Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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Miss America, LIberal Activist

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above, Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015, and former boss, Democratic activist Chuck Rocha of Solidarity Strategies

On Monday, Steve Ertelt of LifeNews.com reported an interesting fact he found on the LinkedIn page of the newly crowned Miss America.

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Her most recent job experience (other than performing her duties as Miss New York and competing in the Miss America pageant) was three months as an “education” intern with Planned Parenthood. Her profile says that she presented programs in local schools regarding mutual respect and self-esteem. Is this how the country’s leading abortion provider is insinuating itself into the lives of school children?

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Since her work for an abortion group has been reported in the conservative blogosphere, someone has quietly deleted the LinkedIn profile. (Don’t worry. I made a copy of it, thinking it was likely to be memory-holed.) It’s easy to understand why the Miss America organization would prefer that Kazantsev’s resume were not publicly available, since her overall job experience is not likely to endear the new Miss America to red-state America.

Take, for instance, her job as a political intern for Solidarity Strategies. In their Twitter bio, they describe themselves as “A 100% minority owned political consulting firm dedicated to progressive politics.” They do a lot of work with unions.

Her resume says that she wrote blog posts for her boss, Chuck Rocha (pictured at top with Kazantsev), for the Center for National Policy. Unfortunately, the Center’s site doesn’t date any of its blog posts, but with a little investigation, it appears that three posts appeared “by” Rocha between June 2012 and Labor Day of that year: A Case Study: Caterpillar vs. Machinists; Investment Over Party Politics; and America’s Labor Day.

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Her work with the Senate campaign to elect Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) explains the answer she gave during the interview portion of the Miss America pageant. When asked by Lee Meriwether what female Senators should devote their time to, Kazantsev said that rape in the military should be the priority. That’s Gillibrand’s pet issue: she is attempting to strip the military chain of command of the ability to handle sexual assault and sexual harassment cases within the military judicial system. Gillibrand instead wants civilian systems to handle it, even in war zones. It’s an extreme position that even Senator Claire McCaskill has not signed on to, and McCaskill is the leader on establishing quasi-legal systems to allow colleges to handle sexual assault cases internally.

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Lastly, note Kazantsev’s first internship with Solidarity Strategies, in which she took a role in the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker. Wisconsin voters rejected those recall efforts, and they might not be so pleased to learn that Miss America was battling against them.

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While the LinkedIn profile for Kazantsev was just deleted this afternoon, it looks like the Blogspot site that Kazantsev linked in her LinkedIn profile, As Told By Kira (see her customized blog header below), went defunct after a 2012 trip to Europe. It appears the site was deleted sometime in the past year.

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[also posted at LegalInsurrection.com]

UPDATE:

The Huffington Post obtained a statement from Planned Parenthood‘s vice president of communications Eric Ferrero regarding Kazantsev’s work with them. It turns out that she was prettying up her job description. Ferrero explicitly notes the programs were for sex education. He makes no mention of “mutual respect and self-esteem.”

Miss America Kira Kazantsev interned last year at her local Planned Parenthood affiliate, where she supported staff members who provide sex education in the community and at local schools. Several past Miss Americas have supported Planned Parenthood’s mission, and we’re thrilled and proud that one of our former interns is the new Miss America.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of sex education. Every year, we provide more than one million people with accurate, nonjudgmental information about relationships, sexuality, and healthy decision-making. An overwhelming majority of the American public supports access to comprehensive sex education in middle and high schools — the type of sex education programming that Planned Parenthood provides and which gives parents tools to have conversations with their families, and helps keep young people safe and healthy.

Now as Miss America, Kazantsev will be visiting schools across the country, speaking to our children. Given what she’s been trained to speak to them about, it’s not an encouraging thought for many parents.

|Prudence Potpourri | Tea Party

Giving New Meaning to State Control (Updated: WI Joins In)

As the Federal government continues to career down the road, crashing over and through everything we’ve held sacred and essential to America, the states have stepped up and continue to make efforts to end the federal marauding within their borders.

A few bills of note this past week occurred in Texas and South Carolina.

VOTER PHOTO ID
We can’t expect our government to be free of corruption if our electoral system is rife with it. In an effort to not only prevent voter fraud, but to also increase voter confidence in the integrity of the system, South Carolina passed legislation that will require voters to present photo identification to vote.

The bill requires voters show a S.C. drivers license, S.C.-issued ID card, federal military ID or a passport at polling places. The bill would not allow use of college, expired or other government-issue forms of ID.

