Saturday, April 30, 2011
Islamic internet sites are being monitored by the BND - the German intelligence agency - after threats were posted about her "shaming Muslim womanhood" and "prostituting herself for money".
One poster on the Jihad Watch website wrote: "She needs to be very careful..." Another simply said: "She must pay."
A kebab shop owner, asked on German TV what he would do if Sila were his daughter, replied: "I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn't fit with my culture."
The Islamic Community of Germany has called for a boycott of Sila.
About three million Muslim immigrants live in Germany, which has seen numerous honour killings in recent years by fanatical husbands, fathers and brothers.
In 2009, an asylum seeker was sentenced to life after killing his "too independent" German wife.
One police intelligence officer said of Sila: "I think what she did was either very brave, or very stupid.She will be double-locking her door at night for a long time to come."
Wow, the German police were much braver back in the day when all they had to do was round up Jews and put them into cattle cars. I suppose if they want to learn courage, they can lear at the feet of Sila Sahin:
Sila, 25 - star of German soap Good Times, Bad Times - claimed the shoot was a reaction to the "slavery" of her youth.
She added: "What I want to say with these photos is, 'Girls, we don't have to live according to the rules imposed upon us'.
"For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation."
As with Veena Malik, I pray for her safety. Much like the American Left reacts with vicious outrage and unadulterated hatred any time one of "their own" - a black, a woman - leaves the Democratic plantation and becomes a Republican, Muslims fundamentalists know that if women throw off the veil and declare themselves to be beautiful, free, and worthy of admiration and respect, their entire system of misogynistic semi-slavery can come tumbling down. After all, what's the point of adhering to a 12th century religion if you can't even get a cowering, terrified, humiliated female to serve your every sick whim?
Veena and Sila may be the sparks that starts the rebellion among Muslim women, which will lead to a breaking off of strict Muslim men, who will shed their beards and remove their robes if that's what it takes to get the hot ladies. Sometimes faith is only (fore)skin deep.
In honor of her guts, we'll give Sila a photo spread of her own, just like we did for Veena. Muslims, feel free to shake your fist at your monitors in outrage, then just move your hands down south....
That's Sila on the left, Janini Uhse in the middle, and not sure about the hottie on the right. WARNINIG: The next shot is very NSFW, but....wow:
Friday, April 29, 2011
"We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”
The response to Barack Obama's ugly and slanderous slur was fast and furious:
"I am extremely upset by the reference," said Frank Zaitshik, who runs Wade Shows, a carnival business with over 100 amusement rides and attractions that entertains over 15 million people each year.
Zaitshik, a second generation carnival worker -- a term he prefers to the word "carny," which is used as a pejorative -- has spent much of his life battling negative stereotypes about his industry.
And as to be expected, Obama even got the terminology wrong. What an intellectual lightweight:
In fact, the correct term is "talker," according to Scott Baker, who has been doing this sort of work for 16 years, currently with the Coney Island Sideshow.
"Anyone who uses the term 'barker' is betraying their ignorance," Baker said. "You have 'inside talkers' and 'outside talkers,' and sometimes the term 'lecturer' is used. But the term 'barker' has never been used."
Baker said he has a bone to pick with people who use the term "carnival barker" and admitted to being shocked when the President singled out his industry.
"Our jaws did drop," Baker said. "This silliness has gone on for years, but, the fact is, we work very hard to create a great show. We pride ourselves in Class A entertainment."
And the final humiliation for the president: An job offer that seems to be a perfect match for his intellectual capabilities and warped worldview...
If Obama wants to make it up to Baker, he said he's got just the solution.
"I think the President should come see our show," he said. "We'll let him in for the kid's price. Maybe we can use his birth certificate as the 'blow-off,' which is the extra entertainment that's not officially part of the show...
Barack Obama as a sideshow freak? Wikipedia describes "blow-off" thusly:
The ten-in-one would often end in a "blowoff" or "ding," an extra act not advertised on the outside, which could be viewed for an additional fee. The blowoff act would be described provocatively, often as something deemed too strong for women and children,....
Congressman West knows why he, more than any freshman Representative from the class of 2010, must be defeated at all costs:
...Mr. West’s place in the Democratic crosshairs stems, he said, from the fact “that I scare the liberal establishment.”
