Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Feliz Navidad and Thank You =D



Que dios los bendiga and enjoy the company of those you love.

From my family to yours...Merry Xmas



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Gunman in Firefighter Ambush Left Chilling Note - NYTimes.com

Gunman in Firefighter Ambush Left Chilling Note - NYTimes.com

The gunman, identified as William Spengler, 62, left behind a chilling typewritten note recovered by investigators, Gerald L. Pickering, the police chief in Webster, told reporters on Tuesday. Chief Pickering, who described the writing as rambling, read just a portion of the note: “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best – killing people.”
      
Chief Pickering also said that it was likely that the gunman used a semi-automatic rifle, one of three weapons recovered from the shooting scene, to kill the firefighters. He identifed the semi-automatic as a .223 Bushmaster rifle, the same weapon used in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 – Pew Global Attitudes Project

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 Slideshow: World Trends in 2012 – Pew Global Attitudes Project

Slideshow: World Trends in 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: Conservatives Against Taxes Unwilling To Bend

Fiscal Cliff: Conservatives Against Taxes Unwilling To Bend
In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.

"I want conservatives to stay strong," says Christine Morabito, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. "Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they get better."

Anti-tax conservatives from every corner of the nation echo her sentiment.

In more than a dozen interviews with The Associated Press, activists said they would rather fall off the cliff than agree to a compromise that includes tax increases for any Americans, no matter how high their income. They dismiss economists' warnings that the automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 could trigger a fresh recession, and they overlook the fact that most people would see their taxes increase if President Barack Obama and Boehner, R-Ohio, fail to reach a year-end agreement.

David Paul: The Absolutist Politics of Norquist and LaPierre Will Destroy the Republican Party

David Paul: The Absolutist Politics of Norquist and LaPierre Will Destroy the Republican Party
National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre really out-did himself this week. Speaking in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, LaPierre concluded that armed guards in the schools were the answer. Like those old time liberals he so disdains, LaPierre's solution to mass murder in schools was to throw money at the problem, demanding that Congress "appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation."

In the days leading up to LaPierre's public statement, the NRA announced that it was "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." As it turns out, LaPierre offered nothing meaningful in his statement, and the only contributions were those that he demanded come from Congress --which is to say from the rest of us. On the issues of assault weapons or background checks, LaPierre would give no ground. And where might the money come from? No doubt from other federal education dollars. Perhaps we could divert National Science Foundation funding for science and mathematics education to pay for armed school guards.

Better that he had kept his mouth shut.

In one week, the two major planks of the Republican Party have demonstrated later stages of rot. Even more than its anti-abortion stance, the Republican Party is bound to its anti-tax pledge and pro-gun commitments. And those two political shibboleths are enforced by the organizational and political skills of the two men who are their public personae: Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist and LaPierre.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New York Post, New York Daily News Slam NRA's Wayne LaPierre

New York Post, New York Daily News Slam NRA's Wayne LaPierre
The New York Post and the New York Daily News tore into the National Rifle Association on Saturday for the gun lobby's bizarre press conference held in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.

On Friday, the gun lobby broke its silence to comment on the Connecticut school shooting, which took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults. In a widely-panned public appearance, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre blamed gun violence on everything from video games to the media, and advocated placing an armed officer in every school in America.

Responses ranged from disgust to disbelief.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School
The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that "the next Adam Lanza," the man responsible for last week's mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

Friday, December 21, 2012

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School

NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School
The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that "the next Adam Lanza," the man responsible for last week's mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thai Noodle House Restaurant In Hot Water After Racist Sandy Hook Shooting Comments

Thai Noodle House Restaurant In Hot Water After Racist Sandy Hook Shooting Comments
"I'm failing to give a damn about the CT shooting," wrote the Thailand-born Nimibutr on Friday. "I don't care if a bunch of white kids got killed. F**k Post-Racial bullshit. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at the school on Gaza, everybody was too busy jerking off. Why should i care about people who dont give a damn about me? Personal responsibility, right?"

After the racially-charged comments were met with harsh criticism, the owner/chef attempted to explain.
“I am no fool to just feel and just believe the hypocrisy in our society the way everyone told me how to," he later posted on Facebook, according to the SFGate. "Lots of people are mad at me for the thing I said. Some called with threat of violence. I laughed at the internet tough guys, but I reported to the police. I am educated and believe in my rights of the Freedom of Speech.”

Later adding, "If you don't like me or my opinions, I suggest you to unfriend me and f**k off.

