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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

No Compromise or Cooperation from Wisconsin's Governor

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave his budget address in Wisconsin this morning, made before a joint session of the Legislature. His plan cuts $1.5 billion in aid to governments and public schools. He also will not budge on the issue of workers rights for collective bargaining. Basically he said it ends now, without any compromise or compassion.

Wisconsin's governor laid down the law...he is not going to budge. He will not bend on his budget, on eliminating collective bargaining and his budget will become the law of the state. He says that if Democrats do not come back than local governments will suffer as a result of their actions and the state will be devastated.

On a percentage basis the deficit in Wisconsin is among the lower negatives in the nation, and the total is only one third of the deficit that a much smaller state, Nevada faces. There is no financial evidence that the claimed savings of taking away collective bargaining will make a difference. The savings are projections made by Republican politicians and accountants, with equally as solid projections showing no real savings coming from Democrats and politicians.

The pay for public sector employees is not high, it is in line with the private sector in Wisconsin.

The only thing gained with the governors budget, is a nail in the coffin of Tea Party and Republicans arch nemesis, workers and employee supported unions, a goal set as far back as the 1930's by Republicans and the very well financed National Right To Work Foundation.

So there is no compromise on the table,

Basically Wisconsin Republicans have drawn a line in the sand and insisted that "it is our way or the high way".

No short term experiment, limited time agreement, wages or working condition compromises or alternative budget concepts or ideas. It's the governor's budget or no budget...

That is the stand of Wisconsin's governor, and it is not changing.

Who is being reasonable in this scenario?

60% of Americans, according to a poll released today, favor the unions in their battle to retain collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin. 33%, or about one in three, support Governor Walker on this issue. National Republican registration sits at 30% of voters. The support for unions extends to those who say they do not like unions, but do not think that removing collective bargaining rights legislatively in the name of budget is a fair, honest or the right things to do.

For more on this story go the the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,  CBS news, LA Times or NPR's All Things Considered.  Cartoon from http://wepartypatriots.com/.

Date:3/1/2011 4:13:35 PM
From:AGUIRRE-LOPEZ, VERONICA
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:Say no to Animal Cruelty


Say no to Animal cruelty
A soccer player kicks an owl on the pitch. He claims that he only wanted to wake it up so it could fly away, but the video on this article contradicts his action. The story has become viral in all over the world and not just by soccer fans, but also by animal activist.
 
 
By Jaime Uribarri, Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 2:24 Pm
 
 
Here is another video, but still in Spanish.
 
By HardHitter666
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/HardHitter666

What exactly is "The American Dream?"

From a student:

"American Dream" is going to become a very popular political buzzword used increasingly in the coming weeks as unions struggle to retain or gain power! Here's the origin of the term "American Dream" James Truslow Adams (October 18, 1878 – May 18, 1949) was an American writer and historian. He served under Pres. Wilson during WWI era. Adams coined the term "American Dream" in his 1931 book The Epic of America. His American Dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

Dodd named CEO of MPAA

Dodd
Senator Dodd MPAA Head.  Former Sen. Christopher Dodd will head the Motion Picture Assn. of America, taking the reigns on March 15th.


Dodd and the MPAA's board are finalizing the terms of a contract that would put the former U.S. Senator. His selection reflects his ability to work and lobby members of both political parties, different groups within business and to forge compromises and solutions acceptable to all parties.


Top Cars for Dog Owners

From AAA:
Six categories of vehicles 
meet the needs of a variety of lifestyles.



More than 80 percent of dog owners take their “best friend” along in the car. Our top picks are based upon a variety of factors such as crash test ratings, safety features, fuel economy, cargo area size, availability of tie-down hooks, easy-to-clean interiors and how easy it is to get an animal in and out.

