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HRC Statement on Teachable Moment in Rhode Island

This just in:

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – today called on American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Gerald W. McEntee to come out against the kind of anti-LGBT bullying sadly typified by a union activist protesting in Rhode Island.  According to media accounts, union activists participating in a AFSCME solidarity rally caught a cameraman reporting the protest’s lackluster attendance.  That prompted one activist to respond by saying, ““I’ll f**k you in the ass, you faggot!”” [sic]

“Anti-gay language by union activists often starts in the workplace – or at least, that’s where it should be stopped,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  “It is our sincere hope that Gerald McEntee will take this opportunity to speak out and condemn these kinds of insensitive remarks.  It’s time for union leaders to teach their members a lesson in decency and respect.”

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Union “goon” uses anti-gay slur at Rhode Island Rally

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:51 pm - February 24, 2011.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left

In The Last 24 Hours,” Jim Hoft writes, “Dem Protesters Have Assaulted a Young Woman, Tortured a Camel, Called Opponents ‘Bad Jews’ & Attacked Gay Black Tea Partier… They Must Be Very Proud.” (Via Instapundit.)

Meanwhile as James Taranto writes, “It’s quite striking the way almost every lie the left ever told about the Tea Party has turned out to be true of the government unionists in Wisconsin and their supporters.” For almost as long as citizens have joined Tea Parties to protest excess government spending, Democrats and their allies in the MSM have peddled the meme of violent right-wing protest.  Here’s Jim Treacher on the topic:

We get months of “Teabaggers are violent” — hell, years — when in reality, Tea Partiers have been the recipients of violence. Meanwhile, these union guys are ratcheting up the violent rhetoric and now actually assaulting people in broad daylight.

Michelle Malkin gives us the example of one union “goon,” as she dubs him, making derogatory remarks about a cameraman’s supposed sexuality, in the same breath suggesting that gays are an inferior species while using a derogatory term to do so:

At AFSCME’s “solidarity” rally in Providence, Rhode Island on Tuesday, a cameraman was accosted by a fuming pro-union protester. The cameraman had his back to the goon, who appears to accost him unprovoked. The goon screams:

“I’ll f**k you in the ass, you faggot!”

I expect the national gay organizations to react speedily to this slur and demand that AFSCME apologize for his rude behavior and use of the offensive term.  I’ll be checking their websites in short order so I can include their condemnations in this post.

UPDATE:   Nothing on HRC’s site as of 2:44 PM PST (5:44 EST).  Nor anything at NGLTF.  Guess if union stooge hurls an angry anti-gay insult, it’s not offensive.

UP-UPDATE:  Anyone know if Barney Frank has differentiated himself from this goon’s nasty rhetoric?

UP-UP-UPDATE: Bruce forwards me this tweet: “I wonder if HRC will condemn the union guy the way they did Willow Palin.”  Well, Willow’s comment did get a whole bunch of lefties’ panties in a bunch.  Let’s see what the same folks have to say about this.  Wonder if the MSM will pick it up like they did the comment of that teenager?

UP-UP–UP-UPDATE: As a reminder, HRC issued at least two statements on the above matter, HRC to Sarah Palin: Don’t Let This Teachable Moment Pass You By and HRC to Sarah Palin: Two Days of Silence, Will You Speak Up?

Americans Oppose Flight of Wisconsin 14 (& their Indiana Brethren)

Given the responses on the comment threads of my liberal Facebook friends backing the pusillanimous Wisconsin Democrats who would rather flee the state that let the elected majority party vote on legislation they support, this poll doesn’t surprise me:

Half of America’s voters favor public sector unions for government workers, but they strongly oppose the tactic by Wisconsin state senators to flee their state to prevent a vote that would limit the rights of such unions.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 25% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of this tactic, while 67% disapprove. State legislators in Indiana have used the same approach to avoid a vote in their state.

Many (but not all) left-of-center friends of my liberal friends, while opposing Governor Walker’s common-sense reforms, take their fellow Democrats to task for their flight.  “Democrats,” Rasmussen reports, “are fairly evenly divided, with 48% approving and 44% disapproving.”

Given that roughly half of American voters support the idea of government workers organizing in unions, it is no wonder many in the MSM, as in a recent AP article, are saying the bill would take “away public workers’ collective bargaining rights.”  Curtailing does not mean eliminating.  Seem they’re trying to gin up opposition to the bill.

It would be interesting to see if American favor governments serving as collection agencies for these unions and their of use this government-generated largesse to lobby said governments – and also to see if they favor allowing individual employees to opt out of such unions.  Of course, the responses, in many cases, will depend upon the phrasing of the questions.  🙂

Understanding left’s all-out assault on Koch Brothers through prism of liberal prejudice

It should come as no surprise to those who have been following liberal talking points for the past six months (at least) that liberal bloggers and left-of-center pundits would be all over the prank call a David Koch imposter placed to Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker.  At least since Jane Mayer’s lengthy New Yorker “exposé” last summer on the free-market-loving billionaires, the Koch Brothers have been elevated to join George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin as ranking members on the approved left-wing list of right-wing demons.  Stories about the call led Memeorandum throughout the day yesterday, multiplying with each passing hour, even into the night.

