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More than a week after his return to Delaware, state Attorney General Beau Biden has yet to return to work in his office. His people say he's coordinating things from home. Absolutely no word on when he'll be able to go back to the office. No further explanation about his medical condition. Biden's spokesman continues to e-mail generic responses to questions and declines an on-air interview. The press releases continue to flow from Beau Biden's office, typically about individuals arrested caught in child pornography stings...


The DoubleTree Hotel in the north Wilmington area saw fiery rhetoric against President Obama's health-care overhaul, as conservatives rallied in a ballroom. Former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), a Tea Party favorite who now heads the conservative think-tank, the Heritage Foundation, characterized the Affordable Care Act as a threat to personal freedom, un-American, etc. Also in attendance: Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). DeMint declared Congressional Republicans should not shy away from a budget showdown over funding the health-care overhaul. Of course, more establishment Republicans think that's pure folly for the G.O.P., and Dems would be more than happy to see Republicans blamed for a government shutdown.


Many fast-food workers in Delaware and around the country staged a national protest against low compensation and roadblocks to unionization. The protesters want such chains as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Arby's, KFC, and Taco Bell to hike basic wages to 15 bucks an hour to cover the basic essentials of life.

Most employment growth in the United States over the past four years has come in the form of low-wage jobs. The fundamental shift: Whereas most fast-food workers a generation ago were teens or young adults, today, older adults often work behind the counter.


The Corbett Administration in Pennsylvania has stepped into "it" again. State attorneys Wednesday stated in a court filing that same-sex couples seeking to intervene against the Corbett Administration's lawsuit should be blocked from participating because they had no legal right to marry in Pennsylvania in the first place. (The Corbett Administration filed the lawsuit to stop the Montgomery County Register of Wills from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.) Corbett's attorneys then compared such adult couples to a pair of 12-year-olds. The reasoning: If a register of wills issued a marriage license to kids, and the kids tried to defend those licenses in court, the young people wouldn't be taken seriously either, because any such marriage license would be invalid. That comparison drew immediate fire and condemnation. Governor Corbett felt compelled to release a statement calling it a poor analogy.


As of Thursday, New Jersey's capital city - Trenton - recorded its 32nd homicide, eclipsing that city's previous record of 31 set in 2005.


The administration at Towson University has suspended the university's entire championship cheerleading squad for the coming academic year following an undescribed hazing incident. Many universities have adopted zero-tolerance policies following several unfortunate episodes around the country, notably the fatal hazing of a drum major at Florida A&M University a couple of years ago.


The WASHINGTON POST reports a number of current and former military officers have serious reservations about the Obama Administration's moves to launch military strikes on targets in Syria. With the still fresh sobering memories of Iraq and Afghanistan, they fear unintended consequences. Some question the use of military force as a punitive measure. And if the U.S. strikes only briefly, one officer warned: "It will be seen as a half-measure by our allies in the Middle-East. Iran and Syria will portray it as proof that the U.S. is unwilling to defend its interests in the region."


British Parliamentarians delivered both their Prime Minister David Cameron and - by extension - President Obama a serious blow when they unexpectedly repudiated a key motion on British intervention. (Could a U.S. Congress ever do the same?) But, the French President is coming on board. Still, any U.S. intervention looks virtually unilateral. Some cheerleading from other Western countries (Canada, Germany), but no commitment to join the effort.'


And where is U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during this build-up to U.S. military intervention in Syria?

In the Southeast Asian Sultanate of Brunei, of course. Yes, in a Muslim country, but about as far from Syria as he could get! (Brunei lies on the northwestern coast of the island of Borneo, bordering the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Anthem: "God Bless the Sultan") Hagel is participating in a conference of Southeast Asia defense chiefs.


According to the U.S. Government's "black budget" for fiscal 2013, obtained by The WASHINGTON POST from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. espionage agencies "have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of September 11, 2013, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats."

Later in that article: "The summary describes cutting-edge technologies, agent recruiting, and ongoing operations. The POST is withholding some information after consultation with U.S. officials who expressed concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods. Sensitive details are so pervasive that The POST is publishing only summary tables and charts on-line..."

