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Another Harvard elitist to join the ranks of Obama’s house of czars, Ron Bloom, was Steve Rattner’s right-hand man, regarding the take over of Chrysler and GM. Rattner stepped down over escalating charges surrounding the probe of his alleged pay for play scheme involving New York State pension funds. Bloom was elevated to that position and now that the automaker bailout programs are winding down, Obama is looking to upgrade him to Manufacturing Czar, where he would help make all American manufacturing become more globally competitive.

An article written this week titled, Ron Bloom: Car czar in the Labor Zionist tradition, it is noted:

Born in New York City and raised in Swarthmore, a suburb of Philadelphia, much of Bloom’s early life revolved around Habonim (now known as Habonim Dror), a progressive Labor Zionist youth movement that emphasizes cultural Judaism, socialism and social justice.

It’s all part of an upbringing that the man overseeing the country’s bailout of the U.S. auto industry cites among his earliest influences…

Bloom recalled camp as “a fun experience” that afforded him the opportunity to “meet people from different places.” He said he never intended to go into the Labor Zionist movement professionally…He says Habonim infused him with values that influenced the way he views public service.

Bloom’s expertise in both private banking and the labor union movement…helped him land what he says is the job of a lifetime.

Bloom said his decision to join the administration was, in part, the product of a broader sense of engagement and desire to improve the world, which he developed in his Habonim years.

Has Bloom been specifically involved with these type of unions in America?  He was New England Regional Director of the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC).  Who is the JLC? According to www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

Unlike other community relations agencies, the JLC has its sphere of action clearly delineated: it strives to represent Jewish interests in the American labor movement, and labor interests in the Jewish community. Working with the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organization since the federation’s formation in 1956, the JLC works with and has the support of a wide range of unions and their associated organizations.

According to JLC,

For 74 years, the JLC has served as the bridge linking the Jewish community and organized labor in a shared commitment to economic and social justice.

You can be a part of this historic tradition of working together to advance the cause of the Jewish people and to help create a better future for all.

Is there a problem with involvement in furthering Zionist causes in America? Well, that’s debatable. However, since the Zionist Labor movement is a socialist movement, there is a cause for concern seeing that he could be in charge of overseeing all major manufacturing activity in America.

In Fall 2006, Bloom wrote an article appearing in the Democratic Socialists of America newsletter, starting on pg. 6, about the steel making industry:

…run the companies and actively participate in the political process on the basis of what is good for your shareholders – and not based on outmoded nostrums about unions, free enterprise, deregulation, free markets and free trade.

In today’s world the blather about free trade, free-markets and the joys of competition is nothing but pablum for the suckers.

He goes on to talk about needed changes in America’s workplace, saying

Today the real impediments to long-term profitability lie largely outside the collective bargaining arena… Health Care Costs… management must support universal single-payer national health care, A universal single-payer system, whether financed through general revenue or even a payroll tax, would result in significantly higher profits for the steel industry… Energy Policy … It is time to support a comprehensive national energy program.

Those are not the words of a free-trade advocate, but that of a social engineer.  Yes, socialism has been a part of his life since he was a child.  Besides, why was he writing for the Democratic Socialist of America Newsletter.

Here is some of Bloom’s related work experience in no particular order:

  • Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Full Employment
  • Research and negotiating specialist for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • The New England Regional Director of the Jewish Labor Committee, a multi-issue organization that acts as a liaison betweenthe labor movement and the Jewish community
  • Since 1996, Ron Bloom has served as a Special Assistant to the President of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA)heads the Union’s Corporate Research, Industry Analysis and Pattern Bargaining Department
  • Founding Partners of the investment banking firm of Keilin and Bloom.  The firm focused on financial transactions where employees played a role as stakeholders
  • Vice President at the investment banking firm of Lazard Freres & Co.
  • The PA Business Tax Reform Commission

Lastly, here’s a video of a Bloom speech, where beginning at 2:16, he states:

“Workers want unions. All polls indicate that if union workers, given an unimpeded choice,whether or not to form a union, join a union, they will join a union”…but there’s no question, since 1980, there has been a sustained employer offensive to weaken unions for reasons that are logical from an employers perspective…The political environment we have in this country is not conducive to workers forming unions.”

Bloom is another Obama socialist looking to complete the transformation of America into a socialist state and ultimately, a fascist one.  I guess a good question for all of these Czars, defenders of socialists values and wealth re-distribution, would be: can we re-distribute the massive amount of wealth accumulated by all of Obama’s czars, seeing that most of them are multi-millionaires?  Somehow, I think you guys will exempt yourselves from the crushing reforms you seek to force on America.

Mark Lloyd
Mark Lloyd

It appears as though Mark Lloyd, Obama’s new Diversity Czar, has been given his marching orders. He is charged with a back door effort to bring back the fairness doctrine.

