Daily Archives: November 5, 2011

Dreaming of dandelions

Or possibly electroshock therapy. Whatever … sixteen years from now, this photo is going to be majorly embarrassing!

Posted by Grammy Hyphen of course!

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Union Pains

Posted by Chrissy the Hyphenated

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The big unions in this country have become the evil they were originally created to stop.

At the end of October, the president of the United Steelworkers international union, Leo Gerard, declared on television and in his union blog that the Wall Street occupiers speak for unions. He also called for more “militancy” in the protesters behavior.

Three days later, the Occupy Oakland protest turned violent.

The following is excerpted from a transcript of Gerard’s interview with Ed Schultz (sources all linked below):

I think what we need is, we need more militancy. I think we’ve got to start a resistance movement. We oughta be doing more than occupying parks. We oughta start occupying  bridges. We start oughta occupying the banks places themselves.

Are we hearing any massive condemnation of liberal speech inciting violence? Of course not!

If Wall Street occupation doesn’t get the message, I think we’ve got to start blocking bridges and doing that kind of stuff. This doesn’t have to be this way. The economy doesn’t have to be this way. It’s being put this way because the Wall Streeters are getting their way.

Wall Streeters are getting their way? Leo Gerard is an adviser to President Obama who also serves on the board of a number of groups funded by billionaire George Soros, including organizations that reportedly helped to craft Obama’s “stimulus” and health-care laws.

More inaccurate and semi-literate statements from Gerard’s interview:

Then we lost the House ’cause the House got blamed for what the Senate didn’t do and now we got a bunch of right-wing nutjobs running the House of Representatives. And in the last period of time, what do we got now, almost two years, a year and a half, that the only thing they’ve done is bring forward social bills, they haven’t brought forward one jobs bill, not one jobs bill, Ed, not one jobs bill and that’s what they ran on.

Note to Leo: The Republicans took control of the House in January of 2011. That would be ten months ago, not “almost two years, a year and a half.” Before that, Democrats had control of the House and the Senate for four years and then added the White House for two more years. And, BTW, that “what the Senate didn’t do”? That was the Democrat-majority Senate that didn’t and still isn’t doing.

I think there’s a reason this moron is working in the same cushy employment sector as government workers. He wouldn’t last 5 minutes in the private sector!

Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2202954850056011884qAPEdQ

ITA with what Jack Coleman of Newsbusters had to say:

“Perhaps after union members are released on bail following their arrests for occupying bridges and banks and, in the process, harming countless working people just trying to do their jobs, they might want to consider occupying the offices of amply compensated union leaders, including Gerard.”

http://news.webshots.com/photo/2327901430056011884fBXAfQ

Here are a few facts about the 7 largest unions in the United States:

National Education Association (NEA)
Federal campaign contributions last election cycle: 3.7 million
Percent to Democrats: 98%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $397,721

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Federal campaign contributions (2009-2010): $2 million
Percent to Democrats: 99.5%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $306,388

United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)
Federal campaign contributions (past two years): $1.9 million
Percent to Democrats: 99%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $360,737

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters)
Federal campaign contributions (past two years): 2.35 million
Percent to Democrats: 98%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $362,869

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Federal campaign contributions (past two years): 2.313 million
Percent to Democrats: 99.4%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $479,328

Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
Federal campaign contributions (past two years): $1.7 million
Percent to Democrats: 95%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $618,000

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Federal campaign contributions (past two years): $2.4 million
Percent to Democrats: 99.5%
Union President’s 2009 salary and benefits: $428,284

Political Affiliation of Americans

At the beginning and end of the time period during which the largest unions’ leaders were donating 95+% of all campaign contributions into Democrat coffers, Americans were more or less evenly divided between the two major parties.

January 2009: Democrat 51% vs. Republicans 41%

December 2010: Democrat 44% vs. Republicans 48%

(GALLUP: Includes leaners)

The money the unions donated to Democrats-Only was garnished from union workers’ wages. Union workers are Americans, not Democrats! I pity all the non-Leftist unionized workers whose hard-earned money is skimmed from their paychecks whether they like it or not, then used to help elect people they don’t want in office. (E.g., Todd Palin’s union used his dues to send “Sarah sucks” mailings to its members.)

