June 19, 2013 at 9:16 am #91033
President Obama arrived in Berlin on Wednesday, and was greeted by German President Joachim Gauck. (June 19)
As you make it through Hump Day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful dayJune 19, 2013 at 9:19 am #91034
Good Morning, EveryoneJune 19, 2013 at 9:21 am #91035
How Corporate Greed Is Starving Our Public School System
We hear a lot about corporations avoiding federal taxes. Less well known is their non-payment of state taxes, which along with local taxes make up 90% of U.S. education funding.
Pay Up Now just completed a review of 2011–12 tax data from the SEC filings of 155 of the largest U.S. corporations. The results show that the total cost of K-12 educational cutbacks in recent years is approximately equal to the amount of state taxes left unpaid by these companies.[....] How much money is this?
The 2011–12 underpayment, for just 155 top-earning companies, is about $14 billion per year. In the 2008–10 study, CTJ noted that “these 265 companies avoided a total of $42.7 billion in state corporate income taxes over the three years.” That’s also about $14 billion per year.[....]June 19, 2013 at 9:21 am #91036
Camille has a fabulous comment about the disrespect shown our First Family.
They’re foaming at the mouth over the First Lady and her daughters supposedly staying in a $3000 a night suite at the hotel in Ireland. Yes even the Washington Post dedicated entire pages to this–
Freaking chicken-change compared to the luxury digs most previous first families enjoyed–
And just for one freaking night – and at a rate many regular Americans now periodically spend when they feel like treating themselves to a nice weekend at a luxury hotel —
And yet we are supposed to be pissed off that our First Lady stayed one night in a room that costs pretty much below that many of us would easily churn out for–?
And we have people who frequently stay in $8000/night hotel rooms writing screeds bitching and moaning about a bloody $3000 suite for the First Lady of the United States and her daughters!
Please spare me this crap!
I can’t even begin to tell you just how angry the disrespect of this President and First Lady has made me–
Even as Secretary of State nobody ever questioned Hillary Clinton’s expenditure on trips and even off the clock — and nobody ever questioned the costs of her or Laura Bush’s and their respective daughters’ hotel stays as first lady — it was always taken for granted that only the best was good enough for America’s first families —
That is until the Obamas arrived—
The irony of it is that it couldn’t even be argued that the discrimination stems from the presumption of wealth – or lack of it –and the assumption of being used to a certain lifestyle in the case of previous presidents and first ladies—
But that presumption and convenient mindset quickly falls apart since for all intents and purposes, the Clintons weren’t even wealthy by average American standards when they arrived from Arkansas to D.C–
The Obamas on the other hand, actually were—
So this disrespect has got to stop and I intend to do my part in stopping it–
And here’s hoping the Obamas enjoy every single last perk that comes with this thankless, stressful and weary job—
God knows they deserve and have more than earned every last perk and so much more —
Every single perk their predecessors got to enjoy without any criticism or bitching —they too must enjoy!
– actually in my opinion they deserve all that enjoyed by all their predecessors combined —and so much more!
And as somebody pointed out, if the hate-filled alliance didn’t revel in ginning up so much anger and hate targeting the Obamas, there probably wouldn’t be any need for the 30 rooms supposedly reserved to accomodate the security detail they’re now forced to travel with —June 19, 2013 at 9:23 am #91037
Costco Pays Well and Soars, While Walmart and Others Pay Peanuts and Sink (VIDEO)
It’s official, paying decent wages and treating your employees properly
makes better business sense and leads to higher profits. While their
second biggest competitor, Walmart, only saw a 1.2% rise in year on
sales, Costco’s most recent quarterly earnings report showed an 8% rate of growth in year on sales, a 5% rise in same-store sales, and an almost $70 million rise in membership fees.[....]June 19, 2013 at 9:26 am #91038
House GOP approves sweeping anti-abortion bill
By Steve Benen
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:32 PM EDT
Congress’ most restrictive anti-abortion bill in a decade easily passed the Republican-led House of Representatives late this afternoon, with a 228-196 vote. The outcome, which was not a surprise, largely fell along party lines — all but six Republicans voted for it, all but six Democrats voted against it.
Rachel will have plenty more on this on tonight’s show.
In the meantime, it’s worth noting that the bill, a legally-dubious proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, led to a lively debate on the House floor.
Debate on the bill was tense on the House floor from the start, when Democrats asked why Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) — who does not sit on the bill’s committe of jurisdiction — was managing the bill. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said it is acceptable under the rules of the House to allow “appropriate” people to manage the bill.
