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bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 2, 2014 - 07:21am PT
barry shows just how "deeply concerned" he is about russia invading ukraine:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skips-national-security-team-meeting-russia-ukraine_783659.html?nopager=1

i guess since he can't see russia from his house, there's really nothing to consider or maybe he's looking for that "reset" button:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/ukraine-says-thousands-russian-troops-have-crossed-border-n41846

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570335/Former-British-Ambassador-Moscow-warns-Russia-invaded-Ukraine-difficult-avoid-going-war.html

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/07/143943.htm

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/world/2014/03/01/Turkey-caught-in-the-Russia-Crimea-snowstorm.html

http://stream.wsj.com/story/deadly-clashes-in-ukraine/SS-2-457850/SS-2-469057/?mod=wsj_streaming_deadly-clashes-in-ukraine


oh, no worries; all those troops flowing into Crimea and taking over airports are not an invasion, according to barry, but an "uncontested arrival"

winston smith is dead...and soon a bunch of ukrainians, too

bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 2, 2014 - 07:23am PT
"we need to pass the bill to find out what's in it"

http://keepseniorssafe.com/tennessee-optometric-surgery-bill-endangers-senior-health-care/

philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 2, 2014 - 07:37am PT
Yes by all means Ol Barry Boy should invade the Crimea.

That way TeaGeeTea and BrainWorm could complain about Barry Boy Obammy invading the Crimea.

Hey kiddos it's the 21st century try to act like you belong.
dirtbag

climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 10:09am PT
What could any American president do about this?

Nothing.

What would the ditz from Wasilla do?
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 10:43am PT
She's not a ditz she's a foreign policy genius because if you say enough random things over the course of 6 years, eventually one of them might happen and your supporters will use it as proof of your eminence.
dirtbag

climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:01am PT
I bet there are 12,000 invasions scenarios she has mentioned over the years. She was bound to be "right" about something.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2014 - 11:09am PT
The Real Job Killers

Robert Reich
Posted: 02/28/2014 3:04 pm EST
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/real-job-killers_b_4876204.html


House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is "bad policy" because it will cause job losses.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a minimum wage increase would be a job killer. Republicans and the Chamber also say unions are job killers, workplace safety regulations are job killers, environmental regulations are job killers, and the Affordable Care Act is a job killer. The California Chamber of Commerce even publishes an annual list of "job killers," including almost any measures that lift wages or protect workers and the environment.

Most of this is bunk.

When in 1996 I recommended the minimum wage be raised, Republicans and the Chamber screamed it would "kill jobs." In fact, in the four years after it was raised, the U.S. economy created more jobs than were ever created in any four-year period.

For one thing, a higher minimum wage doesn't necessarily increase business costs. It draws more job applicants into the labor market, giving employers more choice of whom to hire. As a result, employers often get more reliable workers who remain longer -- thereby saving employers at least as much money as they spend on higher wages.

A higher wage can also help build employee morale, resulting in better performance. Gap, America's largest clothing retailer, recently announced it would boost its hourly wage to $10. Wall Street approved. "You treat people well, they'll treat your customers well," said Dorothy Lakner, a Wall Street analyst. "Gap had a strong year last year compared to a lot of their peers. That sends a pretty strong message to employees that, 'we had a good year, but you're going to be rewarded too.'"

Even when raising the minimum wage -- or bargaining for higher wages and better working conditions, or requiring businesses to provide safer workplaces or a cleaner environment -- increases the cost of business, this doesn't necessarily kill jobs.

Most companies today can easily absorb such costs without reducing payrolls. Corporate profits now account for the largest percentage of the economy on record. Large companies are sitting on more than $1.5 trillion in cash they don't even know what to do with. Many are using their cash to buy back their own shares of stock -- artificially increasing share value by reducing the number of shares traded on the market.

Walmart spent $7.6 billion last year buying back shares of its own stock -- a move that papered over its falling profits. Had it used that money on wages instead, it could have given its workers a raise from around $9 an hour to almost $15. Arguably, that would have been a better use of the money over the long-term -- not only improving worker loyalty and morale but also giving workers enough to buy more goods from Walmart (reminiscent of Henry Ford's pay strategy a century ago).

