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By Patty On March 3rd, 2011 at 3:22 pm

(Photo:  Union demonstrator  in the Wisconsin Capitol building.)

Just how bloated are the Public Employee Unions? This bloated:

“On the surface, the fight between the governor of Wisconsin and organized labor is about balancing state budgets and collective-bargaining rights. Behind the scenes, hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to top labor leaders as well as campaign contributions to Democrats could be in jeopardy.

Union treasuries – filled by dues paid by union members – not only fund programs benefiting union members and their families. The money they collect also pays six-figure compensation packages for labor leaders and provides millions of dollars for Democratic causes and candidates.

The Center for Public Integrity found compensation for leaders of the 10 largest unions ranged from $173,000 at the United Auto Workers to $618,000 at the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and almost $480,000 for the president of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. The latter is the target of GOP governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kansas.

The union reports, filed with the Department of Labor, list compensation for all union employees and officers. Salaries make up the biggest portion, but other benefits can include tens of thousands of dollars for meal allowances, mileage allowances and entertainment.”

HT: Hot Air

 

and the culprit is………

By Mike Cunningham On March 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

The Torso in the Thames
The Northern Bank robbery in Belfast
The death of Damilola Taylor
Might Mr. Pratchett’s £10,000.00 be better promised to further the investigations into one of these crimes, rather than the death of 31 Swans?

Calypso Louie The Good Friend Of Rev. Wright, Col. Gaddafi and a mentor to Barack Obama

By Patrick Van Roy On March 3rd, 2011 at 3:02 am

Tells it like it is AMEN BROTHER!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lGlfiBnJ-Pg

For those that don’t know The Mahdi, is the 12th Imam, and the Anti-Christ. He also had some other good things to say as he spoke to 18,000 followers in Barack’s beloved Chicago.

Lets see,

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Jews and Zionists are “trying to push the US into war” and are a cover for Satan, at the group’s annual meeting near Chicago on Tuesday.

President Obama,” Farrakhan said, “if you allow the Zionists to push you, to mount a military offensive against Gaddafi and you go in and kill him and his sons as you did with Saddam Hussein and his sons, I’m warning you this is a Libyan problem, let the Libyans solve their problem among themselves.” Farrakhan called Muammar Gaddafi “my brother” and “my friend.”

He also accused American Zionists of attempting to push Israel into war with Iran, adding that “Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system.”

One panel at the conference, titled “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” claimed that Jews were disproportionately involved in the slave trade and accused them of controlling the media.

“Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people,” Farrakhan said. “You’re stupid.  Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan?  My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again.”

Farrakhan is nutz, that doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous so are the rest of the worlds Islamist’s, and he the same them is a threat.

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.

libya

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

THE FAT BLUE LINE…

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.

GHADAFFI FIGHTS BACK…

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.

RAGE IN IRAN, SILENCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE…

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….

 

IN THE NAME OF EQUALITY…

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.