Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone

In Memoriam of Family and Friends

As 2012 comes to a close I wanted to remember my family and friends that have left us this year, may they all rest in peace.

Edward D. Padgett Sr.  moved on February 9, 2012  My father

Steve Parker moved on February 13, 2012  LA Times Colleague

Don Reese moved on February 18, 2012  LA Times Colleague

Romel Aspiras moved on March 8, 2012  LA Times Colleague

Carrie Lane moved on March 9, 2012  Wife of LA Times Colleague Randy Lane

Jennifer Roundtree moved on March 16 2012  Wife of LA Times Colleague Billy Roundtree

Amellia Molly Rodriguez-Barajas moved on May 1, 2012 My mother

Bob Gilham moved on May 4, 2012  LA Times Colleague

Cesar Verdugo moved on June 21, 2012  My nephew

George Wayman Doolittle moved on November 27, 2012  LA Times Colleague

Eddie Santos moved on December 18, 2012  LA Times Colleague

Today in Labor History

December 31  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.
Sixty thousand unemployed workers rally at a Pittsburgh stadium - 1931

United Mine Workers reformer Joseph "Jock" Yablonski, his wife and daughter are murdered by hitmen hired by union president Tony Boyle, who was to be convicted of the crime and eventually die in prison - 1969

OSHA adopts a grain handling facilities standard to protect 155,000 workers at nearly 24,000 grain elevators from the risk of fire and explosion from highly combustible grain dust - 1987

The title is obviously tongue in cheek. We try to use humor as much as possible to get the message out about the benefits of being a union member and information on those who try and harm the middle and poor class of the world Trolls will be launched as quickly as possible

Eddy Hartenstein to Tribune Employees

From: Tribune Communications
Subject: Message from Eddy Hartenstein/Tribune Emergence from Chapter 11


Tonight we issued the attached press release, announcing that Tribune will successfully emerge from the Chapter 11 reorganization process tomorrow, Dec. 31, 2012. The restructuring plan approved last July by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware will become effective at that time.
Tribune will emerge as a dynamic multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, powerful brands in major markets, sufficient liquidity for operations and investments and significantly less debt. In short, Tribune is far stronger than it was when we began the Chapter 11 process four years ago and, given the budget planning we’ve done, the company is well-positioned for success in 2013.

The press release also contains details about Tribune’s new Board of Directors, which will convene in the next several weeks, at which time it will define the roles of its members, its committee structure, and designate and ratify the company’s executive officers.

You can find additional information regarding our emergence and some Q&A related to employees on TribLink.

Once again, I want to thank you for your talent, effort and focus these last four years—I know it has been a challenging period. Throughout it all, you have been resilient, dedicated to serving the company, our customers and your fellow employees. You are what sets Tribune apart from our competitors.

Now, let’s get the new year off to a strong start. There is a lot of opportunity ahead.

SOURCE: LAObserved

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Is your bottled water coming from a faucet?

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Liberal newspapers hurtling toward extinction - BizPac

Tribune emerges from 4-year bankruptcy today - Poynter

Matt Donnelly Exits LAT’s Ministry of Gossip - Fishbowl LA

What happens to Gannett after passing the 'cliff' - Gannett Blog

Tribune Co. papers draw interest from California company - CBJ

Should newspapers start phasing out editorials? - Sacramento Bee

6 Ways to Juice Up the Labor Movement - Broadcast Union News

Tribune Co. set to exit bankruptcy protection - Los Angeles Times

Orange County Register Owner Eyes Tribune Papers - Huffington Post

WGN America may be channel of change for Tribune Co. - Chicago Tribune

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Newspaper Printing Press

Today in Labor History

December 29  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

After years of intensive lobbying by the labor movement, a comprehensive national safety law is enacted as President Nixon signs the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970, creating the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - 1970

2012.12.24-history-goodyear-strikeMore than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract - 2006

