Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Van Jones, Dreamers Target Barletta

It’s no secret that Congressman Lou Barletta is the Democratic Party’s top target in Pennsylvania. His brand of populist politics keeps Democratic strategists up late at night trying to figure out how to retake Barletta’s majority Democrat district.

Plan A was to just swing wildly at Barletta, hoping to land a punch. Democrats really wasted no time attacking Barletta, throwing everything from his refusal to increase taxes to his plan to save Medicare to his cuts to government overspending against the wall hoping something would stick. It didn't.

So, they went to Plan V.

Van Jones, in March of 2009, was hired by Democratic President Barack Obama to be his “Green Jobs Czar.” Curiously, Jones was allowed to bypass the famous “seven page, 63-question questionnaire” that other similar White House advisors were required to fill out. Had he completed it, the administration would have known that in the 90’s, Jones was thrown in jail for rioting where he converted to communism. It might have also uncovered that Jones is a supporter of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and has used his support of Mumia as a focus of protest against police officers. He might have also disclosed that he was a member of the Mao-sympathetic Marxist organization STORM. Or, that he was a “Truther” that believed that the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that claimed thousands of lives was ordered by our own government. Here is a video of Van Jones and his pals the day after 9/11:

Jones lasted until September of 2009 in the Obama White House when his radical, leftist leanings became too much for even the Obama Administration to handle. He quietly left over Labor Day weekend.

Perhaps, in the rear view mirror, it is easy to understand why Van Jones was allowed to bypass the questionnaire.

Jones’s parting with the White House elevated his status from Left-Wing Nut to Left-Wing Martyr. With his new left-wing hero status, particularly elevated by claims that Glenn Beck got him fired, he has parlayed his position into leading the American Dream Movement.

The Dreamers are a catch-all group that shares an umbrella with, Planned Parenthood, Big Labor, CodePink and just about every other leftist organization out there. The Dreamers, under the leadership of Van Jones, are the spearhead of the recent attacks on Lou Barletta.

They started their attacks with a press release on August 14 touting their contrived, astroturf campaign against Lou Barletta. Why contrived? Had the MSM did so much as a simple internet search of the actors involved James Luby would have stuck out like a sore thumb. Luby is quoted as asking Barletta where the jobs are. But, Mr. Luby has been unemployed since at least May of 2010 when he appeared in a commercial for Democrat and ex-congressman Paul Kanjorski. The commercial and script:

Announcer: “Some in the nation’s capital said no to unemployment benefits, Paul Kanjorski said yes…voting to extend jobless aid. The bad economy cost James Luby his job, he and his family live on that money.”

James Luby: “Congressman Kanjorski helped me and thousands of others. And, although I am actively looking for work, I am also training to develop new career job skills.”

Announcer: Paul Kanjorski stands up for us.

It changes the story a bit when you find out that the guy complaining that he is unemployed has been unemployed since before Barletta was a member of Congress. He identifies himself as a resident of Scranton so one can probably make the jump that he didn’t live in Hazleton when Barletta was Mayor. So why blame Barletta? Instead of doing commercials for him, why didn't he blame his last Congressman Paul Kanjorski? Why not look to your United States Senator since 2007, Bob Casey? How about your Democratic State Representative or State Senator? Is Mr. Luby and his band of dreamers protesting them? Probably not.

So, is this then merely a thinly-veiled partisan attack from a bunch (and by bunch, we mean like, 6 or 7 people) of sore-loser Democrats that wish Paul Kanjorski was still their Congressman? No, that is an easy conclusion to arrive at and there is no doubt some element of that in this, but it’s probably not that either.

The truth of the matter is probably far more profound. This is not just a bunch of radical, disheveled miscreants crying in their cheerios about an election. The Van Jones brand of leftist thrives on chaos and crisis. They believe that through chaos, they can change our economic system. They are proponents of Saul Alinsky’s philosophy on activism. This is them injecting their little bit of chaos into the system. Don’t be distracted by the entrance of tired, retread activists into the argument. This is the start of a coordinated, leftist revolution in America and it is being led by one of the left’s brightest, most radical stars.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Real of Fake Part 2

Sturla: Protecting Womenfolk Since 1891...

Sorry about that, meant 1991. That is the year Democrat State Representative P. Michael Sturla was elected to the State House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 96th Legislative District. It covers part of Lancaster County. Representative Sturla is also a part of the Democratic House leadership acting as Democratic Policy Chairman and he is a chauvinistic, misinformed, hate-speech spouting buffoon.

Sturla is an opponent to Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania. In an email conversation about drilling with a reporter, Sturla is quoted as saying:

"Aside from building roads so their trucks can get to drill sites and doing a little stream work to mitigate damage from their road building, exactly what are all those things the drillers are doing for the local communities?" Sturla wrote.

"Patronizing the bars at night? Driving up the cost of rental housing? Spreading sexually transmitted disease amongst the womenfolk? Really community oriented stuff."

House Republicans responded with a press release. Some of the highlights:

“Talk about wrong-headed, misinformed, archaic, and just shocking,” said Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), the House Republican Caucus Chair. “The House Democrat leadership attitude, after studying the impacts of the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania, is insulting.”

“Drunks and promiscuous ‘womenfolk’ – that is what the House Democrat leaders are calling the hard-working men and women living within the Marcellus Shale region,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland County) said. “Who can really support such notions from leaders who think so little of those working in a growing industry?”

