Daily Archives: February 22, 2011

Wu’s Secret Life as a "Furry?" Speculation Abounds. Head Furry Has Doubts.

Silly me, I just thought the guy was really going to a Halloween party, even though I believed it a dumb costume. 
But who goes to an enclosed space with a bunch of other people and wears a costume that’s going to be as hot as blazes? Wu’s staff demanded he not be seen in his costume. Why so vociferous? Why did Wu go so overboard in calling this costume picture unprofessional on his appearance on GMA this morning? (see video below) 

Of course his staff didn’t want him to be seen in a costume. We’ve seen where politicos have been seen in goofy costumes: John Kerry in the bunny suit at NASA, Michael Dukakis in the tank, but this appearance on GMA where he keeps droning on about the costume seems out of kilter with its import. How come “joshing” with your kids is “unprofessional?” How silly a word to continually use to “apologize” for his behavior! 


Alas, my listeners inform me, I’m naive.

Callers to the program today alerted me to another possibility: Wu might be a “Furry” or “Plushie.” This is a subculture of people who love dressing up in costumes for anything as benign as Halloween parties to sexcappade-filled “fur pile!” conventions. Yes, conventions. Gack. Here.
We asked the head of the Furry Convention called”AnthroCon,”  (no, we’re not making this up) what he thinks of Wu’s possible participation in the “community:”
“I do not suspect that Congressman Wu is a Furry, although it would be interesting to count one of the nation’s lawmakers among the ranks of our community. I was under the impression that the photograph was taken on or about Halloween and that the tiger costume in question was intended as part of the usual festivities. If a photograph of a person in a Halloween costume is a sign of mental instability then I’m afraid we shall have to institutionalize a large percentage of Facebook users.”

Wu may have railed against faux Klingons but this faux congressman should go. Fur or no fur.

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We Were Warned on Public Unions

As the economy continues sliding deeper into the morass we have seen the last years, few can say they haven’t also noticed the friction with public employee unions, especially in regards to the militancy on display in Wisconsin over Governor Walker’s stand in regards to the unions.

Locally, in Clark County Washington, a much lesser degree of friction has been seen with public employee unions negotiating their new contracts, with citizens already struggling calling upon the unions to accept paying more of their health insurance premiums and some even suggesting a pay cut, commensurate with that the private sector has been hit with.

While there have been some small concessions on their part, nowhere near to the degree private sector employees have faced, there are still demands for wage increases, less working hours, more vacation time and such.

Needless to say, this isn’t setting well with much of the private sector.

We were warned on public employee unions years ago. In 1937, then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, struggling with what we call the “Great Depression” wrote a letter to Luther C. Steward, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, declining an invitation to the Twentieth Jubilee Convention of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

While some see the letter as Roosevelt being opposed to public unions, I see his comments as more of a caution to them and the potential harm they could inflict by carrying on as many currently are. Roosevelt was a liberal, don’t forget.

Roosevelt said in part,

“The desire of Government employees for fair and adequate pay, reasonable hours of work, safe and suitable working conditions, development of opportunities for advancement, facilities for fair and impartial consideration and review of grievances, and other objectives of a proper employee relations policy, is basically no different from that of employees in private industry. Organization on their part to present their views on such matters is both natural and logical, but meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that ‘under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government’.” (emphasis added)

FDR Letter on the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees Against Strikes in Federal Service August 16, 1937

Reinforcing this is the 1955 comment credited to George Meany, then president of the AFL-CIO when he said, “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”

Thanks to President John F. Kennedy signing Executive Order 10988, EMPLOYEE-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION IN THE FEDERAL SERVICE into law in January 1962, almost 50 years later we see where private sector union membership has drastically fallen off while membership in public employee unions has bypassed that of the private sector and is growing.

Gone are the cautions expressed by President Roosevelt as have seen communities crippled by militant strikes of public union employees demanding more and more of our hard earned tax dollars, even if we have none left to give.

Roosevelt made his share of mistakes in his ‘New Deal’ that many say actually prolonged the Great Depression, but he possessed the wisdom to note that public unions wielding power was counter to what our government is and how detrimental they could be to the nation.

We see that today unfolding in Wisconsin as school children are once again being held hostage to greedy union members being bused in from outside the area to spew their hate and vitriol at the very people who pay their salaries.

George Meany was wrong when he said, “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.” It’s not impossible, but it has been proven to be very unwise and detrimental to the nation’s economy.

If the public unions end up broken now, and it is my sincerest hope that they are, they only have their own greed to blame.

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Wu’s Secret Life as a "Furry?" Speculation Abounds. Head Furry Has Doubts.

Silly me, I just thought the guy was really going to a Halloween party, even though I believed it a dumb costume. 
But who goes to an enclosed space with a bunch of other people and wears a costume that’s going to be as hot as blazes? Wu’s staff demanded he not be seen in his costume. Why so vociferous? Why did Wu go so overboard in calling this costume picture unprofessional on his appearance on GMA this morning? (see video below) 

Of course his staff didn’t want him to be seen in a costume. We’ve seen where politicos have been seen in goofy costumes: John Kerry in the bunny suit at NASA, Michael Dukakis in the tank, but this appearance on GMA where he keeps droning on about the costume seems out of kilter with its import. How come “joshing” with your kids is “unprofessional?” How silly a word to continually use to “apologize” for his behavior! 


Alas, my listeners inform me, I’m naive.

Callers to the program today alerted me to another possibility: Wu might be a “Furry” or “Plushie.” This is a subculture of people who love dressing up in costumes for anything as benign as Halloween parties to sexcappade-filled “fur pile!” conventions. Yes, conventions. Gack. Here.
We asked the head of the Furry Convention called”AnthroCon,”  (no, we’re not making this up) what he thinks of Wu’s possible participation in the “community:”
“I do not suspect that Congressman Wu is a Furry, although it would be interesting to count one of the nation’s lawmakers among the ranks of our community. I was under the impression that the photograph was taken on or about Halloween and that the tiger costume in question was intended as part of the usual festivities. If a photograph of a person in a Halloween costume is a sign of mental instability then I’m afraid we shall have to institutionalize a large percentage of Facebook users.”

Wu may have railed against faux Klingons but this faux congressman should go. Fur or no fur.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

CAIR Director Schooled on Radical Islam

The Palm Beach Post covered the event clearing up some of the exchange drowned out by Rep. Wests supporters in the audience.

CAIR South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze. Hamze held a copy of the Koran and asked West to “show me one verse in this Koran where it says to attack America, attack Americans, or attack innocent people.”

West replied, “You do have the Verse of the Sword that is in there and there is talk about killing infidels,” referring to verse 9:5 of the Koran, “Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them: seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).”

West listed off several episodes in history where radical Muslims have attacked leading up to the Ft. Hood massacre and September 11, 2001 and reminding Hamze that all attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as they commenced their attack.

West, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and Iraq War Veteran continued, “I’ve been on the battlefield, my friend. OK? Don’t try to blow sunshine up my butt.”

As Hamze retorted “I am ashamed to be here with all of these people, when you attack Islam, you attack –” West cut him off stating, “You attacked us. You attacked us. I went to Muslim countries to try to defend the freedom of Muslim people. Don’t come up here to try to criticize me. Put the microphone down and go home,” drawing loud approval from the audience.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com