By: Trevor Loudon
A little crass language and some points very well made.
Pat Condell rocks!
By: Trevor Loudon
A little crass language and some points very well made.
Pat Condell rocks!
By: Trevor Loudon
An interesting little Marxist on Marxist leftist faction fight in Sacramento last May Day.
Far left Democrats, carrying Che Guevara signs, protest their own party’s lack of progress on immigration reform – legalizing illegal immigrants in other words.
The Dems and the D.S.A. want to destroy America tomorrow. The ultra radicals want to do it today.
This is a battle over timing, not goals.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
While all of America is distracted and focused on the death of Osama bin Laden, our President and his minions have been fast at work laying the groundwork for S. 679: Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 to speed through the Senate and then make its way into the House and then to the President to sign. Yes, the other hand is quickly forming into a dictatorial fist that is about to smash our Constitution.
As you will recall, the beginning of the end of liberty in Rome commenced with Augustus Caesar who compromised the authority of the Senate through the force of arms and basically the Senate became a facade. America is poised with this proposed bill, to morph immediately from a Republic into an empire with the privileged eunuchs of the Senate as window dressing and a dictator – the first American Caesar – at the country’s helm.
And leading the progressive charge is Chuck Schumer (D-NY). No big surprise there. Schumer is an elitist Marxist and a first class progressive who hates America almost as much as he loves power. He introduced S. 679 on March 30th, 2011. He was joined by a gaggle of progressives from the left and the right. This is something I have been warning Americans about for a long time. If we are to survive as a nation, we must rid ourselves of ALL progressives or our nation is doomed and freedom will be swept into the dustbin of history. Schumer’s esteemed list of constitutional traitors is as follows:
From The Heritage Foundation, here is a succinct explanation of the bill:
The bill reduces the number of presidential appointments that require the consent of the Senate and establishes within the executive branch a Working Group on Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations. Individuals nominated to senior executive offices suffer slow and detailed background investigations and mounds of duplicative paperwork before a President sends their nominations to the Senate. After nomination, many nominees suffer time-consuming inaction or time-consuming and excruciating action as the Senate proceeds (or does not) with consideration of the nomination. The sponsors of S. 679 have identified a valid problem, but proposed the wrong solution. Congress should not enact S. 679.
In essence they want to give the President the sole power to appoint people to positions of his choosing within our government. Obama would be free to do this without the approval of the Senate. Senate approval of such positions is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article II, Section 2 under the “Appointments Clause”:
… shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. (emphasis added)
This bill will do away with the checks and balances that separate an American form of government from those such as Venezuela and Brazil. Already we have power mongers such as Cass Sunstein our Regulatory Czar (more commonly known as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and more aptly titled the Office of Government Propaganda) running amok across the US using agencies such as the EPA as a weapon of regulation and control. There is not a single area in our country that Sunstein does not have his claws sunk deep into. It should scare the crap out of Americans, but all I hear are crickets. The silence of capitulation seals our fate as surely as the thunderous applause of approval – so ends the Republic.
More from The Heritage Foundation:
When the delegates of the states gathered in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 and wrote the Constitution, they distributed the powers of the federal government among two Houses of Congress, a President, and a judiciary, and required in many cases that two of them work together to exercise a particular constitutional power. That separation of powers protects the liberties of the American people by preventing any one officer of the government from aggregating too much power.
The Framers of the Constitution did not give the President the kingly power to appoint the senior officers of the government by himself. Instead, they allowed the President to name an individual for a senior office, but then required the President to obtain the Senate’s consent before appointing the individual to office. Thus, they required the cooperation of the President and the Senate to put someone in high office.
I know Americans have not forgotten about Obama’s string of Czars. Czars that he was supposed to downsize or get rid of. Czars, which in my personal viewpoint, were and still are illegal under the Constitution. But progressives never go away, they just shift… As has done so many of Obama’s Czars. With this sweeping bill, over 200 positions will no longer require Senate approval. Obama will dictate who are his powerful lieutenants and who will control America. The Senate will merely be a sham to parrot Obama’s dictates. With this bill, checks and balances will be effectively nullified.
