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September 23, 2008

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Elliott

This was in the Hot Air headlines recently. Highly entertaining.

Elliott

Obama debate prep:

One goal will be to make sure Obama gets to the point quicker than he tended to in the primary debates, an aide said. The often loquacious Illinois senator has been delivering snappier soundbites recently on the campaign trail at the encouragement of his campaign advisers.

I can't wait for the soundbite touting his bold and courageous decision not to vote on the resolution condemning moveon.org for its ad about Petraeus:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, both Democratic candidates for president, voted against the resolution, which passed 72 to 25.

But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes.

Mr. Obama issued a statement calling the resolution, put forward by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, “a stunt.” Mr. Obama said, “By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against these empty politics.”


JM Hanes

Mornin' Elliott:-)

Snappier soundbites, eh? Like lipstick and old fish, no doubt.

Saw a clip tonight with Obama positively oozing presidential authority and jabbing the podium with his finger for emphasis as is his wont: "If the plan that emerges does not address the principles that I've discussed, then I will strongly recommend to Secretary Paulson that we go back to the drawing board and find an approach that does address them." Sounded as though he were threatening to exercise his veto power. Words can no longer express just how much I want to send this officious unelected President back to Congress as a junior Senator.

JBean

"If the plan that emerges does not address the principles that I've discussed, then I will strongly recommend to Secretary Paulson that we go back to the drawing board and find an approach that does address them."

JMH, I saw the same video, and I'll bet neither of us can figure out what those uh, um, uh "principles" are. The man makes open-face phrase sandwiches, then he slaps a big fat slice of  summation bread on the filling to make it look yummy, and the media eats it up.

pagar

Good Morning to All!

"(a) Due to a complicit press virtually all we know about Obama is thru his autobiographies which have left out critical periods of his life."

Autobiograpies that may have been written by William Ayers - according to these articles by Jack Cashill.

" Whoever rescued Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father went much further. He invested considerable time to invent a distinctive voice and style for an unknown author. In essence, he created the “Barack Obama” we know and did so for reasons that defy any marketing imperative

Obama, who had nothing in print until Dreams save for some awful undergraduate poetry, could no more write a book like this than I could paint the Mona Lisa. He has done nothing since, either spoken or written, to even hint at the eloquence of the memoir’s authorial voice.

Lacking digitized, full text versions of Dreams or Bill Ayers’ Fugitive Days, I have been reduced to close readings and yellow highlighters.

That much said, a textual comparison of the two books and the additional circumstantial evidence of time, place, means, and motive make Ayers a highly likely candidate for Obama’s ghostwriter. "

LUN - there are three parts to Mr Cashill's articles. The LUN will take you to the links to Part I and Part II.

Could William Ayers have created the Obama myth?

PeterUK

Hope - Change.

Cheapen - Encage

sbw

m.simon:My mom lived through the crash of '29. She says (i talked to her about a half hour ago) that what we are going through reminds her of that and she is very scared.

Six months ago, my mother took me aside to warn me of exactly the same thing.

dad29

Something rings a bell here--

Did Ayers & Obama have some association with the "New Party" (which was tightly connected with ACORN) and was active in the early 1990's in Chicago?

sbw

BO...not ready to lead.

This tag line has to change...

BO... You don't want to go where he'll lead.

Jane

Wow - is it morning again? These days are just flying by. I can hardly wait for Joe Biden's words of wisdom today.

SWarren

Did Ayers & Obama have some association with the "New Party" (which was tightly connected with ACORN) and was active in the early 1990's in Chicago?

Yes, he sought out their endorsment when he ran for State Senate.
Story from Redstate: LUN

SWarren
Barack Obama sought the New Party's endorsement knowing it was a radical left organization

There's no other conclusion when you see what the New Party was and who put it together

The New Party had by 1996 become the party of the hardcore leftist radicals -- an amalgamation of communists and socialist radicals.

