Don’t disturb the President in his cocoon

January 24, 2011

So, the man charged with running our executive departments has not had a single phone call or meeting with six of his Cabinet officers, the men and women who run those departments for him — for two years? Did Obama just give them the keys on inauguration day and say “Bye! See ya?”

Can we say, “lack of management skills?”

Now, honestly, other cabinet secretaries have complained under other presidents about a lack of face time, and I certainly don’t expect weekly one-on-ones with each one of them, but don’t you think he should at least touch base with them once in a while, just to find out how things are going? Show a little interest?


via Naked Emperor News

How liberal journalists think

January 24, 2011

I never knew these things were documentaries.

via Legal Insurrection

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Savor the deep, rich aroma of hot irony

January 24, 2011

This gem hit the Public Secrets copy desk a couple of days ago, but I couldn’t let it go any longer without sharing. The publisher of left-leaning (You know: enlightened, progressive, pro-labor) Harper’s Magazine, which is suffering from declining print sales, wants to make staff cuts. The employees (You know: the little guys progressive, enlightened, pro-labor magazines like Harper’s just love) want to form a union to fight to save their jobs.

To which the (progressive, enlightened, pro-labor) publisher replies “Oh no, you don’t!

In a follow-up phone call, MacArthur told Rosenstein that he viewed the union as a “power play” by the staff. “He was very hostile,” Rosenstein told me. “He said people had lied and misled him me about the reason they wanted to form a union, and that the staff was angry about Roger Hodge being fired. This was about Ben Metcalf becoming editor and they were against Ellen.”

MacArthur contested the entire staff’s right to unionize, arguing that editors and assistant editors who make up about half of the editorial team were management and thus did not qualify. Staffers couldn’t help but chuckle at the irony: The staunch defender of unions, who in a 2009 Harper’s piece called the UAW “the country’s best and traditionally most honest mass labor organization,” was now on the other side of the table as the “worst kind of factory owner,” as one staffer put it to me.

The case went before the NRLB, which, not surprisingly given it’s current composition, went against publisher MacArthur. Fine by me; while I’m not a great fan of unions and I think they’ve largely outlived their usefulness, I do support the right of workers in private industry to organize as long as a) there are fair elections with a secret ballot and b) union membership is not required.

But that’s almost beside the point, which is to laugh* and point at yet another lefty who’s apparently too clueless to realize what a fat hypocrite he is.

*Because our side has a sense of humor and irony. Theirs, I’ve noticed, not so much.

via Big Journalism

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

They’re still trying to kill us

January 24, 2011

In case anyone had forgotten about those brave, brave jihadis who are trying to make the world safe for sharia, we were given a grisly reminder this morning as a suicide bomber in Moscow killed 31 and wounded over 100:

A suicide bomber killed 31 people and wounded more than 130 in a terrorist attack today at an airport in Russia’s capital.

Russian police said a suicide bomber detonated his vest in the middle of a crowd at the baggage claim at an international arrival terminal at Domodedovo International Airport. Domodedovo is Moscow’s largest airport, and the attack took place in the late afternoon, around 4:30 p.m. local time, when the airport is busy.

Twenty of those wounded are reported to be in critical condition; it is unclear if foreigners are among those killed.

While no group has claimed the deadly attack, suspicions fall on the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirate, the terrorist insurgency in Russia’s southern Caucasus region. No statement has been released yet by Kavkaz Center, the propaganda arm of the Caucasus Emirate.

Read the rest at The Long War Journal.

While the odds are that this atrocity was committed by groups fighting the Russians in Chechnya (Where the Russians have been no angels either, to say the least), this is part of jihadist Islam’s global campaign to force the rest of us to submit to sharia law: 9/11, the London Tube bombings,  Madrid, Alexandria, Bali, Nigeria… The list goes on.

And innocents keep dying.

LINKS: Hot Air, where Ed has posted Russian video from the scene of the massacre.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)