Sep 042010
 
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What brought me to this post, was this article in my email. It got me to thinking about Whistle Blower Anita Moncreif & how she broke the story & it was posted here the day after You will also find the donor list there.

* Since then, Anita has update the story here (Facts Obama Doesn’t Want You to Connect

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch wrote this OpEd in the Washington Examiner

~ ACORN is a wart that can’t be burned off.

Following the release of videos last year showing ACORN employees advising investigative journalists on how to skirt housing, child prostitution and tax laws, many speculated that the scandal would finally spell the end of the corrupt “community organization.”

But today ACORN is alive and well, splintered into rebranded local chapters across the country.


“The letters A, C, O, R and N are coming off office doors from New York to California,” AP reported recently. “Business cards are being reprinted. New signs with new names are popping up in front of offices.”

~NOTE: You can see the “Offshoots” of ACORN here , that I gathered a month before JUST Piper opened in April.

Meanwhile, ACORN’s “partner in crime,” Project Vote, has just launched a new “non-partisan” voter registration campaign in partnership with the Sierra Club.

Under the auspices of its “Voting for America” program, Project Vote will handle “the development of voter registration and quality control protocols; assistance with recruitment, training, and supervision of canvassers; training and materials; and legal services.”

Apparently the Sierra Club is unconcerned that Project Vote employees have been under investigation – and convicted – in a number of states for voter registration fraud. The goal of the voter drive is to “help over 50,000 students of community and four-year colleges in seven states register to vote for the 2010 election.”


Vote for whom, you might ask? We all know the answer to that.

Back in 2006, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) regarding a Project Vote/ACORN collaboration during the 2004 campaign cycle.

According to a draft plan crafted by Brian Kettenring, Project Vote’s Head Organizer in Florida, the ultimate goal of this campaign was to “defeat George W. Bush and other Republicans by increasing Democrat turnout in a close election…and…catalyze the construction of permanent progressive political infrastructure that will help redirect Florida politics in a more progressive, Democratic direction.”

So much for being non-partisan.

This month, Judicial Watch obtained batch of documents from the FEC related to the ACORN complaint, including the final draft of Kettenring’s plan.


ACORN staff wisely scrubbed the most partisan language and persuaded the FEC to dispose of the complaint against it. The words “Democrat” and “Liberal” were replaced by the word “Progressive,” for example. But I think few Americans would be persuaded by such gamesmanship.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to evidence of ACORN political partisanship and corruption.

Earlier this year, Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Missouri, workers from ACORN for violation of election laws and voter fraud.

The documents include handwritten notes from FBI investigators interviewing, among others, canvassers. Among the shocking details from the FBI’s interview notes: “ACORN HQ is wkg for the Democratic Party.” Here are a few other highlights.

# [ACORN] “Told employees not to talk to the FBI. ‘FBI trying to intimidate you.’”

# Fraudulent cards:

* To cause confusion on election day to keep polls open longer
* To allow people who can’t vote to vote.
* To allow to vote multiple times.

# Project Vote will pay them whether cards fake or not – whatever they had to do to get the cards was attitude.

# Constantly threatened

# Staff restricted on what to say to FBI

# “Poverty pimpin” [sic] ACORN

# PV [Project Vote] pays ACORN $6.00 per card…Said “You treat the cards like (cash) $”

# Some [names] went right from the phone book and made up the rest.

# Canvassers: homeless, volatile, drug users, drunks…

# Anyone who was against PV (Project Vote) or ACORN’s goals “right wing”

# She thought if she used a completely fake name it would be less like ID Theft… ”Yeah, it’s against the law, I know.”

In April 2008, all eight ACORN employees involved in the scandal pled guilty to voter registration fraud.

In March 2010, Judicial Watch obtained a separate batch of FBI documents detailing federal investigations into alleged ACORN corruption and voter registration fraud in Connecticut. The FBI and Department of Justice initiated these investigations.


However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws.

Remember, this is the same organization that paid “lazy crack heads” to fraudulently register voters, including names like “Mickey Mouse” and “Donald Duck.” .

