May 12, 2009

Yep, Liberals Are Still Blind…

Filed under: Activism,General,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 11:07 pm

Normally I wouldn’t bother, but not only is the added level of “man-crush” love spreading among the libs just so darn sweet, but it provides further evidence of their ignorance.  In this hysterical post (mostly saved as a picture here in case he tries to cover his a**), Modern Esquire over at “BS-B” (aptly abbreviated) proves through his erroneous writing that his arguments are moot for several reasons.

But perhaps the most blatant thing is that even though he can’t read, he still ASSumes to know what he’s doing and as such falsely attacks the innocent (much like their approach to abortion…can’t “see” the baby yet or read an ultra sound, so let’s rip him or her apart limb from limb).

I wrote the Hoffman post, you moron …. exactly how do you expect anyone to “buy” the crap you’re writing  when you get THAT wrong right off the bat?  Zheesh.  If you went to public screwal, I want a refund.  If you went to private school, your parents should demand one…

You owe Tom an apology.

Name That Party: Opportunistic Hartmarx-Wells Fargo Dems Aren’t ID’d

HartmarxLogoIt is disappointing, but not at all surprising, that the Democratic Party affiliation of the politicians involved in the union-driven campaign to force Wells Fargo Bank not to liquidate the Chicago-area operations of Hartmarx, the high-end clothier which has made suits for President Obama, has not been noted in the vast majority of stories I have reviewed about ongoing developments there.

The two Illinois politicians (there are others named below) are Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who has formed a US Senate seat exploratory committee in hopes of unseating current occupant Roland Burris, and 13th District Congressman Phil Hare.

The situation, for those just learning of it, is described pretty well at this Chicago Sun-Times story by Sandra Guy, who at least flagged Hare’s Democratic affiliation:

Even after Hart Schaffner Marx plant workers in Des Plaines unanimously stood up shouting their approval of staging a sit-in if Wells Fargo presses their parent company to liquidate, Wells Fargo said parent company Hartmarx is unable to repay more than $114 million it owes the bank.

Wells Fargo issued a statement that it has continued to finance operations at Chicago-based men’s suitmaker Hartmarx after Hartmarx filed in January for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, even though Hartmarx “has been in default of its loan obligations to banks in the group that have provided it credit, including Wachovia Capital Finance, part of Wells Fargo.” Hartmarx issued a statement responding, “Since we value the confidentiality of any dealings with our senior lenders, it would be inappropriate and counter-productive to respond to the content of the Wells Fargo statement.” Wells Fargo said it wants Hartmarx, which employs 3,000 nationwide and 1,000 in the Chicago area, to stay in business “so we can earn all of their business and help them succeed financially.” “We’re trying to do whatever we can to keep Hartmarx in business, but it’s something they’re going to have to work on,” a Wells-Fargo spokeswoman said.

….. Hartmarx filed for bankruptcy protection in January after its U.S. creditors pulled its credit lines.

At the Hart Schaffner Marx plant in Des Plaines, union officials with Workers United rallied the 600 workers, who shouted and applauded and stood on their feet in support of a sit-in should Wells Fargo force Hartmarx’s liquidation.

….. Longtime labor leader Bruce Raynor, who shouted out the message, “We’re not afraid of Wells Fargo,” said labor leaders chose Hartmarx’s plant outside of Chicago for the sit-in action because Hartmarx is headquartered here and because Illinois “has given us” President Barack Obama, who regularly wears Hart Schaffner Marx suits.

U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., who spent 13 years cutting the linings for men’s suits at at Hartmarx plant, said he had called White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to try to get President Obama to talk with Wells Fargo’s chairman of the board.

Hare said that though Wells-Fargo claimed it never asked for the $25 billion in federal bailout money it received, “I told the bank, ‘I didn’t see you running down Pennsylvania Avenue trying to give the money back.’” State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who last week threatened to drop Wells Fargo as his office’s money custodian and to take the bank off its list of preferred vendors if it pressed Hartmarx into liquidation, said Monday he will encourage other states in which Hartmarx plants are located to do the same.

Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan, whose city received $63,626 in property tax revenue and $47,860 in utility revenue in fiscal 2008 from the Hart Schaffner Marx plant, wrote a letter to President Obama seeking Obama’s intervention.

Guy did not identify Giannoulias as a Democrat. Des Plaines Mayor Moylan ran last month as an independent, but this Chicago Clout blog post from March says that “Marty should never sell out his (Electrical) Union or the Democrat Party no matter what.”

The list of stories in which the Democratic affiliations of Giannoulias, Hare, or both men are not identified includes at least these:

  • In the May 12 New York Times (“Workers Pressure Bank to Keep Clothier’s U.S. Plants Open”), reporter Steven Greenhouse did not identify the party of Hare (D-IL), Barney Frank (D-MA), or Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The union has asked Frank and Schumer to intervene in the situation. Schumer, in whose state Hartmarx also has a plant, exercised his alleged business acumen somehow learned during a lifetime in politics, by saying that a Hartmarx liquidation “would certainly hurt the economy in several states, including New York, and might not serve their shareholders well either.” Greenhouse also managed to keep Giannoulias’s name completely out of the story, even though the Illinois Treasurer is the one who has threatened to take away $8 billion in state-related business from the bank if it liquidates Hartmarx.
  • In a brief item at the Chicago Tribune, Sandra M. Jones kept the politicians and party associations totally out of the story.
  • Also at the Chicago Tribune (“A touch of history in Hartmarx struggle”), columnist David Greising mentioned Giannoulias, but not his party.
  • Like the Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business (“Hartmarx workers rally to preserve firm”) identified Hare as a Democrat, but not Giannoulias.
  • For an idea of how the story is being treated outside Chicago, Sophia Tareen of the Associated Press, in an item carried at the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, mentioned Giannoulias but not his party, and didn’t note Hare’s presence at all. The AP, violating its own written standards as usual, apparently doesn’t think non-local readers should know these things, even though they would likely be quite curious.
  • The only identification of a Democrat at this link was of the newspaper carrying the item, namely the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. In fact, the story gives no indication at all that the union’s actions are being politically encouraged. The Rochester, NY plant’s workers are taking a sit-in vote today.

I suppose the excuse will be that as news consumers we’re “just supposed to know” that politicians conducting intimidation campaigns against banks and private companies must be Democrats. That’s lame. Republicans have occasionally done some similar heavyhanded things (e.g., urban eminent domain proceeding in various cities involving various, sports stadiums). More important, less than fully-engaged readers need to know which party happens to be engaging in intimidating activity — especially when it involves potential union sit-ins and TARP-associated blackmail.

Cross-posted at

When Did Expressing a Political Opinion Become An ‘Age-Appropriate Risk’?

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:50 am

I’ll admit to being from the Mesozoic Era (actually, I went to grade school and high school during the 1960s and early 1970s).

During that long-lost era, I distinctly remember being involved in a spirited grade school class debate in 1966 or 1967 about the Vietnam War. There were strong opinions on both sides. After it was over, I recall that nobody took it personally or shunned anyone because of their opposing views.

So given that background, I was more than a little surprised to see this quote I stumbled upon yesterday in a Family Circle Magazine (March 2009; free registration might be required) from a “Steve Schlozman, MD, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital”:

Adolescents need to know you trust them to make good decisions,” he says. “Your faith builds their confidence to take age-appropriate risks — ask someone out on a date, audition for the play, offer a political opinion.


The not-so-good Dr. Schlozman immediately follows with this absurd, dangerous, family-destructive statement which makes his credibility very, very suspect:

Prying can also spur kids to act out. “Kids need to have a separate life their parents don’t know all about,” adds Dr. Schlozman.

Really? Here’s a ditzy doc who says in essence that kids need to learn to be little sneaks to grow up well-adjusted. I hope that’s not typical family magazine advice, but I fear that it is.

Back on point: Since when did the decision to express a political opinion, whether inside a classroom or not, become an “age-appropriate risk”? And what are the potentially bad consequences of taking such a risk?

