There’s being a jerk, and then there’s being a swine. This is swinish.

August 1, 2013

Picketing a child’s funeral? Does no one in the Teamsters have any sense of decency?

Don’t bother; I already know the answer:

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.

They pull crap like this, and then they wonder why they have a reputation for being thugs and leg-breakers.

Disgusting.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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This morning’s “head meets wall” moment, courtesy of Ron Fournier

August 1, 2013

Fournier is editorial director for National Journal and, from what I’ve read, somewhat of an Obama fan, like most of the media, albeit a bit disappointed with our Sun King.

Which makes this headline a real “Oh, *now* it occurs to you??” moment:

What If Obama Can’t Lead?

It’s a rhetorical set-up for the rest of his article (and do read it; many parts are eyeroll-worthy), but, still…

I bet PJMedia’s Stephen Greene, the Vodkapundit, probably choked back a spit-take with his martini when he read that headline. But, instead of wasting good vodka, he penned a column in which he repeatedly whacks Fournier over the head with a rubber chicken while shouting “Next time, pay attention!”

Really? Five years in and now he’s asking?

On the right, we were asking in 2007-08 if this community organizing, guest lecturing, junior no-show senator had the executive experience to lead the nation — or even just to run the White House.

We asked it again when Obama tapped Joey “The Teeth” McHairplugs for Veep because of his “gravitas.”

We asked it again when Obama’s endless speeches failed to move the needle on health insurance reform.

We asked it again when Obama’s signature law, ObamaCare, was cobbled together in backroom deals by Harry Reid and twisted through the House by Nancy Pelosi, and with precious little input from its so-called author.

We asked it after his Cairo speech.

We asked it after Fast & Furious.

And on and on. Be sure to read the rest.

I’m not going to check the archives, but I recall writing many times during the 2008 election cycle about why Obama was not qualified to be president. From his background in Chicago to his ideology and his lack of any experience as an executive. And I was far from alone: David Freddoso, for example, wrote an excellent book about the case against Obama, detailing his rise from the mire of Chicago politics. Stanley Kurtz reported on Obama’s love of big government and his racialist views, as well as his close cooperation with Bill Ayers. All across the Right we were screaming this guy was unfit, yet only now are liberals and the MSM (but I repeat myself) starting to realize we were right?

Ron, baby. Next time, save yourself the embarrassment and listen to us. smiley headbang wall

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)