by baldilocks

We political junkies on the right have long been aware of George Soros. His persona is similar to that of a James Bond-style villain. (Or perhaps Bond villain personas are similar to his.) After reading over the years about his active roles in world finances and political upheavals, particularly in Western countries, I decided to read a long piece about his life and his stated goals, a piece offered by a friend. He appears to have his unclean fingers in everything.

While we, at present, find ourselves reacting to every incident in the news, it is essential that we pause for a bit, pull back, and look at the “unseen” pulling and puller of strings.

His political activism portfolio is well diversified. Backing organizations dedicated to social agitation and change-for-change’s-sake, Soros has caused tsunamis of upheaval, in the United States and around the world.

A few cases in point: last August, DC Leaks, a group of adroit hackers, got into the Soros files and released them. Perhaps the most notorious of the disclosures concerned Soros’s Open Society Foundations, named in honor of Sir Karl Popper. Underneath its lofty rhetoric, the organization was clearly devoted to the eradication of national sovereignty. A key Open Society paper, hacked in its entirety, described the Syrian refugee crisis as an opportunity to “shape conversations about rethinking migrations governance.” Translation: use agitprop to flood Europe and the U.S. with evacuees (among them some probable terrorists); make the old borders and institutions irrelevant; and, in the process, create a world liberated from the restraints of constitutionalism, American exceptionalism, free-market capitalism, and other obsolete isms.

One of Soros’s long-standing targets is the State of Israel. Providing funding for groups devoted to BDS (boycott, disinvestment, sanctions) against the Jewish State is only part of the equation. According to DC Leaks, Soros gave more than $2 million to Adalah, an “independent human rights organization.” As a matter of policy, Adalah demands that governments sever diplomatic relations with the only democracy in the Middle East.

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In the United States, Soros bankrolls a broad range of political and cultural causes. One is to destabilize the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. In 2015, he dedicated $650,000 for the purpose of shaping Pope Francis’s U.S. visit, using left-leaning Catholic groups to promote gay marriage, abortion, and physician-assisted suicide. Leading the effort was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, a self-professed Catholic. Bill Donohue, outspoken president of the Catholic League, vainly called for Podesta’s dismissal. “He is fomenting revolution in the Catholic Church, creating mutiny and is totally unethical,” Donohue said. “He is the front man for George Soros to create a host of phony anti-Catholic groups. These are not just bad comments, as some have suggested. These words are orchestrated, calculated and designed to create fissures in the Catholic Church.”

Another Soros favorite is Black Lives Matter, the radical protest group dedicated to the proposition that police are inherently racist. Working the streets with incendiary rhetoric, at odds with the truth about black-on-black crime, BLM has helped foster “depolicing,” as Heather Mac Donald describes it, in high-crime urban areas.

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[The Open Society Foundation] has donated at least $650,000 to Black Lives Matter and pledged more assistance to antipolice factions across the country. These activities prompted the father of one of the Dallas police officers killed during a Black Lives Matter protest to sue Soros (along with other individuals and groups) for inspiring a “war on police.”

All emphasis mine.

There’s much more at the link, including the more well-known fact that Soros broke the Bank of England.

Ukraine reporting. 2008 mortgage crisis. Backing Democrat campaigns in various American elections—local, state, and federal, including that of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

I have no doubt that Soros has molded, influenced reportage on, and, of course, financed every protest that has occurred since Election Day 2016. It seems fanciful, not to mention conspiratorial, that one man has been able to influence so much in so many places, but Soros is open about his methods of influence and about his goal.

We observers should be ever mindful of this generational endeavor to skew mindsets, to tear down the world as it is and to recreate it the image of Soros’ choosing.

All is not as it appears, and that’s exactly the way he and his allies want it. Sowing chaos reaps order, but not the type of order that a free people desire.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  The Louisiana governor’s election turned into a sideshow for the main event this past Saturday.  It was not the governor’s race, but the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s race that garnered national attention and the interest of liberal billionaire George Soros.

There was already a crowded field of candidates in the Caddo DA race when Judge James Stewart entered the race in August 2015.  Stewart resigned his position on the bench to run for the office at the urging of many in the Caddo law enforcement and legal community.

The current interim District Attorney in Caddo Parish is Dale Cox, who filled the position after the sudden death of DA Charles Rex Scott in the spring of 2014.  Dale Cox has been under fire for his remarks in support of the death penalty and his steadfast belief that it has been justly applied.  Controversy over Cox’s remarks regarding the death penalty have been cited as a reason for his decision not to run for the office. As a prosecutor, Dale Cox has been responsible for more than a third of the death sentences in Louisiana, according to The New Yorker, which profiled the case of Rodricus Crawford in July 2015.

The eyes of the nation have been focused on the Caddo DA’s office at least since July of this year when The Washington Post wrote about the death of Glenn Ford, a man who spent thirty years on death row at Angola Prison in Louisiana before being set free.  Ford was sentenced to death for his role in the murder of a Shreveport jeweler; in March 2014, a state judge decided that Ford had been wrongfully convicted and he was released.  He died just over a year later from advanced lung cancer.

District Attorney Cox had said that in the case of Ford, no financial compensation was due him or his family; in the case of Crawford, Cox said in a letter to the state’s probation department:

I am sorry that Louisiana has adopted lethal injection as the form of implementing the death penalty,” he wrote. “Mr. Crawford deserves as much physical suffering as it is humanly possible to endure before he dies.”

With the national attention and his controversial remarks, Mr. Cox’s decision not to run was made.  Supposedly to remove the taint of Cox’s positions on the office, Judge Stewart was urged to run and in his race he received many high profile endorsements from the legal community and the law enforcement community, including the endorsement of the wife of much beloved Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator (who ran away with the race in his own re-election Saturday).

Judge Stewart’s main competition in the race is prosecutor Dhu Thompson who has successfully prosecuted some very high profile cases in Caddo Parish.

As it usually does in Louisiana politics, the race came down to R v D on election night; Stewart is a Democrat and Thomspon a Republican.  What has clouded the race more than the comments of Dale Cox or the designation of party however is the large campaign contributions from George Soros to the Stewart campaign.

It’s possible that Stewart might have won the race outright had the Soros money not scared off conservative voters that may have gone for Stewart.

Soros invested $406,000 in the Caddo DA race; the concern is that not only is Soros trying to buy a District Attorney’s race, but his PAC could also have influence over the Louisiana governor’s race on November 21 which will be a run-off between Republican Senator David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards:

Soros is funding a super PAC, known as Louisiana Safety & Justice PAC, based in Bossier City to support Democratic District Attorney candidate James E. Stewart. On Oct. 5, Soros donated $256,000 to the PAC; the PAC filed new paperwork with the Louisiana Ethics Administration showing a new $150,000 donation Oct. 15.

So far, the most obvious spending the PAC has done has been on TV ads supporting Stewart. The money Soros is donating also could go to organizing broader get out the vote operations that could benefit Democratic candidates in statewide races like gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards.

As we go forward into the run-off, political pundits believe that for Stewart to win he will have to explain the Soros money.  In a statement on his Facebook page, Judge Stewart says

“My campaign has no knowledge or connection to this or any PAC . There was no prior and there is no current communication with any PAC nor do I know who is in or has contributed to any such PAC.

My message is the same, ‘I am not part of the problem but will lead Caddo toward the solution. Tough on Crime, Justice For All’. I have a proven record of independence and that will never change.”

Stewart finished on Saturday night with 42% of the votes and Thompson with 35%.  The turnout was brisk, voters not deterred by a nasty, drizzling rain all day as the remains of Hurricane Patricia moved through the area.

Both Stewart and Thompson will have to work hard to win the voters from the other four candidates in the race and each to take their position on the Soros money. Stewart may do well to work to separate himself from that association and whether or not Thompson uses the Soros influence against Stewart remains to be seen.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

I don’t often agree with Barack Obama but he is exactly right about this:

The President opposed the Citizens United decision. He understood that with the dramatic growth in opportunities to raise and spend unlimited special-interest money, we would see new strategies to hide it from public view. He continues to support a law to force full disclosure of all funding intended to influence our elections, a reform that was blocked in 2010 by a unanimous Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate. And the President favors action—by constitutional amendment, if necessary—to place reasonable limits on all such spending.

