Have you forgotten?

Posted by pilgrim on September 11, 2009

I haven’t. Allahpundit hasn’t. Ed Morrissey hasn’t.  Many others haven’t.

NEVER FORGET!

Have you forgotten what these animals can do?

Nick Berg

Have you forgotten what they made our neighbors endure?

Trapped

Have you forgotten?

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STOP Cloture vote on Cass Sunstein appointment **NOW WITH VIDEO**

Posted by pilgrim on September 9, 2009

Cloture Vote succeeded: 63-35.
Looks like 4 Republicans voted for Mr. Sunstein. Roll Call to be added once it is available.

Partial ROLL CALL **UNOFFICIAL** (Official Roll Call will be here once posted and below the fold in this article.)
Republicans voting FOR Cloture:
Bennett, Collins, Gregg, Hatch, Lugar, Snowe, Voinovich, Hatch

Democrats voting AGAINST Cloture:
Webb, Lincoln

See the rest of this entry…

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Health Insurance Reform

Posted by pilgrim on September 8, 2009

Tomorrow evening the President will wax poetic on the virtues of his idea of Health insurance reform.  By all accounts this presentation on the floor of the House of Representatives before a joint session of Congress will have to be a homerun to convince Republicans to support any of the proposals he and his party have come up with.

Here’s hoping he’s read Sarah Palin’s Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal.  Since I know he reads my blog religiously(oh wait, he hasn’t found a church yet) regularly, I’ll include the entire piece here.

See the rest of this entry…

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Rev. Wright and the Post-Racial Era

Posted by pilgrim on September 8, 2009

This just in from Faux News by way of Jammie Wearing Fool:

So, once again, because we have issues with a proposed bill before Congress we are “racists”.  That’s fine “Reverend” Wright.  We will continue to judge bills on their content.  You continue judging us based on the color of our skin.  We’ll see what the American People think is racist and what isn’t.

Oh, “Reverend” Wright, say hey to Mr. Jones for me.  I think he’s just past the front axle of the bus you are both under.

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All the President’s Men…

Posted by pilgrim on September 7, 2009

The news continues to break on the Van Jones resignation and other fallout the late night resignation has created.  It appears that Mr. Jones was brought on board without completing a 67 questionaire that would have, in theory anyway, revealed his Marxist, Radical, Truther past.  Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, had this to say about Mr. Jones soon after his appointment to the ever growing Czar list:

So, Ms. Jarret makes the claim that they had been following Mr. Jones “for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland”.  Would that period of time include his activities with STORM?  How about his participation in the Rodney King riots?

A commenter here asks if we can extrapolate from the Van Jones debacle that the President agrees with the philosophy of Mr. Jones.  I don’t know about that.  We have to take people at their word and try to match their words with their actions.  We have nothing from the President that might indicate he is a marxist.  However, we have all kinds of evidence that he is as Radical as these Acorn folks “reclaiming” a home:

President Obama was a national leader for Acorn.  So, you be the judge.  Just how radical is the President?  I maintain we continue to take him at his word.  As the commenter pointed out, the President told us during his campaign that we should look at the people he surrounds himself with.  Let’s do that in the days ahead beginning with Mark Lloyd.

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#VanJones resigns in the middle of the night

Posted by pilgrim on September 7, 2009

I was hoping that Mr. Jones would stick around.  From the stunning lack of language of any sort from the Whitehouse on the matter, one is left to assume that Mr. Jones still has the support of the Administration and they simply failed to talk Mr. Jones out of his decision to resign.

On another note, it seems that anyone who works in the Whitehouse must complete a questionaire that includes questions that essentially boil down to “have you ever done, said, or associated yourself with anything that might embarrass the President?”.    Faux News reports the Whitehouse confesses that Mr. Jones did not complete said questionaire.  So, who in the Czar Committee did?

So, Mr. Jones can return to his Green for All organization and focus on greening up the inner cities.  Not a bad idea really.  His book had some pretty good ideas but the problem falls back on Mr. Jones’ own racist rhetoric and marxist beliefs which cloud his ideas in all kinds of mystery.  Was Mr. Jones intending on forming some kind of political movement?  Who knows now.

Kids, let this be a lesson to you…be careful of your associations and what you allow to placed up on Youtube.

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#VanJones: I was against that petition when I signed it.

Posted by pilgrim on September 3, 2009

The headline comes from one @paulclucas from twitter.  Just wanted to give credit for the Kerry-esque apology/explanation/nail in his political career’s coffin he offered this evening to the ongoing charges of his radical nature.

This sounds like something right out of a Simpson episode.  I can almost hear Bart, “I didn’t do it!  I’m sorry it offended anyone!  I didn’t mean it!  I disagreed with it! You can’t prove it!”

