Name: Good Neighbor Day Expo at March Luncheon Date: March 12, 2014 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Event Description: Join us for Lunch at Pritchard Community Center and enjoy the Good Neighbor Day Expo. Come at 11:00 to enjoy the booths, the meeting will begin at noon. Primary Sponsor is Bluegrass Pipeline and our Secondary Sponsor is Heartland Golf Course and Tee to Green Productions. Trino's will caterer the meal. Kentucky Neighborhood Bank is the ABC Student sponsor. Download the Good Neighbor Day Expo Application Form.
Senator Dianne Feinstein Intelligence Committee can't understand why she didn't get good intelligence on Ukraine and is upset that Russia walked in and took over Crimea and it was a done deal before she knew about it.
Politico Dianne Feinstein: “We have to better deploy our resources… because we have large resources and it should not be possible for Russia to walk in and take over the Crimea and it’s a done deal by the time we know about it.” Read more.
John Kerry, Barack Obama, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and the right wing would like us to believe they are standing up for the Ukrainian people and protesters in the streets. Really? Well, where were they when the American people were in the streets protesting and being met with police brutality? I'll tell you where they were. They were with the police. Hypocrisy!
As for me, I'm beginning to believe the Ukrainian mess is nothing but a right-wing coup designed and orchestrated by neocons right here in the United States of America. A coup that has backfired and empowered Vladimir Putin!
Truthout American neocons helped destabilize Ukraine and engineer the overthrow of its elected government, a “regime change” on Russia’s western border. But the coup – and the neo-Nazi militias at the forefront – also reveal divisions within the Obama administration, reports Robert Parry. Read more.
The forthcoming Acela II isn't just supposed to be significantly faster than the current Acela service, cutting 24 minutes from the scheduled time between Washington and New York and 38 minutes between Washington and Boston, but it will also represent a significant boost in capacity. ...
With an increase in seating capacity, Amtrak will be able to garner significantly more revenue, even if it lowers the price of Acela seating somewhat. This added revenue comes with no significant increase in operational cost and quite possibly a lowered cost, as there should be a higher rate of availability and lowered mechanical costs for what is essentially an off the shelf train, along with significantly lower energy consumption. With current averages for occupancy and passenger revenue unchanged, an Acela II train service could see $742 million in revenue, with $447 million in operational profit.
This will have an even larger effect upon Amtrak's financial deficit than initially appears because starting in FY2014, the states bear a greater responsibility for the short distance train corridors. This had the affect of reducing Amtrak's FY2014 budget request to only $373 million for the operating grant; 2013's appropriation, by contrast, was $442 million.
Note that what Paul Druce refers to as "operational profit" is what I have been calling "operating surplus" in the Sunday Train, the surplus of revenues from operations over operating costs. This is nothing like an operational profit, at present, since a profit is a financial benefit from a difference between revenue and costs, and there is nothing in the current organization of the Acela services that make a surplus on their operations into a distinctive financial asset for any purpose ... whether public or private.
Whether or not all or part of this operating surplus should be made into an operational profit is a question that goes to the heart of what is the purpose of Amtrak. The way that this surplus is spent can be the means to service a range of ends ... but what are the ends that are a legitimate use of these means?
Since Amtrak was established, and exists, as a political compromise, this is not a question about what is the proper "End" for Amtrak activities, but what are the proper "Ends" for Amtrak activities.
What do China’s communist rulers and some top Tennessee Republican politicians have in common?
They don’t want free trade unions.
German-based Volkswagen operates factories all over the world. They include plants in in China and in Chattanooga, Tenn., where workers recently rejected the United Auto Workers in a close and controversial vote that the union is appealing.
In a recent post, Jim Pence, who runs the Hillbilly Report blog in Kentucky, points out that VW’s Chinese and American plants are the only ones where employees don’t have a works council – an arrangement where the union and management work together equally on issues of mutual concern -- and an independent union.
Anti-union Volunteer State politicians, including GOP Sen. Bob Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and leaders of the Republican-majority state legislature, made common cause with outside conservative groups in a campaign to turn Chattanooga VW employees against the UAW.
Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, flat out said that if the plant went union, VW wouldn’t add a new SUV line in Chattanooga. VW denied Corker’s claim, but he insisted it was true.
Despite bipartisan opposition to SB 1062, Arizona’s controversial measure allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT individuals on the basis of religious liberty, conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation maintained support for the bill in a blog post on Tuesday.
We all know Elaine Chao can speak up when she wants to. She didn't have a problem speaking up to American workers when she said this:
Allgov.com “American employees must be punctual, dress appropriately and have good personal hygiene,” said Chao. “They need anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when a supervisor asks them to do something.”
So Elaine Chao's silence concerning her employer's position on Arizona's anti-gay bill SB 1062 tells me she's just fine with the Heritage Foundation's position supporting Arizona's anti-gay legislation.