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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Now That They Have A Choice Wisconsin Teachers Are Abandoning Unions

Back in 2011 Wisconsin teachers were taking over the state house protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10 which among other things gave teachers the right NOT to join the union.  Teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out and about one third of teachers have told the union goodbye.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that “after Act 10, WEAC [Wisconsin Education Association Council] has lost about a third of its approximately 98,000 members and AFT- Wisconsin (another teachers union) is down to about 6,500 members from its peak of approximately 16,000.
Prescott High School special education teacher Michelle Uetz has a message for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Thank you.

Uetz never appreciated how she was forced by state law to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the statewide teachers union, and it wasn’t until the governor’s Act 10 was passed in 2011 that she was free to dump the affiliation.

“It’s important to have a choice, because we are all professionals. We shouldn’t be pigeon-holed into contributing to politics we don’t believe in,” Uetz told EAGnews. “I think it’s a very good thing.”

Uetz is among a wave of Wisconsin educators who dropped their union memberships in the wake of Act 10, for a variety of reasons.

Chief among them is WEAC’s partisan political alliance with the state’s Democratic Party, which went to war with Walker and Republican lawmakers in 2011 in an attempt to halt Act 10’s impact on collective bargaining and union privileges.
Despite losing the policy battle, the union still pressures teachers to join, according to some interviewed by EAG.
“I worked with a young teacher who was thinking of leaving the union and she was actually scared to leave,” Deena Ferguson, a teacher at Fox Prairie Elementary, in Stilton, told the site, adding that WEAC often uses fear to recruit new teachers, suggesting they need protection from administrators.

“If the union is so beneficial and good, people will want to join on the principle and the merits and not be forced to join,” she said.
The real truth is this is the real reason the Unions fought against Governor Walker's legislation is they were afraid that teachers would figure out the Unions' priority was self-preservation of Unions' leadership.  And that is exactly what they have discovered, which is why teachers are running away from the teacher's unions.

Reince Priebus TKOs Debbie Wasserman Schultz In Fox News Sunday Bout, "Obama Doesn't Even Have YOUR Back"

It was the battle of the party chairs. In one corner Reince Priebus, Cheese-head, Green Bay Packer fan and GOP Chairman. In the other Debbie Wasserman Schultz, part of the Florida delegation of the House of Representatives, Reported to be a subject of President Obama's disdain, and Chairwoman of the DNC.

What was supposed to be a ten-minute bout was won by the Republican in the second minute of the face off.

The two eyed each other at the center of the squared circle, as Referee Chris Wallace urged the two to discuss who will win the Senate in two weeks.

Priebus landed a probing jab:
Absolutely. We feel good about our chances. Partly number one, the president has taken the country in the wrong direction. The lieutenants across the country have followed the President off the plank. I think there's an incompetency malaise across the country where people are not confident in the job the democrats have done. But we're also winning on the ground. The Democrat advantage in Iowa is all but evaporating. In no other senate state on the ground are we losing. It's more important we get our country turned around against, Chris.
Shultz responded with a weak jab of her usual rhetoric
No, we're going to hold the senate. Over the next couple weeks, leading up to even today, the one question that voters will ask themselves, Chris, is who has my back? On issue after issue, democrats have stood up for jobs, for the economy, for investing in education and health care, those are the issues that voters are talking about. The republicans have engaged in trying to take their health caraway and opposed minimum wage and I want to address what Reince said about the ground game. Who would -- Republicans have to invest in blood-red states that they are not worried think might lose.
Priebus saw that jab coming and let lose a hook reminding Ms Shultz of the President's disdain which staggered the DNC Chair for the rest of the bout.
Debbie, you guys are losing everywhere, and the President hasn't had anybody's back, not even your back. I don't know whose back the Democrats have, but it's not the American people's back.
Ouch, that had to hurt! Watch the full segment in the video below:

Obama Administration's Lucky, Sleight of Hand, Anti-Israel Week (Watch The Kerry Hand)

Sleight of hand is the set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly. It's also a technique used by politicians to hide events or actions taken which may be criticized if widely publicized. This week while much of the country was worried about Ebola, the Obama administration was appeasing Hamas and blaming Israel for ISIS. The timing wasn't intentional but it was certainly serendipitous that while most of Americas eyes were on the Obama hand working on the Ebola crisis, the hand controlling John Kerry was busily harming Israel.

