Just another Hudna:
Hamas’s objective was to guarantee no further attacks on its leaders or on its weaponry, launch sites and other terror and rocket infrastructure. And the lifting of Israel’s military blockade, which would allow a flood of new and even more deadly weapons. In other words, immunity and inviolability during which time Hamas could build unmolested its arsenal of missiles — until it is ready to restart the war on more favorable terms.
Yet another hudna, this one brokered and guaranteed by Egypt and Turkey, regional powers Israel has to be careful not to offend. A respite for rebuilding, until Hamas’s Gaza becomes Hezbollah South, counterpart to the terror group to Israel’s north, with 50,000 Iranian- and Syrian-supplied rockets that effectively deter any Israeli preemptive attack.
The right thing for the US to have done here is to hand Israel a bigger stick to beat Hamas with. Not to have offered to negotiate – yet again – with a group that will not stop unless they are forced to.
The unions did it:
–Hostess paid out almost $100 million in health benefits for retirees last year, but over half of it covered workers who never had worked at Hostess. The Teamsters’ onerous and antiquated “multi-employer pension plan” foists the pension obligations of a bankrupt company on to the balance sheets of surviving rivals—ensuring a steady death spiral in any declining industry. A similar “MEPP” almost killed YRC, one of the largest trucking companies.
–Union rules forced Hostess to run separate truck fleets for delivering bread vs. sweets. A sweets driver, serving a 7-11 store, was forbidden from restocking shelves with breads already delivered and waiting in the back—he had to call for a bread driver to swing by and handle.
–The union restrictions on the 5,500 distribution routes at Hostess made it unprofitable to serve tiny outlets, yet Hostess was barred from using smaller, sleeker—and non-union—distributors.
–Workers were asked to take an 8% pay cut and pay 17% of their health-care costs instead of zero. Welcome to the club, guys. For this, they would have received 25% ownership of Hostess plus $100 million of Hostess debt to be paid back to the unions.
That is not, of course, the unions preferred narrative. They prefer the evil Vampire Capitalist story line. Despite the capitalists in question being very cozy with democrats. And that they lost their shirts on the deal.
Go read the rest – there are a lot of falsehoods about what happened already being touted by the leftist media.
The painful fact is that there are some 18,500 worked who won’t be Ho Ho Ho-ing this Christmas. And those workers will almost certainly be unable to find replacement unionized jobs.
Peace, one of the turkeys pardoned last Thanksgiving by Barack Obama has been euthanized:
Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death – days before the Thanksgiving holiday – was not suspicious.
Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend “illness.” But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird.
The turkeys of terror are back in the news in Brookline, MA:
“They were attacking the vehicle,” Karen Halvorson said outside her home in the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood.
After getting in her truck, a neighbor came and ran the birds off but it didn’t stop there.
“Then, the turkeys came and started attacking my front door,” she said.
A second run-in came a few weeks ago as she walked nearby.
“I looked back and three of them charged me,” she explained.
Heck, this has been going on for years now. 2006 and 2007 both had stories of the big, bad birds in Brookline. Obviously, the turkeys have a problem with Thanksgiving.
And he’s gone. Now we wait for the other shoe to drop.
Notice the tone of sadness in the story. No howling outrage about the corruption that prompted the resignation. How different would it have been had an ‘R’ been after his name?
Michael Goodwin calls it Bizarro World logic, but let’s call it what it really is, shall we?
So, yes, naturally, the war started when Israel hit back.
Double standards are par for the course in the Mideast and all the Jew-hating salons from Turtle Bay to Paris. While the hatred is shouted with a clenched fist on the smoldering streets of Gaza City, equally absurd claims are made by striped-pants diplomats and left-leaning sophisticates who insist Israel is guilty of “disproportionate” force because it uses its huge military advantage.
Their argument moves the goal posts. They tacitly accept Israel’s right to respond, but only up to a point. No matter its losses, the Jewish state must never “escalate” because that would be unfair.
None of the self-righteous, fundamentally Jew-hating European countries would stand for an armed terrorist organization rocketing their own civilians. But they sanctimoniously berate Israel for responding to outright war crimes by Hamas.
