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dixiegrrrrl

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 39,162

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

Mormon Church Comes Out in Support of LGBT Rights !!...sorta.



In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to same-sex marriage.

"We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment, and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants, and transportation," Elder Dallin Oaks, a top official of the church, said. " protections are not available in many parts of the country."

"We must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values," church officials stated.
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/mormon-church-comes-out-support-lgbt-rights

Protesters Take Over TPP Fast Track Hearing!

Sign petition here:

http://www.stopfasttrack.com/

Watch the Hearing protest.. 2 minute vid.
&feature=youtu.be

Christie goes all in on Detroit-style manager for Atlantic City

This is the exact same thing that happened in Greece, Italy and Spain...Democratically elected heads were replaced by unknown "managers"
who proceeded to impoverish thousands of workers.

The democratically elected mayor and city council of Detroit, Michigan, had virtually no legal authority from March 2013 to September 2014 after Republican Gov. Rick Snyder put a corporate lawyer in the driver’s seat. Kevyn Orr, the first emergency manager to control a major U.S. municipality, guided the city through the grueling process of Chapter 9 bankruptcy in a process that seemed often at odds with Detroit residents.

Now with Atlantic City in financial turmoil, New Jersey is gambling on Michigan's stringent emergency management system to improve their own hand, but it’s a bet many say shouldn’t even be on the table.

Late last week, New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie installed his own emergency manager to govern Atlantic City. The decaying casino town, though much smaller than Detroit, has found itself in dire straits for similar reasons: Both cities have suffered from shrinking tax bases, widespread poverty and the collapse of an industry that was central to its economy.

Orr has had a hand in managing both fiscal crises; Christie named him as a consultant to Atlantic City’s emergency management team.
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/26/atlantic-city-looks-to-detroit-takeover-as-its-future.html?utm_content=bylines&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow


Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

SANTA CLARA, Calif. In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.

The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project last year after he asked his parents a simple question: How do blind people read? "Google it," they told him.

Snip.....
Intel executives were so impressed with Shubham's printer that in November they invested an undisclosed sum in his startup. Intel officials believe he's the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital, money invested in exchange for a financial stake in the company.http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/01/20/5458746/boy-13-builds-braille-printer.html#emlnl=Top_Stories%3A_Business_Review

How to make your home burglar proof...for FREE.

No need for burglar alarms or Neighborhood watch... Take a hint from this guy.
(found on the web)

I've disconnected my home alarm system and de-registered from the Neighborhood Watch.
Now I've got two Pakistani flags raised in the front yard, one at each corner, and the black flag of ISIS in the center.

The local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching the house 24/7.

I've never felt safer and I’m saving $79.95 a month.


Oh great..just when I thought it was safe to fly again...

Mechanics sue American Airlines, say managers were pressuring them to cut corners on safety, ‘commit maintenance fraud’
A union local representing American Airlines mechanics is alleging in a lawsuit that American Airlines managers are pressuring them to send out airplanes that need repairs and are unsafe.

“In order to improperly keep airplanes in revenue service, Aviation Maintenance Technicians (“AMTs”) at stations throughout the AA system have been subject to ongoing pressure from AA management representatives to commit maintenance fraud, disregard maintenance discrepancies, deviate from federally-mandated maintenance procedures, abstain from required lightning strike and bird strike inspections, and otherwise violate federal aviation standards,” the union alleged.
http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/mechanics-sue-american-airlines-say-managers-were-cutting-maintenance-corners.html/

I had read a few years ago the unions were complaining airlines were outsourcing repairs/inspections to other countries, unskilled workders.

WH: Denies giving out your personal info. re: health insurance, but now says it will stop doing it.

Bowing to an outcry over privacy, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.
The administration made the changes to HealthCare.gov after The Associated Press reported earlier in the week that the website was quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing.

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use, and whether a woman is pregnant.

Officials of the Health and Human Services Department had at first defended their information-sharing practices, saying the outside companies only used the data to analyze the workings of HealthCare.gov and make improvements to the website that benefit consumers. There is no evidence that consumers' personal information was misused, they said.http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c08e8f9667c54c86b36976ab8a338128/apnewsbreak-govt-reverses-health-care-privacy-problem

Remember..when they tell you "there is no evidence..blah blah blah"..that is NOT a denial.
It is an admission. "You have no proof, so we will deny it".

The "In case you were wondering if we really DO have morons in Gov't" WTF of the day:

Treasury Secretary Lew told Bloomberg TV this morning that "lower energy prices are good for the US economy" - seemingly missing
the huge surge in jobless claims,
the lack of clear gains by firms on lower fuel costs,
rig count collapsing,
and homebuilder concerns in Shale states.

Plus the thousands of layoffs from oil companies.

But it was his follow up idiocy that sparked weakness:

*LEW SAYS HE DOESN'T EXPECT OIL PRODUCTION IN U.S. TO DECLINE
*LEW SAYS U.S. CRUDE PRODUCERS CAN HANDLE DECLINE IN OIL PRICES

The reaction - WTI broke quickly to a $45 handle on heavy volume.


Because, you know, there is no such thing as supply and demand at work.

Lovely chart at the link
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-23/wti-hits-45-handle-after-treasury-secretary-lew-says-doesnt-expect-us-crude-producti

Your credit score determines pricing for broadband/phone packages.

I did not know this, until I called Mediacom to get pricing info. which I was then going to use to lower bill of my current ISP/phone provider.

The Media com sales guy said I had to give my personal info. so he could run a credit check
AND
give them a copy of my last bill from my current provider
before he would give me any pricing info.

I thought it was just them being nutz until I read this today:

T-Mobile says overall credit scores will no longer limit customer access to best pricing deals.


Apparently your credit score, even if you pay your bills on time, decides what packing deals you can get.

Anyone else run into this?????

For those who missed it, here is transcript of Joni Enest's speech last night.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/01/20/excerpts-from-joni-ernsts-big-speech-tonight/22073457/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
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