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!!!!!!!DISCLOSURE, WARNING!!!! THERE WILL BE HARSH LANGUAGE IN THIS POST THAT SOME MAY SEE AS OFFENSIVE, IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED DO NOT READ THIS POST YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!

I have been paying attention to the way Unions in this country have been conducting themselves, and I am not very happy with what I have seen. I attribute the Unions with many companies sending our manufacturing jobs overseas, and have heard stories about how people in the 60’s and 70’s that were just highschool grads were getting paid outrageous salaries for basically sweeping the floors at such Union powerhouses like General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler just to name three that come to mind immediately. Then there have been several strikes by educators, that in my mind, have sent a terrible message of greed, and selfishness to a generation of children that may not be able to be reversed. This is wrong, do not jeopardize my childs well-being and education with your message of greed.

I will try and place some links to some of the stories that I am going to rant about here on this virtual page. I will start with the recent Hurricane Sandy fiasco. Millions without homes and, or power, companies in the south lined trucks and crews up and sent them to the area to help get the power back on, and guess what? When they arrived in the Northeast the Union bosses told these crews to turn around and go home, because they were not Union employees they were not wanted there. I was so fucking pissed when I heard this, and it was but a one minute blurb on the news and that was the last time it was mentioned by the media, that I suppose is another Union company.   http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/02/ala-utility-florida-crewman-blame-electrical-union-for-interfering-with-hurricane-sandy-relief-video/ Now there are conflicting reports on the story but there are some that were already Union affiliated and they were allowed in, and then there were others that were being forced to sign Union contracts to be able TO HELP THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS! People this is BULLSHIT!!

Let’s travel back in time to the era of the Dinosaurs, they were majestic, giants that served a purpose, and now we burn them in our gas tanks, they are extinct, and my friends that is where the Unions need to be,,,,extinct. They had a time, and a place, and they did many things for the American worker at the turn of the century, and shortly after the industrial revolution. Now however they have forced companies to take our jobs, American jobs, and send them to places like China, India, The Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia leaving many Americans with nothing, no work, few American made products, and the Unions are still fighting to get broom pushers $30.00 dollars an hour.

Now let us talk about the union dues that the Union members have to pay. This is very interesting to me that people are stupid enough to let an organization take money from their paychecks with little to no accountability for what the money is actually used for. Here is a link to a Forbes story from July of this year that I found interesting;   http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/07/31/union-dues-are-a-prohibitively-bad-investment/  and here is the Wikipedia definition of union dues;  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_dues.

Now here are a couple of links that may spark some controversy about the Unions and why I believe it is time for us to bury this dinosaur. note some are from very biased media, but none the less there is some truth and facts in them all;  http://www.redstate.com/realquiet/2012/06/03/the-unions-tried-to-keep-a-lid-on-scott-walker-from-revealing-what-unions-really-are-and-now-hopefully-the-nation-may-figure-it-out-as-well/http://iamfacts.com/iam-dues/ the second one has a video from a former Union organizer.

I suppose you have asked what has sparked this strong response to Unions? I will tell you in a nutshell, and one word HOSTESS!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostess_Brands  the company started in America in 1930 and until recently was the largest baker and distributor of bakery products in this country. In recent years what with the idiotic laws about large drinks, and Cheetos being banned here and there because they make us fat,,,right,,it would not be the real fact that the people made a choice to eat to many Twinkies, or the individual made the choice to super-size their  happy meal all on their own, did that ever dawn on one of the mentally challenged politicians that are forcing more and more laws on us that take away our choices? Did anyone hold a gun to any kids and make them eat 10 bags of Cheetos? Anyway,,,forgive my random tangent on another subject for another post.  Wonder Bread, Dolly Madison, Drake brands, and let’s not forget that old American staple THE TWINKIE, all gone forever, no more Hostess “Ho-Hos” no more Dolly Madison snack cakes, no more “Butternut Breads” never to exist again. Now here is the real nail in the Union coffin for me, besides taking away our Twinkies, and our cup cakes, they are going to put 18500 workers out of work a week before Thanksgiving, and about a month until Christmas. Now you may ask why? Well the Bakers Union said they could not live on their wages, and went on strike. Look at this fact,,, “Hostess had annual sales of about $2.5 billion. The company said it had been making 500 million Twinkies and 127 million loaves of Wonder Bread annually before Friday’s shutdown.” This was quoted from a news story online at: http://whotv.com/2012/11/16/goodbye-twinkies-hostess-brands-closing-for-good/. Now I will tell you this, it has been an eon since I actually ate a Twinkie, but that is not the point here. The point is that the Bakers Union started a strike, a UNION started a strike, after this company that we are all affected by one way or another due to their baking diversity, had filed for bankruptcy twice since 2004, In the first one they were coming out of a four year restructuring process, and more recently they filed again on Wednesday.

Here’s the beef that the Bakers Union had, in the restructuring process the employees were give an 8% cut in pay, that would have gradually been cut to 4% in a number of years, and they took a 30% cut in health benefits. These are bad things, but in the long run the needs of the many are more important than the needs of the few. Not in this day and age, greed, the love of money, and material things has blinded us all, we have become a nation of dumbed down, greedy, selfish, that have little to no respect to each other, and demand that people respect us, again I call BULLSHIT!

It is becoming colder where I live, with shorter days, and work is slowing down, this directly affects my job, and my wages at my part time position that I have at a mom and pop rental business. From now until spring our hours will be cut, and people will be asked if they would consider going home? Every employee of the company is will to be in a rotation of days off so no one gets hurt as badly as we would if THEY HAD TO LAY US OFF, or SHUT THE DOORS because us greedy ass employees would not try and save our own jobs we had rather take the self centered, greedy path, and kill the hand that feeds us. How stupid is that? I would gladly take a cut in pay, and benefits if it meant that I would still have a job to feed my family with! Now what? You idiots will get some of your Union dues back in the form of “STRIKE WAGES” that the Union pays, but is it your $35.00 per hour? Then you will get your federal Unemployment insurance for 26 weeks, with maybe one extension. At which time some of you neurosurgeon, will be completely out of work and money. This is when I expect to see some of your crying hungry babies on TV with you there blaming Hostess for going out of business, and trying to levy a lawsuit against them for YOUR POOR CHOICE you Bakers Union members. Your friends and neighbors will begin to re-locate, and they will begin to loose their homes, and retirement funds, all because a poor choice by a small percentage of Hostess employees.

Hostess was an 82 year old retailer and manufacturer of baked goods, they had nearly 19,000 employees and gave us many decades of sweet snacks and breads. Here is a list of the “Hostess Brands” products that we will be loosing due to the Unions.

Sweet Snacks Twinkies, CupCakes, Ding Dong’s, Ho Hos, Sno Balls, Donettes Devil Dogs, – Drake’s Funny Bones, – Drake’s Ring Dings, – Drake’s CoffeeCakes, – Drake’s Blueberry Muffins, – Drake’s Yodels – Drake’s

Breads Wonder Nature’s Pride, Merita, Home Pride, Beefsteak, Butternut, Millbrook, Eddy’s, J.J. Nissen, Sweetheart, Cotton’s, Holsum, Sunbeam, Bread du Jour.

I am pissed, not only at the Unions, but at all  you sorry people who went on strike in whatever American company and cost your fellow employees their jobs, and all of you greedy, materialistic scum bags that all you care about is yourself. When we are without jobs, and then all on welfare, what then? I know the God damn Unions can bail us all out with the millions they have taken from the American worker, no strike that, the billions in lost wages, and jobs lost to, in some cases, our former enemies, i.e. Vietnam, and China.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves, what about your neighbors kids, what about your kids? You have done an Iconic American Company in because of greed!

 

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I had an eppifinay this morning in the shower, as the hot water ran over me and washed away the nights oils and dirt, I thought about how I really felt inside, and I realized that I am content. I believe that this contentment is different from happiness, and all the other emotions that people feel today, and then I realized another thing, when we are discontent, when we are angry, or sad, or seeing only negative in this world we have fallen prey to the mainstream.

If we all just stopped for one minute and took a deep breath and looked at the person in the mirror, maybe we would stop being so critical of others. I am human and I fall short of being perfect, and I will freely admit that I have had ill thoughts of other people, and I have done bad things, but as of this morning and my magical shower, I am going to try to place control over the one thing, the one person, the one bit of earth that I can absolutely control and that is me. I cannot control how another person feels, I do not make anyone sad, nor does anyone make me sad, I choose to be that way because of my emotion. No one held a gun to my head and made me do drugs, no one held my mother hostage and forced me to join the Marine Corps, no one made me feel anyway, or anything that I did not want to feel all on my own.

This is where I stop or begin to try to stop using negative, this is where I am going to try to be positive, and see things differently in all aspects of my life, and I urge you all to try this as well.  I am going to try to continue to be content.

We are all humans, we all live on the only planet that there is for us, and yet we always are divisive, and mean-spirited, and down right nasty to each other. Not one of you, or I is perfect, we do not have super powers, nor can we predict the future, and because of the lack of humbleness, and caring for every other human, and trying to live in the future we all live is some amount of fear, and have daily angst. Let me tell you that, fear comes from the future and the unknown, the past is gone and we cannot change what has happened already, but we all refuse to live in the here, and now.

My shower this morning put me in the moment and that brief taste of clarity has made me see the world in a different light, I actually stopped and listened like my friend Al Al suggested. He said this in a Facebook post, ” When we pray we speak to God, and when we meditate we listen to God’s answer.” forgive me Al Al I paraphrased a little, but how true is this? Some of my friends don’t believe in God, and that is fine with me, I myself believe but do not subscribe to mainstream religion, but how many of you that are not “believers” meditate? Who are you listening to? The minds voice the metaphysical being that is in us all? This is me now, I want to listen more, and talk less, I want to stay content even in the face of adversity, and/or danger. I want to take that deep cleansing breath and live this moment as if it were my last and not have to worry about a tomorrow that may never come.

I was keeping track, of the storm Sandy, and watching it’s every move, and I knew that it was going to be the worst thing to hit the Northeast since 9/11, but they showed an image of a grocery store, and bare shelves and I became angry, I made the choice to become very mad at the humans around me and I started voicing that anger. I will explain why now. I have been through hurricanes, and ice storms as a child that had our power out for weeks at a time in the cold winter, but I was taught that we should not be greedy, that we should have compassion for our fellow humans, and when I see people with shopping carts full of bread, and milk, I get sick inside that our country has become this evil, hate filled place, of greedy mean humans. How much bread can you eat, and how will you keep that milk from spoiling? What about the single mom, or dad that was at work that needed a gallon of milk for his or her children? What about the old lady that could not get to the market before the rush of mad, crazy humans, and now she cannot get batteries for her flashlight that she has not needed for years? These are all things that I choose to disturb me. So as I said early on in this post, I cannot control those mis-guided greedy people who have no regard for their fellow humans, but I can control me, and I will promise that if I am ever in the situation where there is a natural disaster coming down on me I will help as many people as I can with bread, and milk, and batteries, because I am myself, mostly always prepared. My flashlight has rechargeable batteries, that are long cycle and only require charging once a month or less even with moderate use, I have a large stock pile of canned foods, and dry goods that I can share,a nd I also have propane canisters, and a cook stove that will last for sometime. I will be the beginning of something that will help all that are willing to try, I am going to attempt to not let other people’s choices affect me, and I am going to try to maintain this inner contentment for all the world to see,a nd if you come at me with negative I may choose not to continue in our conversation until you have found that positive spirit that is in all of us.

Look deep people, my fellow humans, that spirit of kindness, compassion, and caring for others in us all, we all have two fundamental choices in my opinion, the first is that we can control ourselves, and how we interact with this world, the second, and in my mind the most important is, we have no control over any other human being’s emotions, or self-image, and we should not allow others to try and make us pay for their choices.

I do hope that this makes some sense to someone, I hope that these feeble words of mine can help one person to find what I found in my shower this morning, and I hope that you all have a peaceful, blessed day, and life for that matter. find contentment, center yourself on the here and now and remember, what was done in the past is done, you cannot change it with all of your might, you cannot take it back, nor will you get a second chance, the past is gone forever, and, the future is not a promise, we do not know what will happen to us in the next second, let alone the next day, or decade, so do not live in fear of the unknown, instead, embrace this moment, embrace the breath that you are taking now, embrace the earth, and the trees, embrace the flowers, and the bees, embrace the sky and the ocean, embrace yourself, and let the world do as it will, and I promise that you will feel a little better in your day-to-day life.

Thanks,

Mike

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