Seaside Heights, New Jersey - The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they'll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey. Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can't do any work there since they're not union employees.(Snip) The crews were told to stand down. In fact, Moore said the crew from Trinity is already
Comments: Ah, Jersey. I can smell the corruption from here.
After 9-11, volunteers from La. went up to cook gumbo, tailgating style, for the workers digging for bodies at the twin towers. After a few days, they were told that since they didn't have permits, they couldn't help. They were GIVING away food purchased with money donated by the citizens of La. Oh, and they were hurting the local merchants. Yep...not fair to give food to the 1st. responders and other volunteers. Make'm pay. Stupid is stupid.
I live near Houston and have been without power for days because of hurricanes and it makes everything more difficult. No gas, no ice, no water, no fridge, no air conditioning, roads blocked by down trees etc. If any utility had been turned away from helping us get power for any reason I would have been livid. Fortunately I live in Texas and we don't support this kind of union workers only crap!
It's unions like these that have made cesspools of great American cities. They don't care about the citizens/taxpayers their city & county bosses are sworn to serve. They are like snarling dogs that protect a maggot-infested piece of meat for fear it will all go away. Such ignorance; such pettiness that the unions would endanger the population by turning down the good will of those who have made personal sacrifices to come and help. When the power is out, I don't ask the lineman for his union card.
What good does it do for the president to declare a ''State of Emergency'' in New Jersey if vital help can be turned away due to vital workers' lack of union credentials?
Why isn't the president enforcing his emergency declaration by waiving union requirements?
Why haven't sufficient gasoline supplies arrived in New Jersey as promised by the president?
Why, if the easily enraged Governor of New Jersey truly cares about the people of his state, hasn't he already died of apoplexy at the indignities Washington and the unions have been visiting upon his constituents?
Absolutely sickening and outrageous and, please, a 'Must Read'.
From President Smarty-Pants-on-Fire: “America is with you; we are standing behind you; and we are going to do everything we can to get you back on your feet.” “No bureaucracy. No red tape,” “The great thing about America is when we go through tough times like this, we all pull together. We look out for our friends. We look out for our neighbors. And we set aside whatever issues we may have otherwise to make sure that we respond appropriately and with swiftness.”
But, after even swifter consultation with my Union-Head advisors, let me add that non-union volunteer utility workers like those from Alabama and Virginia should just stay home.
This reminds me of BP oil spill when Obozo wouldn't let the oil slick cleaning ships in because of the unions and the oil contined to get closer and closer to shore, but it didn't matter to the unions nor to Obozo.
The electric workers in NY/NJ are going to cleanup on overtime,even more so since the feds are picking up the tab. They don't want no outsiders cutting in on their overtime which could go on for weeks.Maybe even triple pay for working Sundays.
Some things never change. But for NYC, the State of New York votes conservative often enough that it would be at least a "toss up" state. Al Qaeda hijacks jets to fly into the WTC Towers, and NYC's population votes liberal and criticized Dubya after his administration rescued, and repaired them. Now they want the federal government to bear all the costs of repairing their city's hurricane damage--to be paid at union wages, with union graft, inefficiency, and kickbacks to the DNC.
On April 27, 2011, 55 tornadoes hit the state of Alabama. Some small towns were totally devastated. My town was hit by two EF-4 tornadoes and 5 people died.
I worked at the EMA center organized by the people of our town. We turned the rec center into EMA central. We had volunteers who poured in from our town and all parts of the south and mid-west. I don't remember any from the north but don't quote me on that because there may have been.
It took the Red Cross and Federal EMA well over a week to finally get here. By that time we were fully established. Our center fed people 3 meals a day. It was staffed totally by volunteers from our town. Displaced people slept on the floor of the gym for weeks. Churches in the area fed and housed people and work crews. We had some churches from other states send 18 wheelers full of food, water and diapers and other supplies. We were always so excited to see these 18 wheelers arrive. We needed all the food and supplies we could get. Power crews came in from all around.
While every volunteer was a hero to our town I was so impressed by the churches from other areas who sent buses of volunteers and many brought heavy equipment which was needed to clear trees, etc. and help repair homes. Many of these people came back again and again for weeks.
People in my area are not rich, but they are very giving and they are willing to help someone in trouble. I guess that's why I am so mad about this article. I know people in my town who work in these skill areas and I know what kind of people they are. I also know what it feels like to be a town in need of help.
NJ has not only missed out on the chance to have our crews help repair the damage, it has missed out on an opportunity to make some new friends and learn more about us.
