Monthly Archives: February 2011
Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress and was one of Hollywood‘s leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. She became a star with the 1943 release of “The Outlaw,” Howard Hughes’ challenge to the Hollywood production code. At age 89, she has died.
Russell played Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope in “The Paleface” (1948), and she starred with Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 musical “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She appeared in two movies opposite Robert Mitchum, His Kind of Woman (1951) and Macao (1952). Other co-stars include Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx in the comedy Double Dynamite (1951); Victor Mature, Vincent Price and Hoagy Carmichael in The Las Vegas Story (1952); Jeff Chandler in Foxfire (1955); and Clark Gable and Robert Ryan in The Tall Men (1955).
Daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield said that Russell was a “pillar of health” but caught a bad cold and died of respiratory difficulties.
While we are thinking about Unions…Look at all we’ve forgotten (I don’t think Scott Walker ever knew)…
PBS is running a new American Experience documentary this evening on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City in 1911. It is an interesting and historically powerful story of the beginnings of the American Union movement… the conflict between the rich and the poor… and the use of strikes to get Union-only shops in the garment industry.
The fact that Triangle workers got some concessions in 1909 and 1910 in terms of wages and shift times, there was no change in working conditions and no collective bargaining. When the Triangle fire occurred in 1911, the ladies who worked there were inside locked doors (to keep workers from sneaking out with product when managers weren’t looking.) The 200 sewing machine workers were not alerted to the fire which began on the floor below… they were trapped. Some died in the fire… some jumped from windows, very few made it to a back alley fire escape. Many were trapped on an elevator that jammed after the first trip.
Labor was not considered the equal to management… but without that labor, the garment manufacturers would not have become wealthy. Isn’t it similar to how the citizens of Wisconsin benefit from Public Employees… teachers, firefighters, police, EMTs? While we don’t have the devastating tragedy of the Shirtwaist Fire in Wisconsin, we have people who are accused of being at fault due to their pension fund contributions…their own money…for the dismal economy. Not the bankers who overmortgaged and blew out the economy. Not the politicians who made sure the rich were not taxed on their incomes so that they could invest in those banks and stock brokerages that literally stole money from the pension funds of laborers.
In the 100 years since the Shirtwaist Fire and the major changes in Union organization and management/labor relationships it brought, we have forgotten the importance of workers and, as has been a conventional attitude of politicians from the right wing who oppose Unionism and negotiations, we are further away from the management changes that occurred over the next 4 decades.
We are back where we started from.
Just by insisting that he will not negotiate with the Public Employee unions, Governor Walker might as well be saying “your lives are meaningless.” Even when the employees WANT to take pay reductions and are willing to cooperate… but want collective bargaining, the thing that has made America from FDR to the present the symbol of the middle class glory, to remain a union option.
Just watching all this tonight has gotten my hackles up… I hope it has gotten to you, too.
- “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Some basic information” and related posts (theboweryboys.blogspot.com)
- Television Review: Two Remembrances of One Deadly Day in 1911 (tv.nytimes.com)
- Identifying the victims of a 100-year-old tragedy (boingboing.net)
- You: 100 Years Later, the Roll of the Dead in a Factory Fire Is Complete (nytimes.com)
- ‘American Experience’ looks at the 1911 Triangle fire (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- 100 Years Later, the Last Victims are Identified (neatorama.com)
- People@Work: Wisconsin Picks the Wrong Scapegoat for Its Budget Woes (dailyfinance.com)
- The Week Ahead: Feb. 27 – Mar. 5 (nytimes.com)
Wow… can you believe it?!
Oh, Wait… it’s a doctored video… the original is at Dr. Oz’s site (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/overcome-your-phobias-pt-4) …she’s really afraid of spiders.
- The Fundamentals of Phobias (everydayhealth.com)
- Phobias – A Self-Help Guide (therapyworksheets.blogspot.com)
- Dentophobia (bbc.co.uk)
- Overcoming Fear of Snakes (brighthub.com)
- Weird Phobias (socyberty.com)
- WI-Gov: Buyer’s remorse for Scott Walker (dailykos.com)
- New Poll Shows Wisconsin Voters With Buyers’ Remorse (slog.thestranger.com)
- Wisconsin Do Over? (politicalwire.com)
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (usnews.com)
- The heroes in the Wisconsin Story (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Wisconsin union files unfair labor practices charge against Walker (+ link to full complaint) (wilderside.wordpress.com)
Buckles said he had lied about his age in 1917 when he was 16 so he could enlist. The Army sent him to France, where he drove ambulances and motorcycles. After the armistice, he helped return German prisoners of war to their country.
