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(Chron)   She's the gift that keeps giving: Queen Sheila Jackson Lee (D-ippity do da) calls for members of Congress to extend unemployment benefits to "working men and women"   (chron.com) divider line 27
    More: Dumbass, unemployment compensation, congresses, u.s. rep.  
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2013-12-13 03:08:03 PM
6 votes:
OH FFS YOU COMPLETE AND UTTER MORONS SHE CLEARLY MISSPOKE

This only makes you look stupid.

You.

Not Rep. Lee.

You.

Seriously, y'all are a bunch of shiat-for-brains pretending your potato-hardest that she really meant we should give unemployment benefits to people with jobs.

STOP THAT.

Hurr durr herp derp derp har Lee sez "gib bennies to workers" har har aint she stoopid hurr.


In case the above is somehow unclear, no one with a functioning frontal lobe would think Rep. Lee intended to say what the headline claims she intended to say.  If you think she meant that, you are stupid.  If you have to work that hard to smear someone you are an utter failure at life.
2013-12-13 02:35:25 PM
6 votes:
Shes the gift that keeps on giving for racists who will always have a Crazy Black Woman to point to.
2013-12-13 03:05:24 PM
5 votes:
So Congress left town for the holidays without addressing the fact that unemployment benefits will expire for people before the end of the year, but the REAL problem is that she forgot to says "non-working."

Got it.
2013-12-13 03:02:45 PM
5 votes:
That was a total brainfart but you DON'T get unemployment benefits if you haven't worked. Usually you have to satisfy certain minimum lengths of time of employment, minimum lengths of time since any previous unemployment claim, have paid FICA, and in some cruel situations your previous employer can appeal your claim. You're not "unemployed" in a general sense, you're "unemployed specifically from your previous job.

So by definition, anyone claiming unemployment can be called a "hard worker" because they had to have worked before being out of a job from which they are claim unemployment.
2013-12-13 02:36:27 PM
4 votes:
She's an idiot, but you CAN be on unemployment and working. Approximately 37% of the the people collecting unemployment are underemployed. Working less than 40 hours a week often qualifies someone for unemployment.
2013-12-13 03:13:01 PM
3 votes:

Richard C Stanford: Walking proof that Democrats can out-derp conservatives. Let's see some more.


Really.  I'll take just Michele Bachmann on my fantasy derp team and you can have as many Dems as you want and I will crush you.

Here is just a small sample
2013-12-13 02:51:21 PM
3 votes:

timujin: While I was all ready to come in and decry this as being abjectly stupid, it seems like she just got flustered by the lack of time and forgot to include the prefix "non".


Or possibly "working class men and women".
2013-12-13 02:49:27 PM
3 votes:
U6 "unemployment" figures count people that are "under-employed," i.e. have a job that pays shat/part-time. So technically one could give unemployment benefits to these people even though they do some work. Of course that wasn't what she was talking about.

"Let us vote to provide for unemployment insurance for working men and women."

In order to receive unemployment insurance, you have to first be employed. I.e. be a "working man or woman." But I digress.
2013-12-13 05:15:26 PM
2 votes:
Have any of you actually played Fantasy Derp-ball before?  You can't all draft whoever you want.  Otherwise Michele Bachmann would be on every team.

Of the many ways to allocate politicians to teams, the most popular are draft and auction.  If there had been a draft last year, Michele Bachmann would've been the #1 pick, and would therefore be unavailable to other teams.

Typically in a draft you play it safe with your 1st round pick.  You want a consistent, bell cow producer of Derp with low risk of injury/impeachment/imprisonment.  You save the high-risk/high-reward picks for the middle rounds.  Tea Party freshman?  Majority-minority district Democrat who won election on a platform of ethnic grievance?  These are good choices for the middle rounds.

The best fantasy players don't just go by name value- that's a recipe for winning last year's title.  Smart players use advanced metrics.  Is a Senator running for re-election?  Is there a chance of him/her being primaried by a partisan ideologue?  From regional economic data to DARC (Derp Above Replacement Congressman), the savvy player keeps track of hundreds of variables.
2013-12-13 03:42:21 PM
2 votes:

Satanic_Hamster: So that means we should cancel ALL unemployment benefits and require that everyone out of work spend their days doing lawn work for the rich for free.


Don't give the rich people any ideas they'll like!
2013-12-13 03:21:19 PM
2 votes:
Hey, we've been feeding the wealthy and big business for all these years. practically handed them our Government.  when are they going to shiat out jobs???   in the 'greatest economy on earth' i might add.
2013-12-13 03:06:21 PM
2 votes:
Of all the things to pick on her for, this is really weak.
2013-12-13 02:54:56 PM
2 votes:
How is what she said somehow dumber that this?

"I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers,"

-Rand Paul Rand Paul
2013-12-13 02:48:23 PM
2 votes:
While I was all ready to come in and decry this as being abjectly stupid, it seems like she just got flustered by the lack of time and forgot to include the prefix "non".
2013-12-13 08:41:45 PM
1 votes:

El Pachuco: udhq: dinch: udhq: Well, yeah, "funny" in the way the rabbiatchasing Carter was funny. There was no "criticism" for it, though.

Still have a hard time believing the pretzel thing though. I still think somebody beat the shiat out of him. Like one of Cheney's goons or his dad or something.

The way I heard it, people thought they were covering up for him having fallen off the wagon.  It's still weird that he was apparently able to choke to the point of passing out without the SS stepping in, though.


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It takes about two minutes to lose consciousness when choking, and then fall over.  We were told that Laura was in the next room and heard nothing - you'd think W would have tried to go to her for help before falling over.
It takes about zero seconds to fall over when you're falling-down drunk.

Which scenario is more likely?

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I don't know if Bush got drunk or really did choke on a pretzel, and I really don't care, but doctors have a saying: "Choking is a silent event." Many people, especially small children, choke to death with others feet away who were totally unaware the person was choking. (Which is why you don't turn your back on a small child with food.) So, if that is what you are basing your belief on, it's quite wrong and an assumption that you need to change as a matter of pure safety.
2013-12-13 05:48:26 PM
1 votes:

Captain Dan: Frank N Stein: Derp: This word seriously needs to die.

Sorry, Haters: "Derp" Is a Useful Term, and It's Here to Stay

--------------------------
How much does the evidence change your belief? That depends on three things. It depends on A) how different the evidence is from your prior, B) how strong the evidence is, and C) how strong your prior is...

When those people keep broadcasting their priors to the world again and again after every new piece of evidence comes out, it gets very annoying. After every article comes out about a new solar technology breakthrough, or a new cost drop, they'll just repeat "Solar will never be cost-competitive." That is unhelpful and uninformative, since they're just restating their priors over and over. Thus, it is annoying. Guys, we know what you think already.

English has no word for "the constant, repetitive reiteration of strong priors". Yet it is a well-known phenomenon in the world of punditry, debate, and public affairs. On Twitter, we call it "derp".


Nice.
2013-12-13 05:32:16 PM
1 votes:

Tor_Eckman: Frank N Stein: Richard C Stanford: derp

Tor_Eckman: derp

mrshowrules: derp

DemonEater: derp

Captain Dan: Derp

Captain Dan: Derp

El Pachuco: derp

This word seriously needs to die.

If you have a better word for the shiate that constantly flows from the right (and yes, occasionally from the left) in this country I'm more than willing to entertain it.


It's fine as a term, but it's hardly a salient rebuttal or counter-argument in its own right. Usually the person using it has no intent, and probably not the capability, to articulate a cogent response to the aforementioned "derp."
2013-12-13 05:27:34 PM
1 votes:

Dusk-You-n-Me: Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.

I second this motion.


But then how would we summarily dismiss all things from the mouths of our opposition as non-thought?
2013-12-13 05:19:50 PM
1 votes:

Richard C Stanford: derp


Tor_Eckman: derp


mrshowrules: derp


DemonEater: derp


Captain Dan: Derp


Captain Dan: Derp


El Pachuco: derp


This word seriously needs to die.
2013-12-13 03:40:56 PM
1 votes:
2013-12-13 03:27:45 PM
1 votes:
"...unemployment insurance for working men and women" vs "...unemployment insurance for non-working men and women" or "unemployment insurance for our working men and women without jobs" is a slip of the tongue.

www.slate.com

"As I was telling my husb-" before abruptly breaking off and correcting herself: "As I was telling President Bush." is creepy.
2013-12-13 03:23:47 PM
1 votes:

Pants full of macaroni!!: Sheila Jackson Lee is an utter moron, and is thus representative of what ALL democrat Liberals believe.



and like the highly esteemed George W. Bush, Jr,  all Repugs are rocket scientists.  Jr. was born on 3rd base than still thinks he hit a Triple.
2013-12-13 03:18:23 PM
1 votes:
Meanwhile the House of Representatives' last day of work was yesterday until January.  that's a nice, juicy Xmas break, ain't it?
2013-12-13 03:13:14 PM
1 votes:
not that she hasn't said weird shiat in the past, this appears to be just someone getting tongue twisted.
2013-12-13 03:09:44 PM
1 votes:

impaler: U6 "unemployment" figures count people that are "under-employed," i.e. have a job that pays shat/part-time. So technically one could give unemployment benefits to these people even though they do some work. Of course that wasn't what she was talking about.

"Let us vote to provide for unemployment insurance for working men and women."

In order to receive unemployment insurance, you have to first be employed. I.e. be a "working man or woman." But I digress.


I feel like this comes up every time the monthly job reports come out, but the categories used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics have nothing* to do with whether you receive unemployment benefits or not.  You can be counted as unemployed by the BLS even if you are not receiving benefits, as long as you looked for a job in the past x days (I think something like a week to a month).

That said, you can still collect UI benefits if you work fewer than 4 days a week; you just get a lower amount, pro-rated for the days you didn't work.


* Okay, not completely nothing, but it's not a direct connection.
2013-12-13 01:57:54 PM
1 votes:
They aren't working now but then again technically none of us on Fark are working this very second either.
2013-12-13 01:43:36 PM
1 votes:
This battleaxe has an IQ higher than the idiots that keep voting for her and that is just farking sad.
 
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