Well, Well, Well: Tyson Brings Back Labor Day

A crisis has been averted.

All Tyson had to do was add one more holiday:

Members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and Tyson Foods workers at the poultry processing plant in Shelbyville overwhelmingly voted to overturn a union contract provision that replaced Labor Day as a paid holiday with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, it was announced this morning.

The new agreement will increase the number of paid days off for workers in the current calendar year to include both Labor Day and the Muslim observance as paid holidays for workers in the Shelbyville plant.

The agreement amends the existing contract negotiated last year, according to a press release from the RWDSU.

In a statement by Tyson spokesperson Libby Lawson, the food processing giant made this request on behalf of its Shelbyville plant employees, “some of whom had expressed concern about the new contract provisions relative to paid holidays.”

Oh…something tells me that the huge public outcry (and threats to boycott Tyson foods) had something to do with it, too.

The RWDSU membership voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reinstate Labor Day as one of the plant’s paid holidays, while keeping Eid al-Fitr as an additional paid holiday for this year only.

“This means that in 2008 only, Shelbyville employees will have nine paid holidays,” Lawson said.

So that’s that.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Westboro Baptist Freaks Stopped At Canadian Border

The nasty Phelps vermin were planning to protest the funeral of Tim McLean, the poor victim of the Canada bus mad slasher:

Earlier this week, the Westboro Baptist Church – an organization branded as a hate group and infamous for protesting the funerals of slain U.S. soldiers – announced they would picket Mr. McLean’s funeral to let Canadians know that his decapitation was God’s response to Canadian policies enabling abortion, homosexuality and adultery.

But Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of church’s founder, Fred Phelps, said a small group of protesters was stopped at the Canada-U.S. border on Thursday afternoon.

Unfortunately, there’s still a chance another group of the infamous inbreds may make it across:

“They won’t let us in, but we have a group that will cross in another spot,” she said. “They’ll have to strip search everyone who crosses that border or they won’t know who we are. They’ll have to see the WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) tattoo on our butts.”

Gad. On top of everything else, they require their members to get tattoos on their butts???

A facebook page, that was hastily put together by Jim Cotton, a resident of Winnipeg Beach, to pray for and protect the family from the Phelps clan, is credited for the extra vigilance at the border:

By mid-afternoon Thursday, Mr. Cotton’s page had over 100 friends. Rodney Taylor, an Ottawa resident, found the page and pitched in.

Mr. Taylor phoned the Prime Minister’s Office, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day’s office and border services, asking them to keep the Westboro group out of the country. He also created his own Facebook page urging other offended Canadians to follow his lead.

“These people are callous, vicious and shouldn’t be let into our country,” he said. “We have freedom of speech, but they are inciting hate.”

Mr. Taylor’s plan worked. Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin said his office was flooded with phone calls yesterday from angry Winnipeggers.

“These people [from Westboro] are almost as crazy as the murderer,” he said. “If they are here to disrupt the social order, that constitutes grounds to deny them entry. There is no redeeming virtue in the message they are bringing.”

According to Mr. Martin, Mr. Day’s office sent an alert to border patrol to “look out” for people with signs and pamphlets that fit the hateful messages that the church promotes and to keep them out of the country.

Hopefully, they’ll be able to root out the other group, too, using the same tactics.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

UPDATE (August 11):

Looks like the WBC were a no-show.

Turns Out: Cheney WILL Speak At GOP Convention

Someone better pass the vapors to the nutroot bloggers:

McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker told Politico that Cheney would speak on Monday, Sept. 1, the first day of the GOP convention, prior to the president’s remarks.

“The vice president looks forward to participating in the Republican National Convention and continuing to work for the election of Sen. McCain and other Republican candidates in the coming months,” Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said in a statement.

McCain and Cheney have had their “differences” in the past:

McCain and Cheney have clashed in recent years, particularly over the treatment of terrorist detainees, and the GOP nominee has repeatedly sought to tie Barack Obama to the energy bill fathered by the vice president.

The two veteran politicians, colleagues in the House of Representatives decades ago, have not appeared together a single time during the campaign.

But they’re making amends for the sake of the Party. How’s that for Party unity, Dems?


I was looking for a picture of Cheney to post, and found this hilarious poster of Cheney’s facial expressions at a lefty blog:

This poster’s great, too!:

Thanks to IamFelix for that second one.