Monday, April 30, 2012

#FreeChrisLoesch

#freechrisloesch has been trending in the United States since yesterday --and for a short while it was trending worldwide.

For those unfamiliar with Twitter:

"A word, phrase or topic that is tagged at a greater rate than other tags is said to be a trending topic. Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about one specific topic. These topics help Twitter and their users to understand what is happening in the world." (source)

Who is Chris Loesch, you ask? A Conservative banned from Twitter for defending his Conservative wife. Dana Loesch is a radio host and a CNN contributor.

"Mr. Loesch believes the spam-reporting campaign was kicked off by comments he made in defense of his wife. "It was business as usual for her I suppose," he said. "Veiled threats, rape and murder comments, the typical liberal misogynist slag. Being the chivalrous and testosterone filled being I am requires me to protect the woman I love and call out the haters for being the 'anonymous internet tough guys' they are...Needless to say they don't like being called out and struck back by reporting me as a spammer or worse."

Conservatives suspect a coordinated campaign to report as spam users with whom liberal users disagree. Several users sent out tweets bragging about getting Mr. Loesch blocked, including one claiming "my life job to make conservatives lives miserable." (source)

Breitbart's Big Hollywood has more.

So, if you are on Twitter...make sure to join the Conservative voice and post something in support of #freechrisloesch.

#silentmajoritynomore

Caption It...


Friday, April 27, 2012

The Hipster's Hipster



And one of many celeb tweets on behalf of our Cool Prez...


Freudian Sticks, Pat Dollard, Joy Behar's Smackdown and Free Speech in the USMC



  • Freudian Biden:

    Biden said the President had a "backbone like a ramrod" and assured Americans that "Obama has a big stick." Given Biden's history (Dunkin Donuts), I'm shocked he didn't throw a Black joke in there to support his claim! I know we have to vote Obama out, but aren't you going to miss Amtrak Joe?



  • Pat Dollard:

    Have you seen Pat's new site? When he first jumped into the fray in the blogosphere many of his foes said it was a flash in the pan. That he'd bore of the task and move on to the next thing. Well, it looks like he's in for the long haul to me and I feel he wants to help take up Breitbart's reigns. You should be following him on Twitter too! Good Luck Pat, the site looks awesome.



  • The (Horrible) View:

    I don't watch the View. I've actually tried a few times when someone called to say, "Turn on The View...so-and-so is on after the break." But, I can't. It's too horrible. When I think of The View, all I can say is Elisabeth Hasselbeck must be a friggin' Saint. I digress...My mom told me that as the Yentas on The View were discussing the John Edwards trial yesterday, they were talking about his hair and his cheating and Joy Behar said, "He reminds me of Mitt Romney," sort of under her breath. Elisabeth immediately called her on it and didn't let that slide. Newsbusters has the video. Behar tried to play the statement off as innocuous and act like Hasselbeck was kooky for making a big deal...but we are all aware of Joy's agenda and how much it must steam her that John Edwards, darling of the left, turned out to be such a colossal douche bag.

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  • Less-than-honorably Discharged Marine:

    "A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

    Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his benefits for violating the policies, the Corps said. The San Diego-area Marine who has served nine years in the Corps said he was disappointed by the decision. He argued that he was exercising his constitutional rights to free speech.

    The Marines acted after saying Stein stated March 1 on a Facebook page used by Marine meteorologists, "Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him." Stein later clarified that statement, saying he would not follow unlawful orders."


  • Caption It Them

    I couldn't decide between Romney and his small stick and Obama and Clooney --so have it which ever one moves you :)





    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    In Case I'm Actually NOT the Only Person That Hadn't Seen This...

    I admit...I've been wrapped up in dealing with the toxic mix of a 3 year old and a new puppy and the systematic severing of the parasitic people in my life...so, I've been a little behind in viral videos. If you have already seen this 1,000 times, I apologize...and if not, it's pretty damn good.

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    There are Dollars and Then There are Dollars


    Last night Jon Stewart did a great piece on how the Republican perspective on money changes depending on what the subject is.

    When they were trying to defund Planned Parenthood, they railed about how we can't afford to spend over 300 million dollars a year on the program.

    But when they were speaking out against the president's Buffett Rule legislation they acted like the 4.7 billion per year it would collect was the change you might find under your couch cushions.

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    I Threw Away My Vote...Apparently.

    Much like this blog lately, voting yesterday was pretty anticlimactic. The Man claims I "threw away" my vote by pushing the button for Newt...but the PRIMARY is indeed the forum to make a statement (i.e. throw away your vote). Not having a say in the nominee for my party ONCE AGAIN is beyond disheartening. It's actually pretty infuriating.

