Michael Moore Apparently Doesn’t Believe He Deserves Electricity

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Michael Moore said that if you’re in the DC area, out of power due to the recent storms and haven’t been a union supporter, you’re probably getting what you deserve.

Careful what you ask for, Michael.

Enjoy this New Yorker flashback from a few years ago while we wait for Moore’s big vacation home in northern Michigan worthy of the most discerning upper one-percenters to deservingly lose power:

The article describes two writers who worked on Mr. Moore’s television show TV Nation who learned that Mr. Moore did not want them joining the Writers Guild.

One day during production on the first season of the show, Moore called two of his writers into his office. It was, for both of them, their first job in television, and they had been hired with the title of associate producer. They were not members of the Writers’ Guild, the powerful union for writers in movies and TV, and thus were not receiving health benefits, and would not qualify later for a percentage of video and rerun sales. “Michael said, ‘I’m getting a lot of heat from the union to call you guys writers and pay you under the union rules,’ ” Eric Zicklin, one of the associate producers, says. “ ‘I don’t have the budget for that. But if they keep coming down on me that’ll mean I’ll only be able to afford one of you and the other one’s gotta go.’ ”

Soon more employees who supported Mr. Moore in his political crusade became disillusioned with their former boss.

And this from 2009:

Michael Moore, champion of the working class, used non-union stagehands to film “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The porcine provocateur is promoting his anti-Wall Street jeremiad by giving free tickets to unions, but the American Federation of Teachers has turned them down because Moore didn’t hire any members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. “Michael Moore and one of our sister unions, IATSE, are in discussions about concerns the union has,” the AFT told ABC News. “The AFT has decided against accepting tickets until those issues are resolved.” Moore’s agent, Ari Emanuel, seems to blame the IATSE for treating documentarians as “second-class filmmakers.” “This is a Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild film, as all Michael’s films are,” Emanuel said. “He is a proud, dues-paying member of all three of these unions.”

And:

After being criticized for using non-union extras in a 2000 music video he shot for the rock band Rage Against the Machine, Moore told the New York Post that he only learned they were hired after the video was completed.

When’s Moore going to lose electrical power? I’m sure his refrigerator light bulb that goes on and off more frequently than Joe Biden’s brain would appreciate the break.

(h/t Warner Todd Huston)

Michigan Group Ends Gov. Snyder Recall Effort After Wisconsin Fail

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Thanks to the voters of Wisconsin for sapping the motivation of these “Recall Snyder” people here in Michigan. Watching them beg for signatures from innocent commuters at expressway park & rides was a sad sight, and now it’s over:

A Michigan group is abandoning its effort to recall Republican Gov. Rick Snyder after Tuesday’s failure of an effort in Wisconsin to recall Gov. Scott Walker, the group’s spokesman announced this morning.

Bruce Fealk of Michigan Rising said in a news release the group was well short of its goal in collecting signatures.

“It has become abundantly clear that Michigan Rising was not going to accomplish its goal of recalling Gov. Snyder,” Fealk said.

Though it will stop collecting recall signatures, the group will continue work to stop “the corporate takeover” of Michigan and plans to develop a progressive think tank and leadership development organization, he said.

The rational thinking world understands that the path public sector unions want to take isn’t sustainable and will lead to disaster. That’s why Scott Walker received about one-third of the union vote in Wisconsin. Even a sizable chunk of union members understand we’re on a road to ruin if Big Labor isn’t reigned in big time.

Obama No-Show in Wisconsin Breaks Yet Another Campaign Promise; Plus Awesome ‘Democracy Died Tonight’ Video

When Barack Obama was campaigning for president he promised the unions that wherever their rights to collective bargaining were being threatened, he’d be there marching with them:

Obama would insist he wasn’t a no-show, as evidenced by a tepid Tweet of support for Barrett — but that’s not exactly “walking the picket line” with the union brothers and sisters.

Here’s a map of the county-by-county results from yesterday. Red counties are Walker and the blue are Barrett:

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Exit polls show Obama with a lead over Romney in Wisconsin, but this just can’t be comforting to The One.

Meanwhile, the left is reacting predictably.

Oh, and I finally found video of my favorite moment from yesterday’s election coverage. The “democracy died tonight” guy:

A lefty lamenting the end of freedom as we know it can only mean something good for America just happened.

Update: MSNBC declares that the winner of last night’s election is… Obama. Hey, nobody thought one little drubbing would be enough to yank their heads out of their asses, did they?

Wisconsin Watch: Recall Election Day Open Thread; Update: CNN Projects Walker Win

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The big story today is of course the Wisconsin recall election, so we’ll use this space to keep up with things as the day goes on. Tonight I’ll post a link to the returns as they come in.

