You Keep Telling Yourselves That, You Drooling Dimwits

(H/t LC & IB Mike Hendrix).

Talk about learning all the wrong lessons from a pretty straight-forward class in real life consequences:

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Labor leaders in Maine say the resilience of the Hostess workers on the picket line at the company’s Biddeford plant, which is in the process of being shut down after the company on Friday said it would liquidate the business, gives them inspiration in the face of what they believe have been ongoing efforts — by politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, and corporate investors — to reduce union influence.

Bakers’ union officials and their supporters say also that the demise of Hostess Brands Inc., which failed to convince striking workers to return to their jobs, is a warning sign for corporate investors seeking to squeeze more profits out of the working class.

“Unions have been losing power for years,” said Ken Rumney, a striking worker outside of the Hostess plant in Biddeford on Friday. “This is an exceptional case. If Hostess had been allowed to get away with what they’d been trying to do, other corporations would have lined up to try the same tactics. Hopefully, this will be an example to other companies not to [try to] break their unions.”

Let us just first state for the record that you’re obviously as dumb as a sack full of hammers. Very, very dumb hammers.

Then let’s go to agreeing with you that this most certainly will be an example to other companies, but it won’t be quite the example that you “hope” it to be. What it will teach them is to do everything they possibly and legally can to avoid ever hiring unionized labor ever again, one of which would be to exclusively set up shop in Right to Work states. As a citizen of the Republic of Texas, all we can say is “thanks y’all for the business.”

As to what other lessons there might be in this whole Bakers’ Union cutting off their noses to spite their faces deal, there is one that immediately comes to mind: There are about 13,000 suddenly “funemployed” former coworkers of you bakers who didn’t vote to lose their jobs. They might have a dim view of you fuckwits today, ‘s all we’re saying.



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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    In case anybody has a hanker’in to move:

    Right to work states

    Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Idaho | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Louisiana | Mississippi | Nebraska | Nevada | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oklahoma |South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Wyoming

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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    We were told Romney intended to kill Big Bird.

    The press kinda overlooked that Obama’s biggest supporters intended to kill Twinkie the Kid.


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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    There are about 13,000 suddenly “funemployed” former coworkers of you bakers who didn’t vote to lose their jobs. They might have a dim view of you fuckwits today, ‘s all we’re saying.

    Batter up!

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    LC Light29ID says:


    Better not send too many people there. Isn’t that the island that that one congresscritter said would tip over if it had too many people?

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    Library Czar growls and barks:


    Alaska is also a right to work state.

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    ND and SD, iirc have the lowest unemployment in the country. ND has two military bases (no fair! We’re bigger, and we only get one!). Nebraska’s unemployment is something like 4%…virtually nonexistent.

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    Even though I retired recently (with a so-so payout) from a major airline (union), I’m not ready for the rocking chair. Looking for another job, non-union, as I’ve had enough of the socialist mindset.

    I had enough finally of watching the union’s biggest supporters come on shift, break out the newspaper and portable TV – work, the idea of being there, was optional. Nothing was said by the place’s management – ever. Quite a nest of democratic voters, also.

    No more of that. I mostly learned my trade in non-union shops and want to return to feeling good about how I spent my day.

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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Library Czar @ #:

    This is the 2012 list I pulled down. Did Alaska change recently or did I miss something?

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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. @ #:

    Yeah but they also got nukes so they win. Bush emptied Elsworth’s missile fields but left the B-1s…asshole.

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    rickn8or growls and barks:

    Wonder what’s going to happen in these Right-to-Work states if Øbama manages to give the unions Card Check.

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    Orion growls and barks:

    And how many Union executives are going to be losing THEIR jobs over this?

    I’m guessing none. Looks like pretty much all the jobs lost are….workers.

    And these idiots will continue to think their leadership looks out for them.


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    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    We got this all wrong. The Bakers Union voted for 2 years of fucking off on the taxpayer’s, (Our) dime.
    My union is just an appendage to Title XVIII and the Civil Service regs covering everybody in the Federal sphere. My consolation and Yours, is that My retirement and medical benefits are not from any tax money but derived from the revenues We earned when the Postal Service was flush from the fat days carrying crushing loads of catalogs. Never once did I vote to approve a contract. The hoseshit work rules that oppress the carriers are still in force because the union wants it that way. Management violates the “Agreement” pro forma. Grievances get filed and acted upon years out with the carriers getting paid off but the abuse continues. And the service declines as a result. Productive work and profitable enterprise are a facade. This is about patches of political turf. The Post Office just declared a loss of $16 billion due to the benefit prefunding laws Congress refuses to adjust because they can’t leverage deficit spending against that amount if they fix the problem. When I go to the next retiree luncheon I’m going to thank them all for condemning the American middle class to dependency, depression, desolation and perpetual serfdom which they mistakenly believe doesn’t include themselves. And when our members won’t have anything to do next year it’s all Their fault. But we’ll still deliver your bill payments to your creditors. The day will arrive when the government and the banks they control will set up an autodebit system for all business. The day after, we’re gone. Aahhh, central planning and plutocracy is wonderful for those in on the fix. The awful fact is, neither unions nor government have an ounce of consideration for the ability, much less the willingness of anybody to pay the costs of Their demands. The economy will now contract until the only free market remaining is luxury goods and services just like the EU. And the only ones who will afford that will be the intellectual snots who engineered all of this. And don’t take your eyes off Congress. If they do what Rush mentioned and lower the threshold to $50,000 for the AMT, we all get raped: Again!
    Home sweet Anthill.