Key summary points:

The C.I.A. and N.S.A. have begun aggressive new efforts to hack into foreign computer networks to steal information or sabotage enemy systems, embracing what the budget refers to as 'offensive cyber operations'...

Long before Snowden's leaks, the U.S. intelligence community worried about 'anomalous behavior' by employees and contractors with access to classifield material. The N.S.A. planned to ward off 'potential insider compromise of sensitive information' by re-investigating at least 4,000 people this year who hold high-level security clearances...

U.S. intelligence officials take an active interest in friends (i.e., Israel) as well as foes...


The Obama Administration's Justice Department announced the Feds would not sue to block laws enacted in the states of Washington and Colorado that legalized marijuana in those states. In essence, the administration seems to be saying: The weed is still illegal, but we're gonna' look the other way. Unless you do something stupid. Already, cops and prosecutors in some jurisdictions have been looking the other way. But, the legal framework on medical marijuana is still hazy...

Posted at 8:41am on August 30, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

billsmith
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 8:52am
Feds won't block legal weed. Beau has cancer. Coincidence? Or would it be embarrassing if the feds went after medical marijuana dispensaries while Beau is toking up.
The Delaware way!

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 1:20pm
Pat Buchannan has an excellent commentary dealing with this Syria question. He says in part:

"With U.S. ships moving toward Syria’s coast and the McCainiacs assuring us we can smash Syria from offshore without serious injury to ourselves, why has Congress not come back [from their 5 week summer break] to debate war?

Lest we forget, Ronald Reagan was sold the same bill of goods the War Party is selling today — that we can intervene decisively in a Mideast civil war at little or no cost to ourselves.

Reagan listened and ordered our Marines into the middle of Lebanon’s civil war. And he was there when they brought home the 241 dead from the Beirut barracks and our dead diplomats from the Beirut embassy.

The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. Congress should cut short its five-week vacation, come back, debate and decide by recorded vote whether Obama can take us into yet another Middle East war.

The questions to which Congress needs answers:

–Do we have incontrovertible proof that Bashar Assad ordered chemical weapons be used on his own people? And if he did not, who did?

–What kind of reprisals might we expect if we launch cruise missiles at Syria, which is allied with Hezbollah and Iran?

–If we attack, and Syria or its allies attack U.S. military or diplomatic missions in the Middle East or here in the United States, are we prepared for the wider war we will have started?

–Assuming Syria responds with a counterstrike, how far are we prepared to go up the escalator to regional war? If we intervene, are we prepared for the possible defeat of the side we have chosen, which would then be seen as a strategic defeat for the United States?

–If stung and bleeding from retaliation, are we prepared to go all the way, boots on the ground, to bring down Assad? Are we prepared to occupy Syria to prevent its falling to the Al-Nusra Front, which it may if Assad falls and we do not intervene?"...

"With U.S. ships moving toward Syria’s coast and the McCainiacs assuring us we can smash Syria from offshore without serious injury to ourselves, why has Congress not come back to debate war?

Lest we forget, Ronald Reagan was sold the same bill of goods the War Party is selling today — that we can intervene decisively in a Mideast civil war at little or no cost to ourselves.

Reagan listened and ordered our Marines into the middle of Lebanon’s civil war. And he was there when they brought home the 241 dead from the Beirut barracks and our dead diplomats from the Beirut embassy.

The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. Congress should cut short its five-week vacation, come back, debate and decide by recorded vote whether Obama can take us into yet another Middle East war.

The questions to which Congress needs answers:

–Do we have incontrovertible proof that Bashar Assad ordered chemical weapons be used on his own people? And if he did not, who did?

–What kind of reprisals might we expect if we launch cruise missiles at Syria, which is allied with Hezbollah and Iran?

–If we attack, and Syria or its allies attack U.S. military or diplomatic missions in the Middle East or here in the United States, are we prepared for the wider war we will have started?

–Assuming Syria responds with a counterstrike, how far are we prepared to go up the escalator to regional war? If we intervene, are we prepared for the possible defeat of the side we have chosen, which would then be seen as a strategic defeat for the United States?

–If stung and bleeding from retaliation, are we prepared to go all the way, boots on the ground, to bring down Assad? Are we prepared to occupy Syria to prevent its falling to the Al-Nusra Front, which it may if Assad falls and we do not intervene?"

Yep, I know Pat's a real ole time conservative, not like the NEO-CONS that ran the Bush Jr's administration. I don't agree with him on a number of things, but I believe he's spot on with this issue. The link for the entire commentary is below. Enjoy.

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/08/27/congress-should-vetoobamas-war/

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 1:29pm
In a related, yet different topic, Pat Buchannan discusses Do We Really Want Cold War II?

Buchannan says in part:

"“There have been times when they slip back into Cold War thinking,” said President Obama in his tutorial with Jay Leno.

And to show the Russians that such Cold War thinking is antiquated, Obama canceled his September summit with Vladimir Putin.

The reason: Putin’s grant of asylum to Edward Snowden, who showed up at the Moscow airport, his computers full of secrets that our National Security Agency has been thieving from every country on earth, including Russia.

Yet there are many KGB defectors in the United States, and Russia has never used this as an excuse to cancel a summit.

The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal are delighted, hopeful that cancellation presages a more confrontational policy toward Putin.

But is a second Cold War really a good idea? And if it is coming, who is more responsible for it?

From 1989 to 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to let Eastern Europe go free and withdraw his troops and tank armies back to the Urals. The Soviet Union was allowed to dissolve into 15 nations. In three years, the USSR gave up an empire, a third of its territory, and half its people.

And it extended to us a hand of friendship.

How did we respond? We pushed NATO right up to Russia’s borders, bringing in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, even former Soviet republics Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

European objections alone prevented us from handing out NATO war guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia. Was this a friendly act?

Would we have regarded post-Cold War Russian alliances with Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Mexico as friendly acts?

To cut Moscow out of the Caspian Sea oil, we helped build a pipeline through two former Soviet republics, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and, thence, under the Black Sea to our NATO ally Turkey.

In the Boris Yeltsin decade, the 1990s, U.S. hustlers colluded with local oligarchs in looting Russia of her natural resources.

In the past decade, the National Endowment for Democracy and its Republican and Democratic subsidiaries helped dump over governments in Serbia, Ukraine and Georgia, and replace them with regimes friendlier to us and more distant from Moscow.

George W. Bush sought to put an anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Neither country had requested it. We said it was aimed at Iran."

He makes an interesting point. To see the entire article see the link below:

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/08/09/do-we-really-want-a-cold-war-ii/

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 2:09pm
Billsmith brings up an interesting point.

Someone at work mentioned this, referring to Markell and Company. Delaware very quickly passed medical pot for Delaware, interesting the timing with Beau Biden now having Cancer. Funny no action for years in Delaware and then all of a sudden they pass a bill making a medical MJ law.

As Billsmith said, can't be arresting others who need medical pot while the VP's son, our Attorney General is toking a joint while listening to Jefferson Airplane or Led Zeppelin. So as Billsmith suggests, it may not be too far off when anyone over 21 [my guess the age limit as with liquor] would be able to legally puff or eat Maryjane with no fear of arrest.

This brings up an other question, IF and when they finally legalize pot in Delaware and the US, will those folks in jail for possessing pot be released? That would make a lot of room for actual criminals [violent criminals, not stoned folks].

kavips
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 6:56pm
Mike, did those caught bootlegging during Prohibition, get released with the removal of the amendment?

no. they rotted in jail.

mrpizza
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 7:08pm
For those of you who bashed and trashed me for warning you that legalizing "gay" marriage would open the legal door for those who want to come after your children, READ THIS:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nj-governor-sign-ban-gay-conversion-therapy-19997560

The only thing that surprises me is how quickly my prediction came true!

billsmith
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 7:58pm
Pizza: You are nuts. Your comment sounds like marriage equality has something to do with pedophilia. The article talks about making it illegal for parents to force "conversion therapy" - a highly questionable and damaging practice - children. There are many ways to abuse children and conversion therapy is one of them.

Consider yourself - and your so-called "prediction" - further "bashed and trashed."

Kavips: Check your facts. Bootleggers did not "rot" in jail, before or after prohibition was repealed. Major players convicted on other charges, like murder, extortion or tax evasion (such as Al Capone) did rot. There was no "war on booze," comparable to the so-called "war on drugs." In much of the country, there was little or no public or political support for prohibition enforcement. What prohibition did was create organized crime as a major enterprise, and it was all the other things the mob did that kept cops busy. The only places prohibition enforcement was active were areas that were dry before prohibition and dry after - plus, of course, those instances when bootleggers didn't pay off the cops in other locales.

