Sill Fine to Text While Driving in Montana

March 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM (Loon News, Politics)

Somebody get this one out to the deer and antelope playing near Montana’s highways and county roads ASAP!

Those loony buffoons who want to overturn the wishes of Missoula voters and meddle in the sex lives of Missoula renters, do not think it’s the business of government to say no to TWD (texting while driving).

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_2ff25aa0-51a5-11e0-9804-001cc4c002e0.html

Senate Bill 251 would have let police pull a driver over for using a cell phone to send text messages, with a $100 fine for violators.

The Senate rejected the proposal Friday on a 31-18 vote.

So, what local voters approved for their local areas re not allowing landlords to discriminate on tenants based on sexual preferences is the stuff the state government should try to overturn?  Giving law enforcement the tools to stop drivers from engaging in dangerous distractions, probably saving the lives of many,  some of whom are  young and less experienced drivers and anyone on the roads with them,  is not something government should do?

Yeah, it’s not like there are ever bad road conditions, snow, blowing snow, snow on ice, ice, wind that can move a cow, cows (alone or in herds being moved by ranchers), deer, antelope, or other people on the roads.

Drivers in Montana have nothing to pay attention to, right? Sure, let them use their thumbs on devices so small it requires both hands to be close together, not on a steering wheel! It’s not government’s business to set standards and laws that might keep people safe on public roads. Sure, let people engage in conversations which require their ears and eyes to be distracted from what might exist on the road ahead! It’s not like there is anything or ANYONE who might cause a hazard that needs to be dealt with quickly.

Sadly  Legislative Loon-acy is not endangered in Montana. Drivers on public roads, well they are endangered and quite likely to remain so beyond the naturally occurring risks.  Good judgment is rare with recent legislative crowds. Common sense just ain’t common.

Well, Governor Schweitzer did point out that liquor sales go up in Helena when the state legislature is in session there.

-attila the blond

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‘You Lie!’ <— one guesses it is projection, since THEY lie.

March 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM (Loon Liars Pants on Fire, Loon News)

WI official lied (in court, isn’t that, like, um PERJURY?) that protesters did about $7.5 MILLION worth of damage/mess to the capitol building.

Jeff Plale, administrator of state facilities for WI, made the guesstimate in court proceedings where GOP guv and legislative loons were arguing for restrictions on public access to their public building.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/wis-official-backs-away-from-claims-of-multi-million-capitol-damage.php?ref=fpc

Boy,  somebody’s crony was gonna make a killing on THAT clean up, huh? Or Walker has been ordered by some fat cat to cough up another gimme for about that amount. Remember, he gave tax breaks for businesses for about the sum he claims the state is in the red over, and blaming the hard working public employees.

Besides pulling that $7.5 Million number out of someone’s ass at best, and need to hide some other use for that sum at worse, many protesters and some union painters scoffed at the clean up estimate and even volunteered to do it for free. What the duck are legislative leaders and/or Gov Don’t Make Me Fire You up to now that they need cover for a chunk of cash?

Well, the Walker mal-administration and GOP pols in the building are walking it back now.

They admit it will be about $350,000 to clean up. Big difference from what was stated in court.

http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/117501349.html

Walking it back because they got caught in a rather obnoxious lie and liable! Mendacity, such a good word for the actions of legislative loons, comes to mind.

Wonder how Dane County Judge John Albert feels about the governor’s aide who flat out lied, using the ridiculous clean up estimate to argue that protesters had to be kept out of THEIR capitol building! Perjury comes to mind.

Some people who actually were in the capitol, protesting, said the clean up  will mostly involve wiping down the walls to kill germs from so many people there during flu season. Seems they should be doing that routinely anyway. Any badgers out there know about basic routine cleaning at that lovely building? Thinking it  looks pretty clean and spiffy, which suggests the state spends $ regularly cleaning it anyway. Would love some badger backup of my hunch!

attila the blond

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Federal Budget is in bad shape so they give $$ to Big Oil

March 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM (Fiscally Loons, Loon News, Politics)

At this point, words fail me.

The GOP big birds on the Hill in D.C. are slashing programs millions of tax paying Americans rely on but voted, in lockstep, to continue federal corporate welfare subsidies to Big Oil.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/01/house-gop-oil-subsidies/

Democrats offered a motion to recommit that would have stripped the five largest oil companies of taxpayer subsidies, saving tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds.  The motion failed on a vote of 176-249, with all Republicans voting against (approximately a dozen Democrats joined the GOP).

Help an old woman out here. Weren’t the big oil companies turning big profits, or did I just dream that? What the duck?

Legislative Loons at the top hate Americans but they loves them fat cats. It isn’t free market capitalism when the taxpayers are paying for some of it and the companies they are funding are dodging taxes.

attila the blond

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If the head loon in your lake is easily fooled, make it illegal to trick him!

