Michelle Horstman

ACORN’s Very Own “Saint” Bertha Lewis Joins Rev. Billy: Leading the Left off the Road of Evil Capitalism- Earthalujah!

2011 May 15


As social justice becomes the new meaning for church among radical progressivesACORN’s own Bertha Lewisseems to have found a home with Rev. Billy Talen and his anti-capitalist, revolutionary, Earth worshipping Church of Earthalujah. Many of us were treated to the video of her now infamous “Walmart sucks” performance at the church, but are left wondering what kind of church sings anti-capitalism hymns at their services? Is this what church is all about now for the progressive movement?

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Overthrowing Capitalism-Van Jones Presents the New American Dream

2011 May 11


In February, capitalizing (pardon the expression) on the union instigated Wisconsin “crisis,” Van Jones announced his American Dream movement. Just a few short months later, it was announced that he would join the Pachamama Alliance in the fight for rights for Mother Earth. Although seemingly unrelated, it all appears to be part of the same South American dream of a Marxist utopia.

In keeping with the dream, we recently heard from Bolivia. As a member nation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), leading the way with Ecuador, Ambassador Pablo Solón recently declared the following in a speech to the United Nations, on the Occasion of the General Assembly Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature:

Is there no contradiction in recognizing only the rights of the human part of this system while all the rest of the system is reduced to a source of resources and raw materials – in other words, a business opportunity?

It is incredible that it is easier to imagine the destruction of nature than to dream about overthrowing capitalism.

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Winning “Rights” for “Mother Earth: Van Jones’ Dream Team Mission-Now Possible

2011 May 6


This popular post was first published here on May 2, 2011.

Now that the Agenda 21 Dream Team is officially in place, “Mother Earth’s” rights and yours could get swapped- at least that’s the mission.

Last week it was announced that Van Jones has officially become a board member of the Pachamama Alliance.  To ignore the progression of Agenda 21 and “sustainability” is to ignore a potentially major change in global power that will affect the lives of everyone worldwide.

If they are able to gain the rights they seek, this could apply to just about everything we do and would certainly gain them total control of land and resource use at the very least.

You need to know just what Agenda 21 and Pachamama Alliance are and why you should care.

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Killing the Shepherd While Simultaneously Nurturing His al Qaeda Flock

2011 May 5


For a decade or more, Americans have been all too aware of al Qaeda and their desire to destroy us, led by their shepherd  Osama bin Laden. This week, many finally felt the closure they had been seeking with the death of bin Laden. But if we have struggled this long against the leader of the al Qaeda flock,  should it not seem odd that we are simultaneously assisting his sheep in Libya?

After the news of bin Laden’s death, John McCain stated:

But while we take heart in the news that Osama bin Laden is dead, we must be mindful that al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies are still lethal and determined enemies, and we must remain vigilant to defeat them.

McCain’s statement certainly doesn’t sound like someone who would advocate supporting al Qaeda, yet that appears to be exactly what he is backing in Libya, along with fellow International Republican Institute board member Lindsey Graham. read more…

Winning “Rights” for “Mother Earth: Van Jones’ Dream Team Mission-Now Possible

2011 May 2


Now that the Agenda 21 Dream Team is officially in place, “Mother Earth’s” rights and yours could get swapped- at least that’s the mission.

Last week it was announced that Van Jones has officially become a board member of the Pachamama Alliance.  To ignore the progression of Agenda 21 and “sustainability” is to ignore a potentially major change in global power that will affect the lives of everyone worldwide.

If they are able to gain the rights they seek, this could apply to just about everything we do and would certainly gain them total control of land and resource use at the very least.

You need to know just what Agenda 21 and Pachamama Alliance are and why you should care.

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George “Robin Hood” Soros and His Merry Band of Pot Stirrers

2011 March 24

In what seems to be a weekly, if not daily, number of protest marches around the globe recently, this weeks’ March 26th “March for the Alternative” is the latest effort to stir the pot from the global powers-that-be. As we have discovered in recent weeks and months, these movements and revolutions are given the appearance of the grassroot actions of frustrated citizens of the world, yet they always seem to come back to the same handful of people and groups.

The “March for the Alternative” is being well publicized by (you know, the same people who work so well on revolution with Google and the State Dept.). This is how they introduce us to the latest:

On March 26th, more than 100,000 people will gather in London to ‘March for the Alternative.’ They’re protesting deep government cuts: slashed local budgets that mean cuts to libraries, child care, public transportation, public safety, and assistance for the elderly—combined with opening up the publicly-funded National Health Service to private companies at a loss of 50,000 jobs.

Shades of Wisconsin…it seems no one on the Left wants to cut a cent from anything. But that doesn’t make any sense in the current economy….does it? And it sounds way too close to the plans for created financial chaos announced this week by Glenn Beck and posted on The Blaze. read more…

The Social Networking Behind Egypt’s Unrest

2011 February 2

Editor’s note: NRB would like to acknowledge the fine work done by RedState and regret that the much deserved credit to LaborUnionReport was inadvertently omitted.

Everyone is speculating on this past week’s activist eruption in Egypt and how it got started. Called completely “grassroots,” I am discovering that these activists have had quite a bit of help in preparing for this type of action from Google executives, our own State Department and many others.

Although the Left has always complained of our meddling in the affairs of other countries, it appears to be acceptable when they are the ones doing it.

The Alliance of Youth Movements (AYM) has offered much support to the effort of the activists in Egypt, which did not begin this week but has been building for years. Offering annual summits with workshops, activist manuals and assistance with matters such as circumventing internet proxies, they have done their best to streamline the process for activists globally to rise up against “social injustice.”

Currently, the AYM is offering many helpful ways for you to support the efforts in Egypt, such as going to a solidarity protest or offering your modem service so they can be online anonymously. Google has compiled a handy Egypt crisis response page keeping people posted on the current locations of protests and instructing them on how to post tweets without internet access.

Highlighted by the AYM on their site, the “April 6 Movement” appears to be behind the initial action, as suggested by The Nation. Their co-founder, Ahmed Salah, is a “fellow” with AYM:

First, by all accounts, is the April 6 Youth Movement. Leftists, socialists and pro-labor people know that the movement takes its name from April 6, 2008, when a series of strikes and labor actions by textile workers in Mahalla led to a growing general strike by workers and residents and then, on April 6, faced a brutal crackdown by security forces.

The leader of the April 6 movement is Ahmad Maher, a 28-year-old construction engineer who was profiled last week in the Los Angeles Times. Well-wired and Internet-connected, Maher told the paper: “After the revolution in Tunisia, we are able to market the idea of change in Egypt. People now want to seize something.”

A recent release from Wikileaks introduces us to the April 6 Youth Movement’s connection to the larger Alliance of Youth Movements:

1. (C) Summary andcomment: On December 23, April 6 activist xxxxxxxxxxxx expressed satisfaction with his participation in the December 3-5 \”Alliance of Youth Movements Summit,\” and with his subsequent meetings with USG officials, on Capitol Hill, and with think tanks. He described how State Security (SSIS) detained him at the Cairo airport upon his return and confiscated his notes for his summit presentation calling for democratic change in Egypt, and his schedule for his Congressional meetings.

So what is the Alliance of Youth Movements (AYM)? From their Mission page, they describe themselves as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping grassroots activists to build their capacity and make a greater impact on the world.” And boy, do they offer a lot of help. AYM was co-founded by Jared Cohen (Director of Google Ideas who formerly worked for the State Dept.) and Jason Liebman (Howcast founder.) AYM partners with MTV, Google, CBS, MSNBC, Facebook, YouTube, National Geographic, Columbia University Law School and even our own State Dept. Annual summits feature workshops from the best in the social networking business.

Their most recent summit was in London, March ’10. Here is what David Rowan, an attendee, blogged:

At the opening reception last night, hosted at Google’s headquarters, I met a smart bunch of people from organizations such as Blue State Digital (which ran Obama’s online campaign), Howcast, Middle East peace activists One Voice, and the East London-based Young Foundation.

But the highlight is an A-list bunch of conference speakers at the conference today and tomorrow — including Jack Dorsey of Twitter, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, Scott Heiferman of MeetUp, as well as top people from Google, YouTube and the World Bank. Other keynote speakers include Jeremy Gilley, the former actor who founded Peace One Day, and Joe Rospars, who was the new-media director for Obama for America.

You can sense the scale of their practical ambition from the title of some of the sessions: one is called Tech Solutions to Repressive Regimes.

One of AYM’s so-called “ambassadors,” Maajid Nawaz, has been all over the media doing interviews. He is active on the AYM Twitter as well as the Facebook page here, where they are coordinating their action in Egypt. The related April 6 Twitter account keeps everyone updated and links to some of their favorite sites like E-Socialists Revolutionary Socialism where you can view some of their suggested demands (translating from Arabic.) He has been well trained in the use of media and social networking.

It seems odd that Maajid Nawaz would be chosen as an “ambassador” for AYM. According to his own bio on AYM, he served four years in an Egyptian prison as an Amnesty International ‘prisoner of conscience’ and was formerly a leader in the “peaceful” global Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) Islamist movement set on the destruction of Israel. About HT, Nawaz now says:

I think that what I taught has not only damaged British society and British Muslim relations and damaged the position of Muslims in this society as British citizens, I think it’s damaged the world.