If a voter arrives at the polls without proper identification, he can cast a provisional ballot and show a valid ID at the board of elections within a couple of days to have the vote counted. The State also reported the inevitable:

Sen. Brad Hutto, an Orangeburg Democrat, said the legislation is destined for court challenges.

“What this bill does is institutionalizes voter suppression,” Hutto said.

He said a list of 178,000 voters that don’t have photo identification will create problems, because it is an invasion of privacy and creates the potential for identity theft.

Sen. Chip Campsen, an Isle of Palms Republican, said Democrats created that problem by insisting on the creation of the list to help identify people who don’t have the credentials needed to vote.

It will be interesting to learn how many of those 178,000 are actual qualified voters. State photo IDs will be offered free of charge to anyone over 17 years of age. SC Governor Nikki Haley has supported the legislation and is expected to sign the bill.

With this action, SC joins ten other states (Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, South Dakota, and Texas) that require a photo ID to vote.

ANTI GOVERNMENTAL GROPING
As noted above, Texas has also passed a voter ID bill to prevent the molestation of their electoral system, and they have moved on to prevent government-sanctioned molesting of their citizens at Texas airports by the US’s Transportation Security Administration. According to the AP:

Approved late Thursday night, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.

It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”

The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”

He believes it will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travelers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.

Because the Obama administration doesn’t blink an eye when it tramples on state laws or ignores court orders, Texas would be within its rights in pressing the issue. If individuals have no power in combating the unconstitutional procedure, perhaps a state government will.

LIGHT BULB FREEDOM
Also in SC, while still battling with the Obama administration over its right to invite whatever company it wishes to do business in the right-to-work state, the state has legislation in the works that will promote manufacturing in the state, save or create jobs lost due to federal government extremism and give consumers a quality product they want: the incandescent light bulb.

An excellent look by the Heritage Foundation at the questionable savings to be had by CFL bulbs said:

The Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act, which unanimously passed South Carolina’s Senate panel, would allow South Carolina manufacturers to continue to sell incandescent bulbs so long as they have “Made in South Carolina” on them and are sold only within the state. Other states have floated the idea, and last year Arizona passed a bill that would have done the same thing, but Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the legislation.

The measure is sure to face a legal challenge if the SC legislature passes it. It was for that reason that Brewer issued her veto, not because she was afraid to battle the US on another front, but that a similar bill for manufacturing and selling guns solely within the confines of Arizona has already passed. Brewer believes that lawsuit will settle the light bulb manufacturing issue as well. The Arizona Capitol Times wrote:

Brewer wrote in her veto letter that the guns bill is a better way for Arizona to assert its 10th Amendment rights because the state would need to begin mining and processing tungsten, a critical component of incandescent light bulbs.

“I believe that the Firearms Freedom Act is the more immediate and practical vehicle for achieving this objective,” Brewer wrote in her veto letter. “HB2337 would take many more years to achieve its goal.”

The South Carolina light bulb freedom measure goes beyond just merely providing SC citizens the freedom to escape government coercion into buying inferior toxic products. The ban will ultimately produce no savings—despite Heritage’s report giving leeway for some costs to be possibly saved. It’s well known to anyone but lefties and government bureaucrats that when consumers reduce their consumption, the utility company makes less money. As a result, the utility raises the cost per unit rate in order to maintain its revenue flow. Thus, the consumer now pays more for consuming less.

More importantly, however, this is just one more example of the federal government’s actions destroying American manufacturing and American jobs, for a bunch of do-gooderism. [Note: The banning of incandescent bulbs was enacted under President Bush in 2007.] As reported by the AP:

If the South Carolina bill passes, it could boost hiring at American Light Bulb Manufacturing Inc., which has a factory in Mullins, in an impoverished, rural part of the state, president Ray Schlosser said from the company’s headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. The plant is in Marion County, the state’s capital for unemployment, with one-fifth of the work force jobless.

“The federal government was just trying to shove this down Americans’ throats too quickly,” Schlosser said.

Before the 2007 law, he had three production lines with 50 workers making the bulbs. But Schlosser said he is down to a single line with 15 workers and a single U.S. competitor, Sylvania. Most of the incandescent bulb business is now overseas. GE made its last incandescent bulb in the U.S. last fall.

It’s not too late to save this American industry. It’s not too late to save these American jobs. If America doesn’t want them, South Carolina does.

