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Behind “OUR Walmart”, CRO exposes the shylocks

A literary snob will read that headline and think “Ho ho, another blogger attempts to be an intellectual but falls short. I shall L-O-L for the moment”. What that snob fails to realize is that “OUR Walmart” charges money, and those “lending” their money to the organization will be paid back. The reward they promise to deliver is so great that those paying into the cause are in fact “shylocks” themselves. For a small amount of money they get in return something nearly priceless; the oppurtunity to begin the tearing down of almost unparalleled success. Your money buys an alliance with the CPUSA. From there the project is on cruise-control

My colleague at CRO, Mike Madden, (Twitter: here) has done a fantastic job at exposing this group. Nothing I can say here regarding OUR Walmart, unions, the attempt to destroy Walmart from within (by in effect, socializing it) can do it justice. I must in fact refer you to the post. No matter where your political philosophy falls on the scales, an intelellectually honest person should read this and have questions of their own. If you don’t, reread it. Link to the post below

OUR Walmart: How deep does the Anti-American blood Run?!?

End Note: I actually had a brief conversation on Twitter yesterday with someone who outright said that freedom was a bad thing and would rather have Chinese families not work in factories that make goods for Walmart. I am going to follow up with a detailed post on the difference between the families who have that opportunity and the families that do not. The contrast could not be sharper and the results…well, lets jsut say that anyone that would choose to take that chance away from the family is as cold as toes in Siberia.

 


Chicago Socialist Rally Ignored by Media and for Good Reason

Special thanks to Rebel Pundit for extraordinary work on this story.

March 19, 2011 Chicago. Losers Serious Socialists rallied downtown for the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The main stream media was nowhere to be found, and for good reason. As the wave of social justice sweeps the world the details of the ideology are best left underneath the nearest rock. The media just crosses their fingers and hopes they don’t crawl out.

But crawl out they did. Advocating for Middle East style revolution, with guest speakers whose house was just raided by the FBI for allegedly having links to terrorism, really helped encapsulate the principles of the far left.

Organized by The Answer Coalition the rally was a true and clear look of just how the despicable spend their free time. The same tiresome rhetoric and baseless propaganda we all heard during the Wisconsin protests was echoed again. In tow were unfortunate looking men, ass-fisting lesbians, and a no-talent rapper named Philip Morris. Asked to perform on short notice Philip Morris placed an overnight order of “skillz” which apparently didnt arrive in time for the protest. But that didnt stop him from taking to the stage.

In one of his singles “The Same Ones and Zeroes” he claims he is “self-sufficient” and his bills are paid. But then thanks anyone who provided shelter because he just needs to “break even at decent altitude” (aka economic justice). Mobb Deep’s Prodigy has sickle cell and looks healthier than Philip Morris. I dont know why, he said he had “no apparent health conditions”. Give this man an Obama Care waiver! (cue to 1:38)


Who is 25X25 & why are they hosted on AFT Web Servers?

Frequently, new politically active non-profit groups emerge, and after a quick once over look of the board members it is usually blatantly obvious what philosophical category the group falls into. However, one that has been somewhat innocuous is 25×25.
Their objective is to increase renewable energy to be 25% of total US energy consumption within 25 years. Imagine that. It can be achieved if we cut ourselves down to the standards of a third world nation. There are thousands of groups like this with similar goals. Anyone who follows the Climate Change debate can probably name a handful off of the top of their head. So how is 25×25 different?
Was it the fact that the original bill proposing the co2 reductions bears the signature of our current President (then Senator) or the current Secretary of State? Not at all.
The Associations

What caught my attention and raised suspicion is where I found all of the group’s files. They seemed misplaced. Not only were these files absent from their own site and its “directory”, all of the internal documents of this Green group were placed in the “Parent Directory” of the AFTFACE directory. AFTFACE is the American Federation of Teachers Faculty and College Excellence.

Everyone knows why teachers would keep tabs on such a group; the green agenda is an extremely popular aspect of curricula. But they wouldn’t need to host the groups “founding documents”. Before we get started with the unions lets just clear up who the main funders are; Center for American Progress, General Motors, and other losers like the “Union of Concerned Scientists” Now that that is out of the way lets move on!

However, it does make sense if you go back and read AFT president Randi Weingarten’s statements. Their association with green groups tells how the union could benefit; then the story starts to speak for itself.

IMPORTANT: The rest of this post contains documents taken from AFTFACE website directory; while they still had the directory available with public access. Although the directory and folders originally had public access, these documents were not directly accessible while visiting the AFTFACE site-no links existed; these were in “storage”.

