Corruption at the core of Obamacare?

Saying this couldn’t come at a worse time is an understatement.

The depth and utter frankness of the corruption detailed below should be mindnumbing. Obama himself must address this issue directly.

The Democrat Congress and Senate, who passed Obamacare for Obama, must join the adminstration to come clean with other corruption or horrors embedded within Frank-Dodd, new EPA regulations, NLRB-union boss deals, etc…

One of PhRMA’s top goals was to prevent the new health care law from legalizing the reimportation of prescription drugs. It got its wish after making a secret deal with the White House, the progress of which is detailed in the newly released documents. Nancy DeParle, then-director of the White House Office of Health Reform, wrote to PhRMA’s chief lobbyist on June 3, 2009: “Yes — I pushed this to everyone (Messina, Rahm) is in Egypt with POTUS but Phil Schrillo, Dana Singlser and I made [the] decision, based on how constructive you guys have been, to oppose importation on this bill.

Source: WashingtonExaminer and plenty of other media outlets

At the time, Rahm Emanuel was White House chief of staff, Jim Messina was deputy chief of staff, Phil Schrillo was Obama’s legislative affairs director and Dana Singlser was his special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.

As part of the final deal, PhRMA agreed to support health care legislation, spend millions on ads promoting it, and concede $80 billion in savings and taxes to help finance the bill. In exchange, PhRMA not only ended up with a law that promised to provide it with millions of new customers, but protected it against policies contemplated by Democrats that would have been harmful to their profits. In addition to preventing drug reimportation, the White House also blocked the government from negotiating lower drug prices in the Medicare prescription drug program — precisely what Obama had faulted Tauzin for doing from his perch in Congress.

That September, top PhRMA lobbyist Bryant Hall reported in an email that he “had a good call w [with] Messina” and wrote: “Confidential: WH is working on some very explicit language on importation to kill it in health care reform. This has to stay quiet.”



Drug reimportation never made it into the final legislation.

Source: WashingtonExaminer and plenty of other media outlets

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Erik Hansen: Gil Reyes Must Step Down

Following on the heals of a vast series of corruption investigations in Adams County and a State of Colorado investigation, Adams County Commissioner Erik Hansen today called on elected Assessor Gil Reyes to resign.

http://gatewaynews-politics.bl…

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011

Adams County Commissioner Erik Hansen quote regarding Assessor Gil Reyes…

“It is my belief that it is time for Adams County Assessor Gil Reyes to step down. It is clear from the investigation by the State Division of Property Taxation that he has broken Colorado law and given unfair tax breaks to campaign contributors. Because Reyes has lost the trust of the citizens of Adams County, it is time for him to do the right thing and resign.”

Remaining silent were two fellow County Commissioners, one the preceding Adams Co. assessor.

Having lost the trust of citizens and investors, Gil Reyes corruption is the latest stink to emanate from what could be a key front for Colorado’s next century of growth.

Local citizens and other commercial property owners not “in the know” were cheated by Assessor Reyes who took campaign contributions, then quietly kept low the taxes of his contributors.

Obviously Reyes developed a network ala Governor Blago. But just which property managers, real estate lawyers, brokers and accountants fed Reyes his bevy of campaign collections?

These crimes likey crossed state boundaries, a federal investigation is likely in the works at the U.S. Attorneys office.

These crimes are no different then the local hedge fund CEO who was named in Federal Court for making over $5 million on his insider knowledge of Apache Energy M&A or the thug that steals your grandmothers purse in LODO.

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Olberman Terminated

Going the way of Air America type talent, Keith announced his termination today. His few remaining viewers were left to question where his tattered reputation might take him next.

You’ll recall his latest faux pas in defending failed policies resulted in a suspension (without pay) for donating to political candidates without disclosure to his viewing audience … a violation of his multi million dollar employment contract.

Keith had complained that he was being punished for mistakenly violating an inconsistently applied rule that he had known nothing about. Yet his ignorance defense was seen only as further evidence that he’d followed a failed path.



www.google.com, search Olberman under the news tab to see a variety of links confirming his rudderless departure.

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Torres-Ochoa: convicted illegal [out on bond] opts out of criminal charges

Today accused burglar and convicted illegal alien Torres-Ochoa was flown home by the Obama administration. Torres-Ochoa decided to opt out of his criminal case.

http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-…

Damacio Torres-Ochoa, 32, was accused of stealing Wallace’s trailer from his Wheat Ridge home.

