We’re witnessing dictatorship, American model

Joe Biden has gone where perhaps even Donald Trump feared treading — implying that any election his party doesn’t win would be illegitimate; more specifically, that November’s congressional elections cannot be considered free and fair (i.e., democratic) unless the Senate abolishes the filibuster to pass an electoral law it prefers.

But the filibuster is still there and the law wasn’t passed, meaning election procedures are still state-determined, and Republican-governed states will continue to conduct elections in ways that Democrats disapprove (and their voters approve) .

Drop boxes won’t be as ubiquitous or early voting days as plentiful as Democrats want and voter identification Democrats oppose and overwhelming majority of public favor will be in many places thanks to our autocracy masquerading as Democracy camouflages.

We are left with a lesson in the dangers of excessive rhetoric and absurd arguments when employed in the service of dubious, improbable ends.

By equating voter laws like those enacted in Georgia with “Jim Crow on steroids” and claiming that the only way to save democracy is for the Senate to pass bills that the Democrats favor and then to imply that upcoming elections would be illegitimate if that had not happened it was unlikely (and is not), Biden and henchmen have now caught themselves in an impasse from which they cannot easily get out.

Given the logic of their demands in the name of democracy, the Democrats have failed miserably in their attempt to save them. With 50 Republican and two Democratic Senators (combining a majority vote on a 100-strong body), what James Madison, Ben Franklin and Co. did in 1787 is now abruptly reversed.

Our system of self-government has produced an outcome that is destroying our system of self-government, at least in the increasingly strange world in which Democrats live.

The elections, scheduled for November, are still expected to take place, but if the Democrats really mean what they say, they will be mostly empty drills, akin to the charades used to be held in “people’s democracies.” In clueless imitation of dictators through the ages, Democrats claim that democracy is being sabotaged by “house enemies” and various subversive elements (which appear to include members of a democratically elected upper chamber of a bicameral legislature who oppose what Biden and his crew advocate ).

In short, there are few things more irresponsible than the President of the United States saying “it matters” when it comes to the legitimacy of our elections, with the implication that what matters is whether (a) you want to pass the bills and/or (b) our side wins or loses the vote count.

More broadly, it also seems odd to focus on voter ID requirements or too few dropboxes when we’ve witnessed the largest transfer of political power to government agencies and unelected public health bureaucrats in our nation’s history.

Whatever one thinks of lockdowns and mandates and vaccination cards as a way to fight a virus (and the suspicion is that historians and scientists will take a pretty keen view of all of that in time), there’s no denying that America is less democratic and free and therefore more is a more authoritarian position today than it was two years ago, and the overwhelming majority of the draconian measures that should have sent civil rights leaders into convulsions did not come from Republican governors, Republican congressmen, or even the great ogre Trump.

The thought arises that when it comes to preserving our system of self-government, we could worry less about less early election days or wannabe insurgents with face paint and buffalo horns and more about technocrats in white lab coats and clipboards; that the greater threat to democracy and freedom may emanate from what has come to be known as “safetyism,” in which a frightened, panicked people end up sacrificing their most cherished rights in pursuit of the illusory goal of absolute safety.

There is, then, something deeply surreal about claims of impending American authoritarianism coming from the same political party that banned Americans from attending church services or the funerals of their loved ones.

Whatever else can be said, it would be fair to say that democracy and freedom have not exactly been at the top of the Democratic Party’s value hierarchy of late, although they now present themselves as staunch defenders of it.

So we are in the third year of a major experiment in which we will determine whether liberties given up to combat a public health threat can eventually be regained in the same form.

We will also find out if those to whom we have given so much power will resist the will to power that has plagued so many human experiences and casually abandon it, or instead seek new crises to justify holding on to what they are acquired.

So maybe, just maybe, maybe, by and large, when it comes to continuing our republic, we have bigger concerns than having to use the last four digits of our social security number when voting.

Bradley R. Gitz, a freelance columnist who lives and teaches in Batesville, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.

American Airways London-bound flight turns again to Miami after passenger refuses to put on masks

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200

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American Airlines said a flight bound for London returned to Miami because a passenger refused to comply with the federal mask requirement, the most recent flight disruption over a report of an unruly passenger.

