Jul 072012
 

Floyd Palmer measures out tobacco from a holding bin onto the scale at Firebrand Smokes in Hixson, TN on Thursday. Firebrand Smokes is a roll-your-own tobacco establishment that will be forced to close down when President Barack Obama signs the just-passed Transportation Bill.

I realize a lot of you do not smoke & find it repulsive, but we are talking about the NON transparent administration who sneaks this into a job for construction jobs, which btw is a joke. What does us not being able to roll our own cigarettes have to do with extending student rate loans?! But it did not stop him. The prices of cigarette tobacco went up in his administration so getting our own tobacco was not much more cost saving then our nasty habit. But it is our nasty habit, and his too! Cans of tobacco got taxed under this taxing crazy president. He’s not happy with all the taxes hidden in Obama Tax. He has to find more ways to tax us to death.

Not JUST teeing me off, but what about all those jobs?! Cigarettes are taxed to death already & he knows he can’t outright throw more at us. But he’s ‘killing’ jobs NOT creating any but governmental. I JUST hope tobacco companies rise up, but I doubt it because they still get rich off of us nicotine addicts. Now the new FEDERAL Anti-Smoking camPAIN makes more sense. Thanks to @JoeSixpackSays for tweeting this issue! ~ JP

(CBS News) An unprecedented ad campaign from the federal government targets the dangers of smoking in a series of graphic print ads and some tough-to-watch TV commercials.

“But the message can get lost,” Whiteson said. “People will be disturbed by these images and they may look away and say, ‘I can’t look at that.’”

Then what works?

Tucked within the omnibus transportation package is a tax provision that could force most roll-your-own cigarette stores to go up in smoke, including nine such stores in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

~ Here in our small town we have seen one tobacco store after another close shop.

The new law will redefine stores such as Firebrand Smokes as cigarette manufacturers, making them pay the same taxes as cigarettes sold in convenience or grocery stores.

“This will totally shut us down and end up hurting the economy by cutting jobs and taxes,” said Angie Cunnyngham. She’s general manager for Firebrand Smokes, which operates eight stores in the Chattanooga area where smokers avoid higher cigarette taxes by rolling their own tobacco.

“This place is like family to thousands of people in this area, and putting us out of business makes no sense at all,” she said.

Since 2009 when Congress imposed different taxes on ready-made cigarettes than loose tobacco, roll-your-own stores have spread like weeds. The stores allow smokers to buy their own tobacco and rent rolling machines in the stores to make their own smokes, cutting their tax bill and cost of smoking nearly in half.

“It seems like the government tries to get everything they can from what the poor working man makes,” said Floyd Palmer, a 50-year-old smoker from Hixson who on Thursday was rolling 800 of his own cigarettes at the Firebrand Smokes store in Hixson.

Palmer paid $96 for the equivalent of four cartons of cigarettes, about half the cost of the same smokes at a convenience store. Palmer said he has come to Firebrand Smokes every week for the past two years to buy loose tobacco patterned after Marlboro menthol cigarettes, then roll it up.

“I’m the one who operates the machine, so I don’t see how they can say the store is a cigarette manufacturer,” he said.

Palmer, who suffers from asthma and emphysema, also claims rolled cigarettes made from loose tobacco have fewer irritating chemicals.

Anti-tobacco groups, cigarette manufacturers and state revenue agents united in a highly unusual political alliance to convince Congress to close what they claim is an unfair tax loophole for roll-your-own shops.

In 2009, Congress more than doubled the federal excise tax on cigarettes and raised the tax on roll-your-own tobacco from $1.10 a pound to $24.78 a pound. But the tax on pipe tobacco increased only to $2.83 a pound and roll-your-own smoke shops quickly seized on the tax advantage of selling pipe tobacco, then using it to roll cigarettes.

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said he included a provision in the transportation bill being signed today to classify roll-your-own smoke shops as cigarette manufacturers to help level the playing field among cigarette retailers.

~ Let Max know you don’t appreciate his provision under the guise of transportation and student loans! I know I am Tweeting him!

