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Matt Katz.. the Christie Tracker! 6 Questions he has for Christie..
1) You are depicted in a picture, evidently laughing, with David Wildstein, who carried out the lane closures. The picture is taken at a 9/11 ceremony on Sept. 11, 2013, the third day of the epic traffic jam that resulted from those lane closures. What were you two talking about?
2) Why would three people in your inner circle – David Samson, Bill Stepien and Bridget Anne Kelly – carry out lane closures that caused prolonged, dangerous traffic jams, without notifying you beforehand or afterward?
3) In February you told a radio audience that you instructed your chief of staff and chief counsel to look into the lane closures as soon as you heard about them on or about Oct. 1. Why hadn’t you mentioned this in January, when you held a two-hour press conference solely about this issue?
4) You had lunch with Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich at Drumthwacket, he says, but you have claimed you don't recall ever meeting him. Do you now remember dining with him, or was he not telling the truth?
5) An extensive Sept. 13 email about the ramifications of the lane closures was sent from Port Authority Director Patrick Foye and forwarded to one of your top staffers, Regina Egea. Then what happened? Were you not made aware of the email at the time, and why not?
6) At a Dec. 2 press conference, you said you had talked to your mentor, Port Authority Chairman David Samson, about the lane closures. What prompted that conversation, when did it occur, and what information did you learn?
Posted by Cha | Fri Feb 21, 2014, 06:51 PM (1 replies)
they have to go back into the woodwork.
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Posted by Cha | Fri Feb 21, 2014, 05:52 PM (1 replies)
you've let yourself be brainwashed for years by Bullshit Mountain and he who got beaten by Sandra Fluke.
The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Limbaugh, Fox & GOP Media
"The Thinking is Done for you"
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It could happen to a lot of people.. I won't say "anyone" because I had a unique experience with fox news in 1999 and it took me about two weeks to see what they were about. And I hadn't watched news or tv for about 10 years and I was a complete political greenhorn.
My former husband is an example of one of the "it could happen to a lot of people".. I've heard via my son who's visited him in California over the years that he's stuck in fox "truther" mode. I coined "fox truther" after our son related the story of him working on his dad's house and having fox blaring. Son told him that he charged extra if fox was on the tv. My former husband said.. "it's all true".
"No it's not" said our son.. but anyway the channel got changed. Too weird .. the human condition.
Posted by Cha | Sun Feb 16, 2014, 01:37 AM (0 replies)
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Posted by Cha | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 05:54 AM (54 replies)
Wendy Davis’ Daughters Slam Disgusting Right-Wing Attacks Against Their Mother
"I think most people knew that once a powerful Texas woman (who happens to be a Democrat) decided to run for Governor of Texas, the attacks against her were going to get very ugly. I mean this is a strong, independent woman against the Republican party – and Republicans don’t like strong, independent women."
"Well, apparently her daughters have had enough and they decided to speak out.
Her youngest daughter Dru said, in part:"
“We lived with her the first semester, but I had severe asthma and the weather there wasn’t good for me. My parents made a decision for my sister and me to stay in Texas while my mom kept going to school. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t there for us. She traveled back and forth all the time, missing so many classes so that she could be with us. Her friends were such a big help. Especially her third year, when she would only go to school two weeks out of the month and her friends would share class notes so she could try to keep up while she was home with us in Fort Worth.” (read the full letter here)
Her eldest daughter, Amber, also weighed in on the ridiculous conservative attacks:
“My mother had me when she was very young, a kid herself. And although she was married for a short period of time, parenthood was her sole responsibility. Yes, we lived in a trailer. Does it matter how long? Not to me. Even though some people have tried to question my own memories; I do remember the trailer, as well as the apartments that we lived in during the years that followed. I know that I was my mother’s first priority and that she wanted a better life for me than the one she was living. She worked 2 jobs and went to community college at night. She refused to repeat the life her family struggled in growing up.” (read the full letter here)
Much More to the story..
TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATE CONVENTION in Dallas TX
Event Name: Texas Democratic Party State Convention*
Event Dates: June 26 - June 28, 2014
Event Location: Dallas Convention Center
Attendees Expected: 10,000
Posted by Cha | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 05:15 AM (34 replies)
It's everything that doesn't suck up to Putin..
"In recent months, Russian authorities have intensified their assault on basic freedoms and undermined rule of law. The assault takes many forms. New bills - passed just this week by the country's lower house of Parliament and expected to be approved in the near future by the upper house of Parliament and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin – restrict the activities of non-governmental organizations, criminalize public actions "committed to insult the religious feelings of believers" and outlaw activism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals and their supporters. I would note that the new law criminalizing "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations," passed 436-0 by the rubber stamp Duma this week, comes as much of the world marks Pride month.
New controls over the media are being used to smear government critics and bolster the government's policy line. Authorities use secret detention facilities and torture, especially in the North Caucuses region, to silence critics and deny them access to counsel. These measures are widespread and systematic. They are being imposed on domestic and international civil society groups alike.
