Thursday, July 26, 2012

When thugs and goons are in charge

Chicago plans to punish private citizens who express political views contrary to the Mayor's, and the Mayor is proud of it. That certainly does sound a lot like the Chicago values the Mayor is trying to protect: Emanuel goes after Chick-fil-A for boss’ anti-gay views 

Note that Chick-fil-A's owner did not discriminate against anyone, or break any laws or rules. Its owner simply had the nerve to express his personal opinions. How dare he!

In related news: Rahm welcomes help from Farrakahn, ignores anti-Semitic remarks 

So, in Chicago it's okay to be an anti-semite and racialist, but don't you dare cross one of the Mayor's key voting blocs.

From March,Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez threatens companies that support the opposition:
“I have a list of private banks that are financing the opposition’s destabilizing plans,” Chavez, 57, said. “It wouldn’t be bad at all to issue a decree and bring those firms under state control. Large national and some international companies that earn more than enough money here.”
Argentina takes control of newsprint business:
Economic liberty intertwined with civil liberty, part 7,914,886: “The paper used to produce newspapers came under government control in Argentina on Thursday, in a long-sought victory for President Cristina Fernandez in her dispute with the country’s opposition media”...
Dictator Juan Peron used similar methods to muzzle the press, while in Mexico for decades governments of the ruling PRI closely controlled newsprint allocation, a power they were not hesitant to use to bring excessively independent publishers to heel.