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Corporate Tax Breaks: The US Government's Secret Subsidy Revealed




Published on May 17, 2013
The fact is, this spending vs. taxes debate is largely meaningless. Watch our explainer video to learn about corporate tax breaks, the U.S. Government's secret subsidy program that some in Congress want to gut vital programs -- like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- to keep in place for their wealthy donors. Then, take action: http://www.afscme.org/stop-the-giveaways



AFSCME TV honors several brave Ohio AFSCME snowplow drivers for their efforts to save lives on duty!


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Published on Apr 16, 2014
Our latest edition of AFSCME TV honors several brave Ohio AFSCME snowplow drivers for their efforts to save lives in the line of duty. Members Steve Kinstle, Larry Poage, Ed Kane, and Javier Gallegos are great examples of the millions of hardworking public employees all across this country who serve their communities every day.



Dems criticize governor hopeful Beau McCoy's (R-NE) ad in which he strikes a Barack Obama doll

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Alissa Skelton

Nebraska Democrats on Friday criticized a TV ad showing Republican governor candidate Beau McCoy knocking a Barack Obama doll off a fence post with his hand.

The ad opens with McCoy saying, “More Obamacare in Nebraska? That is the last thing we need.”

He then strikes a doll that resembles President Obama.

“Beau McCoy hit a new low in his ad, where he is seen striking the president off a fence post,” said Dan Marvin, executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20140419/NEWS/140418217/1685#dems-criticize-governor-hopeful-beau-mccoy-s-ad-in-which-he-strikes-a-barack-obama-doll




We took our granddaughter to the museum today and she knew as soon as she saw it


We spent the day with Madisen. We took her to Joslyn Museum. Yes I enjoy museums.

Marta gave me a high quality print of "The Grief of the Pasha" about 20 years ago for Christmas. It is displayed next to the coat rack.

We have a Karl Bodmer print (see below) in the living room. Madison commented on both the moment she saw them. We will take her back next month when the Rembrandt goes on display: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014773408



Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904),
The Grief of the Pasha , 1882
oil on canvas mounted on masonite, 36 3/8 x 29 in., 92.4 x 73.6 cm
Gift of Francis T. B. Martin, 1990.1


http://www.joslyn.org/collections-and-exhibitions/permanent-collections/european/jean-leon-gerome-the-grief-of-the-pasha/




http://www.joslyn.org/collections-and-exhibitions/temporary-exhibitions/details.aspx?ID=180

We watched Disney's "Jungle Book" with our granddaughter last night


Memories of my childhood came rushing back. Mom didn't drive. We took the bus downtown and had lunch at "Kings". There was a guy getting signatures on a "SAVE free TV" petition. It was 15 years later that Omaha got cable. This is the theater where I saw the film back in 1966.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creighton_Orpheum_Theater



The first time our kids saw the film was on a faded VHS bootleg. The Star Wars films and Disney animated films (Dumbo was the only Disney animated film on home video at the time) were bragging rights back then.

We gave all our grandkids 1 share of Disney stock for Christmas last year. Madison now tells her friends she "owns 1/2 of Disneyland". We just smile when she says it. Here is what it looks like.

OS



UPDATE 2-U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars

Source: Reuters

By Jessica Dye

April 17 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought an emergency order directing GM to issue "park it now" notices for the 2.6 million vehicles that have been recalled since February over the switches. The notices would have told owners that the cars were too dangerous to remain on the road.

GM opposed the motion, arguing that the vehicles were safe to drive as long as nothing extra was attached to the key while it was in the ignition.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, Texas, denied the request in a ruling on Thursday, saying that she would defer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency that oversees auto safety.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/gm-recall-ruling-idUSL2N0N91AJ20140417



April 17 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought an emergency order directing GM to issue "park it now" notices for the 2.6 million vehicles that have been recalled since February over the switches. The notices would have told owners that the cars were too dangerous to remain on the road.

GM opposed the motion, arguing that the vehicles were safe to drive as long as nothing extra was attached to the key while it was in the ignition.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, Texas, denied the request in a ruling on Thursday, saying that she would defer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency that oversees auto safety.

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say


http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140417/DAD7NQVO2.html

Apr 17, 3:06 AM (ET)

By CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) - With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

President Barack Obama recently announced that first-year sign-ups for subsidized private health insurance topped 7 million, exceeding expectations. And the Congressional Budget Office - the government's fiscal scorekeeper - said it expects only a minimal increase in customers' costs for 2015.
Over the next decade, the CBO said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated.


In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall. Democrats in at least one tight Senate race are openly embracing the new health law’s popular features, but several others are holding back. Republicans say the somewhat upbeat news _ higher enrollments, and lower cost projections _ won’t do much to change Americans’ negative view of the health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)



Republicans already were pushing their luck by vowing to "repeal and replace" the health care law without having a viable replacement in mind, said Thomas Mills, a Democratic consultant and blogger in North Carolina. Now, he said, Democrats have even more reasons to rise from their defensive crouch on this topic.

FULL story at link.

Firetruck rams California eatery; 14 injured

Source: AP-Excite

By JOHN ROGERS

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fourteen people were injured, including five firefighters, when two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb Wednesday, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant.

One of the victims was in critical condition, officials said.

The crash in Monterey Park left one truck embedded in the restaurant, with shattered glass and rubble scattered across the sidewalk. Chairs and tables were scattered inside.

"There was a loud boom and a lot of shaking. I thought it was an earthquake," said Wendy Wu, a waitress who was in a walk-in freezer when the truck plowed through the front of the restaurant.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140417/DAD7J3MO0.html





Firefighters and other officials work the scene of an accident where two firetrucks answering a call collided en route to a fire Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Monterrey Park, Calif. The collision sent one firetruck careening into a restaurant, leaving 14 people, including several firefighters, injured. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

Source: AP-Excite

By DEE-ANN DURBIN

NEW YORK (AP) - Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building.

At the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, the company revealed the 50 Year Limited Edition. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year when the Mustang first went on sale.

"If you don't like this car, you don't like cars," said Executive Chairman Bill Ford, whose first car was an electric green 1975 Mustang.

Earlier in the day, Bill Ford appeared with a bright yellow 2015 Mustang convertible on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. It's the first time a car has been there since 1965, when Ford put a Mustang convertible there.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140416/DAD7A8K00.html





Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company's executive chairman, stands with the all-new 2015 Mustang convertible as it's introduced on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building during the New York International Auto Show, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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