Tuesday, 29 September 2009
N.J. Principal Unapologetic for Videotape of Kids Praising Obama, Parents Say
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COMMENT: By now, you have no doubt heard about the student in New Jersey being taught a 'rap' praising Barack Hussein Obama.  Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, here is the 'rest of the story.'

Lyrics: Songs About President Obama

VIDEO: School Kids Taught to Praise Barack Hussein Obama

The poorly written statement is
posted on the school district’s site.

UPDATED:
Michelle Malkin has more information on the video. It appears that this was part of a presentation by Charisse Carney-Nunes, the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama (2009),” and according to her biography
, “a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a schoolmate of President Obama.”

The Three R's in the Age of Obama: Rappin', Revolution and Radicalism

By Michelle Malkin
September 25, 2009

When the White House announced plans for the president's nationwide address to schoolchildren two weeks ago, worried parents were dismissed as "kooks." We pointed to the subtext of "social justice" activism rampant in American classrooms. It's time for a big fat Told You So.
Out of the spotlight, politicized lessons continue to supplant core academics.
Earlier this year, at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, N.J., schoolchildren were instructed to memorize a paean to Barack Obama. A video uploaded to the YouTube account of Charisse Carney-Nunes, author of the children's book "I Am Barack Obama" and a self-described Harvard Law "schoolmate" of the president's, showed students lined up in the auditorium snapping their fingers and chanting in unison
Read more here.

 

N.J. Principal Unapologetic for Videotape of Kids Praising Obama, Parents Say

The principal of a New Jersey elementary school where young students were videotaped singing the praises of President Obama is making no apologies for the videotape and says she would allow the performance again if she could, according to parents who spoke with her Thursday night.

The principal of a New Jersey elementary school where young students were videotaped singing the praises of President Obama is making no apologies for the videotape and says she would allow the performance again if she could, according to parents who spoke with her Thursday night.

Three parents told FOXNews.com that Dr. Denise King, principal of B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, N.J., defended the controversial performance, which was videotaped and posted on YouTube, when they approached her during a "Back to School" event.

Parent Jim Angelillo said King told him the lesson was merely part of Black History month, and not an attempt to indoctrinate students, as critics have charged. He said he believes teachers have the freedom to express their political views, but not in the classroom.

"Freedom of speech, not freedom to teach," Angelillo told FOXNews.com.

King has long been a fan of Obama, hanging pictures of the president in her school's hallways and touting her trip to his inauguration in the school yearbook.

Included in the full-page yearbook spread were Obama campaign slogans ("Yes we can! Yes we did!") and photos King took in Washington on Jan. 20, when she attended the inauguration.

There also were photos taken at the school depicting students doing Obama-themed activities about their "hopes for the future," featuring posters of Obama. According to the yearbook, students watched the inauguration in class.

Parents said Elvira James, the teacher of the class that was videotaped, also seemed to be promoting Obama.

"She praised him, she put pictures on the walls," said Jim Pronchick, whose 8-year-old son, Jimmy, was in James' class last year. "When he won (the election) they really went off."
Read more here.

New Jersey School District Is No Stranger to National Spotlight

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Posted on 09/29/2009 6:10 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Terrorist plot foiled?
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COMMENT:  Just more evidence that we live in perilous times. Thankfully, this potential plot was exposed.  I think there should be continued prayer that the 'hidden things be revealed' -- we can add to that -- by discovery or revelation!

New York City Terror Plot and the Post-9/11 Catch-22

Last week’s raids on a number of apartments in New York City and the subsequent questioning of an Afghan immigrant serve once again to remind us that our nation is at war — and that the war is not limited to the battlefields abroad. The threat of terror attacks against targets in the homeland remains high.

The case raises important questions about how domestic terrorism should be fought. Should law enforcement wait until a threat becomes “imminent” before acting? If not, then at what point should law enforcement intervene given that much of a plot’s details may remain unknown?

It also raises important questions about just how much faith law enforcement can place in the cooperation of some Muslim clerics in terrorism-related cases.

If press accounts can be trusted, here’s what we know about the case. FBI agents had been monitoring the movements of Najibullah Zazi, the son of Afghan immigrants living in Colorado, for over a year. He had traveled back and forth to both Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he is alleged to have met with al-Qaeda agents. Depending on the press you read, Zazi has now either confirmed that he has “ties” to al-Qaeda or has directly denied these “ties.”

Zazi lives with his parents in suburban Aurora, Colorado, and works as a shuttle driver at the Denver airport. Zazi also had close ties with a group of Afghan and Pakistani immigrants in New York City, where he worked for a time as a coffee cart vendor. This circle of friends may have sympathies with Islamic extremists.

