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Hey Barack, That’s No Way to Treat Your Own Posse!

Are Obama’s most ardent acolytes being tricked into donating?

Members of Obama’s cadre of political foot soldiers, Organizing for Action, received a message in their inboxes today with the sending name “Barack Obama” attached.

Just like the cardinals getting an email from Jesus!

Here’s what The One had to say:

Tonight, I’m getting on the phone to talk with OFA supporters, and I hope you can make it — I’m counting on folks like you to keep fighting for change.

The call starts at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time, so RSVP to save your spot right now:

http://my.barackobama.com/Join-the-Call-Tonight

Thanks — talk soon,

Barack

So, follow the link and you find a webpage saying this:

President Obama is joining an exclusive call with OFA supporters to talk about what’s next in the fight for change. It starts at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time tonight, November 18th.

RSVP now to save your spot — and you’ll receive instructions to join the call:

Fill in your email and zip code and presto, you see this:

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Rut Roh! Looks like I gotta pay to play. Oh well, I’ll chip in $5 even though I’m already working hard for The Chief and getting scary looks from Tea Party types as I knock on doors for Obama’s latest urgent need. So here you go, five bucks for the cause.

And . . .  wait a second. It took a couple of minutes, but I just got an email with those “instructions to join the call.” But I didn’t know it was coming by email! AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE. I thought  . . .  Oh well, I love him, but I already know I can’t trust him.

You can listen to the call at barackobama.com/live .

OFA Campaigns to Get Young to Buy Unneeded Insurance

Thought you might enjoy this video, in which Obama’s political arm tries to get parents to tell their young adult kids to buy insurance they don’t want. It went out this morning to the millions – probably tens of millions – who are on the Organizing for Action email list.

The young and healthy are the lifeblood of Obamacare. Without their dollars, the system can’t support the older, sicker people who are signing up.

Obamacare is much like our other entitlements, Medicare and Social Security. It’s basically a tax on the young to support older Americans and those with health problems.

Remember, Medicare and Social Security are funded by current taxes. They were sold as “savings” programs,” but they’re not. Your payments just entitle you to money from the young when you get old, just as you fund your elders in your youth.

America already cannot afford its existing entitlements. They’re good programs in theory – no senior should be left destitute – but they need to be reformed for future retirees. Instead of doing this, Obama added a new entitlement. A new tax to break the backs of current workers and businesses.

And that, folks, is why,  instead of recovering from the recession, the economy staggers about like an stressed-out soccer mom who mixed her Xanax with her chardonnay. The recession itself of course was the consequence of another liberal quasi-entitlement – affordable housing for those who can’t afford housing.

OFA Raising Money Off the Obamacare Website Failure

President Obama’s political arm, Organizing for Action, is using the uproar over the failed Obamacare website to raise money.

In a message to its vast email list, OFA notes the “debate” over Obamacare and alludes to criticism to the website, asking recipients to take a brief “Obamacare survey.”

The missive states:

In the midst of all of the debate around Obamacare, it’s easy to lose sight of what the law really does — and how millions of Americans are already seeing the benefits.

That’s why we want to hear directly from you about your health care experience.

This is super easy, and should only take a minute or two. Answer our short Obamacare survey today.

No matter what you hear from the talking heads, health care reform is much more than just a website.

A link takes the email recipient to the poll, a thoroughly unscientific five questions such as “How well would you say you understand Obamacare?” and “Do you currently have health insurance?” Once the poll is submitted – whether the questions are completed or not – the recipient is taken to what appears to be the real business at hand: a new page with a solicitation for $15-$1,000 or some “other amount.”

According to the email, OFA plans to spend “the next five months” promoting Obamacare and “making sure people have the facts.”

Obama: “I’ve Given Some Pretty Good Speeches”

President Obama dropped a little bit of hubris into his remarks Monday to a meeting of his mass movement, Organizing for America, asserting that he has offered up “some pretty good speeches in the past.”

Obama, who spoke during a Washington gathering of OFA activists, offered himself the pat on the back as he discussed his upcoming speech Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. There, he will begin – yet again – to “refocus” on the economy and tout “big and bold ideas” he has to continue moving the nation toward the type of liberal economic approach he favors.

From the White House transcript:

Now, here’s the thing — it will be a pretty good speech. But as we’ve learned — I’ve given some pretty good speeches before and then things still get stuck here in Washington, which is why I’m going to need your help.

Obama is well known for occasionally pulling the curtain back on an inflated ego, commending himself for everything from the killing of Osama Bin Laden to his skill at billiards.

Much of the rest of the president’s remarks were intended to rally his troops for upcoming battles on behalf of his agenda, including fighting off efforts to roll back Obamacare.

“I love you guys.  Keep it up!” he implored. “Are you still fired up?” he inquired.

“Fired up!” came the response.

Obama Group Screws Up Domain Name Registration

Uhhh boy. The putatively well-oiled Obama machine really blew this one.

It seems the group Organizing for Action announced its existence AND THEN tried to register domain names. And so, organizingforaction.com, organizingforaction.org, and organizingforaction.net are all IN THE HANDS OF REPUBLICANS, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Try out organizingforaction.net and see where you go . . .

Nice huh? Previously, the fast-moving dude who registered the address, a computer tech named Derek Bovard, had been directing traffic to the National Rifle Association. Now that’s one good way to give legions of Obama admirers a bonafide heart-stopping experience.

Bovard told the Obama folks, in essence, sorry guys, you lost, but you can buy it from me.

No way.

Organizing for Action decided to consult their friends in the trial bar instead and SUED to lift the name off of Bovard gratis. Get this:

The complaint argued that Organizing for Action had established “common law trademark rights” through media coverage and than Bovard registered the domain in “bad faith.”

But Bovard successfully countered that OFA did not have any presence when he registered the domain and that he had no intention of profiting by selling it to a third party.

The judge agreed:

In a decision issued last week, Karl V. Fink, a retired judge in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluded that Organizing for Action did not provide evidence that the name was “a distinctive identifier” of the group or that it owned any trademarks at the time.

Maybe you’ve never registered a domain name. It takes, literally, about 30 seconds to do. But for some reason, I’m pretty sure this happens all the time. A friend of mine once heard that a rival business was about to announce a big new public project, and so he checked – of course, they hadn’t registered the name of it. He did.

Bovard says Organizingforaction.net will be used to discuss conservative issues. And, no doubt, annoy the heck out of Organizing for Action.

Video || Messina on the Spot About Selling Access to Obama

This is from Friday’ CBS This Morning Show, during which Organizing for Action chief Jim Messina was questioned about OFA’s policy of putting contributors who give $500,000 on an “advisory board” that meets quarterly with Obama.

Actually, the questioning was so lousy that he wasn’t exactly asked about that. Host Norah O’Donnell cites a $50,000 ticket to meet with Obama, but all that gets you is . . . Messina.

Nevertheless, I thought Messina’s effort at obfuscation was still sufficiently interesting that you would want to take a look.

Obama Grassroots Group Using Newtown to Raise Money

Organizing for Action, the newly formed “grassroots” group that will help President Obama try to promote and pass his agenda, today sent out a fundraising and membership-building email that cites the Newtown massacre as a reason to “pull together” behind the president. The email, which was sent out under Vice President Joe Biden’s name and… Continue Reading

Obama to Create Mass Organization Devoted to Obama

President Obama will remake his presidential campaign into a massive new movement  devoted to supporting his agenda, an unprecedented move that creates a brand new political organization devoted not to a Party, not to an idea – but to one charismatic leader. The group, to be called Organizing for Action, opens for business Sunday, the… Continue Reading