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Bloated Public Employee Unions

By Patty On March 2nd, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Bloated. Lazy. Overfed. And avoiding the consequences of last November’s election in Wisconsin with a childish protest -complete with drum circle – in the Wisconsin State Capitol building. The remaining 14 Democrats in the State Senate are “on the lam” hiding in an undisclosed location in another state.

This is a ridiculous situation and one that cannot last. Obama lectured us in 2008: “elections have consequences” and it is my hope that the public union stranglehold over the taxpayers’ purse will soon come to an end.

Is it fair that the State  deducts from every state employee union dues, which the Union bosses then put into the Union campaign war chest- electing politicians who in turn award the Unions and the Union bosses bigger and bettter benefit packages? Who represents the private taxpayer in this arrangement?

Public Unions negotiate against the taxpayer and negotiations are one-sided, and unfair. Democrats are elected thanks to taxpayer salaries and the deducted union dues; once elected, these Democrats reward unions with bigger and better benefits.


By Mike Cunningham On March 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

EgyptAir…………..58 large and medium sized Jet aircraft
Saudi Arabian Airways……….141 (and counting) large, very large and medium sized airliners

Kuwait ………………….18 large jet aircraft
Gulf Air (Bahrain)………..34 jet airliners. Plus lots and lots of Transport Aircraft
Why are we flying thousands of Egyptians from Tunisian border to Egypt? Don’t they care about their fellow Arabs?

Good Question!

By Mike Cunningham On March 2nd, 2011 at 3:26 pm


The question which should be asked is why the thugs are dragging journalists away, if all they are doing is photographing people walking up and down?

X-posted from Fire Pillage and Plague


By David Vance On March 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 am

Interested to read of the brewing storm between the Government and the Police;

Theresa May will today make an explosive pledge to cut police pay packages. The Home Secretary – who has been told to slash Home Office spending by a fifth – will say keeping officers on the frontline must come before pay and perks. She will commit the Government to the biggest overhaul of terms and conditions for a generation. The most likely target is overtime payments worth almost £400million a year. Housing and travel allowances will also come under the spotlight. There has been widespread criticism of so-called ‘Spanish practices’ in the police service. Last year five constables boosted their wages by £50,000 with overtime, figures from the Metropolitan Police showed

What the UK needs is effective front-line policing and all “spanish practises” need erased. Why should the public pay for expenses abuses? I’m afraid that decades of indulgence are no longer affordable in this age of austerity. Let us reward hard-working police officers but also end overtime culture, expenses indulgence and yes, gilt edged unaffordable pension provision.


By David Vance On March 2nd, 2011 at 9:46 am

Looks like the mad Colonel is not going down without a fight!

Forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are moving into rebel territory in the east, capturing an oil installation in the town of Brega. The BBC’s John Simpson in the nearby city of Ajdabiya says the 100-vehicle convoy is expected to head towards it, and an arms dump there has been bombed. The city’s defenders are in a high state of excitement and expecting an attack, our correspondent says.

How will this end? Could Ghadaffi retain control of part of Libya? Are the opposition trained and armed enough to counter his stormtroopers? The US seems determined NOT to get involved in any military sense based on the measly comments from Robert Gates so it looks like the Libyan rebels are on their own. Meanwhile the UN squeaks and makes its usual inanities even as its very own Human Rights Council contains…Libya.


By David Vance On March 1st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I note that Iranian security forces have fired teargas and clashed with anti-government protesters demonstrating against the treatment of opposition leaders.

Thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Tehran and other cities, chanting slogans against the government, Sahamnews reported. “Security forces and plainclothes agents fired teargas and clashed with demonstrators in Tehran to disperse them,” another opposition website Kaleme reported. “Protesters have formed groups in hundreds and are marching toward Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square.”

Anyone heard any comment from Obama? Mullahs – it’s time to go…..! Tear off your beards….



By David Vance On March 1st, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Wonder what our male and female readers make of the news that women face steeper car insurance premiums of up to 25pc and men lower pensions in light of the decision by the EU to ban using gender-based pricing for financial products?

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has ruled that using differences between men and women as a risk factor in setting premiums for car and medical insurance and pension schemes breaches EU rules on equality. “Taking the gender of the insured individual into account as a risk factor in insurance contracts constitutes discrimination,” the court said in a statement.

It ALSO constitutes common sense to benefit safer women young drivers but once again the rancid ECJ shows how detached from reality it has become. Can we not outlaw it? Discrimination is many circumstances is a good thing and in this case a false “equality” is being pursued by leftist judiciaries.


By David Vance On March 1st, 2011 at 9:56 am

I am sure readers will recall DUP leader Peter Robinson solemnly pledging “no more double jobbing”.

Like so much that Robinson says, it had no meaning;

The DUP has confirmed that MPs Sammy Wilson and Gregory Campbell will continue to “double job”, as it announced a 44-strong candidate list for the May 5 assembly elections,

Just another broken promise from the DUP. It’s what they do. The Party that gives us Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister and then postures as the Party to stop Martin McGuinness becoming First Minister has taken hypocrisy to a whole new rancid level.


By David Vance On March 1st, 2011 at 9:41 am

I was intrigued by this.

The government is to outline plans to stop direct development aid to 16 countries and freeze the level of assistance given to India. But some nations, such as Bangladesh, Nigeria and Pakistan will get more money, which the coalition says will be “better focused” on the poorest people.

Well, I don’t agree with that. I think the entire Foreign Aid budget should be cut drastically. However, that is not the point of this post. Because reading on, I then see that..

Labour says too much of the UK’s aid budget is being mis-spent.

Which party was in power for the previous 13 years when this mis-spend was happening? Which Party put in place the parameters which are now being at least re-assessed? The fact is that Labour is busy revising history, pretending it had nothing too do with all the waste and mis-spend it now criticises! That the BBC colludes with such delusionalism and revisionism is not suprising but Labour really will say and do anything to win electoral support.


By David Vance On March 1st, 2011 at 9:14 am

I suppose it is the inversion of the principle See No Evil , Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil. I refer to Iran’s claim that the UK 2012 Olympic logo is racist and spells ZION!!

London 2012 Logo Racist Zion

The logo received criticism when it was first unveiled four years ago by Lord Coe in 2007 but it is now being attacked by officials in Iran as being racist. A letter of complaint has been sent to Jacques Rogge, Head of the International Olympic Committee. In the letter, Mohammad Aliabadi, head of the National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic says that the logo is: ‘Definitely spawned out of some people’s racist spirit.’

The fevered racist imaginations belong to Mr Aliabadi who seems to see Zion under the bed, hardly suprising from this most disgusting anti-Semitic nation which should, of course, be banned from the Olympics.