March 2011

By Wink

I can’t wait for Toby Keith to shake President Obama’s hand and sing a song about kicking Gaddafi’s ass.

Toby, you ARE going to congratulate Obama for bombing Libya, right?  I mean, you LOVED it when we attacked Iraq. That was a flag-wavin’ good time, remember?

I don’t see any difference here.

Do you see any difference here Toby?

Remember, neither Libya nor Iraq attacked the U.S., and they both had/have horribly corrupt dictators. So what is the difference?

Now G. W. and Barack are both war presidents, Toby, and you know real Americans ALWAYS support the president in times of war.

What is the difference, Toby? What am I missing?  Unless…

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By Wink

 

“This is a family show. I’d rather you not use the word ‘fallacy’.” – Stephen Colbert

 

“I don’t belong to any organized political party, I’m a Democrat.” – Will Rogers.

 

“Last year the Kardashian sisters made $65 million. Before you get too upset, remember that 10% of that goes directly to Satan.” – Conan O’Brien

 

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By Wink

A recent study says students, looking for summer jobs, are having a much harder time this year.

Many of these jobs are already filled. With adults. Adults who used to have regular, decent-paying jobs. Jobs with benefits.

But now, extremely low-paying jobs, even part-time jobs, are being snapped up by people with families.

It used to be the people who applied for these jobs were interested in getting a new bike. Now the applicants are trying to pay the rent.

Remember the GOP railing against taxing those between $250,000 and $1 million per year, telling us this income bracket was ‘not rich’ and had these people have ‘bills to pay and kids to put through college?’ Remember that?

Over $250,000 = Not rich. Fine, fine, fine. I accept that. (I would be delighted to experience that level of ‘not rich’ though.)

But if people who make more than $250,000 are just scraping by, how do we describe those making $51,000, like the teachers in Wisconsin?

Grossly overpaid, greedy bastards. That is how we describe them.

So obscenely overpaid, in fact, that their evil union must be destroyed. Never again can we allow them to negotiate for those types of outrageous salaries.

(Do those people living on $51,000 have bills to pay, or kids to put through college, like the working poor who make more than $250,000?. Probably not.)

If we bust the union, we can shrink those crazy paychecks, and reduce those benefits, just like the rest of U.S. industry is doing.

Americans with skills and education now have poor paying jobs, or 2nd jobs, driving cabs, working at Wal-Mart or McDonalds. They take away jobs from teens.

We are now approaching a sort of ‘GOP Nirvana,’ where all jobs pay minimum wage, and offer no benefits. Then corporate execs can finally maximize their own paychecks, and even increase (if that is possible) their donations to the GOP…

Ha Ha! Just kidding! In ‘GOP Nirvana’ there is no such thing as ‘minimum wage’ to drag down business (and exec bonuses)… Companies can just pay as little as they can get away with.

There is still plenty of money in America, but it is all drifting upward. The ever-inflating salaries for corporate execs are paid for by slashing pay and benefit for employees.

The GOP then rewards the wealthy with more and more tax cuts.

Is this a great country, or what? It used to be…

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By Wink

Newt Gingrich has been married three times. This by itself is not a story, and normally I could not care less, but…..

In a recent interview Mr. Gingrich admitted to past infidelities which, in theory, may have lead to the multiple divorces. In theory.

Rather than giving a straight mea culpa, the excuse he offered to CBN reporter David Brody was that his marital affairs were “partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

His ‘passion for country’ led to cheating on his wives?

I wonder if I can try that, cuz I DO love my country…

Wow. He must really love his country to cheat on multiple wives.

And his depth of love for the good old U.S. of A. must have been off the charts to cheat on wife number one…

He cared enough to visit her in the hospital while she was being treated for cancer … so he could discuss divorce proceedings.

You can’t get more American than that.

Passion for country? Newt is passionate alright.

The possible punch lines are too numerous, and probably more than a little too tasteless, to print here. Don’t be afraid to e-mail me some of them though…

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I generally try to think of myself as someone who follows the news.  The only thing I don’t typically watch is television news, unless a major event is happening.  I read the papers, follow the websites, etc.  But something must have slipped through the cracks.

Apparently, Rep. Michele Bachmann made a misstatement about early American history.  She claimed that of New Hampshire, “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” We all know that happened in Texas with T. Boone Crockett exclaiming “Remember the Armadillo.” I don’t remember why the Armadillo was so important, but I guess Mexico wanted it or something.

