10/10/09

Saturday wrap

Obama: Faker, punching bag, upgrades union thug, hearts Enron accounting, hearts ACORN.

Mismanagement: Rathke conspiracy exposed, credit unions for Iran, partisan thugs, unions wreck labor movement, Prog corruption, Leftwing watch, GOP fail, IBEW fail, SEIU fail.

International: Connecting the dots, global DINOs heart Obama.


Obama fakes ACORN ignorance ... When ACORN’s scandal became known, and the president was asked about federal funding, he was quoted as saying, “You know, if -- frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.” But last November, the then Senator was happily reminding usof his history with ACORN, saying,“I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That’s what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That’s the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran the Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.” He’s a hands-on kind of guy, so how come, “it’s not really something I’ve followed closely,” now? (yournabe.com)


Wade Rathke's global conspiracy exposed ... If one wonders or doubts Wade Rathke’s reach around the world, consider the following document found on a community organizing website in Asia and published on ACORNcracked.com. It has been well-documented that last year Rathke “left” ACORN U.S. to head over to ACORN International and export ACORN’s brand of organizing and tactics. He has since changed the group’s name to Community Organizations International. ACORN Community Organizing Model is not the type of document ACORN would wish to have on the Internet. For ACORN, is tantamount to Eisenhower’s plan for D-Day being printed on the front page of the Washington Post. Not a good thing for the ultra-secretive group. (biggovernment.com)

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


Punch lines overwhelm Obama watchers ... What fu__ing B_lls__t! Peace Prize my a__! I haven’t forgotten the Reverend Wright. I haven’t forgotten our president past connection with Acorn. He is the worst commander in chief we have ever had. The man can’t tell the truth about anything. The left has had control for the past two years with no result. Let have a little refresher 101: Lied to the American people when he said people could keep private insurance, knowing full well that his legislation would inevitably drive private insurers out of business. Vindictively fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who investigated Kevin Johnson, a buddy of the president, for misuse of funds from an AmeriCorps grant. (omninerd.com)


Credit union operatives for Jimmy Carter II ... Is history repeating itself? Is President Obama reenacting President Carter's tragic policy blunder toward Iran? Is Mr. Obama going to sacrifice the Iranian people at the altar of a misguided expediency as did Jimmy Carter some three decades ago? To what end? (americanthinker.com)


Partisan politics: What unions do best ... “Special elections always play to our strength,” said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, which represents about 400,000 labor union members and has yet to endorse in the race. “We can organize our workforce, contact our membership, provide phone banks and literature on the job, knock on doors, and do mailings – and do each multiple times.” (boston.com)


Union thugs wreck organized labor ... Viewed as one of the most controversial piece of labor legislation in the last 60 years, the Employee Free Choice Act has “some of the worst possible consequences for the workplace—and through it for the overall economy,” says Hoover fellow Richard A. Epstein. This legislation was first introduced in 2007 and reintroduced in 2009. The opposition to its card-check provisions has led the Democrats to pull back on those controversial provisions and to press forward with its compulsory arbitration provision. But as Epstein now says, “These short term changes in tactics do nothing to conceal the long-term risk that the card-check legislation will be reintroduced at some later time.” Epstein, in his book The Case against the Employee Free Choice Act (Hoover Press, 2009), examines all the critical proposals contained in the original version of EFCA and explains why they constitute a large step backward in labor relations that will work to the systematic detriment of employees, employers, and the public at large. (businesswire.com)


Progressive corruption: A century of tradition ... “We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. This, I know, implies a policy of a far more active governmental interference with social and economic conditions in this country than we have yet had, but I think we have got to face the fact that such an increase in governmental control is now necessary.” - Theodore Roosevelt, 1912 (northstarnational.com)


Leftwing Watch: Multi-headed hydra plagues U.S. ... ACORN's local director praised its activities of unrest and interference in the housing mortgage lending industry. Further, the reference to ACORN using only the funds derived from its members is deceptive. ACORN, like its parallel community organizing parasite groups, has only group membership and those come mostly from churches and foundations and grants. Is your church using the Sunday collection plate to fund this group? ACORN is only one of many community organizing groups in the local community. Community organizing is a multi-headed hydra. Each group develops to appeal to one special interest such as housing or immigration or health care, or unions, but they all work toward the same end result — centralized government. (contracostatimes.com)