Lets start with the politicians (including then Senator Obama and Senator Clinton) that signed off on the 25×25 legislation. Click image for full document.

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The above document is dated January 2007. Shortly after this document (hosted on the one of the AFT/Teacher’s Union Website) the AFT released their “Building Minds, Minding Buildings” report with its focus on building “green” schools with “green jobs”. Out of nowhere the Teacher’s Union was especially interested in “green jobs”. Why? I’ll show you shortly with private letters from the teachers union lobbying for green jobs in recent legislation concerning foreclosures on homeowners. Click on image below for “Building Minds, Minding Buildings” report. (Again-in storage on AFTFACE’s “parent directory”)

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In the Introduction, signed by Randi Weingarten, the AFT expresses its concern over making buildings conform to LEED standards. This week, a blog on Forbes took a look at LEED certified buildings and found some terrible flaws; it turns out the new regulation standards actually cost more $$$. Via a report from Fast Company citing that the buildings are actually “Energy Hogs”

Anyways back to the  the “Green Jobs Act” of 2007; it seemed to be helping out more than just the tree-huggers. The “FAQ” sheet hosted on the AFTFACE website outlines who helped draft this legislation. (click image for full document)

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Money from All Over spread out All Over

After the Green Jobs Act of 2007 the AFT president Randi Weingarten started talking up the importance of going green.  Even in H.R. 3221 (a housing and anti-foreclosure bill) they were touting the importance of “green jobs” even though a brief of the bill doesnt mention anything about green jobs here (govtrack) or here. But the Union letter to all house members mentions it on the bottom of page 2 under “Community Colleges”

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When Capitalism just wont work…Socialism is the answer

To the informed it’s not a surprise to learn that the Teacher’s Union as well as other Unions are not at all capitalists. However, this is usually an assertion that is just made from those “right-wing lunatics” (like Beck, who are right nearly 100% of the time). But it is quite different when you see them say it in their own words. The following entries/documents show the breakdown of the AFT with the AFL-CIO and other organizations, the denouncing of freedom and capitalism, and the Teacher’s Unions open invitation for staff to attend the leftists US Social Forum. Lets Roll!

#1 The invitation for AFTFACE members (same site hosting all these “green files) to attend the US Social Forum.

and then there is the video invitation…from the above screen cap…to get faculty to join with the same group that receives praise from Hugo Chavez. Make sure you take to the streets and push for totalitarian control; sell out generations of freedom for next weeks paycheck!

AFT PowerPoint

Here is the AFT’s Political Action Report. Notice the group that prides itself on helping children doent have the childrens needs listed once in this report. Its all about members and advancing union power. (Clicking both images brings you to the same file)

Click Image for full Report-AFT Political Action

Click Image for AFT Political Action Report

But Wait there’s More!

In a 2007 interview AFT president Randi Weingarten said “…schooling is important for all kids. There is universal acknowledgement of that now. It used to be just us progressives that said that!” (pg. 18 of document below). Its an interesting interview that trashes capitalism and achievement and later, quoting from page 27, “We cede some of our individual rights to have collective responsibility and representative democracy (I thought we were a representative republic). Thats not Socialism; (yes it is) thats not communism (yes it is-especially when youre bilking the public of funds for “green” projects) . thats ceding certain things to have a democratic structure. That’s like Hillary Clinton and others saying ‘It Takes a Village’ “. I believe Jonah Goldberg already discussed how fascistic this was in Liberal Fascism. Here is the interview that starts on page 18 (click image below for full document)

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I lied-you can see the AFT files

Yes I am a dirty rotten scoundrel-the parent directory is still open at the AFTFACE site but I will not be posting the link…I want to still be able to access and review the files-I’ll publish the direct path later. But just so you know I’m not BS’ing you here is a screen shot of their backdoor. Good luck and Happy Hunting!

the savvy will find this path! Good Luck!

End Note: While the EERE was granting funds for new projects the Washington Times in the next month was profiling their/Obama’s failures


The Michelle Rhee Letters and Tapes (Previously Un-Released)

Anyone who has kept a close eye on our public education system will no doubt be familiar with the strange and terrible case of Michelle Rhee. The point of this post is not to encapsulate her efforts to improve the DC Schools. That case is brilliantly made by the talented Katherine Mangu-Ward of Reason Magazine and I invite you to familiarize yourself with her account of this situation.

