Stanley Kurtz: Understanding Obama’s Radical Past Is Key To Safeguarding Our Future

Stanley Kurtz was an indispensable source of information for info on Obama’s radical past during the 2008 election campaign.

Here’s a sampling of the posts I did based on his research, in case you’re interested in taking a trip down memory lane:

Does Obama Share The Educational Philosophy of Ayers And Klonsky?

Why Does ACORN Pressure Its Canvassers To Register More Votes

Obama Lied Shamelessly About Ayers, ACORN, and BAIPA During Final Debate

How Ayers/Wright/Obama Are Connected

Obama, Acorn, Voter Fraud, and Scrubbed Website Posts

Acorn, The Dems, And Obama

Stanley Kurtz On The Obama/Ayers Partnership

More Heavy Handed Assaults On Free Speech From Obama Brigades

Why Obama’s Past Membership At TUCC Will Come Back To Haunt Him

At one point I wrote:

The  MSM are covering the Obama Ayers connection thus: Obama and Ayers were just  a couple of guys who ran into each other occasionally, served on a board together, and lived in the same neighborhood. They are all careful to mention that Obama has condemned Ayers’ despicable acts that occurred when Obama was only eight years old.

In other words, they are pretty much parroting the Obama campaign’s talking points.

The McCain campaign really needs to put out an ad that is specific and detailed, beyond making allegations. They should be in contact with Stanley Kurtz for help with this.

Well, you know how this story turned out: The MSM ran cover for Obama to the bitter end.  The McCain campaign epically failed to go over the heads of the media and give the American people the information they needed to make a responsible decision at the ballot box. Sarah Palin tried to warn voters as much as she could, but she was muzzled by the McCain campaign from saying too much.

Why? Were they afraid of being called racists? Were they afraid of being called red-baiters? Look how much we’re paying for their cowardice, now.

I’ll never understand why Republicans didn’t put out ads that connected the dots and guided voters to where they could find more information. The independents who are recoiling now, could have been reached. Eh…. but I digress.

Stanley Kurtz has been spending the past couple of years researching Obama’s background, and filling in the blanks. His new book, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism is the result of his efforts.

In this excerpt at NRO, Kurtz details Obama’s involvement with a little-known Chicago training institute for community organizers, the Midwest Academy, which he believes is the  the key to  Obama’s political rise.

Officials from the Midwest Academy network trained Obama, supplied him with funds, and got him appointed head of Illinois Project Vote. Years later, Obama sent foundation money to the Midwest Academy. Barack and Michelle Obama ran a project called “Public Allies” that was effectively an extension of the Midwest Academy. Alice Palmer, the Illinois state senator who chose Obama as her successor, was once a high official in the Midwest Academy network. Several Midwest Academy leaders advised Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Academy founder Heather Booth is now a key figure in coordinating grassroots support for the president’s budget, health-care, and financial-reform plans.

The leaders of the Midwest Academy were eager to avoid public exposure of their socialism. Yet they trusted Obama enough to put him on the board of their satellite organization, Chicago Public Allies, and to succeed one of their own as state senator.

As I detail at length in Radical-in-Chief, deceptions and glaring omissions about his radical past reach far beyond Obama’s involvement with the Socialist Scholars conferences and the Midwest Academy. Archival documents reveal that Obama lied during the 2008 campaign about his ties to ACORN. New evidence confirms that Obama has hidden the truth about his relationships to Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. The unknown story of Obama’s deep involvement with a radical group called UNO of Chicago is revealed. The claims of candidate Obama and his mentors that he shunned Saul Alinsky’s confrontational tactics turn out to be a sugary fairy tale. The obfuscating techniques of Obama’s memoir, Dreams from My Father, are exposed.

The pattern of misdirection upon which President Obama’s political career has been built has its roots in the socialist background of community organizing. ACORN, Reverend Wright, and Bill Ayers were all routes into that hidden socialist world, and that is why Obama has had to obscure the truth about these and other elements of his past. More important, the president’s socialist past is still very much alive in the governing philosophy and long-term political strategy of the Obama administration.

Obama is not going to “triangulate”.  He’s not going to mellow out… he’s not going to give up. The guy is a true believer. A red diaper baby who knows nothing else but the Marxism he was spoon-fed from an early age.

