25 February 2011

A small victory for the Wisconsin budget-repair bill

Wisconsin Dems throw a fit after losing vote
The basics:
Wisconsin Assembly Democrats attempted to use an endless series of amendments to prevent a vote on the budget repair bill proposed by Republicans.

When their juvenile, transparent ploy failed, they threw a fit, papers and a drink at Republicans.

Quoted sections from By Jason Stein, Steve Schultze and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel:
Just after 1 a.m., Republicans cut off debate on Gov. Scott Walker's bill and in pell-mell fashion the body voted 51-17 to pass it. In the confusion, nearly one-third of the body - 28 lawmakers including 25 Democrats, two Republicans and the body's lone independent - did not vote on the bill at all.
The Republicans have not been in charge of this body for very long, so I am not sure if the procedure is new or if it has been around for a while.

All Democrats voted against the proposal along with four Republicans - Dean Kaufert of Neenah, Lee Nerison of Westby, Richard Spanbauer of Oshkosh, and Travis Tranel of Cuba City.
A bi-partisan defeat.

Democrats erupted after the vote, throwing papers and what appeared to be a drink in the air. They denounced the move to cut off debate, questioning for the second time in the night whether the proper procedure had been followed.

'Shame! Shame! Shame!' Democrats shouted in the faces of Republicans as the GOP lawmakers quietly filed off the floor and a police officer stood between opposing lawmakers.

'Cowards all! You're all cowards,' yelled Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) as another Democrat tried to calm him down.
Cowards?  They were present for the vote and they voted.  Both chambers of the US Congress have dictionaries available for their members.  I suggest Brett Hulsey introduce a bill to have one handy whenever he feels the urge to speak.

Most Republicans had no comment on the vote afterward and some were escorted out under police protection. Earlier in the night, Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) said that Democrats had been given more than two full days and nights to make their case - effectively turning the debate into a filibuster - and that Republicans had done nothing wrong.

'It seems clear our side wants to vote and I challenge anyone watching to say we have not held out for an adequate debate,' Suder said.

“The democrats were clearly stalling,” said Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc). “That’s why Assembly rules allow for a vote on final passage. We took that vote and did what the people of this state asked us to do on Nov. 2 – get spending under control.”
I wonder if Chris Matthews will point that out during his show.
Democrats said they still had 15 speakers and had not heard Republicans invoke and carry out the rarely used rule to end the debate before voting on the bill. That rule requires a motion seconded by 15 members and then a roll call vote. Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller said afterward he was not sure whether that had occurred, saying he had heard the order to start a vote on the final passage of the bill and had done so.

Later Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) said, 'We never imagined they would do it as they did, not even properly using the nuclear option.'

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said Democrats would 'explore every option' in deciding whether or not to challenge the vote.
Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison)
61 hours of debate were a lot more than Obamacare got before passage.  Did Kelda Helen Roys have the same objection to the federal government stunt?  I did not find anything on that, but I did find this on her own government-funded website:
Wisconsin needs a Governor with the courage to face our state’s challenges head on, by showing up at the bargaining table – instead of invoking the National Guard in a cynical attempt to intimidate teachers, nurses, and public safety workers.
I had no idea that preparing the National Guard to fill vital government services in the case of a strike was so intimidating to teachers.  I can see how health care and public safety could get a little edgy when the public sees how well Soldiers perform these functions.  Back to the Journal Sentential.

The national spotlight and the full pressure of continued protests now returns to the state Senate, where one GOP senator has said he wants to amend Walker's plan and where Democrats have blocked a vote on the proposal by holing up in Illinois.
That would be this bunch, covered before on this blog.  If one wants to look for cowards, try tracking down the WI and IN Democrats hiding in Illinois.

Walker and the GOP-led Senate have only a few days to pass the bill and have it signed into law before a key part of the proposal is lost. A refinancing of state debt that would free up $165 million must be done by early next week or it will fall through and Republicans will have to find more cuts to balance the budget.
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More interesting developments.  The governor of Wisconsin is trying to track down Senate Democrats and get them back to work for the vote.  Some reports say he is using the National Guard to track down AWOL legislators.

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Charlie Sheen vs. Chuck Lorre and the fate of "Two and a half Men"

Sheen vs. Lorne via TMZ.com
Never in my thirty-plus years did I ever think I would type the words "the only man on screen of Two and a half Men is John Cryer." Mostly because I hardly ever think of that show and have only watched it a few times. I woke to a Philly radio station informing me that Charlie Sheen finally screwed up enough to shut down production of the show he stars in. One of the rules on this here blog is if you have a solution, then give it. If Chuck Lorre is waiting breathlessly for mine, skip down to the end :)

