Oppressive U. shuts down Gulag Memorial

Officials silence anti-communist protesters

from James O'Keefe at biggovernment.com

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a group of students at Washington University in St. Louis chose to stand up to the tyranny of socialism and bring awareness to its consequences. The students erected a Soviet gulag on the quad of the University to vividly display the ultimate "solution" to dissidence in socialist societies sparking campus intrigue, discussion, and debate.

Although an officer initially arrived on the scene and found everything was peaceful, undercover video reveals smarmy Washington University administrators continuing to press and make excuses to shut the fake-Gulag down. It took the bureaucracy hours to find an obscure policy to use against the students.

The group responsible has plans to make more gulag demonstrations on campuses around the country. The following is from the group's website CampusGulag.org
"On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the day that gloriously lead to the eventual fall of Communism in Russia, the ideas that led to the slaughter of 100 million souls in the 20th century alone are alive and well. Far from being on the ashheap of history, Communism and socialism in America is growing, and tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers need to see the impact of socialism: the extermination of political dissidents and unwanteds. From national socialism to international socialism, the same bad ideas lead to the same bad results: imprisoning dissidents and their eventual execution.

You and I can stop this, because we can reach students with the message of freedom, the message of hope, and the message that socialism and its ideas leads to mass murder."

The Left looks beyond Obama

On campus: Communism never sleeps

Jarvis Tyner, executive vice chairman of the Communist Party USA, spoke at MU on Thursday and said the election of President Barack Obama opens the door for the left wing, which he feels has allowed itself to be pushed to the sidelines and overcome with progress-impeding cynicism, to mobilize.

"He's only the beginning," Tyner said. "I think he's a transitional president. I think somebody else is going to come in and take it even further." (from columbiamissourian.com)

Related video: Today's Communist Party USA

Union kickbacks popular with politicians

Obama hits Big Labor speed bump?
The DOL’s Job Corps Center Project Labor Agreement was believed to be the first government-mandated PLA on a federal construction project since President Obama’s Executive Order 13502 was issued Feb. 6, 2009. (from thetruthaboutplas.com)
Related video: Stossel rats out union goons

ACORN: Anatomy of social justice fraud

You just can't touch union-backed political front-group
ACORN has its tentacles into literally hundreds of “front” companies and unions, illegal transactions, voter and housing fraud, degenerate activities and lots more.

ACORN is accused of playing a major role in the economic meltdown of the banks and lending companies in fall 2008. Some banks were pressured by Congress to lend mortgages, at a severely depressed interest rate, to people whom the banks knew would not be able to afford them.

The Employment Policies Institute in Washington, D.C., explains that “before ‘subprime' became a household word, ACORN waded into the mortgage market and supported policies that helped lay the groundwork for the catastrophic lending collapse of 2008. Working with another activist group, the Center for Responsible Lending, ACORN lobbied legislators and banks to ensure that any person, regardless of credit history, income or assets, would qualify for a mortgage. They mastered the art of pressuring banks, often through radical and controversial methods, to provide subprime loans to all comers.

“It was many of these ‘toxic' loans that defaulted and sparked the subprime mortgage crisis.”

The EPI adds, “ACORN calls itself a community group, but it is really a multimillion-dollar, multi-national conglomerate. Its political agenda is driven by a relative handful of political thugs for hire. ACORN spends millions promoting economic policies (such as raising the minimum wage), but doesn't always want to abide by them. In fact, ACORN sued the state of California to get out of paying its own employees the minimum wage and even fought their efforts to create a union.

“ACORN's influence extends to the political sphere as well,” the EPI says.

“The group is perhaps best known for its widely reported role in voter fraud across the country. During the last two election cycles, it was under investigation for election fraud and related offenses in nearly 20 states.” (from news-sentinel.com)
Related video: ACORN nation

Future of social justice fraud exposed

Alinskyite Wade Rathke of SEIU-ACORN takes aim at the world
People that know him, and know him well, have described him as an “organic genius” and a “diabolical genius”. He’s become a lightning rod and a polarizing figure, and he’s at the center of a national debate. Wade Rathke is the former long time CEO, or Chief Organizer, of ACORN, the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now. He’s now running Community Organizations International, the former ACORN International. When I emailed Wade Rathke Friday October 23rd, I was surprised that he agreed to an interview. I was even more surprised that he was familiar with my work. Yet, he was willing to give me some time on the afternoon of the 26th of October. What follows are some of my thoughts following an interview that lasted about an hour.

Wade Rathke is trying to do in the world what he did in the US. Ultimately, that chapter has only begun. It is the story now, and that’s why I wanted the interview. What happened in the past isn’t nearly as interesting as what Rathke wants to do in the future. (from Michael Volpe at biggovernment.com)
Bonus links:
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Who is Andy Stern?

