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  • What could go wrong? Volunteers go door-to-door ‘ballot harvesting’ in Colorado

    10/22/2014 5:16:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — It’s harvest time in Colorado, and not just for pumpkins. Concerns are running high over door-to-door campaign workers asking voters for their mail-in ballots in what is known as “ballot harvesting.” Now that all-mail voting is the law of the land in Colorado, the challenge for campaigns is to persuade voters to drop off or mail in their ballots — or hand them to the foot soldiers who turn up on their doorsteps offering to do it for them..... [snip] .....“I guarantee you right now if you went to an apartment complex anywhere in Colorado, you would find...
  • If the Left Had a Tea Party… Dan Cantor and the making of a liberal uprising.

    06/05/2014 7:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 5, 2014 | David Sirota
    Suburban Albany is not known for its rip-roaring weekend scene, but this most recent Saturday night, it was the momentary center of the political universe, as an underfunded political party was using its quadrennial convention to try to force America’s most powerful and best-financed governor to submit to its demands. Though the Working Families Party’s conventions are typically low-key affairs, this one had drawn 800 activists and operatives and most of the New York press corps—all to see if the party would endorse conservative Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo or run a third-party candidate against him. In the end, when the...
  • An Open Letter to the Vandal Who Destroyed Our Pro-Life Signs

    05/20/2014 9:24:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Liberty Pike
    Within the last week or so, Oregon Right to Life posted 17 signs alongside Interstate 5, on private properties of pro-life landowners. Many of them (pictured) read: “Abortion: a Lifetime of Regret.” We started to receive word Friday that an unknown number of them had been vandalized with the words, “It’s OK” pasted over it. Today, a south-traveling supporter stopped and took pictures of three of the vandalized signs. vandalism27We obviously have no way of knowing who vandalized the signs. It appears to be well-planned and the vandal also had to cross barbwire fences to get to the signs. The...
  • Union Goon-Squad "THUGs" Own Pennsylvania (Literally)

    03/19/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    A "goon-squad" group named The Helpful Union Guys (THUG), members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs. THUGs stalked women, took baseball bats to a Toys R Us site, and even torched a Quaker meetinghouse that dared to use non-union labor. Philly.Com reports 10 leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 charged in racketeering indictment. They called themselves "the Helpful Union Guys" - "THUGS" for short - and woe awaited any contractor who dared cross them by hiring non-organized workers. For, federal authorities alleged Tuesday, this "goon squad"...
  • Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers (Local 401) with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering

    Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering Federal prosecutors today announced an indictment charging 10 members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers Union Local 401 with extorting and forcing businesses to hire their colleagues and defending their turf from non-union workers with violence. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger announced the charges at a press conference this morning after the 10 union members named in the indictment were arrested. According to the indictment, members of the Ironworkers would approach foremen at construction sites where iron work was being done and “implicitly or explicitly threaten the foreman...
  • Hillary Clinton’s security grabs man’s phone to erase photo at Miami speech

    09/21/2013 5:02:18 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 50 replies
    Hillary Clinton may have posted a selfie on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean just any old shutterbug can take her picture. During a Clinton speech Thursday at a convention in Miami, an audience member dared snap a pic of the presumed presidential candidate with his smartphone, but Clinton’s team swept in, confiscated the man’s phone and deleted the snapshot.
  • St. Paul: Arrested man says cop kicked him as he choked on Mace (w/ video)

    08/30/2012 5:11:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-29-12 | Mara H. Gottfried
    Warning: This video, posted on YouTube, contains graphic language. The police actions in question happen from the 1 minute mark through to 2:05. Eric Hightower was lying on the ground, coughing and choking because a St. Paul police officer had just squirted him with a chemical spray, when he said the officer suddenly kicked him. "It was like he was kicking a football or something," the 30-year-old man said Wednesday, Aug. 29, the day after his arrest, after a video of the officer's use of force was posted on YouTube. "He kicked me so hard, he knocked the wind completely...
  • Romney Protester: 'We Love Dead Republicans'

    08/13/2012 8:09:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/13/12 | staff
    A group of protesters organized by SEIU and Obama For America showed up in Wisconsin to greet Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Breitbart cameras were there.

