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Twinkies bakers say they´d
rather lose jobs than take pay cuts

Reuters, by Carey Gillam and Martinne Geller

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 11/22/2012 9:07:27 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo./NEW YORK - Enough is enough, say bakery workers at Hostess Brands Inc. After several years of costly concessions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) authorized a walk-out earlier this month after Hostess received bankruptcy court approval to implement a wage cut that was not included in its contract. (Snip) "I really can´t afford to not be working, but this is not worth it. I´d rather go work somewhere else or draw unemployment," said Johnson, a worker at Hostess for 23 years. With 18,500 workers, Hostess has 12 different unions

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[With Peter Rudegeair]
In case you felt sorry for the ones who went on strike...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: msts, 11/22/2012 9:11:05 AM     (No. 9029059)

One more example of the late M Freidman´s question, "Is it better to be employed for $20 or unemployed at$30?".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq, 11/22/2012 9:11:51 AM     (No. 9029060)

I wouldn´t want the BCTRIUM union making bread anyway.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Northcross, 11/22/2012 9:13:43 AM     (No. 9029063)

How did they determine this? A broad survey, or just two reporters finding a few people to match the story they wanted to write?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: squid, 11/22/2012 9:14:31 AM     (No. 9029065)

I have forgotten, what is the current length of government unemployment support? 1 1/2 years, 2 years, what?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 11/22/2012 9:20:31 AM     (No. 9029078)

Selfish pigs. If they were unhappy with their compensation package, they could find another job. Instead, they threw 18,000 of their coworkers out of their jobs.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 11/22/2012 9:24:56 AM     (No. 9029090)

FTA, ". I´d rather go work somewhere else or draw unemployment," Sums up the Obambi new normal. Americans are now more interested in being cradle to grave infants completely cared for by a benevolent goobernment.
We are doomed with cretins like this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Libertygal, 11/22/2012 9:24:57 AM     (No. 9029091)

This just says it all, doesn´t it? Not only do you choose to go on the government teat, you think you have the right to drag several thousands of others whom may disagree with you, down as well. Got to love that mindset. If I can´t have it my way, instead of finding another job, I will screw everyone I can inmy misery. A true progressive. If I am miserable, then so will be you. I am sure all those involved would love to send personal thanks to you, on this Thanksgiving Day, please, do tell us your name?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Griz70, 11/22/2012 9:30:33 AM     (No. 9029098)

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we are losing this country.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rob_NC, 11/22/2012 9:33:30 AM     (No. 9029104)

...utterly amazing ...a baker is probably at the top pf the chain ...but what about the others ....esp.in this economy ...dumb move!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MMC, 11/22/2012 9:37:16 AM     (No. 9029112)

I am sure the Baker´s spouse had other thoughts....




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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 11/22/2012 9:40:04 AM     (No. 9029115)

OK - - that´s 18,500 more 0bamaphones.

Wouldn´t you like to have the contract for THAT nice piece of business?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 11/22/2012 9:40:35 AM     (No. 9029117)

Your proposal is accepted.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: annapolis2010dad, 11/22/2012 9:45:52 AM     (No. 9029124)

The line from the movie Forrest Gump seems to fit these clowns, "Stupid is as stupid does!"

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Reply 14 - Posted by: uno, 11/22/2012 9:48:00 AM     (No. 9029130)

I would hazard a guess that the 18,500 employee number could be whittled down to about 5000 highly motivated, productive, non-union, better paid employees. It happens all the time when you carve the union out of the equation.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Peterieck, 11/22/2012 9:53:00 AM     (No. 9029139)

OK then! Years ago, I was fired. Cocky, I thought, "Great, now I can build my deck, between job interviews." Well, a few months in, my perspective changed. I don´t know how many jobs are out there for a Twinkie filler, but be certain, several months from now, these people will be looking at their union bosses (flush and employed) in a new light!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: peebster, 11/22/2012 9:53:57 AM     (No. 9029143)

...I heard one of the union people interviewed on the radio, and he cited bloated salaries of exeds and mis-management (of course) for the company´s demise. If they are so all-fired sure that´s the problem, then I propose that the union and it´s employees buy the company and run it. Give the execs the same pay as the line workers, make no profit, etc, and see how that works for you...it would a grand example...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 11/22/2012 10:11:20 AM     (No. 9029170)

Now that never ending unemployment seems to be a constitutional right, who needs a job ?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/22/2012 10:21:38 AM     (No. 9029205)

These people are ignorant, arrogant, greedy pigs. I would not want to eat anything they made anyway. Disgusting people.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MDConservative, 11/22/2012 10:26:16 AM     (No. 9029209)

So the Teamsters are tossed under the bus...someone may be getting fitted for cement shoes before long. As for "bakers"...these clowns are equipment operators and ingredient hopper fillers...they couldn´t make refrigerator chocolate cookies given an oven of their own. Any baking skill was taken out of these jobs years ago.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 11/22/2012 10:27:33 AM     (No. 9029211)

And so you shall.....

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 11/22/2012 10:28:00 AM     (No. 9029213)

And how do the 13,000 or so non-Bakers feel about the Bakers killing off their jobs just in time for the holidays? Happy Thanksgiving, guys, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 11/22/2012 10:29:40 AM     (No. 9029216)

Stuck On Stupid!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Davids918, 11/22/2012 10:46:05 AM     (No. 9029246)

The company was in bankrupcy court, and the teamsters accepted the deal offered, so only 1 small union group decided the fate of all the other 18,000 employees.

Good luck finding another union job processing grain or hops.

I´m sure there are plenty in your town.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 11/22/2012 10:52:38 AM     (No. 9029262)

12 unions!! No wonder the company went under. Like ticks on a dog.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 11/22/2012 10:59:50 AM     (No. 9029278)

Too bad they couldn´t of just fired the assclown bakers instead of everybody who worked there...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: ocjim, 11/22/2012 11:02:12 AM     (No. 9029282)

FTA: ´´I´d rather go work somewhere else or draw unemployment,´´ said Johnson, a worker at Hostess for 23 years.

Generous unemployment insurance is a boat anchor on our economy. Obama´s lovin´ it as he doubles down on dependence at every opportunity. He is the pusher man when it comes to hooking us entitlements and on decreasing the American work ethic.
Conservatives and free marketers have an enormous public education challenge ahead of them.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mamafrog, 11/22/2012 11:04:43 AM     (No. 9029292)

Way too many groups capable of killing off this company. I doubt the factories will be closed long, most of the workers will be back doing the exact same job in a couple of months with different owners operating the factories. I do doubt they will hire the same executives who could not figure out a way to manage the company.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: strike3, 11/22/2012 11:05:36 AM     (No. 9029293)

You´re getting your wish, idiots. We´ll check back with you when the unemployment checks stop.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Safari Man, 11/22/2012 11:07:19 AM     (No. 9029300)

Why not? We have a safety net that is more like a hammock.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: ocjim, 11/22/2012 11:08:19 AM     (No. 9029305)

And I liked another poster´s observation that the title ´´Baker´´ today means knowing where to find the ´´On´´ button on the fully automated Twinkie Mix, Bake and Ship machine.
Ridiculous situation. America´s being had by these desperate, thug unions wherever they connive still cling to power. They need to be gone.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/22/2012 11:08:23 AM     (No. 9029306)

We are not given the data, that is, the wages these employees were making and the benefits they received. We are creating opinions without sufficient information. I expect that
the employees feel they can do better on unemployment, food stamps, and other government benefits.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: GLS2, 11/22/2012 11:11:56 AM     (No. 9029315)

Go on strike, forfeit unemployment.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 11/22/2012 11:16:15 AM     (No. 9029325)

Hostess should have pulled the plug in the first bankruptcy rather than continue to support 12 unions. I can´t see how 12 different unions could be involved with the production of bread and sweets. For once the Teamsters Union showed some smarts, but too late.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/22/2012 11:27:10 AM     (No. 9029348)

#28: You´re getting your wish, idiots. We´ll check back with you when the unemployment checks stop.

That´s when he´ll go on disability.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 11/22/2012 11:37:13 AM     (No. 9029363)

not to worry depending which state they lieve ,they will get more money and "things" then when they" worked.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: johnny45, 11/22/2012 12:03:11 PM     (No. 9029407)

Before we condemn all of these employees, I would like to know how management has treated them. I bet that it hasn´t been good.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: mort, 11/22/2012 12:08:39 PM     (No. 9029419)

Just fixing number 8´s response:

"This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we lost this country."

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/22/2012 12:09:37 PM     (No. 9029424)

As it is written, so shall it be.

