IT'S MORNING IN AMERICA  8:56 am February 25, 2011

Wisconsin Assembly Votes To End Collective Bargaining

by Riley Waggaman

Nearly.

  • After three straight days of debate, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly passed Scott Walker’s erotic union-busting fantasy earlier this morning, “before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.” The bill now heads to the Senate, where it will probably stay for quite some time, since Senate Democrats are still eloping in Illinois. Anyway, here is what happened, according to the Associated Press: “Debate had gone on for 60 hours and 15 Democrats were still waiting to speak when the vote started around 1 a.m. Friday. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, opened the roll and closed it within seconds. Democrats looked around, bewildered. Only 13 of the 38 Democratic members managed to vote in time. Republicans immediately marched out of the chamber in single file. The Democrats rushed at them, pumping their fists and shouting ‘Shame!’ and ‘Cowards!’” (Please consider donating to our friends at the Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association, so that demonstrators can continue to “eat food” and enjoy other communist entitlements.) [AP]
  • The Air Force awarded Boeing a $35 billion contract to build a “flying gas station,” the end. [The Hill]
  • Meanwhile, 2,000 teachers will receive termination letters in Providence, so that the city will have “maximum flexibility to make budget cuts” for the upcoming school year. [AP]
  • Murderous CIA psychopath Raymond Davis appeared in Pakistani court today, where he was “handed documents that detailed the case against him.” Davis will be formally charged (with murder/trying to provoke a nuclear war) on March 3. [CNN]
 

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slithytoves February 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

The day MUST soon come when Democrats stop looking around bewildered.

LesBontemps February 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

Have you actually seen the Democratic Party lately?

Monsieur_Grumpe February 25, 2011 at 9:15 am

Huh?

Not_So_Much February 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

Seriously. They can't hire anyone to coach them on ruthless organization? Pathetic.

undeterredbyreality February 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

Not before they pry the gun from my cold, dead hand.

Redhead February 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

The school board in Wake County, NC (which was featured on the Colbert Report for trying to re-segregate its schools/impose "neighborhood schools" to the dismay and legal challenges of the NAACP) had a vote shortly after several of the new, conservative, pro-neighborhood-school people were sworn in. I forget exactly what it was about, but it was more than just "motion to adjourn." They specifically stalled the actual vote until one of the anti-neighborhood-schools people got up to use the bathroom and then called the vote while that board member was in the bathroom.

Banelm February 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Do you realize how much money they are being payed to look bewildered? 'For another mil, I can look like a stunned duck' It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.

Oblios_Cap February 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Representative Democracy in action!

Natl_Indecency_Cmdr February 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

you can tell it's democracy because it happened at the middle of the night while some legislators were still waiting to speak.

EatsBabyDingos February 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Its a Gnu Day for the Bewilderbeasts of Madison.

mereoblivion February 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

Bingo, Dingo!

DaSandman February 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

This shit is always circular. Gov Walker (R-Dildo) may think he has the upper hand but new elections are always coming. Plus, he will literally have to be looking over his shoulder the rest of his life for any number of reasons. But a small price to pay, I suppose, for the approval of the Emperor Koch.

The bigger they are…

mereoblivion February 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

And, as Bogey puts it so succinctly to Elijah Cook, Jr: "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter" (as in "Just as Reagan brought down the Berlin Wall by crushing the ATCU, I will go down in history as the hero who saved the Wisconsin taxpayer," etc etc.)

Texan_Bulldog February 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

From your keyboard to Karma's ear. I think the bad Grecian Formula job is payback number 1, but he needs to lose a testicle due to a pissed wife or a dog attack–hey, you guys only need one to function.

Progressiveinga February 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

Payback #2 = male pattern baldness
Payback #3 = nasal discomfort – he always sounds as if he needs to hock a serious lugie. Not very presidential.

HistoriCat February 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

I'm not sure he even has one functioning testicle.

Thurman Munster IV February 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

He may have one ball, but it's massive.

PsycWench February 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

Walker should take a tip from the last Harry Potter book, where it becomes clear just how far Voldemort's approval gets you.

mourningnmerica February 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

No, no. Not circular. Spiral. They take big chunks of Democracy and the left looks on. The very mechanisms of Democracy are being disabled. We are headed toward totalitarianism.

Oblios_Cap February 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

The Air Force awarded Boeing a $35 billion contract to build a “flying gas station,” the end.