Amazon Staffing Agency Fights Jobless Claims As CEO Todd Bavol Enjoys Beach House

Amazon Staffing Agency Fights Jobless Claims As CEO Todd Bavol Enjoys Beach House
The company responsible for staffing a Pennsylvania Amazon warehouse is fighting to keep some former workers from getting their unemployment benefits, but that hasn't stopped the company's CEO from enjoying a few of the finer things in life.

Integrity Staffing Solutions, a temporary staffing agency hired by Amazon to hire workers for its Lehigh Valley, Pa., warehouse, is involved in hundreds of unemployment claims appeal hearings per year, more than most Pennsylvania employers, according to a report from The Morning Call.

It's not rare to challenge former workers’ unemployment claims, especially during the recession, when more employers began fighting their former employees’ ability to collect their jobless benefits, according to The Washington Post. Businesses save money when they’re able to block jobless claims because their jobless insurance rates are based on how much their workers collect in unemployment claims.

NRA Responds To Sandy Hook Massacre

NRA Responds To Sandy Hook Massacre
In early 2011, following the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that nearly killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said the debate about how to prevent future gun massacres should focus on preventing the mentally ill from acquiring weapons.

“It shouldn’t be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people,” LaPierre told The New York Times. But at the time, the NRA was unwilling to have any dialogue at all with the Obama White House, a decision LaPierre justified to the Times by saying, “Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses

News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses
To: Romney For President campaign
From: Members of the Romney press corps

To Whom It May Concern:

We’ve dealt with numerous campaigns over the past decades and understand that we pay a premium to travel with a candidate. But recent invoices from your campaign have raised serious questions about the charges you have forwarded to us for travel with Mitt Romney.

We are not quibbling over charter flights or hotel bills. We are focused on what appear to be exorbitant charges for food, filing centers/holds and ground transportation.

Some examples: $745 per person charged for a vice presidential debate viewing party on Oct. 11; $812 charged for a meal and a hold on Oct. 18; $461 for a meal and hold the next day; $345 for food and hold Oct. 30.

These costs far exceed typical expenses on the campaign trail. Also, it was clear to all present that the campaign’s paid staff frequently consumed the food and drinks ostensibly produced for the media. Were any of the costs of these events charged to the campaign itself, to cover the care and feeding of its staff? We would like to see how exactly the costs were determined for any specific event above $200, including the amounts you were charged and to whom you in turn assessed charges.

We have similar concerns about ground transportation costs, which at times exceeded $1,000 a day and were far higher per capita than what the campaign charged during the primaries--despite the larger numbers of reporters, photographers and television crews travelling and dividing the costs. One news organization contacted two of the bus agencies used by the campaign; it was clear from their reporting that the costs you charged us far outdistanced what you paid for the transportation.

In order to travel with the candidate, reporters were required to agree to costs in advance without knowing specifically what those costs would be. The trade-off in any such agreement is that the campaign will not exceed the normal bounds of propriety in charging news organizations. In this case, that is seriously in question.

Some of our organizations have alerted American Express that we are contesting these charges. We look forward to your response.

Monday, December 17, 2012

I am Adam Lanza's Mother - The Blue Review | The Blue Review

I am Adam Lanza's Mother - The Blue Review | The Blue Review

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

*worth clicking on link to view story

Anonymous Targets Westboro Baptist Church After Newtown Vigil Protest Threat

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newtown shooting: now is the time for gun law debate in America - Telegraph

Newtown shooting: now is the time for gun law debate in America - Telegraph


We will never take the risk out of life and we will never stop shootings entirely, just as we will never take way the right to gun ownership. But we can take responsible steps to minimise the risks if we start to answer some tough questions.

Why does driving a car require a test to get a license but owning a gun requires none? Do semi-automatic weapons need to be so prevalent to respect the Second Amendment?

Is limiting the purchase of ammunition the equivalent of restricting gun rights? And what more can we do to screen mentally ill young men and make it more difficult for them to get their hands on guns?

This is a time of sorrow and soul searching. After each of these mass shootings we are told it is not time to have a debate about gun violence in our country. But if not now, when?

We cannot look at this senseless slaughter of children and pretend that we honour their memory by remaining silent and refusing to confront reality.

Connecticut elementary school shooting Pictures - CBS News

 
Our prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy

Thursday, December 13, 2012

KING Grover Norquist: GOP Will Keep Obama On 'Short Leash,' Leave Him To 'Blow Up Small Countries'

Grover Norquist: GOP Will Keep Obama On 'Short Leash,' Leave Him To 'Blow Up Small Countries'
“Obama will be on a very short leash, fiscally speaking, over the next four years,” Norquist said. “He's not going to have any fun at all; he may just have to go blow up small countries he can’t pronounce because it won't be any fun to be here, because he won't be able to spend the kind of cash he was hoping to.”

