Fausta's Blog: "Well, that didn’t take long"
Yesterday at McClatchy: Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter
Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who’s at the center of Sotomayor’s most controversial ruling.
On the eve of Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the “troubled and litigious work history” of firefighter Frank Ricci.
What is “troubled and litigious work history”, pray tell? (...) >>>
July 12, 2009
Can someone discern a pattern here: Chavez, Zelaya, Obama ... ?
Flopping Aces: "“Eh, Who Needs To Follow The Constitution”"
With all the wailing about Bush supposedly doing things his own way and not by the rule of law I wonder if those same people will have a problem with this:
With the clock running out on a new US-Russian arms treaty before the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires on December 5, a senior White House official said Sunday said that the difficulty of the task might mean temporarily bypassing the Senate’s constitutional role in ratifying treaties by enforcing certain aspects of a new deal on an executive levels and a “provisional basis” until the Senate ratifies the treaty. (...) >>>
July 6, 2009
Michele Bachman: "We Now Have A Total Gangster Government"
July 1, 2009
Fox/O'Reilley: "Obama and Holder drop charges against Black Panther Party thugs"
Jennifer Ruben on Pajamas has more ...
May 30th, 2009
WSJ: "The President Is 'Keeping Score' - Chicago politics has moved into the White House", by Karl Rove
Apr 2, 2009
On the other side of the Atlantic - after the hush attempt on Rush - it is now Karl Rove's turn to grow horns (again):
After repeatedly vilifying conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for saying he hopes that President Obama’s liberal policies fail, the Democrat Party apparently may be trying to make another mountain out of a molehill -- this one involving Karl Rove. (...) >>>
Mar 27, 2009
Michael Savage, also on the case (wow, and I thought I don't suffer fools gladly) ...
Mar 6, 2009
(...) Senator Leahy is holding his hearing today on his proposal to hold a series of show trials (oops sorry, a “Truth Commission”) on the Bush administration’s policies on terrorist detainees and other such matters. I wrote about it over at Politico yesterday. In essence, this is a push to criminalize his political opponents’ views on public policy and how to fight the war on terror. It is more reminiscent of a third-world banana republic than the United States of America. (...) This time, the clueless Hollywood types will cheer the "truth" commissions on. And, how appropriate that the show trials already seem like something that could easily fit into the mindset of old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics! >>>
Mar 5, 2009
The Foundry: "Santelli Responds to Team Obama Character Assassination Attempt"
The left has developed a firm and frightening pattern of how it deals with critics of President Barack Obama. Mere hours after Joe the Plumber had the temerity to question candidate Obama’s tax plans, government employee donors to Obama were socuring his public records digging for dirt. The media then followed up with hit pieces on Joe’s tax, professional, marital difficulties.
CNBC analyst Rick Santelli has come in for the same treatment after he expressed criticism of President Obama’s mortgage bailout plan. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs attacked Santelli personally from the White House podium invoking his name six times in a single press conference. Now Obama’s leftist allies at Playboy have followed up the Santelli smear campaign with an article claiming Santelli staged his criticism and is in fact in the pocket of the co-founder of the John Birch Society. Totally devoid of facts, Playboy has since removed their article without any explanation. (...) >>>
Mar 3, 2009
This was a calculated move by a man who professes to be open to all ideas but apparently brooks no dissent. He not only does not tolerate dissent well but also really doesn't even like to be questioned, as we saw during the campaign, when he accused the normally fawning press of grilling him for merely asking a follow-up question. We caught another glimpse of this last week, when he showed irritation at the White House press corps for daring to ask him a policy question after he had decreed that the sole purpose of his visit was to press the flesh. (...) >>> Digg it hereJan 31, 2009
Remember the police searching Damian Green MP's office? Well it's happened again - but then, should we be surprised with the British police's infestation with Common Purpose members?
BBC: "Police 'entered Tory MP's office'"
A Conservative MP has alleged that police entered his Commons office without a search warrant demanding to see constituency correspondence. Daniel Kawczynski said he found it "disgraceful" after the controversy over the arrest of shadow immigration minister Damian Green last year. (...) He said he had been informed by his office about a police raid as he was due to make a speech in a debate. (...) Fellow Tory MP Tobias Ellwood demanded that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith make a statement to MPs about the matter. (...) >>>
Jan 21, 2009
... in many ways the figure of Joe the Plumber has been Obama's and the Dems Nemesis - again ...
