Universal Credit: A Primer | Center for American Progress

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This is a program that UK is flirting with…..but it could work here in the US as well……if it is successful in the UK we can bet that the GOP will form some sort of bill that mirrors these actions……

Fore armed is fore warned…..check this out and see what the future could bring…..it will depend on the outcome of a couple of elections……something to think about, eh?

 

Universal Credit: A Primer | Center for American Progress.

Lawlessness

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This post will no doubt cause me a lot of grief……..I can hear the anger coming from massive amounts of keyboards……..but….what the Hell…….go for it!

I have been watching the situation in Nevada….the rancher that is having his stand-off with the Feds……and the whole situation got me thinking about the law and how we see them.  I have waited before commenting to see how the media is betraying this tense situation……and as usual it is overplayed.

After reading as much as I possible could before it became mind numbing…..this is the way I see it…..the rancher has been grazing his cattle on Fed land, which is not free………after court proceedings he was told that he owed money and if not paid cattle would be confiscated to pay the bill….the rancher in question has chosen to disobey a court ruling……now after looking over the facts I believe that the BLM over-reacted and thus the stand-off occurred.   At this point many so-called ‘patriots’ joined in his stand-off.

The law is being broken and people are choosing to support this person.  I now ask if this were a bunch of minorities that were threatening to use force if the government touched their stuff….would these same supporters do the same thing?  My guess is NO!

There are many that call themselves ‘law and order’ conservatives……which is fine but when breaking a law that you do not agree with is not ‘law and order’.  When did this become an American past time?

Like it or not….we are a country of laws and it comes down to either obey them or face the consequences.

And then there was a report coming out of Nevada……..

Fortunately, a face-off between a rancher’s supporters—some armed—and federal officials concluded peacefully in Nevada on Saturday. Had it not, a former Arizona sheriff had a plan: “We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front” near the feds, Richard Mack told Fox News, via the Blaze. “If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.” Meanwhile, those involved in the showdown—which, the Blaze notes, became a question of states’ rights—are reflecting on the event.

Rancher Cliven Bundy’s son tells Reuters that his supporters needed their weapons “in order to intimidate” federal officials. “We were dedicated to opening those gates and peacefully walking through to retrieve those cattle” seized by the government (and ultimately returned). Despite the confrontation’s end, however, the conflict isn’t finished, says Harry Reid. “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and just walk away from it,” he said on Nevada’s KRNV, via the Washington Times. “So it’s not over.” Many protesters were still at Bundy’s ranch as of yesterday, the Times notes.

This report is disturbing on so many levels………..I have a problem with putting the women out front…..sounds like something a terrorist would do to protect his ass…….and then it is the use of intimation……..would anyone accept the term or use by some minority that felt slighted by the government?  All this sounds more like cowards than patriots.

We can expect this kind of lawlessness in Anbar province in Iraq but it is not done here………we may not appreciate the laws we have chosen to live by but without them we have anarchy and that is what the so-called Left is accused of fomenting.

May I use a term that was thrown at me back in my younger more rebellious days………if one does not like the laws or the government…..there is a simple answer………..”THIS IS AMERICA:  LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT”…………

Can 2nd Be Fixed?

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Shooting after shooting…..death after death….it seems to be a vicious cycle that we cannot get out of…..like it is stuck in some diabolical short story………yes, we have those that call for massive gun control, something I do not completely agree with…..and then there are those that think people need assault weapons to protect their home and family….another completely biased statement…….

Is it possible the 2nd amendment can be fixed?

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens argues in the Washington Post that the debate over the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms can be settled with the addition of five words. Here they are, inserted into the amendment in bold:

  • “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

In his essay, which is an excerpt from his new book, Stevens writes that those words get back to what the original drafters had mind. It wasn’t about personal self-defense—”the notion that the states were concerned about possible infringement of that right by the federal government is really quite absurd.” Instead, the amendment was intended to protect “the citizen’s right (and duty) to keep and bear arms when serving in a state militia,” he writes. This stemmed from states’ concerns about a national standing army running roughshod over them, he explains. Recent court opinions have lost sight of this and curbed the government’s ability to “minimize the slaughter caused by the prevalence of weapons in private hands.” Click for his full column.

This could fix the “problem of guns”……but it could also open up a whole new bunch of “fixes’ to our beloved Constitution……and that would be something that is not gonna happen.

What do you, my readers, feel about this?

Equal Access?

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Equal Access?

America is not broke | The Great Debate

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The country is broke!  We have heard for years now that the country has a spending problem….it is true and it has the same problem since the very beginning of the country……

I enjoy a good debate….the problem is there are so few of them…..normally it boils down to one liners and innuendos….and even fantastic lies…….

A prettu good op-ed…makes some good points and leaves some questions unanswered……check it out and let me know what you think…..

 

America is not broke | The Great Debate.

2014 Babbling Buffoons Of Babylon #7

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It has been a good year for IST….lots of babbling going on…..I guess we can thank the midterms for the steady increase of crap being passed off as news or analysis…….gotta love this stuff……

1–Edition 7 begins with the words of a convicted FELON, Sen. Vitter of Louisiana………yep a felon and he still has a following……how sad is that?

Later on during the town hall, Vitter heaped some more praise on the Koch brothers, which again, sparked applause.

“Maybe this is a good example because I’ll be honest with you, God Bless the Koch brothers,” Vitter added. “They’re fighting for our freedoms.”

Patriots?  Fighting for our freedoms?  That should tell the LA voter whose side this prick will be on once he becomes governor……bet your ass it will not be the poor or the middle class…..let the rape of the state begin!

2–I bet a lot of my conserv readers think that I pick on conservs more than Libs……and that I am somehow a secret Obama apologist……if so then they need to read more and think less.

Obama while on his European tour recently made a speech in The Hague about Russia’s annexation of Crimea and he said this…….

“The borders of Europe cannot be redrawn with force”…..

I believe that our prez may be a little short on historic accuracy…….there was these minor conflicts…..WW1 and WW2……after each the borders of Europe were redrawn…..and I believe that a small amount of force was needed…….World History 101……

3–Of course with an election approaching it s all about health care and Obamacare…….

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), a physician and the current GOP front-runner to challenge Democrat Mary Landrieu for her U.S. Senate seat this November, told an annual meeting of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association that uninsured Americans are “less sophisticated” and “less educated” people who might find the Affordable Care Act too complicated and cumbersome to take advantage of, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski reports. The remarks came as Cassidy was promoting his own pared-down health care reform proposal that relies only on catastrophic insurance coverage and Health Savings Accounts.

I think actually reflects the reality of who the uninsured are, relatively less sophisticated, less comfortable with forms, less educated. Those are the folks that — not all — there’s a guy who goes to my church who’s uninsured, who’s middle-class but couldn’t get it because he has Type I diabetes. So it’s not all, but it is the folks who I think are going to have the hardest time reaching. [...]

We were fortunate growing up in the South. The president is a community organizer. You wonder if he ever worked with a poor person… Insurance people, they will tell you that they will go to a company and an employer will pay for everything, and there are some people who will not sign up. Turns out, those are my patients. They’re illiterate. I’m not saying that to be mean. I say that in compassion. They cannot read. The idea they’re going to go on the internet and work through a 16-page document to put in their data and sign up does not reflect on understanding of who is having the hardest time in our economy.

Yeah that is the way to win friends and influence voters……..look down on the electorat….a sure winner……but if he is right about the uneducated thing then he may well be the winner….conservs are less educated than libs…..

4–It looks like Alaska is trying to out do Texas….especially with idiots and their moronic statements…….this guy is a real “tool”………..

State Sen. Pete Kelly (R) said Monday before the Alaska Senate that birth control may not protect Alaskan women who drink regularly from getting pregnant.

“If you have people who are binge drinking or chronic drinkers, we’re hesitant to say ‘use birth control as your protection against fetal alcohol syndrome,’ because again, as I say, binge drinking is a problem,” he said. “If you think you can take birth control and then binge drink and hope not to produce a fetal alcohol syndrome baby, you may be very wrong. Sometimes these things don’t work. Sometimes people forget. Sometimes they administer birth control improperly, and you might produce a fetal alcohol syndrome baby.”

5–You know…..everyone is allowed their own opinion but NOT there own facts…..Obama did it again….trying to rewrite history to make his point…….

Obama appears now to be inventing events wholesale to try to rebrand them, claiming that in contrast to the Crimean secession, Kosovo seceded from Serbia after a referendum organized “in careful cooperation with the United Nations.”

Here is the FACT……..Kosovo’s provincial assembly did hold a referendum on the possibility of secession in 1991, but it was not done with UN backing, nor did the US or anyone else even recognize the result. Albania was the long state to recognize the vote, and it was never cited as justification in NATO’s 1999 war.

The only other referendum to take place in Kosovo came in 2012, under Obama’s watch. In that vote, 99% of Kosovar Serbs in several northern districts voted against being part of an independent Kosovo. As with the 1991 vote, the US rejected its validity.

