Thursday, November 20, 2014

Arizona sues GM over alleged drop in car values

Arizona’s attorney general is suing General Motors Co. for about $3 billion, saying it sold millions of unsafe vehicles and should be forced to compensate the state over the alleged lost value of vehicles.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Attorney General Tom Horne under the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and seeks about $3 billion from GM based on the about 300,000 GM vehicles registered in Arizona that have been recalled this year.

But that money wouldn’t go to owners of the cars and trucks; instead Horne in a telephone interview said if successful in the suit, money recovered would go to the state and could fund things such as education. He said any recovery likely would be less, but still substantial.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2014/11/20/arizona-sues-gm-alleged-drop-car-values/19319675/

CNN: McConnell: Executive action ignores law



Join me in thanking President Obama for doing the right thing on immigration

Dear Sonia,Gente

Please join me and thank the President for keeping his promise by letting hardworking, taxpaying undocumented immigrants temporarily stay in the country they sustain with their sweat and sacrifice.

My husband, Cesar Chavez, and I decided to move back to Delano to begin organizing the United Farm Workers in 1962. Thousands came to work with our movement once the Delano Grape Strike started in 1965, 50 years ago in 2015. Millions of good people in North America supported us by boycotting grapes and other products.

All these years, I chose to stay in the background. I walked picket lines, managed our credit union and cared for our eight children. Cesar respected my privacy. I never spoke in public, talked with reporters or got involved in politics.

That changed when President Obama came to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, Calif. near Bakersfield in October 2012. That’s where Cesar lived and worked his last quarter century, and where he is buried. As we walked away from paying respects at my husband’s gravesite, with the President holding my arm, I asked, “Mr. President, will you promise you will do something on immigration reform?”

“Yes, Mrs. Chavez, I promise I will,” he said.

Today, President Obama kept his promise to me and to the American people by using his power to help many of the immigrants who toil in our fields, make beds, clean rooms, cook meals, work in construction and manufacturing, and care for our young and elderly. They serve our country in the military. I’ve known the farm workers all my life. Like other immigrants, they take jobs most other Americans won’t take for pay most other Americans won’t accept and under conditions most other Americans won’t tolerate. Big parts of our economy can’t survive without immigrants.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

AT&T Plans to Reach Into the Pockets of the World’s Second-Richest Man


Between former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett lies the world's second-richest man: American Movil's (NYSE: AMX ) Carlos Slim. With a business background instilled by his father, a prominent businessmen in his own right, Carlos Slim started his empire with successful investments in construction, mining, retail, food, and tobacco.

These early investments put Slim in an opportune place during Mexico's 1982 economic crisis. In a classic "buy when there's blood in the streets" move, the magnate bought major Mexican businesses Reynolds Aluminio and General Tire, and acquired large stakes in the Mexican arm of British American Tobacco and The Hershey Company in the aftermath. Those businesses gave Slim the capital and reputation to buy government-owned landline company Telmex from the Mexican government in the early '90s.

Eventually, Slim would found American Movil, the company that would propel him to the top of the billionaire's list. But now AT&T (NYSE: T ) appears to want to take on Slim in his home country. By paying $2.5 billion to acquire Mexican wireless provider Iusacell, the company plans to mount the most serious challenge to Slim's empire yet

That said, AT&T is excited for the opportunity. It appears AT&T will use its United States network to pull in Mexican subscribers. CEO Randall Stephenson commented [emphasis added]:

Our acquisition of Iusacell is a direct result of the reforms put in place by President Pena Nieto to encourage more competition and more investment in Mexico ... Iusacell gives us a unique opportunity to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States. It won't matter which country you're in or which country you're calling -- it will all be one network, one customer experience.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/11/15/att-plans-to-reach-into-the-pockets-of-the-worlds.aspx

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pink’s Hot Dogs Celebrates 75th Anniversary With 75-Cent Chili Dogs For 7 Days


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood is known for several things.

For starters, long lines and great chili dogs.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary at La Brea and Melrose, the famous hot dog stand is going to offer 75-cent hot dogs for 75 minutes for seven days, starting Friday.

Great! Longer lines! The promotion starts each night at 7 p.m.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/05/pinks-hot-dogs-celebrates-75th-anniversary-with-75-chili-dogs-for-7-days/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kentucky's Mitch McConnell wins another term in U.S. Senate


Los Angeles Times | November 4, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Republican leader Mitch McConnell moved closer to the job he has always wanted, winning another Senate term on a night he hopes to become majority-leader-in-waiting. McConnell defeated Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and the arrayed power of the national Democratic Party. The Associated Press projected the result.

Polls showed the race to be tight until the last few weeks, when the Senate minority leader opened up a small but consistent lead, helped by an artfully played GOP campaign and Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to answer when asked repeatedly if she had voted for President Obama.

As in other states, the unpopular Obama served as a detriment to the Democratic campaign and a predictable foil for the Republican candidate.

For the latest information, go to www.latimes.com/politics.

Republicans take control of U.S. Senate

Los Angeles Times | November 4, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Republicans seized control of the Senate, winning back the chamber they surrendered to Democrats in 2006.

The win was not unexpected, as both history and the political map favored the GOP. The party out of power typically wins congressional seats in the midterm election, especially in the sixth year of a presidency.

In addition, most of the election played on political terrain favoring the GOP. Democrats had to defend far more seats, and most of the competitive races were in states President Obama lost in 2012.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com/politics.

Proposition 2, to build state rainy-day fund, passes

Los Angeles Times | November 4, 2014 | 9:20 PM

Placed on the ballot by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature, this measure will require state officials to put aside at least 1.5% of the general fund every year.

Money may be withdrawn only when the governor and the Legislature declare a fiscal emergency.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Proposition 1, the water bond measure, passes

Los Angeles Times | November 4, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Proposition 1 has been approved, AP reports. It gives state officials permission to borrow more than $7 billion to pay for an upgrade of California's giant water system.

Some of the money will be allocated to the protection and restoration of wildlife habitat and watersheds.

For the latest information, go to www.latimes.com.

Proposition 47, reducing penalties for some crimes, passes

Los Angeles Times | November 4, 2014 | 9:07 PM

Proposition 47 has been approved, AP reports. Penalties for some common crimes in California will be changed from felonies to misdemeanors under the measure.

Those crimes include drug possession and, when less than $950 is involved: shoplifting, check and credit fraud, forgery, theft and possession of stolen goods.

For the latest information, go to www.latimes.com.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Empower yourself against manipulative politics. Vote Smart.

Comentarios From Maria: Latinas -Spotting the signs early, is only half the battle to breast cancer survival


During the month of October, organizations nationwide have been doing their part to raise greater awareness for the most common cause of death from cancer in Hispanic women – breast cancer. And though Latinas have lower overall breast cancer rates than white women, the US Department of Health and Human Services notes Hispanic women are more likely than whites to be diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer is more advanced and harder to treat. As a working mother of two very beautiful mini reflections of me, I make time for my health first because I understand this disease can take hold of anyone, including me.

The American Cancer Society estimated 2,400 breast cancer deaths in 2012 – this would be the equivalent of approximately 7 Latinas per day, or about 1 death every 4 hours. As such, it is absolutely critical for Hispanic women to carry out regular breast cancer screenings to increase early detection and talk to your doctors about any unusual changes you may notice right away. We must not be frightened, feel embarrassed, or remain silent – prevention is crucial.

