1. Wayne Allyn Root: Obama: Mission Accomplished?
2. James Hirsen: Priming the Obama Pump via the Entertainment Media
3. Joseph Klein: The New Syria Peace Envoy’s Bloody Background
4. Kyle Olson: Ending Free Pension Giveaway Would Save Cleveland Schools $35 Million
Obama: Mission Accomplished?
A few weeks ago when he heard unemployment went up and few jobs were created, President Obama remarked: "The economy is headed in the right direction." The media assumed it was another off teleprompter mistake. I’d assume it was the subconscious slip of the tongue, as we’ve predicted this was all part of Mr. Obama’s plan from the first day of his Presidency. We might even say to Mr. Obama... Mission Accomplished! The only question is "What was that mission?" From the day Obama was elected, I’ve warned the nation along with others that this president’s goal was to follow the detailed plan of Cloward and Piven, two former professors at Columbia University where Obama and I graduated in 1983. Cloward and Piven advocated overwhelming the system and collapsing the U.S. economy to weaken (and eventually destroy) capitalism. [more...]
Priming the Obama Pump via the Entertainment Media
By James Hirsen
President Barack Obama has been ducking the Washington press, and the journalists responsible for covering the White House are not amused. In stark contrast, the president has made himself readily available for a number of entertainment-oriented interviews, and he is evidently making the Hollywood rounds to discuss everything but the all-important issues that are confronting the country. You have to feel a bit sorry for the D.C. press corps as the typically self-aggrandizing endure the sting of being publicly jilted by Obama and his reelection cohorts. [more...]
The New Syria Peace Envoy’s Bloody Background
By Joseph Klein
Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has accepted the position of Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and League of Arab States for Syria, replacing former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan whose six-point peace plan is dead. The United Nations spokesman announcing the appointment said that the "Secretary-General appreciates Mr. Brahimi’s willingness to bring his considerable talents and experience to this crucial task for which he will need, and rightly expects, the strong, clear and unified support of the international community, including the Security Council." [more...]
Ending Free Pension Giveaway Would Save Cleveland Schools $35 Million
By Kyle Olson
For a school district facing possible bankruptcy, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was very generous with its employees during the 2010-11 school year. For example, taxpayers may be surprised to learn they paid the pension contributions for both the district and the teachers during 2010-11. So instead of paying just the district’s portion to the State Teachers Retirement System (nearly $49 million), taxpayers picked up the teachers’ $35 million tab, too. Under the Freedom of Information Act, EAG was able to track how some of CMSD’s $995 million total budget for 2010-11 was spent. The findings were remarkable... [more...]