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MINNEAPOLIS -- Among the journos fleeing the Twin Cities this morning after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention:

• Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace
• NBC's Tom Costello and Betsy Fisher
• MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (two of the last to board their Reagan-bound flight)
• CNN's John Roberts
• BBC's Matt Frei, Katty Kay and Iva Zoric
• New York Times columnist David Brooks
• Ex-Postie and newly-minted Washington Times editor Jeffrey Birnbaum
• Time Magazine's Karen Tumulty

Others leaving the North Star State included Senate Republicans Orrin Hatch (Utah), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) and former Mississippi senator Trent Lott.

Most boarded either Northwest Flight 1704 to Reagan National Airport or Northwest Flight 1260 bound for Dulles.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Paul Volpe  |  September 5, 2008; 2:06 PM ET
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After watching Sarah, my Republican friends are NOT VOTING her or McCain.

The pit bull analogy scared them, quite frankly. Well, that and her snarky, hateful, lying comments about Obama. Also, none of them would have exposed their daughters the way did Sarah did. They felt it was heartless and selfish to flaunt her shame to THE WHOLE WORLD.

Also, they were totally confused by Lieberman's appearance.

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 5, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Soros Runs British Foreign Office Coup Against U.S. Elections
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by Anton Chaitkin

September 5, 2008--Civilization is in danger from the globalist financial system blowing apart, with the present U.S. administration lurching towards new British-guided war adventures, and the two U.S. Presidential nominees detached from the reality of the crisis and floating towards catastrophe. The Democratic Party, which should lead the way out towards national survival, has been taken over and bound head to foot by a British coup led by Foreign Office agent George Soros.

The billionaire speculator and his London sponsors created the time-bomb regimes on the borders of Russia, that are now detonating a potential world war with Dick Cheney's gleeful encouragement.

With the slimiest money-conduiting political assets inside the United States paralleling those in Georgia and Eastern Europe, George Soros is running an illegal foreign intervention into the U.S. Presidential elections, on behalf of the British Crown.

The world financial system began to visibly disintegrate in summer, 2007. Working people losing their jobs and homes would surely back a Democratic Party committed to defend their lives. The front-running Hillary Clinton could unite a large majority, the lower 80% of income brackets, white, black and Hispanic, behind a return to Frankiln Roosevelt policies and a successful war against the power of British-Wall Street financier axis. London knew she was tough enough to chew and spit out potential opponent Republican rightists who spout populist sophistry.

To destroy these prospects, George Soros has employed a titanic money-channeling apparatus whose operatives are under investigation for wholesale looting, partners of the worst mortgage swindler-bankers. The Soros combination of anonymous financiers and deployable street forces went berserk against Hillary and Bill Clinton. They concentrated on splitting black and white voters, with Soros-owned Democratic chairman Howard Dean and Soros-owned working on severing the remaining ties of the Party to labor voters.

— How the Foreign Agency Works —

The core Soros apparatus inside the U.S., now boasting itself an "alternative" to the ruined Democratic Party, starts at the top with the secretive offshore unregulated hedge funds through which the British have awarded billions to Soros personally — the Caribbean-based Quantum Group of Funds, overseen by Soros Fund Management; and the tax-exempt Open Society Institute, where Soros dispenses $300 million a year to rig the political system.

In that fateful pre-Presidential-race spring and summer of 2007, British imperial strategist Sir Mark Malloch Brown was vice president of both Soros Fund Management and the New York-based Open Society Institute. The Queen made him Baron Malloch-Brown in July, 2007, after he became Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Foreign Office chief for Asia, Africa and the United Nations.

Under Soros management are four core elements functioning as a single integrated foreign agency:

** The Democracy Alliance. a private billionaires' political club founded by Soros in 2004-2005;

** The 2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), led by Soros servants Andy Stern and Anna Burger. They broke up America's AFL-CIO Labor Federation in 2005, and their clique is under Congressional and federal criminal investigation;

** The Tides Foundation, a tax-exempt channel for political funding ($80 million per year) from anonymous wealthy donors;

** The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — ACORN — a vast street-level corps created in the 1970s as a neo-fascist "New Left" control mechanism over the black ghetto, used since 2004 as the primary political agency for Obama campaigns. Built up as a covert grouping of private and tax-exempt entities, ACORN is now imploding from scandals of theft and sleaze.

There is a startling, shameless interlock between the treasuries of these political units, and these relationships deserve careful scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice.

Drummond Pike is Treasurer of the Democracy Alliance, and permanent chief executive of Tides Foundation.

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger is vice chairman of Democracy Alliance (and chairman of the "Change to Win Federation" which broke millions of members away from the AFL-CIO).

