Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on September 1, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

The state of the union is not good. Organized labor has been “reduced to a whisper of its former greatness,” admits author Phillip Dray. “No one can divine or guarantee its future,” he adds, “but we can know its past.” And what an inspiring, doleful, and switchbacking past that is. Dray’s wonderful “There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America” (Anchor, 2011) pans back to explain the original sin that made America less receptive than other Western countries to unions; we were a capitalist power before we had a countervailing strong central government. The deck was stacked for business here, but things played out quite differently in older First World nations. Note the modern results: in Sweden, 67.5 percent of workers are unionized, in Belgium 50.4 percent, and in Ireland 31.2 percent.

In the United States, we live in an especially anti-union climate now, partly because we’ve shot from a factory economy to a finance and service economy, partly because (as Dray admits) labor has sometimes been “its own worst enemy.” Many unions were historically harsh to minorities and women, for instance, or sank into appalling corruption (see Hoffa, Jimmy). But Dray asks us to strip down to fundamentals: In a country founded on the concept of checks and balances, surely unions make inherent sense. Who else can stand up to The Man?

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Almost 120 years later, unions are in the middle of a steep decline. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, the total number of union members fell to 14.3 million, or 11.3 percent of U.S. workers — the lowest level since 1916. It isn’t hard to see why: On one side, an increasing number of states have enacted right-to-work laws and have placed restrictions on collective bargaining. At the same time, a growing number of employers across the business spectrum have actively fought union formation. Even Northeastern University hired a union-busting law firm to deal with faculty members who were attempting to collectively bargain…

However, unions also bear some of the blame for their decline. In the face of an anti-union PR blitz that has tagged them with a host of shortcomings, their response has been weak and, at times, tin-eared. Their biggest ad push of recent years was based around a commercial titled “Work Connects Us All,” which pointed out the value of jobs, but failed to show how jobs were connected to unions.

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Labor Day is about celebrating workers, not union bosses. But as union bosses rush for face time to show they “stand with workers,” what is often forgotten on Labor Day is why 93 percent of private-sector workers have chosen not to stand with a union — bringing union membership to a historical low.

Perhaps the reason why more workers are refusing to affiliate with a union now than any other time in almost a century is because union boss political activism takes precedence over protecting worker rights.

Even as private-sector voluntary union membership continues to steadily decline, an analysis published by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research last week found that union officials spent a whopping $1.7 billion on politicking and lobbying during the last election cycle.

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The public sector remains heavily organized, with 36% union membership, but government payrolls have generally been shrinking as a share of overall employment. And public-sector unions are now under pressure around the country, including in labor strongholds like Detroit.

Meanwhile, unions have had little luck breaking into new, faster-growing sectors. Just 12% of private-sector education workers and 7% of healthcare workers are union members, both broadly unchanged over the past decade. As for the new push into fast food, it faces an uphill climb: Just 1.2% of food-service workers were unionized in 2012.

Nor are demographics in unions’ favor. Just 4.2% of workers under 25 are unionized, compared to nearly 15% of those nearing retirement. Hispanics and Asians, the two fastest-growing U.S. ethnic groups, are less likely to be union members than the overall population.

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Leaders from major labor unions like the Teamsters, UCFW and UNITE-HERE are already livid with the Obama administration over Obamacare and now, unions representing pilots and flight attendants are ripping the Department of Justice for blocking the merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines.

Just last week, AFL-CIO Nevada passed a resolution to openly criticize the Obama administration over its failure to fix problems with Obamacare which they say will kill the 40 hour work week and eliminate healthcare coverage for workers. It’s time for Republicans to start making some friends in labor on the topics of Obamacare and DOJ overreach.

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CBS 5 – KPHO

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This celebration has puzzled me for quite some time now. Why are we celebrating organizations that not only had virtually nothing to do with the improvement of society, but actually made it worse? To me, celebrating “labor” sounds more like a celebration of misery, as portrayed in the plays in Ayn Rand’s Anthem.

What should be celebrated is not our hardships, but what alleviates them – not organizations that pretend to care about an illusive common good they don’t even improve, but individuals whose individual contributions help improve society as a whole. What should be celebrated is capitalism itself.

Yes, I dared to use the dirty “C” word, whose popularity is unjustifiably waning. I say unjustifiably because rampant propaganda accusing capitalism of economic crises is just plain wrong. I also say unjustifiably because blaming capitalism for wrongs it’s not even guilty of is biting the hand that feeds you.

