Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A lot riding on the Olympic trip.

After informing the IOC (International Olympic Committee) earlier in Sept that President Obama would not be attending, the White House announced Monday that the President would be joining the First Lady on the trip to Coppenhagen to promote Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics. The First Lady left on Tuesday and the President Obama will leave on Thursday making the 3,979 mile trip on separate airplanes. This unexpected announcement is drawing a lot of criticism; mainly this is the first time that an American President will attend an IOC vote. Even CNN is calling this a political risk.

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Less than a month ago, there where 1.8 million people in DC, telling congress to stop wasting our tax money, the taxpayers will pick up the tab for both jets. The (CRS) Congressional Research Service report cited two cost estimates for an hour of air travel by the president, vice president and first lady. Using the CRS cost estimates and the inflation adjuster from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost for the one way 7.5 hour trip from DC to Copenhagen on the first lady's plane would be $29,532. White House Military Office) to $107,717 (U.S. Air Force) The cost for the president to fly Air Force One on the one-way 7.5 hour trip from DC to Copenhagen is approx $343,448 White House Military Office) to $567,089 (U.S. Air Force).

With the tough economic conditions right now, I am trying to look at the glass half full, but I am having a hard time making work. Did this trip create any jobs? Well the staff on Air Force One and the First Lady’s plane, but as I understand it, they are pretty much hired. Did the President cap his carbon emission or trade any carbon credits? Yeah.. that is also a tough one to call. I guess you could argue all those jobs for people in Chicago if their city gets pick, oh wait…. I think the money in the stimulus bill will be paying for that.

The President and First Lady were also joined by, Oprah Winfrey, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. That’s nice, should I ask the question that I know every one is thinking? I should. Why didn’t they take Oprah’s Plane? The answer: Oprah has not escaped the tough economy unscathed, according to Forbes she came in 141st on their “super rich” list after losing 400 million dollars last year, OUCH!

Laura and Michelle

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President Bararck Obama and the White House senior staff, has been holding meetings to lobby foreign ministers, diplomats and members of the International Olympic Committee.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported on some efforts undertaken by the Obama White House to lobby 'unaligned' nations involved in the International Olympic Committee selecetion of the site for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The money quote: "The Chicago backers have pinned their hopes in part on winning the support of about a dozen African nations, a block of traditionally unaligned votes at the IOC. The administration has tried to make its case in conversations on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly, at the Group of 20 Summit, during a Capital reception with African diplomats and in a video of Obama personally pitching African IOC Members".

The entity 'Chicago 2016' was formed several years ago to begin the bidding process, and will be responsible for overseeing the Olympics in Chicago. According to a White House source, both the State Department and the National Security Council were asked for assistance in preparing briefing materials for use during the UN and G-20.

It is not just the Obama's.

Obama senior adviser, David Axelrod's firm, AKPD Message and Media, which employs his son and which owes Axelrod money, is one of the contractors on the Chicago Olympics bid, Senior presidental adviser Valerie Jarrett has been deeply involved in the strategizing for the Olympics bid since before the 2008 election, and until accepting her job in the White House, she was a deputy chairwoman of the Chicago Olympics Host Committee.

Crain's Chicago Business reported on Monday that Jarrett and Chicago 2016 committee president (and recent chief of staff to Mayor Richard Daley) Lori Healey met with officials of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss financing options for construction of the Olympic Village. According to the HUD sources, the Obama Administration will seek to use low income housing grant funding options to help the city build the Olympic Village, and when the Olympics are over, some portions of the village will be used for low income rental and purchased residences.

Healey and Jarrett's relationships goes back years to Healey's times as a senior staffer on the city's planning and development in the 1990's arund the same time that Jarrett would have been running one of the city's largest low income housing projects. Healey was also vice chair of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Commissioners, which would have overseen Jarrett's company's projects.

Another member of the Chicago committee is Martin Nesbitt, who the New York Times, last December identified as one of Obama's 'closest friends' and whose wife is a friend of Michelle Obama. Nesbitt, the godfather to one of the Obama's daughters, was also the Obama presidential campaign treasurer, and is credited with introducing Obama to Penny Pritzker, one of the most influential foundraisers for Democrats in the United States. His ties to Pritzker go back to when he worked for Pritzer's real estate companies, and she later invested in Nesbitt's airport off site parking business, the Parking Spot, a company that stands to make millions from the Olympics bid. The Pritzker family, which holds a number of real estate properties in Chicago, also stands to reap tens of millions from a successful Olympics bid. Nesbitt is also the chairman of the board of commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority.

Nesbitt did not join the board of Chicago 2016 until March 2009, when he replaced--Valerie Jarrett--who resigned from the board to accept her post in the White House.