The New Party, ACORN, and Growth
Steve Mills, writing for the Chicago Tribune, spent some time surveying where the New Party stood in 1994 Chicago, two years before Obama sought and received its endorsement.
“Although its Chicago organization is not yet fully formed, in other parts of the country it has run candidates in local races.” The races had, at that time, all been fairly small. However, they had not yet fully connected with Barack Obama.

Dan Cantor, ironic given Obama’s preacher problems of late, summed up his vision for the New Party as it headed into Chicago, telling Steve Mills, “We’re of that Left tradition that thinks we could have a majority out there someday.… We want to build a church, not a sect. Because if the Left is going to amount to anything, it’s going to be made up of groups have have reached their limit on one issue.

”In 1993, the New Party had moved into New York to be a major player. Newsday’s Bob Liff interviewed Jan Pierce, the local organizer for the New Party. Pierce told Liff that David Dinkins was the type of progressive candidate New Party members liked. As the party tried to take off in New York, it was not only trying to get access to the ballot, “but to have some ideological purity.” In fact, the New Party had made such a name for itself that Al Sharpton had considered an attempt at the New Party’s endorsement for the United States Senate.

In 1995, Newsday reported “New Party-endorsed candidates have run in 120 elections for school board and zoning board and city councils, winning 77 races, including a Chicago alderman’s slot.

”By 1996, the New Party had solidified its ties with ACORN, unions, and the left so much so that even the New York Times referred to it as “leftist.” Manning Marable, writing in the left-wing New York Beacon, on October 23, 1996, wrote that “there are four key components in this strategy for progressive political change.” Among those components were civil disobedience and “support for independent movements like the New Party which are running candidates in local races. More importantly an innovative approach to electoralism is represented by ACORN’s ‘living wage’ referenda campaigns.
”The Chicago Democratic Socialists of America were quite pleased in 1996 with the New Party’s success including the election of “Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, [who] encouraged [New Party members] to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration”.


sbw

An email to a journalism teacher:

Subject: "Man the barricades"

Getting schooled in street politics

I'm getting first hand experience at a lobbying effort by progressives aimed at one of the Associated Press' top Washington journalists.

Long-time activist/journalist Al Giordano of "The Field" blog, among other projects, is taking the campaign against Ron Fournier, AP's Washington Bureau Chief to newsroom senior managers across the country with a campaign targeting the 27 members of the Associated Press Managing Editors association, or APME.
That which underpins the Obama campaign:
-- from his campaign strategist David Axelrod's astroturf company that plants bogus messages,
-- to shills that rally thuggish crowds,
-- to corrupt communications to just-someone-in-my-neighborhood Bill Ayers who tried to co-opt public education in Chicago and in curriculum committees
is based on Saul Alinsky's radical concepts on how to undermine of politics.

Politics, all the way back to Aristotle, is trying to make wise community decisions. To the radical left that now co-opt progressives, politics is winning power by any means. Any means includes taking advantage of innocent sheep. Your job is to inoculate sheep, not to your point of view, but to be able to identify and label misbehavior so that they can protect themselves from it.

They also need to learn what is worthwhile about society and why, and what has failed in society and why. Pointed focus on this is notably fuzzy in high school curricula and college core classes.

Dorothy Sayers, in "Lost Tools of Learning" at Oxford in 1947, said:

For we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects. We who were scandalized in 1940 when men were sent to fight armored tanks with rifles, are not scandalized when young men and women are sent into the world to fight massed propaganda with a smattering of "subjects"; and when whole classes and whole nations become hypnotized by the arts of the spellbinder, we have the impudence to be astonished. We dole out lip-service to the importance of education lip service and, just occasionally, a little grant of money; we postpone the school-leaving age, and plan to build bigger and better schools; the teachers slave conscientiously in and out of school hours; and yet, as I believe, all this devoted effort is largely frustrated, because we have lost the tools of learning, and in their absence can only make a botched and piecemeal job of it.

