Iran, Syria…the list goes on and on.
Why the Jobs Outlook Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Weak corporate top-line growth is likely to spell an equally troubled bottom line for the 11.7 million unemployed.
Quarterly earnings thus far have shown the typical strong level of profit beats, with just more than two of three companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 exceeding Wall Street expectations.
But when it comes to actual sales growth, the results have been just north of dismal.
And some moron on Twitter last night was telling me the GOP wanted us all to be a Third World country, jobs-wise.
Of course, that was right after he’d Tweeted that Islam was far older than Christianity, so what does a H8R like me know?
Have Twinkies Killed the Union Movement?
Original Twinkies are coming back—but under new management—and with a vow to use nonunion workers.
Some five months after Hostess shut down over a standoff with its unions, the restructured company is expecting to put its snacks back on store shelves in the coming months.
The Hostess closing left more than 18,000 people out of work across the country—with the vast majority belonging to the Teamsters and the Bakery Union.
With Hostess back in business, labor analysts say the union movement may have taken a major hit just when it seemed to be gaining lost energy with recent walkouts or job actions.
“The Hostess strike will be a lasting image and not for the good of unions,” said Marc Bloch, a labor and employment lawyer at Walter & Haverfield.
“I think any management team will hold up a photo to its workers of Hostess strikers and say, ‘What’s a union going to do for you?”’ Bloch said. “The case can be made that they did nothing.”
…I’m sure glad I have a Brita filter in case it starts to migrate east.
Assembly passes bill to let noncitizens serve on juries
SACRAMENTO — California would allow noncitizens to serve on juries under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers, potentially expanding a fundamental obligation of American life to millions more people.
The measure, which would apply only to legal residents, would make California the only state to open the jury box to noncitizens who meet all other requirements of service, according to legal experts.
The proposal raises the question of what it means to be judged by peers in a state where more than one in seven residents is not a citizen.
…of common old Horse Sense: SSgt. Reckless
A hog-huntin’ ode to the AR-15.
U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission
An off-duty U.S. navy sailor wrestled a Dubai bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he tried to rape her at knifepoint on Jan. 19, a courtroom heard Wednesday.
…He then stopped where several other buses were parked and tried to kiss her. After she refused, he pulled out a knife and tried to rape her.
Prosecutors said that she knocked the knife from his hand, broke it in two, bit him in the hand, forced him to the ground and locked him between her thighs, the Daily Mail reports.
some people the American President will go not to say “Islamist”.
I deep-sixed the video link. I HATESES them auto-start abominations they sneak in on embeds. GAWD.
But again why should the bastards have to stoop to our level?
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
…Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.
Is anyone even slightly surprised by this?
Tar and feathers, friends.
Tar and feathers.
And I am so humbled
God bless all of them.
and thank god for such people.
…take this little quiz Diptera teased me with on Twitter, and then read the research they did on the results afterward.
The one warm glow is that all the Gorebal Warmering bullshit spread thick and heavy over the years hasn’t paid off a lick in elevated knowledge amongst our younguns as far as causation goes.
You’ll see what I mean.
Never mind. I’m sure it’s in the story.
Durable Goods Report Delivers More Bad News for Economy
Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods recorded their biggest drop in seven months in March and a gauge of planned business spending rose modestly, adding to signs of a slowdown in factory activity.
Durable goods orders slumped 5.7 percent as demand fell almost across the board, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.
Way to go, Team Skippy!
An amended version of a bill that would extend new protections to California’s homeless population cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, framed Assembly Bill 5 as an attempt to create a statewide baseline of homeless civil rights, citing a proliferation of municipal ordinances cracking down on behavior like lying or sleeping on the sidewalk as examples of the “criminalization of poor people.”
“Today numerous laws infringe on poor peoples’ ability to exist in public space, to acquire housing, employment and basic services and to equal protection under the laws,” Ammiano said at a Tuesday morning hearing.
Ammiano’s legislation faced a backlash from critics who said the bill would sanction behavior like urinating in public while exposing businesses to new litigation, undercutting the will of voters who had passed local ordinances and handcuffing city-level efforts to deal with homelessness. The California Chamber of Commerce included AB 5 on its annual list of “job killers” because it imposes “costly and unreasonable mandates on employers.”
What H8TRS those CoC people are.
Even some lawmakers think that maybe this isn’t something they can do right now.
Concerns also remain about the cost of the bill, which requires the State Department of Public Health to fund health and hygiene centers. At the committee hearing on Tuesday, even lawmakers who voted to move the bill underscored those qualms — committee chair Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, predicted a “lively discussion” when the bill goes before the Appropriations Committee.
“While I can certainly appreciate the goal and the aspiration, we all know we simply don’t have the money to be able to provide that,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, said of the proposed hygiene centers.