Zazi had driven to New York with a rented car to visit these friends when the raids occurred. On his way into the city, Zazi was stopped by the police. His lawyer says the police told Zazi that it was a “routine drug inspection.” But two days later Zazi’s car was towed and searched, and the computer he had left in it was “cloned” by the FBI.

Both the “routine” stop and towing of the car now appear to have been excuses for the FBI to fill in the gaps on just what Zazi was up to.

It’s not clear what exactly triggered the raids in the wee hours of the morning of September 14. It may have been the fact that several of Zazi’s New York circle of friends had attempted (and failed) to rent a large truck on the very day before Zazi was scheduled to arrive. (Rented trucks were used in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.)

Or it may have been the fact that the computer “cloned” by the FBI contained plans for making homemade bombs similar to the ones used in the 2005 London tube terrorist attacks. Or that the FBI had intercepted cryptic text messages between Zazi and his NYC friends saying “the wedding cake was ready” — a code similar to the ones used in previous bombings, meaning the preparations for the attack were near completion.

Whatever the proximate reason for acting when they did, members of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force raided several residences in the heavily immigrant Flushing neighborhood of Queens on that night. Agents searched these premises looking for bomb-making materials and then began casing the entire neighborhood asking residents for information about the suspect and his associates. No bomb-making materials were uncovered, but new backpacks similar to those used in the London bombings were found. Read more here.


Bomb raid at home visited by 'associate'

Last Updated: 3:25 PM, September 15, 2009

Posted: 4:52 AM, September 15, 2009

Armed anti-terror agents yesterday stormed three Queens homes hunting for bomb-making materials allegedly sought by a suspected "al Qaeda associate" -- a dragnet sparked by President Obama's visit, law-enforcement sources said.

The suspect -- described as a Queens-born man in his late 20s who has an Afghani father -- had been under surveillance by the FBI in Denver, where he lives. But the investigation quickly turned to New York as intelligence indicated he was heading here to obtain bomb-making materials, sources said.

Hiking concerns was the suspected terrorist sympathizer's sudden, suspicious drive in a rental car from Denver to Flushing to visit local contacts as Obama hit town, the sources said.

The man had been in New York for about a week when the raids were unleashed -- and he suddenly hot-footed it back to Denver by plane out of La Guardia, sources said.

Still, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who received a classified briefing of the events, said, "There was nothing imminent," and denied that the raids were tied to Obama's visit.

One New York man was arrested as the emergency search warrants were executed.

The man, whose name was withheld, had allegedly notified an imam that the FBI was looking for their Denver pal, and the Muslim leader, in turn, contacted the suspect's family to have them warn him.

Authorities believe the people whom the "al Qaeda associate" met with locally share Osama bin Laden's hard-core anti-American and radical Islamist ideology, sources said.

Akhari Amanullah said agents busted down the door to the apartment on 41st Avenue in Flushing that he shares with several other Afghani immigrants at around 2:30 a.m. Read more here.


Terror suspect: 'Our phone call is being monitored'

Story Highlights
  • Defendant warned a co-defendant phone call being monitored, court papers say
  • Najibullah Zazi, father, another man taken into custody late Saturday
  • Zazi had been questioned about alleged bomb plot in United States
  • According to affidavit, agents found information about bomb-making on Zazi's laptop
AURORA, Colorado (CNN) -- One of three men charged with lying to federal agents during a terrorism probe warned a co-defendant that their phone call was being monitored, according to court papers.

FBI agents included what they said was a transcript of the intercepted call in affidavits supporting the charges against Najibullah Zazi, his father Mohammed Wali Zazi and Ahmad Wais Afzali. All three face court appearances Monday in a case that the Justice Department said stretches from Colorado and New York to Pakistan.

"I was exposed to something yesterday from the authorities," Afzali told Najibullah Zazi in a September 11 call. "And they came to ask me about your characters. They asked me about you guys ... I told them that they are innocent, law-abiding."

Afzali said, however, called the questions from police "a good sign."

"The bad sign is for them coming to you guys and picking you up automatically," he said. And he told the younger Zazi, "Don't get into the Afghanistan garbage, Iraq garbage ... Listen, our phone call is being monitored."  Read more here.

Queens bust in Qaeda probe

Last Updated: 10:19 AM, September 21, 2009

Posted: 5:49 AM, September 21, 2009

A Queens funeral director linked to alleged al Qaeda bomb-maker Najibullah Zazi was charged yesterday in a frightening terror plot that may have targeted New York stadiums, authorities said.

Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, an imam at a Flushing mosque, was a double-crossing government informant who lied to his handlers after his contact with Zazi, authorities charged yesterday.

He was peppered with questions from the FBI and NYPD after Zazi, 24, drove from Colorado to Queens.