Studies show that Hispanic women cancer patients’ experiences are embedded in culturally based values of family and faith that are interrelated and culturally bound. For many of our sisters, friends, and family members who may be battling valiantly through this disease, this unfamiliar loss of independence can feel very isolating. And while actively helping our loved ones manage their side effects is part of the overall treatment process, equally important is building a loving, compassionate, and supportive environment that can aid in generating meaningful breakthroughs during such a difficult time.

- See more at: http://www.latinovations.com/2014/10/27/comentarios-from-maria-latinas-spotting-the-signs-early-is-only-half-the-battle-to-breast-cancer-survival/#sthash.Sr1BQODu.dpuf

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Whistleblower Reward Program, Tip Line Launched for Factory Farm Workers



Tools Will Facilitate Reporting of Cruelty at Factory Farms, Slaughterhouses and Livestock Auctions
A hotline for reporting cruelty and neglect on factory farms, at livestock auctions and in slaughter houses will empower employees at those facilities who have witnessed cruelty or other unlawful acts.

The Humane Society of the United States, which launched the hotline (1-888-209-7177), offers whistleblowers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who have committed acts of cruelty to farm animals.

The HSUS will work with the United Farm Workers to distribute the hotline to workers at factory farms, slaughterhouses and livestock auctions.

The hotline was launched after agribusiness interests and their legislative allies made it virtually impossible to document cruelty on factory farms in a handful of states. Those states have passed “ag gag” bills, which criminalize undercover investigations of agricultural facilities.

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news_briefs/2014/10/whistleblower_reward_program_102414.html

Traffic Still Sucks On The 405, Even With Those New Carpool Lanes


Remember Carmageddon? Its sequel Carmageddon II? Jamzilla? The Rampture?

Thanks to all those pesky closures now have a shiny new 10-mile carpool lane. What we don't have is less traffic, according to a new study from traffic service provider INRIX.

Jim Bak said its analysts found "relatively no change" in travel speeds and times. The company compared data between the second and third weeks of September in 2013 and those same weeks in 2014 on the northbound 405 between the 10 and the 101 freeways, according to KNX. Between 4 and 7 p.m. it looks like the average travel time between those two freeways is actually about a minute slower than last year, KPCC notes.

It's not all bad news: INRIX notes that rush hour seems to be ending earlier. Last year it took about 28 minutes to drive from the 10 to the 101 between 7 and 8 p.m. This year it took 22 minutes.

Just because traffic isn't any better doesn't necessarily mean the carpool lane was a complete waste of 5 years and $1 billion dollars.

http://laist.com/2014/10/15/carpool_lanes_havent_made_the_405_a.php

9 Awesome Dia De Los Muertos Events In Los Angeles


Dia de los Muertos celebrations that honor those who have gone to the other side kick off early this weekend in Los Angeles. We've got events throughout the city that will have music, dancing, and food, as well as art exhibits and ceremonial altar decorations. Most of these events encourage folks to get in the spirit of this Mexican holiday and dress up with calavera (skull) and calaca (skeleton) makeup and costumes. Here are some of our favorite events.

Olvera Street
Olvera Street will be having a days-long celebration for Dia de los Muertos from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 with daily events at the El Pueblo Historical Monument. This includes nightly candlelight Novenario processions honoring the deceased from Oct. 25 to Nov. 2 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Free sweet bread (pan de muerto) and champurrado (a Mexican hot drink) will be served to folks who stop by. And on the weekends, expect celebrations with "face painting, street theater performances, strolling mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, art workshops, puppets, ballet folklorico, piñatas." Decorated altars will be on display in the plaza and in a number of stores on Olvera Street throughout this celebration.

Grand Park
Over in downtown's Grand Park, you can celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1. From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a bevy of musical acts like electronic group Palenke Soultribe, Aztecan and Oaxacan dance troupes, art installations, decorated altars on display and food vendors. Most importantly, there will be a bar at the event. If you want to get your face painted (yes, adults are welcome to do it), it will cost $5.

Calavera Fashion Show At Mariachi Plaza
Tropico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space and Eastside Luv are teaming up this year to bring on their "Calavera Fashion Show & Walking Altars" event at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Expect food, a beer garden, and face painting booths at this 21+ event. There will be DJs spinning on the ones and twos, and you'll also have the chance to belt out some tunes with karaoke in the plaza (we're talking about MorrisseyOke and MariachiOke). Folks are encouraged to get dressed in Dia de los Muertos attire and make sure to bring dancing shoes so you can celebrate those "who have passed to el otro lado." Tickets range from $20 to $80.

View full list:http://laist.com/2014/10/24/9_of_our_favorite_day_of_the_dead.php

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Breaking News: HBO to launch Internet-only service next year

Los Angeles Times | October 15, 2014 | 8:16 AM
HBO announced today that it will break the cable TV bundle by offering its service directly to consumers over the Internet in the U.S. beginning next year.

HBO is currently available only to subscribers of pay-TV packages. But growing competition and changing consumer behavior has forced HBO's hand.

"It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO," CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor conference in New York. "In 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States."

More soon at www.latimes.com/cotown.

Here Are Five Facts from the White House Report on Millennials

Today, the Council on Economic Advisers released a new report that looks at the so-called "Millennial" generation. And while you might think that this group of Americans -- mostly in their mid-20s -- is all about smartphones and mason jars, you'd be wrong.

The report comes ahead of President Obama's visit with Los Angeles entrepreneurs, technologists, and creatives -- and it takes a close look at the trends and circumstances that have shaped Millennials. It finds a generation shaped by transformation, that came into its own in the midst of the financial crisis, but is also more diverse and educated than any other generation.

Here are some of the most interesting facts from the report:

Millennials are now the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S.

They're shaped by technology, value creativity, and are innovative (see, founders of Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr).

More Millennials are going to college, especially women. But when you couple that with rising tuition, they're also left with an ever-increasing share of the student loan debt burden.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they are much more likely to have health insurance without being job-locked.

Millennials are moving into urban areas and they're paying rent. They're less likely to own a home during their 20s than previous generations.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/09/here-are-five-facts-white-house-report-millennials?utm_source=snapshot&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1092014-topper

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Why the Middle Class Gets Screwed—My Short Sale Taught Me How the Rich Really Think

I was taught growing up to “keep my word” and that your handshake “meant something.” Yet businessmen and individual wealthy people make decisions that are far less moral than a short sale. People “incorporate” so they can avoid legal responsibility for individual actions. It works great. You can stiff creditors, declare bankruptcy, pollute daily and raid pensions to enrich individual executives. If it all goes wrong, like it has so often for Donald Trump, you can keep your mansions and individual fortunes. It is no accident that the best-paid CEO in America has never made a dime for the company. If regular Americans acted like corporations and the moneyed class, our country would collapse in a week from systemic theft, corruption and greed.

I always knew business was getting over on me, but I had no idea the extent until I started looking to short-sell. I first learned all I could about private home financing. I called up some shady investment groups around town and questioned them at length. I didn’t end up using them, but they were frank, informative and unashamed.

“Who would pay 11 percent on a home loan?” I asked.

“Rich people,” said “Bill” from the legal loan-sharking company. “The rich have terrible credit.”

Rich people = bad credit: Just let that sink in.

Bill told me in roundabout ways that rich people never pay a bill if there is any way around it. If something goes wrong in an investment or a business, they always preserve their own assets first.

Most Americans are clueless about business and finance. Instead, we are a caste of customers. We consume short-term predatory lending, school loans that can never be discharged, inflated mortgages, high-interest credit cards, fast food and overpriced automobiles. We “invest” in basic IRAs, doomsday prepping or Ponzi schemes. The worst part is that no matter how much money we gain or lose, the investor class always gets paid.