The intent of this post is to show the evidence that the WTU (Washington Teachers’ Union) along with the AFT President Randi Weingarten had set her (Michelle Rhee) up for defeat. What is more sinister is that they were not protecting the interests of students and improving their education but rather the salaries of the teachers themselves. Lets get started.

The Beginning

When Michelle Rhee assumed her responsibility of Chancellor of the DC school system Washington Teacher’s Union President (George Parker) along with AFT President Randi Weingarten sent out the following letter: (Click image for full DocStoc file). The “comprehensive” plan that the Teacher’s Union has proposed plainly states, and lists first, that “improved salary and benefits” are necessary in order to close the achievement gap. In other words, an already bogged down system, salary raises and additional benefits of members, are instrumental in raising test scores. But Rhee agreed and offered a $10,000 bonus and 20% raise if they sacrificed tenure. In hopes of filtering out non-performing teachers. WTU took the deal

Parker seems quite pleased. After all, his schools were scheduled to receive cash and teachers via the ARRA (Stimulus). The problem came when Mrs. Rhee started to cut the non-performing teachers. Just like in many other cases (i.e. NYC) once the teachers are hired they can never be let go.

The Commercial Campaign against Michelle Rhee

Shortly after Michelle Rhee began to shake-up the public education system by improving test scores and letting go dead weight teachers and administrators, the AFT and the WTU started their campaign against Michelle Rhee with local radio commercials.

First is the “rough edit” of a commercial. Notice the WTU calls their new proposal “groundbreaking” when in fact it is really budget breaking (refer to above letter) It was an Offer she Had to Refuse

The Reversal

The newly appointed Chancellor seems to be too effective. Now the destruction of her career begins with all Union cronies on deck

You dun Goofed

George Parker tried to cover his ass and issued the following letter in September to follow suit on the planned attacks. How do we know the attack was planned? The commercial said she started to make cuts 6 weeks in–the below letter was sent out in the 4th week of the school year. I believe they (Parker and Weingarten) owe everyone an explanation. Seems like they had no intention of ever giving Mrs. Rhee a fair shot. They took the pay raises and began to wage war against her after cuts were made.(Please click image to DocStoc full file)

The “Fix”

So the fix was already in long before Michelle Rhee was assigned the responsibility of Chancellor to D.C. Schools. The intention was never to improve education; it was to implement any and all means to improve teacher’s salaries and benefits, even if it hurt the children and destroyed a promising administrator.

Other Notes of Interest and Flashbacks

Obama’s and Congress’ current alliance with the Teachers Union

This shouldnt surprise anyone. Immediately after taking the office the first thing Obama did to help his allies in the Teacher’s Union was to cut-off charter school vouchers in D.C. to minority children. (Remember: the unions have a shared goal with Obama-keep the unions more profitable so they can give 98% to his campaign) Forcing minority children back into their destitute public schools seems to be the desirable option. However, we knew this would happen. Anyone paying attention to his address to the Teachers Union in July of 2008 could see this coming: (Full Transcript-Click picture)

Further Damage against Charter Schools and pay raises

They also were able to successfully lobby Congress and control Voucher School funding. (I know some charter schools are unionized so I am not entirely sure if that is what they are referring to) However, Increased Compensation is the first item suggested under “Early Childhood Education” and they were “particular pleased”. This bill, HR 3221 is still has not yet passed the Senate but a lot of the goodies ended up in the Health Care bill. (Student loans, additional funding, etc) So I don’t think they need this to pass-It can probably be shelved or shredded

(Click Image for full file)


Side Note

What kind of thank do we get from the Teacher’s Unions after all these concessions? We get scenarios like this: “Fuck them”, we can even call little black kids “niggers” and not get fired! Welcome to the Democrat Party!! Thanks for your vote and your money. “Ha Ha Ha, we’re playing video games on  their [your] dime!”

(James O’keefe’s latest project of undercover videos)


Sebelius: You’re not smarter than a kindergärtner

Are you smarter than a kindergärtner? HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thinks there is a chance you may not be. Add this to your “Democrat citizen contempt” folder.

In a press release from HHS today highlighting the Secretary’s address to the United Fresh Produce Association on 9/16/10 she said:

Any kindergarten student can tell you that fruits and vegetable are good for you. But last year, only one third of American adults had fruit or even fruit juice twice a day as recommended.  Only a quarter ate vegetable the recommended three times per day.

She continues her justified war on groceries by stating:

Lots of people want to eat healthy, but they’re not sure what’s good for them and what’s not.

Citing her experiences as a mom she reflects back:

When you have a kid tugging on your arm, you don’t always have time to read the nutrition facts on every box of cereals or snacks.

