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Stuart G

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About Me

I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn..

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Could an Unkown Civil Libertarian Unseat Susan Collins?...John Nichols, The Nation

The Nation
John Nichols,
April 16, 2014


The woman who could be the future of progressive politics in America is sitting at the back table of an Indian restaurant in Portland, Maine. It’s early evening, she’s got a list of names, and she’s wearing out her cellphone. US Senate candidate Shenna Bellows doesn’t do downtime. While she waits for a meeting, the upstart Democrat makes the calls she says will upset an entrenched Republican incumbent. These aren’t the kinds of calls most candidates make: to big donors in distant cities with agendas even more distant from the concerns of the people she hopes to represent. Bellows is calling the people: nurses and teachers, lobster-boat captains and farmers, students and union activists. And she’s asking them to counter not just big money but a broken politics that values party labels and personalities more than ideals and movements.

Bellows knows she can’t match the millions her opponent, three-term Senator Susan Collins, has banked—or the millions that wealthy donors are ready to spend in Maine and other states to make Mitch McConnell the Senate’s next majority leader. The Democrat is satisfied if the Mainers she calls give $5. That’s because Bellows isn’t really dialing for dollars. She’s dialing for activists. “We had over 200 volunteers gathering signatures in Maine to put me on the ballot. They were talking to friends and family members about who I am and what our campaign represents,” she explains. “We then invited the signature-gatherers to speak on my behalf at Democratic caucuses. So we had 100 volunteers speak at 150 different caucuses across the state. This is the movement that we are building: a movement for social justice, environmental justice and economic justice. And it’s working.”

Texting While Driving..most graphic, these are actors and actresses.

This did not really happen here...but..
these types of accidents have happened, and will happen. This was taken from a longer film about this issue, and it was put up to get the word out, cause people didn't watch the entire drama/documentary. Only 4min 16 sec..

U.S. Jobless Claims Hover at Pre Recession Levels

Source: Reuters

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:59am EDT

(Reuters) - New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week, offering further evidence of the economy's underlying strength.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. They stayed close to a 6-1/2 year low touched the prior week.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast first-time applications for jobless benefits rising to 315,000.

U.S. Treasury yields hit session highs on the data, while stock index futures and the dollar were little changed.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/us-usa-economy-idUSBREA3F0U920140417

When ‘Liking’ a Brand on line Voids Your Right to Sue : New York Times, Business


APRIL 16, 2014

Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?

General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.

Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site.

In language added on Tuesday after The New York Times contacted it about the changes, General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Corporations out to screw the consumer's rights. !!!!!

Alaska GOP er Apologizes for Calling Breastfeading ..Smart and Sexy

Source: Talking Points Memo

– April 15, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

An Alaska Republican state lawmaker apologized after calling breastfeeding "smart and sexy" in a press release publicizing her resolution.

The Republican House majority sent out a press release Monday titled "Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote Breastfeeding," according to political blogger Amanda Coyne.

On Tuesday, Rep. Shelley Hughes (R) issued an apology for the press release, according to the Huffington Post.

"My intent was to draw attention to this incredibly important issue. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of attention I hoped to receive. I take full responsibility for the headline. I apologize for the poor choice of words, and am sorry if I offended anyone," she said in a statement.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/alaska-lawmakers-apology-breastfeeding-comment

Huge "Big Boy" Steam Locomotive Coming Back to Life


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.

It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains.

"It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we ever thought would happen," said Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains, a magazine that covers the railroad industry.

"Something that's so large and powerful and magnificent, we didn't think any of them would ever come back," he said.

No one who knows about steam locomotives could have believed that one of these huge "Big Boys" would ever run again. An amazing project.

"Three Ways the Nevada Rancher Could Wind Up Behind Bars." Think Progress


Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy speaks like a man from another century. In an interview with conservative radio host Dana Loesch, Bundy claims that “this is a sovereign state of Nevada.” Though he swears that he will “abide by all of Nevada state laws,” he adds that “I don’t recognize United States Government as even existing.”