Please.  As AP said at HotAir:

Three possibilities. One: The Truthers are lying and simply added names of activists like Jones who, um, no one had ever heard of when the petition was circulated in 2004. If that’s true, it’s curious that people like Ed Asner and Janeane Garofalo, whose names are also on there, apparently haven’t objected in the five years since. Two: As I said in the Beck post, maybe Jones doesn’t actually believe the theory but signed on for the sheer romantic rebel pseudo-intellectual glory of it. In that case, we’re in the same situation as we were with Ron Paul when he denied having written the racist crap in those old Ron Paul newsletters: Even if he’s telling the truth, the fact that he approved it proves he’s either too stupid or careless to be trusted with power. Or three: Jones is lying. Unless the correct answer is number one — and it’s mighty curious that Jones isn’t saying it is — then he’s got to go. Pull the trap door, Barry.

He’s done.  Right now, this statement and the others to come are just the last grasps for  anything close to his integrity.  In the end we will all get to read about how this is all just a racist attack by all us rich plutocrats against a hard working family man who only wanted to serve his country.

Don’t let the door hit you on your marxist @$$ on the way out.

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Congressman Rangel donates to Ben Chandler…how nice

Posted by pilgrim on September 3, 2009

Marcia Kramer of tv channel 2 in New York city claims that my Congressman, Ben Chandler, was given a donation by Charlie Rangel.  It is interesting that Chandler is on the House Ethics Committee and Mr. Rangel is staring an ethics investigation in the face.

Ms. Kramer says:

There may be a reason for Rangel’s arrogance. CBS 2 HD has discovered that since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him.

Charlie’s “angels” on the committee include Congressmen Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Peter Welch of Vermont. All have received donations from Rangel.

No word about Chandler returning the money or if he even knows about the donation.  He has been in hiding throughout the August recess.  Congressman Welch of Vermont, another recipient of Rangel’s largesse, has returned the money says Ms. Kramer:

Only Welch sees something wrong with being financial beholden to Charlie.

“In an abundance of caution, he has returned all campaign contributions from Mr. Rangel,” said spokesman Bob Rogan, Welch’s Chief of Staff.

It amounted to nearly 20 grand.

So we know the amount was $20,000 to Congressman Welch.  Should we expect the same amount to all 3 of the 5 Democrats on the committee:

Charlie’s “angels” on the committee include Congressmen Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Peter Welch of Vermont. All have received donations from Rangel.

Congressman Chandler, come clean on this please.  If you do not it will be an albatross for you come next November.

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You have kids in school? Keep them home on September 8th

Posted by pilgrim on September 2, 2009

**UPDATE III**  As HotAir’s Ed Morrissey says in his update, this was mishandled from the very gitgo.  A far more traditional approach would have been to keep the lesson plan focused on the ambitions of the students with emphasis on staying in school and perhaps even a challenge to the kids to do better than their international counterparts.  Instead, the Administration chocked the lesson plan with references to the President himself lending the appearance of a personal plea to support the President’s agenda.  Granted, some of these kids (dare I say MOST) have no idea what his Agenda is, but their parents probably do.  When the Administration asked gradeschool kids to “write a letter to themselves discussion what they can do to help the President”, well, that was the nail in the coffin for any political aims of this speech.

**UPDATE II**  KUDOs to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday for recognizing the importance of a parent’s role in the education of their children.

FRANKFORT — State school superintendents should provide alternative activities for children whose parents do not want them to watch President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation’s schoolchildren next week, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said in an e-mail Thursday.

“Although the event appears to be non-partisan and is designed to motivate students to do well in school, parental concerns should be addressed,” Holliday said.

**UPDATE** HotAir reports  The White House has changed their lesson plan for the historic Presidential Address to the Students of America.  The task on the second page that used to read:

Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.

Will now read:

Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals.

Their reasons?

“We changed it to clarify the language so the intent is clear,” said White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Yeah.  The two tasks are so incredibly similar!  How can I help the President versus How can I accomplish my goals?  absolutely identical when you get right down to it.  Sorry Mr. Vietor, but you were trotted out right in front of the bus.  That is a busy little bus.  Has all kinds of people under it too.

Still not sure I would trust the event on the 8th.  What they did here is pretty disingenuous.

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It seems that President Obama is going to be speaking to our Nation’s Youth on September 8th.  Isn’t that nice?  It is the first time in history a President has addressed ALL the Nation’s youth at one time.  Isn’t it historic??  Sure is.  Be the first family on the block to miss this historic event.  Take a day off and spend it with your kids.  Teach them about our Country and how special it is.

The Department of Education even offers a lesson plan for this historic event here.  The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, says this on the DoE website:

The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

Students, Parents, and Educators eh?  Will someone kindly tell me how parents are going to hear this message if the event is going to take place over the lunch hour?  How many parents have the time and/or capability to take time off from work to travel to their child’s school to witness this historic event with their children?  My sister-in-law couldn’t do it.  She works in the healthcare sector and is a professional.  She could probably swing lunch with one of her children…but not all three because they go to different schools.  How many families are in that particular situation? There is no way a factory worker or someone working strictly by the hour can make this happen and that family model makes up the vast majority of American households.  Why couldn’t the President make this happen at 7pm on a weeknight?  After dinner time…after the nightly news shows…well before bedtime for except the youngest of the young who wouldn’t be in school to hear the message anyway.  Why not?  He could use the same lesson plan and even have the same goals accomplished.  Oh.  Wait.  Maybe not the same goals because mom and dad will probably have some input into little Johnny and Susie’s discussion before Mr or Ms NEA has a turn at them.  Can’t have those pesky parents getting involved with the children’s education.  Can’t have mom and dad sharing their values with the kiddies before Mr and Ms NEA get to pollute the pool.