Cars Listed Offer Safety and Comfort

Luxury
  • BMW 3 Series Wagon: This wagon offers a wide range of accessories to make the car more suitable for pet transport including rubber mats for the cargo area and sturdy dividers that can keep a dog comfortably confined to the cargo area and away from distracting the driver. Some available dividers even have an added division to transport two dogs while keeping them apart. The interior is cozy, so the BMW 3 Series wagons may be a better choice for medium to smaller breeds.
  • Volvo XC60: The Volvo XC60 has a roomy cargo area ideal for transporting most canines in comfort, and a nicely finished interior. Accessories include rubber mats for the cargo area and a pet barrier that fastens securely above the raised rear seats to keep pets from distracting the driver.
Active Lifestyle
  • Subaru Forester: The Forester’s cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is an impressive and inviting (for pets) 68 cubic feet. The floor, at just over 27 inches off the ground, also is lower than many sports utility vehicles making it easier for many dogs to get in and out. There are ample tie-down points to secure a kennel.
  • Hyundai Santa Fe: The third-row seat option is no longer available, but the cargo space is good for even some larger breed dogs. Buyers will find that both Hyundai and aftermarket suppliers offer many accessories to make rides with the family pet easier and more comfortable. These range from sturdy rubber mats for the cargo area to beds and pet dividers that will keep the dog in place. As an added bonus, the ride and handling should be agreeable to both people and their canine passengers.
Kids, Dogs and Everything Else
  • Honda Element: The interior features surfaces and upholstery that can be hosed out, if necessary. The clamshell side doors also can make getting pets in and out easier. The Element offers a pet lovers’ accessory group that includes a ramp, which is ideal for helping older dogs get in and out, second row seat covers that are even easier to clean than the standard upholstery and a soft-sided kennel that can be secured to the vehicle. It also features a spill-resistant water dish and an electric ventilating fan.
  • Toyota Venza: This cross between a station wagon and a crossover utility vehicle offers a long list of pet accessories. Among the items is a ramp to ease getting in and out through the rear tailgate, waterproof seat covers, an adjustable harness/booster seat pet restraint system, an adjustable pet barrier and a dog tether to keep canines from jumping into the passenger area.
    Efficient and Fun
  • Mazda3 5-Door: Wide opening rear doors, a tailgate and a robust interior makes this yet another vehicle that would be attractive to many pet owners. These buyers, however, will have to go to aftermarket suppliers for many pet accessories. Fortunately, there they will find a wide range of mats and kennels that both fit and enhance the Mazda3’s utility.
  • Mini Clubman: The longer body structure, foldable rear seat and rear barn doors all contribute to making it easy to get even a larger breed in and out of the vehicle. And once in, dogs will find more than 33 cubic feet of space with the rear seat folded. Most kennels will fit with ease and, once in, can be secured using the factory-installed tie-down points.
Green

  • Ford Escape Hybrid: Ford actually promotes the cargo area as being ideal for “. . . a big, wet dog . . .” The company goes on to note that the hybrid’s battery pack is completely sealed, so there is no need to worry about wet pets or wet cargo causing a problem. Accessories are available from many sources, including Ford. Floor mats and a pet divider top the list of items that make the Escape more “pet friendly.”
    Economical
  • Kia Soul: It’s roomier than its exterior dimensions suggest, which makes the Soul a good choice for transporting smaller and mid-size breeds. Aftermarket accessories to make the trip easier on both the pet and its owner can be easily purchased. These include thick, heavy-duty mats and pet-resistant seat covers. Some owners also have gone for vehicle-specific pet cages and dividers, often imported from Europe.
  • Nissan Cube: The interior is surprisingly roomy and should be good, with the back seats down, for even larger breeds. However, it’s important to note that, when folded, the rear seat does not form a flat load floor, so owner supplied padding to level the cargo area would most likely be necessary. Buyers will find many aftermarket accessories that can be used to enhance this car’s utility as a pet hauler.
AAA offers additional help for those with pets. Our Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook® contains all the information pet owners need when taking their pet on an extended trip. The book includes pet-friendly AAA Approved property listings for hotels and motels and advice on transporting pets. To purchase this book, visit or call your local AAA office.

Medical Cost do not come from Obama or Congress or Big Government


I was in my doctors office when a man complained that his medicare co-payment had gone up. The office manager said "blame Obamacare...its part of his idea of socialized medicine."

