December 12th, 2014
The Boston Globe / By Kiera Blessing and Taryn Luna
A Toys ‘R’ Us store logo sign in New York.
It appears that the idea of paying it forward is catching on this holiday season.
Two anonymous donors walked into different Toys “R” Us stores in Massachusetts this week and paid off all of the layaway orders.
“We have had many accounts of layaway Santas, layaway angels, just good Samaritans,” said Toys “R” Us spokeswoman Adrienne O’Hara.
The first donor went into a Bellingham store on Wednesday and paid more than $20,000 to settle payments on 150 layaway accounts.
The woman and the store manager together identified the open layaway orders that the store had and closed them all — despite the high cost, said Toys “R” Us spokeswoman O’Hara said.
Then on Friday another woman spread some Christmas cheer at a store in Auburn, this time dropping $19,600 to cover the full balance of the store’s 125 existing layaway accounts. Similar to the mystery donor in Bellingham, the Auburn benefactor didn’t flinch when she saw the five-figure bill.
The stores quickly called the customers whose bills had been paid. O’Hara said she had heard stories of customers getting so emotional they cried when they received the news.
In a separate instance last week, someone went into a Toys “R” Us store in Woburn and paid the layaway balances of several unsuspecting customers in line, which totaled more than $1,000, according to the company.
“Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of excitement and a lot of acts of good will,” O’Hara said. “It’s heartwarming every time.”
Toys “R” Us requires customers to make a deposit of at least 10 percent of the total price of the order and pay a $5 service fee when the merchandise is first placed on layaway.
The company typically gives shoppers 90 days to pay off the order. But the retailer imposes layaway deadlines around the holidays, which were this week.
In 2013, the company had a total of 597 layaway orders charitably paid off.
December 12th, 2014
"John Boehner has Barack Obama whipping Democrat votes for him. It is Obama talking to recalcitrant Democrats in the Senate trying to get them on board to vote and support the Republican bill. Why are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer, working so hard on John Boehner's behalf?" -Rush
The capitol rotunda under reconstruction....quite appropriate with this last bill passage from the House
By Barry Secrest
Well beyond fascinating are the various new media websites noting which Republicans voted against the massive "Crominubus" spending bill, however, voting against the bill is a well and good thing.
Who voted against the bill is not the issue.
The real issue, in fact, are the Republicans and so-called Conservatives who voted For the massive spending bill and pretty much squandered vast amounts of Conservative political capital in the process, which could have been utilized to beat back the Progressive, lawlessly anti-Constitutional regime which Obama is fielding.
The bill now sits in the Senate, awaiting possible passage.
Here is the list of the damnable--in the US House, the one we should be studying, and with not a few surprises:
|YEA||R||Aderholt, Robert||AL 4th|
|YEA||R||Amodei, Mark||NV 2nd|
|YEA||R||Bachus, Spencer||AL 6th|
|YEA||R||Barletta, Lou||PA 11th|
|YEA||R||Barr, Andy||KY 6th|
|YEA||R||Benishek, Dan||MI 1st|
|YEA||R||Bilirakis, Gus||FL 12th|
|YEA||R||Bishop, Rob||UT 1st|
|YEA||R||Black, Diane||TN 6th|
|YEA||R||Boehner, John||OH 8th|
|YEA||R||Boustany, Charles||LA 3rd|
|YEA||R||Brady, Kevin||TX 8th|
|YEA||R||Brooks, Susan||IN 5th|
|YEA||R||Buchanan, Vern||FL 16th|
|YEA||R||Bucshon, Larry||IN 8th|
|YEA||R||Calvert, Ken||CA 42nd|
|YEA||R||Camp, Dave||MI 4th|
|YEA||R||Capito, Shelley||WV 2nd|
|YEA||R||Carter, John||TX 31st|
|YEA||R||Cassidy, Bill||LA 6th|
|YEA||R||Chabot, Steve||OH 1st|
|YEA||R||Chaffetz, Jason||UT 3rd|
|YEA||R||Coble, Howard||NC 6th|
|YEA||R||Coffman, Mike||CO 6th|
|YEA||R||Cole, Tom||OK 4th|
|YEA||R||Collins, Chris||NY 27th|
|YEA||R||Collins, Doug||GA 9th|
|YEA||R||Cook, Paul||CA 8th|
|YEA||R||Crenshaw, Ander||FL 4th|
|YEA||R||Culberson, John||TX 7th|
|YEA||R||Davis, Rodney||IL 13th|
|YEA||R||Denham, Jeff||CA 10th|
