• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Citizen ‘Justice’ in Minneapolis? Is There a Gun in your up-to-date Marxist-Democrat PartyFuture?

The gang that couldn’t shoot straight

by Scott W. Johnson    at PowerLine

“Minnesota liberalized the law allowing citizens to arm themselves in the early days of the administration of Governor Pawlenty. The law vastly expanded the right of Minnesota citizens to acquire licenses to carry guns, a right formerly subject to the unfettered discretion of local police chiefs or sheriffs. Liberalization of the law carried out a long-standing Republican commitment and was of course the subject of daily hysteria in the local media, but so far as I am aware has had no ill effects.

The virtues of the law were on display last week. When Darren Evanovich and his sister pulled off an armed robbery outside of a grocery store in Minneapolis, they wound up pistol-whipping the middle-aged woman they robbed. As Ed Morrissey relates, the Good Samaritan chased after Evanovich, and Evanovich pulled the gun as he turned the corner. “Unfortunately for Evanovich,” Ed writes, “the Good Samaritan had a carry permit and a handgun of his own — which he drew and fired after Evanovich drew first. Evanovich died almost immediately.”

Evanovich’s death raised the question whether the Good Samaritan would be charged with homicide. While the case was under consideration, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a deeply deceptive article by Matt McKinney on the good works of Darren Evanovich. The article omitted relevant facts that made out the justification for Evanovich’s killing.

If you relied on the article for your knowledge about the case, as I stupidly did, you were poorly served. Mitch Berg took it apart on his Shot In the Dark blog. If you relied on the Star Tribune for your knowledge about the case, you would have been surprised, as I was, when (liberal Democratic) Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman not only declined to press charges against the Good Samaritan, but he also commended the Good Samaritan “for helping his fellow citizen in need” (while adding “a note of caution” discouraging armed citizens from chasing after criminals.)

The Star Tribune’s coverage of the Evanovich case provides evidence to support the proposition that liberalism makes you stupid, or requires you to be stupid. I think it is true as a general proposition. Yet in this case we have the counterexample of Mike Freeman — not stupid. At the very least, the case is a good reminder that the Star Tribune gives new meaning to the expression “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”

Comment:   Unless my memory has hit a serious ‘nose dive’, Mike Freeman is the son of former Minnesota Governor, Orville Freeman, who later became the nations’s  Secretary of Agriculture.  I was a Democrat in those days and remained so for a couple decades later, during a time when unlike today,  the Party was Marxist free.  

Orville Freeman was a most honorable man of whom every Minnesotan can be proud.     Such Democrats are difficult to find these days, even here in Minnesota.  It seems likely his son from  the same ‘school’.  

Even former Vice President, Walter Mondale, was honorable in those days.   But  he accepted  his Party’s modernization, its disgrace and dishonesty,   during his campaign for the U.S. Senate in the fall of 2002.   He apparently had forgotten his Minnesota roots playing political cards too long in Washington.

Besides his political shrills, anger, and meanness during the campaign, he allowed the rumor to live, that conspiring Republicans were somehow behind the death of then Senator Paul Wellstone, an icon of the state’s new super Left.

I should add, that Senator  Wellstone would have probably been appalled at the campaign this Walter Mondale had conducted in 2002.   Curiously, I cannot guess how Marxist the leftwing Wellstone might have become if he were still in his Senate seat.    I feel confident, however, that despite his promise to limit his tenure in Washington, Paul Wellstone had every intention to ignore his promise  and,  health willing, he still would be in the Senate halls, cane and all.

Like the majority of Minnesotans, I am repelled by the idea handguns are in the discussion and hands of decent people in today’s American culture.     But today’s Minnesota is a JUNGLE compared to the civlization which existed here  during the early 1960s  of Orville Freeman’s days.

The cultural revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s has given America Marxism through the leftwing avenues from college to Barack Hussein Obama.   The once honorable Democratic Party is its conduit…..for the moment.   That most Democrats in Congress and the Minnesota state house might not be believing Marxists doesn’t excuse their culpability in this religion’s march to  totalitarianism.   

Most voters for the Nazis of Germany  in 1933 were not Nazis, by membership or religion.  And never forget in 1933 the National Socialist Workers Party led by Adolph Hitler was  a Marxist  oriented  movement. 

Marxism is a religion.   Like the militant Islamists, all of life is expected to be religiously designed and obeyed according to demands of its most powerful believer or  believers.   Neither tolerates strays.   Most of Marxism’s priests are not in Washington but preach in  the university campuses throughout the country.

They are tenured.   Many of the daughters and some sons these believers have indoctrinated now  run the nation’s Courts, its mass media, entertainment industries, the art world,  and some of the country’s churches.

Like Islamists, Marxists punish non-believers…any critics of Socialist Dogma and ALWAYS have.   One is to hate the unwashed.

U.S. Economic Setbacks Cause Strains caring for chronically ill.

State Seeks Help to Cut Cost of Chronically Ill

from the National Center for Policy Analysis

As states seek solutions to ever-rising Medicaid costs, some have recognized the excessive strain that is placed on the system by a small portion of the population that is both poor and elderly (and therefore eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits).  This group of people, known as “dual eligibles,” uses a starkly disproportionate share of funds within each program, says the Wall Street Journal.

  • There are 9.2 million dual eligibles in the United States.
  • Nationally, dual eligibles account for 16 percent of Medicare’s enrollees but 27 percent of its spending, and 15 percent of Medicaid’s enrollees, but 39 percent of its spending.
  • Some 60 percent have multiple chronic conditions, and 43 percent have at least one mental or cognitive impairment.

In the state of Massachusetts, lawmakers are considering new systems that could provide targeted benefits to this portion of beneficiaries.  Among the potential reforms, dual eligibles would be transitioned from the current fee-for-service financial structure into a managed care system, potentially run and administered by a for-profit third party.  The state estimates it could save roughly 2 percent of the $4 billion spent annually by Medicare and Medicaid on the state’s dual-eligible patients by performing this shift for 115,000 such people.

Part of the reason that dual eligibles place such a strain on the financial structures of these two systems is that their treatment options allow for Medicare and Medicaid coverage to interact in ways that designers did not intend.  For example, when a dual-eligible patient goes from a hospital to a nursing home, Medicare pays the institution a daily rate for the first 100 days, after which Medicaid picks up the daily tab at lower rate.  In order to keep the higher rate, nursing homes are incentivized to return the patient to the hospital unnecessarily.  Such inefficiencies for this fraction of beneficiaries are not uncommon, and it is for this reason that so many states are looking for potential solutions.

Source: Jennifer Levitz, “State Seeks Help to Cut Cost of Chronically Ill,” Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2011.

For text:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204505304577000244207856650.html?KEYWORDS=medicare

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=16

 

Lefty Granny, Michael Moore, at his best at Occupy Square…..”Talk about the Debt Ceiling is Bull Shit”

and   the  Occupy people have SCORED  a MAJOR VICTORY by removing the “bull shit”  Debt Ceiling discussion off the table.

from RealClearPolitics video:

Moore: Occupy Movement Has “Shut Down Bullshit Discussion” On Debt

“Michael Moore tells the crowd at Occupy Oakland that is thrilled the movement has virtually killed all stories about the national debt and deficit. Telling by the crowd reaction, the Occupy camp seemed happy too.

“We’ve already had a number of victories in our first six weeks, and let’s acknowledge those victories,” Moore, who considers himself a member of the 99% movement, told the crowd.

Among claiming that the movement has “killed despair across the country,” Moore also said he is grateful that the media coverage the occupiers have received has practically ended news reports about the debt and deficit. Transcript below:

“There’s something very important we’ve done. Six weeks ago what was the media talking about? All the politicians in Washington? All the pundits. What was the national discussion, that we weren’t part of, that they determined. What were they talking about? The debt ceiling. The debt –

(in a mocking tone) “The debt ceiling. The deficit. We’ve gotta reduce the deficit. We’ve gotta reduce the deficit.

