This is what a Czar used to be. This is Nicholas the Second of Russia. He was killed by communists, along with his entire family.
This is what they call a "Czar" today. This is Van the First of the Realm of the Green Jobs. He IS a communist. My how the world turns. Now we got communists for czars? Only in Obama Land.
My thanks to Jacki J. for forwarding this link. Be sure and go there and read all the supporting links. I have and the footnotes seem solid. Whether it threatens the Obama presidency is another question, but the story sure is illuminating.
Van Jones Scandal Threatens Obama Presidency
AIM Column | By Cliff Kincaid | September 5, 2009
Our media have been slow to grasp the significance of the Van Jones story.
Reporting from near the home turf of embattled Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle says it's clearly a bad sign when White House flak Robert Gibbs is asked if Jones still enjoys the confidence of the President and merely replies that Jones "continues to work in this administration."
But the White House has to know that, if Jones goes, the questions won't end. Who appointed him? Who looked into his background? Who knew what and when?
Gibbs knows that the Jones controversy undermines confidence in the President, who bears ultimate responsibility for the appointment. Gibbs also has to know that, if Jones' background can sink Jones, the President himself is in trouble. Obama has decades of friendly associations with communists and terrorists, ranging from Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis in his youth in Hawaii to communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in Chicago when he was doing community organizing and running for political office.
By comparison to Obama, when it comes to nefarious connections, Jones is a piker.
Curiously, it's not Jones' communist background which has proven to be the most controversial. Rather, it's his two apologies in a week for statements calling Republicans "assholes" and having signed a 9/11 truth statement blaming the terrorist attacks on U.S. officials.
It's the communism, stupid.
As Professor Paul Kengor points out, "We now know that even the most authoritative sources, such as the seminal Harvard University Press work, The Black Book of Communism, were conservative when estimating only 100 million deaths at the hands of communist governments. The latest research, for instance, claims that Mao Zedong alone was responsible for the deaths of at least 60-70 million in China, and Joseph Stalin alone may well have killed 60 million in the USSR-those are just two communist countries that managed to far surpass the entire combined death toll of World War I and II, the two worst wars in the history of humanity."
Do we want adherents of this foreign ideology of mass murder holding high government positions?
Van Jones, of course, is only a symbol of the problem. And communists are not required to promote communist policies. The Obama Administration is pursuing the destruction of anti-communist Honduras, in order to please Hugo Chavez, the Marxist ruler of Venezuela currently on a friendly visit to terrorist Iran. This is a scandal that deserves at least as much attention as Van Jones' communist connections.
Our media have been slow to grasp the significance of the Van Jones story. Some news outlets have only reluctantly covered it because of the Jones statements about Republicans and 9/11.
But Jones' communist background has been known since April 6, when New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon revealed it in striking detail. This was only a few weeks after the appointment was announced. Joseph Farah's World Net Daily then picked up the story and ran several important follow-ups.
While the Jones appointment has now become both a White House and Democratic Party scandal, one prominent Republican has already gotten burned as a result of her association with the identified communist.
Meg Whitman, the former president and CEO of eBay who is running for Governor of California, has been forced by the controversy to disavow her previous comments in support of Jones. She says, "My husband and I met him and many others on a cruise sponsored by National Geographic and The Aspen Institute. He talked about supporting job growth in California, but of course I did not do a background check of his past over dinner."
Look who else was on the "Arctic Expedition for Climate Action 2008" cruise with Jones:
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Larry Brilliant, Director, Google.org
President Jimmy Carter & Rosalynn Carter
Senator Tom Daschle & Linda Daschle
John Fahey, President, National Geographic
Mike Finley, President of the Turner Foundation
Walter Isaacson, President, the Aspen Institute
Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union
R.E. "Ted" Turner, Chairman, Turner Foundation, Inc.
Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor, Colorado
You can find the complete list of participants here.
On March 27, 2009, the Aspen Institute gave its Energy and Environment Award in the category of "Individual Thought Leadership" to Van Jones.
Although Whitman now says that she wasn't able to do a background check on Jones over dinner, she had previously said that she "got to know him very well."