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Investigate Acorn: Why Democrats are stalling

In case you are losing count, the newest ACORN revelations are; Patrick Gaspard, the “Karl Rove” of the Obama Administration, previous employer was Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN. Gaspard worked as Lewis’s political director. It is because of this connection and the fact that Lewis has Gaspard, home phone, cell phone, private email address and phone number of his brother, that many are speculating that ACORN has daily access to President Obama. Obama has failed to make any comments about the prostitution videos that Big Government.Com release, claim to “know nothing about them.”

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The other development in the ACORN case is the fact that despite overwhelming votes in both the House and Senate to defund ACORN from receiving federal tax money. Senate Majority Leader Reid has denied the request from Senator John Cornyn and 27 other Senators to investigate ACORN, the statement from the Senate Democrat Website:

“Senator Reid has already denounced the actions of the ACORN employees. He strongly supports the investigations reportedly already underway by the Department of Justice and other federal and state entities. Contrary to Senator Cornyn's misleading statement, Senator Reid is not blocking Senate committees from investigating ACORN if they deem appropriate.

“In contrast, while our troops were left with inadequate equipment and the American taxpayers were being fleeced by war contractors; and while thousands of victims of Katrina suffered loss of life, livelihood and their homes, Senator Cornyn turned a blind eye to these problems voting numerous times against investigating the causes of these events.

“Given how hard he fought to protect the Bush Administration from oversight at the expense of our troops, taxpayers and Katrina victims, it is clear that his new found interest in oversight is not real, but just another partisan ploy from the head of the Republican campaign committee.”



Really? A distractions! This is straight from the politician playbook, when you are covering up, downplay then distract and finger point. Oh, yeah and throw in the troops for good measure. Well, Mr. Reid, that is not going to work anymore. Could it be the real reason you don’t want an investigation on ACORN is because in your very own state of Nevada has a major investigation of voter registration fraud? This Editorial is from the Las Vegas Review Journal on Sept. 25, 2009.


Here in Clark County, Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said last year he saw "rampant fraud in the 2,000 to 3,000 registrations ACORN turns in every week," with some 48 percent of those forms being "clearly fraudulent."
The Las Vegas headquarters of ACORN, "a Democrat-allied organization," was raided after being "accused of submitting multiple voter registrations with duplicate and false names," the Washington Times reported last fall. The outfit claimed it had registered to vote in Nevada, among others, the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.
The raid "set off a skirmish over efforts to expand the electorate on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama," the Times reported.
Mr. Lomax noted ACORN had hired 59 inmates from a work-release program at a nearby prison and that some inmates who had been convicted of identity theft had been made supervisors. "That led some local wags to joke that at least ACORN was hiring specialists to do their work," reported John Fund at The Politico, last November.
ACORN's 2008 Las Vegas field director, Christopher Edwards, pleased guilty last spring to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit compensation for registration of voters, in a deal that saw him agree to testify against fellow defendants.

Would that be the reason, Senator Reid??

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Lumina Foundation Wrote SACRA

In a previous posts, we speculated that an organization called Demos with ties to ACORN wrote SAFRA (HR3221). After some further investigation, we uncovered that the connection to Obama, Demos and the Lumina Foundation.

On December 15, 2008, the Lumina Foundation sent a memorandum to the Presdential Transition Team in response to a request of ideas that might be useful 'during the transition'. The Lumina Foundation estimates the US will face a shortage of 16 million college educated workers by 2025. Those that do graduate will be saddled with student debt burdens that keep them in lower paying but in vital career fields, such as teaching or social work.

The Lumina Foundation's "Big Goal" is to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality, two or four year college degrees and credentials from 39% to 60% by 2025, an increase of 23 million graduates above current rates.

The Lumina Foundation replied to the White House's request for ideas and comments with the following broad policy strands.

1. Make human capital development a cornerstone of US economic policy.
*Make postsecondary education the nation's workforce development system.
*Expand adult learning opportunites

2. Assure every child is prepared for sucess in postsecondary education.
*Align standards between k-12 and postseconday education
*By 8th grade, provide all children and families with information needed to plan for college
success.

3. Define student outcomes for postsecondary education, including expectations for both
completion and learning.
*Foster the development of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, Voluntary System of
Accountability, and other assessments of higher education learning.
*Explore the lessons of the Bologna Process and other international efforts to improve
higher education
*Include data on outcomes in national postsecondary data systems.

4. Approach affordability in new ways.
*Dramatically simplify financial aid
*Apply tax policy to benefit low-income students, such as progressive 529 plans
* Improve higher education productity, particularly by improving data on costs and results.

The rule of thumb is that educational debt shoul not exceed 8% of one's monthly income. But, according to the Lumina Foundation, poor and working class students with a degree have educational debt from student loans that tend to exceed 20-30% of their monthly income. The actual bill reveals that the loan rates will be capped at around 6%, but will not decrease the amount of loans students take out to fund their education. In other words, loans, not grants, will still be the primary source of funding for students, especially the poorer ones.