Given all of this evidence, much of it contained in the files of various government agencies, why has there been no comprehensive Obama Justice Department investigation of an organization deemed by at least one congressional report to be a “criminal enterprise”?

Perhaps it has something to do with President Obama’s close ties to ACORN, which is detailed on Obama’s own 2008 campaign website:


“When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education.

“Senator Obama said ‘I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.’”

Well now, ACORN is smack dab in the middle of a massive political corruption scandal.

The calls for the Obama Justice Department to launch a comprehensive probe of ACORN’s activities have been loud and persistent. And they have fallen on deaf ears.

Now is the time for a special prosecutor to do the job the Obama administration is unwilling to do: protect our elections from fraud and hold ACORN and its ally Project Vote accountable to the rule of law.

Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch.

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Sep 042010
 
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DEFENDERS & DESERTERS of JOBLESS AMERICANS

It was a tough job to pick the 50 Members of Congress who over the last two years have shown the most callous indifference to the suffering of unemployed American households, in terms of immigration policies.

As bad as Congress has been on immigration in the past, it seemed to just grow more fond of foreign labor the last two year as jobs prospects for unemployed Americans grew more and more dismal.

Consider the results of NumbersUSA calculating grades based on every vote and co-sponsorship of the last two years:


* 42% of the 535 Members earned a NumbersUSA grade of D+ or LOWER for their actions
* 25% earned an F or F-minus, with most of them getting a 0%.

During the last two years of a virtual jobs depression, these Worst 50 led Congress:


* in allowing the addition of another 75,000 permanent working-age immigrants every MONTH
* and in allowing about 7 million illegal foreign workers to keep their jobs in construction, service, manufacturing and transportation.

Recent government data show that 22 million U.S. workers who want a job can’t find one. But these 50 Members of Congress deserted those Americans in favor of increasing the number of foreign workers competing with them in the hiring line.

All 50 “Deserters” on this list:


* received grades of F-minus and 0%, failing to take a single action to reduce competition for jobless Americans.
* are asking voters to re-elect them to Congress this November
* are in the Senate or in the House where they are leaders with special opportunity to influence policy toward jobless Americans because they either are congressional chairmen, leaders of their Party or on the Judiciary Committee with direct jurisdiction over immigration.

It isn’t that these 50 don’t have concerns for the unemployed. In fact, most of them have worked hard to provide unemployment benefits and other government assistance to help them while they are out of work.

But they seem to prefer providing unemployment assistance to providing them access to jobs.

When it comes to immigration, these 50 are willing to keep their unemployed constituents out of work.


For whatever variety of reasons, these 50 elected officials favor foreign workers and the employers that hire them over the desires of their own constituents to have a job and support themselves.

I’m sure all of these 50 will be campaigning this fall about their great concern for putting their constituents back to work. Citizens can no longer allow them to perpetuate their charade.

50 WORST DESERTERS of JOBLESS AMERICANS (In the Face of Unfair Foreign-Worker Competition)

In the Senate

* Bennet, Michael (CO)
* Feingold, Russell (WI)
* Gillibrand, Kirsten (NY)
* Inouye, Daniel (HI)
* Leahy, Patrick (VT)
* Mikulski, Barbara (MD)
* Reid, Harry (NV)