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“Young workers move around from job to job a lot,” and don’t see themselves as connected to their job or employer, Kaminski said. The bottom line: Last year, only 4.2 % of the youngest workers were union members, compared to 11.3% of all US workers and almost 15% of workers ages 55 to 64.

While young people appear to be backing away from US unions, Latinos are embracing them. Union members of Hispanic descent grew by almost 21%, to 2 million members, from 2002 to 2012. Nurses and car wash workers in California and janitors and casino crew in other states have embraced unions, with a big bump in union membership in California last year.

Blacks are still more likely to be union members than other racial groups, but their numbers fell as state and local governments and school districts cut millions of jobs. The only other group with a gain in union membership was Asian Americans, with a 4% gain to 668,000 members in 2012.

Despite renewed activism—the fast food strikes keep growing, though some say they are doomed—the union movement is still not moving many 20-somethings. Even when a young person gets hired into a unionized workplace, they are less likely to sign up as members. According to BLS data, around 84% join and pay their union dues, compared to 90% or more of workers over 25.

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Blues is a Feeling

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM

azil9 on September 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

tastebudgasm? LOL.

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Good evening, B9.:) UNFAIR …Key lime from Key West… terribly unfair. :(

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Shake That Thing :)

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

NY style pizza is better than chitown pizza.

SparkPlug on September 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

…. and both sure beat road pizza.

viking01 on September 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

hahaha..
A Fl perk. :}

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

;)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I am possum hunting tonight. We got a giant possum living in my ‘hood. I will get up at three AM for a pee/smoke break and nail that sucker…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Just remember it ain’t proper hunting unless you cook it and eat it.

viking01 on September 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I could almost taste it… almost… :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Food,Booze,Rock n Roll-always on qotd..
must be why I stick around. ;)

Oh and Sparky.

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Just remember it ain’t proper hunting unless you cook it and eat it.

viking01 on September 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

I don’t eat rat tailed rodents…

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Hey was that you in the back of the lecture room shooting spit wads while I was giving my talk to the tiny particle people at CERN?

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 12:44 AM

¡¡¡ART HISTORY DEPARTMENT RULZ!!!

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I could almost taste it… almost… :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

:)

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Then leave it the f*ck alone.
It’s not hurting you.
It’s not Christian to kill for the fun of it.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Tuff Enough – Fabulous Thunderbirds

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM

I don’t eat rat tailed rodents…

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I’ll bet nature’s little vacuum cleaners are packed with flavor.

viking01 on September 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

It won’t be fun, but the big rat needs killin’

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Now That I’m Down – Son Seals Blues Band

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

B.B. King – Three O Clock Blues

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

It won’t be fun, but the big rat needs killin’

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Why?

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:01 AM

So Axe was shooting tiny particles at the tiny particle people with his spit wad particle accelerator.

He will draw up plans for you for $5,500

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Is that the portable pocket model of the tiny particle spit wad particle accelerator or the floor model?

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Axe, I got a lead on 20,000 empty zima bottles, we need to get those worked into the Earth Ship you are designing for me.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

you all ought to be ashamed of yourselves for insulting horse’s asses by comparing Kerry to them. The horse’s ass contributes to the horse’s quality of life. What has Kerry done to contribute to anyone’s quality of life?

chemman on September 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

No-it doesn’t need killing.
Since you seem to need to kill something-at least make sure that that poor innocent life that you’re snuffing out doesn’t suffer in its last moments.
Seriously-I think what you’re doing is horrible. I’m crying for that poor ‘baby’.
If my husband had been into killing animals(aka hunting)…well he wouldn’t be my husband.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Ace is dead wrong about commenting and blogging being ineffectual. See that on Twitter a lot too, that “go do something real,” usually followed by a demand that you call the guy and complain. But the conversation is less on the phone and more through social media every day. The guy’s people are watching Twitter.

Anyway, be that as it may, Ace is a trip. :)

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

I wonder what animal kills the most people.

Sharks? A reindeer ran over grandma. Bears?

