The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are now in the State House

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The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are now in the State House

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"The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA's members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics."
Source: http://www.dsausa.org/about/index.html

The DSA Local for our area is listed as:
MAINE OC:
Harlan Baker, 207/772-9640, 44 Mitton St., Portland, ME 04102
hbaker@maine.edu --
NOTE: Why is he using a state/taxpayer funded email address
in his contact information for this Socialist organization? What's wrong with this picture?

"Harlan Baker was one of the founding members of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee"

“In Portland, Maine DSAer Harlan Baker and AFL-CIO officer Burt Wartell co-hosted a backyard veggie burger cookout that drew participants from the local Democrats.”

“In 2009 Harlan Baker was Maine contact for Democratic Socialists of America[4].
He is also is a member of the Boston Democratic Socialists of America Speakers Bureau”
Source: [url=http://www.keywiki.org/index.php/Harlan_Baker]Click Here[/url]

In addition…
Harlan Baker and Gail Wartell participate in Acorn Productions plays
December 22, 2010
Source: http://blogs.usm.maine.edu/publicaffairs/archives/5778
Hmmm, could the name “Acorn Productions” just be an odd coincidence?

FMI, you might find their blog useful/revealing:
TALKING UNION
A Project of the DSA Labor Network
[url=http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/about/]Click Here for their blog[/url]

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The list of recommended

The list of recommended journals and non-profits is instructive of he overlap between "liberal" Democratic politicians, pundits.etc.

Back when the Maine legislature jacked up the minimum wage I called the state labor dept. to ask about the research they had to support the economic consequences of this act. The fellow I spoke to admitted that they had none, but referred me to the Economic Policy Institute website. The EPI is on the DSA list.

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Mark, Not to take from your

Mark,
Not to take from your thunder, but I posted DSAUSA info on AMG at least
8 years ago. I offered to deploy tractors of sufficient horse power and torque
to pull people’s heads from the sand or other regions where they were inplanted
at the time.

The Socialist agenda has been right under everyone’s noses for decades, but the green
perfume, economic and social justice agenda has mesmerized or mislead far too many people.

Take a look at Socialist International.org for further eye opening.
http://socialistinternational.org/

Google Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Caucus in the US Congress
to gain further info.

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"What they stand

"What they stand for";

......"We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships"......

Perhaps they might show us where THIS has worked.................for long!

You can't help but notice the smug arrogance of the next generation that comes along thinking, "surely they can make it work as they are possessed of far more intellect than those who have tried it before.

Democratic? Oh yeah. I remember as a boy, studying (and mocking) the USSR way back in the second grade. Yeah, they got a chance to vote. And there was one candidate on the ballot every time. Wow.

You think the maine.edu email is an............accident? The hotbed of this stuff has always been amongst the elites in their universities.

How much do you think an outfit like this is sucking out of the public teat? These leeches cannot survive without other people's money!

It will be great fun to watch these guys going the next 4 yrs without a friend in the Blaine House.

WC

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What's missing from the

What's missing from the Website is a bibliography of books and articles by socialists analyzing why socialism has failed in some many versions and so many places. This criticism may seem a little unfair since no such bibliography exists.

It appears they think they are living in ca. 1870 when socialism was a glorious idea with no actual record.

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People have to be "rational"

People have to be "rational" in order to learn something from mistakes.

WC

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Worth

Worth repeating:

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Mark Turek wrote:

The DSA Local for our area is listed as:

MAINE OC:
Harlan Baker, 207/772-9640
44 Mitton St., Portland, ME 04102
hbaker@maine.edu

NOTE: Why is he using a state/taxpayer funded email address
in his contact information for this Socialist organization? What's wrong with this picture?

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Good question. Perhaps someone should send him a polite, reasonable email, asking for an answer (as well as to the Maine education system that hosts the address).

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Naran, I strongly suggest

Naran, I strongly suggest that you send that info to the Governor's office. He will be looking for waste in all areas, this should be right up his alley. Why should Maine taxpayers be expected to fund the mouthpiece for our avowed opponents?

I don't dare write him at the moment. Passion ya know!

WC

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It appears that Mr. Baker is

It appears that Mr. Baker is a professor at USM, and that's where the email address originates. I wonder why he's using an edu.com address (and computer?) to conduct business for an outside organization. Unless, of course, he has permission from the USM brass.

*************

Harlan Baker

* Name: Harlan Baker
* School: University of Southern Maine
* Location: Portland, ME
* Department: Theater

http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=290324

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WC - I have full confidence

WC - I have full confidence in your ability to send a reasonable email to the USM leaders, Mr. Harlan, as well as our new Governor. You can do it.
:)

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A "Professor" in the

A "Professor" in the "Theatre" dept? Imagine that.