Prior to July, 2008, Wade Rathke was permanent chief executive of ACORN; chairman of the board of the Tides Center, the link between Tides Foundation's anonymous wealthy donors and their targeted "radical politic causes"; and chief executive of the Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas region for SEIU. Rathke quit Tides and quit as ACORN's sole boss after it was revealed that his brother stole $948,000 from the ACORN group's commingled funds. The embezzlement was kept quiet for eight years. In August, 2008, the New York Times exposed a secret arrangement (with $700,000 paid in by Tides chief Drummond Pike) to keep law enforcement away.

— Soros Chooses Obama —

The combination carrying out the present British electoral intervention was put together five years ago.

Barack Obama came under special Soros sponsorship in the 2004 U.S. Senate race, Obama's first successful run for national office. Then a state senator, Obama had been deeply involved for over a decade with the ACORN apparatus that Soros was just then, in 2003-2004, incorporating into his national political machine.

George Soros raised $60,000 for the 2004 Obama U.S. Senate campaign. Obama was reportedly the only candidate with whom Soros met personally (in March) during the 2004 election cycle, and Obama was in Soros' New York home for a July 27 fundraising event.

To put this Soros sponsorship into perspective, note that simultaneously in 2003-2004, Mikhail Saakashvili was installed as Georgia's President thanks to $40 million from Soros for the "Rose Revolution." A few weeks before Soros first met with Obama, Soros, Sir Mark Malloch Brown and Saakashvili held a Switzerland press conference to announce that Soros and the UN Development Progamme which Malloch Brown then headed would be financing the Saakashvili government, paying the prime minister and police salaries. The Georgia Open Society Institute executive director who distributed that Soros money, Alexander Lomaia, is now (in 2008) head of the National Security Council of Georgia and supervised the attack against South Ossetia that brought on the brutal conflict with Russia.

On December 4, 2006, two years after getting into the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama went to Soros' New York office to be interviewed for higher office. Soros then took Obama into a conference room for other, politically subordinate billionaires, to speak with Obama after the Soros approval. With money and connections assured, Obama announced for the Presidency soon afterwards.

Soros put behind the Obama candidacy — and into the savage attacks against Hillary Clinton — his Democracy Alliance and Tides billionaires, with funds passed as legal "bundlers" and otherwise, together with his SEIU and ACORN street-managers.

— London's U.S. Election Squad —

The street units that British Foreign Office agent George Soros is deploying to rig the 2008 election are herded by Rathke's ACORN and the Andy Stern/Anna Burger SEIU leadership, a clique shaped since the 1960s as a covert action project of the London-New York axis. With all its vaunted power, this clique is now in a deepening legal and political crisis.

It began with the methods and networks of Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), the anti-Franklin Roosevelt professional radical employed, through cutouts in Washington and New York, by strategists based at London's Tavistock Clinic and Psychiatric Institute.

Alinsky's 1930s experimental "community organizing" in the Chicago slums at last bore its sick fruit in the post-Kennedy, late 1960s sex/drugs culture, when Alinsky trainees and front groups got financier and government backing to control the poor and divide working people.

This false-flag Community Organizing, leading neighborhoods into militancy around strictly local concerns, was identified as a variant of the earlier Mussolini syndicalist-fascism by Lyndon LaRouche in his 1968 article, "The new left, Local Control and Fascism (Campaigner magazine, Sept. 1968): "Legions of black and white radical judas goats are being bankrolled by the Ford Foundation, the [Office of Economic Opportunity, and other ruling class agencies to spread the gospel of 'community control' in the black ghetto and elsewhere....It is the syndicalist's role as a conscious saboteur of every effort to bridge the ... separation of black and white workers, of workers and students ... which is syndicalism's most poisonous feature ... leading directly to fascism."

In 1972, the Alinsky-trained Washington operative Margery Tabankin and her assistant Drummond Pike took control of Wade Rathke and his then-two-year-old ACORN enterprise. Tabankin and Pike moved Rathke around the country and incorporated him into their Alinskyite arrangement known as ARF, for "Associated Rich Folks"! Among other financiers, the Bagley family, a wing of the London Imperial Tobacco-controlled R.J. Reynolds family, were counterinsurgency projects for lower income people.

It was this Drummond Pike, together with Ms. Tabankin's Bagley sponsors, who created the Tides Foundation in 1976, bringing Wade Rathke in as the first Tides director. Immediately afterwards, Margery Tabankin became Director of the United States federal agency, Volunteers in Service to America. In September, 1977, Tabankin's federal agency paid out $470,475 to supply 80 free organizers to ACORN, enormously expanding its scope. As a Bagley family member chaired the Tides Foundation, and Tabankin herself ran the Bagley family's ARCA Foundation, high-level protection and unaccountable millions of dollars were channeled into the ACORN project.

Government support continued on until, in the Bush-Cheney years of 2003-2006, government grants provided at least $10,035,479 to ACORN (counting only two of Rathke's dozens of operations, ACORN Institute and ACORN Housing Corporation, according to their IRS filings).

The biggest banks, that are now sinking in the global credit meltdown, Bank of America (which ate the toxic Countrywide)), J.P. Morgan Chase and many others, have given ACORN millions. They have officially engaged ACORN as "radical" partners in marketing new mortgages, and as counselors to prior predatory lending victims on How To Cope without touching the bankers' power.