Lloyd is a Senior Fellow from the far left Center for American Progress, which is an organization that already has their finger prints on much of Obama’s agenda.

Lloyd wrote in his book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America..

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) must be reformed along democratic lines and funded on a substantial level,”

“Federal and regional broadcast operations and local stations should be funded at levels commensurate with or above those spending levels at which commercial operations are funded,” Lloyd wrote. “This funding should come from license fees charged to commercial broadcasters. Funding should not come from congressional appropriations. Sponsorship should be prohibited at all public broadcasters.”

Along with this money, Lloyd would regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focused on “diverse views” and government activities. link

It’s plainly clear that Lloyd wants government control over all radio content, thus  silencing free speech, specifically ideas with a conservative or libertarian viewpoint. Believe me, if radio was dominated by a progressive point of view from the extreme left, there would be no push to regulate free expression on the airwaves. This is just an attempt to back door the fairness doctrine and shut down dissenting views.

Lloyd, in a 2007 report for Center for American Progress, goes on to say

The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio, which concluded that 91% of talk radio programming is conservative and 9% is “progressive.

The report argued that large corporate broadcasting networks had driven liberals off the radio, and that diversity of ownership would increase diversity of broadcasting voices.

Here Lloyd he suggests it’s the lack of diversity in ownership and not the free market which is to blame for the failure of progressive talk radio. We know this is pure nonsense. Air America was well funded and highly promoted, yet it was a dismal failure. No one wants to hear the kind of hate that is regularly spewed forth by liberal kooks on the radio. Can you say “Randi Rhodes” without throwing up a little in your mouth? I think not.

Lloyd’s past work includes stints at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and vice president of strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). CAP is funded by the liberal financier George Soros and LCCR focuses on representing “persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups.”

In a blog post, LCCR praised the selection of Lloyd by saying that he will “help the FCC to develop communications policy that will increase media diversity and address the needs of low-income people, women, minorities, people with disabilities.”. link

What is this guy talking about and what concern is it of the government’s as to what kinds of programming a private radio station offers? The type of programming is dictated by the free market, a concept that seems to have escaped many leaders in Washington. Perhaps it’s because free market capitalism has been abandoned by our government, in favor of collectivism.

So, here we have another in a long line of dubious Obama appointees with far left credentials, this one insistent upon silencing free speech and trampling the first amendment.

To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

H.R.45 – Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

We have already discussed this bill here on TLJ but I wanted to expand on the topic. Gun registration is always the first step toward a total ban of firearms. It is registration, then confiscation. This exact pattern has already occurred through the world. It has happened in the UK, in Australia, in Europe and in China. Remember, criminals do not turn in their weapons. They have no respect for the rule of law. Let me be clear, this bill has nothing to do with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, it is designed to keep guns out of the hands law abiding American citizens, period.

There is actually proof that arming the citizens will have the most dramatic effect on decreasing crime and criminal activity.

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of “Wild West” showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

Prior to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000). The latest statistics available – for the year 2005 – show the rate at 2,027 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.

By comparison, the population of Morton Grove, the first city in Illinois to adopt a gun ban for anyone other than police officers, has actually dropped slightly and stands at 22,202, according to 2005 statistics. More significantly, perhaps, the city’s crime rate increased by 15.7 percent immediately after the gun ban, even though the overall crime rate in Cook County rose only 3 percent. Today, by comparison, the township’s crime rate stands at 2,268 per 100,000.

This was not what some predicted. link

Consider this..

If you were a criminal, would you choose a town where you knew everyone was well protected, or would you choose a town where you knew no one was protected?

It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out folks!!

Anyone who thinks gun control is a good idea, consider this..

In 1929, the Soviet Union established complete gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917 15 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were also rounded up and
exterminated.

HITLER established gun control Complete registration (followed by complete confiscation) in 1935 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. You saw the pictures and know the story!

China established gun control in 1935 too. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatamala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1970 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, who were now unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, One million “educated” people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

That places total number of victims who lost their lives because of “Gun Control” at about 56 million in the last century.

Gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent.
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent.
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent.
In the state of Victoria, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.

In Australia, law-abiding citizens turned in their guns, the criminals did not.

I had a chance to attend Jim DeMint’s town hall on health care reform at the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, S.C. on the Aug. 20th.

There was a great turnout, with an estimated 600-700 concerned citizens at the event. I put together a nice highlight video of the event.

There were several progressives there from the American Cancer Society who asked questions. One was simply an attack dog for the left and she had her Democratic talking points all listed out for her on a clipboard.

I volunteered once for the ACS and while they certainly do some good work, I found the meetings and members to have a very leftist slant. After digging a bit more, I realized that much of the funds being raised were not being used to help cancer victims, but being used to buy advertising promoting sin taxes and six tax laws, something I vehemently oppose. Needless to say, I decided not to contribute my time to that group.