EarlGrey
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 10:16pm
mrpizza: public schools are indeed coming after our kids...sex ed in kindergarten...really.
http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-sex-ed-kindergartners-right-thing-do

"To further clarify Obama’s position on sex ed for kindergartner’s, Obama’s campaign spokesman, Bill Burton, pointed MSNBC to the “curriculum for those in kindergarten” produced by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). This curriculum suggested discussing same-sex relationships—in non-graphic terms--with kindergartners."

To quote Pink Floyd..."Hey teacher! leave them kids alone!"

mrpizza
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 1:51am
billsmith: Bash and trash at your own risk.

billsmith
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 5:58am
Pizza checks ABC's website and then twists a story beyond recognition to fit his crazy view of the world.
Earl trolls through all the crazy, wacko right-wing websites where content is already pre-twisted for the convenience of tea drinkers, holy rollers and people with aluminum foil on their heads. His current craziness comes from Brent Bozell but he also favors the Rev Moon's lackeys and the ghost of Breitbart. Hey, dude, ever try reading a real newspaper? Not that any are published locally but the real ones are available online.

mrpizza
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 6:27am
billsmith: NAMBLA will be rearing its ugly head soon, and when it does, they're coming after your children and grandchildren.

billsmith
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 8:47am
Pizza, you have an obsession with pedophilia that suggest this is an impulse in you that you are trying unsuccessfully to suppress. The first step is to tell the truth about your own desires. You might find a 12 step program helpful.

mrpizza
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:24am
Hey Bill, if that were so, I sure wouldn't tell YOU about it!

Allan Loudell
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:40am
Really, guys could we call a truce to this spat?

The Obama Administration is about to launch a risky military intervention, and you guys are going back-and-forth on this!

billsmith
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 12:44pm
Allan Loudell: Risky to whom? I'm not getting drafted this time. I doubt you will be. And I suspect neither of your kids is rushing to the recruiting office to volunteer.

What we see here is the unitary executive theory at work, made possible in large part by the media's glorification of the executive branch. We also saw this week the superiority of the parliamentary system.

As I said earlier, the media will play cheerleader if and when the affirmative action president who never wore a uniform himself decides to violate the War Powers Act and international law. The media will decry the result later but the blood will be on your hands and the hands of others in the media who did nothing to stop it. It's funny how the media revel in their presumed ability to influence public opinion and shape events but deny any moral responsibility for the outcome of events.

But I'm sure you'll enjoy all the war interviews. It's amazing how excited you get when you think you're on something hot.

billsmith
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 12:53pm
Now, Christianity at work this week...

Mother of lesbian cop booted out of church she has been a member of for sixty years after refusing to condemn her daughter

* Linda Cooper has been forced to leave the Ridgedale Church of Christ in Tennessee
* Church elders were unhappy with her public support for lesbian daughter Kat
* Kat, a detective with the local police department, fought to secure health benefits for her same-sex spouse, Krista
* During the case earlier this month, Linda held her daughter's hand and embraced the couple after their victory
* The church told her she had to repent and ask forgiveness or leave
* She has left, but her husband says she is devastated by being forced to choose behind her daughter and her church

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2400940/Mother-lesbian-cop-booted-church-member-years-refusing-condemn-daughter.html#ixzz2dZ9hdsFM

And...
New England Patriots cut Tim Tebow
Looks like the end of the genuflector-in-chief's football career.
Maybe he should have concentrated more on football and less on a public display showing how righteous he is by praying on the sidelines during games.
Maybe he would have know better if he had actually attended high school, instead of just coming in to play football.
“I’m blessed, because of my faith, that I don’t have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future,” Tebow told reporters Thursday night. “It’s something I try to live by. It really gives you a lot of peace in whatever circumstance I’m in.”
Talk about out of touch with reality.

billsmith
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 12:57pm
And some of you like to complain nobody pays any attention to Delaware:

