Saturday, 17 August 2013

Fwd: The 25 Stupidest Liberal Quotes Of The Last Decade







August 17, 2013

The 25 Stupidest Liberal Quotes Of The Last Decade

John Hawkins

8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM - John Hawkins

25) Seniors love getting junk mail. It's sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they're part of the real world. -- Harry Reid

24)The number one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S. -- Joe Biden

23) I took a poo in the woods hunched over like an animal. It was awesome. -- Drew Barrymore

22) Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama cannot win, and they are put in place to assure a victory by Mitt Romney… this is the plan of all the insurance companies that are owned by Mormon interests. It is unfolding as the Mormon Church planned over the last fifty years. -- Roseanne Barr

21) I do believe that it's the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7 — building 7, which collapsed in on itself — it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade [Center] 1 and 2 got hit by planes — 7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible. -- Rosie O'Donnell talks Trutherism

20) Isn't it a little racist to call it Black Friday? -- Joy Behar

19) A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform. The bill, titled the "Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law Act," was set to come up for a vote this week, but in the wake of Gabby's shooting, it has been postponed at least until next week. Don't get me wrong — I'm not suggesting that the name of that one piece of legislation somehow led to the horror of this weekend — but is it really necessary to put the word "killing" in the title of a major piece of legislation? -- Chellie Pingree, Congresswoman (D-ME)

18) The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can't be the real boss? -- Lawrence O'Donnell

17) Herman Cain is probably well-liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican Party, conservative movement and tea party movement. People like Karl Rove like to keep the racism very covert and so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so he can say, 'Look: This is not a racist anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look: We have a black man.' And look he's polling well and he won a straw poll. -- Janeane Garofalo

16) If we want to keep our reproductive rights, we must be willing to tell our stories, to be willing and able to say, "I love my life, but I wish my mother had aborted me." -- Lynn Beisner, the Guardian

15) Is there such a thing as a man-made stroke? In other words, did someone do this to (Democratic Senator Tim Johnson)? …I know what this [Republican] party is capable of. -- Joy Behar on The View

14) Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them. -- Mary Frances Berry, former Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights

13) Now, people when I say that look at me and say, 'What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?' The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you. -- Joe Biden

12) Those flowers were picked by illegal immigrants. And they're not voting for you, b*tch. -- Joy Behar after receiving flowers from Sharon Angle

11) During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. -- Al Gore

10) Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs. -- Nancy Pelosi

9) Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today. One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. -- Thomas Friedman

8) I root for hurricanes. When, courtesy of the Weather Channel, I see one forming in the ocean off the coast of Africa, I find myself longing for it to become big and strong–Mother Nature's fist of fury, Gaia's stern rebuke. Considering the havoc mankind has wreaked upon nature with deforesting, stripmining, and the destruction of animal habitat, it only seems fair that nature get some of its own back and teach us that there are forces greater than our own. — James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

7) Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. -- Barack Obama

6) The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied. -- Jeremiah Wright

5) How do we know when someone like Hasan is going to make his move and do we know he's an Islamist until he's made his move? He makes a phone call or whatever, according to Reuters right now. Apparently he tried to contact al-Qaida. Is that the point at which you say, "This guy is dangerous?" That's not a crime to call up al-Qaida, is it? Is it? I mean, where do you stop the guy? -- Chris Matthews

4) The medical term for Down Syndrome is Trisomy-21 or Trisomy-g. It is often shortened in medical slang to Tri-g. Is it not perfectly possible that the very name given to this poor child, being reared by Bristol, is another form of mockery of his condition, along with the "retarded baby" tag? And does the way in which this poor child was hauled around the country on a book tour, being dragged out in front of flash photographs in the middle of the night, barely clothed, suggest someone who actually cares for children with special needs, or rather sees them as a way to keep the spotlight on her? -- Andrew Sullivan

3) I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required. -- Sheryl Crow at the Huffington Post

2) Had a powerful meditation just now — caused an earthquake in Southern California. …Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake. Sorry about that. -- Deepak Chopra thinks his meditation can cause earthquakes

1) My fear is that the whole island (of Guam) will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize. -- Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson

 



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Fwd: I NEVER thought I would see this on a billboard in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!




 

When the defense of liberty becomes a crime, tyranny is already in force. At that point, failure to defend liberty makes slavery a certainty.