    08/13/2012 7:43:57 PM PDT · by lasereye · 38 replies
    Powerline ^ | AUGUST 13, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    Paul Ryan spoke at the Iowa State Fair today, and his speech was interrupted by two women who first heckled and then stormed the stage. My first thought was, Where is the Secret Service? Apparently Ryan’s Secret Service protection hasn’t begun yet; the scene could easily have turned scary. Here is the video: Video here No word yet on who the women are, or what connection they have to the Democratic Party or the Obama campaign. One wonders whether the Democrats will turn to heckling and stage-storming as a routine matter. It might not be a bad strategy: by turning...
  • Fox News Reports: Obama Warm Up Act Hoffa Says of Tea Party "Let's Take these SOBs Out!"

    09/05/2011 10:20:43 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 319 replies
    Just reported on Fox a Detroit rally for Obama to preview his joke of a jobs bill, Jimmy Hoffa Jr. warming up the crowd said of the GOP and the Tea Party "Let's take these sons of b-tches out!" This is a clear incitement to violence which Obama must condemn at once. If he does not, then he is a rank hypocrite accusing conservatives of incivility and incitment as part of his attempt to politicize the Gabby Giffords shooting. This is a MUCH MORE CLEAR CALL FOR VIOLENCE than anything they can pin on anyone in the Tea Party,...
  • Verizon reports sabotage as workers continue strike

    08/09/2011 7:43:21 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 25 replies ^ | August 9, 2011 | Taryn Luna
    Verizon Communications Inc. reported a dozen cases of sabotaged cable lines and warned of delays in repairs and customer service on the second day of a strike involving about 45,000 employees. The telecommunications company said there have been 12 acts of sabotage to telephone lines and to Internet and television services in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York since the strike began. Fiber-optic lines were intentionally cut in Tewksbury and several other municipalities on the East Coast, the company said.
  • GLADNEY TRIAL: NOT GUILTY! SEIU Thugs Cleared In Gladney Beating

    07/12/2011 2:18:55 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 129 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 3:40 PM | Jim Hoft
    Kenneth Gladney reaction: “I couldn’t beat them; I didn’t have the resources they had. They had all the money in the world and the backing. I’m just an average man.” Video pending. The Kenneth Gladney beatdown case continued this morning in St. Louis County Court. After a health care town hall meeting in August 2009 St. Louis native Kenneth Gladney was beaten, kicked and called racist names by Rep. Russ Carnahan’s SEIU supporters. Gladney spent the night in the hospital after the beating.
  • NOT GUILTY!…SEIU Thugs Cleared in Brutal Gladney Beatdown!…Update: Gladney Reaction (Video)

  • Jackson Lee wants DOJ to monitor tea partiers at polls

    10/28/2010 2:28:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Jackson Lee wants DOJ to monitor tea partiers at polls By: Simmi Aujla October 28, 2010 04:21 PM EDT Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether tea party groups are intimidating black and Hispanic voters in her district. Jackson Lee has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send poll monitors to her district on Nov. 2 to make sure the King Street Patriots, a local conservative voter turnout and tea party group, aren’t stopping people from voting. “Many of these incidents of voter intimidation have been occurring in predominately minority neighborhoods and have...
  • America Prepares to Get Angry at Jon (The Most Influential Man of 2010) Stewart

    10/26/2010 11:17:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 10/26/10 | Elspeth Reeve
    America Prepares to Get Angry at Jon StewartBy Elspeth Reeve | October 26, 2010 11:38am Jon Stewart has begun his tour of the nation's capital with a taping of The Daily Show before a "very, very policy-oriented" audience in Washington, The Washington Post's Dan Zak reports. ("We're not used to people nodding, like, 'Oh, I worked on that bill,' " Stewart said.) Stewart and Stephen Colbert's many young fans are packing their bags and arranging for sofas to crash on as they ready to head into D.C. for the comedians' pro-satire Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. But not everyone's...
  • Beware: SEIU’s Purple Army marches on Massachusetts

    01/15/2010 8:43:20 AM PST · by truthandlife · 69 replies · 2,869+ views ^ | 1-15-10 | Michelle Malkin
    They’ve dumped nearly a $1 million of rank-and-file dues into Martha Antoinette Coakley’s coffers. They “pulled out all the stops” before the primary and they’ll be throwing all their ground troops into the Bay State over the weekend. We know how the SEIU thugs operate. I told you in Culture of Corruption about Andy Stern’s organizational motto: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.” They’ll go after Boy Scouts. And baby-sitters. And home health-care providers. They raided their treasury to pour $60-$80 million into Obama and the Democrats’...
  • Coakley aide says he was 'a little too aggressive'