“Over and over and over, all summer long. The debt ceiling. The deficit. The debt ceiling. The deficit.

“Can I ask you honestly? When in the last time in the last few weeks you’ve heard them talking about the debt ceiling? Or the deficit?

[audience reacts by clapping]

“This movement has shut down that bullshit discussion.”    Click here for the complete video.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/29/moore_occupy_movement_has_shut_down_that_bullshit_discussion_on_debt.html

A Look Again at Barney Frank Type Legislation…..Should he be in Jail?

 

Dodd-Frank Creates Obstacles, Restricts Growth

from the National Center of Policy Analysis

“Just over one year ago, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law.  Dodd-Frank, a response to the 2008 financial collapse, was intended to increase oversight of massive financial institutions, such as large banks and stock brokers, and to monitor consumer transactions, such as payday loans and mortgages.  It was meant to address the concern that financial institutions in the United States had grown “too big to fail” and would need to be “bailed out” by the government to prevent a banking sector collapse, says Karlyn Gorski, a research assistant with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

However, Dodd-Frank gives the federal government increased power to control not only large banks, but also small banks and businesses.

  • Ironically, financial-sector concentration has continued to increase.
  • Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) notes that before the banking crisis, the top 10 banks in the United States held 55 percent of total banking sector assets; today, they hold 77 percent.

Though Dodd-Frank is still in the implementation phase, it is becoming clearer that this complex legislation imposes regulatory burdens that will stifle efforts to grow businesses, but will not result in beneficial financial reforms.  Indeed, most banks are expected to make up for lost revenue from regulations through increased fees for checking accounts or higher interest on loans.

A major concern is that small businesses will be unable to obtain financing as a result of Dodd-Frank.  When there are more restrictions on the loans banks can make, fewer loans are made.  In fact, loans to small businesses have tumbled to a five-year low.  Because the law governs everything from traditional small business loans to personal credit cards and home equity loans, access to capital for small businesses will be restricted.

Source: Karlyn Gorski, “Dodd-Frank Creates Obstacles, Restricts Growth,” National Center for Policy Analysis, October 24, 2011.

For text:

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba755

For more on Economic Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=17
Comment:   The jail suggestion was made by Newt Gingrich passionately on television.   He did not list any of the several miseries  and countless lies and embarrassments he has and continues to cause  the country.   

The male brothel operated out of his Congressional office early in his “service” to his Massachusetts’ constituents probably didn’t hurt anyone.   After all, he is a lefty, an untouchable.   But his maneuverings and  politics in Congress especially regarding the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disaster, the primary cause of the financial collapse due to loss of  integrity and ensuing befouling of standards in the banking home  loan business and his lies covering up the mammoth scandal, did  hurt his country.

GAO Audit of the Federal Reserve…..$16,000,000,000,000 Given Out as Bailouts including Foreign Banks and Corporations!!

First GAO Audit Ever of the Federal Reserve
 
 
The first ever GAO audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which passed last year. Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal Reserve audit in the Senate. Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and various other bankers vehemently opposed the audit and lied to Congress about the effects an audit would have on markets. Nevertheless, the results of the first audit in the Federal Reserve’s nearly 100 year history are posted on Senator Sander’s webpage.
 
What was revealed in the audit was startling: 
$16,000,000,000,000.00 (TRILLION) had been secretly given out to US banks and corporations and foreign banks everywhere from France to Scotland . From the period between December 2007 and June 2010, the Federal Reserve had secretly bailed out many of the world’s banks, corporations, and governments. The Federal Reserve likes to refer to these secret bailouts as an all-inclusive loan program,but virtually none of the money has been returned and it was loaned out at 0% interest. Why the Federal Reserve had never been public about this or even informed the United States Congress about the $16 trillion dollar bailout is obvious the American public would have been outraged to find out that the Federal Reserve bailed out foreign banks while Americans were struggling to find jobs. To place $16 trillion into perspective, remember that GDP of the United States is only $14.12 trillion. The entire national debt of the United States government spanning its 200+ year history is only $14.5 trillion. 
 
