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Maine’s striking Hostess
workers say company’s
collapse a strong
message of union resolve

Bangor Daily News [Maine], by Seth Koenig

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/17/2012 12:54:40 AM

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Labor leaders in Maine say the resilience of the Hostess workers on the picket line at the company’s Biddeford plant, which is in the process of being shut down after the company on Friday said it would liquidate the business, gives them inspiration in the face of what they believe have been ongoing efforts — by politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, and corporate investors — to reduce union influence. Bakers’ union officials and their supporters say also that the demise

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 11/17/2012 12:59:41 AM     (No. 9019828)

Truly delusional, so blind. How can they celebrate losing their livelihood?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 11/17/2012 1:03:43 AM     (No. 9019831)

From reading another site, it seems that the true objective is for the state to take ownership, as in the former Soviet Union.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: coldoc, 11/17/2012 1:03:46 AM     (No. 9019832)

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 11/17/2012 1:04:14 AM     (No. 9019833)

Morons.

These products will soon be produced in a right to work state.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Evocatus, 11/17/2012 1:05:53 AM     (No. 9019834)

This does not increase my support for unions one whit. In fact, I find this point of view to be vicious and pathetic at the same time.

The business units will be sold in whole or piecemeal and will be resurrected as a new company, probably without union representation.

If union workers worked as hard as they whined for pay and benefits, all would be well. So often, union workers use the union to do as little work as possible for as much compensation as possible.

The hell with them. Many of us will vote against their extortions at every opportunity.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: asu86pe, 11/17/2012 1:09:23 AM     (No. 9019838)

Unions: Proud to be the catalyst of a beggar nation.

Unions used to be concerned with the progress of the host company. Now their aim is collapse the host company.

What´s next - Fascism?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Gallo3, 11/17/2012 1:11:28 AM     (No. 9019840)

Unions= Cancer

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 11/17/2012 1:15:07 AM     (No. 9019849)

#2 perfectly describes liberals.

Cartoonists should start depicting them with little plus signs for their eyes. An asterisk would carry the reader/viewer to #2´s post.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 11/17/2012 1:18:08 AM     (No. 9019854)

...ahhh, union resolve. Guess what...YOU´RE ALL OUT OF WORK!

...I have no fear that Twinkies and HO HO´s will find new life. For the workers, not so sure. When you read of how management wanted to strealine so work practices, not so out of line...

...there is no blaming Bush for the NEW 0bama economy...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 11/17/2012 1:18:24 AM     (No. 9019855)

So sorry, I miscued, That should have been #3.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/17/2012 1:19:14 AM     (No. 9019856)

I believe the diagnosis here is cutting off one´s nose to spite one´s face.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dvc, 11/17/2012 1:19:26 AM     (No. 9019857)

OK, so you destroy the company, put yourselves out of work and then you consider it to be a good thing.

And finally - blame it on managment and Romney.

Exhibit 246 in the "Liberalism is a mental disorder" case.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/17/2012 1:25:38 AM     (No. 9019860)

These unionistas are stuck on stupid. They voted for 0boohoo and now they can get in his unemployment lines. They have proven only that they can shoot themselves in the head. Big accomplishment, not.

#2 Wonder is privately held = no SEC/government involvement. They have determined to sell off all of their assets, so state involvement will not happen. Other bloggers, elsewhere, are talking about an employee owned Wonder. That will not happen either. The employees did not cooperate with the company, and the company will not cooperate with the employees.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: annie xango, 11/17/2012 1:28:17 AM     (No. 9019862)

Hostess brand will be purchased..and one can assume that it will be in a right to work state.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pinchem, 11/17/2012 1:59:16 AM     (No. 9019881)

#14...or China or Mexico.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: carolina blue, 11/17/2012 1:59:19 AM     (No. 9019882)

Come on down south we will welcome you with open arms. leave your obama phones up north tho......

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RochFireball, 11/17/2012 2:04:52 AM     (No. 9019885)

Well, you guys sure showed the company didn´t you. They went under and now you´re all fired!

