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… Incredible ! [#HomelandSecuritySecretary][#denial]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 7th,2015

.. even after the Islamo terrorism attack in Chattanooga , Tn in July , the ObamaCraps are still in denial ..

.. here is a sample ..

.. [h/t —]..
.. [link] to the blog post // video ..

.. not calling this act of terrorism ” Islamic ? ” You have to be insane , Mr. Secretary . No wonder the ObamaCraps wanted to be their toady at the Department of Homeland Security . My God , what do you  think motivates these scumbags , tiddlywinks ?? ..


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… Nice One , Harold [Ford , Jr.] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,April 19th,2014

.. former congresscritter Harold Ford Jr. was on Meet the DePressed the other Sunday …

.. [h/t — NBCNews]..
.. [link] to the video clip ..

.. the DemoCraps have to be stewing at this . It is almost perfect to put part of this clip into a campaign commercial …

.. Harold Ford Jr. is a good guy , a fairly moderate DemoCrap (by DemoCrap standards) , and lives now in New York . He could make life interesting for someone if he ever decided to get involved in electoral politics , again …

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… a Big Oops by Cracker Barrel …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 22nd,2013

.. within a day or two , of yanking the products of ” Duck Dynasty ” from their stores , they reversed course …

.. back in they go , and Cracker Barrel acted …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the article …

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… It makes me wonder [on ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 22nd,2013

.. this beauty of a [clip]  is from transplanted New Yorker Harold Ford Jr. .

.. Ford Jr. is the Boy Scout of the corrupt Ford family of Shelby County , Tennessee , where he is originally from . He used to represent the 9th District (the district that Steve Cohen does now) of Tennessee , which is pretty much Shelby County , and the surronding area . It is not a minority – majority district , but it does not have to be . Shelby County is in the southwestern corner of Tennessee , and the packed – in minority population gives any Democrat , in particular a black Democrat (albeit Cohen is white) a built – in advantage and power base . This is one that the Ford family has used to its advantage for many decades . However , these idiots have gotten themselves into no end of corruption scandals , time after time .

.. At least Harold Jr. behaved himself . He even ran for the U.S. Senate , and nearly won . He did not lose by much . He is not the prototypical black Dem , being pro Socialism and anti – business . Jr. is far more moderate .

.. So , at least , even now living in New York ‘ s Westchester County , and being a now wealthy investor , the DemoCraps would be wise to listen to this guy . He is a relatively straight – arrow , as most Dems go . He is also more moderate , and is a natural candidate to run for office again , either in New York , or , if he wanted to , after his return to his native Tennessee …

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… Nicely Done , Dummies [embarassing H.H.S.] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 20th,2013

.. her royal highness , H.H.S. Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius went to a ObamaCrapCare presser this morning down in Florida .

.. You go were your potential audience is , though . However , for Madame Secretary , it was a huge embarassment . Why , do you ask ? When a patron was accessing the “” site , with Her Royal Highness looking over her shoulder , guess what happened ?

.. the website crashed . Ha!Ha! No joke , it did ! How stupid is that . Nice prep work and stagecraft , guys and gals . Oops !

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… Volkswagen blundered on this one [.. trying to aid the UAW ..] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 22nd,2013

.. European companies frequently have what are known as “vworks councils . ” It gives unions an even more active voice than they do here in the United States .

.. Contrary to U.S. labor law , which is inherently an adversarial labour – management relationship , the European system fosters a somewhat more collaborative and collegial working relationship . Inherent in the European system , especially in Germany , they have a more activist role in the management of the company …

.. It does not mean that the unions run a German company or a European company , though . It does mean that most day-to-day , and virtually all major decisions cannot be done without strong consultation with the unions , through the ” works council . ”

.. The structure of U.S. labour law does not allow for that . That type of tight labour – management collaboration would be illegal under either the Wagner Act (the National Labor Relations Act) of 1935 , or of the Taft – Hartley Act of 1947 .

… from the Washington Free Beacon
BY: Bill McMorris Follow @FBillMcMorris
October 16, 2013 4:40 pm

Tennessee autoworkers have filed a second set of complaints alleging that Volkswagen’s corporate headquarters pressured employees to join the United Auto Workers Union.

