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  • Grassroots verses Astroturf

    06/01/2011 12:37:28 PM PDT · by shoff · 4 replies
    examiner ^ | 06/01/11 | Steven Hoffman
    How many times have you passed by a protest site and marveled at the dedication to come out and march for a cause. Even if you don’t agree with protest you must feel a grudging respect to the volunteers who attend these events on their own time. That in itself is a small victory for the protesters to make the public aware of their cause. Would you feel differently if you found out that these are not volunteers but paid workers for a powerful organization? These protesters would not seem so noble anymore and the message would be diluted to...
  • Democrats Recruit Protesters for GOP Town Halls

    05/17/2011 5:22:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    newsmax ^ | 5/17/11 | Charles J. Little
    The House Democrats’ campaign wing is trolling for Medicare protesters at town halls this week in 20 Republican-held congressional districts, The Caucus Blog of The New York Times reports. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DSCC), which has launched a website called Don’t End Medicare, will provide picket signs and budget talking points to anyone who wants to attend. DSCC robo-calls denouncing Medicare reform are going out to seniors in Florida, Arizona, and other states in an attempt to ratchet up the noise level at constituent meetings with pro-reform lawmakers. Republicans say House Democrats are showing more interest in GOP meetings...
  • NY-26: Jack Davis is the First Tea-In-Name-Only

    05/12/2011 3:19:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2011 | Sam Foster
    NY-26 special election may not be in the forefront of conservative minds, but the race has serious national implications: "A win by the Democrat in this Republican district -- even if created by a phony Tea Party candidate siphoning off votes from the Republican-- will be spun as a major victory for Obama.  You will hear nothing but how it signals Obama's turnaround, how it reflects Obama's new found popularity after the bin Laden kill, and how it signals unhappiness with Republicans.  You will not hear a word in the MSM about the fact that Davis is not a real...
  • Leftists Don’t Form ‘Public Interest’ Groups–They Form Government Interest Groups

    05/04/2011 7:51:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing
    Big Government ^ | April 27th | Seton Motley
    Those of the Left rarely like to admit or acknowledge that they are of the Left. Witness their repeated vacillations on what they call themselves. It was “progressive” – until people figured out what that meant and loathed it. So they bastardized the classical definition of "liberal" – until people found out what they meant by that and loathed it. So they are now back to "progressive" – hoping that no one remembers how much they loathed it the last go 'round. So too is it with the Leftist grievance groups. The assemblages that exist aren’t really to promote their...
  • Some "Osama Killed" Celebrations Are Warmed Over Obama 2012 Rallies (Photos) (??)

    05/02/2011 9:05:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 44 replies
    NDTV-TV, New Delhi, India ^ | 2 May 2011 | NDTV-New Delhi, India
    Spot the Satanic Obama 2008 logo, again rearing its ugly head?? College students may well have an agenda I would say.Send your photos as well showing a revival of support for "The One" more so then celebrating a united AMERICAN MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCY victory, more of a hoped-for conclusion on the WOT rather than a redoubled effort to proceed even further to get more Jehadi scalps (al-Awaki, al-Zawahiri), and fully support our US military and intelligence agencies first and foremost in the process.
  • Students rally in Syria's capital over deaths

    04/11/2011 3:57:26 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 2 replies
    Al Jizzeera ^ | 04/11/2011
    Students gather outside capital's university to express solidarity with protesters killed campaigning for democracy. Hundreds of students have rallied in Damascus, the Syrian capital, to express solidarity with pro-democracy protesters killed over the weekend. The rare demonstration on Monday at Damascus University reportedly turned violent when security forces beat up and arrested several protesters who were shouting for freedom and unity, witnesses told the Associated Press news agency. Ammar Qurabi, head of Syria's National Organisation for Human Rights, told the AP news agency that one student had died after he was shot in the demonstration. Video footage posted online showed...
  • Democratic Activists Plan Protest to Dump Trash at Boehner's Home Saturday.

    04/08/2011 1:52:23 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/21
    Democratic activists, angry that Washington residents pay taxes but have no voting representation in Congress, have set up a Facebook page to urge protesters to dump their trash outside Boehner's home if the government shuts down Friday night.
  • Top 10 Reasons George Soros is Dangerous

    04/02/2011 4:34:49 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 2, 2011 | Human Events
    Human Events’ readers, in an online poll, recently voted billionaire financier George Soros “the single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country.” Here are the Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous1. Gives billions to left-wing causes: Soros started the Open Society Institute in 1993 as a way to spread his wealth to progressive causes. Using Open Society as a conduit, Soros has given more than $7 billion to a who’s who of left-wing groups. This partial list of recipients of Soros’ money says it all: ACORN, Apollo Alliance, National Council of La Raza, Tides Foundation, Huffington Post, Southern Poverty...
  • (Madison, WI) Protests more aggressive than usual; police barriers broken down

    03/10/2011 2:49:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The Badger Herald ^ | March 9, 2011 | Alexa Sunby
    Updated Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:46:18 a.m. After learning the state Senate passed the collective bargaining portion of the budget repair bill without the 14 missing Democrats, the Capitol erupted Wednesday evening as protesters flooded the closed building against a court order. The hearings where the Senate passed the bill lasted less than a half hour, prompting the building to officially close around 6:30 p.m. Protesters outside chanted in frustration, “Let us in.” ...DOA spokesperson Tim Donovan said law enforcement officers attempted to prevent forced entry from happening but were unable to because of the large volume of people. “We’re...
  • SEIU Paying Protesters

