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  • (Democrat Governor) Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

    03/03/2015 1:07:25 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 26 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 3, 2015 | Karen Langley
    Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to call today for the Republican-controlled General Assembly to send him a budget that boosts state education funding and provides relief for school district property taxes while raising the rates of the sales and personal income taxes. His plan for doing so includes a proposal to raise the personal income tax rate in July 2015 from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent, while increasing the eligibility for a poverty exemption, according to a briefing document prepared by the administration. He will propose increasing the state sales tax in July 2016 from 6 to 6.6 percent while...
  • Apple iPhone Grabbing 50 Percent of Smartphone Activations

    01/25/2015 6:40:43 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 01/24/15 | Quinten Plummer,
    A new smartphone market report reveals Apple is dominating as iPhones represented nearly half of the new device activations in the fourth quarter of 2014. "Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5 percent of U.S. sales," says Lowitz. "The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales." The report found iPhone activations nearly doubled from the previously quarter. Apple smartphones accounted for about 28 percent of new activations in third quarter of...
  • Carol Everett Describes Abortion Counseling

    12/02/2014 3:13:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | April 26, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    From former clinic worker and clinic director Carol Everett: “It was always difficult to find and train telemarketers who could call themselves “counselors” while selling abortions. “We’re helping women,” I had to remind them constantly. Those who didn’t buy my pitch quickly left. I started to believe my own rhetoric. I had to be convincing in order to persuade my telephone counselors, but each time I met with Chuck, I was quickly snapped back to reality. We were in the business of making money, a lot of it.” Carol Everett with Jack Shaw, Blood Money (Oregon: Multnomah Press Books, Questar...
  • Lena Dunham Cancels Appearances Amid Molestation Accusations

    11/03/2014 4:03:33 PM PST · by Third Person · 88 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 3rd, 2014 | Lesley Messer
    Lena Dunham has canceled two book tour dates in Europe amid accusations that she molested her sister when they were children. The actress tweeted on Monday that she was no longer going to attend events in Belgium and Germany. "To my Belgian readers, so very sorry to miss the Antwerp Book Fair today but I can't wait to come back and eat fries with you. Much love," she wrote. "German readers: I am deeply sorry to miss tomorrow's event in Berlin. I am so grateful for your energy and support. Mit viele liebe." The "Girls" star, 28, has been criticized...
  • Microsoft Has Fired Its Entire Global Advertising Sales Team

    10/31/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/31/2014 | LARA O'REILLY
    Microsoft has made its entire global advertising sales team redundant, sources have told Business Insider. The layoffs — within the Microsoft Advertising division — are expected to affect around 100 staff across the US, UK and other global offices, charged with selling advertising space across Microsoft's MSN, Bing, Xbox, Outlook, Skype and Windows 8 properties. Sources have told Business Insider it was announced Wednesday. Microsoft was making its Microsoft Advertising global sales team redundant as part of the largest ever sweep of job cuts in Microsoft's history announced this summer, which is understood to affect up to 18,000 roles across...
  • Now Why Would The ATF Be Asking About Internet Sales?

    09/23/2014 10:56:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 9/23/14 | John Richardson
    The gun prohibitionists are always in a tizzy about "the Internet sale of guns". Everytown Moms for Illegal Mayors is making a big deal about "Internet sales" in the campaign for the Washington State universal background check initiative I-594. That initiative, if passed, would mandate universal background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms. Of course, they are being helped by their allies in the Seattle media with articles like this giving the impression that Facebook is just one big gun exchange. Here is what the Brady Campaign sent out to their true believers in their Toolkit 2014 which...
  • Album Sales In America Just Hit An All-Time Low

    08/31/2014 8:01:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2014 | Rob Wile
    U.S. album sales hit 3.97-million last week, the smallest weekly total for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan first began tracking data in 1991, Billboard's Ed Christman and Glenn Peoples report. It's also the first time during that period that weekly sales have fallen below 4 million, they write.Sales for the week ending August 25 fell 18.6%. The best seller was rapper Whiz Khalifa's "Blacc Hollywood" which debuted with 90,000 units, Billboard says. For the first time in more than a year,  sales for the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" fell below 100,000 units.CD sales have practically vanished, down 19.2% year-over-year, with sales at...
  • Here's My Theory For Why Tablet-Market Growth Just Collapsed ...

    05/12/2014 12:58:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/12/2014
    As recently as a couple of quarters ago, analysts were convinced that tablet growth rates would be stratospheric forever, or at least until a few billion people had one.Apple, it was said, was no longer going to be "the iPhone company." It was going to be "the iPad company." And analysts were frantically calculating how much money Apple was going to coin once it was selling more iPads than iPhones.Well, those forecasts aren't looking so promising anymore.Tablet growth has slowed sharply over the past few quarters. And tablet growth at Apple has hit a wall. BII Business Insider Analysts have...
  • Calvin H. Johnson’s attack upon the apportionment of direct taxes

    05/11/2014 6:09:10 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 22 replies
    5/11/14 | johnwk
      SEE: Purging Out Pollock: The Constitutionality of Federal Wealth or Sales Tax By Calvin H. Johnson I have studied the above cited article and was astounded that one article could have so many misrepresentations and inaccurate conclusions which were apparently concocted in the author’s mind to promote a tax scheme contrary to the true intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution’s original tax plan was agreed to. Calvin writes:The apportionment clauses of the Constitution say that federal "direct taxes" must be apportioned among the states according to their population … Apportionment according to population is a hobbling requirement, somewhere between...
  • Zillow Study Shows 1 In 3 Homes Are Unaffordable, But Vacation-Home Sales Are Soaring

    04/06/2014 10:19:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/5/14 | tyler durden
    In a further demonstration of the socially destructive and ever widening gap between the haves and have nots, we see that the affluent are buying second homes at an ever increasing clip (up 30% last year), while first home buyers recede into the abyss as private equity and Chinese buyers make purchasing a home unaffordable for the average American. Specifically, a recent study from Zillow showed that more than half the homes in seven major American cities are unaffordable based on historical standards. Those cities are: Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, San Jose and Portland, Ore. Nationwide,...
  • How Chick-Fil-A Is Outselling KFC With A Fraction Of The Restaurants

    03/31/2014 12:27:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2014 | ASHLEY LUTZ
    Chick-fil-A has surpassed KFC as the top chicken fast food chain.  Chick-fil-A's sales in 2013 passed $5 billion, compared with KFC's $4.2 billion, reports Venessa Wong at Bloomberg Businessweek. Chick-fil-A has 1,775 U.S. stores, while KFC has 4,491. Despite a smaller footprint, Chick-fil-A's average sales are more than triple those of its larger competitor, Wong writes. And Chick-fil-A achieves these results despite being closed on Sundays for religious reasons. Wong illustrates a couple of reasons for Chick-fil-A's success. 
  • Amazon Merchants Say SKU Limits Will Decimate Their Bottom Lines

    03/06/2014 8:12:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Trove ^ | March 6, 2014 | Christopher Zara, International Business Times
    A number of sellers are furious over an abrupt change that limits the number of “novelty” items they’re allowed to sell. Reuters Entrepreneurs who have built their livelihoods around the massive retail ecosphere that is Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are once again being reminded who is running the show. According to a number of third-party Amazon merchants, a recent change that limits the amount of items they’re allowed to sell on the Amazon Marketplace is going to devastate their bottom lines. Last month, the Seattle-based retail giant began informing some merchants that SKU caps are being imposed on “novelty” items,...
  • RadioShack To Close Up To 1,100 Stores; Same-Sales Drop 19 Pct

    03/04/2014 6:06:03 AM PST · by mykroar · 32 replies ^ | 3/4/2014 | Reuters
    Struggling retailer RadioShack Corp reported a wider quarterly loss on Tuesday and said it will close up to 1,100 U.S. stores after a huge drop in sales over the holidays, sending the stock down more than 15 percent. Sales at the Fort Worth, Texas-based chain have been in free fall amid executive departures, tough competition and an image problem. Despite its ubiquitous presence in the United States, analysts say it has not done enough to transform itself into a destination for mobile phone shoppers or become hip enough to woo younger shoppers. Its net loss widened to $191.4 million, or...
  • Existing Home Sales Hit Lowest Rate Since July 2012

    02/21/2014 7:11:45 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies ^ | 2/21/2014 | FOXBusiness
    <p>U.S. home resales fell more than expected in January and hit an 18 month-low as the combination of cold weather and a lack of housing stock sidelined potential buyers.</p> <p>The National Association of Realtors said on Friday home sales dropped 5.1 percent to an annual rate of 4.62 million units, the lowest level since July 2012. December's sales pace was unrevised at 4.87 million.</p>
  • Pareto Principle: How To Use It To Dramatically Grow Your Business (80/20 Rule)

