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Chick Fil A…..Corey….

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The big pressing issue that is on everyone’s mind today is Chick Fil A. That is basically all that is being discussed.

Do government entities, such as politicians in Boston and Chicago have been suggesting this week, have the right to stop a business from operating, simply because they do not like a personal opinion held by the business owner? In this case, it is regarding the owner of Chick Fil A’s religious views opposing same sex marriage.

This is not at all a discrimination issue involving who the restaurant serves or hires but simply because the guy who founded the chain opposes gay marriage?

Whatever your view on the marriage issue, what these groups, and liberal politicians in Boston and Chicago have been saying this week should be quite abhorrent to anyone who claims to believe in tolerance and civil liberties.

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.

Gay rights groups have called for a boycott, the Jim Henson Co. pulled its Muppet toys from kids’ meals, and politicians in Boston and Chicago told the chain it is not welcome there.

Across the Bible Belt, where most of the 1,600 restaurants are situated, Christian conservatives have thrown their support behind the Atlanta-based company, promising to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries next week on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

The latest skirmish in the nation’s culture wars began when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” In a later radio interview, he ratcheted up the rhetoric: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'”

That fired up gay rights advocates, including a group that waged a campaign against the company in recent years by publicizing $3 million in contributions that the Cathy family foundation has made to conservative organizations such as the Family Research Council….

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July 26, 2012 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Editorial, Food, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 6 Comments

What do you do In The Country after you get rid of the bad guy Running the Country?

That seems to be a recurring theme for the US and NATO thru the years….

As this piece from the Atlantic by James Joyner points out…..

Mommar Gaddafi is gonna be out of Libya sooner or later….

When that occurs…..

What’s gonna happen?

As we see in several countries …

Replacing the bad guy running the show creates a vacuum…

That creates unrest…

Unrealistic  expectations by the masses…..

And of course an oppountity by an organized opposition that often finds itself as the ONLY organized body…

All this the country has to continue running itself with with same corrupt people stealing from its population even if the head of the bad guy is gone….

So as in Iraq and Egypt….

What will happen in Libya when the time comes?

“Getting Libya back on its feet will be an unwieldy, and probably fractious, process in which many scores are settled against those who once supported the Gaddafi regime. But the problem is, of course, that much like in the former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe, virtually everyone at one point or another had to deal with the regime to survive. Unless political authority can be restored quickly, the sorting out of claims will undoubtedly be a bloody affair in light of the pent-up frustration that is now being released.”

James Dorsey noted for Al Arabiya recently, “The immediate problems Libyans and the international community will have to address once Mr. Qaddafi departs are huge and so are the potential pitfalls. The problems include restoring and maintaining law and order; securing basic services such as food, water and energy; achieving international recognition of a post-Qaddafi government; resuming oil exports to ensure funding for the new government; and kick starting Libya’s stagnating economy.”

He noted, “Anticipating the need to maintain security, avoid violent revenge and retribution and ensure that a post-Qaddafi government gets off to a good start, some US commanders, including Admiral Samuel Locklear, NATO’s joint operations chief in Naples, and General Carter Ham, who runs the US military’s Africa Command, have suggested that United Nations or African Union peacekeepers would have to be inserted into Libya once Mr. Qaddafi has been removed from power.”

The parallels with Iraq are eerie. In his seminal work on that conflict, Fiasco, Thomas Ricks quotes Major Isaiah Wilson, the official Army historian of the spring 2003 invasion and later strategic planner in Iraq saying that there was “no single plan as of 1 May 2004 that described an executable approach to achieving the stated strategic endstate for war.” Joint Staff officer Gregory Gardner explained why: “Politically, we’d made a decision that we’d turn it over to the Iraqis in June” 2003. Additionally, an Army War College study found, what little planning there was for post-conflict stabilization was predicated on the unfounded assumption that “the international community would pick up the slack.”

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July 22, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Family, Food, Government, Health, Healthcare, Home, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

California to block access to welfare cards from casinos and cruise ships…..

Why do I find this NOT hard to believe?

The Schwarzenegger administration is cutting off use of state-issued welfare debit cards at casinos across the country and on cruise ships, following a Times report that the aid cards have been used to spend or withdraw millions of dollars in benefits at popular vacation spots.

More than $69 million meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children was accessed in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam between January 2007 and May 2010, according to data from the California Department of Social Services.

Department Director John Wagner instructed the vendor that administers the debit card program to make the changes Monday afternoon, in response to a story that ran in The Times’ Monday edition. The move is part of the Schwarzenegger administration’s commitment to “rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in these programs” and to ensuring “these resources are going to the people they are intended for,” Wagner said.

More than $11 million was spent or withdrawn in Las Vegas, about $1 million of that at shops and casino hotels on or within a block or two of the famous strip. The data show $8,968 accessed at the Tropicana and $7,995 at the Venetian and its Grand Canal Shoppes…….More….

