June 16, 2015

Gap Inc. Announces Closure of 140 Stores This Year Just As Its $10 Minimum Wage Takes Effect

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:37 am

In February of last year, Gap Inc., which operates Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta stores, announced that it would raise its minimum hourly rate of pay for all U.S. employees to $9 in June 2014 and $10 in June 2015. As a result, it won “praise from President Obama who is pushing to raise the nation’s minimum wage by a similar amount.” The company said that the move would affect 65,000 employees who were making less.

The linked CNN Money report quoted an apparently confident Lynn Albright, a vice president at Old Navy, as follows: “We’re coming from place where we can afford to make this investment.” Maybe the company could afford it then, but based on today’s store closure announcement, that’s not so much the case now:


NewsBusted (061615)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:54 am

Here we go:

– ISIS in Iraq
– Martin O’Malley
– San Diego Union Tribune
– American Obesity
– Chimpanzees Can Cook
– Rescued Bull
– New Carl’s Jr. Burger

Best Lines:

  • “The San Diego Union Tribune newspaper plans to eliminate 600 jobs. But management is hoping that the positions can be restored if the Internet turns out to be a fad.’
  • “According to a new study, chimpanzees may have the ability to cook, which is more bad news for the fast-food workers who are demanding $15 an hour.”
  • “In Georgia, a 1500-pound bull was rescued after falling down a deep well. First responders said the accident could have been prevented if the bull hadn’t been texting.”

Mrs. Inevitable?

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:37 am

Maybe not:

… in the state that provided Clinton her biggest boost in 2008, the margin is much closer: Among voters who say they will participate in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, 44 percent choose Clinton, while 32 percent pick Sanders, who hails from neighboring Vermont.

In the New Hampshire survey, Biden takes 8 percent of the vote.

There’s also this analytical nugget found at the New York Observer (HT Personal Liberty):

Bernie Sanders Can Win the Iowa Caucus

At this moment I would put the odds that Mr. Sanders upsets Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucus at nearly 40 percent. … I can report that some of the smartest Democratic strategists in national politics privately believe this but will not publicly state it. I just did.

The reason that Bernie Sanders has a viable chance of defeating Clinton in the Iowa caucus is that caucus elections involve a far smaller pool of voters than primary elections. In the caucus variation of “one person, one vote,” the candidate who can best inspire fervent supporters to attend a caucus on a frigid Iowa evening is the candidate who will win.

If the situations in these two states are as noted, expect a lot of whining in the coming months from the Hillary-loving leftist establishment about how “unfair” and “unrepresentative” it is that Iowa and New Hampshire are so important in the presidential election cycle.

To by clear, they have a point, but I don’t recall any such complaints at this time 8 and 12 years ago. That’s especially true of the 2004 cycle, when the press and the left (but I repeat myself) were fantasizing about Howard Dean’s far-left candidacy until it was exposed as having little substantive support among caucus attendees in Iowa.

Dean’s loss there led to this unforgettable moment:


UPDATE: A different poll says … “BERNIE CATCHING HILLARY” —

A new poll in New Hampshire shows the underfunded upstart candidacy of virtually unknown Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a serious challenge in the state known for loving underdogs.

The survey by Suffolk University found the 41 percent of likely Democratic primary voters would back Hillary, while 31 percent said they’d back the Vermont senator, an independent who identifies as a Socialist.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061615)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Married couples to Catholic Church — Give us clear, positive teaching on marriage

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From St. Louis:

Jun 14, 2015 / 04:34 pm

Alice Heinzen was with her dad and siblings on a ski trip when she froze on top of what looked like a treacherous mountain path. Her dad was waiting at the bottom, and so were her other siblings – who had all fallen down along the way.

After several attempts at coaxing her down, something Alice’s dad said finally clicked: “Stop looking at the rocks! Look at the snow!”

Now, Alice and her husband, Jeff, recall that story as an analogy for the way that married couples need to draw strength and courage by focusing on the positives.

“Inspiring confidence in marriage is much like Alice’s story on skiing,” Jeff said. “A clear, affirmative message on the beauty of matrimony makes us see the snow rather than the rocks surrounding us.”

The rocks are plenty – the Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to redefine marriage later this month, young people are delaying marriage if marrying at all, and gender ideology threatens the idea of men and women as distinct and complimentary.

“Assure us that taking the risk to go against the culture will bring us joy,” Jeff said. “Talk with us frankly that marriage is hard but worth the effort.”

That’s the message Alice and Jeff left with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at their General Assembly in St. Louis June 11.

The Heinzen family offered insights as auditors at last year’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome, as well as from the experience of 35 years of marriage and three grown children who are now all married themselves.

Preaching about the beauty of marriage was one of three suggestions the Heinzens had for the bishops. They also recommended better formation for couples before and during married life, as well as an increase in the celebration of marriage as a vocation. …

Go here for the rest of the story.