Norquist said that Republicans would be willing to use the threat of the sequester -- large spending cuts paired with tax hikes scheduled to kick in if a deal to avert the fiscal cliff isn't met by the end of the year -- to leverage Democrats, whom he said were fearful of that possibility. Norquist also claimed that GOP lawmakers would utilize continuing resolutions, or temporary appropriations bills used in the absence of an official budget, in order to chip away at spending.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Corporate America


5 Republicans who matter on immigration - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com

5 Republicans who matter on immigration - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com
They lack the stature of the Big Three Republicans in the immigration reform debate: Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

But just below that senatorial trio, there’s another group of lesser-known GOP lawmakers expected to play an outsize role — both within the party and negotiating with Democrats — as Congress delves into an issue that could consume much of its bandwidth next year.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/5-republicans-who-matter-to-immigration-84875.html#ixzz2ErA5z5sS

Soledad O'Brien Grills Jeff Sessions Over Cutting Food Stamps-CNN


http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/12/11/exp-point-jeff-sessions.cnn

Asian Americans reach high-water mark in Congress - latimes.com

Asian Americans reach high-water mark in Congress - latimes.com
"The thrill of being elected to higher office comes with a responsibility to represent the least of us," he said. "I feel a real need to work toward equality and dignity for all people."

Takano, 51, born and raised in Riverside, is the first openly gay Asian American elected to Congress and part of the new wave of Asian politicians savoring election day success.

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the first American Samoan in Congress, Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) will be the first Asian American woman in the U.S. Senate, and Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Grace Meng become the first Asian Americans to represent Illinois and New York, respectively, in Congress.

With Dr. Ami Bera's victory over GOP veteran Dan Lungren in California's 7th District, there will be a dozen Asian Americans in Congress when they are sworn in Jan. 3, a high-water mark, forming the largest caucus of Asian American and Pacific Islander members in any single congressional session, according to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

Monday, December 10, 2012

RIP: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice

An Appreciation: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice - latimes.com
Rivera's gifts as a singer propelled her from her beginnings in the late 1990s to a level of acclaim that led many to know her quite simply as Jenni. That life was apparently cut short when the plane carrying her crashed on its way to Toluca, Mexico, after a concert in Monterrey. Authorities said there were no survivors. She was 43.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera captured through her music stories about a life that straddled worlds and spoke to a fan base that bought an estimated 1.1 million albums in America and many more worldwide. Though she first gained fame through her banda music — the regional Mexican style that features as its main push overwhelming brass instrumentation and lyrically documents experiences from life — as her popularity grew she recorded in Mexican musical subgenres including the Latin pop, accordion-centric norteño and the renegade, drug-culture-infused narcocorridos.

Hers was a voice that immediately stood out in contemporary banda music for a simple reason: It wasn't a man's voice.

By busting into the boys' club and delivering experiences, rebuttals and celebrations from a woman's perspective, she drew the attention of a whole gender of listeners no doubt tired of their husbands

Friday, December 7, 2012

TGIF: SORRY !...but you need a good laugh =D

Los Angeles freeway toll lanes - latimes.com

Los Angeles freeway toll lanes - latimes.com
The Metro ExpressLanes project is designed to improve travel times by expanding and enhancing transit options along the Harbor Freeway and the San Bernardino Freeway. The project aims to increase the capacity of the 110 and the 10 by opening the carpool lanes to solo drivers willing to pay a toll. (The 10 ExpressLanes are to open early next year.)

The project converts 11 miles of high occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes on the 110 (between Adams Boulevard and the 91 Freeway) and 14 miles of HOV lanes on the 10 (between Alameda Street and the 605) into high occupancy toll, or HOT, lanes. Because the ExpressLanes electronically assesses tolls for solo drivers, all vehicles must have a FasTrak® transponder.