Wallace fired at the suspected thieves, and hit one in the head.

He was initially charged with attempted murder, while the admitted thieves were not initially charged with anything.  Wallace pled guilty to attempted manslaughter and is on probation.

The DA says since the accused thief was here illegally and therefore a flight risk, they asked for a high bond, $100,000.

However, County Judge Thomas Vance reduced it to $27,500. Torres-Ochoa posted the lower bond and ICE took him into custody.

But per ICE policy, they allowed him to self-deport even though he was facing felony charges and prison time.  On October 19, ICE flew him to El Paso and released him.

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NYT Outs Failures: Obama and his Policies

Day after day the policies and principles of Democratic leadership have been questioned. Oft rebuked as Tea Party extremism or unfortunately lacking a ‘sound view’ of the world, those questioning the state of our nation have been hammered, sullied and called racists.

Yet as reported by the NT Times, Obama’s core base is having serious problems with his policies and performance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09…

WASHINGTON – It was billed as “Investing In America,” a live televised conversation between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees on the state of the economy, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check.

In question after question in Monday’s one-hour session, which took place at the Newseum here and was televised on CNBC, Mr. Obama was confronted by people who said, in short, that they had expected more from him. People from Main Street wanted to know if the American dream still lived for them. People from Wall Street complained that he was treating them like a piñata, “whacking us with the stick,” in the words of a former law school classmate of Mr. Obama’s who now runs a hedge fund.

“I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for,” said the first questioner, an African-American woman who identified herself as a chief financial officer, a mother and a military veteran. “I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class, and I’m waiting, sir, I’m waiting. I still don’t feel it yet.”

The president also laid down a challenge to the Tea Party movement, whose candidates have been defeating more mainstream Republicans in a string of recent primaries in Alaska, Delaware and other states. He said it was not enough for Tea Party candidates to campaign on a theme of smaller government; he tried to put them in an uncomfortable box by prodding them to offer specifics about just what programs they would cut.

I say lets start with no more ARRA, Cap and Trade and will he back a repeal of Obummercare?

Further will POTUS freeze regulatory expansion … like just dead in its tracks or will he use the Ritter ‘freeze policy’ (aka an increase).

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Rep. Markey refusing to debate Gardner

Shocking news from CD4 comes with a last minute announcement from the Congressman to refuse a debate with challenger Cory Gardner.

Under terms calling for a polling threshold 50% lower then Presidential debates require, ACP and other candidates were not invited. Yet these same terms existed in 2008 for the debate sponsored by 9News & The Coloradoan.

Republican Gardner was saddened by Markey’s late refusal to address the voters.

Gardner’s campaign spokeswoman, Rachel Boxer, expressed disappointment that the debate had been canceled.

“Debates are an important part of the process and help voters make informed decisions,” Boxer said. “That’s why it is a shame that this debate is being canceled because Betsy Markey has dug in her heels and won’t agree to the ground rules set forth by 9News and the Coloradoan.”

Similarly shocked the sponsors had this to say…

“We are absolutely surprised that an important debate between the leading candidates for the 4th Congressional District is being cancelled because Rep. Betsy Markey is trying to change the debate policy that has been in place at KUSA-TV for dozens of years,” Dennis said.

“These debates are intended to give the voters a chance to listen to the leading candidates propose and defend their positions in representative government. The debates are not intended to let the candidates dictate the content or the format. The televised format is immediate, informative and the best way to serve the constituents of the 4th District,” she said.

Coloradoan President and Publisher Kim Wilson said: “It is very unfortunate that Rep. Betsy Markey is unwilling to participate in what was sure to be an informative dialogue between the two leading candidates in the 4th Congressional District. In the end, it’s the voters who lose out when this type of decision is made.”

http://www.coloradoan.com/arti…

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Thomas Tancredo, a Statesman

The citizens rule and are in turn ruled by the statesman.

Tancredo negotiating for spot on Colo. ballot

By: STEVEN K. PAULSON

Associated Press

07/22/10 2:10 PM PDT DENVER – Former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is negotiating with the American Constitution Party to run for Colorado governor and replace their candidate, Benjamin Goss, on the ballot.

The move would give the party prestige and Tancredo a way to get on the November ballot without running as a Republican. Ballots for the GOP primary have already been mailed, and there is no way Tancredo could replace one of the two Republicans in the primary.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/poli…

Bark loudly what will about our native son, he is driven by principles of justice, a seeking of truth and fairness for his fellow man and woman.