Republicans are riding a wave of massive voter disgust with Obama and his enablers in Congress.

video via Ace  O’ Spades

To make the above video a reality, people need to do everything they can to help Republicans in close races. I don’t have to tell you that Republicans need to win by a 5% margin to make up for the voter fraud, and other Dem dirty tricks. What you can do to help: Sign up to do a little GOTVat Freedomworks’

See also: ‘Voter Fraud Watch’ — Uncle Pajamas Wants You!

PJMedia is announcing a new initiative for election day 2010 — “VOTER FRAUD WATCH.”   This initiative is to be carried forth on Pajamas Media and PJTV.

As almost everyone would agree, in a democracy the integrity of the vote is paramount.  If significant fraud or intimidation occurs at our polling places during an election, our democratic system of government is in peril.

PJMedia has been at the forefront of this struggle for integrity of the vote, most recently via its coverage of the Department of Justice/New Black Panther  controversy. This coverage was led by DOJ whistle blower and former attorney in the department’s voter rights division, J. Christian Adams.  Mr. Adams has agreed to lend his legal expertise to “Voter Fraud Watch.”


A word of caution from Francis W. Poretto: Wishful Thinking Dept.: A Bloodless Revolution

I hear ya Francis…I’ve been saying the same thing: GOTV and Voter Fraud Damage Control

There are too many close races, and too much Dem control of the election process for this to be considered a slam dunk. And yeah, even if we win back both Houses, there’s a lot of damage to undo, and most of it can’t be done until Obama’s gone.


Midwest Voices: Watch out, Cleaver, here comes Jacob Turk

Turk and volunteer at the Proud to be an American Tea Party, July 3rd.

The editorial board of the Kansas City Star met with Jacob Turk on Wednesday morning to hear his stand on the issues.

Yael T. Abouhalkah, a member of the board had this to say about meeting in The Star’s, Midwest Voices: Watch out, Cleaver, here comes Jacob Turk

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is one of those rare Democratic politicians who doesn’t have to worry about getting re-elected, even in this year of the angry, anti-incumbent voter.

Why do you guys keep saying “anti-incumbent?” Angry, yes. Anti-incumbent, no. Anti- LIBERAL incumbent. Let’s call it what it is, please. People are upset with big government, out of control spending, and that’s gonna mean curtains for a lot of liberal incumbents but virtually no conservative ones.

Turk’s campaign today says it will release a Rasmussen poll showing that Turk trails Cleaver, 52-43, with a 5 percent margin of error.

Sure, that’s not close to being enough for a winning margin for Turk. Still, it’s a lot better than the 65-35 margin Cleaver chalked up in the 2008 campaign.

I believe they said a 6-9 point spread, but I haven’t seen the numbers, yet.

In his appearance before The Star’s Editorial Board, Turk rolled out the same GOP talking points that seem to be working in races across the country: Yes to keeping the Bush tax cuts, no to the health care reform act.

Hold it right there…”GOP talking points”, really Yael?  Turk, a guy who refuses to take PAC money,  a guy who hasn’t received a dime from the Republican party, a guy who has differed with the party line on issues like Bush’s handing of the Iraq war, all of which he mentioned at the meeting….(yes, I was there), is just spouting “GOP talking points”, not his own heartfelt take on the issues? You weren’t impressed with his in depth answer to the  question, “what would you do on health care?”, which he knows something about because he’s worked in with the health ins. industry?* Vote for Jacob Turk, the “GOP Talking Point Guy”.

When it comes to local congressional GOP candidates, Turk didn’t distinguish himself with detailed and thoughtful answers to issues (as Kevin Yoder did; he’s running for the 3rd District seat in Kansas).

Were we at the same meeting? Maybe  I was impressed because I know practically nothing about local KC issues, but still. Someone asked what he thought of the KC “Green Zone”. As I remember, he panned it because the people within the zone and around the district are not seeing any jobs from it. He said it was great PR, but was not creating jobs. He based his answer on his conversations with people who live in the area. Jacob made a point of mentioning that he visits all parts of the Kansas City 5th District because he wants to represent the interests of us all.
How would Jacob Turk create jobs, they asked.
Well, Turk believes in providing a business friendly environment for job creation: providing low cost or no cost capital to budding entrepreneurs, so they can start businesses in the inner city where they’re most needed. He said the Cleaver approach has done nothing but put an enormous debt on our children and grandchildren, while keeping unemployment at 10% in Jackson County and over 40% in some parts of the District. He criticized the political leadership of Kansas City, including Cleaver for building ivory towers and making promises, while the neighborhoods are left to decay.
He shared a story about one of his black supporters who told him that even though he didn’t agree with him ideologically on all the issues, he saw Turk as a bridge between the urban and suburban communities so all of us in the 5th can come together to solve the problems of the urban core. Anyone who has met Jacob Turk can understand where that man is coming from.
I thought his answers were both thoughtful and detailed, without being overly wonkish.
Does Turk have an uphill battle? Definitely. But he’s within range, and this is a WAVE year.

