Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chevy Volt Owners See Red, Head for Fiery Crash

Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | John Ransom


LogicDesigner wrote: It seems that John Ransom is at it again. I can just see his thought process. "Oh dangit, the GM has lowered the price of the Volt and now they had a record sales month. I better find some way to spin this story into how the Volt is an utter failure! If anyone disagrees with me I'll just call them a troll and question their conservative credentials!" (It seems John also deleted his comment where he called one of his critics a troll and accused them of pretending to be a conservative). "Someone should give me a Pulitzer Prize for my outstanding journalistic integrityChevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

Dear Comrade Logic,

Logic? That’s kind of pretentious for a guy who doesn’t use any facts to rebut my article, don’t you think?

But what would liberals be without their pretenses?

I don’t delete comments on Townhall.com or Townhall Finance. I don’t have time to moderate the pages as I did in the past. In fact, I just asked the moderator to lighten up on deleting posts because I like the debate.

But as you know, your comrades have spent time mucking up the pages with off-topic posts, trolling their way on page after page, writing vile retorts often laced with sexual overtones and racism. Like liberals everywhere, they ruin it for all of us and the claim “Who? Me?”

GM HAS lowered the price on the Volt with incentives, that may of may not be temporary. As I wrote in my article, they did it because despite a record year for car sales, Volts sales were only up year-over-year by 1.7 percent according to the company as of end of May 2013. They were looking to go into the 2014 production year in July with 9,000 extra Volts in their inventory.

That’s even after idling production several times because Volts weren’t going out the door fast enough.

According to Inside EVs that’s almost 40 percent of the Volts produced in the model year 2013 through the quarter ending in March. In 2013 the company had produced 23,107 Chevy Volts in three quarters of production.

“But fresh inventories, and a national $3,000 off rebate program didn’t help the Volt much in March,” writes Inside Evs, “as year-over-year sales fell for the first time ever, by 35%.  In March of 2012, GM sold 2,289 plug-in Chevys.”

It wasn’t I who said that GM’s Volt program was threatening to get “unplugged,” but rather NBCNews, which is NOT a conservative news outlet.

“With signs that sales of its Chevrolet Volt battery car could be coming unplugged,” reported NBC News in June, “General Motors is offering potential buyers as much as $5,000 in incentives – making it the latest maker to try to cut prices in a bid to boost lagging demand for electric vehicles.”

In June the company reported 2,698 Volts sold thanks to those drastic discounts by GM. In fact, all battery-powered cars have seen deep price cuts due to disappointing sales.

“For the first five months of this year,” said NBC News, “GM has sold only 7,157 of what it prefers to call an extended-range electric vehicle, or E-REV. May sales, in particular, fell 4.3 percent, to 1,607. By comparison, the overall U.S. automotive market was up 8.2 percent for the month. According to a report by Inside EVs, Chevy dealers have more than 9,000 Volts clogging inventories, vehicles they need to clear out before the 2014 models start rolling in.”

You know it’s a real low when you question my “journalistic integrity.” I have worked very hard to make sure that people know that I AM NOT NOW NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN a journalist.

I’m a writer. And I also do a radio show.

I would never be journalist. That’s kind of like being a used Volt salesman, which has to be bottom of the barrel.

VoltOwner wrote: "The battery costs about $8,000 to replace and lasts- in principle- about eight years. "How stupid this is! The WARRANTY is 8 years/100K (10 year/150K in CA) and it covers capacity loss (to 70%) so the battery will give you at least 28 miles of range or it gets replaced with one that does. Saying I have to spend $8K at the end of 8 years is idiotic. Sure I may not get as far without using some gas, but so what! The car is not broken, it's just aged a little. People drive gas cars all the time with things like oil being burned due to bad rings and they don't immediately run out and do the work required to fix it, they just get used to adding oil more often, same deal. ­-Chevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

Dear Comrade Volt Owner,

The real idiocy is that you spent $8,000 in ADVANCE for the Volt battery.

The point here that you seem to get stuck on is that battery might last longer than eight years. I’m glad you’re confident, but GM decided to only warranty the battery for eight years—likely with good reason.

Volts that spend more time in temperature extremes will likely have shorter battery life. But of course no one really know what will happen because no one has ever driven a Volt is real world conditions for eight years.