Obama is a Trojan horse. And you must see that the citizens of Troy do not, themselves, open the gates to let in the gift that would suck away liberty in the name of fake equality.

pagar

"Did Ayers & Obama have some association with the "New Party"

"Barack Obama was also endorsed by the New Party-an endorsement he actively solicited."

LUN

One can be sure that if a group was composed of Socialists and Communists, that Obama was associated with them and was supporting them and being supported by them.

http://newzeal.blogspot.com has a number of articles on Obama and his support from the
Communists and Socialists. Here is another Article

"In recent years the hard left has recaptured the US labour movement. The president of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney is a member of the Marxist Democratic Socialists of America and has presided over the re-conquest of the US labour movement by the socialists and communists.

The DSA and Communist Party use their considerable influence to steer union support behind their favoured candidates.

Barack Obama has had a long relationship with DSA and the Illinois labour movement.

It's not therefore surprising to see DSA linked unionists throwing their support Barack Obama's way."

"“He comes from us,” said Balanoff on Obama. “He understands our problems. We could count on Barack on all issues important to working families. Healthcare, general economic justice, jobs… Barack was there, not only there but oftentimes leading.”

One would be hard pressed to find a Communist or Socialist who does not support Obama.

bad

Dr. Kurtz at NRO:

Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, I have obtained an e-mail message from former CAC executive director, Ken Rolling, to Warren Chapman and Anne Hallett, two of CAC’s three co-founders. Bill Ayers was the third founder. In Rolling’s message, sent the morning after I first requested access to CAC records housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), he admits to avoiding a reporter’s inquiries about who picked Obama to head CAC. Rolling also appears to prime Chapman and Hallett to avoid telling the press the whole story of how Obama was chosen, and provides them with an apparently incomplete story to use instead.

LUN

DrJ

Thanks bad. The letter is no smoking gun, but it does raise some questions.

bad

I've just discovered the link to the Chicago Tribune in Dr. Kurtz article is inoperative. DrJ, maybe you could contact him again.

bad

I wonder how Dr. Kurtz got access to Rolling's email to Hallet and Chapman. It is recent and surely not accessible through a FOIA.

bad

OOPS Disregard previous post. DUH, it was FOIA as he clearly states in the article.

JBean

Whoops! Somebody finally said it (Tony Blankley at RCP, likening O to "The Man Who Never Was"):

But worse than all the unfair and distorted reporting and image projecting are the shocking gaps in Obama's life that are not reported at all. The major media simply have not reported on Obama's two years at New York's Columbia University, where, among other things, he lived a mere quarter-mile from former terrorist Bill Ayers. Later, they both ended up as neighbors and associates in Chicago. Obama denies more than a passing relationship with Ayers. Should the media be curious? 

Link

JLinNCtoo

One of Ayers' quotes when cheerleading the education conference in SA with Hugo Chavez is (pretend this is Spanish) "Education is Revolution."

Nice, huh?

bad

JLin

Obama and Ayers worked so hard in the Chicago Public school system and made it so much better that they both sent their own children to a private school.

DrJ

bad,

Kurtz email has been sent. I'll let you know what comes back.

I did try to find where the link should point from the URL he used, and it was not clear. And there were not enough hints in the text to decipher what the story should contain.

bad

That was unclear to me as well. I look forward to reading the story when we have a link. There is so little info on this subject by the MSM, that I don't want to miss an article.

JBean

"I think the article will be friendly..."

Really? A NYT article? Did he actually have a doubt? After all, the reporter was "sent...from the Obama campaign."

Mr. Axelrod cannot be happy that Mr. Rolling didn't use the phone to contact Chapman and Hallett. The Obama Action Wire will be whirring at red hot speed to send out a million "Yawn! -- what's the story here?" responses.

sfcmac

"Is the real story here that Obama once served on the board of a liberal education charity?"

