Thursday, February 26, 2015

Find the sunshine

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This is the snow when I got off work tonight, which was similar to the snow when I left the house this morning.

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Then it stopped. Standing by for better weather.

* Love everything about this: How to Achieve Teenage Immortality at Perkins.

* Leave the rain. They said this town will waste your time. Guess they're right. It's wasting mine... (Danny O'Keefe.)

Posted by: Marie at 9:18 PM |

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I needed money

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* Today: Wisconsin Governor To Sign Right-To-Work Bill Amid Protests:

Union workers are protesting again at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison today. This time, it's against a fast-tracked right-to-work bill that would ban mandatory union dues at private sector businesses.
The Wisconsin Senate is poised to pass the plan, the State Assembly could pass it next week and Gov. Scott Walker says he'll sign it.

* Michigan Workers Warn Wisconsin About The Danger of ‘Right-To-Work’ Laws:

As the Wisconsin Senate begins a fast-tracked debate over a controversial “right-to-work” bill on Wednesday, workers in neighboring Michigan are speaking out about the impacts the anti-union policy has had on their state. The law, passed over strong public opposition in Michigan in 2012, allows workers to opt out of formerly mandatory union fees, effectively dealing a blow to unions’ resources and their ability to bargain.
Now, Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) and others pushing a nearly identical bill in Wisconsin are citing Michigan as a reason to quickly pass the measure, arguing it’s necessary in order to compete for business within the Midwest. Amy Davis-Comstock with the Service Employees International Union in Michigan told ThinkProgress she and her members were told the same thing in 2012, but she has yet to see the promised economic benefits.

* The End of Public-Employee Unions? The Supreme Court has been asked to take a case that could deal a crippling blow to the labor movement:

On the current Court, few of the Justices have signaled quite as vigorously as Justice Samuel Alito. Alito, a man of firm likes and dislikes, has twice questioned the constitutionality of public-employee contracts. Neither case, however, presented the chance to invalidate them.
Now his moment may have come. In response to Alito’s hints, the issue has landed squarely in the Court’s inbox in the form of a petition for review in a suit against the California Teachers Association. If Alito gets his desired result, it will deal a long-lasting blow to union power—and, perhaps by coincidence, the Democratic Party.

Editing by yours truly: ... it will deal a long-lasting blow to silence union power—and, perhaps by coincidence, silence the Democratic Party. Fixed! And that is what it's all about, my friends.

* Information you can use: Bobby Fuller’s original demo of ‘I Fought the Law’ is a lot better than the version we all know:

... you can tell which version of the song you’re listening to by what kind of gun our hero is brandishing. In the demo, it’s a shotgun. On the 1964 Exeter single (the recording described in the above quote), it’s a zip-gun. And of course, on the 1966 Mustang single, it’s a six-gun. There you go. You can drop that science for trainspotter cred next time you’re trying to get that cute record collector you’ve been chatting up to come home with you. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

Click through to the article to hear the shotgun version. Really good.

* 'Cause I had none. I fought the law and the law won.... (The Clash.)

Posted by: Marie at 9:18 PM |

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We'll get it together

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Wind out of the north.

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Sunset.

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Classic V.

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Snow on the tracks.

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Budweiser.

* Three sentenced in Mississippi hate crime death of black man.

* Transcript of judge's speech: A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers.

* Straight Talk for White Men.

* Intriguing: A pro-family lobbyist searches for his missing wife.

* Beautiful Chicago: North Branch Pumping Station.

* Old time radio: The Homemaker Show.

* Genius: Frank Zappa solos furiously as Kenny Rogers, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker and Mike Douglas look on.

* Spring Not Spring.

* And we'll get it all done. Some day, when your head is much lighter. Some day....

Posted by: Marie at 7:47 PM |

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'd better knock

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Waterfall.

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Politician.