Note: Jamie Merisotis and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education, was one of the several leaders honored on stage by President Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative's fifth annual meeting in New York City on September 23, 2009.

Laura and Michelle

It's Not Reform, it's Redistribution

As the Congress fights bitterly amound themselves and their constituents at townhalls across America, we are getting closer to an actual government redistribution than we know with the healthcare bill.

Under healthcare reform, Obama proposes to require insurers to sell policies to everyone no matter their health status. This requirement, call 'guaranteed issue' would mean that insurers would cost sick people the extremely high insurance premiums that reflect their future expected costs. But, if Congress adds another requirement, called 'community rating', the insurer's ability to charge higher premiums for higher risks will be limited.

Example: a healthy 20 year old male and a 50 year old male with cancer would pay nearly the same premium for a health policy. Obama and the Dems emphasize the benefit for the seniors, but younger people, who may also have a lower income, would pay significantly more than their expected costs.

Senator Max Baucus added the 'individual mandate' clause, a legal requirement that nearly every American obtain health insurance or face substantial tax penalties.

The combination of a 'guaranteed issue', 'community rating' and 'individual mandate' would force the younger, lower income earners to subsidize older, higher income earners. And because these subsidies are buired within health insurance premiums, the massive income redistribution is hidden from public view.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Connecting Demos and The Gates Foundation

If you have been following our reporting on the connection between the organization, Demos, where Van Jones is a trustee, and HR3221, the refunding of Student Aid, SACRA, that was passed last week, you may find this interesting. HR3221 was the bill that 'defunded ACORN'.

On December 8, 2009, The Gates (Bill and Melinda) Foundation announced giving grants totaling $69 million to organizations working to improve college enrollment and completion rates in America. The foundation aims to double the number of low-income students who earn a post-secondary degree by the age of 26, or an increase of 250,000 graduates each year.

Within this grant, the organization, Demos will recieve $600,000 over two years. Demos will focus on the financial barriers young people face in completing college, from financial aid to house costs, by producing new and credible research. Over the next two years, Demos will hold a series of public forums, publish research illuminating key trends to include: The Economic State of Young America 2009 report and develop a web-based information and engagement center for legislators, media, advocates and concerned citizens.

On October 15th and 16th, 2009, Demos will hold a conference in Washington DC, called 'A Better Deal, 2009'. This event will hold seminars to include: 'Going Beyond Green' and
'Politics in the Age of Obama: How the Millennial Generation is Remaking American Democracy'.

Mmm, Mmm, Mm! Barack Hussein Obama.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

SAFRA, Professional Students Grants

Not many people paid attention to the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsiblity Act until the defunding ACORN bill was attached as an amendment on HR3221 and passed by Congress last week. So, Michelle and I have prepared this brief tutorial:

The SAFRA legislation completely eliminates private capital markets from student lending making all student loans funded through federal direct lending . With the government in charge of lending, there will be no reason for economic common sense in determining student loans, you ask, you get. SAFRA supporters say that transitioning from guaranteed to direct lending would save $87 billion over 10 years. The cost of quintupling the volume of direct lending is hard to predict and bureaucracies have a strong inherent tendency to grow. Can you do the math?

Today, about a third of college students take at least one remedial course, only 56% graduate within six years and 29% of Americans have bachelor's degrees, even though only a 25% of American jobs require them. Does SAFRA make the way for professional students? Maybe.
SAFRA would direct $47 billion to PELL Grants and require that grant amounts rise annually at the rate of inflation plus-one point. That would assist low-income students better than federal loans, but also set an ever-rising floor under which schools, would never lower tuition prices, negating its value.

Next, we have school improvements: SAFRA would send about $9.5 billion to community collegs, $2.5 billion would go towards improving facilities and the remainder towards grants to push schools to improve their program-completion and job placement rates. Then $6 billion to community colleges for simply providing 'student support services' and implementing 'other innovative programs' or as we like to call it: free money.

But wait there's more, $8 billion is slated to go to early childhood education and $4 billion to repair and modernize colleges, elementary and secondary schools.

Finally, $10 billion is supposed to go towards reducing the federal government's deficit. I thought we were saving $87 billion, but with a deficit of $1 trillion, just how long is that going to take? It doesn't add up. Maybe we didn't stay in school long enough.

