Nothing Sacred

Thursday, August 1, AD 2013




After 30 years at the bar and a lifetime in Illinois, it takes quite a bit to shock me but this did:




A judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral.

SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families.

“We are grateful that the court agreed to issue this temporary restraining order, and we are hopeful that it will help protect grieving families who are experiencing the most difficult times of their lives,” Larry Michael, managing director for SCI Illinois Services, Inc., said in a release. “While we recognize and respect the Teamsters’ right to lawfully picket, we have been shocked and saddened by their attempts to make grieving families the target of the cruel and outrageous attacks.”

The company testified in its filing that union members blocked grieving family members from leaving its parking lot, used bullhorns to shout obscenities at workers and mourners, and unleashed a German Shepard on a dead woman’s daughter and husband.

The funeral home was eventually forced to call the police when picketers allegedly disrupted a child’s funeral with laughter. The officer asked the Teamsters to leave, but protesters returned when he drove away.

“We will be here for the visitation; we will be here for your funeral,” Teamster driver Lester Plewa allegedly shouted into a bullhorn as a funeral director met with a dying man planning his arrangements with family members.

The appellate court ordered the Teamsters on July 25 to “refrain from conveying any actual or veiled threats against any person, also, refrain from obstructing, hindering, impeding or blocking any person’s entry to or exit from any funeral site or any facility containing a funeral site.”

The Teamsters have been on strike since July 1 after rejecting the company’s offer of nine percent raises for all union members over the next two years.

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5 Responses to Nothing Sacred

  • Nine percent isn’t enough?

    President Alinsky is leading them to a “place” where every man is an enemy to every man and where hordes of destitute dependents viciously attack and rip at each other.

    H. L. Mencken said, “”Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

  • By the way, when did “getting a yearly raise” become a fundamental right of the working man? I was under the impression that raises were things you got when the business was doing particularly well and/or you were doing an exceptional job; not something you’re just entitled to by dint of having a job.

    There are no words to describe the pettiness and evil of these people.

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  • I resonate most strongly with T. Shaw’s comment about “President Alinsky” leading the country to a future where every one is an enemy of everyone else. His pernicious “vision”of what American society should be isn’t fit for the name “democracy.” He is forming a nation of dolts who have no respect for themselves or for anyone else, and who feel entitled to use their rage over what they perceive as the least infringement of personal desire to punish anyone who interferes with them. At the same time, he over-arches this state-driven attitude with strong-arm enforcements of authoritarian dictates. One thing clashes with another while King Obama sits back with Queen Michelle and fiddles while the country burns with resentment, rages, and all kinds of hatreds born out of frustration and disrespect. He wouldn’t feel so superior if he could get out of his bubble and really see what life is like for most people in the once-United States of America. It will take us years to recover from King Obama’s time in office. Pray God (yes, God) to help us recognize a new candidate for this office with the qualities of statesmanship, fairness, concern for all, and the humility to accept good counsel when the next election comes around. Obama has rhetoric and no governing skill. An agenda which is anti-American principles. We are not only spinning our wheels under him, but those wheels are stuck in the mud. What a waste and what a shame, a real shame on us for not recognizing this hollow man after the first four years.

  • I really wish I was surprised.

    They’re just bullies– and bullies pick the most vulnerable targets, then blame others for not doing what was demanded and thus “forcing” the bully to do it.

There Will Be Blood?

Tuesday, December 11, AD 2012

Stephen Crowder of Fox News gets slugged by a union thug in the above video.  Strong language advisory in the above video due to another Union thug repeating the f-word over and over again, in a tiresome display of limited vocabulary.  This Union brawl was sparked by the fact that the Michigan legislature voted to make it the 24th Right to Work State:

“This is the day when Michigan freed its workers,” Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, an Alto Republican, said today during debate on two bills, one for public employees and another for private ones.

If Republican Governor Rick Snyder signs the so-called right to work measures as promised, Michigan would become the 24th state to enact such legislation, and the second this year after Indiana. The change would be a practical and symbolic rout in a stronghold of organized labor in the U.S., and opponents said it presaged political warfare.

“There will be blood,” Representative Douglas Geiss, a Democrat from Taylor, said in debate.

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18 Responses to There Will Be Blood?

  • “Talk violently enough over a long enough period and you engage in prophecy.”

    Well, at least Michigan has concealed carry, which if its supporters are correct, helps control violence because you never know who might be able to fight back…

    Which brings me to some off topic good news: the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the Illinois ban on concealed carry (the Land of Lincoln is the last remaining state that doesn’t have any kind of legal provision to allow ordinary citizens this right) and has given the state 180 days to pass legislation allowing it.

    To get back on our topic, concealed carry and right to work are two examples of “conservative” issues for which the judicial and/or legislative momentum seems to be moving in the “right” (pun intended) direction at this time, in contrast to abortion and gay marriage for which all the momentum seems to be on the liberal side.

  • Civil War, while deplorable is coming. That’s what it took to defeat the Democrats in the 1800s, and that is what it will take today. They are drawing first blood.


  • Let us pray not Paul. Last time around the cost was 750,000 dead Americans out of a population of about 31,000,000.

  • Every Rosary, Donald, every day.

  • I don’t think it will be Civil War. Persecution on the other hand…

  • If anyone attempts to persecute me or mine Phillip then I can guarantee Civil War.

  • My father worked for 35 years as a semi-skilled serviceman for the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. He was as pro-union as anyone you would ever meet. However, he complained bitterly about how the unions undermined the work ethic by going out of its way to protect the screw ups. The union was an AFL-CIO affliate. Back in 1976 he had a series of heart attacks which put him out of work. Since there were six of the ten of us kids still living at home, straight pay without the overtime he was working put us in tough financial straits. I don’t remember us getting much, if any, help from the union itself. However, his coworkers, including some of his bosses came through big time. We were given so many turkeys around Christmas that year we couldn’t give them away fast enough.

    Later that year, they went on strike. The union wouldn’t even pay my dad out of the strike fund because he wasn’t physically on the picket line. And that was because it was in the dead of winter and he was recovering from open heart surgery.

    One of the reflexive claims the so-called social justice types in the Church is that the social teaching of the Church is pro-union. This is not quite true. The Church certainly saw the rights of workers to form trade associations, which was based on the model of guilds. In fact, even Leo XIII himself saw the dangers of the aims of some of these unions. The Thugocracies that are many American labor unions certainly fall into the category of the pontiff warned about.

    Particularly with today’s market place, we need to recover the guild model, which would be voluntary associations that would not only be able to negotiate wages in a market saavy way, but also serve as a fraternal support organizations that would take responsibility in assisting the worker to keep his skill sets to meet the changing demands of the maket and hold the worker accoutable for the work he does. But unfortunately they are political organizations that use the worker as a pawn under the thin veil of protecting his rights.

  • I see Obama voters.

    He who lives by the blackjack dies by the . . .

  • My Dad was a member of Allied Industrial Workers. He had to be as the factory was unionized and Illinois, unsurprisingly, is not a right to work state. He always told me that the Union was only concerned about the Union big shots, and did zilch for the common workers. He did appreciate the voting guides that the Union handed out before elections, as voting the reverse of what the Union recommended was a time saver for him.

  • Now that we are a socialist nation, I think you can depend on it bring more than just a prophecy.


    Has it finally come to an ignominious end?
    Must liberty and religious freedom we now rescind?
    Our Founding Fathers must now be assuredly aghast,
    if they knew their City on a Hill is now in the past.

    America was a definitive faith exercise.
    The United States is now decidedly otherwise.
    Compromise between good and evil can never prevail.
    Without the God our nation trusted, life is no avail.

    The Declaration of Independence we could once trust.
    Life, liberty, and happiness have been overcome with lust.
    Seeds of democracy’s destruction have now germinated.
    Every phase of government has been permeated.

    The American dream is now only a socialist scheme.
    It has then become a nightmare we can only blaspheme.
    American traitors committed a scandalous sin.
    They should never be allowed to enjoy freedom again.

    We must resurrect revolution to save us once more.
    Tyranny is something we have always known to deplore.
    God help return religious freedom to our native shore.
    So we can ask You to bless America evermore.

    Bob Rowland

  • The only person in my immediate family who ever belonged to a union was my grandfather who was a steelworker in a closed shop for about 35 years. When he was working the union went on strike like clockwork nearly every time their contract expired (about every 3 years) and he always resented the hardships the strikes imposed on his family. He never had anything good to say about unions that I can recall, and as a staunch Republican, probably did just what Don’s father did (vote AGAINST anyone the union endorsed). Ironically, however, one of the concessions the union won in the last strike before his retirement (late 1950s) was a better pension plan, and he and my grandmother benefitted greatly from that. At least they got something back for all their trouble, which is more than can probably be said for today’s union members, particularly when their employers go bankrupt.

  • As it is today, unions receive their clout by being the fundraising mechanism for the Democrat Party. That is why they are protected, by the Dems, even though the trade unions continue to lose membership. The big players, now are the public employees unions. Even FDR had a problem with that concept. Unions in their pure form protected the worker from the evil employer. so who are the public employees being protected from ?? The taxpayers ??!! Idiocy. Of course then their is AARP, that is nothing more than a Democrat PAC that sells insurance!

  • Our vocabullary is not lacking here.

    The correct word for people that employ intimidation and violence is “terrorists.”

  • My grandfather owned a small-parts foundry in the Denver area back when that city wasn’t much more than a railroad stopover on the way to the west coast. The only time unions came into the picture was when a union organizer showed up and got the workforce to picket, hoping to convince my grandfather to unionize.

    Instead, he picked up a baseball bat, walked up to the crowd and reminded everybody that hospitals are expensive when you can’t work because of a broken kneecap, taking a swing at the union jackass just for good measure. All production quotas were met and passed that day.

    Many times he went without, my father remembers, because my grandfather had emptied his pocket to provide the weeks’ groceries for one of his folks who were sick or had suffered a setback of some kind. He always explained that it was his responsibility to run the company and take care of his people, not some goon squad or “socialist [expletive deleted]s.”

    The foundry is still out there, although now owned by somebody else completely, as my grandmother finally sold it after 30 years of running it herself, in the same tradition, after my grandfather passed.

  • Some more video. All they need are brown shirts:

  • A labor union stuck it to my grandfather and my dad, and the Teamsters cheated me.

    Unions have long outlived their usefulness as supporting workers, at least in the US.

    Richard Trumka is the head of the AFL-CIO. Trumka is from my neck of the woods, near Pittsburgh. Trumka has a long history of using words to incite violence. Meanwhile, Trumka lives well, eats (too) well and is an obnoxious fool.

  • “Richard Trumka is the head of the AFL-CIO. Trumka is from my neck of the woods, near Pittsburgh. Trumka has a long history of using words to incite violence. Meanwhile, Trumka lives well, eats (too) well and is an obnoxious fool.”

    I believe that Trumka should have faced indictment in the past for incidents of labor violence that he helped inspire: