Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success!

Western Journalism ^ | May 22, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee 

The Clinton camp is scrambling to catch up.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive.
Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week.
In response to the disappointing numbers, Clinton backers have replaced high-level committee officials in an effort to attract new donors. One insider told the Wall Street Journal that some involved in the campaign had “unhappiness with the lack of leadership in the organization.”
Another source confirmed there was a unanimous opinion among staffers that “fundraising needed to be stepped up significantly.”
Meanwhile, Cruz is amassing a war chest his supporters hope will take him through the nomination process and into the general election, at which time he can go head-to-head with Clinton – assuming she fulfills expectations by securing her party’s nomination.
Political analyst Mark Halperin concluded that the Cruz campaign and its “eye-popping” ability to raise money is not only a threat to Clinton, but “instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest.”
As multiple scandals continue to take their toll on Clinton’s candidacy and reputation, only time will tell if a few personnel changes at Priorities USA Action will bridge the fundraising gap.

It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt!

Zero Hedge ^ | 5/22/15 | Michael Snyder/Tyler Durden 

Did you know that if you took every single penny away from everyone in the United States that it still would not be enough to pay off the national debt? Today, the debt of the federal government exceeds $145,000 per household, and it is getting worse with each passing year.
Many believe that if we paid it off a little bit at a time that we could eventually pay it all off, but as you will see below that isn’t going to work either.
It has been projected that “mandatory” federal spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue by the year 2025. That is before a single dollar is spent on the U.S. military, homeland security, paying federal workers or building any roads and bridges. So no, we aren’t going to be “paying down” our debt any time in the foreseeable future. And of course it isn’t just our 18 trillion dollar national debt that we need to be concerned about. Overall, Americans are a total of 58 trillion dollars in debt. 35 years ago, that number was sitting at just 4.3 trillion dollars. There is no way in the world that all of that debt can ever be repaid. The only thing that we can hope for now is for this debt bubble to last for as long as possible before it finally explodes.
It shocks many people to learn that our debt is far larger than the total amount of money in existence. So let’s take a few moments and go through some of the numbers.
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Hillary Clinton's scandals piling up faster than flakes in a snowstorm

Fox ^ | 5/22/2015 | Michael Goodwin 

Wading through the daily deluge of Hillary Clinton news, I feel like I’m reading the police blotter. The litany of her shameful shenanigans resembles the litany of neighborhood crimes recorded by cops. There are simply too many to stomach.
There is another similarity, too: In both cases, fear and revulsion are the proper responses from honest Americans.
More than 17 months before Election Day, Clinton scandals are piling up faster than robberies during a police strike. There is a media feeding frenzy over her shady dealings and the sheer volume of unsavory revelations is approaching a critical mass. The pace of disclosures probably can’t continue, but already she’s looking less and less inevitable.
This week brought a new batch of bombshells. The Washington Post reported that, in addition to $5 million she earned from her latest book, Clinton earned $11.7 million by delivering 51 speeches since January 2014. The paper reported that she was paid an astonishing $625,000 for two speeches — in one day!
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Pending $15 minimum wage forces Seattle pizza shop to close!

KPLC ^ | April 29, 2015 

A pizza shop owner in Seattle says the city's new minimum wage law is forcing her to close her doors.
The new law says businesses have six years to phase into giving employees $15 an hour.
Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise when Seattle's minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month.
“I definitely recognize that having more money is important, especially in a city as expensive as this one,” he said.
He'll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza, putting him and his 11 coworkers out of work.
“Fortunately she keeps us in the loop, and didn't just tell us last minute,” Jeran said.
Ritu Shah Burnham doesn't want to go out of business, but says she can't afford the city's mandated wage hikes.
“I've let one person go since April 1, I've cut hours since April 1, I've taken them myself because I don't pay myself. I've also raised my prices a little bit. Yeah, there's no other way to do it,” she said.
Small businesses in the city have up to six more years to phase in the new $15 an hour minimum wage.
But Shah Burnham says even though she only has one store with 12 employees, she's considered part of the Z Pizza franchise so she has to give raises in just two years.
“I know that I would have stayed here if I had seven years, just like everyone else, if I had an even playing field. The discrimination I'm feeling towards my small business right now makes me not want to stay and do anything in Seattle,” she said.
The director of Now Seattle, which rallied for the minimum wage, had no comment, only saying "Restaurants open and close all the time, for various reasons."
Shah Burnham is concerned about where her employees will end up when she does close.
“I absolutely am terrified for them,” she said. “I have no idea where they're going to find jobs, because if I'm cutting hours, I imagine everyone is across the board.”
Seattle is the first major city to pass a law that gives workers $15 an hour. It comes out to about $30,000 a year if an employee works full-time.

Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

 DoD BUZZ ^ | May 22 2015 | Brendan McGarry 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. on Friday flew for the first time its next-generation light-attack helicopter, the S-97 Raider.
The test flight took place at the company’s developmental flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. It comes as its parent company, United Technologies Corp., mulls a possible sale of the 90-year-old rotorcraft manufacturer.
The chopper’s coaxial design features counter-rotating rotor blades and a push propeller, among other innovations, that will allow it to fly much faster and farther than today’s choppers.
The Raider was initially designed to target a potentially $16 billion U.S. Army weapons acquisition program called the Armed Aerial Scout to replace the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, one of the smallest helicopters in the fleet. The service put the acquisition effort on hold due to budget restrictions.
But Sikorsky, which also makes the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and numerous other aircraft, still plans to sell the coaxial design both domestically and internationally. The company, along with several dozen supplies, have spent tens of millions of dollars designing and developing the technology.
“The aircraft was rock solid,” test pilot Bill Fell said of the test flight, according to Sikorsky’s Twitter account.
“We were completely ready to take on this task & we hit it out of the park today,” chief engineer Andy Bernhard said in another Tweet.
While Sikorsky is one of the world’s largest helicopter-makers with $7.5 billion in annual sales, it has seen its defense and energy markets shrink amid the end of large-scale, U.S.-led ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a drop in global oil prices driven by surging U.S. production, according to an article this month in The Wall Street Journal.
“UTC is exploring strategic alternatives for Sikorsky, which could include a sale or spinoff,” spokesman John Moran told the newspaper.
The Raider, rolled out during a glitzy ceremony in October at the company’s hangar in Jupiter, Florida, is one of two built for demonstration purposes. Most of the flight testing will take place in 2015.
Sikorsky in 2010 and 2011 flew an experimental prototype of the design called the X2 that reached speeds of up to 250 knots, or 290 miles per hour. By comparison, the Kiowa Warrior has a top speed of about 120 knots, or 140 miles per hour.
Sikorsky has also teamed with Boeing Co., which helps make the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, in proposing the SB>1 Defiant, a larger coaxial design, for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program, or JMR.

How L.A.’s New Minimum Wage Could Hurt the Poor [by earning too much to get food stamps]

The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2015 | Monica Potts 

If someone’s pay suddenly doubles, she may lose rental assistance, child care subsidies, and more.
In L.A., a worker who currently makes $9 an hour and works 40 hours a week (which is not a given, but that would be a full-time workload) will earn $360 a week, or about $1,440 a month and $18,720 a year, before taxes. If that worker is a mom with two children, she is below the poverty line. She qualifies for a bevy of federal and state programs like food stamps, rental assistance, child care subsidies, health care for her children, and Medicaid because she is lucky enough to live in a state that agreed to expand that program under Obamacare.
To take just one example, this mom could qualify for about $500 in food stamps every month. If her wages go up, her food stamp benefits are reduced by 30 cents for every dollar she makes, until they end completely when her income passes $2,116 a month, which it would more than pass under the new minimum wage. Access to other programs, like child care subsidies, drop off completely as soon as a family earns one dollar too much to qualify.
If the new minimum wage went into effect today, without any changes to any of the safety net programs, this mom might lose all of her benefits except access to medical care for her and her children and the tax credits she gets as a working mom, including those meant for poor workers like the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Meet the Whore family: from Whore Island!

Joe For America ^ | 05/22/2015 | Baron Von Kowenhoven 

The Clinton Foundation said Thursday it received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from foreign sources, universities, large corporations. South Korea, Thailand and Nigeria. Etc. This after “forgetting” to disclose 1,100 foreign donors.
This after the Clinton Foundation failed to report $$tens of millions in foreign donations on their taxes, forcing them to refile at least five years’ worth of returns. I’m sure the IRS is cool with that – after all, they don’t have “Tea Party”, “Conservative” , “Christian” or “Palin” in the name of their organization – Friend me on Facebook – no one turned away.
Many of these “forgotten” – meaning “undisclosed” donations were related to the Russian government obtaining rights to US uranium interests. But no worries, the Foundation pocketed millions, as did a bunch of Clinton cronies..
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