In the House


* Ackerman, Gary (NY 05th)
* Baldwin, Tammy (WI – 02nd)
* Becerra, Xavier (CA – 31st)
* Berman, Howard (CA – 28th)
* Chu, Judy (CA – 32nd)
* Clarke, Yvette (NY – 11th)
* Clyburn, James (SC – 06th)
* Conyers, John (MI – 14th)
* Cummings, Elijah (MD – 07th)
* Engel, Eliot (NY – 17th)
* Grijalva, Raul (AZ – 07th)
* Gutierrez, Luis (IL – 04th)
* Hastings, Alcee (FL – 23rd)
* Hoyer, Steny (MD – 05th)
* Jackson-Lee, Sheila (TX – 18th)
* Johnson, Hank (GA – 04th)
* Kucinich, Dennis (OH – 10th)
* Lewis, John (GA – 05th)
* Lofgren, Zoe (CA – 16th)
* Markey, Edward (MA – 07th)
* McDermott, Jim (WA 07th)
* Nadler, Jerrold (NY – 08th)
* Napolitano, Grace (CA – 38th)
* Olver, John (MA – 01st)
* Quigley, Mike (IL – 05th)
* Pelosi, Nancy (CA – 8th)
* Rahall, Nick (WV – 03rd)
* Rangel, Charles (NY – 15th)
* Rush, Bobby (IL – 01st)
* Sanchez, Linda (CA – 39th)
* Schakowsky, Janice (IL – 09th)
* Scott, Robert (VA – 03rd)
* Serrano, Jose (NY – 16th)
* Slaughter, Louise (NY – 28th)
* Stark, Pete (CA – 13th)
* Thompson, Bennie (MS – 02nd)
* Towns, Edolphus (NY – 10th)
* Velazquez, Nidia (NY – 12th)
* Tsongas, Niki (MA – 05th)
* Wasserman-Schultz, Debbie (FL – 20th)
* Watt, Melvin (NC – 12th)
* Waxman, Henry (CA – 30th)
* Woolsey, Lynn (CA – 06th)

NumbersUSA is aggressively non-partisan. We do not cherry-pick actions to grade in order to skew the results. Instead, we rate every action in committee or the floor and all co-sponsorships that would change the numerical level of immigration. Our grades reflect the cumulative effect of each Members’ actions in terms of increasing or reducing the number of foreign workers (legal and illegal) in the country.

All actions and the computerized grading calculations are displayed in our CongressGrades section of our website.

Those in Congress who do the most to protect American workers in terms of immigration policies receive an A+, while those doing the least receive an F-minus.

NumbersUSA has more than one million activist members. It was formed in 1996 in part to carry out the recommendations of the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (chaired by the late Barbara Jordan) which opposed immigration policies that depress wages and job prospects for the most vulnerable Americans.

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

NumbersUSA’s blogs are copyrighted and may be republished or reposted only if they are copied in their entirety, including this paragraph, and provide proper credit to NumbersUSA. NumbersUSA bears no responsibility for where our blogs may be republished or reposted.

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Sep 042010
 

~Occasionally I like to profile the ‘other side’. Their thought process, words & actions…NOTE: Keep in mind this is an “opinion attack piece, the links used (mostly also from media matters) are backed up by more opinion pieces, I have not seen the important thing a true blogger/journalist should adhere to and that is “fact”. Here is an example…

Glenn Beck has a three-hour radio show, a one-hour television show, regular guest slots on Fox News and Fox Business, and a subscription website. Still, he doesn’t have enough hours in the day for some of the “stories that matter most.”

“I hired some journalists because there are stories I don’t have enough broadcast hours in a day to cover them and somebody has got to cover them,” Beck told viewers on September 1 while discussing his new online media site, The Blaze.

Anyone remotely familiar with Beck knows he’s notoriously thin-skinned, resulting in copious amounts of time defending himself and his brand. So it’s little surprise that the topic most important to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze is Glenn Beck.

Within several days after launching, some of the site’s stories include such page-scrollers as “NY Times Columnist on Beck: ‘I Underestimated the Man,’” “Columnist: Sharpton, Not Beck, Distorts MLK’s Legacy,” and “Slideshow: Newspaper Coverage of 8/28.”

If Beck confines his website to “Glenn is great” stories, then there’s ultimately no harm, no foul. But in an “exclusive” press release — or what Mediaite refers to as an “article” – about the site, Beck said he envisions The Blaze as having “reporting, insightful opinions and engaging videos about the stories that matter most … I look forward to keeping [editor] Scott [Baker] and his team busy by sending countless ideas at 3am every morning.” (So far, “insight” and “reporting” have been lacking.)

As Media Matters has documented, the conservative web has tried its hand at “reporting, insightful opinions, and engaging videos” — and done it badly.

Exhibit A comes in the form of Andrew Breitbart, who – in the words of Shep Smith — runs a “widely discredited website” that posts “inaccurate” and “edited” videos. Breitbart, of course, was widely criticized for posting misleading videos about ACORN, and then came back for an encore by posting another deceptive tape, this time wrongly accusing former USDA official Shirley Sherrod of racism. Those two incidents are the most high-profile of a long rap sheet against Breitbart.

