An actor playing a character from the movie “Despicable Me” is out of a job after posing for a photo with a controversial hand gesture.
Tiffiney Zinger, who is black, and her husband Richard Zinger, traveled with their children to Orlando in March.
During a day trip to Universal Orlando, the family stopped at a character breakfast at one of the resort’s hotels.
The actor flashed the OK sign during the breakfast event at Universal Orlando.
The gesture is recognized by some as a symbol of hate.
The parents of a six-year-old biracial girl were looking through their family photos when they noticed the actor playing the Gru character was making the symbol, clearly visible, on the girl’s shoulder.
Apparently, it never occurred to the brain trusts running Universal Orlando that the “OK” symbol means, uh, “okay.” “Good job.” We’re good here.” “You’re awesome!” “Thanks!” “Have a nice day” or a hundred other friendly salutations.
In fairness, Universal Orlando management were likely merely answering to Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts, who has been on a search and destroy mission for any Comcast worker using the “OK” sign to communicate that everything is great.
In a November 16,2018 “article,” Yahoo‘s (are they still around? Well, yes. Apparently so) Elsie Solie claimed the “OK” sign is a symbol of white supremacy? Really? Seriously? Since when? Probably since the military wing of the Democratic Party, AntiFA (Anti First Amendment) said so.
The petition contained a photo of Kovalic making the “OK” hand signal, which is typically associated with white supremacy.
Sole was writing (gloating? Praising?) the firing of Comcast cable technician Andrew Kovalic. Kovalic is a member of a Philadelphia “Proud Boys” Chapter. In other words, he stands for the flag, kneels to Christ and God, and knows the constitution is this country’s original one, only and forever Contract With America. And, oh yes, if AntiFA picks a fight with him, he may just clean their clock.
A picture of Kovalic, flashing the “OK” symbol, surfaced. As a result, a petition signed by – wait for it- Four Hundred and Forty people – was submitted to Roberts, the Comcast CEO. Four hundred and forty people? Or about a quarter of the population of just ONE Philly public housing tenement.
The ADL might want to send word up to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and son Blaine, a local furniture. Both have used the “OK” sign in their advertising for decades. Perhaps the congregation will let them know the next time they attend synagogue.
The fact that the “OK” sign has been around for decades is not news to the left. This has nothing to do with “white supremacy” (as if pride in the accomplishments of a European’s ancestors is any more insidious than, say pride the past accomplishments of Africans or even jews). This is all about changing the language and the culture by extreme leftists and getting as many innocent people caught in its net as possible.
So congratulations Democrats. You got a minimum wage worker in Orlando, Florida (where the minimum wage is $8.35, just for the record) fired for flashing a friendly “OK” sign over a child guest. You must be ecstatic.
No word on how much the “Zingers” (seriously?), the instigators of this whole business at Universal Orlando, have already netted from the park, or how much . they stand to gain in the future. And, uh, just a reminder, they didn’t even notice the “OK” sign until they were perusing their vacation photos.
Your humble correspondent looks forward to the re-election of President Trump and the resulting explosion of hundreds of thousands of Democrat heads, not unlike countless robots and computers dispatched by Captain Kirk.
Our good friends over at Canada’s State Broadcaster relayed a communique from America’s misnamed “federal” “reserve” on December 28, 2018 (five days after the “fed” celebrated the 105 anniversary of its unconstitutional founding).
The original post featured a rather intriguing picture:
The story itself featured former Federal Reserve chairman (or, as the CBC refers to him, “chair,” as in a piece of furniture) Stanley Fischer warning, on behalf of “The Fed” that there would be blowback should President Trump dare to criticize our lords and masters.
The gist of the article was: As President Trump becomes more and more emboldened as he brings the parasitism and criminality of “The Fed” into the light, the consequences to America (and the world) would become increasingly severe.
When it comes to U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of the Federal Reserve for hiking interest rates this year, a former vice-chair of the central bank has one message for him: “Don’t do it.”
Trump’s remarks could backfire on him by encouraging a further rise in interest rates, rather than a decline, Stanley Fischer told The Current’s guest host Piya Chattopadhyay
“When you criticize the Fed in the way you do, you challenge its independence,” said Fischer. “And when you challenge its independence, it has to demonstrate its independence.”
Trump, who personally selected Jerome Powell as chairman of the Fed, has repeatedly lambasted Powell and the central bank this year, at one point calling the Fed “my biggest threat.”
