VIDEO: 1959 – Women in the workforce (MORE: “CRUSH ON FRED’S POLITICS” DEBUTS!)

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To balance out the previous post with a bit of humor, I wanted to post the following 1959 training video on women in the workforce, and the problems some men had with it back then:

DollyMix describes it:

Here’s a nifty little blast from the past. Take a journey with Brad as he describes the downfalls of having too many women in his department. Those darn women’s always make a fuss, and keep runnin’ off to get married! “In a matter of days, her workbench looked more like her dressing table!”

It’s unintentionally funny, and also shows us how far we (not just women, but men to) have come along since those days. ;;)

Thanks to ST reader Lorica for sending along the link to the story, which I couldn’t direct-link to because Earthlink generated its own link for the original one.

Update: Staying on a lighter note, check out the “I’ve Got a Crush on Fred Thompson’s Politics” vid (via Don Surber):

Much better than the “Obama crush” video, IMO …

What the hell is WRONG with people?

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This video (short 15 second ad will play first) of jerkoffs on a Florida beach last year torturing and killing an eagle ray just goes to show that some people are freaking beyond redemption.

When I see stuff like this, I just think about how the people doing this for kicks and giggles and to ‘impress others’ are doing so in an effort to make up for their own inadequacies, with must be quite numerous.

I couldn’t even watch the whole thing.

Thurs/Fri open thread (MORE: THURS EVENING NEWS/BLOG LINK ROUNDUP)

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Post away, ya’ll :) I’ll have some misc. links of interest to add later this evening.

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Update: Ok, here are the links:

—– Did you hear about the man in Texas who was killed by between 2 and 20 people in a crowd after the guy he was riding with hit and injured a young boy with his car? This is just awful.

—– John Edwards is taking heat from Venezuela natives living in America over his alliance with pro-Hugo Chavez Hollywood nut Danny Glover. Noticeably absent from criticizing Edwards: Other Democrats.

—– Make sure to read the latest from Michael Yon: Operation Arrowhead Ripper: Day One.

—– Ralph Nadar tells Roger Simon in today’s Politico that may run for president in 2008 (yawn), but also mentioned in the interview was something interesting: He called Senator Hillary Clinton a coward. Read why here.

—– Following the story about journalists contributing to Democrats more than Republicans by a ratio of 9-1 comes this list of who has donated to what campaigns. I’m seeing an awful lot of “D”s on that page …

—– Read related thoughts on journalists and political contributions via Paul Mirengoff at Power Line.

—– Senator Carl Levin has a piece in today’s WaPo invoking President Lincoln in the debate on the Iraq war. Gateway Pundit has a blistering response to the Michigan Democrat.

—– Has John McCain been attacking Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion a la a Senator Brownback campaign staffer? And speaking of Romney, he is calling for a ‘new course’ in the war on terror. Here’s an overview (Powerpoint presentation here), with the specs to be detailed in a speech tonight to AEI’s Global Forum.

—– Lots of good posts over at Jules Crittenden’s blog. Just keep scrolling.

—– On the local front, my fellow Charlottean and friend Bruce at Gay Patriot points out something peculiar about NC State Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth Co.) whose $14,000 a year salary hasn’t kept him from buying a $200,000 Ferrari. Makes ya wonder. One of Bruce’s commenters quipped about Womble: “Time to check his freezer.” Heh.

—– Good news: Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was telling you about ST reader Karl’s son’s ankle injury he was suffering with two weeks before his Navy bootcamp physical? To update: In spite of the ankle injry (and a calf and finger injury) he passed. Way to go!

—– I’d say Contintental Airlines owes more than an apology to passengers on a 2 day trans-Atlantic flight who had to deal with …. sewage overflow in the aisles. :-&

—– Happy 25th birthday, Prince William, you cutie you :) Hard to believe he is 25! Makes me feel old, as I remember as a teenager staying up all night to watch Princess Diana and Prince Charles get married. Time FLIES!

—– Here’s the text of Tony Blair’s June 12th speech at Reuter’s London office where he blasted the “feral beasts” in the media for focusing too much on “impact.” He has, BTW, chaired his last cabinet meeting as Prime Minister.

—– Senator Barack Obama’s position on Iraq: Principled from the start, or pandering like the rest?

—– The hits just keep on coming: Embattled SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is being hit by allegations that he’s a cocaine user. He’s denying it, but even if it were true, it would not likely phase the opinions of SF’s overwhelmingly gay population, who would love him no matter what primarily because of his tyrannical-like stance on gay marriage.

—- ST reader Sev sends along this link to a stinging article on Jimmy Carter. The author of the piece, Michael D. Evans, calls Carter the “father of the Iranian revolution.”