 

Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 3:15 PM

Subject: Billboard

 

Gordon,

 

I was just driving by the main gate of Hunter AAB which is the home of the "Tip of the Spear," the First Ranger Battalion. They are billeted there so they can have access to a rapid deployment air base.  I saw a digital billboard across the street from the main gate.  It made me proud of my brothers and sisters at arms.  The only difference between the digital billboard at Hunter AAB and the one in the picture is that the one at Hunter had /Army instead of /Marines.

 

Pass it on.

 

David

 

 

 

 

 



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Fwd: It's Official. Barack Obama's Black Skin Privilege Makes Him Above Criticism.




 

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Assclown Update-It's Official. Barack Obama's Black Skin Privilege Makes Him Above Criticism.

 

The more observant among you may have noticed a disturbing trend in the Age of Obama; specifically, this administration behaves in ways that would make a typical banana republic dictator blush, deciding to enforce certain laws or not others, unilaterally suspending, postponing or granting waivers against enforcement of duly-enacted legislation, including his signature legacy item, Obamacare, or parts of it, and using every trick in the book to do an end run around the Constitution. Last May, when the White House mouthpiece of the week, Dan Pfeiffer appeared on a Sunday show, he said it all. "The law is irrelevant." All of this blatant unrepentant lawlessness is unprecedented, dare I say, "historic." Those of you desperately asking why no one is standing up to this gangsta government need look no further than the furor surrounding the ridiculous episode involving a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair who dared to mock His Highness, Barack Hussein Obama.

The overused phrase "over the top" does not begin to describe hysteria inspired by the routine mocking of the President of the United States by a clown. Repeating--this guy's official job title is "clown," and yet his donning of an Obama mask has resulted in mandatory sensitivity training for rodeo clowns in Missouri, the resignation of president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association and the announcer at the event, and a life long ban for the clown who put on the mask. Seriously?  "Sensitivity training for clowns." Let that sink in.

The Missouri NAACP is demanding that another race baiter, Attorney General Eric Holder's (In)Justice Department and the Secret Service launch an investigation. This is the same bunch that had no problem no problem with a black man being beaten up at a Tea Party rally by union thugs because their victim was an "Uncle Tom."

I know that all of you are exasperated, ready to scream "Since when did it become a firing offense to criticize or mock the President of the United States? Where were these people when writers were penning screenplays about the assassination of President George W. Bush? Where was the outrage when HBO's "Game of Thrones" featured the head of President George W. Bush on a pike?" Both President Bush and President LIncoln were compared to apes, monkeys and chimps, and there is no record of anyone being required to attend sensitivity training as a result. In fact, as the Washington Times story notes, in 1994, another rodeo clown did a very similar act featuring President George H.W. Bush. The answer to the since when question is "Since we decided to buy into the Left's Critical Race Theory, which says racist Amerika is forever unredeemable."

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, on August 28, it's worth noting several very disturbing facts highlighted by this ludicrous non-event; first, that for all the lip service that race hustlers like Al Sharpton pay to Dr. King's noble call to judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, the reality is that a color-blind society is the last thing that they want. In fact, it's their worst nightmare. Imagine how the CEO of McDonald's would react to a nationwide, Nanny Bloomberg style ban on not only large soft drinks, but also Supersize Meals, and you can get a rough idea how the Al Shaprtons, Jesse Jackson's and down-the-food chain charlatans would react if their stock in trade, America's pervasive and unredeemed racism, were considered so last century, which of course it is. For them, and sadly for the millions who drink their Kool-Aid, it is, and always, will be 1963. At at time when we have a President who identifies himself as "black," a black Attorney General, and the end of legalized segregation, of course, it's so ridiculous that it's laughable. Yet, many continue to play along, with the enthusiastic encouragement of that same President and Attorney General.

Second, Former democrat Vice Presidential candidate, the late Geraldine Ferraro was right in 2008 when she said "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position." It's undeniable. But for his race, this narcissistic, thin-skinned empty suit with a history of admitted drug use, and extremely radical leftist views would still be on a Chicago street corner with a clipboard and bullhorn trying to stir up resentment and a sense of entitlement among poor, black people.

Third, and most troubling, we have reached a very dangerous point in this country, where it is no longer acceptable to criticize the President of the United States. I wonder if, back in the early 1990's at Harvard, when he was defending the clown who came up with the theoretical underpinning for the current "blacks can't be racist, but whites always are" meme, Derrick Bell, Barack Obama knew that one day he would be its ultimate beneficiary.