“The people of this Commonwealth deserve better than hyperbole or fear mongering.” Rep. Matt Baker (Bradford/Tioga Counties) said. “The hate-speech, misinformation, stereotyping and sensationalism from the House Democrat Policy Committee chairman is deplorable.

“These comments show the lack of comprehension of what is going on in this region,” Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) said. “We are living and working in the real world of providing record levels of jobs, economic development and working toward energy independence.”

“These mischaracterizations and stereotypes of Marcellus workers, most of which are hard-working Pennsylvanians, does nothing productive,” Rep. Donna Oberlander (R- Armstrong and Clarion Counties) said. “These comments are absolutely inappropriate and cross the line of decency.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Toomey Saves Millions

The Federal Government never tires of foisting unfunded, probably unconstitutional mandates on state and local governments. The most recent variation to hit the news came out of the Department of Transportation.

Obama’s DOT required all communities to change their signs to meet new federal “reflectivity” standards. Oh, and if your signs don’t meet the standard, the community has to pay to replace them.

Republican US Senator Pat Toomey conducted a bit of a listening tour throughout NEPA to see how this would impact local communities. The consensus was that it would be devastating.

For instance, Democratic Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty estimated the cost to Scranton Taxpayers would be around $1,000,000.00. Considering how cash strapped Scranton is, they really can’t afford to spend an extra million dollars just to comply with a ridiculous federal mandate.

Heeding the call of his local leaders, Toomey is introducing legislation to repeal this mandate. No matter what separates communities across Pennsylvania, one thing that unites them is fiscal problems. All of our communities are having difficultly meeting their present budgets without raising taxes. Toomey is showing real leadership right out of the gate with this. Only a fool wouldn’t see that.

Iowa Straw Poll Coverage

The Iowa Straw Poll was held this Saturday. Iowa is not a scientific poll. It’s record of predicting the winner of the Republican Primary for president is mediocre at best. What it does accurately measure is a campaign’s organization skills. It takes a lot of field work, a lot of volunteer hours, and a logistical mastermind to pull it off. The results were as follows:

2011 Straw Poll Full Results (Votes, %)

1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)

2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)

3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)

4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)

5. Herman Cain(1456, 8.62%)

6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in

7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)

8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)

9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)

10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)

Scattering (162, 0.96 %) Includes all those receiving votes at less than one-percent that were not on the ballot.

After his showing at Ames, Governor Tim Pawlenty withdrew from the race. That and the Perry announcement eclipsed much of the coverage of Ames. But, in watching the coverage, one has to wonder why the media is intentionally whitewashing Congressman Ron Paul from the race. Paul is in a statistical tie with Bachmann having come in second by only 152 votes yet, you would think it was him and not Pawlenty that withdrew from the race.

The Republican Party should demand fair and equal treatment of all of its candidates. The last time we allowed the media to pick a candidate for us as a country, we ended up with Barack Hussein Obama as our president. Don’t let it happen again.

Ames was a great achievement and the first real demonstration of strength from both the Bachmann and Paul campaigns. Give credit where credit is due.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Obama's Plan to Fix Economy

President Obama's spokesman describes the President's plan to fix the economy in the video above.

As you can see, Obama's plan is characterized by the same level of specifics and strategy outlines we have all come to expect from BHO.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Forced Sharia in London

New Afterburner with Bill Whittle

Breaking News! Politician Releases YouTube Video!

Strangely, The Scranton Times ran a story about the video above. Maybe it was a slow news day but it certainly seems strange that a newspaper would run a story that a candidate for office put out a youtube video.

Maybe they can do a few followups. Headlines like "Politician hosts fundraiser" or "Politician sends junk mail to voters" or "Sun Rises" are sure to follow.

Also, it is only a presumption that this is in fact a Vinsko video. It does in fact contain footage of Bill Vinsko in what appears to be orange warpaint (fire the makeup guy Bill.) The video does not however contain any sort of disclosure as to who paid for the ad. No mention of that from the crack team of reporters at Times Shamrock either. Bareltta's guys have probably already captured the video for later use.

Here is another video, this one is about Bill Vinsko and his cousin Tom Leighton's now imploded deal to sell a controversial Wilkes-Barre property.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

US Congresswoman In Iran Says US Assassinates Peace Leaders, US Most Violent On Planet

Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney traveled to Iran for the United Nations supported Conference on the Global Fight Against Terrorism.

During the interview, the Democrat spoke about the peace movement in the 1960 and how they came close to achieving real peace.


She then goes on to describe the United States as the most violent country on the planet, lead by "misguided men with guided missiles."

Not sure if she was referring to Obama's illegal war in Libya.

She also stated that it is well documented that our authorities assassinated Malcolm X, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, and everyone that stood in the way of the peace movement.

A former Democratic member of Congress in a foreign country that doesn't like us very much, telling an eager audience how bad the United States is. So bad, that we assassinate purveyors of peace in our own country.

One has to wonder what the average Iranian will think after watching this interview. They have no way of knowing if what she says is true. Iranian press is notoriously censored.

If nothing else, Ms. McKinney's left-wing lunacy will give the anti-American propagandists plenty of new material.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Eric Scheiner Hosts the Great Debate

Senator Obama versus President Obama

A Billion in Spending Per Student!

That's what one supporter at the Save our Schools Rally in Washington DC wanted.