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BOOM: Obama signs order to raise minimum wage for federal contractors...disabled workers included!

Take that, GOPers....


It’s official. Obama signs minimum wage order
02/12/14 08:59 AM—Updated 02/12/14 04:05 PM
By Michele Richinick


President Obama signed an executive order into action on Wednesday afternoon to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers by 2015.

The declaration mandates all federally contracted employees earn at least $10.10 per hour – up from the current $7.25 – beginning next year on Jan. 1. It is unclear exactly how many individuals will be affected, but the increase could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of workers and Americans with disabilities. The payment hike won’t influence current contractors, though.

“I’m eager to work with Congress whenever I can find opportunity to expand opportunities to American families. But whenever I can act alone without Congress to use my pen to take executive action…that’s what I’m going to do,” Obama said during a press conference at the White House.

The president’s signature came one year after he first asked legislators to raise the federal minimum wage. While leaders in Washington took time to decide on their actions, six states passed individual laws increasing payment.

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/its-official-obama-signs-min-wage-order


More here:

NCD Hails Inclusion of Workers with Disabilities in Minimum Wage Executive Order

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024489594


President Obama tries to move America FORWARD, GOPers do all they can to resist.
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 05:10 PM (24 replies)

HuffPo: Unemployed Republican who votes libertarian cries when GOPers block unemployment aid

This is why you don't vote Republican/Libertarian:

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Democrats fell just one vote short of advancing a bill to restore long-term unemployment insurance last Thursday, Russ Holton wept.

"Imagine that, a 44-year-old man crying while watching TV," he said. He had watched the vote on C-SPAN 2. A day later, his cable provider cut him off because he hadn't paid the bill.

Holton is one of the 1.7 million long-term unemployed people missing out on federal benefits because Congress stopped providing them in December. Six years ago, he was making $85,000 per year at his job in tech sales. Today, the seams of his life are fraying.

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A registered Republican who says he votes "libertarian," Holton has found the experience "maddening." After being laid off in June 2013, Holton, who lives in Mason, Ohio, exhausted his six months' worth of state unemployment benefits, and only received a few weeks of federal insurance before it expired on Dec. 28.

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"I just want someone to have a freaking heart," he said, referring to members of Congress. "They are going home to a house where all the utilities are paid for, and we are here struggling."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/12/unemployment-benefits_n_4769558.html
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 01:21 PM (78 replies)

House GOP weighs defunding ACORN for 13th time even though it hasn't existed since 2010

WASHINGTON -- When House GOP leaders abruptly shelved a bill to fund standard federal transportation and housing programs last Wednesday, one of the legislation's few uncontroversial provisions was a section banning funds for the anti-poverty group ACORN. Had Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) been able to pass the bill, it would have marked the 13th time that Republicans have voted to block federal funding for ACORN since the GOP took over the lower chamber in 2011.

Oddly, however, ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, does not exist. And it did not exist at any time when the House GOP has held a vote on ACORN's access to government monies -- the group disbanded in the spring of 2010.

Just why, exactly, the House GOP keeps voting to ban funding for an organization that was extinguished more than three years ago remains something of a mystery, and the subject of Democratic ridicule.

"Word is the majority will also prohibit foreign aid to the Ottoman Empire this year," a Democratic congressional aide snarked to HuffPost. (Like ACORN, the Ottoman Empire does not exist.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/gop-acorn-defunding_n_3690753.html

Clowns!!!
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Mon Aug 5, 2013, 01:37 PM (33 replies)

Licensed Gun Nut stands his ground against a 14-year-old girl's chihuahua and kills it.

Well I guess he was a law-abiding and responsible gun owner....until he wasn't? Or maybe he was just standing his ground?

Either way I'm sure the NRA will call for more guns and licensed "law-abiding" gun owners so that America can be a safer place.






14-year-old Detroit girl says that a neighbor shot and killed JoJo, her 1-year-old Chihuahua, because he wasn’t on a leash and was making too much noise.

The licensed gun owner, however, told police that he gunned down the tiny dog because it was threatening him.

The girl, who WJBK declined to identify, said that she had gone inside for a few minutes while JoJo ran free in the yard. When she came back outside, the neighbor warned her to take the dog back in the house.

“When he saw my dog running out of the bushes, , ‘I’m going to handle him myself,’ and then I guess my dog had run back up on him again, and he just shot him,” the teen recalled as she cradled the dead dog in a blanket.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/04/licensed-gun-owner-says-he-killed-1-year-old-chihuahua-for-threatening-him/
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Thu Apr 4, 2013, 03:53 PM (69 replies)

Fox News Ratings Plunge To New Lows...MSNBC Gloats In Press Release

Fox News Ratings: Hannity, Van Susteren Plunge To New Lows In Demo


Posted: 04/02/2013 5:24 pm EDT

The cable news industry was hit with another month of tough ratings news.

Every network saw its ratings drop from 2012, a politics-heavy election year that was guaranteed to spike audiences. In primetime, Fox News suffered the biggest plunge, falling 33 percent from its 2012 numbers. CNN fell a nearly equally precipitous 28 percent, while MSNBC dropped 4 percent.

Fox News, which has had several well-publicized ratings issues over the past few months, saw its primetime numbers fall to new lows in the all-important A25-54 category for many shows. MSNBC gloated in its press release, saying that hosts Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren had their worst demo ratings ever. Bill O'Reilly's demo ratings were also off by 26 percent.