It reminds me of the "I´m going to shoot the sheriff" moment in Blazing Saddles, only this time, the company let the sheriff shoot himself

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Reply 18 - Posted by: noproblems, 11/17/2012 2:08:01 AM     (No. 9019887)

Ya, and I am sure the steelworkers in Pittsburgh in the late 70´s and early 80´s said the same thing.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: flatwater, 11/17/2012 2:09:07 AM     (No. 9019890)

These union parasites infected their host and then killed it....

....and they´re proud of it.

God, how I hate you union filth, from the brainless thugs at Hostess to the vile pieces of excrement who comprise New York and New Jersey´s utility "workers."

Go straight to hell, all of you.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/17/2012 2:12:34 AM     (No. 9019894)

The jobless workers expect to be paid by the union because they are owed for destroying their employer.
Good luck there folks your union benefits will run out quickly when no dues are pouring into the coffer.
Some really must have thought the company didn´t dare shut down because the Union told them it couldn´t..

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Reply 21 - Posted by: snakeoil, 11/17/2012 2:22:58 AM     (No. 9019898)

Now they get unemployment compensation.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 11/17/2012 2:24:06 AM     (No. 9019899)

I was going to agree and question how people could throw their jobs and their very company away.

Oh, and then I realized, 1/2 this country wants to throw their country away. My bad.

You know who I feel sorry for? The small percentage of non-union conservatives that worked for that company, that just wanted to go to work and support their families.

The rest of you? I agree with the writer above. You can go to hell. You are everything wrong with the country, from your vote, your jobs, and your belief system. Have fun shopping at the Dollar Tree for your Christmas gifts this year, may your child be safe from the lead poisoning in that junk. May they be taken away by CPS because your house is freezing with no heat. They might have a chance with someone else.

Go freeze to death. You can always dream about the Obamas and the fine fare they eat. Oh, just remember, if you really get hungry you can swallow a handful of free birth control pills, I hear they contain a small amount of sucrose.

Don´t eat the yellow snow.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: CEP, 11/17/2012 2:34:32 AM     (No. 9019906)

So these union folk think they won by putting the company out of business?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: geekrunner, 11/17/2012 2:44:48 AM     (No. 9019910)

IIRC out of app. 18,000 Hostess employees, only 5000 were unionized. So the union screwed over 13,000 non-union people.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/17/2012 2:58:01 AM     (No. 9019913)

Duh...we got dem on da run...duh...we kin trust r leeders...duh...dey give us good wage....
Whut u mean, no show up Mundy? Mundy werkday...me need hours.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: iamtinman, 11/17/2012 3:07:45 AM     (No. 9019916)

As an ex Maine-er I can testify that they are difficult to teach.

They should have learned the dangers of unions after the disastrous results of the shoe business and the Bates Mills in Lewiston who moved lock stock and barrel to southern states leaving Saco and Lewiston without their largest industries and making Maine a welfare state whose biggest export is young people who can´t find work.

I loved that state. What´s been done to it is shameful!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: vwlarry, 11/17/2012 3:14:26 AM     (No. 9019919)

It´s good to know that the AFL-CIO will be there to help the thousands of Hostess workers who are now unemployed through this difficult time.

...Just kidding.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: liberalslovetaxes, 11/17/2012 3:36:53 AM     (No. 9019923)

They´ll gladly sit back and accept an unemployment check instead of go to work. Makes me think they didn´t work that hard when they were employed.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: janylou, 11/17/2012 3:51:53 AM     (No. 9019931)

How´s that whole resolve thing working out for you?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/17/2012 3:52:20 AM     (No. 9019932)

Well, that ´union resolve´ just got them on the unemployment roll and must mean that welfare for free is more lucrative than actually working for wages.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/17/2012 4:32:09 AM     (No. 9019949)

If Twinkies become collector´s items,you could still eat one 20 years from now if your un short on food.