“You’re looking at a black man who was brought up in the inner cities, career military, a conservative, married going on 22 two years, two beautiful daughters, and for whatever reason that really does scare them,” he said. “My theory is that for whatever reason I could cause others like me to reject these liberal social-welfare policies.”
His theory is spot-on. If other minorities see that you can flee the Democrat's plantation and survive, even thrive, hell, they might do the same thing. And without that constituency, the Democrats are out of business, now and forever.
So they do to West what any plantation boss would to an escaped slave: Mock him, deride him, but secretly hate him, and work tirelessly to either bring him back in chains, or bring him back dead, so that the message gets thru loud and clear to any other would-be defectors....
But even as he suggested that one controversy might be put to rest, Trump raised new questions Wednesday about Obama’s background.
“The word is, according to what I’ve read, is that he was a terrible student when he went Occidental. He then gets to Columbia. He then gets to Harvard,” Trump said. “I heard at Columbia he wasn’t a very good student. He then gets to Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you’re not a good student?”
Obama, a former constitutional law professor and the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, is widely recognized as an intellectual heavyweight...
By who, exactly? The folks who work at the Washington Post?
You would think that if a major newspaper would make this type of assertion in a news story, they would follow it up with anecdotal evidence of said subject's intellectual heft. But strangely enough, none is provided. The next sentences goes on to repeat Obama's proven falsehood (thank you, Jake Tapper) about the "birther" story dominating new coverage...
A sad trend amongst liberals is that when provided unassailable evidence that their pet theories do not work when applied to real life, their answer is not to reconsider their convictions, but to close their eyes, stamp their feet, plug their ears, and repeat their false assertions ad nausem, as if it will act as a magic talisman to bend reality to their demands.
Seems as if the Washington Post is now travelling down the same road...
Check out Granny at the :20 mark standing up and applauding the Ryan plan. Not quite the image the Democrats were trying to manufacture during the Easter recess, no matter how much co-operation they got from CNN and NBC:
To be fair, protesters have been seen on the outskirts of Paul Ryan's town halls:
Good luck with the faux outrage, guys. We've got the real thing, and in case you haven't noticed, it's pointed precisely in your direction...
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Starting with this report from Yahoo's painfully biased Ticket...note how they try to work the narrative in around the facts:
A new survey released Wednesday by Gallup shows that seniors favor Ryan's budget plan over the president's proposal. Forty-eight percent of Americans 65 and over surveyed said they support Ryan's plan, while 42 percent back the president's plan.....
But there has been much anecdotal evidence of displeasure specifically aimed at Ryan's Medicare reforms, which the Democrats have only recently begun to trump in the media. Based on an informal survey, the Arkansas News recently found the Medicare vote to be a liability for the GOP, and just yesterday, television cameras captured angry constituents at a town hall meeting with Republican Rep. Dan Webster of Florida.
At the Florida event, one attendee reportedly held a sign that read "keep your hands off my Medicare," and a woman screamed that the congressman voted to give corporations a tax cut "but take away Medicare for people like me," CNN reports.
Well, who needs facts when anecdotal evidence helps push the narrative? And why was CNN at this particular town hall meeting, out of the hundreds held across the country?
CNN noted that it was unclear how much of the negative reaction at Tuesday's town hall was "genuine" and how much was "ginned up" by Democratic organizers. The network said it chose to cover the Florida town hall after Democrats said they would be targeting the event...
So CNN was clued in by Democratic operatives that there was going to be a hell of a show at the Webster town hall. And despite admitting that the room was likely packed with ringers, they broadcast it anyway, in order to help produce the "anecdotal evidence" that the writer above needs to "prove" that despite the polls, people are really against the Ryan plan.
Disgusting, but not unexpected. Republicans had better speak out loud and clear about the fraud being perpetuated by radical leftists and their enablers in the media, or they will find themselves on the defensive once again, despite possessing what may be the last possible life preserver for the inhabitants of the good ship America, once strong and proud, now rapidly taking on water under an incompetent crew...