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Axe, I got a lead on 20,000 empty zima bottles, we need to get those worked into the Earth Ship you are designing for me.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

What are you building a 20,000 sf Earth Ship?

chemman on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Harpin’ On A Riff – Charlie Musselwhite

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Published on Aug 6, 2013

Get the complete 90 min concert at https://www.createspace.com/204634. This is one of the best music documentaries ever made – Live at Sing Sing Prison. Producer Harry Wiland and I filmed inside the joint. Scenes include a concert and other behind the scenes stories. This scene presents the amazing Voices of East Harlem. Other scenes involve BB King and Joan Baez, Jimmy Walker and the Voices of East Harlem and other performers.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:08 AM

hat are you building a 20,000 sf Earth Ship?

chemman on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Maybe not that large, but I want it to look like a discarded pair of jeans shorts in the desert.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Lolz. Pocket model. The floor model comes with a scope and cross hairs.

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

It is very likely that ETs drink Zima.

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 1:11 AM

“Jean shorts” sounds like some denim shorts, with a crease, and hemmed cuffs. The kind of thing one might see men wearing with sandals and socks. lol!

CUT OFFS. That’s the official term when one cut’s off the legs of a pair of jeans and leaves them frayed.

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Bwahahahahaha

UAW stands for “U AIN’T WORKING!!!!!!!!”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

“Jean shorts” sounds like some denim shorts, with a crease, and hemmed cuffs. The kind of thing one might see men wearing with sandals and socks. lol!

CUT OFFS. That’s the official term when one cut’s off the legs of a pair of jeans and leaves them frayed.

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Pleated with high waist.
☻♥☻
/█\/█\

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Okay then… I think I’ll have the portable model, but I’d like it to have a laser targeting system.

Better send along a case of quarks and a couple of cases of neutrino’s, too.

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM

In Your Darkest Hour

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

LOL! Made me laugh.:)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

fini

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Don’t Wake Me Up – Lightnin’ Hopkins

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

That is just so very good. :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

EVIVA! Fantatico! Congratulations, Axefellow! :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Fantastico… *sigh*… dang laptop thingy. lol!

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Please Remember Me – Charlie Musselwhite

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Ace is dead wrong about commenting and blogging being ineffectual. See that on Twitter a lot too, that “go do something real,” usually followed by a demand that you call the guy and complain. But the conversation is less on the phone and more through social media every day. The guy’s people are watching Twitter.

Anyway, be that as it may, Ace is a trip. :)

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

I agree with this, and have a natural distrust for the cynics who don’t. :)

Attempts to raise awareness by speaking up should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Blues – Charlie Musselwhite

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Fantastico… *sigh*… dang laptop thingy. lol!

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

:)

Attempts to raise awareness by speaking up should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Yep.

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

“fini” — Axe

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Attempts to raise awareness by speaking up should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

++++++

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I think I found Anthony Weiner’s campaign song

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

lie, lay, lay, // lay, laid, laid, right?

*rubs temples*

Love you Sophie. Hope you are having a great night.

He lay, not laid; he laid means he put, he lay means he lie’d a minute ago . . . ?

square root of b squared plus or minus the . . . all over two a.

O MAN

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

“fini” — Axe

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:27 AM

lol

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

i’m a veg, danny

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I think I found Anthony Weiner’s campaign song

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

You are baaaaad!

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Yep. :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Well…not that bad. lol!

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Yep. :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Thanks. :)

I know that normally, you know. Meh. No one is going to understand this post anyway. :)

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Yep.

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Does anyone know Ace’s relationship history? :)

Bob Marley – “Get Up Stand Up”

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Good night everyone.

“Labor Day” is so communist.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Little Lump of Coal

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

I know that normally, you know. Meh. No one is going to understand this post anyway. :)

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Plus, it confuses the extraterrestrials.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Welcome. :) I know you do. Overwork. :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Good night everyone.

“Labor Day” is so communist.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Night comrade!

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Goodnight, Paladin. :) Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Still Got The Blues – Moore

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

I loathe coconut. I’d rather eat raw liver…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Me, too, and with fava beans and a nice Chianti.

TXUS on September 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

The irony of the graphics in this is too much! Which Side Are You On?

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Night comrade!

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Nite Jackie – writing background

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2013 at 1:46 AM

I think I found Anthony Weiner’s campaign song

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

You are baaaaad!

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Fred Schneider (from The B52′s) & the Shake Society – “Monster”

There’s a monster in my pants
And it does a nasty dance
When it moves in and out
Everybody starts to shout
Monster ahhh!
Monster ahhh…
Get out of here monster!
Monster!
Monster!
Get out of here monster!

