March 2, 2011

On-Site Report From Columbus: ‘Infuriating’ Indeed, Complete With Kasich-as-Hitler Sign

Via an e-mailer, with identifying text scrubbed:

(Tuesday) I decided to go down to the statehouse and watch the public union thugs do their protesting. I did a lot of watching. I really wanted to ask some of the teachers there why they were not in school teaching but decided against it. All I have to say is that this was one of the most infuriating afternoons of my life.

I listened to a series of local union presidents spout their hatred toward the “rich” “wall street” and “CEOs”. They seemed to be saying that the reason that our state is in an $8 billion dollar hole is because we do not tax enough, especially when it comes to the “rich”. I did not know whether to laugh or cry at their complete and utter lack of knowledge of economics.

The most horrifying part of the day came when I saw a poster that had (Ohio Governor) John Kasich with a Hitler mustache. I have attached the pictures I took of the poster with my cell phone. What happened to “civility”?

On another note, I heard on the evening newscast, that the crowd at the statehouse was as large as 8000. Being there myself I can tell you that is completely bunk. I put the crowd at 2000, tops.

Here are the pics (click to enlarge and open in a new window):

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Charming.

Lest one think that this is one isolated, over-the-top outlier — Greta Van Susteren, in the course of interviewing Kasich a week ago, noted following (internal link added by me):

Brian Brennan, head of the Youngstown State University Association of Classified Employees, made an Adolf Hitler reference, and was quoted as saying, “In 1933, Hitler gave Germans something they always wanted — a day off on May 1. On May 2, they woke to find that Hitler had abolished the unions and confiscated their assets. Fast forward 2011, Ohio.”

This Google News search (“Kasich Hitler” not in quotes, sorted by date, from February 20-March 2) found only one other story citing Brennan’s Hitler reference. That local TV station story reports that:

Brennan was among several speakers including Sen. Capri Cafaro, Sen. Joe Schiavonni (sic), who planned the rally, and Rep. Bob Hagan who spoke against the bill.

There is no indication that Cafaro, Schiavonni, or Hagan had a problem with what Brennan said.

Cafaro, Schiavoni, and Hagan are Democratic legislators who have decades of experience between them. Cafaro is the State Senate Minority Leader, and is beginning her fifth year. Schiavonni“who planned the rally” — is the newbie of the bunch, and is in the third year of his Senate term. Hagan has held elective state office since 1987.

Again, there is no indication at the story that any of the three had a problem with what Brennan said, let alone raised any kind of objection.

No wonder the Columbus Kasich-as-Hitler signmaker felt so enabled. The signmaker has every reason to believe that his/her sign represents the mainstream of thought in Ohio’s Democratic Party.

As to crowd size estimating, the Columbus Dispatch, in a bid to seem scientific, “estimated” 8,500:

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C’mon. If you’re guessing, you guess 8,000 or 9,000. If you’re taking dictation from rally organizers, you write 8,500. I say the Dispatch was taking dictation — and according to my e-mailer, inflating the crowd by the factor of more than 4.

Lickety-Split Links (030211, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:41 am

Michelle Malkin“‘Educate, collaborate, AGITATE!’: Alinsky’s teacher corps.” Hard to excerpt; it’s all important to know.

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The dictator’s dough, and his astonishing wealth:

The astonishing wealth of Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi and his family has been laid bare as countries around the world begin freezing billions of dollars worth of their assets.

The U.S. alone has seized $30billion (£18.5bn) of their investments, while Canada has frozen $2.4bn (£1.5bn), Austria, $1.7bn (£1bn) and the UK, $1bn ($600m).

These assets appear to be just the tip of the iceberg, as no one is yet certain exactly what the family owns around the world.

Meanwhile, “Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says Moammar Gadhafi has always been a friend and he won’t distance himself from the Libyan dictator.”

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BizzyBlog blast from the past:

Farrakhan (went) on fund-raising trips to Libya. So did the Rev. (Jeremiah, “God D**n America”) Wright on at least one occasion, “which was then illegal under U.S. law.”

At The Blaze: “Reports of 1,000 Citizens Killed: Why Was Obama Silent For 9 Days on Gadhafi and Libya?” Take your pick among the reasons and circumstances cited here.

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Y’know, in the grand scheme, it’s no biggie, but this New York Times story is revealing nonetheless. The bottom line, after piercing the puff: The President flies in his personal trainer, Cornell McClellan, from Chicago once a week, presumably at government expense (if I’m wrong, somebody will have to prove it).

What’s McClellan’s carbon footprint? They’ve never heard of WebEx?

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At Powerline: “Think Progress? Think Ignorance.” The Left’s campaign against the Kochs is a joke.

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At Politico: “Darrell Issa fires press secretary Kurt Bardella in New York Times e-mail flap.” Bardella deserved to be canned.

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An e-mailer points out that the logo of the International Socialist Organization and that of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO are pretty similar.

More to the point, he cites the first and fifth paragraphs of the ISO’s “What We Stand For” page, and asks: “HOW can our educated (and educating) teachers, firemen, and policemen climb in bed with them? How can they be such mindless sheep?”

The guess here is that most of them have no idea how their union dues are being abused.

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Presidential candidate Ross Perot, in July 1992 at the NAACP national convention:

Perot, in his first foray before a black audience, appeared to offend a large number of delegates to the NAACP national convention here by seeming to equate the nation’s crime and drug problems with the black community.

In discussing inner-city crime and drug use, Perot on several occasions used the expression “you people” or “your people” to describe the offenders and the victims.

Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, 2011:

When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate….to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.

Texas Republican John Culbertson was right when he told Holder on Tuesday that:

“There’s clearly overwhelming evidence that your Department of Justice refuses to protect the rights of anybody other than African-Americans to vote.”

Based on Holder’s remark, it would seem that this is the case because those who aren’t African-Americans aren’t “his people.”

Positivity: More than 300,000 young pilgrims to participate in ‘Days in the Dioceses’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Madrid, Spain:

Feb 23, 2011 / 08:49 pm

More than 300,000 young people from all over the world will be welcomed by families across Spain prior to the beginning of World Youth Day 2011. The pilgrims will participate in the week long “Days in the Dioceses,” in preparation for the massive event expected to draw two million young people.

The “Days in the Diocese,” a program which first began in World Youth Day Paris in 1997 and serves to help young people prepare for the event, which will take place August 11-15 in cities across Spain.

Some 150,000 young Catholics from 137 countries have registered so far, and 12 of the 63 dioceses that will be welcoming them are already completely booked.

The director of the program, Javier Igea, said that the days will include cultural activities, visits to historical places of interest, festivals, prayers and Masses at the well-known churches in each diocese. Thanking local officials for opening the doors of their communities to the young people, he especially singled out officials in the region of Valladolid, where numerous city mayors themselves requested to host World Youth Day attendees.

Go here for the rest of the story.