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Manhandling Hostess, Big Labor
Costs 18,500 Workers Their Jobs

Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial

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Posted By:PageTurner, 11/17/2012 8:07:01 AM

Politics: Union intransigence and unrealistic expectations at Hostess Brands have forced the bakery to shut its doors permanently and throw 18,500 people out of work. So much for Big Labor caring about the little guy. A down economy and two restructurings in three years left Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Sno Balls, in dire fiscal straits. The company warned its workers, union and nonunion, to make concessions or everyone would go down in a liquidation. Instead, one union, the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International (BCTGM), imagined the company was bluffing and went on strike.

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Union parasites kill their Host(ess).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: engrpat, 11/17/2012 8:17:29 AM     (No. 9020167)

On the bright side the laid off workers will now get a "free" ObamaPhone with 250 monthly minutes. They can use the phone to look for even more government benefits.

If I remember correctly the 99 weeks of unemployment ends 1-1-13, if so they are in for a rude shock.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/17/2012 8:26:16 AM     (No. 9020177)

Someday, Union slugs (labor leaders) might realize actions have consequences.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: toodles3956, 11/17/2012 8:26:37 AM     (No. 9020179)

The union sure showed them!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Namma, 11/17/2012 8:28:44 AM     (No. 9020183)

hope those non working union members who follow thier labor bosses pay their union dues...after all, mr.trumpka has to get paid for his leadership...in the amount of $800,000 a year...while all the little union people are out of a job...
sad part is those little union members think mr.trumpka is doing all this leading, for them...ha

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Canesplitter, 11/17/2012 8:31:41 AM     (No. 9020185)

Black Knight:

"it´s only a flesh wound"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 11/17/2012 8:34:22 AM     (No. 9020191)

Of course the rank and file will hold their union leaders responsible for their epic fail bad judgement.

Right?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hamrman, 11/17/2012 8:34:37 AM     (No. 9020193)

Yeah unions are great!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rustycfc, 11/17/2012 8:37:50 AM     (No. 9020203)

The f---en unions are the cause of must of our problems.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/17/2012 8:40:45 AM     (No. 9020214)

And whatever became of James R. "Jimmy" Hoffa of White Lake, Michigan?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: raisedright2, 11/17/2012 8:44:04 AM     (No. 9020227)

My husband *was* a plant manager at the Hostess owned Merita bread plant in Rocky Mount, NC. I am stunned at all of the lies I have been reading over the past few days. A local union leader is quoted as saying the company took away their pension, when in reality, Hostess was no longer going to contribute to the pension. Hostess had been paying into pension funds of companies it no longer owned, and some it never did own. Food companies have a very slim profit margin as it is. The pension funding, and union wages, killed this company. To be fair, there had been poor management in the past as well, but those folks are gone.

Some employees did cross the picket line. My husband and I respect that, and our prayers are with them. They were the smart ones who did the right thing. Who strikes a company in bankruptcy? Idiots.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bobdog, 11/17/2012 8:53:05 AM     (No. 9020249)

Barring federal nationalization of the company, as currently circulating liberal petitions suggest, the Hostess story is over.

Time for the AFL-CIO to move onto the next story. This week, it´s either WalMart or a walkout by LAX airport employees on Black Friday.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 11/17/2012 8:57:28 AM     (No. 9020257)

Pride goeth before a cupcake fall.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 11/17/2012 8:57:32 AM     (No. 9020258)

Trumpka has a larger salary than the POTUS! He (Trumpka) makes $800,000 a year. I wish I made 10% of his salary

FTA:"When are unions going to start caring about real jobs and real workers?"

Answer: Never. It´s all about power to these union thugs like Trumpka - they only want the dues to continue. Well, Trmpka and his cronies pushed too hard, and now the dues of 18,500 workers or however many really are union workers at Hostess will dry up. Ha, ha, ha.

Poetic justice would be that some day Trumpka and his buddies will have to file bankruptcy. I have no sympathy for unions. They are long past being necessary for workers´ safety (which supposedly was the original intent of unions.)