Four autoworkers filed a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board alleging that members of the German-based company’s board of directors threatened to end plant expansion in the right-to-work state if employees did not join a European-style works council.

The support that corporate leaders are lending to the UAW amounts to coercion, according to the complaint filed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW).

“Bernd Osterloh, vice-chairman of VW and head of VW’s global works council, who makes production decisions for VW, said publicly that employees in Chattanooga must form a works council and bring in the UAW as their agent if their plant is going to be given the opportunity to produce additional products for VW,” the complaint states.

“Volkswagen AG through their officers, directors, and/or agents are thus interfering with Chattanooga facility employees’ rights to choose whether or not to engage in self-organization to form, join, or assist labor organizations.”

VW has been urging the Tennessee plant to form a works council, a collaborative labor group that gives workers a direct line of communication to management regarding work conditions. These councils do not typically involve labor unions, which are more adversarial.

UAW officials hijacked the process in September by convincing workers to sign cards that went beyond the formation of works council. UAW regional director Gary Casteel said on Sept. 12 that a majority of 2,500 workers at VW’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant signed cards endorsing full union organization.

Osterloh is also a member of IG Metall, a German engineering union with close ties to the UAW, in addition to his position as a VW executive. IG Metall pressured VW’s board to form a works council at the start of 2013 and in March lent its support for UAW’s organizing attempts.

NRTW president Mark Mix said that corporate pressure is a two-way street. If companies are not allowed to use tactics like threats to campaign against a union, they should not be able to do so in support of labor groups.

“With reports that Volkswagen is considering Chattanooga to build its new SUV, this is no idle threat,” said Mix.

“If VW management was discouraging workers from joining the UAW with threats, there’s little question that an NLRB prosecution would have already begun at the UAW’s behest.”

One auto expert found VW’s sudden push for unionization suspicious. The company has been expanding operations in countries that offer far more hazardous work conditions and far less worker protections than American plants—without ever calling for the formation of a works council.

“Volkswagen’s expansion plans are focused on China, India, and Russia, three countries where its plants do not operate under works councils,” the source said. “That indicates to me that if Chattanooga unionizes it would be unlikely to benefit from future product expansion. So the real loser here wouldn’t be Volkswagen, so much as American workers.”

VW did not respond to requests for comment.

The four autoworkers are also participating in a separate NLRB complaint against the UAW for using misleading and potentially illegal organizing tactics to gain access to the plant.

.. LEC here — this presumes that one would get a fair hearing at the  N.L.R.B. . At the ObamaCrap NLRB , that is highly in question . It may take taking this legal fight up into the United States Federal Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit for the ObamaCraps and the NLRB to get the message . Also , for Volkswagen and other European companies .

.. you cannot use your structure or the use of “works councils” to coerce U.S. workers at U.S.-based companies , especially where they presently do not have unions . U.S. law allows them the right to choose , but , also , the right to have unions of their free choice , and the right not to be coerced in their choice .

.. this type and other types of coercion are under attack in the United States . They are of at best questionable and more likely dubious legality . If you give one a fair hearing , and a fair judgement under U.S. labor law , that kind of coercion , or any kind of mutual cooperation between unions and companies is a very big no – no .

.. In recent decades , unions that are seeking to organize companies seek to reach legal agreements in advance of any organizing campaign . The company knows that , if they do not , what is known in the trade as a “corporate campaign” could very well result against the company . The company can and usually does end up remaining non – union , but the cost to the company in expense and lost man – and woman – hours is usually considerable . Many do not always seek to want to continue this kind of fight .

.. What the union seeking to organize does is reach a neutrality agreement with the targeted employer . They thus gain access to the grounds of the employer ‘ s facility , without usually comes with the ususally expensive brawl between the target company and their own employees . The union then has a chance to gain communication with the employees , seeking their legal consent , in the form of a “consent card” that , with a sufficient number , allows the union to become the exclusive bargaining agent for that company , or , potentially , for that industry .

.. What those geniuses do not realize is that they have used what is , in effect , blackmail , as well as coercion , against the employer . The Wagner Act does not prohibit this , but the Taft – Hartley Act does , also creating several new protections for both employees , as well as employers .

