America the Right Way-Staying Vigilant-23 months left Feb. 14-18,2011-Remember 9/11

Good evening!

Valentine’s Day is upon Us!!

In other news, Congress is getting ready to confront the administration over their different budget plans.

Sen. Republican leader Mitch McConnell in a speech over the weekend declared the Obama agenda “over”. It’ll take more than declarations to make it so, however, and we must keep the pressure on the Rs to take what actions they can to put Obama on the fast track to defeat in ’12.

Finally, another week of the world watching events in Egypt.

Friday’s Links

The coming economic riots?

WI vs. Big Labor Michelle Malkin

The Doomed President Am.Thinker

Why Bahrain blew up Amir Taheri

0 wants WI mess Am. Spec.

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270 Responses to America the Right Way-Staying Vigilant-23 months left Feb. 14-18,2011-Remember 9/11

  1. Molly Pitcher says:

    Good morning till, prairie, lysie, Jemian, ALL

    I’m going to start the new thread for the weekend.

  2. Prairie says:

    I heard on Fox that Gov. Walker said the safety of WI legislators that are in the capital building cannot be guaranteed and I believe he arranged security escort from the building for them. Good night all.

  3. Prairie says:

    Also, another question for the group. Am I correct in my understanding that the WI teachers union would retain collective bargaining rights for wages but when it came to other things such as union work rules, it would take a vote of the taxpayers to approve that.

    Also, emergency personnel such as firemen are not being impacted by the desired increases in their portion of healthcare and retirement contributions, right?

    Do I have all the pertinent facts there, or am I misunderstanding…..?

    • mozartlover says:

      Yep, those are the facts.

    • Prairie says:

      Thanks Mozie. FoxBusiness commentator right now saying that the so-called “agreement” by the teachers to the increase in personal healthcare and retirement contributions doesn’t mean much because they are digging into the collective bargaining aspect so that they could get those benefits back to previous levels in the future. Hope that makes sense.

      Also the panel talking about how the pro-governor rally tomorrow with Tea Party types vs. Trumpka goon types might get dicey.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thanks for the info, ladies…Heading out soon.

      Sure hope Walker gets lots of support this weekend.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Here’s some info at NRO Raging Wisconsin

    • mozartlover says:

      Yep, there will be dueling demonstrations tomorrow, and it could get very dicey.

      I am embarrassed for my state.

      Godspeed, Gov. Walker; stay the course.

    • mozartlover says:

      The governor is speaking right now; watching it live on local TV. Emphasizing that these are “modest requests” being asked of public workers; comparing them to the plight of many private sector workers; pointing out that 12% of health care benefits (in the proposal) is 1/2 the national average; 3.6 billion dollar deficit; “they failed to make the tough decisions 2 years ago”; “we’re here today because we were elected to make tough decisions.”; “We can’t negotiate;WE DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY!!!”; no lay-offs, no cutting of core programs in schools; pinning some of blame on Doyle (previous RAT gov.).

    • mozartlover says:

      I see now his news conference is being carried on FOX, CNN, & PMSNBC…

    • mozartlover says:

      lol, takes a swipe at Obama. πŸ™‚ (“He should be worrying about his own budget.”)

    • lysie says:

      Thanks for all the Wis. info Mozie, Molly, Prairie and everyone.

    • mozartlover says:

      Just received a (recorded) phone call: “This is an all-points bulletin. Your state senator Dave Hansen is missing in action. If you see him please call the Wisconsin State Patrol”……etc., with more re: schoolchildren being kept out of school, etc.

      Funny! But also hits the bulls-eye. Get back to Madison and do your job!!

    • Prairie says:

      Mozie, both Mr. Prairie and I were impressed the Gov. Walker’s press conference today. He was articulate and credible.

      Praying that things don’t turn violent tomorrow in Madison. If they do we know that the Tea Party will be blamed and that the democrats will have any blood on THEIR hands.

