Oscars Defend Unions, Attack Funders

From a gleeful Associated Press:

Charles Ferguson (L) and Audrey Marrs (R) pose backstage with their Oscars for for Best Documentary Feature for the ‘Inside Job’ backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Oscar winners hit union-busting, bank bigwigs

By Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer Mon Feb 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES – From driving up to the red carpet in hybrid cars to Michael Moore’s infamous anti-war outburst in 2003 ("Shame on you, Mr. Bush!"), the Oscars have always been center stage for political statements.

This year, two awards recipients thanked their union crew — in thinly-veiled shots at the Republican governor of Wisconsin, who has made headlines for trying to strip unionized civil servants of their collective bargaining rights.



NYC Pays 1500 Teachers For Union Work

From the New York Post:

Tom Dromgoole

1,500 teachers paid to do union business and miss class

February 27, 2011

The Department of Education pays about 1,500 teachers for time they spend on union activities — and pays other teachers to replace them in the classroom.

It’s a sweetheart deal that costs taxpayers an extra $9 million a year to pay fill-ins for instructors who are sprung — at full pay — to carry out responsibilities for the United Federation of Teachers.

With Mayor Bloomberg calling for thousands of teacher layoffs to balance the 2012 budget, critics say it’s time to halt the extravagant benefit.

"In these tight fiscal times, it defies common sense to pay two different people to do one job," said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a government watchdog.



Police Clash With Protesters – In Oman

From a joyous Associated Press:

Oman clashes widen protest rumblings in Gulf

By Brian Murphy, Associated Press Sun Feb 27, 2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Protests against the tight grip of Gulf rulers widened Sunday as riot police in Oman battled pro-democracy demonstrators in a deadly clash that sharply raised tensions in the region.

Tiny Bahrain is already in turmoil and giant Saudi Arabia is seeking to hold back calls for reforms.

Since Bahrain is a vitally important ally for the US, it is only natural for the AP to castigate them this way. In fact, the ‘uprising’ in Bahrain are primarily based on religious and ethnic complaints. Since the Sunnis rulers there reign over a Shiite majority. (A detail the AP does mention near the end of this article.)

The Gulf protests have shaken the once-comfortable command of various monarchs and sheiks.



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AP Rages At Obama-Care ‘Nullification’

From a spittle flecked Associated Press:

Tea party vision for Mont. raising concerns

By Matt Gouras, Associated Press Thu Feb 24, 2011

HELENA, Mont. – With each bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future.

Their state would be a place where officials can ignore U.S. laws, force FBI agents to get a sheriff’s OK before arresting anyone, ban abortions, limit sex education in schools and create armed citizen militias.

It’s the tea party world. But not everyone is buying their vision.

Some residents, Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer and even some Republican lawmakers say the bills are making Montana into a laughingstock. And, they say, the push to nullify federal laws could be dangerous.

You mean like when a President deems a law to be unconstitutional?



AP Hopes For An ‘Uprising’ Across Iraq

From the Iraqi terrorist allies at the Associated Press:

6 killed as Iraqis protest in ‘Day of Rage’

By Sinan Salaheddin [sic], Associated Press
February 25, 2011

BAGHDAD – Thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces in cities across Iraq on Friday, in the largest and most violent anti-government protests here since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world several weeks ago.

Maybe this is like the "unrest" that is "spreading in the Arab world." But it is certainly not people rising up in the name of democracy, since Iraq has the an elected government – and apart from Afghanistan and Israel – the only representative government in the Middle East.

More likely this is just the usual suspects (aka terrorists) who are hoping to accomplish through demonstration what they have been unable to accomplish through IEDs.



AP: No Shutdown In A ‘Gov’t Shutdown’

From, of all places, the Associated Press:

Psst. No shutdown during a ‘government shutdown’

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Fri Feb 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.

Which, once again, is a direct contradiction of the lies that Mr. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats have been spreading about a possible shutdown.

That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut down.

We don’t know what has gotten into the AP on this subject.



Clinton: Ethanol Could Spark Food Riots

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Clinton: Too much ethanol could spark food riots

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press – Fri Feb 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – With global food prices rising and more corn being diverted to the production of ethanol fuel, Bill Clinton is warning of food riots in poor nations.

The former president told farmers and Agriculture Department employees on Thursday that while producing biofuels is important for reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, farmers should also look beyond domestic production and consider the needs of developing countries.

"I think the best thing to say is we have to become energy independent, but we don’t want to do it at the cost of food riots," Clinton said.

