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New Jerseyites can’t wait to get out

June 12, 2014
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Last time I went back for a visit, just trying to get around was ridiculous given the traffic. There are still plenty of people there. But between the cost of living and less than ideal business climate, this comes as no surprise to me.

New Jerseyites can’t...

Several Influential Conservatives Favor Comcast Merger

April 8, 2014
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Via email. No particular dog in this fight myself; however, I prefer to see business decisions made by business people, not politicians. That sentiment would argue for Congress to stay out of the way and let them do the deal. There’s more detail at link. The submitted letter is here.

Heavyweight conservatives and...

Why Did Dylan Byers Discreetly Change His Mike Rogers Cumulus Story?

March 28, 2014
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I’m curious as to why Politico’s Dylan Byers changed the text of this story without noting it, as I’m unclear how this all may bring House ethics rules into play.

Here is how Byers story reads now.

The Michigan Republican and longtime House Intelligence Committee chairman will join Cumulus in 2015,...

Oklahoma restaurant owner says doesn’t want ‘f*ggot, freak’ customers

February 8, 2014
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Oh, Lord – they are going to get this guy. Such intolerance will not be tolerated!!

A restaurant in Enid is getting heat after one of its patrons posted a pretty strong message on social media about discrimination.

The restaurant and bar has been open for more than four decades and carries...

Oof: PR release touts Actress Amy Adams’ Valentino purse at Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wake

February 7, 2014
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They say all PR is good PR. I’m not so sure about this one. Oof!

A PR representative for Valentino issued a press release crowing over A-list actress Amy Adams carrying a bag made by the designer label while attending the funeral of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Valentino public relations executive Upasna Khosla...

Twitter’s Growth Stalls as CEO Vows to Fix Slowdown

February 6, 2014
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Twitter Inc. (TWTR:US), the microblogging service that amassed more than 200 million users in seven years and is now struggling to widen its audience as quickly, tumbled as much as 24 percent in its worst-ever intraday decline.

The drop came after the San Francisco-based social network yesterday posted its first earnings report...

Terrible Idea: Elizabeth Warren Proposes Replacing Payday Lenders With The USPS

February 3, 2014
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For starters, this is little more than an antiquated agency straining for future relevance. It was never intended to be a financial agency. It should be shrinking, not looking for ways to grow.

Yes, just what we need to do. Put more taxpayer dollars into the hands of people who won’t manage...

New Record For 2014: Hashtags Mentioned In 57% Of Super Bowl Ads

February 3, 2014
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Hashtags were used in 57 percent of nationally-run Super Bowl ads, up from 50% in 2013 and setting a new record. Facebook was the social network most mentioned, though barely. It had only five mentions and just edged past Twitter with four.

via New Record For 2014: Hashtags Mentioned In 57% Of...

Video: Budweiser ‘Puppy Love’ Super Bowl commercial wins America’s heart

February 1, 2014
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Cute. YouTube video below.

The Puppy Bowl is usually the cutest thing to watch on Super Bowl Sunday, but this year, a Budweiser commercial may have taken that honor. Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” commercial, about a puppy and a Clydesdale who have an unbreakable bond, has gone viral in the days...

You didn’t build that! Help wanted: Obama calls on CEOs to help fix jobless problem

January 31, 2014
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Well, that worm sure is turning. heh

President Barack Obama will meet on Friday with a group of chief executive officers who have agreed to make sure their companies do not rule out hiring people just because their resumes show they have been out of work for a while.

via Help...

Slow Bark – CarMax “Puppy Version” of Big Game Commercial 2014

January 28, 2014
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More ads at link below.

Super Bowl marketers are kicking into high gear this week. With just days to go before the big game, advertisers are looking to capitalize on heightened interest in the ad spots by releasing their commercials ahead of time and using teasers as a way to draw...

It’s only your money: Obama to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10/hr. for Fed Contractors

January 28, 2014
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President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version of a policy that he has yet to push through Congress.

via Obama to Raise Minimum...

US sales of new homes drop 7 percent in December

January 27, 2014
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U.S. sales of new homes fell in December for a second consecutive month but even with the pause at the end of the year, sales for all of 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years.

Sales of new homes dropped 7 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual...

OfficeMax sends grieving father Mike Seay letter addressed to “daughter killed in car crash”

January 18, 2014
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Office Max is blaming it on a third party vendor that did the mailing. Kind of strange to see what makes it into their marketing list database. The Office Max call center disregarded his initial phone inquiry.

A father still grieving over the death of his daughter last year in a car...

Soros, Dell dragged into Magic Johnson credit card lawsuit

January 18, 2014
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Billionaires George Soros and Michael Dell have been dragged into a nasty lawsuit against former NBA great Magic Johnson over his prepaid credit card, the Magic Card.

The moguls are principals of OneWest Bank, which entrepreneur Reed Wallace is accusing, along with the former NBA great Johnson, of stealing his...

United Continental Airlines to furlough nearly 700 flight attendants

January 17, 2014
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For nearly 700 United Continental Airlines flight attendants it is the worst New Year’s news they could get: You’re fired.

United and Continental merged into the world’s second biggest airline a few years back, but all this time later there are still complications involving labor agreements from when Continental and United...

Report: Starbucks app leaves passwords vulnerable

January 16, 2014
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Starbucks’ mobile app leaves customers’ passwords open to attack, according to a research report.

The popular app, which allows Starbucks SBUX, Fortune 500 customers to purchase drinks and food directly from their smartphones, saves customers’ usernames, passwords and other personal information in plain text. That means a hacker could pick up a...

Yahoo COO Henrique de Castro dismissed after 14 months

January 16, 2014
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Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer dismissed chief operating officer Henrique de Castro after 14 months, amid disappointment with his efforts to boost growth, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

In a memo to employees, Ms Mayer said she made the decision that Mr de Castro should leave, according to a...

J.C. Penney closing 33 stores, laying off 2,000

January 15, 2014
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There’s a list of stores at link below.

J.C. Penney will close 33 stores and lay off about 2,000 employees int he process, the retailer said Wednesday.

The stores are expected to be shuttered by early May.

via J.C. Penney closing 33 stores, laying off 2,000.

Weakest Month in 3 Years – Dec Jobs Growth Far Short of Expectations

January 10, 2014
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Yes, I lame Obama!

The weakest month of hiring in three years ended 2013 on a sluggish note and raised questions about whether the U.S. job market can sustain its recent strong gains.

via US Economy Adds 74K Jobs; Rate Falls to 6.7 Pct. – ABC News.

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