TMZ is not my favorite web destination either, but they seem to have the most online information about this. Production was stopped when Charlie decided to work without writers and use his own words, as reported by TMZ, Sheen had this to say about the creator of Two and a half Men:
... he wants to fight "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre in an octagon ... and, according to Charlie, "If he wins, then he can leave MY show!" ... "I violently hate Chaim Levine (Chuck Lorre). He's a stupid, stupid little man and a p**sy punk that I'd never want to be like." Charlie adds, "That's me being polite." ... "All these guys told me to 'clean it up.' Well this is me cleaning it the f**k up." ... "All I want is to bring my family together, and I have to deal with all this B.S. politics." ... "That piece of s**t [Lorre] took money out of my pocket, my family's pocket, and, most importantly, my second family -- my crew's pocket." ... "You can tell him [Lorre] one thing. I own him."
A Libertarian story about this cannot be complete without this quote: "I'm not Thomas Jefferson. He was a p***y! But I dare anyone to debate me on things." and no story would be complete without his open "fire breathing fists" letter to Chuck Lorre, given to TMZ:
What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows ... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up thesteps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.
So, Lorne baby, have your people call Emilio Estevez' people and start shooting again. Anybody can play the role Sheen plays, might as well be his brother.

Looks like Charlie can forget about Major League 3 if he does not straighten up:
TMZ spoke with James G. Robinson -- CEO of Morgan Creek Productions -- who tells us, "I'm not going to risk putting Charlie in the movie if he continues messing up." 
Robinson continues, "Obviously with Major League 3 there's a huge part written for Charlie's character ... but after dealing with Lindsay Lohan on 'Georgia Rule,' I can speak for someone who has experienced the difficulties of working with an actor dealing with addiction." 
"I won't go through that again. If Charlie doesn't straighten up ... I unfortunately can't put him in the movie."

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24 February 2011

Saudi held on Texas terror charge

Jihad (الجهاد) Barbie
For some reason they left out the religion of this peacenick who was targeting the home of former president George W. Bush. The arrest comes right after US Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA) called on his political followers to assault innocent people on American streets.

BBC News - Saudi held on Texas terror charge:
"Prosecution documents say investigators were tipped off after a supplier became suspicious of an order of toxic chemicals, made by Mr Aldawsari (Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, aka خاليد الي-م الداساري).

They go on to say that the suspect researched the possibility of hiding bombs in children's dolls, and backpacks.

The Department of Justice said in a statement that the suspect was arrested 'on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential US targets'."
A Khalid Aldawsari in Lubbock, TX is on Facebook 
He was a business major at South Plains College in Lubbock, TX and is expected to appear in federal court in Lubbock on Friday morning.  The Facebook account that could be his had over 100 friends earlier today, but now (6:02 PM Eastern USA) is down to 97.  Earlier it showed his likes of numerous groups and pages including several anti-Semitic groups. It still says he is from Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia.

ABC News reports:
According to the affidavit, after Aldawsari purchased 10 bottles of the chemical phenol from the Carolina Biological Supply company, company employees contacted the FBI in.Greensboro, NC. According to the FBI, phenol can be used to make Tri-Nitro-Phenol (TNP) a common explosive used in military munitions. According to the affidavit, Aldawsari allegedly claimed he would use it for ""off-campus, personal research" for making cleaning substances.
And:
According to the FBI affidavit he wrote in his journal, "I excelled in my studies in high school in order to take advantage of an opportunity for a scholarship to America. … I chose [a specific Saudi sponsoring corporation] for two reasons. First [it] sends its students directly to America … second[ its] financial scholarship is the largest, which will help tremendously in providing me with the support I need for Jihad. … Now after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives, and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad."
Also:
When the FBI reivewed his e-mail accounts they also found in December, 2010 and January, 2011 that Aldawsari used Amazon.com to make purchases of key equipment he would need including a soldering iron, a "Chemistry Laboratory Equipment Set-All Professional", battery tester and an alarm clock. According to the FBI affadavit he allegedly purchased 3 gallons of sulpheric acid via Amazon.com on Dec. 6, 2010. Aldawsari also allegedly purchased a HAZMAT suit and gas mask from individuals on eBay.

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23 February 2011

Hoax Phone Call Gets Wisconsin Governor to Reveal What He has been Saying All Along

Real Ian Murphy images are hard to find. This is a different media whore. 
Sorry for having to link to a second or third hand source. The Buffalo Beast link is not working for their breakthrough article. Editor (in the news business this means not-an-intern through the only person who works there) Ian Murphy pulled a Howard Stern/Rush Limbaugh* prank on the governor of Wisconsin.

Here is the New York Magazine version: Hoax Phone Call Gets Wisconsin Governor to Reveal Secret Plan -- Daily Intel

They ramble on and on about some secret plan the Wisconsin governor has behind his cape being revealed through hard-nosed reporter trickery and they quote from another second or third hand source:
In a key detail, Walker reveals that he is, in effect, laying a trap for Wisconsin Dems. He says he is mulling inviting the Senate and Assembly Dem and GOP leaders to sit down and talk, but only if Senate Dems return to work. 
Then, tellingly, he reveals that the real game plan here is that if they do return, Republicans might be able to use a procedural move to move forward with their proposal. 
"If they're actually in session for that day and they take a recess, this 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they'd have a quorum because they started out that way," he says. "If you heard that I was going to talk to them that would be the only reason why."
So, get this, the "secret plan" is to get a quorum so that a vote can be taken?  That is what Governor Walker has been calling for ever since the Democrats fled to the haven of despots, Illinois.