In 1941, he was working in Manila for the American President Line, a shipping company. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines during World War II, Buckles was captured and spent 3 1/2 years in a prisoner-of-war camp before he was rescued by American forces when they retook the Island nation.
David DeJonge, a Michigan filmmaker, is producing a documentary on Buckles’ life titled “Pershing’s Last Patriot: The Story of Frank Woodruff Buckles, America’s Last Veteran of World War I.” It will be narrated by actor Richard Thomas.
- Frank Buckles, Last American WWI Vet, Dies at 110 (outsidethebeltway.com)
- RIP CPL Frank Buckles – Pershing’s Last Patriot (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- RIP Frank Buckles (neatorama.com)
- Last Living US WWI Vet Dies at Age 110 (abcnews.go.com)
- America’s last surviving WW1 veteran Frank Buckles dies aged 110 years old (dailymail.co.uk)
- Andrew Sullivan Moving To ‘Newsweek’ And ‘Daily Beast': ‘Daily Dish’ Leaves ‘The Atlantic’ (alternet.org)
- Andrew Sullivan Leaving Atlantic (themoderatevoice.com)
- Andrew Sullivan Joins Tina Brown’s Team at ‘The Daily Beast’ and ‘Newsweek’ (mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Home News (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
Scott Walker says that Wisconsin Public Employees do not currently pay their pension funds…but this is a LIE.
Look at this article quote from Forbes Magazine:
If the Wisconsin governor and state legislature were to be honest, they would correctly frame this issue. They are not, in fact, asking state employees to make a larger contribution to their pension and benefits programs as that would not be possible- the employees are already paying 100% of the contributions.
What they are actually asking is that the employees take a pay cut.
I am an attorney in Southern California, and a frequent writer, speaker and consultant on health care policy and politics. To that end, I am active member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Based in beautiful Santa Monica, California, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to be a contributor to Forbes. I’ve recently finished a book designed to make the health care debate understandable to the average reader, and expect it to be out in the next five months or earlier.
- Sunday Must Reading (middletownmike.blogspot.com)
- The Lies Of Scott Walker: Pension Edition (oliverwillis.com)
- “The Big Lie About the Wisconsin Pension Story” and related posts (therumpus.net)
- The Media Isn’t Telling You That Wisconsin Public Workers Pay for 100% of Their Pensions and Health-Care (alternet.org)
- Walker says Wisconsin protests haven’t changed his mind (capitolhillblue.com)
- Wisconsin Governor Urges Senate Vote on Union Bill (online.wsj.com)
From Barry Ritholtz:
Someone I spoke with claimed that Ailes was scheduled to speak at their event in March, but canceled. It appears that Roger’s people, ostensibly using a clause in his contract, said he “cannot appear for legal reasons.”
I asked “What, precisely, does that mean?”
If this is true, it will be a huge story. Only last week was it revealed that Judith Regan has a tape of Ailes instructing her to lie about Bernie Kerick in 2004 when Giuliani‘s buddy was being investigated for a Federal position.
- Fox News Boss Roger Ailes to Be Indicted??? (businessinsider.com)
- NEWS CORP’S WEAK STATEMENT ON ROGER AILES: Judith Regan’s New Story Is That Roger Ailes Did Not Tell Her To Lie (businessinsider.com)
- There’s A Report Going Around That Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Is About To Be Indicted (businessinsider.com)
- Roger Ailes to be Indicted? (politicalwire.com)
- Roger Ailes Doesn’t Remember Threatening Anybody (esquire.com)
- Roger Ailes to be Indicted (ritholtz.com)
- Could Roger Ailes Have Told Someone To Lie? (theawl.com)
Hard decisions this week… there were so many good cartoons and so many important news stories to comment on. Anyway, here are my finals:
So Democracy for Workers costs more than an Arm and a Leg!
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It’s all about Organizing…
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It’s helping us become one big country again…
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The attention to detail is what makes everything work…
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The DNC adopted a resolution yesterday to goose Obama in his getout from Afghanistan and to change the focus to job creation with results BY JULY! More power to them. Now that we have national polling results of over 70% of Americans wanting us out of Afghanistan ASAP, the DNC As such, they are joining the new majority.
The DNC also expressed support for the Unions and the Wisconsin Demonstrators. It’s clear that they have their ear to the ground as they plan the 2012 campaigns.
