Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Forty-nine Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin and Indiana have fled over bills cutting unions' collective bargaining powers — a strategy to block austerity-driven budget proposals by Republicans.
Dem wants Union to get bloody, was all for “civility” a month ago. Say whatever works at the moment.
REP. MICHAEL CAPUANO (D-MA) CALLS FOR LABOR PROTESTS TO “GET A LITTLE BLOODY,” and James Taranto comments:
It will not surprise you to learn that Capuano is another “civility” hypocrite. On Jan. 9, the day after a madman in Tucson, Ariz., got a little bloody, the Globe quoted him: “What the hell is going on? There’s always some degree of tension in politics; everybody knows the last couple of years there’s been an intentional increase in the degree of heat in political discourse. . . . If nothing else good comes out of this, I’m hoping it causes people to reconsider how they deal with things.”
Not so much, apparently. Plus this:
Capuano’s rhetoric at yesterday’s rally was not just violent but authoritarian. He urged government employees to “get a little bloody”–to commit violent acts against citizens, as if this were Libya. As we noted yesterday, public sector “collective bargaining,” in which public officials “negotiate” with the unions that helped elect them, is essentially a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. Capuano, it seems, would like to escalate that to armed robbery.
From the socialist Moslem in Congress. Winners don’t have to negotiate. Obama did not negotiate to pass OCare, the Stimulus, the Bail Out, etc. Elections matters.
Rep. Ellison Calls Gov. Walker ‘Dictator’
Progressive Caucus head: Walker 'basically taking up the posture of a dictator'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has adopted the posture of a dictator by refusing to negotiate on a labor reform, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Wednesday.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the co-chairman of the CPC, said Walker was "is basically taking up the posture of a dictator" in his standoff with state Senate Democrats over legislation limiting most collective bargaining for public employees.
Emperor Diocletian orders the general persecution of Christians in Rome.
Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.
The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna.
The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington's birthday.
An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York.
Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan.
U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Mass innoculation begins as Salk's polio vaccine is given to children for first time.
Born on February 23
George F. Handel, German composer.
Meyer Amschel Rothschild, banker and founder of the Rothschild dynasty in Europe.
Victor Fleming, film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind)
and has asked his Justice Department to stop defending it in court, the administration announced today.
Barred owls are marked for death by Big Environmentalism.
First they came for the loggers, destroying 30,000 jobs and countless lives. Now they're coming for the Barred Owl.
Anyone remember the Great Spotted Owl Controversy? Back in the late 80s and early 90s, it was the first major instance of the environmental movement (with the cooperation of Al Gore and the Clinton administration) using the Endangered Species Act to accomplish their stealth goal — in this case driving productive mankind out of millions of acres of federally owned old-growth forest.
They had to do it no matter the cost, we were told, to save the sacred spotted owl from extinction.
Fast forward 20 years. According to the Oregonian, the spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) wasn't served a copy of the court ruling, and has continued to die off. Turns out the major culprit in its demise was evolution — in the form of the barred owl, a closely related species that is bigger, more omnivorous, and generally all around superior to the spotted owl. Barred owls (Strix varia), also native to North America, seize spotted owl habitat and out-compete the endangered species.
Environmentalists are responding:
They plan to use the barred owl's fierce devotion to its property rights against it. Barred owls attack other owls that invade its territory. So steely eyed, shotgun-toting environmentalists plan to play owl calls over loudspeakers, and when the evil barred owl comes to investigate — pow.
- On Wednesday, the Gadhafi regime ordered two of its pilots to attack the opposition stronghold of Benghazi – part of the Libyan government’s ongoing attempt to bomb activists into submission. But rather than make that attack run, Abdessalam Attiyah al-Abdali and his co-pilot Ali Omar al-Kadhafi bailed. They parachuted out of their Russian-made Sukhoi 22, and let the jet crash about 100 miles west of Benghazi.
It’s the latest example of Libyan officers breaking from their one-time masters in Tripoli. On Tuesday, a Libyan warship arrived in Malta after its crew refused to attack Benghazi. The day before, two more pilots jetted over to Malta, unwilling to fire on fellow Libyans.
But Gadhafi still has enough cronies and mercenaries to continue the attacks. Eyewitnesses in Tripoli tell the Guardian that Navy warships are bombarding the city. Guns-for-hire are roaming the streets at night.
Everyone has priorities. During the past week Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people.
But he did find time to be interviewed by a Wisconsin television station and weigh in on the dispute between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s public employee unions. Walker was staging “an assault on unions,” he said, and added that “public employee unions make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.”
Enormous contributions, yes — to the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign. Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.
Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say.
Providence, R.I. plans to pink slip all teachers
PROVIDENCE — The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.
In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school.
In an e-mail sent to all teachers and School Department staff, Brady said, “We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the dire budget outline for the 2011-2012 school year in which we are projecting a near $40 million deficit for the district,”
Teachers Union Big Wig Says It's Not About Kids, It's About Power!
National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer, Bob Chanin, speaking at the NEA’s annual meeting in July, 2009:
“Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.”
“And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”
“This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”
Feb. 23, 1942: Invasion! They’re Coming!
1942: A Japanese long-range submarine surfaces off the California coast and uses its 5½-inch deck gun to shell an oil refinery near Santa Barbara.
