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Did Mr Jefferson Do It?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

It has become part of the Received Wisdom that Thomas Jefferson fathered many children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, based on a genetic study about ten years ago. The genetic studies were much less definite than the urban legends that grew up about them — Jefferson has no (other?) direct descendants, and all the genetic information could tell anyone is that Jefferson was one of a good couple dozen men who were candidates — and two or three of them were thorough reprobates. But the genetics, along with a bunch of circumstantial evidence, were added up to conclude that Jefferson was probably the father of at least some of Hemings’ children.

Or maybe not.

In a book due out Thursday, eminent scholars say it’s unlikely that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings‘ children, disputing a decade’s worth of conventional wisdom that the author of the Declaration of Independence sired offspring with one of his slaves.

The debate has ensnared historians for years, and many thought the issue was settled when DNA testing in the late 1990s confirmed that aJefferson male fathered Hemings‘ youngest son, Eston. But, with one lone dissenter, the panel of 13 scholars doubted the claim and said the evidence points instead to Jefferson’s brother Randolph as the father.

The scholars also disputed accounts that said Hemings‘ children received special treatment from Jefferson, which some saw as evidence of a special bond between the third president and Hemings.

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You Mean, This Isn’t a Hoax? #georgelucasisanidiot

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

I saw this “new” clip from the upcoming re-release of the Star Wars movies earlier today on Ace’s site and dismissed it. It’s just too easy to do mash-ups now. Someone somewhere with enough time on their hands has already subbed in every famous James Earl Jones movie line for Darth Vader’s in Star Wars, making for one of the funniest mash-up clips ever (language alert). This “new” clip is clumsy and lame by comparison. Surely it’s not the work of the folks at Skywalker, right?

Here, supposedly, is George Lucas’ new bright idea: Let’s take the risible “Nooooooooo!” from Revenge of the Sith and crassly slap it into the scene when Vader tosses the Emperor down the well. Oh, spoiler alert if you’re one of the three people on earth who haven’t seen Return of the Jedi.

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I can’t watch that clip without laughing. But it’s legit.

Then on Tuesday, an online report by Devin Faracisuggested a revelation almost as troubling as the news that Luke and Leia had been brother and sister all along: in a climactic scene from “Return of the Jedi,” when Darth Vader hurls the evil Emperor to his demise on the Death Star, he would now shout “No!” (In all previous versions of “Jedi,” Vader has committed this crucial deed in silence.)

On Wednesday, a press representative for Lucasfilm confirmed that this change will be included in the Blu-ray release, writing in an e-mail: “Yes — Darth says NO.”

That’s just hacktastic.

(h/t Hot Air, Ace)

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Boehner Responds to Obama: How ‘Bout You Move Your Speech Back a Night? (Updates: Squabble Ensues)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

House Speaker John Boehner has replied to President Obama’s request to have his jobs speech/campaign kickoff in a joint session of Congress the same night that the GOP contenders are debating, with an “Um, I don’t think that’s such a good idea.

As you know, the House of Representatives and Senate are each required to adopt a Concurrent Resolution to allow for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President.  And as the Majority Leader announced more than a month ago, the House will not be in session until Wednesday, September 7, with votes at 6:30 that evening.  With the significant amount of time – typically more than three hours – that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.  As such, on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and Senate, I respectfully invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in the House Chamber, at a time that works best for your schedule.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and working together to solve America’s jobs crisis.

Shorter Boehner: Did you guys even bother to check into this at all before blaring it all over the press?

Is it just me, or is there a bit of cheek in that last sentence? It’s not like the president has proffered an actual idea of his own to create jobs since his inauguration.

Update: Newfound respect for Speaker Boehner, since Thursday is the night the NFL season kicks off.

Update: Hm. From FNC’s Ed Henry–

WH official says “Boehner’s office was consulted about the 9/7 date before the letter was released. No objection/concern was raised”

There too many unknowns in all that. Who is the “WH official” and who in “Boehner’s office” was allegedly aware of it?

Update: Now Boehner’s office says now way, didn’t happen.

Spokesman for Speaker Boehner @Brendan_Buck says “no one in the Speaker’s office” agreed in advance to the 9/7 address to Congress.


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Pelosi: Rich Oppose Tax Hikes Because They Want to be ‘Immortal’

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Well, I’ll give her points for creativity because I certainly didn’t see this particular argument coming.

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This is my theory. What more do they want? They have…homes, bigger the yacht, da da da da, the taller the mast, the whole thing. They have museum quality art. And I decided, if in fact they are advocating for this, which I’m not sure they are, I think the Republicans just like to…have that position. They want immortality. They want so much money that their names are all over…(incomprehensible) for prestige they could never get any other way, they could buy with endless money.

She may have a point that’s worth twisting back around on her here. For politicians like Pelosi, political power is often a means to immortality. They push bills that they put their names on or strongly identify with as a means to get themselves written into history books and, if they’re really good at it, get big buildings named after themselves. Maybe even a statue somewhere. There’s a reason you can’t throw a stick in West Virginia without hitting something named after Robert C. Byrd. They look at Abe Lincoln and Tom Jefferson’s memorials and think to themselves, “That should be me.” You hear it in the way Obama keeps bringing Lincoln up all the time. They desperately want to see their names carved in marble or up on Mt. Rushmore.

They treat legislation like Pelosi claims the rich treat their money. All during ObamaCare’s struggles we heard how the Democrats have sought to pass a big health care bill for years, since Truman. It was their white whale. Pelosi, Obama, Reid, all of them treated that bill as their legacy, capping a decades-long drive on an issue that has animated Democrats for decades. Yet when it came to the actual details, most Democrats including the president didn’t even bother to read the bill. When Joe Biden colorfully described the bill as a “big f-n deal,” he was addressing the decades in which Democrats sought and failed to pass such a bill, not the substance within the bill. The legacy stuff was more important to all of them than the actual policy.

As for Pelosi’s slam on the rich itself, well, coming from one of the political class’ wealthiest members, it’s more than a bit rich. Her wealth has grown a staggering 62% despite the great recession — how? And who is she to lecture anyone else on the disposition of their assets? I suspect that some rich folks certainly want their name to adorn buildings at their alma maters and whatnot, but I suspect even more just want to keep what they earn to do with as they see fit, because it’s their property and doesn’t belong to the “federal family.” That Pelosi has a problem with that, is a problem for all of us.

