More Thuggery

Watch this union thug at work:

According to WNY Labor Today, Mr. Barton is a union member and working for the government. Horrifying what these union thugs will do.

56 replies
  1. 1
    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    Why, he lay down on the concrete to talk with that woman! Lazy public employees slacking off on the job, I tellya.

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    He could have constructed a soft landing with his gigantic pension, but I guess that talking to her will have to do.

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    BGinCHI says:

    She probably had a nickel on the Bills.

    Or all the salt fell off of her weck roll before she could eat it.

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    👾 Martin says:

    So, our taxpayer dollars are being spent on some fat looter to sit on the side of the road and chat with random people.

    I bet Putin doesn’t put up with that shit.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @ranchandsyrup: You can literally see the piles of money beneath his fleece. He could have thrown them down for her to land on.

    Plus, how many people on that bus were late to pick up unemployment checks?

    Thanks Obama.

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    gbear says:

    I just watched that at work with the sound off and now I’m trying not to cry, dammit.

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    👾 Martin says:

    [We are terrible (though amusing) people]

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    Violet says:

    I can’t see the video. Can someone summarize?

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    He took away her freedom and demanded that she do what HE wanted her to do as an AGENT OF THE GOVERNMENT!

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    BGinCHI says:

    @👾 Martin: I assumet that it’s obvious we think the dude is a fucking hero for doing that, despite him and others who work hard every day getting shit on by the right for not being corporate takers.

    How many people have jumped off bridges because of financial institutions?

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    grass says:

    Does politics really need to be injected into a thoughtful deed?

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    Arclite says:

    Apparently this guy didn’t get the Death Panels memo.

    Guy’s a fuckin’ hero. Damn, I hope I’m that brave if I ever have that situation.

    Godammit, now I’m tearing up. Fuck you Cole. =D

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    Arclite says:

    @grass:

    Does politics really need to be injected into a thoughtful deed?

    New here? You may have noticed, this is a political blog.

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    srv says:

    @Violet: Noble bus driver stopped and pulled woman off guardrail and then had a nice chat.

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    Arclite says:

    @BGinCHI:

    How many people have jumped off bridges because of financial institutions?

    Not the right people, that’s for sure.

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    @BGinCHI: Lulz. Especially at the nickel on the Bills.

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    Violet says:

    @srv: Thanks. Sounds like a good guy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @grass: Yes, because every time a union member does something less than stellar, the right trumpets it far and wide. When a union member does something good, it should get publicity as well.

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    grass says:

    @Arclite:
    Not new at all, just comment rarely.

    It just feels like “SEE DEMOCRATS SAVE LIVES, A REPUBLICAN BANKER WOULD HAVE PUSHED HER” takes away from the sweet gesture that guy did. It’s just a little cheap.

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    MomSense says:

    @Violet:

    A bus driver pulled over when he saw a woman standing on the outside of the railing about to jump off the overpass onto 198 ( a local route). He spoke kindly to her, helped her over the railing and back to the sidewalk, and then sat with her until the police came to help. He was so sweet and humble about it that he made me tear up.

    /team union thug fuck yeah!

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    Cassidy says:

    Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is still missing in that liberal utopia of Russia. Maybe Snowden can leak that info.

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    @grass: Maybe it’s just you?

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    Cassidy says:

    @grass: Concern. Noted.

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    kc says:

    First time I’ve seen the video. How touching.

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    Ash Can says:

    If only she’d had a gun. Then she could have gotten the job done right away, and no one on that bus would have been delayed or inconvenienced. Why do you all hate the Constitution?

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    ET says:

    But, but countertops………

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Ash Can: Are you suggesting that suicide is easier with guns? Because that’s gun grabber talk. If someone does want to commit suicide they’ll do it anyway, with something just as easy, like a fork. Why do YOU hate the Constitution?

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    ruemara says:

    @grass: You can’t eat a goddamn veggie burger or believe that pets should be raised humanely without it being fucking political.

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    Ash Can says:

    @grass: We’re just bitter.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Cassidy:

    Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is still missing in that liberal utopia of Russia. Maybe Snowden can leak that info.

    Seems unlikely, as it doesn’t fit the Greenie narrative that the United States is the only country on earth that has ever violated anyone’s civil rights.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Fuck thee, WP. I’ve used that nickname for a certain despicable person dozens of times, and you just now realize that it also describes a formerly widely used drog?

