What do you get without a union? 12 hour shifts!

No matter how glowing the remarks in this article about the success of 12 hour shifts, I can say from first hand experience that they pretty much suck…back in the late 1970′s when I thought being a machinist was cool and the road to big blue collar money I worked in a non-union contract manufacturer…and [...]

Wisconsin elections board upholds ban on observers’ use of cameras

Ripped from the headlines with the latest in election news:

There will be no selfies — or any other photos taken by observers — at the polls this August.

The state elections board decided Monday to support a rule banning election observers from taking photos and videotaping what happens at the polls, including [...]

Energy Independence? Bull*lone*y!

One of my post election predictions is that President Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on or after November 5, 2104.

It just seems to fit with the current oil trends in the US:

U.S. Crude Oil Exports Hit a 15-Year Monthly High:

The United States exported 268,000 barrels of crude oil a [...]

SCOTUS Turn Their Own Decisions Into A Moving Target

Just days after opening a second front on the war on women, the Supreme Court of the United States back tracks on one of the alternatives they delineated in their Hobby Lobby decision. No really!

Birth Control Order Deepens Divide Among Justices

WASHINGTON — In a decision that drew an unusually fierce dissent from the [...]

The Meltdown In Iraq: It’s Bushes Fault! No Really!

In their article “Iraq’s implosion could redraw Middle East boundaries“, Reuters goes into a brief explanation of why the insurgents are proving so effective against the million man American trained Iraqi Army. Seems it’s because they are having few problems recruiting disaffected soldiers and officers from Saddam Hussein’s army.

“In fact, the most important [...]

So What Was Senator Ron Johnson Thinking?

One of my favorite items in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is the Congress Following the Vote feature. There is always a short description of major bills voted on in Congress the previous week with a breakdown on how the Wisconsin contingent voted…PART TWO!

This past week the US Senate passed a bi-partisan bill 79 [...]

Church Sues North Carolina Over Marriage Equality

Usually when you read a headline like this you find an article about a church, synod, diocese or parish supporting a ban on marriage equality (aka same sex marriage or gay marriage) because it goes against God and nature and they support their position on out of context tracts from the Bible (well if they [...]

Governor Walker Wants To Continue The Tuition Freeze at UW

Gov. Scott Walker on Friday proposed freezing the University of Wisconsin System tuition for another two years, adding on to a similar hard cap enacted last year.

That should give him just about enough time to finish his degree…we wouldn’t want him saddled with thousands in student debt going into the 2016 Presidential election cycle!

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Dissimulation on County Board Referendum Right Down To The Wire

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is taking the lies and obfuscations about the Act 14 required referendum on Milwaukee County Board pay and benefits right down to the wire. In a front page article in their March 31, 2014 print edition, they continue the nonsense about cutting supervisor’s pay by half will result in a part [...]

JSOnline Editorial: Governor Walker Should Veto Early Voting Restrictions!

The bill recently passed in the state Senate to restrict the hours that are available to early voting should be vetoed according to an editorial published at JSOnline.

The GOP, particularly Senator Grothman, argues that these restrictions are necessary to level the playing field between rural and urban municipalities. Well JSOnline disputes that and offers [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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