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Suppose Generation Chuckie Cheese Did This in North Korea ?

The video is via Hot Air, with a snarkilicious intro:

Well, any Occupy ‘prank’ not involving human waste is at least a step in the right direction.

Everytime the Occupiers pull a stunt for the sake of not wanting to be ignored, I think of life in a North Korean prison camp. Well, for that matter, just life in North Korea. I think in the future, as the OWS spring training season heats up and their antics ramp down, I’m going to say, Suppose they did this in North Korea ? That way I can post silly OWS stories, roll my eyes and simply embed link wishing them all go occupy a real human tragedy.

There was torture, starvation, betrayals and executions, but to Shin In Geun, Camp 14 – a prison for the political enemies of North Korea – was home. Then one day came the chance to flee…

Warning, the content of the rest of the article may be graphic and disturbing to some, especially to OWS supporters, because they will still think America is more oppressive? In their minds…

Kudos to the UK’s Guardian for bringing the prison camp story to my attention. The U.S. media? Probably on the page after Doonesbury?

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Hot Air: Eureka! Congress blocks the incandescent light bulb ban

Or did they ? Catch the comments at Hot Air for hints….

Oh, and the bit about “reduces pollution”… how much pollution do you think will be generated by lightbulbs we can’t dispose of in landfills, and which require a hazmat team driving over to my house to clean up if they break?

Before I glow too much about this, though, let me add: The rider doesn’t actually repeal the ban; it just prevents the administration from spending any money to enforce the new light bulb standards. Still, at least we got something out of an 11th-hour spending deal that otherwise came up short.

via Tina Korbe

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Yes, You Should be Concerned About Union Thuggery!

Graphic: Freedom’s Phoenix

One of my favorite political playgrounds on the internet is The Conservative Cave community board, where I was embraced as a recovering liberal after BarryO’s election. After 4 years of slumming on Democratic Underwear-and-Daily Kossack Pinko areas, I honestly think Obama’s WTF 2012 started for me in 2008. I know I’m not alone. First came the PUMAs, then the Tea Party, the Good Dems escaped, especially from media lapdogs like Chris Matthews’ tingles and Keith Olbermann’s spittles. Life was good again. Conservatives are the heart and soul of America, the left, my “former” friends, are trying to destroy her.

Back to the CC community, and a gracious thanks to poster *5412* for allowing me to share his views on Unions, in full.

Enjoy the ride:

The true worth of anyone in the job market is based on a fundamental economic law, supply and demand. If there were another 100,000 heart surgeons in this country, it would be a lot less expensive. Like it or not, top professional athletes are paid a ton of money because there are very few of them that can perform at that level. If you want to earn a good living, go into a field where there is tremendous demand for what you do with little competition in the labor market, plain and simple.

In my lifetime I have gone from generally pro union to the opposite and here is why. In the early days unions struck for fair wages and good working conditions and indeed there was a real need to do so. Corporations basically controlled the labor market, many treated their workers shabbily and they got what they deserved. The good news is at least most all of the sweat shops in the US are long gone.

Now the unions basically did not stop, each and every contract they kept demanding more and more and the fool corporations gave it to them. GM, Ford and Chrysler at one time had almost 100% share of the US market and they felt as long as they all three paid basically the same wages, they could raise the prices of their cars and still compete on a level playing field with one another. The management of the big three took the easy path and made economic commitments they could not keep down the road, much like our government has made commitments they cannot keep. Well it took a couple of decades but soon foreign competition came in with much lower labor costs, and most of all lower pension, retirement and other costs. They made quality products and priced them a hair under the US products and pretty soon they had a good chunk of market share and making a ton of money in the process. I forget the exact figures but it was something like $2,000 of the cost of every GM automobile goes to pay benefits for non working union members; while Toyota pays something like $400. The ratio was huge and no matter how much you may not like it, American automakers just have a tough time competing.

Multiply that effect on most manufacturing companies in the US and pretty soon all the jobs started moving offshore. If one is a laborer in an auto plant, glass plant, plastics plant….etc. and there is a tremendous supply of foreign workers that can do the same job for a fraction of the salary that is paid in the US, like it or not the law of supply and demand will kick in and pretty soon there are no more jobs. Add the stupid government regulations, unrealistic environmental laws etc. and it is no wonder corporations are moving jobs offshore as fast as they can. You can blame the greedy corporations all you want but they are trying to survive in a worldwide competitive marketplace. The union leadership understood that but did not seem to care, they just kept demanding more and more until companies were forced to move jobs offshore.