“GM says 70% of battery capacity, at least, would be typical for a Volt at the end of its lifespan. Your mileage may vary,” saysExtremetech.com. “Some Nissan Leaf owners were annoyed that their EV driving range had fallen dramatically a year or two, from a Nissan-specs range of about 85 miles per charge down to about 60 miles, especially with Leafs in hot weather cities driven up to 20,000 miles a year.”

I have to assume that most of the useful life had completely depreciated by the time the warranty runs out, because that’s what GM has done.

You depreciate the asset over the life of the warranty for a reason. It’s not that you have to PAY $8,000 and the end of eight years, it’s that you ALREADY PAID $8,000 by the end of the life of the asset, which in this case is when the warranty runs out.

Jwallace341 wrote: John Ransom, You are really doing harm to your country by stirring up all this anger. Right from the start, just by your story heading "Volt heads to a fiery crash". I know you republicans very well, I was one of them, but I never thought republicans would stoop so low as to put down and go against your own country. You are the same type of person that would complain about someone getting lower taxes by buying an electric car, yet you itemize your tax return to get a maximum deduction. You try to pay as low of a tax as you can, even claiming charitable donations and you never gave a penny in your life. I have watched co-worker republicans do this all the time. Yet you sit on your high horse and tell someone that is buying American and employing Americans that somehow they are using other people's money. Some of you people will even have off-shore bank accounts to avoid paying taxes. You claim to be so conservative but you fail to understand how electric cars will lighten the load on supply demand of gasoline which will lower prices for all, for that amount of less demand. Chevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

Dear Comrade Wallace,

I doubt very much you were ever a Republican, but if you were, thanks for leaving the Grand Old Party.

Anyone who thinks that the Chevy Volt is the same thing as the country belongs to the Other Party, the Party of Dopes and Chains.

Do your co-workers know that you are spying on them on behalf of the IRS as you watch them claim charitable deductions when they have never given a penny in their life?

Maybe you should go work for the NSA.

And by the way: Offshore bank accounts aren’t used to evade taxes. Evading taxes is illegal. Offshore bank accounts are used for what’s known as asset protection.

Many professionals, like doctors and lawyers use them to make sure that knuckleheads like you, who think that EVERYTHING is their business, have no means of suing them and then using the proceeds to buy a boat or a new car or something else you didn’t work for. That’s the liberal way, right?

Any way tax evasion is still illegal in this country and even Democrats use offshore accounts to protect their assets.

In fact, while I’m not a lawyer, I would tell anyone who has accumulated over a million dollars in assets to consider domiciling their assets offshore while complying with all tax codes.

It’s the best lawsuit protection you never have to buy.

Ferris wrote: I have an MBA from the Ross Business School (UMich) and I dare you to go into a dealer and price out a lease for a Volt. I pay $170 per month and have zero costs for gas. Explain to me how Volt isn’t a good deal. - Chevy Volt Heads for Fiery Crash

Dear Comrade Farris,

I dare you to go out a price out an MBA from the University of Michigan. Because… you got robbed. That is if you really do have an MBA from there, which I doubt because you have a whole bunch of other facts wrong too. You probably used to be a Republican too, you troll.

Go away before I delete you and taunt you a second time.

The cousin to the Chevy Volt, the Chevy Cruze is now being offered at $149 per month on a 36 months lease with about $1200 due at signing.

The Volt’s latest lease deal, on the other hand, according to PluginCars.com, looks like this:

“The Volt also can be leased for a compelling $269 a month for 36 months, with $2,399 due at signing or can be purchased with zero percent financing for 48 months and receive $3,000 in cash off the price. The financing and lease deals run through July 1. These offers put the Volt within striking distance of the batch of pure electric cars—LEAF, Spark, 500e, Fit and Focus Electric—available at or near $200 per month.”

So basically you are paying $5,520 more for the Volt than you would for the Chevy Cruze over the same period. Since the lease terms are 12,000 miles, this makes the math very simple.

The Cruze gets 28 city/42 highway miles per gallon, so lets call it 30 just to be conservative. Over 12,000 miles the Cruze will use about 400 gallons, with the average price of gas at $3.62 cents, that’s $1,448 in fuel over the life of the lease.

The Volt gets about 38 miles per charge, if you don’t use any other electric options like air conditioning or heat and each charge costs between $1.00 and $1.50 depending on where and who you believe.

At a $1.25 per charge, you’ll spend $393.75 over the life of the lease for electricity.

So the savings on pure fuel costs are impressive at $1,054.25.

But unfortunately you’ve spent $4,465.75 more over three years on the lease terms after you subtract out the savings for gas.