UPDATE: NBC's reporting isn't much better. While giving Ryan a fair hearing, they focus on boos and dissenters in the crowd, while finally mentioning at the end of the segment that "at many locations, Ryan received a standing ovation". Funny they didn't see fit to include any of that video in their report...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The Weekly Standard has a few details, and just enough analysis:
A White House official emails Ben Smith: "I am not going to argue the politics of doing this are good — they probably aren’t. Allowing the GOP primary to devolve into birther mania probably would be better, but the president felt strongly that this was bad for the country."
So in that statement the official reveals what was always apparent: Team Obama thought the "birther issue" was politically advantageous for them. By refusing to release the document, they gave the conspiracy theory just enough oxygen to keep it alive and make Republicans look crazy when asked about it by their constituents
Perhaps the Obama White House really concluded just now the issue is "bad for the country," but it's equally if not more plausible that, contrary to that White House official's statement, Obama finally concluded the issue is bad for Obama.
Yup. He is just so smart, isn't he? Feed the beast just enough, but never expect that one day it will bite your freakin' hand off. And when it happens, blame everyone around you, like the petulant little bitch that you are. Making a statement to the press after the release of the birth certificate, Obama came off poorly, again:
Saying “we’ve got bigger stuff to do,” the president said he was born in Hawaii. He indirectly called Trump a carnival barker. He said that we will not solve our serious problems if we’re distracted by side shows. He scolded the press and the public for asking about his birth certificate, talked about the debt (never taking responsibility for it) and scolded a bit more. And then he walked out, never taking a single question from the press.
...Obama may not have intended to look like he was surrendering, but that’s exactly how he looked today. He looked like he was giving in to pressure, against his will, and couldn’t be bothered to explain his actions leading up to today, or his actions that have made headlines today.
What a douche. Meanwhile, The Donald crowed like a rooster in a hen house, having become just the latest in a line of mediocrities to have p'wned the president. At least he knows how to use a press conference to his advantage:
Reacting to the news, Donald Trump is delivering one of the most unusual press conferences in political history, crowing that he’s honored that the president finally released the thing. He says he is “really honored and really proud” that Obama finally released the long form.
Trump then used the press conference to hammer the president for economic policy and the price of gas... A few questions later, Trump berates a reporter, asking him “Are you intelligent?” before explaining why he cannot announce his presidential run before the end of the current season of Celebrity Apprentice. Then Trump said something that is unarguably true.
Trump: “The press is very protective of President Obama. They’re not protective of me, but they’re protective of President Obama.” And then Trump went on to slam Obama’s academic record. So, expect a few weeks of this, and then perhaps we will finally see something from Barack Obama’s college records...
Let's hope. I'd love to see Obama's backers, whom still swoon over his every utterance, explain away his "C" average.
Meanwhile, it's come to this - the president sharing screen time with a TV reality star, who just happens to be more effective it getting to the truth and getting done:
Even with an offical long-form birth certificate, Obama has lost this round badly to the "birthers". If they're the crazy nincompoops that the media makes them out to be, and yet are able to bend the president to their will, well...what does that say about his mental capabilities,exactly?
Not to mention the media's....
Update: Feel the irony:
“We don’t have time for such silliness,” the President said this morning. And then he flew off to Chicago to be on The Oprah Winfrey Show....
And Chris Christie takes them to task for it, at a town hall in Hamilton, New Jersey. Via MoreMonmouthMusings, which has additional Christie video:
The National Black Chamber of Commerce has been around since 1992 and headed by one Harry Alford. (personally, I don't know why you even need a "Black Chamber", as business is business, but that's a whole other post). The problem with Harry is that he just won't march in goose-step with the Obama administration's brazenly anti-business policies.
Certainly, the fiery Alford has at times created headaches for Obama, and Democrats.
In July, 2009, he famously blasted California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer face-to-face in a congressional hearing. When Boxer attempted to offset his testimony against cap-and-trade legislation by highlighting the support of the NAACP, Alford said it was “condescending…you’re trying to put up some other black group to pit against me….I think it’s God-awful.” [video below]
A few months later, when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on “How are Minorities Faring in the Economic Downturn?” then-Democratic Chairman Edolphus Towns wanted Alford to testify, but the White House intervened, persuading Towns against it, Alford said. Instead, the panel’s top Republican, Darrell Issa, invited Alford.