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    sablegsd growls and barks:

    LC Light29ID says:

    In case anybody has a hanker’in to move:
    Right to work states
    Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Guam | Idaho | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Louisiana | Mississippi | Nebraska | Nevada | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oklahoma |South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Wyoming

    Yay Nebraska!

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    THERES A WAR COMING IN THE MIDDLE EAST MISHA AND WE NEED A THREAD ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Cougar1978 growls and barks:

    Ah, I know The Dems are talking a big game, but out there, Chris Christie, aka Chris Crisco is weeping over the loss of his Twinkies.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Unions are the bastard child of poor management. We don’t need unions today given all the regulatory protections workers have now. It’s not like the days of the Triangle shirt factory and early 20th century working conditions.

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    sablegsd says:

    yay nebraska

    Now, if the governor would change his mind about the stupid healthcare exchanges, we’d have the icing on the cake.

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    LC Ogrrre growls and barks:

    LC Light29ID @ #:1
    Light, you left Oklahoma off your list. We’ve been Right To Work for better than 15 years now. We also have a pretty low cost of living. Housing is in good supply. I-35 and I-40 intersect in Oklahoma City, so we have more than adequate transportation infrastructure.
    We’re also a Shall Issue and Castle Doctrine state. Our taxes are fairly low, and we just passed state questions to eliminate Affirmative Action in government employment, contracting, and education, to limit annual property tax hikes from a maximum of 5% to 3%, and preventing a tax on intangible personal property.
    Oklahoma would love to have businesses relocate from Union states. Just leave the Union goons where they are so they can tax each other into prosperity
    ***** SORRY, LIGHT *******
    I had not yet had my coffee when I read your list, so completely missed seeing Oklahoma in the list. I need to start drinking before I read this blog. 😀
    As an added bonus: Obama did not carry a single county in Oklahoma. From the election map, only Utah and Oklahoma can make that claim!

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    bruce growls and barks:

    crap like this is why maine has 30% unemployment and 30% on welfare,thank you union turds.

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    Too bad this jackwagon won’t have to work, because I think he’d have a hard time finding a job.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Interestingly, a new study reveals that 72% of the new jobs created from June 2009 to September 2012 were created in right-to-work states. Although those states account for only about 40% of the U.S. population, they created 1.86 million of the 2.59 million new jobs created during that time. Unions don’t have a leg to stand on when they claim that they are the ones responsible for protecting the middle class.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    On Friday, Hostess filed in bankruptcy court to liquidate the company. With extreme prejudice. Today, Rayburn seeks court permission to start selling off pieces.

    So now all 18,500 workers at Hostess Brands just lost their jobs. Way to go guys! Bake me a lie, as fast as you can.

    Brace yourself for a wave of union propaganda-as-apologia. You’ll hear Obama-echoes of sniping against private equity a la Mitt-Bain Capital: “Romney-Style Economics Behind Decline of Hostess, But Workers Are Paying the Price,” says one website affiliated, predictably, with the AFL-CIO.

    Those vulture capitalists must have sucked out hundreds of millions of dollars by leveraging up the company, right? (Answer: wrong. Ripplewood Holdings injected a total $150 million in three dollops as Hostess sank deeper into trouble. It lost every dollar.)

    The unions will say management had given itself millions in pay raises while demanding worker cuts. (True, but the raises were barely a rounding error at a company that had lost almost half a billion bucks in two years; and Rayburn rescinded the raises anyway, making the brass work for a dollar a year apiece.)

    The unions will blame the company for taking on almost $900 million in debt. (Yet that debt cost Hostess all of $45 million in interest last year, when its total losses swelled up to $340 million).

    And here’s what you won’t hear the unions ever talk about:

    –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.

    But the bakers wouldn’t budge.

    In the months ahead a chop-shop or food giant may resurrect various Hostess brands, but those 36 plants are shuttered, those 18,500 jobs are gone for good. The union preferred to picket while an 85-year-old company suffocated . . . rather than risk having to face inevitable demands for similar concessions at other employers across the country.

    Those demands will be forthcoming, anyway, because, as President Obama likes to say in slapping the rich with higher taxes, the math doesn’t work. The only questions are which union will be next, and whether anyone reasonable (or sane) will be listening.

    Even a parasite is smart enough to know not to kill its host. In the case of unions, the presence of such preternatural intelligence isn’t yet readily apparent.

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