Things still seem to be going swimmingly for the military-industrial complex.

War Pigs rule!

Weenus299 February 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

To refuel, among other things, 800-year-old B-52s on their around-the-world nuclear bombing missions, no less.

We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know wheeeeeennn….

mereoblivion February 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

"I don't avoid women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence."

memzilla February 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"

comptoneffect February 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

“Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.”

jqheywood February 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

Somebody better go back and geet a shitload a' dimes….

Oh wait, wrong Slim Pickens movie. Sorry about that.

MildMidwesterner February 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

One would think that in this day in age Boeing could create a flying hybrid.

forgracie February 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

You mean bomber/gas station?

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

Armed with Green bombs that require a smaller carbon footprint to manufacture.

user-of-owls February 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

They can get energy out of manure, right? So my idea is, you round up one Fox listener and/or T-Baguette for every plane in the fleet, then…

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

Side note: I grew up on a farm and am well-versed in "cow pat defense technologies."

The best ones are lightly crusty and dry on the outside, but when they explode the wet contents fly everywhere.

jqheywood February 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

And a spade makes a mighty fine delivery platform…

OneDollarJuana February 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

However, since the contract was going to be let in any case, it's good that they awarded (for once) a defense contract to a US manufacturer instead of outsourcing every goddam thing in the country. Like our missile control computers to the Chinese that Clinton did.

V572625694 February 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

Engghng, Airbus had proposed token local content at a plant in union-free Mobile, whereas Boeing is headquartered in Thug Central, for reasons that now seem eminently reasonable. Yea for Chicago-style politics!

BerkeleyBear February 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

This contract has taken something like a decade to be awarded. First, Boeing got caught blatently cheating by Northrup and the Airbus people, then the government contracting agents screwed up in their assessment of the rebid in favor of Northrup/Airbus (probably because they were pissed at/burned by Boeing) so a protest board threw out the second award, then Northrup pulled out (meaning the Airbus bid was tainted as Euro only even though the planes would be built mainly in Alabama) and Boeing won this round. Airbus was expected to win, so look for another round of protests.

Beyond the Three Stooges re-enactment, the one really cool part is this is a giant plate of cow pies for Jeff Sessions and the rest of the assholes in the Alabama delegation who've been carrying water for the Airbus bid. Couple this with the loss of the F-35 alternate engine for Boehner's district and you have some serious karmic retribution shaping up.

Lascauxcaveman February 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

It's only right and proper for aircraft to be built in Seattle. So anyway, happy ending for the economy of Jet Town. Wichita, too, probably.

emmelemm February 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Yeah, as long as the fueling tankers are going to get built anyway, they may as well get built here. Then Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell can say, "Look! Jerbs!"

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Not sure why we need a whole brand new tanker. When I was in, they were testing converting DC-10's to tankers to replace the KC-135. And 35 billion? That'll just get them through the design phase.

Beowoof February 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

Worker's rights are so 20th century. They just don't fit with the new global economy. After all you should be willing to work for 59cents an hour. Its a job and may just be enough to buy food for one, when living under the bridge. Although, this time of year in the North such as Wisconsin, I do believe those under bridge accommodations are filled with all sorts of wonderful folks.

trampndirtdown February 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Don't forget the added bonus that the bridge may collapse on top of you. Mmmm it's like a cement blanket.

OneDollarJuana February 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

And workers working for slave wages are so much better than actual slaves. Jeez, with actual slaves you gotta find food and shelter for 'em. With workers working for slave wages they gotta do the whole survival thing at no cost to you!

mereoblivion February 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

Plus you don't have to listen to them crooning spirituals in their hovels of a summer evening.

V572625694 February 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

Or whetting their pitchforks….

cheaphits February 25, 2011 at 9:58 am

Yet.

PsycWench February 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

You need those wonderful folks to shoo the rats away from your food supply while you're at work.

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

That falls under the "Workers are greedy" meme. If those teachers were real Americans, they would quit suckling off the government teat and start their own schools where they could compete for the right to education our children by submitting bids.

ChessieNefercat February 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Wait, I thought the cool thing these days was no-bid contracts. Or is that only for war profiteers and the Koch bothers?

trampndirtdown February 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

The Republicans do know that Boeing is union don't they?