—– The WH is nearing a decision to close down Gitmo. Stay tuned …

—- Last but not least: Terrorists aren’t the only ones who need to fear the Marines;)

Hugh Hewitt defends Senator Jon Kyl (MORE: CHECK OUT THE COMMENTS AT TOWNHALL TO HEWITT’s ARTICLE)

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As you know, Hugh is one of the most strident and persistent objectors to the current immigration bill, but in this piece, he takes on the more venomous critics of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl:

Arizona’s Jon Kyl, perhaps the single most effective and principled conservative in the United States Senate, is the model of what every senator should be –smart, hard working, humble about his occupying the office, and aware of the obligations of that office. He is also a gentleman and a scholar –a genuine authority on Constitutional law, and a man of genuine character. Kyl’s also a fighter for conservative causes, especially the fortunes of President Bush’s judicial nominees.

Jon Kyl is also the workhorse for the GOP caucus on the immigration bill, doing his best to make the bill as workable as possible from the position as point man of the minority party.

This unenviable task has earned Senator Kyl an enormous amount of enmity from very vocal opponents of the bill, especially those for whom the issue is the single most important piece of legislation. Suddenly Jon Kyl’s impeccable record on the war, cutting taxes, the life of the unborn, spending restraint, and of course judges matters not at all, and the airwaves are full of spleen. The attacks on Kyl haven’t just been harsh, they have been full of the sort of venom usually seen in the fever swamps of the left directed at George Bush for waging the war against the Islamist jihadists.

If I was a member of the United States Senate I would not vote for cloture on the immigration bill, even though this version is bound to be much better than the version that failed to gain enough votes on the last go around. I wouldn’t vote for it because the border fence “trigger” is only 375 miles instead of the 700 authorized by last year’s border security bill. There may be other reasons to oppose the bill, but in an on-air conversation yesterday with Senator Kyl –the transcript is here —the senator indicated that many of the other major problems in the bill are being worked on. Whether those fixes are sufficient to remove some of those concerns –such as the treatment of illegal immigrants from countries with deep jihadist networks in the same fashion as illegal immigrants from Mexico—remains to be seen. Senator Kyl is clearly working to improve the bill as much as is possible.

Somebody had to say it, and I’m glad it was Hugh Hewitt who did. Two words for what he wrote: THANK YOU. I said similarly about Kyl (in a lot less words) a couple of weeks ago, but more people read Hugh than they do the ST blog, so … ;)

While it’s good to the see more vocal anti-immigration bill opponents like Hugh start to defend conservatives who have been raked through the coals for trying to forge a compromise on this bill, Kyl is only one of many solid conservatives and loyal Republicans who have been vilified by the “Jorge Bush” “Bush is a sell-out”-type accusers in the Republican party simply because a minority of conservatives don’t strongly oppose this bill – nor immigration reform in general. And yes, I know that type of criticism has been two-sided, but the overwhelming opposition to this bill has lent itself to overwhelmingly harsh criticism coming mostly from the types of conservatives who think the President is a sell-out to Mexico and traitor to this country because of his stance on this issue.

When all is said and done, and whether or not the bill passes, certain House and Senate Republicans as well as rank and file conservatives will have a lot to answer for to each other on how the debate on this bill degenerated into nothing more than a Nutroots-style slugfest between conservative proponents and opponents. And make no mistake about this, either: If conservatives move to oust strong conservatives like Jon Kyl and other loyal Republicans out of the House and Senate over this bill, guess what’s going to happen next year: We’re going to have a more Democratic Congress, on top of the very real possibility that a Democrat will regain control of the WH, and as I’ve said before, the immigration bill that would come out of that Congress would make the current bill look like the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel. Think about it.

We must learn to be able to work together not just on this bill, but any other major disagreements we have in this party, in coming up with positions we all can live with. Otherwise, we’re going to find ourselves in the minority for the forseeable future. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to see that happen.

Related: Make sure to check out Senator James Inhofe’s (R-OK) guest post on the immigration bill at Captain Ed’s.

PM Update: To anyone out there who may doubt me when it comes to how low the debate on this bill has sunk in this country, you have to look no further than the comments section to Hugh’s article. Hugh has been a staunch opponent to the current bill and has been leading the fight against it. Yet because he defends Kyl, he’s all of a sudden a turncoat who is shilling for the administration.

Disgusting. Disheartening. Disillusioning. Disgraceful.

Prior:

Gallup: Confidence in Congress at an all-time low

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Via USA Today:

Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.

Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs. Just 15% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in HMOs.

LOL … that’s a comparison that’s gotta make Congress feel really good right now – not.

Continuing:

(By way of contrast, 69% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military, which tops the list. More on this at galluppoll.com on Thursday).

No surprise there that more average Joe Americans have confidence in our military than Democrats in Congress.

In any event, with Republicans being frustrated with their own party and the Nutroots left being equally frustrated with theirs, think maybe the next few years will see a change in representation? With so many so-called ‘safe districts’ across the country, I think it’s highly doubtful.

Related: Is there a correlation between Congress’ low ratings and the immigration bill? Looks like it, which begs the question: Should our politicians govern by polls? Conservatives usually talk about how politicians shouldn’t do that, but I see a lot of posting about polls as it relates to like or dislike of the immigration bill, as if to say “Take a look at what we want, Congress.”