Computer Systems Of Both Obama and McCain Campaigns Victims of Foreign Entity Cyberattack

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Do you know where one of the “front lines” is in international war / finance / fraud? Computers. At least President Elect Obama now knows this first hand.

1)The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown “foreign entity,” prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.

At the Obama headquarters in midsummer, technology experts detected what they initially thought was a computer virus—a case of “phishing,” a form of hacking often employed to steal passwords or credit-card numbers. But by the next day, both the FBI and the Secret Service came to the campaign with an ominous warning: “You have a problem way bigger than what you understand,” an agent told Obama’s team. “You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system.” The following day, Obama campaign chief David Plouffe heard from White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, to the same effect: “You have a real problem … and you have to deal with it.”
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Officials at the FBI and the White House told the Obama campaign that they believed a foreign entity or organization sought to gather information on the evolution of both camps’ policy positions—information that might be useful in negotiations with a future administration. The Feds assured the Obama team that it had not been hacked by its political opponents. (Obama technical experts later speculated that the hackers were Russian or Chinese.) A security firm retained by the Obama campaign took steps to secure its computer system and end the intrusion. White House and FBI officials had no comment earlier this week.

Nothing like being a victim to alert a person to the danger. I wonder if any technology-related policies will benefit from Obama’s victimization.

2)Meanwhile, in Russia, things are heating up. Foxnews has a piece about Russian President Medvedev “sending a signal” to the US.

Russia will deploy missiles near NATO member Poland in response to U.S. missile defense plans, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday in his first state of the nation speech.

Medvedev also singled out the United States for criticism, casting Russia’s war with Georgia in August and the global financial turmoil as consequences of aggressive, selfish U.S. policies.

Speaking just hours after Obama was declared the victor in the U.S. presidential election, Medvedev said he hoped the incoming administration will take steps to improve badly damaged U.S. ties with Russia. He suggested it is up to the U.S. — not the Kremlin — to seek to improve relations.

“I stress that we have no problem with the American people, no inborn anti-Americanism. And we hope that our partners, the U.S. administration, will make a choice in favor of full-fledged relations with Russia,” Medvedev said.

Well, here we go. A Russian demand for a new American President to kiss some butt. Hmmmmm.

sources: NEWSWEEK Foxnews NoQuarterusa

Make Mine Freedom

This will take about 10 minutes to watch but well worth it. It is presented in cartoon style. It is nostalgic in many ways.

Make Mine Freedom

Hat tip Always on Watch for the video.

Now we must hold the government to account even more than in the past. It is no time to be so devastated and discouraged that we give up. We must work harder than ever with the information, calls, email, fax, writing to our reps.
Yes, many voted our conscience and I am proud of that!

Some must reads for today:

H/T Lynda: NY Times suddenly discovers “nuance” in Gitmo issues that used to be all about Bushhitler. That didn’t take long. Watch the double-standards begin to fly!

The Daily Show makes a similar discovery: “There’s lots to make fun of other than the White House”. You don’t say! A President Obama will be treated very differently, then, I guess, than Bush?

An oldie from Vanderleun (H/T Larwyn) that you may have missed and shouldn’t: How Beautiful We Were

The First Obama Joke: H/T Dan “Barack Obama won the election because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.” — New York Times, The Next President. The New York Times is purely bananas.

AJ: Nattering Negativity, looks at the fissures in the GOP and ponders.

Harry Reid: Crowing and unclassy. As ever.

Sorry, Mr. Reid: Yer man has no mandate; he ran on tax-cuts and other “centrist” ideas. But then, so did Bill Clinton. We know. We know.

EJ Dionne: Don’t play to the center-right, Obama! Keep away from the center-right! We’re not a center-right nation!

California: Votes to ban gay marriage. Center-right.

Ruth Marcus: Will the Dems be able to resist overplaying their hand? See Dionne, Ms. Marcus. (Note: Ms. Marcus suggests Obama begin by “reversing President Bush’s order prohibiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, signing the Bush-vetoed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and enacting an equal pay law overturning the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Lilly Ledbetter.”). Yeah…don’t overplay.

It is remarkable to note, however, that – finally – someone in the press managed to correctly identify President Bush’s position as “prohibiting FEDERAL FUNDING of EMBRYONIC stem cell research” as opposed to their usual, “he’s against all science! He’s against all stem cell research! He’s a neanderthal” dishonesty. That only took 8 years.

