Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How a union sank a mom and pop company overnight

How a union sank a mom and pop company overnight:
"This is a sad story out of Connecticut brought to us this week by the Washington Free Beacon.
It involves J-Con Woodworking, located in Thomaston.
Hilary and Mark Converse own the business and it’s been in operation there for more than three decades. 
Now, however, the formerly successful operation is shuttered and the owners are left with nothing.
It happened in rapid fashion after eight union carpenters working for them decided to withdraw from the Carpenters Union. 
See the source imageThat triggered a demand for pension fund payments from the union which essentially bankrupted the family.
J-Con Woodworking in Thomaston, Conn., closed its doors after 34 years in operation in order to cover $633,667.80 in retirement and health benefits as part of a multiemployer pension system maintained by the Carpenters Union.
The mass payout was triggered after the company’s eight union carpenters decided to withdraw from the union in a unanimous vote, according to reporter Marc Fitch.
...Just as we’ve seen with public employee unions in Washington and around the nation, the culprit at the bottom of all this is the system of lucrative pension plans which the unions negotiate for. 
They promise the moon in terms of retirement plans and pension payments unavailable to most private-sector workers today, and the cost of these systems swells over the years until the pension costs devour the host they are feeding on. 
In the case of the Converse family, they had no say in whether or not their eight carpenters stayed in their union and the unions refuses to disclose how they arrived at the whopping figure of well over a half million dollars as being their “share” of the bill for the pension plan.
All of this happens with the blessing of both the state and federal government.
The unions have long been so fully in control of politics, primarily through the Democratic Party, that they’ve been able to write their own rules..."
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Venezuela's Socialist Hellscape, Captured in 28 Horrifying Headlines - The Liberty Review

Venezuela's Socialist Hellscape, Captured in 28 Horrifying Headlines - The Liberty Review:
See the source image"I wrote last year that Venezuela was entering the “fourth circle of statist hell.”
How else, after all, can you describe a government that is so venal and incompetent that it resorts to confiscating toys in an effort to strengthen its hold on power?
also wrote last year that Atlas was “shrugging” in Venezuela.
But shrugging may soon turn to shrugged. 
It’s hard to see how Maduro’s despotic regime can hold power much longer. 
Consider this collection of horrifying stories.
The Washington Post reported:
With inflation spiraling out of control, food and medicine supplies dwindling and violent crimes on the rise, women as young as 27 are seeking out surgeons to avoid unwanted pregnancies. A study by PLAFAM, the biggest family planning clinic in the country, estimates that about 23 percent more Venezuelan women are being sterilized today as compared to four years ago, said the clinic’s director, Enrique Abache. “The financial crisis is one of the main causes for this,” he explained. Years of government mismanagement have fueled what is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis in a country where infant mortality has almost doubled in recent years …mothers often spend whole days searching for milk powder or diapers.Those who can’t find them are simply forced to go without...
Read them all! 
...Let’s close with a video on the tragic situation in Venezuela.
I wonder if Bernie Sanders still thinks this is a system worth supporting?"
Republished from International Liberty.--Daniel J. Mitchell

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Mexican Nationals Meddled and Colluded in the 2016 Election

Mexican Nationals Meddled and Colluded in the 2016 Election:
"Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out the law clearly in his indictment of numerous Russian nationals and groups for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.
...Most importantly, perhaps, the Mueller investigation has established that meddling by foreign nationals in a U.S. election is real and problematic.  
This being so, the DOJ and FBI might want to turn their attention to the role Mexican nationals played in the 2016 election.  
They will not have to dig deep to find evidence.
A good place to start searching would be the audio the journalists of Project Veritas recorded in their undercover stings of the Hillary Clinton campaign. 
Image result for Project Veritas recorded in their undercover stings of the Hillary Clinton campaign.To make the search easier, James O'Keefe has documented many of these conversations in his new book, American Pravda.
..."Well, there are organizations out there," Creamer responded. 
He identified a fellow named Cesar Vargas as the best of the organizers. 
"This crew is spectacular at it," Creamer added. 
He explained that DREAMers have "a lot more legitimacy" because they are not specifically "operatives of the DNC or of the campaigns." 
Their presence at rallies, he believed, made for "good optics."
"So Hillary is aware of all the work that you guys do, I hope?" Allison asked.
"Oh yeah," said Creamer.  "Yes.  The campaign is fully in it."
...Here you have it. 
Organized groups of foreign nationals were actively colluding at the highest levels with the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and quite possibly the Obama White House.  
There is no mystery, no need to spend millions on high-priced lawyers.
Let the investigation begin."

