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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

When You Can't Win In A Fair Fight ...

If your union organizing effort fails too often because workers are given the opportunity to vote by secret ballot, take away the secret ballot. Then it becomes a simple matter of threat, intimidation, and forcing workers to sign up in the presence of menacing thugs to make it happen. Ted Kennedy, one who's not beyond the use of threat and intimidation himself, calls it "free choice."

No word on whether he was sober when he said it:
House bill eases union sign-ups
By Sean Lengell, The Washington Times


Labor groups are hoping that the new Democratic majority in Congress will push through a measure that would make it easier for workers to join unions.

The Employee Free Choice Act would allow workers to unionize by simply signing a card or petition stating their interest in joining the union, as opposed to the decades-old practice of secret-ballot elections.

If a majority of employees sign, the employer would be required by law to recognize and bargain with the workers' union.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, will introduce the Senate version of the act later this year, his office said yesterday. (link)
This legislation is reprehensible, unconstitutional, and un-American (did I mention the fact that Ted Kennedy is its sponsor?). We can only hope the president finds his veto pen. And quick.

I'll Have To Be Convinced

I put this guy, today, in the John McCain category of presidential contenders:

Giuliani Steps Closer to a Run in 2008
By The New York Times


Rudolph W. Giuliani took another step toward running for president by filing a “statement of candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission yesterday, declaring that he would seek the Republican nomination if he runs, according to his campaign.

Appearing last night on the Fox News Channel program “Hannity & Colmes,” Mr. Giuliani just skirted the line on declaring his candidacy. “We still have to formally announce it and do a few more things,” he said, but added that yesterday’s paperwork “is about as close as you’re going to get.”

When asked if he would beat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton if he won the Republican nomination, he said, “I’m in this to win.” (link)

Consider me wary at this point.

In addition to being strong on national defense, crime, and education, he's fiscally disciplined and is pro-growth/pro-business. But Giuliani is also pro-gay marriage, pro-gun control, and pro-abortion.

It'll take a whole lot of convincing that he's changed his stance on those last three. And if he hasn't ...

This Is A Little Freaky

Every man's nightmare. Or is it a fantasy ...?

Astronaut Charged With Kidnap Attempt
By The Associated Press

Orlando, Fla. (AP) -- An astronaut drove 900 miles and donned a disguise to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, police said. She was arrested Monday and charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts.


U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, 43, who flew last July on a shuttle mission to the international space station, was also charged with attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery. She was denied bail and is scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday.

Police said Nowak drove from her home in Houston to the Orlando International Airport to confront Colleen Shipman.

Nowak believed Shipman was romantically involved with Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a pilot during space shuttle Discovery's trip to the space station last December, police said. (link)

The freaky part:

When she found out that Shipman was flying to Orlando from Houston, Nowak decided to confront her, according to the arrest affidavit. Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers so she wouldn't have to stop to urinate, authorities said.

Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.

Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, Nowak boarded an airport bus that Shipman took to her car in an airport parking lot. Shipman told police she noticed someone following her, hurried inside the car and locked the doors, according to the arrest affidavit.

Nowak rapped on the window, tried to open the car door and asked for a ride. Shipman refused but rolled down the car window a few inches when Nowak started crying. Nowak then sprayed a chemical into Shipman's car, the affidavit said.

Shipman drove to the parking lot booth, and the police were called.

During a check of the parking lot, an officer followed Nowak and watched her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. They also found a steel mallet, a 4-inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag Nowak was carrying when she was arrested, authorities said.
Now I don't know what the mallet, knife, and rubber tubing were for but I'll bet freaky sex wasn't her intent.

The moral of this story? Beware gorgeous astronauts wearing diapers, carrying a garbage bag full of cash and rubber tubing, and havin' a Glenn Close Fatal Attraction thang goin' on.

I give it 60 days to become the Fox movie of the week.

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Related New York Post headline: She's Astronuts

Photo courtesy of NASA

George Bush's War

Lamentably, while the mainstream media focus on the body count in Baghdad, they are missing, for the most part, the larger war. Occasionally though, one catches a glimpse in the MSM of that which is evolving:

One such glimpse:
In Public View, Saudis Counter Iran in Region
By Michael Slackman and Hassan M. Fattah, The New York Times


Jidda, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 5 — With the prospect of three civil wars looming over the Middle East — and Iran poised to gain from them all — Saudi Arabia has abandoned its behind-the-scenes checkbook diplomacy and taken on a central, aggressive role in reshaping the region’s conflicts.

In recent months, Saudi Arabia has ... increased its public involvement in Iraq and its support of the Sunni-led government in Lebanon. The process is shaping up as a counteroffensive to efforts by Iran to establish itself as the regional superpower, according to diplomats, analysts and officials here and throughout the region. Some even say that the recent Saudi commitment to temper the price of oil is aimed at undermining Iran’s economy, although officials here deny that. (link)
George Bush would do well to take sides in this struggle between Shia and Sunni Islam, just as Ronald Reagan did in the Iraq-Iran War of the early '80's. And good money will go with the Saudis, where a chunk of the world's money is now warehoused.

The war begins to turn ...

No. No Bias Here.

As happens so often, the New York Times distorted the battle that took place yesterday between John Warner's new best friends, the Democrats, and the Republicans in the Senate. Here's what the Times wants you to take away from the story:
G.O.P. Senators Block Debate on Iraq Policy
By Carl Hulse and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times


Washington, Feb. 5 — Republicans on Monday blocked Senate debate on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq, leaving in doubt whether the Senate would render a judgment on what lawmakers of both parties described as the paramount issue of the day.

The decision short-circuited what had been building as the first major Congressional challenge to President Bush over his handling of the war since Democrats took control of Congress ... (link)
Those darn Republicans, blocking the will of the Senate.

When you read down further into the article, however, you get the rest of the story:
The deadlock came after Democrats refused a proposal by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, that would have cleared the way for a floor fight on the Warner resolution in return for votes on two competing Republican alternatives that were more supportive of the president.

One of those alternatives, by Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, would declare that Congress should not cut off any funds for forces in the field. That vote was seen as problematic for Democrats because many of them opposed any move ...
Key words: "Democrats refused."

The reality then is, the Republicans didn't block any debate or a vote. They simply demanded additional debate and the opportunity to put up alternative proposals on which they could vote.

In fact, it was the Democratic leadership that blocked all votes on the matter.

So, let's rewrite that headline and make it accurate, shall we?

Dem Senators Block Debate on Iraq Policy