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“You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.”
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I watched the Gov. debate last night.
Cooch did not do well.
Terry will be the next Gov. like it or not.
Dan, do you have to show a photo ID to enroll in Obamacare? I read one article that said you have to have a photo ID and 2 other forms of identification. Is this true? Are the requirements different in each state?
Cuccinelli is a sleazy lawyer who is very good at winning arguments. You cannot argue the “reach around” he and Bob McDonnell did with the Star Scientific scandal. Cuccinelli took 18,000 cash, rode about on his jet, stayed at his “houses” and dined first class and had no idea that Jonnie Williams owed almost a half a million in taxes to the state? He’s hoping voters are stupid. Now his office is giving legal advice to Consol Energy to keep money from Va landowners. The man is a real piece of work.
Cuccinelli took gifts valued at $18,000 from Jonnie Williams/Star Scientific. He did not take $18,000 in cash.
Wow. Just freakin’ wow. Even the most Rasmussenreports poll has the cooch down by 6 points. Take a look at this list of recent polls on Real Clear Politics website; the last poll that had cooch ahead was from 7/14, and the subsequent 12 polls have McA ahead significantly.
OK, that is fair market value after depreciation. He didn’t get all cash and carry like McDonnell, however he did sell the stock given to him for a profit and somehow ignore Star Scientific’s tax bill for a couple of years. How convenient.
Sally, Cuccinelli bought the Star Scientific stock. There’s no evidence it was given to him. Be fair. There’s plenty of legitimate things to criticize him for. You degrade your own argument when you criticize him illegitimately.
I’m getting 6, 7, 8 or more emails a day from Cuccinelli’s campaign, with stark assurances that the polls are unreliable, Ken is going to win, and — oh yeah — McAuliffe is a no good politician who lives under a cloud of bad business deals and questionable ethics.
That stuff carries with it a strong whiff of desperation.
I loved the Burma Shave signs. Interstates are faster, but no Burma Shave signs.
Whoops. I agree Dan. I get so wrapped up in his lies at times. Here’s the Post’s timeline for reference:http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/local/virginia-attorney-general-ken-cuccinellis-involvement-with-star-scientific/291/
One thing I can fault the man with is his undying need to mix ideology with legislation regarding women’s health issues.
And yes, Cuccinelli’s campaign is getting desperate. Reminds me of Carl Rove’s tantrum when Mitt Romney was losing. Ignore the man behind the curtain! It’s going to turn into a desperate attempt to airbrush Cuccinelli and attack the heck out of McAuliffe. Women don’t forget. Duh.
Regarding the cooch’s moribund campaign, The fat lady’s off stage right, warming up.
An interesting aspect to this campaign is which horse the traditionally conservative Chamber of Commerce is going to back. All things being equal they would have swung cooch’s way, but the hangover from Gov Bobs graft, the threat of defunding government and cooch’s general sense of voter repellent may lead them to back McA.
Either way, their endorsement ain’t gonna’ move the electorate, but the political process is still fascinating.
The whole sad Cucinnelli campaign reminds us that SOSO:
If a Democrat is a businessman, he is a crook, if a Republican is a businessman, he is just what governance needs.
If a Democrat is a veteran, he is obviously a fake, if a Republican is a veteran, he is a hero.
If a Democrat wants a law to ban soda he is a tyrant, if a Republican wants a law to ban abortion he is a leader.
If a Democrat wants diplomacy, he is a coward. If a Republican wants diplomacy, he is a brave.
If a Democrat wants a subsidy for the working poor he is a scummy Socialist, if a Republican wants a subsidy for business he is a brilliant Capitalist.
On and on it goes, Et tu, Voters! Then fall, Virginia.
“with stark assurances that the polls are unreliable”
Gee, that sounds familiar. How well did that work out in 2012, fellas?
“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” – George Bernard Shaw
Even the unskewed polls guy, who I wrote about last year, thinks Cuccinelli may be in trouble.
You mean Dean Chambers, the Unskewed Polls dude? To be fair, his polls where unskewed, cause if you just make wishful stuff up, technically that’s not unskewed, at least not in an empirical sense.
Last time I saw his name in print, he had found a new calling in exposing the evil that is flouride in the water supply. Apparently this stuff deposits in your pineal gland and causes it to look bad. I didn’t know that.
