“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, October 08, 2012 website is not owned by the president’s campaign but rather by Obama bundler Robert Roche, a U.S. citizen living in Shanghai, China.

In an explosive report set to send shockwaves through official Washington, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released a 108-page GAI investigation into the threat of foreign and fraudulent Internet campaign donations in U.S. federal elections (visit to download the full report).

Breitbart News obtained an advance copy of the bombshell report which reveals that the website is not owned by the president’s campaign but rather by Obama bundler Robert Roche, a U.S. citizen living in Shanghai, China. Roche is the chairman of a Chinese infomercial company, Acorn International, with ties to state-controlled banks that allow it to “gain revenue through credit card transactions with Chinese banks.”

There’s more.

The unusual website redirects traffic directly to a donation page on the Obama campaign’s official website,, which does not require donors to enter their credit card security code (known as the CVV code), thereby increasing the likelihood of foreign or fraudulent donations. The website is managed by a small web development firm, Wicked Global, in Maine. One of Wicked Global’s employees, Greg Dorr, lists on his LinkedIn page his additional employment with Peace Action Maine and Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. According to the GAI report, 68 percent of all Internet traffic to comes from foreign visitors. 

And still more.

In 2011, Mr. Roche obtained one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate in Washington, DC: a seat at the head table for President Obama’s State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. How Roche—a man whose infomercial company hawks fitness equipment, cell phones, and breast enhancement products—landed a seat alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, former President Jimmy Carter, and Chinese President Hu Jintao remains unclear.  

Since 2009, White House Visitor Logs list the name Robert Roche at least 19 times, despite the fact Mr. Roche’s primary residence is in China.  

Mr. Roche, who is originally from Chicago, is a co-chair of the Technology Initiative for the Obama campaign.

According to Acorn International’s prospectus, the success of Mr. Roche’s company hinges on maintaining access to state-run media and “preferential tax treatments and subsidies” doled out by the People’s Republic of China (PRC):  
Our business depends on our access to TV media time to market our products and services in China….PRC law is vague and is subject to discretionary interpretation and enforcement by PRC authorities…Loss of these preferential tax treatments and subsidies could have material and adverse effects on our results of operations and financial conditions.

In addition to the redirect revelation, the Government Accountability Institute report—America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign And Fraudulent Online Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections?—exposes myriad gaping online security holes that stand to threaten the integrity of House, Senate, and presidential elections.  


  1. Careful Deuce
    There are some on this blog who don't like to get confused by the facts.

  2. O, O, say it isn't so.

    This may give Rufus a very temporary brain freeze.

    He'll drink it off, though.

    Would that be the one Robert 'Cock' Roche I have heard about before, the working man's friend, I am asking myself.

    I will sleep on that.


    1. And we must be concerned about the other r as well. His blood pressure may rise to an unsafe level yet again. Just on general principles, the rich bastards all being the same.

      By the way, four of the five ( I think it is) richest folks in Congress are democrats.

      Check it out here yourself -

      The R and r combo really hate rich people.

      The bastards.


  3. Well, I certainly don't "hate" rich people. As far as I'm concerned, my biggest character flaw is that I don't have enough rich friends.

    However, having said that, The R's have Sydney Adelson, and, of course, you knew the Dems had "somebody" there. It's a crappy deal, and the whole mess of'em ought to be hung up by their nuts, but . . . . . well, we know they won't.

  4. Well, like I said, he might get some money from China, but at least he "Banks" it in the United States. :)

  5. Obama’s biggest weakness: A majority of those polled (54 percent) agreed that “President Obama doesn’t know how to turn the economy around” while 44 percent disagreed with that statement. Expect Romney to keep up the “he’s a nice man but he doesn’t know what he’s doing” attack in the next debate — it appears the most solid hit he has on President Obama in the race’s final days.


  6. Obama doesn’t know what he is doing. It is starting to feel like cocktail hour on the Titanic.

  7. Sorry Ruf, you can’t win this one.

  8. I think I just heard a rivet or two popping.

  9. Adelson has taken millions from his Chi-com franchise in Macao and funnelled it to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Ryan went to Vegas to kiss his ring.

  10. I love rich people that invest in manufacturing in the Us.
    I think rich folk that maintain accounts in the Caymans and Switzarland do so to avoid taxes.

    Mitt's company that is based in the Caymans published that it's purpose was tol avoid US tax liabilities.

    Legal but unpatriotic

  11. On this day in 1956, Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history. He led the Yankees to a 2-0 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5. The Yankees went on to win that World Series in seven games.

  12. Deuce, I know your guy can win. I've seen much more longshot candidates than him pull it off. In fact, one more sleepfest by Obama, and he will win. That said, I wouldn't want to bet on it. :)

    Truth be told, I think some here will be a lot more upset if Obama wins than I will be if the Mittster wins. The thing the Pubs better figure out, and figure out in a hurry is the Demographic Tide is running against them if they continue to push their current policies. Even George Bush had figured that out.

  13. “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.”

    1. I believe the guy that said that was recently killed wasn't he? Wasn't it by the guy that you're referring to as "the weak horse?"

