In Boston this winter, jail inmates have been shoveling out fire hydrants, streets, and buried train lines in the face of historic snow. Clearly, Massachusetts needs the help. But instead of using current inmates for the task, Boston would be better served to employ newly released inmates desperate for cash. It’s just one example of how public officials tend to focus on those currently behind bars, instead of placing their emphasis on reintegrating former prisoners into society.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has actually praised the use of current inmates as “an important component to successful re-entry.” There’s no question that it’s a cheap solution. After all, the median wage in state prisons is 20 cents per hour. Those who have already paid their time, by contrast, would need to be paid the prevailing wage. And the union workers performing the same tasks are paid $30 an hour.
Christopher Lee, of Hammer horror fame, offering us his heavy metal musical stylings of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Silent Night’….
…and a very merry Christmas to all of LGF from Jimmah and iceweasel.
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(CNN) — Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords completed an 11-mile cycling event Saturday, marking another milestone in her recovery from a 2011 mass shooting.
She was greeted with cheers and applause at the finish line.
Alongside her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, Giffords crossed the finish line of El Tour de Tucson riding a recumbent bike, which has three wheels and puts the rider in a reclining position.
Organizers say some 9,000 people participate in the annual ride, which they call America’s largest perimeter cycling event for cyclists of all ages and abilities
Barbara Bowman, who alleges that Bill Cosby repeatedly raped her in the 1980s, is demanding to know why it took a male comedian criticizing the comedian for “public outcry [to] begin in earnest.”
Bowman’s article comes on the heels of the disastrous Twitter experiment in which Cosby asked users to “meme” him. The results were not what his public relations team anticipated:[…]
As that last tweet attests, each “#CosbyMeme” required the approval of the site administer, but unfortunately for Cosby’s team, people who use Twitter know how to take screen captures. According to Bowman, online awareness of Cosby’s alleged crimes only arose after a video of comedian Hannibal Buress accusing him of being a rapist went viral.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said in the video. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
Bowman wrote in the Post that she is “grateful” for the attention, but it makes her wonder, “Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?”
In the same piece, she attacked the “network of willfully blind wallflowers at best, or people willing to aid [Cosby] to commit these sexual crimes at worst.”
I don’t care who you vote for but get off your butt and participate.
- Get up early and do it before work if you need to.
- Take a long lunch and do it then if you need to.
- Do it after work and treat yourself to take out if you need to.
- Encourage a young person to vote even though it's "just a midterm".
- Vote for Louie Gohmert if you must (I'd rather you didn't).
- Do it to spite the Republicans.
- Whatever the hassle, whatever the reason, get out and vote.
Lefties like me are probably looking at a dismal result but it’s still important to participate.
Even poor kids who do everything right don’t do much better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Advantages and disadvantages, in other words, tend to perpetuate themselves.
Americans are inundated with media coverage and politicians warning them of dire threats: Ebola, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the war on Christmas.
The truth, though, is that the most-hyped threats are often not actually that threatening to Americans, while larger dangers go mostly ignored. That should tell you something about how our political system and media can distort threats, leading Americans to overreact to minor dangers while ignoring the big, challenging, divisive problems - like climate change - that we should actually be worried about.
County prosecutors won’t let up on charging a Minnesota mom with child endangerment for giving her sick child medical marijuana. Angela Brown is headed for trial in a case that could send her to prison for two years, even though an already-passed medical marijuana law that goes into effect in 2015 would allow medical use of cannabis oil.
Angela Brown’s son Trey suffers severe pain and spasms from a traumatic brain injury. Brown said she tried a barrage of prescription medications before turning to marijuana, as her son was in so much pain and discomfort that he cried himself to sleep and started punching and cutting himself. Brown, like a number of exasperated parents, traveled to Colorado to purchase some cannabis oil regulated under Colorado law. And she reported a familiar story of parents attempting to treat their child’s pain and seizures: within an hour of giving her son medical marijuana his condition was relieved. “Once it hit his system, Trey said the pressure in his brain was relieved,” she told the Huffington Post. “You could literally see the muscle spasms stopping. He felt amazing.”
But after Brown shared her story with the “wrong person” she was reported to officials, officials seized the cannabis oil from her home and charged her with child endangerment and causing a child to need protection.
My CPA sent me this information the other day. The IRS is renewing its phone scam warning. Please read the IRS warning and remember do not give out your personal information without asking why it is needed. irs.gov
I’ve been through severe clinical depression myself, so was horrified that Robin couldn’t imagine the light at the end of the tunnel like I could, but his decision makes a lot more sense to me knowing he knew he was going to lose his mind.
LOS ANGELES — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide, his wife said Thursday.
In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson’s diagnosis when he was found dead earlier this week. Authorities said the actor-comedian’s death was suicide.