December 13, 2018

HSUS Making Money Off Internet In Ways You May Not Realize

Anyone with a brain (sorry, now get back in line) knows that organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) raises millions of dollars via deceptive practices. Now we find out that HSUS is making money by teaming up with Internet companies/search engines, like Survey Monkey, in order to pad their coffers with even more money all the while you and I may not even know about it.

According to Beef Magazine, HSUS hauled in $400,000 last year just from their affiliation with Survey Monkey.

I would suppose that when your number one goal of your organization is raising money and NOT animal welfare, we can expect HSUS and other radical groups to steal our money any way they can.

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A Nun Walks Into a Bar…….

A nun, badly needing to use to the restroom, walked into a local Hooters. The place was hopping with music and loud conversation and every once in a while ‘the lights would turn off.’

Each time the lights would go out, the place would erupt into cheers.

However, when the revelers saw the nun, the room went dead silent. She walked up to the bartender, and asked, ‘May I please use the restroom?

The bartender replied, ‘OK, but I should warn you that there is a statue of a naked man in there wearing only a fig leaf.’

‘Well, in that case, I’ll just look the other way,’ said the nun. So the bartender showed the nun to the back of the restaurant.

After a few minutes, she came back out, and the whole place stopped just long enough to give the nun a loud round of applause.

She went to the bartender and said, ‘Sir, I don’t understand. Why did they applaud for me just because I went to the restroom?’

‘Well, now they know you’re one of us,’ said the bartender, ‘Would you like a drink?’

‘No thank you, but, I still don’t understand,’ said the puzzled nun.

‘You see,’ laughed the bartender, ‘every time someone lifts the fig leaf on that statue, the lights go out.

Now, how about that drink?

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President Obama Should be Evicted

As you will see in the video below, President Obama has forced the eviction of people who live in private-owned residences that sit on federal land. The reason given is that because of the shut down, federal services cannot be rendered.

The White House sits on “Park Reservation Number One and maintained by the National Park Service.” Therefore, if the president can evict citizens from their homes because of a fake government shutdown, he should pack his own bags and get the hell out.

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Home Depot Applauded for Opposing Extreme Green Regulations

Free-Market Advocates Commend Home Depot CEO Frank Blake for Pledge Not to Pursue Harmful ‘Going Green’ Strategies

Leading Retail Association Doubles-Down on Pressuring American Retailers to Go Green

Atlanta, GA / Washington, DC – Free-market advocacy leaders at the National Center for Public Policy Research are praising Home Depot CEO Frank Blake for rejecting voluntary environmental regulations that could lead to mandatory private regulations that greatly damage American retail customers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Home Depot is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a massive trade association promoting top-down sustainability mandates at the expense of American consumers. Also posing harm to manufacturers and suppliers, RILA presses these mandates on its members through conferences and annual sustainability reports.

In May, National Center President David Ridenour attended the Home Depot shareholder meeting and said to Blake, in part:

[RILA] has launched a massive market and labor distorting campaign dubbed sustainability. Under the so-called sustainability campaign it is currently pressuring its members to make capital expenditures that often have limited prospects for reasonable return. RILA also advocates that its members lobby for changes in local building codes and infrastructure that will increase the cost of buildings and result in significant restrictions on property use. Finally, RILA is advocating top down sustainability standards that go beyond its own members affecting the entire supply chain despite the likelihood that these standards will increase suppliers costs and in turn the cost of the goods that they sell. As a shareholder our concern is that this push for so-called sustainability will harm Home Depot’s shareholders, suppliers and customers, as they will bear the associated costs.

Ridenour then asked Blake:

Measures that expand growth and sales are good for Home Depot and the nation, those that don’t, are not. Where does management stand on the question of its trade association imposing sustainability standards on its members including Home Depot? Does management support the idea of RILA imposing such standards or is it opposing mandatory sustainability standards and standing up for the right of each retailer to make its own decisions regarding the best way to lawfully and ethically satisfy the needs of its customers and shareholders?

Blake assured Ridenour at that time that Home Depot would not pursue green initiatives that may harm customers or the company’s bottom line – a point he drove home when Ridenour met privately with Blake and members of the Home Depot executive team immediately following.

“Blake’s stance against RILA’s costly green regulation push is encouraging,” said Justin Danhof, Esq., director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project. “We are encouraging Blake to stay vigilant in light of RILA’s newest efforts at forcing retailers to implement costly sustainability mandates.”

