Archive for March 2011 – Page 2

Removal of Maine labor mural may have breached contract between artist, Labor Department


I can't believe he's hiding the thing, what a petty little schmuck this guy is. Here's hoping that the artist drags him into court and humiliates him. Via Wonkette.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Critics of Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to remove a mural depicting Maine’s labor history from Department of Labor offices — and then conceal its location — continue to raise legal and ethical questions about the administration’s actions.

Michelle Small, a Brunswick resident and member of the Freedom of Information Coalition, filed a Freedom of Access request with the administration to obtain the location of the mural, which was removed over the weekend and is being kept in an undisclosed location.

Also, critics are questioning whether the removal breached the contract between the Department of Labor and artist Judy Taylor, who lives in Tremont and spent a year creating the piece. Officials said it was funded through a $60,000 award using mostly federal money.

A copy of a contract between the department and Taylor obtained by the Bangor Daily News specifies that “the artist and [Maine Arts] Commission will be notified if, for any reason, the work has to be removed or moved to a new location.” The contract then states that the artist and the commission have the right to “advise or consult” with the state regarding the relocation.

In past media reports, Taylor has stated that the administration has not contacted her about the mural’s relocation, adding Monday that she does not know where her artwork is being stored. The Maine Arts Commission has been in contact with the administration.

The final line of the contract states that the agreement “may be amended or modified only if in writing and signed by the parties.”


Video- Turnout in the dozens: Fox blames weather for weak showing at tea party rally


Funny, the bottom video has waaay more people and it's snowing all over them. Maye Teabaggers are just more delicate?

Via Jed L.


Video- Rep Anthony Weiner brings the jokes at the Congressional Correspondents' Dinner


Via TPM.


Florida Democrat chastized for saying 'uterus' on House floor


Uterus? Seriously, if I were a D in that congress I'd make sure that the technical terms for every sexual bit of a person was some how worked into every speech on the floor for as long as you could come up with new ones. Imagine, "Mr Speaker, I would like to offer a motion to make March 31st 'National Labia Day' to honor the women who brought us into this world."

During last week's discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker's paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations -- except when it comes to the little guys, or serves their specific interests.

At one point Randolph suggested that his wife "incorporate her uterus" to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn't want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn't like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.

"The point was that Republicans are always talking about deregulation and big government," Randolph said Thursday. "And I always say their philosophy is small government for the big guy and big government for the little guy. And so, if my wife's uterus was incorporated or my friend's bedroom was incorporated, maybe they (Republicans) would be talking about deregulating.

"It's not like I used slang," said Randolph, who actually got the line from his wife. He said Republicans voiced concern about young pages hearing the word uterus.

"I think it's a sad commentary about what we think about sex education in the state," he said.


That claim of $7.5 million worth of damage to WI capitol? It was calculated on 1 sheet of notebook paper



Remember the "Tale of the Dueling Wisconsin Capitol “Damage” Costs"?

State says damage to marble at Capitol could hit $7.5 million v. DOA now estimate Capitol damage as low as $350,000

Now TPM has one more headline to add to that: Walker Admin.'s Claim Of Multi-Million Dollar Capitol Damage Calculated On...Single Sheet Of Notebook Paper

Oh my. And that notebook paper is right up there for you to see, at the top of this post.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has unearthed the source of Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) administration's claim, made in court, that alleged damage to the State Capitol from the massive protests against the new anti-union law would cost $7.5 million to repair. It's a single sheet of notebook paper, prepared by state architect Dan Stephans on the same day the claim was made in court. [...]

Now, through open-records requests, the Journal Sentinel has obtained the single sheet of notebook paper that was apparently the basis for the request.

More here.

Scotty the WonderWank better be looking over his shoulder, and when he does, he may notice Mr. Recall is only a few steps behind him now.

H/t: bxknits


VIDEO: Rachel Maddow fills us in on the safety problems of U.S. nuclear plants


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Thank you, Rachel, as always.

As I typed that, this came in via email:

TOKYO (AP) Japan orders more beef tests after slightly elevated cesium levels found in cow by nuke plant.


Headlines Round-up


I'm running very late today, and thankfully, SuperPaddy has come to the rescue. I'll be gone some of the day today, and earlier, had to tend to some painful family matters, so please be patient if posting is a little spottier than usual.

For the moment, here is a recap of the headlines of the day that I woke up to via emailed news alerts, chronologically:

BRUSSELS (AP) Secretary-General says NATO has taken sole control of air operations over Libya.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) Residents say forces loyal to Ouattara have seized key cocoa port in Ivory Coast

LONDON (AP) UK Foreign Secretary Wiliam Hague says former Libyan foreign min is not being offered immunity.

LONDON (AP) UK says Libyan minister Moussa Koussa's resignation shows Moammar Gadhafi's gov't is crumbling.

BRUSSELS (AP) NATO Commander Bouchard says Libya handover has been "seamless with no gaps."

WASHINGTON (AP) Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign layoffs are slowing

BRUSSELS (AP) NATO says it's looking into Vatican envoy's claim that Tripoli air strikes killed 40 civilians.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) Alassane Ouattara says his forces "have decided to re-establish democracy" in Ivory Coast.

WASHINGTON (AP) Orders to U.S. factories dip slightly, reflecting weakness in defense and business investment.

LONDON (AP) Scottish prosecutors want to interview Libyan foreign minister in connection with Lockerbie

AP (AP) • New Orleans ex-cop gets 25 years in post-Katrina killing of man whose body was then burned

GENEVA (AP) World Trade Organization releases report saying US government aid to Boeing is illegal.

AP (AP) • Official says Wis. governor's administration will heed judge's order to put union law on hold

TOKYO (AP) Radioactivity in water under Japan nuclear plant measures 10,000 times the government standard.

CAIRO (AP) Senior Libyan official resigns, 2nd high-profile defection from regime in as many days.