I only heard of this mistake, when she said that the reporting of her mistake shows and obvious bias in the media. It must be news to her that I, a self-proclaimed follower of the news, had not heard of her mistake, until she used it to claim the bias.

Thankfully, she provided an example. She mentioned that during the 2008 campaign Barrack Obama, had claimed “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.” Again, we all know there are 52 States, excluding Canada (that’s a Province). She claimed this wasn’t reported in the media. First of all, how did she hear about it if it wasn’t reported? Second of all, I heard it many times when it happened. Yet, I didn’t hear her statement.

Where is the bias now?

To be forgiving to Bachmann, I know when it is you that make a mistake it feels if the whole world is closing in and making notice of the error, but the bias here doesn’t lie in the media’s hands, the bias is you perceiving yourself as more important than you really are.

The rest of the world could care less about that quip, there are many more telling quotes.

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By Wink

AOL has just completed its purchase of the online news hub, the Huffington Post.

The price? $315 million.

Our sincerest congratulations to Arianna Huffington for her newfound, additional wealth.

The press release says the combined site will attract about 117 million U.S. visitors each month, and an estimated 253 million worldwide.

We here at the Winkest Link are not the least bit jealous.

We have literally hundreds of loyal readers. Well, we don’t know how many ‘loyal’ readers we have, but we do have hundreds of ‘readers.’

And, based on current projections, we expect that level to grow by dozens before the end of the year. (Note to editors: Shouldn’t we say ‘fiscal year?’ It would make us seem more advertiser-friendly, and the projections are all imaginary anyway.)

So take note, AOL, if you want to get in on the ground floor of the surging blog that is ‘Winkest Link,’ now might be the time to act.

Donald Trump has shown great interest in us….and he is nobody’s fool.

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By Wink

 

If you had the option of paying zero for your health insurance, or paying $1200 per month, which would you choose?

This is an important question.

Be pissed at the Wisconsin unions if you wish. But if you answered ‘zero’ to the above question, you agreed with everybody else on the planet.

I am not saying Wisconsin government employees should get free health insurance, but why would you turn it down? Is it evil to WANT to pay zero?

This brings us to the Wisconsin governor. Within weeks of taking office he gave over $60 million in tax breaks to corporations, and then declared a fiscal emergency.

As everyone everywhere knows, there is only one reason for fiscal emergencies – unions. Not bad governing, not bad economies, just unions.

So the governor told the employees union they would have to pay more for their health insurance and make pension concessions.

Amazingly, the Wisconsin unions acceded to all of the financial demands of the new governor. They agreed to pay 12% of the cost of the health insurance (fairly standard nationwide), plus made the requested pension concessions.

Republicans everywhere (and especially at their headquarters, Fox) would have you believe the Wisconsin unions gave up nothing in the negotiations.

This type of lie is standard procedure for Fox conservatives. They repeat it and repeat it and repeat it, and their (admittedly numerous) followers believe it.

What Wisconsin government employees do not want to give up, and what is causing all the protests, is the right to negotiate their benefits in the future.

Again, they gave in to ALL the financial demands of the governor.

It never mattered. The governor’s goal was not to ‘balance a budget,’ it was simply to bust the union. The fiscal mess was just used as a tool to sell the public that government workers are greedy leeches.

The unions don’t want to give up the right to negotiate.

For goodness sake, if you have no right to discuss job conditions, what would prevent an employer from lowering wages, insisting on unpaid overtime, removing sick leave, etc, etc.

Are we simply to count on the ‘good will’ of employers to make sure employees are well compensated and treated fairly?

Are you kidding?

And taking away the right to negotiate? Which rights would you happily forfeit to ‘balance the budget’?  Your right to free speech? Your right to own guns?

You WILL give up your speech and guns to balance a governmental budget, right?

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Please note: I think government employees, like the rest of us, should pay something for health insurance. Plus, I don’t think their salaries should be astronomical. It is, after all, taxpayer money.

But this demonizing of unions is just another Republican red herring. Another invented ‘evil’ that must be vanquished.

 

Brief Quiz: Which of the following do you like?

 

Paid vacation time off?

Five-day (rather than 7-day) work weeks?

Sick leave?

40 hour weeks?

Overtime pay?

 

If you answered ‘yes’ to ANY of the above, thank God for unions. None of these would exist without unions. None of it.

The U.S., and the rest of the world, has real problems, but unions are not among them.

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