Tuesday wrap

Obama: Stabilize Latin Collectivists ... "It's unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chávez that we are endangering the strategic interest of the United States," he said. His press secretary, Robert Gibbs, followed up at a press briefing on Monday at the White House. Gibbs said that Hugo Chávez has used his rhetoric in the past to incite anti-American sentiment - most notably four years ago at the last Summit of the Americas in Argentina. "Is it in our national interest to have images going all over the world of thousands of protesters burning in effigy some look alike of the American government? I don't think that furthers our national interest," he said. "The president doesn't think that furthers our national interest." Gibbs said that engaging on the world stage is in the national interest because it helps create stability in an important region of the world. (voanews.com)

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Dynamic Duo: It quacks like a duck ... "Not impressed by this whatsoever. Chávez has nothing but disdain for our country though he loves taking our money when we buy his oil. He has dissed us at the UN. He has called our presidents idiots, yet, now the same man he called an idiot two weeks ago, is shaking his hand and smiling? What hypocrisy… on both their parts." • "This is disgusting. Obama is sickening. How in the world can he shake the hand of someone as despicable as that disgusting man? May god help us all. I am so glad that I did not vote for Obama. He has brought disgrace on this nation in so many ways." • "If Bush smelled like sulphur, Obama and Chávez smell like trouble for America it never ceases to amaze me the stupidity of this administration. To openly apologize to a tyrant like Chávez is an embarrassment to this country and the citizens he is paid to represent and protect. I worry for my 6-yr-old daughter and her future because of Obama and congress. It is a sad day for Americans." • "President Obama's smiling/hand-shaking pictures with Castro and Chávez will soon be plastered all over Cuba and Venezuela and will be used as signs that America supports their repressive regimes. President Obama's behaviors continue to be just unbelievable." • "That picture makes me sick ... just proves that Obama cares nothing about this country. When will people wake up and get this person out of office???? As I said in another blog the only reason Obama won in the first place was ACORN taking people to vote and telling them who to vote for because half the people have no education and can't think for themselves. No more of my money to ACORN ..." (thedailystar.net)

SEIU voter-fraud scapegoat acted alone ... A Chicago woman filed at least 10 fake voter registration cards in Lake County before last fall's election, prosecutors said Monday. Jeannette Sims, 46, of the 700 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, is charged with mutilation of election materials and faces up to three years in prison. Sims was working with a voter-registration drive sponsored by the Service Employees International Union when she submitted the falsified cards, said Assistant State's Attorney Christen Bishop. Union officials cooperated with investigators, State's Attorney Michael Waller said. No one else is facing charges, he said. (dailyherald.com)

Strike-onomics shock gov't finances ... Windsor is saving an estimated $300,000 a day in unpaid wages and benefits to approximately 1,800 striking municipal workers, said city treasurer Onorio Colucci. But he cautioned on Monday, the first day of real picketing by 1,400 inside workers, that that’s a preliminary estimate. Colucci said additional strike-related expenses are being incurred, such as security costs and overtime payments to managers doing the jobs of those walking the picket lines. (windsorstar.com)

Alinsky pulls Adminstration's strings from the grave ... Recently, Homeland Security came out with a report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” At first, I thought, given the incendiary nature of the report, that it seemed like a really asinine thing for Janet Napolitano to disseminate throughout the world of law enforcement. She had to have known that such a widespread report would be leaked to the public. Consequently, I started questioning whether Janet Napolitano’s “asinine” dissemination was asinine or not. Could it be that the whole thing was intentional, with a more insidious purpose – one more gradual and cumulative in its effect? As soon as the report was leaked, it quickly garnered intense scorn from just about everyone who felt unjustly tarred by the Department of Homeland Security as someone who could be or might become a domestic terrorist. Was Janet Napolitano surprised by the leak? Nope, I don’t think so. If she had been, it would certainly mean that Ms. Napolitano is a naïve airhead, and that she’s not. To me, it feels more like an intentional attempt to tarnish the very idea of having thoughts and beliefs that are different from those of the Obama administration. Janet Napolitano and Obama are making it personal and trying to implant the idea that it is okay to make those who oppose Obama’s policies the object of ridicule. On closer inspection, this action looks remarkably similar to something straight from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” playbook: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage." (australia.to)

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

Obama pitchman props Marxist, anti-American screed ... A book that the Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez presented to US President Barack Obama has become a bestseller in just two days. The book, 'Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent', by Eduardo Galeano, was ranked 54,295 on the sales charts of Amazon.com. Now, it has risen to number two. (independent.ie)

