“Why not just throw herself on the floor at every opportunity? Why do I read about these completely irrelevant people? Reality in the USA - The President and First Lady are likely to be spit balled. Oh, whatever shall we do?”
“Will there be any mayors there from Michigan? After watching Rachel Madow's coverage of the State takeover of locally elected governments in Michigan, seems that the dictators have already begun. I spent 8 years on a local town Council, and we did one hell of a lot of good work, from infrastructure to parks to flood control, quality of life services, open space purchases... the list goes on. We were 5 volunteers- not paid- all held full time jobs, and had cadres of great citizen groups to work with. They were the leaders, we just executed their plans!”
“Money given to charity NEVER results in jobs for the middle class. Good for you with a more accurate number on those of us unemployed. Who is going to hire a 60 plus person to build a bridge, I'd to know?!”
“my big question is how do we get a real perspective on the employment crisis? 9.5% does not count those who have run out of benefits, those who would not qualify, those who were consultants, contract employees, cash employees, part timers, those who had not worked but now need to, those who had retired but now can't live on diminished savings... and a myriad of other permutations of people who cannot work building bridges until they are 70. What employers are willing to give new careers to the over 60 generation? This is a huge crisis and no one seems to be willing to extrapolate the real number, and watch as the numbers grow.”
Madagain on Aug 11, 2010 at 18:08:42
“We may never know the true numbers, but 'most' of already know this is the worst economy in our lifetimes. Our government has acted irresponsibly and given more rights and breaks to large corporations than they would ever give to a working stiff. We working class have been working and living in a country where the laws are extreamly prejudiced, providing protection for corporations and industries while ignoring the rights of the working class. Yes, these are tough times and could get tougher, we better, as a class wake up and pull in one direction. We certainly won't get help from the republicans who feel sorry for the corporations when they mess up. Case in point (Bartons appology to BP, because the government panel talked bad to them for ignoring laws designed to protect from spill accidents. This is the mindset of most republicans).”
“AND FOCUS BIG TIME ON DISPLACED OVER 55 WORKERS WHO ARE LOOSING THEIR HOMES, THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, THEIR PENSIONS, AND WHO, AS WHITE COLLAR MANAGERS, WILL NEVER BE RE-TRAINED FOR OR SHOVEL READY. WHO IS GOING TO RE-TRAIN A 62 YEAR OLD TRUST OFFICER AND TO DO WHAT?
THERE IS NO HOPE WE WILL EVER RECOVER FROM THIS TRIPLE WHAMMY.”
“As an old family friend, I had the pleasure of spending many Thanksgivings, and Christmas Eves with Michael. He also worked for me for a while at the nonprofit I managed, and his humor was his talent in one of the best camp brochures ever! I was on the beach when he and Lauren ran through the surf on the day of their wedding. My heart is broken for Lauren, for your family, and of course, for Rohana, Halima and Marin. What a beautiful tribute to a lovely young man.
Judith Hodgens (formerly a block away from Michael's house, now in Fredericksburg, VA)”
“OK- So at 60, with 35 years in nonprofit management, who will hire me and pay me to be a nurse? I'd be a good one for about 8 years. This is the joke. Employers who really can't fill jobs need to invest in their workers first, and contract with them for 10 years of a job after training in scarce markets. Demand markets... they know about them. Quit bellyaching, and quit hiring off shore. There are millions of subsidies to hire and train American workers, hundreds of economic theorists who will tell them how to do it. Employers need to realize that the workforce supply has changed too, just as workers must face up.. Wouldn't be amazing if we all worked together to create a new economic model?”
Five to Nine on Oct 6, 2009 at 19:45:21
“Truer words were never spoken. I knew my job was on the skids for months and started looking a long time ago but got NOWHERE and am still nowhere. I'm in my 50s, unemployed and the job listings are so specific that it's obvious that they aren't really looking to fill it; they apparently want the person who created the opening in the first place to come back. I especially love the ones that state emphatically that the candidate must have specific knowledge of some sort of propietary software that the company already uses. How can a new candidate possibly have that kind of knowledge? It's NOT true that workers are "unqualified" -- it's that companies have hugely unrealistic expectations.
How about a paradigm shift here? How about companies actually going back to training workers instead of expecting them to know everything when they walk in the door? How about heads of companies making a concentrated, concerted effort to change the status quo and share some of the wealth with the people they've been reading about in the media, you know, those with no jobs, no prospects, no savings, no health insurance, whose houses are going into foreclosure?