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Rep. Andre Carson, Democrat, Stands by Hate-Filled Anti-Tea Party Remarks

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) recently told an audience that the Tea Party is out to lynch black people.

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“This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow,” said Carson, the caucus’ whip, or chief vote counter.

“Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens,” he said. “Some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.”

His off-the-charts hate speech follows other recent remarks by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus, such as Rep. Maxine Waters saying that the Tea Party can “go straight to hell.”

Today, Carson is standing by his remarks.

Carson’s spokesman, Jason Tomcsi, confirmed the congressman’s comments to USA TODAY.

His “comments respond to the frustration voiced by those in Miami,” Tomcsi said. “People are frustrated by the inability of Congress to do something about the economy and get people back to work.”

Tomcsi said Carson believes “Tea Party members in Congress know when they vote against programs, they know who they’re impacting. They have different priorities — their priorities are to protect millionaires, oil companies and tax cuts for the wealthy. Those people aren’t impacted by programs like child nutrition, Head Start, job training and job creation.”

That’s bull; Carson’s remarks were an incitement to violence against the Tea Party, a couple of whose leaders are currently running for the presidency. Carson should resign his seat. He won’t, but he should, because he is intentionally inciting a race war and promoting violence against other Americnans and presidential candidates. Either that, or he knows that no matter how much hate he hands out, his own constituents don’t really believe him but it comforts them to hear him spin these myths anyway. Put another way, if you really believed that a group of people actually wanted to take you and your family and hang them from the nearest tree, and that group was about to take power, you would do a great deal more than sit there nodding and applauding. The logical consequences of what Carson said are dire indeed.

As the video above shows, the CBC is engaged in a coordinated hate-based attack on the Tea Party. It’s not about policy, it’s about hate and it’s based entirely on generating irrational fear. That coordinated campaign began with the racist smear on the day ObamaCare passed. It shows absolutely no sign of abating, despite the fact that the election of Barack Obama was, were told, going to get us past all this disharmony and strife.

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Big flaming ball of fire in the sky to blame for climate change? Who knew?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Patrick Poole

IBD editorializes today about the recent climate change findings from CERN (HT: Ace):

Experiments performed by a European nuclear research group indicate that the sun, not man, determines Earth’s temperature. Somewhere, Al Gore just shuddered as an unseasonably cool breeze blows by.

The results from an experiment to mimic Earth’s atmosphere by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tell researchers that the sun has a significant effect on our planet’s temperature. Its magnetic field acts as a gateway for cosmic rays, which play a large role in cloud formation.

Consequently, when the sun’s magnetic field allows cosmic rays to seed cloud cover, temperatures are cooler. When it restricts cloud formation by deflecting cosmic rays away from Earth, temperatures go up.

Or, as the London Telegraph’s James Delingpole delicately put it:

“It’s the sun, stupid.”

More there.

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Classy: Obama To Give Jobs Speech as GOP Contenders Debate

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

I’m sure this is nothing more than a coincidence.

President Barack Obama will make his long-awaited speech about jobs  Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress at the same time that the Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California.

While the debate isn’t the first Republican debate of the cycle, it is the first since Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential contest, and polls have shown him taking a commanding lead in the race for the GOP nomination. Political observers have said that the debate could provide crucial insights into how Mitt Romney’s and Michelle Bachmann’s campaigns plan to deal with Perry’s surging candidacy.

In his letter to House Speaker John Boehner requesting the joint meeting of both houses of Congress, Obama wrote that he will unveil a series “bipartisan proposals” that Congress can take up immediately to “rebuild the American economy.”

However, with a presidential address to a joint session of Congress scheduled on the same night, at the same time, it’s likely that any press generated from the debate would be drowned out by the developments in Washington.

Obama’s people probably think they’re being clever here. The images that will result from his speech and the debate will visually elevate him above all of the GOP’s candidates. But he also looks petty for bigfooting the debate in the first place. Rick Perry managed to dominate the Ames straw poll with his campaign announcement in South Carolina, but that was a one-off and a political masterstroke in which he earned media coverage opposite an event in which he didn’t campaign. Obama has “pivoted to jobs” 7 or 8 times already, and a year ago yesterday he even promised a big new initiative on jobs. If Obama presents zero new ideas in his joint session speech, and so far all the evidence says that that’s what he is going to do, he’s likely to accomplish two things: Irritate an even greater slice of the country while also stirring up more grumbling from Congress for having to attend his nothingburger of a speech.

And what happens if the GOP debate gets better ratings than his speech? That could happen, and would be a serious embarrassment to the president.

This was a bad move, borne of fear on Obama’s part. Having promised a jobs plan after his return from vacation, he fears delivering it before the GOP debate. That would allow them to use the debate time to shred it in unison. Going soon after the debate runs the risk of his plan looking flimsy and unserious after Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who now leads in the polls and has a real jobs record to stand on, makes his first debate appearance on Sept. 7.

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Video: Savannah Guthrie’s Extreme Frog Freak-Out

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

I’m now seeing all those kiss-the-frog fairy tales in a whole new way. They’re really an early version of Fear Factor. This happened on the Today Show earlier today.

Perhaps Guthrie and G4′s Candace Bailey can have a “women who are hysterically afraid of creepy crawly stuff” show together.

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The Iowa Tea Party Event: O’Donnell Back In, and Palin…Out?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Maybe. Take a look at this tweet from RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy.

BREAKING: Palin’s participation in Saturday’s Tea Party of America rally is “on hold,” 2 sources close to Palin tell RCP

And then check out this tweet from Christine O’Donnell.

In Troublemaker I talk about ‘rising above it’, and have humbly re-accepted the re-invitation to speak in Iowa on Saturday.

So has O’Donnell been re-invited, after yesterday’s un-invitation? ABC reports that Palin hasn’t cancelled, and will appear at the Sept. 3 event.

Whatever happens, our own Tony Katz is one of the key speakers and will report from the scene.


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Obama’s Labor Secretary: Illegal Aliens Have a ‘Right to a Legal Wage’

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Another 10 minutes, another fresh batch of outrage from this lawless administration. The latest, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis:

New “partnership” agreements that U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis signed with a number of Latin American nations are aimed at protecting both legal and illegal workers in this country by educating employers and workers about health, safety, and salary laws, reports CNSNews.com.

