sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Fifty years ago today a quarter of a million people (give or take) marched on Washington for equal rights.   Martin Luther King and others spoke and MLK's speech remains as a call to action.

After all this time you would think we would get it right, but the struggle goes on.  This video is copyrighted but I share it anyway.
sharon_dubois: (rosieUnion)
The Right To Work For Less law goes into effect tomorrow. All union members in the state are wearing red, and seeing red as well. Here's hoping one of the three lawsuits kills the bill.

"With right-to-work laws going into effect Thursday, at least 41 school districts and five colleges have approved contracts that allow them to skirt the new and controversial law for at least a few years.

But the education institutions do so at their own risk.

Republicans in the state House of Representatives are furious that districts have found a way to avoid the law by extending their contracts and are threatening to financially punish the districts and institutions, potentially costing them thousands -- and in some cases, millions of dollars."

Sure this was about doing good for Michigan and not about punishing teachers! Fraking Republikans!


Mar. 2nd, 2013 05:01 pm
sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Gov. Snyder has stated that he would appoint an emergency financial manager for Detroit. We killed that law at the ballot box in November and the damn RepubloCritters make another one. They have been trying to to take over Detroit for years.

The majority of blacks in the state of Michigan no longer have representative government.


Jan. 25th, 2013 03:28 pm
sharon_dubois: (upsidedownWyn)
You have been warned.

I couldn't pass up this little bit of fun. He was a jerk to Hilary this week and this is only what he deserves. Like #6.

The Top 10 Reasons Rand Paul should never start a sentence, 'Had I been president ...'
by Mother Mags

#10. Half the audience will laugh so hard they won't hear the rest of your comment.

#9. The other half of the audience will cry so hard your remaining words will be lost in their bawling.

#8. Security will remove you as an outside agitator, perhaps even an anarchist.

#7. Your nitwit tea party followers will have to change their "Rand Paul for Emperor" signs. (They have to change them anyway because they misspelled Emperor.)

#6. Sinners will buy up the world's supply of coats, jackets, and blankets, anticipating hell freezing over.

#5. Michele Bachmann will sue you for "Presidential Batshit Crazy" copyright infringement.

#4. World leaders will set their nuclear missiles on high alert.

#3. Capitol police will immediately perform a breathalyzer test on you.

#2. Stocks will plunge, except for the companies that make "The End is Nigh" signs.

And the #1 reason Rand Paul should never start a sentence, "Had I been president ..."

#1. Forget it, dude, ain't gonna happen.
sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
I promised that I would stop talking politics but more insanity locally means I need to speak. A new bill in the Michigan Senate could allow emergency room doctors and nurses to deny emergency medical care to gay people, women who need a life-saving abortion, and even those with AIDS, for reasons of "conscience."

Michigan Senate Bill 975 would provide a "license to discriminate" to hospitals and clinics if a healthcare provider's "religious beliefs, moral convictions, or ethical principles" dictate that providing a medical care would be a violation of conscience.

The idiots are also contemplating making Michigan a "right to work" state.
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Here in Michigan all that seems to be on TV are political ads of the republickan sort. This is a political ad of another sort.

sharon_dubois: (romy eye)
Best explanation of Christianity EVER!

CHRISTIANITY: The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

Makes perfect sense.
sharon_dubois: (Default)
I'm working on creating projects for the class I'm writing but I couldn't help myself. Presented because it made me laugh:

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I now return to my regularly scheduled job -- creating a new class. At least some of the teacher battering legislation here in Michigan is getting stopped. Another injunction against Republickan over reach in Michigan yesterday. Up unions while we still have them. Go public education while it still exists.
sharon_dubois: (buffy_gang)
The republicans to whom I refer occupy the Michigan State House. It is down the street from my office. The other repub of more immediate interest is the pres of the college. We have been working without a contract for two years. The college spent about $1.5M on a lawyer from an anti-union "brain trust" to stall things. We just got to look at the contract!!!!

I am in a very red state run by some of the most pernicious repub weasels/weevils/whatever (autocorrect has been having fun as my fingers are forgetting how to spell) /politicians in the country. They have made this thing so much worse than it could be.

My pay is calculated by the days I work. So that summer off is not vacation -- it is time off without pay. If I vote "yes" for this thing then I get to have approximately the same pay for thirty two (32) more days of work. Oh joy! This document is so filled with squiggly words. You know the kind that a lawyer will tell you means the exact opposite that any sensible educated person might construe it to mean. I do understand why two of my colleagues retired last week. They must be independently wealthy or something because I cannot afford to retire. I could legally but I'm not old enough for social security and with what the state keeps saying they are going to do with my pension it is too scary. I want to retire but, I've wanted to retire since I passed that thirty year point.

Interesting times ahead (for all meanings of the word interesting) and those 32 extra days -- I see myself keeping track of billable minutes, oh yes.


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