***Survey: Record low confidence in government. Well, wonder why?
***Unions sue over Wisconsin right-to-work law. Oh, of course they are. The overwhelming majority of Wisconsin citizens support right-to-work, but it certainly takes money from the bulging pockets of the union higher ups if they can't force people to pay union dues whether they like it or not.
Union supporters and labor experts touted the same argument and some labor experts when the law was debated in both the state senate and assembly. At the time though, James Sherk, a senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, argued that unions actually have a choice on whether they have to represent every employee in a bargaining unit.
“Federal law does not require a union to act as an Exclusive Representative,” Sherk argues. “The choice of whether to be an Exclusive Representative or Member Only remains with the union.”
Under the National Labor Relations Act when a union decides to be an Exclusive Representative at a company, it must represent all workers. However it can choice to be a Members Only union which only requires them to represent dues paying members.
Pretty cut and dried. They can be a members only union, problem solved. That's not the issue, though. The issue is money and power. As usual.
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) found in a recent poll of Wisconsin citizens that the state overwhelmingly approves of the policy. The poll found 62 percent would vote in favor of such a law, 32 percent would not and 6 percent didn’t know.
Pfft. What the people actually want - you know, those "working families" they always claim they represent - is secondary.
***Democrats threaten to block their own bill after finding abortion language. Amazing what you can find if you actually read the bills you're voting on, huh guys? Let me see if I have this straight - it's more important to make sure abortions can be paid for with public money than stopping human trafficking. Well, to a Democrat abortion is the Holy Grail, so I'd say that pretty much sums it up.
***Here is what a hamster butt looks like. You're welcome.
***Six items you might not know were in the Constitution:
1. Not all votes of the members present need be recorded in the official journal.
"...the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal." In other words, if less than one-fifth want to include the actual votes then they are left out of the official record.
2. Neither House can meet anywhere different without agreement
"Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting."
3. A Congressman cannot be arrested for misdemeanors on the way to the Hill
"[Senators and Representatives] shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same...."
4. Congressmen shall not be questioned for speeches in either House
"...and for any Speech or Debate in either House, [Congressmen] shall not be questioned in any other Place." I wonder how many Congressmen have used that defense on CNN or Fox News.
5. No one can be convicted of treason without two witnesses or confession
"No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court." One person is not enough.
6. The President can adjourn Congress
"[The President] may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper." While many people know that the president can call a special session of Congress, it is less well known that he can actually adjourn them if they disagree about when they want to adjourn.
***RUSH: It would be like Nixon saying, "Okay, look, I have 24 hours of tapes here, and there's 18 minutes of it that's blank, but you can rely on my judgment there's nothing in those 18 minutes missing that you need to hear."
***This is really interesting: The Mystery Behind Anesthesia.
But though doctors have been putting people under for more than 150 years, what happens in the brain during general anesthesia is a mystery. Scientists don’t know much about the extent to which these drugs tap into the same brain circuitry we use when we sleep, or how being anesthetized differs from other ways of losing consciousness, such as slipping into a coma following an injury. Are parts of the brain truly shutting off, or do they simply stop communicating with each other? How is being anesthetized different from a state of hypnosis or deep meditation? And what happens in the brain in the transition between consciousness and unconsciousness? “We know we can get you in and out of this safely,” Brown says, “but we still can’t quite tell you how it works.”
Two men have been ice fishing all day. One has had no luck, while the other has pulled out a ton of fish.
“What’s your secret?” asks the unlucky fisherman.
“Mmmmm mmm mm mmm mmmm mmm mmm,” is the reply.
“I’m sorry; what did you say?”
“Mmmmm mmm mm mmm.”
“I still didn’t understand you.”
The lucky fisherman spits something into his hand and says slowly and clearly, “You’ve got to keep your worms warm.”