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MSNBC topped CNN in total viewers and demo viewers, and saw a 30 percent increase in daytime viewers in the A25-54 demo.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/fox-news-ratings-hannity-van-susteren-worst-demo-ratings_n_3001096.html






Posted by Cali_Democrat | Tue Apr 2, 2013, 08:06 PM (36 replies)

Adam Lanza, Newtown Gunman, Had An Arsenal Of Weapons, Gun Safe, Swords, Search Warrants Reveal

The massacre of 20 children and six educators took less than 5 minutes according to investigators:


NEWTOWN, Conn. — When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms and knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition – taking only four guns. They would suffice.

He loaded the weapons into his car, drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, blasted his way into the building and within five minutes fired off 154 shots with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle. Having murdered 20 first-graders and six educators, he killed himself with a final, single shot from a Glock handgun. He still had more than 100 rifle bullets at hand.

Warrants released Thursday provide the most insight to date into the world of the 20-year-old gunman, a recluse who played violent video games in a house packed with weaponry that was all too real. The inventory of items taken from the spacious, colonial-style home included books on autism, a vast array of weapon paraphernalia, and images of what appears to be a dead person covered with plastic and blood.

The weapons used in the shooting had all apparently been purchased by Lanza's mother, Nancy, with whom he lived, said prosecutor Stephen J. Sedensky III, in a statement accompanying the warrants.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/28/newtown-shooting-search-warrants_n_2970351.html?utm_hp_ref=crime
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Thu Mar 28, 2013, 05:45 PM (28 replies)

Maher: Palin is an illiterate forest creature and Romney is a robotic tax cheat from a polygamy cult

Bill Maher Takes Credit For Defining Romney As A ‘Cold, Robotic Tax Cheat From A Polygamy Cult’
by Matt Wilstein | 4:26 pm, January 16th, 2013

Bill Maher must be itching to get back on TV when Real Time starts up its new season this Friday on HBO, based on his appearance last night on E!’s Chelsea Lately.

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After describing Sarah Palin as “the illiterate forest creature who served half a term as the governor of a state with no people and is now the queen of brain farts,” Maher explained that “after the election she said Romney lost because he was defined in the swing states early.”

And he said it was his money that helped make that happen. “People did not change their minds much after February, March, April. That’s when those ads went on and we had to define Romney as what he was: a cold, robotic tax cheat from a polygamy cult.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-maher-takes-credit-for-defining-romney-as-a-cold-robotic-tax-cheat-from-a-polygamy-cult/

Posted by Cali_Democrat | Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:48 PM (8 replies)

Taibbi: Romney winning would be like waking up with a naked Lloyd Blankfein sitting on your face

How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election
Blame the media for making whole generations hate The Process

By Matt Taibbi
October 9, 2012 3:20 PM ET

Well, it's over. Or almost over, thank God. It looks like Obama will probably win, which I guess is good news, compared to the alternative – a Mitt Romney presidency would have felt like four straight years of waking up with a naked Lloyd Blankfein sitting on your face. But it's not so much the result that matters – it's the quiet.

What we Americans go through to pick a president is not only crazy and unnecessary but genuinely abusive. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent in a craven, cynical effort to stir up hatred and anger on both sides. A decision that in reality takes one or two days of careful research to make is somehow stretched out into a process that involves two years of relentless, suffocating mind-warfare, an onslaught of toxic media messaging directed at liberals, conservatives and everyone in between that by Election Day makes every dinner conversation dangerous and literally divides families.

Politicians are much to blame for this, but we in the media have to take responsibility for the damage we do to the American psyche in the name of election coverage. At this very moment, there are people all over the country who are stocking up on canned goods and ammo for the apocalypse they believe will come if Obama is re-elected. For the broadcast business to be successful, viewers need to be not merely interested in our political melodramas, they have to be in an absolute state about them – emotionally invested in the outcome and frightened not to watch what happens next. And any person who's been subjected to 720 consecutive days of propaganda is not likely to take the news well if he gets the wrong result, whether it's a victory for Obama or for Romney. By that point, the networks have spent two years finding new ways each day to convince him that the world is going to disintegrate into some commie or Hitlerian version of Mad Max, to keep him coming back and watching ads.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-the-hype-became-bigger-than-the-presidential-election-20121009
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:52 PM (3 replies)

London Mayor Boris Johnson whacks Mitt Romney in front of 60,000 people

By ALEXANDER BURNS |
7/26/12 3:16 PM EDT

And now the mayor of London is joining the fun:



Speaking in front of 60,000 assembled in Hyde Park at a concert to mark the end of the Olympic Torch relay, the London Mayor reaffirmed the city's zeal for the historic event.

'There are some people coming from around the world who don't yet know if we are ready,' the Mr Johnson roared.

'There's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!'



http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/boris-johnson-whacks-romney-130225.html
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:52 PM (35 replies)

Bill Maher: Aurora Massacre Reminds Us Of American Exceptionalism




http://www.mediaite.com/online/bill-maher-tweets-that-aurora-massacre-should-remind-us-of-problems-of-american-exceptionalism/attachment/bill-23/
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Sat Jul 21, 2012, 08:54 PM (6 replies)
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