NewsBusters: "Joe the Plumber Data Dive Whistleblower Was Threatened with Firing; Media Will Likely Ignore"
The Columbus Dispatch has done some impressive work exposing the unauthorized and arguably illegal database diving done by State of Ohio employees into the records of Joe the Plumber in October. The rest of Ohio's and the nation's media have been virtually asleep. (...) A story in the Dispatch this morning that should be read in full (HT Michelle Malkin) about Ms. Niekamp's testimony before the Ohio House's Government and Elections Committee reveals just how imperiled she was. While carrying out a personal order from a superior who was trying to cover his tracks, she was reminded that she was an "unclassified" employee. In plain English, she was threatened with her job if she didn't do what she was told (...) >>>
Dec 6, 2008
... a particularly nasty development, now so common it warrants its own dossier ...
Tory website: "Film of police searching Damian Green's office released"
Film of the police searching Damian Green’s Parliamentary office has been released this afternoon, with Dominic Grieve stressing the footage documents “a dark day for democracy”. The office of the Shadow Immigration Minister was searched by Metropolitan Police officers on Thursday 27th November. Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Home Secretary, stressed Damian was “guilty only of doing his job”:
"MPs are not above the law. But they must be allowed to bring the Government to account and to put into the public domain information which may be uncomfortable for Ministers."The footage released today shows Andrew Mackay, Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser to David Cameron, entering Damian Green’s office as police officers carry out their search.
Watch the footage here
Roots: "The precursors of censorship"
There's quite a bit of confusion about what constitutes "hate speech". To Muslims and Obama supporters ANY criticism is inciting hatred. There have been indications during the US Presidential elections of Democrats trying to criminalize critics, making an equivocation that loosely runs: criticism = lies = libel = criminal.
Muslim groups (OIC) within the UN are pushing resolutions that equivocate: criticism = Islamophia = racism = criminal, or alternatively: criticism = Islamophobia = blasphemy = criminal.
These are precursors of censorship. Initially through the social pressure emanating from political correctness, the swarming and flagging of opponents on Facebook and sites like that, culminating in critique being outlawed altogether. Tolerate it at your peril. >>>
Dec 2, 2008
It’s hard to pick out the scariest part of the still unfolding story of how unionized state government workers violated Joe the Plumber’s privacy for political ends. The Columbus Dispatch reports today that President-elect Barack Obama supporter, donor, and director of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services Helen Jones-Kelley “had no legitimate agency function or purpose” for pilfering the files of Joe the Plumber. Last month the Dispatch reported that Jones-Kelley personally requested state employees to search Joe’s files after Joe publically criticized then-candidate Obama. (...) >>>
Nov 24, 2008
World Net Daily: "Cops at man's home for opposing Obama"
... here's the source of the breaking LA Times tape hostage story in her own words ...
Nov 1, 2008
Politeia: "We Are All Plumbers Now"
This is perhaps the most ominous aspect yet of both the radicalized Democratic Party in general, and the Obama campaign in particular: they appear to be after ways how the law can the used to criminalize opponents. Uncle Joe would be proud! Point in case is a local Democratic chairman reacting to Philip Berg's valid lawsuit for Barack Obama to present evidence of natural born citizenship. In this footage we can literally see him looking for ways to delegitimise Berg's efforts: either he's on a personal vendetta, or he must be trespassing on somebody's privacy rights, etc. (....) This is as much undermining the rule of law, as ACORN is crushing the very foundation of democracy. Republican rallies are almost certainly infiltrated by agitators. These tactics are truly and utterly irresponsible and destructive.
A Pajamas Media article "Justice Dept. Targets GOP Activists" lists one case of legal abuse, Rick Moore in "Obama Wants to Prosecute Republicans Trying to Stop Voter Fraud" chronicles another. Then there is the minor matter of the Truth Squads (read Missouri Governor Blunt's press release), followed by Obama's judicial obliteration of the Second Amendment. (...)
What cannot be ignored today is the hyena mob attack on citizen Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher which is shedding whatever remnants of respectability that perhaps remained. It tells of an end-justifies-the-means mentality that comes with the pragmatist approach. What's more disturbing? The fact itself, that some don't see the problem, or that others completely miss the point? The unconscionable mob turns on a single citizen, a plumber, so as to divert attention away from the redistributive nature of the Obama policies, the egalitarian collectivism that was to remain shrouded in mystery until "the deal was closed." The episode is exemplary for the ongoing con job. (...) The series on relativism and violence is an ongoing project, but part I and part II have already been posted. >>>
18th Oct 2008