What does that portend you say? One day, your right to own a gun will be gone, just regulated away. Businesses will be nationalized even more than they are now. Heavy regulation will ensue concerning communications and the Internet. Many, many private businesses will whither and die. You will be told what and how much to eat – food and gas rationing will become the norm. Poverty and squalor will become equal for all as wealth is redistributed to other nations. If there are elections, they will be a joke and pointless. There will be a few powerful elites and then the masses. Guess which camp you and I will be in?
Our best hope at this juncture is that this abomination will be stopped in the House. We must weed out the progressives and we must win in 2012. This country will not survive another four years of progressive policies. Not as a Republic and not as a free entity anyway.
The bitter irony on display here, is that the same jackals that have barked and snarled and feigned horror at “American Imperialism,” are the very ones who now howl their support for a true American empire. All hail Caesar!
Hat Tip: Brian B.
By: Fern Sidman
The decision to bestow an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner by the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice has erupted into a epochal firestorm of polemics with pundits of all stripes weighing in.
Originally nominated by Karen Kaplowitz, the head of the faculty committee at John Jay, Kushner was to receive the honorary degree for “his extraordinary talent and contributions to the American theater”. Kushner is best known for his two-part play cycle “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” for which he won a host of major awards and international recognition. His screenplay for the 2005 film “Munich” which earned him several Academy Award nominations was widely condemned by numerous critics as being grossly inaccurate in ways that were hostile to Israel and inappropriately sympathetic to Palestinian terrorists. Kushner’s latest play, “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures,” opened Thursday at the Public Theater in New York City.
The decision to award the proposed degree, which is routinely rubber stamped by the CUNY Board of Trustees was vehemently opposed by a dissenting voice at a board meeting on May 2nd. The lone opposition emanated from Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, an investment adviser and onetime aide to former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, who appointed him as a CUNY trustee in 1999. In his four minute speech, Mr. Wiesenfeld cited a litany of anti-Israel statements made by Mr. Kushner throughout the years and lambasted the “disingenuous and non intellectual activity directed against the State of Israel on campuses throughout the country, the west generally and often times the United States as well.” Referencing the web site of Hamas apologist and prominent anti-Israel basher, Professor Norman Finkelstein, Mr. Wiesenfeld pointed to direct quotes Kushner had made to the media concerning his animus towards Israel.
Among them are:
“[Israel was] founded in a program that, if you really want to be blunt about it, was ethnic cleansing, and that today is behaving abominably towards the Palestinian people.”
— Yale Israel Review (winter 2005)
“I’ve never been a Zionist. I have a problem with the idea of a Jewish state. It would have been better if it never happened.”
— The New York Sun reporting Kushner comments made at a conference in NY (10/14/02)
Kushner: Establishing a state means F****** people over. However, I think that people in the late 20th century or early 21st century – having seen the Holocaust, having seen the 20th century and all of its horrors — cannot be complacent in the face of that. Ha’aretz reporter: But you are saying that the very creation of Israel as a Jewish state was not a good idea.
Kushner: I think it was a mistake.
— Ha’aretz (4/7/04)
“Zionism aimed as the establishment of a national identity is predicated on a reading of Jewish history and an interpretation of the meaning of Jewish history I don’t share. Insofar as Zionism is an idea that the solution to the suffering of the Jewish people was the establishment of a Jewish nation, I think it is not the right answer.
— Ha’aretz (4/7/04)
“I am not a Zionist in case you haven’t noticed.” Kushner cited “the shame of American Jews for failing to denounce Israel.”
– Chicago Tribune (4/10/02)
“The existence of the state of Israel, because of the terrible way that the Palestinian people have been treated, is now in great peril and the world is in peril as a consequence of it.”
– In These Times interview (3/4/02)
“Israel is a foreign country. I am no more represented by Israel than I am by Italy.”