Anyway, here’s the transcript of yesterday’s resolution:
Resolution Supporting Ending the War in Afghanistan Now and Transferring the Funding to Job Creation, other Crucial Domestic Priorities and Deficit Reduction
WHEREAS, the United States has been involved in war in Afghanistan for almost a decade and remains militarily engaged in what has become the longest war in American history; and
WHEREAS, the mounting costs of the war in Afghanistan, now totaling over $100 billion a year, have constrained efforts to invest in job creation and in strengthening our country and our economy; and
WHEREAS, according to a Gallup Poll released February 2, 2011, 72% of Americans favor action to “speed up the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan”; and
WHEREAS, President Obama supports a transition to an Afghan-led security arrangement in Afghanistan “because open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people‘s”; and
WHEREAS, a diplomatic solution in Afghanistan that emphasizes economic development, political reconciliation and inclusion, the engagement of regional and global stakeholders, and the safeguarding of basic human rights is essential to ensure long-term stability in Afghanistan and the surrounding region; and
WHEREAS, military and intelligence officials agree that the situation in Afghanistan will not ultimately be resolved by a military solution; and
WHEREAS, the national and economic security of the United States depend upon a national defense strategy which addresses the modern threat of global terrorism in an effective, sustainable, and comprehensive manner; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Democratic Party recognizes the enormous strain placed on the U.S. military servicemembers, and their families since 2001 as a result of continuing engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains committed to ensuring that our troops have the support that they require when deployed as well as the care that they and their families need and deserve when they return home;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Party supports prioritizing job creation and a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011.
- DNC Pressures Obama, Passes Resolution Endorsing Swift End To Afghanistan War (alternet.org)
- DNC chairman: ‘We’re going to play for the big win’ (thehill.com)
- Rep. Mike Honda: One Year After Escalation, Afghanistan War Still Faltering (huffingtonpost.com)
- Charlotte leaders head to D.C. to brief party leaders on DNC (charlotte.news14.com)
- DNC: No corporate cash at convention (politico.com)
- Largest crowds since Vietnam War march in Wisconsin (reuters.com)
- Wisconsin Sees Biggest Rally Since Vietnam War (alan.com)
- Voices from the massive pro-union rally in Wisconsin (reuters.com)
- Thousands take Wisconsin labor protest into its eighth day – Detroit Free Press (news.google.com)
- Religious Voices Enter Wisconsin Union Debate (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin governor raises stakes in union fight with threat of job losses – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- Thousands converge on Wisconsin for more protests (msnbc.msn.com)
Sorry about yesterday. I was so down with flu and fever that I went on a NyQuil sleep-a-thon and didn’t get to the blog. But, coughing and sneezing, I’m back today and just starting to go through HuffPo, the NY Times and my other News Sources (while watching Charles Osgood on TV) to find this morning’s big issues. Come back in a little while…
You go Rachel!
- More on Rachel Maddow, PolitiFact and other fun stuff In case… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Watch: Rachel Maddow Interviews Defiant Democratic Wisconsin Senator on the Union Protests (towleroad.com)
Dear Social Justice Warrior,
It’s time to expose the Koch Brothers and their power grab in Wisconsin.
That’s why we wanted you to be the first to see our brand new Koch Monopoly infographic:
- Billionaire Koch Brothers’ Money Plays Role In Wisconsin Fight Against Unions (huffingtonpost.com)
- [Re:Wisconsin] It’s Time to begin converting Teabaggers! (curmilus.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Is Part of a Nation of Laws (lezgetreal.com)
- Scott Walker Claims He’s Never Met the Koch Brothers and Doesn’t Know Who Breitbart Is (crooksandliars.com)
- Philip Radford: A Familiar — and Frightening — Story in Wisconsin (huffingtonpost.com)
- Koch Whore: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (iflizwerequeen.com)
The other night while looking up an e-mail address I felt a little snap in my head and the next thing I knew my wife was asking me questions. They were the usual… my daughters’ names, my dogs’ names… and, as usual in one of these, I couldn’t remember them.
To me it took about 20 minutes to snap out of it and start remembering names. Elly says it was more like fifty minutes and I spent a long time just staring straight ahead until I started speaking again. I do not remember this.
Now, for the last couple of days, I sit in fear that this will happen again while Elly is at work and I won’t remember any of it. Or, it will happen and I won’t snap out of it at all.