Cops asked Afzali questions about Zazi, and showed him pictures of him.

A search of Zazi's rental car in New York uncovered a digital image of notes, which authorities said appeared to be in Zazi's handwriting, detailing instructions on handling and constructing explosives, federal officials said.

Authorities found on his laptop references to Fashion Week in Bryant Park and several sports stadiums, sources said.

Feds also found Zazi's fingerprints on batteries and a scale in a Queens home they raided, authorities said.

The government later intercepted calls among Afzali, Zazi and Zazi's father, Mohammed, during which the men allegedly discussed Afzali's conversation with authorities. The men were later arrested for lying about the wiretapped calls, officials said.

"I was exposed to something yesterday from the authorities," Afzali told Zazi, according to an affidavit. "And they came to ask me about your characters. They asked me about you guys."

Afzali has worked as an informant for more than a year, officials said. His lawyer, Ron Kuby, said his client knew his conversations with Zazi and his father were being recorded. Read more here.

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Posted on 09/23/2009 6:48 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Baucus ObamaCare: "Worst Launch since the Edsel"
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1. Senate Bill Sets Lines for Health Showdown
2. Seven Fatal Flaws of Baucus Bill
3. Obama targets Medicare Advantage
4. Obama: Legalize illegals to get them healthcare
5.  Read the healthcare union label

National Right to Life:
The Baucus bill and abortion


News Flash: Baucus Changes Health Bill Over Dem Outcry

1. Senate Bill Sets Lines for Health Showdown

The major new health-care overhaul bill that landed in the Senate on Wednesday sets the lines for a fall showdown over taxes, spending and coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

The bill, by Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee, breaks a logjam and is likely to form the core of a bill in the full Senate.

The biggest beneficiaries of the Baucus bill would be people who lack insurance now, especially older people who have trouble buying coverage on their own. The Baucus plan would require insurers to accept all comers, even those who are already sick, and establish subsidies for lower- and middle-income Americans to buy insurance.

For Americans who already have coverage through their employers or Medicare -- by far the majority -- not much would change immediately in most cases. The biggest losers would include those who have especially generous health plans, which would be subject to a new tax aimed at insurers but that could be passed onto consumers.

The bill proposes to create a network of nonprofit cooperatives to compete with private insurers, not the government-run health plan liberals want and President Barack Obama has endorsed.

The price, put at $774 billion over 10 years by the Congressional Budget Office, and new taxes on health-care companies aroused opposition. Republicans denounced the bill as a big-government boondoggle, and it drew fire from the left as well. Labor unions slammed it as too harsh on middle-income Americans, who would have to pay up to $3,800 in penalties if they failed to buy insurance.
Read more here.


2. Seven Fatal Flaws of Baucus Bill

A public plan disguised as a co-op, individual and employer mandates, massive federal regulation over insurance and benefits, and massive Medicaid expansion—the Baucus bill has them all. These are the same features plaguing the other bills in Congress and that Americans have routinely dismissed for months.

 

Seven Fatal Flaws

 

 

 

1) Middle Class Tax Hike: The Baucus bill would impose a new sales tax on drugs and medical devices and a new federal excise tax on insurance plans that exceed $8,000 for an individual and $21,000 for a family. These taxes will ultimately be passed down to the consumer, putting many middle class families on the receiving end of a tax hike

2) An Individual Mandate: In 2013, almost everyone would be required to purchase health insurance that complies with new federal standards. Those making more than three times the poverty level would face a tax penalty of $950

(maxing out at $3,800 per family) and $750 (maxing out at $1,500 per family) for those below 300 percent poverty. This penalty could apply to individuals with incomes as low as $10,831 a year.

3) No Privacy: In order to enforce the tax penalty provisions, the government would be forced to collect detailed health insurance information on Americans, reducing patient privacy and adding significant administrative costs to employers and insurers.

4) A Pay-or-Play Employer Mandate: Employers with more than 50 employees that don’t offer health coverage would have to pay a penalty for each employee who qualifies for new federal subsidizes under the bill. Inevitably, low-income workers will be hurt the most as employers would simply downsize or cut wages. Read more here.

3. Obama Targets Medicare Advantage

Seniors would lose with health 'reform,' and seniors vote.