I have a sense of what the answers are, but it would be interesting to hear from others. I apologize for having to moderate comments, which makes posting far from immediate, but I don’t watch the blog 24-7, and will not allow spam, profanity, and other inappropriateness (not necessarily in that order) to appear.

Lucid Links (051209, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:18 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

From Doug Ross“Which party promotes racism?” Money quote, concerning results at charter schools in Harlem: “in mathematics, the charter school approach completely eliminated the black-white achievement gap.” Yet Democratic Governor Ted Strickland is “trying to destroy charter schools” in Ohio. Obvious follow-up question: “Which party practices racism?” Read the whole thing.

You don’t say?“Criminal Charges Against ACORN Raise Concerns About Its Partnership With Census Bureau.” That would only be among those, none of whom are apparently in the Obama administration, who believe that the Census shouldn’t be yet another set of government-cooked books.

On the so-called “torture” issue, lefties who want to go after Bush administration officials are first going to have to openly admit that Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in Congress and the Senate were okay with it when it was explained to them, that they knew it was going to happen, that they later knew that it had happened, and they they didn’t start raising a stink about until years later when it became politically opportunistic to do so (CNN and many others reported that there were “40 briefings for members of Congress from September 2002 to March 2009″). Then they will have to insist on congressional discipline of Pelosi and others, up to and including forced resignations or impeachments, for blatantly lying to the public. Finally, to be consistent, they will have to mandate that the practices such as waterboarding currently used on tens of thousands of our own service personnel as part of their training be prohibited there too. Hell will freeze over first.

Charming“A leading Palestinian cleric commandeered an evening devoted to interfaith dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI on Monday to rant against Israel for ‘killing Gaza’s children,’ ‘bulldozing Palestinian homes’ and ‘destroying mosques.’ …. He also called for the immediate return of all Palestinian refugees, and called on Christians and Muslims to unite against Israel. …. Even those who did not understand his Arabic quickly understood that the Muslim cleric was giving a militant speech. Several attempts were made by Latin Patriarch in the Holy Land Fouad Twal, a Palestinian, to politely stop (Sheikh Tayseer) Tamimi. But Tamimi would not be deterred ….” Last week, Rahm Emanuel said that Israel must make peace with the likes of Tamimi and others before the problem of a near-nuclear Iran is addressed (according to Israeli TV reports, [Emanuel said that] “the efforts to stop Iran hinged on peace talks with the Palestinians”). Yikes.

From Catholic News Agency“Echoing other reports of coercion in enforcement of China’s one-child policy, Chinese authorities have reportedly forced mothers to abort their children in a crackdown on the country’s underground surrogate pregnancy industry. …. The paper also reported that the mothers had agreed to undergo ‘remedial measures’ in accordance with the law.” This, of course is not “draconian,” according to Ted Turner, father of five.

Must read, at American Thinker — “Letter of Amends from a Recovering Liberal in Berkeley” (HT Taxman Blog, with a reminder that hyperlinks are your friends :–>).

Positivity: Miracle baby

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Bozeman, Montana:

May 9, 2009

Peering through her new quarter-size eyeglasses, 14-month-old Rhoby Combs held onto her mom’s neck with one hand and reached out her other.
“Give her a high five,” Aimee Combs said, prodding her daughtter.

Rhoby smiled and stretched her tiny fingers apart as a visitor put a palm against hers.

Princess Rhoby – as her family and friends know her – and her parents, Aimee and Ray Combs are just beginning to celebrate life as a family.

When Rhoby was born four months early in February 2008, she was so tiny that her dad’s wedding ring fit around her arm.

A micro-preemie weighing 1 pound 3 ounces, Rhoby was the smallest baby in the state of Montana at the time. Her twin brother, Will, who weighed slightly less, died after 22 minutes of life.

“They didn’t think she was going to survive,” Aimee, 27, said. “They gave us a 20 percent chance of survival.”

“She’s our miracle baby,” said Ray, 50.

The family plans to spend a quiet Mother’s Day together at home today. Rhoby’s gift to her mom will be nothing – no new medical issues, no new worry, no immediate crisis. And that is exactly what Aimee wants. ….

Go here for the rest of the story.