Monday, April 24, 2017

Anticipating a shift to the right in the courts, the NRA begins its attack on gun controls in California

The L.A. Times

U.S. Supreme Court deals struggling taxi industry another blow

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Chicago’s taxicab industry is likely to turn into a “Wild West” dominated by independent drivers, with fleets disappearing and the city losing control, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt the struggling industry a final flow.

By refusing to hear the taxi industry’s appeal, the nation’s highest court let stand a federal appeals court ruling last fall that snuffed out an attempt by the cab companies to level what they called an uneven playing field that favors Uber, whose investors include Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother.

The appeals court ruling essentially said that the business models between taxis and ride-hailing services are different and, therefore, they can continue to operate under different sets of rules in Chicago.

That decision validated a 2014 City Council ordinance that let Uber and Lyft operate in the city without taxi medallions, city-regulated fares, fingerprinting or other standards cab companies and their drivers must follow.

Mara Georges, the former longtime city corporation counsel now representing the taxicab industry, said Monday’s ruling could be a death blow for the cab industry as Chicagoans have come to know it.
The rent-seekers lose one ...

The Battle to Re-Elect Abraham Lincoln: How He Won the 1864 Election

Chobani sues Alex Jones, InfoWars for defamation over Twin Falls assault coverage

Idaho Statesman

What is Programming? | Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation | Compute programming | Khan Academy

Trump: Border wall funding could wait until September

Black Jesus Has Arrived. Obama will receive $400K for Wall Street speech: report

Meanwhile in Germany.... Muslims chant "Adolf Hitler" and "Allahu Akbar" while giving the Nazi Salute!

Obama says immigration opponents aren’t ‘automatically racist’

The Washington Times

20 activists arrested during sit-in protesting detention of immigrants

The Boston Globe

Schumer: If Breitbart, New York Times Are Given Equal Credibility, ‘You Worry About This Democracy’

Breitbart reports on Chuck Schumer's fears.

Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Professor Glenn Reynolds

USA Today has a legal/history lesson for Howard Dean and dumbass snowflakes on campus.

Politics on Campus—Yes and No, Jay Stephen Nordlinger

Liberal Professor Laura Kipnis Teams Up With National Review to Tell Her Northwestern Story of Sexual Hysteria and the War on Free Speech

The National Review has an excerpt from Northwestern University Professor Laura Kipnis' new book on sexual hysteria.

CNN: 'Flurries' Of Terrorism In France, Jihad Is 'Gangster Neighborhood Terrorism'

The Daily Wire

The number of people shot in Chicago this year is nearing 1,000 after a violent weekend.

Wake up, cross the border, go to school: For some Mexican students, it's a daily routine

The L.A. Times

The 10 Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds of 2017

Bass Head Speakers

Despite Reports, Fmr Fox Guest Now Claims She Was Never Sexually Harassed by Sean Hannity

Law Newz

Democrat Party War: NY assemblyman slams 'radical' Sarsour speaking at CUNY

Jerusalem Post

Top 10 American Colleges With Hottest Female Students

Report: Southern California’s commercial market is booming

The L.A. Daily News

Emmanuel Macron married his high school teacher

The New York Post

Texas A&M Traditions

Sessions, unlike Trump, says DREAMers are 'subject to being deported'

ABC News

Sean Hannity vows legal action after sexual harassment accusation

The Hill

Why the GOP Is in No Rush to Repeal Obamacare: They enjoy an illegal exemption from the hated health care law.

The American Spectator

The real culprits behind the human waves of migrants

The American Thinker

L.A. Times Reporter Warns California:It's time for California to stop leaning on the rich and take up state tax reform

The L.A. Times reports:
In California, the ability to deduct state and local taxes saved federal taxpayers $101 billion in 2014, the latest year for which there are data, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

California’s state income tax is very high and progressive, with rates ranging from 1% to 13.3%. The state with the second-highest rate, 9.9%, is Oregon. But unlike California, Oregon doesn’t also impose a state sales tax.

Californians are projected to fork over roughly $83 billion in state income taxes this year, supplying 69% of the general fund. Imagine the howls if we could no longer deduct that hefty levy on our federal returns.

This came to mind last week as I glanced at the latest report of who pays what in California state income tax. We really like socking the rich.

The Franchise Tax Board reported that for 2015, the latest year analyzed, the top 1% paid nearly half — 47.6% — of the total state income tax. These people earned 24% of the taxable income. They represented only about 161,000 tax returns out of a total 16.1 million.

On the lower end, the bottom 60% supplied just 2.2% of the tax take while earning 16.8% of the income.

California is a Bernie Sanders dream. He ran for president preaching that the wealthiest 1% should pay much more. They provided 37.8% of the federal tax in 2013, significantly less than one-percenters sent to Sacramento.
Blue America: are you ready to pay more?

Congrats, Bike Commuters: New Study Says You Might Just Be the Healthiest of Us All

MINNESOTASTAN: First Somali Muslim legislator says “Life Insurance companies should NOT be allowed to deny payouts to beneficiaries of Muslim terrorists who die or are killed while attacking Americans”

Bare Naked Islam

Global Antisemitism Drops 12%, But Surges By 45% On US Campuses…

Weasel Zippers

Deceptive practices by Uber has reportedly prompted Tim Cook to threaten to pull the app from Apple's App Store

In costly Bay Area, even six-figure salaries are considered ‘low income’ . California's War Against Normal Working People.

The San Jose Mercury News reports on California hatred about normal working people.

Analysis: Two-thirds of Americans think that the Democratic Party is out of touch with the country

There is a retail bubble -- and it's bursting

CNN Money reports:
America has way too many stores -- at a time when consumers are increasingly shopping online instead of at the mall. One retail CEO even compared the state of retail today to the housing bubble back in the mid-2000s.
Square footage in the news.

Trump's Interview With AP : Full Transcript


House Republicans FINALLY Reveal Dodd-Frank Reform

The Daily Caller reports:
Members of the House banking panel revealed a 600-page proposal Wednesday evening to roll back the Dodd-Frank Act.

The bill is the most aggressive plan so far by Republican leadership in Congress to loosen financial regulations after the financial crisis of 2007. President Donald Trump has taken the lead thus far for Republicans on banking and regulatory reform, signing multiple executive orders in February aimed at repealing Dodd-Frank and other rules.
A simple one sentence repeal would be much fairer but would raise less campaign contribution for politicians.

College Life Presents: University of Alabama

Pelosi: Trump's border wall is "immoral, expensive, unwise"

Trump’s primary threats flop in conservative districts


University of Alabama Alpha Phi Girls Recruiting Video "Sweet Home Alabama" (2015)

The diversity that the Ivy League lacks... Right here on display. You too Big Ten.

Senator Durbin on sanctuary: Chicago cops not ‘immigration officials’

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
With the Justice Department taking steps to cut some federal funds from Chicago and other sanctuary cities, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Sunday, “We are not going to turn our local police departments into immigration officials.”

Durbin, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” said Chicago should remain a sanctuary city despite the Justice Department crackdown.

And on the potential of a government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s insistence on border wall funding included in a spending bill that must be passed by Friday, Durbin said, “It’s a political stunt, an obsession for the president that should not shut down our government.”
Tricky Dick Durbin goes to bat for illegals.

Retail contraction has rocked Manhattan. Are the outer boroughs next? Two years of big job losses suggest bankruptcies and foreclosures are inevitable.

Crain's New York reports:
After months of announcements that department stores from Macy’s to Kohl’s would be closing locations, the impact of the transformation underway in retail became clear with the latest job numbers. Retail employment across the country fell by some 30,000 in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since October, almost 90,000 general merchandise store jobs have disappeared. The inexorable move to online shopping has reached a tipping point.

In New York, the fallout is hitting first in Manhattan but will soon spread to the other boroughs with enormous implications for the future of the city and its workers.