New Progressive Era: Opening old grievances ... Reporting from Mexico City -- The book that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, has long been regarded as a bible for the Latin American left, found on the bookshelves and university reading lists of a generation of students in the region. "Open Veins of Latin America" recounts, as its subtitle says, "Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent" -- the harvesting of the region's cotton, rubber, coffee, fruit and other resources by U.S. and European powers. It argues, from a Marxist viewpoint, that such exploitation is the root cause of Latin American poverty. When the book was published in 1971, Publishers' Weekly called its author, Eduardo Galeano, "both impassioned and a hard-nosed scholar." Galeano was a hero to the left, and was ridiculed by the right and for many years persecuted by military dictatorships. Galeano fled his native Uruguay after a military coup in 1973 and ended up in Argentina. A few years later, he fled military rule there. "Open Veins" and other works were banned in many parts of South America, until the continent began to return to civilian elected governments in the 1980s. A decade ago, "Open Veins" was attacked by a conservative literary movement and featured in an irreverent publication, "Manual of the Perfect Latin American Idiot." Most of Galeano's work was translated to English by a British-born Socialist, Cedric Belfrage, who was deported in the 1950s, during the McCarthy era. (latimes.com)

Blame Collectivism ... Capitalism is not to blame for this economic mess. Government involvement is largely to blame. Whenever business decisions are made on the basis of political considerations, the result is bad business. The mortgage crisis was largely caused by government coercing lenders to loan money to unqualified borrowers. The lenders sought ways to lower their risk and developed financial instruments to share that risk with other investors and insurers. When auditors raised flags about the level of exposure at Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, congressional overseers looked the other way because of political considerations. Even when economic reality set in and those who make risky decisions were about to fail, the government decided who can fail and who should continue operating. This perpetuates bad business and increases the bill when we finally have to pay the piper. Thus, much of the pain we are now suffering is due to government intrusion into the private sector. It has been a long time since we have seen "unrestrained capitalism." Collectivism (or communism) is not a solution. Compare our standard of living to any country that embraces collectivism, and the choice is obvious. (fredericksburg.com)

Communists rap U.S. socialism ... Despite the current economic downturn exacerbated by past and present ill-advised government policies, the current government still thinks, based on recent wasteful spending bills, that political business as usual is OK. Like many American taxpayers as evidenced by the "Tea Parties" around the country, China, the U.S.'s largest foreign creditor holding about $1 trillion in U.S. debt, is concerned. China's premier, Wen Jiabao, who clearly understands U.S. government overspending decreases the dollar's value and therefore China's holdings, said recently that, "Of course, we are concerned about the safety of our assets." Perhaps our politicians will take this warning by the head of the world's largest Communist Party and the Tea Party message as a wake-up call to reduce government spending. (theadvertiser.com)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse placed on Dirty Money Watch ... WHO: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (aka Card Check) WHAT: Communication Workers of America (PAC) $10,000 in 2006 election cycle. The Boilermakers Union (PAC) $2,000 in 2008 election cycle. American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $500 in 2008 election cycle; $4,000 in 2006 election cycle. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; $10,000 in 2006 election cycle. The Service Employees International Union (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; $5,000 in 2006 election cycle. The United Steelworkers of America (PAC) $1,000 in 2006 election cycle. WHY IT’S DIRTY: Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. The Communication Workers of America and the American Federation of Government Employees have had at least 8 members convicted, The Service Employees International Union has had at least nine convictions, the Boilermakers have had at least 10 members convicted, while the IBEW has had at least 14. The United Steelworkers of America, which includes Paper, Allied-Industrial Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE) has had at least 30 convictions among its membership. The amounts of embezzled funds range from over $5,000 to over $100,000. WILL WHITEHOUSE GIVE IT BACK: Whitehouse did not respond to The Examiner’s request for comment. (sfexaminer.com)

Union-backed, tax-funded fraud group uses bailout cash for politics ... The political action committee for Texas' branch of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now have endorsed four Dallas City Council candidates ahead of the city's May 9 elections -- snubbing one incumbent in the process. (cityhallblog.dallasnews.com)

Union-backed, tax-funded, voter-fraud shock troops get another $5.7 billion ... The AmeriCorps program started by President Bill Clinton will triple in size over the next eight years, and tens of thousands of other Americans will soon see new opportunities to give back to their communities. It's all part of a $5.7 billion national service bill President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign Tuesday to foster and fulfill people's desire to make a difference, such as by mentoring children, cleaning up parks or building and weatherizing homes for the poor. Bolstering voluntary public service programs has been a priority of Obama, who credits his work as a community organizer in his early 20s for giving him direction in life. The White House said Monday that the president "will call on people across the country to serve their communities and work together to tackle the nation's tough challenges." (cnsnews.com)

