Hump Day Link-Around

Gary McCoy cartoon via Townhall.

Michelle Malkin: The war on Wisconsin:

Now is the time for all good tea partiers to come to the aid of Wisconsin. Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media and the judiciary. The yearlong campaign of union thuggery, family harassment and intimidation of Republican donors and businesses is about to escalate even further. This is the price the Right pays for doing the right thing.

The most visible target is Gov. Scott Walker, who faces recall on June 5 over his tough package of state budget and public employee union reforms. Three state GOP legislators — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Sen. Van Wanggaard and Sen. Terry Moulton — also face recall. A fourth target, staunch union reformer and Second Amendment advocate Sen. Pam Galloway, announced she was stepping down last week — leaving the legislature deadlocked and Democratic strategists salivating.

Walker and the GOP majority ended the union compulsory dues racket, allowed workers to choose whether to join a union, curtailed costly bargaining rights and enacted pension and health contribution requirements to bring the government in line with private-sector practices. The Walker reform law helped prevent massive layoffs in public education by saving tens of millions of dollars in bloated benefits bills. Ending the state union monopoly on teachers’ health insurance plans allowed dozens of school districts to switch their coverage to more competitive bidders.

The free-market MacIver Institute reports that at least 25 school districts did so, saving the districts more than $200 per student. Hundreds of millions more in savings are in the works as school districts and local governments turn deficits to surpluses. And Walker’s actions have nearly wiped out the nearly $3.6 billion deficit he inherited from his free-spending predecessors.

Another embarrassing defeat for Holder’s rogue DOJ: Judge acquits Hutaree militia members of conspiracy charges:

In a 28-page decision, Roberts wrote, “The evidence is not sufficient … to find that defendants came to a concrete agreement to forcibly oppose the authority of the government of the United States as charged in the indictment.”

Prosecutors said Hutaree members were anti-government rebels prepared for a violent strike against federal law enforcement. There was never an attack, and defense lawyers said the government used members’ offensive remarks about police to build a criminal case.

The FBI had planted an informant and an agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008, and the audio and video evidence the agency collected became the cornerstone of the government’s case.

“The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level,” the judge said. She said David Stone Sr.’s “diatribes evince nothing more than his own hatred for — perhaps even desire to fight or kill — law enforcement; this is not the same as seditious conspiracy.”

Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, declined to comment.

Maybe the DOJ could look into this injustice, now: Elderly Couple Terrorized Out Of Their Home By Spike Lee  What color are they, though? In ObAmerica, that would be the determining factor in deciding whether or not their rights have been violated.

And how about that New Black Panther Party?  What is it – day 4 or 5 of their illegal bounty to capture a man who hasn’t been charged of any crime in Florida, and not a single peep out of the Obama administration or DOJ. How can this be?

Now, via *Gateway Pundit, New Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz Threatens to “Burn This City Down” at Detroit City Meeting (Video):

New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz threatened to “burn this city down” at a town hall meeting in Detroit on Monday. About 30-40 people disrupted the meeting Monday.
“And, before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down!”

Have we finally become a Banana Republic?

*Not THE Malik Shabazz who is the leader of the New Black Panther Party – this is another Malik Shabazz who may or may not be affiliated with the New Black Panthers, and who claims the title of “Minister”.

By the way, in case you’re wondering what CNN did to get on Media Matters’ sh*t-list,  occasional honest and hard-hitting interviews like this Anderson Cooper interview of a Black Panther leader answers your question.

During an odd and fiery interview on CNN Monday night,  Anderson Cooper tussled with Mikhail Muhammad of The New Black Panther Party over the group’s reaction to the death of Florida Teen Trayvon Martin. The New Black Panther Party has offered a reward for the capture of Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman, and cited “street people law” during the interview Monday night as justification for charging murder against George Zimmerman while calling for a citizen’s arrest.

“He committed murder, he committed a hate crime,” Muhammad told Cooper of Zimmerman, explaining, “we decided to take it upon ourselves and coalition with other groups, with other black people who have had enough.”

Anderson continued to remind Muhammad that Martin’s father has explicitly rejected the “eye for an eye” rhetoric that some members of The New Black Panther Party have used, but the spokesman appeared to ignore the father’s request.

