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Please do not drink and drive this New Years

This is why you do not want to drink and drive. CBS 2 reports

“MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver plowed his vehicle into a home in southern Orange County, killing one person.
The overnight crash occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive in Mission Viego.
Police believe the male driver, identified by police as 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri of Mission Viejo, was headed down Olivera Street at a high rate of speed when he lost control and plowed into the bedroom of the home.
“It was a big bang … like ba-boom! It was like something exploded. And I didn’t think anything of it and I looked outside and I saw a lot of sheriffs and the fire department,” said Don Loessberg, a neighbor.
One man was killed. His identity has not been revealed. A second person inside the home was uninjured”

This is what happens you drink and drive. This is what happens you deal with untreated alcoholism. Please do not drink drive or you will kill somebody. If you live in my state and this is what happens to you

PC 191.5(d) of the California Penal Code states

“d) A person convicted of violating subdivision (a) who has one or
more prior convictions of this section or of paragraph (1) of
subdivision (c) of Section 192, subdivision (a) or (b) of Section
192.5 of this code, or of violating Section 23152 punishable under
Sections 23540, 23542, 23546, 23548, 23550, or 23552 of, or convicted
of Section 23153 of, the Vehicle Code, shall be punished by
imprisonment in the state prison for a term of 15 years to life.
Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 2930) of Chapter 7 of Title 1 of
Part 3 shall apply to reduce the term imposed pursuant to this
subdivision”

Please do not get behind the kill when you are drunk. It is something that I have done and I have the consequences of my actions. Because of my actions, I will face the what is called the Watson Rule if I drink and kill somebody.

To get parole, you must meed the requirement Section 8(d) of the California Constituion

” (b) No decision of the parole authority of this State with respect
to the granting, denial, revocation, or suspension of parole of a
person sentenced to an indeterminate term upon conviction of murder
shall become effective for a period of 30 days, during which the
Governor may review the decision subject to procedures provided by
statute. The Governor may only affirm, modify, or reverse the
decision of the parole authority on the basis of the same factors
which the parole authority is required to consider. The Governor
shall report to the Legislature each parole decision affirmed,
modified, or reversed, stating the pertinent facts and reasons for
the action.

You will spend the rest of your life in prison for a terrible action and burden with a terrible guilt and burden that you can get never let go even working through the steps of AA with another sponsor. And you need the governor signature to get out which means that you need an outside sponsor who will work steps with you for 15 years and is willing to submit oral or written testimony that will submitted to the parole board and the governor to vouch for your release. That is high threshold to get for release and few people

The statements that I just made to pertain to California, but other states have similar laws when it comes DUI. DUI is a horrible action to do given how people to get intoxicated behind the wheel and kill somebody.

This New Year’s, please do not drink drive.

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December 30, 2013 at 4:03 am Leave a comment

Musing on Fast Food Low Wages

Democracy Now reports (http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/5/as_workers_strike_against_low_wages)

“JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Across the country, fast-food workers in about 150 cities are walking off the job in their largest effort yet to push for higher wages. All of this comes as a new report exposes how fast-food CEOs have not just saved money by paying workers low wages, they’ve also used the government to subsidize their own million-dollar salaries with taxpayer dollars. That’s because a loophole in the tax code lets companies deduct the costs of performance-based executive pay.

AMY GOODMAN: For more, we go to Washington, D.C., where we’re joined by Sarah Anderson. She wrote the report, “Fast Food CEOs Rake In Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay.” She’s with the Institute for Policy Studies. Sarah, how does it work?

SARAH ANDERSON: Well, this is a perverse loophole in our tax code that essentially means that the more corporations pay their CEO, the less they pay in taxes. And that’s because there is this loophole that allows companies to deduct unlimited amounts from their corporate income taxes for the expense of executive pay, as long as it’s so-called performance pay—so, stock options and other bonuses that are configured in a way to qualify for this tax loophole. And what it means essentially is that ordinary taxpayers are subsidizing excessive CEO pay”

In reality, this is huge reason why these corporations are getting away with murder because only the wealthy top-rung executives make a good living. Go ask any middle-level district manager or store manager, you will find their wages to be in the $40,000 to $70,000 range. The riches in the company are not going to the middle management. Instead, it goes all to the franchise owners and wealthy top-rung executives.

However, there is a caveat that Amy Goodman forgets. Price-senstive consumers like me shop at McDonalds because we want to buy food from the $1.00 menu. If the workers get paid more, then I will go to another place to eat because the price of my food goes up.

People who work in other low-wages jobs buy food at McDonalds off the value menu because it is cheap and they are very price-senstive. Until our consumer behavior changes away from the selfish price-sensitive behavior that I exhibit towards a customer who willing pay $.30 to $.60 more cents on hamburger so the worker gets a decent wage, things are not change.

Business have a profit motive and the businesses like McDonalds make razor-thin margins because customers like me have a massive demand for cheap food because of limited financial resources or low wages. Therefore, since the customer is often pressed with low wages himself, this starts a downward spiral that forces market pressure to ensure that McDonalds’s does not incentive to raise its price to cover the cost of increased employee costs. Government-mandated minimum wages are one part of the solution, but they will really do not address the global sitituation of income inequality. Until business is forced through the tax code not to incentivize the CEOs massive pay, then you will not see change on the workers wages.

This is a perserve problem that will require sacrifices on all parts of society: both the rich and the upper middle class should be willing to have higher prices tolerance so big corporate business can have the incentive to raise wages and make ample profit to sastify the Wall Street. Wall Street needs to incentiveize corporations by placing higher value in companies that strive to reduce the income inequality. And it requires the government to make changes to the tax code as well to reduce the tax incentive for allowing corporations to pay CEOs such excessive wages in stock options.

 

December 8, 2013 at 2:27 am Leave a comment


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