March 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM (Loon News)

Some of the Legislative Loons in WI want to make prank phone calls illegal.

Oops, sorry, should have warned ya to swallow your sip of tea before I told ya that. Here, let me get you a napkin…

The Badger Hearld has the story of Legislative Loons trying to add yet one more unnecessary government restriction on citizens in their part of the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, roost of stoopid governor. Please note their party affiliation. Guess the Rs only want less government in their lives. They act like they are quite fine with more government in our lives.

http://badgerherald.com/news/2011/02/28/bill_circulating_in_.php

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-Waukesha, and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-Milwaukee, authored a bill that would prohibit tricking the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone they are not for malicious purposes.

The bill language forbids a caller from intentionally providing a false phone number and convincing the person receiving the call that it comes from someone other than the actual caller.

So, will this ensure vigorous investigations and convictions of boiler room callers who tell us they are from XYZ Charity or an independent polling company? Nah, didn’t think so.

This is Legislative Loon stuff, a waste of taxpayer money on the man-hours legislative staff will spend on the bump and grind of pushing this one through the machine.

Legislative Loons need to recognize that time is money and their time needs to be spent addressing the problems of the people, not the gullibility of the governor and his staff.  Aren’t they trying to convince us that hard working WI public employees have to bend over for the good of the budget? Do they really have time/money to burn with this bird crap?

Curious about any WI laws governing taping phone calls without permission of all parties on the call. Anybody know? And how about laws re taping phone calls without consent in the state of who ever calls into WI to play show the fool for what he is? Thinkin in some states, it is OK to tape, but in others, not so much. How do Ms Lazich and Mr Honadel propose to keep it all straight and enforce the loon-acy they purpose?

Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a smarter governor? Or at least a silly one who does a better job of hiring staff bright enough to save him from himself?

Hope the good people of WI can take time out of their very important and impressive support of  their public employees to tell their state reps they can have their Prince Albert in a can cranks calls when they pry their phones  from their cold, dead hands!

Hey, Sen. Mary Lazich and Rep. Mark Honadel, I am General Electric and I am calling to inquire as to whether your refrigerators are running, for governor.  Come and get me.

attila the blond

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WI: Staff of absent DEM State Senators locked out of copiers

February 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM (Loon News, Politics)

OK, now some Legislative Loons in WI are taking it out on staff just trying to do their jobs of responding to the public

Per a  motion from WI State Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Chairman, of the WI Committee on Senate Organization, time sheets of staffers of the DEM Senators who left to prevent a quorum now must be reviewed and certified by the majority leader.

Until further notice from the Majority Leader, timesheets of any employee appointed by a Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days shall be reviewed and certified by the Majority Leader rather than the employee’s appointing authority. Until further notice from the Majority Leader, all copy machine access codes shall be deactivated for any Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days. If an office requires assistance in making copies to respond to an open records request, the office may request the assistance of the Sergeant at Arms, who shall ensure that the cost of the copies is charged against the Senator’s office expense account. In addition, the Chief Clerk shall charge the office expense account of each such Senator for the use of the office printers. The amount shall equal the “per click” amount the Legislature is assessed under its printer maintenance contract.*

Ok, I can almost see the point re time sheets, after all, the staffers’ immediate supervisors, the elected officials who blew town to protect public workers’ right to maintain union bargaining power, are not there to keep track.  But face it, this  is really an attempt to bully and intimidate the staffers, using them as whipping posts. It is the sort of intimidation Legislative Loons like to pull to get their way when all logic shows them to be on the wrong side of things.

But copier restrictions? What the duck? Staffers of state senators who flew the coop need special permission and help to make copies? Boy, the loons really want to make it difficult for voters and the staffs of their elected representatives to do the people’s business! Some loons are just plain anti-representative democracy, we reckon. It is more important to the loons to punish and interfere with public employees/public servants who are really trying to take care of constituents than to make sure democracy, that covenant between The People and Their Government works on the day to day basis.

Bad Loons! No fish for you today!

 

attila the blond

* PDF of motion by Legislative Loon here: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/SCAN_01_0.PDF

A tip of the birding binoculars to Huffington Post for helping spot this Legislative Loon-acy!

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No longer among the ranks of Legislative Loons!

February 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM (Good News, Loon News, Politics) (, , , )

Looks like there are breaks in the ranks of the WI Legislature. WI State Senator Dale Schultz will not, repeat, NOT vote for Walker’s bill! Send him some love folks!

Daily Kos: Breaking! Dale Schultz will not vote for Walker’s Union Busting Bill
http://www.dailykos.com
Dale Schultz, Senator from Wisconsin’s 17th Senatorial District will not vote for Gov. Walker’s Union busting Koch Bros. abomination. Not sure how many we need to stop this, but I heard a young lady say “we need two more” on the Qik feed. Cheers were audible as the announcement was made.

attila the blond

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