Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Konfused Iraqi Kid (AKA Abbas Hawazin) is back with a new post.

37 comments:

Freddie Starr said...

Konfused Kid ate my hamster.

Bruno said...

Thanks!

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Well, it's about time!

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Kofi Annan resigns as envoy to Syria

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

This whole Chick fil-A ruckus seems childish to me. Both sides of the argument are being immature and lame

Oh, Zeyad, Americans are very good at raising a ruckus if they feel their rights are being trampled on, in some way or another. And this being an election year just makes it worse.

It's rather funny that Chick-fil-A should be so much in the news lately, as there was supposed to be one going in around here. I haven't hard anyone mention that it is being told to go away, but I'll let you know if I do.

Personally, I think everyone has a right to make their own choice as to what is right for themselves.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

"hard" shoud be "heard"

*sigh*

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

PeteS,

I was wondering what happened to you. Out rounding up hamsters, were you?

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "It's rather funny that Chick-fil-A should be so
      much in the news lately…
"

I didn't notice it makin’ much news until the right-wingers decided to go heavy on the claim they were ‘victims’ of whatever the hell it is they're supposed to be victimized by.  The little fusses the weird lefties were makin’ didn't amount to a hill of beans and didn't seem to get hardly any press at all until the right-wingers decided they had to publicize it hard and heavy.  Slow week I guess, and I think they were tryin’ to change the subject from Romney's overseas escapades.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

I think it became a big deal when a couple of cities politely said Chick-fil-A was not welcome in their cities.

Last I heard there are some gay rights activists arranging a kiss protest at various locations.

An average sandwich there costs about $6.50. Sooo not somewhere that I will be buying lunch at too often, anyway, if they do open one close to me. I tend to be cheap when it comes to lunch.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Sorry about your work schedule, Zeyad. Do you get paid extra for working the night shift?

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "I think it became a big deal when a couple of cities
      politely said Chick-fil-A was not welcome in their
      cities.
"

Yeah, right.  Except… 
Take Chicago for instance, where this thing first broke out….  Mayor Rahm Emanual actually said that:

      "Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.
      They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors
      and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part
      of the Chicago community, you should reflect
      Chicago values.

      Chicago Sun-Times

Brietbart.com was up within a few hours with the claim that:

      "Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking action: he’s
      banning Chick-Fil-A.
"

Which is rather more than the mayor had indicated was on the table, and which interpretation Emanuel's office denied the very next day.  However, that's not the story that got air time on FoxNews and got reported in the right-winger blogs.

Emanuel's office ‘clarified’ his position the next day:

      "‘The Mayor simply said that Chick-fil-a’s CEO
      does not share Chicago’s values. He did not say that
      he would block or play any role in the company
      opening a new restaurant here,’ mayoral press
      secretary Tarrah Cooper said the following day. ‘If
      they meet all the usual requirements, then they can
      open their restaurant, but he does not believe the
      CEO’s values are reflective of our city.’


And, that's still not the story that's getting told on FoxNews and on the right-winger radio and blogs.
(Note, by the way, that Chick-fil-A doesn't currently have any plans to open a new restaurant in Chicago, at least, no plans that anybody knows anything about.)
Personally, I'm not much interested in this one.  Near as I can make it out, the professional and semi-professional gay advocates are sitting out the Chick-fil-A nonsense, and the slack is being taken up by second-stringers and a loose collection of fools who've allowed the right-wingers to bait them into what's a fairly stupid conflict to be having in the first place.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
On a more substantive political issue:  The ‘Tax Policy Center’ (run by the Brookings Institute), has scored Romney's newest tax plan for reducing taxes.  The CBO has said that the plan is impossible for them to score because it's too vague in many particulars, specifically, too vague about the supposed tax deductions and credits Romney says he's going to eliminate to pay for it (‘too vague’ meaning that Romney has entirely neglected to identify any such deductions and credits although he's specific enough about the actual tax cuts themselves).  The CBO is forbidden by statute from filling in any of the missing data, a point Romney has bragged about before--how he's managed to make it impossible for the CBO to score his tax plan.  And that was done on purpose.  However, the Tax Policy Center is under no such prohibition.  So, they ran the numbers anyway and came to the conclusion that there are not enough tax deductions in the entire tax code to offset the high end tax cuts Romney is proposing , and, necessarily then, the Romney plan will result in substantial new tax cuts for the high-end income earners.
The Romeny camp is claiming foul here, but they've not exactly identified what the foul is supposed to be.  I guess they'll get to that later.

Expect to hear more on this one in the days coming.  The Obama campaing is already up with new ads touting the Tax Policy Center's analysis in some crucial swing states.