    I guess I'm not the only one that feels this way. I went to the polls at 12:30-1:00ish and I was #120. So I questioned whether I was the 120th Republican or the 120th voter to sign in. I was the 120th overall. Pretty lame.

    When I'm President, I will issue a decree declaring ALL Presidential primaries should be held on the SAME DAY.

    In other news....yesterday wasn't a total bust as I did learn that, come November, voters will be required to present PHOTO ID at their polling locations. What I'm wondering is, is this for ALL states or just here in Pennsylvania?

    Also, my sister didn't vote yesterday because two Libs at her work told her that only Democrats were voting yesterday and SHE BELIEVED THEM. In her defense...who would figure someone would lie about that. Not sure how misleading someone from the opposing party helps them in a primary... Stooopid Dems...

    And finally, I introduce you to my genius new puppy...who has already graduated from Puppy Class and now moves on to 'Good Manners I.' He also believes all primaries should be held on the same day...




    Monday, April 23, 2012

    The Flyers in Six.

    WooHoo!

    Vegas, NHL channel and sports pundits all had the Penguins favored...not only to win this series, but they had 4 to 1 odds to win the Cup! Also, some props to the Kings that eliminated the top seeded Canucks in 5 (But, sorry Jpck, I'm used to East Cost hockey, so the series was a bit of a snoozefest) :)

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Heh.

    Bill Clinton Stumping for Pennsylvania Attorney General?


    President Bill Clinton was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He's also lived in Oxford, D.C., Connecticut, and New York. So why is he stumping for a candidate running for Attorney General here in Pennsylvania?

    The only thing I can can come up with is that he is doing it to stick it to her challenger. Kathleen Kane is a long time Clinton supporter, but so are many people. Do they all get the former President not only endorsing them, but making appearances? I would think not.

    But Kane's Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, must have really pissed the Clintons off. He has always rubbed me the wrong way as a politician and Army Girl and I have had quite a few talks about him. She knows him personally and claims he's a stand up guy. Eh. I don't get that vibe at all.

    So why would Bill Clinton dislike some local PA dude enough to actively campaign for his challenger?

    The only thing I can come up with is, he was one of the first to publicly come out and endorse Obama over Hillary AND he was a major player in overturning President Clinton's Don't Ask Don't Tell.

    Okay, I'm not the only one wearing the tinfoil hat. I just Googled "Clinton and Patrick Murphy" and this article came up:

    Payback in Pat's backyard

    "Kane says she Googled the Clinton Foundation, found the telephone number, and called. Since a phone number is not listed on that website it’s curious and raises a question of precisely how the Clinton-Kane connection was made.

    I doubt it took much convincing to get Clinton to make the endorsement and appearance Thursday night, given Murphy’s opposition to Hillary.

    No one among the Kane camp Thursday night could say exactly how or why the rally was held at Upper Moreland, a short drive from Murphy’s Bristol home. Not even Kane knew why.

    But if you’re Bill Clinton, you understand there’s no denying the most effective way to send a message is to bark it loudly in your opponent’s backyard."


    Ooops. I wonder if that game of hoops with Obama was worth this very public political spanking by the Clintons...? Maybe he should have been a little more Democratic about the whole thing... ;)

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Classy Bullies & Classless Citizens



    The Philadelphia Flyers paid respect to the firefighters that were killed in the line of duty last week from Ladder 10 Engine 7.

    And if you have yet to hear of this disgrace:

    "Philadelphia police are searching for the thief who stole items donated to raise money for the families of two firefighters killed Monday when a five-alarm blaze engulfed a vacant building in Kensington.

    The theft was caught on surveillance video Friday night as firefighters and others crowded the SmokeEaters Pub on Frankford Avenue after viewings for Lt. Robert Neary, 59, and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, 25. The men were killed when a wall collapsed onto an adjacent building from which they were fighting the fire.

    Manager Brian Gunn said the theft occurred during a fund-raising raffle at SmokeEaters, a hangout for off-duty firefighters and police. The thief cut open prize baskets containing items such as gift cards and hid them in his pockets." (source)


    You might think this had to be some starving junkie to stoop so low...nope. As you will see, the thief is well dressed and very well fed:



    Disgusting.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Guest From the Right: Proof

    Captain Combover, a.k.a. David Axelrod Stumps for Romney



    Elsewhere in the interview, the Captain offers the same dishonest, verbal sleight of hand as the rest of the administration, when he talks about millionaires and billionaires "paying less" than their secretaries. If I pay the government a thousand times more than you do, the fact that I might be paying it at a lower rate, does not mean I am paying less. And as far as "paying their fair share", I have to admit that this is honest in the most perverse sort of way. The rich don't pay "their fair share", because currently, they are paying more than their "fair share", because they are paying the bulk of the nation's taxes, and that means they are already paying someone else's "fair share" as well.

