According to Philly.com, one of the union dudes who was arrested for bashing the guy with a fence is from West Grove, PA - exurban Chester County, that is.
Why does this dude have any right to be a union hooligan in Philly? Shouldn't he be extorting from the good people of West Grove, Chester County?
Can anyone confirm, by the way, that Ed Coryell of the Carpenters lives in Wenonah NJ and Pat Gillespie lives in Havertown or at least Delaware County?
How do these suburban jerks have any standing in Philly?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnPiDPFUIrg (note the race card)
The Last Union Town | Philadelphia Magazine Articles
Those people wanted a fight,” he said. “And fighting is what we do.I don’t like Nutter,” Gillespie says. “I don’t like him for what he did to Bernie Watson and John Street over at the Convention Center."Council members asked the boss of Philadelphia’s building trades, Pat Gillespie, to come speak at a hearing. Gillespie contends they set him up.
“I got a call about a quarter to six the evening before,” he says. No one told him specifically what City Council wanted to know; when he arrived, he felt taken aback when Councilman Frank DiCicco launched into questions about race, boiling down to: What percentage of his unions’ membership are minorities?
Gillespie said he didn’t know. Council recessed so he could look up the numbers. When it reconvened, Gillespie held firm: He didn’t know the numbers, and couldn’t get them.
In years past, that answer might have satisfied any politician’s curiosity; Philadelphia’s unions have long financed and influenced the city’s most powerful people. But there’s something new happening in the city. And incredibly — dangerously, even — Council reacted by broaching the possibility that maybe non-union outfits should have a crack at the Convention Center.
“For Pat Gillespie to act surprised that a Council member would have the audacity to ask for the numbers — well, I’m dumbfounded,” DiCicco said recently.
Gillespie fired back, “I don’t know what his agenda is, but it’s not affirmative action. It’s not inclusion."
The construction trades unions have demonstrated time and again that they Just Don't Get It when it comes to providing the kind of opportunity their own fathers enjoyed to those of a darker hue.
Until they do, they deserve all the trouble they're experiencing.
Did you know that affirmative action as we know it began with a program to require Philadelphia's building trades unions to bring minorities into their ranks after several court cases proved they had deliberately shut them out? It was a Nixon Administration initiative, no less. Google "Philadelphia Plan" and see what you get.
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I had posted the directly links to the public AFL-CIO and Hilary Clinton for President public campaign donation filings but the post was deleted.
Just search the names at the Federal Election Commission website.
Last edited by Hal; 07-29-2012 at 09:59 AM.
Query - why does Govt. require the "Hillary Clinton for President" campaign to disclose their contributor's addresses?
I do appreciate the slippery slope problem.
Posting public information in a public forum...
Confirming that certain information IS public?
Directing people where to get that public information?
I appreciate privacy, but an anonymous 14 year old photo of a house,
which is, of course on the internet with all the other "house for sale" photos,
didn't seem out of step.
Last edited by Hal; 07-29-2012 at 10:26 AM.
i HATE these lard-assed criminals.
kenney, exactly why is it that you run to clean and spit-polish their nether regions?
Ha ha, the last time I saw so many fat out-of-shape protesters in one spot was a Tea Party rally.
Philly people, learn your history.
This is the thing that perhaps angers me the most with these goons; they don't even live in the city. When you're not a resident, you have no vested interest in improving the city by growing the tax base, improving schools, community standards, etc. All they are interested in is bleeding the city for as much as they can. Ask them to a man, and they'll all say "fcuk the city".
Philly people, learn your history.
And for the record, people need to realize it isn't a "public forum". It is a private forum the owner is allowing access to. No First Amendment rights or anything of the sort exist.
Thugs are gearing up for trouble right now. They're expecting a delivery and guys are on the corners as far away as Broad St.