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Waiting

Posted by Mark on October 21, 2005

Despite the constant flow of voices from the Cable networks, talk radio, and the blogosphere, this feels like a calm before multiple storms.

Hurricane Wilma is hooking left, into Florida.

Fitzgerald won’t hand down indictments until next week, if at all. I’m not sure Chris Matthews will survive if something doesn’t happen soon. A big part of me hopes he doesn’t, or at least, hopes his career doesn’t survive anyway…

Saddam’s trial is adjourned until late November, assuming any of the defendants attorneys live long enough to take part.

And Saddam’s attorneys may make it longer than the Harriet Miers nomination.

And, perhaps most importantly, Chicago has to wait at least a week to see if we will have a World Champion.

Waiting.

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Fun Friday – Oh the e-mails I get

Posted by zaphriel on October 21, 2005

To: Zaphriel
From: Davey
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A jumbo jet is coming into Tampa Airport on its final approach. The pilot comes on the intercom, “This is your Captain. We’re on our final descent into Tampa. I want to thank you for flying with us today, and I hope you enjoy your stay in Tampa Bay.”

He forgets to switch off the intercom. Now the whole plane can hear his onversation from the cockpit.
The copilot says to the pilot, “Well, skipper, watcha gonna do in Tampa?” Well, says the skipper, “first I’m gonna check into the hotel and take a big crap Then I’m gonna take that new stewardess with the huge boobs out for dinner. I’m gonna wine and dine her, take her back to my room, and put it to her big time all night.”

Everyone on the plane hears this and immediately begins looking up and down the aisle trying to get a look at the new stewardess.

Meanwhile, the new stewardess is at the very back of the plane. She’s so embarrassed that she starts to run toward the cockpit to turn the intercom off. Halfway down the aisle, she trips over an old lady’s bag and down she goes.
The old lady leans over and says:”No need to hurry, dear. He’s gotta take a s#!t first.”

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Waiting

Posted by Mark on October 21, 2005

Despite the constant flow of voices from the Cable networks, talk radio, and the blogosphere, this feels like a calm before multiple storms.

Hurricane Wilma is hooking left, into Florida.

Fitzgerald won’t hand down indictments until next week, if at all. I’m not sure Chris Matthews will survive if something doesn’t happen soon. A big part of me hopes he doesn’t, or at least, hopes his career doesn’t survive anyway…

Saddam’s trial is adjourned until late November, assuming any of the defendants attorneys live long enough to take part.

And Saddam’s attorneys may make it longer than the Harriet Miers nomination.

And, perhaps most importantly, Chicago has to wait at least a week to see if we will have a World Champion.

Waiting.

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Balance of Power: Unions

Posted by Mark on October 21, 2005

A great guest blog on Unions is up at Balance of Power. And in California, Proposition 75 stands a great chance of passing. The Modesto Bee has a look:

Proposition 75 is one of the most controversial measures on the Nov.8 ballot, but it isn’t complicated. It would make a rather simple adjustment to ensure fairness to all public employee union members, no matter their political philosophy.

Voters should look beyond the advertising and focus on exactly what the measure would require. If it passes, public employee unions would have to get permission in writing before any portion of dues could be spent for political purposes.

Federal law allows union members to decline to allow a portion of their dues to be used for political purposes, such as supporting candidates or ballot initiatives. In most cases, members must act to block such use of their dues, a move called “opting out.”

Under Proposition 75, that process would be turned around. Public union members would have to “opt in” to have a portion of their dues used for political causes. Simply put, the burden of seeking permission would be shifted from the members to the unions. Records of the member’s choice would have to be kept and recorded with a state agency.

Works for me. This is one thing from the Left Coast that should spread throughout the country. It would make up for such idiocy as Norma Rae, but just barely.

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