Q: Would you pledge now to support the nominee of your party?

A: I am absolutely tired and sick and tired of being forced to go to the polls and say I’m going to make this choice between the lesser of two evils. I really don’t intend to do that again. I am hoping, of course, that whoever we nominate will be the principal flag carrier for the Republican Party, but if that is not the case, no, then I will not.

Hope

Hope. Hope in America itself. We made mistakes that have turned our friends against us, have encouraged our enemies. I believe that it is going to take a leader committed to speaking out about the values of Western civilization. We can no longer afford political correctness. We have to tell people that there is something good–not just good, but great–about who we are. That will restore America’s faith in itself and the world’s faith in America.

At the NAACP

After he came out, Tancredo wandered around the empty stage, not knowing which podium to use. “Oh, right here?” he said when led to the center lectern. “Oh my gosh, this is amazing. Do you think we should wait a few minutes to see if these other guys show up?” Tancredo said, drawing a big laugh from the crowd. The NAACP has set up placards for all of the Republican candidates at each podium–highlighting the no-shows except for Tancredo. “Do they know something I don’t know, is that it? I think actually I know something that THEY don’t know.”

That line drew a loud cheer from the audience, clearly appreciative that Tancredo had bothered to show up. He noted that while he & the organization “don’t agree on every issue,” they share “a very common cause.”

Source: News feeds on the 2007 NAACP Presidential Primary Forum Jul 12, 2007

Fiscal management

The National Taxpayers Union awarded Tancredo a grade of A for each year he has served in Congress. Tancredo was awarded a grade of A for votes he cast in 1999 to 2006 inclusively. Additionally, Tancredo received the National Taxpayers Union’s “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” in 1999 to 2006 inclusively as well. The award is given by the NTU to those members of Congress that are among “the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies”. – wiki

Enter Thomas G. Tancredo.

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CHFA Fraud at least $250,000

Coming on the heels of the 2007 Colorado Department of Revenue fraud that cost tax payers over $10 million we have CHFA, the rogue staffer Melissa DeHerrera and at least $250,000 in AWOL public funds.

Now this maynot sound like a lot, but it is enough to fund 5 standard families. With 6-8% of homeowners indicating they might miss an upcoming mortage payment due to the economy, this is a big deal.

Documents dish out details on CHFA probe

July 12, 2010

By Jared Jacang Maher, Face The State

Brad Jones / Face The StateNew details have emerged about the woman at the center of a criminal investigation by the Denver District Attorney’s office into possible financial fraud at the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.

Melissa DeHerrera, a former Customer Relationship Liaison at the quasi-governmental housing agency, was “terminated involuntarily” on May 26, according to documents released by CHFA.

http://facethestate.com/articl…

Call this Colorado’s Fannie Mae. CHFA was created by the Legislature in 1973 to provide qualified mortgage holder financing and acquisition funding for low income apartment housing.

Only later did CHFA up the ante to establish small businesses financing and compete directly with banks.

CHFA, an Fannie Mae GSI of sorts issues bonds and takes that money to generate loans. They have $3 billion in total loans out to different groups, of that $300 million is

for businesses.

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Pinal County deputy shot by UDA

Blog it out, and take note UDA = Illegal Alien

Watch the illegal alien hunt live: http://www.abc15.com/content/n…

Read all about the illegal alien: http://www.abc15.com/content/n…

Read all about the new law: http://coloradopols.com/showCo…

Sheriff Joe’s crime sweep: http://www.azcentral.com/news/…

May God care for the wounded Deputy and may God have mercy on the soul of the Illegal Alien.

CNN is wigging out trying to spin this

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Colo. teacher bill ignites firestorm of support, opposition

All find this bill at the top of the list in terms of impact. Some say its positive, others destructive.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_1…


High school English teacher Ben Jackson isn’t afraid of a proposed state law that would tie his job status to how well his students do on tests. It’s a teacher’s job, Jackson said, to instill students with a “desire to succeed,” to make them care about state exams – even ones that don’t affect their grades. The legislation would ensure schools keep teachers “not because they grow older, but because they get better,” Jackson said.

But to Jason Nurton, who teaches reading at a Fort Collins middle school, it is unfair to “judge a teacher’s effectiveness on one test, on one day, when the student has absolutely no buy-in.”

