Obama Supporter Involved in Online Comment Controversy

A Barack Obama supporter in North Carolina admitted to me this afternoon that he wrote a now-controversial Facebook comment in which he stated that he had already voted four times and was planning to vote a fifth.  During the same conversation, however, he steadfastly denied having violated election laws or having plans to do so.

I became aware of the comment authored by someone named Jim Turner after a conservative blog with which I am not very familiar published a post featuring a captured image of the comment, the text of which appears below (minus names of the actual towns he named):

I have voted once in (name of town #1), once in (name of town #2), twice in  (name of town #3) and will vote in my precinct in (name of town #4), I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt and his fear mongering followers.  I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does.  This election is not about taxing the wealthy.  It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man.  Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.

Above the image was a link to the Facebook page of the Jim Turner alleged to be behind the comments.  When I visited that page, I found no evidence of the controversial  comment but did read a comment containing words that seemed to reference the controversial comment.  The words that appeared in the second comment are shown below:

“I posted a comment to Jami’s page earlier today and it now lives in cybersomewhere.  I can’t seem to get with the whole facebook thing.  I made bold comments on the future of my grandchildren under a Romney presidency and now it is gone.  I think my comments were deleted as part of a conspiracy inspired by some who see our national glass as half empty.”

When I looked for someone named Jami on the aforementioned Facebook page of Jim Turner in North Carolina, I found a “friend” by that name but nothing in the form of any recent, publicly-visible posts or comments by anyone named Jim Turner.

Still curious to learn more about this particular Jim Turner, I searched for him by name and city, careful to confirm that any address shown for him was also the address listed for his wife, a woman he describes in a section of his Facebook page as his “high school sweetheart.”  I was amazed at what turned up.

By clicking on one of the search results, I was lead to an Obama campaign website where I found this statement:  “Join us at the home of Jim and (wife’s name) Turner to make calls that will help re-elect President Obama.”  Below the statement was contact information(i.e., home address and phone number) for Jim Turner and his wife.

After I confirmed that the phone number shown matched one I had found on an online phone directory, I used it to try reaching Jim Turner.  After several tries today, I finally reached him at approximately 2:45 p.m. Central.

As stated above, the Jim Turner with whom I spoke admitted to writing the controversial comment but vehemently denied having actually voted more than once or having plans to do so.  When I changed the subject and asked if he and his wife have hosted any phone bank sessions for the Obama re-election effort, he politely ended our two-minute phone conversation without answering that question.

Editor’s Note:  Turner told me he has received death threats as a result of this controversy.  Because I do not condone death threats or harassment of any sort, I removed several links and other information from this piece so as to make it more difficult for anyone wishing to do harm to Turner to reach such an objective.

“BY HOOK OR BY CROOK” UPDATE 11/03/2012 at 7:36 p.m. Central:  NAACP operatives invade polling station in Houston.

“BY HOOK OR BY CROOK UPDATE 11/04/2012 at 8:16 a.m. Central:  538′s Nate Silver predicts Obama win.

UPDATE 11/04/2012 at 1:03 p.m. Central:  It appears that more than one news outlet has let the “genie” out of the bottle; therefore, I’m offering links to their stories here, here and here.  Note, my story is the only one that mentions the phone bank angle.

UPDATE 11/04/2012 at 9:17 p.m. Central:  So many conservative sites are sharing news about Jim Turner, but I remain the only one to share news about him hosting phone bank sessions for the Obama re-election campaign.  Now, I’ve added the photo above with Turner’s address and phone blocked out.

UPDATE:  Turner was cleared of wrongdoing, according to this report.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Texas Top State for Business, California Worst

For the fifth year in a row, CEOs rated Texas as the #1 state in which to do business and California as the worst, according to a Chief Executive magazine survey. North Carolina maintained its #2 rank, while Tennessee rose two positions to the #3 spot. Virginia was up three slots from last year to #4 while Nevada notched a one spot gain to claim the #5 position.

Chief Executive magazine’s annual “Best & Worst States” survey takes the pulse of CEOs on business conditions around the nation. For the 2010 survey, 651 CEOs from across the country evaluated the states on a broad range of issues, including proximity to markets and resources, regulation, tax policies, workforce quality, education resources, quality of living and infrastructure. The data for this year’s survey were collected in January 2010.

Bill Dormandy, CEO of San Francisco-based medical device maker ITC, echoed the sentiments of numerous business leaders: “California has a good living environment but is unfavorable to business and the state taxes are not survivable. Nevada and Virginia are encouraging business to move to their states with lower tax rates and less regulatory demands.”

CEOs voted California as the worst state in 2010, with New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts rounding out the bottom five. These rankings remain unchanged from 2009.

“With state coffers dry around the U.S., government-business relations are increasingly antagonistic,” says Marshall Cooper, CEO of Chief Executive Group, which publishes Chief Executive magazine and is hosting a June 8 CEO2Gov Summit for business and government leaders in Washington, DC. “In the past, CEOs viewed political risk as something to be dealt with overseas, but a flurry of regulatory and legislative initiatives at the state and federal levels make it now a home-front battle, as well.”

“Texas is pro-business with reasonable regulations,” one CEO remarked, “while California is anti-business with anti-business regulations.” Another commented: “California is terrible. Even when we’ve paid their high taxes in full, they still treat every conversation as adversarial. It’s the most difficult state in the nation. We have actually walked away from business rather than deal with the government in Sacramento.”

