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As Putin Takes Ukraine, The Obamas Make Plans For 21st Luxury Vacation.

Speaking in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2008,  then would-be First Lady Michelle Obama said, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”


Then in Madison, she said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.” (source – ABC News)

You can bet she is darn proud of her country now, the Obama’s treat America as their own personal ATM. Nothing is too good, too expensive or too out of reach for the Community Organizers from Chicago. As Russia steamrolls into Ukraine and seizes Crimea, whats the most pressing item on the Obama agenda? Why, planning for their next vacation of course.

MV Times: Like the annual return of pinkletinks and crocuses, inns and hotels around the Island are getting familiar calls this week from White House officials planning a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard for President Obama and his family.

Three reliable sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to release information, told The Times that Mr. Obama will return to the Island in August. Two sources said the vacation is scheduled on or about August 9, a week earlier than the first family visited in previous years.


The president brings a large entourage of Secret Service agents, White House staffers, and support personnel, and the White House began arranging for lodging this week, according to the sources.

Mr. Obama and his family have vacationed on the Island every year since his 2008 election, with the exception of 2012, when he was campaigning for re-election.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, the First Family rented Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, a 28.5-acre compound on Tisbury Great Pond. The house was sold in December 2011 to architect Lord Norman Foster and his wife, Lady Elena Foster, of Thames Bank in Great Britain under the name of a holding corporation.

Last year, the first family stayed in Chilmark, renting a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house valued at $7.6 million just a short distance off South Road. Owned by David M. Schulte, the home has an attached, two-bedroom guesthouse, small basketball court, and water views. It is surrounded by woods. source – Martha’s Vineyard Times.

by NTEB News Desk

Ouch! Obama-Springsteen Concert Draws 62,000 LESS People Than 2004 Kerry Rally.

Baby, we were born to run (away)

One of the more memorable “gulp” moments for Republicans in ’04 was the Friday before Election Day when John Kerry and Bruce Springsteen brought together a massive crowd of  70,000 to 80,000 in the liberal stronghold of Madison, Wisconsin.

Today, in a last minute push to get the vote out, the combined power of Barack and the Boss drew only 18,000.

Democrats are already worried about the early vote counts in Wisconsin. The fact that Obama is now depressing turnout for free Bruce Springsteen concerts should worry them even more.  On his own, Springsteen can attract 84,000 paying customers just a few hours away in Chicagosource – Breitbart.

by NTEB News Desk

Unions Protect Workers, Maintain Balance in Wisconsin Politics.

FIRST PERSON | As a resident of Wisconsin, I’ve seen political battles over the past two years that I would never have expected. The divisive debate over the rights of public employee unions in 2011 pitted friend and neighbors in political debates. An unprecedented recall election this spring forced voters to consider whether to remove Governor Scott Walker for fighting against collective bargaining. The upcoming presidential election has put the spotlight back on the Badger State just as we are catching our breath from the recall. In the midst of these tensions, I remain resolutely supportive of public employees in the state of Wisconsin.

I was a teaching assistant when enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My salary was negotiated by a chapter of the American Federation of Teachers based in Madison. The union protected my interests not only as a college student but a part-time employee subject to exploitation. I loved the staff and faculty at UW-Milwaukee but without limitations on responsibilities and hours for TAs, the department might have run us ragged by assigning greater workloads.

I’m currently a part-time history lecturer at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. My school has stopped instructors from unionizing in the past. While my department has done what they can to boost salary, I do not have access to the health care programs available to my full-time counterparts. In contrast, as a part-time lecturer for a semester at UW-Madison, I could have signed up for benefits negotiated by a public employee union. I love teaching at Carroll but there is a part of me that feels my work cannot be fully rewarded without lobbying side by side with fellow teachers.

In the end, I support the right of workers to protect their interests because I know too much about the past to think otherwise. I’ve taught hundreds of students about the Gilded Age when state governments worked with corporations to break the spirit of laborers. Wisconsin has a rich tradition of protecting labor rights though we’ve had darker moments like the Kohler strikes of 1934 and 1954. I don’t just want unions for firefighters, police officers and teachers but employees in the private sector beaten down by decades of anti-union rhetoric. If I have to choose between employers and workers, I will choose workers 100 percent of the time because I can’t be friends, neighbors or colleagues with a brand.


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