Well, to truth is that Medicare goes back far further than Obama or any living president, and that the increase was part of the normal increases built in each year, also set long before Obama became president.

But people are willing to accept any increase in medical cost, insurance or problem with the very much broken medical system is a result of Obamacare.

They have been brainwashed into believing this.

None of the cost or eventual cost savings have taken effect. The bill passed last year has had no immediate impact on price, cost or insurance rates.

But people have been sold to believe that.

They have been sold so hard that more than half the states have challenged the 2010 health care law in court, arguing Americans should not be required to purchase health insurance. That issue is separate, but fed by the belief being passed along that Obamacare is a White Elephant, long before the considerable projected savings or improvements in medical care are set to take effect.


And states, like Nevada, where education, social services, and even police and fire are being cut back or even emasculated, have no problem with footing large legal bills challenging planned improvements in medical costs and care.




 NPR's Julie Rovner explains President Obama's proposed amendment to the law, which would allow states to opt-out of the mandate under certain conditions.

Good intentions can lead to dire consequences

If the Republican Emergency Budget passes in congress it will have almost no impact on actual Federal Spending, and the impact it does have will lead to 800,00 to a million jobs lost, according to Goldman-Sachs. When you add cuts being made at state, county and local levels around the nation, as many as ten million jobs may be lost, plunging the US into a deeper recession than two years ago ad possibly a full blown depression.

Republicans counter that these cuts and more must be made or the US may become insolvent, leading to far deeper cuts and disaster for our children and grandchildren.

Of course so would a depression, on the heels o the 2008 Great Recession.

Meanwhile philosophical differences have both parties in congress and at state levels talking at instead of with each other. The differences in beliefs and priorities are not being breached  and compromises few and far between because in the last election moderates and experienced legislators, with the skills and history to deal with the current economic crisis, were voted out of office, many at the primary level.

An uninformed popularism, along with increasingly greedy corporate owners, could escalate the slide of te US from world leadership in the 21st century, starting with not taking the steps needed to improve and keep up in education, health care, transportation and economics.

These are the foundation of any society's strength.

When Rome started to let its roads fall into disrepair, its postal system fail, its schools close and its core rot away morally and in terms of international leadership, it fell into a spiral of decline which eventually ended the empire. With computers and modern technology, ours could be accelerated to a decade or less.

There are many other examples in history.

The cuts being suggested or made from the Federal to the local levels, in statehouses and school districts will lead to job loss, decline in infrastructure and a state where the right become increasingly wealthy while the middle class slip away into poverty.

But we are in denial, ss reaction to this note will probably confirm.


Help fight Holicost Denial, so it will never happen again.

VERY IMPORTANT - ALWAYS REMEMBER


General Eisenhower Warned Us.

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:
'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'

Now there are increased calls from around the world crying that the Holicost never occured, that it was invented and created for the political support of Israell.

American soldiers threw up as they entered the camps, openly wept and even went out to find Nazi guards who had abandoned their post. They saw it.

Survivors experienced it.

The Nazi's kept detailed records, including names and the fate of those interned.

And thanks to Eisenhower, it was all put on film..






