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  • Clinton and Sanders accuse Trump of inciting violence

    03/13/2016 8:48:06 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | March 13, 2016 | Stephen Collinson,
    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both accused Donald Trump of inciting violence, with the former secretary of state calling him "bigoted" and alleging he had perpetrated "political arson," while the Vermont senator labeled him a "pathological liar" at a town hall on Sunday night. "It is clear that Donald Trump is running a very cynical campaign pitting groups of Americans against one another. He is trafficking in hate and fear," Clinton said during the event at Ohio State University hosted by CNN and TV One. "He actually incites violence in the way he urges his audience on, talking about punching...
  • Voters Slam Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio for Blaming Chicago Rally Shutdown on Donald Trump

    03/13/2016 3:09:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 149 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 13, 2016 | Katie McHugh
    Supporters of Sens. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to social media to slam the freshman senators for blaming leftists shutting down a Trump Chicago rally on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. “I think a campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment, when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence — to punch people in the face. The predictable consequence of that is that it escalates and today is unlikely to be the last such instance. We earlier today in St. Louis over thirty arrested. That’s not how our politics should occur,” Cruz said Friday....
  • Hillary Clinton on Trump Rallies: ‘That’s Political Arson’

    03/13/2016 8:41:31 AM PDT · by Innovative · 58 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 13, 2016 | not stated
    The morning after Donald J. Trump canceled his rally in Chicago amid unruly protests, Hillary Clinton delivered her most extensive remarks to date denouncing the leading Republican candidate and the clashes that have erupted at his campaigns, accusing Mr. Trump of committing “political arson.” “The ugly, divisive rhetoric we are hearing from Donald Trump and the encouragement of violence and aggression is wrong, and it’s dangerous,” Mrs. Clinton told supporters Saturday morning at the O’Fallon Park recreation complex here. “If you play with matches, you’re going to start a fire you can’t control. That’s not leadership. That’s political arson.”
  • How black, Latino and Muslim college students organized to stop Trump's rally in Chicago

    03/12/2016 8:08:01 PM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Lps Angeles Times ^ | March 12, 2016 | Kate Linthicum and Kurtis Lee
    When black, Muslim and Latino student activists at the University of Illinois at Chicago heard last week that Donald Trump was planning a rally on campus, they did what any good organizers do in 2016: They went online. Within days, thousands of people had liked a Facebook page called "Stop Trump – Chicago." Tens of thousands added their names to a petition calling on the school to cancel the rally. They all had one thing in common, said Casandra Robledo, a second-year student who helped organize the protest: "We felt so strongly that Donald Trump and his bigotry and...
  • How Bernie Sanders Supporters Shut Down Donald Trump's Rally in Chicago

    03/12/2016 7:00:18 PM PST · by springwater13 · 63 replies
    Rumors about Trump's visit started flying around the UIC campus Friday evening. Students were not happy. On Monday night, there was a meeting. The lecture hall, meant to hold 100 students, overflowed with representatives of student groups from the Black Student Union to Fearless and Undocumented. They decided they would march outside the rally to protest. "He's marginalized and dehumanized a lot of different groups, and they all come together," said Juan Rojas, one of the student organizers. A Facebook page was started to promote the protest. By the night of the Trump rally, more than 11,600 people had RSVP'd...
  • FP EXCLUSIVE: Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

    12/18/2015 7:45:53 AM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 7 replies ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2015 | DAN DE LUCE
    In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out -- and still has no strategy for fixing Syria. Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman...
  • The Weekend Interview: Blue State Turnaround Artist

    03/07/2015 10:37:00 AM PST · by fifedom · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 6 2015 | Collin Levy
    Welcome to government in Illinois, the worst-managed state in the country. The Land of Lincoln is buried under staggering debts, including a projected $6.7 billion operating gap for the next fiscal year and an $111 billion unfunded pension liability. Government unions and politicians engage in legal collusion that fleeces taxpayers. Between 2002 and 2014, 86% of Illinois state lawmakers received union contributions, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.

