Sometimes the DIY movement to save $ goes too far

Passengers on Turkish airlines told to search their own luggage for bombs.

In case they forgot what they packed? And can we really expect Abdulha to ‘fess up if he did happen to have brought one along?



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36 responses to “Sometimes the DIY movement to save $ goes too far

  1. AJ

    Why DIY when you can take free classes? Swedes give Syrian refugees free sniper training; what could possibly go wrong?

  2. Cos Cobber

    GE just wanted the under funded pension issue to go away… FF – this is the canary in the coal mine you can’t ignore. So many dead birds already, but this time will your party listen? Fix our unsustainable pension problem or watch us all perish in a slow burn.

    • Anon

      Very glad Himes cancelled his Stamford town hall meeting on Saturday – what a waste of time it would have been listening to this propaganda, What a f@@@@@g tool.

    • Walt

      Dude –

      GE is moving out of Connecticut? Why wasn’t I informed of this? And why didn’t you cover it? Francis doesn’t believe this is a problem, as he thinks it’s impossible to run out of other people’s money. Just raise taxes. No problem!! No one will leave because of that.

      More importantly, did you here Steph got arrested for DWI? Did she ask you for my contact data yet?

      And as far as searching your own luggage, let’s say somebody actually DID find a bomb in their bag. What do you do then? There is no way to get it off the plane, so now what? Are they going to try and defuse a bomb they find? That doesn’t seem like a very good idea. So what is the point? Plus it’s probably in a checked bag, and they can’t search them until they are on the ground.

      Anyhows, are we doing movie trivia today? How did Gary Cooper get his nickname “The Duke”? Starting with an easy one!

      Your Pal,

      • FF

        OK, while the photo made me wonder about the arresting officer’s actions on that day, let me state the following beliefs:

        GE going away is bad for Fairfield, and for the state in the form of the 5% of 800 employees income in state tax but did not have as much to do with the corporate tax situation in CT (they didn’t pay, as they admitted) as much as it had to do with the notion that GE is changing from a hard manufacturing company to a “tech” company. Our state offers little or nothing as far as a draw to work here. Short of a new theater in Norwalk, our cultural draw is moribund, and we don’t spend nearly enough in creating a 21st century state heavy on tech infrastructure, speed to market, etc.. Our big cities failed because we didn’t create a 20th century state and hats, brass, brownstone and heavy weaponry eventually died out and nobody has come up with a realistic exit, although Danbury’s influx of immigrants and the business model they brought has made a difference there. Our suburbs survived because New York went to hell and finance moved to Fairfield County, insurance to West Hartford, and UCONN became something worthwhile. Almost none of this occurred because of our tax policy or our “anti-business” Democrats – although 20 years of Republican governors would lead me to believe its more of an “establishment” that you are mad at.It was because of circumstances not created by us
        Now our suburbs are in trouble because there continues to be little to entice young people to hunker down in CT. A 28 year old with an MBA isn’t analyzing tax policy, he/she is wondering what they get for their investment of their own human capital in a state. They see endless traffic jams on roads that aren’t addressed, and trains that used to be more reliable and now are kind of unsure. They see certain, highly expensive towns with excellent public schools and a larger number of cities that nobody sends their kids to and probably take a pass on them. However, each of these problems take money to address, and other than wishful, ideological thinking, roads don’t get fixed by fairy dust tax credits and dreams of a renaissance based solely on creating a “better business environment”. Won’t say that wouldn’t help a lot, but you’re basing that thinking on the notion that the existing system – created and bolstered by both parties in Hartford and please don’t try to say otherwise because its just untrue – is in itself fixable, and it isn’t as much as Dan Malloy is trying to keep it together.
        One statistic jumped out at me. The state is fixing the bridge between exits 33 and 34 over the Housatonic Bridge. In the mid-1950’s, Connecticut built the entire I-95 from Greenwich to Stonington, with union labor, for less than it cost to replace that single bridge, also with union labor. Its an apples to apples comparison of the problems that need to be addressed and when a Republican shows me how to address problems like that, the ideological hoping means nothing to me, no matter how loudly hyperventilated

        • Cos Cobber

          Congrats on saying so little. The bottom line is the state needs real radical pension reform asap or we will remain in a permanent budget crisis. This is realty number 1. All other issues before the state mean nothing without pension reform.

          Elsewhere there is much more to counter in your post – but I will point out that feather bedding and excessive benefits puts the per hr cost of Union Constr at 100 to 150 per hr which is double non Union work. Union labor hadn’t driven the wage scale so askew back in the 50s. Equally as important, but often overlooked is that our environmental protection efforts with many large constr projects are way overboard. There is streamlining that could be done on both the labor and the environment that could deliver real solutions. Just look at the jumping jacks to dredge our habors or to deal with storm water runoff. The environment matters – but economic sense matters too.

          About pension, your party at the state level is so deep in bed with the unions that we have to get to a Detroit level of disrepair before acknowledgement. I don’t want to get to that point and neither did GE.

        • Walt

          Francis –

          Thank you for your well thought out, and too long to read reply. BREVITY MAN!!

