Archive for October 17, 2011

Drink While Driving — Please! That Would be Herman Cain

Have you or a loved one been involved in a DUI accident (I have)?  Has someone you know been injured or killed?  Herman Cain says forget those pesky details because he makes money off of what you spend on liquor so ah, those deaths and injuries are worth it.

Woohoo.  Anything — including your life — for corporate profit!

While leading the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain served as the industry’s lobbyist-in-chief, leading the charge against laws that could harm the food service business. One of his signature causes: stopping stricter drunk driving laws.

When Cain took over as CEO of the NRA in 1996, anti-drunk driving groups were leading a campaign to lower the blood alcohol limit for a DUI to .08 across the country: the equivalent for a 170 pound-man of about five beers in two hours. The majority of states used a .10 limit as their standard, which advocates argued was an insufficiently tough deterrent and left plenty of still-dangerous drivers on the road.

Enter the restaurant industry, whose members with liquor licenses faced diminished business as a result of the changes. Led by Cain, they lobbied hard against .08 changes at the state and federal level, claiming that research showed little improvement in states that had made the switch already.

Again, please drink while driving!

October 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM Leave a comment

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard (MLK)

Please, please, please, please take the time to watch this short video titled, “I Am Not Moving.”  It compares what the United States government says to other countries about freedom of speech (and assembly, etc.) to what it does here at home.  Very powerful:

October 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM Leave a comment

I Paid More in Taxes Than Citigroup and Exxon-Mobil

This will make you sick:

●  Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009.  Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS [as in Our Tax Dollars], according to its SEC filings.

●  Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department [as in Our Tax Dollars] of nearly $1 trillion.

●  General Electric [the owner of NBC, CNBC and MSNBC among others] made $26 billion in profits in the United States over the last five years and it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

●  Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

●  Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon [paid by Our Tax Dollars] to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

●  Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent [my husband and I paid roughly 28%] of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department [as in Our Tax Dollars].

●  Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury [as in Our Tax Dollars].

●  ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2006 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks [depriving We the People of needed tax revenue] through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

Laws allowing this s**t to happen must be changed.  NOW!

(Man, those lobbyists sure are worth the money, aren’t they?)

October 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM 1 comment

Throw the Ball for the Poor Thing Already

This genius dog has had to learn how to “toss” the ball for himself because his moronic guardian apparently has no clue that the dog wants to play with him as much as he wants to play with the ball:

Anyway, bravo to the dog for making lemonade out of lemons.

(Via.)

October 17, 2011 at 5:29 PM Leave a comment

Your Blackberry Could Kill You

These are some amazing statistics:

ABU DHABI // A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services.

In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents this week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents.

On average there is a traffic accident every three minutes in Dubai, while in Abu Dhabi there is a fatal accident every two days.

Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of Dubai Police, and Brig Gen Hussein Al Harethi, the director of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic department, linked the drop in accidents to the disruption of BlackBerry services between Tuesday and Thursday.

Wow.  That’s incredible.

October 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM Leave a comment

Big Bucks Romney

Ouch.  Check out this photo of Mitt Romney (he’s the dude in the middle):

Photo: Boston.com / Bain Capital

Despite the pressures at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney kept the atmosphere loose. One year, after posing for a photo for a firm brochure, the partners did another take, the second time holding $10 and $20 bills. From left, Fraser Bullock, Eric A. Kriss, Joshua Bekenstein, Mitt Romney, Coleman Andrews, Geoffrey S. Rehnert, and Robert F. White.

Read the accompanying article here (for a fee) at Boston.com:

Mitt Romney would lead Bain Capital from a staff of seven people managing $37 million to 115 people managing $4 billion. During his tenure, the firm would post an astonishing record, on average doubling its return on realized investments every year.

 

October 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM Leave a comment

“Occupy the Tundra”

I love this, posted by Diane McEachern on Occupy Wall Street’s Facebook photo page:

A lonely vigil in remote Alaska. I’m wearing a muskox neck warmer (that is not a beard on my face) and I am a woman. The dogs are rescues. The tundra is outside of Bethel, Alaska. The day is chill. The sentiment is solid. Find your spot. Occupy it. Even if it is only your own mind. Keep this going…

 

October 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM Leave a comment


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