Your Sunday Hymn: Glory and Praise To Our God

One of my faves – I’d like a little faster tempo, but that’s just me:

Video: Unhinged and (Literally) Foaming At The Mouth Pro-Union Thug Says, “I’ll Make You Suffer”

Well, videos from today’s pro-union protests are starting to trickle in at YouTube. My new thug-tracking site isn’t ready yet, but if you have any good videos or stories to report from Saturday’s rally’s, email them to me, It will be up soon.

In the meantime, let me introduce you to “PackerBackerBob”:

At the pro-public sector union rally at the State of Illinois building in Chicago on February 26th, one protester who calls himself PackerBackerBob carried a sign claiming “the GOP hearts the KKK.” When asked to explain it, he offered $1 million to anyone who could prove it wrong before challenging anyone who disagreed to a fight.

“You bring it on, baby…I’m Chicago Bob, I’m a big bastard, and I’m the meanest damn liberal in the land”…:

Okay class, fill in the blanks: Liberalism is a ____________   ____________.

If you said “mental disorder” give yourself a cookie.

As my husband said, that guy ain’t right.

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Kansas Republican House Speaker Considers Banning Union Lobbyists From Statehouse After Obscene Voting Fracas

The Topeka Capital Journal reported:

Kansas Republicans accused organized labor activists Thursday of forcing female legislators to endure sexually explicit and degrading comments while passing into the House chamber before a vote to end automatic deductions from paychecks for union political causes.

Democrats and a representative of the Kansas AFL-CIO disputed the GOP claims, and both sides pointed to video evidence to support their interpretation of events.

House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said the vocal crowd crossed the line by engaging in salty commentary outside of the House chamber and by shouting inside the chamber when the paycheck bill came to a vote.

“There were comments of sexually explicit nature directed at both female legislators and female staff,” O’Neal said. “That’s the most disrespectful display from the gallery I’ve seen in 27 years I’ve been here.”

He said two union sympathizers attempted to intimidate a male House member into voting against the measure, which was passed 75-46 and forwarded to the Senate.

Now he says he may ban the offending union members from lobbying at the Statehouse.

KSNT has the Speaker’s statement about what happened:

More from Real Clear Politics:

Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal said Friday he is considering banning union lobbyists from the chamber’s gallery and legislative offices if they participated in a demonstration during a vote on a bill that would end paycheck deductions that finance labor groups’ political activities.

O’Neal said he and his staff are reviewing video of Thursday’s demonstration to see whether they can identify any registered lobbyists. It involved dozens of union members in the gallery shouting at House members to vote no before police and doorkeepers ordered them to leave and escorted them out.

The speaker, a Hutchinson Republican who supported the bill, also said he verified reports from at least six people that union protesters shouted obscenities at them and a lawmaker who claimed they tried to intimidate him to vote against the bill. Union leaders strongly dispute the allegations.

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O’Neal called Thursday’s demonstration in the gallery “orchestrated.” At least one union lobbyist participated.

“This wasn’t, in my opinion a spontaneous show of emotion,” O’Neal said. “It was very, very well planned.”

O’Neal’s chief of staff, Rachelle Colombo, said Thursday that some union members shouted obscenities and vulgar sexual epithets at female GOP representatives and staff as they went in and out of a morning Republican caucus. The state GOP later issued a statement decrying the “street tactics” of “union thugs.”

O’Neal said Friday that one representative reported being surrounded by several protesters and feeling threatened by “the physical presence and the inflection of the voice.”

An AFL-CIO lobbyist said the union members were respectful and the Republican are the disrespectful ones for trying “to cast working people in that negative light”.

There is a video of the demonstration which O’Neal and his staff are reviewing to see if they can identify any registered lobbyists.

It allegedly involves dozens of union members in the gallery shouting at House members to vote no before police escorted them out.

I hope they release that video to the public. I for one would very much like to see it.

Here’s the press release about the union fracas at the Statehouse from the Kansas Republican party: Unions Bring Street Tactics to Kansas House Chamber

UPDATE:

Defiant unions staged a protest in Topeka, Saturday:

As he stood Saturday afternoon on the south steps of the Statehouse during a rally of labor union supporters, Sen. Anthony Hensley wasted no time taking issue with comments made  two days earlier by state Republican Party leaders.