…Fischer said if Trump continues to attack Powell, the head of the central bank will have to find a way to demonstrate “he will not be shaken by the president.”
Only 140 comments made it past the CBC’s crack team of censors. Fortunately, most of them got it. It is particularly enlightening that, even with the CBC’s severe “moderation,” only a few comments actually defended the central banksters. Of course, most of those who did speak in favor of the status-quo had no substantive argument. Rather, they resorted to “conspiracy theorists” and “tinfoil hats” as a means of deriding their opponents.
It would be fair to say that a significant number of comments opposing the Federal Reserve were removed and, thus, those that spoke in favor of The Fed ran unchallenged.
Interestingly, the CBC’s original picture of Fischer, standing with a menorah as his backdrop (above), did not last long. Lest CBC’s gentle web audience somehow get the idea in their heads about where the real power rests, the picture came down.
The caption identifying Fischer as a former governor of the Bank of Israel (sic) similarly came down. But don’t worry, CBC! We saved it! And the comments, too!
LettersToTheBeast is unable to ascertain the current career status of the CBC staffer who posted the original picture and caption.
It is also worth noting that many of the commenters identified themselves as generally not-pro-Trump, but also recognized the danger posed by the Federal Reserve.
Even if President Trump accomplishes nothing else in his term, if he is able to inform the American public of the criminality, unconstitutionality and general uselessness of the Federal Reserve, he would go down as one of the greatest presidents in history (alongside Andrew Jackson, whose dying words were said to be, “I killed the bank!”).
And when Americans realize to what degree they have been had for the past century, those of us enslaved to the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia and other privately-owned central banks around the world can measure the continued life expectancy of our financial captors with an egg timer.
The last President to seriously challenge The Fed died in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Your humble correspondent keeps a stack of five dollar bills, printed directly by the Treasury Department (getting around the Federal Reserve) at President Kennedy’s orders, in tribute.
President Trump has the very real ability to cause all of us (within the United States and around the world) why we need a “central bank,” why that bank is privately-owned by shadowy banksters, and why we must pay that central bank to issue our currency at interest.
And that possibility scares the hell out of the deep state and its vested interests.
Wherever you may be on this planet, your humble correspondent asks you to say a kind word for President Trump’s continued health and well-being before you head to bed tonight.
And as many commenters pointed out, G. Edward Griffin’s “The Creature from Jekyll Island” is a good, if enduring, read.
It seems, Denim Williams, age 16, was cut down in his prime whilst trying to rob a couple of a cellphone.
The misunderstanding took place in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood, which is about as far removed from the Happiest Place On Earth as one can get.
It is unfortunate that in Williams’ short high school career, he was never educated on the second amendment. Nor did anyone ever make clear to him that in a shall-issue conceal-carry state such as Florida, anybody (that is, any good, law-abiding person, or would-be victim if you prefer) can be carrying a weapon. And that if Williams were to happen upon such a person with the intention of causing mischief, or if Williams were to break into their home or car, he will die.
The education system really could have done Mr. William a service by advising him that, should thuggery be his chosen career, Florida really isn’t the place to be doing it. A teacher should have told Denim that he would find much greater career success in, say, Chicago. Or New York City. Or Boston. Maybe even Los Angeles. But just coming up to someone in The Sunshine State and ordering him (or her) to give up whatever it is the thug is seeking…well, that’s just a really stupid idea.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Especially if you are a publicly-funded state broadcaster with an endless supply of cash.
The CBC’s Makda Ghebreslassie (gezundheit! — LTB) recently reported on the arrest of a woman for speeding and driving with an Ontario driver’s license in Georgia.
According to the CBC’s initial claims, 27-year-old Emily Nield was arrested after being stopped for speeding in Cook County, Georgia. The report claimed the officer did not recognize the validity of her Ontario driver’s license.
Spectacular. Isn’t it? Well, not quite. Read a little further down and we find out Nield actually claimed to be a resident of Tennessee.
Nield also claimed she was told she would be held until June 12. Uhhh, not quite.
The best part of the whole tale was how police refused accept the “documents” held in her cellphone.
Those documents (driver’s licenses, Nexus cards, passports, etc) are issued for a reason. They have security features embedded. They have RFID fields. Doubtless in Emily Nield’s universe, perfection won’t be achieved until we’re all waving our phones in each others faces. Sadly, Honey, we’re not there yet. Although your humble correspondent would love to keep a digitized copy of a $100 bill on his cellphone and merely wave Ben Franklin’s smiling face around to fulfill his daily needs.
