These are my links for July 30th through August 1st:
- NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn asks NYU to evict Chick-fil-A– A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain.New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has mayoral aspirations, sent a letter to New York University president John Sexton on Saturday asking the school to immediately end their contract with the fast food restaurant. The Atlanta-based company’s sole New York City outlet is in the school’s food court.”I write as the Speaker of the NYC Council, and on behalf of my family. NYC is a place where we celebrate diversity. We do not believe in denigrating others. We revel in the diversity of all our citizens and their families,” the letter begins.
“Let me be clear ?? I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views,” Quinn, an open lesbian who recently married her longtime partner, also wrote in the letter. “We are a city that believes our diversity is our greatest strength and we will fight anything and anyone that runs counter to that.”
“As such I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick?fil?A establishment that exists on your campus,” the speaker added.
The letter has drawn the ire from others on the council.
- Chick-Fil-A Supporters To Turn Out For ‘Appreciation Day’– The culture clash over Chick-Fil-A could come to a head on Wednesday, with supporters in Chicago and around the country turning out for an “appreciation day” first proposed by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.Nationwide as of Wednesday morning, about 582,000 people planned to go to a Chick-Fil-A location and order something for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.Meanwhile, Republicans in Chicago say they will also file a formal complaint at City Hall against Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st), who wants to block the restaurant from moving into his ward because of the company’s position on gay marriage and gay rights.
- Day By Day August 1, 2012 – Petards – Flap’s Blog – Day By Day August 1, 2012 – Petards
- White House issues embarrassing apology to Charles Krauthammer over Churchill bust gaffe – The Obama presidency is fond of issuing apologies for America on the world stage, but very rarely makes them at home to Americans. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has just issued one to Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, who last week wrote an op-ed berating the Obama administration for removing a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office when it came to power. Pfeiffer had issued a stinging attack on Krauthammer, alleging that his Churchill bust reference was “100 percent false.” Krauthammer was of course 100 percent correct, and the British Embassy in Washington even issued a statement contradicting Pfeifer’s remarks.
- Where’s The Outrage From Young Americans About Obama’s Health Reforms?– President Obama’s 2010 health reform law has been heralded by its supporters as strongly beneficial for young Americans. After all, the ACA decrees that all health insurance plans that offer any dependent coverage must offer coverage to enrollees’ “adult children” (the terminology used in the law) until age 26, even if the adult child no longer lives with his or her parents, is not a dependent on a parent’s tax return, or is no longer a student … even if the adult child is married. And the uninsured rate for those between 19 and 26 has indeed decreased.So what’s not to like about the health law for young Americans? The under-appreciated truth is that the ACA has serious adverse impacts on young Americans, far more significant and longer lasting than temporary eligibility to remain on a parent’s insurance.Health insurance costs are now dramatically shifted onto the backs of younger, healthier adults. Proponents of the ACA claim that those shunning insurance are responsible for shifting massive costs to insured Americans, thereby raising insurance prices significantly without the ACA’s individual mandate. This is factually false. Generally, the population at whom the mandate is directed – those who voluntarily do not buy insurance and are not eligible for current government insurance – tend to be younger, healthier, and use far less medical care, on average about $850 and only $56 per year in emergency care. Based on both household survey and provider data, uninsured health care shifts only 0.8% to at most 1.7% of expenditures toward those already insured.
- Tea Party-Backed Cruz Wins Texas GOP Senate Race– The Tea Party trumped the institution in Texas on Tuesday, propelling attorney Ted Cruz to an upset victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the nationally watched Republican primary for the Lone Star State’s open U.S. Senate seat.Cruz, a 41-year-old Cuban-American who is expected to win the general election in November (Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat statewide since 1994), has pledged to bring his unbending conservatism to the upper chamber. The Tea Party’s upset win is significant given the widespread rumors of its demise. But Cruz’s victory signals that the grassroots movement has not just endured but is now woven into the fabric of the Republican Party, some observers say
- Elizabeth Warren: Obama’s Convention Gamble– For all the attention being paid lately to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s verbal miscues, President Obama made a pretty devastating blunder of his own in a speech in Roanoke, Va., last month when he ad-libbed a riff straight from Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign rhetoric.Obama made the case for an active government role in the economy, and criticized those individuals who thought their business success was entirely attributable to hard work and smarts. He’s gotten the most scrutiny over his “you didn’t build that” line, but reading the speech with full context, it’s clear that he’s making a case against an unfettered free market while downplaying the individual efforts of entrepreneurs.
