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AIG ACORN bus tour mob touts socialist agenda… did they also violate Postal Code regulations?
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 11:44 pm

Crossposted from Flopping Aces

The radical populus/socialist element in the US seized the opportunity to not “let a crisis go to waste” by opting to harass and demonize fellow US citizens Saturday – AIG families (including those who had already returned their legal bonuses)… So they loaded up a busload of ACORN activists and members of the socialist ACORN/New Party derivative, Working Family Party to tour private residences in protest, and posture for the press.

Their agenda was plainly stated by 24 year old musician/activist, Asaad Jackson, then piled on by the Connecticut chapter of the WFP, Jon Green (organizers of the harassment tour).

Standing at the foot of the driveway, in a sun-soaked cul-de-sac in a Connecticut town synonymous with wealth, Jackson read aloud from a letter he and other visitors from poorer places wanted to hand-deliver but ultimately left in the mailbox.

“Now that we have had a chance to see your community,” Jackson read before an international throng of about 40 journalists, “we would like to invite you to visit ours.”

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Green said the point of the tour was to contrast the circumstances of tour participants — several of whom have lost jobs or are facing foreclosure in a recession characterized by the failure or near-failure of once mighty companies such as AIG — with the circumstances of society’s most privileged people.

“There’s a growing gap between people who are generally insulated from the economic meltdown and those who are not,” Green told reporters on the lawn outside AIG’s red brick office in Wilton, where the tour concluded with a rally.

Yup… it’s all about class envy with these socialists. No disguising that.

But in the Chicago Trib account above, I can’t believe they weren’t even curious about the obvious… did the professional protesters violate US postal code regulation, CRF 310.3 as part of their harassment tour?

Standing at the foot of the driveway, in a sun-soaked cul-de-sac in a Connecticut town synonymous with wealth, Jackson read aloud from a letter he and other visitors from poorer places wanted to hand-deliver but ultimately left in the mailbox.

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At Poling’s home, and later at Haas’, who also lives in Fairfield, a small delegation of activists left the bus, followed by reporters, to try to deliver a letter addressed to “AIG Financial Products Executives.” The letter invited the executives to consider the variety of pressing social needs that might benefit from the amount of money awarded them as bonuses, such as health care, housing and education.

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At both houses they were greeted by private security guards who asked the visitors to “respect the property line” and refused to deliver the letter on their behalf but allowed them to read it aloud and place it in the mailbox.

Tell me, did that hand-delivered letter bear a stamp? And since it was from a “group” of activists, who was the official “return to sender” of the letter? One thing is certain – the letter is not being sent to the proper address for the recipient… AIG Financial Products Execs. That should have properly been delivered to the appropriate district offices.

Odd question, I know. But, per the Private Express Statues, (here’s the link for you Wiki-education fans…) – and per CFR Title 39 Section 310.2 – any letter that is hand delivered must bear proof that the “amount of postage which would have been charged on the letter if it had been sent through the Postal Service is paid by stamps, or postage meter stamps, on the cover or by other methods approved by the Postal Service.”

There are a few exceptions found in Section 310.3:

310.3(b)Letters of the carrier.

(1) The sending or carrying of letters is permissible if they are sent by or addressed to the person carrying them. If the individual actually carrying the letters is not the person sending the letters or to whom the letters are addressed, then such individual must be an officer or employee of such person (see §310.3(b)(2)) and the letters must relate to the current business of such person.

(2) The fact that the individual actually carrying the letters may be an officer or employee of the person sending the letters or to whom the letters are addressed for certain purposes does not necessarily mean that he is an officer or employee for purposes of this exception.The following factors bear on qualifications for the exception: the carrying employee is employed for a substantial time, if not fulltime (letters must not be privately carried by casual employees); the carrying employee carries no matter for other senders; the carrying employee is a regular salaried employee and shares in all privileges enjoyed by other regular employees (including employees not engaged primarily by the letter carrying function), including but not limited to salary, annual vacation time, absence allowed for illness, health benefits, workmen’s compensation insurance, and retirement benefits.

“Special messengers” are permitted to do so with 25 letters and under, and is restricted to the use of “messenger services”.

So the burning question is who was the “letter” from, did it bear proof of USPO postage, and did they have the right to place that letter in the AIG families’ mailboxes?

Violations of these codes carry a fine, and/or 30 days of prison time. And if I were any of those families, I’d go for it.

