Mississippi To Begin Drug Testsing Welfare Recipients

Finally: Mississippi To Start Drug Testing Those Receiving Financial Aid Benefits – Townhall

It looks like Mississippi is taking the right steps to reducing fraud when it comes to government assistance. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will now require new applicants to submit a questionnaire that will evaluate the likelihood of substance abuse.

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Residents who apply for this temporary assistance from the state will have to submit to drug testing if the state deems they are likely substance abusers from this questionnaire. Testing positive once would require a TANF recipient to undergo treatment for substance abuse. For testing positive a second time, the recipient would be kicked out of the program for 90 days. A third positive result would remove the recipient for up to a year.

Governor Bryant said, “The TANF program is a safety net for families in need, and adding this screening process will aid adults who are trapped in a dependency lifestyle so they can better provide for their children.” The state will be using federal funds earmarked for TANF to administer the questionnaires and testing. They estimate the cost of testing will be only $36,000 each year.

There are currently only 9 other states that have passed legislation requiring TANF applicants to be screened for drugs. And there are at least 24 more that are looking into this type of legislation too.

This seems like a great way for the state to spend a minimal amount in order to save the system a lot of money. What many people will think here is how Republicans hate poor people and how we don’t want to help them, but in all reality we want to help those who really need it and aren’t abusing the system. The governor of Mississippi and his legislature have figured out a way to do this, and I say “kudos” to them!

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Oopsy… Man Declared Dead Wakes Up In Body Bag At Mississippi Funeral Home (Video)

Walter Williams: Mississippi Man Declared Dead Wakes Up In Body Bag At Porter And Sons Funeral Home – WPTV

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A Mississippi man declared dead woke up in a body bag at a funeral home.

“I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up,” Walter Williams’ nephew Eddie Hester said.

The coroner said he checked Williams for a pulse around 9 p.m. Wednesday, and later pronounced him dead at his home in Lexington with no heartbeat.

“That was at 10:30,” Hester said. “My cousin called me and said ‘Not yet’ and I said what you mean ‘Not yet?’ He said ‘Daddy still here.’”

After the coroner helped move Williams to Porter and Sons Funeral Home, workers were getting ready to embalm him when he started to move.

“He was not dead, long story short,” funeral home manager Byron Porter said. Porter said he had never seen anything like it before.

Paramedics took Williams to the hospital.

Family members say they’re happy he’s alive. His daughter Martha Lewis said, “I don’t know how much longer he’s going to grace us and bless us with his presence, but hallelujah, we thank him right now, right now!”

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Cracker Barrel carefully chooses who to offend

Cracker Barrel chose to stop selling some Duck Dynasty merchandise, that is fine, their business, their call, but their statement bothers my common sense.

The statement reads:

Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.

We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores.

We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.

Mutual respect? What a silly thing to say. They made a decision that will please some folks and offend others. Had they chosen differently, they would have gotten similar results, just in reverse. I am really tired of this fake sensitivity. Cracker Barrel knew they would offend fans of Duck Dynasty by pulling merchandise, but, to Cracker Barrel, offending Christians, and those of us sick of bullies like GLAAD, is obviously preferable to offending publicity whores. In an effort not to offend, Cracker Barrel ends up offending many more people. I really wish these corporations would start realizing that appeasing emotional terrorists, yes, GLAAD, that would be you, is not a worthwhile aim.

And no, I man not going to boycott Cracker Barrel over this. First I have a strong distaste for boycotts no matter who does them. Secondly, I have been boycotting Cracker Barrel for years over their horrible food.

 

Store owner to armed thug who tried to rob him: Did I put 13 bullets in your ass, or just 11?

I guess we can safely assume the owner did not use a .45

A Bassfield convenience store owner killed an alleged robber, shooting him at least 11 times, WDAM reported.

Officials say the owner was also wounded during the incident. He was taken to Forrest General Hospital for surgery and is expected to recover.

The alleged robber LeRobert John of Bassfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to investigators, a gunman entered a Get and Go convenience store Monday morning in Jefferson Davis County on Mississippi 42 and demanded money.

The armed robber shot the store owner in the leg before all the money had been taken. The gunman exited the store but returned to take the rest of the cash. By that time the owner had a 9mm handgun. When the gunman approached, the owner shot the robber at least 11 times.

Jefferson David County Coroner Jimmy Slater said there were 11 to 13 gunshot wounds in John’s body.

No, I am not going to get into the 9mm vs .40, vs .45 debate here. Just like I do not get into the Glock vs Sig Sauer Vs Taurus vs. Beretta vs Smith & Wesson vs. Kimber vs HK vs Ruger vs Springfield debates. What caliber you use, and what gun maker you prefer is personal. I am no gun snob.

 

God Bless Mississippi!

Two words I love to say are now the law in the Magnolia State. Open carry!

While everyone was watching news in Colorado during the final weeks of the recalls, Mississippi was instituting a new law to allow the open carry of firearms without a concealed carry permit. 

House Bill 2 was passed in Mississippi’s last legislative session and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant (R), but put on hold in July when Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued an injunction to have the legislature “clarify it.” 

On August 29 the Mississippi Supreme Court “unanimously upheld the… open carry law,” setting the stage for it to take effect.

Fox News carried the Mississippi Supreme Court’s ruling:

This court now finds that the circuit judge erred as a matter of law when he found House Bill 2 vague, and therefore, unconstitutional. He also erred when he stated that ‘a reasonable person reading the bill could not discern what the allows and what it prohibits.’

State representative Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) sponsored House Bill 2. He says the ability of law-abiding citizens to openly carry firearms for self-defense “confirms, in a very real sense, the right to keep and bear arms.”

Adding to this, Governor Bryant said House Bill 2 reaffirms the right to keep and bear arms not only as set forth in the Bill of Rights, but also in Mississippi’s constitution. 

Ah, yes, the Constitution!

 

Mississippi passes Anti-Bloomberg bill

I usually say that we have enough laws on the books, but, laws like this? Rock on!

Down South, lawmakers in Mississippi have passed a bipartisan so-called “anti-Bloomberg bill.”

The legislation — currently awaiting a signature from Republican Gov. Phil Bryant — prohibits counties, cities, and towns from mandating that nutrition information be posted, restricting the size of food portions, or preventing “consumer incentive items” (like Happy Meal toy, club memberships, products associated with the purchase of food) at restaurants, food establishments, and vending machines.

 

What we would be hearing about school shootings if we had President Perry

We would not be hearing empty rhetoric about meaningful action. We would instead have a president with a grasp of reality

a president that might actually understand that security in our schools is the best answer, not more useless gun control laws

At a Tea Party event Monday, former Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry became the highest-profile Republican politician to support arming teachers and administrators.

Perry argued that anyone with a concealed handgun license should be able to take guns on public property in Texas, including schools, and he urged legislators “to look at ways to improve safety at schools.”

“In the state of Texas, with our concealed handgun license, if you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed-handgun-license-carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state.” Teachers should have “access to weapons in their school,” Gov. Perry said, provided they have the proper training and license, and it should be left up to local school districts to determine their own policies in allowing firearms on their campuses. He later added that property owners had the right to prohibit guns on their own private property. Some school districts across Texas already allow school personnel to carry guns; when Perry referred to the one school district that allows teachers and administrators to carry weapons, he was interrupted by loud applause from the crowd.

Perry warned citizens of rash decisions from the federal government.“One of the things that I hope we don’t see from our federal government is this knee-jerk reaction from Washington, D.C., when there is an event that occurs, that they come in and they think they know the answer.”

In every one of the recent school shootings, the killer has stopped when? When he decide enough was enough? When a Liberal sang him a song of peace? No, when he was confronted with armed resistance! In Pearl Mississippi, that resistance came in the form of an assistant principal who ran to his car to retrieve his gun. The fact the Left is not willing to grasp is that sometimes evil is visited upon us, and we must fight back. Passing more laws that the next killer will ignore will do nothing.

 

Gators fight thru injuries tough Vandy team 31-17

All I can say is WHEW!

No one will overlook Jeff Driskel again, not after the Florida quarterback ran the ball better than even Tim Tebow.

Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Gators beat Vanderbilt 31-17 on Saturday night to stay undefeated going into their big showdown with No. 3 South Carolina. Driskel ran only 11 times, and the sophomore set the Florida record for yards rushing by a quarterback, topping Tebow’s 166 yards against Mississippi in 2007 on 27 carries.

Vanderbilt watched Gators running back Mike Gillislee so closely that Driskel didn’t even think the Commodores laid a hand on him on any of his TD runs.

“We kept running really the same play, and they didn’t really make adjustments,” Driskel said. “So we kept going to it. If something’s working, keep going to it.”

The Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) finished off their last SEC road trip outside of the state of Florida with their 22nd straight win over Vanderbilt. Florida, which rallied in the second half to beat Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU already this season, took control early this time. The Gators scored 21 straight points, including 11 in the second quarter where they took the lead for good.

Like I said WHEW! Next up, South Carolina

Mississippi Investigating Potential $2.7 Million Food Stamp Fraud

Mississippi Checking Into Possible $2.7 Million Food Stamp Fraud – Mississippi Press

State officials say 1,705 people in Mississippi were disqualified last budget year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for making false claims and improperly taking more than $2.7 million in benefits.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that hundreds more people routinely report benefits cards lost or stolen, which the federal government cites as a potential sign of fraud.

“There are many legitimate reasons for replacing cards and the vast majority of recipients follow the rules,” said U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon in a news release. “But we are concerned that a few bad actors are using replacement cards to exchange SNAP benefits for cash, commonly referred to as trafficking.”

Mississippi enrollment in SNAP is 698,279, or 23 percent of the state’s population. The numbers have more than doubled from the start of the century, when 10 percent of Mississippians, or 276,074 residents, received food stamps.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services first began tracking multiple replacement card requests during the budget year that ran from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, said agency spokeswoman Julia Bryan.

DHS said 263 households reported cards missing five or more times. The highest number of replacements requested by a single cardholder was 17.

For comparison, Renasant Bank spokesman John Oxford said his company typically issues replacement debit cards to 10 percent of its cardholders annually but almost never issues more than one in a single year.

“Twice is an anomaly,” Oxford said. “Five or six times is almost unheard of. It would be very, very rare.”

Although DHS has a fraud investigations office that looks into hundreds of cases of potential misconduct each year, multiple card requests don’t automatically trigger an investigation. Instead, the agency sends each household a notice warning them of the penalties for fraud, Bryan said. Federal regulations limit contact between state agencies and SNAP recipients, according to Concannon, who this year proposed new regulations, including one that would allow states to make replacement card-seekers contact the agency after the fourth request in a year.

Today, though, DHS doesn’t know how many SNAP recipients legitimately lose their cards versus those who sell them.

“The way it is now, we can’t require them to come in and let us quiz them about why they lost their card,” said David Noble, DHS director of state operations.

Repeat card-losers include elderly people, those with mental issues or families who move multiple times in a year, said DHS economic assistance director Cathy Sykes. She said she’s aware some beneficiaries cheat the system.

“They’ll sell the card for $100 and they have, maybe, $200 on the card,” Sykes said. “Then they immediately report the card stolen and get the card disactivated.”

The person who sold the card then gets a new one with the remaining $200 balance transferred to it while pocketing the $100 swindled from the buyer. The buyer loses money with no way to legally reclaim it since it’s unlawful to purchase a benefits card in the first place.

Other times, beneficiaries sell the cards and wait a few days to report it lost to give the buyer time to use them. Although SNAP recipients lose the balance on those cards, they get cash to purchase items they otherwise can’t get using an electronic benefits transfer card.

Federal law restricts EBT card purchases to household food items. A card cannot be used to get alcohol, tobacco, medicine, hot foods or nonfood items like soap, light bulbs, diapers, pet food, clothes or school supplies.

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Just remember what Democrats say about there being no voter fraud

 

When you read this from Gateway Pundit

A Mississippi NAACP official was jailed recently on 10 counts of voter fraud including voting for her dead relatives.


Breitbart
 reported:

A Mississippi NAACP executive is in jail after being convicted of voter fraud for fraudulently casting absentee ballots, including for four dead people.

Lessadolla Sowers, who is a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee, was convicted and sentenced in April for what a judge said were crimes that cut “against the fabric of our free society.”

She was given a five-year sentence for each of the ten counts of voter fraud for which she was convicted, but the sentencing judge allowed her to serve the terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times.

Matthew Vadum, author of Subversion, Inc., notes Sowers’s DNA was found on the inner seals of five envelopes that contained the absentee ballots, and liberal groups like the NAACP and ACORN have had a history of such shenanigans.

 

North Carolina Governor: I hate Mississippi, and I do not like my own state much either.

North Carolina Bev Perdue is not too pleased with the people of her state for voting, overwhelmingly, for an amendment to the state constitution, that defines marriage as one man and woman. Sister Toldjah has the ugly remarks of the governor

Eastern North Carolina news station WITN scored a major quote from outgoing NC Governor Bev Perdue on the overwhelming passage of Amendment One earlier this week:

Greenville, NC (WITN) — North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue says Tuesday’s passage of Amendment One makes the state look like Mississippi. Perdue made the remarks in response to a question from WITN’s Brittany Gunter while in Greenville Friday morning.

On Tuesday, 61% of the state’s voters approved the constitutional amendment which bans same sex marriages. State law already prohibits gay marriages.

The governor, a Democrat who said leading up to the vote that she was against the amendment, told WITN that the result is wrong for the state.

“People around the country are watching us, and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive forward thinking economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights people including the civil rights marches back in the 50s and 60s and 70s,” said Perdue. “People are saying what in the world is going on with North Carolina, we look like Mississippi.”

Well Governor Perdue, I find it odd that you would describe people who have the audacity to think marriage might be best defined in the traditional manner in an unflattering way. Certainly, the voters of the Tar Heel State have a right to decide this issue, and they did. Frankly, I could not care less how the vote went. If it had gone the opposite way I would say the same thing. This issue is up to the individual states in my view. Personally, I think marriage would be best left alone. Nothing wrong with civil unions at all. Let people who are committed to each other regardless of gender alone. But there is something that bugs me Governor.

That something is your arrogant, snotty attitude. It is typical of most of the politicians in your party frankly. We heard similar declarations from many Democrats during the health care fight. It seems that, basically, Democrats do not want to hear from the people.  That is sad Governor. It is sad to hear the condescending tone that you and your fellow Democrats use towards the people when they dare disagree with your personal ideological views. Maybe your party is not familiar with the founding principles of this nation? Or perhaps you just think yourself smarter than the people? Either way, you have forgotten where the ultimate power lies Governor. It lies with the PEOPLE! Forgetting this basic American principle, you disparage the voters in your state, then you go after another common target for snotty Liberals like yourself, Mississippi! I am surprised you did not bash Alabama too, or the entire South.

We all are well aware of the disdain Liberals have for Dixie. And it is no wonder, the South is the, most Conservative portion of America, and that chaps an elitist Liberal like you doesn’t it Governor, or should I say soon to be former Governor Perdue?

Santorum Sweeps Alabama, Mississippi Primaries

Santorum Sweeps Alabama, Mississippi Primaries – Ocala

A resurgent Rick Santorum swept to victory in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination yet again and trying to nudge Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.

Mitt Romney was running third in both states.

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“We did it again,” Santorum told cheering supporters in Lafayette, La. He added, “Now is the time for conservatives to pull together” in an effort to defeat Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who still is the faraway leader in the delegate competition to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama in the fall.

In defeat, Romney issued a brief written statement congratulating the night’s big winner but also saying, “I am pleased that we will be increasing our delegate count in a very substantial way after tonight.” In the hours before the votes were counted, he had bristled that Santorum was “at the desperate end of his campaign.”

While Romney must regroup, it was Gingrich with the most to lose as he struggled for political survival in a part of the country he hoped would fuel one more comeback in the unpredictable race.

Appearing before supporters in Birmingham, Ala., Gingrich twice referred to remaining in the marathon contest. But he was unusually complimentary toward Santorum, a contrast to pokes at Romney. “If you’re the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you’re not much of a front-runner,” he said.

It is rare for Alabama and Mississippi to play an important role in a Republican nominating campaign, but the 2012 race has gone on far longer than usual. Equally improbable was the decision by Santorum and Romney to campaign in the next few days in Puerto Rico, which holds a primary on Sunday.

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Daily Benefactor News – South Storm Death Toll Climbs To 193; 128 In Alabama

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South Storm Death Toll Climbs To 193; 128 In Alabama – Associated Press

The death toll from severe storms that punished five Southern U.S. states jumped to a staggering 193 Thursday after Alabama canvassed its hard-hit counties for a new tally of lives lost.

Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 128 deaths, up from at least 61 earlier.

“We expect that toll, unfortunately, to rise,” Gov. Robert Bentley told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Mississippi officials reported 32 dead in that state and Tennessee raised its report to 14. Another 11 have been killed in Georgia and eight in Virginia.

The fierce storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports around the regions, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi.

One of the hardest-hit areas was Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 and home to the University of Alabama. The city’s police and other emergency services were devastated, the mayor said, and at least 15 people were killed and about 100 were in a single hospital.

A massive tornado, caught on video by a news camera on a tower, barreled through the city late Wednesday afternoon, leveling it.

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By nightfall, the city was dark. Roads were impassable. Signs were blown down in front of restaurants, businesses were unrecognizable and sirens wailed off and on. Debris littered the streets and sidewalks.

College students in a commercial district near campus used flashlights to check out the damage.

