Daily Archives: November 22, 2008

Unprecedented Scrutiny Required for Government Positions

Could Obama pass the background check and vetting process he is imposing on potential administration officials and high-level advisers?  I doubt it.  It is reported they are subjected to an unprecedented degree of scrutiny.  Ironic, isn’t it, when he still has questions floating around  about as basic a question as his citizenship.

Examples:  Embarrassing e-mails, text messages, diary entries and Facebook profiles? Gifts worth more than $50, other than those from relatives and long-standing friends? Family members with connections to  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, or any other company receiving a federal bailout?

From CNN.com:

In addition to the already invasive FBI background check, the Obama team is requiring prospective candidates to complete a seven-page questionnaire that requires the disclosure of nearly every last private detail. In addition to the obvious questions involving past criminal history, candidates are asked about personal diaries, past blog posts, and the financial entanglements of extended family members.

“This questionnaire they’ve been giving to people who are thinking about signing up for a government job is extremely invasive,” said David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst and adviser to four past presidents.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at the presidential level before — the FBI asks these kind of questions, but to have the presidential transition team asking these questions requires … great volumes of records that have to be checked out.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/22/obama.vetting/index.html?eref=rss_politics

Posted:  11.22.08

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Michael Jackson Converts to Islam

Michael or Mikaeel?USA 

Ever wonder what would be next for Michael Jackson?

He has reportedly converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel after one of Allah’s angels.

Jackson, 50, was raised a Jehovah’s Witness.   

He pledged allegiance to the Koran in a Shahada ceremony (the Muslim declaration of belief) presided over by an Imam.

Cat Stevens, who famously converted to Islam and now goes by Yousef Islam, was on hand to celebrate the conversion. 

Love Cat Stevens.  Here’s one from the old days.  Beautiful.:: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsAfW2sjl9I

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2008/11/21/2008-11-21_call_him_mikaeel_michael_jackson_reporte.html

Posted:  11.22.08

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Barack Obama Visits Deli in Chicago

Today, as Congress is debating the auto industry and their requested bailout of billions, trying to avert economic disaster, President elect Obama is in Chicago, eating  a corned beef sandwich for lunch. (Is he still a member of the Senate?)

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Valerie Jarrett, friend and transition team adviser, shown here with Obama at Manny’s Deli

When asked about the auto industry problems, he dodged the question.  “I got the corned beef,”  I think he picked the cherry pie, too.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15869.html

Posted:  11.21.08

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