WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO ELIMINATE UNION RIGHTS
In a late-night vote, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill that would take collective bargaining rights from public workers. The bill now goes to the Wisconsin Senate — but it will be a hot minute before it is voted upon there, as all the Democrats have left Madison and are allegedly hiding out in Illinois.
My take: What a mess in Madison. What I don’t understand, though, is why these Democrats aren’t held in some sort of contempt of their office.
When President Obama and the Democrats were pushing the stimulus mess through Congress, I don’t remember Republicans becoming no-shows — they worked through the process even though they knew they didn’t have the votes.
For those Senate Democrats to leave their state smacks of dramatic overload. Just go back and take your lumps — if/when your party wins back the Senate, then you can push your own bills and agenda.
As for the bill itself, I have done some reading on it — and frankly, I agree with the Wisconsin governor and the Republicans. If something isn’t done to rectify the situation there, the Wisconsin government is going to go broke. This is a practical and intelligent way to stem the tide.
As I’ve said before — once upon a time, unions were important. But like other agencies and organizations, their time has mostly passed — and unions are killing American productivity.
NBA TRADE DEADLINE PASSES WITH TONS OF ACTION
One certainly can’t say this was a boring NBA trade season; with the deadline passing yesterday, there were 14 trades executed in the days leading up to it.
There were some confounding trades, including Boston parting with Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson for Oklahoma City’s Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
The most confounding to me, though, was Charlotte trading away the face of the franchise, Gerald Wallace, for Joel Przybilla, two other stiffs, two first-round draft picks and cash. Team owner Michael Jordan and the Bobcats also traded backup center Nazr Mohammed to Portland for Morris Peterson and D.J. White.
My takes: I am still puzzled by the Celtics deal with OKC — I just don’t see what Boston gets out of the deal. They’ve patiently waited while Perkins healed — only to trade him away for a player not nearly as valuable as he is? And they also traded the instant offense off the bench of Robinson? I hope Danny Ainge knows what he’s doing, because this could certainly blow up in his face.
As for the Bobcats … I’m almost ready to wash my hands of them. Wallace was not only the face of the franchise, he was also the heart. They’re only 1 1/2 games out of the playoffs, but MJ has thrown the white flag and given up on this season — for scrubs and two CONDITIONAL first-round picks in 2011 and 2013. Kids, conditional means if the pick is a lottery pick, the original team holds onto it until it has improved.
MJ has more money than God. If he wanted to truly put a winning team in Charlotte, he could take the financial blow — although it wouldn’t be that bad if there was a product on the court that was productive.
What the trades do, though, is put a lot of pressure on former Dookie Gerald Henderson, who will likely step into Wallace’s spot in the starting rotation. While Henderson, in his second year, is having a better season, I’m not so sure he’s ready to assume that role. We’ll see.
KINSTON TEAMS BATTLE BERTIE FOR REGIONAL APPEARANCE; FREEDOM CLASSIC STARTS TODAY
The Kinston girls and boys basketball teams will face Bertie today at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in sectional championship games. Regardless of what happens tonight, it will be the final prep basketball game played in Lenoir County in the 2010-11 season.
Also this weekend, the Freedom Classic — a three-game series between Navy and Air Force – will be held at Grainger Stadium. The series begins with a 6 p.m. game today, a 2 p.m. game on Saturday and a 12:30 p.m. start on Sunday.
My takes: It’s a sports fans’ paradise this weekend in Lenoir County.
If Kinston wins both games, both teams will play in the 2A Eastern Regional in Fayetteville next week. Free Press SE Ryan Herman will be updating who the Vikings will be playing on Saturday, so be sure to check out freepresspreps.com for all the details.
I’ll be updating my Facebook page and my Twitter feed (@BCHanks) at the end of each quarter tonight, so you can check that out if you can’t make it to Viking Gymnasium.
Kudos to Bill Ellis for forming his vision of the Freedom Classic — and for making it happen. He ultimately sees this as a beginning — within a few years, he’d like to see Army, The Citadel and VMI, along with other military schools, taking part in a tournament-type setting at Grainger.
With the possibility of the Kinston Indians disappearing from the landscape, it’s vitally important for events like this to take place at Grainger Stadium.
The iPod shuffle
Rodeo — Garth Brooks
You Made Your Bed — Robin Rogers
Come Back To Me — Janet Jackson
Against The Wind — Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
21 Questions — 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg