It’s almost like they’re using taxpayer money to prop-up Democrats.

No, wait. It’s not “like” – it fucking is.

The 1.6 million-member AFSCME is spending a total of $87.5 million on the elections after tapping into a $16 million emergency account to help fortify the Democrats’ hold on Congress. Last week, AFSCME dug deeper, taking out a $2 million loan to fund its push.

How much money did the unions get from the stimulus bill? Oh, yea, $160 BILLION. The AFSME is The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS. Who’s jobs were protected by Obama and friends with that $160 BILLION. Who now are looking for protection for their outrageous pensions.

Yet. They’ve spent $87.5 million on this midterm.

Some critics say public-sector unions are funded by what is essentially taxpayer cash, since member salaries, and therefore union dues, come directly from state budgets.

“Public-sector unions have a guaranteed source of revenue—you and me as taxpayers,” said Glenn Spencer, executive director of the Workforce Freedom Initiative at the Chamber of Commerce.


Read it all.

And now for something completely different:

From the email I was sent:

This Sturgeon was caught on the Pleasant Lake, Lapeer Mi. Two weeks ago. It weighed out at over 1,000 lbs and measured out at 11’1″. It was 56″ around the girth and took over 6 and a half hours, and 4 dozen beers, for the 4 guys taking turns at the reeling it in.
Any Sturgeon OVER about five feet has to be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water.
They are brood / breeding stock and probably older than most of us.

(it was still alive)


I’m never going swimming in my lake again. Someone please tell me this is a photoshop.

As I mentioned in comments, Krathammer had a great take on the French kerfuffle. Here it is.

If you look at what happens in France, you see the second effect of generation after generation of a nanny state which provides all of one’s needs. It’s essentially a spiritual collapse — a country in which you have millions in the streets rioting, attacks on police, shutting of the refineries — over the raising of the retirement age from 60 to 62! — is a country you can only describe as decadent, after all the years of being infantilized. It doesn’t have the spirit to actually rise and say there are things that we have to do.

And that I think are the two effects that people living here see abroad. In the end, the social democratic state is unsustainable because the public sector, being parasitic, is too large and the private sector is unable to sustain it. And secondly, it changes the spirit of the people in a way that in the end can be irreversible.

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15 Comments on “Fiaf”

  1. Shit! It isn’t like Pleasant Lake is that big, either! Damn…

  2. LC Aggie Sith Says:

    Oh my surgeon, what a sturgeon!!!

    I wouldn’t swim there either.

    Krauthammer is right: the country as it was is gone. This isn’t France anymore. For it to be France again they have to start over. From the bottom.

    And I fucking hate unions.

  3. Car in Says:

    You guys were supposed to convince me this was a photoshop.

    I may never go swimming ever again.

  4. Car in Says:

    And, we HAVE occasionally seen something really big … we’re always jokingly calling it the {insert name of our lake} Monster.

    I thought it was a JOKE.

  5. Jazz Says:

    Well, yes, it IS a sturgeon in my pocket, but I really AM glad to see you. 😉

  6. Car in Says:

    And the Fist of Uranus makes its debut at ISBO ….

  7. clintbird Says:

    Is this where I make an appointment for my sturgery?

  8. geoff Says:

    *tackles Car in, gives her the “bottom feeder”*

    Hmmm…that might actually be too anatomically correct. How about the “girthy sturgeon?” No, that’s still a problem…

  9. Car in Says:

    Girthy? Are you calling me fat?

  10. geoff Says:

    Girthy? Are you calling me fat?

    No, if I was calling you fat, I would have said “Fatty, fatty 2-by-4…”

    ‘cuz I’m subtle that way.

  11. Lipstick Says:

    Mr L gave me the girthy sturgeon last night.

    What? TMI?

  12. Car in Says:

    *ponders making fishy smell joke
    *decides against it

  13. Jazz Says:

    Mr L gave me the girthy sturgeon last night.


    +10,000 Nobel Prizes!!!!

  14. ChrisP Says:

    Nice fish! How clear is the water and how deep is the lake?

  15. Car in Says:

    The lake is very deep, and some-clear at times. You can’t see the bottom, ’cause it’s too deep, except along the edges.

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