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Hostess going out of business;
nearly 18,000 to be laid off

KDFW [DFW TX], by Alice Wolke

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/16/2012 7:46:17 AM

IRVING, Texas - Say goodbye to your Twinkies. North Texas-based Hostess Brands, Inc. has decided to go out of business and liquidate its assets after failing to win back striking workers. The company posted a statement on a website set up specifically for people following the strike. "We deeply regret the necessity of today´s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. "Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bassman, 11/16/2012 7:49:08 AM     (No. 9017841)

Thank the unions for this.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: vrb8m, 11/16/2012 7:50:20 AM     (No. 9017844)

Forward!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/16/2012 7:51:50 AM     (No. 9017847)

You just get sick and tired of the union mentality that is always "me, me, me! What can you do for me? You can´t afford it? Too bad. Me, Me, Me!!"

I am sorry for the owners of Hostess because I know this was a tough decision for them.

Happy Thanksgivine, Union pukes! Oh, and Merry Christmas, too!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/16/2012 7:52:27 AM     (No. 9017849)

I wonder if the union clowns over at WalMart are aware of this.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 11/16/2012 7:53:33 AM     (No. 9017856)

Sadly, this is the only way to end union tyranny. They won´t give an inch on anything - so other sacrifices have to be made.

We closed our company for almost the same reason: Union intimidation and ever-escalating union wages and benefits, while the rest of us non-union suffered drastic pay cuts to keep the doors open and everyone else at least employed.

FTA: ´´Hostess said it will seek bankruptcy court permission to sell all of its assets.´´ Watch for Direction 10-289 here to be imposed here.

I´d better add my favorite mini cupcakes to the grocery list - I´ll miss them when they go bye-bye.....

And: Don´t mess with Texas.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: NancyD, 11/16/2012 7:53:34 AM     (No. 9017857)

That´s what the Unions deserve! It´s BS. The Union knows that Hostess has been struggling and they DEMAND more?

Cut them off. Right before the Holidays.. Ho Ho Ho.

I´m sure they are all shocked.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 11/16/2012 7:53:52 AM     (No. 9017860)

The unions wouldn´t be flexing their muscles so had it not been for the pirate captain who has taken this ship hostage.

Think dominoes.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 11/16/2012 7:54:37 AM     (No. 9017861)

´´Directive´´ 10-289, that is.....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 11/16/2012 7:55:27 AM     (No. 9017863)

I´ve seen this before. The company tells the union the truth, they will close the plant because the union strike is unsustainable as are its demands and the union tells its members the company in bluffing. Then when the plant closes the union members can´t believe it. Too late. Losers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rather Read, 11/16/2012 7:57:14 AM     (No. 9017865)

I never ate Hostess products, but I know a lot of people who love them. This is so sad. Maybe someone can start up a similar business in a friendly state.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kafir091101, 11/16/2012 8:00:41 AM     (No. 9017870)

Now the question should be:

‘Will the unions call for a nationwide boycott of Hostess products?’

Kafir



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Velox, 11/16/2012 8:00:54 AM     (No. 9017871)

This sounds like the book "Atlas Shrugged".


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 11/16/2012 8:02:37 AM     (No. 9017875)

An 8% cut in pay versus a 100% cut in pay. Hmmm, which one is better? Proof that union memebership is made up of dolts, as if we needed the proof.


girl´s Hubby

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Reply 14 - Posted by: geekrunner, 11/16/2012 8:02:53 AM     (No. 9017876)

I´m sure some of my fellow Hoosier Ldot´ers remember Roselyn´s bakery. When they went under, the Roselyn´s brand and recipes were bought and the purchasing company made the same goods with the Roselyn recipe. I´ll bet the Hostess name will get bought and some enterprising (hopefully non-union) company will continue to carry on the Twinkie Tradition.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: arcady, 11/16/2012 8:03:30 AM     (No. 9017877)

Obama hates white bread and twinkies

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Reply 16 - Posted by: tech10171968, 11/16/2012 8:06:12 AM     (No. 9017881)

#15, I thought Obama WAS a white-bread Twinkie himself?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tech10171968, 11/16/2012 8:07:34 AM     (No. 9017882)

BTW, I wonder if anyone in a union has ever read that old story about the goose that laid the golden eggs? Seems quite fitting in this case.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rabidrabbit1, 11/16/2012 8:07:42 AM     (No. 9017883)

Who is John Galt?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: kanphil, 11/16/2012 8:08:46 AM     (No. 9017885)

You ain´t lived until you have had a deep fried Twinkie at the Texas State Fair. But I will gladly give them up to see these union thugs slapped down. The problem is they will all just go on the dole and get their hands in our pockets anyway.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 11/16/2012 8:10:45 AM     (No. 9017889)

The union really showed them, didn´t they! Give into our demands, or we´ll kill our members´ jobs.