Nurton concedes Colorado should reform its teacher evaluation system, but not with Senate Bill 191 – the year’s largest education reform proposal, which has pitted teachers against each other, teachers against superintendents, and the state teachers union against Capitol reformers.

Tears, rallies, ad blitzes. Admonitions, outrage and praise filled the Old Supreme Court Chambers in the Capitol last week as the Senate Education Committee heard testimony about the bill.

As always I find it interesting to see what tact’s have been taken in pursuit of “the money”, its always about the money.

So if “learning is more then a test score” then isn’t paying taxes more then making a payment?

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Jobs: things could be looking up

What say you?

its a multi vote poll and I’m in for <7% and it depends if its Mares reported Unemployment numbers or the real Unemployment.

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Jobs: things could be looking up

What say you?

its a multi vote poll and I’m in for <7% and it depends if its Mares reported Unemployment numbers or the real Unemployment.

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Rassmussen Strikes Again: McInnis Tops Hick

In a poll of 500 likely Colorado voters conducted March 4, former congressman McInnis led Denver Mayor Hickenlooper 48 to 42 percent. The automated poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

http://www.rasmussenreports.co…

http://blogs.denverpost.com/th…

Men in Colorado favor McInnis 53% to 40%, but the candidates are tied among women. Voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the Republican 50% to 35%.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Colorado voters hold a very favorable opinion of Hickenlooper, while 13% view him very unfavorably.

McInnis is viewed very favorably by 17% and very unfavorably by 10%.

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with strong opinions more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.

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Denver Post: We don’t need a second stimulus

So here we have it, the beginning of accountability demands from the MSM … these are the same demands that The People have been calling for since Obama began his free fall in January 2009.

Failed outcomes have exposed their genius in the failed policies of the Democratic majority … the graves are being prepared.

One year after approving a dubious $800 billion recovery bill, Congress must find a way to trim the U.S. debt, not expand it.

The Denver Post

Posted: 02/21/2010 01:00:00 AM MST

Just a little over one year ago, when President Obama touched down in Denver to sign a massive federal spending bill to stimulate the economy, we wrote: “For the sake of the country, we hope our concerns over the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’ are misplaced.”

One year later, it’s still tough to judge. But one thing is clear: We don’t need another one.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/opin…

“I don’t think we need a jobs bill for the sake of a jobs bill,” Polis said.

It will take years to measure the true impact of the stimulus bill, especially since part of the money hasn’t even been spent.

Congress must not rush into a second stimulus bill. Instead, taxpayers deserve a reasonable plan for eventually trimming the federal debt, which is swiftly becoming unsustainable.

It’s time to go cold turkey and start to wean ourselves off the excesses of the federal government.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/opin…

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Patches Kennedy Gives Up Ghost

You know its bad for the Democrats when 42 year old – 8 term Congressman and lifelong Prince of the Political Class – “Patches” Kennedy – throws in the towel.

Kennedy could cite absolutely no reason for “his decision” to quit.

Taking no questions, he stated in his abdication speech that it had been a difficult few years for many people and illness had taken its toll.

R.I.P Patty.  I hope you can take advantage of the mental health safety nets you’ve created to get your act straight.

A review of Patches political activities, these can be found at his singlepage site: http://patrickkennedy.house.go…

As for his life outside the halls of policy and privilege Wikipedia cites this:

During Easter weekend in 1991, Kennedy and his father were in Palm Beach, Florida, along with Patrick’s cousin, William Kennedy Smith. At Au Bar, the 23-year-old Patrick met a 27-year-old Testas Restaurant waitress, Michelle Cassone, and Smith met another woman, Patricia Bowman. Both women returned with the Kennedys to the family’s beachfront retreat, where a series of events took place that resulted in Smith being charged with raping Bowman. The prosecution alleged that the three Kennedys collaborated to cover up this alleged crime. In a widely covered trial, Smith was acquitted.

In 2000, Kennedy was accused of pushing a female security guard at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. City prosecutors ultimately decided not to bring criminal charges against him and he paid an undisclosed civil settlement to the alleged victim almost two years later.

Also in 2000, Atlantic Navigation Company of Mystic, Connecticut, claimed that a boat they rented to Kennedy was found abandoned off Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with US$28,000 worth of damage.

That same year, the U.S. Coast Guard was dispatched to Kennedy’s yacht after he and his date became embroiled in an argument on his yacht off Martha’s Vineyard.

