Thursday, January 30, 2014

Go for it Mr Prez...we double dare U

The GOP’s Dead-End Executive Order Freakout/Daily Beast

Republicans have tried to whip up a frenzy about Obama’s threat to use executive orders. But he’s used lots fewer than most presidents, and the public wants a president who takes action.

There’s little Republicans were happy with in Tuesday’s State of the Union, but they were especially upset with President Obama’s promise to utilize executive orders, whenever possible. This, for instance, is how he plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10, as well as how he plans to create a new kind of retirement savings account through the U.S. Treasury.

As far as presidential approaches go, this is pretty mundane. But that never stopped Republicans from flying into a blind rage over a perceived abuse of power. “We can go to court,” said John McCain. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

The American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara keeps a tally of every executive order from every president. And where does Obama rank compared to other post-World War II presidents?

Second from the bottom. At 168 executive orders in five years, he has two more than George H.W. Bush. Above him, with 169, is Gerald Ford. Then, the numbers take a leap. JFK had 214 executive orders; George W. Bush had 291; Jimmy Carter had 320, and Lyndon Johnson had 325. Bill Clinton signed off on 364 during his eight years, and Ronald Reagan came in with 381. The winners in this game are are Dwight Eisenhower with 484, Harry S. Truman with 907, and the awful tyrant Franklin Roosevelt with a whopping 3,522.

DANG !...Kids going without lunch because of unpaid bills, parents say

Kids going without lunch because of unpaid bills, parents say

SALT LAKE CITY — A few dozen students at Uintah Elementary School in the Salt Lake City School District went without lunch Tuesday after they were told they did not have enough money in their school accounts.
"We were all blind-sided," said Erica Lukes, a parent who said her account was paid.
When students went through the lunch line with trays in hand, many did not make it past the pay station. The district confirmed 30 to 40 had their trays taken away because they couldn't pay. They were given fruit and a milk instead. The district apologized Wednesday.
Fifth-grader Sophia Isom, Lukes' daughter, was met by a district nutrition manager who was monitoring accounts.
"So she took my lunch away and said, 'Go get a milk,’ ” Sophia said. "I came back and asked, 'What's going on?' Then she handed me an orange. She said, 'You don't have any money in your account so you can't get lunch.’ ”
She said the food was being thrown out. Sophia said the same thing happened to many students, and it was the talk of the lunch period.
"There were lots of tears, and it was pretty upsetting for them," said Lukes.

Monday, January 27, 2014

YIKES !: Peace doves attacked after release at Vatican

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, a seagull and a crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kids will be kids.....Really ?

COMMENTS: (u met the meet the adults)
Daniel N. (danielnedelcu): "Ok so those reprobates decide to show the entire world what intellectual losers they are...but since when is it a crime to be dumb? Since when is political correctness above the rule of law? Officials from the school have to meet with officials from Obama and officials from the UN...this is getting so out of hand...I could only imagine what horrible consequences that fraternity would have had to suffer if they would have make fun of Jesus...!!??" (huffpost)

gregsloan88 at 9:01 AM January 22, 2014
Every year on St. Patricks day all races do stero-typical stuff of my people and you don't see me or other Irish people get all bent out of shape. People need to stop with this PC crap and everything is racism bullcrap. Morons.(LA Times)

ryandanii at 7:13 AM January 22, 2014
It appears that my college fraternity has raised a ruckus. Having a Toga party or Halloween party is ok, but having a "hip-hop" party is not. If you perpetuate an image, then get offended when someone uses it, then don't perpetuate the image, and free speech is in the Constitution.
If a black fraternity wanted to imitate a white fraternity by dressing up as average college students in average classroom clothing, we should be offended and kick them off campus according to this tiny group of complainers. But my speculation makes me a racist as opposed to an observationist.............(LA Times)

ourchildrensfuture? at 7:00 AM January 22, 2014
I reside in Phoenix and Maupin has been tutored by Jesse Jackson. He targets ASU's football fundraising campaign b/c it is high profile and more opportunities to grow his business (race) by shaking down boosters and donors. This morning it was reported that this is the #1 national priority for the NAACP, Op Push (Jackson), the congressional black caucus and Mr Sharpton himself. So, fasten your seat belts America. This story will dominate the broadcast news networks for at least a week. And all of this just 2 days after obama released a statement claiming "racial tensions in America" have definitely impacted his poll numbers. Could this be another racial opportunity that will not go to waste in the Obama admin? (LA Times)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Salon: How baby boomers screwed their kids — and created millennial impatience