Reminds me of a scene from Blazing Saddles, only they were not in Rock Ledge.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 11/16/2012 8:11:28 AM     (No. 9017890)

S/C on. Maybe Obama can use our money to buy the company. Then he can give it to the union. The same way he did GM and Chrysler. He then can distribute the products to stores that only have supported him and his agenda. Sound familiar? S/C off.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 11/16/2012 8:14:16 AM     (No. 9017896)

Why couldn´t they have just hired replacement workers? Firestone did that in the 1980s at their plant in Decatur, IL.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Mabeldog, 11/16/2012 8:18:41 AM     (No. 9017904)

Sounds like a job for Bain capital

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Reply 24 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 11/16/2012 8:21:02 AM     (No. 9017909)

America continues to circle the drain.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/16/2012 8:25:20 AM     (No. 9017917)

Never liked Twinkies, but in years past was mildly addicted to chocolate treats DingDongs, the hockey-puck shaped cream-filled cakes in the silver foil wrappings.

It was amusing to see them show up in the desk drawer of the detective chief played by Kyra Sedgwick on the now-defunct "The Closer".

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 11/16/2012 8:26:33 AM     (No. 9017919)

I thought of that as well #21. But then Her Highness thinks we should all be eating nothing but raw vegetables and arugula, so I´m sure She is happy to see these evil sweets disappear from the shelves where the proletariat and bourgeoise
shop. After all, she still has her personall chef in the WH that can make anything she desires from scratch.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: annapolis2010dad, 11/16/2012 8:26:42 AM     (No. 9017920)

One down, how many more union companies to go?
Barry will step in and buy the company. Perfect plan, Moochie as president and Bloomberg as VP of Hostess. The food police running a twinkie factory!!hahahahaha

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 11/16/2012 8:29:14 AM     (No. 9017924)

I´m not sure if you´re asking #8, but if so directive 10-289 is from "Atlas Shrugged" and was a Gov. ploy to save the U.S.economy from collapse, but instead accelerated it.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: rmagnus, 11/16/2012 8:30:49 AM     (No. 9017928)

This union is like breast cancer - they attack something we love until they kill the Hostess.

Sadly, some martyrs will have to be made before things change. This is the first of many.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: buckhorn_cortez, 11/16/2012 8:33:39 AM     (No. 9017932)

18,500 employees. The union represented 5,000. That means that less than 1/3 of the employees dictated terms for the remaining employees - which turned out to be losing their job. Hope that´s a lesson in union representation for someone.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 11/16/2012 8:39:03 AM     (No. 9017944)

Darn. So much for my favorite "breakfast of ex-champions". Hostess Peach Pie and coffee. Tis a sad day.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 11/16/2012 8:40:34 AM     (No. 9017946)

Right here in Orlando too, the Merita plant will close too.

Time for you union folks to get your savior Barack O´Claus to rescue you?

Election over? Too bad so sad! Merry Christmas

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Envirodude, 11/16/2012 8:41:15 AM     (No. 9017947)

Union fault? Seems like a management issue caused them to go bankrupt in the first place.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Keep_Right, 11/16/2012 8:41:37 AM     (No. 9017948)

Wonder if the union will send out Christmas cards to all those laid off people?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 11/16/2012 8:41:59 AM     (No. 9017951)

What will the dole scroungers spend their EBT on now?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Laurie, 11/16/2012 8:42:21 AM     (No. 9017954)

I heard that not enough non-union workers were willing to cross the picket lines to continue production. Probably union thug intimidation.

Rush was right yesterday...this is a moral problem in our society. Until we fix it, this country is, indeed, lost.

Mr. Rayburn is surely headed for Galt´s Gulch. God help America.



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Reply 37 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 11/16/2012 8:42:33 AM     (No. 9017955)

This is nothing new. This is how unions work. If we think that you can afford it, we want more. The only problem with that is that the unions always think that the company can afford it. This is "our work" is the catch phrase of the unions. As I´ve said before, the unions do not care about the members, only keeping the money flowing in to the union counts.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Namma, 11/16/2012 8:47:56 AM     (No. 9017965)

remember the campaign commercial about the company that blamed Bain Capital and Romney for closing it down...that plant was shut down by union demands...had nothing to do with Bain.it shut down 10 years after Bain took over....
I feel for all the non union people that lost their jobs at this bakery...but the union jerks I just dont care about...obama willtake care of them....but the happy part is those union memebers still have to pay dues so the union leaders dont have to suffer loss of income...

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Travis Mcgee, 11/16/2012 8:49:10 AM     (No. 9017967)

Union wankers always view the world with an unrealistic sense of self-serving. I despise them for this very selfish attitude. Most do jobs a monkey would excel at yet get paid as though they all have advanced degrees. Have a nice Christmas Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union members.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: LouD, 11/16/2012 8:49:40 AM     (No. 9017968)

#16, I think he is more of a marbled rye.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: uno, 11/16/2012 8:52:30 AM     (No. 9017978)

Sounds like it´s about time they unionized the unemployed!
Ya know you just can´t make an omelet unless you break a few golden eggs...
Doltz!


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Reply 42 - Posted by: Refried, 11/16/2012 8:53:01 AM     (No. 9017979)

Enjoy!

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Reply 43 - Posted by: federale, 11/16/2012 8:53:23 AM     (No. 9017980)

With unemployment compensation, food stamps, medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, unearned income tax credit, etc., the laid-off Hostess employees will do quite well. They will also have plenty of time to sharpen their skiing, tennis, and golfing skills.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: coldoc, 11/16/2012 8:53:56 AM     (No. 9017983)

Union greed mentality is precisely what got obama reelected. Ir is pervasive and will take generations to breed out. The idiots will have to learn the for-profit corporation is not the enemy.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 11/16/2012 8:54:27 AM     (No. 9017985)

What about strike/severance pay? That´s it, the compassionate union management will come through for the laid off union workers. “Happy Holidays” from your union bosses. /sar

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Reply 46 - Posted by: jimmyfoxhound, 11/16/2012 8:56:51 AM     (No. 9017992)

I´d love to see Romney come in and buy Hostess and turn it around, that would be amazing

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Reply 47 - Posted by: zoidberg, 11/16/2012 8:57:03 AM     (No. 9017994)

Unions, continuing to win friends.

/s

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Tillster, 11/16/2012 8:57:05 AM     (No. 9017995)

No #15 and #16. I think it was a ding dong.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Hermoine, 11/16/2012 8:58:43 AM     (No. 9017999)

Looks like Hostess just went John Galt on their collective Union...rear-end.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/16/2012 9:01:24 AM     (No. 9018004)

Hey Union Thugs, hows that Obamacare working out for ya?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/16/2012 9:05:43 AM     (No. 9018016)

I saw their CEO on TV this morning. One big roadblock to surviving was the union work rules. They had to have separate employees doing every little task, which drove up labor costs way higher than necessary.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: lil dotty, 11/16/2012 9:08:32 AM     (No. 9018022)

Hostess - RIP You were very much a part of my childhood days. You will be missed.

Thanks for nothing Union thugs. This should certainly help Two Won get those unemplyment numbers to change.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: coobr03, 11/16/2012 9:10:05 AM     (No. 9018024)

There were many different unions at Hostess and very restrictive work issues. For instance, Twinkies and Wonder Bread going to the same store had to be delivered by two different drivers on the different trucks. None of the unions wanted to negotiate, figuring it would make them weaker with other companies.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 11/16/2012 9:12:15 AM     (No. 9018028)

Things started to go downhill after they made the yellow Snoballs one Easter. What were they thinking?

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Reply 55 - Posted by: dolphin, 11/16/2012 9:15:32 AM     (No. 9018037)

I feel for those in that union who had no choice.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: Salt5792, 11/16/2012 9:30:51 AM     (No. 9018085)

One more prosperous business destroyed by unions.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: JoeUser, 11/16/2012 9:31:06 AM     (No. 9018086)

Sad part of all this is that it´s not just jobs at Hostess that take the hit. Large bakeries (as well as other large production companies) often produce products for other companies´ brands, for efficiency of scale.

