See Pictures From The First Talladega Christmas On The Square


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The City of Talladega did something very smart!  They closed down three sides of the Talladega downtown square for three days, and turned the closed down areas into a Christmas wonderland event!  One side had many vendors who were ready to sell their goods for a perfect Christmas gift.  One side had a Santa’s workshop where kids could build things, and there were several food trucks available as well.  And one side had Santa Claus visits, Christmas carols, a tubing slide, a giant Christmas tree, and more!

Let’s not forget the Ritz Theater who was playing classic Christmas movies throughout the event, and downtown businesses along the square who were open and ready to sell stuff as well.  This was all a part of the first annual Talladega’s Christmas on the Square.  I thought what Talladega did was brilliant!  Events like this is what brings communities together!  I hope other towns will do something similar to what Talladega did during the 2017 Christmas season.

Below, enjoy some pictures from this event.  Hopefully it will be back for the 2017 Christmas season!  Learn more at: http://christmasintalladega.com/

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View The Crazy Races At The Talladega Superspeedway Infographic


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Twice a year, the Talladega Superspeedway becomes the hub of NASCAR! This infographic talks about why the races at the Talladega Superspeedway are crazy. Yep, the races are very interesting at Talladega!  From the camping, introductions, the big one, and the checkered flag, the races at Talladega are interesting!  Enjoy a infographic below about why the races at the Talladega Superspeedway are interesting!

The Oklahoma Minimum Wage Debacle / Why A Basic Income Is Good For America


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Today, a story from the state of Oklahoma went viral, and it involves some people and how much they make at their jobs.  Governor Mary Fallin today signed a bill banning any city inside the state from establishing a mandatory minimum wage.  Cities are also banned from enacting mandatory paid sick days or vacation requirements.  With this bill signed, cities can not enact a higher minimum wage than the current $7.25 an hour.  Fallin actually said the bill would prevent a hodgepodge of minimum wages in different parts of the state that could potentially harm the business community, really?  Is Oklahoma moving towards telling every city and country what to do?  I thought this was a free country?

At the same time, Fallin signed some other bills including tax credits for banking institutions and public investments.  Good job, give more tax credits to the rich and well off folks while leaving poor people in the dust!  Some people that say the minimum wage should not be increased say most of the people working at minimum wage jobs are students or people wanting only part-time work.  And these people are so wrong!  The average age for a person working a minimum wage job is 35 years old.  A half million people working minimum wage jobs are college graduates.  And 90% of people who would benefit from a hike in the minimum wage are over 20 years old.  Get the message, because of the bad economy, older adults with families to support are working minimum wage jobs, and it’s not right!

Years ago, the city of Talladega was about to get a Louisiana grocery store chain to move into town.  But there was one problem, the business had employees who were union represented, and that meant everyone working there had a good pay.  Not a huge amount of pay, but enough to live comfortably.  Some employees, like the bagboy for example, made more than a bagboy working at another store in town.  So the city council rejected the store from coming into town, because they were afraid the higher wages would drive up the costs of other things, really?  Even today, the Honda Plant in Lincoln will not work with the city of Talladega.  And the Talladega/Sylacauga region is the 5th poorest region in America.

So my point is this, yes, Oklahoma has more jobs available than what is available in Alabama.  But playing politics and denying cities an opportunity to raise their minimum wage is a slap in the face to all low-income working people in Oklahoma.  I thought this was also a good time to bring this up.  With more and more jobs becoming a thing of the past, what are people who can not find anything going to do?  Hope they can get on Social Security Disability?  Not everyone has an opportunity to find a job.  Some have gone through so many jobs no one will consider them.  Some have been unemployed for years, and employers look the other way.  And some are not attractive, and no amount of work experience and college education will help them.

From the CNN opinion article written by David Wheeler, what if the government guaranteed an income for everyone each month?  Just enough money to take care of the basic needs of everyone, like rent and utilities.  The current government safety net programs like Food Stamps and welfare costs more than $1 trillion a year!  If the United States Government gave everyone a monthly basic income, all welfare programs could end, people who are struggling could be comfortable with the funding to pay their bills, people would be lifted out of poverty, and economies in poorer areas would improve!

People who are struggling with long-term unemployment, like me, would gain some huge  psychological benefits knowing that people with no work do not have to worry about food and shelter.  Look, technology and new technology in the future will eliminate more and more jobs, even in places like China and India.  With fewer and fewer jobs available for the growing amount of people around the world, what are people with no prospects of hope going to do?  Starve and live on the streets?   If countries like Brazil and states like Alaska are already giving out money to everyone living there, this country can do the same thing.  Ever watch the series Star Trek?  Money in that series is not a basis for their economy and everyone lives at a comfortable level.

If everyone got a basic income, it does not mean jobs will disappear forever.  People can still find and work at a job and receive a basic income at the same time.  If something is not done, more people are going to remain unemployed, and if safety nets like SNAP are cut, as some politicians are wanting to do, than eventually civil unrest is going to happen.  People will not live in misery without doing something.  A basic income would prevent the misery and potential civil unrest, it’s the right thing to do!

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Herman Cain in Alabama


It is very rare that we get a presidential candidate to come to Alabama.  But on Friday; Republican front runner Herman Cain came to Alabama.  Mr. Cain showed up in a tour bus in Talladega.  And came off the bus wearing a cowboy hat and shaking hands in the crowd.  A good mix of people showed up to this event.  Media from Fox News, ABC News and the Associated Press were there.  And students from the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind and Donoho School were there as well. After a couple of announcements and a singing of the Star Spangled Banner; Mr. Cain received the key of the city from the Talladega mayor.  Then Herman Cain spoke to a very good crowd.  Many in the crowd agreed with what Mr. Cain said during the speech.

Herman Cain spoke a lot about his 9-9-9 plan.  “9-9-9 means jobs, jobs, jobs.”  I thought that was the biggest catch phrase of the speech.  He believed the entire tax code should be thrown out with the 9-9-9 plan.  Cain said that until we replace Obama in the White House; nothing will happen to fix the economy.  He also said we need bold solutions to find work for the 14+ million out of work (like me).  Mr. Cain is a stage 4 cancer survivor and the former CEO of Godfather’s pizza.  He believed that the Founding Fathers believed in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and they also supported the Second Amendment that gives us the right to bear arms and protect our families, our homes and ourselves. Overall he believed God and his family inspired him to run for president and the policies that Obama has enacted made him decide to run for president.  Mr. Cain is a big believer of God.  He thought that everyone has been given skills, abilities, and talents by God and we have a responsibility to use these gifts of God to make a difference in the community.   I thought Mr. Cain gave a great speech and the crowd loved what he talked about.  Some good quotes from The Daily Home Newspaper.

“Fair not by Washington’s definition of fair, but Webster’s (dictionary) definition of fair.”

“A politician proposes stuff that he thinks will pass,” he said. “A businessman proposes solutions to the problem.”

“The Founding Fathers got it right,” he said. “All we have to do is follow their example.”

“And the guy (Obama) in there (the White House) now does?” he asked.

“My foreign policy is the same as Reagan’s policy,” he said. “Peace through strength and clarity.”

“Money is not going to buy you a second term, Mr. President,”

“Stupid people are ruining America,” he said. “They’re clueless to what’s happening to the nation.”

“We need to kick it up a notch,” Cain said of people’s involvement in the political process. “Liberals want you to believe we can’t do this.

“This is not about us,” he said. “This is about our grandchildren.

“What do I do to make a better nation, a better world?”

Cain said there are two plans in life: your plan and God’s plan. He said the journey that he is on is “what the Lord wants me to do.”

“I will put ‘united’ back in the United States of America and push this country back to where it belongs,” he said. “I will never apologize for America’s greatness.”

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