Tuesday Unions Fighting The Man Open Comments

It looks like the longer the nonsense in Wisconsin goes on, the more the unions will ultimately lose, whether in Wisconsin or elsewhere. The shrillness, the angst, the sheer overreaction displayed by the unions have confirmed what those of a conservative mindset knew all along. It turned off most of the Vast Undecided Middle Ground voters who the Tea Party had aroused from their civic slumber. It has even swayed more than a few children of the Left.

Phil Hands is a political cartoonist for the Milwaukee State Journal. In his own words:

This debate over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill has been difficult for me. I have progressive values. I believe in gay marriage, I believe in mass transit, I believe in global climate change, I believe in abortion rights, I believe in urban planning and I believe in a single payer health care system. But on the issue of public employee compensation and the role that their unions play in our government, I find myself siding with conservatives.

He says this in a column in which he acknowledges that the accompanying cartoon likely won’t make him popular among his fellow travelers.

There are a couple of other pretty good cartoons of his linked on that page.

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86 thoughts on “Tuesday Unions Fighting The Man Open Comments

  1. The shrillness, the angst, the sheer overreaction displayed by the unions have confirmed what those of a conservative mindset knew all along. It turned off most of the Vast Undecided Middle Ground voters who the Tea Party had aroused from their civic slumber.


    That vindicates ME too!

    I’ve said all along, albeit poorly, that the secret to bring the VMG over to the Light Side is not to moderate Conservative values, exorcise the SoCons, trash Rush Limbaugh, agree that Card Check is no big deal, or curl up into a fetal ball and say “Please Sior, may I have another?” everytime somebody calls Conservatives racists or anti-semites. Getting folks to see what the alternative is has always been the key.

    Unfortunately, we had to endure a Republican Party (which is still the Establishment) and its apologist pundits, that the opposite was true. It would seem that the true path to attracting the VMG to Conservatism is to exorcise them, rather than the folks they blamed for thier own failings.

    That this led us to the point we are at now is both blessing and curse.

  2. Awesome cartoon, he nails it. It’s good Phil Hands sees the light, but he’s still a bit confused:

    When public sector unions negotiate, the entity on the other side of the collective bargaining table isn’t some greedy corporation, it’s us, the taxpayers.

    But lets not be mean spirited and do anything about it:

    That is why I hope they will support the compromise of Republican Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, that the Wisconsin State Journal endorsed in an editorial today. Schultz’s plan is the same as Walker’s except that it calls for a sunset clause that would reinstate collective bargaining rights for public workers in 2013, after this budget crisis is presumably over.

    Gov. Walker would be wise to accept this concession. Not doing so would only prove that his goal was never to balance the budget but to bust the unions. And, for the good of Wisconsin, public sector employees need to swallow their pride and be appeased by the sunset clause concession.

    He sees the idiocy of the public union concept, but when things are back hunky-dory we can start all over again. BTW, isn’t it possible that balancing the budget and breaking up the union be working towards the same goal?

  3. He sees the idiocy of the public union concept, but when things are back hunky-dory we can start all over again.

    Wants to have his cake and eat it too.

    I guess when the crisis is over, we can go back to spending like drunken sailors.

    Because, you know, thats not what caused the problem or anything.

    It was rich bankers who did.

  4. Public-sector Union

    The concept where politicians/unionized government employees spoon each other and fork the taxpayer.

  5. G’Morning all:

    Refreshing to see Scott Walkers got juevoes. A refreshing sight amongst all the namby pandys, both left and right.

  6. No Daley on the ballot as Chicago votes for mayor

    By DON BABWIN and DEANNA BELLANDI, Associated Press Don Babwin And Deanna Bellandi, Associated Press – 59 mins ago

    CHICAGO – The campaign to replace Mayor Richard Daley has unfolded unlike any in Chicago’s history, and almost certainly will end with a mayor unlike anyone who’s run City Hall before.