The budget that is being debated so heavily in Congress and the Senate is only $3.5 trillion. Take all of the outrage and debate over the $1.5 trillion deficit into consideration, and swallow this Red pill: There was no debate about whether $16,000,000,000,000 would be given to failing banks and failing corporations around the world. In late 2008, the TARP Bailout bill was passed and loans of $800 billion were given to failing banks and companies. That was a blatant lie considering the fact that Goldman Sachs alone received 814 billion dollars. As is turns out, the Federal Reserve donated $2.5 trillion to Citigroup, while Morgan Stanley received $2.04 trillion. The Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank, a German bank, split about a trillion and numerous other banks received hefty chunks of the $16 trillion. ****
“This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you-are-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.” – Bernie Sanders(I-VT) 
 
When you have conservative Republican stalwarts like Jim DeMint(R-SC) and Ron Paul(R-TX) as well as self-identified Democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders all fighting against the Federal Reserve, you know that it is no longer an issue of Right versus Left. When you have every single member of the Republican Party in Congress and progressive Congressmen like Dennis Kucinich sponsoring a bill to audit the Federal Reserve, you realize that the Federal Reserve is an entity onto itself, which has no oversight and no accountability. 
 
Americans should be swelled with anger and outrage at the abysmal state of affairs when an unelected group of bankers can create money out of thin air and give it out to megabanks and super corporations like Halloween candy.
 
If the Federal Reserve and the bankers who control it believe that they can continue to devalue the savings of Americans and continue to destroy the US economy, they will have to face the realization that their trillion dollar printing presses can be stopped with five dollars’ worth of bullets. Regardless of whether this money is fiat money (money printed with nothing of value to back it), if it is a currency forced on society and the world, with enforcement by the Fed, IRS, the U.S. military, et al, – which it is- the acts of the Federal Reserve are, in essence, the transfer of greater wealth to the rich insider banks and corporations, while the rest of the world grows poorer, and as the value of this funny money grows less and less in purchasing power. These insider banks, etc., then, exchange this funny money for gold and silver, the real wealth of the world, which, then, reinflates the world with more and more devaluing federal reserve notes. This, then, creates hyper-inflation, increasing the cost of all resources and commodities, while gold and silver climb to never-seen-before levels of value. 
 
This is how the Federal Reserve insiders steal the wealth of the world and why the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. It’s the world’s largest Ponzi scheme! The Federal Reserve is nothing but a front for a small group of families who run a white collar criminal Ponzi scheme.
 
This criminal institution should be seized by the U.S. Treasury department and all assets frozen, and returned to the coffers of the U.S. Treasury in order to settle the U.S. debt and help begin to balance the U.S. deficit. All banks (listed below) should be forced to return the money received by the Federal Reserve. All families in ownership of the Fed and their agents should be located, caught, tried and jailed for grand larceny and treason against the people of the U.S.A. All government agents who protect and help facilitate this criminal organization should be fired from the positions and similarly tried and jailed for grand larceny and treason. Meanwhile, Congress should return our country to its original monetary system and, again, do its duty to regulate the coining of the currency of America as per the U.S. Constitution. 
 
The list of institutions that received the most money from the Federal Reserve can be found on page 131 of the GAO Audit and are as follows:
Citigroup: $2.5 trillion($2,500,000,000,000) 
Morgan Stanley: $2.04 trillion ($2,040,000,000,000) 
Merrill Lynch: $1.949 trillion ($1,949,000,000,000) 
Bank of America : $1.344 trillion ($1,344,000,000,000) 
Barclays PLC ( United Kingdom ): $868 billion* ($868,000,000,000) 
Bear Sterns: $853 billion ($853,000,000,000) 
Goldman Sachs: $814 billion ($814,000,000,000) 
Royal Bank of Scotland ( UK ): $541 billion ($541,000,000,000) 
JP Morgan Chase: $391 billion ($391,000,000,000) 
Deutsche Bank ( Germany ): $354 billion ($354,000,000,000) 
UBS ( Switzerland ): $287 billion ($287,000,000,000) 
Credit Suisse ( Switzerland ): $262 billion ($262,000,000,000) 
Lehman Brothers: $183 billion ($183,000,000,000) 
Bank of Scotland ( United Kingdom ): $181 billion ($181,000,000,000) 
BNP Paribas (France): $175 billion ($175,000,000,000)

Words about Steve Jobs from a Loving Sister

A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

By MONA SIMPSON

“I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.

Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

By then, I lived in New York, where I was trying to write my first novel. I had a job at a small magazine in an office the size of a closet, with three other aspiring writers. When one day a lawyer called me — me, the middle-class girl from California who hassled the boss to buy us health insurance — and said his client was rich and famous and was my long-lost brother, the young editors went wild. This was 1985 and we worked at a cutting-edge literary magazine, but I’d fallen into the plot of a Dickens novel and really, we all loved those best. The lawyer refused to tell me my brother’s name and my colleagues started a betting pool. The leading candidate: John Travolta. I secretly hoped for a literary descendant of Henry James — someone more talented than I, someone brilliant without even trying.

When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif.

We took a long walk — something, it happened, that we both liked to do. I don’t remember much of what we said that first day, only that he felt like someone I’d pick to be a friend. He explained that he worked in computers.

I didn’t know much about computers. I still worked on a manual Olivetti typewriter.

I told Steve I’d recently considered my first purchase of a computer: something called the Cromemco.

Steve told me it was a good thing I’d waited. He said he was making something that was going to be insanely beautiful.

I want to tell you a few things I learned from Steve, during three distinct periods, over the 27 years I knew him. They’re not periods of years, but of states of being. His full life. His illness. His dying.

Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day.

That’s incredibly simple, but true.

He was the opposite of absent-minded.

He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be.

When he got kicked out of Apple, things were painful. He told me about a dinner at which 500 Silicon Valley leaders met the then-sitting president. Steve hadn’t been invited.

He was hurt but he still went to work at Next. Every single day.

Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.

For an innovator, Steve was remarkably loyal. If he loved a shirt, he’d order 10 or 100 of them. In the Palo Alto house, there are probably enough black cotton turtlenecks for everyone in this church.

He didn’t favor trends or gimmicks. He liked people his own age.

His philosophy of aesthetics reminds me of a quote that went something like this: “Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”

Steve always aspired to make beautiful later.

He was willing to be misunderstood.

Uninvited to the ball, he drove the third or fourth iteration of his same black sports car to Next, where he and his team were quietly inventing the platform on which Tim Berners-Lee would write the program for the World Wide Web.”

Mona Simpson is a novelist and a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She delivered this eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs, on Oct. 16 at his memorial service at the Memorial Church of Stanford University.

Obama’s ACORN still growing Marxism?

Mark Waldeland sent me  the following article by Jana Winter at FoxNews.com

ACORN Playing Behind the Scenes Role in “Occupy” Movement

“Members of New York Communities for Change, in orange t-shirts with orange banner, attend a press conference in New York with union leaders, including United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew.
The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.
The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds. 

NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.

Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day – to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.
At least some of those hired are being used as door-to-door canvassers to collect money that’s used to support the protests.
Sources said cash donations collected by NYCC on behalf of some unions and various causes are being pooled and spent on Occupy Wall Street. The money is used to buy supplies, pay staff and cover travel expenses for the ex-ACORN members brought to New York for the protests.
In one such case, sources said, NYCC staff members collected cash donations for what they were told was a United Federation of Teachers fundraising drive, but the money was diverted to the protests.
Sources who participated in the teachers union campaign said NYCC supervisors gave them the addresses of union members and told them to go knock on their doors and ask for contributions—and did not mention that the money would go toward Occupy Wall Street expenses. One source said the campaign raked in about $5,000.
Current staff members at NYCC told FoxNews.com the union fundraising drive was called off abruptly last week, and they were told NYCC should not have been raising money for the union at all.
Sources said staff members also collected door-to-door for NYCC’s PCB campaign — which aims to test schools for deadly toxins —but then pooled that money together with cash raised for the teachers union and other campaigns to fund Occupy Wall Street.
“We go to Freeport, Central Islip, Park Slope, everywhere, and we say we’re collecting money for PCBs testing in schools. But the money isn’t going to the campaign,” one source said. 
“It’s going to Occupy Wall Street, and we’re not using that money to get schools tested for deadly chemicals or to make their kids safer. It’s just going to the protests, and that’s just so terrible.” 
A spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers told FoxNews.com, “The UFT is not involved in any NYCC fundraising on the PCB issue.”
 
