Saturday, May 14, 2011

Meet Congressman Allen West of Florida - you will feel proud!

Please take 5 minutes to Meet Allen West.   Please share this article link and spread the word about this man of Honor, Integrity and Leadership. Allen West IS our nation's moral compass.  I so wish he would run for President!  He is what we are looking for......  What an election that would be, an "I love America" black man running against an "I Hate America" black man.  Let freedom ring!

Friday, May 13, 2011

This Blog Site Down All Day - posts deleted :( Here are a few I could recapure....

CBS writes: The Texas House passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.
Approved late Thursday night, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.
The Hill reports: The Transportation Security Administration's request to expand its controversial body scanner program was rebuffed this week by a Republican-led House committee. The $40.6 billion Department of Homeland Security 2012 budget released this week by the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee denies the request from President Obama to provide TSA with $76 million to buy 275 more scanners.
Fox News reveals: The residents of the Chiricahua-Peloncillo drug and human smuggling corridor that runs from the Mexican border north through eastern Arizona and western New Mexico are circulating a petition to send to the White House in response to President Obama's recent immigration speech.
"It is with great wonderment and sadness that we listened to your May 10 speech on immigration issues.  All of the joking about moats and alligators cut residents of Portal, AZ, to the core as we sheltered with friends or at a Red Cross evacuation site, to survive a terrible fire that still threatens our lives and property, as well as our ecotourism-based economy," the letter reads. 
The Obama Administration sent aid to Mexico to battle a 386 square mile fire but refused to consider the 2.5 million acre fire in Texas a disaster area.
KTRH reported, via Free Republic:
Just last month the U.S. sent two Air force cargo planes to help Mexico battle back wildfires in the northern part of it’s country, fires that burned 386 square miles. It’s a move that West Texas Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-Fort Stockton) thinks is a hypocritical one by the Obama administration as Texas has requested the same sort of federal aid but has been denied it.
CBS reports: How do parents track everything their children are eating in school?  Take a picture of it on a calorie camera.  As Gigi Barnett explains, several schools in Texas already have the federally funded cameras.  Could they make an appearance in Maryland? A camera that takes a snapshot of exactly what students choose as they go through the cafeteria line may be the newest weapon in the fight against childhood obesity.  When lunch is over, the camera takes another picture of what the kids left behind.  The camera then sends the photos to parents[This program costs taxpayers $2 million in San Antonio.]
Multiculturalism, which used to be merely noxious, has become a raging infection which poses as much of a threat to America as the national debt or terrorism — before Osama assumed room temperature.
Recently, a gang of ethnocentric thugs took over a meeting of the governing board of the Tucson, Arizona, Unified School District, chaining themselves to desks, screaming slogans, and chasing board members from the room.
They were enraged by an attempt to make a course that teaches history “from a Mexican-American perspective” optional instead of a substitute for a required course in U.S. history.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  [This link above shows a mother at a Tucson school board meeting reading from an Ethnics Studies school book for grades as low as 3rd. grade.  The book condemns capitalism, calls for revolution, and uses the most profane of words.  It is almost funny that the school board asked the mother to stop saying those words (which she read straight from the book), because it might offend some of those present. If you think you do not need to monitor what is being taught to your public school children, you have another think coming..... Get involved!  Read their books and ask questions!]

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Boyne City Gazette Guest Commentary on Freddie, Fannie and Barney;

