Sorry about the light blogging, lately. It’s been hectic the past couple of weeks, as my younger kids near the end of the school year, with my oldest daughter’s recent graduation from high school, and my oldest son back home from college, it’s been a whirlwind around here.
I did see some important stories, that I would love to develop further, but simply don’t have the time right now.
•A story that people are buzzing about, this weekend:
This radical kids group: Chicago Youth Initiating Change (CYIC)…who funds them? It sounds exactly like the sort thing William Ayers and Mike Klonsky were into with their Small (commie) Schools Workshop, which was funded in part by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, (chaired by Obama).
See RedState’s, Barack Obama, Bill Ayers and Mike Klonsky, The Three Marxist Amigos for more background on that.
Another story that caught my eye:
•Michelle Malkin: The shady ShoreBank bailout
More economy destroying corruption, and cronyism, originating from where else but the Windy City, featuring the usual suspects.
See also: NRO’s Greg Pollowitz: The Van Jones – ShoreBank Connection?
In “The Necessary Enemy,” one of the first posts I wrote for Hot Air over a year ago, I made this point about the violent and desperate nature of socialism:
Increasing levels of coercion are necessary to expand the socialist system, and keep wealth producers trapped within it. To maintain popular support, the socialist needs voters to stay angry at designated class enemies. The Obama style of total government control over private businesses tends to turn feral with frightening speed, because it attempts to preserve the illusion of private enterprise, even as the “entrepreneurs” are enslaved to the total state.
The SEIU thugs laying siege to the home of a Bank of America executive are a demonstration of this principle. So are the rioters in Greece, who have degenerated to murdering bank employees, instead of merely terrorizing them.
You might object that the SEIU goons weren’t representatives of the State, while the Greek rioters are supposedly an “anti-government” mob. The truth is that American labor unions, and angry Greek pensioners, have become de facto arms of the State. They are the feral vanguard of a collapsing system, using violence and intimidation to make it clear those not favorably connected to the political power structure will be sacrificed to preserve it, for as long as possible.
Read on….and fight on. We have to fight this. There’s no longer any doubt in my mind what they’re doing.
This is good, too:
Dr. Melissa Clouthier: Obama: He’s Better than Teflon — He’s a Democrat
That so needed to be said. The media double standard is almost too much to stomach at times.
At AoSHQ, Slublog scores with an excellent post about the Obamas’ crass and clueless extravagance during a recession:
Remember all the crap the MSM gave Bush for having the audacity to celebrate his inauguration with a party (during wartime tsk tsk)? They covered Obama’s state dinner with Mexican President Calderon with stars in their eyes:
Of course state dinners are supposed to be special. But where the Obama/Calderon affair really hit the heights was in the festivities after the dinner, which took place in a huge tent — the word “tent” doesn’t quite do it justice — set up on the South lawn. As the AP reported:
“R&B diva Beyonce topped the entertainment bill for the dinner, taking place in the East Room of the White House, with the action later moving to a luxury marquee on the South Lawn of the presidential mansion. The marquee, the size of two-thirds of a football field, decked out in elaborate black decor and nightclub-style lighting, featured a stage and baskets of flowers and models of Monarch butterflies dangling from the ceiling.”
As Decaf noted in the comments – They we paid for a party celebrating the visit of a foreign leader who insulted one of our states in front of Congress.
See also, Doug Ross, who creatively juxtaposed pictures from the gala with economic news headlines.
Oh, here you go, a video, created by “granny Jan”, a commenter at Doug Ross’s place, if you need more visuals: