Marita Noon: Annoying Greenies On The Defense

This week’s column follows my inclination to draw attention to an under addressed issue—buttressing it supporting stories. In Annoying greenies on the defense (attached and pasted-in-below) I start with the 60 Minutes story: “Cleantech Crash” that has the environmental lobby up in arms. I cite several green attacks on the 60 Minutes piece and draw readers to two other very different media features that—while different—add fuel to the fire bigger picture the 60 Minutes story touched on. The 60 minutes story ran at the same time as the NHL playoff game between Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers so many people missed it.   Please post, pass on and/or personally enjoy Annoying greenies on the defense.Marita Noon, Executive DirectorEnergyMakesAmericaGreat Inc.PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

PS: I’ll be in Washington DC next week. If you are there and we haven’t met, but should, please let me know.

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Annoying greenies on the defense

After decades of controlling America’s energy narrative, on January 5, CBS’s 60 Minutes fired a shot that has put the green lobby on the defensive. The next day, two very different media outlets lobbed blows that could represent a new trend; a change of tone in Washington.

60 Minutes

60 Minutes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 60 Minutes piece, featuring correspondent Lesley Stahl, aired, perhaps intentionally, at a time when it may have had the lowest possible viewership, as it aired opposite the NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. You may have missed it. But environmental/renewable-energy believers took the hit—and they are pushing back.

Stahl opened “The cleantech crash” with:

“About a decade ago, the smart people who funded the Internet turned their attention to the energy sector, rallying tech engineers to invent ways to get us off fossil fuels, devise powerful solar panels, clean cars, and futuristic batteries. The idea got a catchy name: ‘Cleantech.’ Silicon Valley got Washington excited about it. President Bush was an early supporter, but the federal purse strings truly loosened under President Obama. Hoping to create innovation and jobs, he committed north of a $100 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks to Cleantech. But instead of breakthroughs, the sector suffered a string of expensive tax-funded flops. Suddenly Cleantech was a dirty word.”

Midway through the segment, Stahl states: “Well, Solyndra went through over half a billion dollars before it failed. Then I’m gonna give you a list of other failures: Abound Energy, Beacon Power, Fisker, V.P.G., Range Fuels, Ener1, A123. ECOtality. I’m exhausted.”

Regarding Stahl’s list, Bruce Barcott, “who writes frequently about the outdoors and the environment,” in a rant for OnEarth Magazine about the 60 Minutes segment, asks: “Where was the evidence of cleantech’s crash in the ‘60 Minutes’ report?” He continues: “It seemed to boil down to the fact that Solyndra, Fisker, LG Chem, and five other clean tech companies went bankrupt. All true.”

Perhaps, to Barcott, eight bankrupt companies do not offer enough “evidence” to write green energy’s obit. How much would he need?

If Stahl had read the entire list of Obama-backed taxpayer-funded green-energy projects that have gone bust—let alone those that are circling the drain, she would have truly been fatigued. Together with researcher Christine Lakatos, I’ve been following the foibles for the past eighteen months. Our bankrupt list (updated May 2013) includes 25—17 more than Stahl cited (and there have been new failures since then).

Calling the “cleantech crash” segment a “hit piece,” Barcott claims: “the evidence of success is overwhelming.”

In the National Journal’s daily energy newsletter, “Energy Edge,” Amy Harder agrees with Barcott: “The story did not give much credence to successful renewable-energy ventures or to a major impetus for clean energy, which is global warming (as opposed to just job creation).” She adds: “Nonetheless, the report reminds green-energy advocates that Solyndra’s shadow is not nearly gone.”

For RenewableEnergyWorld.com, Scott Sklar, a DC lobbyist for clean, distributed-energy users and companies using renewable energy, claims: “In reality, clean energy has never looked better.” He called the 60 Minutes segment a “bash fest” and suggested: it “seemed like it was co-written by the Koch Brothers.”

For the National Journal, Ben Geman wrote: “Green-Energy Battle Flares Over ‘60 Minutes’ Report.” He concludes: “The report and the response are the latest thrust and parry over White House backing for green-energy projects that have faced heavy GOP criticism. The Energy Department—which Stahl said declined to grant her an interview—hit back on Sunday night. The department has for years noted that failed or badly struggling companies represent only a very small portion of the overall green-energy loan portfolio. ‘Simply put, 60 Minutes is flat wrong on the facts. The clean-energy economy in America is real, and we are more competitive than ever in this rapidly expanding global industry. This is a race we can, must, and will win,’ spokesman William Gibbons said in a statement.”

Ironically, while the believers busily “hit back,” the news tells a different story.

One of the projects featured by 60 minutes is KiOR—a Columbus, Mississippi, plant that turns wood products into gasoline, diesel, and fuel oil funded in part by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla—has shut down in a “cost-cutting move.” A January 9 report states: “the debate in Washington in changing alternative fuel standards drove down prices so low that the company couldn’t afford to continue production for now until it can get efficiencies to the point where it is producing at least 80 gallons of fuel for every ton of wood.” Even if Khosla’s KiOR is able to improve efficiencies to “80 gallons of fuel for every ton of wood”—which would be about four times the current production—that is still a terrible return. (Incidentally, Khosla started the bankrupt Range Fuels that was mentioned by Lesley Stahl in her brief list of failed “cleantech” programs.)

Robert Rapier, also featured in the 60 Minutes segment—which focused primarily on biofuels—reported on the Department of Energy’s follow up audit for Financial Assistance for Integrated Biorefinery Projects. Among his “results,” Rapier states: “40 percent of the demonstration-scale and commercial-scale projects selected from the FOAs [Funding Opportunity Announcements] were mutually terminated by the DOE and the recipients after expending more than $75 million in taxpayer dollars.” He cites the audit: “Program officials acknowledged the projects selected were not fully ready for commercial-scale operations and that the projects were high-risk. However, they indicated that the EPAct required them to move forward with commercial-scale projects…” Rapier concludes: “I think the lesson here is that political wishes continue to trump scientific realities, and taxpayers are left to pay the bills. … If only our political leaders understood that you can’t mandate technical breakthroughs, even if you require money to be spent trying to do so.”

Hardly the “overwhelming success” 60 Minutes’ detractors proclaim.

Barcott defends use of taxpayer money to support “emerging technologies” and acknowledges that “asking hard questions about if and when we should cut off that support” is, well, “hard.”

All of this “thrust and parry” is taking place during the time Congress is considering retroactively extending various tax breaks for cleantech projects—such as the Production Tax Credit for wind energy that expired on December 31, 2013. Amid the blows fired upon the renewable energy industry this past week, The Chicago Tribune (hardly a defender of right-wing policies) piled on with a January 5 op-ed encouraging “Congress and the White House to stop manipulating the tax code as America’s de facto energy policy: Thorough federal tax reform should sunset this arbitrary favoritism for wind energy and other politically favored industries.”

The other lobs, from CNBC and Fox News, landed on January 6.

CNBC’s Kudlow Report featured a “what happened to global warming” segment in which Larry Kudlow scoffs at the “all wrong” predictions that have now “come unglued.” His guest, Steve Hayward—a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder—stated: “Global warming is going away” like so many other scares before it. Hayward claimed that environmental crises follow a pattern: “Find a problem and blow it up into a world-ending crisis and demand endless political solutions.” Yucking it up, they laughed at the “sheer comedy of the ship getting stuck in the ice in Antarctica,” calling it “an eco-tourism stunt that backfired badly.”

On Fox Business, Stuart Varney’s “Stuart Says” feature was: “Annoying greenies influence policy that hurts U.S.” In his 2-minute-18-second monologue, Varney suggests that we “respond to this climate change demagoguery with ridicule. Frankly, the global warming crowd now looks ridiculous. People are laughing at them.”

Yes, the “annoying greenies” are on the defense—and, as the Green Bay players on that cold January 5 in Wisconsin knew, you can’t win on the defense.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Posting Of 40 Days For Life Information

I received the following valuable information from the 40 Days for Life organization and I post it here in the hope it will help to defeat abortion in the future.  There are great training opportunities coming very soon.  Don’t miss your change to help drive positive desirable change in the abortion industry:

January is a HUGE month for pro-life activities, and we wanted to let you know in advance about the major events 40 Days for Life will be part of, so hopefully we can see you in person!
Click links on events for more information and/or registration details.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
 
Applications open for those wishing to lead a local 40 Days for Life campaign from March 5 – April 13. Watch your inbox tomorrow for details!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
Paris March for Life
Paris, France
David Bereit will be a keynote speaker
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
 
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Upper Marlboro, MD (right outside of Washington, DC)
David Bereit will deliver a keynote session
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW; Washington, DC
David Bereit and 40 Days for Life board member Matt Britton speak
Adult training track at Students for Life conference
1:45-4:45 PM
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Upper Marlboro, MD (right outside of Washington, DC)
David Bereit, Shawn Carney, Steve Karlen, and Robert Colquhoun will deliver intensive training focused on three key topics:
  • Recruiting Others: Attract more churches, organizations, and people into your local pro-life efforts than ever before
  • Overcoming Challenges: Navigate through opposition, setbacks, and frustrations, while making life-saving progress
  • Maximizing Results: Plan — and successfully implement — the most effective pro-life strategies based on your community’s needs
The Leadership Summit is open to any adult pro-lifer wanting to hone leadership skills, but space is very limited. To attend, you must register for the Students for Life of America conference, and indicate that you will be attending the “Adult Leadership Summit”
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
 
Meet-and-Greet with 40 Days for Life team
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill (look for signs in the lobby)
400 New Jersey Ave NW; Washington, DC
Come meet the entire 40 Days for Life headquarters team: David Bereit, Shawn Carney, David Brandao, Steve Karlen, Robert Colquhoun, Chantel Poisel, and Colleen O’RourkeMarch for Life
National Mall
Washington, DC
Starting at 12:00 Noon
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
 
Law of Life conference
St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center
San Francisco, CA
David Bereit, Shawn Carney, and Robert Colquhoun speak

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

 Meet-and-Greet with 40 Days for Life team

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Walk for Life Info Faire table

Civic Center Plaza; San Francisco, CA

Come meet 40 Days for Life team members: David Bereit, Shawn Carney, and Robert Colquhoun

Begins at Civic Center Plaza at 12:30 PM
San Francisco, CA
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center
San Francisco, CA
David Bereit will deliver a keynote session
Adult training track at Students for Life conference
1:45-4:15 PM
St. Mary’s Cathedral Conference Center

San Francisco, CA
David Bereit and Robert Colquhoun will deliver intensive training focused on three key topics:
  • Recruiting Others: Attract more churches, organizations, and people into your local pro-life efforts than ever before
  • Overcoming Challenges: Navigate through opposition, setbacks, and frustrations, while making life-saving progress
  • Maximizing Results: Plan — and successfully implement — the most effective pro-life strategies based on your community’s needs

The Leadership Summit is open to any adult pro-lifer wanting to hone leadership skills, but space is very limited. To attend, you must register for the Students for Life of America conference, and indicate that you will be attending the “Adult Leadership Summit”

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
 
Application deadline for those wishing to lead a local 40 Days for Life campaign from March 5 – April 13.
 
Well, that’s everything for the moment. It’s going to be a busy January. Hope to see you at one or more of these events, Chuck!

For Life,
SHAWN CARNEYCampaign Director40 Days for Lifewww.40daysforlife.com
40 Days for Life 1511 S. Texas Ave #335 College Station, Texas 77840 United States (888) LIFE-316
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Fast & Furious Morphs To Last & Spurious

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fast and Furious, the outrage, and not the movie, started when a renegade Department of Justice (DOJ) headed by Eric The Bolder Holder, decided to make sure that drug cartel members South of the United States would not want for sufficient firepower.  The cartels would see gifts of weapons enabling them to kill with impunity, not only their fellow citizens and law enforcement officers, but American citizens, including American law enforcement personnel.

Since Fast and Furious, we have seen other violations by this DOJ come out from  their cretinous beginnings via the hard heads of people who should know better, but instead, offer an  example of perfect idiocy.We fail to see how, the recent IRS and other tricks of the bumblers trade could have been accomplished without AG Holder’s permission, tacit or otherwise.  Our pinning responsibility on Holder does not remove complicity for Obama’s irresponsibility for being ignorant in how to manage a wayward AG. Complicity and inaction allowing Holder one tiny step from being crowned the King of Crime.

The IRS mess, as they say, has legs … the legs of a millipede.Just when it looks as though all the legs have been observed, more are discovered.  Check the following story found at the link just below:

Washington IRS Ordered — I Delivered

Sessions Answers Murray’s Dismal Budget

Here’s the video, and the press release can be found under the video’

“We need to grow the economy—not the government… Government has never been bigger or more out of control. They say there is no problem with waste, fraud, and abuse; they say the problem is you; they say you are not sending them enough money; they say they have wisely spent every penny. So, you must just send them more. And, if you don’t? Well, they won’t stop spending, they’ll just borrow more. These destructive policies cannot continue. We are at the breaking point.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In advance of next week’s unveiling of Senate Democrats’ first budget in four years, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) cautions that the tax gimmicks and new spending that will be included in their budget will grow the government, not our economy.

In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, says, Congress has a “moral duty” to balance the federal budget and bring the deficit down to zero. “But I fear the Democrat proposal will fail this defining test and will never achieve balance,” he says. “I fear it will crush American workers and our economy with trillions in new taxes, spending and debt. I fear [Senate Budget] Chairman Murray will follow the President’s lead: raising taxes to enrich the bureaucracy at the expense of the people.” Senate Republicans, Senator Sessions says, are ready to reform Washington’s spending to grow the economy, create American jobs, and balance the federal budget. The Weekly Republican Address is available in both audio and video format and is embargoed until 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, March 9, 2013. The audio of the address is available here, the video will be available here and you may download the address here. A full transcript of the address follows:

“Hello. I’m Jeff Sessions from Alabama, Ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. It’s my privilege to speak with you today before the Senate considers a budget plan next week. Congress has an obligation to adopt a budget that does the most good for the most people.

Washington, D.C. provides a troubling illustration of our challenges. No city in America relies more on the federal government than Washington. Federal money pours every single day into every part of the city.

Despite this fountain of federal funds, 1 in 3 children still live in poverty in our nation’s capital. Two in three children live in single parent homes. In nearby Baltimore—another city governed by liberal policies for decades—1 in 3 residents are on food stamps and in 1 in 3 youth live in poverty. Americans are committed to helping our sisters and brothers who are struggling, but we are seeing the damaging human consequences of our broken welfare state.

We spend a trillion dollars each year on federal poverty programs. That’s more than the budget for Social Security or Defense. But poverty seems only to increase. Something is wrong.

Compassion demands that we change.

Amazingly, the federal government says that the more people we have on food stamps, the more it grows the economy. The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: ‘Each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.’ Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming ‘mountain pride’ and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome.

Isn’t it a better goal to help more Americans find good-paying jobs, to have the pride and self-respect that comes from that? Isn’t this a superior form of compassion that has a more solid moral foundation?

Yet every time lawmakers try to reform the bureaucracy to accomplish these goals, they meet with the same response: President Obama attacks the reformers, saying such ideas aren’t compassionate or fair. But what is truly unfair and lacking in compassion is to protect a federal bureaucracy that is failing those that need our help the most.

President Obama speaks of his deep concern for struggling Americans, yet his plans are focused on growing government—not the economy. He has no effective plan to create better jobs, more hiring or rising wages. That’s what’s missing.

Apparently, the federal government is perfect, requires no reform. That would explain why our Senate Democrats have refused to pass a legally mandated 10-year budget plan in four years.

To compel Senate Democrats do their jobs, Republicans passed the No Budget, No Pay measure. Senate Democrats have then relented and agreed to work on a budget plan.

Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray, and her colleagues, will introduce the long-delayed Democrat plan on Wednesday. Right now, our massive debt is slowing the economy and depressing wages. We have a moral duty to balance the federal budget and bring the deficit down to zero. This is the great challenge of our time. And you may be surprised to learn that we can achieve this goal if we simply hold the annual growth of spending to 3.4 percent each year. But I fear the Democrat proposal will fail this defining test and will never achieve balance. I fear it will crush American workers and our economy with trillions in new taxes, spending and debt. I fear Chairman Murray will follow the President’s lead: raising taxes to enrich the bureaucracy at the expense of the people.

We need to grow the economy—not the government.

People are being hurt every day by the Washington establishment the Democrats are determined to shield from accountability. Government has never been bigger or more out of control. They say there is no problem with waste, fraud, and abuse; they say the problem is you; they say you are not sending them enough money; they say they have wisely spent every penny. So, you must just send them more. And, if you don’t? Well, they won’t stop spending, they’ll just borrow more. These destructive policies cannot continue. We are at the breaking point.

Instead, we must act to create more jobs and better pay. And we can do it without adding to the debt.

Here’s how:

  • Make welfare temporary and the welfare office an employment and job training office.
  • Unlock America’s vast energy resources to create millions of good-paying jobs.
  • Defend American workers from unfair foreign trade practices.
  • Reform the tax code to make America globally competitive, creating more jobs here.
  • Make government leaner, less wasteful so it produces greater results for the money you earned and sent here.
  • Enforce an immigration policy that protects legal U.S. workers from unlawful competition.
  • Eliminate every burdensome federal rule or regulation that isn’t needed and that destroys jobs.
  • And, finally, we must balance the federal budget.

These steps will empower Americans—not the government. They will promote family—not bureaucracy. And they will help create a future in which the central bonds in our lives are not government rules but the love and loyalty we have for one another.”

 

ACORN Returns — They Never Really Left

CoA Uncovers Still-Active ACORN Entities, ACORN Allies, and Rebranded ACORN Organizations

Posted by  in BlogHighlights on August 22, 2012 9:54 am

List of Still-Active ACORN Entities, ACORN Allies, and Rebranded ACORN Organizations