So, this will have a ripple effect to other baked goods companies, as well. Their product lines may experience shortages while they try to establish a different manufacturing source. Also, the shutdown also affects ancillary jobs, such as suppliers for Hostess and service businesses for the plant, etc..

Good for you, unions. You really showed management this time, didn´t ya? Hope y´all are happy this holiday season.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Cleanhousein2012, 11/16/2012 9:34:59 AM     (No. 9018093)

56 - they all had choices. The Union scum made a bad one.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: fiesta del sol, 11/16/2012 9:40:28 AM     (No. 9018106)

How many companies have announced layoffs since last Tuesday? 18,000 in one day with Hostess. I would say Obama built that, but really the media built that. Congrats, MSNBC, Scarborough, Brian Williams, Soledad O´Brien...lying about Republicans and protecting King Obama has worked out well.



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Reply 60 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/16/2012 9:45:19 AM     (No. 9018117)

I suggest that States declare the schools bankrupt and close to re-organize.
Their pensions are breaking the backs of the working people, and they are failing to educate the children.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: AnnG, 11/16/2012 9:48:20 AM     (No. 9018129)

Is Texas a right to work state?

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Reply 62 - Posted by: Bjnealeigh, 11/16/2012 9:54:47 AM     (No. 9018154)

Too bad
So sad
You´re mad
I´m glad!
I don´t feel sorry for idiots!

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Reply 63 - Posted by: Distorted, 11/16/2012 9:56:25 AM     (No. 9018163)

For the unions, obviously half-a-loaf is not better than none.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: LAW428, 11/16/2012 9:57:09 AM     (No. 9018168)

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." John Adams in a letter to Abigail Adams (17 July 1775 )

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Reply 65 - Posted by: Pocket Aces, 11/16/2012 10:05:46 AM     (No. 9018194)

#33

You stated tat management caused the mess. Well, if that´s true, tough [DELETED]. Management has to deal with many, many headaches just to keep any factory open here in the USSA.

Yes, the greedy union was the final nail in the Hostess coffin. In short; the parasites killed the host(ess)

We do NOT use bad langage here. LCom Staff.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: tearza, 11/16/2012 10:13:52 AM     (No. 9018222)

I belong to a union for 34 yrs. They took 40 dollars a month for union dues and told me who to vote for in their monthly pamplet. The company had 20,000 employees. where in the hell did all of that money go...We did not get any from the union when we retired...

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Reply 67 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/16/2012 10:26:27 AM     (No. 9018261)

What a terrific article on something that had to happen and will need to happen more if we are to free our country from the unions´ stranglehold.

This one ended up pitting the Teamsters (7500 Hostess employees who agreed to reduced wages and benefits) and the smaller Bakers union (5000 employees) who held out and brought the company down. Now all 18,500 employees are unemployed. And when asked if there couldn´t be more negotiation, the Hostess CEO said "Too late".

The Teamsters also said that the Bakers should have voted by secret ballot rather than the voice vote they employed to vote on this. We all know what Obie feels about the secret ballot - dump it - and Trumka came out of the union meeting with Obie at the WH trumpeting that the secret ballot would go away soon.

I applaud Hostess´s management for their courage. I call them patriots.


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Reply 68 - Posted by: grambo, 11/16/2012 10:54:49 AM     (No. 9018352)

Ayn Rand must be chorkling in Heaven right now.

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Reply 69 - Posted by: NYbob, 11/16/2012 11:30:38 AM     (No. 9018448)

#33, you are funny. Do you have any idea of what is required to pay out a payroll week after week? Look at your feet they are entangled in the whole OWS, Obamanation, Union card check/intimidation, corporate greed, mindset that has ´changed´ the economy into some kind of moronic worker ´utopia´ that is code for crony capitalism. This grand plan gives up green energy companies that suck half a billion dollars out of your tax money and produce NOTHING. This brilliant ´fair´ thinking hands out exemptions for the unconstitutional ´tax´ of obamacare so those who pay or who made this horror get useful health care and you get a waiting list and aspirin.

Yeah, you hit it, this company is folding because it´s a management issue. Hey, maybe you can call some friends and hire ONE of the unemployed Hostess workers. Show the world how to ´manage.´

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Reply 70 - Posted by: bullhead, 11/16/2012 11:39:18 AM     (No. 9018467)

This story reminded me of the demise of a fine airline, Eastern Airlines. It was brought down by the International Association Of Machinists & Aerospace Workers union when the company was faced with the increased competition of the Carter deregulated airline industry.

