This week saw the implosion of the Obama administration hit a new low, with the health care town halls turning into a pitched battle between senior citizens protesting Obamacare (routinely being described by the media as a violent mob of racists controlled by the Republican party) and thugs from the SEIU union, which has a massive stake in the Obama administration and at whose meeting Obama talked about transitioning America to a single payer health care system.
Throwing the SEIU thugs into the fight is a desperation move, it's the mask coming off the blatant thuggishness of the Obama administration, which when forced to choose between its own big government agenda and the will of the public, chooses to lie, rig the debate and beat the crap out of the public.
The SEIU, which is America's largest health care union, is aiming at vertical integration within a government run health care system. This will not particularly benefit its members, but it will benefit its leadership, from Andy Stern on down.
The SEIU is a corrupt organization that's little more than organized crime. It preys on immigrants. Large portions of its "members" don't speak English at all. The SEIU has grown by signing up anyone and everyone, by scraping the bottom of the barrel, and destroying anyone in its way.
The SEIU has a history of violence. Its members have been used to intimidate and disrupt meetings, so much so they were explicitly condemned for it by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.
John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO said, "There is no justification - none - for the violent attack orchestrated by SEIU at the Labor Notes conference in Detroit. While there may well be multiple sides to any dispute, violence in any form is reprehensible. Violence in attacking freedom of speech must be strongly condemned. Any attempt to deny the right of free speech threatens the foundation of our movement and the future of working people."
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee called on SEIU head Andy Stern to "renounce the use of violence, end the lies, and stop targeting women, nurses, and working people for threats and harassment."
That's the sort of intimidation machine, Democratic congressmen have brought in to control their Town Halls. Bringing in SEIU thugs is a sure recipe for violence, and unsurprisingly the SEIU are doing in the Town Halls exactly what they did at Labor Notes, hijacking rooms, physically shoving and assaulting anyone who disagrees with them.
It is no surprise whatsoever that the people who did this last year
A rent-a-mob of rowdy, punch-throwing demonstrators burst into Labor Notes' biennial labor conference in Dearborn, Michigan, last Saturday night. When it was over, the local cops had been called in, one demonstrator had collapsed and died and SEIU's chieftain Andy Stern had etched himself another benchmark for intolerance... Several leaders of the pack wore purple bandanas to conceal their faces; others started pushing, shoving, and throwing punches when their path was blocked by the linked arms of a hastily assembled but experienced group of Labor Notes marshals
A recently retired member of United Auto Workers Local 235, Dianne Feeley, suffered a head wound after being knocked to the ground by SEIU International staff and local members. Other conference-goers--members of the Teamsters, UAW, UNITE HERE, International Longshoremen's Association, and SEIU itself--were punched, kicked, shoved, and pushed to the floor. Dearborn police responded and evicted the three bus loads of SEIU International staff and members of local and regional health care unions.
Are doing this, this year...
Kenneth was approached by an SEIU representative as Kenneth was handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to other conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.
Considering what the SEIU did to their own, it was dead certain what they would do here. Combined with the Democratic party and the media's shrill cries of racism and talk of mobs, which is best characterized as incitement, sending out SEIU goons was done for one reason and one reason alone, to physically intimidate dissenters on ObamaCare, which by the latest polls are most Americans.
Obama could have packed the Town Halls with supporters without resorting to SEIU goons. He or his people chose the SEIU goon squads instead. That was deliberate and it was meant to send a message. And it did.
Meanwhile speaking of failed Obama programs, Cash for Clunkers gets new life, even though it has done nothing for the environment, even for the mythical Carbon Global Warming crisis that will destroy the North Pole in 5 seconds and force all the polar bears to learn to surf.
The trade ins under Cash for Clunkers has favored Japanese cars, not American cars, because the most traded in cars have been American by a sizable majority, those sold meanwhile have only been 47 percent American.
Our bet is consumers are trading in their cars at the same place, or from the same automaker, they purchased them from originally. So under that litmus test, it may very well be that the Cash For Clunkers plan could be eroding U.S. automaker ownership share — a number that differs from overall market share but could reflect a trend of buyers moving toward non-domestic automakers in their next auto purchase, not their trade-in purchase.
Even among American cars, Ford has done better than the Obama bailed out, GM and Chrysler, whom this program was created to benefit. With no environmental value, Cash for Clunkers was a short term auto purchasing stimulus program. Handled as stupidly as possible.
