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Calls to boycott Applebee´s after CEO
threatens hiring freeze and
layoffs over Obamacare

Daily Mail [UK], by John Clarke

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/11/2012 4:53:53 PM

Move over Chick-fil-A, fast food is getting political again. Papa John´s came under fire this week when CEO John Schnatter floated a plan to cut worker hours to reduce spiking employee health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Now, Applebee´s is being boycotted after a major New York area Applebee´s franchise owner Zane Tankel threatened a hiring freeze and possible layoffs as a result of the president´s healthcare plan. Twitter immediately erupted with calls for a boycott. ´So far I´ve seen Papa John´s and Applebees threatening to fire people since their choice didn´t win the

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"Since their choice didn´t win the election"??? I take it this ill-educated person means "because" and not "since"? As for the boycott:

Lessee, Papa John´s for dinner tomorrow night, Applebee´s for lunch on Tuesday.

Pillocks.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NancyD, 11/11/2012 4:57:02 PM     (No. 9007694)

Well, we´ll see how this turns out.... My guess it will be as successful as the leftwing Kiss in of gays/lesbians at Chick fil A.

We will go dine at Applebee´s and Papa John´s this week.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/11/2012 5:01:07 PM     (No. 9007699)

I´m in the mood for Papa John´s tonight.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sw penn, 11/11/2012 5:01:30 PM     (No. 9007700)

´So far I´ve seen Papa John´s and Applebees threatening to fire people since their choice didn´t win the election. ..."

Socialist Fantasy meets Economic Reality.

Wake up!

The job you save may be your own!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: annie xango, 11/11/2012 5:05:54 PM     (No. 9007705)

just had a late lunch at Applebee´s

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Reply 5 - Posted by: youngtexan, 11/11/2012 5:07:36 PM     (No. 9007708)

They have every right to freeze and layoff people. Looks like I´ll be eating at those 2 places.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 11/11/2012 5:07:51 PM     (No. 9007710)

Yo...yo....MummmMmmm...heading out to Apple Bees for 2 for 20!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dante, 11/11/2012 5:09:43 PM     (No. 9007719)

It´s not a "threat", it´s simply recognizing reality and what it will take to stay in business. These are things which leftist idiots don´t understand, they believe federal mandates are somehow divine edicts which have no adverse consequences.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mabeldog, 11/11/2012 5:14:25 PM     (No. 9007728)

These boycott morons don´t realize if they boycott the restaurants the workers will get their hours cut even more. Less customers less money less staff needed. It will all be clearer when Zero appoints his new Secretary of Business

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Tucker, 11/11/2012 5:19:20 PM     (No. 9007738)

Think that liberals are the nastiest, dumbest people on earth.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyHen, 11/11/2012 5:21:58 PM     (No. 9007740)

As with all shortsighted liberal schemes, yet another case of "Cutting off your nose to spite your face."

I love how they assume their BOYCOTT will hurt the owners and the people at the top the most. It´s the very people you morons think you are saving that will suffer the most, the people at the bottom.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: VAPMAN, 11/11/2012 5:26:33 PM     (No. 9007749)

Why doesn´t Obama nationalize all restaurants. It´s not fair some can afford to eat out more then others. Many companies and probably many hospitals will be laying off because of Obmacare and the Obama recession that is coming.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 11/11/2012 5:27:41 PM     (No. 9007750)

These low-grade morons better be prepared to never eat out again and stop a lot of other activities because ALL businesses are going to do this one way or the other.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: choey, 11/11/2012 5:27:41 PM     (No. 9007751)

There was a shortage of bread so we rioted and burned down the bakery.
Welcome to typical idiotliberal thinking.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: noddy, 11/11/2012 5:28:04 PM     (No. 9007752)

It´s most likely that the twitters doing the boycotting don´t have jobs and can´t afford to eat at those establishments.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jalo1951, 11/11/2012 5:30:36 PM     (No. 9007753)

obama knows NOTHING about how to run a business. At this very moment an excellent businessman with years of success is shaking his head. Dems actually think it is just so easy. They need a new show. Find five people who want to start a business, give them, oh I don´t know, a million or two and let´s see if they can actually make a go of it when it all comes down on their back. God help us. It is going to be such a mess.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Theeo, 11/11/2012 5:30:50 PM     (No. 9007754)

Hello Comments. Since and Because are interchangeable.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Olderyzer, 11/11/2012 5:31:06 PM     (No. 9007755)

Maybe Zero will Executive Order that businesses can´t layoff (without a waiver from him for demoRat corporate donors.)

