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  • Best Public Service Announcement Ever (2nd amendment rights)

    01/25/2013 8:23:25 AM PST · by chickadee · 12 replies
    WISN 1130 ^ | 1/25/13 | self
    This is a PSA made by our county sheriff, David Clarke, and running on local radio stations. At the link, click on the audio in the upper right of the page. This is why Sheriff Clarke gets reelected.
  • How Republics Fail: The media's degrading hero worship trivializes an election.

    09/17/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT · by chickadee · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | September 17, 2012 | Michael Knox Beran
    Having been corrupted into a semi-official state press, America’s mainstream media is now transforming the most important election in a generation into the political equivalent of an episode of The Bachelor. Liberalism’s scribal class is actually pleased that the contest has become a referendum not on the president’s record or his plans but on his charisma and popularity. In the kingdom of vapor, substance has no place. This is how republics die, in thrall to the inane, the frivolous, and the inconsequential. A liberalism incapable of persuading the public to embrace its policies has been converted by its media tribunes...
  • Hard To Watch: Dem Rep's Screeching Screaming Anti-Walker Song and Dance

    06/04/2012 6:13:40 AM PDT · by chickadee · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/3/2012
    Milwaukee on 6-1-12 at a rally for Tom Barrett with Bill Clinton Congresswoman Gwen Moore performs a Song and dance against Scott Walker. An unfortunate performance by my very own congressional representative . . . caputured on video.
  • Not buckling up your pet in the car can mean big fines (NJ)

    06/01/2012 5:45:03 AM PDT · by chickadee · 112 replies ^ | May 30, 2012 | JOHN CICHOWSKI
    Judging from the alarming number of summonses issued so far for failing to buckle up in the back seat, motorists don’t seem overly concerned about the current Click It or Ticket crackdown. After all, most unrestrained drivers and passengers can afford a measly $46 fine. But if you drive with an unrestrained pet, don’t expect a slap on the wrist. Penalties range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.
  • Russian/U.S. War Games to Begin Shortly in Colorado

    05/23/2012 7:22:44 PM PDT · by chickadee · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | May 14, 2012 | Raven Clabough
    Russia and the United States will begin their controversial first joint anti-terror military exercises on American soil shortly at Ft. Carson in Colorado. A special unit of Russian paratroopers departed for the United States over the weekend and will be working alongside American land forces as part of the war games. The Russian and U.S. special units will engage in joint gun practice as well as mountain training, parachute exercises, and demolition techniques training. About 20 Russian soldiers will be participating, with most of the sessions taking place on the Ft. Carson Army base and at a mountain training area...
  • Chief Investigator in John Doe Has Recall Walker Sign in Yard, Blue Fist Union Icon in Window

    05/22/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT · by chickadee · 14 replies ^ | May 21, 2012 | Brian Sikma
    The chief investigator in the high-profile John Doe investigation into former Milwaukee County employees who worked for now-Governor Scott Walker has a Walker recall yard sign in his front lawn, and a pro-labor “Blue Fist” icon poster on the front door of his home. The news could call into question the present impartiality of the probe at a time when Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and his allies have begun to use the issue as a top talking point.
  • Democrats accuse Romney of sandwich bribery

    04/05/2012 5:22:17 AM PDT · by chickadee · 31 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 3, 2012 | Morgan Little
    The going rate for a vote in Wisconsin, if you believe the state’s Democratic Party, is as low as a submarine sandwich. After Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul D. Ryan joined together to serve up free sandwiches at Cousins Subs in Waukesha, the Democratic Party sent out a press release contending that by serving up the free food, the campaign had violated Wisconsin law.
  • On Newt's 'humane' immigration policy (Thomas Sowell)

    11/29/2011 8:06:33 AM PST · by chickadee · 55 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/28/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Now that Newt Gingrich has become the latest in a series of Republican front-runners, he is getting the kinds of scrutiny and attacks that have done in other front-runners. One of the issues that has aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would not be "humane" to deport someone who has been living and working here for years. Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and...
  • Rep. Ryan to Obama the Divider-in-Chief: Class Warfare Rhetoric Makes Nation Weaker

    10/27/2011 8:59:50 AM PDT · by chickadee · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/26/2011
    RYAN: Then he spent months going around the country impugning people's motives, setting up strawman arguments, basically saying Republicans are for dirty air and dirty water and against people with health insurance, basically, picking a partisan conflict versus going for compromise. But more to the point, Greta, I think it's the rhetoric of class division that is especially destabilizing. This is not the American idea. We believe in a system of upward mobility. We believe in a system to get the hurdles out of people's way so they can rise in society. We don't believe in talking to people like...
  • Occupy Wall Street is a tea party with brains (blood pressure warning)

