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Selected News For The Week Mar 12 – Mar 18

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, March 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

43 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Mar 12 – Mar 18”

  1. Illusions

    Unions prepare “Mob” tactics.

    Ninety-six union leaders and activists from 26 states and from a broad cross-section of the labor movement , gathering at the Laborers Local 310 Hall in Cleveland on 4-5 March 2011, pledged to make the fight against union-busting and the budget cuts/concessions in Wisconsin the centerpiece of an emergency action plan centered on two national days of action called by the labor movement on12 and April 4.

    Participants in the Emergency Labor Meeting (ELM) discussed, amended and adopted a 15 point “Perspectives” document (appended to this post) to serve as the framework for future efforts.

    March 12: Participants pledged to go back to their unions and workers’ organizations to promote the March 12 Day of Action called by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Brother David Newby, President-Emeritus of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, attended the ELM and relayed the proposal from his state federation that all unionists and labor activists in Wisconsin and neighboring states mobilize in Madison on March 12, with labor-led solidarity actions the same day in cities across the country.

    April 4: Participants welcomed the call issued by Larry Cohen, International President of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) to organize on April 4, the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a “not-business-as-usual” Nationwide Day of Action at workplaces and communities across the country in support of labor rights. This call has since been supported by the AFL-CIO Executive Board, which is urging “movement-wide dramatic actions” on this day.

    Participants agreed to promote broad support for this April 4 Day of Action in all ways deemed appropriate by unions and community organizations on the ground, including, where possible, industrial actions. They also urged support for these actions around demands that link the struggle in defense of labor rights to the struggle against budget cuts and concessions, and that point to solutions to the federal and state budget deficits, including taxing the rich and the corporations, cutting the war budget, and creating 27 million full-time jobs through a massive public works program (which could be launched immediately and with a $1 trillion “Bridge Loan” from the Federal Reserve).

    To promote these actions, participants pledged to go back to their cities to build “We Are All Wisconsin!” committees of labor and community activists.

    Read the whole pledge at the link.
    http://talkingunion.wordpress......cleveland/

    Note they talk of “Dramatic Action” and “actions in the workplace and in the streets”. That is important that will become more clear in the next section.

    —————————————-

    That’s a nice business you got there. Pity if anything were to happen to it if, say, you didn’t toe the line and denounce Governor Walker like we’re asking nice-like.

    March 10, 2011
    Mr. Tom Ellis, President
    Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
    770 N. Water Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    SENT VIA FASCIMILE AND REGULAR MAIL
    Dear Mr. Ellis:

    As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget
    adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in
    Wisconsin. ..

    As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.

    The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with
    Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

    In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining,
    please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the
    goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.

    Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal.

    In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the
    executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    http://www.620wtmj.com/shows/c.....commentbox

    • canary

      Police thugs warning not buy products and service from a diversity practicing Bank?

      The bank already is worrying if the deadbeats will pay their loans, and now they are being double warned by the gestapo as who to endorse and donate money to.

      “we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters,…”

      a few more of the others that signed this “letter of warning” aside teachers

      Professional Fire Fighters Jim Conway, President
      International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311 John Matthews, Executive Director
      Bob Richardson, President Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association
      Dan Frei, President Madison Professional Police Officers Association

      Isn’t that an unethical threat from “those who take an oath to serve and protect all the people”

    • preparing4theworst

      To Canary- “Isn’t that an unethical threat…..” I think you have mistakenly assumed that a union action of any kind requires ethics. This is (as I see it) primarily a power struggle in which the union ends will always justify the means and that tends to relegate ethics either to the back row or even clear out the door. It is all about the power; getting it, keeping it, applying it in any way necessary to accomplish a goal. I said this about the current white house occupant and his minions and it is also true about these unions. Nothing else matters.

    • canary

      For the police, a militant organization, to warn businesses how to vote, and threaten a bank they will do their best to make them lose money? Police harassment from a bunch of known doughnut eaters.

  2. tranquil.night

    Congressional Republican Leadership, if it’s not clear by now, you are on thin ice:
    3/04/11: Daily Caller – Tea Party group demands more urgency in spending cuts by House GOP leadership

    You’ve been issued warnings by Tea Party Express, Tea Party Patriots, and Tea Party Nation about your broken campaign pledges. You refuse to consider tying $110 BILLION in DICTATED SPENDING by the PREVIOUS CONGRESS for an UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW to any further funding resolutions.

    Why? Because from your perspective “we can’t dictate the agenda with only control of the house?” Aww wahhhhh wahhh boo hoo hoo. Here’s some perspective from Realville, you short-sighted political hacks: You are near the last line of defense the freedom-loving American Taxpayer has from a lawless regime, intent on permanently transforming (destroying as founded) this country before we’ll ever be in a position to dictate anything to them again, ever. It’s absolutely unbelievable to even have to respond to such an excuse after the biggest electoral shellacking of a political party and their agenda in 70 years.

    You’ve lost the grassroots. You’ve lost Levin. You’re losing the right flank of your Caucus. Rand Paul, West, Bachmann, Rubio and DeMint are recognized and beloved as the true stalwarts. Bless Rush, he wants our team to hold this united front together, but it is becoming damn clear whose side the establishment is chosing. That includes FoxNews and this joke of a circus presidential race the MSM is salivating for while the world conflagrates around us. News flash, Washington beltway, we don’t give two slimy turds about any of your bench-warmer candidates or the faux press you give to help elevate their profile. Everybody knows where the real clout and potential is, and they want no part of your puppet theatre.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      You said it, TN,

      I was worried that the republican aristocracy would work harder to be more liked than to do the righ thing(s). They have never learned that the MSM and the left will never like them. Their efforts only make them ever-the-willing dupes and lackies. By trying to appear more “moderate” they let go the guiding principles of conservatism and thus, good judgement. Ignoring the the multi-trillion dollar debt is no way to start out on the honeymoon.