    02/01/2014 11:51:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 20, 2014 | Dave Lavinsky
    The Pareto Principle is very simple, yet very important. It is named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who, in 1906, found that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. What was most important about Pareto’s finding was that this 80/20 distribution occurs extremely frequently. For example, in general, 20% of your customers represent 80% of your sales. And 20% of your time produces 80% of your results. And so on. The Pareto Principle, or “80/20 Rule” as it is frequently called today, is an incredible tool for growing your business. For instance, if you...
  • House panel to explore Internet sales tax

    01/12/2014 10:41:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Kate Tummarello
    House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte plans to hold a hearing in the first half of the year to explore online sales tax legislation, advocates say. Proponents of an Internet sales tax bill, such as major retailers, are holding out hope for action in the House in 2014 despite the opposition of many conservatives and the skeptical stance of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Supporters and opponents of online sales tax proposals are focusing their lobbying energy on Goodlatte (R-Va.), who has released a set of seven principles that an online sales tax bill would have to meet in order to be...
  • Emanuel asks for time to write rules on gun sales in Chicago

    01/09/2014 4:47:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/09/14 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated today that he won't fight a federal court ruling that struck down Chicago's ban on gun stores and instead will ask for six months to come up with rules. The mayor didn't offer specifics on how his administration will try to retool the city's gun ordinances to meet the court standard. But he said he isn't appealing the ruling because the city keeps losing the court cases and he doesn't like litigation for litigation's sake. “Though I fully disagree, the city has little option but to follow the ruling of the court. I’ve instructed the Law...
  • Ticket sales slow to Obama’s S.F. fundraiser — deals offered

    11/19/2013 2:16:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 19, 2013 | Matier and Ross
    Ticket sales for President Obama’s big fundraiser Monday at the SFJazz Center are so sluggish, organizers are cutting the price of some tickets in half. The cheap seats for the Democratic National Committee luncheon — the ones that were going for $1,000 — have been reduced to $500, according to an e-mail to potential donors sent out Monday by Ella Arnold of Buell Private Political Management in San Francisco. Arnold added, “We are thrilled to announce that if you have already purchased a $1,000 ticket … your seat will now be upgraded to VIP, which includes rope line access!” We’re...
  • Gwinnett SPLOST would fund school safety system

    10/31/2013 5:45:27 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 25 replies
    wsbradio ^ | 10/23/13 | Sandra Parrish
    If Gwinnett voters approve a renewal of the county’s one cent special purpose local option sales tax next month, some of that money will be used to improve emergency response times at the county’s 132 schools and the four schools in the city of Buford. Commissioners have voted to spend up to $5 million on the emergency notification system that would be linked directly to the county’s 911 operations center. Gwinnett Police Chief Charles Walters says it would include a panic button as well as video cameras. “The camera feeds will enable the 911 call takers to provide real-time information...
  • Casual Restaurant Sales Down and Other Foodservice Industry Insights

    10/17/2013 5:05:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Foodservice Equipment and Supplies ^ | October 15, 2013 | Jerry Stiegler
    This week we explore sales at casual restaurants, what people think of Congress, where business people really eat and more. Malcolm Knapp reported that September sales were down 1.9 percent over sales of last year for the 50-plus casual restaurant chains that participate in the Knapp-Track program. Same-store guest counts dropped 3.6 percent while check averages were up 1.7 percent on a year-to-year basis. This was the fourth consecutive month that companies included in the Knapp-Track report posted negative same-store sales. In a bit of better news, family dining and upscale steak houses Malcolm Knapp also tracks are trending positive...
  • Why You Should Fill Your Company With 'Athletes'

    10/05/2013 7:42:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 2, 2013 | David K. Williams
    At our company, we work to fill our roster with “athletes.” I don’t mean this necessarily in the physical sense, although it turns out that quite a few of our members are literal athletes – we have a national-class triathlete, I have a personal interest in competitive and recreational bodybuilding, and there are multiple marathoners, bikers, soccer, and basketball players, CrossFit enthusiasts, etc. on staff. We also have a companywide interest in health and fitness, which we call “Fishbowl FIT.” But when I advise people to seek and hire athletes, what I am really referring to is the athlete traits...
  • A Big “Yes” To Yesware: Insanely Easy Email Tracking

