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February 25, 2007

Politically Incorrect

To see some of the more politically incorrect thoughts of Pennsylvania restaurant owner Bill Balsamico you can visit his web site here.

Posted by Rick | February 25, 2007 02:30 PM | Just A Thought

February 21, 2007

Harley-Davidson Still On Strike

Winchester has long been a proud name in the firearms business. As a boy growing up, I wanted a Winchester shotgun so I could go hunting with my father, who used a Winchester when he went hunting for pheasants, ducks and geese.

Last year Winchester closed its manufacturing facility in the United States. They did not go out of business. Unfortunately for the American workers who made Winchesters, they are now manufacturing and assembling their rifles and shotguns in other countries. Are you listening Harley-Davidson workers?

From the Winchester web site:

There have been many questions over the past several weeks about the future and status of Winchester brand rifles and shotguns. We hope that the questions and answers below will help clear up any misconceptions and assure you that we are aggressively moving forward in providing a line of rifles and shotguns with the quality, durability and good design you expect from the greatest firearms brand of all time. Q. I heard that your company is closing down the Winchester firearms factory in Connecticut. Is this true? A. Yes, this is true. On January 17 of 2006 it was announced that U.S. Repeating Arms Company (the company that makes Winchester brand Model 94s, Model 70s and the Model 1300 Speed Pump Shotgun) would be shutting down one of the factories which makes Winchester guns. The factory is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Q. Why is the plant being closed? A. Over the years, many efforts were made to improve profitability at the manufacturing facility in New Haven, and the decision to shut this factory was made after exhausting all available options. Q. Are there other factories making Winchester products? A. Yes. Our other factories will continue production uninterrupted. Products made at these factories include the Super X line of shotguns including the new Super X3 autoloader and the new Super X Rifle (SXR) centerfire autoloader. Both are made in Belgium and assembled in Portugal. In addition, we will continue with our line of quality Select over and unders: the only production Belgium-made over and unders in the world. Our special historic guns -- 1885s, 95s, as well as other limited series rifles -- continue to be made at our factory in Japan. These factories are unaffected by the New Haven closure and we continue forward with our production and future plans.

You can read Winchester's official press release here.

Posted by Rick | February 21, 2007 02:45 PM | Social Studies

February 7, 2007

Harley Davidson - Hecho En Mexico

The 2,800 union workers at Harley-Davidson's largest manufacturing plant have walked off the job. It is just another case of arrogant American workers, unwilling to make any concessions, forcing manufacturing jobs out of the United States. In an article in the times-leader.com written February 3, 2007, by Martha Raffaele of the Associated Press:

The assembly line at Harley-Davidson’s largest manufacturing plant remained idle Friday as nearly 2,800 union workers walked off the job, saying they would strike for as long as it took to win a better contract.

The article went on to say:

The union voted Wednesday to authorize a strike after rejecting the company’s contract offer, which would have reduced pay rates for new hires, required employees to pay part of their health insurance premiums and forced pension concessions. In anticipation of the walkout, the company shut down production at the plant on Thursday.

If the union members at Harley-Davidson want their jobs back they better brush up on their Spanish, because it is likely they are going to have to move south of the Rio Grande. Perhaps the union will provide Spanish lessons for the workers who lose their jobs. Can you say, "Yo hablo Espanol?"

Posted by Rick | February 7, 2007 07:49 PM | Social Studies

February 5, 2007

Colts Win In First Afirmative Action Bowl


Lovey Smith and Tony Dungy

Posted by Rick | February 5, 2007 07:51 PM | Social Studies

February 3, 2007

Too Cold For Any Outrage

As a cold wave sweeps across a large section of the United States, also-ran Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), put both feet in his big mouth this week when, in an interview with the New York Observer, he said:

"I mean you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy. I mean, that's storybook."

Unless I somehow missed it, there was not one of the usual suspects from the African-American community, no Jesse Jackson, no Al Sharpton, no Kweisi Mfume, no CongresswomanSheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), no Louis Farrakhan from the Nation of Islam, on TV expressing their usual outrage at slights, real or imagined. No one could be found demanding Biden resign from the senate, or even withdraw from the presidential race. They were all MIA..

Apparently it was just too cold for any outrage this week. I guess brain-freeze got to them.

For more information on the the founder of the Nation of Islam see: Elijah Muhammad, also known as Elijah Poole. Louis Abdul Farrakhan is aka Louis Eugene Walcott, aka Prince Charmer, aka Calypso Louie. Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP Kweisi Mfume is aka Frizzell Gray.

Posted by Rick | February 3, 2007 09:28 AM | Political Science

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