Monday, August 06, 2007

SHOCKER: Stupid Idea Comes Out of Yearly Kos

Who'da thunk it? I mean, when you get so many of the fully-hinged, reality-based, deep thinkers in the same place, you think they'd do a little better than this:

In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining [with whom? -ed.] or even set professional standards [Yeah, we've seen how well that worked out. -ed.].

Those of you who read this ThunderJournal - or other ThunderJournals and the lesser so-called "blogs" - know the drill. A guy gets pissed at things he keeps seeing in the news or the public conversation, starts a blog to "have a voice", "fire back", or just rant, and eventually calms down over time and turns his or her focus to poop-related humor. It's a familiar story, even though many bloggers aren't as far along that evolutionary scale as we here at KAR are.

But let's not take ourselves too seriously, shall we:

"I think people have just gotten to the point where people outside the blogosphere understand the value of what it is that we do on the progressive side," said Susie Madrak, the author of Suburban Guerilla blog, who is active in the union campaign. "And I think they feel a little more entitled to ask for something now."

The value is in all that material provided to those of us who have real jobs and ThunderJournal as a hobby.

"It would raise the professionalism," said Leslie Robinson, a writer at

But isn't that what that "code" of "ethics" was for? Ah, but you need to enforce that code - and what better way to do that than to forge a new quasi governmental beaurocracy!

"Maybe we could get more jobs, bona fide jobs."

*snort* I can't go on.

UPDATE: Alert reader Stone, provides one of the greatest comments ever:

Let 'em unionize, I say; It greatly increases the chance of a strike.


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