Barack Obama is indeed historic, but not in a good way. Face it, Kids. We may as well have Al Sharpton in the White House.

 

 



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Fwd: NAACP Wants Civil War Portrait Removed From Government Building






NAACP Wants Civil War Portrait Removed From Government Building

Posted 12 hours ago by Chris Graham filed under History, Racism

 

Don't ever doubt that liberal policies are largely based on feelings. It's why liberals have so mastered inspirational political campaign ads. It's also what inhibits their ability to be reasonable. Being reasonable requires rationality, objectivity. Emotions are important in life, but they do hinder rational thought.

One recent example can be found down in Lee County, Florida, where hanging in the commission chambers is a portrait of the County's namesake, General Robert E. Lee.

Not caring for history and the fact that, you know, Lee was an actual person, the liberals at the Lee County branch of the NAACP are now picketing Lee County. I'm not sure how you picket an entire county, but there it is.

The "picket" is being led by the president of the Lee County NAACP, a man with the all-American name James Muwakkil. His demand is for the Lee County commissioners to remove the portrait from the building. After voting on the matter, however, the commissioners decided to keep it up.

"It's a symbol of racism and division," said Muwakkil.

No, it's a portrait of a man.

"General Lee did not believe blacks should hold any positions in government," said Muwakkil.

So? Abraham Lincoln thought of blacks as truly lesser than whites and his ideal scenario was to have all blacks deported back to Africa. I doubt he wanted blacks to serve in any positions of government either. But these are opinions. You, Muwakkil, disagree with them. That's fine, but move on. It's not as if blacks don't serve in the government, so what does it matter what Lee's opinions on the matter were?

Breitbart News reports that Muwakkil is "brainstorming with the state NAACP President ways to move forward, which could include a sit-in at the chambers, picketing and protesting."

Don't these people have anything better to do? They're supposed to be for the "Advancement of Colored People," not for the denigration of whites or the erasure of history. I mean, I know this Obameconomy is rough, but at least try to find jobs, will you? You would think that the hot sun of Africa would have toughened these people's skins, but they cry over the smallest perceived slights!

Who knows; maybe Muwakkil and others in the NAACP still have in their blood some of West Africa's superstitious Voodoo beliefs. Maybe they think that as long as any likenesses exist of Robert E. Lee, Lee's spirit still lives on and poses a threat to their rights and liberties.

If that is what they believe, why has nobody taken advantage of it and recorded a hilarious hidden-camera prank on them for YouTube? Come on, people, we're supposed to be capitalists! Capitalize!



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Fwd: Was Barack Obama Ever a 'Constitutional Law Professor'?






http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0813/ting.php3

 

August 15, 2013/ 9 Elul, 5773

Was Barack Obama Ever a 'Constitutional Law Professor'?

By Jan Ting

Matt Damon is only the latest among many current or former supporters of President Obama who has referred to him as a "constitutional law professor." But is that accurate? As a law professor myself, at least marginally tuned in to the gradations and sensitivities regarding academic titles, I've wondered how the President's teaching experience at the University of Chicago Law School should most accurately be described.

Who is a law professor? Certainly faculty members with tenure, and those on "tenure track" working towards tenure, are among those formally designated with the ranks of assistant, associate, or full professor. But they are not the only designated professors at a law school. Non-tenure track teachers can also be designated as professors, as are visiting professors on temporary assignment. Depending on faculty rules, such full-time professors usually receive voting rights at faculty meetings where law school policies are debated and set.

And professors may not be the only persons who vote at faculty meetings. Full-time instructors and full-time administrators who also teach may also have voting rights at faculty meetings, even if not formally designated as professors.

Law schools are not exempt from the current trend in academia of relying increasingly on part-time instructors to both bring their particular real-world experiences to the classroom, and to afford the administrators flexibility in adapting the curriculum to changing interests and needs. Such part-time instructors are commonly referred to as "lecturers" or "adjuncts", but sometimes receive the title of "adjunct professor". Part-time instructors usually do not vote at (or even attend) law school faculty meetings.

 

The University of Chicago Law School's official, carefully worded press release on Barack Obama says this: "From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined."

