Thursday, December 19, 2013

Senator Clinton voted for the Iraq War?

Bush lies and people die.

It isn't as though he is burning crosses and inspiring hate.

Leave the guy alone. 

I've never watched the program, but, this is a family, isn't it? How can the show go forward without a member of the family? 

This is not institutional discrimination. This is one person who was asked about his point of view. I really think he cannot relate to the gay community. What is he suppose to do, go into training? He likes girls. A lot of other people like girls including lesbians. Perhaps he can start there.

It is enough the television station stated their policy does not reflect the views of the Mr. Phil. 

It sounds as though his religion has served as a center of strength for him and has worked in his life that was helpful. Good enough. He should live a happy and long life and continue to entertain his audience.

DECEMBER 18, 2013 AT 7:00 AM

The Gospel According to Phil (click here)


There is a few reasons the gas pump price has fallen. Beside the supply from the USA, there is Libya and Iran returning to the global supply.

December 16, 2013

Lifting the ban (click here) on crude-oil exports would benefit major oil companies and hurt Americans, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said in a letter to President Obama on Monday.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz suggested last week that it was time to revisit the ban on crude-oil exports, which has been in place since the 1970s and restricts exports of the fuel in most cases. "Those restrictions on exports were born, as was the Department of Energy and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, on oil disruptions," Moniz said at a forum hosted by Platts.

Menendez, who has tried without success to repeal tax breaks for major international oil companies, joins Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in raising concerns over the prospects of exporting crude oil. Menedez said in his letter that lifting the ban could increase gasoline prices in the United States.
"When Congress first enacted limits on crude exports in the 1970s following the oil embargo, these laws were designed to enhance American energy security and protect U.S. consumers from volatility and price spikes," Menendez said in the letter. "Despite changes in the global energy market, these goals should remain priorities in our nation's energy policy. Easing this ban might be a win for Big Oil, but it would hurt American consumers."

This is "Gas Buddy" today at 4:00 PM EST. With all that green and red it sort of looks like Christmas, doesn't it?

Right now I am trying to figure out what approach the Democrats are going to take to drive the price of gas at the pump back up again. Will it be Menendez launching war on Iran or President Obama lifting the ban on American supplies. Any guesses? If were to bet real money on the either/or it would be President Obama because Menendez would have to wait until after 2014 elections.

But, alas, neither have to happen. It would seem as though the Libyan oil port that was anticipated to open last week has changed ownership today.

Group seeking autonomy for eastern Libya refuses to surrender three oil-exporting ports, costing government billions. (click here)

Last updated: 15 Dec 2013 14:26

The leader of an autonomous movement in eastern Libya has refused to end the blockade of several oil-exporting ports, dashing hopes of ending a months-long standoff with the central government in Tripoli.
Ibrahim Jodhrane, head of the security guards at the ports, said on Sunday that his group's demands for more autonomy in the country's east and a cut of oil shares had not been met. The group is also asking for an investigation into claims of government corruption over oil sales.
"We have failed to reach a deal on these conditions with this [Tripoli] government," Jathran told reporters at his group's home base in Ajdabiya in the eastern part of the country.
"I therefore confirm that we will not reopen the ports for this corrupt government," he said.

There was no immediate comment from Tripoli....

But, if I were the entire nation of the USA I would be writing to every House Representative and every Senator to let them know this is the first time in years that "disposable income" has finally gone up and Christmas is that much merrier this year because the price of gas at the pump is down under $3.00. 

If Menendez thinks he is going to start a war he is sincerely is an insane person. If President Obama thinks he is going to remove the ban on exporting domestic supplies he is just as insane. The cost of American gas at the pump is finally giving the American Middle Class a break so the gifts under the tree are more plentiful and actually the gifts that Santa was asked to bring to a good girl and boy.

I've had enough of the power playing that goes on in Washington, DC. If I've had enough I can only imagine how the rest of the country is feeling right now. The American people have paid the price for Iranian sanctions long enough. We have a leader of Iran that is seeking to be reasonable and is being as transparent as is demanded. 

There will no more playing with the Middle Class and their disposable income. There will be no war in Iran. There will be no exporting domestic oil. 

End of discussion.

I strongly suggest the Democrats in DC need to reassess their hubris and realize how completely disgusted the American people are with it right now!