Instead of treating with these thugs, we should be handing Israel a bigger stick to beat Hamas with – and telling Turtle Bay and Europe to pound sand. None of which will happen with the current regime in Washington.
In the form of warrantless access to your online electronic information by government officials:
In a dumbfounding display of politics at work, a U.S. Senate bill that, at one point, would have protected e-mail privacy has gone the opposite way, and would allow government surveillance of online services without a warrant if passed into law.
Previously, the bill protected users’ privacy by requiring a warrant that established probable cause. CNET reports that U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who heads the Senate Judiciary committee, has rewritten the bill so that, in some cases, government agencies would need only a subpoena to access electronic communications, such as email, Facebook, and Google Docs.
This is obscene. The democrats are busily erecting a police state.
Gerri Willis says that Middle Class Americans can expect to lose a full half of their paychecks to taxes next year:
Then there is the Federal Social Security and Medicare payroll tax of 13.3%. You pick up 5.65% while you’re employer pays 7.65%. Add them up and that’s 38.3% of middle class family incomes going to Uncle Sam. But we aren’t done, not by a long shot.
According to the Tax Foundation, the average state’s income tax rate on the middle class is 4.82%. Of course, some states have it and some don’t, but we’re taking an average here.
Now the total: 43.12% of middle class income to taxes.
Oh, and I almost forgot, unless congress makes a move, Federal Income taxes go to 28% for middle income folks next year as the Bush tax cuts expire.
Neither party has said they want that to happen, but in Washington, well, you never know.
Also the payroll tax for those folks will go to 15.3% from 13.3%percent.
But start adding up all the other taxes. Property (and renters don’t seem to understand that they pay those taxes as part of their rent). Taxes on virtually everything you buy. Gas taxes. Excise taxes. Government fees. Energy taxes. Phone taxes.
Start keeping track and it’s a lot of money going out.
Then add the costs of energy – that will be skyrocketing. Food is going up – rapidly. You pay more for everything as gas and diesel prices soar.
I really don’t think people realize just how bad this is going to get – very soon.
Where is all that money going? Guess.
News you can use to avoid gougers.
A doctor involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement has been arrested in possession of bomb making chemicals:
Rivera was charged with recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage after FBI agents and members of the Bergen County bomb squad found chemicals used in the making of explosives, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in a release.
Rivera was being held on $1 million bail. It is unknown whether he has retained an attorney.
Remember, Barack Obama praised these people. So did Elizabeth Warren.
Rockets are being fired into Israel from Egypt.
“Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries.”
The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, “Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council.”
Still gusing about the Arab Spring, media? What have you done to us all?
Republicans think they’re importing hardworking immigrants who want a shot at the American Dream; the Democrats think they’re importing clients for Big Government. The Left is right: Just under 60 percent of immigrants receive some form of welfare. I see the recent Republican proposals for some form of amnesty contain all sorts of supposed safeguards against gaming the system, including a $525 application fee for each stage of the legalization process. On my own recent visit to a U.S. Immigration office, I was interested to be told that, as a matter of policy, the Obama administration is now rubberstamping all “fee waiver” requests for “exceptional hardship” filed by members of approved identity groups. And so it will go for all those GOP safeguards. While Canada and Australia compete for high-skilled immigrants, America fast-tracks an unskilled welfare class of such economic benefit to their new homeland they can’t even afford a couple of hundred bucks for the necessary paperwork.
The republicans cannot allow themselves to be rolled on this. But they are heading in that direction. Better get ready to start calling your representatives, folks.
A Very Merry Christmas to their union brothers and sisters from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. They just succeeded in killing Hostess. No mo Ho-Hos.
A representative for the bakers union couldn’t be reached to comment Friday. Bakers union leaders rejected Hostess’s latest contract as too laden with cuts and union president, Frank Hurt, called it “untenable.”
Well, you gave your rank and file an whole new tenable place. The unemployment line. Along with Teamsters and a total of more than 13,000 people not in the Baker’s union.