There’s a monster in my pants
And it does a naughty dance
When it sees the light of day
You can hear the people say
Oh no a monster!
Oh no a monster!
Oh no oh oh oh no a giant monster!
Monster!
Monster!
Oh no a giant monster!
Shut the window bolt the door
Don’t wanna see that monster no more

Shut the window bolt the door
Don’t wanna see that monster no more
There’s a monster in my pants
And it does a modern dance
When it comes into a room
People hit it with a broom
Take that, monster!
Take that, monster!
Take it! take it!
Take that you awful thing!
Take that ahhh!
Take that ahhh…
Take it take it take that you naughty thing!
They don’t wear pants on the other side of France
But they do wear fleece to protect them from the beast
Monster!
Monster!
Oh gee a pregnant monster!

There’s a monster on the run
And it wants to have some fun
When it flies up in the air
All the people stop and stare
The guys give a yell (uhhh!)
And the girls start to shriek (ahhh!)
When they see it’s giant claws
And it’s razor sharp beak

Gosh would you look at that thang!
And I thought dinosaurs were extinct!

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Nimitz Rerouted To Syria As More Destroyers Arrive; Syrians Mock Obama; Saudis Drum Up Support For Syrian Strikes

But that’s not all: as reported yesterday, the US dispatched the USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship with 300 Marines and extensive communications equipment on board, to join five US destroyers already in proximity to Syria, diverting it from a previously scheduled mission that would have taken it farther west. It could serve as an afloat forward staging base, which could provide a temporary base for special operations forces, if they were needed.

Today we learn that yet another amphibious assault ship, the USS Kearsage, with yet more marines is joining in the supposedly demilitarized fray:

The USS Kearsarge, a large-deck amphibious ship that is part of a readiness group with the San Antonio, is also on the way toward the Red Sea after a port call in the United Arab Emirates, officials said. No further specific orders had been issued to the ship, they said.

So to sum up: since last week, when the entire world expected the US to attack Syria imminently, and when there were “only” 5 destroyers within striking distance, now that the sentiment is that war is far less probable, the US has an additional 4 destroyers from the Nimitz group, two marine ships, and an aircraft carrier.

De-escalation? Not really.

I do not understand what is going on here…is this shadow government stuff? How does this serve US interests?

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Steven Rattner @SteveRattner

Rightly or wrongly, POTUS drew red line over chemical weapons in #Syria. No way we can back off now.
10:56 AM – 1 Sep 2013

Rattner is well known as an utterly corrupt and self-serving tool. Apparently he also has a depraved indifference to human life.

novaculus on September 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

LOL, that was great!

Back to Ace’s post. I disagree with his conclusion as well. Breitbart always talked about the narrative. Ace was saying that blog posts and comments were impotent. I disagree. There is an overall narrative that keeps going, and to stop writing about what is going on would be to cede even more ground. The left is relentless in their mission to increase the role of the State in our lives, and while we just want to be left alone, they won’t let us. So we must fight.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 2:10 AM

++++++

bazil9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Penetration – “Shout above the Noise”

PS “Just for you, here’s a Love Song…” (no vampires here!)

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 2:20 AM

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Ok your order is on its way. Taking into account the Lorenz contraction it should have already arrived/not arrived. Well that last part is Schroederingers fault.

SparkPlug on September 2, 2013 at 2:23 AM

The irony of the graphics in this is too much! Which Side Are You On?

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

I know which side he’s on!

Neil Young – “Union Man”

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 2:27 AM

Ace is dead wrong about commenting and blogging being ineffectual. See that on Twitter a lot too, that “go do something real,” usually followed by a demand that you call the guy and complain. But the conversation is less on the phone and more through social media every day. The guy’s people are watching Twitter.
Anyway, be that as it may, Ace is a trip. :)

Axe on September 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM
I agree with this, and have a natural distrust for the cynics who don’t. :)
Attempts to raise awareness by speaking up should be encouraged, not discouraged.
Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Exactly. It’s spreading awareness. Many people read these pages and use Twitter. We share ideas and support one another.

You should see how the left is killing on Facebook and Tumblr and Instagram (especially among young people) with those stupid meme generator graphics, for example.

Michelle Malkin was very smart and ahead of the curve when she started Twitchy. Among many other things, Twitchy helps conservatives counter the left’s smears on social media… and Twitchy does it with style and wit. Everyone here needs to bookmark Twitchy and make it daily reading. I also love how Malkin also covers pop culture on the site.

