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New tone, same as the old tone, part 999,999,999. 1."Watch as an individual in a hard hat throws an object at Michigan State Police Troopers trying to retrieve a supporter of the Freedom to Work legislation from the hostile crowd." 2. "Union thug cursing and threatening just before they rushed & tore down the tent."... Read More
"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson Right to Work laws protect the right of employees to choose for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. Longtime readers of my work know that I've been... Read More
Yes. PHEW. After a week marred by a not-ready-for-prime-time staffer who had movement conservatives questioning Team Romney's competence, sanity, and willingness to fight the brass-knuckles White House and Chicago thug operatives, the Romney campaign made the right decision. And the Right decision. Fittingly, the motto of the USS Wisconsin on which Romney/Ryan made their announcement... Read More
You didn't think the progs would go gentle into that good night, did you? Of course not. Via the ever-vigilant MacIver Institute: Violence erupts in downtown Milwaukee as AFSCME sponsored occupy protest turns chaotic. After a series of speeches at Pere Marquette Park, the protesters began their march. They ignored police directives to not block... Read More
As fiscal conservatives in Wisconsin and across the country celebrate the triumphs of GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and progressive heads EXPLODE, my latest column looks back at the biggest losers in this nasty battle: The public school employee unions. They must be held accountable. Remember in November! *** Teacher’s unions... Read More
Note: Scroll down for updates This is it. The Badger State goes to the polls today to choose between fiscal responsibility and fiscal ruin. Conservative leadership or Big Labor thuggery. Barack Obama and the union bosses and their DOJ lawyers are on the run and bracing for defeat. GOP Gov. Scott Walker's chances of survival... Read More
In March, I asked for your help in supporting GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, whose unprecedented recall election battle has been overlooked by the Republican establishment. We were able to give her a considerable boost, but Big Labor is pouring a last-minute infusion of coerced dues-funding into the coffers of her challenger. His name is... Read More
I was in Indianapolis over the weekend for the Tea Party/Freedomworks rally for Richard Mourdock -- and the energy and excitement were palpable. Tonight's the night to retire three-decade entrenched incumbent Dick Lugar. Twitter's been buzzing all day with reports from grass-roots activists taking the fight to the GOP old guard -- not just at... Read More
It's May Day. I'm occupying my job, how about you? The Occupiers are out wreaking havoc, breaking windows, cursing at cops, and telling everyone else not to work. In other words: Just another day at the office. I mean encampment. Or streets. Or parents' basement. Or whatever. Twitter follower and cartoonist John Richards sent me... Read More
Watch this teaser from EAGnews.org about their just-completed investigation into "the links between radical people and organizations and the 'mainstream' labor unions that have been the public face of the massive demonstrations, occupation of the capitol and recall efforts of 2011 and 2012. Our research shows there is a much broader agenda at play in... Read More
This week, I called your attention to the Left's ongoing war on Wisconsin's brave fiscal conservative leaders. Yesterday, the state's Government Accountability Board certified the recall elections against top GOP officials. Please spread the word -- and thanks to all of you have dug into your pockets to help the recall targets. I published links... Read More
Scroll for updates... The war on Wisconsin by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Now is the time for all good tea partiers to come to the aid of Wisconsin. Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media and the judiciary. The yearlong... Read More
Question: Why isn't this national front-page news? Answer: Just as most national media outlets have dutifully whitewashed Barack Obama's ethics scandals, they're dutifully whitewashing their own. Ed Morrissey: The worst damage to the credibility of these journalists is probably the excuse they offered Gannett. According to Kevin Corrado, the president and publisher of Gannett’s Green... Read More
Saddle up, friends. It's going to be a busy news day. The Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare. Your road map is here. North Korea is set to launch a long-range rocket toward Australia. While Japan and South Korea gird their loins and prepare to shoot any rockets down, President Obama is...making... Read More
Yes on Issue 2 sign torn down by union-supporting thugs Sorry, readers. I've been out of it the last couple of days. Trying to get back in the swing of things. While the sound and fury of the GOP 2012 race drones on, it's the state-level battles that deserve the Tea Party's united front, attention,... Read More
Scroll for updates... As the MSM whitewashes Big Labor's ugly threats, Tea Party smears, and history of coerced dues-subsidized racketeering this Labor Day, what better way to mark the holiday than with an illustrated list of top 10 union thug moments of the year. 10. August 16, 2011, across the Northeast. Striking Communications Workers of... Read More
Funny how little national media coverage the Fleebagger recall in Wisconsin received today, huh? I gave you the lowdown yesterday. Turnout was reportedly strong in both races. Polls closed an hour ago and returns will be in shortly. The results be here. I'll update with breaking developments...stay tuned. Update 10:05pm Eastern: State Senate – District... Read More
Tomorrow, Wisconsin voters head back to the polls for round two of the 2011 recalls. Big Labor lost big last week in its botched bid to punish Republican state senators for supporting budget reform and failed to take control of the state legislature. This time, two Democratic fleebaggers may be turned out for abandoning their... Read More