          The reason the roads are in such disrepair is that the gas taxes, which are meant to go to road repair, are siphoned off and used for other stuff. To pay the bloated state payroll expenditures.

          Here is all you need to do to fix the mess we are in. Freeze state hiring. Get headcount down by 10% due to attrition. This can be done.

          All new municipal hires get a new, affordable 401-k plan, just like the private sector. Then phase out the state income tax over 5 years. Yes Francis, THAT’S RIGHT!! TAX CUTS!!

          LEVERAGE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE!! Blow up the DMV, sell the land and buildings, and cut a deal with the post office to do it. Have you been in a post office recently? Half of the lanes are always closed. SO USE THAT!

          Pay toilets!! I want pay toilets EVERYWHERE!! At the rest stops on I-95, the schools, the libraries, EVERYWHERE!! Who said you can’t tax shit? If someone isn’t self-disciplined enough to dump when they awake, AT HOME LIKE A CIVILIZED HUMAN BEING, and properly shower afterwards, THEY NEED TO PAY!! Plus we are going to unisex bathrooms anyway, so you can close one and use that space for something else. And start charging for parking at the rest stops. It’s all out of staters anyway.

          What do we do with schools at night? NOTHING!! Let’s use that space when it’s empty!! Arthur Murray, H&R Block, rub & tugs would all use off hour night space. Use MISA for a nude ballet!! Get creative!!

          I have lot’s more ideas that I can share with you to turn this shit hole of a state around in a cost effective manner. But don’t you want to venture a guess on the trivia question first?

          And if Steph leaves because of this hostile environment you have created, I will never forgive you. Here is a picture of her so you know who she is:

          Your Pal,

        • Oh, it's for my name

          FF: your key comment is “However, each of these problems take money to address…”
          Until our state’s governments reform how they currently spend tax revenue (quite poorly, if not corruptly), the mantra of MORE SPENDING doesn’t fly.

        • Cos Cobber

          By any index we are one of the 5 biggest spenders of any state on a per capita basis and the results speak for themselves. Now, if FF could spend it better, that would be one thing, but no Dem has every said they could spend better, only that they would spend more!

        • Anonymous

          FF, the 28 year-old, may see traffic jams, but there is more to it than that. If they have any sane reasoning skills they know that CT is an incredibly high tax state to both live and die in. The cost of gas and housing is through the roof and it is very unbusiness friendly. Additionally, they know that the states finances are a ticking time bomb, which comes closer to an explosion every year. At the end of the day, they know that CT is not the state to set up long term roots because it will only lead to disappointment. In their heart they know CT is not the place of opportunity, and it never will be. At best you live here temporarily and get out.

          Of course the view is different if you are from Bridgeport and on the government dole and feeding at the Democratic party trough, which they keep you effectively engaged and voting at the poll.

        • The hair-splitting analysis of whether GE pays corporate taxes of x.xx% or y.yy%, or whether the problem is corporate or individual taxes misses the larger point. GE execs have told everyone that a) the CT fiscal situation is bad, and more important b) there is no recognition in Hartford, and most important c) the CT government simply disrespected GE.

          Malloy effectively said to GE: “We just don’t care about you. You are a big capable company with a long term view. Our focus is short term, and we are interested in union voters, whether CT municipal employees, or teachers (all of whose pensions are paid from Hartford, not from the towns where they work), or our base of ignorant city-dwelling democrat voters who think government spending will help them.

          State to GE: who cares what you think?

      • Walt, the first photo of Steph – does she have Bruce Jenner’s old legs on? Either the photo is really bad or she needs serious epilation. Somehow I guess you guys aren’t looking at her legs though so my point is likely moot in this crowd of horndogs.

      • Fatdaddy

        Looking at the skank in the photo reminded me…Honey, I have a confession to make…
        a guy told his bride.
        “I’m a golf nut. You’ll never see me on weekends during golf season.”
        “Well, dear,” she murmured. “I have a confession to make too. I’m a hooker.”
        “No big deal,” replied the groom. “Just keep your head down and your left arm straight.”

      • Anonymous


        There are tons of naked pics of Steph online. Why you only going half way on your posts? How many times you think she’s had driving issues in the past? My guess is that this is the first time the other party was female. The other times, she was able to work herself come to agreement with the other party.

  3. Fatdaddy

    Why is Timothy Tefft, ex-Brunswick School Head teacher, being incarcerated at Fort Dix?
    Nothing makes sense to me anymore…

  4. Fatdaddy

    Speaking of dicks…

    The University of Connecticut has come to a tentative agreement with its largest labor union, guaranteeing its employees an average wage increase of at least 3.2 percent over each of the next five years.
    In exchange, the 1,900 staff members belonging to the UConn Professional Employees Association will begin working a 40-hour week, up from the current 35-hour work week. The agreement covers admissions and financial aid officers, librarians and other non-teaching staff who currently earn between $40,000 a $150,000 a year.
    Other provisions in the non-teaching staff contract include:
    •On top of the 3.2 percent average annual wage increase over the next five years, employees will be eligible for merit raises and one-time bonuses of up to $5,000.
    •Compensatory time is capped for employees whose hours are customarily irregular. Employees who are designated as essential will receive compensatory time when they are required to work during emergency closings.
    •Employees who separate from UConn will now be paid for up to 60 days of unused vacation, up from the current 44 days.
    •Daycare reimbursements, which come from union dues, will increase, and funding for the reimbursements will more than double to $100,000 per year. This pool of money provides employees with $450 to $600 a year to help out with child care expenses.

