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Indepundit: What were you doing? (Check out who donated to Cynthia McKinney on 9/11)
Indepundit ^ | August 1, 2002

Posted on 08/01/2002 7:17:30 PM PDT by John Jorsett

About once in every generation, an event occurs that focuses the minds of everyone so sharply that they never forget that moment--for the rest of their lives.

Ask anyone who was alive when Pearl Harbor was bombed where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Unless they were in a coma, or too young to realize what was happening, they can tell you--in great detail.

Likewise, on the fateful day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, everyone from that generation talks about the moment they heard the news, and how it impacted them.

I remember where I was when I learned that the Berlin Wall had been opened, and when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.

But those two moments in my life pale in comparison to what happened on September 11, 2001. Even before I learned of the terror attacks, it was an important day for me--September 11 is my birthday.

It was about 6:15 in the morning, and I had just woken up and was getting ready to go to work when the phone rang. It was my mother. She wished me a happy birthday, then she said, "Turn on the television."

I remember thinking, "Wow, Mom must have gotten someone on television to wish me Happy Birthday!" So I asked her, "What channel?"

She replied, "Any channel." My heart sank--I knew this was probably bad news.

And then I saw it--the World Trade Center on fire. The newscaster was saying that a plane had flown into one of the towers. From the video, I could tell it was a large passenger plane.

I watched the video of the second plane hitting the tower. I was shaking with fear and rage.

I drove to the office, but no work was being done that day. We were all watching the news, or listening to the radio. After about an hour, they told us all to go home--many of us had family and friends in New York and Washington, including me, and we were anxious to contact them.

I watched, live on television, as each tower collapsed. I remember trembling, and saying "Oh my God," over and over.

Needless to say, it was a traumatic event in my life, and one that I surely won't ever forget. I've even considered moving my birthday. How can anyone celebrate on September 11?

I'm willing to bet that all of you can remember that day vividly as well.

Some people, on the other hand, decided after learning of the attacks that it was a great moment to make a political contribution.

Really.

Check out this page at OpenSecrets.org, listing the campaign contributions to the Honorable Ms. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. Notice anything unusual (besides the fact that so many of her contributers have Arab names, and very few of them are from her district)?

I'll give you a hint: if your browser has a search function, type in 9/11/2001.

Here's what you'll find:

That’s quite a haul for one day: $20,300.

Probably a coincidence.


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I did a search for 9/10 (a Monday) and 9/12 (a Wednesday) as well: not a single donation on either of those dates. All these folks just happened to give money to McKinney on the very day that America was attacked. Coincidence indeed.
1 posted on 08/01/2002 7:17:30 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett; dighton; Orual; general_re
Thanks for posting.

This needs more attention!
2 posted on 08/01/2002 7:22:06 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus; Orual; general_re; BlueLancer; John Jorsett
What's the Arabic word for DUMBASS?

They couldn't spread it out over a few weeks, but had to contribute THAT VERY DAY.

3 posted on 08/01/2002 7:26:57 PM PDT by dighton
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To: dighton
I've sent the link to WSJ's Opinion Journal.
4 posted on 08/01/2002 7:41:26 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
I've sent the link to WSJ's Opinion Journal.

Good move. I got the pointer to this piece from Glenn Reynold's InstaPundit.com web site. It's great how the universe of weblogs can dredge up this sort of thing and get it out there.

5 posted on 08/01/2002 7:47:43 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett
bump
7 posted on 08/01/2002 7:59:41 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: John Jorsett
I was about to post it from the blog when yours turned up in Search.

8 posted on 08/01/2002 8:03:11 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: John Jorsett
On Sept 11th, donating to anyones political campaign was the furthest from my mind.
9 posted on 08/01/2002 8:05:19 PM PDT by Texas Mom
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To: John Jorsett
Hmmmmmm.....curious......wasn't it McKinney who suggested President Bush had foreknowledge of what was going to happen on 911?
10 posted on 08/01/2002 8:08:59 PM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: John Jorsett
The irony of it all is that not a single one of those individuals is from Georgia. And a further search of McKinney's donor list shows that nearly all of the donors with Arabic surnames are from outside the state of Georgia.