  4. Prairie says:

    Did anybody else see Karl Rove’s commentary on FoxNews last night? If I caught it correctly, he (and other internet pundits) maintain that this is really all about the declining numbers of union members and the resultant decline in union dues to feed into political campaigns. Rove had a handwritten chart (Karl get some decent graphics fercryinoutloud!) that had numbers about how much union membership had declined.

    I believe he was talking about public union membership but I missed a little bit of the first part of the interview.

  5. edinva says:

    Just read the article about Gov sending state troopers out looking for the Waldo’s.

    Is there any way the gov could get a judgment/subpoena/warrant so their houses are under surveillance, families lives interrupted, maybe even a judgment on their houses? This should HURT them. They (the left) has NO problem going to the homes of R legislators, or corporate execs. I think their lives should be equally disrupted.

    (some years ago my husband was practicing law, and won a judgment vs. a major oil company after years of litigation. They were refusing (thru delay) to pay the judgment, so he exercised whatever the option was that closed down all the company’s banking accounts in their hq town. They paid up fast! .. so my thinking is, if pushed, you force people to obey the law.

  6. Molly Pitcher says:

    Walker sends police to find missing legislators There’s also a story about the Dems’ plans to be gone for as long as it takes….

    • mustknowhistory says:

      I just called the office of Wisconsin democrat state senator Mark Miller and told the young man who answered the phone that the democrat senators looked real silly…..in their undisclosed location.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      HA….silly and beyond….there’s also a report that the Rs might not need their presence after all for a vote, but I only read the headline…

    • Prairie says:

      If the Rockford Tea Party guy could find two of them, why can’t the cops?

      There is going to be a support Governor Walker rally tomorrow, started on Facebook, went viral. It’ll be interesting to see how big the crowd is.

    • tillacum says:

      What I’ve been “worried” about are all the grade school children, out of school and not able to have breakfast, lunch and the proposed evening meals. I’m afraid they will all starve to death up there in WI cause all the schools have been closed down and “the children” will starve to death. Or this could be the union’s and mrs nobama way taking care of the obesity problem among the upcoming generations. (Well someone here has to think like a democrat) duh

  7. Prairie says:

    The RATS are whining that the term “Obamacare” is a disparaging reference to Obama. If it was popular they’d have no problem with the moniker whatsoever.

    Dem Rep Says Use of Term ‘Obamacare’ Violates House Rules

  8. edinva says:

    Good morning, all

    Sorry I haven’t been much of a contributor. It’s been an ‘interesting’ week. Last Friday my husband came home from the hospital following successful cancer surgery. Wednesday night/Thursday morning he had an ‘episode,’ apparently insulin shock, so back to the ER and hospital! Pretty sure he’s coming home (again) today. So it’s been a tad hectic.

    I feel so out of the news loop! Caught glimpses of the WI situation. Just can’t understand how folks think these budgets are sustainable .. the teachers using the kids who they are, in effect, asking to pay in the long-term for THEIR benefits, is amazing and shameful. There’s a town in IL named Cairo; maybe they can rename Madison, WI?

    We are having a real “Spring Break” in Northern VA. Yesterday we got up to 68 and today it’s supposed to be 71. The temps will go back down, but we really needed this break. VA isn’t used to months of unrelenting cold, and I apologize to those North and West of us for that spoiled attitude. You can remind me next summer when our index tops 100. It’s been worse than here in the South, even. A friend in (Dothan) AL said in checking weather a few days ago, she noted it was 20 degrees warmer here than there.

    I am going to fix myself a “Lysie” type breakfast .. hope everyone has a beautiful, blessed day.

  9. mozartlover says:

    Good morning all,

    The Wisconsin Democrat senators remain missing in action. Their actions have inflamed the protestors even more and things are getting uglier by the minute. They (dems) say they will not return before Saturday (tomorrow.)

    Some good news: Ev’s test results were good! He still needs to meet with his local VA doctor but all indications are that his heart function is normal!!! πŸ™‚

    Some bad news: Hubby’s car died yesterday; we are awaiting word from the shop re: whether it can be revived & how much that will cost us.:(

    VERY windy out there today. Most of the snow has melted.