    So, just remember kiddies! If you can't run on your own economic record because it is just too bleak, generate class envy instead. It won't solve our financial problems or generate any new jobs, but it will take your focus off of the architect of our current economic malaise, Barack H. Obama, long enough for him to get re-elected. (He hopes.)


    (You can read Proof daily at Proof Positive Blog)

    Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

    Hey, Mitt...You Know These Speeches Are Recorded...



    Mitt Romney supports women who want to stay home with their kids. Mitt Romney wants all women who receive welfare to work.

    Flip-flop, flip-flop, flip-flop.

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    My Boys. Game Four. Tonight.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Gay Marriage to Polygamy


    Refresh my memory, wasn't Santorum mocked for saying that legalizing gay marriage would be a slippery slope to other "non-traditional" unions?

    Gay Marriage Has Islamists Eying Polygamy.

    Hmmmmm.

    The FLDS cast of Sister Wives has basically said on the show that gay marriage is paving the way for them.



    I'm hardly a religious zealot...but I feel we must have outdone Sodom and Gomorrah by now...?

    Thank you, Now This I Can Work With...

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    War On Women VS. Mommy Wars

    "Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country." ~Margaret Thatcher


    I wasn't gonna go there, but...

    So, Obama says the RIGHT is waging a war on women because Rick Santorum (a candidate that is no longer in the race) doesn't personally believe in birth control and that a majority (?) of Republicans don't think it's a travesty if insurance doesn't foot the birth control bill...

    BUT, apparently it's fine for them to denigrate stay-at-home moms? By now everyone has read about the ridiculous Hillary Rosen statements concerning Ann Romney, but what this stay-at-home-mom thought was worse than that? A week ago, Obama said that Michelle "didn't have the luxury to stay home." The LUXURY?! Obama was making $160,000+ as a Senator and they have only two children. More than doable.

    No, Mr. President. What you should have said is you weren't willing to make the SACRIFICES that we one-income families make. No big house. No new cars. No shore house. No multiple vacations. And for some reason I really can't see you scouring Craigslist for your appliances, cars and furniture the way I do for mine. I can't see your wife shopping at consignment shops for all those belts she places right under her breasts instead of around her waist.

    And, Ms. Rosen...who do you think the VILLAGE is that the other Hillary spoke of? You, from your office? No ma'am, it's me. Me with a kitchen and living room full of all the working mom's kids before school because they have to leave before the bus comes --and after school because they're all hungry and your not home yet. And for free of course, because what the hell, I'm just sitting here eating bon bons anyway!

    So, the school and I spend significantly more time with your children than you do. And while your house is much bigger than mine and your furniture and car much newer...I feel okay about that because I (on my meager one-income existence) make sure your child eats before and after school and help them with the homework you were too busy to help with and answer the questions they never get to ask you...so I hope you like my ideology because it's out there now.

    I hate the Mommy Wars. If you work, that's your choice. But I have my degree and I do TONS of crap from home including raising a ton of working families kids that aren't mine...so when you turn up your nose at MY CHOICE, it really makes me want to go all Hunger Games on your ass.

    My Boys. Game 2. Tonight.

    Caption It...

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Guest Post from SoLow


    I can sympathize with George Zimmerman. There, I said it, and it's true - I feel for the guy. "Facts" continue to roll out through the media (which is why I put the word in quotes), some of which paint a picture that makes Trayvon Martin seem not-quite-such-a-nice-young-man, but most of which depict Zimmerman as a descendant of Satan himself. Politicians are speaking out, people are holding rallies, many citizens want to see his head on a platter already.

    Back in the early '90's I was a Marine based on a ship that called Coronado, CA it's home port. One night I was involved in an incident with a homosexual man that left him laying in an alley with numerous injuries and bleeding profusely. The subsequent investigation led police to me, I was taken into custody a few weeks later in Honolulu, HI and charged with 4 crimes including Attempted Murder & Interference with the Civil Rights of a Homosexual (a Hate Crime, in other words). Hate Crimes had just recently become a "popular" thing for prosecutors to go after so of course it was all over the news. My parents (in Philadelphia) read about it in USA Today. The community of San Diego wanted me tarred & feathered, using my USMC Infantry background as a soap box to proclaim to everyone that I was a psychotic killer & a danger to society. The DA who prosecuted the case was an openly gay man who (I was told) had actually authored the Hate Crime law in San Diego County. The list goes on - needless to say, I had a big-ass bullseye on my torso and they used me as a poster child for supposed "intolerance" of others. In the end, I was convicted of Assault IV (same as Assault with a Deadly Weapon, even though there were no weapons used) and also the Hate Crime. Fortunately I got away with time served (about 100 days in the SD County Resort) and probation, but it could have been much worse.

