Union Blues, Wisconsin and More…

A few recommended reads on the Unions, Wisconsin, Obama’s speech to U.S. Governors and more: Via The New Yorker is this must read: Union Blues From The Atlantic: Obama to Governors: Don’t Vilify Public Workers Gov. Scott Walker responds to President Obama… Michael Boomberg… Limit Pay, Not Unions New York Times… Majority in Poll Back Employees In Public Unions Keith Olbermann dishes the New York Times on FOK News Channel And… Obama Backs Easing State Health Law Mandates.

Charlie Sheen: Off The Rails

I find myself compelled to read pieces on all the various interviews with Charlie Sheen, the whopper apparently being the TMZ interview. I usually avoid reading this stuff but I felt compelled to tune in because I’ve lost a couple of people dear to me to drugs and alcohol. There’s that sense that people get that they are invincible when they are hooked in deep with drugs and alcohol and Charlie Sheen lays it all out right here: Sheen, known as a bad boy in Hollywood, opened up about his past drug use, saying the last time he used drugs he “probably took more than anybody could survive [on].” “I was banging seven-gram rocks and finishing them, because that’s how … Continue reading

Union Support Noted at the Oscars

Last night watching the Oscars there was not much said in the way of politics during any of the acceptance speeches, save for a couple of winners thanking their union crews and Charles Ferguson, the winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary for Inside Job. Ferguson said during his  acceptance speech: Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that’s wrong.” Wally Pfister, the best cinematography winner  “made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.”” Backstage he went further, expressing shock at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal, which would limit union’s collective bargaining powers. Opponents … Continue reading

Old Battle Begins Anew: Senators Want To Legalize Cheap Drug Importation

It’s the can-Charlie-Brown-kick-the-football-this-time equivilent of Senate legislation, but an odd-bedfellows coalition of Democrats and Republicans are trying once more to cut drug costs for millions of Americans by allowing the reimportation of FDA-approved prescription drugs from other countries. With little fanfare, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) this month introduced their Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act, which would allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import FDA-approved medications from countries with tough safety standards, such as Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and pass along the savings to their American customers. This approach would allow Americans access to more affordable drugs from these countries, which are 35 to 55 percent lower than they are in … Continue reading

Wisconsin: 100,000 Strong

Hilda Solis the Secretary of Labor said on Saturday that “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trying to force workers in his state to give up their rights.”  Solis, speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Winter Meeting, accosted Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) for their efforts to reform collective bargaining rights for public workers in their states. “We know that many states are facing tough budget decisions. We know there’s room for shared sacrifice,” Solis said. “But the governors in Wisconsin and Ohio aren’t just asking workers to tighten their belts, they’re asking them to give up their uniquely American rights as workers.” Reuters is reporting that today’s union solidarity protest in Madison, Wisconsin drew the largest … Continue reading

ABC-TV: Oscar-Worthy, But Journalistically Unsound

The last segment on every Friday’s broadcast of ABC-TV’s “World News,” with Diane Sawyer, is a “Person of the Week.” Usually, those persons have gone out of their way to do something good for people, or have lived a long and distinguished life, or by their example give inspiration to others. Recent “persons of the week” have included a very special caregiver, a wheelchair-bound teen who does wheelchair tricks, and a homeless man who returned $3,300 he had found. However, this past Friday, the “Persons of the Week” were two actors. There’s nothing wrong with honoring actors and others in the creative arts. They bring us joy and, often, intellectual stimulation. But, the reason ABC News honored Anne Hathaway and … Continue reading