Jahmark and the Soulshakers

SEE YOU TOMORROW (12/30/12) at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach (30 Pier Avenue) at 4PM ... out with the old and in with the new ... come celebrate with Jahmark & the Soulshakers, 2013 is approaching fast and we ready fi dem ... peace, love and blessings to one and all!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Win a car and Change a Life

Why are Hollywood Stuntman Sammy Maloof and Veteran of the Year, Bob "Mr. Inspiration" Wieland GIVING AWAY A BEAUTIFUL HOTROD? Watch this:

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Today in Labor History

December 28  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc. 2012.12.24-history-williams

Auto workers begin sit-down strike for union recognition at GM’s Fisher Body plant in Cleveland - 1936

Country music legend Hank Williams attends what to be his last musicians’ union meeting, at the Elite (pronounced E-light) café in Montgomery, Ala.  He died of apparent heart failure three days later in the back seat of a car driving north.  He was 29 - 1952

Newsweek Publishes Final Print Edition

As advertisers follow the eyes of online readers, publications are struggling to stay afloat, which will not be an easy task in 2013. Many print publishers will flee the hard copy in favor of digital versions to remain in business in the coming months, and most major newspapers are losing money by producing a daily paper. You will be able to gauge your cities newspaper health if they discontinue their seven day per week schedule with a three to four day cycle. 

Us older folks have seen telephone booths and mailboxes disappear almost over night, so goes the same for newspaper stands, shortly.

Image courtesy of Newsweek via Twitter

Friday Night in the Blogosphere

Former Los Angeles Times Pressman Darryl Dean

Patch editors say staff and budgets are being cut in 2013 - Romenesko

Another Reporter Jumps from LA Times to OC Register - Fishbowl LA

The Year’s Top Five Legislative Victories for Workers - Frying Pan News

Baltimore Sun runs full page cartoon on front page for first time - Poynter

Corporate is shaking up Gannett Digital Marketing Services - Gannett Blog

Former Tribune Co. exec charged with defrauding company - Chicago Tribune

Newspaper Guild, members donate $5160 to Sandy relief – Broadcast Union News

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Today in Labor History

December 27  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Roosevelt seizes the railroads to avert a nationwide strike. His decision to temporarily place the railroads under the “supervision” of the War Department prompts the five railroad brotherhoods to agree to his offer to arbitrate the wage dispute - 1943

December 26  

Knights of Labor founded. Constitution bars from membership “parasites,” including stockbrokers and lawyers - 1869
2012.12.24-history-power-in-a-union(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America is a sympathetic, thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement that traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and the struggle for survival and growth today.)

 December 25

A dynamite bomb destroyed a portion of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles, where a bitter strike was in progress - 1910

December 24

Seventy two copper miners’ children die in panic caused by a company stooge at Calumet, Mich., who shouted “fire” up the stairs into a crowded hall where the children had gathered.  They were crushed against closed doors when they tried to flee - 1913

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winning at the Race of Life

photo by Ed Padgett

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Marines Do Santa Claus, Gangnam Style

The III Marine Expeditionary Unit Band hit the stage Gangnam Style with a Holiday twist! This is a recent performance with their rock band in Okinawa, Japan. Video courtesy of Erin Giove.

Winning at the Race of Life Ministries

Winning at the Race of Life shared a video.

It's an amazing thing to be able to take your gifts and talents that God gave us and share them with other people. Meet Jesse, he was hearing impaired. The smile on his face when he got to shift Hollywood Stuntman Sammy Maloof's stuntcar--PRICELESS! (Bethel Church Riverside, CA)

The Sun Never Sets Trailer

Smithsonian Magazine once asked the rhetorical question, “Can a weekly paper in rural New Mexico raise enough hell to keep its readers hungry for more, week after week?