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Reply 14 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/17/2012 8:57:34 AM     (No. 9020259)

Another union mess that they try to cover-up with Trumpka lies. Makes me shutter to think they intend to unionize 71 million Obamacare workers.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: trapper, 11/17/2012 8:58:02 AM     (No. 9020260)

Hey, Michelle couldn´t MAKE kids eat their broccoli, so she just got her black marxist union pals to kill the maker of the Twinkies she so despises. Coke and Pepsi better watch out.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 11/17/2012 9:00:30 AM     (No. 9020270)

American Airlines mechanics did the same thing, striking against a company in bankruptcy. So far, they are still employed, but it won´t be long now.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jimK1, 11/17/2012 9:00:53 AM     (No. 9020271)

The 18,500 should camp out on the lawn(s) of their illustrious union leaders and demand "stuff". Kind of like Occupy Union Leaders. Trumka has a lot of stuff I´m sure he´d be willing to share with his fellow communists. Forward, Comrade.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Guard SGT (ret), 11/17/2012 9:01:33 AM     (No. 9020272)

This is another fine disaster that Usurper Barry Soetoro did build.

I doubt Barry will ever take any credit for what he has done.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Travis Mcgee, 11/17/2012 9:07:40 AM     (No. 9020281)

$800,000 for demagoguing not a bad gig if you have no soul.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 11/17/2012 9:10:57 AM     (No. 9020290)

Substitute government for unions...

Substitute taxpayers for Hostess....

See our future.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Maybeth, 11/17/2012 9:14:10 AM     (No. 9020294)

Things are moving along nicely for Obama and his unions, as these evil white rich guys were forced to fall, leaving the unemployed ones behind them. Stay tuned, as this is just the first of many. The Obama plan calls for erasing the American Dream, which will be replaced with government obeisance
.... I wonder how many of these employees voted for Obama.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: offrope, 11/17/2012 9:21:07 AM     (No. 9020305)

At least they can celebrate their glorious victory over the evil corporation. /s

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Reply 23 - Posted by: strike3, 11/17/2012 9:22:12 AM     (No. 9020307)

Now that you mention it, GM union workers haven´t had a raise in a while. Come on, people, are you going to let that evil GM management keep food out of the mouths of your kids? Walk out and show ´em.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 11/17/2012 9:24:33 AM     (No. 9020310)

"Mr. Trumpka, Sir. Why don´t you and your union thugs buy the company?"

"Uh, you think we´re nuts. That wreck can´t make no profit. Have to pay too many bene..., er. Lousy management for too long."

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Pearson365, 11/17/2012 9:24:40 AM     (No. 9020311)

I think that our Twinkie President welcomed the shut down of Hostess. Sends a clear message to companies that unions are powerful enough to put them out of business, so you better give in. President Twinkie set the NLRB loose on Boeing over a new plant in right to work South Carolina. President T was ready to keep the plant and its 2,500 well paid workers from opening to appease the union. Unlike a Hostess Twinkie with white inside, President Twinkie has red filling oozing inside.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/17/2012 9:32:15 AM     (No. 9020323)

The union is telling members Obama will use taxpayer $$ to buy the company & give it to the union... like GM. Gov´t Ho-Ho´s...

In Lakeland FL a video showed a black Hostess worker well over 40 yrs old screaming at the slick union rep for screwing up. More members need to get mad.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: plumnellie, 11/17/2012 9:42:41 AM     (No. 9020348)

Read another article where Union leaders and some members are bragging about closing Hostess. They claim this will scare all corporate investors and make them do the bidding of unions. Is that not the most stupid, insane bit of spin? I agree with one thing..it will scare corporate investors and keep them from investing in union run states. Come on down to Mississippi and other Right to Work states. We love business and industry here.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: vesicant, 11/17/2012 9:43:50 AM     (No. 9020353)

I confidently bet that scumbama will issue an executive order forbidding companies from declaring bankruptcy during union strikes.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: FunOne, 11/17/2012 9:48:37 AM     (No. 9020361)

All of the traditional "steel mill towns" along the Monongalia and Allegheny rivers around Pittsburgh are populated with long term unemployed steelworkers today because the union told them their demands would be met. Towns filled with steelworkers with no factory to report to.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 11/17/2012 9:51:34 AM     (No. 9020370)

All together now brothers and sisters, let´s sing our union song " The Union makes us strong ".

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tennisbum, 11/17/2012 9:58:10 AM     (No. 9020383)

and of course all of these unions workers will not a problem finding work with their vast array of job skills.....what job skills you may ask...answer: NONE.

