Archive for June 10, 2011
Bravo to Louise Hartman:
In an interview with the New York Post – thoroughly embarrassed New York Congressman Anthony Weiner again confirmed that he is NOT resigning over the Twitter lewd photo scandal – and a new poll out in his Congressional district shows his constituents support him.
The new Marist poll released yesterday revealed 56% of voters think Weiner should stay in office – while only 33% think he should go. So if it’s up to the constituents – as Republicans argue when one of their guys steps in a sex scandal – then the constituents have decided they want to keep Weiner as their Congressman.
And as long as Senator David Vitter – who was a client of the DC Madame – keeps his job – then Republicans should probably keep their mouths shut about Anthony Weiner.
Exactly right. The hypocrisy is over the top.
(The image is via CBS where you can watch video of Vitter apologizing for being involved in a prostitution ring. But again, don’t forget, he didn’t resign.)
Wow, this is such an interesting story:
Researchers were stunned to find an 18th-century ship that had been unearthed by construction workers at the World Trade Center where the Twin Towers once stood. With great care they followed clues in the well-preserved wood to trace the craft’s history to the era of the American Revolution
View the slide show at the link above.
Hopefully they’ll put the ship on display. I’d love to see it.
Well, the Big, Big Thing today (and, sigh, probably all weekend and on into next week) is the release by the State of Alaska of 24,000+ pages of emails sent to and from Sarah Palin during her half-term as governor.
I am so sick of the whole subject of Sarah Palin that I am not going to follow what’s going on but if you want to, go here, Sarah Palin’s Emails Revealed, for live updates that are being posted as people cull through all those pages.
Oh, and BTW, here’s the back story on why the emails were released in the first place.
I guess I need to get out more because I had no idea that in 2011, in the United States of America, there no Federal laws on the books guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers:
Denver workers would receive up to nine days of sick leave each year. Smaller businesses with ten employees or less could cap the benefit at five sick days annually. The initiative is backed by the Campaign for a Health Denver, part of Family Values at Work.
The ballot initiative is supported by a coalition of over 40 community organizations. Erin Bennett, Colorado director for 9to5, part of the National Association of Working Women, is spearheading the campaign. “We’ve tried to get this passed through the state legislature in the past, but it didn’t work. We began to think of alternative strategies and we decided to take it to a municipal level, a tactic that has worked for places like San Francisco and Milwaukee,” she said.
The Denver city clerk has approved the title and petition papers and the Campaign for Healthy Denver needs to collect 4000 signatures to get the issue on the ballot this November. With 300,000 employed workers in Denver, in 2010 the average Denver employee worked about 35 hours a week according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the campaign, nearly 100,000 employees in Denver lack paid sick days.
The corporatocracy has been hard at work paying our elected officials (the people who are supposed to represent us) to pass laws protecting them and giving them all sorts of benefits but somewhere along the line quality-of-life issues for We the People fell by the wayside.
That has got to change.
Check out these before and after photos of some of the areas affected by the Japanese tsunami, the three-month anniversary of which is tomorrow, June 11. They’ve made a lot of progress cleaning things up but one gets the sense that there’s still an awful lot to do. Then again, the destruction was almost unfathomable.
Here’s one of the before and afters: