Category Archives: Wisconsin


[Some guy covers USA Today's Front page. He has a mayor's badge. He's new at his job. He wants to throw the average worker of his State, under the bus, to balance the depleted books he inherited in budget short falls. He's caught in a cross-fire that's an economic fire. His name is Gov. Scott Walker. Is he doing the right thing, or, openly selling out his State's workers too cheaply - Associated Press]

The Associated Press report today, that a little judge, on tour, has put her foot down to temporarily halt of the bill that aims to dismantle unions negotiation power with average American workers. The bill (favored by Republicans and backed heavily by The Koch Brothers) openly aims to strip American workers of labor laws rights, lowering wages of average people in Wisconsin.

One judge says, hold that thought. For now. Her name is Maryann Sumi. Let’s see how she rolls. Read up.

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge for the second time directed the state to put on hold an explosive law that strips most public workers of nearly all their union bargaining rights, ordering officials on Tuesday to follow her original instructions to stand down.

“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of (the law) was enjoined,” said a visibly annoyed Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi. “That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”

Earlier this month, Sumi issued an emergency injunction prohibiting the Wisconsin secretary of state from formally publishing the law – the final step before it could take effect.”

I like Sumi’s stance on the issue. Communities are about people sharing resources to stay strong. When 10% of a nation keep pushing to erode more from the majority of Americans, this is unwise, it’s a recipe for civil war in the future and an uprising of injustice here in the USA, if the greedy, like The Koch’s don’t curb their greed.

Then on the other hand, China, who bypasses a Judge Sumi view, continue to underpay people thus holding (allegedly) a no.1 spot on a global stage of the world economy by doing exactly what the Koch brothers hope to achieve. Busting Wisconsins Unions. Where is the parity in the middle between China’s elite’s politics and American’s richest families – on this one issue of ‘scrapping over lowering labor’s worth’ in Wisconsin?

That’s what this news show is all about really. You can’t help but feel for all, in this raging debate in Wisconsin. I mean Wisconsin are good people. Wisconsin burgers are a hit in Auckland City. Wisconsin has a globally tested culture, people appreciate and support. Doesn’t Scott see this? Just recover the losses a bit slower over recouping strategies with a strategic interest, not a total stripping of man power. Woman power too.

Todd Richmond has the full story of how little Judge Mariann Sumi is putting the brakes on Scott’s strategy as Gov right now. Read it at Chron.Com.

I’m going to have a break for a bit. It’s time to get tacos for dinner in Hollywood. Love them. They remind me of the yummy food in Texas. A little spicy. And they’re affordable. Back in a bit. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~



MADISON, Wis. — “Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state’s public workers, ending a heated standoff over labor rights and delivering a key victory to Republicans who have targeted unions in efforts to slash government spending nationwide.”

This is good news for the Koch Bros. one of the wealthiest families in the USA who roll out with the Bush family.

This is terrible news for the average worker, who now has less protection for fair working conditions, something that Unions ensue. Again, only the elite are winning, turning the average American into slaves who labor for little with this bill passing today.

It does make the public worker positioned to be more like China, a nation with a Communist structure of rule. Is that a good or a bad thing? Also, the law of precedent is not pretty, on this case for 49 States in the US.

Civil war, is not out of the question on this issue. That has to be said today from L.A. Employers ethics?

Read more at The Charlotte Observer. Photograph and words via the AP.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.3.10.11~

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Posted by horiwood on March 10, 2011 in America, Employment, Wisconsin



Geoffrey Rush of Australia hugs Tom Hooper who picked up the best director gong at the Oscars for The Kings Speech on the cover of USA Today. The newspaper contrasted Oscars glory for the Brits of London with the Wisconsin unionists battle with the State and the Koch Brothers. Heady glitzy glory vs the tension of real people in community at grass-roots living level battling people who work for billionaire interests–not bad news overage-contrasting today.

New York Times stays well away from Oscars being the lead story this year opting to show America’s military face in the Peace Keeping role in the world by The Times choosing to keep an eye on military movements occurring in the world at this time (Libyan rebels get the spot of honor). This news was coupled with American babies not being safe, with levels of radiation for babies being beyond legal levels as these babyograms reveal. Thankfully these pics are from past archives of US medicine. To get these images requires too much radiation, for babies to handle.

Oscars fit for a swan and a king, were front page news too for Natalie Portman and Colin Firth made the cut from California on the cover of The Times.

Everyone in the US is talking about these things today as water cooler talk.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 35789 on 2.28.11~



[Photo caption - Chicago mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel has raised more than $10 million for his campaign. Residents vote Tuesday to replace Mayor Richard Daley.--USA Today]

Oh Christchurch, Christchurch, Christchurch! According to the most trending topics in the USA right now online, here’s what 320 million of US are looking at:

The UN talks seeing “shocking acts” against humanity in Libya, reactions to peaceful Benghazi and Kadafi/ Gaddafi’s speech create a Twitter as defined by this tweet: “‎ RT : Every town to benghazi a checkpoint. Reporters as rare as rain here. .” The Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison.

Lofty (Rahm) Emanuel‘s  peak interest too. America’s favorite graffiti artist gets a mention or two, Frankly, the Academy Should Be Begging Banksy to Tag the Kodak Banksy Transforms Migrant Road Sign into DREAM Crossing – COLORLINES. The Today Show is doing way too much, stating Cut ties: 8 reasons to finally let go of your ex – relationships  via MSNBC and dramatic tweeting like ‎ RT : Today, eighteen people will commit suicide due to stress, family problems etc. Show that love is louder than hate. ♥.

Cell phone usage is a battle for telephone companies markets as these two headlines attest: Cell Phones‘ Startling Effects on Your Brain, New Study – The and Cell Phone Study: Cell Use Ups Brain Activity – ABC News.

Here in Hollywood though, it is Christchurch City who are on our hearts and minds. Hollywood entertainment news as voted by you, the people worldwide. Here’s what cut through to register as our top ten entertainment and celebrity news stories today. Peace!

1. About Horiwood–> Red Cross – New Zealand Link

3. Ten things about ‘Ohana Hawaii-Maori family concepts – Jennifer Aniston

4. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez - teen friendship strong

5. Ten things about Adam Frankel, 29, President Obama‘s speechwriter

6.  Model citizen – Christopher Chandler

7. Extended family living & the French-Chateau dwelling Jolie-Pitt family 2011

8. Music Video Portraiture - Britney Spears stars in HIAM

9. Christchurch gets hit by fatal quakes killing some. Kia Kaha – 2.21.11

10. Tie A. Olivia Wide does all the stuff Megan Fox won’t do

10. Tie B. Video Footage – Christchurch City post quake -2.21.11

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker urges people to be calm and stay away from the city’s center, due to aftershocks damage as 65 people are dead in Christchurch City at the time of writing. Picture via The Australian newspaper.

Via Canada’s The Globe and Mail, we learn – “In the aftermath of the earthquake, those searching for missing loved ones are turning to social media.On Twitter, people posted frantic messages under the hashtag.

“I can’t find my sister. No contact since before quake! HELP! Jessica Teale= petite, dark hair, dark eyes, boyfriend= Andy Copeland,” one woman wrote in a series of tweets.

Google set up a website to help locate people affected by the earthquake. The Google Person Finder allows users to search through more than 5,000 records, both of missing people and those who have since been found.

Under a posting for information on Elliot John Carl Smith, a woman posted: “Elliot is fine, have spoken to him.”

So sad. Good to see that Elliot Smith is okay and his sister has peace to have been in touch.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11~



If there is one trend in news since the Jon Stewart rally took place a while back, is the trend of public demonstrations. These have been happening in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Uganda the last week (or two) and not to be out done it is America’s turn to demonstrate the art of ‘democratic expression’ in a public crowd setting.

Demonstrations connect us with community. Online living isolates us. TV watching isolates us. Yet, public demonstrations oddly unite us. Whatever you assemble for, make sure it’s for a good cause. I guess that’s the theme of “congregating” and why it can be so good for us to do this.

With cries of “Kill the Bill,” Wisconsin is looking “very Taratino-esque” today from a Hollywood outlook perspective of news. Gosh. Whose turn will it be to do a public demonstration next, I wonder? The U.K has been a little quiet. Australia maybe?

Here’s the Wisconsin Story – “None of it – not the ear-splitting chants, the pounding drums or the back-and-forth debate between 70,000 protesters – changed the minds of Wisconsin lawmakers dug into a stalemate over Republican efforts to scrap union rights for almost all public workers.

“The people who are not around the Capitol square are with us,” said Rep. Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester and co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee. “They may have a bunch around the square, but we’ve got the rest on our side.”

After nearly a week of political chaos in Madison, during which tens of thousands of pro-labor protesters turned the Capitol into a campsite that had started to smell like a locker room, supporters of Gov. Scott Walker came out in force Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

2.  Donate to Christchurch Earthquake rebuilding effort