Friday, April 24, 2015

No Mor Chikin: Johns Hopkins Students Ban Chick-fil-A From Campus - Yahoo News

No Mor Chikin: Johns Hopkins Students Ban Chick-fil-A From Campus - Yahoo News

The resolution didn’t come in response to any plans to bring the Southern-fried chicken restaurant to the Baltimore campus—and the students’ measure is getting backlash in the conservative press. The National Review said there’s a “new spirit of intolerance” on campus that is targeting conservative Christians.
  :Or, perhaps, such actions are a reaction to conservative Christians wielding their political bully stick to marginalize citizens of this nation.  Pushback is a bitch when one is used to near unanimous agreement from one's own circle of influence.

ABC News Finds More Errors In Schweizer's Clinton Cash | Blog | Media Matters for America

ABC News Finds More Errors In Schweizer's Clinton Cash | Blog | Media Matters for America

ABC News reported that it "uncovered errors" in Peter Schweizer's upcoming anti-Clinton book, Clinton Cash. Schweizer has a long history of sloppy research and reporting -- earlier this week, ThinkProgress revealed that the conservative author cites a hoax press release in the book.

On April 23, ABC News explained that their independent review of the source material used for Clinton Cash "uncovered errors in the book, including an instance where paid and unpaid speaking appearances were conflated." The book purports to reveal connections between Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, donations to the Clinton Foundation, and paid speeches given by the Clintons, but Schweizer reportedly admits in the book he cannot prove his allegations.
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‘Sit your ass down’: Tea Partier hammers Republican who said anti-fed bill was unconstitutional

‘Sit your ass down’: Tea Partier hammers Republican who said anti-fed bill was unconstitutional

Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore was forced to apologize after her outburst toward a fellow Republican on Tuesday when he raised concerns about a bill she introduced, Wonkette reported.

“Mr. Speaker, can you stop this circus with the Assemblyman from District 19?” Fiore asked, before telling Assemblyman Chris Edwards directly, “Could you just sit your ass down and be quiet.”
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Watch: Nobel Economist Destroys 35 Years of Trickle-Down Reaganomics In 2 Minutes | Occupy Democrats

Watch: Nobel Economist Destroys 35 Years of Trickle-Down Reaganomics In 2 Minutes | Occupy Democrats

In this clip, Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is asked whether there is really such a thing as the “American Dream”, and his answer a damning indictment of our “failed system” of trickle-down Reaganomics that has left workers out in the cold while coddling billionaires and large corporations.

Stiglitz explains that “the median income of a full time male worker is lower than it was 40 years ago, so we’ve had a generation of stagnation. We’ve seen World Bank figures show that between 1988 and 2008, we saw that the top 1% [of people] saw their income grow by 60%, and the bottom 5% [of people] didn’t see anything at all. Between 2009-2012, 95% of all the gains in the US went to the top 1%. Even if you don’t see it from a moral point of view, it means our economic system is not working, and it contributes to the poor economic performance. This should be viewed as totally unacceptable!”
  :Robert's favorite comment at the linked source follows;

Daniel Guillot · Top Commenter
Reagan,
There was a massive increase in Cold War related defense spending that caused large budget deficits, the U.S. trade deficit expansion, and contributed to the Savings and Loan crisis, In order to cover new federal budget deficits, the United States borrowed heavily both domestically and abroad, raising the national debt from $700 billion to $3 trillion, and the United States moved from being the world's largest international creditor to the world's largest debtor nation. Reagan described the new debt as the "greatest disappointment" of his presidency.
Don't grieve Ronald. Reagen The financial meltdown of 2008 was the culmination of 30 years of chest-beating militarism, tax cuts for the rich, starving the treasury, raising taxes on working people, outsourcing American jobs, union busting, and allowing vital infrastructure to decay. George W Bush merely took the Gipper's disastrous ideas to their logical conclusion. Let's hope America can now turn the corner on this era of errors.”
WHEN REAGEN TOOK OFFICE THE NATIONAL DEBT WAS 700 BILLION WHEN HE LEFT IT WAS 3 TRILLION,,,DOUBLE DIDGET UNEMPLOYMENT MARKS HIS TWO TERMSWe're all tired of being told endless lies about how 'great' Ronald Reagan was, when he armed our future enemies, ran up the biggest federal deficits in history, and made the rich a lot richer, and all at the expense of working class America. But former CIA boss George HW Bush was really running the show, and thirty years of Bush / Reaganomics has left America in ruins. The grand illusion (give all the money to the wealthy and you will be richer) It is amazing anyone bought the lie then and it is even more amazing that anyone buys that lie now.”

GOP presidential hopeful Cruz criticizes Lynch, skips vote - Houston Chronicle

GOP presidential hopeful Cruz criticizes Lynch, skips vote - Houston Chronicle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor against confirming Loretta Lynch, calling her unsuitable to be attorney general.

Then he was the lone senator to skip the confirmation vote.
  :Well sometimes the strength of one's conviction doesn't always result in action, eh?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Minnesota House passes minimum wage cut for tipped workers — including 8,000 women over 30

Minnesota House passes minimum wage cut for tipped workers — including 8,000 women over 30If the bill is signed into law, it would create a two-tiered minimum wage that critics referred to as a “tip penalty.” Restaurant owners would be able to pay employees a lower wage if they made at least $4 an hour in tips.

Republican lawmakers said that they wanted to pass the law before the minimum wage rose to $9.50 an hour in 2016, arguing that it would force restaurants out of business.

But state Rep. Tim Mahoney (D) suggested that the measure was an attack on 8,000 women over 30 who had children and worked for tips.

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So today I'm sitting in the office of the church I attend, answering the phone and studying the election training manual. Starting Monday I'll be working at one of the polling locations as a clerk. On Election Day I' be the presiding judge at a different location. I tell you all this to help you understand that my passion for our system of republic government by democratically elected officials is real. When I say Class warfare is real, pick a side and do battle at the polls.

"Fox Facts" On Gun Background Checks Aren't Facts At All | Blog | Media Matters for America

"Fox Facts" On Gun Background Checks Aren't Facts At All | Blog | Media Matters for America

The origin of Fox's claim originates from a debunked September 2014 Washington Times report. The Times reported that a 2012 revision of Form 4473 meant that "[t]he Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling."
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The Big Three Breakfast Blows Up | Texas Monthly

The Big Three Breakfast Blows Up | Texas Monthly

The weekly kumbaya breakfast between the big three Texas lawmakers broke down today into a round-robin of recriminations that concluded with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declaring he was tired of Governor Greg Abbott and Speaker Joe Straus “picking on me.”
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Tennessee Legislator Says Rape And Incest Are 'Not Verifiable'

Tennessee Legislator Says Rape And Incest Are 'Not Verifiable'

On Tuesday, Ms. Butt (more on that name in a bit) decided to offer a motion to table an amendment which would have exempted victims of rape and incest from restrictions on having an abortion because, this rocket scientist claimed, rape and incest are “not verifiable.”

Yeah, I know. My jaw hit the ground on that one, too. If rape and incest can’t be verified, then how could anyone ever be charged with and found guilty of these crimes? Yet people are rightly convicted each and every day in this country, even in Tennessee.
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