This crackdown, coming as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, should be a matter of grave concern to the U.S. government. Moscow's lack of respect for human rights speaks volumes about its reliability as a potential partner to the United States and Europe in addressing pressing international security concerns, from the conflict in Syria to the danger of nuclear proliferation. Moreover, it marks an ominous turn in a country that had been making progress towards developing more open, transparent, and accountable governance."
Yeah, where's big mouth Edward on Gay Equality in Russia since he's so very burningly concerned about our civil rights in the US as he's sucking up to Putin in Russia?
Posted by Cha | Sat Feb 8, 2014, 10:50 PM (1 replies)
she.. and no amount of fresh paint is going to cover his and greenwald's filthy profiteering lies. Remember ES thought he'd get a sweet gig in Iceland before that country said.. "NO.". So Russia was the only country who would take in poor hunted ES. According to him the USA wants to assassinated him.. and then another time he says the USA isn't afraid of him.. they're afraid of us. ES needs to get his stories straight.. but he shouldn't be taking lessons from Greenwald 'cause he can't keep his freaking shit straight, either.
Report Indicates Snowden/Greenwald Lied About Key Claims
"By now, we are all familiar with the big splash which resulted and continues to ripple from the fantastical claims made by Edward Snowden and his mouthpiece, Glenn Greenwald, about the ease with which the NSA's surveillance programs can be and are abused in order to eavesdrop on all of us, all the time, without a warrant, without authorization, and without consequence.
“I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the President, if I had a personal e-mail.”
“All they have to do is enter an e-mail address or an IP address, and it does two things, searches the database and lets them listen to the calls or read the e-mails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories and Google search terms.”
“It’s done with no need to go to court, no need to get approval . . . But it allows them to listen to whatever e-mails they want, telephone calls, browsing history, Microsoft Word documents.”
Despite these astonishing claims, Snowden and Greenwald have yet to provide any evidence of any actual, current abuses or illegalities, much less any abuses that are as easy and common as they suggested."
Snowed'em and GG don't need no stinkin' "proof".. they got suckers coming outta the woodwork tap dancing at a hundred miles an hour.
Poor ES is the Classic Whiner of All Time.. Good ol Putin must be loving all the Whining his prize catch is simpering about.
Posted by Cha | Sat Feb 8, 2014, 12:38 AM (1 replies)
Deli Chain Owner Pays His Employees Above Minimium Wage, Offers Health and Dental Bennies, Paid Time
Off, and Retirement Plans.
Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman's Deli in Michigan, pays his 630 employees up to $21/hour, offers health and dental benefits to all workers, provides paid time off, and 401k retirement plans. This week, Mr. Saginaw is in Washington lobbying Congress and the restaurant industry to raise wages for all workers!
A New Direction for Restaurant Workers? Zingerman’s and the “Thriveable Wage”
Zingerman's Deli is located on Detroit Street in downtown Ann Arbor
"In light of the industry’s powerful lobbying to keep wages low, it is rare to find restaurants—or corporations generally—driven by a desire to improve their employees’ overall living wage and wellness, rather than how the market can make them richer. Enter Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (Zingerman’s), made up of 18 partners and several different enterprises including a restaurant called Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Based in Michigan, Zingerman’s partners are known for having built their enterprises based on how they can “enhance the lives of as many people as possibly can.”
In practice this means offering all their employees—part time and full time—health and dental benefits, and paid time off. After they work at Zingerman’s for a year, employees are eligible for 401(k)s.
Tabitha Mason, who built her career in the restaurant industry, is the manager of Zingerman’s Roadhouse. “Early in my career at a different restaurant, I probably made $20,000 per year. That was a more traditional restaurant, where servers were viewed as disposable,” Mason told RH Reality Check. “And previous restaurants I worked at would try hard to restrict who could receive benefits—like it was an exclusive club.”..
Read the rest..
Zingerman's owner travels to Washington, D.C., to lobby for increased minimum wage
"Paul Saginaw, the co-owner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen, displayed strong support for low-wage workers recently when he made a trek to Washington, D.C., to lobby for an increase in the minimum wage.
Saginaw joined business owners from Colorado, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to lobby U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. The business owners talked about the positive impacts of paying employees a higher wage than the government minimum of $7.25 per hour.
“We’ve grown since opening Zingerman’s Delicatessen almost 32 years ago to eight businesses in Ann Arbor employing 625 permanent staff with revenues just under $50 million dollars,” Saginaw said in a Jan. 23 roundtable discussion with the other business owners.
“Paying entry wages our employees can live on has contributed to our profitability and our annual compounded growth rate of 10 percent. Raising the minimum wage is long overdue.”i]
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It can be done and businesses like Zingerman's are Living Proof!
Posted by Cha | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 07:37 PM (102 replies)
And, I'll throw this in the mix, too..
Posted by Cha | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 08:43 PM (0 replies)