Case in point the now infamous video of a Volvo's engine being destroyed, by government mandate. Had Obama really been interested in creating jobs, for anyone other than union members, letting those cars be donated to people in need could have helped them get jobs. Geographic location has been one reason for unemployment for many. The inability to replace a car for some has meant an inability to work. Instead the Obama administration has chosen to mandate the destruction of the car's engines, even when they're in good shape, which destroys even their salvage value. The Cash for Clunkers is nothing more than government mandated waste of both taxpayer money and cars.
Furthermore the entire list may be a scam, as the Obama White House once again appears to have cooked the books, listing only small vehicles to build their case for the claim that Americans only want small vehicles, something the media continues repeating ad nauseum...
Compare their list to what Edmunds has as the most bought vehicles.
1. Ford Escape
2. Ford Focus
3. Jeep Patriot
4. Dodge Caliber
5. Ford F-150
6. Honda Civic
7. Chevy Siverado
8. Chevy Cobalt
9. Toyota Corolla
10. Ford Fusion
Yup, folks still like their pickups and SUV's and I would like to think that the presence of so many Ford vehicles on the list is due to the fact that they didn't take any government, (taxpayer) money, even though they still remain under the thumb of UAW, and Americans are showing them a little love.
Meryl Yourish has more on the subject
Something and Half of Something meanwhile shows us what even Europeans do with small cars
While Obama goes back to the Soviet era, Russia isn't waiting silently by. While Russian subs pass only 200 miles from the Eastern Seaboard, to serve as a warning to America not to interfere, Russia is preparing for a larger push into Georgia.
Russian propaganda against Georgia has hit a new pitch, which usually indicates prep for an invasion. Meanwhile a massive DOS attack has been executed against Twitter and Facebook, targeting a single Georgian user, Cyxymu.
Twitter and Facebook have been shown to be a threat to the Iranian regime recently. The key reason why Russia would target them, is to insure that if its troops launch an all out conquest of Georgia, it will not face locals who report on it every step of the way. The attack may also be seen as a proof of concept, demonstrating that Russia can take down social networking sites any time it chooses, thus warning them against hosting "Georgian Anti-Russian Propaganda."
Russia has warned the US against sending any monitoring forces to Georgia, and dropping the pretense of "South Ossetian" independence, one of Putin's rich buddies, Vadim Brovtsev, has become the "Prime Minister" of South Ossetia.
Most of the South Ossetian elite, on the other hand, has been transplanted from Russia and is tightly under the Kremlin's control. President Kokoity, a former Soviet wrestling champion who was born in the territory, is the exception.
For example, the region's newly appointed prime minister, Vadim Brovtsev, is the director of a construction firm based in Russia's Chelyabinsk region. Brovtsev's predecessor, Aslanbek Bulatsev, previously served as the head of Russia's Federal Tax Service in North Ossetia.
With the anniversary of latest invasion of Georgia here, the clock is ticking on a sequel. The fake South Ossetian independence movement is to Putin, what the Sudeten Germans were to Hitler. Russia's goal is to begin carving up its former Warsaw Pact conquests one by one. Georgia first. The Ukraine second. And after that if Obama is still out to lunch, we may well be on track for war in Europe. Again.
On another topic, Ben Atlas' blog hosts some interesting photos from Life magazine of Israel, particularly focusing on Jewish refugees escaping the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem from the occupying Arab armies. It's not an image you often see. It's not an image that the media, which harps on the narrative of Israel driving out Arabs, wants you to see.
Life in Israel - Part 1
Life in Israel - Part 2
Jewish girl, Rachel Levy, 7, fleeing from street w. burning bldgs. as the Arabs sack Jerusalem after its surrender. May 28, 1948. John Phillips
Jewish families leaving the old city through Zion's Gate. June 1948. John Phillips
Sephardic Rabbi discussing terms of surrender of the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem with Arab Legion Soldiers. June 1948. John Phillips
The Jewish Quarter before the Arab conquest
The Jewish Quarter after the Arab conquest
Jewish people attempting to leave portion of city surrendered to Arab forces. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips
Elderly Jewish man sitting in street after surrender of city. Jerusalem, Israel. June 1948. John Phillips
These are a handful of the forgotten Jewish refugees of the Arab aggression which has repeatedly touched off regional violence in the first place. These are the refugees that the media today and the prophets of orientalism at universities will not stop to consider.
