Feb
28
2011
2

“Sixteen tons.”

“Picked with malice aforethought,” I hear you say?  Who, me? – Besides, it’s not my fault that the labor movement have all forgotten the face of their fathers.

Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Feb
28
2011
18

…What the heck: open book thread.

Tell me what I should be reading.  I could use some good historical fiction choices (I already read George MacDonald Fraser and Patrick O’Brian).

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Feb
28
2011
3

#rsrh This David Wu thing has gone on long enough.

If the man was blacking out and wandering around unattended on Election Day because of his reaction to “a common mental health drug” – do I even want to know what that’s an euphemism for? – and if this is part of a pattern of behavior that led to the end of his marriage and the mass resignation of his staff*… then maybe this guy shouldn’t be a Congressman.

Moe Lane

PS: Even in Oregon, “crazy” should not beat “Republican.”  Just to make that clear.

*Who, by the way, don’t get any credit for that, given that they all deliberately went and got somebody who they all think is crazy re-elected.  We’re just all fortunate that David Wu’s apparently fragile mental state is more conducive towards “dressing like a tiger” than it is something more, ah, problematical…

Feb
28
2011
1

#rsrh Mickey Kaus shifts his flag to Daily Caller…

…because, after all, when given a choice between him and a Trig Truther Newsweek/The Daily Beast went with the conspiracy theorist.

And here I thought that Tina Brown was supposed to be smart.

Moe Lane

H/T: Instapundit.

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Feb
28
2011
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Iran freaking out over ugly Olympic logo.

Apparently, if you squint at this you can see the word ‘Zion.’

Which is apparently grounds for the Iranian regime threatening to boycott the Olympi…

(pause)

Hmm.

(pause)

OK, sure.  There’s a Zion in there.

Feb
28
2011
1

Right-to-work coming to Maine?

That’s the plan, at least.  The current situation in Maine is as follows: people don’t have to belong to a union to work, but non-union employees (both private and public sector) may still have to pay the unions a ‘service fee.’ This supposedly represents the recouping of the cost of unions ‘representing’ non-union members in labor disputes – whether or not the non-union members wanted to be part of the labor dispute in the first place – and it’s a common feature in contract negotiations in Maine.  There’s legislation going through the state legislature right now to close that loophole; new Maine governor Paul LePage (R) is enthusiastically supporting it.

Whether this will work or not will largely be up to the Maine grassroots.  Maine is currently majority-Republican in both houses of the state legislature, but it’s, well, Maine: I found LePage to be pretty tough-minded, but there’s a limit to how much he can do without legislative backup.  And, needless to say, the unions have already begun the usual reactionary Koch conspiracy theorizing.  Everybody involved is expecting a fight; and the impression is that Governor LePage, at least, is looking forward to it.  Interesting times ahead…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Feb
28
2011
7

Wisconsin GOP Senate fights dirty.

Which they should.

They’ve taken over the approving of time sheets and photocopier requests for staffers of AWOL Wisconsin legislators.  The ballot can be found here; the photocopier restrictions are particularly rigorous, given that the staffers in question will have to go get permission every time they want to make a copy.  Speaking as somebody who has worked in an office that generated a lot of paperwork, that restriction is downright vicious.

But is it petty?  No.  Petty is Democratic state senators literally hiding from their job responsibilities – and risking the jobs of their constituents – because union bosses demand it of them*.  This is merely a sign that said Senators’ colleagues are getting tired of pretending that their hiding is acceptable behavior.  Or particularly mature.

Via @kevinbinversie.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*In 2010, the currently-hiding Wisconsin state senators received roughly one-fifth of their total campaign contributions from union sources.  Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Feb
28
2011
3

Last US Doughboy passes.

Frank W Buckles, 1901-2011.  Sounds like he was a good-natured, amiable sort who did not take his status as the last remaining US WWI veteran as being anything except a testament to his longevity… and as an opportunity to push for refurbishing and rededicating DC’s WWI memorial as a national one.

Odd that I had a WWI song up yesterday, too.

Feb
28
2011
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#rsrh Libyan insurgents turn the taps back on.

The report is that they’re shipping crude again: which is almost certainly at least partially propaganda, but what the hell.  I was merely willing to let Qaddafi keep his life in exchange for him ending his nuke program; I’m perfectly happy to alter the deal now.

By the way: when this is over, I’d like to have the status of the Lockerbie bomber… clarified.  I’m willing to pay a little extra for that.

Via Ace of Spades HQ.

Moe Lane

Feb
27
2011
1

I’ve never linked to this before?

Wow.  That’s shocking, because Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon were good in this.  To the point where I actually take Timberlake more seriously now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1yK6RYXMYQ

Feb
27
2011
3

#rsrh Andrew Sullivan to go to Daily Beast?

In April, apparently.  You realize, of course, that Andrew Sullivan showing up there so quickly forces thoughtful people to doubt whether the man ever really wrote for the Atlantic at all.

Hey, all I’m doing is speculating.  If he doesn’t have anything to hide about having had a ghostwriter since 2007, what’s the harm at looking at Andrew Sullivan’s paystubs?

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