    10/03/2011 10:03:07 PM PDT · by chickadee · 44 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 10/4/2011 | David Weidner
    More than two weeks after a band of young people began camping out under the shadow of the New York Stock Exchange, the movement to remake America’s inequitable financial system is growing It’s been called the Woodstock of Wall Street, but that’s hardly an apt comparison. The gathering at Max Yasgur’s farm 42 years ago was built on a generation looking for peace, love, some drugs and acid rock. The kids today are looking for real, tangible change of the capitalist sort. They’re organized, lucid and motivated.
  • Silicon Valley gives conservative Christians a boost

    09/16/2011 5:05:06 AM PDT · by chickadee · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/15/2011 | Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
    Reporting from Washington— Silicon Valley, the politically liberal technology hub, is an unlikely incubator of conservative Christian activism. But a group of its venture capitalists is backing an ambitious project that seeks to affect the 2012 election by registering 5 million new conservative Christians to vote.
  • ‘You Should Pass It’

    09/09/2011 10:33:18 AM PDT · by chickadee · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/9/2011 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    I find it truly comforting that some things never change — and two of those things are President Obama’s ideas and rhetoric. Obama’s long-awaited jobs speech offered his usual mix of hyper-partisanship (no longer convincingly masquerading as post-partisanship), class warfare, and thinly veiled resentment that, in our form of government, he cannot simply do whatever he wants. But after many weeks of buildup and two years of arguably the worst post-recession recovery in six decades, the real tip-off that Obama is utterly incapable of changing course was when he again referred, Saturday Night Live-like, to fast trains. It’s now clear...
  • A Point of View: The revolution of capitalism

    09/04/2011 4:26:04 PM PDT · by chickadee · 31 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 9/3/2011 | John Gray
    In fact, in Britain, the US and many other developed countries over the past 20 or 30 years, the opposite has been happening. Job security doesn't exist, the trades and professions of the past have largely gone and life-long careers are barely memories. If people have any wealth it's in their houses, but house prices don't always increase. When credit is tight as it is now, they can be stagnant for years. A dwindling minority can count on a pension on which they could comfortably live, and not many have significant savings. More and more people live from day to...
  • In Government We Mistrust

    09/02/2011 7:38:38 AM PDT · by chickadee · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/2/2011
    One animating theme of Barack Obama's campaign and early Presidency was that he would repair government's post-Reagan reputation, expanding its role in American life so voters would turn once again to Democrats as the party of government, as they did in 1964 and the 1930s. So how's that working out? Not so well, judging by a remarkable Gallup poll this week that asked the public about its views of government and various businesses. The federal government dropped to its lowest approval levels ever. Only 17% were positive, 63% negative, for a net approval rating of minus-46%. Government never ranks well,...
  • Obama to Nominate Princeton Professor as Head of Economic Advisers Team

    08/29/2011 6:32:36 AM PDT · by chickadee · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 29, 2011
    As President Obama prepares his jobs plan speech, he's also filling out his economics team, preparing to nominate Princeton University's Alan Krueger to be chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. <----> snip Krueger, 50, a labor specialist who served in Obama's Treasury Department in the first two years of the administration, returns to Washington to succeed Austan Goolsbee, who is now back at the University of Chicago. A senior administration official told Fox News on Monday that Krueger's job will be to provide policy prescriptions on ways to spur unemployment. Obama was expected to announce his nominee,...
  • Ron Paul and the Neoliberal Reeducation Campaign

    08/24/2011 7:21:44 AM PDT · by chickadee · 57 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/23/2011 | Jeffrey Lord
    Neoliberals and Quasi-Cons: When it comes to foreign policy, Ron Paul and his supporters are not conservatives. This is important to understand when one realizes that Paul's views are, self-described, "non-interventionist." The fact that he has been allowed to get away with pretending to conservatism on this score is merely reflective of journalists who, for whatever reason, are simply unfamiliar with American history. Ironically, it is precisely because the Paul campaign has not been thoroughly covered that no one pays attention to the historical paternity of what the candidate is saying.
  • UW-Madison teaching assistants union votes against state certification