At IsraPundit, a Wall Street Journal op ed, "There Is a Military Option on Iran"
The military can play an important role in solving this complex problem without firing a single shot. Publicly signaling serious preparation for a military strike might obviate the need for one if deployments force Tehran to recognize the costs of its nuclear defiance. Mr. Obama might consider, for example, the deployment of additional carrier battle groups and minesweepers to the waters off Iran , and the conduct of military exercises with allies.
If such pressure fails to impress Iranian leadership, the U.S. Navy could move to blockade Iranian ports. A blockade—which is an act of war—would effectively cut off Iran ’s gasoline imports, which constitute about one-third of its consumption. Especially in the aftermath of post-election protests, the Iranian leadership must worry about the economic dislocations and political impact of such action.
Should these measures not compel Tehran to reverse course on its nuclear program, and only after all other diplomatic avenues and economic pressures have been exhausted, the U.S. military is capable of launching a devastating attack on Iranian nuclear and military facilities.
Many policy makers and journalists dismiss the military option on the basis of a false sense of futility. They assume that the U.S. military is already overstretched, that we lack adequate intelligence about the location of covert nuclear sites, and that known sites are too heavily fortified.
Such assumptions are false.
An attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would mostly involve air assets, primarily Air Force and Navy, that are not strained by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan . Moreover, the presence of U.S. forces in countries that border Iran offers distinct advantages. Special Forces and intelligence personnel already in the region can easily move to protect key assets or perform clandestine operations. It would be prudent to emplace additional missile-defense capabilities in the region, upgrade both regional facilities and allied militaries, and expand strategic partnerships with countries such as Azerbaijan and Georgia to pressure Iran from all directions.
Conflict may reveal previously undetected Iranian facilities as Iranian forces move to protect them. Moreover, nuclear sites buried underground may survive sustained bombing, but their entrances and exits will not.
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The Religion of Peace has the latest on the usual gruesome tally of Islam at home and abroad, and via Religion of Peace, an article at Islam in Europe, on the Muslim use of honor for rape
Via Steven Plaut's ZionCon, an article by Ruth King in Mideast Outpost
Groups like “J” Street were founded on anti-Israel premises. More alarming are the formerly mainstream organizations which have veered precipitously to the left. For example, Hadassah is the world’s largest volunteer women’s organization with a sterling record of hands-on support for Israel. Hadassah sent the first group of public health nurses to Palestine in 1913. It established nurseries, schools, health centers and major hospitals. Its members were active in the rescue movement which saved thousands of children from the Nazis. With Israel’s independence Hadassah played an outsize role in the ingathering which brought the wretched survivors of Europe and the Arab states to Israel, providing housing, medical care, counseling and language and vocational training.,
However, as younger women active in the 1970s anti-war movement took over, the focus changed to trendy domestic issues such as abortion, gay and lesbian rights, embryonic stem cell research, a “green” planet, and “social justice and civil rights” as seen through the prism of the far left of the Democratic party. It is not only that this has nothing to do with specifically Jewish concerns. “Social justice” issues, thus defined, are the mainstay of Israel-hating groups—to take Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as well known examples.
Jew with a View has the latest ObamaWatch
Well, fret no more - the War On Terror is over! That’s right, no more need to fear terrorism, or Islamic terrorism, or Islamism or even Jihadists.
How can this be, you may be wondering?
Answer: Because Obama says so.
Yep, the Chief Dhimmi has decided that the very terms ‘Jihadists’ and ‘global war’ are now redundant. The West is not fighting terror, you see. No, no. Rather, America is just having a bit of a bicker with Al Queda.
Eric at Tyggrexpress has a book out called Ideological Bigotry. I'll let him tell you about it in his own words
The book is entitled "Ideological Bigotry." Ideological Bigotry is the hatred of people based on their politics. The left hates the right because we exist and breathe air. I take a comedic approach that skewers those that need it.
Atlas Shrugs has the story on Obama's Uncle living the high life thanks to Sheikh Samir Mirdad
Lemon Lime Moon looks at who is really mean spirited and dangerous
Finally Ace of Spades looks at the double standard of how the media glowingly and lovingly reported on anti-war protesters, compared to how they cover protesting Town Hall seniors today