Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Thursday Night!

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* Lost roles of Bill Murray. And here I thought he was already in everything.

* It’s bad enough that the “make the workers suffer” push is misguided (any budgetary pain should be shared, not dumped on a single target group). According to David Cay Johnson of Tax.com, the average Wisconsin pension is $24,500 a year, which is hardly lavish. But what is stunning is that 15% of the money contributed to the fund each year is going to Wall Street in fees. Thus the blame for any shortfall should go in very large measure to probable kickbacks rank incompetence in the state’s dealing with the financial services industry and the impact of the financial crisis on state revenues.

* Obama rediscovers labor? Building on the momentum in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of protesters have turned out to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to strip collective-bargaining rights from the state’s public-employee unions, President Barack Obama’s campaign organization is mobilizing its followers in Ohio and Indiana, where similar measures are being considered.

* News you just want to pretend you never read: Are Girl Scout cookies killing orangutans?

* White House Commission: BP Oil Spill Was “Entirely Preventable.”

* And building on last week’s instant classic, Waiting for Godot: The Game.

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