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19 June 2011

What's next in Wisconsin? Unions make plans with maps.

"Making plans with maps" is a phrase I coined in a poem about a decade ago.  Surprisingly, it's not caught on.  (Heh.)  I use it to reference daydreaming or plotting for high-fallutin' or outlandish plans, in which the planning-for part is more complicated (and perhaps more emotionally fulfilling) than the actual execution (which rarely comes to pass anyways).  After one makes plans with maps, one might give up and just ask, Who is John Galt.

The WI unions are making plans with maps.  They are a wounded animal, licking their wounds, and they are an angered ex-girlfriend plotting revenge.  An angry ex-girlfriend with Borderline Personality Disorder will do something destructive to her ex-boyfriend to show him how much she loves him and how much she deserves to be taken back.  The stronger the emotion, the riskier the move.  I'm talking risky, like setting his car on fire.  (Emily Valentine in early 90210?  Classic BPD.  Just sayin'.)

The unions have lost the most recent collective bargaining battle.  They have retreated and amassed their army to fight on two fronts: recalls and federal courts.

European Summer: antisemitism in Italy growing at "alarming rate"

Italy Against the Jews

  • The first months of 2011 have confirmed Italy’s status as one of Iran’s biggest European trade partners, all while the ayatollahs pursue the means to perpetuate a second Holocaust
  • Meanwhile, a murky wave of anti-Israel zeal is also growing at an alarming rate in Italy. “The old anti-Jewish libels are now aimed at the State of Israel”, says Stefano Gatti, one of the top researchers at the Center for Documentation in Milan.
  • Pro-Palestinian activists are threatening to “ignite” Milan
  • Turin hosted a “cultural festival” where the image of Shimon Peres was used as a shoe-throwing target. For one euro, Italian students had the chance to hit the face of Israel’s president, who was fitted with a Nazi-style Jewish nose
  • An Israeli student at the University of Genoa has been harassed and threatened with death by Arab students. Muslim students shouted at him “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and “Itbach el Yahud” (slaughter the Jews.) Another Israeli student at the University of Turin, Amit Peer, confessed that “the Jews here are hiding their own identity because they risk becoming a target.”
  • Leftist newspaper “Il Manifesto” published a caricature of a Jewish candidate for parliament, Fiamma Nirenstein, with Fascist insignia, a campaign button and a Star of David. The cartoon “Electoral Monsters” was dubbed “Fiamma Frankenstein.