Nield whined how she would no longer be able to check “no” on the box asking “have you ever been arrested…” on job applications and other forms. County Solicitor Matthew Bennett undertook to expunge any record of this arrest from her record. And, had Nield kept her mouth shut instead of screaming like a stuck pig to the CBC and anyone else who would listen to her, nobody would have known. But now a simple Google search by any prospective employer will regale them with the tale of her arrest in Georgia.
Nield also claimed: “They kept saying ‘You’re now in the system. Any crime that’s going to be committed, your fingerprints are going to be searched,…I never committed a crime.”
Uh, you have a Nexus card, Sweetie. You provided your fingerprints when you were interviewed for that card. You’re already in the system.
As usual, reporting from other media sources tended to be somewhat more insightful.
Yeahhh. You’re not a U.S. citizen. You’re driving with an Ontario driver’s license. You claim to live in Tennessee. And you are stopped for speeding in Georgia. At some point this probably won’t end well.
Emily Nield is 27-years-old. She has a brand new master’s degree in geology (boy, the headhunters will be tripping all over themselves to recruit her with those skills!). She has probably already taken a picture of that degree and put it on her phone. However, from the sensational reporting, one would think she was a 17-year-old school girl. According to reports, she is from Kleinburg, Ontario.
Well, there you have it. She’s from Ontario. She is used to blowing past police cars at 130 kilometers per hour on the 401 and the officer doesn’t even put down his coffee. So she’s driving along at 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour) in a 70 miles per hour (113 kilometers per hour) zone and all is well with the world. At least, Emily Neild’s world.
Here in Florida, you can blow past a state trooper at Warp Speed, with a smashed windshield, your front and rear ends packed in, and perhaps both sides of your car, too. While typing away on your cellphone and driving with your knees. And the officer won’t even stir. But apparently, up in Georgia, they are somewhat more strict about enforcing the basic traffic laws.
The CBC reports that I-75 is used by Canadians as a travel route between Florida and Canada. On any given day, there are thousands of Ontario plates somewhere on I-75 between Michigan and Florida. A very small number of those cars are going to be pulled over for speeding. And not one of those drivers will be arrested. They will get their citation and be sent on their way.
One last thing, Emily: You might want to print out a copy of your I-94 and carry it along with your passport and Tennessee driver’s license from now on. The actual copies, not pictures on your cellphone. Just for good measure, join the CAA or AAA, as well. Those membership cards are good for roadside bail.
And for Kryssakes…
Your humble correspondent is the last one to defend the police. But come on, use some common sense. If you don’t want trouble, don’t go looking for trouble. And don’t hit the hornet’s nest with your rake.
Given the number of contradictions in Nield’s account, none of her claims can be believed. If she is telling the truth however, a freedom of information request for the the body cam, cruiser and jail house videos would make for a very lucrative lawsuit.
The Sentinel was dumb enough to allow comments. One contributor noted that, had such an ATM robbery happened in Chicago (shurely he jests!), the victim would indeed be dead and the bad guy would have his cash, and thus his next crack fix. A reply to that comment rightly stated that the dead victim would be added to the rolls of likely Democratic voters.
The Sentinel did not identify the perp or the hero. Fortunately, television station WFTV‘s reporting was somewhat more insightful.
No doubt local Orlando media will be entertaining us with dated pictures of Carlos Medina in his high school graduation garb over the next few days.
Your humble correspondent will update you should Medina’s name show up in local obituaries.
Robbing a senior citizen in Florida. What a dumb-ass.
(CNN)During the first 20 days of August 2003, almost 15,000 elderly French citizens died as a heat wave hovered over that country. Temperatures had risen only 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit over their usual seasonal averages.
Read down three paragraphs, where the quack concedes and defeats his own argument.
This week eight residents of a single Florida nursing home with its power knocked out from Hurricane Irma died within hours of each other. Indeed, the elderly are often the first victims in extreme weather events.
It is time we reconsider the wisdom of caring for people who are the most sensitive to the changing climate in homes that are situated at the very epicenter of the change.
Florida possesses about 200,000 nursing and assisted living facility beds, befitting a state with the highest percentage of elderly residents in the nation. These homes are air conditioned, unlike what we saw in France in 2003 (a situation that’s since been corrected).
