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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 8:45pm

Arizona Legalizes Guns in Bars

You can argue for or against gun ownership, but what the State of Arizona did today was pure insanity.  There are some places that absolutely need to be off-limits for guns and bars are near the top of the list.

The disturbing part of this story is that Arizona is not the first state to pass this law.  They are actually the 41st state to allow concealed weapons to be brought into bars.

Americans love their firearms, but this is getting ridiculous.  Is it that hard to leave your gun at home when you go out drinking? 

Technically, you're not allowed to drink if you bring in a concealed weapon, but there is no way for the bouncers and bartenders to know who's carrying.  Yeah, sounds like a great law.  More proof that state legislators are idiots.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 6:15pm

Public Option Defeated (For Now)

Not surprisingly, a Senate panel rejected the government-run "public" insurance option that President Obama has been pushing.  Five Democrats joined Republicans to defeat the proposal submitted by Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) by a count of 15-8.

This vote shows that Democrats can't keep their own party in-line for a public option.  With five people crossing over to the other side in the tiny Senate Finance Committee, they can't possibly hope to get anywhere near sixty votes before the full Senate.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 9:00pm

Washington, D.C.

I made a very important trip to our nation's capital this weekend, but not for political reasons.  I was thrilled to witness my beautiful younger sister get married.  The stunning backdrop of the U.S. Capitol from the top of the Newseum made for a memorable first dance.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 12:08am

House Votes to Extend Jobless Benefits

A sure-fire way to keep the unemployment rate sky-high is to give people free money indefinitely.  That's effectively what the House did as they voted 331-83 to hand out an additional 13 weeks of benefits to the jobless.  The bill would apply to 27 states and Washington, D.C. as their unemployment rate is above the bill's trigger point of 8.5 percent.

Not surprisingly, this is exactly the wrong strategy to implement.  The best thing Congress can do for the jobless and the economy is to halt new benefits.  If there is no incentive to return to the workforce, people will stay home and remain unemployed.  Why bother looking for a job if the government is willing to pay you to do nothing?

Of course, the government doesn't actually have any money to give out.  They have to borrow.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 8:45pm

Satirical Look at Healthcare

Will Ferrell, Olivia Wilde, and other celebrities take a sarcastic approach to the healthcare debate in this spoof public service announcement.  It's a solid (and funny) counter-punch to the non-stop rhetoric coming from the vocal minority on the far right.

 

Ok, ok, so Hollywood is almost always pitching for the liberals, but at least this PSA lightens the mood on the contentious topic.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 11:35am

President Asks Paterson to Go Away

The unpopular and clueless Governor from New York, David Paterson (D), has been asked by President Barack Obama to withdraw from the upcoming governor's race.  Mr. Patterson was not elected into the position; he backed into the job after Elliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace after cheating on his wife with a dirty prostitute.

Paterson has also been involved in sex scandals and holds just a 30% approval rating.  The Democrats believe Paterson's withdrawal would clear the way for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, one of the most popular Democratic figures in the state.

Of course, Andrew Cuomo is no choir boy either.  A few months back, he decided to shake down AIG employees by threatening to publicize their names if they didn't return their bonuses. These were employees who had nothing to do with the company's demise, but Cuomo didn't care about such facts.  In any other job, this would be illegal, but in New York politics, I guess it's par for the course.

The position of Governor of New York has become a cesspool of vile, repulsive, unethical individuals.  It's a shame President Obama would get involved in this situation.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:25pm

ACORN Funding Nears End

By a vote of 345-75, the House of Representatives finally decided to deny federal funding for the scandal-ridden ACORN (Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now) group.  Although all 75 of the "no" votes were from Democrats, the vast majority of Democrats voted with Republicans.  The Senate also voted 83-7 to eliminate much of their grant funding.

Killing their money supply is something that should've happened a long time ago.  Taxpayers should never fit the bill for random organizations such as this, let alone ones wrought with corruption.  It's about time we put an end to it.

The last remaining obstacle is President Obama.  He has yet to indicate whether he will sign the bill that makes it through Congress.  Let's hope he's not the pinko, commie he's made out to be.