Laura and Michelle

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Open Letter to House Republican Leadership



September 24th, 2009

Open Letter to House Republican Leadership

Dear Rep Cantor and Rep Boehner,

The week following the biggest March on Washington the behavior of congress is as arrogant as ever. The House voted on legislation to “defund” Acorn. Fabulous, sounds good on the surface, but what you fail to realize is “we the people” are watching. What I am so upset with is the way it was passed. Instead of bring the bill to the floor as stand alone legislation; you put it on another big spending bill, HR 3221. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which is the equivalent of the Health Care Reform bill for Higher Education. I am respectfully asking you to explain why. Especially since, you voted to add the amendment, but then voted against the bill. So you technically voted against defunding of Acorn. I can’t wait to see those campaign ads in the next election.

Additionally, I am very disappointed in how this whole thing was spun. I had the opportunity to listen to Rep Bachmann’s conference call she had on Sept __ about ACORN and GOP Leader Boehner spoke about the “surprise” defund ACORN amendment. Well, I am not buying it. Nothing congress does is a “surprise” to congress. What back room deal was made? Was this a strategy to make it look like the Republicans are making progress and a way for Democrats to save face? I contend that the Defund Acorn Act amendment is just another manipulation of the system. Whether you know what was going on or not? The fact is that the congressional rules have been so distorted to accomplish various agendas; no one (including the congressman) knows what is actually going on.

Do you even know who wrote HR 3221? Have you ever heard of Demos? Did you know that many of Demos objectives are written into HR 3221? I don’t know if they wrote the bill or not, you could probably find out better than I. However, did you know that Demos has close ties with Acorn, if they are not an Acorn organization themselves? Humph, what if the “Defund Acorn Act” was attached to legislation that an Acorn organization wrote? Bertha Lewis is laughing all the way to the bank.

If bills are not brought to the floor for honest debate how are “we the people” going to know that we are being represented correctly. (or is that the purpose) If you were afraid the bill would not pass, that is non sense. Let the bills and votes stand on their own. Right now congress is operating with “smoke and mirrors” and this is unacceptable. The excuse that you are in the minority is no excuse. You know better than I that what is going on in congress. I am asking you to rise above, call out what is wrong and fix it. If you can not, I again respectfully ask you to step aside so we can find someone who can.

Sincerely,
Michelle
US Citizen, VA
7th Congressional District

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Was the “Defund Acorn Act” Amendment (HR 3221) A Farce?

Last week in the wake of the release of videos that revealed various divisions of Acorn assisting in illegal activity, the Senate and the House both passed legislation that would cut Acorn off from federal funding. The Senate version was attached to HR 3288, as Senate Amendment 2355, which blocks House and Urban Development from giving Acorn housing grants. This has passed both the House and Senate and is just waiting the Presidents signature to become law. The House version calls for a complete defunding of Acorn and was attached to HR 3221 the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. (SAFRA) as an amendment. This all sounds fantastic until you start pulling back the layers.


As we have grown to expect, SAFRA is just another huge spending bill and federal take over of the financial aspect of education. So there were two things that did not make sense to me. First, why is the federal government taking over the student loan industry and second why would GOP Leader John Boehner be willing to attach the “Defund Acorn Act” to it as an amendment. This has all the characteristics of a government shell game. As I was writing my representative (Eric Cantor) to “call them out” to explain why on earth the “defund Acorn Act” was attached to a massive spending bill. A friend tipped me off the following statement from an organization call Demos.


Demos Applauds House Passage of The Student Aid Financial Responsibility Act

Nancy K. Cauthen, Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, a national research policy center that examines the financial barriers to post secondary success amound community college students, issued the following statement:

This bill represents a major step in the effort to help more Americans enroll in -and complete- the higher education programs that have become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class. Too many community college students are sidelines by the financial burden of paying for school while meeting their other financial obligations. This act will allocate significant new resources to community colleges to boost completion rates and improve critical student support services, make Pell Grants available to hundreds of thousand more students; and strengthen the low-cost Perkins Loan program. We urge the Senate to pass the measure and ease the economic burden of earning a degree.


Maybe it is the skeptic in me and, I admit, these days I am VERY skeptical of anything done by congress. Demos, who are they? A quick google search turned up their website. They are a public policy research and advocacy organization. Founded in 2000 by Charles Halpern who wanted to challenge the status quo and chart a new set of priorities for America. Demos core program objectives include “strengthen democracy in the United States”, “address the severe economic insecurity and inequality that characterize American society today” and “re-envision the role of government.” Is this another Acorn organization? Demos President, Miles Rapoport, was an outspoken defender of Acorn when in 2008 election they were accused of voter registration fraud.


What does this have to do with SAFRA and Defund Acorn Act? Nancy Cauthen and Viany Orozco, a Demos policy analyst, are authors of a soon to be released report entitled Work Less, Study More and Succeed. This report will apparently show, that college cost are up over the last 25 years and students are forced to work part-time, which could contribute to them dropping out.[paraphrased] Additionally, one of the objectives of the Demos Economic Opportunity Program is “creating a broad policy agenda to reform student financial aid”. So the fact that they are applauding the passage of the SAFRA should really not be a surprise to anyone, until we pull back another layer.