Boycott Kelloggs

The Memphis workers and their union are battling for the future of the next generation of Kellogg's workers and for the defense of negotiated standards against the expansion of disposable jobs.

The BCTGM Local 252G members who make Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops® and other breakfast favorites were locked out as part of the drive by the $14 billion company to replace steady, middle-class, full-time jobs with casual part-time employees who would make significantly lower wages and substandard benefits.

The locked-out unionists are reaching out for solidarity from working people in the area, including civil rights organizations, churches and other unions. On Nov. 7, hundreds, including members of the United Auto Workers; Teamsters; city workers, electrical and other unions, attended a union-organized prayer vigil in front of the Kellogg plant.

“This lockout is an unacceptable tactic designed to deprive families of income and medical coverage in an effort to force the changes you seek through the imposition of unwarranted economic duress,” Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, wrote to Kellogg President and CEO John Bryant Nov. 7.

“Bringing casual workers into the plant is a way to put us against each other,” said Norris Roberts, 55, a packaging mechanic at the plant. “I’m on the picket line for those who aren’t hired yet.” If Kellogg wins in Memphis, they will go after the longtime workers next, Roberts said. “That’s why all the other plants are looking at us.” 

There is a greedy CEO looking for a bonus when he doesn't deserve it.  He is breaking his contract and making money on the backs of dedicated workers that made the profit for the company.

Thu Nov 1, 2012 9:47am EDT
Reuters) - Kellogg Co (K.N) reported higher-than-expected (click here) quarterly profit on Thursday as strong performance in its Pringles business offset costs related to a recall last month of Mini-Wheats.

The world's largest cereal maker reported net income of $296 million, or 82 cents per share, for the third quarter, compared with $290 million, or 80 cents per share, a year earlier.
The results included 4 cents per share in integration costs related to the acquisition of Pringles....

Analysts on average were expecting 80 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S....

No well run company shuts down production that has made huge amounts of money for decades. Kelloggs has started a dreamscape called "Project K." The strategy obviously is that the CEO wants big bucks in his bonus while he impoverishes his employees. It worked for Walmart. He may be looking to replace Jamie Dimon at the next stockholders meeting.

With annual sales of more than £4.5 billion, (click here) Kellogg’s is the world’s leading producer of cereal products and convenience foods, such as cookies, crackers and frozen waffles. Its brands include Corn Flakes, Nutri-Grain and Rice Krispies....

...When a company like Kellogg’s is investigating a change in its marketing it can consider four elements. These are known as the marketing mix or 4Ps:

  • Product - This element relates to how the company offers meets the changing needs and wants of customers. The growth in healthier lifestyles creates opportunities for Kellogg’s to increase the number of products for this segment.

  • Price - The amount a company charges for its product is important in determining sales. Superbrands like Kellogg’s can charge a premium because of the strength of the brand and product quality.

  • Place - Where customers can purchase the product is also an important factor in determining sales. If a brand like Special K is not stocked in supermarkets where most purchases are made, sales will be lost.

  • Promotion - Communicating the availability of a product is essential for sales to be made. Kellogg’s uses above the line promotion like TV advertising as well as below the line promotion like on-pack promotions and sampling.

In considering Special K, the company concentrated on changing the product through new variants. Although Special K was already a well-established brand, its full potential had never been reached. It was viewed as a stand-alone product, and Kellogg’s had not created any variants or brand extensions to develop the core product....

Project K otherwise known as Project Poverty. When is the USA going to nationalize profits of these companies. They think they can put Americans to the curb and pay poverty wages. The USA should be taxing the companies that use the Food Stamp and Medicaid program to supplement their treasuries. If 50% of their employees receive government assistance, then 50% of their net profits belong to the USA.

Nov 4 (Reuters) - Kellogg Co (click here) reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a fall in cereal-making costs, and said it would slash 7 percent of its workforce by 2017.

The company's shares rose 1 percent in premarket trading.

Net income of the world's largest cereal manufacturer rose to $326 million, or 90 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 28 from $318 million, or 89 cents per share, a year earlier.

The maker of Corn Flakes, Chocos cereal and Eggo waffles said revenue fell marginally to $3.72 billion.

Kellogg announced a new cost-cutting program called Project K to strengthen existing businesses in its core domestic markets and increase growth in developing markets.

The program is expected to result in total pre-tax charges of between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion, the company said.