    07/13/2012 7:09:35 AM PDT · by Brytani · 71 replies ^ | July 12, 2012 | Breitbart
    The administration considers asking Obama for his college records is "preposterous" and akin to birther questions. Drags in Trump and every other bit of garbage to defend their refusal to release what is normal for candidates to release.
  • FBI Seeks To Charge George Zimmerman With Hate Crime

    SANFORD, Fla. — WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious. State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime. Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He's facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the meantime, FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood,...
  • Cain accuser Bialek said she hopes to resolve eviction case against her

    12/23/2011 12:30:53 PM PST · by Fred · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Sharon Bialek, the north suburban woman who publicly accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, leading to the end of his presidential campaign, appeared in court Friday morning for a hearing on her landlord’s attempt to kick her out of her townhome. Appearing in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie, Bialek told Judge Jeffrey L. Warnick she needed a few more weeks to find an attorney to represent her in the case, in which her landlord is suing her for about $7,500 in back rent on the Glenview townhome. She also said she was not properly served with the eviction notice...
  • PICKET: Source - Rahm Emanuel involved in Cain sexual harassment accuser attacks

    12/01/2011 4:39:34 PM PST · by Fred · 104 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/02/2011 | Kerry Picket
    UPDATE -Mayor Emanuel is denying he is involved in anyway with the exchange of information regarding Cain's sexual harassment accusers. Herman Cain's campaign is revealing suspicions about who is behind the story regarding the former unidentified employees who accused Mr. Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990's. According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaign involved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a...
  • Stephanopoulos Gloats: Will My Interview With New Accuser 'Spell the End' for Cain?

    12/01/2011 7:49:52 AM PST · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    MRC ^ | November 30, 2011 | Scott Whitlock
    George Stephanopoulos, who as a Democratic operative in the '90s coordinated with ABC to save Bill Clinton from scandal, on Wednesday teased an exclusive with Herman Cain's accuser, openly gloating, "Will our interview spell the end of the one-time front-runner's presidential bid?" [MP3 audio here. ]
  • Congressional lines drawn to edge out GOP (Illinois)

    05/28/2011 5:02:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 61 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 28 may2011 | Rick Pearson
    SPRINGFIELD— — Suburban voters are likely to see unfamiliar names on the ballot when they vote for Congress next year under a proposed Democratic map unveiled Friday aimed at removing most of the rookie Republicans who won last November. Take Elmhurst. Longtime residents of the western suburb are used to having conservative Republicans like the late Henry Hyde and Rep. Peter Roskam as their congressman. They soon could find themselves represented by the liberal Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, whose home base is the North Side of Chicago. McHenry Voters in Will County just getting to know freshman GOP Rep. Adam...

    05/26/2011 7:44:09 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 66 replies
    Rick ^ | May 19, 2011
    EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DEBT COLLECTOR WHO FOUND OBAMA ALIAS HARRISON J BOUNELL WHO IS RELATED TO MICHELLE OBAMA Barack Obama / Barry Sotero / Harrison J Bounel Blatant Real Estate / Tax Fraud? LONG LEGGED MAC DADDY has even more names. Harrison J Bounell J Harrison Bounell 5046 South Greenwood Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60615 This address where real estate fraud has been committed is owned by Judge Jane L Stuart. Obamanation’s book keeper Esquire Harvey Weinberg cooked the books on this fraudulent Real Estate deal for Obamanation at the tune of about 1.23 million dollars. SS#042-68-4425 Real Estate and Tax...
  • Obama Eligigbility Conference by Supreme Court

    03/06/2011 2:10:17 PM PST · by neverbluffer · 73 replies
    Vanity | 03/06/2011 | NEVERBLUFFER
    Does anyone have any information as to what transpired with the Supremem Court conference yesterday regarding Obama's eligibility? I have seen nothing and cannot even find information, even on Freerepublic...
  • Giannoulias admits to dirty trick with third-party campaign in IL

    10/28/2010 9:41:48 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 57 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct 28, 2010 | by Ed Morrissey
    Giannoulias admits to dirty trick with third-party campaign in IL « Hot Air
  • Supremes get case against 'putative' President Obama