October 5, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Food, Government, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

President Obama will send $400M to the Palestinian's in Gaza…..

The President hoping to erase the Arab displeasure with the original Israeli handling of the blockade running

ships….and the UNited States backing way from early condemnation of the Israeli action s has pledged more aid the Palestinians in Gaza……..

Obama is talking to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas today…and had to offer something besides talk……

In addition, The Israeli’s trying to recover from a bad military and political decisions is offering to relax some border crossing restrictions to Gaza….


President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”

Obama had planned the White House meeting to talk mainly about the Middle East peace process. But in the aftermath of a deadly May 31 Israeli assault on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, the two leaders ended up focusing instead on the blockade of Gaza and its effects on the people who live there.
“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”

The meeting between Obama and Abbas was scheduled before the attempt by activists to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza ended in the deaths of nine of them during the takeover by Israeli commandos, provoking international outrage.

In response, Israeli officials announced Wednesday that they would relax some border restrictions on Gaza, allowing in some snack foods and spices that had previously been off limits for delivery. Palestinian leaders dismissed the change as inconsequential because it does not allow more urgently needed items, such as fabric, fishing equipment, spare parts and electronics.

The Obama administration’s promise of aid includes money to increase access to clean drinking water, create jobs and build schools and affordable housing. State Department officials called the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.

Last year, U.S. officials pledged a total of $900 million for Gaza and the West Bank, but acknowledged the difficulty of distributing the funds, especially because Hamas controls Gaza and is considered a terrorist organization.

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

President Obama will send $400M to the Palestinian’s in Gaza…..

The President hoping to erase the Arab displeasure with the original Israeli handling of the blockade running

ships….and the UNited States backing way from early condemnation of the Israeli action s has pledged more aid the Palestinians in Gaza……..

Obama is talking to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas today…and had to offer something besides talk……

In addition, The Israeli’s trying to recover from a bad military and political decisions is offering to relax some border crossing restrictions to Gaza….


President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”

Obama had planned the White House meeting to talk mainly about the Middle East peace process. But in the aftermath of a deadly May 31 Israeli assault on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, the two leaders ended up focusing instead on the blockade of Gaza and its effects on the people who live there.
“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”

The meeting between Obama and Abbas was scheduled before the attempt by activists to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza ended in the deaths of nine of them during the takeover by Israeli commandos, provoking international outrage.

In response, Israeli officials announced Wednesday that they would relax some border restrictions on Gaza, allowing in some snack foods and spices that had previously been off limits for delivery. Palestinian leaders dismissed the change as inconsequential because it does not allow more urgently needed items, such as fabric, fishing equipment, spare parts and electronics.

The Obama administration’s promise of aid includes money to increase access to clean drinking water, create jobs and build schools and affordable housing. State Department officials called the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.

Last year, U.S. officials pledged a total of $900 million for Gaza and the West Bank, but acknowledged the difficulty of distributing the funds, especially because Hamas controls Gaza and is considered a terrorist organization.

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

China's workers strike and get higher pay……Higher prices coming for their goods?

[ Striking workers on Monday at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, which supplies parts to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China.]

A sort of revolution in wages is starting in China…..

Honda Motors is settling one strike after another by increasing its Chinese workers pay…..

The trend seems to be spreading……

Another company Foxconn  a huge electronic manufacturing company has had employee deaths rise due to economic and life style problems…..

China ….

In the middle of a enormous economic boom is experiencing capitalistic symptoms…

Increase pay pressure…

Housing issues…

Health and welfare issues…..

The issues are beginning to leak out to the media……

As the Dog has written several months before China must be carefull to handle its economic growth…

Since it needs employment to keep its huge population content with its central controled political system….


Economists say that China’s labor force is growing increasingly bold and that over the past year, periodic strikes in southern China — some even involving global companies — have been resolved quietly or not reported in the media.

To resolve the strike at its transmission plant, Honda offered workers raises of 24 to 32 percent. The strike had forced Honda to shut down its assembly plants in China.

Now Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, after Toyota Motor, has been a target again. The exhaust-system factory, which is controlled by a joint venture between a Honda subsidiary and a Chinese company.

Honda owns a network of production facilities in China, including the four car assembly factories and three auto parts manufacturers, as well as two motorbike plants, two plants that make generators, pumps and other power equipment and three research centers.

Those numbers do not include factories opened in China by Honda subsidiaries like Yutaka Giken, which separately runs four auto parts manufacturers in the country.

Honda denied Tuesday that it was vulnerable to more strikes because it had already shown a willingness to increase wages to get employees back to its production lines. “It’s not at all clear at this point whether the two strikes are related,” said Ms. Asanuma, the Honda spokeswoman.