Ambitious but easily distracted, Gen Y wants to be good but can't stick to anything. It's their parents' fault

The Greatest Generation, raised during the Great Depression and wartime rationing, wanted to ensure that their children did not suffer or miss out on their youth as they did. This is good. This is what all parents want — for their children to avoid their hardships and prosper. And so that’s how the Boomers were raised — to believe that they shouldn’t have to go without. Which, as a philosophy, is perfectly fine and reasonable. But given the size of the generation and the abundance of resources that surrounded them, the philosophy got a little distorted. When you consider the rising wealth and affluence of their childhood, combined (for good reasons) with a cynicism toward government in the 1970s, followed by the boom years of the 1980s and 1990s, it’s easy to see how the Boomers earned their reputation as the Me Generation. Me before We.

Putting the protection of ideas and wealth before the sharing of them is now standard. A New Jersey-based accountant told me that he sees a clear difference between his older clients and his younger ones. “My older clients want to work within the confines of the tax code to do what is fair,” he explained. “They are willing to simply pay the tax they owe. The next generation spends lots of time looking to exploit every loophole and nuance in the tax code to reduce their responsibility to as little as possible.”

Awww....Grab a tissue, unless ur heartless =D

Sunday, January 5, 2014

CNN: Scammers Lurk Behind Area Code 876

Your phone rings and caller ID shows an 876 area code. While it appears the call is coming from the US, be cautious with this Jamaican area code. If you do not have friends, relatives, or business associates in Jamaica, there is probably a scammer on the other end of line.

“Anyone receiving an unexpected call from area code 876 should be on high alert,” said James Boffetti, New Hampshire senior assistant attorney general. “There is a high likelihood that these calls are from scam artists. Unfortunately, these scammers are very persistent and in some cases verbally abusive, threatening to harm victims if they do not send money.”

GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013

Washington (CNN) - The GOP-led House of Representatives will kick off 2014 – a midterm election year – addressing an issue it spent much of last year debating: Obamacare.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the House's first order of business when it returns next week from its extended holiday break would be a vote on legislation to address potential security risks for personal information collected on the Obamacare website,


Long Waits for Would-Be-Immigrants, Not for Others

Sergio Garcia, the Californian granted a law license despite being in the U.S. illegally, has been waiting in vain since 1994 to get an immigration visa. Depending on their connections and home country, the wait for some would-be immigrants is far shorter, but delays of a decade or two are routine for many others — notably from the Philippines and Garcia's homeland, Mexico.

Here are some questions and answers about the U.S. immigration system, and the widely varying waiting times facing those who deal with it.


Q: How many people are "in line" seeking to emigrate to the U.S.? Are they on any sort of comprehensive official list?

A: There are many different queues, depending on where a would-be immigrant is from and what sort of family and job prospects they have in the United States. In general, to obtain an immigrant visa, an applicant must be sponsored by a prospective employer or relative who is either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

According to the latest State Department figures, there are 4.2 million immigrant visa applications pending at U.S. diplomatic missions abroad based on family sponsorships, and about 111,600 employment-based applications. On top of this are permanent-residency applications filed by people already in the U.S., such as refugees and foreign students.


Q: How many of the immigrant visa applications are likely to be approved?

A: Under current U.S. law, immigrant visas for the 2014 fiscal year are limited to no more than 226,000 for family-sponsored applications and about approximately 150,000 for job-related applications.


Q: In terms of chances for approval, does it make a difference what country an immigrant is from?

