Veteran journalist Matthew Vadum edits Organization Trends and Foundation Watch. He previously worked in the Washington bureau of The Bond Buyer newspaper. While a reporter for the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he won an award for outstanding legal journalism from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for an article that focused on employment law. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University. An expert on the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Vadum's book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers," was published by WND Books in May 2011.
The notorious “Speedway Bomber” turned left-wing activist Brett Kimberlin has filed suit in Maryland against five bloggers for writing about him.
The five defendants are Robert Stacy McCain (The Other McCain), Aaron Walker (nom de blog, Aaron Worthing), W. J. J. Hoge (Hogewash), Ali A. Akbar (of the National Bloggers Club), and the anonymous blogger “Kimberlin Unmasked.”
Kimberlin, as blogger “Liberty Chick” previously reported, spent almost 17 years in prison after being convicted of detonating bombs in a week-long terror spree in Speedway, Indiana. “One of the blasts horribly maimed a man so badly that it directly led to that man’s suicide a few years later, which was proven when the widow of that bombing victim successfully sued and won a civil judgment against Kimberlin for $1.6 million,” she wrote. Of course Kimberlin not only failed to pay the woman, but denied doing anything wrong. His refusal to cough up what he owed his victim’s wife led to a revocation of his parole.
He also claimed he was secretly exonerated by the powers that be. A record of this surreptitious pardon is bound to surface any day now, delivered by a leprechaun in a unicorn-pulled stage coach.
Until proof of the covert clemency arrives, Kimberlin is focusing on bullying conservatives into silence, which is the same thing that so much of progressivedom is concentrating on nowadays. But unlike Van Jones and the various Marxist agitators who have inflicted damage on conservative talk radio and innocuous groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) through innuendo and smears, Kimberlin gets in his enemies’ faces.
Kimberlin sues and otherwise harasses those who write critical pieces about him. He even managed to get an incompetent judge in Maryland named Cornelius Vaughey to issue a restraining order against a blogger (that was later overturned).
Kimberlin is the business partner of leftist blogger Brad Friedman who frequently plays fast and loose with the facts. Kimberlin runs the nonprofit, Justice Through Music Project. Both men are involved with a group called Velvet Revolution.
Since 2006 JTMP has received at least $80,000 in grants from the far-left Tides Foundation and $54,090 from the Threshold Foundation. Both foundations are headquartered in San Francisco.
Another noteworthy donor is singer and liberal activist Barbra Streisand who has given JTMP at least $10,000 through her Barbra Streisand Foundation since 2006.
Yet another is Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Mrs. Kerry is CEO of the Heinz Family Foundation which has given JTMP at least $20,000 since 2006.
Do the people at the Tides Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and Heinz Family Foundation know that they have given money to an organization run by a litigious, violent, radical felon who appears to delight in intimidating people whose views he disagrees with?
Perhaps more importantly, if they knew, would they care?
Dan Amira of New York magazine takes Fox News Channel to task for pointing out the fact that “Allahu akbar!” does not mean “thank God.”
Without bothering to do any research, Amira mocks Fox in a mercifully brief blog post.
The amount of pure stupid regularly displayed on Fox & Friends, a show that presumably remains on the air because its hosts all possess incriminating nude photos of Roger Ailes, was too much for even John McCain to handle this morning. During a discussion about the Syrian insurgents, Fox’s Brian Kilmeade showed a video of one of them shouting “Allahu Akbar” after shooting down a fighter jet. “Listen to what they say,” Kilmeade tells McCain, as if he has discovered some sort of damning evidence. “I have a problem helping those people out if they’re screaming that after a hit.”
Kilmeade says this because, while “Allahu Akbar” is vaguely scary-sounding to him, he has no idea what it actually means, and apparently neither does anyone on the Fox & Friends staff. Watch how Kilmeade’s face freezes in a look of dim incomprehension as a flabbergasted McCain — who, for his part, seems to vastly downplay the extremism of some of the insurgents — explains that “Allahu Akbar” is basically tantamount to “thank God.”
Like Sen. McCain, Amira also doesn’t seem to know what “Allahu akbar” means. In fact it is a “war cry,” according to Robert Spencer.
The high-profile William J. Clinton Foundation, which runs the Clinton Global Initiative, a glitzy annual meeting of chief executives, heads of state, and celebrities, is a hotbed of corruption and incompetence, according to a surprising New York Times exposé. The 12-year-old presidential foundation has become “a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest … [and] ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts of money flowing in.” Hillary Clinton, who is widely expected to run for the U.S. presidency in 2016, will use the foundation’s offices in Manhattan as an unofficial campaign headquarters. The charity was recently renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Northwestern University will pay $3 million to resolve claims that one of its cancer researchers used federal grant money for personal expenses from 2003-2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. The school claims to have cooperated with authorities but did not admit wrongdoing. The researcher, Charles L. Bennett, was co-director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern. He left in 2010 and is now director of the Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Bennett also denies wrongdoing.
Cincinnati activist Melowese Richardson was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the names of four other people. Richardson was active in an ACORN-like Cincinnati-based activist group called Communities United for Action. She publicly boasted that she voted twice for President Obama in November, claiming she did nothing wrong by double-voting. “There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” she said.
Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock group U2, is well known as a philanthropist and in past years has often demanded greater government-to-government aid monies. But in a recent speech at Georgetown University he sang a new song. Clearly a bit embarrassed, he laughed at himself, saying, “Rock star preaches capitalism, wow!” But he added, “commerce is real … aid is just a stopgap; commerce, entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.”
Author M. Stanton Evans drops a bombshell: Buried deep within the Senate-approved immigration reform bill there are provisions authorizing a new $300 million slush fund that could benefit National Council of La Raza and other Saul Alinsky-inspired radical activist groups. The slush fund would be designated “for left-wing nonprofit groups to provide services to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S.,” Evans writes. Those services would include outreach to illegals to advise them on claiming government benefits if comprehensive immigration reform becomes law. The fund would total almost $300 million over three years and grow over time. The bill is “chock-full of de facto earmarks, pork barrel spending, and special interest sweeteners,” according to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
The preeminent funder of the Left, George Soros, is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
According to the New York Post,
The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking Bill Ackman seriously.
Days after the hedge-fund mogul wrote the regulator and complained about alleged insider-trading violations by George Soros’ family fund regarding its trading in Herbalife, the SEC took action.
An SEC lawyer has contacted at least one person who spoke with Soros Fund Management portfolio manager Paul Sohn, who was driving the firm’s Herbalife investment, The Post has learned.
Jeri L. Wright, daughter of Obama pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was indicted on charges on money laundering and lying to investigators as a part of a grant-fraud case.
Environmentalists Attack Reuters Journalist for Thoughtcrime of Doubting Global Warming
By Matthew Vadum (published at NewsBusters Aug. 3, 2013)
As interest in the alleged warming of the planet wanes, the global warming inquisition is hoping to make an example of a heretical reporter whose only sin is healthy skepticism.
The enviro-Left is busy attempting to subject London-based Paul Ingrassia, an American journalist brought in by Reuters to beef up its worldwide news operation, to a digital auto-da-fé for insisting that the 2,800 journalists at the news agency at least try to provide fair and balanced accounts of the events of the day.
Ingrassia, by the way, won a Pulitzer Prize and a Gerald Loeb Award in 1993 for his news coverage of management turmoil at General Motors.
This newfound interest in objectivity at Reuters, where the word militant is still preferred over terrorist, appears to mean the agency is running fewer stories about climate change.
That’s fewer, not none. Reuters still diligently covers climate-related issues.
But that’s not good enough for those who embrace the increasingly shaky theory of anthropogenic global warming with religious zeal.
“It is just not responsible in our opinion to be cutting back on an issue that is having such a profound impact on every sector of the economy,” emoted Mindy Lubber, who runs the Ceres sustainable business network, which represents companies and investors worth more than $11 trillion in assets. “This is a financial risk that needs to be looked at and addressed.”
President Obama’s Alinskyite street army, Organizing for Action is falling far short of fundraising targets. OfA has been forced to cut in half its first-year fundraising goal of $50 million. According to the Washington Post, the decision “came after the group reversed course and said it would not accept corporate funds.” OfA used to be called Organizing for America when it was a project of the Democratic National Committee. After Obama’s re-election, it took its current name and incorporated as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit.
It isn’t often that a leftist thought leader calls out her comrades for making common cause with Islamists out of hatred of the U.S., but that’s exactly what Meredith Tax does in her new book. In Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights, published recently by the London-based Centre for Secular Space, the American activist writes that over the last decade some left-wing groups have allied with Muslim organizations “that stand for religious discrimination, advocate death for those they consider apostates, oppose gay rights, subordinate women, and seek to impose their views on others through violence.” She reminds readers that “wherever Islamists have gained power, they have wiped out the left—see Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Sudan, and, of course, Afghanistan.” Tax criticizes Michael Ratner, the anti-American Marxist who serves as president of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, for blaming the existence of the terrorist detention camp in Guantanamo on “Islamophobia.” Islamists scare off critics by wielding this word the same way community organizers discourage criticism by calling their detractors racist. The term “does more to confuse the issues than clarify them,” Tax writes, and is used in “efforts to criminalize free expression and dissent.”
Warren Buffett has allocated $2 billion worth of stock in his massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making this the largest contribution he has made in his eight years of annual gifts to the largest charity in the world, according to reports. The new gift of 17.5 million shares is worth more than last year’s gift of 19.3 million because the price of the company stock has risen since 2012. To date, Buffett has donated 168 million shares to the Gates philanthropy, worth $19.4 billion at the current price.
President Obama has created a National Service Task Force to help federal agencies find new ways to squander tax dollars on efforts to radically transform America. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the group will be headed by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and National Council of La Raza veteran Cecilia Muñoz, now director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The perpetually scandal-ridden AmeriCorps is part of CNCS, a federal “service” agency that doles out millions of dollars to left-leaning groups. “Representatives of 12 Cabinet agencies—from environment and energy to homeland security and labor—have 180 days to determine how they can use volunteers, how to evaluate the effectiveness and cost of such partnerships, and how those relationships can create a pipeline to employment for volunteers,” the newspaper reports.
Federal targeting and intimidation of conservatives is nothing new, writes University of Alabama history professor David T. Beito.
Franklin D. Roosevelt routinely audited the income taxes of such critics as Representative Hamilton Fish, a Republican who represented the president’s hometown of Hyde Park, N.Y. Democrats of that era not only found creative ways to intimidate conservative and libertarian organizations, but also, like their modern counterparts, eventually attracted charges of witch-hunting.
The modern Tea Party, however, has yet to find a more effective symbol of defiance than Edward A. Rumely. Though he is largely forgotten today, the publisher’s appearance in June 1950 before a special House committee to investigate lobbying was a defining moment.
When Rumely showed up to testify, nobody was quite sure what he would say. For the most part, he answered the committee’s questions, but he stood his ground on one issue: He refused to name the Americans who had purchased a book critical of the New Deal. Pointing to the First Amendment, he asserted that the committee had “no power to go into a newspaper publisher and say, ‘Give me your subscription list.’ And you have no power to come to us.” If the House wanted to cite him for contempt, then he promised to give it “an education on the Bill of Rights.” Chairman Frank Buchanan warned that the unfriendly witness risked a contempt resolution, and vowed not to “divert this hearing into an argument over constitutional rights.”
Beito notes that after Harry S Truman’s surprise reelection in 1948, Democratic lawmakers used governmental power to go after their opponents.
The New Republic, then as now a left-wing rag, cheered on the liberal lynch mobs. The magazine declared that the “New Deal is again empowered to carry forward the promise of American life” and that “the great lobbies and the millions they have spent . . . to defeat social legislation” ought to be investigated.
Funny how historians always leave out these progressive witch hunts, isn’t it?