Feeding at the trough
  Greedy bankers and Wall St. traders are blamed for being the cause of the current collapse of America’s real estate market and the resulting recession.  An abbreviated, somewhat simplistic, but factual review of the past is helpful.  This time it is not presented by a liberal press, Barney Frank, or our President.
 President Carter accused mortgage lenders of racism and “redlining” – urban blacks being denied mortgages simply because of their race.  Congress consequently passed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a progressive law wherein regulators could punish banks who failed to give mortgages to those in distressed neighborhoods.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government- chartered mortgage firms, encouraged banks to make loans to those who would never be able to repay them, saying that a “lack of credit history should not be seen as a negative factor”, encouraging acceptance of welfare payments and unemployment benefits as valid income sources.  Fannie and Freddie then bought those questionable mortgages, then sold them to Wall St., as Franklin Raines of Fannie Mae declared them to be “no risk”.  While Raines was CEO of Fannie he overstated earnings by $10.6 billion, while taking $90 million in salary.
 Both President Clinton and President George Bush enabled Freddie and Fannie, and then President Bush asked for their tighter regulation during the time that Senator Barney Frank (D) had jurisdiction over the two entities. Treasury Secretary John Snow proposed placing the companies under Treasury oversight with strict controls over risk and capital reserves, eliminating the power of the President to appoint directors to the companies.  Frank repeatedly declared that “the two companies were not facing any financial crisis – that the Bush Administration was more concerned about financial safety than about housing”.  He added that “The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”
  Community organizers forced these subprime mortgages by protesting at banks, by camping at bank owners’ homes, and by filing racism lawsuits. Leftist groups including ACORN intimidated banks to pay them up to $9.5 billion dollars for “services rendered” in the prevention of costly lawsuits. Our great divider and former ACORN organizer and ACORN attorney Barack Obama recently told CEOs of the world’s most powerful financial institutions, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”  In this context “pitchforks” mean the threats, intimidation and coercion of the President, ACORN and union activists such as those deployed to Wisconsin, and the condemnation of an adoring media.   An angry mob has forever been the tool for bringing “fundamental change” to any society; a vehicle for manipulating crowds; a method canceling out the rule of law; and a way to bring a society to its knees, making it ripe for more government control. 
  The price is now being paid by us all.  Some, who should never have qualified to have a mortgage in the first place, lost their homes, causing too many homes to be on the market, creating a drop in home values.  Government intervention into the real estate market helped cause the financial collapse of our country.  In our private lives we know that if and when we outspend our incomes, buy what we cannot afford, and pretend to be something we are not, the day will come when we will suffer the consequences.
So now Barney Frank, who allowed this to happen in an effort to “be fair”, is laying the blame for our financial collapse on President George Bush, who in his view showed a “lack of regulation.”  Our government has now taken control of Freddie and Fannie, costing taxpayers many billions.  To this day, Frank opposes limits on the amount of money they can risk on mortgage-backed securities, and he blames the Wall St. meltdown on "bad decisions that were made by people in the private sector," adding that the country is in dire straits today "thanks to a conservative philosophy that says the market knows best".  A market not manipulated by government generally does know best.
  Banks, Fannie and Freddie, and Wall Street were following the mandates of government.  The poor, encouraged by government, took out ill-advised home mortgages. Frank’s outrage is itself an outrage.  
Business Week reveals, with amazing timing: Community activists in St. Louis became concerned a couple of years ago that local banks weren't offering credit to the city's poor and African American residents. So they formed a group called the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance and began writing complaint letters to federal regulators.
Apparently, someone in Washington took notice. The Federal Reserve has cited one of the group's targets, Midwest BankCentre, a small bank that has been operating in St. Louis's predominantly white, middle-class suburbs for over a century, for failing to issue home mortgages or open branches in disadvantaged areas. Although executives at the bank say they don't discriminate, Midwest BankCentre's latest annual report says it is in the process of negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Justice Dept. over its lending practices.
Lawyers and bank consultants say regulators and the Obama Administration are scrutinizing financial institutions for a practice that last drew attention before the rise of subprime lending: redlining.

