Wednesday wrap

Obama: Overspender-in-Chief, unfearing, triggers crises, fights straw men, H8s talk radio, hearts bailouts, invoked by strikers, hunted by Alaskan, sends-off TK.

Mismanagement: Alinsky overexposed, anti-war protesters gone missing, corrupt Dem moneyman busted at airport, SEIU-ACORN all thugged-up, desert fraud unravels, shame on Mollohan, union-dues embezzled.

International: LatAm thugs deranged, Fidel hearts/rips Barack.

Must. Overspend. Madly. ... U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner formally requested that Congress raise the $12.1 trillion statutory debt limit on Friday, saying that it could be breached as early as mid-October. “It is critically important that Congress act before the limit is reached so that citizens and investors here and around the world can remain confident that the United States will always meet its obligations,” Geithner said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that was obtained by Reuters. A Treasury spokeswoman declined to comment on the letter. (cryptogon.com)

Rules for Radicals overexposed ... Why all the fuss? Folks are getting all wee-weed up over Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'. Dedicated to Lucifer, the signature piece by the late, iconic Chicago socialist is generally-regarded as the high-art political handbook of the Left. Long-used by the Left to gain political power under the guise of 'disempowering the haves in order to empower the have-nots', Rules for Radicals has now also become required reading for anti-socialist organizers. So ... used against both the Right and the Left, truly, this set of progressive operating principles governs all of today's political debates. The assumption of unchecked political power by Rahm Emanuel and the Obamalosi Democrats has proven ... if you're not playing by Rules for Radicals, you will lose the game. State election and campaign finance laws? Robert's Rules of Order? The Golden Rule? Fuhgeddaboudit. (nwrepublican.blogspot.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories from The Union News: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com

Obama: Fearless ... "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson • President Barack Obama, you've overwhelmed "We The People." Since you were given the prestige of the highest office in the land, there has not been one day of peace or tranquility for the citizens of our country. Many Americans are feeling frustrated and angered, and rightfully so. One could say you've eroded away the last of the American people's trust, respect, and patience. You're now threatening to intrude into every facet of our daily lives, and enough is enough. (rightsidenews.com)

We don't need no stinkin' anti-war protests ... The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency has highlighted the foreign policy double standard that the activists on the left end of the political spectrum have exhibited, or should one say not exhibited, towards the President's war-centric foreign policy. Obama is following the McCain plan for Iraq, doubling the U.S. forces in Afghanistan in addition to sharply increasing the number of private contractors operating in that region and bombing Pakistan on a regular basis. Yet, all of these actions, which in prior years would have been decried by those who consider themselves liberals/progressives, have seemingly fallen off the radar of the left-wing grassroots activists. (thenewamerican.com)

Barack triggers crises? ... Religious leaders from around the country gathered to discuss newly-discovered passages in sermons given by President Obama in various town hall meetings to proselytize on behalf of his proposed health care overhaul. The sermons have been found to contain internal contradictions, creating a “crisis of faith” among Obama’s followers which the gathering sought to address. In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Obama told followers we can’t “keep the system the way it is right now.” But in Grand Junction, Colorado, he told followers that, under his proposal, “If you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan.” But then in Belgrade, Montana, Obama told followers they could only keep their insurance plans if the plans met new, extensive requirements and regulations. Obama also told followers in Colorado that “Medicare is a government program that works really well.” But then he told followers in New Hampshire that Medicare is “unsustainable” and “running out of money.” (optoons.blogspot.com)

Cratering polls trigger cynical Obama attack ... This week, President Obama made two incredibly dangerous and arrogant decisions involving the war on terror, or as his administration prefers to call it, the "global contingency operation" to prevent "man-made disasters." First, his administration announced the creation of a new, special interrogation unit to carry out the questioning of terrorist suspects that would be under the direct supervision of the White House. And second, he has authorized Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether CIA officers violated the law in applying some of the enhanced interrogation techniques on high-value al Qaeda detainees. Both moves will catapult us back prior to Sept. 10, 2001, when our intelligence officers were denied the resources and latitude to destroy the enemy before it had the chance to destroy us. (washingtontimes.com)

Culture of Corruption: Democrat fund-raising fraudster edition ... Man, the updates to Culture of Corruption just keep piling up. Here’s another one for my Clinton and Money Men chapters: "The U.S. attorney in New York on Tuesday charged a New York investor and major Democratic fund-raiser with a $74 million scheme to defraud Citigroup Inc (C.N). Hassan Nemazee, 59, was charged with one count of bank fraud, and faces up to 30 years in prison plus a fine. His lawyer Marc Mukasey, a former federal prosecutor, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Nemazee was a national finance chair of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and a supporter of John Kerry’s run for the White House in 2004. He typically donates more than $100,000 annually to Democratic political candidates, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Charles Schumer, and sits on the board of the Iranian American Political Action Committee." (michellemalkin.com)

Alinskyite Obamunist: We don't need no stinkin' talk radio ... Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called for a “confrontational movement” to combat what he claimed was control of the media by international corporations and to re-establish the regulatory power of government through robust public broadcasting and a more powerful FCC. Frequently referencing one of his heroes, left-wing activist Saul Alinsky, Lloyd claims in his book that the history of American communications policy has been one of continued corporate control of every form of communication from the telegraph to the Internet. (cnsnews.com)

SEIU: Brass knuckles optional ... When you can’t stand the heat, surround yourselves with Purple Shirts. The latest congressional fugitive to take sanctuary at a union office is Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Chaka Fattah. Via PA Water Cooler and Panzramic: MEDIA ADVISORY: Coverage Invited TUESDAY. Rep. Fattah Will Address Healthcare Forum. PHILADELPHIA — Congressman Chaka Fattah, a strong advocate for President Obama’s Healthcare Reform plan with a robust public insurance option, will address a healthcare forum tomorrow. Fattah last week called for a national March for Healthcare in Washington in September. YOUR COVERAGE IS INVITED AT TUESDAY’S HEALTHCARE FORUM. WHO: Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) WHAT: Alliance for Retired Americans Healthcare Forum. WHEN: Tuesday August 25, 2009 at 11 a.m. WHERE: SEIU Local 1202 headquarters, 455 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia PA. (michellemalkin.com)

Union-backed, tax-funded fraud group: On the inside ... I want to share what I witnessed at Sen. Arlen Specter’s town hall meeting in Kittanning on Aug. 13. I assumed these town hall sessions were for the residents in the community and surrounding communities to voice their concerns about the government health-care plan and to have their questions answered. What I found was astonishing in my opinion and in the opinion of hundreds of others: Nothing but a well-scripted, well-staged event that never was intended to benefit the citizens of the community. While hundreds of residents came, only a handful were let in. The event was not conducted in the arena that could have accommodated everyone in attendance but in a conference room in the complex that could fit only 200 people. And among those 200 people granted access to the meeting were two busloads of representatives with ACORN signs and buttons — a group that is paid to show up at events such as this, that is well-known for its “strong-arm tactics” for accessing programs that are funded by American tax dollars for its own agenda, a group that is supported and funded by our own top government-elected officials, and one never mentioned in the media as being in attendance at the meeting. What were these people doing in Kittanning and why were they granted entrance to the town hall meeting, leaving hundreds of local taxpaying citizens on the outside looking in? (pittsburghlive.com)