Imagine their shock when they discover their Union management has been pilfering the funds over the years and there´s no money left for them to live on... as promised?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/22/2012 12:23:40 PM     (No. 9029443)

You figure if one takes advantage of all the government run social benefit and welfare programs, they probably add up to about $45,000.00. So why get up really early every morning to bake bread and twinkies and be paid about $35,000.00? You can see why a lot of people chose to vote for Obama to preserve those benefit and welfare programs.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/22/2012 12:32:53 PM     (No. 9029462)

A couple of people asked my question, how do you end up with 12 unions for making bread and pastry?

And management is on top of that, another set of skills.

IMO Hostess was headed for the ditch.

I´ll make a rough, very rough, estimate now:

Suppose the bakers had accepted an 8% cut.; 8% for 30% of the workers. And that wages are 40% of company costs. So Hostess would cut costs roughly 1%.

Do you think 1% would have saved Hostess? I don´t.


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Reply 41 - Posted by: Passion, 11/22/2012 12:57:56 PM     (No. 9029494)

#40 you don´t understand. That 8% was for all 40% of the overhead - in other words - 3.2% right off the top. Yes, that could indeed mean the difference for a company dealing in 1-5% margins.



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Reply 42 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/22/2012 1:10:48 PM     (No. 9029507)

I heard Hostess is getting tons of buyout offers. I´m keeping my fingers crossed that the new owner(s) are US conservatives.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/22/2012 1:23:58 PM     (No. 9029521)

Look on the bright side. There will be 18500 fewer people stampeding into Walmart, Target and Best Buys tomorrow.....

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Reply 44 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/22/2012 1:25:50 PM     (No. 9029523)

#41 Your point taken. I didn´t realize it was to be a package deal, a cut for all 18,000 workers.

Or, other than wages, what overhead cuts? If management could have cut elsewhere why didn´t they? That is their job.

I think the bakers messed up by walking out. But it sounds like Hostess had fundamental problems anyway.




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Reply 45 - Posted by: Emerson, 11/22/2012 1:25:58 PM     (No. 9029524)

This was not just about wages and bonuses. The unions had imposed such onerous transportation regulations (two separate trucks, loaded by two separate crews, driven by two separate drivers - and none of which/whom could be used for any other product - bread for bread, Twinkie for Twinkie, and so forth, no crossing over - to take Hostess products to the same destination.

FTA:

Aside from those so-called onerous labor contracts, Hostess has grappled for some time with rising ingredient costs and a growing health consciousness that has made its sugary cakes less popular. It filed for bankruptcy in January, only three years after emerging from a prior bankruptcy.

Moochelle did her part, lobbying for no sweet treats anywhere. Not in vending machines, not at snack bars, not in hospital cafeterias, you name it. Banned. Let´s place blame where blame is due.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Packard Man, 11/22/2012 2:03:20 PM     (No. 9029566)

Give ´em what they want!

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Reply 47 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 11/22/2012 2:34:43 PM     (No. 9029594)

Maybe the company could convert from Twinkies to purple phones that play only jungle music. The DNC needs millions of them. Just name your price

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Reply 48 - Posted by: jimK1, 11/22/2012 2:36:54 PM     (No. 9029596)

And starting in January, the length of unemployment goes back to what? I wish it were 6 weeks.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/22/2012 3:00:56 PM     (No. 9029622)

On the up side, these people now have plenty of time to go from standing in the picket line to standing in the unemployment line, welfare line, food stamps line, disability benefits line, Obamaphone line and local soup kitchen line...

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/22/2012 5:27:44 PM     (No. 9029762)

The union said new owners were needed...

New owners may not need the union...

The value of Hostess is in the brand names and the products can be made in more modern facilities with much less labor.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: raisedright2, 11/22/2012 5:47:24 PM     (No. 9029779)

Wife of *former* Hostess bread plant manager here.

Twinkies had 140 calories. There were Twinkie and other Hostess cakes in 100 calorie packages.

Food companies have a very low profit margin, so yes, 1% could make a difference. Please stop making judgments until you have researched a company.

How were they treated by management? Every company has it´s share of jerks. Someone here said they were probably treated poorly. Please research before making judgments. They had excellent pay and benefits.

Union employees were not paying anything for health benefits, unlike non-union employees. They were asked to go from paying zero to 17%, like my husband paid.