    10/01/2010 6:59:23 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 102 replies
    WND ^ | October 01, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    A new court filing that returns the issue of Barack Obama's eligibility to the U.S. Supreme Court warns that unless the judiciary makes a definitive decision in the dispute, it will be the same as allowing the political interests in the United States to amend the U.S. Constitution at will. A petition for writ of certiorari has been filed with the high court in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the dismissal of a case brought by attorney Mario Apuzzo on behalf of Charles F. Kerchner Jr., Lowell T. Patterson, Darrell James Lenormand and Donald H....
  • Neighbour accused of ‘green rage’

    08/08/2010 8:22:04 AM PDT · by Todd_Gray · 64 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2010-08-08 | QMI AGENCY
    A man became so enraged at his neighbour for not sorting her recycling properly, he began throwing pop cans at her, Victoria, B.C. police say. Officers were called to a home Tuesday afternoon, the police reported on their operations blog Saturday, after a man confronted a woman who lives in his building. Police said the man was aggressive and swore at her, then began throwing pop cans at her as the woman took her garbage out to the curb. "Officers learned that the man was (obviously) quite upset because the woman had not sorted her own pop cans into the...
  • VIDEO--Rahm 'Dead Fish' Emanuel Says Republican Takeover Dangerous

    06/20/2010 3:06:19 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/20/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    White House Chief of Staff Rahm 'Dead Fish' Emanuel is at it again with an outrageous claim that for Republicans to take back Congress in November would be 'dangerous.' The Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress must be getting very worried about the upcoming November midterm elections. Every poll shows Democrats trailing Republicans in support, and most citizens give very low marks to the Democrat-controlled Congress. The fact that Congress controls the purse-strings of the federal budget and that Democrats have had complete control over both houses since 2006 indicates a dire scenario is coming for the majority Party....
  • We Need a President Not a Professor (Vanity!)

    06/17/2010 2:31:31 PM PDT · by RonnieFan · 23 replies · 355+ views
    I have posted before that we need narrative to capsulate the failure that is the Obama presidency. I nominate… “We need a President not a professor.” From his inaction, to his lecturing tone, to his holier than thou attitude, to his belief that he has the answer, to his ideology over practicality approach, BHO has treated the American public like students in a class where he gets to make the rules. Even those that tend to agree with him are finding the problem with his professorial approach to leadership. In other words, he just ain’t up to being president.
  • Live Thread: Obama State of the Sham Wow Address on the Gulf Oil Spill 8 P.M. EDT 6/15/10

    06/15/2010 4:10:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 864 replies · 35,093+ views
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | Kristinn
    Live from the Oval Office! It's Barack Obama and the State of the Sham Wow, Gulf Oil Spill edition!Starring TOTUS as Barack Obama! Featuring: Robert Gibbs in a special YouTube after the speech infomercial.
  • Mayor Daley speaks day before Supreme Court Hearing about Gun Violence (video)

    03/05/2010 6:23:28 PM PST · by greatdefender · 14 replies · 423+ views
    A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hear arguments in the gun industry's challenge to the constitutionality of Chicago's handgun laws, Mayor Richard M Daley reiterated that reasonable, local gun laws are a responsible way to protect the nations streets, families and children from gun violence.
  • Is the Holder DoJ imploding?

    12/08/2009 3:46:18 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1,653+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 08, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    The Washington Times suggests in an editorial that the fallout from the Department's refusal to proceed with the New Black Panther party's criminal prosecution for voter intimidation is causing an implosion in the Holder Department of Justice. DOJ has already lost three top officials ; Gregory Craig,Cassandra Butts, and now David Ogden: "[T]he Justice Department has, for now, ordered two key career attorneys not to comply with a subpoena about the case issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The commission, by law, has explicit power to issue subpoenas, and the law mandates that 'all federal agencies shall cooperate...
  • Justice Department Says Acorn Can Be Paid for Pre-Ban Contracts

    11/28/2009 4:21:30 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 11 replies · 801+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 27, 2009 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group. The department’s conclusion, laid out in a recently disclosed five-page memorandum from David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, adds a new wrinkle to a sharp political debate over the antipoverty group’s activities and recent efforts to distance the government from it. Since 1994, Acorn, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has received about...
  • Army Wasn't Told of Hasan's Emails