During the same five- or six-year period my house value tanked, I also lost tens of thousands of dollars in retirement accounts. At the same time, my “money manager” collected a fee day after day, month after month. Since he is the dealer of America’s crack-based stock market, he got paid regardless of performance.

Middle-class Americans just aren’t the same species of human as the wealthy, but we refuse to even discuss the class issue in America. “Class” is for the British, even though the U.K. now has more upward mobility. There have been many great essays and movies about the parallel but unequal capitalist systems in America. There exists a baffling, byzantine maze of corporate and personal benefits enjoyed by the super-rich and investment class both indecipherable and unavailable to regular people.

Lest I be accused of “sour grapes,” because I’m not rich, let me be clear. I live what used to be a middle-class life. We vacation every year without fail, own a home and live in a nice neighborhood. My hands stay clean at work. Of course, it could all crumble tomorrow, but for the moment, I’m a “winner” of some kind. Because I’ve reached some small level of financial stability, I’ve had the time to look around and see how utterly broken the system has become for most people.

Living a middle-class life is an impediment to meaningful change. We are taught that we have everything we should dare to expect and capitalism has “worked” for us. Middle-class people are also urged to hate poor people, and those who cannot or will not work. They are the “other,” the moocher class. Poor people are the reason you haven’t gotten a raise in five years or that your house is worthless or that your company only gives you one week off a year. Those who have something detest those with nothing. We’re letting rich people get away with fleecing America, while turning our rage on poor people.

When you examine it, you cannot blame the rich for the oligarchy we’ve become or for what looks more and more like the return of Dark Age feudalism. Rather, the blame lies with my fellow work-a-day slobs who vote for politicians and policies that favor investment and wealth over the work of regular people. Middle-class Americans are self-flagellating and dispirited over their own lack of wealth, as if it were a character flaw. At the same time, they fall for the deception that everyone can be rich when, of course, most people lack the connections, education and plain old luck to even get close.

I can uncover an individual’s actual potential for wealth with one easy test: If you equate business opportunity with a multilevel marketing scheme, like Amway, you will never be rich. If that doesn’t work, just ask yourself if you think you’ve got a shot at winning the lottery. If the answer is “yes,” you will most assuredly die poorer than you are now.

Read full story:
http://www.alternet.org/economy/why-middle-class-gets-screwed-my-short-sale-taught-me-how-rich-really-think?page=0%2C2

North Carolina GOP Senator/Candidate Accused Of Welfare Fraud


The word 'fraud' is becoming a bitter pill for the North Carolina GOP to swallow this week. After the alleged voting fraud committed by the Koch brothers via AFP/Americans For Prosperity, there is now a welfare fraud allegation against Republican candidate, Senator Wesley Meredith. This from the Conservative party extremists that basically call America's poor, unemployed, and welfare recipients, 'lazy, undeserving, benefit-sucking, scum of the earth.'
North Carolina's ABC11.com reports:

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, (Republican) party chair Linda Devore said the Cumberland County GOP looks forward to Senator Meredith refuting the allegations made Tuesday by his opponent, (Democratic) Fayetteville attorney Billy Richardson.
On Tuesday, Richardson released a load of Meredith's public and private financial and public assistance documents. They indicate Meredith and his ex-wife, Elizabeth Meredith, received welfare in the late 1990s. At the time, the couple earned annual incomes in the six-figure range.

The linked article above is the GOP trying to save face. Of course, Meredith called Richardson's document release a 'below the belt' personal attack. That said, Meredith has not denied the allegation.

This story follows news of a new Republican Koch Brothers investigation for allegedly sending out false, misleading, and confusing voting information to hundreds of thousands of NC residents.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/02/1333798/-North-Carolina-Senator-Wesley-Meredith-Accused-Of-Welfare-Fraud-And-He-s-Not-Denying-It?detail=email

WTF...Arizona Teacher Fired for Breaking up Racist Bullying of 4th Grader


25 year veteran Elementary Teacher Pam Aister was fired this week by the Fountain Hills Arizona School District after breaking up an incident of Racial Bullying by Four Students against one other.

“He was called the n-word, ‘monkey’, and ‘coon,’ Aister told KNXV.

Ainster told KTAR-FM that she also said to the group, “If you’re picking on him, you’re picking on me. It’s not five against one, it’s five against two, and there will be no more taunting, teasing or racial names.”

But parents of the alleged offenders claim that Ainster used abusive language telling them to "shut up" and that one had an "ugly face", an allegation that Ainster denies. In the end the School Board, following the recommendation of their attorney, voted to terminate Ainster on the basis of reports from the parents.

Isn't it an interesting world, assuming Ainster's claims are essentially true and even that the counter claims against her are valid, where a pack of bigoted bullies can rely on their parents to protect and escalate their bullying in order to remove a teacher whose primary crime was to stand up against their racist taunting - even if somewhat vehemently - in order to protect and defend a vulnerable child?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/02/1333771/-Arizona-Teacher-Fired-for-Breaking-up-Racist-Bullying-of-4th-Grader?detail=email

Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Republican Red States That Mooch off Coastal Liberal States

One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out California or Massachusetts, that’s when they will finally become “fed up with socialism” and secede from the Union once and for all.

The problem with that meme is that it has no basis in reality: the more prosperous and Democrat-leaning areas of the United States are likely to be subsidizing dysfunctional “red states,” many of which are suffering from insufficient tax revenue and an abundance of low-wage workers who don’t have much to tax. Tea Party Republicans like to point out that poor cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Camden, New Jersey are run by Democrats, but they neglect to mention that some of the most affluent parts of the United States—from Manhattan to the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area to Cambridge, MA to Seattle to Chicago’s North Shore suburbs—are dominated by the Democratic Party. People in those heavily Democratic areas pay a lot of federal income taxes, and quite often, their tax dollars go to red states.

1. Mississippi: Mississippi was receiving $2.47 from the federal government for every dollar it was paying in.

2. Alaska: Alaska receiving $1.93 from Uncle Sam for every dollar paid in.

3. Alabama: Alabama receives 37% of its revenue from the federal government and receives $3.28 for every dollar it pays in federal taxes.

4. Louisiana:Louisiana receives $3.35 from the federal government for every dollar it pays in; 44% of Alabama’s funding, WalletHub says, comes from Washington, DC.

5. Indiana: Indiana receives $2.01 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it contributes and receives 33% of its funding from Uncle Sam.

6. Montana: Montana’s intake from Uncle Sam was $1.92 for every dollar paid.

7. South Carolina: South Carolina was receiving $1.92 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it was contributing.

8. West Virginia: West Virginia receives $2.22 for every dollar it pays.

9. Tennessee: Tennessee, according to WalletHub, receives $1.64 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it contributes—and WalletHub notes that 41% of Tennessee’s funding comes from Uncle Sam.

10. Kentucky: Kentucky receives $2.39 from the federal government for every dollar it pays.

Data shows that these hypocritical GOP-leaning states are likely to be the biggest recipients of federal tax money.

http://www.alternet.org/10-republican-red-states-mooch-coastal-liberal-states?page=0%2C3&akid=12263.255017.kiI5lF&rd=1&src=newsletter1019911&t=2

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Outbreak of virus affecting children reaches California

Los Angeles Times | September 18, 2014 | 1:18 PM
Four cases of a virus that can cause severe respiratory illness in young children -- especially those with asthma -- have been identified in California, state health officials announced today.

Officials confirmed three cases of enterovirus D68 in San Diego County and one in Ventura County.

The illnesses marked California’s first 2014 cases of a virus known to have infected 153 people in 18 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Home Depot data breach: 56 million payment cards put 'at risk'


me Depot Inc. said an investigation found that a data breach exposed about 56 million payment cards, part of a cyber attack that trumped even Target's massive hack last year.

The home improvement chain said hackers built unique malware to penetrate the company's systems between April and September. In comparison, Target's data breach compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts over a period of about three weeks.

"The malware had not been seen previously in other attacks," Home Depot said in a Thursday statement. "The hackers' method of entry has been closed off."

The Atlanta company said the malware has been removed, security has been tightened at its U.S. stores and any terminals with malware have been removed.

Friday, September 12, 2014

An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy


People disagree, quite strenuously, on the best curriculum for teaching children to read. But all participants in the reading wars agree on some other things: Early reading is crucial — a child who does not read proficiently by third grade will probably fall further and further behind each year. American schools are failing: two out of three fourth graders don’t read at grade level.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/an-untapped-force-in-the-fight-for-literacy/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

OjO....Heat Alert Issued for Valleys, LA Basin

Triple-digit heat is likely through Monday for Southern California valleys

Brown Signs Bill Guaranteeing Paid Sick Leave for California Workers - California Healthline

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill (AB 1522) that requires a minimum of three paid sick days per year for employees who work 30 or more days in a calendar year, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Young, Sacramento Business Journal, 9/10).

http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/9/11/brown-signs-bill-guaranteeing--paid-sick-leave-for-calif-workers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lawsuit Claims Sushi Rice Sold To California Restaurants Tainted With Rodent Soiling, Black Mold

Attorney Brian Kabateck discussed flush with CBS2’s Elsa Ramon.

“The rice is adulterated with what’s called flush in this industry,” Kabateck said. “And flush in the industry is anything that is not supposed to be in the rice.”

In the lawsuit, Farmer’s Rice Cooperative is accused of selling the tainted rice to thousands of grocery stores across California.

Particularly, the names New Variety, New Rose and Imperial Rose are associated with the bad rice.
The complaint alleges the company would “allow substances, such as insects, rodents and their soiling, bird remains and black mold to be present in its processed rice.”

Later, the complaint claims that restaurant and store owners were led to believe they were buying U.S. No. 1 Extra Fancy rice.

What they received, however, according to the complaint, was not edible.




http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10568097

Friday, August 29, 2014

Something to think about....Ferguson and the cult of compliance


The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, set off by a policeman’s shooting of an unarmed black teen last week, appear to be spinning out of control — not because crowds are rioting nightly but because law enforcement is operating as though they are in a war zone. Peaceful protesters are facing nothing short of a domestic army, armed with military equipment, waiting for a provocation.

As the protests progressed, the police have used noncompliance, or the failure to obey their every order, as their justification for whatever violence came next. That’s also the excuse that the police used to explain why an officer shot Michael Brown. They said the incident started because Brown didn’t comply with an order to move, so it is he who is to blame.

What happens if you don’t comply when the police give you an order? What rights do you really have? How free are you, really, when the authorities have weapons pointed at you or when they have the right to draw a weapon and use it with relative impunity?

Over the past few years, I have been tracking the rhetoric that police and other authority figures use to justify all kinds of violence. In cases that seem very different, separated by factors such as age, race, gender, sexuality, geography, class and ability, police explain away their actions by citing noncompliance. They do it because it works. They do it because according to their beliefs, any sign of noncompliance is an invitation to strike.

To fight back, ordinary citizens need not only to push specific reforms but also to transform the culture of law enforcement.//

It’s a link that needs to be made. In the vast majority of cases, especially those involving young black and Latino men, police can punish someone for noncompliance with impunity, and because of deeply entrenched racism, little is done in the way of reform. But when someone is disabled or unwell, violent police action reveals itself as what it is: disproportionate, crude and uncalled for. It is therefore imperative to consider the two situations side by side and integrate them into a broader discussion about how the police treats people who, for whatever reason, do not comply with their every whim.//

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar examples in which noncompliance led to violence. Ersula Ore, a black woman in Arizona refused to hand over her ID and was flung to the ground. A drunk woman in Skokie, Illinois, didn’t look into the camera when being booked, so the police threw her onto a bench, breaking her face. They claimed she was resisting arrest.

Fixing the problems will involve working on racism in police departments across the country, enforcing bans on chokeholds, all kinds of better training and building a national mental health system focused on care rather than incarceration. Mandatory cameras are a good idea too. Let’s treat all these symptoms but keep our eye on the disease that’s causing them.

The public must stop blaming these events on bad cops or bad departments. Too many people are willing to accept that because being a cop is risky, they have to punch, shoot or tase at the slightest provocation. Such attitudes enable the cult of compliance.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/8/ferguson-police-shootracismcompliance.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch


Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen.

The demand is the result of a new law, signed into effect on Monday, that applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in the state.

While its legal reach does not extend beyond the state’s borders, the inefficiency of producing phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be adopted by phone makers on handsets sold across the U.S. and around the world.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2598680/california-passes-law-mandating-smartphone-kill-switch.html

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fundraising Effort for Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Gets Ugly


Comments:

Lt. Lockhart •
Thugs get slugs.

McGovern1981 . •
The more actual facts come out the more these Michael Brown supporters make asses of themselves not suprising from a crowd that riots, steals and assaults others in the name of "justice" before they're even convicted. A white cop defends his life and you cry racism whitey be keeping me down meanwhile you kill each other everyday in places like Chicago and Detroit and not a peep from you...pathetic.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/darren-wilson-donors-racist-ferguson

Amazing !.....Arpaio has $5 million but begs for more of your cash

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no shame.

He does, however, have LOTS of campaign money. And he knows how to get more of it.

So today he released a letter begging supporters for more money to help him fight -- you guess it -- President Obama.

The letter is addressed to "patriot." (A better word might be "patron." Or, better yet, "patsy.")

Still, the sheriff goes on to say, "Our country is under attack. And Barack Obama is the aggressor. That's right. Our own President has overseen the release of thousands of illegal immigrants...hundreds of whom are convicted criminals - even felons, which are flooding into America. ..."

COMMENTS:

DeWitt Tremaine · Top Commenter · Boise, Idaho
Joe is an American, this is a communist news propoganda rag.

Elaine Feroleto Costello · Top Commenter · Realtor at HomeSmart
There is no other I would vote for, and apparently there are many Arizonans that share my opinion. Lets go Joe round 7.

Conrad Sloan · Top Commenter · Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
Bill, why don't you try looking at the number of drug smugglers Arpaio has arrested.

Then educate yourself about the jobs illegals take. You may want to pretend it's only dishwashers and such (because you think that's all their good for), but the majority take what were once good paying jobs in home building. And usually committing ID Theft in order to get those jobs.

Perry Paul Sheneman · Seiling, Oklahoma
If Obama had the balls Sheriff Joe has we would not be having this discussion. AZCentral is part of the problem, not by any means part of a solution.