    01/13/2010 1:38:56 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies · 2,453+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 13, 2010 | Martin Finucane
    A campaign aide to Democratic US Senate candidate Martha Coakley has acknowledged that he acted too aggressively in an incident Tuesday night in which he jostled a reporter for a conservative magazine who was pursuing Coakley for a comment and the reporter fell to the ground. "Last evening I was a little too aggressive in trying to help the attorney general get to her car and catch a flight," Michael Meehan said this afternoon in a statement. He said he had called the reporter, John McCormack of the Weekly Standard, this afternoon to apologize. McCormack, who reported on the incident...
  • The Democrats Hired GangBangers to GOTV for Corzine

    11/04/2009 11:20:03 AM PST · by OneVike · 13 replies · 1,491+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | 11-4-09 | One Vike
     If you are the Democrat party of New Jersey and it looks like you may lose the Governors office to a 500 pound fat guy (Jon Corzine's words, not mine), what do you do? After all, even the great One, Obama himself, could not seem to turn the tide that was ready to hit them from the Republican Party and it's candidate, Christie. Well, we have documented the story after story about intimidation tactics used by the left in this country, but what the Democrats did in this election has even left some liberals scratching their heads. Imagine you are...
  • NY votes for inmate community organizing

    11/04/2009 9:15:04 AM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 541+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 11/4/09 | Kerry Picket
    In the midst of New York's 23rd District race, a disturbing amendment allowing inmates to volunteer for non-profits was given the thumbs up from New York voters by an overwhelming 67 percent. According to the New York Times, The amendement would allow New York's State Legislature to write a law allowing prisoners to volunteer at churches, social service groups, and other nonprofit organizations. As of December of 2008, around 60,000 inmates are currently serving time in the state's correctional facilities, according to New York's Department of Correction
  • Police toss race-baiting ObamaCare goon from townhall after he elbows bystander in the face

    08/31/2009 9:22:53 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 19 replies · 2,120+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | August 31, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    In a crowd of peaceful anti-ObamaCare folks, one belligerent moron walks in with a sign and starts yelling, commits a battery on a bystander, and is escorted out by the police. After he gets outside, he tells the reporter what a "white, angry mob" it was, and of course, we can see with our own eyes that it was not white, angry, or a mob.
  • Video of SEIU Thug Attack on Black Conservative in St. Louis

    08/07/2009 8:47:38 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 105 replies · 9,067+ views
    YouTube ^ | 08/07/2009 | n/a
    Check this out...
  • Obama Rallies Deeds Supporters Amidst Tumbling Poll Numbers (priceless quote in text!)

    08/07/2009 5:39:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 2,683+ views
    WCAV TV (Charlottesville VA) ^ | 8/6/2009 | Matt Hanson
    State Sen. Creigh Deeds enjoyed some high profile help Thursday night as, for the first time, President Barack Obama made an appearance in support Virginia's Democratic nominee for governor. (snip) "I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking," he told the crowd. "I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess." (snip) "I need every one of you to knock on doors and make phone calls and get fired up once again so that we can go towards the future confident with Creigh Deeds leading...
  • Noonan: ‘You Are Terrifying Us’

    08/07/2009 5:24:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 99 replies · 3,665+ views
    WSJ ^ | 8/7/2009 | Peggy Noonan
    We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care. There’s a new tone in the debate, and it’s ugly. At the moment the Democrats are looking like something they haven’t looked like in years, and that is: desperate. They must know at this point they should not have pushed a national health-care plan. A Democratic operative the other day called it “Hillary’s revenge.” When Mrs. Clinton started losing to Barack Obama in the primaries 18 months ago, she began to give new and sharper emphasis to her health-care plan. Mr. Obama responded by talking about his health-care...
  • Obama’s pattern of intolerance toward dissent