American Airlines Flight 38, a Boeing 777 with 129 passengers and 14 crew overseas returned to Miami after about an hour late Wednesday, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

The return was “due to a disruptive customer who refused to comply with federal mask requirements,” American said in a statement. “The flight landed safely at MIA, where local law enforcement encountered the plane. We thank our crew for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

The traveler has been banned from flying with the airline pending an investigation, the airline said. The Miami-Dade Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reports of unruly behavior on planes rose to a record 5,981 last year, with more than 71% linked to disputes over a federal mask mandate that went into effect early last year, although airlines had been demanding it since coronavirus pandemic started.

Some incidents included physical attacks on crews. In October, an American Airlines flight attendant was hospitalized after a passenger allegedly punched her in the face, forcing the cross-country flight to divert.

American Airways CEO Doug Parker to retire, president Robert Isom to take reins March 31

Doug Parker, American Airlines CEO

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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is stepping down and will be replaced by the airline’s president, Robert Isom, on March 31, the airline announced on Tuesday.

Parker is the second major airline CEO this year to announce his resignation, signing a changing of the guard among US airlines. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly will step down in February and hand the reins to another longtime manager, Bob Jordan, in February.

Parker will continue to serve as Chairman of the American Board.

Parker became CEO of America West for the first time shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks and later led two mergers – with US Airways and American Airlines, the end of a wave of consolidation among US airlines.

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American Airways, Hole, Moderna and extra

An American Airlines aircraft lands at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on November 23, 2021.

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Check out the companies that hit the headlines on Tuesday at noon.

American Airlines, Norwegian Cruise Line Travel stocks fell as investors continued to weigh the risks of the Covid-Omicron variant. American Airlines shares were down more than 4%, Norwegian Cruise Line was down more than 6%, Wynn Resorts was down around 5%, and Airbnb was down 4.9%.

gap, Under armor Retail stocks have come under pressure after online sales fell 1.4% year over year on Cyber ​​Monday and fell for the first time ever, according to Adobe Analytics. However, Adobe expects customers to expand their shopping this year and expects the entire holiday season to see record-breaking online sales growth. Gap down more than 6%, Under Armor down about 5%, and Tommy Hilfiger parents PVH Corp lost more than 4%.

Regeneron Pharma – Regeneron’s shares fell more than 2% after the company owned its Covid-19 antibody drugs could be less effective against the omicron variant of Covid. The company said mutations in the variant suggest that “the neutralizing activity of both vaccine-induced and monoclonal antibody-mediated immunity may be reduced”.

Modern, Pfizer Vaccine manufacturer stocks were in focus after Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel told the Financial Times that he was expects existing vaccines to be less effective against the Omicron variant. Researchers are still studying the new variant’s response to previous immunity, and Oxford University said it was no evidence yet that current vaccines do not protect against serious Omicron disease. The Moderna share lost more than 6%. The BioNTech share fell by more than 5%. Pfizer stock gained around 2%. Novavax shares gained more than 2%.

Money tree – The discounter’s stock slumped 4.5% after Goldman Sachs downgraded Dollar Tree too neutral of buy. The company said the company’s operational improvements have been priced in and Dollar Tree will face pedestrian traffic issues in the coming year.

Solar drain – The stock of clean energy lost 6.3% Morgan Stanley downgraded it balanced. The investment firm issued a notice to its clients that Solaredge’s shares may be fully valued after a recent hot spell.

Meta platforms Facebook parent Meta shares fell more than 3% after UK competition watchdog said the company should sell the GIF sharing platform Giphy, which Facebook acquired last year. The regulator said the deal could harm social media users and UK advertisers. Meta has stated that she does not agree with the decision and is considering an appeal.

Beyond meat, oatmeal Beyond Meat and Oatly stocks fell approximately 6% and 7% respectively after HSBC began coverage of protein stocks with a downgraded rating. “Given the prospect of increased competition, the growth we forecast will not be enough for many participants to meet their high growth ambitions,” the company said.

Twitter, square – Twitter and Square shares fell more than 5% and 2%, respectively. The moves come a day later Jack Dorsey has announced his resignation as CEO of Twitter while he remained at Square as chief executive. Bank of America upgraded Place to neutral of below average performance and repeat a purchase review for Twitter.

– CNBC’s Jesse Pound and Tanaya Macheel contributed to the coverage

American Airways jacks up flight attendant vacation pay to keep away from extra flight cancellations

An American airline Airbus A321-200 approaches Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on February 24, 2021.