Most recently, Alford has crusaded against the Obama administration’s strict regulations on for-profit colleges, teaming up with lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus to argue the regulations would disproportionately hurt black students of the schools.
It’s this issue, Alford and other sources close to the issue say, that has particularly rankled the Obama White House....
So what does Obama do? Find another black businessman, one who will support him mindlessly!
Ron Busby, a former small business owner and corporate executive, in 2010 officially launched the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc., an alliance of 80 black chambers of commerce across the country.
President Obama, the nation’s first African American president, has backed Busby, bringing him to the White House for bill signings and important speeches, and his staff even helping coin the new organization’s motto, “the national voice of the black business community.”
Meanwhile, the slights have left Alford – who voted for and donated to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign – fuming. He calls Obama’s move a calculated strategy to silence him.
“They’re afraid of me. They’re afraid of the Chamber. My work has a lot of credibility, and they’re afraid because I don’t dance to their music,” Alford said in an interview.
While it’s still unclear just how involved the White House has been in promoting Busby’s rival group, the evidence suggests it played a significant role.
Busby has been invited to the White House 23 times to Alford’s five, according to White House visitor logs, including a slew of meetings with top officials from the Office of Public Engagement, an office overseen by Valerie Jarrett.
Alford asks a rhetorical question:
For Alford, besides the bitter issue of an Obama-backed rival, there’s a deeper issue of how a supporter like him could find himself on skids for what he considers a few honest policy disagreements
Because, Mr. Alford, the president is a thug. Thugs don't have "honest disagreements" with their subordinates any more than Tony Soprano does. But if I may add in a dash of irony, Mr. Alford, you can be assured you are being treated no differently than Obama would treat a white man of similar stature. The only difference, of course, is if a Republicans replaced a black man for disagreeing with him and replaced him with a more amiable one, the media would be aflame with cries of "racism" and "house negro". But the media that once protected you now protects Obama, and they understand his thuggish demeanor better than most, and will abide by his plantation mentality as long as they can continue to eat in the manor house.
A final comment from Alford is worth repeating:
“I would have one-on-ones with George W. Bush. After Katrina, George W. Bush asked me, ‘what do you think?’ I said, ‘I think you’re doing a lousy job, but you can turn it around.’ Bush said ‘give me three weeks.’ And he did it,” Alford said.
So, black America, you got a black president. You also got $5-/gallon gas, unaffordable food, an aggregate unemployment rate 50% over the national average, as well as being denied the option of sending you kids to private schools. And if you complain about it, well...see what happened to nice Mr. Alford?
So how's it working out for you?
Want to see why Alford had to go? Watch him slap down Obama's West Coast bitch Barbara Boxer below:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It also seems that Coca-Cola, a major K&S client, was behind the pressure that persuaded K&S to drop DOMA. Well, actually, drop the House, since it was the client.
..... Has Coke ever weighed in on K&S’s free defense of terrorists, or any of K&S’s other clients? I’d really like for them to show their work if they deign to answer.
....when terrorists get preferential treatment over the American people’s representatives by one of the nation’s more important law firms, we have a serious problem on our hands. Does Coke think al Qaeda is a burgeoning market? What on earth are they thinking?
They aren't thinking, they are acting out of fear of the left. Certainly if Coke had a concern about K&S's client list, they would have made it clear when they were representing terrorists pro bono, right? No? Was it because the left wasn't screaming at them then? Or does Coke think the defense of American-killing terrorists is less offensive than the defense of a law that is on the books?
By forcing K&S out, they now have to answer the question. No answer is answer enough for me.
So I guess it's down to Royal Crown Cola. Hey, if it is good enough for Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, then it's good enough for me. As per one Homer J. Simpson in When You Dish Upon A Star:
Inside, the fans explore the RV museum.
Wiggum: Hey, it's Alec Baldwin's Medic Alert bracelet!
Homer: That's right, Mr. Tough Guy can't handle a little penicillin! Oh, and look at this! We can't even pay our bills, and they're drinking [mockingly] "Royal Crown Cola".
I'll take a RC, please. And the girl in this picture...she's a Met fan, to boot!
