February 16, 2014

George Will, on ‘Climate Change’ and in General: When Pols Say ‘Debate Is Over,’ It Really Means ‘They’re Losing It’

On Fox News Sunday earlier today, George Will got in some tremendous rips at global warming/”climate change” alarmism.

Although Will’s criticism was primarily aimed at politicians, we cannot overlook the fact that their enablers in the establishment press have made their immature “climate denier” and “flat earther” name-calling rants possible by unskeptically allowing their so-called “settled science” to be seen as explanations for Britain’s recent floods and California’s droughts. President Obama is pushing the drought nonsense, when it’s bad man-made water policy which is to blame. Video and the relevant portion of the FNS transcript are after the jump (HT Mediaite; bolds are mine):

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Mickey Kaus, on the UAW’s VW-Chattanooga Loss, Workers’ Councils, and ‘Card Check’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:33 am

Kaus makes important points about “card-check” and workers’ councils (bolds and links are in original):

… At Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory, the UAW was actually welcomed by the employer. No union-busting propganada sessions. VW, which already has a powerful union back home in Europe, wanted to set up German-style “works councils,” where rank and file employees could have a say in production decisions. But, according to many U.S. labor lawyers, it needed a union partner — otherwise, under the Wagner Act the works councils would be considered an illegal “company union.” The UAW seemed ready to be that partner. UAW organizers were allowed in the plant to make their case. Management didn’t argue back.

The union even claimed to have a majority of signed “cards.” ***

But, in a secret ballot election,  the workers still said no. We learned Friday that VW’s Chattanooga employees had voted against unionizing by a margin of  712 to 626. The UAW couldn’t even win an election it had been handed on a silver platter by management.

The most interesting part comes next: If Volkswagen now goes ahead and starts its works councils anyway, without the UAW, will organized labor sue to have them declared illegal? That would give the Roberts Court a precious opportunity to interpret the Wagner Act in a way that actually allows non-legalistic, non-adversarial forms of worker participation in management (despite the “company union” prohibition). In effect, the courts could help VW create what those on the left have been (correctly) demanding of the right: a reasonable alternative to traditional unionism, giving workers a “voice” without subjecting every management decision to a war of bargainers and lawyers and (ultimately) the formalized pitched battle of a strike.

Now that would be a threat to Big Labor. Which is why they might not sue.

It looks what really has happened over the years is that either regulators, the courts, or both have twisted the Wagner Act to prohibit any form of management discussion with worker representatives by calling it evidence of a “company union.”

I would agree that VW should go ahead with its workers’ council in Chattanooga and dare organized labor to sue.

The money quote concerning organized labor’s cherished organizing goal is in Kaus’s footnote (bold is mine):

*** – The cards apparently contained distracting language about wanting to join VW’s works council. If the union did have a majority of cards, of course, it has now provided us with a near-textbook example of the difference between a) a secret ballot and b) signing a piece of paper in the presence of union representatives.

Exactly — which is why “card check” must never become law. In reality, “card check” is “card coercion.”

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021614)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: ‘Son of God’ movie brings Gospels to life, Catholic leaders say

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:00 am

From Los Angeles:

Feb 15, 2014 / 04:06 pm

A new movie about Jesus Christ – to be released by the makers of the popular History Channel television miniseries “The Bible” – has drawn praise from several Catholic bishops and leaders.

“It is the biggest, greatest story ever told,” said Roma Downey, a co-producer of “Son of God” who stars as Mary.

“The Story of the Son of God is one of the most-known stories in the history of the world,” added her husband and co-producer Mark Burnett. “And yet it never gets old. And the way we have told it is very connective, very young, very gritty and real. You really feel connected and can see yourself as these characters.”

The movie is based on the Bible and covers the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. A 20-minute preview of the video is already being distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The full movie will be released Feb. 28 in English, Spanish and Korean. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado will play the role of Jesus. Morgado said the role is “overwhelming.”

Burnett said that teenagers and young people who see the movie are “absolutely connecting with the disciples” and realizing “they were just ordinary people.”

“They did not know they were in the Bible, they were just leading ordinary lives,” he said.

The movie was made in consultation with academics and faith leaders.

It has drawn praise from several Catholic leaders.

“It is a joy to watch this film bring alive the pages of the Gospel and help us see what those who lived at the time of Jesus experienced,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

He said the movie helps individuals and families “be inspired all over again with the story of God’s love for us.”

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said the movie “gives us an opportunity to realize God’s presence in our own lives.”

“Each one of us is a son or daughter of God. It is a wonderful, awesome reality.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.