    08/07/2009 5:13:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 94 replies · 3,412+ views
    SF Examiner ^ | 8/8/2009 | Timothy P. Carney
    Dissent, it turns out, is no longer patriotic. President Barack Obama’s White House and his Democratic National Committee have unleashed an all-out assault on what they call “angry,” “manufactured” and “lobbyist-funded” lies about health care reform. Look closely and you realize that’s how they classify all dissent. Obama, when speaking at Notre Dame University last spring amid anti-abortion protests, said, “When we open up our hearts and our minds to those who may not think precisely like we do or believe precisely what we believe, that’s when we discover at least the possibility of common ground.” But his record of...
  • Unions To Counter Town Hall 'Tea-Party Patriots': Report

    08/06/2009 10:28:04 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 228 replies · 9,850+ views
    NPR ^ | August 6, 2009 | Frank James
    Like the cavalry, organized labor reportedly plans on swooping in to the rescue of beleaguered lawmakers who are getting shouted down by conservative activists at town-hall meetings during discussions of health-care overhaul legislation. The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reports that the AFL-CIO is calling on its troops to counter the anti-health care reform hecklers. An excerpt: The nation's largest federation of labor organizations has promised to directly engage with boisterous conservative protesters at Democratic town halls during the August recess. In a memo sent out on Thursday, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney outlined the blueprint for how the union conglomerate would...
  • Voter intimidation ok with Obama-Holder Justice Department if done by its side

    07/31/2009 11:11:28 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies · 788+ views ^ | July 31, 2009 | Paul Mirengoff
    We wrote here and here about the Justice Department's dismissal of a voter intimidation case against a group of armed Black Panthers who threatened would-be voters outside a polling place in Philadelphia. The Justice Department won the case after the defendants defaulted (a wise move by them, it turns out), but decided to give the victory away. This struck us as another instance in which the Obama-Holder Justice Department made its decision based on political considerations, rather than considerations of justice. This was a case in which members of a political organization showed up at a polling place in uniform...
  • DNC Organizing Phony Grassroots Support For Obama Socialized Healthcare Proposals !

    07/22/2009 12:58:14 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 39 replies · 1,751+ views
    Organizing for America is a semi-underground DNC organizations designed to keep the Great Unwashed clamoring for more government handouts, and therefore, ensure more "love" for Obama. They are trying to organize phony demonstrations tomorrow to show how people supposedly really want Obamacare. This is the E-mail they sent out to Florida supporters today. Notice how the indoctrination phase, "victims" and speeches are already arranged planned and programmed. Can we all say ACORN! EMAIL: Friend -- Organizing for America volunteers have done amazing work over the last couple weeks -- and the pressure is working. Draft proposals are moving through Congress,...
  • Shocker: Holder’s punishment doesn’t fit the crime as Black Panthers go free

    07/14/2009 11:59:56 AM PDT · by Heather Hogue · 7 replies · 732+ views
    Examiner ^ | July 14, 2009 | Heather Hogue
    His punishment: Not being permitted to brandish a deadly weapon within 100 ft. of a Philadelphia polling station until after the 2012 elections...
  • Tonya Harding lashes out at Obama

    03/05/2009 5:42:21 PM PST · by Birch T. Barlow · 46 replies · 2,430+ views
    Oregonlive ^ | Thursday March 05, 2009, 3:03 PM | by Lynne Terry
    Tonya Harding's back and this time she's swinging at President Barack Obama. In an interview on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," the infamous Oregonian lashes out at Obama for talking about doing a "Tonya Harding" and "knee-capping" on the campaign trail in his fight against then U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. "He has this country to think about .¤.¤. and he has to bring me up?" she says bitterly. "Guess what? I get jobs because he used my name on national television." So, strap on your knee pads and have a listen. But be aware there are some Tonyaesque expletives:...
  • Play it again ... and we'll sue - small Venues disappearing as copyright licensing fees get stiffer

    01/09/2009 11:13:14 AM PST · by weegee · 42 replies · 1,266+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | from the January 9, 2009 edition | Tim Holt
    ...These grass-roots music events... have come up against the demands of US copyright law, as enforced by a handful of companies who act as collection agents for songwriters and composers. The law states that no performer in a public venue can present someone else's copyrighted music without their permission and, usually, without compensating them. A number of agencies, chief among them... BMI and... ASCAP, charge music venues an annual copyright "license fee" ranging from $300 to nearly $10,000 for the privilege of presenting someone else's music. Much of the music at those Ragged Edge open mics was written by the...
  • McCain-Obama battle over Missouri "Truth Squad"

    09/27/2008 5:06:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 66 replies · 3,372+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 27, 2008 | Jo Mannies
    With the Missouri polls showing a dead heat between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, every campaign move is igniting scrutiny. That’s the backdrop over a two-day dust-up that is attracting local TV coverage, and has even ignited a Web fight between the Drudge Report and the Daily Kos. At issue is a new Obama “Truth Squad” formed in the state. < snip > Obama’s Missouri Truth Squad members include St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, among others. The inclusion of such officials has led to...
  • Obama Says Teamsters Need Less Oversight (More Fraud, Less Feds Barry?)