How does one go about getting one of these treasured positions?

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Name / Address Title /

Name / Address Title / Department E-mail / Telephone
Harlan R Baker
Russell
Gorham, ME 04038 Lecturer III B

Part-Time Faculty

LAC Academic Programs

Theater
hbaker@maine.edu

207 780 5480

Theater???? What a surprise. :-)

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Thanks for starting this

Thanks for starting this topic- It would be valuable to look into the background and associations of the committee members on the JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-, which you can find in this link.

The Finance Committee if not the most of the Maine legislature have been following a Marxist course for decades, First it was just using tax payer funds as playing card in a game with high growth investors but now the legislature has transformed itself into the investor- acquiring land and property and setting up "funds" composed of every imaginable source of redistributed wealth to channel as much as possible into the hands of the state.

They call crown themselves as "the innovative" or “creative economy"- In the Baldacci administration it began with promoting the template created by Richard Florida who set standard rules for measuring "the creative class" and cities, state and municipal governments across the nation flocked to conform to the Florida template by segregating society and economies into “the creative and innovative classes" and everyone else.

With flowery and deluded language packaging the socialists ran into little resistance and so they grew bolder. No where is this more evident than in the corporate state that is the Brunswick Landing Maine Center for Innovation – which is envisioned as a walled community where the favored class will work play and live isolated from the rest of society.

The Marxists in our state government have created a “fund” for at least the airport of their brand new corporate state, which will be funded by all means possible including those that are usually associated with non profit organizations.

The constitution of Maine prohibits the charter of corporations by special acts of legislation, with two exceptions- one being for municipal purposes. There had to be an exception for municipal corporations because towns are municipal corporations. A town does not exist until chartered and so an outside agency must charter the town – but wisely the legislature assigned the authority to amend the charter to the inhabitants of the municipality.

Thus in creating their corporate state with its walled community, the Marxist in the finance committee declared the corporate state to be “a municipal corporation” and “an instrumentality of the state”- On the website for the corporation it is called a “non-local unit of government” in complete defiance of what a municipality traditionally is. Since it is impossible to determine who the inhabitants of “a non local unit” are- the legislature, in chartering said municipal corporation forgot to provide for a process where by the inhabitants of the municipality can initiate the process of amending the charter.

The legislature did however think to include the right of eminent domain over abutting properties, which happen to be micro business, many of whom have been at that location for decades. They also happen to be “the inhabitants of the municipality”

So when the “Innovative economy" talks about “community’ bear in mind that this means walled communities for the favored classes, which includes the academic sector, and it means doing everything in its means to wipe out instances of the “uncreative” and “non-innovative classes” that stand in the way of its aggressive and rapid advancement.

In the case of the newly chartered “municipal corporation” this means forgetting to set up bylaws for a process by which the inhabitants of the municipality can exercise their constitutional right to amend the charter, and then providing that charter with the authority of eminent domain to seize the property of the inhabitants of the municipality.

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Naran, I will write him in a

Naran, I will write him in a bit. I hope Auntie Mabel does not think ill of me for what i am thinking!

Being a "professor of Theatre" leaves lots of time to engage in political activism on our dime.

I thought someone said here a few days back that there were prohibitions already in place that forbade use of the state's computer system for personal use. What kind of wonderful stuff do you suppose a search of this mans office (funded by us of course) would find?

WC

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Although there is much that I

Although there is much that I like about our new governor, I have always been uncomfortable with his complete silence on state capitalism which has now made the transition to being a full fledged corporate state. While taxpayer funds are used as pawns in the game, the taxpayer has never shared in the profits of the state capitalism schemes- this going to private investors and government employees and the taxpayer gets only nice PR from Maine's compliant media about the "jobs for the private sector" that are being created through state capitalism.

Governor LePage campaigned against the government creating jobs- which is the only justification that the legislature offers for the vast and unconstitutional structure of state capitalism which it has erected.

Where is LePage on this? So far MIA!

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In the FWIW* Department, my

In the FWIW* Department, my own son was a theater major, and is an actor. Just another indication that not all brushes apply the same "finish" in every situation.

* (FWIW = for what it's worth).

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I finally got myself into the

I finally got myself into the right frame of mind to email Mr Baker:

Dear Mr Baker,

This morning it has come to my attention that you are the head of The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), local Maine affilliate. I also noticed that you are listing your email, on the State' of Maine's computer system, as the main contact email address.

I am writing to ask if you could tell me what gives you the rigtht to use the taxpayer-funded computer system for political and personal use. It has been my understanding that employees of the State of Maine are forbidden from doing so by law and/or employment rules.

I am anxiously awaiting your explanation.

Best regards,

woodcanoe

I will let everyone know how he responds. Don't open the wine just yet!