Conservatives shouldn’t cede social media! Sometimes I wish the HotAir blogging crew would show some more boldness on Twitter and elsewhere when dealing with the left. This site has been feeling more like a news summarizer lately, when I think a lot of readers wouldn’t mind seeing the bloggers sometimes mix it up a bit and take on their ideological opponents. I’d really like to see Ed, in particular, take things to the next level. The gentlemanly thing only does so much. I’d like to see conservative warrior Ed taking on the left, Andrew Breitbart-style.

bluegill on September 2, 2013 at 2:31 AM

LOL, that was great!

Yep! :)

Back to Ace’s post. I disagree with his conclusion as well. Breitbart always talked about the narrative. Ace was saying that blog posts and comments were impotent. I disagree. There is an overall narrative that keeps going, and to stop writing about what is going on would be to cede even more ground. The left is relentless in their mission to increase the role of the State in our lives, and while we just want to be left alone, they won’t let us. So we must fight.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 2:10 AM

What Ace said is so obviously stupid, weak, & counterproductive it needs to be taken to task.

Reasonable people resolve their conflicts/differences through more communication, not less. And to those who would say that unreasonable people (in general) aren’t affected by exposure, I ask them what planet have they been living on? It’s clear they aren’t very observant, and don’t understand the psychology of dishonesty…

You and bluegill brought up Breitbart, who’s as a great example of who we need more of…

Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM

Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Group moves into southern Mediterranean

Another ‘bypassing’ of congress in the offing?

Obama is being mocked and ridiculed for his amateurish errors. How likely is it that the man who claimed that ‘the Earth will begin to heal’ simply because he was elected to the presidency, the man hailed as ‘The One’ and even called ‘The Messiah’ by some, the man used to ‘bypassing’ congress at will and legislating from his desk, will be deterred should congress vote ‘no’ on the ‘strike’ against Syria?

Will he even wait for the vote? After all of the ‘leaks’ that informed Syria of when and where the ‘strike’ would be perhaps the only way to regain the element of surprise was to go through the motions of asking congress to approve the mission, an act of war, all the while meaning to go ahead with the ‘strike’ before congress even votes.

Obama already made it clear that he has the authority to proceed without authorization from congress. The administration also said ‘.. it could be tomorrow, next week, or next month.’

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Thanks very much for the music, Paladin. :) It’s great. I bookmarked it. :)

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Blood for gas?

The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan was a “direct slap in the face” to Qatar’s plans. No wonder Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, in a failed attempt to bribe Russia to switch sides, told President Vladmir Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad, it will be “completely” in Saudi Arabia’s hands and will “not sign any agreement allowing any Gulf country to transport its gas across Syria to Europe and compete with Russian gas exports”, according to diplomatic sources. When Putin refused, the Prince vowed military action.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 3:12 AM

You and bluegill brought up Breitbart, who’s as a great example of who we need more of…
Anti-Control on September 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM

I think Ed needs to reignite his fire and put the HOT back in HotAir. He has a huge audience, and he shouldn’t be satisfied to just coast along to get along.

bluegill on September 2, 2013 at 3:58 AM

It is indeed difficult to discern whether unions have corrupted politics more that politics has corrupted unions. The certainty of the matter is that both unions and union politicians have corrupted our nation.

How helpful is an organization that agitates against the very people who give you a job, a paycheck, and the dignity that comes with both, in order for them to do what the left does so well–divide, separate and make enemies of each other, that they may someday conquer and control all things.

Don L on September 2, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Unions would make a much better case when their elected higher-ups allow their clerical staff to bargain collectively by unionizing.

These are the poor workers who are trying to fight ‘the man’ and get a ‘decent wage’ from their tyrannical bosses… who happen to be Union officials… and that should be something every Union can commiserate with!

I mean here are awful bosses who exploit their workers and then force them to not Unionize to keep them in line. That is something every Union was made to STOP, right?

Until every Union HQ allows its workers to Unionize, they will be hypocrites, ninnnies and feebs in their case of why greater Unionization is a ‘good thing’. If it is so very and especially good, then EVERY Union HQ should want its workers to Unionize to keep them in line.

Right?