It turns out the Van Jones, former Green Jobs special advisor to the president, is on the Board of Directors of Demos. To refresh everyone’s memory, Van Jones resign his post because, well the official reason is he signed a 9/11 “truther” petition. The next layer of discovery is that in 1999, then State Senator Barack Obama, was chosen to participate in the working group to develop Demos. So it is probably fair to say the Demos has an “in” at the White House. In fact, at their Demos Celebration 2009, Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Programs talks about “meeting with senior officials at the White House and Department of Justice to make a case for more energetic enforcement of National Voting Rights Act” that the White House agreed to their proposals. The same week they had a meeting with Timothy Geithner to talk about the Administration support for cracking down on wide spread credit card abuses. Does the “Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act 2009” sound familiar? Demos has influence, even Oprah has listed them as a resource in O magazine, according to Draut.


So what does this all mean, well the SAFRA legislations has many components that Demos has been advocating, Pell Grants expanded and tied to the CPI + 1%, eliminates Federal Family Education Loan program and shifts all student loans to a government-run and taxpayer financed system under the Direct Loan program, and funding for renovations for “greener” schools among other things. Could Demos have had a hand in writing the legislations? Possibly. Is Demos an Acorn organization? If they aren’t they are certainly in partnership with Acorn and with Project Vote. I don’t have the clear answers to these questions, but I think we need to boldly ask them. If Demos is an Acorn organization and they are writing the legislations, then the “Defund Acorn Act” amendment is a joke. I’m sure that Bertha Lewis is not losing any sleep about it. We must continue to ask these questions, don’t accept the status quo, especially from leaders and representative. This post is just the first on this subject. There are many more layers. My next step is going to be to finish my letter to Eric Cantor.


Related Videos about Demos.


From Demos Celebrations 2009



In her own words: Tamara Draut:






A Letter To Congress, Are You Crazy

The author is unknown and it's making its rounds on the Web, but I agree.

To the Congress:

The USPS (Postal Service) was established in 1775, you have had 234 years to get it right.
It's broke.

Social Security wsa established in 1935, you have had 74 years to get it right.
It's broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938, you have had 71 years to get it right.
It's broke.

The 'War on Poverty' started in 1964, you have had 45 years to get it right. $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to the poor, it has worked and our entire country is broke.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965, you have d44 years to get it right.
They are broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970, you have had 39 years to get it right.
It's broke.

Trillions of dollars were spent in the massive political payoffs called TARP, the "stimulus, the Ominbus Appropriations of 2009...none whow any signs of working.

"Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009. It took good dependable cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less-affordable cars, mostly Japanese. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And the American taxpayers take the hit for Congress' generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.

So, with a perfect 100 percent failure rate and a record that provides that 'services' you shove down out throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run healthcare system?

Are you crazy?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Blogger Who Nailed Van Jones

If the Van Jones resignation is blamed on his statement about Republicans and 9/11, the lesson is lost. 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 is not understood.

Blogger Trevor Loudon of New Zealand broke the story on April 6. His main point is that Van Jones and Barack Obama share the same Marxist ideology and background. Obama, however is more careful and clever.

Loudon began his research into the existence of communist networks and began to investigate Van Jones after seeing several separate pieces of information. He came across Jones' name from a clip from the mid 1990's in a New Zeland socialist publication about a Yale educated lawyer involved in STORM-Standing Together To Organize A Revolutionary Movement and the name stuck.

While researching the far-left think Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) which Loudon considers the Obama administration's 'ideas bank", Loudon found a piece by IPS staffer Chuck Collins recommending Van Jones for a top government job. At September 26, 2008 article, posted by the IPS website by Chuck Collins, offered 22 names they thought would make suitable appointments for an Obama administration. He included, "Van Jones, of the Ella Baker Center, to direct the Commerce Department's new 'green jobs initiative.'

Remember, this was before the election.

"I researched Jones again and found that he was a fellow at the Center for American Progress," Loudon says referring to the George Soros funded entity.

A few days after the election, Loudon found a statement from former Weather Underground terrorist leader Mark Rudd, saying, "Look to the second level appointments. There's a whole government in waiting that John Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They're mostly progressives, except in military and foreign policy. Podesta was co-chair for the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

When Jones was appointed "Green Jobs Czar" in March 2009, Loudon got serious. If first article about Jones' communist connections appeared on April 6.

Loudon says that it took a few key strokes to find that STORM was very influential in the San Francisco Bay Ara and had ties to both the Cuban and South African Communist Parties. Jones had ties to two former Weather Underground supporters-Jon and Nancy Frappier and the Bay Area branch of the Committess of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Jones was the keynote speaker at a CCDS fundraiser in Berkeley as late as February 2006.