How does Glenn Beck feel about Andrew Breitbart? You don’t have to read between any lines to see that Beck views him as an inspiration — one of the “great journalists of our time” and a future chapter in history books:


* “You [Andrew Breitbart] are in instrumental in changing America. I think the history books will – I mean, assuming that our side wins – the history book will reflect your service to the country.” (February 12, Fox News)
* “Thank goodness, BigGovernment.com and Andrew Breitbart are always watching, as are we.” (December 7, 2009, Fox News)
* “You know where the great journalists of our time are? Andrew Breitbart. I was just thinking when I was listening to this, I mean this Andrew. You are the only one — you were the only one, besides watchdogs, that were really aggressively working behind the scenes with us on Van Jones.” (September 10, radio)
* “Andrew Breitbart brought this to my attention. He called me the other day. And I wanted to bring it to your attention – the National People’s Action group. This action group – this is yet another community organizing group that makes ACORN look like a Sunday morning, you know, knitting clutch.” (May 4, Fox News)
* “Well, Andrew Breitbart from Breitbart.com brought this video to my attention, and I’ve got to show it to you. We’ll show it all tomorrow. But this is SEIU’s president Andy Stern on the real motives of the unions.” (March 2, Fox News)

~I agree that Andrew Breitbart is GREAT! I’ll take the “Truth” backed up with sources & documentation, to hyperbolic. opinion hit pieces, any day! A quarter of the posts here at JUST Piper are from one of Breitbart’s publications. I list them here for you, as a break back to real news:

Big Government

Big Journalism

Big Peace

~ Also I much rather read the likes of Frank Gaffney and all these Amazing contributors as opposed to this OpEd from the likes of Eric Chananoki, who although he does have a a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University in 2005 , also previously worked as a researcher, segment producer, and blogger for The Al Franken Show on Air America Radio.Enough said right? ~JP

As Media Matters has documented, Beck has frequently turned to Breitbart for stories and inspiration. Indeed, Beck was perhaps the media figure most responsible for pushing the ACORN story into the mainstream.

So when it came to launching his own site, Beck turned to one of Breitbart’s top lieutenants, Scott Baker, who co-founded Breitbart.tv and served as vice president for business development at Breitbart.com. Under Baker, Breitbart.tv launched a litany of false and misleading videos and stories against progressives, such as smearing Department of Education staffer Kevin Jennings and posting a doctored video falsely claiming community organizers were “praying” to Obama.

Breitbart also hired Pam Key who, as Terry Krepel noted, is the activist behind the Breitbart-promoted operation Naked Emperor News. Key’s videos are notorious for attacking the Obama administration while omitting necessary context (a la Breitbart).

After the Sherrod fiasco blew up in Breitbart’s face, MSNBC.com’s First Read blog Snookered wrote, “you would have thought that all of us in the ACTUAL news business would have learned this lesson about Andrew Breitbart and his protégés: They’re not out for the truth; they’re out for scalps.”

Similarly, if Glenn Beck’s track record on television and radio isn’t enough to disqualify his new website as anything other than a dubious exercise in new media, surely his Breitbart-infused vision of “great” new media journalism is.

September 03, 2010

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Sep 042010
 
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Richard Trumka “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union”

For his Labor Day weekend trick, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka leveled the charge of McCarthyism at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This is a bit rich from a guy with blood on his hands — and I don’t say that figuratively, either.

At a September 2 meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Trumka claimed that “Palinism” was the “new McCarthyism” and warned that if she kept up her rhetoric she would be guilty of inciting her followers. “She can’t use loose language that foments… that anger to hatred, or that action to violence,” Trumka said.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says “Palinism” may become the new McCarthyism if the former Alaska governor continues to use her position of power to incite anger and frustration in her followers. “She can’t use loose language that foments… that anger to hatred, or that action to violence,” says Mr. Trumka.


The comments were “totally consistent,” Trumka said. “She has taken on a position of leadership, and whether it is rightfully given to her or not, she is there. And so she can’t use loose language that foments … changing that anger to hatred or that action to violence.” He continued, “If she doesn’t change her ways, then Palinism will be equated with other forms of McCarthyism that fomented division among the populace and acts of hatred among the populace.”

