Thursday, October 31, 2013

10 Restaurant Freebies for Halloween 2013

10 Restaurant Freebies for Halloween 2013

Take your kids Trick or Treating at a dining out.  The whole family gets treated for Halloween! Free or reduced meals include come into any Chipotle dressed in costume from 4pm to close, and you’ll score a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos for just $3. All proceeds up to $1,000,000 will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

Red Lobster is treating your kids to dinner Monday through Thursday, starting October 28th and going through November 7th, when you purchase an adult entree. Check out the details, and the coupon you’ll need to print off and bring with you, on the Red Lobster Facebook page.

No costume or coupon is required for this freebie! Eat in at a Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes restaurant Halloween October 31st with your kids, and  they’ll eat for free when you order an entree for yourself. “Kids” are defined as those ages 12 and younger. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Americans It's Time to be a Jackass

The Democratic Party’s first association with the donkey came about during the 1828 campaign of Democrat Andrew Jackson. Running on a platform by the people, for the people and using a slogan of “Let the People Rule,” Jackson’s opponents referred to him as a jackass (donkey). Much to their embarrassment, Jackson merged the donkey into his campaign posters. During Jackson’s presidency the donkey was used to symbolize his stubbornness by his opponents.

In 1874, political cartoonist Thomas Nast drew the cartoon which showed a donkey wearing a lion’s skin and scaring all the other animals in the forest. One of the animals was an elephant, and it was labeled “The Republican Vote.” Nast used the elephant to alert Republicans that their internal party fighting was detrimental to the upcoming elections.  A battle for control of the Republican Party has erupted as an emboldened Tea Party moved to oust senators who voted to reopen the government.

After the infamous federal government shutdown of 2013, the Republican Party can best be depicted by the Buddhist parable showing blind monks examining an elephant. Each man reaches a different conclusion based on which part of the elephant he has examined. 
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation": "There will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that." Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that government shutdowns were a bad idea not consistent with conservative ideals. But it's unclear whether other Republicans agree.

Like Senator McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio didn't want a government shutdown. In fact, he pleaded with his colleagues not to do it. But they went ahead and did it anyway. But the so-called "civil war" uncontrolled within the GOP has more than a note of truth. The tea party might not be an official party, but it continues to act like a separate rightist party in practice.

Party leaders are working to protect their majority in the U.S. House, where they have 232 members to the Democrats’ 200.  The intra-party challenge comes as Republicans seek a clear gain of six seats to regain control of the 100-member chamber that they lost in the 2006 elections.

We as a country have nothing to celebrate.  There are many petitions to congressman never to let the country get to the brink of economic shutdown.

The Syrian struggle has been growing in force and latitude for more than two years, with the United Nations approximating more than 100,000 dead and millions displaced. Syria isn't exactly a model society, but Jessica Williams reported that the Syrian government at least pays its bills and workers' wages.

So 20% of the population made 80% of Americans a joke! Tea Party politics shutdown our government for 16 days. More than 800,000+ workers out of work. Several thousands forced to work for no pay. Businesses forced to fire workers. According to How the government shutdown shook up the US economy, the hit to gross domestic product from lost government services alone totals $3.1 billion.   Analysts at Standard & Poor's estimated that the shutdown cost $24 billion (or $1.5 billion a day) and slowed the country's economic growth rate by an annualized 0.6 percent for the current quarter.

Alaskan crab fisherman and star of the Discovery Channel reality show The Deadliest Catch, Keith Colburn went to the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill.  The furloughs of workers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meant no assigned quotas before the start of Alaska's crab fishing season.   The Alaska fishery produces "hundreds of millions" of dollars in economic activity.   The industry provides   jobs for thousands of fishermen, shippers, mechanics and other workers including  the TV crew for the show.  It’s the trickle-down effect.  Food inspections, air traffic control, law enforcement and education programs were hit.

In the article, Tea party ringleader admits the GOP shut down the government for nothing it was reported that 20% of the population screwed 80% of Americans - just because.  On that awarding winning news show - Fox News - that's exactly what Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham did.  

“I couldn't have been more shocked if he pulled a pink elephant out of his ass!” ― Tamara Rose Blodgett, Death Whispers

The website Daily Kos reported that " one thing is for sure: It's now a whole lot less likely that come 2017, they'll still be in control of the House—let alone the Senate or presidency." Hmmmm I'm not so sure. Some people have short attention spans, in weeks to come, still others will blame Chicken Little for the shutdown.

Make The Elections The Year of the Jackass

America, help the jackass run on a platform by the people, for the people and  “Let the People Rule - not the Tea Party and Republicans.

 “That which is called firmness in a king is called obstinacy in a donkey”
 John Erskine  (American Educator, Novelist and Musician. 1879-1951)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Are You Smarter Than Fox News?

Fox News Channel Anchor Anna Kooiman has apologized on Twitter for falsely saying that President Barack Obama had offered to pay for the operation of a museum of Muslim culture “out of his own pocket” during the 10/2013  government shutdown. She made the remark on “Fox & Friends” It’s not clear yet whether the mistake will be addressed on the air.

Jon Stewart visited  "Bullsh-t Mountain" back in 2012 to trace the history of Fox News' vicious slander of President Obama. from the President's supposed socialism to his missing birth certificate to his his plot to force everyone to ride bicycle.

Study: Watching Fox News Actually Makes You Stupid 

According to 2012 study, the Fox viewers know less even than people who don't watch any news at all. Researchers from New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University asked about a thousand people five questions on domestic issues. Fox news viewers scored the lowest in all categories.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time To Fire Some Congessmen

 239 days off every year
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) Richard T. Dykema, Rohrabacher’s chief of staff, told the Los Angeles Times that the congressman is "expected to show up for work during the shutdown’’ and expects to be paid.

Before this annoying government shutdown, in 2013 the House was scheduled to be in session for a grand total of 126 days. So according to the above quote, The House should only get paid for days worked  - approximately 150.

How does Congress really feel about Americans, workers, and federal workers?

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) "I'm working. Everybody that works gets paid for working.''
We know he lied. 

The Capitol Police officer who was injured October 3, 2013 is a 23-year veteran of the force.   A car
  Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera tweeted
this photo from the Capitol
 chase began when a driver tried to breach a White House security barrier ended near the U.S. Capitol.  
Capitol Police officers who risked lives are currently unpaid. As essential federal employees, they are exempt from furloughs tied to the government shutdown, but funding for their pay is currently backlogged.

In an interview with October 1, 2013, "We are basically working on IOUs," said Richard D. Schwein, special agent in charge of the FBI's Northern District of Alabama. "We are not being paid and won't be until a continuing resolution is passed."

Congress will tell you to your face Americans, you are just NOT that important in quotes!

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) “I have a family to raise,’’ Payne told “I have triplets in school, and unlike some members on the other side of the aisle, I’m not a millionaire.”
During the week ended Oct. 5, the first week of the shutdown, there were 70,068 claims from furloughed federal workers. Many with families, bills and homes would like to work and get paid. None of them want to become homeless or have a car repossessed.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Blunt told USA Today that the issue over his salary is "silly'' and ''symbolic,'' and he's taking his paycheck.
Rep. Renee L. Elllmers (R-N.C.) "I need my paycheck. That’s the bottom line,” Ellmers told North Carolina TV station WTVD last week. “I understand that maybe there are members who are deferring their paychecks, and that's admirable. I'm not in that position."
 By Friday, after a public outcry, she had reversed her position.
Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) "You know what? I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.” 
On Sunday, Terry apologized for his "hurtful'' comments. He said he’d changed his mind and wouldn't take his salary after all.

That would imply that government workers lived in the sewers. Their kids were dropouts with no chance of being educated at college level.  Government workers don’t need a pay check?

Representative Ted Yoho (FL) at a town hall meeting said of the workers he put out of work "if they're not working, they shouldn't get paid." 
Time for Yoho to GoGo! Just because he has a veterinary practice, he cannot treat people like animals.
Federal employees be aware there are actually friends and neighbors who act and think it was your fault the government offices and facilities closed.  They think you were at the spa or home watching Netflix.  Some Americans feel you somehow enjoyed and encouraged the shutdown. 

Did the shutdown of the government cause this Federal Employee to have a mental breakdown in the House of Representatives?

A Thank You

Thank you for coming back to work for those who will. For others who decided to “kick the government to the curb,” I understand.  I would not work with a group of people who didn’t give a crap about me either.

Maybe there was at least one:
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who sponsored the House legislation, said on Wednesday that federal employees did not cause the shutdown and should not have to suffer for it.

“They have bills to pay – mortgages, student loans, tuition, groceries,” he said. “It’s our obligation to make them whole again.”

God speed and God Bless America