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Reply 18 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 11/11/2012 5:39:07 PM     (No. 9007766)

Choices are getting so easy. First the idiots self identify with their Obama-Biden stickers and yard signs. Then they start pointing out all of the places where they will not congregate. Smoke free AND Dem free is my kind of restaurant.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/11/2012 5:40:15 PM     (No. 9007768)

Time to form Boycott Busters Anonymous.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 11/11/2012 5:43:06 PM     (No. 9007775)

What do you expect from the idiots who voted him back in office. Basic economics...the most controllable expense in business is your workforce.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/11/2012 5:45:21 PM     (No. 9007778)

There is a one year reachback contained in kenyacare, to deal with this likely outcome.
The actual impact of kenyacare will be lots of overtime for the employment pool at a given employer, rather than adding one additional new employee.
the net effect of kenyacare will be to sustain the high levels of unemployment in the U.S.
Any competent economist could have told President Zero that such a thing would happen. But President Zero doesn´t give a darn about high unemployment. He is immunized, since the low information voters reelected him.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/11/2012 5:48:51 PM     (No. 9007786)

Where is it written that a business is forced to lose money instead of making cost-cutting decisions? And why would rational people believe that a boycott would change management minds?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Daylily, 11/11/2012 5:49:34 PM     (No. 9007788)

It must start at the top (Obama) and trickle down thru most of his supporters - total ignorance of economics. Do they think businesses are in business just to have fun or pass the time of day. Really depressing to read of such lack of knowledge.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: CEP, 11/11/2012 5:50:22 PM     (No. 9007793)

They have to stay in business and hese idiots who want to boycott are oblivious to how business runs.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 11/11/2012 5:52:03 PM     (No. 9007796)

good..
boycott..
that should cause a few MORE layoffs..

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Reply 26 - Posted by: pliades, 11/11/2012 5:52:14 PM     (No. 9007798)

Put some ice on that and call a waaa-mbulance.
Looks like I´m going to be going to fewer movies and eating out more often. Who is John Galt?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: offrope, 11/11/2012 5:53:08 PM     (No. 9007800)

The Chick-Fil-A turnout was different from this. With Chick-Fil_A, the mayors of Boston and other cities said they were not permitted to operate in ther cities. Having government banning a business is an entirely different thing from citizens (however idiotic) boycotting a business. But I´ll certainly eat at Applebee´s to show support.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/11/2012 5:54:56 PM     (No. 9007803)

#7, agree with you.

#22, the funny thing is, many competent economists did tell Obama what would happen. He didn´t pay any attention because, as he once said, he knows more about any given job or subject than the person hired to do that job.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Kane Toad, 11/11/2012 5:56:09 PM     (No. 9007806)

Directive 10-289 will be enacted any moment.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Quigley, 11/11/2012 5:57:08 PM     (No. 9007808)

Yes a boycott will force them to hire more employees!!!

Continue the executions until morale improves !!!!

These literal retards. I was reading "Human Action" this morning wherein von Mises says the the original Liberals sought to increase societal cooperation through appeals to reason in order to benefit from the Division of Labor, which he says is the only way for mankind to advance.

These retards want "cooperation" through edict, which, if you think about it for a minute, retards, is not "cooperation."

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Reply 31 - Posted by: novakid, 11/11/2012 6:00:15 PM     (No. 9007810)

What can you expect when the administrtion goes after anyone who is making a profit? The amazing thing is that some business men vote Democratic. What are they thinking?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: liberty316, 11/11/2012 6:02:27 PM     (No. 9007813)

Wonderful news... let the whole system be pushed to the point of collapse. We conservatives will survive. How, I wonder, will the freeloaders make out???

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/11/2012 6:04:33 PM     (No. 9007819)

Most restaurants operate on skimpy profit margins.Sometimes they just make on the drinks they sell.But don´t expect today´s schools to educate kids on the difference between profit and profit margin.Walmart makes a huge gross profit but it´s only $5000 per employee compared to Microsoft or Exxon making $250,000+ per employee.

