10/2/09

Friday wrap

Obama: Alinskyite-in-Chief, it's all about Obama, hearts Gaspard, typical incompetent, czar hoax.

Mismanagement: SEIU's Trojan Horse revealed, schools for radicals, Dems misled, labor-state adopts fraud-by-mail, SEIU raids, ACORN rehiring, Newhouse piles on ACORN, Wade Rathke fail, solution offered to combat corruption.

International: OAS to probe VeneProg.


We're all Alinskyites now ... I admit that I’m surprised at how quickly this “it’s classic Alinsky” thing has cropped up among the righty pundocracy. When it first came up a couple weeks ago, I noticed, but didn’t think much of it. Then it started spreading like wildfire. If I didn’t know that there wasn’t a JournoList for conservatives, I’d almost have said that it was an organized effort. We all know the basic tenants of Alinskyism by now. Take something, make it a crisis, and use that crisis to pass your radical agenda. Don’t stop hammering it into people’s minds until they accept your viewpoint as truth. The way I’ve seen it, it has been an “Aha!” moment for conservatives, as if this Alinskyism explains everything that the left has done for “x” number of years or decades. (poligazette.com)

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


State of the union: It's all about corruption ... Scott Rasmussen’s latest poll findings on the voters’ top issues is pretty interesting: "For nearly two years, economic issues have held the top spot in terms of importance among voters. But the latest national telephone survey shows that 83% now view government ethics and corruption as very important, placing it just ahead of the economy on a list of 10 key electoral issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports." The great blog, Powerline speculates: "Still, it’s a striking change. What caused it? The only thing that has happened in the last couple of weeks that can account for the shift, I think, is James O’Keefe’s and Hannah Giles’ exposure of the incredible depth of corruption to which ACORN, closely identified with government at all levels and the Democratic Party, has fallen. That may also explain why 43% of voters say President Obama has done a “poor” job of “addressing government ethics and reducing corruption.”" (biggovernment.com)


Gaspard connections expose Obama fraud network ... With each passing week, the shadowy radical political network that has made possible the career of President Barack Obama is being dragged into the sunlight. And almost all paths of this network, directly or indirectly, lead to or from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a virtual corruption machine of the Democratic Party Left. One of the more disturbing aspects of the White House-ACORN connection is that the White House political affairs director is one Patrick Gaspard. Gaspard doesn't register on the media radar screen in the way that his immediate Bush-era predecessor, Karl Rove, did. But as the New Orleans-based ACORN has been implicated in a host of illegal schemes ranging from voter registration fraud to embezzlement to tax evasion, he may get there. That's because prior to assuming his current job, Gaspard, at least according to ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had been political director for the New York City chapter of ACORN under Bertha Lewis, who last year replaced Rathke as the group's chief organizer and CEO. What's more, he's worked closely with the ACORN-controlled Working Families Party and the largest local within the Service Employees International Union. Political affairs director is a position at the top of the White House hierarchy. (nlpc.org)


SEIU's Trojan Horse exposed: It's ACORN! ... SEIU Claims they are going to Motivate the 50 Million Illegals to Participate in U.S. Census. According to a press release on uspolitics.einnews.com, on Thursday October 1st, the Census Bureau, SEIU, Elected Officials, Latino Groups, and other Organizations are launching the !HAGASE CONTAR! Census campaign. (purplepeoplebeaters.com)


Civics class replaced by Rules for Radicals ... If Saul Alinsky were alive today, he would be 100 years old. And what a world he would see around him: Barack Obama, "organizer in chief," ensconced in the White House; Tea Party activists, gleefully employing Alinsky-like tactics at last summer's town hall health care forums, and ACORN -- now the nation's most famous community organization -- laid low by scandal. More Americans than ever before have heard of the term "community organizing." And more than a few now recognize the name of the man who shaped and promoted the practice. But what is it? And what difference does it make? (minnesota.publicradio.org)


