9/1/09

Tuesday wrap

Obama: H8s non-union workers, anti-dissident crack-down, flunked Econ 101, Czarist, hand-biter, pays back thugs, hearts union bigs, corrupts Justice, power over the People, hearts leftwing radical militants, to thank union thugs.

Mismanagement: Shame on Teamsters, Trumka H8s the Middle Class, Alinsky owns 2009, Kennedys plague U.S., Dem P2P, 'Cold Cash' fail, rebellion launched.

International: Stone hearts LatAm thugs, Czars boost Zelaya, Correa apes Chávez.


Obama: We don't need no stinkin' non-union jobs ... An executive order issued by the Obama administration poses a significant challenge to nonunion contractors, right-to-work advocates and, those groups assert, American taxpayers. Issued in February, it has undergone several months of governmental review and enhancement and it could begin impacting federal contracting policy any day now. Nonunion outfits are weighing their options to oppose it. On February 6, President Barack Obama signed an executive order recommending that federal agencies enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) every time they hire a contractor for a construction project costing at least $25 million. These documents are accords between labor organizations and an agency that typically insist that unions gain bargaining rights for the duration of a project. In practice, this means that 84.4 percent of construction workers – those who are not union-affiliated – are highly unlikely to be considered to work on a federal project in the next several years. (thebulletin.us)


Obama follows Progressive Era playbook ... Regardless of the outcome of ObamaCare, if past behavior signals the future, the Obama administration's next big push will be to mute its most successful critics. (americanthinker.com)


We are so screwed ... As cold fear rises in the mainstream media that President Obama may be in over his head, my thoughts go back to a dinner I attended in New York last December. Obama had just been elected and the Right was deeply fearful that he might indeed live up to his hype and be a new FDR. One of the attendees at this dinner happened to be one of the very, very few right-of-center people who can legitimately claim to know Barack Obama well on both the personal and professional levels. (I cannot give his name because his comments were off the record, but I have provided it to the editor of New Majority.) Naturally, we were all curious about his assessment of the new president-elect. He was reluctant to speak to the subject initially, but gave in after some good-natured urging. “Two observations,” he said. “First, I have never known him to change his mind on any issue of any significance, even when provided with new facts and new information.” As we digested that rather disturbing bit of information, he added the second. “And I don’t think he has the foggiest notion of how an economy works.” (newmajority.com)


All the President's Czars ... Here's a question that has been nagging me for months. Are Obama's ever-growing number of "czars" constitutional? I am not a constitutional scholar, but I have read the document. Obama's appointments are clearly "principal officers" though it will be argued that they are only advisors to the office of the President. Clearly, Obama's appointments are not heads of departments, but they appear to have been granted an unknown degree of influence and control as regards their responsibilities. They function "in the dark." For example, since we have a Department of Labor why do we need an "Auto Recovery" czar, Ed Montgomery, who reports to Larry Summers, the President's top economic advisor? What can he do to effect recovery? And, constitutionally speaking is it lawful for the United States to have "ownership" of General Motors? Or any other private enterprise? I think not. (axcessnews.com)


Obamanistas bite the hand that feeds ... The community organizers’ struggle is one of class warfare. As Saul Alinsky wrote, “A People’s Organization is the banding together of large numbers of men and women to fight for those rights which insure a decent way of life…A People’s Organization is dedicated to an eternal war. It is a war against poverty, misery, delinquency, disease, injustice, hopelessness, despair, and unhappiness.” Interestingly enough, the very system that defeats the conditions that Saul laments is capitalism. It has improved the lot of many, leading to higher living standards and a more moral economy than any to come before it. Yet it is this very philosophy that these groups decry – one which is also ironically their lifeblood. (citizeneconomists.com)

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


Union bigs paid back and then some by Obama ... Union leaders and members are saying that eight months into the Obama administration it is clear that labor’s unprecedented investment in the effort to support the election of the president and a 60 vote Democratic majority in the Senate is paying off. From executive orders that help construction workers to a new law that restores the right to sue employers for pay discrimination based on sex, race, religion or other factors, they are happy about a long list of what they see as first steps that help working men and women. Having said that they are ready now for what they see as some bigger tasks and challenges. (pww.org)


The Unionized States of Obama's America ... Unions will be in the catbird seat while Democrats in Congress and the White House hold the reins of government. Unions are a key donor group to the party and contribute a great deal of unpaid labor (leaflets, canvassing) during campaigns. This is the pay-to-play politics that Democrats decry except when they benefit. These are special interest groups that Democrats never mention when they draft legislation, rules, and regulations to benefit them. Unions have already been amply rewarded through taxpayer bailouts of industries they dominate. Democrats are working on card check and mandatory arbitration legislation to help strengthen the power of unions. Obama has placed key union leaders in pivotal spots in our government - among them, the Federal Election Commission, and as head of the key Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A devoted union supporter now heads the Department of Labor. Of course, unions have helped devastate the very industries that are being bailed out by our money (think auto companies..but the list is growing). The problem will get worse in the days ahead. (americanthinker.com)