Two women raped by a gang of a dozen teenagers in Delaware park

* Two women, 24 and 32. were raped by a gang of teenagers in Delaware Kosciuszko Park
* Ten to twelve boys, ages 12-17 attacked and rape the women who were sitting in the park in the early evening
* The boys all fled the scene and have not yet been caught by police
* There are no witnesses to the attack, despite the park being surrounded by residential homes

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2407695/Delaware-gang-rape-women-attacked-dozen-teenagers-Wilmingtons-Kosciuszko-park.html#ixzz2dZC2qTnH

People also wonder why Allan Loudell pays so much attention to India. Now we see that India and Wilmington have something in common. Now stay tuned as Pizza tells us this happened because of the slippery slope of marriage equality.

mrpizza
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 1:29pm
Good to hear from you, Allan. I'm holding out hope that the Obama administration will abandon this whole idea.

kavips
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 3:14pm
Looks like Obama shut BillSmith's argument down cold. He punted to Congress, in a brilliant move forcing public debate here which of course gets world coverage. With both issues receiving air, there is a good chance a fair, balanced, action will result.

Told you he was the best president we'd see in our lifetimes. Not only is he brilliant, but he proved BillSmith wrong! :) Even Pizza will appreciate that.. lol.

mrpizza
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 3:43pm
kavips: Let's don't get a big head now. It's taken a lot of pressure to get Obama to even consider remotely doing something according to constitutional procedure.

Fox News. Fair and balanced.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 5:13pm
Kavips: I heard Obama this afternoon via NPR's live coverage (that had extensive interviews afterward) & am delighted he's at least is going to let Congress have its say. What he didn't say was that he'd abide by their decision. But at least the Prez is giving himself time & to see if the Congress backs him. Hopefully we, the people get to see some real evidence to back his claims. He did say that there would be no boots on the ground. I'm scepticical. Hopefully Congress will make good use of this time. The other thing is in the mean time, this pause will allow the UN time to get results from their sampling in Syria. At least Obama is trying to not make the same mistakes that Bush Jr.

mrpizza
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 6:05pm
I think when Obama meets in the war room with his generals he should bring in both President Bush's as advisers via telecon.

Also, it wouldn't be a bad idea to invite Dick Cheyney too.

billsmith
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:27pm
Kavips: The affirmative action president should be captured by somebody else's Seal Team. Locked up. Beaten. Tortured. Humiliated. All on Internet Video. Then turned over to the International Court to be tried as a war criminal. Thought you PC types were supposed to be Doves. I guess you all resort once again to reverse discrimination and hold different standards for "presidents of color."

kavips
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 3:17am
Actually, most of this deal with Syria, has to do with Iran. Remember the big issue is an Iran with nuclear weapons. If we go soft on Syria, Iran will assume we'll go soft on them. If we attack Syria, Iran will assume we will also attack them.

They might be more inclined to bargain with us after seeing again what cruise missiles launched from the clear blue Mediterranean sea with no American causalities can cause.

But more likely, Iran will take this lesson away. We didn't attack North Korea when it threatened to launch a missile into the USA, why? Because they have a deterrent.

We can attack Assad with impunity. Why? he has no deterrent.

So for the safety of a future Iran, which option do you think appears the most secure for their long term? North Korea's, or Assad's?


billsmith
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8:32am
Ah, the blatant hypocrisy of the US. The US has nuclear weapons, more than everybody else put together. The US is the only country actually to have used nuclear weapons and that was against civilian targets. But nobody else, at least nobody of whom the US does not approve, should have nuclear weapons.
The great international bully of the world is up to its old tricks again. And having the weapons to be a bully is expensive. Think about that the next time you want to complain about high taxes.
Obama, like Kennedy and Johnson before him, has to get into a war so the Republicans won't call him chicken.

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 9:56am
Hey Bill, if you think America is such a bully, then why don't you go live in Iran or Syria? You're no American as far as I'm concerned!

kavips
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 12:53pm
Although I agree with the idea that the fear of being called a chicken is extremely relevant when making decisions like this. You remember the Republicans calling Clinton a chicken because he didn't send in fleets of B52's over Iraq during his term to retaliate for the Cole. The same stupid Republicans also called George W Bush a chicken because he didn't order a massive nuclear strike to take out Iran. If there were no elected Republicans or if the media turned a blind eye to their antics instead of ramping up the calls for chickenness, or even better, if the media ridiculed them as one would in normal life, one would not have to throw olive branches out to the idiot party known as the Republicans of the United States of America.

