7/9/09

Thursday wrap

Rules for Radicals used against the leftwing ... This country stinks and we won’t be happy until we’ve forced you to admit it. In other words, stop thinking of the Democratic Party as merely a political party, because it’s much more than that. We’re not just the party of slavery, segregation, secularism, and sedition. Not just the party of Aaron Burr, Boss Tweed, Richard J. Croker, Bull Connor, Chris Dodd, Richard Daley, Bill Ayers, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Emperor Barack Hussein Obama II. Not just the party of Kendall “Agent 202” Myers, the State Department official recruited as a Cuban spy along with his wife during the Carter administration. Rather, think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party. If you had any sense, you would start using our tactics against us. After all, you have a few lawyers on your side. Sue us. File frivolous ethics complaints against all our elected officials until, like Sarah, they go broke from defending themselves. (David Paterson would be a good place to start.) Challenge the constitutionality of BO2’s legion of fill-in-the-blank czars — none of whom have to be confirmed, or even pass a security check. (Come to think of it, neither did Barry.) Let slip your own journalistic dogs of war, assuming you have any, to find Barry’s birth certificate, his college transcripts, whether he applied to Occidental as a foreign student, and on which passport he traveled in 1981 to Pakistan with his friend Wahid Hamid, for starters. (livinglakecountry.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com


Moron-in-Chief Exposed ... Candidate Obama had almost nothing to say about the crisis, but all during the campaign the mainstream media kept telling us that he had a giant IQ. He had already written two books even if both were about himself. And, yes, he had taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, but few on the faculty have any recall of him. Indeed, his college transcripts, as well as his birth certificate, are all still carefully hidden from public view. So we have only the last six months by which to judge him by his actions. A delightful blog by Theo Sparks has posted two lists demonstrating that just over half the voters in 2008 elected a moron. (canadafreepress.com)


ACORN Ugly: Union-backed, tax-funded fraud group turns against the poor ... The relentlessly sanctimonious Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now may not deserve its carefully cultivated image as a defender of the poor. That's because the group has become the leading cheerleader for a controversial real estate development that is slated to use eminent domain to remove the poor people it claims to represent. ACORN, which has long prided itself on fighting the so-called gentrification of neighborhoods as rising property values force the poor to move, has also taken money from the project's developer and signed a binding agreement forcing it to stand behind the project no matter what. In the world of corporate shakedowns it is commonplace for liberal activist groups to use the money they extract from a supposed "donor" to fund operations, but it is very unusual for a group to take money in exchange for betraying those it is supposed to represent. But the far-left activist group ACORN, which claims to defend the poor from what ACORN ally Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) last year called America's "capitalist predators," is doing precisely that. (spectator.org)


Full speed ahead for Job-Killer Act: Axelrod bans the words 'Card-Check' ... Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who one of EFCA’s most vocal supporters as a member of the House, acknowledged the changing political reality in an interview with Fox Business Network Wednesday, by indicating EFCA would be diluted in some fashion by Congress. FBN anchor Liz Claman asked Secretary Solis if she had enough votes to pass it this year and she replied it was up to the House and the Senate “to figure out what changes or modifications might have to be made to the legislative if at all. And if they have the votes.” “I think that this is going to be negotiated at a different level,” she said. “Obviously it's something that the Senate is now looking at. I know there are people working behind the scenes to try to negotiate an agreement. And I look forward to seeing that something is resolved.” One of the most likely compromises that would be made would be to strip out the bill's provision to eliminate the secret ballot requirement for union organizing, called "card check" by opponents. That would still leave in place new binding arbitration rules, but would take EFCA's critics' biggest talking points off the table. Workforce Management is highlighting a quote from Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, an EFCA sponsor who is not running for eleciton in 2010, as evidence of this. According to their report, he told gatherers at a Capitol Hill event last May: “Certain words have gotten toxic, like card check, so we don’t use those words anymore." (washingtontimes.com)


Obamanistas throw rank-and-file workers under the bus ... Consider this: If EFCA was enacted, a worker could find him or herself in a union he or she didn't get to vote on, abiding by a contract they didn't get to vote on, paying dues to a union they didn't agree to and whose political ideology they may not share. It is unfathomable that this could happen in America and that Congress would seriously entertain such a flawed piece of legislation. At every point, the worker loses, and the union bosses win. These same labor heads have underfunded their own members' pension programs, while stocking their own benefit plans to the hilt. And now, with EFCA, they will be rewarded with access to billions in additional dollars to inject into politics, causes and initiatives of their choosing. (forbes.com)

Related video: Meet Sen. Stuart Smalley (D-AFL-CIO)



Obama hearts Canada's dysfunctional collectivism ... A pitched lobbying battle between Big Business and Big Labour over legislation that would make it much easier for workers to organize is shaping up as the first major test of U.S. President Barack Obama's loyalty to the unions who helped elect him. And like the raging debate about reforms to U.S. health care, the Canadian experience has become a rallying cry for business groups that want the proposed legislation stopped in its tracks. At issue is the "card-check" bill, which would mandate automatic recognition of a union once half the members of a work force signed a membership card - a model that Canadian provinces have gradually been moving away from since the 1980s. (theglobeandmail.com)


Unionists muzzle big, oppressive employers ... In the cacophony of the debate on the Employee Free Choice Act, one particular voice that might quell fears about the use of card check over secret-ballot elections has been silent. None of the major companies that currently use card check has stepped up to support the bill. American Rights at Work, an Employee Free Choice Act advocacy group, says that more than 500,000 workers have joined unions through majority sign-up—another term for card check—since 2003. On its Web site, the organization praises companies that use the process for listening to their workers and treating them with respect. Those cited include AT&T, Verizon and Kaiser Permanente. All three companies refused to comment on the Employee Free Choice Act and their labor relations. Another employer, Harley-Davidson, did not respond. (workforce.com)


