Daily Archives: March 26, 2012

Minnesota Grad Assistants Reject Union

The United Auto Workers organizing grad assistants in Minnesota?

Goldy Gopher, University of Minnesota-Twin Cit...
Goldy Gopher, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities mascot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U of Minnesota grad assistants reject unionization
Published On: Mar 26 2012 03:07:30 PM CDT Updated On: Mar 26 2012 03:07:21 PM CDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota have again rejected a move to unionize them.

The university says about 68 percent of nearly 4,400 eligible graduate student workers voted last week. Results released Monday show 1,857 voted against forming a union while 1,142 voted in favor of a union.

The proposal was to form a union with help from United Auto Workers of America. It would have affected teaching and research assistants on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

Graduate students have been organizing on campus for the past two years.

Read at News 8000

Seems grad students are smarter for keeping more of their money, No Union dues. Wasn’t even close with 68% voting no! Good for the future of America.

GM Recalling 6,000 Vans and SUVs

GMC Savana photographed in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Q...
GMC Savana photographed in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GM recalling 6,000 vans and SUVs for possible steering problem
10:06 AM, March 26, 2012

General Motors is recalling more than 6,000 big vans and SUVs because their steering can fail.

The recall affects certain 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, and Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Saturday that a gear shaft can break, causing a loss of steering. GM says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

Read more at Detroit Free Press.

President Will Do Whatever He Wants After Getting Re-Elected

ABC reports with video that President Obamawill be flexible after he gets re-elected.

President Obama meets President Medvedev at th...
President Obama meets President Medvedev at the Business Forum on July 6, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’

SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”
The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.
The exchange:
President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.
President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…
President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

Read more at ABC.

So is the president really that sure that more than 50% of the  American people will vote for him again?  For those that voted for him in 2008, he is a good man but can you say he is capable of running this country for another four  years. Is the economy GREAT? Is unemployment down? Are you happy with $4.00 gasoline?

Santorum Blasts Times Reporter, “It’s Bull….”

Santorum blasts New York Times reporter: ‘It’s bullshit’ [VIDEO]

Rick Santorum speaks in Eastlake, Ohio
Rick Santorum speaks in Eastlake, Ohio (Photo credit: NewsHour)

Published: 9:03 AM 03/26/2012

Footage of Rick Santorum spouting off at a New York Times reporter indicates that the media could be wearing on the former Pennsylvania Senator.

In a back-and-forth with The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny aired on Monday’s “CBS This Morning,” Santorum challenges the premise of one of the reporter’s questions posed in a rope line in Wisconsin on Sunday. According to Zeleny, Santorum said his chief competitor for the GOP nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is the “worst Republican” to run against President Barack Obama. Santorum, meanwhile, insisted that his comments about Romney had been taken out of context.

Transcript as follows:

You can read the rest at the Daily Caller.

Also, you can see the video at above link

Guest Op-Ed: Do Journalists Have An Obligation

By Steve Prestegard

The two-edged pen
Calligraphy dip pen and ink.
Calligraphy dip pen and ink. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In media on March 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Last week, Gannett Newspapers committed a flagrant act of journalism by publishing the names of 29 circuit court justices who had signed the gubernatorial recall petitions.

Then proving that public disclosure is a two-edged sword, or perhaps a mirror, the Green Bay Press–Gazette, The Post~Crescent in Appleton, the Oshkosh Northwestern, the Wausau Daily Herald, the Sheboygan Press and the Door County Advocate in Sturgeon Bay ran similarly worded editorials last weekend announcing that 25 Gannett employees — nine from the Post~Crescent, seven from the Press–Gazette, five from the Northwestern, two from the Daily Herald, one from the Press, and one from the Advocate — had also signed the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

All of the aforementioned seems to violate, at least in spirit, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, specifically the “Act Independently” section …

Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.
Journalists should:

— Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.

Read more at the Presteblog about the media and what most people expect but may not get from the main stream media. Steve does a good job at expanding on the power of the pen that we reported and what some but not most in the media will not comment or even report on.

Steve Prestegard blogs over at the the Presteblog and writes for IBWisconsin.com

Guest Op-Ed: Watch What You Wear In Wisconsin


Wrong shirt no service
A bar in Pewaukee, Rox Bar and Grille, has decided it does not like patrons wearing pro-Walker shirtson the premises. Nothing like ticking off 75% of your likely customer base.

MADISON, WI - MARCH 05:  A union member (R) co...
MADISON, WI - MARCH 05: A union member (R) confronts a supporter of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker during a large march and rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 5, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Thousands of demonstrators are staging a protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol against Governor Scott Walker's attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers in the state. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

An employee of the bar went up to some patrons wearing pro-Walker shirts as they were leaving telling them not to wear their shirts at the bar again.
The owners are already catching some heat on their Facebook page. This is the owners’ statement:

As the owners of the Rox Bar & Grille, we are quite sensitive to the fact that Wisconsin is a place where political passion runs high. We respect the rights of our patrons to believe and discuss what they choose. We do ask, however, that they do not advertise these political beliefs in any form (including distributing pamphlets or wearing politically affiliated clothing). We are neither pro-recall nor pro-Walker. We are an establishment that is trying to provide our patrons with an enjoyable, safe, adult environment.
Dennis Hronis, and Peter Hronis – Owners

The customers in question have posted their responses.

