National Labor Board Orders CNN to Rehire 100 Union Workers – Compensate 200 Others

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:30 AM

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That’s no way to treat friends.
Obama’s National Labor Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 union workers and compensate 200 others for a 2003 labor dispute.
Variety.com reported:

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003.

The 11-year dispute stems from CNN’s decision to replace a unionized subcontractor called Team Video Services, which provided the network with audio and video technicians, with an in-house nonunion work force in its Washington and New York bureaus.

The decision comes weeks after CNN’s top boss Jeff Zucker hinted at additional job cuts at the Turner-owned news channel, which employs over 2,000 people.

“We are going to have to do what we do with less,” he said in a memo to CNN employees. “As a result, that means there will be changes. No final decisions have been made.”

It’s unclear how the NLRB’s ruling will impact the expected restructuring at the news operation.

The Labor Board found “overwhelming” evidence of anti-union animus in CNN’s failure to bargain with the union about the decision to terminate the subcontracts. The org also found CNN had implemented a hiring plan designed to limit the number of discharged TVS employees to avoid a successorship bargaining obligation.

A CNN spokesperson said, “CNN disagrees with the NLRB decision and we are evaluating our options.”

Hat Tip Mara

 

 

Sadie Robertson From ‘Duck Dynasty’ Steals the Show on DWTS 19 Premiere (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Beautiful Sadie Robertson, daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, stole the show on the Dancing With the Stars Season 19 premiere.
Via The Right Scoop:

EOnline called Sadie the contestant to beat.

Sadie Robertson: The Dancing With the Stars contestant to beat?

New judge Julianne Hough proclaimed the Duck Dynasty reality star as the total package, and for Sadie, a huge fan of Hough, it was a dream come true. “Oh my gosh, it was huge,” she told us. Sadie received a 34—two 8s and two 9s—from the judging panel of Hough, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, one of the highest scores.

“It was so much fun,” she said. “I really let loose and had fun with it. I loved it.”

Sadie placed second in total scores behind Fresh Prince star Alfonso Riberio. He scored and 36 and Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson scored 32.

Sadie’s dance made her father emotional. Willie Robertson also has approval over Sadie’s outfits, as they must be modest enough or she’s not going out on the dance floor. The young reality star and designer revealed her big Duck Dynasty family will be rotating in the audience. In fact, there’s already a schedule in place.

 

 

Smoking Gun: Top State Dept. Officials Purged Documents from Benghazi Review Board

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 11:05 PM

Top State Department Officials Purged Documents from Benghazi Review Board–
Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff and Assistant Chief of Staff reportedly presided over an operation to withhold documents that may have implicated negligence and malfeasance in the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012.

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On Monday, Sharyl Attkisson discussed her latest report outlining the role senior Clinton aides played in interfering with investigations into the Benghazi terror attack.

Sharyl Attkisson at The Daily Signal reported:

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.

“I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon,” Maxwell says.

He didn’t know it then, but Maxwell would ultimately become one of four State Department officials singled out for discipline—he says scapegoated—then later cleared for devastating security lapses leading up to the attacks. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were murdered during the Benghazi attacks.

‘Basement Operation’

Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says, in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.

Read the rest here.

 

Pope Francis to Greet Albanians in Open Car Despite ISIS Threats

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:41 PM

Pope Francis will greet Albanians in his open car despite assassination threats from ISIS.
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican in this Sept.3, 2014 file photo. (ABC News)

The Telegraph reported:

Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.

As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff’s life.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the ambassador said.

Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart of Western Christendom, and have talked of planting the jihadist black flag on top of St Peter’s Basilica.

Habeeb Al Sadr said there were also indications of a more specific threat against Pope Francis, who recently spoke out in favour of the US and its allies halting the advance of Isil in Syria and Iraq.

 

Crackpot Tuesday: Maxine Waters Says Shariah Law Is Compatible With US Constitution (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:03 PM

On February 19, 2012 a public town hall meeting took place at the Islamic Society of Orange County, California.

Democrat Maxine Waters told the audience Shariah Law was compatible with the US Constitution.
What a complete moron.

 

AWFUL. Obama Turns Down Invite to Attend Dedication of Washington’s Wounded Vet Memorial

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:30 PM

Barack Obama declined an invitation to attend the dedication of the first memorial honoring wounded veterans.
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Veterans tear down a fence at a Washington War Memorial closed off to the public by Barack Obama.

But, he loves the troops.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:

President Barack Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C.

However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a source who works on veteran’s issues who is familiar with the situation. This would be among the first national memorials in recent history not to be formally accepted in person by a sitting U.S. president.

Organizers of the event were caught off guard when informed by the White House of the president’s decision this week and are hoping to receive an explanation from the White House as to why Obama will not be attending the ceremony, according to the source, who is close to the memorial and was informed of the decision this week.

 

SHOCK POLL: One-in-Three Ferguson Blacks Believe Shooting of Mike Brown Was JUSTIFIED

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:32 PM

Mike Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.
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Michael Brown robbed a local Ferguson convenience store shortly before his death. Then Brown smashed police officer Darren Wilson in the face, severely injuring Wilson, before he was shot dead.

After weeks of rioting and looting, and numerous reports, nearly two-in-three whites in Ferguson believe the shooting of robber Michael Brown was justified. And, more than 33% of blacks believed the shooting was justified
The Daily Beast reported:

White residents of St. Louis County, Missouri—home to Ferguson—say they believe a police officer’s shooting of Michael Brown was justified. In a poll of the area, 65 percent of African-American inhabitants thought Officer Darren Wilson acted unjustly by killing 18-year-old Brown, while 62 percent of whites found the death justified. The opinion divide showed up again when pollsters asked if Wilson should be arrested and charged. Seventy-one percent of African Americans said he should, while the same percentage of whites said he should not.

More at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Michael Brown was shot dead on August 9, 2014, after a store robbery.

 

BRUSSELS SYNAGOGUE Vandalized and Torched – Three Injured

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 3:43 PM

A synagogue in the Belgian capitals of Brussels was vandalized and torched on Tuesday.
Vandals broke in and torched the fourth floor of the building.
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The arson attack occurred at 5 a.m. in Brussels at the Anderlecht synagogue near the train station.

The caretaker’s wife and two children suffered smoke inhalation.
Israel National News reported:

Amid a wave of anti-Semitism in Europe, and just four months since deadly Brussels shooting, attackers set fire to a synagogue.

A fire broke out in a synagogue in the Belgian capitals of Brussels Tuesday, in what appears to be a “criminal” act, according to reports.

Belgian daily La Dernière Heure said that several people broke into synagogue, which is located in the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Anderlecht, and ignited several fires on the fourth floor of the building.

The wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker suffered slight smoke inhalation in the fire on the top floor of the building, where they lived, said Laurens Dumont, a spokesman for the city prosecutor. The caretaker was absent at the time.

Dumont said “it would seem that the fire was set deliberately” at the synagogue in the Brussels neighborhood near the main train station, but the investigation was in its early stages.

“All leads are open,” Dumont said.

The synagogue was already targeted by a Molotov cocktail in 2010 “Neighbors had extinguished the flames,” recalled Guttmann.

 

TRANSGENDER GIRL Crowned Homecoming Princess at Colorado Springs School (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 3:19 PM

Scarlett Lenh, is biologically a boy, but started identifying as a girl last year.
Last week she was crowned homecoming princess at Sand Creek High School in Colorado, Springs.

Lenh bested three other candidates for the crown.

Scarlett has been dressing for only a few weeks.
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Several girls were upset that Scarlett took a spot from them.
The Gazette reported:

Scarlett Lenh was officially crowned the 2014 homecoming princess for Sand Creek High School during Friday night’s football game.

Scarlett, however, is biologically a guy. She was born Andy Lenh and this school year started identifying as a female transgender.

“It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn’t stop smiling,” Scarlett said after she found out at an afternoon assembly that the majority of the junior class had voted for her over three other candidates.

Two of the other girls who were nominated by their peers were “extremely supportive,” Scarlett said, and the other “was really upset.”

Scarlett, 16, has dressed in girls’ clothing for the past few weeks and also uses the girls’ bathroom at Sand Creek, which is on North Carefree Circle in Falcon School District 49.

Both issues are concerning to some adults and students.

“It’s craziness,” said Jana Neathery, whose granddaughter attends Sand Creek.

“Originally, it was a joke that he was going to be nominated for homecoming princess, but he got a lot of nominations,” she said, referring to Scarlett, “and now there are a lot of upset girls because a spot was taken from them.

“I’m very sympathetic that he’s transgender, but he should be on the boys’ side, not the girls’.”

Parents complained to the school but would not go on television to discuss their opposition to the ruling.

 

Boots on the Ground: Obama to Send 3,000 US Troops to Fight Ebola

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:20 PM

Barack Obama will put “boots on the ground” in Africa to fight the Ebola virus.
President Obama calls Ebola a “national security priority.”

Obama will send 3,000 US troops to Africa to fight the virus.
The Washington Post reported:

President Obama will announce Tuesday that the U.S. military will take the lead in overseeing what has been a chaotic and widely criticized response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history, dispatching up to 3,000 military personnel to West Africa in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the next six months, according to senior administration officials.

By the end of the week, a general sent by U.S. Africa Command will be in place in Monrovia, Liberia — the country where transmission rates are increasing exponentially — to lead the effort called Operation United Assistance. The general will head a regional command based in Liberia that will help oversee and coordinate U.S. and international relief efforts while a new, separate regional staging base will help accelerate transportation of urgently needed equipment, supplies and personnel.

In addition, the Pentagon will send engineers to set up 17 treatment centers in Liberia — each with a 100-bed capacity — as well as medical personnel to train up to 500 health-care workers a week in the region.

The president’s decision to enlist the U.S. military, whose resources are already under strain as it responds to conflicts in the Middle East, reflects the growing concern of U.S. officials that, unless greater force is brought to bear, the epidemic could wreak havoc on the continent.

 



 
 

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