Archive for August, 2009

Green Collar Economy

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I’ve been reading Van Jones’ latest book, Green Collar Economy.  I checked it out from local public library.  I figured that was in keeping with the essence of the book and philosophy behind the book.  It also prevents Mr. Jones from seeing a single dime of my money…for the moment anyway.

Mr. Jones believes strongly that the path to building a Green Economy must begin with the impoverished areas of our country.  Building in these low income, high unemployment areas serves two purposes.  First, it will bring jobs to the area as homes are retrofitted toward more energy efficiency while also empowering the local communities to get involved with the program.  Not a bad idea really but, as you will see as this series continues, all the pay for these jobs will come from the Government and probably the Federal Government.  The second purpose is to educate and train these folks who are usually under educated due to the lack of adequate schools in neighborhoods such as these.  Again, a noble cause but who will bare the brunt of the cost of this education?  Mr. Jones would argue the corporations who’s technology will be used in the retrofitting of the homes and businesses to make them Green.  I suspect that is true and the expense incurred will be forwarded on to those home and business owners who later buy the goods and services provided by these same corporations.  Nothing like this occurs in a vacuum Mr. Jones.

Beginning on pg 146, Mr. Jones outlines the role of Government in his plan.  He says:

Government can accelerate equitable green growth in three ways.  They can regulate conduct — seting the rules of the game, laying down the law, establishing standards, and telling members of society what they must and must not do.  They can invest money– from direct spending , to offering inventives, to underwriting risk.  And they can convene leaders– spurring the formation of new collaborative institutions that sole problems  by bringing together public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders.

All levels of government– federal, state, and local– will be needed to remove the barriers to green growth.  And if you doubt the U.S. Government can use its power to help solve big problems, I offer some reminders from the nation’s history.

Mr. Jones continues on with a discussion of the CCC and how it helped so many during the Great Depression.  This topic is a whole other post that I might get into later but let me sum it all up with this; Mr. Jones, hiring a federal employees has changed a bit from the 1930s till now.

Now, let’s take a look a the brief outline Mr. Jones offers us in his book.  He lists three roles for Government.

  1. Regulate
  2. Invest
  3. Convene

This sounds suspiciously like the monstrous healthcare reform bill we have been debating nationally over this summer. Regulating the wages of physiciansInvesting “any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as necessary to cover 90 days worth of claims reserves based on projected enrollment.”Convening the Health Choices Administration, an independent agency in the executive branch of the Government.

Mr. Jones intends to regulate the energy, construction, transportation, and who knows what else through the use of executive orders and legislation.  This regulation will take the form of penalties against anyone who dares to refuse to comply, much like H.R. 3200 proposes.

Mr. Jones intends for the Government to “invest” in this project.  In normal language that means use our Federal tax dollars to fund an unproven plan much like the healthcare reform debacle.  Oh wait, that kind of idea has already been tried…and failed…repeatedly.

Perhaps the only feasible solution in his plan is convening leaders in the various industries to form new collaborative efforts.  THAT is the way to drive corporations toward greener solutions.  Invite them to come together, offer them tax incentives to create low cost solutions for the general public.  Mr. Jones and I would agree with the fact that for any Green solution to find widespread use is for said solution to not dramatically impact our already thin wallets.

An open letter to 6th District Candidate Matt Lockett

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Greetings Mr. Lockett!

I have a few questions for you but before I get there I wanted to let you know where I am politically.  Also, I’m posting this email on my blogs, this is an open letter to you.

Over the past year or so we’ve all seen the rise of the American People as TARP, Bailoutmania, and now Healthcare Reform has crept into the national spotlight.  Alot of folks have mistaken these “Tea Parties” as Republican activities but you and I know this is not the case.  These gatherings have had all flavors of political stripes involved in them and a few Republicans tossed in to either attempt to take credit for them or because they genuinely are tired of the same old song and dance.  Alot of Republicans, such as myself, grew tired of the Bush Administration’s economic policies and TARP was the final straw.  When President Bush said he had to abandon Free Market Principals to save the Free Market I think we all were left scratching our heads.