    • canary

      If they shut down the EPA they’d save a fortune and no one would notice they are gone. They could shut down parts of the Agriculture, Education, and Art, all the b.s. Obama started should be reversed and shut down. We are too top heavy and managing the books is impossible.

    • wardmama4

      You need to listen to Herman Cain’s speech at CPAC – all the way through. The times are a changing (isn’t that what Dear Reader wanted?!?) and there are more than just Michelle & Sarah – don’t buy into the crappola spewed by the State run media – We The People are America and We Can Take Back America in 2012 – Just like we took the House (more likely now that the Union thug tactic of collective bargaining ‘rights’ and of course Judge Vinson’s decision that Obamacare is un-Constitutional). We Can Fight City Hall and then Moveon to the State Capital and finally Rein in the Fed!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZDkacOveF0

      Look Ma – No Teleprompter!

    • tranquil.night

      Amen, everyone.

      And wm, the more America sees and hears Herman Cain, the better. He’s a phenomenal man who carries the gravitas of a leader wherever he goes, and has my full support. (His speech at the rally in support of Governor Walker is just one of a growing resume of classics).

      Our side of the campaign field is full of gold, platinum, and diamonds, that’s my point. The Ruling Class knows it too, as does Obama. Don’t doubt me, there’s a joint effort out not just to marginalize Sarah to the point where “conventional wisdom” is she has no shot – but to shut out every Conservative from nascient exposure. I love what I think it was you said about Cain’s candidacy earlier.. to the effect that the nutroots Left is stuck between wanting to smear him early with the conventional “Uncle Tom” label, or just outright snuff any coverage on him at all for as long as possible because that label – or any label other than Freedom Loving American Patriot – just doesn’t stick to him.

      I’d love to see our candidates boycott this Spring Debate circus in favor for one hosted by the grassroots and media organizations representing them. Let the people host a presidential campaign for the people – I’d bet the nation would see something radically refreshing than to what we’ve become accustomed.

    • proreason

      Cain is awesome.

      Conservatives have all the adults in the country, no matter what their ethic heritage is.

    • tranquil.night

      Yeah! Senator Rubio, taking leadership: “I Did Not Come To The U.S. Senate To Be Part Of Some Absurd Political Theatre”

      http://rubio.senate.gov/public.....ad3cfaaf13

      “Despite the seriousness of this debt crisis, an absurd pattern has clearly developed in Washington. Last year, when they still controlled the House, Senate and White House, the Democrats failed to pass a budget at all. In the first two months of this year, Senate Democrat leaders have spent invaluable time not on tackling the debt but on re-authorizing the F.A.A. and reforming the patent system. Their only attempt at addressing our debt was a plan to cut $4.7 billion in spending, which only equals what our government borrows approximately every 30 hours alone.

      “Democrats’ unwillingness to engage on this issue is leading us closer to a catastrophic debt spiral that will irreversibly damage our government, our economy and ultimately our country.

      “The absurdity of what we have witnessed on the Senate floor is only eclipsed by the lack of leadership demonstrated by the White House, and a President who has been absent from this debate and even sent his lead negotiator on a five-day foreign trip.

      Erick Erickson at Redstate has a solid theory on the Democrats & Republican Leadership’s Endgame with this run-out-the-clock with CR’s strategy, taking into account upcoming debates:

      http://www.redstate.com/erick/.....-freshmen/

      What comes up in April? The debt ceiling debacle.

      Merging the continuing resolution debate and the debt ceiling debate together would be the worst possible situation for conservatives. It would limit their negotiating position for substantive cuts when the clock is ticking toward what Democrats and Republican leaders are calling not just a shut down situation, but a default situation.

      If a continuing resolution and debt ceiling debate were merged, moderates would be empowered to push for minimal cuts, no defunding of Obamacare, no defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, no defunding of Planned Parenthood, etc. Republican leaders in the House and Democratic leaders in the Senate would be in the comfy position of being able to ignore conservatives in the name of a “good government compromise,” which is Washington Speak for growing the size and scope of government while pretending not to.

      Time is of the essence and that is why the caucus must be pressured into abandoning this CR theatre and pressing the Dems hand on this shutdown nonsense. The leadership is never going to get that “upper hand” they want without a showdown.

    • proreason

      It’s probably a vain hope, but the thought crossed my mind yesterday that Rubio might be waiting for 135 days to pass since he was sworn in as a senator, or perhaps 270 days. 135 days, as I recall, was what the Moron “served” before reinstituting his lifetime role as candidate, this time as a candidate for Vacationer and Big Spender in Chief.

      My dream is that Marco comes forward and says “I have waited twice the time as our previous president to declare my intention. Unlike him, I was a practicing lawyer, and a successful Florida State Legislator who served as the Leader of the Florida House of Representatives. Also unlike him, I am a proud American who helped my mother as she cleaned houses so that I could live the American dream. From her and my father, I have genuine knowledge of the misery that socialism and totalitarian rule can bring to a country. Today, I’m announcing my intent to seek the Presidency of the United States, the country I love, respect and admire and the country I expect to lead to a renewed place as leader of the free world.”

    • proreason

      Rush wants Rubio.

      http://hotair.com/archives/201.....president/

      See, the thing is…Rubio has it all except experience, and experience is overrated: character assessment is more important because he can pick and assistants that he wants. Heck, Rubio could pick a dozen governors to be on his immediate staff to cover the experience question (Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Palin….who WOULDN’T advise him about government and executive issues?). Obamy’s problem isn’t inexperience, it’s ideology. Hell, if he was more experienced, he might be even more dangerous.

