Great job Progs! Like parasites that feed and feed until they kill to host(ess). Pathetic and predictable, as well as a microcosmic view of what leftists and unions are trying to do to this country as a whole.

Via NBC Dallas.

Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in announcing that the firm had filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to shutter its business. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

Hostess Brands Inc. had earlier warned employees that it would file to unwind its business and sell off assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by 5 p.m. Thursday. In announcing its decision, Hostess said its wind down would mean the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States.

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  1. Shifra says:

    Obama lied. Twinkies died…

  2. ancientwrrior says:

    The landslide into collapse begins. This is what the big ‘O’ and all his sycophants want so that they can remake our country into their socialist/communist image with them at top. “All animals are equal, but some (they), are more equal”. Have we the common man, the intestinal fortitude to take it back as our forefathers did from England’s yoke?

  3. dennisl59 says:

    My Caption Contest!!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90132250@N02/8190319639/

    posted 11/16 1225pm Texas[The 'Wonder' Years Are Over]Time

    • Alain41 says:

      Cupcakes, Ding Dongs, Twinkies, and Revolver – which one does not describe the establishment?

      Ans.: Revolver, because they stay and stay and stay and never leave.

      (Le Boot in establishment derriere, anyone?)

  4. RuBegonia says:

    Maybe Zombie Twinkies will rise again. Cream filling and all. TOP SECRET: Hostess Twinkie creme-filling recipe: http://tinyurl.com/cvqgl3x

  5. strider says:

    Some of those Wonder Bread bakeries would sell out of date baked goods for pennies on the dollar in their local communities. No more.

  6. Alain41 says:

    More on attack on food (price), this time by the friendly we’re here to help you federal gov’t regulatory agency, EPA.

    “The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a request to waive a mandate requiring more than 40 percent of the nation’s corn to be used for Ethanol….”
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/in-spite-of-drought-epa-turns-down-requests-to-waive-corn-ethanol-mandate/article/2513681

    I’m guessing that the mandate referred to here, is the mandate to gasoline companies relative to ethanol blending. And if you actually do the math, you find out that the number of gallons of gas sold each year at x% ethanol means you need to buy 40% of the corn available after the drought. (Remember those people who said/wrote that the drought will not affect food prices? HAHAHAHAH.)

    See, the EPA does not have to consider the cost of their regulation to the people via food cost. Food cost is outside EPA purview. Isn’t government rule by federal regulation wonderfully flexible? Bow to the regulator.

  7. Alain41 says:

    Must read article on Teamsters Union taking AFL-CIO, led by R. Trumka, to task for not informing AFL-CIO union members that Hostess was not making its financial situation up, it was in dire need of financial reform.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/teamsters-v.-afl-cio-v.-twinkies/article/2513676

  8. Maynard says:

    With both employees and employers struggling for survival, this is not a good era to make demands for dollars that simply aren’t there. Not unless you’re a political crony with an Uncle who prints money, that is.

  9. strider says:

    If nobody starts making them again the last few Twinkies could be worth something if you could put them aside maybe in a display case rather than wolfing them down.

  10. wilde1 says:

    The sad thing is that Romney as a turnaround guy could make Hostess profitable. Unfortunately the 18000 workers laid off are going to be future Democrat voters because they will receive unemployment checks for at least 2 years. The timing of everything post election is unbelievable . All the real numbers are being released as far as the number of foods stamp recipients increased, 78000 unemployment increase in 1 week. The Bengazi lie of video causing unrest and killing of 4 Americans. Obama can not say he kept Americans safe from terrorists post 9/11. Bush regardless of all his policies did keep Americans safe for his remaining 7 years after attack. Obama admin. Dd not even think of higher security on 9/11 anniversary.

  11. EllSee says:

    What about the Ho-Ho’s? Didn’t Hostess also make Ho-Ho’s? What happened to the Ho-Ho’s?