He had to take a less obvious path. Now professing to be peaceful, he is with the Quilliam Foundation. New name, fresh reputation.

The Quilliam Foundation (named after a 19th century British convert) is being pitched as advancing the counter-argument to extremism.

For a man of peace, Nawaz and his progressive friends at the AYM seem to be at the center of everything, and it doesn’t seem to be progressing peacefully.

Google and the State Department appear to feel very confident about their role in assisting global uprisings, but we might have a few suggestions. In their next AYM Summit, they might want to consider adding some workshops on the backgrounds of the participants they are training and considering who might come in to fill the void left by the people they dispose. Just a thought.

As it is, this social networking experiment has taken a dangerous turn and leaves us wondering which country might be next on the list for a little “social networking.

Thanks for the Excuse, Mr. Geithner, But No Thanks

2011 January 22

It appears that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has provided the excuse that many in Congress may have been waiting for. He has declared the United States to be insolvent; therefore, we have no choice but to raise the debt ceiling.

I am not sure how Mr. Geithner defines insolvency, but here is a definition from

1. not solvent; unable to satisfy creditors or discharge liabilities, either because liabilities exceed assets or because of inability to pay debts as they mature.

Well, it is true that our liabilities are through the roof; no doubt about that. However, his statement seems to indicate that the only course of action is to raise the debt ceiling. It seems to me that this provides a very nice excuse for our representatives from both sides of the aisle to vote for increasing the debt ceiling, citing this emergency. Reminds one of TARP, does it not?

Now let’s take a look at how this would work in your little world. If you lost your job, you would not have any income with which to pay off debts. Do banks usually raise your credit line in such a circumstance? Does the Federal Reserve send you a pile of freshly printed money? No way. You would be out of luck and your credit shot for years to come.

What if you still had your job, but you had run up a large credit card balance that had become impossible to pay on your current income and budget? Would you be more likely to borrow and spend even more, or would you be more likely to cut out anything from your budget that you could live without, so you could make your payments? Well, Dave Ramsey might tell us that too many would still choose the first, but I think that’s what got us all here in the first place.

What are some other things we’d never do at home? How about loaning money to relatives when we are broke ourselves? Isn’t that what our government is doing with all the money going overseas, into the United Nations and elsewhere? It seems immoral to loan money we don’t have and then stick taxpayers with the bill. Some might even call it redistributive.

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Is American Idol Crushing Art for Art’s Sake?

2011 January 21

Another season of American Idol has kicked off this week, with thousands of eager would-be Idols lining up for their chance at the golden ticket. Watching some of the young hopefuls, I couldn’t help but notice what so many of them said. To paraphrase, “I know this is what I was meant to do. I have waited my whole life for this.” But what, exactly, is it that they think they have been born for all of these years? What is it that they think they deserve?

Our celebrity culture seems to have convinced us that art for art’s sake is not worthy of much. Art, be it dancing, singing, painting or another creative form, does not seem to have much value without the accompanying fame and wealth, and too many artists feel no sense of validation without it. If you can’t get paid the big bucks or lead a Brittany Spears lifestyle, what good is it, anyway? Many of the Idol hopefuls seem to have more of a need for celebrity than a need to sing.

At, Mic Mell wrote:

Jake Halpern, author of the book, Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America’s Favorite Addiction suggests, “Kids see fame as a cure-all for problems.” And why wouldn’t they? In culture-filled viral videos, young people today see fame as something that’s achievable for everyone, even if, like Joe the Plumber, it’s a brief flash. All it takes is one headline, and anyone can have a book deal, or be a movie of the week. When Andy Warhol said, “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes,” he may not have known how accurate his prediction would become for our society. We grab onto the newest craze, idea, or person, then promptly discard it when we become bored, or the next flavor-of-the-week arrives.

Notice how he said “fame as a cure-all for problems.” There is no doubt our kids are being saturated in this concept from a daily onslaught of media sources. They are also being taught that they deserve this wealth, probably much more than some of those “fat cats” who have it. Sound familiar? “Give them the wealth” proclaims Van Jones. “Manifest the wealth” teach the leaders behind The Secret. This redistributive (socialist) mindset is everywhere and it is having an effect on how many people may be viewing their talents.

Here is one example written Mike Adams at Natural News:

There is a vast amount of wealth in the world, correct? And most of that wealth is either being hoarded or used for destructive purposes that endanger life on Earth. This is happening because the people in control of that wealth do not have the maturity, mindset and spiritual awakening that YOU have.
How, then, can you attract more wealth while improving the world?
The answer is surprisingly simple: Shift control of wealth from THEM to YOU!
In other words, if money represents resources and power, then the more money that goes into the hands of responsible, life-protecting people like you, the less money is controlled by irresponsible, life-endangering people like the CEOs of drug companies.