The president entered the White House intent on putting daylight between the United States and the Jewish state. He choose settlements as a wedge issue designed to split Netanyahu from the Israeli public and topple the government, in the process changing the widely understood interpretation of “settlement freeze” from “no expansion outside existing blocs” to “no Jewish construction over the Green Line even in Jerusalem.” Either Netanyahu would halt all construction and lose the Israeli right, the thinking went, or he would put himself on the wrong side of the United States president and lose the Israeli center. Satisfyingly clever.
Of course the administration’s reading of Israeli polling data was flat wrong, and even Israeli opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni insisted that Jerusalem was a consensus issue. The Israeli public rallied behind Netanyahu, while distrust in Obama and his reliability as an ally — a precondition to Israel taking risks for peace — skyrocketed.
Glass Joe" Obama would crumble before blows thrown by China, Russia, and even - sacre bleu! - France ( the geo-political equivalent to getting beat up by a little girl).
Omri Ceren at Commentary dissects this mess and is sickened by the goo:
Of course it’s difficult to know from the outside where exactly things went awry, and who was making up which anti-Israel pretexts. The administration’s foreign policy is a hodgepodge of institutionalized ideology and wishful thinking, with various factions all vying for the president’s ear and trying to be unwittingly wrong in their own special way.
I don't know, maybe it's that church he went to:
....And that’s before we get to the quotidian antipathy that many in the administration harbor toward the Israelis, an antipathy that apparently makes any anti-Israel reasoning — no matter how thin — seem like the height of sophistication...
Monday, April 25, 2011
In steps Jeff Keefe of Rutgers University. Keefe is famous for his many studies "proving" that public sector employees actually make less than their private sector equivalents. Keefe testified before the Assembly State Government Committee on Thursday, and made some eyebrow-raising remarks:
"There are some very predicable outcomes if you privatize," said Jeff Keefe, a professor in the School of Management and Labor Relations. "Many of these people will never work again. A number of them will commit suicide."
"We're going to do a lot of damage to people and their families - damage they won't recover from."
Keefe provides no evidence that laid-off union employees commit suicide, or that they do so at a higher rate than laid-off private sector employees. Furthermore, he appears to be belittling the intelligence and intestinal fortitude of the toll-takers as he seems to be claiming "this is it" for them in life - as if collecting tolls at a grossly inflated salary is the extent of these people's capabilities.
Yes, I know, shocking - a liberal elitist from a state university. Who'd a thunk it?
Now that his sanity has been called into question, one would believe that folks would take a second look at Keefe's hopelessly biased study - trumpeted by the SEIU, NPR, and liberal blogs - claiming that public sector union employees, like our $65K/year toll-takers, are in fact not overpaid. (A somber analysis of his work can be found here).
Seems to me as if Professor Keefe is resorting to a shopworn liberal debating trick - when the facts are all stacked against you, just abandon reason and logic and claim your opposition is attempting to murder the helpless, while you are their last, best hope (see Barack Obama's budgetary response to Paul Ryan for numerous examples of the technique).
Someone ought to tell out wacky professor that the empty rhetoric of the Left possesses none of its usual powers; and he must prove his argumentation with factual data or cease and desist the madness.
But don't worry, professor, I have faith in you. Unlike the toll-takers whom you disparage, I doubt you'll be committing hari-kari, not when there are so many people out there who so desperately need erroneous data-mining to fulfill their partisan agendas....
Hoping to save money by generating renewable energy from wind turbines instead of buying it from a power company, two Forked River farm owners had 120-foot turbines erected on their properties in December.
But by March 8, the turbines no longer were rotating. Three fiberglass blades ranging in weight from 265 to 290 pounds flew off the tower of the turbine at James Knoeller's Christmas Tree Farm on Carriage Road on March 2.
Cracks in the blades of an identical turbine tower at Argos Farms, operated by Spyro Martin, were discovered around the same time. Martin's turbine was shut down as a precaution.
The incidents prompted an investigation by the state Office of Clean Energy, which is freezing applications for its Renewable Energy Incentive Program wind project until officials know why the blades at Knoeller's farm came off....
Let's stop here for a moment. How soon do you think this moratorium on government-funded, Obama-approved, elitist-embraced energy will last? Fifteen minutes, perhaps? And as a contrast, how many permits have been issued for offshore drilling in the Gulf since the BP spill?