McKinney's district is probably about 60% black, with a pretty good spread of incomes, her district includes low-income areas in south DeKalb County, along with Lithonia, a community that has (arguably) among the highest per-capita income black populations in the Southeast.

Her white constituency is spread among soccer households in north DeKalb and south Gwinnett Counties, along with the liberal enclaves around downtown Decatur, and surrounding Emery University. I would say that the district is about 80% or so liberal if you had to break it down.

Many blacks in the bedroom communities in Lithonia and Stone Mountain think McKinney's nuts, as do many of the white voters in south Gwinnett and up in north DeKalb. It'll be interesting to see how they fall in the primary.

11 posted on 08/01/2002 8:09:34 PM PDT by mhking
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)

Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

12 posted on 08/01/2002 8:10:00 PM PDT by mhking
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To: RobFromGa; AntiJen; Guillermo; viligantcitizen; Phoenix44; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; ...
McKinney ping. Anyone in the 4th District, or in the local calling area, who wants to pitch in on a "boot McKinney" effort, FReepmail me. Guillermo and BNA know what I'm talking about. . .
13 posted on 08/01/2002 8:23:29 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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And add dansangel to that list.
14 posted on 08/01/2002 8:24:09 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
I'm printing out that list to take with me door-to-door and to the swim/tennis club.
15 posted on 08/01/2002 8:35:13 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: FreedomPoster
I'm emailing it to the list too
16 posted on 08/01/2002 8:37:21 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: Guillermo
You heard anything about the other list?
17 posted on 08/01/2002 8:39:19 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
Not yet.

I'm anxious to get one, we need to hit it 7 days before the election.

You can come to my office and make calls, if you'd like.

It's about 4 miles from where the meeting was.
18 posted on 08/01/2002 8:50:01 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: John Jorsett
Something is rotten in Georgia bump.
19 posted on 08/01/2002 9:00:02 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: John Jorsett

This is positively bizarre, and perhaps of great significance.

It obviously did not spontaneously occur to all these people, most of them in Nevada, to donate to the campaign of some obscure representative from Georgia. One $64,000 question is whether this was pre-planned, i.e they all had instructions to donate on 9/11, or "when something big happens," or even more ominously, "when it happens," where "it" was something they knew was coming.

Or, were all they all contacted on 9/11, and told to make these donations? If so, by whom? And how? Are there phone records? Email backups? Who coordinated this? This is potentially a crack in something big and important, and I hope our "homeland security" folks go find out what went on here. This is very interesting 'community of people' that has been exposed by this fluke. What do they have in common?

And then... why McKinney? Were they buying something, or were they paying for something they'd already bought? It looks to me like they were collectively paying on behalf of someone else.

McKinney might have the power to place certain people in certain places. Not so much as any sort of actual authority, but more as a consequence of favor-seeking types hiring someone or putting someone in a certain place as a favor. McKinney serves on the House Armed Services Committee, which would tend to cause Pentagon bureaucrats to bow and scrape when she called. I wonder whom she placed in the months leading up to 9/11?


20 posted on 08/01/2002 9:04:39 PM PDT by Nick Danger
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To: Nick Danger; dighton; aculeus
Agreed. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but this is truly strange, and deserves a closer look...
21 posted on 08/01/2002 9:18:41 PM PDT by general_re
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To: John Jorsett
I am sick over this. It has been almost a year and I still cry when I think of the murderous devastation of 9/11. McKinney should be horsewhipped. Arabs should be deported, immediately. Isn't there something about elected officials accepting donations from foreign nationals?
22 posted on 08/01/2002 9:18:59 PM PDT by Rollee
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To: general_re; dighton; Orual; Nick Danger
Agreed. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but this is truly strange, and deserves a closer look...

You'd have to construct a new Theory of Coincidences to explain this one.

