If you're looking for further proof that union extortion isn't the greatest idea in history, behold Stellantis. In a recent bargaining move with the United Auto Workers union, the automaker has floated a contract proposal -- that could result in the shuttering of 18 American facilities, according to CNBC, citing sources familiar with strike discussions.
The plan may also involve the rejuvenation of one dormant vehicle assembly plant in Illinois, hardly a silver lining for the planned "efficiency" cuts Stellantis is floating.
The proposal stands to impact thousands of unionized workers and reduce Stellantis' operational reach in North America. Both sides of the negotiating table appear divided over the company's ambition to modernize its parts and distribution network.
Central to the proposal is the idea to discontinue 10 existing "Mopar" distribution centers spread throughout the U.S., consolidating them into larger, Amazon-esque hubs. One such "Mega Hub" is being considered for the Belvidere Assembly plant, which has been inactive since last February.
The Sept. 6 missile strike on Kostiantynivka in eastern Ukraine was one of the deadliest in the country in months, killing at least 15 civilians and injuring more than 30 others. The weapon's payload of metal fragments struck a market, piercing windows and walls and wounding some victims beyond recognition.
Less than two hours later, President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russian "terrorists" for the attack, and many media outlets followed suit. Throughout its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly and systematically attacked civilians and struck schools, markets and residences as a deliberate tactic to instill fear in the populace. In Kostiantynivka in April, they shelled homes and a preschool, killing six.
But evidence collected and analyzed by The New York Times, including missile fragments, satellite imagery, witness accounts and social media posts, strongly suggests the catastrophic strike was the result of an errant Ukrainian air defense missile fired by a Buk launch system.
Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Cheryl Hines had a sit-down interview with comedian Tim Dillon recently, but 30 minutes into the podcast the entire studio blacked out.
In his latest video, Dillon told viewers “RFK Jr. on today who’s running for President and his wife Cheryl Hines. Thirty minutes into the podcast we did have a weird blackout in the studio.”
He then said, “This has never happened before. I have been podcasting for 7 years and this has never happened.”
Democrats sounded the alarm after Trump outfoxed Joe Biden on the auto union strike with his plan to deliver a speech in Detroit next week.
Trump decided to forgo the upcoming Republican primary debate scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at the Reagan Library in California. Instead, he will be in Detroit, speaking to a crowd of more than 500 current and former union members.
For the first time in the history of the 150,000-member United Auto Workers Union, members went on strike against the “Big 3” manufacturers at midnight Thursday night after no deal was reached.
The “Big 3” include Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, the newly-formed merger of Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Group.
The FBI had so many paid informants at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, that they lost track of the number and had to perform a later audit to determine exactly how many “Confidential Human Sources” run by different FBI field offices were present that day, a former assistant director of the bureau has told lawmakers.
At least one informant was communicating with his FBI handler as he entered the Capitol, according to Steven D’Antuono, formerly in charge of the bureau’s Washington field office.
D’Antuono has testified behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee that his office was aware before the riot that some of their informants would attend a “Stop the Steal” rally thrown by former President Donald Trump but he only learned after the fact that informants run by other field offices also were present, along with others who had participated of their own accord.
The Washington field office had to ask FBI headquarters “to do a poll or put out something to people saying w[ere] any CHSs involved,” he said, so they could get a handle on the scale of the FBI’s spying operations at the Capitol that day.
The American people urgently need to know the true history of the war in Ukraine and its current prospects. Unfortunately, the mainstream media – The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, MSNBC, and CNN – have become mere mouthpieces of the government, repeating US President Joe Biden’s lies and hiding history from the public.
Biden is again denigrating Russian President Vladimir Putin, this time accusing Putin of a “craven lust for land and power,” after declaring last year that “For God’s sake, that man [Putin] cannot stay in power.” Yet Biden is the one who is trapping Ukraine in an open-ended war by continuing to push NATO enlargement to Ukraine. He is afraid to tell the truth to the American and Ukrainian people, rejecting diplomacy, and opting instead for perpetual war.
Expanding NATO to Ukraine, which Biden has long promoted, is a U.S. gambit that has failed. The neocons, including Biden, thought from the late 1990s onward that the US could expand NATO to Ukraine (and Georgia) despite Russia’s vociferous and long-standing opposition. They didn’t believe that Putin would actually go to war over NATO expansion.
California’s Democrat legislators last week voted to ban decorative lawns that are irrigated by potable water.
Democrats banned decorative grass lawns to reduce water usage and to help the state ‘adapt to climate change.’
“Wasteful outdoor irrigation is a major challenge to our ability to adapt to climate change,” Adán Ortega Jr., chair of the Metropolitan Water District said.
Webmaster addition: Okay. So the demoncrats are bitching about CO2 and global warming...again. Grass, like any photosynthetic plant, breathes in CO2 and breathes out Oxygen. So, to stop global warming, the demoncrats want to get rid of plants! Makes perfect sense ... for a demoncrat. Now, one more point the demoncrats seem to ignore. If CO2 is eliminated from our world, plants will die. The animals that feed on those plants will die, and the animals that feed on the animals that feed on plants (like homo sapiens) will die. I sometimes wonder if demoncrats have a death wish!
A court in Alberta, Canada, sentenced Pastor Artur Pawlowski on Monday to 60 days in prison for a speech to Freedom Convoy truckers in February 2022 in which he supported their protests against repressive lockdown, vaccine, and other mandates related to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
Pawlowski, who first rose to prominence for expelling Canadian police from his church for trying to shut down an Easter service in 2021, faced multiple charges, including “mischief,” a crime in Canada, and violating the Critical Infrastructure Defense Act (CIDA). The latter charge suggested that Pawlowski’s speaking to protesters on the Alberta-Montana border was an attack on the province’s road infrastructure, as he encouraged them to continue an ongoing blockade demanding the lifting of coronavirus-related mandates. Prosecutors were demanding up to ten months in prison for the pastor on the grounds that he has publicly and repeatedly denied having any remorse for his vocal opposition to lockdowns.
“I’m not ashamed of what I did. If I had a chance to do it again, I would do it again, gladly,” Pawlowski told a crowd of supporters after his conviction on Monday.
Judge Gordon Krinke reserved a conviction on the charges of attacking infrastructure, as Pawlowski’s defense had challenged the CIDA as unconstitutional, and proceedings regarding that law are ongoing. He found Pawlowski guilty of “mischief” and breaching a release order in May. The 60-day sentence handed down on Monday includes time served, so Pawlowski walked out of the court free – but with a criminal conviction on his record.
Hundreds of students at a southeastern Pennsylvania high school walked out of class in protest last week after the district school board voted to continue letting transgender students use whatever restrooms they want.
What are the details?
About 400 students walked out of Perkiomen High School on Friday, the Delaware Valley Journal reported. The school district is located just over an hour northwest of Philadelphia.
The board voted 5-4 Sept. 11 against a policy requiring boys and girls to use the restrooms corresponding to their biological sex, the Journal said, adding that one Republican school board member, Don Fountain, voted with Democrats against the measure.
The issue came up after a father posted on social media that his daughter believed a boy was in a girls’ restroom and she was afraid to use it, the Journal reported.
“So after a couple of days, I asked her if she noticed anything else, and she said that she just wasn’t using the bathrooms there anymore, so she doesn’t know," the father, Tim Jagger, told the Journal.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has reportedly sued the U.S. government, claiming that the government's case accusing the company of refusing to hire refugees and those having sought asylum violates the U.S. Constitution.
In a lawsuit filed in Texas federal court on Friday, SpaceX says the U.S. Department of Justice administrative judges who typically hear cases concerning employee bias against immigrants are not appropriately appointed. The company also claims that keeping the case out of court denies the giant company its constitutional right to a jury trial, according to Reuters.
The DOJ issued a complaint in late August, suggesting that from 2018 to 2022, SpaceX refused to bring on those who were not U.S. citizens or green card holders. The government agency also claimed that Musk's space company incorrectly claimed that federal export control laws prevented it from hiring foreign citizens.
However, Musk shot back, saying that the U.S. government was essentially being weaponized for political purposes.
The American man masquerading as a "female" spokesperson for the Ukrainian military has decided to pick a fight with a sitting American senator.
Senator JD Vance of Ohio has made formal inquiry as to whether Sarah Ashton-Cirillo (born Michael John Cirillo) is being funded by the US government or has ties to the US intelligence community.
Sen. Vance has sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, toward that end of seeking information.
Last week a viral video by Ashton-Cirillo saw him declare on behalf of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine that Russia's "propagandists" will be "hunted down" around the world.
Revealingly, this was said just as an American journalist, Gonzalo Lira, was due in Ukrainian court on vague charges of "justifying Russia's aggression." That video sparked frenzy and anger online, given it seemed an open threat to journalists or anyone that doesn't toe a pro-Ukrainian line on any given issue related to the war.
Fireworks ensued as Sen. Vance and Ashton-Cirillo went back and forth...
Gov. Josh Shapiro's (D-PA) office announced on Tuesday that Pennsylvania is rolling out automatic voter registration ahead of what promises to be a close 2024 matchup in the battleground state.
Shapiro, who has emerged as a popular figure in the state, said the move would be beneficial for democracy.
“Automatic voter registration is a commonsense step to ensure election security and save Pennsylvanians time and tax dollars,” the governor said in a statement. “Residents of our Commonwealth already provide proof of identity, residency, age, and citizenship at the DMV — all the information required to register to vote — so it makes good sense to streamline that process with voter registration.”
When citizens go to obtain or renew their motor vehicle licenses, they will need to opt out of voter registration if they wish not to be registered.
In the past, Pennsylvanians could register to vote while getting their license, but the process was not streamlined and required nearly 20 questions. Instead, citizens will now be automatically taken through just 11 questions.
Pennsylvania is the latest of 24 states and the District of Columbia to initiate automatic voter registration.
This comes as both parties have embraced efforts to make voting easier and increase turnout.
The Cloward–Piven strategy was developed in 1966 by Americans Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven - both sociologists and political activists. The Cloward–Piven strategy focused on overloading the United States public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis, which would ultimately lead to replacing the welfare system with a national system of "a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty".