      Rubio is a rock-ribbed conservative. His back-story is perfect. The back story makes him the most articulate of all because he can reference his own family. He’s handsome with an appealing family. There don’t seem to be any scandals. He was vetted by the high-profile Florida election, and Florida is reflective of the country. But scandals and vetting hardly matter for him, the Make Believe Press won’t Palinize him because they know if Hispanics take offense, the marxists will lose by a landslide and both houses will have 60% majorities. So being Hispanic is the magic bullet. He will pick up a significant slice of all Hispanics, not just Cubans, and he won’t lose a single conservative or Republican. He is so smart and so on-message that independents will also flock to him.

      All Rubio has to do is wait a year to announce. Kennedy was only two years older at inaugeration, and he was a crook and a philanderer.

    • tranquil.night

      Rubio again was just on Hannity, sharp as ever. If the Republican “leadership” wants to see what true leadership on this should’ve looked like for the past 3 weeks, look to the real pointman.

      There’s no need to even address the silly premises of the beltway Republican’s attacks on us now. Clearly their public hissy just demonstrates how much it jolted them that we were able to peel off so much of the caucus in such short time. Sorry Johnny, sorry Charlie, we warned you that we wouldn’t be marginalized. Country’s too important.

      In 30 days is a deadline for the people of this country to pay taxes to fund a government that’s unworthy to even bear the title of the United States of America. It is a runaway fiefdom of rot and decay, that’s what comprises the bulk of the federal government. Within that time we are going to have a debate about whether to allow this radioactive blob of debt to grow even more, in terms of raising the ceiling.

      And if by then our party isn’t united and ready to publicly go to the mat for HR 1 and that 105 billion in mandated TWMBR funding, then you’re through – your Congress will be lame right through 2012 and this country will be all the more closer to the point of no return.

      Moreover, if you continue to pull what you have this week – that is: misrepresenting, LYING, and attacking the principled and courageous stand those who voted against this CR took, you might as well join Chuck U. and the Democrats because you’re beyond irrelevant.

  3. proreason

    Republican “leaders” are next.

    Next congress, Rand Paul and Michelle Bachman will be the leaders. Paul Ryan will have his leash removed.

    Bye bye blackbirds.

  4. BigOil

    Thanks for the heads up. Brings to mind some of Dear Leader’s acquaintances – Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Bernardine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, Richard Trumka, Van Jones, Andy Stern, Frank Marshall Davis…

  5. canary

    Since Reuters, who never would right an article like this on a muslims terrorist, I found a more in depth article from Alaska’s newspaper. They don’t mention the Tea Party and no where could I find Reuters claim Cox “leader of the so-called “citizen sovereignty” movement. The article below appears to show he tried to start his own boys club movement with little success.

    A few dumb thugs like the union dummies coming up with the name “We are all Wisconsin” new official national movement, while “We the people” is considered to only be said by extreme right wingers.

    http//www.adn.com/2011/03/11/1750269/fairbanks-man-plotted-to-kill.html

  6. Moose Breath

    Hooray! Japan disaster could undermine US nuclear power!

    In case you were wondering why the media has been cheering for a “Meeeeeelt-Dooooown!!!”… Courtesy of “The Ticket” at Yahoo news:

    http://tinyurl.com/6e8vs8d

  7. proreason

    Mitch Daniels shoots self in the other foot:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballo.....role-model

    One less presidential candidate to fret about.

    Mitch is telling the world he doesn’t have the necessary fire in the belly.

  8. TerryAnne

    This has to be posted in full here!! Really good article, but you know your life sucks when Al Jazeera calls your arse out.

    Obama does not get it
    If independent, democratic, governments are formed in the Middle East, they won’t follow Washington’s orders.
    Lamis Andoni
    http://english.aljazeera.net/i.....0383.html#

    Barack Obama, the US president, has still not fully grasped the essence of the revolutions underway in the Arab world. He genuinely seems to believe that the people rallying for democracy in the region are making a pro-Western, if not pro-Israeli, statement.

    “All the forces that we’re seeing at work in Egypt are forces that naturally should be aligned with us, should be aligned with Israel – if we make good decisions now and we understand sort of the sweep of history,” Obama recently told a group of Democrats in Florida.

    I am not sure how Obama drew this conclusion, but he is either terribly misinformed or engaged in a serious bout of wishful thinking.

    His statements, however, echo the assessments of many American pundits, some of whom have been celebrating the fact that anti-Israeli or American slogans have not dominated the recent and ongoing uprisings.
    It is true that the protesters are not focusing on Israel.

    But to say that these forces could be natural allies of Israel and the West is to take a huge leap into a highly inaccurate assessment of the situation. The US president is misreading the message of the protesting Arab masses.

    Rewriting history

    From Tunisia to Egypt to Bahrain, and in many places in between, protesters have been calling for free and accountable governments. Decades of bitter experience have shown them that unrepresentative governments are often willing to accept – or at the very least are unable to resist – subordination to Western, and particularly American, political and economic diktats.

    The 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, for example, was not signed by a democratic Arab government but was reached in spite of the strong opposition – that persists until today – within the Arab world’s largest country. Likewise, it is unlikely that the 1978 Camp David Accords would have been signed if it were up to the Egyptian people who, undeterred by the alliance of consecutive Egyptian governments with Washington and their close ties to Tel Aviv, continued to resist all attempts to impose normalised relations with Israel.

    Over the years, the Egyptian people have repeatedly shown – through demonstrations, their media and even their cinema – that they oppose US policies in the region and Israeli aggression towards the Palestinians.

    But now some American analysts, officials and former officials are seeking to rewrite history – and possibly to convince themselves in the process – by claiming that popular animosity towards Israel was simply a product of the Mubarak regime’s efforts to deflect attention from its own vices.

