Ow. Ow. Ow. I am laughing so hard I can’t breathe. Can. Hardly. Type.
WaPo brings us the beyond-satire news that the White House wants to put SEIU president Andy Stern on the federal deficit panel. Now, it’s not just a dog-and-pony show. It’s a dog-pony-and-thug show. I love how WaPo uses the word “eclectic” to describe the choice. “Eclectic” is the new synonym for corruptocrat.
Reminder: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. is probing the SEIU for possible violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act for Stern’s frequent visits to the White House and with members of Congress in 2009.
Reminder: As head of the SEIU, Stern has groomed his own den of labor management thieves tangled in embezzlement/fiscal abuse across the country.
As John Ruberry observes: “At the state level, public sector unions are a large part of the reason many state governments facing massive deficits, and in some cases, possibly default.”
Another fox guarding the henhouse. It’s the Obama way.
It's hard to imagine the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, suddenly developing a case of contrition or modesty. So the raft of reports racing across the blogosphere today that the New Orleans-based nationwide radical nonprofit network is on the brink of dissolving itself should be taken with a degree of skepticism.(from nlpc.org)
The move may be little more than savvy public relations. "ACORN has dissolved as a national structure of state organizations," remarked an unnamed senior official close to the organization. "Consistent with what the internal recommendations have been, each of the states are developing plans for reconstitution, independence and self-sufficiency."
The source added that the splinter organizations "will be constituted under new banners and new bylaws and new governance. Whether or not one sees this as old wine poured into a new bottle, there is little question that the ACORN brand name, which now includes some 360 affiliated organizations, has undergone major tarnishing. ACORN activists on various occasions have pursued their "anti-poverty" mission through documented voter registration fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion and rioting.
In June 2008, the group's founder and CEO, Wade Rathke, resigned under pressure folowing revelations that he'd covered for his CFO brother Dale's embezzlement of nearly $950,000 nearly a decade earlier.
The Justice Department's disclosure that nine of President Obama's appointees had either represented or advocated for Guantanamo detainees has touched off a firestorm of criticism.
The surprising admission came three months after Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa asked Attorney General Eric Holder for a list of names of Obama DOJ appointees who had been involved in legal work for Gitmo prisoners.
Holder, in a letter to Grassley, admitted that nine of the agency's appointees had done some kind of work on behalf of terror suspects. "To the best of our knowledge, during their employment prior to joining the government, only five of the lawyers who serve as political appointees in those components represented detainees," said Holder in the letter, which is dated Feb. 18.
Holder refused to reveal the names of any of the DOJ lawyers who worked on behalf of terrorists or their positions in the department, except for two officials whose advocacy for Gitmo detainees had already been reported.
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