    Voters in Tuesday’s election will cast ballots that for the first time in more than two decades do not have Daley’s name on the list. And they may select the city’s first Jewish mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

    Resistance is futile, soon they will all be assimilated as Rahmulins

  7. Alabama
    A group of Alabama friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
    “Where’s Henry?” the others asked.
    “Henry had a stroke of some kind. He’s a couple of miles back up the trail,” the successful hunter replied.
    “You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back?” they inquired.
    “A tough call,” nodded the hunter. “But I figured no one is going to steal Henry!”
    Mornin Gang’

  8. Just out from the United Nations:

    Planet could be ‘unrecognizable’ by 2050, experts say

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday.

    The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050


    Wow, how neat is that? They can keep all of their protest signs, press releases and associated paraphernalia, all they have to do to switch to this new doom and gloom mantra is replace “Warming” with “Overcrowding”.

  9. #8 Super Dave

    And more Alabama and animals.

    A man was driving in rural Alabama when out into the road strayed a rooster. Whack! The rooster disappeared under the car in a cloud of feathers. Shaken, the man pulled over at the farmhouse and rang the doorbell. A farmer appeared. The man somewhat nervously said, “I think I killed your rooster, please allow me to replace him.” “Suit yourself,” the farmer replied, “the hens are round the back.”

  10. 2 aggies are out deer hunting and one gets hurt. The other administers first aid and drives his buddy to the ER. The first one is DOA, the ER doc says to the other, he only had a broken arm and would have healed up in a couple of months if you didn’t field dress him first.

  11. Obama’s proposed budget doesn’t cut Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid, avoiding entitlements altogether.

    If he won’t touch sacred cows then it proves he’s not Muslim, he’s a Hindu.

  12. Serene Branson had a migraine attack, babbling incoherently and speaking jibberish on the air last Sunday covering the Grammys.

    She’s been asked to sing the National Anthem at next year’s Super Bowl.

  13. Gotta go cook up some bacon and eggs, leave you with this:

    America’s Worst Speed Traps

    10. Los Angeles, California
    Speed traps: 151

    9. Chicago, Illinois
    Speed traps: 153

    8. Dallas, Texas
    Speed traps: 156
    Dallas is one of three Texas cities that made the top 10 for speed traps.

    7. Orlando, Florida
    Speed traps: 165

    6. Denver, Colorado
    Speed traps: 165

    5. Jacksonville, Florida
    Speed traps: 175

    4. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Speed traps: 186

    3. Las Vegas, Nevada
    Speed traps: 187

    2. Austin, Texas
    Speed traps: 189
    The second entry from Texas in the top 10

    And the winning city is
    1. Houston, Texas
    Speed traps: 373

  14. #17 texanukian

    Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained, along with two pirates already in custody. U.S. forces also found the remains of two other pirates already dead aboard the vessel and believe a total of 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking.

    Why are any of the pirates still alive? They should all be festooning the yards of the sailboat.

    The four victims really should have known better than to sail through that area without being armed to the teeth.

  15. While I agree with you about being armed, it’s not that easy. When making port for supplies or to sight see you are required to go through customs and immigration just like when flying. Most countries have strict gun laws and if caught armed you could be facing serious prison time in some really crappy prison.

  16. Georgia
    The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.
    He called her into his office and said, “You graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”
    The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everything but my earrings.”

  17. Just keep handing the union thugs more rope in Wisconsin. The problem in Wisconsin is that the union people do not know how to act when faced with a leader who actually has principles and who is willing to stand on his promises to voters.

    Unfortunately, discovery of the slain American sailors just shows what happens when the pirates know that the Obama administration will not take any action against them to rescue their hostages. Same is true for everyone in the Middle East. So long as we are willing to tolerate anything and present an image of weakness and indecisiveness from the White House, everyone will feel free to just do as they please without fear of reprisal from the US.

