"We just won an election," labor boss Andy Stern crowed two years ago, at about the time Barack Obama was taking the oath of office and the union movement was giving itself the lion's share of the credit for getting him there.(from time.com)
After spending some $450 million to elect Obama and a supporting cast of Democrats, labor was calling in the chits: universal health care, higher taxes on the wealthy and so-called card-check voting rules to make it easier to unionize private employers.
For the latest reminder that two years is forever in politics, look how the mighty have fallen. The movement got only part of what it wanted from health care reform. On taxes and card check, zip. And across the country, new leaders are being sworn in to office with decidedly antiunion plans.
Formerly friendly Wisconsin has a new governor, Republican Scott Walker, who is promising to use "every legal means" to weaken the bargaining power of state workers — including decertification of the public employees' union.
Ohio's new governor, Republican John Kasich, wants to end the rule that requires nonunion contractors to pay union wages, and he's targeting the right of public employees to strike.
Indiana legislators talk of making their state — once a bastion of unionized manufacturing — a Midwestern right-to-work redoubt.
Even in places where Democrats cling to power, unions are under the gun.
The government’s pursuit of suspects trafficking in child pornography recently led federal agents to a familiar address–the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where a bureau official is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe, The Smoking Gun has learned.(from cryptogon.com)
The investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general is focusing on FBI employee Joseph Bonsuk’s receipt of nearly 80 illicit images that were e-mailed to him by an Illinois sex offender whose rap sheet includes felony convictions for bank robbery and solicitation of a minor.
In a telephone interview last night, Bonsuk, 51, acknowledged that he is under investigation, but said that the matter was a “misunderstanding” and a “mix-up.”
The news breaking today comes as a great shock to the MSM and has caused great consternation for the left-wing blogosphere – Jared Loughner is a Muslim.
Asked for comment on the developing revelation, Obama said “now is the time to slow down and not get too irresponsible with the blame game.”
Eric Holder added, “we must try to find out what Gabrielle Giffords did to deserve this and reach out and begin a meaningful dialogue that could lead to better understanding so that no one else repeats Giffords’ mistakes.
A former university professor, who wished to remain anonymous, said these were the “chickens coming home to roost.”
Several prominent lawyers have stepped forward and offered to defend Loughner pro bono. Asked why they hadn’t stepped forward until now, several lawyers stated, “there was still too much ambiguity as to Loughton’s political leanings,”
One lawyer said, “I thought he was Christian.”
More fake story later.
** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to Democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”