Here's what she said, in comments captured on You Tube: "There's a guy over in Oakland, I think his name is Van... Jones. And he and I were on a cruise last summer in the Arctic for climate change. And I got to know him very well. And a lot of the work he's doing to enfranchise broader communities I'm a big fan of. He's done a marvelous job... I'm a huge fan of his. He is very bright, very articulate, very passionate. I think he is exactly right."
For someone who "got to know him very well," she seemed to have some trouble remembering his name. In any event, while Whitman endorsed Jones and his work, at least she didn't hire him. The White House did.
According to the Van Jones website, "In March 2009 Van went to work as the special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality." What does this phrase "went to work" really mean?
As we have previously reported, the Obama Transition Project developed a 7-page questionnaire of 63 questions for people seeking top administration jobs. Here are some of the questions:
Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved with during the course of your career.
Please identify all speeches you have given. If available please provide the test [sic] or recordings of each such speech or identify any recordings of speeches of which you are aware.
If you have ever sent an electronic communication, including but not limited to an email, text message or instant message, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect if it were made public, please describe.
The final question 63 was all-encompassing: "Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect."
But it's not known if Jones ever filled out the questionnaire. It seems doubtful.
The New York Times said that for those who managed to fill out the questionnaire and clear those hurdles, "the reward could be the job they wanted. But first there will be more forms, for security and ethics clearances from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Government Ethics."
So was Jones subjected to a security investigation by the FBI? No one seems to know. It seems doubtful.
I went to the website of the Office of Government Ethics, which collects and posts "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Reports or Other Covered Records." I put the name "Van Jones" into the search engine and "0 records" turned up.
It turns out that this data base only includes individuals "nominated or appointed by President Obama with the advice and consent of the Senate." Since Jones didn't have to go through a Senate confirmation hearing, he didn't have to complete any of these forms.
The President, of course, didn't have to fill out those forms, either. He didn't have to go through an FBI background check. So the same questions being asked about Van Jones can be asked about Obama. Van Jones and his supporters know it. They probably know more about the President than we do. And that gives them political leverage and potential blackmail material.
As we argued in a previous column, it appears that a Communist Party spin-off, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), was instrumental in some way in getting Jones his job. A one-time secret member of this network, Rep. Barbara Lee, is a close friend of both Jones and Obama. Jones comes from Oakland, California, and Lee represents Oakland. They worked together on the "green jobs" issue before Jones "went to work" at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Lee hailed the Jones appointment.
Another key CCDS official is Carl Davidson, a Marxist and former SDS activist described by blogger Trevor Loudon as "a big fan and promoter of Van Jones' work." Indeed, the latest edition of the "CCDS Mobilizer" notes that Davidson participated in New York City's annual "Left Forum" in April of this year where he "presented Van Jones' program for Green Jobs for inner city youth, but framing it as a larger structural reform project that could, if done right, unite a progressive majority and help get us out of the current crisis."
In other words, the "Green Jobs" project is a disguised form of socialism.
Loudon reports that Davidson has pushed Van Jones and his agenda at every opportunity-just as he was pushing Obama as a political candidate in the 1990s. "Davidson was an ardent supporter of Obama for several years and helped organize the famous peace rally in Chicago in where Obama pinned his colors to the anti-Iraq war cause," Loudon explains.
If you go to the CCDS website, you'll see that one of the speakers at the recent CCDS convention was Angela Davis, former CPUSA candidate for vice president. I saw a picture of Davis on the first floor of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland when I was there in April looking into the Van Jones controversy. Jones founded the Ella Baker Center.
Rep. Lee, in her book, Renegade for Peace & Justice, talks about her work as "Comrade Barbara" in the Black Panther organization with Angela Davis, "the noted African American member of the Communist Party." Davis was a key endorser of the July 17-19, 1992, national CCDS conference, "Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s." One of the topics was, "Toward a Socialist United States?" Jones spoke to a CCDS fundraiser in 2006.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the scandal threatens not only the job of Van Jones but the Obama presidency.
The evidence suggests that a communist network has a direct pipeline into the White House. It is a network that includes the President himself.
So how can Obama fire Jones without putting his own presidency in jeopardy? This is the dilemma that grips the White House.
Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is why I would rather read the various blogs I do and follow a few links, rather then follow the MSM.
More accurate news, more quickly.
Time to start the HUAC again....
I agree with drjim, though in this case it's apparently no longer necessary. Seems he's resigned:
One down, still a mess of reds to go.
Aren't Obama's Maoist predilections supposed to be kept somewhat restrained, at least insofar as the public face is concerned? Or are the times such that they feel the masquerade is unnecessary because collectivist victory is assured?
When a guy like the radical communist race-baiter Van Jones pops up in a White House administration, Officer Cheeks's profane "this ain't America no mo" is, regrettably, profound. Any debate as to whether the Obamanoids are a domestic enemy from the perspective of the Constitution should thereby cease, having reached its foregone conclusion. The day for voting from higher ground seems to draw inexorably closer.
On a different tangent, I'd like to alert folks to something big potentially going down soon. As you know, Bloomberg sued the Fed under FOIA, asking to disclose emergency lending recipients, and won. The Fed then asked for a delay:
Note that the Fed objections (per testimony, interviews, articles) invoked irreparable harm, runs on the bank, blood in the streets, etc, similar to the frenzied "blank check, no accountability" hearings last year.
Note that the entity that brought suit is a MSM/Wall Street player, a tumor originally spawned by the crypto-leninist mayor of NYC:
Note that, in responding to the FOIA themselves, the Fed can say whatever the hell they want. Having gotten away with the rape of a nation, surely they can control this bit of spin.
Note the near impossibility of this happening as an unscripted "black swan" event. Almost assuredly, the suit and its outcome are for the benefit of the thieving cabal. So what might be the outcomes...
- A report comes out, as limp and meaningless as the bank "stress tests". FOIA satisfied - move along, nothing to see here. Valuable ammunition for their side.
- An ominous report comes out. Stocks dive, MSM whips up a panicky mood, a seeming crisis is created. Obamatrons waste no time in shoving more usurpations through the treasonous Congress. Thereafter, the Fed is not questioned again -- "we told you last time what a bad idea this was!"
- This all bogs down in legal shenanigans and nothing happens for a while. The suit buys the cabal some time insofar as any public clamoring for transparency.
In sum, on the off chance that Goldman and JPM/Chase are shorting the market in tandem with Obama needing a crisis to deflect from the corrupt fiasco that is his presidency, and as an opportunity for more blitzkrieg legislation, something may happen soon. I expect they'll come out with a toothless report, but fortune favors the prepared, eh.
Killing the Czar if we make that a plural we might have something.
Death to the Czars! now that is a slogan.
I would settle for unemployment for the Czars.
He quit Saturday, blaming everyone but himself.
AP Newswire has announced that Van Jones has resigned over controversy around a 9/11 truth petition he signed in 2004.
Van Jones in the Obamastration is an embarrassment even they can not absorb. My favorite audio bit is the Obama media spokes-woman telling us approximately "we have been following the successes of Van Jones for a long time and will appreciate his enthusiasm and energy in the White House". Yeah, baby. This was no snap decision that went bad, this is a high-level appointment that has been considered since Barrys' street agitatin' days in Sweet Home Chicago.
The chickens are roosting and leaving residue everywhere.
What about inflating the money, then spreading the worthlessness around?
I can't believe he resigned. No body is perfect but you have to have a real tough skin to be in politics.
I seriously doubt that e resigned willingly. Now Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the special advisors need to go. Special advisors are a Presidents way of doing an end run around the Constitution. It's been going on for far to long and it's nice to see more people are finally waking up to this usurpation.
So long as he is out of there.
What does Comrade Jones's skin thickness have to do with it, eh Lisa (vacationrentalsad.com)?
He serves at the pleasure of the crypto-communist in the White House, and getting this sort of publicity at this stage of the game still gets one pushed out. At least until the 5-minute national attention span switches to something else.
I find it interesting that Obamastration is commingling "green" redistribution with race politics, given their choice of agitator. How convenient would it be to deflect cap/trade criticism with accusations of racism.
I suspect, when it comes time to staff the "green" bureaucracy - yet more of our money going to gov't non-jobs and lifetime pensions - the likes of ACORN and NAACP will be well pleased.
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