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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Washington Post backs Andy Martin on Barack Obama's lies

Andy Martin asks: if Obama will lie about his own parents, what won’t he lie about? Martin says that the Washington Post's latest admission that was right to debunk Obama's lies about the Kennedy family connection more than a year ago show once again why is one of the world's most respected sources of news and commentary. "People turn to us because we tell the truth," Martin says. "They mistrust the mainstream media because mainstream reporters are liars and cheerleaders for Barry Obama." Barack Obama is confirmed by the Post to be a pathological liar--one year too late.

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(WASHINGTON, DC)(March 30, 2008) Last year was criticized for exposing that Barack Obama's Selma, Alabama speech linking his father to a "Kennedy airlift" was a lie. It took the Washington Post over a year to catch up with the truth.

Today the Washington Post confirmed our claim last year that Obama lied about his father's history and the fabricated link to the Kennedy family, see

In passing, the Post also confirmed another Obama lie that we have been exposing for four (4) years. Obama has always portrayed his father as a lowly "goatherd," suggesting his father was some barefoot hick who miraculously landed in America. We exposed in 2004 that Obama's father Barack, Senior came from an affluent, educated, successful family. As today's Post story makes clear, Obama's father boasted about "his wealth." Barack Obama, Senior was not a poor peasant as his son has falsely portrayed him.

If Obama will lie about his parents, what won’t he lie about?

Barack Obama is a pathological liar who will say and do anything to advance his political ambitions.

If anyone wonders why young people especially, and readers in general, are abandoning the mainstream media for, you need look no further that the Washington Post's fiasco in being one year behind on the truth about Obama. We are very proud to have led all media in bringing the world the truth about Barack Obama, years before competing media admitted we were right and they were wrong.

Although we don't always agree with the way our research and commentary is used, we are driving the Obama campaign to defeat. We do not pretend to influence everyone. Not at all. But we have influenced a sufficiently significant segment of the electorate with our reporting that Hillary Clinton remains viable and will continue to be so.

That is why we are also preparing to sue the New York Times and a clown writer for, Farhad Manjoo, for falsely accusing us of publishing "rumors" about Obama that have been "debunked." It is the mainstream media that have had to eat crow, and debunk themselves and their own lies. We continue to lead all media in exposing Barack Obama. With the truth.


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Andy Martin with more exclusive commentary on Barack Obama's religious roots. Martin discloses Obama's flirtation with the Nation of Islam in Chicago. Andy continues his penetrating analysis of Barack's "wander years" in Chicago.

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(WASHINGTON, DC)(March 28, 2008) Barack Obama expert and Internet columnist Andy Martin told a Washington, DC news conference Friday, March 28th, that Barack Obama flirted with joining the Nation of Islam ("NOI") in Chicago before affiliating with Trinity United Church of Christ in the 1980's.

"Barack Obama's mid-1980's were a 'lost' period in his life," Martin told media. "Obama's 'wander years' lacked any spiritual or familial roots in Chicago. He eventually joined a Christian church, after abandoning the Islam/Atheism of his parents. But before formally committing to Trinity UCC, Obama 'church shopped' among other denominations and met with members of the NOI.

"NOI was in an expansion mode during that period, and Obama's 'street' experience had exposed him to the Black Muslims. NOI was obviously interested in recruiting Obama as a member. Hew was an obviously attractive prospect. Obama met with members and expressed an interest on learning more about NOI based on curiosity about his own exposure to Islam as a child. Ultimately, Obama elected to join Trinity and pursue Holy Baptism at some uncertain date.

"Our research is continuing," Martin said. "All of this digging has been made much more difficult by the fact that Obama has never given any definite dates for baptism and membership at Trinity. Obama's recent reluctance to criticize Minister Louis Farrakhan is probably based on their initial contacts during the 1980's."

TO COME: How "Black Rage" paralyzed Barack Obama


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Andy Martin discusses Barack Obama's early contacts with Nation of Islam (Black Muslims)

Friday, March 28th, in a Washington, DC news conference,'s Andy Martin continues his investigative commentary on Senator Barack Obama

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(NEW YORK)(March 28, 2008) Chicago-based Obama expert and Internet columnist Andy Martin will hold a 4:00 P.M. Washington, DC news conference Friday, March 28th, to disclose new information about Senator Barack Obama's religious contacts with the Nation of Islam in Chicago.

"Although Senator Obama's controversial history with Trinity United Church is now well known," Martin states, "his early contacts with the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims) are less well known and deserve some attention. They may explain why Obama did not protest when the Trinity Trumpet awarded NOI Minister Louis Farrakhan recognition last year."

Martin has been providing insight and commentary on Obama's family history and links to Tony Rezko since 2004.


WHO: Chicago Internet Columnist-editor/media critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Andy Martin room

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 4:00 P. M.

CONTACT: Andy Martin cell (917) 664-9329 or, after 3:30 P.M., Mayflower hotel phone (202) 347-4430 (ask for room)

General media contact: (866) 706-2639



Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Washington, DC: Andy Martin celebrates 40 years in broadcasting

Controversial conservative columnist Andy Martin celebrates a long career in Radio & TV with a blockbuster weekend in Washington. The Internet columnist is the youngest person ever authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to own and operate a television station. This weekend, he celebrates 40 years in the communications industry.

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(WASHINGTON, DC)(March 24, 2008) Controversial Chicago-based Internet columnist and media critic Andy Martin will celebrate forty (40) years in broadcasting with a gala weekend March 28-30 in Washington, DC.

"Andy Martin began investigative analysis and commentary in the rice paddies of Viet-Nam and he has coursed through Congress, Baghdad and national politics in 2008," said John Hayes, Communications Director for

"Andy is always in the midst of controversy, because he gets the stories no one else sees or understands," said Hayes. "In Baghdad, he became the focal point of White House irritation when he was the first analyst to prophesy the downfall of Paul Bremer. His investigative commentaries on Barack Obama, including disclosures about Obama's religious roots and extensive relationship to Tony Rezko, have been years ahead of the 'mainstream media.' And he was at it 40 years ago, digging out unexpected truths in Viet-Nam, Laos and Cambodia. He is especially respected for his accurate and impartial analysis of Middle East matters.

"We don’t know if he is the most influential 'new media' columnist/editor in America, but he is certainly at the top of the list. Every day we meet the needs of a sophisticated worldwide audience for trend-setting analysis and commentary.

"In 1968 he became the youngest person ever authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to own and operate a TV station. Since 1968 he has been involved in all forms of television, radio, news, management, advertising and media development," Hayes noted.

Martin's activities will feature 40th anniversary news conferences at the Mayflower Hotel highlighting dramatic new revelations about Senator Barack Obama on Friday, a controversial news conference Saturday about events in Tibet, and attendance at a service of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Anniversary celebration events (schedule as of 3/24/08):

Friday, March 28, 2007

News conference, Mayflower Hotel, 4:00 P.M.
Room TBA; Contact: (917) 664-9329
"Startling new disclosures about Senator Barack Obama"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

News conference, Mayflower Hotel, 11:00 A.M.
Room TBA; Contact: (917) 664-9329
"Tibet and the 2008 Olympics"

Sunday, March 30, 3008

St. John's Church, 16th & H Streets, NW 11:00 A.M.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Martin Worldwide Communications

John Hayes, (202) 496-1428
Chicago-based Internet columnist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

NEWS CONFERENCE: Andy Martin condemns the "burglary of Bear Stearns & Co."

Andy Martin explains the "bear raid on Bear Stearns." Is Chase Bank's Jamie Dimon the new "Slick Willie of Wall Street?" Dimon's and the Fed's machinations have proven the opposite of what they intended: markets work!

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(NEW YORK)(March 24, 2008) Chicago-based media critic and Internet columnist Andy Martin will hold a 5:30 P.M. New York City news conference today, March 24th, to attack the revised Bear Stearns takeover as a step in an ongoing conspiracy to loot a major New York Stock Exchange organization.

"Last week," Martin will state, "I celebrated the demise of Bear Stearns as a company. They were a crooked bunch. But I also saw that one bunch of crooks was being devoured by another group of thieves. So I promised a second column defending employees and attacking the takeover:

TOMORROW: IN DEFENSE OF BEAR STEARNS (after praying for the demise of the brokerage company and placing a curse on the firm, Andy Martin comes to the defense of the company's employees and shareholders.)