    05/05/2008 9:33:44 AM PDT · by milwguy · 60 replies · 1,190+ views
    wall st journal ^ | 5/5/2008 | Brody Mullins and Kris Maher
    Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign. It's an unusual stance for a presidential candidate. Policy makers have largely treated monitoring of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as a legal matter left to the Justice Department since an independent review board was set up in 1992 to eliminate mob influence in the union.
  • Judge Drops 28 Charges in Hollywood Wiretap Case (Pellicano)

    04/10/2008 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Yahoooooo! ^ | April 10, 2008 | Dan Witcomb
    A judge on Thursday dropped nearly half the charges against "private eye to the stars" Anthony Pellicano and a co-defendant at the request of prosecutors, who were preparing to rest their case in the wiretapping and bribery trial. The 28 counts against Pellicano and ex-Los Angeles police sergeant Mark Arneson were dismissed by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer after federal prosecutors said that witnesses required to prove them could not be brought to court. Both men still face 35 counts in the case, which centers on accusations that Pellicano wiretapped telephones and bribed police and telephone company officials to run...
  • Leftist Terrorists attack Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Washington DC and Police do nothing!!!

    02/20/2008 9:22:01 AM PST · by Trueblackman · 145 replies · 2,249+ views
    myself | 20 February 2008 | Trueblackman
    On February 15th 2008, the leftist terrorist group called The Student Democrat Society(SDS) took it upon themselves to attack the Armed Forces Recruiting Station at 13th and L Streets N.W. at 18:00(6 p.m.). The violent leftists terrorists entered the recruiting station and proceed to trash the place of their own free accord as DC Police simply stoodby and did nothing about it. The terrorists took joy in reporting and recording their terrorist actions( This is the second time that DC Police have stoodby as the terrorists who call themselves the SDS have runamuck in the city, this past summer they...
  • Rabid Left Makes Threats Against Freepers

    02/20/2008 8:52:41 AM PST · by concretebob · 159 replies · 472+ views ^ | 20 February 2008 | concretebob
    An anonymous, rabid, property destroying, leftwing poster on Indymedia has leveled threats of violence against me and Trooprally. Seems they take exception to people standing up and exercising their Constuttionally protected rights to speech, assembly, and association. I did post a response.
  • GOP goon squad can’t rattle McCain

    02/11/2008 8:42:59 PM PST · by Dane · 438 replies · 2,841+ views
    DL-Online ^ | February 9, 2008
    GOP goon squad can’t rattle McCain DL-Online Published Saturday, February 09, 2008 It’s been a kind of perverse pleasure to watch Sen. John McCain overcome the vitriol of talk radio’s conservative goon squad. Despite vicious daily broadsides from Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham (and their sycophants on regional and local talk radio), McCain emerged Tuesday as the front-runner among Republican candidates for president. On Thursday, the senator’s only credible competition, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, suspended his campaign, effectively handing the nomination to McCain. So much for the influence of the talkers with the base of...
  • Thompson: 'Not particularly interested in running for president'

    12/29/2007 3:27:15 PM PST · by melt · 250 replies · 787+ views ^ | 12/29/07 | Alexander Mooney
    (CNN) — Republican Fred Thompson has long faced criticism he lacks motivation to be President of the United States, but the Tennessee Republican's latest comments Saturday are likely to spawn fresh heat. “I’m not particularly interested in running for president," the former senator said at a campaign event in Burlington when challenged by a voter over his desire to be commander-in-chief. “But I think I’d make a good president," Thompson continued. "I have the background, capability, and concern to do this and I’m doing it for the right reasons.” Thompson took heat for not jumping into the White House race...
  • Former Texas home of Bushes burned by arsonist

