March 9, 2011

‘New Civility’ Update: Dateline Madison (Update: Full Text of Death Threat Letter Against Wis. GOP Senators AND Their Families)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:18 pm

No commentary on this is really necessary.

Via Newsmax:

NewsmaxOnGOPsenatorsLeavingMadison030911

Commenters, of course, can chime in with their own thoughts and updates.

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UPDATE, March 10, Noon: Full text of a death threat letter relayed by Charlie Sykes at WTMJ in Milwaukee (bolds are mine; a few paragraph breaks added by me) –

From: XXXX
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM

To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen

Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.

We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you.

If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you.

Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

This is one time I hope that something I’ve copied from elsewhere is a hoax. I’m afraid that it’s not.

Althouse Says It All About AP’s Coverage of Wis. Collective Bargaining Vote (BizzyBlog Update: Dem Fleebagging Senators Returning)

Here is how the Associated Press and reporter Scott Bauer headlined and opened their 10:09 p.m. report (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) on the Wisconsin Senate’s collective bargaining-related vote tonight:

Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber’s missing Democrats and approve an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.

The graphic cap below from this post by Ann Althouse, who has been on the scene in Madison frequently during the past few weeks, says it all about the AP’s coverage:

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Yep.

Since Scott Bauer has been so blatantly biased during these past few weeks (as seen here and here) and has made it abundantly clear where he stands on these matters — instead of doing his who-what-where-when-why job — maybe Ann should send her cameraman Meade out one final time to ask Scott how he feels about his three-week distortion campaign thus far going for naught.

If the nation had to solely rely on Bauer and his establishment press ilk for information about what has really been happening in the Badger State, the stalemate might be going the other way. Viva New Media.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Revised “might have gone” to “might be going” in the last paragraph, and “having gone for naught” to “thus far going for naught” in the second-last paragraph.

BizzyBlog UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: From a USA Today e-mail alert:

USATemailOnWisSenateReturn030911

Apparently there is no word in the e-mail as to how firmly the Fleebaggers’ tails were tucked between their legs.

Gauntlet Throw-Down of the Day at BigJ

Via John Nolte at BigJournalism.com:

We Call On the MSM to Adopt the ‘Rose/O’Keefe Standard of Journalistic Transparency’

BigJournalismOkeefeRoseManifesto030911

This is at least 10 years overdue. There is no technological, logistical, or cost-based reason why an establishment press outlet would not eagerly wish to adhere to the O’Keefe/Rose Standard. The only “justifications” that remain are an inherent unwillingness to be scrutinized and a dogged determination to manipulate. Those unspoken “justifications” will more than likely continue, and the establishment press will ignore Nolte’s call, while still claiming to be holier and more professional than New Media.

Surprise me for once, guys and gals. Let the raw footage be free.

At NewsBusters: The Early AM Engine-Starter

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:03 am

The introduction at the post, which went up during a blearly-eyed period overnight:

Guess the Costs of Milwaukee School District’s Legal Defense Over an ‘Equal Rights’ Drug

On Monday, in a story I will link after the jump, the Associated Press reported that on March 1 the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) dropped a lawsuit it initiated last year over the school district’s refusal five years earlier to cover a prescription drug the union described as “an issue of discrimination, of equal rights for all our members” (that link will also appear after the jump).

So the questions submitted for our readers to ponder are these:

1) What drug was involved?

2) How much has the district spent defending itself against the lawsuit?

No fair Googling. Answers follow.

Go there for the answers, and consider your engines started.

Obama: Far More Lawless Than Nixon Ever Was

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:50 am

That is in essence what Betsy McCaughey, leading HillaryCare and Obamacare critic, says in her Newsmax column in the final paragraph of the following excerpt (bold is mine):

Judge Roger Vinson took the president to the woodshed last week for a lesson on which branch of government has the final word on the Constitution.

Twenty six states brought a lawsuit to a Florida district court challenging the constitutionality of the Obama healthcare reform law. On January 31, Vinson ruled the mandatory insurance provision unconstitutional and, going further, declared the entire law void. The White House brushed off Vinson’s ruling as “extreme” and an “outlier” and told the nation “implementation would proceed apace.”

Vinson clarified his ruling on March 3, warning the president’s lawyers that it was “not just a bit of friendly advice.” The administration suggests “that a single federal judge” cannot halt an entire regulatory scheme. Wrong, said Vinson. A court’s judgment is binding.

President Obama’s conduct is reminiscent of President Richard Nixon’s defiance of a district court order on the grounds that he interpreted the Constitution differently. In 1974, a federal district court had ordered Nixon to surrender recordings of conversations about the Watergate break-in. The president refused.

Chief Justice Warren Burger held firm, ordering the president to surrender the tapes, and repeating the words set down by Chief Justice John Marshall in Marbury v. Madison (1803): “it is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is,” including meaning of the Constitution. Burger explained that although “each branch of government must initially interpret the Constitution” to perform its duties, the Court has the final say in any legal controversy.

Nixon waited eight hours, then announced he would comply. Obama waited two and a half weeks before even requesting a clarification.

Based solely on the roughly 400 hours the administration allowed to elapse from Judge Vinson’s ruling to its request for clarification, Obama is 50 times more lawless than Nixon ever was. As to the argument that they’ve bought time, that doesn’t pertain to implementation. The administration, based on the judge’s order, was ordered to cease implementing the law; the judge’s current seven-day stay doesn’t somehow give them any kind of pass.

So the comparative clock continues to tick. Over 850 hours have passed since Judge Vinson’s ruling. The lawlessness quotient is now well over 100.

The administration’s continued implementation of Obamacare is lawless, contemptible, and deserving — no, demanding — of legally enforced contempt.

Positivity: Michigan team honors fallen player with win

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Holland, Michigan:

Mar 8, 8:03 AM EST

In the end, it was a game that west Michigan’s Fennville High basketball players knew their fallen teammate would have been proud of.

The Fennville Blackhawks paid tribute Monday night to 16-year-old Wes Leonard on the eve of his funeral by continuing the undefeated season that Leonard had saved when he hit the game-winning shot last week before collapsing and dying.

Now the small community near Lake Michigan will come together again Tuesday to remember the 6-foot-2, 215-pound teenager known for his athletic prowess in basketball and football before he died from a heart ailment.

“I think he was watching down on us,” Fennville coach Ryan Klingler said after Monday night’s 65-54 win over Lawrence in an emotional first-round state tournament game before a crowd of 3,500. “This is a game he’d have liked.”

Leonard’s absence overshadowed the game, which was moved from Lawrence to Hope College in Holland to accommodate a larger crowd. After the final buzzer sounded, his teammates hugged and cried.

In tribute to Leonard, Fennville sent just four players onto the court before the opening tip. The fifth player took the court after a dramatic pause to wild cheering from the crowd. …

Go here for the rest of the story.