Monthly Archives: December 2009

Illegal Immigration? Why it’s the fault of the unions!

That lovely albeit stupid, totally absurd and fucktarded thought is from the mind of an elected representative of the people – One Senator from South Carolina, Jim DeMint. From RawStory:

After the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day, a months-old question for the Senate became a pressing concern for the public: Why is the Transportation Security Administration without an appointed director?
While President Obama did make a nomination to the spot — one Erroll Southers, a counterterrorism expert and former FBI special agent — Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has held up his appointment for months. His blockade of Southers’ nomination is apparently due to President Obama’s promise that he would push to allow TSA baggage screeners full union rights.
The objection being, if baggage screeners are allowed to negotiate for better pay, benefits and working conditions, it would somehow place national security at risk. (emphasis mine)

This man is holding up the nomination of the Director for the TSA. Because he freaks out at the thought of people unionizing. and digest his rationale for this horseshit:

“The union boss that you were interviewing used the customs and border enforcement as an example,” DeMint said, though customs and border enforcement had not been mentioned during the segment. “We do have 12 million undocumented aliens in our country and that agency has also had to deal with all kinds of charges for changing prices for parking. They’re dealing with the collective bargaining of unions all the time and they’re not as effective as they should be.”

Just how fucking ignorant is this man, not to mention the idiots that keep electing him? That question is of course..rhetorical.

Even the Washington Post has published an article about this fuckwit’s hold-up of a most important job post. As the WaPo article notes:

Two Senate committees have given their bipartisan blessing to Erroll Southers, a former FBI special agent and a counterterrorism expert who is Obama’s nominee. But DeMint has objected to a full Senate vote, saying he wants additional testimony to clarify Southers’s stand on unionizing the TSA, a shift Democrats support.

Notice the word ‘bipartisan’ in that quote from the article. That gives me hope that not all Republican’s are idiots and morons in the same vein as Jim DeMint. So there is hope for the party..however slim.

The Federation of Government Employees has the following response to DeMint’s ridiculous and totally inane bullshit logic:

“This is not an issue of security,” a group spokeswoman said, according to CNN. “There is no evidence that labor union rights have any effect on transportation security officers. This is a dedicated workforce who see their jobs as important to the security of the nation.”
“They point to union members who acted after 9/11 and the Fort Hood massacre as well,” the host said. “These were union members — firefighters, police officers — who essentially acted very quickly, and that your argument doesn’t hold water here.”

And if that isn’t enough to convince you that this crap is all in the mind of a fucking idiot, read the ProPublica article on this issue, specifically the following:

John Gage, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told CNN earlier this month, “People who insinuate that being a union member has a nation security implication are just totally wrong.”

Totally wrong? I call them idiots and morons with the IQ of a fucking dandelion Mr. Gage. It’s embarrassing that this jackass actually holds an elected office. It’s embarrassing that people from around the globe can read his ignorant rantings and frankly I think he should be not only recalled but jailed in Gitmo for being a fucking terrorist..since he is single-handidly undermining the effectiveness of the TSA.

Jesus H. Fucking do these people get elected? WTF is in the water in South Carolina anyway? Watch this whackjob say it:

Terror suspect was a lonely kid?

It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to read that he was just such a child. I know a little about children that do not get the adult attention and guidance they need.

My own son turned to gangs when I was working about 55+ hours a week when he was around 12 years old. The gang mentality was this: We are now your family and we will always be there for you. My son ate it all up.

I could not say the same thing as I was never really there for him during that two year stretch. I was working myself to death, and did little more than work ungodly hours and sleep.

So, to see that this child..and I still consider him a child, was lonely and depressed and acted out makes sense to me. From the HuffPo link:

Internet postings purportedly written by a Nigerian charged with trying to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day suggest a fervently religious and lonely young man who fantasized about becoming a Muslim holy warrior.

Throughout more than 300 posts, a user named “Farouk1986” reflects on a growing alienation from his family, his shame over sexual urges and his hopes that a “great jihad” will take place across the world.

While officials haven’t verified that the postings were written by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, details from the posts match his personal history.

What is incredibly ironic, for me, is the photo they use of the kid shows him wearing Nike gear..which is the height of American Capitalism.

