These are my links for October 17th through October 18th:
- North Dakota Women Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine – A woman accused in North Dakota of running a drug ring that included her 63-year-old mother was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison.
Authorities say Christeena Barker led the operation that transported about six pounds of methamphetamine from the Minneapolis and Bakersfield, Calif., areas for distribution in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Federal authorities dubbed the investigation "Operation Price is Right."
Barker, 44, of Moorhead, Minn., pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers called Barker a "career offender-plus" and recommended a sentence of 25 years.
"They moved an enormous amount of methamphetamine in a short period of time into the Fargo-Moorhead area," Myers said during Monday's hearing.
Defense attorney Ross Brandborg asked for a sentence of 15 years. He said his client has lived her life under difficult circumstances, and ultimately cooperated with authorities.
"She was never given a chance," Brandborg said.
Myers said Barker had promised to help with the case after she was arrested in summer 2010. Instead she became a fugitive. She eventually was located in Strasburg in February.
"Agents found her through a bit of luck and a lot of hard work," Myers said.
Barker said in a tearful statement that she fled because she was scared.
"Yes, I've had a drug problem and alcohol abuse. I've never had treatment," she said.
Barker's mother, Betty Ann Schweigert, of Fargo, was sentenced earlier this month to 16 years in prison for her role in the conspiracy. Another one of Schweigert's daughters, Annette Avila, 32, pleaded guilty in July and is set to be sentenced in December.
- ‘Rogue’ NLRB Defied Subpoena by Withholding Documents, Issa Says – The National Labor Relations Board’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, broke the law by intentionally withholding documents about Boeing Co., Representative Darrel Issa said.
“Your continued personal obstruction, lack of compliance with a validly issued congressional subpoena and false statements to the committee are unacceptable,” Issa said today in a letter to Solomon. “The NLRB is acting as a rogue agency that believes it does not have to fully answer to Congress.”
Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested that six NLRB employees submit to transcribed interviews for his investigative panel.
The NLRB’s complaint against Boeing in April said the airplane maker violated labor laws by deciding to build a 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina in retaliation for union strikes in Washington state, home to Boeing’s factories. NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Issa’s letter. Boeing has denied it acted to punish the union.
- Who Besides Solyndra Got Loan Guarantees? – Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison just resigned, as the controversy stubbornly refuses to go away. Seems worth revisiting the loans once again, since I've spent a little time looking more deeply at the program over the past few days.
Supporters of these programs claim that they're a necessary part of winning the green future because these are investments that are too risky, or too big, for private capital to take on.
Of course, if the government is going to be a VC, supporters say, they have to expect a high failure rate. There's a lot of talk about the manufacturing "Valley of Death", where startup manufacturing firms may have difficulty getting capital to commercialize their prototypes. According to proponents of this theory, there's plenty of money for early stage ventures, and plenty of bank loans for established firms, but no money for mass commercialization of new manufacturing ideas. (Hence the "valley"). This valley, they say, is especially wide for energy firms, because the capital costs for starting up are so high.
I've been somewhat skeptical of those claims–why are people pouring money into manufacturing startups if they're inevitably doomed to die at the commercialization stage? But say it's true. I thought it was worth looking at who got the money from these programs, and for what. How well is the government doing in its role of VC/valley of death sherpa?
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-18 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-18 #tcot #catcot
- Flap’s Links and Comments for October 17th on 06:09 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Links and Comments for October 17th on 06:09 #tcot #catcot
These are my links for October 2nd through October 3rd:
- House Appropriators take a shot at ObamaCare, Labor and NLRB – The House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education is attacking funding for Obamacare, the Labor Department and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
According to subcommittee chairman, Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, the appropriations bill would prevent the Obama administration from implementing Obamacare until the Supreme Court rules on the case. It also defunds the NLRB’s attempts to implement “quickie elections” for unions and defunds implementation of the NLRB’s “poster rule,” which requires employers nationwide to hang pro-union posters in workplaces.
The “quickie elections” rule the NLRB recently passed allows unions to hold a workforce election within just seven to ten days after requesting one. For decades, unions has to wait about 45 days or longer after requesting an election to hold one. That ensured workers and the company had enough time to catch up and become fully informed on what was happening, as union leaders usually already know what’s going on because they deal with labor relations issues all the time.
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- Perry, Romney Embrace a National Right-to-Work Law – Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both say they support a national right-to-work law.
Workers outside right-to-work states currently are obligated to pay the union fees as a condition of employment at firms that have unions, which is in accordance with the National Labor Relations Act. But the unions cannot demand membership.