SEIU fights against privatization, savings

Well-known fraud group uses bailout funds for political protests ... Pittsburgh community members from several groups filled a bus last week, at 5907 Penn Avenue in front of the ACORN office, to meet with Beaver County Residents about their health care concerns in today’s economy. The ACORN Bus trips are touring all of Western PA to discuss affordable health care for all Americans. (sopghreporter.com)

P2P = American dream for union-backed public officials ... The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether a Memphis investment firm paid a legitimate finder's fee of $1.15 million or was squeezed to make a pay-to-play kickback. Requiring sham payments from investment firms, according to the complaint, were Henry Morris, a top political adviser and chief fundraiser for former New York State comptroller Alan Hevesi, and David Loglisci, who served as New York's deputy comptroller and chief investment officer. Loglisci's decision to invest retirement funds with "certain investment management firms was based on the firms' willingness to enrich Morris and certain others" rather than Loglisci's independent assessment based on merits, the complaint states. (commercialappeal.com)

No limits: Special interests' go wild, expose post-Constitutional Era ... The real-world answer imposed by the New Deal and its progeny turned out to be special interest capture on steroids. Control comes to rest with those with the greatest interest or the most money at stake, and the result was the creation of a polity called “the Special Interest State” or, in Cornell University Professor Theodore Lowi’s terms, “Interest Group Liberalism.” Its essence is that various interest groups seize control over particular power centers of government and use them for their own ends. It is this combination of plenary government power combined with the seizure of its levers by special interests that constitutes the polity of the current Third American Republic. The influence of “faction” and its control had been a concern since the founding of the nation, but it took the New Deal and its acolytes to decide that control of governmental turf by special interests was a feature, not a bug, a supposedly healthy part of democratic pluralism. And so the Special Interest State expanded, blessed by the intelligentsia. And it feeds on itself; the larger and more complex the government becomes, the higher the costs of monitoring it. This means that no one without a strong interest in a particular area can afford to keep track, which leaves the turf to the beneficiaries. And as existing interests dig in to defend their turf, new interests require continuing expansions of governmental activity to stake a claim on. Lack of any limiting principles. There is no limit on the areas in which special interests will now press for action, nothing that is regarded as beyond the scope of governmental responsibility and power. Furthermore, special interests are not limited, cynically trying to get an undeserved economic edge or subsidy. Would that they were! Inevitably, special interests try to convert themselves into moral entitlements to convince others to agree to their claims. The problem is that many have convinced themselves, which means that no half loaf satisfies. The grievance remains sharp, and compromise immoral. (american.com)

Gov't display celebrates roots of socialistic forced-labor unionism ... Rotherham Library's new Treasures from the Archives tells a complex tale of pioneering trade unions, anarchists, threats and picket lines. The display centres on a round-robin signed in September 1891 by workers at a iron founders and stove grate makers. The letter, addressed to management at Yates Haywood, details what was probably one of the first closed shop work places. The author states employees would not work with others at the firm who were not part of the recently formed National Union of Stove Grate Workers. (thestar.co.uk)

Tragedy: Jumbo actors' union lays off organizers ... Hollywood's largest actors union is cutting 8% of its staff in the face of investment losses and declining membership dues. The Screen Actors Guild plans to cut about 35 workers from its payroll to close a $6.5-million deficit in the union's fiscal 2009 budget. The cuts span several departments and includes those who work in the union's organizing and information technology departments, according to people familiar with the matter. Affected workers will be notified this week. SAG has about 440 employees. (latimesblogs.latimes.com)

News, actor unionists turn away customers ... Just when you think the mainstream media has debased itself as much as possible, along comes some new example of further debasement, like when CNN’s Anderson Cooper used a term for a homosexual act to describe the protesters. Proving it can be just as sleazy and disgusting as CNN, MSNBC picked up the slur and used it. What a horrible lesson for budding young journalists. This reprehensible episode reflects, perhaps better than any so far, just how biased mainstream journalism is, and how unprincipled and unprofessional its purveyors have become. Is it any wonder major newspapers are on the brink of bankruptcy and viewers are leaving the networks and major cable channels in droves? On the aforementioned MSNBC, one guest said: “Which, let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes ... This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of [homosexual act] rednecks. And there is no way around that.” That analysis was offered by someone named Janeane Garofalo who is reportedly a comedian and former co-host for an unsuccessful radio talk show on the failed Air America network. If you’ve never heard of her, perhaps these comments explain why: She isn’t funny and hasn’t a clue what these tea parties are all about. A typical left-winger, she cannot imagine that intelligent individuals don’t agree with her, and she doesn’t know how to deal with it, except by insulting them. The behavior of liberals like Ms. Garofalo and the inappropriate and dishonest reporting of the media say far more about them than about the protesters and their concerns. (bdtonline.com)