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Rush Limbaugh Is More Progressive on Immigration Than Anyone on Capitol Hill. Seriously. - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Rush Limbaugh Is More Progressive on Immigration Than Anyone on Capitol Hill. Seriously. - Hit & Run : Reason.com:
"His amnesty proposal is the least draconian plan around right now-Shikha Dalmia
Image result for Rush LimbaughWho would have thunk it but when it comes to immigration, the king of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, might have become the most progressive voice in America today.
Limbaugh has done more than any human alive over the last two decades to kill any immigration bill that smacked of "amnesty."
Yet there was El Rushbo telling Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday that he would be willing to go along with permanent citizenship—not merely legal permanent residency, mind you—for "whatever number" of undocumented immigrants on one simple condition.
And what's this condition? 
Building a border wall?
Nope.
Enhancing border security by forcing taxpayers to spring for more boots on the ground and whiz-bang satellite surveillance etc?
Niyat.
Cuts in legal immigration?
No.
Banning amnesty recipients from voting for 15-25 years..."
That's it..."
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Q&A: Why the Transgender Movement Can't Sustain Itself

Q&A: Why the Transgender Movement Can't Sustain Itself:

Image result for flickr commons images Gay flag"That’s exactly right. There is a huge difference between people who struggle with their gender identity and people who are LGBT activists. Most people who suffer from gender dysphoria are not activists, and many of them reject the activists’ claims. Many of them may be regarded as victims of the activists, as I document in the book.

Many of those who feel distress over their bodily sex know that they aren’t really the opposite sex, and do not wish to “transition.” They wish to receive help in coming to identify with and accept their bodily self. They don’t think their feelings of gender dysphoria define reality."

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History for February 20

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History for February 20 - On-This-Day.com:
William Prescott 1726 - American Revolutionary soldier, known for the quote "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes.", Ansel Adams 1902 - Artist, Sidney Poitier 1927 - Actor ("Lilies of the Field", "To Sir With Love")
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Robert Altman 1925 - Director ("M*A*S*H"), Roger Penske 1937 - Race car owner/driver, Charles Barkley 1963 - Basketball player
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1792 - U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act that created the U.S. Post Office.
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1809 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.
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1872 - Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that manufactured paper bags.
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1962 - John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. Glenn witnessed the Devil's Cigarette Lighter while in flight.
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1987 - A bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.
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1993 - Two ten-year-old boys were charged by police in Liverpool, England, in the abduction and death of a toddler. The two boys were later convicted.
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1998 - American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
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2003 - In West Warwick, RI, 100 people were killed and more than 230 were injured when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Jack Russel's Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for the band, was one of the victims in the fire.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Maxine Waters Attended Farrakhan Speech | The Daily Caller

Image result for flickr commons images Maxine WatersMaxine Waters Attended Farrakhan Speech | The Daily Caller:

"Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the hate group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers."

The way we were-----Canned Heat - Going Up The Country

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A Photoshop Wizard is Trolling People Online and We Can't Get Enough of It | 22 Words

A Photoshop Wizard is Trolling People Online and We Can't Get Enough of It | 22 Words
"Photoshop really is a miracle program. 
Whether you're erasing wrinkles from models' faces or making yourself super tiny so you can ride a mouse, Photoshop is perfect for editing photos to your liking.
But it's not a skill that everyone has. 
If you're not a whiz with Photoshop, sometimes you have to ask for help. 
And that's where James Fridman enters. 
Fridman is more than a whiz with photo-editing. 
He's a veritable wizard. 
But he also has quite the sense of humor. 
And occasionally he takes people's requests for Photoshop help a little too literally. 
...But if you’re not proficient in the practice and still want to make your pictures a bit better, have no fear, as Photoshop wizard James Fridman will accept your request via Facebook and Twitterand do exactly what they ask for — literally..."
Lots here, read on!

Quick-Thinking JROTC Student Shielded Dozens with Kevlar Sheets During Florida High School Shooting | Tribunist

Quick-Thinking JROTC Student Shielded Dozens with Kevlar Sheets During Florida High School Shooting | Tribunist:
"When Colton Haab heard gunfire ring out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, the training he received during his Junior ROTC classes kicked in. 
The 17-year-old junior first led 60 to 70 students and faculty members to the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps room. 
Then, he had an idea that helped shield them from the attack.
Haab realized that the Kevlar sheets, usually used as part of the JROTC’s marksmanship program, could provide a barrier between the group and the gunman.
“We took those sheets,” said Haab during an interview with CNN, “and we put them in front of everybody so they weren’t seen because they were behind a solid object and the Kevlar would slow the bullet down.”
“I didn’t think it was going to stop it,” Haab added, “but it would definitely slow [the bullets] down to make it from a catastrophic to a lifesaving thing.”...
Read more about this hero!