Betty Krug · Top Commenter · Phoenix College
Joe's tactics are not good sometimes but it is even more shocking that there is little real journalism left in the Republic anymore. Our borders are wide open, people with communicable diseases from countries with Ebola and many other diseases are also coming here with NO Quarantines and even our Border Patrol people are getting sick and being killed by criminals who are teens coming across the border. They in majority are not little children as is propagandized by most media and this is pure asymmetrical warfare to purposely implode our economy and our borders, committed by our own government...ON RECORD. Do you people even do any real research anymore? Drudge Report links to better news then you people ever put out anymore too. Joe is right about what is really happening,no matter if you like him personally or not.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/ejmontini/2014/08/25/sheriff-joe-arpaio-drudge-report-president-obama/14571471/

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WTF....AT GUNPOINT: TX cops terrify young family (Part 1)



(Check out cops response)
KCTV5

http://www.kctv5.com/story/26354882/woman-with-4-kids-in-car-mistakenly-arrested-at-gunpoint?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10506878

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Break from all the BS....smile =D

Here's A DIY Hack To Get Back At Terrible Customer Service Reps


After several people used recorded phone calls to out customer service reps for bad behavior, it turns out using a microphone during your call might improve your chances of a decent customer experience. The trouble is, how do you do it?

You might think of the obvious option right off the bat: an app. The trouble is, a lot of apps that record cost money and are glitchy. Instead, we've pioneered a strategy for recording your calls that's simple, quiet and cheap.

(Here, we'd like to point out that laws around recording vary by state, so it's probably a good idea to check on the rules for wherever you live. We'd also advise getting the service rep's consent before you record, since you don't know where they're located.)

Yes it does help !

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/recording-calls_n_5683118.html

Follow link to view full story...it's worth it !

Honor Journalist James Foley: Don't Watch the Video


James Foley was, in fact, executed by ISIS, you can honor him -- and not play into the terroristic hands of that organization -- simply by not watching the video of his murder.

Video voyeurism of the worst variety exists when we feast on the death of journalists who strive, through their reporting, to keep our society free. Resist the temptation to take even the briefest of looks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clay-calvert/honor-journalist-james-fo_b_5692978.html

The Republican Party’s Geriatric Trap


There are many ways to think about the Republican Party's electoral predicament — in racial terms, in sectional terms, in ideological terms. One clarifying way to conceive the problem is in generational terms — a geriatric trap.

David Frum has an essay in Foreign Affairs laying out his view of how the Republican Party must change in order to regain parity at the national level. Frum’s core insight is that the Republican Party fell into a self-perpetuating cycle whereby its ideas attracted mainly old people, and old people in turn shaped its ideas, and so they wound up “reinventing themselves as defenders of the fiscal status quo for older Americans — and only older Americans.” Even while fighting a desperate rear-guard campaign to prevent, and then to destroy, universal health insurance, Republicans exempted all Americans over the age of 55 from any budget cuts. As a Fox News ratings gambit, this works splendidly. As both a long-term Republican political strategy and as a governing doctrine, it is a catastrophe.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don't be afraid of America's changing demographics


For many Americans, the scariest phrase in the English language is "changing demographics."
It's never easy to adjust to change -- especially when the thing that is changing is nothing less than the complexion of the country. America is being transformed before our eyes. In the early years of the 21st century, many white Americans are trembling at the thought that -- within three decades -- they'll be the minority in the United States. The demographic "doomsday" is about 2043, according to the most recent projections.

Comments:
BillzFishyCigars •
I'm not afraid of America's changing demographics, given that all are here legally.
What concerns me more is Americas's changing respect for:
Morality
The rule of law
Independence (rather than dependence)
and...Each other

You_Sicken_Me •
The only ones getting no where in the future are .... the blacks. Hispanics use the blacks as ladders when they are in the minority in a company but when they are a majority they are more racists than the KKK.

TruthEspouser You_Sicken_Me •
Ah, hey that's not bad. I can demand affirmative action, section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare checks...rather than working...hmm.

sherri56 •
Well, you know what? It would be nice if these new groups would start considering themselves as American and stop thinking of themselves as special groups. Stop thinking of yourself as Hispanic, or black. Just be Americans. Assimilate like other immigrants (my relatives included) did. Learn the language, get a job, start supporting yourself and your family. Stop asking for special treatment and special favors. Just BE American. Can you do that, do you think?

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/18/opinion/navarrette-majority-minority-students-public-schools/index.html

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Did u Know ?


Know Your Rights and Keep your camera ready to roll !

Excellent tweet from......@jackfrombkln


The Civil Rights Act is 50 years old. These two pictures were taken 50 years apart. Behold our progress. #Ferguson

Tweet from...Anonymous @Crypt0nymous


Within 24 hours the USA knew more about #RobinWilliams death than we learned in 4 days about the public shooting of #MikeBrown.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW LA RATE TIERS PROPOSED TO CONSERVE WATER



http://abc7.com/news/new-la-rate-tiers-proposed-to-conserve-water/257742/

An iPhone trick to avoid Facebook Messenger and keep chatting


Facebook’s policy to force users to install a separate Messenger app on their smartphones hasn’t been popular. However, there is a quick trick on an iPhone to stop Facebook installing Messenger and continue chatting using the normal Facebook app.

Not all Facebook users are being forced to use the Messenger app, as the change is rolling out gradually. Eventually every mobile Facebook user will face the decision of whether or not to install the separate app.

All iPhone users have to do avoid this unpopular decision is to hit the install Messenger button when prompted by the standard Facebook app, but switch to the App Store while the Messenger app is being installed and stop the installation or delete the app.

Re-opening the standard Facebook app should have chat available in Messages, as before Facebook’s attempts to try to force Messenger on users.

The trick should work for now, but Facebook could easily update its apps for better detection of Messenger and remove the little work around.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/12/iphone-trick-facebook-messenger-chat

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ready To Strut Your Stuff ?


Hey Guys.

Daniel here from the Music Bed. Real quick, I want to tell you about our latest idea: We want to help you bring your next short film idea to life. It’s called #ProjectFilmSupply, and we’re giving away more than $50,000 in prizes from awesome brands like RØDE, Kessler, Freefly, Blackmagic and more.

Here’s how #ProjectFilmSupply works.

Step 1: For the month of August, we’ll ask the filmmaking community to submit a short film idea + mood board for the project they’ve always dreamed of creating.

Step 2: Those who submit an idea will ask their friends, family, and followers to vote for their projects.

Step 3: The Community + TMB will decide which three stories rise to the top and which one absolutely has to become a reality (the two runners up will receive loads of incredible prizes)

This is your chance to bring your dream project to life! Can’t wait to see what you guys have got up your sleeves.

-Daniel McCarthy
https://www.themusicbed.com/projectfilmsupply/?utm_source=FStoppers0804&utm_medium=Display&utm_campaign=ProjectFilmSupply

What Does Divorce and The 7 Stages of Grief have in common ?

They both share stages we must experience, in order to feel baggage free and ready to try again.


Tia Maria

Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Group Aiming to Teach Hispanics Republican Party, Conservative Views


As the number and influence of Hispanics increases in the United States, billionaires Charles and David Koch are partially funding efforts to help persuade the community to favor the Republican Party's conservative views.

Hispanics traditionally do not identify with the Republican Party, according to The Associated Press. In 2004, the group was about evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, but have recently strayed further from the GOP. In 2004, Hispanics represented 8 percent of U.S. voters, and Republican George W. Bush won 44 percent of their votes. In 2012, however, Hispanics represented 10 percent of votes and Democrat Barack Obama won 71 percent of their ballots.

The Libre (Free) Initiative, which the Koch brothers' political network has funneled millions of dollars into, hopes to win over the Hispanic community. The group was founded in 2011 and is "501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community," according to its official website. It also aims to encourage Hispanics to support a limited government and economic freedom. Various classes on family-owned businesses and "prayer breakfasts with Hispanic pastors" help this, AP reports.

