Sunday wrap

Obama's inspiration revealed: Saul Alinsky ... A few weeks ago, the Obama administration made it clear to the world, that they do not consider people like Bin Laden, or organizations like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad or Hamas, to be "terrorists" and went so far as to rename the international "war on terror," the "overseas contingency operation," so as not to further offend any of these folks. Then, his Department of Homeland Security issued a new "terror report" redefining "terrorists" to include legal American citizens openly opposed to illegal immigration, abortion, socialism, and people who trample on their First, Second, Ninth and Tenth Amendment Rights, aka, "rightwing extremists." The Founders were "Domestic Terrorists" According to Obama's DHS Now, Obama Seeks Equal Partnerships in Hemisphere, namely, with Castro's Communist Cuba and Communist thug Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, both of whom despise everything America is or ever was ... and always will. Unless of course, Obama is successful in his massive effort to reduce the United States to "equal" status with third world communist dictatorships, in which case, he will most certainly be a hero to folks like Chávez and Castro. Over a million American taxpayers, of all political stripes and walks of life, took to American streets to protest the direction of the new administration and its efforts to reduce America to equal third world status, economically, militarily, in every way possible. The Obama administration belittled and ridiculed the historic events ... Obama was not only elected under his political idol's Rules for Radicals, he governs by these rules. Saul Alinsky's 1971 book Rules for Radicals, provides a collection of rules to guide the process. (rightsidenews.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
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Getting to the bottom of Administration's 1970's-style paranoia ... Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is standing by her incendiary "intelligence assessment" that effectively considers just about anybody who disagrees with the government to be a "right-wing extremist." Who knew Ms. Napolitano and Westmoreland County Commissioner Tom Balya were best buds? ... The Capital Research Center's Matthew Vadum says DHS' report appears to have been "inspired by the paranoid conspiracy theorists of the radical left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center." He reminds that the hallmark of SPLC "scholarship" is "slow, painful journeys through tortured thinking." And here we thought the Obama administration was opposed to torture. ... ACLU liberal David Hamilton, President Barack Obama's first appellate court nominee, is winning predictable praise from The New York Times. After all, Mr. Hamilton, a federal judge in Indiana, once worked as a fundraiser for ACORN and ruled prayers mentioning Jesus Christ to open daily sessions of the Indiana House of Representatives were illegal. Hamilton says he hopes that decision, since reversed, "is not interpreted at all as limiting anyone's free exercise of religion ... ." Here's hoping Hamilton does only one show a night. (pittsburghlive.com)

Tax Day protesters rile RINO ... The people of Greenville, S.C., have not forgotten that Republican Gresham Barrett voted for that $700 billion bailout last fall. I was not there but the Greenville News was, and it reported: “At one point, Barrett — who voted in favor of the bailout legislation passed last October — was drowned out in boos as he stood before the crowd ‘to be held accountable’ and defended what he said was a strong conservative voting record.” This Tea Party was held Friday, not Wednesday, at the Bi-Lo Plaza. The video, shot by a PR group that works for the attorney general who may face Barrett in the gubernatorial primary next year, makes it plain that he was booed throughout, but I cannot tell whether that was from plants near the camera or not. However, it is clear that Barrett was rattled. And that pleased a few lefties. CNN, which has insisted the Tea Parties are a PR stunt by the Fox News-Republican Party cabal, could not resist picking up on the story — which actually disproves that this was a Republican showcase. Being booed like that had to be unpleasant. And also, for the rest of us, entertaining. If people think moderates save the Republican Party, think again. (blogs.dailymail.co)

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Popular U.S. President bails out despised Leftist tyrant ... "I hailed George Bush with this hand eight years ago. Now I greet you. I want to be your friend," President Hugo Chávez told Obama, according to Venezuelan officials. On the eve of the regional summit an annual poll by the Latin American research center, CIMA, was published on the popularity ratings of leaders attending the summit. Some 12,000 people were polled from 19 Latin American countries. According to the survey, Obama emerged as the most popular leader with the approval of 70% of respondents, whereas Chávez was the most unpopular with 28%. (en.rian.ru)

