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I’ve visited Wisconsin once on my way to Ohio. Granted I was only at the airport but what I saw of the state as I flew over seems like a nice state. But the people there are weird! Here is one more proof of how weird they are.

An article in the Daily Caller, says that signatures of Hitler and Mickey Mouse are acceptable for the recall petitions for Governor Scott Walker. The Government Accountability Board reviewing the petitions unanimously approved a plan that would allow questionable names to be counted if they are signed within the circulation dates and have a proper address.

Are they serious?

They claim that all signatures are given the basic presumption of validity. So it may not be eliminated due to the fact that this is a valid signature on face value. Hello! There is no such person as Mickey Mouse and Adolph Hitler died a long time ago.

Then they go on to say, “We may certainly note fictitious names — if we note them on the petition we will flag them — but we will not strike them unless challenged,” added David Buerger, another petition reviewer co-team leader. “In the last round of recalls, you may recall, there was a person who signed Adolf Hilter’s name to a petition. Fortunately, they gave a Berlin, Germany address and so we struck it on that basis rather than on the basis of it being Adolf Hilter.”

So far the petitioners have collected more than 300,000 signatures. They need 540,200 signatures by January 17th. No problem,. I’m sure that the unions have a plan. After all there are the seven dwarfs who haven’t signed yet and of course there are the Star Trek characters, Jimmy Hoffa, as well as all the Brady Bunch. But then I’m giving these “cheese heads” some good advice.

I’m sure that Governor Walker will challenge all the names on the petition, if not, he is also a “cheese head,” no brain matter just cheese up there.

Back in November I wrote an article about the DNC in bed with the unions my showing that they do not want to hire non-union companies in North Carolina to work for their convention next year. Recently the legislator in North Carolina approved a nonbinding resolution asking the Democratic National Convention to change its rules and “respect North Carolina’s right to work laws.”

The resolution asks the DNC to refrain from hiring workers and companies from outside North Carolina when qualified businesses or workers are available within the state.

So far there is only one contract which went to a union shop at the expense of a local, non-union outfit. It involved printing services, which is unlikely to be such a rare skill set that it couldn’t be accommodated by the local talent. It is still early in the process, with many more contracts yet to be awarded, so the legislature is probably wise to nip this in the bud.

It’s important to note that this isn’t an effort to legislate the hiring process. The measure is a non-binding resolution which simply calls upon the DNC to do the right thing by the state’s workers and to respect their local labor laws. But it brings the issue very much into the public eye, and since it involves Jobs, Jobs, Jobs it’s obviously an embarrassment that the DNC won’t want to have hanging over their heads – or those of their candidates – just as we get into the hottest part of the campaign cycle.

Let’s see if the DNC really does wise up and gives contracts to local businesses even though they are not union shops.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing and seeing the news about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. But when I saw this article on Hot Air, I thought one more issue to report and then I’m done with these people.

Now the ACLU in Minnesota is suing the Hennepin County (Minneapolis) for enforcing rules and laws on the use of public property where the Occupiers have camped. Specifically, the ACLU wants Hennepin County to grant unrestricted use indefinitely to the Occupiers on the basis of free speech … which apparently includes free electricity, too.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sued Hennepin County on Monday on behalf of OccupyMPLS, the protest group camping out on the Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in defiance of county rules. The ACLU suit contends that those rules, which forbid tents and electricity, and “certain unwritten procedures enforced by the county”, violate the demonstrators’ free speech rights. The suit asks that new rules restricting the use of chalk, electricity and tents be declared unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction against the rules, and they want the county to provide electricity for the protesters. It also asks that officials stop giving trespass notices to protesters who build temporary shelters or use chalk to express their views.

The county has said the plaza is not designed for long-term occupation and that the restrictions adopted earlier this month are needed because of health and safety concerns and increased security costs. Who would have thought that these Occupiers have the right to squat indefinitely anywhere they want to – especially on public land. The fact that these people hold up signs and chant rhyming slogans should not give them any special grant to use public property that creates a semi-permanent obstruction for everyone else who may want to use the public land. What gives them special rights? What about the taxpayers who pay for the public land? Don’t they have a say in it too?