Before I retired, I was a consultant having worked with 40 of the top 500 US corporations as well as a lot of other smaller companies. I lost count of the number of times I knew of where management gave the unions their best offer in a contract negotiations and meant it. The union leadership was shown the books, told if they did not take it they would be forced to do something they did not want to do, close up the plant and move offshore. The union called their bluff, the plants were closed and the jobs were lost forever. I knew of dozens, if not a hundred cases where that scenario took place. In most cases it was pretty clear, if the company agreed to the union demands they could not compete and would go bankrupt, or they spend millions to open plants somewhere else so they could stay in business. The union leadership sold out the rank and file time after time.

So what do we have left? We have a system where unions collect union dues, waaaay to much, then buy a political party, who gladly accepts their money so the individual politicians can stay in power. There was an analysis going around the internet that showed unions contributed something like $50 million to republicans in 2010 and $450 million to democrats. Ummmm, pardon me! All concerned, including the poor sap who is paying dues, would be better server if they took the entire $500 million and reduced everyone’s union dues. If the membership wants to contribute let them do so on their own. We would all be better off.

Wonder why it is that the states that have the highest % of union membership, and long standing democratic leadership, are the ones on top of the bankruptcy list? It cannot be just a coincidence.

Personally, as a conservative, I have little problem with the rank and file, heck I have been a member of a few unions myself over the years. My problem is the disconnect between their leadership and reality. As Andy Stern said, they will use the power of persuasion and if that does not work, then the persuasion of power. Umm, pardon me! What that means to me is screw the will of the majority, screw the rule of law, we are going to bully our way to get what we want and we see evidence of that in the state of Wisconsin.

Want an example. GM should have been allowed to file for bankruptcy. BO did not want that because then the union would have to negotiate in good faith. Instead they totally violated the law, screwed the bondholders and gave the company to the unions which was totally illegal. The bondholders were basically bullied into submission with government threats.

The Boeing situation is just the tip of the iceberg, a symptom of a much bigger problem. The unions own the democrat party to the point they are willing to break the law to pander to them for their campaign contributions so they can stay in power. That is a very dangerous situation, one that can easily lead to communism.

More Republicans should speak out loud…..and soon, like Gov. Nikki Haley

Don’t let the bullies win ! Thank you again *5412* for letting me share your thoughts 🙂

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Bill Maher: Ha, ha, not funny you a**hole

Is misogyny only allowed on the lefty comedy tours and/or HBO?

H/T Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey

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Kathy Griffin’s “mean girl” schtick backfires…..

From her backside….via SondraK

Hot Air has the story and video clip of Griffin making fat jokes about Bristol Palin.

…a short segment of VH1′s tribute to America’s fighting men and women. Former Levi Johnston confidante Kathy Griffin decided to entertain them by taking potshots at the mother of Johnston’s child, Bristol Palin, by calling her fat. The audience took a few potshots at Griffin in return…

Stay classy Kathy.

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N.O.W. Will You Please S.T.F.U.

Did ya’ll miss this memo? I think so, even if it’s so “whorey”…sigh…you all DEPLETE me 😦 In that “I didn’t abort a handicapped child and stayed with *my man* for 41 years” sort of way 🙂

Thanks to Hot Air your misogynist hypocrisy is duly noted:

Last week, the National Organization for Women and the PAC of the California NOW chapter took heat for their endorsement of state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) over Meg Whitman (R) in the gubernatorial race in the wake of comments by a Brown aide that Whitman was a “whore.” At the time, national NOW President Terry O’Neill said that anyone who “from here on” calls a woman a “whore” should be fired.
She might want to have a talk with California NOW President Parry [sic] Bellasalma, who today told TPM in response to a question that “Meg Whitman could be described as ‘a political whore.’ Yes, that’s an accurate statement.”

The New Agenda and Amy Siskind seems to “get it” and in a more kinder and gentler way.

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“The Last Best Hope”

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention…….

via Lori at Hot Air

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