Labor: Who says intransigence doesn´t pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, union bakers have been rewarded by the White House with Trade Adjustment Assistance. It´s all the foreigners´ fault. Politics: Who says intransigence doesn´t pay? After driving Hostess out of business by refusing to negotiate, the White House has decided to reward the union bakers with Trade Adjustment Assistence, blaming foreigners. What a sweet deal. Last November, Hostess Brands went into liquidation, throwing 18,500 employees out of their jobs. The baking giant had been through two restructurings, but the company remained unprofitable.
Comments: Unions are nothing but parasites, killing their Hostess and looking for more.
It was part of some stupid deal the repubicans caved on within the past couple years that set up a huge fund for union workers who lose their jobs overseas. Of course this doesn´t fit that description but Obama is always going to abuse something to reward his donors and supporters. This is just another law that violated equal protection as non union people don´t get squat if they lose their jobs overseas. I hops someone challenges this latest Obama law break.
Now THIS is what make my (usually patient) blood boil. I hear about libtards. So WHERE are the Republican libtards that don´t NAIL this to this administration?!? This is our hard-earned (!) income going to taxes, then to unionz, who simply appear to be content ripping off our citizens! I do understand the place that unions have had in our history, as well as why. I also understand we are so far away from those reasons that it´s not funny at all. Unfunded liabilities, brought on by such insane agreements have brought our country (among other weak financial decision) to our knees. This is like ´blood money´ that we so reject in other arenas.
Why can´t this stop?!? ´Course I´m just ranting here (blood boil, etc). I contribute what little I can to try to get people who have a little greater shred of morals, decency, and integrity into office (meaning into the cesspool known as politics at a national level). /Rant
They ought to be out on their ears, same as anyone who walks off a perfectly good job without cause or who negotiates in bad faith. They most certainly did both of those things and wants US to pay for it, now with the usual welfare packages laid off workers get, but with a premium version. Who says crime doesn´t pay?
There is no need for unions today. We have child labor laws, minimum wage and wage and hour laws, OSHA laws, Americans with Disabilities laws and a 40 hour work week and on and on. Employees can also sue at the drop of a hat. Unions exist only to take money from members and funnel it to democrats. Union leaders are thugs.
The White House has kicked off several federal projects aimed at influencing how Americans react to certain policy reforms, going so far as to solicit behavior experts to join a British-style “Behavioral Insights Team” to help nudge voters into accepting key political programs. “Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less and help people to achieve their goals,” a document on the government program states, Fox News reported. The document, emailed by White House senior adviser Maya Shankar and obtained by Fox News, also seeks applicants to join the federal government’s behavior modification team.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A reporter at a Huntsville television station has been fired for what she said was a humorous look at her job on her personal blog. Shea Allen, a special investigations reporter at WAAY-TV Channel 31, told The Huntsville Times/al.com today that the blog post - in which, among other things, she claimed to have "gone bra-less" during on-air appearances - has drawn national attention. It´s not the sort of attention she wanted, however. "I do not want to be a joke," Allen said. "I am a journalist through and through. I believe in what I do.
MASSIVE HACKING. An in-depth report is revealed in the newsletter of Inside Telecom led by Víctor Suárez, with William Peña as the Editor. Both of them are renowned journalists in the technology area. I quote: "The evening of July 23, the Venezuelan Hackers, identified as the local chapter of Anonymous, disseminated the hacking of a number of websites of Venezuelan government agencies in protest against what they call the fraudulent and unwise presidential exercise by Nicolás Maduro. Their motto was ´no protest is small, but protesting hearts are big.´" Under the hashtags #A100DiasdelFraude (#A100Days of Fraud)
The Catholic cathedral in the Chilean capital Santiago is to remain closed for five days after it was vandalised by pro-abortion activists on Thursday. About 5,000 protesters marched through Santiago in support of an 11-year-old girl who was raped, fell pregnant and is not allowed to have an abortion. Some 100 demonstrators entered the cathedral, wrecking confessional booths and shouting insults at worshippers. Abortion, even for medical reasons or in cases of rape, is illegal in Chile. It was banned during the rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator who governed Chile from 1973 to 1990. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera
The idea of a ‘workerist government´ has been peddled in Venezuela for some years now. The late Hugo Chávez did it, and President Nicolás Maduro is persistent about it. But what do they mean by this notion? One would take that to mean that all conflicts related to labor liabilities have been settled, or that the minimum wage keeps up with inflation, or that the social security system works. Unfortunately, reality gets in the way. The government keeps huge debts with public sector workers as reported by workers themselves. Strikes, labor disputes,
Gunmen have killed one of Mexico´s highest ranking navy officials in the western state of Michoacan, where the military is trying to regain control of areas dominated by warring drug gangs. Vice Adm Carlos Salazar was ambushed on an unpaved road near the town of Churintzio. His car had been diverted from the main road by protesters believed to have been hired by the gunmen. The attack comes days after two police officers were killed in another ambush.
Today, believe it or not, is Mick Jagger’s seventieth birthday. (He was born on July 26, 1943.) Jagger seems, so far, to defy aging, but if you look closely there have been subtle signs. In 1995, for example, when Jagger was fifty-two, Hendrik Hertzberg noticed a change in some of the Rolling Stones’ lyrics. For decades, the song “The Spider and the Fly,” which is about a rock-and-roll singer getting picked up by a woman in a bar, had featured this couplet: She was common, flirty, she looked about thirty… She said she liked the way I held the microphone.
Abortion-rights demonstrators vandalized Chile´s main cathedral during a Mass and used pews as barricades during clashes with police. A group of demonstrators broke off from a largely peaceful protest calling for the legalization of abortion Thursday night and stormed into the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, interrupting the homily. They painted walls with pro-abortion messages, broke ornaments and hauled pews all the way to the Plaza de Armas square in front of the cathedral. Police in riot gear rushed to the cathedral to contain them, and arrested at least two people.
A shark is usually the last thing one wants to see at the beach. But if one designer has her way, the fearsome fish looks set to be making a splash on sunloungers and seasides everywhere this summer. The Sharkini, by Bad Aby Designs, is a gray swimsuit with a jaw-shaped cut-out at the midriff, complete with white leatherette teeth. The made-to-order costume, which costs $100 apiece, is certainly fun, but it does have its drawbacks. Those without a washboard stomach should proceed with caution - that cutaway ´bite´ will not be forgiving. And, as Jezebel wisely warns:
In addition to soliciting glowing letters of recommendation, writing poignant application essays, securing financing and acing the admission exams, grad school hopefuls might want to add one more item to their to-do list, new research suggests: lose weight. Overweight graduate school applicants receive fewer admission offers compared with their thinner counterparts, according to a study published in May in the journal “Obesity.” Jacob Burmeister, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University, and his fellow researchers analyzed the grad school applications of 97 applicants, and found that candidates with a higher body-mass index
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica currently in Havana said he had an enlightening conversation with the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro whom he described as “a wise old man who continues to be brilliant” and a ‘promoter of ideas”. “It was a conversation too enlightening, we talked about everything, but I found a wise old man who continues to be brilliant, always promoting, sponsoring new ideas” confessed Mujica about his four hour meeting with Fidel on Wednesday. Mujica said Fidel is dedicated to biologic experimentation to find tropical plants and vegetables that could be used for making animal food,
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis took an unequivocal stand on Wednesday against legalization as a means to fight drug addiction and criticized the trend in Latin America to decriminalize narcotics. In his first public address on the issue, the new pontiff said during visit to a Rio de Janeiro hospital run by Franciscan monks that education was the way to end drug use. "A reduction in the spread and influence of drug addiction will not be achieved by a liberalization of drug use, as is currently being proposed in various parts of Latin America," Francis said.
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Anthony Weiner may have violated federal law when he failed to disclose his lavish six-figure wedding in his financial disclosure forms, says a government accountability group. Ethics watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center examined the federal Financial Disclosure Reports for both Weiner and long-suffering wife Huma Abedin for 2010, the year of their wedding. The cost for the ceremony was at least $100,000 but probably ran closer to $250,000 including all
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Many low-income families receive government assistance to help them purchase food and housing. Diapers are another story, a new study suggests. In what they are calling the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, Yale University researchers have found nearly a third of mothers cannot afford to purchase their infants diapers, raising health risks for not only babies but for moms who become stressed over the finances. "Notably absent from the antipoverty efforts targeting families is an essential staple for the health of children, diapers," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Megan Smith,
Mideast: The sequester has "cost jobs," says President Obama, and "gutted investments in education and science and medical research." But somehow he´s earmarked $500 million for Hamas terrorists. Circumventing Congress and with no fanfare, President Obama last week issued an executive order enabling him to send an additional $500 million directly to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — much of which you can bet will wind up going to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization. According to Obama, "it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of" Congress´ legislative restrictions "in
The mother of Trayvon Martin said Monday that she believed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law played a role in her son’s shooting death, but she wasn’t ready to support a boycott of the state for not changing the self-defense law. “The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder,” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, said at a National Bar Association event in Miami Beach. “I think we have to change these laws so people don’t get
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Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.