But when you buy the union lines then you´ll suffer the consequences unlike Trumka ( a round of golf today at the union country club followed by dinner with Zippy and Mooch followed by a serenade by Beyonce and Jay-Z) Life is good in the union world....err, unless you are a worker.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 11/17/2012 10:00:30 AM     (No. 9020387)

#10 - I´m so sorry your husband lost his job at Hostess. The 5,000 strikers lost another innocent 13,000 their jobs.

Hostess has some great brands. Let´s hope that another venture cap will buy their brands and move production to right to work states and hire non-union labor.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/17/2012 10:02:55 AM     (No. 9020396)

So the Teamsters officials actually warned the striking workers that Hostess´s financial status was so precarious, that the company´s position was NOT a bluff.

But the strikers ignored their own leaders´ information. Clearly these workers are Obama-voting fools, so I´m not surprised.

And look what they gave up: Jobs that paid "as much as $22 an hour ... plus medical benefits ... nine weeks of paid leave and a company pension." Not bad for unskilled work.

But there we have in a nutshell the reason our country has lost so many manufacturing jobs to other countries:
Our lazy, greedy, ignorant union workers.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: 51cruzer, 11/17/2012 10:07:24 AM     (No. 9020404)

them "chickens are come´n home to roost"

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Reply 35 - Posted by: spahrkl, 11/17/2012 10:22:51 AM     (No. 9020440)

some years back Schlitz had the same problem and the workers didn´t believe the plant would close shop. Schlitz kept their word and the plant closed.

You see, ignorance allows for the repetition
of stupid.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: krause, 11/17/2012 10:30:44 AM     (No. 9020454)

It would be interesting if Bain came in and rescued the company, and threw out the unions. Just desserts.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/17/2012 10:30:45 AM     (No. 9020455)

Union Ho Hos bite the big Ding Dong.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 11/17/2012 10:34:53 AM     (No. 9020462)

I think this is a conflated story of good ole fashioned capitalism at work on the one hand and greedy evil bastid labor unions simply making it happen a little sooner than it would have otherwise on the other.

I mean, who´s eating this stuff now? The folks made verklempt by childhood memories of eating Twinkies and Ding Dongs are the same people who now have to sort and load up their pill trays every morning with Lipitor and Avandia and Cardizem, et al. I haven´t had a Twinkie in 40 years, and it´s just not the sort of thing worth going Chick-Fil-A over.

There are gazillions of other options available in the supermarket now that moms can buy for their kids - and they are.

Capitalism put the Ding Dong on life support . . . the A-Effin-L & the See-I-Owe pulled the plug.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/17/2012 10:37:06 AM     (No. 9020467)

Fox reported this morning on some of the peculiar contract clauses. One was that a truck could not deliver twinkes and bread on the same run. That sort of thing is a leftover from the golden days of the 1940s.
I also suspect that the various union contracts contain strong successor clauses. that is, unless a bankruptcy judge nullifies the union contracts completely, whoever buys a part or all of Hostess is legally obligated to keep the contracts in place.
Finally, on Trumka´s pay - I suspect there is some hidden, deferred compensation tucked away for him. (The United Mineworkers constitution, by the way, requires that only a coal miner can be president of the UMWA. Trumka was never really a coal miner. His daddy got him a summer job in a mine while Trumka was in law school.)

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 11/17/2012 10:44:23 AM     (No. 9020485)

The 19,000 jobless workers have only themselves to blame: none of them would cross the picket lines even after they received an order to go back to work, and a plea from the Teamsters Union yet.

Comrade Joe Trumka and the dummy that heads up the Bakers´ Union apparently were clueless as to what being in Chapter 11 (reorganization in bankruptcy) actually signifies. It means there´s no money, you fools. It means that Hostess was already in the hole, and has no money to pay for extra goodies for workers. Now they´ll be going into Chapter 7 (liquidation). Nice work, workers of the world!

One really enjoyable thing about this is that the evil "Bain-type investors" were actually all big Democrats, headed up by Dem totem Dick Gephardt -- remember him?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: federale, 11/17/2012 10:44:46 AM     (No. 9020486)

With unemployment compensation, food stamps, medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, unearned income tax credit, etc., the laid-off Hostess employees will do quite well. They will also have plenty of time to sharpen their skiing, tennis, and golfing skills.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/17/2012 10:49:25 AM     (No. 9020495)

33, the Teamos warned the OTHER union members not to strike.They had actually seen the books and knew the corporation wasn´t lying. Their own people (drivers) did not join the strike. Didn´t matter - the bakers etc etc etc union called the strike anyway...

