Obama Makes “Environmental Justice” a Defense and Homeland Security Issue

Judicial Watch

Van Jones is gone, but Obama is still carrying out his agenda

Though it is unrelated to their mission, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Housing are among the federal agencies that will focus on helping minorities get green under an Obama administration plan that aims to bring “environmental justice” to poor and underserved communities nationwide.

The effort was launched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last fall and the agency has doled out millions of dollars in “environmental justice grants” to dozens of left-wing groups, including some dedicated to helping illegal immigrants. Earlier this year the administration dedicated an additional $7 million to study how pollution, stress and social factors affect “poor and underserved communities”…

As if it weren’t bad enough that millions of dollars have already gone to this initiative, the president is further wasting valuable taxpayer resources by forcing other federal agencies, most with unrelated duties, to participate. Besides the previously mentioned, the Department of Education, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Transportation, Justice, Health and Labor have all been forced to develop “environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by population.”

This week the agencies signed an official Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice outlining some of their new duties. Under the agreement the agencies will make environmental justice part of their mission and they will provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts. In a written statement, the Obama Administration proclaims that it’s the latest effort to address the inequities that may be present in some communities.

Obama’s EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, has promised to bring minorities environmental justice since getting appointed, saying that all too often they live in the shadows of our society’s worst pollution and, as a result, face disproportionate health impacts and greater obstacles to economic growth.

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Obama Admin Wants to Widen Government’s Gay Indoctrination

Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times

U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training government-wide. If accepted by the Obama administration, that move could mean more sessions for military service members already undergoing gay-sensitivity indoctrination.

Critics fear additional gay-oriented training would be an unnecessary added burden for combat troops and encourage some to leave.

USDA officials have asked the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees all federal worker policies, to impose its gay-awareness programs on all federal departments, according to an internal newsletter…

The push for the training is coming from Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack, former Democratic governor of Iowa. He has launched a department-wide “Cultural Transformation” that includes the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender [LGBT] Special Emphasis Program.”

The USDA’s senior training coordinator, Bill Scaggs, has developed a sensitivity program far more extensive than the Pentagon’s training for the anticipated lifting of the ban on open homosexuals in the ranks…

The Agriculture Department described its program in an internal newsletter, “My USDA: A Progress Report for Employees on USDA’s Cultural Transformation”…

The newsletter adds: “Future collaborations with OPM are planned, with the ultimate goal of having LGBT Special Emphasis Programs across the federal government”…

Mr. Scaggs‘ briefing for USDA employees is titled “Including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Diversity”…

One slide on gender identity states: “Individuals are conscious of [sexual identify] between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. Most people develop a gender identity that matches their biological sex. For some, gender identity is different from biological sex (transsexuals).”

On attempts to change someone from gay to straight, the briefing says: “Usually doesn’t work and may even be harmful. Can produce feelings of depression, hopelessness, shame and anxiety. Some people become suicidal”…

The briefing defines “heterosexism” as an ” ‘ism’ like sexism or racism where one is considered better than others.” It gives as examples the ban on gays serving openly in the military and laws that define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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Obama Spies on TX Schoolkids to See What They Eat

Judicial Watch

The government agency that’s wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to study how global warming effects crops, recruit more food-stamp recipients and bring healthy cuisine to the inner city has dropped a couple million on a device that tracks what minority public school children eat for lunch.

It marks the latest outrageous expenditure of public funds at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is supposed to provide leadership on food, agriculture and natural resources based on “sound public policy” and science. Instead, under the Obama Administration, the bloated agency is spending huge sums to control matters unrelated to its mission.

As the federal deficit creeps towards $15 trillion, the USDA has launched a costly project to calculate how many lunchtime calories poor and minority kids consume at five Texas elementary schools. High-tech cameras have already been installed in the cafeteria of one San Antonio campus to photograph the foods students put on their trays. The digital imaging later determines how many calories were consumed. The cost to U.S. taxpayers; $2 million.

The local official overseeing the absurd minority food monitoring project for the feds assures that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth because it’s “very sophisticated.” After software calculates calories—by analyzing before and after food photos—parents will receive reports showing what their kids are eating at lunch. The goal is to motivate the adults to change their children’s eating habits at home.

This is all part of Michelle Obama’s multi billion-dollar effort to bring healthy foods to low-income neighborhoods and combat childhood obesity, which she claims is most prevalent among the poor and ethnic minorities.

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Eric Holder’s Admission? DoJ “Does Not Enforce the Law on the Basis of Race”

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

Attorney General Eric Holder had something of a meltdown on Capitol Hill today when a Republican Congressman pressed him on his preferential treatment of the New Black Panther Party. Rep. John Culberson, R-TX, read a statement from a Democrat calling the Black Panthers’ actions the worst case of voter intimidation he had ever seen. In response, Holder huffed that, while the Panther’s nightstick-wielding threats were “inappropriate,” the assessment was demeaning to “my people.”

Perhaps more important than his admission that he does not see the American people as “his people” is a line he uttered shortly afterwards.

After Culberson cited “overwhelming evidence that your Department of Justice refuses to protect the rights of anybody other than African-Americans to vote,” Holder stated, “This Department of Justice does not enforce the law on the basis of race.”

Holder intended this as a denial, but it seems more like a Freudian admission.

After all, it is precisely what Holder’s Justice Department stands accused of, not enforcing the law on the basis of race.

Not only conservatives but Democrats such as Bartle Bull and apolitical observers….

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The “Justice Department” Man Behind the Panthers Dismissal and the Black Farmer Scam

J. Christian Adams, BigGovernment.com

At the Justice Department, one man has played a central role in two of the most controversial racialist policies of the Obama administration – Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli.  This bundler of huge campaign contributions for the Obama campaign is now the second highest ranking presidential appointee at the Justice Department.  Perrelli is best known for his central role in dismissing the slam dunk voter intimidation case brought and dropped against the New Black Panther Party.  But the leftist Perrelli has outdone himself.

This week, the House passed a $4.6 billion payout to American Indians and black farmers as part of a settlement of alleged race discrimination claims.  BigGovernment.com has reported extensively, on the “Pigford II” settlement and how it promotes fraud.  Worse than fraud, it represents a race-driven political payoff by the Obama administration to a favored political constituency.

Nothing happens in Washington like the Pigford settlement without the Justice Department.  The DOJ, acting as the nation’s law firm, was intimately involved in piloting the Pigford settlement through Congress and reaching similar settlements with other identity politics plaintiffs.  Perrelli ran the show at Justice in all of these efforts.

In fact, a large portion of  the settlement windfall escapes Congressional approval entirely because Perreilli’s shop at DOJ also approved a similar but separate settlement with Hispanic farmers. Instead of a Congressional appropriation, Hispanic farmers will be paid out of an existing “judgment fund.”

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