    What nobody paid attention to through all of this were the FACTS. This man had just run up a $100+ tab in a bar for me & 2 of my comrades (hindsight told me he was REALLY trying to get us loaded). This man then followed my friends & I to a deli where he insisted on buying our late-night meal as well. This man continued to follow us as we walked back to base. This man was opportunistic enough to notice that I was taking a leak in an alley and walk my direction. (I saw him, and turned my back to finish my business.) This man then proceeded to get close enough to kneel down, grab my balls & tell me that he wanted to, "give (me) the best blowjob (I've) ever had." Admittedly at this point I wrist-locked & throat-chopped him, telling him something along the lines of, "keep your dick-lovin hands off of me." When I then tried to walk away my nose wandered into a right hook from him, which sparked off the full melee. Next thing I knew, my bro's were pulling me off of him and we hi-tailed it back to base. To this day I believe that I was innocent of those charges, due to the events that lead up to the fight. (If a man grabs a woman by the cootch & she kicks his ass, who gets prosecuted?)

    IMHO, politics and a society that was misguided by perceptions instead of educated by facts were what got me convicted in that case. If Zimmerman is as horrible of a person as he's being portrayed then by all means lock him up & throw away the key. I just hope he gets more a fair shake than I did, and that the system actually does what it's designed to do. Allow him the opportunity to be innocent if he is, in fact, innocent.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    13 Days Til I Had a Voice


    This primary was the first time in my memory that I was set to actually have a say in the nominee for the GOP and Rick Santorum goes and drops out...and unfortunately, Newt is just a paper tiger at this point.

    Just 13 days and I was poised and ready to have MY say. I live in the birthplace of the Constitution for Christ's sake and I don't EVER get a voice in who the next Presidential nominee will be... Oh sure, I'll still vote two Tuesdays from now, but it will be an obligatory and empty ballot cast from the first epicenter of American politics that is now rendered impotent in the race for the Oval Office.

    So, as my dreams of an actual vote swirl around the bowl, we have come to the seemingly inevitable. Mitt strap-the-dog-to-the-roof Romney will be our nominee.

    So, what now?

    All that I can hope for ( for myself anyway) is the sibling mentality kicks in once Obama starts attacking Romney. The "hey I can say that, but you can't" possessiveness. I might not feel the love I want to for Romney, but once Obama starts attacking Conservative ideals and Libertarian ideology...my dislike can be trained on him.

    Baby steps.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    In Memoriam: LT. ROBERT NEARY AND FIREFIGHTER DANIEL SWEENEY


    (From ALa: Captain America and I met here in the blogosphere years before my brother was even a firefighter in Philadelphia. Through a small-world twist of fates, my brother is now a firefighter at the very station where Captain America is indeed a Captain. Yesterday in the early morning as news of 2 firemen killed and 3 fighting for their lives made its way on to the local news, my mother and I struggled to remember if my brother had been working the night before...he hadn't. He had left the firehouse at 5 the previous evening. He wasn't one of the five. My thoughts quickly went to Captain America, but realized they had said one was a Lieutenant, not a Captain. And then I just broke down and cried because I felt extreme guilt at being so relieved that it wasn't my brother or anyone else I knew. Because it was someone's son. Someone's dad. Someone's husband... Even after having my father and my uncle in the PFD my entire life, that panic is something you never get used to...or the subsequent guilt and sadness. )

    This is from Captain America's blog, First In!. It was written for him by one of his best friends and fellow Philly blogger (and police officer) Wyatt Earp:

    Hello folks, Wyatt here. Captain America asked if I could post about Lieutenant Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, who were killed in the line of duty on Monday, April 9th. Both Robert and Daniel worked out of Cap’s local (fire station), and he knew them well. It is the first time Cap has lost someone under his command, and as you can probably guess, he is devastated. Currently, he has been reassigned to the family detail – making sure the Neary and Sweeney families are taken care of.

    Local 22 released a statement yesterday, and I wanted to post it. It’s below the fold.