– Ha’aretz (4/7/04)
“The Israeli-built security wall should come down, the homeland for the Palestinians should be built up, with a strictly enforced peace, not enforced by the Israel Defense Forces, but by the United Nations.”
– Baltimore Jewish Times (6/4/04)
“I deplore the brutal and illegal tactics of the Israeli Defence Forces in the occupied territories. I deplore the occupation, the forced evacuations, the settlements, the refugee camps, the whole shameful history of the dreadful suffering of the Palestinian people; Jews, of all people, with our history of suffering, should refuse to treat our fellow human beings like that.”
– London Times (5/7/02)
“[Israel is involved in] a deliberate destruction of Palestinian culture and a systematic attempt to destroy the identity of the Palestinian people.”
– New York Sun (10/4/02)
“To avoid facing up to such atrocity, to sustain the refusal of any Israeli share in culpability, Zionism has produced a long, shameful, and debilitating history of denial…”
– Wrestling with Zion – Introduction p.5
Mr. Wiesenfeld also told the CUNY trustees, “I think it is up to all of us to look at fairness and to consider these things, especially when the State of Israel, which is our sole democratic ally in the area sits in the neighborhood which is almost universally dominated by administrations which are misogynist, anti-gay, and anti-Christian. Societies that are doing today to the Christians what they did to the 500,000 Jews who lived in the Arab world in 1948 at the time of the creation of the State of Israel, dispossessing them, murdering them, deporting them.”
Back in 2006, pro-Israel organizations had also led a campaign to stop Brandeis University from bestowing an honorary degree to Kushner, but the university decided to go ahead with the honor. At that time the Zionist Organization of America issued a press release stating, “”Kushner has also made numerous egregious statements viciously condemning Israel and decrying its very existence” and has “deplored the brutal and illegal tactics of the IDF” and “the deliberate destruction of Palestinian culture and a systematic attempt to destroy the identity of the Palestinian people.” Kushner sits on the Board of Advisors of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which advocates divestment and boycott campaigns against Israel. His name appears on JVP letterhead and news stories referring to JVP’s involvement in anti-Israel activity makes special mention of Tony Kushner role in the organization.
Although Mr. Wiesenfeld expected to be the sole opposition vote to the Kushner nomination, 4 out of the 11 other voting members also cast their votes with him including Judah Gribetz, Peter S. Pantaleo, Deputy Mayor Carol A. Robles-Roman and Charles A. Shorter. Support from 9 out of the 12 trustees was required to push the nomination forward but since only seven had voted for it, the unusual move marked the the first time in 40 years that a nomination was tabled by an 11-1 vote by the board.
According to a report in The New York Times, Philip Alfonso Berry, who was among the trustees who voted to shelve Mr. Kushner’s nomination, said he believed that the board needed more information after hearing from Mr. Wiesenfeld. “I would have welcomed some discussion on it,” Mr. Berry said. “This is one of those things that people are going to be upset about on both sides, no matter which way we vote.” Wellington Z. Chen, another board member who voted to table the motion, said: “It was like when a car comes at you at 100 miles an hour. The right thing to do is to say we don’t have all the correct information yet and let’s take a look at it.”
In a three page letter dated May 4th to the CUNY Board of Trustees, Kushner said, “Trustee Jeffrey S. Weisenfeld delivered a grotesque caricature of my political beliefs regarding the state of Israel, concocted out of three carefully cropped, contextless quotes taken from interviews I’ve given, the mention of my name on the blog of someone with whom I have no connection whatsoever, and the fact that I serve on the advisory board of a political organization with which Mr.Weisenfeld strongly disagrees.”
Regarding his views on Israel, Kushner wrote in the same letter, “I believe that the historical record shows, incontrovertibly, that the forced removal of Palestinians from their homes as part of the creation of the state of Israel was ethnic cleansing, a conclusion I reached mainly by reading the work of Benny Morris, an acclaimed and conservative Israeli historian whose political opinions are much more in accord with Mr. Weisenfeld’s than with mine”.