    08/22/2011 8:31:59 AM PDT · by chickadee · 31 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | Steven Verburg
    The 3,000-member teaching assistants union at UW-Madison has voted narrowly against seeking official state certification under a controversial new law that prohibits most collective bargaining for most public sector employees. Under the law signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, teachers and other public workers would need to vote for their unions each year in order to bargain for cost-of-living raises. The law no longer allows negotiations on working conditions, benefits or anything else.
  • America as less than No. 1 (Dan Henninger)

    08/11/2011 2:54:01 PM PDT · by chickadee · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 11, 2011 | Daniel Henninger
    So this is a taste of what it will be like when the American superpower starts shrinking. Enjoying it yet? After the humiliation of the United States losing its AAA credit rating; after watching the American stock market descend into chaos; after living for two years in a $15 trillion economy unable to grow beyond 2%, with unemployment rates rarely experienced in the U.S., Americans have their first whiff of inhabiting an empire in decline.
  • They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Peggy Noonan)

    07/29/2011 7:06:12 AM PDT · by chickadee · 86 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7/29/2011 | Peggy Noonan
    But that actually is not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something that started to become apparent to me during the debt negotiations. It's something I've never seen in national politics. It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton's troubles there were always people who'd say, "Look, I love the guy." They'd often...
  • Liberal Wisconsin Judge Tipped Off Anti-Walker Suit Was Coming

    06/21/2011 6:04:36 AM PDT · by chickadee · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6-20-2011 | Kyle Olson
    Emails obtained through the Wisconsin Open Records law indicate former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk emailed all county employees and circuit court judges, including Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi, with a memo announcing her intention to file suit against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. In response, Falk received three responses from court employees. Kathy Melzer and Elaine Creager responded with encouraging notes. Peter Anderson replied with “doubts about the appropriateness of sending a message about filing a legal action to the judges of the circuit court where the action is likely to be filed.” Anderson is Sumi’s colleague on...
  • Don't Know Much About History

    06/21/2011 4:54:41 AM PDT · by chickadee · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6-18-2011 | Brian Bolduc
    'We're raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate," David McCullough tells me on a recent afternoon in a quiet meeting room at the Boston Public Library. Having lectured at more than 100 colleges and universities over the past 25 years, he says, "I know how much these young people—even at the most esteemed institutions of higher learning—don't know." Slowly, he shakes his head in dismay. "It's shocking."
  • Gingrich demands apology from NBC for report on wife

    06/17/2011 6:07:11 AM PDT · by chickadee · 63 replies
    The Ticket ^ | 6-17-2011 | Holly Bailey
    Newt Gingrich is demanding an apology from NBC News after it aired a report citing complaints from unnamed former advisers blaming his wife, Callista, for many of the problems that led to his campaign's staff shake-up last week. "I believe NBC owes Callista an apology, because the fact is my campaign is my campaign," Gingrich said in an interview with Fox News's Greta Van Susteren. "Yes, we make decisions as a couple, but in the end, I take full responsibility. And I think the program this morning was totally irresponsible, and personally reprehensible, and the kind of thing that makes...
  • Kickin' Back with Tax Payer Money

    05/26/2011 3:34:20 PM PDT · by chickadee · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/25/2011 | David Rubinstein
    After 34 years of teaching sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I recently retired at age 64 at 80 percent of my pay for life. This calculation was based on a salary spiked by summer teaching, and since I no longer pay into the retirement fund, I now receive significantly more than when I "worked." But that's not all: There's a generous health insurance plan, a guaranteed 3 percent annual cost of living increase and a few other perquisites. Having overinvested in my retirement annuity, I received a fat refund and — when it rains, it pours —...
  • Some Wisconsin Fun

    05/16/2011 11:11:23 AM PDT · by chickadee · 3 replies
    5/16/2011 | Self
    The news of Herb Kohl's retirement plans immediately had the Democrats in Wisconsin thrilling all over to the idea that they could get their beloved Rusty (Feingold) back in office. I have decided to have a little fun with those wascally Democrats - seeing as how they have made our lives so miserable since February. I invite fellow Wisconsinites to do the same. All it takes is an old yard sign and a home printer. Just type these big letters (in your favorite word processing software): Kloppenburg for Senate Print, apply to yard sign and install sign in your front...
  • Spending cuts to hobble agency's ability to analyze gas prices (You can't make up this stuff)

    05/01/2011 6:42:27 AM PDT · by chickadee · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/30/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    President Obama launched a task force last week to look into oil and gas price manipulation, but a spending bill he signed into law earlier this month would prevent the government’s top statistical agency from analyzing that very issue. The fiscal year 2011 spending legislation – a product of tense negotiations between Republicans and Democrats – cuts the Energy Information Administration’s budget by 14 percent.
  • Boycott Wisconsin (Yikes!)