    2. Irony is, after all, ironic.

    3. I am preparing for four more years of Obama. The good news is, it will only be four more years.

    4. That's funny, I'm bracing myself for 4 years of The Mittens. :)

      I'm not sure Romney isn't ahead right now.

    5. The other good news is neither one of them can eat me, and I don't think either can send me to "the Nam."

    6. So, I've got that going for me.

  14. I'd bet that 95% of young, unmarried females don't vote. I would also bet that 95% of that group has Facebook Accounts. If some Dem ever figures out how to leverage Social Media into getting that Demographic to the polls the Republicans will never win another election. Anywhere. Ever.

    It's just a matter of time.

  15. Well, isn't this interesting; the EIA says po' ol' Rufi is full of s**t.

    EIA says the Bakken is going to just keep on a'growin until it hits 1.1 Million bbl/day.

    And, here I am calling a near-term "peak." Oh, noes. whut does we do, now?

    EIA Projeckshun

    I guess we'll just have to wait a couple of months, and see, huh?

    ya gotta admit; I got balls. :)

  16. Night all. Lots a good numbers in the mornin.

  17. Nice new quote by Twain, as are most of Twain quotes.

    Might add, "Always support your country, and the government when it deserves it."

    Our current government doesn't deserve support.


    That talent was not exactly evident to Wednesday's debate audience. To the dispassionate observer, it never has been evident. Obama was not "off his game" in Denver. That was his game. As a student of Obama, I was not at all surprised by the outcome. I had been predicting it.

    Read more:

    It's back to the precinct for me. Still a few voters to turn, before I've flipped this election for Romney.


    see ya.....


  18. And, here I am calling a near-term "peak." Oh, noes. whut does we do, now?

    Yeah, Rufus has been calling peak oil since this blog started in 2006. But global oil production was 88.3 mbpd in 2011. Its starting to sound like the predictions of the Rapture and shit.

  19. Yep, and Rufus has been right since 2006. That 88.3 includes ethanol, ngls, biodiesel, cow pee, panther piss, and a sneak peak at your dirty drawers.

    "Oil" has increased by two-tenths of one percent/year (0.002)

  20. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her first visit to Athens since Europe's debt crisis began in late 2009, on Tuesday said she saw "light at the end of the tunnel" for Greece as the debt-stricken country battles through a painful austerity program aimed at restoring its fiscal health.

    Ms. Merkel's remarks, delivered alongside Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, came as violent clashes erupted at a march through the capital by tens of thousands of Greeks to protest the tough cutbacks the country is being forced to make in exchange for aid from its creditors.

  21. Rasmussen reports....

    National polling shows...

    48% Romney
    48% Obama

    Obama still ahead in Ohio

  22. RCP National Average 47.3 48.0 Romney +0.7

    If the Spoon had a fork named the Knife, and you fished it, you'd have fished the Knife Fork of the Spoon.

    Buck Buckett

    1. Where the fuck is Bert? Where the fuck is Ernie? Big Bird is going down and where are the Bird's friends? Out with the lesbian settlers, or something? Are these guys Men, or a couple of fucking sock puppets?


  23. Swat, a mountainous area that was once known as a holiday resort and does not border Afghanistan, started to come under the creeping control of the Pakistani Taliban over several years from at least 2005. The extremists had completed their domination by 2007, while Pakistani authorities seemingly looked on.

    In February 2009, the government, with the support of the military, signed a treaty with the Taliban that effectively handed it control of the Swat Valley.

    It was only after international pressure, and the Taliban's decision to take over of the neighbouring district of Buner, that the military was forced to launch an operation in May 2009.

  24. Blue Sky Studios issued a press release earlier today announcing an upcoming "Peanuts" movie.

    The Charlie Brown-themed film is set to come out November 25, 2015, coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the "Peanuts" comic strip and the 50th anniversary of "A Very Charlie Brown Christmas," the first of numerous "Peanuts" TV specials.

  25. So what, pray tell, has happened since 2009?

  26. Michael Guslick, an amateur gunsmith who has written extensively online about the considerable challenges of 3-D printed guns, said people had been experimenting with homemade guns for some time. He said the most notable example was the zip gun, which is made from off-the-shelf plumbing parts. (Not surprisingly, the schematics and instructions can be downloaded online.)


    But this year, Mr. Guslick managed to print some components for an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle - the kind of gun used in the Aurora, Colo., shootings - on a 3-D printer. He used ABS plastic, "the same plastic used to make Legos."

    He was particularly interested in printing a part called the lower receiver, which connects the trigger, grip and magazine holder. "I used my home 3-D printer to make the lower receiver, which is the only regulated component of a gun," he said.

  27. A tribal council ordered the barter in early September in the Dera Bugti district of Baluchistan province, the district deputy commissioner, Saeed Faisal, told the court. He did not know the girls' ages but local media reported they were between 4 and 13 years old.

    The Advocate General for the province could not confirm the incident.