Oblios_Cap February 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

But it's a good union, protecting the weapons industry's patriotic workers.

trampndirtdown February 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

There are no "good unions", they're just next.

horsedreamer_1 February 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

That's why the IAFF has been marching in Madison.

Even the cops eventually broke down & showed solidarity with the wimpy plebes. (Wimpy plebes being what the "real men carry guns" cops would call teachers & such.)

user-of-owls February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

You WIN the (9:20-9:34am) morning!

Negropolis February 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

There are no "good unions", they're just next.

Even though that is a joke, it just rings so eerily true that it's almost kind of frightening.

MildMidwesterner February 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

That could make a good recruitment tagline: "The Marines: Making Union Thugs Look Weak."

OneDollarJuana February 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

Well, parts of Boeing are union. They also have manufacturing in slave right to work states, and have done a lot of outsourcing for the (bad) Dreamliner. Which they have found to not work quite so well as hoped, with crappy and ill-fitting assemblies coming from subcontractors. Who knew that when you sub out work to the lowest bidders in places too far away to oversee that quality may suffer?

BerkeleyBear February 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

Yeah, who would have thought that sourcing parts in 100+ different places would be a bad thing. The hilarious part was that the engineers (mainly in Washington still, despite the corporate move to Chicago) were screaming about this even as the marketing and corporate shits were touting it as the future of global contracting.

It was a brilliant sales move in some ways, as giving a taste to all those countries amounted to a kickback on future orders, but it probably would have been cheaper to just bribe them all and build the thing at one plant with a handful of closely supervised Tier 1 suppliers.

Beattitudes February 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

not in SC it isn't…and never will be according to our fair guv'nor..

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

For the time being…

mourningnmerica February 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

Not for long.

Weenus299 February 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

Has anyone called for a Rage Against The Machine reunion yet? That's when the troubles start to heal.

DeeJayKitteh February 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

No snark, just bewilderment on my end. If it were the Democrats that pulled a stunt like that, there would be giant cries of protest and accusations of being anti-democratic that dominated even the supposed left-leaning media. But this? This probably won't be more than a blip on the screen. How is it possible that liberals have zero control over the message and the media?

Oblios_Cap February 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

Who controls the media?

DeeJayKitteh February 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

Ah yes. The most obvious answer is usually the right one. I forgot we weren't dealing with the Fourth Estate, but rather the Fourth Estate, brought to you by Wal-Mart.

OneDollarJuana February 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

A direct result of Clinton signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Thanks, Bill!

FlownOver February 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

MasterBlaster controls the media. Embargo on!

Redhead February 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

To be fair, I'm sure Fox News will cover it – and find a way to make it the dems' fault/a sign of the dems' incompetence.

Mariecohn February 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Sadly, DeeJayK, I have only one upfist to give for my country! As our neighbors say, Grow A Pair!

GuanoFaucet February 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

Yes, fewer teachers is just what we need in this country.

DeeJayKitteh February 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

Apparently, Providence RI agrees: http://gawker.com/#!5770117/providence-rhode-isla

mourningnmerica February 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

Fewer teachers = more Republican voters.

Beowoof February 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Knowing shit is bad for ya.

user-of-owls February 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

For the love of god, stop sending pizza! It makes people sleepy!

Donate here to buy 50-gallon drums of espresso for the Democrats!

Oh, and cigarettes. Don't forget the cigarettes.

karen February 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

Personally I prefer gas-station cigars. Bring on the Black & Milds! Mmmm vanilla!

HateMachine February 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

Honestly, one of the most kickass things I've read about this whole awful thing has been the motherfucking PEOPLE OF EGYPT sending pizza to the Madison teachers.

Brought a feeling remarkably like warmth to my black commie heart.

OneDollarJuana February 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

The future depends on the youth of our country. Send Red Bull. And when they win, send 4Loko.

Negropolis February 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

4Loko is illegal contraband, now. Like a fine, Cuban cigar it is.

Texan_Bulldog February 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

Assholes…and I thought Wisconsans were just a nice, harmless cheese-loving peoples.

mereoblivion February 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

We still have a few simple famer/herder/fisher folk, and of course a passel of kooky intellectuals, but mostly we're just a bunch of selfish, ignorant scumbags like everywhere else. Plus the "Indians."