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Reply 71 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 11/16/2012 11:53:02 AM     (No. 9018501)

#62 Texas is a right to work state but much of the production was located in closed shop states. When the story first broke about this, the company proposed to keep bakeries going in non-union locations but apparently someone told them that it wouldn´t fly (uncle sugar?) So I believe they made the only decision they could under the circumstances.

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Reply 72 - Posted by: Marzipan, 11/16/2012 12:36:34 PM     (No. 9018633)

The revolution begins. Folks are waking up. John Galt lives. Bravo Hostess, don´t like your products but if you reorganize under a different name I will buy some.

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Reply 73 - Posted by: badrad, 11/18/2012 12:44:39 PM     (No. 9022143)

Gaming the system is so prevalent at the bottom so why not at the top?

Time for the workers to get some of those government jobs that obama is creating---oh, wait, campaign over he is traveling the world building his legacy.

Hope the Twinkie people make enough to live on the Riviera, where they may meet the obamas and Hollywood celebs.

obama has fundamentally changed America as promised and the hope he has given is no hope for the masses that prefer to work to feed the fam.

Hope there is room on the paid for family farms, old homes etc.





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Reply 74 - Posted by: badrad, 11/18/2012 12:46:58 PM     (No. 9022149)

Gaming the system is so prevalent at the bottom so why not at the top?

Time for the workers to get some of those government jobs that obama is creating---oh, wait, campaign over he is traveling the world building his legacy.

Hope the Twinkie people make enough to live on the Riviera, where they may meet the obamas and Hollywood celebs.

obama has fundamentally changed America as promised and the hope he has given no hope or the hope that there is room on the paid for family farms, old homes etc.





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It’s a big weekend for the Bush family, which is enjoying a renaissance of sorts after several years in the political wilderness. Throngs of former administration officials, members of Congress and others descended Friday on College Station, Tex., to fete former president George H.W. Bush on the 25th anniversary of his arrival in office. One of the highlights of the weekend will be a live interview with his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has quietly been exploring a 2016 presidential campaign. About 180 miles to the north, former president George W. Bush is hosting an event of a

A Catastrophe Like No Other
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/4/2014 7:53:24 AM     Post Reply
Put aside the numbers for a moment, and the daily argument. "Seven point one million people have signed up!" "But six million people lost their coverage and were forced onto the exchanges! That´s no triumph, it´s a manipulation. And how many of the 7.1 million have paid?" "We can´t say, but 7.1 million is a big number and redeems the program." "Is it a real number?" "Your lack of trust betrays a dark and conspiratorial right-wing mindset." As I say, put aside the argument, step back and view the thing at a distance. Support it or not, you cannot look

Corrosive Conformity
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/4/2014 7:46:25 AM     Post Reply
In 2008, Barack Obama and Brendan Eich both were against gay marriage. Senator Obama averred his support for the one-man/one-woman view of marriage, while Mr. Eich, a cofounder of the Mozilla web-browser company, donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8 — a California ballot initiative that had the effect of making Senator Obama’s avowed marriage policy the law in California, at least until a federal court overturned it on the theory that California’s constitution is unconstitutional. Barack Obama inexplicably remains, as of this writing, president of the United States of America, but Mr. Eich has just been forced out as CEO

Student Newspaper ´Liberty´ Wins
First Amendment Victory
over Oregon State
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/4/2014 7:40:25 AM     Post Reply
Oregon State University, disdaining responsibility for trashing distribution boxes that were intended for a politically conservative student newspaper, has still paid $1,000 plus $100,000 in legal fees after a former student, William Rogers, filed suit against them. The lawsuit, filed in 2009 by supporters of the newspaper The Liberty, contended that the university president and other school officials permitted the official campus newspaper access to distribution bins, but school officials removed the bins for The Liberty. The suit alleged that school officials confiscated distribution bins for The Liberty and tossed them onto a trash heap. The bins, which contained copies

House GOP sets first vote
to hold Lois Lerner in
contempt over IRS targeting
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:25:39 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the Internal Revenue Service’s tea party targeting scandal, setting up a major battle over constitutional rights versus Congress‘ ability to oversee the government. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, the House’s top investigator, said Thursday that as a senior official at the center of the IRS targeting, Ms. Lerner will either talk or face penalties for refusing to help the committee get to the bottom of who orchestrated the targeting and what the motives were. “Ms. Lerner’s

Kerry’s folly, Chapter 3
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:10:14 PM     Post Reply
When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. The talks collapse in acrimony and confusion. Kerry’s response? A second Geneva conference that — surprise! — breaks up in acrimony and confusion. Then, even as Russian special forces are taking over Crimea, Kerry goes chasing after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov — first to Paris, then Rome, then London — offering a diplomatic “offramp.” Lavrov shrugs him off.