  12. We need a 2 billion dollar Obama Bailout!! Cupcakes for the masses!! Twinkee’s for the people. The people have an inalienable right to sugary snacks! Big cake is too big to fail. How insane is it to be in a position where it is better to go out of business and sell off everything then to give into union thuggery?? Hostess shrugged.

  13. Dave says:

    Our Biscuits are next.

  14. Maynard says:

    Tammy is wrong when she says the parasite eventually kills the host. Actually what it kills is the HostESS.

  15. Alan K. Henderson says:

    The feminists must be celebrating the demise of a company with the sexist name “Hostess.”

  16. Maynard says:

    Upon further reflection…Okay, along with the rest of you, I was puzzling over how Obama could have maintained substantial domestic support, let alone won reelection. He had clearly failed, not only in the eyes of his opposition, but by the standards he set for himself and the promises he made in his original campaign. What gives? But this Hostess event demonstrates the psychology of self-destruction. People are told that business and jobs will cease if a settlement is not reached, and yet they march into the void like lemmings. How could they do it? Maybe a state of denial. “We are 18,000 strong. Twinkies are everywhere. The party cannot end. It’s too big to fail.” That’s the terrifying thing, that the slumber is so deep that the sleeper cannot awaken in time to save his life. I do what I do because I do not believe that America is too big to fail. The nation can fail and fail hard. In the opening salvos of WWII, France was lost in 6 weeks. This was unthinkable until it happened. That France exists today in its own image, and not re-formed by the Nazis, is thanks to America. If America succumbs to the unthinkable, who will save us?

    • MaryVal says:

      Maynard, I know some big-time union members: my husband worked for UPS for 35 years, Teamsters union. Those guys feel entitled: they think the company OWES them what they want, the stockholders/executive officers/CEO are too rich and should be compelled to give their money to the union member. If you’ve seen any of the video of the baker’s union members on strike, they say on the video the company OWES me. I am entitled. The Teamsters here I’ve spoken to – argued with is more like – are quite happy that Hostess is bankrupt and closing. They say, that’s what they deserve. 18,500 people out of a job? Too bad, we don’t care, the company should have done what we told them to do. It serves them right, they OWE us. You must concede to our demands or we will destroy you. My conversations with these men usually ends with, nobody OWES you anything. They glare at me, and walk away. Good thing I’m not a man, they would hit me. I think they’re crazy. Democrats, every one.

    • Alain41 says:

      This is in part, the article that I linked above. Because Hostess was in bankruptcy court, it let the union financial analysts go over the books. The Teamsters Union said Hostess is right, it needs major reform to survive and the TU agreed to cutbacks to save the company. The AFL-CIO leadership (R. Trumka) told the rank and file that Hostess and the bankruptcy court judge were lying. And then by mass voice vote, the rank & file turned down the Hostess offer. No private ballot. I’m sure that members were in part thinking, by voice vote-Ican’t be heard to vote against union leadership for the company, the union enforcers will destroy me and my family. So the irony, they voice voted the union enforced way and the union enforcers have destroyed them and their family. The classic marxist/socialist sociopath choice and belief – the real world does not exist, the world is what I say so.

  17. dennisl59 says:

    Story Update:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/18/will-twinkies-prove-sweet-deal-for-mexican-billionaire/

    Not unprecedented…Texas Bakery, Mrs.Bairds, was also bought by investors from ‘South of the Border’…

    posted 11/18 1125pm Texas[Ding-Dongs!]Time

  18. ReardenSteel says:

    You’re right Maynard, it can happen to America. America can fall very hard. From what I see, the fall has already begun. When I talk to my friends about the state of our country I like to say, “The country I grew up in is dead”. I like the shock value of it and it is often met with silence. I think it is true. I ask people to think about it for a minute. Are you as free? Personally, economically, the ability to live your life as you see fit without gov’t telling you what to do and when to do it? More silence. “See”, I usually say. Then the excuses come hot and heavy. “There are so many in need of gov’t help because the system is failing.” I tell them the mission of the progressive/socialists has always been to create a welfare state so big the system collapses and the utopia can be put in place.

