There’s nothing like a judge’s love for her son to cloud her otherwise-cloudy judgement.
On Friday, unions scored a temporary victory to maintain their ability to collect union dues from Wisconsin public employees when Judge Maryann Sumi (the same judge who refused to order striking teachers back to work in February) issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the implementation of Wisconsin’s new law governing public-sector unions.Via the Wall Street Journal:
Judge Maryann Sumi said a lawsuit filed by the Dane County district attorney had enough merit for her to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the bill while she reviews the case.
This is a problem. Judge Maryann Sumi should have recused herself entirely from the Wisconsin
A Libyan protester shouts as copies of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s
Well known to the United States policymakers in Obama White House and Clinton State Department along with the National Security Council but not widely known to American mainstream media, the U.S. West Point Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center document reveals that Libya sent more Continue reading →
The viral video sensation showing a bullying incident at an Australian school has brought the issue of bullying back into the spotlight. Here in the United States, the Obama administration has made school bullying a federal issue. Last week, President Barack Obama addressed an anti-bullying conference with First Lady Michelle Obama at his side. The administration’s anti-bullying campaign has been ongoing since the beginning of Mr. Obama’s term. The Department of Justice announced in December 2010 its intention to hold liable school districts that fail to protect students that are bullied.DOJ’s The Civil Rights Division and the entire Justice Department are committed to ending bullying and harassment in schools, and the video highlights the Department’s authority to enforce federal laws that protect students from discrimination and harassment at school because of their race, national origin, disability, religion, and sex, including harassment based on nonconformity with gender stereotypes.
The statement later says:
The enforcement of the Equal Protection Clause, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in school districts is a top priority of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Additional information is available at the Civil Rights Division’s Educational Opportunities Section website at www.justice.gov/crt/edo/.
Here is the catch. DOJ will only investigate bullying cases if the victim is considered protected under the 1964 Civil Rights legislation. In essence, only discrimination of the victim’s race, color, religion, sex or will be considered by DOJ. The overweight straight white male who is verbally and/or physically harassed because of his size can consider himself invisible to the Justice Department.Apparently, the Justice Department is going by Continue reading →
Two Michigan Dems Charged For Alleged Fake Tea Party Scheme
Two ex-leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing nine felony charges for allegedly committing voter fraud when attempting to get fake tea party candidates on Michigan ballots last November, as a way to pry support away from Republican candidates.Former Democratic Party Chairman Michael McGuinness and ex-operations director Jason Bauer were indicted Wednesday on forgery and perjury charges. Bauer also faces three counts of notary fraud.John Wisely of the Detroit Free-Press reports:
The indictment alleges that the pair attempted to place two county commission candidates, Aaron W. Tyler and Ruth Ann Spearman, and a state senate candidate, Johnathan M. Young, on the ballot without the candidates’ knowledge. The two men forged the signatures on the affidavit of identity and falsely swore under oath to qualify them to run, the indictment says.
“A scheme was devised by a party leader in Lansing to put people on the ballot on the Tea Party ticket,” Oakland Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “It may not be ethical, but it’s not illegal. But some folks were placed on the ballot without their knowledge and that’s the criminal side.”As TPM has reported, Tea Partiers and Republicans in the state were suspicious that Michigan Tea Party was part of a scheme by Democrats to split the Republican vote, in the lead-up to the midterm elections. Bauer stepped down from his position following allegations that he notarized and filed papers for 13 sham candidates from the Michigan Tea Party.In September, Michigan Circuit Court judges authorized a one-man grand jury to investigate the allegations. The Michigan Supreme Court also blocked the fake candidates from appearing on the ballot.The two face up to 14 years in prison, if convicted. They were each released on a $25,000 personal bond, The Detroit News reports.
