Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday morning quick hits

Schwarzenegger targets the most vulnerable
13,000 home health workers and their clients rallied Saturday in three California cities to protest proposed budget cuts that would cut the hours, wages and benefits for home health workers - who are already underpaid, especially in context of the vital services they provide which allow the elderly and the disabled to stay in their own homes rather than nursing homes and assisted living centers. Only a rich republican would target the wages of low-paid individuals who must drive to their clients with gas at four bucks a gallon. Remember that very few folks working in this field are driving newer, more efficient cars, either.

I think we got their attention!
After the blogosphere pushed back and raised a little hell over the AP bullying bloggers for excerpting their content, the AP is backing off. Jim Kennedy, vice president and strategy director of The AP, now tells the Times that the news organization has decided that its letter to the Drudge Retort was “heavy-handed” and that AP was going to rethink its policies toward bloggers. “We don’t want to cast a pall over the blogosphere by being heavy-handed, so we have to figure out a better and more positive way to do this,” Kennedy tells the Times, adding that the AP would sit down with representatives of the Media Bloggers Association.

Obama hits one over the fence His Father's Day speech was outstanding, and he said something that needed to be said, and he is the only person who could say it. There is an epidemic of fatherlessness in the black community. It robs children and it damages society at large. Acknowledging the problem publicly is the first step to correcting a problem - so good for Barack Obama for having the courage to do so.


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