Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Corporate & Republican Manipulation of “Moran” Nation – Green is the New Red

September 7th, 2009 4 comments


[Update below]

[Scroll down for photos of NJ “Town Hell”]

From the manufacturers of the 1950’s communist witch hunts, the 1960’s Nixon “Southern Strategy”, and more recently “intelligent design”, global warming deniers, Swiftboat Vets, Teabaggers, Birthers, Town Hellers, and know nothing parents opposed to President Obama’s “socialist indoctrination” of  their children, comes a new McCarthyite and racist witch hunt against “green commie ecoterrorists“.

From the classic “The Paranoid Style in America Politics (1964), “The Power of Nightmares” (2004), to In America, Crazy is a Preexisting Condition” (2009) – we’ve come a long way baby!

Van Jones, Obama advisor (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Van Jones, Obama advisor (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The most recent manifestation of crazy paranoia is the orchestrated right wing and Glenn Beck/Fox media attack that forced the resignation of Obama advisor Van Jones. Jones, a black community, labor, civil rights, and environmental activist, was the real deal, a true grassroots progressive.

But, putting expediency above principle, Obama caved in to a concerted right wing smear campaign and threw Jones under the bus. See: Taking the Movement Out of the Obama White House

For those who think it can’t happen here in liberal blue state New Jersey, check out the below NJ photo’s and consider this paranoid rant August 11, 2009 press release by the NJ Outdoor Alliance

DHS Reveals NJ Based Groups Provide Cover for Ecoterrorists
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 6:13 pm
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

Belmar, NJ -( NJOA E Action Alert – members continue to ask that we keep them apprised of the animal extremism in New Jersey, since the movement targets fishing, hunting, trapping and conservation practices.

Yesterday I was forwarded an unclassified  “For Official Use Only” document. It is apparently from The Department of Homeland Security alleging national groups (that also have operations in NJ), and a local New Jersey group, are providing cover for “ecoterrorists” I have read similar reporting from two premiere civil rights organizations; Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center.

Contents from the document follow:

The term “ecological terrorists, or ecoterrorists,” refers to those individuals who independently and/or in concert with others engage in acts of violence and employ tactics commonly associated with terrorism to further their sociopolitical agenda aimed at animal and/or environmental protection.

From a security standpoint, the activities of the ecoterrorist movement are significant for several reasons and should be of interest to domestic security and law enforcement officials. First, Ecoterrorists have perpetrated more illegal acts commonly associated with terrorism on U.S. soil than any other known group, including al-Qaeda and radical Islamic militants.

In addition, various groups that constitute the ecoterrorist movement [Animal Liberation Front aka “ALF”] are also believed to interact, to one degree or another, with mainstream environmental and animal-rights organizations and/or individuals. Although none of the mainstream organizations officially endorses or participates in the illegal and violent activities championed by ecomilitants, some prominent members of mainstream groups are known to sympathize with the ecoterrorist movement.

Mainstream organizations with known or possible links to ecoterrorism include the following:

  • Greens
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • The Sierra Club
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Audubon Society
  • Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Greenpeace
  • Earth First!
  • Coalition to Save the Preserve (CSP)
  • Environmental Task Force
  • The Frogs
  • In Defense of Animals
  • New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance
  • Fund for Animals

[this is the End of the NJOA alert]

Here is the national context:


Green is the New Red site here

Here are photos from a Tea Party “Town Hell”at Congressman Holt district constituent meeting in Middletown NJ:

Middletown, NJ - Congressman Holt's Town Hell

Middletown, NJ – Congressman Holt’s Town Hell (all photos taken on 8/25/09)

Middletown, NJ

Middletown, NJ

Middletown, NJ

Middletown, NJ

Middletown NJ - on the same the day Ted Kennedy died.

Middletown NJ – on the same the day Ted Kennedy died.

The "ladies" are holding LaRuche "Obama is a Nazi" literature

The “ladies” are holding LaRuche “Obama is a Nazi” literature


[Update: 3/2/17: this is the last straw – I take back the praise of “veal pen” Van Jones below:

Obama White House Can Release Visitor Logs – Why Can’t DEP?

September 4th, 2009 No comments


Lobbyists sign in at DEP - who were they visiting and what were they discussing?

Lobbyists sign in at DEP – who were they visiting and what were they discussing?

If the White House can release visitors logs, why can’t the NJ Department of Environmental Protection release them?

According to CNN breaking news:

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama plans to announce Friday that the White House will release its future visitor logs on a regular basis, two administration officials said.

The announcement follows a legal settlement with the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which had sued the administration for release of visitor logs, the group announced on its Web site.

Since taking office, the president has been criticized for refusing to release some of the logs, including those relating to health care and coal company executives.

The new policy will apply to visitor logs created after September 15  not to previous visitor logs, according to an administration statement outlining the policy that CREW posted on its Web site. The future logs will be released 90 to 120 days after the meetings, and there are some exceptions.”

Last year, NJ DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson denied a legal petition to bring transparency to DEP by disclosing who senior DEP managers meet with. Ironically, after leaving NJ to become EPA Administrator, Jackson reversed her NJ position and agreed to post her daily calendar and those of senior EPA managers on the EPA website.

In the wake of recent corruption scandals involving access to and political influence on DEP, that petition  was refiled and is again before current DEP Commissioner Mark Mauriello.  How Mauriello handles that request will be a test of the Corzine administration’s alleged commitment to transparency, open government and ethics reform.

Will press hold the Governor accountable on this issue and ask him about Lisa Jackson’s previous denial?

Will good government reformer Independent Chris Daggett engage the issue in the campaign?

Will corruption buster Republican Chris Christie take a stand on transparency at DEP?

We’ll keep you posted.

[Update: The Union of Concerned Scientists has very similar reaction read the UCS press release here]