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Happy Labor Day weekend everyone - Take Monday off in appreciation

That is, unless you work retail or the service sector, for you it truly is "labor" day.


Oh, and don't forget the:


Wonder if this is what they had in mind when they created labor day?




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The History of Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 30, 2013, 08:39 AM (0 replies)

This is truly inspiring

Next time someone tells you they can't do something, think about this video...


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10102527792694996
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Aug 28, 2013, 02:06 PM (0 replies)

5 facilities with same fertilizer as West Texas blast refuse inspections

Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday.


A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across Texas was also said to have rebuffed a state request to share data since the April explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15 people and injured 200 others.

Regulators and state lawmakers at a hearing about the still-unsolved explosion were intrigued by the lack of cooperation. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said "well, sure" when asked whether those facilities refusing to admit inspectors raised concern.

"In their defense, they may have a very good reason," Connealy said.

There is no state fire code in Texas. The state fire marshal's office lacks the power to make unannounced inspections of local businesses, nor does the office have the authority to compel local facilities to open its doors.

http://www.mbtmag.com/news/2013/08/fire-marshal-inspections-refused-west-blast?et_cid=3446232&et_rid=82488838&type=headline
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Aug 27, 2013, 12:32 PM (6 replies)

Nobody handles hecklers as well as the President


Two women were escorted out of an event after heckling President Obama during a speech on college affordability in Syracuse, New York.


http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news/52822718


He just knows how to handle this sort of thing, I have seen it first hand twice and seen many video clips of heckled speeches.

The hecklers are assholes, but the President knows how to deal with it.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:39 AM (3 replies)

26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people -- nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.



Click on link to see the city transform:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/08/26-years-of-growth-shanghai-then-and-now/100569/
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:58 PM (1 replies)

The Republicans will not partner with CNN & NBC! - They prefer FOX where facts are not necessary.




The GOP’s governing body approved a resolution on Friday barring NBC News and CNN from partnering with the Republican National Committee in hosting 2016 presidential primary debates.

Members of the RNC, gathered in Boston for their Summer Meeting voted to bar NBC News and CNN from participating in 2016 debates due to forthcoming projects about Hillary Clinton planned by both network. They approved the resolution by a voice vote.

The resolution states that the RNC would not "partner with (CNN or NBC) in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor."

“We’re done putting up with this nonsense,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said ahead of the vote. “There are plenty of other outlets. We’ll still reach voters, maybe more voters. But CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors’ networks.”


http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/16/20052566-republicans-vote-to-bar-cnn-nbc-news-from-partnering-in-16-debates?lite>1=43001


Why are the networks partnering with political parties to begin with? If they really wanted to report the news, they would just report the facts and let the parties do what they do!
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:52 PM (3 replies)

GOP congressman invites Obama-mask rodeo clown to perform in Texas

By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News

The controversial rodeo clown who on Saturday fired up a crowd at the Missouri State Fair by wearing a mask of President Barack Obama — and encouraging a bull to run him down — now has a standing invitation to perform in Texas, a Republican congressman said Wednesday.



Then there is this little tid-bit in the article:
Perry Beam, who was in the stands during the performance in Sedalia, Mo., told the Associated Press that everyone “went wild” as fans cheered on the bull as it charged after the masked Obama impersonator.

"It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm," he said.

Beam estimated that the rodeo emcee used Obama’s name close to 100 times during the show. Fair officials have not revealed the clown's identity.

"It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you'd see on TV," he told the new agency.


http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/14/20027046-gop-congressman-invites-controversial-obama-mask-rodeo-clown-to-perform-in-texas?lite>1=43001
A whole lot of hate goin' on there!
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:25 AM (3 replies)

Rand Paul's Top Idea to Win Minority Voters: Attack Indefinite Detention?

How does the Kentucky senator plan to connect with the young and minorities? By talking about Guantanamo, apparently.

Check out this passage from an interview he did with Atlantic alum Joshua Green of Businessweek:


What is your plan to refashion the GOP to draw more minority and younger voters?
All voters, but particularly young people, and often young people who are African American or Hispanic, I think they have a sense of justice, and they sometimes mistrust government with achieving justice. So one of the big issues that I’ve fought here is getting rid of the provision called indefinite detention. This is the idea that an American citizen could be accused of a crime, held indefinitely without charge, and actually sent from America to Guantánamo Bay and kept forever.

I think there is something in that message of justice and a right to a trial by jury and a right to a lawyer that resonate beyond the traditional Republican Party and will help us to grow the Republican Party with the youth. Defending the Internet’s privacy, these are all things that broaden the appeal of Republicans.


http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/rand-pauls-top-idea-to-win-minority-voters-attack-indefinite-detention/278512/

Somehow this idiot relates detention to minorities, what's that tell you about him?
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 9, 2013, 01:22 PM (0 replies)

Builder of skyscraper forgets the elevator


The Builders of This Spanish Skyscraper Forgot the Elevator


The Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm, Spain—standing proud in this image—was designed to be a striking symbol of hope and prosperity, to signal to the rest of the world that the city was escaping the financial crisis. Sadly, the builders forgot to include a working elevator.

In fairness, the entire construction process has been plagued with problems, reports Ecnonomia. Initially funded by a bank called Caixa Galicia, the finances were recently taken over by Sareb – Spain’s so-called "bad bank" – when the mortgage was massively written down.

In part, that was a function of the greed surrounding the project. Initially designed to be a mere 20 storeys tall, the developers got over-excited and pushed the height way up: now it boasts 47 storeys, and will include 269 homes.

http://gizmodo.com/the-builders-of-this-spanish-skyscraper-forgot-the-elev-1065152844

Wouldn't you think you would need an elevator at 20 floors as much as 47?

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 9, 2013, 10:58 AM (38 replies)

U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows To $34.2B In June


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in June to its lowest level in more than 3 ½ years. Exports rose to an all-time high and imports declined, signs that economic growth is stronger than previously thought.

The Commerce Department says the June deficit fell 22.4 percent to $34.2 billion. That's the lowest since October 2009 and down from May's imbalance of $44.1 billion, which was revised down.

Exports rose 2.2 percent to $191.2 billion, reflecting more sales of manufactured goods and farm products. Imports dropped 2.5 percent to $225.4 billion. Oil imports declined to the lowest level in more than two years.

The smaller deficit could prompt the government to revise economic growth for the April-June quarter up from its initial estimated annual rate of 1.7 percent.
http://www.mbtmag.com/news/2013/08/us-trade-deficit-narrows-342b-june?et_cid=3407318&et_rid=82488838&location=top
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Aug 6, 2013, 12:17 PM (1 replies)
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