After attending a few of these Tea Parties something hit me that I should’ve seen all along.  As Christian Conservatives we have forever been attempting to legislate from our Bibles.  Whether the issue is Abortion, obscenity(Pornography), Wet/Dry votes, or Gambling we have always fell back on Faith as the rationale for our vote.  I have come to believe that kind of rationale isn’t just a political albatross but also runs against what the Founders would have wanted.  The secular left has been screaming about the separation of Church and State in an attempt to keep Christian philosophy out of the public square.  I think they are wrong in that attempt as they too are missing the point.  I do not believe the Founders were against the public display of Christian symbols so much as Government legislating from any particular Faith’s doctrine.  That is what brought the Pilgrims to this land in the first place.  I firmly believe that our Government, whether local, State, or Federal; is going to have to step away from the Moral Majority way of thinking.  We cannot toss our Bibles around as some kind of weapon and expect the average American to simply bow down and subjugate themselves to our ideas.  It is the job of the Church to take moral stands, not Government.  The Church should be MUCH more active in our society and they should be reaching out to the population and NOT legislators.  The solution to such problems as Abortion, obscenity, etc is in changing the hearts of people not a single vote in the Kentucky Legislature or Congress.

I firmly believe that Christians should be more active in the political arena and I’m thrilled to see you stepping into the fray.  The Conservative Philosophy is based in the essentials of Judeo/Christian Faith with the primary aspect being Free Will and the value of the Individual.  We all recognize that everyone has Free Will and that Will cannot and should not be trampled by Government.  That being said, how is it that we can justify the legislation of morality?  Isn’t that the imposition of our Christian Faith on those who may not believe?  Isn’t that exactly what the Founders were trying to prevent when they agreed to the First Amendment of our Constitution?  I don’t care if the House and Senate begins their day with a prayer.  I appreciate seeing the 10 Commandments in our Courts, schools, and businesses.  I do not care to see legislation in our Legislature and/or Congress that smells of a Sunday School lesson however.  There are people in our country who are not Christian.

I work with a variety of people who are naturalized citizens from India and Pakistan.  They are Hindu and Muslim folks who love their new country and are true Patriots.  Should we expect them to give up the religion of their father’s fathers simply because a Senator or Representative wants to pass a law, based solely on their Faith, outlawing Abortion?  That’s a tough call I understand but the question is posed in that manner to force the thought.  Where is the line?  What is the role of the political creature and the Church?  I maintain it is the role of the political creature to look after the WHOLE of their Constituency and not just the Christian believers.

So, all that being said, if you agree with this essential point then we can get on with the more mundane issues of leadership and communication.

One of the key issues I have had with Congressman Chandler is an utter lack of communication from his office to the District.  In this day of social networks and blogs there is no reason why he can’t stand up a blog, listserv, or some other mechanism to communicate with us and there has been nothing.  I did a search on THOMAS for any remarks he may have made in this Congress and aside from a few honorary items (naming buildings and such like) he has made no statements on the House floor in support of or in opposition to any bill.  I wouldn’t consider that leadership or communication.  How are the interests of our district going to be considered by the House if they do not know what those interests are?  He simply votes on bills as they are presented to him without comment on the floor.  I expect more than that from our congress folks.  I expect more communication to your peers in the House as well as more communication to those who put you in office.  Mr. Chandler cannot tell me that he simply doesn’t have the time.  Representative John Culberson of Texas finds the time to update via Twitter as well as live video streaming via his cellphone and a service called Qik.  It can be done and the constituents of the 6th District deserve it.

Leadership derives from Communication.  Any idea, whether I agree with it or not, if communicated properly both to constituents as well as to peers in the House, can be debated, massaged, and possibly agreed to with changes.  Leadership, as it pertains to a Congressman, begins with communication.  Mr. Chandler has offered nothing on this front and therefore has shown no leadership.  The American system is strange in that way.  We elect people to lead us.  In the more revolutionary sects around the world leaders emerge from the pack through the use of the sword or simply because no one is willing to step up.  Here in America the people look at the ideas and character of individuals and choose them as our leaders.  We willingly subject ourselves to the leadership of others because we agree with their ideas and approve of their character.  Or at least that is how it SHOULD be.  Mr. Chandler, and sadly many of his peers in the Kentucky contingent to the US Congress, have been chosen simply due to their name recognition.  I hope those days are behind us.

We, the people of the 6th CD, demand communication and leadership from whoever sits in Congress.  Your term may well be a short one should you not communicate with us and show us some leadership from the House floor.  I can read your positions on the issues from your website.  I’m much more concerned about the issues I’ve written here.

Questions:

1)  Can you separate your Faith from your Legislation such that bills you sponsor will not force or lend the appearance of forcing non-Christians into Christian doctrine?

2)  Are you technically savvy enough to provide your constituents with timely communication via various web technologies?

3)  Can you demonstrate your leadership abilities with your history whether in the Church or in other activities?  Examples?

4)  As a Freshman Congressman, will you represent Kentucky boldly in the US House of Representatives without fear of ruffling the feathers of your party leadership?  Remember, THEY are not your boss, we are.

STORM and their activities on 9/11

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

So tonight I was perusing the pamphlet “Reclaiming Revolution: history, summation & lessons from the work of STORM” and among the other troubling but entirely expected events I read about was this:

On the morning of September 11, STORM convened in Oakland for an emergency meeting. We knew that the fall of the World Trade Center would mark a dramatic shift in international and domestic politics. We knew that the Left had to respond strongly.

We invited other activists to join the meeting that morning. Together, with leadership from STORM members, this ad hoc group planned a vigil for the next night. The vigil was to be an expression of solidarity with Arab- and Muslim-Americans and of mourning for the dead in New York and Washington, D.C. as well as the victims of U.S. imperial-ism around the world.

The vigil, held in Oakland’s Snow Park, drew hundreds of people. There, STORM members articulated a strong anti-imperialist line that reso-nated with the everyday people there.

Now you may be wondering what STORM is and why I’m posting this here.  From the above mentioned pamphlet they offer this postumous description of who and what they were:

This is the story of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a revolutionary cadre organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. From September 1994 to December 2002, STORM helped to re-invigorate the Left, both locally and nationally. STORM members fought on the frontlines of some of the most impor-tant struggles of those eight years. We built organizations and institu-tions that continue to fight. And we supported the development of a new generation of revolutionary internationalists in the Bay Area and across the country.

Later in the document (pg 13) the document discusses the departure of a couple anarchists from the group and the decided shift in STORMs politics to that of Marxism:

With their departure, there were no longer any members explicitly promoting anarchist politics within STORM. But ideologically commit-ted communists remained active in the group. This, coupled with the primary leadership role that the group’s most committed reds had played in leading the organization through this crisis, contributed to a decided shift within the group towards Marxist politics. For many STORM members, the integrity of the investigation was proof of the usefulness of Marxist tools (e.g., Mao’s principle of “No investigation, no right to speak.”) in solving real-life problems.

Van Jones, current Green Jobs Czar for President Obama, became involved with these nitwits shortly after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.  Mr. Jones’ wikipedia entry says he later left the organization because he became frustrated with the inability for these groups to get anything done.  Probably because the leadership of said organizations are always more concerned about their own personal stature than that of their “beloved” movements.  I have some personal experience with groups like this.  When I was in college in the late 80s, I was involved with a couple radical outfits and they were always struggling internally for the top spot.  I left my radical anarchist roots behind well over 20 years ago.  Mr. Jones seems to have left the radical roots behind a bit more recent than that in his life.    Eliza Strickland in her November 2005 piece in the East Bay Express said:

It took a personal crisis for Jones to conclude that complaint-based politics can get you only so far. Since 2000, when he watched a budding political movement destroyed by infighting, he has tried to be a voice for solidarity while showing other activists that “there’s a path out of this self-marginalizing place without compromising your constituency.” But while his vision brings many submovements together under one tent, some of the people who helped Jones devise that vision aren’t invited to the revival.

I’m guessing that “personal crisis” was the beginning of the implosion of STORM.  He fled the leadership quandry at STORM and started the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.   Peculiar bit of timing here.  Mr. Jones had started  an outfit called PoliceWatch in the Bay area in 1995.  By 1996 this group had grown big enough to seed a new umbrella NGO, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. So when the leadership quandry forced him out of STORM he fell into the arms of another group he had founded.  While this is convenient it’s also the normal course of action for folks who deal in these kinds of organizations.  When the inevitable implosion happens it’s best to have something to fall back on…preferably something you created so you still have that personal cult of personality.

All of this leads me to a question.  Was Mr. Jones and his Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (or Police Watch or whatever they were calling themselves at the time), was Mr. Jones part of the “other activists” invited to the vigil held on the evening of the 12th of September at Oakland’s Snow Park?  You know, the one where “STORM members articulated a strong anti-imperialist line” and “expressions of solidarity with Arab- and Muslim-Americans” were offered up?

“Oh Pilgrim, that is alittle over the top isn’t it?”  No.  It’s not over the top because I understand the code language here.  Hey, if these nitwits can play “code language” against me to call me a racist and who knows what else, I can certain trot out my own translations of their code language.  “Solidarity with Arad and Muslim Americans” doesn’t mean joining against any descrimination against the innocent folks out there who may stand to be victimized simply because of their faith and ethnicity.  no no Silly, what they mean is they are in league with the Barbarians against the struggle with “de man!”.  “Anti-Imperialist” is the key here.  Those are the words you see below the Palestinian and Hezbollah flags at their little gatherings.

So…what is it Mr. Jones?  Were you at this gathering?  Of course you were.