I predict a very short political career for Mr. Muratsuchi, as he seems to have too much sense for that state.
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I’d call that way more than grimacing’…Grunting, thrusting, straining… It honestly looked like she was constipated in quite a few of them.
This must be in reference to Hillary’s Benghazi testimony…
…and I just want to throw up.
CHANGES TO THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE WEARING OF RELIGIOUS APPAREL ITEMS AND GROOMING REGULATIONS
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2. CHANGE PARAGRAPH 1004.6 TO READ AS FOLLOWS: BEGIN QUOTE: 6. SUBJECT TO TEMPORARY REVOCATION DUE TO MISSION REQUIREMENTS, MARINES MAY WEAR RELIGIOUS APPAREL ITEMS AS FOLLOWS:
A. ARTICLES OF RELIGIOUS APPAREL WHICH ARE NOT VISIBLE OR APPARENT WHEN WORN WITH THE UNIFORM.
B. VISIBLE ARTICLES OF RELIGIOUS APPAREL WITH THE UNIFORM WHILE ATTENDING OR CONDUCTING DIVINE SERVICES OR WHILE IN A CHAPEL OR OTHER HOUSE OF WORSHIP.
C. WITH CMC APPROVAL, NEAT AND CONSERVATIVE VISIBLE ARTICLES OF RELIGIOUS APPAREL WITH THE UNIFORM WHICH DO NOT INTERFERE WITH OR REPLACE REQUIRED UNIFORM ARTICLES OR INTERFERE WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF A MEMBER’S MILITARY DUTIES.
(1) ALL REQUESTS FOR WEAR OF RELIGIOUS APPAREL UNDER SUBPARAGRAPH 1004.6C WILL BE FORWARDED VIA THE CHAIN OF COMMAND TO THE DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (DC M&RA) FOR DECISION.
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Despicable. Show your religious affiliation under your uniform blouse and on your own damn time.
You’re a Marine when you’re on duty, representing the United States of America ~ NOT the Presbyterians, the Jews, the Atheists, Muslims, Pastafarians or Venusians, and religious bric-a-brac has no place on that uniform. Period.
ths notes: Last I HEARD, your religious preference (or lack thereof) is ON YOUR DOG-TAGS. WEAR them and SHUT UP.
For Wounded, Daunting Cost; For Aid Fund, Tough Decisions
WASHINGTON — For victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the terrible physical cost may come with a daunting financial cost as well.
Many of the wounded could face staggering bills not just for the trauma care they received in the days after the bombings, but for prosthetic limbs, lengthy rehabilitation and the equipment they will need to negotiate daily life with crippling injuries. Even those with health insurance may find that their plan places limits on specific services, like physical therapy or psychological counseling.
…For at least 13 victims who lost limbs, including William White of Bolton, Mass., expenses may also include renovations to their homes that make it easier for them to get around.
”What if his stairs are at the wrong incline, or he needs a ramp, or the cobblestones in his backyard are uneven?” said Benjamin Coutu, a friend of the White family who helped create a donation page on a fund-raising Web site for Mr. White and his wife and son, who were also wounded in the blasts. ”People who are insured in these situations think, ‘Wow, I’m O.K., I’m covered.’ It’s not until a month or two later that they realize, ‘I’m covered for the bare bones.’ ”
The overall medical costs are difficult to estimate, especially since it is not yet clear how much rehabilitation or future surgery the victims with the worst injuries will need. But as a basis for comparison, medical costs for shooting victims average about $50,000, said Ted Miller, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation who studies the costs of injuries.
That’s medical costs. How do you put food on the table?
…I would hope the reverse is true when it comes to the UN, ’cause I really can’t stomach these guys.
UN Says Boston Got What It Deserved
UN Human Rights Council “expert” Richard Falk has published a statement saying Bostonians got what they deserved in last week’s terror attack. He quotes W.H. Auden to make his point: “to whom evil is done/do evil in return.”
Richard Falk is the UN’s “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.” He has held the post since 2008, despite exposure as a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
In his latest rant, published online on April 21, 2013 by foreignpolicyjournal.com Falk repeats the libel that prior to 9/11 President George W. Bush was seeking a “pretext” for war, and that anything Israel is the opposite of “justice and peace.”
And then he attacks Bostonians head-on. The police action in Boston was a “hysterical dragnet.” Boston’s dead were “canaries” that “have to die” because of America’s “fantasy of global domination.”
Falk explains the attacks as justifiable “resistance.” In his words: “The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world.”
He minimizes the crime and predicts worse if America doesn’t change its ways to better accommodate the demands of “the Islamic world.” As he puts it: “In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen…”.
And we SUBSIDIZE this abuse?
Besides a “BITE ME” t-shirt, we really need to get that piece of waterfront back, you know?