There will be national implications to today’s election, no matter what the outcome (outside groups have spent $63.5 million in Wisconsin). A Walker defeat might castrate any other politicians who might have otherwise had the cojones to do what is required to reign in outlandish government spending. A Walker win, precisely the opposite. I don’t think it’s blowing things out of proportion to say that this election could be a tipping point for the entire country, and whether we continue traveling down an unsustainable fiscal road, or decide to rescue future generations (and, as fast as things are sinking, even current generations) from what will be the nasty aftermath of a government run amok and unchecked.

It’s clear which way President Obama suspects that the chips will fall today — he’s not touching Wisconsin with a ten foot Solyndra solar panel:

However, if Walker is defeated, look for Obama to come out and take credit for it.

If Walker wins, brace for major ugliness. Unions aren’t graceful losers. The Dems are already preparing a recount effort.

Last evening I wrote about the US Department of Justice being on hand to “monitor” the situation in Wisconsin. If that isn’t enough to put your faith in a fair election, don’t worry — Jesse Jackson’s also in the Badger State to monitor the integrity of the system. Whew!

Four Republican state senators are also on the recall ballot today.

If the vote is really close, the Wisconsin unions might even be desperate enough to wake up this guy and make him go to the polls:

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Updates to come as the day goes on. Now go save the country from ruin, Wisconsin!

Update: So far turnout appears to be very high.

Update II: The Obama campaign sent out a last-minute video appeal that of course doesn’t show Barack Obama or mention his name at all. You can tell by the age of the people in the video that they’re trying to appeal to 18 year olds who will easily buy the claim that Scott Walker’s taking away their “rights” (aka “government teat”):

Update III: They wouldn’t be Democrats if they didn’t start getting their ducks in a row for a recount: Milwaukee Dems are alleging that somebody’s doing robo-calls in the state telling people that if they signed the recall petition, they don’t need to vote.

Alternate headline: GOP accused of taking advantage of total morons on which Dems are depending

Since that’s something the Democrats do on a routine basis, I have to assume that the Dems, and not the Republicans, are behind the allegation (it’s probably not actually happening).

The Democrats must sense a drubbing coming up or they wouldn’t be lining up excuses so quickly.

Update IV: This was a lot faster than I expected… CNN just projected that Scott Walker would successfully fight off the recall effort.

I’ll put up any further updates over at Michelle’s site on this post, but I’ll put any final numbers here later. The margin of victory remains to be seen. Good news for the Republic if you ask me. Tea Party on!

Bank of America Stadium, Which Could Host Final Night of Dem Convention, Constructed With Non-Union Labor

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A couple of days ago I wrote that the Obama campaign was considering moving the final night of the Dem convention to Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The large outdoor venue would allow the fighters against Wall Street greed to sell high-priced skyboxes and raise even more campaign cash, and do so from inside a place named after one of Wall Street’s biggest players.

And just when you thought the list of possible ironies and hypocrisy couldn’t get any longer:

Bank of America Stadium, the Charlotte, N.C. sports area that has been proposed as the site where President Obama will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for a second term in the White House, was built entirely with nonunion labor, The Daily Caller has learned.

Brett McMahon, president of Miller & Long DC, Inc., told TheDC it’s ironic that the Democratic National Committee is discussing the venue as a likely locale for Obama’s re-nomination ceremony, since the president has long-standing political alliances with America’s biggest and wealthiest labor unions

Miller & Long was responsible for the stadium’s construction in the mid-1990s.

“The majority of the companies that built the stadium were members of Associated Builders & Contractors,” McMahon told TheDC. “It is a great example of a grand monument that was built entirely union-free.”

In spite of wherever the final night of the convention ends up (all we know for sure is that it’ll be a place that the Greek columns can fit in), unions weren’t happy with the state that was chosen to host the convention. Barely over three percent of North Carolina workers are union members. Lucky for Obama unions will still give him all their campaign donations anyway.

Pelosi: Government Should Have Power to Shut Down Businesses That Avoid Unionization

Nancy Pelosi’s really been gettin’ her Marxist on lately.

First, a little background on the situation from about six months ago:

In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina.

In its complaint, the labor board said that Boeing’s decision to transfer a second production line for its new 787 Dreamliner passenger plane to South Carolina was motivated by an unlawful desire to retaliate against union workers for their past strikes in Washington and to discourage future strikes. The agency’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said it was illegal for companies to take actions in retaliation against workers for exercising the right to strike.

Last Friday, Botoxi the Clown was asked if the National Labor Relations Board should be able to force Boeing to shut down that plant in South Carolina because it isn’t unionized, and you can guess what her answer was:

By Pelosi’s unionization standards this means the NLRB should also shut down next year’s Democratic National Convention.