    04/22/2011 9:15:35 AM PDT · by chickadee · 59 replies ^ | 4/21/2011 | Garret Keizer
    For anyone who believes that the hard-won rights of organized labor constitute an American birthright, who would as soon see the flag burned as a picket line crossed (both acts disrespectful of blood shed in our "country's cause"), the decision of the Wisconsin Legislature to end most collective bargaining rights for most public employees amounts to sacrilege. In effect, Wisconsin has become a pariah state. It ought to be treated as such. Anyone with a credit card or a grocery cart is equipped to do so. Anyone with a dollar in his or her hand is capable of casting a...
  • Union Thugs in Wisconsin (State Sen. Joe Leibham)

    04/21/2011 4:07:16 PM PDT · by chickadee · 28 replies ^ | 4/21/2011 | Janet Ortegon
    State Sen. Joe Leibham has filed an open records request with the Sheboygan Area School District for details about an ominous phone call received Tuesday by Dick Hiers Northeast Standard. Leibham believes the caller, who told a station clerk it was a bad idea for the station to do business with the senator, made the call from a phone registered to the school district.
  • NCAA needs more academic focus (Kemba Walker)

    04/21/2011 9:57:42 AM PDT · by chickadee · 29 replies
    The Miscellany News ^ | 4/20/2011 | Nik Trkulja
    Kemba Walker has read a book. You read that right: Walker, the University of Connecticut (UConn) star guard and NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion, Walker has just admitted to finishing his first book "cover-to-cover," in an interview for Sports Illustrated. While for many that is in fact an achievement, for a junior in college who will be graduating this May, who undoubtedly should have read quite a few texts over the years, it is an embarrassment. The incident once again illustrates the fantasy that is the life of a superstar Division I student-athlete.
  • Kloppenburg requests recount

    04/20/2011 2:29:36 PM PDT · by chickadee · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/20/2011 | Patrick Marley and Mike Johnson
    Madison — Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg requested Wednesday a statewide recount - the first in 22 years - to check the results in the April 5 election for state Supreme Court race she lost to Justice David Prosser, the Government Accountability Board said. The official tally shows Kloppenburg lost to Prosser by 7,316 votes - less than 0.5% of the 1.5 million votes cast. Kloppenburg also called on the board to appoint a special investigator to probe the "actions and words" of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.
  • Iran looks at making dog-owning a crime

    04/20/2011 5:45:16 AM PDT · by chickadee · 34 replies
    ohmidog! ^ | 4/20/11
    Traditionally frowned upon and grudgingly tolerated by Islamic leaders, having a dog would become a crime if the bill is passed by Parliament, punishable by fines and confiscation of dogs. According to a Time magazine report, backers of the bill warn that dogs pose health hazards, and their increasing popularity as pets is “a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West.”
  • The 'Royals' Get Spoofed.

    04/16/2011 8:34:48 AM PDT · by chickadee · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/2011 | Mike Krumboltz
    We'll be the first to admit that the oh-so-serious nature of the Royal Wedding can be a bit much. Credit T-Mobile for finding a fun way to poke fun at the hype. The impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton get spoofed in this two-minute ad featuring look-alikes for Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, and, of course, the happy couple. (Video at link)
  • Woman arrested for threatening emails sent to Wisconsin legislators

    04/01/2011 8:50:03 AM PDT · by chickadee · 19 replies ^ | 4-1-2011 | James Simpson
    26 year-old Katherine R. Windels has been arrested for sending emails containing death threats to Wisconsin state senators during the budget battles last month.
  • Liberal War Illusions

    03/30/2011 4:36:19 AM PDT · by chickadee · 23 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 3/29/11 | Thomas Sowell
    You don’t just walk up to the local bully and slap him across the face. If you are determined to confront him, then you try to knock the living daylights out of him. Otherwise, you are better off to leave him alone. Anyone who grew up in my old neighborhood in Harlem could have told you that. But Barack Obama didn’t grow up in my old neighborhood. He had a much more genteel upbringing, including a fancy private school, in Hawaii. Maybe that is why he thinks he can launch military operations against Moammar Qaddafi, while promising not to kill...
  • Donald Trump: I've got my birth certificate, where [is]President Barack Obama's?