  18. From the department of homophobic irony… A dude liked Leviticus 18:22 so much, he had it tattooed on his arm.

    [Thou] shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination..

    I guess he stopped reading there.

    In the next chapter (Leviticus 19:28) we find:
    Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you
    Which many interpret to forbid tattoos.

  19. Another Aggie hunting joke:

    Two Aggies, Joe and Bob, are hunting in the woods. As they are walking, Joe is a little careless with his gun and ends up shooting himself. Bob tries to revive Joe, but is unsuccessful. Frantically, Bob calls for emergency help on his cell phone:
    “911, what is the nature of your emergency?” the voice on the phone asks.
    “It’s my friend, I think he’s dead! Do I do CPR?” Bob asks.
    “Well, before you do CPR, you need to make sure he’s actually dead,” Voice says.
    “Okay, wait just a minute,” Bob replies.
    A few seconds later, the 911 operator hears a loud gunshot, then Bob, crying, picks the phone back up.
    “Okay, I’m sure he’s dead. Now, what do I do?”

  20. An Aggie is out hunting in the woods. In a clearing, he sees a gorgeous naked woman sitting on a tree stump, bathed in a shaft of sunlight. He stumbles up to her, so transfixed by her beauty he is barely able to walk. He stammers, “Are you game?”

    She answered him in a sexy, sultry voice, “Why, yes I am.”

    So he shot her.

  21. #22 gordo
    It’s not just the US. The only nation so far, that I’m aware of, that has handled the pirates in the right manner is either India or China.

  22. #26 There’s an app for that.

    Trapster is an innovative new app in the iTunes App store that uses your iPhone to alert you of approaching police speed traps, red light cameras, and other kinds of law enforcement related traps. It’s another innovative use for the Wi-Fi and GPS features of the iPhone 3G, and it’s free.

    The vendor implies that the app is a kind of high tech shout out to fellow drivers, akin to CB radio and flashing headlights to other drivers warning them of impending speed traps ahead.

  23. An Aggie and his buddy are out hiking. The buddy steps off the trail to answer the call of nature. As he’s standing there, a rattlesnake jumps up and bites him right on the tip of what every man does not want anything biting on the tip of. He yells to the Aggie that he’s been snake bit and tells him to go back down the trail to the logging camp they passed a couple of minutes ago and get the doctor there.

    The Aggie gets to the logging camp, finds the doctor, and tells him the problem. The doctor tells him he’s handing a logging accident and can’t get away right away, then tells him he can save his buddy if he’ll go back, make a cut on the bite, and suck out the blood.

    He goes back to his buddy who asks what the doctor said. The Aggie says:

    “The Doctor said you’re gonna die.

  24. This stuff is getting way to out of hand, where the he11 is the sanity in this world?

    ARVADA, Colo. — An 11-year-old Arvada boy was arrested and hauled away in handcuffs for drawing stick figures in school, something his therapist told him to do.


    They put him in a cell, took his mug shot and fingerprinted him. He says he thought he was going to jail and would never be able to go home again.


    Stick figures and he’s 11.

  25. There are elements of this story that remind me of a story my sister told me about her son:

    Yankee Sis became a Yankee through a second marriage. She had a son by her first husband, whom she divorced (for very good reasons). For a while she was a single mother, caring for her toddler by herself. Her son, “Joe,” was going through a period where he was too scared to sleep by himself, telling his mother that “the monsters under his bed were trying to kill him”. Yankee Sis had become involved in a charismatic, non-denominational church, and she attended a Wednesday night Bible study faithfully every week. She brought Joe with her and put him into the babysitting room while she studied Scripture with her friends.

    One night, she told her friends about Joe’s sleeping problem. She had assumed it was a by-product of the divorce and his “terrible two” stage, and was trying to nurse him through it all. After telling her friends about the “monsters” and their effect on her little boy, she left to check on Joe for a few minutes. After returning, they continued their Bible study and then she took Joe home.