Monsieur_Grumpe February 25, 2011 at 9:15 am

Teachers seem to be getting the shaft (not in the good way) in this country way to often lately. Seeing that the average intellect in the USA is comparable to a cold waffle we should be treating and paying our teachers better so we can attract and keep the best. Layoffs and wage cuts are not going to motivate anyone to go that extra mile it would take to teach little hyperactive glue sniffing Johnny to read.

user-of-owls February 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

"Are you guys talking about Johnny Brasky? I know Johnny Brasky!"

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

Let me offer one reflection on the teaching situation in the USA. It's just a simple reflection, but an interesting one.

From a former life I have seven years classroom experience:

If I teach anywhere in Australia I'll make around 70K (before add ons).
If I teach in NC I'll make around 40K.
If I teach in Virginia I'll make around 35K.

And yes, given the diversity of Australia's rural and urban settings, I could find somewhere comparable cost-wise to small-town Virginia, or comparable cost-wise to the large urban areas in NC.

Just saying.

user-of-owls February 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

I've always been curious. In Australia, do grade curves go in the opposite direction?

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

Yeah. They have to be read upside down while standing on the equator as Paul Hogan cooks shrimp ("shrimp", I have found out, is American for "prawn") on his barbie.

OneDollarJuana February 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

's gotta make the shrimp taste like burnt plastic. ick

And Aussie beer is not much better than Bud.

HistoriCat February 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

Yeah but – Australia.

They have those backwards seasons. And, um, well I can't think of any other objections right now. Fuck it – let's all move to Australia.

undeterredbyreality February 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

Well, it is full of prisoners.

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

Relax. The worst of us have been deported to the US.

natoslug February 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Flooding, fires, every living thing on the continent is vicious and venomous, and they can't even pronounce "hurricane" correctly. Whenever they say it, I could swear they're saying "typhoon" — someone needs to teach those backwards kangaroo-raping bastards the King's English like we done talk it here in 'murrika!

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

An elderly member of my in-laws (from a southern state) was listening to two Australians talking. She turned to her companions and said plaintively, "Why DO they talk that way?"

Mumbletypeg February 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

Point well taken. Also troubling is, for every generation squeezing out ever more dismal scores on our pupils' aptitude, achievement gaps, & sheer incompetence (like forgetting to read the directions before proceeding — how often I had to reiterate this to my middle schoolers), it is that much more damage-control that's impending, for those willing to take on this joke of a job. Our future educators are sitting in these overcrowded under-supported classrooms supposedly getting educated now, if I have my timeline in perspective. And currently doing the revolving-door dance into the teaching profession while their ageing peers fend off retirement: droves of career-switchers/ college grads, having attended public school & are among the first who've completed their entire primary/ secondary education under NCLB, having never known a school environment without getting beaten over the head w/ "standards of learning" membot mentality. Is this the generation that's going to turn the sinking ship around and put us back on top? Meanwhile — yes — teachers continue to be deprived of every last resource except dogged determination at this point.

not that Dewey February 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Silly liberal. Don't you know that logic only applies to hedge-fund-managers and bank CEOs, for whom there is a fixed pool of "talent"? Any poor slob can be a teacher. Just ask Texas.

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

An educated population is a dangerous population.
I'm only surprised that the House Republiklans/Tea Baggers have not started debating a bill to disband the entire Department of Education.

Terry February 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

"Wisconsin Assembly Votes To End Collective Bargaining"

…for unions that didn't support the election of the current governor.

There, fixed.

Dudleydidwrong February 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

We've reduced our "democracy" to playing parliamentary games while the nation slowly declines. These games have been played before and in the future it will be the Democrats' turn to play "Spin the lobbyist" or "My gavel is quicker than your gavel." Sad. Send out Diogenes to search for an honest and caring politician. There may be a few left.

"stop, hey what's that sound, everybody look what's goin down…"

x111e7thst February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

We are not slowly declining, we are in a power-dive worthy of a JU 87 Stuka.

ifthethunderdontgetya February 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

Don't worry, I read a book that said fascism can't happen here.
~

genxr February 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

Come on, a militia group in America called the minute men, that goes after other races? Ridiculous!

PublicLuxury February 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

Fuckin' lockstep republican bullshit at its finest. These tea party hard ass cruel lunatic bastards have no idea what they have just done.

My heart hurts for the public employees everywhere.

