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February 14, 2012

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Threadkiller

Trying to find more on this story.

" State Agency Challenges City Pension Reform Plan

California Public Employee Relations Board: City Pension Reform Initiative Amounts To Unfair Labor Practice"
http://www.10news.com/news/30448488/detail.html

The story is unfolding. San Diego citizens have put on the ballot a first in California initiative to curb out of control pensions. A gov agency has sued the city after labor unions complained that they weren't involved in the drafting process of the initiative. The agency agreed.

The rub is citizen based initiatives, that meet the signature requirement, do not have to consult the labor unions. If the city crafted to initiative then the requirement must be followed.
The attorney for PERB forgot to tell the judge that this was a citizens initiative with over 100,000 signatures. Now it goes to court.

Jerry Brown appointed the head of PERB and the agency has become even more of a union shill.

Captain Hate

Jeff Sessions is on Laura Ingraham skewering El JEFe's budget as being completely irresponsible regarding the hard choices that need to be made on entitlements and insulting to be presented to an electorate whose votes he needs. Yet none of the Repub candidates are discussing this. This would be a sure winner if addressed in an intelligent fashion yet the party of stoopid is running from it.

Clarice

As to the World Bank, Zoellick leaves June 30..I bet his replacement doesn't make it thu Congress before Obama's term ends.

ABC says a Texas case on affirmative action in college admissions may strike the programs a death knell.

By Ariane de Vogue @Arianedevogue Follow on Twitter Feb 15, 2012 9:01am Affirmative Action — Could Justice Alito’s Vote Change the Game? Email10Smaller FontTextLarger Text|Print

(Image Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images )

The Supreme Court could decide this week whether to delve into yet another hot-button social issue: affirmative action.
At issue is a lawsuit brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student, who said she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of the color of her skin. If the justices vote to hear the case, it could mean a majority of the court is willing to curtail or further restrict race-conscious admissions policies at public universities.
The court is set to discuss the case in its closed-door conference this week and could announce as early as Friday whether it will add the case to next term’s docket.
“This case presents the court with an opportunity to clarify the boundaries of race preferences in higher education, or even reconsider whether race should be permitted at all under the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection,” said Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation, a nonprofit legal defense foundation that has provided legal counsel for Fisher.
In 1997, the Texas legislature passed the “Top 10 Percent Law,” which mandates that Texas high school seniors in the top 10 percent of their class be automatically admitted to any Texas state university. In addition to that policy, the school considers race along with several other factors for admission. Fisher did not qualify for automatic admission. Instead she competed with other non-top-10-state applicants, some of whom were entitled to receive racial preference. She was denied admission and argued it was because of her race.
In court papers, her lawyers argued, “Whether a public university can layer racial preferences over a nonracial admissions plan that ensures very substantial levels of minority enrollment is a question which itself warrants review by this court.”,


NK

Clarice-- wow-- inasmuch as TomM hasn't "corrected" the 'Vey' headline, looks like he used a pun as well as the unbelievably funny 'cartographer' snark. TomM-- I salute you, you are the man.

Janet

Maybe we could name them for emotions or high leftist ideals..like social justice or gender equality?

Melinda Romanoff

NK-

The money can't work. It's pre-spent. Dog catches tail. Now what?

Porchlight

Ugh, figures. Thanks UncleBigBad for the update...

Clarice

Gulag Bound:
Call your senator NOW: Reid to allow vote on repeal of contraceptive mandate
Last week Democrat pseudo-pro-life Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a vote on a bill sponsored by Republican pro-life Senator Roy Blunt to repeal President Obama’s contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate.
Word this afternoon is Reid will allow the measure – #1520, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act – to be voted on, as soon as today.
These senators are said to be on the fence and need a call asap:
Casey (PA)
Conrad (ND)
Johnson (SD)
Landrieu (LA)
Lieberman (CT)
McCaskill (MO)
Nelson (FL)
Pryor (AR)
Tester (MT)

MarkO

Next up under Obama, The Good Ship Lollipop.

centralcal

Dear God!

jimgeraghty @jimgeraghty
The guest speaker at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on Presidents' Day will be... Nancy Pelosi. (!)

Ignatz

--Long ago, aircraft carriers were named for historical battles--

Where did "Enterprise" come from?

NK

DoT-- the Wiki link below is an accurate summary of ship naming conventions. What's left out of the wiki link and your comment is the appropriations process. Congress has overtly affected naming in the appropriations based on the Navy's request-- for instance the SecNav names the carrier in the appropriation request, but the Congress directs the name as a condition of the appropriation. For classes of ships the appropriation names the lead ship and the SecNav has alot more lattude in naming individual ships. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_ship_naming_conventions

Janet

Next up under Obama, The Good Ship Lollipop.

or the "Don't Be Hatin'" :(

Ignatz

--Dog catches tail. Now what?--

Most perfect description of the Eurozone and the entire worldwide OPM project I've ever seen, Mel.

Melinda Romanoff

TK-

Not to mention the potential constriction of routine funding for the CALPRS board. It's also why they're lashing out at Private Equity over the current tax status of "Carried Interest", potential for continued governmental cash flow would be high. (In today's WSJ, buried behind the paywall)

centralcal

Now this is interesting! From NRO:

Rep. Scott Garrett (R., N.J.) had a nice gambit just now in a hearing with President Obama’s acting OMB director Jeffrey Zients.

First he asked Zients if the Obama budget imposes any new taxes on Americans making less than $200,000. When Zients answered that it did not, Garrett followed up by asking if an individual making less than $200,000 a year opted not to carry health insurance, in contravention of the Affordable Care Act, is the fine associated with that decision a tax?

After some hemming and hawing, Zients answered that the fine did not constitute an tax. Which is a problem, considering the Obama administration’s entire case before the Supreme Court is premised on those fines being construed as taxes, not penalties.


NK

MelR says: "The money can't work. It's pre-spent. Dog catches tail. Now what?"

Now what? Well? if Greek politicians are anything like Greek-American diner owners -- "we dance!" (see Nick character on SNL fire insurance sketch). That translates into a default and Drachma devaluation, and screw the Bankers and EU. That's what the greek-american DNA says, I don't know if the old counry Greeks will behave that way though.

Melinda Romanoff

NK-

Excellent! You drink the Ouzo and Retsina and I'll pay for the plates!

NK

CC-- thanks for the quote. dear God, this whole Obamacare thing is a fascistic sham -- "you can keep your insurance" but you can't, religious conscience will be respected, but it's not, the individual mandate IS a tax, but it's not. Lies, all lies. 'Bam will obviously say this Zients guy doesn't know what he's talking about, but if Justice kennedy has any self-respect, this spectacle should persuade him to revoke this heinous Obamacare sham.

Ranger

Where did "Enterprise" come from?

Many of the early US carriers were named after the early US frigates.

Wasp
Hornet
Enterprise

Just to name a few.

NK

MelR-- Opa!!!

Melinda Romanoff

NK-

Rumor has it that Saganaki was invented in Chicago.

NK

Ranger-- I think Enterprise CVN-65 was named to honor CV-6 the WWII Enterprise which earned 20 Battle Stars the most of any US warship. Hey, what about the 10 US warships named "Ranger"? link below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Ranger

Clarice

Janet, JiB,Narciso, people from States which have Senators and who want the HHS mandate overruled, get cracking:http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/02/15/senator-reid-to-quickly-bring-up-hhs-mandate-for-a-vote/

sbw

The USN also names ships after exceptional bloggers.

NK

MelR-- perhaps. But 40+ years ago my Kefalonia born father would make a form of Saganaki by searing fresh Feta cheese in olive oil, with black olives and capers. I would run from the house to escape the stench. Never tried it since.

Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

Consider asking your CA friends to support
hjta.org and the state initiative to "Stop Special Interest Money Now".
LUN.
"...it will stop labor unions from taking money, to be used for political activity, directly from workers’ paychecks without their explicit permission."

NK

sbw-- the Sullivans?

Ranger

Both the names Enterprise and Ranger go back to the Revolutionary War. Though they were sloops, not frigates.

Melinda Romanoff

Run from Melted Cheese? Really?

(Keeping in mind that my favorite cheese is the French cheese "Epoisse". Stinkiest cheese available there.)

Ignatz

--Ranger-- I think Enterprise CVN-65 was named to honor CV-6 the WWII Enterprise which earned 20 Battle Stars the most of any US warship.--

I was actually referring to the WWII Enterprise.

Ranger

I think those names come from the old British habit of naming warships after desirable traits.

Clarice

why did Reid change his mind and allow the Blount bill to come up for a vote?
Do you think he has the votes to kill it?
Do you think he wants to kill the controversy without Obama having to risk offending PP and the harridan voters?

NK

MelR-- really-- I love cheese, I love melted cheese, but the whole burning Feta/olive oil thing was intolerable to my 10 year old senses. Ruined greek cuisine for the rest of my life.

glasater

Fried cheese is really, really good:-)

Melinda Romanoff

More for me.

A true Charlie Sheen moment.

"Winning!"

Clarice

I love epoisse and feta and comte and gouda and manchego--vote for me...

Ben Franklin

Walker has 'Blue Flu' lol......

Methinks the prospect of meeting the Anti-Christ was too much for even his rubber underwear...

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/02/15/flu-ends-gov-walkers-tour-with-obama/

scott

Way to go Rep. Garrett. He's a good guy(His campaign manager is a friend of ours).

Danube of Thought

There really is no convention for carriers. More than any other ship type they are named for just about anything--early US warships, presidents, politicians who have been kind to the Navy (John C. Stennis, Carl Vinson), notables (John Hancock), battles (Midway, Coral Sea, Yorktown, Lexington), a significant place (Kitty Hawk), and in one case pure whim (USS Shangri La). When FDR was asked where the planes in the Doolittle raid came from, he said "from the land of Shangri La,) and lo and behold a carrier gets to bear the name.

Danube of Thought

The Brits did indeed have several warships named Enterprise in the 18th Century. The first USS Enterprise was a sloop of war that fought on the Great Lakes in the Revolutionary War; the second was a schooner that fought at Tripoli.

The latest littoral combat ship, christened just last month by a dear friend who lives here, is USS Coronado.

cathyf

While we are on the subject of wise words about the dependent class, we should add in 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 3 -- as relevant today as 2000 years ago.

6We instruct you, brothers, in the name of [our] Lord Jesus Christ, to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us. 7For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 8nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 9Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 10In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. 11We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. 12Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. 13But you, brothers, do not be remiss in doing good. 14If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, take note of this person not to associate with him, that he may be put to shame.

cathyf
--Dog catches tail. Now what?--
Slight variation: Dog catches garbage truck. Now what?
Ignatz

--We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.--

But, cathy, the brilliance of the welfare state is, since it pits neighbor against neighbor, it gives the dependent class a stake in the business of others so that their neighbor's business automatically becomes their business too.

Barbara

Just catching up but Janet's post @9:56am is excellent and worth noting again.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C. S. Lewis

Wish that would fit on a bumper sticker.

daddy

"--Dog catches tail. Now what?--"

I'm with Iggy. That's perfect Melinda.

Ranger

Wish that would fit on a bumper sticker.

Yes, that is one of my three favorite and essntial quotes for understanding politics. Unfortunately none of them are short or bumber-stickery.

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