  1. 1825 Atlantic MHANY, Inc.
  2. 4415 San Jacinto Street Corporation
  3. 5301 McDougall Corporation
  4. 730 Rockaway MHANY, Inc.
  5. A Community Voice (ACV)
  6. ACORN Community Land Association of Pennsylvania
  7. ACORN Community Land Association, Inc.
  8. ACORN Global Enterprises, L3C
  9. ACORN Loan Program
  10. Action NC
  11. Action Now
  12. Action Now Institute
  13. Action United
  14. Action United Education Fund
  15. Action United Political Action Committee
  16. Advancement Project
  17. Advancement Project California
  18. Advocates and Actions
  19. Affiliated Media Foundation Movement, Inc.
  20. Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA)
  21. Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania
  22. Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
  23. Alliance for Justice (AFJ)
  24. Alliance for Justice Action Campaign
  25. Alliance Institute
  26. Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
  27. Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Institute
  28. American Home Day Care Workers Association, Inc.
  29. Applied Research Center
  30. Arizona Center for Empowerment
  31. Arkansas Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
  32. Arkansas Community Institute
  33. Arkansas Community Organizations (ACO)
  34. ASI Community Center
  35. Association for Rights of Citizens, Inc.
  36. Association for Union Democracy
  37. Austin Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
  38. Baltimore Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
  39. Baton Rouge Association of School Employees
  40. Broad Street Corporation
  41. Catalist LLC
  42. Center for Labor Education and Research, Inc.
  43. Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI)
  44. Chicago Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
  45. Chief Organizer Fund, Inc.
  46. Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, Inc.
  47. Citizens Consulting Inc.
  48. Citizens Services, Inc.
  49. Communities United
  50. Communities United New Jersey
  51. Communities United Training and Education Fund
  52. Communities Voting Together
  53. Community Asset Development Redefining Education
  54. Community Empowerment Education Fund
  55. Community Labor Administrative Services, Inc.
  56. Community Organizations International
  57. Community Voices Together
  58. Connecticut Working Families Party
  59. Dallas Monthly Meeting of Friends, Inc.
  60. Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, Inc.
  61. Delawareans for Social and Economic Justice (DSEJ)
  62. Elysian Fields Corporation
  63. Elysian Fields Partnership
  64. Fifteenth Street Corporation
  65. Flagstaff Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
  66. Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE)
  67. Florida Watch Action, Inc.
  68. Floridians for All PAC
  69. Forefront Organizing
  70. Good Jobs = Great Houston
  71. Good Jobs Now, Inc
  72. Good Jobs, Better Baltimore
  73. Greenwell Springs Corporation
  74. Hammurabi Fund, Inc.
  75. Health Care for America Now
  76. Home Defenders League
  77. Housing Here and Now
  78. Houston Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
  79. Impact Restoration Community Development
  80. Institute for Neighborhood Action
  81. Jobs With Justice
  82. Jobs With Justice Education Fund
  83. KABF Radio
  84. KNON
  85. Labor Education and Research Project
  86. Labor Neighbor Research and Training Center
  87. Leadership Center for the Common Good
  88. Leadership Center for the Common Good Action Fund
  89. Living United for Change in Arizona
  90. Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
  91. McLellan Multi-Family Corporation
  92. MHANY 1 Associates, L.P.
  93. MHANY 1 Inc.
  94. MHANY 1999 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  95. MHANY 1999 II Housing Development Fund Corporation
  96. MHANY 2 Associates, L.P.
  97. MHANY 2, Inc.
  98. MHANY 2002 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  99. MHANY 2003 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  100. MHANY 2004 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  101. MHANY 2005 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  102. MHANY 2007 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  103. MHANY 2011 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  104. MHANY 2012 Housing Development Fund Corporation
  105. MHANY 2012 II Housing Development Fund Corporation
  106. MHANY 3 Associates, L.P.
  107. MHANY 3, Inc.
  108. MHANY 4 Associates, L.P.
  109. MHANY 4, Inc.
  110. MHANY Bristol Housing Development Fund Corporation
  111. MHANY Bristol, Inc.
  112. MHANY Holdings 2012 LLC
  113. MHANY Management Inc.
  114. Middle South Home Day Care Workers Association, Inc.
  115. Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MNOC)
  116. Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition
  117. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
  118. Montana People’s Action
  119. Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY)
  120. National Housing Resource Center
  121. New England United for Justice (NEU4J)
  122. New Jersey Working Families Alliance
  123. New Majority Education Fund
  124. New Mexico Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
  125. New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA)
  126. New York City Parent Organizing Consortium
  127. New York Communities for Change (NYCC)
  128. New York Communities Organizing Consultants, Inc.
  129. New York Communities Organizing Fund (NYCOF)
  130. New York Organizing and Support Center
  131. North Carolina Social Justice Project
  132. Nwannedinamba of Columbus, Ohio
  133. OLE Parents Association
  134. Organization United for Reform Washington (OUR Washington)
  135. Organize Now
  136. Organizing for Action California
  137. Organizing in the Land of Enchantment (OLE)
  138. Our City, Our Schools
  139. Our D.C.
  140. Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change (PCOC)
  141. Pennsylvania Institute for Community Affairs, Inc.
  142. Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ)
  143. People’s Equipment Resource Corporation
  144. Phoenix Estates Housing Development Fund Corporation
  145. Phoenix Hunts Point Corporation
  146. Phoenix Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
  147. Progressive Future Education Fund
  148. Progressive Maryland Education Fund
  149. Progressive Maryland, Inc.
  150. Project Vote
  151. Public Services for the Public Good
  152. Radio New Mexico
  153. San Francisco Labor Council
  154. Sankofa Community Development Corporation
  155. SEIU 1199
  156. SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas
  157. SEIU Local 21 LA
  158. Services Employees International Union
  159. Sixth Avenue Corporation
  160. Southern Training Center
  161. St. Louis Organizing and Support Center
  162. St. Louis Tax Reform Group
  163. Start Corporation
  164. Texas Organizing Project (TOP)
  165. Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (TOP ED)
  166. Texas United City-County Employees Inc.
  167. The Black Institute
  168. United Family Corporation, LLC
  169. United Labor Foundation of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  170. Voter Alliance to Improve Democracy
  171. Wal Mart Alliance for Reform Now, Inc.
  172. Working Families Association, Inc.
  173. Working Families Party
  174. World Owerri People’s Congress Inc., Columbus/Franklin County Ohio Chapter

Click here for sources and explanations of each organization’s connections with ACORN and each other.

