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#97133 Sep 12, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
I should have mentioned that there is a very interesting Video on the page with the above Story about the Medical Examiner in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Murder case, also.
You need not post any of it. All we have to do is go to motherjones and see what you think. You get all of your beliefs from there. You don't have an original thoughts or opinions.

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#97134 Sep 12, 2013
"Russian President Vladimir Putin:'We Must Not Forget That God Created Us Equal'."

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Cookeville, TN

#97136 Sep 12, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
Are you TEApublican Psychos enjoying your Circle Jerk of Hate?
I stopped reading the Posts, but I was struck by the totally out of control screaming Posts, as I was scrolling down, that you Nut Jobs are doing on here, in typical Street Gang Bullying Style....and People think any of you are sane, or worth spitting on??? I doubt it!
What? You don't like your creations? Liar.

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#97137 Sep 12, 2013
"Local Artist Charged With Defacing 9/11 Memorial In Louisiana."

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#97139 Sep 12, 2013
"Frenemies Forever: Why Putin And Obama Can't Get Along."

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#97140 Sep 12, 2013
"Stewart 'Credits' Fox News Chief:'If Anybody Knows How To Deal With Egomaniacal Sociopaths, It's Roger Ailes':(VIDEO)."

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#97141 Sep 12, 2013
"Ethics Commission Takes No Action Against Ingram, Haslam."

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#97142 Sep 12, 2013
"How The Tea Party Became An Anti--War Movement."

("Liberals aren't the only ones--or even necessarily the loudest--arguing against attacking Syria.")

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#97143 Sep 12, 2013
"Reid Rips Tea Party On The Senate Floor:'Anarchists Have Taken Over Congress':(VIDEO)."

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#97144 Sep 12, 2013
"Corruption Watch: Here Comes Citizens United 2.0."

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Lewisburg, TN

#97145 Sep 13, 2013
Why do you spend all your night spamming BS like you do?? We DO NOT need you .You can't let anything go,you must keep chewing it like an old cow does and rehashing.THE damned murder is over or do you not know??? YOU ARE A TROUBLE MAKER who loves to keep SH-- stirred.Zimmerman will be your stalker next,we know.
Go to another sight,feed your ego.
Addiction jumping out at YOU.
Friday 13th.
When you empty your birdbrain,you start on spamming.
When will you see it makes good posters feel you are a damned idiot!!!And you are.Get the hell off TOPIX and go to sleep like decent people do.You had 24 hours and it still is not enough.
SHUT UP.WE've ALL had our fill of your old ASS.YOU put good posters down to spread your gossip and do your dirty work.You're an ASS.
You're hated!

Thorn Hill, TN

#97146 Sep 13, 2013
123pictures wrote:
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I have worked for both parties. You love to be sarcastic.You could not be kind if your life depended on it. It isn't your business WHICH party I prefer nor my gender or preferences.You ignorantly try to look cute.. I will let you know when the time comes around. You try to intimidate others to look cute to SSS but you only hurt yourself.You're sickening,old,and a non believer.Doubting Thomas,you have missed a lot aquiring your so called "WEALTH". You impress no one.Very unlikable.
I see your vow not to converse with me has ended.... I was being "kind" to you by not posting what I really think of you. You make anything you post everyone's "business" by putting it on a public forum....I know that's a hard concept for you to grasp... Maybe your problem is that you're a painter !
Bernie Woodall

Gainesboro, TN

#97147 Sep 13, 2013
Republicans Hate Good Wages and benefits.

Tennessee legislator believes governor offered VW deal to keep UAW out

By Bernie Woodall

DETROIT (Reuters)- A Tennessee state legislator is trying to prove that the governor promised Volkswagen AG additional incentives if the company kept the United Auto Workers union out of its two-year-old Chattanooga plant.

Rep. Mike Turner, head of the Democratic Caucus in the Tennessee House, has asked Gov. Bill Haslam's office to turn over communication between the governor's office and Volkswagen. Turner said Tennessee state law requires legislative approval to provide such incentives.