If you add up the per-year amount over the warranty life of the car, you get suspiciously close to the replacement cost of the battery pack that powers the Volt.

The Volt battery is 16KWh. A report by McKinsey and Company says that lithium-ion batteries, like the ones that power the Volt, cost $500-$600 per KWh although they could drop in the next five years.

But as of right now, they have the same problem they have had for over 100 years: They are too expensive to compete with the internal combustion engine.

That, in short, is why your Volt sucks. And I when I say “your Volt,” I mean it in a very personal and real sense.

Thanks.

That’s it for this week.

Why Republicans Think They've Got the Math for a Senate Majority

National Journal ^ | 07/14/2013 | By Alex Roarty

For the first time this year, Republican strategists believe they're within striking distance of taking back control of the Senate, thanks to untimely Democratic Senate retirements and red-state Democratic recruits deciding not to run for Congress. The latest blow to Democrats: former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's surprising decision Saturday to pass up a campaign.
Republican recognize that they only need to win three Senate seats in the most of conservative of states -- Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska -- and Mitch McConnell could be a Majority Leader in 2015. (That is, if McConnell can hold onto his own Kentucky seat.) The latest developments underline how punishing the map is for Democrats for 2014, and little margin for error they have.
Democrats can afford to lose up to five Senate seats and still maintain their majority, but they already risk conceding over half that number before campaigning even gets underway.
Schweitzer was the type of grade-A recruit who could nearly guarantee victory despite Montana's Republican leanings. His near-universal name recognition, blunt outspokenness, and statewide organization made him a heavy favorite, especially when Republicans had yet to field a first-tier challenger. Big Sky Country was beginning to look like a long-shot for the GOP.
But somewhere along the way, Schweitzer got cold feet. Montana Democratic officials were expecting Schweitzer to announce his campaign earlier this week, and were caught by surprise when they didn't hear from the former governor. Democrats are claiming -- after the fact -- that they were concerned about vulnerabilities in his background, but Republicans claim that the difficult political environment for Democrats in Montana also played a role.
"We did our homework and there was a lot of rust under Schweitzer's hood – a LOT of rust," said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Just as important though is that Schweitzer looked at the race and realized he couldn't win in light of how unpopular the Democrat agenda of higher taxes, bankrupting spending, and the ObamaCare train wreck is in Montana these days."
Indeed, Schweitzer's backing out is illustrative to a mounting recruiting problem for Senate Democrats in conservative states, which make up a disproportionate share of the battleground matchups in 2014. The party has failed to persuade any of its top choices in West Virginia, where Rep. Nick Rahall and attorney Nick Preservati passed on bids. In South Dakota, the party missed out on former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and the son of retiring Sen. Tim Johnson. In Georgia, Rep. John Barrow decided not to run, but the party rallied behind Michelle Nunn, daughter of former senator Sam Nunn. The party's biggest red-state recruit is Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose campaign against McConnell has gotten off to a rocky start.
Possible Democratic candidates for the Montana Senate seat include Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, Denise Juneau, state superintendent of public instruction, Monica Lindeen, the state's auditor, Brian Morris, a state Supreme Court justice, and state Sen. Kendall Van Dyke.
On the Republican side, all eyes are on freshman Rep. Steve Daines, who comfortably won the state's at-large House seat last year.
"We remain confident that Democrats can hold the Montana seat and the overall math still favors Democrats next year," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil. "Only three Democratic incumbents have lost reelection in the last decade. Our incumbents are positioned to win, we've already recruited a strong challenger to Mitch McConnell and Republicans have failed to expand the senate map into blue and purple states."
That's been the Democratic saving grace this election year -- that Republicans have struggled to recruit top candidates in the traditional battlegrounds -- against Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado and for open seats in Iowa and Michigan.
But if Democrats struggle to put Montana in play without Schweitzer, that means the path to a majority will run through Louisiana and Alaska, not the more Obama-friendly confines of the Midwest and Northeast. That's an unnerving proposition for Democrats, given how badly the party has struggled outside their comfort zone lately.

