Posts Tagged ‘Captain Uh Merica’

Apr
2011
23

The Lion Whisperer

The Lion Whisperer
We were truly shocked at the number of hits our SHARK WHISPERER post got, so we’re back with another animal-centric blurb. The people have spoken. To animals. Kevin Richardson is a “lion behaviorist” known for his research and animal interactions in Africa. But he’s not that Kevin Richardson that really bad 90s pop music...
Apr
2011
19

The Kenny Powers of the Tea Party

The Kenny Powers of the Tea Party
Look at this Goof. I honestly think (hope) this might be Kenny Powers’ new role, maybe in some kind of Borat style movie where you’ll see this scene in theaters in 2014 right after the part where Powers learns how to make creme brulee in Paris. Eastbound and Trickle-Down? The best part is the sign [&hellip...
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Apr
2011
15

SPRINGFIELD AHEAD: Illinois House and Senate Pass Favorable Labor, Education Laws

SPRINGFIELD AHEAD: Illinois House and Senate Pass Favorable Labor, Education Laws
The prevailing wage was emboldened in Illinois yesterday with the passage of House Bill 3237, an amendment to the state’s Prevailing Wage Act that will permit state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to obtain relevant documents from contractors and subcontractors and reduce the amount of notice contractors and subcontractors have...
Apr
2011
14

VIDEO: Braley Confronts Walker About Cronyism, Asks “Are You Ready to Make an Apology Today?”

VIDEO: Braley Confronts Walker About Cronyism, Asks
Now this is my kind of hearing. Scott Walker is in DC today to testify and blow kisses to Darrell Issa. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who recently gave Iowa’s legislature hell for their attempt to ban Project Labor Agreements, brings Scott Walker to the brink with a series of rapid fire questions and claims about [&hellip...
Apr
2011
8

“One unique incident – however dire – does not provide adequate context from which to base sound decisions regarding the future of our clean power generation.”

In addition to releasing the statement below, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has distributed a fact sheet IBEW STATEMENT, April 6 — The natural disasters in Japan that led to the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant have raised questions in the national media and among the public about the safety of...
Apr
2011
5

The NCAA Tournament Political Lobbying Bracket

The NCAA Tournament Political Lobbying Bracket
When it comes to political lobbying, UCONN is not the national champion; Boston University is. This according to Open Secrets who recreated the tournament of 64 based on total lobbying expenditures. In that scenario, Butler lost in the first round to Old Dominion and Princeton beat Kentucky. The Final Four features Michigan, Washington, Pitt and...
Apr
2011
1

YES: There’s a Labor Tattoo Facebook Page

YES: There's a Labor Tattoo Facebook Page
Just when you thought you were committed to the labor movement, you see a woman with a Wisconsin fist freshly tattooed on the entire back of her neck. But that’s just one of the tattoos popping up on the new Labor Tattoos Facebook Page. There’s also an adorable father-son “matching” Ironworkers tat (below, the boy’s...
Mar
2011
30

BROKEN RECORD POLITICS: IA GOP to Pass Union-Busting Bill, Democratic Senate to Block It

The familiar tune of a state House at odds with a state Senate is playing loud and clear in Iowa, today. The IndyStar reports that: The Iowa House on Wednesday began debating House File 525, which would strip unions of the right to negotiate how much employees contribute to health insurance premiums, how layoffs take [&hellip...
Mar
2011
30

Military Painter Offered Career Gateway Through Helmets to Hardhats Program

Military Painter Offered Career Gateway Through Helmets to Hardhats Program
Jumping through the ranks was nothing new to JayLee Trujillo when she became a painter. Less than two years after completing her apprenticeship, and at age 28, she became a foreman supervising 15-20 other painters on a large military contract. JayLee Trujillo, originally from Montana, went straight from high school into the military. She spent...
Mar
2011
30

Rancho Palos Verdes Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Charter City Plan, Protect Prevailing Wage

Rancho Palos Verdes Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Charter City Plan, Protect Prevailing Wage
By an overwhelming margin of 72 to 28 percent, voters in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County have rejected a ballot measure to convert from a general law to a charter city, a move that would have enabled city officials to slash the wages of workers on city construction projects by [&hellip...
Mar
2011
29

Large Construction Equipment Companies Predict Market Expansion in Fiscal Year 2011

Large Construction Equipment Companies Predict Market Expansion in Fiscal Year 2011
Despite witnessing the lowest U.S. private non-residential construction spending in six years, officials at Caterpillar, Komatsu Ltd., and Volvo Group AB are predicting a rebound in demand. From Bloomberg: The market may expand as much as 30 percent in 2011, said Olof Persson, president of Volvo’s construction equipment unit. Industry sales...
Mar
2011
27

Ted Leo Covers Woody Guthrie for Wisconsin

Ted Leo Covers Woody Guthrie for Wisconsin
Ted Leo, a New Jersey native and punk music lifer, writes on his band’s website about what led to him recording a cover of Woody Guthrie’s “I Guess I Planted” to show solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin: So, I got a little testy with some Twitter followers yesterday because I was feeling pressured by [&hellip...