All Further Articles for 2011-03-22

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
In Pointless Unconstitutional Platitudes We Trust
Because there's nothing else it should be spending its taxpayer-funded time on, the House will vote on whether to plaster every federal building with "In God We Trust," a phrase born of a McCarthy-era effort to combat all those godless commies. Some people think our national motto should be, "We the people," but that's evidently too...democratic for some folks.
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Triangle Shirtwaist: Remembering the Fire
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, a seminal moment in labor history in which 146 garment workers, mostly Jewish and Italian women, were killed. Many jumped to their deaths after finding the exit doors locked. The factory owners escaped and were acquitted in a criminal trial, but lost a civil suit and had to pay $75 a victim. A new film and many events by Workers United, descendant of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Wisconsin, Michigan, BP, Dream Act: If you think Triangle's issues are in the past, think again.
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Monday, March 21, 2011
White Guys Saving America
If you're as desperate as the rest of us for a hint of cheer in the news, here's the right-wing Save America Convention this weekend. It had so much to offer - John Birch Society! Tom Tancredo! A battleplan for each attendee! - but only drew 300 saviors. The day's basketball game drew 18,000. Depending on your perspective, we're doomed, or there's hope.
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