Solis’s comments at the signing ceremony Monday contradicted immigration law, as defined on the Labor Department’s own website, CNS News found. Solis said all migrant workers possess a “right to a legal wage,” while her agency’s website states that “employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the United States . . . and aliens authorized to work in the U.S.” under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

The first sentence in that second graph should be read again — the cabinet-level official’s comments contradict the law, and given the state of things today, the cabinet secretary’s comments supersede the law.

“No matter how you got here or how long you plan to stay, you have certain rights,” Solis said. “You have the right to be safe and in a healthy workplace and the right to a legal wage. We gather here today to strengthen our shared commitment to protect the labor rights of migrant workers in the United States. Unfortunately, due to language barriers and immigration status, migrant workers can be those that are most vulnerably abused.”

Writing posts about these actions day after day, I’m running out of words to describe this bunch. It’s evident that despite the hollow rhetoric about pivoting to jobs for the umpteenth time, President Obama and his lieutenants are hell-bent on destroying our economy and systematically erasing what it means to be an American.

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Breaking: Solyndra solar plant closes; $535 million vanishes; Obama curse strikes again; UPDATE: Bankrupt

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Zombie

This ought to be the top story on every news outlet nationwide, and ought to be the death knell for the “Stimulus” concept and for the “green jobs” fallacy. But I get the feeling the MSM will bury it.

When workers showed up at the Solyndra solar-panel factory in Fremont, California, this morning — they were ordered to leave by guards, and then given instructions on how to pick up their final checks. In other words, the dream is over:

Solyndra Shutting Its Doors

Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont, has shut its doors, according to employees at the campus.

I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave,” one employee said. The company employs a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website.

Shortly after it opened a massive $700 million facility, it canceled plans for a public stock offering earlier this year and warned it would be in significant trouble if federal loan guarantees did not go through.

The company has said it will make a statement at 9am California time, though it’s not clear what that statement will be. An NBC Bay Area photographer on the scene reports security guards are not letting visitors on campus. He says “people are standing around in disbelief.” The employees have been given yellow envelopes with instructions on how to get their last checks.

Solyndra was touted by the Obama administration as a prime example of how green technology could deliver jobs. The President visited the facility in May of last year and said “it is just a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the fact that we continue to have the best universities in the world, the best technology in the world, and most importantly the best workers in the world. And you guys all represent that. ”

The federal government offered $535 million in low cost loan guarantees from the Department of Energy.

Here’s a brief clip of Obama shaking hands at the Solyndra plant just a year ago, after giving a speech touting green jobs and the $535 million giveaway:

If you want to watch his incredibly long and self-indulgent speech, click here. Starting at 4:33, here’s what Obama had to say about Solyndra’s rosy outlook:

It’s here, that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter, more prosperous future.

Remember, he said this just one year ago.

Basically, the federal government just invested $535 million of our taxpayer funds in a loser company that went belly up in only one year. And that whole investment — poof! Gone.

As an investor, Obama is either cursed, or perhaps merely blinded by ideology.


Maybe this is a clue as to why Obama gave $535 million to Solyndra in the first place — it was a union stronghold:

IBEW members at Solyndra with President Obama


Solyndra has just announced its bankruptcy. You can download the press release (in. “.doc” format) here:

Solyndra Bankruptcy Announcement

Solyndra LLC, the American manufacturer of innovative cylindrical solar systems for commercial rooftops today announced that global economic and solar industry market conditions have forced the Company to suspend its manufacturing operations. Solyndra intends to file a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code while it evaluates options, including a sale of the business and licensing of its advanced CIGS technology and manufacturing expertise. As a result of the suspension of operations approximately 1,100 full-time and temporary employees are being laid off effective immediately.

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Obama’s NLRB Rules to Push Card Check, Micro-Unions

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Obama’s fundamental transformation project continues apace. Despite the fact that Congress rejected the DREAM Act, Obama implemented it by fiat a few weeks back. And now, despite the fact that Congress has rejected “card check,” a move by which unions can unionize workplaces without a true secret ballot election, Obama’s National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of card check anyway.

Via its newly-decided Lamons Gasket case, the NLRB eliminated the 2007 Dana Corp ruling, which the National Right to Work Foundation said protected workers from “coercive practices” union organizers often used to “bully or mislead employees.”

The Dana Corp. decision allowed workers the opportunity to request a secret ballot election within a 45-day window following a “card-check” organizing effort. Card-check organizing efforts are when union bosses try to get workers they’re targeting to sign cards indicating they want to have a union election.

What union bosses often neglect to tell workers is that if enough workers sign cards, there’s no need for an election. They’d already be unionized.

“The Obama Labor Board’s ruling to kill the Dana Corp. precedent that allows workers a secret ballot vote to kick out a union that gained control of the workplace in an abusive ‘card check’ campaign adds to an already exhaustive list of paybacks from the Obama Administration to Big Labor,” NRTW Foundation president Mark Mix said in a statement. “Big Labor and its allies have launched a full-scale assault on worker freedom and the Obama Administration is working tirelessly to appease them through bureaucratic means after they failed in Congress.”

This is a twin-gun assault on businesses, and on workers’ rights to decide not to join a union.

The NLRB also ruled in favor of micro-unions. These unions can now be formed even if a majority of workers in a workplace decide against unionizing, by allowing unions to target specific jobs or layers of management in a company.

Micro unions allow labor organizers to section off company employees by specific job descriptions. For example, if a union tried to organize a restaurant staff, leaders would target servers, busboys, dishwashers, cooks and hostesses separately.

Per the NLRB’s ruling, in non-acute healthcare facilities, like nursing homes and other long-term non-critical health facilities, unions can now target each layer of staff with organizing tactics.

These decisions constitute end-runs around Congress and direct assaults on workers’ and employers’ rights. Via micro-unions, Big Labor can now unionize workplaces in piecemeal fashion, squeezing out non-union workers while forcing businesses to deal with multiple and multiplying unions — all of which will probably eventually end up affiliated with the hyper aggressive AFL-CIO. As sops to Big Labor, they’re perfectly within Obama’s wheelhouse and among the very few promises he has made that don’t appear to have expiration dates.

