Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

When did we become a cowardly, racist Nation? On November 9, 2008?

The Content of  His Character

by Vodkapundit

President Barack Obama.

He’s liberal. He’s black. He’s the President of the Untied States of America. What more could the Democrats want?

Well, apparently they’d prefer it if he was maybe just a skosh more effective, because his every failure — or even misstep — is now met with charges of “Racism!”

Funny how the American people weren’t racists when we elected him. We weren’t racists when he Rahmed his $780 billion special-interest payoff through Congress. We weren’t racists when the polls supported the non-specific, hopey-changey version of his health care reform.

But when Americans pushed back — against having their heating bills doubled, against having their health care plans usurped — suddenly, now, yes, we’re racists. No less an authority than Jimmy Carter (and his peanut heads from Kos and HuffPo on down to Garofalo and other, even less successful, hangers-on) has said so.

So. Has the America which elected President Obama by a comfortable majority not even one year ago, become suddenly more racist than it was on November 8, 2008? Or, implausible as it may seem, has a center-right country unsurprisingly soured on a left-left President and his left-left-left-left-left enablers on Capital Hill and in the Washington press corps?

And could it be just barely possible, that even some center-left folks here in America be a little put off by their Commander-in-Cheif telling them to knock off all that oh-so-inconvenient “bickering” and back-talking?

It doesn’t take Occam’s razor to slice this one, does it?

They weren’t former ACORN employees, were they?

H/T to Instapundit for this story of a home invasion under the guise of Obama’s health care reforms.

A word to the wise from Instapundint: Beware of strange men promising free medical care.

from antzinpantz.com

from antzinpantz.com

Long ago… and then whatever comes next

The Debt Star

The Debt Star

The Debt Star Part Deux

The Debt Star Part Deux

Do you tweet or use facebook? Obama’s watching you!

When is this crap going to stop?


Useful Idiots and Bigotry of the Left

4 fired ACORN volunteers and perhaps, more to come

The marxist keeps a person around until he or she is no longer of use and then they “throw ’em under the bus.” Why? Because they are no longer Useful Idiots. It’s a pattern, keep watching them and you’ll see it. One could even claim that Van Jones was a UI for Obama. Has Obama said word one about Jones since he ‘resigned’?

Frank James of NPR said this:

It’s also important to keep in mind that ACORN’s workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails–poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades.

So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America.

And James Taranto of the WSJ countered with this:

It’s hard to see how James’s casual assumption that corruption is the predictable result of “being poor and minority” is anything other than invidious bigotry. Further, even if one assumes for the sake of argument that Acorn is a mere passive embodiment of “social problems,” how exactly does that get it off the hook? Acorn is supposed to ameliorate those problems, is it not?

Corruption is predictable because you are poor? Immorality is inbred because you live in a housing project? I think there are millions of “poor” in this country who would take issue with those questions. But the Marxists are going to purpetuate that fallacy as long as there are poor folks to believe it.

These people are being held down – dare I say, oppressed – by the very Marxists who claim to be their saviors. They are used on the frontline – the UIs – to make the Marxist’s plan look altruistic and humane but as soon as they are a liability, under the proverbal bus they go!

These 4 fired volunteers and maybe more to come, are taking a dive for ACORN. They are ACORN’s former Useful Idiots who are now laying under the big yellow bus. These people were trained by ACORN. They behaved in ways that they felt were acceptable to the leadership of their organization.

I”ll say it again: we are a reflection of the leaders we have and our leaders are a reflection of the people we are.

Jon Stewart on ACORN

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Pay back’s a bitch… ain’t it?

The NYTs finally came to the party and wrote a story about the ACORN situation. They should be ashamed of being shown up by a couple of twenty-something kids and judging by their snarky, left-leaning story, they are.

In their very biased coverage (in full, here) they say that “Conservatives believe that they have hit upon a winning formula for such attacks: mobilizing people to dig up dirt, trumpeting it on talk radio and television, prompting Congress to weigh in and demanding action from the Obama administration.”

Winning formula? Why, yes indeedy. What O’Keefe and Giles did was take a page or 2 out of the Alinsky manual and use it against the marxist organization. O’Keefe, in fact sites Alinsky rules as his inspiration:

Alinsky Rule #10, “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”

“The only way to upset the power structure in your communities is to goad them, confuse them, irritate them and, most of all, make them live by their own rules.  If you make them live by their own rules, you destroy them.”

“Instead of railing against their radicalism, it is best to bring out this type of radicalism,” he [O’Keefe] wrote.

Personally, I couldn’t be prouder of them. Once I read Alinsky’s book, everything was crystal clear to me. The behavior of the left (past and present) was so transparent and obvious, it made me wonder how I’d missed so much before.

These kids read the book, they learned the methods, they understand the process and they used it against them! Good job is not good enough for them.

We could and should learn some lessons from these upstart journalists! It was a superb job!

Timing out the Alinsky bullys

“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.” MyWay

Jimmy Carter is the roundly acknowledged worst president we’ve ever had.  His book now recommended reading by Osama’s book club and his anti-semite, race baiting diatribes have given him a place in history that he othewise would never have had. Most people would not want to have that particular place. But I guess if you’re Jimmy Carter, considering what the alternative is, you’ll take whatever historical position you can.

