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Breitbart V. Van Jones: “Bring it on Punks”

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Civil Lefts, Disappearing Ink on 24/03/2011 at 20:57

Andrew Breitbart (LIFE.com)

It is a comedic slight of history that Andrew Breitbart grew up on the mean streets of West L.A. rather than those of Flatbush or Dorchester. He has the irreverence of Muggs McGinnis and the cutting literacy of Norman Mailer, although the conservative web mogul is almost certainly not what Mailer had in mind when he thought of The New Journalism.

Nevertheless, Breitbart, a former progressive, is a street fighter, an in-the-trenches journalist provocateur who has become the bane of the New Left. While Glenn Beck received the accolades, it was Breitbart who kneecapped Van Jones, sending Obama’s communist-Truther advisor skulking out of the White House after a midnight resignation.

You gotta love this guy.

While Beck tends toward the “special,” Breitbart gives off at least the illusion that he’ll meet you in the alley to settle the matter — whatever the matter. It was Breitbart who offered $100,000 for even a snippet of footage that would show that tea party activists either spat on black members of Congress or uttered racial slurs at last year’s protest on the Capitol steps. There have been no takers to date.

Breitbart also supported James O’Keefe’s first forays into citizen journalism, resulting in Congress’s defunding of ACORN. He has since supported pro-lifer Lila Rose and another O’Keefe outing in their exposés of Planned Parenthood.

The aforementioned are a mere smattering of incidents that have propelled the Left to target Andrew Breitbart. He is one of the few conservatives in the country who can lather progressives into a vitriolic rage on the level of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

And wouldn’t you know it, Van Jones is behind the latest attack.

Color of Change — don’t you just love these lefto names — an activist group co-founded by Jones, is calling for a boycott against the Huffington Post for publishing two recent entries by Breitbart.

Andrew Breitbart is a liar and a race-baiter,” wrote the organization. “Breitbart targets key people and institutions within our community, in particular those who have dared talk about the reality of racism and race in this country — Shirley Sherrod, the NAACP, President Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus. And he targets those that seek to increase Black political participation, like ACORN.”

By way of outing Color of Change, they are the group who immediately took up the cause of the Jenna Six, the black teenagers convicted of viciously beating white student Justin Barker, at a Louisiana high school in 2006.

Talk about race baiting. This outfit makes Al Sharpton look like the George Jefferson when it comes to fostering racial animus.

Van Jones is the ultimate race-baiter and this latest attack on Breitbart is just one of many in his quest to silence the free press and bring down democracy. While we have no particular love for the HuffPo, we all must resist the Left’s attempts to silence anyone with whom they disagree.


What Scott Walker Needs to Know About Unions

In Bowling for Dollars, Can You Hear Me Now?, Civil Lefts, Disappearing Ink, Obamarama on 22/02/2011 at 19:48

The upheaval in Wisconsin this week provides an excellent opportunity for Governor Scott Walker and all Republican conservative leaders. But first it would be wise for them to understand their enemy.

Trade unionism in the United States began as a good thing; during the years prior to the turn of the last century working conditions across the nation, and particularly in the Midwest and the industrial Northeast, were deplorable. Safety laws were virtually nonexistent, giving way to horrible workplace disasters like the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire and the Speculator Mine disaster, a few years later. Those conditions do not exist in the United States today, at least in legally operated corporations, and never have in the public sector.

In the years since World War II, trade unionism has slowly strangled the nation out of the competitive market in manufacturing and served to help increase our enormous trade deficit. That is just in the private sector. Public sector unions are one of the primary causes the current financial crisis in states like California and Wisconsin.

All of the above facts aside, the governor of Wisconsin may not know exactly what he is into here.

Collective bargaining with government workers began in Wisconsin in 1959, and the unions of America are determined not to see it end there. The 14 Democratic Party legislators who are purposely violating their oath of office by hiding out in neighboring states know exactly what they are doing; they believe that they can outlast the public’s will to hold out. They quite possibly can.