GOLD AND SILVER CURRENCY
Also, fearing the recklessness of the US Congress in their continued spending spree and the quantitative easing of the Federal Reserve, SC legislators have introduced a bill in both the SC House and Senate to permit gold and silver to be recognized as legal tender within the state. Legislators say it would not replace the dollar, but instead would be a ready emergency backup should people lose faith in the dollar due to hyperinflation. Columbia’s WACH reports :

“I’m no financial expert but am I smart enough to know that you can’t keep printing money when it has no backing,” says SC Republican Representative Mac Toole.

Thomas also wants a special joint committee to study the need and process for establishing an alternate currency. Read the entire bill here.

“For those of you who think this is a way to re-establish secession, the bill was passed in Utah and it’s currently law there,” SC Republican Representative Mike Pitts.

A group called Sound Money has been pushing the legislation and has videos at their website explaining the concept. Both bills have been referred to committee, and new legislators signed on to the House bill last week.

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Some may shake their heads and say, “Hoo boy, those Southerners sure are a wacky bunch.” We may be headstrong and independent. Hopefully we will also end up with a trustworthy electoral system, filamented soft-light bulbs, money to buy them and the government’s hands out of our pants (and skirts).

Update (5/27/11)
Wisconsin has joined the Voter Photo ID ranks, as Governor Scott Walker signed the bill on Wednesday—a bill that WI’s last two legislatures had passed but the Democratic governor had vetoed.

According to an AP report:

But opponents say Wisconsin’s law differs significantly from Indiana’s, pointing in particular to the requirement that Wisconsin absentee voters must include a photocopy of their ID when mailing in their ballots. They argue that will present an additional burden on poor voters and the elderly who may have a hard time getting copies made.

Opponents also say Wisconsin has much less access to Department of Motor Vehicle offices to get allowable IDs than Indiana, which also creates a burden.

Only eight states have a photo ID law, with one in Kansas to take effect next year. South Carolina passed a photo ID law earlier this month, but it is under review by the U.S. Justice Department. Eighteen other states, with Oklahoma to join in July, require identification at the polls but it doesn’t have to be with a photo.

Wisconsin’s requirement to show photo identification takes effect for elections in 2012, but other changes such as requiring voters to sign poll books and to have lived at their current address for 28 days instead of just 10, take effect immediately.

That means those changes will be in place before up to nine recall elections affecting six Republican and three Democratic state senators. The earliest those elections could take place is July 12.

Under the new law, voters will have to present a driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID, naturalization papers or tribal ID in order to vote. College students could vote with an ID from their school as long as it has their signature and an expiration date that falls within two years of the card’s issuance.

University of Wisconsin IDs currently don’t meet that criteria and would have to updated to comply before students could use them to vote.

Voters who have a photo ID but forget to bring it to the polls can cast a provisional ballot that would only be counted if the voter presents a photo ID to the local election clerk by the Friday after the election.

People living in nursing homes, retirement homes and institutions are exempt, as are victims of stalking and anyone who objects to having their photos taken for religious grounds.

Taking effect for elections this year is a new limitation on how long voters can cast absentee ballots in person at the clerk’s office. That window is reduced from 30 days to just two weeks and it would end the Friday before the election, rather than the day after.

The new law also does away with party-line voting, except for military and overseas voters.

While the law will prevent someone from voting using another person’s name, it will do nothing to prevent felons from voting while on state supervision.

The wall preventing election integrity continues to crumble.

|Prudence Potpourri | The Left

The Facts of Wisconsin

Today’s post is a classic from the files of guest blogger SooperMexican. It’s still relevant, as the court cases continue in Wisconsin. Enjoy…

Hey gringos y gringas:

The left has made all sorts of ridiculous claims about the protest in Wisconsin against Scott Walker’s plan to bring some fiscal responsibility and sanity to their budget problems. In an attempt to combat this, I’ve put together the following factsheet: arm yourselves with the truth, and shoot some new-tone holes in your enemies!

If you’d like to tweet just the image without this post, use this short link:

http://bit.ly/WISoopFACTsheet

This one ain’t available on a Sooper T-shirt unless you’re really skinny..

Inspired by This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Union

Soon to draw up a response to: this!

Some Sources as cited:

Walker Releases WI Public Sector Benefits’ Costs

Oh, To be a Teacher in Wisconsin! – Wall Street Journal

Info from UsGovernmentSpending.com

and… Teacher Salary Info

|Best Books | Prudence Prize

Best Book: The Well-Trained Mind

Watching the recent examples of the abominable behavior of Wisconsin and New Jersey teachers makes me realize someone needs to take to the highest mountain, put a megaphone to their mouth and shout: “Attention, parents of America! Put down the public school registration form. Step away from the teachers’ unions. They are destroying your children’s futures and stunting the growth of their minds.”