My guess is big retail is waiting to see what Walmart does with Obamacare and will follow suit.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: beveyscool1, 11/11/2012 6:05:22 PM     (No. 9007821)

We are in the middle of a Civil War. No one will die from fighting. (Yet) Do what you can to help our cause. Boycott NFN media( non Fox News ) don´t go to leftist movies,stay away from leftist owned businesses, de program indoctrinated public educated students, de program college students, purge yourself from leftist " friends" they are our enemy. This may sound extreme but does anybody have a better idea?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: 4Justice, 11/11/2012 6:09:28 PM     (No. 9007825)

Correction: this is not "liberal" thinking, it is leftist thinking. These leftist idiots have no clue how economics work. Yes, Obama was told that it would hurt business but he said it wouldn´t and all his ignorant followers believed him.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/11/2012 6:13:50 PM     (No. 9007830)

Anyone who doesn´t understand that a business that loses business also cuts back on employees--or folds completely--is someone whose life is governed by illogic.

Years ago, I had a conversation with a reporter who was thrilled at the notion of Gore becoming president because, as she said, "He´ll stop all the logging in Maine!" I asked what the unemployed loggers would do. Her reply: "Oh, they can find something else." I said, "Yes, they´ll probably all enroll at Johns Hopkins to become neurosurgeons." She stomped off in a snit.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Haskell, 11/11/2012 6:20:26 PM     (No. 9007836)

One of the left´s heroes, the late Senator George McGovern, ran a Country Inn/Bed & Breakfast after he left politics. He remarked that it was one of the hardest jobs he ever had, and that he wished he had run that business BEFORE he went into politics, because that experience would have helped him in Congress.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/11/2012 6:25:56 PM     (No. 9007845)

The CEO of Applebee´s is an Obama supporter. This isn´t political payback. It is an economic necessity

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Safari Man, 11/11/2012 6:30:28 PM     (No. 9007850)

There´s gonna be a whole lot of boycotts coming soon.


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Reply 40 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/11/2012 6:31:33 PM     (No. 9007852)

Haven´t been to an Applebee´s in a long time. Looks like that´s gonna change.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: SGMIsles, 11/11/2012 6:36:33 PM     (No. 9007860)

Just got back from a nice dinner at Applebees.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Embee, 11/11/2012 6:40:27 PM     (No. 9007863)

Two witty posts:

#17: "...Since and Because are interchangeable"
#27: "Put some ice on that and call a waaa-mbulance."

My own comment: I own a business, and I have cut hours to make sure I have no full time employees.

For those panty wetters across the aisle, I also increased the hourly wages for the few I employ who are on fixed wages. The others are on commission, and understand that have themselves to depend on for a raise.



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Reply 43 - Posted by: lil dotty, 11/11/2012 6:44:48 PM     (No. 9007866)

head exploding.... Ayn Rand had it so right. All of the dems think like these idiots. DG in heaven, please .. smarter persons walk on this earth. Back under the bed

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Reply 44 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 11/11/2012 6:52:26 PM     (No. 9007876)

Great! Liberal free zones.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: johnwayne, 11/11/2012 6:52:40 PM     (No. 9007880)

I am calling for a boycott of Obamacare.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Fledrmaus, 11/11/2012 6:55:32 PM     (No. 9007883)

Slow down before you decide to launch an anti-boycott at Applebees or Papa John´s. Wait until you see what actually HAPPENS. Remember when the Susan G. Komen Foundation was being vilified for cutting support for Planned Parenthood? Conservatives leaped into action, showering them with money, only to have the Komen Foundation backtrack and fall back in line with PP. And with all those yummy conservative dollars safely deposited in the bank. When the layoff notices actually go out, will be the time to demonstrate support.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: AltaD, 11/11/2012 7:02:44 PM     (No. 9007891)

My guess is that these boycotts will be as successful as the Domino´s boycott. I remember liberals declaring they´d put Domino´s out of business because the Catholic founder supported Catholic causes.



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Reply 48 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/11/2012 7:06:35 PM     (No. 9007897)

Sounds like ValJar has called out her army of student stooges. I remember she said that she would have an army behind her in order to get her agenda accomplished. What is it with this administration and "behind".

Otherwise it is just another case of the supporters of the "takers" spittin´ on the "makers".

