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  1. I don’t see any violence here. Also, he had it coming.

    Comment by Average Democrat — December 12, 2012 @ 1:15 pm - December 12, 2012

  2. Yeah, but Tea Party members are gun owners.

    Comment by Paul — December 12, 2012 @ 2:16 pm - December 12, 2012

  3. The Left romanticizes left-wing protest (which, as a rule, is the shrieking of mental/moral chidren to have their will over others, especially to be given things which the Authority Figures will have seized from others).

    And the media is controlled by the Left.

    Now we do the maths.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 12, 2012 @ 2:16 pm - December 12, 2012

  4. The captured “No fair wage for you” headline is especially telling.

    A right-to-work law is just that: a law affirming the right of employees and employers to freely contract with one another, with or without the union’s involvement. Morally, that right flows from the employee’s God-given rights to productive self-support and to freedom of assocation. The RTW law curtails abusive union powers to deny work to people and to compel people into involuntary associations and involuntary payments.

    But to the leftie, the abusive powers (that let the union/leftie compel people into involuntary associations and payments) were “fair”, and curtailing the abusive powers is so horribly “unfair” that it must be met by a tantrum of melodramatic screaming that all fairness in the working world just ended.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 12, 2012 @ 3:01 pm - December 12, 2012

  5. NBC.com had the complete story, union violence included. But it wasn’t featured as a top headline. Of course, that ended up being the Oregon shooting.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — December 12, 2012 @ 3:20 pm - December 12, 2012

  6. One flaw with the left’s argument that unions create higher wages and benefits for workers is that it isn’t sustainable.  Sure, the workers have higher wages and benefits, if they can keep their jobs.  As the unions demand more and more, moving operations to places like China or Mexico is more tempting.  

    Comment by Rattlesnake — December 12, 2012 @ 4:25 pm - December 12, 2012

  7. Off-shoring and sinking wages are a big problem for American workers but when I see an exhibition like this, my first wish is for some big union-occupied factory to announce that it’s closing and moving production to friendlier climes.
    I cannot imagine having a shop full of people like these “workers”. I’d be looking for a spot in China, too.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — December 12, 2012 @ 6:12 pm - December 12, 2012

  8. Sure, the workers have higher wages and benefits,

    One thing never mentioned is that there’s usually some benefits they have, that others enjoy, because so much is spent on them.

    Comment by TGC — December 12, 2012 @ 9:00 pm - December 12, 2012

  9. Wanna bet that nothing happens to the union thug (er, I mean union member)?

    There is a lineman from Florida who came up to help out here in NJ after Sandy. He is now in the hospital because he dared to work without paying union dues. And his attackers? nothing, nada, zip . . .

    And, of course, don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama to condemn this kind of violence. Secretly, he most likely approves of it.

    Comment by Charles — December 12, 2012 @ 9:01 pm - December 12, 2012

  10. I don’t think I have ever seen the media this complicit with an administration and political party than during the Obama years.

    The media has lost what little credibility it had and I don’t think they even care.

    Comment by Just Me — December 12, 2012 @ 9:04 pm - December 12, 2012

  11. Just Me, that’s what happens when communists run the show.

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — December 12, 2012 @ 10:51 pm - December 12, 2012

  12. Just Me, spot on. I’ve never seen such blatant, naked partisanship from the media — I mean, they loved Clinton and hated GW Bush with a passion, but that was NOTHING compared to the tongue-bathing they give Obama daily.

    As to the Union goons, all I can say to Leftists is, now the “she was asking for it in that tight skirt” defense is acceptable, now? Really?

    Old news, standards and morals are for OTHER people, not for Obama and the Left.

    Thanks for posting!

    Comment by Acethepug — December 13, 2012 @ 6:43 am - December 13, 2012

  13. As usual, Mark Steyn is not to be missed: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/12/12/quotes-of-the-day-1227/

    “It is extremely valuable for people to understand that your guys mean it and you may want to play along because, otherwise, things are going to get very unpleasant for you. That is the message these guys are sending in Michigan. It’s basically the domestic version of what you see in the Arab Spring. All of these protests against Morsi in Cairo were completely peaceful, then Muslim Brotherhood show up to protest and seven people die. There is always an advantage to the side that means it and to the side that is willing to apply the muscle. And that’s why I don’t think the unions are bothered about bad publicity over this at all. They understand the people get the core message.”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 13, 2012 @ 11:06 am - December 13, 2012

  14. These people at least have something to be pissed about. Their state government effectively just told every worker to expect wage and benefit cuts. I understand the anger.

    Contrast this to the Tea Party, which wasn’t much more than embarrassed Republican voters who wanted to get together and have a big group cry about losing the 2008 election. If you asked people why they were a Tea Partier, they would rant in very vague terms about some insidious Obama plot to raise taxes or nationalize industry or force people to eat vegetables. In other words, nothing. They would rant about nothing. The Tea Party was an excuse to put on silly costumes, make silly signs, go outdoors and reassure yourself that there were still some conservatives out there, shake your fist angrily at the skies over whatever conspiracy theory was being pedaled by Glenn Beck that week, then head back home and go about your life exactly as you had been.

    What happened in Michigan is quite a bit different. One day, workers in Michigan were going about their normal lives. The next day, the governor reversed himself and said he’d support right-to-work, and the day after that it was a law. That’s a huge change, it was unexpected given the governor’s previous assurances, and it’s going to start hitting people in their wallets very soon. That’s the kind of political bullshit that gets people riled up, and understandably so.

    People like me give no credibility to the Tea Party because they didn’t have anything such as the above to be mad about. You can easily trace the genesis of the Tea Party movement, and justifiable anger at a specific Democratic policy is nowhere to be found. Republicans got trampled in the election, they needed a new name, they needed to hold little parties to console themselves, and that’s the Tea Party movement.

    Comment by Levi — December 13, 2012 @ 3:14 pm - December 13, 2012

  15. Shorter Idiot: “I don’t get the Tea Parties because I don’t understand how anyone could oppose massive deficits and expansions of Government under a Democrat president, but I understand why Union thugs beat people up because someone threatened to take their free sh-t away from them.”

    Comment by V the K — December 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm - December 13, 2012

  16. Another fact free rant by the serial liar.

    Now hush Levi, and run away, like you always do.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 13, 2012 @ 3:55 pm - December 13, 2012

  17. Oh, forgot to add.

    LEvi is now on record justifying violence against peaceful Americans, and not wanting terrorists who want to kill them to get wet.

    He also (again) shows his contempt for the democratic process.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 13, 2012 @ 4:09 pm - December 13, 2012

  18. Shorter Idiot: “I don’t get the Tea Parties because I don’t understand how anyone could oppose massive deficits and expansions of Government under a Democrat president, but I understand why Union thugs beat people up because someone threatened to take their free sh-t away from them.”

    No, I understand the Tea Party. It isn’t complicated, especially if you view the Republican brand the same way you view other scandalized or unpopular brands. This is basic free market lesson that corporations have taught us over and over again – if people hate you, your company, or your product, change the name! It’s remarkable how easy it is to get a blank slate this way, and the Tea Party did nurse the Republican Party through a phase when it was particularly wounded. That was its job and nothing more. In 2008, people were ashamed of Republicans, people were embarrassed to be associated with Republicans, people were not identifying as Republicans. The Tea Party gave them a place to go until Republicanism could be rehabilitated.

    The general incoherence of the Tea Party philosophy reinforces this point. What were they mad about? Well, if you asked them, they would complain about tax increases that hadn’t occurred. Or they would say something like “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!” which, obviously, doesn’t make any sense. The politics didn’t change at all, these people just wanted some reassurance, they wanted to feel like they belonged even though their permanent Republican majority had disintegrated. So you put on your three corner hat, make your Obama-as-a-Nazi sign, and drag the family to a Tea Party event where you trade conspiracy theories with the other whackos. It was a movement not prompted by a policy or a new law, but by sour grapes at having lost an election.

    And yeah, you hate unions. What else is new? Every Republican idea is about building up and preserving the rich at the expense of everyone else, and union-busting measures like this one fit right in. What you call ‘free sh-t,’ union workers would call benefits and wages that they spent years earning and negotiating for, but whatever – if it means some CEO doesn’t get his golden parachute when he runs the company into the ground, you hate it, don’t you?

    Comment by Levi — December 13, 2012 @ 4:20 pm - December 13, 2012

  19. The little fascist doesn’t have a clue concerning the TEA Party, but he is perfectly comfortable shouting out his ignorance loud and clear.

    Actually, the little fascist is incapable of understanding the TEA Party, because they have a firm set of principles. Fascism is all about making it up on the run. Principles hogtie that sort of license and mental ejaculation which is practiced by all statists.

    Really, the little fascist’s “information sheet” above about what the TEA Party is and who they are is quite worthwhile. It shows in black and white and capital letters what a dunce the boy really is.

    Comment by heliotrope — December 13, 2012 @ 6:05 pm - December 13, 2012

  20. The little fascist doesn’t have a clue concerning the TEA Party, but he is perfectly comfortable shouting out his ignorance loud and clear.

    Actually, the little fascist is incapable of understanding the TEA Party, because they have a firm set of principles. Fascism is all about making it up on the run. Principles hogtie that sort of license and mental ejaculation which is practiced by all statists.

    Really, the little fascist’s “information sheet” above about what the TEA Party is and who they are is quite worthwhile. It shows in black and white and capital letters what a dunce the boy really is.

