Daily Fix, Feb 22

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Pirates, runaways and dictators with a death wish.

*Sadly, the pirate tale has a tragic ending.  Four Americans, on a round-the-world boating adventure, were captured last week and were shot this morning aboard their vessel. Ship owners Jean and Scott Adam and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle were Christians who loved to travel. Part of their travel was what they called “friendship evangelism” – finding homes for thousands of Bibles. According to their website, they also said their mission was to “allow the power of the Word to transform lives.” This marks one of the deadliest attacks by pirates who plague the region. CNN

*In Wisconsin, union workers from surrounding states are being bussed in to continue protesting. Gov Walker insists he will not cave – the state is out of money. NY Daily News

*Meanwhile in Indiana, Democrats fled the state to avoid voting on a union bill. Governor Mitch Daniels had warned his party late last year against pursuing so-called “right to work” legislation. While he agreed with it philosophically, he said it was a big issue that needed a state-wide debate and noted no Republican had run on this in the November election. “The most powerful special interests in America today are the government unions,” he said Monday in an interview with NPR. “They’re the leading financial contributors.” He had also expressed support for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Indy Star // Politico

*Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced Tuesday he will not pursue the presidency in 2012. In an announcement on his website he said: “[A]t this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America’s future here in the trenches of the United States Senate.” The field continues to narrow. The Hill

*Meanwhile in Libya, Qaddafi told his people that the unrest was the fault of “rats” who are “agents” of foreign intelligence services and apparently on drugs. He informed the crowd that gathered under duress that anyone found to be cooperating with outside forces in fomenting discord, and those who carry weapons against the country, will be executed. Even though his grasp appears to be slipping, he defiantly said he would not step down but would “die a martyr” in his country. Dictator+freedom fighters often=”matyrdom” for said dictator. Just sayin’. CNN

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2 Responses to “Daily Fix, Feb 22”

  1. John Says:

    Why do I picture a self-organized Utah militia guarding our state borders from illegal immigrants and runaway Democratic congressmen?

  2. Scott K Says:

    Saw an interesting analysis on how Public Unions are the cash cow of the Union movement because of their privileged access to power. Apparently 36% of public employees are unionized while 7% of private (voluntary according to some) sector workers have unions : http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm .

    I think Governor Walker is using the wrong approach attacking the Unions power directly. Yesterday I listened to an AFLCIO leader describing Union membership as a civil right :http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-02-21/state-budgets-and-public-unions/transcript . Yet Wisconsin teachers are required to join one union which often won’t reflect their political opinions and spends money on candidates they might not choose.

    Wisconsin should make a law granting equal pay and benefits regardless of union membership. This allows for competing unions who better reflect the needs of their members with voluntary dues being squeezed by market forces to an optimal level that teachers would elect for the level of union services they want.

    I suppose that’s not a problem here in Utah with (national average Union membership rates)

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