Snack cakes could not be transported on bread trucks, and vice versa. Snack cake employees could not stock bread, etc.

Most jobs were simple, but there *are* jobs where you can´t just call temps in. Understanding how to work with dough takes time. Furthermore, Manpower refuses to send temps in to plants on strike. Some local temp services will, but who wants to be a vendor for a company in bankruptcy?

Hard to update equipment in plants when you are in bankruptcy. Hard to keep good management in place, and I mean locally as well as at the corporate level. At my husband´s plant, there were several management jobs unfilled. No one would come on board.

Union reps told employees that Hostess would come around after only 5 hours of strike. Others were told they would be bought out immediately. Well, there are some offers - for Twinkies, but nothing so far for the bread plants. So, hubby´s bread plant is sitting idle, and will most likely be liquidated very soon. For the poster who said they would all be back to work soon, I can only say that I wish you were right.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 11/22/2012 5:59:17 PM     (No. 9029789)

Idiots. All of them.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/22/2012 11:40:38 PM     (No. 9030048)

Where are 18,500 workers going to find jobs in this econonmy ?

Employees today have no clue what it costs for their employers to stay in business or the true cost of benefits. We have kids coming out of school with the impression they should make as much as their employer and they have poor work ethics. Hire someone today and wait for their probation officer to show up and their pay to be garnished for child support.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/23/2012 5:26:09 AM     (No. 9030167)

Good. They lost their jobs. Now they can suck off the goobermint teat.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: franq, 11/23/2012 8:24:06 AM     (No. 9030338)

Greed. I pay 25% of the cost of my medical. It doesn´t break me. But I could see how an employee could get spoiled from having to go from no contribution to 17%.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/24/2012 5:49:02 AM     (No. 9031388)

...especially draw unemployment.

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Riga - A mournful procession of about 1,500 Latvians winds its way through Riga´s medieval Old Town singing traditional Latvian songs. Elderly World War Two veterans lead the crowd. And many of the participants are carrying flowers to lay at the Freedom Monument, Latvia´s symbol of national independence. They have come here to commemorate those who died defending Latvia against the Soviet Union in the war. But with Russian troops now in nearby Ukraine, many in the Baltics are alarmed that history may be about to repeat itself. "If Ukraine falls, then Russian ambitions won´t stop with this. I believe

Obama: Belligerent Russia poses
´testing´ moment for Europe, US
Christian Science Monitor, by Howard LaFranchi    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/26/2014 7:07:37 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The United States and Europe must stand firm in rejecting Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea not just because they challenge the principles a peaceful and prosperous Europe is built on, President Obama said Wednesday in Brussels, but also because they thwart "universal values" of freedom and self-determination that stir all humanity. The president’s speech – the format Mr. Obama has favored for delivering big messages in foreign places – came at the end of a day during which the American leader visited for the first time two pillars of trans-Atlantic relations: NATO headquarters and

Bruce Braley apologizes for slamming
Chuck Grassley as farmer without law degree
Des Moines Register [IA], by Jennifer Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/26/2014 6:59:48 PM     Post Reply
Video shot at a private fundraiser of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley that shows him belittling Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” created a firestorm on Tuesday, and later drew an apology from Braley. Republican operatives on Tuesday circulated the footage of Braley at a Texas fundraiser in January warning fellow lawyers that Grassley might become the next Judiciary Committee chairman if they didn’t contribute money to help elect Braley. The remarks by Braley, a trial lawyer and Iowa congressman who is running in the high-stakes open race for



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The Most Un-American Speech
Barack Obama Has Ever Delivered

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2014 8:18:49 PM     Post Reply
Before getting to the speech itself, it’s worth noting a few things. When the Democrats passed and Barack Obama signed Obamacare, the majority opposed it. About 56%, in fact. A majority have consistently opposed that law ever since. The Obama administration touted 7 million sign-ups by March 31 as “success.” When that goal appeared to be unreachable, the administration suggested that maybe 5 or 6 million would be enough. Now, as if by magic, they have their number. Somehow. All along, the administration has touted false numbers of enrollees. All along, the administration has neglected to admit that Obamacare is

Exclusive: Michelle Walks Out
As Obama Divorce Battle Explodes!