@justpipertoo

@MaxBaucus Why are you hiding this in a construction/student loan bill justpiper.com/2012/07/jp-hot… #NOTransparency

But Carrie Heffner, who with her husband, John, opened the U-Rolit tobacco store on Cleveland Highway in Dalton, Ga., last October, insists their store is different from conventional cigarette retailers.

“We’re not cigarette manufacturers because the customer is the one who rolls the pipe tobacco we sell,” she said. “I’m incredibly angry because they stuck this in the middle of a transportation and student loan bill, and we don’t have anything to do with either of those areas of government.”

“This is really like ‘Cheers,’ where everybody knows your name,” Cunnyngham said. “It’s going to be sad for a lot of people if we have to shut down.”

Firebrand Smokes employs 44 employees at its eight stores and was preparing to open three more stores until the owners heard how the new cigarette manufacturing language was inserted into the transportation bill last week.

“Unfortunately, a lot of folks are simply going to go online now to buy their tobacco because they’ve found they like roll-your-own smokes better because there are fewer chemicals,” Cunnyngham said. “That means there will end up being fewer jobs and less tax money collected.”

~ What a bunch of dumb arses Bambi & the rest of em’ are!

This post was hard to find. As always there is a lack of this being reported. Including the new taxes contained in ObamaCareTax. I thank yet another blogger citizen journalist, Dave Flessner for posting this!

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Jul 072012
 

h/t creeping sharia

When I first heard the words creeping sharia it sounded like some kind of red scare paranoia thing to me…until I started to actually do the research” ~former pro-mosque filmmaker

Eric Allen Bell is a filmmaker who was banned from blogging at the “Daily Kos” in the beginning of 2012 because he wrote three articles that ran afoul of the mindset there, specifically naming “Loonwatch.com” as a “terrorist spin control network.” He has told his story in his article, The High Price for Telling the Truth About Islam.

Joining Eric Bolling on Fox News he cites the Center for Security Policy’s “Muslim Brotherhood in America” course as an indispensable resource in his journey from Shariah skeptic to anti-Shariah critic.

Islam means “submission”. Liberty means “you own you”. Islam and Liberty cannot coexist

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Jul 072012
 

h/t Char

Young pandas have been enjoying their first experience on a custom-built slide at China’s Chengdu Panda base. The pandas were filmed sliding down the wooden chute, rolling around in the grass and playing on specially designed climbing frames at the centre in southern China. The video was released to mark the first ever Panda Awareness Week. Pandas are one of the planet’s most endangered species. They are threatened by loss of habitat and poor breeding capabilities.

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Jul 072012
 

The Obama camPAIN unveiled a new “Betting on America” slogan today, but there is increasing evidence that all his administration has done is bet on cronyism.

The Obama administration made a disastrous, reckless, and failed bet on the green energy company Solyndra. ( and many other’s)

And now, according to a report by the Washington Times, a geothermal energy company to whom the Obama administration gave a $98.5 million loan guarantee is in serious financial trouble and the “company’s auditors have questioned whether it can stay in business.”

Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP) “has substantial debts and does not generate enough cash from its current operations after debt-service costs,” according to an internal audit seen by the Times.

“The company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on its available cash and its ability to continue to raise funds to support corporate operations and the development of other properties,” NGP auditors said, according to the Times.

US Senator Harry Reid (C) announces the start of construction of the world’s first-ever hybrid geothermal/solar power plant at the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0: The Future of Energy in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 30 August 2011. The energy summit brings together leaders in the scientific, energy, environmental and political arenas to exchange ideas and promote sustainable, economical clean energy efforts, products and projects. Senator Reid announced that Enel Green Power begun construction on the world’s first-ever hybrid geothermal/solar power plant which is located in Nevada. [Photo via Newscom]

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who is also largely responsible for the Solyndra disaster, lobbied for the loan guarantee, which Reid once said would “put Nevadans to work.” However, a recent report by the House Oversight Committee and Government Reform Committee found the loan “did not help create a single job.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, told the Times that the administration guaranteed the loan even though NPG’s rating rendered it nearly on par with “junk status” and, at best, was speculative.