Sorry if I sound a little shrill but I am getting tired of hearing bad news.”
“Joan and Ted were married for 24 years . Vicki and Ted for 17. And who is to judge the quality or significance of either marriage . I did read today that Ted and Joan's marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church because he had made a false statement when he had promised to be faithful. Do NOT get me going on the farce of the Catholic Church annulment process.
Ted Kennedy planned his funeral, with his family and I am sure Joan was consulted or made her wishes known. I feel that she should have been in the second row with Eunice, and Sargent Shriver, and that it was only the stigma of her alcoholism that kept her out of it. And that is a disgrace. The lack of acknowledgment by all of the speakers, with the exception of that one dear priest, was a disgrace, Goddess bless this woman who held her family together through 24 long years, and who still suffers from a cruel,misunderstood and mistreated disease. When you get glioblastoma, you know that you will die, but consider the amazing steps taken to prolong Senator Ted's life. As an alcoholic, you are given a big book and sent to AA meetings Not so much help. There is so much more that medial science could have done in the last 35 years to care for Joan Kennedy's disease. Where was the research, will and initiative? Many blessings to her, and to Patrick. Advocate. Legislate. Never give up.”
JamesA1102 on Aug 30, 2009 at 21:36:36
“That's not true. The reason the annulment was issued was Joan's alcoholism and other problems.”
“As I see it, we need an old line Mass. Irish politician who knows how to play both sides of the isle, grease the skids, make things happen, works hard, knows everyone and who will not run for the seat long term.
His name is Billy Bolger”
dianhow on Aug 30, 2009 at 17:22:45
“jkh Not familiar with Bolger Tell us about him...”
dutchman on Aug 30, 2009 at 17:20:40
“You know, I miss Billy's St. Patrick's Day roast something fierce. That was political theatre at its absolute finest!!! I remember fondly with Bill Weld and Ted Kennedy "performed" there (I think it was in 1992 or 1993). Man were they funny!!!
But seriously, Billy is damaged goods. His brother, Whitey, being on the FBI's most wanted list doesn't help much.
Still, you pegged him perfectly in your post. And because of it he may have been the most effective Senate President Mass ever had.”
“Glioblastoma killed my own brother Teddy ,at age 50, in 9 months. I spent the day sobbing, yet now I see the two of them,both Cape Codders, sailing together on Nantucket Sound, and my brother saying to Ted,"Hey Senator, what took ya so long?". Pre-existing conditions?
We now we have lost the best of the best in the leadership of our country. Our absolute duty is to cast out the vermin Mark Sanfords, to call to account the Blue Dogs, and get behind ( and kick if necessary, behind ) our President and pass a universal health care bill in honor of the man who fought for it all of his life in the Senate. Rally on September 13. Mourn for a few days,then pick up the mantle and carry his legacy to fruition.”
Jan 28, 2009 at 13:03:29
“This is a great video...but I do get put off with the bible reference, especially since I am a Buddhist.
How about "the constitution" or my independence,. or.....I'll think on it and send them a note. Hope it makes it to U tube and The tube. I enjoy your blog, Judith.”
hp blogger Dr. Judith Rich on Jan 28, 2009 at 14:45:24
I agree the lyrics could be more inclusive. So how about writing and uploading your own? That's exactly the point of this endeavor. There's a place for everyone in this choir, so let's hear the Buddhist lyrics too.
I appreciate you offering your point of view,
Stella Porto on Jan 28, 2009 at 14:45:09
“I agree with the awkwardness of the reference to the bible for this kind of initiative. Why do references to religion have always to be brought in when one thinks about doing good things? I know many non-believes, including myself, who are engaged in doing good things for the community, the environment and so forth, not because there will be any heavenly reward or because god told us so. It is our plain human nature that supports goodness. If we really want to be inclusive, we need to consider that religious and supernatural beliefs are not part of everyone's life and are not needed in order to promote sense of union and belonging.”
“Just maybe they laid him off because we, the regular Times subscribers and readers, didn't even bother to read him. I have only so much time in my day. Why torture myself reading the opinions of someone for whom I could not possibly have an affinity? Yes, I want to be well rounded, educated, etc. but I'd rather read a recipieI know I will never cook than a neocon with whom I know I will never agree.”