From my email inbox comes this nugget from Sergeant Chris Blunt of the Cudahy Police Department:
The Cudahy Police Department in conjunction with the St Francis and South Milwaukee Police Departments will be participating in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s “Booze and Belts” campaign December 7-16. There will be extra officers on patrol conducting traffic enforcement, with the primary emphasis being seatbelt, speeding, and drunk driving enforcement. The extra patrols are being paid for by a Department of Transportation grant awarded to the Cudahy Police Department. The Cudahy Police Department reminds drivers to wear their seatbelts, slow down, and to never drive impaired. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
The war on labor unions continues in Michigan, where lame-duck Republican legislators sped through a “Right to Work for less” bill that would further weaken that state’s public employee unions, with similar legislation aimed at private unions to follow.
The Michigan House approved the first of two right-to-work bills Tuesday that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold as hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol.
The Republican-dominated chamber passed a measure dealing with public-sector workers 58-51 as protesters shouted “shame on you” from the gallery and huge crowds of union backers massed in the state Capitol halls and on the grounds.
Democrats immediately sought to have the vote reconsidered but failed in that effort.
Still to come was a vote on a second bill focusing on private sector workers. The Senate approved both last week. If enacted, Gov. Rick Snyder says he will sign them into law as early as Wednesday.
No doubt we can look forward to Republicans in Wisconsin’s legislature pushing through their own “Right to Work for less” legislation for private sector unions in our fair state, now that they’ve already weakened public employee unions.
If that happens, I can’t wait to have a little “get-together” at the State Capitol.
About 20 people participated in the “Fiscal Showdown Event” at Rep. Sensenbrenner’s (R) office on Monday evening, according to event organizer, Dave Heaster. That’s a pretty good crowd considering the temperature (32 degrees and dropping) and the location (ultra-conservative Brookfield, Wisconsin). Though they were unable to speak directly with Rep. Sensenbrenner about their concerns, attendees left feeling “energized” and “empowered.”
As Heaster had explained in his event invite, “Fiscal showdown talks are heating up, and some Democrats are saying publicly that they’re willing to trade cuts to Medicare benefits to get the GOP to raise taxes on the rich. We need to expose Big Jim and all House Republicans for holding up middle class tax cuts in order to protect giveaways for the top 2%.”
But by the time the group had assembled at Bishops Woods Office Park, Rep. Sensenbrenner and his staff had left for the day.
“We did not let that deter us,” said Heaster. “We agreed to send emails and voice mails to Jim’s office this week – stating that we were hoping to talk with him in person, but here are our concerns… ”
Then the cold-nosed, sign-carrying participants took the opportunity to share their own personal stories about how a tax increase would hurt their families.
Said Heaster,”Our stories helped energize one another and reminded us that we can make a difference and, at the very least, raise our spirits and our soul with the simple act of standing up and doing something about it.”
Yesterday, December 10th, a commenter named independent guy weighed in on my post titled “ Let Them (Us) Eat Cake” , which noted the mighty high price tag of Tonette Walker’s dream kitchen. Here’s what he had to say:
The value of this post and comments escapes me. It resembles a Jr. High Facebook page vs. an insightful view of ANY adult picture, action or current event. Now before y’all go into flames, slide the keyboard away, take a deep breath and I challenge you to elevate your respective games. I’m going back over to Althouse…
Today on WTMJ radio, Gary Stork of NORML (National Organzation for the Repeal of Marijuana Laws) was interviewed as part of a pro v. con segment.
Here’s a link to the podcast, but I’d like to touch on a few things that were outstanding about the interview. Mainly, I laughed my ass off. Here’s why.
When Stork was asked why marijuana should be legalized he said, among other things, that everyone should be free to grow any plant they like. That got me laughing.
Stork was then told that there are people who believe that marijuana could be a gateway drug. In other words, use of cannibis could lead to use of more powerful drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Stork seemed confused. He then said that tobacco and even milk — yes milk — could be considered gateway drugs, and then he rambled on for about 30 seconds. By this time in the interview I had to pull over because my eyes were tearing so badly.
Stork later said that one of the consequences of Wisconsin falling behind in the legalization race might be a brain drain. Now I turned the car off because I was afraid of accidentally pulling out into traffic, I was laughing so hard.
Lastly and a classic, Stork was asked this, “As we speak right now, are you under the influence of marijuana?” There was a pause. Then Stork said, “Uhh. No, I’m not.” But then proceeded to admit except for the cannabis medication he was taking for his glaucoma (legitimate) and that he had taken to prepare for this interview (not so). Hitting head on steering wheel.
Look, I’m in favor of legalization for a myriad of reasons. But maybe getting stoned before an interview wasn’t the best idea, Gary Stork.