atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3438: "This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays."

As I've said before: when in doubt, go for the Douglas Adams quote.

I used to know how to handle Thursdays, but then again that was when I was employed full-time in a white-collar job where I worked in an office Monday through Friday. When your biggest task of the week is applying for a job, things don't function as smoothly.

So, as my Dad used to say, "Here I sit in solemn joy." *sigh*

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And Karl Denninger sees a negative jobs outlook in the current unemployment statistics.

There is no recovery. There never was. It was a chimera manufactured by excessive deficit spending and government number fiddling.

Meanwhile the guys in D.C. have no trouble whatsoever paying their bills, and the richest counties in the nation are the ones around the place.

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This is what socialized medicine does: it kills people by refusing to pay for their care. People who want socialized medicine claim that it "takes care of people". Well, they're right, sort of: it "takes care" of them the way a gangster "takes care" of his competitors.

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The AMA says that the government should levy taxes to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. *sigh*

You know, I'm tired of all these busybodies trying to tell me what I can eat and drink. I'll eat and drink what I damn well please, because fuck you.

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Two things about the Fast-and-Furious non-scandal:

Alan Caruba. He says it's a Democrat Watergate. I'd like to believe him, but I'm not sure I do, as outlined below.


I say "non-scandal" because the mainstream media steadfastly refuses to investigate or discuss the story. It's as if Woodward and Bernstein, in 1972, shrugged off the things they'd heard about Watergate because Nixon was their guy and was trying to do something about advancing an age-old liberal shibboleth.

(I do believe that if Nixon had been a Democrat we'd never have heard a peep about Watergate. And if Nixon hadn't been the guy who got Alger Hiss. Liberals hated Nixon long before Watergate, solely because he had the gall to get a Soviet spy convicted of espionage.)

The press really doesn't want anyone to know about F&F, because if it becomes common knowledge that BATFE was letting guns go to Mexico illegally, the people are going to want to know why the BATFE was doing this...and the whole charade about most of the illegal guns in Mexico coming from the US will come down, setting back--by decades--the liberal cause of civilian disarmament.

And it might also lead people to wonder if our government was getting just a wee mite too big for its britches.

Can't have that. "Don't stampede the sheeple!" Besides, it makes Democrats look bad, and we can't have that, either.

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Midwest Chick links a story about Michigan educators' unions strong-arming members because the state can no longer deduct union dues from teachers' paychecks.

Her link eventually leads here, which is the whole story.

See, usually the employer has to deduct union dues from each paycheck and forward that money to the union itself. But this union was taking the money for a political action committee (PAC) and that is a violation of campaign finance laws. And since it's a violation of campaign finance laws to deduct union dues for PACs, the requirement was struck down by the state's supreme court, and further the state legislature enacted a law prohibiting such automatic deductions. And so, unions have to collect their dues in other ways.

Big surprise that a lot of union babies aren't paying their dues when they don't have to. And so the union is saying, "Pay up or lose your job!"

The question I have at this point is, can they do that? Legally, I mean? The union is not supposed to have power over hiring and firing; their job is to represent their members. I can see how the union could exert "pressure" (putting it charitably--threats of violence, and so on, as you usually see in union shops with union workers who feel entitled) to get someone to quit, but I don't see how the union could go in to the school board and say, "Okay, we're firing John Smith because he didn't pay his dues."

(The union could say, "Here's a list of people who didn't pay their dues. Fire them or we strike.")

...what I see coming out of that situation--however it might play out--is a huge mess of lawsuits against the union and the school board and the state educational establishment.

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The entitlement mentality of union workers never fails to astound me. Then again there isn't anything new about it. Look up the Luddite movement; it's the same thing.

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As for the weather, it's one of those "not hot but still crummy hot" days out there. Cloudy, cooler than the past three days, but sticky. I hope it rains.

...Monday looks to be fantastic. If the forecast holds, low 70s and no humidity--chilly at night, too.

My air conditioning bill appreciates that even if the lawn is turning brown.

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