    After arriving home, she brought Joe into bed with her. He surprised her by saying “Mom! I see an angel in the window!” Yankee Sis had never discussed angels with him, so she thought someone at church had mentioned them to him. She smiled, thinking “how cute!” and asked him to describe the angel.
    “He’s wearing a long white robe, and he has a white belt, and he’s holding a sword!”
    “A sword!” Sis replied, “What’s he doing with the sword?”
    Joe said “He’s touching the tip of the leaf on plant in the window.”
    “Really!” Sis replied, “Anything else?”
    “Yeah, there’s another angel with him!” Joe said.
    “Really?” Sis asked.
    “Yeah, and there’s two in that window, and two in that window, and two in the door!” Joe said.
    “Wow, a lot of angels, huh?”
    “Yeah! An’ there’s two on the floor, too!”
    “What are they doing on the floor?” Sis asked.
    “They’re scooping out the monsters and they’re killing them with their swords!” Joe said delightedly.
    “Wow! That’s a lot of angels!” Sis said, and they snuggled down to a quiet, restful sleep. Joe had no nightmares from that night forward.

    Jump to the next Wednesday night Bible study meeting. Sis dropped Joe off with the babysitter at the church and joined her friends. She told them about her son’s stories about the angels and how he had been able to sleep through the night since. She noticed her friends looking at each other and asked what was going on. “Well,” one of her friends said,”Last week when you went to check on Joe, we prayed together that the Lord would send two angels to every entrance to your home and that they would protect Joe from the monsters being sent to attack him.”


  26. Good morning Hamsters. Guess the front made it here since there’s a breeze out of the NNE and it feels less humid; the low of 61 wasn’t overwhelming but welcome anyway. Gloomy overcast that looks like a snow sky does not inspire much that requires significant energy. However gloom goes well with organizing info for 2010 taxes before meeting with the CPA next week. That way the appointment goes well and leaves some time to ask financial questions unrelated to income taxes.

    The circus in Madison apparently continues, but each hour that passes makes the missing 14 Dems and the protesting union members and rent-a-mob types look more ridiculous before the state and nation. Plus the Legislature will get back to business today and among other things discuss a voter ID bill, which can be easily passed in the Senate without the AWOL 14. Governor Walker needs to cancel their state credit cards, as a pinch in the wallet would likely be quite persuasive when they have to pay for their runaway scrape themselves. 🙂

  27. More insanity.

    Arizona is one step closer to making it illegal to perform abortions based on the gender or race of the fetus – a move that critics say is a solution in search of a problem.

    But a majority of the Arizona House of Representatives on Monday agreed that there should be safeguards against such a procedure and passed House Bill 2443 a 41-18 vote.

    The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.


    In a letter read to House members, Franks wrote, “Sex-selection abortion is a growing tragedy in our state.”

    But Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, said there was no data to show such a pattern in Arizona abortions.

    “Where is the concern for life once it’s born?” she asked, pointing to state budget cuts that have targeted programs that help low-income families and children.

    The bill would allow the father of an aborted baby – or, if the mother were a minor, the mother’s parents – to file a civil action seeking damages against the doctor who performed the abortion.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/02/21/20110221arizona-abortion-bill-advances0222abrk.html#ixzz1EhlO3g8q

    This is not a comment about the right or wrong of abortion. This about the state being dishonest about it’s motives and creating a legal quagmire for no good reason.

  28. An Aggie and a t-sip are out hunting. The Aggie gets an urgent call from Mother Nature and asks the t-sip if he has any toilet paper. “Heck, no, I don’t have any toilet paper!” he snaps back. “Well, what am I gonna do?” whines the Aggie. “You got a dollar?” asks the t-sip. “I think so,” Aggie says. “Well, use the dollar to wipe with!” t-sip says angrily.