- Petit mal seizure – All Information (umm.edu)
- Seizures & Glitches (matakokiri.wordpress.com)
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Seizures (everydayhealth.com)
“Is there a certain political benefit? That’s yet to be determined,” Parker told TPM. “But I can tell you the base of the Democratic party is pretty riled up in the state of Indiana right now.”
“We may not have a lot of numbers right now,” he added. “But this shows…we’re not just going to roll over and play dead.”
- Ind. GOP leader: No compromise with absent Dems (sfgate.com)
- Dems leave Indiana House, stalling GOP labor bills (sfgate.com)
- Indiana GOP Drops Union Bill (online.wsj.com)
- Ind. Democrats flee to Illinois, block labor bill (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Indiana Democrats won’t return until bill is shelved (thehill.com)
“This is not about the budget at all… this is about trying to destroy people’s right to collectively bargain. If you begin with a dishonest approach…and begin making threats…it’s a really an assault on Wisconsin‘s traditions. It’s really something a new governor shouldn’t be doing.”
“I call on him tonight to pull back, to drop this issue of collective bargaining and get back to budgeting“
- Russ Feingold explains the bait and switch of Scott Walker (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Russ Feingold Rallies Protesters In Wisconsin (huffingtonpost.com)
- The dirty secret about Wisconsin (salon.com)
- “Billionaire Koch Brothers Bankrolled Scott Walker’s Campaign: Out of State Big Money Agenda Guides Union Busting Efforts” and related posts (faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com)
My Cousin Bob turned me onto this… it’s called “hand dancing” and it’s brilliant (they’ve also made a (brief) McDonald’s coffee commercial.
If you saw or heard this yesterday it probably got your dander up. For those of us who depend on wi-fi to maintain a connection with the thinking world, this should be seriously looked into. From WRN:
Anyone logging on at the state capitol’s wi-fi connection as a guest could not access defendwisconsin.org for a time Monday. Sachen Chheda, a former capitol tech worker and current Chairman of the Milwaukee County Dems, says the screenshot looked like an intentional blockage used by an older program with which he was familiar.
The site serves as a focal point for the protesters and those opposing Governor Walker’s budget repair bill.
Also on the Democratic conference call this morning was a former assistant state Attorney General. Charles Hoornstra says if the activity was deliberate it opens up those responsible to lawsuits either at the state or federal level.
Walker’s office calls the claim by Democrats “lies.” In a statement, Spokesman Cullen Werwie says the Department of Administration blocks all new websites shortly after they are created, until they go through a software approval program that unblocks them. He notes within 30 minutes of being notified this website was blocked, DOA immediately made the website accessible.
Cullen adds the Governor believes in protesters right to voice their opinions as evident by capitol hours being changed to allow them extensive access.
- Wisconsin Governor Accused Of Blocking Union Internet Access Mubarak-Style (alan.com)
- Scott “Hosni” Walker blocking access to pro-union Web site (dailykos.com)
- Pro-Union Website ‘Defend Wisconsin’ Blocked In Capitol (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin Senate Dems. prevent vote on harsh GOP budget by leaving for ‘undisclosed location’ (americablog.com)
- Wisconsin governor rejects union compromise – USA Today (news.google.com)
What does it mean to take away bargaining rights from public employee’s unions? As we watch the Republicans in Wisconsin, it might be worth it to look at Indiana where, 5 years ago upon being elected, Republican Governor Mitch Daniels eliminated collective bargaining for public unions in that state. Now their state legislature is carrying things a step further…it’s going after the PRIVATE UNIONS (just what the Wisconsin Republicans are denying will ever happen). And, according to Politico, their getting the same kind of response that is occurring in Wisconsin now:
“The Indiana bill bars unions from negotiating contracts and requires that non-union members pay fees. In response to the Indiana bill, just two of the 40 House Democrats showed up in the state legislature Tuesday.”
It is not going to be enough, however, for Democrats to just avoid showing up to prevent votes from happening. We have to get to the point where Republicans agree to the Democratic principle of COMPROMISE… something that has distinguished this country since it was formed in the eighteenth century. Yet, Scott Walker is insisting he will not compromise on the matter of collective bargaining, even though the Unions have agreed on salary cuts and just about every other request…wanting only to retain their major human right to negotiate and compromise.
Governor Daniels in Indiana, probably because he is heading for a presidential primary run and doesn’t want to appear offensive to anyone, has now come out publicly to have his Republican legislative majority to stop campaigning to eliminate bargaining rights for all unions.
