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"...Democratic senators repeatedly asked their GOP colleagues during the debate why NCAE was being singled out in this legislation and no answer was given. Many legal observers predicted the silence was because Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) revealed too much in committee last week. Hise, the bill sponsor, admitted in the Rules Committee that he was told that Senate Bill 727 would not progress through the General Assembly unless it was targeted specifically at NCAE.
Senator Doug Berger (D-Franklin) admonished his Senate colleagues for their political pettiness. “If this legislation passes, it will be the most shameful act passed by this legislative body,” he said before explaining the illegality of the bill. “It is pure discrimination and you’re asking for a law suit. It will be struck down by the courts...”
North Carolina does not have unions. The NCAE is an advocacy group with no power to strike or anything else.
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"...I’m not sure where Ryan’s going with this “class envy” thing but recently, I have gotten really nostalgic for the 70′s, minus the bad fashion and avocado and gold color schemes. I grew up in an America where you could own a house and two cars on one measly income. I can’t recall anyone in my family moping around resentful of the rich. It would have been nice to have a college fund but it’s not like we were hungry, homeless or over our heads in debt. Every kid had their own bedroom and we went to DisneyWorld on vacation a couple of times. The rest of the time we went camping. Ok, so we had a single color TV and every time the sucker went on the fritz, my dad would swear he wasn’t going to get it fixed so that we could all learn to enjoy each other’s company.
That lasted about 72 hours.
When people are losing their jobs and homes and are angry that the rich aren’t paying their fair share, like at the level they did when I was a kid, I’m pretty certain it’s not “class envy” they’re expressing. It’s righteous indignation that they’re getting screwed by the bastards who aren’t even pretending anymore that tax cuts create jobs..."
For all you tongue-clickers, let's have a Daily Flashback to this.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Simply Left BehindThe Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: Privatizing The Country:
"Y'know, it's not enough that conservatives screwed the American people by insisting that perfectly good utilities like your power company or the telephone system be deregulated and then handed back to the free markets.
Cuz, you know, that worked so well for the average American...."
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"President Obama has officially kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign, and don't Republicans know it. The president is expected any day now to sign an executive order that routs 70 years of efforts to get politics out of official federal business.
Under the order, all companies (and their officers) would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts. Companies can bid and lose out for the sin of donating to Republicans. Or they can protect their livelihoods by halting donations to the GOP altogether—which is the White House's real aim. Think of it as 'not-pay to play...'"
Well, that's one way of looking at it.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
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"Since the election of Barack Obama, the Republican Party has proved that one of its central intellectual arguments was right all along. It has long claimed that evolution is a myth believed in only by whiny liberals – and it turns out it was on to something. Every six months, the party venerates a new hero, and each time it is somebody further back on the evolutionary scale..."
Monday, May 02, 2011
Today my son trooped aboard a jet and disappeared into the sky, destinied for the war. I never wanted him anywhere near the fighting but he said "Dad, that's where the mission is."
And now that's where he is.
I never wanted any American in the Iraq war; I was deadset against it long before all the braying jackasses decided it was a bad idea. If the politicians all had "some skin in the game," then maybe they would give more careful consideration of American blood in foreign adventures.
Please give me and my boy a hopeful prayer and let him and all our sons and daughters return home safely, for they were not the cause of these wars and they should not have to bear the burdens for other people's flawed egos and poor judgment.
God save us all and bless the real patriots.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
"WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition.
And yet in education we do just that. When we don’t like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers. When we don’t like the way particular schools perform, we blame the teachers and restrict their resources..."