Monthly Notes

Briefly Noted: November 2015


The Obama White House has rolled out the red carpet several times for the purported civil rights leaders of Black Lives Matter. Recent White House visitor Phillip Agnew, head of Dream Defenders, which describes itself as “an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing.” It calls for “the destruction of the political and economic systems of Capitalism and Imperialism as well as Patriarchy.” Two-time Communist Party USA vice presidential candidate Angela Davis, now Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, is on its advisory board.

Left-wing financier George Soros is under fire in his native Hungary for promoting illegal immigration in that country, which is currently being swamped by mostly Muslim illegal aliens from the Middle East. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who leads the national-conservative party known as the Fidesz–Hungarian Civic Alliance, accused an array of Soros-funded groups of “drawing a living from the immigration crisis.” Soros has written in op-eds that “frontline states like Hungary were shirking their asylum obligations” and that each European asylum seeker should be provided “with $16,800 annually for two years to help cover housing, health care and education costs,” CNBC.com reports. Orban spokesman János Lázár quipped that Soros “keeps bombarding the international public with his earth-shattering plans, quite obviously, in the name of true selflessness which he has manifested in so many ways in the countries where his activities have resulted in sovereign default in the past 30 years.”

Ready for jail? Shady class-action lawyer and Hillary Clinton 2016 bundler Mikal Watts has been indicted in Texas for false statements and identify theft connected to his lawsuit against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Watts, who allegedly invented plaintiffs to represent in the lawsuit, raised upwards of $100,000 for the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary two years ago and hosted high-dollars fundraisers for President Obama, Washington Free Beacon reports. “My grandmother was a labor union activist,” he previously told WFB, describing himself as “born and raised on grassroots politics.” He also gave $290,000 to The American Worker Super PAC.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and other lawmakers are demanding the removal of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s bust from the National Portrait Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit. It is “a complete and utter outrage” to honor Sanger who stood for “deep-rooted racism by advocating birth control as a method for controlling the population of minorities,” Gohmert said. In August, a group of African-American ministers made the same plea to the Smithsonian.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and other lawmakers are demanding the removal of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s bust from the National Portrait Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit. It is “a complete and utter outrage” to honor Sanger who stood for “deep-rooted racism by advocating birth control as a method for controlling the population of minorities,” Gohmert said. In August, a group of African-American ministers made the same plea to the Smithsonian.

After the mass-shooting at Umpqua Community College last month, MoveOn has launched yet another petition for the further regulation of guns, which author David B. Kopel notes are already “the most severely regulated consumer product in the United States—the only product for which FBI permission is required for every single sale.” Attacking the Second Amendment, the petition takes aim at school shootings, stating: “Sandy Hook. Columbine. Red Lake, Minnesota. Essex, Vermont. Lancaster. Aurora. Virginia Tech. How many more innocent victims must die at the hands of an antiquated and oft-misinterpreted amendment? Enough.” The petition ignores the fact that almost all mass shootings in schools take place in gun-free zones.

Looting is a fine way to advance the increasingly violent, racist Black Lives Matter movement, according to an agitator with no advanced degrees who is now teaching college students after the Left gave him a sinecure at Yale Divinity School. Twitter star Deray Mckesson made this claim during an Oct. 3 lecture on an essay by radical leftist Willie Osterweil titled, “In Defense of Looting.”

“Looting for me isn’t violent, it’s an expression of anger,” said Mckesson who won the PEN New England 2015 Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award, named after the late academic who was a member of the Communist Party USA. “The act of looting is political. Another way to dissolve consent. Pressing you to no longer keep me out of this space, by destroying it.” Mckesson is a guest lecturer in the preachy school’s “Transformational Leadership for Church and Society” lecture series, along with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and United Church of Christ minister Nancy Taylor.

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 writes and speaks widely on ACORN and other radical advocacy…
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