Callling RACISM on anyone who doesn’t tow the Obama line is starting to wear thin. Like calling someone a Nazi, the overuse of these labels are  losing their impact. And in fact, it’s starting to make these name callers look delusional and desperate. Case in point:

Hank Johnson a democrat and member of the Black Caucus suggested that a “failure to rebuke the South Carolina Republican is tantamount to supporting the most blatant form of organized racism in American history.”  Johnson also went on to say, “people will be putting on“white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside”!  Moonbat Patrol

Alinsky’s rule of targeting, attacking and freezing the opposition only works when the attackee allows it to work. Name calling puts the victim on the defensive. It’s no different than the playground bully we’ve all had experience with.

There are 3 tactics to counter this Alinsky rule: 1. defend against it; 2. return the name-calling; 3. diminish it’s impact –  demeaning it’s use by ignoring it.

Tactics 1 and 2 esculate the “discussion” and are counter-productive. They are forms of rewarding negative behavior and reinforcing it. (Many of us understand this if we raised kids.) Letting the message deteriorate to a one word label (racist or nazi) doesn’t further the message of the victim. On the contrary, it reinforces the position of the bully.

On the other hand, ignoring the people who scream racist at the top of a hat, demeans them and renders them inconsequential to any debate. And seriously, who can be more inconsequential  than Jimmy Carter?

The victim needs to ignore the name and continue the conversation beyond and past this or end the conversation until or unless the bullying stops. It’s kind of like a “time out” for the Jimmy Carters and the Hank Johnsons of the world.

Someone needs to be the adult, the parent if you like, in this and take control of the situation or the bullys will keep running amuck.  These are obviously not mental giants if their argument is to scream racism at every turn. We need to start timing them out, isolating and ignoring them until they can come to the table with intelligent discussion and more than a one-word argument.

ACORN Watch: A “Sting”-ing Indictment of Media Hypocrisy

by Michelle Malkin/Townhall.com

Undercover journalism is only acceptable when it fits a liberal agenda. That is the message from “professional” reporters and left-wing activists outraged about three successful video stings targeting President Obama’s old friends at the left-wing tax-subsidized outfit ACORN.

Conservative documentarian James O’Keefe and writer Hannah Giles, working for the BigGovernment.com website, posed as a pimp and prostitute during visits to ACORN offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn. ACORN housing officials and tax advisers offered them brazen suggestions on how to lie on their applications, disguise their income, obscure their child sex-ring business and hide cash from abusive johns. (“When you buy the house with the backyard, you get a tin,” an ACORN counselor in New York told Giles, “and you bury it down in there, cover it and put the grass over it.”)

Summing up the ACORN Housing Corporation philosophy, another Brooklyn ACORN official told the undercover pair bluntly: “Honesty is not going to get you the house.”

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson blasted the investigation as “gotcha journalism.” Echoing ACORN’s defenders, MSNBC anchor Norah O’Donnell fretted on Tuesday that Giles and O’Keefe’s methods “might be viewed as entrapment. That some conservative activists used hidden cameras to get this stuff on camera.”

O’Donnell has apparently forgotten the inglorious history of news “entrapment” by her betters at NBC News.

This is the network that surreptitiously rigged GM pickup trucks in staged crash tests in 1993 to show that the vehicles were unsafe — and failed to inform viewers that the simulations used incendiary devices to ignite the explosions. Jane Pauley admitted in a nationally televised apology that “NBC’s contractor did put incendiary devices under the trucks to ensure there would be a fire if gasoline were released from the gas tank. NBC personnel knew this before we aired the program, but the public was not informed because consultants at the scene told us the devices did not start the fire. We agree with GM that we should have told the viewer about these devices.”

This is the network that pioneered the “To Catch a Predator” series — an investigative sting operation to nab Internet pedophiles. Until last year, the journalists worked with activist group Perverted Justice, whose members posed as children in web chat rooms to lure alleged pedophiles to a residential home.

This is the network that sent out an intrepid NBC News reporter in a canoe to cover treacherous New Jersey flooding in 2005 — only to be shown up by passers-by who sloshed in front of the camera and demonstrated that the water was only a few inches deep.

This is the network that tried to arrange Islamophobia stings at NASCAR events in 2006 to try to “expose” racism among Southerners. The network worked with a Muslim activist who sent a recruitment notice across the Internet:

“I have been talking with a producer of the NBC Dateline show, and he is in the process of filming a piece on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination in the USA. They are looking for some Muslim male candidates for their show who would be willing to go to non-Muslim gatherings and see if they attract any discriminatory comments or actions while being filmed. … NBC is willing to fly in someone and cover their weekend expenses. The filming would take place all day on Saturday and Sunday.”

The same sting tactics were adopted by ABC News’ Primetime Live news show in Alabama and Texas.

“Professional” undercover journalists see their work as serving the public and national interests, exposing wrongdoing, and blowing the whistle on illicit activities that would not otherwise see the light of day. But this is exactly what the ACORN stings have done.

Taxpayers deserve to know how ACORN and its vast web of nonprofit, tax-exempt affiliates are using their money (40 percent of the group’s revenue comes from the government). The flagship group trains publicly funded ACORN tax advisers and mortgage counselors across the country. In fact, ACORN is now managing apartments in Bedford-Stuyvesant, N.Y., for the newly completed Atlantic Avenue Apartments. Yet, ACORN Housing Corporation has a long history of abusing federal housing funds and AmeriCorps grants for political activities.

Head-in-the-sand ABC News anchor Charles Gibson claimed he “didn’t know” about the ACORN scandal this week and snarked that “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.”

Giles and O’Keefe’s investigations (and there are more to come, according to BigGovernment.com’s Andrew Breitbart) have exposed not one but two protection rackets: ACORN’s — and the ostrich media’s.