The statements that "Senior Lecturers are... regarded as professors" and that "Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer" together imply that Lecturers are not regarded as professors or as members of the Law School faculty. And yet the press release says that President Obama was a professor at the law school for both his four years as a Lecturer and his eight subsequent years as a Senior Lecturer. The meaning of the terms "regarded as" and "considered to be" are not explained.

That said, in the absence of any dissenting voices emanating from the University of Chicago Law School, there seems no reason to question the Law School's statement that Barack Obama was a professor at the law school. Every academic institution can designate who is and is not a professor at that institution. No rule says they can't do so retroactively, after the fact, much as many law schools retroactively converted previously earned LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) degrees into J.D. (Doctor of Law) degrees.

And law professors don't have formal subspecialties. So any law professor who ever taught constitutional law can properly be called "a constitutional law professor."

There's also no reason to question the statement that "Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined." Any law school in the United States would have happily offered a former president of the Harvard Law Review a full-time tenure-track position. While tenure-track positions at American law schools have become harder to get in recent years, they are still more common than former presidents of the Harvard Law Review seeking teaching positions.

 



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Fwd: [New post] Lawless Regime: Feds Give Housing Grant to ACORN Affiliate Despite Federal Ban





Sard posted: " It appears the Obama regime pretty much does whatever the hell they feel like doing. Via Washington Examiner (hat tip: Weasel Zippers): A spinoff of the scandal-ridden community organizer group ACORN received more than $200,000 in federal housing grant"

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Lawless Regime: Feds Give Housing Grant to ACORN Affiliate Despite Federal Ban

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It appears the Obama regime pretty much does whatever the hell they feel like doing. Via Washington Examiner (hat tip: Weasel Zippers): A spinoff of the scandal-ridden community organizer group ACORN received more than $200,000 in federal housing grants despite a ban on money going to ACORN affiliates, watchdog organization Judicial Watch announced Thursday. ACORN, […]

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Fwd: [New post] Redneck home decorating





joandarc posted: "I don't get this. Do you? Yuck! This is disgusting! Surprisingly elegant! And now, Eowyn's favorite: ~Joan & Eowyn"
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Redneck home decorating

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125I don't get this. Do you?

3467 Yuck! This is disgusting!Yuck! This is disgusting!

91011121314Surprisingly elegant!Surprisingly elegant!

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Fwd: [TUP] Chicken McNuggests anyone..Forensic view

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Fwd: [New post] Incredible Footage of a Perseid Meteor Exploding





Sard posted: "LiveLeak Perseid meteor explosion creates an debris ring which scatters over a 20 minute time lapse period. Extremely rare event, let alone captured on camera. Video by Michael K. Chung "

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LiveLeak Perseid meteor explosion creates an debris ring which scatters over a 20 minute time lapse period. Extremely rare event, let alone captured on camera. Video by Michael K. Chung

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Fwd: Why the Justice Department blocked the American-US Airways merger




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Why the Justice Department blocked the American-US Airways merger

By Steven Pearlstein, Published: August 15 at 11:46 am

 

Here's what antitrust enforcers were focused on. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

For the last decade, the government has given the green light to a series of airline mergers for one basic reason:  the industry had fallen into a pattern of ruinous competition.  So many airlines were competing for passengers and market share that none of the old-line carriers could make any money. The only realistic choice for such "legacy" carriers was either to merge or go through another bankruptcy reorganization.

This week, in moving to block what was thought to be the final merger among the old-line carriers, between American and US Airways, the Justice Department argued that the era of ruinous airline competition had ended—and with it, the public's tolerance for further industry consolidation.

Make no mistake—ruinous competition was as good for consumers as it was bad for airline shareholders, creditors and employees, as anybody who ever snagged a round-trip, cross-country plane ticket for $200 can attest. But by 2009, there were signs that the industry had begun to stabilize. Fares and fees started to rise, the number of flights—the industry capacity—started to fall.  Most of the legacy carriers had managed to cut their labor costs to the point that they were roughly equivalent to those of the "low cost" carriers such as Southwest and Jet Blue. A rare period of industry profitability ensued.

For American and US Airways, the challenge now will be to convince a federal judge in Washington that, without their merger, the industry as a whole—and American and US Airways in particular—will be back in the soup the next time the economy turns down again or fuel prices spike.  Without that, the court will have no choice but to rule in favor of the government, which in its 56-page suit presents strong evidence that a consolidation has already created an airline oligopoly that allows major competitors to routinely collude on pricing and policies.