"The more the Bear Stearns drama unfolds, the more it exposes the sleazy tactics of Wall Street, and establishes Jamie Dimon as the new 'Slick Willie of Wall Street.' What is happening to Bear Stearns is nothing more than a corporate burglary, orchestrated by federal officials and a major competitor/bank.

"First, a little history. In the run up to the 1929 stock market crash, one of the most feared tactics of swindlers was the 'bear raid,' in which false rumors and speculation would be used to devalue a company's shares. Raiders would profit from the collapsing price. When Joseph Kennedy, a notorious speculator himself who had largely insulated his fortune from the stock market crash by selling early, but who was an expert on all of the dirty tricks and manipulation on Wall Street, became head of the new SEC he vowed to abolish bear raids because of their pernicious impact on public confidence.

"Bear raids are back. Bear Stearns was the victim of a classic, 1929-style bear raid. Federal prosecutors should begin an immediate investigation to determine who triggered the loss of billions in investor capital.

"Ironically all of Dimon's machinations and the federal Reserve Board's duplicity have proven the exact opposite of what they intended: instead of showcasing how regulation worked, the Fed and Chase Bank have shown that markets work, not regulators. Because of the way the Bear Stearns takeover was structured, stockholders had to approve. Last week the stock soared far above Chase Bank's offering price. The public market was saying the deal stunk and relief would be forthcoming.

"Today Dimon offered another slice of unsavory capitalism, by raising his price by 500% (not a bad one-week price appreciation—who profited from this one?) and trying to lock in this sordid deal by immediately taking over 40% of Bear Stearns. Don’t NYSE rules prevent such a takeover? Bear Stearns leaders invoked an 'emergency' escape clause that makes the Big Board 'rule' meaningless.

"Why is Chase Bank so desperate to make this deal? Because they are stealing billions of dollars in public equity through a scam where Chase profits from the bear raid orchestrated by someone. Who? Federal prosecutors should find out. And fast.

"I have been following markets for over half a century. Profits from my paper route were placed in a mutual fund. Every morning at breakfast, my family checked the stock tables. Almost everyone in my family traded shares. Over the decades I have made money in stocks.

"In the 1950's the New York Stock Exchange talked of 'Owning Your Share of American Business.' We were only a few decades away from the 1929 crash. Memories were vivid of worthless shares, bear raids and crooked executives. Those fears have now been forgotten. The same rotten tactics that triggered 1929 are now being tolerated in 2008, eighty years later.

"If, as I believe, the bear raids and other dirty dealing are back in full force, what does that tell us as a predictive indicator? We are on the verge of yet another stock market collapse and possibly a serious recession or depression. I am trying to arrange my financial matters accordingly.

"When federal officials can seize a publicly traded firm in a Sunday Night Massacre, and parcel out the swag to favored firms, what we have is not American capitalism but rather Russian-style 'crony capitalism.'

"What Jamie Dimon and the Fed have shown is that the 'too big to fail' strategy employed by regulators is itself a failure. By making firms 'too big to fail,' we have created a class of capital that is essentially above the law, but capital that can be seized and distributed as government officials please, not as markets demand. Ron Paul, are you listening?

"If Bear Stearns were truly insolvent, as the bear raiders claimed, the long-term health of the American economy would have been helped by letting the firm fail and auctioning off the assets. That is what we do with home mortgages. Chase and the Fed should back away, and let Bear Stearns owners and creditors fight out their issues in the marketplace. The Chase 'rescue' has not strengthened the economy; the rescue has endangered our economic future. The Fed did not reward Bear Stearns; rather, the Fed rewarded the bear raiders who torpedoed the firm's stock and pushed the firm into a government-controlled bailout. I can guarantee you that the Bear Stearns bear raid will not be the last.

"Jamie Dimon wants to be seen as the new lord of Wall Street. But he has become the new 'Slick Willie.' By hand wringing and shedding crocodile years, but not his limousine and private jet, he has stolen from the many humble employees and public shareholders of Bear Stearns who trusted the markets, trusted the SEC and trusted American capitalism. Dimon has proven what many only suspected or imagined: that corruption is running rampant in our financial markets; Gordon Gekko's 'greed is good' is back.

"Indeed, as I previously wrote, the entire sub-prime mortgage collapse has been a government-engineered disaster that reflected incompetent economics, mismanagement and extreme bias in favor of the limousine set. While the Treasury Secretary tolerates millions of foreclosures and home dispossessions to 'teach the little people a lesson,' he rescues speculators, raiders and the other slime that have come to occupy Wall Street's treasured positions. Goldman Sachs, Mr. Paulson?

"I majored in economic history. In my working life I have always profited from looking back, as well as looking ahead. Looking back to the bear raids of the 1920's I see the same corrupt activity strangling our markets and depreciating our economy into the future. Since Wall Street finances both Republicans and Democrats (Senator Charles Schumer are you listening?) there is no benefit in Republican bashing. Both parties have become crooked and corrupt.

"The People's suffering is only just beginning. For shame.

"A simple solution to save our economic system: cancel the sweetheart Chase Bank burglary of Bear Stearns, and open the assets of the firm to public bidding for all comers. Agree to pay small shareholders, up to $250,000, fair market value for their shares. If Jamie Dimon wants to be a savior, he should save himself by stopping the unseemly attempt to steal public capital for private profit. In the end, Dimon will become his own victim; 'Greed is not good,' Mr. Dimon. Beware."


WHO: Chicago Internet Columnist-editor/media critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Main Entrance to FDR Post Office (revolving door),
909 Third Avenue, New York

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 5:30 P. M.

CONTACT: (312) 440-4124; cell (917) 664-9329



---------------------------------------------------------Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a B.S. degree in Economic History from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Barack Obama is the Mau Mau candidate for president

Andy Martin on the aftermath of Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech: Martin says that Obama himself and his supporters have adopted the 1960's radical chic approach of "mau mauing" the Democratic Party into nominating him for president.

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(NEW YORK)(March 23, 2008) When I went to prep school in Britain fifty years ago the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya was still very much in the minds of English schoolboys. Through arson, rape, plunder and murder the Mau Mau movement had brought Britain's East African empire into a state of eventual collapse. And killed schoolboys. I was not the only person impressed and influenced by the Mau Mau. Barack Obama Senior was a young Kenyan growing up in the thick of the rebellion.

Whether Barack Obama Senior was merely influenced by the Mau Mau (he was of the wrong tribe to join) or actively supported the movement is a matter still under investigation. Nevertheless, the Mau Mau left an indelible impression on the world. A few years latter the term "mau mau" even entered the American vernacular. And Barack Senior entered the United States. We are living with the aftermath.

In a classic book of social satire, Tom Wolfe in 1970 wrote "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers," describing how the emerging "militant movement" in America was trying to threaten government agencies into capitulating to collectivist intimidation. Wolfe borrowed the term "mau mau" and converted the phrase into a gentler form of coercion, although many radicals in the 60's did use rape and arson as weapons in their arsenal of social deconstruction.

Today, Barack Obama, Jr. has become the Mau Mau candidate for president.

While on first glance that might seem an incendiary accusation, closer examination of the Obama campaign's latest tactics and the entire raison d'etre of Obama's candidacy confirm that Obama has successfully mau maued the mainstream media and is well on his way to mau mauing the Democratic Party into nominating him for president.

There is a certain amount of just desserts in having the Democrats formally and openly fall to a mau mau candidate. For the past third of a century Democrats have been moving steadily outside the mainstream of American life. Yes, Democrats are our neighbors; and as Obama reminds us we love them and work next to them at the office. But as Obama also reminded us in his recent Philadelphia speech, everyone, Blacks and Whites alike, are supposedly two-faced, and say one thing in public and another a the barber shop. Yes, he said that.

So too it is with Democrats. We love them in public, as the second major party, and deplore their surrender to collectivism and socialism in private. Or not so private.

To be sure, the Republicans have helped open the way to a successful mau mau insurgency by extreme elements in the Democratic Party. Republicans have mismanaged the economy, leading our financial system to the brink of collapse. We have mismanaged foreign policy, and mangled relations with friend and foe alike. Whether trickle-down economics really exists, many Americans who are struggling to survive believe the federal government is raining cash on the rich, not on struggling workers. The trickle is running backwards. Republican incompetence has provided a golden opportunity for the Democrats to take over.