That is not all.  They have this striking revelation from yet another third or fourth hand source:
Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time. 
Walker: All right, that would be outstanding.
Oh wow, earth shattering.  They left out the part where Ian Murphy tells the governor to bring a baseball bat to threaten the Democrats.

To further the appearance of fair and balanced reporting, the Buffalo Beast calls Gov. Walker a whore. Supposedly, the clips below are the full audio:



*I used to hear Howard's radio pranks when I was a kid and he was on regular radio.  Rush Limbaugh mentioned doing them when he was working in Pittsburgh during the second hour of his show today.

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22 February 2011

Illinois becomes haven of choice for politicians in exile

Most should be familiar with the Democrat caucus of the Wisconsin Senate fleeing to Illinois to derail the democratic process of debate and voting on legislation.  Now, Indiana Democrats are fleeing to Illinois for the same reason.

"I can't wait to the shop in Peoria!" - Galyna Kolotnytska
I have heard some well informed, professional media speculation that Cairo, Illinois is being prepared for Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak.  Peoria might be a good spot for Moammar Gadhafi, but he may feel more at home in Chicago, primarily because of the similar governmental system that Chicago shares with Tripoli.

Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com:
"House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation, The Indianapolis Star has learned. 
A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

The House was came into session this morning, with only two of the 40 Democrats present. Those two were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum."
No accurate reports on Democrats bringing their private Italian Commando guards to Illinois.
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21 February 2011

Libya's revolution is the Replay of Iran 1979

When I grow up I wanna be like Jimmy.
The mainstream media has been breathlessly announcing one revolution after another is like Iran in 1979, as if that is what they are waiting for.  Well, press, this is the revolution you have been waiting for, the Libyan revolution of 2011.

Carter only liked anti-USA dictators.
In late 1970s Iran, a revolution fomented and was fueled by an outside source.  In that case, it was the Ayatollah Khomeini.  The conduit was the "state-of-the-art" telephone system the Shah had wired the nation with.  Khomeini was in Paris, France and had a daily message of the day and one of the main international long distance services for Iran was the French telecommunications company.  Khomeini's message of the day frequently called for revolt and it finally worked.  In the case of Libya, the source has not yet been revealed, but the similarities in outcome are uncanny.

The 2011 revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and other locations only resemble 1979 Iran and 2011 Libya in the sense that they are popular revolts against the government.  Something else the 2011 revolts have in common is they tend to be former Soviet client states that became friendly with the USA in recent years, at a time when Russia appears to be working to revive the old Soviet client state system.  What is actually a remarkably uncanny similarity between 1979 Iran and 2011 Libya is the attacks on police stations and military garrisons by the revolutionaries.  This is not a subtle difference, but a dramatic difference from the other revolts.

Results of Carter's Iran policy.
In 1979 Iran, the student and 'peasant' revolution resulted in toppling the military, which looks like it will happen at any moment in Libya if it has not happened already as I write, the Shah's security forces did not protect him and he fled the country.  In the case of Iran, the situation and much of the chaos could have been averted if the USA President, Carter, would have intervened with some support for the Shah.  however, Carter threw his support behind the Ayatollah and opted for an appeasement strategy, which resulted in a 444 day long hostage crisis.  Combined with his appeasement strategy, Carter ordered a military rescue mission "Desert One" that resulted in numerous US military deaths.

Libyans have attacked the military, like 1979 Iran
In the case of the Libyan revolt, it is much too early to tell what will happen in the end.  However, if the fresh track record of President Obama is any indication, the most anti-West and anti-democratic elements in Libya will be encouraged by Obama and "invited to the table."  Since taking office, the Obama administration has taken the side of the most Iran-friendly elements wherever there is a political or revolutionary conflict.  Begin with Gaza, his support and funding of Hamas, move through the months and then linger on Egypt.  It is an indisputable pattern of supporting the most anti-democratic organizations in whatever country is in revolt.  Back to Iran, they have had two national revolts since President Obama has been inaugurated and all he says is that nobody should interfere with the internal affairs of governments that want to shoot their own citizens.

Perhaps he knows the egg breaking analogy has become telegraphic and chose a wordier version of the same thing.

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The Racist Royal Wedding

They are afraid of real people of color.
From the What-if Whoopi Goldberg wrote serious news articles department:

David and Victoria Beckham make royal wedding guest list | Celebrity gossip | Marie Claire:
"Insiders have revealed other celebrity guests could include TV presenter Ben Fogle and wife Marina, Elton John and Joanna Lumley, confirming The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson and President Obama are definitely not on the list."

Emphasis mine!

Whitie like wearing white.
Here we go again with the rich white honkey slave trading plantation owners showing their true racist colors. The little royal tart Katie and her gigolo pimp Willie are not even inviting the Obamas to their little party for human traffickers of misery!

Who made the list? David Beckham, who refused to marry a woman of color!  American supported kings of countries that continue the American born tradition of slave trade, like the UAE!

Before you start going all gaga about Elton John and his fellow self-hating-homo David getting invites, remember he was the gay jester for Rush Limbaugh at his tenth wedding!

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