In 2003, Kennedy was criticized for saying “I have never worked a fucking day in my life”, which his staff later claimed was a satirical reference to repeated charges of never having worked.

In 2007, the Kennedy camp stated that they would retain $6,600 in donations from convicted Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu. Kennedy is one of the few Democrats not to return or donate these contributions. This is a controversial action because of the allegation that Hsu had been using his personal funds to unfairly influence Washington.

In February 2007, Kennedy was asked to refrain from receiving Holy Communion by his Bishop, Thomas Tobin. Kennedy said the bishop had explained the penalty by telling him “that I am not a good practicing Catholic because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official,” particularly on abortion.

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Obama Changes Stimulus Accounting

Say what, Obama is now working his magic over at FASB??



No not yet, but Obama’s new Soviet-style accounting will make it impossible to track jobs rumored to be saved or created by The Stimuli.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34…

WASHINGTON – The White House has abandoned its controversial method of counting jobs under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus, making it impossible to track the number of jobs saved or created with the $787 billion in recovery money.

Despite mounting a vigorous defense of its earlier count of more than 640,000 jobs credited to the stimulus, even after numerous errors were identified, the Obama administration now is making it easier to give the stimulus credit for hiring. It’s no longer about counting a job as saved or created; now it’s a matter of counting jobs funded by the stimulus.

Liars figure and figures lie … or as that stand-up guy from SC said “You Lie!”

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The Harry Reid Question

Unbiased and open.  After hitting a new low in NV polling [52 UNFAV], Senator Reid’s Obama-comments have now come to light.  

Should he get a pass, resign his Senate position or just resign his majority leader job?  But wait, his comments were only using language to explain to certain types of people that Obama was ok.

You decide.

Reid, assessing Obama’s chances in 2008, cited the fact that the candidate was a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Those ill-advised comments, to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann for their new book, “Game Change,” have produced an apology by Reid to the president. That was followed immediately by presidential forgiveness: “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”

Not quite.

For a politician, especially a white politician, to comment on another politician’s race is treacherous. Remember Joe Biden’s “articulate and bright and clean” description of Obama in 2007?

For anyone in public life to use the word “Negro” in 2008 is beyond stupid. What was once polite has become demeaning. (Although, interestingly enough, the U.S. Census chose to retain the word on the 2010 census form because so many respondents wrote it in 10 years ago.)

The lame explanation offered by an aide — that the remarks were not intended for use in the book — is about as convincing as Jesse Jackson’s assertion that he did not consider his “Hymietown” comments to the Washington Post’s Milton Coleman on the record. (“Let’s talk black talk,” Jackson had said to Coleman.)

http://voices.washingtonpost.c…

Both Hymietown and clean and articulate got passes … big passes.  But hey, they were still useful, so useful one was appointed VPOTUS.

However at 52% UNFAV, some might demand they cut Harry loose.

On the other hand Harry was just using english to explain to that certain type of folk that hey Obama’s ok.

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Hawaii Healthcare While Vacationing in Hawaii like Obama

Should El Rushbo face serious problems, there will be dancing in the streets Coloradopols style.  Isn’t this the same hospital that the POTUS was born at … or do we still have an open issue with his live birth facts?

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertai…

Radio Host Limbaugh Hospitalized in Hawaii: Report

KITV television station said Limbaugh was in serious condition at Honolulu’s Queen’s Medical Center after being treated at a hotel by paramedics, citing unnamed sources.

snip

Limbaugh, a popular but controversial voice in American politics, was vacationing in Hawaii at the same time as President Barack Obama and his family.

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Ritter in denial on hiring freeze

“Though he did need to fill some positions, hiring thousands during a bad economy and calling it a “freeze” is misleading.”

http://www.denverpost.com/opin… —> young guns rush to the street to buy your copy of today’s Denver Post

The Denver Post’s clear and crisp editorial hammers home a handful of issues that should concern Democrats – sustainable flailing.  Its so bad that members of the State Legislature have now called for an audit.

Ritter’s Republican critics, led by gubernatorial challenger Sen. Josh Penry, quickly issued a call Tuesday for an audit of all new hires made since the governor took office.

Moderate State Senator and Penry for Governor backer Al White has repeatedly called for accountability.  

http://www.steamboatpilot.com/…

It’s too bad that the Democrats have turned their attack dogs on two of Colorado’s leading State Senators.  

Its clear for the Denver Post’s perspective that there need to be changes.

