Joe the Plumber Takes Union Job At Chrysler

All your lulz are belong to Joe today. Or at least, they're rightfully directed at ol' Sammy-Joe the Unlicensed Plumber. Why? Because today is the day we learn the excellent tea party children's story: Joe The Plumber Takes a Union Job: Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher - a.k.a., “Joe the Plumber" - announced today on Facebook and earlier on his Web site that he has landed a union job with Chrysler...

GOP: Pro-Business, Or Just Anti-Worker?

So, all eyes are fixed on the VW plant in Chattanooga, TN, because it's supposed to be a test to see whether organized labor has any remaining power in the real world. If a majority of Volkswagen's 1,570 hourly workers vote yes, it would mark the first time in nearly three decades of trying that the UAW has successfully organized a plant for a foreign brand in the United States. This time, the...

Current American Corporate Values In A Nutshell

Save the Twinkie, lose the workers: The Twinkie brand, along with other iconic brands owned by the company, will be sold off in bankruptcy to other companies who expect to be able to profitably market them. Of course there is no guarantee that they will restart the old factories and rehire the Hostess workers, likely leaving them out in the cold. There are two major issues here. First, in the...

Now THAT'S What I Call An Unfavorable Rating

Much speculation has already been lofted in political circles regarding the upcoming drive by Wisconsin voters to recall Scott Walker and the eight Republican state Senators who are eligible to be recalled. Wisconsin law provides a one-year buffer between election and initial eligibility for recall, so the effort for now has concentrated on the Senators rather than Walker, simply because they can...

Koch Math

AKA: Fun with numbers.There’s a fairly recent piece of folk wisdom that goes something like this: “What’s the difference between a million and a billion? A million seconds ago, it was just under twelve days ago. A billion seconds ago, it was 1979.That's a startling statistic all on its own, but the reason such an admittedly nerd-tastic fact has become enough of a minor viral phenomenon to...

Can't Tell If That's The Fairness I'm Smelling, Or The Balance

***UPDATED, 3/1/11 2:33pm EST*** (see bottom of post) For the second time in a week, Media Matters for America has caught FAUX 'News' blatantly interviewing a Wisconsin GOP operative posing as a "concerned parent," without ever identifying the person's partisan ties (video at link): This morning, Fox & Friends hosted an "upset Wisconsin parent" to discuss her objection to Wisconsin public...

Wisconsin Thuggery – Wingnut Style

If you go to “Right Network” or (especially) to any of propagandist Andrew Breitbart’s “Big _” sites, you’ll hear the phrase “union thugs” tossed around a great deal. No links, because I’m not interested in giving those guys any traffic, but if you remember the ‘09 health care reform fight, you’ll be familiar with this phrase. Breitbart seems to like such phrases a...

WI Governor Scott Walker Gets Punk'd By Blogger Pretending To Be David Koch

BWAHAHAHA!Normally, I wouldn't bother re-posting this, if it were merely a (decidedly delicious) case of "gotcha." By pretending to be billionaire conservative puppet-master Koch, however, and by succeeding in having a 20-minute conversation with Walker in which Walker was convinced he was actually speaking to Koch, a great deal of interesting information about Walker's mindset and intentions and...