    Jackson Diehl, a Washington Post columnist, has even blamed the former Egyptian regime for deliberately keeping the peace with Israel cold and for sometimes challenging the US. “Imagine an Egypt that consistently opposes the West in international forums while relentlessly campaigning against Israel. A government that seeds its media with vile anti-Semitism, locks relations with Israel in a cold freeze and makes a habit of publicly rejecting “interference” in its affairs by the United States. A regime that allows Hamas to import tonnes of munitions and Iranian rockets into the Gaza Strip,” Diehl wrote of the Mubarak regime in an article published on February 14.

    Diehl seems to think that a democratic Egypt will be friendlier to the US and Israel than what he deemed to be an insufficiently cooperative dictatorship. The same idea has been presented by Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state, who argued that Mubarak’s fear of the “Arab street” prevented him from fully endorsing US policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    But what Rice and others seem not to realise – despite the fact that their statements implicitly acknowledge it – is that Mubarak’s supposed shortcomings reflected his realisation that he could go no further in his support of US policies without provoking popular anger.

    Arab regimes have always sought to appease the opposition by paying lip service to the Palestinian cause, because they understand the place it holds in the Arab psyche. And while the revolutions have revealed that this tactic is no longer sufficient to keep the forces of opposition at bay, it is wrong to assume that the new Arab mood is somehow consistent with a friendlier posture towards a country that continues to occupy Palestinian land and to dispossess Palestinian people.

    Defining democracy

    This kind of misreading of the situation derives not from facts but from an Orientalist attitude that has long dominated American thinking and large sections of the American media.

    In the prevailing US political culture, supporting Washington’s policies is considered synonymous with democratic thinking and behaviour, while opposing the American outlook and Israel is judged to derive from the backwardness of ‘captive minds’. According to this perspective, a mentality of imagined victimhood feeds ‘hatred’ of and resistance towards Israel.

    But, it is, in fact, this thinking that is utterly undemocratic. If we assume that democratic values are universal values and move away from a Western ethno-centric interpretation, we will find that the rejection of occupation is totally consistent with ideas of freedom and human dignity – two supposedly integral components of democratic thought.

    Just as rejecting racial discrimination asserts a belief in freedom, so does the refusal to simply accept the Israeli and American occupations of Arab lands and subordination of Arab people.

    So unless Obama is talking about ending the US occupation of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, why would he imagine that the Arab revolutionaries who rose against their oppressors would be natural allies of the US?

    But some American officials and pundits are searching for any kind of interpretation that will enable them to divorce US support for the Israeli occupation from America’s relations with the Arab world. By claiming that the Palestinian issue is no longer central to Arab thinking, they imagine that the US can simply impose a ‘solution’ that ensures Israeli hegemony in the region and falls short of accepting the Palestinian people’s right to exercise self-determination.

    Those in Washington and Tel Aviv who have sought to minimise the role of the Palestinian cause in Arab politics, would be well advised to read an article by the famous Egyptian blogger and activist Hossam el-Hamalawy in the Guardian, in which he argues that it was the demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian intifada in 2000 and the 2003 protests against the US war in Iraq that served as the precursors of the Egyptian revolution.

    The delusion that movements against the injustice of dictatorship and the injustice of occupation will somehow contradict each other reflects a grave misinterpretation of the sentiments of the Arab masses – unless, of course, Obama is simply hoping to use this flawed reasoning to justify the continuation of equally flawed policies in the region.

    Lamis Andoni is an analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern and Palestinian affairs.

    The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

  9. proreason

    Rush just posed the question to his audience asking why so many “establishment” conservatives are so hateful to Sarah Palin. He knows the answer but isn’t willing to say it yet.

    It’s a Ruling Class issue. Sarah is just too common for George Will, CK, and most of the National Review crowd. Republicans have never nominated a real person of the people. McLame, Dubya, Dole, Bush Sr, Ford, Nixon, Eisenhauer, and further back….they were all either patricians, multi-decade political operatives, or military heroes. Reagan was closest to a common man, but even he was old enough and had been around long enough to acquire a certain patrician auro. He easily filled the regal side of the presidential role.

    But Sarah is a fisherman, a sportscaster, the mother of 5, a community college graduate, has scrubbed toilets, a woman with an accent that real people also have, the mayor of Wasilla for God’s sake. She’s as common as can be. Not one iota of her power is due to a school, a patron, social standing, or having lived in Washington for decades. And she isn’t shy about criticing THEM. Oh the audacity of it all.

    That’s why they hate her. And, of course, their wives hate her because she has a natural beauty money can’t buy.

    Rush can’t say it because he is close to being in the same category. He was a DJ, a failure, a loudmouth, a clown, and 10 times as smart as they are. They may not say it, because they are afraid to, but you know they hate him as well.

    • tranquil.night

      Great analysis Pro. Conservatism will never be about a self-appointed intellectual elite. Frauds on our side are even more contemptable than Liberals, in my opinion.

      Mark Levin has a dynamite essay on this: http://www.facebook.com/notes/.....5931685946

      And Dan Riehl had a lot to say on the matter over the weekend too, especially towards NRO: http://www.riehlworldview.com/

    • tranquil.night

      Dan Riehl agrees with your insights, Pro. She is the true outsider, in style and substance. She’s addressed policy issues on terms that have upset the status-quo on the Left and Right, and she’s done so intellectually, and, as Dan argues, effectively:

      http://www.riehlworldview.com/.....d-run.html

      “It’s precisely because Palin so often does this, exposes them for what they actually are, that whether she ever runs for president, or not, they feel compelled to destroy her. They don’t simply not want her to run for president; if they could, they would remove her entirely from the national stage because she’s such a threat.