This loan guarantee was done with taxpayer money and reeks of cronyism, because the company’s CEO, Brian Fairbank, employs two former Harry Reid staffers, according to the Times.

These are the types of reckless bets the Obama administration has made with taxpayer dollars and will make in a second term, which, to say the least, threatens the country’s financial future, as so many of these bets have come up snake eyes.

Breitbart

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Jul 072012
 

New charges for man who refused to teach kids about Islam, told to ‘recant faith or die’

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces down ayatollahs with two little words …

“Pastor Youcef’s courage and commitment is truly inspiring,” he said. “When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded with two words: ‘I cannot.’

Jailed Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is approaching his 1,000th day in an Iranian jail – where he faces additional charges and possible execution – all because he refused to allow his children to be taught Islam.

Arrested in 2009, Iranian pastor Nadarkhani remains on death row and fighting a battle for his life. Middle East Concern is now reporting that he will face new charges in September.

The group revealed that Pastor Nadarkhani was informed on July 4 that he will stand trial for the vague and unspecific charge of “activities against the state” or “against state security, rather than religious charges.”

Even with international pressure, an Iranian court is letting the death sentence for blasphemy stand.

The announcement of the new charges will mean a longer prison stay for Nadarkhani, who will spend his 1,000th day in an Iranian jail Sunday.

American Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said the ACLJ is keeping the pressure on Iran on behalf Pastor Nadarkhani.

“We continue to work to keep this important story in the news,” Sekulow said. “On July 8, Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani will have been imprisoned for 1,000 days. Nearly three years – in captivity – facing a death sentence because of his Christian faith.”

Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been charged, convicted and sentenced to death for apostasy — becoming a Christian. When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded, “I cannot.” He has been illegally imprisoned and separated from his wife and two boys since 2009. We are fighting to save his life and win his freedom.

Pastor Youcef’s 1000 Illegal Days and New Court Date

Read full story…

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Jul 072012
 

Introducing AlfonZo Rachel as President Zo-bama

ROFLOL has his laptop prompter…

President ZoBama explains his policies to an adoring public on the Tonight Show and then exits “spiritually”.

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Jul 072012
 

Politically, John has been a conservative activist and served in leadership roles in several political organizations pushing for fiscal responsibility, budget and pension reform, conservative social issues and ending corruption. He wrote a book, Illinois Deserves Better, to lay out several reforms to the Illinois Constitution which would reduce the corruption and dysfunction in Springfield. He also authored and led the push to put an amendment which would enact term limits for state legislators on the ballot. He has advised many candidates for federal, state and local office and consulted on matters of public policy to government leaders.

John Bambenek

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Jul 072012
 

by Warner Todd Huston

Fraud. This is one of the big reasons I am wholly against ballot measures. Rarely is there ever a ballot measure sponsored by Democrats that isn’t shot all the way through with petition fraud and we see it again in Ohio.

This time a petition drive is being pushed by several extremist left-wing groups to create an un-elected, state-wide board of quasi officials that will determine the shape of Ohio’s voting districts, all without input from the voters. In other words, Democrats and Soros-like left-wingers want to put in an un-elected group of hacks that will always go their way regardless of the political climate in the state.

The way these left-wing groups are pushing this idea on Ohio is via a ballot measure. The idea of a ballot initiative is to get a certain number of signatures from voters so that the question can be put on the ballot at the next election. Then voters can decide if they want it or don’t want it. Seems regular old democracy, right?

But the problem with these left-wing ballot initiatives is that they are always, always, always filled with fraud. Democrats always fake thousands of signatures, commit fraud on a daily basis to get their numbers, lie to voters, and generally break every law on the books that governs ballot initiatives. And this one is no different.

As hundreds of paid circulators rush to complete their work for the proposed Constitutional Amendment on redistricting reform, it appears that in some cases fraudulent tactics were used to persuade citizens to sign petitions.A video taken on July 3 in Cleveland in Shaker Square catches the circulator advising a signer to go ahead and sign a second time, for the signer’s brother who was not present.

Maggie Thurber reports that Democrats are telling people to sign their names multiple times, that they should make up names, that they can sign for family and friends… just committing fraud every day they walk the streets looking for signatures.