Ah, yes. You are so much wiser and so much more spiritually enlightened than your parents’ generation and those old fat cats who have been hoarding the riches. Would-be Idols, I have news for you. We are not all wise, enlightened beings who are deserving of fame and fortune. Those that have achieved it are not all evil fat cats. Those who will never achieve it can still enjoy a great life and make much of their God given talents without once appearing on a reality TV show. I find it odd that so many of today’s spiritual gurus spend so much time teaching people how to attract fame and fortune. This is enlightenment?

A person who has a true artistic calling will not be able to contain it, and any fame that may come with it is just going to be a byproduct. Those kind of people will dance, sing, write, strum their guitars or paint at the drop of a hat and love every minute of it. Should they become the flavor-of-the-week, as Mell described above, these are the people who will go on dancing, singing, painting and strumming long after the adoring crowds are gone.

Yet there are some who, even though they may feel that drive, are discounting its worth in today’s culture.

Karol Gajda, who writes on creative writing and blogging, says this:

The validation most of us want is from random strangers. People we don’t know and who don’t know us. It makes us feel “famous” in a way.

Somebody from Siberia said they liked my article! I have arrived!”

The Honest Truth About Validation

If you need validation then you’re not creating art.

That’s not to say that what you’re doing isn’t valuable. But the thing about art is this: your art should be valuable to you, first and foremost. Everything else is a bonus.

If your art isn’t valuable to you then you’re not an artist, you’re a factory. And probably unhappy.

Are we allowing ourselves and others to sing, dance and act if we are not considered “Best in Show”? In considering the effect American Idol has had, Rob Oliver at had this observation:

What is the message in all of it for the average person?

What if you can’t sing like the finalists?

Ask yourself how many people you know that actually sing for the fun of it? Have you ever wondered why most people don’t sing anymore?

When I was growing up my family sang on a regular basis. We would get together and before you know it everybody would be singing. We sang because it was fun. There wasn’t any pressure to be like the pros. We weren’t trying to impress each other. We thoroughly enjoyed each others musical contributions.

I believe in capitalism and have no problem with a person wanting to make a living with their talent. I think American Idol can be a fun show and one of the few that you can actually watch as a family, but it also offers a great opportunity. It offers parents the opportunity to point out to their kids what talent and creativity is really all about. Parents can teach that we are not “deserving” of anything, but we can put in the time and the work to achieve big dreams. Parents can teach that big dreams don’t necessarily have anything to do with fame and wealth, but with passion and purpose.

Let’s just hope that when Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler send them packing, this year’s contestants will go home, close their bedroom door and keep singing their hearts out…just for the pure joy of it.

What Progressive Women Want: Boehner, Brawny or Bill?

2011 January 6

When our new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was sworn in this week, it was obviously a very emotional event for him and tears were shed. As most people know, this is not a surprise coming from Boehner, who wears his emotions on his sleeve. Lesley Stahl spoke with him about it in her 60 Minutes report, where he explained himself without apology.

What should come as a surprise is how many Progressive women seem to be disgusted by this. Weren’t our feminists the first to ask for a sensitive man? Didn’t they want us to raise our boys with Barbies instead of bullets? Yet there seems to be no appreciation for this particular man, who does not hesitate to express his feelings about devotion to country and his hope for the future of the American Dream. read more…

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The #1 Christmas Gift for All Ages: Discernment

2010 December 23

In a year such as this one, I can’t think of a greater gift for a person of any age to have than discernment. We are being bombarded with propaganda and information from all directions and it is often difficult to sort out. More disturbing is the brainwashing of our youth, especially if they haven’t been taught the first thing about discernment.

Often used as a “religious” term, discernment is imperative to any aspect of our lives. A more secular definition is as follows, from Wiktionary:

The ability to distinguish; judgment; Discrimination; To distinguish between things; To perceive differences that exist; The condition of understanding; Aesthetic discrimination; taste, appreciation; Perceptiveness; The ability to make wise judgments; sagacity; Discretion in judging objectively. read more…

Will “Freedom Fighter” Assange Call the Dogs Off Palin?

2010 December 9

As the Wikileaks story continues to escalate, hackers worldwide appear to be taking this opportunity to do some of the things they have wanted to do for a long time.

In a supposed defense of Julian Assange and his noble fight for freedom of speech, they have hacked into Master Card, and now they have attacked the personal accounts of the Palin family. What does she have to do with all of this? She dared to voice her opinion about it on Facebook.

From ABC News:

The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email.

Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.

No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange’s antics,’ Palin emailed. ‘This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.’ read more…

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