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The Obama administration said Wednesday it has alerted Congress and begun notifying foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is preparing to release sensitive U.S. diplomatic files that could damage U.S. relations with friends and allies.

Officials said the documents may contain everything from accounts of compromising conversations with political dissidents and friendly politicians to disclosures of activities that could result in the expulsion of U.S. diplomats from foreign postings.

U.S. diplomatic outposts around the world have begun notifying other governments that WikiLeaks may release these documents in the next few days.

“These revelations are harmful to the United States and our interests,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. “They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.”

For full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-ap-us-wikileaks,0,232568.story

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Not even three or four pipes full of Hopium could have convinced me that the Congress of the United States would ever start looking like the Chicago City Council. But now, with the Chicago Way White House twisting arms for its federal health care legislation, Democrats in Congress and Chicago aldermen are beginning to share a remarkable resemblance. They’re starting to look like fall guys. “The Congress? They’re acting like aldermen. Like fall guys. And we know all about fall guys in the city of Chicago,” said Jim Laski, a former Chicago alderman and former federal inmate who is now a WGN radio talk show host.

For the rest of John  Kass’ Column: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0317-20100316,0,3195139,full.column

A husband leaned over to his wife because he wasn’t sure he had heard correctly the giant TV screens set up to bring the news to the crowd of thousands.

“Did he really just say Chicago?” the man asked.

Yes, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge really did say “Chicago,” when announcing the first city eliminated as a potential host for the 2016 Olympics.

And when Rogge did, mouths dropped all over Daley Plaza. Heads shook.

Fifteen satellite trucks were parked on Clark Street to bring the world this?

There are awkward moments, and then there was Friday morning standing next to the Picasso sculpture next to 2016 supporters dressed in orange T-shirts.

How does one react when its city gets kicked in the groin?

Sweet ’16, this wasn’t.

One Cubs fan in the middle of the crowd of thousands tore his blue “W” sign in half and tossed the pieces of cardboard into the air like he had probably done so many times before.A mother hugged her son, whom she had taken out of school to witness a historic party that quickly felt like a civic funeral.

All the while, one politician after another looked into cameras and vowed Chicago would bounce back from this to bid again. One even compared the spirit Chicago would exhibit in recovering from this Olympic defeat to the way it rebuilt itself after the Great Fire in 1871.

The Chicago Tribune article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-03-haugh-oct03,0,2037215.column

So how are we supposed to know that a candidate for U.S. president meets all the qualifications laid out by the Constitution?

Do we leave it in the hands of the verbal free-for-all that passes as a debate over whether President Barack Obama actually was born in America? Or will Congress create an official path for presidential and congressional candidates to prove their qualifications?

For all the sneering denunciations heaped on the “birthers” — those who feel compelled to prove that Obama wasn’t born in the United States and thus is not eligible to be president — they have not touched on a critically important question: How do we know if someone, anyone is qualified: Is the candidate at least 35 years old, a resident in the U.S. for 14 years and a natural-born citizen? Who officially confirms that a member of the House of Representatives is at least 25 years old, has been a citizen for seven years and lives in the state from which he is elected? Or that a Senate candidate is at least a 30-year-old, nine-year citizen and lives in the state he represents?

None of the wiseacres who have been laying it on the birthers seems interested in the question, choosing instead to use the debate as another opportunity to jeer and taunt the “wing nuts,” “Obama haters,” “right-wing zealots” and various species of alleged goofballs who have raised the question about the president.

For Dennis Byrne’s full OpEd: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-oped0811byrneaug11,0,3209132.story

     Without an explanation, the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear the first of what will inevitably be NUMEROUS challenges to the eligibilty of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama II to serve as the President of the United States.

     The Court declined to issue an emergency stay on the Electoral College votes, scheduled for December 15th, as requested by Leo Donofrio in his challenge to Obama’s citizenship. Donofrio acknowledges that Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii, but that his Kenyan and British citizenship precludes him from being considered a “natural born” citizen.

     The case filed by Philip Berg, a Pennsylvania attorney, which alleges that (a) Obama was born elsewhere, such as Kenya, and/or (b) his Indonesian citizenship as a child of Lolo Soetoro, making him ineligible to be President, will have his case considered some day this week or next. Additionally, there are at least 16 other challenges at the state and federal court levels nationwide, including the case filed to stop the California Secretary of State from certifying the election and the Electors by Alan Keyes.