As a CEO, President Obama Gets an “F”

Commodities Forex News ^ | 5/19/2013 | Peter Morici

CEOs of large organizations all face the same problem – driving their agendas in organizations too diverse and geographically dispersed to manage directly.
They hire competent managers for their units, set goals and establish clear metrics for evaluating performance. As in politics, competition in business is tough, and CEOs must set ethical boundaries for their managers’ conduct.
In all this, the CEO’s personal conduct is critical.
Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama flaunted American constitutional tradition by pushing through major social legislation, ObamaCare, without a bipartisan compromise and consensus. And he relied on a legislative sleight of hand to pass the Senate.
Simply, Mr. Obama’s hard left agenda requires him to treat the constitution and Congress as mere inconveniences – expediency is his ethical standard.
For example, unable to obtain Congressional ascent, even among moderate Democrats, for limits on CO2 emissions and other environmental goals, the EPA – at his public behest – has written regulations imposing new and onerous requirements on business.
The Obama Credo of Management: We’ll do as we please, stop us if you can.
His failure as a CEO, now with grave political consequences, was to impose no limits on managers’ behavior and implement adequate controls – mechanisms for the CEO to monitor the performance of units and head off emerging threats to the survival of the organization. Regarding the latter, of paramount importance is to insulate the president from any fallout from their actions.
Cabinet secretaries and agency heads took their cues from the boss – at State, Justice and the IRS senior management would have had us believe they were unaware of what was happening in Benghazi, with the Associated Press, or at the Cincinnati Office of the IRS. And the president only learns about many problems when reported in the news?
Mr. Obama simply has been too busy giving speeches, raising money, and trying to turn every event to political advantage to keep tabs on his managers, as any good CEOs would do.
CEOs periodically meet with their principal managers – in groups and where necessary individually – to probe their tactics, offer assistance from their own wealth of experience, and discern areas where managers may be planting problems that will burgeon into crisis.
Failing at this, the president has managed to continence management failures that cost the lives of Americans abroad, weaken our national security, rock public confidence in government, and threaten our constitutionally guaranteed liberties.
Mr. Obama has a lot in common with one predecessor, Jimmy Carter – both failed as CEOs. The man from Plains is a decent and ethical man but micromanaged too much, whereas Mr. Obama acquired his moral compass in the Windy City and simply can’t manage at all.
Americans should not be surprised. Mr. Obama came to Washington with profound campaign skills but virtually no record as a legislator or manager. He spent seven years in the Illinois Senate as a virtual non-participant, bored and seeking higher office, and his four years in the U.S. Senate running for president.
Americans turned to him, because they were justifiably disappointed with President Bush and tagged John McCain with the blame.
Prior to his presidency, Americans never observed Mr. Obama running anything, other than a campaign. He had not been a governor or a congressional committee chair. In military terms, we made him a five star general before even serving as a lieutenant.
By his own actions, he is arrogantly ambitions but sadly incompetent. He has corrupted the foundations of our Republic, and for that he gets a failing grade.
Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a widely published columnist.

Churches' marriage policies being tightened

Baptist Press ^ | 7-12-13 | Brian Blackwell

Churches are beginning to add a stipulation in their bylaws that their ministers perform only traditional marriages on their premises, in response to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions in late June.
Greg Erwin, a Baton Rouge attorney who represents the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Baptist Message state paper and several Louisiana Baptist entities, said it is hard to speculate on what the decisions may mean for churches.
"The ruling means the same for Louisiana churches as for churches in all states except that in states where they have banned discrimination based upon sexual orientation, churches are more at risk than churches in states that would not pass such a law," Erwin said.
If the Supreme Court becomes reliably liberal by losing one conservative judge to a liberal, Erwin said, the court in a future decision could require that churches marry homosexuals.
"It would seem that the law now is that churches do not have to perform marriages that violate its beliefs," Erwin said. "However, if a church rents out its facilities for weddings to anyone but same-sex couples, then a court could find that the church is discriminating in violation of law by only refusing to rent to homosexuals.
"The free exercise of religion guaranteed by our Constitution is subject to future restriction by Congress, legislatures and the courts under the guise of balancing competing rights," the attorney said. "We are at risk by staying true to our biblical principles."
Stacy Morgan, a church administration strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, is working with Erwin to develop a standard policy that churches may adopt regarding the use of facilities and church membership. Morgan advised churches to start a conversation on how they will address the issue.
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African Leaders Set Obama Straight on Homosexuality

