04/6/12

Unemployment, gasoline or birth control–what will clobber Obama first?

By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

Barack Obama is a miracle worker–he was able to have his staff quickly gather hundreds of women and throw together an “emergency” half-day “White House Conference on Women’s Issues,” with Obama scheduled to pop in and give them a “pep talk.”

Generally, President Obama’s schedule is so jam-packed with his countrywide campaign commitments, that he doesn’t even have time to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer while in Arizona, even though he is suing them for jumping the gun on locking down the U.S.-Mexico border, and flushing out illegal aliens–or “undocumented Democrats,” as coined by Mark Steyn.

Regardless, in stark contrast to the vacuous contentions of the White House, who suggest women are worried about their access to birth control pills, the economy, jobs and national debt continue to dominate the center stage of politics all over the nation–and the numbers from today are not going to provide them with a Happy Easter.

After adding an average of 246,000 jobs per month over the past three months, hiring hit the skids with March plunging off a cliff, reporting just 120,000 jobs created–less than half of what the private sector of the economy had been producing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report released today.

And, although the unemployment rate slipped a sliver to 8.2 percent, it was attributed to another hoard of discouraged job seekers leaving the labor pool.

The really stark statistic that is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the mainstream media, is the “real” unemployment rate, which includes all of those people who have “given up looking for work, and those forced to settle for part-time jobs,” and now sits at 14.5 percent, according to an unusually objective Associated Press article today.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), weighed in, stating … “The level of growth we are seeing isn’t enough to make a difference for the millions of Americans still out of work, or families facing high gas prices and the uncertainty of a lagging economy.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stepped to the plate saying that … ‘the current hiring pace is unlikely to continue without more consumer spending.’

That’s not very good news, because consumer spending is being choked off by the truly unprecedented 66-cent run-up in gasoline prices (to a national average $3.94 a gallon) so far this year, and will continue to be a counter-force to our economic recovery.

Instead of focusing on important women’s issues, such as their right to join The Augusta Golf and Country Club, Barack Obama should remember that no incumbent president has been reelected while the unemployment rate was over 7.8 percent.

But, it seems like in the remote chance that the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent by November, as 99.999 percent of over-the-road vehicles in the United States cannot yet use “free” solar or wind power–the inflammatory price of gasoline will likely incinerate Barack Obama’s reelection hopes.

04/6/12

Fox News Hires Supporter of Jeremiah Wright and Derrick Bell

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Fox News is once again moving to the left, hoping to avoid left-wing attacks on its news operations and commentators. But the move risks alienating conservative viewers. The current controversy involves new Fox News contributor Santita Jackson, who lists the notorious Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., as being among her personal “activities and interests” on her Facebook page.

Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for 20 years and baptized Obama’s children, became a major controversial figure during the 2008 presidential campaign when it became known that he blamed the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American foreign policy and claimed the U.S. manufactured the AIDS virus to kill black people.

The link on the Santita Jackson page, which promotes matters of personal interest to Ms. Jackson and other things she likes to do, directs people to Wright’s official home page.

But her taste for racial and divisive politics has taken on added significance in view of a blog post from 2010, in which Jackson praised New York University law professor Derrick Bell, who has recently become known as “Obama’s Beloved Law Professor” at Breitbart.com because of videos showing the President embracing him. J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer, wrote, “Both Obama and Bell demanded that Harvard hire professors on the basis of race. Obama and other students rallied to Bell’s side after Bell quit teaching in an attempt to force Harvard to implement race-based hiring policies.”

He added, “The Obama-Bell connection is the latest in a pattern of Barack Obama’s associations with individuals who promoted a racially divisive America.”

Santita Jackson praised Bell’s decision to leave Harvard in the context of criticizing Obama’s decision to appoint white feminist Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan’s hires “while serving as law dean at the Harvard Law School have served to give me pause,” she said, noting the reported failure to hire one single African-American, Latino or Native American. “NYU Law Professor Derrick Bell left the Harvard Law school in 1992 over this very issue,” Jackson noted.

