10/24/09

Saturday wrap

Obama: Hustles union-dues, Van Jones cover-up exposed, leans on Alinsky, all mobbed-up, rejected by MSM, triggered by ACORN, Oscar awaits, hearts The Chicago Way.

Mismanagement: ACORN in charge, SEIU Queen lies, Wade Rathke prospers, Fight for Anita MonCrief, Defense pork missing, Scozzafava fail, Free Congress, J.C. Watts.

International: Obama punts to Jimmy Carter, trending towards leftwing dictatorships.


Disgraced organizer smells union-dues windfall ... ACORN founder-turned-pariah Wade Rathke explained in late July SEIU’s and ACORN’s involvement in the push for socialized medicine. Who really wants a government takeover of health care? Labor unions and tax eaters. The question remains: if and when the Congress passes “reform,” will the American people understand who is really behind it? (biggovernment.com)

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Obama-Van Jones cover-up exposed ... When Van Jones resigned his White House job, under fire for his pro-communist views, White House adviser David Axelrod said that Jones had himself made the decision to leave the administration. But new documents indicate that Jones didn't even write his own resignation letter. It is now abundantly clear that he was pushed out because the scandal threatened to implicate Obama friend and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett in the scandal that gave him a critical White House position without proper vetting. (postchronicle.com)


Paranoid White House leans on Alinsky ... The attacks intensified when White House senior advisers Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel played their roles by hitting the Sunday talk-show circuit with their disdain for Fox News. They repeated the same prepared lines from the White House, stating that Fox was not a news organization. Evidently Emanuel and other team members are upset that Fox covers newsworthy stories, including ACORN and Van Jones, while the mainstream, liberal media barely mention them. Fox represents a voice they don't control. Consequently, Team Obama is engaging in the tactics of Obama's extremely radical, left-wing mentor, Saul Alinsky, to isolate and discredit them. (townhall.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
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Chicago Mobsters outdo Tricky Dicky ... Arguments go back and forth about whether or not the Obama administration is really "socialist" in the sense that they wish to control the means of production, takeover all businesses, and put the "people" (unions) in charge. Wherever you come down on this issue, there is no denying the straight line from Obama's Chicago roots and ways of getting things done to the White House. I wrote about it a while back when Chrysler dealers were being closed down, in a post I called "Not Socialism: Gangsterism: "It can happen because we are barking up the wrong tree when we accuse the Democrats of practicing socialism. Any Chicagoan recognizes what's going on as pure gangsterism - the application of power through the use blackmail, threats, and pure muscle and the devil take the Constitution, the rule of law, and simple fairness." Since I wrote that, the Obama Mob has come down like a ton of bricks on numerous other targets, using tactics not seen since the Nixon administration - and some that Nixon would never have dared to try. (americanthinker.com)


Shocker: MSM pool rejects Obama speech thugs ... Republicans say the Obama White House is engaging in “Chicago-style politics” by “demonizing” its opponents. The pattern is familiar, said Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) at his weekly press briefing Thursday: “When you can’t win an argument based on the facts, launch vicious political attacks. This Chicago-style politics is shutting the American people out and demonizing their opponents.” On Thursday, in a move that even Fox News’s competitors rejected, the Obama White House tried to freeze Fox News out of an interview with White House pay czar Kenneth Feinberg. The White House said Feinberg would give interviews to members of the White House TV pool – with the exception of Fox News. The other members of the cost-sharing pool – CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS -- objected. (cnsnews.com)


New Prog speech thugs triggered by ACORN shame ... Sounds like Axelrod wants Rupert Murdoch’s tit in a wringer. ACORN seems to be the trigger. Obama is the mighty oak that from an ACORN grew. ACORN is where he launched his political career — and his Achilles heel. Obama is a terribly vain man who like Narcissus before him is in love with his own image. Fox News is the one mirror on the wall that is not telling him he is the fairest one of all. Old Narcissus did not live happily ever after. “Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of mostly liberal columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Mr. Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about the network, according to people briefed on the conversation,” the New York Times reported. (blogs.dailymail.com)


Obama fitted for Oscar ... Obama is like Oprah. Much like the media queen, Obama can change vernacular faster than you can say "ebonics." Whether he is speaking at campaign stops ("I need you to grab Cousin Pookie to vote....I need you to get Ray-Ray to vote."), rubbing elbows with locals ("Where the food at?" or "Nah, we straight."), or giving speeches to black audiences (see his speeches to the NAACP or to the crowd in New Orleans), I keep waiting for the president to throw out a "Mm, hmm, girlfriend!" or an "Oh, Lawd," like Oprah does on a regular basis. For the same reason people love Oprah, they love Obama. He can simultaneously exist in the world of down home commoners and international elites. For a guy raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, and educated at Columbia and Harvard, we can see through it, though. I'm from the cornfields of Indiana, and I've got more street in me than he does. I'll never understand the need for vernacular shifts, and many could argue that President Bush's twang became more evident when speaking to particular audiences. But when Bush's voice slipped to Southern, it was to his natural dialect; Obama's shift is purely for show. (americanthinker.com)


