Archive for November, 2012

Captain Rick: Everything you need to know about the pending U.S. FISCAL CLIFF … the “what, where, when, how, who, why’s” will be presented in a series of informative lessons here on my blog in the coming weeks.

You can read the hype on the web, watch the hype on the evening news, read the hype in the newspapers …  but if you want fact to replace the hype, you will want to follow my “Fiscal Cliff Course 101”.

Stay tuned for Lesson 1: What the heck is the FISCAL CLIFF?

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Captain Rick: I am one of Gilbert Arizona’s ‘eagles’ who keep a close eye on our Town Council to help guide our great community in the proper direction. I love my town … the place I have called home for a long time. With a population of nearly a quarter million, one of America’s fastest growing cities, Gilbert is no longer the small town of 60,000 it was when I moved to Gilbert in 1997. Since then I have viewed every town council meeting to stay abreast of what is happening in Gilbert. That’s a lot of meetings, that required a lot of my time … time that I believe was well spent. In mid 2011, I began my “Proper Vote Scorecard” to keep track of how Gilbert council members vote on controversial issues. I consider a PROPER VOTE to be one that is truly in the best interest of Gilbert citizens … one that is fiscally responsible and free of politics and private agendas.

Gilbert Arizona Town Council: October 25, 2012: Item 34: Planning Commission Alternate Appointment

Several alternatives were presented to council which included:

a) appoint an alternate from the highest-ranking candidate

b) conduct interviews with the two next highest ranking candidates

c) conduct interviews with all seven applicants

Council Actions:

Council member John Sentz suggested selecting one of the lower scoring applicants of the seven applicants.

Council member Victor Petersen made a motion to select b). Council member Eddie Cook seconded.

A vote of 6/1 resulted:

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Council members casting the PROPER VOTE of YES:

Victor Petersen

Eddie Cook

Ben Cooper

Mayor John Lewis

Jordan Ray

Jenn Daniels

The above PROPER VOTES have been recorded on my ongoing …

PROPER VOTE SCORECARD: https://atridim.wordpress.com/gilbert-council-scorecard/

Captain Rick: I was one of the millions glued to their TV sets back in the 80’s as Larry captivated the TV primetime audience as J. R. Ewing, the ruthless oil baron, in  “Dallas”, possibly the greatest TV series ever. He revealed his battle with throat cancer including radiation therapy and chemotherapy on an “Entertainment Tonight” in January, ahead of his second season of the new “Dallas” series on TNT. I don’t doubt that this will make for the “Dallas Cliffhanger” of all.

It is reported that co-stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were by his side during his final moments at Medical City Hospital in Dallas. 

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Larry Hagman info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Hagman

Head and neck cancer affects over 35,000 new patients a year in the U.S. alone.

Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_and_neck_cancer

Info: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/DS00349

Actor Michael Douglas stunned the world in September 2010 when he announced he had stage IV throat cancer: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20100901/throat-cancer-faq

Captain Rick: A newly released professional video entices corporations to choose Gilbert Arizona as a great place to locate so their executives can be “Living the Good Life”. This video offers a 5 minute glimpse of some of the executive lifestyle amenities found within Gilbert. With nearly a quarter million residents, it is one of America’s fastest growing and most vibrant communities. Situated in the southeastern realm of Arizona’s “Valley of the Sun”… Gilbert is the “town” I have loved to call home for the past 15+ years.

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Captain Rick: I find the endless crowds of uninformed people who are fooled into spending countless hours of time standing in long lines waiting for what they think is a deal, absolutely amazing. They could spend their time so much more wisely by doing a little research. Black Friday is the top day of the year when retailers load off all of their obsolete inventory. I am not saying this merchandise is bad … its just obsolete. In some cases, its merchandise that the stores just cant get rid of via normal means. Most top brands subscribe to ‘fair trade’ agreements, meaning that no reseller can sell the same ‘current’ product for any less than the next reseller. You will never find a current name brand product in a ‘Black Friday’ special … until it has been obsoleted and replaced by the next generation successor. There are so many better ways to spend the day after Thanksgiving, than to stand in a line of stupidity.

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Captain Rick: Wal-Mart, the world’s largest store, with 1.3 million workers, fights back as workers are preparing for a Black Friday walkout. Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing one of America’s largest labor unions of unlawfully organizing picket lines, in-store “flash mobs” and other demonstrations. Unions and union backed groups are calling for America’s largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

A Wal-Mart spokesman said: Black Friday is the “Superbowl” for retailers and that Wal-Mart is ready. If employees are scheduled for work, we expect them to show up and do their job. If the don’t, there could be consequences. While Wal-Mart respects its workers federally-protected right to express concerns, it will act to protect its stores and customers from illegal and unprotected conduct that threatens the safety of our business operations… such as protestors trespassing on Wal-Mart grounds and interfering with business.

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OURWalmart, one of the main union groups says it has 1000 events planned this week. It has a Facebook page with 28,000 likes and  YouTube video with over 103,000 views. I have viewed both and do not find them worthy to pass on.

Captain Rick’s thoughts: I feel for those who work for Wal-Mart and don’t feel they make enough money or receive enough medical benefits. Keep in mind, you always have the option to find employment somewhere else. Where? Wal-Mart or no other company has an obligation to better yourself. Only you can do that. Stop whining and take control of your own destiny. Don’t rely on the unions and associated groups to save you. They have only one goal in mind… to make themselves rich… and destroy America as a by product. History shows that unions have played a huge role in the destruction of entire American industries. They are directly responsible for the execution of thousands of high paying jobs in America…jobs that are now being fulfilled overseas at much lower costs. The only sector that the unions have not killed in America is the service sector…jobs like those in retail sales…like Wal-Mart. With stupid efforts like this, it wont be long before unions destroy it too.

Another example is civic government. This is perhaps the worst of all sectors for unions to attack and kill…it’s the last American stronghold, one that is protected by our ‘warped’ government laws. In the private sector, unions can cause companies to fail. In the public sector, failure is not possible…so unions have free rain to pillage them to an endless extreme with the total cost transferred to the tax payer. America’s laws are reckless in this regard and are in serious need of change…hopefully before the unions are finally allowed to totally destroy America.

Captain Rick: Once upon a time in America, unions were an entity to protect job safety, like having clean air to breath and working with equipment that doesn’t maim or kill. In recent decades unions have become mostly about a means to push member benefits and wages as high as possible … historically, beyond justifiable means … at the expense of the consumer and their employer. All too many times we have witnessed massive job losses as the result of union greed. Detroit, once automotive headquarters and union central, is America’s greatest example. The city is all but dead, killed by the unions and their thirst for endless, unwarranted greed.

Hostess gave the unions a 5 PM deadline Thursday, November 15 to return to work. The workers did not return. As a result, the union workers killed Hostess, with annual sales of $2.5 billion. 18,500 workers have lost their jobs. 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 outlet stores have closed across America. Annual sale of 500 million Twinkies and 127 million loaves of Wonder Bread also end. It’s the end of another American classic.

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Hostess will move in bankruptcy court to sell its assets to the highest bidder. I trust the Twinkie and Wonder Bread will live on … but will be produced by companies  of dedicated workers who are not unionized … workers who understand the true value of their jobs … not some super hyped imagination of job glory that does not exist in today’s America. Thus, the companies might not be headquartered in America. Its time for all unions to exit America or America will continue to watch our great companies be washed to the sea.