    03/02/2011 6:52:38 PM PST · by MsLady · 32 replies
    My Hubby heard this from his friend | March 2, 2011 | MsLady
    Ok, I haven't been reading much the last couple of days, so many be I missed something. My hubby just told me that one of his friends relatives son is being paid by SEIU to protest at the Capitol in Wisconsin. Has there been news about this? Or am I a day late and a dollar short?
  • Unions Advertising On Craigslist For Rent-A-Mob Protesters! (Indiana)

    03/01/2011 9:15:42 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    tcrlaf ^ | 3-1-11 | TCRLAF
    SendShaqtoIraq posted this on the Indiana forum a little bit ago. I thought everyone should see this. Check to see if your local Dems are doing this, and flag the posting as spam!! "Just found this on Indy craigslist: Stand, Walk, Chant, Protest (Downtown)Date: 2011-03-01, 11:03AM EST Reply to: gigs-5rcwm-2240867280@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?] We need more men to protest this coming week. We will call in the morning on when we will need you. We pay $7.50. You will be helping out middle class workers in our State. This job is only for 4 - 6 hours at...
  • [AstroTurf] Group of volunteers leading Wis. protest efforts

    02/26/2011 4:57:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 26, 2011 | By JASON SMATHERS
    MADISON, Wis. — Harriet Rowan was among the first to join the Wisconsin Capitol protest village. That was on Valentine's Day. The University of Wisconsin senior made a snap decision to coordinate protest efforts, producing signs with media talking points and starting a Twitter feed detailing legislative meeting times, union rally locations and details on day-to-day life in the Capitol. Madison residents have opened their doors to out-of-town visitors, offering lodging to anyone friendly to unions. Busloads of supporters from Los Angeles and elsewhere arrive to boost the numbers. Paul Adler, who arrived from Washington, D.C., said he didn't know...
  • Sponsors of the Moveon.org 'Rally to save the American dream' rally on Saturday. (Counter Protest!)

    02/25/2011 8:56:50 AM PST · by invaderzim · 20 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 02.25.11 | Hear Us Now
    SEIU, AFL-CIO, Progressive States, Democracy for America... a few of the many. http://hearus-now.org/?p=1636
  • The Overreach of the Special Interests of the Left

    02/23/2011 9:13:15 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Hugh Hewitt.com ^ | Feb 23 ,2011 | Hugh Hewitt
    The public employee unions and AARP have spent the last decade at war with the people they purport to serve. The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson wrote about AARP earlier this week, and Salem's Lee Habeeb tackled the "Astroturf activists" of Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Both will be on today's show to discuss the collapse of credibility of the AARP's and of the public employee unions, and I will continue to urge everyone over 55 to join the rapidly expanding AMAC as we work to build a counterweight in Washington to the hard left politics of AARP. AARP's decline in the...
  • Obama’s Attempt to Distance Himself From Wisconsin Rally Fails

    02/22/2011 4:02:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 21, 2011 | Alana Goodman
    In a good indication that the Wisconsin protests have become a liability for Democrats, the White House and the DNC have clumsily attempted to distance themselves from the event in the New York Times: "Administration officials said Sunday that the White House had done nothing to encourage the demonstrations in Wisconsin — nor was it doing so in Ohio, Florida and other states where new Republican governors are trying to make deep cuts to balance their budget. … And, officials and union leaders said, reports of the involvement of the Democratic National Committee — specifically Organizing for America, the grass-roots...
  • Documents show Wisconsin unrest orchestrated and spreading

    02/19/2011 8:47:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/19/11
    While part of the current unrest in Wisconsin is driven by local issues, new information has been uncovered indicating an orchestrated attempt to stir up 'worker protests' not only in Wisconsin but in at least a dozen states. The coordinated effort is part of a 'revolution' spearheaded in part by a group called 'Heartland Revolution,' a Kentucky-based political action organization. The group was first envisioned by a Kentucky Democrat, John Waltz, who announced his candidacy in 2009 to oppose 2-term Republican Geoff Davis for the 4th Congressional District. Waltz was defeated in the November 2010 midterm elections but embarked on...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s war on democracy

    02/19/2011 5:56:56 AM PST · by radioone · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 18, 2011 | Editorial Staff
    Message to Wisconsin taxpayers: President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have declared war on you. Message to other states: You're next. The political unrest in Wisconsin, billed as some kind of grass-roots uprising, is being organized and directed by Barack Obama's Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee. This development is consistent with Mr. Obama's instructions for supporters to "get in the face" of those who oppose them, but in this case, they are seeking to derail a lawful legislative process.
  • DNC Caught Organizing Wisconsin Protests

    02/17/2011 5:03:21 PM PST · by Velveeta · 81 replies
    FOX Nation ^ | 2/17/2011 | FOXNation
    The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America arm -- the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign -- is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.
  • New FCC plan to oversee Internet draws GOP fire

    12/01/2010 9:47:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/1/10 | David Eldridge
    Attracting immediate fire from congressional Republicans, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a modified "net neutrality" plan that would expand the federal government's power to regulate traffic over the Internet. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, President Obama's pick to head the agency, said he was pushing for an FCC board vote later this month on his proposal - before the next Congress is seated with a GOP majority in the House and an expanded Republican minority in the Senate. The chairman's modified proposal was seen as decidedly more friendly to business interests than a proposal he outlined...
  • Hands Off Our Net

    12/01/2010 7:47:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Regulation: In the name of fairness, a Federal Communications Commission plan to impose "net neutrality" without any legislative or legal authority will in effect be silencing a conduit for the truth that keeps us free. The Internet is once again under attack, not from hackers intent on spilling secrets or causing mischief, but by an administration intent on controlling the free flow of information that it views as a threat to its expanding power. According to the Hill, which obtained a copy of the FCC's tentative December agenda just after midnight Wednesday, the government agency will seek to impose rules...