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Reply 49 - Posted by: memphis, 11/11/2012 7:10:38 PM     (No. 9007904)

Fire the ones who voted for Obama.


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Reply 50 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 11/11/2012 7:15:30 PM     (No. 9007912)

New Democrat tactic get food stamps and avoid Chik-Fil-A, Applebees, Papa John´s etc

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Reply 51 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/11/2012 7:17:07 PM     (No. 9007917)

amusing, these financial morons don´t seem to understand that this has nothing to do with the owners´ politics and everything to do with the bottom line. There´s gonna be a whole lot of hour cutting going on. This is only the beginning...

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Reply 52 - Posted by: memphis, 11/11/2012 7:17:46 PM     (No. 9007919)

Applebee´s does not take food stamps so i doubt to many democrats eat there in the first place..


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Reply 53 - Posted by: felton335, 11/11/2012 7:37:28 PM     (No. 9007947)

Had lunch today at Appleby´s.Vet´s ate free.The place was packed and service was great. I will continue to eat there regardless of the liberal´s call of a boycot.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: pinger, 11/11/2012 7:51:36 PM     (No. 9007961)

It´s clear that those calling for a boycott have never had P&L responsibility for a business. Going through life as a simpleton surely must be painful.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: jasmine, 11/11/2012 8:32:57 PM     (No. 9008011)

What´s the problem? If they didn´t want people to lose their jobs, the electorate shouldn´t have voted for the Obama/Obamacare package. It´s not like they weren´t warned.


The electorate got exactly what it asked for. Let it live with what it has done.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: dittohead, 11/11/2012 8:37:08 PM     (No. 9008017)

Sounds like a good idea for CHRISTMAS presents - Applebee´s gift cards.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: judy, 11/11/2012 8:41:36 PM     (No. 9008021)

Thanks UK I´m going to Applebees´ tomorrow.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: uno, 11/11/2012 8:43:27 PM     (No. 9008023)

Sure, go ahead and get more people laid off you boneheads!
Pretty soon you´ll wind up boycotting yourself one of these days because of your raging ignorance and inability to see the forest for the trees!

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Reply 59 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 11/11/2012 8:54:34 PM     (No. 9008034)

Dinner at Applebee´s sounds good!

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Reply 60 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 11/11/2012 9:06:21 PM     (No. 9008048)

Obama needs to lay off some communists and hire some economists. He has the two confused. Obama will blame the layoffs on the misguided George Bush .

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Reply 61 - Posted by: hershey, 11/11/2012 9:12:51 PM     (No. 9008061)

Sorry, but I gave up on Applebee´s back in July when I went through Eau Claire and stopped at one. It had a NO CCW sign in the window. I talked to the manager and he said it was policy for the group running the area stores.

Got back to Cincinnati and found the same thing. They don´t respect my right to carry, I don´t respect their wishes to take my money.

Money talks, bull crap walks...


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Reply 62 - Posted by: jimkata, 11/11/2012 9:26:15 PM     (No. 9008073)

Obama.... He made the restaurants run on time.



Back in the USSR err ...USSA

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Reply 63 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/11/2012 9:26:24 PM     (No. 9008074)

This is a perfect example of what a poor job thecright has done on educating and why they lost the vote.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: hamrman, 11/11/2012 9:48:22 PM     (No. 9008097)

Good more companies should do this until Ocare is striken. Maybe they will realize that a majority of Americans said NO to it, however they found a way to shove it down our throats anyway, the answer is still NO, NO, NO...

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Reply 65 - Posted by: RodMillenFan, 11/11/2012 9:49:39 PM     (No. 9008098)

How pathetic, watching people throw a fit when they witness the unintended consequences resulting from this shortsighted Obamacare garbage. News flash: private business owners have to make decisions to stay profitable. That´s right, I said the "P" word, profit. Lefty types think it´s evil to want to make a profit, but without the promise of (and delivered) profit, why would a business owner put their livelihood at risk to run a business (and therefore, employee others) in the first place? Will these same idiots boycott every small business that closes their doors? Will they boycott the doctors who leave their practices because of the paperwork flood?