The Bay Area branch of the CCDS is basically the same alliance for former Weathermen, 60's Maoists and modern communists who supported Obama in Chicago, Loudon explains.

Continuing, Louden explains, "Two of Jones' Bay Area radical friends, Betita Martinez (a former Maoist and CCDS member) and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (a former Maoist and one-time Weatherman supporter), served on the board of Movement for a Democratic Society, along with Weather underground leaders Mark Rudd and Dernardine Dohrn."

He adds, "Obama's friend Bill Ayers was also involved, as were leaders of CCDS, including Angela Davis, who works with several Bay Area STORM alumni, leaders of the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, and several Institute for Policy Studies trustees, including E. Ethelbert Miller, Barbara Ehrenreich and Bill Fletcher Jr. The last 2 are members of Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) and founders in 2009 of Progressives for Obama.

Obama received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the DSA in 1996.

Now that Jones has resigned, Loudon says that, "the focus needs to go on who hired him and why and easily identifiable communist revolutionary with a police record could serve as a presidental adviser.

In terms of evidence, about who recoomended and hired Jones, you can focus on the far-left Oakland Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee. Lee is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was a presidental campaign adviser to Obama and is a friend of Jones and Obama.

However, Obama's 'brain' Valerie Jarrett is on tape saying 'they' have been watching Jones for years and were happy to recruit him. Who is 'they'?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Controlling the Money ~ HR 3221

Thursday the House of Representatives passed HR 3221, Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. At the same time, the Defund Acorn Act was adopted. The Acorn “defunding” was the big story, but why? This story has been out for a week now and all the sudden a little piece of legislation has made it way on to the news, but importing underage girls for a brothel is not news worthy?? Am I the only one asking why this is so absurd, I don’t think so.

Here’s the story that is flying under the radar. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act(SAFRA), HR 3221 is the “health care bill” for colleges. Let’s look at the common thread. The Health Care Bill is going to reform health insurance and the SAFRA is going to reform student lending. So what does insurance and loans have in common? All together now, money. Yep, both of these bills are about the government controlling the money. Here is a summary of SAFRA from Rep. Miller (CA-7th) website.

• Invests the bill’s savings in making college affordable and helping more Americans graduate
• Provides reliable, affordable, high-quality Federal student loans for all families
• Prepares students and workers for 21st century jobs by providing all Americans with the skills and resources they need to compete
• Promotes early learning standards reform to ensure the next generation of children enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed in school
• Meets Pay-As-You-Go fiscally responsible principles and reduces the deficit

The first two bullet point you could take out college and student loans and insert health care and health insurance. This bill mandates, regulates and give federal government control of our preschools, public schools, colleges and universities. It is taking away the competition for the student loans by eliminating the Federal Family Education Loan Program; the federal government will be the originator of all student loans. It will provide billions of funding for renovations to make our schools “greener”. You can read more detail from the National Association of Student Aid and Administrators. [Link]

So what does the mean for the everyday citizen? It means that the Federal Government is going to control our schools. Period. They are making the loans, they will decide who, how and where the money goes. Just like with the national speed limit withheld money from states that did not comply, they can withhold money from the institutions that do not comply. This is pure and simple another spending bill in which the federal government knows better that individual. This is un-American, un-Constitutional and un-acceptable.

The other part of this bill is the Defunding of Acorn. The Republicans were able to get the HR 3571 ~ Defund Acorn Act added as an amendment. Why? I am sure this was nothing but strategy. They knew this bill would pass and they can now be the hero for getting it added to the legislations. WRONG, in my book, this practice must stop. It’s the great distraction. This is why Thursday the big head line was the House voted to defund Acorn. It makes congress look like they are dealing with the “shocking” revelation that Acorn is corrupt, gives the fringe media the news story for the evening and let’s the Republican take credit for getting something accomplished. We must stay vigilant. I will be contacting my Senators to oppose this bill, even though the Acorn defunding is in it. We must demand that these bills are brought to the floor to stand alone. Either you’re for funding for Acorn or you’re against it. Either you’re for government take over of the student loans or you are against it.

UPDATE 9/21/09:

Demos Applauds House Passage of The Student Aid Financial Responsibility Act

Nancy K. Cauthen, Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, a national research policy center that examines the financial barriers to post secondary success amound community college students, issued the following statement:

This bill represents a major step in the effort to help more Americans enroll in -and complete- the higher education programs that have become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class. Too many community college students are sidelines by the financial burden of paying for school while meeting their other financial obligations. This act will allocate significant new resources to community colleges to boost completion rates and improve critical student support services, make Pell Grants available to hundreds of thousand more students; and strengthen the low-cost Perkins Loan program. We urge the Senate to pass the measure and ease the economic burden of earning a degree.


Who is Demos? Why are releasing this statement?