Viral Email About George Bush; Labor Unions Pulling Back Donations at Federal Level; Phermones and Birth Control Pills; No More Sex Class at Northwestern University; President Bush Struck the Deal with Pakistan; Martin Bashir's Lack of Civility; Lifeguards Making $100,000; ABC News Employs Fact-checking; OSB's Son's View of Obama

USA Today reveals: Feeling under siege in more than a dozen states, some of the nation's largest labor groups are focusing their political activity to challenge state laws that sharply curb union rights or to outs the legislators who crafted them.
That could hurt congressional Democrats who rely heavily on organized labor for campaign money and get-out-the-vote efforts.  Democrats received 93% of the money union-affiliated political action committees donated to federal candidates.  [$1 million was spent in Ohio to put a measure on the ballot to overturn a new state law curbing collective-bargaining rights.  The SEIU is not retreating from federal candidates, saying it will spend $2.2 million to start new outside groups which will tap unlimited donations.]
Wall Street Journal Online reports: Much of the attraction between the sexes is chemistry. New studies suggest that when women use hormonal contraceptives, such as birth-control pills, it disrupts some of these chemical signals, affecting their attractiveness to men and women's own preferences for romantic partners.
Taking the pill or another type of hormonal contraceptive upends this natural dynamic, making less-masculine men seem more attractive, according to a small but growing body of evidence. The findings have led researchers to wonder about the implications for partner choice, relationship quality and even the health of the children produced by these partnerships.
[New Media strikes again!]  Northwestern University students will no longer be able to learn about human sexuality from professor Michael Bailey.
The university has ended the popular Human Sexuality course that, for the past, 20 years has entertained and informed students because of a February demonstration that involved a motorized sex toy penetrating a female guest.

KFIAM radio reminds us: Pakistan: 10 years ago the U.S. and Pakistan agreed that if Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan the U.S could unilaterally act to capture or kill him.  The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials.

Real Clear Politics reveals yet one more Democrat's idea of civility: (Exchange starts near 2:50 mark) Martin Bashir to Fmr. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO): "To follow your logic, would you have then preferred the death of the president as opposed to bin Laden?"

Tancredo responds: "Of course not, my God."
News from Newport Beach: High pay and benefits for lifeguards in Newport Beach is the latest example of frustrating levels of compensation for public employees. More than half the city’s full-time lifeguards are paid a salary of over $100,000 and all but one of them collect more than $100,000 in total compensation including benefits. 
ABC News: The president said “we have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement.  But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goal posts one more time.  They’ll say we need to triple the border patrol.  Or quadruple the border patrol.  They’ll say we need a higher fence to support reform. Maybe they’ll say we need a moat.  Or alligators in the moat.  They’ll never be satisfied.  And I understand that.  That’s politics.”  [When fact-checking the President comes from ABC News, we can have some hope.  Below are the 3 lies the President told.  Go to website to see full explanation.]
1)      “They wanted a fence,” the president said. “Well, that fence is now basically complete.”
The president is referring to the fact that 649 miles of fencing have been completed out of 652 miles of fencing mandated by Congress. (Out of 1,969 miles of border with Mexico.) That is factually correct, [but the border remains porous]..
2)  “The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents – more than twice as many as there were in 2004, a build up that began under President Bush and that we have continued,” the president said.
3)  “We are deporting those who are here illegally.  Now, I know that the increase in deportations has been a source of controversy.  But I want to emphasize: we are not doing this haphazardly; we are focusing our limited resources on violent offenders and people convicted of crimes; not families, not folks who are just looking to scrape together an income.  As a result, we increased the removal of criminals by 70 percent.”
Osama Bin Laden's son complained Tuesday that his father was summarily executed - if he's really dead - and demanded proof from President Obama.
"We are not convinced on the available evidence in the absence of [a] dead body," said Omar Bin Laden, 30, who said he was speaking for his many brothers.
The son, who long ago denounced his father's murderous ways, said Obama was no better than the terrorist.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Judicial Watch Files For OSB Photos; Michelle Invites Rapper Who Sang About Shooting Police and Burning President Bush to Whitehouse for Poetry Evening; Obamacare Being Weighed by Court of Appeals; TSA Agents Violate More Children; Incident in Plane Approaching San Francisco; Obama Still Prosecuting CIA Agents Who Waterboarded; Effects of Obamacare Shown in Massachusetts - Rationing of Care by Delay

Mother Nature leaves her tracks on a beach!