    As Americans, we never want to believe the people we elect to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Republic are actively working to destroy it. When evidence is presented supporting this cognitive dissonance usually kicks in and the blank out follows. A conscious refusal to see the truth. This is why, for the first time, I am really afraid America can be lost. So many people have been convinced that bringing down the American system is not only morally good, but it is comparable to the American revolution in purpose and goals. Destroying the thing that can make you free will make you free. I think the bad guys are winning. For the first time in my life I think this. Hostess is just a symptom. The disease, Marxist socialism, is convincing Americans to surrender THE ONE THING that keeps the creators of the utopian gulag at bay. Our God given/Natural right to live free. Our personal liberty.

    Once that is surrendered, I fear that it will take another bloody civil war to take it back.
    That is why I am genuinely afraid America can fall into tyranny and darkness.

  19. Piratin says:

    The meanest thing about all of this is, with Romney’s loss WE NEED comfort food MORE THAN EVER!!

    and twinkies now cost about $55/box on ebay…

  20. aardvark says:

    Join me in wearing pink as a sign of mourning for SnoBalls…and testing the various internet recipes for replacements to determine the best one!!!

    I. WILL. NOT. BE. DENIED!!! I will depend on myself!

  21. dennisl59 says:

    Story Update:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/hostess-judge-asks-for-mediation-sessions-over-strike.html

    A ‘Judge” interferes with the Legal Bankrupcy Process of a Privately Owned Company.

    posted 11/19 540pm Texas[Biscuit!]Time

  22. Maynard says:

    It’s worth a moment’s reflection on the odd fact that this company must be liquidated because there’s a monopoly on labor. A monopoly is generally declared to be a bad thing, and is in fact an illegal thing; yet with labor not only is the monopoly legal but mandatory. Which is fine when the system is functional, but there’s obviously a problem when a viable business shuts down because they’re not allowed to hire workers, and this in an environment when people are begging for work.

  23. dennisl59 says:

    Done. Over. Finished. The End. Turn Out The Lights. That’s All Folks!

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/21/judge-oks-hostess-plan-to-shut-down/?test=latestnews

    Union Rules end an Iconic Company.

    posted 11/21 605pm Texas[The Wonder Years] Time

  24. Sailing_J says:

    I’m not sure what’s funnier; that these assembly line workers call themselves “bakers” or that they are all going to be out of a job soon. Twinkies will survive, capitalism will take over. They may be called El Twinko but they’ll still be good and I’ll still eat ‘em.

  25. Sailing_J says:

    And somebody please…please do a human interest story on some of these union losers crying in their soup over being out of a job. I need a good laugh.

  26. I feel no pity or sympathy for these union thugs. I hope they starve. I hope they lose their homes. I hope their children lose their college money. I hope they remain unemployable for the rest of their miserable lives.

    No Pity.

    ————————

    “Then I saw what was wrong with the world, I saw what destroyed men and nations, and where the battle for life had to be fought. I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality—and that my sanction was its only power. I saw that evil was impotent—that evil was the irrational, the blind, the anti-real—and that the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to serve it. Just as the parasites around me were proclaiming their helpless dependence on my mind and were expecting me voluntarily to accept a slavery they had no power to enforce, just as they were counting on my self-immolation to provide them with the means of their plan—so throughout the world and throughout men’s history, in every version and form, from the extortions of loafing relatives to the atrocities of collectivized countries, it is the good, the able, the men of reason, who act as their own destroyers, who transfuse to evil the blood of their virtue and let evil transmit to them the poison of destruction, thus gaining for evil the power of survival, and for their own values—the impotence of death. I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win—and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent. I saw that I could put an end to your outrages by pronouncing a single word in my mind. I pronounced it. The word was “No.”

  27. Alain41 says:

    Mark Steyn points out that Hostess had given permission to a Canadian company to produce twinkies and cupcakes, and Hostess shutting down will not affect the production/sale of the snacks in Canada. O Canada!

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/333796/twinkie-curtain-descends-mark-steyn

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