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  • Violent Rhetoric Is Bad, Except for When It's Good

    Okay, just so we all understand how this stuff works…

    Telling a liberal audience that "everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son-of-a-bitches out": not cool

    "Jimmy Hoffa's remarks are inexcusable and amount to a call for violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members," [Tea Party Express chair Amy ] Kremer said. "We have called on President Obama to condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric, which has no place in the public forum."

    Portraying Tea Party politicians and conservative pundits as decomposing zombies in a first-person shooter video game: not cool

    Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center, a right-wing media analysis organisation, said: "The liberal media have been preaching for years that conservatives are the ones who invoke violent imagery and rhetoric. Yet in the space of two days, the radical, pro-Obama left calls us 'son-of-a-bitches' and says they want to 'take us out.' And they follow that with a hideously violent game where they do just that – depicting ways of shooting prominent conservatives, presidential candidates and journalists. The news media would be in an uproar if violence had been incited against liberals. Their silence disgusts me."

    Joyously applauding the execution of 234 Texan prisoners (in light of the fact that at least one of them was almost certainly innocent): AWESOME!!!

    Alright, got it.

    Carry on.

    Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: capital punish, Debates, James Hoffa, Republicans, Rick Perry, Tea Party, Texas, Video Games
  • James P. Hoffa Declares War on Tea Party, Grammar


    Some Labor Day traditions are sacred. For one day, Americans take a break from demonizing the last dozen workers who still belong to a trade union and celebrate the achievements of organized labor by overdosing on red meat and heading to the mall.

    But leave it to a union thug to spoil the bipartisan comity. Serving as a warm-up speaker for President Obama at a Labor Day rally in Detroit, Teamsters chief James P. "Jimmy" Hoffa had some choice words for the Tea Party. Cover your ears, everybody!

    "We've got to keep an eye on the battle that we face — a war on workers. And you see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party," he said. "And there's only one way to beat and win that war — the one thing about working people is, we like a good fight."

    Hoffa called on workers to get involved in opposing Tea Party-aligned lawmakers next November.

    "President Obama, this is your army, we are ready to march," Hoffa said. "But everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son-of-a-bitches out."

    First of all, "son-of-a-bitches?" Jimmy's late father, the Jimmy Hoffa, would be spinning in his grave if he wasn't encased in concrete under Giants Stadium. Let me drop some Eats, Shoots and Leaves on Mr. Hoffa: it is "courts martial" and "attorneys general," and the universally-recognized plural of "son of a bitch" is always, now and forever, "sons-a-bitches." I'm afraid the soft bigotry of low expectations has taken its toll on the grammatical standards of our nation's union thugs.

    Also, the war metaphors might be a tad extreme, no?  Some conservatives certainly objected to Hoffa's potty mouth

    In a statement, the chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, Amy Kremer, demanded an immediate apology from Hoffa and urged Obama to rebuke him for "his dangerous comments."

    "Jimmy Hoffa's remarks are inexcusable and amount to a call for violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members," Kremer said. "We have called on President Obama to condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric, which has no place in the public forum."

    So an unfortunately-phrased exhortation to get out and vote is taken as an incitement of violence.

    Like I said, the standards for union thuggery really have fallen.

    Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Grammar, James Hoffa, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Unions
  • Sexy Pics of People We Saw Who Are Not Charlize Theron

    On Tuesday, we posted a whole slew of sexy pictures of Charlize Theron who "spoke" at a pro-labor event here in Denver.

    Believe it or not, our trip here hasn't only been movie stars pretending to care about stuff.  We've also seen some honest to goodness politicians who might actually care about stuff like Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine, and Teamster leader James Hoffa, who also attended the event with Ms. Theron.

    In the Big Tent, several folks have dropped by. Below are Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip from Illinois, and Sen. John Tester of Montana mixing it up with the liberal bloggers.

    And lastly, Senator Ben Cardin of Maine Maryland* spoke at The Dark Court Panel Discussion.

    Check back for more pictures later today.

    * @ Harold. Maryland is my home state too.  This is what happens when you don't sleep for 3 nights straight. Still had Michaud on the mind I guess…


    Tags: Dick Durbin, Illinois, James Hoffa, Maine, Maryland, Mike Michaud, Montana
  • Charlize Theron (pics) Cares About Labor, Not From Antarctica

    I just got back from a Congressional Quarterly hosted panel that featured James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, Leo Gerard of the United Steelworker's Union, filmmaker Stuart Townsend and his girlfriend Charlize Theron.

    Townsend just made a film called "Battle In Seattle" which documents the WTO riots in Seattle in 1999. Though happily critical of America, no actual Americans seem to have been used in getting this film to the silver screen. As Leo Gerard pointed out:

    "It took an Irishman with funding from Canada to make this film."

    Foreigners sure like telling us what's wrong with our country, eh?

    Theron didn't speak until the very end, so in the spirit of the event, I have included photos (below the fold) of what appeared to be her primary purpose in attending: namely, to look hot, which she did extremely well.

    When she was asked her thoughts on being in the film she responded that labor was important to her because she was from a continent in which there were labor issues. Which narrows her place of birth down to six of the seven continents I believe.

    Pics below the fold.


    Tags: DNC, Economy, James Hoffa, Work/office