The point that went right over Ambinder's head is that Obama is a human buglight for terrorists, despots and anti-American hate spewers. Look at the fine collection of admirers; Jeremiah "god-damn America" Wright, The Nation of Islam, Hamas, Mahmoud Amhadinejad, Daniel Ortega, The Communist Party USA, Social Workers of America, and of course, William Ayers. You gotta ask yourself what draws these miscreants to Obama in the first place.

JBean

Bad --

Kurtz' link isn't wrong (I have the same bookmark) -- it looks like the Trib pulled the story, but there's still a cached copy here.


DrJ

bad,

Kurtz said he would try to fix the link, but that he does not control that portion of the article. I'm guessing it is the article (LUN) from the given URL and a quick Trib search.

DrJ

JBean,

Would you try the link again? Or simply give an article title so that I can find it myself?

JBean

Sorry -- the end of the link got cut off.

Here's the title I found it under:

UIC discussed Barack Obama-linked educational charity records with former director before their release

JBean

Sorry -- the end of the link got cut off.

Here's the title:

UIC discussed Barack Obama-linked educational charity records with former director before their release

DrJ

Thanks. The story I linked to under my name is the same one. It seems the Trib moved it to their archive section.

bad

JBean

Ken Rolling may be on the campaign's s**t list for now but they have to walk that line between publically tossing him under the bus and offering private assurances to Rollings to keep him from talking.

JBean

Bad

What strikes me about this incident is a certain sloppiness.

Did the CAC gang think no one would think to look for the records? Was it just the arrogance they appear to have in abundance? Or was it the fact that they've been operating in the protected cocoon of Chicago politics for so long?

Same thing with the Winner & Associates Palin video, and not even bothering to hide identities.

Maybe it's just "in your face" politics made possible by having the media in your pocket.

hit and run

The link to Global Labor in Kurtz's article is wrong too.

The common theme is that dashes get FUBAR'd at NRO.

DrJ

Its more than that, hit. The article was moved to the Trib archive section. Did you send Kurtz and email on the other bad link, or shall I?

JBean

DrJ --

Thanks for the link. I should have checked the Trib archives, but Firefox crashed while I was trying to post, hence the dupe.

nlcatter

Obama worked finances at AC

not ed policy.

MayBee

The man makes open-face phrase sandwiches, then he slaps a big fat slice of summation bread on the filling to make it look yummy, and the media eats it up.

JBean, I love you.

I bet the Obama campaign wishes Dr. Rolling were a bit more McCain-like in his emailing habits.

clarice

Wise up! All they need to do is sit on all this for another couple of weeks and they're home free. Rollings did his part.

PeterUK

"Whoops! Somebody finally said it (Tony Blankley at RCP, likening O to "The Man Who Never Was"):


I have been banging on about this for months"The Man Who Never Was" or "Operation Mincemeat"

The "New Party" is similar to the Trotsyist "Militant Tendency" the objective of which was to penetrate the British Labour Party by a process of "Entryism".This movement was ostensibly purged from the party,in my view,not because it was too left wing,but because it was bad for business,there being quite enough hard leftist in the party anyway.
The only discernable differences between socialists and communists,is the former are not quite as up front about the re-education camps and a pretense that power will be achieved through the ballot box."One man,one vote,once".

clarice

nlcatter--ask yourself to whom CAC gave money? To Ayers and cab driver Maoist Klonsky to radicalize the kids, not to groups which wanted to teach them math and science.

PeterUK

"Obama worked finances at AC

not ed policy."

So Obama knows where the loot is buried?

MayBee

Obama worked finances at AC

not ed policy.

Oh, let's hear about that, then.
How is he with a budget?

ps to all: was the NYT article by Dillon ever written?

hit and run

Frakkin spam filter. I was going to post the links from the articles that were wrong and then the real links but typepad has a real problem with that so let me sum up...