Nice way of burying a rebuttal to your own argument a few paragraphs up, Doc. You forgot to mention that in Florida, people don’t abandon their obligations, drop everything (and everyone) and run off on vacation for eight weeks every year. It wasn’t just a matter of old people being left to bake in the heat in Paris 14 years ago; Their caregivers and even their own family abandoned them en-masse so they could head out on two-months’ government-subsidized holidays. See, that’s what you get when you have a national of civil servants.
But air conditioning only works when you’ve got electrical power, the first public utility to falter in a hurricane like Irma.
It is probably fair to say that The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills charged several thousand dollars per month for its services. Is it possible that management could have installed a couple of industrial generators (hopefully elevated, to avoid them being flooded out as happened in Fukushima, Japan). yet still managed to eek out a meager profit?
No question, facility managers should have evacuated their residents as soon as it became apparent Florida Power and Light wasn’t on the way to fix the damaged transformer supplying their AC system, something their own electrician couldn’t fix. No question, they should have had a backup generator ready to keep their AC running in such an event.
So, yeah, I guess they really SHOULD have had a back-up generator. Doesn’t this turn the premise of the sawbone’s argument on it’s head? This has gone from a global warming (sorry, sorry, sorry….CLIMATE CHANGE) story to tale of gross criminal negligence? Even homicide?
And any facility can only compensate so much for the fundamental flaws of Florida’s infrastructure, which includes a lot of vulnerable above-ground lines.
Florida Power and Light works with state and local officials to identify key facilities where it must keep the power running at all costs — places like Memorial Regional Hospital, down the street from the nursing facility where the eight died. Does FPL have the ability to prioritize power restoration to every facility providing care for vulnerable people across the 35 Florida counties it serves? Probably not.
Was this the first power failure the nursing home has ever experienced? Has there ever been a power failure in Florida outside of hurricane conditions? Has the power ever failed during bright sunshine? Has an automobile ever crashed into a light pole or transformer and disabled power to the neighborhood?
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills wasn’t on that list, and FPL’s press releases make clear: “We prioritize restoring power to critical facilities, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters.” Not mentioned: nursing homes.
So our friends at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were so deluded as to think the power would always be on and that public utilities and government would never fail them? Are they really that stupid?
As we age, our nervous systems falter. It’s one reason so many older people suffer serious injuries in falls; they’re not as quick to react to a loss of balance, and if they tumble, lack the automatic protective response of swinging arms out just in time. Those are often injuries that can lead to nursing home care.
Our autonomic nervous system, which also declines with age, is responsible for controlling things like the dilation and constriction of blood vessels feeding your skin. Dilating those blood vessels is an essential way we release the heat building up in our bodies. The problem holds true even if you’re outwardly as fit and lean as a younger person. Someone who’s 75 has anywhere from 25% to 50% less blood flow to their skin than someone who’s 30.
Yeah, yeah, Doc. We get it. You’re the smartest man in the room.
The older we are, the easier heat will overtake us. This is one of the effects of aging we can’t seem to avoid.
That’s why whenever I used to drive my mother around, I would crack the window open a bit when I left her in the car.
Why then do so many of us, as we age, choose to live in a place that’s hot?
How’s this for starters, Bones?
Everyone knows Florida’s a great place in the winter, but with AC it’s a great place in the summer, too. That AC is critical to the entire South. I’m from Alabama, but the hottest summers of my life were the ones I spent living in Boston.
Friends and co-workers there couldn’t believe it, but Southerners like myself have come to expect, as a sign of civilization, an arctic blast when opening any door. You don’t get that in Massachusetts, even in the places that claim to be air conditioned. What makes Tuscaloosa, Alabama, habitable makes it possible to age in place in Hollywood, Florida, too.
Nobody in Taxachusetts or New York ever complain about lack of air conditioning in Summer? Okay. Whatever you say, Doc. After a series of catastrophic failures on Chicago’s “El” (rapid transit) system after a snowstorm, mayor Richard M. Daley explained to a gaggle of reporters how the trains were ill-suited to snowy conditions. A WGN reporter asked, “Who buys trains in Chicago that don’t work in the winter?” to which Mayor Daley responded, “The same people who buy buses without air conditioning in the summer.”
Floridians alone can’t be blamed for their state’s current predicament of over-construction and environmental vulnerability. Florida is all of us: it’s populated mostly by people from out of state, and if you don’t live there now don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it.
In the interest of fair disclosure, your humble correspondent, aged 47, moved to Orlando from Niagara Falls in search of global warming. But if all that over-construction and environmental vulnerability really are getting to you, may we suggest Buffalo, Detroit or Shelby, Montana as safe spaces. And, as former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg pointed out, there’s plenty of cheap real estate in Buffalo.
The state is the nation’s playground, too, to the extent that 1.4 million Florida jobs depend on rolling out the welcome mat.
That’s why Florida drivers are so terrible. Especially in Miami and Orlando.
It’s no wonder so many Americans choose to stay.
Ahem. Not just Americans.
Millions of Americans transition into the ranks of the elderly year after year; 81 million Americans will be over 65 in the year 2050.
Some 68% of Americans over 65 ultimately need physical help whether from their families or in assisted living or nursing facilities.
Well, as long as we are content to leave them in old folks’ homes here in America, or abandon them and take off on holiday as our French friends do, it looks like they’re S.O.L. Surely you must have some drug for them, Doc? All those commercials on your Cartoon News Network with the pleasant sounding female for the first 59 seconds and the fast-talking guy at the end who says, “SideEffectsMayIncludeDeath!)” Gotta be something there for the oldsters?
What percentage of Americans should we be encouraging into Florida nursing facilities for their later years? The state didn’t have the infrastructure to handle Irma in 2017. What’s going to fundamentally change that will make it withstand coming storms? Are we really going to rebuild it that much better, enough so that every facility providing care, not just major hospitals, can withstand Category 4 and 5 winds?
What percentage? You mean you don’t know? As for the “infrastructure” how many nursing homes had similar incidents? I mean, this storm was so catastrophic you must have had a dozen, two dozen deaths at every old folks’ home in Florida? Right, Doc? Unless…what if all of those other homes – and there must be hundreds of them across the state – actually had the back-up power systems they were Hollywood Hills was supposed to have in the first place?
As for major storms, up until the very afternoon of the storm, CNN and their greenscreen actors were telling this storm was going to hit Key West (which it did) and then move up the Gulf coast and make landfall again at Tampa. Hollywood and Miami are on the Atlantic coast. Oopsey doodle.
Florida’s elder care is everybody’s problem. Between Medicare and Medicaid, federal funds cover the majority of the nation’s nursing home costs, including those in the Sunshine State.
Yeah. Thank your god America has the greatest health care system on the entire planet. Right, Doc? I wonder what they do in those uncivilized, third-world holes like Canada, France (oops, scratch that, we already know what they do in France), England, Japan, Australia, etc do when it comes to elder care and public health overall.
Should we be paying the same rates for such care in areas of the country that are the most vulnerable to climate change, and thus, imperiling the safety of their residents? It’s time we consider, as a national priority, gradually shifting federal long-term care funds toward areas of the country (even areas of Florida) where we have the infrastructure we need and the ability to maintain it.
I actually agree with you, Doc. At least on the “shifting priorities” part. I’d start with The Pentagon and the CIA and work our way down from there. And don’t forget the TSA. As for “imperiling the safety” of residents, where is an elderly person better off? In Miami, Boca Raton or Los Angeles where you have occasional challenges of hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes (in the case of L.A.)? Or New York City, Buffalo or Minot where we can be guaranteed that at least four months out of every year, our older loved ones will be house-bound and risk freezing to death just stepping outside the let the dog out.
Get back to me when you get an answer on that, Doctor Vox.
You know what else, Doc? Maybe it’s time to shift the priorities of the health care industry, too. Maybe a trip to the emergency room doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. Maybe health insurance doesn’t have to cost nearly a thousand dollars a month (or more). Maybe drugs – regardless of how “innovative” don’t have to cost ten times in this country as they do in Canada. Maybe network news doesn’t need to be sponsored by sweet-sounding women pleading with us to run to our doctors asking us if cancer is right for us (apologies to Mike Adams, the Health Ranger).
We’ve probably seen Wal-Mart’s latest marketing campaign: the sweaty workers starting their day. Waking up. Coffee. Kids. Surburbia. House with the American flag out front. A worker with a flag on his hard hat. Black and white alike. Very inspirational.