Of course, Republican Governor Kasich, to make sure managers maintain control of public unions…especially teachers…has steered the Ohio General Assembly to consider a proposal similar to legislation introduced by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin that would roll back collective bargaining rights for public employees, including teachers. While saying that this move is not meant to destroy unions, how can it be looked at any other way given the occurances in Indiana and Wisconsin?
STAHL: But governing means compromising.
BOEHNER: It means working together.
STAHL: It also means compromising.
BOEHNER: It means finding common ground.
STAHL: Okay, is that compromising?
BOEHNER: I made it clear I am not going to compromise on my principles, nor am I going to compromise the will of the American people.
STAHL: What are you saying? You’re saying, “I want common ground, but I’m not gonna compromise.” I don’t understand that. I really don’t.
BOEHNER: When you say the word “compromise,” a lot of Americans look up and go, “Uh oh, they’re gonna sell me out.” And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense.
Then, Stahl noted that Boehner compromised his position on the Bush tax cuts to get a deal with Obama last week, noting that he had wanted the all the Bush-era tax cuts extended permanently but only got a two-year extension. Boehner again said it wasn’t a compromise. “Why won’t you say you’re afraid of the word,” Stahl asked. “I reject the word,” Boehner said.
OK. My wife is a community college teacher who works for the State of Maryland. I am a retired Social Security recipient who must start Medicare and Medicaid in May. If we are anything we are, and have always been, Middle Class. And we see the Republicans coming directly at us… and we are prepared to do something about it. We will campaign for candidates who will refuse to send this country back to the days of Herbert Hoover. I will make this blog a source for truth and information protesting the Middle Class destruction that the 1% rich, like the Koch Brothers, are investing their assets in. Together we will continue to fight for the Middle Class and try to make the members of that Class who voted for Republicans in the last elections realize how they were..and still are…being used.
- First Thoughts: The Party of No (Compromise) (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Indiana Democrats Walk Out to Protest Union-Busting Bill, Deny Quorum (news.firedoglake.com)
- Indiana governor says state Democrats will return if bill is tabled (thehill.com)
- Political Fight Over Unions Escalates (online.wsj.com)
- Message from UFCW International President, Joe Hansen; Re: Wisconsin (ufcwblog.blogspot.com)
- “Cairo in Wisconsin: union protests spread, labor back to life” and related posts (reidreport.com)
- Why Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Won’t Take Union Concessions (alan.com)
- Radical Right: The Truth Behind The Anti-Union Assault …ThinkProgress.org (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Poll Shows Support for Public Employees, Protesters in Wisconsin Fight (news.firedoglake.com)
- Indiana House Democrats Leave State to Block Anti-Union Bill (towleroad.com)
- Ohio, Indiana See Protests Against Anti-Union Bills (news.firedoglake.com)
If only Mount Rushmore could talk! Think what thoughts these great and former Presidents might have on the anti-Union aggression of Gov. Scott Walker and his minions…
“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people”
- Faces In Stone: The Mount Rushmore of The NHL Rookies (bleacherreport.com)
- What’s wrong with presidential rankings (cnn.com)
- Can You Guess the Greatest (and Worst) U.S. Presidents? (psychologytoday.com)
- Celebrate Presidents Day with Google’s U.S. Presidents Showcase (downloadsquad.switched.com)
‘Obama‘s outspokenness about the labor battle in
Wisconsin offers a glimmer of hope that he might lead
the fight for what many Americans, not just Democrats,
care about – from job creation to an energy plan to an
attack on the deficit that brackets the high-end Bush-
era tax cuts with serious Medicare/Medicaid reform and
further strengthening of the health care law. Will he
do so? The answer to that question is at least as
mysterious as the identity of whatever candidate the
desperate G.O.P. finds to run against him. ‘
– Frank Rich in the NY Times.
- “Frank Rich sees an opportunity in the GOP’s flight from reality, but wonders whether our president is of a mind to take advantage of it” and related posts (downwithtyranny.blogspot.com)
- Op-Ed Columnist: The G.O.P.’s Post-Tucson Traumatic Stress Disorder (nytimes.com)
- Republicans Promising Cuts Deliver Deficit-Raising Policies (businessweek.com)
- Medicare Head Dodges GOP Health Law Questions (foxnews.com)
As we budget, let’s not forget what we’re wasting on the military…
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… of course, it’s the example we set for armies in the Middle East…
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…then again, maybe peace and freedom will eventually triumph over military might.