Union Leader Beats Nikki Haley Effigy With a Baseball Bat

May 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm (AFL-CIO, Donna DeWitt, Effigy, Nancy Pelosi, New Tone, Nikki Haley, Pinata, Sarah Palin, Sikh Jesus, South Carolina, Union)

When Sarah Palin was being blamed for the Gabby Giffords shooting by liberals citing her targeted election maps, there was a renewed call for civil discourse in our country.

Targets you see, incite violence.

The incident prompted President Obama to deliver a speech which had been described as “calm amid the toxic rhetoric”.

There were calls for a “new tone” in politics.

This must have been what he had in mind…

Donna DeWitt, head of the South Carolina chapter of the AFL-CIO, repeatedly blasting an effigy of Governor Nikki Haley with a baseball bat, while union thugs are heard in the background screaming for her to “hit it again”, “wait ’til her face comes around and whack her”, and commenting on how Haley “is a tough old bitch”.

The video has been downloaded and posted below, since the national office of the AFL-CIO is trying to have it removed.

Via the Columbia Free Times:

A video posted online that shows a former union leader in South Carolina smashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley has riled the national office of the AFL-CIO, which wants it taken down.

“Do you think we can get this video pulled,” asked a national AFL-CIO official in an email to Palmetto State union sources.

The author of the email also worried the video might get “picked up by tea partiers, maybe even Haley herself, to attack labor again.”

The video in question features former AFL-CIO of South Carolina president Donna DeWitt smacking a Haley piñata with a baseball bat at DeWitt’s retirement party over the weekend. 

It is accompanied with text under the video that reads in part, “Gov. Nikki Haley has been vicious to organized labor in South Carolina, saying in her State of the State address that ‘unions are not needed, wanted or welcome.’ After years of being treated like a union thug, Donna Dewitt gets sweet revenge at a reception in her honor.”

You likely won’t see this in the media, so our question is, under what scenarios would this lead to media coverage?  If the woman pictured on the pinata was a democrat, say Nancy Pelosi – maybe.  If the person pictured was an African-American democrat, as opposed to an Indian-American Republican (or a Sikh Jesus as her opponents like to call her) – likely.  If the person pictured was President Obama – definitely.
New tone for me, but not for thee.

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Video – Geithner on the Amount of Money Needed to Cover Future Obligations: "It Would Make You Uncomfortable"

March 22, 2012 at 7:00 am (Borrowing, Debt, Debt Ceiling, Money, South Carolina, Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary, Trey Gowdy, Trillion)

More uncomfortable than we already are with the Obama economy?

Here is an exchange between Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (The following exchange happened over a few minutes of back and forth. This is a condensed version.):

Gowdy: “If this were the last debt ceiling request you could ask for…the final one and you had to make it large enough for all current and future obligations, what would the request need to be?”
Geithner: “That I’d have to get to you in writing, I can’t do it in my head though.”
Gowdy: “How about a round number?”
Geithner: “No idea….
Gowdy: “$20 trillion?”
Geithner: “I just can’t do it in my head.”
Gowdy: “$50 trillion?”
Geithner: “I don’t know”
Gowdy: “A lot? Can we agree it would be a lot?”
Geithner: “It would be a lot. It would make you uncomfortable.”

The exchange begins at the 2:20ish mark…

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BREAKING: Gingrich Wins South Carolina

January 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm (2012 Election, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Presidential Campaign, Republican, Rick Santorum, South Carolina)

Romney has some very real problems now.  If Santorum drops from the race and Newt presumably picks up a majority of his conservative voters, then this is going to be a tough battle.

Mental Recession readers may have predicted it here first, when they said that Romney would not win the nomination.

Don’t forget, the turnaround may have started with a response he had in the Fox News debate for Juan Williams, where he didn’t take the race-bait, he answered honestly, and he didn’t back down from his convictions.  Every time conservatism is explained in a well thought-out, passionate manner, it wins.


Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, capping off a remarkable comeback for his presidential bid that reshapes the trajectory of the battle for the GOP nomination.

Based on early exit polls, NBC News projects Gingrich as the winner of the primary, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will finish second.

UPDATE:  Fox is now calling it for Gingrich as well…

Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects, further scrambling an already volatile primary race that has produced three different winners in three states. 

Fox News projects that Mitt Romney will place second in the Palmetto State. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for third place, and that contest remains too close to call, though Fox News exit polls show Santorum with a slight lead over the Texas congressman.

Santorum’s conservative credentials remain more solid than Newt’s, but if they continue to split votes in further primaries such as Florida, they will continue to give Romney an edge in each state.  My personal belief is that it’s time for Santorum to drop and back Newt.

UPDATE:  Maybe this is what put Newt over the top in South Carolina – working the drive-thru at a Chick-fil-A in Anderson. Nice…

UPDATE:  Looks like the real loser in South Carolina tonight was Marianne Gingrich.  Weasel Zippers reports that “Women went for Gingrich 36% to Romney’s 30%.”  The liberal media, the ones trying to go through the baggage of the Republican candidates while ignoring Obama’s baggage for five years now, forget that their hero, Bill Clinton, already had an ‘open marriage’ in the White House.