A decade after my son and I were separated because of his ‘acting-out’ to the extreme, his self-realization that the gang took advantage of him and his loneliness is what haunts me the most. I did not see what was happening until it was too late to save him from himself or from them and their manipulations of him.

It took us years to find our way back to each other.

Sadly, I think this child will now pay the price for just wanting to belong to someone or some group.

I am of course reacting as a parent..not an American that feels violated by a wanna-be terrorist. Surely I would not give a rat’s ass about this child’s life if I reacted solely as an American. I would be just like the assholes that recruit such people..heartless and calculating..they use these types of people for their own horrific schemes. serves us well at times..

The decades best viral video’s.

The list isn’t belongs to I don’t know if I agree with all their choices either, but there is the link anyway. The one I really enjoyed on their list that I had not seen is the wedding march down the aisle, which you can watch below. Those kids really have a great sense of humor and I hope it bodes well for their marriage. It reminds me, sort of, of when the Ball n’ Chain and I were married by the Elvis impersonator in Vegas. We had a great video of it till the asshole accidentally erased it. Lots of singing and dancing was involved in our wedding too. Thankfully, neither I nor the BnC sang..the very short, very Asian Elvis impersonator sang Viva Las Vegas…and he did sound just like Elvis.

Of course this one of Christian the lion and his former owners meeting a year after he was released back into the wild really chokes me up every, single, fucking time. So, I won’t put it up here. 

There is also a list of honorable mentions..some are worth it..some are not. Enjoy! 😉

Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa: Merry Christmas Baby..

A bluesy rendition of Merry Christmas Baby from my main man Joe Bonamassa.

What’s in the healthcare bill? Even Senators aren’t sure.

I have a bet going with myself about the healthcare bill that will be voted on by the assholes in the Senate bright and early this morning.

I bet that those jerkwads, for the most part, haven’t read the complete bill and have even less of an understanding of what’s in the damn thing and how it will work.

Who thinks I am wrong? Anyone? Then, I read the McClatchy writeup and felt vindicated. From McClatchy:

Will health insurance premiums go up or down under House of Representatives and Senate health-care plans?

It’s hard to say, and it depends on who you are.

Will the plans “bend the cost curve,” as Democrats so badly want? Maybe, but again, there’s no easy answer.

The health-care legislation scheduled for a Senate vote early Thursday is a 2,000-page plus grab-bag of ideas and strategies, and a lot of senators are as confused about its potential impact as the general public is.

“It has to be complicated,” said Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., because it overhauls a complex system that involves one-sixth of the American economy.

However, Jost added, “It’s probably more complicated than it has to be.” Constituents are puzzled.

If the idiots that ram this through can’t explain wtf is going to happen..then who can?

My guess is The Insurance Companies. The AHIP press release can be read here. Five will get ya ten they helped craft the fucker. The lobbyists always do, you know.

Then the secretive and wholly partisan blending of the House and Senate bills will commence. Of course that won’t begin until after New Years. Hell, probably not until after The Big O’s State of the Union speechifying.

I will be watching the…cough..historic vote that will take place in a few hours. Afterwards..all the bigwig’s will gather on the Senate steps and wax dramatic about what they have just accomplished.They will invoke Teddy Kennedy’s name as well. Bank on it.

And what will they have accomplished? A big, fat corporate welfare check of a bill for the greedy bastards in the insurance game.

Oh, and are now a lying sack of sheepshit dude. Because your candy ass did campaign for the public option and against the mandate. A mandate that does little to stem the tide of money flowing into the coffers of big insurance, while it leaves at least 20 million Americans still without health insurance.

Taxing union members because they negotiated a contract that gave up salary hikes to get great healthcare benefits..don’t you just love that part of it? I understand that section completely.

Check out the McClatchy link..there IS one person that seems to understand the bill and it’s intended and unintended consequences. Linda Blumberg, an economist and a senior fellow at Washington’s nonpartisan Urban Institute.

I won’t spoil the ending..but she does give us a dose of bad news in her examination of ‘the bill’.

Ah..don’t you just love the smell of health insurance reform in the morning? Just don’t breathe in too deep.