Multiple sources said NYCC is also using cash donations through canvassing efforts in New York’s Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods for union-backed campaigns to fund the Wall Street protests.
“All the money collected from canvasses is pooled together back at the office, and everything we’ve been working on for the last year is going to the protests, against big banks and to pay people’s salaries—and those people on salary are, of course, being paid to go to the protests every day,” one NYCC staff member told FoxNews.com
 
Those who contribute don’t know the money is going to fund the protests, the source said. 
“They give contributions because we say if they do we can fix things – whatever specific problem they’re having in their area, housing, schools, whatever … then we spend the contributions paying staff to be at the protests all day, every day. That’s where these contributions – the community’s money – is going,” the source said.
“They’re doing the same stuff now that got ACORN in trouble to begin with. And yes, we’re still ACORN, there is a still a national ACORN.”
 
Another source, who said she was hired from a homeless shelter, said she was first sent to the protests before being deployed to Central Islip, Long Island, to canvass for a campaign against home foreclosures.
“I went to the protests every day for two weeks and made $10 an hour. They made me carry NYCC signs and big orange banners that say NYCC in white letters. About 50 others were hired around my time to go to the protests. We went to protests in and around Zuccotti Park, then to the big Times Square protest,” she said. 
“But now they have me canvassing on Long Island for money, so I get the money and then the money is being used for Occupy Wall Street—to pay for all of it, for supplies, food, transportation, salaries, for everything … all that money is going to pay for the protests downtown and that’s just messed up. It’s just wrong.”
Neither Kest, NYCC executive director, nor his communications director returned repeated email and telephone requests for comment, nor did his communications director. A Fox News producer who visited the Brooklyn office on Tuesday was told, “The best people to speak to who are involved with Occupy Wall Street aren’t available.”
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Harrison Schultz, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman, said he knew nothing about NYCC’s involvement in the Occupy movement.
“Haven’t seen them, couldn’t tell you,” he said.
 
He said he couldn’t comment on the Occupy the Boardroom website’s relationship to the movement and to NYCC.
“It’s a horizontal organization, a leaderless organization, it’s difficult to explain it,” Schultz said, “difficult to explain it to people who haven’t worked in this, who haven’t been part of it.”
Kest publicly threw his organization’s support behind the movement in a Sept. 30 opinion piece on HuffingtonPost.com. But top ex-ACORN staff members and current NYCC officials have been planning events like the Occupy Wall Street protests since February, a source within the group told FoxNews.com.
 
That’s when planning began for May 12 protests against Chase bank foreclosures, which were followed by the formation of the Beyond May 12 campaign, targeting Wall Street and big banks. That campaign was rolled out by a coalition of community groups and unions and led by the revamped former ACORN group.
“What people don’t understand is that ACORN is behind this — and that this, what’s happening now, is all part of the May 12 and Beyond May 12 plans to go after the banks, Chase in particular,” a source said.
 
Sources said NYCC was a key player behind a series of recent Occupy Wall Street events, including the Oct. 11 Millionaires March, which brought protests and union and community groups on walking tours of Upper East Side homes of wealthy New Yorkers; and the launch of the “Occupy the Boardroom” website, registered to Kest, which encouraged protesters to contact high-profile bankers, among others.”
 
Comment:   Once a community organizer, always a community organizer…..Barack Hussein’s overpowering drive ……striving to be a top  Marxist.
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