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Monday, September 7. 2009
The honor of labor is being stolen from us. I was raised in a family and society to honor honest work. So were most of you. Today, far too often, Wall Street gambling punks cahoot with government bureaucrat stooges both worming through loopholes created by self-profiting legislators, selfish unions and businesses joining in the corrupt feast, all painting a false face of caring for the little guy but making suckers and paupers of us. If you, like I, honor honest labor then take a moment today to plan how you personally during the next year will fight back, take back our honor while we still have it, as individuals and as a nation. Honorable men and women within our institutions, and most are, must stand up to those who aren’t, and those who aren’t honest or helping be replaced.
Just to remind you to raise the flag.
Labor Day fix: cut taxes, spending, regulation.
How the Germans sell mobile phones............ I’d ask my Germany-born wife if I can buy one, or several, but she’s using the phone.
Also: Bad News in the SSgt Wuterich Case! The military continues to drag out a fruitless case against Frank Wuterich. Read the latest from Mark Walker at the North County Times here and at CAAFlog here and also here.
People Power “As for the elites, especially the liberal elite: They remain deaf, dumb, and blind.”
The resignation (and coming MSM/left-wing martyrdom) of Van Jones. -- Even equivocating Joe Gandleman admits, “All the talk about the Obama political operation being so slick that it would create a Democratic majority that would rule for years is now oh, so, 2008. They can still recoup. But the operative question is this: Is there a learning curve with these guys?”
Caption: Yes! Yes! Oh let me taste your tears, DUmmies! Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mmm-yummy! Mmm-yummy! (From DummieFunnies)
I haven’t read this book but this review is worth reading:
No.10 turns on Obama and Clinton for criticizing decision to release Lockerbie bomber They knew in advance says
Sorry fans of the other day’s now-named Blenderman but he’s getting off for Labor Day. He sends you a little shot from his replacement.
New Hudson Institute Report Finds Union Pension Plans Perform Worse Than Non-Union Plans. Other findings: Officer pension plans are often better funded than those for rank-and-file union members; Rather than negotiating better-funded pensions, unions spend money on politics; The failing union pension plans are one reason that union officials are promoting the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), to take away secret ballot and ease coercion for new dues-paying members.
“President Obama has named Ron Bloom, an influential figure in the national labor movement before joining the administration's auto task force earlier this year, as his senior counselor for manufacturing policy.” To be announced today at the AFL-CIO convention. Gee, think something is wrong with this choice? The National Association of Manufacturers does, and steers us to this column of advice from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel business columnist who nominates better choices and advice for Obama than he’d likely receive from the UAW about how to help US industry.
I hear that Bird Dog and News Junkie return soon to take over daily news nuggets. That’s Bird Dog who chained me to this Two-Bits ball-n-chain while he was frolicking across the Med. Typical boss. As my semi-socialist grandmother told me, “All bosses stink and if you become a boss you’ll stink too.” Here’s some surfing spots in
I’m going surfing the waves in
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What have you against, or wish you had against, LittleShot? Or, do you mean the last photo with the excellent surfing aids? Otherwise, everything else is fine with me. Purrr!
About Blenderman's replacement...I noticed he's sitting in front of a bottle of Beefeater...I'm just sayin'.
As for surfer girl: She's welcome to wax my board any old time.
Labor day celebrates the 12 labors of Hercules, in particular cleaning the restrooms and putting up Halloween decorations.
Going to miss you, Bruce... The new "Blenderman" is a splendid example of male pulchritude. Looks like he knows it, too.
Oh, well, back to my Labor Day labors. Got to hang out my Don't Tread On Me flag and annoy my liberal neighbors.
I am so grateful for maggiesfarm in all of its splendors.
Excellent work, Bruce. I hope you continue to contribute.
It's a pleasure servicing you, Marianne.
I'll be back for my more occasional boring essays.
Til then, be well, be happy, and be thankful it's not the other kind of Labor Day.
Your essays are not boring.
I second all the compliments you are getting.
I hope the LA Dodger's aren't your team.
Your idol opened the door for my idols Curt Flood, Bob Gibson,and Ernie Banks.
Happy Labor Day to a guy who doesn't know his job:
Flag in photo should be at half-mast for those of us who have labored in vain.
Megrahi's release could be the story of the decade for the world media if they choose to act...It has all the drama, the international intrigue, and a cast of characters not unlike a James Bond movie...Brown maneuvered to release Megrahi for an oil deal. Of course, Hillary and Obama were informed all along. It is unthinkable that they did not know and participate in the decision to release Megrahi. Don't forget that Pan Am 103 was an American Flag Carrier and that 189 Americans died...Moreover, Megrahi's trial and sentencing was one of international agreement given the international nature of the slaughter...For the United States, however, this was an unprecented act of Air Piracy. We have had a seat at the table all these years with regard to finding and prosecuting the perpetrators of this crime. It is unthinkable that our government was not consulted prior to the release of Megrahi. The upshot and plot to this movie is that the US and UK governments conspired to release a monster. The UK get the oil deal and Obama shows deference to his muslim brothers...
Thanks, Bruce, for Blenderman...I think Mr. Beefycakes is pretty cute, too. Gives us ladies something to 'think' about as we labor about the house on this Labor Day. ; > o
I'd like to speak to Dr. Feldman's points about healthcare reform. THe doctor seems convinced that profit is evil (if he meant something else, he needs to rewrite the article some). Profit is the basic motive of business activity, as the doctor later recognizes about physicians and physician training programs.
Insurance companies cover losses. They are not really designed as cost-sharing programs. They are supposed to distribute losses among the insured; I'm betting I won't need cancer treatment but I know I might. At the wholsesale level, insurance companies can distribute the risk effectively.
Insurance companies have to control payouts. The most effective way is through catastrophic plans. Very few people would have their appendices out just because the insurance company is paying for it. A lot more people would have moles removed if the insurance company foots the bill. But at that point, we've moved to cost-sharing. The company isn't distributing the risk; it's administering a kind of membership dues.
There are no happy medium points. We all want rapid care at no cost and it ain't gonna happen. So insurance companies compete, mostly through our employers, on a combination of benefits and rates. More comprehensive policies will cost more. Government mandates on coverage will increase costs. The insurance company gets the blame and the progressives get the credit.
Denying claims for valid services is a real issue. Nationalizing health care financing won't solve it.
If every insurance program covers everyone for everything, we will pay a whole bunch more in premiums. Or it will be nationalized and we'll pay for it in taxes.