The group has also been tackling immigration reform. In 2012, The Libre Initiative spent almost $1 million on the issue, Yahoo reported. After the recent surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, the group has been fundraising for in Tucson, Arizona and Rio Grande Valley, Texas, according to AP. The money is given to the children held in federal detention centers.

"If they support immigration changes so that more people can get their papers in order, then I'm with them," Elda Guevara, a 45-year-old Democrat, said.

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/19002/20140811/koch-brothers-spend-millions-group-aiming-teach-hispanics-republican-party.htm

My Tia’s Battle With Mental Disorder

Friday, August 1, 2014

Opinion Bad behavior shouldn't be babied at restaurants

Parents take note: Your delightful little darlings aren't welcome in every dining room.

That's the unsubtle message to patrons at Shake's Old Fisherman's Grotto on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey.

As a mom of two mostly well-behaved toddlers, I absolutely support the spirit of the Northern California restaurant's policy.

A sign at the restaurant reads "Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room." (I think I might have a sign like this made up for our dining room, too.)

The restaurant says it wants to provide a certain dining experience for all of its patrons, and it has the right to curate its clientele, within reason, to accomplish that.
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This story has been making the rounds of news sites and social media recently, highlighting parental outrage. But this parent is outraged that this is even an issue.

What's wrong with a restaurant setting a behavior code along with a dress code? And they aren't saying no to all kids -- even if they are saying no to child-specific accommodations such as strollers, high chairs and booster seats. They are saying no to unruly children.

Who wants to be assaulted by wailing and screeches while trying to savor a $45 lobster tail melting in your mouth with a $345 bottle of Opus One? I'll take the hum of pleasant conversation accented by violins and reserved those other strains for a hot dog outside Costco or split pea soup at Norm's. Heck, I get that for free at home; why would I want to pay for that while I'm out?



http://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=91002&siteSection=latimes_hom_non_sec&videoId=26463383

Babies Effectively Banned at California Restaurant


A popular restaurant on Monterey, California's Old Fisherman's Wharf has effectively banned babies by prohibiting use of strollers, high chairs, and booster seats, despite the fact that the wharf is a popular tourist destination for families. Local news station KSBW reports signage at Old Fisherman's Grotto also reserves the right to remove "children crying or making loud noises" from the dining room. The result pretty much translates into a no-babies-allowed policy, without explicitly saying that babies and toddlers are banned from the restaurant.

http://eater.com/archives/2014/07/29/babies-effectively-banned-at-california-restaurant.php

Friday, July 25, 2014

Why Am I Moving Left?

Why Am I Moving Left?
I used to be right down the middle. But America’s changed, and so have I.


In my late 50's, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward.

This is unexpected. It comes even as I am financially comfortable and enjoying my work. (I’m writing this from my summer home in Maine.) I’m not a natural progressive—I spent the last quarter century covering the U.S. military, first for the Wall Street Journal and then for the Washington Post, and now for Foreign Policy magazine. I have written five books about the Marines, the Army and our wars.

I am puzzled by this late-middle-age politicization. During the time I was a newspaper reporter, I didn’t participate in elections, because I didn’t want to vote for, or against, the people I covered. Mentally, I was a detached centrist. Today I remain oriented to the free market and in favor of a strong national defense, so I have hardly become a radical socialist.

But since leaving newspapers, I have again and again found myself shifting to the left in major areas such as foreign policy and domestic economic policy. I wonder whether others of my generation are similarly pausing, poking up their heads from their workplaces and wondering just what happened to this country over the last 15 years, and what do to about it.

The things that are pushed me leftward began with the experience of closely watching our national security establishment for decades. But they don’t end there. They are, in roughly chronological order:(Click on Link, it's worth it)


Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/why-am-i-moving-left-109241.html#ixzz38Y6tukkh

Morgan Freeman Chats with Jimmy While Sucking Helium

Caltrans to move forward with toll lanes on 405 in O.C.

Los Angeles Times | July 25, 2014 | 12:30 PM

The California Department of Transportation announced today that it is moving forward with a controversial plan to add toll lanes to a busy stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County.

The move comes despite strong opposition from nearby cities argue the so-called "Lexus lanes" will hurt average commuters.

In December, Orange County Transportation Authority board members opted not to support the toll lanes in favor of a plan that would add one free lane in each direction. They were warned at the time that state officials may override the decision anyway.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joseph Wood: Arizona murderer dies almost two hours after execution begins

The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance it had insisted on keeping secret.

Joseph Wood took an hour and 58 minutes to die after he was injected with a relatively untested combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone. The procedure took so long that his lawyers had time to file an emergency court motion in an attempt to have it stopped. For more than an hour, he was seen to be “gasping and snorting”, according to the court filing.

The attempt to execute Wood had begun at 1.52pm, with sedation of the prisoner confirmed five minutes later. The office of the Arizona attorney general, Tom Horne, announced at 3.49pm local time that Wood was dead.

According to the emergency motion, Wood was seen to be still breathing at 2.02pm, and the next minute his mouth moved. “He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour,” his lawyers said. When the officials in charge of the execution checked the prisoner at 3.02pm – an hour and 10 minutes after the procedure began – he was confirmed still to be alive.

One eyewitness, Michael Kiefer of Arizona Republic, counted the prisoner gasping 660 times. Another witness, reporter Troy Hayden, told the same paper that it had been "very disturbing to watch ... like a fish on shore gulping for air."

http://gu.com/p/4v7j5
The Guardian

Fifty Shades Of Grey - Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

Obamajam: Avoid These Streets This Week

Here are the streets to avoid on Thursday July 24, 2014:

The area around Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive from 4:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road from 9:00
a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The area around Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 10:00 a.m.
and 12:00 p.m.
The area around Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard from 4:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The area around Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There will be hard street closures along West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Hoover Street and South Figueroa Street, Figueroa Street between Exposition Park Drive and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and West Washington Boulevard between South Flower and Grand Avenue. South Flower Street between West Washington Boulevard and West 23rd Street, South Grand Avenue between West Washington Boulevard and West 23rd Street will also be affected by hard closures.

The following bus routes will be affected:

Bus Stop: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; Routes: MTA 40 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bus Stop: Figueroa Street; Routes: MTA 81 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bus Stop: Washington Boulevard; Routes: MTA 35, 910 - 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bus Stop: Flower Street; Routes: Montebello 50 - 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bus Stop: Grand Avenue; Routes: Montebello 50 - 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

http://laist.com/2014/07/23/obamajam_avoid_these_streets_this.php

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Irish café bans 'loud' Americans


An Irish pub in Waterville, Ireland is being criticized for a sign on its door reading, "No Bus/Coach tours or loud American's (sic). Thank you."

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/07/22/irish-cafe-bans-loud-americans/

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On our dime !

Dogs in wheelcart playing with a stick

Yikes !

Los Angeles Times
6:06 PM (16 hours ago)



Los Angeles Times
Breaking news
Mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering approved

Los Angeles Times | July 15, 2014 | 6:05 PM
Cities throughout California will have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under an emergency state rule approved Tuesday.

Saying that it was time to increase conservation efforts in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted drought regulations that give local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why Are We Still Fighting Over Birth Control in the 21st Century?


Walking home from the Capitol recently, I saw the words engraved above the portico of the Supreme Court: "Equal justice under law." These four words are at the heart of the promise of our country -- that every American should be treated equally.

