Unions Begin Long War After Stunning Blow in Michigan

Labor has two options now that its ability to extract mandatory dues from workers as a condition for employment is gone. It can fight the law or try to persuade workers to voluntarily pay up.

Union bosses aren’t accustomed to the second approach, so until the next elections in 2014 they can be expected to try everything to overturn the law and to stop the right-to-work fever from spreading to neighboring states.

via Unions Begin Long War After Stunning Blow in Michigan – Bloomberg.

Assaulted By Union Thugs In Michigan

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u_F3oev06i0

ASSAULTED BY UNION THUGS IN MICHIGAN. Crowder emails: “The video is self explanatory. I was sucker-punched 4 times on camera, without retaliation, choked, and the AFP tent is torn to the ground with women and children inside of it. Extremely violent footage. Please post for truth.” It’s also rich listening to the union guy yell about “parasites” and “freeloaders.” Don’t they know those words are racist?

The video shows numerous union representatives engaging in violent, illegal conduct. Their faces are clearly identifiable. I hope they will be prosecuted, and sued.

And will President Obama condemn this violent behavior?

If this was the Tea Party, it would be evidence of their violent extremist nature. Via Instapundit » Blog Archive » STEVE CROWDER SENDS THIS FOOTAGE OF HIM BEING ASSAULTED BY UNION THUGS IN MICHIGAN. Crowder emails:….

Civil Rights Victory: Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons

In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.

“The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.

In a split opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons.

via Big win for gun-rights groups: Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons – Sun-Times Politics.

How To Behave At A Funeral

I understand funerals can be awkward for those not directly grieving, but over-exaggerating your pretend sadness is of no benefit to anyone, it merely obligates the survivors to manage your fake concern.  If you feel compelled to speak in all caps or explain how terrible this all is to a person who knows first hand and way better than you how terrible it all is, don’t.  Stay home.  When you find yourself in the presence of mourning, simply say,  “I’m sorry for your loss.  If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know,” and if he happened also to have been a great man you can add, “he was a great man,” then bow your head and fade to back.   That’s all that’s necessary.  The system will take care of the rest.

via The Last Psychiatrist: Funeral.

Government-Caused Inequality

Something else is odd about the sociology of the anti-inequality crowd. They seem to be unfazed by inequality created by government.

Take the recent Powerball outcome. At $588 million, it was the largest lottery prize in history ? to be shared by two ticketholders. In essence, hundreds of millions of dollars are being transferred from mostly low-income families in order to create a few super rich individuals.

via The Anti-Capitalist Mentality | John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org.

I Am The Eye In The Sky, Looking At You

Today EFF posted several thousand pages of new drone license records and a new map that tracks the location of drone flights across the United States.  These records, received as a result of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), come from state and local law enforcement agencies, universities and—for the first time—three branches of the U.S. military: the Air Force, Marine Corps, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

Perhaps the scariest is the technology carried by a Reaper drone the Air Force is flying near Lincoln, Nevada and in areas of California and Utah. This drone uses “Gorgon Stare” technology, which Wikipedia defines as “a spherical array of nine cameras attached to an aerial drone . . . capable of capturing motion imagery of an entire city.” This imagery “can then be analyzed by humans or an artificial intelligence, such as the Mind’s Eye project” being developed by DARPA.

via Vox Popoli: Federal spies in the sky.

Blaming the Person Offering you the Best Deal

I saw a woman on Stossel tonight who works for McDonald’s. She said she was paid $8 an hour, but felt she deserved $15. I thought: Wait a minute, McDonald’s isn’t the only company not paying you $15 an hour: neither you nor I are aware of anyone willing to pay you that much. So why is your problem with McDonald’s?

via Blaming the Person Offering you the Best Deal, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty.

Tennessee will not set up Obamacare exchange

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that Tennessee will not set up its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

Haslam said in a speech to Nashville’s Downtown Rotary Club that he’s decided not to set up an exchange because he’s received insufficient information about how it would operate from the federal government. In just the last month, officials in Washington have released more than 800 pages worth of draft regulations, Haslam said, leaving him unclear whether Tennessee would be better off operating its own exchange or leaving the task to the federal government.

“I’m more and more convinced that they are making this up as they go,” Haslam said. “We weren’t told enough to be able to run this on our own.”

The decision comes days after tea party groups rallied near the state Capitol to oppose a health insurance exchange. Speakers, including a few Republican lawmakers, said Tennessee should block the exchange to send a message that the state continues to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Right on. Via Haslam says Tennessee will not set up health care exchange | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.

Three Differences Between Fox News and NPR

1) Fox News loves a good on-air rumble. NPR is Lawrence Welk for baby-boomers.

2) Fox News thinks that in the US, lefties, while few in number, punch far above their weight culturally. Lefties agree.

3) Fox News think that the Democratic Party’s form of an expanded social services net & interference in the corporate world is but a prelude to socialism. Lefties hope that’s the case.

NPR, on the other hand, is basically the urban white wing of the Democratic Party in front of a microphone. It really doesn’t want to give Lefties a platform to ask liberals embarrassing questions (like, “Gosh, just how long does it take to close Gitmo?”) or to spout off with some Lefty hate-speech (e.g. New Black Panther Party), which might remind NPR listeners that their side is no where near as rational & nice as they think they are.

via Althouse: “Five Bloggers I’d Like To See On FOX News.”.

Obama White House: Unhappy With Pot Legalization

Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in those states, according to several people familiar with the deliberations.

Even as marijuana legalization supporters are celebrating their victories in the two states, the Obama administration has been holding high-level meetings since the election to debate the response of federal law enforcement agencies to the decriminalization efforts.

Marijuana use in both states continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. One option is to sue the states on the grounds that any effort to regulate marijuana is pre-empted by federal law. Should the Justice Department prevail, it would raise the possibility of striking down the entire initiatives on the theory that voters would not have approved legalizing the drug without tight regulations and licensing similar to controls on hard alcohol.

Hey, Mr Obama? In those states, more people voted for pot than for you. Via Radley Balko: In Which Harold & Kumar Go Into Hiding.