The Rio Grande Sun, published in Española, NM, is considered one of the best weekly newspapers in the country. Bob Trapp, the Sun‘s founder, editor, and publisher, is the quintessential newspaperman—the last of a vanishing breed—a scrupulously honest, fearless, independent journalist, and a mentor to generations of young reporters.

The Sun is known for investigative reporting. The paper broke the story that its own rural community had the highest per capita heroin overdose rate in the country. It has led the fight for open records and open meetings in a county where political shenanigans are the rule.

 The film follows the Sun’s
 reporters and editors as they write about the 
news, sports, arts and cultures of a 
large rural county. John Burnett, a
 National Public Radio correspondent,
 reports on the Sun‘s Police Blotter—“the
 best in the country.” The Sun‘s 
journalists investigate the largest
 embezzlement in the state’s history, and the 
widespread use of tranquilizers in the county jail.

 “The Sun Never Sets” is narrated by Bob Edwards, National Radio Hall of Fame and Peabody award-winning news anchor and radio host. It is an official selection of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Ojai Film Festival, and will be screened at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

In Memory of Edward Santos - Rest in Peace Brother

Why I Quit Instagram - Wired

Five Union-Made Holiday Desserts - Frying Pan News

Old pressroom in Oregon is now Internet hub - Poynter

Finally, a Little Good News About Newspapers - The Atlantic

Fox Mole wants people to read his book and laugh - Romenesko

Pulitzer Prize Winner Returns to Lead OC Register - Fishbowl LA

New documents: Dickey, other execs sell more GCI - Gannett Blog

The coming death of seven-day publication - Nieman Journalism Lab

Joe Donnelly to lead Santa Barbara journalism venture - LAObserved

Another Documentary Celebrates Newspapers - Newspaper Death Watch

Today in Labor History

December 21  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week - 17902012.12.17-history-kids-at-work

(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine—who himself died in poverty in 1940—did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)

Supreme Court rules that picketing is unconstitutional. Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft declared that picketing was, in part, "an unlawful annoyance and hurtful nuisance..." - 1921

Kim Kelly - It's You [Heart & Soul Riddim] Dec 2012


Published on Nov 30, 2012
Kim Kelly - It's You [Heart & Soul Riddim] Dec 2012


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Services for Edward Santos

Friday, December 21
12:00 PM to 9:00 PM   

Callanan & Woods Scovern Mortuary
511 S. Central Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 242-0258
Get Directions
Funeral Mass
Saturday, December 22
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM   

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana
15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 361-0186
Get Directions

Graveside Service
Saturday, December 22
11:45 AM   

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Hollywood Hills, CA 90068
(323) 254-3131
Get Directions

Eduardo was born on February 8, 1952 and passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.
Eduardo was a resident of West Hills, California.

To sign Eddie's guestbook or upload a picture click here

Midnight Mission Clothing Drive

Feel like doing something good today or tomorrow? Give your used clothing to the Los Angeles Midnight Mission at a very convenient location, Angel City Brewery.

OfficeMax Just Basics Economy Woodcase Pencils, #2 Medium Soft 72/pk (Google Affiliate Ad)

Do the Right Thing

Today in Labor History

December 20   --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorse a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote - 1899

The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive in Hawaii. By 1932 more than 100,000 Filipinos will be working in the fields - 1906

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) takes effect today - 1970

2012.12.17-history-tools-trade(Tools of the Trade: A Health and Safety Handbook for Action: This 180-page book, published in 2006, is a valuable resource for those who want to promote worker health and safety while building their unions and community groups at the same time.)

Thousands of workers began what was to be a two-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues. The strike violated the state’s Taylor Law; TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint was jailed for ten days and the union was fined $2.5 million - 2005

#SOLIDARITY! from our friend Kim A: "This is my take as a union member on the Right to Work propaganda being just forced down the throats of Michigan workers:

Gee, if you've bought into this lie you must have forgotten the people who fought and died to give others a five day work week, guaranteed health/ pension benefits, safe work places, paid days off, child labor laws to name a few! Fact check that! While you're at it look at the living conditions of workers in the 20 plus states that have right to work laws and you'll find that those workers have lower wages, less benefits and collect more in government aid than other states! Stop being a "sheep" for the corporations and wake up! The more RTW states we have the more corporate profits go up, workers standard of living go down and burden on tax payers increase. Ignorance isn't bliss-at least not for those with a brain! :)"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eddie Santos Rest In Peace

I just learned that our Brother Eddie Santos has passed away at 4:00 am this morning and have no further information at this time. As soon as I hear of his services I will share with all of you.
 Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit, you have filled the hearts of your faithful people with gifts of love for one another.

Hear the prayers we offer for our relatives and friends. Give them health of mind and body that they may do your will with perfect love. Amen
 The post below was published nine days ago.
From the left Fred Kirby, Ed Santos, and Edward Padgett

Our friend Eddie Santos, a former pressman at the Los Angeles Times, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and needs our prayers to battle this fight for his life. A happy go lucky spirit Eddie is easy to have a great time with and always gives a smile at anyone that crosses his path.

And remember a silent prayer is answered with a silent response, so verbalize your prayers out loud for Eddie.

Win a Shelby Cobra

We need to mentor more youth. We are giving them the working knowledge that they need to WIN at the Race of Life and NOT go through trial and error, just trial and success. Please click here: Make your donation, then tell everyone you can to do the same BEFORE Christmas. Give the gift of mentorship. It could save a life & might even win you a beautiful car! Will you give just $20 to help us do more of this?:
We need to mentor more youth. We are giving them the working knowledge that they need to WIN at the Race of Life and NOT go through trial and error, just trial and success. Please click here: Make your donation, then tell everyone you can to do the same BEFORE Christmas. Give the gift of mentorship. It  could save a life &  might even win you a beautiful car! Will you give just $20 to help us do more of this?:

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Ever Shrinking Newspaper

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

I confess a journalistic sin - Jeff Jarvis

A Look at Newspapers Turning a Profit - Ad Age

Thanks to Drudge N-Word Headline - Fishbowl LA

Tim Rutten's debut for the other guys - LAObserved

Prowler staff ready to take on The Advocate - Newark

Yes, there *are* newspapers making money - Romenesko

It’s ‘probable’ Washington Post newsroom will shrink - Poynter

2 North Bay Newspapers Moving to Paid Online Content - Patch

Martin Baron's Plan to Save The Washington Post - The New Republic

“We Didn’t Vote to Cut Medicare and Social Security!” - Frying Pan News

Today in Labor History

December 17  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

International Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America - 1996

 Working Class Heroes shared Sarah Springer's photo.

Today in labor history (international edition), December 17, 1918: Protesting unemployment, lack of political representation, and taxation without representation, 1,000 members of the Australian Workers’ Union, led by Harold Nelson, march
on the Government House in Darwin, Australia, demanding the resignation of John Gilruth, Administrator of the Northern Territory. Gilruth left under military protection, never to return, and Nelson went on to win the first Territory seat in Australia’s House of Representatives.
The details of Kasich’s Turnpike Plan are still emerging. Yet we know enough now to question whether the plan is constitutional. Two aspects of the plan raise significant issues under the U.S.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by today's horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in CT. May all the victims be surrounded by love and light! ♥ One Love ♥

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 21st, 2012 - End of the World?

