Unreal: Volunteer Utility Crews Turned Away in NJ Because They’re Not Unionized

November 2, 2012 at 7:40 am (Alabama, Derrick Moore, Huntsville, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Seaside Heights, Union, Utility)

This would make sense under normal circumstances, and with workers who were actually bidding for contracted work.  But Hurricane Sandy has created extraordinary circumstances in New Jersey, and the crew in question were volunteers trying to lend a hand in a time of devastation.

Via the Daily Caller:

Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card.

Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees.

As a result, crews from Decatur and Huntsville left the Jersey shore and headed to Long Island to pitch in.

WAFF’s Mark Thornton reported that Moore and his coworkers “are frustrated being told, in essence, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’”

Other utility crews have been told to stand down, while other have turned around and headed back home.

Meanwhile, nearly 1.6 million people in New Jersey remain without power, and there are concerns about hypothermia amidst weather reports that another storm is forecast for next week.

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New Developments in Brutal Alabama Beating

April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am (Alabama, Ashley Parker, Blake Brown, Delmar Drive, Florida, George Zimmerman, Hate Crime, Justice For Trayvon, Matthew Owens, Racism, Trayvon Martin, Violence)

Unbelievably, this is still not being investigated as a hate crime.

One mother went on camera (watch video after the jump) to explain that it is the kids who are the real victims here, and that coverage of the Matthew Owens beating has been unfair.  You heard that right, coverage has been unfair for those 20 people who beat him with paint cans, brass buckles, and any other weapon they could get their hands on.

Additionally, claims that one of the attackers uttered the phrase, “that’s justice for Trayvon” has been confirmed by another source.

Via WKRG (h/t Gateway Pundit):

Mobile police tell News 5 they still hope to make an arrest in the Matthew Owens case before the end of the night.
Owens was beaten Saturday night in front of his home on Delmar Drive. Witnesses, including Owens sister, say 20 black people attacked Owens with pipes, paint cans and chairs. Owens is still in ICU at USA Medical Center. Weaving in and out of consciousness, Owens told his brother Lloyd, “Don’t let me die.”
Police continue to downplay the Trayvon Martin connection to the beating. But a neighbor confirms what his sister told News 5. The neighbor, too scared to go on camera, told News 5′s Lauren Vargas that they heard one of the suspects say “This is justice for Trayvon” as she drove away.

Then there’s this gem from one of the mother’s:

Tonight, an angry mother who lives on the street told News 5′s Blake Brown that the kids who live on Delmar Drive are the real victims.

“Every single day it’s a problem with Mr. Owens concerning our kids,” Lemica Whisenhunt. “All these kids do is shoot basketball. We keep ‘em in the yard. They don’t bother anybody. We’d rather them play basketball than to be around here vandalizing, breaking into people’s homes. We try to bring our kids up the right way and show people that all black kids are not bad.“

Apparently ‘bringing your kids up the right way’ involves a mob assault of an unarmed man over a petty disagreement.  Yea, your kids have a shot in hell of growing up the right way.  Good luck.

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20 Black Adults Beat White Man In Attempt to Get ‘Justice for Trayvon’

April 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm (Alabama, Ashley Parker, Florida, George Zimmerman, Hate Crime, Justice For Trayvon, Matthew Owens, Racism, Trayvon Martin, Violence)

If Zimmerman is acquitted, these events will explode exponentially in number.

The only place where you can read about this attack is in the blogosphere.  You will not see it reported at MSNBC, CNN, or Fox.  That is, until the blogs force the exposure and the mainstream media tries to play catch up.

From WKRG:

Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.

According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.

Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.

Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass knuckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”

Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.

What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground,Parker says one of them said “Now thats justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

The police are downplaying the Trayvon angle to help quell more violence.  The media however, is downplaying it because it isn’t a racist hate crime unless it involves a ‘white hispanic’ man on a black man.

As Ace reminds us, this is the third violent attack which cites ‘justice for Trayvon’ as a motivation.  The Baltimore beating, the Chicago mugging, and now this attack in Alabama.

Ace adds:

I repeat: No national coverage of this racial hate crime pattern in the media.

Apparently some victims are unworthy, and some hatred and violence is justified.

Is Obama going to say anything? Call at least one of the victims? Attempt to bring calm?  Attempt a “Sister Souljah” moment (which could actually benefit him politically) and call out violent black racists?

Apparently not, and the media has decided that’s their preferred political strategy, too.

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