In eachcase a percent sign gets thrown in where a dash is supposed to be when the URL is converted to a hyperlink for the article. In this second article "u2011" gets thrown in there on top of the percent signs.

The Trib article moving wouldn't have affected the link if NRO didn't have this problem. Put the dashes back in in place of the percent signs and u2011 and it works just fine.

I didn't email Kurtz...please feel free.

I love typepad.

MayBee

I love this, at the end of the ChiTrib article:

A spokesman for the Obama campaign said Monday that it had never had any discussions with university officials about the Annenberg collection.

Of course they didn't need to speak directly to university officials! Rolling was doing that for them!

bad

O/T a little but it has occured to me that while Obama is out in public crying "mainstreet before wall street," you can bet that he is offering behind the scenes assurances to his banking buddies.

bad

...Rolling was doing that for them...

Is Rolling a true believer Obamabot or do they have something on him? Perhaps it is just the slimey underbelly of philanthropic foundations he prefers to keep from public view.

DrJ

hit,

I sent an email to Lopez, since this is a production issue, and not really the responsibility of the author. You would think that they would test the links...

JBean

MayBee --

Here's the Sam Dillon article, 9/9/08:

If Elected ... (tiny typeface)

Obama Looks to Lessons From Chicago in His National Education Plan (Big Typeface)

...Supporters of Mr. McCain have been trying to taint Mr. Obama by highlighting his ties to William Ayers, a member of the violent Weather Underground in the 1960s, by pointing out that they worked on the Challenge project together. Mr. Ayers was indicted on conspiracy charges that were later thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct.

Mr. Obama has acknowledged that he is a friend of Mr. Ayers but has sought to minimize their interactions. Records show that Mr. Ayers, now a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, helped write the Challenge proposal. The records also show that he and Mr. Obama worked on the Challenge project together and that they attended some of the same meetings....

Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said the reading and math scores of the lowest-achieving students improved in the years when the Challenge was investing in the Chicago schools. (Well done, Ben!)

But a final report on the Challenge concluded that the huge effort had brought little change.

“The Challenge’s ‘bottom line’ was improving student achievement,” the report said. “Among the schools it supported, the Challenge had little impact on student outcomes.”

But the experience gave Mr. Obama an appreciation for the multiple problems facing urban schools, Mr. Rolling said. The city has been a pioneer ever since in exploring ways to recruit, train and support teachers.....

Mr. Dillon seems to have lost interest in the question of how Obama got selected as Chairman. Fancy that.

 

nlcatter

did they blow thru 100 million?

could be , and its a valid question

did they account for it? yes

was it taxpayers $ like Palin wasted on a Road to Nowhere!

JBean

did they account for it? yes

Not to the public.

Stanley Kurtz wrote on August 18, "Four folders, containing auditor’s reports, where clearly marked, in bold type, “THESE FOLDERS ARE RESTRICTED VIA ANNENBERG CHALLENGE until further notice.”

 

MayBee

Thanks, JBean.
But the experience gave Mr. Obama an appreciation for the multiple problems facing urban schools, Mr. Rolling said.

So Mr. Rolling felt quite free to speak for Mr. Obama.

DrJ

was it taxpayers $ ...wasted[?]

Why yes, some of it was wasted public monies. Some of the required matching funds were from obtained from taxes.

pagar

"Of course they didn't need to speak directly to university officials! Rolling was doing that for them!"

"So Mr. Rolling felt quite free to speak for Mr. Obama."

Based on those, I conclude Mr. Rolling is a Obama spokesman. Anyone think he is not?

PeterUK

"was it taxpayers $ like Palin wasted on a Road to Nowhere! "

A lot of places in America were "nowhere" until the stage coach or the railways came through.That is how America was built.
Amazing how the leftoids can insult an community by dubbing it nowhere.But hey, perhaps the inhabitants are inuit,whoops we have a clear case of racism here.

nlcatter

it was NOT public MONEY

you cluster MORONS!

they didnt have to account to public!

