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From the Rush Limbaugh Morning Update: "Frenchies!"
French smokers have formed a lobby to protect their rights against anti-smoking zealots. The Union for the Rights of Adult Smokers says it will fight the spread of no-smoking zones and rising cigarette taxes.
"We want to defend our freedom," says smokers' union chairperson Nathalie Masseron. She complains that smokers are being barred from café terraces and hotels. There's even talk of outlawing smoking in parks and in cars where children are present. "Soon a smoker won't be able to rent a flat," she says.
The union claims to represent a voting block of over 12 million people –20,000 in each of France's political districts. Masseron points out that most members of parliament are elected by a margin of less than 500 votes, so smokers could hold the balance of power. She also notes that smokers more than pay for their habit. The government takes in 13.6 billion euros (17 billion dollars) in tobacco taxes, but spends only half of that on the "social cost" of smoking.
Madame Masseron: If you think France is bad, stay out of New York City! Mayor Napoleon Doomberg has already squashed smokers' freedoms there. When it comes to smoking, our liberals outdo your socialists any day.
People standing up for their rights in France, with its long tradition of surrender, could be the start of something big, folks. On the other hand, it's still France. This movement could vanish in a puff of smoke.
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"The biggest problem Obama has in this reelection is that Romney hasn't been divorced. So there aren't any hidden divorce papers. There's no hidden prenup. There's no dirt to be found on Romney."
"Doesn't the victory of Scott Walker mean that states now have another choice when it comes to dealing with fiscal emergencies? States don't have to raise taxes or lay off people. They don't have to go bankrupt."
"The biggest net takers are municipal unions and the biggest net payers are property owners."
"The left don't care about fiscal responsibility or sanity. They don't care about balanced budgets. They don't care about any of that. It's why there's no compromise with them."
"Why should anybody think that Obama will fight for them when he doesn't even fight for his number one supporters?"
"I think the question they're asking themselves in the White House today is: 'What if all of the polling we have is wrong?'"
"States run by Republican governors are bringing back jobs. They're building trust based on results and a healthy dose of conservatism. And it's all crashing down on the Wizards of Smart, on the elitists and the academics in their ivory towers."
"These union cuts that everybody is talking about, folks, are not Draconian at all. Wisconsin, California. They're just asking union members to pay a little of their own benefits, like 5%. That's all that's going on."
"There's such a huge difference in the perception of Obama in the party from 2008 to today. And there is nobody in that party who thought three years ago they'd be anywhere near where they are today."
"Today is D-Day. How many people do you think know what D-Day is?"
"Whatever happened to this notion in America, if you want it, you buy it. If you want it, you pay for it. Whatever happened to that? Why is that considered so out of touch?"
"The conventional wisdom is that no matter who wins, the Bush tax cuts get extended. The Democrats don't want anybody thinking that that's automatic. They want to have the Republicans give up something for that, and Clinton is blowing that all to smithereens."
"Obama is not about continuing anything that's rooted in capitalism. If he wins reelection, the Bush tax cuts are not going to be extended. I don't care what he can extract from the Republicans for it. It isn't going to happen."
"We're all trying to figure out what a 'silent march' is here. MSNBC anchorman and journalist, the Reverend Al Sharpton, is leading a silent march on Father's Day against the stop-and-frisk policy in New York City. And if you have a protest -- if you have a 'silent march' -- and nobody makes any noise, does a protest occur?"
"I don't even have health care! It's not that it's denied me, I just choose not to. I don't have a pension! I've always assumed I have to take care of that myself. I would be living on eggshells if I had laid off all that responsibility on other people. 'Cause I don't have nearly the confidence in them to come through as I would in myself."
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Organized labor, reeling from blows in Wisconsin and California, is grappling with the prospect of diminished political clout and fewer members in public-sector unions.
China's central bank lowered benchmark interest rates on loans and deposits in a bid to support growth and advance reform of the financial system. 12 min ago
Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election offers a vivid illustration of the power of money, organization and enthusiasm that Republicans hope will help them defeat President Barack Obama.
Wisconsin Election as Test Case
The gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin ... is important as an imperfect test case to indicate how Democratic propaganda will work against facts this election year.
Liberals are usually the ones who arrogantly throw around the charge that Republicans and conservatives are fact- and science-challenged and averse to reality. But their claim itself is based on nothing but their generic, nonfactual presuppositions, whether on "climate change" or same-sex unions.
What I'm suggesting is different. I'm saying that Democrats in Wisconsin are basing their case against Republican Gov. Scott Walker on anything but facts; they are distorting his policy actions, his motives for undertaking them and the effect of those actions. Coupled with their distortions, they are seeking to make the election about anything but Walker's impressive record.