Tom Shales: The Press Behaved Badly last night. Well…they’ve been behaving badly for over a decade, but last night, even my husband – who does not care about this sort of stuff – had to turn them off for all their self-congratulating glee. He found it “infantile.”

Ed Morrissey: Good Analysis.

Instapundit: Showcases the diff between lefties and righties rather succinctly. Note: Also, no one ever thought for even a second that an Obama win would cause the right to “riot.” The same cannot be said for the left. I hope they’ll grow up, now.

The People’s Cube: A fella who survived the Soviet Union dusts off the slogans and says “Comrade” again.

Steven Den Beste: Good news and bad news. Read.

Hamid Karzai: Expects Miracles from Messiahs

A post-election break from hype: it won’t last, though

Boundless energy: Confederate Yankee is already looking at 2010. Not yer girl, here. She’s taking a break. Bumperstickers, even! Capitalism goes on…

Survival Guide: if you feel you need one

Sincere & cautious congrats: I pray that you may acquire wisdom

“… — wisdom beyond your tender years, your thin experience, and your inconsequential legislative achievements — wisdom as a public servant in office, rather, that is at least commensurate with the skill you’ve shown as a campaigner, which has been a genuine marvel.

I pray for your health, because, with due respect, I regard the prospect of your Vice President-elect having to step into your shoes with genuine panic. “

Hope and pray you’re wrong: From an email: “I did not vote for Obama but I am afraid for him. I feel like whoever put him in place is going to try to make a martyr of him to create chaos in the nation.”

The Racial Angle: Still not gone, but reading that makes me think that now perhaps some racial issues will be addressed from “within” the African American community, itself, which might be a healthy thing. Introspection is always a good thing.

The Wheels on the Bus: Go round and round

Today’s Eyeroll: LA Times writer: “The nation is in dire economic straits.”

Yes, yes, yes. I see. Unemployment is 6%. Gasoline prices are a whopping $2 a gallon. The Dow is 9,000. People are actually paying cash for things. Run for your lives.

The 60’s: They’re finally ending About damn time.

Curt: Offers curt congrats

Geraghty: Ball’s in his court

Fears: For the churches

And hope: for life

Meanwhile: Stocks are tumbling

Hat tip: in links and The Achoress

However:

I am ashamed of those that did not seek out the information they needed or voted party over biblical values. I am ashamed of the students who fell for their radical professors and the illusion of youthful wisdom.How many of us when very young were much more liberal than today? As a rule, It is the folly of youth. I am ashamed of both whites and blacks who chose race over biblical values. I am ashamed of the Media’s behavior. I am ashamed of those that voted what they perceive as their pocketbook over their country. I am ashamed that we are putting our precious military into the hands of such as these. I am ashamed that McCain campaign did not fight aggressively with the truth and much earlier that we deserved to know. I am ashamed that so many care more about what the world thinks of us that they would sell out their country. I am ashamed of those that did not exercise their right to vote. I am ashamed of those that did not vote because their values told them they could not vote for Obama but could not bring themselves to vote Republican. Again party over principals..

I will not stop. I will not quit. I will fight on. I know you will join me and many others in this war for our country.

The Fat Lady Sang!

The fat lady sang, and Obama as we really expected has been elected The President of the United States of America.

McCain gave a very gracious concession speech. I am sure you have seen it.: Here’s the transcript, if you want it.

My thoughts are ‘No thanks to the Media. I will never put stock in them as you too should not. It has been shocking to see their bias..I do not recall in my lifetime a press that so coddled one candidate and did not think the public had a right to know anything that might damage their choice. I do not recall a VP candidate being so attacked and treated so shabbily as Sarah Palin.

I do not recall a candidate like McCain that only seemed to ‘under duress’ in the last debate bring out any thing that might be damaging to Obama. Then he did not follow through and did not call him on any of the things the American people needed to know. I don’t know. See this:

Top Thirty Errors That Doomed McCain Source;PAJAMAS MEDIA

I am saddened for our country. I am saddened that we chose one who has very little experience and very questionable associations. I am saddened by his views on bankrupting the Coal Industry. I am saddened that he thinks it is okay for us to pay more for electricity. I am saddened that I still do not really know this man. Nor do I think America does.’

Now is the time to go on and fight for our rights. We will probably see the Fairness doctrine passed. We will probably see many changes indeed. We cannot let up. We cannot stop fighting for what we feel is right. We do have those rights for now.