The reason these people are forced to lose their jobs is they don´t want a domino effect in other industries.A private company can´t loot the taxpayers unless of course you´re part of the UAW.
Unfortunately,a lot of non union folks are going to lose their job due to Obamacare.

This really isn´t any different than unions blocking walmarts from opening,even though they would give shoppers more choices and cheaper prices and give poor people jobs.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Edgelady, 11/17/2012 5:18:20 AM     (No. 9019961)

There is indeed two Americas.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: guamdivers, 11/17/2012 5:43:37 AM     (No. 9019977)

Hostess is John Galt...

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Reply 34 - Posted by: nina584, 11/17/2012 6:07:14 AM     (No. 9019986)

Hostess will re-emerge from bankruptcy stronger without the union and will restart operations with a more profitable outlook.now try to find employment for the high school drop out bakers will be interesting specially inthe NE.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/17/2012 6:11:05 AM     (No. 9019988)

This is remarkable spin. Union officials beating their chests shouting ´We showed you´. Meanwhile, back in realityville, they didn´t show anybody anything except their ability and willingness to close a company and lose 18,000 jobs.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/17/2012 6:22:55 AM     (No. 9019994)

The fact is, the mere mention LePage´s name makes liberals´ heads explode. I love it.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Kansas Conservative, 11/17/2012 6:33:23 AM     (No. 9020010)

Atlas shrugged. Ayn Rand´s prophecies have come true. The union nazis and their Obama sympathizers can all go to hell. I could care less how many people lost their jobs over this. The trademarks, intellectual property, recipes, and brands will be sold to a new firm that will organize without union influence. The country will be better off in the long run. I absolutely despise and hate unions with a passion I normally reserve for al Qaeda and the Democrat party (i.e. - the Voter Fraud, Welfare Cheat, and Obamaphone Party).

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Judith, 11/17/2012 6:38:23 AM     (No. 9020016)

Destroy the business and collect the government handouts. Yeah, jindal and christie, I´m blaming Romney´s Bain and his statements. MORONS!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Not gonna take it anymore, 11/17/2012 6:42:24 AM     (No. 9020020)

I have never liked Twinkies. Yuk!

And now, check the ingredients on those packages. They don´t even resemble the Twinkies of my childhood.

I did like the Devils food cupcakes and Snowballs. But I have no idea what they taste like now.

If the company sells its name and recipes will the new buyer use the actual ingredients that they used in the earlier part of the last century?

The products might actually have some taste again besides just sweet.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 11/17/2012 6:55:38 AM     (No. 9020043)

Now if they are still picketing outside the chainlink fence when the windows are busted out and the weeds have taken out the parking lot - now THAT will show some resolve!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: frenesi1, 11/17/2012 7:09:34 AM     (No. 9020062)

My husband´s cousin worked for Eastern Airlines and when it was on the verge of bankruptcy, the employees went on strike. I asked him how he could go on strike knowing that the strike could cause the airline to shut down and how does a man with two small children to support go out on strike.He couldn´t give me a good answer and by the time he decided to cross the picket line, the airline went under. He had to work two jobs after that and his wife had to go to work plus they got help from her father. And I had no sympathy for him at all.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: JimS, 11/17/2012 7:56:30 AM     (No. 9020138)

I guess Hostess was not "too big to fail" or there would have been a TARP loan waiting for them.
Guess the baker´s union doesn´t have the stroke that the UAW does.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: BirdsNest, 11/17/2012 7:57:10 AM     (No. 9020140)

It´´s likely that some company in Mexico will buy the company. Lots of cookies and candies are made in Mexico, some from old time brands. Labor is cheaper and they used real sugar long before the outcry in this country about HFCS.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: redmom, 11/17/2012 8:20:53 AM     (No. 9020173)

Some enterprising entrepreneur, who lives in a Right to Work state, should buy the recipes and as much equipment as possible from Hostess, and hire back all the non-union workers that are willing to move.

The unions are destroying our Country. Can we start blaming Zero, now, or is it still Bush´s fault? /s

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Reply 45 - Posted by: hamrman, 11/17/2012 8:41:32 AM     (No. 9020216)

Give me a break, you can put the inspiration spin on this if you want, however unions No Good!