November 24-30 | Cartoons of the Week: November 24–30 | TIME.com

November 24-30 | Cartoons of the Week: November 24–30 | TIME.com

The New Border: Illegal Immigration's Shifting Frontier

The New Border: Illegal Immigration's Shifting Frontier
"Profound shifts in economics, demographics and crime are transforming immigration patterns and causing upheaval in Central and North America. After decades in which Mexicans dominated illegal immigration to the United States, the overall number of immigrants has dropped and the profile has changed. Although Mexicans remain the largest group, U.S.-bound migrants today are increasingly likely to be young Central Americans fleeing violence as well as poverty, or migrants from remote locales such as India and Africa who pay top smuggling fees. ... Smuggling is a major industry. Last year, Mexican authorities in Chiapas discovered two tractor-trailers carrying a total of 500 Central Americans, Indians and Chinese who had just crossed the Guatemalan border. Smuggling fees for immigrants from Asia and Africa depend on factors such as the length and risk of the trip and use of fraudulent documents. Chinese migrants pay as much as $65,000 and Indians about $25,000, according to U.S. border enforcement officials. If they cannot afford to pay upfront, clients borrow from family and associates or work off debts through indentured labor upon arrival in the United States. The revenue from such valuable human cargo buys allies in government." - Sebastian Rotella, Dec. 6, 2012.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CORRUPTION: Tale of Two Corruptos: Brazil and Mexico on Different Transparency Paths

There is an increasingly heated debate today about Latin America’s two titans: Does Brazil receive too many kudos and does Mexico receive too much criticism? For all the ugly press Mexico’s murderous drug war gets, Brazil’s homicide rate is actually higher. Global media fawn over Brazil’s economic boom, but the World Bank finds Mexico a much easier place to do business; it earns more in manufacturing exports and is enrolling a higher number of engineering students.

But Transparency International this week offers another potential reminder of why Brazil has realized more development, and two times more average economic growth, than Mexico has so far in the so-called Century of the Americas. Bottom line: business and bureaucracy might be easier in Mexico, but in Brazil they’re actually cleaner. Transparency, the Berlin-based corruption watchdog, issued its annual Corruption Perceptions Index this week—and despite Brazil’s long reputation for sleaze, it places 9th among the 26 Latin American and Caribbean countries on the 176-nation Index (the lower ranking being the less corrupt) compared to Mexico’s 16th-place finish. Among all nations, Brazil is No. 69; Mexico is No. 105.

(MORE: TIME’s exclusive interview with the new Mexican President.)



Read more: http://world.time.com/2012/12/06/tale-of-two-corruptos-brazil-and-mexico-on-different-transparency-paths/#ixzz2EKP0J7tQ

Meet the Grover Norquist of the immigration debate — MSNBC

Meet the Grover Norquist of the immigration debate — MSNBC
Washington has been filled with optimistic talk that Republicans will finally moderate their stance on immigration, making comprehensive reform possible.

But just as the GOP’s anti-tax enforcers are making it hard to come up with a compromise on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, so too is the party’s hard-line anti-immigration faction likely to stand in the way of any deal to fix our broken immigration system.

That means it’s worth getting to know the Grover Norquist of the anti-immigration lobby.

Roy Beck may not have a pledge, but he does have Numbers USA—an influential lobbying and grassroots group with 1.3 million members, which focuses on limiting and reducing the numbers of immigrants in the country.

Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our Deficit | Center for American Progress

Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our Deficit | Center for American Progress

Walmart Refused to Pay for Safety Upgrades at Bangladesh Garment Factory in 2011

Walmart Refused to Pay for Safety Upgrades at Bangladesh Garment Factory in 2011
During a 2011 meeting, Walmart refused to pay suppliers to help them upgrade safety conditions at their Bangladesh garment factories.

A fire at a Bangladesh garment factory, which made clothes for Walmart and Sears, killed more than 100 people last month, reports Bloomberg News.

According to the International Labor Rights Forum, a Washington-based advocacy group, more than 700 Bangladesh garment workers have died since 2005.

At the April 2011 meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, retailers (including Walmart) discussed a memorandum that would require them to pay Bangladesh factories enough money to cover costs of safety improvements.

However, Sridevi Kalavakolanu, a Walmart director of ethical sourcing, said that Walmart wouldn’t share the cost, in a report of the meeting minutes obtained by Bloomberg News.

Penn State Sorority, Chi Omega, Causes Outrage with Racist Mexican-Themed Picture

Penn State Sorority, Chi Omega, Causes Outrage with Racist Mexican-Themed Picture

A photo of Penn State Chi Omega sorority members wearing ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches -- during a Mexican-themed sorority party -- has surfaced and caused outrage at Penn State, reports the Daily Mail.

In the picture, apparently taken around Halloween, some of the women held cardboard signs that read: "Will Mow Lawn For Weed + Beer" and "I Don’t Cut Grass, I Smoke It."

