Lisa Benson cartoon via Townhall.
Michelle Malkin has a great piece today on All the President’s High-Paid “Engagers” who work in the “Office of Public Engagement” (OPE) or “online engagement” — basically administration flacks who work for Valerie Jarrett and are paid with taxpayer dollars to shill for Obama.
First rule of Obama transparency: If it’s a holiday, it’s time for a White House document dump. Over the Independence Day weekend, the administration released its 2011 annual report to Congress on White House staff salaries. While economic data for the rest of America remains bleak, the financial outlook for Obama flacks looks rosier than the president’s complexion after his latest round of golf.
In total, President Obama’s 454 employees at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will rake in $37 million. That’s up $4 million from the income of George W. Bush’s staff in 2008, back when the unemployment rate was three points lower, the federal government workforce was 12 percent smaller and the massive deficit was still measured in hundreds of billions, not trillions. One in three of Obama’s employees makes more than $100,000 a year.
Ed Morrissey covers Director of Progressive Media and Online Response , Jesse Lee, who has turned out to be the WH official Twitter-response Czar in WH tweeting at gnats:
Little did I know just how far below their weight the White House would punch. Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey analyzes Lee’s feed and discovers that 15% of all his rebuttals in the month since he took the job have been directed at one user, and it’s not Jake Tapper, Bret Baier, Chuck Todd, or even Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Instead, Lee has spent almost one-sixth of his twitter time rebutting … Kevin Eder.
LOL, sounds like @keder is keeping Jesse Lee distracted, which is not a bad thing.
A related reminder from Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin: #AskObama: Today’s Twitter Townhall:
As we speak, the teleprompter is being reprogrammed so that all evasive answers do not exceed 140 characters:
Starting at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, President Obama will hold the first ever “Twitter Town Hall,” to discuss jobs and the economy. The president will be speaking, not tweeting, but his questions will come from Twitter.
Not so funny is the long piece at the American Spectator by Paul Kengor on the architect of all this nonsense, Valerie Jarrett, AKA “Obama’s brain”, who wants us to Let Obama Be Obama:
One of the most notorious Communist front groups ever was the American Peace Mobilization, created by the Soviet Comintern in concert with CPUSA, organized in the summer of 1940. Congress would rightly dub the American Peace Mobilization “one of the most seditious organizations which ever operated in the United States,” “one of the most notorious and blatantly Communist fronts ever organized in this country,” and an “instrument of the Communist Party line.”
The group’s goal was to keep America from going to war against Hitler or even providing Lend-Lease to nations like Britain being savaged by Hitler. The group took this position because, at the time, Stalin’s USSR was allied with Hitler. It was the Soviet line, and the ringleaders of the group were pro-Soviet patriots.
Among the antiwar rallies organized by the American Peace Mobilization was the 1st Illinois Conference of the National Negro Congress, held November 9–10, 1940, on the corner of 38th and Wabash streets in Chicago, held at the Wabash YMCA. Listed on the surviving letterhead for the event were several prominent American Communists, as well as endorsers like Frank Marshall Davis and, listed directly under Davis, Robert Taylor. Though no middle initial appears, this is almost certainly the same Robert R. Taylor who was Valerie Jarrett’s grandfather.
Robert R. Taylor of Chicago also appears in the major 1944 congressional report “Investigation of Un-American Propaganda Activities in the United States,” done by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, 78th Congress. On pages 609 and 2,100 of the voluminous report is Robert R. Taylor of Chicago. Taylor was flagged because of his role in the “Arrangements Committee” that organized the July 1939 Chicago Conference on Race Relations, which included as leaders several top national Communist figures.
Can it be true? Dick Morris reports: OBAMA LOSES JEWISH VOTERS…AT LAST!!!
In this video commentary, I predict that Obama, who carried Jews by 78% of the vote in 2008, would find his vote share diminished to only 56% today. This is the key finding of a survey of 1,000 Jewish voters I conducted from June 20-27 using telephone and Internet interviews.
To access the video – Go here!
Is it time to worry about Agenda 21? The Daily Caller has a report out, today, that suggests, yes: UN environmental initiative is the Tea Party’s new nightmare
Agenda 21 is a UN initiative that 178 governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) adopted in 1992 under the auspices of saving the environment. It bills itself as a coordinated plan of action to help nations and local government ensure “sustainability.”