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Reply 46 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 11/17/2012 8:43:52 AM     (No. 9020224)

The unions, the democrats and the mob, all rolled up together in one big festering boil on society´s backside...

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Reply 47 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 11/17/2012 8:55:50 AM     (No. 9020253)

Black Knight Syndrome.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: LAW428, 11/17/2012 8:59:25 AM     (No. 9020267)

Are union workers required to take stupid pills? This is just bizarre reasoning.

Remember the ad jingle that said, "Look for the union label?" I think of that these days and wonder what kind of lazy, mediocre, chump made the item. Then I look for a replacement.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: tulipwood, 11/17/2012 9:07:52 AM     (No. 9020283)

Nothing like having ´strong resolve´ when you are unemployed.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: JAN, 11/17/2012 9:08:23 AM     (No. 9020286)

They all live in a yellow submarine.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: rustycfc, 11/17/2012 9:16:00 AM     (No. 9020297)

make the bread overseas like everything else
and ship it back here.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: comstock, 11/17/2012 9:30:14 AM     (No. 9020320)

The Union Thug Bosses are beating their chests, but do you think you´ll see them on the unemployment lines with the workers?

I didn´t think so.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: jerseyden, 11/17/2012 10:03:55 AM     (No. 9020398)

They were probably told by their union bosses not to worry because if the company does shut down they´ll be able to get one of the millions of jobs the "O" admin is going to create. Problem is the jobs won´t be created for another 3 plus years"just in time for next election".

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Reply 54 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 11/17/2012 10:20:23 AM     (No. 9020432)

I view unions as a necessary evil, especially in the skilled trades which we no longer teach in school in an effective manner. My objection to unions, is that like Major League Baseball, they are exempt from the Sherman Anti-trust Act.

A union is a business enterprise. It´s business is selling labor. The service that the union provides is screening, training and delivery of qualified workers. There should be no right to operate as a sole source of labor, ergo another union should be allowed to form and compete for contracts.

Bottom line in this mess is that the union thinks that they won, while their members will eventually discover that they lost.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 11/17/2012 10:44:59 AM     (No. 9020487)

The union´s useful idiots will soon figure out they were just sacrificial pawns. The union will drop them quickly now that they can´t pay their dues.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: LoneStarLarry, 11/17/2012 10:49:58 AM     (No. 9020496)

Jonestown, Maine. Enjoy the Kool-Aid!

#33 Give yourself a pat on the back for me.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/17/2012 10:50:05 AM     (No. 9020497)

The strategery is to paint all businesses with the Bain/Romney greed brush. Then Obama will pick & choose which businesses he likes... and he´ll buy them with tax $$´s & gift them to the unions... just like GM!

I doubt Hostess will make the cut... it is sugar, after all. But if he does, no way will I eat a Gov´t Ho-Ho !

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Reply 58 - Posted by: stonepony, 11/17/2012 12:39:39 PM     (No. 9020700)

if you looked at the work rules that were in effect it is amazing Hostess lasted as long as it did.... having said this the demo union thugs cannot even eat cake....hope they all have mortgages, kids in school, car payments to government motors... but you can be sure that they will have their hands in the pockets of those hard working Americans who do pay taxes...

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Reply 59 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/17/2012 1:48:45 PM     (No. 9020793)

I think some "big labor" leaders don´t want their houses firebombed, so they´re sugar coating the loss.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Screwgun, 11/17/2012 1:55:26 PM     (No. 9020804)

Typical union mentality. Now they can collect 99 weeks of unemployment benefits then go on disability. Democrat voters for life.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: franq, 11/17/2012 2:02:50 PM     (No. 9020823)

Dr. Dumka declares the operation a success.
The patient died.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: TinCan, 11/17/2012 6:32:38 PM     (No. 9021132)

Union smarts: picketing a closed plant.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: RussVet, 11/18/2012 6:08:26 AM     (No. 9021500)