    10/04/2013 12:51:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Evolving SEO Blog ^ | April 20, 2013 | Dan Shure
    In short: I can’t believe this tool is free. I mean, there are paid versions – but I can’t believe the free version is free. And even though 90% of my time spent doing SEO is not on link building, I am what you’d call a “heavy user” of email. I know a promising tool when I see it. Meet Yesware of Boston, MA (Hola, neighbor) I serendipitously stumbled upon Yesware from this website when I was looking up marketing / media agencies near me in Woostah. Yesware does a few things; ◦Tracks emails – you can see when someone...
  • Mr. Orwell’s Neighborhood: Obamacare Is A Disaster And New Car Sales Decline Most In 2 Year

    10/01/2013 12:48:45 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Obamacare started today and David Stockman says it is a disaster. Of course it is a disaster. It started today and … the online enrollment didn’t work. And gave wrong prices when it did work. Thanks to the government’s $88 billion software. Simply put, it is an enormous wealth transfer from the top 50% of earners to the bottom 50%, thanks to the Obamacare subsidies. Yes, there will be massive rationing of healthcare to the elderly and “nonproductive.” This is straight out of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. animal-farm Unrelated to Obamacare, the annualized domestic vehicles sales collapsed (by the...
  • CALL7 Investigators find jcpenney raises prices to create illusion of markdowns throughout store

    09/26/2013 3:52:21 PM PDT · by catnipman · 37 replies
    Channel 7 News Denver ^ | 9/25/13 | Keli Rabon
    DENVER - A CALL7 hidden-camera investigation finds the discounts at one major national retailer may not be as significant as shoppers would think, after finding prices on tags were marked up so the item can then be placed on "sale." ...
  • Nearly half of homes are purchased in cash

    08/29/2013 6:48:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 57 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Aug 29, 2013 | By Quentin Fottrell
    <p>More Americans are buying homes in all-cash deals, according to several recent studies. But real- estate experts say this increase may not be a good sign for the health of the housing market.</p> <p>All-cash purchases accounted for 40% of all sales of residential property in July 2013, up from 35% during the previous month and 31% in July 2012, according to data from real-estate data firm RealtyTrac released Thursday. That’s the second highest rate since the survey began in January 2011 – second only to 53% in March 2012.</p>
  • Surprise drop in iPad sales shows the market for Apple’s tablet has saturated

    08/12/2013 1:22:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Quartz ^ | 08/12/2013 | Christopher Mims and Ritchie King
    Sales of iPads jumped with the introduction of the iPad Mini, but are otherwise stagnant. Ritchie King/Quartz Apple sold 5.4 million fewer iPads in its most recent quarter than it did in the same three months a year ago. That’s despite having introduced a whole new iPad, the Mini, in the intervening year. The drop in iPad sales, from 17 million to 14.6 million, is all the more surprising because iPhone sales continued to grow, from 26 million to 31.2 million.Use of those iPads, however, is running in the opposite direction. Data just released from Adobe show that, as of...

    08/05/2013 5:32:51 PM PDT · by epow · 17 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 8/5/13 | MARK BOWES
    Gun-related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting “given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws.” Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions — a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The proliferation of guns occurred as the total number of major reported crimes committed with all types of firearms in...
  • What The Heck Happened To Apple's iPad Sales?

    07/24/2013 9:28:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/24/2013 | Henry Blodget
    It wasn't long ago that Apple fans were slapping each other on the back and crowing about how, one day, Apple would be known as "the iPad company." The theory was that iPads were such a mega-hit new product category that iPad sales would continue to grow at astronomical rates until, eventually, they might even eclipse sales of the iPhone. You don't hear that theory much anymore. Why not? Because, despite the launch of a cheaper iPad last year--the iPad Mini--the growth of Apple's iPad sales has screeched to a halt. Because, despite the launch of a cheaper iPad last...
  • Record sales for Smith & Wesson

