…Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
Panel is to discuss what’s ahead for the new Congress. I can only imagine what Weinermobile will contribute. I wonder if Wasserman Schultzie will be wearing her socialism proudly? This proves to be interesting. Weiner is NO match for Issa & I say watch out for Michelle vs. Debbie. Check your local listings…CST for me, it is on 9:30am. Golly, thats way to early to listen to libtards but I will watch for Issa At least the panel leans in our favor- The Flippin’ Majority! 3 to 2 HA! ~JP
~ I always am stunned the U.K. reveals the “Truth” about Obama & this administration , while MSM acts mute~ ~JP
All the President’s men: Obama given a 20-MAN motorcade to visit childhood friend in Hawaii (no wonder his Christmas holiday is costing the country $1.5m)
* Return trip on Air Force One costs up to £1million
* $63,000 to fly Michelle and daughters to Hawaii
* $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at home
Obama’s cost to US- Priceless!
President Obama provoked fresh outrage today after taking a 20-man motorcade to visit a childhood friend during his lavish Christmas holiday in Hawaii.
The 10-vehicle convoy drove the president and wife Michelle from his rental property in Kailua, across highways cleared of traffic and through a military community to reach Bobby Titcomb’s beachfront house.
Mr Obama, who spent eight years at Punahou School in Hawaii before graduating in 1979, has splashed out $1.5m on his trip – a decision that will not endear him to the millions of Americans facing economic hardship in the New Year.
Motorcade: President Obama visited a school friend while on holiday in Hawaii – and had a convoy of 20 vehicle
The extra cost of the excessive security levels demanded by the holidaying Mr Obama will further enrage opponents of the 49-year-old, who will return to work on January 3.
After a game of golf with his old friends in the day, the president ate at the barbecue, played volleyball and relaxed on the beach with family and friends, White House spokesman Bill Burton said.
Police had stopped cars along the route at on ramps and side streets. Onlookers were often waving or flashing the famous shaka sign.
While enjoying the barbecue the president’s men, armed to the teeth, carefully guarded the area, and waterways, against any possible attack.
~This is all explained in ‘The President’s Book of Secrets’–click image to watch full movie…
Near Dillingham Airfield a group unveiled a sign which read: ‘Hi, Mr. Prez.’
The airfield, frequented by gliders and parachute jumpers, was dormant due to security for the President. Bill Star, one the operators of Original Glider Rides, lamented the lost business as it was the first day of excellent weather this week.
Mr Obama, who also visited Mr Titcomb on the same day a year ago, is facing claims that he could have been more frugal in his two-week getaway with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha at a luxury beachfront rental home in Kailua, an upscale resort about 12 miles from the capital, Honolulu.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, the bill for the trip included:
* $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the president.
* $1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One.
* $38,000 for the ‘Winter White House’ the president has rented for his family on the beach.
* $16,000 to rent beachfront homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals.
* $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel.
* $251,000 in police overtime.
* $10,000 for an ambulance to be on hand at all times
And those tallies do not include the travel costs of Mr Obama’s staff and Secret Service, car rentals and surveillance operations in advance of the trip, which could easily add up to more than £30,000.
The White House would not comment on the cost of the stay.
A spokesman said the president’s holiday expenses are in line with those of previous presidents.
But the Hawaii Reporter claimed: ‘They could have chosen a less expensive and more secure place to stay such as a beachfront home on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station – just a two-minute drive away from the Kailuana Place property where they are now.
‘The president visits the military base daily to workout, bowl with his kids or enjoy the more private beach there. ‘He also could have stayed at a home 15 minutes away on the beach fronting Bellows Air Force Base as President Bill Clinton did.’
The 7,000 square foot home where the president is vacationing has five bedrooms, a media room and a secluded lagoon-style pool with tropical waterfalls and a spa.
The Obamas holidayed at the same spot last year, but rising fuel costs have pushed up the estimated travel costs and the president flew later than the rest of his family because of delayed votes in Washington, adding more to the escalating expenses.
The Honolulu Police Department said overtime for officers cost $250,000 last year, compared to $106,000 in 2008 before his inauguration.
The President has no intention of going to a new location for his vacations.
Mr Burton, who is with the president in Hawaii, said: ‘Like most Americans, the president knows what he likes in his own hometown.
‘He’s been going to a lot of these places since he was a very young child and they hold an important place in his life.’
~ A bit of a bio on Frances–she is now 79 yrs old & still causing crapola! She is from Canada, let her STAY there & leave us alone!
Her methods have been the subject of controversy concerning her views on the role of violence in social change. In an editorial in the January 2011 edition of The Nation she observed that “An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.