    11/10/2009 6:16:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 120 replies · 2,468+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2009, 8:33 P.M. ET | YOCHI J. DREAZEN and EVAN PEREZ
    The Pentagon said it was never notified by U.S. intelligence agencies that they had intercepted emails between the alleged Fort Hood shooter and an extremist imam until after last week's bloody assaults, raising new questions about whether the government could have helped prevent the attack.A top defense official said federal investigators didn't tell the Pentagon they were looking into months of contacts between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki. The imam knew three of the Sept. 11 hijackers and hailed Maj. Hasan as a "hero" after the shooting last week at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead. "Based...
  • State Worker Beat Up At SEIU Meeting (Walked in with camera)

    11/08/2009 3:39:06 PM PST · by funblonde · 31 replies · 2,718+ views
    CBS13 ^ | 11-06-09
    A state worker is recovering after a bloody brawl at a union hall. He says members of the local SEIU 1000 beat him up and sent him to the hospital all because he wanted to expose allegedl corruption within the union. Ken Hamidi is a state worker at the California Franchise Tax Board. Last night he walked into a union hall in Sacramento for an SEIU local 1000 meeting. After he and a photographer walked in to the meeting, it didn't take long for Hamidi to be right out the door and on his way to the hospital.
  • Senate Democrats advance climate bill without GOP (We must "KILL BILL"!)

    11/05/2009 8:37:15 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 35 replies · 1,781+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/5/2009 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON – Ignoring a Republican boycott, Senate Democrats pushed a precedent-setting climate bill through a key committee Thursday. Rep. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, had delayed the crucial vote for days because of a Republican protest over whether the cost of the legislation had been fully examined. But the California Democrat moved quickly to pass the bill, which for the first time would set mandatory limits on heat-trapping gases, without any of the seven GOP senators on the panel present. The measure cleared the panel on a 11-1 vote. Boxer said the Republican demand...
  • Chamber: White House attacks are backfiring

    10/26/2009 4:01:04 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 27 replies · 1,598+ views ^ | October 26, 2009 | JIM VANDEHEI & MIKE ALLEN
    Tom Donohue sits for an interview with POLITICO. CEO and President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donahue, talks with POLITICO about his relationship with the White House, the health care debate and the Chamber's membership. Photo: John Shinkle U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says a campaign by the White House and its allies to undermine his $200-million-a-year association has largely failed — and actually has helped raise even more money for its pro-business efforts. In a 75-minute interview with POLITICO, Donohue dismissed recent defections by Apple and at least four other companies, which quit over the...
  • BREAKING: Dept. of Justice hired anonymous, partisan Democrat bloggers to bolster image [& troll FR]

    10/02/2009 7:02:18 AM PDT · by mudblood · 281 replies · 6,766+ views
    Muffled Oar ^ | 10/2/09 | Isaac Muzzey
    The Department of Justice has hired a team of partisan Democrat campaign bloggers to work at the Department.....Tracy Russo is one such blogger from the campaign of John Edwards. The unit is housed in the Office of Public Affairs....They are also tasked with posting anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama....“There is clearly a designed effort to rebut stories that are exposing the Holder Justice Department as more political than the last. We’ve seen a change in the pattern of anonymous emails we receive and comments...
  • EDITORIAL: Justice for Black Panthers--Attorney General continues to cover up voter intimidation

    09/16/2009 8:45:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1,318+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2009 | Editorial
    A serious clash may be looming between the Department of Justice and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission about the department's dismissal of a voter-intimidation case against agents of the New Black Panther Party. The commission -- not Justice -- is on the side of the just. Charges had been filed against two Black Panthers, national Panther Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz, and the party as a whole after the two Panthers were videotaped outside a Philadelphia polling place in paramilitary garb. One of them was brandishing a night stick, while they reportedly made racially inflammatory remarks. The case was already effectively...
  • Fight the Status Quo! $400-$600 Per Week (Minneapolis, MN)(Libs getting paid to AstroTurf)

