TheDC Morning: Sanitation workers neglected snowpocalypse to protest Mayor Bloomberg

1.) Will Paul Ryan’s ‘Road Map’ remain trapped in the glovebox? — The ‘Road Map’ that Rep. Paul Ryan devised when he saw that America was lost in the fiscal woods has received plenty of kudos over the years. Now that Republicans control the house, the bigger question is, Will anybody use it? “Passing the Road Map as part of the House budget would likely go nowhere in the Senate and would undoubtedly draw the president’s veto even if it made it to his desk,” writes The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward. “But it would be a conscious decision by Republicans to do more than say no to Obama’s plan, moving beyond mere opposition to advocating a vision of their own.” Reps John Boehner and Eric Cantor refused to comment when TheDC asked about the Road Map’s role in restoring America’s fiscal sensibilities. Doug Mainwaring, a Maryland Tea Party activist, was less reserved: “If the Republican leadership doesn’t get behind Mr. Ryan and actively promote the Road Map, I predict that Tea Partiers will be looking for a new crop of congressmen in 2012.”

2.) Sanitation workers neglected snowpocalypse to protest Mayor Bloomberg — “Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles,” reports the New York Post. Slammed by several feet of snow, New York City has turned into a classic example of a city whose government is incapable of meeting the basic requirements of governing. Now we know why: “They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important,” said Queens councilmember Dan Halloran, who was earlier “visited by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.” According to Halloran, “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.” Three cheers for public servants!

3.) List: The biggest tobacco lies of the year — Like Politifact, but better, blogger Michael Siegel made his own 2010 Lie of the Year Award, and will give it “to the anti-smoking group which disseminated the most egregious lie during 2010.” Who are the contenders? The Quit for Life Program claims a quit-smoking rate of 45%, but in reality, refused to follow up on survey participants who didn’t respond voluntarily. The Surgeon General’s office claims that brief exposures to second hand smoke can cause heart disease and cancer, but in reality, both of these diseases require years of exposure. And Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights claims that there is no difference between passive and active smoking, which is a complete and total lie. “If ANR were being truthful in claiming that passive smoking has virtually the same level of health effects as active smoking,” writes Siegel, “then there would be tens of thousands more deaths from secondhand smoke than we currently observe.” Make sure and read the entire lie-riddled list.

4.) Where will Lanny Davis pop up next? — If lobbying is poker, Lanny Davis just asked to be dealt out. “Davis, a well-connected Washington lobbyist who had recently come under fire for his work on behalf of President Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast, announced Wednesday that he would resign from the assignment.” Davis knows what pressure feels like. He helped defend Clinton during the Lewinski scandal, and recently did some work on behalf of the for-profit college industry. But defending Gbagbo, who lost his reelection bid but is refusing to step down, was just too much. “In a letter of resignation submitted to Ivory Coast on Tuesday night, Mr. Davis wrote that he had tried unsuccessfully — and without official assistance from the United States — to facilitate a telephone call between President Obama and Mr. Gbagbo. But he said Mr. Gbagbo had refused.”

5.) Virginia Republican wants to bring an end to reefer madness — “GOP Delegate Harvey Morgan, an assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University, is sponsoring House Bill 1443, which would replace the criminal fine for pot possession with a civil penalty and eliminate the 30-day jail sentence and criminal record following conviction,” reports Toke of the Town, a marijuana reform blog. “HB 1443 would not change penalties for the ‘manufacture’ or distribution of marijuana. It would also continue to require drug screening and education for minors convicted of pot possession.” Morgan’s reasons are more practical than ideological. “In 2007, nearly 18,000 people were arrested in Virginia for simple possession of marijuana,” the lawmaker said. “This places a tremendous burden on law enforcement, prisons and the judicial system. In these times of economic hardship, we need to closely examine how our tax dollars are spent.”

6.) Merle Haggard feels real bad for Pres. Obama — Country legend Merle Haggard ain’t the type to throw stones. The Okie from Muskogee is no angel himself, after all. But that didn’t stop him from paying a rather back-handed compliment to Pres. Obama during an interview with Rolling Stone. “He’s not conceited. He’s very humble about being the President of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we’ve had who come across like they don’t need anybody’s help,” Haggard said when asked what he thought of Obama. He then went on to say, “I think he knows he’s in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot.” Oh, Merle!

