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Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Day goes to bat for a misunderstood union buster

Today the Day joins the anti-union push, and in its usual somewhat muddled fashion, helps push the meme that the only thing standing between America and prosperity is unions, and please to ignore those corporations sitting on piles of cash they won’t even share with their shareholders. We are treated to a sympathetic portrayal of […]

Scratch Pawlenty off the list

Seems to me that Tim Pawlenty has effectively put himself out of the running as a viable candidate for the Republican nomination for President: Likely Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty won’t be joining mock candidate Donald Trump in his efforts to put birthers back on the political front burner: “I, for one, do not believe […]

The Majesty of the Law

When I first read this article in the Times, it brought to mind Anatole France’s observation that “[t]he law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” Charlie Engle (who, though not exactly poor, was definitely not rich) […]

Friday Night Video-Some Wishful Thinking

It certainly does seem like years been it’s been clear. An ode to the coming Spring. By the way, the video features, along with George: Ringo, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Elton John and Phil Collins. Not a bad collection of talent.

Wisconsin Republicans learned from their favorite son

Joe McCarthy must be proud of his home grown emulators. The Wisconsin Republicans have launched a brazenly open witch hunt against a Wisconsin professor who dared to write an op-ed piece in the New York Times that they didn’t like. The GOP demanded access to his emails, in the hope that they could make a […]

Investigative Journalism at the Day

In today’s Day appears the second in a series of investigative articles. The first, which examined reaction in the boating industry to a proposed tax on boats, has now been followed by an equally hard hitting piece on the reaction among the folks who play with planes to a proposed tax on airplanes. The results […]

Money in spam

Yesterday I was the victim of an onslaught of spam comments. 61, all touting the benefits of a device or drug that promised to enlarge a certain portion of the male anatomy. Each was from a different IP address, so it was rather tedious work adding them all to my blacklist. It appears to have […]

Delivering lives of quiet desperation, one sucker at a time

Today, as I was rambling through the internet, I came upon an advertisement for an institution of higher learning: Walden University. At first I thought it must be a joke. Isn’t Walden the college for slackers made famous in Doonesbury? Indeed, it is, though in the comics the institution is, if I’m not mistaken, a […]

Report from Boston

We are in Boston at the moment. Some friends of ours got tickets to Hair, and we joined them here to see the show last night. We got here early yesterday, so I did a little exploring in the environs. The old Town Hall is across the street from our hotel, and I came across […]

A bit of good legal news

Some good news to partially offset the fact that this allegedly bankrupt country is now raining expensive missiles on yet another country, with no clear explanation of what we expect to accomplish or how we know we’ve done so. On Monday, a federal appeals court reinstated a key legal challenge to that surveillance: a lawsuit […]