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American Airlines, shocked by Bulk cancellations last weekend offered flight attendants three times their salary for work-holiday trips, even if they are perfectly staffed by the beginning of January.

The offer comes just days after American canceled hundreds of flights last weekend and earlier this week, many of them related to flight attendant staff shortages. The added incentives show Americans are willing to pay to avoid recurrence.

American said flight attendants and reserve cabin crew members who go on business trips between November 23 and November 29 or December 22 through January 2 will be given one and a half time, according to an internal memo verified by CNBC. If you do not have any absences from November 15 to January 2, you will receive an additional 150% of the remuneration for these main travel times.

“The past few months, and last week in particular, have been challenging,” wrote Brady Byrnes, vice president of flight service to flight attendants.

“With Mother Nature devastating the operations, the myriad policy changes you had to keep up with, and an increase in incidents of customer misconduct, you are dealing with a lot,” added Byrnes, referring to an increase in recalcitrant travelers, including an alleged attack on a flight attendant by a passenger last week.

Airlines spent much of the last year pushing their employees to take vacations or accept takeovers.
When travel demand recovered in late spring and summer, some airlines did not have enough staff to cover routine disruptions such as bad weather. Southwest Airlines offered flight attendants double pay to get more people to pick up their shifts on the weekend of July 4th.

American Airways cancels greater than 700 flights, citing climate and staffing points

An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER takes off from Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia on October 28, 2020.

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American Airlines has canceled more than 1,000 flights since Friday, disruptions attributable to staffing problems and strong winds at its busiest hub.

On Saturday, American canceled nearly 460 flights, or 17% of the main flight schedule, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. based in Dallas Southwest Airlines Cut 86 flights or 2% of Saturday operations.

American has canceled another 285 flights, or 10% of its scheduled Sunday schedule, in addition to Friday’s 340 cancellations.

American COO David Seymour said in a staff note on Saturday that the problems began Thursday with strong gusts of wind reducing capacity at its Dallas / Fort Worth international airport hub and that the crew members were not in position for their next flights was.

The availability of pilots and flight attendants was cited as the reason for most of the cancellations on Saturday and Sunday, according to internal balance sheets viewed by CNBC.

“With additional weather throughout the system, our staff is running out as the crew members leave their regular flight sequences,” wrote Seymour. He said most customers were rebooked the same day and he expects operations to stabilize in November.

Airlines have faced staff shortages that have resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations and other disruptions since travel demand soared in late spring. The airlines had convinced thousands of employees to accept voluntary takeovers or leave of absence to reduce their wage bills in the depths of the pandemic.

Now they are trying to recruit staff, hire pilots, flight attendants, ramp and customer service agents and others. Leaner staffing levels make it harder for airlines to recover from disruptions such as bad weather or technology issues.

Southwest said earlier this month that there was a meltdown earlier this month that saw more than 2,000 flights canceled it cost $ 75 million. It also said it would further cut its remaining 2021 schedule after previous cuts to avoid further disruption.

American Airlines’ Seymour said 1,800 flight attendants would be returning from vacation as of November 1, and the rest would be back by December. It also means hiring pilots, mechanics, airport staff and reservation agents “so that more team members will be on site for the holiday season”.

BuddyCheck24: Fresno thrift retailer elevating cash for American Most cancers Society

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – As we near Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, there is a unique opportunity to support the fight against breast cancer and perhaps collect a treasure or two along the way.

Saving for treasures, hunting for special or useful items at a bargain price. It happens every day at the American Cancer Discovery Shop in Fresno.

“We just have a nice shop. It’s not marketed like a thrift store. It really is a beautiful boutique, ”explains Branch Manager Bonnie O’neal.

Saturday September 25th marks 56 years for Discovery Shops. Founded in Los Angeles in 1965 by a woman named Denise Noel, who socialized with the Hollywood elite and raised money for the American Cancer Society through the sale of her donated goods.

Today 45 Discovery Shops are scattered across California, including the one in Bullard and West in Fresno.

The store is beautifully decorated by store volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors. It is filled with donated clothing for men, women and children. And household and decorative items galore, with all proceeds going towards research, education and support for cancer patients.

“Absolutely, that’s the main reason we’re here and it feels good every day to know,” said O’Neal.

