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Monday, February 28. 2011
New Helmet Blocks Rifle Shots: You may need it after this morning’s links
San Francisco gets better and better: The gold-painted table that belonged to the city's first openly gay supervisor is part of an inaugural exhibit at the GLBT History Museum, the first of its kind in the nation.
Mad As Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right: Some critics just see the book as a collection of what’s been written elsewhere. I haven’t read the book but this review at the New York Times is interesting. Seems like a good way to recap the 70s to now:
Believe it or not, it's morning in America, again
FLASH: Bird Dog sends this architectural photo from his 5 AM walk while on vacation. He enjoys his mornings in America.
Harvard Smackdown--The Lady Doth Too Much: Mrs. Obama’s blunders expose the folly of First Lady activism
Photos of President Obama’s grudging waves: he doesn’t seem to give a sh*t
Blackmailing Quadaffi to blackmail England: it worked to free the Lockerbie bomber
The UN needs to explain why it is so friendly toward despots
Should Americans be cheering on the Arab revolutionary wave?
Latest liberal meme to excuse Obama’s quiet ineffectualness: “stealth freedom enthusiast.”
Human Rights Watch solicited funds from Saudi Arabia, touting its anti-Israel creds. Libya too?
How labor caught on in government work, and why its time is up.
Now, get to work
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Tool to psychoanalyze tweeters
That was interesting. Apparently everybody I have in my Twitter feed is 1 - Angry, 2 - Arrogant/Distant, 3 - Sensory
Huh - how about that.
Obama Throwing in the Towel - Constitution
Why does this surprise anybody? Its his MO.
Clinton's phony crying after Ron Brown's funeral still has Obama's hand waving beat. Since he left office I don't see him carrying his bible much either.
I had a hard time posting a piece about the Seattle School District fraud, so I put it in two parts under the picture of Bird Dog's retreat. I believe this is a story that MF will benefit from reading and appreciate what it is saying about our schools. Time of reckoning is coming. The other important aspect of this story is that one of the worst offenders of the fraud and corruption is a black guy now working for our favorite ex-governor (Chinese), who is now working for you know who!
RElated query: where are the unions of Blue States? "Despite the differences in rhetoric, killing public sector unions is a nonpartisan policy in the United States. While Republicans are more explicit about their goal, and want to move faster, Democrats and Republicans are both taking steps that will soon reduce the public sector union movement to a shadow of its current self."
[url=http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2011/02/27/blue-state-dems-turn-on-state-local-workers/]Blue State Dems Turn on State, Local Workers
That new helmet looks good but keep in mind that blunt force trauma can kill you just as well as a bullet through the head. I was just wondering where they find volunteers to test this new helmet.
I'm disturbed that the public sector union thugs/thugettes are apparently getting away with their misrepresentation of what Wisconsin's governor is trying to accomplish. It is not the elimination of collective bargaining itself, as they claim. Instead, it is the elimination of the collusion between government union functionaries and those government sector functionaries who supposedly represent the public sector members, like teachers.
In private sector union negotiations, one side of the table is occupied by chosen members of the union who represent the workers' side of the issue to be negotiated. The other side of the table is occupied by representatives of Management's side of the issue. Each side tries to get the best results possible for its people.
In public sector union negotiations, both sides of the table represent the union members.Thus, both sides are aiming for the same kind of settlement -- outrageously generous settlements which will eventually be impossible for the state to meet without going bankrupt.
Governor Walker is right to try to end public sector collective bargaining rights. If he doesn't, the public sector unions will just keep awarding unrealistically high pension and pay raises, and Wisconsin will never be able to get out of the financial hole the unions have dug for it.