'I'm sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I'm sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
'Furthermore, I'm sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
'I'm sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn't acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.'"
Media Hides Real Reason for Rise in Gas Prices "Oh, the media has finally started covering “Pain at the Pump” but they are not giving us the real reasons for the jump. Unrest in the middle east has given the cabal of President Obama and the media, “cover” to blame others for the spike to the stratosphere.
The real reasons are three-fold, with unrest in the middle east being the least of the three.
1) Devaluation of the dollar. The incessant printing of money by this administration began the rise of gas prices months long before the middle east blew up. I’m no Alan Greenspan, but I can figure out that if oil prices are tied to the dollar, and you print more dollars, the oil price will go up, up, up. 2) An energy policy that calls for less drilling for oil at home, not more. 3) Unrest in the middle east."
The real cost of 'global warming' – Telegraph Blogs "The renewable energy industry is helping to destroy the UK economy and drive up unemployment says a new report. For every one of David Cameron’s “green jobs” created in the renewable energy sector (mainly solar and wind), another 3.7 jobs are being lost in the real economy, says the independent study by Verso Economics."
Sen. Sherrod Brown’s letter to Obama about EPA regs;
Pew Center chief Eileen Claussen’s “prediction” in today’s Guardian about Obama; and Grist.org’s howling about the Brown letter, may be signs that Obama is preparing his base for the impending news that the EPA will be delaying implementation of its greenhouse gas regulations by two years.
And, no, a two year delay is most certainly not good enough — it’s just a ploy to help Obama skate through the 2012 election."
Because of our activism, we've been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we're determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges seriously.
Both Democrats and Republicans have done a poor job of managing our finances. They've raised debt ceilings, floated bond issues, and delayed tough decisions."
“The decision to issue the layoff notices was attributed to financial problems caused by the decision announced last year by Unity Studios to leave the city for Detroit.”
The city and state offered a sweet subsidy deal of its own to lure the promoter of a supposedly $146 million project called “Unity Studios.”
A Nov. 2010 Mackinac Center blog post summarizes what followed: “It’s taken less than two years for the entire project to implode.
The (ceremonial) groundbreaking in August 2009 was followed by a tumultuous period which saw Unity Studios founder Jimmy Lifton go from promising thousands of jobs at his privately owned utopian 104-acre film studio and “retraining program,” to a scaled down studio and film school on city-owned property, to near eviction and eventually hightailing it out of Allen Park to set up shop in Detroit.”"
Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF "San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink. Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months."
This is why (1) you should always bring a camera; and (2) public employee unions should be illegal. If union protesters turn violent — as they increasingly have — can you trust pro-union police to intervene?"
“There is never a ‘win’ where concessions are made in arbitration,” said Samantha Harkins, legislative associate for the Michigan Municipal League, a lobbying organization for municipalities across the state. “It’s never a cost-going-down situation.”
Public Act 312, the law that requires binding arbitration for police and firefighter unions when they cannot agree to a contract with their municipalities, has been considered a problem for years by municipal officials and many in the GOP. Today, with Republicans in firm control of the entire Legislature and the governor’s office, there is a serious effort brewing in the Michigan House to eliminate PA 312 altogether.
But the major obstacle may come from within the Republican Party’s own ranks. Last week, speaking to the MIRS newsletter (www.MIRSnews.com), GOP Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said a repeal of PA 312 was not on his agenda."
President, Hillary Clinton flub Mideast--Michael A. Walsh - NYPOST.com "'It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep,' it began. 'But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world. 'Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it's someone who already knows the world's leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world . . . Who do you want answering the phone?'
Government unions are not the same thing as private sector unions.
Traditional, private sector unions were born out of an often bloody adversarial relationship between labor and management. It's been said that during World War I, U.S. soldiers had better odds of surviving on the front lines than miners did in West Virginia coal mines. Mine disasters were frequent; hazardous conditions were the norm. In 1907, the Monongah mine explosion claimed the lives of 362 West Virginia miners. Day-to-day life often resembled serfdom, with management controlling vast swaths of the miners' lives. And before unionization and many New Deal-era reforms, Washington had little power to reform conditions by legislation. The labor-politician negotiations can't be fair when the unions can put so much money into campaign spending. Meanwhile, government unions have no such narrative on their side. Do you recall the Great DMV cave-in of 1959? How about the travails of second-grade teachers recounted in Upton Sinclair's famous schoolhouse sequel to 'The Jungle'? No? Don't feel bad, because no such horror stories exist.