With their emphasis on teaching navel exploration and peer relations over language and math skills, teaching politically corrupted history and multiculturalism over logic and rhetoric, government-run schools indoctrinate your kids with touchy-feely nonsense that eschews independent thinking skills and leaves them ill-prepared for life.

What can you do to save your children? Home school them—or supplement your child’s education with after-school home schooling.

Many parents grow extremely nervous and intimidated when thinking about not just the time commitment it takes to home school children, but they also worry whether they have the knowledge and ability to teach their kids on their own.

If you are interested in finding out what a well-founded home-school curriculum includes or are actually considering the possibility of taking control of your kids’ educations, there’s one book that will show you how and why you must: The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, a mother-daughter team who write from their own experiences as the home-schooler and the home-schooled.

In it, Jesse writes:

My own children were faced with teachers who brought them down to the level of the class; teachers who thought it was more important to teach social skills than academic subjects; textbooks that had abandoned grammatical rules and mathematical logic in favor of scattershot, incidental learning. They were surrounded by peers who considered anyone good at learning to be a geek. They spent seven hours every day sitting in desks, standing in lines, riding buses, and doing repetitive seatwork so that their classmates could learn what they already knew.

To rectify the problem, the Wise women present a complete “classical education” program that can take your child from birth through 12th grade to emerge with a “well-trained mind.”

General guidelines are offered to prepare a child for education between birth and kindergarten, but a complete syllabus is offered for first through twelfth grade. The Well-Trained Mind program is based on “the classical pattern of the trivium,” in which the 12 years of education are broken into three groups of four years.

The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage”—not because you spend four years doing English, but because these are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for the language. In the elementary-school years—grades 1 through 4—the mind is ready to absorb information. Since children at this age actually find memorization fun, during this period education involves not self-expression or self-discovery, but rather the learning of facts: rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics—the list goes on. This information makes up the grammar for the second stage of education.

By fifth grade, a child’s mind begins to think more analytically. Middle-school students are less interested in finding out facts than in asking “Why?” The second phase of the classical education, the “logic stage,” is a time when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships among different fields of knowledge, to the way facts fit together into a logical framework….

….The final phase of a classical education, the “rhetoric stage,” builds on the first two. At this point, the high school student learns to write and speak with force and originality. The student of rhetoric applies the rules of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in the early grades and expresses her conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language. The student also begins to specialize in whatever branch of knowledge attracts her; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training.

That’s the three stages, but…

A classical education is more than just a pattern of learning, though. First, it is language-focused: learning is accomplished through words, written and spoken, rather than through images (pictures, videos, and television).

Why is this important? Language learning and image learning require very different habits of thought. Language requires the mind to work harder; in reading, the brain is forced to translate a symbol (words on the page) into a concept. Images, such as those on videos and television, allow the mind to be passive. In front of a video screen, the brain can “sit back” and relax; faced with the written page, the mind is required to roll its sleeves up and get to work.

Second, a classical education follows a specific three-part pattern: the mind must be first supplied with facts and images, then given the logical tools for organization of those faces and images, and finally equipped to express conclusions.

Third, to the classical mind, all knowledge is interrelated. Astronomy, for example, isn’t studied in isolation; it’s learned along with the history of scientific discovery, which leads into the church’s relationship to science and from there to the intricacies of medieval church history. The reading of the Odyssey allows the student to consider Greek history, the nature of heroism, the development of the epic, and humankind’s understanding of the divine.

In the classical education program, every four years of a 12-year education follows the same pattern and repeats in the next: Ancients (5000 BC – AD 400), Medieval to Early Renaissance (400-1600), Late Renaissance to Early Modern (1600-1850) and Modern (1850-present). The cycle begins simply for the first round and advances into full complexity in the final repetition.

The other subject areas of the curriculum are linked to history studies. The student who is working on ancient history will read Greek and Roman mythology, tales of the Iliad and Odyssey, early medieval writings, Chinese and Japanese fairy tales, and (for the older student) the classical texts of Plato, Herodotus, Virgil, Aristotle. She’ll read Beowulf, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare the following year, when she’s studying medieval and early Renaissance history. When the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are studied, she starts with Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) and ends with Dickens; finally, she reads modern literature as she is studying modern history.

