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In yet another twist in the controversy in Wisconsin swirling around Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that would deep-six collective bargaining for public unions, the legislation was published — ignoring a court restraining order. This is likely to further arouse passions and polarize Wisconsin as well as other parts of the country where labor unions are under being challenged by GOP governors:

In a stunning twist, controversial legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published on Friday despite a judge’s hold on the measure, sparking a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday.

The legislation was published Friday to the Legislature’s website with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order by a Dane County judge. But the posting says state law “requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment.”

The measure sparked massive protests at the Capitol and lawsuits by opponents because it would eliminate the ability of most public workers to bargain over anything but wages.

The restraining order was issued against Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette. But the bill was published by the reference bureau, which was not named in the restraining order.

This is basically “ends justify the means” politics: using a loophole.

Laws normally take effect a day after they are published, and a top GOP lawmaker said that meant it will become law Saturday. But the nonpartisan legislative official who published the law disagreed.

“I think this is a ministerial act that forwards it to the secretary of state,” said Stephen Miller, director of the Legislative Reference Bureau. “I don’t think this act makes it become effective. My understanding is that the secretary of state has to publish it in the (official state) newspaper for it to become effective.
Prediction: Walker will insist it is now valid and implement it where he can.
Walker signed the bill March 11. Under state law, it must be published within 10 working days, which was Friday.

The law has not been printed in the Wisconsin State Journal, the official state newspaper, as other laws are. Late Friday, State Journal publisher Bill Johnston said in an email that the notice for the law had been scheduled to run but had been canceled. He did not elaborate.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) claimed it didn’t matter that it hasn’t appeared in the paper.

“It’s published,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s law. That’s what I contend.”

The question is: how will independent voters react to this? Polls have shown that in Wisconsin and elsewhere Walker’s actions are not winning the argument. This move, at first blush, at least, seems a “whatever it takes” on this issue. But the problem for Walker and the GOP is that many Americans have clearly now concluded that it isn’t just the budget at play in Wisconsin and other states where Republican governors are slicing away rights that were considered a “given” in American life. There is an ineffable aroma of power politics — partially ideology and part an effort to remove a group that has traditionally supported Democrats, in the believe it’d hurt the Dems in 2012.

However you can now predict this: Wisconsin is likely to rally unions and many union members more than ever to the Democratic party and rally the party’s base, even if they are not totally pleased with Barack Obama.

A CROSS SECTION OF VIEWPOINTS ON THIS ISSUE

-Firedog Lake:

We still don’t know if the state Supreme Court will take up the restraining order on the bill, which has been appealed by the state Attorney General. But the Walker Administration is acting like the restraining order didn’t exist.

The level of contempt for the law is astounding to me…

…Of course, the point is not necessarily whether the Secretary of State has the sole power to publish law – that looks clear to me. It’s whether the Walker Administration THINKS the bill is now published and law that’s the problem, and what will be the remedy for that.

-Allahpundit:

….Democrats are surely on their way back to court even as you’re reading this to demand that the TRO be expanded to cover the LRB, Walker, the legislature, and everyone else under the sun. The judge did, after all, enjoin “further implementation” of the law generally before specifying a particular actor, so they’ll probably win and the scope of the order will be enlarged. In fact, according to the Journal-Sentinel story quoted above, there’s already a new court action pending that challenges the collective bargaining law on some sort of equal protection grounds (treating one group of workers differently from another by limiting their CB privileges) and argues that the state GOP should have needed a three-fifths quorum to pass it instead of the simple majority quorum they used. Nothing should change here, in other words, and since the state supreme court is probably going to deal with this sooner rather than later, even if the law is implemented immediately its ultimate fate should be decided in a few days anyway.

-Freedom Eden:

Good grief.

The law is being followed: State law “requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment..


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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) — which is charged with policing the country’s futures markets — said last week that speculation on energy futures, including oil, is at an all-time high. The Dodd-Frank financial reform law gave the CFTC the ability to issue limits on oil speculation, but agency missed the deadline for implementing the new rules, partly due to reluctance from conservative members of the CFTC board (which is a problem President Obama can address in June).

But even if the CFTC were stepping up, budget cuts favored by House Republicans would render market oversight vastly more difficult, as WonkRoom explains.