The votes on both of these rulings and a third one that also came down Tuesday were 3-1, with the lone Republican on the board providing the lone dissenting vote in all three. There has been a call for that Republican member to resign, which would hobble the NLRB until a replacement for him can get through confirmation. But that may not be a viable strategy, since the rulings have already come down, and Obama recess appointed the last Big Labor plant on the board.

Damage done, it’s past time for Congress to move to defund the NLRB entirely. Surely there are enough right-to-work state Democrats who can be turned. Along with the EPA, the NLRB represents a grave threat to the economy within the federal bureaucracy. As threats to individual liberties, both the EPA and NLRB are two heads of the ever growing big government hydra that the president is using to fulfill his promise/threat to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America.

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Obama’s Uncle a Fugitive from Deportation for Nearly 20 Years

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

The latest on Uncle Omar.

FRAMINGHAM – The uncle of President Obama arrested here last week on drunken driving and other charges has been a fugitive from deportation since 1992, according to two federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case.

Onyango Obama, who is from Kenya and is known as the president’s Uncle Omar on his father’s side, had lived a quiet life in Massachusetts until last Wednesday, when police said the car he was driving darted in front of a police cruiser, nearly causing the officer to hit his car.

The federal officials, who spoke about Obama’s immigration status on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the case, said Obama had been told to leave in 1992, but he did not go.

Obama is the second relative of the president to have defied a deportation order, reigniting debate over illegal immigration and raising questions about how a man who had lived in the United States illegally for years had managed to secure a job, a Massachusetts driver’s license, and apparently, a federal Social Security number, without being detected by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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Regulatory overreach? Try regulatory oh-my-God.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Zombie

Progressive regulators have recently gone on a rampage, trying to destroy the country with bureaucratic insanity as quickly as possible before a libertarian counter-revolution in 2012.

Our first stop is in Arkansas, where the Federal government — yes, your government, that represents your wishes — is trying its best to keep drunken drivers on the road (not a typo: on the road):

Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.

Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”

If the EEOC prevails, of course, it will mean that Old Dominion will still be liable both for any damage to life or property that results from a potential relapse by one of its recovering drivers – which in turn increases the risks involved in investment in the company – and for the cost of trying to ensure that such damage never occurs. All of these new burdens will raise Old Dominion’s cost of doing business, and hence the cost of everything they transport. And all of this can’t possibly ensure that a recovering driver does not relapse without the company’s knowledge.

So, it looks like the Feds are trying — intentionally trying — to simultaneously make the roads unsafe and hurt the economic climate. A two-fer! Because lord knows we wouldn’t want to discriminate against anyone who has the unfortunate tendency to guzzle beers all day and then get behind the wheel of a 20-ton truck so he can weave into oncoming traffic, miss stop lights, and plunge over guard railings. It’s not the driver’s fault: he’s disabled! Disabled with the sad disease of alcoholism. How can we ever expect him to recover if we damage his self-esteem by keeping him off the road?

Next stop: the California legislature, where San Francisco’s craziest politician (and that’s saying something) has introduced his craziest statewide bill yet, which would essentially bring an end to the concept of “babysitting” as we know it and ensure that parents never be allowed to leave home:

Babysitting bill in Calif. Legislature

How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers’ compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for…babysitters? Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.

Assembly Bill 889 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will require these protections for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor’s desk.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys’ fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses…

Unfortunately, the unreasonable costs and risks contained in this bill will discourage folks from hiring housekeepers, nannies and babysitters and increase the use of institutionalized care rather than allowing children, the sick or elderly to be cared for in their homes….

This bill will also wreak similar destruction on the senior in-home-care industry. AB 889 will make live-in caretakers and senior companions completely unaffordable, forcing countless seniors into institutionalized living situations, whereas until now they could remain in the comfort of their own homes, with semi-affordable caregivers.

Babysitting? Granny allowed to live with dignity at home? Pshaw. Those are reactionary practices. Nothing shall impede our march toward a progressive future!

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Buzz Ballad: My Sharia Law

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Buzzsawmonkey

—apologies to Stevie Wonder and “My Cherie Amour


My sharia law, Mohammed says is Allah’s way
My sharia law, over everyone it must hold sway
My sharia law will eradicate what has gone before
We stone women who show their hair because they’re whores
It will dominate in time

If you are in a cafe or a crowded street
Halal food is all you can purchase to eat
My sharia law will force all the taverns to shut their doors
Your tipple of choice you know you’ll taste no more
Islam will dominate in time

If you transgress you know your fate will be grim
You’ll be whipped or we’ll deprive you of a limb
My sharia law—it matters not that its provisions you deplore
We’ll have religious police that you can’t ignore
It will dominate in time


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Alan Krueger’s Legacy: An Old Baseball Stadium Full of Cars

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

This week, President Obama nominated Princeton economist Alan Krueger to replace Austan Goolsbee as his chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to this nomination, Krueger’s chief public policy claim to fame was the Obama administration’s “Cash for Clunkers.” That program put the already cash strapped US government on the hook for buying thousands of cars off the hands of Americans, as trade-ins for newer cars. The program was supposed to jump start the US auto industry and stimulate the economy.

It didn’t. And what happened to all those cars the government bought?

As of a few months ago and according to Google Maps to the present, they’re rotting away in historic Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The historic stadium has been a Negro league stadium, a minor league stadium, and a race track during its lifetime. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places a while back to ensure its survival, the stadium has fallen into disuse. That is, until Krueger’s brainchild, “Cash for Clunkers” came along. The government bought cars, had no place to put them and no system in place to part them out, sell them, destroy them, or otherwise get rid of them.

So the Obama administration rented out Bush Stadium and filled it up with cars. Hundreds of objects, all containing parts that can be used in cars still on the road, recycled, sold, etc, just sit there rotting away. But the government had a dual agenda in C4C: Stimulate the economy and get lower mileage cars off the road while replacing them with newer, higher mileage cars. With that second part of its agenda in place, it couldn’t very well sell the cars despite the value that many of them held at the time of sale.

The point here really isn’t to lament the misuse of Bush Stadium, but to note that once again the federal government leaped into an idea without any planning for the obvious outcome, and with an agenda that determined that the program would end up being wasteful. “Cash for Clunkers” didn’t work, and the taxpayer not only was forced to pay to help someone else buy a new car, we’re all now stuck with these old cars, off the road but also out of the aftermarket industry.