The commercial doesn’t appear to be selling any particular product. Only at the very end do you see the spot is paid for by Wal-Mart. They claim to be spending $250-billion and creating one million jobs.
Your humble correspondent dropped by his local Slave-Mart in Orlando, Florida (albeit reluctantly) in order to purchase some groceries and pet supplies. In Orlando, as in other cities across America, retail choice has disappeared leaving a virtual monopoly: Wal-Mart.
I was delighted to see a beautiful pair of swimming trunks for sale in the store’s mens’ section. They were priced reasonably at $10.
Could it be that the message was actually getting through their thick heads up at China-Mart Central in Bentonville, Arkansas? Surely given the insurmountable degree of disgust and ridicule Wal-Mart has earned over the decades, they wouldn’t be so brazen as to market such beautiful, patriotic clothing unless it was manufactured in the good ol’ U.S.of a? Uh, yeah. They would be so brazen. And pathetic. And greedy.
As noted in the YouTube videos’ comments, when Sam Walton was alive, it was company policy to stock Wal-Mart stores with American-made merchandise. Walton – like Henry Ford half-a-century before him – knew that well-paid American workers were the backbone of the country. When “Sam” died, his kids couldn’t wait to open up factories in China and start stripping away American jobs.
These fools inhabiting the top floors of America’s office towers just don’t get it. America will never come back, prosperity will never return, there will never be legitimate full employment until people are put back to work at good-paying jobs producing real products.
We ridicule adults working at fast-food establishments and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. But how many of those people had good-paying jobs in factories? How many of them lost their jobs when those factories closed down and the jobs were shipped off to China? How many of those workers were secondary workers dependent on the manufacturing jobs?
The minimum wage isn’t the problem. The problem is the number of adults working at jobs that were never meant to go to grown-adults supporting families.
Ironically, Wal-Mart has passed the point of diminishing returns. They are closing stores and struggling to maintain profitability. Maybe Wal-Mart should try an experiment: Take a small fraction of that $250-billion of theirs and start building new textile factories in North Carolina and South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and other states whose manufacturing was decimated by Wal-Mart in the first place. Build new appliance manufacturing plants in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and other rust-belt states. And here’s a revolutionary idea: start making computers in California again!
Bring back those jobs, Wal-Mart. Replace Made-in-China with Made in America!
If those $10 American Flag shorts now cost $12, I will happily pay that extra money. If I have to pay an extra $100 for the big-screen TV, here’s my money! Take it! If I can no longer buy a $300 laptop computer, I am willing to make that sacrifice.
It’s high time the executives and money junkies (an overlapping group) in corporate America got with the g.d. program, looked around them and came to their senses. Wal-Mart and the big-box stores need to pressure their sources to open plants in America, buy American and bring American jobs back home.
Between the construction jobs created by building the plants and the jobs created by employing people to work inside them, the American economy will be red-hot. And unlike past periods of prosperity, this won’t be a fraudulent bubble. This one will be for real. But don’t feel left out, Banksters. Nothing is stopping you guys from financing the ultimate American recovery.
The rest of the world will be thankful. When America is once again prosperous and self-sufficient, its government won’t have to go around declaring war on the rest of the planet. In its two-and-a-half centuries of existence, America has never managed to find an enemy when the entire country is working and the economy is functioning on all cylinders.
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, our good friends at that bastion of journalism, the Orlando Sentinel, joined its corporate media colleagues in The City Beautiful in pliantly gushing about the Transportation Security Administration’s tour of the Orlando Airport and the various unseen security measures “behind the scenes.”
After the tour, ace reporter Kevin Spear typed out his press release and thus his work for the day was done. The typist’s work was published in Friday’s edition for dozens of Orlandoans to see.
Sadly, while the media was hard at work in the basement of MCO, 22-year-old Alexander Shae Johnson was also plugging away upstairs at his checkpoint. According to fellow Sentinel stenographer David “Dave” Harris, Johnson, a TSA security guard, was caught stealing cash from a passenger’s bag. While a complicit security guard distracted the female passenger with a “pat-down” (i.e. sexual assault), Johnson went into her (the passenger’s) bag and helped himself to the cash.
It clearly wasn’t the passenger’s first rodeo and she had the presence of mind to inventory her bag before she left the security-theater checkpoint. Her cash was gone. By a remarkable co-incidence, a large amount of cash just happened to be bulging out of our hero’s shirt.
