Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wisconsin Public Union Civil War Recruitment Center

It appears as if Wisconsin Professional Police Association is going to be the public union civil war recruitment center (pdf of 2 pgs).

As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin

As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.

The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.

Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal.

In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.

I wonder if Brian Leiter will be their “just war” advisor?

Give good ol’ union boy Jim Palmer a call if you’re interested in signing up to man the front lines.  If you don’t call, though, well, no tellin’ what could happen if you don’t toe the line.

Via RicketyClick via Cold Fury.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 06:43 PM
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Taxing Absurdities - A Twofer

Over at Samizdata, Natalie Solent and Brian Micklethwait each have a post up.

Natalie’s post is titled A glimpse into the mind of a green politician, and Brian’s post is titled Cigarettes get more illegal and more toxic.  The subjects of their posts are almost, but not quite, divergent, though Natalie’s post regards fuel taxes and Brian’s regards “illegal” and “toxic” cigarettes.  Even though the subjects of their respective posts are almost, but not quite, divergent, they both contain a taxing absurdity which illustrate the convolutions politicians willingly undergo to justify their existence, and encumber the productive individual, and not just in the UK.

From Natalie’s post.

Caroline Lucas MP, Britain’s only, (or “first” as the Guardian puts it) Green Party MP, writes “Scrapping the fuel duty rise will hurt Britain economically”. In the article she says,

Some of the loudest voices are calling on the chancellor to scrap the planned fuel duty increase, due in April. But that essentially means using tax-payers’ money to fix a problem that we cannot control – the long-term upward trend in oil prices.

From Brian’s post.

The gradual but inexorable illegalisation of smoking is arriving at its end-game, as many bloggers of the sort I like have been complaining about, and no doubt as many bloggers of the sort I don’t like have been celebrating.

Here is what the Radio Times, describing a show done by Panorama last Monday (March 7th) entitled Smoking and the Bandits:

Criminal gangs are believed to be supplying half of all hand-rolled tobacco and in five cigarettes in the United Kingdom. ... their products are also up to 30 times more toxic than ordinary cigarettes…

But going back to that bit in the Radio Times, where I put “…” above, it also says this:

However, not only are the criminals depriving British taxpayers of £4 billion in revenue, ...

Do you see the absurdities?  If not, click on the links to Natalie and Brian’s posts for a more complete explanation.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 05:13 PM
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Brian Leiter’s Evolving and De-evolving Call for Political Violence

I first noted University of Chicago professor Brian Leiter’s raising the subject of whether political violence is morally justified for public union members, right now, in a post at InstaPundit, and Glenn has posted many updates to his original noting of Leiter’s rumination.

Leiter’s post on the topic of political violence was filed under the innocuous title Pennsylvania Universities Also Facing Massive Cuts from Republican Governor, and when I first clicked over to Leiter’s blog to read the post, it was maybe eleven (11) lines of type, five (5) of which were a quote.  The post now runs almost an entire page, evolving into a de-evolving call to look into the pit of political violence, or, a backing away from Leiter’s original apparent forcefulness of intent to morally justify political violence by public union members right now.

Of the numerous commentaries I have read regarding Mr. Leiter’s seeming encouragement of political violence by public union members, right now, Billy Beck addressed Mr. Leiter’s philosophical musing with the utmost pinpoint clarity.

Dear Professor Leiter: do be careful what you wish for.

Indeed, one would trust that Leiter would not desire to see and experience political violence on a large scale chaotically spreading across these United States.  But based on Leiter’s apparent affinity for public unions, and declaration that collective bargaining is a human right, of all things, referencing collective bargaining’s supposed establishment as a human right in foreign countries in support of his declaration; Leiter apparently does not understand that this is America not some socialist democratic Euro-weenie country; I am uncertain whether Leiter is truly taking any care in regards to what he may be wishing for.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 02:22 PM
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Attending to the Home Fires

This past week, my brother, the Wizard, dropped me a note wondering why I had not posted any thoughts on Libya.  I haven’t responded to Wizard, yet, but I think the following Michael Fagan comment, directed at J. Michael Cole, deputy news chief at the Taipei Times, and a contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review, in response to Cole’s musings articulated in an article at The Diplomat titled Taiwan Mulls Post-US Pacific, succinctly addresses Wizard’s question to me.  Here is the specific Cole comment which Mike Fagan responds to.

“This administration is deliberately choosing non-action in respect of freedom, and democractic values and human rights abroad…”

Fagan’s response.

Americans are turning away and they are doing this deliberately. Ordinary Americans have their own creepingly ambitious State to fight against, and the current occupants of that State are singularly unqualified to do anything other than turn away from the struggle for freedom elsewhere in the world. It’s worrying and unnecessary.

Let’s tend to the home fires.

UPDATE: Reading comprehension failure confession.  Both quotes in this post are attributable to Mike Fagan.  For further explanation please review the comments.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 10:49 AM
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Entitlements - Quote of the Day

Via Nine Pound Sledgehammer.

The only person entitled to Taxpayer Money is the Taxpayer who originally earned it.

Hammered.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 10:27 AM
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Karen, One Word - Antenna

Karen De Coster has penned a little essay titled I Pay $7 Per Hour to Watch TV?  In the essay, Karen discusses her teevee viewing habits, which are far from addictive, and the cost of maintaining this habit via cable teevee, which she is considering pulling the plug on.

I say pull the plug, Karen, and get an antenna.  The one linked, here, is only forty-six bucks ($46.00), and closely resembles the one that has been sitting on the roof of my house for almost 20 years, now.

If you cannot install the antenna on your roof, due to homeowner’s association restrictions or some such, install it in your attic, I’m certain you’ll be surprised at the number of channels you’ll be able to pull in, free of charge, unless you’re susceptible to purchasing teevee advertisers products when they scream at you.  I pull in 20 channels, courtesy of my roof antenna, and admittedly, as with cable teevee, I may tune in to three or four of them.  Sorry, Karen, FOX Business is not one of the channels which is snaggable from the airwaves.

And if saving 90 bucks a month by dropping cable and getting an antenna isn’t reason enough to encourage you to consider this as an option, maybe this is.

The television is channeling you.

Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people’s TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in some cases, prescription-drug records obtained from insurers—and using it to help advertisers buy ads targeted to shows watched by certain kinds of people…

One of the most advanced companies, Cablevision Systems Corp., has rolled out a system that can show entirely different commercials, in real time, to different households tuned to the same program. It can deliver targeted ads to all the company’s three million subscribers concentrated in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

TV’s Next Wave: Tuning In to You

Thanks to reader Steve for the heads up on the “tuning in to you” article.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 09:58 AM
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Thoughts on Japan - React

There is no need for me to link to news or videos regarding the natural disaster which has occurred in Japan.  Needless to say, the Japanese are in my thoughts and prayers.

I will quote Graybeard, though.

First, keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.  There will be thousands of family members lost when final numbers come in. It will take months to see even a semblance of normal, and years for rebuilding.

Second, this is a vivid illustration and reminder of how impotent man is when nature so much as flexes a muscle.  The biggest trucks were flung like toys.  Buildings wiped off their foundations.  Boats in city centers.  All we can do is react, the way ants react when someone messes up their mounds.  Put things back to normal, as best as we can.

Man’s Vulnerability on Display

Posted by John Venlet on 03/12 at 09:47 AM
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