- 99% of the time I don’t believe in deities, however ironic little news stories like this make me thankful to any god or goddess that might have brought it to my attention.
Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. [snip] As a member of Congress, Radel has co-sponsored legislation to change the nation’s mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws and voted for a bill that called for states to drug test people who receive food stamps.
PS: Drug testing people on welfare finds few positives, contributes to state deficits and does no one any good.
- Yet another sad tale illustrative of the horrible state of affairs for Mental Health treatment in the U.S.
State Senator R. Creigh Deeds, a leading Virginia political figure who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2009, was stabbed repeatedly on Tuesday at his home during an altercation with his son, who then apparently took his own life, the authorities said. [snip] On Monday, state mental health officials unsuccessfully sought to find a bed in a hospital psychiatric ward for Gus Deeds, who had undergone an evaluation…
PS: All those junk insurance plans getting dropped by health insurance companies in the U.S. did not cover Mental Health services as mandated by Obamacare. Making treatment available at the same rate as physical illnesses is the right first step to fix our Mental Health system.
- If you are Pro-Choice then you may have noticed that since the Pro-Life movement had failed to force their religious beliefs on the rest of us via Federal measures, they’ve resorted to trying to do it at the state level with some success. Well, now they are also trying it out at the City level with a measure that would ban abortions after week 20. Fortunately the voters of Albuquerque rejected the measure. So the fight goes on, just a little closer to home now.
- 37 states settled a lawsuit with Google for privacy violations and the amount to be split amongst the states is $17 million. Arizona’s share will be $355,000. Now let’s see how long it takes for this money to line some crony’s pocket.
- The weather in Phoenix is FINALLY starting to cool down. We’ve reached the mid to upper 70’s this week which is about average. The weather has been crazy…we would hit the 90’s and then plummet into the 70’s. On Nov. 12th we got up to 92, which is 15 degrees above average. While everyone in cold dark places is dreaming of being in 90 degree weather, I’m exactly the opposite. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be able to wear a sweater!
- The City of Phoenix received a perfect score on the inclusiveness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in city government. That makes Phoenix one of only 25 in the nation to receive a perfect score from The Human Rights Campaign. It’s nice to know I’m not always correct when I say there has been no progress in Arizona–we’re doing it, just teeny-tiny step at a time.
- Our infamous Sheriff Joe was the subject of “Roast” last weekend for Charity. I’m sure they went pretty easy on him as good ‘ol Joe has pretty thin skin. Here’s some jokes that liberals everywhere WISH had been used. From what I heard via a radio interview on 97.9 KUPD the organizers asked one of the best roast hosts in the business, Jeffrey Ross, and he turned the gig down. Can you blame him?
Today’s QuickiesPosted: November 20, 2013 in Arizona Politics, City of Phoenix, Congressional Reps, Discrimination, Healthcare, LGBT Rights, Maricopa County, Personal, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Thoughts on the Day, Women's Issues
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