    Aggie goes into the bushes to do his business. After he returns, the t-sip takes on whiff and says “PEEE-YEWW, AGGIE! You smell like crap! You’re covered in crap! Didn’t you wipe with that dollar bill?”

    “I didn’t have any dollar bills,” the Aggie replied, “so I had to use three quarters, two dimes, and a nickel.”

  29. The American Bar Association is planning on helping pro sharia laws in many states including Texas. h/t American Thinker

    Oklahoma referendum related Rule of Law initiatives.

    The Section’s Executive Counsel has organized a Task Force to review the legislation of 14 states — Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming – in which anti-Sharia legislation has been introduced. The goal of the Task Force is to have a Report and Recommendation against such legislation as well as an informal set of “talking points” that local opponents of these initiatives could use to make their case in each of these states. We received a lot of interest from members and have forwarded your interest. At this point, the task force is in the planning and organizing stage. We will keep you updated as to the progress and we may call upon some of you who expressed their interest in this matter to volunteer.


  30. Rush just reported that Indiana Democrat legislators have fled to Illinois or Kentucky to avoid voting on legislation similar to Wisconsin’s. Well, well, well. Somebody needs to tell them how the 2003 Texas Dem runaway scrape ended. They should be prepared to pay for their folly with their own nickels when the governors cancel their state credit cards.

  31. Story on the Indiana Dems running away

    Today’s fight was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation. It’s become the latest in what is becoming a national fight over Republican attempts to eliminate or limit collective bargaining.

  32. You know those really high-dollar scanners in the airports that wouldn’t have been able to detect the explosives the guy had in his shoes or the explosives the other guy had in his manties?

    Well, apparently they can’t detect a gun in someone’s shirt either.

    The source said the undercover agent carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport’s body scanners every time she tried, the source said.

    In response, the TSA said basically, “Oh Yeah! Well we train our people like rilly rilly rilly hard.”

    “Our security officers are one of the most heavily tested federal workforces in the nation. We regularly test our officers in a variety of ways to ensure the effectiveness of our technology, security measures and the overall layered system. For security reasons, we do not publicize or comment on the results of covert tests, however advanced imaging technology is an effective tool to detect both metallic and nonmetallic items hidden on passengers.”

    Maybe they should check to see if they’re awake…

  33. #35 crazy aunt
    Speaking of Aggies…

    I seem to recall that your daughter is engaged to one. So how is that future son-in-law of yours? 😉

  34. #43 WB

    I hear he’s doing well. I haven’t seen nor heard from him in some weeks, but I know he’s been very supportive and helpful to Lovely in her last semester of college. She’s stressing over her future job situation and stuff, and she’s told me that he’s been a real help in dealing with her concerns.

    I believe they go to College Station in the next few weeks to look over venues for the wedding and reception. She also has plans for Mom to go with her to try on wedding dresses. She already knows what she wants, but she wants the Mommy seal of approval. Like I’d ever take her decision away from her. It’s her wedding, her day, and it’ll be her dress. She and Aggie Beau should get whatever they want on their day. If she wants to wear a loincloth and a coconut bra, I’d tell her to go for it. The priest, however, might have a few issues.

  35. #49 I will contribute to the dog poop fund as well, we have a new puppy. Is there anyway we can make the contents of the package “spray everywhere” when it is opened?

  36. Tolerance.

    Two Protestant churches are taking some heat from critics for opening their church buildings to Muslims needing places to worship because their own facilities were either too small, or under construction.
    – – –
    But Dr. Alex McFarland, a Christian theologian and radio talk show host, charged these churches “have crossed the line from respect and tolerance, to … affirmation and endorsement.

    “We as the church are called to show love, we’re called to help. But to let a building simultaneously be used for the activities of a mosque and also the activities of Jesus Christ, it’s just incompatible. And I think it’s one more example of political correctness and hyper-tolerance gone awry.”

    Why can’t we all just get a bong?