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  • kbull

    They were told…not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner.
    Sounds like criminal action to me. Will those supervisors be prosecuted or are they beyond the reach of the law?

  • taz

    Fire every supervisor who gave this order. Once the union contracts are up “don’t renew” them keep and reward those who do there jobs. If you continue to let these fools do this mess we will have problems. The last thing we need is the TSA to be unionized. No government agency should be unionized in my opinion. Unions have lost there way big time in this country, its pretty sad.

    • independentvoter

      I agree about GOVERNMENT jobs not being unionized since TAXPAYERS are responsible for their pensions etc.. but there are unions that are necessary HOWEVER they are NOT the ones for government or changing sheets at a hotel..

  • Sonny119

    This is the same type of coercive and intimidating labor tactics, that the Mafia- Lucky Luciano- led Unions, of the 1930’s and 40’s, did before and during WWII.. They intentionally sabotaged the Shore Docks for all Shipping Loading and Unloading, all up and down the East Coast, as well as the West Coast.. just to get what they wanted.. It’s all Criminal – Corruption, Graft, and Greed..

    Why do New Yorkers, put up with Bloomberg, and his Union thugs and punks, soaking the BY City Tax Payers of Tens of Millions of Dollars, not to mention his incompetence, and moronic chaotic, liberal rants and tantrums, and especially his Anti-American support for the 911 Ground Zero, Arb. Islm. Muslm. Cordoba Victory Mosque, and with Tax Payer Money, no less..
    It’s absolutely amazing…

  • erick1740

    Hopefully this will wake up americans to the damage govt unions cause. Now they want to unionize the TSA, it must be stopped. Fire and get rid of all govt unions.

  • teapartypatriot

    From the dictionary of REAL Americans:

    union = 1. a collection of people headed by goons and thugs organized to extort the maximum possible wages, benefits and pensions for doing the minimum possible amount of actual work. 2. a subsidiary of the lunatic-left d-crat socialist party that provides hundreds of millions of dollars in mandatory union dues as campaign contributions in payback for the billions of dollars of taxpayer money the d-crat socialists funnel to the unions. 3. an entity designed to make any company non-competitive and any state, city or local municipality bankrupt. 4. a collection of people run by goons and thugs focused on voter intimidation, unless the voter votes for the d-crat socialist party. 5. a tool of the d-crat socialist party to implement its anti-democracy ideology by preventing workers from having a secret ballot as to whether they want to join a union, and instead subjecting them to what is called “card check” that allows union leader goons and thugs to harass, intimidate and threaten workers to join their union.

  • jonavark


    I was watching a movie from 1934 the other night. One of the characters was asked about a clock on the wall.

    He said: “It’s a union clock, it strikes anytime it wants”

  • Lincoln Tf

    Was it only a few weeks ago that the Lefties were lambasting conservatives as “hostage takers” for not voting the way Obama wanted?
    Who’s holding millions of people hostage now, MSM?

  • kingfish

    There is NO EXCUSE for Boomberg’s and Patterson’s INCOMPETENCE and TOTAL MISMANAGEMENT of the NY snowstorm. Those people in airplanes on the tarmac for 8 hours, after an already LONG overseas trip, could have been de-planed by brining buses to the planes. The mayor and governor could have put out an EMERGENCY call all over the city offering impromptu jobs to anyone having trucks and snow-blades to clear their own and surrounding streets, or just workers to run equipment the UNIONS failed to operate. If YOU were the mayor or governor of NY and it was Christmas, would YOU sit on your duff like THEY did, and do absolutely NOTHING?

    One person commented that the Governor was more interested in policing how much trans-fat was in restaurant food than he was in preparing for severe winter weather.

    The mayor/governor could also have FIRED the unions, like Reagan did with the Air Traffic Controllers. Surely the city could have stocked a building of Snow-Caterpillar tracked vehicles and helicopters to pick up EMERGENCIES. At least one child died after waiting 9 hrs. for an ambulance, another waited 30 hrs.
    NO EXCUSE for the myriad of tragedies caused by this INCOMPETENT MISMANAGEMENT.

  • tinteardrop

    Re. “Sanitation sabotage”

    “‘They were told…not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.'”

    Let’s hope that the truth comes out here. If it turns out that these people intended for people to die, as people did, this could be considered serious. We know that life is cheap in the city but killing people to make a point about the Mayor may still be thought by some to be ‘over the top’.