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By JGillman, Section News
Yesterday a Judge killed a lot of babies.
U.S. District Judge William M. Conley in what has become a more commonly performed feat of judicial activism, hit the pause button on a law that would have required abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges:
Without Conley's action, one clinic would have had to cancel 30 abortions or related appointments, with additional cancellations also needed at the other two clinics, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Monday.Bang.
And then he blew the smoke off the tip of his pen.
No Not really
U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the order following a hearing in a lawsuit filed Friday by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services.By design.
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
I remember well a certain story told about Chuck Yob and the 1992 Republican National Convention. During the 1992 Republican Presidential Primary Campaign, Pat Buchanan had finished better than expected in state primaries (frequently a strong second), even though President Bush, sr., had won every single statewide contest. Nevertheless, Buchanan's campaign wanted to use their "victories" as a reason to exert some influence over the national platform, obtain some delegate seats, and receive a few favorable speaking slots.
That year, Yob was the chairman of the credentials committee, and during one of their meetings was invited into a side room into a conference with Rich Bond (then the RNC Chairman) and President Bush. Bay Buchanan, Pat Buchanan's sister and campaign manager, was expected to be making an appearance at the meeting, and the president had some instructions for what he thought needed to be done.
What Bush wanted Yob to do was to let Buchanan lay out her entire case, put all her cards on the table. After that, he was to spend the next 5 hours picking apart all of her arguments, and keep her in that room arguing her case for the rest of the afternoon. And then, at 4 o'clock, he was to give up and let Buchanan have whatever she was still asking for. She'd take the story back to her people that they'd fought all day with the establishment, and at least got them to give ground on what really mattered. The story that would go back to the Bush supporters that they'd negotiated all day with the challenger's team, and finally given them their way on some positions that really didn't matter . . . for the good of the party.
I think that there is a lesson taught here that really should have been applied to the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Campaign . . . and the 2012 Republican National Convention (especially when viewed in light of the 1964 campaign).
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Lansing, Mich., June 5, 2012 - Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in response to major networks declaring the results of the Wisconsin recall election:
"The real winner tonight are all of Wisconsin's hard working tax payers. I want to congratulate the citizens of Wisconsin for choosing Gov. Scott Walker and putting the interests of hard working middle class families ahead of the radical agenda pursued by liberal interest groups and union bosses.
"The message from Wisconsin is clear: Hard working tax payers are fed-up with the status quo and hungry for the common-sense bold-changes offered by Republicans.
"This is a great day for all Americans who stood squarely with Wisconsin Republicans, Tea Party organizations, and all conservatives in defending our liberty and freedom, and an especially bad night for Barack Obama.
"I especially want to thank Michigan Republican Co-Chair Sharon Wise for leading a group of Michigan activists to Wisconsin and thank the countless volunteers in Michigan who stood with Gov. Scott Walker by participating in the phone-from-home program.
"Michigan is on the cusp of a dramatic turnaround and I look forward to turning our focus entirely toward defending Michigan's comeback against Democrats and special interests who hope to stall the progress made by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led House and Senate."
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Certainly the credentials committees are ALWAYS straight up and honorable.
A predetermined candidate would have no problem with an integrity breakdown in Michigan politics. By golly OUR credentials committee would NEVER stoop to this miserable level of candidate manipulation, right? Right???
"This year, the Wisconsin GOP is on track for something like 2,000 delegates, which would be double the largest state convention. The majority of those are opposed to Tommy Thompson.
Our guys have integrity.
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I have little to say about an extended leg held up to catch an ignorant number nine's mistaken place in the universe for those few seconds.
The MSU-Wisconsin game in its entirety was about as great a game played that I have seen recently. The play was remarkable at times, and talent evident. Other than the take back from a toe in-bounds and a game changing catch, the officiating was semi-OK as well. The loss of course disappointing, and a kick in the face darkening up the one eye that could still see. A black eye of symmetry.
The other was from another hit to the head with the unique campaign of Herman Cain hitting the skids.
I would be lying to say that I was expecting him to quit. As the initial claims of harassment were obviously a measure of the times they were made in, and the Bialick claim no doubt contrived by the Obama reelection camp, it was strange to see yet another woman who had questionable mental and financial history being taken seriously enough to end Cain's campaign.
The take-away from this? Not even sure. It is certainly enough that Herman Cain's wife of 42 years had had enough. And not being used to the 24/7 anal exam given (only conservative) candidates by the media, said it was time to pack it in. I suppose the other alternative is there was something to what the last woman said, except that from what I DO KNOW about Cain, his history, and listening to him speak, it seems more likely he was overly concerned for her welfare at one time, and may have been a financial benefactor too long.
In any event, as of this writing, news reports suggest that he may be endorsing Newt Gingrich as early as this afternoon.
If so? No mas. I'm down.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
Promoted for Ruth Johnson mention
To anyone with whom I've been in regular contact for the past eight months or so, what I'm about to say won't come as a big surprise: My wife, Christie, is about 33 weeks pregnant.
I mention that to say this: I was with my wife in the doctor's office a couple of weeks ago, and the USA Today headline caught my eye. Evidently, there are some republican controlled state legislatures that are taking steps to crack down on the most dangerous form of fraud in any free society. Pay attention to the map available from the National Conference of State Legislatures, we'll be referring to it after the break.
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By JGillman, Section News
I wrote about coercion the other day. In fact, I argue the contracts that are a part of the public employee arrangement are the result of coercive measures; that they are in fact "coercive contracts." That they are as such, non binding.
And covering only the contracts themselves, one could argue the illegitimate role that labor provides, when discussing compensation and bargaining with public entities. The monopolistic nature of Michigan's public sector employment pool negates any entrepreneurial efforts towards excellence that might develop, and the state's tax payers are hardly served in any constructive or positive manner. In other words, a free market for those positions residing outside the labor influenced sphere would create great opportunities.
Perhaps that is what labor fears. So much so, that it has now returned to its base form of thinly veiled threats of violence and extortive measures on the private entities that actually pay the bills. People OUTSIDE government now facing the very same violent animal attitude of organized labor types. Not yet here, but very, very, close.
It seems for the time being folks, we have ALL become Wisconsinites.
To the gutter we go.. (below)
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Its going on in Wisconsin, but here in Michigan, we have our own troubles.
The unions have pretty much had their way for decades, and our proof of their successes might have labels like made in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, etc.. Looking at those cities, one might find merely shells of what were once vibrant and very wealthy communities. Hosts to a variety of industries that our great state of Michigan once held out as shining examples of both ingenuity, and determination. People thrived, all the while unknowing that their guts were being eaten out by the parasites that care little about the health of their host.
Parasites that eagerly move along to infect the next body willing to tolerate their presence until it too is dead. And now, as we have discovered, there are fewer sanctuaries for the bubonic labor movement, and perhaps in government, it is where they will make their final stand. Either their methods will die in a bloody screaming hissy, or our state governments might. Or perhaps both.
And its truly a shame.
Man makes decisions. Its one of the pretty cool things we have been endowed by our creator with. The ability to decide, communicate, create, negotiate, all given to us as 'rights' not by government, nor by a king, nor even by a government sanctioned body like the NLRB.
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