- Report cites killings blamed on non-deported illegals– The Obama administration released illegal immigrants who went on to commit more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, the House Judiciary Committee said in a report Tuesday.All told, 16 percent of the nearly 47,000 illegal immigrants the administration was notified of but declined to deport between 2008 and 2011 under its Secure Communities program have gone on to be charged with other crimes, the committee said.They were part of the nearly 160,000 immigrants — most of them here legally — who were flagged by Secure Communities during the three-year period and who were later charged in nearly 60,000 more crimes, according to the committee and the Congressional Research Service, which looked at data the committee subpoenaed from the Homeland Security Department.
- Gay marriage foes want Supreme Court to step into California case – latimes.com – RT @LANow Gay marriage foes want Supreme Court to step into California case
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-08-01 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-08-01
- Video: Romney Tries to Change Story of Auto Bailout – A new Mitt Romney ad attempts to flip the narrative of the auto industry bailout initiated by President Obama and has been widely praised as successful.
- Who’s tweeting? Lawmakers don’t say– Most lawmakers do not disclose whether they write their own tweets, according to a review of lawmaker Twitter bios by The Hill, which also finds that most members likely use a ghostwriter.While 84 percent of House lawmakers and 93 percent of senators are on Twitter, few follow President Obama’s example in personally signing or tagging their tweets, an indication that would highlight the tweet’s authenticity.Only 14 members of the House and 12 senators include a line in their bios that indicate whether a tweet is written by the lawmaker or a member of his or her staff. Those numbers include two accounts that put “press” in their Twitter account name and five that credit the account to “the office of” the lawmaker.
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-08-01 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-08-01
- Fleischman sketches campaign against Brown tax increase | CalWatchDog – RT @CalWatchdog: NEW: Fleischman sketches campaign against Brown tax increase #catcot #tcot
- Television / Homeland Scores 9 Emmy Nominations: Congratulations to Claire Danes and Damian Lewis on their nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series. Homeland is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Directing, Writing, – Homeland Scores 9 Emmy Nominations:Congrats to Claire Danes and Damian Lewis on their nominations . via @pinterest
- Sports / The U.S. women’s gymnastics team lived up to the high expectations facing them and earned the gold medal in the team final, winning the Olympic title for the first time since 1996 – The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won the Olympic title for the first time since 1996 via @pinterest
- Sports / Michael Phelps won his 19th career medal Tuesday in London to become the most decorated Olympian in history. He earned the medal by swimming the anchor leg of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. – Michael Phelps won his 19th career medal Tuesday to become the most decorated Olympian in history via @pinterest
- Californians Look at Who is Giving Big Donations to Raise Your Sales Taxes – Flap’s Blog – Californians Look at Who is Giving Big Donations to Raise Your Taxes
- AD-38: Scott Wilk and Edward Headington Face Off at Unscripted Luncheon – Flap’s California Blog – AD-38: Scott Wilk and Edward Headington Face Off at Unscripted Luncheon
- Sports / Michael Phelps prepares to compete in the men’s 200m butterfly semifinals during the London Olympics on Tuesday. Today, Phelps has tied the record for most Olympic medals winning a silver medal in the 200 Butterfly. – Phelps has tied the record for most Olympic medals winning a silver medal in the 200 Butterfly. via @pinterest
- Sports / US Women Gymnastics Team wins gold – US Women Gymnastics Team wins gold via @pinterest
- Mitt Romney to Announce Vice President Via Smart Phone App – Flap’s Blog – Mitt Romney to Announce Vice President Via Smart Phone App
- President 2012 Florida Poll Watch: Obama 48% Vs. Romney 47% – President 2012 Florida Poll Watch: Obama 48% Vs. Romney 47%
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: The Morning Drill: July 31, 2012 – The Morning Drill: July 31, 2012
- Day By Day July 31, 2012 – Wild Things – Flap’s Blog – Day By Day July 31, 2012 – Wild Things
- Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Meets California – Flap’s California Blog – Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Meets California
- Mitt’s VP App | Mitt Romney for President – Who cares? So, 2008 RT @CPHeinze Romney will announce Veep pick on new App. #tcot
- GOP 12: O’Reilly: Rubio would help Romney the most – Rubio would RT @CPHeinze Bill O’Reilly thinks Rubio would be the biggest help to Romney.