Since the Home Depot shareholder meeting, RILA has doubled-down on its radical environmentalist efforts by publishing its “2013 Retail Sustainability Report,” in which it states:

Companies will often develop individual or industry voluntary programs to reduce the need for government regulations. If a retail company minimizes its waste generation, energy and fuel usage, land-use footprint, and other environmental impacts, and strives to improve the labor conditions of the workers across its product supply chains, it will have a competitive advantage when regulations are developed.

“In its most recent sustainability report, RILA gives away the game – that they hope to operate as if they were an extra-governmental body able to place restrictions on its participants,” explained Danhof. “RILA seems to be operating on the premise that more regulation and red-tape is the only way forward for the retail industry. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

For even more information about RILA’s green goals, see “The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA): A Cartel that Threatens Innovation and Competitiveness,” – a new paper by National Center Senior Fellow Dr. Bonner Cohen.

In his groundbreaking paper, Dr. Cohen notes that:

Redirecting retailers’ behavior so as to achieve these environmental and social goals will often require “expertise not yet available within an organization.” Forging a path forward will have retailers reach out to “nonprofits, academics, and governments, as well as to their suppliers, consumers, investors, vendors, and communities.” RILA assures us that these “stakeholders” will provide “diverse perspectives that will accelerate sustainable innovation.” Note that RILA puts nonprofits (shorthand for environmental and other approved pressure groups), academics, and governments ahead of consumers, investors, and suppliers as sources of the “expertise” it believes retailers need.

“Home Depot has a chance to take a leadership position and remain firm against RILA’s regulatory overreach,” said Danhof. “If left to its own devices, the free market produces sustainability measures that have cost savings such as efficient packaging and water reductions. A top down approach distorts the market and can harm every aspect of the supply chain from the design to the ultimate purchaser.”

Starting in early 2012, National Center staffers began confronting the CEOs of five major retailers who are all members of RILA – Target, J.C. Penney, Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap and CVS Caremark – about their engagement with RILA. Through its Free Enterprise Project, the National Center demanded these corporate leaders explain how RILA’s goals are consistent with their fiduciary duties to increase shareholder value, and explained how they could adversely affect customers.

And the retail industry took notice. Prominent retail writer Joan Verdon wrote an article detailing the National Center’s work to expose RILA that appeared in more than a dozen major publications nationwide including Bloomberg Businessweek, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In early 2013, the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project continued to pressure RILA members regarding their complicity with RILA’s new monopoly agenda. Through the shareholder resolution process, National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour and Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. had conversations with top executives at Best Buy and received assurances that the company would not pursue any RILA initiatives that, in their view, contradict best business practices dictated by the free market.

Also in early 2013, Danhof asked Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson how much more a consumer should have to pay for retail products so that RILA members can push so-called sustainable goods. Totally flustered and baffled by the very simple question, Wasson became incoherent and was unable to answer or defend his company’s sustainability practices in any meaningful way. Writing for the Motley Fool, Gene Koprowski praised Danhof’s question at the Walgreens meeting, and warned would-be company investors, saying: “I agree that that is an excellent question to ask, and suggest that investors refrain from buying shares of Walgreens until CEO Greg Wasson can provide a solid answer to the query.”

Last month, the National Center again called on Wasson to come clean about Walgreens’ dealings with RILA. So far, Wasson remains silent.

Furthermore, at the 2013 Costco shareholder meeting, Danhof confronted company CEO Craig Jelinek and asked him if he would reject any RILA initiatives that would harm Costco’s bottom line. Jelinek refused to answer.

Also last month, the National Center again urged Jelinek to rebuff any RILA plans that might cause harm to his company or raise prices. Like Wasson, Jelinek remains silent.

Also of note, at the Sears meeting in May 2013, newly installed CEO Edward Lampert appeared to reject any extra-regulatory mechanism of RILA saying in part that “[p]ersonally, I don’t like coercive solutions. I think America is overregulated.”

Last week, the National Center praised Lampert’s resolve.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than 4 percent from foundations, and less than 2 percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.

Contributions are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Harry Reid Charade

VIDEO: – I wonder if any of these bums realize what losers they are? All of them.

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Glenn Greenwald Interview About Eric Snowden

Greenwald is a journalist for The Guardian. Of late he is known mostly for his reporting of and constant contact with Eric Snowden, who stole NSA documents that reveal spying on private citizens worldwide. The BBC interview attempts to put Greenwald in a negative light, that he is putting people in danger by emboldening “terrorists” through his reporting.

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Where Does This Government’s Priorities Rest?

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Get On The Obamacare Wagon Train

Photo – I was laughing my AstroTurf off this morning as I saw a report on the telelie telling of one media outlet reporting that Obamacare was such a huge success and that is why the Internet website where subjects are forced to go to to register is so busy. Can you believe that? The Government FORCES their slaves to buy government approved health insurance and these idiots can’t understand that most people decided to sign up for it rather than pay a fine and/or eventually end up in jail.