Many of us fought the good fight. We tried to inform those who would listen and we endured insults from the left and those who do not know that they do not know. We kept on keeping on. We did our best. Now it is time to go on. The people have spoken. It does no good now to ask how many dead people voted in Pa? Or any of the other questionable tactics we have seen and some of you have witnessed.

With all that said, we must pray for our New President. Yes, we are required to do that. We must pray for him, our leaders and our country.

At the same time, we must stay on them to remember we are here. We are watching and we are listening. We have to continue to email, fax, call and write about important issues. This is America after all. We have a duty to do our best to keep them on their toes. eh?

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What’s It Gonna Be? Predictions for the Next 24 Hours

America is in a fever pitch .. over and over we hear the ads, the speeches..turn it off and vote tomorrow. Make your voice heard. Don’t listen to the polls..or the Media. Meanwhile chew on the links in red:

I ain’t sly enough to actually make a prediction on the scale of Ed Morrissey’s; he calls for a close race with McCain/Palin squeaking out a win.

And – while I agree with her prediction – I won’t take Kate’s rather easy road on this one; of course she is correct.

Okay, here’s one prediction I’ll make:
If McCain/Palin wins, the press and the Dems will stroke out and Obama will play The Ultimate Chutzpah Card and say that at least 14 states (the big ACORN states) must be challenged because “the rolls were suspect and the integrity of the election was compromised” – by his very own supporters. Then he’ll proceed to tear the nation apart, in an effort to wrest the White House from the GOP. If Obama wins, the Dems and the press will declare that this was the “cleanest” and most “widely observed” election in our nation’s history; they will declare the people have spoken, call it a mandate and tell John McCain that if he dares to challenge things, he’ll be a most dishonorable man willing to tear his nation apart to serve his own ambition. John McCain, because he is a patriot, will ultimately not challenge such a loss, because he’ll put his country first, and decide America may not survive such a fight.

Here’s what I expect to happen over the next 24 hours:

1)The press and the Obama trolls will use psy-ops to try to discourage your vote. That’s another no-brainer, but remember it. Remember it and VOTE. Vote if it’s raining, vote if it’s snowing. Vote if you feel crappy. Vote if you’re hearing talking heads proclaim “the most historic landslide in all of human history.” Tonight you’re going to hear – if you bother to tune in, and I wouldn’t – the gasbags on the boob tube announcing, “this election is over…” After all this time, you should know hype when you hear it, you should know, by now, that the press lies. Ignore all of that and GO VOTE. Even if eleventy billion vote the other way, get your own voice heard and on the record. Take someone else with you when you vote; encourage everyone you know to vote. Vote, vote, vote.

2) Reports of voter fraud will be downplayed. But you know better. Many of us said after 2000 that safeguards against voter fraud needed to be put in place, and they were not. Not after 2002, 2004, 2006 – now we’re looking at an entire state (Ohio) that is apparently in the grips of state-sponsored election fraud, and we’re hearing retired State Supreme Court Justices in another state (Pennsylvania) say the rolls are so befuddled with fraud they don’t know if they can certify a clean election. Obama workers in New Mexico and elsewhere don’t mind cheating for their guy. Don’t cheat, but don’t sit back and let them get away with it. Go Vote.

3) The polls will be off, no matter how much pollsters try to snatch credibility in the last 24 hours of this race. Bill Whittle, via Iowahawk, explains:

You take a simple random sample of 1000 balls from an urn containing 120,000,000 red and blue balls, and your sample shows 450 red balls and 550 blue balls. Construct a 95% confidence interval for the true proportion of blue balls in the urn.

…Works pretty well if you’re interested in hypothetical colored balls in hypothetical giant urns, or survival rates of plants in a controlled experiment, or defects in a batch of factory products. It may even work well if you’re interested in blind cola taste tests. But what if the thing you are studying doesn’t quite fit the balls & urns template?

* What if 40% of the balls have personally chosen to live in an urn that you legally can’t stick your hand into?
* What if 50% of the balls who live in the legal urn explicitly refuse to let you select them?
* What if the balls inside the urn are constantly interacting and talking and arguing with each other, and can decide to change their color on a whim?
* What if you have to rely on the balls to report their own color, and some unknown number are probably lying to you?
* What if you’ve been hired to count balls by a company who has endorsed blue as their favorite color?
* What if you have outsourced the urn-ball counting to part-time temp balls, most of whom happen to be blue?
* What if the balls inside the urn are listening to you counting out there, and it affects whether they want to be counted, and/or which color they want to be?