I despise anyone that tries to rewrite history to their advantage…….

6–Our Prez needs to shut the Hell up….it is becoming pathetic at this point………

 President Obama went on a lengthy diatribe about how the decade-long US occupation of Iraq, which left roughly a million people dead and the entire region awash in al-Qaeda factions, was nowhere near as bad a thing as Crimea.

Please someone tell him to shut up!

7–And lastly, Louie Gohmert is always good for an anal statement or two………I love his thought process in this one……

“But it was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church,” the Texas Republican insisted. “But the church would certainly play a role in the state.”

“So, that’s a little different idea than a lot of people have about separation of church and state now,” he added. “Including some of our esteemed Supreme Court, who are not quite as familiar with our history as they probably should be.”

What a douche!  Personally, I do NOT want ANY religion dictating anything that has to do with governance……..this makes this a/hole NO better than those that want to Force others to live by their little beliefs……please Texas…replace this moron with someone with half a brain, please.

So ends another edition of B3………..next edition coming soon to a blog near you………

What Can I Say? It’s Mississippi!

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I am a long time resident of Mississippi and I have written many articles about the state of the state and the state of the government……Mississippi is the most obese state, the most religious, the most conservative, and a whole list of other factors…….most of them have nothing to do with prosperity…..and the legislature is seldom concerned with the betterment of the citizens….most of it is all about keeping the people down and out…..an easy force to control……..

Now the 2014 legislature has ended its run for the roses……and here is what some think of the session……………..

As the state continues to prepare for a myriad of new laws and reforms, legislators are taking the time to reflect on the 2014 legislative session. Republican Representative Andy Gipson of Braxton says he believes Mississippi made great strides this session.
“We passed some phenomenal legislation.” said Gipson. The criminal justice reforms, the 20-week abortion ban, Religious Freedom Restoration Act– that’s not discriminatory. It does protect people’s religious freedom Mississippi. Plus, we refilled the rainy day fund.”
Landmark decisions huh?  Does any of the “monumental” laws say that the people will be better off?  A typical Mississippi law making session…..nothing to improve the quality of life within the state.
Although the majority of Americans errantly believe the United States Constitution is the unchallenged law of the land, a substantial number of Christian fundamentalists still adhere to, and are enforcing, their firm belief that their almighty god directed the Founding Fathers to create a Christian nation and wrote a set of laws they would call “The Constitution of the United States.” In the Christian version of god’s Constitution, equal rights are an abomination on par with biblical god’s abhorrence of homosexuality, and religious freedom is Christian’s biblical right to subjugate the population under a Christian theocracy. Over the past five years, Americans have learned that, along with Republicans and teabaggers, the religious right hates the U.S. Constitution as much as they despise America’s African American President, gays, women, and Americans rejecting the Christian bible as law of the land, and the proof is another Republican-controlled state passing and the Republican governor signing into law, a religious edict voiding the 14th and 1st Amendment to make the Christian bible the law of the land in Mississippi.
Last week while Americans deluded that the religious right anti-gay movement is in its death throes celebrated the country’s entrance into the 21st Century as an all-inclusive nation, Mississippi Republicans passed an anti-gay “religious freedom” law. Religious right activists celebrated Mississippi’s biblical law as empowering businesses to reject the Constitution and enforce biblical law discriminating against same-sex couples in the name of Christianity, and shortly after Governor Phil Bryant signed the scriptural edict into law, head of the Family Research Center, Tony Perkins, issued a statement saying as much. The leading prospect to head a Supreme Christian Council to rule theocratic America said, “Whether it’s someone like Pastor Telsa DeBerry who was hindered by the Holly Springs city government from building a new church in the downtown area, or a wedding vendor, whose orthodox Christian faith will not allow her to affirm same-sex marriage,” the religious edict will “prevent government from discriminating against religious exercise.”
Yeah, all that concern for religious freedom and Mississippians are still living in the 19th century…….as long as they keep letting these types run the state there s NO way forward for the state……we will forever be stuck in the 19th century.
And then there are the elections in Mississippi…..still the worst………

In 2012, life in Mississippi might have gotten better, but it’s still the worst state in the country for elections, according to a new survey from Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew creates a composite “Elections Performance Index” based on 17 factors (some of which include voting-wait time, turnout, registration rate, the robustness of the state’s election data, availability of online voting information, and use of provisional ballots). Read the full list of criteria here. Taken together, they provide a ground to compare states, which have varying election laws and practices.

Check out Pew’s complete interactive comparing the states here.