Equally significant, Jackson’s bio describes her as a founding contributor to The Grio, a website dedicated to black news and opinion owned by MSNBC and which is produced in cooperation with NBC News. She lists The Grio as being among her other activities and links to a description of the site.

Hence, Fox News is sharing personnel with a rival network, another indication of the channel’s move to the left.

It is apparent that the left-wing attacks on Fox News, many of them directed through the Soros-funded Media Matters group, have taken their toll.

Conservative reactions to the Fox News hiring of Jackson have been blistering. At The Blaze, a website published by Glenn Beck, who was fired from the channel after representatives of George Soros objected to his scrutiny of the billionaire, one person commented, “Seriously Fox what are you thinking? You are going to push away the base of viewers that have kept you at number 1…Why mess with something that was working? Good luck though to jj daughter. I am not attacking her I am attacking the leadership at Fox for alienating the viewership over and over again with their PC garbage…”

“JJ” is a reference to her father Jesse Jackson, who has run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and is a prominent supporter of President Obama. On the rival MSNBC network, Jackson recently suggested that criticism of Obama’s performance in office has been racist. Obama is “under some venomous attack,” he said. “I mean, the captain of the ship is an African-American who has taken us out of an economic crisis on an upward swing, but there are those who are willing to sink the ship just to destroy the captain.”

Another reader comment on The Blaze said of the Fox News decision to hire Jackson’s daughter: “Ever since the News Corps scandal, Fox has begun a rapid slide to the left. They are BECOMING the corrupt lame-stream-media they used to rail against!”

It is not known if Fox News understood that Santita Jackson, in addition to being the daughter of left-wing activist and Democratic Party politician Jesse Jackson, has been promoting Jeremiah Wright or Derrick Bell. Fox News host Sean Hannity frequently talks about how he used his program during the 2008 campaign to expose Wright and his influence over Obama.

It was later revealed that Wright, at a September 17, 2009, anniversary celebration of Monthly Review, a Marxist publication, had praised Marxism and discussed his ties to communists in El Salvador and Nicaragua and the Libyan government. He called America “land of the greed and home of the slave.”

Santita Jackson’s “interest” in Wright, a form of expressing support for the controversial minister, can only add to concerns that Fox News is moving to the left so fast it is not checking out its left-wing contributors. Her praise for Bell is equally dismaying.

More than two years ago, Fox News hired—and then fired—Marc Lamont Hill as a paid commentator, after AIM revealed that he had an easily documentable record in support of cop-killers.

Santita Jackson comes from Chicago, which is Obama’s home base, and hosted a radio show on Chicago’s WVON, which just happens to carry a show by the notorious Al Sharpton. Next to Sharpton, who hosts a TV program on MSNBC, her father may be the most vocal race baiter and agitator in the nation. Sharpton promoted the Tawana Brawley hoax, in which a black woman falsely claimed being raped by white men.

Sharpton and Jackson have both been quick to jump on the Trayvon Martin shooting, in order to promote the idea that America is a racist nation in which blacks are profiled, shot and killed for no reason. However, facts emerging in this controversial case demonstrate that the shooter, George Zimmerman, a Hispanic, may have shot and killed Martin in self-defense, after a violent confrontation, and that Martin, a black teenager, had been in trouble at his school and suspended. Investigations into the case continue, although the use of lethal force in self-defense is permitted under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Although she is going to work for Fox News Channel as a paid contributor, Santita Jackson has never said anything on the public record that is complimentary to the cable channel. Hence, the hiring looks like a sop to the critics of the cable channel.

Even more embarrassing for Fox News, her Facebook page identifies liberals Anderson Cooper and Roland Martin of CNN as being her favorite media personalities. She and Martin are long-time friends.

One other reader comment at The Blaze was that if Fox News keeps moving left, it will start resembling CNN.

In an AIM blog post, “Fox Veers Left, Hires Jesse Jackson’s Daughter,” Don Irvine noted that “Jackson will join a growing legion of left-wingers at Fox that includes Jehmu Greene and Sally Kohn. Greene is the former president of the Women’s Media Center, which was founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, and Kohn is a former senior strategist for the Soros-funded Center for Community Change.”

