The Last of the Millenniums will be shutting down for the ‘holidays’.
Too much to do and not enough body parts for me to get it all done.
$10 is actually not enough.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
‘Business owners applauded President Obama in
backing a federal minimum wage increase to at least
$10 an hour’.
“The American Dream needs a minimum wage increase,”
said Lew Prince, CEO and co-owner of Vintage Vinyl
in St. Louis, the Midwest’s largest independent
music store. “The current minimum wage is too low
for workers to live on and too low to sustain the
consumer demand that businesses need to survive and
“We can’t build a strong economy on a minimum wage
from 1950, which is equivalent to today’s $7.25
minimum wage, after adjusting for inflation,” said
Holly Sklar, Director of Business for a Fair
Minimum Wage. “The minimum wage has lost a third of
its buying power since 1968, undermining working
families, businesses and our economy.”
‘Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes invited Sen.
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to go shooting with her on
Friday, after the Senate minority leader launched a
coalition of gun rights supporters’.
‘McConnell, who faces an election challenge from
Lundergan Grimes, appeared at an event Friday
afternoon launching the “Sportsmen for Team Mitch”
coalition, where the NRA presented him a “Defender
of Freedom” award’.
‘The NRA indicated on Friday it plans to engage
heavily in the race on behalf of McConnell, who is
also competing against a GOP primary opponent’.
‘But Lundergan Grimes touted her own support for
gun rights in a statement that challenged McConnell
to hit the gun range with her and included a photo
of her shooting a rifle. The invitation and the
picture made waves online’.
“As an NRA member, my strong support for the Second
Amendment is unquestioned. I am proud of Kentucky’s
long-held gun ownership, sporting and hunting
traditions,” she said’.
“In the Senate, I will protect my fellow
Kentuckians’ right to keep and bear arms. Whenever
he’s not busy pandering to Washington lobbyists, I
welcome Senator McConnell to come shoot with me at
the range any day,” she added’.
‘In the photo, Lundergan Grimes appears in the
backyard of her family’s farm in Maysville, Ky.,
shooting a rifle without eye or ear protection.
That drew criticism from Republicans on Twitter,
who suggested the picture was evidence she’s out of
touch with Kentuckians’.
‘Conservative commentator Dana Loesch tweeted a
photo of herself shooting with the caption “Hi
@AlisonForKy ! Eye and ear protection. This is how
‘Republican strategist Rick Wilson tweeted at her
“Even with that little 10/22, you’re going to want
eye and ear protection. Your DC campaign people
probs don’t know that.”
‘And National Republican Senatorial Committee
spokesman Brad Dayspring called the photo an
“unforced failure,” a common refrain from
Republicans who have accused Lundergan Grimes of
being unprepared for the rigors of a Senate
‘But Democrats on Twitter pointed to photos of both
former Presidents Bush in which they’re shooting
guns without eye and ear protection. And Lundergan
Grimes’s campaign dismissed the critics, noting
that the candidate shoots with her family
‘McConnell has not responded to her invitation’.
‘Red states and blue states’?
‘Flyover country and the coasts’?
‘Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press
Herald and author of several books, says North
America can be broken neatly into 11 separate
nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our
voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything
from social issues to the role of government’.
“The borders of my eleven American nations are
reflected in many different types of maps —
including maps showing the’
‘distribution of linguistic dialects’,
‘the spread of cultural artifacts’,
‘the prevalence of different religious
‘and the county-by-county breakdown of voting in
virtually every hotly contested presidential race
in our history.”
‘Woodard writes in the Fall 2013 issue of Tufts
University’s alumni magazine, “Our continent’s
famed mobility has been reinforcing, not
dissolving, regional differences, as people
increasingly sort themselves into like-minded
But we don’t need a National Health Care
‘Medical out-of-pocket expenses (MOOPs) increased
the poverty rate more than any other element
‘First, the bad: Poverty rates are higher than
previously thought in 13 states and D.C’.