    12/27/2007 6:31:17 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 263+ views
    Former Texas home of Bushes burned by arsonist 19 minutes ago A home where President George W. Bush lived as a young boy with his parents in Odessa, Texas, and that is now part of a presidential museum there was damaged on Thursday by a fire that investigators blamed on arson. "I can tell you it has been determined that it was intentionally set, but I cannot discuss anything about evidence or possible suspects because this is an ongoing criminal investigation," said city of Odessa spokeswoman Andrea Goodson. Museum administrator Lettie England said no motive for the blaze had been...
  • Manual on how to stuff up (left wing 'dirty tricks' manual leaks concerning Australian election)

    06/13/2007 5:57:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 229+ views
    The Australian ^ | 14th June 2007 | Matt Price
    TWO ripping issues in parliament yesterday - the leaking of the ACTU’s embarrassingly detailed blueprint for winning over swinging voters to Labor and John Howard’s misuse of Kirribilli House. We’ve provided a link to the entire ACTU document. It’s oafish and unprofessional and probably doesn’t help Kevin Rudd who’s determinedly fighting the Coalition assault painting Labor as too close to unions. ..... Here’s my take in The Sketch: “THERE is nothing surprising in this,” ACTU president Sharan Burrow protested on Melbourne radio, and mostly she was right. That the union movement is campaigning furiously to kick the Howard Government out...
  • Woman acquitted of illegal poop use

    05/24/2007 8:39:14 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies · 987+ views ^ | May 24, 2007 | Hector Gutierrez
    A former Democratic Party activist who left dog feces on the doorstep of U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's Greeley office during last year's 4th Congressional District campaign was found not guilty Wednesday of criminal use of a noxious substance. A Weld County jury deliberated about two hours before acquitting Kathleen Ensz of the misdemeanor count. Her trial began Tuesday. Ensz's lawyers never denied that their client left a Musgrave campaign brochure full of feces at the front door of the congresswoman's office. But they argued that Ensz was making a statement protected by free speech - the poop was a symbol...
  • Libby Trial: Chris' Big-House Bubba Fantasy

    02/07/2007 6:15:29 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies · 1,612+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Has Chris Matthews watched one too many episodes of "Oz," the hyper-graphic HBO original series about prison life? Discussing the Scooter Libby trial on the 7 PM ET edition of this evening's Hardball, Chris spun a sanguine scenario in which Libby, facing the prospect of a long prison sentence in a vulnerable environment, might turn on Vice-President Cheney. Matthews: "If Scooter's convicted, if you're looking at the number of counts facing him. If that jury really does go to town -- and I hope they're not watching -- and hits him with four or five counts, they add up...
  • 2 accused of sabotaging L.A. traffic lights (Thank you Dems and Unions)

    01/06/2007 3:56:23 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 6 replies · 843+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/6/07 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
    Who greenlighted this traffic-signal project? That was the question flashing through the traffic-control center beneath Los Angeles City Hall on Friday as two high-ranking city transportation engineers were accused of sabotaging intersection signal lights during a labor union contract dispute four months ago. They have been charged with multiple counts of illegally hacking into traffic-control computers and disabling signals at four busy intersections Aug. 21. Gabriel Murillo, 37, and Kartik Patel, 34, allegedly rigged computers to disconnect signal lights at Sky Way at World Way at Los Angeles International Airport, Coldwater Canyon Avenue at Riverside Drive in Studio City, Glendale...
  • Houston landscaper accused of bigotry

    11/09/2006 1:11:02 PM PST · by Jaded · 61 replies · 1,658+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 11/9/06 | By MONICA RHOR Associated Press Writer
    HOUSTON — A few short weeks ago, Garden Guy was just a mom-and-pop landscaping business that promoted itself as "making Houston beautiful since 1991" and promised to treat its customers with respect and honesty. Since then, though, the business has been vilified around the world as a bunch of bigots because its Christian conservative owners refused to do work for a gay couple. Michael Lord and Gary Lackey, a gay couple requesting bids for a landscaping job at their new house, received a polite _ and, well, honest _ e-mail from Sabrina Farber, a co-owner of Garden Guy: "I need...
  • A New Breed of Watchdog For Election Day (Barf Alert!)