    As usual, all you’re doing is calling me names and ignoring my argument. If I’m so wrong, it should be relatively easy to correct me, right?

    But let’s examine your statement about this being a principled movement. How should we expect them to behave?

    Well, if you asked a Tea Party person why they decided to protest Obama’s deficits and not Bush’s, they will likely say something about the HUGE SCOPE of Obama’s deficits, as if Bush’s were minor and insignificant. However, Bush’s deficits were unprecedented at the time, so I don’t find this explanation all that convincing. Further, Bush was a conservative standard-bearer, he preached small government, and you’d think that a principled group of conservatives would feel particularly betrayed by someone from their own side being fiscally irresponsible. They could expect Obama to increase deficits, but one of their own? Shouldn’t that have pissed off a few principled people back in 2003?

    A principled group of people who were obsessed with the deficit would make no distinction between the parties. And yet, Bush breezed on by, while Obama was jumped upon immediately, getting absolutely no slack even though he inherited one of the bleakest economic outlooks in Presidential history. That tells us, fairly conclusively, that the Tea Party was motivated by politics, not policy. The only variable that changed was the party of the President.

    What’s more, the Tea Party is pretty much over already, isn’t it? Everybody’s pretty much back to being a happy Republican, aren’t they? If you listened to the Tea Party back in its infancy, they were raging at the Republicans! Tea Partiers were making grand statements about how they were revolting against the establishment and were starting a new movement, based on principles!

    And how’s that worked out? It’s over, because it no longer had a purpose. The purpose of the Tea Party was to generate some counter-momentum to disarm the incoming President, who won in a landslide and was tremendously popular. The Republican brand tarnished, they had to come up with a new name. That’s what gave birth to the Tea Party, and as Obama’s stock has fallen from those initial highs, and as the Republicans have recovered due to Bush’s numerous epic failures falling down the memory hole, we’re back to calling them Republicans.

    This is a much simpler explanation than whatever rationalizing you have to do in order to excuse ‘principled’ conservatives for not having criticized Bush’s deficits.

    Comment by Levi — December 13, 2012 @ 7:26 pm - December 13, 2012

  21. Any movement who’s motto isn’t “Other people have money and we want it” is baffling to the Cultist’s teeny intellect.

    Comment by V the K — December 13, 2012 @ 7:32 pm - December 13, 2012

  22. BTW, Levi your cult leaders have instructed you to denounce Republicans as racist and anti-woman for criticizing Susan Rice. So, mind that you do that.

    Comment by V the K — December 13, 2012 @ 9:40 pm - December 13, 2012

  23. Actually, the idiot fascist Levi can be silenced very easily.

    Levi, his fellow Obama supporters, “progressives”, and their cult leader Barack Obama shrieked and screamed and frothed at the mouth that warrantless wiretapping and keeping files on Americans that had done nothing wrong was a violation of the Constitution, an impeachable offense, and something for which the President should be imprisoned.

    And then Obama went out and did far more.

    The ACLU released a report this week that shows that under Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder, warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of American’s electronic communications is “sharply on the rise.”

    After months of litigation and Freedom of Information Act requests, the ACLU obtained documents from the federal government proving that real-time monitoring of electronic communications inside the U.S. has climbed 60 percent since 2009 and far surpasses monitoring under President Bush.

    Much more.

    The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an investigation.

    Now, NCTC can copy entire government databases—flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and many others. The agency has new authority to keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior. Previously, both were prohibited. Data about Americans “reasonably believed to constitute terrorism information” may be permanently retained.

    Now, if Levi and his fellow Obama supporters, “progressives”, and the Obama Party were principled, they would make no distinction and would scream and criticize Obama and demand his impeachment and imprisonment like they did for Bush.

    But instead we have the insane Levi and his Obama Party shrieking and screaming and frothing that warrantless wiretapping and surveillance of law-abiding American citizens is wonderful and awesome, and that the only reason anyone would ever criticize doing it is that they’re a racist who doesn’t recognize the super-genius and all-powerful nature of the Lord and Messiah Obama.

    That tells us, conclusively, that Levi, “progressives” and the Obama Party were motivated by politics, not policy. The only variable that changed was the party of the President.

    But that’s typical. Everyone knows that liberals are fascists, racist liars and bigots who will say and do anything for power. Indeed, Levi and the Barack Obama Party spokespersons are already advocating jailing political dissidents and for Obama to rule as a dictator.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — December 13, 2012 @ 10:30 pm - December 13, 2012

  24. And in California, the State Department of Education clamps down on a school district for spending money on books and classroom supplies instead of hiring more unionized employees.

    I believe Levi and lower case concern troll mike would cite this as an example of “good regulation.”

    Comment by V the K — December 13, 2012 @ 10:53 pm - December 13, 2012

  25. BTW, Levi your cult leaders have instructed you to denounce Republicans as racist and anti-woman for criticizing Susan Rice. So, mind that you do that.