Would you buy snake oil from this man? ... When a virulent disease is ravaging you like a cancer, you don't want a cacophony of voices promoting different or contradictory cures. Yet that is what we're starting to hear about the economic crisis, not only from a politically divided — and pretty scared — capital, but from within the Obama administration itself. (ibdeditorials.com)


Hawaii lawmakers add Job-Killer Card-Check ... Dozens rallied at the Capitol Wednesday, urging the governor to veto the "card check" bill. If House Bill 952 becomes law, workers could form a union simply by signing an authorization card rather than voting in a secret ballot. Labor unions say it would give workers more leverage. But small business owners argue it gives unions an unfair advantage and would cost businesses too much money. "This is not about pro-union, anti-union. This is more about the individual. It's about the right of an individual to have that ability to vote in secret," said Jim Tollefson from the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. (kgmb9.com)


Andy Stern Watch: SEIU Card-Check hypocrisy exposed ... One of the leading proponents of a bill that would allow workers to form a union by signing authorization cards is being accused by a California health care union of blocking such a card-check election for its members. In January, the National Union of Healthcare Workers was established by former leaders of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West. They had been removed from SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West executive board and steward positions after accusing the SEIU of centralizing power at its Washington headquarters and making “corrupt deals” with employers. Since then, about 100,000 health care workers throughout California have petitioned to leave the SEIU and join the new union. The effort has been stymied, according to the National Union of Healthcare Workers, by SEIU tactics that resemble those of businesses that want to prevent unions from forming. (workforce.com)


Forced-tribute extracted from Maryland workers ... Restating the last line of your editorial, AFSCME does believe in the power of the legislature it has paid for and now wants its pound of flesh. This new law was enacted by the legislative effort of the governor, upon whom the union spent money to get elected. Their reward is a union shop for government employees in Maryland. If you are not in AFSCME you will have to pay a fee to it. It's repayment for the last election and an advance payment on this next one. (newsday.com)


Typical AFSCME political endorsement ... ensions are running so high within the city’s blue-collar workers’ union local over its endorsement of Mayor Martin Chavez that the group’s top two officials ended up in a police report. Albuquerque police were called to the union hall of AFSCME Local 624 last Thursday night, where the membership was voting on whether they agreed with the parent union’s endorsement of Chavez. The local is one of several that make up AFSCME’s PEOPLE Committee, which makes political endorsements. The local’s vice president, Jerry Sanchez, told the Independent last week that the endorsement was made before the membership was adequately polled and that the vote held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. last Thursday would allow the members to have their say. According to Sanchez, the union needed 10 percent of its members to vote last Thursday in order to make the vote a legitimate representation of the membership. Ultimately, 91 members voted out of a total of 850 members. Things got heated, Sanchez alleged, when the local’s president, Steve Griego, tried to impede the effort by calling members and telling them the voting would be over by 3 p.m. “He was mad that I was calling people and telling them that he was trying to stop the vote,” Sanchez said, “but that’s the truth of it. And I was trying to do everything in my power to keep it going.” (newmexicoindependent.com)


Labor-state strikers get just desserts ... After finishing an 11 month strike, Stella D'Oro factory union workers in Bronx returned to work only to be disappointed yet again. Owners just announced that the plant will shut down in 90 days, sending the workers back on the streets. "I have tears in my eyes," Mike Fielippou told CBS 2. "I was really crying after all these months." In a statement, the company said it can "… close the Bronx bakery operations in approximately 90 days, and still assure a continuing supply of high quality Stella D'Oro products." (wcbstv.com)


Clinically-proven remedy for joblessness: Worker-Choice ... The Alliance for Worker Freedom has consistently championed Right to Work laws, which protect a worker against being forced to join a union against their will. Right to Work laws are currently in force in 22 states, and the the coercion of being forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment that occurs in the 28 states without right to work laws is antithetical to worker freedom. Right to works laws have an additional benefit however – they are proven to reduce unemployment. (atr.org)


International Collectivism

Obamanistas opt for strong-arm tactics over democracy ... Has the global spread of democracy run out of steam? For long, but especially since the end of the Cold War, democracy and free markets were touted as the twin answers to most ills. But while free-market tenets have come under strain in the present international financial crisis, with the very countries that espoused the self-regulating power of markets taking the lead to embrace principles of financial socialism to bail out their troubled corporate colossals, the spread of democracy is encountering increasingly strong head winds. (search.japantimes.co.jp)


Leftwing tyrant smacks down LatAm's poorest ... Venezuela on Wednesday suspended its oil supply to Honduras, canceling the daily shipment of 20,000barrels of oil to the country, which is experiencing a major political crisis following a military coup that toppled the government of President Manuel Zelaya. The decision was ratified on Wednesday by Venezuelan Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, who executed the order given on July 3 by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "Venezuela can not give benefits from Petrocaribe to a dictatorship, and even the less to a small group of businessmen who made a coup," Ramirez told the press. (xinhuanet.com)


Friend of Barack impedes democracy ... Nicaragua has refused to grant the Honduran coup leader, Roberto Micheletti, permission to fly over its territories into Costa Rica. 65-year-old Micheletti, Honduras' former congressional leader who swept into power in a military-sponsored overthrow of the government, is due to meet Manuel Zelaya, the banished leader of the Central American state on Thursday, for talks on the power struggle between the two rivals. According to AFP news agency, Nicaragua declared on Wednesday it would not allow the Honduran Air Force to carry the interim president to Costa Rica via its airspace. (presstv.ir)
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