Here comes Santa Claus:
Obama Plans Jobless Aid Help for States
The Obama administration is proposing short-term relief to states saddled with unemployment insurance debt, coupled with a delayed increase in the income level used to tax employers for the aid to the jobless.
The administration plans to include the proposal in its budget plan next week. The plan was confirmed to Fox News late Monday by a person familiar with the discussions on the condition of anonymity because the budget plan is still being completed.
Rising unemployment has placed such a burden on states that 30 of them owe the federal government $42 billion in money borrowed to meet their unemployment insurance obligations. Three states already have had to raise taxes to begin paying back the money they owe. More than 20 other states likely would have to raise taxes to cover their unemployment insurance debts. Under federal law, such tax increases are automatic once the money owed reaches a certain level.
Under the proposal, the administration would impose a moratorium in 2011 and 2012 on state tax increases and on state interest payments on the debt.
Do you know what would be even better than jobless aid?
I know who wants .clown:
The pillar of the basic Web address – the trusty .com domain – is about to face vast new competition that will dramatically transform the Web as we know it. New Web sites, with more subject-specific, sometimes controversial suffixes, will soon populate the online galaxy, such as .eco, .love, .god, .sport, .gay or .kurd.
So will you have to be gay to get the .gay suffix? Because you know somebody like Westboro Baptist Church will try to grab it if they can.
Department of So What?
Democratic Leadership Council will fold
The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.
Apparently some people on the left think this is wonderful news. They think the DLC is some kind of evil cult. These are the same people who think Bill Clinton was a bad president.
Too bad it’s not the Home Shopping Channel:
Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
I would rather see him somewhere where they run electrical current through his body. Not to kill him, just for laughs.
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange launched a blistering attack on the credibility of Swedish prosecutors and two women who are accusing the 39-year-old Australian of sexual assault, arguing on the first day of an extradition hearing that he faces the prospect of a closed-door show trial if British authorities send him to Stockholm.
The Swedes are notorious for their kangaroo courts. Or is that the Aussies? I dunno. But isn’t this asshole’s 15 minutes of fame up already?
Turns our it was life sentence:
Man given 1-year term for child rape dies in jail
A man whose one-year sentence for a child rape conviction drew national outrage has died in jail while awaiting trial in a separate case involving a minor, a law enforcement official said Monday.
David Earls, 66, died Saturday afternoon at McAlester Regional Health Center where he was taken after Pittsburg County Jail personnel noticed he was ill, Undersheriff Richard Bedford said Monday night.
This is one reason I don’t like political labels. On most stuff I lean to the left but on child molesters I’m with the reactionary right. Give the perverts a fair trial and then hang them. I hope he burns in hell.
I wish I had something cheerful to tell you. I’ll try to find something and update this post.
Until then, have a nice day.
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