Friday, August 5, 2011

Drug tests for welfare recipients; Southern border not secure; Welfare recipients have civil right to free cell phones; Army vet can sue Rumsfeld; Tea Party now called psychotic; Rep. Walsh disagrees with Biden - not terrorists; Foreign aid to over 150 countries; Bank charges fee for large cash accounts; Disappointmints; White House does not create jobs; Namecalling shows lack of intelligence and originality; Employee Free Choice Act by Labor Board after Congress failed to pass it;

CNN reports: Florida is the first state that is now going to require drug testing for welfare!  Some people are crying this is unconstitutional.  How is this unconstitutional?  It's completely legal that every other working person had to pass a drug test in order to have a J-O-B that supports those on welfare?
Judicial Watch reports: While the nation’s Homeland Security secretary repeatedly assures Americans that the southern border is more secure than ever,a separate U.S. government agency has quietly issued an alarming report warning of “recent violent attacks and persistent security concerns” in the area.
The NY Post reports: Pennsylvanians on public assistance now have a new 'civil right' -- free cell phones. Meanwhile, the rest of us get to pay higher cell bills as a result.
Recently, a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund came to the Keystone State and some residents are thrilled because it means they can enjoy 250 minutes a month and a handset for free, just because they don't have the money to pay for it.
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The AP reports: A judge is allowing an Army veteran who says he was imprisoned unjustly and tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq to sue former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld personally for damages.
The veteran's identity is withheld in court filings, but he worked for an American contracting company as a translator for the Marines in the volatile Anbar province before being detained for nine months at Camp Cropper, a U.S. military facility near the Baghdad airport dedicated to holding "high-value" detainees.
On Wednesday, MSNBC's Martin Bashir actually brought on an addiction specialist to analyze the nation's most powerful conservative movement, and his opinions were nothing less than vile
After reading some of Maureen Dowd’s truly disgusting column in Wednesday’s  New York Times - "[The Tea Party] were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country's reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and again to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama. They were like the metallic beasts in 'Alien' flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth, bursting out of Boehner's stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones" - Bashir brought on Peele:
BASHIR: Dr. Stanton Peele is a psychologist whose specialty is addiction, and he's the author of "Seven Tools to Beat Addiction." Good afternoon, sir.
PEELE: Well, the way I think about it is they are pursuing goals that can't be achieved. It's sort of like a child who has some kind of fantasy, and they keep asking you to give them things to acquire that, but it's impossible to arrive at the goal that they want. The idyllic paths that they are pursuing probably never existed and certainly not something that we can reach right now. [So now, pursuing ideals is psychotic?]
PEELE: They are adamant about achieving something that's unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things. It reminds us of delusion and psychosis. It reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can't have. They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can't be achieved except through an artificial substance.
Perhaps people become discontented. Perhaps they will become discontented. And then I think people are likely to get riled up, and it could become a very angry movement, could potentially become a violent movement.  [Having absolutely no proof of Tea Party violence, he nevertheless accuses them.  If this is not a fine example of the Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, whereby they pick their target, freeze their target and denigrate them, what is?  We must be ready for far more of this from the left, as it is their only weapon.]
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Real Clear Policics writes: "Vice President Biden, I'm not a terrorist. Terrorists target and kill innocent people. I'm a freshman Congressman who was sent to Washington in January to stop President Obama from bankrupting future generations and destroying job creation," Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said in a web video. Walsh also had a message for President Obama.

"President Obama, we're not terrorists. We're just Americans who disagree vehemently where you're taking this country. When your friends call the Tea Party organization a terrorist organization, not only do they defy your call earlier this year to be more civil, but they're insulting most Americans."

Walsh also had a message for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who last week referred to the Tea Party members in Congress as "hobbits."

"John McCain, if I'm a hobbit then you're a troll," he said.

YouTube reports: There's 192 Countries That Exist In The World & We Give Foreign Aid To Over 150 Of Them!" Rep Poe


The Wall St. Journal reports: Bank of New York Mellon Corp. on Thursday took the extraordinary step of telling large clients it will charge them to hold cash. 

The unusual move means some U.S. depositors will have to pay to keep big chunks of money in a bank, marking a stark new phase of the long-running global financial crisis.
The shift is also emblematic of the strains plaguing the U.S. economy. Fearful corporations and investors have been socking away cash in their bank accounts rather than put it into even the safest investments.

Knox News reports: Disappointmints: Breath mints are usually refreshing, but a Knoxville legislator believes a University of Tennessee bookstore's selling of novelty candies mocking President Barack Obama stinks.
UT officials pulled the mints poking fun at Obama from store shelves after state Rep. Joe Armstrong, a Democrat, visited the bookstore and told the director he found the satirical mints offensive. "When you operate on state and federal dollars, you ought to be sensitive to those type of politically specific products," Armstrong said. "If it was a private entity or corporation or store, (that's different), but this is a state university. We certainly don't want in any way to put the university in a bad light by having those political (products), particularly aimed at defaming the president."  The store previously carried satirical mints aimed at former President George W. Bush when he was in office.
"We've never had any complaints before and we've carried them for years," Kent said. "But someone saw it and they were offended by it, brought it to the attention of a state representative, and I said 'no problem, we'll remove them.'"
Business Insider writes: As President Barack Obama once again pivots to focus on economic growth, Press Secretary Jay Carney declared Thursday that "the White House doesn't create jobs.  [If only our President believed this!]
American Thinker opines: About the name calling of Tea Party members: On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly suggested it was a concerted effort, organized by the left with the intention of marginalizing the Tea Party. But Washington Post columnist and Fox News Channel regular Charles Krauthammer said the situation is far simpler. He said instead it was a show of their “lack of intelligence” and “lack of originality.”
The Charleston Daily Mail writes: In 2010, organized labor condemned the bipartisan vote in the United States Senate that killed the Employee Free Choice Act.
Employees, prematurely, celebrated the fact that their right to a secret ballot in elections determining union representation was secure.
EFCA, or the "card check" bill, would have eliminated the sacred right of employees to participate in their union elections by secret ballot.
It would have substantially increased penalties on employers (but not unions) for violating the National Labor Relations Act. It would have obtained other "wish list" items for unions that no Congress ever intended, as re-emphasized with their vote.
Those who believed the card check bill was gone are now realizing that was naive.
Since the rejection of the Employee Free Choice Act, the administration, largely through the National Labor Relations Board, has brought the legislation the Congress killed back to life.
Consider these recent regulatory initiatives of the NLRB:
n Expanded use of mail and Internet balloting in union elections.
Why? Because these ballots are not cast in secret.  [Read more at link...]

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