Sour Grapes and Character

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

Candidates who’ve lost elections have been told by voters that it’s time to sit back and let someone else represent them. Isn’t that the purpose of an election, to determine who moves forward and who stays behind? Apparently accepting defeat isn’t part of the electoral process anymore; at least that’s the message from a handful of recently defeated candidates. Instead of standing behind the rightful winner, these losers (and I use the word loser in every sense of the word), these losers would rather continue on as if to ignore what voter’s have already decided.

“Whether they are sore losers or never-say-die patriots, third-party candidates threaten to tip a handful of congressional and gubernatorial races to contenders who otherwise might have lost this fall.”

There have been several articles posted by various outlets regarding the impact of third party candidates influencing the outcome of major races, but the issue which comes to mind goes beyond who gets elected, who wields power over the masses and who gets all the perks. Character and integrity are what makes America strong and those who seek public office need to act accordingly. Ignoring the results of a primary is nothing more than sour grapes.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Delaware Representative Mike Castle have all shown a decided lack of character by considering a “write in” campaign or switching parties after having been snubbed in favor of Tea Party backed candidates in the Republican Party. Call it arrogance or pride; either is unbefitting a servant of the people.

Not long ago in another article, I expressed my views regarding the difference between the Tea Party and the Tea Party movement. There are many within the ranks of the GOP who fail to grasp the importance of acting along conservative lines in a consistent manner. They also fail to acknowledge the expressed desires of registered Republicans who attend and make up the Tea Party movement.

“We The People” are tired of politics as usual. We’re tired of empty promises to restore financial responsibility, moral decency and free market principles followed by reckless abandon to those principles which are required under our constitutional form of government. We should be grateful these losers; Christ, Murkowski and Castle, exposed their lack of character. It should make it much easier to ignore them come November.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”


Busted! Anti-American Terrorism Supporters — in Chicago and Minneapolis

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Cross-posting Brenda J. Elliott’s article at the Real Barrack Obama blog.

“Under Democrat Harry Truman, it was the Communist bogeyman that was used to destroy the Left that had built the labor movement; today Democrat Barack Obama uses the terrorist bogeyman to try to destroy the peace movement, both actions for the same goals: To maximize the profits of the capitalist class.” – Bay Indymedia

September 24, 2010 interview with Mick Kelly of Minneapolis

According to the Chicago Tribune report, Federal agents, under the auspices of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, “searched homes of anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis . . . in an investigation of possible links with terrorist organizations in the Middle East and South America.”

About 20 FBI agents spent most of the day searching the Logan Square residence of activists [and spouses] Stephanie Weiner and Joseph Iosbaker, Weiner said… In Jefferson Park, neighbors saw FBI agents carrying boxes from the apartment of community activist Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network. In addition, Chicago activist Thomas Burke said he was served a grand jury subpoena that requested records of any payments to Abudayyeh or his group.

…Melinda Power, an attorney for Weiner and Iosbaker and a longtime friend, said agents took about 30 boxes of papers dating to the 1970s, including a postcard from an old girlfriend of Iosbaker’s.

“They said they would determine what was evidence later,” Power said.

Weiner, who said she and her husband for years have been active in labor causes and the anti-war movement, complained the search was an attempt to intimidate her and other activists.

“We aren’t doing anything differently than we have in 20 years,” said Weiner, a teacher at Wilbur Wright College. Iosbaker is a staff member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a union steward for Service Employees International Union Local 73.

Burke said he received a grand jury subpoena requesting records of payments to Abudayyeh’s organization as well as two groups among the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The subpoena also requested “items relating to trips to Colombia, Jordan, Syria, the Palestinian territories of Israel.” Burke said he toured Colombia eight years ago with members of an oil workers union there.

Burke, a former school custodian-turned-stay-at-home father, belongs to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, a group mentioned in subpoenas and search warrants issued Friday to activists in Minneapolis.

Burke said he knows Weiner, Iosbaker and Abudayyeh from years of involvement in demonstrations and activities in Chicago. Most of the people whose homes were searched or who were issued subpoenas attended anti-war rallies at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., he said.

The World Socialist Web Site adds: “The two reported Chicago raids targeted the homes of antiwar and gay rights activist Andy Thayer and Tom Burke of the Columbia Action Network.“

In Minneapolis, according to the Pioneer Press, the homes of Minnesota Anti-War Committee “organizers Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby were among those searched. The organization’s office also was searched.”

The Michael Kelly subpoena can be seen here and the search warrant for his apartment here.

“I have no idea what all this is about,” said Kelly’s attorney, Ted Dooley. “Mr. Kelly is an activist; he’s a socialist or perhaps a communist and has been forever. He never hides his political views. They’re fishing. They’re casting big nets into the sea of political activism.” . . . The home of Tracy Molms, 29, who works with Students for a Democratic Society [at the University of Minnesota], also was searched. The fifth person whose home was searched didn’t want the name made public, Sundin said.

RBO wrote in September 2008 about the “new” SDS here.

Molms said she’d traveled to “Palestine” in 2004. She said she’d raised money for the trip in the Twin Cities activist community.

Yet another Freedom Road member from Minneapolis has been named by NBC Chicago as having received a search warrant for her home — Sarah Martin. (See RBO’s follow up article here for info on Martin.)

A press release by Burke was posted at the Workers World web site. It includes the name of Steff Yorek, “one of the activists whose homes was searched.”

Yorek, a member of AFSCME who is also an organizer for the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout, as well as a member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, is with the University of Minnesota.

