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Updated on July 26, 2012

Protest in the Air

Conflict on the Rise

It seems that the year 2011 will go down in history as the "Year of Protests." Everyone is well aware of the protests in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt where a three decade dictator (Hosni Mubarak), was forced out of office. It took 300 deaths and untold number of demonstrators injured to bring about change in Egypt. Unfortunately, that seems to always be the case to rid one's self of a dictator. But, I'm sure other notorious dictators, such as Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, are fearful of the spreading protests as well. He first praised the protests in Egypt. But, that praise quickly disappeared as his own people began protesting against him and his totalitarian rule of Libya. Gaddafi seems to be especially cracking down hard on protests. In Libra's second largest city, Benghaz, approximately 1000 people are injured and as many as 200 people are feared dead. I would have to say this is Gaddafi's final hooray. He was the cause of the Lockerbie bombing in my opinion. He was the one who freed the final bomber (Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi) who was allegedly dying of cancer two years ago. He is still alive. That is a tragedy no matter how you look at it for the families of the victims. To Colonel Gaddafi I say, "Sic semper tyrannis!"

As if that weren't enough on the subject of protests, we have teachers unions going insane with the Madison protests over the loss of bargaining rights. Bargaining rights have always been the chip that unions could use against an employer. It also can be used to keep mediocre employees on the payroll at the detriment of the employer and employees as well. There are many teachers who can barely read and write right here in the school district in Mobile County. I know that for a fact due to interaction with several. My nephew, who is a schoolteacher in this county, is also aware of this fact. Who suffers the most from teachers of this ilk? It should not be hard to figure out. But, I digress... The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, is determined to scrap the entire collective bargaining process with the teacher's union. The teachers, and other labor unions, are continuing their efforts in the Madison protests. It appears there can be no compromise reached between the two sides. Wisconsin, like so many states, is in an economic crunch in this "recovering economy" we hear so much about. The governor says he needs the ability to make tough economic decisions without the cumbersome collective bargaining agreement with the teachers union. My only question (and I do support the govenor), which union is next? How about the state highway workers union? Or the state prison workers union? A tough call.

Finally, I do hope the GOP gets its way and Planned Parenthood (the biggest joke of a name in history) is thrown onto the dustbin of history. For the longest time, these people have looked the other way when children, some as young as 13 or 14, come in for help. They are only told of ways to get secret abortions. No discussion with parents, no talk of what they could do by having the child and putting it up for adoption. None of that. I know the Socialists on HubPages hate Glen Beck. But, his show this past Friday was one that would fill you with revulsion with the subject that was discussed. Lila Rose, who has participated in and ran undercover stings against Planned Parenthood, was a guest on the show. For just being 22 years of age, she was an amazing study. Miss Rose has a thankless job and one in which she is now a marked woman for exposing Planned Parenthood for an organization that participates in underage sex rings and helping the pimps of these children on tape. I just hope the Democrats see this organization for what it is now. It could be one of their children on that tape someday seeking advice from this alleged organization.


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    Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

    Oh and that was Wal-mart and I get cheated almost every time I walk in that store, they mark it down and don't put a line through the old bar code, I told them from now on i am bringing my own marker! Foodlion is about as bad.

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    Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

    Gas and food.. it is ridiculous. Did food go down though when gas did? No it kept rising, now it will some more. I have seen food rise almost a dollar on an item or more in a week (ground beef raised $4 on same kind a size pack of meat an then put on sale ( they think we are stupid and illegal don't care) but the illegals pile their buggies full and that is no lie.They never look at a price and they have a line of kids behind them with an armload to add that they want. I guess I will just starve, I am never going to pay $1 for a green pepper and meat prices! I don't see how stores stay in business because I see all "citizens" wowing over how high it is (less appealing too) and passing on. Stock up on as many non perishables as we can, have a guard dog and a loaded gun is my suggestion.

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    Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Sheri, the WI has no choice now but to furlough teachers. It's no longer a choice. WI has a deficit of 3.7 billion dollars. He has to stay the course.

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    SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

    I also heard that the school children of WI rank 44 out of 50, so maybe the teachers SHOULD be fired. The new ones would have to be REALLY bad to get worse results than that!!!

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    Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

    eovery, the Left is the one that usually protests because they don't work or live off the government teet. That is why. Totally agree about the teachers. If they on TV and called in sick, suspend them if you can or fire them.

    Joe, it is a scary situation we are ourselves in these days. I rarely watch Glen Beck any longer because he scares the hell out of me. He keeps talking about food riots on the way. He may be right. Have you seen the cost of food lately? I was SHOCKED at my bill. What worries me, the fanatical Left has seen what is happening in the Middle East. They will feel it will work here as well. Wisconsin and Ohio is nothng, as you say. But, I fear this is simply a spark of what is to come. Thing is, our commander in chief (who simply can't stay out of local politics...thats the community organizer in him coming out again) sided with the unions. This is only going to exacerbate the situation. But, he already knew that, didn't he? The bureaucrats have this insane idea it is we who serve them. I thought last November 2, 2010, they got the message. Apparently, both Republicans and Democrats didn't get the message. Thanks to both for your comments.

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    joer4x4 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    I really do think there is great change among us and my thinking is that riots will travel world wide and not be isolated to the Mid East and China as they are now. Riots will return to Europe this summer.

    What we are seeing in Wisconsin and Ohio is nothing and just the beginning. Late 2011 or early 2012 it will be America's turn.

    It is sad and unfortunate but our politicians and bureaucrats will make a stand as they have won many battles. They have forgotten their purpose, duty, and they mock their oath of office. They will loose the war and eventually common sense will be restored to government, business, and the economy. But the cost will be high. Many will suffer.

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    eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    How come it is always the left the protest, strikes, and so forth.

    I think the superintendents of the schools in Wisconsin should be scourering over the TV footage, and any teachers they recognize, they should fire.

    Keep on hubbing!