Mad Fast Trains coming soon!

Here’s a little teaser clip from a video that will be released tomorrow by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG). It’s called “Mad Fast Trains”.

In the video, which will premiere on the Funny or Die website, two characters from the hit show Mad Men, Pete Campbell and Harry Crane, discuss the future of high-speed rail. Harry tells Pete:

I think you can relax on this whole thing. I read that in 40 years, gas is going to be almost a dollar a gallon.

Too bad that wasn’t the case, but it’s not too late. Check out the video tomorrow and contact your member of Congress to make sure they prioritize investing in high-speed rail in this country.…

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Old man McCain weighs in on made-in-America iPads and iPhones

Via Talking Points Memo:

This Week host Christiane Amanpour described ABC’s efforts to empty a house of all products manufactured outside the U.S., after which McCain touted the Apple products’ American-made roots.

“I would also point out that if you emptied that house there … if you left a computer there, or an iPad, or an iPhone, those are built in the United States of America,” McCain said.

Actually, iPhones and iPads, as is printed on the back of the products, are designed in California, but built in China.

His spokesman later said, “Senator McCain is aware they were designed but not assembled in the U.S.”

Uh, yeah.…

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Rally Tuesday at Michigan State Capitol with the AFL-CIO

The AFL-CIO is hosting another rally at the Michigan Capitol building this Tuesday, March 8th.

RALLY TO PROTEST EMERGENCY MANAGER BILLS

The Michigan AFL-CIO will be holding a rally to protest the ‘Emergency Manager’ bills package that is currently in the State Senate. There will be a vote on the Senate floor on Tuesday, March 8th, and we will be outside of the Capitol building to tell our represenatives to VOTE NO on Senate Bills 153 through 158.

These bills echo the anti-worker legislation in Wisconsin by proposing to strip away bargaining rights. Additionally, these bills will essentially nullify the people’s vote by allowing emergency managers to remove elected officials without any checks or balances from the people or an elected body.

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The police state at the Wisconsin Capitol continues, tea party rally a joke

As I wrote about last week, Wisconsin State Representative Nick Milroy was tackled when he tried to enter the Capitol Building on Thursday night. Here’s the video:

This police state environment at the Wisconsin Capitol continues this week. Talking Points Memo is reporting that the key cards of staff AND LEGISLATORS have been turned off, denying them direct entrance to the building. Now all staff must pass through what security checkpoints that closely resemble TSA security checkpoints at airports complete with metal detectors and hundreds of police officers who now literally occupy the Capitol building during work hours.

Milroy has described the situation as an “armed-palace environment” and said that Governor Walker has “basically turned the Capitol into a police state.”

Each legislative office is given eight passes to issue to constituents each day.…

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Homebrew at the White House? How do I get invited???!

This story from Obama Foodorama is truly awesome: The Obamas Make History With Homebrewed White House Honey Ale

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made culinary history when they served homebrewed White House Honey Ale, made with a pound of honey from the White House Beehive, to guests at last month’s Super Bowl party. They are the first presidential couple to ever charge their chefs with the ancient–and now wildly popular–art of homebrewing, according to White House Curator Bill Allman.

~SNIP~

Yes, President George Washington was a well-known homebrewer. President Washington is also the only president who never lived in the White House.

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A new front in the war against Asian carp in the Great Lakes

The Chicago locks aren’t the only entry threat for invasive Asian carp entering the Great Lakes watershed:

Yang, 52, the owner of a fish import company, pleaded guilty this week in Windsor to violating the federal Fisheries Act, and was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. He was stopped Nov. 4 after crossing the Ambassador Bridge into Canada.

Yang paid a $40,000 fine in 2006 for a similar offense.

He was busted for trying to transport “4,000 pounds of prohibited bighead and grass carp apparently bound for consumer markets in Toronto” that he picked up down south via Michigan.

His second offense.…

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Dogs are lazy

This Hara. She is just waking up from her late mid-morning nap and preparing for her noontime nap.

A little later: early mid-afternoon nap, late mid-afternoon nap, dinnertime nap, early mid-evening nap, late mid-evening nap, early late-evening nap, late late-evening nap and then it will be time for bed.

It’s a VERY exhausting lifestyle.

BREAKING UPDATE!!! – The noontime nap is now underway!

Or is this the early mid-afternoon nap? I might have lost track…

I’m just sayin’……

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GOP budget plan will kill Michigan’s workforce development agency

Michigan’s workforce development agency, Michigan Works!, will close its doors if a Republican budget plan passed by the US House of Representatives this week is made into law.

Michigan Works would have to shut down under a budget passed by the U.S. House, though the Senate has not backed the spending cuts.

The statewide work force development agency, which serves some 3 million Michigan residents, is largely funded by the Workforce Investment Act.

House legislation would eliminate more than $3.6 billion in funding for that act after July 1, as well as rescind $175 million for the current year.

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