Posts Tagged ‘Van Jones’

Well, the story continues. This continues the story that I started on my last post.

After leaving Fannie Mae Franklin Raines decided to move on to another Progressive group, Enterprise Community Partners. Yet we find another employee of Goldman Sachs, Alicia Glenn. What does Enterprise do? Funny you should ask, they specialize in “affordable housing.” Ah yes, the same phrase that got us involved in this mess in the first place. Enterprise has partnered with that great community organizing group ACORN in the past. Here’s their mission statement:

“Central to our mission is Enterprise’s fundamental commitment to give people living in poverty an opportunity to move up and out. We believe that these opportunities are best provided in communities with a diverse mix of affordable and market housing options, access to jobs and social supports, and a strong commitment to the environment and civic participation.”

Franklin Raines decides to go to the Joyce Foundation to ask for money from the Joyce Foundation. This is the group that helped start the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) when Barack Obama sat on the board in 2000-2001. There is also a lot of Goldman Sachs money tied up in this. Together, Franklin Raines and the Joyce Foundation start The Emerald Cities Collaborative. They are a “start-up, national coalition of diverse groups that includes unions, labor groups, community organizations, social justice activists, socially responsible businesses, and elected officials.” Huh?  Their mission is to be “united around the goal of rapidly greening our nation’s central cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions.” Here let me translate the liberal speak for you, Cap and Trade and any other brainless “green” initiative you can think of. The Board of Directors of Emerald Cities include Gerry Hudson (SEIU, service employees union), Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Green for All, affiliated with Van Jones, self-avowed communist, several posts on Jones available here), and Jack Hayn and Art Lujan (AFL-CIO, labor union). All three of these previous groups can be directly tied to the White House and the Obama administration.

There must of course be a mastermind of Emerald Cities. Enter the new character, Joel Rogers. He helped to found Emerald Cities in December of 2009. He also helped found the “New Party.” Their slogan:  “A Fair Democracy, A Real Democracy, A New Party.” They were socialists and they endorsed Barack way back when he was running for state senate in Chicago in 1996. Now the New Party has since become the old party and was dissolved in 1998. I guess it’s hard to find that many socialists to keep a third party running in America, its easier to become a Democrat. Joel Rogers also helped to found the Apollo Alliance. They helped write the wildly unsuccessful Obama stimulus. At one point and time Van Jones was on the board of directors of the Apollo Alliance.

Andy Stern, former chief of SEIU, and the person that visited Obama the most during his first year in the White House, had this to say about Joel Rogers. “Nobody outside the American labor movement has shaped our present thinking as profoundly.”

From a video of Van Jones on Joel Rogers when he was working as the Green Jobs Czar for Obama: “I also want to take a little bit of time before I get to my comments to brag a little bit on Joel Rogers. If I were Joel Rogers I would be insufferably proud. I wouldn’t be able to walk around, my head would be huge! The best thinking that he represents…is now represented, is reflected in the white house.” January 2009

Well…I feel better. Don’t you?

I’m sorry, is it just me, or, is there any rational thought left in America? Van Jones, remember him, the disgraced Green Jobs czar that resigned from the White House because America figured out that he was a 9/11 truther and a self-avowed communist. I realize it’s just a typical association for our Progressive President, but it’s not OK with me to have him near our government. Well, he’s back, and this time he will speak at the State of Green Business Forum 2010 event with several American corporations. One of which was my former favorite electronics retailer, Best Buy.

Best Buy’s Senior VP of Emerging Business Rick Rommel will be joining Van at this conference. I decided to e-mail Best Buy’s customer service in protest of this. Here is what I said.

This is not related to product and customer service, but it is a concern I have. I love Best Buy, and enjoy shopping in your stores. I recently noticed in an article online that one of your executives, Rick Rommel will be speaking on the same stage as Van Jones in San Francisco at the State of Green Business Forum. Van Jones is a self-avowed communist, his words, not mine. He signed a document that accused our own government of the 9/11 attacks. He is a dangerous radical that has no business having input on anything green or business.Your executive speaks, I quit buying products at Best Buy.



Now one would think that any rational company, a company that truly cared about America and American values, wouldn’t send an executive to speak in the same city as this piece of trash, let alone the same event. Then again one wouldn’t think we are living in rational times considering current events.

I never expected Best Buy to respond. But they did, so I thought it prudent to share this with everyone that reads my blog. Here is their response.

Hey Andrew,

First let me thank you for your inquiry and apologize for the delayed response.  Andrew while I completely understand your email and it clearly points out your stance, the conference is not about and bigger than Mr. Jones political views and this is why Rick is attending.  The conference has support from some of the biggest corporations in the nation in an effort to educate and brainstorm on how companies can work more efficiently using green technologies.  The focus of the conference is an awesome concept and personal politics are not involved in any way.  Andrew I’m truly sorry that you’re considering leaving our family due to this event, believe me we definitely don’t want to lose you.  I hope that you understand the conferences’ overall objective and reconsider continuing to be a Best Buy member.  Please let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be more than happy to assist you further, thanks!

Best regards,

Here, let me translate this for you. “You dumb American consumer, you are not smart enough to understand the importance of green jobs. You must realize that we don’t live in a time of rational thinking and moral values. Instead we live in a time period where the end justifies the means, that reality can be created if we so decide, and that principles don’t matter. Surely you can look past this transgression and see that, well, your just a dumb-dumb-dummy and that we know best. But, please keep buying stuff in our stores, because we have America’s best interests at heart, really. Didn’t you hear, the world is going to end, Algore told us so.”