But several Democrats suggested it’s because the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), made the controversial comment last week that rape usually doesn’t result in pregnancy. Franks is on the Judiciary Committee, but he never spoke about his own bill during the hour-long debate.
They also said it was because Republicans have no women on the committee of jurisdiction and wanted to put a woman’s face on the bill; Republicans never answered that charge.
Democrats said the lack of any input from women on the committee showed in the final product, and argued that the final bill is based on faulty science.June 19, 2013 at 9:33 am #91039
The immigration price tag the right didn’t want to see
By Steve Benen
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
When the Heritage Foundation launched an offensive against comprehensive immigration reform in early May, it focused its attention almost exclusively on one area: the legislation’s price tag. After all, one of the first questions lawmakers ask in response to any proposal is, “What does it cost?” and if the bipartisan reform bill is too pricey, Congress will have a good excuse to reject it.
With that in mind, Heritage, relying on numbers that no one could take seriously, said immigration reform would cost taxpayers over $6 trillion. Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office — the official score-keepers for federal lawmakers — published a very different figure.
A long-awaited analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found that the benefits of an increase in legal residents from immigration legislation currently being debated in the Senate — which includes a pathway to citizenship — would outweigh the costs. [...]
The report estimates that in the first decade after the immigration bill is carried out, the net effect of adding millions of additional taxpayers would decrease the federal budget deficit by $197 billion. Over the next decade, the report found, the deficit reduction would be even greater — an estimated $700 billion, from 2024 to 2033June 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm #91048
me 9 days ago: “the pending Swiss legislation to end bank secrecy: http://rt.com/business/swiss-d… … I know Swiss pride. Consider the deal now dead.”
“@BlanksSlate: .@lawscribe called it. RT @BloombergTV: BREAKING: Swiss Parliament rejects U.S. bank account deal in final vote”June 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm #91049
When you live in a meritocracy, you get highly talented people like Ted Cruz and Ed Snowden.June 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm #91050
adept2u thinks we should turn Juneteenth into a holiday akin to a Jewish Seder—use it to ritualistically educate ourselves about our history:
Lets learn from our Jewish brothers, they performed that ceremony for 1000s of years with boots on their necks #blackseder #juneteenthJune 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm #91051
June 19, 2013
Obama’s Job Approval Easily Outpaces U.S. Satisfaction
His 50% average job approval thus far in 2013 compares with 26% for satisfaction
by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama’s job approval rating thus far in 2013 has averaged 24 percentage points higher than Americans’ satisfaction with the direction in which the country is going. This gap is typical for the Obama presidency, but represents a much greater presidential job approval premium than most other presidents since Ronald Reagan have enjoyed.June 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm #91053
I think white majority led movements like OWS & Manning used Angela Davis to give them legitimacy and…
…admonish Blacks who refuse to join their movement. (ie “Well Angela Davis approves, why don’t you?”)June 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm #91054
Germans love Obama even more than they hated Bush — and they really hated BushJune 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm #91055
Gun-loving heckler Tasered after harassing shooting survivor
By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:50 EDT
A gun enthusiast was tackled, Tasered and arrested by police at a Concord, New Hampshire gun control rally on Tuesday night after he repeatedly harassed a speaker who was calling for all gun buyers to undergo background checks.
The man that Daniel Musso, 52, was interrupting is John Cantin, a survivor of gun violence who was shot while attempting to save his daughter before her estranged husband murdered her in 2009. He became an anti-domestic violence activist who promotes gun safety measures, and on Tuesday Cantin hand-delivered a list to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) bearing the names of more than 6,000 people who have been killed by gun violence since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December.June 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm #91056
The Barber in the Park: A Man Called Joe Helps the Homeless and Inspires a Community
To most people, they are down on their luck, homeless and destitute. But to Anthony Cymerys, they are simply people in his community who need a trim. Known as Joe the Barber, the 82-year-old retired businessman has been cutting hair for a quarter-century, charging nothing more than a thank you, and maybe a hug. Every Wednesday, Cymerys sets up at Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn., toting a folding lawn chair and a car battery to power his clippers. And then the line forms.[....]
Cymerys began cutting hair when the YMCA across the park let him use its facilities. But the building has since closed to make way for luxury condominiums, and that’s when Cymerys started setting up shop on the grass. A few years ago, he was nearly driven out of park grounds when a security guard from the adjacent Connecticut State Capitol building threatened to call the police. The incident ended when the community rallied around him, and he was allowed to continue his work.[....]
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