Stand up to ‘da man’! Who just happen to be Union bosses…

ajacksonian on September 2, 2013 at 6:02 AM

ajacksonian on September 2, 2013 at 6:02 AM

The secretary at my local makes less than the porters. She hasn’t received a wage increase in several years.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Unions – Dues,Power and Corruption

In the 50’s, Evansville Indiana was a strong manufacturing town – primarily in refrigerators, washing machines and auto assembly. Unfortunately, the unions there had a death grip on these companies and ultimately drove these thriving industries out of town to southern states where there were right to work laws. These hungry states offered no unions, sweetheart tax deals, an eager willing work force and lower costs for the firms that would move there. Moreover, they allowed the companies to make their products without crippling slowdowns and wildcat strikes.

My first day on the factory floor, I was told by the union steward, “Slow down. You are working too fast.” And if you knew what was good for you, and you didn’t want to have your car tires slashed, you went along with the union.

Companies in Evansville were smothered in ‘Union Grievances’ being filed for the least thing…for example an office manager I knew was written up by the union steward for tightening the hinge screws on his office door …stop everything…he was doing a maintenance man’s union job! Eventually his company became so embroiled in petty labor problems that they were unable to meet its promised shipments and the ‘red ink’ caused the owner to close the plant. But, not so fast there Mr. Owner, the National Labor Relations Board then ordered him to keep the losing operation open until the complaints by his union could be slowly investigated.

On a larger scale, the Servel Company was a big manufacturer of natural gas powered refrigerators from 1927 to 1956. These were efficient reliable units that ran with absolutely no noise. Servel’s production became so hampered by labor demands and wildcat work stoppages that eventually their only hope to keep the company solvent was a single government contract they had to make wings for the then new F-86 fighter. Despite the company pleading with the union that any more delays to this urgent Korean War contract would cost everyone their jobs, the slowdowns persisted and the military contract was eventually cancelled.

The tragic part was, in those days, there were no 401K savings and all pensions were directly funded by the company itself. So when the company went bankrupt, not only did all of the employees lose their jobs, but all those who were already retired lost their pensions too.

Uniblogger on September 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

the man who claimed that ‘the Earth will begin to heal’ simply because he was elected to the presidency, the man hailed as ‘The One’ and even called ‘The Messiah’ by some,

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2013 at 3:09 AM

When his acolytes started calling him a “Lightworker” right at the start I knew we ere in trouble. All “The One” and “Messiah” stuff just confirmed it.

“Lightworker” is a term used by the UFO contactee crowd. It means an “ascended being” from on high come to Earth to teach us all to live in “harmony” so we will be eligible to join the Galactic Federation.

To the UFO-nuts, this means we have to get rid of nuclear weapons, abolish nuclear power, destroy all technology, and become agrarian socialists living at roughly Bronze Age levels.

(I’ve always found it interesting that the “Saucer People” don’t want us having the kind of technology they obviously do. Talk about a dog-in-a-manger attitude. The real reason, of course, is that most of the UFO-nuts were fringe socialists who had nervous breakdowns after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sending young men off to wars of “liberation” suddenly wasn’t fun anymore- if your intended conquests could take you out from another continent.)

Yes, the deep-ecology left got a lot of their ideas from this bunch; Google “Donald M. Ware”, sometime. (He was a contactee who became a major mover in far-left political circles in the Seventies, and brought his delusions with him.)

The fake Greek columns and the “Earth will heal” stuff just confirmed to me that not only were we being hit with a candidate from the crystal-gazing New Age crowd, but he believed it himself.

As Heinlein would say, I Tell You Three Times; a crooked pol who uses radical anti-civilization rhetoric to get elected isn’t nearly as dangerous as a delusional pol who really believes it. Himself really believes all this …stuff.

That’s why I started calling Him The One. As in “The Self-Exalted One”. Frankly, I wanted to make the “brand” a mark of derision.

I’m not sure but I think I was the first to do it, on LGF, back in the fall of ’08. It seemed to catch on.

The “Messiah” meme’ got turned around on Him about at his inauguration (not by me). It was helped along by headlines like The Day Has Come (NYT) and Obama Takes Power (WaPo). The last time headlines like that were seen in a major nation’s newspapers, in was January 1933, and the nation was Germany.

So, I didn’t do that one. Other people may have followed my lead, however.

Yes, I think my evil plan has worked. BWAHAHAHAH, and all that.

;-)

cheers

eon

eon on September 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Happy Labor Day, Patriots! …and, Trolls.

I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life. No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get out of seeing kids realize there is hope.

-
Jerry Lewis
My take: “Jerry Lewis and the MDA Telethon: A Metaphor for Modern American Society”

kingsjester on September 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

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