General Flynn Should WITHDRAW Guilty Plea | The Daily Caller

General Flynn Should WITHDRAW Guilty Plea | The Daily Caller:

Image result for Flicker Commons Images General Michael Flynn"Extraordinary manipulation by powerful people led to the creation of Robert Mueller’s continuing investigation and prosecution of General Michael Flynn. Notably, the recent postponement of General Flynn’s sentencing provides an opportunity for more evidence to be revealed that will provide massive ammunition for a motion to withdraw Flynn’s guilty plea and dismiss the charges against him.

It was Judge Rudolph Contreras who accepted General Flynn’s guilty plea, but he suddenly was recused from the case."

FBI: Over Four Times More People Stabbed to Death Than Killed with Rifles of Any Kind | Breitbart

FBI: Over Four Times More People Stabbed to Death Than Killed with Rifles of Any Kind | Breitbart
"The FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2016 shows more than four times as many people were stabbed to death than were killed with rifles of any kind.
And because the category of rifles covers every type of rifle, this means there would be an even greater divide between the number of people stabbed to death versus those shot to death with an AR-15 or similar rifle.
According to FBI: UCR Table 12, there were approximately 374 people shot and killed with rifles of any kind. 
There were 1,604 people killed with “knives or cutting instruments.”
Table 12 also shows that more people were killed via the use of “hands, fists, feet, etc.,” than were killed by rifles of any kind. 
In fact, the tally shows that the death numbers were not even close. 
While approximately 374 people were shot and killed with rifles, roughly 656 people were beaten to death with “hands, fists, feet, etc.”...
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From 2016. Things are worse today. Much worse!-----Public Pensions: Underfunded and Unaffordable - Americans for Prosperity

Public Pensions: Underfunded and Unaffordable - Americans for Prosperity
"Is your state’s pension program in trouble? 
...According to ALEC, Wisconsin has the best funded pension ratio rate in the nation at 63.4 percent. Funding ratio refers to the percentage of the pension fund that has been funded. 
Image result for pension tsunami...Kentucky has the second worst pension in the country. 
...New Jersey is guilty of similar behavior. 
Today, the state faces $235.5 billion in unfunded liabilities and a pension with a funding ratio of just 26.9 percent. 
New Jersey ranks forty seventh in pension funding on ALECs rankings. 
The teacher pension fund will run out in 2027, the state police and government workers’ pension funds will follow in 2033. 
...The federal government took notice, and the S.E.C. settled a securities fraud suit in 2010, issuing the New Jersey government a “cease and desist” order.
Michigan finds itself in a similar situation with $156.9 billion in unfunded liabilities. 
The ALEC report ranks Michigan’s pension funding ratio of 27.5 percent one spot above New Jersey on the list. 
Increased benefits, longer life expectancy and underfunding rendered the pension system insolvent despite key reforms in 1996..."
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Lunch video-----Right Angle: A Real Black Panther

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Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele? | Law & Crime

Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele? | Law & Crime:

Image result for Flicker Commons Images Robert Mueller "Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission. By that theory, when will Mueller indict Christopher Steele, FusionGPS, PerkinsCoie, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign? Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian trolls claimed their social media political activity was criminal because:"


How NBC Flubbed Its Coverage, Reported The Wrong Gold Medalist, Then Botched The Correction Of One Of The Most Stunning Upsets In Olympic History

How NBC Flubbed Its Coverage, Reported The Wrong Gold Medalist, Then Botched The Correction Of One Of The Most Stunning Upsets In Olympic History:
"...Ledeck√° wasn’t the only one surprised by the outcome.
By the time Ledecka finished her miracle run—one, it turns out, she accomplished thanks to her lack of experience in the event, leading her to take a faster but unorthodox line on the course—NBC had long crowned Veith the gold medalist and had switched coverage to a simulcast of NBC Sports Network’s men’s figure skating free skate broadcast.
Dan Hicks pronounced Veith the gold medalist no fewer than five times, with worthless (and incredibly robotic) analyst Bode Miller at no point interrupting to note that there were still 25—twenty-five!—skiers left to compete. 
Only a throwaway “the last skier down with any chance at the podium” at the end of Cornella Huetter’s run suggested that the event wasn’t even halfway through.
...NBC didn’t even cut to figure skating right away; after a commercial break, they returned to interview Lindsey Vonn about her disappointing performance.
See the source imageVonn told NBC she was happy to have finished fifth, not fourth; she actually finished sixth!
Hicks iterated Veith “ended up on top” as Miller commentated a replay of the Austrian’s would-be gold-medal performance, followed by yet another pronouncement by Hicks of the final podium standings.
Ledeck√° was literally on the course at the time Hicks threw to the commercial break with the words, “Anna Veith still can’t believe it: she’s a gold medalist again.”...
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#1 Movie this week 1963-----Groundhog Day Trailer HD

STUNNING: Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article

STUNNING: Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article
"...Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger on Friday in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process during the 2016 election and following Donald Trump’s victory...
...But this information is nothing new.