At Stephanie’s Flowers, owner Bronson Englebert used the headlights from two delivery vans to see what valuables he could remove. He had closed early, which was a good thing. The storm blew out the front of his store, pulled down the ceiling and shattered the windows, leaving only the curtains flapping in the breeze.

“It even blew out the back wall, and I’ve got bricks on top of two delivery vans now,” Englebert said.

A group of students stopped to help Englebert, carrying out items like computers and printers and putting them in his van.

“They’ve been awfully good to me so far,” Englebert said.

The storm system spread destruction from Texas to New York, where dozens of roads were flooded or washed out.

The governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia each issued emergency declarations for parts of their states.

President Barack Obama said he had spoken with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and approved his request for emergency federal assistance, including search and rescue assets. About 1,400 National Guard soldiers were being deployed around the state.

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“Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this devastation, and we commend the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster,” Obama said in a statement.

Around Tuscaloosa, traffic was snarled by downed trees and power lines, and some drivers abandoned their cars in medians.

“What we faced today was massive damage on a scale we have not seen in Tuscaloosa in quite some time,” Mayor Walter Maddox said.

University officials said there didn’t appear to be significant damage on campus, and dozens of students and locals were staying at a 125-bed shelter in the campus recreation center.

Volunteers and staff were providing food and water to people like 29-year-old civil engineering graduate student Kenyona Pierce.

“I really don’t know if I have a home to go to,” she said.

Storms also struck Birmingham, felling numerous trees that impeded emergency responders and those trying to leave hard-hit areas.

The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant about 30 miles west of Huntsville lost offsite power. The Tennessee Valley Authority-owned plant had to use seven diesel generators to power the plant’s three units.

The safety systems operated as needed and the emergency event was classified as the lowest of four levels, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

In Huntsville, meteorologists found themselves in the path of severe storms and had to take shelter in a reinforced steel room, turning over monitoring duties to a sister office in Jackson, Miss.

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Meteorologists saw multiple wall clouds, which sometimes spawn tornadoes, and decided to take cover, but the building wasn’t damaged.

“We have to take shelter just like the rest of the people,” said meteorologist Chelly Amin, who wasn’t at the office at the time but spoke with colleagues about the situation.

In Kemper County, Miss., in the east-central part of the state, sisters Florrie Green and Maxine McDonald, and their sister-in-law Johnnie Green, all died in a mobile home that was destroyed by a storm.

“It’s hard. It’s been very difficult,” said Mary Green, Johnnie Green’s daughter-in-law. “They were thrown into those pines over there,” she said, pointing to a wooded area. “They had to go look for their bodies.”

In Choctaw County, Miss., a Louisiana police officer was killed Wednesday morning when a towering sweetgum tree fell onto his tent as he shielded his young daughter with his body, said Kim Korthuis, a supervisory ranger with the National Park Service. The girl wasn’t hurt.

The 9-year-old girl was brought to a motor home about 100 feet away where campsite volunteer Greg Maier was staying with his wife. He went back to check on the father and found him dead.

“She wasn’t hurt, just scared and soaking wet,” Maier said.

Her father, Lt. Wade Sharp, had been with the Covington Police Department for 19 years.

“He was a hell of an investigator,” said Capt. Jack West, his colleague in Louisiana.

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In a neighborhood south of Birmingham, Austin Ransdell and a friend had to hike out after the house where he was living was crushed by four trees. No one was hurt.

As he walked away from the wreckage, trees and power lines crisscrossed residential streets, and police cars and utility trucks blocked a main highway.

“The house was destroyed. We couldn’t stay in it. Water pipes broke; it was flooding the basement,” he said. “We had people coming in telling us another storm was coming in about four or five hours, so we just packed up.”

Not far away, Craig Branch was stunned by the damage.

“Every street to get into our general subdivision was blocked off. Power lines are down; trees are all over the road. I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he said.

In eastern Tennessee, a woman was killed by falling trees in her trailer in Chattanooga. Just outside the city in Tiftonia, what appeared to be a tornado also struck at the base of the tourist peak Lookout Mountain.

Tops were snapped off trees and insulation and metal roof panels littered the ground. Police officers walked down the street, spray-painting symbols on houses they had checked for people who might be inside.

Mary Ann Bowman, 42, stood watching from her driveway as huge tractors moved downed trees in the street. She had rushed home from work to find windows shattered at her house, and her grandmother’s house next door shredded. The 91-year-old woman wasn’t home at the time.

“When I pulled up I just started crying,” Bowman said.

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