Never-ending Beltway corruption triggered Tax Day Tea Party protests ... To a great extent, though, the backlash to a stimulus package that everyone knew was coming was predictable. But while that was no surprise, the event that may have truly crystallized taxpayer anger came out of the blue—or perhaps out of the red is more like it. It was the public acknowledgment by six high-level nominees of the Obama administration that they underpaid their own federal taxes. One of them, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, is now in charge of the Internal Revenue Service. These are well-compensated people, and while the underpayments seem to have been inadvertent, they were careless and significant. Geithner failed to pay $34,000 in payroll and Social Security taxes. Former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle had to withdraw his name as President Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary after acknowledging that he underpaid his taxes by more than $128,000. His successor as nominee, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, has admitted failing to pay $7,070 in taxes. How much money do you have to be making to underpay your taxes by that amount and still not have it be noticed? But if the tidal wave of tax delinquents wasn’t predictable three months ago, the reaction to it is. It’s reminiscent of the House banking scandal of 1992, in which it was revealed that members of Congress were allowed to overdraw their accounts at the House of Representatives bank without incurring penalties. Voters understand favoritism. They saw it then and they see it in government officials who fail to pay taxes and then get away with it. (buffalonews.com)

Typical postal unionists ape halcyon 1980's-90's House scandal ... A U.S. Postal Service employee and another man were indicted in a scheme to steal more than half-million dollars worth of stamps and sell them online, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Prosecutors said Marvin Foster, a 54-year-old window clerk at the Elkridge post office, and Kyle Mathias, 23, could spend up to five years in prison if convicted. The indictment alleges that from June 2008 through March 2009, Foster walked out of work with “bricks” of 2,000 stamps valued at $840 each and “coils” of stamps valued at $42 each. Foster allegedly gave the stamps to Mathias through an account Mathias set up on eBay. The scheme resulted in the loss of more than $682,800 in stamps, prosecutors said. “Anyone who buys stamps at a discount should be on notice of the risk that they are purchasing stolen property,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. (washingtonexaminer.com)

Tax Day Tea Party Pittsburgh: Bronx Cheer for Wayward GOP Solon ... The Pittsburgh tea party -- high noon, Wednesday last, Market Square -- was greater than the sum of its angry red, white and blue, hand-clapping, sign-holding, cheering-and-jeering, packed-in-like-sardines parts. It's part of a nationwide blowback sparked by the wretched excess of unlimited federal spending that is the cracked cornerstone of the economic policy of the Obama administration. The steady drizzle did nothing to extinguish the passion of the Pittsburghers, who stood for the better part of two hours and spoke out as one, deriding the federal government's multibillion-dollar bailouts, multitrillion-dollar deficits and untold looming tax increases when the bills come due. The crowd booed long and loud whenever a speaker mentioned the radical leftist Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Treasury Secretary and tax scofflaw Timothy Geithner and President Barack Obama. But a Republican's name generated the most intense anger. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter -- a nominal Republican from Philadelphia, one of only three Republicans in Congress who voted for Mr. Obama's budget-busting, near $800 billion stimulus bill -- clearly was the most reviled. This tea party, a similar gathering in Greensburg and many others around the nation on the same income-tax-deadline day, made a statement that today's silent majority finally has found its voice. Let it never fall silent again. (pittsburghlive.com)

Huge Saturday crowd in Fort Wayne protests irresponsible Administration, Congress ... Demonstrators filled the Allen County Courthouse lawn Saturday afternoon protesting the Obama administration's financial policies. Officials say more than a thousand concerned citizens held signs taking aim at President’s policies. They're upset with what they say is "wasteful spending" at the tax payer's expense. “We are losing our rights daily,” said protester Any Lyons. “We have to stand up like these men did 235 years ago that you're being too oppressive.” So he and his two boys are taking a page from the colonists and participating in a "tea party," an event where concerned citizens protest policies of the current administration. Lyons calls President Obama's spending "irresponsible." “Let's spend less than we actually bring in for a change,” said Lyons. “I have to do it with my budget, you have to do it with your budget, it's time the government has to do what we have to do.” (indianasnewscenter.com)

