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  • Convicted Terrorist Ayers Appears on Iranian Media to Give a Rebuke of the United States

    12/16/2014 6:37:18 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12/13/2014 | JOSEPH PERTICONE
    Activist turned terrorist Bill Ayers spoke with Iranian news agency Fars News last week, and called the United States a terrorist nation. Ayers is probably best known for his own terrorist activities with the Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s. When speaking about what constitutes terrorism and a terrorist state, Ayers said: “U.S. is indeed a terrorist nation.” Then he added: “It’s also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today.”
  • The UN’s so-called plan to fight climate change is a socialist, money-sucking scheme

    12/14/2014 6:19:39 AM PST · by Dartman · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 13/14 | Lorrie Goldstein
    The latest United Nations effort in Lima to draft a new global treaty on climate change proves Prime Minister Stephen Harper was right when he described its efforts as “a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.” Harper was pilloried by Canada’s opposition parties after his statement, contained in a 2002 fundraising letter for the now-defunct Canadian Alliance, was revealed in 2007, shortly after he won the 2006 federal election. But Harper was right. Indeed he was vindicated in 2011, when a senior UN climate official, German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,...
  • SEATTLE'S MINIMUM WAGE CRASH: $15 to ZERO! Profit's Take A Nosedive!

    11/19/2014 8:08:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 82 replies
    Threepersenter nation.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | Matt Duncan
    Seattle, Washington, one of the strongest remaining bastions of liberal philosophy left in the country, passed a phased-in $15 minimum wage law earlier this year. The highest minimum wage in the country. The vote was unanimous and the throng outside cheered, but for many this is a loss from which they will never recover. It is a blow to the profitability of business that they just can't take.
  • Wistful but Having Fun, Obama Gives Last Push

    11/01/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    PORTLAND, Me. — The foldaway blue bleachers and scuffed wooden floor were packed with fleece-clad onlookers as President Obama prepared to take the stage, but the crowd was hushed and sedate, lulled by the smooth jazz piping over the sound system. “This is straight-up elevator music,” muttered a Democratic aide with a shake of his head, searching in vain for an iPod with a more fired-up soundtrack to greet the leader of the free world. “People are about to fall asleep.” Minutes later, the crowd was awake and roaring for the president, as a grinning Mr. Obama bounded up a...
  • On MSNBC, Graham Nash Blasts Koch Bros.; 'Execution' of Michael Brown

    10/29/2014 8:14:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 10/28/2014 | Matthew Balan
    On Monday's Morning Joe, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough prompted hippie icon Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame to promote his new song about the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Nash wildly contended that "what happened with...almost, the execution of Michael Brown, we had to say something."
  • Seattle Socialist Party Wants $20 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Offers $13 Per Hour For Website Manager

    10/17/2014 10:46:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/17/14 | Eric Owens
    A socialist party that wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $20 per hour is currently advertising a job for an experienced web developer paying $13 per
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian Closed by San Francisco Media Company

    Employees of San Francisco Print Media Company, the parent company of the Examiner, SF Weekly, and San Francisco Bay Guardian were this morning informed that the latter paper will be shuttered after 48 years. The paper was founded by husband and wife Jean Dibble and Bruce Brugmann — whose visage, urging locals to "Read my paper, dammit" — grew ubiquitous over the years. Its founding mission was to "print the news and raise hell," and, as an independent paper, it ostensibly did just that for 46 years. In 2012 Brugmann and Dibble sold the Guardian to the San Francisco Media...
  • Among Chicago's black voters, disenchantment grows with Mayor Emanuel

    09/30/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 30, 2014 | BY MARY WISNIEWSKI
    Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a potential rival in the city's February election. Emanuel easily won the majority of voters in every African-American ward in 2011 to become mayor of Chicago, the nation's third-largest city. Since then, a persistently high murder rate, the closing of 50 public schools and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch have hurt his position and invited a bid from Karen...
  • Bernie Sanders on 2016: We need ‘a political revolution’

    09/23/2014 5:10:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/12/14 05:13 PM | Alex Seitz-Wald
    … With (Bernie) Sanders’ Iowa visit coinciding with Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated return to the state, some Democrats have wondered if the senator’s presidential ambitions are merely an elaborate display of effigy-burning—an attempt to move Clinton and the center of gravity of the entire party to the left. Not so, the senator says. “If I run, I would like to win. That’s why I would run,” he told msnbc Thursday. He’s not interested in being a protest candidate, he insists. Sanders realizes it’s a long shot. “For me to win, it would require a grassroots effort on the part of literally...
  • Okay, Bloomberg is a big fat socialist RINO. What is Bloomberg Media?