P2P covered-up by corrupt Obama Justice Dept. ... Despite Gov. Bill Richardson’s claims of vindication, over the weekend several state newspapers ran editorials about the two-term Democratic governor and the end of a federal probe into whether there was pay-to-play involved in deals at the New Mexico Finance Authority. “No indictments, but heavy stench in state deals,” was the headline of an editorial written by Walt Rubel of the Las Cruces Sun-Times; It ran in several state papers. Meanwhile, the Albuquerque Journal took the opportunity to focus on the need for ethics reform at the state level. (newmexicoindependent.com)


Shame on disgraced, corrupt Teamster big ... Gary LaBarbera, the powerful labor leader known for turning around scandal-tainted organizations, reached an agreement with his own union to resolve charges that he allowed an employer to skirt payments to worker benefit funds. The deal allows Mr. LaBarbara to retain his status as a retired member of Teamsters Local 282, which clears the path for him to continue on as president of the influential Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. He agreed never again to seek or hold office at Local 282. (crainsnewyork.com)


Union thug boss cracks down against dissent ... The man expected to become the AFL-CIO's next president said Monday that lawmakers would pay a political price if they abandon a government-run option in any health care overhaul. "We need to be a labor movement that stands by our friends, punishes its enemies and challenges those who, well, can't seem to decide which side they're on," said Richard Trumka, currently the AFL-CIO's secretary-treasurer. In remarks to the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, Trumka singled out lawmakers "who say they are all for health care reform, but refuse to stand up for a public system that puts people before profits." (cnsnews.com)


Alinsky 2009: Obama-ACORN-SEIU thugs for socialism ... One pro-Obama community organizing entity, the Fund for the Public Interest — with a chapter in Montana (based in Missoula, says Kriegel) — apparently pays $10 to $15 an hour or up to $600 per week "for campaign workers to go into communities around the country to make change happen." "Make change happen?" With what? Bullying tactics? If you're the bully on the block, you can make any "change happen" that you want to "happen." Champion likens the tactics of "intimidating and bullying" to those recommended by Saul Alinsky (one of several shadowy Marxist figures influential in Obama's life) who wrote Rules for Radicals, which includes the tribute to "the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer." Is the bused-in turnout in Montana a hint of what President Obama envisions when he calls for a "national civilian security force, just as powerful, just as strong, and just as well-funded" as the military? Americans deserve a straight answer to that question. That a group prone to bullying lawful citizens would have the backing (tacit or otherwise) of the incumbent government is frightening. (renewamerica.com)


Obamunism: Power over the People ... Mark Lloyd, a disciple of Saul Alinsky and fan of Hugo Chávez, wants to destroy talk radio and says free speech is a distraction. The new FCC diversity "czar" says Venezuela is an example we should follow. When Mark Lloyd was appointed July 29 as the chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission, a nation focused on ObamaCare and a deteriorating economy took little notice. But as angry constituents flood town hall meetings and call in to talk radio, a man dedicated to silencing them sits at the right hand of the president. They share a common hero — Saul Alinsky — who wrote the community organizer's bible, "Rules for Radicals." It speaks of confrontation or, as candidate Obama put it, of "getting in their faces" as a way to obtain power, not from the people or for the people, but over the people. (ibdeditorials.com)


Obama sympatico with radical leftwing militants ... Despite its seemingly innocuous name, the Apollo Alliance is just as radical and far left as ACORN. Their website may be filled with "institutional speak," but they are, in reality, as red as Mao's Handbook. The organizers of Apollo may claim the organization was "launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy" for the purposes of developing green technology, but 9/11was simply the crisis they were able to take advantage of. After all, as the Obama White House likes to remind us, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Apollo is about establishing coalitions in states and cities nationwide to "promote policy change consistent [with their] Ten-Point Plan for reducing America's dependence on foreign oil." That may sound like a novel plan until we investigate deeper. It is then that we find a group as dangerous as the Weather Underground. Their sensus plenior is radical control of the energy free-market and control of our private property. Groups like Apollo Alliance may be unknown to 99 percent of Americans, but they're not unknown to Barack Hussein Obama – which brings me to my point. Obama selected these and his other radical czars for the same reason he made friends with William Ayers and spent 20 years in Jeremiah Wright's church – because their ideologies are sympatico and always have been – he just couldn't say that while campaigning. (wnd.com)


Obama to thank union thugs in person ... President Barack Obama will travel to Pittsburgh on Sept. 15 to speak to the AFL-CIO's national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Mr. Obama will be speaking to an audience consisting of some of his most ardent supporters from the 2008 campaign, but one that, like the Obama administration itself, has had mixed success in bringing its chief priorities to fruition in the new Congress. While the president can expect a friendly audience here, Dr. Paul F. Clark, the head of the department of labor studies and employment relations at Penn State University, said yesterday that he saw some restiveness among the president's union allies. (post-gazette.com)