    06/26/2013 12:16:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/26/13 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK - Barraged with a surge in demand for its firearms, Smith & Wesson is vowing to continue to ramp up manufacturing. Smith & Wesson (SWHC) reported that its gun sales jumped by 42% for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended on April 30 with record sales of $587.5 million. The company reported net income of $78.7 million more than quadrupling it´s prior-year results. Going forward, the gun maker expects to keep breaking sales records. Sales have surged for guns and ammunition ever since the presidential campaign of 2012.
  • Case-Shiller: House Prices Increased 12.1%, March/April Up 2.5%, New Home Sales Up (To 1991 Levels)

    06/25/2013 7:09:50 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As expected (based on Loan Performance’s HPI index yesterday), the S&P Case-Shiller 20 metro index showed average home prices increased 11.6% and 12.1% for the 10- and 20-City Composites in the 12 months ending in April 2013. From March to April, the 10- and 20-City Composites rose 2.6% and 2.5%. Case-Shiller is in white, Loan Performance is in yellow. cs062513 Again, like Loan Performance, all 20 cities and both Composites showed positive year-over-year returns for at least the fourth consecutive month. Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and Minneapolis posted their highest annual gains since the start of their respective indices. On a...
  • Amazon ending affiliate relationships to avoid Minnesota's online sale tax

    06/18/2013 12:26:52 PM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/18/13 | Nick Woltman
    In advance of having to collect online state sales tax, Amazon said Tuesday that it will sever ties with its Minnesota-based affiliate websites that receive a fee for referring shoppers to the retail giant's online store. The move comes less than a month after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law requiring certain online businesses with a physical presence or affiliates in Minnesota to charge sales tax on items it sells to the state's residents. The law takes effect July 1. "While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress," Amazon...
  • What we learned when we sent a female reporter shopping for a home-defense handgun

    06/15/2013 8:49:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/15/2013 | Jessica Stanton
    With all the latest political controversy and looming legislation over gun ownership and Second Amendment rights, it is no wonder many Americans are making the important decision to invest in a gun. In fact, there have been 72,005,482 background checks for gun purchases since President Barack Obama took office in 2008, according to FBI data. The Daily Caller decided to send this reporter to gun stores in the D.C.-Metro area to document purchasing a handgun from a female’s perspective, recording what recommendations I received and why, as well as how I was treated. My proposal was simple: I am a...
  • Why Sarah Palin Should Be A Content Marketing Role Model

    06/14/2013 3:57:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Business2Consumer ^ | June 14, 2013 | Daniel Chioco
    As I was browsing the pages of Google News to stay up-to-date with the latest in entertainment, politics, science, and other trending stories, I was surprised to see numerous headlines about Sarah Palin. Now, this post isn’t meant to be political at all, but it still impresses me that even after 4 years without holding or running for office, Palin is still able to make headlines – even just because of a single tweet or Facebook post. From “death panels” to “blood libel” to her latest tweets on the IRS, I can’t think of any other politician who could make...
  • Samsung beating Apple in US smartphone sales in between iPhone introductions

    06/06/2013 8:48:03 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 40 replies
    TUAW ^ | 06/06/2013 | John-Michael Bond
    It's too soon to tell, but Samsung might have finally beaten Apple to become the United State's top smartphone maker, at least for now. A new report by the investment research firm Canaccord Genuity shows that Samsung beat Apple in US sales in May. In particular, Canaccord found the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III sold more units combined than Apple's iPhone. It's important to be aware of the methodology Canaccord used to develop their findings. The study surveyed only the retail stores of carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Apple Stores were not surveyed....
  • Meanwhile, Big Investors Quietly Slip Out The Back Door On Housing As "Stupid Money" Jumps In

    05/30/2013 10:36:04 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-29-2013 | Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge
    Looks Like The 'Smart Money' Is Already Exiting The Housing Trade Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge May 30, 2013, 12:06 PM Last September, one of the original institutional investors in the housing-to-rent strategy, multi-billion hedge fund Och-Ziff called it quits on the landlord business. The reason: "the New York-based hedge fund is looking to sell now because the returns it is generating from rental income are less than expected and it is looking to take advantage of a recent rebound in home prices in northern California." As a reminder, the REO-to-Rental subsidized investment program, which led to an epic surge in...
  • Retail Parasites and the Online Sales Tax