MayBee

it was NOT public MONEY

you cluster MORONS!

they didnt have to account to public!

They didn't improve education after spending tens of millions of dollars.
Do you think this is a good indication of how Obama will perform as an executive when he does have taxpayer's money to spend?

Remember, Obama has promised to pay for his programs by going through the budget item by item and eliminating wasteful spending. What does he consider wasteful, taking into consideration how he spent precious Annenberg dollars?
Why do you think he doesn't want to talk about it?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Mainstream Media Should Pay Attention to Obama's Ties to William Ayers

from Michael Barone. Will they listen now?

PeterUK

"it was NOT public MONEY".
It was however money dedicated to the public good,to wit,the improvement of education.$160,000,000 was frittered away without any discernable improvement to education in Chicago.The accounts are sealed,if America has anything like a Charities Commission they should be on this like a ton of bricks for possible malfeasance of funds.

DrJ

it was NOT public MONEY

you cluster MORONS!

Annenberg gave about $50 million to CAC. These funds were to be matched 2:1 with "other" funds. Some of these matching monies came from foundations and business, others came from existing school programs that were subverted into the CAC cause.

Those school programs were funded with taxpayer dollars.

You may want to get a new set of talking points, or at least get the scantest familiarity with the CAC.

bad

DrJ is right. About $50 million was money already dedicated to the school system. It was diverted into "The Annenberg Way".

I'll find the documentation for that and post the link.

DrJ

I don't expect that we will hear (or smell) any more lower-GI emanations from nlcatter, bad.

JBean

it was NOT public MONEY

you cluster MORONS!

"The Chicago Challenge raised $5 million as part of the match to the $49.2 for grant giving. This was the amount from which the Chicago Challenge directly funded over five years, ending in 2001. To this amount was joined another almost $100 million in required matching funds.  The rest of the match was composed of concurrent giving already targeted to school reform by local foundations and corporations that met Challenge goals and from Title One –public money already allocated to the low income schools that received Chicago Challenge funding."

Source: Lessons from Philanthropy:  A Case Studies Approach (2007)

bad

Page four of the linked PDF file shows an early assessment of where CAC was in terms of raising matching funds. Amounts are listed separately for Private and PUBLIC funds.

Keep in mind these are not final figures. CAC was not done raising money at the point this report was given.

LUN

bad

Way to go JBean!!! That was my next stop.

JBean

Bad --

Glad to help. We value truth. The opposition has made it clear it most certainly doesn't.

DrJ

JBean, bad,

I don't know that reference (the 2007 one JBean cited). Is it worth putting on the web site?

JBean

DrJ,

It's definitely written from the "progressive" perspective, (and therefore passes no judgment on final outcomes) but I would vote yes, if only for a definite reference to Title One funds, and the use of "existing" educational efforts as matching funds.

The CAC Reports seem to be full of obfuscation about the actual source of "matching funds," so this would at least be helpful in that regard.

DrJ

OK -- I'll put it up.

JBean

DrJ --

Thanks!

bad

Yeah, DrJ

The more the merrier. And anything with $$ numbers is good. In this case JBean used the slay the dragon of misinformation.

It is interesting is it not that some quarters are now admitting Obama took part in a losing enterprise but only with donated money. Now JBean has pointed out taxpayer money was involved as well. What a day.

bad

Page 37 of the LINK UNDER NAME pdf file Annual Report to Annenberg shows the final figures for matching funds raised at The Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Private Funds $59,808,146
Public Funds $50,655,505

The referenced document is the final certification of matching funds for The Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

jorod

Why is the Ayers business missing from Obama's autobiograhpy?

bad

jorod

Interesting isn't it? I know meeting and then working with someone as notorious as Ayers would make a big impression on me.

One would think Obama would be drawn to the human interest story of possible redemption and rehabilitation--unless there is none.

