Mi amigo Anthony Freda sent this stunning recent artwork a few days ago with this message:
“Peace is a lonely business these days. Why did the anti-war movement end? Did the wars, war crimes and slaughter of innocents end?”
(the last one is here.)
‘Alabama Voids Birmingham’s Minimum Wage Ordinance’, Feb. 27, thevillagesuntimes.com
“The Alabama Senate passed the bill today by a vote of 23-10.
Alabama now has no minimum wage of its own, so Birmingham’s largely black low-wage workforce, many of whom work for fast-food outlets, can continue to be paid $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum.” [snip]
“In just the past two months, at least seven states in addition to Alabama have introduced laws to bar cities from setting their own minimum wage, according to Huizar, including Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. If a lawsuit is filed, I will post an update.”
‘Birmingham Raises Minimum Wage and Alabama Takes it Away’, nbcnews.com
“Alabama passed a bill Thursday, largely along party lines, that bars cities and counties from raising the minimum wage or requiring employers to provide leave or other benefits. Because the law applies retroactively, it wipes out Birmingham’s raise.
Republican legislative leaders fast-tracked the bill in order to pass it before Birmingham’s raise was set to take effect March 1. The GOP enjoys super-majorities in both houses. Within an hour or so of the bill’s passage, Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, announced he had signed it.
The Alabama bill is the latest effort by a Republican-controlled state to preempt progressive legislation passed by cities. Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Indiana have already banned local minimum wage increases, and other red states are considering proposals to do so. Wisconsin and other states have banned cities from requiring paid sick leave. After residents of Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking in the city, the state, pushed by industry lobbyists, banned a broad range of efforts to regulate the oil and gas industry.”
Via the Scribes to the Plutocrats cnbc.com: ‘Hiking minimum wage won’t stop poverty: Fed paper’. Dec. 2015
It won’t end poverty, but it sure would be a step in the right direction, jackasses.
Forget the #FightforFifteen; the SEIU is cool with $10.10 and is down with Hillary (it’s all about ‘having a seat at the table, see?); Trumka’s got nothin’. No calls for strikes, oh, no. ‘Creating Jobs and Moar!’ is it. Period. But then he was on Obama’s job council, and his membership campaigned for ObamaCare. I laughed when they discovered they’d been pwned.
‘US Senate Approves New Drug Regulator with Ties to Big Pharma’
“Robert Califf, confirmed by a vote of 89 to 4, was a paid consultant for Merck, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly.
The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, despite concerns from civil society groups that his previous ties to the pharmaceutical industry would create a conflict of interest. Califf was officially confirmed to the position in an 89 to 4 vote on Wednesday.”
Let’s put our hands together and give them all the clap…but then, the Revolving Door is efficient, isn’t it?
In honor of Vanna at her big board over on the front left in Anthony’s piece: