had an impact on you. If you chose to sit in a church with someone for 20 years, there’s an impact there. There are a lot of people who, like it or not, shaped his ideology and his thoughts. So, people may read this and they may think the same about him and vote for him anyway, they may read and uncover something — but I think if you’re going to be a media that we can respect and we’re going to vet our candidates fully, then let’s find out. Republican, Democrat, Independent – let’s find out who they are and what they represent, and then we can make an informed decision after that.”

Why do you think it’s important right now for Americans to take a closer look at the revelations in the book?

“I think listening to Obama in his own words is important because then that really is unfiltered. That’s him telling us what he wants us to know about himself and his life and his growth and his experiences. I think, as someone who wrote a book in first person, I can tell you I put that out there because it was honest. So, let’s have people read his book, but also let’s have people look at his record, look at the money that he spent, look at what the stimulus did, look at the facts. Look at the facts of his presidency and I think that what’s tricky about this president is that he’s a very likable guy and people treat that as a separate issue from whether or not he’s a good president. We need to combine those two things.”

How much do Americans really know about President Obama?

Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields hits the streets of Manhattan to find out

On Dreams of My Father: ‘This book is a DISASTER':

If every American who is NOT conservative could be queried like this, he would lose most of his base:


David Bossie:

(‘Occupy Unmasked’) president of Citizens United: “I think most Americans believe that they know about Barack Obama, but when they are informed of the facts, they really begin to understand, especially Democrats and Independents who were sold a bill of good that were not understood.”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“To be honest, I would urge people not to read his book; I would urge people to read other books about him by independent authors, no matter who it is.”

Why do you think it’s important right now for Americans to take a closer look at the revelations in the book?

“It does matter, but it should’ve mattered before he was in office. I find it very concerning that it really wasn’t a true vetting process from voters and especially from the media. It’s been four years already and this is what we’ve been up against.”

Deneen Borelli, political commentator:

“I really think if people had done some basic research, they would’ve known that a) the man is a radical, and b) that he has a problem with the Constitution. He doesn’t think the Constitution goes far enough for government to redistribute wealth and I have a problem with that. So, these are big things really that people really could’ve found out on their own. They would’ve known where his policies were — that he’s a big government redistribution kind of guy and those policies are not helping our country.”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“How credible is it? There’s been so much controversy and so many questions about it; so really, there’s a question of trust as far as I’m concerned from America’s view point. How can we trust him? He’s been in office for four years now, already, and it’s a little too late now.”

Jim Geraghty, conservative blogger and National Review contributor:

“They know a lot about his presidency because they’ve been living under it. They know a lot about who he is from about 2007 on. They may remember Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech in 2004, when he popped up on their radar. Newsweek put him on their cover before he even entered the US Senate, so he was a celebrity from about that first Senate bit and on. What they do know comes from “Dreams From My Father,” a little bit of investigative reporting about that, but I think that there are very large gaps in that knowledge. Periodically, people will reencounter something that’s in his autobiography, the composite girlfriends for example and people react with ‘oh my goodness.’”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“We always knew this was an edited version of his life, a self-selected narrative that he wanted to tell of his life, not made up, but clearly certain things were empathized, certain things deemphasized. This was a very key part of his election strategy of introducing himself to the country. His campaign was very clear, if you want to know more about his life, go read the book. Well the book is not quite fiction, but it’s not pure nonfiction either.”

Sol Stern, contributing editor to City Journal:

“I think they’re somewhat informed but they don’t understand, because partly it’s been obfuscated by the media. In other words, they know about Reverend Wright but it’s been explained away by the media, so they don’t understand it. They know it but they don’t understand it. They don’t understand the significance of it; they think it’s all just a trifle. So they’ve heard about Bill Ayers and they accept the explanation there that was given at the time four years ago by Obama, “He’s just an English professor,” and they accepted that. But he’s not just an English professor — first of all, he’s not an English professor so he was lying about that — and they don’t understand that apart from the issue of Ayers’ own past as terrorist there was what he was doing at the time with Obama, which was so-called education reform that really in reality was radical indoctrination of students.”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“The mainstream media is again distorting it and again is covering up. The media is on the Obama team, the mainstream media, so they’re of course going to continue to deny the reality of the past and who he was and who he is now.”

Pamela Geller, American blogger, author, political activist, and commentator:

“The American people are the object of a campaign of disinformation and there’s a war in the information battle space, in the war of ideas. They’re painfully and abysmally unaware. My book ‘The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America,’ honestly the majority of that book was written late 2007/ 2008. It was all out there and here we are four years later, the warnings were all there and we’re witnessing the poisonous fruit of his egregious both domestic and foreign policy and there’s a reason. So we have to give major kudos to Sean Hannity because really he’s been singular in this in exposing the subversive and dangerous allegiances and alliances Obama has. And it’s breaking every day.”

Why do you think it’s important right now for Americans to take a closer look at the revelations in the book?

“Because we’re losing the greatest nation that ever was in the history of mankind. The first moral government, the very first government in human history based on individual rights and everything noble and magnificent that we achieved was a logical fidelity to that principle. We have a collectivist in the White House, we have a statist in the White House … people are throwing away with both hands the greatest gift in the history of man. That’s why people should care.”

David Freddoso, journalist and author:

“I’m always surprised at how little the American people know despite all that Obama wrote about himself and all that’s out there. There are several very well-publicized things, just as an example at the beginning of my book ‘The Case Against Barack Obama,’ I wrote about how he had won his first election by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot. I’m surprised at how many people I run into who had never heard that before. It’s true of an awful lot of things, many of them that Obama himself wrote and many of them that have been widely covered in the media about him.”

What do you think is the most important takeaway from President Obama’s book?

“That story of Obama, of someone who comes from a very … I guess you could say a sort of hybrid political ideological heritage is kind of the great untold story of Obama, as opposed to the one everyone knows where he comes from literally a sort of hybrid lineage. But his political background, where he formed his sense of what’s right and justand then where he formed his sense of how to get ahead in politics, they come together to form a man that I think is kind of a mystery to all of us and maybe even a little bit to himself.”

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New Details About President Obama’s Past Revealed in “Dreams From My Father” by The Five

In the part of the book where Obama describes his college experience, he says, “Political discussions, the kind that at Occidental had once seemed so intense and purposeful came to take on the flavor of the Socialist conferences I sometimes attended at Cooper Union, where the African cultural fairs that took place in Harlem and Brooklyn during the summers, a few of the many diversions New York had to offer, like going to a foreign film or ice skating at Rockefeller Center.”

“It’s not about me, it’s not about Romney, its about how the media looks at things.” – Greg Gutfeld