Irvine added, “Fox’s moves to beef up its liberal lineup continue to confound conservatives who see no need for the top-rated cable news network to give liberals even more of a voice than they currently have. They already have MSNBC and CNN, along with the rest of the mainstream media. If this hiring trend continues, Fox runs the risk of alienating its conservative audience to the point that they will look elsewhere for their news, and eventually end Fox’s long run as the top cable news network.”

Although her left-wing political views are nothing new, and only add to what Greene and Kohn already provide on various Fox News programs, there is no doubt that Santita Jackson has a fascinating personal story. She lost more than 200 pounds after gastric bypass weight-loss surgery. She is also said to be a dynamic singer. She sang at President Clinton’s second presidential inauguration and attended Obama’s inauguration.

But her political views, of course, are what are getting attention since her hiring by Fox News.

In addition to being a fan of the anti-American Rev. Wright, her Facebook page lists the radical demagogic Catholic Priest Father Michael Pfleger as one of her favorite interests. Pfleger, who has known Barack Obama since his days as a community organizer in Chicago, called on Christian churches on March 25 to put a hoodie on their altar as “a sign of solidarity” with Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who wore a sweatshirt with a hood before his confrontation with Zimmerman.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Pfleger was hailed as “a friend” of Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ and declared in remarks from the pulpit that Hillary Clinton thought she was “entitled” to the Democratic presidential nomination because she was white.

Interestingly, Santita Jackson lists the law firm of Tamara N. Holder as being among other “activities and interests” on her Facebook page. Holder, who is also a paid Fox News contributor, says in her biography that she “works closely with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. in crafting and executing public policy initiatives, together with programs to increase opportunities for minorities and the economically disadvantaged.”

“Tamara single-handedly founded a pro bono legal clinic at Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition,” one of her other websites declares. A criminal attorney in Chicago, her law firm “has successfully defended the most serious of felony cases, from murder to possession of drugs and guns.”

Tamara Holder identifies herself on her Twitter page as a lobbyist and “government consultant” but does not disclose who she is lobbying or consulting for.

Not surprisingly, one article discloses that she has been a frequent guest on the radio, including on such programs as “The Al Sharpton Show” and “The Santita Jackson Show.”

The Santita Jackson show has now moved from radio to TV, courtesy of the Fox News Channel. Is her father next in line for a show on the “conservative” channel?

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.

04/6/12

Loudon to Speak in Tennessee

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

I will be speaking at two engagements next week in Tennessee.

Thursday April 12 6:30 PM

Where: Room D3
Pennick Academic Complex
1050 Union University Dr
Union University, Jackson, TN

Friday April 13 6:00 PM

Where: Patterson Park Community Center (Dining Room)
521 Mercury Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

See you there!

04/6/12

The Origins of Communism in California

By: AJ

Examining the long march to Communism in California shows that it took Progressives over a hundred years to achieve their totalitarian California dream.

In 1879, the NY Times reported on the new California Constitution which was instigated by… wait for it… the Labor Party. Wouldn’t you know, community organizers peddling their Communism way back then. In the article, “Communism in California,” notice that their oppressive, totalitarian dream was instituted through taxation and taking control of land and railways. Does this sound similar to what they’re doing at an accelerated pace today? It certainly parallels what Nancy Pelosi brought to the House floor in 1992, which she called “Agenda 21″ and said it is the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development program.

Most notable in the 1879 NY Times article is the author’s apparent realization of the danger of enacting a mild form of Socialism that would lead to a Communist California, while at the same time finding comfort in the fact that it’s happening in a “distant part of the country.” The author may have presumed it would prove disastrous before infecting other States and spreading throughout the US like a violent and deadly virus. Little did the author know that it would be emanating from our very own White House, with an iron fist, within 130 years.