"Gov. Romney … would sign a national right-to-work law if it came across his desk," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told TheStreet in an email.
"Governor Perry would support Senator DeMint's national right to work bill," Perry spokesman Mark Miner told TheStreet in an email.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) introduced the National Right to Work Act in March 2011, which aimed to protect "the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities."
DeMint's state has seen a heavy labor dispute that concerns a Boeing plant in North Charleston, S.C., as the National Labor Relations Board general counsel ruled in April that Boeing's decision to build the plant represented an illegal retaliation for a 2008 strike by the International Association of Machinists at one of its plants in Everett, Wash.
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- Craig Becker and Boeing – For the last few months, Boeing has been clashing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over its decision to locate a plant in South Carolina. The NLRB argues that the airplane manufacturer illegally moved work from union factories in Washington state to a new $1 billion facility in the right-to-work Palmetto State.
NLRB lawyers maintain this is straightforward retaliation against union workers, based on comments allegedly made by Boeing executives themselves. Business leaders have denounced this as an unprecedented bit of federal pro-union advocacy, with the House of Representatives last week voting to halt the Boeing case and others like it.
The battle may soon intensify. Federal financial disclosure forms reveal that Craig Becker, a key union-friendly vote on the NLRB, owned stock in Boeing at the beginning of this year. Becker is one of federal agency's Democratic board members.
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- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-03 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-10-03 #tcot #catcot
- Obama Supporters "Occupy" DC
– YouTube – Obama Supporters "Occupy" DC
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: 2011 Wiggle Waggle for the Pasadena Humane Society – 2011 Wiggle Waggle for the Pasadena Humane Society
- Occupy DC Protesters Call for Re-election of Obama and for Government to Use Force to Impose Their Ideas | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Occupy DC Protesters Call for Re-election of Obama and for Government to Use Force to Impose Their Ideas #tcot #catcot
- Obama Supporters "Occupy" DC
– YouTube – I liked a @YouTube video from @adamkokesh Obama Supporters "Occupy" DC
- Flap’s Links and Comments for October 1st through October 2nd | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Links and Comments for October 1st through October 2nd #tcot #catcot
These are my links for September 20th through September 23rd:
- South Carolina Boeing factory turns sour for Obama – In many ways, Boeing should be a boon to President Barack Obama. In a faltering economy, the aerospace titan opened a $750 million factory in South Carolina and hired thousands of workers to build the world’s most fuel-efficient commercial jet.
But instead, it’s become a drag on his job creation agenda and a boon for candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination.
In a case that has become a cause célèbre among Republican lawmakers and 2012 hopefuls, the National Labor Relations Board has accused Boeing of opening its South Carolina shop in a “right-to-work” state to retaliate against union worker strikes at its main manufacturing base in the Seattle area. An Obama appointee is now asking a judge to order Boeing to relocate all 787 Dreamliner production to Washington state — a move that’s feeding the GOP narrative that Obama’s Big Government is meddling with job creation, just as the first plane nears its first commercial flight.
“It’s like a lightning rod,” said Gary Chaison, an industrial relations professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. “The Boeing case is so dramatic. All the anti-union forces and all anti-Obama people are coalescing.”
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- Challenging the NLRB: Pushing back – As the Obama-anointed National Labor Relations Board pushes its unrelenting pro-union agenda, manufacturers and businesses aren't waiting for Congress to act before pushing back.
The National Association of Manufacturers, 11,000 members strong, is suing the NLRB in U.S. District Court over a union-toadying regulation that, effective Nov. 14, requires most businesses to post notices informing workers of their right to unionize.
NAM President Jay Timmons tells The Hill newspaper that the NLRB is acting outside its authority to aggressively "insert itself in the day-to-day decisions of businesses."
And with the National Federation of Independent Business, the manufacturers group has launched an ad campaign urging Congress to stem the NLRB's meddling in where businesses choose to operate. This, in response to the board's crusade against Boeing's decision to build a new jetliner factory in right-to-work South Carolina.
The business groups' timing couldn't be more apropos. As President Obama shifts into overdrive urging businesses to hire, they've responded with a clarion call of their own for Mr. Obama and his NLRB enforcers: "Get off our backs!"
What's clear from this rebuke is that Obama's pander to Big Labor via the NLRB won't carry him or his big-spending jobs scheme.
