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The OFL?

First it was insurance companies, then banks, then car companies. Is the National Football League now in danger of becoming the OFL, the Obama Football League?:

The plot thickens on the media’s character-lynching of Rush Limbaugh. Of the four stories run on ESPN.com about Limbaugh’s bid for the Rams (October 6, October 12, October 15, and another October 15) none of them mention that NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team.

Joseph Ashby at The American Thinker also points to the media’s efforts to hide any connection DeMaurice Smith has with Eric Holder and Barack Obama. He finishes with this alarming bit:

Historically politicians have been prone to vindictive and petty behavior, but never in American history has someone had so much power to pummel his political opponents as President Obama With control over banks, insurance companies, car companies, media (sports media included) and unions (like the NFL players union), Obama tentacles seem to penetrate into nearly every corner of the nation.

UPDATE: Fake Wikipedia Limbaugh smear quotes traced to left-wing New York law firm. User also made changes to Wikipedia entries of a variety of other conservatives.

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And Then There Were Three

The race for Chapel Hill mayor is proving very interesting. First there was the News & Observer story that characterized the race as a pro-business challenge to the town’s entrenched liberal establishment. Today comes the report that Kevin Wolff has dropped out of the race. This will be worth watching on election night. Even though Chapel Hill is one of the most liberal communities in the state, the challenge to the liberal status quo is a good tap on the shoulder to town officials who believe government should be involved in virtually every aspect of citizens’ lives. They’ve had little or no challenge to those policies for years.

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More Powerful Than We Realize

Local elections are ignored by the majority of citizens, despite the fact that mayors, council members, and school board members have huge amounts of power that affects our families, our lifestyle, and our wallets. That’s why the Locke Foundation scrutinizes the activities and policies of local elected bodies.

The underlying question to consider is this: Just what issues and areas of life should local officials be involved in? And even more important: Just what issues and areas of life should local officials stay out of? To help us all think about these questions, JLF’s Michael Sanera has produced a concise checklist. You’ll find an extended Q&A with Sanera here. But you can get a flavor in this interview:

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