And, ironically, in their hour of maximum opportunity the Democrats face the prospect of being mau maued into nominating Obama, the least-qualified and most radical candidate ever considered by a national party.

Why? Well, Hillary Clinton is a tough fighter. Good for her. She demands that her candidacy be taken all through the primary process and maybe even to the convention. What's wrong with that? What's wrong is that after two or three generations of anesthetizing American children with Nanny State notions of "No fighting" and "Can't we just learn to get along," culminating in the banning of dodge ball from school playgrounds, we now have a Good Friday Judas, Bill Richardson, demanding that Clinton stop fighting and surrender to Obama.

Or else.

The or else is that if African-Americans do not get "their" candidate, they will walk away from the Democratic Party. Tom Wolfe: meet Barack Obama. Blacks demand the nomination because they have been "loyal" to the Democrats. But haven’t the Democrats been equally loyal to African-Americans over the past half-century? Haven’t Americans as a whole showered trillions of dollars on "affirmative action," "model cities" and other give-away programs, none of which have done very much to improve the quality of life for the underclass? What has improved their quality of life is private industry and welfare reform. But Blacks now threaten to bite the hands of their benefactors and reelect a Republican in November. Well. The Democratic Party has become a party of special interest scorpions in a bottle. Yes, this does look like 1968 all over again.

Rather humorlessly, Richardson, who styled himself the first Hispanic candidate for president and was soundly rejected by Hispanics, stabbed the Clintons in the back on Good Friday. After they promoted Richardson to the cabinet and made him a national figure. Richardson enacted his own version of Passion by rejecting Clinton and endorsing Obama. Judas Iscariot would be proud. Richardson tried to mau mau Clinton into dropping out as a candidate. Brave man. Looking at Barry Obama and Bill Richardson is enough to make you love Hillary.

Obama's current demand for the nomination, coupled with the implicit threat that his supporters will walk if they are rejected, is a classic mau mau tactic. After seeking to explain away the racist rantings of his pastor Jeremiah Wright with the explanation that Wright is so 1960's, it seems that 1960's Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing are also back in style, courtesy of Obama and his supporters.

With their demand that Obama be nominated, or else, the Obama camp has descended into a caricature of the racist Dixiecrats who sought to intimidate the Democratic Party during the 1940's and 50's. Dixiecrats were wrong then, and Obamacrats are wrong today. The Dixiecrats lost. The Obamacrats will lose.

Politics is a contact sport, or so goes the cliché. But even in sports, there is something known as the good sport. Mormons did not threaten to bolt the Republican Party if Mitt Romney wasn't nominated. Catholics stuck with Democrats for decades before a Catholic was nominated after the Al Smith fiasco. But Blacks demand that the "first" viable African-American for president walk off with the prize—or else.

Where is this taking the Democrats? Down the road to defeat.

Americans are going to reject the Democratic Party not because Democrats are conducting a raucous primary process. No, truth be told people love a brawl. Rather, Democrats are likely to pay a price when they nominate a candidate who is never "in the room" when the real man in his life stands up and spews forth his attacks on Ameirka (in deference to Obama, we have renewed our use of the 1960's spelling as well). Democrats are going to be rejected because a party too weak and too militant to focus the mainstream is too weak to govern this fractious nation.

Americans are going to reject Obama because the Democratic Party has so marginalized the nominating process that Democrats rather rudely and proudly tell Americans that "Clinton can't win" because the party's nominating procedures make it impossible to defeat an early frontrunner due to proportional representation and delegate allocation, rigged caucuses, and manipulated primaries.

There is much to dislike in the Republicans' Darwinian presidential selection system, where winner-take-all primaries kill off contenders at a very rapid pace. But John McCain has acquired legitimacy, by winning. Even if Clinton keeps winning primaries, Obama got almost as many "net" delegates from Wyoming as Clinton got from winning Texas and Ohio. Even if she wins Pennsylvania, Democrats cloyingly tell us she won’t "net" enough delegates to win. And so on. "Super delegates?" They're not real delegates at all. Democrats now tell us super-delegates are merely automatons who have to vote the way they are told. Is that democracy? Is that a fair process?

And just in case Clinton wins, or comes close enough to take it to the floor of the convention, where John Kennedy himself was nominated, Obama has issued a diktat that she can’t win because the nomination "belongs" to him and his left-wing cohort.

Truly, Barack Obama Junior has become the Mau Mau candidate for president. Barack Obama Senior must be smiling. And so are the 1960's.

NEXT: Aftermath of the Speech, Part Two
Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

NEWS CONFERENCE: Andy Martin celebrates the demise of Bear Stearns & Co.
Illinois reformer Andy Martin is delighted corrupt New York investment banker Bear Stearns seized by regulators. Martin says the brokerage house of Bear Stearns was a criminal enterprise and deserved to be dismembered.

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(NEW YORK)(March 20, 2008) Chicago-based media critic and Internet columnist Andy Martin will hold a 3:30 P.M. New York City news conference today, March 20th, to celebrate the demise of Bear Stearns & Co. The Republican reformer tangled with Bear Stearns over the firm's corrupt practices.

"Today, [Thursday, March 20th] we celebrate the demise of an 'evil empire' on Wall Street, Bear Stearns & Co.," Martin will state. "I have prayed for the downfall of this business for years, ever since they bribed a federal judge to win a case against me. Last year I announced a prayer vigil and 'curse' until Bear Stearns was destroyed. [August 10, 2007 release follows] This week we won. The bloodsuckers got the blood sucked out of them.

"Bear Stearns had become legendary in Illinois for bribing Illinois political figures with 'fees,' which were nothing more than bipartisan graft. Even as I dance and celebrate, someone is on trial for his alleged role in Bear Stearns Illinois shenanigans.

"I also had a personal conflict with Bear Stearns. I believe they bribed a federal judge to win a crooked case. That was Bear Stearns, crooked from beginning to end. Bear Stearns brought German shepherd guard dogs on to Park Avenue to intimidate me from protesting against the firm's greed and villainy. Well, BS and their guard dugs are history. I am not. I get to dance on their grave." Martin will state. "They won't be around to bribe Illinois politicians any more. Good riddance."

TOMORROW: IN DEFENSE OF BEAR STEARNS (after praying for the demise of the brokerage company and placing a curse on the firm, Andy Martin comes to the defense of the company's employees and shareholders.)


WHO: Chicago Internet Columnist-editor/media critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Southwest corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 46th
Street (main entrance to Bear Stearns lobby)

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 3:30 P. M.

CONTACT: (312) 440-4124; cell (917) 664-9329




Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

(CHICAGO)(August 10, 2007) Last week in church I prayed for the demise of Bear Stearns & Company, the crooked and greedy Wall Street operation that has done so much harm to America.
In our Judeo-Christian canon, man proposes and God disposes. I will trust to a higher authority to mete out justice to Bear Stearns.
I first encountered Bear Stearns over a decade ago. They were slimy, crooked, greedy and malicious. Complete pirates. Arrogant, unprincipled and intransigent. Since then, I have prayed every day that they would experience the bloodthirsty terror that they inflict on helpless homeowners across America.
I think the curse I placed on Bear Stearns is close to fruition.
My hope is that decent people around the world will add their prayers for the collapse of Bear Stearns.
Money is not intrinsically evil; evil people make money evil. Bear Stearns is an evil organization. It deserves to go out of business.
My prayers and curse will continue from day to day until Bear Stearns is shut down and liquidated by federal regulators.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

NEWS CONFERENCE: Andy Martin says Barack Obama is "Reverend Wright Lite"

Andy Martin condemns Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech as Obama's vision of "Amerika." Martin says that instead of condemning and disassociating himself from Reverend Jeremiah Wright's inflammatory rhetoric, Obama endorsed and validated the dyspeptic pastor.

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(NEW YORK)(March 18, 2008) Obama expert and Internet columnist Andy Martin will hold a 4:00 P.M. New York City news conference today, March 18th, to condemn Senator Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech as "the most hateful speech delivered by a serious candidate for president in the modern era."

"Obama's speech was 'Reverend Wright Lite,'" says Martin. "It was a sugar-coated version of Wright's 'Blame America First' oratory.

"In reality, Barack Obama is Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Now we know why they have been tight as ticks for 20 years. They share the same philosophy, the same ideology, the same theology.

"Barack Obama's attacks on American business could have been delivered in another era by Juan Peron, or today's Hugo Chavez. Economic problems? Blame corporate America? Blame accounting. Blame globalization.