#21, As for unions getting triple time for Sundays, same goes for Veteran's Day, they will either get triple time or triple time and a half (3.5). Same goes for Thanksgiving and there will still be work to do by then. Hopefully those Alabama crews were sent somewhere else along Sandy's path. I am sure the people on Staten Island would love to have their help.
I certainly hope that our fine hostess is able to pass this particular article through her circle of influence. This ranks right up their with the SEIU slugs instructing the snow plow operators to go slow and hold the blade at least 6 inches off the pavement.
I live in South Alabama and earlier this week watched dozens and dozens of power trucks heading north. I was proud to see them heading out to help and am sorry to see people suffer needlessly because of the stupid unions. I hope that when they do get power back they hear all about this.
I lived on the Miss gulf coast during Katrina and can tell you no help of any kind was turned away. On Tues morning I told my husband that this would happen. When people start to rebuild they will find out just what their lib demands will cost them. Just like the rebuilding of Ground Zero, we will still be hearing about this for the next 20 years.
After the last few years of watching the union's activity thou out the country when time comes for me to buy a new car I will make sure it's not from a union company. I had already written off GM and Chrysler, but now Ford is also on my list.
I am glad to report Sean Hannity has picked up this story big time on his Friday afternoon radio show. As far as I can tell no one else has picked up the story so far. The silence from Governor Christie is deafening. Sean keeps asking "Just who is in charge here?" Sean played a tape of Union Goons calling the Alabama power utility workers who came to help names like "scabs" and "job takers". Sickening to listen to. There are still hundreds of thousands of people without power in New Jersey and a winter storm is forecast for next week. So where is Gov Christie on this disgraceful news?
The Alabama crew went up there to HELP those union thugs restore power. When Andrew hit Louisiana in the area where I live I was struck, heartened by the electric crews coming in from out of state. It was beautiful and welcomed. Are the residents of NJ aware of what happened? Is KA Gov Christie po'd as he should be? We have a great power company here and luckily we live on the same "line" as 2 hospitals so we generally get our power fairly fast. I don't know what I think of the residents of NJ. They will have to step up and help themselves and neighbors. Don't whine and cry. Do something constructive. Sigh!
This is just what zippy needs, a "Katrina" on top of Benghazigate. Only an incompetent fool like him could allow outrageous actions like this during a disaster. Only George W. Bush would ever receive the blame for something he made every effort to alleviate but the MSM wouldn't let him have any credit at all.
In 2011, officials in Honolulu, Hawaii began construction on a controversial 20-mile rail project partly because of almost $1.8 billion in federal subsidies to President Barack Obama´s home state. The project´s total cost estimate stands at $5.3 billion, but if other similar projects are any indication, the final price tag will increase dramatically before anyone even gets to buy a ticket. What´s playing out in the Aloha State is happening all over the country. “This rail project is our bridge to nowhere”, says University of Hawaii law professor Randall Roth. “We are convinced that it will be billions of dollars
House of Raeford officially closed its turkey slaughterhouse in Raeford on Thursday, putting 950 people out of work. The company first announced plans to shutter the facility in March. It’s also closing its turkey hatchery in Rose Hill and ending its relationship with about 140 turkey farmers in Eastern North Carolina. House of Raeford was by far the largest employer in Raeford, a city of fewer than 5,000 people just south of Fort Bragg. (Snip) House of Raeford said in March that elevated corn prices, as well as falling turkey prices and flat turkey consumption in recent years, have made
Amid the backlash against Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn for referring to minority students as “dark ones,” the Michigan Department of Education acknowledged Thursday that it sent inspectors to study the school, including its student diversity. The department reversed after earlier saying no such review had taken place. On Wednesday, Arnn told lawmakers during testimony against the state’s adoption of Common Core standards in reading, writing and math that his college had been approached by the Department of Education because it “didn’t have enough dark ones,” referring to minority students. While Arnn’s comments drew criticism from many lawmakers and alumni,
Philadelphia — New Jersey´s law requiring residents show a "justifiable need" to get a permit to carry a handgun in public was upheld by a federal appeals court. A mandate that residents demonstrate an "urgent necessity for self-protection" to get authorization to publicly carry a handgun doesn´t run afoul of U.S. constitutional protections of the right to bear firearms, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Wednesday. "The justifiable need standard is a longstanding regulation that enjoys presumptive constitutionality," the panel wrote. The ruling comes more than four months after the U.S. Supreme Court rebuffed
Forced to march in a human chain and lined up with hands behind their heads, this is how to round up illegal immigrants Russian-style. Moscow police launched a no-nonsense crackdown on suspected illegals working on stalls in a market. Officers prodded suspects with batons and pinned them against police vans as searches were carried out. (Snip) Dmitry Demidenko, of the Russian Federal Migration Service, said: ‘Some 11,193,289 immigrants are living in Russia, and 3.76million of them live here illegally. ‘We are searching for them and expel from the country as we find them.