An ancillary consequence of the strategy includes shoring up of the Democratic Party, which at the time was splintered by pluralistic interests. Another side effect would be relieving local and state governments of public welfare burdens, since the burden would be shifted to the federal government - in other words, in a manifestation of socialism. Taxpayers, of course, would cover the cost in either case.
Cloward and Piven focused primarily on redistribution of income, stating that full enrollment in welfare programs:
"would produce bureaucratic disruption in welfare agencies and fiscal disruption in local and state governments" that would: "...deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition: the remaining white middle class, the working-class ethnic groups and the growing minority poor. To avoid a further weakening of that historic coalition, a national Democratic administration would be constrained to advance a federal solution to poverty that would override local welfare failures, local class and racial conflicts and local revenue dilemmas."...
The ultimate objective of this strategy—to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income—will be questioned by some. Because the ideal of individual social and economic mobility has deep roots, even activists seem reluctant to call for national programs to eliminate poverty by the outright redistribution of income.
Young adults, as well as Democrats, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those living with a partner are most accepting of open marriages — “a marriage where both spouses agree that they can date or have sex with other people” — Pew Research Center found.
The survey, which was conducted with 5,073 respondents between April 10-16 and published in September, found that more than half (51 percent) of young adults ages 18-29 say open marriages are “acceptable.” Young adults are the age group most likely to hold this view, with older adults expressing less support as they increase in age.
Webmaster addition: That's because us old people don't have the energy. :(
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, recently claimed his client “did not share money” with President Joe Biden, contradicting Hunter Biden’s own messages to family members.
“I can tell you that Hunter did not share his business with his dad,” Lowell told CNN. “I can tell you that he did not share money from his businesses with his dad. And as the evidence out there, his dad, like all good parents, tried to help Hunter when Hunter needed that help.”
The statement by Lowell, a newer member of the Hunter Biden defense team, is a dramatic narrative shift in the Biden world.
Before the 2020 election, Joe Biden consistently claimed that he never spoke to his son about the family business. “First of all, I have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their business, period,” Biden said in August 2019.
Joe Biden maintained that position until June 2023, when White House spokesman Ian Sams alleged that Joe Biden was not in business with his family. “As we have said many times before, the president was not in business with his son,” he said June 29.
The right-leaning lobbying group Look Ahead America (LAA) has touted itself as the tip of the spear for investigating and reporting Arizona election irregularities. However, despite their claim of unequivocal evidence of fraud, they’ve once again been thwarted by Democrat Attorney General Kris Hayes’s office.
LAA claims to have provided clear evidence of 69 cases of double-voting in the 2020 and 2022 general elections, while one voter appears to have voted in three states in every election since 2016. Despite the alleged proof, the Arizona AG’s office dismissed all cases without consideration of the evidence. LAA reports that the rejection letter stated:
“Based on a review of this information provided to our office, it has been determined that this office will not initiate a criminal investigation in this matter. This is since we are no longer reviewing these complaints based on historical elements and the unlikelihood of any potential prosecution after the length of time has passed.”
The rejection is particularly troubling given the continuing legal challenges by Hayes’s Republican opponent, Abe Hamedah, who still contends that he, not Hayes, won the 2022 election.
While lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. debate sending billions more in military aid to Ukraine, an American citizen journalist, Gonzalo Lira, is languishing in a Ukrainian prison on allegations of spreading Russian propaganda, throwing into question the status of free speech in the supposed democracy the Biden administration argues is worthy of more taxpayer dollars.
The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve another $24 billion for Ukraine for now through the end of this year, which would add to the $113 billion that Congress has committed to the country since its war with Russia began in February of last year.
President Biden on Tuesday at the United Nations argued that investment in Ukraine was an investment in “the future of every country that seeks a world governed by basic rules.”
However, the administration has been much less vocal about Ukraine potentially violating the rights of an American journalist who is currently detained in Ukraine for his reporting; and in a speech at the U.N. almost entirely devoted to Ukraine, the status of Gonzalo Lira was not mentioned once by Biden.
Lira, a dual citizen of the United States and Chile who was living in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv at the time of the Russian invasion, is reportedly facing between five to eight years in prison under Ukraine’s wartime propaganda laws.
On Friday, leading 2024 presidential candidate and 45th President Donald Trump vowed to pardon or commute the sentences of pro-life advocates and all political prisoners who have been unfairly targeted by President Joe Biden’s administration on the first day of his second term.
“Under [President Joe] Biden, others are being sentenced to 10, 15, and even 20 years in prison for retribution for their political beliefs, while Antifa and other groups burn-down cities like Portland, like Minneapolis. … They kill people, they loot, they plunder, and they go free,” Trump said to the 2023 Pray Vote Stand Summit.
“To reverse these cruel travesties of justice, tonight I’m announcing that the moment I win the election, I will appoint a special task force to rapidly review the cases of every political prisoner who’s been unjustly persecuted by the Biden administration … so that I can study the situation very quickly and sign their pardons or commutations on Day One,” Trump added.
“Never again will the federal government be used to target religious believers,” Trump continued.