Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has just blocked — again — Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) new law curtailing public employee unions, after the state Republican leadership moved last Friday to circumvent her previous order that blocked the law on procedural grounds. But that’s not the end of the discussion, as it appears the state will continue to defy the order.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
“Further implementation of the act is enjoined,” said Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi.
She noted her original restraining order issued earlier this month was clear in saying that the state should not proceed with implementing the law. The Walker administration did so after the bill was published Friday by a state agency not included in Sumi’s earlier temporary restraining order.
“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear,” she said.
But minutes later, outside the court room, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the legislation “absolutely” is still in effect.
From the BBC….
US President Barack Obama says he does not rule out arming the rebels in Libya as government forces push them back…..
The death toll from explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has risen to 150.
Initial reports said 78 had died, but more bodies have since been pulled out of the factory in the town of Jaar.
The explosion has caused great anger among locals, who accuse the authorities of planning it to try to win further support from the US, a BBC correspondent says.
Yemeni officials have blamed al-Qaeda for the blasts.
The explosions came after weeks of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule…..
The Syrian government has resigned, state-run television has said.
President Bashar al-Assad accepted the cabinet’s resignation following a meeting on Tuesday.
The resignation is the latest concession by the government aimed at curbing pro-democracy protests in which dozens of people have been killed.
President Assad is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to announce he is lifting the emergency law and restrictions on civil liberty…..
At least 41 people have been killed after gunmen stormed a council building in northern Iraq and took dozens of hostages.
Security forces laid siege to the building in Tikrit for several hours before moving in, officials say.
Several council members and a journalist are said to be among the dead and scores more are reported wounded.
Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, has been a bastion of a Sunni insurgency.
Officials said gunmen dressed in military uniform stormed the provincial council building after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside.
A long siege then began. Salahuddin provincial spokesman Mohammed al-Asi said the gunmen executed their hostages as security forces closed in.
This from House GOP Majority Leader Cantor….
Are we moving to no retreat…no deal teritory?
Late next week, if Democrats and Republicans haven’t agreed on a long-term spending bill, Congress can still avoid a government shutdown if they pass yet anotherstop gap plan to keep the lights on. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says that’s not going to happen.
“I can’t see how we can do anything with folks on the other side of the Capitol and other side of the aisle who now think this is a political game,” Cantor said during his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters.
Pressed further, he took the idea of another emergency measure off the table.
I Just want to take the time to thank all the people who have come to this place over a half of a million times since we started July 24, 2009…..
For those of you who don’t know….
I started this blog at WordPress.Com as Politicaldog101. Com…..
After a year I moved to a self-hosted blog…..
WordPress changed the name of the orignal blog to jamesb101@ wordpress.com…..
And the new blog kept the name Politicaldog101.Com….
This journey for the last year and half has been enjoyable, crazy, maddening…and rewarding…
I have learned a new language and new world….
I ask for more comments always because I know how it feels…
To first type in a comment…
The looking around…
The fear top put yourself out there…
But once to step past the second and third times…
The addiction sets in…
The rush to put your comment out there on things….
I always liked Politics in general…
But now I learn a little more everyday…
Polls from Daniel G…
How to fight and cover my butt from Jack….
The kinmanship from Dave at Oligarchs, t&p and now Moe at Whatever Works….
Over the last year and a half 3 to 5 hours a day… 365 days a year…..
Bless my wife who knows where her man is ….
But has his head in the damn computer….
I have idea’s for more here…
And I am already moving to add things and bring more strength to the bricks that built this place…
To all that come here….
US President Barack Obama, speaking during a visit to Brazil, said the US was taking “limited military action” as part of a “broad coalition”.
“We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy,” he said.
He repeated that no US ground troops would take part.
After the missile bombardment and the air strikes, Col Gaddafi made a brief speech calling on people to resist.
“Civilian and military targets in the air and sea will be liable to serious danger in the Mediterranean,” he said.
“Arms depots are now open and the masses are being equipped with all sorts of weapons in defence of Libya’s independence, unity and honour,” the Libyan leader warned.
Later, state TV said 48 people were killed and 150 wounded in the attacks. There was no independent confirmation of the statement……
Despite the fact that it was French war planes which launched the first attacks, it’s clear that this early phase of the operations is an overwhelmingly American affair – all but a very small number of cruise missiles have been fired from American ships and submarines.
Only they have the capability to inflict the sort of damage to Libya’s air defences that’s needed before a no-fly zone can be safely patrolled, a point alluded to by President Obama even as he repeated the limits of American involvement.
President Obama has launched these attacks with great reluctance and seems anxious that this not be interpreted as yet another American-led foray into the Arab world.
But for all his desire to be seen to take a back seat, he and everyone else knows that this sort of thing doesn’t happen unless Washington is deeply involved…..
Workers are close to restoring power to cooling systems at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant, officials say.
Engineers connected a cable through which they hope to supply electricity to part of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The earthquake and tsunami it triggered crippled the plant’s cooling systems, and some radiation has leaked.