Nonetheless, the event was very enjoyable and the crowd was decidedly against the current health care reform proposal the Democrats have cooked up, which is the first steps toward a government takeover of the system.

Jim has a much better alternative plan. You can read more about his proposals here and here.

We certainly need more Senators like Jim DeMint representing the citizens of our great country.

Huh? You are kidding me. So Sanders the communist congressman and MSNBC anchor, Madcow claim there needs to be more progressive media to combat the right-wing radio and news shows.

Let’s see:
ABC and affiliates = progressive

NBC and affilaites = progressive

CBS and affiliates = progressive

PBS and affiliates = progressive

Current TV = progressive

Link TV = progressive

Fox TV and affiliates = conservative

In other words, any media that opposes or does not support the progressive agenda is intolerable and combatted.  There is only one major news broadcast in the U.S. that is not rabid progressive, and that’s FOX.  While I’m not the biggest fan of FOX, sometimes you must view it as to keep from getting buried in a mound of progressive dung.  Apparently, if Madcow and her cronies can’t control 100% of the airwaves, then there’s the opportunity for some ordinary citizens to actually hear the truth, which will turn them into extremists.  We know that’s not acceptable to the progressives.  Solution for them = Have all news and radio broadcast represent only liberal and progressive views. Maybe Obama will go ahead and issue an executive order that mandates a minimum daily requirement of progressive diatribe.

Part I
This is a town meeting for the ages. As widely reported, Texas Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-18), found the opportunity to multitask while being asked a question by constituent, Tracy Miller. She decided to take calls from staff and give shout outs to arriving dignitaries and such. Here’s the photograph.

Shelia Jackson Lee Phone Scene

Well, that show of disrespect by Lee was about enough to convince me how dedicated this woman is to her constituents. In typical fashion, she will probably come out with a lame public apology. She should be flogged.

Part II

Then I see this story about one of the participants of the town hall, Roxana Mayer, getting to ask questions to Rep. Jackson Lee, while at the same time showing support for Obamacare. She gained credibility with the crowd as she informed them she was a physician. Watch up to about 1:40.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxna9SfmBgs[/youtube]

Apparently, someone at the Lonestar.com site noticed some things out of kilter with this Roxana Mayer and her friend. Her friend was noticed by one of the Lonestar.com staff members.  As you see in the lonestar.com article, this woman, Maria Isabel, turned out to be a Obama campaign staffer.  She could have probably remained unnoticed had she not worn that same hideous shirt she wore in the Obama photo shown.

Now being reported by Lonestar.com, not only are Roxana Mayer and Maria Isabel not Rep. Jackson Lee’s constituents and reside outside D-18, but Mayer is not as a doctor as claimedHuh, democrats don’t put plants at these town hall meetings. Only concerned citizens  (and anyone else that’s not a rabid progressive) do that.

Well, the lonestar.com also goes to show some of the original article from the Houston Chronicle when they first covered this story, praising the claimed doctor for her support.  By the way, the Houston Chronicle is owned by the the Heasrt Corp.  You noticed I said, they first covered this.  Apparently, after not properly checking their background source on the “good doctor Mayer”, and realizing their mistake, they went back and changed the picture captions showing Mayer and Rep. Jackson Lee hugging without a public correction statement.  Think Hearst Corp. and the rest is self- explanatory.

Apparently, since all of this has come to light, the Houston Chronicle has issued this article stating:

Roxana Mayer, who warmly embraced Jackson Lee at the close of Tuesday’s session at a Fifth Ward community center, had spoken in favor of the president’s health care package. The Texas Medical Board, which oversees doctors in Texas, has no record of Mayer, 31, holding a physician’s license…and in a West Coast political blog, Patterico’s Pontifications, Mayer admitted she is not a doctor.

What is the purpose of these health care town hall meetings?  Was it to talk with and answer questions of worried citizens coming to express concerns over the federal government wanting to take over health care or lying Obama- associated plants who make false claims to affect public opinion and quell public dissent.  I guess that depends if you’re a politician/corporate sponsor or are a taxpaying constituent.

While this is a fine example unethical behavior, I think it is no worst than GOP backed non-profits busing in non-constituent protesters to town hall meeting.  While I’m absolutely opposed to the federal government taking over anything, especially health care, the meetings are designed for politicians of specific districts to address the constituents of that district. Let them do their dog and pony shows and let the constituents have their meetings.  It doesn’t really matter because these clowns in Congress care less about you, except when it come time to cast your ballot.  Unless the sheeple of America decide to wake up and sanitize this corrupt system of government, they will always be an afterthought to these corporate-sponsored thieves and liars.