The Man Floating in the Bay – Likened to Barry Sorento

''Together, they conspired to invent a “credible courier,” conjuring a person with a name, a personality and a past. While still working out the precise mechanics of the deception — whether to drop the body from a plane or over the side of a boat, for example — they labored, in the manner of novelists, to create a mythic and somewhat flawed hero they called Maj. William Martin, choosing everything from his clothes to his likes and dislikes, habits and hobbies, strengths and weaknesses. Beginning with little things like “wallet litter,” the usual items everyone accumulates over time, “individually unimportant but vital corroborative detail,” they constructed a troubled financial history, a slightly dippy girlfriend and a pedantic Edwardian father, all sketched in a series of carefully fabricated letters. No detail was too small, be it an artful ink splotch on a note or the exact tone of the forged letter between British admirals discussing the planned assault that was the cornerstone of the deception.''



Senator Obama's life story, from his humble roots, to his rise to Harvard Law School, to his passion as a community organizer in Chicago, has been at the center of his presidential campaign. But one chapter of the tale remains a blank — his education at Columbia College, a place he rarely speaks about and where few people seem to remember him.

Contributing to the mystery is the fact that nobody knows just how well Mr. Obama, unlike Senator McCain and most other major candidates for the past two elections, performed as a student.

The Obama campaign has refused to release his college transcript, despite an academic career that led him to Harvard Law School and, later, to a lecturing position at the University of Chicago. The shroud surrounding his experience at Columbia contrasts with that of other major party nominees since 2000, all whom have eventually released information about their college performance or seen it leaked to the public. MORE   

Harvard has no rules, especially in regards to black admissions. My friend Gene had a black roommate at Harvard Med School,who was given the questions and answers to the previous year exams. The black guy thought it was a riot, and offered everyone in the dorm copies. Charles Krauthammer was in the same dorm.

by stephen john banker



Pamela Ida


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