* ‘Frost Quakes’ responsible for strange noises around Middle Tennessee:

When water runs into the ground and freezes, it expands when the temperature drops dramatically, putting stress on the surrounding soil or rock.
The “explosion” is the result of the pressure being released with a booming sound and slight tremor.

* In less than 12 hours: Springfield hammered with nearly 12 inches of snow.

* I know him!

* Cardinal.

* Thank you to the pick-up-with-big-tires-driving-stranger for flattening the giant mountains of snow at the foot of my driveway. If not for your kindness, I would never have gotten out.

* On wood..... (Eddie Floyd)

Posted by: Marie at 9:58 PM |

Friday, February 20, 2015

Got my job

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White house.

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Orange.

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Pink. This light show goes on every night across the street from the governor's mansion.

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There's a baseball diamond beyond that fence.

* Small but powerful union is at center of port dispute:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union represents 20,000 dockworkers, a fraction of the organized ranks of teachers, truck drivers or healthcare workers. But the port workers — who still queue up at hiring halls daily for work and spend years earning full membership — stand guard over a crucial chokepoint in the global economy.

* Learning More About Longshoremen And Their Powerful Union:

GREENHOUSE: Their numbers have dwindled tremendously because of automation. You know, there are about 14,000 longshoremen on the West Coast. Even though their numbers are fewer, they're still powerful. A lot of American workers, a lot of American labor unions hate increased imports. All the computers and TVs made in China - on a certain level, they're taking away jobs from Americans even though they might make things cheaper for American consumers. But this is all good for the longshoremen because it means more trade, more imports, more jobs, greater need of people to run the cranes to take all these goods off the ships.

* Dispatch from a union town: How the ILWU created 'the American dream' in San Pedro:

Arian said the last time the union opened the rolls to new members, it got 360,000 applications. That was 10 years ago.

* Historic Pullman:

The Pullman Historic District is a unique community, built in 1880-84 as a planned model industrial town for the Pullman's Palace Car Company. Learn about the town's history, its buildings and work going on in Pullman today.

* Yesterday, President Obama went to Chicago to sign into law the Pullman National Historical Park Act. Then this happened: Rauner gets cold shoulder, pro-union rhetoric at Obama Pullman event:

During the ceremony at Brooks College Preparatory Academy, the president emphasized how much of the American labor and civil rights movements sprung from unrest that had its roots in the company town George Pullman built in the late 19th century to build luxury train sleeper cars.
“Gradually our country would add protections that we now take for granted: a 40-hour workweek, the weekend, overtime pay, safe workplace conditions and the right to organize for higher wages and better opportunities,” Obama said.

The governor should have called me before he dropped in on this event. I would have advised him to stay home. Even if you only know half an ounce of the Pullman story, you had to know this signing would be all about unions and labor. But, our governor, Bruce Rauner, showed up anyway:

Later the governor was blocked by a rope line from making his way onstage as Obama concluded his remarks and signed a proclamation creating the Pullman monument.

What did he think would happen? Did he think he would be welcomed on the stage after having spent the major part of his campaign and his time so far in office telling everyone that unions are the reason for their problems?

* Explaining Rauner’s hostiity toward unions.

Read the article and the comments, but I think I know. As I've said many times, unions are a check against big money and big money doesn't like it. Governor Bruce Rauner is nothing, if not big money. Certainly, in his world view, unions are just another obstacle (in addition to government) in the way of business and how he thinks business should be done. Life, for him and his big money constituents, would be so much better if they didn't have to deal with labor and it's demands for decent wages and safe working conditions, to name just a few things. (I'm still working on this theory. Expect more later.)

* Lookin' Into Gov. Rauner's Missing G's.

* The shit he's shoveling is bad enough, but what's worse is that so many people are buying it: How Rudy Giuliani marginalized himself.

* Someone gets it: This Marco Rubio statement on Rudy Giuliani is just about perfect.

* Very well said: Rudy Giuliani: Same old dog, same old dog whistle.

* Busting broncs for the rodeo.....

Posted by: Marie at 9:53 PM |