The New American ^ | 7/11/2013 | Dave Bohon

During his recent trip to Africa, President Obama was the focus of some no-nonsense instruction about homosexuality both from citizens as well as top African religious and government leaders. At a joint press conference June 27 with Senegal's president, Macky Sall (shown), Obama declared: “My basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to the law, people should be treated equally, and that's a principle that I think applies universally.”
Responding to Obama's comments Senegal's President Sall quickly made it clear that he and his nation do not see eye-to-eye with America's chief executive. “We are not ready to decriminalize homosexuality,” Sall emphasized, with his people and even the nation's major newspapers expressing their overwhelming support.
In fact, many of Senegal's citizens thought their president should have been more emphatic. “He should have said, ‘This can never exist in Senegal; this can never happen here,’” Tidiane Gueye, a resident of Senegal's capital city of Dakar, told the New York Times. “Senegal is 95 percent Muslim,” Gueye added. “As a Muslim country, we will not permit laws that allow gays to marry.”
Another Senegalese, retired military officer Bouramon Ndour, applauded Sall, saying that “he did extremely well,” in standing up to Obama. Speaking of homosexuality, Ndour said that “nobody here can accept that ... we are absolutely staunch on it. Look, this is a Muslim country. Over our dead bodies!”
Kenya's leaders were just as adamant, with Deputy President William Ruto, speaking at a Catholic church on June 30, saying that for those, like Obama, who embrace homosexuality, “that is their business. We believe in God.” He added that “the nation of Kenya is a God-fearing nation.”
Similarly Nairobi's archbishop, Cardinal John Njue, said that Obama might as well “forget and forget and forget” about the the legalization of homosexuality in Africa. “I think we need to act according to our own traditions and our faiths,” he said. Speaking of America, Njue said that “those people who have already ruined their society ... let them not become our teachers to tell us where to go.”
Sheikh Saliou Mbacke, a Muslim leader in Senegal, said that faith leaders throughout Africa have a duty to speak out against homosexuality, especially if there is pressure to make the African people change their views. “The subject of homosexuality must not be used as a tool to blackmail and coerce society to defy God’s command, which is more important than any world power,” he said. “We will oppose any manner of arm-twisting that threatens us to embrace it in our societies.”
In Tanzania, Anglican Bishop Michael Hafidh said most African leaders would have preferred that Obama keep his opinions on homosexuality to himself and to focus on economic issues facing the continent. Homosexuality “is not an important issue for us now,” he said. “We don’t recognize or even think of it, let alone its legalization. I think since we have a lot of resources, our discussions with the rest of the world should be more about investments and trade.”
A total of 38 countries throughout Africa, where the majority religious faiths are Islam and Christianity, have laws against homosexual conduct.

Obama Big Loser in Zimmerman Trial

PJ Media ^ | 7-13-2013 | Roger L.Simon

Forget the over-zealous prosecutors and the repellent state attorney Angela Corey (who should be immediately disbarred or, my wife said sarcastically, elevated to director of Homeland Security) and even the unfortunate Trayvon Martin family (although it is certainly hard to forget them — they have our profound sympathies), the true loser at the Zimmerman trial was Barack Obama.
By injecting himself in a minor Florida criminal case by implying Martin could be his son, the president of the United States — a onetime law lecturer, of all things — disgraced himself and his office, made a mockery of our legal system and exacerbated racial tensions in our country, making them worse than they have been in years. This is the work of a reactionary, someone who consciously/unconsciously wants to push our nation back to the 1950s.
It is also the work of a narcissist who thinks of himself first, of his image, not of black, white or any other kind of people. It’s no accident that race relations in our country have gone backwards during his stewardship.
Congratulations to the jury for not acceding to this tremendous pressure and delivering the only conceivable honest verdict. This case should never have been brought to trial. It was, quite literally, the first American Stalinist “show trial.” There was, virtually, no evidence to convict George Zimmerman. It was a great day for justice that this travesty was finally brought to a halt.
We all know Al Sharpton, the execrable race baiter of Tawana Brawley and Crown Heights, agitated publicly for this trial more than anyone else. But he most likely would not have succeeded had it not been for Obama’s tacit support...
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A photograph brought to you by Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama, MSNBC's Al Sharpton!

Directorblue ^ | July 13, 2013 | Doug Ross

Justice is blind, except in the case of George Zimmerman.
Gloria Gomez, FOX 13 @ggome13
This shirt getting a lot of attention outside courthouse. #verdictwatch #zimmermantrial pic.twitter.com/4Z6pfTsN9o

There have been 1,000 shootings in Chicago so far this year, hundreds of them fatal and many involving innocent young children.


Where are Obama, Holder, and Sharpton to decry this senseless violence? Oh, that's right: most of it's black-on-black violence, which doesn't help divide the country along racial lines... nor help advance their political agenda.