Alex claimed the money was his. Someone checked the security video and, lo and behold, he was caught in the act. Alex was turned over to the Orlando Police. And fired (pending his mandatory union grievance hearing and inevitable reversal to suspension with pay, of course; after all, this was obviously Alex’s first offense.)
The Transportation Security Administration would do well to make more of an effort to recruit its security guards from the neighborhoods of Doctor Philips, Winter Park and Clermont and minimize recruits from Pine Hills, Carver Shores and Tangelo Park. Or the entire city of Orlando, for that matter.
See, this is why your humble correspondent takes Amtrak.
Orlando Airport’s Terminal B on June 20, 2017. (LettersToTheBeast)
LettersToTheBeast readers are, of course, welcome and encouraged to read the corporate media articles for themselves. However, be warned. The Orlando Sentinel’s website is even more poorly written, scripted and coded than even the Cartoon News Network. The various Facebook, Twitter and Google plug-ins, combined with the forced video, popovers, and gawd only knows how much adware, spyware and malware make the Sentinel’s site practically useless. Apparently, none of the dateless wonder’s from the Sentinel’s I.T. department has ever had the thought occur to them to try loading their own website from outside the confines of their downtown three-story.
And just a friendly reminder, the gangbangers, child molesters, McDonald’s rejects and other assorted perverts and misfits who proudly don the blue latex gloves have never intercepted a single terrorist (save for Henry Kissinger, and they let him continue on to Toronto). Nor have they prevented a single act of “terrorism.”
Elizabeth “Liz” Sandals is the Member of Provincial Parliament from the Ontario city of Guelph. She also holds the position of president of the treasury board. Her job is to run the Ontario bureaucracy. And like most liberals, Lizard’s colors came shining through this week when she dismissed the qualifications of transit patrons to run a business.
The Ontario civil service has been under a five-year wage freeze, which is scheduled to be thawed this coming Spring. With that in mind, Sandals was ready to reward her most favorite cronies with massive pay increases. CEOs and other high-ranking bureaucrats at state agencies such as Ontario Power Generation, the provincial power utility and GO (Government of Ontario) Transit, a bus and train operator, were in line to see six-figure pay increases.
Ontarians live under crippling electricity rates which have increased by nearly three-quarters in just the past five years under the Liberal regime. Even the smallest apartment can cost hundreds every month just to keep warm and keep the lights on. And the government just slapped a carbon tax on electricity consumers. And then there is Ontario’s – and Canada’s – legendary confiscatory taxation.
Premier Kathleen Wynne defended the high salaries, using the classic meme of attracting and retaining the highest quality people.
GO Transit / Metrolinx CEO Bruce McQuaig, who now takes in C$361,000 annually, was expecting a raise of C$118,000.
When questioned about raises for top bureaucrats while Ontarians struggled to pay their electric bills and sat in delayed GO Trains, Sandals bristled. “Most of the people sitting on the GO Train probably don’t have high level nuclear qualifications or business qualifications to run a multi-billion dollar corporation.”
Sandals would probably be surprised to learn that the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is served by a local transit bus which is timed to connect with the GO Train. And that bus service is run for the convenience of power plant employees. So it is probably fair to say that a good number of those plant workers are indeed riding the train to work.
As for the corporate workers, it is obvious Liz has never set foot on a GO Train, or a GO bus for that matter. Since its inception, GO has gone out of its way to be an attractive public transport option. They operate modern vehicles and relentlessly enforce the concept of customer service on their staff. A monthly fare for even the shortest ride can cost hundreds of dollars monthly.
Sandals’ constituents in Guelph who ride the GO Train into lucrative jobs in Toronto every day pay nearly $300 per month to GO Transit. Riding GO is an expensive proposition and one can assume those passengers are making good coin at their jobs. Trains are 10-12 cars long, and each car holds about 150 seats, plus standing. During rush hour, each and every one of those 1,500+ seats, plus every square foot of standing room, is filled. And those trains run every 15 minutes or better on some lines. Most of those passengers are wearing suits or blouses. Most of GO’s passengers – whether on the train or on the bus – are well-heeled and GO management knows this. Management refers to them as “choice passengers.” They have the option to drive their own cars (yes, GO passengers own cars, too). But they choose to take the train or the bus. And between canceled and delayed trains and broken down, brand-new, $1-million buses double-decker buses, GO’s passengers put up with a helluvalot for their hard-earned money.