By KARL ROVE

President Barack Obama was wise to vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard. Not because it's one of the few places in America where his health-care plan is still popular, but because by getting out of Washington he gave staff time to repair his vaunted message machine, which was starting to break down.
Two weeks ago, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said in a now legendary "viral" email that, "It's a myth that health insurance reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits." This was sent out the day before Mr. Obama told a Montana town hall that he'd pay for health-care reform by "eliminating . . . about $177 billion over 10 years" for "what's called Medicare Advantage." And it was two days before Mr. Obama told a Colorado town hall he'd cover "two-thirds" of the "roughly $900 billion" of his plan's cost by "eliminating waste," again citing Medicare Advantage.
Who's right? As a former senior adviser, I can tell you who: the president. What's more, according to a White House fact sheet titled "Paying for Health Care Reform," Mr. Axelrod was misleading his readers. It notes the administration would cut $622 billion from Medicare and Medicaid, with a big chunk coming from Medicare Advantage, to pay for overhauling health care. Mr. Obama heralded these cuts as "common sense" in his June 13 radio address.
Medicare Advantage was enacted in 2003 to allow seniors to use Medicare funds to buy private insurance plans that fit their needs and their budgets. They get better care and better value for their money.
Read more here.

 


4. Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care

Republicans see a backdoor move toward 'amnesty'
President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.
He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.
"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.
Mr. Obama added, "If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all."
Republicans said that amounts to an amnesty, calling it a backdoor effort to make sure current illegal immigrants get health care.
"It is ironic that the president told the American people that illegal immigrants should not be covered by the health care bill, but now just days later he's talking about letting them in the back door," said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
"If the American people do not want to provide government health care for illegal immigrants, why would they support giving them citizenship, the highest honor America can bestow?" Mr. Smith said.
Read more here.


5. Read the Union Health-Care Label  

Get ready for Detroit-style labor relations in our hospitals. n the heated debates on health-care reform, not enough attention is being paid to the huge financial windfalls ObamaCare will dole out to unions—or to the provisions in the various bills in Congress that will help bring about the forced unionization of the health-care industry. 

Tucked away in thousands of pages of complex new rules, regulations and mandates are special privileges and giveaways that could have devastating consequences for the health-care sector and the American economy at large.
The Senate version opens the door to implement forced unionization schemes pursued by former Govs. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2005 and Gray Davis of California in 1999. Both men repaid tremendous political debts to Andy Stern and his Service Employees International Union (SEIU) by reclassifying state-reimbursed in-home health-care (and child-care) contractors as state employees—and forcing them to pay union dues.
Following this playbook, the Senate bill creates a "personal care attendants workforce advisory panel" that will likely impose union affiliation to qualify for a newly created "community living assistance services and support (class)" reimbursement plan.
The current House version of ObamaCare (H.R. 3200) goes much further. Section 225(A) grants Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius tremendous discretionary authority to regulate health-care workers "under the public health insurance option." Monopoly bargaining and compulsory union dues may quickly become a required standard resulting in potentially hundreds of thousands of doctors and nurses across the country being forced into unions.
Read more here.

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Posted on 09/22/2009 6:37 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Sunday, 20 September 2009
50,000 Muslims in DC:
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Thursday was Constitution Day which should be a time of celebration of the foundational document our our nation.
(You might want to see
A More Perfect Union
, or do something similar to mark the day with your children.

So this is the perfect day to send out this email alerting you to the the coming activities in DC-- the gathering of Muslims and the counter demonstration. 
STOP THE ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA(SIOA) is a new organization that has been formed to raise awareness about the doctrine of Islam, jihad and Sharia (Islamic law). Please see article at the end of this email.

Obviously, because of the Constitutional FREEDOMS in our country, the Muslims have the 'right' to gather in our Nation's Capitol (Can you imagine Christians being allowed to hold such gathering in an Islamic country?) but one does wonder about the theme, "Our Time Has Come." 

With the damage that the incremental implementation of Sharia law in Europe has done and with what we are seeing happen in this nation, we have every right to be concerned at the intent. If you want to know more about Sharia law, try this link: '
Stop Sharia Now'
. Another good resource for background information is Political Islam and ACT for America.

This is definitely a matter for prayer AND action.


In their graphic below, notice that the Constitution is pictured:



See:  Islam on Capitol Hill

50,000 Muslims expected for Islamic prayer on Capitol Hill

It won’t be the first “jummah” on Capitol Hill either – as we’ve reported here and here.

Details are emerging on the mass outdoor Islamic prayer event that will turn Capitol Hill into a giant outdoor mosque. The Star Ledger out of New Jersey reports the mosque organizing the event is the Dar-ul-Islam* mosque in Elizabeth, New Jersey and the event has a website.

September 25 ,2009 Jummah Prayer

On Capitol Hill

50,000 believers in the Greatness of Allah praying for the greater good of all people.

OUR TIME HAS COME

 

The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill


Elizabeth mosque organizes national prayer event in D.C.

Monday, August 31, 2009
Jeff Diamant
 
STAR-LEDGER STAFF

A mosque in Elizabeth, Dar-ul-Islam, is spearheading a national prayer gathering next month in Washington, D.C., that organizers are billing as the first event of its kind -- organized prayer for tens of thousands of Muslims outside the U.S. Capitol building.