Their strategy has been to pour an enormous amount of money -- much of it from outside the state, the national Democratic Party recognizing the national implications of the election -- to inflame the passions of their constituencies and boost voter turnout enough to overcome the comparative unpopularity of their positions. [plus union bussing]
What's going on is so patently obvious that it surprises me the big-labor-based Democratic Party isn't further behind in the polls. The unions' position is so manifestly selfish and the Democratic Party's support for it so obviously opportunistic -- as opposed to what is in the best interest of the state -- that it's amazing they don't do a better job of masking their symbiotic corruption.
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Another day, another report of a new massacre by government forces in Syria. This time, according to reports, dozens of civilians in a small village near the central city of Hama were slain by militias loyal to Syrian President Assad. Senior Obama administration officials have invoked these massacres as they seek to encourage allies to toughen sanctions against Syria Is it rude of me to remind readers that, not so »
One of the themes of Jonah Goldberg's Tyranny of Cliches is that liberals, who dominate the culture, view conservatism as an ideology but think liberalism is apolitical..or just how things are…or common sense, or something. Taegan Goddard cites a hilarious instance of this: Aaron Sorkin says he has no political agenda at all! Writer/director Aaron Sorkin told the New York Times that his new HBO series "The Newsroom" has a »
Euro 2012 begins this Friday. It is a 16-team tournament, held every four years, to crown a national soccer team as the champion of Europe. Spain is the defending champion, as well as the reigning World Cup champion (from 2010). If it wins Euro 2012, Spain will become the first team ever to win these two marquis competitions back-to-back-to-back. Spain is favored to do so. Why is it so difficult »
The old Latin experession, frequently cited by Bill Buckley, has it that "Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi." Translated literally, it means: "What is permitted to Jupiter is not permitted to oxen." More loosely, I would translate it: "What is allowed a god is not allowed a dog," or something to that effect. The saying may be a recognition of the reality principle or a testament to the permanence of »
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Finally, someone on Capitol Hill confronts the Justice Department. Finally.
Chambliss Demands Inquiry Into Attacks Against Conservative Commentators
Sends letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about recent "SWAT-ting" incidents
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding recent reports that several conservative political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Chambliss demanded that Holder examine these cases to determine if federal laws have been violated.
These dangerous hoaxes, also known as "SWAT-ting," occur when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target's home. These callers are believed to utilize voice-over IP (VOIP) and other less-traditional telecommunications methods to make the call appear to come from the target residence and to hide the caller's true identity.
In response, a dispatcher sends a SWAT team or other police unit in a heightened state of readiness to the unsuspecting target's residence. Targets only learn of these false reports when a large police presence descends upon their homes.
In the letter, Chambliss states that "Any potentially criminal action that incites fear, seeks to silence a dissenting opinion, and collaterally wastes the resources of law enforcement should be given close scrutiny at all levels… Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family's safety."
Full letter is here. Excerpt:
The use of SWAT-ting as a harassment tool is apparently not new, but its use as a tool for targeting political speech appears to be a more recent development. During the last year, some of the more widely reported cases of SWAT-ting have taken place against blog operators across the country, including in Georgia. The emerging pattern is both disturbing and dangerous.
While these incidences are currently small in number, and have fortunately not led to any accidental physical harm, they are extremely concerning. The perpetrators appear to be targeting individuals who are vigorously exercising their First Amendment rights to political speech. As you know, these reported efforts to intimidate those who choose to enter the political forum and express their opinions are in conflict with the founding principles of our nation.
Regardless of any potential political differences that may exist, threats and intimidation have no place in our national political discourse. Those who choose to enter into that political discourse should not have to worry about potential threats to their or their family's safety.
While I am certain that local law enforcement is reviewing each of these instances, I am asking you to please look into each of these cases as well to determine if any federal laws may have been violated. Future targets of SWAT-ting, whether engaged in political speech or not, may not be so fortunate as to escape physical harm.
I appreciate your attention to this matter, and I look forward to your response no later than June 29, 2012. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or comments that you may have.
Atlanta Journal Constitution covers the Chambliss letter. It's a start…
On a related note from Captain's Journal: ATF SWAT failures. Scary stuff here.
Update: Well, well. ABC News finally covers the story.
Won't back down: Amidst threats, National Bloggers Club announces Aaron Walker appeal; blogs to crank up pressure on Congress
Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers; Update: It's Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day; Donation fund for targets
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Mitt Romney's beleagured campaign team has suffered its third embarrassing spelling error in a week.
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DbM says Obama was also a winner. What? He rode into the WH on a fat union horse, and the unions lost. Truth was the winner. You didn't get the truth from TV and that is why no one is watching TV. Some covered the Queen's concert rather than the most meaningful election this year after the votes were in.
You have to meet 'food standards' to feed the homeless. In Nazi Germany, it was illegal to feed a Jew, the penalty being death, for your whole family. One family decided to feed a young Jewish girl and then hundreds of others. They didn't just follow over the cliff with inhumanity. "I will NOT comply!"
If we do not stand up for what is right, eventually, our pilot light goes out.
We are sending one tractor-trailer to 11 cities to target hunger.
In Orlando, they call it a crime to feed the homeless. Etc.
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