Update: Naturally, select wineries would be exempt from Pelosi’s quest for government-mandated full unionization.

Obama Peddling Joe Biden Can Holders on Twitter

Barack Obama’s Twitter account recently put this out:

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If you follow the link, this is what you’ll find Obama hawking:

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It’s a Kool Aid cozy for The One’s ever-dwindling number of followers.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of an administration.

Jammie Wearing Fool points out that the “Workers United” at the bottom is the SEIU. I’m assuming Obama and the union split the money 50/50, and Joe gets to keep the empties.

Maybe I’ll buy one in the hopes that by early next November it’s a collector’s item from a bygone failed social experiment. Nah, nevermind.

DNC Unveils 2012 ‘People’s Convention’ Logo

The “People’s Convention” will take place next summer, and thanks to the power of the gods of hypocrisy it’ll be held in a “right to work” state (such things happen when pro-union politicians discover how expensive union labor is and they can’t force somebody else pay for it).

The logo is set:

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Gateway Pundit thinks it’s got a Stalin vibe, but to me it looks like it could be a “Let’s Move” reject.

Actually the logo works, provided they incorporate a background modification:

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How Much More ‘New Tone’ Can We Handle?

I had to laugh when I heard one of the morning news show talking heads wondering aloud if President Obama would denounce what Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said yesterday. Sure, and maybe Michael Moore will speak out against Twinkies today.

The guy who instructed his allies to “get in their face” is going to tell his minions to dial it down? Nevah!

Obama had a chance to highlight his disagreement with Hoffa’s violation of the “new tone” as soon as Hoffa finished speaking, but that of course didn’t happen:

When he took the stage, President Obama said he was “proud” of Jimmy Hoffa and other labor leaders.

Prior to Obama’s appearance Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa told the crowd, speaking about Republicans, that we need to “take these son of bitches out.”

On the same day, Sheriff Joe Biden added “barbarians” to the repertoire of left-wing “new tone” in reference to the right:

That’s the guy we’re expected to believe didn’t embrace a fellow Dem’s use of the term “Tea Party terrorists”?

Something to remember though — this is the union leadership we’re talking about. Among the rank-and-file membership, “your mileage may vary” as far as Obama support goes (full disclosure: I sleep with a Teamster). Here’s some polling data that can’t thrill the White House: A greater percentage of union households disapprove of Obama than approve.

If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss Michelle M’s top ten union thug moments of the year.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled MSM diatribe about how dangerous the Tea Party’s rhetoric has become.

Update: Sarah Palin has a very good response to Hoffa’s comments and how the Hoffa and Obama visions for America actually screw the working class.

Mad Max(ine) Waters Wants to Spend at Least a Trillion Dollars to Create Jobs Just Like the Last Time That Didn’t Work

Maxine Waters is a living, breathing example of the definition of insanity, not to mention stupidity. The first time the government spent nearly a trillion dollars nothing happened except the unemployment rate went up, the deficit ballooned, the general economy worsened and the pockets of Big Labor were lined.

Hey, let’s do that again!


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In other Labor Day news: Who’s up for a US Post Office bailout? Me neither.

Here’s a telling USPS fact:

Labor represents 80 percent of the agency’s expenses, compared with 53 percent at United Parcel Service and 32 percent at FedEx, its two biggest private competitors.

UPS is also unionized, and while UPS has a huge labor expense, it doesn’t come close to the public sector example because there’s not an easily accessible bottomless well of money in the private sector (unless the government screws it up by getting into the bailout business where it doesn’t belong).

Labor leaders of US Post Office employees must be salivating, because they know there’s no way the administration is going to want to risk a hundred thousand people (or many more) hitting the unemployment line all at once, so a USPS bailout will probably be included in Obama’s upcoming “jobs plan.” They’re “too big to fail.” Taxpayers can keep paying the price for an organization that, in its present form, simply doesn’t have any place in the 21st century.

More Labor Day news…

President Obama is delivering a “jobs speech” in Detroit today. Lefty politicians talking about job creation in Detroit is like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow promoting fire safety in Chicago. Judging by the photo at the link, Obama needs to deliver a “Let’s Move” fitness speech instead of a jobs address.

Obama will get a large crowd in Detroit… you just never know when he’ll start handing out “Obama money”:

Labor Day “new tone” update: Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. on the Tea Party and Obama’s opposition: “Let’s take these son of a bitches out!” We’ll now wait for the “tone down the rhetoric” crowd to criticize Hoffa… any second now… before too long… maybe…. maybe not.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)