This is the work of the president’s new economic adviser.


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Now Making the Rounds: No Wonder They Can’t Find Gadhafi…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Claudia Rosett

Don’t know if this is real or photo-shopped, but it’s laugh-or-weep funny.

Perfect embellishment for the ethos in which the reporter — make that, the breathless reporter – becomes the story.

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Reasons to be a Global Warming Skeptic

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

(I ended up writing this as a lengthy answer to someone on Google+ — might as well let the world see it.)
Here’s what I’ve said so far:

“There are few skeptics (I can’t think of any, and I’ve been reporting on this for two solid years and an interested bystander for several years before that) who don’t believe there has been significant warming since the Little Ice Age, or that humans contribute to it, or that additional CO2 or other greenhouse gases aren’t probably part of that contribution.”

Unless one is arguing that humans are the only cause of global warming — in which case i’d have to point to that big glowing thing in the sky during the daytime — what I said explicitly includes a human contribution and even a greenhouse gas contribution.

Now, the IPCC AR4 model is rather stronger than that: it insists that anthropogenic, greenhouse-gas forced warming is the dominant — so dominant that it leads the unthoughtful to turn it into “only” — cause of global warming.  For conciseness, call that the AGW model.  Reasons I don’t find that hypotheses convincing include:

(1) from the start, it has depended on very sensitive statistical techniques to tease a signal out of an overall warming that has been going on for 500 years. Refer back to the famous “hockey stick” charts and then look for one with actual error bars: even in the papers making the strongest arguments for the AGW hypothesis have very wide error ranges — so wide that the AGW component barely exceeds the limits of the technique.

(2) the specific methods used for some of the dominant studies turn out to be mathematically flawed.  in particular, the methods of Mann _et al_ turn out to present a clear hockey stick no matter what the input data is, including pure random numbers.

A method that detects a signal when there is no signal is necessarily suspect.  At best.

Other examples of questionable parts of these results include:

  • the methods used to select data points in the GCHN GISS data sets — examined carefully, it turns out that the selected points used to compute GAST and regional temps are, to a *very* high probability, the points from the raw data set that lead to the most warming.  Carefully read, the descriptions of the analysis even say that’s a selection criterion: they’re selecting data points that fit the models well — but then testing the models by how well they fit the data.
  • actual site locations turn out to very commonly have poor site placement and site changes that would add significant warming.  This warming has not be appropriately compensated for.
  • odd ad hoc methods to fit together paleoclimate data and actual temperature measurement, including the famous “hide the decline” patching, and contrariwise the exclusion of recent tree ring data that suggests tree rings may not be as strongly correlated with temperature as we think.  The explanations for those exclusions end up looking very ad hoc in themselves.

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Obama: Seven of My New Regulations Will All Cost At Least $1 Billion Apiece, Per Year

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Put the emphasis on “at least.” The president made the admission in response to House Speaker John Boenhner’s letter to the president on August 26. In that letter, Boehner noted that the administration has 4,257 new regulatory actions in the works, and of those, more than 200 may cost $100 million or more.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Obama lists four proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules and three Department of Transportation rules estimated to cost in excess of $1 billion. One of the proposed EPA rules — an update to the health-based standard for smog — is estimated to cost the economy between $19 billion and $90 billion.

The letter, dated Tuesday, comes as the Republican-controlled House prepares to consider legislation that would require congressional approval for any new regulations that would impose a significant cost on industries.

The four environmental regulations, which target air pollution and coal residue primarily from coal-fired power plants, have already been attacked by House Republicans, who have said they would kill jobs and harm the economy.

The president went on from that admission, to say something that isn’t true.

The president said the seven proposals he did identify are not final and that his administration will “give careful consideration” to cost-savings. He said his administration already has made changes that have saved more than $10 billion in regulatory costs over the next five years, and said new regulations must meet cost-saving requirements that he ordered earlier this year.

The administration has given the EPA’s cross-state pollution rule such “careful consideration” that it included Texas at the last minute, despite the findings of the EPA’s own scientists that Texas’ pollution effect on other states is negligible. The president doesn’t address either facts in his letter.

And left off the president’s list entirely: ObamaCare.

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Rasmussen: Generic Republican Beats President Obama by Eight Points

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Too bad the generic Republican has already dropped out of the race. I keed…

President Obama earns his lowest level of support yet against a generic Republican in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up for the week ending Sunday, August 28.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds the generic Republican earning 48% of the vote, while the president picks up support from 40%.  Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Last week, the GOP candidate held a 48% to 43% edge over the incumbent.  This is the seventh week in a row a generic Republican has led Obama.

GOP frontrunner Rick Perry currently has a lead in Iowa and a big lead in South Carolina. The latter is from PPP, the lefties who recently had Perry behind, to Obama, in Texas, where Obama is about as popular as the plague. So take that for what it’s worth. It tells me that Perry may have an even bigger lead in SC than PPP has picked up. Whoever wins South Carolina tends to win the GOP nomination.

So, you can look at the trashed economy, the president’s total lack of ideas and leadership, the polls and how they’re trending, how the mood in the country just keeps getting more and more sour, how about one in for Democrats want Obama off their party’s ballot, the new stuff about Hillary Clinton primarying The One…or you can buy whatever Alan Lichtman is selling, since he says Obama can’t lose.


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Wanted: Alcoholic Truck Drivers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Christian Adams

A while back, Hans von Spakovsky reported that the DOJ had a job announcement for lawyers and specifically encouraged attorneys with mental retardation and mental illness to apply for Civil Rights Division jobs.  We saw no evidence in our Every Single One series that any such lawyers were hired by the Holder Justice Department.  Now comes this from Hans Bader: Obama’s Equal Opportunity Employment Commission is encouraging alcoholics to apply for jobs driving eighteen wheelers.

The EEOC is now demanding that trucking companies like Old Dominion Freight Line not only hire and employ “recovering” alcoholics, but also to allow them to continue working as interstate truckers rather than being assigned “to a less safety-sensitive position.” The EEOC notes that recovering alcoholics are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And as anyone will tell you, there is no such thing as a former alcoholic.  This sort of madness from the federal government is enough to drive you to drink.