Saw this same identical thing happen here years ago ... The union folded a huge manufacturing company with similiar tactics and the company sold the plant hardware to a company in Brazil and shipped it there... the union workers were still picketing an empty fenced in lot two years later ... To me not real bright

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Reply 64 - Posted by: Judith, 11/18/2012 7:46:09 AM     (No. 9021589)

Reading in the news yesterday, the article claimed that the teemsters union had someone run the figures and that the company was not lying, there was no money for these things if the company and jobs were to survive.
This comes straight from afl/cio bully boys. And, as I commented before, the workers at the ohio plant would rather collect unemployment than work.

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during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/30/2014 9:41:50 AM     Post Reply
If Betsey McCaughey is correct (and I bet she is, because she has not only read the entire ObamaCare bill, she has written a book about it), Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan publicly humiliated herself during the oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, revealing that she either did not read the law, or failed to comprehend it if she did so. Writing in the New York Sun, McCaughey lays out what is wrong with the Justice’s declaration about Obamacare: she asserted that the statute itself mandates provision of birth control. Not one word in the Affordable Care Act guarantees health plans will cover birth control products.

A Legacy of Pain and Pride
Washington Post, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/30/2014 9:34:40 AM     Post Reply
More than half of the 2.6 million Americans dispatched to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The long conflicts, which have required many troops to deploy multiple times and operate under an almost constant threat of attack, have exacted a far more widespread emotional toll than previously recognized by most government studies and independent assessments:

Witnesses: Marine flashed security
badge on Obama trip, bragged
of being ‘bullet catcher’
Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/30/2014 12:05:07 AM     Post Reply
Military officials said they are investigating the conduct of a U.S. Marine who was on assignment for President Obama’s trip to the Netherlands last week, after witnesses said he was talking in detail about his job and passing around his government security badge during a night of drinking at a bar. The Marine, Korey Nathan Pritchett, was first identified by a Dutch newspaper based on witness accounts and smartphone photos taken during the partying, which happened two nights before Obama arrived at The Hague for a nuclear security summit. The Washington Post confirmed and expanded on that reporting through interviews,

Russia’s anti-Western ideology
has global consequences
Washington Post, by Anne Applebaum    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/28/2014 11:59:48 PM     Post Reply
TBILISI, Georgia Halfway through an otherwise coherent conversation with a Georgian lawyer here — the topics included judges, the court system, the police — I was startled by a comment he made about his country’s former government, led by then-president Mikheil Saakashvili. “They were LGBT,” he said, conspiratorially. What did that mean, I asked, surprised. Were they for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights? For gay marriage? Were they actually gay? He couldn’t really define it, though the conversation meandered in that direction for a few more minutes, also touching on the subject of the former president’s alleged marital infidelity,

Margaret Sanger Was a Racist Monster.
So Why Did Nancy Pelosi Accept an
Award Named After Sanger?
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/28/2014 9:17:17 PM     Post Reply
Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi just might be a racist monster who wants to murder live children for the sake of eliminating “undesirables.” Why would I say such an outrageous thing? Because Pelosi has accepted an award named for Margaret Sanger. And Margaret Sanger was definitely a racist monster who advocated murdering live children for the sake of eliminating “undesirables.” Quote: The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. That’s advocating child murder. It’s not racist, but we’re not done. Sanger considered racial minorities to be “human weeds.” In context,

Hillary 2016 Run May Be Sabotaged
by Failed Obama Presidency
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/28/2014 9:11:59 PM     Post Reply
Barring a miraculous upsurge in President Obama’s dismal 41% approval rating, Hillary Clinton’s run for president in 2016 will be a steep uphill climb. Clinton will need to walk a political tight rope, distancing herself from Obama without coming across as a disloyal member of the president’s political coterie. "Secretary Clinton is distancing herself a bit on foreign policy matters from the administration recently," said John Hudak, a Brookings Institution fellow and expert on presidential campaigns. "This is a pretty standard practice for anyone looking to succeed the sitting president, even within the same party." Nevertheless, Hillary enjoys the fruits



