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CFO that bullies Chick-Fil-A employee gets more than his free cup of water

The CFO of a medical supply company that video taped himself bashing a Chick-Fil-A employee in Tuscon got his free cup of water from the restaurant and a pink slip from his employer.

TUCSON, AZ–(Marketwire – Aug 2, 2012) – The following is a statement from Vante:

Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.

Read more at the Business Insider

Farmer takes revenge for arrest, drives tractor over top of 7 police cars

NEWPORT, Vt. – Roger Pion, a Vermont man who authorities say was angry over an arrest and used his tractor to drive over seven police vehicles on Thursday, is expected in court today.

Read more at the CBS News

Independents can vote August 28th

ARIZONA—Arizona law allows independent and non-partisan voters to vote in the primary election on August 28th. Those registered voters can go into the polls and ask for the ballot for any major party except the Libertarian party which holds closed primaries.

The Primary elections were originally designed for nothing more than to allow the parties to select the person(s) they want to represent their party for a political office. It was designed to trim a host of candidates down to sufficient numbers for each office in the November election. This gives a choice of candidates from each party.

Recently some have been promoting “Open Primaries” which limits the choice of candidates for each office to the top two vote getters in the primary whether they be both Republican, Democrat or whatever. The Open Primary initiative would actually limit your choice in the November election.

Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen

A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen.

A judge denied a request to dismiss charges Wednesday against Rodney Brossart, a man arrested last year after a 16-hour standoff with police at his Lakota, N.D., ranch. Brossart’s lawyer argued that law enforcement’s “warrantless use of [an] unmanned military-like surveillance aircraft” and “outrageous governmental conduct” warranted dismissal of the case, according to court documents obtained by U.S. News.

Read more at US News

Only 24.6 Percent Of All Jobs In The United States Are Good Jobs

Do you want to know why it seems like good jobs are very rare in the United States today? It is because good jobs are very rare in the United States today. According to a paper that was just released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all American jobs qualified as “good jobs” in 2010. Over the past several decades, there has been increasing pressure on corporations to reduce expenses and increase corporate profits. One of the biggest expenses that any corporation faces is labor. Large corporations all over the globe are in an endless race to gain a competitive advantage by pushing labor costs as low as possible. Sometimes this is done by using technology. Computers, automation, robotics and other forms of technology have eliminated millions of jobs in the United States and those jobs are never coming back. Millions of other jobs have been eliminated by offshoring. In our globalized economy, American workers have been merged into one giant labor pool with everyone else. That makes it very tempting for big corporations to move jobs from areas where workers are very expensive (such as the United States) to areas of the world where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. When big corporations do this, corporate profits go up, but the number of good jobs in the United States goes down. As a result, there is increased competition for the jobs that remain in the United States and this drives down wages. Meanwhile, the cost of living just keeps going up. So millions of American families have fallen into poverty in recent years, and millions of others have gone deep into debt in an attempt to survive. This dynamic is absolutely shredding the middle class in the United States.

Read more at The American Dream

Cybersecurity bill amendment craze

Frank Lautenberg (C-N.J.) has refused to pull his gun ban amendment from the Cybersecurity bill now being processed in the Senate. Utah Republican Mike Lee followed up with an amendment to make abortion illegal after 20-weeks of pregnacy. That would ban the tool that commits more mass murder in the United States each year than guns.