Twinkies, Fruitcakes and Dumb… Open Thread

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Good Afternoon

Well, I’m going to post a few quick reads for you now. This first one makes me scratch my head and wonder why? Dak can you enlighten us?

Gallup released the results of its states with least stress polls and I am surprised to see Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana on the top five.

Hawaii Remains State With Least Stress

Hawaii residents remained the least likely in the U.S. to say they felt stressed on any given day in 2012, at 32.1%. West Virginia residents, on average, were the most likely to report feeling stress, at 47.1%.

Five Least Stressed StatesFive Most Stressed States

These state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December 2012 and encompass more than 350,000 interviews as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Nationwide, 40.6% of Americans reported feeling stressed “yesterday” in 2012, similar to past years.

Hmmm…and Mississippi is third on that list?

My question is who did Gallup ask in their polling research?

Lowest Stress States Report Most Enjoyment

Two of the five states with the lowest stress levels, Hawaii and Wyoming, also boasted the highest levels of enjoyment in 2012. In Hawaii, 89.7% of residents said they experienced enjoyment the day before the survey and 88.8% said so in Wyoming.

Five States with Most EnjoymentFive States With Least Enjoyment

You can click here to see where all the 50 states stack up: 2012 Stress Levels for all States

So, yesterday in the tweet universe, from one fruitcake to another:

Matt Drudge Tweets Kind Words For Alex Jones: ‘One Hell Of A Broadcast In Such Homogenized Media’ | Mediaite

I need a clean up on aisle ten. Ugh…these people make me sick.

Now for some good news!

Praise the Gawds above and the Basturds below: Twinkies are back: Hostess plant in Columbus, Ga., will reopen in July

Standing in front of a big “Welcome Back” banner, an executive for Hostess Brands said Tuesday the new company will hire up to 300 employees and reopen its Columbus plant to make Twinkies and other sweet treats.

The facility at 1969 Victory Drive, known as the Dolly Madison Bakery, is scheduled to be up and running again by July, Hostess Brands LLC Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Cramer said during a press conference at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

“Safely, you should be able to buy Twinkies by the end of July,” Cramer said. “I think we will be cranking them out here and a couple of other places around the country.”

The Columbus plant will initially employ 200 people but could create more than 300 jobs eventually, he said. The snack-cake factory had about 420 on its payroll when it closed last November. It was then that Dallas, Texas-based Hostess Brands Inc. shuttered its entire U.S. production and distribution network following a lengthy impasse with worker unions and a couple of rounds in Chapter 11 bankruptcy court.

In April, Hostess Brands Inc. sold the Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and other brands to private investment firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million.

“This is a huge deal that we were able to land it,” said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. “(Cramer) was just really glowing about the fact that Columbus came after them and got it.”

The mayor said returning employees to an empty plant that has been in Columbus for many years also was emotional.

“I think it’s a huge morale boost,” said the mayor who loves Zingers. “There’s something, obviously, iconic about the Hostess brand. We have a decades-long relationship with them. So the smiles were a little brighter than at most of our job announcements.”

This is one of only four factories that will reopen to make the beloved icing stuffed cake treat. I guess the Obama endorsed Georgia Slave Labor Employment program had something to do with it.

The state’s Quick Start program will help the company with workforce training. It will also get assistance from Georgia Department of Economic Development, Columbus Technical College, the Consolidated Government, Development Authority and other agencies.

Cramer is hoping the new company can make an impact with children going back to school. “Well into July we hope every lunch bucket will have Twinkies in them when they return to school in the fall,” he said.

Cramer couldn’t state what the hourly salaries would be for the new company but said they would be competitive.

“We are putting together a company that doesn’t exist and isn’t selling anything right now,” he said. “We will put together a pretty good package of pay and benefits.”

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the company will partner with the Georgia Department of Labor to hold a job fair to fill positions in production, sanitation, distribution, maintenance engineering and management. Lines are expected to be long at the 700 Veterans Parkway office. Applicants are encouraged to bring an updated resume and be prepared to wait.