|YEA||R||Dent, Charles||PA 15th|
|YEA||R||Diaz-Balart, Mario||FL 25th|
|YEA||R||Duffy, Sean||WI 7th|
|YEA||R||Ellmers, Renee||NC 2nd|
|YEA||R||Fincher, Stephen||TN 8th|
|YEA||R||Fitzpatrick, Michael||PA 8th|
|YEA||R||Fleischmann, Chuck||TN 3rd|
|YEA||R||Forbes, Randy||VA 4th|
|YEA||R||Fortenberry, Jeff||NE 1st|
|YEA||R||Foxx, Virginia||NC 5th|
|YEA||R||Frelinghuysen, Rodney||NJ 11th|
|YEA||R||Gardner, Cory||CO 4th|
|YEA||R||Gerlach, Jim||PA 6th|
|YEA||R||Gibbs, Bob||OH 7th|
|YEA||R||Gibson, Christopher||NY 19th|
|YEA||R||Gingrey, Phil||GA 11th|
|YEA||R||Goodlatte, Bob||VA 6th|
|YEA||R||Granger, Kay||TX 12th|
|YEA||R||Graves, Sam||MO 6th|
|YEA||R||Graves, Tom||GA 14th|
|YEA||R||Griffin, Tim||AR 2nd|
|YEA||R||Grimm, Michael||NY 11th|
|YEA||R||Guthrie, Brett||KY 2nd|
|YEA||R||Hanna, Richard||NY 22nd|
|YEA||R||Harper, Gregg||MS 3rd|
|YEA||R||Harris, Andy||MD 1st|
|YEA||R||Hartzler, Vicky||MO 4th|
|YEA||R||Hastings, Doc||WA 4th|
|YEA||R||Heck, Joseph||NV 3rd|
|YEA||R||Herrera Beutler, Jaime||WA 3rd|
|YEA||R||Holding, George||NC 13th|
|YEA||R||Hudson, Richard||NC 8th|
|YEA||R||Huizenga, Bill||MI 2nd|
|YEA||R||Hultgren, Randy||IL 14th|
|YEA||R||Hunter, Duncan||CA 50th|
|YEA||R||Issa, Darrell||CA 49th|
|YEA||R||Jenkins, Lynn||KS 2nd|
|YEA||R||Johnson, Bill||OH 6th|
|YEA||R||Jolly, David||FL 13th|
|YEA||R||Joyce, David||OH 14th|
|YEA||R||Kelly, Mike||PA 3rd|
|YEA||R||King, Pete||NY 2nd|
|YEA||R||Kingston, Jack||GA 1st|
|YEA||R||Kinzinger, Adam||IL 16th|
|YEA||R||Kline, John||MN 2nd|
|YEA||R||Lance, Leonard||NJ 7th|
|YEA||R||Latham, Tom||IA 3rd|
|YEA||R||Latta, Robert||OH 5th|
|YEA||R||LoBiondo, Frank||NJ 2nd|
|YEA||R||Long, Billy||MO 7th|
|YEA||R||Lucas, Frank||OK 3rd|
|YEA||R||Luetkemeyer, Blaine||MO 3rd|
|YEA||R||Marino, Tom||PA 10th|
|YEA||R||McCarthy, Kevin||CA 23rd|
|YEA||R||McCaul, Michael||TX 10th|
|YEA||R||McHenry, Patrick||NC 10th|
|YEA||R||McKeon, Buck||CA 25th|
|YEA||R||McMorris Rodgers, Cathy||WA 5th|
|YEA||R||Meehan, Patrick||PA 7th|
|YEA||R||Messer, Luke||IN 6th|
|YEA||R||Mica, John||FL 7th|
|YEA||R||Miller, Candice||MI 10th|
|YEA||R||Mullin, Markwayne||OK 2nd|
|YEA||R||Murphy, Tim||PA 18th|
|YEA||R||Nugent, Richard||FL 11th|
|YEA||R||Nunes, Devin||CA 22nd|
|YEA||R||Nunnelee, Alan||MS 1st|
|YEA||R||Palazzo, Steven||MS 4th|
|YEA||R||Paulsen, Erik||MN 3rd|
|YEA||R||Pearce, Steve||NM 2nd|
|YEA||R||Petri, Tom||WI 6th|
|YEA||R||Pittenger, Robert||NC 9th|
|YEA||R||Pitts, Joseph||PA 16th|
|YEA||R||Price, Tom||GA 6th|
|YEA||R||Reed, Tom||NY 23rd|
|YEA||R||Reichert, David||WA 8th|
|YEA||R||Renacci, James||OH 16th|
|YEA||R||Ribble, Reid||WI 8th|
|YEA||R||Rigell, Scott||VA 2nd|
|YEA||R||Roby, Martha||AL 2nd|
|YEA||R||Roe, Phil||TN 1st|
|YEA||R||Rogers, Hal||KY 5th|
|YEA||R||Rogers, Mike||MI 8th|
|YEA||R||Rokita, Todd||IN 4th|
|YEA||R||Rooney, Thomas||FL 17th|
|YEA||R||Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana||FL 27th|
|YEA||R||Roskam, Peter||IL 6th|
|YEA||R||Ross, Dennis||FL 15th|
|YEA||R||Rothfus, Keith||PA 12th|
|YEA||R||Royce, Ed||CA 39th|
|YEA||R||Runyan, Jon||NJ 3rd|
|YEA||R||Ryan, Paul||WI 1st|
|YEA||R||Scalise, Steve||LA 1st|
|YEA||R||Schock, Aaron||IL 18th|
|YEA||R||Sessions, Pete||TX 32nd|
|YEA||R||Shimkus, John||IL 15th|
|YEA||R||Shuster, Bill||PA 9th|
|YEA||R||Simpson, Mike||ID 2nd|
|YEA||R||Smith, Adrian||NE 3rd|
|YEA||R||Smith, Jason||MO 8th|
|YEA||R||Southerland, Steve||FL 2nd|
|YEA||R||Stewart, Chris||UT 2nd|
|YEA||R||Stivers, Steve||OH 15th|
|YEA||R||Terry, Lee||NE 2nd|
|YEA||R||Thompson, Glenn||PA 5th|
|YEA||R||Thornberry, Mac||TX 13th|
|YEA||R||Tiberi, Pat||OH 12th|
|YEA||R||Tipton, Scott||CO 3rd|
|YEA||R||Turner, Michael||OH 10th|
|YEA||R||Upton, Fred||MI 6th|
|YEA||R||Valadao, David||CA 21st|
|YEA||R||Wagner, Ann||MO 2nd|
|YEA||R||Walberg, Tim||MI 7th|
|YEA||R||Walden, Greg||OR 2nd|
|YEA||R||Walorski, Jackie||IN 2nd|
|YEA||R||Wenstrup, Brad||OH 2nd|
|YEA||R||Westmoreland, Lynn||GA 3rd|
|YEA||R||Whitfield, Ed||KY 1st|
|YEA||R||Wilson, Joe||SC 2nd|
|YEA||R||Wolf, Frank||VA 10th|
|YEA||R||Womack, Steve||AR 3rd|
|YEA||R||Woodall, Rob||GA 7th|
|YEA||R||Yoder, Kevin||KS 3rd|
|YEA||R||Yoho, Ted||FL 3rd|
|YEA||R||Young, Todd||IN 9th|
December 11th, 2014
