We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes - one of the great Chicago Maxwell Street blues men, slide guitar player extraordinaire. Wrote one of the more famous songs in blues history - "Give Me Back My Wig".
Swift justice for pirates The Russians do it the right way - you screw with us, we'll mess you up. I'm reminded of the period of time when Lebanon was blowing up and Westerners were being kidnapped right and left. One Russian diplomat was kidnapped, but oddly was released the next day. The reason was that the KGB very quietly said to the kidnappers "we know where you families live, we know who your neighbors are and we know who you are". Presto changeo - diplomat returned. I heard that story from a friend who was an assistant Naval Attache' at the time.
Re Response to Winsconson. I can entertain a discussion about Education but that was pure drivel.
Envy is a poor platform for discourse. Teachers work well past 8 months and well past contracted hours. They're held accountable for elements of academic achevement that are beyond their control. They work a minimum of a 4 year interview to gain the protection tenure affords and contrary to popular opinion, competent administrations can oust tenured teachers truly deserving to leave. They just have to be on the ball to do it.
Gotta say, it's pretty depressing to read anything about my profession these days. I sometimes wonder why, if it's such an easy and comfortable living, doesn't everyone try to be a teacher. I mean, it sure looks pretty easy doesn't it?
Hound Dog rules! His sidekick Brewer Philips deserves some props, also. His vocals and guitar work on the recorded version of Kansas City are brilliant. One of my favorite guitar leadbreaks ever. I would have loved to have seen them live.
"work a minimum of a 4 year interview to gain the protection tenure affords"
In the private sector, almost nobody has tenure.
I would, however, point out that there is more to this issue than the insurance and pension contributions, which the public employees have said they will pay. The governor wants to eliminate collective bargaining for everything but wages. The public employees unions say that is the real issue.
I was going to say that teaching isn't any harder now than when I was a kid, but that's not true - partly because of the insane administration.
The question not asked in the video was why are they in a union. The answer is for raw political power. The union collects dues so they can try to pick their boss who will be much more friendly to them at the "bargaining table". The canard that it is for the sake of education is exposed by the dreadful performance of many of the schools even given the ridiculous cost. As the video says, the unions give good teachers a bad name.
Here is a list of some of the cuts that the Republicans have offered to make on their ideological side. Does anyone here know what these projects are: $1 million for a Customs and Border Patrol solar-powered batteries program to $341 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction." Most particurlarly I would like to know what, if any, Corps of Engineers projects were scheduled for strengthening the border. Is that what the Republicans are offering to cut?