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Whataburger fires employee for refusing to serve police officers

Is this a trend? I've seen a number of stories about this over the past few weeks. Now, personally, I don't think so. But we have several posters here who like to post "bad cop" stories, then extrapolate that to an epidemic of police corruption across the country. Can I then extrapolate this to an epidemic of cop haters across the country?

A Texas Whataburger employee was fired Wednesday for refusing to serve two police officers in what the company is describing as an appalling incident.

Officers Michael Magovern and Cameron Beckham were working off-duty security at a construction site on I-35 early Wednesday morning when they decided to stop at the restaurant in Lewisville, FOX 26 reports.

Magovern said before he could even place his order, the man behind the counter told him “We don’t serve police officers.”

The two officers decided to leave and went and got food at Dairy Queen instead.

"We were appalled to hear of an employee refusing service to two officers, as we have proudly served first responders across our system for decades,” Whataburger said in a statement Wednesday. “As soon as we heard of this isolated incident, we began our own internal investigation overnight. The employee that refused service is no longer employed with Whataburger. We've also invited the officers back today so we can apologize in person and make this right."

Fed rate hike likely to modestly temper growth

The Federal Reserve could raise interest rates for the first time in almost 10 years on Thursday.

A Federal Reserve interest rate hike Thursday could shake markets but is likely to cause just a ripple in the solidly growing economy, analysts say.

And some economists say rates are so low that a small bump might actually spur growth. The Fed's benchmark short-term rate has been near zero since the 2008 financial crisis.

Many experts say it's a toss-up whether the Fed will pull the trigger Thursday after a two-day meeting. Waiting until later in the year or early 2016 could allow tumbling unemployment -- now a near-normal 5.1% – to eventually trigger an undesirable pickup in inflation. But acting amid market turmoil and global economic weakness could jeopardize the six-year-old recovery.

Good, bad? Discuss. I'll join in if there are some replies.

People we lost in 2015

122 pictures and descriptions of notable people we lost in 2015. Personally, I didn't know we had lost so many that I was familiar with.

Windows update taking a very long time

I have my windows (8) set to update upon my notification. It's always been a fairly straightforward process - until yesterday evening. I got the message that windows needed to update, so I clicked to restart. The window showed the usual updating 1 of 31 (not unusual for my system) as it normally will contain between 7-30 updates.

Once it got to 11 of 31 it slowed way down, and took almost 12 hours to complete the update. It's never taken more than an hour or so before. Actually, it normally takes about 30-40 minutes.

Maybe there was a conflict, maybe a service pack update (I'm not sure). Has anyone here ever had the same issue? Can I query the system to determine what updates were made?

Thanks in advance.

The best and worst states to make a living in 2015

I think you might be surprised by the list. BTW, Hawaii was dead last (and not in a good way)

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Posted by MeatSandwich | Wed Jul 8, 2015, 12:44 AM (0 replies)

Saddam adviser Tariq Aziz dies in Iraqi prison

Tariq Aziz—once Saddam Hussein’s deputy prime minister and close adviser-- has died of a heart attack in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials say.

Provincial governor Yahya al-Nassiri says Aziz, 79, died on Friday afternoon after he was taken to the al-Hussein hospital in the city of Nasiriyah, about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, when he fell ill.

A Baghdad government official confirmed the death of Aziz. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Aziz served as both foreign minister and deputy prime minister during Saddam’s regime and was often the face of Iraq, making the nation’s case before the United Nations during the 1991 Gulf War.

No comment, just posting it for informational purposes.
Posted by MeatSandwich | Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:29 AM (5 replies)

Economy is Weak, Stocks Are In A Bubble, And Washington Must Change Course (opinion piece)

The strength or weakness of the U.S. economy is measured each quarter by its GDP. About 30 days after each calendar quarter the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) releases its report on how the economy performed during the previous quarter. That’s known as the first report. About 30 days later, the BEA issues a revision, known as the second report. Thirty days later, the BEA issues its third and final report on GDP which is the one logged into the public record. The reason for the three releases is that additional information is obtained each time and the report’s accuracy is improved.

The first release for the first quarter 2015 indicated that the U.S. economy grew at a rate of 0.2%. The second release which was issued on May 29th revised this lower to a negative 0.7%. The third and final release will come at the end of June. In any event, the economy is slow – actually contracting, which is never a good thing for stock prices, jobs, or much else really. If the economy were to contract during the second quarter we would officially be in recession.

What’s the cause of the economic contraction? Some blame the weather. Others point to the West Coast port strike. Perhaps it’s partly due to the rising dollar which reduces U.S. exports. Still others say that Washington is to blame. This last item centers on fiscal policy (i.e. tax policy and regulations) which has stifled small businesses, long considered to be the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Whatever the cause, the U.S. economy is and has been slow, since the Great Recession ended in June 2009. Clearly, the extended run up in the stock market, which long-term requires a healthy economy for strong profits, is in the early to mid-stage of a bubble. This is evidenced by a reading of 126.8% in the “total market cap to GDP” ratio (100% is fairly valued).

What will happen in the next two years? Will the U.S. economy be able to withstand the same worn-out, over-regulating policies we’ve had for the past six years? Unless and until a new regime is installed in Washington, one which is more business friendly and less concerned with remaining in power, I fear the economy will continue to suffer. A weak economy is never good for anyone, including those who believe the rampant demagoguery of the day. It’s time to slash the soundbite and install statesmen (and women) who will put the interests of the country ahead of personal gain. Until that occurs it’ll just be more of the same, something few people really want.

Obama official once said train-safety cost outweighed benefit

WASHINGTON -- When a Republican lawmaker in 2011 asked an Obama administration Office of Management and Budget official to name regulations where costs were not justified by benefits, the official had a ready answer.

"There is only one big one that comes to mind," said Cass Sunstein, then administrator of the White House OMB's Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs. "It is called Positive Train Control.''

Even though the regulations for the $13.2 billion rail-safety system were mandated by Congress, "monetizable benefits are lower than the monetizable costs," Sunstein told then Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., at a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing. "There aren't a lot like that.''

Interesting article concerning the Obama administration's view of train safety vs cost.

Soros Donates $159 Million To Bill De Blasio’s Newly Launched “Progressive Agenda”….

Soros Donates $159 Million To Bill De Blasio’s Newly Launched “Progressive Agenda”….

In an effort to revitalize and unify the far-left Democratic party, progressives have relied on the very thing they often criticize -- the deep pockets of a billionaire supporter. Agenda supporters were linked to at least $159 million dollars in donations or political contributions from Soros.

Many of those self-proclaimed progressives will gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol May 12 at 3 p.m. to celebrate a new, far-left “Progressive Agenda.”

It's really not Hillary's fault.

She never saw the e-mail from the State Department. That's her story, and she's sticking to it.

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