That is why millions of Americans, especially women, were so outraged at the court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling, in which five Republican-appointed men decided that a corporation -- your employer -- has the power to deny you coverage for critical health care for you and your family.

Those words etched in stone at our nation's highest court don't say "equal justice under law except for women." They don't say "equal justice as long as it's OK with your boss." And yet that is exactly what the court majority said in its ruling.

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito seized on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to justify giving for-profit companies the sweeping power to deny their employees access to affordable birth control and other health care benefits required under federal law.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-barbara-boxer/why-are-we-still-fighting_b_5587496.html

Conservative Groups Protest Central American Children By Marching With Guns

Conservative groups protested the possible housing of Central American children in Vassar, Michigan, on Monday by marching through town, some with AR-15 rifles and handguns, according to The Detroit News.

About 50 protesters led by the group Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement carried American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags as they marched from city hall to a social services facility that may house the children. The protest follows a similar but larger gathering that took place last week.

(there's hope for this world....I was pleasantly surprised)
Comments:

Troy Brown · Top Commenter
"An Armed Gang" marching on kids.

Thomas Bowers · Top Commenter · Herndon High School
So they escaped Central America because of armed gangs threatening them only to be threatened again by armed gangs here in North America. When are Americans going to stop treating each other like this ?

Jim Buchanan · Top Commenter
My God! I always knew this gun crowd were terrible cowards but to huddle together grasping onto their AR-15s in fear of 8 year olds is too much information for me.

Bradley Kirkland · Follow · Top Commenter · Web/IT Director at Marine Corps Association & Foundation
And the guns are being carried for ... WHAT?!




http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/protest-children-guns_n_5587681.html

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Picture truly is worth 1000 words


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/09/1312886/-A-Picture-truly-is-worth-1000-words?detail=email#

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bob Schieffer on war and the failure of politics

As we try to sort out where we are in Iraq, only two things seem clear to me: we went there for the wrong reason, we left in the wrong way.

When we were told Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, I thought we had no choice but to go to Iraq.

That proved wrong. There were no such weapons.

As young Americans died and the country grew weary of war, we announced our job was done and we would be leaving. The administration wanted to leave a small training force of American soldiers behind.

But Iraq wouldn't agree to let those troops remain under America's legal control, and we have never put American forces anywhere under that condition, so we left.

But did we push hard enough for such an agreement, or was this just an excuse for a war-weary America to get out?

That, like our reason for going there, will be a question for historians, and should be. World War I began 100 years ago this week, and we're still debating what caused it.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bob-schieffer-on-war-and-the-failure-of-politics/

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

YIKES !....Freaks with weapons !

Law enforcement in Arizona these days resembles a military. At least, that's what its weapons collection would imply.
A new ACLU report on the militarization of America's police makes it clear Arizona's law enforcement is putting together quite the weapons collection through the Department of Defense's 1033 program, which transfers military-grade weapons to local cops.

Here is the list of Arizona's military gear outlined in the ACLU report:

32 bomb suits
704 units of night vision equipment, such as goggles
1034 guns, 712 of which are rifles
42 forced entry tools, such as battering rams
830 units of surveillance and reconnaissance equipment
13,409 personal protective equipment and/or uniforms
120 utility trucks
64 armored vehicles
4 GPS devices
17 helicopters
21,211 other types of military equipment
One of the largest collections of military-grade gear belongs to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which has 120 assault rifles, five armored vehicles, and 10 helicopters, according to the ACLU report.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/arizona-has-this-massive-military-grade-weapons-cache-2014-6#ixzz35fTvkQ9G

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Really ?....Obama chews gum during D-Day ceremonies, sparks Twitter outrage

I'm going to skip the story and just post the comments...their more interesting =D

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/6/obama-chews-gum-d-day-ceremonies-twitter-outrage/


COMMENTS:

Arizona Don •
He has no class. None, nada, he is also totally void of any common sense. A slug would make a better president.

mmmilesll •
This clown has no respect for the office or the American people

jjmcl431 •
Obama does not respect his own country which he is the president of. do you really expect him to respect other countries, especially if they are not muslim?

Nonameever •
That is an insult to riders, riders do not chew gum. Obama was forced by his position to pay homage to whitey's war and it nothing to do with his people.

thunderclapnewman •
The fraud has no perspective, or past reference points to guide his bizarre behavior. Remember, he observed Christmas Eve by shooting hoops.

Jarhead1968 •
I thought chewing gum was forbidden according to the Koran.

svivar9087 •
Geez how petty can you get. WE GET IT YOU HATE OBAMA !
Maybe he should of sparked it up and really give u something to talk about.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top GOP Candidate for Governor Led Birther Effort in Arizona


Ken Bennett, the Arizona secretary of state best known for threatening to leave President Obama off the ballot in the state if Hawaii didn't produce verification of Obama's birthplace, is now a leading candidate in the Republican primary to become the state's next governor.

Bennett, who insists that he's not a birther, sent a request to Hawaiian officials for verification of Obama's birthplace in the spring of 2012, about a year after the White House produced a detailed copy of Obama's birth certificate.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/ken-bennett-arizona-governor-birther

WTF (again) !.....Are Hispanics Joining the White Mainstream?

Assimilation, intermarriage, and upward mobility might lead some Hispanics to identify as “white,” even as they hold to their cultural heritage. And in the same way, society may reciprocate, treating light-skinned, European Hispanics as ethnic whites, akin to Italians and Eastern Europeans. Which would fit the American pattern.

In any case, it’s more than clear that some Hispanics are following the path of previous European immigrant groups, where success breeds assimilation, and assimilation brings whiteness.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/05/hispanics_opting_to_identify_as_white_how_are_hispanics_assimilating.html

WTF ! !... The Cesar Chavez Running for Congress in Arizona Isn’t the One You’ve Heard Of


The Phoenix-area Chavez, however, is really a former Republican who switched parties and changed his name

Mexican-American civil rights icon Cesar Chavez died more than 20 years ago, so it would be nigh impossible for him to run for political office at this point. Nonetheless, the late National Farm Workers Association co-founder’s hallowed name is drawing lots of attention on a current Arizona ballot.

Which may be exactly what a 34-year-old former Republican running for the Seventh Congressional District seat, who changed his name to Cesar Chavez from Scott Fistler in 2013, is counting on.

http://time.com/2815739/the-cesar-chavez-running-for-congress-in-arizona-isnt-the-one-youve-heard-of/

Sunday, June 1, 2014

14 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You think you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.

Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/30/google-search-tricks_n_5338470.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Check it out....17 DIY Bathroom Hacks to Make Your Experience Less Crappy




http://mashable.com/2014/05/31/bathroom-hacks/?utm_content=feature_img&utm_cid=mash-prod-email-topstories&utm_emailalert=daily&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

U.S. and Arizona Yield on Immigration


PHOENIX — The Obama administration has moved to drop its legal fight against what is arguably the most controversial provision of Arizona’s sweeping immigration law, the so-called show-me-your-papers provision permitting police officers to pull over people based on the suspicion that they are in the country illegally.