‘Poverty rates are lower in 28 other states’.
‘Those are the findings of a new Census report out
this week that seeks to better measure poverty’.
‘Here’s why: The official poverty rate ignores some
important costs and benefits confronted by the
‘Poverty can be offset, for example, by government
assistance in the form of food stamps, subsidized
housing and home energy assistance’.
‘At the same time, it can be made worse by
factoring in necessary costs such as taxes, child
care, work-related expenses and medical costs’.
‘Children had lower rates of poverty last year
under the new measure, while adults — especially
seniors — had higher rates’.
‘The share of those under 18 living in poverty
shrank by 4.3 percentage points to 18 percent’.
‘The rate of poverty among seniors rose 5.8 points
to 14.8 percent. (Health-care costs in general tend
to grow faster than inflation, and older adults
tend to require more health care.)’
‘Factoring in Social Security benefits reduced the
official poverty rate more than any other cost or
‘Refundable tax credits were next, followed by the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — the
program formerly known as food stamps that was
reduced for millions of Americans at the start of
“…20 percent of your people are living in poverty,
about 20 percent of the people in Louisiana have no health insurance at all,
and when you vote against the Affordable Care Act, what you’re telling those people is that they are not going to get health insurance.
As you well know, your state — I gather you — has rejected that Medicaid should be expanded, and other Republican governors have done the same. So, it seems to me, that when you have people who are working really hard and trying to make a living, who desperately need health insurance, and when the Affordable Care Act said that we are going to expand Medicaid, you and others are saying ‘No, no, no, it’s okay for over 200,000 people in Louisiana not to take it,’ and I think that’s wrong”!
‘Senator David Vitter (R-LA) grabbed headlines in
the run-up to the recent government shutdown by
trying to deny his own staff health insurance
coverage as a scalp Republicans could claim in
exchange for keeping the government open’.
‘Simply put: The so-called “Vitter Amendment” would
take away health-care subsidies for congressional
staffers who were forced into the Affordable Care
Act exchanges by Republicans eager to oblige
Congress to “go on Obamacare.”
‘Vitter is famous for admitting to visiting
prostitutes, then being re-elected. So you could
say that he doesn’t have a big problem screwing
people who work for him’.
‘On CNN’s Crossfire this week, the senator was
called out by host Van Jones for a disconcerting
lack of concern for the uninsured, except when he
can opportunely use cancellation notices to attack
the president’s health care law’.
‘Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) then followed up
with a tour de force of righteous anger over
Vitter’s opposition to Obamacare and his state’s
unwillingness to expand Medicaid to the 200,000
estimated Louisanians who are eligible’.
‘A 12-year-old boy was forced to sit in
embarrassment at the breakfast table at Barber
Middle School in Dickinson ISD when cafeteria
workers took his food away and threw it in the
‘Because the boy’s account was short a measly 30
cents. As a result, the hungry child didn’t get to
start the day with a meal in his belly’.
‘Instead of allowing the child to finish his meal,
school officials tossed it and made him call his
mother to have her bring money to the school’.
‘But even after calling his mom, the school refused
to let him eat until they got their money’.
‘Apparently, it’s school policy to take food away
from hungry children and throw it in the trash as
they watch if they are a few cents short’.
‘According to the school district, they don’t allow
students to charge meals on their account and they
warn students when their accounts are low in
Chuck Tood would be so proud!!
‘CBS 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan admitted on
Friday that a person who claimed to have been
witness to the deadly September 11, 2012 attack on
an American consulate in Benghazi and who served as
the centerpiece of a recent report on that attack
may have misled her’.
“The most important thing to every person is the
truth and today the truth is we made a mistake,”
Logan said. “That’s very disappointing for any
“Nobody likes to admit that they made a mistake,
but if you do, you have to stand up and take
responsibility and you have to say that you were
wrong,” she continued. “And in this case we were