- NLRB Has Busy Week on Defense – The folks at the National Labor Relations Board could be forgiven for feeling like pinatas this week.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday sued to block an NLRB rule requiring employers to post notice about unionization rights. Rep. Austin Scott (R., Ga.) on Wednesday introduced a bill, the Protecting American Jobs Act, to strip the agency of its judicial powers and send certain cases straight to federal court. That would “depoliticize” the agency, Mr. Scott said.
On Thursday, it was time for a fourth House hearing to scrutinize the board. Rep. John Kline (R., Minn.), chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said the board’s aim was to “expand the power of big labor … whatever the costs to the American people.”
The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. George Miller of California, sounded weary. “This hearing has pointed out a number of redundancies of previous hearings,” he said.
The hearing included discussion of several labor-friendly rulings the NLRB made last month (see this WSJ story) and the agency’s allegations against Boeing Co. involving nonunion jobs at the plane maker’s South Carolina plant.
Mr. Kline said Republicans won’t cease attacks on an agency that he said is boosting employer costs and discouraging job creation.
The NLRB’s recently appointed chairman, Mark Pearce, issued a statement shortly after the hearing saying the board is working “in a fair and even-handed way” to “protect worker free choice, promote collective bargaining and preserve labor peace.”
- Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas? – This analysis shows that job growth was significant in Texas. But, depending on how one calculates the impact of immigration, between 2007, before the recession began, and 2011 more than three-quarters or more than half of that growth went to immigrants. This is the case even though the native-born accounted for more than two-thirds of the growth in the working-age population. Some may argue that it was because so many immigrants arrived in Texas that there was job growth in the state. But if immigration does stimulate job growth for natives, the numbers in Texas would be expected to look very different. The unemployment rate and the employment rate show a dramatic deterioration in the Texas for the native-born that was similar to the rest of the country. Moreover, if immigration does stimulate job growth for natives, why have states that received so many new immigrants done so poorly in recent years? (See Table 2.) For example, unemployment in the top-10 immigrant-receiving states in 2011 averaged 8.7 percent, compared to 8.1 percent in the other 40 states. Moreover, unemployment is 7.2 percent on average in the 10 states where the fewest immigrants arrived since 2007. These figures do not settle the debate over the economics of immigration. What they do show is that high immigration can go hand in hand with very negative labor market outcomes for the native-born. And conversely the native-born can do relatively well in areas of lower immigration.
There is a long and complex debate among economists about whether the native-born population benefits economically from immigration, which cannot be settled here. There is also significant debate about whether the impact of immigration can be measured by comparing different parts of the country that have varying levels of immigration. What we can say about Texas is that there has been significant job growth in the state since 2007, and that immigrants (particularly newly arrived non-citizens) were the primary beneficiaries of this growth. This is an important finding and should be part of any discussion of the performance of the Texas economy.
- President 2012: Fox News/ Google Sponsored GOP Debate at 6 PM PDT | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – GOP Presidential debate sponsored by Google and Fox News coming up at 6 PM
- Dilbert September 22, 2011 – Eternity » Flap’s California Blog – Not the wedgie for eternity…….
- Daniels Pushing Christie Presidential Run | The Weekly Standard – RT @weeklystandard: Daniels Pushing Christie Run: Via Politico, the AP reports: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
- Texas Republicans warming up to Perry bid – Public Policy Polling – RT @ppppolls: Perry leads the GOP field in TX with 49% to 10% for Romney, 8% 4 Gingrich, 7% 4 Bachmann/Paul/Cain:
- Cigarette Makers Go to Federal Court Over FDA Graphic Warning Ads | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – Should the Food and Drug Administration be limited to text only warnings?:
- Meg Whitman Expected to Be Named Hewlett-Packard CEO After Markets Close Today » Flap’s California Blog – eMeg going to Hewlett-Packard. Wonder what Carly Fiorina thinks?:
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: The Morning Drill: September 22, 2011 – Today's health and dental headlines…..:
- Facebook Live with House Republican Leaders
– YouTube – Nice RT @katieharbath: Video: Young Guns on their visit Monday to Facebook:
- Romney: Palin Candidacy ‘Would Be a Good Thing’ – Washington Wire – WSJ – Why of course – for Romney RT @WSJWashington: Romney: Palin Candidacy ‘Would Be a Good Thing’ #tcot
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Now Wealthier Than Google Founders – Wow! RT @mashable: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Now Wealthier Than Google Founders –
- President 2012 Poll Watch: More Voters Like Mitt Romney Than President Obama or Rick Perry | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Another good poll for Mitt Romney and points to his electability.:
- Facebook and the ‘Like Me’ Election – BusinessWeek – And, the Google Plus Circle election coming?