NewsMax writes: Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of  Defense seeking all photographs and/or video recordings of  Osama bin Laden taken during and/or after the U.S. military operation in Pakistan that resulted in bin Laden's death.
The request to the  Defense Department was filed May 3. An identical request  was filed with the CIA.
Daily Caller reveals: First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.
Back in 2003, First Lady Laura Bush held a poetry evening, and she invited several poets to reprise the work of Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. Although none of those poets had urged violence against a president, Bush canceled the event after left-of-center poets protested and threatened to disrupt the event.
Washington Times reports: Last year’s massive health care overhaul is about to face a round of hearings in federal appeals courts, beginning Tuesday when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears competing cases about the law’s constitutionality. The 4th Circuit Court will be the first appeals court to take up challenges to the health care law. Two more appeals are scheduled for hearings, in Michigan on June 1 and in Florida on June 8. Both sides expect the disputes to eventually work their way up to the Supreme Court, which last month turned down a request by Mr. Cuccinelli to divert them from the appeals process and hear them more quickly.
The UK Daily Mail [Why is this being broken by a foreign press?] writes: The TSA has now said it will review its screening policies so as not to waste resources by subjecting children to over-zealous security methods.
The image of the baby being touched down by agents was taken yesterday by fellow passenger Jacob Jester, as proof of what he thought was an 'extreme' measure.
Those who then viewed the picture were shocked at what appears to show a ridiculously over-zealous approach to airport security.
Chris Lopez responded to the photograph: 'What's even more terrible is the the TSA agent is smiling!'
Deb Wilker added; 'Doesn't get much more sickening, appalling, oppressive and unlawful than this... Frightening, disturbing, disgusting,'
Last month, pictures emerged of an eight-year-old boy being full body searched by TSA agents at airport security.
[In another incident:] The video shows a gloved guard feeling all over the child's body, poking her fingers down the child's trousers before running her hands around the waist band.
It continued: 'TSA has been actively reviewing its screening policies and procedures to streamline and improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers.'  [How about white, non-turban wearing passengers?  Or Asian passengers?  Or Hispanic passengers?  To my knowledge these groups all represent people who are NOT conducting terrorist acts. Oh, that's too politically incorrect.  I'd like to see a video of just one Muslim being subjected to these procedures, wouldn't you?  For many years prior to 9/11 it was I who 90% of the time was subjected to extra screening, while those who clearly fit into the groups needing extra screening were left unchecked.  I was told I was being checked not for drugs, but for explosives!]
Again, the UK Daily Mail reports: Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit of a plane approaching San Francisco.
The man was yelling as he brushed past a flight attendant about 10 minutes before American Airlines Flight 1561 from Chicago was due to land on Sunday night, police said.
Rageit Almurisi, 28, carried a Yemen passport but his nationality is not clear, a spokesman said.
The man has no clear or known ties to terrorism and authorities have still not yet established a motive, San Francisco police Sergeant Michael Rodriguez told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Passengers told of how Almurisi was heard to shout 'Allahu Akbar' - or 'God is great'.
Breitbart's Big Hollywood [part of the NEW media] writes: So a lot of people deserve credit for killing bin Laden: President Obama, the Navy SEALS and our military in general, intelligence gatherers, the previous administration, and many other people.
But you also gotta give credit to Debra Burlingame, sister of one of the victims of 9/11, who used her chance to meet President Obama yesterday to gently prod him over the indictments of CIA interrogators.
Remember, CIA Director Leon Panetta admits that the initial info that led to finding bin Laden came, in part, from “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on detainees.
So why then, the prosecution? Well, Debra noted the irony, and asked the Prez to press Erik Holder to end them.  Obama said he wouldn’t.
Anyway, if the Justice Department had half a brain, they’d stop harassing the folks who just upped Obama’s approval rating. And Obama should focus on Holder himself, who seems to harbor bitterness against anyone who works in some capacity protecting our country.
The Wall St. Journal reports: The ObamaCare preview that Massachusetts has been conducting for the last several years grows more ominous by the month, not that anyone in Washington is paying attention. So let's check on the Bay State's latest warning, coming soon to a hospital or medical practice near you.
A new survey released yesterday by the Massachusetts Medical Society reveals that fewer than half of the state's primary care practices are accepting new patients, down from 70% in 2007, before former Governor Mitt Romney's health-care plan came online. The average wait time for a routine checkup with an internist is 48 days. It takes 43 days to secure an appointment with a gastroenterologist for chronic heartburn, up from 36 last year, and 41 days to see an OB/GYN, up from 34 last year.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Another Obama "I" Speech; Freddie and Fannie Woes; The UK Telegraph on Obama and Osama; Obama's Half-Brother Runs Bogus Charity; Ground Zero Union No-Work Jobs Cost $100 Million at Ground Zero Alone; University of Iowa's Response to Republican Student Group Shows Lack of Acceptance and of Decorum; Muslim Terrorists Across Mexico Border; Pakistani Media Named CIA Chief; AZ Seeking Donations for Border Fence; Right-to-Work in New Hampshire and Missouri Possible; Communists March in Los Angeles;