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Obama Perestroika fashioned by DINO Davidow ... It's becoming a pattern: whenever Barack Obama implements a campaign pledge, the dinosaurs used to running things push back. The latest dinosaur to undercut the president's gestures is Jeffrey Davidow, US coordinator of the Trinidad meeting, who claimed that Hugo Chavez wanted a photo with Obama to polish his reputation with Venezuelans. Obama is more popular than Chavez in Venezuela, Davidow added, which explains his rushing photos of their handshake to the Venezuelan government's website. [ABC News, April 18] He also managed to disparage Chavez's presentation of a book by Eduardo Galleano to Obama as unnecessary since the president already was familiar with Latin American grievances. While Obama was pressing for a new diplomacy, Davidow was practicing the old. He added for good measure that Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia are "forward-looking, not backward-looking" Latin American countries, and described the unanimous demand for normalization of US ties to Cuba as "part of the historical baggage that Latin America carried with it and is almost a reflexive suspicion or anti-Americanism." Who is Jeffrey Davidow? It might be fair to ask, who really knows? He was a political officer at the US embassy in Chile from 1971-74, during the carrying out of the coup and repression against the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende. In a March 3, 1974 memo, later declassified, Davidow wrote to Chilean officials of a "conspiracy on the part of the enemies of Chile to paint the junta in the worst possible terms." [Boston Phoenix, Dec. 16-23, 1999] Later Davidow was ambassador to Mexico during the Chiapas crisis, where he told the Mexican media "we don't know of any [right-wing] paramilitary groups in Chiapas." [Boston Phoenix, Dec. 16-23, 1999]. (venezuelanalysis.com)

International Collectivism

Crisis Unwasted: Totalitarianism raises its ugly head ... As the world financial and economic crisis comes into its own, the Western community leaders are seeking to impress on mankind the idea that this upheaval will end up ‘turning the world into something different’. Even though the picture of the 'new world order’ remains vague and fuzzy, the main idea is quite clear: A single global government, goes the argument, has to be established if we don’t want general chaos to prevail. Every now and again, Western politicians mention the need for a ‘new world order’, a ‘new world financial architecture’, or some kind of ‘supranational control’, calling it a ‘New Deal’ for the world. We are witnessing the creation of the global electronic concentration camp, and crisis, conflicts and wars are used to justify it. As Douglas Reed wrote “people tend to tremble in the face of an imaginary danger and are too lazy to see the real one.” (russiatoday.com)

ALBA 4 - U.S. 0 ... The latest event in the Americas’ Cup of international diplomacy took place in Trinidad and Tobago this past weekend. Sadly, the results ran against Team U.S.A. By a score of 4 to 0, an undermanned American team, captained by Barack Obama, went down to defeat at the hands of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), captained by Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. The first goal went to Cuba and the Castro brothers. Although not physically present, the Castro brothers managed, with the help of some rather ambiguous offers of negotiation, to flummox the U.S. and put the squad on the defensive over the embargo, human rights, and other democratic technicalities. Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, scored the second goal in a smiling, handshaking photo-op with Captain Obama that was quickly splashed around the world. Chávez successfully showed that despite previous misdeeds and vile anti-American diatribes, a new game was on. Dispensing with normal diplomatic customs, Chávez pressed home the advantage to name a new ambassador to the U.S. without bothering to receive prior private agreement. Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega scored a third goal after subjecting Captain Obama to a 50-minute soul-rending, anti-American harangue that lulled him into a state of defenselessness. The final goal went to Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales. Although weakened by a recent hunger strike, the indigenous leader of Bolivia’s coca growers successfully maneuvered past beleaguered Team U.S.A. defenses. (corner.nationalreview.com)

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U.S. catches on ... Inspired by his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Americas Summit, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez declared on Sunday that Venezuelan socialism has begun to reach the United States under the Obama administration. “I am coming back from Trinidad and Tobago, from the Americas Summit where, without a doubt, the position that Venezuela and its government has always defended, especially starting 10 years ago, of resistance, dignity, sovereignty and independence has obtained in Port of Spain, one of the biggest victories of our history,” Chávez said. “It would seem that the changes that started in Venezuela in the last decade of the 20th century have begun to reach North America,” he added. Chavez made the comments Sunday to a crowd gathered for the 199th Commemoration of the Independence Declaration of Venezuela. “In one year we will be celebrating 200 years of ‘April 19,’ the day that ... initiated this revolution that is underway 200 years later at the forefront of the people of our America, at the forefront of change, at the forefront of a new world, at the forefront of a new century that will construct Bolivarian socialism,” said Chávez. (cnsnews.com)
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