Monday, September 01, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.

Monday Night

Less lazy blogging will hopefully return tomorrow.

Rescue thread.

Sam Seder has a collection of stirring and inspirational rabble-rousing speeches up for Labor Day.

Maybe They Don't Know What They're Doing

I have no doubt that the 1% are mostly horrible selfish hoarder assholes who act in what they think is their own self-interest, but it is wrong to think that they are supergeniuses who actually have any idea what they're doing. Even if the Mr. Rich Guy who made all the money is super smart, there's no reason to think his heirs are.

Sadly the consequences of their actions might be poverty for all of us and a couple percentage points reduction in rates of return for them. Ultimately our poverty might be more entertaining for them than their slight reduction in wealth growth. Still.

Divine Revel

Don't know specifics, but empty buildings really don't last very long...

Monday, Monday

Going to recover from last night's trauma with some extra lazy blogging.

Happy Labor Day

Seems like a good day for a ballgame.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Night

Really not the best date/time of night for your newly sentient door locking mechanism to decide that your key is not sufficient for gaining entry to your house. Also, too, 5 minutes after your phone battery died.

History

Labor Day
In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.[2] Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,[3] after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada.[4] Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[3]

Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[5] The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day.[6] All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.

Happy Hour

Janis

Bye, Bye Baby

Pretty Sure It Is, Actually

War is the favorite sport for our pundit class.

Maybe we need to replace it with something.


Forever Bombs

It's way above my pay grade to know if any particular episode of bombing the hell out of people manages to achieve some good, but I do know that every episode of bombing the hell out of people ensures that our primary reaction to basically anything "bad" in the world is bombing the hell out of people.

A few hundred million dollars could build a lot of toilets and proper septic systems.

House Of The Week

Don't know, but probably not too hard to guess how these McLean residents earned their money.

Morning Thread

Digby's Hullabaloo gives us a list of ten movies suitable for Labor Day Weekend. My fave remains On The Waterfront.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Late August Night


Saturday Night

Rock on.

Happy Hour

As a country, with all the money we spend on weapons, we may not be able to afford nice things, as Atrios posted earlier. I, however, can still afford a bottle of wine. The time has come.

Afternoon Thread

Might just be a nap day.