For Piven, the best “targets” are the people or organizations “capable of making some kind of response to angry demands.” Regular demands, notice, just won’t do. No, people must be fired up and not easily deterred. Angry and not quickly placated. It’s a concoction Piven has seen recently in other countries — countries such as England and Greece, which she uses as models for American unrest:
An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees. [Emphasis added]
What exactly do those strikes and riots look like? They’re violent and bloody, like this one in Greece, where rioters firebombed police and beat bloody a former government official.
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Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police across central Athens on Wednesday, smashing cars and hurling gasoline bombs during a nationwide labour protest against the government’s latest austerity measures. The former Minister for Development Kostis Hatzidakis was attacked by protesters outside a luxury hotel. He was escorted, bleeding from the scene as his attackers yelled “thieves” at him.
She’s considered by many as the grandmother of using the American welfare state to implement revolution. Make people dependent on the government, overload the government rolls, and once government services become unsustainable, the people will rise up, overthrow the oppressive capitalist system, and finally create income equality. Collapse the system and create a new one. That‘s the simplified version of Frances Fox Piven’s philosophy originally put forth in the pages of The Nation in the 60s.
Now, as the new year ball drops, Piven is at it again, ringing in 2011 with renewed calls for revolution.
In a chilling and almost unbelievable editorial again in The Nation (”Mobilizing the Jobless,” January 10/17, 2011 edition), she calls on the jobless to rise up in a violent show of solidarity and force. As before, those calls are dripping with language of class struggle. Language she and her late husband Richard Cloward made popular in the 60s.
“So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?” she writes. “After all, the injustice is apparent. Working people are losing their homes and their pensions while robber-baron CEOs report renewed profits and windfall bonuses. Shouldn’t the unemployed be on the march? Why aren’t they demanding enhanced safety net protections and big initiatives to generate jobs?” [Emphasis added]
Those are the questions that frame what can best be called a roadmap for revolution. And it’s not long before those questions give way to directions.
The first instruction: get angry.
“[B]efore people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity,” she writes. “They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant.”
And along with anger must come a denunciation of personal responsibility. Instead, workers must realize that others have put them in their current, uneasy situation: “[T]he out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for their hard times and turn their anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.”
Only then, once their rage has been properly stoked, can the angry take action. And when they do, she says, the “protesters need targets.”
In England they look like this, where a mob of angry students attacked the future British King and his wife and shouted “Off with their heads!” while jabbing the Duchess with a stick (Raw Video):
“What she is calling for is nothing less than the chaos and violence engulfing Europe,” writes Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Ron Radosh on his blog. “Disgruntled leftist unionists, students who expect an education without cost, and citizens of social-democratic states cannot accept that the old terms of the social contract they thought would last forever have worn out their welcome. The European welfare-state governments can no longer function with the kind of social programs that now far exceed their nation’s budgets and hence are moving their countries to the precipice of total collapse.”
But violence has always been Piven’s preferred method of collapse. In 2004, she admitted as much, saying that violence is condoned as long as it is part of a grand plan:
What may be new is the brazen way in which Piven is now making her intentions known. No longer do her and people like her have to hide in the shadows. Now, they feel comfortable enough with the political climate to espouse their views openly, freely, unabashedly. It’s a phenomenon Radosh believes has to do with the current administration: leftists see a renewed opportunity now that Obama is in power.
~There is no dounbt all these progressive socialists have become emboldened & no longer hide like the snakes they are! ~JP
“Now, as President Barack Obama is beginning the mid-point of his first and possibly only term in office, the Left is again trying to advance a new form of the old strategy,” he writes. And “as our national economy and many state and city budgets again are at the breaking point,” he adds, “Frances Fox Piven has issued a new call to repeat and build upon the ruinous strategies that she and her late husband advanced decades ago.”
In 1966 when Cloward and Piven published their first manifesto in The Nation, Americans were spell bound — especially poorer Americans who sucked up the couple’s call like a dying desert cactus. The New Republic’s John McWhorter writes:
But when Piven and Cloward published a manifesto in The Nation, there were 30,000 reprint requests. One thousand neighborhood service centers nationwide encouraged people to go on welfare who would not have otherwise. In the ’60s, one-third of the people whose incomes made them eligible for AFDC were on the rolls. By 1971, 90 percent were.
An old strategy for a new year. Let‘s hope it doesn’t have the same effect.
Editor’s note: In order to read it, you must be a subscriber. (Do YOU want to sign up with The Nation?! I sure do NOT) Piven’s entire editorial can be viewed here.
~ In seeing pictures of Frances AND Ann Dunham (who is a decade younger) , although honestly Ann does look like Barry with lipstick & Frances looks like a donkey. I thought out loud, “Are they related?” You be the judge…
Newly released video in Maine shows federal agents in a shootout that led to the death of a motorcycle gang member. 58-year-old Thomas Mayne was killed in the shootout. Tuesday, the Maine attorney general’s office ruled the shooting justified. (Dec. 30)