23 posted on 08/02/2002 8:27:48 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Nevermind the WSJ, what about the FBI? Oh wait, their
agents are already too busy...I mean, what with reading FR and
spying on whatever right wing tax criticizing the wascally wepublicans might be up to.
24 posted on 08/02/2002 8:34:59 AM PDT by Wm Bach
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To: aculeus; dighton; general_re
You'd have to construct a new Theory of Coincidences to explain this one.

"For computation of true coincidence correction factors for voluminous sample, the next equation has been suggested:

The similar results may be obtained by using of the following equation, which seems to be enough obvious:

where: e i is full peak efficiency, COIi is coincidence correction factor for the arbitrary point inside the sample under integration."

Nope, doesn't work.

25 posted on 08/02/2002 9:11:31 AM PDT by Orual
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To: John Jorsett; dighton; Orual; general_re
This leads the Best of Web (WSJ) today:



BY JAMES TARANTO

Friday, August 2, 2002 3:05 p.m. EDT

Cashing In on Sept. 11

A few months ago, Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia famously accused President Bush of having foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks and not acting to prevent them because, as she put it, "Persons close to this administration are poised to make huge profits off America's new war."

Well, on Sept. 11 someone sure was cashing in. Blogger Scott Koenig has examined McKinney's campaign-contribution records at OpenSecrets.org. It turns out that McKinney raked in $13,850 on Sept. 11 from 22 different donors, all with Arab- or Muslim-sounding names. Blogger Jim Henley analyzes the records further and finds that Sept. 11 marked McKinney's third-biggest one-day haul since 1999. What explains the concentration of donations on that day? Henley offers some theories, of which he says these are the two most plausible:

3) "We're not big on paperwork around here." Pros: This is an office that has a News Brief listing with the phrase "Reparations for Slaver (sic)" [actually it says "Apologies for Slaver"] in the header. (Scroll down to 09/06/01.) Cons: Just about everyone but Glenn Reynolds was too bummed to do anything but watch TV and read Instapundit.com that day.

4) "We're in the sh-- now. The country is going to come down on us Arab-Americans like a ton of bricks unless we get ourselves some protection. Let's all send Cynthia checks, because she's been a friend." Pros: With the exception of RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America] donations, money tends to follow ideology rather than the reverse. McKinney didn't turn pro-Arab when the leaves changed last year. Cons: So how come no checks on the 12th? The thirteenth?

This, of course, is all speculation. Getting to the truth sounds like a good project for the investigative staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in advance of McKinney's Aug. 20 primary.

http://opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110002078

I don't know if my email to Taranto started the ball rolling by my (real) name is mentioned at the bottom of the column.

26 posted on 08/02/2002 12:26:52 PM PDT by aculeus
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I don't know if my email to Taranto started the ball rolling by my (real) name is mentioned at the bottom of the column.

I assume you meant "but" and not "by". In which case, well done.

27 posted on 08/02/2002 12:35:02 PM PDT by general_re
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To: John Jorsett
Oh, and let's not forget a guy named Khalid Turaani, a member of American Muslims for Jerusalem (here's their website), who donated $500 on 10-21-01.
28 posted on 08/02/2002 12:39:30 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: general_re
I assume you meant "but" and not "by ...

Eggsactly.

29 posted on 08/02/2002 12:40:25 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Good show.
30 posted on 08/02/2002 12:40:33 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Nick Danger
Forget it. McKinney's a "protected race." Hard questions cannot be asked of her, you watch.
31 posted on 08/02/2002 12:45:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: backhoe
Pingzilla.
32 posted on 08/02/2002 12:48:06 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Sonoffagun! I forgot to add this:

The McKinney Files....

33 posted on 08/02/2002 2:50:00 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: aculeus
This leads the Best of Web (WSJ) today:

Woohoo! High fives!

34 posted on 08/02/2002 3:14:44 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett
Although I love Southwest Airlines, I am struck that one of the donors is a SWA pilot!
35 posted on 01/16/2003 6:01:16 AM PST by jammer (We are doing to ourselves what Bin Laden could only dream of doing.)
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