      If it fears anything, the Beltway establishment, both Left and Right, fears being exposed as chiefly a game of self-professed, elitist, political power-sharing ping pong playing individuals who are absolutely convinced that they, and not the American people, are capable of steering America’s course. They also believe that only they are entitled to do it, hence the attacks on almost any genuine citizen, or Tea Party-aligned candidate – along with dressing up some typical GOP hacks as Tea Party-aligned to win. Some of them are now being exposed by their votes.

      Think back to 2008. Palin began exposing them almost from the very moment she secured the nomination for Vice President. What did she want to do, as far as Obama? Attack him … and hard, pointing out the truths we all knew, ones that have, unfortunately, come to define his presidency. Oh, but the establishment couldn’t have that! Some of these idiot Republicans even said they could never go after him, others threatened to resign if the McCain campaign did go on the attack.

      He goes on to support his point by her employment of the term Death Panels, and the pattern goes on with her fearlessness to call out the Left for their Blood Libel, Drill Baby Drill, and in taking stand early by calling for the Libyan NFZ (even if on closer analysis there were slightly better options in that small window of opportunity a couple of weeks ago). Then there’s my favorite, the Cease and Decist to the Fed. Dan hopes she runs if only because of the challenge it poses to the establishment’s credibility with her in the mix, let alone how solid she’s become in articulating and contrasting Conservativism from a policy standpoint on the wide range of issues truly critical to the country’s future in this era.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yup, reading her book I was very pleased to find that she spoke plainly, though not colloquially, (that is, as a “rube”) and intelligently on many subjects. A straightforward, logical approach to issues tends to really bug the elite simply because it reveals that politics is not much of an intellectual exercise. And, that there are more pseudo-intellectuals in DC than there are real ones. The pseudo-intellectual frames their argument, presents a thesis, talks around the issue and comes up with analogies. People like Sarah Palin simply state fact and come up with a logical, easily understood method of dealing with a situation. Additionally, DC elite have that effete manner, that oh-so-superior way of addressing things. It’s posturing and pedantic. Aloof. Superior. Annoying. Sarah is none of that. She could hold her own in a conversation with Putin or the local postal clerk. If she doesn’t know the meaning of a word, she has no hesitation to ask what it means. Some would ridicule that but often I have met people who claim intellectual superiority who use incorrect words all the time. One of their favorites is “irregardless” which is not a word. But they seem to have trouble with the word “irrespective”.

      But the point is, she’s smart, probably a decent poker player and doesn’t have time for political theater. On the other hand, “Hoops” Obama is all about the bling, the thing and the ring. All show, no go.

  10. canary

    Freedom protesters in Egypt sympathize with al-qaeda.

    WSJ: Egypt Amends View of Islamists

    by Yaroslav Trofimov Mar 11 2011

    CAIRO—Hundreds of Islamic radicals escaped from prison during the Egyptian uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak last month.

    Now, protesters are pressing for the release or civilian retrial of the country’s remaining political prisoners—including, to the alarm of U.S. officials, militants involved in scores of terror attacks.

    In a narrative taking hold among Egypt’s new revolutionaries, these al Qaeda-affiliated militants are seen as having been pushed to violence by the excesses of the overthrown dictatorship. Now, these people say, the militants represent no threat to the future democracy.

    “They are victims—what they have done is a reaction to torture,” said …

    Many of the Islamist prisoners in Egypt belong to Gamaa Islamiyya, a movement that was responsible for killing hundreds of foreign tourists, policemen and secular intellectuals, in addition to involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. Some 500 prisoners jailed for links to Gamaa Islamiyya have been set free over the past two weeks.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....75880.html

    “They are victims—what they have done is a reaction to torture,”

    huh? reaction to their own enforced torture following the koran.
    these escaped (initially reported to be released) terrorists are murdering Christians in the streets, but that is not getting media attention.

  11. proreason

    Holy Moly:

    “NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE: The first, most basic question: Why are you running for Senate?

    CRUZ: I’m running for Senate because in my judgment, Barack Obama is the most radical president this nation has ever seen and America is at a crossroads. We are facing what I consider to be the epic battle of our generation — a battle of whether this nation remains a free-market nation. The size, power, and spending of the federal government has increased faster in the past two years than ever before. And we desperately need leadership to stand up and defend liberty, free-market principles, and the U.S. Constitution.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/.....-interview

    meet the next Senator from Texas…and this only won’t be a RINO

    The big question is: can we find enough of these men and women fast enough to keep us from falling in the sinkhole.

    This guy, like Rubio, is the son of a Cuban immigrant. Won’t it be ironic if after 230 years it turns out that second generation Cubans are the leaders with the balls to save the descendents of Englishmen from the abyss? Nothing hardens the love of liberty like the hot flames of jackboot royalism communism.

  12. canary

    TerryAnn, Obama is so furious at Israel that he put in for a new ambassador Daniel Shapiro, failing
    Czar leader of Obama’s Middle East relations expert. Czar Daniel Shapiro is a close friend of Obama who campaigned, advised, and raised funds for Obama.
    Israel’s response to Obama’s new Israel expert chosen to reward for his fluent “Hebrew” when people in Israel speak English!, was to add pressure on Israel to follow Obama’s declaration that Israel stole
    Palestine’s land. Obama can not take back the words he wrote telling of when he played hookie in Iraq Senator committee visit to Iraq.

    Obama administration states settlements in Israel are illegal. We knew Obama’s long feverish anti-Jewish life and spiritual beliefs.

    Israel update to Palenstines massacre as the world focused on WI and Japan.

    The Washington Post: Israel to expand West Bank settlements in response to slayings of five in home

    Latest update 14 March 2011
    By Joel Greenberg

    JERUSALEM – The Israeli government said Sunday that it had approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements after a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death in their home in a Jewish settlement Friday night.
    vehicles in several locations across the West Bank.

