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Van Jones & Obama’s “Centrism” (Jonah Goldberg)

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Van Jones & Obama’s “Centrism” (Jonah Goldberg)
The Corner ^ | 6 September 2009 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 6:04:46 PM by SE Mom

I just watched David Axelrod, the top ranking political advisor in the White House, and Robert Gibbs, the President’s spokesman on “Meet the Press” and “This Week” respectively. Neither of them was willing, even after repeated questioning, to offer a single negative word about Van Jones. Not one word. A 9/11 Truther and defender of Mumia-Abu Jamal is not radical enough for this White House to distance itself from the man in any way. Again and again, this White House has been offered chances to condemn the man’s views and they have willfully and quite deliberately refused.

Compare this to the controversy over Lani Guinier, President Clinton’s nominee to run the civil rights division at the Justice Department. When her views came to light, president Clinton disavowed her. “This has nothing to do with the political center,” Clinton insisted, “This is about my center.” Who would have guessed that there’s a case for saying Bill Clinton’s center had more intellectual integrity than Barack Obama’s?

Now, there’s reason to believe that Clinton was lying when he said he was unaware of her views when he picked her, but at least Clinton understood that he couldn’t claim to be a centrist and associate himself with her views if they became widely known.

Van Jones’ views are now widely known. And as far as anyone can tell reading the newspapers this morning or watching the Sunday shows, this White House and this President have nothing but praise for Jones and think he’s a fine, self-sacrificing, public servant who simply took one for the team.

I can’t think of a more succinct, discrete, example illuminating why Obama’s claims to centrism are a fraud.

Update: Oh and the conversation between Tom Brokaw and Tom Friedman about the lessons of Van Jones was a complete scandal. One of Friedman’s key take-aways from this whole affair is that too many people will self-censor themselves so they can get government jobs. What a tragedy that fewer people will support cop-killers and anti-American conspiracy groups because of poor Van Jones chilling effect on the culture.

Oh, and listening to Friedman and Brokaw disparage the internet as a useless news medium, makes them sound like cranky old monks lamenting that flash-in-the-pan printing press.

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The Advice of “Chief Advisor” Valerie Jarrett— Malkin calls it: Do It Yourself Vetting

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<b>The Advice of “Chief Advisor” Valerie Jarrett— Malkin calls it: Do It Yourself Vetting</b>
Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 9/3/2009 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 8:33:18 PM by thouworm

The Sound(?) Advice of “Chief Advisor” Valerie Jarrett

Advice on “green energy” czar Van Jones— HIRE HIM!
Advice on Healthcare— DUMP and DECEIVE the POOR PUBLIC (in action, not word)
Advice on Public Housing for the Poor and Underprivileged— SCREW EM! (in action, not word)

Advice on “green energy” czar Van Jones: Hire him!

“Van Jones, we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House, we’ve been watching him, really, for – he’s not that old— but for as long as he’s been active out of Oakland and all of the ways that he has – the creative ideas that he has and so now we have captured that and we have all that energy and enthusiasm in the White House”

<>Advice on Healthcare: Dump and Deceive the Poor Public (in action, not word)

MICHELLE’S DUMPING DESIGNS

Republicans on Capitol Hill are taking a fresh look at one of the seedier Chicago stories from Barack and Michelle Obama’s past in ratcheting up the debate on Obamacare: the University of Chicago Hospital’s “Urban Health Initiative,” which Michelle Obama ran prior to her taking a leave of absence to campaign with her husband in 2007.

Because of the medical center’s location on the South Side of Chicago, a large number of indigent patients, without health insurance, were using the hospital’s emergency room for care. The nonprofit hospital, which in 2007 made more than $100 million in profits, largely because its beds and facilities were used by paying patients and those fully insured, paid Mrs. Obama to oversee the Urban Health Initiative program that identified indigent patients and then steered them to other area medical facilities. In fact, some of those profits came from Canadian citizens who traveled to the U.S. for medical procedures they could not get due to Canada’s restrictive national health care programs.

It wasn’t just Obama’s wife who was involved in creating the program. Senior White House adviser and political strategist, David Axelrod, and his PR firm in Chicago were retained to develop a media campaign to encourage area residents not to use University of Chicago as a medical facility. Senior White House official, and Obama friend, Valerie Jarrett served on the board of directors of the hospital and approved the plan for the Urban Health Initiative, and the hiring of Axelrod. And on the recommendation of then Senator Obama, Dr. Eric Whitaker, was named director of the Initiative in late 2007, after serving as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a job he got after Obama recommended him to then Gov. Rod Blagojevich via another Obama crony, Tony Rezko, a fund-raiser for Obama and now a convicted felon on federal corruption charges. Candidate Obama thought enough of the program to tout it as an example of how health care reform should be done….