- Spotify launches unlimited free radio for Android users in the US | The Verge – RT @verge Spotify launches unlimited free radio for Android users in the US
- Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-07-31 – Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-07-31
- California: The Road Warrior Is Here– George Miller’s 1981 post-apocalyptic film The Road Warrior envisioned an impoverished world of the future. Tribal groups fought over what remained of a destroyed Western world of law, technology, and mass production. Survival went to the fittest — or at least those who could best scrounge together the artifacts of a long gone society somewhat resembling the present West.In the case of the Australian film, the culprit for the detribalization of the Outback was some sort of global war or perhaps nuclear holocaust that had destroyed the social fabric. Survivors were left with a memory of modern appetites but without the ability to reproduce the means to satisfy them: in short, a sort of Procopius’s description of Gothic Italy circa AD 540.Our Version
Sometimes, and in some places, in California I think we have nearly descended into Miller’s dark vision — especially the juxtaposition of occasional high technology with premodern notions of law and security. The state deficit is at $16 billion. Stockton went bankrupt; Fresno is rumored to be next. Unemployment stays over 10% and in the Central Valley is more like 15%. Seven out of the last eleven new Californians went on Medicaid, which is about broke. A third of the nation’s welfare recipients are in California. In many areas, 40% of Central Valley high school students do not graduate — and do not work, if the latest crisis in finding $10 an hour agricultural workers is any indication. And so on.
- Now Reuters And Bloomberg Are Reporting Apple Will Announce The Next iPhone On September 12– Bloomberg and Reuters are the latest publications to confirm that Apple is planning to announce the next iPhone on September 12.Bloomberg cites two anonymous sources “with knowledge of the company’s plans” who say Apple will unveil a redesigned iPhone 5 on that date.Reuters cites a single source “familiar with the plan” who says Apple is planning to unveil a new product at an event that day, which it expects to be the next iPhone.
However, Reuters does note that its source says the date could “shift.”
- Romney Spokesman to Reporters: ‘Shove It’– A traveling press secretary for the Romney campaign had some choice words for the press corps on Tuesday in Warsaw, Poland, at one point telling reporters to “kiss my ass” and “shove it.”As Mitt Romney was leaving a stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, approximately 100 yards away from the site itself, reporters shouted questions to the presumptive nominee, who ignored them.After several questions involving Romney’s missteps on the trip, including comments he made in Israel, Romney spokesman Rick Gorka shot back.
“Show some respect,” he said after being challenged for not taking questions, according to pool reports.
“We haven’t had another chance to ask a question,” a New York Times reporter said.
“Kiss my ass,” Gorka said back. “This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
Just a few moments later, Gorka told a Politico reporter to “shove it.”
- Texas Senate runoff expected to be close – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs – Texas Senate runoff expected to be close –
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-07-31 – Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-07-31
- Popular Bill Clinton to Deliver Prime Time Campaign Speech for Obama – Popular Bill Clinton to Deliver Prime-Time Campaign Speech for Obama
- The Afternoon Flap: July 30, 2012 – Flap’s Blog – The Afternoon Flap: July 30, 2012