Today in Labor History

December 13  --  SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

Death in San Antonio, Texas, of Samuel Gompers, president and founder of the American Federation of Labor - 1924

Working Class Heroes shared Middle Class Mom's photo.
#SOLIDARITY! from our friends at Middle Class Mom: "Rational thought and informed discourse only! NO HATERS, BIGOTS, RACISTS, SEXISTS, VICIOUS ATTACKERS OR STUPIDITY ALLOWED ON THIS PAGE! If you get 100% of your news and opinions from Fox News this is not the place for you."
Helllooo? Are you awake Mr. Working Man??? Are you beginning to see the true big picture here??? The Republican right wing DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!!!! They want to drown you in a bathtub too.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Win a Shelby Cobra Car - Watch Video of Car

Sammy Maloof & Vietnam Veteran of the year; Bob “Mr. Inspiration Wieland” are on a mission to help those in desperate need. Will you please help them reach the goal before Christmas? For $20 (the cost of lunch) YOU will be a pivotal role in feeding, mentoring and clothing underprivileged children, helping our Veterans, troops and their families, single mothers and widows.

Right now we need you to go to & click the "get your ticket" button & tell EVERYONE on your page to help us help those in need.

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Turmeric Spice Used by Woman to Overcome Cancer

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While expensive cancer drugs linked to premature death and mega-tumors are pushed by many mainstream doctors as the only option outside of chemotherapy, a growing number of informed individuals are consistently opting to instead utilize natural methods that are known to conquer cancer cells and effectively negate the disease — without harsh side effects. One such person, Vicky Stewart of Britain, chose such a path when she refused mainstream medical cancer treatments and instead began consuming powerful turmeric spice.

Despite excessive warnings from MD’s who insisted that Vicky would surely not recover using superfoods that are commonly touted as ‘woo’ and ‘ineffective medicine’ by pharma-backed doctors, Stewart found amazing success by altering her lifestyle and taking in extra amounts of supefoods like turmeric each day.

Stewart recalls to The Telegraph how her doctor repeatedly voiced concern over switching to a healthy diet full of turmeric spice to fight the cancer (one of many turmeric health benefits), telling her that it would do virtually nothing:
“The doctors absolutely will not say that the diet is going to do anything to help the cancer in any way.”
Four years later, she is still cancer free with no signs of it coming back. At the age off 44, Stewart is now the center of a major research project led by scientists who are downright fascinated by what she has done.

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Hot Dogs and Processed Meats as Bad as Cigarettes

Hot Dogs and Processed Meats as Bad as Cigarettes. Natural Society

Are you a smoker? How about a hot dog eater? According to a national medical group, hot dogs are just as detrimental as cigarettes to your health. The D.C. -based alternati
ve health group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ran a $2,750 billboard that read “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” But it’s true; healthy hot dogs may not exist, along with healthy processed meat.

That $2,750 message was aiming to warn people about the health risks of eating processed meats. This includes but is not limited to hot dogs, deli meats, ham, sausage, bacon, and pepperoni—all foods found in excess in everyday American fare, and something like a requirement at any Speedway event.

“A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave,” says dietitian Susan Levin, nutrition education director for the committee. The causes of death include colorectal and pancreatic cancer thanks to the chemical additives and genetically modified ingredients—not, as commonly believed, the meat itself.

Let’s take a brief look at the Oscar Meyer hot dog, the ingredients of which include (not limited to) mechanically separated various meats, corn syrup, and sodium nitrite. Mechanically separated meat is a paste that includes the spinal cords of animals—which is where, incidentally, BSE or Mad Cow Disease tends to lurk. Meanwhile, corn syrup in conventional foods is almost always genetically modified and is a prime suspect in the American obesity epidemic, and sodium nitrite has been associated with a 67 percent raised risk of pancreatic cancer.

As with cigarettes, it’s not the meat itself but the chemical additives—like nitrates—in processed meat that make them so harmful. (That is, unless, the animals are fed genetically modified corn in horrid conditions typical of factory farms, in which case the meat itself becomes toxic.) Pasture-raised meats are not as toxic as the mainstream media often suggests.

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Irena Sendler - Let us never forget!

Look at this lady - Let us never forget!
The world hasn't just become's always been wicked.
The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.

Irena Sendler
Died 12 May 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist.
She had an 'ulterior motive'.

She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family.

Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.

President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming.


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It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth'.

It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.