“We are military, we are here to support Trayvon’s family,” Muhammad argued, adding that the government wasn’t really there for Trayvon Martin and that “they have killed millions of black men and women.”

“You tell our justice department and Eric Holder and our President Obama to get off up their ass and do the work and the rest is done!” Muhammad went on to say. When pressed by Cooper on the legality, he responded that he could make a citizen’s arrest of Zimmerman, who has not yet been charged for anything, because the New Black Panther Party member doesn’t “obey the white man’s law,” but rather the “street people’s law.”

If you don’t know what I mean by “Media Matters Sh*t list”, see Jeffrey Bell’s must-read, The Plot to Get Rush.

Let’s stop here for a moment for a brief bit of historical background — not a detour but a very necessary context.

It is a big mistake — a really big mistake — to dismiss what’s being done to Rush Limbaugh as just some crazy guys at Media Matters.

When we work our way through what Angelo Carusone and his Media Matters comrades and others are doing when they target Rush, or went after Glenn Beck, or plan to do in targeting Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin and who knows who after that (Levin? Laura?) remember: this is the way the Left — the global left throughout history, not simply the American Left today — has always behaved. A fanatical intolerance is part of the leftist DNA.

The late Austrian free-market economist Ludwig von Mises described the leftist method of operation as “fanatical and intolerant.” It works, he said, this way:

Socialism… works on the emotions…to stifle the voice of reason by awakening primitive instincts.

Primitive instincts.

And that most primitive of human instincts? You got it.

Fear.

The skillful, clever use of fear (not to mention hate) is the defining trait of leftists throughout history. Fear is the primitive emotion the left feeds on like a junkie needs drugs. It is a trait repeatedly manifested in history by the use of intimidation or bully-boy tactics to assert raw power. It is the vividly identifiable scarlet thread of intolerance that has shown itself in one leftist movement after another on down through the centuries, regardless of nationality.

Read the whole thing, 9 pages long in all, but well worth your time.

And one more thing.

What is it Angelo Carusone is quoted as doing in that 2010 Raw Story interview? A story that was in fact focused on Glenn Beck?

Here’s the verbatim.

…Carusone is mounting similar campaigns targeting Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and CNN.

Beck is now off Fox’s air.

The Rush campaign is now in progress — but in spite of all this, in fact precisely because of all this, his audience is sticking — not to mention getting pretty damn mad.

CNN? What did these poor struggling media mushies do? No idea. But they have somehow offended the sensibilities of Commissar Carusone.

CNN sometimes strays from the left-wing narrative – that is not to be tolerated!

Doug Ross: Top 10 Reasons Obamacare IS Constitutional…

 I can assure you, despite all of the hullabaloo from the hoi polloi, that Obama is entirely, 100% Constitutional, no if’s and’s or but’s.

Seton Motley: ‘The Constitution is the Ultimate Pre-Existing Condition’:

Less Government President Seton Motley’s remarks at Tuesday’s Tea Party Patriots Road to Repeal ObamaCare rally (though he sometimes goes extemporaneous):

“Are these mics hot?

“First, we are very pleased the Supreme Court decided not to wait to hear this case until after the election – when they would have more flexibility.

“Because there is plenty of unConstitutionality on which to rule right now – that cannot wait until more convenient times for ObamaCare proponents.

“The Constitution is the ultimate pre-existing condition.

“The Constitution ascribes the federal government limited, enumerated powers.  Mandating that everyone purchase health insurance is, quite simply, not one of them.

“Neither is a virtual takeover of 1/6th of the economy – the entire health care sector.  Which is what ObamaCare, in its essence, is.

Thousands of patriots rallied in Washington DC, and Jefferson City, at the AFP held Hands off my Healthcare rallies, yesterday.

LifeNews: Obama HHS Mandate Wasn’t Just About Contraception:

An ancient example of resistance to a tyrant’s attempt to coerce violations of religious conscience provides an interesting perspective on resistance to the Obama administration’s recent healthcare coverage mandate.