— Obama, and the Crackup —

Barack Obama got into this picture in 1985-1988, directing the Saul Alinsky spin-off, Developing Communities Project, for Chicago slum residents self-help and local-issue confrontations. He went onto the board of the Alinsky-legacy Woods Fund, that had paid for his Project, and then funded ACORN. He ran ACORN's 1992 "Project Vote" Chicago registration drive.

Obama was the lawyer for ACORN's 1995 election law suit against Illinois Governor Jim Edgar; and his law firm ran the 2002-2003 law suit resulting in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) paying ACORN huge sums on the pretext that ACORN would counsel predatory lending victims.

For at least the years 1995-2004, according to ACORN officer Toni Foulkes (Social Policy magazine, Winter 2003/Spring 2004), Barack Obama led ACORN training sessions on political power, building up a cadre of ACORN leadership around himself. Alongside the new ACORN overlord, George Soros, ACORN thus employed street forces, paid and volunteer, to win for Obama the 2004 Democratic primary election for U.S. Senator.

On February 22, 2008, an ambiguously-identified "ACORN Political Action Committee" formally endorsed Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. They were already in action against Clinton in the field, on the Web, on the radio, paying and otherwise herding thousands of operatives in combination with the SEIU and other Soros elements.

The July, 2008 resignation of ACORN chief and SEIU regional boss Wade Rathke in the 2008 embezzlement and cover-up scandal has been followed by other shocks deepening the public disgrace of ACORN and SEIU.

Since ACORN is the Soros/Obama street machine, ACORN's earlier cases of election fraud have now spilled into public view. In 2004, four ACORN employees in Ohio were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms. In January, 2005, two Colorado ACORN workers were convicted of submitting false voter registrations. On November 1, 2006, four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City, Mo., for voter registration fraud, in part of a national criminal investigation. In 2006, ACORN was investigated for submitting false voter registrations in St. Louis, with 1,492 fraudulent registrations identified. In 2007, five Washington state ACORN workers were sentenced to jail, and ACORN agreed to pay King County $25,000 for investigative costs.

Now the House Education and Labor Committee, chaired by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the U.S. Labor Department, and the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles are each investigating possible criminal misconduct by Tyrone Freeman, the head of the SEIU branch in Los Angeles. The Soros stooges, SEIU President Andy Stern and SEIU/Democracy Alliance official Anna Burger, gave Freeman control of the California section of the union in a power struggle against California-based opponents of their leadership.

Freeman has resigned, and Freeman's former chief of staff, Rickman Jackson, has also left his present post as head of an SEIU local in Michigan. SEIU executive vice president Annelle Grajeda, a top California operative of Stern and Burger, has also stepped down amid separate allegations of illegal payments.

Stern and Burger reorganized their California region in an attempt to crush a rebellion led by Oakland-based SEIU leader Sal Rosselli, who has fought against Stern and Burger's sweetheart deals with anti-patient, anti-worker health-care operators, and dirty arrangements with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The vast ocean of money flowing through SEIU, ACORN and affiliated Soros agent enterprises, has proved to be a dangerous temptation.

A series in the Los Angeles Times has reported that Tyrone Freeman's local paid almost $178,000 to a video firm owned by Freeman's wife, $16,000 to Freeman's brother-in-law's basketball team, $219,000 to a Freeman's close friend's company, hundreds of thousands (from a union charity) to Freeman's mother-in-law's day-care service, and almost $300,000 to a golf tournament, a steakhouse, a cigar club and a talent agency. Freeman's unopposed 2002 election as an SEIU local president is under investigation, as are complaints of thug tactics against Feeman's members.

Annelle Grajeda, the SEIU's international executive vice president and an aide to President Andy Stern, has left her posts amidst complaints of union payments to her former boyfriend after he ceased being an SEIU officer. Grajeda heads the SEIU's California state council, which runs the union's lobbying efforts with Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature, and which oversees get-out-the-vote drives overlapping with the entire Soros apparatus.

Desperately counterattacking, Stern and Burger have demanded the rebellious, whistle-blowing Oakland SEIU local be put into receivership, provoking public rallies of the union membership against those operatives who have put the union at the service of London's George Soros.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be joking... Hello President Palin in 4 years. There is no way we will ever buy into socialism!

Posted by: Caleb | September 5, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I just want to know why Ed "I wish I were The Fix" O'Keefe thinks anyone cares about who he saw at the airport, or what flight they were on.

Posted by: BigAl | September 5, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

So what?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 5, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Would it be a tragedy or a great relief for American political discourse if those planes crashed?

Posted by: the east can keep them | September 5, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Elite Media Departure:

The people of Minneapolis are now anticipating a breathe of
fresh air - now that the elite media has departed.

If turmoil and shadow can be resulted, it can be arranged by
having the presence of the spin media.

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | September 9, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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