Burke writes:

“The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against U.S. wars and occupations, and those who oppose U.S. support for repressive regimes,” said Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed a subpoena by the FBI. “They are designed to suppress dissent and free speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America.”

SDS, in its statement following the raids, said it would “stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters across the country in the face of FBI repression of progressive causes.”

The SDS item included the name of another radical group raised in the raids, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera. Palmera is a FARC revolutionary who was convicted in July 2007 “in federal court of helping hold three Americans hostage for years in jungle prison camps.”

Fox News Chicago reports:

“Among the targets of the raids were Jessica Sundin, who led a 10,000-person anti-war march on the opening day of the Republican National Convention in 2008, and Mick Kelly, who was part of Sundin’s 2008 protest and who has planned to march in Minneapolis if the Democratic National Convention is held there in 2012.”

The World Socialist Web Site “clarifies” the identities of these groups:

“FARC is a nationalist, peasant-based organization at war with the US-backed regime in Columbia; the PFLP is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, or PLO; and Hezbollah is a mass Islamic political party in Lebanon with a paramilitary wing that has fought off invasions by Israel.

The political nature of the raids was barely concealed. The warrant to raid Kelly’s home specifically cited his membership in a group calling itself socialist, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO).”

The Communist-affiliated International ANSWER Coalition adds:

“The targeted activists have done nothing wrong. They are long-time organizers in the struggle for justice in the United States and against U.S. wars and repression abroad. They are leaders of organizations like the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, among others. Many of the targeted activists helped organize the successful mass mobilizations at the RNC in Minneapolis, Minn. in 2008. Now, the government is attempting to implicate them in a bogus federal “terrorism” investigation. These allegations are baseless, reactionary and wrong.

The aim of the FBI raids is clearly the suppression of free speech and dissent. The government wants all activists to be afraid to speak out. And the Obama administration’s Justice Department is now leading the charge. But we cannot allow the government to stamp out the right of people to advocate for political beliefs that do not align with the aims of the Pentagon war machine. We cannot allow them to continue to erode our civil rights and civil liberties.

ANSWER encourages all anti-war activists to follow the example of the targeted activists if you are confronted by the FBI or other police agencies. The activists have refused to engage in conversations with the FBI about their political beliefs and anti-war organizing.”

P.S. The radical Left has turned on the Chosen One. Where once he was cheered, he is now reviled. Just saying.


Meg Whitman: I’m A Huge Fan Of Van Jones

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

If Meg Whitman thinks this way, it would be a very cold day in hell, er, California, before I would vote for her…

The Radio Patriot brought this to my attention after viewing the Van Jones video on this site yesterday. Here is the video of Meg Whitman:

On May 6, 2009, Meg Whitman, who is running for governor of California, told reporters that she is a huge fan of Obama green czar Van Jones.

Folks, there are Progressives on both sides of the aisle here. DO NOT VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO PRAISES LEFTIST RADICALS! Need I remind anyone at all, that Van Jones is a Communist and a revolutionary radical? If you wouldn’t have him in your home or to dinner, don’t vote for those who would snuggle with him.

From Andrea Shea King at The Radio Patriot: From the Desk of Joe Wierzbicki

Joe Garofoli from the SFGate reports:

Meg Whitman has taken soooooooooooooooooooo lonnnnnnnng to take an actual position on Prop 23 — the measure that would essentially cripple California’s landmark climate change law — that she’s getting some late-inning lobbying from the Tea Party Express — yes, the same crew that just sent $600 K to Alaska for to help an unknown Tea P’er there, Joe Miller, defeat incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to win the GOP Senate nod.

You know what they call $600,000 down at Whitman HQ? Enough for a staff lunch. Then again, they’ve never really felt a Tea Party wave crash down on them…will it arrive?

Tea Party Express organizer Joe Wierzbicki just sent an all-points bulletin to his Tea peeps asking them to bombard Whitman HQ with calls and emails. Oh, that’s never pretty.

Here’s what he’s nattering about…

Fellow California Conservatives:

I have an urgent political development that needs your immediate attention.

Many of you know me from my work as Coordinator for the Tea Party Express. However, today I’m writing to you as an individual — a fellow conservative here in the Golden State.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is reportedly on the verge of opposing Proposition 23. This would be terrible news. As you know, Prop 23 would repeal AB 32, The anti-business, job-killing California Global Warming Solution Act, which is based completely on junk science.

Radical environmentalists and socialist liberals are putting the pressure on Republicans to come out and oppose Prop 23. They’ve already got Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on board. Now they are trying to pressure our next prospective Republican Governor, Meg Whitman.

We have to fight back and make sure Meg Whitman’s campaign hears from those of us who want a return to common-sense solutions that strengthen our economy and reduces the burden of government on our families (some estimates put the cost per family of AB 32 at $4,000 for each California family – that’s why we must pass Prop 23 and reduce this big government, leftist Global Warming policy once and for all).

Meg Whitman is supposed to make her decision on whether to support or oppose Prop 23 by Friday, so we have little time to act. Please forward this email to all of your conservative friends and take the following simple steps below:

I am asking you to join me in contacting Meg Whitman’s campaign and delivering this simple message in a polite manner: Please Support Prop 23.

* You can call Whitman campaign advisor, Jeff Randle, at: (916) 448-5802

* And please email the Whitman campaign at: [email protected]

Well, what are you waiting for? Conservatives in California need all the help they can get. Peg the needle, put the peddle to the metal and put the pressure on Meg.