Friday wrap

Obama: Plagued by ACORN, unaffordable, Valerie Jarrett exposed, NEA thug ousted, Holder's self-probe, H8s term limits, H8s constitutions, hearts Czarism, thwarts democracy.

Mismanagement: Collectivist slavery rules, SEIU-ACORN-Rathke revealed, governed by Stockholm Syndrome, McCain mislabeled, Teamster strike, judge coddles teacher-strikers, union ousted.

International: Hugo rules, Russia arms VeneProgs, Ecuador apes Chávez.

Union-backed, tax-funded fraud group back in the news ... I thought I’d heard every possible charge about corruption at ACORN, a feisty, union-backed activist group that became infamous last year when it was investigated for voter registration fraud in 15 states. Just yesterday, 11 ACORN workers were accused by Florida prosecutors of falsifying information on some 900 voter registration forms. But this morning brings a Fox News report that ACORN officials in Baltimore offered to help get a housing loan and falsify tax documents for a proposed house of prostitution that would employ underage girls from El Salvador. The episode was captured on tape by an undercover filmmaker, James O’Keefe, who wanted to see just how far ACORN would go. Watching the tape — which can be seen at Biggovernment.com — is a creepy experience. ACORN itself has told Fox News the episode represents “gotcha journalism” but wouldn’t comment further until it sees the full tape. (biggovernment.com)

Related video: ACORN hooker exposed

Why we can't afford Obamalosi Dems ... Before we continue to debate the merits of any Obama health care plan, we need to consider a few important facts. By any rational means, we must consider the present condition of our Government's financial situation. An honest look at those finances would have a prudent person conclude that our government is tacitly bankrupt. Our unfunded liabilities far exceed our assets. Adding up all unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Government sponsored pension funds gives us a figure slightly in excess of $100 TRILLION dollars. (americanthinker.com)

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Who is Valerie Jarrett? ... Some people are wondering who is next after Van Jones. But the Van Jones story is not over. And we still don't know who hired this "obscure" official, as some on the left are now trying to refer to him. Some of these controversies are currently being investigated by the new media. Blogger Trevor Loudon, who broke the story about Jones' communist background, thinks White House official Valerie Jarrett needs to be seriously scrutinized. She appears to have had a family connection to Barack Obama's childhood mentor, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis. (rightsidenews.com)

Valerie Jarrett may follow disgraced NEA thug ... From Ryan Grim at HuffPo comes the news that Yosi Sargant, the communications director for the National Endowment for the Arts, was asked to resign after Glenn Beck accused him of promoting Nazi ideas. Who's next? (prospect.org)

Holder to probe self ... One of the corrupt-i-est members of Team Obama, of course, is Attorney General Eric Holder. The Washington Times reports today that the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility is probing the shenanigans in Holder’s department that led to the unprecedented dismissal of default judgments against the New Black Panther Party thugs who wielded a night stick and intimidated voters and poll workers on Election Day in Philadelphia. (michellemalkin.com)

Related video: Securing Philly voting for Obama

We are not collectivist slaves ... Yet, while nearly no one would support slavery, millions believe in the idea that you belong to society, that you are not sovereign but in bondage to the rest, somehow. Many promote this kind of collective slavery, in prominently published books, at conferences, in op-ed pages, in prominent political speeches, everywhere. Yes, we are surrounded by loud voices that champion the very idea that used to mar whatever element of morality American culture had going for it, namely slavery. (pntonline.com)

Who are the SEIU-ACORN Rathke brothers? ... Beck, widely credited for forcing the resignation of Obama Green Czar Van Jones, now has his sites set on ACORN founder Wade Rathke and his brother Dale. Mr. Beck lays the entire scandal that broke this morning on BigGovernment.com at the feet of both Rathke brothers claiming that they are ultimately responsible for the scandal. Mr. Beck also took the occasion to lambaste his former employer CNN and the New York Times for “ignoring the story.” Wade left the controversial group he founded in 2008 amid a scandal in which it was alleged that he covered for his brother’s embezzlement of over $1 million from the community activist group. Dale Rathke has been closely associated with the SEIU. No formal charges were ever filed against either brother. (yesbuthowever.com)

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

Honduras exposes Obama H8tred for term limits ... Most Americans are by now familiar with the recent turmoil in Honduras resulting in the ouster of former President Manuel Zelaya. What many do not realize, however, is that the entire episode occurred because Zelaya attempted to violate that nation's Constitution by gutting its highly cherished term limit laws. Unfortunately, the stubborn insistence by U.S. President Barack Obama to continue backing Zelaya's attempted coup – coupled with Obama's equally adamant support of the moves by Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega to gut their countries' term limit laws – may say more about the Mr. Obama than many Americans want to know. (reviewmessenger.com)

We don't need no stinkin' Constitution ... In his September 9 address to Congress and the nation on health insurance, President Obama said that under his plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance. There is no clause in Article I of the Constitution authorizing Congress to craft legislation forcing individuals to purchase insurance. Mr. Obama attempted to justify his intended federal intrusion on individual liberty by noting that states require drivers to carry auto insurance. Notwithstanding the difference between a requirement imposed on licensed individuals or machines as opposed to a mandate for everyone, he fails to recognize the distinction between federal and state powers. (americanthinker.com)

We don't need no stinkin' Senate advise and consent ... Jones is only one of many radical Obama czars. Science Czar John Holdren is an environmental extremist whose writing suggests he once supported coercive population control measures including forced abortion as well and adding sterilants to drinking water. Cass Sustein is Obama’s Regulatory Czar. Sustein has written in support of granting animals legal standing in civil litigation (a right, incidentally, he would not extend to unborn persons), banning hunting and encouraging people to eat less meat. Then there’s Mark Lloyd, Obama’s Diversity Czar with the Federal Communications Commission. Lloyd is an admirer of Hugo Chávez and supports reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine, which would muzzle conservative talk radio. It is into the hands of those and the dozens of other “special advisors” that Obama has placed a level of unaccountable power that even cabinet secretaries do not possess. (humanevents.com)

U.S. thwarts democracy ... The only difference now is the United States is demanding that the rapacious Zelaya be returned to power. This would punish self-governance and discourage free and credible elections. Zelaya was not removed from power for his alleged corruption or his alliance with Venezuela's Hugo Chávez or his bullying of the Honduran news media. Rather, by simply campaigning in favor of presidential re-election in Honduras, Zelaya had committed a crime punishable under the constitution by loss of citizenship. A strange law, perhaps, but the law of the land nonetheless in a nation and a region that has suffered bad experiences under previous presidents-for-life like Chávez. (washingtonexaminer.com)

United states plagued by Stockholm Syndrome ... The syndrome is named after a 1973 bank robbery in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage for six days. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. This time, the captor is the Federal Government in Washington, and the 50 states are its captives. The powers-that-be in Washington are accelerating the destruction of the United States of America. And the state governments stand by idly. (lewrockwell.com)

Controversial political-charity big labels Prog McCain 'conservative' ... "I think the President hit a home run tonight," said Roger Hickey,founder and co-director of the Campaign for America's Future. Hickey was especially happy that Obama came out strongly in favor of a public option. And even though the single payer option seems to be off the table, Tides Board chair Melissa Bradley-Burns said she was ready to heed Obama's call to work with conservatives. "If getting health care reform means working with John McCain, well, then, so be it." (sfgate.com)

Militant labor-state Teamsters still on strike ... Workers hit the picket line Thursday in front of Aunt Millie's Bakery in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood. The more than 70 Teamster union-represented bakery workers, who have been working without a contract since March, said negotiations with the company broke down last week. "We did a lot of soul searching with a lot of tense meetings before a decision was made to strike," said Teamsters Local 164 President Al Sprague. "We have 77 families to consider." (mlive.com)

Judge sets phony fines in illegal teacher strike ... Striking teachers in the Kent School District and their union were ordered to pay fines for each day they remain on an illegal strike, a judge ruled Thursday. Teachers were ordered to pay a fine of $200 per day, and the union was fined $1,500 a day. The fines will be imposed starting Monday if the strike is not settled before then, said King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas. (komonews.com)

Workers oust oppressive union ... Boeing workers in North Charleston voted to decertify the Machinists union by a vote of 199 to 68 this afternoon. The election was held by the National Labor Relations Board in response to a petition an employee filed for union decertification in July. The results of the vote won’t be official until certified by the National Labor Relations Board seven days after the vote, said Boeing Charleston spokeswoman Candy Eslinger. She said that window gives time for any objections to be lodged. (charlestonbusiness.com)

International Collectivism

In the tank for Hugo ... Obama doesn't know what he's doing!" snapped Honduran foreign minister Enrique Ortez this July, 4. "He doesn't know anything about anything!" continued Ortez. "He probably can't even find Tegucigalpa on a map." (americanthinker.com)

VeneProg arms up ... In a diplomatic boost to Russia, Mr. Chávez said Venezuela decided to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Venezuela would become the third country to extend diplomatic recognition to the two breakaway Georgian regions, after Russia and Nicaragua. Experts said Venezuela has emerged as the third biggest buyer of Russian arms after India and China. In recent years, Russia has signed contracts with its Latin American ally to supply over 50 helicopters, 24 Su-30MK2 fighter planes and over 1,00,000 Kalashnikov rifles. “Russian-Venezuelan defence deals in the next 10 years may amount to $5 billion,” said defence expert Ruslan Pukhov. (beta.thehindu.com)

Protecting folks from U.S. imperialism ... Chávez, who has spent billions of dollars on weapons from Russia in recent years, earlier confirmed that Caracas and Moscow were discussing purchases of Russian T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks among other military equipment.The Venezuelan president has said the country plans to buy weaponry from Russia over a possible increase in U.S. military personnel in neighboring Colombia. Between 2005 and 2007 Russia signed 12 contracts worth more than $4.4 billion to supply arms to Venezuela, including fighter jets, helicopters and Kalashnikov assault rifles. (milaz.info)

Irregularity plagues Ecuador ... Ecuador could nationalize private oil operations in the country if the companies are found to have irregularities in their contracts with the state, Strategic Sectors Minister Galo Borja told Reuters on Thursday. The socialist government is seeking to renegotiate contracts with companies in order to take more control of the South American country's natural resources. Asked if the new contracts could result in the state takeover of companies, Borja responded: "The idea is to nationalize what it irregular." He did not define what would constitute an "irregular" contract. Last year, the government of President Rafael Correa defaulted on $3.2 billion in global bonds after an auditing committee called the debt "illegitimate", a term that left many market analysts scratching their heads. (forbes.com)
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