 

We can pretend that Mississippi has changed but reality is….not much since the 1950′s…….it is still, in my mind, a cultural wasteland………

 

SCOTUS Flinches

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By now you have formed your opinion on the latest ruling by our bought and paid for supreme court…..but while you were listening to Bill or Joe or Wolf they quietly refused other rulings that could have been landmark…..really?  What would those be?

Thank you for asking….let me throw the stuff the cowards would not touch……

The Supreme Court quietly made a bunch of headlines today, mainly by rejecting potentially explosive cases. Here’s a roundup of the day’s (in)action:

  • Gay rights: The court announced that it would not take up the highly charged case that began when a New Mexico wedding photographer refused to do the honors for a same-sex commitment ceremony, Politico reports. New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that this amounted to illegal discrimination. That ruling will now stand in New Mexico, but only in New Mexico.
  • NSA: The justices declined a conservative lawyer’s unusual request that it bypass the usual appeals process and immediately take up a case arguing that the NSA’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search and seizure, the AP reports. A lower court had agreed with the lawyer that the program was “almost certainly” unconstitutional.
  • Campaign finance: After last week’s ruling, reform advocates are likely happy that the court decided not to take up a challenge to the 100-year-old rules banning direct contributions from corporations to candidates. Iowa Right to Life had asked the court to rule that corporations had the same free speech rights as individuals, the AP explains.

As is customary, the Court offered no commentary on any of the decisions.

Apparently there is NO money in ruling on these issues…..with the exception of the campaign finance….they avoided that one because of the fuss they raised with the one ruling last week……..they will most likely see it again under the guise of another precedent…….watch for it!

Now Here Is An Idea That Is Just Stupid

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A couple of days ago I wrote a post about some Dem that thinks our poor underpaid Congress people need a raise…….these people just get more pathetic by the election….but there is an idea that is being floated about the Congress pay raise…….

You were probably outraged when Rep. Jim Moran said members of Congress can’t live on $174,000 per year, right? But over at Salon, Alex Pareene makes the case for why we actually should pay lawmakers more—say, a million bucks a year. Yes, we all hate Congress, but here’s the truth: “A Congress that is made up of rich-but-not-super-rich people is going to be more corruptible than a Congress of really rich people,” Pareene writes. That’s because many lawmakers want to be ultra-rich, which is how we end up with scandals like Bob McDonnell accepting illegal gifts while he was governor of Virginia.

That craving to be mega-rich is also why members of Congress “advance the interests of their funders far more often than they advance the interests of regular folk,” Pareene writes. To remove the influence of the rich on government, “we ought to try to free our lawmakers from reliance on wealthier benefactors.” And higher salaries would be a sort of campaign finance reform: “Everyone loves it when a billionaire candidate like Michael Bloomberg promises to be ‘above politics’ because he can fund his own election, so why not let members of Congress do the same?” Click for Pareene’s full column.

So sorry but most of these toads are already rich and if they cannot live on what we pay then stay home and bother the wife……or like I said the other day….get a second job….but one that does not conflicyt with his government position….try fry cook and see what the rest of us go through.

Great American Douche Bag

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There are protests all over the country to raise the minimum wage……there has been a wealth of support for such an idea…..and there has been a wealth of opposition……but you know there are so many Americans that6 are living hand to mouth and still must seek entitlements from time to time……something has got t be done to help American citizens earn a living wage without sacrificing their family time……

Now this person weighs in on the necessity for a pay raise…..

Brave? Politically tone deaf? You pick: Democrat James Moran of Virginia says he and his fellow representatives in Congress are in dire need of a raise. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran tells Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Moran noted that some members live out of their offices to avoid DC’s steep prices, even on salaries of $174,000.

“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year,” he says. “A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington.” He plans to introduce an amendment to remedy the problem, reports the Washington Post, but acknowledges it doesn’t have much of a chance. In the meantime, he’s opened himself up to shots like this from Wonkette: “Dude, you do know that if you were actually the board of directors for a ginormous company, approximately 9/10 of you would be fired for incompetence and the remainder of you would only be kept on as figureheads while a competent CEO and CFO did all the actual work, right?”

$174,000?  Not bad for a part time job……..I have always stated that the government should buy a complex like the Watergate and turn it into a dormitory for these toads……..they do not need their families in Washington….they spend about 126 days a year actually working…….

Oh yeah…this dude will definitely make it into Babbling Buffoons Of Babylon…….can you believe anyone would say such a crass thing?  Maybe a 2nd job is in order for this lazy pathetic twat……

Enough said?  Please weigh in on this piece of utter trash………

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