9/20/09

Sunday wrap

Obama: Leads class, faced by anti-socialists, H8s republics, audacious indeed, hearts forced union dues.

Mismanagement: Who knew?, mainstreams heart ACORN, untrusworthy Holder, ACORN can't miss, leftwing charities heart ACORN, banks heart ACORN, Rep. Schakowski hearts ACORN, ACORN uninterrupted, SEIU suppresses, UAW fail, Teamsters fail, AFSCME fail.

International: Obama channels Gorby.


Political Class on thin ice ... Only four percent (4%) now support the the Political Class, down from seven percent (7%) six months ago. These voters tend to trust political leaders more than the public at large and are far less skeptical about government. When leaners are included, 79% are in the Mainstream category, and 12% support the Political Class. (rasmussenreports.com)


Anti-socialists get up in Obama's face ... I think President Obama is experiencing some buyer's remorse. The furious opposition to his policies has made for great television, and those images are now overriding what policy success he may be having. During the campaign, Obama appeared cool and in control to the public. But now he seems bewildered at times, taken aback by the strident and persistent attacks on his vision for the country. Those attacks are not going to stop. (thespectrum.com)


We did not know ... Did you know that none of our representatives in Washington wrote or read the stimulus bill? It was written by the Apollo Alliance. Did you know that one of the heads (Jeff Jones) of the Apollo Alliance was one of the founders of the Weather Underground, along with Bill Ayers who tried to blow up the Pentagon? Did you know that members of the labor unions (SEIU) are apart of Apollo? Did you know that Van Jones, the czar that just resigned is a self proclaimed communist and radical? (highlandstoday.com)


How to Finish Off A Republic in Four Years or Less ... Americans are incensed over what’s being done to them and their country under the guise of “change.” Conservatives, liberals, “progressives”, Democrats and Republicans are fuming. Those of us who fit into the category of “constitutionalists” are downright apoplectic. Socialism has failed everywhere it’s ever been tried. Yet Obama’s ilk will try, try and try it again, even if it kills what’s left of this country’s liberties, industry, prosperity and free market genius. The bailouts, the cronyism, the lack of fiscal sanity, the cash machine that cranks us further into debt, the lunacy of programs like “Cash for Clunkers,” the endless, catastrophic wars, the relentless battering of the Bill of Rights- the list reads like the index in a book that could be titled How to Finish Off A Republic in Four Years or Less. Of course, none of this could be happening unless prior Republican regimes hadn’t set the stage for the abolition of Constitutional restraints on government. (newswithviews.com)


The Audacity of Ayers ... Although terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers claims not to have met Barack Obama until the mid-1990s, there is reason to believe that he not only knew Obama much earlier, but that he helped get him into Harvard Law School. The evidence, substantial if speculative, can be found in an unlikely source, Barack Obama's 2006 bestseller, Audacity of Hope, and it may have been provided by Ayers himself. In the way of background, I have made the argument on these pages that Bill Ayers wrote the better part of Obama's acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father. From the beginning of my research, I had focused on Dreams because the myth of Obama's genius is built squarely upon this first book. So well crafted is Dreams that it inspired British author Jonathan Raban to annoint Obama "the best writer to occupy the White House since Lincoln," and his is the consensus opinion among the world's literati. (americanthinker.com)

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


Mother's milk for union thugs: Forced dues ... The National Education Association's number-one lawyer, Bob Chanin, retired this year after 41 years with the NEA, and he made a final speech which really reveals the NEA's animosity toward parents and others who don't agree with the NEA's leftwing views. In his speech, Chanin asked this question, and I quote: "Why are these conservative and right-wing bastards picking on NEA and its affiliates?" Then, Chanin answered his own question, and again I quote: "NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power, and we have power because there are more than 3 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year." That statement is really arrogant! The NEA would have a small fraction of its power and bank account if it had to depend on teachers "willing to pay" dues. In many states, teachers pay union dues only because it is a condition of their employment. (rightsidenews.com)


Mainstream miss

(gainesville.com)


In Eric Holder We Trust? ... But this is a national scandal and there ought to be a full-scale national inquiry. To ensure impartiality -- and the appearance of impartiality -- political appointees at the U.S. Department of Justice should recuse themselves. This case demands an independent federal prosecutor. Independent prosecutors should not be appointed lightly. But in this case, there are good reasons why Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and other political appointees in the Justice Department should step aside. First, although no allegations have yet touched the Obama campaign, ACORN did have significant ties to the campaign and other progressive causes. Published reports show that ACORN and its subsidiaries received some $800,000 from the Obama campaign to get out the vote. Second, ACORN is intimately tied to the Service Employees International Union, one of President Barack Obama's most powerful and vocal supporters. ACORN's close ties to the progressive movement and Democratic Party mean that there will be little public confidence if Holder decides not to pursue an ambitious investigation and ultimately prosecute. (chicagotribune.com)