"I have news for Barry Obama: Corporate America is what has lifted the African-American community out of economic despair over the past four decades. Corporate America has been the savior, not the bane, of Black communities. Likewise for cities and states and the federal government.

"Bad schools? American taxpayers are being bankrupted by exorbitant school taxes, higher pay, more benefits. School budgets are out of sight. But what do we see on playgrounds? I-pods, fancy shoes, and a collection of couture that is out-of-step with any avenue to economic success in this nation. Does Obama advocate higher taxes for what is a cultural and community failure?

"Barack Obama bared his real teeth today. His message was a message of hate, disgust, opposition. Yes, it was basted in the Constitution; and sugar-coated with his ritual claims for 'unity.' But then he blamed slavery and corporate America for today' s problems. This man is out of touch with reality.

"As usual, Obama played to his children's crusade in the balconies with a litany of promises, attacks, and prevarications. Today Obama did what his critics have called on him to do: to outline his vision of America. Barack Obama's 'Amerika' is a land of hate, racism and surrender; and a talk-radio fueled backlash that Obama wants to eradicate.

"Obama stooped so low as to trash his grandmother, claiming she feared Black men and had made racist remarks. Disgraceful. Is that why he keeps her locked up? Anyone who would trash the very people that paid for his fancy schools and launched him on the road to success, and seeks to demonize his grandmother, is a demon himself," Martin says.

"Ultimately, Obama failed the 'Entourage Test.' Every president brings with him a group of close supporters and intimate associates who form the core and backbone of his or her administration. Obama's 'team' would be a 'Hate America First' team, filled with people that want to raise taxes and shift blame for the failure of urban communities. Reverend Wright is a vital part of Obama's entourage, and a big part of his baggage.

"Instead of using his speech to disassociate himself from Reverend Wright, as many had predicted he had to do, Obama brought himself closer to Wright and validated the pastor. Obama announced in advance this was 'his speech.' It will be his downfall.

"His statement that Blacks are two-faced, and say one thing at work and another at home, and that whites are similarly two-faced, is the most racially divisive remark in a generation.

"The Democratic Party should be ashamed of itself that Barack Obama is a serious candidate for president. Barack Obama had a chance to bring us together today and to reject Reverend Wright. He forfeited that opportunity. He validated and endorsed Jeremiah Wright's view of 'Amerika.'

"Obama's call to arms is a call to loot corporate America for more welfare, higher taxes, more special programs to undo the effect of slavery. More preferences, more preferential treatment. More self-pity and prevarication. A few weeks ago I called Obama a Marxist. Today he confirmed that accusation. Government and business are the enemy; Obama is the savior.

"Obama's remarks reeked of the very resentment and anger for which Jeremiah Wright has become notorious. These men are joined at the hip. After today, that much is clear. Barack Obama is not the Democratic Party's candidate for president. He is the Black Nationalist candidate for president."


WHO: Chicago Internet Columnist-editor/media critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Southeast corner of Park Avenue and 50th Street,
New York City

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 4:00 P. M.

CONTACT: (312) 440-4124; cell (917) 664-9329




Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

New York Times credits Andy Martin with exposing Barack Obama's religious 'roots.' The Times says "colorful Web columnist Andy Martin" triggered Obama's religious firestorm. Martin says that the Times' attempts to portray Obama's Muslim heritage as a "rumor" are utterly false.

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(NEW YORK)(March 17, 2008) The New York Times Magazine for March 16th carries a column that credits "colorful Web columnist Andy Martin" with disclosing Barack Obama's religious roots.

The Times column seeks to portray Obama's Muslim heritage as a "rumor." The column goes on to make the false assertion that Martin's 2004 release "offered no proof."

Chicago-based Martin responded on Monday, branding the Times column part of Obama's religious disinformation operation.

"A column in Sunday's New York Times Magazine credits 'colorful Web columnist' Andy Martin with disclosing Senator Barack Obama's Muslim family 'roots'," Martin stated. "That claim is correct. The balance of the column, however, is more Obama disinformation."

"First, the 2004 column is there to be read by anyone. I am adding the original release to these remarks. The Times claim that I offered 'no proof' is rebutted by the release itself. I did what no one else had done before. I developed international research both on Obama's family name (Barack, as a Muslim-derived name), and on the fact that both Obama's father and grandfather's were Muslims. No one has ever impeached my research. To claim otherwise is nothing more than Barack Obama's disinformation.

"To label facts as 'rumors,' and to claim that evidence of a family religious history is 'without proof' is nothing more than left-wing disinformation.

"Interestingly, way back in 2004 I offered and explanation of why Obama was hiding his religious history. He was afraid of a backlash from Jewish voters. That backlash materialized in 2007, validating by my predictive analysis in 2004. Now that Obama's mentor and pastor Jeremiah Wright's anti-Semitic statements have been publicized, we know what and why Obama was trying to conceal.

"I also suggested in 2004 Obama's book was a fraud. Obama later disclosed that his 'autobiography' had imaginary characters as major aspects of his 'autobiographical' narrative. To paraphrase Geraldine Ferraro, could a white guy get away with such chicanery? No way.

"Obama has been using religion and family as a scam for many years. He used Jeremiah Wright to create the illusion of Obama's Black Nationalist credentials, by attending Wright's church for decades. Obama tries to send a subliminal message of Black Nationalism to African-Americans through his association with Wright, and then issues cloying denials to the white media.

"He has turned the Muslim spigot off and on as it suits his interests. His 'granny" has been quoted in the NY Times as saying she is a devout Muslim, and then quoted by AP as saying she is a Christian. Well, what is she? What gives?

"While my subsequent columns since 2004 have clearly accepted Obama's avowals that at some point he began to profess Christianity, his relentless efforts to conceal his Muslim heritage have continued, right up to using a writer in the Times Magazine yesterday to brand his religious 'roots' as a 'rumor.' Obama started life as a Muslim. The exact date when he professed Christianity has never been disclosed. Obama continues to be deliberately vague.

"Obama has constantly tried to undermine me. He has used his allies at The Nation to smear me as the clandestine leader of a 'right-wing smear machine.' I am nothing of the sort. Now he has used the NY Times to resuscitate the false claim that my research was based on 'rumors.' Nonsense.

"Part of the problem in writing about Obama's religious beliefs, as well as his links to Chicago wheeler-dealer Tony Rezko, is that Obama constantly tries to rope-a-dope the truth. He has been dribbling out 'facts' on his religion and on Rezko for years. Each disclosure is labeled as 'final' and 'complete,' when they are nothing of the sort. How many 'final' disclosures about Rezko have we seen from Obama? I lost count. Ditto for religious explanations. Last week he was at it again, with another 'full disclosure' about Rezko. The interview left Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass still skeptical.

"I am very proud to have developed the original research, here at home and abroad in Kenya, on Obama's religious history. Likewise, I exposed Obama's Rezko connection fifteen months ago.

"But here are some questions for Mr. Obama, today:

"First, when was he baptized by Reverend Wright?

"Second, is there a baptismal certificate to document his alleged date of baptism? Most denominations issue certificates.

"Third, why won't Mr. Obama come clean and tell the truth about both his religious roots and relationship to Rezko? Why does he keep dribbling out the truth under duress?

Fourth, is his 'Granny," Sarah Obama, a Muslim or a Christian? Who is right? The AP or the New York Times? There are conflicting public statements.

"I have a great deal of respect for the Muslim religion. I believe in inclusiveness, not demonization. But when someone tries to hide his roots, rather than discover them, I am lead to question his candor and sincerity. That is why I have focused attention on Obama's Muslim heritage. Obama thought he could get 'protection' from his friends in the media and the truth would wither. I'm here to tell Barry O that the truth and the power of the truth are growing exponentially.

"Fifth, when is he going to make a full and complete disclosure of all of the imaginary characters he produced as real people in Dreams From My Father? As I stated in 2004, and again in 2007, the use of imaginary composite characters in an autobiography is absolutely fraudulent behavior that can lead to litigation.

"Sixth, why did Obama try to suggest on Friday that Reverend Wright left Obama's campaign because of Wright's 'retirement,' thereby suggesting that Wright's removal had nothing to do with Obama's disapproval of Wright's speeches and was simply linked to a 'retirement?' Another Obama rope-a-dope. Once again, Obama was trying to play the 'game' both ways, disowning Wright to please the white media while placating his African-American supporters by crediting Wright's 'retirement' as the reason for his removal.

