Friday, June 05, 2009

Marble That Breathes

When finishing the Moses (San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome), Michelangelo violently hit the knee of the statue with a hammer, shouting, "Why don't you speak to me?"

A New Hut For Obama

Architecturally simple yet functional these new huts symbolize hope,
unlike huts built in other counties of the world, like George Hussein Onyango Obama's hut outside Nairobi. Yet those honoring President Obama are doing so because of the speeches he has made on his "Gee, I'm sorry" tour.

Settlers build 'Oz Yehonatan' outpost
A day after US President Barack Obama reiterated his call to stop settlement activity during a speech in Cairo, defiant settlers continued to erect illegal structures in the West Bank, building a new outpost on Friday morning between Migron and Kohav Ya'akov.

At the outpost, named Oz Yehonatan, the settlers built a wooden structure they mockingly called the "Obama Hut," saying it was a sign of appreciation for the US president for his actions that had led to a dramatic rise in the number of outposts.

In a way, I guess, these settlers are feeling that Hope and Change because now that they know they have been abandoned by America, they have a revitalized hope and belief of going it alone. That is change. It's wrong, but it is change.

Astroturfing 'Fairness' To Deny Worker's Rights

If you think that unions and their thugs have given up on Card Check, you'd be wrong. Now they are bullying a Congress that lives by polls with faux polling techniques. It is quite breathtaking to see members falling for this stuff. Of course if they took off their togas and wandered the streets on which their constituents lived and worked they might actually find out what is really being thought by the citizenry, but then who would carefully drop grapes into their gaping maws.

Card-Check Threat Alive And Well
Big Labor: If you thought "card check" legislation that would kill off workers' right to a secret ballot is dead, think again. Despite public repudiation, it's back — with its advocates using sneakier tactics.

The Employee Free Choice Act would permit the establishment of new unions solely on the signatures of a company's employees, taken either on the fly or with union thugs standing in their doorways.

Besides denying workers a right to a secret ballot, "card check," as it's known, also forces federal arbitration onto companies for union contracts, ensuring that either unions dictate the wages they want or a federal bureaucrat will step in and do it for them based on politics, not economics.
It's a formula for disaster. This still-undead bill will shut plants, drive jobs abroad and ensure that few new jobs are ever created. Little wonder the public has turned a thumbs-down on it, and Congress has backed away. A recent Pew poll shows that 61% of Americans think labor unions have gotten too powerful.

But it hasn't stopped Big Labor. Card check remains its top goal, and instead of dropping a bad idea, it's switching tactics.

Made up of household company names such as: "Boulder's Best Organics," "Ukush Handmade for Fair Trade," "Mother Earth Reverence Farms," "Justice Clothing," "Loughmiller's Pub," "Central Montessori School," "Montana Vintage Clothing," "DaMane's Hair Studio," "If Jesus Can't Fix It, Neither Can We," and "Swanton Berry Farm", the new movement speaks to America as a whole in the same way that advertisements featuring a couple wanting sex in side by side bathtubs on a platform by the sea exemplify couples everywhere.

BTW, if Jesus can't fix it, it hasn't been made.

Royal Vacation In Paris

Forget Paris, Ohio or Paris, Texas, they're not good enough for the Obama clan, so they're all in Paris, France for a vacation, but even though we must cancel our vacations we still get to pay for theirs! So much for his 'Buy American' chat which probably makes it campaign lie #5, 329.

Obamas' trip to Paris raises some eyebrows
After whisking his wife to Manhattan for dinner and a Broadway show last weekend, President Obama is treating his family to a Paris vacation - paid for, in part, by taxpayers.

The White House confirmed yesterday that first lady Michelle Obama, their two daughters, and his mother-in-law will fly today to the City of Lights to join the president, who has scheduled meetings with French officials and will appear at a ceremony tomorrow in Normandy marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

Last year on the campaign trail, the Obamas prided themselves on staying close to the people. Much was made of Michelle Obama's down-to-earth J.Crew wardrobe, candidate Obama's off-the-rack suits, and the family's search for a "shelter dog" to satisfy the wishes of 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha for a puppy.

Now, the French press is buzzing about whether the first family will dine at a posh restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower, what fashions the first lady will wear, and whether she'll outshine Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, her glamorous French counterpart.

The First Lady is no Jackie lite, but she'll always have Paris. On our dime.