Unions Now Say All Are Welcome At Labor Day Parade

In a follow up to a story we had reported on earlierOrganizers of the Labor Day parade in Wausau backtracked on Tuesday night from an earlier decision to bar Republican lawmakers from participating in the event.

In an email statement issued shortly before midnight, Marathon County Labor Council President Randy Radtke said everyone will be permitted to march in the parade “because we don’t want to have community groups and school bands affected.”

Radtke must be as dumb as a sack of rocks if he thinks that people are going to believe that massive explosion of heifer hockey.

On Monday, August 29, 2011, Wassau Mayor Jim Tipple took a stand and told union organizers if parade were not all inclusive, the city would withdraw its support leaving the unions to pay for the parade themselves.

“I don’t think the Labor Day parade was ever intended to be a political statement,” Tipple said …. “It’s meant to honor workers, who may be predominantly Democratic. But we’ve got Republican, Green and Independent workers here, too.”

According to a statement issued by Mayor Jim Tipple this afternoon, the city is a “co-sponsor” of the event, providing an insurance premium, construction of a stage and other city services at no cost to the Marathon County Central Labor Council.

“The banning of a political party from participation at any event co-sponsored by the city is against public policy and not in the best interest of all the citizens of the city of Wausau. And therefore, we encourage the event organizer to invite all interested parties, or reimburse the city for other costs,” the statement read.

How much money are we talking about?

Flashing Headlight Tickets May Cost Citizens of Florida Over $156 MILLION.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol records, since 2005, 10,429 drivers have been ticketed for flashing the headlights on their cars.

Alexis Cason was one of those people:

Alexis Cason was on her way to school one morning when she spotted two Oviedo police officers on the side of the road. She flashed her headlights to warn other drivers about the speed trap ahead. Moments later, another cop pulled her over and wrote her a ticket, saying she’d just broken the law by flashing her lights.

The citation Cason was issued listed Florida Statute 316.2397 as the infraction Cason broke. The relevant section of the law is section 7 which states:

Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except as a means of indicating a right or left turn, to change lanes, or to indicate that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon the highway or except that the lamps authorized in subsections (1), (2), (3), (4), and (9) and s. 316.235(5) are permitted to flash.

Cason and her lawyers fought the ticket saying that the statute under which tickets were being written applied to flashing lights such as emergency lights on vehicles and not the physical act of turning ones lights off and on.

She won the case when a judge rendered the following decision:

Dolphins Plan to Honor Gators on Hurricane’s Field

As a franchise, the Miami Dolphins have been hurting lately. The team that still remains the only team to go undefeated in an entire NFL season has fallen on hard times. In order to boost fledgling ticket sales, the Dolphins decided to host a day to honor the University of Florida Gators’ 2008 National Championship football team. As a bonus, the ‘Phins decided to hold that day on October 23, which happens to be when the Denver Broncos – with Tim Tebow – come to town.

One group who is not excited about this is anyone associated with the University of Miami whose football team shares Sun Life Stadium with the Dolphins.

That means the Dolphins will be honoring a team that the University of Miami hates on what they consider to be their field. The hated Gators will be personified by Tebow, who is as polarizing a figure as there is in sports. Tebow’s “good guy” image is a far cry from the image of Miami being somewhat thuggish.

This also comes at a time when the University of Miami is under a continuing investigation from the NCAA regarding benefits to players provided by a convicted felon and the university staff itself. The University sees this as kicking them when they are down.


It is a direct stomp in the face.

The Dolphins did offer to honor the honor the 2001 championship team of the Hurricanes, but the University turned them down saying they were going to honor the team in their own way. So the Dolphins, looking to increase ticket sales, went looking for another team to honor and came up with the Gators.

Outside of this region, it is hard to understand how deep he hatred between the Gators, the Hurricanes and Florida State University Seminoles goes. People talk about how great the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State or UCLA and USC is. They don’t even come close. There is a palpable hatred between the schools.

And now the Gators will be celebrating on the ‘Canes field.

That is too rich.

Is That a Snake in Your Pants Or Are You Traveling to Brazil?

We don’t often agree with intrusive government actions such as the searches at airports, but we have to be honest and say that the TSA got this one right:

Using a body scanner, Transportation Security Administration officers in Miami spotted all the reptiles stuffed inside nylon bags concealed in his pants. The unidentified man was trying last Thursday to get through a checkpoint on his way to Brazil on TAM Airlines, TSA spokesman Jonathon Allen said Monday.

It was almost a case of snakes on a plane. Instead it turned out to be snakes in some guy’s pants. Seven of them, in fact, all exotic. Oh, and three tortoises.

There are a lot of quips and comments we could make, but we’ll leave that to you.

If You Are a Republican, You Can’t Be a Part of A Labor Day Parade.

If you are an elected Republican official in the area of Wausau, Wisconsin, unions and trade groups have a message for you: stay away from the annual Labor Day Parade.

That’s because the head of the group that sponsors the Wausau Labor Day Parade, the Marathon County Central Labor Council, is telling Republican lawmakers from the area that they’re not welcome Sept. 5.

That’s right, the side of the political spectrum that tells everyone that they are all inclusive and welcome diversity and diverse points of view is banning Republicans from appearing in the parade because of the dust up with the teacher’s union in Wisconsin.

Just last week, union protesters allegedly super-glued the locks of a school at which Governor Walker was going to appear in order to praise the teachers, parents and students.

The doors of an inner city Milwaukee Catholic school were super glued shut Thursday ahead of a visit by Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

“Some of these folks super glued our front doors at the prep school,” Messmer Prepatory School President Br. Bob Smith told WTMJ Newsradio.

Classy, huh?

That type of classlessness is exhibited in the decision to exclude elected representatives from a parade.

The decision is the continuation of a political blood feud between Republicans and Wisconsin labor unions, stemming from the contentious teacher’s union battle last year. State Republicans, headed by Governor, Scott Walker, have worked to limit some of the powers of labor unions, including a handcuffing of workers’ ability to exercise collective bargaining.

“Usually they’ve been in the parade, but it seems like they only want to stand with us one day a year, and the other 364 days they don’t really care,” said Randy Radtke, president of the council. “It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked worker’s rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain.”

Actually, it comes as no surprise to us that the unions and their leaders choose to ignore reality.

For example, take a look at this:

Maxine Waters, The Liberal Left, and Media Enablers.

By now, most people who read this blog have heard the comments made last week by Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, at a jobs forum in Inglewood, CA:

I’m not afraid of anybody,” the California congresswoman told constituents in footage that appeared on ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, not backing down from comments made about President Obama earlier in the week. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the tea party can go straight to hell.”

For the most part, the media has been silent on this. It seems that each time a conservative says anything that can be construed as being impolite, they are lambasted. When liberals are downright antagonistic, the media not only gives them a pass on their actions, but actually tries to justify them and commend them for it.

For example, in the Opinion Section of the Baltimore Sun, a writer named Leonard Pitts, Jr., says that Maxine Waters was right to tell the Tea Party to “go to hell.”

I am pleased to report the sighting of an artifact so rarely seen among Democrats that it has become the stuff of legend and conjecture, like Bigfoot or theLoch Ness monster. It is called a spine.

Said spine was briefly glimpsed a little over a week ago at a “jobs summit” in Inglewood, Calif., in the person of Rep. Maxine Waters. “I’m not afraid of anybody,” the California Democrat said. “… And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell.”

Pitts goes on to claim that it is the Tea Party that are acting like “bullies” and need to be stood up to. He cites the fact that the Tea Party is against tax increases even though a majority of people in the US want a more balanced approach.

Seventy percent of us, according to a Gallup poll, think both tax increases and spending cuts ought to be used to reduce the budget deficit. That reasonable, balanced approach was not a part of the debt ceiling deal because the tea party threatened, credibly, to push the nation into default rather than allow it.

In his hurry to excuse Waters’ outburst while having a Chris Matthews “tingling sensation going up his leg” moment over Waters’ “spine,” Pitts misses one fact:

“Thank You” Isn’t Enough.

In the New International Version of the Bible Proverbs 18:34 reads, “….but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Many, if not most believe that to be a reference to Christ – a prophecy of sorts.

While we do not dispute that interpretation, we have always thought that men in combat must have the same feeling. This is not to say that the Shakespeare quote of being a “band of brothers” does not apply, but rather when bullets are flying, and the earth is shaking from bombs, mortars and artillery shells, the man next to you becomes one that you have to trust more them your own kin; more than your own brother.

But for the men and brothers that served during World War II, their numbers are dwindling. The passage of time is taking these heroes from us. The affects of the dwindling number of World War II veterans can clearly be seen in the 84th Infantry Division, who, after having a unit reunion for 66 consecutive years, announced that the reunion held this year in St. Louis would be their last.

It’s a similar story across the country as more of the men who made up the Greatest Generation are calling it quits when it comes to annual get-togethers with their wartime buddies. The 99th Infantry Division, the 40th Engineers, the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team and the crew of the aircraft carrier Enterprise are just a few groups that have hosted their final gatherings in recent months.

Of the 16.1 million Americans who served during World War II, about 2 million survive. Each day about 790 die, according to Department of Veterans Affairs statistics.


Rock for the Ages – Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart

No look back at early contemporary Christian music would be complete without remembering Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart. Mylon himself came out of a “Southern gospel” musical background and the world was better off after he did. While the group’s albums were great, when you saw Mylon in concert, you always left with an excited feeling of “that was a great church service!”

Certainly the faith of Mylon and Broken Heart was the reason for the group’s existence – never letting the fame and the music overwhelm the message. Two of our favorites from Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart are “I Will Rejoice” and “Trains Up in the Sky.”

First up, “I Will Rejoice.”

“Trains Up in the Sky” has a tremendous percussion intro. At the time, drum machines, electronic keyboards, electric drum kits, and much of what we see in life performances was barely on the music scene. We hope that you will listen to “Trains Up in the Sky” a couple of times just to hear and understand how tight musically the group was while performing live.

How good is the live version musically? Compare it to the album. It is just that good.

At the time of Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart, contemporary Christian music was being assailed from many sides. Some within the church were attacking it as being the “music of the devil.” Outside of the church, many people thought that the actual musicianship of CCM artists was below par of other secular acts.

Along with many others, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart laid the charge of “inferior musicianship” to waste.

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