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Sometimes It DOES Make a Difference

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Free-Market Activists Praise Sears for Taking a Stance Against Trade Association’s “Sustainability” Folly

National Center for Public Policy Research Urges Sears CEO Edward Lampert – Who Stated that America is Already “Overregulated” – to Resist Further Pressure from Zealous Environmentalists

Hoffman Estates, IL / Washington, DC – Policy experts with the National Center for Public Policy Research are praising Sears CEO Edward Lampert for standing up against burdensome environmental regulations pushed by a trade association that could drastically reduce Sears’ profitability and shareholder value.

“The retail market is in flux, and Sears is not immune to market challenges such as increased online competition and Americans’ decreasing disposable incomes,” explained Justin Danhof, Esq., director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project. “Despite tough headwinds, it is encouraging that Lampert appears firm in his free market principles and not willing to risk his company’s margins on a fringe environmental platform.”

Sears is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) – a massive trade association that promotes top-down sustainability mandates at the expense of American consumers. These standards also harm the manufacturers and suppliers that remain essential cogs in the dwindling American workforce.

In May, Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Project 21 black leadership network, attended the Sears shareholder meeting and asked Lampert, in part:

Does management support the idea of RILA imposing sustainability standards on its members, or is it opposing mandatory sustainability standards and standing up for the right of each retailer to make its own decisions regarding the best way for each individual retailer to lawfully satisfy the needs of its customers?

Lampert responded that he is personally no fan of “coercive solutions,” such as top down standards, and that, in his view, “America is overregulated” as it is.

Since the Sears shareholder meeting, RILA has doubled-down on its environmentalist efforts by publishing its “2013 Retail Sustainability Report,” in which it states:

Companies will often develop individual or industry voluntary programs to reduce the need for government regulations. If a retail company minimizes its waste generation, energy and fuel usage, land-use footprint, and other environmental impacts, and strives to improve the labor conditions of the workers across its product supply chains, it will have a competitive advantage when regulations are developed.

“This statement sums up RILA’s mission creep – to be a quasi-governmental regulator that works toward the same ends as D.C.’s current regulatory morass,” said Danhof. “Kudos to Lampert for not taking this green, regulatory bait.”

Starting in early 2012, National Center staffers began confronting the CEOs of five major retailers who are all members of RILA – Target, J.C. Penney, Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap and CVS Caremark – about their engagement with RILA. Through its Free Enterprise Project, the National Center demanded these corporate leaders explain how RILA’s goals are consistent with their fiduciary duties to increase shareholder value, and explained how they could adversely affect customers.

And the retail industry took notice. Prominent retail writer Joan Verdon wrote an article detailing the National Center’s work to expose RILA that appeared in more than a dozen major publications nationwide including Bloomberg Businessweek, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In early 2013, the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project continued to pressure RILA members regarding their complicity with RILA’s new monopoly agenda. Through the shareholder resolution process, National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour and Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. had conversations with top executives at Best Buy and received assurances that the company would not pursue any RILA initiatives that, in their view, contradict best business practices dictated by the free market.

Also in early 2013, Danhof asked Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson how much more a consumer should have to pay for retail products so that RILA members can push so-called sustainable goods. Totally flustered and baffled by the very simple question, Wasson became incoherent and was unable to answer or defend his company’s sustainability practices in any meaningful way. Writing for the Motley Fool , Gene Koprowski praised Danhof’s question at the Walgreens meeting, and warned would-be company investors saying: “I agree that that is an excellent question to ask, and suggest that investors refrain from buying shares of Walgreens until CEO Greg Wasson can provide a solid answer to the query.”

Last month, the National Center again called on Wasson to come clean about Walgreens’ dealings with RILA. So far, Wasson remains silent.

Furthermore, at the 2013 Costco shareholder meeting, Danhof confronted company CEO Craig Jelinek and asked him if he would reject any RILA initiatives that would harm Costco’s bottom line. Jelinek refused to answer.

Last week, the National Center again urged Jelinek to rebuff any RILA plans that might cause harm to his company or raise prices. Like Wasson, Jelinek remains silent.

In the first half of 2013, the National Center also confronted the CEO of Home Depot, educating him about RILA’s new monopoly agenda. Following the Home Depot meeting, National Center President David Ridenour privately discussed the issue of RILA’s new monopoly with company CEO Francis Blake and other top executives. They assured Ridenour that the company does not always agree with RILA and would not pursue an initiative that would harm customers or the bottom line in the name of going green.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than 4 percent from foundations, and less than 2 percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.

Contributions are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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