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As far as the reception, it was just the ACORN/WFP activists and security guards. Since ACORN/WFT was seeking publicity for their attack on fellow US citizens, the families’ absence didn’t seem to bother them. Instead they praised the security guards.

There was no shouting or hostile conversation between the activists and the guards at either residence. Police were on hand at both places, mainly directing traffic, and there were no arrests.

“They were nice,” said Mark Dziubek, 47, a recently laid-off metal worker from Southington who boarded the charter bus in Hartford and read the letter outside Haas’ house.

Two guards parked in a Honda at the driveway leading down to Haas’ home, a large white colonial with light blue shutters on a hill facing Long Island Sound, said he was not at the residence. They said their firm, Espion International, had been hired “by the tenant,” not by AIG.

Asked where Haas was, one of the guards said, “He went away.” They declined to give their names.

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In the meantime, an unastute media continues to fan the populus flames of outrage – pitting citizen against citizen. Normally I’m a huge fan of Wordsmith’s Sunday Funnies. In fact, I regularly send the link to my mother to also enjoy his time intensive compilation.

But today’s crop of political ‘toons are no laughing matter. The nation’s media remains consumed, 24/7, with whipping the US citizen up into a class envy frenzy of hatred. Evidently passing moral judgment on contract agreements is socially acceptable nowadays. Otherwise how can we justify negating bonus contracts, but not negating pensions and benefits for retired auto workers as part of their bailout funds?

Or is that next?

I only know one thing. Congress is passing out the taxpayers money like Halloween candy, hasn’t got a clue how it’s used. Nor can they genuinely track it for it’s immensity. They are to blame for the legislation that led us to this financial crisis. They are immediately and overtly to blame for these bonuses. Yet their response is to feign outrage, and have the media distract the citizens by pitting us one against the other… the “haves” vs the “have nots”.

It’s a Communist/socialist/progressive dream come true. And we’re all being played like backwoods fiddles.

Wake up, America. You’re demonizing the very people that you want to continue making the bucks to pay for your nanny social welfare… from unemployment to health care. If you plan to be a progressive/socialist, at least try to recognize and protect those who are going to be supporting you.

Also:

Obama Ujana – The Plan For Compulsive Service Under The Guise Of Government Run “Volunteer Service” –

Back on November 7, 2008, when President Obama was still President Elect Obama, the official website of his presidential transition was www.change.gov. When the site was first posted, on the page labeled “America Serves,” Obama outlined his plan that would require that students perform a certain number of hours of community service.

americaserves -- November 7, 2008

Within hours of the website going live, the blogosphere was abuzz with reports of the suprising content of the page, such as aye chihuaha’s post on Flopping Aces (which is the source of the above screenshot). The official transition website stated:

“Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.” (emphasis added)

As the outrage rippled through the web, Obama’s transition team got wary of the impending backlash and within hours amended the site.

americaserves - March 17, 2009

The new language in question, still available on the site, now reads:

Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. (emphasis added)

Now, this might seem innocuous, until you read House Bill 1388, introduced on March 9, 2009, that “reauthorize(s) and reform(s) the national service laws” and creates a congressional committee that will analyze “whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed.”

HR 1388 IH
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1388
To reauthorize and reform the national service laws.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 9, 2009

Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York (for herself, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. SESTAK, Mr. HARE, Mr. ANDREWS, Mr. TONKO, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. SABLAN, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. HINOJOSA, and Mr. COURTNEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL
To reauthorize and reform the national service laws.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
…
TITLE VI–CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION ON CIVIC SERVICE
…
SEC. 6104. DUTIES
…
(b) Specific Topics- In carrying out its general purpose under subsection (a), the Commission shall address and analyze the following specific topics:
…
(6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. (emphasis added)(truncated)

It is clear now, that the Obama Administration, together with the Democrat controlled congress, intends to institute a sort of civil service “draft” that would force America’s youth into compulsive community service. It is also a clear violation of the United States Constitution, which reads:

Amendment 13 – Slavery Abolished. Ratified 12/6/1865.

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. (emphasis added)

There is no doubt anymore as to the direction President Obama wants to take our country. He has quite effectively taken Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals and applied them to running (ruining?) our country. His administration has broken all traditions and attacked the previous administration at every turn. In addition, his guard dogs have publicly and systematically attacked every commentator that has dared challenge his agenda. Together with the far left wing of the Democratic Party, he has used the current “economic crisis” as a launching pad to take control of our country and justify an expansion of the federal government that is unmatched in history.