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Reply 43 - Posted by: pgvoisin, 11/17/2012 11:36:44 AM     (No. 9020575)

Big Labor is toxic to job creation.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 11/17/2012 11:41:08 AM     (No. 9020584)

Up to $22 an hour, nine paid weeks off and medical benefits.

Poof!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/17/2012 12:02:11 PM     (No. 9020628)

All other union employee`s who fall under the Trumpka Tower curtain can expect an increase in their dues next year to make up for the 18500 who lost their jobs. Unfortunately, the other fallout to this companies demise is taxpayers have to fork over millions in support for the laid off workers.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/17/2012 12:02:22 PM     (No. 9020629)

Second post apologies, but a needed legal clarification -
In the private sector, under Wagner/Taft Hartley Acts, if an employer claims to be unable to pay as much as the union wants, the unions have a right to go to federal court, to get an order requiring the employer to open up their books. The Teamsters looked at the books, and saw that the employer was being truthful. The other union must not have looked...
During baseball players association negotiations, back in the 1990s, George Steinbrenner, owner of the NY Yankees, but not even on the negotiating committee, said that the baseball owners could not afford to meet the demands of the players association.
The players association immediately went to federal court, and obtained an order for the owners to open their books. (The proud hispanic woman now on the U.S. supreme court issued the order.)
The dispute settled the next day. There are interesting accounting practices with professional sports teams, and there was no way the owners wanted to let the players association see those accounting practices.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 11/17/2012 1:02:34 PM     (No. 9020734)

No. 4, as with the communists in the unions some are more equal then others." Look for the union lable".

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Penney, 11/17/2012 1:25:48 PM     (No. 9020764)

Atlas Shrugged.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/17/2012 1:34:37 PM     (No. 9020775)

You made your own bed, now sleep in it.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: STLstudent, 11/17/2012 3:07:41 PM     (No. 9020900)

People, people, people... this is nothing. Expect much more of this in the coming years as the socialism the self-loathing white liberals, blacks, and Hispanics have supported becomes reality. Dear fools, wait until you fully see what you´ve created!

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/17/2012 3:51:18 PM     (No. 9020954)

Unions kill jobs.

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Hemisphere: Venezuela´s price and currency controls have wrought what they always wreak: monster shortages. And it stinks, literally, with toilet paper, diapers, soap and deodorant joining drugs on the list. That shutoff from global standards is what prevents willing buyers from acquiring goods from abroad, the source of 80% of Venezuela´s consumer staples. No foreign currency, no purchases. Further down the line, price controls have driven more shortages as costs to produce in an economy with a 56% inflation rate have made it impossible to turn a profit.

Mom can ´never repay´ couple who
used mattress to cushion boy´s fall
Los Angeles Times, by Jason Wells    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 3/19/2014 9:04:34 PM     Post Reply
The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was saved just as he tumbled out a third-story window in Burbank said she will "never be able to repay" the couple who cushioned his fall with a box spring mattress. Konrad Lightner and his wife, Jennifer, were carrying their box spring mattress out Sunday when they saw the toddler throw his leg over the window sill, his toys tossed to the ground below. "Once we saw that his leg was going over the window, Jenny called police," Konrad Lightner said in an interview with KTLA-TV. After the boy got out, he clung to a telephone wire outside the window, spurring a split-second decision by the



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Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants
come out of an ‘act of love’

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Washington Post, by By Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: Sanchin- 4/6/2014 7:45:12 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch.

Hillary Betrays Her Country
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Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
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Why does Hillary Clinton hate America? That is the question that should be on everyone’s mind as she embarks on a worldwide tour to plug her forthcoming memoir. Check out this THE POLITICO article [emphasis mine]: Hillary Clinton discussed her work at the State Department, called for young women not to take criticisms personally and rapped the media for treating powerful women with a double standard at the kickoff of “Women in the World” in New York City Thursday night. Clinton’s appearance on a panel with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, moderated by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, ran

Now Muslim parents are complaining
about flyers for Easter egg hunts

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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In Dearborn, Mich., home to over 40,000 Americans of Arab descent, some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The Muslim parents assert that the flyers – emblazoned with the word “Eggstravaganza!” – violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reports the Detroit Free Press. Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers. A large number of Muslim students attend the schools. The “Eggstravaganza!” is scheduled to take place on April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*

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Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