Can't miss: Union-backed, tax-funded fraud ... The group is confident it can ride out its troubles. "The majority of our funding comes from our membership and from our supporters," spokesman Brian Kettenring said. "Any attempt to try to limit our access to particular sets of funding is not likely to have much impact on our core operations. It will hurt the individuals that benefit from that particular project. It's pretty clear this sort of attempt to cut off funding is politically motivated more than sort of driven by a high-minded concern for good governance." ACORN's annual budget is $25 million, Kettenring said. Of that, about 10 percent is federal money and a much smaller share comes from state and local governments, he said. The budget covers ACORN's national office, its state and local chapters and the ACORN Institute, Kettenring said. ACORN doesn't file a publicly available report with the Internal Revenue Service detailing its finances, spending, relationships and activities. Some of its arms do, but those reports do not reflect the full range of money ACORN gets or all the things it does. (pantagraph.com)


Will TIDES bail out ACORN again? ... The Pelican Institute's Steve Beatty reports that the federal government just filed a new $548,000 lien against ACORN for unpaid payroll taxes. This comes at the same time as Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell investigates the group for unpaid state payroll taxes. According to Beatty, his adds to the existing tax debt of more than $1 million. (washingtonexaminer.com)


Leftwing ACORN funders exposed ... Liberal groups such as the Bauman Family Foundation $350,000, George Soros’ Open Society Institute $300,000 and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1.8 million. Large mainstream corporations include JP Morgan Chase $2.4 million, Bank of America Charitable Foundation $1.4 million, Citigroup $1.5 million, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $1.4 million, the Ford Foundation $1.3 million and foundations affiliated with the late founder of United Parcel Service a combined $6.4 million. (themoderatevoice.com)


Big TARP banks heart ACORN ... ACORN’s housing affiliate has received over $5 million from JP Morgan Chase, since 1998, according to the Capital Research Center (CRC). Other corporate supporters include Bank of America, which has donated almost $3 million, since 2005, financial records show. (washingtonexaminer.com)


Meet U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-ACORN) ... Yeah, I’m sure here and there ACORN has performed some good work. But remember, Al Capone ran soup kitchens, provided coal for poor families, and he was an early advocate of putting expiration dates on milk bottles. Plenty of Democratic politicians have strong ties to ACORN. For instance, Chicago News Bench has done a terrific job documenting the ACORN (and SEIU) connections of Schakowsky ally Joe Moore, a Chicago alderman and an ├╝ber-liberal. (cdobs.com)


ACORN fraud uninterrupted: You can't touch this ... A local leader of the community organizing group ACORN says the scandal that prompted lawmakers to cut off funding to the group nationwide will not affect the local program. Neil Herrmann, head organizer at Philadelphia ACORN, said yesterday that the local group does not receive federal funding. Herrmann said Philadelphia ACORN is funded by dues, donations, and grants. (philly.com)


We don't need no stinkin' UAW ... Two and a half years and more than a million dollars later, the United Auto Workers union has little to show for its costly effort to unionize dealers at Atlantic City's casinos. Now, the first cracks are appearing in the union drive as some dealers at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino petition the National Labor Relations Board to dissolve their union. (thedailyjournal.com)


SEIU suppresses oppressive anti-socialists ... It is an unlikely alliance, to say the least. When the National Federation of Independent Business partners with the American Association of Retired Persons, and then signs up the Business Roundtable and the Service Employees International Union, the result is a curious coalition of what usually are conflicting interests. (dailybreeze.com)


Typical union big ousted ... As if Capital Metro didn't have enough public relations problems, on Friday, Sept. 11, agency management fired Jay Wyatt, the president of the drivers and mechanics' union (Amalga­mat­ed Transit Union Local 1091), on unspecified charges of "sexual harassment." (austinchronicle.com)


Mayor Daley blames Teamsters, AFSCME ... At the opening of the Norwood Park satellite senior center, Mayor Daley spoke about the lack of concessions by the Teamsters and AFSCME leaders causing thousands to lose their jobs. "They lost their jobs because of the teamster leadership. They lost their salary, their pension and healthcare. Then AFSCME, government workers, they said the same thing. They said we're better off if we're laid off. Now they better not blame Brian Doherty or Mayor Daley. You go blame yourself. You look in the mirror," Daley said. (wbbm780.com)


International Collectivism

Obama channels Gorbachev, loses Cold War ... It was the worst thing that the American government could do. This decision was announced on 17 September, when Poland was commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Invasion Day, when the Soviet Union allied with Nazis and stabbed our country in the back. This was an effect of the Nazi- Soviet Pact that was signed on 28 August in Moscow. After this day, all dreams about resisting Hitler's invasion perished -- two evil empires combined their powers to destroy our freedom and sovereignty. At the same day, 70 years later, Obama bowed to the Kremlin. It was something that created great turmoil in all of Poland. What is even worse -- people here feel that they were betrayed. It's not only about the anti-missile shield. It's about the Polish attitude towards the USA. The United States was seen as the great defender of freedom and democracy all around the world. (americanthinker.com)
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