When the news first broke weeks ago that for Papa John’s to conform to the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, they would have to increase the price of each pizza by a little more than a dime, I thought to myself, “well that isn’t to bad, is that really all it would cost, cause I’ll pay that.” Wonkette notes this as well as includes a list of all the chain restaurants that really don’t deserve your business.
John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s pizza, is LIVID and he is NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. You want his employees to have health care coverage? Well FINE, he’ll GIVE them health care coverage but it will cost you do-gooder liberals ten cents more per pizza, does that make you HAPPY? Actually, it might make you happy. We at Wonkette have concluded that we will pay ten cents more per pizza if it will ensure that the person making it is able to see a doctor when he gets sick. And we wonder why this didn’t happen sooner, if all it took was ten cents more per pizza to get employee health care coverage. Is that really all it costs? Ten cents per pizza? If so, then maybe the CEO of Papa John’s should have done this a long time ago. But again, this attitude is why we are not the CEO of a multi-billion dollar pizza company.
I don’t eat, I mean EVER at any of the chain restaurants on this list. About the only fast food I consume, which is rare includes Fazoli’s (pasta) and St. Louis Bread Company (Panera everywhere else outside of the St. Louis area). I really hope these folks pain for being both “cheap” and “heartless” business owners!
LSU won a nail-bitter today against Mississippi State. A game that had no right to be as close as it was. In the press conference after the game LSU coach Les Miles was asked if “benched” quarterback Russell Shepard was a “flop.” His response is priceless.
I love what Deadspin had to say about this min-rant:
Les Miles goes through an emotional spectrum here that surpasses even the most skilled practioners of the dramatic arts—it’s forceful, angry, instructive, happy, endearing, eloquent, then a little angry again, then back to happy—some of these feelings are just plain unidentifiable. They are feelings only Les Miles feels. In two minutes, he careens wildly between full-on meltdown and a genuinely moving postgame oration. The man eats grass. Don’t try to put labels on him.
Sometimes during a game he calls plays that makes me wonder what the heck he is doing (see Bama game this year). But boring he is not!
Via the always wonderful Onion: Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal
As they scoured the Internet for more juicy details about former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, Americans were reportedly horrified today upon learning that a protracted, bloody war involving U.S. forces is currently raging in the nation of Afghanistan. “Oh my God, this is terrible,” Allie Lipscomb, 29, said after accidentally stumbling on an article about the war while she tried to ascertain details about what specific sexual acts Petraeus and Broadwell might have engaged in. “According to this, 2,000 American troops have died, 18,000 have been wounded, and more than 20,000 civilians have been killed. Jesus Christ. And it’s been happening for, like, 11 years.” Sources confirmed that after reading a few paragraphs about the brutal war, the nation quickly became distracted by a headline about Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy.
Or at least that is what my parents taught me. I guess Joe’s isn’t privy to this basic social norm.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio would like to have his own version of a “man-to-man” beer summit with President Barack Obama so he could give the president advice on dealing with immigration, the outspoken law enforcement official told Breitbart News in a story published Tuesday.“I wish the president would invite me to the White House,” he said, according to the website. “We’ll have some wine and beer, and light up cigars.” […]
“I won’t even ask you for your birth certificate,” Arpaio told Obama through Breitbart News.
I can just imagine Obama saying, “You know what? I don’t think we’ve heard from enough batshit insane crackpots about this immigration thing. Why don’t we call in that one crazy-ass person from Arizona—no, the other one, no not that one. Yeah, the one that doesn’t think I was born in the United States. Is under multiple investigations by my Justice Department for many violations of civil right. Yeah lets invite him over for a beer. That seems like a good idea.
Via the Washington Post:
First the government of British Columbia invoked the prospect of a zombie attack to convince its residents to devise home-emergency kits in case of natural disasters (or unnatural ones). Now Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation is releasing its own video about the zombie apocalypse in order to teach people CPR. Maybe Canadians know something that we don’t.
Netflix’s first original series, House of Cards, is set to debut on February 1, 2013. The series from director David Fincher and writer Beau Willimon stars Kevin Spacey as Congressman Francis Underwood, a ruthless politician willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. This should be interesting.
It would seem newly elected Rep.-elect Chris Collins (R-NY) had a few problems today:
“When they welcomed Leader Pelosi and everyone stood up to applaud, a frantic new member got up—breakfast plate in hand—rushed over to me and asked, ‘Wait … what meeting is this?!’ I said, ‘This is the Democratic Caucus.’ He said, ‘Oh s—, I’m in the wrong meeting. Where are the Republicans meeting?’” the anonymous tipster said of the mini-drama.
I kind of feel for the guy. As somebody that grew up in a small rural town, when I went to college at a place about 10 times the size of my town, well I might have ended up in the wrong classroom, heck the wrong building more than once or twice the first week or so. But then again, I wasn’t a Congresscritter, I was 18, and I didn’t have a staff working for me.
Two and a half years after tens of millions of gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon drill platform, the company has pleaded guilty to more than 10 felonies and been fined $4.5 billion (largest in US history). In addition, two company employees will be charged with manslaughter related to the deaths of 11 employees who were working on the platform at the time of the gigantic blowout and resulting firm.
“Today’s agreement is consistent with BP’s position in the ongoing civil litigation that this was an accident resulting from multiple causes, involving multiple parties, as found by other official investigations,” the company said in a news release.
Even with a settlement on the criminal claims, BP would still be subject to other claims, including federal civil claims and claims for damages to natural resources.
In particular, this settlement does not include what is potentially the largest penalty: fines under the Clean Water Act. The potential fine for the spill under the Clean Water Act is $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel spilled. That means the fine could be as much as $21 billion, according to Peter Hutton of RBC Capital Markets in London.
Honestly I don’t think $4.5 billion is nearly enough, but alas it took decades for a final judgement to be awarded with the Exxon Valdez, so at least there is some “closure.”
A federal indictment unsealed in New Orleans claims BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine acted negligently in their supervision of key safety tests performed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig before the explosion killed 11 workers in April 2010. The indictment says Kaluza and Vidrine failed to phone engineers onshore to alert them of problems in the drilling operation.
Another indictment charges David Rainey, who was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, on counts of obstruction of Congress and false statements. The indictment claims the former executive lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP’s blown-out well in the days after the disaster.