There's also a deeper issue here. Even assuming some of these measures might cause some job losses, does that mean we shouldn't proceed with them?

Americans need jobs, but we also need minimally decent jobs. The nation could create millions of jobs tomorrow if we eliminated the minimum wage altogether and allowed employers to pay workers $1 an hour or less. But do we really want to do that?

Likewise, America could create lots of jobs if all health and safety regulations were repealed, but that would subject millions of workers to severe illness and injury.

Lots of jobs could be added if all environmental rules were eliminated, but that would result in the kind of air and water pollution that many people in poor nations have to contend with daily.

If the Affordable Care Act were repealed, hundreds of thousands of Americans would have to go back to working at jobs they don't want but feel compelled to do in order to get health insurance.

We'd create jobs, but not progress. Progress requires creating more jobs that pay well, are safe, sustain the environment, and provide a modicum of security. If seeking to achieve a minimum level of decency ends up "killing" some jobs, then maybe those aren't the kind of jobs we ought to try to preserve in the first place.

Finally, it's important to remember the real source of job creation. Businesses hire more workers only when they have more customers. When they have fewer customers, they lay off workers. So the real job creators are consumers with enough money to buy.

Even Walmart may be starting to understand this. The company is "looking at" whether to support a minimum wage increase. David Tovar, a Walmart spokesman, noted that such a move would increase the company's payroll costs but would also put more money in the pockets of some of Walmart's customers.

In other words, forget what you're hearing from the Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce. The real job killers in America are lousy jobs at lousy wages.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:20am PT
didn't realize "leading from behind" meant leading from behind...er...canada:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-crisis-harper-recalls-ambassador-tells-putin-to-withdraw-1.2556228


barry to putin: if you like your empire, you can keep your empire. period.

though i'm sure this time he means it


oh, how the mighty have fallen
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:32am PT
bookworm doesn't seem to understand that literally nobody takes threats from Canada as threats. Canada can say anything they want because they have no power to do anything about anything other than ending maple syrup exports. When America makes a threat people take it seriously and there has to be follow through (see Syria). Canada telling Putin to withdraw is a political posture. Obama telling Putin to withdraw is an escalation against a nuclear power that can't be taken back without loss of serious political influence or loss of life. Nobody wants either. (except maybe bookworm)


The lesson here is that Republicans don't care what you do so long as what you say sounds right.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:37am PT
Credit: philo
WBraun

climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:37am PT
Republicans don't care what you do so long as what you say sounds right.

Except that 99% of what the republicans say is always wrong .... :-)
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:41am PT
High five good buddy.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 2, 2014 - 11:49am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#345883
new world order2

climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 12:05pm PT
Over 4.5 million views....


Obama - Yes We Can = Thank You Satan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqALdkTArqs#t=138

THE HIDDEN EMPIRE

1. City States.

Did the world wars, revolutions & big events of human history happen naturally or coincidentally, or were they calculated & pre-planned? If they were pre planned, who planned them?

The answer to this question can be found within the boundaries of 3 of the worlds most powerful cities. Those 3 cities belong to no nation & pay no taxes. They are Washington's District of Columbia, which is not part of the City of Washington or the US. The inner city of London, which is not part of London or England & Vatican City, which is not part of Rome or Italy.

These cities, called City States, have their own independent flag, their own separate laws & their own separate identity.

http://birthofanewearth.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/NWO

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 2, 2014 - 12:09pm PT
So you believe in Satan...?
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 2, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#347396
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 2, 2014 - 12:55pm PT


If you like your empire,you can keep it.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 01:27pm PT
Am I really the only person who is going to comment on the insanely racist pictures 2 pages ago? I expect complicit silence from TGT but nobody else? Really?
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 2, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
Am I really the only person who is going to comment on the insanely racist pictures 2 pages ago? I expect complicit silence from TGT but nobody else? Really?

Sorry, I missed it. I was watching Chris Rock videos:



Here's the solution, btw:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/09/06/219737467/who-can-use-the-n-word-thats-the-wrong-question
(not really, the article raises interesting points, but ultimately concludes nothing)

HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 2, 2014 - 02:23pm PT
Coz asked
Are you referring to the comic strip, with a black man using the N word.

More the pictures of Obama as "Primate in Chief." Did you guys seriously miss that?
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