The Discovery shop also stocks wigs donated by local wig shops. Cancer patients can choose one for free.
“And if you need one more, you can come back and get a new one,” O’Neal explained.

Every item on display has been curated for quality. Some of it is extremely high-end. In fact, on October 28th for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, customers will be able to shop from a special collection of designer clothes and accessories.

“We saved goods, as you can see. We have some nice, nice items here. Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, ”said O’Neal.

Whether you donate to the shop or buy here, it’s a win all round.

With the ultimate winner is the American Cancer Society and the important community it serves.

The Fresno Discovery Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. You can support it by shopping to donate your used items, with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Board Of Selectmen Discusses American Rescue Plan Cash

With a string of heavy spending and $ 7.6 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds pending disbursement, the Board of Selectmen initiated a discussion on the possible use of the money on 4 selection meetings on Sept. 20.

Treasury director Robert Tait said the ARP paid out $ 1.56 billion to counties and cities and $ 3.93 billion to residents across the country. Of the $ 7.6 million in money, the city received half or $ 3.8 million this year and the other half will be available next year.

First Selectman Dan Rosenthal said that while the city is not required to provide formal funding for the issuance of ARP funds, he felt it would be better to follow the charter process in allocating the funds. Rosenthal thought it would create a paper trail in case the federal government questions how Newtown used the funds and show taxpayers how those funds were used.

“I think we should do this for the sake of transparency,” said Rosenthal. “That’s the most sensible thing, so everything is recorded. That’s the best way. “

Rosenthal felt that one of the better uses for the funding was the Hawley HVAC project, which along with expected ties will be funded in part by a school board surplus. Using the grant for something that would otherwise bind the city would save the city money in interest. Rosenthal said it was important for voters to know how much of the project would be paid for using the grant if asked for project approval in November.

“Using this will save us on retention costs – it’s a smart financial decision,” said Selectman Jeff Capeci.

If voters don’t approve of the Hawley Project, ARP funds can be used elsewhere. Rosenthal said it was “important to get the ball rolling” on how much to spend on the Hawley Project so it can go through the Finance Committee and Legislative Council in time to vote on November 2nd election day Voters to come.

The city has until December 21, 2024 to allocate funds from the payout and spend an additional year thereafter. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, ARP funds from the city can be used to:

* Support public health spending by funding things like COVID-19 containment, medical spending, behavioral health care, and certain public health and safety workers.

* Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic damage to workers, households, small businesses, affected industries and the public sector.

* Replace lost public sector revenue by using these funds to provide government services to the extent that revenue has declined due to the pandemic.

* Provision of bonus payments for key workers and additional support for those who have and will bear the greatest health risks as a result of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.

* Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure and make the necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital sewage and rainwater infrastructure and expand access to broadband internet.

“Within these overall categories, beneficiaries have great flexibility in deciding how best to use these funds to meet the needs of their communities,” the Treasury Department said on the website.

Rosenthal noted that the ARP requires that anything that funds are used for is not a “recurring item” – for example, a new position with a salary would not be an approved use of the money. All recurring items would have to be financed from the normal operating budget of the city in the coming years. In addition, ARP funding cannot be applied directly to budget as revenue to directly lower the milling rate.

Some other things the city could use the money on alongside the Hawley project are new WiFi routers in the community center and community center that select people said were working poorly; a new roof for the community center; and vehicle cameras for the police.

Rosenthal said all police cruisers have cameras, but the current ones are “starting to fail”.

“If we do some of these things with ARP funds, the operating budget is relieved,” said Rosenthal.

Other ideas included a terrace in the Community Center, a campus bike park in Fairfield Hills and a renovation of the Dickinson Park Pavilion for the Parks & Recreation Department.

“Those are a few ideas, there are sure to be more”, says Rosenthal.

The possibility of providing some form of grants to companies harmed by COVID-19 was also mentioned, but Rosenthal said this was a “management challenge”.

“What money do we give a company?” Asked Rosenthal. “How do we do this to maintain confidentiality, how do we not miss any people? I think it’s noble, but how do you do it in a fair way? “

Because of this, Rosenthal said he believed it was “better to do things that take the sting out of the mill rate”.

“When mill prices rise, companies and residents alike feel the sting,” says Rosenthal.

Rosenthal said it was best to use the ARP funds on items that will definitely end up in the operating budget, such as the police cameras, rather than on “wishlist items.”