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National Enquirer, by Steve Herz    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/1/2014 10:14:46 PM     Post Reply
IN a major behind-the-scenes blowout, President BARACK OBAMA and first lady MICHELLE waged their worst White House fight ever over her lavish vacation trip to China! Sources tell The ENQUIRER that Obama exploded when Mi­chelle refused to cancel her pricey getaway – even after White House advisers warned him that the first couple’s six-year string of extravagant vacations had already drained the U.S. Trea­sury of a whopping $150 million in tax­payers’ money. Instead of postpon­ing her trip, a furious Michelle – still seeth­ing over the embarrassing “selfie” Barack recently snapped with a leggy blonde head of state –

Seven Million? Who Does the Obama
White House Think They’re Fooling?

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/1/2014 1:12:14 PM     Post Reply
A few months back, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated for the record that 7 million Obamacare sign-ups by the end of March would constitute success. She was clear about it. But then February came, and February always stinks. It’s just a lousy month. You’re tired of winter, you’re still miles away from spring, and no one was signing up for Obamacare. That 7 million figure looked totally unreachable. So Sebelius does what every other member of the Obama administration does when confronted with inconvenient facts. She lied. In a Tuesday appearance on HuffPost Live to discuss outreach to African American communities,

´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 Americans have paid up!

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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A triumphant President Barack Obama declared his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better.´ But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged Rose Garden 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. Others were already insured, including millions who lost coverage when their existing policies were suddenly

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered
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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 7:17:55 PM     Post Reply
The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud. 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election. 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election. 155,692 voters

Pelosi gets Pope Francis-blessed
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Washington Times (D.C.), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, criticized last year by a Vatican official for her support of abortion, received a rosary Tuesday from President Obama that was blessed by Pope Francis. Mrs. Pelosi told reporters of the president’s gift after having lunch with Mr. Obama at the White House. The president met with the pope last week at the Vatican. “I was happy to receive a rosary blessed by Pope Francis,” she said. “It means a great deal to me.” Last year, a Vatican official in Rome said that Mrs. Pelosi should be denied communion. “This is a person who obstinately,

5 Reasons Why Republicans
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Daily Beast, by Myra Adams    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/2/2014 6:39:16 AM     Post Reply
With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll registered voters were asked if they would definitely NOT vote for Jeb Bush and 50 percent said they would not.

GM Recall Scandal Goes
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/1/2014 11:59:25 AM     Post Reply
New General Motors CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congress Tuesday about why it took so long for GM to issue product safety recalls involving faulty ignition switches that caused air bags to fail in crashes, contributing to thirteen deaths. She will testify alongside David Friedman, the acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who will be expected to explain why the government did not act sooner. They ought to be accompanied by former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as well as "car czars" Steven Rattner and Ron Bloom, together with White House and Treasury officials who oversaw

Defense Secretary ´Looking´ at Banning
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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/2/2014 5:23:20 AM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is "looking" at banning the sale of tobacco at military installations. According to one military publication, Hagel appears to support it. "As the Navy considers banning tobacco sales on all bases and ships, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a strong endorsement of the review Monday, and suggested that he would be in favor of a ban," reports Stars and Stripes. “I don’t know if there’s anybody in America who still thinks that tobacco is good for you,” Stars and Stripes quotes Hagel as saying. “We don’t allow smoking in any of our government buildings. Restaurants, states, [and]

Obama calls GOP budget plan
a ‘stinkburger’

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Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 4/2/2014 5:30:08 PM     Post Reply
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – President Obama compared the Republican budget plan to a "stinkburger" or "meanwich" during a speech here Wednesday, using a series of zingers in an attempt to strike a contrast with the GOP on economic issues in an election year. In a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan, Obama repeatedly mocked Republican ideas about how to improve the economy, as he touted his own proposal to raise the minimum wage. Obama, who visited the local Zingerman´s deli before the speech, said that Republican proposals to cut taxes for wealthier Americans and

Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower
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CBS Local (Atlanta, GA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 4/2/2014 10:12:06 AM     Post Reply
Atlanta – Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts. A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim
that Koch Brothers Don´t Pay Corporate Taxes

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Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing "THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS." One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid´s website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes: “They are known for bankrolling conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party causes and became poster boys for corporate tax reform last year when an Obama Administration official suggested Koch is organized as an S Corp. and so pays no corporate level taxes.” The claim that the Koch brothers don´t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official


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