Trenton — An HMO that earned $1.7 billion from 2009 to 2010 by providing Medicaid coverage to 350,000 low-income and disabled New Jerseyans didn´t try very hard to detect fraudulent billing -- identifying only $1.6 million, or one-tenth of one percent in improper payouts, according to a report the Office of the State Comptroller released today. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Jersey failed to hire enough investigators and train them properly, in violation of the managed care company´s contract with the state, according to the report. "With billions of tax dollars flowing through New Jersey’s Medicaid program, our state relies
Washington—"It was crazy. Beyond our control," says the manager of the King Convenience store in the 1500 block of U Street in Southeast D.C. He says a flash mob of teens stole candy, soda and other items from his store Saturday night. "Bunch of kids, more than 20 or 30, grabbed everything," he says, asking not to be identified. "They grabbed everything and then ran away from the store." An employee ran outside to try and stop some of the teens involved in the flash mob. He was confronted by one of them armed with a stick and is now
Washington - As the military begins to embrace gays and lesbians, one group feels left out: transgender troops. These men and women weren´t even a blip on the nation´s radar until former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Chris Beck revealed in a memoir released last month that he had become Kristin Beck, a woman. It´s unknown how many transgender troops are serving in the U.S. military, largely because they would get kicked out for coming out. About 700,000 Americans in a population of more than 300 million are transsexuals, according to a 2011 study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School
Three NJ Transit crew members were sent to the hospital after they tried to break up a melee on a train filled with passengers returning from a Colombian Independence Day festival, officials said today. The fight, which broke out while the train was entering the Perth Amboy Station on Sunday night, led to seven arrests and a citation, officials said. An NJ Transit engineer and two conductors were punched in the face and body. Here’s what NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said happened: At 8:35 p.m., a large group that attended the Colombian festival in Elizabeth boarded a train
Connecticut police decided against sending a hostage negotiator to the home of the Petit family on the morning they were brutally murdered, it has emerged. Jennifer Hawke-Petit was raped and strangled to death and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were tied to their beds and died when the house in Cheshire was set alight on July 23, 2007. The girls´ father, Dr. William Petit was beaten and tied up but escaped the flames, living to see Joshua Komisarjevsky and Stephen Hayes be sentenced to death in 2011 for the murders. They were also outside the home when the
Woodbridge – The New Jersey Turnpike Authority collected $992 million in tolls last year, making it the most profitable toll road in the nation, according to the toll industry newsletter “Toll Roads News.” Second was the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which collected $781 million in tolls in 2012. The Garden State Parkway was listed sixth on the list with $402 million in toll revenue collected last year. The analysis did not include bridge and tunnel authorities, such as the Port Authority or New York’s MTA. The Turnpike’s operating expenses were $378 million and the authority had a cash flow of $614 million, according to
Richmond—A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes but does not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban the minty smokes—one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business. (Snip) The FDA evaluation concluded that there is little evidence to suggest that menthol cigarettes are more or less toxic or contribute to more disease risk to smokers than regular cigarettes. However, there is adequate data to suggest that menthol use is likely associated with increased smoking initiation by younger people and that menthol
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
For nearly a year, we have had no answer to why the administration lied about Benghazi — why it told the world, not to mention the parents of our murdered SEALs at the funeral of their sons, that the cause of that fatal conflagration was an anti-Islamic video no one saw, when the various arms of our executive branch (White House, State and intelligence) already knew, or strongly suspected, it was a terror attack orchestrated by al-Qaeda affiliates. You only have to read the now infamous talking points to know that. That this lie was deeply immoral is obvious.
Today, across Africa, Araby and Asia, from Nouakchott to Dhaka, the diplomatic facilities of the United States are closed. There’s a Tsarnaev out there, somewhere – could be the Mahgreb, the Levant, the Horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent – who knows? So, as Richard Fernandez writes, “Shelter in place, this time globally.” Maybe it will work. Maybe by the end of the day there will be, unlike Benghazi a year on, men in custody. But if not? Daniel Pipes: Don’t know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even humiliating.
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.