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry ordered Faisal to ensure that all members of the tribal council — and a local lawmaker — who belongs to one of the groups believed involved — appear in court on Wednesday.

  28. This bartering of women, betcha Representitive Mauch would approve, it's biblical.
    Akin to slavery, in that regard.

    Sounds a lot like the storyline of the Warren Jeffs saga. Centering in Colorado City, Arizona. Crossing in and out of Utah, like the Legal Residency of Mitt Romney.

  29. Mr. Hamza has said he isn't medically fit to face trial. A public defender who represented him at Saturday's hearing said Mr. Hamza has a variety of medical problems, including type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure.


    U.K. officials agreed to extradite Mr. Hamza and the others after years of diplomatic talks on the condition they be tried in civilian courts and prosecutors not seek the death penalty. Mr. Fawwaz has been fighting extradition for 14 years since he was charged with operating al Qaeda's London media office at the direction of Osama bin Laden.

    The U.S. claims the purpose of the office was to publicize Mr. bin Laden's statements.

  30. On this day in 2006, Google announced it was buying YouTube, a stock deal that was valued at $1.65 billion.

  31. No one has commented on the most important story mentioned on Drudge today so I will.

    A Sleeping Prince wakes up -

    By Mark Hughes, New York

    7:52PM BST 09 Oct 2012

    Comments232 Comments

    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis.

    During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings".

    He continues: "Birds? Angels? These words registered later, when I was writing down my recollections. But neither of these words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher forms." The doctor adds that a "huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it. the sound was palpable and almost material, like a rain that you can feel on your skin but doesn't get you wet."


  32. Dr Alexander says he had heard stories from patients who spoke of outer body experiences but had disregarded them as "wishful thinking" but has reconsidered his opinion following his own experience.

    He added: "I know full well how extraordinary, how frankly unbelievable, all this sounds. Had someone even a doctor told me a story like this in the old days, I would have been quite certain that they were under the spell of some delusion.

    "But what happened to me was, far from being delusional, as real or more real than any event in my life. That includes my wedding day and the birth of my two sons." He added: "I've spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigous medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold as I myself did to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us.

    "But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it."

    Praised be the fathomless universe.


  33. the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness


    Consciousness is. Mind is not consciousness. Evolution is the gradual release of Consciousness.

    Our very senses and forms of perception render frustrate the apprehension of the source.

    That is what is, of course, so 'frustrating'.


    Looks like Obammy is going down big time, if the political news is on the mark today. He deserves it, the nincompoop. He is becoming the butt of jokes, which is the Kiss of Death for a politician, particularly one like he, who thinks so highly of himself.


  34. PANIC: Romney signs in VA defaced, stolen and smeared with excrement...


    Looks like the primitive is starting to come out in the Obama Folk. I've noticed some people don't want car stickers for Romney as they are afraid their cars will be keyed, or yard signs for fear their homes will be egged.

    Soon to come: the verbal threats: the rocks through the windows: the sugar in the gas: the slashed tires.....

    It is the way of the new democratic party, which is not your father's old democratic party.


  35. Rasmussen Reports ...

    If the election were held today the Democrats would retain a majority in the Senate

    1. If Obama doesn't get his head out of his ass, the Democrats will need that majority in the Senate.

    2. Ah, finally an accurate statement by Rufus -

      If Obama doesn't get his head out of his ass

    3. Official account changes: No protest over anti-Islam video...
      FLASHBACK: Amb. Rice: 'Hateful video on Internet sparked violence'...
      FLASHBACK: Obama: 'A crude and disgusting video sparked outrage'...
      ROMNEY: Not video, 'despite administration's attempts to convince us'...
      Top Official: 'Inappropriately low' security at post...
      House oversight committee holds probe today...
      Rep. Issa 'closes in on Clinton'...

    4. Not to worry --

      Romney up huge with independents

      Fueling his current polling surge, Mitt Romney's numbers with indies are just getting remarkably good.

      a. IBD/ITP poll released today: Romney 52% Obama 34%.

      b. Pew poll, released yesterday: Romney 46% Obama 42%.

      c. Politico/GW poll, released yesterday: Romney 51% Obama 35%.

      d. CNN, released last week: Romney 49% Obama 41%.

      e. National Journal, released October 3: Romney 49% Obama 41%.

      Now having said that, Romney has done well this entire cycle with independents, but not enough to overcome turnout models that suggested much, much higher Democratic turnout.

      But now he's killing it so soundly that it's enough to overcome higher Democratic turnout. In fact, in ARG's poll of Ohio today, Dems are sampled at +9% over Republicans, but Romney wins indies by 20%, which is enough to inch ahead, overall, 48%-47%.

      Some of this is a debate bounce, but as I've said, one of the most under-reported stories this cycle has been Romney's continual lead with independents. That always assured this would be a close election, regardless.

      In fact, Barack Obama won indies by 8% in 2008. Romney is easily hitting that number in the most recent batch of polls.

      All this will carry over down ballot.

      Pubs going to take the Senate.

  36. .

    Americans views on the ME (Syria, Egypt,Libya).

    Brookings Survey