    05/14/2013 9:09:31 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/14/13 | William A Levinson
    The Senate recently approved legislation that would allow states to require out-of-state businesses to collect and remit sales tax. The argument in favor of this legislation is "fairness" to brick and mortar retailers, who must collect sales tax in the states in which they are physically present. Advocates of the Marketplace Fairness Act like to conjure the image of shadowy Internet businesses competing unfairly with the little Mom-and-Pop store on the street corner. The truth is, however, that these Internet businesses are far more likely to compete with entities such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy, all of which have their...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Don’t blame me for WABC’s declining ad sales

    05/05/2013 9:33:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 96 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/5/13 | David Hinckley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Rush Limbaugh people are saying it’s not El Rushbo’s fault that ad sales have fallen at his flagship WABC — and he made it clear this weekend if the network’s boss keeps declaring it is, he just may pack up his megadittoes and leave. In New York, that would very likely take him to WOR, which would create the biggest shakeup in city talk radio since WOR scooped up Bob Grant after WABC fired him in 1995. Limbaugh’s contract with WABC expires at the end of the year. Lew Dickey, the CEO of WABC parent company Cumulus, has said Limbaugh’s...
  • Are Online Sales Taxes Only Fair?

    05/01/2013 2:37:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | May 1, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    At a 2008 shareholders meeting, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos explained why he opposed requiring businesses like his to collect state and local taxes on their interstate sales. "We're not actually benefiting from any services that those states provide locally," Bezos said, "so it's not fair that we should be obligated to be their tax collection agent." Last year, Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, testified in favor of a bill allowing states to demand sales tax from online merchants, saying Congress should "level the playing field for all sellers." As that switcheroo suggests, there are...
  • Weaponized America: Sturm, Ruger Backlog Doubles; Gun Production, Shipments Surge

    04/30/2013 7:22:17 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 70 replies
    ZERO HEDGE ^ | April 29, 2013 | TYLER DURDEN
    Whether it is due to the recent governmental attempt to enforce assorted gun controlling measures in the aftermath of the Newtown, CT shooting, or, merely driven by the same catalyst that saw a surge in gun sales four years ago, namely the presidential election, one thing is certain: America is weaponizing itself at an unheard of pace, with both Sturm, Ruger shipments and units produced surpassing 500,000 each in one quarter for the first time in history.
  • Wrong Again: Obama Claims 40% Of Gun Sales Done Without Background Check

    03/28/2013 3:47:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/28/13 | AWR Hawkins
    During his March 28 comments on "gun violence," President Obama once again claimed that 40% of gun purchases take place without a background check. The claim is meant to apply to new gun sales and is patently false, as Breitbart News demonstrated when Obama first used the 40% figure during a speech on Jan. 16. As Breitbart News explained then, many gun grabbers get the "40%" figure from a 2011 study by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, titled: "Point, Click, Fire: An Investigation Into Illegal Online Gun Sales."
  • "Book of Mormon" already breaks record in London

    03/24/2013 1:21:35 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 85 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 22, 2013
    <p>NEW YORK The seemingly unstoppable hit "The Book of Mormon" has broken another record — this time on the other side of the Atlantic.</p> <p>The quirky, profane musical opened Thursday night to some critical bashing, but the next day earned the highest one-day gross in London theater history.</p>

    03/07/2013 3:55:45 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies ^ | March 7, 2013 | Matt Burrows
    A 45 day moratorium on gun sales has been unanimously approved by the Los Gatos Town Council. The moratorium gives town officials time to come up with a permanent ordinance regulating gun sales. The controversy started when Templar Sports opened in December. Some people had protested they didn't receive enough public notice before the store was issued a business license. The moratorium doesn't affect Templar. Town staff expects to bring a proposed ordinance to the council in four to six months.
  • All Top 10 Days And Weeks For Gun Purchases Have Come Under Obama

    03/05/2013 7:45:52 AM PST · by libstripper · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    February 2013 was the third highest month on record for background checks on Americans' purchasing firearms. According to the FBI NICS database, there were 2,309,393 background checks completed in the month of February. The only two months that saw a higher number of NICS checks were January 2013, with 2,495,440, and December of 2012, with 2,783,765. The total number of background checks completed since November of 1998 (the month the FBI began tracking this information) is 165,279,535. President Barack Obama, dubbed "The greatest gun salesman in history," has presided over 42 percent of these background checks, or a total of...
  • February 2013: No Leap Day (Car sales up strongly)