Answers offered to Tax Day Tea Party questions ... The Tea Parties were racist. Out of all the signs and people I saw attending the Tea Parties, I didn’t find any racism. What I saw was a sea of skin colors united under only three colors: red, white, and blue. The Tea Parties were a Republicans-only affair. I wasn’t aware that only Republicans were against being overtaxed, spent into the poor house by people who are only interested in pork barrel projects, and ignored by our elected officials of both major parties. Does that mean only Democrats approve of these things? The Tea Parties were made up of angry white people. I’ll be sure to let the African-Americans who attended the Tea Parties that they’re white now because you say they are. And wouldn’t you be angry if your elected officials spent your money without considering your needs? The Tea Parties were funded by Republicans. It doesn’t matter who funded the Tea Parties because the message was overwhelmingly bipartisan: we want government off our backs and out of our wallets. And considering the current Democratic Party wants to be on our backs and in our wallets … The Tea Parties were put on by Fox News. Sure, Fox News promoted the Tea Parties, but they didn’t do that until much later in the game. If you want to see who really set off the Tea Parties, you need to look at CNBC’s Rick Santelli. If anyone deserves the credit for getting the Tea Parties rolling, it’s him, not Fox News. The Tea Parties were a failure. With estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to over a million people attending one of hundreds of Tea Parties nationwide, I’d say they were pretty successful. Compare that to the Code Pink “rallies” which received much more media attention, but were far sparser in attendance. The Tea Parties were traitorous. Remember when the Left said “dissent is patriotic” when it George W. Bush was President? If their dissent was patriotic, the dissent of the Tea Party goers is, too. The Tea Parties were insignificant. If they were, why has the Left spent so much time maligning them? The Tea Parties were only angry that Barack Obama is President. Republicans and Democrats are ultimately responsible for driving up the debt because Congress controls spending, per Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. And where did President Obama come from most recently? The United States Senate, one of bodies responsible for spending.Where were the Tea Party protestors when Bush was President? We were complaining about Congressional spending and government overreach when Bush was President, too. In fact, many of the voices in opposition to Bush’s bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae came from the right, not the left. A better question is “Where are the Leftists who complained about Bush’s spending?” The Tea Parties were political rallies. For the most part, any politician that tried to usurp the message of the day for political purposes were told to stay away, and most did. The Tea Party organizers don’t know what the Boston Tea Parties were about. According to my history books, the Boston Tea Party began because the colonists were unhappy with the taxes on tea being raised without the British government considering their voices of objection. Sounds exactly like what the more recent Tea Party protesters were protesting to me. As time goes on, there may be more lies to dispel, but this list should help with the most common ones. Happy argument crushing, kids! (americandaily.com)

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SEIU threatens, intimidates wayward Dem ... Although 8th District Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Evansville, voted in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act in 2007 — when it failed, he now says he is undecided on whether to support it when it comes up for a vote in Congress this year. Ellsworth supported the measure in 2007. While that bill was identical to the current version, it was understood then that even if the measure made it through the Senate, President George W. Bush would veto it. As it turned out, the measure passed the House and failed in the Senate. We understand why the popular Ellsworth would want to have it both ways on this one. His campaign committee has garnered support from both sides, from some heavy-hitting business interests and from labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union, which has set up an office in Evansville to work on generating support for card check. He is going to have to choose, which in our view should be for the secret ballot. (courierpress.com)

EFCA: Full employment act for union busters ... If this prospect worries you, management’s first priority is to try to stop the legislation. If passed, the EFCA will represent the most dramatic change in labor relations since the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935. It will make it extraordinarily easy for unions to organize in both the traditional manufacturing sectors and in many other sectors of the service economy. Is it time to panic? Of course not, but it is time to take action. The ease with which a union could organize through a petition or card-signing campaign makes it essential to thoroughly re-evaluate company policies, procedures and practices. There are many prudent and cost-efficient steps that employers can take right now to make unionizing less attractive to employees. Companies being targeted for unionization should immediately take steps to ensure a healthy environment for employee relations. Start with an accurate review and assessment of policies and practices, compensation, management training, communications systems and problem-solving procedures. An internal, self-serving review is not only a waste of time, but can fail to identify real problems and their causes. That’s counterproductive. External reviews are much more accurate and won’t cover up blemishes. Once you identify problems, correct them. In addition, put auditing and survey mechanisms in place to ensure your organization’s policies, practices and procedures continue to be assessed and corrected on an ongoing basis. Cooperative or collaborative committees or groups composed of management and employees also can promote positive employee relations. But if not organized correctly, such groups or committees could violate the company-dominated union provision of Section 8(a)(2) of the NLRA. A competent labor-relations attorney can help you institute effective cooperating committees, while avoiding the NLRA prohibitions. (businessmanagementdaily.com)

Union dues to pay off Franken's $1.3 million debt ... Of the $1.3 million in debt listed by the Franken campaign, $926,839 is owed to Perkins Coie, the law firm of recount attorneys Marc Elias and Kevin Hamilton. Perkins Coie clients have included many Democrats in Congress, as well as the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John Kerry. The Seattle-based firm also represented Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire in her protracted 2004 recount battle with Republican Dino Rossi, a legal smackdown that many political analysts compare to the Minnesota Senate race. The firm is also noted for its representation of Salim Hamdan, whose case as the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama bin Laden led the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the Bush administration's military commissions unconstitutional. (startribune.com)