    • Cos Cobber

      Fatdaddy, As you probably know, the media and the politicians always mislead us with these announcements. The 3.2% wage increase is across the board BEFORE including the built in wage steps for seniority. In reality, most contract employees will receive more than a 3.2% increase as they will also be stepping up in seniority which dictates another increase. Therefore, even in a world of “no increase in wages” as the media would announce in a hypothetical news story, most all employees would be getting an increase of some form for their built in escalators/wage scale steps for seniority.

      The 3.2% doesn’t scare me….its the lack of reform on pensions…that is what will kill this state…driving businesses away, increasing taxes and reducing other gov services.

      • Fatdaddy

        I was saddened to hear that they are being forced to work forty hours…

        • Cos Cobber

          Yes, way less than my 60

        • Anonymous

          Yes, but if they are hourly paid workers, and likely most are, they get paid for the five extra hours of work, on top of the hourly wage increase. The concession is they must work the extra hours, but you still have to pay. The five extra hours are not free.

  5. another starbucks 4 me

    CT pensions are going to become pay as you go and the state government will raid the ~ 50% funded plans ($29.6B at 6/30/15, probably 20% less today) to generate a short term boost to the economy and the democrat leadership. The current governor is not opposed to “big ideas”, he’ll claim he got inspired in Davos.

    • I know a couple of ex-private equity guys who have invested big into public pensions. With state pensions going in the toilet all over the USA, how can these guys make money – and what is it that they are doing to make their money? Buy state pensions and reinvest them?

  6. another starbucks 4 me

    Interesting … maybe short term, high interest loans to cover cash or covenant shortfalls. The money flow is usually the other way, pensions investing in PE funds.

  7. Anonymous

    FF and all you other Liberalites,

    Clicking your ruby red slippers saying over and over again that GE didn’t leave CT because of taxes does NOT bring you back to Kansas nor make it so.

    Of course, GE left for taxes. Taxes now, AND taxes later. GE saw the historical trend with our General Assembly and was smart enough to say—hhhmmm, with all those unfunded liabilities, lets divine who is going to pay for them—union employees, or the big fat, mean corporations (better if they are a hedge fund!)? Given a 1 second study of the situation….GE checked out for a state that has been aggressive in reforming. Check out what MA has done a few years ago for all state retiree health benefits….under a Democrat governor.

    We need new leadership—on both sides of the aisle. It will probably be a Republican since Democrats have become beholden to the Unions.

    Its time to look at fiscal reality in the face and fucking deal with it. Not clicking the slippers living in some fantasy land.

    • Anonymous

      Anon at 3:16, there are very legitimate reasons why Connecticut should be concerned about GE leaving (including Connecticut’s “fiscal house”), but to claim it is about taxes is an idelogocial talking point, not grounded in reality. Massachusetts tax burden is comparable to Connecticut’s, although mitigated somewhat by city/state/county tax breaks. If taxes were the primary, or even a signficanct reason, Florida or Texas would be superior choices to Massachusetts and New York (also, allegedly, in the running). The two primary reasons for GE moving were to a) align its business focus with a hub of high tech innovation, as FF noted, and b) to get out of the suburbs into a vibran city where millenials now prefer to live. I suspect Immelt just wanted to poke CT in the eye on his way out and publicly cited taxes as a reason for leaving.

      • Anonymous

        Seriously, you think GE is changing its corporate headquarters and moving senior people from their homes for the two reasons you cite? Nice spin.

      • Cos Cobber

        So you have chosen to ignore all the other comments put out by GE via their CFO (from last fall) and passed through others such as Jim Himes/etc. GE left because of the reasons you cited AND because of the unwillingness in Hartford to deal with its pension bomb – one of the three biggest bombs of any state in the union! Until the unfunded pension bomb is fully addressed, there is no way but for taxes to rise and probably dramatically.

        It didn’t help at all that Hartford has been playing an open shell game for years – adding surcharges, suspending previously issued tax credits and mocking GE’s management.

      • Anonymous

        You lost me at significanct.

  8. Anonymous

    Not so fast…..MA did NOT reform retiree health but the Dem Gov did at least put it out there despite union protests.

  9. Anonymous

    Anon at 4:15….I agree that it is the SUM TOTAL of CT’s message (including the PP slide with GE’s competitor’s engine) that signaled to GE the seriousness of CT’s effort to remain competitive. What is most sad is that CT’s current taxe deficits do not even begin to tell the FUTURE tax story—where union demands ratcheted up incomes and fringe benefits so the unfolded liabilities will accelerate fast and rich. This will be slow, unfolding excruciating train wreck.