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…but I’m sure they will wait to hear what John Stewart on the Daily Show says before they truly have an opinion about Bridgegate.
Food for thought. My Facebook page today is filling up with snarky commentary about Chris Christie from the same lefty leaners who have had misgivings about Hillary in 2016 (too old, too much baggage, no more Clintons, Elizabeth Warren rocks!). Christie was the only Republican they’d ever consider voting for President in 2016 they said preBridgegate.
Now? He’s BuzzFeed fodder.
via King 5
Socialist Kshama Sawant sworn in as Seattle city council member
SEATTLE — A former community college professor who won a surprising citywide election last year was sworn in Monday as the first socialist City Council member in Seattle’s modern history.
Kshama Sawant of the Socialist Alternative party took her oath and served in her first City Council hearing, then gave a speech to throngs of supporters in a ceremonial swearing-in at a packed City Hall.
“I will do my utmost to represent the disenfranchised and the excluded, the poor and the oppressed, by fighting for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, affordable housing, and taxing the super-rich for a massive expansion of public transit and education,” said Sawant, 41. [ MORE ]
I can’t believe I know people who helped get this woman elected. Good grief. What is it about lefty leaning socialists that when they speak they tilt their heads up while looking down their nose at the oppressed masses they are “fighting” for. Notice that Ms. Sawant does it and so does this guy…
…and he’s “historic” too.
I love getting Christmas cards every year and even better if someone has taken the time to write a quick note or newsletter.
THIS year though. My jaw hurt from hitting the ground.
One family newsletter proudly stated that they helped elect the Socialist, Kshama Sawant, to the Seattle city council. I received lovely cards from friends and family in Ohio who boasted about the benefits of Obamacare and that more people will be signed up for Medicaid because of it. One entire family were Obamacare navigators.
They called it the Affordable Care Act, however.
via Messy Nessy Chic
Let’s hop on our sleigh and travel back in time to 1961 Albion, New York and take a tour inside Santa School …
Established in 1937, the Charles Howard’s Santa Claus School actually still exists today, now operating out of Michigan and proudly claiming the title of the world’s oldest Santa School. Candidates pictured here in 1961 by LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt have signed up for a 5-day, $75 course in the hopes of receiving a Santa certificate that will enable them to get Yuletide jobs at local department stores.
Demonstrating how to wear the Santa suit.
[ MORE ]
First Boeing and now Amazon…biting the hand that feeds you.
Workers rally against Amazon in Seattle, Germany
On the same day more than 1,000 workers at Amazon.com in Germany walked off the job in a labor dispute, a few dozen people rallied in solidarity Monday outside the online retailer’s Seattle headquarters.
“I’m here to support our American brothers and sisters … and to show the German workers that they’re not alone in their strike,” said Nancy Becker, a German worker who flew in Sunday for the rally. She works at the company’s Bad Hersfeld logistics center.
The one-day strike comes during the busy Christmas season for the online retailer. The German union Ver.di said Monday that workers were staging one-day warning strikes at Amazon logistics centers in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Graben.
“What Amazon is doing is taking this American race-to-the-bottom roadshow to Germany and trying it out on our German brothers and sisters. They’ve come all the way from Germany to come to this corporate headquarters to say they’re not going to put up with it,” said David Freiboth, executive secretary of the King County Labor Council.
For its part, Amazon said its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn. Their wage packages also include stock grants and bonuses.
The union says that by classifying its centers as “logistics” centers, Amazon can pay lower wages. [MORE]
Did the Amazon workers miss the drone story from a few weeks back?
I read today that Mike Huckabee is considering another Presidential run.
Heard a similar thing a few weeks ago that Rick Santorum is considering another run at the White House too.
My reaction, “No. Please don’t try it again.” Agree or disagree?
Alt headline: Machinist Union workers get $15 an hour minimum wage jobs at Sea Tac airport.
via King5 News
Boeing breaks off talks with union on 777X deal
A month ago, the Machinists union rejected a proposed eight-year contract for the 777X work as members expressed concern about the breadth of the concessions. On Tuesday Boeing and the Machinists Union resumed talks and on Wednesday the union presented a preliminary proposal to Boeing. On Thursday, Boeing came back with their “best and final counterproposal,” which was rejected by the union.
Boeing said they were willing to put the 777X wing production and final assembly in Everett as planned had the deal gone through. The company was offering was to increase the signing bonus from $10,000 to $15,000. The proposal would also have kept in place the current rate at which employees accelerate to the top of the pay scale, which is six years.
What Boeing was not willing to back down on was the question of retirement, saying that it still wants to move future retirement benefits to a 401K-style plan from a traditional pension plan.
Boeing says it has received proposals from 22 states seeking the 777X jobs. [ click to read statement from Boeing ]
There must have been some concerns in the Union that their jobs were in jeopardy to go back to Boeing with a new proposal. Yet, they couldn’t help themselves. Welcome to the Obama economy that you have been protected from so far. Unbelievable.
No Joke: Slate Magazine Calls For An End To White Santa Claus Images, Suggests Using Penguin Instead
I work from home. I do screen calls. I got duped by “Out Of Area” twice today. Mr. Illustr8r’s work phone number pops up as that. So, I answer. A nice girl on the phone asks if I would have 3 minutes to take a short political survey. Sure!
