2.) I sure hope that the citizens of Wisconsin move quickly and surely to recall Governor Scott Walker and the senators behind the sneaky and underhanded stripping of rights from Wisconsin workers. As Robert Reich said on his blog:
Governor Scott Walker and his Wisconsin senate Republicans have laid bare the motives for their coup d'etat. By severing the financial part of the bill (which couldn't be passed without absent Democrats) from the part eliminating the collective bargaining rights of public employees (which could be), and then doing the latter, Wisconsin Republicans have made it crystal clear that their goal has had nothing whatever to do with the state budget. It's been to bust the unions.
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3.) We watched 127 Hours the other night. I just want to say that anyone (like me) who has avoided the movie because of all the talk about the graphic scenes of him cutting himself free from the rock - it isn't as bad as they say and it is easy to look away for the most difficult moments. I liked the movie, but I don't know why it was up for Best Picture.
4.) I am so amazed and saddened by the destruction in Japan from the historic earthquake last night. Of course our San Francisco stations are almost completely focused on the effects on our area from the tsunami activity - it has been predicted to create a surge no larger than a big storm - but the stations have pre-empted all the national morning shows to say the same things over and over. I wish they were as interested in devoting as much time and reportage to some of the budget problems and political issues of the day. Perhaps our electorate would be better informed.
5.) Ally is taking economics this semester. The teacher has the class doing budgets based on randomly selected incomes and marital/family circumstances. It has been interesting to go through it with Ally who has a "dumb" husband who insisted on renting a house for $4,400. a month and running the grocery bill up to $900. a month! The exercise is a pretty good exposure to real life costs and decision making. I was a bit upset to see that out of the required expenses the instructor assigned, saving money was not included. Talk about missing out on a teachable moment.
I instructed Ally to make savings a priority and to cut down in other areas to allow for it.
6.) Happy weekend and remember to Spring Forward on Saturday night. Save some of that daylight!