What’s funny is, I never even called into question the issue of green jobs, my whole comment was directed at the fact that Van Jones IS A 9/11 TRUTHER AND A COMMUNIST!

Please join me in boycotting Best Buy. They lack a backbone! Consider sending your own e-mail, and if you have time, send one to these other companies as well:




Best Buy’s customer service can be e-mailed here:

Okay, I am done, I have had enough of Mayor Funkhouser. This is why I do not believe in bi-partisanship. Bi-partisanship should be translated as, violate your principles and values so we all can just get along. It fell apart about a month ago when I found out that our Mayor was a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). I know, you are thinking, what’s wrong with being against “illegal guns”? Here is the catch, it’s a rhetorical device used to get you on the side of those that will do anything to deny American’s their Second Amendment rights. Below is a correspondence I had with the Mayor on this issue.

Here is the correspondence between the Mayor and I.

Mr. Mayor,

I have supported you for some time, defended you against the KC Star, and actually was considering voting for you in the next Mayoral primary. Well, not now. Resign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns! It’s a front group for taking away my second amendment rights. MAIG claims on its website that it wants to work with the NRA. That’s an outright lie!

See the below attached article.

Bloomberg’s Phantom Mayors

Here is the Mayor’s response:

Dear Mr. Palmer,

I have no secret agenda.  I am opposed to illegal guns (and illegal aliens, illegal drugs, and most things illegal).  I have said on the record what Corey Booker says in this article – homicides in my town are not committed by people carrying legal weapons.  I support the 2nd Amendment (although no part of the constitution is “sacred” to me – it is foundational law for our country but it is not Holy Writ).  I will oppose the NRA when I think they are wrong – they are simply one more pressure group – just like La Raza.

I support our police – and they very much support the Mayors’ Coalition Against Illegal Guns.

This issue – illegal guns – is only one of many issues that matter to me and that I think are vital to the future of our city.  You and I are going to agree on some issues and disagree on others.  If there’s another candidate for Mayor with whom you agree on illegal guns, and you choose to support him or her despite their stance on other issues, that is, of course, your choice.  I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and opinions with me as long as I am your Mayor.  And when the next election rolls around I hope you change your mind and decide to support me.

All the best,


So I responded.
Mr. Funkhouser,

I do appreciate the response.

One question, maybe you could help me out here. Just what is an illegal gun? Considering the fact that every aspect of the firearm industry is controlled or regulated in one aspect or another, from manufacturer to point of sale. It’s hard to grasp what an “illegal gun” really is, other than a useless rhetorical device. It puts the blame on the wrong thing. The firearm is simply the means to the end in a crime, it’s not the problem, nor is it the cause.

That’s a heck of a stretch, comparing the NRA to La Raza. I assume you did that as just an example of an interest group, but I worry that you might be saying that the 1 million plus members of Americans who support the NRA are just as extreme as the racists in La Raza. I really doubt that’s what you are saying, but you might want to clear that up.

You do not support the 2nd Amendment if you support Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns. I am sorry, you can believe that all you want, the reality of the situation is as such. MAIG has attempted to repeal the privacy protections of the Tiahrt amendment and lobbied against right to carry reciprocity. I assume that you know that this group was started by Mayor Bloomberg and that he has repeatedly used personal money to lobby against the law abiding freedoms of millions of Americans? Maybe he could be spending his millions on helping police officers fight crime, reducing poverty inside of his city, and prosecuting criminals to the fullest extent of the law instead of infringing upon the rights of millions of law abiding citizens.

Mayor, 80 mayors have resigned from MAIG in the last 2 months, nearly 20% of those originally signed up to MAIG. You can be 81, I hope you open your eyes to what is really going on.

Best Regards

The Mayor briefly continued:

Dear Mr. Palmer

The most common type of illegal gun is one that has been stolen.

There are people who admire La Raza and do not see them as racists.  There are also people who admire the NRA.  Each is a lobby group created to advance a political position.

I believe my eyes are wide open.

If 80 mayors have resigned from MAIG to avoid political risk, so be it.  I do what I believe right regardless of the political consequences.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

All the best,


Well, I should have known. Why was I surprised though? The Mayor has consistently been a supporter of Obama. A tweet the other day said it all. “Despite all the critcism (sic) I hear, everytime (sic) I hear a senior administration official I have renewed confidence in the President.”

I mean, really? The same President who nominated a communist to be the Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones. The same President who seems to have no trouble with FCC Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd. The same President who stated on Wednesday that the reason Massachusetts voters voted for Scott Brown is because they were angry at Bush. The same President who continues to not listen to American’s as he tries to ram a health care bill down our throats that we don’t want. Yeah, Mr. Mayor, renewed confidence in Obama, whatever you say.

Kansas City, this mayor, is out of touch with reality, he must be dealt with after we get through November. As much as we thought that he may have been a “conservative” Democrat. I believe the proof is in the pudding, or, the leftist positions the Mayor currently holds.

Dear Mr. Palmer

The most common type of illegal gun is one that has been stolen.
There are people who admire La Raza and do not see them as racists.  There are also people who admire the NRA.  Each is a lobby group created to advance a political position.
I believe my eyes are wide open.
If 80 mayors have resigned from MAIG to avoid political risk, so be it.  I do what I believe right regardless of the political consequences.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
All the best,