The Governors should seek any other inmates with the same circumstances and cummute their sentences as well.

...In a statement prepared (click here) for release when the commutations are announced, Mr. Obama said that each of the eight men and women had been sentenced under what is now recognized as an “unfair system,” including under a 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses that was significantly reduced by the Fair Sentencing Act of 2011.
“If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society,” Mr. Obama said. “Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognized as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.” 
The recipients include several high-profile inmates who have received news media attention as examples of the effects of earlier tough-on-crime drug sentencing policies, in which the quantities of crack involved sometimes resulted in severe punishments. Many of them were young at the time of their offense and were not accused of violence....

We are not going back to the mercy of health insurance companies. They untrustworthy.

Sec. 101. Refundable Tax Credit for Health Insurance Costs of Low-Income
Refundable credit: amount tied to average insurance on individual market adjusted for
inflation ($2,613 for individuals/$5,799 for families1).
o $2,000 for an individual
o $4,000 in the case of a joint return
o $500 for each additional dependent
o $5,000 is the maximum amount receivable
Individual taxpayers earning up to 200% Federal...

McCain's Bill is more of the same Republican rhetoric in a different package. What is different here than allowing Medicare pay $7000 subsidy to seniors?

If the uninsured fall into the brackets of income where they receive subsidies, simply make it Single Payer. The people that have been victims to Wall Street give them Single Payer. Why put these folks through anything else? They need health insurance and we know it. So, if those receiving subsidies want something other than the current structure than give them Single Payer. 

If Wall Street continues to manipulate the law and excludes those citizens The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was written for, then provide Single Payer. There should be an option in place NOW that puts Single Payer at the side of any citizen if they are refused benefits by their insurance company. Wall Street already excludes subscribers when they have health issues. The difference between (At Will) Single Payer and Wall Street is death. So, the obligation of the government is to prevent "Death by Wall Street."

Why now? Because Wall Street is already manipulating the law and they will kill people anyway. Why bother with Wall Street, put these folks into Single Payer and get it over with?

I think Rand Paul is correct. Perjury is not an option.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday (click here) that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress during a March hearing.
"What I'm saying is that the Director of National Intelligence, in March, did directly lie to Congress, which is against the law," Paul said on CNN, according to a transcript. "He said that they were not collecting any data on American citizens."...

The problem is less the USA intelligence community, however, so much as those in the Executive Branch and their abuse of power. In 2007 when it was evident the Republicans were going to have a struggle placing yet another member of the party in office, Bush attempted to step up the fear quotient in the country to prevent the war in Iraq from ending. It was Cheney's forever war. At that point the intelligence community derailed the power play by Bush.

WASHINGTON -- A day after President Bush (click here) sought to present evidence showing that Iraq is now the main battlefront against Al Qaeda, the chief US intelligence analyst for international terrorism told Congress that the network's growing ranks in Pakistan and Afghanistan pose a more immediate threat to the United States.

In rare testimony before two House committees, Edward Gistaro, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats, said that Al Qaeda terrorists operating in South Asia are better equipped to attack the United States than the network's followers in Iraq are.

Asked which arm of Al Qaeda concerned him the most, Gistaro told a joint session of the House armed services and intelligence panels that it was South Asia....

The problem with the previous administration cannot be repeated. So, the USA doesn't need people willing to lie to Congress in order to maintain control in the way they believe is necessary. The Congress of the USA and the people are not puppets to the military or the intelligence agencies. We witnessed on multiple times how the previous administration attempted to play with the voters of the USA in order to run illegal and immoral wars.

No more lying.

It never fails. The power players within the political spectrum of the USA believe they have a right and OBLIGATION to run game on the people. Not anymore. If the USA is ever to have a sincere national security it cannot be based in lies. The open meetings of Congress have become nothing more than an extension of political influence. The best example of the wayward USA Congress is Representative Issa. He will do and say anything in order to maintain whatever political 'mind speak' he believes is in his best interest. Issa got his permission from Cheney, Scooter Libby and Rove. The Bush White House showed the GOP how to lie and lie again to Special Prosecutors and how to run game on the American people. Rove went back again and again before the grand jury in the Plame Case and Scooter Libby simply lied. Cheney and Bush would not give testimony as a privilege of the Executive Branch but they 'visited' with the prosecutor.


The military and intelligence budget is out of control and the NSA needs to rent out some of their office space.