In return, Arizona has agreed to stop fighting to restore a section of the law that gives the police the power to arrest those who harbor people living in the United States illegally.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/31/us/us-and-arizona-yield-on-immigration.html?_r=0

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Satire ?.....Bored GOP Vetting Rand Paul Just To Kill Time Before Viable 2016 Candidate Emerges


WASHINGTON—Calling the rigorous evaluation process “something to do” for the time being, bored Republican Party officials told reporters Friday they’ve decided to go ahead and vet prospective 2016 presidential contender Rand Paul in order to kill a little time before a viable candidate emerges. “It’s still pretty early, and honestly we don’t have much else to do right now, so we figured we might as well assess Rand Paul’s background and political profile until someone who actually has a decent chance of getting elected comes along,”

The Onion (satire)
http://www.theonion.com/articles/bored-gop-vetting-rand-paul-just-to-kill-time-befo,36113/

Sunday, May 25, 2014

NY Times: Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor

As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor — usually for $1 a day or less — at the detention centers where they are held when caught by the authorities.

The federal authorities say the program is voluntary, legal and a cost-saver for taxpayers. But immigrant advocates question whether it is truly voluntary or lawful, and argue that the government and the private prison companies that run many of the detention centers are bending the rules to convert a captive population into a self-contained labor force.

Last year, at least 60,000 immigrants worked in the federal government’s nationwide patchwork of detention centers — more than worked for any other single employer in the country, according to data from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The cheap labor, 13 cents an hour, saves the government and the private companies $40 million or more a year by allowing them to avoid paying outside contractors the $7.25 federal minimum wage. Some immigrants held at county jails work for free, or are paid with sodas or candy bars, while also providing services like meal preparation for other government institutions.

“This in essence makes the government, which forbids everyone else from hiring people without documents, the single largest employer of undocumented immigrants in the country,” said Carl Takei, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project.


http://nyti.ms/1hlTiuJ

Friday, May 23, 2014

Police killings of Hispanics spark protests in Salinas, California

(CNN) -- The central California city of Salinas is being rocked with unrest and violence after protesters accused police of racism and brutality in the fatal shootings of three Latino men since March, including one captured on grainy video this week.

Demonstrations peaked Wednesday night when a man was shot to death outside his home near an anti-police protest. The circumstances of that shooting, which did not involve police, are being investigated, police said.

Comments:

unbeguiled •
Verminous Mexicans. They are the roaches of the human race. This is what happens when they come to believe that they are immune from law and law enforcement. It is time to bring the ICE trucks back into the barrios. Arrest illegal aliens, put them in jail, deport them and their anchor children and put them on a bus back to Mexico.

ckfree •
I have a very simple and inexpensive way to get these POS rioters to go away, have ICE there to check ID's, watch them scatter like roaches when you turn on the lights

Umpire_Sam •
Liberal sanctuary loving California now has the population it deserves
Salinas will become the Latin Detroit in like 10 years

Thank goodness deserts and Mountains separate California from the rest of the country

How soon will all Roads leading out of California have a Border patrol station ?


Brain of God 2 Umpire_Sam •
That is correct.
Demographics is destiny they say...but if your demographic is illegal, uneducated, and doesn't speak English - and determined to remain so - then good luck.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/22/us/california-protest-police-shooting-hispanics/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cottage Cheese Recall Issued By Kraft Foods After Manufacturing Mishap

Kraft Foods Group is recalling some of its cottage cheese products, company officials announced Saturday.

Some ingredients used in Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone's Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese were not stored in accordance with proper temperature standards at a Tulare, California, manufacturing facility, they said.

While unlikely, the failure to properly store ingredients might have created conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and food-borne illness, Kraft said. The Northfield, Illinois, company voluntarily recalled 1.2 million cases of the cottage cheese as a precaution.

The products, with a coded date between May 9 and July 23 stamped on them, were only shipped to stores in the United States. The codes can be found on the cup bottoms or on top of the packages.

Anyone who purchased these products should not eat them. They can be returned to the stores where they were bought for exchanges or full refunds.

For more information about the recall, call Kraft at 1-800-396-6307 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/19/cottage-cheese-recall-kraft_n_5349990.html

The Problem With the Republican Party Today

As much as it pains me to make this statement, it hurts more knowing that the Republican Party is destroying America through its histrionics and predetermined inaction.

Over the past six years, there has been an execrable assault launched on President Obama and his presidency. While searching for scandal after scandal, members from the Republican Party have forsaken their duties in working for the best solutions to alleviate our nation's numerous issues.

The political party once associated with the eponymous President Abraham Lincoln has become the voice of extremism and vulgarity.

Most Republicans can argue until they're red in the face that this isn't the case, but the visceral images we continue to see, and the truculent rhetoric used by their party's representatives suggests otherwise.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican brass stated on day one that their primary goal was to make President Barack Obama a one-term president. Despite all of their puissant efforts, the president was successful on issues, ranging from the rebirth of the auto industry to affordable healthcare, as well as his bid for a second term.

Let's be clear: He has received not an inkling of help in all these matters from the other side of the isle. During the first two years of his term, he wanted to work in a bi-partisan manner, but each time the olive branch was extended; it was ignored.

Since Speaker John Boehner has assumed control in Congress, the level of ineptitude in passing legislation for raising the minimum wage, renewing unemployment insurance, implementing gun control measures, and passing meaningful immigration reform has overwhelmed the Republican Party. They're living in their collective bubbles where facts are foreign and lies are commonplace. This current Congress is on pace to become the most otiose in the history of this nation.

A government continuously operating under crisis mode can't be what our founding fathers envisioned two hundred and thirty eight years ago. It seems most Republicans have a superficial interest in making the three branches of U.S. government work for the good of every citizen. We've elected men and women to positions of power who are influenced more by the power of a dollar rather than the power of the people.

Money has always been the common denominator in politics, but it is destroying the fabric of our democracy. In our current political climate, there is one political party fighting to preserve altruism to their plutocracy while the other political party galvanizes around what's left of a fleeing democracy.

The recent rulings on campaign contributions handed down by a conservative laden Supreme Court are continuing their willful destruction. Another example is, the conspicuous amount of legislation being passed through Republican-led state legislatures across the nation to repress voting rights, women's rights, and public education. They must have a zany thirst to be on the wrong side of history.

Furthermore, their unremitting abuse of the Constitution and rules within the House and Senate has allowed them to successfully manacle anything that the Democratic Party has put forth as a form of legislation to pass into law. Moderate voices, balanced budgets, and common sense are retired notions. Gerrymandering congressional districts has become the Republican Party's formula for success. They've fallen victim to fanatical right wing media voices and their monotonous agendas. Lacking a progressive direction and diversity (of thought, gender, class and race) within their ranks will be their ultimate undoing.

Some Republicans have acknowledged that, if they don't make sweeping changes in their attitudes toward minorities, their party will become extinct. It would benefit the country to have a legitimate, viable second option to choose from that has the best interests of everyone in mind. Until this happens, the future of America and her citizens will stand on shaky ground.

It is up to the American people to decide if they want to keep their front row seats to this dysfunctional circus or demand a change this November.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-williams/the-republican-party-is-d_b_5348172.html

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chipotle bans firearms at restaurants after Texas demonstration


(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill will no longer allow firearms in its restaurants after gun-rights activists posed with military-style assault rifles at one of its Texas outlets, the company said on Tuesday.

The Denver-based chain said in a statement that a recent open-carry demonstration at a Dallas-area restaurant caused its customers "anxiety and discomfort," and prompted the policy change.

"Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel," company spokesman Chris Arnold said.

true A gun-control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, launched a petition drive on social media demanding that Chipotle halt the practice after photographs depicting the Texas demonstration surfaced on the Internet.

"Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we won't be confronted with bullets," the group's founder, Shannon Watts, said in a statement announcing the campaign. "We support the Second Amendment but we also need to feel safe and secure in the places we take our children."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/us-usa-chipotle-guns-idUSBREA4K02220140521?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=76