But this cycle, our campaign has to face the reality of the law as it currently stands.

Just because you disagree with the DH doesn’t mean an American League manager should make his pitcher bat.

The NYT uses an interesting turn of phrase:

President Obama is signaling to wealthy Democratic donors that he wants them to start contributing to an outside group supporting his re-election, reversing a long-held position as he confronts a deep financial disadvantage on a vital front in the campaign.

The Billion Dollar Man has a financial disadvantage? Say it isn’t so.

Now I don’t have a problem with the president playing by the current law even as he claims he wants it changed. I’ve always thought it was disingenuous when the left attacked Social security and Medicare recipients who supported the tea party for taking the payments allowed them by law.

The real story here isn’t that he is taking the money, but they whys and wherefores listed by Politico (emphasis mine)

But that wasn’t enough, sources say, to pull in major players such as George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing and others into the game. And many top Democratic donors were afraid of giving to Priorities USA until Obama made clear he wouldn’t stand on the sidelines and criticize their efforts

And THAT is the bottom line. All of those who say that this president doesn’t run to the voice of Soros & co will either be spinning or ignoring this.

And politico story has this interesting line too:

Obama’s top campaign staff and even some Cabinet members will appear at super PAC events.

I’m sure Chuck Schumer will be all over this in his hearings over coordination between Super Pacs and campaigns, as he put it:

“It doesn’t pass the smell test to say some of these groups aren’t coordinated”.

Hey you have to replace that Mexican Drug money somehow, but then again Obama has a history of taking untraceable and illegal funds so I don’t see why this is so odd. Continue reading “Obama runs to the sound of Soros voice on SuperPacs”

…if you have CBS covering the Planned Parenthood videos that tells us then operation Journolist 2.0 is floundering.

Planned parenthood finds itself re-training their workers, Publius asks a funny question:

One would have hoped Planned Parenthood staff wouldn’t have to be “trained” to protect victims of sex trafficking. You’d think that just went along with being human.

Hey Publius, these folks kill kids for a living and you expect them to worry about sex trafficking?

This was a stupid fight for the left, Soros, and those who defend them.

If this was stuff like the Wikileaks documents that people would have to read it might have worked but videos are a different matter. People are more likely to watch videos via social networks even if kept off the news. You can’t suppress them. But since abortion is the linchpin of the cultural left any price must be paid to defend it, and if a few women have to die in 3rd world conditions in Philly or a few pimps of underage girls need to be covered for, well every revolution has it casualties.

When you look at the planned parenthood and the Kermit Gosnell stories you might wonder why the left is so determined to counter them.

With New Jersey poised to investigate the Planned parenthood location that advised underage girls on abortion, and multiple locations in Virginia now revealed one would think the left would back away from such defenses, particularly with the details of Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors case still in play (although if you look at the national media you would think it was a blip on the screen.)

Yet here is President Obama’s administration withholding abortion statistics for the first time in 40 years and Soros and company holding conference calls to find a united line concerning the Planned Parenthood revelations:

Instead of focusing on the fact that there is an organization who turned a blind eye to child sex-trafficking, an organization that receives forced federal funding, the group of senior fellows ostensibly chose the route which affords zero defense of women, born or unborn, thereby saving them from compromising their female-hostile ideologies: attack Lila Rose. These outlets don’t see the insanity in feigning disgust that the racket was exposed, not that it occurred at all.

The majority of the call was spent discussing ways to discredit Rose because of her funding. They surmise that some group which donates to her pro-life magazine is a group donated to by a group given money by the Koch Brothers. So says people who just cashed a $1 million-dollar check from George Soros.

Since what was done on the tapes clearly stepped over the line, why not just express outrage, and urge Planned Parenthood to be more careful in the future in such cases?

Because you can’t undermine western civilization without undermining life.

As science continues to make the case that the unborn child is not just a mass of tissue and makes viability earlier and earlier it becomes imperative for the left to counter the culture of life.