Gov. Bill Ritter’s insistence that state government exercised a “hiring freeze” to help cut spending during the past fiscal year strains credibility.

This past fiscal year, the executive branch hired 2,300 workers, costing the state tens of millions of dollars at a time when government was looking to slash hundreds of millions from the budget, according to a report by Call7 investigators at 7News.

But with the budget still in freefall, Ritter’s administration needs to look even more closely at the central issue of essential state services, as too many questions have been raised about too many hires.

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ACORN: Reform Now is right, but is it too late?

The implosion occurring at ACORN is a sad testament to the likely intent of its founding volunteers.  For those interested in crisis management this one’s a live case of management failure and corrupt leadership.

The damage that can occur when one takes on a bankrupt set of principles is staggering.  There has been zero attempt to actually implement the broad and well publicized goals.

The response from ACORN’s CEO:

… If ACORN did not exist, the right-wing would have needed to create us in order to achieve their agenda, their missions, their ideal, retrograde America.  This recent scam, which was attempted in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia to name a few places, had failed for months before the results we’ve all recently seen.  I am appalled and angry; I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers depicted in the video, who have since been terminated.

They are in TOTAL DENIAL

Now comes Brooklyn … in living color

Part II: Brooklyn

Apparently the Feds have: Pulled their U.S. Census contract, Pulled HUD credit access, and voted on pulling all Federal Aid.

ACORN response to date:

http://acorn.org/fileadmin/Pre…

http://acorn.org/fileadmin/Pre…[poll id=”974″]

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Senator and Statesman Ted Kennedy Passes

(love him or loathe him, he was a true impact player.   – promoted by Barron X)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics…

Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy brother who was left to head the family’s political dynasty after his brothers President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, has died at age 77.

Known as the “liberal lion of the Senate,” Kennedy championed health care reform, working wages and equal rights in his storied career. In August, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — by President Obama. His daughter, Kara Kennedy, accepted the award on his behalf.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, known as Ted or Teddy, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent a successful brain surgery soon after that. But his health continued to deteriorate, and Kennedy suffered a seizure while attending the luncheon following President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

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SEIUs’ anti-union tactics fend off competition

As a friend of mine said “Frickin hilarious!”  Get ready because your about to see some union boss thuggary in action

http://www.latimes.com/busines…

The SEIU is now alleging that an upstart competitive union “is intimidating and misleading workers” in its efforts to represent them.  Further the SEIU is advocating with federal officials to throw out various petitions and votes authorized by the very workers themselves.

For years, the powerful Service Employees International Union has played a lead role in the campaign for a landmark federal law that would allow workers to join a labor organization simply by signing petitions.

Now, as part of a high-stakes battle in California, the union is urging federal officials to throw out petitions signed by tens of thousands of its own members who have asked to be represented by a rival upstart group.

The SEIU is employing the very same tactics is claims to encounter from business owners … just who invented these tactics might be a question you should ponder.

The David-vs.-Goliath face-off pits the SEIU, its $300-million annual budget and its legions of staffers, lobbyists and lawyers against a band of about 150 insurgents who are either volunteers or being paid from donations. Most have defected from the SEIU’s 2-million-strong ranks.

In lodging legal challenges to the roughly 80 petitions filed by its fledgling competitor, the SEIU has moved to block organizing elections at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes up and down the state. And it has used some of the same tactics that employers often use to thwart union drives.

Will the SEIU controlled ColoradoWINS use these same tactics if a competitive union (say AFL-CIO) were to offer representation to state workers?  

What prevents the SEIU backed monopoly union from offerring these same tactics to state employees who choose to engage their Right-to-Work option and not join the SEIU affiliate?  Or who set up a competitive union?

Will this SEIU affiliate challenge the Right-to-Work right that Governor Ritter provided to all state employees?  Will they use similar tactics on the Governor?

One of the SEIU’s allegations in the petitions dispute has raised eyebrows in labor and Democratic Party circles. The SEIU contends that the new union is “dominated by employers,” and thus illegal, because former Bay Area political consultant Clint Reilly, who employs janitors as a commercial landlord, had helped its organizers raise money before they formed the group.

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Ritter to seek Mansion in 2010, apparently

Talk about political announcement thuds … Kenney Associates usually runs a much better program then this.

http://www.9news.com/news/arti…

Somehow, someway, somebodies deviated from the program. You’d think a key learning might be Friday is a slow news day … unless you’re unionizing state workers (including granting them the Right-to-Work).

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