Last Sunday when it was announced that Nina Pham is diagnosed with Ebola. The news covered her story and ignored almost all others. She was the second person to be diagnosed within the United States and the first to contract the virus within the country.

While the media was concentrating on Ms Pham Secretary of State Kerry was in Egypt donating $212 American dollars to help rebuild Gaza and coordinating a donors conference which in total pledged over $5.4 billion for the rebuilding ($1 billion of which was from the terrorist and Brookings Institute sponsoring Qatar).

 It certainly is in America's interest to help rebuild Gaza. But it is in neither this country nor Israel's interest to pledge money to Hamas-controlled Gaza without first securing the disarmament of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza. An action the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.

When you think about it, is there any greater danger to the future of Gazans than an armed Hamas? Secretary of State Kerry said as much at the conference, “as long as there is a possibility that Hamas could fire rockets on Israeli civilians at any time, the people of Gaza will remain at risk of future conflict.”

It wasn't just Kerry, at the Egyptian conference, the potential contributors worried about the inevitability of future military confrontations between Israel and Hamas and called for sustained efforts to resolve the issues between Israel and the Palestinians. Yet no one at the conference including the United States pushed the agreed upon solution demilitarization as a condition of giving the money.

On Wednesday the Ebola news took over the coverage again. We learned the second US case of Ebola Amber Vinson flew an airplane from Cleveland to Texas and was given permission by the CDC to get on that plane. Thursday word began to leak out that one of the passengers on a cruise was at risk because she had handled Thomas Eric Duncan's bodily fluids while working at the Texas hospital were he died. On Thursday a congressional subcommittee grilled U.S. Health officials about Ebola. There were calls for a travel ban and for the President to appoint an Ebola "Czar." Obama appointed a "Czar" on Friday, his choice was roundly criticized perhaps unfairly, but either way the story dominated the news throughout the weekend.

Secondary coverage during the week focused on whether or not our ISIS strategy was working and the upcoming mid-term elections.

As the news media was concentrating on those three stories, nobody in the mainstream media was covering the fact that John Kerry was speaking in front of a Muslim organization pushing the false meme that the lack of an Israeli/Palestinian peace was a factor behind the growth of ISIS.

The foreign policy voice of the Obama administration, Secretary of State John Kerry told a reception in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha Thursday night, that the absence of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is “a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation." And added the anger “has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity,” words usually spoken by the Palestinians to describe Israeli rule over the Judea and Samaria.
"And so we have to stop and think about that in the context of this challenge that we face today. I think that it is more critical than ever that we be fighting for peace, and I think it is more necessary than ever. As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to. And people need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity, and Eid celebrates the opposite of all of that."
The creation and growth of ISIS has nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinian territories. First of all it formed in Iraq. In fact one of the reasons Democrats and Republicans have been able to blame the other for the rise of the terrorist group is that ISIS used to be al Qaeda in Iraq. They were thrown out of the Bin Laden group because the ISIS leaders did not play nice with the al Qaeda leaders.

Most experts will tell you that the single most important factor in the growth of ISIS was  the conflict between Iraqi Shias and Iraqi Sunnis. ISIS fighters themselves are Sunnis, and the tension between the two groups is a powerful recruiting tool for ISIS. The Shia government of Iraq refused to share power with the Sunnis (who held power under Saddam Hussein). The Shia/Sunni fight began as a battle over who would take power after the Prophet Muhammad's death and has been going on for almost 1400 years--way before ISIS, and long before the Six-Day-War.

Many observers, including people like Bob Gates and Leon Panetta who were part of the Obama administration, believe ISIS was able to grow because American troops pulled out of Iraq too early and didn't help out in Syria until it was too late. That American policy had nothing to do with Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

You see it was a lucky magical week for the Obama administration while the mainstream media was watching the their actions toward Ebola, the other hand---Secretary of State Kerry was appeasing Hamas, giving them money without insisting they disarm and inciting greater hatred against Israel by blaming them in part for the growth of ISIS. Even when unintentional, Sleight of hand works very nicely in politics.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Andrea Mitchell DO YOUR HOMEWORK! The Global Warming/Walrus Story You Told is Totally False

On her Monday program Andrea Mitchell got in trouble for labeling paraplegic Greg Abbott's handicap as "supposed." On Tuesday Mitchell helped to promote a false global warming tale that she should have labeled "supposed," or better yet, "totally bogus."