Yeah. One. But wait, the stupidity has only just begun:
Knoeller's 17-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, was working with horses near the tower when the blades flew off.
"One of them nearly hit her," Knoeller said. "The weather was fine. There were mild winds.
No blood for wind! And no more lies about the efficiency of "green energy"! Truth is...it sucks:
"The most disappointing aspect of this project prior to the blades falling off was the electric production was only 25 percent of what I was told I was going to get by Skylands Renewable Energy. The catastrophic blade failure was the last straw," Knoeller added.
Knoeller said his tower was to produce 66,000 kilowatts a year, which would have amounted to a savings of $14,000 to $15,000 from not having to purchase the power from a power company such as JCP&L. He said he is not satisfied with the safety of the tower or with the manufacturer.
But you're dealing with government cronies here, so here comes the bird:
Now, he wants the bladeless tower removed from his farm and his money refunded. Enertech and Skylands Renewable Energy, however, say Knoeller is not covered by the contract's warranty because he missed scheduled payments.
Enertech sales manager Dylan Jones said his company is taking responsibility for the problem, which he said was not a design flaw but a manufacturing issue. He added that there were no problems related to the towers' installation by Skylands.
Take responsibility, then pass it like a hot potato. Sounds like a certain president I know...
And while windmill blades are flying all over New Jersey in an attempt to decapitate the Innocent, other townships are taking precautions - by refusing to put up windmills at all. NIMBY-ism from liberals? No way! It would be so...hypocritical:
Residents who were worried about a 325-foot high industrial wind turbine dominating the skyline can breathe a sigh of relief now that the proposal to build it at the National Guard Training Center has been canceled.
Sea Girt Mayor Mark Clemmensen, who made the announcement Wednesday in a prepared release, said that "this was a project which was wrong for Sea Girt as well as our neighbors in Manasquan and Spring Lake."
"The governor called Mark and I up Tuesday to tell us the project was being terminated," Manasquan Mayor George Dempsey said.
"Environmentally, it (the wind turbine) is the right thing to do, but it was not being placed in the right location," said Dempsey
Right. Green energy, like taxes, are for other people. Just ask the Guru himself, Al Gore. And besides - it can kill you! Really!
Sea Girt and Manasquan residents also raised concerns about "wind turbine syndrome," which can cause nausea, insomnia and other health problems that some researchers say arise from the continuous whooshing sound made by turbine blades....
Ludicrous. Everyone knows that "Wind Turbine Syndrome" symptoms are the same as those seen in the general population due to stresses of daily life! Just ask the Wind Industry, who commissioned a study to prove it! Any type of symptoms at all can be blamed on...the media:
....the power of suggestion, as conveyed by news media coverage of perceived 'wind-turbine sickness', might have triggered "anticipatory fear" in those close to turbine installations....
And Chris Christie is getting into the act to, finally manning up (after months of heat from AFP, who are even bringing Democrats on board) and admitting he's thinking about pulling New Jersey out of the northeast's little cap & trade cartel:
New Jersey could become the next state to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”), a system in the northeast that environmentalists until recently pointed to as a cap-and-trade success story. Earlier this month, the New Hampshire state house voted to repeal its membership, and now Gov. Chris Christie is hinting at doing the same thing.
“Is there enough of a benefit to the state to keep it going, or is it too much of a detriment on business? And the thing I’m most concerned about is that it doesn’t seem to be working in the entire region,” said Christie. “The value of these credits is getting less and less as we continue to go further and further out, and so the value of the program is becoming less and less.”
"The value is less and less" Yup.. just ask Farmer Knoeller, the city of Manasquan, and New Jersey taxpayers, who get hit by a RGGI "tax" on their electric bills while gas creeps up to $4/gallon. "Green" has got you coming and going, and it adds no benefit to our lives, while costing us our hard-earned cash and distracting us from our true calling: Drilling for oil, on which this country sits on a sh*t-ton...
It's a fiasco. Just like anything the government tells us is "for our own good..."
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Whenever a business is bleeding, there’s often a union holding a bloody knife and a dazed “Who, me?” expression — like 6-year-old Michael Myers in “Halloween.