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Monday, September 14, 2009 - 10:00pm

President Admonishes Wall Street

On the one year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, President Barack Obama took a few shots at Wall Street and investment professionals today.  Rather than talk to Congress about re-instituting meaningful reforms, the president instead decided to deliver yet another tough speech that was long on promise, but short on specifics.  Sound familiar???

 

What President Obama will not tell you is that Washington, not Wall Street, caused the global financial crisis.  For it was politicians that deregulated the financial services industry in the 1990's and allowed extreme risk-taking to flourish.

Despite the economic meltdown of the last year, very little regulation has been passed by our clueless Congress.  Why you may ask?  Well, the lobbyists are fighting against any regulation; and since politicians are already bought and paid for by lobbyists, you can be sure that nothing will change.

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Friday, September 11, 2009 - 5:40pm

9/11 Tribute

Hard to believe it's been eight years since the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  We shall never forget.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 8:35pm

The Obama Heckler

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), the disrespectful heckler who shouted 'You Lie' to President Obama during his speech last night, gave a half-hearted apology today.  Unfortunately, Mr. Wilson is still under the mistaken belief that Obama was lying about healthcare for illegal aliens.

None of the bills before Congress address the healthcare situation of illegal immigrants.  The status-quo would remain.  Nothing changes.  It's not a difficult concept to understand.

If you're going to call the President of the United States a liar before a joint session of Congress, you damn well better be right.  Joe Wilson got it wrong.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:15pm

Sanford's Rationale for Not Resigning

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R) is refusing to step down from his position, despite using state funds to fly to Argentina to tag his mistress.  If you recall, Sanford also lied about his whereabouts and neglected to hand over power to the Lieutentant Governor when he left the country.

Sanford claims that "God can use imperfect people to perform his will".  Wow!!!  That is a good one.  I know the folks down in South Carolina are bible-thumping Jesus freaks, but are they gullible enough to buy this line of BS?

This loony toon needs to stop hiding behind these God references and resign immediately.  He's just not right in the head.

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Monday, September 7, 2009 - 6:35pm

The Controversial Speech that Isn't

President Obama has released the text of his upcoming education speech to schoolchildren and much to the Republican's dismay, there is nothing controversial about it.  Many wacko conservatives have been screaming bloody murder (as they always do) about Obama's attempt to "brainwash" their kids.

Unfortunately, the only brainwashing that occurs is when neocons take their children out of school when the President of the United States is speaking directly to them.  It's a shame these people are allowed to procreate.

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Friday, September 4, 2009 - 7:55pm

Nearly 1 in 10 Out of Work

The unemployment rate soared to 9.7% in August as the economy continued to shed hundreds of thousands of workers.  A total of 216,000 jobs were lost in the month.  It was about on par with expectations, but still a tough number to handle.

 

August marked the 20th consecutive month that the U.S. economy has lost jobs.  To put that into perspective, a healthy economy needs to create about 125,000 jobs each month just to keep pace with the number of people entering the workforce.

While the report is an improvement from previous months, the economy is still laying off tons of people.  At some point, we're going to need to start creating private sector employment.

Didn't President Obama say something about how he was going to create jobs???

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 9:35pm

Say it Ain't So Curt

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is apparently interested in the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy.  The camera-whore stated in an interview that he was approached to be a candidate and later wrote that he has some interest in the possibility.  He would have to decide quickly however, as the calendar is not in his favor. 

Schilling would certainly fit right into the Senate.  He is an arrogant, pompous, know-it-all.  He is well known for clashing with many teammates, reporters, and team management.  From Mitch Williams to Pedro Gomez, there is a long line of people that hate this guy.

I figured Schilling would eventually run for political office, but I was hoping it would be in his home state of Alaska, so we'd never have to hear from him again.  No such luck I guess.

By the way, Schilling has never even held a real job.  I'm not even sure he finished college.  Yup, he's totally qualified to be a U.S. Senator.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 8:44pm

Health Reform Plan

A little baseball and political humor, courtesy of Boston Dirt Dogs.

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons

Red Sox fans will understand this joke.

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