Dean also has a facebook page here:
He has 555 friends, which is half as many as I have for local food page. I bet some of our favorite bloggers here are friends.
Upon scrolling down the page, after the Obama Death Panel posts, it is noted that Dean will no longer include Rasmussen Polls in his own Unskewed Polls analysis because he no longer considers it “credible”. He also has a cool picture of a camera lens flare that looks like an angel visiting the scene the of automobile wreck and it has this caption:
“look closely and if u believe u will c ?? if u do hit share !! ”
I totally saw the lens flare, yet remain skeptical for some reason.
Perhaps Dean Chambers read my take on Rassmussen then decided to abandon them.
According to Greg Sergent over at the post, the Repubs are about ready to give up the budget battle but might make the debt ceiling fight in to armageddon. The funny headline: “If Obama endorses his own impeachment, GOP will agree not to destroy the U.S. economy”
Except that it’s not so funny:
“The Republican plan, which would also constitute a significant overhaul of the environmental and financial regulatory system, would cut pensions for Federal employees and raise taxes on immigrant families with parents who do not have a Social Security number…The plan would increase Medicare means testing, and would eliminate social service block grants and a fund for preventative healthcare in the Affordable Care Act that conservatives have characterized as a “slush fund.” [...]
Coal and oil companies would benefit from provisions to expand offshore drilling and drilling on federal lands. The proposal blocks the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions and coal ash, and would give Congress the power to veto any “major” regulation issued by a federal agency (because an affirmative vote would be required, Congress could void new rules simply through inaction).”
He then sums up the treachery of the Repubs better than I could:
“So let’s say it again: This is not a standard Washington negotiation, in which each side is demanding concessions from the other. Democrats are not asking Republicans to make any concessions. They are asking Republicans to join them in not destroying the U.S. economy. House Republican leaders — who have themselves conceded not raising the debt limit would jeopardize the full faith and credit of the U.S. government — are asking Democrats to make a series of concessions in exchange for not unleashing widespread economic havoc that will hurt all of us.”
Rene Descartes walked into a bar. The bartender said, “Would you like a beer?” Descartes said, “I think not”, and disappeared.
What’s your take on Roanoke City’s proposed rain water run-off fees?
I feel like the City has marginalized this problem for years and now instead of properly adjusting the budget to address it, they are coming up with a fee.
“If a Democrat wants a law to ban soda he is a tyrant, if a Republican wants a law to ban abortion he is a leader.” -
Sandi, to that you could add that a Republican is a “leader”: if he wants to legislate who can marry, if he wants to mandate invasive medical procedures on women seeking abortions, if he wants to dictate sexual practices between married couples, if he wants to mandate that a person be able to speak English in order to receive unemployment benefits. These are all stances which on the surface appear to be typical of big government (brother) control over our lives, but as these ideas were hatched by Republicans their authors were leaders seeking to “strengthen core values”, or whatever wholesome rationale they can manufacture…
Whoever discounts women didn’t listen to their mother.
| September 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Whoever discounts women didn’t listen to their mother.
Whoever discounts women didn’t respect their mother.
Speaking of big mistakes — from a big “Trust me” agency:
25 September 2013 Last updated at 22:23 ET
ATF ‘lost 420m cigarettes’ in churning investigations/b
The US agency tasked with stopping illegal tobacco trafficking lost track of 420 million cigarettes purchased in undercover operations, justice department auditors have found.
In addition, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made $162m (£100m) selling tobacco undercover, it found.
That money was used to fund undercover operations between 2006-11.
The findings were revealed in an audit of the ATF’s use of undercover profits.
In the report released on Wednesday, the justice department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said it had found “a serious lack of oversight” of “churning investigations”.
I am believing more and more that the November election will be like a neighborhood cookout that nobody shows up for because they don’t like any of the hosts.
Both of these guys have baggage, and (by numbers) whoever wins will wield no power. By all accounts the LG race was over before it started, and odds are the senate will shift to the D’s (even if the tie remains, the D’s will prevail), the house will remain solidly R.
Any controversial legislation will be killed in committees on either side.
This seems to be an election that doesn’t really matter aside from the fact that it will make VA politics more akin to DC politics.
