For all of their mutual public admiration, Presidents Clinton and Obama react differently to political trouble. Bill moved to the middle, while Barack always moves left. So it’s no surprise that Mr. Obama is responding to his ObamaCarerollout slump by doing his best Elizabeth Warren imitation.
Mr. Obama returned to his favorite theme of rising income inequality on Wednesday, which he called “the defining challenge of our time.” He ought to know since few Presidents have done more to increase inequality than he has. Median household income has fallen since the economic recovery began, while the rich who own capital assets have done very well thanks to the Federal Reserve’s focus on reflating stock and home prices. Mr. Obama is the Chief Economist of Nottingham posing as Robin Hood.
Editorial board member Steve Moore on why Congress shouldn’t hike the federal minimum wage to $10.00 from $7.25.
The President’s political purpose here is what the pros call rallying your base. Many Democrats are as dismayed as Republicans at ObamaCare’s rollout, so the White House wants to change the subject and give MSNBC viewers something else to debate. Mr. Obama didn’t have much new to offer that would help the economy or the middle class, so instead he’s decided to escalate that hardy liberal perennial, the minimum wage.
BREAKING: Al Shabab Lawyers File Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against California Dem Rep George MillerPosted: October 11, 2013
MOGADISHU – file – Public relations representatives of Somali’s al-Shabab jihadist movement announced today that George Miller (D) violated their trademark and used their image improperly by accusing Congressional Republicans of “waging Jihad” against the American People.
“He said it on the floor of Congress.” said one operative, “He used the term jihad, which we registered for the exclusive use of authentic, legitimate jihadist terror campaign operatives, and the various partnerships that share licensing fees. Miller is not among them.”
“We saw it on YouTube. I contacted our attorney immediately.” said one of the group “I sent emails to other jihadist groups, too”.
A senior member of al-Shabab’s legal advisory group arrived in Washington D.C. this morning. Speaking through an interpreter, he told the press:
“George Miller, and some of his colleagues, have received warnings before. Unless he goes through the proper channels, and licenses the use of our exclusive jihadist trademark, through our Mogadishu office, he’s in violation. This goes for any public figure improperly using our brand”.
Speaking on behalf of the group’s Public Relations division on location in Mogadishu, al-Shabab’s acting regional attourney added, “We take this very seriously, it’s my client’s registered trademark, and we’ve successfully protected it in the courts before”.
When reached for comment, legal counsel for Rep. George Miller–who asked that his name not be used in this report, for fear that his family would be in grave danger–dismissed the suit as frivolous, questioning al-Shabab’s trademark claims, and expressing confidence that his client would prevail.
“George was speaking metaphorically. His fellow lawmakers knew that, and the American people know it. Al-shabab’s public relations groups file lawsuits like this all the time. Why? Because funding for jihadist groups has extended to using legal victories to bankroll their terror activities”.
Al-shabab’s legal team disagreed. “We’ll see Rep George Miller in court. If he wants to settle out of court, we’ll expect to see what his attorney has to say, through intermediaries.”
Representative George Miller could not be reached for comment.
Democrat Rep. George Miller thinks GOP is Waging ‘Jihad’ Against American People
I wonder how actual Jihadists feel about this? They’re probably quite offended by Miller’s blasphemous use of their exclusive term. Which–contrary to Miller’s ignorant wisecrack–has a very real, deadly serious meaning. When offended–unlike your average annoying Republican member of Congress–Jihadists tend to have no problem using tactics like mass murder, kidnappings, chest-stabbings, assassinations, beheadings, and, you know, dancing in the blood of their victims, including dead women and children. These things are historically not uncommon. And in recent history, increasingly common. Especially against innocent Christians. And fellow Muslims, too.
At the very least, real Jihadists might consider legal action. Assuming they decline to impose a Fatwa calling for the torture and murder of Rep. George Miller and every member of his family. Which is a perfectly normal Jihadist reaction to feeling offended by rhetoric-spouting infidels, regardless of national origin, political ideology, or party affiliation.
A Jihadist trademark infringement lawsuit against Rep. George Miller might inspire George to think twice about his reckless, inflammatory rhetoric. Terrorists and Jihadists have lawyers, too. And they’ve proven themselves to be very effective at promoting their trade craft, as well as improving and perfecting their violent methods of enforcing obedience.
But–according to Miller–a disagreeable political opponent is no different than a terror-trained chest-stabbing homicide-bombing child-raping woman-torturing bloodthirsty Jihadist mass murderer. Stay classy, Miller. I imagine the voters of California are proud to have patriots like Rep. George Miller on the payroll.