There is an excellent website that keeps track of union abuses.

Two recent items I saw posted there:

Bad teachers are impossible to fire

The Albany Times Union has a must-read report today that demonstrates just how difficult it is to fire a misbehaving educator in New York state. How difficult? Teachers who were late 101 times, downloaded porn on their work computers, and beat students all remained on the job after a costly appeals process. The problem is so bad that many districts don’t even bring cases because of the cost.

Chicago bosses take multiple pensions

Bosses in the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) are set to receive benefits from two and even three pension funds upon retirement from their positions. This despite a state pension law that prohibits union members who receive city pensions from “receiving credit in any pension plan established by the local labor organization based on his employment by the organization.”

SOURCES:

http://patriotupdate.com/14294/obama-adviser-urges-militancy-in-nationwide-occupy-protests
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2011/11/02/union-chief-leo-gerard-resistance-movement-needed-seize-bridges-banks-
http://laborpains.org/
http://www.usw.org/
http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/03/03/2097/scores-union-leaders-earn-six-figure-salaries/
http://laborpains.org/2011/10/12/chicago-bosses-take-multiple-pensions/
http://laborpains.org/2011/10/24/bad-teachers-are-impossible-to-fire/
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Solving-puzzle-of-bad-teachers-2232004.php
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-12/news/ct-met-pensions-double-dip-20111012_1_pension-fund-union-pension-retirement

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THE SATURDAY GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

(but you already knew that)

TIRED OF CLASS WARFARE YET?

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/tired_of_class_warfare_yet.html

PROTESTER THROWS FIT IN McDONALDS WHEN HE CAN’T GET FREE FOOD

Surprisingly,it wasn’t Michael Moore

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/camper_mac_attack_IErwi9aOGMCPDdYJw2WcyI

MR. MAYOR,TEAR DOWN THOSE TENTS

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/282322/mr-mayor-tear-down-those-tents-editors

THIS IS TOO SICK TO COMMENT ON

OBAMA’S FAUX POPULISM

http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2011/11/04/barack-obamas-faux-populism/

WHITE HUT REJECTS SUBPOENA REQUEST FOR SOLYNDRA DOCUMENTS

In other news,cattle were discovered in Texas

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/wh-rejects-subpoena-request-solyndra-docs

SAW THIS @ IOTW AND COULDN’T RESIST

‘MAXI’ SHIELDS MOCKS ‘CHUBBY’ NEWT GINGRICH’S ‘BOGUS I.Q.’

Pot,meet kettle

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/11/05/mark-shields-mocks-chubby-newt-gingrichs-bogus-iq

PLUGHEAD: ‘WE REFUSE TO TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER ON JOB CREATION’

Why?Is ‘no’ too big a word for you to understand?

HBO TO CELEBRATE TILLER’S LIFE?

When I heard of his demise I felt as bad for him as I did the cattle we sent to slaughter–well,maybe not  THAT bad.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/hbo_to_celebrate_tillers_life.html

MICHAEL MOORE “OCCUPIES” DENVER

He’s got $50M and won’t give anybody a nickel.After all,a guy’s gotta eat…and eat…and eat

http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/04/michael-moore-occupies-denver-video/

THESE OCCUBAGGERS ARE SO CLASSY

OAKLAND MAYOR PRAISES PROTESTERS AFTER RIOTS COST THE CITY $1M

This pathetic glop of flesh looks like she just crawled out of a Chinatown opium den

ADMITTED LIBERAL HACK,ANDY ROONEY,ASSUMES ROOM TEMPERATURE

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/former-60-minutes-commentator-andy-rooney-dead-at-92/

TWO FLORIDA TEENS SUSPENDED FOR VIOLATING SCHOOL’S ‘NO HUGGING’ POLICY

Meanwhile,every high school has daycare so teen mothers can attend class–I’ve seen it.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/two-florida-teens-suspended-for-breaking-schools-no-hugging-policy/

OBAMA:BABY PRETTY,DADDY UGLY,MAMA HOT

THE OBAMA SCANDALS CONTINUE TO SIMMER

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/11/05/obama-scandals-continue-simmer/

NOT MUCH GOING ON…I’LL LEAVE YOU WITH PROOF THAT A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

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