November 5th is set to be a bad day for Virginian’s no matter the result.
Obama was out pitching the ACA again today and said “There’s no widespread evidence that the Affordable Care Act is hurting jobs”. Does anyone believe that all of the people whose hours have been cut, or jobs lost, are going to buy that “snake oil” pitch.
This is the sickest thing I’ve seen in opposition to Obamacare. Encouraging young people to forgo health insurance. The video is just creepy…what is up with RWers obsession with sticking things in women’s vaginas.
Perry, ACA provides remedy that protects most businesses from the need to cut hours with the 4 times poverty rate exclusion. Employers are not hiring and are cutting hours because sequester and Congressional uproar is killing the economy.
Bill, I agree wholeheartedly.
Wow, you mean to tell me that “part-time” is now going to mean 30 or less hours worked per week? Who on earth would’a thunk it? So the means by which employers have abused the designation of “part-time” workers so they don’t have to offer any benefits but work them full time is coming to an end and it is Obama’s “fault”? Yep, “Wow” covers it. Do you people like the weeds?
So what we come down to, Perry D, is that companies that were already dodging providing decent benefits by working somebody 32 hours or whatever, will now work them 29 and continue to dodge. Right? IOW, they’re still bad employers, only a little worse?
Let’s see how that works out as far as the ability and integrity of their work force. I see where farms are having to offer higher pay and some bennies and STILL can’t keep enough reliable workers.
Beason@28. . .a most approriate post for this thread (a big mistake). ACA
is a jobs killer; plain and simple. The verdict is in and the big unions are screaming for exemptions as it’s not only killing jobs (except for IRS Agents) but also killing the 40 hour workweek. It’s bad law and even those of us lucky enough to have gainful employment will be struggling to pay the increase in costs for health insurance premiums. Obama claims it’s just not so but when has he ever uttered a truthful statement?
The law does not fully go into effect until 2014. It is literally foolish to claim “the verdict is in”.
I suggest the doubters of the popularity of the ACA/ObamaCares Act ask those who already have taken advantage of the parts already working, like
parents of college age children or graduates who can be kept on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26.
And some of the benefits of ObamaCares
Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime coverage limits on your insurance.
Insurers can no longer tell kids with preexisting conditions that they’ll insure them “except for” the preexisting condition. That’s called preexisting condition exclusion, and it’s out the window.
Insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick, either—this plan means the end of “rescissions.”
Small businesses get big tax credits—up to 50 percent of premium costs—for offering health insurance to their workers.
Insurers with unusually high administrative costs have to offer rebates to their customers, and every insurance company has to reveal how much it spends on overhead.
Free birth control and other preventative services for women, unless you work for a faith-based organization that opposes birth control.
Why not wait until it is fully implemented before complaining about its imaginary deficiencies?
Awhile back, the fast food company I work for issued a mandate to all store managers that, due to the ACA coming into effect in 2014, no hourly employee, except hourly shift managers, were to be scheduled or allowed to work more than 28 hours/week. When it was announced that employers would be given another year to ‘gear up’ for the ACA without incurring penalties, my company sent out an email saying that they were going to stick to the 28 hr/week plan. A couple of weeks later, they changed their minds, and sent out an email saying that hourly employees could work up to 40 hrs/week, but absolutely no overtime. (No OT has been the standard in fast food for years, anyway.) What changed their minds? Employees leaving the company to go work where they could get hours.
Now, before anyone says, ‘See what the ACA has done?’, let me tell you a little more about the company I work for.
Slip-resistant shoes are mandatory in most fast food restaurants. Shoes For Crews is a company that sells very, very good slip-resistant shoes for restaurant workers. Employees can purchase these shoes through a payroll deduction plan set up between the restaurant and SFC. A few months ago, an employee at my store placed an order for SFC shoes and the money (about $30) was deducted from her check, but after two weeks, she still had not received her shoes. It was discovered that this was happening to other employees in other stores. The reason? Our company had not paid SFC and owed them money and they cut the company off. Our company was deducting money from paychecks and not paying the bill. Eventually, my company paid their bill and employees can once again order their shoes from SFC, at least for the time being.