Government workers were making good salaries in 1962 when President Kennedy lifted, by executive order (so much for democracy), the federal ban on government unions. Civil service regulations and similar laws had guaranteed good working conditions for generations.
The argument for public unionization wasn't moral, economic or intellectual. It was rankly political."
Beyond making fools of themselves with juvenile comparisons, the 'social justice' crowd is inadvertently proving that public-sector unions are a privileged class.
Touch them and you die from a thousand insults. One Democratic congressman wanted the real thing. Rep. Michael Capuano of Boston said Wisconsin protesters should 'get a little bloody' to protect bargaining rights.
He later apologized, but too late to rescue the era of civility President Obama urged after the Tucson shooting. Civility doesn't stand a chance against the entitlement culture of unions and their political puppets."
This is from a letter sent by Ludington TPer InfoRod. The cost for these benefits is likely similar to those of other state, city and county union employees. And, of course, they do not include pension benefit costs. I agree with InfoRod, big time!
The attached letter from State Representative Tom McMillin provides an insight into what benefits we as taxpayers provide.
I mentioned this at our last LATP meeting but really didn’t give it a good look until today.
For instance, how do you feel about paying the following approximate premiums for each and every one of our Representatives?
Medical: $ 998.28
Total monthly premium: $1,400.59 ($16,807 per year)
Rep. McMillin is one of a number of Republicans who are attempting to pass legislation that will require full transparency in Michigan government.
As you look through the attached I believe you will find many reasons why it is so important for an elected official to remain in office for six years so as to retain these benefits for life. (They do have to pay 10% of the cost of the plan to remain insured).
How many other public officials receive similar perks for holding office?
As we are seeing a tremendous burden reported by our schools to support retirees, how can we also support the many elected state officials for life?
How many others we don’t know about are receiving something similar from the taxpayers?
Isn’t it time to provide true financial transparency from our schools all the way to the upper levels of state government?
Don’t we as employers have a right to be able to monitor how our money is spent?
The old argument of additional labor to report financial information should now be invalid now that nearly everything is reported in electronic form.
Since Rep. Ray Franz is also supportive of transparency in government then please let him know how you feel.
Once the Republicans lose control, there is little likelihood the Democrats will support this type of legislation.
It seems the party of big business labor treats us as taxpayers just too stupid to understand how best we should be spending our money.
Fiscal responsibility has been a mandate provided by the electorate to the GOP. Isn’t it time we make sure they enforce it?
RightMichigan.com Feeling the Love "Look at this guy's face. Just before he reaches out to grab the camera. Pure.. hate? I really dislike having to ascribe emotion to others without knowing them, but I just thought I would guess. Anyhow, I have yet to see any tea party activist behave this way. And I am proud to say so. I will tell you, this was typical of the disrespect these people offer those who oppose their entitlement mentality." (click the link above for the disgusting behaviour demonstrated on the video)
Lucianne.com News Forum - Thread "Let's see. We have an America-hating Entitlement Junkie, Queen Grievance I, jet-setting around the world during the quasi-depression her husband both exacerbated and prolonged, joined by a few hundred close friends and her pampered brood, feeding their faces and living quite large on our dime, while lecturing us about sacrifice and reminding us of what Barack will and will not 'let us do' with our lives.
__YES! I want my Recreation Passport for an additional $10! __No. This vehicle will not be used to enter state parks and recreation areas.
As a Michigan state Representative, I opposed legislation creating the 'Recreation Passport' because I knew the state intended to use the misleading language above.
Let me be clear, because the state is not: You can select 'No' and still enter your vehicle into a state park or recreation area. That is the law. You will, of course, have to pay a (non-annual) gate fee, but your vehicle is not irrevocably banned for one year as the language above implies."
Isn't it refreshing that we have a US rep. who actually informs his constituents?
Since the 2008 election, many of her biggest media critics have found themselves out of a job. Keith Olbermann, Rick Sanchez, David Shuster, Alan Colmes, Campbell Brown, John Roberts, Larry King, Harry Smith and Parker are all prominently mentioned in my documentary and all of them have been let go from TV jobs since Obama got elected.
Perhaps, though I have no doubt that if the media wanted to create a narrative here there would be more than enough data to justify it. Regardless, if Chris Matthews is smart, he might want to be careful."
