The Hill newspaper has hired “veteran Democratic strategist” — we prefer leathered loony leftist — James Carville to write a biweekly column on “modern Republicanism and conservatism.” That's like having a fox write on chicken coop security. We can't wait for Mr. Carville's fair and balanced musings, can you? ... The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has left the AFL-CIO, ending a quarter-century affiliation. The 40,000-member ILWU, considered to be one of the most thuggish unions in organized labor, basically accuses AFL-CIO boss Rich Trumka, a Nemacolin native, of being a wussie — particularly in his support of ObamaCare's 40-percent tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans. If you happen to see Mr. Trumka hanging out at a local casino soon — and repeatedly shouting “HIT ME!” — you'll know he's trying to recoup lost union dues. ... Bloomberg News reminds that bankrupt Detroit, in 1997, pinned its hopes on a new, taxpayer-financed Detroit Tigers ballpark to revitalize the cesspool. Didn't happen. Then, a few years later, it looked to a new, taxpayer-financed Detroit Lions football field to do the trick. Nuttin'. Detroit these days is neck-deep in belly-up, sinking and stinking. So, now Detroit is suggesting that a new, taxpayer-financed arena for hockey's Red Wings will get the job done. Thrice-nuts folks have a special place in the Public Purpose Hall of Shame.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Recasting the EPA: Devolving power to the states
- Another carbon credit scheme
- School funding canard: Money isn’t the answer