    11/06/2006 6:03:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 760+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 6, 2006 | JUNE KRONHOLZ
    When Americans go to vote tomorrow, a new breed of activist will be on guard, monitoring polling stations for everything from voting-machine glitches to long lines to registration snafus. Energized by disputed results in 2000 and 2004, they have left jobs as music conductors, real-estate agents and software engineers to form groups that expect to turn out thousands of volunteers who don't trust the country's ability to count its votes and have decided to do something about it. "This is going to be the most heavily watched election in history," predicts Marybeth Kuznik, who founded a group called VotePA after...
  • Court Orders To Cease Voter Intimidation And Harassment In Ohio (2004)

    11/06/2006 9:34:40 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 22 replies · 1,724+ views
    American Center for Voting Rights ^ | American Center for Voting Rights
    (E) Court Orders To Cease Voter Intimidation And Harassment In Ohio On Election Day, individuals in Franklin County, Ohio, were threatened and harassed at their polling places by agents of after being asked about their voting preference and revealing their intention to vote Republican. Similar situations are alleged to have occurred elsewhere around the state and prompted a lawsuit filed in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Voters were intimidated by in an attempt to dissuade them from voting for George W. Bush or in an attempt to harass them after they voted. (84) (Exhibit K) Examples...
  • Men Get Jail Time In Milwaukee Tire-Slashing Case (Milwaukee 4)

    04/26/2006 11:46:03 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 35 replies · 2,495+ views ^ | April 24, 2006 | Gretchen Ehlke
    (AP) MILWAUKEE Four Democratic presidential campaign workers were sentenced to jail time ranging from four months to six months Wednesday for puncturing the tires of Republican vehicles on Election Day 2004. The men had pleaded no contest in January to misdemeanor property damage. A fifth worker was found not guilty. Those who pleaded no contest were Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee; Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt; and Lewis Caldwell and Lavelle Mohammad, both from Milwaukee. They originally were charged with felony property damage but accepted plea deals...
  • Town reaches a settlement with anti-abortion activists

    03/10/2006 1:48:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 490+ views
    Los Gatos Weekly-Times ^ | March 8, 2006 | Jennifer McLain
    The town of Los Gatos settled with three anti-abortion activists on Feb. 24, paying their attorneys fees and entering a permanent injunction that will allow protestors on the sidewalk adjacent to Los Gatos High School. Eight activists were holding signs depicting various facts about abortion, and were handing out literature relevant to the abortion debate on the sidewalk in front of Los Gatos High School in 2004. "Some of the signs showed babies in various stages of the development, and some showed their condition after they were subjected to the abortion procedure," said Michael Millen, attorney for the activists. Administrators...
  • Clinton dirty trickster faces charges [Pellicano Wiretaps]

    02/05/2006 9:49:39 PM PST · by ncountylee · 8 replies · 806+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 5, 2006
    former member of President Clinton's "Shadow Team," a private investigator known for dirty tricks and rough tactics on behalf of celebrity clients, will face unspecified charges tomorrow in a high-profile Hollywood scandal. Anthony Pellicano, 61, worked for many of Hollywood's elite before and after being commissioned by Hillary Clinton during her husband's administration to spy on their perceived "enemies." snip During two terms of the Clinton administration, Pellicano was one of several private investigators used by the White House to conduct "shadow" operations. Others included Terry Lenzner, founder and chairman of the powerful Washington detective firm Investigative Group International, and...
  • Feds Investigate Dems' Obtaining Steele's Credit Report (Charles Schumer, D-N.Y Staff Member)

    09/22/2005 11:09:37 AM PDT · by BlackRain · 144 replies · 8,662+ views
    WBAL-TV ^ | September 21, 2005 | WBAL-TV
    "Lt. Gov. Steele was extremely disturbed to learn about the alleged criminal identity theft of his personal finance records by (a staff member of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,) at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
  • Caregiver curses claim she used voodoo threat

    04/21/2005 6:33:40 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 9 replies · 561+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, April 21, 2005 | By Jesse Noyes
    A caregiver threatened to use ``voodoo powers'' to coerce colleagues into joining a union at the Wakefield nursing home where they worked, the home's owner alleges in a government filing. But Marie Chery says she's a good Seventh Day Adventist. Her supporters accuse Boston-based Harborside Healthcare of smearing her because of her Haitian heritage. ``They made it up,'' said Chery, adding that Harborside management has accused her before of working undercover for the State Department and the FBI. In its National Labor Relation Board filing, Harborside argues that Chery, a certified nursing assistant, told Haitian co-workers that ``through her voodoo...