    08/09/2009 11:40:05 AM PDT · by RatsDawg · 78 replies · 2,448+ views
    CraigsList ^ | 2009-07-27
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  • Illinois State Legislators Call for Burris Resignation Over Wiretapped Conversations

    05/28/2009 1:19:04 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 47 replies · 1,495+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Fox News
    Roland Burris' colleagues in the U.S. Senate have been noticeably silent since the release of a secretly recorded phone conversation with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother. But back home, at least two state lawmakers are calling for Burris' swift resignation. Illinois state lawmakers are calling for swift resignation by U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, whose fighting allegations he worked with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother on a favor for the governor in exchange for an appointment to the Senate seat. State Rep. Jim Durkin -- the ranking Republican on the impeachment panel who questioned Burris during his Jan. 8...
  • Mob boss' tale offers peek at city's 'secrets' (Kass on Chicago)

    01/29/2009 11:23:16 AM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 2,042+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-29-09 | John Kass
    With the national media finally interested in Illinois corruption, it's too bad they were focused on Springfield's dancing monkey show and not on what happened in a federal courtroom in Chicago on Wednesday. That wasn't a monkey dancing on a string. It was an ape. The kind of ape that pulls the strings on the dancing monkeys. His name is Frank Calabrese, the former Chicago Outfit Chinatown crew boss, convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving seven murders in the FBI's historic Operation Family Secrets case of 18 unsolved hits. Six other bodies were attributed to Calabrese at his sentencing.
  • Between the Lines: Modern American fascism developing from outside the government

    12/06/2008 12:37:57 PM PST · by Fred · 66 replies · 3,219+ views
    The Valley News ^ | 120608 | Ronald L. Caravan
    Just a few years ago, I took the opportunity to attend special guest appearances by two high-profile political personalities at Syracuse University whose visits were within a few weeks of each other—Ralph Reed, former leader of the Christian Coalition and a Republican strategist on the right, and Jocelyn Elders, former surgeon general of the United States during the Clinton administration and a Democrat of decidedly left orientation. Although their addresses and responses to questions that followed illustrated vividly their wide differences of opinion on current issues, that was not the most striking contrast between the two mid-week evening events at...
  • Card-Checkocracy (Card Check - Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    12/03/2008 9:19:21 AM PST · by Fred · 4 replies · 891+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 120308 | Opinion
    Organized labor helped elect Barack Obama and now eagerly awaits his promised support for its top priority—a bill that would make it easier to set up union locals. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to create local bargaining units without winning the vote of a majority of workers in a secret ballot. The local unit would be certified if a majority of workers endorsed it by signing an authorization card handed out by union organizers. Fair enough? Not really. The so-called card-check bill would not protect workers and it would not be "free choice." It would strip away...
  • There's no 'free choice' in Employee Free Choice Act (Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    11/25/2008 2:35:05 AM PST · by Fred · 8 replies · 1,147+ views
    Regarding Dr. John David's commentary, "Make it Easier to Unionize Workplace": Labor unions certainly have their place in a contemporary American economy, but not at the expense of employee free choice and economic security. Indeed, the Employee Free Choice Act would severely erode the freedom enjoyed by employees for nearly 75 years to make a private, fully-informed decision about whether or not they want a union to represent them. Too often, the losing party in a union election - the company or the union - blames its loss on the opposing party's "coercive and underhanded" tactics. In reality though, the...

    11/24/2008 7:17:59 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 8 replies · 982+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | November 24, 2008 | Neal Boortz
    Alright so this auto bailout bill is in a holding pattern. But just remember that it doesn't mean it is dead. So here are some facts that should keep you seething ... The Big Three currently pay 85% of union benefits to UAW members ... who aren't even working. Yep. Remember how I told you about the Job Banks for union workers? If a union worker is employed at a plant that closes, the auto makers still pay 85% of their union benefits. Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, says that his company must reduce operating costs ... but his...
  • New Fears Arise in Michigan

    11/22/2008 7:53:40 PM PST · by mathwhizz · 264 replies · 4,614+ views
    “You just sit and you worry,” said Pat Weber, a construction administrator in Fennville who was laid off more than a year ago. “In the last year, I’ve put in for more than 100 jobs. I stopped counting after 110. It’s just so defeating.” All around Fennville and its neighbors here in southwest Michigan, front lawns are peppered with for-sale signs and merchants complain about slow days. But while this remains a beautiful place with none of the obvious blight of Detroit on the other side of the state, residents say the hardship beneath the surface is very real. It...
  • The New Plan? Cripple Honda! Save Detroit with Card Check!

    11/22/2008 1:37:12 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 17 replies · 1,013+ views
    The New Plan? Cripple Honda! Save Detroit with Card Check! Eliminating the secret ballot and making it easier to organize U.S. Honda and Toyota workers (and imposing contract terms via binding arbitration) would "level the playing field," says Dem. Congressman Tim Ryan. ... Then when Honda and Toyota responded by importing more cars from abroad, we could have import quotas! Eventually the whole automotive sector could be planned by Congress in conjunction with existing business and labor interest groups. Red State has seen the future and it is corporatist. ...12:21 P.M.
  • Business group blames unions for carmakers’ woes (Should 'Card Check' become law?)

    11/23/2008 10:09:35 AM PST · by Fred · 22 replies · 1,063+ views
    The Hill ^ | 112308 | Ian Swanson
    Unions are to blame for the Big Three automakers’ problems, according to a television ad meant to stoke public opposition to organized labor’s number one legislative priority. “Steel, auto, airlines. What do these industries all have in common?” asks the ad sponsored by the business-backed Employee Freedom Action Committee, which was active in several hotly contested Senate races this year. “Hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and union bosses that helped put them out of business.” The advertisement urges people to fight the Employee Free Choice Act, which unions hope will be taken up quickly by the Democratic Congress and...
  • Saxby versus Obama and the unions(Obama has vowed that “Card Check” will be the law of the land)

    11/23/2008 9:45:38 AM PST · by Fred · 29 replies · 1,531+ views
    Atlanta Sunday Paper ^ | 112308 | Stephanie Ramage
    President-elect Barack Obama, who co-sponsored the misleadingly titled Employee Free Choice Act in the Senate in 2007, has vowed that the measure, called “Card Check,” will be the law of the land once he’s in office. Given the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, if Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss loses Georgia’s runoff election on Dec. 2, Card Check probably will become law—and that would be terrible news for Americans who want to keep their jobs. Card Check would do away with the present secret ballot process used by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when employees vote on whether to...
  • 'Card check' red herring (The Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    11/21/2008 9:40:03 AM PST · by Fred · 18 replies · 1,192+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 112108 | Staff
    There is a curiously dated logic in unions insisting that Congress pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which belies the back and forth accusatory rhetoric of intimidation between business and big labor. There are two principal methods for employees to join and command employers to recognize their union's collective bargaining request. First: Company workers can get at least 30 percent of their colleagues to sign petition cards requesting representation, send the cards to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and have them oversee a secret ballot election. Second: If more than half of the workers sign up for representation, a...
  • Who Killed Detroit?

    11/21/2008 6:08:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies · 2,982+ views ^ | November 21, 2008 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Who killed the U.S. auto industry? To hear the media tell it, arrogant corporate chiefs failed to foresee the demand for small, fuel-efficient cars and made gas-guzzling road-hog SUVs no one wanted, while the clever, far-sighted Japanese, Germans and Koreans prepared and built for the future. I dissent. What killed Detroit was Washington, the government of the United States, politicians, journalists and muckrakers who have long harbored a deep animus against the manufacturing class that ran the smokestack industries that won World War II. As far back as the 1950s, an intellectual elite that produces mostly methane had its knives...
  • Dems are postponing crucial vote on auto bailout

    11/20/2008 12:36:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,225+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/20/8 | KEN THOMAS and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writers
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic leaders in Congress sidetracked legislation to bail out the auto industry Thursday and demanded the Big Three develop a plan assuring the money would make them economically viable. "Until they show us the plan, we cannot show them the money," Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a hastily called news conference in the Capitol. She and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Congress would return to work in early December to vote on legislation if General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC produce an acceptable plan. The decision averted a likely defeat of...
  • Boehner: GOP firmly against 'card check'(A Union in Every Business Act of 2009)

    11/20/2008 12:29:14 PM PST · by Fred · 13 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 21, 2008 | S.A. Miller
    House Republican Leader John A. Boehner said Democrats' use of secret ballots to chose its leadership was ironic because the party wants to nix workers' rights to a secret voting in deciding whether to unionize. "The secret ballot election is a cornerstone of our American democracy," Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Thursday. "If it is good enough for House Democrats to rely on during today's high-stakes vote, shouldn't it be good enough for millions of American workers across America who value their workplace privacy?" He vowed Republicans would stand firmly against the Democrat's "card-check" legislation - dubbed the Employee Free...
  • UAW chief: inaction not an option on U.S. auto bailout(Union payback act of 2008)

    11/20/2008 11:22:39 AM PST · by Fred · 25 replies · 1,153+ views
    Reuters ^ | 112008 | Nick Carey and Poornima Gupta
    DETROIT, Nov 20 (Reuters) - United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said on Thursday that lawmakers need to take immediate action on a $25 billion bridge loan bill to support the U.S. automakers or one or more could fail. Gettelfinger, who testified on Tuesday and Wednesday to U.S. congressional committees in support of the loans, said he would not comment on a possible compromise bill reached by Democratic and Republican senators until details were known. When told that one detail might be that the automakers would have to provide a strategic plan to get access to the money, Gettelfinger said...
  • GM opens second India plant

    11/20/2008 10:16:22 AM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 889+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | September 2, 2008
    TALEGAON, India: General Motors Corp. opened a second plant in India on Tuesday, boosting its production capacity from 85,000 to 225,000 vehicles a year. The factory is part of GM's aggressive push into emerging markets, which have helped cushion the beleaguered auto giant from falling sales in the developed world. It also furthers the Indian government's ambition to turn the country into a manufacturing hub for small vehicles. "We believe India in three to four years will be a significant source of profit for us," said GM Asia Pacific President Nick Reilly. The first car — a pint-sized red Chevrolet...
  • UAW to Congress: Get a deal done

    11/20/2008 9:58:27 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 47 replies · 1,542+ views ^ | November 20, 2008 | staff writer
    The United Auto Workers union called on Congress and the Bush administration to get a loan to U.S. automakers to prevent their collapse before the legislature adjourns Friday. "Congress must not adjourn with the Bush administration in place without an agreement," said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger. "If there's no action, we could see the collapse of one or more domestic auto companies by the end of year." Gettelfinger said the cost of not acting would be devastating for the industry's employees and the U.S. economy. "The current recession that we're in would be made much worse," he added, saying states...
  • The Car Makers’ Excuses (GM is effectively insolvent/bleeding at least $1 bn in cash per month)

    11/20/2008 8:24:37 AM PST · by Fred · 24 replies · 847+ views
    Fox Business ^ | Elizabeth MacDonald
    The Big Three automakers’ chief executives testified before Congress today, blaming the credit crisis for their downfall. But Richard Wagoner, CEO of General Motors (GM: 2.11, -0.68, -24.37%) did not use the credit crisis as an excuse for the company’s poor profits when he wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal in December 2005. In his opinion piece, which came amidst record sales, he blamed not the credit crisis, but a kaleidoscope of other reasons, including “intense” foreign competition, soaring gas prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and high benefit costs for the automakers’ downfall. And in his...
  • Auto Makers' Rescue Drive Stalls (Dems Back Away From Voting on Aid, Chp 11 Looms Larger for GM)

    11/20/2008 7:44:12 AM PST · by Fred · 44 replies · 1,137+ views
    WASHINGTON -- A full-court effort by U.S. auto makers to secure federal aid appeared to be on the rocks after the companies failed to convince lawmakers of the urgent need for a rescue. Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, Chrysler Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli, GM Chairman and CEO Richard Wagoner, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Michigan Rep. Sandy Levin (left to right) prior to a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill at which the auto makers made their case for federal assistance. Late Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid backed away from efforts to force a vote this week on a Democratic-backed...