Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76916 Apr 23, 2013
Dunlapian wrote:
<quoted text>Which coal fired power plants did the EPA shut down?
Good Morning ! The EPA has tightened the rules on coal emissions, and a bunch of older coal burning plants do not meet the new standards. Some operators have determined it is not cost effective to bring these into compliance and PERHAPS as many as a couple of hundred will close. TVA has some and they are building natural gas ones to replace them.
SOME of the plants were antiquated and slated for eventual closure anyway....others aren't that old but because of their design do not lend themselves well to adopting cleaner coal technology.
Coal country isn't happy and you can probably understand why. The consumer is going to pay for the new plants through rate increases, and consumers probably will not be happy either....
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76917 Apr 23, 2013
Bayless wrote:
Dear Liberals,
I wanted to send along my condolences in regards to the rough week you guys have had.
Now that the Boston Marathon bombers have been officially identified as Muslim terrorists, I can only imagine how heartbroken you must be. Hell – I wouldn’t be surprised if Tingles Matthews is on 24-hour suicide watch. Then, you have the morbidly-obese Michael Moore, who immediately speculated that the bombers were “white right-wingers,” now pathetically claiming via Twitter that he was “right.”(Seems as if Chunky missed the part about the killers being radicalized Chechen Muslims.)
Anyway, I can only imagine how embarrassing it must be that once again, one of your self-appointed spokesmen – er, sorry,“spokespersons”– is such a spectacularly sore loser.
Speaking of spectacularly sore losers, your president’s little temper tantrum in the Rose Garden after the Senate handed him his ass on the gun-control bill must have been embarrassing as well. To add insult to injury, it was the Democrat-controlled Senate that did the ass-handing – with five Democrats joining the ranks of the evil Republicans – or as O likes to call them, the “enemies.” I’m sure that the disappointment of being denied the opportunity to blame the bill’s defeat on John Boehner and the House Republicans was excruciating for him.
Take heart though; O’s humiliation, coming after he pulled out all the stops, including using Sandy Hook parents as props – multiple times – will only serve to motivate him to issue yet another slew of executive orders – and Congress will be circumvented once again!(Don’t you just love autocratic socialist rulers?) So, see? All it not lost in your efforts to control the guns of law-abiding citizens. Besides, this is only one loss in the long march (See: Mao Zedung) to confiscate guns; have a little patience for heaven’s sake!
I’m sure it must also be rough for you guys to read about the horrific testimony and see the grisly images coming out of the Philadelphia abortionist’s murder trial. Not very good for the cause, is it? Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place; your media refuses to cover the story in its effort to protect abortion at all costs – while it continues to draw an ever-increasing amount of criticism for doing so. I mean, it’s getting so bad that even liberal commentators are pointing out the hypocrisy. Too bad Gosnell didn’t kill all those babies with an AR-15, huh? How awesome would that have been?
Anyway, chins up, dudes – it won’t be this bad forever. Besides, if the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas turns out to have been intentionally caused by a white right-winger – better yet, a white right-wing Christian – everything will be good again on Planet Looney Tunes. Keep your fingers and toes crossed.
Have a great weekend,
A Concerned Conservative
P.S. Almost forgot: So sorry that the deluded nut job Elvis impersonator who sent ricin-laced letters to O and several members of Congress turned out to not only be a Democrat – but a Democrat activist, no less. Man, when it rains, it pours, huh
?
Dear clueless,
It must be sad to live in such a bubble that you would assume average liberals think that way.
how original

United States

#76918 Apr 23, 2013
Dear Lawless,
I see plagiarism is alive and well. Next time, form your OWN thoughts instead of cutting and pasting from right-wing websites which are basically meaningless. You're beyond lazy aren't you?
how original

United States

#76919 Apr 23, 2013
*Bayless*
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76920 Apr 23, 2013
Dunlapian wrote:
<quoted text>There are so many little things that could lead to termination, and I have seen it happen to contract employees, after that employee returned from getting hurt on the job. Now it did not happen right away, but within a year that contract employee slipped up and he/she became history.
There are employers who engage in this tactic. I hired a man to do some farm work for me who had been fired from a local furnature manufacturer after making and settling a comp. claim. He told me that he was fired for answering his cell phone on company time...even though all employees including him, had done that on occasion, and nothing had ever been said. Since that is prohibited in the employee handbook, he didn't have a leg to stand on....
Every employer CAN find a reason to fire an employee if they choose to do so, and with a lot of qualified folks begging for work, I assume it happens much more often than it should.