  37. P-BO doesn’t want to comment on Libya, a major exporter of petroleum, whose internal strife has caused crude prices to jump ~10% in the last couple of days, who is using its army and air force to fire upon civilians with small arms, artillery, bombs, and rockets in a clear violation of any sort of international proscriptions against such activities, and who has been a significant state sponsor of terrorism.

    He does want to attend some pointless workshop called “Winning the Future Forum on Small Business” in Cleveland so he can tell everyone that he’s “pro-jobs” and is willing to “invest” however much of our money it takes to at least buy off the small business “leaders” in attendance. Do any small business owners actually attend those nonsense fora? I would think they’d be too busy actually running their businesses to be there.

  38. I have some nice dog poopie dropped in my yard by my friendly neighborhood mutts, if I could send that in.

    What about cat barf?

    What about the actual cat? Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

  39. This just came into my inbox and should be read by all. The foul “O” isn’t a mooooslim but he institutes sharia Dhimmitude via the o-care law?!?

    New Word For The Day – “Dhimmitude” – What Does It Mean?

    Obama used it in the health care bill. Now isn’t
    this interesting? It was used in the health care law.
    Every day there’s another revelation of what
    Obama and his fellow Democrats are doing to our country.

    Dhimmitude — I had never heard the word until
    now. Type it into Google and start reading.
    Pretty interesting. It’s on page 107 of the
    healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and
    yep, it exists. It is a REAL word.

    Word of the Day: Dhimmitude

    Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling
    non-muslim populations conquered through jihad.
    Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-muslims in
    exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a
    coercive means of converting conquered remnants
    to Islam. http://www.dhimmitude.org/

    Obama Care allows the establishment of Dhimmitude
    and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States .
    Folks, this is exclusively an Islamic concept
    under Sharia Law. So exclusive they had to make
    up an English word to define the concept. Why
    would our government start interjecting Sharia
    Law concepts into new broad and sweeping
    legislation like health care that would control the US population? ….Anyone?

    Muslims are specifically exempted from the
    government mandate to purchase insurance, and
    also from the penalty tax for being uninsured.
    Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”,
    “risk-taking”, and “usury” and is thus banned.
    Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.

    How convenient. So a Christian, will have
    crippling IRS liens placed against all of their
    assets, including real estate, cattle, and even
    accounts receivables, and will face hard prison
    time because they refuse to buy insurance or pay
    the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan and
    all other US Muslims will have no such penalty
    and will have 100% of their health needs paid for
    by the de facto government insurance. Non-Muslims
    paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. This is Sharia
    Law definition of… Dhimmitude. This is not a Western Civilization concept.

    Dhimmit has two purposes: To enrich Muslims AND
    to drive conversions to Islam. “Sure, I’ll be a
    muslim if it means free health insurance and no taxes. Where do I sign, bro?”

    I recommend sending this post to your contacts.
    This is desperately important and people need to know about it — quickly!

    COMMENTARY: The world needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

    This really is happening in your country. A fraction at a time.

    Wake up America ! They’re coming in the back door.

  40. Hmmmm

    Slate magazine notices something I did when looking at pictures of the Union Thug’s signs at the Government Shutdown Rally in Madison.

    No theme pops up as often in protest signs as anger at David and Charles Koch, the industrialists who fund a plenitude of libertarian think tanks. Anger at the Kochs comes up in interviews before I’ve even asked about them. Protesters call Gov. Scott Walker a puppet of the Kochs, and some of them say his budget reform bill will result in a no-bid contract win for the brothers. There’s a lot to learn here, but the most basic lesson is: A lot of people in Madison read The New Yorker.

    Anybody else but me see the irony in a group that is bussing in people from all over the country and paying them wages to hold up protest signs while Doctors write fake sick notes for those who would lose thier job by fraudlently calling in sick telling folks that we are the victims of a highly organized politically motivated conspiracy?