Last week, that idiosyncratic belief nearly triggered a violent conflict with federal officials. For two decades, those officials have tried and failed to keep Bundy from illegally grazing his cattle on federal land. They’ve obtained three court orders — one of them as long ago as 1998 — requiring Bundy to remove his cattle from federal land. The more recent orders, both from 2013, gave Bundy 45 days to comply or else “ _______________________________________________________________________

(from the article.. see all at link

1) Contempt of Court:
The normal sanction when a person subject to a court order refuses to comply with it is contempt of court. Contempt, according to a manual provided to federal prosecutors, is “an act of disobedience or disrespect towards the judicial branch of the government, or an interference with its orderly process.” By law, federal courts may “punish by fine or imprisonment, or both” when someone engages in “isobedience or resistance to its lawful writ, process, order, rule, decree, or command.”

2) Criminal Charges for Threats To Federal Officers

Federal law provides that anyone who “threatens to assault, kidnap, or murder, a United States official, a United States judge a Federal law enforcement officer . . . with intent to impede, intimidate, or interfere with such official, judge, or law enforcement officer while engaged in the performance of official duties, or with intent to retaliate against such official, judge, or law enforcement officer on account of the performance of official duties” may be fined or imprisoned for up to 10 years (although a threat to assault carries a maximum sentence of only 6 years). So, if Bundy or his supporters threatened federal officials or law enforcement officers who were enforcing the court order against him, they could have committed a serious crime.

5-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots 2 Children At S.C. Birthday Party

Talking Points Memo

Caitlin MacNeal – April 14, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

A 5-year old on Saturday accidentally shot and killed a 7-year-old and injured a 5-year old at a Gaston, S.C. birthday party, police told WOLO TV.

The child accidentally took a loaded rifle from the trunk of a car while looking for a toy gun that was also in the vehicle, according to investigators.

The bullet hit the 7-year-old girl in the chest and the 5-year-old in the arm, the Lexington County police told WOLO News.

Investigators did not know whether they would be pressing any charges

Navajo Families Receive Electricity For the First Time.

Yahoo News, AP


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso.

The couple who raised eight children in the LeChee area of the Navajo Nation did so without a power line running to their home. For Margie Tso, that meant laundering clothes in a tub with a washboard and cooking food on a wood stove. The children did homework under the light of a kerosene or gas lamp and did not have television.

At night, the lights from a nearby power plant illuminated their ranch, but decades would pass before a power line was extended to their home. When Margie Tso heard of a project to connect her home and dozens of others to the power grid, she watched as each power pole came closer and closer. On Monday, the Tsos had electricity for the first time.

Their children "grew up a little bit on the rough side, and so did we along with them," Margie Tso told The Associated Press. "But we made it through, and now we're going to enjoy these lights."

Electricity is a basic necessity in most people's lives but one that is considered a luxury on portions of the Navajo Nation. Across the 27,000 square-mile reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, an estimated 15,000 homes do not have electricity, said Deenise Becenti, a spokeswoman for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.

Nevada Cattle Rancher..vs Waco...

Let's say they fought it out...ok....?????

Do youremember this....Waco ??? ....(.February 28 and April 19, 1993.)

The incident began when the ATF attempted to raid the ranch. An intense gun battle erupted, resulting in the deaths of four agents and six Branch Davidians. Upon the ATF's failure to raid the compound, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the standoff lasting 51 days. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out. During the attack, a fire engulfed Mount Carmel Center and 76 men, women, and children,
Much dispute remains as to the actual events of the siege. A particular controversy ensued over the origin of the fire; a government investigation concluded in 2000 that sect members themselves had started the fire. The events at Waco were cited as the primary motivation for the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City bombing that took place exactly two years later in 1995.(.bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others).....(April 19, 1995)


So, avoiding even the possibility of something like Waco, is in my opinion, a very good thing. Lots of talk, no one hurt.. Let people talk. When we avoid even the possibility of lots of deaths, and worse, that is wisdom...
Maybe, we have learned something.
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