Let’s start with Michelle Malkin, today, who ‘s been following the antics of violent and corrupt AFL-CIO leader, Richard Trumka.
Big Labor’s legacy of violence:
My syndicated column today takes on the rise of President Obama’s best new Big Labor buddy, Richard Trumka — whose looming presence on the political scene I first flagged in April. As we noted last week, he’s got a combined $88 million war chest with his labor alliance and a Marxist get-out-the-vote force behind him. When they are through, they’ll make the SEIU Purple Army’s political expenditures (and its thuggery) look like a pittance.
On a related note, the NLRB (with SEIU attorney Craig Becker recess-appointed onto the catbird’s seat) is set to launch an assault on workers’ rights to a secret ballot to remove an unwanted union. See here. Card check through the back door. Who needs the legislative front door?
Doug Ross: Gulf Rig Owner Marina Energy: It’s Not Paranoia If They’re Really Trying To Kill You
Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist, but the entire scenario is bizarre. It it were the plot of a Tom Clancy novel, it would be considered too far-fetched.
What the hell is going on in the Gulf???
As you may know, David Limbaugh has an explosive new book out, Crimes against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama.
Here are a couple of good Limbaugh interviews for you:
Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review: Presidential Plummet.
John Hawkins Right Wing News: An Interview With David Limbaugh About His #1 Best Selling Book “Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama”.
His answer to a question about the possible impeachment of the President:
Intellectual honesty demands that I say that when the President, in contravention of an express prohibition from Congress, pledges $140 billion, with a b, to the IMF to be redistributed to third world nations, that there is something radically wrong. I mean that ought to be an impeachable offense.
I’m not advocating it, but if you’re asking me in the purest sense. When he threatens Arizona with withholding its stimulus funds because Senator Kyl had the audacity to suggest to him that he implement an across the board freeze on stimulus spending, he had four cabinet secretaries simultaneously send threatening letters saying we’re going to withhold your Arizona stimulus money if that’s the way you want to be. So these people think it’s their money and they can withhold stimulus money from Arizona because a senator innocuously suggests that Obama be prudent and quit bankrupting us.
They think they can summon people, insurance executives to the White House and make them come with papers to justify their rate increases or threaten to sue insurance companies because they share information as part of a required regulatory filing with the elderly saying they might lose benefits if Obamacare goes through.
These guys are tyrannical, dictatorial Stalinists and I would be remiss if I didn’t say that in answer to your question. So if anybody was of a mind to look at high crimes and misdemeanors, I think they’re certainly there. Still, I would recommend against it because all there’s going to be is a backlash — and that’s not the purpose of my book. My purpose is to hit him head on, fight him, and defeat him at the polls in a peaceable revolution.
Geoff’s got the new unemployment chart up at AoSHQ: Unemployment Rate at 9.6% for August.
Gateway Pundit: Obama’s Disastrous Jobs Record Makes George W. Bush Look Godlike
Peter Wehner, Contentions: Defining Recovery Down
The Daily Caller reports that the Dem Senate majority is: Slip Slidin’ Away… Senate races in Ohio and Pennsylvania going downhill for Democrats
How are Dems taking their increasingly grim election prospects? Like cornered animals.
Jim Geraghty checks in with his pollster/political consultant guru, “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” for a look at the next two months. As “Kenobi” tells Geraghty, expect “October Surprises, maybe every day and all day,” predict them, and plan for them. I think “Kenobi” is right — “Just tell the people that the White House and Democrats will try and control the media dynamic and narrative,” so that when crazy stuff starts happening — and it will — that it’s the just the normal background noise at election time from the fever-pitch left.
Remember that Politico piece about the daily phone call of Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, Begala, and George Stephanopoulos on the White House line of the day? ABC News has been tracking pretty accurately on the White House various pitches this spring and summer — the Tea partiers are haters or Timothy McVeigh types — then the whole setup for the NAACP convention launched the “they’re all racist” theme, etc. So keep an eye on ABC, especially Stephanopoulos and also First Read and Politico — they’re usually the first-wave transmitters of the White House line. Believe me, they’ve already got a pollster or two who’s ready to bend some numbers and journalists ready to write about the “sudden Democratic surge.” I’d love to know which week they have picked for the “Democrats are back in business” story. They have tried it twice this summer, but neither polls nor events carried the storyline any further. They will badly need the networks’ news departments to come through if there is a real domestic terrorist incident or some ugly display by someone on the right.
This fall they will know no checks — October Surprises, maybe every day and all day. What this means, I don’t know — bombing Iran? Capturing Osama bin Laden or some other big name and announcing the news two days before the election? Get tough with Paris Hilton and send her to Guantanamo?
[I am fairly certain my mentor is exaggerating. Having said that, I hope Paris pays her lawyers well.]