“You don’t look like thugs,” Hensley, a Topeka Democrat,  said to cheers as he started his remarks. “You look like working-class people. You look like taxpayers. You look like Kansans.

Notice how he had no problem covering up for the thuggish  union lobbyists?

Also speaking was Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, who said “the right-wing extremists that have come to the Capitol have opened up a full-frontal assault on the Kansas worker.”

He said Senate Bill 2130 “is nothing but a political protection act for right-wing extremists.”

When Davis says, “Kansas workers” does he mean  non-union workers, too? And why always with the  projection with these people? The vote ended  deductions from paychecks to union political causes. That actually protects union rank and file who do not support the leadership’s “progressive” agenda. Unions are trying to protect their political power. Everything is about money and power to these people.

Davis also took a shot at Republicans for comments directed toward union members after Thursday’s House vote.

“The Republicans, after this bill passes, go out and call you a bunch of ‘union thugs,'” Davis told the crowd. “Shame on them. Shame, shame, shame.”

This is why that video needs to be made public. We’ll see who’s behaved shamefully.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Birds of a Feather…Use The Same Idiotic Talking Points

Newsbusters’ Lachlan Markay has caught Rachel Maddow lying -( AGAIN!)

For Rachel Maddow, corrections never come easy. But while the MSNBC host has at least offered corrections where she has previously gotten it wrong – granted, with the immense level of sarcasm and snark that is her hallmark – a recent flap with online watchdogs has the indignant Maddow splitting hairs in near-comedic fashion in an effort to avoid admitting she was mistaken.

But the numbers still belie her position.

The exchange began with Maddow’s appearance on Leno Tuesday night. She falsely claimed that “of the top ten people donating money in [the 2010 election cycle], seven of them were giving to Republicans.” In fact, as NB’s Noel Sheppard pointed out, Maddow had it exactly backwards: 7 of the top 10 individual contributors gave more to Democrats than Republicans during the past cycle (and a lot more at that).
Johnny Dollar noticed this comment made by Shepard Smith to Juan Williams on Fox News, Wednesday:

SHEPARD SMITH: Can you explain Wisconsin?…Have you looked at the list of the top ten donors to political campaigns, the top ten highest? Seven of those ten donate to Republicans. The other three that remain of those top ten, they all donate to Democrats and they’re all unions. Bust the unions, and it’s over.

Coincidence? Dollar thinks not.

Hmm, is Shep a Rachel Maddow fan? She cites some stats and draws a conclusion from them, and the next day Shep cites the same stats using similar language–and draws the same conclusion. Now if Rachel Maddow’s stats were general public knowledge this could be a coincidence.

Of course her stats are not general public knowledge because they’re completely wrong, as both Markay and Dollar prove in their posts.

So what’s up with Shep? And why hasn’t he corrected his mistake, yet?

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Then there’s the unions and well, not to red-bait, but —the Maoist Revolutionary Communist PartyCPUSA, Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America are all on the exact same page in their fight against the taxpayers.

Coinkidink?

John Rossomando at The Daily Caller thinks it says a  lot about the unions that they sound so much like these Marxists:


“Egypt, whose revolution has been a constant source of inspiration here, reflected in signs and chants — and Walker’s new nickname, Gov. Mubarak,” an article reads from the International Socialist Organization’s webzine.

photo via El Marco

The webzine also describes the unions’ protest of Walker’s plans to force a vote on curtailing public-sector unions as “class war in Wisconsin” and as an affront to “the standard of living of working people.”

The formerly Soviet-backed Communist Party USA (CPUSA) echoed similar talking points.

“Using the deficit as a scare tactic, the right-wing corporate Republicans are on a fast track to defeat every initiative of the Obama administration, to destroy unions and public services at the federal, state and municipal level, and at the same time protect tax breaks for the richest few,” Joelle Fishman, chair of the CPUSA’s Political Action Commission, wrote in an article posted on her party’s website.

photo via El Marco.



Over in the Workers World Party’s newspaper Workers World, the presence of the student participants in the demonstrations is described as “as one of the most urgent tasks for young people at the moment.”

The country is reeling from a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis. Investments in the needs of communities that create jobs and forestall layoffs will help to create a growing economy that benefits everyone. Otherwise, the deficit will continue to spiral.