My store manager is told from time to time not to order needed small wares (pots, pans, utensils, etc.) until the company has paid past due bills they have incurred with the supplier. We currently have an inoperable microwave oven that the company will not spend the money to replace, leaving us to use only one microwave to get through lunch and dinner rushes. The only broken or malfunctioning equipment that gets repaired (nothing is ever replaced) in a timely manner is equipment that is still owned by PepsiCo or Proctor & Gamble.
But the company I work for still sponsors/owns a NASCAR race team.
If the store manager at my store mismanaged the store budget and failed to ‘make the numbers’ necessary to pay the bills, they would first be warned and disciplined on the matter and if numbers didn’t improve, eventually they would be terminated as store manager. Not so for the CEO or the CFO, though. They remain in their positions despite a history of not paying bills.
And they have health insurance.
Allow me to give “the conservative” response to the dilemma you describe. It is this: You are free to work anywhere. And because of that, you are stupid for continuing to work where you work.
It it NEVER the company’s fault if they steal money out of workers’ paychecks. It is the workers’ fault for allowing them to do it. It is NEVER the company’s fault if workers are shortchanged in other ways — via refusing to pay for OT hours (like the law requires) or anything else. The workers are supposed to realize that corporations exist for one reason and one reason only, and that is produce money for their stockholders. If one way they choose to do that is by screwing their own workers, well hell — that’s what corporations do. Obviously the employees’ expectations are too high. It’s their responsibility to lower those expectations.
HOWEVER, workers must never unite to try and fix this stuff. That is unfair and uncalled for. What they MUST do, individually, is quit their jobs and seek news ones at an employer that screws them less.
And if the workers can’t afford to do that, because they live paycheck to paycheck, like most Americans workers do, well that is their fault, too. It’s their fault because they have not saved up a nest egg that can tide them over during jobless periods.
And if they haven’t saved a next egg because they’re working 2 low-wage jobs trying to make ends meet, well that is their fault, too. They never should have accepted those low wages.
You see, it’s ALL the workers fault. It’s NEVER the companies.
Now quit your whining and get back to work!
You’re right, Dan. But you forgot another standard argument from rightwingers that a fast food crew person’s job isn’t meant to be a career, or meant to support a family, much less oneself; it’s only for high school students to have a little extra spending money, or gas money, or to save towards college.
But who do they think works these jobs while the students are in school?
Clearly the food and hospitality industry has a bad relationship with their workers. My husband works in an industry that suggests, but does not require, steel toed boots. His employer had a boot company rep come to their sites, measure for fit and ship each employee a high quality pair of boots at not one dime in cost to the employees. They are always doing “employee appreciation” stuff like that. They want their employees to be happy and to advertise it. The companies that treat employees well have lower turnover. He works with people who commute two hours a day (one way) and have for over 20 years, at first I did not understand that commitment. Now I do.
Not for nothing, but at least one Roanoke company “went out of business” and left employees hanging without insurance and taxes that had been deducted from paychecks. That stuff happens.
Some businesses do struggle and surely the profit margin in fast food is at the top, not at the individual restaurant level. They always carp about it being a low skill job (and it isn’t, as anyone who has had a bad waiter or meal can attest) and therefore a low wage job, but it is hard and it is not nearly “rewarding” enough.
Yes Contra, that whole “temporary” or “entry level” argument is often trotted out to explain why they should be allowed to not pay a living wage but that reality has been dead and gone for a couple decades at least. A job represents a need the business has. Your personal “skill” level can be learned and improved upon for most any job, but there are few jobs that literally require “no skill”. That too is a meme to denigrate workers. If you are willing to work full time, your job should pay a wage that lifts you above poverty level, even if it requires “no skill”.
To be fair, I should clarify that while the slip-resistant shoes are mandatory, purchasing them through my employer from SFC is not. Kmart, Walmart, and other retailers sell a brand of slip-resistant shoes. (Not as good as SFC, though.) Employees can also purchase SFC shoes directly from their website, out of pocket, without going through the payroll deduction process.
Thanks Dan and Sandi, for your replies.
Shoes For Crews are some of the best slip-resistant shoes made. I used to get my crew and myself shoes from them when I would install metal roofing. I’ve walked up a 14/12 pitch roof with no safety line in those shoes. Love ‘em and I highly recommend them.
Their customer service is hard to beat, too.
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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:07:25 +0000
Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
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