    To Our Union Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Colleagues:

    It is with heavy hearts that we must inform you of the tragic deaths of two of our own, Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, both assigned to Ladder 10 on the C platoon, who died in the line of duty in the early morning hours of Monday, April 9th while battling a 5-alarm warehouse inferno in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

    Lt. Robert Neary had 38 years with the department. He had been a Lieutenant since 1983. He was awarded four unit citations in his career. Before joining the fire department, he was a Philadelphia Police officer for three years and served as an Army reservist for 10 years, attaining the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. Lt. Robert Neary leaves behind his wife, Diane, and their three children.

    Firefighter Daniel Sweeney followed in the footsteps of his father, Captain David Sweeney (Ret.), and joined the Philadelphia Fire Department in July of 2006. He had been stationed at Ladder 10 since 2007. Daniel was awarded two unit citations in his career. He was the loving son of his parents, David and Marian Sweeney

    IAFF Local 22 will soon be announcing ways you can help to support the families of our fallen brothers in their time of need.

    This fierce, wind-driven warehouse fire also seriously injured two other firefighters, FF Francis Chaney and FF Pat Nally. Both members are currently being treated at Temple University Hospital. FF Nally is a five-year veteran and is currently in critical but stable condition. FF Chaney is an eight-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and is currently admitted in stable condition.

    Please keep all of our fallen and injured brothers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. We will update you further as more details emerge. We thank you for your compassion and support during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Gault
    President
    IAFF Local 22

    For those not in the know, Cap lives two doors down from me. We have been neighbors and friends for almost fifteen years. He sent me a text message yesterday, saying, “This is the worst day of my life.” Having lost a co-worker in the line of duty, I can tell you that it is the most soul-crushing event you can endure. It makes you take stock of your life, and forces you to appreciate every precious moment.

    Please keep the Neary and Sweeney families in your prayers, as well as the members of the Philadelphia Fire Department – especially the heroes of Engine 7, Ladder 10.

    Guest from the Right: Rebel Yid

    The Blogging Revolution

    April marks my fifth year blogging, with over 2,000 postings.

    When I started I had no idea where this was going. It provided an outlet for writing and thinking and it became a public notebook of my thinking and reading. After five years the blog has developed some focus.

    I write to learn. It solidifies thinking, and the availability of comments and points from others helps even more. Yes, there are those who quickly degenerate into uncivil discourse, but most are constructive even when they disagree. The rest are easy enough to block.

    What I find interesting is how the blogosphere has developed. There are the blogs associated with long stabled media outlets that carry the same names, such as The National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, The New Republic, Commentary, etc.

    Then there are the new names that are professional bloggers. This includes American Thinker, where over twenty of my submittals have been published, Red State started by Eric Erickson (I started my blog after hearing him at my Rotary Club), The Huffington Post, and hordes of others. This group has hundreds of thousands of hits a month and much higher and are viable commercial enterprises. They also feature the works of many contributors. I would also include Breitbart and The Drudge Report in this group although they have really gone beyond mere blogging to include news gathering (and news making) capabilities of many professional media outlets.

    Then there are the committed bloggers. There are two groups in this strata. There are those professionals who use their blogs for largely non commercial purposes. There are a number of economic bloggers who serve to broaden their prospective outside of their classroom. Among my favorite is Carpe Diem, Calafia Beach Pundit, Café Hayek, the Grumpy Economist.

    And also among the committed bloggers are those that display a professional attitude and love of their subject. They are resistant to unsubstantiated rumors and mindless rants, even if they do show partisan leanings. They do check sources before reprinting spurious stories; it is just too easy to do in the modern internet.

    This group, which is where I currently put Rebel Yid, acts as a vibrant resource. They all read various segments of the internet, and then blog their favorite articles on perspectives of their choices. Each blogger filters the best after their readings and this filters down to the best of the best.

    If you read Rebel Yid you will read excerpts from the other categories distilled by my perspective and interest, with my comments often added afterwards. The original sources will always be credited and linked for your reference. There will also be numerous excerpts from books that add more than can be deemed from the current media. There will be articles that are original in content.

    Bloggers are accused of amateurism and spreading false and misleading info. I have found that those bloggers who will pass on anything they get are few and short lasting. Coming up with posts for any extended period of time is time consuming. Those that blog regularly are committed to their work even if it is not their primary source of income.

    In fact we have seen better research among many amateurs and alternative professional media sources than we have seen in much of the mainstream media. It was Drudge who broke the Lewinski scandal, the National Enquirer broke the John Edwards scandal, and it was an amateur blogger who broke the manipulated evidence about George Bush’s military career that cost veteran Dan rather his job.

    The bloggers act more as independent editors and this has been their biggest contribution. No longer is news and opinion restricted by either column inches or a corporate editor’s bias or preference. With RSS feeds it is easy and fast to cover numerous resources in less time than it takes to cover any newspaper or TV news show. And bloggers have the luxury of covering an idea or perspective with as much depth as they choose.

