All I can say is...."Black Card." O___O
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AUSTIN — Texans would be allowed to stow their guns and ammo inside their locked cars or trucks while at work and parked on employer property under a controversial bill passed Wednesday by the state Senate.
The Senate voted 31-0 to prohibit employers from enforcing restrictions against employees possessing a legally owned handgun or ammunition inside a locked vehicle while in a company parking lot. Firearms and ammo must be stored out of sight.
“Here in Texas people like their firearms and … if they want to bring them to the workplace they are going to do it whether there’s an employee policy against it or not,” said state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the measure’s author.( Collapse )
Oh my god. Really, guys? I-you--for fuck's sake...Seriously, they meet every other year for about six months and this is the kind of crap the Legislature is focusing on? This is just freaking great. Let's make it nice and convenient for the nut job who just got fired to shoot up his place of employment. And this passed unanimously!
Thanks Texas for continuing to gleefully embrace all of your worst stereotypes. This is right up there with the law that allows for concealed weapons in churches, nursing homes, and amusement parks.
The MTA has found yet another way to make riding the subways more miserable.
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When government forces a person to work and pay the fruit of their hard earned labor and gives it to the benefit of someone else -- and we have proof people who have SCHIP program can, because they pay the premium now -- that is slavery. That is what it is.
Nixon and the House Democrats had proposed eliminating premiums for enrollees whose families earned up to 225 percent of the federal poverty level — $3,975 a month for a family of four. For families earning between 225 and 300 percent of the poverty level, premiums would have been limited to $50 a month.
The changes would have provided insurance to about 20,000 more children, according to budget documents and the state Department of Social Services.
Currently, families earning more than 150 percent of the poverty level pay premiums ranging from $12 to $334 or more a month, depending on income and family size.
There was more than one whip at last night's Britney Spears concert in Washington DC.
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COLCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man has been accused of stashing his 98-year-old mother's dead body in a freezer in their home so he could keep cashing her Social Security checks.
State police say they discovered Herta Auslander's body in a freezer chest in October after receiving a tip she had died more than a year earlier. An autopsy concluded she died of natural causes.
Police say 69-year-old Roland Auslander eluded capture for months but was arrested Wednesday following a stakeout at his home in the Delaware County hamlet of Cooks Falls, about 100 miles northwest of New York City. They say he's charged with grand larceny, unlawful disposal of human remains and forgery for faking his mother's signature.
He's jailed and can't be reached for comment. Police say they don't know if he has a lawyer.
Omg this reminds me of that creepy episode of Desperate Housewives.
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Thursday's White House's 'Open for Questions' summit was the latest in a line of innovative mediums by which the president has communicated to and with the public. It also was one of the most personal.
At two points during the roughly hour-long session, Barack Obama offered rather intimate autobiographical anecdotes to underscore the need for -- and the administration's commitment to -- massive health care reform.
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"I still shudder when I think of those three days; how my world narrowed to a single point, and how I was not interested in anything or anybody outside the four walls of that hospital room -- not my work, not my schedule, not my future," he wrote.
Joe the plumber is selling out real plumbers. Right now, labor law is stacked against real plumbers. Real plumbers want and need the Employee Free Choice Act as a way to empower themselves to join a union, without fear of intimidation or losing their jobs. Joe the Plumber doesn’t speak for real plumbers.Terven claimed that the Plumbers Union, which says it has over 300,000 members, had done a survey of non-union plumbers finding that 70% of them wanted to join a union if they could do so without fear of retribution, though I couldn’t immediately get the details of their survey.
On that score, the organizers of the event, the anti-EFCA group Americans for Prosperity, still has yet to tell me whether Joe the Plumber is getting paid for his appearances.
House Republican leaders called a press conference Thursday to unveil their "alternative budget." While it was thin on specifics, it does include one major policy proposal: a huge tax cut for the wealthy.( Collapse )
Is The Cartoon Anti-Semetic?
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) will launch an effort to reform the nation's prison system today at noon, his staff says, introducing a bill--the National Criminal Justice Act of 2009--that would create a bipartisan commission on reform. The commission would undertake an 18-month review of the U.S. prison system, offering recommendations at the end.
Prison reform is a difficult thing to achieve, politically. Nearly every politician wants to be perceived as "tough on crime," and suggesting that too many Americans are being incarcerated can seem to run against that. (Webb has, in fact, pointed out that the U.S. has attained the highest incarceration rate in the world.) Add tough discussions of prison conditions, inmate crime, and abuse, and it's not an easy task for a politician to undertake.
Webb has succeeded in pushing major legislation through Congress before, as his 21st Century GI Bill passed last year. And it's hard for anyone to accuse the former Navy secretary of not being "tough" enough. Reported support from Democratic leaders, President Obama, and interest from Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Arlen Specter could help him in this latest endeavor.source
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source: Star Tribune
So, in case you missed it, CNN's Ed Henry showed up at this week's Obama press conference, having received some drunken advice from Wolf Blitzer at the Gridiron dinner that boiled down to, "Ask him three questions at once, about how dreamy Andrew Cuomo is, and why he won't get mad! Doesn't he love his daughters?" And Ed Henry attempted this, and was humbled, utterly, by a withering response from the president. So Ed Henry wrote an article for CNN that attempted to "rewrite the narrative" and "win the Ed Henry newscycle" with a long and addled alternate account of the incident, in which he was the hero and defeated the president like David Frost won the love of the cheerleader. I have already optioned Ed Henry's article for a movie I'm working on, tentatively titled Untitled Zac Efron J-School Sex Comedy.
Anyway, here's a video of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Eugene Robinson, dumping all over poor old Ed.
OLBERMANN: So, Mr. Henry has a rather sanguine view of himself! is it shared by anybody, did he win that battle of wits and we didn't notice?
ROBINSON: You know I just don't think you are going to see that analysis being picked up very widely. I mean, look, it's like guarding Kobe Bryant. He comes down and does a reverse 360 windmill tomahawk jam in your face, the ball actually hits you in the face on the way down, and then picking yourself up off the court and acknowledging the cheers of the crowd. I mean, dude, you just got owned. Dude, the guy just made you his companion.
I guess this means that President Obama sexually assaulted Ed Henry at a hotel in Eagle, Colorado.
In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Apparently, the California Air Resources Board figures that the climate control systems of dark colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings – especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Anyone living in a hot, sunny climate will tell you that this assumption is accurate, of course. In fact, legislation already exists for buildings that has proven successful at reducing the energy consumption of skyscrapers.
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A chef has been cleared of raping a solicitor who claimed she was too drunk to consent to sex.
Peter Bacon, 26, was accused of attacking the woman after a night of heavy drinking in February last year at her house in Kent.
But he was cleared by a jury of four men and seven women at Winchester Crown Court after they deliberated for just 45 minutes.
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CHETRY: Time is ticking on President Obama's honeymoon, and even though his poll numbers are still high, there's a growing murmor of criticism. Carol Costello is tracking this story from Washington this morning.Okay, there's no news here. Sure, Obama doesn't have 100% support, but there's nothing new about that. Still, CNN presents it in such a fashion that you might think it really was great news for John McCain. ( Collapse )
COSTELLO: The president's approval ratings are still high, but many Americans are wary of his plan to fix the economy and that could create problems for the president down the road.
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lol, this is getting bad. This ties into yet ANOTHER What Would You Do video.