Here are a few excerpts from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night about the killing of Osama bin Laden, as National Review opines:
“Tonight, I can report . . . And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta . . . I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . . I’ve made clear . . . Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear . . . Tonight, I called President Zardari . . . and my team has also spoken. . .These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief . . . Finally, let me say to the families . . . I know that it has, at times, frayed. . . .”
If one wonders why former President Bush did not attend ceremonies with President Obama this week in New York, it might be because of past rhetoric like this about policies Obama once derided and then codified: “I taught constitutional law for ten years at the University of Chicago, so . . . um . . . your next president will actually believe in the Constitution, which you can’t say about your current president.” George Bush did not believe in the U.S. Constitution?
News from the AP regarding Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae: The company said it lost $8.7 billion in the first three months of the year. Those losses led Fannie to request more than three times the federal aid it sought in the previous quarter. The total cost of rescuing the government-controlled mortgage buyer is nearing $100 billion - the most expensive bailout of a single company.
Combined with the bailout of sibling company Freddie Mac, the government expects their rescue to cost taxpayers about $259 billion.
The UK Telegraph opines: When Leon Panetta, the CIA director, stated candidly in February that Osama bin Laden would be transferred to Guantanamo if he were captured, there was a sharp intake of breath at the White House.
Under Mr Obama, drone strikes in Pakistan have increased dramatically, resulting in dead suspects, civilian casualties and fewer prisoners to interrogate.
Terrorists who would have been captured under Mr Bush so that every last morsel of information could be wrung out of them have been sent straight to their maker under Mr Obama.
It is against this backdrop that Osama bin Laden’s death should be viewed. Although the Obama administration has squirmed and wriggled when dealing with the issue, it is clear that the US Navy SEALs were sent on a “kill mission”.

