Archive for September 2, 2012
Betty Ryan’s son, Paul, went on national TV and made a shambles of his mother’s ability to raise children. Can you imagine the shame she must feel right now? Her son is the nominee to run for the second highest office in the land. This would normally be a great source of pride. But poor Betty had to sit and watch her son stand before the country and lie, lie, lie. It must have made her feel so bad that people would think that she couldn’t raise a son who at a moment that should be so wonderful felt he had to lie. She must be ashamed to show her face among her family and friends, let alone out in public in Janesville.
At least that is how my mother and all the other mothers I have ever known would have reacted after something like the lie filled performance her son made Wednesday at the RNC. Poor Betty, having to wear the shame of a son who can’t tell the truth. Hope she has a huge bar of soap (union made I hope) to wash that mouth out good and forever.
Election 2012 – A poll on gullibility and stupidity?
Mitt Romney never tells the truth anymore. Ability to lie with a straight face appears to be a requisite to be his vice-president. I doubt they will change this tactic between now and Nov. 6th. So what does that tell you about people who would vote for someone who looks them straight in the eye and lies? They must be either totally gullible or just plain stupid. I think most of us will be amazed at how many fit one of these descriptions this fall. Surely explains why advertising is such a lucrative business in this country.
Would you hire an applicant that lied on his application?
Simple question. The GOP claims to be the party of business. We have a couple of guys applying for jobs where truth and discretion are paramount attributes. So these two guys are filling out their application right now and they seem to have a lot of trouble telling the truth. So if they have to lie to get hired, what makes you think they will change and tell the truth after they arew hired. Honestly, Mr. Businessman, would you trust Romney and Ryan to work in your store or at your warehouse, let alone in the office where they could do some real damage?
Convention Shows Off GOP Power Structure.
DemocracyNow! had some excellent coverage behind the scenes at the convention while the networks were running the show that the party handed them. Friday Amy Goodman has a great segment on the power behind the scenes.
This reminds me of a post I put up almost exactly a year ago. To be honest while Romney wears the crown, the power is Karl Rove, Charles and David Koch and Sheldon Adelstein. It made no difference which politician wore the crown at the end, the power is behind the scenes.
Galbraith Summed Up the Republicans Long Ago
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
In November, Women Will Remember!
This should help in understanding Mittens:
Got to admit it – no matter who wants the credit for building America there is one group that can really lay claim – that is the laborer. Their hammers, their wrenches, their power tools are the ones that have turned asphalt into highways and stone into buildings. Last year I had a short quiz on labor. It is way beyond time for another. Here is hoping this old head doesn’t repeat some questions, because I am sure you have last year’s memorized.
1) July 3, 1835 – labor history is made when
a) miners in West Virginia stage the first mine action.
b) women strike for 12 hour days in the garment district
c) children in the silk mills of New Jersey strike for 6 – 11 hour days.
d) A Virginia court outlaws labor associations.
2) March 1842 – a landmark legal decision rules that:
a) labor unions are first recognized as legal
b) labor unions are ruled illegal conspiracies.
c) children were outlawed from forming unions
d) women were outlawed from forming unions
3) The first national labor federation in the United States was formed in 1866. It was
a) The Knights of Labor
b) The American Federation of Labor
c) The Brotherhood of the Footboard (railroad)
d) The National Labor Union
4) The Knights of Labor were organized by
a) Samuel Gompers
b) Uriah Stephans
c) Lemuel Shaw
d) John Brown
5) Irish coal miners in Pennsylvania in the 1870s were often thought to be members of a secret society called:
a) the Mother Joneses
b) The Ancient Order of Hibernia
c) the Workingman’s Benevolent Association
d) the Molly Maguires
6) May Day celebrations date back to:
a) The Bay View Tragedy in Milwaukee in 1886
b) The demand for an 8 hour work day by the Knights of Labor in 1886
c) The Haymarket Riots of May 1886 in Chicago
d) the Great Southwestern Railroad strikes of 1886 against the Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads.
7) A series of mine strikes and owner strike breaking actions took place in what state in the 1890s and early 1900s?
a) West Virginia
8) A 1914 report of the Commission of Industrial Relations about how many US workers were killed and injured in industrial accidents?
a) 35,000 killed, 700,000 injured
b) 12,000 killed, 400,000 injured
c) 50,000 killed, 1 million injured
d) 7,000 killed, 150,000 injured
9) Where and when was the first teachers union formed?
a) 1837 Massachusetts
b) 1847 Scotland
c) 1933 Chicago
d) 1961 New York City
10) Which President issued Executive Order 10988 establishing limited collective bargaining for federal workers?
a) Grover Cleveland
b) Franklin Roosevelt
c) Jack Kennedy
d) Jimmy Carter
Have a good labor day folks. Remember that labor has contributed every bit as much (I’d say much more) as capital has to this country.
Here are some answers:
1) c) yep kids wanted a little down time
2) a) in Commonwealth v. Hunt labor unions first receive legal status in Massachusetts
3) d) the National Labor Union. It only lasted a few years, but it started the ball rolling
4) b) Uriah Stephenson
5) d) The Molly Maguires
6) c) The Haymarket Riots in Chicago May 4th 1886
7) d) Colorado including places such as Leadville and Cripple Creek. Management was determined to crush the unions.
8) a) 35,000 killed, 700,000 injured – scary numbers
9) b) 1847 Scotland – kind of a trick question
10) c) Jack Kennedy in 1962. This didn’t allow unions, but it was a start to organizing public workers.