Peek Inside Red Bull’s Toy Box Autopia Wired.com
"SALZBURG, Austria — This city is well known as the birthplace of Mozart, the backdrop for the Sound of Music and simply for being a beautiful place.
But thanks to worldwide interest in caffeinated energy drinks and Dietrich Mateschitz's desire to share his love of aircraft and race cars, one of this city's newest places to visit is known as Hangar 7.
Located at the Salzburg Airport, Hangar 7 could be called the Red Bull toy box.
It is where Mateschitz, who co-founded Red Bull in 1987, stores all his coolest toys.
It is a massive glass-enclosed hangar complete with a changing collection of airplanes belonging to the Flying Bulls.
It's also got an assortment of Formula 1 cars sponsored by Red Bull, along with a handful of racing motorcycles as well."
School food: What do Chicago students think of healthier school food? - chicagotribune.com
"During visits to several CPS schools over the last few months, the Tribune heard many accounts of students throwing away their lunches.
Others say they opt for 'cookies and slushies' from the canteen or wait to eat until they get home.
And while some kids said they still like their school meals, the vast majority used the same word to describe the food: nasty."
Tea Party Bloggers To Monitor Every Memeber Of Congress - ABC News "Tea Party Bloggers Aim To Monitor Every Member of Congress Organizer Describes Effort As 'Citizen Journalism Meets Adopt-a-Congressman' After playing such a pivotal role in the November elections, Tea Party activists vowed they would keep a close eye on Congress. They weren't kidding. The Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest organizing groups of the movement, want to assign personal bloggers to track every member of Congress, not just the ones they supported."
"ESPN writer Marc Stein reveals there could be a coaching change in Detroit soon, but the players' actions on Friday, who laughed as their coach was ejected, were 'hideous.' 'Pistons gonna get their new coach. HAVE to. But benched guys laughing after Kue ejection? After skipping shootaround? Unforgettably hideous' Stein tweeted.
Last year, the Pistons missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years. With the current team's record and immaturity, they won't be making it this year either.
See the Pistons laugh after Kuester's ejection in Philadelphia on Friday below."
I've never been a pro-basketball fan but I now have a team to root against.......
All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public-personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people."
Does Obama Want $8 Gasoline? - Investors.com "A virtual regulatory ban continues today. At least 103 drilling permits await approval by a federal government that has not approved a single new permit since the moratorium was allegedly lifted last October.
The administration has announced that the eastern Gulf and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will be off-limits for the next seven years. The Interior Department has canceled four pending lease sales in Alaska."
While you were watching Wisconsin Michigan Taxes Too Much "Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement praising committee passage of HR 1593 in Oklahoma that would bring an end to a state mandate that municipalities that have more than a 35,000 population must engage in collective bargaining with public employees:"
Prosecutor discusses recall threats wzzm13.com "A group on Facebook is calling for prosecutor Tony Tague's ouster. The group formed after Tague charged Evan Emory with manufacturing child abusive material, which is a 20 year felony."
US ambassador goes AWOL at UN --Editorial - NYPOST.com "The UN Security Council convened an emergency session yesterday to draft sanctions against Libyan mad- dog Moammar Khadafy. But as the UN struggled to put out the fires in the Mideast, America's top UN rep was nowhere to be found. In fact, US Ambassador Susan Rice was 8,000 miles away from UN headquarters, taking tea in South Africa with fellow diplonuts. South Africa? What the hell? Rice flew to sunny Cape Town this week for a 'global sustainability' conference to discuss carbon emissions and green economies in the Third World."
My Way News - Old Coca Cola sign causes flap in San Francisco "It's been this way for 20 years, so I guess it is part of the neighborhood,' the 64-year-old Modolo told the San Francisco Chronicle. But city planners came out to inspect the sign after receiving a complaint last month and deemed it illegal. Modolo was told he could face a daily fine of $100 until it was removed. The identity of the person who filed the complaint has been redacted from city records."
Unless the trend line changes, 30 percent of the state's labor force will not have even a high school diploma by 2040, he said. And the average household income will be about $6,500 lower than it was in 2000.
That figure is not inflation adjusted so it will be worse than what it sounds.
'It's a terrible situation that you are in. I am worried,' Murdock said"
Whatever you call it, in Muskegon County, it really means that the Muskegon Democratic Party controls which county commission district you will live in for the next 10 years.