2010′s biggest one-year gainers were Washington (+10 spots to #30), Arkansas (+8 spots to #27), Utah (+6 positions to #9), Nebraska (+6 to #22) and Wyoming (+5 to #15).

Florida fell three positions to #6. Likewise, Georgia fell three positions to #7.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry lauded the new poll results: “This top ranking by Chief Executive magazine proves that our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory climate and skilled workforce have not gone unnoticed.”

Chief Executive‘s Best and Worst States survey reveals a continuing pattern where business is attracted to regions whose attitudes toward enterprise are friendly and are repulsed by areas whose attitudes are anti-growth,” said J.P. Donlon, editor-in-chief of Chief Executive magazine. “In the wake of the economic crisis with states pushed to the edge with budgetary constraints, one might have supposed that the latter group would have rethought their often onerous, and ultimately job-killing, tax, regulatory and employment policies. Apart from New Jersey very recently, this has not been the case.”

Reagan Puts Obama to Shame on Subject of Taxes

Yesterday in Charlotte, N.C., President Barack Obama gave a response to a woman’s question about Americans being over-taxed.  What’s newsworthy about it is the fact that it contained almost 2,600 words and lasted 17 minutes.  The president’s answer is contained in the first three videos below.  I encourage you to watch them all and then watch the final video which captures President Ronald Reagan sharing his views on taxation in less than three minutes.

Well said, Mr. President — Reagan, that is!

The full transcript of President Obama’s session is here with 44′s answer to the lady’s question about taxes beginning near the end of page 9.

Guitar Hero Final Four TV Spot Makes Me Laugh

Click image to view video.

By featuring four college basketball coaching legends in a television commercial that parodies the most-famous scene from the film, Risky Business, the folks at Guitar Hero® proved they have a good sense of humor.

Airing moments after the my Oklahoma Sooners lost to North Carolina in the NCAA South Regional Championship Sunday afternoon, the spot doesn’t celebrate the fact that its’ stars — Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and now-retired Bobby Knight — have a house to themselves while their parents are away.  In fact, I’m not sure there was a point to the ad — other than to cause an old basketball player like me to relax after watching his team lose a chance at the Final Four®.

What I do know, however, is that I loved the spot!

What Image Will Obama Strive to Project?

Now that Barack Obama appears to have secured Democratic primary victories in North Carolina and Indiana tonight, political pundits have started talking about the image the junior senator from Illinois will strive to project in his general election effort to attract voters.

If Obama is honest, I expect him to use campaign imagery that carry much of the same political flavor of the Che Guevara flags posters that have been found decorating several of his campaign offices around the country (see Obama Campaign Heavy on Leftist Symbolism).

To see one of the images I expect an honest Obama will use in his general election effort, click here or click on the question-mark graphic above.

Note: I “discovered” it at the FreedomSight blog — via Moonbattery.

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UPDATE 5/7/08: Appearances can be deceiving.  Contrary to my lead paragraph above, Hillary Clinton turned out to be a winner in the Hoosier State.  Will she remain in the race after winning only one of the two primaries Tuesday?  My guess:  She will.

Support Your Team With Championship Gear

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Featured on the site today are all four teams that made it to this year’s “Final Four” round:

Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA

Also featured are four teams that made it to the “Elite Eight” only to lose to the teams listed above:

Davidson, Louisville, Texas and Xavier

Rounding out the list are eight other teams that reached the “Sweet 16” round before bowing out:

Wisconsin, Villanova, Tennessee, Washington State, Michigan State, Stanford, Western Kentucky and West Virginia

If your team didn’t make it to the “Big Dance,” you can still find your team colors and logos at The Championship Shop.

What is the Next Best Thing to Chicken and Sex?

At 11:25 a.m. (CST) today, I received a veiled death threat — “looks like its time for you to die” — from someone who goes by the screen name “JACOB” and appears to believe U(+) t3h flip m4st3r (+) is The Next Best Thing to Chicken and Sex.

Curious? Let me explain as best I can.

The threat came in the form of a comment about a six-day-old post, Blogger’s Ron Paul Image Tops Google Image, on this blog. Though I probably should have ignored it, I decided to take another approach.

First, I approved the comment containing the threat so it could appear on my blog and began sleuthing to find out as much as I could about the person who posted it.

Because the URL that JACOB had typed in the comment form was ronpaul2008.com — the same web address for Ron Paul Campaign Headquarters in Arlington, Va. — my initial reaction was that the threat came from an overzealous Ron Paul staffer or supporter. I decided to call and find out if they had anyone named “JACOB” working there.

“We do not have a Jacob on our staff,” said Andrew Ward, a staff assistant, after brief exchanges of information via phone and e-mail. I took him at his word and concluded that the mysterious JACOB had probably entered the Ron Paul URL to create just such an impression. More research followed.

Next, I used an IP address locator tool I found through another Google search, entered JACOB’s IP address and found out it was based somewhere in North Carolina.

Finally, I entered JACOB’s e-mail address in a Google search, and it turned up only one result — a “viewing profile” for an online forum user who went by the name, “SENTINEL” on the day two years ago when he published his one and only post at the forum. His e-mail address appeared immediately below the words, “My Website,” and above a photo of a young man with long hair and a look of late-teenage angst on his face. To the right of the photo, the mysterious code — U(+) t3h flip m4st3r (+) — appeared above the now-famous words, The Next Best Thing to Chicken and Sex.

That’s about as far as I could get, not being a certified web geek and all.

If you have any further ideas about how I should — or should not — respond to JACOB’s comment, let me know.