"If Barack Obama had been as accurate as I have been in reporting the truth abut his past, he would not be in the mess he is in today. I accused him of trying to fool the American people in 2004. I accuse him of the same conduct in 2008. I was right then, and I am right now," Martin stated.

Martin is in New York for media interviews.



Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Columnist Says Barack Obama 'Lied To The American People;'Asks Publisher to Withdraw Obama's Book
Tuesday August 10, 9:22 pm ET
NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ --'s independent contrarian columnist, Andy Martin, will publish a column and hold simultaneous news conferences in New York and London on Wednesday, August 11th to disclose he believes Barack Obama is a political fraud who "lied to the American people." Martin has asked Crown Books to stop sales of Obama's book because of its fraudulent content. Martin says Obama may be a threat to the Jewish community.
New York:Time/date: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 11:00 A.M.Location: Northeast Corner of Fifth Avenue and 65thStreet (Temple Emanu-El)
London:Time/date: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 4:00 P.M.Location: 2 Dryden Mansions, Queens Club Gardens London W14
"I feel sad having to expose Barack Obama," says Martin, "but the man is a complete fraud. The truth is going to surprise, and disappoint, and outrage many people who were drawn to him. He has lied to the American people, and he has sought to misrepresent his own heritage.
"Obama's life story is vastly different from the one he portrays. My point: if he will lie about his mother and father, what else is he lying about? Can we expect 'bimbo eruptions?'
"Fiction: Obama stated in his Convention speech: 'My father ... grew up herding goats.' The 'goat herder' claim has been repeated endlessly. It is a lie. Fact: Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama was a prominent and wealthy farmer. His son, Obama's father, was a child of privilege, not privation. He was an outstanding student, not a herdsman.
"Fiction: Obama was given an 'African' name. Fact: Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion. I am a strong supporter of the Muslim community, and I believe Muslims have been scapegoated. Obama has a great opportunity to be forthright. Instead, he has treated his Muslim heritage as a dark secret. His grandfather was named 'Hussein.' That is an Arabic-Muslim, not African, name. Hussein was a devout Muslim and named his son, Barack Senior, 'Baraka.' Baraka is an Arabic word meaning 'blessed.' Baraka comes out of the Koran and Arabic, not Africa.
"Barack Senior was also a devoted Muslim, and also chose a Muslim name for his son, our own Barack Obama, Junior. Again, his name was an Arabic and Koranic.
Obama has spent a lifetime running from his family heritage and religious heritage. Would his father have given his son a Koranic name if the father was not a devout Muslim? Obama's stepfather was also a Muslim. Obama will be the first Muslim-heritage senator; he should be proud of that fact. There is nothing to be ashamed of in any of the three great Abrahamic religions.
"Fiction: Obama Senior was a harmless student 'immigrant' who came to the United States only to study. Fact: Obama was part of one of the most corrupt and violent organizations in Africa: the Kenyatta regime. Obama's father ran back to Kenya soon after the British left. It is likely Obama's father had Mau Mau sympathies or connections, or he would not have been welcomed into the murderous inner circle of rapists, murderers, and arsonists. I believe Obama's secret shame at his family history of rape, murder and arson is what actualizes him. Our research is not yet complete. We are seeking to examine British colonial records. Our investigation to date has drawn on information on three continents.
"And what about Obama's beloved Kenyan brothers and sisters? None of his family was invited to Boston to share his prominence. Are his relatives being kept in the closet? Where are they? More secrecy, more prevarication.
"It is time for Barack Obama to stop presenting a fantasy to the American people. We are forgiving and many would still support him. It may well be that his concealment is meant to endanger Israel. His Muslim religion would obviously raise serious questions in many Jewish circles where Obama now enjoys support," Martin states."Our investigation is continuing. In he meantime, Crown Books should stop selling Obama's novelization of his life. We have asked Crown to do that. Obama is living a lie."

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Andy Martin on the continuing Barack Obama coverup in Chicago.
Obama expert Martin takes a bow for his investigative commentary about the charlatan senator. Andy also sends a message to Obama’s preacher: “Pastor Wright, say it loud. And say it proud. God Bless America.”

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(CHICAGO)(March 15, 2008) For almost four (4) years I have been exposing the consummate political charlatan known as Barack Obama. From his bogus “autobiography” with concocted characters, to his links to the hoodlum Chicago political establishment, to his mendacious campaign tactics, I have relentlessly told the truth about Barry Obama. But there were none so blind as those who would not see; none so deaf as those who would not hear.

And the greatest deafness and blindness were found at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. The Tribune acted like a small town mullet wrapper, boosting Obama as though he were a Chicago brand that was “good for Chicago.” Every time Obama was trapped, he turned to the Tribune to bail him out with exclusive rope-a-dope interviews, photos, etc.

Likewise, because of the Sun-Times’ urban audience, that newspaper was not anxious to publish the truth about Obama.

But the truth was there to see, in plain view:,

Yesterday (Friday, March 14, 2008) Obama was back in full damage control mode. After dodging the MLM for months, if not years, about his links to Tony Rezko and Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Obama appeared to open up—if only for a brief interlude. It was all just another Obama illusion.

And once again, will have new analysis and a new interpretation on what Obama disclosed—and didn't disclose.

I have no problem with people reading the MLM; honestly, I read them myself. I have a forthcoming column praising them for much of what they do.

But the reality is that in Chicago the MLM have long deceived their readers, and viewers, about the true character of Barry Obama.

Obama has started truth telling, bit by painfully reluctant bit. It’s time for the MLM to do the same. Obama doesn’t want us to know who he is. But has been “whistle-blowing” for almost four years. And we will continue to do so. Keep it here.

And for these Obamaphiles who want to read some of our legacy material, a large number of columns prior to 2007 are still posted on Thereafter, we began to blog at,, and, of course, It’s all there to behold. Why were the MLM concealing the truth?

On Pastor Wright, I have this to say. Probably 50 out of 52 weeks of the year I can be found in the pews of the Episcopal Church. I don’t always agree with the clergy, and I did quietly leave a parish when the rector went beyond the mainstream with his theology. But whatever my occasional differences, I have never heard a sermon that was so divorced from reality that it had to be denounced and renounced.

Obama’s claim that he has been a part of an institution for over twenty years, and yet had no awareness of the controversial claims being preached from the pulpit, is completely unbelievable, mendacious and probably a bald-faced lie. And this man wants to be president? He’s running on judgment, intelligence and bringing us together? More to come in a forthcoming column.

It bears noting that even Friday Obama could not bring himself to tell the truth about Wright on MSNBC, CNN and FNC. No doubt Obama feared a Black backlash if he was candid with the media. Obama pretended and suggested that Wright’s removal from Obama’s campaign had something to do with Wright’s “retirement.” Oh, so it didn’t have anything do with the incendiary sermons? Wright just left? He wasn’t asked to leave? What rubbish. It’s time for Obama to retire his lies.

Finally, truth be known, I sort of like Obama. As a neighbor. There is certainly lot to praise in him and about him. But there is also a lot to criticize. He may be a great American success story. But there is no way I would want him anywhere near the Oval Office. I have taken a great deal of ridicule and criticism for exposing Obama over the past four years. But I have taken the facts and truth where they led me. And I will continue to do so. I have over forty years of credibility as a public interest lawyer and advocate to maintain.

Amusingly, yesterday I received an abusive e-mail from a staffer at the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette about my latest piece of investigative commentary. The News-Gazette first published pictures about me way back in 1965. Unfortunately, they didn’t believe in me then, and some of them there apparently still do not believe me. A prophet is not without honor... But I will keep prophesying.

And, oh, Pastor Wright. Say it loud and say it proud! God Bless America.


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Andy Martin on Barack Obama
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Andy Martin seeks criminal probe of Barack Obama
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WHO: Internet journalist/editor Andy Martin

WHERE: Southeast corner of Wabash and Superior Streets, Chicago, (St. James Cathedral)

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:00 A.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin will hold a news conference to announce that he has filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U. S. Department of justice seeking a criminal investigation into the financial links between U. S. Senator Barack Obama and indicted Illinois influence peddler Tony Rezko. The complaint also names U. S. Representative Luis Gutierrez. After his newsconference, Martin will go to the U. S. Attorney’soffice to leave a letter for the foreperson of the U.S. Grand Jury.