Crying game anti-star and House leader Boehner just sold his soul to the Devil in delivering a massive spending bill with the help of none other than Barack Obama, and against most of the Conservatives in the US House.
...By reaching out to Democrat-Progressives to make it happen, no less.
Indeed, the dossier that Obama most obviously holds over Boehner's head must be pretty impressive, judging by how many times Boehner has come down on the President's side, and against his own party's interest.
Now, the question becomes will Boehner make it in his House leadership position, after outing himself as an Obama-worshipping Progressive on a leash?
Our bet is no, there is in fact no longer any good reason to leave the ever-feckless testosterone deficient Boehner, in his current position.~Refocus Notes
The Daily Caller
By PATRICK HOWLEY
The United States Senate will deliberate Friday on the massive “Cromnibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2015 as the activist wings of both major parties railed against the bill’s passage in the House.
Outgoing Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid said at 10 PM Thursday night that the Senate would take up the Cromnibus bill Friday. Reid’s decision to hold off on the spending bill required passage of a short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill, rolled out Tuesday, is a lightning rod on the right for funding President Obama’s executive amnesty and on the left for increasing campaign contribution limits.
The House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill with a pivotal vote just clearing the 218 threshold shortly after 9:30 PM on Thursday night to send it on to the Senate.
67 House Republicans voted “Nay.” Most Democrats also opposed the bill, but 57 of 201 House Democrats crossed the aisle to vote “Yay.” 10 congressmen abstained from voting.
Conservatives and liberals in Wasington, D.C. blasted the House efforts....
December 11th, 2014
siLIVE.com / Associated Press
LONDON -- British police have arrested 76 people at a "die in" at a London shopping mall held to protest the grand jury decisions made in the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Demonstrators gathered inside the Westfield shopping center, lying on the floor and shouting "I can't breathe," a reference to the final words of Garner.
Last Wednesday, a special grand jury declined to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Garner.
The decision -- along with a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Brown -- has sparked worldwide protests.
Police in London said Thursday that a small group had tried to enter the mall after the protest moved outside, "assaulting security staff and causing damage to property."
Those arrested were being questioned over suspected public order offenses.
There have been protests across the United States since grand juries decided not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of Garner and of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
December 11th, 2014
St Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS • Dorian Johnson, who rose to fame as a witness to Michael Brown's fatal encounter with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has been hired to do work for the city of St. Louis.
Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city's Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.
Officials said he is doing work for the city. The job, listed as a temporary position, pays about $8.50 an hour.
Rainford said Johnson met the low income eligibility requirements for the hiring.
Johnson, 22, was with Brown at Ferguson Market and Liquor when Brown stole a box of Swisher Sweets cigarillos and shoved a store employee. Johnson was walking with Brown when they were stopped in the street by Wilson.
Johnson couldn't be reached for comment.
Officials have said Johnson will not be charged in connection with the cigarillo incident. While enrolled at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Johnson had a bench warrant issued against him on a misdemeanor theft charge.
His former attorney, former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., also confirmed the employment and said Johnson had been looking for work and his happy to have a job.
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