With Israeli-Palestinian peace
talks faltering, Kerry must
decide how to proceed
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:07:22 PM     Post Reply
When his aides get discouraged about the prospects for Middle East peace, Secretary of State John F. Kerry often bucks them up with a phrase: “Don’t be afraid to be caught trying.” But as his tireless efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian negotiations hit bottom Thursday, with Israel’s cancellation of prisoner releases that were considered crucial to keeping the talks alive, there are some around Kerry — including on his senior staff and inside the White House — who believe the time is approaching for him to say, “Enough.” Kerry risks being seen as trying too hard at the expense of a

Leftists apoplectic over SCOTUS
free speech ruling in McCutcheon
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 7:41:38 AM     Post Reply
The American left is outraged that the Supreme Court has voted 5 to 4 that limits to the aggregate amount of donations to federal campaigns have been found unconstitutional. Prior to the ruling, there was a 123,200 limit ($48,600 for candidates and $74,600 in contributions to PACs) on the total amount a single donor could contribute in a two year federal campaign cycle. The ruling did not affect the existing $2,600 limit on the maximum donation to any Congressional campaign. As you might have already guessed, Harry Reid had the most predictable reaction, invoking the Koch Brothers. “The Supreme Court today

Obama shifts focus back to
minimum wage increase
in Michigan visit
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/2/2014 10:12:15 PM     Post Reply
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trying to put Obamacare’s problems behind him, President Obama renewed his election-year push for an increase in the minimum wage Wednesday and the White House urged fellow Democrats to latch on to the issue for their own political gain. Speaking at the University of Michigan, the president again fiercely advocated for a rise in the nation’s minimum wage, trying to keep the issue front and center as the November midterm elections creep closer. “In America, we don’t believe in opportunity for a few — we believe that everybody should have a chance at success,” Mr. Obama

Compromise on smaller minimum
wage hike is nonstarter
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/2/2014 10:09:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama campaigned in Michigan with Dem Senate candidate Gary Peters, making the case for a hike in the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Unfortunately, the wrangling in the Senate today suggests the idea is going to die. Senator Susan Collins has said she’s trying to craft a bipartisan compromise on the minimum wage that could win Republican support — a compromise that would require hiking the minimum wage to an unspecified point below the $10.10 per hour that Obama and Democrats want. Today Harry Reid ruled out the idea, insisting that Dems won’t agree to anything below $10.10. In

Congress must stem the
flow of campaign cash in
wake of ‘McCutcheon’
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/2/2014 10:04:55 PM     Post Reply
THE SUPREME Court on Wednesday overturned yet another federal law meant to check corruption and influence-peddling in national politics. The ruling shows two things: The Roberts Court’s destructive view on these matters wasn’t changed by the backlash to its Citizens United holding, and Congress must respond by designing new rules that can pass the court’s overly skeptical review. If lawmakers tackle the issue forthrightly, they have some workable options. The court eliminated an overall limit on how much donors could give to candidates, parties and various other committees over the course of an election cycle. The idea had been to

Obama jabs press:
Future HealthCare.gov
outages ‘won’t be news’
The Hill [Washington DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/2/2014 7:57:09 AM     Post Reply
President Obama expressed the White House’s frustration with news coverage of the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout by taking a jab at the press on Tuesday. During his ObamaCare enrollment victory lap speech in the Rose Garden, the president swiped at reporters, who the White House believes were too eager to spotlight every incremental development associated with the site´s botched launch. “I want to make sure everybody understands – in the months, years ahead, I guarantee you there will be additional challenges to implementing this law,” Obama said. “There will be days when the website stumbles. I guarantee it. So