If it weren´t a sure sign of things to come, it would almost be comical.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 11/11/2012 10:03:25 PM     (No. 9008108)

Misplaced anger on the part of our sore winners once again. Ummm, your guys crafed the law and passed the law through Congress and your main man signed off on it. The loophole was written into the law by, yeah, you guys. I´d suggest you go to your favorite Dem Congressman and your buddy O and ask them why they allowed it in the bill. Sounds like a great question at O´s next press conference.

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Reply 67 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/11/2012 10:18:43 PM     (No. 9008118)

Applebees is probably my least favorite restaurant.......
We will be eating there within the next week.

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Reply 68 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 11/11/2012 11:03:35 PM     (No. 9008149)

Or Papa John´s cam just double the price of their pizzas in order to pay for Obamacare.

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Reply 69 - Posted by: bdog, 11/11/2012 11:07:08 PM     (No. 9008152)

#17 read an explanation here:
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/because-due-to-since-as.aspx

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Reply 70 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/12/2012 1:00:36 AM     (No. 9008232)

If such a boycott of Applebee´s is successful a lot more Applebee employees will end up losing their jobs.

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Reply 71 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/12/2012 1:18:49 AM     (No. 9008241)

Suddenly I feel like eating at Applebees

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Reply 72 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 11/12/2012 8:25:37 AM     (No. 9008483)

Proof #87,425,112 that lie-berals are incapable of applying logic, reason or facts to anything. Period. It´s like they are missing that part of their brains.

They only understand feelings, and it just feels to them that those mean old businesses are being meanies. They honestly feel that businesses should exist to serve their employees, not their customers or owners. So they feel like this boycott will force this mean old Applebee´s to change their minds.

Yes, it´s the same level of idiotic feelings that caused these same lie-berals to vote for NØbama in November, even thoug that means far fewer jobs and many more yeas of living in their parents basements or being a part-time waiter at Applebee´s even though they have that woman´s study degree from some overpriced private college...

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One of US president Barack Obama´s leading campaign strategists has been recruited by Labour to play a key role in Ed Miliband´s bid for Downing Street in next year´s general election. David Axelrod, who is credited with masterminding Mr Obama´s presidential victories in 2008 and 2012, will join Labour´s general election campaign team as a senior strategic adviser, the party announced. His appointment was been hailed by Labour as a major coup, and ´´seriously bad news for the Conservatives´´, at a time when Mr Miliband has been under fire from sections of his own party for his campaign tactics. It was

University of East London bans segregated
Muslim event from its premises
Telegraph [UK], by Damian Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/17/2014 8:58:27 AM     Post Reply
I blogged yesterday about this "segregated" Muslim event organised by the Islamic Society of the University of East London, due to happen tonight at UEL´s main lecture theatre on its Docklands campus. Much to my surprise, UEL immediately banned it from their campus. [Snip] UEL should be congratulated over this. As I pointed out, it has an "equality and diversity" policy. It didn´t know that the dinner organised by the Islamic society--which was to include a speech by the controversial anti-gay preacher Murtaza Khan--was segregated by sex and was providing a platform for an extremist. The university´s decision to pull the

Tony Blair´s religious charity´s ´links
to extremism´: Advisers claimed to be
tied to the Muslim Brotherhood which
is being investigated by British spies
Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/17/2014 8:40:29 AM     Post Reply
Tony Blair´s religious charity has links to an Islamic extremist group being investigated by MI5 and MI6, it has been alleged. [Snip] The organisation has been declared a terrorist group in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and could be banned in Britain, despite insisting they do not have links to extremist factions. The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which has been looking into the group for 13 years, revealed that Dr Ismail Khudr Al-Shatti, an adviser to the Kuwaiti government and a member of Mr Blair’s advisory council, is a leading member of the Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. the

I hope I´m wrong but historians
may look back and say this
was the start of World War III
Daily Mail [UK], by Edward Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/16/2014 6:25:55 PM     Post Reply
Deep in the flat and featureless landscape of eastern Ukraine, it is all too ­possible that the outline of World War III is taking shape. Whipped up by the Kremlin ­propaganda machine and led by Russian ­military intelligence, armed men are erecting road blocks, storming police stations and ripping down the country’s flag. They are demolishing not just their own country — bankrupt, ill-run and beleaguered — but also the post-war order that has kept most of Europe and us, here in Britain, safe and free for decades. Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West.