Petes said...

[Lynnette]: I was wondering what happened to you. Out rounding up hamsters, were you?

Yeah, lots of hamsters at the moment. I've been doing exams in maths and physics (which went ok but not especially well -- maybe I need help from the resident maths guru here* ;-)
I've also been resigning from my job of more than two decades. I hesitate to use the word "retiring" because that sounds like something old people** do. But I'm planning an extended chunk of time off to study astronomy and cosmology, and build my own little observatory, and generally waste time paying no taxes for a while.



(* that was a joke)
(** older than me, that is; I'm not a spring chicken either)

Bridget said...

Considering the total hash your government has made of your country's finances,PeteS, I'd be looking to sit out the next several years myself. Won't be long now before they'll be grabbing every cent that's not nailed down or hidden away.

Zeyad said...

Lynnette, no. My job pays minimum wage, and it doesn't matter if it's overtime, holiday, or night shift. Same pay. Funny though, I enjoy being a rent-a-cop. It offers me ample time to study, read, tweet, watch youtube videos, facebook, harass employees, and any other useless activity.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "My job pays minimum wage, and it doesn't matter if
      it's overtime, holiday, or night shift.
"

That kinda sucks.  On the other hand, you do at least have a job in an economy where that's not happenin’ for everybody.  And, it's not like you're stuck with of making a career of it.
And that leads us into today's entry re:  American politics.

New jobs numbers are out for July.  There's been a net add of 163,000 jobs for the month, much better than last months total of 80,000 plus, but barely over the 150,000 or so necessary just to keep up with the increase in the working-age population.  And, total unemployment crept up a notch to 8.3%.  This is a mixed bag politically, but I'd have to say it's a net plus for the Romney campaign.
 
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Post Script to 6:47 PM posting above:

The Romney camp is now claiming thatthe positive benefits to economic growth from both the corporate tax plan and the deficit reduction called for in the Romney plan’ will provide the money to offset those high-end tax cuts he wants.
(To say that I am personally dubious of this proposition is a bit of an understatement.)

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Zeyad,

My job pays minimum wage, and it doesn't matter if it's overtime, holiday, or night shift.

Hmmm...as Lee said that sucks, but I would add it also sounds a bit odd. At least as far as the overtime pay is concerned. If I understand your duties correctly any hours worked over 40 hours a week would be required to be paid at time and a half. Rent a cops aren't exempt from federal labor laws as far as I can see. But maybe you don't feel comfortable rocking that boat in this economy.

Bridget,

Do Texas businesses have some kind of exemption from following federal laws?

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee,

Yeah, the Chick-fil-A fiasco is another tempest in a teapot. Both sides need to cool off a little.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Zeyad,

P.S.

Funny though, I enjoy being a rent-a-cop. It offers me ample time to study, read, tweet, watch youtube videos, facebook, harass employees, and any other useless activity.

lol! Okay, if you enjoy it, maybe I shouldn't be annoyed about the pay on your behalf. :)

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

PeteS,

Why, you lucky thing you! Everyone where I work would love to "retire" and do something else. :) Congratulations!

My dream is to have enough time to at least catch up on my reading. :)

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee again,

The CBO has said that the plan is impossible for them to score because it's too vague in many particulars, specifically, too vague about the supposed tax deductions and credits Romney says he's going to eliminate to pay for it

And this is pretty typical. No details.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "Both sides need to cool off a little."

Not bloody likely; sure as hell ain't in the plan.  The right-wingers have manufactured themselves a ‘Christian victim’ story here that's playin’ well with their more radical Christer base.  They've had trouble gettin’ those folks fired up for Romney.  They have no intention of lettin’ off on this now that they've found a hook.  Gotta keep them Christers fired up for November.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "And this is pretty typical. No details."

I'm beginning to get the feeling that Romney's gonna blow the election over that.  It should be his election to lose, what with the economy being what it is; but I'm beginning to think he's fixin’ to lose it with his consistent secrecies.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
And, now it appears that somebody forgot to clue Romney in on the care and maintenance of Christers.

Bridget said...

"Bridget,

Do Texas businesses have some kind of exemption from following federal laws?"


Texas hourly employees are entitled to overtime. (Nothing special for nights and holidays, however.). Lots of employers do try to misclassify their hourly workers as salaried employees in order to avoid paying overtime. But the best time to assert a claim for unpaid overtime is on your way out the door. (in the meantime, keep good records). If you complain while you are still employed, you will be fired. And a claim for unpaid overtime plus unemployment doesn't always compare so well to a job that you sorta like because you can study, text, surf the net, twitter and snuff like that.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Bridget,

Yes, I tend to agree with you on the when to complain part. Unfortunately it's not always cut and dried as to how to handle something. If one were to complain about something like that and then were fired, the only recourse would be to sue. That can be a long and drawn out process, not to mention a bit of a turn off for future employers when they are looking at your work history.