Cramer is hopeful the new company will be in Columbus for a long time. “We have to make sure that when we get on the shelves, a product is made by people who will take pride in their work,” he said. “We will have a long history here in Columbus.”

The Columbus plant opened in 1971 and employed as many as 1,200 people about a decade ago. But staffing had fallen to around 420 by last fall. The local bakery was well-known for the sweet aromatic smell it emits to passers-by while making Twinkies, Zingers, Ding Dongs, fruit pies, doughnuts and other cake products.

Well, I hope these people at least get a “living wage” but since Georgia is a right to work state, they get what they get and that is all they get.

But, it is still jobs, right? And hell, at least Twinkies will be back in grocery stores.

Have a great evening.

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18 Comments on “Twinkies, Fruitcakes and Dumb… Open Thread”

  1. This is a quick experiment, I have to take my dopamax after 6:30 so I did the post before I take them. See if it works better to do the evening reads post before I get all loopy.

    • BTW here is my new ink:

      Another one of Tashi Mannox…it means everything happens for a reason.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Very cool

      • Fannie says:

        Looks unique……..and classy.

      • NW Luna says:

        Lovely image.

        Personally I believe things happen due to the conditions that allow them to happen, in a plain mechanical way. I also believe the universe is random. Humans are not really important in the universe, nor are we unimportant either. We are, and that means part of the universe — nothing can be smaller or greater than part of the universe.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      That makes sense since it has worked so well in Florida. I think about 2% of those tested, tested positive. And if it’s negative, the state has to pay for the test. They’ve spent more money by testing than if they hadn’t bothered. So, I guess the Republican motto is: If it’s a failure, don’t let that stop you from repeating it.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    It seems as if most the lowest stressed, highest enjoyment states are the ones with less crowding, smaller populations.

    I can see why Mass. is on the high-stress list. The traffic and parking situations here alone are enough to drive a Zen master crazy.

    • RalphB says:

      That’s usually true and is even proved out in rat experiments. :-) Oahu can be fairly crowded but still nothing like really large metropolitan areas and then there is the weather and the weed.

      • bostonboomer says:

        You’d think weather would be a factor, but 4 out of the 5 states on the high enjoyment list have long, horrendous winters.

    • RalphB says:

      Then again, it is Gallup and I think Romney won according to them :-)

    • You would think California would be up there with the traffic conditions. Ralph may be on to something, but I don’t know. Could it have something to do with food? Fried food? Music? Seriously, the dopamax has kicked in and I can’t even remember what I was commenting on in the first place. lol

  3. Fannie says:

    Georgia is a good right to work state……….It’s a miracle twinkies – wow, no unions found there.

    • janicen says:

      My dad used to say, “Right to work, hah! They mean right to scab!”

      • bostonboomer says:

        My dad said something to that effect too.

      • NW Luna says:

        I had one manager who up front enough to say “Right to work? It’s really Right to Fire!”

        Not surprisingly, that manager got fired in the next year. Guess the upper admin folks didn’t like hearing it said plain and simple. They never do.

  4. Fannie says:

    There is shitfire going on with Stella Tremblay………..I called her, emailed her, and not response.
    I contacted the Dems Office in NH (603-225-6899) and expressed my concern about her recent statements. I then called on Kelly Ayotte (Rep.) 603-622-7979, she serves on Homeland Security board, and then called on Jeb Bradley, Repulbican 603-271-8472………I was informed by his secretary that wasn’t anything he could do, and since I don’t live in NH, I………….well I cut her off, and told her that I am not no spring chicken, 64 years, and have lived all over this country. And that I knew a terrorist when I heard one, she told me that I crossed the line. I said, listen up, anyone that goes around accusing our President, our government of bombing Boston is indeed a terroist. She is deliberately creating fear throughout this country, and that is exactly the same tactics that domestic and foreign terrorist use, fear. I told her, I might be a little old lady, but I’ll take her shitfire on, and get her out. You don’t treat people in Boston that way, they are just now starting the burying. She thinks she calling the shots………do me a favor pick up your phone and give them a piece of your mind.