Leftwing union thug and Obama confidant favors extortion, beat-downs
The Friday before Halloween, in response to requests from the public, the White House released records of the visitors it had received between January and July. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams were among the famous names on the list. But the man who appeared most frequently is less well-known. His name is Andrew Stern, and during the first six months of Obama’s tenure, he visited the White House 21 times — about three times per month. Most of these visits included an intimate meeting with the president or other senior officials. Among outsiders, Stern enjoys unrivaled access to the White House. And the more you know about him, the spookier that sounds.

Stern is president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a federation of health-care, public-sector, and custodial workers that claims approximately 2 million members. Stern replaced former president John Sweeney in 1996, the year after Sweeney won a bitterly fought battle for control of the AFL-CIO. At the time, Sweeney’s win was viewed as a victory for the left wing of the labor movement. Ramesh Ponnuru wrote in these pages: “Many of the people in [Sweeney’s] camp have backgrounds in the New Left.” Andrew Stern certainly fits that description.

Stern lacks the traditional blue-collar pedigree of a union boss. In a profile of him for The New Republic, Bradford Plumer wrote, “Stern was part of a generation of idealistic union leaders who came to organized labor from college, not the factory floor.” He started at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school in the late ’60s, dabbled in student radicalism, changed his major, bummed around Europe, came back to the States, and went to work as a welfare case officer in Pennsylvania. SEIU had just organized his shop, and he got active in the union. He ended up as one of Sweeney’s protégés, his successor, and, eventually, his bête noire. (from nrd.nationalreview.com)
Related video: We know where they live

Trumka: EFCA a socialist Trojan Horse

AFL-CIO's clever scare tactic exposed; private investment, jobs suppressed
The Senate stagnation on the union-backed Employee Free Choice Act — a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize workers — is “the best stall that we’ve ever” had, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today in a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal.

The reason: “We’re going to get health care” done in the meantime. (from blogs.wsj.com)

Related video: Obama poisons U.S. job market

Hush-hush gov't payoffs exposed

Watchdog: State keeps taxpayers in the dark
Access to data is only part of the battle to maintain citizen oversight of government spending. Kansas agencies and departments classified $254.3 million in 2009 vendor payments as “confidential by law or legal authority.”

The Department of Transportation topped the list for state agencies with $49.8 million in confidential vendor payments. DOT spent $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2009.

The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services was second with $36 million and the Kansas Health Policy Authority third with $27.7 million. The Health Care Stabilization Fund Board of Governors spent $26.4 in confidential vendor payments.

Twenty-one agencies spent more than one million dollars in confidential vendor payments with eight of those spending more than $10 million confidentially.

State expenditures for 2009 totaled $20.7 billion. Near the bottom of the list was $83.57 paid for motor oil, confidentially. Vendor payments can be searched on KansasOpenGov.org (from kansas.watchdog.org)

Breitbart: More ACORN vids coming

Union-backed fraud group undeterred by critics
Andrew Breitbart: Today I received a phone call from my friend, Gary H., who said that ACORN was staging a protest outside the Fox News studios in West Los Angeles. I called someone at the Fox News bureau to find out that there were no protesters there, but quickly realized ACORN had gotten that wrong too. They were protesting in front of FOX Television Center, the home of local affiliate KTTV.

... And to cap the ACORN protest day, one stated, “Go back to your mansion!” It was at that moment that I wished I had a mansion, with gates. Just like the typical L.A. liberals who live in Bel-Air, support ACORN and would call the cops if they ever saw them in their neighborhoods.

As we headed back to our cars, Gary H. was shaking. I asked if he was OK. He said he had to play me the audio of one of the protesters that he recorded before we got there. We decided to go to a restaurant to have lunch to listen to the interview.

We did. And it’s amazing. The woman on the tape proudly confesses to things that are unethical, illegal or both. You’ll hear it tomorrow.

In short, the ACORN story is far from over. There are more videos to come next week. You’ve seen the Baltimore story, the Philadelphia story, the New York story. Now you will know about the LA story. (from biggovernment.com)

Journalism thrown under the bus

There is little room for Non-Union News
At the recent Harvard session on new business models for news, I offered an off-the-beaten-path idea to the question of who will pay for the news. One answer, I said, was non-news organizations: NGOs, trade associations, businesses, governments and labor unions.

Yes, labor unions. There are indications of a back-to-the-future trend in labor funding for the news. Just in the last several months, two labor unions in southern California have provided six-figure funding for very different kinds of operations - Voice of Orange County, an independent news site working toward a January launch, and Accountable California, a direct arm of Local 721, Service Employees International Union.

The idea that legitimate journalism might flow from "special-interest" labor money would have seemed a non-starter to many of us not long ago. How could journalists provide fair and unfettered accounts when their paychecks were the product of an organization with a clear political agenda? (from ojr.org)

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