It appears Mueller and his team of far left attorneys copied much of their report from an earlier RFE article.

4chan has a thread alleging Robert Mueller and his high-priced sham investigators got all the names and the idea for his Russian indictment from a 2015 Radio Free Europe article.

We plugged the article into Google translate (It’s in Ukrainian), and the article reads like the Mueller indictment.

Here is the Mueller indictment describing the Internet Research Agency LLC:
And here is the RFE article from 2015:
For the third year, first in St. Petersburg, in the village of Ol’hina, and then in the city itself, on the street Savushkina, in the building number 55 there is a mysterious organization, which is officially called the Limited Liability Company Internet Research, and unofficially nicknamed by its employees, the so-called “Kremlin trolls”, “the Ministry of Truth” .
The official founder and director general of this organization is the retired militia colonel Mikhail Bystrov , and is funded by the Concord holding, headed by friend and chef of President Vladimir Putin Yevgeny Prigozhin . Since 2000, this holding organizes banquets in the Kremlin, as well as cooperates with “Vointorg” and the Ministry of Defense.
In the “Trust Ministry”, approximately 400 people, who change one at a time for 12 hours, sit around the computer around the clock and write in blogs – mostly in “Live Journal” or “VKontakte”. There are several departments. In one they are engaged in the blogosphere, in another they are preparing TK – technical tasks, in the third one – they comment on the news in Russian and foreign media , in the fourth – mount photos in the photoshop, forcing, say, heads of Navalny and Obama to the bodies of animals, and so on.

The article even has a photo of the Ministry of Justice headquarters on Savushkin Street in St. Petersburg–

It appears the hotshot liberal Mueller team produced their report with the help of a report written back in 2015.
And there’s this…
The Russian ads mentioned in Mueller’s indictment were already released by the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017...

...Mueller’s Friday indictment was a nothing-burger that contained information previously reported.

They have nothing.

#1 this day 1967-----Kind of a Drag - The Buckinghams

Greg Gutfeld: How To Stop Mass Shootings Without Gutting the 2nd Amendment - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Greg Gutfeld: How To Stop Mass Shootings Without Gutting the 2nd Amendment - Hit & Run : Reason.com:
"Last night on his compulsively watchable weekly show, Fox News' Greg Gutfeld laid out an interesting set of ideas on how to stop mass shootings, especially at schools. 
Take a listen to his brief monologue:
See the source imageGreg's opening monologue. pic.twitter.com/c8QDxj5w2l — Greg Gutfeld Show (@GregGutfeldShow) February 18, 2018
 His points include:
  1. Harden soft targets with security and training. Gutfeld notes that this is already being done by a wide swatch of business, entertainment, and political figures, plus many companies and organizations.
  2. ...
  3. ...
  4.  Re-examine the media's role. "If you look at [mass-shooting] killers, you'll find an interest in those who came before them." Gutfeld argues that the media should not report the names of mass shooters or show their pictures as a way of tamping down such incidents. "We advertise infamy," which he says has an impact.
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Here's The Truth About Trump Revoking Gun Checks On The 'Mentally Ill' | Daily Wire

Here's The Truth About Trump Revoking Gun Checks On The 'Mentally Ill' | Daily Wire:

Image result for Flicker Commons Images 2nd Amendment of the Constitution"In the wake of the tragic South Florida school shooting that left at least 17 people dead, Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have been pushing for a crackdown on Second Amendment rights, which they often strategically refer to as "gun safety legislation."

While pushing such rash, broad and frequently unspecified "gun laws," leftists have slammed President Donald Trump for eliminating a proposed Obama-era regulation which allegedly stopped the "mentally ill" from legally obtaining firearms.

See genius CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's tweet for a perfect example:"


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History for February 19

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History for February 19 - On-This-Day.com:
Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikolaj Kopernick) 1473 - Polish astronomer, known for the Copernican theory: the sun is the center of our universe, Carson McCullers 1917 - Author ("The Member of the Wedding", "Reflections in a Golden Eye"), Lee Marvin 1924 - Actor ("The Caine Mutiny", "The Dirty Dozen", "Delta Force")
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Smokey Robinson 1940 - Singer (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles), Jeff Daniels 1955 - Actor ("The Purple Rose of Cairo", "Terms of Endearment"), Benicio Del Toro 1967 - Actor
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1846 - The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.
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1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph).
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1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
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1942 - Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.
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1945 - During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
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1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.
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1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.
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1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking publice service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired.
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