MARTINSTATEMENT: “Mr. Obama says he made a ‘mistake’ when he entered into a deal with Tony Rezko,” Martin will state. “On the contrary, Obama committed a crime, and he knew it. Rezko was engaged in influence peddling, plain and simple. Obama was not some unsophisticated jerk. He had served as an Illinois State Senator, a body that has been a fulcrum of corruption for decades. He knew the ‘players.’ What Obama did is no different than the same kind of ‘honest graft’ that has sent Illinois politicians to jail since Governor Otto Kerner. Now that the election is over, it is time to focus attention on what I believe was Obama’s criminal conduct.”

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Andy Martin on Barack Obama
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November 16, 2006

Mr. Edward Nucci
Acting Chief
Public Integrity Section
Criminal Division
U. S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20530-0001

With copy to:
SAC Robert D. Grant
FBI – Chicago
2111 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60606
Via fax (312) 829-5172
Re: Possible criminal investigation ofU. S. senator Barack Obama

Dear Mr. Nucci:

I am writing to you to suggest a possible criminal investigation of U. S. senator Barack Obama.I have been engaged in fighting official corruption in Illinois since I was a law student at the University of Illinois, over forty (40) years. I am in the process of organizing I-CAN (Illinois-Corruption Action Now) to continue the fight against corruption. I believe the modern remnants of the Chicago Crime Syndicate continue to seek to penetrate legitimate state offices and businesses.

I have previously filed a complaint directing your attention to very suspicious links involving tens of millions of dollars in questionable “loans” between State Treasurer-elect Alexi Giannoulias’ Broadway Bank and an organized crime figure.Mr. Tony Rezko is under indictment in Illinois for seeking to extort money from potential state vendors. Rezko is a close associate of Governor Rod Blagojevich and Rezko has done “real estate business” with Blagojevich’s wife, Patti Blagojevich.Corruption, of course, involves two different approaches: (i) extorting/taking money from people, and (ii) paying money or giving tangible benefits to public officials to obtain access or influence. Sometimes people buy influence for an immediate project or need, and sometimes they just buy influence to bank it or to project the aura of access and influence in their business dealings.

My complaint against Senator Obama falls into the second category.Before being elected to the U. S. Senate, Mr. Obama served in the Illinois state senate. The Illinois senate has been a cesspool of corruption for decades. Back in the 1960’s they censured a member, Senator Paul Simon (then serving as a state senator), for being too honest and exposing senate corruption. Matters have not changed much. Mr. Obama was well aware of the culture and climate of corruption when he began his business dealings with Mr. Rezko.Reduced to its essentials, Obama and Rezko engaged in a structured real estate transaction where they coordinated the purchases of adjacent parcels of real estate. Rezko claims he paid “full market price” and Obama apparently received a “discount” of several hundred thousand dollars for his parcel. Rezko then improved his parcel to benefit Obama.Obama recently said these related and structured transactions were a “mistake.”

With all due respect I believe they were a federal crime and constituted a conspiracy.I believe a grand jury could find a pattern of criminal activity. Instead of handing cash to Obama, Rezko handed Obama a preferential price for property. This is the same form of “honest graft” and preferential treatment that sent former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner to jail over 30 years ago, see United States v. Isaacs, 493 F.2d 1124 (7th Cir. 1974).Taken in isolation, the Obama episode might be explainable, but I doubt it. Why would Rezko be buying land next to Obama and coordinating his actions with Obama if not to confer a benefit on Obama? Why?More importantly, there appears to be a pattern of similar influence peddling by Mr. Rezko.

The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported that Mr. Rezko, around the same general period he was wheeling with Obama, also provided a preferential price for a property purchase by U. S. Representative Luis Gutierrez. There is a pattern here. Instead of transferring cash to buy influence, Rezko was engaging in structured property transactions and preferential treatment of public officials to confer significant financial benefits on them, far above the legal limits of any legitimate political contribution permitted by federal law.Most respectfully, I would urge you to consider allowing a grand jury to examine this series of suspicious transactions. I am sending a letter to the foreperson of the grand jury, through the U. S. Attorney’s office, seeking to testify as an expert witness in this matter if the grand jury wishes to pursue this investigation.Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully submitted,



Friday, March 14, 2008

Andy Martin with breaking news analysis on Governor Eliot Spitzer's sexual escapades. Governor Eliot Spitzer may have been trapped in an Israeli government sex operation. “The Mossad’s fingerprints are all over this one,” says Andy Martin. “The combination of international sex and money laundering are classic clues that Israeli intelligence was trolling for blackmail targets, offering protection in exchange for sexual dossiers.”

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(CHICAGO)(March 14, 2008)(Exclusive) New York Governor Eliot Spitzer may have stumbled into a prostitution ring run under the auspices of the Israeli government, namely the Mossad, says Andy Martin.

“The Emperors Club was exclusively targeting prominent individuals,” executive editor Andy Martin notes. “It is entirely possible that Spitzer was assured that his participation in the prostitution ring was protected precisely because it was run by an Israeli asset.

“Israel is the bane of U. S. federal authorities that combat money laundering. Tel Aviv is one of the money laundering capitals of the world. Mark Brener, who ran Emperors Club VIP, was an Israeli citizen; he was stockpiling two Israeli passports in his apartment. He also had $600,000 in cash on hand. Prosecutors appear to have moved in because the FBI was concerned Brener was about to make a drop in Israel. Published reports significantly understate the financial operations of this international prostitution operation.

“People don’t like to talk about it but sexual entrapment and fulfillment are some of the basic forms of espionage and blackmail. Straight and gay ‘partners,’ ‘rough stuff’ and more are all kept at the ready by the world’s major intelligence agencies. Mark Brener does not appear to have been a spy per se. He appears to have traded information for immunity and money laundering. But he could have been a low-level type of ‘sleeper cell,’ an asset that operated quietly and obviously without any official cover.

“The volume of electronic surveillance is a clear tip-off that the Department of Justice knew they were working with a ‘connected’ prostitution operation. Thousands of calls and e-mails were monitored in a brief period. No one monitoring that volume of traffic was focused only on Eliot Spitzer. The claim that the probe began with him is thus somewhat disingenuous; investigators were quickly casting a much wider net.

“Because the federal government did not want to be caught in an embarrassing Jonathan Pollard moment again, prosecutors asked that Brener be detained without bail. Although Israelis are barred from intelligence operations in the United States, they are addicted to surveillance and penetration inside our society and institutions. Illinoisans on the other hand are obsessed with the identity of ‘Client 10.’ Well. [See:,0,257499.story.]

“We don’t yet have the ‘smoking gun’ on this one but our sources within Israel confirm that we are on the right track. Sex for information for money for protection is a classic Mossad m.o. Brener was laundering the cash in Israel where large sums would not draw attention, particularly when deposited in government-influenced banks. This is a sensitive case.

“Significantly, the Spitzer sex sting has been handled very gingerly by Israeli media. The coverage is extremely subdued for news involving one of the highest elected Jewish officials in the United States, who was priming himself to be the first Jewish president,” says Martin. “It is almost as though they are aware of the submerged Israeli intelligence angle to the story, and are working to put some hard facts on the circumstantial evidence. We at will also keep looking and keep digging. There is a lot more to this one.”

Chicago-based Internet investigative columnist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with more than forty years of experience. He has almost forty years of experience in the Middle East, and is America’s most respected independent foreign policy and intelligence analyst. Andy is a former candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (312) 440-4124. Columns also posted at;

Friday, March 07, 2008

Andy Martin on Barack Obama and the Rezko trial, Day One

Andy Martin looks at the first day of trial for Barack Obama’s fundraiser and confidante Tony Rezko. Martin says Rezko could walk from the criminal charges he faces in Chicago; federal prosecutors presented a dispirited opening day of evidence and argument. Legal expert Martin analyzes the complex issues involving the presidential candidate and his former supporter. Andy says the worse is yet to come for Obama.

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(CHICAGO)(March 7, 2008) We had scheduled a pure “Obama” column for today, but it will have to wait a day. People want to know where I stand on the Rezko trial. Rezko, of course, was Senator Barack Obama’s long-time friend, promoter and financier.

Obama may have to invoke Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the Rezko parade proceeds, “Out damned spot! Out I say.” But the Rezko spot is not going away. Tony Rezko was an integral part of Barack Obama’s rise to power over the past two decades in Chicago politics.

