Tuesday wrap

Obama: Van shame, hails union thugs, backs endless tyranny, Czar fail, way unconstitutional, wants your kids, red-handed, hearts NYT, throws Hugo a bone.

Mismanagement: Union fail, anti-socialists rise up, TIDES roll, NEA fail, Kennedy-Chávez forever, SEIU-ACORN for Karzai.

International: Oliver Stone fail, all hail Fidel, capitalism fail.

Disgraced White House Czar had arrest record ... Obama’s racist, communist, America-bashing Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones, has resigned after revelations that he was a 9/11 “Truther,” who believed that George Bush may have been behind the terrorist attacks on 9/11. But Obama has long been aware of Jones’ extremism, wacky statements, and arrest record, which would have come to light months ago during the White House vetting process, as former White House staffer Jeffrey Lord and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy note. The Secret Service would have investigated Jones’ past and Marxist views and informed Obama about them. (examiner.com)

In case you missed it: The Union News Labor Day weekend
Monday: Chávez, Ahmadinejad get up in Obama's face
Sunday: Celebrating forced-labor unionism?
Saturday: U.S. uninsured against parasite infestation
Friday: How Obamalosi Dems wrecked the U.S. economy

We don't need no stinkin' union thugs ... Since it's Labor Day, it's worth highlighting the results of a Gallup poll from last week: Labor unions have become markedly less popular in recent years. Just 48% of Americans approve of labor unions. That's an 11% drop from last year, and a 17% from drop 2003. (thehill.com)

Related video: Obama: Thank you, union bosses

Obama backs termless tyranny ... President Obama's State Department waited until the cusp of Labor Day weekend before publicly backing Latin America's dictators in their assault on democracy. Our thug-worshipping diplomats figured they'd slip it by us. With the nation focused on barbecues and the beach, they announced that, if Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez's client, Manuel Zelaya, isn't returned to power in Honduras, the United States won't recognize the results of that country's upcoming free elections. Why was former president Zelaya driven from his would-be throne in Tegucigalpa? He tried to subvert Honduras' Constitution and set himself up as president-for-life. (nypost.com)

U.S. anti-socialists roar to life ... The Tea Party Express - a caravan of buses, speakers and entertainers who have been holding protest rallies in cities and towns across the country - is heading to Washington, where on Saturday, up to 50,000 demonstrators are expected to march on the Capitol in a full-scale political offensive to persuade lawmakers to reject the health care overhaul bills that are pending in the House and Senate. "What we are seeing across the country is not only increasingly larger crowds but a greater determination to hold members of Congress to their opposition to the health care plan. They are angry and feel they've been ignored, and they don't like what Congress has done," Joe Wierzbicki, national coordinator of the Tea Party Express, said in a telephone interview as his 45-foot bus cruised through Texas last week on a 17-day, 34-rally tour that will end in Washington on Saturday. (washingtontimes.com)

Subject Obama Czars to Senate Confirmation ... You can put lipstick on a pig, but regardless of how much you try and cover it up, it’s still just a pig. Conversely, you can take Barack Obama, peg his birth in Hawaii, put him through the best Ivy League education in the world, dress him up in a fancy suit and prop him up on the most powerful podium on Earth in front of his Teleprompter, but he’s still a socialist. It’s time to put an end to the appointment of these special advisers, many more of whom have asinine, even dangerous beliefs, and force all three dozen of Obama’s Czars, through background checks and Senate confirmation, as the rule of law prescribes. (canadafreepress.com)

Obamunism: Way unconstitutional ... With a mission to educate and encourage like-minded citizens all over Ohio on the topics of liberty, unity and state sovereignty, Jason Rink, one of the founders of the Ohio Freedom Alliance, had plenty to say at Saturday’s Tea Party concerning our out-of- control government usurping the authority of "We the People." After reminding the orderly, attentive group of 18,000 that the Constitution only gives, "35 specific powers to the Federal Government" and that "the rest of the power is retained by the states and the people," he went on to mention the 10th amendment. That particular amendment was later added within the Bill of Rights and further protects the right of states to choose if they will enforce anything not covered within those 35 specific powers. (examiner.com)

We don't need no stinkin' Czars ... Since becoming President, Barack Obama has now appointed more "czars" than five of our past presidents combined and then some. More czars than Russia ever saw throughout it's history! Are we at 35 or 40 now? I've lost track! Obama czars list just keeps on growing...like our national debt and unemployment rate. Never mind that such appointments sure appear to be unconstitutional! The United States Constitution says that government officers with significant authority must be nominated by the President and are subject to a vote of the U.S. Senate. Cabinet secretaries are to be properly vetted and approved by the Senate. Nothing of the sort has happened with Obama appointing his czars. (And Obama appoints czars almost as often as he blames Bush and Cheney for all of his problems!) (livinglakecountry.com)