- Untitled (http://ytimg.googleusercontent.com/vi/AW08qK0GhHs/hqdefault.jpg) – A very good political ad from Ron Paul…..
- President 2012 GOP Florida Poll Watch: Perry 31% Vs. Romney 22% But Romney 47% Vs. Obama 40% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Perry Leads Romney in Florida But Romney Leads Obama – tonight's debate a decider?:
- Day By Day September 22, 2011 – Burn Notice | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – The McGinniss book on Sarah Palin is the REAL burn…..:
- Issa endorses Romney – The Hill’s Ballot Box – RT @thehill Rep. Issa endorses Mitt Romney
#cagop #catcot #tcot
- Intrade – Sarah Palin to be Republican Presidential Nominee in 2012 is 8.8% probable – RT @JimPethokoukis: Growl! | Sarah Palin 2012 contract on Intrade rockets 226% to 20.9% Romney 36.5% , Perry 33.8%
- CA-Sen: Michael Reagan Says He Is NOT Considering A Run for U.S. Senate » Flap’s California Blog – CA-Sen: Michael Reagan Says He Is NOT Considering A Run for U.S. Senate
- Dilbert September 21, 2011 – Fail » Flap’s California Blog – Dilbert September 21, 2011 – Fail
- Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. – Newsroom – California Governor Jerry Brown took action on the following bills today: #catcot #cagop
- Poll Watch: Americans By a Small Majority Blame Obama for the Economy – But Still Blame Bush More | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Poll Watch: Americans By a Small Majority Blame Obama for the Economy – But Still Blame Bush More #tcot #catcot
- Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to Hewlett-Packard? » Flap’s California Blog – Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to Hewlett-Packard?
- Ventura County Star Poll: Should Rep. Elton Gallegly Retire? The Results = NO | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – The results are pretty clear: Rep. Elton Gallegly should NOT retire from the House in 2012.:
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Jeff Galloway: Why is the Half Marathon So Popular? – I like the Half Marathon – Marathons too!:
- President 2012 GOP Poll Watch: Rick Perry 28% Vs. Mitt Romney 24% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Perry is up only by 4 points in this national poll. Rest of the candidates start to fade.:
- Does Cessation of Smoking Boost Everyday Memory? | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – Does Cessation of Smoking Boost Everyday Memory?
- Untitled (http://www.vcstar.com/) – Hey Tweeps and FB's go here and vote NO on a Rep. Elton Gallegly retirement (half way down the page): #cagop #catcot
- Gregory Flap Cole – Google+ – Tweeps – please add @Flap to your Google Plus circles: and Facebook: #tcot #teaparty #catcot
- Ventura County Star Poll: Should Rep. Elton Gallegly Retire? Vote NO | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Vote NO on a Rep. Elton Gallegly retirement. Go to the Ventura County Star and vote.:
- Video: President Obama’s Summer Assault on American Jobs | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Video: President Obama’s Summer Assault on American Jobs #tcot #catcot
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: The Morning Drill: September 21, 2011 – A collection of dentistry and health related links/comments for your day.
- Flap’s California Morning Collection September 21, 2011 » Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Morning Collection September 21, 2011
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Gregory Flap Cole on Social Media: September 21, 2011 Edition – Gregory Flap Cole on Social Media: September 21, 2011 Edition
- President 2012 GOP Florida Poll Watch: Rick Perry 25% Vs. Mitt Romney 25% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Latest GOP Poll in Florida and we are all tied up….:
- Day By Day September 21, 2011 – Never Again | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Is Sarah Palin in or out? We will know soon = October 1:
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-21 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-21 #tcot #catcot
- President 2012 Poll Watch: Obama 49% Vs Palin 44% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – By a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama -one term President
- California # 1 on Worst Business Climate List Again » Flap’s California Blog – California # 1 on Worst Business Climate List Again
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Can the Use of Dietary Supplements Cause Athletes to Fail Drug Tests? – Can the Use of Dietary Supplements Cause Athletes to Fail Drug Tests?
