Madrigal Maniac

Approve “Violence Against Women Act”

The NASW

From the National Association of Social Workers.   The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is due for reauthorization. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill, S. 47, on Tuesday, January 22 to reauthorize VAWA. This bill, which enjoys broad bipartisan support from nearly 60 Senators, would continue proven effective programs and make key changes to…

Brady Reccomendations to the White House on Gun Control

On Wednesday, accompanied by families of victims of gun violence, I met with Vice President Biden’s task force to discuss a set of policy recommendations to reduce gun violence. We believe in the approach being taken by the Vice President. There is no one answer to preventing gun violence. It is a complex problem that…

The Real Reason Romney Lost, Republicans are Mean

Mitt Romney

Since the election there have been many Republicans pundits who are trying to figure out how Ronmney lost. They blame his ground game, his 47% comment, and demographic shifts in the electorate. However, the answer is more simple than that. The Republican party is mean, voters are starting to figure that out, and Romney was…

Charlie Sheen: Addict, Psychopath, or Homophobic

Charlie Sheen

This past Friday Charlie Sheen opened his new club at a posh hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Slash performed at the event which was also attended by L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. During one introduction Sheen was videotaped saying, “How we doing? Lying bunch of faggot ass holes, how we doing?” No one really knows at…

Ignorant Bill to Drug Test Welfare Recipients

Smoking Pot

When I first heard about the bill I did not need to check the political affiliation of the sponsor. It’s mean spirited so of course It’s a Republican. Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster has introduced a bill that would require welfare recipients to answer whether they have used drugs, if they answer yes they will be…

The Legalization of Marijuana

Pot

The November election saw the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. I have had several exchanges with readers regarding the legalization of marijuana. Many assume because I worked for 10 years as an alcohol and drug counselor I would be against it. If you have read this blog, you know that’s not true. I…