Sometimes You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, Mark

Former Illinois Department of Public Health worker Mark Janus decided that as a public employee, he didn’t want to pay fair share fees to the union that negotiated his pay and benefits. So he became a plaintiff in one of the most infamous U.S. Supreme Court cases decided this year.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled Mark and his fellow scabs don’t have to pay these fees, and they can still continue to reap all the benefits. After the ruling, Mark decided to retire and join a conservative think tank, so his co-workers threw him a going away party.

Unfortunately, since the party was members-only, Mark wasn’t able to join in the fun.

Sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”

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