    In a response to the slayings, the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said a group of senior ministers had approved “measured construction” of up to 500 housing units in several large Israeli settlements in the West Bank: Maa’leh Adumim, Ariel, the Etzion settlement bloc and Kiryat Sefer.

    “They murder and we build, and we will build our country,” Netanyahu told relatives of the victims after a funeral that was broadcast live on national radio and television.

    A self-imposed Israeli moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements expired in late September. Since then, there has been a spurt of settlement construction involving previously approved homes, but the decision announced Sunday was the first approval of new building plans.

    Mark Regev, a spokesman for Netanyahu, said the decision to build had been taken with “full transparency with the Americans,” suggesting that Washington had been notified. Regev emphasized that the new construction would be in large settlements

    In Washington, the State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by the continuing Israeli actions on West Bank settlements. Mark Toner, the department spokesman, called the continued Israeli settlements “illegitimate” and said they “run counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations” between Israelis and Palestinians.

    Those killed were Ruth and Ehud Fogel and three of their children – Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, a 3-month-old – all slain in their beds on the Jewish Sabbath.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....03025.html

    The heck if they were ever Illegitimate and Israel and a temp stop in dealing with peace deal expired in Sept.

    Just how intent Obama is in getting his personal muslim control in the situation. Palestine was working with Israel for peace, but even the terrorist Hamas are under pressure of al-qaeda. There will be no peace til all defeat al-qaeda, not appease them. Obama is a muslim and traitor.

  13. canary

    Israeli intercepts ship

    CNN: Israel: Vessel laden with Gaza-bound weapons intercepted
    Mar 15 2011

    CNN:Jerusalem (CNN) — Israeli commandos intercepted a ship in the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday and found weapons bound for Gaza militants,….

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the weapons came from Iran. ….”

    … — was stopped about 200 miles west of Israel’s coast. The vessel was on its way from the port of Mircin in Turkey to the port of Alexandria in Egypt.

    CNN’s Michal Zippori contributed to this report
    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WO.....p.weapons/
    ————————————————————————————-

    The Washington Institute: Policy Alert: After the Itamar Massacre

    By Robert Satloff Policy Alert, March 14, 2011

    With the exception of three weeks in September 2010, there have been no negotiations between the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority during the entire Obama administration….

    … For almost two years, Obama administration efforts were characterized by an obsessive desire to condition the resumption of negotiations on a total freeze on Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank (and, at times, in Jerusalem too). …

    Ironically, despite the PA’s current refusal to negotiate, the administration appears to believe that Israel is primarily responsible for the absence of diplomacy…. — and the president’s widely reported (if off-the-record) statement to Jewish leaders earlier this month vouching for the bona fides of Palestinian leaders but questioning whether Israeli leaders truly want peace…

    On the bilateral front, Washington would be wise to quietly revisit the understandings on settlements and final status issues worked out between Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush, understandings that were shelved by the Obama team soon he they took office….

    …In other words, Israel did not respond to the attack in Itamar by building in Itamar, an out-of-the-way settlement not far from Nablus; rather, it endorsed building in the same consensus areas covered in the Bush-Sharon understandings. …

    …Washington should respond by injecting some sobriety back into its own peace process diplomacy.

    Robert Satloff is executive director of The Washington Institute.
    http://www.washingtoninstitute.....p?CID=1588

  14. canary

    While Israel intercepts ship from Iran with weapons on way to Alexander Egypt…

    Hillary partying in Egypt is going up on billions and billions more dollars to give Egypt.

    AP Clinton tours Tahrir Square in push for reform

    Mar 15 2011

    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday toured Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt’s longtime autocratic leader last month.

    Clinton smiled and shook hands with the Egyptian citizens who surrounded her during her unscheduled 15-minute walk through the square.

    Clinton is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last month and she has pledged America’s support for the transition.

    … she said. “There is so much work to be done, but the United States stands ready to help in every way possible to translate what happened in Tahrir Square into (the) new reality of Egypt.”

    On Tuesday, Clinton unveiled details of an economic support package aimed at helping to create badly needed jobs, mainly for Egypt’s exploding youth population, and spur foreign investment. In addition to an already announced $150 million being redirected to the transition and the financial sector,

    the aid will include tens of billions of dollars in credits and private-sector loans as well as the expansion of Egyptian facilities that are able to send duty-free exports to the United States.

    She is traveling later Wednesday to Tunisia, where she will be bringing the same message…

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....d71e594de7

    Hillary avoided rape and beatings because with the scarcity of U.S.news in Egypt, Cairo has not learned of her extended Jewish family.

  15. canary

    $37 million dollar train station renovated. $20,000,000 fed stimulus money to fix Joe Biden’s 1907 train wreck. The choo choo smart a** that could.
    ————————————————-
    Daily Caller: Train station named in Biden’s honor after $20 million stimulus-funded renovation

    by Steven Nelson – Mar 15 2011

    NBC Philadelphia reports that the station will be rechristened the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station following a two-year renovation that used $20 million in stimulus funds…

    Earlier this year, Biden unveiled a proposal to spend $53 billion on the construction of high-speed rail projects. He said at the event where he unveiled the proposal, “I’m like the ombudsman for Amtrak.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailyc.....renovation

    They will never get their money back for this shovel job.

  16. canary

    CNET News: White House wants new copyright law crackdown
    by Declan McCullagh Mar 15 2011

    Some of the highlights:

    • The White House is concerned that “illegal streaming of content” may not be covered by criminal law,…

    • Under federal law, wiretaps may only be conducted in investigations of serious crimes, a list that was expanded by the 2001 Patriot Act to include offenses such as material support of terrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction….