Obama may want to pretend Rezko was a nothingburger, with a “who me?” shrug. The only answer, “Yah, you.”

First, a couple of “caveats,” or legalese for “warnings.” I have not been in court during the Rezko proceedings, and I have never met any of the participants. I don’t believe I have ever spoken to anyone involved in the trial.

Second, you must forgive me the temptation to say “I told you so.” I have been screaming about the extent and depth of the Obama-Rezko connection since November, 2006. A long time. No one cared. No one believed. No one outside the case knew the true extent and expanse of the relationship, except me.

Now, slowly, the truth is coming to the surface. And truth is often not a pretty sight in Chicago politics. Over the past couple of months we have been providing special insight into the progress of Rezko’s federal case and, again, no one was noticing. But it’s all there on my net postings to see.

I have been involved in the federal court at 219 S. Dearborn for thirty-nine years (no, I’m not that old, but Jack Benny would approve, at least in my 39th year). I know how federal courts and federal prosecutors and federal judges operate. They want to win, and they will do virtually anything to win. Some judges let prosecutors get away with it.

With those caveats, here are my observations. I must also stress that these are my conclusions after the first day of trial. As the case unfolds my views could, obviously, change.

First, I think the federal government has a weak case against Antoin “Tony” Rezko.

Governor Rod Blagojevich is the obvious target of the proceedings, the invisible Great White Whale in the courtroom. But I sense something happened. For some reason, the case broke too soon.

I was stunned by the tepid way the prosecutors opened. In any solid prosecution, a prosecutor wants to wake up the jury and sound the alarm. THIS IS A BAD, BAD, MAN! The government’s opening witnesses in Rezko’s case were pedestrian, almost subdued. The FBI agent’s testimony was peripheral.

Some of my columns on the pre-trial prosecutorial corruption and abuse fall can now be understood in context. I wrote that Rezko was thrown in jail before trial on trumped up allegations. Borrowing money to pay your lawyers is not, after all, a crime. It is hardly evidence of an intent to cut and run (earlier columns have addressed these shenanigans, see links below).

And so the federal government, facing a weak case and uncertain evidence, as well as a highly unstable key witness, decided to torture Tony Rezko to soften him up for trial. They asked the judge to jail him before trial, and locked him in a dungeon, 23 hours a day, and degraded him in every way possible, to the point of even denying him a belt for his pants in court, all “for his own protection.”

Hey, it's the American way. Wherever we go in the world, we take our torture and our prisons with us. It sad, but true. Abu Ghraib was not an aberration. The people committing the abuses were as American as apple pie. Guantanamo? You don’t need to go there. Just look at Tony Rezko, on trial in Chicago and jailed 23 hours day to prevent him from preparing his defense. We will have to see if the prosecutors’ dirty trick works. The whole idea of jailing Rezko was to smear and demean him, not because the government had a strong case but because prosecutors came to the realization they had a weak case, and wanted to punish Rezko before he was convicted of anything.

How did the defense open on Thursday? Just the way I predicted weeks ago. By playing the Obama card. The Obama card was played softly, but it was there in counsel’s opening statement. Rezko’s attorney linked Tony to Republicans and Democrats and, among them, to Mr. Obama himself. Obama promptly issued a press release saying “this case is not about me.”

Indeed the case is very much about Mr. Obama.

The Chicago media have sold the nation the biggest pig-in-a-poke in recent political history. They have sold Obama as the great savior, the Teflon “hope,” when Obama is merely just another glib Sammy Glick, who challenged the Chicago Democratic Machine until he got his own slice of the pie, and then quietly slept with Emil Jones and the other slimy machine hacks in The Party.

If there was such a tort (legal wrong) as journalistic malpractice, all of Chicago’s media should be put on trial and charged with defrauding the American people about Barack Obama. They wanted him to win, because he was a good story, and a great local story, and they engineered his ascent while fully aware of the cancer behind the curtain.

And so while Obama might claim the Rezko trial is not about him, and he is not actually a part of the scheme in which Rezko and Levine are charged, Rezko was linked to Obama in ways far deeper than Obama has yet admitted.

And that leads me to my second conclusion:

Obama’s links to Rezko will cut both ways. They may persuade some jurors that Rezko was merely a “politician,” and vote not to convict him. Or they may decide Rezko’s sleaze tainted Obama, and convict anyway. Both prosecutors and defense counsel have to careful how they use and defend against the Obama connection. Prosecutors don’t want to appear to be smearing Obama in the midst of an election, even if that is what they end up having to do to win their case.

Because I know that prosecutors holding a weak hand will invariably try to bolster their case with irrelevant smears, I read the judge’s Rule 404 (b) order carefully. Nine single-spaced pages of rope-a-dope. The 404 (b) motion was an admission that prosecutors knew they had a case with big holes. Federal Rule of Evidence 404 (b) allows the admission of what is essentially “smear” evidence, because the evidence is irrelevant to the real charges on trial. So 404 (b) allows parties to introduce evidence, with court approval, that “links” the “other acts” to the defendant in a criminal case.

It was clear from the prosecutors’ 404 (b) claims that they need extraneous and extrinsic evidence to bolster their presentation. A 404 (b) motion is not a sign of prosecutorial confidence; it is evidence of prosecutorial concern.

When you combine the government’s desperate plea to the judge to admit smear evidence, together with the very tepid opening day of the trial, the Department of Justice has only one way to go: down.

Stuart Levine, the government’s key witness, is a prosecutor’s nightmare. Levin has apparently overdosed on drugs for decades. Some drugs I have never even heard of. Special K? Got me. I never heard of it before the Levine case.

In a drug prosecution you do expect druggies and dealers and lowlifes to testify against a defendant. Absolutely. Common sense leads a jury to accept the reality that lowlifes testify against lowlifes in drug prosecutions.

In a white collar case, a prosecutor wants squeaky clean witnesses, not drug addicts who arrived at the office each morning and starting “using.” The jury is going to have a difficult time accepting Levine’s testimony as a basis to convict Rezko, never mind what Assistant U. S. Attorneys say.

At the end of the day, when jurors went home Thursday (I don’t believe they are sequestered even though there is secrecy about their identities) many of them must have asked, “Is this all there is?” Clearly, the government did not put on a strong opening against Rezko.

Rezko could still be convicted. Innocent people are convicted of trumped up charges every day.

But Rezko has one ace to play against the government’s jokers. The State of Illinois itself. One of the ironies of the case is that Republicans are as dirty as Democrats. The evidence in Rezko’s case does not reflect a Democrat-thing or a Republican-thing. Both parties are all mired in the same thievery, corruption and conflicts of interest. Here in Illinois we call these bipartisan pirates “the Combine.” Rezko’s defense will be he was engaging in routine Illinois politics, not criminal activity.

And although I am still somewhat confused by what money went where, and why, at the end of the day Rezko is going to appear to be acting as the agent of “Public Official A,” i.e. Governor Blagojevich. Juries develop a collective sense of fairness. In a case where the government’s witnesses are sleazy and bargained for leniency, and where the “big enchilada” is not a defendant sitting in the dock alongside his minions, juries have a harder time convicting the underlings. Which is why I feel Rezko could very well walk.

All of which brings me full-circle to where I started. Something tells me this case was “brought before it’s time.” The case is not fully formed; the evidence is not as strong as it should be. Rezko is a big fish, but he is not the big fish.

Finally, if I may be indulged to repeat some comments I have previously made, the worst blow for Obama is that whichever way the numbers are crunched in the Rezko trial or outside the Rezko courtroom, it is now clear that Barack and Michelle Obama bought their “dream home” in Kenwood with money indirectly provided by an Iraqi wheeler-dealer.

The ultimate twist of fate: Obama brags about opposing the war, then has his own home partially financed by someone who was, depending on whom you believe, a Saddam Hussein stooge or a Saddam victim. Either way, an Iraqi appears to have helped finance the purchase of the Obama “compound” in Chicago. Yekkkh.

Obama’s defense will be (here it is!) “I didn’t know.” But people are finally waking up to the fact that there are a lot of things Barack Obama “doesn’t know” these days.

My colleague John Kass calls all of this corruption “the Chicago Way.” Indeed it is. For myself, I am much more sympathetic to the victims of the national press who are finally beginning to see Obama’s puss ooze to the surface. To them I say, “Welcome to Chicago. Welcome to the real Obama.” And, sadly, “Welcome to Illinois.”

