Friday, January 28, 2011

Flashback Friday! - The Sammy Hagar Edition

This week's "Flashback Friday!" was submitted by my friend David and he picked a good one. These are classic Sammy Hagar songs from throughout his awesome career as a soloist and with groups. Thanks David for the pick and enjoy!! If you have an idea, let me know.

Friday's Political Funnies!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Video - Meghan McCain: Bachmann A ‘Poor Man’s Sarah Palin’

What the hell does Meghan McCain have against the women in the GOP or Conservative movement? I know she has never like Palin, but now she's going after Michelle Bachmann. Remember people, just because she's John's daughter and claims to be a Republican, over the last 2 years and being on t.v. and in interviews, she sounds like the opposite and she doesn't speak for all Conservatives.


Jobless Claims Rose Last Week, Blamed Partly On Snow In The South

Bloomberg News: More Americans than forecast filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments last week, indicating it will take time for the labor market to mend.

Applications for jobless benefits increased by 51,000 to 454,000 in the week ended Jan. 22, Labor Department figures showed today. Economists forecast 405,000 claims, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. The number of people on unemployment benefit rolls rose, while those collecting extended payments fell.

A Labor Department official said snow in four southern states in previous weeks created a backlog of claims that were processed last week. While the economy has improved, it hasn’t been enough to reduce an unemployment rate that Federal Reserve policy makers said yesterday is too high and requires pressing ahead with a $600 billion stimulus plan.

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Kentucky Considering Law That Would Randomly Drug Test Welfare Recipients - I Think California Should Do The Same

I think this is a good idea. My friend in Missouri said they are working on a similar bill in that state and especially where I live in California, I think this would be a great idea. There are lots of people who manipulate the system and do drugs and keep getting assistance from the state. There are also people who just keep having babies or are illegal and get assistance as well. I may be getting off track there, but seriously, while people like me who try to be honest, abide by the law and do the right thing, always seems to be pushed away.

Some jobs require you to pass a drug test in order to be hired and there are some jobs that randomly drug test their employees and if you fail, you're fired. I believe that is "Zero Tolerance". I think the states should have a similar thing if you are going to receive welfare or other "free" assistance. It would save California probably $500 million a year at least and that would help schools or close our budget gap.

I can pass a drug test, can you?

Huffington Post: Kentucky state Rep. Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster) has introduced a bill that would enforce random drug testing for all adult Kentuckians receiving welfare, food stamps or Medicaid, which he told HuffPost would "get people off drugs" and save money for the state.

"I believe there is a place for public assistance for those that really need it, but I don't think there should be public assistance for those using it to buy drugs," Napier said. "It's widely known here and all over the country that they'll take the food-stamp card and buy good groceries with it, and then swap them for illegal drugs. My deal would only be random testing, and this would put the fear in people to keep them drug-clean because they would lose their public assistance if they show up with illegal drugs in their system."

Under Kentucky House Bill 208, public-assistance recipients who fail the random drug test would immediately lose their benefits, which Napier said will save the state government "millions and millions and millions" of dollars.

"The public-assistance program is one of the most expensive things we have," he said. "This is gonna save us a lot of money, because there's gonna be a lot of people showing up on illegal drugs and they will lose their assistance. If the working people in Kentucky have to be randomly drug-tested, why not those who are receiving the public's money?"

Napier's legislation was cosponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg), who told HuffPost he views the bill as an opportunity to curb drug use in general. "As Attorney General and as a legislator, I have done all I can to curb illegal drug use in the state. I view this issue in that light, and that's why I signed on as cosponsor," he said.

The idea of drug testing those on public assistance is not a new one, as HuffPost's Ryan Grim pointed out in June after U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation that would have mandated drug tests for Americans receiving unemployment benefits. But an early experiment with such a policy in Michigan proved ineffective, experts say.

"A decade ago, Michigan implemented mandatory testing in three welfare offices. Out of 258 new and continuing applicants tested, 21 tested positive for illicit substances. All but three of these women tested positive for marijuana only. In light of such experiences, few states have chosen to pursue similar efforts," said Harold Pollack, the Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Napier said he has no intention of drug-testing all of Kentucky's unemployed -- only those who receive "free handouts" from the state. He said he wants critics of the bill to know that he does care about his low-income constituents and that he views this legislation as a way to help them beat their drug addictions.

"I'm not a hard-hearted person -- I'm compassionate. However, I think it's time somebody stepped up to the plate and tried to help people get off of drugs," he said. "If you're continuing to let people have free handouts and they're using it for illegal drugs, then I guess we're helping them do it."

Illinois High Court Rules Rahm Emanuel Can Run For Chicago Mayor. What A Joke

Who did Rahm-bo have rustled up to be allowed to be on the ballot for Chicago's mayoral election? Seriously though, I mean, there was questions about eligibility, and a couple of other things and the state court tells him he cannot run and now the high court says he can. If this was me, and not so "high profiled", I wouldn't be allowed to run. The high court would had upheld the lower courts decision.

Yahoo!/AP: Illinois' highest court put Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor Thursday, three days after a lower court threw the former White House chief of staff off the ballot because he had not lived in the city for a full year.

The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Emanuel's favor, saying an appeals court decision that said the candidate needed to be physically present in Chicago was "without any foundation in Illinois law."

"As I said from the beginning, I think the voters deserve the right to make the choice of who should be mayor," Emanuel said shortly after getting word of the high court's action. "I'm not quite sure emotionally where I'm at."

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Demotivational Poster Time!

Also check out this link to Super Booyah's website on The Onion's 30 most hilarious headlines ever. I was busting up on a few of them.

Last Week's Political Funnies

Just like the "Flashback Friday" from last week, I am running behind. So here are my favorite political funnies from last week, today!