In the name of protecting our economy, he has spent our nation into a deficit that is twice as large as any in the history of our country and threatened the very tenets of the economic system that allowed our country to become the superpower that it is today. This plan to further radicalize our youth by forcing them into involuntary servitude is just another stake in the heart of our nations freedom, and it cannot be allowed!

The main stream media is completely ignoring the direction that the underlying current of Obama’s administration is taking our country in, while at the same time ballyhooing his every individual action, and then spending countless hours on the television, on the radio, and in the print lionizing, idolizing, and exalting President Obama in ways that are eerily reminiscent of the fervent, compulsory praise given to previous and existing leaders such as Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Chavez, Pol Pot, and Castro. It is ironic that in the past incarnations of this obviously socialist leaning economic direction, which our main stream press seemingly wants and supports, one of the first sacrifices of individual rights that are made in the name of that economic “good” is the freedom of speech. At the same time that so called journalists are heralding the destruction of free market principles, and personal economic freedom, they are also beating the death knell of their own beloved freedom of the press.

Very soon, sooner than we might think, the people of this nation are going to have to choose between continuing down an almost irreversible path to Marxist socialism, and standing up for the country that we know and love, and turn the tide against the mutiny in our political system that threatens to hijack the American way of life we know. Obama’s view of socioeconomics is so startlingly similar to those of freedom’s greatest enemies that it makes me cringe, and he is using their lessons to mold our country into a new socialist mecca! He will systematically dismantle our current form of government and economic system and replace them with his own warped vision of a new United Socialist States of America.

And how will he enforce these new policies and agendas?

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. -Barack Obama

It all starts with the youth. It begins by rallying them to an innocuous common cause and then using the bonds created in the pursuit of that cause to hold them together, and bind them into a malleable force. Then, when they have become a large, powerful force, they can be pointed in any direction and pushed. Then, with very little effort, the energy of that force can expound into a terrible tsunami that can destroy anything in its path!

This is scary beyond belief, and hearkens back to the Nazi Party’s “Hitler-Jugend.” As every youth in Nazi Germany was required to join “Hitler-Jugend” (Hitler Youth), soon, every youth in America will be required to join “Obama Ujana” (Obama Youth), where he will be able to rally, bind, mold and aim them into a social weapon that conservative America will be powerless to defend against.

Hitler Youth recruitment poster

Not only is this a thinly veiled attempt to indoctrinate our youth into a left-wing dominated mindset, it is a carefully conceived plan to galvanize Obama’s permanent campaign and cement him as an enduring iconic power in American life.

“I begin with the young. We older ones are used up. We are rotten to the marrow. We are cowardly and sentimental. We are bearing the burden of a humiliating past, and have in our blood the dull recollection of serfdom and servility. But my magnificent youngsters! Are there any finer ones in the world? Look at these young men and boys! What material! With them, I can make a new world. This is the heroic stage of youth. Out of it will come the creative man, the man-god.

“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I say calmly, ‘Your child belongs to us already…What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community’.” – Adolf Hitler

Look very closely at your children. Picture them, standing at attention in their one piece powder blue uniform wearing a navy blue beret and red armband adorned with the now universally known symbol of the permanent Obama campaign, chanting in cadence:

obama_o_resized

Obama Ujana!

Obama Ujana!

Obama Ujana!

Obama Ujana!

Obama Ujana!

Obama Ujana!

If this idea sickens and scares you as much as it does me, start contacting your Representatives and Senators now! Call them, write them, and don’t stop there. Tell them that our children are not their social labor force, and they are not fodder to promote their radical social agendas. Contact President Obama and tell him that your children are YOUR children, and that you will not allow them to be indoctrinated into his civilian national security force and become his own “Obama-Jugend”.

-Wisdom

Isn’t our leader in great company?

“You say, away with you Communists; we say, away with you imperialists.” – Mao Zedong

“I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.” – Pol Pot

“I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.” – Hugo Chavez

“I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.” – Fidel Castro

“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” – Joseph Stalin

“Revolutionary Social-Democracy has always included the struggle for reforms as part of its activities. But it utilises “economic” agitation for the purpose of presenting to the government, not only demands for all sorts of measures, but also (and primarily) the demand that it cease to be an autocratic government.” – Lenin

“All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.” – Adolf Hitler

“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” – Adolf Hitler

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” – Barack Obama

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