September 1, 2008

Romney Wrap (for Now): Can We Get That in a Contract?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:45 pm

From CQ Politics:

While Mitt Romney is making his presence known at the Republican national convention, he says he is done running for president.

Disturbing historical precedent:

The point here is that politicians “change their minds,” just as “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) did when he said in 2004 that he would serve his full Senate term. To be sure, Nixon on his worst day was better than McGovern on any of his best, and better than Humphrey most of the time.

Key Previous Posts:
- Aug. 21 — Romney, Russia, Georgia, and Iran: The Last Straw
- July 25 — ‘The Case Against Mitt Romney’ Collection
- March 13 — Romney as Veep? Only If the GOP is the Stuck-on-Stupid Party
- Feb. 7 — Romnian Reflections: The Few Made the Difference
- Feb. 4 — The Pre-Super Tuesday Comprehensive Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney Index
- Feb. 4 — Carryforward Post: Why Is Romney ‘Objectively Unfit Mitt’?

‘Trashing’ of Sarah Palin Moving up the News Food Chain?

This isn’t a so-called “newspaper of record,” but the Post Chronicle is a recognized Google News source whose headquarters is in Metro New York and also has a Midwest Office.

One of its staff writers, Mitch Marconi, penned an item which appears as follows in the aforementioned Google News:


A picture of the actual article, which refers to quotes at a blog post that don’t exist, follows (empty space at the original was eliminated):


There’s only one problem, Mr. Marconi (actually more, but I’ll get to them in a bit): Neither the words “trailer” or “trash” were anywhere to be found in the 74 comments at the blog post you referred to as of 6:10 p.m., let alone “trailer trash.”

In other words, unless the blog proprietor deleted some comments, you’re just making it up. And if it does transpire that comments were deleted because of poor taste, the blog proprietor is showing a greater sense of decorum than you clearly have.

Your fashion sense may need a little work too, sir. I’m no expert, but I did find lots of hoop earrings at places like Nieman Marcus (92 items) and Bloomingdale’s (32). Prices at Nieman Marcus are as high as $12,000. These stores will surely be pleased to know that you consider them to be trailer trash hangouts.

As to that “trailer trash” appellation, Ms. Palin now has something in common with another woman the Obamacrats scorned.

If they keep this up, there will be No Demographic Left Unalienated.

I’m stifling an anger that can barely be contained. Who do people like Mr. Marconi think they are?

Mr. Marconi and the Post Chronicle should change the name of their cutesy column to Tattle Tail Tool.

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Obama v. Palin: The Contrast Could Not Be More Stark

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:06 pm

From Barack Obama, March 29, 2008:

“….. look, I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”


Statement today from Sarah and Todd Palin (HT NixGuy):

ST. PAUL — Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin have released this statement following news that their daughter, Bristol, is pregnant –

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”


UPDATE: I didn’t see Michelle Malkin’s post before I did this, but we’re surely on the same page — “One ticket sees this as a blessing. The other sees it as a curse. Could the core differences between the two be any starker?”

UPDATE 2: Ann Althouse (HT Allah at Hot Air), on another, and very different, stark contrast.

Positivity: Labor Day, Its History, and What It Means

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:02 am

This post is a BizzyBlog Labor Day tradition.


From the US Department of Labor’s web site:

The History of Labor Day
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

“Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.