Turner said that he "has it on good authority" that Haslam has told VW officials that Tennessee will sweeten the deal for the company if it can stave off the UAW.

"I've never seen a so-called conservative free market business person using government to interfere in a private matter for the Volkswagen corporation," said Turner in a telephone interview with Reuters on Thursday. "That smacks of Socialism."

Haslam, a Republican, has spoken against the unionization of the 2,500 Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga.

Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers earlier this month said they are in talks about the U.S. union's bid to represent workers at Chattanooga, which would be a milestone in the UAW's long-running effort to organize foreign-owned auto plants.

Specifically, Turner is asking for any correspondence that "pertains to any incentives for Volkswagen or the discussion of unionization of current or future Volkswagen employees," according to a Freedom of Information Act request Turner filed with Haslam's office on Tuesday.

Haslam and the governor's office will work to fulfill Turner's request, David Smith, the governor's press secretary, said in an email.

Smith did not address Turner's allegations about incentives, saying the governor's office does not talk about specific projects but will "continue to work with Volkswagen to bring more jobs to Tennessee."

Earlier this week, Bob Corker, a U.S. Republican senator from Tennessee and former mayor of Chattanooga, said VW would be harming itself if it allows the UAW to represent workers at the plant, and that the company would be a "laughingstock in the business world."

But Turner said the state could lose jobs if Tennessee, where the legislature is controlled by Republicans, plays a hand in keeping a U.S. union out of the plant in Chattanooga.

"I think it could hurt us when other European companies think about locating in Tennessee," said Turner, whose father was a UAW member at a now-closed Ford Motor Co glass plant in Nashville.

A Volkswagen spokesman said the company does not comment on incentives from Tennessee or any government.

Large auto plants in the United States generally receive large tax breaks and other incentives from states where they are located.

Volkswagen will receive as much as $707 million of state and local incentives from tax credits over 20 years and property tax breaks over 30 years as well as assistance to pay for worker training, utility infrastructure as well as the donation of the property where the plant sits, according to a document provided by Turner's office.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)
Bernie Woodall

Gainesboro, TN

#97148 Sep 13, 2013
VW workers earn half the pay of senior UAW workers

* VW says TN workers will decide whether to join UAW

* Plant to eventually have over 1,200 production staffers

* VW shares down less than 0.1 percent (Adds VW comment, details, background, DETROIT to dateline)

FRANKFURT/DETROIT, July 12 (Reuters)- Employee representatives of Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) are in talks with U.S. union United Auto Workers over organization of workers at the German carmaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a German newspaper said.

"For VW, it is a matter of course that its employees are unionized," Handelsblatt daily quoted VW global works council head Michael Riffel as saying.

He did not say whether the VW workers in Chattanooga could be organized under the UAW umbrella.

"That decision is up to our colleagues in the United States," Riffel was quoted as saying.

UAW officials were not immediately available. VW spokesman Guenther Scherelis declined to comment on Riffel's statements.

At the Tennessee plant, "the workers decide themselves how they want to be represented," Scherelis said. When the factory reaches full capacity, it will employ more than 2,000 people, including more than 1,200 production workers.

Handelsblatt said VW German works council head Bernd Osterloh, German union IG Metall's head Berthold Huber and UAW President Bob King had met several times.

King said earlier this year that the future of the UAW probably depends on whether it can unionize factories in the United States run by foreign companies.[ID:nN1763049]

The UAW believes that without organizing plants of Asian and European companies, it can no longer safeguard pay for U.S. auto workers.

The UAW represents workers for the major U.S. automakers, General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Chrysler Group LLC, which is managed by Fiat (FIA.MI). The union and the automakers are scheduled to open formal negotiations for new labor deals later this month.

Last month, the UAW said it was forming a global network with Fiat's unions in Italy to share information and best practices, an approach it also has taken with GM and Ford unions.[ID:nN1E75L2BH]

The UAW has been losing membership since its peak in 1979, when it had nearly 1.5 million members. Last year was the first time the UAW gained members in six years.