“It’s too early at this point to say whether we are looking at some kind of chain reaction.”

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Oh, Yea????

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

China’s workers strike and get higher pay……Higher prices coming for their goods?

[ Striking workers on Monday at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, which supplies parts to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China.]

A sort of revolution in wages is starting in China…..

Honda Motors is settling one strike after another by increasing its Chinese workers pay…..

The trend seems to be spreading……

Another company Foxconn  a huge electronic manufacturing company has had employee deaths rise due to economic and life style problems…..

China ….

In the middle of a enormous economic boom is experiencing capitalistic symptoms…

Increase pay pressure…

Housing issues…

Health and welfare issues…..

The issues are beginning to leak out to the media……

As the Dog has written several months before China must be carefull to handle its economic growth…

Since it needs employment to keep its huge population content with its central controled political system….


Economists say that China’s labor force is growing increasingly bold and that over the past year, periodic strikes in southern China — some even involving global companies — have been resolved quietly or not reported in the media.

To resolve the strike at its transmission plant, Honda offered workers raises of 24 to 32 percent. The strike had forced Honda to shut down its assembly plants in China.

Now Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, after Toyota Motor, has been a target again. The exhaust-system factory, which is controlled by a joint venture between a Honda subsidiary and a Chinese company.

Honda owns a network of production facilities in China, including the four car assembly factories and three auto parts manufacturers, as well as two motorbike plants, two plants that make generators, pumps and other power equipment and three research centers.

Those numbers do not include factories opened in China by Honda subsidiaries like Yutaka Giken, which separately runs four auto parts manufacturers in the country.

Honda denied Tuesday that it was vulnerable to more strikes because it had already shown a willingness to increase wages to get employees back to its production lines. “It’s not at all clear at this point whether the two strikes are related,” said Ms. Asanuma, the Honda spokeswoman.

“It’s too early at this point to say whether we are looking at some kind of chain reaction.”

More….

Oh, Yea????

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

If Ya REALLY like your BEER …..Check this place out……..

My son …..the Beer connoisseur goes to this site…..

Try it out…….

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Spearheaded by L. Knife and operated as a collaborative effort among beer passionate beverage wholesalers, GreatBrewers.com was relaunched in February 2009 with the mission of bridging the gap between the world’s great brewers and the consumers who enjoy their products, with a paramount focus on education and on enhancing beer distribution practices through the sharing of information. So far, it appears that the Great Brewers team is succeeding at this mission. Since its relaunch, GreatBrewers.com has rapidly become a favorite source for beer information and education, joining pioneering websites as one of the internet’s most popular beer destinations…….

Link……..

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Food, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

They're sending more boats to Gaza…..Part #2 for the Israeli's……

Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea Monday.

[ Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea Monday. ]
Will Israel react the same…

Or will they Blink?


The Pro-Palestinian activist group behind the flotilla told the Associated Press Tuesday that another cargo ship was being sent to challenge Israel’s blockade. The boat was expected to arrive early next week.

“This initiative is not going to stop,” Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement told the AP. “We think eventually Israel will get some kind of common sense. They’re going to have to stop the blockade of Gaza, and one of the ways to do this is for us to continue to send the boats.”

The U.N. Security Council called for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent” probe of the raid after an emergency meeting that lasted into the early morning hours Tuesday.

After 12 hours of deliberations, the Security Council members agreed on a compromise presidential statement that condemned the attacks that resulted in deaths without naming Israel.

The strongest language, however, came out of Turkey, Israel’s closest Muslim ally. “This bloody massacre by Israel on ships that were taking humanitarian aid to Gaza deserves every kind of curse,” the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Parliament Tuesday.

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June 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Food, Government, Health, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | | 2 Comments

They’re sending more boats to Gaza…..Part #2 for the Israeli’s……

Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea Monday.

[ Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea Monday. ]
Will Israel react the same…

Or will they Blink?


The Pro-Palestinian activist group behind the flotilla told the Associated Press Tuesday that another cargo ship was being sent to challenge Israel’s blockade. The boat was expected to arrive early next week.

“This initiative is not going to stop,” Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement told the AP. “We think eventually Israel will get some kind of common sense. They’re going to have to stop the blockade of Gaza, and one of the ways to do this is for us to continue to send the boats.”

The U.N. Security Council called for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent” probe of the raid after an emergency meeting that lasted into the early morning hours Tuesday.

After 12 hours of deliberations, the Security Council members agreed on a compromise presidential statement that condemned the attacks that resulted in deaths without naming Israel.

The strongest language, however, came out of Turkey, Israel’s closest Muslim ally. “This bloody massacre by Israel on ships that were taking humanitarian aid to Gaza deserves every kind of curse,” the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Parliament Tuesday.

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June 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Food, Government, Health, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | | 2 Comments