The attack, which lasted about 20 minutes, caused little damage to the Ellwood refinery. But it helped to stoke fears, which had existed since the raid on Pearl Harbor 10 weeks earlier, that the Japanese might be preparing a full-scale invasion of the West Coast.
Cmdr. Nishino Kozo, skipper of the I-17, was familiar with the Ellwood refinery, having docked there as the captain of an oil tanker before the war. A Parade magazine article in 1982 suggested that Kozo staged the raid on his own initiative, in retaliation for a slight he suffered during a prewar visit to Ellwood.
Whether Kozo took the opportunity to settle an old score is unknown. He never said. (The I-17 was on combat patrol along the Pacific Coast. Five days after shelling the refinery, Kozo torpedoed an American tanker off Cape Mendocino.)
Kozo’s gunnery display scared the bejesus out of the already skittish Americans. On the night following I-17’s shelling of the refinery, trigger-happy anti-aircraft gunners in Los Angeles lit up the night sky with tracer ammunition for a couple of hours after spotting some UFOs.
Indian man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren
A 66-year-old man in India's remote northeast has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, all living under one roof.
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A family photograph of the 181 members of the Ziona family in Baktawang, Mizoram, India
"I have so many people to care (for) and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man."
Mr Chana met his oldest wife, who is three years older than he is, when he was 17.
He heads a local Christian religious sect, called the "Chana", which allows polygamy. Formed in June 1942, the sect believes it will soon be ruling the world with Christ and has a membership of around 400 families.
Beer is to be legally classified as an alcoholic drink in Russia for the first time as the Kremlin forges ahead with the toughest anti-alcohol campaign since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The late Boris Yeltsin, the former Russian president
The beverage is technically classified as a foodstuff for now, an anomaly that has allowed producers to avoid a sweeping new crackdown on alcohol advertising and night-time sales.
But a new Kremlin-backed bill that passed its first reading in the lower house of the Russian parliament on Tuesday will abolish beer's special status, dragging Russian alcohol regulation into the 21st century.
Obama, following his modus operandi of speaking when he should be quiet (cops behaving “stupidly”, Mubarak, Wisconsin), being quiet when he should speak (Iranian and Chinese student protests), and when he does speak, saying nothing of consequence (Cairo speech, State of the Union address), is confusing our allies and by doing so, emboldening our enemies.
By adopting a policy it openly hated and then condemning its own behavior, the US essentially told Israel, America is not a credible partner.
For better or worse, each passing day the Middle East is becoming more unstable. Regimes that have clung to power for decades are now being overthrown and threatened. Others are preemptively cracking down on their opponents or seeking to appease them.
While no one can say with certainty what the future will bring to the radically altered Middle Eastern landscape, it is becoming increasingly apparent that US influence over events here will be dramatically diminished
Drinking Alcohol in Moderation Protects Against Heart Disease, Meta-Analysis Finds
ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — Individuals who drink alcohol in moderation (about one drink a day or less) are 14-25% less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who drink no alcohol at all, finds research led by Professor William Ghali from the University of Calgary, published online in the British Medical Journal.
An accompanying paper led by Dr Susan Brien, also from the University of Calgary, finds that moderate consumption of alcohol (up to one drink or 15 g alcohol per day for women and up to two drinks or 30 g alcohol per day for men) is good for health.
Interestingly, Brien's research concludes that it is the alcohol content that provides the health benefits not the type of alcoholic beverage (wine, beer or spirits) that is drunk.
WISCONSIN: Panel backs voter ID; Democrat not allowed to vote by phone. “Republicans on a state Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday to require voters to show ID at the polls, in their latest effort to entice Democrats to end their boycott of Senate proceedings. The committee made significant changes to the bill in a meeting that included a bizarre element. Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) participated in the meeting by phone, but Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), the committee chairwoman, refused to let him vote because he and the 13 other Senate Democrats left the state Thursday.” 80% of life is showing up.
Caltech basketball snaps 310-game conference losing streak
Caltech posted its first conference victory in more than 26 years Tuesday, defeating Occidental in its season finale, 46-45, bringing its run of 310 consecutive conference losses to an end. It was the longest conference losing streak in the nation.
Some have already started to speculate that this is the point of all this, the end game. I pray they are wrong.
A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”
Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members.
Obama's strange silence on Libya
Lost for words?
Once again, the White House has fluffed its lines on the Arab revolution. With Gaddafi’s helicopter gunships strafing his own people, with corpses piling up on the streets of Tripoli, President Barack Obama has remained silent.
As Libya Burns, Obama Fiddles
Democracy: As the flames of freedom sweep Libya, longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi's days look to be numbered. With the outcome still uncertain, a question arises: Why is the U.S. sitting on its hands?
Legislation bans illegals from public housing, benefits, the workplace and denies automatic citizenship to kids
As the White House tries to safely extricate U.S. diplomats and citizens from the spreading chaos, Obama administration stops short of criticizing Libyan leader Qaddafi personally or demanding that he step down.
The perfect partisan streak in health care rulings continues, with D.C. federal district judge Gladys Kessler, a Clinton appointee, ruling the Affordable Care Act constitutional. She's the third Democratic judge to do so; two Republicans have found it unconstitutional.
Why is he silent? Silent on Egypt, silent on Iran, Silent on Tunisia, Silent on Libya. But he doesn’t hesitate to condemn Wisc Gov, Mass police, insult England, etc. I guess I am missing the pattern.
“We believe that the government of Libya bears responsibility for what is occurring.”