My bad. Sorry I asked.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are "Hustlers and Pimps"

Slate ^ | July 14, 2013 | Daniel Politi

“I don’t know how I feel about George Zimmerman,” Carlson said (watch video at link). “But I am positive that people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do not deserve to be called civil rights leaders. They are not. They are hustlers and pimps who make a living off inflaming racial tensions. They know nothing about this. They’re not residents of Florida. They don’t represent anybody, they’re not elected to anything, they don’t have constituencies. The only reason they’re allowed to do this is because we in the press enable them by calling them civil rights leaders. Why do we do that?”
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At least 8 wounded in overnight shootings (Negros on Negros- Who Cares?)

ChicagoTribunecom ^ | July 14, 2013 | Peter Nickeas

Shootings left at least 8 people on the South and West sides wounded overnight, according to police.
Three of the shootings happened between 4:50 and 5:40 a.m., police said.
A 60-year-old woman was shot in the chin about 4:50 a.m. in 4500 block of South Wolcott Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. Police said she wasn't the target and are investigating whether she was stuck in crossfire between two shooters. She was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where her condition has stabilized.
A 17-year-old boy was shot about 5:35 a.m. in the 7200 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood on the South Side. Someone walked up and shot him in the upper part of his right arm, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said. He's in good condition at Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center.
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Wal-Mart and Minimum Wage Chicken Hawks

Flopping Aces ^ | 07-14-13 | Brother Bob

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Job killing leftists have chalked up another victory. Wal-Mart was looking to build three stores in Washington, DC, but the prostitutes serving Big Labor, aka the DC City Council, voted 8-5 to chase them away. What this came in the form of was a "Living Wage Bill", which was actually specifically targeted toward Wal-Mart. The bill forces retailers with over $1 billion in sales and stores occupying over 75,000 feet of pave to pay $12.50 per hour, as opposed to the $8.25 Washington, DC minimum wage.

The Washington Post reported 
“The question here is a living wage; it’s not whether Wal-Mart comes or stays,” said council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large), a lead backer of the legislation, who added that the city did not need to kowtow to threats. “We’re at a point where we don’t need retailers. Retailers need us.”

What? Exactly what point is it that you feel the need to chase businesses away from a city that has 8.5% unemployment? We could also give Messr, Orange a basic lesson on economics that wages get determined by what you're worth, not what makes leftists happy. Entry level jobs pay less for a reason. And we could also point out that when a city suffers from high unemployment it's nothing to celebrate over when you shut down someone who is willing to risk their own money in your neighborhood to create jobs. $8.25 per hour is actually an exponentially better wage than the amount of zero that comes from not working. Fox News added that Wal-mart scrapped it's plans as a result, and also noted how this bill singled out Wal-Mart: 

Unionized businesses are exempt from the measure. Large stores that already have a presence in D.C., including Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M), have four years to comply.
That last part can be translated as an exemption that Macy's and Target will be allowed to keep in perpetuity provided they shovel enough money to the appropriate community groups dedicated to re-electing the DC council members.

One doesn't have to go far to see examples of leftists' selective outrage, whether it's in the privately owned Newseum's layoffs while their executives are paid quite well, or anti-Capitalist Senator Elizabeth Warren (D - Cherokee Nation) who pays her own interns a living wage of... zero.

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Double Jeopardy: NAACP Wants DOJ to Pursue Civil Rights Violation Charges Against George Zimmerman

PJ Tatler ^ | July 13, 2013 | Bryan Preston

In perhaps the least surprising development of the night, the NAACP is going all out to continue the prosecution of George Zimmerman. The group announced its intentions in a press release.
July 13, 2013
(Orlando) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released the following statement on the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin:
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock:
“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous:
“We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. “We stand with Trayvon’s family and we are called to act. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed.”
NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze:
“We lost a young man due to senseless violence, but justice did not prevail,” said Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida NAACP State Conference. “Last year we pushed for the arrest of George Zimmerman and a thorough investigation and trial. Today, we are still called to act. No one should be allowed to use this law to commit a senseless crime again.”
“Stand your ground” laws were never part of the Zimmerman trial. His defense argued ordinary self-defense, and won. The NAACP, then, is seeking nothing less than the eradication of the right of self-defense.
Complicating the NAACP’s wish to continue prosecuting Zimmerman, the Federal Bureau of Investigations probed Zimmerman in 2012 and found no evidence of racism in him.

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