Since: Feb 13

Guild

#76921 Apr 23, 2013
Here is something I have been thinking about.... Getting politicians s on record.

Went to a local Pub party meeting. Asked a few questions IN PUBLIC and on the record of the meeting. Man you should have seen the chairman start to sweat.

What I came to understand..... NOBODY in politics wants to go on the record about ANYTHING without carefully testing the winds and framing an answer that is as inoffensive as possible.

I sure wish Corker and Alexander were having a town hall close by. Get about 10 together and go ambush them with the following questions.

1. IF the Obama administration continues to Coverup and Obstruct justice regarding Bhengazi will you initiate articles of impeachment?

2. IF the Obama administration continues to coverup and obstruct justice regarding Fast and Furious, will you sponsor articles of impeachment and/or demand criminal charges be filed?

3. IF the DOJ and DHS continue to LIE to congress regarding the Saudi involved in the Boston Bombing, will you sponsor a resolution to disband DHS, and replace the head of DOJ ?

You want to see Corker and Alexander blow a gasket..... They will be side stepping faster than a fisherman on an icy boat deck in a storm.

Since: Feb 13

Guild

#76922 Apr 23, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
"OFFICIALS: Suspects Driven By Religion."
Click here:
http://news.yahoo.com/officials-bomb-suspects...
From the article:

"...motivated by a radical brand of Islam."

Since: Feb 13

Guild

#76923 Apr 23, 2013
Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations - circa 1774:

"History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy... These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened."
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76924 Apr 23, 2013
Nuh_ wrote:
Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations - circa 1774:
"History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy... These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened."
An interesting quote....particularly relevant because of the fact I posted regarding our Governor's decision NOT to allow the Medicaid expansion for Tennesseeans, even as taxpayers including myself are footing the bill for that expansion for other citizens in other states.
Scarlett Pimple

Jamestown, TN

#76928 Apr 23, 2013
Dunlapian wrote:
<quoted text>And a good evening to you Pete;
I'm glad to see you would offer a lateral job to your employee that lost both legs at work. I would think this would benefit the company, as now they still have an employee that is productive.
Pete forgot a few things. If this person required his legs to perform his job, and therefore could no longer perform that job, the workmans’ comp insurance company would pay to have that person trained for a different skill. For instance, a person who works in the warehouse who loses both legs would be offered something like computer training. In that case, the job may be better than lateral.

What you miss entirely, is that decisions made about employees are based on their work record, abilities and attitude. If the injured person has an excellent record, a good work ethic, and wants to work, then you’d be an idiot not to want him/her.

On the other hand, if the injured employee has a poor work record, poor work ethic, and a bad attitude, then he should feel lucky to still have a job. If you’ll recall, Pete stated that he had an employee that was scamming the Workman’s Comp system, and had an attitude of “You can’t touch me”. Why Pete still employs this person is beyond me, but apparently when faced with the prospect of being unemployed, he changed his ways.

Employers don’t fire people simply because they get hurt on the job. But I know people who make a profession of getting hurt, so it’s reasonable to expect that once you’ve made a claim, you WILL be under the microscope.
opinion

Morristown, TN

#76929 Apr 23, 2013
i would not vote for Haslam. He is a crook, just like Jim Haslam. They also believe in slave labor for their employees. its about time they got investigated. they r rich by ripping trucking companies off etc. and paying employees nothing!! just saying! if u watch Jim Haslam while he is on tv trying to do damage control u can tell he is lying!!!they also discriminate between men and women employees!! but maybe the truth it will all come out in the end unless they pay someone off!!!
opinion

Morristown, TN

#76930 Apr 23, 2013
i also worked there, so i know how wrong they do!!! it is the truth!!
IMO