Corrupt union thug answers higher calling at U.S. Dept. of Labor ... Congratulations are in order for Michael Kerr, who was sworn in today as Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at the Department of Labor. This will be Kerr's second tour at Labor, as he previously spent eight years in the Clinton administration, eventually running the department's Wage and Hour Division. Before his DOL nomination and confirmation, Kerr oversaw Finance and Administration at SEIU as an Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer. He also spent several years at AFSCME earlier in his career. (seiu.org)


Dems adopt Enron-style accounting ... Could you make your family budget look good in a ten-year analysis if you counted ten years of income but only seven of expenditures? That’s what the Congressional Budget Office did in their report on Senator Max Baucus’s health care bill. Their subpar accounting includes revenue from tax increases and cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage starting in 2010. However, the bulk of expenditures begin in 2013, when many of the bill’s programs go into effect. It sounds like the CBO has started taking accounting tips from old Enron manuals. How can Democrats be taken seriously if they use ten years of revenue to pay for seven years of expenditures? (redstate.com)


Quit lying about union-backed fraud group ... His statement that, “In the 2008 campaign, ACORN was accused of registration fraud, no such cases were found,” is patently false. There have been at least 70 cases of registration fraud brought against ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) for its 2008 activity. One in particular is so flagrant that it is almost laughable. The secretary of state of Nevada, Ross Miller, investigated ACORN after thousands of voter registration cards had high profile sports figure's and cartoon characters' names on them. Afterward, he stated, “This is not a case of voter fraud, it's a massive case of voter registration fraud.” (mydesert.com)


NY conservatives rip idiotic GOP ... Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is not your typical Republican candidate. Running in a special election in upstate New York for the seat of departing Congressman John McHugh, she has, naturally, picked up the support of state and national Republican party officials. She has secured the full support of the National Republican Congressional Committee and that of its chairman, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions. But, she has also picked up the support of the DailyKos, not a traditionally deep well of support for Republicans. Oh, and ACORN’s Working Families Party. Below is a memo Big Government obtained circulating among leaders of the conservative movement. (biggovernment.com)


You can't touch union-backed, tax-funded fraud group ... The problem with the Illinois search system is that groups like ACORN register hundreds of different shell corporations to hide behind. They register them to their workers and their directors and then they offer them to government as a vendor or organization for the state’s use. Naturally, state funds flow like water into ACORN’s coffers as a result. (therealitycheck.org)


IBEW takes dues hit in U.S. political archipelago ... Verizon laid off about 200 workers yesterday in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as the giant telecommunications company continues to see a decline in its land-line phone business. Verizon’s elimination of hundreds of technicians prompted immediate criticism from union leaders, who said it’s just the latest sign that the firm is winding down its land-line operations. They also criticized the cutbacks in the middle of one of the harshest recessions since the Great Depression. (bostonherald.com)


SEIU's Andy Stern rewards failure ... SEIU's top politico in California, Courtni Pugh, has been promoted to takeover the union's national redistricting effort -- a big promotion on a key issue for the nation's Democrats and labor unions. According to SEIU's press release, "Pugh will help SEIU identify and take advantage of crucial political opportunities nationwide in order to keep building political strength for working families across the country." In her short tenure as SEIU's executive director, Pugh lead the opposition to the Governor's budget initiatives. All failed miserably at the polls. (camajorityreport.com)


International Collectivism

U.S. watchdogs fail to connect the dots ... Cuba's Fidel Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, Libya's Col. Moammar Gadhafi and Russia's Vladimir Putin have all praised Mr. Obama. When enemies of freedom and democracy praise your president, what are you to think? When you add to this Mr. Obama's many previous years of associations and alliances with people who hate America - Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, et al. - at what point do you stop denying the obvious and start to connect the dots? (washingtontimes.com)


DeMint exposes DINOs ... America's Founding Fathers—like the framers of Honduras's own constitution—believed strong institutions were necessary to defend freedom and democracy from the ambitions of would-be tyrants and dictators. Faced by Mr. Zelaya's attempted usurpations, the institutions of Honduran democracy performed as designed, and as our own Founding Fathers would have hoped. Hondurans are therefore left scratching their heads. They know why Hugo Chávez, Daniel Ortega and the Castro brothers oppose free elections and the removal of would-be dictators, but they can't understand why the Obama administration does. They're not the only ones. (online.wsj.com)

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