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Obama, Blaming Congress, Says He’ll Go It Alone on Immigration   Leave a comment

For what its’ worth, I agree with President Obama on this; if Congress won’t act, then the President must act accordingly and do what is right, regardless of what the peanut gallery says.

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President Barack Obama said Monday that he is moving ahead with executive actions to address immigration after a sweeping comprehensive reform bill languished in the House for more than a year.

“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing,” he said. “And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”

Obama said that he is sending additional resources to the border to stem a growing tide of undocumented immigrants into the county and that he has directed his team to recommend further executive actions to slow deportations by the end of the summer.

The move was prompted after House Speaker John Boehner formally told the president last week that the House will not move…

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Posted June 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

More truth!   Leave a comment

Posted June 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Dropkick Murphys – “Which Side Are You On?”   Leave a comment

…in light of the Harris decision today which chipped away at some labor protections for public-sector unions, I ask: Which side are you on? The workers..or the 1%? I’m with the workers…what side are you on?

Posted June 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Gives New Meaning To Pretzel Logic   Leave a comment

The Urban Dictionary defines “pretzel logic” as:

…fallible, twisted or circular reasoning that when dissected is wrong, does not make sense or does not explain the situation rationally.(Urban Dictionary)

…well, that’s what, when read through, today’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. appears like: one great big batch of judicial pretzel logic…quoting Crooks & Liars:

After reading the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby, I’m stunned. If you thought the reasoning in Citizens United was bad, welcome to the decision opening the floodgates to the Church of the Almighty Dollar. In order to make this decision, the majority had to twist itself in knots. Here are some examples: (1)Corporations are persons, but maybe only if they’re closely held. Maybe. Corporations are established to protect the people who own them, therefore they are ‘persons’ too. (2)Corporations are religious too, my friends. In disagreeing with Ginsburg’s dissent, Alito writes that ‘for-profit corporations do seek to perpetuate the religious values shared’ just like churches do. (3)Lofty values belong to owners and employees alike. Because for-profit corporations may be organized for any lawful purpose, they are not required to pursue profit at the expense of everything else, and therefore may impose their owners’ religious beliefs onto their customers and employees. (4)Denying science: It is enough that the Greens and the Hahns believe some contraception methods are actually abortion methods, regardless of science. Alito argues that because the Hahns and Greens believe IUDs and three other forms of covered contraception are “connected to the destruction of the embryo in a way that is sufficient to make it immoral for them to provide the coverage. (5)Contraception first, then vaccinations, transfusions, antidepressants and more! They are trying to kill the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid by the death of a thousand cuts. First it was contraception, but the majority left the door open for more challenges by carving out contraception and inviting other groups to challenge other treatments.(Crooks & Liars)

That last point is the most chilling; don’t be surprised if more cases begin worming their way through the judicial woodwork, all using the faux mantras of “corporate personhood” and “religious liberty” to get what they want, regardless of what the law – or the Constitution – actually said.

Supreme Court Whittles Away At Public Sector Unions In 5-4 Decision   2 comments

On the whole, this decision in Harris v. Quinn could’ve been a lot worse for public-sector unions:

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court created a new class of employee called a “partial public employee” and ruled that they could not be compelled to contribute union dues.

This is a ‘splitting the baby’ decision that doesn’t gut union membership but certainly hobbles it.(Crooks & Liars)

In essence, what Harris did was hobble what’s known as the ‘free rider provision’ of federal labor law; under current law prior to today’s decision, all employees in a workplace – regardless of whether or not they were members of a union or not – were required to pay some dues to the representative union in their workplace in exchange for the benefit of having union representation regardless of whether they themselves were members. Unless I’m reading this decision wrong – and sometimes with the High Court its’ hard to tell at times – this case effectively gives union opponents a wedge that they can now drive into numerous workplaces, both public & private, in the hope of breaking, bit by bit, the idea of collective bargaining within the workplace.

Jeffrey Toobin Is An Idiot   Leave a comment

You know, Mr. Toobin, if there was any justice in this world, Dick Cheney and every person involved in getting us into the Iraq War would be at the dock in the Hague for numerous war crimes…but if that happened, we wouldn’t have their advice to listen to once more, would we?

Kerry Earnhardt drives father Dale Sr.’s No. 3 at Goodwood Festival (PHOTO)   Leave a comment

There are certain things in motorsports that are just iconic…the red cars of Ferrari in Formula 1, the yellow Corvettes’ in sports car racing…and then there’s the Black #3 from the world of NASCAR.

MotorSportsTalk

In addition to all the racing action this weekend, the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed is taking place over in England. The annual gathering features race cars from past and present taking part in both demo runs and in competition runs on a 1.16-mile course.

Kerry Earnhardt has already attended Goodwood twice in 2010 and 2013, and he’s back again to drive the 2000 No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet that his late father, seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., piloted.

Also in attendance for Goodwood is three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, who tweeted this awesome shot today of Kerry driving the famous No. 3 from the cockpit of a Mercedes-Benz DTM touring car.

Yesterday, the…

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Posted June 29, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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