Birds of a feather: Trump congratulates Putin on election.
Yet another school shooting, this time in Maryland.
Canada moves to tighten gun laws.
FTC probes Facebook.
It’s Sir Ringo now.
…It’d be a shame if someone tried to blackmail you.
Days after Delta Air Lines announced it would strip discounted fares for National Rifle Association members, Georgia’s lieutenant governor has retaliated, vowing to kill legislation that would hand the airline a lucrative tax break.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican who leads the State Senate, demanded that Delta, one of Georgia’s largest employers, make a choice: Stop boycotting the NRA, or watch lawmakers strike down a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel, of which Delta would be the primary beneficiary.
I’m pretty sure Delta took this kind of reaction — backlash and threats of retaliation — into consideration when they ended the NRA discount, but they decided to do it anyway. Some things are more important than just customers, and the NRA right now is like Ebola.
They also know they can play this game, too, and Georgia isn’t the only state where the airline has a large presence.
A number of companies have deals with the NRA. These businesses such as insurance companies, banks, and car rental agencies that offered discounts to NRA members. Now they are re-evaluating that linkage.
The NRA is not happy.
In a statement Saturday night, the NRA called the corporations’ decisions “a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
“Let it be absolutely clear,” the statement continued. “The loss of a discount with neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.”
I’m pretty sure the individual freedoms we enjoy are not truly dependent on whether or not someone gets 5% off on renting a Toyota.
I don’t think it’s political or civic cowardice to look at a group and decide that the leadership, not necessarily the membership, is out of touch with the majority of the country and is not impressed with the vitriol that comes out of their mouths. It’s just common sense.
Thank Dog that there’s TiVo, Netflix, and Microsoft Word or else I would have spent the entire Thanksgiving holiday convinced that the only way to find true happiness in life was to buy fancy chocolates, electric razors (and the hunky models that come with them) and luxury automobiles that plow through snow on the way to buy the perfect tree. And what would the holidays be without a of bunch autotune variations on “The Carol of the Bells” and the return of the Hershey’s Kisses handbell chorus?
Newsflash: the war on Christmas is over. It won.
Heavy storms and tornadoes leave 14 dead in Georgia.
United Airlines back in business after computer glitch held up flights.
Samsung blames batteries for fires in the recalled flaming phones.
Ethics lawyers to file suit against Trump to end foreign payments.
President Obama tells Donald Trump to “stop whining” about ‘rigged’ election claims.
Short-term cease-fire in Yemen seems possible.
Local cable unplugged: Ecuador says it limited Julian Assange’s internet access.
Ford’s plant in Mexico won’t affect its U.S. workforce.
Magazine says six people corroborate writer’s claim that Trump assaulted her.
Hillary Clinton campaigned in Miami with Al Gore.
Kinky: Donald Trump says the “shackles are off.”
Federal prosecutors will file contempt-of-court charges against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Native Americans dug in for the long haul to protest the pipeline in North Dakota.
The death toll from flooding in North Carolina reached 22.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has flamed out.
Haiti is facing a surge in cholera after Hurricane Matthew laid waste.
North Carolina is undergoing record flooding after Hurricane Matthew.
Ratings for the second debate fell from 84 million to 66 million.
Federal judge orders Florida to extend voter registration one more day.
Samsung halts sales of Galaxy 7 replacement phones.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) takes it to the CEO of Wells Fargo.
I think I need some ice cream. (I quit smoking years ago.)
Hillary Clinton went back on the campaign trail.
President Obama designated the first national marine monument off the coast of New England.
The Senate passed a bill to help Flint repair the water system.
Feds recall 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s.
The Tigers lost to the Twins 5-1.
Thanks, Mom and Dad.
73 Syria aid groups suspend cooperation with U.N.
Wells Fargo hit with $185 million in fines for setting up fake accounts.
NASA launches probe to bring back pieces of an asteroid.
Car with gas cylinders near Notre Dame in Paris baffles police.
Dozens stuck overnight at 10,000 feet in the air over the Alps.
FAA issues warnings about Samsung smartphones on planes.