OnwardState.com reports that Penn State’s Greek Life director Dr. Roy Baker, along with other school leaders, have been discussing possible punishments for the sorority.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Were #1 alright !...Rep. Fleming’s Restaurant Refused To Serve Muslim Couple

Rep. John Fleming’s Restaurant Refused To Serve Muslim Couple | TPMMuckraker
Mohammad Husain and his wife were looking for a bite to eat and a nice place to relax when they stopped in last month at a Shreveport, La. sandwich shop owned by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA).
But that visit soon turned turbulent, Husain told TPM recently, when he found himself locked out of the Subway franchise and his wife locked inside with an employee telling them they were not welcome there because they were Muslim.

“I never have felt this kind of open discrimination,” Husain said in an interview on Friday. “I’m sure there’s people that do discriminate. They have their own prejudices. That’s human nature. But for somebody to openly at a public place to show that open hatred and openly discriminate upon a religion, I think this should not be allowed.”

“She asked me point blank ‘Are you Muslim?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m Muslim,’ She said ‘We can’t serve you’ and locked the door from inside when my wife was still inside the store,” Husain said.
The situation quickly escalated and Husain ended up calling 911. So did a Subway employee. At some point before police arrived, however Husain said the employee unlocked the door and let his wife leave but also made it clear they should take their business elsewhere.

An officer with the Shreveport Police Department arrived after that. Both Husain and a department spokesman said the officer initially patted Husain down to check for weapons. But spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines said the officer eventually determined the situation was much ado about nothing. Department records show the officer didn’t even file a report.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Twins Fighting In Womb Video



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/twins-fighting-in-womb-video_n_2219407.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Holy tweet! The Pope comes to Twitter with @pontifex

Holy tweet! The Pope comes to Twitter with @pontifex | Internet & Media - CNET News

Pope Benedict XVI will make his way to Twitter on December 12, the Vatican announced today.
The Pope will start tweeting on December 12 under the username, "@pontifex," the Vatican has confirmed. Speaking to Reuters in an interview posted today, Greg Burke, senior media advisor to the Vatican, said that the name means "pope," as well as "bridge builder."

Comments:

WTFisgoingon: A progressive move and a perfect tool to share reasons why the church must ALSO update some of it's ideas and messages !

Sunday, December 2, 2012

David Horsey -- Top of the Ticket political cartoons for the Los Angeles Times - latimes.com

David Horsey -- Top of the Ticket political cartoons for the Los Angeles Times - latimes.com

La historia del tequila en México



http://mexico.cnn.com/videos/2012/12/02/la-historia-del-tequila-en-mexico

Gangs prey on migrants crossing into Mexico


http://aje.me/Uj1kcS

Ya, ya, ya....Norquist promises second coming of Tea Party

Norquist promises second coming of Tea Party — MSNBC
Grover Norquist insisted that reports of his tax pledge’s death have been greatly exaggerated and warned GOP lawmakers that President Obama’s proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff is not serious.

“This is a massive collection of spending increases and tax increases,” Norquist said on Sunday’s Meet the Press of the proposal presented to Congress by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week.

“Republicans want to continue the Bush tax cuts, and the extenders and the AMT [Alternative Minimum Tax] package, it’s the president who’s threatening to raise taxes if he stamps his feet and doesn’t get his way,” he said.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Network =D

Border Action Network invites you to join us Thursday December 20th, at 5:30PM for our Open House. We want to take this opportunity to share with you our new offices, staff and exciting plans for the future. BAN truly wants to be a “network” and hope you will be part of it, as an individual or an organization that supports human rights for all. Our office is located at 435 E. 9th Street (rear entrance) in Tucson (view Google Map).

Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare

Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare
Labor and health care experts portrayed Walmart’s decision to exclude workers from its medical plans as an attempt to limit costs while taking advantage of the national health care reform known as Obamacare. Among the key features of Obamacare is an expansion of Medicaid, the taxpayer-financed health insurance program for poor people. Many of the Walmart workers who might be dropped from the company’s health care plans earn so little that they would qualify for the expanded Medicaid program, these experts said.

“Walmart is effectively shifting the costs of paying for its employees onto the federal government with this new plan, which is one of the problems with the way the law is structured,” said Ken Jacobs, chairman of the Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

For Walmart, this latest policy represents a step back in time. Almost seven years ago, as Walmart confronted public criticism that its employees couldn't afford its benefits, the company announced with much fanfare that it would expand health coverage for part-time workers.

But last year, the company eliminated coverage for some part-time workers -- those new hires working 24 hours a week or less. Now, Walmart is going further.

Have you worked at Walmart? The Huffington Post wants to know about your experience. Send us an email here.