    09/22/2014 7:17:32 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 25 replies
    Sept 22, 2014 | HiTech RedNeck
    Well, the HiTech RedNeck is looking for a job... AGAIN. This job hopping is getting old, but the boss of the group, at a major freight railroad, for which I'm a contractor has an integrity problem, to put it delicately. For some reason, I don't get along very well with liars and phonies. Well, I refreshed my resumes on Dice and Monster this past weekend and crossed my fingers. Well this morning what do I behold, but someone wants to know if I am interested in working for a company that turns out to be BLOOMBERG MEDIA. They are quoting...
  • Uber hires former Obama campaign manager Plouffe

    08/19/2014 11:59:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 19, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- Private car-hailing service Uber has hired President Barack Obama's former campaign manager David Plouffe to be its senior vice president of policy and strategy. Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick said Plouffe will oversee all global policy and political activities, communications and branding efforts. The company has faced resistance from taxi companies in cities including Miami and Washington.
  • Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon, Calls for ‘Martial Law’ in Ferguson, Mo.

    08/14/2014 1:27:00 PM PDT · by don-o · 55 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 14, 2014 | Pema Levy
    John Lewis, the Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon, called on President Barack Obama to declare martial law in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday as a necessary response to the blunders of local police. Lewis says the police have responded to largely peaceful protests over the slaying of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, with excessive force reminiscent of the 1960s. “My own feeling is right now is that President Obama should use the authority of his office to declare martial law, federalize the Missouri National Guard to protect people as they protest," Lewis said during an interview on...
  • Ambassador of Israel to US says Seattle's Kshama Sawant will have to retract statements

    08/08/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT · by Baynative · 17 replies
    MyNorthwest ^ | 8/7/14 | Stephanie Klein
    Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant drafted a letter this week calling for an immediate end to all U.S. government military aid for Israel.
  • Has B. Hussein Obama Transformed Himself into the ideal "What Me Worry" (TM) Perfect Democrat?

    07/26/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 11 replies
    Graewoulf | July, 26, 2014 | Graewoulf
    After 6 years, all of B. Hussein's vain attempts to "Fundamentally transform the United States of America' into HIS version of a European Socialist State, has resulting in Debt, Dereliction of Duty, High Crimes and Felonies, Depravity and Scandal.
  • How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat

    07/24/2014 12:26:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 7/24/2014 | Ron Fournier
    Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House—and other big instititutions—are manipulating the press. It's that, but it's also something worse: It's evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it. Farhi writes, "Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between...
  • Obama is Not a Socialist

    06/02/2014 7:13:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 5/31/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.
  • Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand?

    07/10/2014 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 10 July 2014 | Ailsa Chang
    As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' beleaguered health care system, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist. Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016."The cost of war is huge," the 72-year-old said recently during lunch at Henry's Diner in Burlington, Vt., where he rose to become an immensely...
  • Behind Harry Reid’s war against the Koch brothers

    07/08/2014 8:41:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/7/2014 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown. “By shutting down the government,” Reid said, “we’re satisfying the Koch brothers and Ed Meese, but millions of people in America are suffering.” In January, he went further, accusing the Kochs of “actually trying to buy the country.” His staff affectionately refers to such ad libs as Reid “getting...
  • A Story to be Proud Of

    07/08/2014 7:54:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/8/2014 | Richard Butrick
    Ayers the Guilt Monger: “And we did enslave people for 250 years” In the recent debate between Ayers and D’Souza on "The Kelly File", with Ayers, former anti-Vietnam war activist and sometime mentor of President Obama, representing the leftist ashamed-to-be-an-American crowd and D’Souza, defending American exceptionalism, Ayers claimed that Americans should be ashamed of their record of 250 years of slavery.
  • Will Megyn Kelly Help Bring Ayers to Justice?

