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    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Launch of Shuttle Discovery as viewed from the air

    Great video of this week's Discovery launch.  From the air.  Really a unique experience. Expand to full screen for the best view.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011


    The Left thinks they are experiencing a Tea Party moment in Wisconsin.

    I have news for them, you're not.

    Where the Tea Party is motivated by a desire to fix a dire fiscal situation in this country, the unionistas in Wisconsin are out for themselves.  In a state where teachers pull in >$80k/year, and pay very little out of pocket for their very generous benefits, a bunch of whining, selfish, crybaby government-employee union leaders are trying to retain what little relevance they have in this world by drawing a line at taxpayer expense.

    USA Today trumpets a poll that supposedly shows "lukewarm" public support for cutting benefits and the right of government employees to collective bargaining.  The poll shows support for cutting programs and benefits is about evenly split, while support for raising taxes is opposed 3 to 1.  I don't know about you, but in a situation where the choices boil down to cutting programs, cutting benefits, or raising taxes, if you want to be on the side of public opinion, you better choose the first 2 choices.

    And, that's exactly what Governor Walker in Wisconsin is doing.  The proposal is asking these employees to contribute (for them) much more to their own benefits, something that private sector unions long ago conceded to in most industries, and, something I can attest to that management employees at most corporations already do to a large degree.

    At the same time, the Governor is playing a political card to reduce the collective bargaining power of these public-sector unions.  Ask yourself, why do public employees need unions?

    I mean, back in the old days, unions served a purpose, preventing uncaring and greedy employers from abusing them and making them work in unsafe conditions.  But, what are the conditions that public-sector employees suffer from that need a union to address that the benevolent government isn't already addressing?  I mean, seriously, what are they?

    And, collective bargaining?  Look, it's always been unfair, and un-American.  You tell me what service collective-bargaining serves?

    Tell me.