Late Night: Unfriendly Skies

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 8:00 pm

Back in the 90′s, I spent a summer in Seattle working on a project with a former Boeing engineer, and I remember being astonished (and a little alarmed) when he told me about working on the 747 line. “That plane’s been in production for over twenty years, and there are still hundreds of parts that don’t fit together,” he told me, “The guys on the line know exactly where you have to re-drill a hole or just bang the thing together with a mallet.”  We were remodeling a house at the time, so I could sympathize, but with a key difference: houses don’t have to fly through the air with hundreds of passengers (and screaming babies) on board.


Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Late Night FDL: Provisions of Walker’s Anti-Union Bill Overturned in Wisconsin

By: Friday March 30, 2012 8:00 pm

At the end of a week of fuss and tea-leaf reading about the Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments about Obamacare, a judge in Wisconsin ruled on a similarly controversial state law.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joseph McCartin, Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 1:59 pm

Professor Joseph McCartin, one of the nation’s leading scholars on the decline of the strike, has written the definitive account of the PATCO strike. In Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike that Changed America, McCartin details two decades of struggle by this group of often militant Federal employees culminating in the failed 1981 strike. Collision Course is a well written, meticulously researched, and detailed account of the PATCO strike.

Charles Krauthammer Takes a Swipe at Labor and Dems

By: Friday June 17, 2011 8:30 am

Predictable and bland, Charles Krauthammer claims that Democrats are trying to appease Labor. All I can say is that I wish that were the case!

Despite Union Busting and Budget Cuts, Still the Teachers Teach

By: Saturday February 26, 2011 9:00 am

In one of the local Kansas City area school districts, a proposed levy increase that would have put an end to three years of major budget cuts failed, and so the cuts continue even as enrollment rises. In Wisconsin and elsewhere, cuts are driven not so much by the economy but by union-busting politicians. Elsewhere in the US, teacher layoffs are being announced. ‘Tis the season . . .

And yet, despite all this, the teachers still teach.

I am so grateful for those who taught me, and even today I am still realizing just how much of a gift they gave me.

Scott Walker, Meet Robert LaFollette

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Once upon a time, a new Republican governor arrived in Madison, Wisconsin. The state was in debt, and their cash on hand was poor. The answer? For Robert La Follette in 1900, it was simple: raise taxes.

Fast forward about 100 years, and you get a very different answer from a very different Republican governor.

La Follette’s policies solved the budget crisis of his day and vastly improved the state and the lives of its citizen. But I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for Walker to learn that lesson and follow his example.

Lindsey Graham: Elections Only Have Consequences When Republicans Win

By: Sunday February 20, 2011 11:30 am

Here’s Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on “Meet the GOP” this morning.

Sarah Palin Thinks “It’s Amazing” Obama Not Following Bush’s Awesome Katrina Playbook

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 11:30 am

Here’s the Quitter on Faux News yesterday, saying mean things about the company that employed her husband for 18 years.

Private Equity Firms, Our New Corporate Masters?

By: Thursday July 9, 2009 1:30 pm

Workers returned Tuesday to the job at Stella D’Oro Biscuit Co. in the Bronx after a judge ordered the company reinstate the 136 employees who had remained strong throughout a brutal 11-month strike. But before they could even walk through the doors, they were greeted with the anti-union response by the company’s private equity firm owners, the 21st century’s mutation of the robber barons: Brynwood Partners announced it would shut down operations in October.

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