Mariecohn February 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Oh, Public, I was once tenured at Cal State Long Beach. It was fun. And I was represented by a union. My heart sinks seeing what Ah-nold has done to professors on those campuses, and the unions have been so emasculated over time that the profs have nowhere to run.

freakishlywrong February 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

Murika 2010- Mild reforms on a for-profit health care system = Tyranny, dictatorships and thousands of misinformed old people in Medicare paid for scooters screaming about socialism.

Ending collective bargaining rights for teachers and toll booth workers = "collective sacrifice"

Viva Costa Rica.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

Pura vida!

Chillwaver February 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

This is the beginning of the end for Labor Unions. Well done, TeaTards (can we start calling them Kochbots now?)

BeWoot February 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

I'll take that bet. Public employees formed unions to protect themselves from blowhard politicians who, time and again, sought to use them as scapegoats. I think, and polls seem to be backing me up on this, that this whole series of union-busting efforts, teacher layoffs, etc. is prodding Americans to notice that public employees are in fact being used for scapegoats.

Asshat Walker is the liberal's friend.

weejee February 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

The Air Force awarded Boeing a $35 billion contract to build a “flying gas station,” the end.
Warshington's Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell totally kicked-ass over the 'Bama tag team of Sessions and Shelby in this WWF smackdown.

The end, likely not. The Sessions and Shelby dysphagic duo are total whores for the European Airbus, so they likely will stretch this out.

hollywooddood February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

So it was teachers and nurses who bankrupted the economy. And all this time I thought it was Wall Street bankers.

mereoblivion February 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

Teachers, nurses, and A-Rod.

SorosBot February 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

How dare you even suggest that our overlords are to blame for the recession they called; real patriotic Americans will always find a lower-class minority scapegoat. In the mortgage crisis, it's the fault of the Carter-era law that prevents banks from discriminating against black people that has absolutely nothing to do with the crisis, but the fat Oxy-addicted fuck says it does so people believe it.

SorosBot February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

So is anyone in Wisconsin who can tell us first-hand what the new, flag-wrapped American brand of fascism looks like? Ah well, we had a good run of over 220 years, now that it's all over we should have a nice big wake.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

Wisconsin, the badgerer state.

Steverino247 February 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

As so the warlords win another battle against the Mandarins. Worked out so well for the Chinese. Who needs a trained professional class to teach children, manage food production, run the nation's civil engineering, care for the sick and infirm and all that bullshit.

chickensmack February 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

And just like the Chinese banning certain Tibetans from reincarnating, we should legislate that our children should not have teachers.

Think about it: In our Christian country, 1 Timothy 2 says "Shut thee fuck up, woman, and maketh thine a sammich." clearly the hallmark of patriarchal society.

Correspond that to 66 million women in the workplace. If we suddenly go back to the Jesus years, women can stay at home (like they should, says Paul!) and teach the kids. Suddenly, all the mens that are out of work can now take the womens jobs.

ECONOMY SOLVED. TAKE THAT, CHINA (and women)

(edited for usage stupidity)

Barbara_i February 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

From Michael Moore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGDp581g9t0
Union members, shouting SHAME!
good stuff

freakishlywrong February 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

The Revolution will be televised.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

That is 5 kinds of awesome!

Negropolis February 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

This is beginning to look like an East Asian legislature. All we need, now, are some good old fashioned canes, and the opposition party rushing to yank the gavel from the hand of the speaker, who is always surrounded by his or her fellow party memebers as if they were in a rugby scrum.

Seriously, though, how do the Republicans think this will help them? It's like they keep giving the Senate Dems more reasons to stay put. We win the longer this drags on, they don't, if even by some chance they split the bill up and pass it in parts.

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

That and the fact that people all over the United States are seeing this. Did they honestly believe that by forcing a vote at 1 AM, it would pass the attention of the public?

4tehlulz_lite February 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

In Iowa, this never would have happened, as everyone there is on meth.

Texan_Bulldog February 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

That's Wasilla.

cheaphits February 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

Newsflash: Iowa Bills Would Allow for Public Execution of Abortion Providers –
http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/02/24/newsfl

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

The House Republicans have decided to debate a bill that would make it illegal for same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license, despite the fact that it would be unconstitutional. To take it one step further, they want to put into the law that the State Supreme Court will not be allowed to rule on the constitutionality of the law.

EatsBabyDingos February 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

We've been going down hill since Bacon's Rebellion.

