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.

Money Well Spent

Why we can't have nice things.
The U.S. has launched at least 110 airstrikes in Iraq since Aug. 8, U.S. military official say, and it now has hundreds of military advisers and other personnel on the ground there to assist Iraq in its fight against Islamist extremists.

How much is that costing U.S. taxpayers? An average of $7.5 million per day since mid-June, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said Friday. After more than three weeks of airstrikes and humanitarian operations in Iraq, that likely easily exceeds $600 million.

Give it another six months.

Vision

Well not so much actually.

All I've been reading is how the GOP is demographically doomed and trapped by its base. Good time for Dems to differenitate, right?

(I've obviously given up on the doing the right thing part.)

Overnight Thread

Friday, August 29, 2014

Somebody Listened To Me

Long said a Greatest American Hero remake could be a good show (could suck, too, but the premise is fine). Chuck was sort of a remake, but one with actually flying and less Adam Baldwin would be better.

Happy Hour Thread

Holiday weekend has arrived. Summer as observed is almost over.

Maybe We Take In Some Refugees?

The day the bomb everybody crowd gets on the teevee and suggests we could help people in ways that don't involve bombing them,I might listen.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said.


If only we'd armed those militants when we had the chance...oh, wait.

Quality Lawn Care

I guess it took people nearer to my age getting older to understand how much conservative resentment and anger is just olds hating on young people.

Not all olds, blahblahblah.