Somebody with Liz’s ear had better inform her we are talking about GO Transit here, not the Detroit Department of Transportation. Perhaps Premier Wynne can tell Liz this. On her way out the door.
In a single sentence, Liz Sandals dismissed GO Transit as a social service and relegated their passengers to lowly peons. Apparently, the only people worthy of Sandals’ esteem are those riding into their downtown Toronto jobs in chauffer-driven limousines. Like herself.
The late Jim Flaherty, former federal finance minister, was also a regular GO Train patron.
LettersToTheBeast thanks Mrs. Sandals for her insightful and revealing commentary on the ruling class’s contempt for the average voter.
Now get in your train, shut up and pay your taxes and electric bills. And vote Liberal. Early and often.
As a Canadian, a voter, and most importantly a taxpayer in the province of Ontario, I am writing to express my highest condemnation for the behavior of your president of the treasury board, Elizabeth “Liz” Sandals and her mocking of GO Transit patrons.
Putting aside the hundreds of dollars each of the 130,000 passengers are paying each day (9/10 of those riding the train), and putting aside her ridiculing the very people who likely voted for your regime, and further putting aside the higher incomes of most GO Transit passengers and their corresponding confiscatory taxation, it comes down to this: Your woman just attacked your own customers. The customers, I might add, who endure two-hour train rides from Kitchener into Toronto (plus delays, of course). That creature needs to be ridden out of town. On a rail.
It’s as if the CEO of General Motors deliberately set out to kill the mostly-young consumers of the Chevrolet Cobalt by installing a deadly ignition system. Or Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook, called his customers a bunch of dumb-(fornicators). Oh, wait, those two actually happened.
The unmitigated nerve of that woman, Missus Sandals, to defend the extraordinary pay increases to senior mandarins by mocking the intelligence of business skills of patrons of your own railway…beyond the pale is not even the word. I don’t have the words in my polite vocabulary to express what happened.
And Missus Sandals’s defense of her remarks? “It doesn’t reflect my views.” Come on, really? That is so classic, so liberal. Every politician (most liberals) say that after they’ve been caught. I’ve got another phrase Missus Sandals better familiarize herself with: “I have decided to spend more time with my family.”
Mrs. Wynne, you had better fire that woman immediately. You can’t do anything about her seat in your club at Queen’s Park. But you can remove her from cabinet and even from the Liberal caucus. I’m sure even on an M.P.P.’s salary alone, she won’t have to resort to riding with the unwashed masses on the GO Train. But dealing with traffic, driving her own car, with no chauffeur sounds like it could be a real eye-opener for her.
As a conservative-minded voter, I have absolutely had it with parties of all stripes. I can’t believe I’m saying this: I voted for the stinking N.D.P. last time around because they were the least incompetent and the least corrupt. That’s a pretty stupid way to run a government. For the past 15 years, your party has mistaken the voters’ condemnation of the incompetence and ineptitude of three (now four) Tory leaders as an endorsement of your party’s high taxation, higher spending ways. You have similarly mistaken the voters as countenancing your corruption and your own incompetence and ineptitude.
While I plan to not be around to see the results for myself, let alone to have to live with them, hopefully the next election will convince the voters of Ontario that maybe this Patrick Brown guy is actually less corrupt, less incompetent and less inept than your regime. And he and his party will be swept into office with a majority. When voters start electing children who have never gone to school, as the good people of Grimsby did, you have to conclude they (i.e. “we”) are at the end of our collective rope.
Between commercials featuring Missus Sandals and her insulting and condescending remarks about public transport patrons, the slogan for the Progressive Conservative Party in the next election ought to be “Lock her up.”
In closing, when the taxpayers of Ontario (which I hope to cease being very soon), are theoretically on the hook for twice the money owed by the federal government of Russia, the good people of the GO Train need take no lessons from you, Missus Sandals, or anybody else in your regime.
Between the corruption, the arrogance, the condescension, the waste, the debt, the electric bills, the confiscatory taxation and, yes, the GO Train fares, I don’t think you fools realize just how angry people are.
Resign. All of you.
p.s. You, Missus Sandals and your fellow Queen’s Park critters do realize you are not our bosses. And we don’t work for you? Don’t you? Maybe I’d better call U.P.S. and send all of you some cake.
Any resemblance between Lizard Sandals and…
Christine Lagarde (aka Mrs. Frog), the head I.M.F-er