Negropolis February 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

Mmmm…bacon. **eyes glaze over in typical teabag fashion at mention of bacon**

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

Let's see if I have this right:

America's weapons industries will build the support vehicles that will fuel the weapons, that will be used to ensure the continued supply of the fuel that will fill the tanks of the weapons that the weapons industries will build.

It's a fucking perpetual motion machine, Mr. Peabody!!

chickensmack February 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

…until the oil runs out.

undeterredbyreality February 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

That's right, Sherman; now, into the time machine!

Twizzle twazzle twuzzle twome . . .

mavenmaven February 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

I'm sure the Koch brothers have called Scott Walker and offered their congratulations.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 10:02 am

No more phone calls. They rely solely on mind bullets, now.

chickensmack February 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

"Let it go to voicemail, Dorothy."

chickensmack February 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

Today, I'm having lunch with a known Republican. We'll get into a political discussion, as it always happens. He's going to mention the face-value Fox remarks about how the HCR was "rammed down our throats."

Yet today, I'm probably going to retort with, "Wisconsin Assembly did the same thing to punch-drunk democrats at one this morning." Then, being a good southerner, I'm going to bitch-slap the talking-point hypocrisy out of him.

freakishlywrong February 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

Better still. Ram something down his throat. And take two years of debate doing it.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

Try vomiting on him after the tiramisu and espresso.

mavenmaven February 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

The repub tactics are clearly a result of understanding James Madison's discussion of "tyranny of the majority" as being a good thing.

SorosBot February 25, 2011 at 10:17 am

No, because it's not a majority; their tactics combine that and treating majority as a majority of dollars instead of people.

cheaphits February 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

As they marched out single file Rep. lawmakers were heard to be chanting –

"Zippity-Doo-Dah, Zippity-Done…we're off to California for some fun"

HateMachine February 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

One of the representatives seemed to cringe as he went for the punt, and was singled out for additional training.

Redhead February 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

It wasn't just that 2,000 teachers were fired – it was that ALL the teachers in Providence, which happened to add up to almost 2,000, were fired. (And specifically fired as opposed to laid off.) It was also a quick and dirty way of screwing the teachers' unions, Walker-style but harder and with less lube.

Can't wait to see who is going to teach the kiddies there, since Pedobear's already interviewing in Wisconsin.

ShaveTheWhales February 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

If I'm reading the article correctly, the notification letters refer to layoffs, not firing, and they do not have immediate effect (i.e., no one has actually been terminated yet). It's a state law (coddling those teachers unions again), that a teacher has to be notified by a certain date (in RI, it's apparently March 1) if there is a possibility that he or she will be laid off (not re-employed) for the next school year. Anyone who is not so notified CANNOT be laid off.

The normal practice is for the school board to estimate the worst case budget scenario, throw on a fudge factor, and then send the notifications to the folks lowest on the seniority list. In Providence, they apparently decided forecasting was too hard, and just notified everybody.

It's possible that there is some more twisty agenda stuff going on. Two things that occur to me are

(1) The reason most boards don't cold notify everybody is that since people that get notified become more likely to look for jobs elsewhere, you're likely to lose your more employable (better, cheaper) teachers. The Providence board majority may simply be hoping that enough folks will move out voluntarily to fix their budget problem, and who cares about the quality of education?

(2) They may be thinking that this will allow them to cherry-pick who goes and who stays, but I think they will discover that the union contract will prohibit this. I suppose they could actually go forward and lay off every teacher, and then try to claim that there is no longer a union, and rehire selectively; but this would all have to happen after the start of the suddenly nonexistent school year. 2,000 teachers implies something like 60K students, or maybe 30,000 families who will not like the indefinite cancellation of classes.

Redhead February 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I've read a couple accounts that were somewhat conflicting. One said, though, that at the school board meeting the teachers specifically asked to be laid off instead fired, saying that being fired will impact their ability to find another job more than being laid off. The school board refused, according to that article (I would assume since that would mean they'd also have to pay certain benefits that they wouldn't if they fired the members.)

One of the stories I read made it sound like the cuts were pretty definite, and another said that they're only possible (citing some of the same stuff you did about being required to give notice before they fire/lay off).

hagajim February 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

And so it goes and so it goes. I am sad to see the country I grew up in going to hell in a hurry. Much of what is being done is a direct result of the fact that the sheeple in this country have been convinced that Unions are the problem – I am shocked and dismayed that this is what we have become.