(And what, I wonder, if all around you, every day, you are told by all of the coolest, hippest, prettiest balls that your color is mean, irrelevant, unpopular, un-cool, evil, old, incompetent, and probably racist? Would you stick to your guns in the face of that, or keep your mouth shut and show ‘em when the curtain closes?)

4) Our national media – completely unaware that whether their Lord wins or loses, their credibility is gone, baby, gone, will keep mouthing off as though it’s not

5) My fast, which was discontinued last week due to illness, will get back on track today, and here’s a good post on asking for the prayers of a political/religious martyr

Hat tip:The Achoress

Guess What? Obama Plans to Bankrupt Coal Industry!

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Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Montana, Illinois, Virginia, North Dakota, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah, Ohio, Alabama and Arizona: these coal producing states will be adversely affected by Barack Obama’s energy policy.

Imagine mines closing, factories closing, jobs lost, towns abandoned, small businesses failing, pensions lost, wages dropping and widespread economic depression in states that rely on coal mining and processing. This is what Obama’s cap and trade system will engender in states such as WV, PA, MT, VA, ND, CO, IN, NM, OH and AZ. Just listen to the audio above of Obama discussing how he will bankrupt factories and businesses that rely on power generated from coal.

Sunday morning buzz: Everyone’s sending Michelle Malkin the audio clip now up on YouTube of Obama telling the San Francisco Chronicle he’ll make it impossible for new coal plants to be built. The interview took place in January. The YouTube user is NakedEmperorNews, who uploaded Obama’s redistribution of wealth interview.

Bankrupty: The change Obama thinks the coal industry deserves…

How many more jobs will be lost? How much will we pay for electricity? Yeah Obama you are certainly for change. The kind of change the Middle class of America does not need.

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Travesty, Travesty, Military Votes Disallowed and More

Is early voting a “travesty”? Why is it so difficult? Seems to me people managed to vote on election day without all the high drama and need for early this and that for the first two centuries.

Here’s a travesty, though – that members of our military routinely see their votes disallowed. Shouldn’t our military men and women, in this era of modern communication – and in an era where folks in Ohio can register themselves as living on parkbenches and vote the same day – be able to “register” wherever they are stationed (their “precints), vote there and have their votes counted and reported on by their superiors? Why is this so damned difficult? Our military deserve to be able to vote, real-time, and to have those votes counted.

The other travesty, of course, is that here in America, in the year 2008, the press can publicly withhold useful information from voters, and other members of the press don’t care about it, and no Democrats think honor demands some transparency. We’re not supposed to know about or care about yet another dubious association of Barack Obama’s, we’re just supposed to get in line and vote for him. I don’t like that version of America

Or, as Andrew McCarthy writes: The Los Angeles Times’s Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics is very odd, indeed.

Here’s the extent of the Obama campaign’s credit card deception, which is also a travesty.

Is this what Joe Biden was talking about?
How will Obama deal with suicide bombers?

Baseball Crank note that finds a stunning similarity between Obama and Dubya

Planned Parenthood and Infanticide. Yes, they deliver ‘em live and let them die On your tax money.

It’s their party.

Sources above in links

Thanks to The Achoress

Obama Happier with Higher Energy Costs

Government should send “price signals” on energy?

Just in case voters didn’t figure out Barack Obama’s economic instincts towards statism, this interview from 2007 on energy policy should open a few eyes. During the Democratic primaries, Obama had a lot more openness about his desire for top-down control of the economy, especially when it came to energy. In order to change the behavior of consumers, Obama argued, the government had to send “price signals” to deter bad decisionmaking … at least according to the Bureau of Acceptable Consumer Choices:

Q: How do you convince people to change their lifestyles, to live differently, or to turn the question on its ear, are voters ahead of the politicians on this stuff? Do they get it, and maybe the politicians don’t?

A: Well, I think, uh, I think voters do understand it. I think it is important for us to send some price signals to change behavior.

Is that the function of government — to fix prices as a punitive measure to change consumer behavior? It will be in an Obama administration. He and a few elites will decide which consumer behaviors are bad, and penalize it with price signals. That usually means taxes or tariffs that drive the cost upwards. I’d guess that Obama isn’t celebrating the fact that a gallon of gasoline will likely fall below $2 per gallon sometime this week.

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