Judeao-Christian culture is built on the value and the rights of the individual, unless that is undermined you can’t go anywhere else.

Once you manage to get a society to decide that its weakest members are not worthy of life as a matter of narcissistic convenience then all the rest becomes easy.

You can deny care to the elderly , even euthanize them in order to save money. You can arbitrarily decide if a life is “worth living” or not based on a standard not held by the person who decides.

You can reward narcissism and strip people of their self-respect and dignity, maintaining that they should be wards of the state rather than the makers of their own destiny, and once they are subject to the state, if they are no longer serving it, are disposable.

Whole neighborhoods can be abandoned to crime and lawlessness that those same elites would reject for themselves, after all why waste the states valuable resources on mere vassals?

Life is the key, once you devalue human life, once you have an excuse not to care, the second excuse becomes extremely easy.

This is why the far left will always defend abortion in general and Planned Parenthood to the hilt, for without the culture of death the left’s worldview crumbles to dust.

How will NPR react to the firestorm, why they will double down:

That said, Williams provided a valuable voice on NPR. His long experience as a journalist and background as an authority on the Civil Rights movement enabled him to offer insights that often enriched the network’s reporting.

Ultimately, however, it seems management felt he had become more of a liability than an asset. Unfortunately, I agree.

Yup, perhaps about $1,800,000 worth of assets.

And of course it isn’t about firing a black man who appears on a conservative show: (emphasis mine)

It can’t be overlooked that this episode is occurring in a toxic political environment where people are quick to take sides and look for hidden motives. I fear some will look for racial motivations in NPR’s decision to fire Williams, who is African-American and one of the few black male NPR voices.

It’s not about race. It’s also not about free speech, as some have charged. Nor is it about an alleged attempt by NPR to stifle conservative views. NPR offers a broad range of viewpoints on its radio shows and web site.

I’m sure NPR has plenty of empathy for organization with few blacks who fire them and I’m sure they haven’t tolerated outrageous statement before, oh wait:

— Also in 2005, NPR apologized to Mark Levin, author of “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America,” after a broadcast of its program “Day to Day” falsely accused him of advocating violence against judges. Levin accepted the apology, but said the broadcast was “illustrative of a smear campaign launched by the Left to try and silence” his criticisms of judicial activism.

— In 2002, the head of NPR issued an apology six months after a report linking anthrax-laced letters to a Christian conservative organization.

— Also in 2002, during an interview with the Philadelphia City Paper, NPR host Tavis Smiley said he strived to do a show that is “authentically black,” but not “too black.”

— In 1995, Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, was allowed to keep her job after telling the host of PBS’ “Inside Washington” that if there was “retributive justice” in the world, former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms would “get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

In my opinion this is a perfect example of a cultural elite that only survives due to sugar daddies and don’t dare to upset them. Period!

Bad form NPR, Bad form

It’s an interesting contrast between events in the NY-23 and in Rome concerning the Anglicans. The first is happening quickly while the other has been happening over decades and centuries. Yet in the end it is the second that will be more important over the next century.

A lot of people on the left are grinning over their pseudo Palin book, but how much must it gall them deep inside to know they could never hope to have book sales of their content without her?

I was talking to a serving Military Friend of mine. He is really disappointed at the direction LGF has taken over the last few months. I suspect among other serving soldiers who follow this stuff that is not an unique thought.

Tangentially I think it is a huge mistake for both Rush (concerning the NFL) and Robert Stacy (concerning Charleston WV Gazette) to not promptly go with legal action, particularly for Robert Stacy who doesn’t have Rush’s millions. I don’t know what the statutes are concerning libel and defamation in terms of timing but I can’t see letting it go much beyond election day without action.

I got a bill from one of the medical providers I deal with, and called to pay it over the phone. In the sequence (for this for that business) there was the message:

“If you can’t speak English and need an interpreter press 4”

That struck me as very funny

I mentioned Beatles Rock Band that my kid got for his birthday. During that night when they were having their Jam my wife was sitting at the PC in the same room. She didn’t react. The moment I was handed the mike to sing she turned on her mp3 player and plugged in her earphones.

She used to turn on the radio whenever I would sing in the car when were dating too.