He added that, ” I won’t enter into arguments about Israeli policy towards the Palestinian people since 1948, about the security fence or the conduct of the IDF, except to say that my feelings and opinions – my outrage, my grief, my terror, my moments of despair – regarding the ongoing horror in the middle east, the brunt of which has been born by the Palestinian people, but which has also cost Israelis dearly and which endangers their existence, are shared by many Jews, in Israel, in the US and around the world. My despair is kept in check by my ongoing belief in and commitment to a negotiated conclusion to the Palestinian-Israeli crisis.”
Following the receipt of Kushner’s letter, the Board of Trustees of CUNY, in an attempt to quell the burgeoning controversy, issued a statement on May 5th saying its decision to deny an honorary degree for the playwright Tony Kushner “should not be interpreted as reflecting on Mr. Kushner’s accomplishments.”
“I would not ordinarily ask for reconsideration of a decision so recently taken,” said CUNY Trustee Chairman Benno Schmidt adding that “When the board has made a mistake of principle, and not merely of policy, review is appropriate and, indeed, mandatory.” Michael Arena, Director of Communications at CUNY said that the tabled motion will be reviewed at another meeting with the board set for next Monday. “The award was basically placed in a hold position,” he said. “A position where no action was taken.”
Those in solidarity with Kushner also include Ellen Schrecker, a history professor at Yeshiva University who received an honorary degree from John Jay College in 2008. She said that she is planning to return it because of the board’s decision as did American feminist and author Barbara Ehrenreich and former Brooklyn College faculty member Michael Cunningham. The CUNY trustees’ decision to revisit the matter and perhaps reverse it at next Monday’s meeting might not make a difference to Kushner who told The New York Observer on Wednesday that he has “no intention of ever accepting an award from CUNY”.
In an op-ed article that appeared on May 5th in The Alegemeiner newspaper, Mr. Wiesenfeld wrote of Mr. Kushner, “If his libelous statements against Israel were made by anyone outside the Jewish community, that person would be correctly labeled an anti-Semite. When you spew libel against our sole regional democratic ally for “crimes” concocted by delegitimizers, you are an anti-Semite.” He continued by saying, “Every nominee that has been brought before the board, during my 12 years at least, has been approved by the full board. Mr. Kushner, however, was opposed because he is an extremist. No extremist from any quarter is a good face for any University – from far left or far right.”
Joining the chorus of those who oppose CUNY’s decision to table Mr. Kushner’s nomination for an honorary degree are former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch who asked the board to grant Kushner the degree and, according to the New York Times requested that Wiesenfeld resign from his position on the board on the grounds of abuse of power. Said Koch, “Mr. Kushner’s personal views should have nothing to do with his academic honor. “What does Kushner receiving an award have to do with criticism of the State of Israel? What if I were denied an honorary degree because of my strong support for that state?”
Supporting Mr. Wiesenfeld’s opposition to the Kushner nomination is Israel National News op-ed contributor, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, who is an emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies in the CUNY system. Commenting in a May 6th article on the NewsRealBlog web site entitled, “Communist University of NY (CUNY) Denies Honor to Israel-Bashing Playwright Tony Kushner”, she writes, “I once labored at the City University of New York (CUNY). I am amazed but thrilled that enough (five) members on their twelve member Board of Trustees actually viewed Kushner’s views on Israel as “racist.” I once taught a graduate course at the very branch of CUNY which proposed Kushner. Once, I was friendly with some of the professorial union thugs who literally occupy positions to the left of Stalin. God bless CUNY Trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, who was the first to speak against Kushner.”
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Conservative publisher Andrew Brietbart said down for an extensive interview with CBSNews.com Friday in which he discussed his disdain for the mainstream media, offered his perspective on the Republican presidential field, said President Obama should have released a post-mortem photo of Osama bin Laden, and complained that men have been turned into eunuchs by political correctness.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Hat Tip: Brian B.