Strassel: The Chicago Way ... "They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way." – Jim Malone, "The Untouchables". When Barack Obama promised to deliver "a new kind of politics" to Washington, most folk didn't picture Rahm Emanuel with a baseball bat. These days, the capital would make David Mamet, who wrote Malone's memorable movie dialogue, proud. A White House set on kneecapping its opponents isn't, of course, entirely new. (See: Nixon) What is a little novel is the public and bare-knuckle way in which the Obama team is waging these campaigns against the other side. In recent weeks the Windy City gang added a new name to their list of societal offenders: the Chamber of Commerce. For the cheek of disagreeing with Democrats on climate and financial regulation, it was reported the Oval Office will neuter the business lobby. Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett slammed the outfit as "old school," and warned CEOs they'd be wise to seek better protection. (online.wsj.com)


Obama punts Honduras to Jimmy Carter ... The delegation of the Carter Center Friday arrived in the Honduran capital to promote a prompt settlement of the political crisis in the country. The Carter Center, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said on Friday in a statement that the delegation was accompanied by the "Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter," which is composed of former presidents, prime ministers, and Cabinet ministers from the Western Hemisphere who seek to promote democracy. "The mission came to Honduras to directly know about the situation in the country and to promote and support a prompt negotiated exit from the political crisis," it said. (news.xinhuanet.com)


ACORN given more power to fight oppressive financiers ... During consideration of H.R. 3126, legislation to establish a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee voted to pass an amendment offered by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) that will make ACORN eligible to play a role in setting regulations for financial institutions. The Waters amendment adds to the CFPA Oversight Board 5 representatives from the fields of "consumer protection, fair lending and civil rights, representatives of depository institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, or representatives of communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgages" to join Federal banking regulators in advising the Director on the consistency of proposed regulations, and strategies and policies that the Director should undertake to enforce its rules. By making representatives of ACORN and other consumer activist organizations eligible to serve on the Oversight Board, the amendment creates a potentially enormous government sanctioned conflict of interest. (tradingmarkets.com)


SEIU's "Queen of Labor" tells Congress a whopper ... At a September 30 congressional hearing on the Consumer Financial Products Safety Commission, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) questioned Service Employees (SEIU) secretary-treasurer Anna Burger about the union’s ties to ACORN, the beleaguered poor people’s community organizing network. “SEIU has also cut all ties to ACORN,” Burger replied, citing Illinois as an example. It was a surprising statement, since ACORN had long worked closely with SEIU, even more than with its union allies. Five locals of the United Labor Union, an early 1980s ACORN project to organize low-wage service workers, merged into SEIU. (inthesetimes.com)


Social Justice fraud: You can't get rid of Wade Rathke ... Several Louisiana ACORN leaders, including the recently ousted state leader, will announce Saturday that they have started a new organization under the same name after national authorities of the community action network voted to take over the chapter. The split from the national organization apparently has been in the offing since national leaders last year pushed out ACORN founder Wade Rathke after disclosures that his brother, Dale Rathke, had embezzled from the organization, but later paid back, more than $1 million. But it intensified in later skirmishes between Wade Rathke's national successors and Louisiana ACORN figures over the assets and operations of the organization's originating chapter, which remains one of its largest and most successful. (nola.com)


Whistleblower defends against ACORN thugs ... ACORN whistle blower Anita MonCrief has filed a counter suit against ACORN which is already suing her in order to intimidate her into silence. ACORN filed suit against MonCrief in June. At her website, Michelle Malkin has a good summary of what MonCrief is doing and why she’s doing it. (canadafreepress.com)


Inexplicable: Union-backed fraud group misses out on Defense pork ... On Tuesday night, U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Shay Assad, the Pentagon's top contracting official, sent a memo to the commanders and directors of all branches of the military instructing them to cease all business with the embattled community organization ACORN and to take "all necessary and appropriate" steps to prevent future contracts with the organization. While the DoD memo sent by Assad is basically a formality initiated by Orszag's guidelines to all federal agencies, it is nonetheless remarkable given that ACORN is not a Defense Department contractor. According to an ACORN spokesperson, the group has not received Pentagon funds, nor has the community group even considered applying for such funds. (southernstudies.org)