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Brendan Eich and the New
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American Thinker, by Sally Zelikovsky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/4/2014 6:48:31 AM     Post Reply
Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect, fired -- not because of anything you did or didn’t do at your job, but because of something you did in your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political.(snip)That’s exactly what happened to Brendan Eich, a highly-respected tech guru in Silicon Valley and co-founder of Mozilla Corporation, after he was appointed CEO in late March. In less than a week, he was forced out of this position for no reason other than that he had a made a $1000 contribution to the Prop 8 initiative in 2008. His

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
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Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
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The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years. The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors. The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt

Ex-CIA boss Morell gives unorthodox
reasons for omitting key Benghazi details

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Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 10:03:11 PM     Post Reply
In his opening statement during highly anticipated testimony Wednesday on Benghazi, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell claimed to be an intelligence professional who was willing to lay out the facts -- no matter how damaging. "I take very seriously the allegations about how the CIA in general and about how I in particular handled the analysis and the talking points," Morell told the House Intelligence Committee, in his first public testimony on the Benghazi attacks. "The ethical code under which intelligence officers carry out their responsibilities calls for total objectivity." But Morell´s own testimony would appear to undercut that

Muslims Object to Easter Eggs
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Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
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Muslim moms and dads in Dearborn, Mich. are upset after students received flyers promoting an Easter Egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The parents say the egg hunt violates the U.S. Constitution. The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church’s “Eggstravaganza!” They were also troubled by images of a bunny rabbit. “It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni, told the newspaper. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*

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Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

Romney 2016: Coulter Says Mitt
Strongest on Immigration

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Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/4/2014 1:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week on Boston’s WRKO-AM’s The Howie Carr Show, conservative commentator Ann Coulter shocked some conservatives when she said she is making 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney her favorite for the 2016 Republican contest. Last month in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Romney himself ruled out the possibility of a 2016 run and said he was instead focused on who to get behind in that contest. Coulter, however, wishes otherwise. “Well, don´t tell him but I´m planning on giving Mitt Romney a little more time to rest -- flying out, kidnapping him and depriving him of sleep, food and

CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide
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Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
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A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va. “We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done,” White told the Washington Free Beacon. “He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing

Beating of white driver by
angry mob after he accidentally
ran over young boy ruled NOT
a hate crime by Detroit police

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/4/2014 5:01:05 PM     Post Reply
A 54-year-old white man has been left barely clinging to life after he was brutally beaten by a group of black men when he got out of his car to check on a young black boy he accidentally hit. Steve Utash, from suburban Roseville, was beaten into a coma Wednesday by an angry mob in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood after David Harris, 10, ran in front of his truck on a busy street, but police insist the incident was not racially motivated. The gang also stole his wallet before leaving him for dead. Utash is in extremely critical

Gov’t Spent $700 Million
Promoting Obamacare

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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
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President Barack Obama contended that the government did not “make a hard sell” for Obamacare, despite his administration spending nearly $700 million to promote the law. “We didn’t make a hard sell,” Obama said in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, praising the 7.1 million sign ups for the Affordable Care Act. “We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.” However, last July the Associated Press reported that Obamacare’s marketing campaign would cost at least $684 million. Taxpayer funding went to all 50 states in efforts to encourage people to enroll, including nearly $28 million for the

Eric Holder defends using Justice
Department airplane for 27 personal trips

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Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
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Attorney General Eric Holder disputed a Government Accountability Office report on his use of Justice Department airplanes for personal trips, saying it overstated the number of trips he took and failed to recognize that some trips were job-related. "My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me," Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. "There was this notion that we´ve taken -- I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it

Networks Refuse Obama Request for
Primetime to Announce Obamacare
Hitting 7 Million Mark

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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 7:04:57 PM     Post Reply
According to a report via BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, President Barack Obama requested the opportunity to address the nation in prime time on the major broadcast networks on Tuesday night to announce that the Affordable Care Act had reached 7 million enrollees. Those networks did not, however, accommodate the White House’s request. “Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the prime time slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging roll out and, more important, to try to reintroduce the country to a law that remains unpopular,”

David Letterman makes big announcement
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CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 5:00:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he´s retiring from CBS´ "Late Show" sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program this afternoon. The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993. Letterman got his television start in 1978 on the CBS variety series "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore. Months later, he paid his first visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- marking the first of 22 appearances. He also guest-hosted "Tonight" numerous times.


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