The sciences are studied in a four-year pattern that roughly corresponds to the periods of scientific discovery….

….This pattern lends coherence to the study of history, science, and literature—subjects that are too often fragmented and confusing. The pattern widens and deepens as the student matures and learns. For example, a first grader listens to you read the story of the Iliad from one of the picture-book versions available at any public library. (Susan’s experience has been that first graders think the Iliad is a blast, especially when Achilles starts hauling Hector’s body around the walls of Troy.) Four years later, the fifth grader reads one of the popular middle-grade adaptations—Olivia Coolidge’s The Trojan War or Roger L. Green’s The Tale of Troy. Four more years go by, and the ninth grader—faced with Homer’s Iliad itself—plunges right in, undaunted. She already knows the story. What’s to be scared of?

And so the program goes. How I wish I could have been taught in such a manner…and not still reading books for the first time that I would have read by the end of high school.

Therefore, for showing parents how they can break free of teacher unions whose primary concern is how to meet the needs of teachers for more perks and free time instead of how to educate children, the Prudence Prize for Best Book of the Week goes to Susan Wise Bauer and Jesse Wise’s The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home.

Click the title of the book above and order a copy for every parent of school-age children you know. Let’s take back our country, one well-trained child’s mind at a time.

UPDATE
I’ve had a couple of questions about the contents of The Well-Trained Mind. It is a fast and convincing read, laying out the hows and whys of a classical education program with such simplicity that it makes me want to set up a little classroom for my nephew and niece this very instant.

The program the book suggests is flexible. It’s not a collection of rigid daily lesson plans. Instead, for each of the 12 school years, it

  • tells what topics should be covered,
  • provides large lists of recommended books in each subject (available both for sale and in libraries) along with workbooks and other study materials, and makes clear that parents may use other books they find if they prefer,
  • suggests types of notebook organization each student can use,
  • gives estimates of time that should be devoted daily or weekly to each subject,
  • offers hard-earned advice on teaching those subjects/topics from the authors’ own experience, and so on.

It also makes suggestions for how and when to supplement the basic four subject areas (language, history, science and math) with complementary learning in art, music, Latin (beginning by first grade!) and other foreign languages, computer skills and so forth.

There’s also an entire segment in the book devoted to the basic home-school concerns: “classroom” setup; schedules and socialization; organization, record-keeping and standardized testing; athletics and extracurricular activities; and, of course, college preparation.

The appendices have long lists of home school organizations that can provide additional assistance and guidance, national science competitions and other resources.

All in all, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home is a home-schooling manual that can reassure and guide you and your child through 18 years of excellence in education, whether you start the program on day one or come into it well into a child’s academic career.

The “Look Inside” preview on Amazon is indeed fairly limited, but the Table of Contents offers a glimpse of at least the structure of the book. Beyond that, I can confidently say it’s well worth the slightly over $25 to learn ways you can improve your child’s education, regardless of whether you actually end up home schooling him or her.

Plus, it has the Prudence Prize seal of approval. There’s no higher recommendation.

|Prudence Potpourri | The Left

Flashback: WI Teacher Union Outraged Over No Viagra Benefits (UPDATED x2)

[Updates at end!…but be sure to check out the new logo that SooperMexican designed for the Wisconsin “public service” union knuckleheads: click here.]

Last August, the Milwaulkee school district’s teacher’s union was all up in arms—insisting they get their Viagra pills put back into their relatively free health insurance plans.

In an article titled “Despite Budget Cuts, Layoff Fears, Milwaukee Teachers Fight for Taxpayer-Funded Viagra,” Fox News reported:

At least one lawmaker questioned why the union is fighting for Viagra while teachers are losing their jobs. A consultant for the school board has estimated that reinstating the drug benefit would cost $786,000 per year — the cost to keep perhaps a dozen first-year teachers employed.

For the math challenged, that works out to a first-year teacher earning $65,500. Sign me up!

The article also said:

The union has argued the costs are tiny compared to the $1.3 billion annual budget. But the school board says they are “particularly burdensome” when it is under pressure to reduce benefit costs.

That the pills — which can cost $20 apiece without insurance — were included in the first place is somewhat unusual. Health insurer Aetna Inc., which provides one of the district’s two plans, says its standard pharmacy plans exclude Viagra and other “drugs for lifestyle enhancement or performance.”

Note that the teachers pay little if anything at all for their health plans. Yet:

Board and union negotiators reached a deal in 2002 to cover six tablets per month for erectile dysfunction drugs in health plans that insure 10,000 employees, dependents and retirees. They quickly became popular.