    07/03/2014 8:30:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 70 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Bill Ayers shouldn’t be interviewed; he should be jailed. Megyn Kelly’s interview of Ayers, made reference to the role of Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in the bombing-murder of San Francisco policeman Brian V. McDonnell. Unfortunately, Ayers lied his way through the interview, which aired over two nights on her nightly Fox News Channel show, “The Kelly File.” But this is what happens when a professional liar like Ayers does a “shocking” TV interview. The exchange may achieve high ratings, but nothing good will come out of the interview unless Kelly now follows up with the “Justice for Victims of the...
  • Hot Zone - Is climate change destabilizing Iraq? [anything to distract from foreign policy errors]

    06/29/2014 2:54:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | June 27, 2014 | Eric Holthaus
    This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent. A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades. Drought is becoming a fixture in the parched landscape, due to a drying trend of the Mediterranean and Middle East region fueled by global warming. The last major drought in this region...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • Backlash over $15 wage plan (& Seattle's socialist Kshama Sawant)

    06/01/2014 3:28:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    My Northwest ^ | 5/30/14 | Neal McNamara
    **SNIP** "If stimulating the economy were just as easy as taking from Jim and giving to Joe, don't you think communism would've worked out? Thanks progressive lefties, I'm sure this is making businesses feel secure about moving into Seattle. "Silliness," Shapiro concluded. Boze wondered why Seattle didn't just force the $15 wage immediately, if 70 percent of voters like it. In fact, Thursday's committee compromise is a disaster for the $15 Now group, which is pushing a ballot initiative for November that would enact the $15 wage on Jan. 1, 2015. "They're not interested in income equality," Boze said. "They're...
  • Lord Obama

    05/27/2014 8:07:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If we were living in normal times, the following scandals and failures — without going into foreign policy — would have ruined a presidency to the point of reducing it to Nixon, Bush, or Truman poll ratings. Think of the following: the Fast and Furious scandal, the VA mess, the tapping of the communications of the Associated Press reporters, the NSA monitoring, Benghazi in all of its manifestations, the serial lies about Obamacare, the failed stimuli, the chronic zero interest/print money policies, the serial high unemployment, the borrowing of $7 trillion to no stimulatory effect, the spiraling national debt, the...
  • Farage hails UKIP triumph as Labour and the Tories are humiliated

    05/25/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/2014 | MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR
    Nigel Farage tonight claimed victory in the European elections, becoming the first 'insurgent party' to top a national vote. With results still being declared, Mr Farage broke cover to predict he will humiliate the Westminster parties, pushing Labour and the Tories into second and third. Support for Ukip has surged by more than 12 per cent, outstripping a more modest boost in votes for Labour, while the Lib Dems faced near-wipeout, with some calling for Nick Clegg to resign. Mr Farage said: 'Ukip is going to win this election and yes that will be an earthquake because never before in...
  • FT's Giles Finds Piketty's 'Wealth Inequality' Work Riddled With 'Data Problems' — And Wrong

    05/23/2014 4:31:00 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 23, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    French economist Thomas Piketty has become a darling of the left for allegedly "proving" that, as paraphrased by Chris Giles at the Financial Times, "wealth inequalities are heading back up to levels last seen before the first world war." The Media Research Center's Julia Seymour has described Piketty as a "'rock star' of the far-left," an accurate assessment given praises heaped upon his book and especially his public policy prescriptions by the likes of Alternet and Vox's especially gullible Matthew Yglesias. Seymour also notes that Piketty's work has received a great deal of favorable notice in the establishment press, and...
  • Obama Group OFA Scales Back Staffing, Fundraising

    05/20/2014 7:29:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    brietbart.com ^ | 5/19/2014 | Unknown
    Organizing for Action, the advocacy group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda, is scaling back its fundraising efforts and cutting its paid staff in half as focus shifts to the approaching midterm elections, three Democratic officials said.
  • San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro Is Said to Be HUD Pick in Cabinet Reshuffling

