Hill: Broun no friend to workers

I like this article because it points out the short-sightedness of many Republicans and conservatives.

The author, Janet Hill, is a local attorney dealing with labor issues.

"In a Sunday column headlined "Central planning won't help economy," Rep. Paul Broun extols the virtues of the free market in decreasing unemployment and criticizes the impact of "government control" on job growth. Broun ignores the many benefits of 'government control' in protecting America's workforce against exploitation.

"Without 'government control', workers would still be subjected to once-common unsafe working conditions, where they were killed and maimed without any consequence to the business. Also, businesses wouldn't be forced to keep food safe. Workers could be forced to work at sub-minimum wages -- insufficient for basic subsistence -- leaving them to rely on welfare and charity to raise a family. Businesses could force workers to work unlimited hours without any overtime premium -- making overtime more expensive encourages employers to hire more workers instead -- and businesses would be able to employ children of any age to work at any jobs, even dangerous ones.

"Without 'government control', businesses would be free to discriminate against workers based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability and veteran status. They could fire employees for missing time from work because of serious health conditions, pregnancy, or caring for a seriously ill family member. They could could fire workers just before they become vested in their pension, to keep from paying the pension benefit. Or, they could promise pension benefits, even withhold money from wages to be vested in pension accounts, and then spend the money elsewhere, leaving workers with no pension and no recourse. And, they could fire military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty.

"Many Americans, including me, are proud to live in a country where workers are protected from exploitation and all workers are treated fairly. Broun is either ignorant of the many benefits of what he calls 'government control' or he believes America is a better place when workers are exploited to increase corporate bottom lines. If Broun has his way, he would reverse over 100 years of progress in the treatment of America's workers.

"It's clear to me that Broun has no concern for the real problems faced by his constituents and is only concerned about protecting the rich and powerful. I'm convinced he won't change his attitude. The only solution is to vote him out of office in favor of someone who actually represents his constituents and who offers real solutions to the real problems facing America."

Janet E. Hill

Thought for the day

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction
- Blaise Pascal:French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher

Hypocrites. That's the word I think she's looking for.

I came across this in the editorial section today.

Dupuy: GOP believes in science, religion and politics

It's not easy denying evolution while championing social Darwinism. Republicans have a delicate two-step to perform: pro-some-Bible and pro-some-science.

Despite a global scientific consensus on evolution, Republican politicians embrace a literal interpretation of the Bible when it comes to how we all got here.
But their reading gets suddenly metaphorical when it comes to the parts in the Bible about helping the poor.

The Bible is pretty clear about it being easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven. And the Republicans are pretty clear on ignoring that part.

Liberals dismiss Republicans as simpletons. That's not true. This anti-some-Bible and anti-some-science dance is very complicated.

See, when Republicans talk about the "free market" and how the "greatest" is chosen by this fabled marketplace -- that's what Charles Darwin described in 1859 as "natural selection" in his book, "Origin of the Species."

So when evolution-denier Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., says she wants to repeal socialist Obamacare with "free-market" solutions, she's pleading for competition. A competition that, naturally, selects winners and losers.

Republicans are not anti-science entirely, they're anti ... sometimes.
How anti-science can you be with an iPhone in your pocket?

Yet seven out of eight GOP candidates proudly deny evolution as just a theory while debating under Reagan's Air Force One in his presidential library, never questioning aerodynamics or gravity -- which are also, technically, just theories.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proudly proclaims his belief in vaccinations to thwart cervical cancer -- a very science-y stance -- but not in laws to thwart climate change.

Like I said, Republicans are not all-in on being against science. The GOP treats science as their illegitimate love child. They deny its existence for political purposes, while quietly funneling child support to it.

Republicans are not Luddites. Republicans are for technology. They don't want to actually live in the 18th century; they just want to idealize it.

Still, they boast proudly of having a bigger and better presence on Twitter and Facebook than Democrats. This is the party that sees endless uses for Predator drones and embraces all innovations with military applications.

How exactly do you drug-test welfare recipients without science? You don't. How does one "drill, baby, drill" or remove the tops of mountains without employing someone who knows their way around the periodic table? You don't.

Then, of course, they treat the Bible as their political wife dutifully standing by their side in photo ops, nodding in support of everything they say.

And as much as the GOP has a reputation for pandering to churchgoers, their platform contradicts biblical teachings. Jesus was not a banker or a CEO. He was labor.
Yet Republicans claim a monopoly on Christianity and use it as a prop. It's part of the stagecraft for their political image. But just like science, when the Bible has something in it they don't like, they just deny it and move on.

So Republicans do believe in science and in the Bible.
They just believe in politics first.

• Tina Dupuy is an award-winning writer and managing editor of the political blog Crooks and Liars.

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It's a three day weekend! AND it's the first real Autumn weekend. Temperatures will only be in the 70s. After a summer of more than 100 days with 90-100+ temps, this is what we've been waiting for.

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My new camera

After borrowing my partner's Kodak (bleck!)digital camera for far too long, I finally have my own digital camera. Stuck in the 35mm era, when I wanted to post something online, it was the Kodak for the fastest post option. This new Pentax K10 joins my Pentax sf10 and my Pentax pz20. Sensing a Pentax trend? Well, when I started photographing my dad suggested Pentax because the lenses would fit any other Pentax, film or digital, and the Tamron brand which is a cheaper substitute, offered the same. So I go into the digital revolution- 10 years late- with other lens in hand: the 18-55MM included, a 75-300mm lens, a 28-200 lens and a 1.4 tele-converter extension to use with all of them. I've loaned a few lenses out, so if you remember my loaning you a lens, now's a great time to return it. There was a particularly nice wide angle lens I'm referring to!

Dad's picture of me in Rothenburg, West Germany, with my first camera.

