This is propaganda in its purest form. Grandma Piven knows the game well, and plays her victim card very competently – Beck plucked HER out of tens of thousands of people – she wrote a “little article” 45 years ago, the “death threats” etc… Alas, she gives the game away at the end when she starts down a forbidden road and then abruptly stops…Watch her closely at the 4:07 mark.
Oops…I don’t think she was supposed to go there. Do you think she was wearing an earpiece, and someone told her to cheese it?
In her December 2010 Nation column, Piven wrote: “Local protests have to accumulate and spread — and become more disruptive — to create pressures on national politicians. An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece. . . .” Given Piven’s strategic stance, it’s clear that she and The Nation are in fact calling for violence. Her denial of this lacks all credibility. Similarly, when The Nation’s editors defend Piven by referring to her support for “civil disobedience” and “street protest,” they are attempting to create the impression that Piven is a virtual disciple of Martin Luther King Jr., when in fact her longstanding strategy has little if anything to do with nonviolence.
Progressive radio host Amy Goodman recently invited Piven to appear on her show to speak about Beck and her other conservative critics. Goodman played an excerpt from my appearance on Beck’s show. There I noted Piven’s prominent role at the Socialist Scholars Conferences that Barack Obama attended in the 1980s. Commenting on my statement, Piven said that it was “crazy” to call her a socialist.This stunning denial flies in the face of clear evidence that Piven is, and has long been, one of America’s most prominent socialists. She is currently listed as an “Honorary Chair” of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a prestigious appointment bestowed on only the most esteemed, influential, and long-serving DSA leaders. Piven was elevated to the status of honorary chair in 2003, after years of service as a DSA vice chair. If Piven can’t be honest about her own socialism, how can we trust her claims about anything else? In Radical-in-Chief, I document the presence of intentionally stealthy socialists throughout the world of community organizing, many of them close colleagues and mentors of Barack Obama. But for Piven to deny her own socialism in the face of the wealth of public evidence to the contrary beats all I’ve ever seen.
-Stanley Kurtz, NRO
You can’t believe anything lefties say…they’re professional liars.
Crossposted at NewsReal Blog.
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!
Via The Blaze
John Gibson predicted this would happen when Comcast took over, a year ago. Now he’s saying, don’t listen to what TV gossip sites are saying – this is Comcast’s doing. You’ll want to listen to this whole thing. Gibson is never more fun than when he’s on the subject of Keith Olbermann.
I suspect last Friday was a sweet, sweet day for John Gibson.
Hat tip: The Blaze
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago today by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race.
An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.
Appellate judges Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall ruled against Emanuel. Justice Bertina Lampkin voted in favor of keeping President Obama’s former chief of staff on the Feb. 22 ballot.
“It’s a surprise,” said Kevin Forde, the attorney who argued on Emanuel’s behalf.
The Chicago Trib reported just a few days ago on Emanuel’s huge fundraising advantage over his opponents:
A new Tribune poll released Thursday night showed Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, with 44 percent support from Chicago voters compared to 21 percent for former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, 16 percent for former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico and 7 percent for City Clerk Miguel del Valle. Another 9 percent were undecided.
Moreover, campaign finance documents filed with the State Board of Elections show Emanuel with a significant multi-million dollar fundraising advantage over his rivals. He downplayed sizable donations that came from outside the Chicago area as contributions from long-time donors or friends familiar with his career.
You can bet this decision will be appealed.
Emanuel’s attorneys are expected to use Lampkin’s dissenting opinion to appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.
A predictable snarkfest is ensuing on Twitter:
@jimgeraghty: I suspect today Rahm is summoning new creative energies and inspired innovation to his alchemy of profanity.
@daveweigel: Can’t Obama just take over the city and make Rahm the Chicago Czar?
@dmataconis Well, he #Rahm never could produce the long-form residency form.
Michelle Malkin: Dead fish rumble: Court throws Rahm off the Chicago mayoral ballot; “I have no doubt…we will prevail”:
2:35pm Eastern. Rahm gave a short statement to the press (no profanity delay buttons were necessary today). An appeal is on the way. He brushed off suggestion that politics played a role in court decision and said: “I have no doubt in the end we will prevail.”
It’s shaping up to be a busy news day, today, but maybe I’ve had too much coffee this morning – I’m having trouble focusing on any one story.
How about some quick links:
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Breaking news at Hot Air: Blast at Moscow airport reportedly kills 10; Update: 31 dead, 130 injured; Update: Video added
I just heard a news update that reported at least 35 dead.
I’m guessing you’ve seen this story by now: Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House.
Gateway Pundit has reactions in China: Chinese Web Users Praise Lang Lang For Playing Anti-American Commie Song at Obama White House State Dinner.
Just what we need: Weasel Zippers: NYC: Unions Pump in Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Relaunch ACORN Under New Name…
And Matthew Vadum at produces more evidence that the Democratic party is continuing its left-ward lurch at The Daily Caller: ACORN’s man takes over the Democratic Party’s war machine:
A longtime ACORN operative is about to take over the reins of the Democratic National Committee as its executive director – just in time to begin initial preparations for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
The activist in question is Patrick Gaspard. He currently holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush’s administration.
Gaspard comes from the same world of radical left-wing community organizing that shaped Barack Obama. Gaspard is well schooled in the brutal, street-smart organizing tactics taught by the late Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals. He’s the hatchet man Obama sent to New York over a year ago to strong-arm then-Gov. David Paterson into dropping his reelection campaign.
Keep reading….The name, “Patrick Gaspard”
should be familiar to longtime readers of this blog.
Seton Motley has been keeping a close eye on the Net Neutrality power grab. His latest report at Big Government:Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Power Grab.
John Hawkins at RWNs caught a big fish: Interviewing Thomas Sowell On Basic Economics
Now, in recent years we started to hear more people calling to get rid of the Federal Reserve. Good idea, bad idea? What are your thoughts?
Thomas Sowell: Good idea.
John Hawkins: Good idea? What do you think we should replace it with? What do you think we should do?
Thomas Sowell: Well it’s like when you remove a cancer what do you replace it with?
Read it all…
Warning: Everything you’re about to read below is a figment of Glenn Beck’s “unhealthy imagination”. It involves communist groups that call for revolution against our unjust capitalist system, like Granny Piven has been urging. You are not supposed to know about this…therefore it’s not happening. When Glenn Beck talks about the So. Cal Young Communist League Commie Bus Tour on his show this week, (as he almost certainly will) it will be more evidence of his paranoid and delusional state of mind:
(Are we sure this isn’t the work of The People’s Cube?!)
As you cruise around your home town this year, you may see a Red Bus full of young people displaying communist flags and shirts passing you by. No Need to Worry, they are just Communists who Support Violent Revolution.
The Southern California(SoCal) Young Communist League(YCL), a branch of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) Young Communist League, is planning to hold “Educational Classes” about “Marxism and the Political Movement”. They plan to have these Communist “Schools” in 4 Different Cities Across the United States between February and April of this Year.
Don’t you just love to see young people getting involved and trying to make a difference? Their Marxism classes will begin in Los Angeles, and then they will travel to unknown locations in Texas, Florida, and the Northeast. (They’re going to love them in Texas!)
According to the CPUSA YCL website, their Motto is “Unite and Fight” in order to Bring around ‘Socialism’.
Their “enemy” is “the ruling class right here at home”, and they do not rule out violence when they feel it is called for:
We do not believe in violence simply as a means to an end. However, we support all forms of revolution, which historically have included violent forms but only were they successful or lasting and positive when the circumstances had called for it, when the assessment was correct (under fascism, extremely repressive and life-threatening conditions are set in place and creates justifiable responses) and ultimately if the end result is the achievement of a democratic, just society.
A counterpoint to their madness from The Global Museum on Communism:
Video: Lots of Lefties Calling For Revolution
Cross-posted at NewsReal Blog.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit