The Dale Jackson Show (WVNN) podcast – 10-10-14

Senator Paul Sanford Appointed to Alabama Small Business Commission

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) appointed Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) to the Alabama Small Business Commission effective immediately.

“I can think of no better person to serve in this capacity than Paul Sanford,” said Senator Marsh. “Paul is a successful entrepreneur who grew up in his family’s barbecue business.”

Senator Sanford and his wife, Danielle, own and operate Little Paul’s Barbecue in Huntsville. Recently, he launched the Camouflage Seasoning line of blends for wild game.

“I am honored and eager to work with the Alabama Small Business Commission,” said Sanford. “As a small business owner, I understand the challenges facing families and entrepreneurs. As a Senator, I understand how important small business is to our local and state economies.”

“Our number one priority right now is to create a business friendly atmosphere to help attract companies that will create jobs across Alabama. It is great when big industry comes in, but jobs created by small businesses far outnumber larger companies almost 3 to 1.”

The Alabama Small Business Commission, created by Executive Order 47, will serve as an advisory body in formulating policies, encouraging innovation, and discussing issues critical to the economic growth of small businesses.

The Commission will promote policies to assist new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses.

The Commission will be comprised of Alabama based small and independent business owners who will serve a two-year term with the option of a two-year reappointment.  For the purposes of this Commission, the definition of a small business will be 50 or fewer employees.

Governor Robert Bentley (R-Tuscaloosa) also created the Alabama Small Business Advisory Committee to provide technical and informational resources to the Commission.

Senator Sanford was first elected to the Alabama Senate in 2009. Senator Sanford Chairs the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee as well as the Local Legislation No. 4 Committee in the Alabama Senate.

Senator Sanford sits on the Small Business, Rules, Governmental Affairs, Finance and Taxation General Fund, and Agriculture Committees.

The Dale Jackson Show (WVNN) podcast – 10-09-14

How can Griffith become Alabama’s Governor? Take shots at Auburn and Alabama….

Um….

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parker Griffith said as governor he would push for a multi-use stadium on the campus of UAB.

We know UAB absolutely needs its own stadium, its own arena,” said Griffith during a press conference at Linn Park to push for his education lottery plan. “We now know UAB has become a central focus and huge asset to Alabama. Not only is this medical community world class, but as UAB grows into its own we can see it becoming world class as well and it needs its own arena.”

So, your education lottery is now a stadium-building lottery?

Confusing.

“It would be for multi-use venues – much like the dome in New Orleans,” Griffith said. “Many things happen there whether it’s the Final Four, NFL football or a high school playoff. All of these happen in a multi-use stadium.”

Let’s be clear, there will be no Final Four or NFL team.

HS playoffs? Sure and the hundreds of fans that might bring.

And to cap off this garbage Griffith targets both of the state’s rabid fanbases…

Griffith said he knows UA trustees may pose a problem but he said “I will use my powers of persuasion to let them know that Birmingham is no longer a stepchild to Tuscaloosa or to Auburn.”

Smart.

Now maybe Griffith was just pandering in Birmingham, and didn’t mean to pay for this with a lottery…

Such a stadium would likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Griffith acknowledged.

“It’s a huge expense. It will be a private-public partnership. We will figure it out.” Griffith said.

Oh, that’s a good plan.

Griffith 2014: We will figure it out!

The Dale Jackson Show (WVNN) podcast – 10-08-14

Jennifer Lawrence is right and absolutely wrong…

She is a victim.

“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair in her follow-up interview. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. ”

What happened to her is horrible.

“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

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“Every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for.”

Correct, up to that point.

This is where I disagree with her…

“I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”

What?

It was porn or you? Is that the message you want to send to your young fans? If you care about the guy and he cares about you, send him naked photos or he will have to go to porn.

Hate to break this to JLaw, that guy is looking at porn with or without those photos, don’t be naive.

This is not her fault at all, but she is not free from responsibility.

She is famous, she took these photos and she put them under a password that got hacked.

I look at it like this, if I put my wallet on my car’s seat and it gets taken, I am a victim but I am also responsible for being stupid.

When your kid doesn’t lock up his bike and it gets stolen, he is a victim but you are still mad at him for being irresponsible.

This is different, she had it password protected and they guessed it because of her security question. It happens and it was avoidable.

Yes… Jennifer Lawrence is a victim, but now she has a responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen to other young women. What she is doing isn’t helping that, it is ensuring it happens again.

I can’t understand why people are calling her message “powerful” and “inspiring”, it’s foolish.

Nothing you send, especially digitally, is private.

How many times do we have to learn this?

The correct response is this, “The people who did this to me are animals but I shouldn’t have taken those photos. You never know when you are going to be violated, but I wish I never would have taken those pictures because you never know what is going happen.”

Lucky Wal-Mart employees lose their insurance…

Fantastic!

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced Tuesday that it would no longer offer health insurance benefits to its 26,000 part-time workers.

Nobody likes losing any kind of benefit at work. But for the particular Walmart workers in this case, the end of employer-sponsored insurance could actually turn out to be a great thing.

Employer coverage is too expensive for many part-timers

Same author in 2011?

For the employer, dropping coverage is a pretty decent deal: A company would see its health care costs reduced by over 40 percent. They don’t drop to zero, however, since the employer would still be on the hook for the fines that come along with not offering coverage.

But for the employee, it’s a pretty lousy deal. Lockton ran the numbers, using data on how much employers pay for health insurance now and how much health insurance on the exchanges is projected to cost.They found that employers foot a significantly larger chunk of the insurance bill than the federal government would, even with the new subsidies they’d receive. The firm predicts their premiums would increase anywhere from 79 to 125 percent if they lose employer coverage and have to go to the exchange. There’s such a big variation because exchange subsidies vary by income: Those who earn less are eligible for a larger subsidy.

That doesn’t mean companies won’t necessarily do it; there certainly is a lot for them to save. It does, however, add another wrinkle to the discussion, where employers would need to explain why their workers’ premiums would see massive increases.

And of course we all lose

If Walmart doesn’t offer her insurance, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s subsidy calculator shows that she qualifies for a $1,751 subsidy from the federal government to help buy coverage on the exchange. With that financial help, she can buy insurance for as little as an $7 per month. As a low-wage worker, she gets some of the most generous financial help.

That financial help come from us…

The loser in the Walmart decision is the federal budget

Yes, there will definitely be some people who earn more at Walmart and get less generous subsides on the exchange. They could see their premiums increase with this decision. But given that this decision applies only to those who work fewer than 30 hours per week, they are likely lower earners who will be helped rather than hurt.

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