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(Thanks to another DUer for the link -- can't remember who but you know who you are.)

Let's hear it for the awesome job LE has done!

So much of the time on DU too many condemn ALL LE officers because of the bad behavior of a few. I think this crisis has revealed the value of LE and their overall POSITIVE contribution to society. THIS is what the vast majority of police officers do -- their job.

Bravo for a job well done!

Good News: I Got a Job!

I worked the Census in 2009 and then again in 2010. Once my stint was up they mailed me an employment packet that basically made me go through the hiring/test process all over again in order to apply for a Field Representative position (they take surveys for different Fed. departments). I did all of that and, after 3-1/2 years of not hearing from them, had pretty much decided they weren't going to call me.

Out of the blue I get a phone call and the Census wants to do a phone interview. I had to jump through some extra hoops but I got the job! It's only a 6-month (or shorter) assignment and FAAAAAARRRRRR from the $125.00/hr. I used to make (sigh) but it's a job and I'm happy for it. I start April 22 with training in Sacramento.

Tentative Deal on Immigration Farm Workers

Source: capital gazette

A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who's taken the lead on negotiating a resolution to the agriculture issue, didn't provide details, and said growers had yet to sign off on the agreement. The farm workers union has been at odds with the agriculture industry over worker wages and how many visas should be offered in a new program to bring agriculture workers to the U.S.

But Feinstein said she's hoping for resolution in the next day or two.

"There's a tentative agreement on a number of things, and we're waiting to see if it can get wrapped up," Feinstein said in a brief interview at the Capitol.


Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/wire/nation/senator-tentative-deal-on-immigration-ag-workers/article_99f42099-cac5-58fe-bf9c-cd5b1380f164.html

16th Senate District field set with 5 candidates

A week of political drama narrowed the candidate field to two front-runners in the race for the state's 16th Senate District: Bakersfield Democrat Leticia Perez and Hanford Republican Andy Vidak.

But they're not the only ones who will be competing in the May 21 special election.

Democrats Francisco Ramirez Jr. of Riverdale and Paulina Miranda of Fresno, and Peace and Freedom Party candidate Mohammad Arif of Bakersfield, also qualified for the ballot by Friday's filing deadline, according to election offices in Fresno and Kern counties.

The election is the result of former Sen. Michael Rubio's resignation last month. The Bakersfield Democrat took a job with Chevron.



I only know one of these candidates: Paulina Miranda. The local Democrats are NOT supporting her for good reason. I won't elaborate.

Recommended Documentary: "They Killed Sister Dorothy"

Narrated by Martin Sheen it's a story about a nun who went to Brazil to help the indigenous people there. She was killed for defending a project that was designed to give workers plots of land to work. The idea was to engage in sustainable farming in the Amazon that left 80% of the forest left untouched. On the other side are the very few, very rich (sound familiar?) ranchers who are destroying the rain forest for cheap grazing land for their cattle.

Overall it's amazing how much we have in common with the unrepresented peoples around the world who are being exploited because of greed. Just because we're in a First World country doesn't make the injustices any less heinous.

Anyway, I thought it was a fascinating documentary.

The Party Faithful are now trying to equate Elizabeth Warren

with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.


When did THIS start?

DU now has a Good News Group

Here's the link:


There's some really cool stuff in there already. Check it out.

No Room at the Inn

Whoopie Goldberg told this story on "The View" a couple of years ago and it just made me go ferclempt.

Seems there was a young gentlemen with Down's Syndrom who attended church regularly with his family. Christmas was coming up and with it their annual Christmas Play wherein the children re-enact Joseph and Mary searching for a place to rest. Everyone was cast, including this young man who was to play the part of the innkeeper. He had one line: "There's no room at the inn." They rehearsed him and rehearsed him until everyone felt he was ready to play his big role. It got to the part in the play in which he is to speak his line and, sure enough, he says, on cue, "There's no room at the inn" and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. At that point, "Mary" and "Joseph" began walking away across the stage when the same young man says, "But you can stay at my house!" At which point the reverend said, "Amen."

<sniff> (Gets me every time.)

Ation Alert: Tell President Obama to Veto the Monsanto Protection Act

We regret to inform you, but late last week Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill - HR 933. Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry have used their lobbying power to undermine your basic rights.

We need you to sign a petition to President Obama and tell him to veto HR 933 and the Monsanto Protection Act. With the Senate passage of the Monsanto Protection Act, biotech lobbyists are one step closer to making sure that their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

This dangerous provision, the Monsanto Protection Act, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer and farmer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, citizens and the environment.

We are asking that you sign the petition here and then call President Obama and demand that he veto HR 933. Join us in putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act!

Petition at Link:

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