The event will not include political speeches or placards, just prayer, said Hassen Abdellah, president of Dar-ul-Islam and a main organizer of the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 25.

"Most of the time, when Muslims go to Washington, D.C., they go there to protest some type of event," Abdellah said. "This is not a protest. Never has the Islamic community prayed on Capitol Hill for the soul of America. We're Americans. We need to change the face of Islam so people don't feel every Muslim believes America is "the great Satan,' because we love America."

A permit from the Capitol Hill police, granted July 28, allows access to the area by the West Front of the Capitol building from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, but the main gathering will occur at 1 p.m., for the Friday prayer service.

Abdellah said he expects 50,000 people to attend, from mosques around the country, though non-Muslims are welcome, too. About 400 people are expected from his own mosque, which is raising money from donors to help pay the cost of the event, expected to surpass $200,000.

The gathering will occur by the site where presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. In fact, it was President Obama's words at his inauguration in January, and then his speech in Egypt in June, that led Abdellah and an area imam, Abdul Malik, to begin discussing the idea, Abdellah said.
Read more here.

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SIOA- Stop Islamization of America
Daniel Adams

Human rights and the right to freedom of religion are foundational
concepts in our American democracy. Our national character is one of
inclusiveness and tolerance. There are ideologies that do not share our
concepts of freedom, tolerance, or human rights but we are tolerant to
them nonetheless.

A new organization, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) has been formed in
the United States. The purpose of this group is to raise awareness about
the doctrine of Islam, jihad, and Sharia (Islamic law). Islamic law and
jihad are brutal, misogynist, and fundamentally contrary to our
Constitution and to our concepts of human rights and freedom. Tolerance
for ideologies that are opposed to our principles of individual freedoms
and Constitution is difficult to defend.

Muslims say that they want to live under Sharia law. If this is their
choice that is up to them; the problem is is that adherents of Islam (as
per the doctrine of Islam) want us to live under Sharia law, too and that
is not acceptable.

In fact, those who leave Islam are considered apostates and can be killed.
One cannot leave Islam; this denial of the right to choose one's beliefs
and religion is fundamentally contrary to our concepts of civilization,
decency, individual freedoms, and Constitutional law.

Stop Islamization of America will have a formal launch event in
Washington, DC on September 25th. This is the same day an all-day event of
public Muslim prayers from 4am to 7pm will occur at the Capitol. The
organizers of the prayer event say that 50,000 adherents of Islam are
expected to attend this clearly political event in support of the growth
of Islam in America.

The mission of Eagle Forum is to protect our freedoms and defend our
Constitution and society from enemies both foreign and domestic. Stop
Islamization of America shares our mission and goals.

Please consider attending the launch of Stop Islamization of America
(SIOA) in Washington. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause,
please consider making a donation to this organization.
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Posted on 09/20/2009 2:47 PM by Bobbie Patray
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Friday, 18 September 2009
ACORN: Finally exposed
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ACORN logoCOMMENT:  ACORN finally did something so absurd that it cannot be ignored. The Senate denies funds after a videotape surfaced catching them red handed telling folks how to lie to the IRS. The Census Bureau severs ties with ACORN (this is REALLY great news).  Shocked, Shocked I tell you -- the main stream media is ignoring this BIG story.  Trial for illegally paying canvassers to register voters is going forward and ACORN that Obama knows explained.
It is a good day for America.

U.S. Senate vote to deny funds was 
83 to 7. Both Senator Alexander and Corker voted for this important bill.

1.  U.S. Senate denies funds for poverty group.
2.  ACORN Officials Videotaped Telling 'Pimp,' 'Prostitute' How to Lie to IRS
3.  Census Bureau Severs Ties With ACORN in 2010 Count
4.  ACORN Story Grows But Mainstream Media Refuse to Cover it [Imagine that!!!]
5.  Ex-ACORN Vegas director to testify against group
5.  The ACORN Obama Knows

1. U.S. Senate denies funds for poverty group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A poverty-rights group that has drawn the ire of conservatives suffered another setback in Washington on Monday when the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny it access to federal housing funds.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which helps poor people fight foreclosures and fix tax problems, has received more than $53 million in U.S. funds since 1994, but conservatives' charges of widespread fraud have begun to impact its reputation in the capital.
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau told the group it did not want its help boosting participation in next year's census.
The Senate measure, which passed 83 to 7 in the Democratic-led chamber, was included in a must-pass spending bill that funds housing and transportation programs for the fiscal year that starts October 1.
"This is an opportunity for the United States Senate to stand up and say 'Enough is enough' just as the Census Bureau did," said Republican Senator Mike Johanns, the measure's sponsor.
Read more here.
 

