Shoulda stood in bed

Hmm. Who had the worse week, Pepsi and its now-pulled “Kendall Jenner joins the demo!” ad? United Airlines and its “re-accommodation” of a passenger because it needed the space to send four of its employees to Louisville? Or Presidential flack Sean Spicer and his multiple missteps about Hitler and chemical gas usage? I think I’m …

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Anniversaries

This is poignant, don’t you agree? Each year, the @FDNY sends a truck to the site of the #TriangleFire, to raise a ladder to the 6th floor. That's as high as it went in 1911. pic.twitter.com/wrbJi9YRAk — NYC CLC (@CentralLaborNYC) March 24, 2017 Here’s the Wikipedia version of the tragedy. 146 garment workers died — …

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Life in the right-wing bubble

More “alternative facts!” Yesterday Trump signed a memo freezing Federal hiring. In announcing this, Spicer shed further light on the plan at a press conference Monday, claiming that it “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” Now look at the official Office of Personnel Management numbers for the Obama years: Year …

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Nice job you’ve got there

It’d be a shame if anything happened to it. What am I talking about? Well, the House Republicans put a nasty little twist into the Rules package they enacted the other day. They revived an 1876 rule which allows any member of Congress to slash the pay of an individual federal worker all the way …

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People, people, people

Here’s a set of post-election poll results which show that most Americans want Trump to behave in the opposite way to what he said he’d do during the campaign. I've got some bad news for the American people about Donald Trump's policy agenda… pic.twitter.com/aCZcJigOcB — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 27, 2016 So am I to …

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Who’s Betsy DeVos?

Here’s an archive of articles published at the website Talk to Action over the years in which she and her husband and their network were the subject. Who is Talk to Action, you ask? From the website: Talk to Action is a platform for reporting on, learning about, and analyzing and discussing the religious right …

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What did Trump say today?

What new madness did The Vulgar Talking Yam spout today? Has the RNC lost any more members? Did any more Republican Senators or House members come out against the buffoon today? The Party of Lincoln has devolved into The Party of Bigotry , Racism and Hatred. Trump has gathered up the elderly white middle class …

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Ivory ban? Here?

Apparently so. From a report by something called The International Fund for Animal Welfare: investigators compiled advertising and sales data from 47 Hawai‘i-based retailers and individual sellers engaged in the online trade of elephant ivory and related wildlife products, including walrus tusks, whale teeth and bone, mammoth ivory, and hippopotamus teeth. They found a total …

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Sen. Cotton (R-AR), misinformed jerk

The loony Senator wants to reduce the disability rolls, because too many people are on them and because they’re gateways to “social plagues…such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime.” “When a county hits a certain level of disability usage disability becomes a norm. It becomes an acceptable way of life and alternative source …

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Why am I not surprised?

Privatization of government work has not been the cost-saver the Cato Institute and its fellow travelers on the right have claimed it would be, for reasons that are blindingly obvious to those who don’t wear ideological blinders. So argues Donald F. Kettl at the Washington Monthly, in a preview to a new book he’s written. …

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