Two and a Half Men, Oscars ratings down, NFL Lockout Close, TV Goes Comedy


Firing back. Chuck Lorre, co-creator and executive producer of "Two and a Half Men" and Sheen's biggest target, lobbed one back at the actor with a new "vanity card" at the end of Monday's repeat episode of the show. "Screw grace, I am so outta here," was the kicker. Lorre often has used the vanity cards to tweak Sheen and his lifestyle. Sheen coverage and analysis from GQNew York TimesWrapHollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times.
He's back! With "The King's Speech" scoring big at Sunday's Oscars, Weinstein Co. bosses Harvey and Bob Weinstein are in gloat mode less than a year after seeming to be on the brink. Weinstein Co. is expected to take in between $75 million and $100 million from "The King's Speech," reports the Los Angeles Times. Industry website Deadline Hollywood looks at what's next for Weinstein Co.
Oscars don't wow Nielsens. The ratings for Sunday night's Oscars were not award-winning. The show was down in both viewers and young demographics. So much for James Franco and Anne Hathaway bringing in the 18-34 eyeballs. Of course, they didn't get much help from the show's production. The first half-hour seemed designed to drive away anyone under the age of 60. And it did, as the Awards had the lowest 18 to 35 ratings in ten years. Not much of a drop overall, but a slight drop none-the-less. Ratings coverage from ReutersWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. The Oscar show itself wasn't the only boring thing on Sunday night, New York Times advertising reporter Stuart Ellliott wasn't wowed by the commercials.
Lockout! The NFL's labor contract with players expires at the end of the week and a new deal seems unlikely. The NFL wants a bigger cut of the revenue pie and to extend the regular season from 16 games to 18 games. Players are against both and are concerned that an extended season will mean more injuries and long-term physical problems. The Daily Beast's Buzz Bisssinger says this is all about the NFL's greed and the players will pay the price.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Romantic comedies are popping up all over television. Hope they are funnier than they look. Original "it" girl Jane Russell dies at 89.

Health Care, Human Rights, Being What American Claims Itself to Be

From a student:

I dont understand how this is such and issue with everyone around the United States. How can becoming a humanitarian be such a bad thing. So just because an individual, a human, cannot afford health care, shouldn't have the right to live well to get the care needed no matter what. I understand we might all pay more, or the "UPPER" class might have to pay into this, so agian, why is this a bad thing? Why cant we all reach out to help one another to live better, to live healthy and happy. Its all about being human, and helping one another. I think that unless, or when someone is in the position of needing this, due to pre existing ilnesses that will raise the premium or unable to obtain health care, maybe some will change there mind. I dont see any down side on, keeping everyone healthy and happy, as united as these states claim to be. Carla Parker COMM101 HN117

2045

From a student:

jcdaniel62 said... I listenened to the prank call with Gov Walker today. Great stuff, good times. I think that this recording should be played in classrooms and taught as a lesson of how government REALLY works. Everyone should hear this. So 110 years later, the pendulum swings back, full circle. Since it would seem we are destined to repeat history on a 100 year cycle, then the big question is: what’s coming in the next few years, or even weeks or months? Will we make the right choices for our Country, as they did a century ago? I hate to be pessimistic, but it’s not looking good. My biggest fear, and I’m being very sincere about this, is that our Nation will jump tracks, and end up going down the same path as Germany did in the 1920’s and 1930’s. I know this might seem like a real stretch of the imagination to anyone paying attention, but if you know your history, then you know the right ingredients: A despondent, embittered, nationalistic society looking for someone or something to focus its anger on. An ultra-conservative, ethnocentric, (cool… I used that word in a sentence, do I get extra credit?), rising to prominence political faction. Add a dash of 3rd world living conditions as standard. Throw in over-population, then just for fun, remove education and the ability to use that what them there fellers used back in the olden days… whadda they call it? ‘critter-cal thinkin’. Add all these together , pre heat the oven to 2045, and then… I hope I’m wrong.

Who is responsible for the poor and those in crisis?

Why are we rushing to spend billions on Libya and other nations, but cutting benefits and help for our own citizens?

From a student:

Since the recession donation to charity has dropped, unemployment is 9 to as hig as 17% (not counting those who have dropped off the unemployment roles by timing out or those who are under employed and losing their homes despite working hard, often two jobs), Government world wide supports its least and lowliest, or is overthrown (we see it happening). It is part of the role of government to help their citizens. Why have so many Americans forgotten that? We are way past the barn raising days, when we lives in small close knit communities and did the help your neighbor thing. We are too diverse, transient and selfish now, not to mention broke. Government must help, that is the role of the common good that is in the definition of being governed. How can so many so called Christians forget this? Easy, they are not living the brunt of this recession...they turne around or look right through those in need, blaming those who need for their problems instead of owning up to the responsibility of the group, of the society, of the government to look after the well being of the governed.