Monthly Notes

Briefly Noted: January 2014

Newly minted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) became the latest lawmaker to join in on the newest left-wing protest craze.  Booker fasted for 24 hours to show his support for comprehensive immigration reform after visiting Fast for Families pro-amnesty fasters.  Fast for Families is a front group put together by various groups including Center for American Progress, Advancement Project, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Center for Community Change, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  One of the more high profile fasters, Eliseo Medina, a Marxist who quit as SEIU executive vice president in October, is on the record as supporting an amnesty because he believes it will generate millions of new voters for Democratic candidates.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), stung by harsh criticism of his fiscal 2014 budget deal that does away with cost controls, denounced grassroots conservative groups for, in his words, “misleading their followers” about the last-minute fiscal package.  Boehner said “outside groups” were “using our members and … the American people for their own goals.”  Tea Party Patriots of Woodstock, Georgia, shot back, saying, “The last time we checked, we are the American people.”  Boehner has “declared war on the Tea Party” with his “smug and pretentious rant” against certain right-of-center organizations, the group added.  Founded in 2009, it describes itself as “dedicated to holding tax-and-spend politicians accountable for creating America’s fiscal crisis.”
The Big Lie of the Year:  The George Soros-funded character assassination shop Media Matters for America (MMfA) has declared “victory” over its arch-enemy, Fox News, according to the Huffington Post.  “The war on Fox is over,” said MMfA executive vice president Angelo Carusone.  “And it’s not just that it’s over, but it was very successful.  To a large extent, we won.”  Fox will apparently no longer be the focus of MMfA’s sleazy smears in the future because the group believes that it has undermined the network’s desire to be seen as “fair and balanced.”  But it’s not true, Ben Shapiro writes at the new media monitor site  “The 2012 Public Policy Polling TV News Trust poll showed that 34 percent of respondents trusted Fox News more than ABC News, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, NBC News, and PBS,” Shapiro writes.  “Even among Democrats, Fox News polled better than MSNBC.  The 2013 numbers were similar.”

The magazine that helped torpedo Mitt Romney’s campaign wants your tax dollars to fund its crusade for the radical transformation of American society.  The Soros-funded Mother Jones, which published the story of Romney’s ill-received “47 percent” comments, reportedly counsels its poorly paid interns to apply for taxpayer-funded food stamps so they can survive their voluntary servitude in ultra-expensive San Francisco.  The locus of latte liberalism where the muckraking publication is headquartered has the highest rents in the nation. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (died 1930) would probably not have looked kindly on the exploitation of young interns by the publication that bears her name.  The fiery, pistol-packing labor leader, whose portrait is enshrined alongside that of Saul Alinsky-trained organizer Cesar Chavez in the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Labor Hall of Fame,” campaigned against child labor.

Matthew Vadum

The author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011), Vadum, former senior vice president at CRC, writes and speaks widely…
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