    Economics writer and blogger Tyler Cowen noted his perspective on the blogdom in this video:



    I concur with his mission and purpose.

    While I enjoy the depth and variety of the economics and political bloggers, many of the base information still originates from the news gathering resources of traditional media. Their role will change but will remain a central source of much of the current event information we use.

    (You can read Rebel Yid daily at Rebel Yid: Beyond Left and Right)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Paul Ryan's Trojan Horse


    This country needs to make some big financial changes. Government spending will need to come down and taxes will need to increase.

    Giving even bigger tax cuts to the wealthy makes no sense whatsoever.

    (You can read J.Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Monday, April 09, 2012

    Guest Post by Rickvid in Seattle



    Borrachini’s is a Seattle Central District bakery that has been in business in one family for 90 years. The current owner, Remo, is in his mid-80s, has worked there for 72 years, and shows up every day for work. Recently he had to fire a woman who’d worked there for 9 years for rudely treating customers. Counseling her did not work. She then went to a group called Seattle Solidarity (SeaSol) claiming that, in 9 years, she’d never been allowed to take a break. SeaSol is connected to the International Workers of the World, (IWW) the Wobblies, old time communists whose avowed purpose is to destroy capitalism. SeaSol then demanded that the bakery pay up $8000 for all the unallowed break time. Don’t know how they figured that, but the demand was there with the threat of closing the bakery down if not paid. Under Washington law, that is extortion.

    Last Saturday, March 31, SeaSol showed up at the Borrachini’s, entered it, started clapping and chanting and blocking customer access. They left after a while but threatened to return yesterday, April 7th. I decided to go observe. Ah, the madness.

    The large group of supporters showed up before the announced time of the protest. SeaSol was late. Eventually SeaSol marched down the sidewalk, chanting slogans like, “No breaks, no cakes!” and “When worker’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up! Fight back!” and “Hey, hey, what’s that sound? Borrachini’s goin’ down!” and the really hilarious, “This is what the working class looks like!” Well, I asked and most had no job, of course, or were “organizers,” so, not the working class. Many people on both sides had cameras and cell phones running to record events. I dubbed one guy who held his camera up wherever he was looking The Recorder, one guy was The Organizer as he got the group going into circles on the sidewalk and told them what to chant and when, one guy was The Chanter as he led chants, one lady was The Screamer as she screamed right into the faces of bakery supporters, another was Mr. Baked, as it was clear he’d indulged in a spliff or 5 before the fun began.

    The police eventually arrived and did a good job ensuring the driveway into the parking lot was open, escorting pedestrians down the sidewalk through the protesters, and keeping relative order. The media were there in force, of course. The two protest groups exchanged words as one would expect. A number of Borrachini’s staff came out and chided SeaSol pointing out that they were there while on their breaks! This, of course, made no difference to the protesters. The manager got into it with one protestor who shoved an employee; a foreshadowing of things to come. They told him that management was not a real job, only exploiting the workers. So, we see the childlike level of thinking.

    A fellow came out of the bakery and offered cookies to the protesters. At some point, one of the protesters smacked the cookies out of his hand and punched him. He shoved her away and she did a swan dive to the sidewalk, worthy of a soccer player taking a dive on the pitch. The police moved in and restored order. Some bakery supporters offered first aid, one was an EMT I think, but SeaSol declined. At one point the manager brought out some water for the girl, but that, too, was declined, I think. SFD arrived and did first aid. The girl was not taken to hospital, but remained with an ice pack and red bandana on her eye. The police asked anyone with video of the event to come see them. A SeaSol leader asked SeaSol, and specifically said “not you people,” meaning the supporters, to take video showing the “attack” on the girl to the police. I went to where some SeaSol folks reviewed their video and they did not have the event recorded. That did not stop The Observer from claiming he’d seen the whole thing and the Borrachini supporter had just struck the protester for no reason. Oddly, his camera did not capture the moment. Hmmmm.

    Finally the protesters linked arms into a scrum right at the edge of the bakery’s property; I feared they might try to push into the bakery, but they just stood there chanting as told, on cue. At that point, I left to go do something productive.

    What do I conclude? Six or so things. First, if the employee was unhappy, why stay for 9 years? Bakery clerk is not so specialized a job that she could not have moved on at any time. Then, if she actually had a real case, she would take it to the law; Washington is very good at enforcing worker rights. I see, too, not surprisingly, that SeaSol is a group of child-minded drones, easily led and deceived. None of them cared about the facts that Borrachini has logs and videos of the employee taking breaks. It means nothing to them. Another is that SeaSol and this event are a vision of the future under our current leadership. Due process gives way to intimidation, “People’s” trials, “People’s” justice meted out at the whim of the mob. ACORN, SEIU and their type show up at private businesses and extort money or actions under threat of disruption and violence. It couldn’t happen here? Well, it is happening.