Cant read the label? blame it on the kids

Well, if you search state by state there is 8.9-14.7% of adults that actually do have the time to read every nutritional label…The Unemployed!

Secretary Sebelius also states that healthy food is more than “1 mile” away from a citizen’s house. She claims it takes “20 minutes” to get to these locations that offer healthier choices and it is totally unacceptable. Are they all walking?

And then it becomes time to state the obvious:

And we’re revamping the federal dietary guidelines to emphasize what everyone in this room already knows, that fruits and vegetables need to be a part of a healthy diet.

Thanks for spending our $$$ to “revamp” a program you admit will address common knowledge.

Let us revisit some of the common problems of Government run everything. During an interview in Cuba last year a local rapper, Panfilo, buts in to tell the camera man “What we need is food (jama-comida), the hunger [in Cuba] is great!” This stunt landed him in prison This sounds similar to Sebelius’ “zero tolerance” threats to health insurers raising premiums due to Health Care Reform mandates

And lets revisit Diane Watson praising Fidel Castro’s system of perfection




Proactive…blaming Climate Change on Healthcare costs

It’s really nothing new; the study of Climate Change and its effects on human health dates back to the 70′s. Ironically, these are the exact same studies cited in the new White House/HHS task force (formally named the IWGCCH) uses to justify their latest project. On Wednesday April 21, 2010 the White House issued the following via Health and Human Services:

“A report released by a federal working group highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change” (click image for full report)

Click Image for Full Report (pdf)

In an attempt to finally set the stage to tie the most extreme health related conditions to rising health care costs, the administration has rounded up all the kids you use to beat-up during recess to set this into stone.

Junk Science

One of the key issues addressed in this report is “Heat Related Morbidity and Mortality” (pg 29) In the summary they address that death rates amongst the elderly are dramatically higher during heat waves. (obvious) They fear that an increases in Global Temps will trigger additional deaths. They are, in fact, correct. However, one of their sources for that claim comes from the Journal of American Medical Association’s 1982 case control study “Kilbourne, E.M., et al., Risk factors for heatstroke”.

The most recent studies supporting the need to study this claim comes from the mid 90′s; The first a 15 year study starting in 1980 (Piver, W.T., et al., Temperature and air pollution as risk factors for heat stroke in Tokyo, July and August 1980-1995), and the other from 1994 (Wainwright, S., S. Buchanan, and H. Mainzer, Cardiovascular Mortality – the Hidden Peril of Heat Waves). So what is the strongest weapon to fight heat stroke? Air Conditioning!

Upon initial glance the layman would qualify this as a true peril. However, we need some context and statistical studies to easily put the previously worried parties at ease. In Alan Reynolds’ Income and Wealth we learn that as recent as 2001 75% of households below the poverty line were equipped with air conditioners. Compare that to 1971 when only one third of all American households had the privilege of creating their own climate change. In the 70′s heat wave related deaths amongst the elderly was higher than it is today. To further prove how effective air conditioning is think about the “cooling centers” opened during heat waves and the government’s efforts to alert the elderly as to where to find them.

(Side note: the entire commission and report is citing studies that are 4 decades old to address the 11 named issues-this is just one example)

Take my breath away (in Situ“)

Another area of concern for is Asthma. As the report states:

Climate change will likely amplify existing environmental stimulation of asthma

Along with asthma other respiratory allergies and diseases could be greatly affected and create an “increase in the overall burden of these conditions”

The report states that the first of the research needs in this field are:

Developing and validating real-time remote sensing and other in situ monitoring techniques to evaluate air quality, aeroallergens, etc.

The term “in situ” in Latin translates to “in the place”. Are these remote monitoring techniques done from a patient’s home or are these techniques used in cooperation with technology within a medical facility? The report does not clarify this. Nor does it explain the devices and/or measures that will need to be implemented to get an accurate reading on data. However, if additional equipment and technology is needed then that will carry a cost. The report does not even begin to address this new possible cost or where and how this study will be conducted.

This study is full of either problems that have already been solved in the past 4 decades or addressing new ones with no real plan of action. If you enjoy researching the ridiculous this commission and supporting report should cater to your interests perfectly. Its the old wooden roller-coaster in the theme park; sure it doesnt do loops and cork screws but it is a piece of entertainment built with precision and achieves a precocious charm using dated materials.

The bottom line is that this commission carries a price tag; so do their findings and soon to be proposed solutions. These costs will either show up on the federals books or in your health care premiums. In essence another arm of the great bureaucracy is created to help justify the rising cost of health care.


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