    05/17/2014 11:54:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 17, 2014 | JONATHAN MARTIN and PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama is preparing to nominate Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as his new secretary of housing and urban development, elevating one of his party’s Hispanic rising stars as part of a cabinet shuffle that has possible implications for the 2016 presidential race, Democrats informed about the plans said on Saturday. [snip] Some of Mr. Castro’s allies also believe that with income inequality becoming a focal point for Democrats, the HUD job offers the mayor an opportunity to burnish his credentials on issues of poverty and to raise his appeal among those on the party’s left. The...
  • San Antonio's Mayor Castro to be Newest Far-Leftist on Obama's Cabinet

    05/17/2014 2:39:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is about to be tapped by President Barrack Obama to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is the second time Obama will have asked Castro to serve in his administration. The move for Castro comes at a time where a big game of musical chairs is going on in the Obama Cabinet. Castro will be asked to replace HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is expected to move to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Mayor Julián Castro to Washington? [New HUD Sec]

    05/17/2014 2:36:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 17, 2014 | Michel J. Fortier and Merrisa Brown
    Mayor Julián Castro is expected to leave his third term in office early to become HUD secretary for President Barack Obama. Mayor Julián Castro (center) with his brother, Joaquín Castro, are interviewed in Time Warner Arena as they prepare for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 3, 2012.
  • CNN Poll: Only 12% Call Obamacare A Success

    05/11/2014 9:16:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/11/2014 | WYNTON HALL
    A new CNN poll finds that just 12% of Americans consider the Obamacare program a "success." President Barack Obama has pressed fellow Democrats to laud and run on his signature legislative achievement. However, other polls confirm that the law, which has been in effect for over four years now, remains deeply unpopular. The latest Pew/USA Today poll finds just 41% of Americans now support Obamacare. A record 55% disapprove of the law. The CNN poll found less support for repealing Obamacare; 49% want Congress to make changes to the law, and 12% said to keep Obamacare as is. Of those...
  • Pope Francis declares (via Twitter), ‘Inequality is the root of social evil’

    04/28/2014 8:25:07 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 90 replies
    Twichy ^ | 4/28/14
    See link for discussion.
  • Seattle Mayor set to announce $15 minimum wage plan (socialist Sawant demands even more)

    04/24/2014 4:22:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 4/24/14 | Essex Porter
    SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has scheduled a news conference for Thursday to announce a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. **SNIP** Committee members representing business and labor could not agree on issues like crediting tips and benefits against the $15 minimum. And council member Kshama Sawant revealed another hurdle -- she said there has been little talk of automatically increasing the minimum wage with inflation. “If going forward the new minimum wage does not have a cost of living increase attached to it every year of the phase in it's not going to...
  • Media Matters To SEIU: Don't Unionize Us, Bro?

    04/18/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by DAN RIEHL
    The hypocrisy could not be more evident as reports indicate Media Matters for America is resisting efforts by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its employees. Heck, next thing you know, they'll be asking them for a higher minimum wage. "...Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA's staff through a Card Check election..."
  • Turnout in Mind, Obama Cites Voting Rights "Threat"

    04/12/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 12, 2014 | By Alexis Simendinger
    Among the many political messages that resonate in the African-American community, President Obama knows that calls to protect voting rights will rouse many of his most loyal supporters. In an election year in which fairness and equity are Democratic themes, and motivating the party’s base is essential by November, Obama on Friday expressed alarm about rights threatened and justice denied, stirring 1,600 people packed inside a New York City ballroom to stand and cheer.
  • Bernie Sanders Versus Citizens United

    04/11/2014 10:46:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    The Nation ^ | John Nichols
    Citizens United is not just the default reference for US Supreme Court decisions—including the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling—that have ushered in a new era of corporate dominance of American elections. It’s the name of the conservative group that encouraged Chief Justice John Roberts and the most activist Court majority in American history to tear the heart out of what were already weak campaign finance laws. Citizens United still exists as an activist group that produces documentaries—ACLU: At War with America, Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration, Fire From the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative...
  • Field Poll: Californians like Obama much more than rest of nation does