Back to Africa? For some African-
Americans, the answer is yes

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Christian Science Monitor, by Chris Stein    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 12:58:38 PM     Post Reply
Accra, Ghana — Jimmy Thorne says that relocating to Ghana is one of the best moves he’s ever made. It doesn’t matter if he, an African-American, gets called “obroni,” the local word for white person, in the streets, or if some of his family can’t quite figure out what he’s doing in this West African nation so far from his roots in North Carolina. (Snip) Whether motivated by love, money, or the desire to rekindle a long-lost connection, black repatriation to Africa remains alive and well, even if it never quite became the high-volume, emotional return to African roots

Romney’s return to public life stokes
speculation about potential 2016 run

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FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has sworn off running again for elected office, but Americans have certainly heard that one before. Speculation that Romney might run again has largely been stoked by the reunion he planned to host last month in Park City, Utah, for members of his 2012 campaign and debate team and a string of recent public appearances. He has appeared on TV news shows 12 times in the past six months. That’s essentially on pace with Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, who led all national politicians last year with 26 appearances over 12 months. Romney has

The artist formerly known as Cat
Stevens enters rock’s hall of fame

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Boston Globe (MA), by James Sullivan    Original Article
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“Morning has broken, like the first morning.” Whatever your faith, if you’ve got any at all, that’s pretty much what it boils down to. The sun comes up, and we give it another shot.(snip) Stevens converted to Islam in the late 1970s, and he angered a lot of fans when he appeared to support the fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie with comments he made in 1989. But for a kid in thrall to the kinetic power of the spinning records in his father’s hi-fi console, Stevens seemed to be living proof that popular music (he had 11 Top 40 hits in

Worth the wait! Reclusive movie
star Doris Day smiles and
waves to fans as she makes
rare public appearance on her
milestone 90th birthday

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DailyMail (U.K.), by Helen Zhao and Juliet Paylor    Original Article
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Reclusive movie star Doris Day greeted fans with a rare smile and a wave from her balcony on Thursday as she rang in her 90th birthday. The Oscar-nominee appeared in great spirits as she made the rather regal gesture from her home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, on California´s north coast - a quiet little enclave also home to Clint Eastwood - the first time she´s been seen in public since 2008. After opening up to Closer Weekly about her milestone birthday, revealing she´s still very much in demand, with scripts pouring in all the time, the silver-haired beauty appeared as sprightly as

7M enrolled doesn´t guarantee
health law´s success

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Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/5/2014 9:19:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama´s health care law, but that doesn´t guarantee success for the country´s newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling an enrollment process that was advertised as customer-friendly but turned out to be an ordeal. "They have demonstrated the law can work, but we are a ways off from being able to judge its success," said Larry Levitt, an expert on health insurance markets

The president takes the low road
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Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/6/2014 5:05:57 AM     Post Reply
The president gave two speeches this week, one in the Rose Garden to talk about Obamacare and one in Ann Arbor, Mich., to push minimum wage increases. What did we learn? We learned that President Obama is most comfortable in campaign mode, and his campaigning has gotten downright ugly. His Rose Garden speech was a typical self-congratulatory moment for supposedly hitting 7.1 million Obamacare sign-ups — although we know that once again, the White House is ignoring some inconvenient truths. We also learned that the president was vain enough to asked the networks to cover his speech in prime time, but

Female transgender student
suspended for using women’s bathroom

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New York Daily News, by Nicole Hensley    Original Article
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A female transgender student wants an apology from a North Carolina college for being detained by a security officer and sent home for using the women’s bathroom. The 22-year-old freshman, Andraya Williams, believes she was discriminated against during a March 19 incident at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. because of her looks. The freshman said she was leaving the restroom and going to her social studies class when a female officer stopped her and requested her student ID, according to a statement released by the Transgender Law Center. The officer then laughed while asking the student if

Matt Bevin defends going
to cockfighting rally

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Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY], by Joseph Gerth & James R. Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/6/2014 7:20:55 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin spent the week defending his decision last weekend to attend an event in Corbin, Ky., that most attendees knew was a rally to legalize cockfighting in Kentucky. Bevin has said he didn´t know it was a rally supporting cockfighting and thought it was a "state´s rights" rally. After ducking other calls for comment, Bevin went on WHAS radio´s "Terry Meiners Show" on Thursday to talk about the rally, cockfighting and other things. "I´ve never been to a cockfight, I don´t condone cockfighting, but here´s the thing: I´m not going to disparage people for exercising their First Amendment rights,"


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