Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

Wonder why the Democrats are suddenly pushing marijuana?

Woooah, man, that's a union rally!

Woooah, man, that’s a union rally!

Labor unions have cut a deal with the growers.

A study by Washington state’s Office of Financial Management said legalization could result in $1 billion in sales per year in the state, which is home to about 2 percent of the U.S. population.

For people like Dan Rush, who leads the UFCW’s cannabis division, the numbers hint at big things to come for the marijuana industry.

“Since Election Day, we’ve had a rush to join the union” in states where marijuana is sold legally, said Rush, who has become a key player in the union’s efforts to promote the legal use of the drug. “I can’t keep up,” he said. “That’s a direct result of the best poll in the world being Election Day.”

Rush said that if the industry expands, as he and others hope, it would support jobs across the country, from growers to truck drivers to carpenters to retail clerks.

The scale of the business could rival that of a major U.S. crop or the alcohol industry, according to UFCW officials who estimate that 100,000 workers could be added to their union in California alone.

By joining a union, marijuana workers could have more sway in pressing for higher pay and benefits such as healthcare.

Unlike business owners in other industries who typically view unions warily, some legal marijuana retailers welcome the prospect of a unionized workforce – for now, at least.

Marijuana retailers have invited the UFCW into their shops. They think the union could give legitimacy to their business and support against competitors who, the retailers say, undercut the industry’s standing by operating outside the law.

Ultimately, this will solve the drug problem as the union does for that industry what it’s done for the rest; in the meantime, it provides a useful insight into what the Democrats are doing and why they’re doing it.

In politics, there’s always the stated purpose and the real purpose and until now, I couldn’t figure out why the Democrats were mounting a national drive to legalize dope. Insert the magic word “union” into it and it all makes sense.

 

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When there’s never enough

Al GoreAl Gore’s green energy company Bloom Energy Corp is busted for smuggling in illegal workers from Mexico and paying them less than three bucks an hour – in pesos, yet.

“Why, I brought these boys in just to visit,” Gore told FWIW’s  B. Simonds. “I thought they’d like to see how I can heat my mansion with used tacos and chile husks, I never dreamed they’d end up working in mah battery factory. I suppose – sniff – they just want to help save the world, and is there anything wrong with that, really?”

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Tooth and claw

National Nurses United knows what you need!

National Nurses United knows what you need!

Latest Democrat group to oppose the Keystone pipeline? The nurses union! I wonder why it took so long for their overlords to notice their absence. I also assume that pipeline workers aren’t unionized – I mean, is there any other reason the “party of the working man” is so determined to extinguish the one bright spot in the economy?

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For Hartford Democrats, Adam Lanza still breathes

 

Brown Shirt party

Brown Shirt party

Long time Second Amendment foe state  Senator Martin Looney [ I didn't say it, his parents did - Ed] is rushing a gun control bill through the legislature using the “emergency certification” procedure to shut off debate.

Ballotpedia describes the legislative process thus:

Before most bills are considered in either the House or Senate, they must first go through the committee system. The primary exception to this rule is the emergency certification bill, or “e-cert,” which can be passed on the floor without going through committee first. The e-cert is generally reserved for use during times of crisis, such as natural disasters or when deadlines are approaching too quickly to delay action

The only emergency here is the fear that emotions may cool and reason return before the Democrats pass their bill. Gun owner or not, real democrats might be troubled by this evasion of the legislative process. Democrats with a capital “D”, however won’t care a whit.

Looney, by the way, who has also introduced a bill requiring that public schools teach “labor history” (gee, taught from what viewpoint?), has included in the grab bag of anti-gun laws he’s trying to pass a provision to register every buyer of ammunition, require background checks to do same and ban internet sales, all of which are aimed solely at target and recreational shooters and have absolutely no connection with preventing another Adam Lanza, the ostensible reason for this gun confiscation offensive.

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Giving gun owners everywhere a bad name

Here's the end of Kim Kardashian

Here’s the end of Kim Kardashian

“Reality Star” – seriously, that’s how they describe this creature – Kim Kardashian takes a break from persuading her followers [sic] to sign gun ban petition and buys herself a new revolver. 

She recently encouraged her Twitter followers to sign a pledge to help combat gun violence following the Sandy Hook shooting in December.

But that was clearly the last thing on Kim Kardashian’s mind as she tweeted a picture of a jewel-encrusted hand gun on Saturday.

Forgetting the pledge she made just a few weeks ago the pregnant reality star quickly deleted the image after presumably realising the hypocrisy of her move.

But it's so cute!

But it’s so cute!

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And two more new listings

Both seem to at least recognize that something happened to home prices after 2006, which is encouraging.

4 Gisborne (photoshopped leaves?)

4 Gisborne (photoshopped leaves?)

4 Gisborne Place, in Old Greenwich off Taconic Tomac (duh) and abutting the golf course, is listed at $1.775 million. Purchased for $1.915 in 2006. Gisborne’s a nice little cul de sac with just a handful – 4?- houses on it. Not much yard here but there is Innis’s yard to play on when golf is not in session and you can’t beat the location for convenience. I haven’t seen the house yet because it’s on tomorrow’s open house but it seems to have potential.

474 North St

474 North St

474 North Street was built new, I believe, in 2006 and has been on and off the market since, starting at $5.459 and after six price drops is now $3.850. I really don’t remember the house but it’s on an acre, with a pool, and a driveway that I think exits onto Copper Beech, giving you an alternative route to town should you wish to avoid North Street’s rush hour. Across from St. Michael and again, open house tomorrow.

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Study: Global warming propaganda goes only so far

 

When Gaia the Eskimo gets here ....

When Gaia the Eskimo gets here ….

People’s belief in the Church of the Holy Gaia fluctuates with the weather.

Americans’ opinions on climate change blow with the wind—with more concern shown in years that are much warmer or much colder than normal—according to a new study released Tuesday.

Five of the nation’s top newspapers were also more likely to publish opinion pieces that showed “belief” in climate change during years that were colder or warmer than normal.

“It’s a goddamn shame”, Minister of Propaganda Albert Gore told FWIW’s quote checker, B. Simonds, “every time we whip the sheeple into a frenzy over GW, something comes along like Moscow’s snowiest winter in 100 years and the fools cool off. If only we had, I don’t know, a controlled press that would run during hurricanes and even earthquakes so we could keep the momentum going. But where on earth would we find that?”

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