Via Ace:
This is live now: Sign up to do a little GOTV and fire someone who really needs a good hard firing. (Like Cleaver).

Cleaver and Skelton Should Be VERY Nervous


Turk emails to correct me on one detail:
Actually, I worked at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, NAIC, a quasi governmental body through which the state and territorial insurance commissioners worked together to regulate insurance companies of all types. The confusion may have come from me linking my employment at the NAIC to the knowledge I gained about the health care insurance business which have been a godsend for the current health care insurance reform debate. So never worked in the insurance industry but gained insight into how it works. 

I hope you will write about my deep conviction on ensuring our military men and women active and veterans are taken care of. They are people who deserve our respect and protection not political pawns which is how I see Cleaver treating them.

Point is, he was knowledgeable,  (unlike me).
One more thing. Jacob, a Marine vet spoke at length about his dedication to the military, and his stance on the war in Afghanistan, which Abouhalkah neglected to mention. He thinks we should be in it to win it, or bring them home.  He believes military folks deserve our respect and protection, and should not be used as political pawns, which is how he believes Cleaver is treating them.


Kelly Truth Squad Exposes The Depth Of Obama-Loyalty In Chicago Media

William Kelly is the radio host and blogger who was blocked and antagonized by local Chicago “journalists”  because he had the temerity to ask Rahm Emanuel some tough questions, a few days ago. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch it at Big Journalism. There,  you can also read his version of the brouhaha.

I can’t think of any story I’ve seen that exposes the depth of bias and lap-doggery in the MSM more than this one does:

I’m a lifelong Chicagoan and grew up on the Southside, where Democrat machine politics is the norm and a way of life. In fact, I grew up two blocks from Louis Farrakhan’s house and, ironically, ran for the same congressional seat as Barack Obama did against Rep. Bobby Rush. We both lost. He eventually won… the Presidency.

Despite the political environment, or because of it, I am a conservative. I host a radio show called the Kelly Truth Squad on WIND-AM (560) in the Midwest. I also contribute to the “Big” blogs and to the Washington Times. Prior to this, I had been involved in anti-tax policy advocacy and activism since the early 1990s. As a result, I have taken numerous politicians to task with difficult questions the media hasn’t taken too kindly too. The upshot is that it isn’t easy being a conservative but it, especially, isn’t easy being a conservative in Chicago.

When I saw Emanuel, I approached him in a friendly manner. I even welcomed him back to Chicago. However, as soon as I tried to ask him about the stimulus, his press secretary ran interference and distracted me by asking me what radio station my show aired on. When I tried to ask him my question again, ABC political reporter Charles Thomas and CBS chief correspondent Jay Levine tried to prevent me from asking my question. They physically blocked me and tried to discourage Emanuel from taking me or my questions seriously.This is when things started to get antagonistic. I continued to ask questions and didn’t give in. It got heated. After being interrupted repeatedly by both reporters, CBS’ Jay Levine blew up and said he would “deck me.” What would have happened if the tables were turned and I told Levine that I was going to “deck him?” I would have been charged with assault and arrested on the spot. Why was Levine upset and so angry? I believe he wanted to give Emanuel the opportunity to give his campaign speech to camera without criticism or question. In my book, that isn’t what journalism is supposed to be. Thomas and Levine were both asking Emanuel easy questions – not questions intended to provoke a discussion of the real campaign issues or Emanuel’s track record.

Read the whole thing at Big Journalism.

Dana Loesch, (Big Journalism’s new Editor in Chief) interviewed Kelly for her radio show, on Wednesday:

One of these days the dinosaur media is going to wake up to see virtually nobody taking them seriously, anymore.

Wait, I think that’s already happened.