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VIVE LA FRANCE (the riveting scene from Casablanca)

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the People of France and we will once again triumph over evil.

Good Riddance Scott Walker

Say what you may about Ted Cruz, or Donald Trump, or Jeb Bush. I agree, they all suck.

But today, every American with a brain should celebrate the fact that the biggest piece of shit to have held public office in this country in over 60 years has dropped out of the race for President.

"Even Brady is Happy He's got a Union".....President Obama

‘Brady Is Free’: Obama, Others Reference QB At Boston Labor Day Event

September 7, 2015 12:43 PM


BOSTON (CBS) – Football and politics don’t always go hand in hand. But on Labor Day in Boston they did, thanks to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, who successfully challenged his 4-game DeflateGate suspension, was referenced multiple times during the annual Labor Day union rally and breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Among those mentioning Brady was President Barack Obama, who didn’t waste any time with a DeflateGate reference.

“It’s always good to be back in Boston, especially when the weather’s like this. Pretty soon fall is going to be in the air. Students are coming back. The Pats kick off on Thursday. Brady is free,” Obama said with a smile.

“Even Brady’s happy he’s got a union,” the president said later in his speech. “When Brady needs a union, we definitely need a union.”

Earlier in the event, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey joked about Brady’s union success.

“No one will question the balls of a union member ever again,” joked Markey, referencing Brady and his allegedly deflated footballs.

Steve Tolman, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, mentioned Brady during his speech as well.

“It’s because of the union that Tom Brady had the right to challenge the unfair punishment handed down by the NFL,” Tolman told the crowd.

I shook the President's hand today

I was at the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Greater Boston Labor Council Annual Labor Day Breakfast today.

I was seated at table 12 in the third row. There were nearly 100 rows, so I had a great seat. At the end, I was at the rope line as the President was leaving and I shook his hand and thanked him for coming to Boston.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke before the President arrived at the Park Plaza.

Senator Warren was by far the best speaker of the day.

Did you know that the top 25 hedge fund earners made more money last year than every kindergarten teacher in the United States, combined?

Did you know that from 1935 until 1980, the bottom 90% of wage earners gained 70% of all new income, but from 1980 until 2012 that same 90% received 0%? That's right, Senator Warren said. While for 45 years the top 10% got 30% of new income, in the next 32 years they got it all. 100%.


The President said that Brady should be happy he was in a union and also said that if he were starting out and wanted to get a job to raise his family, he would certainly join a union. That brought everyone to their feet.

Security wasn't too bad. I got there early (7:00 AM) and just got home (1:00 PM).

But, all in all, it was a Labor Day I will never forget.

Thank you for coming to Boston today, Mr. President.

I will be having Breakfast with President Obama Tomorrow (Labor Day)

I am so excited to be hearing the President speak tomorrow at the annual Labor Day Breakfast in Boston.

The Labor Day Breakfast is being held at the Park Plaza and begins at 9:00 AM.

As a member of the Greater Boston Labor Council who sits on the board of the Committee on Political Education, I will have a pretty good seat for the festivities.

The schedule includes our Senator, Elizabeth Warren, our Mayor and former President of the Greater Boston Building Trades, Marty Walsh and the President of the United States, Barak Obama.

This will be a great day.

Tom Brady is Lucky That He is A Union Member

Whether or not you are a Patriots' Fan or you hate the fact that they win all the time, you have to admit that the Brady Deflategate saga was quite a lesson to many people on the advantages of being in a union and working under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Take, for instance, the players involved with "Bountygate". The New Orleans players that were suspended had all of their punishments dramatically reduced, or, in some cases, completely vacated. The coach, Shawn Payton, worked for management and was, in essence, an employee at will. He had no recourse because he had no employee rights. Therefore, he lost a full year of work, his salary and a hefty fine.

This should be a lesson to everyone in the work-place. Being a union member and working under a CBA, you can only be disciplined for "Just Cause" and not because someone in management thinks you are "generally aware" of another's misconduct, if the misconduct isn't even proven to have taken place in the first instance.

So, whether you work for $20 million a year or $20 thousand a year, only unions give you rights in the work-place.

A Question for Donald Trump

Mr. Trump, you have stated on many occasions that you are not beholden to lobbyists who "buy" politicians, because you don't accept their donations.

You admit that the current system is "corrupt".

Do you denounce the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and will you state, here and now, that any politician who accepts money from the Koch Brothers, the largest political contributors with strings attached, are corrupt?

Black Lives Matter (does this white guy understand?)

I've been giving some thought about the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

I was involved as a young man in the civil rights movement and my late Father was a very close friend and political ally of Senator Ed Brooke of Mass. (1966-1978).

I like to pride myself in being an aging liberal (63 yrs. old).

I understand that blacks are being oppressed and treated unfairly by everyone in authority, especially black men.

But when others say that all lives matter, why do the demonstrators get so upset with folks who seem to be allies?

Like I said, I gave it some thought.

Then, it dawned on me. The attention should be going to the ones who need it. And the ones who need it are offended that we (whites) don't get it, because it's so obvious.

So, I came up with this analogy that seems to explain it in clearly simple terms.

Let's say there are 8 houses on a street and one is engulfed in flames. At that moment in time, that's the house that matters. The rest are safe. The neighbors need to come to the aid of the burning house. Sure, all the houses matter, but you are insulting the owner of the burning house if you even mention that. It's his (or her) house that is in urgent need, and only an idiot wouldn't be able to see that in real time.

Mr. Bush, will you support Donald Trump if he wins the Republican Primary?

My debate question for each Republican candidate.

How can they answer that question without creating a problem?

I know "I fully expect to be the nominee, so that question is irrelevant" is most likely the answer.

But press him. "So, tonight, you can't commit to supporting the Republican nominee, whoever it is, unless you win the nomination?"

Can all 8 others answer the same way, without it looking obvious?

The Question for the Other 16 Republican Candidates

I think there are 17 candidates in the Republican Primary, so this question is for everyone running in the Republican Primary whose name is not Donald Trump.

"If Donald Trump secures the Republican Nomination for President of the United States, will you support his candidacy in the General Election in November, 2016?"

How's that for a "heads I win, tails you lose" question?

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