    03/01/2013 5:55:03 PM PST · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/1/2013 | J. Neff
    Among major automakers, Ford Motor Company (+9.33 percent) and General Motors (+7.17 percent) were the leaders, while Toyota Motor Company (+4.34) and Chrysler Group (+4.11 thanks to a +30.33-percent performance by Dodge) managed to stay positive. Nissan North America, however, fared less well, reporting a drop in year-over-year sales of -6.65 percent. Among brands, we see many luxury marques near the top, including Bentley (+42.86 percent), Porsche (+30.53 percent), Audi (+27.77 percent), Mercedes-Benz (+23.05 percent), Cadillac (+20.34 percent) and Land Rover (+19.97 percent). If taken as a sign of a recovering economy, then the wealthier among us appear to be...
  • Wal-Mart shares tumble on report of weak February sales

    02/15/2013 1:19:31 PM PST · by mykroar · 43 replies ^ | 2/15/2013 | Reuters
    Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) fell 3 percent on Friday after Bloomberg quoted a mid-level executive's email as saying the world's largest retailer had the worst sales start to any month in seven years in February. Wal-Mart executives blamed the poor sales performance on increased payroll taxes as well as delayed tax returns, Bloomberg said. Higher payroll taxes this year are seen as a potential problem for Wal-Mart and other discount retailers that try to attract lower-income customers who have less disposable income. "In case you haven't seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total...
  • U.S. Sales: This Was A VERY Strong January (auto sales)

    02/01/2013 4:56:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 45 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 2/1/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    The U.S. new car market was up strongly in January. GM and Ford surprised analysts with double digit sales rates. Toyota, up 26.6 percent also surprised. GM is up 16 percent on very strong sales of the Equinox and its Silverado and Sierra pickups. Ford prints a 22 percent increase, powered by the Fusion. Lincoln sales are down 18 percent while customers wait for the MKZ to arrive in quantity at their dealers. Chrysler was up 16 percent, but jaded analysts expected more. Detroit OEMs and analysts expect the SAAR to be in the mid 15 million range
  • 13 Reasons You're Not As Successful As You Should Be

    01/03/2013 11:31:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    National Federation of Independent Business ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jim Kukral
    Feeling down about your small business these days? Is the broken economy hurting your sales and keeping you up at night? Need some motivation and tough love to help you stop pitying yourself? Well, here you go: 13 reasons you might have in your head about why you're not as successful as you should be. #1 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Laziness I don’t think there’s an easy way to put this. I have to assume that you’re lazy. Every single successful person works their butts off to get where they are. It’s ok to...
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods is refusing to fill orders for guns that were paid for

    12/31/2012 6:58:08 AM PST · by SmileRight · 90 replies ^ | 12/30/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    In a move that potentially may spark a class action lawsuit, Dick’s Sporting Goods is refusing to fill orders for guns that were paid for weeks ago. Russell Kellner of Flower Mound, Texas said he and his wife bought three Troy Defense Carbine Semi-Automatic Rifles on Black Friday at a cost of $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. “It was a heck of a deal,” said Kellner. They received two of them, but were then notified by Dick’s on Christmas Eve, that no more orders would be fulfilled...
  • Firearm Sales in US Skyrocket Amid Debate on Gun Control

    12/24/2012 1:34:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/12 | Annie Lubin
    United States firearm sales have sky-rocketed since the Newtown school massacre, as debate over gun control rages and enthusiasts fear certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines could be banned. President Barack Obama basically has put gun enthusiasts on warning, Larry Hyatt, owner of a gun shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, told AFP, referring to efforts to outlaw certain weapons in the wake of the Newtown shooting. A semi-automatic Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which a disturbed local young man shot dead 20 young children, six adults and his mother before taking...
  • Russia sells record $14 bln worth of weapons

    12/17/2012 2:43:08 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    VOR ^ | Dec. 17, 2012
    Russia has “overfulfilled” its yearly plan of arms exports by half a billion dollars, having sold $14 billion worth of weapons in 2012, President Vladimir Putin has said. Last year, Russia’s total income from arms and military equipment exports reached $13.2 billion, with $10.7 billion coming from the country’s sole defense exports agency, Rosoboronexport. Putin urges to seek out new arms export markets Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the Military and Technical Cooperation Committee to “pursue a preemptive tactic” when promoting Russian military equipment in foreign markets. “Russia will definitely keep its traditional military export partners. But it’s...