Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FDR on Public Sector Unions

DiSalvo talks about FDR's opinions on Government Employee Unions.

Even President Franklin Roosevelt, a friend of private-sector unionism, drew a line when it came to government workers: "Meticulous attention," the president insisted in 1937, "should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government....The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service." The reason? F.D.R. believed that "[a] strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Political Observation of the day.

I'm not sure that Sara Palin is the perfect candidate, I Like her but she has her flaws. However, I'd be willing to vote for her just because it would piss off all the right people.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's always a bad sign...

when state legislators are so scared of voting on a bill they all jump in a charter bus and run away out of state.

MADISON - The State Senate has convened in Wisconsin to discuss, debate and possibly vote on Governor Scott Walker's controversial budget bill, but not all the Senate members are there; all Democrats in the Senate are absent.

Law enforcement officials are looking for at least one Democratic senator to bring in for a quorum required for a fiscal measure, but Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach confirmed to Newsradio 620 WTMJ that he and all of his Democratic colleagues boarded a bus and left the state.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Worst Possible Logic award goes to....

It's one thing to be opposed to Wal-mart. because of it's economic effect on the community. However, some politicians have come up with a much more idiotic reason to oppose it.

Brenda Speaks, a Ward 4 ANC commissioner, actually urged blocking construction of the planned store in her ward at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW partly because of that risk. Addressing a small, anti-Wal-Mart rally at City Hall on Monday, Speaks said young people would get criminal records when they couldn't resist the temptation to steal.

Really? That's the argument? You can't build your store here, because my constituents are incapable of not being thieves?

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sure Chris Lee is an Idiot...

Chris Lee, the Congressman that got caught cheating on his wife via Craigslist is an idiot.

However, why is that an unforgivable offense, when spending Billions of Dollars that the government does not have is considered perfectly acceptable behavior?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Charlotte has Good Barbecue?

This will be news to everyone from NC, who knows Charlotte has no good BBQ. Hopefully, they can take a side trip to Lexington to get some real 'cue.

More Civility from the Left

Leftie Protesters at a Common Cause Rally Call for Clarence Thomas to be Lynched.

There's some civility for you. Others say he should be put back in the field, or for torture.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Senator Schumer's 3 Branches Of Govt: House, Senate, & President

Chuck Schumer, The third Highest Ranking Democrat in the Senate apparently knows less about the structure of the government than my Son's Cub Scout Den. At least they all know the three branches of government are Legislative, Judicial and Executive.

Planned Parenthood Aids Pimp's Underage Sex Ring

This was absolutely unbelieveable.

Planned Parenthood, Helping out a pimp, giving advice on how to conceal the fact that he is running a sex trafficking ring of girls as young as 14.

Although to be fair, it's hardly any morally worse than what the rest of the Planned Parenthood offices do on a daily basis.

If You can't tell the difference between a Waiter and a General's Uniform...

... You probably shouldn't be in a position to give any sort of advice to the President.

Jarrett was seated at the head table along with several other big-name politicians and a handful of high-ranking military officials. As an officer sporting several stars walked past Jarrett, she signaled for his attention and said, “I’d like another glass of wine.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DNC Convention coming to Charlotte

Dang, this stinks.

And Not just because it's Democrats, I wouldn't want either party here. Ends up being a HUGE loss of money for the hosting city, every time.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Things are never so bad that they can't get worse.

Sister Toldjah has a piece up at her blog reminding us of the potential of things to get much worse in Egypt.

Yes, Mubarak is a repressive dictator, Biden's Claims to the contrary notwithstanding. However, Is he worse than a group like the Muslim Brotherhood running the place? I don't think so.

China's version of Twitter Censors any mention of Egypt.

According to this AFP Article:

The word "Egypt" was censored Saturday by several micro-blogging sites in China, where the ruling Communist Party is wary of issues of political reform, demands for democracy and disturbances to public order, including overseas.
On the sina.com and sohu.com sites, the Chinese equivalents of Twitter, which is censored in China, a query with the word "Egypt" returned the response: "According to the laws in force, the results of your search cannot be given."
I'm really not surprised at all. The thought of a population rising up and overthrowing a dictatorial government has to scare the crap out of the Chinese officials.

Amazon Kindle Books Outsell Printed Books

In a recent Press release Amazon said

Amazon.com is now selling more Kindle books than paperback books. Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the Company has sold 115 Kindle books. Additionally, during this same time period the Company has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books. This is across Amazon.com's entire U.S. book business and includes sales of books where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the numbers even higher.

Amazing to see this, just a few hours after starting a blog with this subject...

What do you mean "Electrons By The Barrel"

The Saying "Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel" has been attributed to dozens of different people over the years.

Generally speaking, it was used in a way saying that it was foolish to get into a fight with the newspapers, the most pervasive form of media of the day. Those Media Monopolies had vast amounts of power to frame the debate in their favor, and virtually no other voices could be heard.

Over Time, the Media has changed, with Radio, and then the TV Networks, but generally speaking the same talking heads, with the same opinions were the only things that the public could hear.

Now? You've got thousands of Blogs and other websites, Viral Videos on Youtube, Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and who knows what else is coming down the road. Rather than Ink, opinions are transmitted by electrons being pushed around through computer networks and onto your screen. And More importantly than the Medium, is the lack of monopoly power by the mainstream media. There's more of us than there are of them, and they no longer have the power to shut us up and lock out dissenting opinions.

It's a whole new media world, and they should be afraid of those who can spread their opinions using Electrons By The Barrel.