You know the Democratic Party and union leaders are screwed up

October 7, 2008

When even George McGovern criticizes them:


From Campaign Standard’s entry:

The Employee Free Choice Act (which involves neither freedom nor choice..discuss) would make it possible for employees to unionize by simply signing a card instead of by secret ballot, opening the door to bullying and arm-twisting of those voting "no" at the hands of union bosses, both before and after a vote succeeds.

Be sure to follow the link and read the whole thing. More and more, the Democratic Party is showing decidedly anti-democratic tendencies.


Mrs. Palin goes to Florida

October 7, 2008

Governor Palin draws connections between Senator Obama's colorful "friends:"

Embedded video from CNN Video

It's a good attack, but I'd be much more comfortable had it started weeks ago. And fingers crossed that Maverick continues at tonight's debate the economic attack on Obama he started yesterday in Albuquerque.

(hat tip: Hot Air)

UPDATE: Hmmm…Typepad doesn't seem to like embedded CNN videos. Follow the link to Hot Air to see it.

Obama and free speech

October 7, 2008

I wrote earlier that McCain did everything in his Albuquerque speech but call the Prophet Barack a liar.

Scratch that. This ad goes there:


Then problems with this are enormous. First, just who decides what the "truth" is or when a possible lie has taken place? The prosecutors’ office? The sheriff? Joe off the streets? It’s bad enough that elected law-enforcement officials, who are supposed to be neutral, are going after opponents of a particular candidate, but then to threaten them with legal action? Even if the target of the persecution investigation has done nothing wrong (And if Missouri "ethics laws" can be used this way, I question their constitutionality.), he still has to waste time and money defending himself, time and money which should be going to spread his political opinion.

The potential here for for corrupting the political process through intimidation is huge: prosecutors are given wide leeway under American law, and we saw in the Duke phony-rape case the damage that can be done by a politically motivated prosecutor. If there was ever an example of something having a "chilling effect" on free speech, this is it.

This perversion of local law enforcement to serve a partisan political purpose is so outrageous that the Governor of Missouri, Matt Blunt, issued a statement condemning it. Here’s an excerpt:

"This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

"Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society."

(Emphasis mine.)

Yes, Blunt is a Republican and thus can be considered partisan, but his statement is right on the money. If Obama’s supporters are concerned about the truth of claims by opponents, then let them release their own ads and statements with facts that show the truth. But to abuse the law to intimidate the opposition into silence? Do we really want a president, a man who taught constitutional law, who thinks "free speech" means "free to praise me and criticize the other guy?"

The Missouri "truth squad scandal" is too important for Camp McCain to use as just part of an ad, for the right of free speech is at the core of our liberties as citizens. It should be a campaign of its own that plays in every battleground state from now until Election Day, and he should hammer Obama with it at tonight’s debate.

It may not be liberal fascism, but is sure is Chicago-style. And I don’t mean pizza. Waiting

LINKS: Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy has a devastating article on the Prophet Barack’s assault on free speech. Be sure to read it.


Did you see that pig fly by?

October 7, 2008

I have a little time before work, and I’ve come across a couple of items I want to share:

First, CNN’s Anderson Cooper presented a reasonably accurate report on the Ayers-Obama relationship. It’s not perfect — it doesn’t delve deeply enough into Ayers’ radical anti-American educational programs, he and his wife’s current contempt for America, nor Obama evasions about his relationship with Ayers — but it’s a good start in the limited time they had. Let’s hope we see much more:


I’ll be honest, CNN has been so in-the-tank for Obama that I never expected to see even this.

Next up: a new McCain ad.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)

LINKS: Ed Morrissey. Sister Toldjah. Sol Stern at City Journal asks how you can call a bomber a "school reformer?"


Tuesday links mania

October 7, 2008

Busy day today, but I want to leave you with a variety of interesting links.

First, US national politics:

  • Did you know that criticizing the policies that lead to the mortgage and credit crises is racist? Democrat Barney Frank (one of the schmucks who created this fiasco) says so.
  • Barack Obama has said he shouldn't be held accountable for the actions of former terrorist William Ayers because he was only eight when Ayers made war on the US. With that limited statement, I agree. However, take a moment to read the account of a guy who was nine when Ayers' Weathermen tried to kill his family.
  • Jennifer Rubin argues that the Prophet Barack isn't a hypocrite at all, but instead a complete fraud.
  • John McCain finally went nuclear Barack Obama today, calling him out on the financial crisis and all but naming him a liar, a punk, and a phony. While those words weren't used, the message was clear. Here's video of a portion of his speech:


Indeed, there is a world outside the US:

  • At Jihad Watch, Raymond Ibrahim examines the question of "who is innocent in Islam?"
  • And, speaking of the wacky world of life under sharia, David Hazony reports on a recent religious ruling in Saudi Arabia that women may only leave the home if they are cyclops.
  • With oil prices dropping, Iran is worried. Hey, maybe there is some good to this financial crisis!
  • An Iraqi officer has a message for Senator Obama.
  • Those murderous psychos brave knights of Islam, the Taliban, have reopened a training camp for child suicide bombers.
  • But do they want to cut a deal?
  • Pat Condell takes another whack at the creeping spread of sharia in Britain and clarifies his opinions regarding Saudi Arabia:


Finally, shooting fish in a barrel:

I haven't picked on the Cult of Al Gore anthropogenic global warming in a while, and I've missed doing so. It makes me feel so good. No time to go into detail, but these two links from the excellent Tigerhawk blog should give you something to chew on:

  • First, what are the implications of the exceptionally low number of sunspots our star is producing these days?
  • Next, a new theory of what's really causing the periodic polar ice melt.

That should be enough to keep you busy until tonight. Cool