Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

So, so true

Headline of the hour

This is simply beyond outrageous:

Black Friday Worker Rescued From Canal After Losing Control Of Car Due To Exhaustion

A 36-year-old Target employee drove her car into a 20-foot deep canal after working the night shift on Black Friday.

Florida police said the woman lost control of her vehicle due to exhaustion, reports Miami New Times.

The woman is unable to swim, but managed to call police from her cell phone and explain the situation as she and the car began to sink, notes NBC Miami.

Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Frank Mayo dove into the canal to save the unidentified woman, reports The Palm Beach Post.

When is our society going to stop this appalling absurdity? I want to assert that everyone who shops on Black Friday is complicit in this sort of thing.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CNN Quickvote

Well, this is somewhat reassuring:

How did you shop on Black Friday?

I didn't

In stores


I didn't either!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Something about wealth

I read the following over on Democratic Underground:

In better times, I had a boss who was from Sweden. She told me that money is like manure. If it piles up in one place, it stinks and it doesn't do any good. If you spread it around instead, things grow and the stink goes away.

It's good, isn't it? :-)

You can read the whole post right here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ooh, the snark!

Check this out:

Newt Gingrich says he wants to get rid of Social Security. Who is more qualified to give this country financial advice than a guy who ran up a half-million dollar bill at Tiffany’s.

- David Letterman


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Honoring the day

"For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal."
John F. Kennedy, Speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963
35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pretty good question:

Is anybody surprised?

At this, I mean:

There is one sticking divide. And that's the issue of what I call shared sacrifice ... And that line in the sand, we haven't seen Republicans willing to cross yet.

-- Patty Murray, Senator from Washington and co-chair of the supercommittee that has been tasked to develop a plan to reduce the U.S. deficit by at least $1.2 trillion

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wow, have you seen this?

Oh. My. God.

I read somewhere that pepper spray down the throat can kill and that some of the students were coughing up blood hours after having been sprayed.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oh, this one's rich!

Here you go:

If God told Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, and Herman Cain to run for president, then God obviously wants Barack Obama to win.

-- Randi Rhodes


A little perspective:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So, so wrong

Just look:

I went down to the park to observe the situation... Unfortunately, I was assaulted by a police officer.

-- YDANIS RODRÍGUEZ, New York City Councilman, after his arrest during the NYPD's raid on Occupy Wall Street protestors camp in Zuccotti Park

Is this going to get addressed or not?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I certainly agree:

Encouraging, indeed

"Looking back at the past year, I think I can say that it has been eventful, energizing and to a certain extent encouraging."

-- AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Myanmar democracy leader Monday on the anniversary of her release from house arrest.

Monday, November 14, 2011

This DOES seem to be some people's attitude:

Quote of the day

Well, this is refreshing:

The man is the most un-Berlusconiesque person you can think of...He's like clean water after you've been drinking too much.

-- Beppe Severgnini, Italian author, on his country's new prime minister, Mario Monti.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday art blogging

Artist: Seitei (Shotei) Watanabe 1851-1918

Clever --- very:

Quote of the evening (so to speak...)

By Michele Bachmann:

If you look at China, they don't have food stamps.

So, China is now the standard we're trying to live up to????

Simply pathetic.

You can read more about it right here.

Oh, here's a little something extra for you. One reader made this snarky comment:

Chinese don't need food stamps, they are supporting themselves on all those jobs we offshore to them.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh, this one's really funny:

Sojourners quote of the week

Right here:

When extreme weather hits, we hear about the property damage and insurance costs. The healthcare costs never end up on the tab.

- Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council, co-author of study estimating that deaths and health problems from floods, drought, and other U.S. disasters related to climate change cost an estimated $14 billion over the last decade

That's a huge amount.

Hell, yeah:

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Good for Ohio

Take a look:

And here's a comment to the article that I really appreciate:

Unions are largely responsible for the middle class, even if you aren't in one. Unions historically represented workers who individually had no bargaining power, typically people who are easily replaced. Without the power of collective bargaining those workers would never have achieved reasonable wages and benefits.

Even nonunion workers benefit from unions in a couple of ways. First, in industries where workers are known to unionize, employers have an incentive to keep them happy so they won't unionize. Second, higher wages and benefits for one segment of the workforce bleed over into other segments. You and union workers are both part of a larger workforce and what affects one finds ways to affect the other.

This was by someone known online as "skytag".

Something to think about VERY seriously:

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

A CNN quickvote

I have to say, I agree with the majority here. Mind you, the "spring forward" bit is considerably worse than the "fall back" that we've just had. Still, each time my biological clock is messed up for a good week.

Do we still need Daylight Saving Time?



This is such an important point:

Friday, November 04, 2011

When there is little to no regulation

Listen up all you libertarians out there:

They just consider production, not safety. If someone dies, he can be replaced tomorrow.

-- A Zambian Copper Miner as quoted in a new Human Rights Watch report that says Chinese-run copper mines in Zambia are dangerously unsafe and owners routinely flout the rights of workers

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

One answer at least...

I found this over at Democratic Underground:

Click to enlarge.