An Odd News Day

These stories have something in common, but I, a semi-literate engineer, can’t figure out what exactly it is.

1.  Barack Obama’s favorite union, the SEIU, has a grievance with an aspiring Eagle Scout in Allentown, PA:

In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city’s largest municipal union.

Apparently, no good deed goes unpunished. 

Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.

“We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.

That almost sounds like a threat.  If you  wonder if any SEIU members have kids who are Boy Scouts.

Balzano said Saturday he isn’t targeting Boy Scouts. But given the city’s decision in July to lay off 39 SEIU members, Balzano said “there’s to be no volunteers.” No one except union members may pick up a hoe or shovel, plant a flower or clear a walking path.

“We would hope that the well-intentioned efforts of an Eagle Scout candidate would not be challenged by the union,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski in an e-mail Friday. “This young man is performing a great service to the community. His efforts should be recognized as such.”

Balzano said Saturday the union is still looking into the matter and might cut the city a break.

“We are probably going to let this one go,” Balzano said .

Gee, thanks, Nick.  I’m glad you say it’s OK that this Boy Scout, whose merit badges you are not worthy to shine, can get away with what he did just this once.

I hope that anyone who lives in Allentown and reads this will pick up some gardening tool and do something that Nick Balzano thinks is a union job.  Allentown will be better off.

2.  Sometimes, when you are babysitting your little sisters, something happens that calls for drastic measures.  We might call this a reverse Goldilocks story.

Driggs Boy Shoots Bear on Front Porch

An 11-year-old boy killed a bear at point-blank range last Wednesday night after it wouldn’t leave his family’s porch.

The boy was at his home near Driggs with his younger sisters and after seeing the bear on the front porch and not being able to get it to leave, the boy retrieved a gun and killed the animal.

The family declined to comment and wished to remain anonymous.

Judging from the comments at the bottom of this article, this is wise.  There are plenty of people who think that a)  an 11-year-old should never baby sit, b) an 11-year old should never touch a gun, c) no one should ever use a gun, d) really, 11-year-old boys should learn more peaceful pursuits like needlepoint, and e) there are more boys than bears, so it would be better if the bears ate boys rather than boys shooting bears.  Anonymity is a good thing.

Fish and Game Conservation Officer Doug Petersen said the black bear had been a problem in the area near the county transfer station, and he and Fish and Game Officer Lauren Wednt had set up a trap earlier in the week.

“The bear had been hanging around and we got multiple complaint calls,” said Wendt. The bear had been getting into garbage cans and bird feeders in the area.

Petersen said officials may have had to put it down anyway. He said that in situations where the bear has been a problem around humans or threatens human safety, they usually don’t issue citations.

“Human safety is a higher priority,” said Petersen. “We’re concerned with how bears are managed and we want to live in harmony with them.”

The boy and his family are not in any trouble, and Petersen said he issued them a permit to keep the bear.

Cool.  Now he can bring a bear rug to show and tell.  I’m sure the 5th grade girls will be impressed.  As for the rest of the bear, it can have a special place.  Right next to the mashed potatoes.

3.  “Pimp of the Year” presents “Employee of the Year” award

James O’Keefe definitely deserves the award for “Pimp of the Year”.  (This is a reference to the mostly forgotten movie “I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka”), even though he was only pretending to be a pimp.  Here is a link where he finds one semi-honest ACORN employee who will not help him with his plan to smuggle underage illegal alien girls into the USA to work for him (and “Madame” Hannah Giles) as prostitutes.

ACORN Employee of the Year

Although Mr. Felix D. Harris of Los Angeles ACORN told us he didn’t care about our prostitution business in regards to a housing loan, he drew the line when we spoke about the underage girls.  Although he did not kick us out, he was the only employee in our nationwide ACORN child prostitution investigation who would not assist us.

For his leadership, superior ethics, unwavering integrity, compassion for young women, and for serving as a shining beacon of inspiration for his fellow ACORN employees, I am honored to present Felix Harris, program director at ACORN Housing, with the humble award of ACORN EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.

Remember, this employee is the cream of the ACORN crop.  Other examples of the behavior that has led ACORN to near-ruin are on the website.


3 thoughts on “An Odd News Day

  1. Those comments are interesting. So, the eleven year old who can’t be trusted to be safe at home, be in charge of his sisters, or use a gun, used a gun to protect his sisters while at home with them.

    (Whispered voice) Maybe it was okay after all to leave him in charge with a gun in the house.

    Why do people insist that things are by definition “dangerous” in the presence of counterexamples of good outcomes? Yeah, yeah, “just because this kid was okay doesn’t mean every kid would be.” Right. And it was THIS kid, not “every kid” who was left in charge that day with the knowledge of how to use the gun. So what does it matter that not “every kid” would be okay? Parents are responsible for deciding what’s safe for THEIR kids, not every kid.

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