- Gregory Flap Cole on Social Media: September 20, 2011 Edition | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – Gregory Flap Cole on Social Media: September 20, 2011 Edition
- Gregory Flap Cole on Social Media: September 20, 2011 Edition | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Gregory Flap Cole on Social Media: September 20, 2011 Edition #tcot #catcot
- Robert Scoble – Google+ – Why I am still betting my future on Google+
If you haven’t… – Why I am still betting my future on Google+If you haven't noticed yet, my blog at isn't the sa…
- Scobleizer — Searching for world-changing technology – Why I am still betting my future on Google+If you haven't noticed yet, my blog at isn't the sa…
- Gregory Flap Cole – Google+ – Wow! Starbucks AND Angry Birds! – Wow! Starbucks AND Angry Birds!
- Robert Scoble – Google+ – Facebook just announced new features
These have deep… – Facebook just announced new featuresThese have deep implications for the war over our social behaviors I call the "G..
- Gregory Flap Cole – Google+ – Everyone can join Google Plus now: Add me to your circles here: #tcot #teaparty
These are my links for September 19th through September 20th:
- Highlights from the Full Tilt Ponzi Lawsuit – WSJ – As our colleague Alexandra Berzon is reporting, the government today said online-poker website Full Tilt cheated players out of their money. In part, an amended lawsuit from the government said Full Tilt claimed to hold money from players’ bank accounts that was being used instead to pay profits to Full Tilt’s owners and for other purposes.
Here are a few highlights from the government complaint. (And read the government’s amended lawsuit here):
* Disguised payments from banks: “The principals of the Poker Companies…deceived or directed others to deceive United States banks and financial institutions into processing billions of dollars in payments for the Poker Companies, by, among other things, arranging for the money received from United States gamblers to be disguised as payments to hundreds of non-existent online merchants and other non-gambling businesses…” the lawsuit said.
In part, the lawsuit says some of the defendants tricked Visa and Mastercard — which had blocked payments to gambling sites — by directing “others to apply incorrect transaction codes…and create the false appearance that the transactions were completely unrelated to internet gambling.” The lawsuit says an Absolute Poker document from 2007 identified 20 Internet shopping websites — including petfoodstore.biz and bedding-superstore.tv — used as fronts for credit-card transactions.
* Shifting money: “[I]n or about the summer of 2010, Full Tilt Poker’s payment processing channels were so disrupted that the company faced increasing difficulty attempting to collect funds from players in the United States. Rather than disclose this fact, Full Tilt Poker simply credited players’ online gambling accounts with money that had never actually been collected from the players’ bank accounts. Full Tilt Poker allowed players to gamble with — and lose to other players — this phantom money that Full Tilt Poker never actually collected or possessed.”
- U.S. Chamber Sues NLRB to Block Notification Rule – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today filed a lawsuit against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) challenging the Board’s new rule requiring businesses to post notices explaining employees' rights to unionize. The Chamber’s lawsuit alleges that the misguided NLRB rule violates federal labor and regulatory laws as well as the First Amendment. The case, Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. National Labor Relations Board, et al. is in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina.
“The NLRB has no authority to impose any of these requirements,” said Robin Conrad, executive vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, the Chamber’s public policy law firm. “This is nothing more than labor regulation run amok. Adding insult to injury, the Board’s new rule violates the First Amendment by forcing employers to use their own resources to post the NLRB’s pro-union message on the company’s own property.”
The Chamber’s lawsuit alleges that the NLRB’s final rule regarding Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (“Notification Rule”) violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), and the First Amendment. Significantly, the rule creates a new “unfair labor practice,” exposing businesses to significant and costly liability for failure to comply. The Rule — which applies to virtually all private employers in the United States — becomes effective on November 14, 2011.
“At a time when the private sector is striving to create desperately needed new jobs, it is disappointing to see that the NLRB is imposing new and unnecessary regulations on employers,” said Randy Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits. “The latest rule is part of the NLRB’s pattern of tipping the scale in favor of unions, at the expense of employers and employees alike.”
According to the Chamber’s lawsuit:
• Nowhere does the NLRA give the NLRB authority to coerce employers to post such notifications, or to impose onerous penalties for those who fail to post the notices.
• In violation of the APA, the rule arbitrarily and capriciously excludes from the mandatory notice a description the fundamental rights of employees to be free of compulsory union membership and compulsory union dues.
• The NLRB violated the RFA by failing to properly assess the significant economic impact the rule would have on small businesses.
• The rule violates the First Amendment by compelling employers to post the NLRB’s ideological views on unionizing.
- Feds Call Full Tilt Poker A Massive Ponzi Scheme – Manhattan’s U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara claimed on Tuesday that Full Tilt Poker and its board of directors operated the company “as a massive Ponzi scheme against its own players.”
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Tuesday they were filing legal papers as part of a civil money laundering complaint that alleged Full Tilt Poker improperly used funds of online poker players to pay members of its board of directors, including famous poker players Howard Lederer and Christopher “Jesus” Ferguson, $440 million since April 2007.
Bharara announced the filing of a motion to amend a forfeiture and civil money laundering complaint that was filed in April, alleging that Full Tilt and board members Lederer, Ferguson and Rafael Furst, together with Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar, defrauded poker players out of some $300 million by not maintaining funds at the company sufficient to repay players.
“Full Tilt was not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme,” Bharara said in a statement. “Full Tilt insiders lined their own pockets with funds picked from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited.”
Federal prosecutors have drawn up an amended complaint that names Bitar, Lederer, Ferguson and Furst, adding them to the original complaint which was filed seeking $3 billion from Full Tilt Poker and an unrelated poker company, PokerStars. The proposed amended complaint claims that in 2008 and 2009 Full Tilt sent emails to its players and posted messages on online poker message boards, assuring players that “unlike some companies in our industry, we completely understand and accept that your account money belongs to you, not Full Tilt Poker.” But the new complaint claims that the company did not have enough funds to repay players and that by March 31 Full Tilt only had $60 million or so in its bank accounts while owing $390 million to players around the world, including $150 million in the U.S.
Federal prosecutors claim that Full Tilt’s board members got rich because the company used player funds to pay them massive amounts of money that largely was transferred to their accounts in Switzerland and other overseas locations. Specifically, the feds allege that Bitar pocketed $41 million and Lederer got $42 million. Jesus Ferguson allegedly was allocated $87 million in distributions and received at least $25 million, federal prosecutors claim.
- Want to Ditch the Twinkies and Other High Caloric Food – Feed Your Brain? | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – Want to ditch the Twinkies? Here is an easy way to do it…..sort of…..:
- Flap’s California Morning Collection: September 20, 2011 » Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Morning Collection: September 20, 2011
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Report: More Testing Needed at Dayton VA Medical Center Over Infection Control Dental Clinic Flap – The Dayton VA Medical Center Dental Clinic Flap continues…..:
- Shocker: Obama and Buffett Are Wrong on Tax Rates Paid By Millionaires | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Shocker: Obama and Buffett Are Wrong on Tax Rates Paid By Millionaires #tcot #catcot
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-20 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-20 #tcot #catcot
- President 2012 Poll Watch: Romney 49% Vs Obama 47%, Obama 50% Vs. Perry 45% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President 2012 Poll Watch: Romney 49% Vs Obama 47%, Obama 50% Vs. Perry 45%:
- NV-Sen: Dean Heller 48% Vs. Shelly Barkley 42% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – NV-Sen: Dean Heller 48% Vs. Shelly Barkley 42% #tcot #catcot
- Flap’s Links and Comments for September 19th on 08:25 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Links and Comments for September 19th on 08:25 #tcot #catcot
- Overstock.com Not Pleased with Amazon.com California Internet Sales Tax Legislative Compromise » Flap’s California Blog – Overstock.com Not Pleased with Amazon.com California Internet Sales Tax Legislative Compromise
- Does Diabetes Increase Alzheimer’s Disease Risk? | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – Does Diabetes Increase Alzheimer’s Disease Risk?
These are my links for September 15th through September 19th:
- Hats Off to the House GOP on NLRB Vote – By Larry Kudlow – Thank heavens the House Republicans just passed a bill — the “Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act” — that would stop the National Labor Relations Board from telling any company where it can or cannot operate in the United States.
Finally, a pro-business signal from Washington. This one inspired by Boeing’s attempt to operate their $750 million South Carolina plant to produce the 787 Dreamliner with at least one thousand workers. The NLRB has alleged that Boeing is retaliating against union workers in the state of Washington by operating a non-union in the right-to-work state of South Carolina.
This is nonsense.
Boeing is actually adding union jobs in Washington State. And if you keep them out of South Carolina, their next stop probably will be China.
Is that what we want?
This is the same NLRB rogue regulator that wants union strike posters displayed in all businesses and is pushing for back-door card check to end the secrecy of union-organizing ballots.
And it is exactly this anti-business bias coming out of the administration that has caused a capital-investment strike by American companies, which are sitting on nearly $2 trillion in cash.
The president should have taken the NLRB into a special presidential woodshed set up in the Oval Office. That’s what Ronald Reagan would have done.
You want to know why this economy could be on the front-end of a recession, with zero jobs? Think anti-business. Think over-regulation.
