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Human101948's Journal
Human101948's Journal
October 30, 2015

New York Times: Gov. Christie, Time to Go Home

Gov. Christie, Time to Go Home
Chris Christie’s debate performance underscored what has been true for months: It’s time to stop running for president and start running New Jersey.


While I was hoping that his campaign bus would disappear in the Bermuda Triangle, the next best thing would be for him to come back to NJ and be indicted for his flagrant corruption.

October 28, 2015

Sports events tickets...where the billionaires really soak the middle class suckers...

Want to take your family to see the Mets’ first appearance in the World Series in 15 years? You may be better off taking them to Disney World.

The third, fourth and fifth baseball games—hosted at Citi Field in New York—of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals are reaching historic levels, according to data from ticket search engine SeatGeek. As of Tuesday, secondary market prices for individual tickets are averaging at $1,129, $1,106 and $1,163, for each game, respectively. Paying for parking at Citi Field, four hot dogs, two beers and two soft drinks will add about $68.50 to the tab, according to marketing data company Team Marketing Report.

The first and second games, hosted at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., are currently selling at $697 and $745, respectively. The same concessions for a family of four would cost about $53.


October 26, 2015

The Tea Party is the pit bull chained in the backyard of the Republican Party...

In 2008, the pup was whelped. It was taunted and poked with sticks unti lit became angry and vicious. The Republicans unleashed it and let it run wild through the electorate and they were happy as they watched it attack and maul the hated neighbors across the street. But now that same crazed dog has turned on its owners. What will happen next?

October 26, 2015

Remember how the $15 minimum wage was going to destroy Seattle restaurants?

Many restaurant owners predicted a crash in their business when Seattle passed its groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law last year.
Well, it’s been half a year since the law's first pay raise took effect, and Seattle’s restaurant count has climbed — up and down the food chain. As Jeanine Stewart reports in the Oct. 23 PSBJ, some of the chefs who are opening restaurants at a dizzying pace are the ones who had issued dire warnings of empty tables and shuttered rooms as a result of the wage law.


Republicans and right wingers wrong as usual!

October 24, 2015

Iowa Republicans confess to being batshit crazy...

Iowa Republicans appreciate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's more controversial comments, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released on Friday. The poll found Carson leading Trump by nine points among likely Iowa Republican caucus goers.

According to the survey of likely Iowa Republican caucus goers, 81 percent approved of Carson's comment that Obamacare is the "worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery;" 77 percent said they liked his statement that Hitler's rise could have been stopped if German citizens had had guns; and 73 percent liked his concerns about a Muslim becoming president.

Among the respondents, 96 percent said they find Carson's "common sense" attractive, and 89 percent said they like that he is guided by his faith, according to the poll. Only 32 percent of those surveyed believe Trump is a committed Christian.


October 23, 2015

Would you kill baby Hitler?

The internet couldn't stop talking about Hitler on Friday afternoon, all thanks to The New York Times Magazine.

The magazine provided a perfect diversion for the internet's Benghazi-adled minds with the ultimate quandary: if you could travel back in time, would you kill an infant Adolf Hitler?


I always think about that when I hear forced birth proponents saying "Oh, that fetus could be the next Einstein!"

Yes and that fetus could be the next Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot.

October 22, 2015

Can the 1% really pay for ‘free stuff’ Democrats want? Laugh all you want; the numbers might work

Can the 1% really pay for “free stuff” for everybody else?

For years, the idea that higher taxes on the rich could pay for renewed social spending was a punchline. Republicans have thought it lunacy to ask “job creators” to pay more; until Obamacare, Democrats gave up on new programs after the 1960s. The common assumption was that soaking the rich was a feel-good move that wouldn’t raise any real dough.

...But it’s different now.Maybe the first serious shot at a political economics of redistribution came in a provocative New York Times piece last week, arguing that relatively modest tax increases on the top 0.1% to 10% of all earners actually can pay for spending promises made, mostly, by Democratic candidates for president.


And this appears on a business website

October 22, 2015

Christie's lawyers getting close to admitting they made it all up!

In court briefs, neither Kelly's nor Baroni's attorneys accept that there weren't any notes, and they want all the computer metadata showing when, how, and by whom the documents were written.

Now Mastro is offering a new explanation. His team didn't take notes because we were watching. In a letter dated October 9 to U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton, Mastro wrote of his firm's "experience with extremely sensitive investigations and matters." He went on to say that his team had "in mind the additional reality that a legislative committee investigation and related -- and often intense -- news media inquiries were ongoing."

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chair of that legislative committee, boiled it down. "They didn't create that material so as not to turn it over," he said in a phone interview.


October 22, 2015

Freedom Caucus Offers Support But Refuses Ryan's Terms For Being Speaker

Members of the House Freedom Caucus -- the conservative hardliners who have been roiling GOP leadership in recent weeks -- emerged from a meeting Wednesday on Rep. Paul Ryan's speaker candidacy willing to give him their "support" as a group. In a caucus vote, about two-thirds of the members said they were comfortable supporting Ryan as speaker, according to those present. However, they did not reach the 80 percent support line that the caucus requires to give its endorsement. After the meeting members also said the group would not concede to the conditions Ryan has given publicly to accept the speakership.


Let them descend into chaos...

October 14, 2015

Hillary touts American exceptionalism...

Jingoism never seems to go away. When Hillary put down Bernie by saying "this isn't Denmark" she encapsulated the stupidity that keeps the one percenters fat and happy.

Why should we look anywhere else for systems that work and people are happy with? Of course we shouldn't because we built "the greatest middle class in the world."

These same arguments and chest thumping have been used by right wingers for the past century to deflect us from national health care, family benefits, affordable education and decent wages.

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