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I’m sorry Dorothy, No Tattoos for You…

Kansas’ Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Governor Sam Brownback has provided Kansas welfare recipients “an opportunity for success” by signing into law one of the goofiest welfare reform laws ever in the history of Kansas or any other state.

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Regarding items, or services, now prohibited under the new law, House Bill 2258 states, “No TANF cash assistance shall be used to purchase alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco products, lottery tickets, concert tickets, professional or collegiate sporting event tickets or tickets for other entertainment events intended for the general public or sexually oriented adult materials…in any retail liquor store, casino, gaming establishment, jewelry store, tattoo parlor, massage parlor, body piercing parlor, spa, nail salon, lingerie shop, tobacco paraphernalia store, vapor cigarette store, psychic or fortune telling business, bail bond company, video arcade, movie theater, swimming pool, cruise ship, theme park, dog or horse racing facility, parimutuel facility, or sexually oriented business or any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment, or in any business or retail establishment where minors under age 18 are not permitted.”

In case Kansans are now confused about what welfare cash can be spent on, if it looks like a place the Governor or any other GOTP politician might frequent, then you probably cannot use TANF cash assistance there.

I wonder if there is any evidence any TANF cash assistance has ever been used for the above, or if a bunch of crabby old conservatives just listed whatever they could think of and wrote a pre-emptive strike bill in case someone might try it.

The rather twisted thinking behind this new law is that by prohibiting these activities it will drive welfare recipients off the public dole and into full employment, because being shiftless welfare queens driving around in their Cadillacs going to tattoo parlors, concerts and sailing on cruise ships they need to be pushed into pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and out of those swimming pools, movie theaters and theme parks. Funny thing is the state of Kansas did not limit recipient’s ability to buy guns and ammo with their assistance money. They can buy all the guns and bullets they want, they just cannot think of body piercing or getting their nails done.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Welfare

 

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Latest 2016 Presidential Polls – 14 April 2015 Edition

The 2016 Presidential Election season is rolling, and the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) clown car has lurched away from the curb with the junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz at the wheel. The junior senators from Kentucky and Florida, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have joined Cruz on this political joy ride. Opposing this dynamic trio of right-wing idiocy is former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton – who announced her candidacy on Sunday.

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So, where are we thus far in the early moments of the 2016 campaign?

In the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary, a REACH Communications poll of “registered Republicans and Undeclared” voters conducted 08-09 April 2015, has Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leading pack of GOTP candidates and likely candidates. Scott Walker 23%, Jeb Bush 17%, Rand Paul 15%, Ted Cruz 9%, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson 7%, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee 6%, Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina 2% and Rick Santorum not registering any measurable level of support.

On the Democratic side, a Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce University poll of likely Democratic voters conducted 22-25 March 2015, has Clinton in a commanding lead of undeclared candidates with 47%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 22%, Joe Biden 10%, Bernie Sanders 8%, Andrew Cuomo 4%, Martin O’Malley 1% and Jim Webb with no calculable support.

How do things stack up if the General Election was today? The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll of registered voters has Hillary Clinton beating all GOTP comers by double digits.

Clinton 56/Cruz 39

Clinton 53/Bush 41

Clinton 54/Walker 40

Clinton 54/Rubio 39

According to recent polling data available, if the election was today Hillary Clinton would be the 45th President of the United States, and the others would be footnotes in history books.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in 2016 Election

 

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Attention Indiana and Arkansas, when you discriminate

 

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Latest 2016 Presidential Polls – 24 March 2015 Edition

decision 2016

Here we go, the 2016 Presidential Election season has officially started! The Republican Tea Party (GOTP) clown car has lurched away from the curb with the very junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz at the wheel. Cruz announced his intention to win the White House at uber-right-wing Liberty University to a packed house of students required to attend the rally or face a fine. Nothing quite says “liberty” like forcing students to attend a political rally.

So, where are we in the early moments of the 2016 campaign?

In the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary, a Gravis Marketing poll of potential voters conducted from 25 March 2015 has Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leading a huge pack of likely candidates – other than Cruz.

Scott Walker 19%, Jeb Bush 18%, Rand Paul and Chris Christie 10%, Marco Rubio 7%, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson 6%, Mike Huckabee 4%, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum 1% respectively.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is far in the lead of undeclared candidates with 49%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 20%, Bernie Sanders 12%, Joe Biden 5%, and Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley with 2%.

If the general election was held today, the latest CNN/Opinion Research poll of potential voters has Hillary Clinton beating all GOTP comers by double digits.

Clinton 54/Paul 43

Clinton 55/Rubio 42

Clinton 55/Huckabee 41

Clinton 55/Bush 40

Clinton 55/Walker 40

Clinton 55/Christie 40

Clinton 56/Carson 40

So, according to recent polling data available, if the election was held today Hillary Clinton would be the 45th President of the United States.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in 2016 Election

 

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Canadian runs for President – ay!

He’s thrown his hat into the ring, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) very junior Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz has officially announced he’s running for the office of President of the United States. The man who hates the government enough to shut it down now wants to lead it.

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But where did Senator Cruz from Texas decide to launch his campaign, somewhere in his adopted home state of Texas? Adopted home state because the state of his birth is Alberta – as in Canada. Did he choose a site in Texas? Oh no, he chose to launch his presidential aspirations from possibly the single most conservative college campus in all the country, the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

While making his first presidential pitch, Cruz told his captive audience – as in the students forced to attend the rally under threat of a fine – to imagine a future without abortion rights, the IRS or the Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare — and to further imagine they how can make all this happen by supporting him in his quest.

Although, it does seem odd for a candidate to start his ambitious run for the White House with lies and fictitious promises, that’s what Cruz has done. No President can overturn Roe v. Wade – considered to be settled law. No President can dismantle the Internal Revenue Service, and no politician is going to seriously strip 16.5 million fellow Americans of their health care insurance. Well, no sane politician. But of course sane is not the usual word used to describe Cruz, the man who decided to stage a 21 hour filibuster in a bid to defund Obamacare, a filibuster where he chose to read, Green Eggs and Ham, as the Federal Government went into a partial shutdown, and his party came out with green egg all over its collective political face. A shutdown that left him no friends outside the uber-far right fringe.

He has also recently demonstrated his lack of Constitutional understanding as to the Senate’s role in treaty negotiations when he attached his signature with 46 other GOTP senators to the infamous “open letter” to the leaders of Iran. Not a glorious exhibition of his foreign policy prowess or expertise.

The Tea Party poster child is the son of an American mother and Cuban-born father, a father who is an evangelical minister, who has suggested among other things that his son has been, “…anointed to bring about end time transfer of wealth,” and who has also declared that atheists and secular humanists beliefs eventually lead to, “sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion. And, of course, no hope. No hope.” Isn’t it interesting that after the kind of major stink the right raised about the President Obama’s connections to Reverend Jerimiah Wright, there has not been one whimper from the same about Ted’s connection to the crazed rants of his father.

Yes, the 2016 GOTP clown car has left the garage, and currently Ted Cruz is at the wheel.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in 2016 Election

 

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No Right Turns…

Downton Abbey ending after season six

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Humor

 

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Just a thought…

I pledge allegiance - arabic

 

It’s not the language spoken as someone pledges allegiance that validates the oath, but what is felt in the heart

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Flags

 

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