Heck, these lefties are even telling people that it’s OK to sign even if you don’t live in Ohio.

As hundreds of paid circulators rush to complete their work for the proposed Constitutional Amendment on redistricting reform, it appears that in some cases fraudulent tactics were used to persuade citizens to sign petitions. A video taken on June 6 in downtown Columbus shows a circulator encouraging a person from another state to sign the petition.

Still, we do have a nation with a troubled system of drawing election districts, to be sure. It’s been a problem since the earliest days of the republic, after all. You’ve heard the words “Gerrymandered District”? Well it was named after Elbridge Gerry who was Governor of New York and later one of our Vice Presidents… our FIFTH Vice President! Yeah, it goes back that far.

But this Ohio plan is bad. I’ll let Thurber, an Ohio resident, explain:

Voters First claims that by having non-elected individuals draw the lines, we’ll end up with better districts and less gerrymandering to create Republican- or Democrat-leaning ones. But the predominance of Democrats in larger cities and Republicans in rural areas, combined with the laws on discrimination and voting, make drawing districts extremely difficult to begin with and there is no guarantee that any other group will do any better than what we already have.

They say they want “politically balanced” districts – not “safe districts,” but also want to keep communities together inside a district. There is no way to draw a district that includes the city of Toledo or the city of Cleveland and not end up with a ‘safe’ district for a Democrat. Their goal of keeping the ‘community’ (city) together is incompatible with a “politically balanced” district.

As Thurber so aptly sums it up…

I’d rather have the elected representatives do this than rely upon a group of people I, as a voter, have no control over. This is the opposite of ‘voters first.’

But that is exactly what these leftists want. They want a “board” that answers to the left, that will draw districts that gives the left a leg up in power, and that conservatives and Republicans have no legal way to influence. Worse, these leftists want to take the power to affect this board away from the people Like Thurber said, that isn’t democracy.

But it IS leftism. Liberals, Democrats and leftists hate democracy with a passion. They always have.

CFP

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Jul 072012
 

h/t via Twitter @Snarky_Basterd

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Several electronic road construction signs around Anchorage were hacked late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Signs that normally display closure and detour information, like the one on Minnesota Drive near 100th Avenue, were changed to read “Impeach Obama.” That particular sign wasn’t fixed until sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday.

Tamara Douglas snapped a picture of the sign message around 6 a.m. Thursday.

It happened because DOT says it doesn’t lock the boxes on the signs that hold the message control pad.

Construction managers say sign-hacking has never happened before, so they never thought to lock the boxes.

DOT says that changed this morning, and now all of them will be locked.

“I’m sure somebody thought it was a pretty funny joke but we try to convey a lot of important information with these signs,” said Tim Croghan, a regional construction engineer for DOT.

“(‘Impeach Obama’) was the only thing that was on the sign,” Douglas said. “It was coming in and out and just said that over and over again.”

DOT says anyone caught tampering with construction signs could face charges of criminal mischief, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

KTUU

~ And I’m sure they would have the book thrown at them, while Gun-Walking is used by this administration to control our second amendment! ~ JP

Another sign I found via Twitter today:

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Jul 072012
 

Guess the date. Yep tomorrow or Monday. So will the internet blackout be blamed on the X flare?

Background: Could it Spark a Global Blackout?

X-FLARE: For days, giant sunspot AR1515 has looked capable of producing a really strong explosion. On July 6th it finally did. Yesterday, the sunspot’s magnetic canopy erupted, producing a brief but potent X1.1-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash.

The explosion hurled a CME into space. According to this movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, the cloud appears to be heading south and away from Earth. However, we cannot yet rule out a glancing blow to our planet on July 8th or 9th. Stay tuned for further analysis.

And THERE it is:

The speckles near the end are caused by energetic protons accelerated by the flare. Guided toward Earth by solar magnetic fields, the protons are peppering Earth-orbiting satellites, causing “snow” in imaging systems and posing a slim threat for single-event upsets (computer glitches).

See CME movie

X-ray Solar Flares

6-hr max: M2 1103 UT Jul07
24-hr: X1 2308 UT Jul06

(See Video)

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