Thought for the day

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.- Ben Franklin

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin

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Nifty List

I came across this list of old occupations on a genealogy site and thought it was a keeper
Accomptant Accountant
Almoner Giver of charity to the needy
Amanuensis Secretary or stenographer
Artificer A soldier mechanic who does repairs
Bailie Bailiff
Baxter Baker
Bluestocking Female writer
Boniface Keeper of an inn
Brazier One who works with brass
Brewster Beer manufacturer
Brightsmith Metal Worker
Burgonmaster Mayor
Caulker One who filled up cracks (in ships or windows or seems to make them watertight by using tar or oakum-hem fiber produced by taking old ropes apart
Chaisemaker Carriage maker
Chandler Dealer or trader; one who makes or sells candles; retailer of groceries, ship supplier
Chiffonnier Wig maker
Clark Clerk
Clerk Clergyman, cleric
Clicker The servant of a salesman who stood at the door to invite customers; one who received the matter in the galley from the compositors and arranged it in due form ready for printing; one who makes eyelet holes in boots using a machine which clicked.
Cohen Priest
Collier Coal miner
Colporteur Peddler of books
Cooper One who makes or repairs vessels made of staves & hoops, such as casks, barrels, tubs, etc.
Cordwainer Shoemaker, originally any leather worker using leather from Cordova/Cordoba in Spain
Costermonger Peddler of fruits and vegetables
Crocker Potter
Crowner Coroner
Currier One who dresses the coat of a horse with a currycomb; one who tanned leather by incorporating oil or grease
Docker Stevedore, dock worker who loads and unloads cargo
Dowser One who finds water using a rod or witching stick
Draper A dealer in dry goods
Drayman One who drives a long strong cart without fixed sides for carrying heavy loads
Dresser A surgeon's assistant in a hospital
Drover One who drives cattle, sheep, etc. to market; a dealer in cattle
Duffer Peddler
Factor Agent, commission merchant; one who acts or transacts business for another; Scottish steward or bailiff of an estate
Farrier A blacksmith, one who shoes horses
Faulkner Falconer
Fell monger One who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making
Fletcher One who made bows and arrows
Fuller One who fulls cloth; one who shrinks and thickens woolen cloth by moistening, heating, and pressing; one who cleans and finishes cloth
Gaoler A keeper of the goal, a jailer
Glazier Window glassman
Hacker Maker of hoes
Hatcheler One who combed out or carded flax
Haymonger Dealer in hay
Hayward Keeper of fences
Higgler Itinerant peddler
Hillier Roof tiler
Hind A farm laborer
Holster A groom who took care of horses, often at an inn
Hooker Reaper
Hooper One who made hoops for casks and barrels
Huckster Sells small wares
Husbandman A farmer who cultivated the land
Jagger Fish peddler
Journeyman One who had served his apprenticeship and mastered his craft,
not bound to serve a master, but hired by the day
Joyner / Joiner A skilled carpenter
Keeler Bargeman
Kempster Wool comber
Lardner Keeper of the cupboard
Lavender Washer woman
Lederer Leather maker
Leech Physician
Longshoreman Stevedore
Lormer Maker of horse gear
Malender Farmer
Maltster Brewer
Manciple A steward
Mason Bricklayer
Mintmaster One who issued local currency
Monger Seller of goods (ale, fish)
Muleskinner Teamster
Neatherder Herds cows
Ordinary Keeper Innkeeper with fixed prices
Pattern Maker A maker of a clog shod with an iron ring. A clog was a
wooden pole with a pattern cut into the end
Peregrinator Itinerant wanderer
Peruker A wig maker
Pettifogger A shyster lawyer
Pigman Crockery dealer
Plumber One who applied sheet lead for roofing and set lead frames for plain or stained glass windows.
Porter Door keeper
Puddler Wrought iron worker
Quarrier Quarry worker
Rigger Hoist tackle worker
Ripper Seller of fish
Roper Maker of rope or nets
Saddler One who makes, repairs or sells saddles or other furnishings for horses
Sawbones Physician
Sawyer One who saws; carpenter
Schumacker Shoemaker
Scribler A minor or worthless author
Scrivener Professional or public copyist or writer; notary public
Scrutiner Election judge
Shrieve Sheriff
Slater Roofer
Slopseller Seller of ready-made clothes in a slop shop
Snobscat / Snob One who repaired shoes
Sorter Tailor
Spinster A woman who spins or an unmarried woman
Spurrer Maker of spurs
Squire Country gentleman; farm owner; justice of peace
Stuff gown Junior barrister
Stuff gownsman Junior barrister
Supercargo Officer on merchant ship who is in charge of cargo and the commercial concerns of the ship.
Tanner One who tans (cures) animal hides into leather
Tapley One who puts the tap in an ale cask
Tasker Reaper
Teamster One who drives a team for hauling
Thatcher Roofer
Tide waiter Customs inspector
Tinker An itinerant tin pot and pan seller and repairman
Tipstaff Policeman
Travers Toll bridge collection
Tucker Cleaner of cloth goods
Turner A person who turns wood on a lathe into spindles
Victualer A tavern keeper, or one who provides an army, navy, or ship with food
Vulcan Blacksmith
Wagoner Teamster not for hire
Wainwright Wagon maker
Waiter Customs officer or tide waiter; one who waited on the tide to collect duty on goods brought in.
Waterman Boatman who plies for hire
Webster Operator of looms
Wharfinger Owner of a wharf
Wheelwright One who made or repaired wheels; wheeled carriages, etc.
Whitesmith Tinsmith; worker of iron who finishes or polishes the work
Whitewing Street sweeper
Whitster Bleach of cloth
Wright Workman, especially a construction worker
Yeoman Farmer who owns his own land

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Too cute

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