The union had 376,612 members at the end of last year. That is still a fraction of its 2004 membership of about 655,000.

"We'll start to hear some announcements of companies that they are going to start organizing fairly soon," said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labor and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research in Michigan. "It's too important to the future of the union."

Starting pay for Volkswagen workers at Chattanooga is $14.50 per hour, about the same as for UAW-represented workers at the U.S. automakers. However, veteran workers at GM, Ford and Chrysler make about twice that much.

Scherelis would not disclose total compensation for VW workers, but said their benefits include healthcare, pension and annual bonuses.

The rule of thumb for total compensation for auto workers is twice the wage level, meaning VW's is about $29 per hour.

Volkswagen's labor costs for its production workers will grow as pay steps up after the first six months of their employment, said Sean McAlinden, chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research.

Scherelis said the pay of Tennessee workers would increase to $19.50 an hour after three years of employment, with raises coming every six months.

The total hourly labor costs are $57 for GM,$58 for Ford and $49 for Chrysler, McAlinden said.

In Germany, VW shares were down less than 0.1 percent.(Reporting by Maria Sheahan in Frankfurt and Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall in Detroit; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters and Lisa Von Ahn)

Lewisburg, TN

#97149 Sep 13, 2013
Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text> I see your vow not to converse with me has ended.... I was being "kind" to you by not posting what I really think of you. You make anything you post everyone's "business" by putting it on a public forum....I know that's a hard concept for you to grasp... Maybe your problem is that you're a painter !
IF I were ,I'd still be better than an old worn out frump like you.
Bernie Woodall

Gainesboro, TN

#97150 Sep 13, 2013
VW has said that the 2,500 workers at the Chattanooga plant would ultimately decide the issue in a formal vote on whether to accept the UAW or any other trade union to represent them. No such vote has been set. Casteel said the UAW has the support of the majority of workers at the factory.

UAW President Bob King has been trying to organize foreign-owned, U.S.-based auto plants to bolster union membership that has shrunk since its peak in the late 1970s.

Corker said VW officials have estimated what allowing the UAW into the Tennessee plant would cost the company, but declined to say what that figure was. He also said it would make Mexico more attractive to automakers versus the U.S. South.

However, Casteel said U.S. plants owned by the three domestic automakers with UAW-represented workers have boosted efficiency and gained production from Mexico.

Thorn Hill, TN

#97151 Sep 13, 2013
NTMD8OR wrote:
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How much sales tax I pay is determined by me. If I dont spend it, Im not taxed form it, unlike income tax.
Well...not exactly. If you didn't work last month, you owe no income taxes, but if you didn't work last month, live in Tn. and had anything to eat, the State still got their dough. If you wiped your butt with anything but a cob...the state still got their dough.
If you made 15K or 150K, you probably ate and wiped about equally, so the 15K guy paid a MUCH larger share of his income to Nashville, while the 15K guy would owe NOTHING in income taxes.
Keep shilling for the big dogs...they really need your help.

Thorn Hill, TN

#97152 Sep 13, 2013
123pictures wrote:
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IF I were ,I'd still be better than an old worn out frump like you.
"frump" ? I haven't even heard that word in about 50 years....and you are calling me old ??? Chuckles !

Thorn Hill, TN

#97153 Sep 13, 2013
NTMD8OR wrote:
<quoted text>Of course the fact that he was fired has nothing to do with what he is saying. Right? Riiiiight!
M.J. has some pretty good reporting. It was M.J. that broke the story and released the video of Romney's 47% talk to wealthy contributors. That arguably turned the tide of the election against Mitt and certainly increased the margin for Obama.
That story convinced me that M.J was worth checking from time to time.

South Pittsburg, TN

#97155 Sep 13, 2013
The Syrian rebels the Community Organizer in Chief wishes to help...in pictures:


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