TIDES Foundation gathers militant U.S. leftists ... Our country and our still new president are facing a political crisis moment. Stacked against us are fundamental issues – health care, climate change, war, and a still-floundering economy. How each and all of these issues are resolved (or not) may well determine the success of Obama's presidency. With health reform and the so-called “public option” reportedly on life support (although some activists strongly disagree with that prognosis), and the increasingly unpopular Afghanistan war on the verge of yet another escalation, many progressives and Democrats are frustrated, angry, or simply scratching their heads in disbelief. The Obama they thought they elected is not meeting their expectations. (alternet.org)

Anti-socialists extend Labor Day holiday ... In what many analysts believe is both an unprecedented and wildly inappropriate partisan move, President Obama has announced that on Tuesday, September 8, he will do an end-run around parents, and directly target children in what is widely perceived as an effort to implement his extreme leftist political agenda. As millions of parents across the country learn more about his scheme, they have become justifiably outraged. The backlash has been tremendous. (postchronicle.com)

We're from the NEA and we want your children ... It's not safe to send your child to public school today. Chances are good the indoctrination level will go from Defcon 2 to Defcon 1. Barack Obama has already stolen your money. Today he attempts to steal the minds of your children. In fact, as of today, it may be too late. It seems the government-education establishment has been priming the pump for the day when Obama addresses a captive audience of children attending public schools across America – by television and via the Internet. (wnd.com)

Keep your kids home today ... Good morning boys and girls. I'm Barack Hussein Obama. As the beloved leader and president-for-life of these United States, it is my honor to address you this morning from the White House I managed to take entirely by stealth last year. During this broadcast, I want you to look deeply into my eyes and listen to the dulcet tones of my voice. Now imagine standing here with me at the White House. We are surrounded by warm, heavenly clouds. The sound of musicians playing Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key of Life' on flutes and harps can be heard in the background. You smell cherry blossoms and a hint of arugula as you inhale. Exhale all of your doubts and allow your spirit to float. Let the tears of gratitude roll down your face. Feel my hand on your shoulder assuring you that everything will be all right if you'll trust me to wield more power than any mortal has ever wielded in history. Feel the love and empathy emanating from the very core of my being. Open your innocent hearts and minds to me. Resistance is futile. Forget the ugly town hall meetings you may have seen on television recently. I tell you the truth: those who oppose my wise stewardship of the economy are history's dead-enders. Stand in the light with me. Anyone who listens to their mother or father more than they listen to me is not worthy of me. (post-gazette.com)

The blogger who nailed FOB Van Jones ... If the Van Jones resignation is blamed on his statements about Republicans and 9/11, a great lesson will have been lost. As we argued in a previous column, "It's the communism, stupid." If people don't recognize the dangers of having a communist in the White House, then the nature of the scandal will not have been understood. Blogger Trevor Loudon of New Zealand broke the story on April 6 and has some thoughts on what happened and where this story is heading. His main point is that Van Jones and Barack Obama share the same Marxist ideology and background. Obama, however, is more careful and clever. (rightsidenews.com)

Obamunists caught 'red-handed' ... Van Jones was not a vetting problem, he was a "getting caught red-handed" problem. As discussed on Friday in this space, Jones would never, ever have been allowed in the door of the White House with his nutty record -- much less be hired to work there -- unless people at the top thought of him in, an ideological sense, as one of their own. This episode has nothing to do with vetting, with race or anything else other than that the curtain was momentarily pulled aside to reveal what President Obama and company really, truly believe. More to the point, it shows exactly where they are trying to take the country. (spectator.org)

NYT: Obamunist to the core ... What we’re seeing with Obama’s plummeting poll numbers is a quick case of buyer’s remorse. More broadly, Gallup reports that conservatives now outnumber liberals in all 50 states, with more Americans self-identifying themselves as conservative than at any time in the past four years. Gallup surveys from January 2009, the month of Obama’s inauguration, through June 2009, show that 40 percent of respondents described themselves as conservative — 31 percent “conservative” and 9 percent “very conservative.” Only 21 percent of respondents described themselves as liberal — 16 percent “liberal” and 5 percent “very liberal.” That two-to-one margin is big news even if the New York Times doesn’t see it as newsworthy. Or to rephrase an old question, if liberalism crashes to the ground and the Times doesn’t report it, does that mean it didn’t happen? (thenewamerican.com)

Will Obama adjust? ... After being elevated to a god-like status during the presidential campaign, President Obama took a series of inconsistent and implausible policy positions that led to a dramatically steep decline in his popularity as he lost the trust of independent voters. Administration officials downplayed recent events, saying “This is not an unprecedented situation.” They pointed to other instances in which entities were immortal but later became mortal, “like in Walt Disney’s version of Hercules.” (optoons.blogspot.com)