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An example is the expansion of transportation which would create new jobs and lower carbon emissions. Transportation for America, a coalition which includes a range of organizations from envrionment, labor and civil rights to developers and local elected officials, is organizing grass roots support for this project. The Equity Caucus of the coalition raises the level of struggle by arguing that communities most in need should be top priority, saying “By investing in transportation projects, America can get people back to work now, lay a strong foundation for future economic growth, and expand opportunity for millions of people. But we must target our investments equitably to the people and places that need them most.”


Richard Trumka:

Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. “We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip.

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.”

Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn’t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.

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Video: Public Sector Unions vs Taxpayers

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Zogby Poll Shows Voters Moving Away From Obama In Swing States

Voters in swing states would vote for someone else in the White House by a 13 point margin, and shockingly, even in blue states they prefer someone else by a 3 point margin.

Zogby International:

If President Obama runs his re-election campaign on the issues he discussed in his State of the Union Address, the outcome is not likely to be good for Democrats.

My newsletter, The O’Leary Report, in cooperation with ATI-News, recently commissioned a poll of 10,000 likely voters with Zogby International to determine what voters in each of three categories of states think on a wide range of issues.

For polling purposes, we divided all 10,000 voters into three camps: 1) Red states that did not vote for Obama in 2008 and are unlikely to do so in 2012; 2) Blue states that did not vote for McCain in 2008 and are unlikely to vote GOP in 2012; and 3) Battleground Green states that could go either way in 2012. The following 12 Green states all saw significant changes brought about by statewide and congressional GOP victories and GOP wins in state legislatures as a result of the 2010 midterm elections: FL, IN, IA, MI, MO, NH, NM, NC, OH, PA, VA, and WI.

The first question we asked voters in all three state categories is whether they think President Obama deserves re-election or if they think it is time for someone new in the White House.

Voters in Blue states would prefer someone new over President Obama by a slim 3-point margin (48% to 45%). The President should easily be able to make-up this ground once his campaign gets into full swing.

In Red states, however, voters would prefer someone new by a sizeable 22-point margin (58% to 36%), a sizeable margin that the President is unlikely to overcome. In Green states, voters want someone new in the White House by a 13-point margin (54% to 41%), showing that Obama’s quest for the critical middle-ground will be a severe uphill climb.

This is the Republicans’ race to lose.

More poll results:

Weekly Standard: Obamacare Isn’t Even Popular When Over-Sampling Democrats

The newly released Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that, by a margin of 27 percentage points (59 to 32 percent), seniors have an “unfavorable,” rather than a “favorable,” opinion of Obamacare.  The same poll also shows that, by a margin of 5 points (48 to 43 percent), Americans as a whole have an “unfavorable,” rather than a “favorable,” opinion of the overhaul. That’s not so striking in itself, but it is when you consider this fact: Only 24 percent of the poll’s respondents were Republicans.

Hat tip: Charles B.

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Video: Pandemonium As WI Assembly passes budget-repair Bill

The vote wasn’t even close, and they had an unprecedented amount of time to debate the bill,   but the Dems still pretend they have the right to be morally outraged.

Ed Morrissey reports:

In the end, the bill that frightened off the entire Democratic caucus in the Wisconsin state Senate passed easily in the lower chamber, 51-17, in what had been a foregone conclusion:

After a bitter, 61-hour debate that was the longest in living memory, the sleep-starved state Assembly voted in just seconds early Friday to approve a watershed proposal repealing most union bargaining rights held by public workers.

Just after 1 a.m., Republicans cut off debate on Gov. Scott Walker’s bill and in pell-mell fashion the body voted 51-17 to pass it. In the confusion, nearly one-third of the body – 28 lawmakers including 25 Democrats, two Republicans and the body’s lone independent – did not vote on the bill at all.

Watch this stunning video of their reaction to the vote.  It sounds like the monkey cage at the zoo after a wolverine has snuck in. I am not kidding – they don’t even sound human:

For more unhinged video reactions, including a woman claiming that the vote means death for her, see The Blaze.

Heh….

The cacophony reminded me of Art Bell’s, “very disturbing” Sounds from Hell ( 2:00 in):

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and Weasel Zippers, and Doug Ross, thanks!

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