Labor-state police unionists celebrate fabled strike anniversary ... It was a tumultuous time 30 years ago when thousands of correction officers united and walked off the job. Across the state, hundreds of officers stood on the picket lines, fueled by years of unrest and divided communication between administration and labor. For more than two weeks, officers kept their ground, advocating for better work conditions, improved safety and stronger negotiations. In the end, they received the same contract, kept their jobs, had to pay back double their daily wage for the lost time and were plagued by years of unsettled emotions that ran rampant on the line. But they made history as the first statewide corrections department in the nation to strike, marking the beginning of widespread change and improvement within the system. It was in their honor that dozens of officers stood on a damp cold Saturday to pay tribute to their efforts and commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1979 strike. "If it wasn't for what they did back then we wouldn't have what we do today," Mike Mussen Sr., a 22-year officer, said as he gathered with fellow officers outside Clinton Correctional Facility. (pressrepublican.com)

Teachers union would never do this in a labor-state ... The union which represents all 181 Tallmadge City School teachers unanimously voted to not include a salary increase in their contracts for the 2009-10 school year. The Tallmadge Teachers' Association extended their collective bargaining agreement with the district for one year with a zero percent increase in base salaries April 14, according to Becky Miller, TTA Union president. The union normally negotiates raises for the teachers each year. The contract is in effect from Aug. 15 to Aug. 14, 2010. Tenured teachers eligible for step increases throughout the year could still get them. The Board of Education approved the union's zero percent raise April 15. District Treasurer Jeff Hostetler said this will save the district about $290,000. Hostetler explained the amount is based on what a raise would cost this coming school year at last year's 2.75 percent raise. "The teachers were willing to do this because we care about the community and the students of Tallmadge," said Miller. "We have made this offer to the Board in a good-faith effort to help the district in these difficult economic times." (tallmadgeexpress.com)

U.S. socialists shun Latin press ... Unlike most of the other heads of government, who arrived at the hotel, Chávez disembarked from his vehicle and waved to the pool of several hundred reporters, photographers and cameramen and then went inside. He then stopped and spoke with reporters as they shouted, "El Presidente." As he did so, the large media pool surged forward, some pushing and shoving to get closer pictures and listen to his responses to questions from Latin American reporters, who spoke to him in Spanish. Meanwhile, disappointment marked many hundreds of faces who waited for hours for the arrival of President Obama, but they were cheated of the opportunity of seeing him. Rather than being driven to the hotel's front entrance, like the other heads, Obama was taken through Dock Road to enter the hotel through the rear. "The Beast" drove through the hotel's loading bay, which is adjacent to the nine storey car park located on the compound, and Obama was whisked away by Secret Service through the kitchen area into the building. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although her entourage drove through the hotel's driveway, went through a back door. (caribbeannetnews.com)

Congress petrified by anti-Socialist protests ... To go along with their Tea Party anti-tax protest, conservatives also launched a tea bag mail-in protest. Thousands sent tea bags to President Barack Obama and Democratic members of Congress. Titus said Wednesday that one of those little tea bags caused quite the ruckus in her Washington, D.C., office. "Some of them have sent me tea bags," she said. "One of them got through security somehow or other, and they locked down the office because they thought the tea bag could be anthrax or whatever. So, we had to have the big testing of the tea bag before they'd let us out." (rgj.com)

International Collectivism

Obama sets P2P with Chávez ... Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez says he expects to send an ambassador back to Washington soon. Mr Chávez expelled the US envoy to Caracas in September in "solidarity" with Bolivia. The US reciprocated. In response, the US state department says it "will now work" toward returning its ambassador to Venezuela. The announcements came at a Summit of the Americas in Trinidad, where US President Barack Obama received a warm welcome from Latin American leaders. (modernghana.com)

Ayers reportedly ghost-wrote popular Obama book 'Dreams of my Father' ... "Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina," or "Open Veins of Latin America," by Eduardo Galeano, describes centuries of invasions and other attempts to influence Latin American affairs by outside powers, including the U.S. Mr. Chávez handed the book to Mr. Obama after the American president spoke at a meeting of leaders from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which was taking place on the side of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad. "I thought it was one of Chávez's books," Mr. Obama told reporters afterward. "I was going to give him one of mine." (washingtontimes.com)

Latin Communist tyrant invited to hold forth at U.N. ... The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frias, announced that he will attend to the top-level meeting on financial crisis that will take place during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, between June 1 and 3. “We are going to be there, God willing, at the United Nations,” said President Chávez to the President of the United States General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto, who attended to the Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the People's of Our Americas (ALBA), which took place in Sucre state, Venezuela's east. (webnewswire.com)
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