This week, Michael Moore offered a simple and elegant solution to our debtproblem.Calling the assets of wealthy Americans a “national resource,” he suggested our problems would all be solved if we could just have access to all that money.“What’s happened is that we’ve allowed the vast majority of that cash to be concentrated in the hands of just a few people, and they’re not circulating that cash. They’re sitting on the money,” Moore said. “That’s not theirs, that’s a national resource, that’s ours. We all have this… we all benefit from this or we all suffer as a result of not having it.”“America’s not broke,” he told a cheering crowd of pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.So, we decided to try Moore’s solution. Laying aside the moral objections to the government simply appropriating the wealth of private citizens, could it work?The United States of America has about 400 billionaires. Moore calls them “400 little Mubaraks.” About half of those have less than $2 billion each, and those with a net worth in the double-digit billions is an exclusive club of about 30.Still, as Moore says, “there’s a ton of cash out there.”Watch:
The grand total of the combined net worth of every single one of America’s billionaires is roughly $1.3 trillion. It does indeed sound like a “ton of cash” until one considers that the 2011 deficit alone is $1.6 trillion. So, if the Continue reading →
Code Blue Event on 7/17/09 Health Care Reform – Not – Goverment Takeover of Health Care We want to keep: • Our choice of doctors • Our control of our health insurance options • Timely access to quality health care • Our money instead of paying for a government takeover
Today former Congressman Ernest Istook testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the $105 billion slush fund in advance appropriations liberals tucked inside Obamacare. The $105 billion bypasses the traditional yearly budgeting process and is spread throughout the 2,700 page legislation. It took the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seven months to identify all the disparate funds and it was not until February (11 months after the bill passed) that all of the funds could be totaled up. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been beating the drum to raise awareness of this unprecedented level of advance spending. But the liberal media has been attacking her for calling it “hidden” funding. In reality, Rep. Bachmann said that “practically no Member of Congress even knew that $105 billion of funding was” in the bill.FactCheck says that this funding was known to “those who read the bill … including members of Congress.” But does FactCheck really believe that any member of Congress read all 2,700 pages of the bill? Do they have any evidence at all that any member of Congress knew about the $105 billion figure before CRS published their report this February? But more importantly, in their attempted take down of Rep. Bachmann, PolitiFact, FactCheck, and The Washington Post Fact Checker all confirm her underlying charge: the $105 billion exists. Poltifact writes: “We added up the spending Bachmann was referring to and got $104 billion — very close to her number.” And a note to The Washington Post Fact Checker: Former Congressman Ernest Istook served in the House of Representatives, not the Senate.Link: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/03/09/politifact-factcheck-and-wapo-a… ************************************************************************From Michelle Bachman:
Dear Fellow Conservative, Since I first alerted you to the $105 billion in funding hidden by the Democrats in the Obamacare bill, more than 102,000 of you have signed my petition telling Congress to defund it. The response has been incredible-it is now abundantly clear that the American people will not stand for such outrageous acts.In that time, Democrats and the liberal media have gone wild, doing everything in their power to hide this unbelievable crime against our democracy. Unfortunately for them, the truth is on our side, with major political fact checkers confirming the existence of the spending in the bill.After posting this on my Facebook page yesterday, I was pleased to find this encouraging comment by Debbie S., one of my active fans: “The more they attack, the more afraid they are that the TRUTH will be exposed. Don’t back down, Michele!” As more than 102,000 of you have told the world by signing my petition, we will not back down, and we will win this fight. It is up to us to make sure that Obamacare is defunded and, if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us by signing my petition today.I hope you will find the news links I’ve shared below both informative and timely, and that you’ll share them with your friends and family, as well as respond to them on my Facebook page.Thank you for your continued support.Sincerely,Michele Bachman
9,500 people missing in Minamisanriku 24 hours after double disaster struckOfficial death toll hits 574, but hundreds believed to be buried under rubble or washed away by wavesExplosion at nuclear power plant, but experts say reactor is not at riskRegion hit by repeated aftershocks, some up 6.8-magnitudeRescue operation begins but some areas still cut off by road damage and flood watersForce of quake shifts Japan 8ft to the EastHalf of the population of a Japanese coastal town are still unaccounted for as the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami looks set to rise.Government officials revealed the fate of 9,500 people in the north eastern port of Minamisanriku was still unknown more than 24 hours after the double disaster hit.The official death toll stands at 574, but more than 1,700 people are believed to have been buried in the rubble or washed away by the waves.
The town that drowned: Fresh pictures from the port where 9,500 people are missing after it was
swept away by the megaquake
Catastrophe: The true scale of the devastation that the tsunami unleashed is clear in this picture of the port city of Minamisanriku town where 10,000 people are unaccounted for
Rescue teams have been unable to reach some areas after the 9-magnitude quake destroyed and cut off airports on the country’s east coast.Japan launched a massive military rescue Continue reading →