“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment,” the U.N. website explains.
While the aim sounds innocent enough, Tea Partiers argue that it is just a means to an end. The end, they say, is the usurpation of American sovereignty, a planned economy and redistribution of the wealth.
The media may be quick to dismiss this as the breathless caterwauling of a minority of Americans, but American Policy Center president Tom DeWeese says not so fast. According to DeWeese, these concerns are legitimate and repercussions of Agenda 21 are already visible, in urban growth schemes across the country.
The Alliance For Natural Health clues us in to another gift bestowed on the country over the holiday weekend courtesy of the most transparent administration, ever: FDA’s New Sneak Attack on Supplements:
Just before the July 4 holiday weekend, hoping to limit media attention, the FDA dropped a bomb on dietary supplements. Don’t let them get away with it! A new Action Alert.
On July 1, the US Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for complying with the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification protocols contained in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
Yes, and as Obama conducts his *ahem* “unprecedented” review of burdensome regulations…the New York Times reports: E.P.A. Chief Stands Firm as Tough Rules Loom:
In the next weeks and months, Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is scheduled to establish regulations on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste and vehicle emissions that will affect every corner of the economy.
She is working under intense pressure from opponents in Congress, from powerful industries, from impatient environmentalists and from the Supreme Court, which just affirmed the agency’s duty to address global warming emissions, a project that carries profound economic implications.
The new rules will roll out just as President Obama’s re-election campaign is getting under way, with a White House highly sensitive to the probability of political damage from a flood of government mandates that will strike particularly hard at the manufacturing sector in states crucial to the 2012 election.
A red alert from the Daily Caller: ACORN Continues To Receive Taxpayer Cash, Group Says:
In spite of a law aimed at de-funding the controversial organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is still receiving taxpayer money through an offshoot group.
Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a $79,819 grant to an ACORN offshoot, Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). (NEA’s Obama endorsement comes as union’s influence wavers)
Though HUD intended the grant to be for AHCOA to “educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws,” the government website listing federal expenditures labels the recipient of the grant “ACORN HOUSING CORPORATION, INC.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Daily Caller this newly discovered grant appears to be in violation of an October 2009 law President Obama signed banning all funding of “ACORN and any ACORN-related affiliate.”
More good news from Doug Ross: Fecal Matter hitting the Fan in Europe:
President Obama and the Democrat Party are busy pursuing the same failed, socialist welfare state policies that are about to topple Europe. Endless wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, powerful unions, massive deficit spending, and corrupt, power-hungry politicians — these are the characteristics that define the modern Democrat Party and President Obama, specifically.
Tell me: what do you call the pursuit of policies that are today failing, have in fact never worked, can never work, and are always guaranteed to fail?
Don’t expect the drones to see the connection, Doug.
Amazing pictures at the Daily Mail, too.
The Blog Professor: Video of Advisor/Czar Van Jones: ‘America Is Not Broke… We Were Robbed, and Somebody’s Got Our Money!’
Today’s Operation Valour IT post via Wollfe: Valour It and remembering………
Now we get personal….. and give the reason for my accepting the ‘Comission’ of Team Leader for the Marines at Valour IT……
Hope you don’t mind, and really….. well, I don’t mind if you do…….. so long as you contribute, and leave me a friggin’ comment…. Jeebus, I alone out here?
I dedicated my part of this year’s fundraiser to my Dad, the “Sar’Major”, who passed a couple of weeks ago.
In later posts, I’ll celebrate a Good Man’s Life…..for today, I’ll give you a glimpse of Him, A Marine first and foremost…. then a Husband, and a Father….. we disagreed about numerous things, but….. well, he was better armed, and ‘outwardly’, afraid of nothing.
This is his First Commendation…… Yup, Silver Star…….
Come on, open your wallets and pull out your credit card….. it’s nothing compared to the Men and Women that protect you.
They need help.
Don’t make me invoke my Big Brother that died in Viet Nam….only twenty years later from Agent Orange……
Dammit, let’s get it together People! Those on the Marine Blogroll over there….-> -> ->
Start writing, motivating, e-mailing everybody you know!!
Do NOT make me say ‘please’…… You would seriously not like that…..
Blatherings …..has a piece up and a cool video…..
You can donate to the Marine team, here.
Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!