Radioactive contamination has been found in some food products from the Fukushima prefecture, Japanese officials say.
The iodine was found in products – reported to be milk and spinach – tested between 16 and 18 March and could be harmful to human health if ingested, the officials said.
International nuclear experts at the IAEA say that, although radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about eight days, there is a short-term risk to human health if it is ingested, and it can cause damage to the thyroid.
The IAEA had earlier reported on its website that food products from Fukushima prefecture had been banned from sale by the Japanese authorities, but later said a ban was only being considered.
Traces of radioactive iodine have also been found in tapwater in Tokyo and five other prefectures, officials said on Saturday.
The traces are within government safety limits, but usual tests show no iodine, the AP news agency reported.
The earthquake and tsunami which struck on 11 March are known to have killed more than 7,600 people, while more than 11,000 remain missing…..
Radiation levels have fallen at Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the government says.
The levels had spiked to harmful levels after a fire and a third explosion at the site.
Weather reports say winds are blowing radiation from the plant, on Japan’s north-east coast, over the Pacific.ce.
Friday afternoon’s earthquake was the strongest in Japan since records began to be kept. It hit the north-east of the main island of Honshu and triggered a powerful tsunami that devastated dozens of coastal communities.Further strong aftershocks – one of 6.1-magnitude centred south-west of Tokyo – continue to rock the country.
The latest official death toll from the quake and tsunami stands at more than 3,000 – but thousands of people are missing and it is feared at least 10,000 may have been killed.
More than 500,000 people have been made homeless.
The government has deployed 100,000 troops to lead the aid….
Double the congratulations for CNN’s Kyra Phillips and fiancé John Roberts – the couple welcomed both a boy and a girl into their family right aftermidnight on Tuesday, March 15
The little ones are named Sage Ann and Kellan Clay, with Sage arriving at 12:03 a.m. and Kellan making a debut two minutes after.
“Sage came out with her arms open wide ready for a hug,” Phillips said in a statement. “Kellan came out feisty – ready to conquer the world!”
Phillips continued, “It doesn’t get much better than that. For John and me, we now have everything we could ask for…..
I participated in my first N.C.A.A. tournament pool in 1992 when, as a 14-year-old, I correctly predicted sixth-seeded Michigan to reach the Final Four.
I don’t particularly remember what went into the prediction, other than that the pool offered some ridiculous bonus for picking lower seeds — and also, since I grew up in East Lansing, Mich., I could be pretty sure that nobody else would be willing to go all-in on the team from Ann Arbor. I’ve never been asked to return the 75 “units” I took in for finishing first, despite the fact that Michigan’s Fab Five had to forfeit its wins for recruiting violations.
This year, we’ve decided to do something a bit more scientific, analyzing the results for all tournament games since 2003 (a total of 512 games) and evaluating which factors best predicted success. Our forecast is here.
The goal is to have a system that makes good statistical sense and also makes decent basketball sense, as opposed to identifying a bunch of spurious correlations. There’s no Da Vinci code for winning the tournament; it’s just a matter of playing good basketball.
Let me give you an overview of the system; there’s more elaboration down below for those interested in the gory details.
The Simple Version
– First, we create a power rating for each team. The power rating is an aggregation of four computer ratings and two human ratings, all of which have performed well at predicting tournament games in the past:
Objective (computer) ratings:
The tsunami, seen crashing into homes in Natori, Miyagi prefecture
(Kyodo News, via Associated Press)
From the New York Times…..
Walls of water whisked away houses and cars in northern Japan, where terrified residents fled the coast. Trains were shut down across central and northern Japan, including Tokyo, and air travel was severely disrupted. A ship carrying more than 100 people was swept away by the tsunami, Kyodo News reported. And the government evacuated thousands of residents near a nuclear plant about 170 miles northeast of Tokyo after a a backup generator failed, compromising the cooling system, the Associated Press reported.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the disaster caused major damage across wide areas. Several hours after the quake, Kyodo News reported 59 deaths, but with rescue efforts just getting under way, the extent of injuries and damage is not yet known.
The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.9, and occurred at about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo and at a revised depth of about 17 miles. The Japanese Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 8.8, which would make it among the biggest in a century.
The quake occurred at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time and hit off Honshu, Japan’s most populous island. The quake was so powerful that buildings in central Tokyo, designed to withstand major earthquakes, swayed.
“This tremor was unlike any I’ve experienced previously, and I’ve lived here for eight years. It was a sustained rolling that made it impossible to stand, almost like vertigo,” said Matt Alt, an American writer and translator living in Tokyo.
President Obama said the United States was ready to help with any assistance. “Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan,” he said in a statement. He said he had instructed federal agencies to be prepared to assist Hawaii and any other areas in the United States affected by the tsunami.
By Friday night, tsunami waves of about 30 centimeters, or about 2.5 feet, were reported in Halmahera in Indonesia’s North Maluku Province, and was expected to reach Hawaii in the coming hours……
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