By 2004, the number of claimants receiving prescriptions skyrocketed to more than 1,000 per year, costing the district $207,000. During negotiations in 2005, the board proposed eliminating the benefit and an arbitrator adopted the plan.

A gender discrimination suit has apparently held up the removal of Viagra from the health plans.

And now these teachers have flooded the halls of the Madison capitol building complaining that they shouldn’t have to contribute anything to cover their health care—among other whines.

I could make a bad off-color joke here about how this Viagra protest was a perfect example of how the teacher unions can’t even screw the public on their own but instead demand the public pay them to do it…but I won’t.

UPDATE:

Several bloggers have done an excellent job in summarizing the events of the Wisconsin union agitations this week:

Jimmie Bise, aka @JimmieBJR, at The Sundries Shack says “This Is the Week That Should End Public Sector Unions” and I could not agree more.

Public sector unions are, as I have said before, a blight on our states and nation. We should do everything in our power to rid ourselves of them entirely and make sure, by law if necessary, that they can never come back again. It would make me very happy if Governor Walker fired every single teacher who called out sick over the past two days. They let down the taxpayers of Wisconsin and, more importantly, taught their students that it’s okay to lie, cheat, and steal in order to get what you want.

What’s more, government “bargaining” agreements with public employees is are no bargain for taxpayers who are essentially unrepresented in any “negotiations.” It’s not the bureaucrat’s money on the line that he gives away without much concern for the fiscal consequences down the line.

Dan Collins, aka @vermontaigne,  of Piece Of Work In Progress says he can’t write much today because of other work and then proceeds to put together an amazing collection of links pertaining to the extortion protests going on in Wisconsin—including creating a new verse to the The Who’s “Magic Bus” which he renames “Union Bus.”

Dan, a former Wisonsin native, wrote at POWIP.com:

What I’d like to see is someone go out and video reactions when they tell the kids that these apparent holidays now will mean make-up days in June. Think any of their teachers taking them to rally have told them that? I seem to recall that Wisconsin has laws regarding truancy, too, or at least so I was told with regard to Senior Skip Day when I was in school.

And then there’s @diggrbiii of The Right Sphere, who writes in his post titled “OFA (Obama’s Re-Election Campaign) Organizes Civil Unrest”:

This entire situation is a case study in corruption. As Jenny Erikson explains, Public Sector unions are inherently corrupt because when they protest, they don’t just impact a company or an industry, they impact the whole society. The PUBLIC. In this case, school districts get shut down. A couple of months ago, people died because a Public Sector Union in New York City decided they were going to send a message to the city leadership.  Public Sector Unions can hold the public hostage. How is that fair to everyone else? Where’s the equality there?

He concludes his post with an update saying the DNC is now claiming they haven’t helped the WI hoopla all that much. I’ve been collecting a bit of evidence on that. Let’s see if I find time to “organize” it and get it posted.

Update #2

Nope, sorry, didn’t get it all organized in time. Still plan to give a few links, but in the meantime I highly recommend checking out two items at SooperMexican’s site:

  1. A union teacher forgets to close the flap on her union suit before she calls into the Tim Conway Jr. radio show because she sure shows her bare bottom, and
  2. The Wisconsin public service unions get a new logo.

Also have you heard about the debacle into which the unions have plunged the Detroit schools? http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/21/national/main20034397.shtml

State education officials have ordered the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools to immediately implement a plan that balances the district’s books by closing half its schools.

The Detroit News says the financial restructuring plan will increase high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidate operations.

Hear that? Sixty students per class.  I have substitute taught in high schools before. I can’t imagine how you could ever sufficiently instruct each of those 60 students, let alone even know who they are. A class period would allot for less than one minute of attention per student. Most classrooms barely hold 30 students. How will they pack 60 into one class?

Perhaps Detroit should look at eliminating the administration and the unions and focus on teaching children. Or just give in already and give the money to the private schools to take over the entire system. It would really be for the best.

Oh! and welcome to POWIP readers. Dan Collins has done some fantastic commentary and reporting on the Wisconsin union pity parade (including this post on the shenanigans the Wisconsin Democrats tried to pull in a special lame duck session before the Republicans took over)….AND on the Detroit closing (I can’t stay ahead of that guy)… and the sorry state of the Milwaukee public schools and the interesting reason why they are struggling. I could link to practically all of his recent posts for you. But instead, I suggest just going there and perusing all the posts yourself. I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.