MinAgain February 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

There's a rally in front of the state capitol tomorrow at noon. I will be there. Now, I just have to think up a devastatingly clever sign.

Monsieur_Grumpe February 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

This kid had a good one.
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-560398

MinAgain February 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

Cute.

Lascauxcaveman February 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

But saying "Scott Walker = Broccoli" could be interpreted as saying, "I don't like Scott Walker, but I know he's good for me." Wrong message; best not to be soambiguous, kid.

Better: "Scott Walker = Poopyhead"

Asa_Hawks February 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

What absolute fucking bullshit. I (foolishly) thought that with Obama we'd be entering a new liberal golden age. Why is this happening?

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

MONEY!

Asa_Hawks February 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Well, that's depressing as all hell and pretty soul-crushing, so it's probably true. But as naive as this sounds, I'm amazed that Obama would so cynically sell out his base like that.

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I have to believe it is money. Or a combination of money and power, but the former begets and enables the latter; so, MONEY. I hate it too.

Asa_Hawks February 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

It's like he's honestly thinking "who the hell else are these fuckers going to vote for?"

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Because he let the Republiklans form the debate since Jan 21, 2009.

Steverino247 February 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

How about something like this:

When will Walker burn the Reichstag?

What's next, Walker? Burning the Reichstag?

donner_froh February 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

'Democrats looked around, bewildered."

A good summation of what they have been doing for the past several years, particularly when faced with something sneaky, underhanded are simply illegal by the Repubs.

Negropolis February 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Republicans are some insidious little rat-fuckers, the bastards.

EdFlintstone February 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

Make sure you kids thinking about college consider a teaching degree. Go 6 years for that masters degree while accumulating tens of thousands of dollars in college debt for a job now with crappy pay and benefits.

BarackMyWorld February 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Your advice comes 10 years too late for me, my friend.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Your snark-free comments are always inciteful. And extra points for bringing the term, "Hod Carriers" to the Wonkette.

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Age has very few benefits, so thank you for the kind words. My Hod Carrying days are happy memories.

jim89048 February 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I spent most of my life in a non-unionized part of the Golden State. I spent a summer as a non-union hod carrier. Had to make my own hod, and mix my own mud. That's when I decided to learn how to operate heavy equipment, much easier on my back…

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Good for the reflexes, though. Nothing sharpens them more than running a wheelbarrow full of sloppy mud over a slippery 2×8 for a hundred yards or so.

Lascauxcaveman February 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I had similar acrobatic experience working for a shipwright one summer. Carrying 80 lbs sheets of 4×9 glue-lam on my back across same 2×8' trestles, over spools of mooring line, welders' cables, between stacks of crates and crab pots, up and down gangways, etc in a 20mph crosswind sometimes.

Nobody ever explained to me why all the construction materials had been craned onto the fantail when the refitting job was being done up on the bow. Good thing the ship was only about 180' long. I can't imagine how my knees actually survived that summer.

mumbly_joe February 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

Semi-OT, but apparently the Koch brothers have finally gotten around to responding to that whole punking of Walker.

For fun, count the number of times he uses the phrase "free market". And then, just recall that he's talking about opposing unions, which are, ultimately, simply a tactic that workers can use to negotiate employment contracts that maximize their profits, and thus roughly as "free market" as anything Koch Industries, and in favor of a state using force of law to limit the tools workers can employ when negotiating their employment.

At very worst, unions happen to use similar profit-maximizing tactics to cartels or monopolies, but most "free-market" advocates don't seem to give a shit about the formation of cartels or monopolies, so can we please dispense with the notion that the existence of unions is somehow less "free market" than using the National Guard to go union-busting? Even if it isn't terribly "pro (Koch Industries')-business"?

I mean, Christ, the last time Walker went union-busting it was in service of an overt agenda of not-at-all-free-market Patronage, and it's pretty damn clear that the no-bid sales of those power-plants aren't really oriented around free-market principles, either.

MadBrahms February 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Indeed, there's no argument here that labor is a commodity – unions are simply hagging about the price, where government interference simply limits the ability of producers (producers of *labor) to have a say in how much their product is worth.

Ugh, I hate the words "free market" so much. I am actually going to post your comment on facebook (credited!) since i think it's a good synthesis.

donner_froh February 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Bertolt Brecht did a good job of looking both at what was happening in 1941 but also what could happen in the future <A HREF "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Resistible_Rise_of_Arturo_Ui">Brecht</A>

donner_froh February 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm
donner_froh February 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Brecht did a good job of looking at what was happening in 1941 and telling us how to keep it from happening again.