Andrea Mitchell hosted a segment on her Wednesday program where she promoted the meme that a recent gathering of 35,000 walruses in Alaska was due to global warming and the Arctic ice cap melting. If Ms. Mitchell had done her research, she would have known that the walrus gathering happens every few years; the ice cap has grown during the past two years; and the earth hasn't warmed for over 18 years.

Mitchell began the segment with this:
Global warming has become a hot issue lately literally and figuratively. This recent photo incredibly shows 35,000 walruses stranded on an Alaskan beach. Would normally be on the sea ice year, of course, the ice has melted. Starting this month, the State Department is launching a new Fulbright Scholarship program focusing on the arctic climate change.
The remainder of the segment consisted of Ms. Mitchell agreeing with everything her global-warming believing guests said. Not once did she challenge her guests' "facts."

The association of the walruses with global warming was originally made by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a group that advocates for the Global Warming hypothesis:

"The World Wildlife Fund said walrus have also been gathering in large groups on the Russian side of the Chukchi Sea. It's another remarkable sign of the dramatic environmental conditions changing as the result of sea ice loss," said Margaret Williams, managing director of the group's Arctic program, by phone from Washington, D.C.

"The walruses are telling us what the polar bears have told us and what many indigenous people have told us in the high Arctic, and that is that the Arctic environment is changing extremely rapidly and it is time for the rest of the world to take notice and also to take action to address the root causes of climate change."
The blog "Polar Bear Science" explained that Walrus gatherings such as the one Ms. Mitchell reported have happened before:
At least two documented incidents like this have occurred in the recent past: one in 1978, on St. Lawrence Island and the associated Punuk Islands and the other in 1972, on Wrangell Island (Fay and Kelly 1980)
Additionally, if a global-warming created ice melt was indeed occurring, the total population of walruses would shrink because many would tire out their little flippers and drown in the ocean. Yet as Polar Bear Science explains, the walrus population is increasing:
Walrus numbers are up considerably from the 1960s, although they are notoriously difficult to count (Garlich-Miller et al. 2011)

Population sizes may fluctuate for a number of reasons that have little to do with the low ice levels: note these very recent incidents of large walrus herds and associated mortality events (2009, 2011 and 2014) have not coincided with the lowest levels of summer sea ice in the area, which occurred in 2007 and 2012.
Mitchell spoke about the melting Arctic ice cap, but he problem is the ice cap isn't melting. In the past two years the Arctic ice cap has grown 43%. Despite Andrea Mitchell's claims, the walruses are able to take their winter vacations on the ice.

Two months ago, the UK Daily Mail reported:
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.

The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by NASA. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.

This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.

The final piece of science Ms Mitchell ignores? There hasn't been warming in the past 18 years and one month.

A few days ago Andrea Mitchell got in trouble for calling TX gubernatorial candidate and paraplegic Greg Abbot's disability "supposed." If she had done her homework before Wednesday's interview she would have accurately described the bogus walrus meme she promited as "supposed."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LISTEN Tonight @10PM EST The Humpday News Report W/ Guest RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams

Our guest tonight will be RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams. We will be discussing the latest news including Ebola, ISIS, the anti-First Amendment insanity taking place in Houston, Texas, and that little thing coming up soon called the Midterm Elections.

Besides being a good friend, Raffi is smart, quick witted, and, Raffi will be able to give us some of the behind-the-scenes goings on at the RNC. Give tonight's show a listen I promise you will have a good time.

So Click The Hump Day News Report with Jeff Dunetz & Tami Jackson – 10PM ET – 10/15  to hear the show live...or listen to the podcast any time after the show ends.

Raffi, the son of venerable Fox News liberal pundit, Juan Williams (which means his political conversations during family holiday dinners may be even worse than mine). He is smart, energetic, and completely affable…an absolute gold mine for the Republican National Committee.

Williams is a graduate of Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and worked as Staff Assistant for the House Rules Committee, then Communications Director at Benishek for Congress, prior to accepting the position as RNC Deputy Press Secretary.

Raffi is an integral part of the push by savvy GOP to engage the youth vote and energize millennials with tried and true Conservative values using all of the new/social media now available.

Of note: Raffi made The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful (political) People 2014 (only because I removed myself from the competition)/

Join Raffi, Tami and me as we discuss all the big topics of the day: ebola, ISIS, and the anti-First Amendment insanity taking place in Houston, Texas.

Follow Raffi on Twitter at @Raffiwilliams, Tami at @tamij, Me at @yidwithlid, and the program at @HumpdayNR.