You know when I see stories like this I really wonder about people:

As of writing, the Texas petition to peacefully “withdraw” from the United States via the White House’s open petition webpage is up to 62,481 signatures, on its way to tripling the required names needed to trigger a response from the Obama administration. No doubt Texas’s desire to break free is a source of amusement inside a White House that has mastered the art of belittling the opinions of its challengers, but there is one not-so-small problem here: Texas could pull it off.

There is absolutely no doubt that Texas could be it’s own country as it has been before. There is also absolutely no doubt that Texas isn’t going anywhere nor is any other state.

While signing on to secession petitions that mean absolutely nothing might be fun and a release to some, anyone pretending this is anything more than a more advanced versions of online polls about Lady Gaga’s next costume is a fool and any news organization treating is seriously is guilty of journalistic malpractice.

Yid with Lid is disgusted with this but points out something important

But aren’t those freedoms worth fighting for? Even after four years of Obama can anyone point to a better country in the entire world? A better political system? As ill as it makes me America chose-we lost.

When George Washington left the Presidency after two terms it was an incredible unprecedented act. A peaceful transfer of power. I submit to you the real test came four years later when John Adams lost his re-election bid to Thomas Jefferson and peacefully turned power over to his hateful opposition. That act established an American tradition, we fight like hell against each other, but when we lose even to our political opposites, like Carter to Reagan, or Bush To Obama power is peacefully transferred, and its citizens still work hard to preserve the political system, country that gave them so much.

As psychologically satisfying a placebo might be, we are better served by actions than stuff like this, to wit, here is the head of the GOP city committee the week of the defeat:

Listen to this man, he lives in one of the bluest states in the country, in a city that flipped against Scott Brown from 2 years ago and you don’t see him packing up and giving up or trying to break off pieces of Fitchburg from the city. That’s not fighting back, that’s giving up.

Man up, buck up stop this nonsense and lets move forward to the task at hand.

Who knew this was prophecy?

One of the things about unions is you hang together, and thanks to the 2nd biggest union employed by Hostess 18,500 workers will have the privilege of visiting the unemployment line together

Hostess Brands Inc. had warned employees that it would file to unwind its business and sell off assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by 5 p.m. Thursday. In announcing its decision, Hostess said its wind down would mean the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States.

The Irving, Texas-based company had already reached a contract agreement with its largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. But thousands of members in its second-biggest union went on strike late last week after rejecting in September a contract offer that cut wages and benefits. Officials for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union say the company stopped contributing to workers’ pensions last year.

Me I’ve always figured 92% of something was more valuable than 100% of nothing but then again I’m not a member of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union so perhaps I don’t understand these things.

You can’t get blood from a stone, but hey, in the era of government bailouts, free healthcare etc I can see why the Union would think the laws of economics didn’t apply. The Youth of American that voted in Obama wanted him more than they wanted Hostess or Drake’s cakes.

So Hostess dies, 18,000+ people are added to the post election layoff statistics searching for jobs that aren’t there and the Twinkie and Wonderbread and since they also own Drakes that means no more Yodels for my wife or Funnybones for me and my sons. They all become answers to trivia questions.


But hey this is the new age for the left and the unions, I wouldn’t be too worried Obama’ll fix it just you wait and see…

Update: Via Hotair Shades of Card Check

Late last Friday the largest unions—the Teamsters—announced that by a narrow vote, 53.6% to 46.4%, its Hostess rank-and-file had approved the new collective bargaining agreement. (Out of 7,900 Teamsters voting at the company, slightly more than half cast votes). Rayburn and Teamsters leadership both offered up measured words about the “difficult” decision.

But shortly thereafter, word came that the 7,000 employees of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union had rejected Hostess’ proposal. (No details of the vote were announced, though some press reports suggested there were only voice votes at locals rather than a written mail tally.)

In other words instead of a secret ballot, the union bakers have voice votes in public the old Card Check peer pressure stuff and the result? Everyone is screwed and the quest for Twinkies begins:

Hey unions, like the idea of secret ballots now?

Update 2:
Nationalize Twinkies? Have we really fallen this far?

One of the nice things about elections is they bring clarity, now that it’s clear that US policy is to be run by Barack Obama rather than Mitt Romney for the next four years apparently Israel decided it was time to take off the gloves:

After suffering through hundreds of rocket attacks coming from Gaza (more than 700 have struck Israel since the beginning of the year, and more than 120 since Saturday) earlier today IDF directed a precision attack on Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip.

Let’s go to the tape

I don’t tend to cheer these things as war is a bad business but I’m taken aback at some of the outrage here that was not. After all it’s not as if Hamas has hidden for a single moment of its existence that the destruction of Israel is its goal.

What’s really interesting is I don’t recall a single story about the rockets hitting Israel this week until Israel hit back, as Melanie Phillips put it.

Rocket attacks on Israelis are not news; Israeli military action to defend Israel against such attacks is. Suddenly, media indifference has been transformed into media hyperactivity. And in the eyes of the British media and foreign office Israel is at fault; astoundingly, it is apparently Israel which is responsible for inflaming the situation, not the Palestinians. Never mind the 120 rockets in four days or the 50 further rockets this evening, including 17 Grads fired at the city of Beersheva; or that since the beginning of 2011, 1,100 rocket have been fired on Israeli targets, 797 since the beginning of this year; or that a staggering 5274 rockets have been fired from Gaza at southern Israel since 2006

Of course England also has a large Muslim population that it doesn’t want to police so it has objected, with one notable exception:

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Thursday denounced the barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian terror factions into Israel, saying “I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups.”

“Hamas bears principal responsibility for the current crisis,” Hague continued, adding that the rocket fire “creates an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack from Gaza.”

And Israel may be doing less damage than people think:

Ed Morrissey tells us Egypt is a tad worried:

Egyptian intelligence reportedly tried to negotiate a ceasefire between the two sides a few days ago, after Hamas started firing rockets. Whether that was window dressing to disguise the fact that Hamas is coordinating with the Brotherhood on this or a genuine sign that Morsi et al. don’t want Hamas feeling too frisky just because their friends are in charge in Egypt now, who knows.

That’s interesting but I think it’s also a clue to why Israel decided to play twisted sister today.

I think it was to push the Arab world that might feel emboldened by the President re-election. I think this idea is to demonstrate his weakness.

Barack Obama is a lot of talk but it’s too soon to the election for him to reveal all his promised the Jewish Community aloud is BS. By taking care of business now Israel preempts him in the future and discredits him among his Arab allies who won’t soon forget what side he put himself on.

Two birds with one stone.

Additionally it checkmates Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, they have to either act before they are ready by several years (and have their Military destroyed) or sit back and do nothing and be shown as feckless to the radical Islamists who back them.

Make that three stones.

But all of this comes at a risk, a regional war, coupled with a strike on Iran perhaps, and maybe Turkey taking advantage to go after Syria ostensibly to stop the slaughter but perhaps the first step in their return to the Middle East proper as an actual regional power.

But what am I talking about, yeah things look bad but we’ve got the bestest most pro-Israel president that the US has ever had to take care of us. The Media said so. There’s nothing to worry about. Obama’ll fix it…

…just like he did for the victims of Hurricane Sandy