The commission consists of Democratic Treasurer Tony Moulatsiotis (chairman), County Clerk Nancy Waters, Prosecutor Tony Tague and Democratic Party boss Steve Keglovitz.
The lone Republican, GOP chair Christina Achterhoff makes it 4 to 1 Democrats over Republicans on the board.
The voters gave the Democrats the votes and the power to redraw district lines in any manner they choose.
But this commission isn’t only about gerrymandering your district for purely partisan purposes.
They will also consider reducing the number of commissioners from the current 11 down to 9 or even 7.
You might ask the Democrats why 7 or 9 is a better number than 11.
So far they haven’t offered a reason.
Although there is talk that the reduced number of commissioners would quietly split the current group’s total pay by the new, smaller number, thereby giving themselves a stealth pay increase.
I think that the reduction is a terrible idea for additional reasons. The most obvious reason is it would effectively disenfranchise every voter in the county. With fewer representatives, your vote and voice is worth less.
And their power increases.
County regions will lose a voice concerning issues specific to their areas.
Some commissioners currently have as many as five municipalities within their districts.
Fewer commissioners will mean an increase in the different cities and townships they must represent. It will make connecting with their residents more difficult.
And it will surely make it harder for those residents to communicate and connect with their commissioner.
Fewer commissioners will require increased workloads for the remaining commissioners. The increased workload of this part-time job would make it less attractive to new candidates.
Or the work would simply not get done.
It likely could eliminate full-time workers from the candidate pool with only the lazy, independently wealthy or retired able to find the time to adequately do what would become a far more challenging job.
Do we really want to put in place a policy that restricts the pool of possible candidates and effectively eliminates the citizen legislator?
Finally, as a friend in the restaurant business told me, “If I reduce the number of servers in my restaurant, my customers will have worse service.”
We the people of Muskegon will suffer the same reduction in service if we allow the Democrat controlled board to shrink our representation.
Call your county commissioner and the redistricting board members and tell them we need greater representation, not less.
American Thinker Blog: Shakeup in First Lady's fashion shop "Nancy Reagan had a relationship with designers similar to Michele Obama's friendship with Goldman. The payoff for the designer was not in getting a taxpayer funded paycheck, but in seeing their designs worn by a highly visible celebrity."
Federal Improper Payments Continue to Increase Mercatus "According to the 2010 Financial Report of the United States Government, $ 2.3 billion in outlays were reviewed by federal executive branch entities for improper payments last year; 5.5% of these payments, or $125.4 billion were found to be improper. This represents an increase of $16.2 billion from the fiscal year 2009 estimate of $109.2 billion."
NT TAKE — Binding arbitration means budget maladministration - Holland, MI - The Holland Sentinel "Binding arbitration gives the arbitrator the power to restructure an entire city’s priorities or agenda. The fund marked for a city park expansion? Now that money will pay firefighter pensions. The dollars the city was saving to add a children’s literacy program to the library? Now that funds increased police vacation time. If there isn’t a fund that can be reallocated or a budget item that can be redirected to pay for an arbitrator’s binding decision, city officials are left with only one decision to make: Either lay off police and fire or raise taxes. According to the State Fire Marshall, there are 2,315 fewer police officers and 2,000 fewer firefighters in Michigan than there were in 2001. Yet costs to municipalities have risen significantly."
Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But, he wrote, 'I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place' in the public sector. 'A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government.'"
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban creates company to challenge BCS system - ESPN Dallas "Cuban's basic idea is to keep the bowl system but make it more profitable for programs to qualify for his playoffs than to participate in a bowl. 'Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option,' Cuban told ESPNDallas.com in December. 'Say, 'Look, I'm going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you're picked for the playoff system, you'll go.''"
8-Year-Old Suspended From School for Jesus Drawing "Taunton, Massachusetts, public school officials suspended a second grader for drawing a stick figure of Jesus on the cross after his teacher instructed the class to draw an image that reminded them of Christmas.
The eight-year-old special needs boy was then required to undergo violence counseling before officials allowed him to return to school."
Available data show that, on average, a worker who leaves a private-sector job on Tuesday finds himself making 8 to 28 percent more if he starts working for the government on Thursday, although it's unlikely his education and skill levels leapt that much on Wednesday.
Moreover, the extra pay premium probably increases the longer he remains on the public’s dime."