But once again this is the ACLU and I’m sure there is big money behind this suit – i.e. maybe unions? Hopefully, the court will throw this suit out and the people in Minneapolis can get their public land back to be enjoyed by all.

As you may remember, last year Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and the Republicans of the state had a showdown with the Democrats to limit collective bargaining with the public unions. This could have been called the first occupy protests in the nation. As a result, the people of Wisconsin, mostly Democrats and union members, want to recall him.

Now according to a Madison, com article, a new poll – Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College Survey – shows that the majority support Walker’s recall. The Democrats and labor unions in Wisconsin have started a recall petition that needs 540,000 signatures to force a recall election next year.

The poll showed that 58 percent of the respondents believe Walker should be recalled from office compared to 47 percent in April. But a pollster noted that the respondents were younger with a lower income and less educated than the rest of the sample poll. So this poll may not be quite accurate.

Polls can provide you with results with whatever you want them to be. It depends on the demographics and also the questions. I don’t know what the people of Wisconsin are thinking. All I’ve heard is good news about the state reducing taxes and providing extra income for their citizens.

Maybe that’s why they call the people of Wisconsin cheese heads because they don’t have any form of brain matter! Wake up, recalling a governor that is trying to help your state out of a budget crisis is just plain dumb.

In Michigan if you are a family of the disabled and on Medicaid, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is collecting a  portion of your welfare to pour into their coffers. Why? Because they were able to convince lawmakers that you are a state “employee.”

EdMorrissey of Hot Air has discovered this despicable practice of the SEIU. He points out that: “If you’re a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your
Medicaid in the form of union dues.”

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Olga Dazzo explained the process to her members of her staff.  “MQC3 basically runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union,” she wrote in an email obtained by the Mackinac Center. Initiated in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., the plan reportedly provides the SEIU with $6 million annually in union dues deducted from those Medicaid subsidies.

This is outrageous. Here you have the SEIU preying on families who already don’t have excess resources to deal with the health-related issues of their family.

It’s important to remember that Medicaid is a safety-net program specifically for the poor.  This is basically a tax on the poverty-stricken in Michigan to support the unions and add to their political influence. No wonder Michigan is in a world of hurt economically. The union provides these families with no assistance, no benefits, and no real representation of any kind — but Michigan deducts that $30 every month regardless, without their consent, and without a single organizing election.

The sad part of this is that the Michigan’s state Senate has refused to act on a House bill to end the union theft from Medicaid recipients.  You have to wonder why Democrats in Michigan, and their public-employee union allies, hate the poor.

The House of Representatives is planning to introduce a bill that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from ordering any company to close plants or relocate workers, even if a company flouts labor laws. As you may recall, Boeing is planning to shut down a new production line for its 787 airplane in Washington State and relocate it to the right-to-work state of South Carolina.

The most important points in this article from Fox News are two-fold. The first point is that the House is trying to stop government intervention into a private company. What right does the government to say that a private company can’t do work in any other state even if it is a right-to-work state? A right-to-work state basically gives a choice for workers to be union or non-union. Most of these states are non-union. Business groups also agree that NLRB has overstepped its bounds, and say no agency should have the right to dictate where a company can or cannot create jobs

The second point is what the union representatives of Boeing are saying as well as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Frank Larkin, a spokesman for the Machinists union that brought the Boeing complaint, said the bill changes the rules in the middle of the game in order to benefit Boeing. He pointed to past misconduct by the company, including overcharging the government and committing serious ethical violations. He further states, “Large corporations like Boeing have proven over and over that they need regulation
and oversight, not amnesty.”

So now these union thugs want to control private businesses. What about their rights? I’ve worked for private companies for a good many years and find that a good private business takes care of their workers because they know that their workers are their best assets for the company. I’ve also worked for government agencies and found that you are only a number and nobody cares
about you and your goals. I’ll take private business over government any day.

Unfortunately, this won’t be resolved any time soon. The Boeing case is being heard by an administrative law judge in Seattle. It could
be months or years before it is resolved.