WC

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See? I knew you could do it,

See? I knew you could do it, WC.
Thank you.
:)

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Now, if you just forward that email to two of the following, you might get somewhere with your inquiry.

USM President

Selma Botman
USM President
sbotman@usm.maine.edu

Support Staff

Sharoo Wengland
Administrative Assistant II and Scheduler
(207) 780-4480
swengland@usm.maine.edu

Joshua Aaron Gates
Administrative Assistant II
(207) 780-4021
jgates@usm.maine.edu

Mailing Address
Office of the President
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300 96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04104-9300 04038
Work (207) 780-4480
Fax (207) 780-4561
Fax (207) 780-5646

http://www.usm.maine.edu/pres/

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WC, did you cc the Gov?

WC, did you cc the Gov?

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What a great team

What a great team effort!

What a surprise… the DSA seems to have had some past connections with labor unions like SEIU and AFL-CIO.
For example, John Sweeney:
“Former President of the Service Employees International Union”
“Former President of the AFL-CIO”
“Member of Democratic Socialists of America”

Source: [url=http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2009]Click Here[/url].

Socialism in America
“Socialism in America is alive, well, and growing. Aided by such influential Congressmen as John Conyers, Ranking Member of the House Judicial Committee, David Bonior, the pit-bull-dog who successfully whipped Newt, Maxine Waters, the President's outspoken defender in the impeachment debates, and nearly 60 other Representatives, socialism is advancing in America behind the "Progressive" label.”

“Progressive Coalition supporting socialist agenda”
Here are just a few of the organizations on their list:
1. AFL-CIO
2. National Education Association
3. National Organization for Women
4. Amnesty International
5. Catholic Charities
6. Brookings Institute

Source: [url=http://sovereignty.net/center/socialists.htm]Click Here[/url]

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Pingree must be involved

Pingree must be involved somewhere with this crowd .

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I am a survivor of the

I am a survivor of the atheistic gulag called the University of Maine at Oh No!
All funding should be cut to those revolutionaries who hold the children hostage for a degree.
When this country finally succumbs and becomes another Soviet satellite, the barbarian hordes
of invaders will round up those professors first, because if they were collaborators against their own country to overthrow it, how can the invaders trust them to remain loyal to a people who are not their own.
Its all fun and cutesy now, wink wink, but real communism isn't fun or pretty.

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Pingree is a member of the

Pingree is a member of the Progressive Caucus in the House.
Also listed as a member of DSAUSA.ORG.

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U.S. Congress People in the

U.S. Congress People in the Democratic Socialists of America
with our very own Chellie Pingree:

Source #1:
http://api.ning.com/files/brYeTWKx3YzSSNArNMvaJ0yC*LvTCtMieVG8n6*sY9RVFN...

[url=http://www.budhuntsite.com/?p=385]Source #2[/url];

[url=http://www.patriotactionnetwork.com/forum/topics/democratic-members-of-t... #3[/url].

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BTW, look out for the role of

BTW, look out for the role of Frances Fox Piven with this group.

Since Mrs. Piven is one of the “Honorary Chairs” for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) (Source: http://www.dsausa.org/about/structure.html), she has some fairly scary rants:

1) Listen to her nasty anti-Tea Party interview (4 minutes) - [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVwMMmhstQs]Click Here[/url];

2) Frances Fox Piven Rings in The New Year By Calling for Violent Revolution
“She’s considered by many as the grandmother of using the American welfare state to implement revolution.”
Source: [url=http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=18972662]Click Here[/url].

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Mark; You are at least 10

Mark; You are at least 10 years late on exposing DSAUSA.ORG.

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NIce to remind folks about

NIce to remind folks about who belongs to the Democratic party and what they really stand for.

Moving Forward
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Bullseye, This was not

Bullseye,
This was not intended to expose that Socialist group, but just help remind us all to connect-the-dots with many of our Maine organizations and politicians. If you don't like these facts, don't read the thread.

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Received via

Received via email:

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"The enclosed link should answer the Pingree/DSA question. Why Scontras took the verbal abuse he did from her campaign & left this on the shelf simply baffles ne. Letting the likes of her set the terms of the debate assures you that you'll loose the debate& in his case the election."
http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/gov_philosophy/dsa_members.htm

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Democratic Socialists of

Democratic Socialists of America
It looks like this part of the Extreme Left movement has an upcoming annual convention:

2013 DSA National Convention
October 24, 2013
Oakland, California

Source: http://www.dsausa.org/

Can you imagine what it would be like to be a fly on the wall at that convention?

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It certainly would be

It certainly would be entertaining.

Rumor has it the usual LePage tracker will be attending the event, so Grant and the MPA better get busy and find a replacement.
:)

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