A: Yes. The timetable for consideration of family-based applications is markedly slower for those filed in Mexico and the Philippines, because those countries have more people seeking to come to the U.S. and thus account for large backlogs.

For 2014, the maximum number of applications that can be approved from any one country is set at 26,320, while Mexico has 1,312,198 pending applications and the Philippines has 436,639. Under U.S. law, no one country can account for more than 7 percent of the approved applications.

In regard to employment-based applications, timetables for China and India can be slower than normal because of the relatively large number of job applications they account for.


Q: How long can the waits be?

A: For some categories, applications can be processed in just a few months — for highly skilled professionals, for children being adopted by American parents, for the spouses or fiances of American citizens.

However, the timetable is far slower for adult children or siblings of U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Even from countries with the most favorable standing under U.S. immigration law, it's estimated that such applications will take from 10 to 12 years to be processed. For applicants from Mexico and the Philippines, the estimated wait is even longer — 20 years for applicants from Mexico like Garcia who are adult children of a legal U.S. resident; 23 years for Filipinos who are siblings of adult U.S. citizens.

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

Saturday, January 4, 2014

40 Things I Can Do at 40 That I Couldn't Do When I Was 20 by Wendy Fontaine

...Despite all that has changed, I would never want to be 20 again. Sure, I was thinner, with loads of energy and free time. Here at 40, I have more responsibilities, more wrinkles and more drooping body parts, but I also have three things I didn't have back then: self-awareness, confidence and a really awesome kid.

So, to celebrate my passage into this fourth decade, here's a list of 40 things I can do now that I couldn't do then.

1. Cook a decent meal.
2. Make a killer cup of coffee.
3. Tell the truth.
4. Have a healthy relationship.
5. Look past a person's flaws.
6. Look past my own flaws.
7. Stay home on New Years Eve.
8. Pay my bills.
9. Go out without makeup on.
10. Go to the gynecologist without being embarrassed.
11. Go to a therapist without feeling ashamed.
12. Speak to a group of strangers.
13. Buy the good wine.
14. Handle rejection.
15. Read Didion instead of Cosmo.
16. Be happy for other people, instead of jealous.
17. Ignore the trends (skinny jeans included) and wear what looks good on my body.
18. Ignore the Kardashians, Rihanna and every other celebrity du jour.
19. Ignore people's nasty comments.
20. Ignore my ex.
21. Stand up for myself.
22. Stand up for people I love.
23. Sit at a concert.
24. Take a cab home instead of insisting I'm OK to drive.
25. Wear a hat when it's cold.
26. Stop worrying about whether people like me or think I'm pretty.
27. Be my kid's hero.
28. Show her what independence looks like.
29. Show her what real beauty is.
30. Drive the speed limit.
31. Drop that toxic friend.
32. Avoid the drama.
33. Swear in front of my mom.
34. Swap the tanning lotion for eye cream.
35. Focus on the smart guy instead of the handsome guy.
36. Say "no" to stuff.
37. Skip the gym and go for a walk outside.
38. Stop trying to be perfect.
39. Let go of expectation.
40. Adjust to changes.

And one to grow on: Understand that the best is yet to come.


Tracing The Human Cost

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Anonymous Boycott Beneful
by TheAnonMessage

We Are Legion, and we are once again outraged and disgusted over the untimely death of the Family Pet of one of our brothers ( After feeding his yet to be four year old pet the dog food brand Beneful, produced and sold by the Nestle Corporation, His Dog became extremely ill. Within a week, all of her bodily functions shut down. She expressed almost every single symptom of Carbolic Acid poisoning. Which, as it will be no surprise is one of the caustic chemicals used to process rotting protein byproduct to make a base for their food. The Symptoms Expressed before her horrific and miserable decent were as follows: - Apparent Bladder and Kidney Failure - Decreased urine output then no urine output - Yellowing eyes - Gastrointestinal Breakdown - What appeared to be severe abdominal pain - Bloody stools - Diarrhea - Nausea - Stomach pain - Vomiting - Rapid heart rate - Deep, rapid breathing - Lack of alertness - Heavy sweating - ... (More)