    03/28/2011 2:51:01 PM PDT · by chickadee · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/28/2011 | Andy Barr
    Donald Trump now sees himself as something of a patron saint for the birthers – and he's even released his own birth certificate as he steps up criticism of the president. Continue Reading Seeking to pump more energy into the birther movement and quirky chase for the White House, Trump on Monday provided a copy of his birth certificate to the conservative website Newsmax – which has played a leading role in trumpeting birther mythology. And in an interview on Fox News, Trump cast himself as something akin to the rebel leader of the birther movement.
  • Libya: Air strikes hit Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte

    03/27/2011 9:40:36 PM PDT · by chickadee · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/27/2011
    Coalition air raids have hit the town of Sirte, Col Muammar Gaddafi's hometown and the next target of rebel forces advancing westwards. A Libyan government spokesman said three Libyan civilians had been killed in the city's port. Heavy explosions were also heard in the capital, Tripoli, late on Sunday. The raids came as Nato took full command of the whole military operation in Libya, intended to enforce a UN resolution to protect civilians. <----snip----> "We are already enforcing the arms embargo and the no-fly zone, and with today's decision we are going beyond. We will be acting in close co-ordination...
  • Unpleasant surprise from new Ford automobile

    03/26/2011 7:49:43 AM PDT · by chickadee · 114 replies
    3/26/11 | Self
    Yesterday, I decided to take my relatively new car out for a spin. Due to a combination of ugly winter weather and health issues, I hadn't driven the car in a couple of months and wanted to give it a spin to keep its "juices" flowing. I got in the car and tried to start it. Nothing. All the symbols lit up and went nuts, but no sound of cranking. Fortunately, Ford gives new owners 5 years of Roadside Assistance. Ford's service responded quickly and professionally. The technician came prepared with a "box" to start the car in my garage....
  • Madison Troublemakers School - April 1 & 2, 2011

    03/16/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT · by chickadee · 29 replies
    Working people are under assault and the assault will continue until we put an end to it. The protests at the Capitol are showing what working people are made of. That’s the idea behind the Madison Labor Notes Troublemakers School. How do we build on the protests, protect what we have--and lay the foundation to fight for more? Led by experienced labor activists, our workshops will explore strategies to fight back and give you the hands-on skills to make it happen. The idea is not just to talk about problems for a day and then go home, but to come...
  • A Coup in Wisconsin: How the Governor Got His Way

    03/11/2011 6:43:00 AM PST · by chickadee · 31 replies
    Time ^ | 3-1--2011 | Dawn Reiss
    On Wednesday night, however, the protesters got some sympathy from Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, who oversees Madison's county and who recently proclaimed that his deputies weren't "palace guards." Mahoney had the capitol doors opened Wednesday night to allow the protesters inside. However, within the capitol, state troopers from other counties were standing guard — the governor and the Republican senators well aware that Dane County police were sympathetic to the protesters' cause. <---- snip ----> But by Thursday, the rotunda of the capital was once again closed to protesters, some of whom were dragged out by state troopers —...
  • Wisconsin Curbs Unions

    03/11/2011 5:06:05 AM PST · by chickadee · 54 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3-11-2011 | Kris Maher and Ilan Brat
    The bill would take away the ability of unions to bargain over pensions and health care. It would limit pay raises, which can still be negotiated by unions, to inflation. It eliminates automatic collection of dues by the state and requires each public union in the state to get recertified every year by vote. The bill also requires public-employee union members to contribute 5.8% of their pay to pensions and to pay 12.6% of health-care premiums out of their wages, up from 6% on average.
  • Jesse Jackson addresses Mobs at Madison Capitol (live)

    03/10/2011 9:10:31 AM PST · by chickadee · 43 replies
    The UpTake ^ | 3/10/2011
    Good Grief. See link.
  • O’Keefe: More Controversial NPR Videos to Come

    03/09/2011 12:23:17 PM PST · by chickadee · 71 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/9/2011 | David A. Patten
    There’s more video where that came from, says James O’Keefe, the muckraking activist behind The controversial video-sting impresario tells Newsmax that he’s prepared to release yet more embarrassing revelations about NPR, but first he wants to gauge NPR’s reaction to the bomb he dropped Tuesday. In an exclusive Newsmax interview, O’Keefe says he’s waiting to see whether NPR comes clean “about what is going on” before he doles out more video.
  • NPR Executive Caught on Tape Calling Tea Partiers 'Racist' (Video)