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Poll Results – Mitt Romney Will Not Win the GOP Nomination

January 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm (2012 Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Presidential Campaign, South Carolina)

Well, the results are in and we had a pretty good response from readers of the Mental Recession.

We asked – Will Mitt Romney win the GOP nomination?

And mimicking the late surge in South Carolina of Newt Gingrich, there was a late surge of ‘No’ votes for Romney.  The results?

Yes – 40%

No – 52%

Not sure – 8%

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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Breaking: Rick Perry to Drop Out, Endorse Gingrich

January 19, 2012 at 10:25 am (Endrosement, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, South Carolina)

More bad news for Mittens.  Rick Perry, facing a last place finish in South Carolina, is throwing in the towel.  Sources are indicating that he will endorse Newt.

Will it be all for naught when the ex-wife interview comes out on Gingrich?

Politico reports:

Rick Perry is expected to drop out later this morning at an 11 a.m. press conference and endorse Newt Gingrich, two sources confirmed to POLITICO.

The news was first reported by CNN.

It gives the surging Gingrich a huge boost heading into the final debate tonight, and the South Carolina primary on Saturday, in which he’s already closing in on Mitt Romney.

Santorum won Iowa, and Gingrich is surging.

South Carolina is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

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Dear Juan Williams, Even My 10-Year-Old Daughter Understands the Value of Hard Work

January 18, 2012 at 1:38 am (America, Debate, Hard Work, Juan Williams, Newt Gingrich, President Obama, Racism, South Carolina)

I was watching the debate last night with my wife and daughter.  At ten years of age, she does occasionally surprise with her interest in current events.

She sat quietly as bed time approached, with quiet being a rarity at that time of night, and listened as Juan Williams injected race into a question about hard work.

Speaker Gingrich, you recently said, “Black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps.” You also said, “Poor kids lack a strong work ethic,” and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?

We then watched as Newt skillfully responded, defending his stance:

Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history. I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable. 

I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.

Off to bed she went…

The Gingrich response may prove to be a pivotal point in the debate, or it may not.  But it clearly left an indelible mark on my daughter.  The following day she penned a letter to whoever may serve as the next President of the United States.  In it, she wrote:

In Social Studies, we are learning about how the patriots put in the hard work to change America, even in the most difficult of times

My point is, even in the most difficult times in the office always remember, this country was founded upon freedom, liberty, justice, but most of all hard work.  Hard work made America what it is today.  Hard work made America so revolutionary, and if you become President, it’s YOUR responsibility to keep it that way.

Hard work – a universal attribute of Americans.  Not blacks, not whites – Americans.

Do you get it now, Juan?

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Video: Gingrich Still Fighting With Solid Debate Performance

January 17, 2012 at 10:54 am (Debate, GOP, Juan Williams, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, South Carolina)

A Newt Gingrich/Barack Obama debate would be epic, if only for the breadth of defeat that would be handed to the President.  Gingrich showed once again last night why he could wipe the floor with just about any other debate opponent, and why Mitt Romney’s coronation may be a bit premature.

Here are a few shining examples of why Newt if the most intelligent candidate in the room.

In contrast to Ron Paul’s isolationist foreign policy:

“We are in South Carolina. South Carolina in the Revolutionary War had a young 13-year-old named Andrew Jackson. He was sabred by British officers and wore scars his whole life. Andrew Jackson had a pretty clear-cut idea about America’s enemies: Kill them.”

When discussing federal jobless benefits:

“Those who’ve been unemployed for 99 weeks could have put that time to better use,” Mr. Gingrich says. “Ninety-nine weeks is an associate degree.”

In response to his suggestion that poor kids may need to work:

“Only the elites despise earning money.”

And of course this gem of an exchange with Juan Williams, who tried to interject race into a food stamp comment (h/t Yid with Lid):

The real turning point for Gingrich was his exchange with Fox News’ Juan Williams, who seemed to be saying most of the positions of the five candidates were racist in intent (OK he was probably correct with Ron Paul but not the others).

Williams asked Gingrich about his identification of President Obama as the “Food Stamp President” and Newt let him have it:

Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history. I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable. Second, you are the one who earlier raised the key point. There’s an area on I-73 that was called by Barack Obama as an area of shame because of unemployment. Has it improved? No. They haven’t built a road, they haven’t helped the people, they haven’t done anything.

One last thing. So here’s my point. I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.

Standing ovation.  Game.  Set.  But Mitt still leads the match.

Either way, it was a brilliant night for the Gingrich campaign.

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Is There Life Left in Gingrich?

January 12, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Presidential Campaign, Rick Santorum, South Carolina)

A new poll on South Carolina seems to indicate that Newt Gingrich still has a little kick left in his campaign.  Are the multiple Romney attacks having an effect?  Can Newt pull out SC and get back in this thing?

From NewsMax:

The InsiderAdvantage poll of South Carolina likely Republican primary voters shows Newt Gingrich surging, coming within a statistical tie of Mitt Romney.

The poll of 726 registered voters was completed Wednesday night and offered the following results:

Romney — 23 percent
Gingrich — 21 percent
Santorum — 14 percent

Read more on Newsmax.com – Poll: Gingrich Surging in South Carolina 

Perhaps Mitt’s coronation is a bit premature…

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