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Senate Bill 2425, sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock, Harrison Counties), and House Bill 1539, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Smith (R-Lowndes County), passed in their respective money-related committees and will now be considered by each full legislative chamber. …
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker has used Twitter to “come to the rescue” of voters (not to mention dogs and cats). Today, Booker was on snow patrol after being asked for a hand: @CoryBooker can you come dig us out in Mt Holly? http://t.co/MCzazeznSx— mike davis (@mikeyd1276) December 08, 2013 Booker was on it: DM'ed u […] Twitchy » US Politics
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Well, we’re certainly looking forward to celebrating Merry Gingerbread House Day! Aren’t you?
Hobby Lobby President Apologizes, Pledges to Carry Jewish Holiday Items After Blogger Claims Worker Said They Don’t ‘Cater to You People’
In an interview with the Associated Press, company president Steve Green said that stores near large Jewish populations in New York and New Jersey will likely soon begin carrying various items starting this November.
“We do not have any problems selling items that celebrate Jewish holidays,” Green said. “We have in the past and have decided we would try it again in some of the markets where we have Jewish population.”
Green didn’t specify which products the company would sell. The initial controversy started when Ken Berwitz, a writer and focus group moderator, blogged about an experience his friend allegedly had at a Hobby Lobby location. When Berwitz’s acquaintance asked an employee why Hanukkah items weren’t sold in stores, the worker purportedly replied, ”We don’t cater to you people.”
Berwitz, who was stunned, then called a New Jersey branch and asked the same question. He says a worker told him that Jewish merchandise isn’t carried in stores because the Green family is Christian. This led the man to claim that he won’t ever step in a Hobby Lobby again.
A blog entry detailing these purported developments quickly went viral, leading Hobby Lobby to issue an official response to the claims.
In an Oct. 3 statement, Green apologized to anyone who was offended by the employees’ alleged statement, specifically Jewish customers and friends.
“Our family has a deep respect for the Jewish faith and those who hold its traditions dear. We’re proud contributors to Yad Vashem, as well as to other museums and synagogues in Israel and the United States,” the statement read. “We are investigating this matter and absolutely do not tolerate discrimination at our company or our stores. We do not have any policies that discriminate; in fact, we have policies that specifically prohibit discrimination.”
Berwitz followed-up his original blog entry with a note that he and Green spoke via phone following media furor. The two discussed the company’s policies and practices and discussed the resulting debate. Here’s just a portion of that blog entry:
I started by apologizing to him – more exactly, to his father – for the last line of my blog (“david green can go to hell”). It was not a very nice thing to say, it was written in anger, and, at that time, I had no idea of how many people would actually be reading it (not that this really matters; if it’s wrong, it’s wrong). Steve was gracious enough to accept my apology – which I asked that he pass along to his father, who, I hope, accepts it as well.
Steve then assured me in strongest terms that, my observations notwithstanding, Hobby Lobby not only is not intentionally refusing to stock Jewish-oriented items, but that it is very supportive and respectful of Jews, and is a very pro-Israel organization. (I would assume the Greens’ support of Israel is, in no small part, related to belief in the biblical prophecies that Israel would once again be created as a Jewish state, but we certainly did not get into any theological discussion).
As the AP notes, Hobby Lobby’s faith has never been concealed or downplayed. Stores are closed on Sundays and the Green family is currently planning to construct a Bible museum in Washington, D.C. Additionally, a battle continues between the company and the federal government over the controversial contraception mandate.
The Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights anti-Semitism, also issued a press release over the weekend accepting Green’s apology and clarifying its stance on the matter.
“We are satisfied with the apology of Hobby Lobby and appreciate the company’s efforts to investigate the incident and to ensure that it does not happen again,” the statement said. “Since the allegations about the employee’s comments first came to light, Hobby Lobby’s representatives have been in direct contact with ADL and have assured us in unequivocal terms that their company has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and that decisions on the merchandise they carry are based on consumer demand, not out of a lack of respect for other faiths.”
With these developments, the debate has now tempered. While Hobby Lobby had allegedly made its business decisions based on demand (or a lack thereof), it appears the popular craft chain will now take a closer look at the populations it serves to ensure that relevant products are on shelves.
