Have the Republicans done anything right?

House to vote on pay fairness bills

Ledbetter, after 19 years on the job, sued her employer when she discovered she was the lowest-paid supervisor at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co plant where she worked, despite having more experience than several male co-workers.

A jury found she was the victim of unlawful discrimination.

Seems reasonable. A person is discriminated against unlawfully, a jury finds that to be the case. Okay, so the business needs to pay up, right? Nope.

But an appeals court said she waited too long to sue.

In May 2007, the Supreme Court agreed with the lower court and gave businesses a win by ruling discrimination lawsuits must be filed within six months of the act of discrimination.

That’s right. Ledbetter should have known, nearly two decades ago, that her work was paying her less than they should have. It makes perfect sense – ya know, in the deluded minds of the Republicans.

The Lilly Ledbetter bill — blocked in the Senate last year by Republicans — has been a key project of U.S. labor unions, which played a big role in November in helping Democrats make gains in Congress and capture the White House.

Of course the Republicans blocked this bill. It went against the soulless corporations they love so much. We can’t possibly have a notion of humanity in a party devoted to sucking CEO dick, can we? Well, that isn’t entirely fair. When it comes to differentiated cells with no consciousness, the Republicans do well to arbitrarily impose a notion of humanity. Businesses that discriminate though? They’re a-okay.

The Ledbetter legislation would reverse the Supreme Court decision by saying that workers must file a discrimination lawsuit within six months of each new discriminatory paycheck.

“On Friday we intend to do two bills that deal with pay equity and also with the ability to address pay discrimination,” House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters in a briefing.

He said the Supreme Court ruled imposed “an unduly restrictive requirement on employees.”

He said the bill is based on the “very fair” idea that “every week that someone is paid in a discriminatory fashion, that is a new discriminatory event.”

It’s great and all that this injustice is being corrected. It’s just too bad it’s for some BS technical reason. People seem to forget that rules never matter; it is only the reasoning for the rules that is important. This bill shouldn’t become law based upon the idea that each paycheck is discrimination (though it is). It should be enough that it becomes law on the notion that it makes no sense to impose a six month limit: the discrimination often cannot be found in that period of time.

At least the Democrats are getting things right as we phase out the evil of conservatives – for the time being.

A mystery? It must have been God.

Astronomers have detected a lour roar from faraway space.

ARCADE’s mission was to search the sky for faint signs of heat from the first generation of stars, but instead they heard a roar from the distant reaches of the universe.

“The universe really threw us a curve,” Kogut said. “Instead of the faint signal we hoped to find, here was this booming noise six times louder than anyone had predicted.”

Detailed analysis of the signal ruled out primordial stars or any known radio sources, including gas in the outermost halo of our own galaxy.

Other radio galaxies also can’t account for the noise – there just aren’t enough of them.

“You’d have to pack them into the universe like sardines,” said study team member Dale Fixsen of the University of Maryland. “There wouldn’t be any space left between one galaxy and the next.”

The signal is measured to be six times brighter than the combined emission of all known radio sources in the universe.

For now, the origin of the signal remains a mystery.

“We really don’t know what it is,”said team member Michael Seiffert of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

“This is what makes science so exciting,” Seiffert said. “You start out on a path to measure something – in this case, the heat from the very first stars – but run into something else entirely, some unexplained.”