Friday, March 18, 2011

Shameless Union Politicizing and Media Misrepresentation of Costa Mesa Suicide

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - On the one hand, the President of the United States lectured the nation about not jumping to conclusions about Nidal Malik Hasan’s  connections to radical Islam and the Ft. Hood Massacre.  Never mind at the time it was widely reported that  Hasan was anti war, praised suicide bombers, yelled ALLAH AKBAR before going on his shooting spree, and in 2003 said  “Muslims should rise up and kill the aggressors." And let us now go into the Beer Summit or what the NY Post called  the Ft Hood massacre report,  gutless and shameful

Then there is the Dupnik: Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's claim that Arizona has become a 'Mecca for prejudice and bigotry', and that political 'vitirol' may have pushed deranged Jared Loughner  over the edge, and on  a terrifying rampage in Arizona, killing six people and wounding a dozen others. 

And as if that is not enough, yesterday, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association,   Nick Berardino, was not only cursing at city Costa Mesa CEO Tom Hatch in the lobby of City Hall  but also lecturing him saying something along the lines of “ You cannot give out notices wholesale like that in this economy, that's what's going to happen.”  This of course referring to a city maintenance worker, Huy Pham, who jumped off the roof of the Costa Mesa civic center just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday and pronounced dead at the scene.

Helen Nenadal, Pham's supervisor and a member of the Costa Mesa Employees Association, echoed Berardino’s charges saying. "You can't do this so fast and think that there's not going to be repercussions, she said.

Reading mainstream media accounts of yesterday’s fatal incident, you have to agree with Berardino and Nenadal:  You lay off a member of public union and he or she is likely to go postal.

On the other hand, using the union leaders’ aforementioned argument, what about the millions of private sector workers who have yet to find a job, who by most accounts have not committed suicide?  In case anyone commits suicide, is it the public union which has blood on its hand?  After all, the union is front and center of the fiscal tsunami facing the nation.

Better yet, a contrarian view might be that perhaps it is in the best interest of the union and the city if  Berardino and Nenadal look into the mental and emotional state of its members, including their own?

Where does that leave mainstream media’s sensationalizing the tragedy in support of the union

In our case, we continue to think that President Reagan was right:  Public sector organized labor is an anachronism in the 21st century, and unfortunately is part and parcel of California’s fiscal tsunami.

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