What would Doctor Who fans do without Rich’s comic blog? I know I say it a lot but it’s true every time I do.

Speaking of Dr. Who my son is a new series fanatic, on a history test he missed where Versailles was. He couldn’t believe he missed it and forgot about “The Girl in the Fireplace“.

And Yes I hit publish before I meant to.

I started this blog 8 days after Hiwired went under. The blog is now 5 weeks away from it’s 1 year anniversary. If you told me I would still be unemployed at this point I wouldn’t have believed you.

The fact that I’m still not working is a source of great embarrassment and shame to me. It has been one of the most depressing things I’ve ever gone through.

The fact that my pal Dave has been out of work almost as long as me is even more surprising.

You know I never much cared for Glenn Beck but I find myself watching it once in a while, I still think he’s too over the top for me but if it wasn’t for the idiots at the White House I wouldn’t watch it at all. I’ll wager that there are thousands like me.

I’ve been coughing for over 3 weeks now. I finished my Z-pack on Sunday and when the cough didn’t go away the family got on my case to call the doc. I did that Tuesday and they said it still takes the full 10 days for the drugs to work. The only reason they use the Z-Pack is because people who seem to feel better by day 7 tend to stop taking the drugs and then get worse. They’d rather deal with people angry that they are still sick on day 8 because they know they will get better, I hope so.

Considering the lack of sales I’ve managed for support you would think I’d feel like a sucker for my 18 month Log-me-in subscription but every time I help a friend and don’t have to spend hours there it pays for itself.

Burger king finally figured out that the customers didn’t like paying $2 for a double cheeseburger that McDonalds charges $1 for. I was wondering how long that would take.

I made a joke concerning a walking stick to a friend of my son, when he told his friend a silly story concerning said walking stick, a meat clever and an elf hat. I started questioning said friend of my son who else they would associate said story with. Every person she listed is a member of my gaming group. That was kinda sad.

What was sadder is she is absolutely right.

The more I see of the new Robin Hood series the more I appreciate the 1950’s Richard Greene series Communist writers not withstanding.

Speaking of Robin Hood, the best adaption is still the 1938 movie. One of the greatest movies ever made.

Olivia de Havilland who played Maid Marion is still alive and still has more class than anyone anyone I can think of in Hollywood.

Speaking of class considering the egg on their faces over Acorn Philly its a wonder that media matters, Bertha Lewis or the MSM can show their faces. Whatever Soros is paying these guys it isn’t enough.

And you can’t control a message when a youtube video is only an e-mail away.

Acorn should thank it’s lucky starts that the Phillies are going to the series.

I’ve been seeing more of the 1-20-2013. I still don’t like them, like the 1-20-09 stickers I think they are whiney.

You know I like Sarah Palin, I am looking forward to supporting her in 2012 or 2016 or 2020, but I do worry about going all obamacult over her. I see it in others and don’t want it for myself.

And her hips are STILL all wrong.

Have you noticed that whenever Liberals decide to fight for something they are encouraged by the media but whenever conservatives fight they are told to moderate?

I remember from Tip O’Neil’s Autobiography his frustration that Jimmy Carter wasn’t big on following up to push his agenda, every time I read that I feel so relieved.

Tip was right though you have to keep pushing things, that’s why I still write about media bias etc, because you would be surprised how quickly people manage to forget things in front of them.

For all the crazy political stuff going on in Massachusetts you still can’t beat the foliage.

And it is home.

It never ceases to amaze me that people still make the same mistakes that infect systems.

And the longer I live the less surprised I am about various outrageous things people do.

The Amazon vine general newsletter is due today, I have two books already on the way from the Vine that I ordered last week therefore I might not be able to order this week when all the stuff goes up. I haven’t decided if that is a good or a bad thing.

I suspect the Palin book won’t be there.

Once I get a job I wonder how much less I will be blogging?

And will anyone care?

Still no idea why I can’t get trackbacks from Hotair or Michelle.

But on the plus side I’ve been much more regular on my Rosary.

Considering my situation I’ve been very lazy on my prayers, I should really know better.

And on that note back to real life.