“Contraception” is not exactly the right term. The HHS mandate implementing Obamacare requires insurance plans of religious employers to provide not just contraception but also sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs–”morning-after” (and even “week-after”) pills designed to cause the death of a conceived human embryo rather than prevent conception. The technical term for such drugs is abortifacient, though they often are called, euphemistically, “emergency contraception.”

“Cram-down”is a perfect term for HHS’s policy, however. The whole point, it seems, is to override religious objections to such a policy to the maximum extent politically possible, out of an intense ideological commitment to contraception and abortion as “preventive health care.” It is vital, the ideologues say, to prevail over religious objections precisely in order to advance, and permanently entrench, this particular ideology and, further, to vindicate the power of government to impose such policies on everyone. Religious objections must be overcome, in part for the sake of overcoming religious objections.

Read on as the author recalls the biblical example from Maccabees: How Eleazar and an entire family of brothers were victims of a tyrannical ruler, and who were tortured to death because of  their refusal to violate their consciences.

But the story of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and Eleazar, remains a remarkable two-thousand-year-old parable about tyranny and conscience, about cram-downs, accommodations, deception, and adherence to principle. There are relatively few instances in recorded modern western history when government has insisted on vindicating its authority and overriding religious conscience for its own sake–purely for the symbolism of power prevailing over conscience.

I’ll be happy when justice is finally served in this case: Atlas Shrugs Free Michael Behenna: Scapegoating a Hero rotting in Leavenworth Date for Oral Arguments Set and a New Fund

The Circle of Moms blog is hosting a contest – Top 25 Political Moms – 2012

I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but Lonely Conservative has the best chance of beating the top vote getter, a far-left mommy blog. The contest goes on for about another week, and you can vote once a day.

Weasel Zippers: Poll: 68% Disapprove of Obama’s Job Handling Spike In Gas Prices…

Ouch, I guess no one was fooled by his phoney, face-saving photo-ops, last week.

Popular at Moonbattracker, right now:

Video: Trayvon Martin Anti-Violence Protester Beats Up Girlfriend, Goes To Jail

Video: Florida Dems Paying People To Protest Allen West

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From the desk of the Speaker of the House: Speaker Boehner Seeks Answers on President Obama’s “Flexibility” on Missile Defense:

Washington (Mar 28)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent a letter to President Obama requesting answers about his comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev concerning America’s missile defense program. In October, Speaker Boehner delivered an address on the president’s “reset” policy with the Russian government in which he urged the administration not to make any unilateral concessions to the Russians that would diminish America’s missile defense capabilities. A PDF of the letter sent today can be found here.

Neutralize the left’s callus and evil death wishes for Dick Cheney and wish him a speedy and full recovery: GET WELL SOON MR. VICE PRESIDENT!

In a very scary and cynical interview that sounded more like a “Death Panel” under Obamacare, NBC’s Matt Lauer said “[Cheney's] case has re-opened debate on whether rules should be changed to favor younger patients”

NBC’s medical editor Nancy Snyderman said Cheney’s operation “…raised a lot of ethical questions, moral questions, about whether the Vice President, in fact, should have received his heart…”

Even more hateful were the comments posted on Democratic Underground, a website well-known for it’s extreme left slant. The follow are all quotes from their website!> “I hope he dies a slow death”
> “Cheney is a murderer”
> “I hope dick is in pain and drowning in his own fluids”
> “I’m not going to feel anything but intense gratitude… [when he dies]“

Is this kind of sick demented talk even worthy of our attention? The answer is yes.

PLEASE SIGN IT NOW AND FORWARD IT TO OTHERS! SIGN THE GET WELL SOON CARD HERE!

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Fausta: Cuba: The Pope’s shameful trip:

 

Benedict turned a deaf ear to the people clamoring for freedom – in the video above you can hear the chant of “libertad, libertad” (freedom, freedom).

The Catholic Church remains silent on arrest of protestor and hundreds of dissidents in Cuba, yet,

Unofficial reports also seem to confirm the future saint Fidel’s first miracle: the instantaneous disappearance from the island of the Ladies in White and all dissidents.

The hand of God lets go of Cuba and Cubans?

