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Rally for Solidarity with the American Worker – US

Just happened to stop at the union offices on 16th Street and found out about this. They were informed of it happening just yesterday so it is really short notice.   Info page for Boise.

Although this may be cited as a solidarity for those workers currently demonstrating in Wisconsin, I think it’s also about supporting the workers within our own community, in other words, us.

Sponsored by MoveOn.org, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Color of Change, American Rights at Work among a few.

Saturday, 26 Feb 2011, 12:00 PM

Rally to Save the American Dream

Idaho Capital steps
700 W Jefferson St
Boise, ID 83720
Hosted by Michael Margulies, Shelly Lenhart

Description: Rally on Idaho State Capital steps to support brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and show solidarity. Bring home made signs. Come and join us at 12 noon on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011

There’s a Facebook page as well.


A Few Tiny Thoughts on Nullification

Update:  I started this over last weekend, however there’s been quite a bit of movement making it almost irrelevant.

Now that Egypt is free and my tweeter feed isn’t ablaze I’ve been able to focus on more local issues which is how this tweet caught my attention which gave a link to ThinkProgress written  by Ian Millhiser entitled, Idaho Nullificationists Poised To Kill Medicaid In That State.  The closing paragraph from Ian’s post:

ThinkProgress previously reported that the leading proponents of Idaho’s nullification bill — including Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) — decided to move forward with this ill-considered proposal after reading a book on nullification by leading Confederate apologist Tom Woods. As it turns out, there are very real consequences when state officials abandon the advice of real legal experts in favor of crackpot pseudo-historians like Woods. One of those consequences could be the end of Medicaid in Idaho.

Notwithstanding the possible loss of Medicaid funding that would directly affect my 28 year-old developmentally delayed nephew, I wanted to find why nullification was drawing such a strong, decided response from Idaho’s legislators.  Not to mention how not only Idaho’s governor but several Idaho legislators ‘just happened to have’ copies of a book that specifically promotes nullification as a method for “fighting federal tyranny” in the ‘battle’ currently being used as a legal strategy against the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act, fondly referred to as “Obamacare” by idiots everywhere.  The book: ‘Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century’ is written by Thomas Woods, Jr., a Harvard/Columbia educated historian.  The reason for Inadvertently  found the reason why good ole’ boy Butch and GOP legislators had the book. Continue reading

Union Thuggery, My Ass!

Read this from KTVB via the AP.

Apparently someone identified as “an angry teacher showed up” at the home of Tom Luna’s mother, who is 71 years of age.  It’s not something I would do nor is it something I’d support.  It’s Luna’s comments to which I take exception.

Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 7:57 AM

BOISE — Public schools chief Tom Luna says he had to file a police report after an angry teacher showed up at his 71-year-old mother’s home in Nampa on Saturday.

Luna has been the object of anger from teachers for his proposals to overhaul Idaho’s K-12 education system. He’s currently proposing a list of changes to his plan.

“It was just totally uncalled for,” Luna said.  “When you look at the emails that have gone out, where they’ve listed people’s addresses, they’ve listed their home phone numbers, they’ve said ‘Go talk to their neighbors and tell their neighbors to go tell them not to support this.  It’s just union thuggery as far as I’m concerned.”

No arrests were made.

Union thuggery?  Surely you fucking jest, Mr. Luna.  Take a look in the mirror.   Listing people’s addresses, home phone numbers, harassing neighbors – you know where that shit comes from – your side.  It’s been done for years when it comes to ‘exposing’ those who support Democratic or left-leaning policies.   Ask any abortion & health care service provider.

I guess that so-called degree in ‘Weights & Measures’ didn’t include studying American History.

Oh – and for the record, one teacher who appears at the door of your mother isn’t “the teachers union” ya fucking dolt.

Come up with an EDUCATION plan and then we’ll talk.

Esperanza Spalding …… ’nuff said

Breaking news ‘Egypt is free! Egypt is free!’

UPDATE:   Here’s a link to the Al Jazeera English page with the video from Omar Sulieman on the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. (Scroll down a bit)

“It’s absolutely insane!”   Al Jazeera English correspondent in Tahrir Square.   You gotta watch Al Jazeera English.

I have to say – I am fucking impressed they got it done without a slaughter which I was so fearful would happen.

One story via ABC News.   Now the Egyptian people can decide what and when to do it.


The Revolution Continues in Egypt