    • … The administration is proposing that if Homeland Security seizes circumvention devices, it be permitted to “inform rightholders,” “provide samples of such devices,” and assist “them in bringing civil actions.”

    The term “fair use” does not appear anywhere in the report….

    In October 2008, President Bush signed into law the so-called Pro IP ACT, which created Espinel’s position and increased penalties for infringement, after expressing its opposition to an earlier version.

    At the same time, Democratic politicians tend to be a bit more enthusiastic about the topic. Biden was a close Senate ally of copyright holders, and President Obama picked top copyright industry lawyers for Justice Department posts….

    No less than 78 percent of political contributions from Hollywood went to Democrats in 2008, which is broadly consistent with the trend for the last two decades, according to OpenSecrets.org.

    Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-3192.....z1GpPfOxlo
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-3192.....ncol;posts

  17. Rusty Shackleford

    Obama Morphs Into Bush

    from FOX: http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....kes-libya/

    U.S. Seeks UN Resolution Authorizing Wide Range of Strikes on Libya

    Published March 17, 2011

    The Obama administration is seeking a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a wide range of possible strikes against the regime of Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

    The move comes as Qaddafi forces have made “significant strides” in Libya, the State Department said.

    The Obama administration and other supporters of action against Qaddafi were pushing for a Thursday vote on a draft resolution. Russia and China have expressed doubts about the U.N. and other outside powers getting involved.

    The U.S. wants the Security Council to approve planes, troops or ships to stop attacks by Qaddafi on the rebels, according to a diplomat familiar with closed-door negotiations Wednesday.

    The Obama administration said it would not act without Security Council authorization, did not want to put U.S. ground troops into Libya, and insists on broad international participation, especially by Arab states, the diplomat said.

    Wooahhhhh! Now wait just a dang minnit! This isn’t “our war” and won’t this “cost great amounts of money”? And, how long will it go on? And….and……

    Surely this couldn’t possibly be “triangulation” in order to get those pesky independent voters to consider him a real conservative. No. Not this far away from the actual presidential elections. And, why now? Why not three weeks ago. And how long do UN resolutions take? I’m thinking….weeks to months.

    And if the UN says no, well, at least he tried, right? It’s all about the intentions or the appearance of same.

    • JohnMG

      …..”It’s all about the intentions or the appearance of same……”

      Bingo! I’ve just read much the same sentiment in Rumsfeld’s book. Ithink it’s one of “Rumsfeld’s Rules” wherein he says……government bureaucrats are rewarded for their intentions whereas in the private sector, rewards are given for performance and results.

      With the Moron, it’s always about him, and it’s always about perceptions. Nothing of substance to see here, folks. Move along…..Move along.

    • tranquil.night

      This was postulated as our best option weeks ago instead of Sarah’s call for the NFZ, when momentum was with the rebels and they weren’t in the process of being slaughtered. They dithered and sat on this plan intentionally, letting the hawks and doves pointlessly fight it out.

      The security council won’t do anything, everyone knows that. This is as symbolic as a stand-alone TWMBR repeal vote. It’s just the Bamster getting his regime on the record in favor of forceful support for the good guys at the last minute, so he at least has some false claim to make about trying to help when it comes to this particular run of his legacy.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      TN, you’re absolutely right. In his fourth or fifth autobiography, yet to be written, he can say “I supported an uprising in Libya wholeheartedly, and committed US Forces to their cause without losing a single American life.”

      With the truth, of course, being that the UN said no, nothing got mobilized, US forces stood down and the world merrily revolved into the future.

      As a thought experiment, I was imagining the days of Reagan and how it would have panned out then. I suspect there would be at least two divisions of troops, one in Benghazi and the other in Tripoli by now. A carrier, and deployments to Spain & Italy of US Air Forces for setting up a NFZ…etc. Qadaffi would be on the run and the national socialists in this country would be having a cow.

    • JohnMG

      Can you even imagine what this jerk’s memoirs will read like? (And you know there will be several.) Ayers is probably already hard at work creating the drama and suspense. We’ll just have to wait to read how he saved the world from destruction. Much the same as all those jobs he ‘saved or created’, or the ‘depression’ his stimulus spending averted. Or the ‘savings’ realized from Obamacare.

      His miracles will be chronicled in encyclopedic volumes. Collect the entire set! But wait!! There’s more. Act now and receive a full-color (except tor the white part) photograph of the ‘messiah’ shooting hoops in the White House basketball court, complete with hand-rubber-stamped signature of “the King” himself.

      They’ll have to be filed in the fiction category, though.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Well, here’s a little bit of the truth from the BBC:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12781009

      Libya: UN backs action against Colonel Gaddafi

      The UN Security Council has backed a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” short of an invasion “to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas”.

      The UK, France and Lebanon proposed the council resolution, with US support.

      And yet, the AP story made it sound like it was Obama’s idea.

      Meeting in New York, the 15-member body voted 10-0 in favour, with five abstentions.

      Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces have recently retaken several towns seized by rebels in an uprising.

      Loyalist forces are threatening the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, home to a million people.

      Earlier reports suggested that if the resolution were passed, air attacks on Col Gaddafi’s forces by the British and French air forces could begin within hours.

      It is not thought that the US would be involved in the first strikes, but the British and French are likely to get logistical backup from Arab allies.

      Nice to see Europe take the lead for a change. After all, they have much higher stakes in the region than does the US.

      Russia and China – which often oppose the use of force against a sovereign country as they believe it sets a dangerous precedent – abstained rather than using their power of veto as permanent members. Germany also abstained.

      French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, introducing the resolution, said: “In Libya, for a number of weeks the people’s will has been shot down… by Colonel Gaddafi who is attacking his own people.