Oliver Stone was wrong ... Meanwhile, Stone's plans to interview Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are apparently still on track. In 2007, Stone requested permission to make the documentary in Iran and was given a provisional green light, despite being initially rejected as "a part of the Great Satan". Since then, Ahmadinejad has become an even more divisive figure since the escalation of Iran's nuclear programme and public disorder, following his declaration of victory in this year's presidential elections. "I was very interested, because I thought we were going to go to war in Iran," Stone said in Venice. "If we had been more successful in Iraq, I have no doubts that we would have been more involved in the Iranian situation now." (guardian.co.uk)

Chávez' progressivism hailed ... For six months, a prison cell holding three generals and one latrine has been home to Raul Isaias Baduel, once Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's savior, now dubbed a traitor by his former friend. Defense minister and close Chávez ally until two years ago, Baduel now shares his cell with two other generals accused of conspiracy. He has become a symbol of how the left-wing president neutralizes opponents who threaten him politically. "I won't be leaving here until Chávez leaves the presidency," the graying 54-year-old told Reuters in his cell, sitting beside a photo of the youngest of his 12 children. (english.eluniversal.com)

Walk a day in Oliver Stone's shoes ... Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez hammed it up for the cameras on the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet today. He was attending the premiere of “South of the Border,” where he mingled with the film’s director, Oliver Stone, and posed for photographers. According to Fox News, “South of the Border” takes a look at what Stone calls the "truth" about Chávez's role in the sweeping changes in South America. The film, which is a series of interviews and clips from U.S. media reports, tells the story of Venezuela's so-called "peaceful revolution" since Chávez came to power in 1998. Chávez is portrayed as a hero of the people who refuses to be bullied, Reuters reported. (examiner.com)

Related video: Oliver Stone fail

Kennedy won't have to disclose ties to leftwing LatAm thug ... Joseph Kennedy must deflect criticism over oil donations given to his charity by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez if he is to run for U.S. Senate, analysts say. Kennedy, a former member of the U.S. House from Massachusetts, is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by his late uncle, Edward Kennedy, who died last month. To win, he'll need to overcome his relationship with Chávez, who in the past two years has donated 83 million gallons of crude oil for Citizens Energy Corp., a non-profit founded by Kennedy in 1979, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. (upi.com)

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ... It is long time that we had a constitutional amendment that limits the terms of Congress even as we limit the terms of the president; it is the only way to clean out the corruption in Washington. We also need the members of Congress to read the bills they vote upon and to write the bills themselves rather than pass them along to some bureaucrat or special-interest group. (journalnow.com)

International Collectivism

All Hail Fidel Castro ... The UN has declared Fidel Castro, the longtime Communist dictator of Cuba, the “World Hero of Solidarity.” Castro killed thousands and thousands of people during his rule, torturing some to death (including a few American citizens), and Cuba remains an oppressive dictatorship even today. The award was presented to Castro by the President of the UN General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann. D’Escoto Brockmann also successfully lobbied the Obama Administration to demand that Honduras allow the return to power of its ex-president and would-be dictator, Manuel Zelaya. (opposingviews.com)

Obama throws Hugo Chávez a bone ... The best position for the U.S. would have been to stay out of the controversy. Let the Hondurans work it out themselves. The Micheletti government has been heavy-handed in breaking up demonstrations. But this is not North Korea, Burma, or Cuba, in which liberty has been extirpated and regime critics face prison or worse. Nothing required Washington to do anything. However, Zelaya immediately became the latest cause célèbre of the Left in America. Activists who earlier demonstrated denouncing U.S. intervention suddenly began churning out blog posts demanding that Washington "restore democracy" in Tegucigalpa. The means: obnoxious and officious U.S. meddling. (spectator.org)

SEIU-ACORN does Kabul ... The United States and the United Nations have increased their pressure on the Afghan government to allow a thorough review of the August 20 presidential election following mounting allegations of vote rigging, diplomats and news reports said Tuesday. (monstersandcritics.com)

Who cares about capitalism? ... Henry Hazlitt once said that good ideas have to be relearned every generation. Among the intellectuals of our time, capitalism is wildly unpopular. This in spite of the fact that it is the only social system that has permitted prosperity and flourishing. Why they continue to oppose the free market in the face of such evidence is a matter of debate. Some have argued that intellectuals dislike capitalism because they feel it doesn't offer them just rewards for their labors. Indeed, academic books do not sell particularly well, and it is easy for the dedicated scholar to feel a degree of envy when he sees "lesser" minds like John Grisham or J.K. Rowling bringing in boatloads of money for writing relatively straightforward fiction. (And that is to say nothing of professional athletes or, those most foul of professional villains, corporate CEOs.) I think there may be a more straightforward explanation that plays a role in their dismissal of capitalism. To a "man of system," to borrow Adam Smith's terminology, capitalism just isn't that exciting. Participants in the market economy are wholly beholden to consumer wants. The academics envision a grand world, where Great Men fight Great Wars, periodically inventing Great Things or developing Great Ideas. Instead, the market provides us with incremental processes, which expend enormous piles of resources, in a quest to make better Triscuits. It is hardly the stuff of high drama, to say nothing of Great History. (marketoracle.co.uk)
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