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Glenn Beck with David Horowitz on Obama’s Communist Czars, Parts 1 & 2

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Valerie Jarrett Addresses the Islamic Society of North America

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Valerie Jarrett Addresses the Islamic Society of North America
white house ^ | Hammad Hammad

Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 7:24:32 PM by jessduntno

Valerie Jarrett Addresses the Islamic Society of North America

Posted by Hammad Hammad

Continuing President Obama’s outreach to Muslims, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett spoke at the Islamic Society of North America’s 46th Annual Convention. The Convention, themed “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” brought together thousands of Muslim Americans to our nation’s capital over the July 4th weekend.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) maintains that it is the largest Muslim American organization in the United States. It was founded more than forty years ago and aims to serve as a meeting place for people and ideas, while building bridges of understanding and cooperation.

In her remarks, Jarrett spoke of the importance of President Obama’s Cairo speech, where he emphasized that the United States and Muslim communities share fundamental values, such as justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of human beings.

She quoted the President:

“Since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, served in government, stood for civil rights, started businesses, taught at our universities, excelled in our sports arenas, won Nobel prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic torch.”

She continued by emphasizing that:

I will tell you, it is not always easy to identify American “Muslim” business leaders, scientists, artists, athletes, and so on. Not because there aren’t any, but because there are too many, and they are known for their talents and character – not simply their religion. This is a great thing. It is a reflection of the American dream, which is ultimately rooted in these values that we all share – values that are common to all of humanity. And just as we share common values, we also share common dreams – for security, progress, and opportunity.

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Valerie Jarrett – Also Raised out of Country – Iran

September 6, 2009 1 comment

Valerie Jarrett – Also Raised out of Country – Iran
Various

Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 7:04:49 PM by jessduntno

Valerie Jarrett – Also Raised out of Country

Jarrett was born to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman in Shiraz, Iran, where her father, a pathologist and geneticist, ran a hospital for children as part of a program where American doctors and agricultural experts sought to help jump-start developing countries’ health and farming efforts. When she was five, the family moved to London for one year, returning to Chicago in 1963.

As a child she spoke Persian and French.

Jarrett got her start in Chicago politics in 1987 working for Mayor Harold Washington[6] as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development.[7]

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Court document swears Kenyan birth cert legit

September 6, 2009 1 comment
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Sunday, September 06, 2009


BORN IN THE USA?
WorldNetDaily

Court document swears
Kenyan birth cert legit

Owner risks perjury in high-profile case
to insist Barack Obama born in Africa


Posted: September 06, 2009
7:20 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn


WorldNetDaily


Screen shot of document Lucas Smith insists is Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate

With a scheduled hearing date looming Tuesday, Lucas Smith, the man who tried to sell an alleged Barack Obama Kenyan birth certificate on eBay, has filed court papers in a high-profile eligibility case insisting – under threat of perjury – that the Obama birth certificate in his possession is the genuine article.

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Court document swears Kenyan birth cert legit- Owner risks perjury in high-profile case

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Court document swears Kenyan birth cert legit- Owner risks perjury in high-profile case
WND ^ | 9/6/09 | Drew Zahn

Posted on Sunday, September 06, 2009 8:16:18 PM by pissant

With a scheduled hearing date looming Tuesday, Lucas Smith, the man who tried to sell an alleged Barack Obama Kenyan birth certificate on eBay, has filed court papers in a high-profile eligibility case insisting – under threat of perjury – that the Obama birth certificate in his possession is the genuine article.

Smith filed his affidavit through California attorney Orly Taitz, who has spearheaded several lawsuits challenging Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president, as part of a case that includes as plaintiff former presidential candidate Alan Keyes.

Taitz posted on her blog Smith’s declaration, which claims he obtained the alleged birth certificate from Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, and insists it’s real.

“The true and correct photocopy of the birth certificate obtained is attached to this affidavit as Exhibit A,” the declaration reads. “I declare, certify, verify, state and affirm under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing statements of fact and descriptions of circumstances and events are true and correct.”

Smith’s affidavit, which includes a copy of the certificate, has been filed with Judge David Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Carter is scheduled to preside over a hearing on the case on Sept. 8.

Taitz told WND she believes the swiftly approaching court date prompted Smith into action:

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