No matter that Walker didn’t recognize Koch’s voice thus showing as Ann Althouse put it, that “Scott Walker is not close to Koch“.  This non-recognition, Walker’s very failure to accede to the imposter’s odd suggestions could not be allowed to wreck the narrative that the call showed Walker, as one of our critics put it, to be “the underling updating his boss.”

Their critics want us to believe that these nefarious rich white men are pulling the strings behind Republican politicians, indeed, the entire conservative enterprise, in order to advance their own interests while sucking the lifeblood out of the working man.  The New York Times has now picked up on this latest meme from the left.

It seems these bloggers and pundits on the left want to make these “evil” billionaires the story instead of the ideas they promote.  John Hinderaker offers an explanation for the left’s “all-out assault” on the Koch brothers:

Simply because they are rich–their company is one of the best-run and most successful in the world–and conservative. The Left is trying to drive them out of politics and, more important, to deter any other people of means from daring to support conservative politicians or causes.

(H/t Instapundit.)  That’s part of it, but, I wonder if it could also be a failure of imagination, that some liberals just can’t even imagine that conservative businessmen would be in it for the principle of the matter.  Last September, writing about the Mayer piece, the Washington Examiner‘s Timothy P. Carney observed that while lots of rich people support political candidates and causes, (more…)

Could Jerry Brown surprise us in taking on public employee unions as he has surprised (some of) us in taking away their costly perks?

So focused have I been on Wisconsin this past week that I put on the back burner a post I was planning on California, then when reading one of my favorite blogresses, caught this comment which almost perfectly summarized my views on Governor Jerry Brown’s first eight weeks back in the governor’s office after twenty-eight year away.  Over at the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin blogged about her conversation with Tea Party leader Mark Meckler:

On California he told me that he thinks Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is doing a far better job than his Republican predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “If anyone has a chance, [Brown] has a chance” to straighten out the state’s finances, he argued. But he remains skeptical. “I don’t know if he can separate himself from the unions.”

When I read that in “his first executive order as governor, Democrat Jerry Brown ordered state employees to return some 48,000 cell phones paid for by the state“, I wondered why, despite facing bloated state budgets, Arnold had never taken this step.*  Nor did the Governator take steps to eliminate any number of the excesses that Brown has found — and seeks to eliminate.

That said, in going after these cuts, Brown is not looking at some of the structural problems in the state’s spending that need to be fixed.  Like his counterpart in the Badger State, he needs to take on the compensation schemes for public employees.  Here, I share Meckler’s skepticism; I don’t know either if he can take on the public employee unions.

Eccentric Jerry Brown may be, but dogmatic he is not (save perhaps on the environment).  He didn’t, as I wrote last November, earn the nickname Moonbeam “for being a team-player“.  He could surprise us on this one as he’s surprising us on spending.    (more…)

Another Democrat calls it “war” when Republicans advance their agenda through the legislative process

Well, if you’re at war,Democrat, why are you fleeing to the safety of another jurisdiction instead of manning the battlements as most people do in such conflicts.

Do these guys have any regard for popular elections?

“It sounds like war to me, and I think that’s what he’s declared this (legislative) session,” [Indiana House Minority Leader Patrick] Bauer said.

He said Democrats are ready to negotiate but won’t return to the Statehouse until Republicans stop pushing their “radical agenda.”

Um, Patrick, so, you’re telling Republicans elected to a majority in last fall’s election that their agenda is “radical,” so you’re going to take your marbles and run away?   Last fall, Indiana voters elected more Republicans than Democrats to the Indiana House, ending your term as Speaker.  That means, you no longer get to set the agenda.

And just like his Wisconsin counterpart, Jon Richards, he describes majority Republicans’ attempts to advance their agenda as war.  What is it with these Democrats, can’t they accept it when Republicans win elections?

Just amazing that Mr. Bauer, after forty years in the legislature, many in the minority, could call it “war” when the party that won a majority of seats in the most recent elections, moves to advance its agenda through the legislative process.  If the agenda were so radical, Bauer should be able to peel off enough Republicans to vote against it.  Failing that, he and his fellow Democrats should easily be able to persuade Hoosiers to reject Republicans in 2012 and replace them with less radical Democrats.

But, no, Indiana House Democrats, like their Wisconsin Senate counterparts, are acting like spoiled children who can’t get their way and run for the hills, er, the state of Illinois.   Don’t see any Republicans running away in states where Democrats are in control.  Nor did we see it in 2009 where there were a lot more such states. (more…)