As far as what businesses try to get away with here, I'd say it's probably similar. If your employer is really good they will pay a shift premium for night work and time and a half, or double time, for holidays. Those last depend on how badly they need to attract, and keep, workers.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

P.S.

One thing though, while random audits are not common, they do happen. And a business caught diddling with wages is likely to be liable for back pay and fined. Which is why we always advise following the straight and narrow.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee,

If Romney comes across as a tax cheat, which is what people are saying is the cause of his refusal to publish his tax returns, it will hurt. People may fudge a little themselves, but they don't want their President doing it.

As for the chicken fiasco, you're right, that will probably not die away until after November.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee,

And, now it appears that somebody forgot to clue Romney in on the care and maintenance of Christers.

For them he's the only game in town. They'll back him even if he doesn't whole heartedly back whatever bee is currently buzzing around in their misinformed heads.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "If Romney comes across as a tax cheat, which
      is what people are saying is the cause of his refusal
      to publish his tax returns…
"

I don't know too many people who are saying that.  More like they're saying the tax system itself is rigged in favor of the very well-to-do (and it is), and that Romney has very probably, quite legally taken advantage of the loopholes written into the code specifically for multi-millionaires such as himself.  It's not cheating, other than insofar as the game is intentionally rigged, but it'll piss off Joe Sixpack white-guy nevertheless.  And Romney needs to run up a high score with them.

      "They'll back him even if he doesn't whole heartedly
      back whatever bee is currently buzzing…
"

But, there remains the question of turnout.  Both sides are trying to convince themselves that their supporters are the more enthusiastic this time, and will respond better to the ‘get-out-the-vote’ drives of the two campaigns.  I can't get a clear grip on which side has the advantage there.  It appears to me that the pollsters can achieve a result favorable to either side, pretty much on call, simply by rephrasing the questions just a little bit.  (If you'll bare with me here…)
It seems that the Democrats have the advantage when one asks about ‘enthusiasm’ for the favored candidate.  That is, Democrats like Obama more than Republicans like Romney.  But, Republicans take the advantage if one instead asks about ‘intensity’.  In other words, Republicans hate Obama rather intensely, and are intent on voting him out, even if they ain't all that thrilled with Romney.

Not gettin’ on board with the current buzz among the base will factor in to that ‘intensity/enthusiasm’ aspect of the election.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

More like they're saying the tax system itself is rigged in favor of the very well-to-do (and it is), and that Romney has very probably, quite legally taken advantage of the loopholes written into the code specifically for multi-millionaires such as himself.

It is Reid that is saying Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years, according to an unnamed source. Romney is saying that's a lie and to reveal the source. It would seem to me that making his tax returns public would end the matter. I don't recall this being such a sticking point in the past.

But, Republicans take the advantage if one instead asks about ‘intensity’. In other words, Republicans hate Obama rather intensely, and are intent on voting him out, even if they ain't all that thrilled with Romney.

When you're on the outside looking in it's a little easier to fire up the base, I think.

What will be really interesting is if Obama can win with unemployment so high. If he does then the Republicans should, if they are wise, start to look really really hard at what's wrong with their message.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Finally a beautiful day out, in the 70's. Think I'll bake brownies. :)

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.      said...

 
      "I don't recall this being such a sticking point in the
      past.
"

Hasn't been much of an issue.  Romney's father, George Romney, began the practice of the release of tax returns when he released 12 years' worth in 1968.  Pretty much everybody who's run since then has released more tax returns than most folks wanted to see.  Romney's decision to keep his tax returns out of public view, in spite of the uproar, is unprecedented.  (John McCain released only two years' worth in his 2008 run, a point Mitt Romney is very fond of calling ‘precedent’, but McCain's tax returns were pretty uninteresting.  He married a rich girl, and, while she gave him children, she kept her money to herself, filing separate tax returns for every year after their first year of marriage.)

      "If [Obama wins] then the Republicans should, if
      they are wise, start to look really really hard at what's
      wrong with their message.
"

I will expect instead that we'll hear that the messenger was again flawed, and that their problem was that they nominated a ‘pretender’, a ‘Massachusetts moderate’ masquerading as a ‘true constitutional conservative’.  They'll go back to the story that they they should have nominated a true, fire-breathing, fierce reactionary.  The story will be that Dole, McCain, Romney were none of them true believers and that's what's gonna be necessary next time.

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