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  1. Unions strike again, this time in Rhode island, where the teacher's union in one district (avg. pay about $75,000) is asking for $90 an hour for additional work the district wanted them to do. This in a high school where 50% of the students are failing all their classes. Anyhow, the district ended up firing all the teachers at that school. [HT: Mish Shedlock]

    What we need today is for state governments and federal governments to roll back some of the laws that give unions their power.

    Kudos to that school Superintendent in Rhode Island. Reagan had the right idea when he fired the air traffic controllers after refusing to bow to their ridiculous demands. Some union members mistakenly believe that they can't be replaced. That couldn't be farther from the truth.

  2. This is what you get in Michigan, where the unions control the state. People are leaving in droves and incomes are dropping like a rock, but the unions and the politicians in their back pockets keep demanding more of the same. Just this week, Democratic Governor Granholm announced her proposed state budget that levies new sales taxes on services and does very little to cut back on government worker pay and benefits. If this continues, I might have to move to Haiti to live in relative freedom and prosperity.

  3. There are plenty of "Wesley Mouch" characters in this government. Barney Frank, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Henry Waxman, Chuck Schumer, etc...... and of course, the Chief Mouch: President Obama.

    I'm sure there are more than a few Republican Mouchers, but right now they seem rather inconsequential.

  4. My views on global warming are as follows:

    1. Proving that global warming exists doesn’t make it moral for politicians to sacrifice the freedom and rights of citizens to save the planet or even the future of the human race. Sacrificing my life for the lives of people who don’t yet exist is no different than sacrificing my life for other people who are currently alive. Sacrificing my life to save bugs, trees, rocks, blocks of ice, etc is even worse.

    2. The very act of forcing citizens to fund studies to determine if global warming exists is a form of government forced redistribution of wealth which is immoral.

    3. I find it very difficult to believe that the average temperature of the surface of the earth can be measured accurately. Where are all the temperature measuring devices? Even if high tech thermometers covered every square inch of every land mass on earth, that still represents only 30% of the surface of the earth. And I don’t see billions of thermometers floating around on the surface of the ocean either.

    4. Even if it was currently possible to accurately measure the average temperature of the surface of the earth, I’m pretty sure that the data available from 10, 20, 50, 100 years ago was not as accurate. Temperature measuring devices of the past were not as accurate as they are now and even if they were, there weren’t as many in existence years ago as there are now, so there can’t possibly be enough data to create a statistically significant trend.

    5. If the globe is actually warming and continues to warm where it actually becomes difficult for the human race to survice, then productive people will have all the incentive they need to produce solutions. No government force will be necessary.

    6. Some people are dishonest. Some people are willing to lie for money, because they value material wealth more than honesty, integrity and pride. Some of these people are scientists. This is very difficult for many people to believe. Politicians realize that most people trust scientists and therefore provide research funding to scientists. Scientists publish reports that tell the world what politicians want the world to hear, and scientists get more funding. People fear that the globe is actually melting and happily pay more taxes and happily allow government to become more powerful and create more laws and rules and regulations. Scientists get their money, politicians get their power and citizens lose their freedom and don’t realize it until it’s too late.

    That’s all I have to say about that.

    But...but...but... what about the children? :pimp:

  5. For starters, I'd say the fact that people can still make billions and million of $$$ by being honest businessmen :pimp: .

    Unfortunately, under the current mixed economic system many of those making large sums benefit from favors and deals being passed out by politicians. That is the inevitable result of combining economics with politics.

  6. I have a kithcen with a vaulted ceiling where I'm using CFL spotlight bulbs only because they do not generate as much heat as the incandescents. Due to the pitch of roof and other factors, the heat from incandescents has caused problems with ice damning and roof leaks in the winter. I would prefer to use regular incandescents in this application because I don't particularly like the light from the CFLs, nor do I like the fact that they take several minutes to give off their full amount of light. On top of that they're more expensive and while they may last somewhat longer than standard bulbs, they certianly don't last the advertised 7 years.

  7. What great news! What great irony!


    John Link

    There could be no more fitting tribute to the wasted life of Ted Kennedy than the following from the NY Times article:

    The election left Democrats in Congress scrambling to salvage a bill overhauling the nation’s health care system, which the late Mr. Kennedy had called “the cause of my life.” Mr. Brown has vowed to oppose the bill, and once he takes office the Democrats will no longer control the 60 votes in the Senate needed to overcome filibusters.

