August 21st, 2005


What's wrong with union labor

Norm Coleman wrote what for him was a surprisingly even-handed column on the NWA strike in today's Star-Tribune. He says that it's basically a lose-lose situation, which it will be if the union succeeds in its attempt to shut down the airline. (I guess it's too much to ask that he consider the real possibility that the union will fail.)

Even so, he, probably inadvertently, highlighted one major problem with union labor:

Dodge was handing out strike leaflets in front of the Lindbergh terminal Saturday afternoon, taking a four-hour shift with Harold Rishel, a 55-year-old mechanic from Lakeville. Both repair radio and navigation gear.

Dodge pulls broken units from cockpits; Rishel fixes them in the shop. They never met until Saturday.

What's wrong with this picture? I'll give you a hint: look up the term "featherbedding". There's absolutely no reason that they need one guy to remove radios from the cockpit and another to actually fix them. Removing a radio from an aircraft is a matter of undoing some number of quarter-turn Dzus fasteners and sliding it out of the rack. Under FAA rules, it must be done by a licensed mechanic, but it's not at all unreasonable to ask the guy who's going to fix the radio to actually pull it out of the aircraft.

American labor, particularly union labor, has priced itself out of the world labor market. Featherbedding like this is one reason why.
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Why D. C. Simpson respects the NY Times

From a recent LJ entry, D. C. "Rain" Simpson, of the leftist webcomic Ozy and Millie:

But then, my respect for the NY Times is actually pretty low these days. If it weren't for Paul Krugman, it would mostly be gone [...]

If you want to know the truth about Paul Krugman, you have to read those nasty eeeeevil right-wing blogs like Power Line. A good example is their recent shredding of Krugman's screed repeating the tired old claim that Gore really won in 2000 and Kerry really won in 2004, despite the fact that not even the Times itself reached those conclusions.

Of course, Simpson wouldn't ever read those. Oh, no. They might destroy his comfortable leftist worldview.
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100 songs meme

Via kinkyturtle:

Go here. In the Search box in the upper right hand corner, enter the year you graduated from high school. The first item returned should be the 100 songs from that year. Cut and paste them into your journal.

Bold the ones you like.
Underline your favorite.
Strike through the songs you loathe.
Italicize the ones you can't remember.
Leave it untagged if you're without an opinion.

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There's a lot here that's on my second-level list; I have real favorites from these bands, but not from 1977: ELO's Turn to Stone, Atlanta Rhythm Section's Champagne Jam, The Eagles' Get Over It, Steve Miller Band's Space Cowboy, Marshall Tucker Band's Ghost Riders in the Sky. Picking a favorite was harder than it could have been because of that.
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