Congresswoman Watson (D-CA) is confused

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA) seems to be concerned with how much she looks like President Obama.  I guess the Congresswoman either thinks President Obama is a Tranny or she has forgotten that she is a woman.  Honestly, I have never met this woman or even seen her to my knowledge so she may WELL look like the President.  If the picture below is any indication, I don’t think she looks anything like the President.  Her hair is much longer than his and it covers her ears so I can tell if she has the Dumbo Effect going on that the President and myself enjoy.

Obviously, this has nothing at all to do with her LOOKS but much more about the vile racism and arrogant elitism we have come to expect from the Democrat party.  Because I disagree vehemently with this administrations policies I MUST be racist.  It couldn’t be that I have read the proposed legislation and find fault in it.  It can’t be that I actually use my brain for more than making up new slurs to use against my political opponents.  No no…it is simply because I hate all native born Hawaiians.

Congresswoman, I have no trouble at all with Hawaiians.  Some of my best friends are Hawaiians Congresswoman, and I take great offense at being told I hate them and this President simply because they had the misfortune of being born in the Pineapple State or whatever they call that rock out there.

Yes. It is time.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

It is time for those of us on the Home Front to make sure the country our brother, fathers, mothers, and daughters left to fight the barbarians looks familiar to them when they return.  It is time to let those people in Washington DC and our local state Capitals know who their bosses are.  It is time to remind ourselves and anyone who will listen that our Constitution is still in effect.  It is time to get serious.  Set aside your partisanship.  Set aside the grand game of “my party can beat your party” of which I am just as guilty of playing as anyone else.  What we are facing is bigger than these pathetic clubs we call political parties.

This isn’t a Democrat versus Republican thing.  It isn’t a Liberal versus Conservative thing.  It isn’t even a President Obama thing.  What we are facing now is an existential threat to the America anyone over the age of 30 remembers growing up with. This threat comes from Congress and our local legislatures.  For far too long we haven’t asked tough questions to those who run for public office.  For far too long we have taken their lip service and outright lies as gospel simply because they started their speech with something witty or pulled on our emotional strings.  They told us they will “fight for us”.  They told us all about the great goodies they will deliver to us with their, whether representative or senator,  lone pitiful vote.

We, you and I dear reader, have allowed this to happen because we haven’t been paying attention.  We were too wrapped up in whether or not “Richie is going to start tonight”.   We were too concerned with the latest twist on American Idol.  We were always hunting for where our next beer was going to come from.  Our parents were convinced the politicians were going to do whatever they wanted and there was nothing we could do to stop them…and they taught us that…and we believed it.

But, hopefully, that is changing.  For those of you with children, you MUST pay attention because it is those kids that will have to live in the world you allow to be created.  For those of us with friends and family serving our Country, we MUST do our part over here to defend the Republic from domestic enemies while they are fighting to protect it from foreign enemies.  Yes, I believe we have domestic enemies.  I believe they are actively engaged in the process of changing our Country into something none of us would ever believe possible.

Tell me, would you ever expect a self described Communist to have the ear of the President as the Green Jobs Czar?

And then there’s this. Pat Caddell, former Pollster and still a self described Liberal Democrat, wonders if President Obama is really in charge:

It’s one thing to see the piece from Glenn Beck on Van Jones.  I am still trying to independently confirm the claims made in that piece but I am confident enough to post it here because I have seen this guy speak and firmly believe he is fully capable of that idiocy.  The second piece is Pat FRIGGIN Caddell!  This is a guy who served the presidential campaigns of McGovern, Carter, Hart, Biden, and Jerry Brown.  While he has had his issues with his party you saw in the video he still considers himself a Liberal Democrat.  For THIS GUY to question the current Administration is something spectacular.

Glenn Beck has had some great shows of late.  While some of his rhetoric seems over the top at times and his antics drive some people, like Mrs. Pilgrim, absolutely insane the meat of his message is worthy of investigation and that is what I am working toward.

So, is it time yet?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

It has been since June that I have been trying to keep my head down and just waiting for all hell to break loose.  Since June I have watched as this Administration and it’s ever compliant Congress has marched us closer and closer to the precipice.  Just two short months ago I decided for myself that it was better for me to just sit back and wait for the worst to happen because there is nothing I could do to stop it.

Then Healthcare Reform happened.  Then the American People started going alittle nuts in a very good way.  You began asking questions of our elected leaders.  Demanding the respect you deserve and not backing down when you were called Astroturf and “too well dressed to be sincere”:

called Angry Mobs:

and otherwise being disrespected:

from coast to coast you started standing up against the agenda even in the face of physical intimidation:

and the aftermath of the same incident:

You have made me think that we might just be able to pull this off after all.  Please though, let’s not get complacent.  We must hang together, folks…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately. Someone important said that I think.