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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
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Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

Mobile County ( Republican) License Commissioner indicted.

Here's the thing...she ran unopposed the election that put her in office, now both she and her deputy are indicted for financial and political fraud.
They could NOT find one Dem. to run against her, that is how locked up this state is.

MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile County's License Commissioner Kimberly Hastie and Deputy License Commissioner Ramona Yeager have been indicted on federal charges.

Hastie and Yeager are suspected of misusing county funds and deceiving the Mobile County Commission, according to the indictment filed in federal court in Mobile.

The indictment document accuses Hastie and Yeager of falsifying invoices and misappropriating funds in order to "obtain political lobbying and consulting services and personal benefits without the knowledge and oversight of the County Commission and at the expense of Mobile County taxpayer dollars."

The oldest continuously inhabited place in the world. And its got oil.

Erbil Revealed

The 100-foot-high, oval-shaped citadel of Erbil towers high above the northern Mesopotamian plain, within sight of the Zagros Mountains that lead to the Iranian plateau. The massive mound, with its vertiginous manmade slope, built up by its inhabitants over at least the last 6,000 years, is the heart of what may be the world’s oldest continuously occupied settlement. At various times over
its long history, the city has been a pilgrimage site dedicated to a great goddess, a prosperous trading center, a town on the frontier of several empires, and a rebel stronghold.


Link has pic and allows further reading in pdf format.

This is the city in Iraq that the US was especially keen to protect, and which has been under attack by ISIS.
Very good read.

Which one of you brought the Thanksgiving Day card for Admins?????

Probably time to post it, don't ya think?

Here's mine:

Push to Boycott Black Friday in Wake of Ferguson Decision........ what say you?

The movement, also known as the “No Justice, No Profit” boycott, is gaining steam on social media, especially on Twitter,
where the hashtags #BlackFridayBlackOut, #BlackFridayProtest and #BoycottBlackFriday are being used to spread the message:

The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is encouraging protesters to hit the nation “where it hurts” and boycott any holiday spending.

Listing of planned BOYCOTT BLACK FRIDAY mall demonstrations in solidarity with Ferguson, calling for "No Justice, No Profits"

On a lighter note: The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State (Frog eye salad....really?)

Check out your state on the map, , and can anyone tell us what's up with Frog Eye Salad?????

(if anyone can post the map, that would be marvelous)


Of all that has been said and written about Ferguson, I found this to be the most profound.

Am I the only one who is struck so deeply by this?

In Ferguson, Missouri, a festering truth about the entire United States has come to light.

What Ferguson has made clear, specifically, is that the social contract has been broken.
......we are seeing nothing less than the state proving itself illegitimate.

When the decisions of a justice system are so repugnant to a significant mass of people that the state apparatus expects and must contend with popular unrest, then this political system has lost the grounds on which political legitimacy is based.
When, on Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson ahead of the grand jury decision,
I like to think the ghost of Jean Jacques Rousseau looked on and whispered through the icy Missouri air, "Rise up."

The social contract is broken, Rousseau stated, when a government does not represent the general will of the sovereign — the sovereign being the people, united — and when justice is not the expression of the general will of the people. And so, in Ferguson, where the National Guard must be called for fear that people will be moved to violence because of the decisions of our justice system, the social contract, it seems, is broken.

This, for Rousseau, would be grounds enough for revolution.

Grand Jury doc dump, get them here:

We might want to keep this kicked for the morning crowd...



Darren Wilson, recalling shooting, said Michael Brown looked like demon.

Those were the words he shared with a grand jury. And late Monday, Wilson's explanation of that deadly day in early August became public for the first time, in a small part of an enormous trove of documents released by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

Interesting choice of words,,,,

CNN hits a new low:

" Obviously there's the smell of marijuana in the air..." --Jason on CNN.

Tweeted by Jeremy Scahill just now.

How irresponsible is tv coverage tonight?

Michael Brown Sr. in Canfield handing out turkey for Thanksgiving.

Hope someone here can copy and post the pic so evryone can see what is written on his shirt....


Looks as if Christie has another scandal brewing.

Chris Christie's Political Confidant And New Jersey Pension Overseer Resigns

During today's meeting of the New Jersey State Investment Council, private equity executive Robert Grady announced he is stepping down from the chairmanship of the panel. Christie has called Grady a "friend of mine for nearly 40 years" whom he relies on for political advice.

In recent months, campaign finance documents revealed that under Grady’s leadership, the state has awarded lucrative pension management contracts to hedge fund, private equity, venture capital and other so-called “alternative investment” firms whose executives made campaign contributions to Christie's campaign, his state party, the Christie-led Republican Governors Association and the Republican National Committee. The donations included a $10,000 contribution from Massachusetts Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to the New Jersey Republican State Committee just months before Baker’s firm was given a New Jersey pension investment.

The donations were made despite New Jersey and federal rules aiming to restrict contributions to state officials like Christie who oversee pension investment decisions. Documents uncovered by International Business Times showed that Grady, a former Carlyle Group executive, was in regular communication with Christie’s campaign officials at the time the campaign was raising money and he was overseeing the state's pension investments. Grady pushed New Jersey to move pension money into an investment in which his private financial firm was also investing, documents revealed. New Jersey also invested in Carlyle Group funds during Grady's tenure, though he recused himself from final votes on those investments.

New Jersey's largest union has filed a complaint with the state ethics commission about the donations, and New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation to strengthen existing restrictions on campaign donations to state officials from firms managing state pension money.
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