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… Thank You , Chattanooga !! [Free Press , that is !] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. It seems in his umteenth pivot to his campaign on jobs , POTUS went on a campaign trip to eastern Tennessee . He went to an distribution center , thinking somehow that his policies and leadership helped create it .

.. Ha!Ha! What a joke . I am reprinting this editorial from the local paper , the Chattanooga Free Press . They went off and ripped

English: Chattanooga Times Free Press editoria...

English: Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

into you – know – who big time . Hell , Obama has it coming ! …

Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

President Obama,

Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit.

Forgive us if you are not greeted with the same level of Southern hospitality that our area usually bestows on its distinguished guests. You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself.

That’s because your jobs creation plans so far have included a ridiculous government spending spree and punitive tax increase on job creators that were passed, as well as a minimum wage increase that, thankfully, was not. Economists — and regular folks with a basic understanding of math — understand that these are three of the most damaging policies imaginable when a country is mired in unemployment and starving for job growth.

Even though 64 percent of Chattanooga respondents said they would rather you hadn’t chosen to visit our fair city, according to a survey on the Times Free Press website, it’s probably good that you’re here. It will give you an opportunity to see the failure of your most comprehensive jobs plan to date, the disastrous stimulus scheme, up close and personal.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped fund the Gig to Nowhere project, a $552 million socialist-style experiment in government-owned Internet, cable and phone services orchestrated by EPB — Chattanooga’s government-owned electric monopoly.

• • •

The Gig to Nowhere is a Smart Grid, a high tech local electricity infrastructure intended to improve energy efficiency and reduce power outages. After lobbying for, and receiving, $111.6 million in stimulus money from your administration, EPB decided to build a souped-up version of the Smart Grid with fiber optics rather than more cost-effective wireless technology. This decision was supposed to allow EPB to provide the fastest Internet service in the Western Hemisphere, a gigabit-per-second Internet speed that would send tech companies and web entrepreneurs stampeding to Chattanooga in droves.

In reality, though, the gig, like most of the projects funded by your stimulus plan, has been an absolute bust.

While the Smart Grid will cost taxpayers and local electric customers well over a half-billion dollars when all is said and done, there has been little improvement in the quality of EPB’s electric service. Worse, despite being heavily subsidized, EPB’s government-owned Internet, cable and telephone outfit that competes head-to-head against private companies like AT&T and Comcast is barely staying afloat, often relying on loans from electric service reserve funds to afford its business expenses.

Further, there has been no credible evidence to suggest that EPB can even provide a gig of service consistently and reliably. Any companies hoping to utilize the Gig to Nowhere are quoted monthly billing costs that make the service unfeasible. As a result, Chattanooga has remained a relative ghost town for technological innovation. Almost no economic development whatsoever has resulted from the gig.

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What the gig has brought, however, is that shocking price tag. Because of your unwillingness to balance the budget, Mr. President, the $111.6 million federal handout to subsidize the Gig to Nowhere will actually cost federal taxpayers $158.2 million, due to interest. Once EPB received the stimulus infusion to fund the pork project, the electric monopoly took out a $219.8 bond that will balloon to $391.3 million by the time Chattanoogans are done paying it off.

The bond’s first payment comes due this fall and there remain significant questions about how EPB can manage to pay the debt without hiking electric rates on EPB customers.

Building a Smart Grid to get into a telecom sector already well-served by private companies was a bad idea from the start. But getting government involved in places it doesn’t belong is a hallmark of your administration. As a result, you and your policymakers were happy to fund the Gig to Nowhere.

You claimed that the Smart Grid would create jobs for Chattanooga. But in reality, all it did was push America deeper in debt and lure a local government agency into making a terrible financial decision that will weigh on Chattanoogans like a millstone for decades to come.

So excuse us, Mr. President, for our lack of enthusiasm for your new jobs program. Here in Chattanooga we’re still reeling from your old one.

— The Free Press

— Note — Chattanooga is in southeastern Tennessee , just north of Tennessee ‘ s border with Georgia , and not far away from the northeast border of Alabama . It is also within reasonable range of the borders of both Carolinas (North & South) . So , this paper , while with a moderate readership , is in a market that has more of an effect on an area that is out of size for its area …

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