    Two things. First, this event shows the futility of groups like SeaSol; they are fringe, crazed fanatics who choose acting up like children over actually doing the hard work to effect change. They march, chant, mock, feel good, then go get stoned and laid. SEIU, tho, is a different matter. They take worker’s money, use it to organize and buy politicians.

    Finally, Borrachini’s business is hoppin’ like never before. I had never been there; it is not in a part of town I frequent and I am not a baked goods guy. But, Remi Borrachini could not buy better publicity. SeaSol are idiots, deluded and self defeating. And, they do not care.

    Sunday, April 08, 2012

    Happy Easter

    Wishing everyone peace of mind (if only for a day), time with family, good food, good conversation and a Happy Easter.

    And if you're coming to my house...a gluten free bunny cake :)

    Thursday, April 05, 2012

    At a Glance: Why No One Can Sit On the Sidelines In November


  • SCOTUS


  • Obama Instructs Journalists On How To Report His Positions
    "This bears on your reporting," President Obama said to journalists. "I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples' cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there's an equivalency."

    "As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it's important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would've been considered squarely centrist positions," Obama said a few moments later."


  • SCOTUS


  • Holder says 'courts have final say' in response to furor over Obama's health law comments
    "The comments come after a three-judge panel for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to explain its position by Thursday at noon. It marked the latest escalation between the two branches of government over the federal health care overhaul, after President Obama cautioned the Supreme Court against overturning the law and warned that such an act would be "unprecedented."

    Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney continued to defend the president's remarks -- sparring at length with reporters at Wednesday's press briefing.

    Carney has argued that there's no dispute from the administration regarding the courts' authority to strike down laws. He says the president was instead referring specifically to the traditional deference the court has shown Congress when it comes to laws addressing challenges to the economy -- such as health care."


  • SCOTUS


  • Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos
    "The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants."


  • SCOTUS


  • Officials from Egypt's Brotherhood at White House
    "White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt's presidential election."

    Egypt presidential candidate 'will push for sharia'
    "The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for Egypt's presidency, Khairat el-Shater, has pledged to press for the implementation of sharia (Islamic law) if elected, a Muslim think tank said on Wednesday."


  • SCOTUS


  • Reporters signed Governor Walker recall petition
    "We have some news we need to tell you about ourselves, and the recall election against Governor Scott Walker.

    TODAY'S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ discovered that several members of our staff signed the recall petitions for Governor Walker. Some of those employees play a role in our news-gathering and editorial process. Several of them also work on-air: One at TODAY'S TMJ4; four at Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

    We want you to know that we consider this a serious issue. We are in the process of dealing with it internally. Our reputation of being a fair and unbiased news source is of paramount importance to both TODAY'S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ."


  • And, most importantly, SCOTUS appointments.
  • Wednesday, April 04, 2012

    What If the Veep Was an Undisputed Conservative?

    I believe that those of you intent on abstaining from voting on the 2012 election said that even the addition of Rand Paul or Paul Ryan to the ticket wouldn't sway your decision...

    But, this morning I was wondering if a bold choice like Col. Allen West could temp you to the booth...?

    At CPAC 2012 Allen West said,

    "We believe in efficient government that is limited in its scope and fiscally responsible. We believe in individual sovereignty. We believe in free markets, traditional cultural values and a strong national security posture. We simply want a return to the fundamental American principles our founders envsioned and established..."


    Tempted?

    Caption It...



    This photo is perplexing. Would Obama wear an Aleister Crowley t-shirt? There is nothing claiming it's photoshopped on Snopes. There is a Thanks for wearing the shirt from AC2012. There's also a site that makes the case that this is an unaltered image. For the life of me, I can't figure this man out.

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012

    Guest From the Right: Proof

    The Bamboozler-in-Chief Has Loopholes in His Credibility

    I created the new Democrat mascot "hippocrat" for times such as these. Obama and the Democrats, up to and including my own dear brother (Bless his heart!) are talking about "subsidies" to the oil companies and doing away with them, as if that would do anything other than exacerbate the high price of gasoline and further slow an already weakened economy. First, a look at the weaselly word the Democrats use to describe the activity: "subsidize". The word subsidy has the connotation of one party giving money to another. If some entity of government "subsidizes" the arts, if may be through a grant to a symphony or a ballet company or just an artist who wants to photograph a crucifix in a jar of his own urine. A subsidy to any of these groups or individuals, implies that the government will transfer money to them out of their own coffers. Write them a check, if you will, to subsidize those activities.