Knoxville, TN

#76931 Apr 23, 2013
Bayless wrote:
Dear Liberals,
I wanted to send along my condolences in regards to the rough week you guys have had.
Now that the Boston Marathon bombers have been officially identified as Muslim terrorists, I can only imagine how heartbroken you must be. Hell – I wouldn’t be surprised if Tingles Matthews is on 24-hour suicide watch. Then, you have the morbidly-obese Michael Moore, who immediately speculated that the bombers were “white right-wingers,” now pathetically claiming via Twitter that he was “right.”(Seems as if Chunky missed the part about the killers being radicalized Chechen Muslims.)
Anyway, I can only imagine how embarrassing it must be that once again, one of your self-appointed spokesmen – er, sorry,“spokespersons”– is such a spectacularly sore loser.
Speaking of spectacularly sore losers, your president’s little temper tantrum in the Rose Garden after the Senate handed him his ass on the gun-control bill must have been embarrassing as well. To add insult to injury, it was the Democrat-controlled Senate that did the ass-handing – with five Democrats joining the ranks of the evil Republicans – or as O likes to call them, the “enemies.” I’m sure that the disappointment of being denied the opportunity to blame the bill’s defeat on John Boehner and the House Republicans was excruciating for him.
Take heart though; O’s humiliation, coming after he pulled out all the stops, including using Sandy Hook parents as props – multiple times – will only serve to motivate him to issue yet another slew of executive orders – and Congress will be circumvented once again!(Don’t you just love autocratic socialist rulers?) So, see? All it not lost in your efforts to control the guns of law-abiding citizens. Besides, this is only one loss in the long march (See: Mao Zedung) to confiscate guns; have a little patience for heaven’s sake!
I’m sure it must also be rough for you guys to read about the horrific testimony and see the grisly images coming out of the Philadelphia abortionist’s murder trial. Not very good for the cause, is it? Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place; your media refuses to cover the story in its effort to protect abortion at all costs – while it continues to draw an ever-increasing amount of criticism for doing so. I mean, it’s getting so bad that even liberal commentators are pointing out the hypocrisy. Too bad Gosnell didn’t kill all those babies with an AR-15, huh? How awesome would that have been?
Anyway, chins up, dudes – it won’t be this bad forever. Besides, if the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas turns out to have been intentionally caused by a white right-winger – better yet, a white right-wing Christian – everything will be good again on Planet Looney Tunes. Keep your fingers and toes crossed.
Have a great weekend,
A Concerned Conservative
P.S. Almost forgot: So sorry that the deluded nut job Elvis impersonator who sent ricin-laced letters to O and several members of Congress turned out to not only be a Democrat – but a Democrat activist, no less. Man, when it rains, it pours, huh
?
BRILLIANT!
Scarlett Pimple

Jamestown, TN

#76935 Apr 23, 2013
There certainly are alotta dummies out there:

Fox News Tops All Cable For 1st Time Since 2005

“Fox News Channel’s coverage of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week propelled the network to the top of the cable rankings for the first time in nearly a decade. In both total day and primetime for the week of April 15-April 21, the News Corp-owned news network pulled ahead of usually top-ranked USA Network. Excluding election weeks, the last time Fox News was in the top position was August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. In primetime, FNC garnered 2.874 million viewers on average for the week compared with No. 2 USA’s 2.621 million. CNN also climbed the cable ladder to finish No. 3 with 1.985 million viewers overall on average. History Channel was in fourth with 1.937 million viewers and A&E was fifth with 1.928 million.”

In total day, Fox News brought in 1.772 million on average with its wall-to-wall reporting from and about bombings and subsequent manhunt. That was ahead of second place Nickelodeon’s 1.644 million and CNN’s 1.329 million viewers over the frame.

The titillating Adult Swim, with 1.248 million, totally demolished MSNBC, which was 19th in the cable primetime rankings with 923,000 viewers on average for the week and 16th in the total-day ranking with 578,000. Nobody watches those idiots.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/fox-news-tops...
Scarlett Pimple

Jamestown, TN

#76936 Apr 23, 2013
Gotta love these Democrats. Always looking out for the little guy.

While everyone is digesting the events of last week, Dirty Harry Reid is busy screwing you. Completely under the radar, Reid bypassed committee debate and brought a bill that would force online merchants to collect sales taxes for all of America's estimated 9,600 state and local taxing authorities, straight to the floor.

What a guy - really for the “little people”.

Not only will this put the kibosh on on-line businesses, it may push these businesses off-shore. When the music industry went after the bittorrent web sites for violating copyright laws, they didn’t just fold, they went to countries that had no such laws.

Good move. Raising costs on everyone.