GOPCrusher February 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Remember about a year and half ago when the Republiklans were crying about Checks and Balances and how America would never survive under one party rule?

Lascauxcaveman February 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I talked to my Boeing-engineer cousin just last weekend, and she said pretty much all the 787 Dreamliner stuff that was outsourced came back shit. They just plain did a lousy job of if and it's costing the company a couple billion to make it all right.

She also said, "Now I know what Airbus has been dealing with all these years. Having to build functioning aircraft with parts made out of papier machè in Spain."

Yay, outsourcing.

GeoatBeck February 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

Hilarious! Now the Republicans can just pass all the non majority vote legislation they can. How ignorant can the left get? Maybe they are all closet Republicans, the right legislation gets through and they can say they did not vote for it. Win Win for the GOP.

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-canshou

GeoatBeck February 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

You would think all the union dues, siphoned from it's members, would be enough to feed them quite well. Heck they are getting paid to protest, why do they need donations? Sounds like a call for overtime, their ridiculously high salaries apparently, are only enough to to sustain doing nothing. Geez!. The greed does not stop with these thugs.

They never let a crisis go to waste.

SorosBot February 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

Why do you hate the middle class and support fascism?

GeoatBeck February 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I do not. I am middle class. I do not support Fascism.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-fascism.htm

I believe everyone should get a fair break and be in the equation. When Government and a select few decide how much money they take from the folks, I oppose it. Government and unions together is a conflict of interest. FDR, Roosevelt and even Jimmy Carter knew and fought this.

GeoatBeck February 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I do not hate the middle class, I am one of them. I do not support Fascism:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-fascism.htm

Why do you feel people should not earn what they receive? Why should a group band together and be entitled to more than the others in their occupation? Why should government and any group form a partnership that is a major conflict of interest? Government gives them stuff for their vote, It is like they pay the government for an exponential payback about 10 to 1 on average it seems. 4 million to the Dems and about 40 million back in entitlements. FDR, Roosevelt and even Jimmy Carter saw this and fought it. It took Gerald Ford to screw it up.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-fascism.htm

GeoatBeck February 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

I want my stuff for free

Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You spin your agenda on the nation's TV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your stuff for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your sphincter finger
Maybe get a blister on your bum

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

(See the little union boss with the belly and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little boss got his own jet airplane
That little boss he’s a millionaire)

Gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
Gotta move these colour TV's

I shoulda learned to play the people
I shoulda learned to play them dumbs
Look at that drama, they got it stickin' in the camera
Man they gotta make some
And thier up there, what's that? Progessive noises?
Bangin' on the Tea Party, like a chimpanzee
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Get your money for nothin' get your stuff for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

Look a' here
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
You play the people and your stuff is free
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your stuff for free
Money for nothin' and stuff for free

Money for nothin' and your stuff for free

Look at that, look at that

Money for nothin' and your stuff for free
I want my, I want my, I want my stuff for free
Money for nothin' and stuff for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

libtards, taking money from the good folks
they pass it off to the Dems at large
They turn around and give it back to them
hey libprog's there's no charge

(Fade)
I want my, I want my, I want my stuff for free

Who says I do not have a sense of humor ;)

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

Prawns on the BBQ = unknown. I've never seen it done so I don't know what it tastes like.

Aussie beer. Fosters etc is simply Bud. But like all the good beer that can be found in the US if you go looking (think micro breweries), you can get good stuff in Oz also.

Monsieur_Grumpe February 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

Coopers.

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I'm afraid we're about to find out.

ttommyunger February 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Sounds like fun.I had a new roof put on last year. After the ink was dry on the Contract, I never saw a white man again. Those little men were fucking amazing. Up a 30' ladder with flats of roofing on one shoulder never putting their hands down for balance. Working top speed all day long. Here at 7, gone by six. They were all from Mexico. I am impressed! I could not have done that when I was young.

gef05 February 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Yes. Now that you mention it, a spade would have been a nice addition.

Sophist [APPLESAUCE] February 25, 2011 at 11:51 pm

"Spade?" It's a "Manual Multifunctional Fecal Projectile Ballistic Launch System (Man Portable)." We are talking about the military here.

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