    Imagine, if you will now, an armed robber approaches you outside an ATM. He demands your watch, your wallet, your car keys and your cash, but tells you you can keep $20 of what you withdrew, because he wants to "subsidize" you getting back home. "What a nice guy," you think, "letting me keep part of my own money! So that's what a subsidy is!"

    What Obama refers to as "subsidies" to the oil companies, are what most normal people call "business deductions" when it comes to nearly any other industry. And the laws that the legislators wrote to provide those "subsidies", possibly in exchange for campaign contributions, are then called "loopholes" by those who want to raise taxes on those same companies. (Or extort more "contributions" from them!)

    First of all, note the social engineering aspect of it: If you perform certain activities of which we approve, they say, we will lower your taxes and let you keep more of the money you earn. So, Congress writes the law in such a way as to give you an incentive for certain types of expenditures and activities. Think of your home mortgage deduction. To encourage home ownership, Congress writes a law that enables you to keep more of the money you earn if you use some of it to purchase a house. In ObamaSpeak, this would be referred to as a "subsidy" to you, the homeowner, if he were at all consistent, and a "loophole" that allows you to get away with paying less than your "fair share". The fact that you would be chastised for doing exactly what they wrote the law to accomplish is referred to as "irony".

    Obama and the Democrats want to create enough class envy so that you'll want to punish those nasty, rich oil companies by raising their taxes. And rest assured, taking away current, legitimate business deductions will effectively be raising the taxes oil companies pay.

    "Good!", you might say. "Those SOBs earn way too much on the backs of the working stiff!" Only here's how it works in the real world, and Obama knows it. Taxes are a part of the cost of doing business. In order to open a business and stay in business, taxes are an expense, just like rent or salaries. In order for you to stay in business and make a profit, any profit at all, you have to charge more than your expenses. If your expenses go up, the cost of any goods or services you provide have to go up as well. So called "business taxes" are a hidden tax on everything you buy. That makes the oil company, and any other business, a tax collector for Mr. Obama. Every gallon of gasoline you buy at the pump, a percentage of which is taxes, (less any deductions), which goes to the government. And then, the dirty little secret is, that the government then taxes the retail price of the gasoline as well. So the higher the cost of a gallon of gas, inflated by increased taxation, the higher the revenue in state and federal sales taxes they collect. In other words, taxes on top of taxes. Double dipping. On the backs of the "working stiff".

    The state and federal governments are already skimming an average of fifty cents a gallon in taxes. By comparison, towards the end of 2010, Exxon was making just a little over two cents a gallon on oil products here in the US, in profits. So, who's the one robbing you blind here? The guy taking two cents a gallon or the guy who's taking fifty cents a gallon and wants to take even more?

    As has been pointed out before, gasoline taxes are regressive taxes. They hit the poor hardest. The Bamboozler-in-Chief rails against the oil companies as if somehow, raising their taxes and thus, the cost of gasoline, (and virtually everything else in the economy), wouldn't be anything other than kicking the poor while they're down. It's a cruel deception. But if the poor are struggling and relying on government assistance to survive, it does make them easier to control.

    Back in 2009, Obama went on the record acknowledging that it is a "bad idea" to raise taxes during a recession. Unfortunately, that has not been enough to keep him from seeking new taxes and revenues from people in every tax bracket. The old campaign promise of not raising taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year, unfortunately came with an expiration date. The administration that cannot stop its own rapacious spending is looking for more and more ways to feed their spending habits. Raising taxes on the oil companies directly, and you indirectly, is yet another in a long line of bad ideas. Raise your hand if you think you're not paying enough in taxes?

    It's demagoguery. Barack Obama wants to raise your taxes, and the cost of everything you buy...and he wants you to thank him for it. Thank him, please, with an early retirement.

    (You can read Proof daily at Proof Positive Blog)

    Guest From The Left: J. Marquis

    Conservatives, Be Careful What You Wish For




    I'm not particularly upset about the possibility of Obamacare being overturned. And that's because I know we can't simply go on the way we are now and a better, simpler solution like the single payer option now looks a whole lot more attractive.

    I know people who work in the health insurance business and even they acknowledge things have to change one way or another.

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    In Case You Don't Know...

    THIS is why hockey is the best only sport:

    Sunday, April 01, 2012

    Mainstream? Me?




    You Are 36% Politically Radical



    You've got a few unusual political ideas, but overall you're a pretty mainstream person. Chances are that you're turned off by both the radical right and looney left.