JM Hanes

I've been looking at some of the organizations that CAC's successor group at CPEF has been funding, and following links all day. I've been checking out Rollings Parents for Public Schools (PPS) too, all very interesting. More on that later, but here's how the Obama campaign and Ken Rollings were playing Obama's Annenberg experience back on March 6, 2007, in Education Week (afraid I've forgotten where the ellipses go):

Obama’s Annenberg Stint Informs White House Bid

Education is a policy area he hasn’t aggressively pursued either as an Illinois state senator or in his federal office.

But Sen. Obama may have a unique perspective among the candidates seeking the presidency in 2008. As a private citizen, he led Chicago’s portion of the Annenberg Challenge school reform initiative financed by the late philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg—an experience that shaped Mr. Obama’s perspective on the critical importance of principals and teachers.

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge spread $49.2 million across the city’s schools in an effort to support emerging community-based public school reforms in the nation’s third-largest district. It was ultimately unsuccessful in raising student achievement, according to evaluations of the project. But its leaders and participants agreed that high-quality teachers were the key ingredient the school system was missing.

“All of the networks [of Chicago schools] we were funding came to that same conclusion after about three years,” said Ken Rolling, the former executive director of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. To improve urban schools, said Mr. Rolling, “we have to increase and improve the pool of qualified teachers.”

Mr. Obama led the Chicago group’s board from the start in 1995 and for about the next three years, Mr. Rolling said. He stayed on the board until the project closed in 2001.

Marathon Campaign

With the first presidential caucuses and primaries still almost a year off, but vigorous campaigning and fundraising already under way, the Democratic contenders have yet to set out comprehensive K-12 policy proposals. Prominent issues to be addressed include improving teacher quality and principal leadership, raising student achievement and reducing dropout rates, and revising the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

What distinguishes Sen. Obama, a spokeswoman for his campaign argued, is his grassroots experience with the Annenberg project and as a community organizer in Chicago starting in the late 1980s.

“Clearly, he is somebody who comes to the table with substantial experience in education reform,” said Jen Psaki, the spokeswoman. “He will use the experience in his campaign.”

Sure sounds like they were planning to sell Annenberg as a credential back in March, doesn't it? Note that Rollings only refers to $49.2 million. CPEF has followed suit, in terms of "leveraging" private dollars into public funding.

In Radical Planks and elsewhere I've been pursuing the idea that the Dem platform is Annenberg writ large. My storyline is that Obama, the failed community organizer, went to Harvard Law to learn about power, and then rewrote the handbook on community organizing when he returned to Chicago. The corporatist terminology in CPEF's literature is emblematic, and while tracking the development of Local Education Funds (LEF's), I found this 2005 report from the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC:

Promising Practices in Revenue Generation for Community Organizing:
An Exploration of Current and Emerging Fundraising and Grantmaking Practices in Community Organizing

Nice, eh? This is not the Alinksy you you thought you knew. This is community organizing as big business -- and Ken Rolling was there. I'm also getting the impression that Obama wasn't kidding when he talked about education from the day a child is born.

JM Hanes

I think Ayers may have been mentoring Obama for a long, long time, BTW.

JM Hanes

And maybe mentoring Ken Rolling too.

DrJ

Could be, JHM. It simply smells of Chicago politics to me. But it could well be that Ayers et. al learned well from their environment.

sbw

These are interesting political times in Washington. Hillary has an opportunity to recast the lines of power in both the Senate and the House -- if she partners with McCain.

Schumer has been the one who has played the DSCC for power. Is that about to change? And Harry Reid about to leave the scene? And Nancy Pelosi seems washed up, too. Neither Harry nor Nancy could hold back the drilling. Will Steny Hoyer make the ultimate break with Pelosi and partner with Hillary?

And will McCain, talking across the aisle to Clinton and Hoyer make a deal that tosses Hillary and Hoyer a bone that costs too much for the political expedient to get a deal done this week.