Scroll for election result updates below... Just a reminder: Today's the day the big-spending public employee unions hope to oust 6 GOP Wisconsin state senators -- not for any corruption, malfeasance, or criminal actions, but for making the tough decisions and supporting the fiscally responsible measures spearheaded by GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Tea Party activists... Read More
Six state Republican senators in Wisconsin face recall next week on August 9 for standing with fiscal reformer GOP Gov. Scott Walker in his fight against Big Labor. Progressives have been pouring national money into the recall races while bashing conservative groups for doing the same. Frontline Wisconsin is leading the defense of the Wisconsin... Read More
Postcard from London: Wisconsin on the Thames by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 LONDON – Big Labor looks the same wherever you go: Petulant, irrational, and wholly aggrieved beyond its means. I’m here on vacation with family as some 750,000 public-sector employees strike in protest over modest pension reform proposals. It’s a taste of... Read More
I'm in London on vacation with family, but will be filing my regular Wednesday and Friday columns and blogging when the sloooow Internet connections allow. There's much tension here as three-quarters of a million public union workers prepare to strike on Thursday. Featured above is one of countless posters littering the streets -- I snapped... Read More
Big Labor mob chants in 3, 2, 1... The Wisconsin Supreme Court has cleared the way for GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair/union reform law -- and rebuked a county judge for interfering in the legislative process. Breaking this afternoon from the Wisconsin State Journal: You can read the ruling here. Snort: Here's the SEIU-Wisconsin... Read More
Well, how did this happen, hmmm? The Wisconsin GOP reports that Democrats in the Dairy State are "using a fraudulent tactic to harass and intimidate constituents who favor recalling Democrat Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay." Somehow, calls are being placed in the name of "Bay Care Aurora" -- a local hospital -- by left-wing... Read More
I've been tied up with other work and family matters (here's my Fox News appearance today talking about Marizela), but you have probably already heard the stunning (though not completely surprising) news that some 7,500 ballots were suddenly discovered today in the key Supreme Court race in Wisconsin. I say not surprising because, as long-time... Read More
A reader sends an organizing alert from the American Federation of Teachers being circulated among public school educators in Wisconsin this week. Who cares about teaching arithmetic or social studies? It's Alinsky and social justice time! NEW Activist training March 4 & 5 Pyle Center--UW Madison Madison, WI Working with the national AFT, we are... Read More
My column today expounds on my blog post yesterday on the New York State teachers' union call to "agitate." Both the New York state and New York city teachers' unions wields immense power with massive budgets funded with forced member dues. You may have read the exclusive story in the NYPost on the NYC's United... Read More
Scroll for updates... I got bad chills up and down my spine watching this group of crazed, pro-union Madison thugs gang up on a lone conservative in a public space just trying to do his job. Been there, done that. It's no fun. Mass. Democrat Rep. Michael Capuano's words "Get a little bloody" echoed in... Read More
Courtesy of Targeted Victory, this is what top-down, Washington-directed narrative-shaping of the Wisconsin showdown looks like. OFA's Astroturf footprint can't be whitewashed (click for full-size): The uniformity of the copy of the tweets indicates that these were not spontaneous declarations of support, but rather a calculated and crafted message coming from the leadership of OfA... Read More
I'll get to the above image in the moment. First, a few refreshers. In 2009, I noted that Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals was a featured item on the National Education Association reading list. I reminded you of Weather Underground terrorist and FOO (Friend of Obama) Bill Ayers' 2006 speech at the World Economic Forum... Read More
Mob rule.
In Madison, Wisconsin -- the Berkeley of the Midwest -- deadlines don't mean diddly-squat. Rules don't apply. And the People's House belongs not to hard-working taxpayers, but to Big Labor squatters who have grimed and slimed up the Capitol for almost two weeks. The Capitol police had set a deadline this afternoon for the grievance... Read More
It's not about the "children." It's not about "fairness." It's about agitation and community organizing and ginning up hatred against political enemies. For the union radicals in Wisconsin, as I reported in my column on Friday, those enemies include the Koch brothers, the Tea Party movement, minority conservatives, female Republicans, independent citizen journalists...and Fox News.... Read More
This is economic stimulus you can believe in! Rockford, IL produced a clever tourism video enticing Fleebagger Democrats to "hide away in Rockford." Love it! (h/t Sean Hackbarth)
This moronic attack started percolating on the blogs and Twitter over the past week: Fox News hosts and contributors including Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, yours truly, and others are greedy, union-bashing hypocrites who are card-carrying members of AFTRA. Here's a typical rant: And here's another: Glenn Beck and the rest of the Fox... Read More
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Eager to boost their rent-a-mob numbers, the Communications Workers of America (yes, the same union linked to the attack on FreedomWorks employees) in New Jersey are bribing union members to protest GOP Gov. Chris Christie. Via Newark Star-Ledger h/t Chris Wysocki: Chris jokes: "Hey all you Tea Partiers, bring... Read More
Projection. My new syndicated column today does the reporting the Tea Party-bashing national media won't do on the rabid outbreak of progressive incivility and violence at Big Labor protests across the country. On Saturday, the grievance convergence will descend on all 50 state capitols spearheaded by the smear merchants of MoveOn.org -- who will stoke... Read More
Tea Party senior citizens: Menaces to society!