The unions are clueless. Unless murder is not a side effect, but the point of the exercise itself:
An AFTRA source who didn’t want to be identified says, “We’re certainly mindful of the challenges the industry faces,” although not mindful enough to back down on their main goal: “We want to increase pay and benefits for our members.”
Maybe renegotiating the daytime serials portion of the contract would have beaten layoffs. But from the unions’ perspective, any concession sets a dangerous precedent. If they take a hit on daytime, isn’t that an invitation to cut prime-time contracts? So unions will continue to shrug at reality and the marketplace will continue to punish them.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Because life is so much better now, with $5+/gallon gas, exponentially expanding food prices, an impotent job market and a debt load which is making ratings agencies quake.
But hey - remember those few months that the Dow slid under the Bush Administration? Sure, it was at the very end of his 8-year run, and sure, we were facing an unprecedented financial crisis, and sure, it looked (properly) to the markets that a radical socialist was going to take the helm of the United States, but hey - none of that is significant!
All that you need to know is...that it was George W. Bush's fault!
Reminds me of the recent Wonkette scandal...the fact that something this unbelievably stupid made it into the headline of a major metropolitan daily speaks more to the cocoon in which the editors who passed this live in, than the sheer malice of the unoriginal headline writer him/herself.
I gave up on this paper a while back, when they made America's worst sportswriter, Mike Lupica, into a feature columnist. It's why the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post are doing to the New York newspaper competition what FOX News is doing to their cable challengers...
Friday, April 22, 2011
"Oh, so Mother Nature needs a favor? Well, maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys. Nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she's losing? Well, I say, hard cheese!"
(A "recycled" post from 2009...)
He wasn't PC enough for Princeton.
A vicious campaign to end the unblemished 10-year career of a popular but often politically incorrect Princeton teacher left him so despondent that he took his own life, brokenhearted pals said yesterday.
Spanish teacher Antonio Calvo, 45 -- who stabbed himself to death in his Chelsea apartment on April 12 -- believed at least two graduate students and another lecturer were behind a poisonous political maneuver that robbed him of a contract renewal, two friends told The Post.
Calvo once raised his voice in a meeting with a female graduate student, who interpreted the confrontation as "aggressive behavior," the pal said.
Another incident apparently involved a grad student whom Calvo chided, "You're spending too much time touching your balls. Why don't you go to work?"
"It was interpreted as sexual harassment, but it's a common expression in Spanish," the pal said.
The New York Post titles its editorial Vengeful in Jersey:
New Jersey prosecutors, in a substan tial overreach, this week brought hate-crime charges against a former Rutgers student whose roommate killed himself after his gay encounter was secretly videostreamed.
Dharun Ravi was initially charged with invasion of privacy after his roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.
But because those charges likely would have resulted only in probation, there was enormous political pressure to upgrade the charges to a hate crime; public figures including celebrities and even President Obama spoke out on the case.
And this is why certain suicides are "hate crimes" and other suicides are simply unfortunate occurances:
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Steuf offered a half-hearted apology, which followed an even more half-hearted apology from his boss, Ken Layne. Read them if you can, they sound like even worse douchebags than you might imagine.
And here how Obama's "Labor Board" (remember Ayn Rand's "Unification Board" in "Atlas Shrugged"?) is actively working to put such trivialities as freedom of movement into the dustbin of American history - along with sound medical care, reasonably-priced gasoline, and a solvent government:
In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina.
In its complaint, the labor board said that Boeing’s decision to transfer a second production line for its new 787 Dreamliner passenger plane to South Carolina was motivated by an unlawful desire to retaliate against union workers for their past strikes in Washington and to discourage future strikes. The agency’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said it was illegal for companies to take actions in retaliation against workers for exercising the right to strike.....
It is highly unusual for the federal government to seek to reverse a corporate decision as important as the location of plant.
But ever since a Democratic majority took control of the five-member board after Mr. Obama’s election, the board has signaled that it would seek to adopt a more liberal, pro-union tilt after years of pro-employer decisions under President Bush.
When even the New York Times is hinting at an unprecedented political power grab, you know there is something more than a bit amiss. If an unelected government agency can refuse to allow companies to move based on political consideration for the party in power rather than financial considerations, than the economic collapse looming on the horizon will be at our doorsteps in time for Yule.