It would mean McCain is Presidential and wins. It would mean that Obama pays the ultimate price and gets what Hillary thinks he deserves. It may save a Democratic congress, that McCain thinks he can work with.

Then Hillary can start to clean the corrupt Democratic house to prepare for two and four years from now. And McCain can do the same.

Ah! What fun is idle speculation!

sbw

Ha! Wrong thread! I'll report.

DrJ

:)

You can comment here too, sbw!

sbw

Hell, DrJ, I just took out contact lenses, the screen is fuzzy, and I can't even spell "repost".

But I do enjoy reading the comments and learning a lot.

DrJ

sbw,

A fuzzy screen may be better than the foot-stomping, vulgar troll on the other thread. Keep a couple of tabs open and stay a while...

JBean

JM Hanes< ---

This is community organizing as big business

Maybe it is.

In his article "Senator Stealth," in NRO's 9/1 print/digital edition (can't link, since it require a subscription). He pointed to this book, "Organizing Urban America: Secular and Faith-based Progressive Movements," by Heidi Swarts (2008), "the first book-length study of the organizing tactics and political ideologies of Gamaliel and ACORN, the two groups to which Obama’s community-organizing ties are closest."

It's fully searchable, and interesting in that it made me wonder just how many people are in the "community organizer" sector of the economy....

 

JBean

Oops.

"He" of course, being Stanley Kurtz.

JM Hanes

JBean:

"It's fully searchable, and interesting in that it made me wonder just how many people are in the "community organizer" sector of the economy...."

Interesting question. When you read the Democratic Platform, you can see where the model is going too.

clarice

Trust me, the reason why the head of the supposedlt non partisan Independent Sector, a network of about 700 non profits, joined the Soros slags at the JStreet Pac which blocked Palin's appearance at the anti-Iran event is because they anticipate a greater role (money. power, access) if Obama gets in and the great peoples "volunteer" briage service takes wing.

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JMH

In my mind I am writing like you are. Fantasies are good...

bad

clarice, did you have to join to get access to Independant Secors membership list?

nlcatter

The CAC money of $50 million was NOT public money, it was grants to the 40% of the Chicago school system that had a budget of 3 Billion dollars that was not under CAC control

The 50 million CAC allocated was NOT public MONEY!

Obam accounted to the board of CAC where the 50 Million went. he had nothing to do with the EXISTING $3 Billion dollar budget

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anal

What the hell? Happy hour really good?

clarice

No , bad, I went to their(IS') website and hit members. It is slow loading and I had to try it several times until I could get it to work.

clarice

**volunteer brigade***

bad

Everytime I go there. I get a message that says I can't get that info.

bad

I'll keep trying, maybe I'll get lucky.

clarice

It took a long time and I gave up on trying to read the entire list.

Topsecretk9

joined the Soros slags at the JStreet Pac which blocked Palin's appearance at the anti-Iran event is because they anticipate a greater role (money. power, access) if Obama gets in and the great peoples "volunteer" briage service takes wing.

You can say that again. It's all about tax payer money from the government - with they same bleeding hearts serving on the incestuous boards raking in big bucks.

Doing nothing for the various missions at hand. Just feel good board payments.

Topsecretk9

joined the Soros slags at the JStreet Pac which blocked Palin's appearance at the anti-Iran event is because they anticipate a greater role (money. power, access) if Obama gets in and the great peoples "volunteer" briage service takes wing.

You can say that again. It's all about tax payer money from the government - with they same bleeding hearts serving on the incestuous boards raking in big bucks.

Doing nothing for the various missions at hand. Just feel good board payments.

DrJ

nlc,

What you write make absolutely no sense in any langauge that I would call "English". Have another one on me, but please do clarify what you are saying so that it is comprehensible to the average MBA, CPA, LLB or PhD, and with links to show your assertion, or go away.

I understand that the "hair of the dog" is advised in your situation.

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