It is a supreme irony that Mr Bush was vilified around the world as a war criminal and condemned for his bellicose rhetoric. But it is Mr Obama, armed with a silky tongue, a Nobel Peace Prize and an education in hardball Chicago politics, who took the Wild West adage a stage further. He decided that he wanted bin Laden “dead or dead”. Toby Harnden is the Daily Telegraph's US Editor, based in Washington.  Toby Harnden’s American Way column is published in the Sunday Telegraph each week.
The UK Telegraph opines: But the brilliance of the military operation, carried out on the foundations of a painstakingly constructed war on terror built by President Bush and largely continued by his successor, has been a rare moment of success for a presidency that remains in deep trouble with the American electorate. And the bungling by the White House of the aftermath of bin Laden’s killing, including confusion over the release of photographs and the muddled delivery of conflicting accounts of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound, has served as a stark reminder of an administration that has all too often looked inept and poorly managed. For this is a presidency that remains in an overall state of decline, overwhelmingly distrusted on the key issues that will ultimately decide the presidential election in 2012, while still clinging to the big government policies massively rejected by American voters in the mid-term elections last November.
The New York Post reveals: President Obama's half-brother runs an off-the-books American charity that claims to support poor Kenyans -- but it lies about its federal status and no one knows how it spends its money.
The group, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, was named after the president's father and founded by his sibling Abon'go Malik "Roy" Obama, a 53-year-old polygamist who recently made headlines by adding a third wife -- who's still in her teens.
Rutherford said the Obamas' relatives are the only Muslims in a village of 4,000 Christians and that Malik has a private mosque on his property.
Malik started his charity the year his brother ran for president.
The foundation claims to be a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit. It is not.
The New York Daily News reveals: No-work jobs in a mob-linked union could add nearly $100 million to the public cost of rebuilding Ground Zero, a new report charges.
The Real Estate Board of New York, a major developers' group, says antiquated rules let a cadre of crane and heavy equipment workers pocket six-figure paychecks for little more than showing up.
In the next three years the no-work jobs, controlled by Locals 14 and 15 of the Operating Engineers, could add $96.2 million to the cost of World Trade Center projects, the REBNY says.
On one day in mid-March, for example, contractors said 56 of 204 Local 14 and Local 15 employees on site held no-work jobs.
With a $135,000 base salary, a master mechanic can make a staggering $405,000 a year with overtime that's guaranteed by six-day, 12- to 16-hour-a-day schedules. Welfare benefits, insurance and other costs hike the annual bill to $700,000 for that one mechanic.
It's a ridiculous requirement, REBNY says, because the manufacturer or crane owner does the repairs, not the contractor's master mechanics.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: "Whatever happened to healthy political debate? Things are getting nasty at the usually mild-mannered University of Iowa. Tonight, the college Republicans are not very happy. They received an e-mail from one of the school's professors telling them to back off. OK, it wasn't exactly "back off." The professor used the F-word to the students."
Monday, the university of Iowa college Republicans sent out an e-mail to the entire student body faculty and staff about our coming out week we were having. That afternoon we received an e-mail from Professor Lewin that wasn't too nice.  Student GINTY: All it was, was "F-you Republicans."
A terrorist organization whose home base is in the Middle East has established another home base across the border in Mexico.
"They are recognized by many experts as the 'A' team of Muslim terrorist organizations," a former U.S. intelligence agent told 10News.The former agent, referring to Shi'a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, added, "They certainly have had successes in big-ticket bombings."  
However, the group is now active much closer to San Diego."We are looking at 15 or 20 years that Hezbollah has been setting up shop in Mexico," the agent told 10News.
The Wall St. Journal writes: Pakistani media aired the name of a man they said is the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief, prompting questions about whether the Pakistani government tried to out a CIA operative in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The U.S. is looking into the matter. There are no plans at this time to withdraw the station chief. If the government had attempted to publicize the name, that would be the second such outing in the past six months, a sign of how deeply U.S.-Pakistan relations have soured.

The UK Daily Mail reports: Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not.
They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year.
Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.
The Wall St. Journal writes: Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Missouri are advancing so-called right-to-work bills that would allow private-sector workers to opt out of joining unions, the latest such efforts to curb labor unions in the legislative season that in many states is now entering the home stretch.
The measures, if successful, would mark the first expansion in a decade of right-to-work laws, which are on the books in 22 states.
Lawmakers in New Hampshire, where Republicans took control of both chambers last fall, passed a right-to-work measure last week. Its success will hinge on whether the state House of Representatives has enough votes to override a promised veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch. If the bill passes, New Hampshire would become the first right-to-work state in the Northeast, historically a union stronghold.
A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.
Southern California citizen journalist and photographer “Ringo” was on hand to record the day’s events, and posted a full-length photo essay on his site Ringo’s Pictures. To bring this important photo essay to a wider audience, I present here a small selection of Ringo’s May Day pictures; visit his site to see dozens more.  photos from the rally.