(Update: 9-1-2011) Random Items for Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Update: The unions in the story below have reversed their earlier decision.  I guess after spending millions to overturn Governor Walker’s efforts to control union abuses, they don’t have the funds to pay the city for the cost of the parade.  Frankly, I’m surprised they rolled. I expected them to cancel the parade instead.

Tomorrow is September. Labor Day is approaching and I wonder how many unionists will block attendance of festivities by the ‘Pubs and other conservatives? It’s already happened.  In Wisconsin (why am I not surprised!), union thugs told the ‘Pub US Representative Sean Duffy he couldn’t march in the parade.

In previous years, Republicans have worked the parade route, but this year they will not be allowed to take part. The parade is organized by local unions, which said Wisconsin Republicans “have openly attacked worker’s rights.”
Wisconsin politics — which hasn’t been pretty of late — has made its way into a local Labor Day parade. The organizers of the Wausau Labor Day parade announced they would not let Republican lawmakers take part in the Sept. 5 display. The parade is organized by 30 local unions. — WGBH.
 The unions are complaining that their money laundering scheme was uncovered and stopped.  Their “theft by deception”—having the taxpayers of the state pay for union benefits while the union funds intended for that purpose were sent out of state, was blocked ending clandestine democrat funding.  They didn’t like that either.

To retaliate, they won’t let ‘Pubs march, in what has been in past years, a non-partisan parade.  It’s not non-partisan any longer.

UPDATE:  It appears the story isn’t over.  The Wausau Mayor has stepped in and informed they must invite the Republicans or reimburse the city for the city’s cost of the parade.  The city is a co-sponsor of the event and provides liability insurance.

Wausau mayor to unions: Pay up if you ban Republicans from Labor Day parade

A parade organizer with the Marathon County Labor Council made it clear some Republican lawmakers aren’t invited. The reason: not supporting workers’ collective bargaining rights back in February.

But Mayor Jim Tipple says because the city of Wausau pays for a portion of the parade’s costs including liability insurance, the event is required to be non-partisan.

“The city does sponsor the parade[,] we have staff that close streets put up barricades police protection,’ says Tipple.


The latest supposed side effect of global warming? Mental illness. That’s according to a new report claiming that depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change. –The Heritage Foundation-Quick Hits

I agree with this but I think they’ve gotten the “cause and effect” reversed.  The whole man-made global warming thing is a creation of mental illness, not creating mental illness—except for Algore.  But then, with Algore, who can tell?
It’s wake-up time at the UN.  US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed a radical change to funds for the United Nations
House Republicans are planning to introduce today legislation that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the U.S.’s 22 percent contribution to the world body’s operating budget.
The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would require the UN to adopt a voluntary budget model in which countries selectively fund UN agencies rather than according to a set formula. It would end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress and stop contributions to peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.
The legislation represents the leading edge of Republican moves against the world body at a time when the Obama administration is increasingly building its foreign policy around multilateral institutions, making the alliance-based approach central to its stance on Libya. The bill may advance in the Republican-controlled House but is likely to hit opposition in the Senate and from President Barack Obama.
Obama has delegated much of his foreign policy to the UN. It’s unlikely this bill would pass the democrat controlled Senate and if it did, BO would veto it.  After all, the US must not exert its sovereignty against the UN!
Why am I not surprised?

2 thoughts on “(Update: 9-1-2011) Random Items for Tuesday, August 30, 2011

  1. Well, the Mayor of Wausau did slap the unions upside the head because they won't allow 'Pubs in their parade. It's either invite the 'Pubs or pay the city for holding it.

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