2. ACORN Officials Videotaped Telling 'Pimp,' 'Prostitute' How to Lie to IRS

Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.
The videotape was made public Thursday on
BigGovernment.com, a political blog launched by Andrew Breitbart as a companion site to his BigHollywood.breitbart.com blog.
In the videotape, made on July 24, James O'Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named "Kenya" who posed as a prostitute while visiting
ACORN's office in Baltimore. The couple told ACORN staffers they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business.
ACORN — the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — bills itself as the nation's largest community of low- and moderate-income families "working together for social justice and stronger communities," according to its Web site. The organization has been accused by Republicans and conservative activists with fraud in voter registration drives around the country and has been under fire since last year for its support of President Obama and for its planned participation in next year's census. Read more here.
 

3. Census Bureau Severs Ties With ACORN In 2010 Count 

Citing Negative Publicity, Census Bureau Severs Partnership With ACORN In 2010 Head Count

The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud. "We do not come to this decision lightly," Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.
"It is clear that ACORN's affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts," Groves wrote.
Stephen Buckner, a census spokesman, confirmed the letter, but declined additional comment.
ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson did not immediately return a request for comment.
In recent months, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the census' ties with ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The group, which advocates for poor people, conducted a massive voter registration effort last year and became a target of conservatives when some employees were accused of submitting false registration forms with names such as "Mickey Mouse."
ACORN has said only a handful of employees submitted false registration forms and did so in a bid to boost their pay.
Partly citing ACORN's role, Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and David Vitter, R-La., earlier this year blocked a full confirmation vote of Groves for several weeks. Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., also has been calling for a census boycott because of her concerns about whether the group would tamper with the high-stakes population count
. Read more here.

 

4. ACORN Story Grows But Mainstream Media Refuse to Cover It

 This story has everything you could ever want – corruption, sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations, firings, government ties, sex, hookers. It is a network news director’s dream. Imagine the ratings. But almost no one is covering it
Bruce Springsteen once wrote: “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).” I doubt he expected that story of love gone wrong would become ideal political commentary for the group known as ACORN. 

The small scandal showing an embarrassing video of Baltimore ACORN staffers looking like they were giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel, is now national news. -- This story has everything you could ever want – corruption, sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations, firings, government ties, sex, hookers. It is a network news director’s dream. Imagine the ratings!
Only almost no one is covering it.
This is the news media in the era of Van Jones and President Obama. The major outlets cover what they want and create the themes they want. When they find something inconvenient, they let it pass. They didn’t like the Van Jones story, so they ignored it. The network news media liked the financial entity known as Fannie Mae, so they ignored that scandalous organization for years. ACORN is getting the same treatment.
But it isn’t working any more. The ACORN fiasco has now impacted three offices – Baltimore, Washington and New York – with laugh-out-loud videos reminiscent of the hookers and pimps from the 1970s “Starsky and Hutch” show. Huggy Bear returns! Four employees have been fired, with more likely to come. And the controversy was so laughably bad that the Census Bureau cut off all ties to the group known formally as the "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now." -- They called it the “tipping point” to shed themselves of ACORN. More nuts for someone else, I guess.
Read more here.


 
5. Ex-ACORN Vegas director to testify against group

LAS VEGAS — A former Las Vegas director for a political advocacy group accused of illegally paying canvassers to register voters during last year's presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and agreed to testify against the group and another employee.
Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty this week to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters. He agreed to testify against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, and Amy Busefink, a former regional voter registration director.
The case threatens the group's ability to operate in Nevada, with the possibility that the group could have its status as a nonprofit corporation revoked, said Conrad Hafen, chief deputy attorney general for Nevada.
Hafen's said Edwards' testimony strengthens the state's case against ACORN and Busefink.
"It adds to the evidence that we already have," Hafen said Wednesday. "It makes a strong case that much stronger."
Busefink's lawyer, Kevin Stolworthy, said she plans to fight the charges. A lawyer for ACORN did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment from The Associated Press.
Prosecutors said in court documents that Edwards, Busefink and ACORN created a bonus incentive program that paid canvassers an extra $5 per shift if they turned in at least 21 voter registration cards at the end of the day. Prosecutors said violates state laws that prevent a system that pays workers based on the number of registrations they turn in.
Read more here.

6. The ACORN Obama Knows

By Michelle Malkin

If you don't know what ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is all about, you better bone up. This left-wing group takes in 40 percent of its revenues from American taxpayers -- you and me -- and has leveraged nearly four decades of government subsidies to fund affiliates that promote the welfare state and undermine capitalism and self-reliance, some of which have been implicated in perpetuating illegal immigration and encouraging voter fraud. A new whistleblower report from the Consumer Rights League claims that Chicago-based ACORN has commingled public tax dollars with political projects.

Who in Washington will fight to ensure that your money isn't being spent on these radical activities?

Don't bother asking Barack Obama. He cut his ideological teeth working with ACORN as a "community organizer" and legal representative. Naturally, ACORN's political action committee has warmly endorsed his presidential candidacy. ACORN head Maude Hurd gushes that Obama is the candidate who "best understands and can affect change on the issues ACORN cares about" -- like ensuring their massive pipeline to your hard-earned money. Let's take a closer look at the ACORN Obama knows.

Last July, ACORN settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State. Seven ACORN workers had submitted nearly 2,000 bogus voter registration forms. According to case records, they flipped through phone books for names to use on the forms, including "Leon Spinks," "Frekkie Magoal" and "Fruto Boy Crispila." Three ACORN election hoaxers pleaded guilty in October. A King County prosecutor called ACORN's criminal sabotage "an act of vandalism upon the voter rolls."

The group's vandalism on electoral integrity is systemic. ACORN has been implicated in similar voter fraud schemes in Missouri, Ohio and at least 12 other states. The Wall Street Journal noted: "In Ohio in 2004, a worker for one affiliate was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters and pillars of the community named Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey. During a congressional hearing in Ohio in the aftermath of the 2004 election, officials from several counties in the state explained ACORN's practice of dumping thousands of registration forms in their lap on the submission deadline, even though the forms had been collected months earlier." In March, Philadelphia elections officials accused the nonprofit advocacy group of filing fraudulent voter registrations in advance of the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary. The charges have been forwarded to the city district attorney's office.

Under the guise of "consumer advocacy," ACORN has received money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD funds hundreds, if not thousands, of left-wing "anti-poverty" groups across the country led by ACORN. Last October, HUD announced more than $44 million in new housing counseling grants to over 400 state and local efforts. The White House has increased funding for housing counseling by 150 percent since taking office in 2001, despite the role most of these recipients play as activist satellites of the Democratic Party. The AARP scored nearly $400,000 for training; the National Council of La Raza ("The Race") scooped up more than $1.3 million; the National Urban League raked in nearly $1 million; and the ACORN Housing Corporation received more than $1.6 million. Read more here
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Posted on 09/18/2009 5:03 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Wednesday, 9 September 2009
"I pledge to be a servant to my president"
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COMMENT: "I pledge to be a servant to my president and all mankind"????  "Sell my clunker, not use plastic bags..." 
To be forewarned is to be forearmed!!
It seems that this video was developed back in January to celebrate Obama's
inauguration; however this piece of pure propaganda was shown in a public school in Utah in August where parents were horrified.  Utah Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka added her condemnation to its use in the classroom.  Parents, if your children are in public school, you must be watchful about what they are exposed to -- like propaganda videos, lesson plans developed by the White House and Dept. of Ed., etc.

See pledge video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kAw4OTlA0

 

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher Produce Obama Celebrity Pledge Video

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore team with MySpace Celebrity
and celebrate Barack Obama's presidential inauguration in a truly inspiring way with The Presidential Pledge, a moving video directed by Demi and produced by Ashton’s Katalyst Films. Reflecting Barack’s call for change, the film features over 50 of the biggest stars in Hollywood revealing how they plan to personally participate in keeping America strong, proud and green. The clip will be presented to our new President during his inaugural celebration. Read more here.


Parents upset over 'leftist propaganda' video

Education » Principal apologizes for showing 'I Pledge' to students

A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling "radical, leftist propaganda."

Children at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington were shown a short video called "I pledge" on Aug. 28. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says, "Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other." The video then features celebrities making pledges about how they will help the president and the world -- and that's where some say the problem lies.

Many pledges, such as supporting local food banks,smiling more, and caring for the elderly are noncontroversial. But other pledges, such as "to never give anyone the finger when I'm driving again," "to sell my obnoxious car and buy a hybrid" and to advance stem cell research cross the line, some say.

"Showing the video in a public school is completely inappropriate," said Jennifer Cieslewicz, whose daughter is a first-grader at the school. "I don't believe a video such as this that promotes certain values should be shown to elementary students, especially without parents being aware. "

Chris Williams, Davis School District spokesman, said school principal Ofelia Wade and school PTA leaders decided to show the video as part of an assembly about the school's theme for the year, service. He said the PTA board chose the video and Wade did not see it before it was shown in the assembly.

"It got to a point where she turned to her assistant and said, 'Oops, I wish I would have seen this before. I don't think I would have shown it,' " Williams said. He said Wade could see how some adults might find the video political.