     Despite being referred to as nutcases, right-fringe, and delusional, there are still many who believe that Obama could settle this matter very quickly, so that it does not fester as a cloud over his administration. While I would prefer that he not serve as our President, I do want our next President to be able to work on our Nation’s problems without being plagued by issues that cast doubt over his capacity and eligibility.

     In a twist of irony, all the mainstream media that either refused to report anything on the birth certificate issue, or buried it in the body of the news, are reporting the Supreme Court’s denial of the Donofrio case like a wildfire: The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe!!

      The conservative bloggers, Hillary supporters, and various other factions of the group that want only the “best” for this Country, but are being labelled “conspiracy theorists” by the left wing Obamanots because Obama will not produce his birth certificate.

     Today, the “We the People” foundation ran an “open-letter” advertisement calling upon President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama to produce certain information for forensic verification. Ironically, the ad was run in Obama’s newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.

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      The leftist say that this is the right grasping at straws. From the right perspective, it is a matter of what is right. The Constitution is very clear in the intent of the forefathers to keep our country’s Chief Executive free of all ties and allegiance to any foreign entity by requiring the President to be a natural-born citizen, not a naturalized citizen, repatriated citizen, or a dual citizen, but a natural born citizen with no ties or allegiance to another country.

     Despite those who have commented that Obama’s citizenship does not matter and lets just celebrate this historic Presidency, or that its time that Congress change the requirements, it is simply not that easy. First and foremost, Congress cannot change the requirements. We, the People, would have to amend the Constitution, ratified by two-thirds of the States. Based on previous amendments, it is not accomplished in a two month time period.

      This country is faced with some very trying times now, and it is important that our President be free of the “cloud” that the birth certificate issue will have over every signature if it is not properly resolved.

     The comments from the Obama people regarding the unrepentent terrorist William Ayers and his relationship with Sen. Barack Obama is that “Barack was only eight years old when Ayers did those things”. Personally, I find that comment insulting to the intellect of America as a whole.

     Just like they don’t get the point on the “Joe the Plumber” questions, choosing instead to vet the plumber more than they have vetted Obama, the Obama media and the Obama campaign does not get the point about Ayers. It is not that Obama “knows” Ayers, it is that he has not been forthright and honest about the relationship, and even moreso, he has not been honest in their shared philosophies.

     Under an Obama presidency, God forbid, the Senator is encouraging a $4000.00 tuition tax credit in exchange for volunteer duty in community organizations or the military. This plan is just a bit shy of Ayer’s educational philosophy that says that all young people should be “drafted” into a time period of community service. How ironic that this terrorist who waged war on America during the draft era of the Vietnam War espouses draft into community service, which includes the military. Further, with regard to the tuition tax credit, Obama has obviously not checked with David Axelrod to find out what his son’s tuition is at the University of Michigan!

      Obama wanted us to believe that Ayers was just a man in the neighborhood. If their relationship was that distant, why would Ayers ask Obama to “blurb” one of his books for him?

    It appears that the relationship was so much “just neighbors”, that Obama appeared at a discussion forum with Ayers and others, organized by a Michelle Obama,  to discuss the concepts of Ayer’s book “A Kind and Just Parent”, regarding the juvenile justice system:

Just a few weeks before this review (Obama’s review of Ayer’s book) was published in the Chicago Tribune, Obama and Ayers appeared together on a panel about juvenile justice organized by Michelle Obama on November 20, 1997:

Children who kill are called “super predators,” “people with no conscience,” “feral pre-social beings” — and “adults.”

William Ayers, author of A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press, 1997), says “We should call a child a child. A 13-year-old who picks up a gun isn’t suddenly an adult. We have to ask other questions: How did he get the gun? Where did it come from?”

Ayers, who spent a year observing the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, is one of four panelists who will speak on juvenile justice at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the C-Shop. The panel, which marks the 100th anniversary of the juvenile justice system in the United States, is part of the Community Service Center’s monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.

Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system; Randolph Stone, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic; Alex Correa, a reformed juvenile offender who spent seven years in Cook County Temporary Detention Center; Frank Tobin, a former priest and teacher at the Detention Center who helped Correa; and Willy Baldwin, who grew up in public housing and is currently a teacher at the Detention Center.

     A candidate of CHANGE: A Candidacy of Transparency!!

Thank you Sen. Obama for being open and forthright so we can make informed decisions on Election Day!!

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