Public officials here still do things the old fashioned way. They steal. They lie. They take favors and give favors. They don’t ask no stinkin’ questions about where the money is coming from in a complicated real estate transaction. And when they get caught, they say “I don’t know.” Welcome to Barack Obama’s Chicago.

Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley is the true master of the Chicago Way. Given how gullible the media are, maybe Daley, not Obama, should be running for president. At least people would be under no illusions about what they were getting in a candidate.

Welcome to Chicago. And, oh, “Book’em Danno.”


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Andy Martin: Did the Associated Press report Obama’s grandmother has converted to Christianity?

Andy Martin continues to explore Barack Obama’s Muslim “roots.”
Did the Associated Press report Obama’s grandmother has converted to Christianity? Andy follows up on this unusual story: did Barack Obama’s “grandmother” abandon Islam for Christianity? The reports are not clear; contradictory facts mandate an explanation from the candidate.

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(CHICAGO)(March 6, 2008) I have been writing about Barack Obama’s religious roots since 2004. It was my news conferences in Chicago and London that first presented the original research concerning Obama’s father’s religion (Barack Obama, Sr.) as well as his grandfather’s religion and overall family heritage within Islam. Obama’s hesitancy to openly and honestly discuss his religious roots intrigued me, and I have pursued the topic for four years.

But lately, it almost seems as though Obama’s religion and his strenuous efforts to conceal his religious heritage are pursuing me. The topic has become so bizarre and so convoluted and so fascinating that I am now returning to Obama’s religion with a two-part analysis and commentary.

Part One concerns Obama’s step-grandmother, who may be experiencing sloppy reporting by the Associate Press, or failing memory, or bad translation. In any event, the facts are out there to see. Obama and his family owe voters a frank and uncomplicated explanation.

When last heard from, “Granny” Sara Obama was demanding cash (“outstretched palms”) for interviews, from Nick Kristof of the New York Times,

In an extended story on Obama’s religions beliefs, the New York Times in 2007 reported a statement by Obama’s step-grandmother, “Granny” Sarah, in which she stated:

“I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith,” Ms. Obama, 85, said in a recent interview in Kenya. See:

March 5, 2008, the Associated Press posted a story by Katharine Houreld, datelined, Kogelo, Kenya, in which Sara Obama is quoted as saying:
Obama's grandfather had converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism and taken the name Hussein, Sarah Obama said, but his children had inherited only the name, not the religion. Each person should be able to choose how they worshipped, she said…In the world of today, children have different religions from their parents," she said. She, too, is a Christian. See:
With all due respect, the news that Barack Obama’s step-grandmother, whom Barack calls “granny” and who Obama’s half-sister states:
Sarah Obama was the second wife of the candidate's late grandfather, so she is not his biological grandmother. But Auma Obama said: "By our definition, in our culture, she is his grandmother," she said.
has possibly converted to Christianity is blockbuster news.
What is the truth? Obama owes us an answer. He has shamelessly exploited his Kenyan relatives for political advantage, claiming a “family visit” in 2006 is part of his “foreign policy” experience. I have previously asked why millionaire-Barack does not send his “granny” the money to connect indoor plumbing and electricity, and the response was that Sarah wants to live under primitive conditions.
So what has happened? Is Sarah losing it? Is AP guilty of sloppy or erroneous reporting, for not even bothering to fact-check the Sarah Obama story? Did AP use an incompetent translator? Or is it true that Sarah has abandoned Islam for Christianity?
Senator Obama, and/or Associated press, you have some explaining to do. The Chicago Sun-Times’ editors recently posted their phone number in an editorial asking for a call to discuss Tony Rezko. Barry O has my number; I’d like a call on what gives with AP and Granny Sarah.
If the Associated Press and the Obama campaign are going to use Granny Sarah to launch attacks on people who question Obama’s background and religious heritage, we have a right to know if she is mentally competent at this time or if the AP is guilty of sloppy reporting (which has been picked up by virtually every major American newspaper web site).
Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Andy Martin says the Democratic Party’s presidential selection process is undemocratic and a disgrace to democracy

Andy calls on Democrats to reform their presidential candidate selection procedures. He says Hillary Clinton should battle to reform primaries and eliminate caucuses.

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(CHICAGO)(March 6, 2008) There is something fundamentally sick about the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate selection process. The Democratic Party has become a disgrace to American democracy. Whether Hillary Clinton chooses to fight with lawsuits in Texas and other states, or whether she wants to take her claims to the convention floor in August, she should do so.

Clinton won two big state primaries convincingly on Tuesday. She won Ohio by 10 points (54-44). She won a solid 4-point victory in Texas (47-51). Wednesday afternoon Barack Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe said that all of Clinton’s victories amounted to nothing; she gained only 4 delegates out of the 370 selected. Something stinks.

The Republican Party’s rules seem a little harsh. Almost every state has Republican winner-take-all primaries. A winner-takes-all system quickly eliminates all but the strongest candidates and brings the process to a quick conclusion. The Democrats go to the opposite extreme: it is impossible for voters to influence the outcome because each primary means almost nothing and votes are rigged in ways that are impossible to decipher. In short, the Democrats’ selection process is neither democratic nor transparent.

Take Texas. Why would any state hold a primary, where people get to cast a real vote, and then negate that vote by making people vote a second time in an unorganized election with no controls or supervision by state officials? Why? Clinton did not win a photo-finish. A four point spread is a solid win. But Clinton may have received fewer delegates than Obama, because of the way votes are undercounted in majority areas and overcounted in minority neighborhoods. What kind of an "election" is that? Where the winner gets fewer delegates than the loser? That’s racism in reverse. Whites and Latinos were disenfranchised.

The Clintons have complained about states that hold caucuses, and properly so. In a state where the state government conducts an election, there is early voting (for people that may have schedule conflicts), absentee voting (for people that may be away from the state), and voting-all-day to accommodate every individual preference. In short there are maximum opportunities for a citizen to be heard by casting a vote.

In caucus states, meetings are held at strange locations, usually at strange hours, most often in the evenings, thereby disenfranchising working voters. This from the so-called party of the “people?” What people? The procedures in caucus states are antidemocratic and disenfranchise workers and citizens with reasonable conflicts such as second-shift jobs and other ordinary scheduling dilemmas. Again, is this democracy, American-style? From the so-called party of the “people?” I think the United States imposed a more democratic system on the people of Iraq.

Mind you, the foregoing deficiencies are entirely separate from the controversy over “super-delegates,” and the messes in Michigan and Florida. In other words, even where there is no controversy about the way the process was conducted, the outcomes of caucuses and primaries are rigged in ways that prevent majority influence.

On the question of super-delegates, Obama has demanded that they vote the way their districts voted. But if the voting-by-district is rigged, as we have shown above, why should super-delegates defer to a rigged process? Why bother to have “super” delegates if the decisions are predetermined by factors and voters over which the super-delegates have no meaningful control and no role? Clearly, if super-delegates are to be retained, they must remain independent voters cast by informed party leaders based on the totality of the process, including special respect for the outcome of the final primaries.

As for Florida and Michigan, some way must be found to allow these states to be represented at the Democratic convention. Maybe it is time to jettison the monopoly that Iowa and New Hampshire have on the presidential process. The Republican Party, once again, adopted a more practical outcome to the challenge of Michigan and New Hampshire, and thus that party faces none of the conflicts and confusion faced by the Democrats.

A day after the election, we still don’t know what happened at the Texas “caucuses.” And the chain of custody for “votes” at those rump meetings is not under the control of state officials. In many states we have been unable to learn the results in a timely fashion, because there are mysterious formulae which are used to “refine” (read “fix”) the selection process. Even the mainstream media can’t agree on how many delegates each candidate has.

I happen to think that some form of proportional allocation can be reasonable, but only if the formula is plain, straightforward and totally transparent, unlike the current secret, rigged and clandestine process, particularly in caucus states.

The bottom line: the selection procedures for Democratic Party presidential candidates are rigged, fixed, and grossly undemocratic. If Hillary Clinton really wants to serve the people, she should demand “one person, one vote,” and seek to reform and eliminate all of the crooked procedures that contaminate democracy in so any states from coast-to-coast.

One person, one vote. And counted, not ignored!


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.