today's small victory

In 18-1 vote, Wis. Senate approves bill to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights…

In case you’re already on “civility” watch, here’s a livestream from the Capitol of protesters screaming to be let into the building. According to a local reporter, windows and doors on the grounds have already been broken. Tomorrow’s “new tone” should be epic.


(apparently a teacher or a firefighter or like something)

lying with flees

The Wisconsin Fleebaggers keep saying that all they want is for Governor Scott Walker to come to the table and negotiate on his budget-repair bill, and they’ll end their hostaging of Wisconsin government. However, new e-mails released by Walker’s office show that the governor has negotiated on key aspects of his union reforms, perhaps to an extent that might make his supporter nervous:

Gov. Scott Walker’s office released documents Tuesday showing he’s willing to give on some points of his union bargaining bill to break the Capitol standoff and bring Senate Democrats back from Illinois

This directly refutes the notion pushed by the state Senators who fled the state that Walker has unilaterally refused to bargain with them. In fact, here are the specific proposals offered by Walker as a compromise:

• Public employee union bargaining over wages would no longer be limited to the rate of inflation.
• Unions would be allowed to bargain over certain economic issues, including mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay and classroom size. On this set of issues, both labor and management would have to agree to discuss them for bargaining to happen.

• Unions could bargain over workplace safety, but that would be limited to workers’ physical health and safety. It would not allow bargaining over hours, overtime, sick leave or family leave, work schedules or vacation.

• Unions would have to vote every three years to remain active, with the first of those votes coming within one year of the bill becoming law. The current version of the bill would require unions to vote to recertify every year – starting this April – and require them to get at least 51% of workers’ votes.

• Employees of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority would not lose all union bargaining rights.

• The Legislature’s budget committee would have to approve changes to state health programs for the poor sought by the Walker administration. The budget-repair bill gives Walker broad powers to reshape those Medicaid health programs, which cover more than 1 million state residents.

let no crisis go to taste

Harcos Laboratories, a maker of novelty products such as a “Zombie Blood” energy drink and a “Nuclear Energy Powder,” began selling an energy drink Tuesday inspired by Charlie Sheen’s proclamations that he has “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA.”

“Tiger Blood Energy Potion,” the company’s website says, is “made from 100% passion specifically to make your brain fire in a way that’s not from this particular terrestrial realm.” The drink is packaged in a pouch resembling blood bags used by medical facilities and contains 80mg of caffeine…

author!author!

With profound apologies to Rudyard Kipling, circa 1917, I offer a Tea Party poem:

—The Choice—

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT SPEAKS:
TO the Judge of Right and Wrong
with Whom fulfillment lies
Our purpose and our power belong,
Our faith and sacrifice.

Let Freedom`s land rejoice!
Our bonds will be riven;
Once more to us the eternal choice
Of good or ill is given.

Not at a little cost,
Hardly by prayers or tears,
Shall we recover the road we lost
In the spending and doubting years.

But after the fires and the wrath,
But after searching and pain,
Tea Party opens us a path
To live with ourselves again.

In We the People rejoice!
We see and hold the good–
Bear witness, nation, we have made our choice
For Tea Party`s brotherhood.

Then praise the American Spirit
Whose Strength hath saved us whole,
Which bade us choose that we might suffer
But not the living Soul!

Master KisPian Mr. Colonel Jerry, SIR!!!

1001 large ayup

The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire….

PatRiotic

harken unto me, fellow ignorant racist peasants

Behold! Our betters in their natural habitat.
You know, the fever swamps of America-bashing slime.


~ TheDailyCaller ~

Are you sufficiently humbled, brothers and sisters?
Can we now accept the need for the boot-heel of our betters, our elitist overlords, on our necks?
Shall we bear witness, each and every one of us in our hearts, that we now see the light of the enlightened?
[holds arms aloft to suppress general mumbles and shouts of “No! No!”]
Then shall we not strive to unfetter NPR from its onerous burden?
Let us go forth and proclaim to all who would hear: We see things for what they are, and we shall put them aright!
Yea, let us render unto Caesar NPRian Disgustus that which it seeketh …
freedom, freedom I say from the shackles and temptation of the Great Satan’s filthy lucre!
Can I get an ayyy-men, brothers and sisters!
[mops brow, adjusts suspenders, sips water, scans and nods gratefully to congregation, waits for quiet to return,
but in a non-radical-evangelical kind’a way]

UPDATE! More jackass goodness.

unstump The Emir

The Emir and I have been working on this page overlap issue for a couple daze now and are getting nowhere. I know there are certain things that the reader has to set on their own specific browsers but I also know that various readers using various browsers visit various other blogs all the time without encountering this problem. If anyone has a clue how we may rectify this I and countless others will be truly grateful…

todaze Lympians

or 300,000 fun facts

A Republican-led motion to bring a vote on a bill that would have restricted access to driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and attempted to stop identification fraud was defeated Monday in the state Senate, dealing a major defeat to proponents of the measure…

…Washington state is one of two in the country that let illegal immigrants obtain driver’s licenses. New Mexico is the other state that still allows such practice, but lawmakers there are also considering bills to close the access…

…The bill would have required applicants for driver’s license to provide proof of residency and a Social Security number. Supporters had said the bill aimed to stop identification fraud.

Haugen said that there are 300,000 more driver’s licenses in this state than there are drivers