RNC Releases Audio Of Obama Lawyer Embarrassing Himself Before Supreme Court – UPDATE: Toobin Today: Now it’s a “Plane Wreck”

According to just about everybody, yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing really was a train wreck for the Obama administration.

Via The Washington Free Beacon, the Morning Joe Crew had a little fun at the administration’s expense:

SCARBOROUGH: SOMEBODY MESSED IN THEIR BED YESTERDAY ARGUING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION. THAT’S A VERY POLITE WAY OF SAYING WHAT THAT POOR, POOR GUY DID WHO IS GOING TO BE CRUCIFIED BY THE AMERICAN LEFT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE IS LIKE THE BILL BUCKNER OF THE AMERICAN LEFT. IT WENT HORRIBLY FOR THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY. WHEN JEFFREY TOOBIN COMES OUT AND SAYS ‘IT’S OVER’. IT’S OVER, LET’S JUST BLOW UP THE STAKES, WE LOSE.

BARNACLE: THEY SHOULD HAVE SENT JOE PESCI IN, FROM MY COUSIN VINNY.

PANEL: (LAUGHTER)

SCARBOROUGH: HE WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB!

BRZEZINSKI: GUYS THAT’S NOT NICE

Watch that video at the Beacon.

Now, via Freedom’s Lighthouse, here’s  the RNC’s video, “ObamaCare: It’s a Tough Sell:

Many on the Left are horrified at the job Verrilli did yesterday, choosing to focus on him rather than obvious reality that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It’s just hard to defend, a “tough sell,” which is the point of this ad.

SEE ALSO:

Erick Erickson, Red State: Sinners In the Hands of Anthony Kennedy The left cries foul as the right uses the federal courts to do as the left has done for years.

As the clock approached 11, Kennedy spoke again, sending shockwaves through the legal community. He stated matter of factly,

the reason this is concerning, is because it requires the individual to do an affirmative act. In the law of torts our tradition, our law, has been that you don’t have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. The blind man is walking in front of a car and you do not have a duty to stop him absent some relation between you. And there is some severe moral criticisms of that rule, but that’s generally the rule.

And here the government is saying that the Federal Government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases and that changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in the very fundamental way.

It was the quote heard round the world. It is what the tea party movement, libertarians, conservatives, and so many private citizens have been saying. It was an expression of what every legal scholar on television has pooh-poohed as the troglodyte rhetoric of plebeians not educated enough to understand their own founding compact.

That Justice Kennedy expressed something so obvious to so many Americans that so many well educated legal analysts have mocked for two years as an outmoded view of the constitution put forward only by hicks, rubes, and the racist middle class tea partiers not cool enough to defecate on police cars like the Occupy Wall Street hipsters should deeply, deeply trouble every radio station, newspaper, and television news network along with the American people.

Just how out of touch are the people the news media relies on as legal experts used to help form both their and their audiences’ opinions? More so, is it not abundantly obvious that legal experts let their own partisanship shape their opinions?

UPDATE:

Great news! Today’s arguments faring no better for the administration – Liberal legal experts still gobsmacked!:

RCP: Toobin: Hard To Imagine How Things Could Be Going Worse For Obama Administration:

NN Senior Legal Analyst Jeff Toobin: “This still looks like a train wreck for the Obama Administration, and it may also be a plane wreck. This entire law is now in serious trouble. It also seems that the individual mandate is doomed. I mean, Anthony Kennedy spent much of this morning talking about if we strike down the individual mandate, how should we handle the rest of the law? Now, it is less clear that they are going to strike down the whole law. There does seem to be some controversy in the court about that. Certainly there are some members of the court, Antonin Scalia, Justice Alito, who want to strike down the entire law, but it seemed almost a foregone conclusion today that they were going to strike down the individual mandate, and the only question is does the whole law go out the window with it?”

Whitfield: “Oh, my goodness. Okay, so I have got about 20 seconds or so left. How might this impact arguments later on this afternoon, Jeff?”

Toobin: “Well, it’s hard to imagine how things could be going much worse for the Obama Administration, but now they’re going to be dealing with the Medicaid portion, and they may decide to get rid of that as well.”

Watch the video at RCP.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Hat tip: Brian B.

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