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Is it Really That Simple?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Why did the Department of Justice raid Gibson Guitars twice in the span of two years, yet leave competitor C.F. Martin untouched? Both appear to use the same allegedly illegal woods. The allegation floating around is that it’s because Gibson’s CEO supports Republicans and Martin’s supports Democrats, and we have a Democratic administration hell-bent on punishing Republicans. Instinctively, I want to reject that theory. It’s too simple and too, I don’t know, obvious and even un-American. Gibson’s CEO may face jail time, and the company may end up failing under the weight of the federal boot. And over what?

Why does Warren Buffett, billionaire businessman, keep supporting President Obama despite the president’s obvious economic failures? Reading Tim Carney’s piece about Buffett and bank bailouts that appeared yesterday, it’s evident that at every turn over the past couple of years, Buffett has managed to cash in on huge government actions. Carney suggests that Buffett bought a major stake in Bank of America on the belief that the Obama administration will end up bailing that bank out, stuffing more money into Buffett’s pockets. One would expect a savvy and fair-minded businessman to oppose the rampant regulatory state that Obama has unleashed on the nation’s economy, but if the businessman stands to profit from it? If can use his influence to direct it to move in ways that help him? Does Buffett continue supporting Obama because he, Buffett, basically owns the president and knows he can make money off of his policies?

Why did the Obama administration shut down offshore oil drilling? Why did it take some car dealerships from their owners back in 2009? Do we really have an administration abusing its powers to punish its enemies? Is is really that simple?

Update: 3M would probably argue that yes, it is that simple.

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Holder “Reassigns” ATF’s Melson

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Howard Nemerov

First, remember that Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson met with congressional investigators Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley last July 4 to discuss Fast and Furious, against DOJ recommendations. In a letter to Eric Holder, they noted that his “cooperation was extremely helpful to our investigation.”

Next, remember that two ATF agents who were less than forthcoming during a congressional hearing were recently promoted.

Now, understand that Melson wasn’t “fired.” He was “reassigned” from running the ATF “to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Programs.”

“Senior advisor”? For those who’ve worked in the corporate environment, there was a special place for people who couldn’t be fired outright. Upper management would perform one of their “reorganizations” and give said person a “promotion” to manager of “special projects.” Curiously, this position never had any subordinate positions. They were a kind of “advisor” who may or may not be consulted on any issue. Heh, heh.

Next, Holder needed a fall guy somewhere in the main DOJ hierarchy:

In Phoenix, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who oversaw Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis, was reassigned from the criminal to civil division.

And of course, let no good deed go unpunished:

Also in Phoenix, three out of the four whistleblowers involved in the case have been reassigned to new positions outside Arizona. Two are headed to Florida, one to South Carolina.

Holder probably hopes throwing people under the bus will satisfy investigators that “something is being done.” Hold your representative’s feet to the fire until they give Holder the four “I”s: Investigate, indict, impeach, imprison.

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New Popularity Poll: Federal Government Dead Last – Internet Industry Third Best

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Seton Motley

A new Gallup poll rates the Favorable-Unfavorable numbers for a whole host of industries.

The federal government comes in absolutely last.  17% positive – 63% negative.

For the mathematically challenged (directed mostly at those in the federal government), that’s a Minus 46%.

Given – amongst their many, many other errors – our titanic and growing national deficits and debt, their fundamental unseriousness about solving the problem and the rigorous athleticism with which these proven incompetents are inserting themselves into every aspect of our lives, this unpopularity is hardly surprising.

As to the latter, we are on the verge of the federal government illegally power grabbing the Internet so as to then impose the patently absurd Network Neutrality.

Oh – and how does the Internet industry do in the poll?  Why, third best.  56% positive – just 16% negative.  For a Plus 40%.

Which leads one to wonder…

Why is the least popular industry in the nation about to in criminal fashion commandeer control of the third most popular industry?

To impose Net Neutrality – which is just about as unpopular as the federal government doing the imposing?

To “fix” an industry – that the American people obviously think doesn’t need fixing?

I for one am at a loss.

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Photo: Union Organizer Going After TSA Recruits

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

When the Transportation Security Administration was created in the wake of 9-11, Americans were assured by our elected masters that it would not unionize. That assurance lasted until we got a president who vowed to take on Big Labor’s agenda as his own, and in February of this year, the TSA cleared the way for its screeners to unionize. Allowing screeners to become creatures of Big Labor does nothing to enhance our airport security, but that’s of secondary concern to a movement that is dying a slow death.

The Tatler’s eyes are everywhere. Today, we spotted the American Federation of Government Employees at Dulles International outside DC, organizing inside the airport. Here’s the photo.

The AFGE is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

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Christine O’Donnell to Speak Before Palin on Sept 3: Yes or No?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

News broke Monday that former DE Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell would speak before Sarah Palin at this weekend’s major Tea Party event in Iowa:

Tea party-backed activist Christine O’Donnell will take the stage at Saturday’s tea party rally in Indianola shortly before Sarah Palin, an organizer told The Des Moines Register today.

Other speakers will include Sioux City radio host Sam Clovis of KSCJ, Iowa tea party chairman Ryan Rhodes, Tony Katz of PJ Media and Los Angeles-based comedian Eric Golub,said organizer Charlie Gruschow, an Iowa tea party activist.

Last to take the microphone will be Palin, a former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate. There was speculation that Palin would use the event to reveal whether she plans to run for president in 2012 – speculation that Palin’s inner circle quickly shot down.

That caused quite a stir, and even speculation that Palin would pull out of the event. And today, it has caused a change of plans.

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will not speak at a tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend, an organizer told Washington Wire.

“I made a mistake,” said Ken Crow, president of Tea Party of America. “I assumed there was an open slot and there wasn’t.”

Monday night, Mr. Crow told Washington Wire that Ms. O’Donnell would appear.

Tea Party of America’s cofounder, Charlie Gruschow, said the group withdrew Ms. O’Donnell’s after receiving numerous “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.”

“We decided not to have her speak,” Mr. Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”

In my opinion, O’Donnell’s bizarre walk-out on Piers Morgan ended any pretense to credibility she once had. Her presence on stage with Palin would have only served as a distraction and diminish Palin’s plans for the event.

Whatever happens in Iowa this weekend, PJM/PJTV and the Tatler will be there in the person of Tony Katz. Tony, as noted above, is one of the featured speakers and is covering the event as well. So keep tabs on the Tatler this weekend.