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    RP says:

    I hope Chris Christie puts this guy in his place. (although he’s a guy, so maybe not)

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    Gypsy Howell says:

    What a nice man.

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    russ says:

    You should know it just struck me that I am very happy that millions of my fellow citizens will have health care.
    It is just such a momentous event.

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    replicnt6 says:

    @Cassidy:

    Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is still missing in that liberal utopia of Russia. Maybe Snowden can leak that info.

    Jesus fucking Christ on a cracker. You should have gone with something more like “I bet bus drivers in Russia don’t stop people from jumping off bridges. Maybe Snowden can leak that info.” You know. For some vague tangential relationship to the actual thread. You’re like a dog with a Snowden-bone in his mouth.

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    Mark B. says:

    Hell, I’m sure the reason she felt like jumping was because she was having trouble logging in to healthcare.gov. It’s ALWAYS Obama’s fault.

    Anyway, this bus driver is not a follower of the Ayn Rand gospel. If he were, he would have made the woman pay him for talking her off the ledge.

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    LanceThruster says:

    At least when he’s in the throes of desperation because someone looted his pension fund, he can hope that someone will reach out to help him.

    Contracts are forever unless the MOTU want to renege on them.

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    feebog says:

    The guy will be lucky not to get a suspension for delaying his bus route. Seriously though, sitting down on the sidewalk with the woman was a great touch.

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    Hokey smokes, what a stud. For some reason, the sitting down with her was the coolest damn part.

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    MomSense says:

    @russ:

    As one of those millions, thank you! Now I just have to get all of us to Jan 1 healthy and accident free.

    It is momentous. You don’t realize what a big deal it is until something happens in your life and you find yourself without. There is a constant worry and stress that stays with you all the time.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    @LanceThruster:

    Contracts are forever unless the MOTU want to renege on them.

    Hey, slashing the pension of someone who worked all their life and is relying on that pension for the rest of their life is NOWHERE near as serious as denying the AIG guys who blew up the economy their bonuses.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Herbal Infusion Bagger:

    Hard to argue with that.

    Seriously.

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    J says:

    @grass: in case you haven’t noticed, we live in a country where hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually attacking the idea of public service and slandering public servants.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    @ranchandsyrup:

    He could have constructed a soft landing with his gigantic pension,

    That’s the thing that gets me about discussion about public-sector pensions. The unfunded portion of public pensions is feckin’ chump change compared to the miserable shortfall individual 401k’s and IRAs present, but the failure of defined-contribution retirement is, aside from Atrios’ efforts, almost completely unnoted in the press. Corporations got themselves almost completely off the hook of providing for their retirees, and shifting immense risk to their employees, and the MSM’s response is…crickets.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @grass: Nobody has suggested that a Republican would have pushed her.

    Which fact doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s true.

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    Rob Patterson says:

    Here is the story from our local paper, where the bus driver describes how he identified with the woman’s despair. He was honored at the Bills’ game Sunday (speaking of the Bills. And despair. )

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    @Soonergrunt: Oh, bullshit. A Republican wouldn’t have pushed her. That’s libel.

    He’d have paid someone to push her.

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    Singular says:

    For some reason, the sitting down with her was the coolest damn part.

    Yes :)

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    Sort of OT, but I was quoted in our local daily paper the other day as a “union activist.” When the reporter called me to ask whether I thought the article was accurate and fair (imagine! a reporter doing her job and caring about it!), I said, “Well, next time I’d like to be identified as a union thug, if that’s OK with you.”

    Just thought I’d share that.

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    SteveinSC says:

    If that guy was any kind of a job-creating, entrepreneurial capitalist instead of grabbing on to the white woman and loafing on the job, he would have gone out and inherited a department store.

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    Cassidy says:

    @replicnt6: so mentioning Snowden bothers you, but a young lady disappearing in an abusive penal system in a country with gross human rights violations doesn’t even elicit a response? Says quite a bit about you.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger, ranchandsyrup, BGinCHI, and 👾 Martin win the fucking internets.

    You have all been PRACTICING, I can tell.

    Gaia bless your lands, your loved ones, and you, Mr Barton.

  53. 53

    Gaia, help me, I forgot the Three Links And You Are FUCKED Rule, and am now in Purgatory, awaiting moderation release by Those With Better Access.

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    RaflW says:

    Thanks, JC, this was great.

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