Clinton’s foundation has worked to develop agribusiness in African countries such as Malawi and Rwanda.



WI House Vote Catches Dems ‘Napping’

From an apoplectic Associated Press:

Wis. Assembly passes bill taking away union rights

By Todd Richmond, Associated Press
February 25, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

Gosh those Republicans are crafty – and mean. Couldn’t they at least make the Democrats some coffee before they have such an important vote?

The vote ended three straight days of punishing debate in the Assembly. But the political standoff over the bill — and the monumental protests at the state Capitol against it — appear far from over…

The AP doesn’t want its troops to get disheartened.



Anti (Black) Abortion Ad Pulled In NYC

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Ad company pulls NYC anti-abortion billboard

By Cristian [sic] Salazar, Associated Press – Fri Feb 25, 2011

NEW YORK – An outdoor advertising company has taken down a New York City anti-abortion billboard that showed a black girl along with the tagline, "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb."

A manager for Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising confirmed Thursday the company had decided to take down the billboard. Some black residents said they found it offensive.

The Rev. Al Sharpton praised the decision and canceled plans to protest the billboard.

The billboard was placed in a busy Manhattan neighborhood by the group Life Always as part of a national campaign tied to Black History Month.



Milwaukee Schools Give Cash To ACLU

From the MacIver Institute:

MPS Sends Cash to ACLU for Public Art Program

MacIver News Service | February 24, 2011

Milwaukee, Wisc — While Milwaukee Public School Board members publicly bemoan the impact of pending state-funding cuts, the MacIver News Service has learned that MPS gave nearly $20,000 to the ACLU this school year.

The ACLU of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Theatre applied for a $19,990 Partnership for the Arts grant late last year to launch the Public Arts Student Alliance (PASA). The funds go toward a program that promotes community engagement to confront civic apathy by “identifying community/social issues of concern: planning ways to address them through public art, and honing their skills in speaking, writing and visual art/puppetry and theatre.”

Well, the teachers should know something about puppetry.


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Nancy Pelosi: ‘Tell Me More About My Eyes’

From a bemused Politico:

Pelosi edits honorary resolution…on Pelosi

February 24, 2011

The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday — but its praise wasn’t good enough for the House minority leader.

When the DNC’s Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi’s years as speaker of the House, Pelosi’s daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother’s behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked.

That would be Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, who helps run the American Federation Of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) PAC.

"I have some friendly amendments," said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee’s session during the DNC Winter Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Thursday afternoon.



Bush Saved Region From Gadhafi’s WMD

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Fears Tripoli May Deploy Gas As Chaos Mounts

FEBRUARY 24, 2011

WASHINGTON—The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn’t destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.

Tripoli also maintains control of aging Scud B missiles, U.S. officials said, as well as 1,000 metric tons of uranium yellowcake and vast amounts of conventional weapons that Col. Gadhafi has channeled in the past to militants operating in countries like Sudan and Chad.

So will these weapons of mass destruction ever be found? And, if not, will the Obama administration ever hear the end of it?



No Small Businesses On Obama’s Panel

From the Politico:

On jobs panel, where’s small biz?

By ABBY PHILLIP | 02/23/11

President Obama spent the day in Cleveland on Tuesday touting his interest in hearing directly from the country’s small businesses about job creation.

"Entrepreneurs like each of the ones who are here today create two out of every three new jobs in this country," Obama said. "So you’re the cornerstones of the community. You’re the sources of pride for working families."

But out of the 22 members of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, announced Wednesday, only one of them represents small businesses or has had significant experience running one.

Which sounds remarkably like the rest of Obama’s appointments, especially his cabinet and ‘Czars.’ Except that none of them have any real life business experience – big or small.



Minister Says Gaddafi Ordered Lockerbie

From Australia’s Herald Sun:

Gaddafi ‘ordered Lockerbie’

February 24, 2011

LIBYAN leader Muammar Gaddafi personally ordered the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, amid warnings that al Qaeda had gained a foothold in the crumbling north African oil producer, it’s claimed.

Former justice minister Mustapha Abdeljalil told Swedish newspaper Expressen that he had proof Gaddafi personally ordered the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing 270 people, mostly Americans…

Abdeljalil said Gaddafi pushed hard for the return of convicted bomber Abdel Baset al Megrahi, who was imprisoned in Scotland and whose release on compassionate grounds in 2009 provoked outrage from the US.

"To hide [his involvement], he [Gaddafi] did everything in his power to get Megrahi back from Scotland," said Abdeljalil, who defected in protest at the violence on Tuesday

The original article can be found here.



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