Monday wrap

Obama: Hearts SEIU-ACORN-TIDES, pays back union thugs, shielded by MSM.

Mismanagement: Typical SEIU voter-fraud exposed, union-backed fraud scandals spiked, Podesta-Soros revealed, blame the GOP for ACORN, Al Franken (D-ACORN), Drummond Pike suspect, NYT fail, ACORN smeared?, dues hit in Hawai'i.

International: Leftism plagues Ecuador, Obama forever.

It's time for Obama to come clean on SEIU-ACORN ... The fact of the matter is, social progressives have hidden under the banner of speaking for the poor and minorities, while draining public dollars and then turning around and using those dollars in elections across the country to spread their divisive, radical anti-wealth, anti-development, anti-human agenda. They have a web of radical Marxist organizations funded by men like billionaire George Soros that fronted as lawyers groups, a political party and voices of the middle class. They are all about freedom of speech and organization, but get active right back and their thugs will put you in the hospital. But you can't see the picture until you get a bit of history... The Tides Foundation was founded in 1976, and began such notable organizations as the National Lawyers Guild, a Communist Front group, and has had such notable speakers as Lynne Stwwart, defender of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers. George Soros has given nearly $7 million to Tides, but its primary funding is federal grants. Thats right, federal grants. Wade Rathke is a Board Member of The Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation has 16 Directors, one of who is Drummond Pike. Pike is a part of the Democracy Alliance, founded by George Soros. (blogs.kansascity.com)

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In case you missed it: The Union News weekend
Sunday: ACORN, SIEU tied at wrists, ankles
Saturday: Dirty Politics: SEIU operatives tainted by ACORN corruption

SEIU: Voters needed improvement ... In 2004, court documents state, "M.C." -- Contreras -- hired then-president of SEIU Local 660 [Alejandro] Stephens and four others to pose as "consultants" for his nonprofit, Voter Improvement Program (VIP), which was funded by donations from such institutions as DreamWorks and Kaiser Permanente as well as a number of union groups. The court documents state that Contreras had VIP's bookkeeper write checks to Stephens and his crew to perform voter outreach services. Contracts were drawn up to make the relationship appear legitimate, but it was a sham from the beginning. No one was expected to do any work at all. And no one did. They simply cashed their checks, which totaled $52,000. Stephens pleaded guilty. He now faces up to 40 years in prison. (blogs.laweekly.com)

Why do local news unionists spike ACORN scandal stories? ... We've all been witness to the deft handling of the MSM by Andrew Breitbart and the investigative reporters James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. Their work has uncovered a level of corruption being perpetrated by members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), heretofore unknown; at least by those who derive their information solely from the likes of Big Media. However, as diligent members of the conservative community, it is crucial that one keeps an eye out for lower levels of corruption stained by the fingerprints of ACORN. Will your local newspapers be able and willing to connect the dots? One such scenario involves a massive voter fraud case in upstate New York. The allegations, which were brought to light by the Albany Times Union, involve absentee ballots forged by people associated with the city's Democratic Party for those registered to vote on the Working Families Party (WFP) line in Troy, NY. The ballots not only involve clearly forged signatures, but also, falsifying excuses for not being present on Election Day, and registering individuals who no longer live in the area. Some interesting items not being covered in the investigative report are the links between the WFP and ACORN, and even certain names mentioned in the article which clearly show ties with the organization. (newsbusters.org)

MSM shields Obama from ACORN ... The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday severed its ties with ACORN, the group of radical inner-city "community organizers" involved in yet another scandal after employees at ACORN offices in different cities were caught on undercover video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp -- advice on how to evade income taxes, "qualify" for a tax-subsidized mortgage for their planned house of ill repute, claim underage illegal-alien prostitutes as "dependents," etc. The House and Senate severed federal funding to ACORN. The Census Bureau canceled plans to let the group help with its 2010 national head count. ACORN scandal stories -- finally -- have been all over the news. But whose name has been missing from those stories? You will search high and low for the question, "What will be the political impact of these revelations on ACORN's biggest patron: Barack Obama?" (lvrj.com)

