Senator Zell Miller is my kind of (D)emocrat. Why didn't the (D)onks put him and Lieberman on a POTUS/VPOTUS ticket? That, my friends, would have been a landslide. The Left would have stayed home, and much of the center and even the Right would have gone for that ticket.
A woman friend sent me this article, taken from a WW2-era magazine. The article, written for supervisors in the transportation industry (bus companies), details how to hire the right kind of women to give good service. Back then, the bus business had, at the same time, become much more necessary due to severe restrictions on private commuting and they had lost most of their male operators to the military.
Notice you won't see any "human relations" jargon in here. You won't see any reference to "paradigms" here. The "mission" of bus companies was to operate the busses, on time and for a profit. They were mostly private companies then. With industry roaring along to produce all the war matériel that the Allies needed, manufacturing had bulked up and most vital plants ran 24/7. It wasn't unusual, in those days before robotic manufacturing, to have a shift of ten thousand workers at a major plant. They all came by bus or streetcar, or they walked to work. The Allies couldn't have won the war without US manufacturing, and US manufacturing couldn't turn out the war matériel without the bus companies getting the workers to work.
Here then, are the instructions to the managers on how to hire the women drivers and bus maintainers to get all those workers to those factories.
Wow! This online 'zine has taken on the subject of Judicial Activism, and illustrated it with the MA Supreme's redefinition of marriage, and the very cogent essay engendered a death-duel in the comments section between two men, one an advocate for less judicial interference and one an advocate for anything judicial is right and proper.
The protagonist and antagonist go at it for pages. It will take a fast reader at least 20 minutes, but with these two, great ideas turn on small phrases, so you can't speed-read it.
If you want to get into the Culture War, as fought by two decent wordsmiths, click the link.
In an interesting development that raises a huge red flag for President Bush's re-election chances, Labor PACs in Oregon have decided to forego their usual affinity for the Initiative & Referendum process and concentrate their energy and money on getting the (D)emocratic nominee elected.
The Oregonian newspaper has a convincing, balanced article on this subject today.
This pundit's take: Oregon is not a Bush State, but due to Nader's entry in 2000, Bush almost won. Gore only took OR by 6,600 votes. Nader is trying again, but most pundits believe that his candidacy will go nowhere fast, so it will be a Kerry vs. Bush battle.
If this "concentration" phenomena plays out nationwide, it could easily tip the balance of voters in close states and give the election to Kerry.
Spring's here, and there's pollen everywhere, especially in my eyes. So, when I went to Indigo's site and clicked on the cat link in her "Pussyfooting" post, and went from the cat page to the Poof Cat home page, I was surprised to find this page called Patriotic..
Opening the page took care of the eyewashing for the day. Poof Cat has compiled what has to be the best patriotic songs and poetry out there. Good audio, too.
BTW, here's a challenge for y'all: if you can find a better patriotic site, comment on it below, please.
Your Rivrdog's service to his Nation was in the Air Force, but I think I can recognize some serious leadership when I see it, in any service. I see it here.
Indigo Insights refers us to Neptunus Lex who posted a classic eve-of-battle speech from Maj. Gen. J.N. Mattis, in command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1MEF) as they rolled into the Sunni Triangle to relieve the 82d Airborne Division in the pacification work there.
Read the speech. then mentally put yourself into the boots of a young Marine going into his first combat. This speech INSPIRES!
This old Major salutes you, General! Kick some butt!
Postscript: And the General's men did. On their first day in the Triangle, the 1MEF entered downtown Fallujah and took the war straight to Saddam's holdouts there. First reports are that the 1MEF blocked escape from the center of town, and went door-to-door clearing houses and winning firefights with the trapped Baathists, who hadn't been bothered much by the 82d Airborne, for some reason.