Carl’s Jr: I’ll have a double cheese berger — and a ticket out of state.
Carl’s Jr., the iconic California “healthier” fast-food chain, announced earlier this month that it is quitting the Golden State for greener pastures in Tennessee.
Investors Business Dailyreports: “CKE Restaurants (Carl Karcher Enterprises), the corporate parent of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants, announced that they are relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.”
It adds, however, that “company executives say this with a wink. Tax savings are a big factor, as is the stifling regulatory environment on the left coast, where businesses are treated like villains and rich people as cash dispensers for big government programs.”
Tennessee is one of several states aggressively recruiting California companies with generous incentives including free or heavily subsidized real estate, expedited project approvals, and low or no state income tax. If California continues its current course — and there is no indication of any course correction — moreCalifornia companies will be temptedto relocate to friendlier climes.
In spite of making noise in Sacramento about addressing California’s notoriously unfriendly business climate — with the creation of yet another bureaucracy known as “GoBiz” ostensibly designed to spur economic growth — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed hundreds of new regulations every year, suffocating business owners with more paperwork, requirements and restrictions that suck up their time, and tax their resources.
One of the most disturbing sections inSpectrum’s 2016 reporton why businesses leave California is titled: “Why California’s Business Environment is Likely to Worsen.” Most of the author’s more fearful predictions have already come true, making his summation sound prophetic:
“California is considering imposing a broad set of taxes on businesses in 2016 and 2017 — a ‘tsunami’ of levies that may trigger the harshest levies on private-sector finances ever organized by the state. The proposals, if enacted, will worsen California’s business environment, so much so that a result may be an increasing number of businesses leaving California for greener domestic or international pastures.”
The only real question remaining is: which California company will be next to leave.
Firenze Sage: Free health care for all is next after 15 dollars an hour. Then watch em go bye bye.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project.
In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government.
“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese’s weekly publication.
On Tuesday, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned firms it would not be in their “interests” to participate in the wall. But the editorial accused the government of responding “tepidly” to those eyeing the project for business.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centers on Mexico City and is presided over by the country’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.
internet info links concerning Cardinal Noberto Rivera:
Mexico- Complicit Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds
For immediate release: March 10, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)
Mexico City’s corrupt Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera is one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis’ new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.
“For decades now, pedophile priests and complicit bishops have been – and still are – the biggest crisis the church has faced in modern times. And in this on-going scandal, Rivera Carrera’s record – in Mexico – is terrible.
“As long as the Vatican continues to promote bishops who covered up clergy child sexual abuse, Catholics can expect more kids to be hurt and more sex crimes to be committed. “In 2013, we named Rivera Carrera as one of the dirty dozen for a papal choice. Our view of him has not changed.
“In 2007, Rivera Carrera worked to prevent a prolific predator priest from facing justice. He was accused of concealing the dreadful child sex crimes of Fr. Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. The Cardinal did virtually nothing while Fr. Aguilar Rivera traveled between his native Mexico and the Los Angeles archdiocese, molesting kids in both places. Aguilar Rivera’s current whereabouts are unknown and is on Mexico’s most wanted criminal list.
Rivera Carrera also made the ridiculous claim that there are no “documented” cases of abuse against minors in Mexico.
“It is disturbing that a cardinal who has been charged with covering up the crimes of a child molester, who is completely out of touch with the realities of child sex crimes, and who has not stepped up to the plate to help victims and protect kids is on a another Vatican council.
Firenze Sage: Maybe more emphasis on Mexican corruption and cartels would help Mexicans more than calling its citizens traitors.
Need to call 911? Landline calls pop up instantly to operators with the caller’s name and address. Cellphone calls only include a rudimentary location and rarely a name.
On Oct. 25 and 26, 911 centers in a dozen or so U.S. states from California to Texas were overwhelmed by what investigators now believe was the largest ever cyber attack of the country’s emergency response system.
The U.S. emergency system, not a single system, consists of roughly 6,500 separate answering systems run by local authorities with a hodgepodge of technology.
Onky 420 of the 6,500 centers had implemented a cyber security system as of 2015. In 38 states no money was spent in 2015 for cybersecurity for 911 centers.
Much of the 911 system relies on copper telephone lines a helpful defense against cyber attacks which usually need an internet connectivity. Smart phones pose a new type of risk as each is essentially a web-enabled computer that can be compromised by malicious software.
An 18 year old youth, Meetkumar Desal, successfully hacked into a loophole in the the Apple iPhone operating system iOS. He currently is charged with four felony charges of computer tampering.
Apple says that a forthcoming system update of the iPhone will plug the loophole that made the attack possible.
Monterey Bay Forum: Why not ‘sentence’ that 18 year old iPhone hacker to community service time that will strengthen cyber security. Use his skills!
School bathroom decisions given back to states by Trump. That’s not authoritarian.
Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality: The Trump administration just relinquished authority over gender-identity policy in the nation’s federally funded schools and colleges.
In other words, Trump was less authoritarian than Obama. And that’s not the only case.
Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a man known not just for his intellect and integrity but also for his powerful legal argument against executive-branch overreach. Based on his previous legal writings, if Gorsuch had his way, the federal bureaucracy could well face the most dramatic check on its authority since the early days of the New Deal.
Trump nominated H. R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national-security adviser. McMaster made his name on battlefields in the Gulf War and the Iraq War, but he made his name as a scholar by writing a book, “Dereliction of Duty,” that strongly condemned Vietnam-era generals for simply rolling over in the face of Johnson-administration blunders and excesses.
In his view, military leaders owe their civilian commander in chief honest and courageous counsel — even when a president may not want to hear their words.
When the Ninth Circuit blocked Trump’s immigration executive order (which was certainly an aggressive assertion of presidential power), he responded differently from the Obama administration when it faced similar judicial setbacks.
Rather than race to the Supreme Court in the attempt to expand presidential authority, it told the Ninth Circuit that it intends to rewrite the order to address the most serious judicial concerns and roll back its scope.
Authoritarianism is defined by how a president exercises power, not by the rightness of his goals.
The above is from the National Review.
Monterey Bay Forum: So far, Trump’s bark is much louder than his bite. He certainly controls the news narrative of the day. What will come tomorrow?
Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.
While discussing President Trump’s entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.
“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he [Trump] could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “And that, that is our job.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters.
They [Trump supporters] go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts.And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he [Trump] can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
Firenze Sage; These totalitarians think this is what freedom of the press is all about. Journalism school or indoctrination camps?
Hey mom can we go skating today in Central Park? At the Woolman ice-rink?
No? Why? Because Trump built the rink.
A group of liberal moms at an elite New York City school torpedoed an annual ice-skating party.
Why? Because Donald Trump rebuilt the rink in the 1980s.
The picture below shows Trump in 1986 when the Woolman ice-rink in New York Central Park opened under budget and ahead of schedule.
The Dalton School said that the ice-skating event was shelved due to low participation.
reported anti-Trump sentimentis said to be the real reason the ice-skating caper was cancelled. WhenThe New York Postasked the school’s parent association president about the allegation, she refused to comment:
Dalton’s PA president, LaMae DeJongh, declined to comment — but sources said the low attendance was due to rampant anti-Trump sentiment at the elite prep school, which boasts alumni such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Trump repaired the ice-rink: Before Trump took over the project in the 1980s, the Wollman Rink in Central Park was a symbol of government incompetence. The rink’s repairs and renovations went $12 million over budget, contractors botched the amount of concrete needed, and for six years the incomplete rink served as a lightning rod for the press to remind the Ed Koch administration how untamed things were in the city,according to Bloomberg.
When Trump finally took over fixing the Woolman rink in Central Park, he finished two months ahead of scheduled and $775,000 under budget:
Firenze Sage: This is almost as stupid as boycotting a hospital wing the Koch brothers donated. Liberals are mindless — but, oh so principled.
More jobs? More optimism? The prospect of more jobs — is that causing more people to think that the USA is moving in the right direction?
Under Obama – for quite an extended period of time – roughly 70+ percent of prospective voters thought that the USA was going in the wrong direction. Those figures have changed recently, i.e., how people in general feel about the direction of the country.
Nearly a majority of voters, 49 percent, approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a Morning Consult poll.
“Thirty percent of registered voters strongly support President Trump, while 19 percent somewhat approve. Another thirty percent strongly disapprove, while 11 percent somewhat disapprove. Ten percent weren’t sure or had no opinion.”
While 42 percent said the country was on the right track, another 58 percent said it was on the wrong track.
Trump’s approval rating has increased quickly: Four days after assuming office, Gallup found Trump had an approval rating of 45 percent, the lowest since the outfit began polling.
The Morning Consult questioned 1,991 registered voters from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28 with a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Monterey Bay Forum: Every job created matters: About 70 to 100 jobs are created with each local symphony event, so remarked the President of the Santa Cruz Symphony at an event in Watsonville, CA
The Pipleine camp had been occupied by thousands of environmentalists and Native Americans who were demonstrating against the pipeline project.
It was the Native Americans who requested help with the Pipeline cleanup. Massive amounts of garbage, human waste, teepees, and abandoned vehicles must be removed before the spring thaw when flooding is expected.
Clean-up crews are racing to clear acres of debris at the largest Dakota Access protest camp before the spring thaw turns the snowy, trash-covered plains into an environmental disaster area.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that the camp, located on federal land, would be closed Feb. 22 in order to “prevent injuries and significant environmental damage in the likely event of flooding in this area” at the mouth of the Cannonball River in North Dakota.
“Without proper remediation, debris, trash, and untreated waste will wash into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe,” the Corps said in its statement.
Those involved in the clean-up effort, led by the Standing Rock Sioux, say it could take weeks for private sanitation companies and volunteers to clear the expanse of abandoned tents, tepees,sleeping bags
Firenze Sage: These morons couldn’t even dig a latrine. Imagine walking around in a kennel.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has launched an investigation into some of the country's leading prescription drug manufacturers, demanding documents and records dating back the past five years which indicate just what the companies knew of the drugs' risk for abuse as well as documents detailing marketing practices and sales presentations. Her office has sent letters […]