H.R. 1, the House Republican-approved spending plan for the remainder of 2011, cuts the CFTC budget by nearly one-third, which would force the agency to lay off nearly 30 percent of its staff. CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler has said that if the GOP budget cuts were implemented, “We would not be able to police…or ensure transparent markets in futures or swaps.”

And Republicans are forging ahead with these budget cuts even though they agree that oil speculation is increasing prices:

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), a senior House Energy and Commerce Committee member, recalled prior oil-speculation hearings and said “there was no question that that had some impact” on the 2008 uptick. “I think there is a combination of reasons for the recent spike,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chairman of the House Appropriations subpanel in charge of EPA and the Interior Department, said policies at the departments he oversees play a role in rising prices but agreed that speculation does as well. “Traders look out and see what’s about to potentially happen, so it has to do with speculation,” Simpson said in an interview. “That adds to the overall equation.”

Both Whitfield and Simpson voted for the budget cuts in H.R. 1. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), however, voted against H.R. 1 (one of just three Republicans to do so) and sent a letter to the CFTC asking that it enforce the speculation limits set out in Dodd-Frank. “Most oil market experts agree that excessive, unnecessary speculation by Wall Street traders is part of the problem,” Jones wrote. “Further delay by the commission leaves consumers and markets exposed to manipulation at a time when this nation can least afford it.”

Gensler appeared before a House appropriations subcommittee today to request increased funding for the CFTC, but the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Jack Kingston (R., Ga.), was unmoved.

- A WonkRoom cross-post.

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) — which is charged with policing the country’s futures markets — said last week that speculation on energy futures, including oil, is at an all-time high. The Dodd-Frank financial reform law gave the CFTC the ability to issue limits on oil speculation, but agency missed the deadline for implementing the new rules, partly due to reluctance from conservative members of the CFTC board (which is a problem President Obama can address in June).

But even if the CFTC were stepping up, budget cuts favored by House Republicans would render market oversight vastly more difficult. H.R. 1, the House Republican-approved spending plan for the remainder of 2011, cuts the CFTC budget by nearly one-third, which would force the agency to lay off nearly 30 percent of its staff. CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler has said that if the GOP budget cuts were implemented, “We would not be able to police…or ensure transparent markets in futures or swaps.”

And Republicans are forging ahead with these budget cuts even though they agree that oil speculation is increasing prices:

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), a senior House Energy and Commerce Committee member, recalled prior oil-speculation hearings and said “there was no question that that had some impact” on the 2008 uptick. “I think there is a combination of reasons for the recent spike,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chairman of the House Appropriations subpanel in charge of EPA and the Interior Department, said policies at the departments he oversees play a role in rising prices but agreed that speculation does as well. “Traders look out and see what’s about to potentially happen, so it has to do with speculation,” Simpson said in an interview. “That adds to the overall equation.”

Both Whitfield and Simpson voted for the budget cuts in H.R. 1. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), however, voted against H.R. 1 (one of just three Republicans to do so) and sent a letter to the CFTC asking that it enforce the speculation limits set out in Dodd-Frank. “Most oil market experts agree that excessive, unnecessary speculation by Wall Street traders is part of the problem,” Jones wrote. “Further delay by the commission leaves consumers and markets exposed to manipulation at a time when this nation can least afford it.”

Gensler appeared before a House appropriations subcommittee today to request increased funding for the CFTC, but the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Jack Kingston (R., Ga.), was unmoved.

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3.4.11 — Gov. Walker threatens to fire people he was trying to cripple anyway, Qaddafi is still being Qaddafi-ish and my daughter is nine months old.

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style="color: #000000;">*Today in Qaddafi: Rebels say homeboy’s days are numbered href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_0_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNGsuLfxCD-0QyEKod8LP6CN-qsptw&did=c910c4aac0a6633b&cid=17593867123462&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reuters.com%2Farticle%2F2011%2F03%2F04%2Flibya-idUSLDE72300M20110304"> style="color: #000000;">[Reuters]

style="color: #000000;">* Mr. Popularity: Wisco governor threatens to lay off 1500 if Democratic Senators remain in exile href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_2_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNEBJdiHW8QTtgV6qy_Mj1weacODPg&did=2916e0776d0dc8bc&cid=17593867030979&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2011%2FPOLITICS%2F03%2F04%2Fwisconsin.budget%2F"> style="color: #000000;">[CNN]