Heather Daly Bronson also commented, “No one ever asked this business to display a fist or Walker sign in their window….that is the Left’s game. We just expected to be treated in a manner that showed our business was welcome.”

Read the rest at Wigderson

James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at Wigderson and a Waukesha resident.

Wisconsin Conceal Carry Wins Again, “What Are You Doing”

Man credits concealed carry weapon for saving two lives

BERSA Thunder 380 Concealed Carry
BERSA Thunder 380 Concealed Carry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted on: 9:06 pm, March 25, 2012, by Jeremy Ross, updated on: 10:13pm, March 25, 2012

MILWAUKEE — A would-be victim says his concealed carry gun was the reason a criminal’s intentions were stopped cold. He says investigators told him it’s possible the man who tried to rob him Saturday night could have robbed others this weekend.

Saturday night, March 24th, Danny Black and his girlfriend Julie took the dogs out for a walk. Seven-year-old golden-doodle Chloe was along for the stroll when Black says another person interrupted.

The two were confronted by the driver of a van in the area of 73rd and Courtland. Worrisome words quickly turned into threatening actions. Black says the driver was armed, and tried to rob the two. “He was saying to her, ‘give me the bag, give me the bag.’ It was a semi-automatic and he clicked it like he was loading it,” Black said.
Black says his heart began to pound, but it wasn’t the adrenaline that helped him through. He credits his own firearm. Black has a concealed carry permit, but hoped to never even threaten to use his weapon in public. “Me pulling a gun out saved both of our lives last night. I pointed the gun at him and he said, what was I doing, and just drove off,” Black said.

Read more at Fox 6 Now.

Wisconsin Primary Around The Corner

BALLWIN, MO - MARCH 17:   Republican president...
BALLWIN, MO - MARCH 17: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters and caucus voters during a campaign stop March 17, 2012 in Ballwin, Missouri. Rick Santorum will compete in Missouri's caucus today after winning a non-binding primary held in the state on February 7. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

With the Wisconsin presidential primary just around the corner on April 3rd, The candidates travel the state.

Rick Santorum strikes a chord with voters in Fond du Lac
Some in attendance find their values match candidate’s, others still deciding

Rick Santorum fans mobbed the Republican presidential hopeful for autographs after his campaign speech Sunday at Ledgeview Lanes in Fond du Lac.

A country song twanged the words “Rick Santorum is our man” over a loudspeaker as the conservative candidate ended an hour-long campaign speech that spoke to the hearts of “Americans and their freedom” in a rural Midwestern community.

“Wisconsin can be a game-changer in this election. We want from our leaders someone who believes in you,” he told 300 people packed inside the bowling alley hall. Only one protester was seen at the rally.

Read more at the Green Bay Press Gazette.

NASCAR: Smoke Wins Fontana

Stewart wins rain-shortened race at Auto Club

A pit stop for Tony Stewart at the Pepsi Max 4...
A pit stop for Tony Stewart at the Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By NASCAR Wire Service
March 25, 2012 9:33 PM, EDT
FONTANA, Calif. — Tony Stewart made all the right moves Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, and the last one proved decisive in taking the three-time champion to Victory Lane in the rain-shortened Auto Club 400.

After raindrops slowed the race on Lap 124, Stewart, the race leader, faked a move toward pit road but stayed on the track and matched the pace car’s speed of 65 mph, a far cry from the lightning-fast laps he ran under the green flag.

Read more at NASCAR.com

2012 Unofficial Race Results : Auto Club 400
Auto Club 400 | March 25, 2012 | Race 5 of 36

Link to 1 – 43

Women Spend Up To Three Hours Cleaning Up After Men

Seems guys just can’t do a good job cleaning up.

housekeeping (Photo credit: pucci.it)

Do you re-do your partner’s chores?,
Women spend up to three hours a week re-doing household chores that men did to an unsatisfactory standard, according to a study by U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

According to the Daily Mail, chores and housework women re-do after an unsatisfactory job by men include throwing clothes into drawers without folding or arranging them, fluffing pillows on couches and beds, and wiping down the worktop of the bathroom or kitchen counter after washing up.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s clarified, however, that four out of 10 couples are splitting their chores evenly. “Modern day men do more household chores than ever before, and nearly half of all couples now share working and looking after the house together,” he said.

The study also said that two-thirds of women appreciate when men help with the housework, even though they often end up re-doing the work themselves.

Read more at CBC.

Michigan: Rats Placed In Good Home

Humane Society places ratsin good homes

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of th...
Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, at a book signing event for his book "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them" at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Road (Westgate Shopping Center), Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WESTLAND, Mich., March 25 (UPI) — The Michigan Humane Society held an adoption event to find forever-homes for 13 domesticated rats.

The Saturday event at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland, called “Oh, Rat!” was the organization’s first adoption event dedicated to find rats homes, The Detroit News reported.

Three or four families were waiting in line at the adoption event when the center’s doors opened at 10 a.m. said Linda Reider, director of animal welfare for the Michigan Humane Society.

Read more at UPI.

We could not find an appropriate picture of a rat so this will have to do.