CBS complicit in news coverup - BostonHerald.com "The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story . . . particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost invariably characterized as friendly and out for nothing but democracy,” Cohen wrote.
Watching the same complicit media we all saw, Cohen notes most journalists covered the mobs “as if they were reporting from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, stopping only at putting on a party hat.”"
Barbara Bush: 'No more, you are killing us' "Such low verbal and literacy scores makes it even more unbelievable that, just this past week, some of our state's educational administrators joined the feds in seeking to mandate Arabic classes for Texas children. No joke!
The Arabic studies program, funded by a five-year, $1.3 million Foreign Language Assistance Program federal grant, was to begin this semester at Cross Timbers Intermediate School in Mansfield School District, then spread to neighboring Davis Elementary and Howard Middle schools in the fall and to Summit High School by fall 2012."
Public-Worker Unions Steel for Budget Fights - WSJ.com "In the 2010 midterm elections, public-sector unions contributed $20.5 million to federal candidates, parties and outside groups, up from $19.1 million in the 2008 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The share of contributions to Democrats rose to 92% in 2010 from 89% in 2008."
Snowshoe at Hoffmaster MLive.com "Guides will be conducting snowshoe hikes 10:30 a.m. this Saturday and next at Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor. There's also a special moonlight hike planned for 7 p.m. Friday.
Preregistration is required by calling 798-3573.
Those who don`t have snowshoes can reserve a pair for a small fee.
If there is less than 6 inches of snow, the guide will lead participants on a winter exploration of the park."
News from The Associated Press "GM's 28,000 salaried workers, such as engineers and managers, will get bonuses equal to 4 to 16 percent of their base pay. Fewer than 1 percent will get 50 percent or more; another 3 percent will get from 16 percent to around 50 percent, the person said."
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has introduced a bill to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reviving the policy, a controversial and defunct standard that required broadcast licensees to offer 'balanced' coverage."
Shame of Britain's Muslim schools: Secret filming shows pupils beaten Mail Online "‘You’re not like the non-Muslims out there,’ the teacher says, gesturing towards the window. ‘All that evil you see in the streets, people not wearing the hijab properly, people smoking . . . you should hate it, you should hate walking down that street.’ He refers to the ‘non-Muslims’ as the ‘Kuffar’, an often derogatory term that means disbeliever or infidel."
For over 20 years, with increasing influence and with worsening effect, public employee unions have used taxpayer’s money, confiscated from public worker paychecks, to buy our politicians and control our elections.
They have used this power to “negotiate” grossly over-market rates of compensation and benefits to unionized government workers, especially at the entry and mid-level jobs, and because employee compensation is by far the largest category of government expenditures, it is breaking budgets, leading to tax increases and service cuts.
Meanwhile, public employee unions, in their insatiable demand both for more revenues to pay their over-paid members, as well as to expand their memberships, are prevailing upon politicians to expand government and expand regulations – increasing the cost of living for everyone.
This translates into cost-of-living increases for the unionized government workers, and a lower standard of living for the rest of us whose taxes support the entire corrupt mess.
At the same time, Mr. Hoffa, your public sector union pension funds are the collection agent for the overbuilt Wall Street machine you claim to abho
Walker calls for cuts or big layoffs - JSOnline "Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that thousands of state workers would be laid off if the Legislature does not adopt his budget fix that cuts public worker benefits and takes away almost all union bargaining rights from public workers. A Walker aide confirmed that the benefit reductions would cost the average state worker thousands of dollars a year, or roughly 8% of his or her salary. Walker also signaled that in a larger budget plan coming later this month he would trim aid to municipalities and let local officials deal with those cuts at least in part through savings on public employee costs."
Speaking at a Capitol news conference, the governor also said the National Guard is ready to take control of state prisons if correctional officers illegally strike or obstruct work. Union officials said they had no such plans.
But he said the state had no money or time to bargain with unions over the benefits changes.
"I don't have anything to negotiate," Walker said. "We are broke in this state. We have been broke for years. People have ignored that for years, and it's about time somebody stood up and told the truth. The truth is: We don't have money to offer. We don't have finances to offer. This is what we have to offer."
Walmart fires Layton guards for disarming shoplifter The Salt Lake Tribune "Longton stood behind assistant manager Gabriel Stewart, holding his shoulder with one hand and the gun inside his pocket with the other. Security workers Shawn Ray and Justin Richins each grabbed Longton by an arm and spun him around. Poulsen then took the gun away from the man. 'All of it takes places within about 23 seconds from the time we got him into the office from the time we put our hands on him to get control of the situation and removed the gun,' Poulsen said. 'It was absolutely terrifying. We didn’t know what to do, but once he didn’t leave and felt that Gabe’s life was in danger and everybody else’s ...,' Ray said. 'We thought we had done the right thing.'"
Why you should always encrypt your smartphone "What's more, the US Supreme Court has held that police may arrest you for simple misdemeanors, such as driving without a seatbelt or having unpaid parking tickets. While police don't typically arrest individuals for such trivial infractions, all it takes is one unlucky police encounter and you could end up behind bars. If that happens, and your mobile phone is on your person, it may be subject to a warrantless search. If police dig up an incriminating text message, e-mail, or errant image file on your mobile device, it might be enough to convince a judge to issue a search warrant of your property—or, worse, lead to criminal charges being filed against you."
Wind Energy, Renewable Energy [Michigan Capitol Confidential] "all those spinning turbine blades are expected to contribute just 8.7 percent of their rated capacity. Nevertheless, Texas families are now paying $4 more for electricity every month for a network of power lines connecting those distant rural wind turbines to where most people live."
Muskegon Heights DE has multiple offers "One of the top players in Michigan for the class of 2012 will be defensive end Evan Winston of Muskegon Heights High School. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect already has several scholarship offers on the table and more are sure to come. SpartanMag.com has the latest."
'I believe much of the consternation on the part of Cruise Critic members stems from the mistaken belief that Celebrity intends to relax or even eliminate many of the traditional 'rules,' such as the excellent smoking policy, any semblance of a dress code for formal nights, and worse, in favor of attracting a younger, more rebellious clientele,' he wrote.
One week later, Celebrity President and CEO Dan Hanrahan held a virtual Q&A in an effort to clarify the line's aim with 'X the Rules.'
And after some careful consideration, he returned a week later and posted the following:
'I want to thank you all again for the candid dialogue and questions on the boards last week about our new ad campaign. Your feedback encouraged us to do some additional research…[and] we have decided to move away from the 'X the rules' ads.'
Read the whole story of how Celebrity loyalists 'X'ed the marketing campaign."
This is only for cruise folks but coincidentally, our last cruise ended Jan. 17, the day before this new dictate was to be enforced. If you cruise, you MUST get familiar with Cruise Critic. You will save lots of moolah! And learn other cool stuff.
The stark reality is that despite candidates who promised lower spending and taxes winning just about every election for the past half century, total government spending has kept going up every year since Bill Haley was topping the charts with Rock Around the Clock and a young singer named Elvis Presley made his first commercial recording.
That’s the same year the very first edition of Sports Illustrated was published, the Milwaukee Braves welcomed Hank Aaron as a rookie, and the shot clock was invented for the new National Basketball Association.
CBS 2′s Dave Savini and the Better Government Association investigated questionable spending of school tax dollars and how children are impacted.
Former Scammon Elementary School teacher Laura Hoffman is angry that 14 of her Chicago Public School co-workers went on an all-expense paid trip to a Las Vegas resort and spa for a conference last year."
South Dakota GOP takes aim at 'Obamacare' with a gun bill - Washington Times "If the government can require Americans to buy health insurance, the reasoning goes, then why can’t the same government require them to purchase something a bit higher on the conservative wish list? That is why five GOP state legislators have introduced a bill that would require every South Dakotan age 21 or older to purchase a gun"
Following a successful small clinical trial, Verisante is now analyzing the results of another trial with 1,000 moles.”"
Honeybunch and I have lost her dad to skin cancer last year. And we have too many friends and family who we love who are fighting the same pernicious disease today. This sounds like a vibration of hope at the end of the tunnel.
How To Reform Fannie And Freddie Now Without Raising Mortgage Costs "But there is an alternative approach that wouldn’t raise monthly mortgage costs — it might even lower them — yet it would induce the private sector to take on mortgage market risk while minimizing taxpayer credit risk. On top of that, it would preserve the ability of the government to run a countercyclical housing policy to combat downturns and it would go a long way toward rationalizing the foreclosure process."
This is very interesting. Take a moment to read and understand it. And send it to your rep. and senator if you agree. I already did.