"She acknowledges she was wrong and apologizes for it and says she's sorry," Williams said. Attempts to reach school PTA leaders Tuesday evening were unsuccessful.

Williams said Wade plans to send a letter home to parents Wednesday about the issue.

Gayle Ruzicka, president of conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said the video was blatantly political. She said other offensive pledges included, "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama," "I pledge allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica," and pledges to not use plastic grocery bags and not flush the toilet after urinating.

"It's very inappropriate to show a radical, leftist propaganda piece that political to children," Ruzicka said. "If parents want their children to learn about those things and do them in the home, wonderful, fine, but it's not the place of the school to show a one-sided propaganda piece to children without parents knowing about it."

Cieslewicz said such values should be decided in the home, not at school.

"They shouldn't be troubling our youth with the woes of the world and making them feel like we're in slavery or they have to worry about how many times they flush the toilet or if they have a plastic water bottle," Cieslewicz said, referring to pledges in the video to "end slavery." Read more here.

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Posted on 09/09/2009 5:57 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The Opportunity of a Century
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by Phyllis Schlafly

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said one correct thing: health care legislation is our "opportunity, not of a lifetime, but of the century." Passage of the bill she supports would put us forever on the road to trillions of dollars in debt, bankruptcy, and European mistakes; defeat of the bill will safeguard the unique American recipe for liberty and prosperity.

Pelosi and her friends would give more control to patients over their medical care IF the liberals really wanted to improve quality and reduce cost. Instead, they are trying to push our nation in the opposite direction, taking away control from patients over access and choices for medical care.
 
We should eliminate the roadblocks that are built into current law to restrict our use of health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible insurance (such as $2,500). Pre-tax money put into HSAs by the individual and by the employer can be used for costs not covered and, if not spent, can be saved and grow as a savings account for the individual.
 
This puts the individual in charge of spending for health-care costs up to the deductible limit when insurance coverage kicks in. This assures that the first $2,500 will be spent more carefully and thereby promote competition and lower costs.
 
We should give individually owned health insurance the same tax deduction that has been enjoyed for decades by employer-provided health insurance. This is a matter of fairness; where are the equal-protection litigators when we need them?
 
The Democrats are toying with going in the opposite direction: eliminating the tax deduction for employer-based plans. That translates into a big tax increase for the middle class.
 
We should repeal all state laws that forbid insurance companies to compete across state lines, so that individuals can buy health insurance in states other than their own. Where are the free-trade devotees when we need them?
We should repeal all government mandates on benefits that health insurance is required to cover so individuals can choose the insurance package that fits their needs. These last two changes would be the best way to establish real insurance company competition.
 
Again, the Democrats are going in the opposite direction: imposing a federal mandate on what benefits health insurance must cover (which will include abortion, mental health, and all sorts of services demanded by special-interest groups). Insurance mandates are how the Democrats expect to control the health-care industry if they can't round up the votes to impose the "public option."
 
We should enact tort reform so that doctors won't be chased out of practice by ruinous lawsuits and over-the-top malpractice insurance rates. The Democrats won't do this because the trial lawyers are their biggest source of campaign contributions.
 
The left has started a nasty attack against John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc., because he wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal endorsing these common-sense reforms. He practices what he preaches; his company provides a popular HSA plan for its employees.
 
The left is incensed that Mackey not only supports practical reforms but also explained the folly of making health care a massive and costly entitlement that would create trillions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and empower government instead of people. The left is venting its rage on Twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere and even trying to organize a Whole Foods Boycott.
 
I prefer Whole Foods over Nancy Pelosi, so I'm going to double my shopping at Whole Foods and urge liberty-loving and cost-conscious Americans to do likewise. I'm a fan of Whole Foods' healthy foods and vitamins anyway.
Here are two more health-care reforms that Mackey didn't mention that I would add to the list. The Democrats craftily built two loopholes into their 1,000-page bill that must be closed.
 
Pelosi's bill deceitfully covers abortion at taxpayer expense by refusing to exclude it. The Democrats and the feminists consider abortion merely routine health care like appendectomies, and they know that the traditional Hyde Amendment, which denies taxpayer funding for Medicaid abortions, will not apply to the health-care bill.
 
The bill does mention excluding illegal aliens but providesno verification mechanism. Therefore, illegal aliens will be covered by the Democrats' health care bill unless proof of citizenship is specified as a requirement.
 
Don't let anybody tell you that "co-ops" are an acceptable alternative to the public option. Co-op is just a codeword for the government to mandate the benefits that private insurance must provide, so co-ops will rapidly move us to socialist control of the health-care industry just as fast as the public option.
 
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Posted on 09/01/2009 5:46 AM by Bobbie Patray
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