What really happened in Bozeman? ... The Bozeman Tea Party and supporters clashed with paid union thugs outside the President’s Town Hall Meeting. The union hacks, modern-day brownshirts, included Service Employees International Union, a group affiliated with ACORN and the Montana AFL-CIO who bussed down union members and paid community organizers from Missoula and elsewhere around the state. While the Obama supporters arrived in the middle of the night, claimed our permitted area and had an early advantage with numbers, we eventually turned out 300-350 people and trounced them. The conflict which bordered on getting physically violent was in stark contrast to the tightly orchestrated event inside the hangar where the town hall meeting took place. The Obama supporters, who turned out approximately 150 people only a few of whom I could recognize from Gallatin County, initially outfoxed and out-positioned us. We tried several times to remove them as soon as we arrived in the early morning. The police were not able to remove them. Bill Dove, chief of airport security, using a megaphone told all of us that he and his men were there to protect the President of the United States and the Town Hall event, told the Obama supporters to leave our area and urged us to keep our cool. The Obama supporters refused to heed his order. Instead they continued to goad us. It was bordering on getting out-of-control but we refused to take the bait. We were outnumbered at that time—our people arrived late—and decided to back off, set up camp and do our program. After all, you can’t win a mud fight against pigs in a pig pen. (atr.org)

ACORN: Desert Agonistes ... If ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) happens to be convicted, it could have its status as a nonprofit corporation revoked in Nevada, which could make it very difficult for the ACORN network to operate in that key battleground state. Such a conviction would send shock waves through leftist organizing circles across the nation and might embolden more prosecutors to take on ACORN. Until it was charged by Nevada this year, ACORN had boasted about its ability to duck prosecution for election fraud. Amy Schur, a senior ACORN official who has been in charge of the group's national campaigns, is likely to testify in the Nevada case, said Karen Inman of St. Paul, Minnesota, a former member of ACORN's national board. Schur's testimony might be devastating to ACORN because it could publicly air many of the group's skeletons, suggested Inman, a lawyer by training. (spectator.org)

Shame: Rep. Alan Mollohan placed on Dirty Money Watch ... WHO: Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act WHAT: Mollohan received the following dirty money: Communications Workers of America (PAC), $2,500 in 2010 election cycle, $4,000 in 2008 election cycle and $7,500 in 2006 election cycle; Boilermakers Union (PAC), $5,000 in 2008 election cycle and $1,000 in 2006 election cycle; American Federation of Government Employees (PAC), $3,000 in 2010 election cycle, $2,500 in 2008 election cycle and $1,500 in 2006 election cycle; Service Employees International Union (PAC), $1,500 in 2006 election cycle; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC), $6,000 in 2008 election cycle and $10,000 in 2006 election cycle; and United Steelworkers of America (PAC), $5,000 in 2006 election cycle. WHY IT’S DIRTY: Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies such as embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. CWA and AFGE each has had eight convictions. SEIU has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10. IBEW has had 14 members convicted. The amount of embezzled funds ranges from more than $5,000 to more than $100,000. WHAT: PMA Group (PAC), $2,000 in 2008 election cycle and $3,000 in 2006 election cycle. WHY IT’S DIRTY: PMA Group (Paul Magliocchetti and Associates) was a defense lobbying group that is now the focus of multiple federal investigations concerning allegations of influence peddling and other corrupt activities, mostly associated with earmarks. Before it was disbanded earlier this year, PMA Group’s employees and its political action committee gave current members of Congress $3.4 million between 1989 and 2008, with 79 percent of that going to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org. WILL MOLLOHAN GIVE IT BACK? Mollohan did not respond to The Examiner’s request for comment. THE SCORE: Number of Democrats who have given it back: 0 • Number of Republicans who have given it back: 0 • Gave donation to charity: Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas (sfexaminer.com)

Shame on typical corrupt LIUNA boss dues-embezzler ... As business manager of Laborers Union Local 500, Steven Thomas was given "prestige and power," which eventually led him to abuse his position and misuse money from his former employer, his attorney said yesterday. Thomas, 41, of 1935 Wellesley Drive, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Toledo to five years of probation, including 250 hours of community service and three months of location monitoring. He was also ordered to pay $14,324.84 in restitution, in addition to $10,000 he had already paid back. (toledoblade.com)