If they had common sense, this would be a much better nation.

kavips
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 1:00pm
Although I agree with the idea that the fear of being called a chicken is extremely relevant when making decisions like this. You remember the Republicans calling Clinton a chicken because he didn't send in fleets of B52's over Iraq during his term to retaliate for the Cole. The same stupid Republicans also called George W Bush a chicken because he didn't order a massive nuclear strike to take out Iran. If there were no elected Republicans or if the media turned a blind eye to their antics instead of ramping up the calls for chickenness, or even better, if the media ridiculed them as one would in normal life, one would not have to throw olive branches out to the idiot party known as the Republicans of the United States of America.

If they had common sense, this would be a much better nation.

billsmith
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 3:13pm
Ah, Pizza finally resorts to "live it or leave it." And this is the guy who hates his government and most of the people in it.

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."
Samuel Johnson

"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons."
Bertrand Russell

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency."
Douglas MacArthur

"One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous."
Aldous Huxley

"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind."
Voltaire

"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about."
Mark Twain

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
Albert Einstein


mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 5:30pm
Hey Bill, you just demonstrated to me with the list of quotes just what kind of traitor you really are.

America. Love it or leave it.

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 5:48pm
To those of you who think fast food joints should pay $15 an hour, I say go get a job that already pays $15 an hour. We now live in a spoiled narsisictic culture that thinks everything ought to be handed to them. McDonald's is not a social services organization, and it's time they stop whining and start at the bottom just like previous generations. There's no free lunch, and I'm tired of hearing about how my resources should be redistributed to those who don't want to pay the price.

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8:04pm
Mrpizza: I understand, that there are now two tiers of postal workers. Those hired before the second tier was started. The first group make far better money than the second tier. Their starting salary, albeit is definitely better than McDonald's, but not near what their peers made when they started out. My guess is you fall into the first group, so you'll make better salary than those who came after you, if my understanding of how this works [a postal employee tried to explain this to me a few years ago]. If my understanding is incorrect, please upgrade my understanding.

What we're seeing is the global market place at work. As corporations move formerly great factory jobs where Americans were pulling in really good salaries and now those jobs are overseas leaving many of these folks who do not have a college degree in a technical field working in the credit card banks where they make easily half of what they made before. Then to add insult to injury, many of these credit card bank folks then lost their jobs when MBNA was sold to Bank of America. Seems like there are a number of empty buildings in what used to be Ogletown. So now these folks have ended up working in retail and fast food. So yes I totally agree that $15./pr hr is not realistic for the fast food joints to pay as they'll price themselves out of business. But, at the same time, somehow it seems wrong for someone working full time to be beneath the poverty line, thus qualifying for food stamps. Is 7.25/hr reasonable for a full time employee? For the after school high school kid, probably, but for someone who has a family to support, definitely not.

It's easy to say, go find a better job. Again, many folks WITH a college degree are now working at fast food and retail, because they can't find work in the field they studied. Many of these folks were laid off from good paying jobs in their field during the 2007 Great Recession. It's a Catch-22 situation, they take any job, then lose their unemployment benefits, yet don't qualify for food stamps or other federal benefits, yet they've got a mortgage, utility bills, kids to feed, etc, and they're trying to work, not be a taker. Surly somehow we as a society can help those who through no fault of their own find themselves in such situations. Oh but for the grace of God go I. My guess is, any of us here are one or two pay checks away from needing those Federal programs that we thankfully haven't needed, yet begrudge folks like this who are working to receive.

Somehow we've got to help these folks. They aren't the lazy stay at home welfare queens we used to hear about in the media [I'm going to sit home and have more babies so I can get more money and sit home and watch color TV]. I'll never forget seeing a woman say that on David Susskind's show back in the early 70's. It only took until the 1990's with Clinton and Gingrich to finally change Welfare so that a person like this woman couldn't just keep getting pregnant and getting rewarded by a larger welfare check. So, in a bi-partisan effort the Feds improved the system. Yes it's still not perfect, but many folks who really need the help shouldn't be hurt, because of folks like that lady from 40 years ago.

This is where I'm with the DEMS and disagree with the GOP. That's the benefit of being Independent, I can think beyond the party line.

billsmith
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8:05pm
Pizza: No sane person could love a country filled with people like you. You are sick, ignorant, bigoted and hateful. You are the traitor to the principles on which this country was founded. Go back to Belarus. They like dictators there.

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8:14pm
Hey Bill: You ARE a dictator!

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8:15pm
MFD: Yes, I agree we need to help some folks, but driving companies out of business is not the answer.

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 8:19pm
Time to get the government out of the way and let the free market do its job.

kavips
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:17pm
The Free market does not work Pizza if left on its own. Even the Pope says so. Once a monopoly is in place the free market ceases to exist. The Free market depends upon competition. If a monopoly creates a market with no competition, then it need government to bust it up... Again, there is nothing wrong with the system; just the people who corrupted the system...

Your model might work if say we busted the top 5 banks into 40 small ones. Or the two big cable companies into 8 smaller ones. Or the fast food giants into 18 smaller ones. Or Walmart into 105 different companies.... Or split Microsoft into 15 different companies. Or break Apple down into 17 different companies.

The very last thing we should be doing now, is to get government out of the way and let the monopolies do their job...

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:41pm
Kavips makes a good point. The government used to break up monopolies. An example: DuPont had grown so large the government made them sell off some businesses(this happened in the early 20th century). Atlas chemical & Hercules chemical were created due to that action. So the idea isn't new. So the idea of too big to fail should be changed to time to divide this too big bank into a few smaller banks, etc.

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:18pm
Don't steal. The government doesn't WANT any competition!

mrpizza
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:22pm
I have a word of advice for Secretary of State John "Swiftboat" Kerry: Vote against the $87 billion before you vote for it.

By the way, the pizza business needs no government intervention. It's working just fine on its own and there's more than enough competition. Also, the market can determine wages without any help.

mrpizza
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 1:10am
Here's a slogan for you:

Only GOVERNMENT can fix what isn't broke! (But if it ain't broke, it sure will be when they get done!)

billsmith
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 6:06am
Check this out....

The map that shows where America came from: Fascinating illustration shows the ancestry of EVERY county in the US

* Census data shows heritage of modern Americans
* Clusters show where immigrants from different nations chose to settle


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408591/American-ethnicity-map-shows-melting-pot-ethnicities-make-USA-today.html#ixzz2djBEHrJz

The dominant group in most of the US is .... GERMANS. No wonder there are so many fascists in this country.

About the only place to find the English people is ... well, New England. Curiously, NCC and Sussex are also English. Kent is African.

No surprise to anyone who watched The Sopranos: North Jersey is Italian. For fans of The Godfather, so is Long Island.

New York and Boston are Irish. No wonder the Yankees - Red Sox rivalry is so bitter.

Most of the land stolen from Mexico is still Mexican.


mrpizza
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 7:02am
Nice fantasy, Bill.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 7:23pm
Billsmith: Thanks for that link, the map was indeed interesting . It shows the largest ethnic group in each county. When I looked at the map, Sussex County's color code looked to my eye like it match the square for Mexican, which would make sense.

The group I found interesting was the counties in WVa, Kentucky, & parts of the south that corresponded to the color code for American. Not sure what to make of that.

EarlGrey
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 9:51am
"Your model might work if say we busted the top 5 banks into 40 small ones. Or the two big cable companies into 8 smaller ones. Or the fast food giants into 18 smaller ones. Or Walmart into 105 different companies.... Or split Microsoft into 15 different companies. Or break Apple down into 17 different companies."

...or how about breaking up a real monopoly like g0oGLe?

Btw, the new pope may be against the free market but Bono ,who's been involved in helping the poor and 3rd World counties for quite some time,, recently admitted that "evil" Capitalism is needed to truly help the poor...all the other programs are only "stop gaps" that fall short of real help. Maybe these two need to sit down for a pow-wow and dialogue on real problem solving solutions.

billsmith
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 10:13am
The last thing the corporate elite wants is a free market. They preach it, but don't practice it. In almost every industry, there has been greater concentration in the last 30 some years. Regulation actually protected a free market. Robber barons destroy it.


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