    03/08/2011 10:32:39 AM PST · by chickadee · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    NPR was jolted Tuesday by the release of a videotape that showed one of the organization’s fund-raising executives repeatedly criticizing Republicans and Tea Party supporters. The executive, Ronald Schiller, was recorded secretly by the Republican filmmaker and mischief-maker James O’Keefe. On the videotape, Mr. Schiller tells people posing as Muslim philanthropists that the Republican party has been “hijacked” by the Tea Party and that Tea Party supporters are “seriously racist, racist people.” Mr. Schiller indicates that he is sharing his personal point of view, not NPR’s.
  • Saudi Arabia drafts in up to 10,000 troops ahead of protests

    03/04/2011 5:38:48 PM PST · by chickadee · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/5/2011
    Saudi Arabia is drafting in up to 10,000 security forces to the north eastern Muslim Shia provinces ahead of mass protests planned next week. Desperate to avoid mass uprisings against the House of Saud, security forces have deployed in huge numbers across the region. King Abdullah is also reported to have told neighbouring Bahrain that if they do not put down their own ongoing Shia revolt, his own forces will.
  • Government e-mails reveal plot to stall budget repair bill (Wisconsin)

    03/03/2011 8:29:04 AM PST · by chickadee · 4 replies ^ | 3/3/2011 | Bryan Polcyn
    Before protesters stormed the capitol, the mayor of the city of Madison tried to pull a fast one. The governor's budget repair bill was on the fast track, and Madison Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz was racing against the clock to pass new union contracts first. E-mails obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show that the mayor enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller. They both tried to convince the Secretary of State to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill. They were trying to buy some time so they could ratify...
  • Madison Law enforcement costs through February: $4 million to $5 million

    03/03/2011 7:38:39 AM PST · by chickadee · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3/2/2011 | Don Walker
    Madison -- Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch estimated Wednesday that law enforcement costs to provide security at the State Capitol through February would likely total $4 million to $5 million.
  • Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman chased, trapped by hecklers

    03/02/2011 3:58:41 AM PST · by chickadee · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/1/2011
    This video may be disturbing for some to watch. To see people so far out of control . . . at the brink. The incident ended "peacefully" with the assistance of Democrat Brett Hulsey. See the link.
  • Young Socialist Reveals Popular ‘Noodles & Company‘ Restaurant Is Harsh ’Dictatorship’

    03/01/2011 11:09:00 AM PST · by chickadee · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/1/2011
    Aaron Kennedy, the founder of Noodles, grew up on a farm with few to no connections to money. Like my friend Rob, Kennedy also studied at the University of Wisconsin. At 29, while eating at a Chinese restaurant, Kennedy had an idea, and scribbled his business plan on a napkin. Scraping some money together from his friends and family and maxing out eight credit cards, Kennedy opened the first Noodles in his basement, and then put together a team with whom he’d build and operate 100 Noodles branches all on their own. It is now a $75 million franchise with...
  • John Galliano called me Jewish whore...with ugly eyebrows' (Fashion Crisis)

    02/27/2011 12:31:45 PM PST · by chickadee · 43 replies
    Mail online ^ | 2/27/2011 | Peter Allen
    It has been claimed Mr Galliano, 50, grabbed Ms Bloch, who is head of exhibitions at Paris’s Institute of the Arab World, by her hair and shouted: ‘Dirty Jew face, you should be dead,’ adding ‘shut your mouth, dirty bitch, I can’t stand your dirty whore voice.’ According to police documents, he then turned his anger on Mr Virgitti, and screamed: ‘******* Asian bastard, I’ll kill you!’ Ms Bloch continued to scream frantically, but Galliano allegedly told her: ‘You’re so ugly I can’t bear looking at you. You’re wearing cheap boots, cheap thigh boots. You’ve got no hair, your eyebrows...
  • Wisconsin Capitol protesters disrespect the Veterans Memorial

    02/27/2011 7:41:43 AM PST · by chickadee · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/25/2011
    Two people confront Madison protesters who are using a war memorial as a work station.
  • Unions are the Bully

    02/27/2011 5:19:14 AM PST · by chickadee · 19 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | 2/27/2011 | Alair Townsend
    Enshrining work rules in public union contracts restricts managers from getting a full day's work from employees and prevents them from firing poor performers. If collective bargaining were confined to wages, contracts could be streamlined, and management control over disciplinary procedures could be restored. There wouldn't be hundreds of teachers earning their full salary while grievance processes drag on for years. Padded payrolls could be reduced significantly. Union dues form a vast pool for buying influence. In effect, dues let workers hire their bosses when used as campaign contributions—gifts that typically aren't subject to the limits imposed on individuals and...