    A black female with a government job does make a perfect target for conservatives, but I’ve said before many times that this wasn’t the case with Rice.

    The Republicans wanted to ruin Rice as a candidate because they want Obama to appoint John Kerry to Secretary of State. This opens up John Kerry’s seat for a special election, which Republicans would like to have a chance to win.

    That’s all! All this nonsense about Benghazi is insincere. Senate Republicans are openly exploiting the dead in the name of legislative politics, and the media has been wholly incompetent in scrutinizing them. Any moron can go in front of cameras and say, “We have questions! So many questions!” and the media just lapped it right up. (The media would love to have a special election to cover.)

    But no, in this instance, it’s not because Rice is a black female with a government job. Ask Shirley Sherrod about that the next time you see her.

    Comment by Levi — December 14, 2012 @ 7:57 am - December 14, 2012

  26. Well done. You are such a good little cultist.

    Now, tell us how domestic violence is okay when conservatives criticize Democrats who beat up their girlfriends. Come on, boy, chant the party line!

    Comment by V the K — December 14, 2012 @ 8:06 am - December 14, 2012

  27. And he trots out the Shirley Sherrod lie again.

    @VtheK, he’s already said that violence on conservatives is acceptable.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 14, 2012 @ 8:08 am - December 14, 2012

  28. As usual, all you’re doing is calling me names and ignoring my argument. If I’m so wrong, it should be relatively easy to correct me, right?

    This is especially funny since when he’s called on his lies with facts, the little fascist runs away.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 14, 2012 @ 8:10 am - December 14, 2012

  29. @VtheK, he’s already said that violence on conservatives is acceptable.

    True, but now word his come down from Progressive Cult headquarters than when Conservatives cover an act of violence committed by a Democrat or Democrat Union Thugs; it is no longer newsworthy BECAUSE conservatives are reporting it.

    Since Levi was such a good little kool-aid drinker about repeating the chant that Republicans hate blacks and women (Bonus points for injecting Shirley Sherrod), I think we can safely assume he will adopt this new line of thought as his own.

    Comment by V the K — December 14, 2012 @ 9:41 am - December 14, 2012

  30. An interesting post about one of the architects of the right to work bill.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 14, 2012 @ 10:13 am - December 14, 2012

  31. I am pretty sure supporters of right-to-work would fight to defend anyone’s right to join a union. Would opponents fight for anyone’s right not to?

    Comment by V the K — December 14, 2012 @ 10:51 am - December 14, 2012

  32. “People like me give no credibility to the Tea Party ”

    Last time I checked, the tea party do not care about getting credibility among retards.

    Comment by Susan — December 15, 2012 @ 10:14 am - December 15, 2012

  33. “A black female with a government job does make a perfect target for conservatives, but I’ve said before many times that this wasn’t the case with Rice.”

    Replace conservatives with democrats and the same sentence can be about Condoleeza Rice.

    How can the little retard explain the inner racism of people like Barbara Boxer who openly opposed the capable and valuable Condoleeza only for low political reasons?

    Why levi and the democraps are so racist?

    Comment by Susan — December 15, 2012 @ 10:16 am - December 15, 2012

  34. Susan, some people find the term “retard” offensive. Just say “Progressive.”

    Comment by V the K — December 15, 2012 @ 12:15 pm - December 15, 2012

  35. The little fascist rants his screed about what the TEA Party is according what passes for his mind. Then, when I shove his idiocy in his face, he demands that I deconstruct his blathering and repair his screed. Lunacy. Pure lunacy.

    There are thousands and thousands of tapes of TEA Party meetings across the nation and Levi and his haters have been totally unable to produce their Michael Moore edited and context warped production to back up their lies and hallucinations.

    So, the Progressives resort to just demonizing the TEA Party and telling the Big Lie often enough so that the mini-minds believe it must all be so. Soon, Levi will be here telling us about how TEA Party members went to the Union rally in Michigan and smashed their faces into the innocent fists of union members. And remember that the TEA Party tore down tents and tromped on them with people under them trying to get out. These racist, gun toting religious extremists are cold hearted bastards who want to drive old people to eat dog food, let poor children starve, want broken down bridges, want polluted water and unsafe food and medicines while they teach children about the big sky-critter who ……. blah, blah, blah …..

    The little fascist is so entrenched in his delusional state of mind that he can only see his view of reality through the filter of his dementia. As they say, the little fascist “can’t handle the truth.”

    I gave up attempting to reason with the fool. That I tried to do so for so long is a clear sign of my own inability to recognize lunacy for what it is and move on. That was then, now there is no compelling reason to look for any sign of progress toward the light by the little fascist. Ideologues are like that.

    Comment by heliotrope — December 15, 2012 @ 1:24 pm - December 15, 2012

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