Friday Follies for November 16, 2012

Union kills Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and Cup Cakes

Hostess Brands announced today they will cease business and liquidate their assets. The announcement ends a company that started in 1930. The company filed for Chapter 11 earlier this year. The bankruptcy court dissolved the contracts with the two unions to allow the company to negotiate wage and benefit cuts. One union, the Teamsters, agreed and negotiated a new contract. The other union, the Baker and Confectionery Workers, refused and went on strike.

The two unions, combined, number about one-third of the total 18,000 employees. The strike closed the company’s bakeries and put all 18,000 jobs in jeopardy.

The union complained they’d already made concessions after a bankruptcy several years ago and that the company had ceased contributing to the union pension fund.

Pension fund! That’s the reason for the strike?

Most companies now have no pension fund. They can’t afford any in today’s economy. Like their public-sector brethren, unions still cling to their pensions, killing companies and jobs while ignoring the welfare of their members and the other employees.


White House proven to be a liar—again!

Members of Congress shown drone footage of attack in Benghazi

November 16, 2012 | 6:36 am

Congressional intelligence committees yesterday got an exclusive look at video footage from the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

After the hearing, Reuters reports, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein revealed that the video included footage of the attack from a Predator Drone.

“The film is a composite from a number of sources,” Feinstein said. “It is real-time, it does begin from when the incident, before the incident started, and it goes through the incident and the exodus.”

The video from the drone is proof the White House lied about the events in September. The drone video was available real-time.  The question is whether the White House actually had anyone on duty at the time to alert Obama, the State Department and the National Security Adviser of the attack? The investigation will continue today with the testimony of ex-CIA Director Petraeus.


Money allocated for security wasted

No wonder Hilliary won’t come home. An investigator revealed that money for Consulate security had been increased. Little was done with that money and the question now is where did the money go?

Investigator criticizes State spending on security

Says department was overly ‘reactive’
The State Department has seen dramatic boosts in diplomatic security funding and staffing but failed to spend the money strategically and didn’t fill key posts, a congressional investigator said Thursday as Congress took a closer look at how four Americans died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.


Where the blame truly lies

Finally, here’s Michael Ramirez’s contribution for the Cartoon of the Week.

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