    There were immediate signs that the bill had become imperiled. House members indicated they would not quickly pass the bill the Senate approved last month.

    I wonder, do dead Kennedys spin in their graves?

  8. Every Venezuelan who's stood in opposition to Chavez and his insane reforms have my sympathies; the rest however deserve to face the reality they have now inflicted on themselves.

    Clearly he continues to enjoy a large base of support in Venezuela. Unfortunately conditions usually have to get pretty bad before the moochers and the parasites decide that they can't take any more.

  9. Tonight the voters in Massachusetts threw a spanner into the works, but the machine is still running. Tonight, celebrate. Tomorrow, get back to activism.

    Yes, if the Republicans have demonstrated anything in recent years, it's that they have an amazing ability to choose political expediency over principal. People need to keep constant pressure on the Republicans to do the right thing and to make it clear that they will not get our support when they vote in favor of bad policies.

  10. Olbermann stated that Scott Brown was a racist teabagging redneck homopohobic misogynist ex-nude model that likes to beat women. (Or something equivalent to that.) This was based on what he considered "racist elements" and "racist codes" in his campaign. These "racist codes?" The fact that he drives a pick-up truck. Pick-up truck = liberal code for racist. Wow, I am reminded of the Ayn Rand's description of the environmental movement, "...one may justifiably conclude that, as an intellectual power, the collectivist movement is through."

    The fact that Obama made a stupid crack about the guy's pick-up truck is comical. I thought he was the working man's President. :thumbsup:

  11. It's wrong to vote in someone who on principle is diametrically opposed to you. I wouldn't want to be the vote that decided if anyone I hate got in. Let us say the popular fervor that has swept up the Right translates to a knockout in November, a real possibility. Obama is voted in 2012, and replaced with a candidate who appeases all the most absurd of tea party positions. This Brown character will then just be another cog in the conservative machine. It's why you wouldn't have voted in a liberal in 2006. It's always a real possibility that the powers will switch; it isn't really up to you. In either scenario, I will be voting in favor of my possible destruction.

    Will I be sad if Brown gets elected? No. I'd enjoy to see the smugness wiped off the liberals faces and to have one more vote opposing health care, but I'm not going to put my sanction behind the man.

    Other than Peter Schiff, is there anyone in national politics who is worthy of your vote?

  12. This crossed my mind as well, but I don't know. On one of the the other threads here, someone mentioned that their Senator stated that he would be willing to sacrifice his job in order to get this legislation to pass. That kind of attitude goes beyond pragmatism.

    Well, I think that's where Harry Reid is on healthcare legislation right now. He is very likely to lose in November and he sees this legislation as buying him a place in history. One can only hope the other politicians in the House and Senate are less committed to the cause and thus more likely to want to save their electoral asses.

  13. Politically, #6 is out. So, the "worst case" from the Dem's perspective would be: house passes Senate legislation as-is, and that's that.

    I wonder if that would actually happen in the event that Brown wins. Remember, each Congressman has to run every two years and a Brown victory in Mass, the bluest of blue states, would send shock waves through both the House and the Senate. Pelosi might have a tough time getting the simple majority she needs to pass the bill.

  14. I tend to be very weary about context when seeing/hearing clips like this, so I'll look into it a bit more. On the surface though, I'm speechless. It is one for the horror file.

    I don't know the context of the clip either, but I have listened to the Ed Schultz Show and he's quite a left-wing agitator. The other day he was ranting and raving about how even if healthcare reform isn't everything "we" (I guess he means leftists) want it to be, it will still represent a huge political victory for Democrats and must be supported because of that fact alone. Who cares about destroying the finest healthcare system in the world, political victory for Obama should be our primary concern. :thumbsup:

  15. ...it is to make a lot of the other poor dumb bastards die for their country.

    Patton did have a certain way with words, didn't he? :thumbsup:

    I think you've also nailed it. In the military, as with any large organization, you have many individuals working toward the same goal. This isn't collectivist any more than being an employee of a large corporation or a member of a sports team requires a collectivist mindset. For certain rather obvious reasons, sensitive details about a given military situation aren't distributed to everyone in the chain of command, so each individual needs to do what his/her superior tells him to do. Deviating from that disciplined approach puts the military's mission at risk and threatens your own life as well as the lives of one's fellow soldiers.

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