  • style="color: #000000;">RELATED: Pro-union protesters leave capitol building after seventeen days href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_g_1_0_t&gid=BNB&bvm=list&usg=AFQjCNE4H0Zag68Ejsm8B4o1ZqS5HxYk0w&did=ebde5867bd1f0522&cid=17593867961862&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2011%2F03%2F03%2FAR2011030303710.html" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[WaPo]

style="color: #000000;">* Because Everyone Likes Money Working: Players’ union, owners to reconvene after extension of NFL labor talks href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_11_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNGjXcMr6_Tn3fxse_uuxuYaEKDeLQ&did=b623958b02c632a3&cid=17593865460553&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fnews%2F2011-03-03%2Fnfl-players-union-agree-to-extend-labor-talks-to-avoid-football-shutdown.html" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Bloomberg]

style="color: #000000;">* You’re a Character, Charlie Sheen: Why Black Folks Love Emilio Estevez’s Brother href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_6_0_t&usg=AFQjCNEVWfaaqTDVDUHGHdyaV8-DBOzoBw&did=b6c58447172517b7&cid=17593867658745&ei=Ue5wTfi0C8PYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=SEARCH&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theroot.com%2Fviews%2Fwhats-so-great-about-charlie-sheen" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[The Root]

style="color: #000000;">* Expanding Reach: La. Black Legislature wants more majority Black seats href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_2_0_t&usg=AFQjCNEbbJZYnUMmqBnq4rQKFJHnv4-Lmg&did=f5d052955e869c8f&cid=17593867541721&ei=Ue5wTfi0C8PYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=SEARCH&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenewsstar.com%2Farticle%2FDK%2F20110304%2FNEWS01%2F103040334%2FCaucus-seeking-more-majority-black-seats-Legislature%3Fodyssey%3Dnav%257Chead" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;"> [Monroe News Star]

style="color: #000000;">* No Thanks to Anything Obama Has Ever Done Ever: Unemployment dips to lowest level in nearly two years href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_g_1_0_t&gid=BNB&bvm=list&usg=AFQjCNG_9KGHxwsb-PtPsG5iZhHihb5ODQ&did=d8ec6f71d25675af&cid=0&ei=TO9wTZi_EsPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2011%2F03%2F04%2Fjobless-rate-dips-8-percent-lowest-nearly-years%2F" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Fox News]

style="color: #000000;">* Opinion: GOP success is bad for…pretty much everybody href="http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/3/3/132515/5187" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Booman Tribune]

style="color: #000000;">* In Case You Thought Otherwise: Ron Paul explains that education is not a right in the United States of America href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/rep-ron-paul-education-is-not-a-right-video.php" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[TPM Media]

style="color: #000000;">Penultimate Thought: A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. — Proverbs 20:19

style="color: #000000;">Final Thought: It’s Friday, JJPers. OH SNAP!

 


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3.4.11 — Gov. Walker threatens to fire people he was trying to cripple anyway, Qaddafi is still being Qaddafi-ish and my daughter is nine months old.

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style="color: #000000;">*Today in Qaddafi: Rebels say homeboy’s days are numbered href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_0_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNGsuLfxCD-0QyEKod8LP6CN-qsptw&did=c910c4aac0a6633b&cid=17593867123462&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reuters.com%2Farticle%2F2011%2F03%2F04%2Flibya-idUSLDE72300M20110304"> style="color: #000000;">[Reuters]

style="color: #000000;">* Mr. Popularity: Wisco governor threatens to lay off 1500 if Democratic Senators remain in exile href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_2_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNEBJdiHW8QTtgV6qy_Mj1weacODPg&did=2916e0776d0dc8bc&cid=17593867030979&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2011%2FPOLITICS%2F03%2F04%2Fwisconsin.budget%2F"> style="color: #000000;">[CNN]