  41. #54 Pyro: Anyone that does not think that Mrs. Foul “O” has a huge butt has not bothered to look. I did and then I had to bleach my brain.

    Mrs. Foul O: Barry, do these pants make my butt look big?
    Barry: Why the h-ll you aksing me that beyotch, YO BUTT IS HUGE NO MATTA WHAT YOU WEAR!

  42. #42: I heard on the radio this AM that none of the TSA agents who missed the gun, and there were a lot of them, got so much as a slap on the wrist. 🙁

  43. Dhimmitude — I had never heard the word until
    now. Type it into Google and start reading.
    Pretty interesting. It’s on page 107 of the
    healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and
    yep, it exists. It is a REAL word.

    Here’s the text of the ObamaCare bill. as passed.

    Look on Page 107.

    The word isn’t there.

    do a word search of the bill.

    You won’t find it doing that either.

    There’s enough wrong with the bill, and with Obama, we don;t need made up BS. It just makes us look ignorant.

  44. Well, it’s better than naming her Farmville.

    A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl “Facebook” Jamal Ibrahim (his name.)

  45. Not free range, but “Music Eggs,”

    At a farm in Hong Kong’s New Territories, a group of 20,000 chickens listen to a mix of classical, jazz, rap and Cantopop (Cantonese pop music) daily.

    Called “music eggs,” they hail from the Chung Hing Musical Farm and each one gets branded with a small oval sticker bearing a blue treble-clef insignia — the central curl of treble clef is decorated to look like the head of a rooster.


  46. From Factcheck.org

    In our article “More Malarkey About Health Care,” we wrote that some religious groups may indeed be considered exempt from the requirement to have health insurance. The law defines exempt groups using the definition from 26 U.S. Code section 1402(g)(1), which describes the religious groups currently considered exempt from Social Security payroll taxes. Eligible sects must forbid any payout in the event of death, disability, old age or retirement, including Social Security and Medicare.

    Since we posted our article, we’ve obtained a list through the Freedom of Information Act of all the groups that have successfully applied for exemptions from payroll taxes. (We have posted the Excel file here.) The overwhelming majority of them are explicitly Anabaptist — that is, Mennonite, Amish or Hutterite. Those that don’t specify their denomination are still explicitly Christian. Having gone through the list, we can say with certainty that no Muslim group, and indeed no non-Christian group, has ever qualified for an exemption under the statute used to define exempt religious groups in the health care law.

  47. Gee.

    Say that something makes conservatives look ignorant and Bobby is all over it.

    Should be a lesson to you folks as to why you shouldn’t buy into this crap and how some other folks will use it.

  48. #65 I see reposts of chain emails that peg my skeptic meter very often. I generally ignore them. I applaud you for correctly pointing out that this one is pure xenophobic fantasy, as well as counterproductive.

    The interesting thing about the Factcheck article is that it points out that the email was debunked nine months ago. But people keep forwarding it like the Energizer Bunny.

    Trust No One.

  49. I used to correct family members about passing along crap without checking it. I even tried to catch my boss one day, hoping to keep her from embarrassing herself (but I was too late). I even wrote a post about urban legends and fraudulent emails, which wissed off a few family members. They thought I was trying to be “smarter than thou”. I was really just wissin’ tired of wading through the alarmist warnings and bullstuff.

    I don’t get them so much anymore. Not from family, anyway.

  50. I’m on the last episode of Stargate Atlantis. I just finished the episode “Vegas”. I think it’s my favorite so far. Very different. I’ll be sad when I cross this one off my list.

    Then I can go back to catching up with some of my other shows on my list.

  51. There are certain people who pretty well forward everything that lands in their inbox. I’ve learned to mostly ignore their emails, despite the fact that it is a major pet peeve.

  52. #70 Sarge

    No, silly! 🙂

    It wasn’t the SHOW “Vegas”. It was the EPISODE “Vegas”. And I don’t think Dan Tanna ever got involved in Wraith, alternate realities, rips in space time, or subspace transmissions.