While the overall retail job numbers show only a tiny decline last year, Manhattan has lost almost 9,700 positions since 2014, according to data from the quarterly wages and employment survey crunched by the Independent Budget Office.

Citywide, the sellers one would expect to be hardest hit, including electronic and sporting goods retailers, are indeed losing ground fast. But weakness is showing up in many areas that had been growing. Consider grocery stores, where the expansion of chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's added 8,000 jobs just between 2012 and 2015, before falling back in 2016.
Costly New York , in the news.

‘Panic Button’ Application Among Several New Aids Offered to Mexicans in US

CNS News

Debt is real Trump budget cruelty

The Detroit News reports:
In March, debt service payments were $7 billion higher than they were a year earlier, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and in the first six months of fiscal 2017, the year-over-year hike was $28 billion, or 22 percent, making it the largest category of increased federal spending.

CBO estimates that if interest rates rise just 1 percent over projections,$160 billion more each year will be required for debt service. That’s three times the amount Trump hopes to cut from targeted programs.

Inevitably, the national debt ceiling, reimposed last month, will have to be raised again this fall to keep feeding the federal leviathan.

The debt total has become so ridiculously out of reach that we’ve stopped seriously thinking about it. In President Barack Obama’s eight years, the national debt doubled, and yet that fiscal atrocity barely surfaced as an issue during last year’s presidential election.
The struggle against big government.

Poll: A total of 76 percent of American voters say their personal finance situation is "excellent" or "good," while 24 percent say "not so good" or "poor." In every group except non-white voters, the percentage of voters saying their finances are "excellent" or "good" tops 70 percent. Among non-white voters, 65 percent say their finances are "excellent" or "good."

Quinnipiac has some "liberal" results.

Skull and Bones Member Eddie Lampert Makes News. Sears owner has milked iconic retailer dry, analysts say.

The New York Post

A popular public school Bible class in West Virginia faces legal challenge

The Washington Post

Key Events In The Coming Busy Week: US GDP; ECB & BOJ Meetings, And Lots Of Earnings


'At the age of 17, Emmanuel told me he'd marry me': Macron's ex-teacher wife, 25 years his senior, hoping to become France's next first lady at the age of 64

The Daily Mail

SF restaurants struggle at intersection of food, politics

The San Francisco Chronicle

House Dems are providing a list of demands Republicans must meet if they want votes to keep the government running

Slave-taking is halal in Islam. muSSlim world pretended to give it up after WW2. Libya,Nigeria,Sudan,IS show truth.

NYT Tiptoes Around Feelings Of People Who Mutilate Little Girls

Warren's public schedule looks like that of a future presidential candidate

UC Berkeley students who invited Coulter to speak threaten to sue school

These states are celebrating Confederate Memorial Day on Monday

James O"Keefe Thrown Out of Movie Premiere -- About James O'Keefe!

Seriously? Sean Hannity Accused of Sexual Harassment by Anti-Trumper Debbie Schlussel ...Updated

Map: The largest company in every state

Comrade Sanders: "The model of the Democratic Party is failing"

DEATH OF THE FOOD COURT: Iconic mall chains like Cinnabon, Sbarro, and Panda Express are transforming to survive

Trump has fired the surgeon general who called gun violence a public health issue.

ISIS jihadists and their military command are now centered some 140km southeast of Raqqa - report

How to avoid your gossipy co-worker

India has created almost one billionaire per month since 2010

Whatever historians ultimately write on his scorecard, Trump may be the best golfer ever to take the Oval Office.

Unshackling Europe’s sugar producers

College Majors that Report High Underemployment

Can you say art and physical education teaching???

VICTORY: Politically Correct Wusses Fail To Ban Dodgeball In This State’s Public Schools

Latest WSJ/NBC News poll: 54% of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s job performance

Trump to have dinner with Supreme Court justices

Teacher Allegedly Banned Students From Wearing Crosses

Study shows you might want to watch less porn

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