(H/T: Associated Press)
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Last weekend marked the fifth year Louisiana held an annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday during the first full weekend of September, when all types of firearms, ammunition and hunting gear sold in the Bayou State were exempt from state and local taxes for three days.
Now, a state senator in neighboring Texas is calling for the passage of a bill to implement a similar event in the Lone Star State.
State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), who is currently a candidate for Texas State Comptroller, said he supports a tax-free weekend for sportsmen and women leading up to the fall hunting season.
“It is my hope that this ‘Back to Hunt’ tax-free weekend will provide relief to Texas hunters and fishermen as they pass along their love of the sport to a new generation,” Hegar said. “Implementing a tax-free weekend for sportsmen in Texas will stimulate new hunting participation while also increasing economic activity.”
In 2009, Act 453 was signed into law by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, creating what has since been known as the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.
Eligible items include:
- Firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies (for consumer purchase), including archery, shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver or other handgun.
- Animal feed intended for “…consumption primarily by game, which can be legally hunted.”
- Hunting gear, including holsters and bags to carry game.
- Binoculars used only for hunting and hearing protection gear.
- Clothing used for hunting, including hunting shoes or boots.
- Knives primarily used in the course of hunting.
- Off-road vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting.
- Rifle scopes, range finders, slings, tree stands.
- Vessels such as airboats and pirogues designed and intended for hunting.
- Tools manufactured and marketed as being primarily for use in hunting.
In Texas’ 82nd Legislative Session in 2011, Sen. Hegar authored Senate Bill 1411, which proposed a state sales-tax holiday for firearms, ammunition, hunting equipment, and hunting accessories. The measure was met with numerous statewide fiscal obstacles at the time, and failed to garner the necessary support. During the 2013 session, similar legislation was introduced by state Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano), but the measure never received a hearing by the House Ways & Means Committee.
It is Hegar’s contention that Louisiana’s annual tax-free event draws dollars from gun owners and shooting enthusiasts from across East Texas to neighboring Louisiana, placing firearm and sporting goods retailers in that region of the state at a competitive disadvantage around the time hunting season begins.
“Texas is a great place for men and women who love the great outdoors,” Hegar said. “A ‘Back to Hunt’ tax-free weekend will help us pass along our values, heritage and belief in our Second Amendment rights to future generations, just as my dad and grandfather passed along to me when I was a youth.”
This coming weekend, your neighbors in Louisiana will enjoy an exemption from their state and local sales and use taxes on individual purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. Since 2009, the Sportsmen’s Paradise has celebrated a “Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday” during the first full weekend in September. This places firearm and sporting goods retailers in East and Southeast Texas at a competitive disadvantage around the time hunting season begins.
“Some Peace On Earth” was inspired by the work done by the Wreaths Across America organization and Jim Varhegyi’s photos of the “Wreaths In the Snow” at Arlington National Cemetery that went viral on the internet in 2007. Music publisher, Justin Wilde was so moved by the photos, he believed there should be an accompanying song, so he asked two of his best writers to come up with one. It took nine months, but it was worth the wait. Phillip Keveren’s lush melody and Steve Hostetler poignant lyric blended perfectly to create this patriotic holiday anthem which pays tribute to the United States military, and especially for those who died serving our country. Marshall Hall was asked to record the vocal. The end result was so moving and inspirational, Justin subsequently decided to produce and direct this video which chronicles the heroic sacrifices made by the men and woman of our armed forces over the last century.
During the hustle and bustle of the December holidays, we often fail to celebrate and honor those who made it possible for us to enjoy the wondrous blessings of liberty and freedom. For those who lost their lives defending our country, we can never thank them enough. Remember the families they left behind. Share your memories of those they lost. Assure them that their loved one is greatly missed and will never be forgotten. It is our hope that this song will become a part of America’s holiday tradition. To quote its lyric,
Every year at Christmas, we should not forget
Resting in those quiet fields are the bravest and the best
We need to show we understand what their sacrifice is worth
‘Cause they gave everything, just to bring … SOME PEACE ON EARTH