ACORN reflects Obama, an incompetent leader ... Thank God the truth is finally coming out about Obama's favorite organization, ACORN, that hoisted him to power on its corrupt shoulders along with Service Employees International Union who flooded caucuses with activist Obama operatives denying legitimate voters their voice. Obama and ACORN, two peas in a pod. Thanks to the investigation by Giles and O'Keefe, we now see clearly the criminals like those "trained" by Obama, the "community agitator." Their expertise? Voter fraud and counseling on the fine art of evading the law. I feel most sorry for black Americans who invested all their hope and faith in the opportunity to see the first black president only to be stuck ending up with one they can only be embarrassed and ashamed of. Obama is turning Martin Luther King's "dream" into a nightmare. His days are numbered and it's not because he's black but because he is incompetent, anti-American and corrupt. (poconorecord.com)


Misled rank-and-file Dems feel leftwing heat, see light ... Finally the Democrats are seeing that they don’t recognize their party any more and it’s not who they are. More and more Democrats are on the same page as us Libertarians, Independents, Religious Right and Conservatives. President Obama said in the debates that he wanted us to judge him by who he associated with. He would get advice from Warren Buffett, Paul Volcker, Joe Biden, and Senator Lugar. Has anyone seen any of them surrounding the President? No! Instead he surround himself with these advisors: Carol Browner, admitted socialist; Cass Sunstein, who said of the Constitution, “why should we be governed by a bunch of people long dead?”; Mark Lloyd, a supporter of Hugo Chávez; John Holdren, advocates forced abortions; Ezekiel Emanuel, advocates rationed health care. Then there is SEIU advising the president along with the Apollo Group and Jeff Jones, former Weather Underground member who bombed the Pentagon. He wrote the Stimulus bill. Who can forget Soros and the Tides Foundation? (maconnews.com)


Obamunism: Hoax ... A czar, we should first understand, is someone who does something that would ordinarily be done within a federal department. But unlike cabinet secretaries, these people do not have to be confirmed by the Senate. The issue of czars is not so much their precise numbers as whether they’re likely to have an adverse impact on government. And I think the answer is yes when you start getting people like Van Jones. Obama made him czar of “green” jobs — until, that is, commentator Glenn Beck began making noises about him on Fox. The whole green jobs thing is something of a charade to begin with. Experts have noted that for every one created — usually through subsidies — you’ll likely lose a couple of other jobs. But during the campaign, Obama talked repeatedly about green jobs as the way to rejuvenate the economy. And his administration found someone who believes in green jobs as some believe in Holy Writ, namely the above-mentioned Van Jones. The guy is a self-professed communist who has never given up decrying the free-market while advocating extreme environmental measures to make it less free. Also, he takes the position that pollution is a racial issue involving the unjust treatment of minorities by white people. (trentonian.com)


N.J. kills private ballots, adopts fraud-by-mail ... The rush of a campaign’s last-minute get-out-the-vote drive might never be the same. The "October surprise" that could once wreck a candidate might not anymore. The aged need no longer be deterred by a stormy day to cast a ballot. New Jerseyans can opt to mail in their votes. New Jersey is about to have its first election with a blanket “vote-by-mail" option. (nj.com)


Typical SEIU raid reported ... Flyers left on vehicle windshields recently in a Chatham-Kent Health Alliance parking lot appear to indicate a local union is being raided. However, Barry Smith, director of communications for Service Employees International Union, said his organization doesn’t use those tactics. “We don’t condone that,” Smith said when contacted Wednesday by The Chatham Daily News about the flyer, which is critical of the Christian Labour Association of Canada. The flyer features the headline: “Have you caught CLAC?” with the word “warning!!” in bold red ink over the image of a skull and crossbones. The back of the flyer claims co-workers have contacted the SEIU because they are fed up with pro-employer representation. It also includes the union’s toll-free number and the SEIU Local 1 Canada logo. Smith said, “I’ve spoken to the powers that be ... it’s not ours.” (chathamdailynews.ca)


You can't keep Alinskyite community organizers down ... The Arkansas chapter of ACORN is temporarily laying off at least four of its seven paid workers, but the group's leader says they hope to hire back the employees within a few weeks. Neil Sealy, the head organizer with the Arkansas chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, says the group is facing similar financial issues as other nonprofits, and that the state chapter is evaluating itself in light of problems that have cropped up elsewhere. Sealy says the local chapter is in good shape, and they still receive testimonials from people who've benefited from the group's free tax-preparation assistance. (kfsm.com)