Yet another disgraceful bailout upends market function ... To destroy a perfectly good and functioning car is an act of economic sabotage. No rational person does so voluntarily. But CARS subsidized the destruction of such cars with $3 billion in taxpayers' money, hoping to improve the environment, and create a short-term burst of activity for automotive dealers. The environmental gain has been modest, to put it kindly. In other words, if Americans were getting an average of 20 miles to the gallon before CARS, they are getting 20.0046 mpg after it. (washingtonexaminer.com)

Striking Teamsters invoke Obama ... At 5:30 this morning, dozens of workers were scheduled to strike outside a Chicago factory of McCook-based SK Hand Tools Corp. There's some flag-waving in the union's campaign against administrators. In a statement released shortly after the union's strike vote yesterday afternoon, Berg takes a patriotic, perhaps even nationalistic, tone in referring to Fuger's ownership of the company. "President Obama is leading a national debate about how to protect hard-working Americans from callous employers like SK Hand Tools,” Berg says in the statement. “This French-owned company has left us no choice but to strike for our basic needs." (chitowndailynews.org)

Hunted becomes hunter ... You see, instead of stopping Sarah Palin, Obama only caused Sarah Palin to turn over the power in Alaska to her trusted Lt Governor, who is following her agenda completely. And now Sarah has turned her attention to Barack Obama. As we have written before, the hunted is now the hunter. Palin, an unconventional politician, has used her power to completely destroy Obama’s credibility in the health care debate. She wrote two short paragraphs on her Facebook page, and sent the democrat/communist party scrambling. Contained within those two paragraphs were the words "death panels." Now, folks with common sense understood that Sarah was talking about the entire bill, which contains all sorts of provisions that will lead to health care rationing, and set up panels of "experts" that will decide who will get what kind of care. These are indeed "death panels" by any name you wish to officially call them. (thespeechatimeforchoosing.blogspot.com)

TK joins MJ ... President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the nation lost "the greatest United States senator of our time" with the death of Ted Kennedy. (sfexaminer.com)

International Collectivism

Term Limits Derangement Syndrome plagues Latin America ... Presidential re-election has become a controversial issue in Latinamerican politics and some of the latest incidents are regional headlines including the current upheaval in Honduras which remains unsolved and can be traced to ousted President Manuel Zelaya alleged re-election bid. Currently 13 out of 18 democracies in Latinamerica allow some form of re-election, consecutive or non consecutive, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay. Three countries ban presidents from any form of re-election under any circumstances, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. (en.mercopress.com)

Álvaro for life ... Legislators debated sharply on Tuesday about a referendum that would change the Constitution to allow President Álvaro Uribe to run for a third term. The proposal is part of a trend among Latin American leaders who have sought to use referendums to undercut constitutional term limits and prolong their time in power. Voters in Venezuela and Bolivia have approved the lifting of term limits to extend incumbents’ stays in office. Efforts by President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras to remove term limits were the cause of a military coup in the Central American nation in June. In Colombia in 2006, Mr. Uribe, a conservative, became the first president to be consecutively re-elected in more than a century after his political supporters gained approval of a constitutional amendment that removed an existing one-term limit for the presidency and created a two-term limit. (nytimes.com)

Fidel hearts Barack ... Cuba's former President Fidel Castro praised US President Barack Obama’s efforts to expand health care and eliminate tax shelters, even as he said the “extreme right” is trying to thwart his efforts. Castro also said that Obama understands the environmental hazards and the imbalances created by the US’s energy consumption. “The extreme right hates him for being African-American and fights against what the president is doing to improve the deteriorated image of that country,” Castro wrote in a “reflection” published on the Cubadebate.cu Web site. (businessday.co.za)

Fidel rips Barack ... Cuba's Fidel Castro is criticising President Barack Obama's stepped-up US war in Afghanistan while backing Obama's effort to provide health care coverage for all Americans. The former Cuban president said in an essay published yesterday that he hasn't the slightest doubt that "the racist right" will do anything to stop Obama from succeeding domestically. (jamaicaobserver.com)
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