    Heading to the university shortly; hoping NO ONE brings up the words “union” or “Walker” or “protests” or……………..

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      YAY! on the good news about Ev, MozartLover.

      Years ago I was diagnosed with mitral valve disorder, and now my doctor wants to have me retested as the criteria have changed. So who knows? I may get to take one slight problem off my health concerns list…the only way I’ve been affected is having to take the antibiotic before tooth cleanings….

      Anyway, happy to hear that that one worry is gone for you!

    • queenie says:

      Good news, Mozie. PTL for prayers answered!

      re: WI………Gov. Scott Walker: “We can’t negotiate for something we don’t have ….”
      Imagine that.

    • tillacum says:

      Great news about Ev.

  10. Prairie says:

    Good morning. Good looking links Molly, thank you. I’ll read them as the morning unfolds. Happy Friday everybody.

    • Jemian says:

      Good morning! Prairie, thank you for your links yesterday and your on-going contributions to this thread. Denco, I surely have enjoyed reading about the new life on your spread. I have especially found it encouraging in the wake of this week’s news here in Auburn. The level of hatred that we have experienced here is beyond my comprehension. You have helped me. Nita, I hope you are getting relief from that pinched nerve. I’m glad the first chiro visit went well. Mozie, I’m very sorry in the death of your friend. The pain is hard to bear and that friend will always be a part of life. My prayers for you are continuing. I’m hoping that Ev had a good doctor’s visit and your mind can be eased in that regard. Lysie and Molly, thank you for your faithfulness to this thread every day. You bless by your contributions.

      I know I’ve left things out. Sorry. We have been ultra-busy this week, dealing with changes in our lives. Then, on top of that, this vandalism that occurred here just boggles my mind. The living things that were destroyed were heritage trees about 134 years old. They’re not dead yet, and where there is life there is hope. But things are mighty grim at this moment. But the underlying thing is, why did Updyke, the perp, hate us so much? It is just a football game. Really. But, it appears, that because we have overtaken the school across the state, he wanted to hurt us. He accused Auburn of celebrating when his idol, Bear Bryant, died. The Bear died in 1983! That is an awfully long time to hold a grudge. Further it isn’t even a grudge founded in reality. There was no such celebration. Of course not! Granted, we probably celebrated a little when he retired, but not when Bear died. FWIW, I honestly don’t remember celebrating the retirement either.

      Anyway, this is the second time I’ve been focused on what has been happening on campus. I know that to some this is “effluvia“. But to me, it is family.

    • Jemian says:

      Lysie, would you fix the bolding on my above post, please? I only meant to bold the names and that one year. TIA

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Jemian Thanks for the update on your activities. Remember to get some “down” time. LOL!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Happy Friday to you, prairie…It’s like spring out there!

      Waiting to see what new wackiness occurs in Madison and environs today…

  11. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  12. The Raven says:

    It’s FRIDAY!!! and time for humor

  13. The Raven says:

    Iowa Granny…….check out this wrestler

  14. denco45 says:

    Good evening everyone. While the Democrats are running away from responsibilites, here in New Mexico we delievered 49 new mama’s and their baby calves to their new homes. We put a few in 4 different pastures so hopefully when we arrive early in the morning they will still be where they are suspose to be and starting to settle in. It has been a hard day labor wise (NO UNIONS EITHER) but very satisfying. am off to my shower and then my investment club tonight. Please you good folks in the midwest, keep the watch and report to the rest of us. Denco

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Your reports, denco, are just delicious & so inspiring to read. What a contrast to the shenanigans going on in Madison, DC, and elsewhere. Thank you for doing this work which must be hard, exciting, but worthwhile!

    • Prairie says:

      49 new calves, wonderful! Best of luck with them.

    • tillacum says:

      Oh, denco, I remember those days. We had Mammas, calves, Mammas, goats, Llamas and crai…during the “mating seasons” our Hands were busy, the Mammas were watched to make sure everything went as planned, we used bulls, billies and llamas for fertilizaling. Then the Mamma with goats would drop first, then Mammas with heifers came then we waited more months for the crias to arrive. Each a blessing and a time for happiness. Luckily the hands took care of their own horses so we didn’t have to be concerned about them, unless a foal was due about the time of a cria. New life is always exciting and a time of celebration. Now we’re retired and just as busy what with the Republican party in our neck of the woods and a brand new Tea party being put in place, plus these two business-rancher (plus retired military) people are busy putting in a garden and looking into the possibility of a coummunity garden. We have a lot of folks, in this county who need help. I think a cummunity garden (with so many farm people around) a Farmers Market could help some out. I’m setting up meetings with some Ag teachers, the county agent and our commisioners to find a place, see what we can do and begin the project. I’ve read some articles and it may take more than a year to get a community garden going..so at our age, wish us luck.

    • Prairie says:

      Tillacum, I think your community garden is a good idea. Good luck.

  15. Prairie says:

    So who supplied the t-shirts? I see the crowds on live camera. And FoxNews commentator just made the point that the police who were/are hunting the democrat senators down are………..public union.

    Perhaps there won’t be much difference between footage from Madison and footage from Bahrain. Let us hope there is.

  16. tillacum says:

    That is really too bad. Many years ago, I was introduced to the tactics of unionism. They are ruthless and of course the democrats have been bought by the unions. It also gives us an idea of how much the teachers “love” their students and teaching. I’ve wondered why each school district, even in a county, needs a superintendent and staff. Seems if a superintendent is needed, one per county should surfice.
    Remember during the clinton stay in our whitehouse, the government was shut down by the democrats after a pre-meeting of federal unions before the shutdown? Democrats who over the years, with union help, have moved our industrial base from our shores to foreign shores. ‘Wonder where our education and educators are headed?

    • Prairie says:

      Pricing themselves out of job, apparently Tillacum. Teachers not at work today, democrat legislators not at work today, taxpayers soaked by both.

      Looking at the crowd….some don’t loook like educators…..did they purchase a rent-a-mob? The place is full of SEIU too. FoxNews reporter can hardly make himself heard over the rude crowd.

      Fox phone commentator now charging that a rent-a-mob is in place.

  17. mozartlover says:

    Hello everybody,

    Here’s what’s going on in Wisconsin: Huge demonstrations at the capital & elsewhere, students “walking out” of classes, 2 dozen school districts closed so teachers can go to Madison and protest Gov. Walker’s budget proposals…………the bill passed the finance committee last night and is supposed to be voted on today, but NONE of the democrats showed up for the legislative session……they are now being hunted by the Madison police department………….

    So how’re things in YOUR state? 😦

    • Prairie says:

      Are you saying the WI democrats pulled a Texas Chicken Democrat stunt and went running across state lines so they wouldn’t have enough of a quorum to call the actual vote??

      I’m fascinated about what you said regarding them being hunted down. And what will the police department do if they catch them?? Drag them to the Capital Building?? Bwahahahaaaa!

      On a more personal note, daughter rec’d word that cut-backs in her school district may affect her job. She’s still classified as probation status, that is standard for the first three years….she’s in the third year. Hopefully she’ll get a contract offered, but she was take aback to be informed that the “probationaries” would be first to be cut. We’re praying.

    • mozartlover says:

      They finally showed up, wearing orange “We Support Families” T-shirts, and were greeted by loud cheers from the protestors. The Republicans OTOH are being screamed at and vilified. I fear there will be violence at some point.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      My state’s Gov has sent a message of support to Walker. Our legislature is considering an anti-collective bargaining bill, and so union folk are already arriving in Columbus.

      If we don’t get these entitlements under control, we’ll be looking a country-wide antics like the ones in Madison, I fear.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I might add that there are state employees, altho non-union, in my family, and they are prepared to accept cutbacks if necessary.

      There are a number of union-connected people among us here, state employees, teachers, etc. I’m betting that they are all willing to make some adjustments and do not support some of the tactics and rhetoric on display in Madison..

    • mozartlover says:

      Latest updates are saying the dem senators HAVE left the state. I don’t know who/what to believe anymore.

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