This is a bit rich from a guy that has the death of a non-union worker in New York on his head. Michelle Malkin does the good work of reminding us all of the violence that Trumka has supported in the past.

Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?

And Malkin also chronicles the time when Trumka incited violence in Illinois.


In Illinois, Trumka told UMW members to “kick the s**t out of every last” worker who crossed his picket lines, according to the Nashville (Ill.) News. And as the National Right to Work Foundation, the leading anti-forced unionism organization in the country, pointed out, other UMW coalfield strikes resulted in what one judge determined were “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”


And this union thug has the gall to go after Palin?

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Sep 042010
 

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WASHINGTON — The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday.

The newspaper said that it was unclear how many of the created companies got American contracts but that at least three of them obtained work with the U.S. military and the CIA.

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has asked the Justice Department to see whether Blackwater misled the government when using the subsidiaries to gain government contracts, according to the Times.

It said Levin’s committee found that North Carolina-based Blackwater, which now is known as Xe Services, went to great lengths to find ways to get lucrative government work despite criminal charges and criticism stemming from a 2007 incident in which Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians. A committee chart outlines the web of Blackwater subsidiaries.


Messages left late Friday with spokespeople for the Michigan Democrat and Xe were not immediately answered.

The 2007 incident and other reports of abuses by Blackwater employees in Iraq led to criminal investigations and congressional hearings, and resulted in the company losing a lucrative contract with the State Department to provide security in Iraq.

But recently the company was awarded a $100 million contract to provide security for the agency in Afghanistan, prompting criticism from some in Congress. CIA Director Leon Panetta said that the CIA had no choice but to hire the company because it underbid others by $26 million and that a CIA review concluded that the contractor had cleaned up its act.

Last year, Panetta canceled a contract with Xe that allowed the company’s operatives to load missiles on Predator drones in Pakistan, and shifted the work to government personnel.

However, the Times quoted former Blackwater officials as saying that at least two Blackwater-affiliated companies, XPG and Greystone, obtained secret contracts from the CIA to provide security to agency operatives.

The newspaper said the network of subsidiaries, including several located in offshore tax havens, were uncovered as part of the Armed Services Committee’s examination of government contracting and not an investigation solely into Blackwater. But Levin questioned why Blackwater would need to create so many companies with various names to seek out government business, according to the Times.

The report quoted unidentified government officials and former Blackwater employees as saying that the network of companies allowed Blackwater to obscure its involvement in government work from contracting officials and the public, and to ensure a low profile for its classified activities.

~source

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Sep 042010
 

NEW ORLEANS – BP crews worked Saturday to slowly raise the 300-ton blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, careful not to damage or drop a key piece of evidence in the spill investigation.

When the blowout preventer reaches the surface after its mile-long journey, government investigators will take possession of it and eventually examine it, hoping to gain insight into why the device failed.

A BP PLC spokesman said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the 50-foot device was detached from the wellhead Friday afternoon. Another blowout preventer had successfully been placed on the blown-out well, the government said later.

The April 20 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers and led to 206 million gallons of oil spewing from BP’s undersea well.

Investigators know the explosion was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before igniting.

But they don’t know exactly how or why the gas escaped. And they don’t know why the blowout preventer didn’t seal the well pipe at the sea bottom after the eruption, as it was supposed to. While the device didn’t close — or may have closed partially — hearings have produced no clear picture of why it didn’t plug the well.

Lawyers will be watching closely, as hundreds of lawsuits have been filed over the oil spill. Future liabilities faced by a number of corporations could be riding on what the analysis of the blowout preventer shows.

The raising of the blowout preventer followed Thursday’s removal of a temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing into the Gulf in mid-July. No more oil was expected to leak into the sea, but crews were standing by with collection vessels just in case.

The government wanted to replace the failed blowout preventer first to deal with any pressure that is caused when a relief well BP has been drilling intersects the blown-out well.

Once that intersection occurs sometime after Labor Day, BP is expected to use mud and cement to plug the blown-out well for good from the bottom.

~AP

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