NYT mea culpa: We just don't get it ... Jill Abramson, the managing editor for news, agreed with me that the paper was “slow off the mark,” and blamed “insufficient tuned-in-ness to the issues that are dominating Fox News and talk radio.” She and Bill Keller, the executive editor, said last week that they would now assign an editor to monitor opinion media and brief them frequently on bubbling controversies. Keller declined to identify the editor, saying he wanted to spare that person “a bombardment of e-mails and excoriation in the blogosphere.” Despite what the critics think, Abramson said the problem was not liberal bias. (nytimes.com)

How Obama paid back SEIU thugs for election cashflow ... What was the price of the financing for Obama? Perhaps it is most obvious in the actions by the new president. Within ten days of becoming president, on January 30, 2009, Obama signed the first three Executive Orders wanted by the unions. The first executive order requires employers with federal contracts above $100,000 in value to post a notice in the workplace informing their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including the right to join a union. This order also repeals Executive Order 13201, issued by President Bush in 2001, that required federal contractors and subcontractors to post so-called “Beck notices.” Such notices, named after the Supreme Court’s decision in Communication Workers v. Beck, 487 U.S. 735 (1988) informed employees covered under the NLRA that they could not be required to join a union or maintain union membership in order to retain their jobs and that employees who are subject to a union security clause and choose not to be union members may object to the purposes for which mandatory union dues are used. (bignews.biz)

Podesta fixes Obama's ACORN problem for Soros ... The next day, Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta, the Democratic Party's top fix-it guy with control over much of the left's well-funded vast attack machinery (think George Soros, the Tides Foundation, et al.), was among a small advisory group placed in charge of investigating the matter. With the mainstream media continuing to ignore the evidence on the tapes, Mr. Podesta is now clearly in charge of feeding them information about his well-structured investigation into the investigators. The ACORN internal probe is a "war room" aimed at destroying the messengers and is not meant to clean up major corruption. Since Mr. Podesta was appointed to investigate ACORN, the only thing investigated has been the investigators, Mr. O'Keefe, Ms. Giles and the publisher of the journalism behind it, yours truly. (washingtontimes.com)

Shame on Bush, GOP over ACORN ... Why did President Bush and his Republican majority keep shoveling taxpayer lucre to ACORN and the NEA? To be sure, there were battles over the NEA. But when Republicans finally had a chance to eliminate it, they shrugged their shoulders and took a powder. As for ACORN, did no senator or congressman ever think of investigating how it spends its money? As Lopez wrote: “For as long as I can remember, the Right — most notably the Capital Research Center — has been writing about ACORN. And, for as long as I can remember, ACORN has gotten government funding anyway. For as long as I can remember, churches naively gave them money anyway. As recently as this summer, we exposed the ties of the Democratic party and its nominee to this community-organizing organization, its radical anti-capitalism and its voter fraud.” Yes, conservatives bang their heads against ACORN and the NEA and the Republicans smile politely and do nothing. Heck, they even nominated a man who worked with ACORN, John McCain. So yes, dump on the media. Yes, definitely praise Breitbart and the kids from High School Musical 3 (Jon Stewart’s assessment). But let us also demand of the Republican Party leadership an apology for going-along-to-get-along on ACORN. Quite a few Republicans deserve a lapful of hot tea over this one. (blogs.dailymail.com)

Meet U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-ACORN) ... ACORN's foibles may seem largely irrelevant here in Minnesota, where the organization has so far been able to keep its nose relatively clean. But ACORN does have a special place in its heart for at least one prominent Minnesota politician. Last year, it showered praise on Al Franken, endorsing his run for the U.S. Senate. Franken returned the esteem: "I'm thrilled and honored to receive this endorsement," he gushed in a press release. He added that he was "more motivated than ever to work with ACORN." (startribune.com)

Drummond Pike suspected in latest ACORN cover-up ... Donate now to help ACORN survive, and a generous supporter will DOUBLE your gift — up to $20,000. At ACORN we believe in the people we serve. Since the day we first began organizing with our neighbors for basic housing and jobs back in 1970, we’ve seen how ordinary people can change their lives and their communities. Even then, we were attacked for it. Please make a contribution so we can continue to fight for an America that works for everyone. You’ll be helping ACORN fight for a stronger America, while showing Fox “News” that they can’t stop people like you and me from creating a brighter future. Your donation today will be worth TWICE as much. Thank you. — Bertha (dailymail.com)