  • style="color: #000000;">RELATED: Pro-union protesters leave capitol building after seventeen days href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_g_1_0_t&gid=BNB&bvm=list&usg=AFQjCNE4H0Zag68Ejsm8B4o1ZqS5HxYk0w&did=ebde5867bd1f0522&cid=17593867961862&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2011%2F03%2F03%2FAR2011030303710.html" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[WaPo]

style="color: #000000;">* Because Everyone Likes Money Working: Players’ union, owners to reconvene after extension of NFL labor talks href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_11_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNGjXcMr6_Tn3fxse_uuxuYaEKDeLQ&did=b623958b02c632a3&cid=17593865460553&ei=muZwTZDHLMPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fnews%2F2011-03-03%2Fnfl-players-union-agree-to-extend-labor-talks-to-avoid-football-shutdown.html" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Bloomberg]

style="color: #000000;">* You’re a Character, Charlie Sheen: Why Black Folks Love Emilio Estevez’s Brother href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_6_0_t&usg=AFQjCNEVWfaaqTDVDUHGHdyaV8-DBOzoBw&did=b6c58447172517b7&cid=17593867658745&ei=Ue5wTfi0C8PYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=SEARCH&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theroot.com%2Fviews%2Fwhats-so-great-about-charlie-sheen" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[The Root]

style="color: #000000;">* Expanding Reach: La. Black Legislature wants more majority Black seats href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_2_0_t&usg=AFQjCNEbbJZYnUMmqBnq4rQKFJHnv4-Lmg&did=f5d052955e869c8f&cid=17593867541721&ei=Ue5wTfi0C8PYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=SEARCH&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenewsstar.com%2Farticle%2FDK%2F20110304%2FNEWS01%2F103040334%2FCaucus-seeking-more-majority-black-seats-Legislature%3Fodyssey%3Dnav%257Chead" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;"> [Monroe News Star]

style="color: #000000;">* No Thanks to Anything Obama Has Ever Done Ever: Unemployment dips to lowest level in nearly two years href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_g_1_0_t&gid=BNB&bvm=list&usg=AFQjCNG_9KGHxwsb-PtPsG5iZhHihb5ODQ&did=d8ec6f71d25675af&cid=0&ei=TO9wTZi_EsPYggf-o8i0Aw&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2011%2F03%2F04%2Fjobless-rate-dips-8-percent-lowest-nearly-years%2F" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Fox News]

style="color: #000000;">* Opinion: GOP success is bad for…pretty much everybody href="http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/3/3/132515/5187" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Booman Tribune]

style="color: #000000;">* In Case You Thought Otherwise: Ron Paul explains that education is not a right in the United States of America href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/rep-ron-paul-education-is-not-a-right-video.php" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[TPM Media]

style="color: #000000;">Penultimate Thought: A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. — Proverbs 20:19

style="color: #000000;">Final Thought: It’s Friday, JJPers. OH SNAP!

 

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I was standing in line behind a couple of women my age, and they were having a great time scanning the covers of tabloids and sharing gossip.  Their eye settled on an update for Prince William and Kate Middleton, and they were instantly hostile towards them.  “So what if they’re going to rule England?  What does that matter to us?”

It’s a fair question, I suppose.  We are in the middle of our own crisis, other countries are suffering from poverty and war, what does it matter that Kate and William are blossoming into a new royal couple?  Contrary to our inability to decide why, the fact is that many people are taking an interest in the couple.  Some from my generation think of Diana, and wish the best for her son and that he get to enjoy the fun parts of the royal life that were denied her.  Some find a pleasant distraction amid global catastrophes.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy seeing a young couple in love?  And no matter what comes of it, there is no denying that right now the prince and his betrothed are truly in love.

The future king of England has chosen his bride, and she is a commoner who by all counts is a strong but good woman.  Maybe this is the breath of fresh air that the palace needs, to bridge the gap between the royal family and the people outside the walls.


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Yesterday I tweeted:

Are Muammar Gaddafi and Charlie Sheen using the same image consultant?

And I am clearly not the only one who has noticed that they both seem to be eating from the same bowl of nutty: The Guardian has published this Whose Line Is It Anyway style quiz.

It is a lot harder than you think. The answers are below (but no peeking).

gaddafi sheen

  1. I have defeated this earthworm with my words – imagine what I would have done with my fire-breathing fists
  2. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body
  3. Life without dignity is worthless
  4. I’m extremely old-fashioned, I’m a nobleman, I’m chivalrous
  5. I am like the Queen of England
  6. I am much bigger than any rank, for those who are talking about rank, I am a fighter
  7. Every great movement begins with one man
  8. These resentments, they are the rocket fuel that lives in the tip of my sabre
  9. I woke up at 4am, before dawn. You should be asleep. You’re all tired after a sleepless night
  10. 9/11 was ‘an absolute fairytale, a complete work of fiction

Answers:

  1. Sheen
  2. Sheen
  3. Gaddafi
  4. Sheen
  5. Gaddafi
  6. Gaddafi
  7. Sheen
  8. Sheen
  9. Gaddafi
  10. Sheen

Update: I think it is only a matter of time before Gaddafi’s blonde nurse finds solace in the arms of Charlie Sheen.