“If the [federal] The government is shooting something, I don’t want to say: ‘Well, shoot, we wouldn’t have done that without the extra money,’ ”said Rosenthal.

Capeci said he wanted to “weigh the compromises,” and Rosenthal said he would continue to discuss the funds with Tait to “examine different scenarios and what the tie-up costs would look like”.

Reporter Jim Taylor can be reached at jim@thebee.com.

Metropolis of Bentonville meets to debate American Rescue Plan cash allocation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – The city of Bentonville meets to discuss how to spend the American bailout money.

By September 7, Bentonville will have received half of its planned $ 6.9 million.

Some of the proposed projects are direct responses to the pandemic, such as increasing reserves of personal protective equipment, and others would use the funds for infrastructure projects such as upgrading the city’s water and electricity meters or protecting the city from ransomware attacks.

The Bentonville Police Chief announces his resignation

“It’s actually a requirement within the process, so we want to make sure we’re getting it right,” said Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman. “For us, our community is a community that has a can-do attitude and in order to have that, to work together, it is important to be able to listen to the public.”

The city has not held any votes but has had a better idea of ​​what to do when the time comes to vote on the allocation of that money.

American Eagle (AEO) Q2 2021 earnings

A shopper walks past an American Eagle store in the mall.

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american eagle The stock slumped Thursday after the company reported sales below analyst estimates in the second quarter as its e-commerce business slowed year over year.

Management also noted that back-to-school purchases were made later in the season, shifting from the final quarter to August. Abercrombie & Fitch A similar trend has recently been noted as teenagers and their parents hold back from buying all-new wardrobes before summer is over.

Its stocks lost around 9% in early news trading.

However, American Eagle’s profit was above expectations. The company, which also owns lingerie brand Aerie, said reduced promotions and controlled costs increased its profitability over the summer months.

“We have learned that you can still move a lot of goods without a discount,” said CEO Jay Schottenstein in a telephone interview. “Our businesses are very productive.”

Here’s how American Eagle performed for the quarter ended July 31st compared to Wall Street’s expectations using refinitive estimates:

  • Earnings per share: 60 cents adjusted vs. 55 cents expected
  • Revenue: $ 1.19 billion versus an expected $ 1.23 billion

American Eagle’s net income rose to $ 121.5 million, or 58 cents per share, from a loss of $ 13.8 million, or 8 cents per share, last year. Without one-off effects, it made 60 cents per share, up from the 55 cents analysts had been looking for.

Revenue increased 35% to $ 1.19 billion from $ 883.5 million in the same period last year. That fell short of the analyst forecast of $ 1.23 billion.

Aerie sales were $ 336 million, up 34% year-over-year. American Eagle’s sales increased 35% to $ 846 million over the same period.

Digital sales were 5% lower than in 2020. Last summer, due to the Covid pandemic, many consumers chose to shop online rather than visit stores. According to American Eagle, digital sales increased 66% on a two-year basis.

Other retailers including gap and Macys, have seen their online sales growth slow in recent months as consumers return to stores. But many are still reporting ecommerce gains above pre-pandemic levels.

American Eagle has not given an outlook for the coming quarter or the year. It was said, however, that it is so remains on track to meet the three-year targets so far. Until fiscal year 2023, the retailer expects sales of $ 5.5 billion and Aerie to grow to a mark of $ 2 billion.

American Eagle announced that it will hold another Investor Day event in January to discuss the post-holiday prospects in more depth.

BMO Capital Markets analyst Simeon Siegel said investors are focusing on future trends as companies face pent-up demand and supply chain backlogs.

American Eagle is in the middle of the back-to-school season, and production and shipping restrictions have been a cloud over the industry. Rival Abercrombie & Fitch reported late last month Quarterly revenue that fell short of analysts’ expectationsas there were shipping delays resulting in inventory backlogs and barren shelves in some stores.

Schottenstein said American Eagle has invested in its supply chain for years to be more agile and less dependent on factories overseas. The company has also reserved additional air freight to ensure it can ship supplies to warehouse stores over the holidays, he told analysts during a conference call on the results.

“We know there are problems out there, but we believe our investments will differentiate us in the coming second half of the year,” said the CEO.

At the close of trading on Wednesday, American Eagle’s shares were up nearly 50% year-to-date. The company’s market capitalization is $ 5.04 billion.