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Workers’ Union Withdrawal Bankrupts Company

Getty Images BY: Bill McMorris Follow @FBillMcMorrisFebruary 18, 2018 5:00 am Labor’s pension crisis forces a family-owned business to shut its doors after workers voted to withdraw from their union, according to a report. J-Con Woodworking in Thomaston, Conn., closed its doors after 34 years in operation in order to cover $633,667.80 in retirement and health benefits as part of a multiemployer pension system maintained by the Carpenters Union. The mass payout was triggered after the company’s eight union carpenters decided to withdraw from the union in a unanimous vote, according to reporter Marc Fitch. “They wiped us out,” Hilary Converse, who owns the business with her husband Mark, said in an article posted at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. “We basically have nothing left.” The Converse family liquidated all of its assets and sold off its machinery to cover expenses resulting from a suit brought by the Carpenters Labor-Management Pension Fund. Multiemployer pension funds were developed for union laborers who fulfill numerous contracts for different companies over the course of their careers. Participating employers pool their resources together to cover the retirement costs and provide defined benefit plans to the workers in the same manner that an automotive or manufacturing worker does from his lifelong employer. Federal law mandates that companies participating in those plans are able to withdraw, but only after paying off their obligation to...

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George Soros’s Son Donated $650,000 to Democratic Committees and Campaigns Last Year

Alexander Soros / Getty Images BY: Joe Schoffstall Follow @JoeSchoffstallFebruary 18, 2018 5:00 am The son of liberal billionaire financier George Soros donated $650,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees last year, according to Federal Election Commission records. Alexander Soros, Soros’s son and managing partner of Soros Brothers Investments, has quietly stepped up as a major liberal donor but has remained relatively obscure due to his father garnering much of the media attention in the family. Alex’s generous contributions spanned across a number of liberal party committees and campaigns, including two donations totaling $203,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) recount and building funds, while providing an additional $33,900 to the committee during the primary period. Alex also gave large amounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Like his contributions to the DCCC, Soros gave the DSCC $203,400 for its recount and headquarters account, with another $33,900 going towards the primaries. The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) building account additionally received six figures from Soros. Alex poured $101,700 into the DNC’s headquarters account and $33,900 was provided to the committee for the general election. Soros also gave thousands to the campaigns of Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Chris Murphy (Conn.), among others. Alex has posted pictures of himself on social media day drinking with Democratic leadership,...

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Dem. Rep. Gallego: Trump ‘Such a Psychopath’ for Saying Russia-Obsessed FBI Failed to Prevent FL Shooting

http://media.breitbart.com/media/2015/10/Gallego-Getty.jpg Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) called President Donald Trump a “psychopath” and declared America will regret the day Trump was born in a scathing Saturday evening tweet after Trump accused the FBI of failing to stop Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz because the agency was too busy trying to prove the Trump campaign colluded with the...

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Polish Jews Stunned, Scared by Eruption of Anti-Semitism

http://media.breitbart.com/media/2016/04/sam.jpg WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by...

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Can’t Anyone Take a Joke?

We have two adult daughters.  Both are married with children of their own.  One of them lives overseas in Italy.  (Don’t ask.  It’s a long story – but it gives us a great place to visit).  The other lives ten minutes away in the same upper-middle-class suburban town as my wife and me, in the eastern part of the country.  One of our local daughter’s neighbors is a broadcaster for a sports radio talk show.  He and his wife are perfectly nice, normal people.  Their young daughter plays with our daughter’s six-year-old several times a week.  They are remarkably unremarkable, regular in every sense. A few days ago, he made an on-air a quip in which he mimicked the stereotypical speaking style of a foreign ethnic group.  It was a joke, the kind of thing every one of us has done a thousand times, in reference to any one of a dozen or two well known ethnic and national groups. Well, apparently, in this highly charged, “everyone’s a victim,” incredibly thin-skinned, and humorless environment in which we all now live, it wasn’t a joke.  It was a heinous personal crime, betraying a shocking lack of sensitivity and cultural awareness on the part of the “joke”-teller, injurious to the self-image of the target group to an irreversible degree.  The morally indignant brigade struck with Blitzkrieg-like (I probably can’t say that, either) suddenness and fury: no fewer than three very high-profile sponsors immediately...

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Mexican Nationals Meddled and Colluded in the 2016 Election

Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out the law clearly in his indictment of numerous Russian nationals and groups for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. As the indictment notes, the U.S. Department of Justice administers the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).  FARA establishes a reporting protocol for foreign nationals, including non-government individuals “attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law.”  To its credit, the FBI seems to have done a good job tracking Russian individuals and entities that violated FARA even if there was no evidence of collusion with the Trump campaign or Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails.  If there was a link between any of these groups and the Kremlin, the indictment made no note of it. Most importantly, perhaps, the Mueller investigation has established that meddling by foreign nationals in a U.S. election is real and problematic.  This being so, the DOJ and FBI might want to turn their attention to the role Mexican nationals played in the 2016 election.  They will not have to dig deep to find evidence. A good place to start searching would be the audio the journalists of Project Veritas recorded in their undercover stings of the Hillary Clinton campaign.  To make the search easier, James O’Keefe has documented many of these conversations in his new book, American Pravda. In the course of one sting, Democratic operative Scott Foval explained to Project...

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The Mueller Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Moves On

A. The Latest Indictments Shortly after Rod Rosenstein announced the latest series of indictments against Russians largely for posts on social media, the stock market rose and hit its highest weekly gain since 2013.  And for good reason – the indictments are idiotic.  They would never have been issued by a prosecutor, only a special counsel looking as if he’s doing something as his case against his big catch – General Michael Flynn – seems to become less and less certain to lead to conviction. As Powerline blog notes: But when all the details are added up a much murkier picture emerges.  First, the effort apparently began taking shape as early as May 2014 (and perhaps as early as 2013), an entire year before Trump became a candidate.  Then, as they got underway during the primary season, the indictment says (p. 17) that “They engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump,” and instructions to their online “specialists” to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump – we support them).”  It didn’t take any kind of special intelligence to perceive that Sanders and Trump represented the two most disruptive candidates in the field.  Just think of how the political establishments of both parties would have...

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Beware of the Real Russian Threat

One of the memorable anecdotes of Hollywood concerns the film noir The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, because of its complex story.  It is a puzzling story, almost incoherent, with its convoluted plot and many double-crossing characters who come and go.  Neither the original writer, Raymond Chandler, nor William Faulkner, one of the screenwriters, could fully explain what and why some incidents occurred.  The director, Howard Hawks, was particularly concerned with one plot point and telegraphed Chandler with the question “Who killed chauffeur?”  Chandler replied, “How the hell do I know?” The same could be asked about the ongoing “Russian collusion” investigation.  It is sad to perceive that the behavior of some of the characters, if not as charismatic as Bogart, in the never-ending fantasy of the complex plot of collusion between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and various Russians, is out-convoluting The Big Sleep.  One of the characters in the drama is the indefatigable Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, who asserts there is an “abundance of non-classified information that is evidence on the issue of collusion, and some … on the issue of obstruction.”  Schiff also points to evidence in the public domain: one meeting in June 2016 between Trump campaign members and a Russian lawyer. Here comes the congressional facsimile of The Big Sleep to delight Raymond Chandler.  Despite his “evidence,” Schiff admits, “I’ve never said there was proof beyond a reasonable...

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