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#181 Posted : Monday, April 5, 2021 10:41:55 PM
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All the hubbub from Republicans about raising the minimum wage is bunkum according to these CEO's!

McDonald's, Other CEOs Tell Investors $15 Minimum Wage Won't Hurt Business

BY JULIA ROCK AND ANDREW PEREZ

Big restaurant chains are telling investors that a national minimum wage hike wouldn't be a big deal—even as their corporate lobbying groups in Washington fight plans for a $15 minimum wage.

"We share your view that a national discussion on wage issues for working Americans is needed—but the Raise the Wage Act is the wrong bill at the wrong time for our nation's restaurants," the National Restaurant Association wrote in a letter to congressional leaders in February. "The restaurant industry and our workforce will suffer from a fast-tracked wage increase and elimination of the tip credit."

The following day, a top executive at Denny's, one of the association's members, told investors that gradual increases in the minimum wage haven't been a problem for the company at all. In fact, California's law raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2023 has actually been good for the diner chain's business, according to Denny's chief financial officer, Robert Verostek.

"As they've increased their minimum wage kind of in a tempered pace over that time frame, if you look at that time frame from us, California has outperformed the system," Verostek said on an earnings call. "Over that time frame, they had six consecutive years of positive guest traffic—not just positive sales, but positive guest traffic—as the minimum wage was going up."

Denny's is one of several publicly-traded restaurant chains whose executives have told investors in recent months that Democrats' proposed minimum wage hike is not a real threat to their business and may even be a net positive, according to a Daily Poster review of corporate earnings calls. All of the companies have historically belonged to the restaurant association, which has led the fight against the Raise the Wage Act, legislation from Democrats that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#182 Posted : Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:53:33 PM
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Fox News host admits his show misled viewers about Biden's nonexistent war on red meat

Meaghan Ellis, AlterNet

A Fox News host admitted that his broadcast included inaccurate reporting about President Joe Biden's nonexistent plan to sharply reduce the amount of red meat Americans can consume.

On Monday, April 26, John Roberts the host of "America Reports" conceded that his Friday reporting was inaccurate after a number of media outlets released their own fact-checking reports. At the time, Roberts reported details about a study that has no connection to any of Biden's real policies. That study warned that people should be prepared to "say goodbye to your burgers if you want to sign up to the Biden climate agenda."
As Roberts reported on the study, Fox News featured an image that claimed "'Biden's climate requirements' are to 'cut 90% of red meat from diet, max 4 lbs per year, one burger per month,'" CNN reported.

However, on Monday, Roberts admitted, "That is not the case."



The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#183 Posted : Saturday, May 1, 2021 2:31:09 AM
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Newsmax Apologizes For Alleging Dominion Worker Manipulated Voting Machines

The conservative news network said there is no evidence that Dominion Voting Services employee Dr. Eric Coomer manipulated machines against Donald Trump.

David Bauder ~ AP

Newsmax apologized on Friday for airing false allegations that an employee for Dominion Voting Systems manipulated machines or tallies on Election Day to the detriment of former President Donald Trump.

Eric Coomer, security director at the Colorado-based firm, in turn dropped Newsmax from a defamation lawsuit.

The conservative news network, in a statement published on its website and to be read on TV, said that while it aired the accusations against Coomer made by Trump’s lawyers and supporters, it found no evidence that they were true.

Newsmax, which ran Dominion’s denials of the accusations when they were made, also said it had found no evidence that Coomer had spoken to “Antifa” or any partisan organization.

“We would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family,” the network said. He said in his lawsuit that he had gone into hiding because of death threats.

Coomer’s lawsuit also targets the Trump campaign, lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, columnist Michelle Malkin, the website Gateway Pundit, Colorado activist Joseph Oltmann and One America News Network. Those claims are continuing, a spokeswoman said.

Neither Newsmax nor a Coomer spokeswoman would comment on whether Coomer was paid anything to drop the company from his lawsuit.

Newsmax also told its audience, many of them Trump supporters that “many of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states certified the results as legal and final.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#184 Posted : Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:58:40 PM
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Strategist: GOP Civil War is over & Conservatives have lost. Two parties left, traitors & patriots

Cornell first pointed out that a party with 25% of the population and declining is not a party that can win in a democracy. He said if you are basing what you do on lies you are not a party of big ideas.

But then he said something very prescient.

"There is a bigger thing afoot here," Belcher said. "I don't often disagree with President Biden. But President Biden said there is a mini civil war in the Republican Party. Chuck, the civil war is over. And the Conservatives have lost. They have lost to tribalists who want to promote a big lie."

Belcher then pointed out that what the Republicans are promoting is intended to undermining Democracy. He then reminded us of an applicable statement by Ulysses Grant.

"There is something bigger at stake here than just partisanship," Belcher continued. "With all this talk about civil war, I think that Ulysses S. Grant at the start of the civil way said 'There are but two parties now, traitors and patriots.' I am afraid Chuck that we are increasingly coming back to that time."


And if we do not understand fundamentally what is occurring in America, we will lose it all.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#185 Posted : Monday, May 24, 2021 12:29:39 PM
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TED CRUZ CLAIMS THAT DEMOCRATS ALWAYS DEFEND ‘LEFT-WING DICTATOR’ PUTIN

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is resorting to laughably accusing Democrats of being defenders of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in response to criticism of his disparaging remarks about the United States military earlier this week.

In a tweet, Cruz claimed that the Russian military is superior to our own because it’s not “woke” and is composed of just white men, comparing recruitment ads from both nations.

He would go on to claim that Democrats are trying to turn our military into a bunch of “pansies” in defense of his tweet, drawing a rebuke from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who, unlike Cruz, actually served in the military.

Cruz literally promoted and praised the Russian military over our own, not a good look for a senator. Now he’s trying to convince everyone that he’s not a Russian puppet by insisting that Vladimir Putin is a communist dictator supported by Democrats. Seriously.

Of course, that’s b***s***. Putin is a right-wing nationalist and Republicans have been praising him for years, even yearning for the United States to be more like Russia. And let’s not forget that disgraced former President Donald Trump was Putin’s loyal puppet. In fact, Trump more than cozied up to actual communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and other brutal dictators.



The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#186 Posted : Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:05:53 PM
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Wouldn't you know, Hitler said the same thing!

Trump and Giuliani ask judge to dismiss lawsuit claiming they sparked Capitol riot -- say they were just exercising free speech

This Thursday, former President Donald Trump and his one-time lawyer Rudy Giuliani asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of sparking the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, NBC News reports.

The lawsuit, brought by House Democrats, accuses the pair of violating the federal Ku Klux Klan Act on Jan. 6 by riling up a mob to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election. As NBC News points out, separate attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed argued that Trump and Giuliani were simply exercising their right to free speech.

While Trump on Jan. 6 called on his followers to march to the Capitol and told the crowd, "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore," his lawyer Jesse Binnall said that he also told the audience to "peacefully and patriotically make [their voices] heard."

Giuliani during the rally called for "trial by combat," but his lawyer argued that "no reasonable reader or listener would have perceived Giuliani's speech as an instruction to march to the Capitol, violently breach the perimeter and enter the Capitol building, and then violently terrorize Congress into not engaging in the Electoral Certification."


The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#187 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:38:11 PM
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The world confidence in the POTUS doing the right thing is night and day!

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#188 Posted : Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:42:36 PM
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Call me radical, but I do not believe a minority of Senators should be able to block voting rights for millions of people.

But I guess I’m just from that far-left school of thought that legislation should pass when a majority of legislators vote for it


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez@AOC ~ Jun 22
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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