One pillar of the government's case concerns US Airways' current Advantage Fare program, in which it has defected from the industry practice and prices one-stop trips at a 40 percent discount from the non-stop flights offered by competitors. In a truly competitive market, of course, all carriers would do that, reflecting the significant value passengers assign to non-stop service.  But the other airlines have a tacit agreement not to "undercut" each other's non-stop fares. US Airways has refused to play along.  The government cites e-mails and analyses from American and US Airways executives suggesting Advantage Fares will go the way of free baggage check once the merger is complete.

The government suit also shines a spotlight on another cute industry practice that goes by the name of "cross-market initiative."  An example:  Back in 2009, US Airways lowered fares and relaxed restrictions on flights from Detroit, then a Delta/Northwest stronghold, to Philadelphia. Delta responded by lowering its fares on US Airways' lucrative Boston-Washington route. US Airways' pricing team got the message loud and clear and concluded it had far more to lose by going ahead with the Philly-Detroit move and walked it back.

Among the more embarrassing documents unearthed by the government was a string of e-mails among US Airways executives from 2010 complaining about a new "triple miles" promotion launched by Delta as it sought to move into new markets and bring some mothballed planes back into service. US Airways chief executive Douglas Parker complains that the aggressive move would hurt the profits not just at Delta but at all the other airlines that would be forced to match it. Then he suggests bringing pressure on Delta by contacting industry analysts to have them criticize the move.  To reinforce the point, Parker even sent the e-mail string to Delta's chief executive, who quickly remonstrated Parker for his ham-handed attempt at price fixing and forwarded the whole thing to his general counsel.

From their internal memos, it is clear US Airways executives saw the merger as the best way to stop American from expanding its service after emerging from bankruptcy reorganization.  Rather than add capacity, their plan, according to documents cited by the government, is to cut capacity in the merged airline by 10 percent, just as other airlines had done following their mergers.  It was no doubt the prospect of such cuts—and the fare increases that would follow—that prompted the attorneys general of Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas to join in seeking to block the merger.

US Airways also figured the merger would generate $280 million in additional annual revenue from "fee harmonization," meaning that American customers would now be subjected to US Airways' higher baggage fees and $40 "redemption" fee every time they went to use their frequent flier miles.  In recounting all this, Justice Department lawyers took delight in quoting an e-mail from a senior US Airways executive bellyaching about the "exorbitant" fee that the New York Stock Exchange would charge the company to change its stock symbol after the merger.

The government calculates that one-quarter of the consumer harm from this merger would be felt by passengers in the Washington region that use Reagan National Airport, where US Airways and American now hold 69 percent of the limited number of takeoff and landing slots. The government calculates that, post-merger, there would be only 21 non-stop routes out of National where there would be any competition.  The impact of the merger at National would be so dramatic that even Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's pro-business attorney general, felt compelled to join the Obama Justice Department in its suit.

Like many observers, I expected that the companies would have offered to surrender or sell all of American's slots at National to win government approval of the merger (at the going rate of $2 million a pop)—and that the government would insist that they be sold to airlines such as JetBlue, whose recent entry into the Washington-Boston market forced a US Airways to accept a $700 reduction in the last-minute fare. But, curiously, the companies never offered a National fix and Bill Baer, head of the antitrust division, never asked for one, concluding the merger had too many other problems.

In his court filing and subsequent comments , Baer effectively conceded that the government had made a mistake in approving the earlier mergers, which had made it easier for the legacy carriers to carve up the market and collude on reducing capacity and raising prices.  And while it may seem unfair that American and US Airways be punished for being the last two legacy carriers to merge, Baer is quick to point out that there has long been a "last mover disadvantage" in merger law, where the focus is on fairness to consumers, not producers.

The Justice Department's decision to go to court to block further consolidation of the airline industry, along similar tough stances against Budweiser's hookup with Corona and AT&T's purchase of T-Mobil, signal a new era in antitrust enforcement.  It's no longer enough for companies and their lawyers merely to show that their mergers will result in cost savings and economy-enhancing efficiencies, under a presumption that a competitive marketplace will pass the benefits on to consumers.  Given the level of consolidation that has already been allowed in most markets, companies are now on notice that they now have the burden of proving that post-merger efficiencies are likely to translate into lower prices, more choice and better service.

 



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