COMMUNISM IN CALIFORNIA (Published May 9, 1879)

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F30D1FFF385A137B93CBA9178ED85F4D8784F9

Excerpts:

“… it is clear that the efforts of the conservative people of California have not been able to stem the tide which has lately set toward Communism in the Golden State. It must be said that the experiment of a mild form of Socialism is now about to be tried in one of the States of the Republic. Perhaps it is just as well that it should be tried in a distant part of the country, and in a State which always makes much of its own griefs, as well as of its own advantages. There never was a serious desire for a remodeling of the Constitution of California until the so-called Labor Party became an important factor in the politics of the State…”

“The adoption of the new Constitution, absurd as it may be in some of its provisions, is the manifestation of a rebellion against what is called “the tyranny of capital.” It is a violent remedy for actual ills. It is a practical overturning of the principles that have governed American commercial life ever since the foundation of the Republic. Many requirements of the new Constitution are impossible of execution. Others will be evaded by corrupt officers. But enough will remain to bring disaster and financial distress upon the people.”

Many lament what California has become and, despite the beauty of this State, people and businesses are leaving as fast as they can. On the other hand, Communists like Van Jones and the Union leaders who control this State enjoy calling California their “home” while they live in the lap of luxury courtesy of people like George Soros and Barack Obama (through our tax dollars, of course).

Here is Communist California today… (h/t MamaKat)(Pictures and Video by Ringo and Zombie)

A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.

The communists freely and proudly declare their affiliation. And SEIU has no problem marching arm-in-arm with them.

“Smash Capitalism” is a slogan SEIU apparently endorses – or at least doesn’t mind marching behind. In case you think SEIU is some peripheral out-of-the-mainstream organization:

SEIU devoted $28 million to Obama’s campaign, making SEIU “the organization that spent the most to help Barack Obama get elected president.”

Furthermore, who is Obama’s favorite White House guest and one of his closest confidants? The individual who has visited the Obama White House the most: SEIU President Andy Stern, who has visited 53 times. Obama is closely linked with SEIU. EIU is closely linked with communists. You do the math.

Did I say communists? Sorry, I meant Communists (with a capital “C”). Note how the Communists that day (like the women on the right in this photo) carried solid red flags symbolizing their ideology. Keep that in mind as you view the next photo.

One of the SEIU leaders picked up a Communist flag and led a contingent of rank-and-file SEIU members. Everyone was OK with that.

The way you can identify SEIU members in all these pictures: They’re the ones in purple T-shirts carrying blue-and-yellow signs.

So, as you can see, the communists and the union members intermingled as the march progressed.

In case you were wondering what SEIU was saying during all of this, there is a video of SEIU chanting: “Legalization or REVOLUTION!” Clear enough?

And it wasn’t just the SEIU at the march – other “normal” unions like the AFL-CIO were on hand as well. There were plenty of teachers’ unions attending too and they brought along many of their public school students for some good old-fashioned communist indoctrination.

Most in the US who walk around with Che buttons or Che shirts do so simply because they foolishly think he’s “cool.” These hardcore Communists carry his image not because he’s “cool,” but because he was one of the most radical revolutionaries who ever lived. Right up there with Lenin, apparently.

No comment necessary!

In order to have a more “civil dialogue” with their political opponents, the marchers made a puppet of a demonic Statue of Liberty aligned with the “Tea Bag Party.”

OK, I guess Hitler comparisons are off the table for now – too many people have called it taboo. So what’s second best? The Devil!

Tell me the honest truth: If the Tea Party had marched in a rally behind a banner held up by fascists or neo-Nazis, don’t you think it would have been national news? But the nation’s biggest Obama-supporting political organization marched behind banners like these and not a peep about it in the media. Hmmmm…

Until recently, the average American has regarded fascists and Communists as equally noxious and equally malignant. As well they should have. But the drive these days by the left side of the spectrum is to make communism and socialism somewhat less remarkable and more palatable. For two years, they angrily denied the Tea Party accusation that Obama’s policies and supporters had a socialist bent.

But in recent months, as the accusation has started to gain traction, the new leftist tactic has become: “What’s so bad about socialism after all? You’re demonizing a very popular and respectable ideology!”

Communists and SEIU Members march together at May Day Demonstration, L.A., Ca.

Young Communists at May Day protest, Los Angeles, Ca 5/1/2011