In 1999, Obama went to New York to set up a left-wing think thank called Demos. He served for a time on the Demos board of trustees. Van Jones is still listed as a member of the Demos board. Demos is a partner organization to the Institute for Policy Studies and also works closely with ACORN and Project Vote.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thoughts on 09.12.09

On Saturday in Washington DC, we witnessed a phenomenon, a genuine, spontaneous politcal movement with no visible leader.

The numbers of protesters for exceeded the 70,000 preliminarily estimated by the Capitol police. The helicopter count estimates more than 1.5 million.

We will never know the true number because the National Park Service does not want a lawsuit like the 1995 Million Man March threatened. The number would have to be leaked by the DC's mayor office like happened at Obama's inaugurantion.

We brought own own flags and banners. We came from any states, as far away as Seattle, Washington and Miami, Florida. The crowd contained many immigrants who are upset that America seems ready to adopt the failed policies they had been trying to escape.

Everyone in the politics, journalists, lobbyists, consultants, czars, elected Democrats and Republicans alike, need to know this: Those un-counted people who established the local emails lists, organized first one, then two, then three chartered buses, held sign-making parties and packed lunches, ARE NOT GOING TO GO AWAY any time soon. Continue to enact legislation that we cannot afford and WE will be back, perhaps in even greater numbers.

The Republicans need to realize that they are not trusted. You are part of the reason we are getting on the buses.

The Democrasts need to realize that WE are beholding to no one. White House senior adviser David Axlerod said. "The protesters do not represent the views of the broader public when it comes to healthcare reform. They are not indicative of the nations mood. We should not be distracted by that. My message to them is. They're wrong."

I say, "Mr. Axlerod, you are wrong." Go ahead and marinalize us and call us 'racists' or 'angry mobs' that speak in extreme rhetoric and conspiracy theories. With the recent tapes of ACORN and Van Jones scandel, I think we look sane.

Lead, follow or get out of our way. Congress is up for election in 2010 and we are going to Flip The House.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

9.12 Prayer or Another Mid-Afternoon Rant by Mike

I recieved this as an email from Mike Thompson from the Hampton Roads Tea Party. After I finished reading this, I realized it is a prayer. If you are going to the 9.12 March this Saturday, please recite this to your family and friends. I intend to

Nuzzled in the center of Washington DC between Massachusetts Ave NW, New Jersey Ave NW and G St NW there is a little known memorial. This memorial is dedicated to the Men, Women and Children who suffered and died because of communism. The name of the Memorial is the Victims of Communism Memorial. If you travel south on New Jersey Avenue NW and bare right onto 1st Street NW forward the Capitol you will run into the Peace Monument. This monument was erected to Honor the Brave Men who died during the Civil War at Sea. Scribed in the monument is "They died that their country might live".

After viewing the Peace Monument head west towards the Capitol Reflecting Pool, you will emerge onto the National Mall. The National Mall is more than just museums and place of interest; it is a place that holds the History of America and the World. For the most part, every lesson that Humanity has learned can be represented by some exhibit, monument or memorial within the 3 miles of the National Mall and more importantly, the US Capitol and the White House.

This week, we are going to be part of history. The march this Saturday should shadow the numbers of the wonderful Freedom March of Dr. Martin Luther King. Let us not forget the path that others have traveled so we do not make the same mistakes. Let us embrace the strategies and tactics that have worked. These strategies and tactics must hold true to our priniciples and must allow us to maintain Honor and Civility.

Let us have such an impact that they build a Monument to our efforts and not a Memorial. Let us not become a whisper in time. Let us have an impact that we are recognized in History in the manner that we remember our Revolutionary Patriots. Let our History be not because of a rifle but because of the Revolution that was won by the pen, the sign, our voice and most importantly in the voting booth.

The current guest in our White House and in our Capitol must be too busy to reflect in the Reflecting Pool. They must be too busy to meet with their employer. They must be too busy to take a tour of the exhibits, monuments and memorials to reflect on what history has taught us and what principles this country was founded on.

This Saturday, let our voices and numbers cause them to reflect about the direction they are taking the country. This Saturday, let our voices and numbers cause them to reflect about the 2010 and 2012 elections. Let's cause them to reflect on the power of Freedom and the Republic which was built by We The People.

Law Breaker in Chief

Obama will violate Federal Laws to Indoctrinate Your Children

Federal law specifically forbids Obama, Education Secretary Duncan or any officer from exercising 'any direction, supervision, or control over the cirriculum, program of instruction, administration or personnel of any educational institution or school.

In what many believe is both an unprecedented and inappropriate partisan move, Obama announced that on Tuesday, September 8th, he will do an end run around parents and directly target children in what is widely preceived as an effort to implement his extreme leftist political agenda.