- Poll: Even Union Workers Back Boeing – The anti-free market jihad that’s being waged by U.S. President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Boeing isn’t sitting well with the American public.
According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, 64 percent of Americans believe that the aircraft manufacturer should be permitted to locate its second Dreamliner assembly plant in South Carolina. Less than a third of that number – 21 percent – disagree.
Not only that, a majority of unionized workers – 59 percent – believe that Boeing has a right to locate its new facility in South Carolina.
“Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly side with Boeing on the issue while Democrats are more evenly divided,” the pollsters found.
In April, Obama’s NLRB filed an unprecedented anti-free market complaint against Boeing – alleging that the aircraft manufacturer’s decision to locate a second assembly line for its oft-delayed Dreamliner airplane in South Carolina was a hostile move against unionized workers in Washington State.
The move is clearly an effort by the Obama administration to discourage companies from locating new jobs to right-to-work states.
“Boeing has created hundreds of new jobs with the innovative Dreamliner and a cutting-edge production facility, but the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to punish this success would drive jobs overseas,” U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) said recently.
- Poll Watch: Unemployment Rate Improves in Mid-September to 8.8% But Underemployment Remains High | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Poll Watch: Unemployment Rate Improves in Mid-September to 8.8% But Underemployment Remains High #tcot #catcot
- Even when it succeeds, Obamacare fails | Campaign 2012 – RT @conncarroll: Even when it succeeds, Obamacare fails #tcot
- Day By Day September 19, 2011 – Lost in Translation | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – With President Obama redistribution of income and capital gets better and better….:
- (404) http://t.co/NxR – RT @jimgeraghty: In Nevada, a Democratic party insider is telling candidates, "Don't get your picture taken with Obama." …
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-19 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-19 #tcot #catcot
- foursquare – (500)
- (500) http://4sq.com/q1AZii – BBQ was the special tonight (@ Chez Cole)
- A Methamphetamine Vaccine? | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – A Methamphetamine Vaccine? #tcot #catcot
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: The Daily Extraction: September 18, 2011 – The Daily Extraction: September 18, 2011
- (500) http://4sq.com/qe6Rbr – foursquare
- (500) http://4sq.com/qrI4Ab – foursquare
- (500) http://4sq.com/qlrS4Q – foursquare
- CA-26: Will Rep. Elton Gallegly Run for Re-Election? | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap says Rep. Elton Gallegly WILL run for re-election in 2012.:
- President 2012: California Taking a Back Seat for Presidential Campaigns? » Flap’s California Blog – California always the Presidential funder but never the competitive campaign state.:
- Dilbert September 18, 2011 – Imperious Interruptus » Flap’s California Blog – Not level conscious at all……:
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Clifton O. Dummett, D.D.S. R.I.P. – Clifton O. Dummett, D.D.S. R.I.P.
- Day By Day September 18, 2011 – Mammaries | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – How Americans long for the good old days, no?:
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-18 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-18 #tcot #catcot
- foursquare – Dinner with Kate H at Bubba Gumps (@ Santa Monica Pier w/ 5 others)
- foursquare – I just unlocked the "Photogenic" badge on @foursquare!
- foursquare – 8 miles and now Breakfast with Alice and Tara (@ Ronnie's Diner)
- Twitpic – Share photos and videos on Twitter – Off soon to Venice Beach, California and LA Marathon Roadrunner's training. 8 easy miles today.Then Ronnie's Diner
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-17 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-17 #tcot #catcot
- Eel enters man’s penis in spa treatment, is surgically removed – latimes.com – Ouch! RT @LATimeshealth: Eel enters man's penis in spa treatment, is surgically removed
- Clifton O. Dummett, D.D.S. R.I.P. | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – I will miss Dr. Dummett. What an outstanding Professor of Dentistry!:
- Untitled (http://twitter.com/CAGOP/status/114860851797827584/photo/1) – RT @CAGOP: @CAGOP Chairman @tomdelbeccaro talks with press about extending GOP outreach. #cagop2011
- President 2012: Michele Bachmann Compares Rick Perry and HPV Vaccine to President Obama With Solyndra | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Michele Bachmann, PerryCare and Solyndra – in the Golden State:
- (500) https://gplus.to/flap – Tweeps, you can subscribe to @Flap on Facebook. Go here: It is that easy. Google Plus is here:
- California Unemployment Rate Increases to 12.1% As Employers Cut Jobs » Flap’s California Blog – California Unemployment Rate Up Again — to 12.1%:
- Dilbert September 16, 2011 – Unfortunately » Flap’s California Blog – :