Teddy Kennedy's legacy will be remembered ... When Kennedy drove off the Dyke Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, his car landed upside down in 7 feet of water. Some ten hours later, when he had contrived a statement of the occurrence, the senator, who had been partying with the young woman and volunteered to drive her home, said he had been able to swim free of the vehicle, but wasn't able to save his passenger. Evidently, he also wasn't able to summon help from those who might have been able to save her life. In fact, he didn't even report the accident until conferring with friends and aides who assisted him with his statement. During that time, which records indicate took about ten hours, Ms. Kopechne remained in the water. Two amateur fishermen, who came across the overturned car about 8 am, the following morning, called authorities, who immediately sent a diver to investigate. During testimony at the subsequent inquest, the diver said the woman's body was huddled into a spot where an air bubble must have formed. His interpretation was that she had survived in that bubble "for at least two hours down there." Furthermore, he concluded that, had he received a call soon after the accident, "there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car." (americanthinker.com)


Plenty of disgraced Kennedys are available ... Predictably, the push has begun to get a Kennedy into the Senate seat held for lo those many years by Ted Kennedy. The Kennedys favorite newspaper - the Boston Globe - all but annointed Joe in a news story by Frank Phillips that also handily reminded everybody that the seat is, after all, the permanent property of the Kennedy family. (washingtonexaminer.com)


Rep. Patrick Murphy placed on Dirty Money Watch ... WHO: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (aka Card Check). WHAT: Murphy received the following dirty money: Communication Workers of America (PAC) $1,000 in 2008 election cycle. Boilermakers Union $5,000 in 2010 election cycle; $11,000 in 2008 election cycle; $1,100 in 2006 election cycle. American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $3,000 in 2008 election cycle; $1,000 in 2006 election cycle. The Service Employees International Union (PAC) $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $5,000 in 2006 election cycle. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $10,000 in 2010 election cycle; $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $10,000 in 2006 election cycle. United Steelworkers of America (PAC) $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $5,000 in 2006 election cycle. WHAT: PMA Group (PAC) $3,000 in 2008 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 ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. The Communication Workers of America and the American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, The Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and The Boilermakers have had 10 members convicted, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted. The amounts of embezzled funds range from over $5,000 to over $100,000. 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 MURPHY GIVE IT BACK: Murphy 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.), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) (washingtonexaminer.com)


Dem 'Cold Cash' destitute ... Forrmer U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and his wife, Andrea, have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection as the convicted ex-congressman prepares for a forfeiture hearing in his federal corruption case. William Jefferson was convicted earlier this month in Virginia on 11 of 16 corruption charges. He faces a forfeiture hearing because the jury found that he and his family received $470,000 and more than 30 million shares of stock proceeds as a result of criminal activities. (nola.com)


Criminal Class unconcerned about rebellion ... The American Revolution of 2010 unveiled its web site two days ago, providing the Nation with a viable means to dramatically change the US Congress. With the current uproar over Congress' handling of health care proposals, their timing could not be better. Their unique strategy has a real potential to lure literally millions of Americans who are frustrated with the career politicians currently occupying the halls of Congress to join their revolt. (pr-usa.net)


International Collectivism

Oliver Stone fail ... In his new documentary "South of the Border," Oliver Stone is shown warmly embracing Hugo Chávez, nibbling coca leaves with Evo Morales and gently teasing Cristina Elizabeth Fernández de Kirchner about how many pairs of shoes she owns. These amiable, off-the-cuff snapshots of the presidents of Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina, respectively, contrast with the way these left-leaning leaders often are depicted in U.S. political and mass media circles. That's especially true of Chávez, the former military officer turned democratically elected socialist leader. (latimes.com)


Obama Czars to meet with disgraced LatAm leftist thug ... A senior U.S. State Department official says ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will meet in Washington Tuesday with members of the Organization of American States. The official said Monday that Mr. Zelaya will meet with OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and permanent representatives, and hold talks later in the week with U.S. officials, to discuss the political crisis stemming from his removal. (voanews.com)


Chávez aped by Ecuadorian leftwing thug ... Rafael Correa, the angry leftist who runs Ecuador, has sunk to a new low. Over the weekend, he threatened to close the leading independent TV station in the country, Teleamazonas, because it recently revealed damaging information about changes to the constitution. Then today Chevron reveals that Correa is not only pressuring an Ecuadorian judge to rule against the U.S. oil firm in an environmental lawsuit, but also plans to reap personal monetary benefits from the verdict. These developments come after years of outrageous economic policies that have hurt local and foreign investors and neighboring countries like Colombia. (latinbusinesschronicle.com)
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