I understand there are some good teachers out there.  I get it that even some of the NEA teachers will play this down the middle.  But, there will be those NEA teachers who WILL distort this “teaching moment” into a mini brainwashing session.

If this were President Clinton I wouldn’t be overly concerned about this.  Clinton is a consummate politician who was really only after the power in the office.  Take that away and he would still be chasing skirts in Little Rock.  President Obama is another matter.  During his campaign he said we could judge him by the people around him so we look at the people he has brought on board as advisors.  Van Jones?  John Holdren?  Cass Sunstein?  Mark Lloyd?  heh, no thanks Mr. President.

It is not the job of the President of the United States to discuss anything of importance with my kids.  Read them a book?  Sure.  Hop in the classroom for 20 minutes for a photo op and have the kids tell him or her what they are learning?  Absolutely.  Speak to them about them about anything else without me being there?  No way.

Had this historic event not broken the national news cycle I can PROMISE you there would’ve been mention of healthcare and the environment in this little speech the President intends to give.  I can still promise you that Mr or Ms NEA will most certainly bring it up.

Vodkapundit and Dana Loesch and I are on the same page so I think I’m in good company.  Joanne Jacobs doesn’t see anything wrong with it.  What could go wrong?  I mean, the President’s advisors are only Eugenics freaks, Marxists, and Animal Rights extremists!

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Broaden your Horizons

Posted by pilgrim on September 1, 2009

I’ve been watching  the education forums on the 9/12 Project sites and found them to be hawking books from folks we all typically agree with. While it is always good to get the batteries recharged by Mark Levin or Glenn Beck’s wisdom, I think we might also want to read about what our adversaries are thinking.

The left are energetic writers. With all their “enlightenment”, they struggle against each other to get the latest and greatest idea out there. They don’t have a monopoly on that particular struggle, just look at the plethora of books published by our side as well. Heh, seems like everyone is out to make their buck but that is another post entirely.

My latest targets have been Van Jones and John Holdren. I think there are two publications that should be read to understand where Jones came from and where he is now.
“Reclaiming Revolution: history, summation & lessons from the work of STORM” is the END product of STORM. Sort of a requiem if you will. I’ve heard this book referenced as their manifesto and that is incorrect. Mr. Jones abandoned this group in 2000 after an internal struggle for power. I believe the publication provides a good overview of Mr. Jones political philosophy prior to his departure just 9 years ago. He left STORM to work with another organization he was instrumental in founding called PoliceWatch which, by the time he left STORM, had become the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Mr. Jones’ latest endeavor is in the environmental sector called “Green Collar Economy” and is the foundational document behind the Obama Administration’s Environmental Platform. I am currently reading this book and, well, I’m not at all surprised when Mr. Jones claims the role for Government in his plan is to Regulate, Tax, and form Committees. Sounds much like the Healthcare Bill HR3200 that the media is now trying to convince me doesn’t exist.

Mr. Holdren is a horse of another color, no pun intended. This guy shouldn’t be anywhere near the White House let alone having the ear of the President. His views on population control are right out of a horror film. Some quotes from Mr. Holdren’s Ecoscience for your edification (snippets from Zombietime):

pg 786:
“One way to carry out this disapproval might be to insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption—especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone. If a single mother really wished to keep her baby, she might be obliged to go through adoption proceedings and demonstrate her ability to support and care for it. Adoption proceedings probably should remain more difficult for single people than for married couples, in recognition of the relative difficulty of raising children alone. It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society. “

and pg 837
Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.

I have only spot checked this work for the quotes listed above. It is on my reading list however. Mr. Holdren shares the by-line for this book with Paul and Anne Ehrlich who once claimed in his book “Population Bomb“:


“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate…”

So, according to Mr. Ehrlich, most of us should have a much MUCH slimmer waist line.

Mr. Jones, our Green Jobs Advisor, and Mr. Holdren, our Science Advisor, are just two examples of extreme radicals currently holding the ear of our President. Reading what these men believe is vitally important to understanding what they may be planning policy wise. Get in front of them. Learn what to expect and begin to formulate your responses now so when the time comes you will be prepared to counter them.

For those who have ears, let them hear.

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Green Collar Economy

Posted by pilgrim on August 31, 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.

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An open letter to 6th District Candidate Matt Lockett

Posted by pilgrim on August 31, 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.

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STORM and their activities on 9/11

Posted by pilgrim on August 30, 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.

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Congresswoman Watson (D-CA) is confused

Posted by pilgrim on August 28, 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.

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