US DOE Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter to school principals encouraging them to cease academic instructin and have classes tune in to a live speech Obama will give to children during school hours on Tuesday at noon. The DOE even provided lesson plans, sample activities and questions that teachers can use to promote the event. The letter encourages teachers to 'build background knowledge about the president by reading books about Barack Obama."

Secretary Duncan is a left-wing Chicago-land politician who chose Kevin Jennings as Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings is founder of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) an extremist group that promotes forced acceptance of homosexuality and transexuality in schools to children as young as 5.

The Federal Law that Obama is violating is
20 U.S.C 3403
Title 20. Education Chapter 48
Department of Education Subchapter 1
General Provisions 3403 Relationship with States

(a) Rights of local governments and educational institutions. It is the intention of the Congress in the establishment of the Department to protect the rights of State and local governments and public and private educational institutions in the area of educational policies and administration of programs and to strengthen and improve the control of such governments and institutions over thier own educational programs and policies. The establishment of the Department of Education shall not increase the authority of the Federal Government over education or diminish the responsibility for education which is reserved to the States and the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States.

(b) Cirriculum, administration, and personnel: Library resources. No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorized the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the cirriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel or any educational institution, school or school system over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks or other instructional materials by any educational institutional or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.

edited from J. Matt Barber, Washington DC

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Patriot's Thoughts on Senator Warner's Town Hall

Last Thursday, Sept 3rd several Richmond Patriot drove to Fredericksburg to attend Senator Warner’s Town Hall Forum on Health Care. Thirty minutes before the doors opened and an hour and a half before it started we were 400th or so in a line that wrapped around the building. There was a good mix of people for and against health care reform. As we waited for the town hall to start, people started exercising their first amendment right. A crowd gathered at the stage holding up various signs for and against health care reform.

Mark Warner town hall

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When things finally got started the sound system was loud but muffled, making it difficult to hear. Warner presented a series of charts and graphics to show how bad thing will get if we “do nothing”. He said, “If we do nothing Medicare and Medicaid cost alone with dwarf everything else the federal government does.” Even though he quickly moved through each slide, it did not take very long to see through the data. The charts and graphs did show the cost of health care is high and yes, I think we can all agree that is true. However, comparing food cost to health care cost is, well, comparing apples to oranges. The other thing to note is Warner repeatedly said “this is not my data, but from independent source, we can find it on his website.” And “not his facts, but were fact and a starting point” Well, I am still looking, so I can verify. It seemed to me he was trying to convince the right that things are so bad, we must act and the left that it not bad enough to enact total government take over. Here are the main points that I took from the whole meeting.

1. Senator Warner is opposed to a single payer system. He said that health care needs be competitive; however he did not specifically say he was against a public option.
2. Senator Warner believes health care reform is economic reform, because Medicare and Medicaid increase federal spending, but health care cost increase the income exemption, which equals less revenue for the government.
3. Senator Warner will not vote for anything that will not drive down the cost of health care. He said that, but I question how he will know.



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There were many great questions from the constituency but two of them were my absolute favorite. Here they are:

How do we bring the country back together?

Warner stammered and stuttered for a minute. Then said “no single bill is going to…Politicians are trying to do the right thing and if we don’t like it fire them. We should look inside ourselves and should not question each other patriotism”

My other favorite question was from a High School Government Teacher, she asked Warner to state specifically, Article and Section of the Constitution that allow the federal government to control healthcare? The crowd, including myself, erupted into cheers and applause.

Let’s just say that Warner did not like this question at all. He tried to turn it around to make the questioner look like the bad gal. Asking her if she advocated Medicare going away? He then continued with, “there’s no place in the Constitution for Medicaid, there’s no place in the Constitution for social security ……. Educations …….. to get a telephone. But we have made those choices over the years and we have made those choices a right.”

And on that note, we left.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Obama's Plan to Desecrate 9/11

The Obama White House is behind a coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert September 11th into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

In April, Obama designated September 11th as a National Day of Service. The administrations plans were outlined in an August 11th White House sponsored teleconference run by 'Reverend' Lennox Yearwood, President of Hip Hop Caucus.

On August 4th, the White House offered a glimpse into its plans to descerate 9/11 for political advantage. Van Jones, co-founder of ColorofChange.org appeared in a 33 minute video posted on the official blog of the White House that 9/11 will be a great opportunity "for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America".

On the same day, Secretarys from HUD. EPA DOE and activists held a low-key press conference
stating that the National Day of Service will be the 'first milestone' of a larger effort called Green the Block. From policy creation to community implementation, the Green the Block campaign wants to see access and opportunity created for all Americans, to build prosperity and a healthier planet for future generations.

I refuse to let the Obama Administration reinvent and trivalize my memories of 09.11.01. I remember watching the airplanes explode into the buildings, looking at the clock and thinking that this is minute that changes everything in my life.