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Sheldon Adelson and the Mexican drug lord

Posted by Charles II on August 8, 2012

Is narcotrafficking money being laundered into US elections? It is alleged to have been done in Mexican elections… and not just the recent ones. As far back as 2007, we noted that Zhenli Ye Gon, who was accused of being a major importer of drugs used to make meth, had been accused of providing sewer money to install Felipe Calderon as president of Mexico.

Now Ye Gon has resurfaced, this time as a figure in a US investigation: “for a series of large money transfers in the mid-2000s.”

It seems Ye Gon was such a good customer of Sheldon Adelson that he lost $125M at his Sands casino. Adelson, in turn, has been linked to organized crime syndicates in rescuing his Macao casino.

And Adelson is a major Romney donor.

This is by no means proof of drug money being laundered into US elections. Heck, Ye Gon hasn’t been convicted yet, and should be considered innocent. But the question now has to be asked: is our political system so unresponsive to the will of the people because it is under the influence of narcotics, or the profits therefrom? There’s no explanation in my mind for why Ye Gon was held in the US for years on a charge so flimsy that it collapsed, and only now is the DA in Los Angeles looking into large money transfers by Ye Gon.

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Fraudulent historian David Barton called out by actually conservative actual Christians

Posted by Charles II on August 8, 2012

David Barton has long been a thorn in the side of any honest person who regards themselves as a Christian.

To put it very simply, he makes stuff up and, worse, these lies get spread far and wide without contradiction by eventheNewYorkTimes and other putative guardians of the truth. Then these lies are recycled endlessly through the HypoChristian and Right-Wing Political Machines. Americans United has been writing about Barton for years. Now, at last, conservative Christian scholars are starting to speak up. Thomas Kidd at WorldMag (via t/o):

David Barton, president of the WallBuilders organization and a frequent guest on Glenn Beck’s broadcasts, is one of America’s most popular Christian history writers. Liberal critics have long accused Barton of misinterpretations and errors…But now some conservative Christian scholars are publicly questioning Barton’s work, too.

Jay W. Richards, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and author with James Robison of Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late, spoke alongside Barton at Christian conferences as recently as last month. Richards says in recent months he has grown increasingly troubled about Barton’s writings, so he asked 10 conservative Christian professors to assess Barton’s work.

Their response was negative. Some examples: Glenn Moots of Northwood University wrote that Barton in The Jefferson Lies is so eager to portray Jefferson as sympathetic to Christianity that he misses or omits obvious signs that Jefferson stood outside “orthodox, creedal, confessional Christianity.” A second professor, Glenn Sunshine of Central Connecticut State University, said that Barton’s characterization of Jefferson’s religious views is “unsupportable.” A third, Gregg Frazer of The Master’s College, evaluated Barton’s video America’s Godly Heritage and found many of its factual claims dubious, such as a statement that “52 of the 55 delegates at the Constitutional Convention were ‘orthodox, evangelical Christians.’” Barton told me he found that number in M.E. Bradford’s A Worthy Company.

A full-scale, newly published critique of Barton is coming from Professors Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter of Grove City College, a largely conservative Christian school in Pennsylvania. Their book Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President (Salem Grove Press), argues that Barton “is guilty of taking statements and actions out of context and simplifying historical circumstances.” For example, they charge that Barton, in explaining why Jefferson did not free his slaves, “seriously misrepresents or misunderstands (or both) the legal environment related to slavery.”

This has been a very long time coming, and Jay Richards deserves little credit for at last discovering the extensive fraud that’s been before his nose. But credit where credit is do. Conservative historians have at last discovered–and outed– one liar who is beyond the pale.

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Mitt Romney’s Blood Money: Bain Profited From Salvadoran Death Squad Backers

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 8, 2012

Okay folks, this could be the game-changer:

In 1983, Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch Bain Capital, a private equity offshoot of the successful consulting firm Bain & Company. After some initial reluctance, Romney agreed. The new job came with a stipulation: Romney couldn’t raise money from any current clients, Bain said, because if the private equity venture failed, he didn’t want it taking the consulting firm down with it.

When Romney struggled to raise funds from other traditional sources, he and his partners started thinking outside the box. Bain executive Harry Strachan suggested that Romney meet with a group of Central American oligarchs who were looking for new investment vehicles as turmoil engulfed their region.

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…The Central Americans provided roughly $9 million — 40 percent — of Bain Capital’s initial outside funding, the Los Angeles Times reported recently. And they became valued clients.

Those valued clients that provided 40% of Bain’s start-up money — and who remained loyal and valued clients for decades thereafter — were the families behind El Salvador’s right-wing death squads:

While they were on the lookout for investments in the United States, members of some of these prominent families — including the Salaverria, Poma, de Sola and Dueñas clans — were also at the time financing, either directly or through political parties, death squads in El Salvador. The ruling classes were deploying the death squads to beat back left-wing guerrillas and reformers during El Salvador’s civil war.

The death squads committed atrocities on such a mass scale for so small a country that their killing spree sparked international condemnation. From 1979 to 1992, some 75,000 people were killed in the Salvadoran civil war, according to the United Nations. In 1982, two years before Romney began raising money from the oligarchs, El Salvador’s independent Human Rights Commission reported that, of the 35,000 civilians killed, “most” died at the hands of death squads. A United Nations truth commission concluded in 1993 that 85 percent of the acts of violence were perpetrated by the right, while the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, which was supported by the Cuban government, was responsible for 5 percent.

Romney’s people are trying to say that Mitt had no idea about any of this and that he had his clients vetted thoroughly. Considering that the Salvadoran death squads and the families backing them were known throughout the world, even in the US media, by 1984, this is extremely hard to believe.

Here’s how we know that this is deadly toxic to Romney’s campaign: Rush Limbaugh’s already on the attack against it, trying to clutch at straws with a bizarro-world armadillos-to-moonrocks comparison to Planned Parenthood. He’s doing this even though it’s still being ignored by the corporate establishment media, the members of which are currently busy accusing Harry Reid of lying about Mitt Romney’s taxes when they have no proof one way or the other and won’t unless Mitt actually releases them.

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