Q: What can the GOP do?
First, predict it. Just tell the people that the White House and Democrats will try and control the media dynamic and narrative. This is what they do. They don’t really know how to govern for the public good; if they could do that, they would be in better shape. What they do know to do is use media events to hold onto power, to go on television and blab.
Second, Republicans ought to be using the words “October Surprise” endlessly. Hold a contest to see who comes up with the most creative suggestion for what the Dems might do.
Third, and above all, they need to cut off the one escape route the Democrats have, particularly the “moderate” Democrats who are trying to run away from Obama. Get the word out that this election is not just about Obama — he is just a symptom of what the Democratic party has been since 1972.
There are no moderate Democrats in Congress, because when you vote for a supposed Blue Dog you are voting for the enablers — the ones who keep the House and Senate run by liberals.
I like the contest idea. Here’s a creative suggestion for what the Dems might do:
Partner the NAACP with Media Matters, Think Progress and New Left Media to launch a website that will specifically publish and monitor “racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement.” Too ridic?
We all know Keef is doing his part to help the team, The Daily caller watches “because we’re paid to”:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27: Surprise, Keith Olbermann is mad at Bill O’Reilly! Are we sure this isn’t a rerun? O’Reilly’s crime this time: Mentioning his high ratings in his syndicated column. “You know, he‘s better because more people watch,” Olbermann sneered. “Like the Chicago Cubs are better than the team with the best record in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, because the Cubs‘ attendance is 61 percent higher than Tampa‘s is.”
This is a very sensitive topic for Keith, who generally has fewer than half the viewers of his time-slot rival on Fox. And it raises an important question: Do ratings matter or do they not, Keith? It’s perfectly fine to say they don’t matter at all, and that you’re just as happy preaching to a choir of 47 fans who live in their moms’ basements. You could claim to be purposefully creating a niche product! Frankly, that might be your best bet.
But the truth is, you do care about ratings. You are constantly “correcting” people on Twitter who bait you by teasing you about your low ratings. “2 million a night,” you bragged on Twitter on Tuesday. (That number includes your 8 p.m. live show and its 10 p.m. rerun, and it still doesn’t match O’Reilly’s numbers for 8 p.m. alone.) You also bragged about making “sooooo much money,” and in the middle of the week became absolutely obsessed with proving Glenn Beck’s rally audience was smaller than widely reported to be, and directly compared it to your own audience. (“Beck drew a smaller crowd than my 1AM replay draws.”)
So, you have a choice to make: A) Your ratings are huge and impressive and bigger than Beck’s rally and you make a ton of money, or B) Your ratings are tiny but who cares about them anyway.
I will tell you this much, though: Any woman who tells you audience size doesn’t matter is lying.
What a petty, small, small man!
Have you ordered your copy of Baldilocks’ Tale of the Tigers, yet? Why the hell not? Go.
More to come…
LOVE this tee ! Via RWN: Palinriffic!:
Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: Human Rights through the Looking Glass
During this past year, under the guidance of our HRC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, “senior representatives” from “more than a dozen” federal entities wandered the country listening to the self-serving laments of various liberal pressure groups. At the end of the process, they compiled these gripes into a 29-page report and sent it to the U.N. HRC for review.
Among the reviewing states of the HRC are human rights luminaries like Cuba, Russia, Red China, Saudi Arabia, and — when not busy sending “emergency transaction” e-mails — Nigeria.
Our State Department calls the UPR process “a unique avenue for the global community to discuss human rights around the world.” Any sane person would call it a self-deluding boondoggle and, if its recommendations are followed, a self-destructive one as well.
I could write a book on the various absurdities of the report we submitted — e.g., a soulful plea for the rights of the transgendered and not a word on those of the unborn — but let me focus on one that has the potential to wreak havoc anew on the world’s economy: the call for “fairness and equality in housing.”
“The recession in the United States,” the report insists, “was fueled largely by a housing crisis, which coincided with some discriminatory lending practices.” Those practices, the report strongly implies, resulted in a market where “fewer than half of African-American and Hispanic families own homes while three quarters of white families do.”
“To prevent similar crises in the future,” the report continues in its smugly accusatory way, “the federal government has focused resources and efforts to determine whether and where discrimination took place, as well as to ensure greater oversight going forward.” As proof of the administration’s eagerness to solve the problem, the report cites its “major financial reform legislation.”
I wish I were making this up, but our official 2010 UPR submission to the United Nation argues that discrimination against minorities in the housing market somehow caused the economic crisis and that the misbegotten Dodd-Frank act will somehow repair it. It is no wonder that the authors of this report oppose capital punishment. Upon reading it, even Sister Helen Prejean would want them taken out and shot.
Read it all.
O.m.g. Make it stop…
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