- California Congressional Districts NOT All Bad for Republican Party | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – California GOP should accept Congressional Districts and fight for them.:
- Day By Day September 16, 2011 – Verbage In Verbage Out | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – The Tea Party Blame Game……:
- Flap’s California Morning Collection: September 16, 2011 » Flap’s California Blog – Flap’s California Morning Collection: September 16, 2011
- President 2012 GOP Poll Watch: Rick Perry’s Ponzi Scheme Comment on Social Security a Non-Issue? | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President 2012 GOP Poll Watch: Rick Perry’s Ponzi Scheme Comment on Social Security a Non-Issue? #tcot #catcot
- Stutzman: Congressional Redistricting Not All Bad News for California GOP : Roll Call Opinion – RT @juliesoderlund: CA Congressional maps not all bad news for CA GOP says @RobStutzman today in @rollcall:
- @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-16 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – @Flap Twitter Updates for 2011-09-16 #tcot #catcot
- Flap’s Dentistry Blog: Promotion of Former Director of Dayton VA Medical Center Guy Richardson Criticized – Promotion of Former Director of Dayton VA Medical Center Guy Richardson Criticized
- FAIR Files Lawsuit to Overturn the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission’s State Senate Districts » Flap’s California Blog – FAIR Files Lawsuit to Overturn the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission’s State Senate Districts:
- Perry Is Failing The First Test(s) – Business Insider – Perry debate performances hurt his chances
- Flap’s Links and Comments for September 15th on 10:33 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Links and Comments for September 15th on 10:33 #tcot #catcot
These are my links for September 15th from 10:33 to 14:26:
- Perry debate performances hurt his chances – The modern Republican Party does not want to nominate Mitt Romney. As we've said many times on this site, he's of the wrong religion, the wrong region and he's the author of Romneycare. GOP primary voters and caucus attenders will only nominate him after they've exhausted every other available (and viable) option.
Perry need only meet two tests to win the nomination. Test #1 is that he has the knowledge and experience to serve effectively as president. Test #2 is that he has an even (or better than even) chance of defeating President Obama next November. All the other pieces of the puzzle are there. He has a very powerful base. He has the money. He has (enough) established political support.
Perry has so far failed Test #1. He needs to pass it, again and again, in debate after debate, to win. If he continues to fall short in these debates, then he won't be the nominee. He'll be in the discard pile with all the others.
Perry needs to step it up in the debates and work on some specific policy recommendations
- Perry’s Missing His Chance to Build a Big Lead Early – I think the best one can say about Perry’s two debate performances is that they’ve been good enough — he is, after all, still the frontrunner in most polls. I think the worst you can say is that, so far, Perry is deeply disappointing to any Republican who wanted a presidential nominee who could naturally and easily articulate a powerful argument for conservative principles and think on his feet.
It’s not like the idea that Michele Bachmann would go after him was a surprise, nor was the angle of “crony capitalism,” and the heart of Perry’s defense is that he’s offended that someone would accuse him of altering his position for a donation so small.
Perry has plenty of time, and will have plenty of opportunities to regroup. But it’s fascinating to think that the conventional wisdom around him could change so dramatically in two weeks, and essentially after two key nights . . .
- Tim Scott’s NLRB bill passes in the House – Rep. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) bill to limit the National Labor Relations Board's powers passed in the house today by a vote of 238 – 186.
8 Democrats voted in favor of the bill which was largely proposed in response to the NLRB's decision to blog a new Boeing plant in South Carolina.
Sen. Harry Reid is unlikely bring up the bill in the Senate, but the House is eager to show that they are willing to pass legislation that will add jobs to the American economy.
- President 2012: Mitt Romney To Be a No Show at California GOP Convention » Flap’s California Blog – President 2012: Mitt Romney To Be a No Show at California GOP Convention
- CDC: Successful Anti-Smoking Efforts Resulting in Less Lung Cancer? | Smiles For A Lifetime – Temporary (Locum Tenens) Dentistry – CDC: Successful Anti-Smoking Efforts Resulting in Less Lung Cancer?:
- President 2012 GOP Florida Poll Watch: Rick Perry 29% Vs. Romney 20% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – :
- Log In – The New York Times – NY Times Review: Joe McGinniss’s ‘The Rogue,’ on Sarah Palin
- Flap’s Links and Comments for September 15th on 10:20 | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – Flap’s Links and Comments for September 15th on 10:20 #tcot #catcot