Changing The Mighty Rhino


If ever you meet a rhinoceros
And a tree be in sight,
Climb quick! for his might
Is a match for the gods: he could toss Eros!

Robert Browning

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Mighty things are afoot at Rhino headquarters!  After thinking for a long time about the external changes I wanted to bring here to the online home of the Rhino, I have finally gotten them done!  And behold, a new look, a new title and there will be internal changes. To writing style, to news aggregation techniques, and to content.  Don’t worry tho.  I’ll still rant like crazy when things really drive me up a wall.  I’ll still rail against all things corrupt and evil in society.  I’ll still write about hockey, baseball and the like. 

I’ll still be here for ya, have no fear on that account.

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Saturday’s 5 news links:

A Young Gun For Labor: A 28-year-old union president is trying to get his members a new contract and, some say, reflecting a new wave of labor activism.

Staten Island pols believe it’s too early for Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada to step down.

Florida waits to see whether Crist will stay Republican or go independent.

Goldman trader’s e-mail slur

Blackhawks shock Predators in OT to take 3-2 series lead.

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Saturday’s viddies of the day.  First one up from Firedoglake.  It is a piece by Rachel Maddow done on her show about the burgeoning Priest sex abuse scandal that is currently rocking the Roman Catholic church to its core. 

Today’s second viddy is from Americans United for Change, a web ad that says that those who defrauded the American people have hired some of those same sleazy bastards who fought for big tobacco to help them fight reforming wall street.  Control of the message is key.  If we let wall street control the message, they will continue their control and ruination of America.  We need to control the message ourselves, and it is within our power to do so, and the best way to do that is simply to reject the words of those who fight for wall street. 

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In news that will surprise no one, the Senate, led by Wisconsin democrat Russ Feingold, have decided that they do not need their annual Cost of Living Adjustment(COLA) this year. The house is expected to follow suit. Very politically motivated, and very astutely played by the senate to agree with the motion by the Wisconsin senator, and one presumes the house will agree to no COLA increase this year as well.  But again, this is nothing new.  Congress did the same thing last year, and both parties have, during contentious election cycles, turned down pay raises.

On wonders whether any party will ever actually take the next logical step, and simply try to get rid of the entire concept of annual COLA raises for politicians altogether.  I doubt it, but then again I don’t think anyone would begrudge anyone a 1% COLA, regardless of the job.  If you only got 1% before this damned “economic crisis” you’d have probably screamed bloody murder, so don’t bitch next year when they accept that 1% increase. 

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Thought and Pic of the day:

The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. The government we mean to erect is intended to last for ages. The landed interest, at present, is prevalent; but in process of time, when we approximate to the states and kingdoms of Europe, — when the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, through the various means of trade and manufactures, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. The senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, they ought to have permanency and stability.

James Madison

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