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Pope a Tea-Bagger?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Charlie Martin

Yes, the Pope. il Papa.  That Pope.

Or at least l’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s house newspaper:

During a prolonged crisis, inheritance taxes, new forms of taxation or similar alternatives reduce or wipe out resources for investments, discouraging the trust of investors, penalizing the cost of the public debt and the possibilities of its renewal at its expiration. In this context, imposing taxes on property and on income is equivalent to a suicidal anti-subsidiarity of the state to the citizen. Those who legally possess assets, on which they have paid the proper taxes, have contributed to creating wealth and, thanks precisely to these assets, continue to produce them with investments and consumption.

If that were translated to English, wouldn’t it sound like Rick Perry or Paul Ryan or even Newt?

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The Real Scoop on Libya

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Dan Miller

Those who think the fall of Tripoli’s Green Square actually happened are in for a big surprise, at least according to Venezuelan el Presidente Chávez.  Here is a video (in Spanish) of Chávez announcing that the whole thing was filmed in Qatar.

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El Presidente is clearly as right about that as he usually is. But then  “this is the man that states, unchallenged by his crowd, that capitalism destroyed life on Mars….” (hat tip to  Venezuela News and Views).

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Egypt’s Rising Islamists Want to Bikini Wax the Sphinx. Wait, What?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

No, no, relax — the Islamists who are a step away from taking power in post-Mubarak Egypt just want to ban bikinis, segregate Egypt’s beaches and encase all un-Islamic imagery in wax.

Egypt’s tourism industry has suffered a severe blow since the outburst of anti-regime demonstrations in January. But that did not stop the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, from demanding stricter regulations over what tourists can do and wear while visiting the country. The party is urging officials to ban skimpy swimwear and the consumption of alcohol on Egyptian streets.

“Beach tourism must take the values and norms of our society into account,” Muhammad Saad Al-Katatny, secretary-general of Freedom and Justice, told Egyptian tourism officials on Monday. “We must place regulations on tourists wishing to visit Egypt, which we will announce in advance.”

Well, that’s big of them.

Al-Katatny told Al-Masry Al-Youm daily that his party had already set up a subcommittee to investigate the issue of incoming tourism to Egypt and planned to amend legislation following the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Some slight changes will be made in public beaches, to make the situation better than it was before,” Ali Khafagy, youth director of Freedom and Justice in Giza, told The Media Line. “Bathing suits and mixing on the beach are things that go against our tradition. It’s not just a matter of religion. When I go to the beach I don’t want to see nudity.”

Then…don’t go to the beach. Your delicate little eyes won’t be bothered, and sane people can still soak up the sun.

But bathing suits are not the only worry of Egypt’s Islamists. Abd Al-Munim A-Shahhat, a spokesman for the Salafi group Dawa, has said that Egypt’s world-renowned pharaonic archeology – its pyramids, Sphinx and other monuments covered with un-Islamic imagery – should also be hidden from the public eye.

“The pharaonic culture is a rotten culture,” A-Shahhat told the London-based Arab daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat on Wednesday, saying the faces of ancient statues “should be covered with wax, since they are religiously forbidden.” He likened the Egyptian relics to the idols which circled the walls of Mecca in pre-Islamic times.

The new and fresh like Arab Spring Egypt may desecrate the Sphinx, ban the booze and sub the burkhini for the bikini even doing so will destroy the country’s $13 billion a year tourism industry while robbing the world of precious, priceless historical artifacts and landmarks. Welcome to Iran 2.0.

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WI Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s Cynical, Dishonest Campaign of Lies Against Justice Prosser

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston

Legal Insurrection has taken a look at the case file generated after WI Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accused Chief Justice David Prosser of putting her in a chokehold. He was cleared, and is innocent of the charge, but that hasn’t stopped Bradley’s public relations campaign against him. The case file makes it abundantly clear that he never did anything more than raise his hands to defend himself when Walsh ran up toward him and shook her fist within an inch of his face more than once. So yes, TPM Muckraker readers, Prosser was the victim, both of an attempt to intimidate him and of an attempt to smear him.

Bradley then used the incident to engage in some progressive re-education, in the name of “workplace abuse” and to highlight “violence against women.”

Soon after the incident Bradley called the Capitol Police to demand a meeting about workplace safety, and then gave a planned presentation to the other Justices at a conference two days later using the following script (the full script is printed in the companion post):

I have brought this to the attention to all of you as my colleagues to see if we can deal with this internally.

In some ways this is simple. It is about workplace safety.

I have the right to go to my workplace without fear of verbal abuse or physical abuse.

Dave, at times you are a wonderful person. But there is another side. I have seen Dave engage in verbal abuse, threats and two days ago in anger he put his hands around my neck in a choke hold.

What’s next.

I have the right as a state employee to enter my workplace without any fear of verbal or physical abuse

Bradley’s script also emphasized violence against women:

Monday night [my husband] said to me, if one of our daughters called and said a co-worker had just in anger put his hands around her neck in a choke hold) that I would be on her to do everything possible that it did not happen again … And he is right.

He said, I cannot care for myself any less in response than I would care for my daughters.

The cynicism and rank dishonesty on display here are remarkable. even for a “progressive” political figure. Bradley’s actions are obviously now part of a campaign that she intended to use to discredit and perhaps even remove Prosser from the court; when the incident occurred he had just been re-elected and was expected to cast a decisive vote on the state’s new government union worker benefit reforms. Her actions are an insult to everyone who has ever faced real workplace safety issues. They are also an insult to women who have faced genuine violence at home or in the workplace. They’re also an insult to the voters who had re-elected Prosser, since she intended to overturn that vote by destroying his reputation.

Is there a provision for removing a justice from the court for waging such a campaign against a colleague? There ought to be. Bradley has discredited herself and it’s evident that she is unfit to serve. Human Events says she should resign. She should, and there should be disciplinary action taken against her by the Wisconsin Bar.

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Obama’s Illegal Alien Uncle Has Valid Social Security Number, Drivers License

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Bryan Preston


President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.

The president’s 67-year-old uncle, Obama Onyango, has had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and Social Security number since at least 1992, said Registry of Motor Vehicles spokesman Michael Verseckes.

Onyango, whose sister, Zeituni Onyango, made headlines when it was revealed she was an illegal immigrant living in public housing in South Boston, was wobbly legged, “slurring” and had “red and glassy eyes” when he was pulled over at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Waverly Street in Framingham.