      “We cannot let these warmongers do this, we cannot abandon civilians.”

      He added: “We should not arrive too late.”

      The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said after the vote: “Today’s resolution is a powerful response… to the urgent needs on the ground.”

      And it’s easy to say this, when the US had almost nothing to do with it and is simply tagging along…therefore…if it’s successful, Obama will take all the credit (just watch and see) and if it fails or turns into Libya-an-is-stan-raq and goes on longer than anticipated (which is doubtful) then Obama can say, “I was very hesitant about it…but went along because I was lied to.”

      In any case, the truth will no doubt be obscured by the state-run media and we’ll have to get the truth from other sources.

    • tranquil.night

      The report was indeed misleading.

      I must apologize as well, as I amateurishly believed that Security Council resolutions had to be unanimous (although it does seem an absurd enough policy for the UN).

      I’m torn in two directions over this:

      First, most importantly: “The UK, France and Lebanon proposed the council resolution, with US support.”

      The problems I have with this happening now, so late, are because there are so many unknowns; as to whether it will be enough, if so what will emerge (if it is indeed true that the rebels are turning to Al Qaeda for arms and support), and, more broadly, what the impact will be on a region that is much different even from three weeks ago.

      What I am fairly certain of however is that Lebanon is under the control of a Hezbollah-backed government following a coup, so again I’m not sure if the alliance knows with whom they’re in bed, if it’s part of this subtle push to validate formerly formally recognized terrorist organizations in the broader Pro-Arab/Palestinian and anti-Israel effort, or if this is a misguided stand of moral solidarity and good-will.

      Then there’s the other half of my psyche, which hopes – prays – that this is successful, because it’s the right thing to do to stop a ruthless madman, regardless of what we’ll get out of it. I’m also somewhat a little suprised and grateful to Hillary Clinton who I think it’s clear pulled the lever of support for the plan, totally upstaging the Ditherer in Chief.

      The polls on this say a lot, but not everything. I also expect views to change as the nature of our involvment becomes clear. One thing is clear that people understand that we can’t afford nation building (albeit I suspect Hill will promise the bank anyway, like with Egypt). Either way, one of the consequences to making a decision now is that you own it. If Libya becomes New Somalia, well, there’s your legacy. Bill has.. well we won’t get into that.

      Wait, but did we even make a decision? Is Obama even apart of this equation anymore? Can we expect the Won to blame the U.K. and France when freshly victorious crowds are soon thereafter protesting “Westerners Get Out!”

      This is why Foreign Policy is a torment to moral absolutists like I. The devil’s playground is in Catch 22’s. We’re so screwed.

    • canary

      Tranqil there’s been alot of reporting that U.S. is staying out of Libya thing such as by Hillary. I think it’s very confusing, and when Hillary says Al-Jazeera the only media reporting the “real” news and Al-Jazeera is winning, it’s even more confusing.

  18. tranquil.night

    A relevant headline considering the media induced panic, unsurprisingly without much play from said media: Airport Body Scanners Deliver Radiation Dose 20 Times Higher Than Thought

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/hea.....ought.html

    It’s only 10x in the US media, by the way.

    Oh, and just a reminder, Henry Paulson used his position to set his crony company up nice with the FBS deal.

    • tranquil.night

      Correction: It was Michael Chertoff, not Hank Paulson, whose jollies are Full Body Scanners. I can’t keep my cronies straight.

      Forgive my errors today, it’s unacceptable.

  19. mr_bill

    From a communism union supporting ABCNews
    Judge Blocks Wisconsin Union Law
    By Chris Bury
    March 18, 2011

    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s plan to weaken state employee unions hit a legal speed bump today when a judge blocked it—at least temporarily.

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan to strengthen state finances hit a partisan democrat speed bump today, when a pro-union judge received a “political contribution” from the unions. There, fixed that first sentence. I notice they failed to capitalize Governor, which should be capitalized when used to refer to a specific holder of the office and not the position in general.

    Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order barring publication of the new law until she can rule whether Republicans who rushed it through the legislature—while 14 Democratic Senators camped out in Illinois–violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law.

    The judge’s ruling is a setback for Walker, whose office issued this statement, “This legislation is still working through the legal process. We are confident the provisions of the budget repair bill will become law in the near future.”

    It will work through the legal process, unless partisan judges leave the state to avoid having to rule on it.

    Today’s decision puts the law on hold until after March 28, the earliest Judge Sumi said she would rule on the merits of two lawsuits, initiated by Democratic officials, contending that a special conference committee passed the controversial law without giving the required 24 hours notice.

    The suits allege that the bill violated the “Open Meetings” law in WI. The “Open Meetings” law is intended for negotiations on “compromise bills.” It seems to me that those who would have “compromised” were hiding in another state, attempting to stop any meetings from happening.

    “Judge Sumi confirmed today what we knew all along – that the bill stripping hundreds of thousands of hard working Wisconsinites of their voice on the job was rammed through illegally in the dark of the night,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

    Thats a bit dramatic. A bunch of infantile legislators left the state rather than to debate the bill. While the AWOL democrats were hiding, the rest of the elected legislators passed a law. Elections have consequences! I bet Phil Neuenfeldt would be absolutely livid if anybody actually did pass a law in the manner he claims this law was passed. Oh, wait, didn’t the democrat congress in D.C. pass nerobamacare in exactly that manner – shoved through congress with payoffs and grafts in the middle of the night?! Where was his feigned outrage at that?

    There is a simple fix for this, re-schedule the vote and pass the law again.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics.....d=13167424

    • JohnMG

      I really don’t see a problem. Since the Won has already set the precedent, Governor Walker can just ignore the court order and continue forward with implementing the legislation.

      Constitution? Rule of law? Such a quaint concept.


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