Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Some unions workers support MI right-to-work law; Biden warns unions who vote Republican are "on their own, Jack!"; Atlanta educators falsified standardized tests; New South Wales police can now demand removal of burqas;Alabama requires use of E-Verify as illegal immigration is up 325%; Obama administration holds first secret detainee; CA to require social studies curriculum to include contributions of gays; Israel to disallow pro-Palestinian via airports; The Audacity of Hope ship

Michigan Tech News wrote:  LANSING - A group of current and former Michigan union workers announced Thursday an effort to push the Legislature to enact a right-to-work law in the state, saying it would help unions as well as business. And even though Governor Rick Snyder has said repeatedly that he was not pushing for a right-to-work law, saying it would be too divisive, backers of the proposal said they trusted he would sign such a bill if it came to him. While union workers held a press conference calling for a right-to-work law, dozens of union members stood outside the room in protest of the effort. Bowman described himself, as did all the participants at the news conference, as a longtime union worker and supporter. But a requirement that persons join unions whether they choose to or not is antithetical to traditional American values, he said. Also, states with right-to-work laws have seen their economies grow even at a time when Michigan's economy collapsed, he said.
ABC News blogged: At the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Friday, Vice President Biden addressed a convention of the International Teamsters, telling the union members to vote Democratic next year.
"And don't any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican,” the garrulous Vice President started to say, after which he caught himself. “I'm not supposed to say, this isn't political, I'm not supposed to say this.”
The crowd cheered him on.
“Guys!” Biden continued. “Let me put it this way! Don't come to me if you do! You're on your own, Jack!" [This proves that the VP as well as our President support only SOME Americans.  No surprise there - just more of the same.]
CNN writes: Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday in unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in the city schools dating as far back as 2001.
Some of the cheating could result in criminal charges, Deal said.
"I think the overall conclusion was that testing and results and targets being reached became more important than actual learning for children," Deal said. "And when reaching targets became the goal, it was a goal that was pursued with no excuses."
News 24 reports: Police in the Australian state of New South Wales are to be allowed to demand the removal of burqas and other face veils so they can identify people.

The state government approved the move late on Monday after the high-profile recent case of a Muslim woman being acquitted when a judge ruled she could not be positively identified because was wearing a burqa.

"I don't care whether a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, a burqa, niqab, face veil or anything else, the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear," Premier Barry O'Farrell said.

Floyd Reports: Last month, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation (HB 56) that requires the use of E-Verify by all state employers. The law also gives Alabama some of the country’s strongest illegal-immigration enforcement tools.
Over the last decade, illegal immigration has increased in Alabama by 325 percent.
In a statement that underlines how over-immigration hurts American workers State Senator Scott Beason, a HB 56 cosponsor, said, “This is a jobs bill. We have a problem with an illegal workforce that displaces Alabama workers. We need to put those people back to work. That’s the No.1 priority.”

Other features of HB 56 will create misdemeanors for hiring day-laborers when Americans are available, failing to carry an alien registration card, producing fake ID and aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. It also will ban illegal aliens from attending state universities and colleges as well as prohibit sanctuary city policies.
In an effort to determine what the exact costs are of education for illegal alien children, HB 56 requires elementary and secondary schools to request a birth certificate for all enrolling students. That provision will enable Alabama to determine whether such minors were born outside of the U.S. or are children of illegal aliens requiring English-as-a-Second-language classes.


The LA Times reports: Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali, is the first detainee known to have been secretly held by the Obama administration outside the criminal justice system. A Somali militant linked to Al Qaeda was held and interrogated for two months on a U.S. Navy ship — the first publicly known example of the Obama administration secretly detaining a new terrorism suspect outside the criminal justice system.,0,5686806.story


The Washington Examiner reports: California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: The hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists who plan to try to enter Israel by air as a counterpart to the planned flotilla to the Gaza Strip won't be allowed into the country, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Tuesday. 


The NYT reports: When an international flotilla sails for Gaza this month to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory, among the boats will be an American ship with 34 passengers, including the writer Alice Walker and an 86-year-old whose parents died in the Holocaust.
The Americans have named their boat “The Audacity of Hope,” lifting the title of a book by President Obama to make a point, said Leslie Cagan, a political organizer who is the coordinator of the American boat. 

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