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB1000142...
Dunlapian

Dunlap, TN

#76937 Apr 23, 2013
Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text>Good Morning ! The EPA has tightened the rules on coal emissions, and a bunch of older coal burning plants do not meet the new standards. Some operators have determined it is not cost effective to bring these into compliance and PERHAPS as many as a couple of hundred will close. TVA has some and they are building natural gas ones to replace them.
SOME of the plants were antiquated and slated for eventual closure anyway....others aren't that old but because of their design do not lend themselves well to adopting cleaner coal technology.
Coal country isn't happy and you can probably understand why. The consumer is going to pay for the new plants through rate increases, and consumers probably will not be happy either....
Yes OT, I know about these new standards for old plants.
And some are now closing, I agree.
The Obama Administration was under a Court Order to issue the new rule.
Also two factors have made it easier for utilities to shut down old coal plants;
Power demand has weakened in recent years do to the economy and natural gas is cheaper. So utilities have switched to natural gas without impacting customer bills.
Meanwhile China has driven up the price of coal.
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76939 Apr 23, 2013
Scarlett Pimple wrote:
There certainly are alotta dummies out there:
Fox News Tops All Cable For 1st Time Since 2005
“Fox News Channel’s coverage of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week propelled the network to the top of the cable rankings for the first time in nearly a decade. In both total day and primetime for the week of April 15-April 21, the News Corp-owned news network pulled ahead of usually top-ranked USA Network. Excluding election weeks, the last time Fox News was in the top position was August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. In primetime, FNC garnered 2.874 million viewers on average for the week compared with No. 2 USA’s 2.621 million. CNN also climbed the cable ladder to finish No. 3 with 1.985 million viewers overall on average. History Channel was in fourth with 1.937 million viewers and A&E was fifth with 1.928 million.”
In total day, Fox News brought in 1.772 million on average with its wall-to-wall reporting from and about bombings and subsequent manhunt. That was ahead of second place Nickelodeon’s 1.644 million and CNN’s 1.329 million viewers over the frame.
The titillating Adult Swim, with 1.248 million, totally demolished MSNBC, which was 19th in the cable primetime rankings with 923,000 viewers on average for the week and 16th in the total-day ranking with 578,000. Nobody watches those idiots.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/fox-news-tops...
I'm not going to pick on FOX, only on the idea that high ratings somehow equate with quality programming.
Last fall, there was a huge ratings bonanza for a show called "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"....and with that I rest my case !
Dunlapian

Dunlap, TN

#76940 Apr 23, 2013
Scarlett Pimple wrote:
<quoted text>
Pete forgot a few things. If this person required his legs to perform his job, and therefore could no longer perform that job, the workmans’ comp insurance company would pay to have that person trained for a different skill. For instance, a person who works in the warehouse who loses both legs would be offered something like computer training. In that case, the job may be better than lateral.
What you miss entirely, is that decisions made about employees are based on their work record, abilities and attitude. If the injured person has an excellent record, a good work ethic, and wants to work, then you’d be an idiot not to want him/her.
On the other hand, if the injured employee has a poor work record, poor work ethic, and a bad attitude, then he should feel lucky to still have a job. If you’ll recall, Pete stated that he had an employee that was scamming the Workman’s Comp system, and had an attitude of “You can’t touch me”. Why Pete still employs this person is beyond me, but apparently when faced with the prospect of being unemployed, he changed his ways.
Employers don’t fire people simply because they get hurt on the job. But I know people who make a profession of getting hurt, so it’s reasonable to expect that once you’ve made a claim, you WILL be under the microscope.
"Employers don't fire people simply because they get hurt on the job"
I guess you never heard of the "6 Month Probation Period'.
Or those pesky, "Falsifying Company Records" issues that can get you fired in a heartbeat. Example, you work 8 hours and 20 minutes and you document 8 and 1/2 hours, well you should of put down 8 and 1/4 hours.
Employers can do whatever they want, that is unless you have one of those pesky Unions protecting you.
But if you have a good boss you really don't need a Union, and even then the 2nd level might be a good reason to have a Union.
Dunlapian

Dunlap, TN

#76941 Apr 23, 2013
Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text>I'm not going to pick on FOX, only on the idea that high ratings somehow equate with quality programming.
Last fall, there was a huge ratings bonanza for a show called "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"....and with that I rest my case !
OT, that's a good one!
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76942 Apr 23, 2013
Scarlett Pimple wrote:
Gotta love these Democrats. Always looking out for the little guy.
While everyone is digesting the events of last week, Dirty Harry Reid is busy screwing you. Completely under the radar, Reid bypassed committee debate and brought a bill that would force online merchants to collect sales taxes for all of America's estimated 9,600 state and local taxing authorities, straight to the floor.
What a guy - really for the “little people”.
Not only will this put the kibosh on on-line businesses, it may push these businesses off-shore. When the music industry went after the bittorrent web sites for violating copyright laws, they didn’t just fold, they went to countries that had no such laws.
Good move. Raising costs on everyone.
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB1000142...
Well, well, well....naturally this is the Democrat's fault even though 25 Republican Senators voted for Mike Enzi's amendment called the "Internet Sales Tax Amendment. SOME of those Senators are among the most conservative in the country. Eighteen Republicans voted against.
Where was the usual filibuster from the anti-tax crowd ?

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