Just yesterday the wonderful new Pope issued a serious paper speaking to the issues of greed, income inequality, trickle down economics (a BIG lie if ever was) and consumerism, the latter topic being the one that hits home with this article.
We won't go to a mall after Labor Day, as at least one retail whore has something Christmas on display that early. Holiday catalogs appeared in our mailbox in late August when school began. They didn't even wait for Fall, they actually started bombing us with catalogs in late SUMMER. We now get 2-4 per day.... places we've never heard of... straight to the recycle bin.
Christmas shopping season has now expanded to 5+ months; by 2020 it'll start on the 4th of July; by 2025 it'll start on Memorial Day; by 2030 it'll be year-round with holiday clearance sales from New Year's Day to IRS day on 15 April when a new Holiday selling season kicks in.
Back to the new Pope. I hope he opens people's eyes. We all have too much stuff. Think not? Go see the drive-thru donation line at the Salvation Army store on Kelly Johnson Blvd just off of N. Academy and watch as mini-van after mini-van lifts its tailgate and disgorges mounds of items excess to family after family. We're buried in stuff. Our homes are stuffed.
We never shop Black Friday, it's a commercial gimmick; they jack up prices then offer a big discount. Right. We won't fight all the crazed idiots in the parking lots and stores.
I hate how the media panders to retailers, constantly brainwashing the public with crap about how critical it is for us to spend so retailers can show a profit for the year. Boo-freaking-hoo. We have too many stores selling too much cheap foreign junk. Let's all stop buying.
Note the article below from the Woester Telegraph from a state with limited restrictions on the expenditures of campaign contributions. It opens the barn door on abuse.
Massachusetts doesn't have term limits either,
which it needs.
November 26. 2013 5:12PM
Campaign contributions pay for more than many think
Donating to a political campaign is a way of expressing personal approval. But donors should know that contributions may be spent, legally, on things they might have thought would come from personal or expense accounts.
Campaign coffers in Massachusetts go to more than hiring helpers and buying ads and lawn signs.
A lot of donated dollars get eaten up at dinners. Meals with leaders and constituents are one of the legitimate, but often pricey, perks of a campaign account.
As described in a Sunday Telegram story Nov. 24, some Central Massachusetts legislators have used campaign funds to pay for conferences, gifts for volunteers, legal bills, and hotel rooms in Boston after late-night sessions at the Statehouse.
The state's decades-old campaign finance law requires only that expenditures provide for "the enhancement of the political future of the candidate" and not be primarily for personal benefit.
Tighter regulations over campaign spending would lessen at least the perception that campaign contributions can in some cases serve essentially as salary boosts, or a way for a lawmaker to live high on the hog once in a while without burning a hole in their own pocket.
What we hope for most from our representatives is a sense of duty to contributors, and wisdom over the value of others' hard-earned dollars.
It's disheartening to hear, as we so often do, about time and money lavished on less-than-serious outings and purposes. We expect more from our elected leaders.
State legislators make a base salary of more than $61,000 a year, and many receive leadership stipends and per diem travel allowances. They work hard, and some meetings over meals to get work done is to be expected.
But smart voters admire frugality and pragmatism, and — though they don't always know where their campaign contributions are going — they know those qualities when they see them.
Clever folks at Serco, they get to have $35M in tax-payer revenue, instead of it being reinvested in the local community. Being able to call a sitting Councilman one of their own is not bad either.
One of the problems facing the Colorado Springs economy is that its tax base consists largely of wage earners, pensioners, and small to medium sized businesses. Large corporations, on the other hand, take their earnings elsewhere for tax purposes, leaving only what may or may not go to property taxes to remain in the regional coffers.
The decision of the city council will result in job loss and a reduction in contracts with local firms, and place a further drain on the city’s resources.
Deals like this one end up costing the community far more than what’s on the price tag.
Serco cant suck up much more from the local DoD community so this Councilmember gets them work! This guy needs to go!
Regarding the Rosebush reviews, I believe the Academy can review its limited hiring procedures all it wants but hiring procedures are established by the Air Force Personnel and OPM. The Academy, like all other AF bases, requests then gets (after the job is advertised) a list of qualified candidates and either hires from, or rejects the list. The job requirements are, to a degree, established by the Academy and approved by personnel to begin the process of hiring. Maybe, the Academy needs to review who hired Rosebush, why he was hired, and the list of candidates provided to see if he truly was the most qualified.
Is the current 'model' for regional economic development working or is a new approach needing to be examined?
Several companies, like Atmel for eq, get ton of "breaks" from CSU in the name of economic development and job saving. They give nothing back extra to COS, per their company rules, except their presence and high utility usage here in our City.
It should be noted that the current Braves stadium is located in downtown Atlanta and the new one is slated for the suburbs, moving in a direction exactly opposite to the local proposal.
CSU is an economic driver by itself. Let the RBA get their funding from their memberships and sponsors like the HBA, etc. You can tell the political pressure is immense on these officials since they are considering revisiting the issue with RBA. What happened to the reporting and communication required to the CSU board from any organiziations receiving over $10,000 that was voted on last year? RBA, downtown partnership, etc look at CSU as a big old piggy bank for their projects. Bike challenge came to town CSU spent tens of thousands in powerwashing buildings, cleaning Tejon etc for aesthetics. Let DP pay for stuff like that. No accountability or reporting of ROI, purposeful exclusion on important City issues, and blantant disrespect to Council and CSU board should have consequences. Hit em in their rev. source.
This is awesome news for many MMJ patients! About time Colorado's government is taking it seriously. (Just wish the Feds would legalize MMJ and change labor laws so we can't be fired for being a patient.)
Now lets expand the RMJ industry in El Paso County and get some needed sales tax money!
Tea Party Strikes Out Against the Atlanta Braves
The Tea Party anger is focused on the county’s usually small-government, anti-tax Republican board of commissioners, which enticed the baseball team with a commitment of $300 million in public funds to go toward a new $672 million stadium for the ball club. But while the county commission called the stadium deal a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the local Tea Party activists called foul, accusing the commission of rushing to a vote without enough public review and opening up the latest front in the war between Tea Party groups and the Republican establishment that pushed for the deal.
“I’ve had several members of the Chamber of Commerce tell me that the Tea Party needs to stick to federal issues and leave local issues like this alone,” said Debbie Dooley, the head of the Atlanta Tea Party. “Well, that’s not going to happen.”
Dooley had mounted a significant opposition to the plan, which she called “a done deal from the beginning,” and formed an unusual coalition among Tea Party activists, the Sierra Club, Common Cause, and other groups from across the political spectrum that opposed the deal for their own reasons.
At the public meeting before the commission voted four-to-one to approve the deal Tuesday night, commissioners heard discussion on “public private partnerships,” new local sales taxes, new taxes on hotels and apartments near the proposed site, and plenty of feedback from Dooley’s coalition and voters opposed to the deal, which was announced just two weeks earlier and did not include an environmental impact statement nor an economic impact statement.
“We’re spending millions of Cobb County taxpayer dollars on this deal and we’re going to take two weeks and ram it though?” said Patricia Hay, a local resident. “It reminds me of Obamacare and how they did that. At first we knew nothing and they said it was a wonderful deal, and now we’re finding out it’s not so wonderful.”
Susan Stanton from the Georgia Campaign for Liberty, an offshoot of Ron Paul’s libertarian organization, delivered a petition with 791 signatures, tagging the deal as corporate welfare for the Braves organization, while Debbie Dooley said the vote showed that the sole Democrat on the panel, Lisa Cupid, was more conservative than any of the four Republicans who approved the deal.
Thanks for sharing this news, Gracie. We have hundreds signed up already to join this global event!
How economic development is funded and managed may loom large as a means to boost revenues and local sales tax collections to support services provided by the city. So you have thoughts on the management models available - your comments will be appreciated.
Thank you if you have the time and interest to participate!
Considering she worked in the Elections dept for years prior to working the campaigns…...
Mayor Botch is doing what the Koch Bros wanted when they financed his election: get rid of public union jobs, no matter the impact on the locality and its people. The police dept, fire fighters, teachers, and their unions are next on the list to wreck.
The applications have been Graded as an "I". For inaccurate, incomplete and inconclusive. The RTA funds are not to be used for 'seed money' projects but built on community support. Which, is lacking in this case. Also, the independent auditor did not reconcile the loss of the SKY SOX not using the stadium. This application is not for prime time and should not be allowed to move forward. Regardless of all the 'free money' being offered./
Glass is still not recycled in the West like it is back East, where you have a bottle deposit fee when you purchase a six pack. The homeless there collect the bottles & cans and actually earn a living by recycling them. I worked for Waste Management for 7 years who claim to recycle glass, but don't. They are allowed to crush it up and cover a landfill at the end of the night because they aren't using dirt as a cover. This is such a farce, but because there isn't a glass recycling plant in Colorado and would cost too much to transport to Utah where there is a plant, they are legally able to call this recycling glass products. We need to open a facility and start our own bottle deposit system and it would generate more jobs in the industry here for Colorado. How about it?
Miami Stadium fiasco- The agency also is looking closely at a controversial deal to build a new stadium for the Miami Marlins baseball team—paid for mostly with city and county bonds that left local taxpayers on the hook for over $1 billion for decades. The project was supposed to help attract more tourist traffic, boost the local economy and generate tax receipts. Instead, after three straight seasons in the basement of the National League East, the Marlins played their 2013 home games in a half-empty stadium.
The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County confirmed that they have received subpoenas.
As someone from Southern Louisiana, I am ashamed to to call this place a "Cajun" restaurant. They can't even spell "Laissez les bon temps roulez" correctly on their wall! The shrimp is NOT gulf shrimp, but a frozen product. "It's not legal to ship Gulf Shrimp out of Louisiana," the owner told us on our September visit. This is complete bull. I order Gulf shrimp from cajungrocer all the time. Secondly, the staff was terrible! They were more concerned about the guest ordering drinks and appetizers through the window to the bar next door, than they were in taking our orders and getting our drink refills. Furthermore, they knew NOTHING about the menu. "Chef"Brunet stood outside the door smoking and talking to someone, who I can only assume was a buddy, for the entire 45 minutes we were at the restaurant.
I order the gumbo, a pathetic soup of chewy shrimp, beef broth, and maybe a 1/4 cup of rice. My husband had the roast beef po-boy made on a hoagie roll that was so stale you couldn't bite into it, and beef so cheap and poorly seasoned it wouldn't even qualify for a fast-food restaurant. The accompanying "au jus" was tin-tasting canned beef broth. The menu also include a jambalya that boasted a tomato based sauce. Not self-respected Cajun would advertise tomato based sauces as Cajun cuisine. This is creole cuisine from the New Orleans area.
After our hopeful attempt to find a restaurant that could serve our beloved south-west Louisiana favorites, we left with, appropriately, a retracted bill and some free beignets for our trouble. They should have kept there flat, chewy treats for some other gullible customer.
Colo. School Board Member: Transgender Students Need 'Castration' Before Using Bathrooms - Just unbelievable in this day and age with Science as our guide instead of someone's bogus religion guiding our state politics!
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