DeDe Scozzafava sends out an SOS ... The Republicans are starting to rally across the nation for Doug Hoffman. Congressman Todd Tiahrt of Kansas who is running for Senator there this evening announces his endorsement of Hoffman on the heels of Sarah Palin’s endorsement. The gates are opening as a flood of conservatives and Republicans now race to Hoffman with more and more polls showing Scozzafava out of the running. This is now a two man race between the Democrat and Doug Hoffman. Hoffman has momentum on his side. He can do it. You can help. (redstate.com)


Labor official hubby defines DeDe ... First and foremost, she has had a cozy relationship with the Working Families Party (WFP) - yes, that WFP. This is the same party currently embroiled in a ballot fraud scandal in Troy. The same party that has recently had absentee ballots tossed in the town of Bethlehem -- a party with tangible and evident links to the scandal-plagued organization known as ACORN. Yes, that WFP. While associations with such vote-thieving organizations in itself makes Scozzafava a very unappealing choice for Republicans, there are other factors which make her nothing more than a liberal in conservative clothing. (americanthinker.com)


Free Congress from thugs ... In the 1960's there was a comic strip entitled "Pogo." Pogo was a possum, a smart possum who at one point in a situation looking at fault said, "We have met the enemy and they are us." Well, the American people have met their enemy, and it is our Congress. Unfortunately the way our political system works, with all the franking privileges and opportunities to use the news media to their advantage, unless a Congressman (or Woman) or a Senator gets in trouble criminally, sexually or says something outrageous, there is little, very little, chance of being chased from office. (chattanoogan.com)


J.C. Watts takes on public service ... Although numerous polls indicate that 70 to 84 percent of America's voters favor limited tenure in office, the issue has been buried since the Contract With America lost its soul at the turn of the 21st century. Elected representatives often renege on the one promise they can keep. Today maybe hope has resurrected itself. Although the political class has destroyed the concept that "my word is my bond," a group from tiny Pinehurst, N.C., has created a mechanism to try and restore trust in our politicians. The Alliance For Bonded Term Limits suggests that candidates for office validate their term limit commitment, however long it is, by bonding their pledge with a portion of their personal assets. Those assets would be forfeited to charity if the term limit promise is broken. It an idea that is revolutionary and quite interesting. Every challenger for office next year should make such a pledge. Voters should insist that all elected representatives place the good of America in front of their personal self-interest for re-election. This is the one promise all politicians can keep without affect from others. The term limits group has no party affiliation. It is non-partisan. It simply seeks elected representatives who place their agenda for America ahead of themselves. It seeks representatives who are willing to return to live in a world they create for others. (pahrumpvalleytimes.com)


International Collectivism

Another leftwing thug hearts dictatorship ... About 70 percent of Nicaraguans do not agree with the successive presidential election, neither with the reelection of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega nor that he continues one more term, a poll said Friday. According to the poll by the Nicaraguan M&R Consultores poll maker, 68.3 percent of the 800 respondents across the country do not agree with the immediate presidential reelection or the continuation of Ortega in power after 2012, when his term will finish. On Oct. 19, six Nicaraguan magistrates from the Supreme Court of Justice issued a sentence in favor of the reelection, giving Ortega and 109 mayors the possibility of being reelected. Most of the Nicaraguans think that the presidential reelection "tends to weaken democracy and to restore a dictatorship," only 23.6 percent thinks that the reelection "contributes to strengthening democracy," and 8.1 percent said they do not know about the issue, according to the pool. (news.xinhuanet.com)


We don't need no stinkin' limits ... Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega moved a step closer to running for another term this week when six justices of the constitutional branch of the Supreme Court deemed “unenforceable” a term-limit provision contained in Nicaragua's constitution. According to opposition leaders and legal experts, a 1995 amendment to the Nicaraguan constitution allows a maximum of two non-consecutive terms. The ruling by the six justices, who are all affiliated with Ortega’s Sandanista party, requires formal approval by the full 16 judges of the court, but the head of the constitutional branch, Francisco Rosales, has said that the ruling will likely stand and the country's electoral court has indicated that it will also comply with the decision. Many Latin American countries are dealing with the issue of presidential term limits. Venezuela's Hugo Ch├ívez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa have all sought constitutional changes that will allow them to continue running for reelection. The same was also true for deposed Honduran President Mel Zelaya, and may soon be true for leaders in Costa Rica and Colombia. (americasquarterly.org)
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