Tea Party senior citizens: Menaces to society! A supporter of Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker in Boston wrote me last night to recount the violence that took place at the Tuesday union rally where Democrat Rep. Michael Capuano told his minions to "get a little bloody." The tipster is remaining anonymous for now while police... Read More
Stay classy!
The hits keep on coming. Here's another fine specimen of Big Labor civility: At AFSCME's "solidarity" rally in Providence, Rhode Island on Tuesday, a cameraman was accosted by a fuming pro-union protester. The cameraman had his back to the goon, who appears to accost him unprovoked. The goon screams: "I'll f**k you in the ass,... Read More
Yesterday, I posted on public school teachers speaking truth to prog power -- a topic I've been reporting on since the late-1990s, when I covered the battle of brave dissident educators who challenged the Washington Education Association's misuse and abuse of forced dues for Democrat politics. Tonight, another public school teacher shared his thoughts with... Read More
"Get a little bloody."
This is Tabitha Hale, a young conservative activist/original Tea Party organizer/blogger who works for Washington, D.C.-based FreedomWorks. I know her from her great grass-roots work with Smart Girl Politics when the Tea Party movement was just emerging. Today, Big Labor groups took their Grievance March to the offices of FreedomWorks. Among the groups protesting: the... Read More
A left-wing website that specializes in pranking celebrities, pundits, and politicians -- a la Howard Stern -- is doing a Snoopy dance over a fake call its operatives made to GOP Gov. Scott Walker. The hoaxer pretended to be David Koch, the progs' favorite capitalist target. I'm not going to give any direct traffic to... Read More
Thuggery? What thuggery? Oh, yeah. That thuggery: Via NHJournal. Watch: More via The Hill: Capuano made his remarks before a crowd of union members in Boston, along with other members of the state's congressional delegation. Massachusetts has an influential union population that could loom large over the 2012 Senate race. Capuano is considering getting in... Read More
Fleebaggers: The New Cut-and-Run Democrats by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 First lady Michelle Obama said, "Let's Move!" Who knew Democratic politicians in Wisconsin and Indiana would take her literally? Faced with stifling debt, bloated pensions and intractable government unions, liberal Midwestern legislators have fled those states -- paralyzing Republican fiscal reform efforts. Like... Read More
Isn't it good to see Republicans playing hardball with delinquent Democrats? Perfect: The requirement also applies to expense reimbursement requests. The state legislature should post those for public view ASAP. I'll have much more on the fleebagger Democrats in my syndicated column tomorrow. Be sure to check my Twitter feed for all the day's fun... Read More
Criminey. By the MacIver Institute's estimate, public school union members who have participated in the ruthless "sick-in' campaign across Wisconsin may cost taxpayers at least an estimated $6 million: As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin’s... Read More
Schools in Anaheim, California are now using GPS to track students who cut classes. Four strikes and you're hooked up: What's good for the students should be good for public school teachers and state senators, don't you think? *SARCASM ALERT for the sardonically-challenged. "Modest Proposal" = Satire.* As I noted yesterday, the Runaway Dems could... Read More
Attention, taxpayers and Tea Party activists. The Purple Army is coming to your town. Don't let these Big Labor goons monopolize the protest square like they monopolize government workers. Here's their current schedule over the next four days nationwide via the SEIU website. All hands on deck: 2/21 - Helena, MT 2/21 - Carson City,... Read More
Keepin' it classy.
Thanks to reader Justin Falk for sending along these pictures from the progressive Peace&Love march in Madison, Wisconsin today (language warning). Keep it classy, progs! New Civility. Same as the Old. All in good, clean fun! *** Commenter Aloha Guy: "A gang bang? I guess it is like Cairo." *** Ann Althouse documents the trash... Read More
It's Battle of the Protest Bands in Madison today, with thousands of Tea Party activists standing with GOP Gov. Scott Walker on the state capitol grounds. (American Majority organized the pro-taxpayer event. AFP has a pro-Walker petition site here.) Here's a photo overview (via news3jessica h/t JENin140): Sarah Palin sent in a note of support.... Read More
Scroll down for updates... This is a critical moment in the nation's battle to dig itself out of debt and free itself from the iron grip of public union monopolies. As you know from reading this blog, the Wisconsin showdown has been a long time coming. I remind you that there are many brave workers... Read More
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