Has he ever voted?

Speaking of Zeituni, she seems to have quite the attitude.

Mike Rogers, a spokesman for Cleveland immigration attorney Margaret Wong, who is representing Onyango, said he “wouldn’t know how” Onyango obtained a Social Security number. Wong is the same lawyer who represented the president’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, in her fight to win asylum last year. Reached at her apartment in a South Boston public housing complex yesterday, Zeituni Onyango said of her brother’s arrest: “Why don’t you go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and ask your president? Not me.” She then hung up on a reporter.

Generally when an illegal alien obtains a Social Security number, they commit one or more crimes on the way, such as identity theft.

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House GOP Plans to “Force Major Changes at the UN”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Howard Nemerov

House Republicans, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, plan to introduce legislation aimed to alter our United Nations funding. Some goals:

  • “require the UN to adopt a voluntary budget model in which countries selectively fund UN agencies rather than according to a set formula”
  • “end funding for Palestinian refugees”
  • “limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress”
  • “stop contributions to peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.”

This last point is most interesting. In Chapter 6 of “Four Hundred Years of Gun Control” I reported extensively how United Nations “piece keepers” sexually assaulted women (and even goats) who were supposedly under their protection, spreading AIDS in countries so poor their medical system was already overloaded. In Kosovo, UN representatives partook in a sexual slavery ring.

These armed men invaded places around the world where UN regulations required everybody else to be disarmed. But because they served under the UN flag, they were legally immune to prosecution, unless the desperately poor victims traveled to the offender’s home country and initiated legal action.

In any case, tell your representatives it’s time to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US, and then “compromise” from there. Reducing UN funding is a compromise worth having––for now.

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DOJ hiring: American businesses should be very afraid

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Christian Adams

Today’s installment of the Every Single One series about Justice Department hiring details the left wing hires in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, a unit at DOJ with enormous power over the economy.   The unit has an undercover operation that spies on American businesses and another that keeps the spigot of mortgage loans open to marginal borrowers by hectoring lending companies.  The story is here.

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Yes, my former neighbor really was a racist, terror-supporting Muslim Brotherhood cleric

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 - by Patrick Poole

Last week my PJM colleague Barry Rubin noted that Egyptian shiekh Dr. Salah Sultan had issued a fatwa earlier this month at a Muslim Brotherhood rally in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo authorizing that “every Muslim who meets a Zionist is entitled to kill him.” He also noted that I have written extensively on Sultan. Why so much attention paid to this individual, you may ask?

Because he used to be my neighbor.

That’s right. Prior to Sultan being denied U.S. citizenship and later being denied reentry into the United States because of his advocacy of violence against the U.S., he lived in my own hometown of Hilliard, Ohio, not a mile from my own house. In fact, he still owns his home and some of his family still reside here. His oldest son, Mohamed, is the president of the Ohio State Muslim Student Association.

When I wrote my first article about Salah Sultan in April 2006, noting his close association to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Al-Qaradawi and his many public statements promoting anti-Jewish blood libels, I was attacked by my own hometown newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch, as a racist, bigot and Islamophobe in an article written by religion reporter Felix Hoover.

Several prominent Islamic organizations and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio launched a smear campaign attacking me, including the Islamic school in Hilliard that had employed Sultan as their religious director, enlisting the Dispatch to defend the school and portraying Sultan as a peaceful moderate, not the racist, terror-supporting Muslim Brotherhood cleric that I claimed he was.

Two weeks after the Columbus Dispatch article was published defending Sultan, he appeared on Saudi Al-Risala TV where he defended designated Al-Qaeda terrorist and Osama bin Laden mentor Abdul Majid al-Zindani, and claimed that the U.S. was behind the 9/11 attacks in order to launch a war against Muslims. Even though I forwarded the information to the Dispatch editors, they never made mention of the “peaceful moderate” cleric’s statements.

Since then, the Dispatch has run several articles attacking my work (including one front page piece), and in each and every case time and circumstance have entirely vindicated me.

That hasn’t prevented the Dispatch from publishing letters to the editor from leaders of the Central Ohio Muslim community attacking me, such as one letter from one of their sometime op-ed contributors, Mahmoud El-Yousseph, who wrote that my “hatred runs deep and wide” against Muslims because of my criticism of Salah Sultan and his local accomplices.

So I’m hardly surprised that the Dispatch has yet to acknowledge that our former area resident issued his fatwa allowing Muslims to kill Jews with impunity. Though, I might add, they have removed Felix Hoover’s May 5, 2006 article defending Sultan from their website.

And then last Friday afternoon, Sultan appeared on Al-Jazeera openly calling for the assassination of the Israeli ambassador in Cairo. MEMRI has the video here and the transcript here.

Don’t expect this to make the news in the Columbus Dispatch or any of the other establishment media outlets in Central Ohio anytime soon. That’s because over the more than five years that I’ve reported on my former neighbors activities, they have yet to make any mention of:

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Doubting Thomas No More

Monday, August 29th, 2011 - by Ed Driscoll

Rosslyn Smith of the American Thinker on the left’s recent reappraisal of Justice Clarence Thomas:

The conventional wisdom on Justice Clarence Thomas is that he is an unimaginative intellectual featherweight and a clown.  The way in which his reputation was traduced in his confirmation hearings and his notorious lack of interest in participating in oral arguments are cited as evidence.  A new look at Justice Thomas’s influence of the Court by Jeffrey Toobin  in the New Yorker sets this condescending notion on its head.

From Walter Russell Mead’s  New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom

If Toobin’s revisionist take is correct, (and I defer to his knowledge of the direction of modern constitutional thought) it means that liberal America has spent a generation mocking a Black man as an ignorant fool, even as constitutional scholars stand in growing amazement at the intellectual audacity, philosophical coherence and historical reflection embedded in his judicial work.

I recommend both Mead and the much longer Toobin article Partners: Will Clarence and Virginia Thomas succeed in killing Obama’s health-care plan?     Don’t let the New Yorker headline and a few snarky paragraphs deter you.  Toobin’s article analyzes how Thomas’s manner of approaching constitutional issues is changing the law and earning him more than just respect from legal thinkers across the political spectrum.

Harry Reid could not be reached for comment.

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