    04/08/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 8, 2014 | By Josh Richman
    As President Barack Obama's job approval ratings continue to flounder nationwide, he can still look to California for affirmation. A new Field Poll found 53 percent of California voters approve of Obama's job performance while 41 percent disapprove. That's nearly the opposite of the nation as a whole, where an average of major polls now finds a 53 percent disapproval and 43 percent approval -- not his all-time low, but nothing to brag about either. Among California Democrats, 80 percent approve of Obama's job performance and 15 percent disapprove; among Republicans, 80 disapprove and 16 percent approve. Nonpartisans and third-party...
  • France's government resigns en masse (but Hollande's clinging on): Failing socialist policies

    04/01/2014 8:41:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail, ^ | 1 April 2014 | Peter Allen
    France's socialist prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault resigned yesterday. Joined by his entire government following meltdown in local elections .. Resignation is huge blow to France's social President Francois Hollande. Last night, Hollande admitted mistakes and said priority was to cut taxes ... last night socialist President Francois Hollande – whose rule has become synonymous with a 75 per cent top rate of income tax – admitted to mistakes and said his priority was now to cut taxes. The government’s resignation is a huge blow to the president, who was elected to a five-year term in 2012 but whose first two...
  • Venezuela issues ID cards to curtail food hoarding

    04/01/2014 4:13:38 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9:31 P.M.MARCH 31, 2014 | HANNAH DREIER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it. President Nicolas Maduro's administration says the cards to track families' purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. Critics say it's another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.
  • De Blasio booed by Mets fans during 1st pitch

    04/01/2014 2:12:57 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 31, 2014 | Beth DeFalco, Priscilla DeGregory and David K. Li
    Donning a pinstripe home white jersey and blue Mets cap over dress pants, de Blasio was loudly booed twice by Flushing faithful — once as he was announced and then again as he left the Citi Field diamond.... De Blasio wore No. 6 in honor of late-1960s Boston Red Sox great Rico Petrocelli, the mayor’s aides said. The infielder, who slugged 210 home runs in his 13-season career, grew up in Brooklyn. So the Boston-loving mayor managed to pay homage to his beloved Red Sox, his adopted home borough and to Italian Americans by donning that shirt. But that still...
  • And yet another Hollande reform goes up in smoke ( France )

    03/30/2014 1:30:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    the local ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | Joshua Melvin
    France's historically unpopular President, François Hollande was handed another embarrassment this week when the top constitutional authority partially struck down another one of his laws. That strike-out left Hollande as the holder of a record he won't be proud of. France’s Constitutional Council ruled on Thursday that a reform that would have allowed the government to fine companies that shut down profitable factories was unconstitutional. The reform was deemed by the council - France's highest constitutional authority - to be a violation of “a freedom of undertaking and private property rights.” ... The council's ruling is the 13th law to...
  • Winning $15 in Seattle – A Socialist Strategy

    03/29/2014 9:12:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Socialist Alternative ^ | 3/27/14 | Patrick Ayers
    “Onto the ballot – into the streets.” That’s the headline for the next big moment for 15 Now – a conference on April 26 to kick-off a mass campaign in Seattle to collect 50,000 signatures for a robust $15 minimum wage ballot initiative. Whether or not 15 Now will file those signatures in June, triggering a popular vote on November 4, depends on whether the City Council passes a real $15 minimum wage ordinance and will be decided by a democratic 15 Now conference in June. The credible threat of a winnable ballot initiative is the best tool – under...
  • French Parliament pushes ‘fast-food’ tax

    03/26/2014 10:21:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24/03/2014 - 17:47 | Kelly Thomas
    A senatorial report proposes a junk-food tax on products that cause cardiovascular diseases. The tax aims specifically at soft drinks, which currently benefit from low taxes. EurActiv France reports. Similar to steps taken by other European countries, a new junk-food tax is doing the rounds in the French parliament. […] The senators who led the report, Yves Daudigny (socialist) and Catherine Deroche (UMP), encourage talk of “contribution to public health” and not the frequently used term “behavioral taxation”. …
  • OPINION: 17 Million Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage

    03/25/2014 3:15:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Sen. Elizabeth Warren
    I have 17 million reasons for wanting to increase the minimum wage. Yes, 17 million—the number of children whose lives would be a little more secure if their moms and dads earned at least $10.10 an hour. When I was in junior high, my daddy had a heart attack. He was home for a while, the medical bills piled up, and we lost our family station wagon. So my mother did what she had to do: She went to work answering the phones at Sears. The job paid only minimum wage, but it was enough to make sure we could...
  • In Surprise Meeting, China’s President Greets Michelle Obama

    03/21/2014 11:16:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2014 | by Ann Compton
    First Lady Michelle Obama received an unscheduled greeting today from the President of China at the end of her first full day in the country, a place which President Obama has said he wants to “rebalance” US foreign policy. But the first lady is not engaging in any formal talks on issues such as human rights or global politics. Her trip to China is purely for cultural reasons. President Xi Jinping welcomed the first lady and disclosed he had spoken to President Obama by phone a few days ago and confirmed the two presidents are scheduled to hold a bilateral...
  • Seattle minimum wage: Do it my way, says (socialist Kshama) Sawant

    03/21/2014 2:59:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 3/19/14 | Joel Connelly
    Kshama Sawant has held office less than three months, but the Seattle City Council socialist wants her newly unveiled $15-an-hour minimum wage plan to be “the main agenda item” as Mayor Ed Murray’s income advisory committee meets next week. **SNIP** She would implement a $15-an-hour minimum wage for “big business” on Jan. 1, 2015, with prescribed cost of living increases after that. There would be no credit for tips paid to restaurant and hotel workers, no teenage wage and no training wage. “Small business” would be allowed a three-year phase-in, starting with an $11-an-hour minimum wage next January. Full implementation...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant: We're moving forward with $15 per hour

    03/16/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 3/13/14 | (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant: We're moving forward with $15 per hour
    SEATTLE — Kshama Sawant said she needs to see progress on a $15 per hour minimum wage soon, or she and her supporters will move ahead without the help of her fellow city council members and the mayor. She said if there is not significant progress soon she will start collecting signatures to put a minimum wage measure on the ballot. Sawant said signatures are due June 10. The socialist council member is holding a rally this coming Saturday where she will lay out her latest plan of action moving forward.
  • Nicolas Maduro Appoints Sean Penn 'spokesman' for dialogue with EU [Takes "selfie" w/butcher]

    03/11/2014 5:36:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, met Sunday with U.S. actor Sean Penn, and after taking the almost traditional selfie , asked him to be their spokesman to the U.S. authorities for dialogue and peace . "We spoke of the great interest that we have, I have asked Sean Penn to forward to where it can transmit more interest we have, that I have as president of the new ambassador Maximilien Arvelaiz in Washington move toward relationships first dialogue "Maduro said, quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE.
  • Harvey Weinstein at UCLA: Hillary Clinton Benghazi Flap 'Complete Bull---'

    03/09/2014 5:26:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3/8/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    <p>Harvey Weinstein revealed on Saturday that he wasn't sure how he felt about Barack and Michelle Obama when Hillary Clinton -- a longtime friend -- was defeated by Obama in the Democratic primary.</p> <p>"I strongly support Hillary. When she lost, Michelle invited me back in ... but I thought I was going to sit that one out," Weinstein said during his keynote speech at the 38th annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium, hosted by the UCLA School of Law.</p>
  • Socialist Party of America Releases Names of 70 Democrat Members Of Congress Who Are Members...

    03/06/2014 7:22:56 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    GOPthedailydose.com ^ | 03/06/2014 | Dylan
    This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. The radical Marxist-progressives (communists) took control of the democrat party some time ago. They’ve only become more emboldened with the election of Barack Obama, who was raised as a communist from birth. With their new found leader, Barack Obama, the Socialist Party of America felt secure enough to announce the names of 70 democrats in Congress that belong to their caucus. Other than Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who openly ran as a socialist, the rest of this lot ran as “moderate democrats.” I think it’s time we put the myth...