    /and I know you were just jesting

  53. It wasn’t the SHOW “Vegas”. It was the EPISODE “Vegas”. And I don’t think Dan Tanna ever got involved in Wraith, alternate realities, rips in space time, or subspace transmissions.

    You obvioulsy never saw The Lazarus Man

    I thought it was a pretty good show.

  54. Fat Albert #57 yesterday;

    (I think Darren and Bob42 are secretly married. . . . )

    Just a long as bob’s the punk b*tch. 😯

  55. House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation, The Indianapolis Star has learned.

    That’s right, Indiana Dems are on the run as well.


  56. Washington opens and closes with such expressions of humility. He attributes any successes he may have had as president to the “constancy of your support.”He calls for a unity rooted in an American allegiance and identity, respect for the Constitution, and a morality based on religious belief.

    But Barack Obama, with his conquering calls to “fundamentally transform” America and repeated proclamations that “we won” — before his 2010 “shellacking,” of course — has proven himself to be the antithesis of the “dutiful citizen” Washington. Obama’s policies and associations show a distinct desire to “transform” the republic into a socialist state. His statements and actions demonstrate contempt for the American people and the American form of government.

    I could not agree more with such a contrasting notion a to the character of George Washington and Barak Obama.

    I do admire Michael Medved as a person who will role up his sleeves and defend his position but his defense of Obama’s character (not his position, I know Medved’;s very opposed to Obama’s policies) as one who is NOT interested in destroying much of what is America and American has brought me near calling into his show. And I’m terrified of calling into talk radio shows. I’m glad Mary Grabar wrote this article about Medved’s approach to Obama.


  57. #80 Darren

    I enjoyed reading your link about Medved-on-Obama, and some of the comments there. Especially liked 18 from proreason:

    No rational person can deny that everything about Obama is an extreme outlier: his family, his life story, his education, his “work” history, the people who have influenced him, his associates, his belief system, his personality, his governance once elected president, his appointees, his veracity. Maybe you are a leftist and just love what he is doing, but to deny that he is extreme in almost every way is evidence that you are mentally unbalanced yourself.

  58. Here’s a brain teaser question that requires much thought and research before coming up with a definitive answer:

    “Does anyone anywhere care what Hillary thinks or says about anything?”

    No prizes awarded for winners.

  59. mharper #83;

    One of Medved’s line of reason goes as follows:
    1) Do you think obama wants to be reelected? Yes.
    2) Will a tanking economy help him get re-elected? No.
    3) So do you think he wants to deliberately wreck the economy and thus ruining his chances of getting re-elected? No.

    Man I want to call in and tell Medved and tell him that while Obama wants to wreck America may not necessarily be the first and foremost top point of arguments against Obama, that yes his policies and the merits of them should be on the frontline of debate, there is no way any reason person can deny that Obama fundamentally disagrees with America and what America was founded on.

    Religion? O spent two decades in a church that preaches America is sinful and the only path to redemption is to take from those that have and give them to those that don’t.

    Economincs? See “religion?”. Also, all his economic policies from wanting to raise taxes, to health coverage, to running corporations are based entirely on “giving to the workers”.

    The Constitution? He sees it as all Progressives do: a hindrance. All those “negative liberties” (ironically their existence help ensure us great and mighty positive freedom) should be changed to “positive liberties” and guarantee to the people what government will do for them. Very similar to FDR’s “new bill of rights”.

    The only way to achieve and America in Obama’s vision will be to wreck what exists now and rebuild in his vision.

  60. Mrs. Darren’s cousin just gave birth to their fourth child. Anopther girl.

    Whoohoo, babies rule!

    Pictures forth coming.

    I didn’t do well with my bedtime last night so I want to retire extra early tonight. Gotta keep my body in working order. Lots of good things to do in this life. No need to waste them.

    Good night, all.

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