Union-backed voter fraud: Much ado about nothing ... This would include ongoing investigations of alleged voter fraud in Las Vegas and Miami, delinquent taxes, the embezzlement of nearly a million dollars by the organization's former chief financial officer, a decision by the leadership to hide that embezzlement from the rank and file and growing concern that the group may have used tax-deductible charitable contributions for partisan purposes, which is legally proscribed. So if it's not the Manson Family, well, it ain't the Brady Bunch, either. (mcclatchydc.com)


Social justice fraud cutback plagues Florida ... In 2004, ACORN mobilized a volunteer army to help win passage of a constitutional amendment raising Florida's minimum wage to $6.15, worth an extra $1-an-hour to an estimated 300,000 low-income workers. Four years later, the anti-poverty group registered 151,000 voters in Florida before the 2008 elections, enraging Republicans by their focus on poorer communities often friendly to Democrats. Paid staffers at its state headquarters, on Orlando's East Colonial Drive, have been cut from 14 to 6. Its doors are closed to new clients, pending a review of the organization ordered by its national president. And the group that once had the support of local politicians such as County Mayor Rich Crotty and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, is now a pariah. (blogs.orlandosentinel.com)


Newhouse/Advance unit piles on non-partisan ACORN ... There’s something rotten inside ACORN. Look no further than the widely circulated video recordings that reveal two ACORN workers earnestly trying to help a faux pimp and prostitute break tax laws to set up a Baltimore brothel. Those and other instances of corrupt activity, along with a history of partisan advocacy, are good reasons for government to halt all funding for ACORN — permanently. Unless the group completely cleans up its act, and sheds its clear ties to Democratic causes, it has no business receiving more taxpayer dollars. (mlive.com)


ACORN's tax advice to low-income folks exposed ... The Pelican Institute for Public Policy began investigating ACORN in July of this year. Our investigative reporter, Steve Beatty, quickly discovered that ACORN and its related groups owe more than $1 million in state and federal taxes. According to Orleans Parish court filings, ACORN had failed to pay federal payroll taxes on time, even as it was accepting grants from the federal government. The ACORN family was responsible for at least 75 tax-related filings since Jan. 1, 2008. Most of these were liens. Then, on September 3, the IRS filed a $548,000 lien for two years worth of unpaid payroll taxes. This was on top of the existing IRS bill of more than $1 million. To add to the organization’s troubles, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell confirmed that his office was conducting “a full scale investigation of ACORN and all of its subsidiaries.” (biggovernment.com)


How far can you throw Wade Rathke? ... ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke gives his first in-depth TV interview in a Fox News Channel special, "The Truth About ACORN." Megyn Kelly hosts the special at 9 p.m. Friday. Rathke says he hasn't seen tapes of ACORN employees acting inappropriately in dealings with an undercover filmmaker. (blogs.orlandosentinel.com)


We don't need no stinkin' traditions ... More than two centuries ago, George Washington got it right when he chose to serve two — and only two — terms as president of the United States. The tradition of two remained firmly entrenched in the United States until Franklin Roosevelt won four terms. After Roosevelt’s death in 1945, the United States enacted the 22nd Amendment, limiting our presidents to two terms in the Oval Office. But the 22nd Amendment does not apply to members of Congress. We need another amendment to rectify that. In recent years, “culture of corruption” has become a political catchphrase, dominating press conferences and campaign commercials. Democrats have used the phrase to slam Republicans for misdeeds — and there were certainly some — but, historically speaking, Republicans are not the only people with ethics problems. Democrats have had their share of shady dealings over the years, too. Corruption so often happens when people become too engrained in Washington. They forget who they represent and why they ran for office. While such a phenomenon can happen quickly, it is more likely to occur the longer one sticks around the Potomac River. Term limits would help to foster an environment of citizen legislators, an early American tradition that is a tradition worth bringing back to the forefront. (cw.ua.edu)


International Collectivism

OAS agrees to probe leftwing VeneProg thug ... More than 150 Venezuelan university students ended a hunger strike Wednesday after the Organization of American States agreed to hear their concerns over alleged political persecution by President Hugo Chávez's government, a protest leader said. The strike began last Thursday when 10 students set up cots outside the Washington-based organization's office in Caracas and vowed to consume only water until its Inter-American Commission of Human Rights promised to launch a probe. Some students sewed their mouths shut. At least six abandoned the strike earlier Wednesday to seek medical treatment, said Angel Arellano, a student who participated in the protest. (sfexaminer.com)
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