“I see that you are an active voter… (oh crap!)
The list of the questions were:
How likely are you to vote in the November 2014 Elections? (Very Very)
Do you consider yourself a Democrat or a Republican ( Is ‘TeaParty’ an option?) *crickets*
Do you support or oppose the affordable Care Act (Don’t you mean Obamacare? Oh, and strongly OPPOSE)
Do you somewhat oppose or strongly oppose The Affordable Care Act (Guess…)
Should The Affordable Care Act be given a fair opportunity to work or should it be repealed (First, I reject your use of the word “fair” and second, Obamacare needs to be repealed because it’s unconstitutional.)
Setting parties aside, as a person do you you have a favorable/unfavorable opinion of President Obama? (laughter)
Is your opinion of President Obama somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable? (…cough…my sides…more laughter)
In the last election- did you vote for President Obama or Mitt Romney? (Sarah Palin)”
The first call was sponsored by my local representative ( A Democrat with the same vocal pattern as Susan Collins). Several questions asked if I was more likely to vote for her or for her opponent. Heh. Call ends with her asking my race and age.
Three hours later- I get the EXACT same call with the same questions minus the local link. I answer the same way only this time the lady giving the survey assumes I am white and old by the end of it and she ticks that box and hangs up before I can answer. Hey, that’s racist!
Dem Panic, much? Hahahahahahahaha!
Your thoughts? Have you gotten a similar survey in your area?
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in DC was soaring with the sounds of some great Christmas music on Tuesday.
The United States Air Force Band performed as a flash mob surprising museum visitors- take a look
via CNS News
AMC’s new period drama Turn will follow the story of real-life Abraham Woodhull and the Culper Spy Ring, a group of American spies working under George Washington during the American Revolution in 1778. The show will be based on the non-fiction book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose.
Woodhull (who went by the alias “Samuel Culper Sr.”) and his spy group operated in New York and were responsible for providing intelligence about the British to General Washington. They conducted covert operations using invisible ink and coded messages. The group was active till the end of the war. [ More ]
Hell on Wheels and now this show! *cartwheel*
Pioneering Photographer Robert Cornelius Credited With World’s First Selfie c. 1839
Selfie, schmelfie! How self-absorbed do you really have to be to spend all of 20 seconds pointing a phone at yourself and tapping a few buttons? But a process that requires up to 15 minutes of statue-still posing, exposure to hazardous chemicals and construction of custom camera? Now that’s something worth bragging about.
So all hail pioneering American photographer Robert Cornelius, whose rough but certainly recognizable image, taken mere months after Louis Daugerre revealed his daguerrotype process in 1839, is undoubtedly the world’s first photographic self-portrait and may even be the first photographic portrait of any kind.
Cornelius learned about the new medium while working at his father’s lamp shop, where he specialized in silver-plating, among other tasks. A client hired him to produce a silver plate for a daguerrotype, and Cornelius became curious about the process. [MORE]
Famous People as Star Wars Characters
Seattle based artist Jonathan LeVine has created this series called Empire Peaks which depicts historical figures, celebrities and politicians as Star Wars characters. He tried to match up the characters to people in a way that makes sense—I’m not really sure I get it. It’s like political and social commentary are great and all but all I can think is, “Holy crap! Is that Abraham Lincoln as Han Solo?!” [ MORE ]
How should we intrepret Obama as Lando Calrissian? Lando betrayed Han and Leia (aka the American People) and handed them over to the Empire. He did save the day later on and redeemed himself to fight another day. I remember him parroting Han’s famous line, “It’s not my fault!” That applies to Obama. Your thoughts?
Oh, real original! Sarah Palin as the evil Emperor. *rolls*eyes* However, Hil as a Stormtrooper is entirely appropriate.
A moment of Zen for all you Black Friday shoppers…
Okay, who here is crazy enough to go out shopping today? Er, I mean, who likes to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving that is. Honestly, you couldn’t pay me enough to even try it.
Denver news anchor blasts lazy viewers for boring snow photos
When the snow starts flying, our inbox, Twitter, and Facebook feeds fill up with countless gorgeous photos of our winter wonderland.
And then, there are some… not-so-gorgeous ones. It’s OK, not everyone is Ansel Adams. We usually just choose the best to showcase and move on…
But in Denver, where it admittedly snows a little more often than Seattle, one news anchor took to the airwaves to say he’s had it with the endless photos that just show snow piling up on viewers’ patio furniture.
“Yes, everyone’s impressed with your four-piece furniture set. We saw it at Costco too,” KUSA anchor Kyle Clark said, tongue planted firmly in cheek (maybe?)
Clark goes on to say, rightly so, that Colorado is one of the most beautiful spots on Earth and yet instead of exploring their winter-land beauty, people are just taking the easy way out by snapping a pic out their window and sending it in. [more]
So, if you east coasters are going to send in snow pics to TV news stations from ColdBlizzardSnowpocalypse 2013 remember: composition, lighting, texture, pattern and contrast.