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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2014 8:18:49 PM     Post Reply
Before getting to the speech itself, it’s worth noting a few things. When the Democrats passed and Barack Obama signed Obamacare, the majority opposed it. About 56%, in fact. A majority have consistently opposed that law ever since. The Obama administration touted 7 million sign-ups by March 31 as “success.” When that goal appeared to be unreachable, the administration suggested that maybe 5 or 6 million would be enough. Now, as if by magic, they have their number. Somehow. All along, the administration has touted false numbers of enrollees. All along, the administration has neglected to admit that Obamacare is

Exclusive: Michelle Walks Out
As Obama Divorce Battle Explodes!

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National Enquirer, by Steve Herz    Original Article
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Seven Million? Who Does the Obama
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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/1/2014 1:12:14 PM     Post Reply
A few months back, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated for the record that 7 million Obamacare sign-ups by the end of March would constitute success. She was clear about it. But then February came, and February always stinks. It’s just a lousy month. You’re tired of winter, you’re still miles away from spring, and no one was signing up for Obamacare. That 7 million figure looked totally unreachable. So Sebelius does what every other member of the Obama administration does when confronted with inconvenient facts. She lied. In a Tuesday appearance on HuffPost Live to discuss outreach to African American communities,

´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 Americans have paid up!

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/1/2014 5:21:43 PM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better.´ But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged Rose Garden 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. Others were already insured, including millions who lost coverage when their existing policies were suddenly

Pelosi gets Pope Francis-blessed
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Washington Times (D.C.), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2014 3:03:55 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, criticized last year by a Vatican official for her support of abortion, received a rosary Tuesday from President Obama that was blessed by Pope Francis. Mrs. Pelosi told reporters of the president’s gift after having lunch with Mr. Obama at the White House. The president met with the pope last week at the Vatican. “I was happy to receive a rosary blessed by Pope Francis,” she said. “It means a great deal to me.” Last year, a Vatican official in Rome said that Mrs. Pelosi should be denied communion. “This is a person who obstinately,

5 Reasons Why Republicans
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Daily Beast, by Myra Adams    Original Article
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With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll registered voters were asked if they would definitely NOT vote for Jeb Bush and 50 percent said they would not.

GM Recall Scandal Goes
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
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Defense Secretary ´Looking´ at Banning
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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
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Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower
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Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 4/2/2014 10:12:06 AM     Post Reply
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Why the All-Ivy League Story Stirs Up Tensions
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Atlantic Wire, by Arit John    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/2/2014 5:20:39 AM     Post Reply
The story of the first-generation Ghanian-American student accepted by all eight Ivy league schools is wonderful, but it also stirs up the tension between black Americans and recent African immigrants — especially when you describe him as "not a typical African-American kid." That´s been the reaction to USA Today´s profile on Kwasi Enin, a Long Island high schooler who got into the nation´s most competitive schools through hard work and, according to IvyWise CEO Katherine Cohen, being African (and being male). At one point the piece reads: Being a first-generation American from Ghana also helps him stand out, Cohen says. "He´s

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim
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Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing "THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS." One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid´s website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes: “They are known for bankrolling conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party causes and became poster boys for corporate tax reform last year when an Obama Administration official suggested Koch is organized as an S Corp. and so pays no corporate level taxes.” The claim that the Koch brothers don´t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official

Benghazi Might Be Fox’s MH370,
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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/2/2014 3:38:08 PM     Post Reply
CNN has taken a lot of heat–and rightly so!–for its obsessive reporting on missing flight MH370, which has often come at the detriment of more pressing or substantive stories. But no less ridiculous is Fox News’ #Benghazi fixation, which was in full fever Wednesday morning as the network devoted three hours and thirty-eight minutes of continual coverage of a Benghazi congressional hearing. Benghazi has long been Fox’s fallback, less a news story than a sort of epistemological wound that can never close simply because conservatives refuse to accept conclusions about the events of September 11, 2012 that don’t conform to


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