And it is becoming a trend.

Trade unions—and it makes little different as to whether they are public or private sector unions—are built for just the kinds of situations Governor Scott Walker has created for himself in Wisconsin. Their leaders are trained annually in strike strategy and work slowdown techniques. They teach their memberships that all worker disputes are eventually settled, and that if they will stay united they will win.

The doctors who have been writing fraudulent medical releases for the teacher in the street were rounded up by the unions month ago. This is standard “sick out” strategy. Walker has at his disposal the resources to investigate and bring charges against both the employees and the doctors who are engaging in this fraud, and he should be aggressive in using them.

What is disturbing is Governor Walker’s seeming inability to understand that he is in the political fight of his life. While he insists that he is not trying to bust the unions in his state, he should be. Because at this very moment the Obama administration is throwing its full weight behind the unions to bust him. Walker is literally at war with every union in America.

If Scott Walker is to win in Wisconsin it will not be because a few thousand tea party protesters show up to lend their moral support; this battle can only be won by breaking the public sector unions that are draining state coffers. He must be decisive and bold in his strategy, because time is on the side of the employees.

The Governor must strike fear in the hearts of these protesting union members; he should draw first blood by expediting layoff notices. Walker should warn teachers and other public employees that if their legislators do not return to Wisconsin immediately that he will lock them out and hire replacements until they do. He must do so without apology and with the clear message that he intends to hire workers to replace them permanently.

For every wasted day from here on Walker’s chances of winning diminish. He must win this fight in short order.

Editor’s Note: Grant O’Neill is a former union organizer and negotiator with expertise in strike strategy and work stoppage techniques.

New Pigford Documentary: Another Multi-Billion Dollar Grift

In Bowling for Dollars, Civil Lefts, Disappearing Ink, Obamarama on 12/02/2011 at 18:46

Grifter in Chief

Further evidence of fraud by Andrew Breitbart in the Pigford reparations scandal should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the story. Now Lee Stranahan, whom Breitbart brought in from the Huffington Post to double check his facts, is on board with an upcoming documentary that will expose organizational wrongdoing in the case.

In other words, not only did thousands of un-entitled claimants file for damages, but they may have been encouraged and told how to successfully file those fraudulent claims by the organizations that set up the scam.

Stranahan and Breitbart presented a video at a CPAC presser yesterday that will eventually become part of a larger documentary; it includes undercover audio that indicates a conspiracy to commit fraud by the head of at least one Democrat-supported nonprofit.

Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced Breitbart who in turn brought on Stranahan and GOP Rep. Steve King from Iowa. King, who has been investigating Pigford II since 2008, has been smeared as a racist by the left for describing the scheme as a Trojan horse for slavery reparations.

Does any of this sound familiar?

A disturbing pattern is emerging here that indicates far more than the multibillion-dollar Pigford theft of taxpayer dollars. Put it together with the massive 2009 ACORN scandal and recent revelations of corruption within Planned Parenthood, and we begin to see a much-repeated, criminal modus operandi within Democrat-supported nonprofits.

Stranahan—who is not a conservative—has laid out a scathing indictment against Pigford II; he has not only exposed widespread corruption on the part of lawmakers and liberal nonprofits, but also suggests further intentional disregard by the national media, after similar abuses were expose in the ACORN and Planned Parenthood scandals.

More shockingly, it appears that President Obama himself may have been knowingly involved in this fraud from the very beginning, as a United States senator. Lots of luck making it stick but it certainly appears that way.

With the revelation this week by former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel that he supports slavery reparations, and President Obama’s outright prevarication to Bill O’Reilly that he is not for wealth redistribution, it is clear that this administration will stop at nothing to promote its socialist agenda.

In 1972, a couple of cub reporters at the Washington Post brought down an American presidency for a little two-bit burglary at the Watergate; you’d think a multibillion-dollar grift by this president would at least attract a sidebar.