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It so happens that in Northwood, Iowa, there is a major porn distributor hidden quietly above a flower shop.  What was thought to be an unused office is a mailing and storage house for adult films.  Considering Iowa is miles from tolerant, this is amusing.  But the best thing of all is the article itself.  And one hilarious quote.  Oh yes, I have to share this with you in full:

“Oh, Lordy,” Hickle [the flower shop owner] said. “I had no idea. I am not OK with this. I don’t believe in pornography, and, oh, my, I just don’t see Northwood as the sex capital of the world. We have all these Norwegians here. Can you imagine that?”

You can’t make up stuff like this. Coming soon: Iowa believe I’ll stay the hell away from those crazy corn-loving folks.


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Barenaked fiscal insanity.


Either I’m going to spend all day thinking of the Klondike Bar jingle (“What would you do-oo-ooo for a Klondike bar?”) or humming the Barenaked Ladies’ “If I Had A Million Dollars.” You know, you could get to $ 3.73 trillion just by singing that song just, oh … three million, seven hundred and thirty thousand [...]

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Golden Goose Cooking


While the permitorium remains in place, oil rigs continue to leave the Gulf of Mexico for lack of productive work to do. But never fear! Buried in the President’s budget proposal we find this gem. The fiscal year 2012 White House budget proposal calls for new fees on oil-and-gas companies to help fund drilling oversight, [...]

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Report:

“The founder of a Muslim-oriented New York television station has been convicted of beheading his wife after the court rejected his self-defence plea.

Muzzammil ‘Mo’ Hassan, 46, never denied that he killed Aasiyah Hassan, 37, in 2009 inside the suburban Buffalo station the couple established to promote cultural understanding.

But the jury of eight men and four women yesterday rejected his claim he was the victim of spousal abuse and murdered her on self-defence.

The trial lasted three weeks and deliberations lasted only one hour before Hassan - who acted as his own lawyer - was found guilty of second degree murder.”

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You know that panhandle chunk of West Virginia that’s basically Maryland without the infrastructure?  Seems the state lawmaker in charge of that part of the state really would rather be anywhere other than West Virginia, and he wants to take those three counties with him next door to a real state.

First Tunisia, then Egypt, now…West Virginia? Well, no, not exactly. But delegate Larry Kump has had it up to here with his state’s government. “I take pride in being a Mountaineer,” says the freshman legislator—but he’d rather break his beloved state apart than see it suffer on as an economic backwater.

“Our per capita income in West Virginia is 47th in the United States; it’s one of the few things we’re not 50th in,” Kump says. “We’ve lost 10,000 manufacturing jobs over the past three years. Gross Domestic Product is 49th in the nation.”

He adds, “I’d prefer West Virginians stay together and just get their act together—but if they don’t, I think it’s a good idea to go elsewhere.”

Elsewhere, in this case, means moving back in with the ex. Last week, Kump, a self-identified “libertarian grassroots populist” with tea party ties, introduced a bill in the state legislature calling for a non-binding referendum on secession. Specifically, Kump suggests that the three counties of the state’s eastern panhandle break away from the mother ship and become a part of Virginia (as they were prior to 1863). His reason is simple: Kump believes the state government has created an economic climate that’s holding its citizens back. West Virginia’s almost heaven, in other words, but it’s an awful big “almost.”

What makes this guy think Virginia wants to put up with him, anyway?

Seriously folks, what is it with then entire philosophy that governance isn’t about improving the lot of all citizens, but only looking out for those at the top who deserve it?  This clown basically sees the rest of the state of West Virginia as a burden to his state legislative district.  No offense, but I’d rather have my state legislators work on making the state better instead of pulling nonsense like this.

I mean should we all break up into city-states like ancient Greece?  Geez.


Zandar Versus The Stupid

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Stupid.


He wants to stay on until the next elections, which even Mubarak now acknowledges should be sped up from their scheduled date in September. I’m … reasonably sure that’s a non-starter for everyone at this point. So why even propose it? Four possibilities. One: Losing control has led him to lose touch with reality, i.e. [...]

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