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Heritage Foundation Offers: NEW COMMON SENSE

I received an email from the Heritage Foundation with information which should be of benefit to all Tea Party members, all citizens or wannabe citizens.  The Heritage Foundation is conservative in nature as you will see if you follow the links offered in the copied email below:

Ask Yourself.

Do you want a government that creeps into more and more areas of your life– making decisions on everything from the health insurance you must buy to light bulbs can use to french fries you eat?

In recent years, liberals have benefited from Americans not knowing about the Constitution and our nation’s First Principles and because of that, the policies enacted in Washington have led to a massive increase in both the size and scope of government.

Is this the kind of government you want? Or do the individual freedoms found in the Constitution and our founding First Principles still matter today?

You can stop the liberals’ assault on your freedoms and the Constitution.  But first, you need to arm yourself with the right information.  Sign-up today for New Common Sense from The Heritage Foundation.  >>One-click here gets you started.

New Common Sense connects today’s policy debates to the First Principles that guided America’s Founding Fathers. This weekly e-newsletter highlights research from Heritage experts and gives you the information you need to fight back against the Left and get our country back on course.

The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.  >>Click here to sign-up for New Common Sense.

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Who’d Thunk It — Ever

Seal of the President of the United States

Image via Wikipedia

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

Well, to hear POTUS squeal like a pig in a gate about the repubs not wanting to raise the debt limit, you might just think that he has always favored the tactic, i.e raising the debt limit.

Apparently you’d be thinking and believing wrong if you bought into that belief.  More than a few magazine articles and blog post to an entirely different attitude or belief system on the part of our President just a few short years ago.  Information from the National Review Online contained in an article by Katrina Trinko, found here, points to the opposite.  But, that was then and this is on a different watch. What do we read now, or more precisely on January 3, 2011 about POTUS as a senator in 2006:

Here are Obama’s thoughts on the debt limit in 2006, when he voted against increasing the ceiling:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

One might think POTUS sounded very conservative back then, but the conservatives have seen debt limit raises that they could vote for.  We won’t stray from the path we are on because we really wanted to think about who’d thunk it about our current president.

Read the complete article for more.  You can find it right here.

What I really want to know — will the Republicans cave or will they save by not raising the debt limit?  Look for related links below.

Did They Truck Them In, Or?

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We’ll be posting a link to the story of  Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) and his long-lasting solo act, but the partial question above has to do with the many posters on the comment sections under the linked article, that have given the Senator hero status against or over the Co-President Bill Clinton and our current President Barrack Obama AND all the Republicans.  I’m sure you know how to access the comments and I’ll only caution you to remember some of the inconsiderate posters have juvenile potty mouths … so you are forewarned.

As to the link to the story, I’m sorry it has no video.  But I wouldn’t subject you to eight or nine hours of great speeches from our nation’s founding fathers, much less what some would call harrumphing and haranguing  from a seasoned citizen.  A hero to Vermonters and others he may be, and you have to respect him his energy and dedication, whether well placed or off-track, but he should consider his vocal cords and cut the time he spends on his effort to take away tax breaks for those who may need and want them.

The article makes reference to the Senator as “Filibernie,” but I just know someone else will come up with “FullofBernie,” so I’d like to lay claim to the nickname or appellation before someone else grabs it .  That is not to say that he is full of himself, but it signifies that the Senate chambers was full of his speechifying for at least a third of a day.  The article comes from, The Hill’s, BLOG BRIEFING ROOM and it is by Jordan Fabian.  You’ll find it below:

Mr. Sanders Talks, And Talks, And Talks To Washington

Don’t forget the links below.