Union-backed fraud group got smeared? ... A right-wing conspiracy caused Congress to drop federal funding for the embattled community group ACORN, chief organizer Bertha Lewis told supporters last week. In an e-mail obtained by The Post, Lewis begs for donations and blasts Congress for cutting ACORN's money. Lawmakers acted after a devastating videotape surfaced of the group's workers in Brooklyn advising an undercover "pimp" and "hooker" how to cheat on taxes and run a brothel. "They [Congress] did it because Fox News and the right-wing smear machine told them to do it," she wrote. (nypost.com)

Jumbo unions take dues hit in labor-state ... Gov. Linda Lingle on Saturday said only 400 state employees will lose their jobs, far less than the 1,100 she had intended to lay off in an effort to fix an $884 million state budget deficit. More than half of the 1,100 originally slated for layoffs were able to use their seniority protection -- the right to "bump" or take over the job of a less senior employee and still keep their same high pay. The governor said that if she'd been able to lay off all 1,100 employees, it would have saved $90 million over two years. Now, she's not sure exactly how much money will be saved. Most of the laid-off employees are in the UPW and HGEA unions. (kitv.com)

Unionists make impression on hotel guests ... Some recent patrons at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Long Beach have gotten a wake-up call they did not request. “At 6 a.m. with bullhorns and drums and sirens is pretty disruptive,” said Kristi Allen, general manager of the Hilton. The noise came from protestors with Unite Here, a group trying to force a card-check union vote at the hotel. Protestors have been on the street fairly regularly the last month since Labor Day, Allen said. “I think the significant change is that workers have called for a boycott of the hotel…” said Derek Smith, the political director Unite Here local 11, a union that represents hotel workers. “Hotel workers have asked for a union since last June, but the hotel has not moved on that.” (gazettes.com)

William Safire, R.I.P. ... Safire penned more than 3,000 columns, aggressively defending civil liberties and Israel while tangling with political figures. Bill Clinton famously wanted to punch the curmudgeonly columnist in the nose after Safire called his wife "a congenital liar." Safire's assistant Rosemary Shields said: "Not only was he brilliant in language and assessing the nuances of politics, he was a kind and funny boss who gave lots of credit to others." As a speechwriter in the Nixon White House, Safire penned Vice President Spiro Agnew's famous phrase, "nattering nabobs of negativism," a tongue-in-cheek alliteration that Safire claimed was directed not at the press but at Vietnam defeatists. Safire also wrote several novels and served as chairman of the Dana Foundation, a philanthropy that supports brain science, immunology and arts education. Along with George Will and William F. Buckley Jr., Safire's smooth prose helped make conservatism respectable in the 1970s, paving the way for the Reagan Revolution. (washingtonexaminer.com)

International Collectivism

LatAm Leftist outflanked on the Left ... Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa is facing the worst spate of social unrest of his second term, with indigenous leaders planning protests beginning Sunday against water privatization. Opposition forces have reacted angrily to what they claim are moves by the government to privatize the country's natural resources -- in particular oil extraction and large-scale mining projects in traditionally indigenous areas. The marches called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), set to begin at midnight (0500 GMT). They will be spread across seven of the country's 24 provinces and include road blocks, marches and demonstrations, according to indigenous leader Humberto Cholango. (google.com)

What Obama really hearts about U.S. foes ... Kadhafi, who himself has spent 40 years in power, welcomed Obama's speech, immediately before his, in which the new US president pledged fresh engagement with the international community, after former leader George W. Bush's often rocky ties with the world. "It was completely different for an American president," Kadhafi said of Obama's speech. "You are the beginning of a change." But he added: "Can you guarantee that after Obama that America will be different?" "We would be happy if Obama could stay forever as the president of America," he said in a rambling speech to the UN General Assembly. (google.com)
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