How Obama´s Clumsy Judicial Imperialism
is Making Things Worse in Ukraine
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/16/2014 6:08:37 PM     Post Reply
Why are the US authorities trying to extradite and imprison arguably the one man in the world with the skills and influence to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to fractured Ukraine? This week I flew to Vienna, Austria, to find out in a world exclusive interview with Ukraine´s Dmitry Firtash, the billionaire industrialist, philanthropist, and political fixer who is striving desperately to help his country forge an independent future free from the bullying of Russia and the meddling of the West in next month´s scheduled elections. And his biggest obstacle? According to Firtash, it´s Barack Obama.

Enjoying a free lunch? No such
thing says IRS as agency
considers taxing employee
perks doled out by companies
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/16/2014 1:05:29 PM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service is considering a bold move to label perks like free lunch given to workers by companies as taxable. The agency wonders if freebies like haircuts and gym memberships are a way to compensate the highly skilled rather than just a way to jumpstart productivity. After all, argue proponents of such a tax, workers at Silicon Valley firms like Google and Facebook receive free meals from famously fancy in-house eateries every day. Some companies even go a step further by offering freebies like haircuts, car services, and child care. Typical workaday folks can expect to pay for all

Relax, Mumsnet users: don´t lose
sleep over Heartbleed hysteria
Telegraph [UK], by Michael Hanlon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/16/2014 6:37:02 AM     Post Reply
Remember Lovebug? This was the computer virus that swept through a young and fresh-faced internet in May 2000. Back then we were told it would do to cyberspace what the Black Death had done to Europe in the 14th century. We all got funny emails with “ILOVEYOU” attachments and when we tried to open them our computers exploded. Or rather they didn’t, though you wouldn’t have known that from the hysteria. Then along came MyDoom, Netsky, Witty and Melissa and, now, the deliciously named Heartbleed bug, which the US security expert Bruce Schneier has described as “catastrophic” and which has

Asian pollution is causing a ´dramatic´
strengthening of storms in North
America say scientists
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 6:32:55 PM     Post Reply
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is causing storms in North America to become stronger and changing weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a new Nasa study has claimed. [Snip] The effect was most pronounced during the winter, the team said. Lead author Yuan Wang, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, said: ´There appears to be little doubt that these particles from Asia affect storms sweeping across the Pacific and subsequently the weather patterns in North America and the rest of the world. ´The effects are quite dramatic.

Russia Spent More of Its Wealth
on Military than U.S. in 2013
Breitbart London [UK], by Nick Hallett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 2:17:02 PM     Post Reply
According to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Moscow spent 4.1 percent of its GDP on defence in 2013, an increase of 0.6 percent over the past 10 years. By contrast, the United States spent 3.8 percent of GDP on defence and Britain spent just 2.3 percent. The only neighbouring country that spends more is Azerbaijan, with 4.7 percent. Defence spending in Ukraine has also rocketed by 16 percent in the space of a year following the crisis in Crimea and continued tensions with Russia over the eastern provinces of the country. Russia´s military spending relative to GDP is now

´Up to 11 killed´ as soldiers loyal
to Kiev seize eastern Ukrainian
airport from pro-Russian separatist
as ´anti-terror operation´ begins
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson, Damien Gayle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 2:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Up to 11 people are believed dead after airborne Ukrainian troops seized an airport in the country´s rebellious east today in the first sign that a promised ´anti-terror operation´ had begun against pro-Russian separatists. Heavy gunfire was heard at Kramatorsk airport as Ukraine´s interim president announced that his forces had retaken the site from militants who been seizing control of cities since last week. Local media reported between four to 11 deaths in the attack, but there was no immediate confirmation of any casualties. Russia said it was ´deeply concerned´ over reports of casualties in the region today. It comes

How the Obama administration
turned the latest IPCC report
into meaningless gobbledegook
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 8:09:47 AM     Post Reply
Even by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s own lamentable standards, its new report--by Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report--makes no sense whatsoever. [Snip] Before the report´s formal release, US officials--who had seen an earlier draft--wrote to the United Nations demanding it be amended. "The discussion of the economic costs of mitigation is too narrow and does not incorporate co-benefits of action." Loosely translated this means: "If we admit how much we´re spending to such little purpose, the taxpaying public is going to kill us." So the report was duly amended to suggest that the benefits of wind turbines, solar panels,



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