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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
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

New York Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health.

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage the House Intelligence Committee

House Intelligence Committee, which oversees government intelligence operations and agencies, the changing of the guard means a lobbyist for Academi, the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater, is now in charge.

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), the incoming chairman of the Intelligence Committee when the House reconvenes in January, announced that Jeff Shockey will be the new Staff Director of the committee. As a paid representative of Academi, Shockey and his firm have earned $80,000 this year peddling influence on behalf of Academi.

In previous years, the House Intelligence Committee has investigated Blackwater over secret contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. As Staff Director, the highest position on a committee for a staff member, Shockey will oversee the agencies that do business with his former employer.

Shockey also represents a number of other companies with business before defense agencies: General Dynamics, Koch Industries, Northrop Grumman, United Launch Alliance, Innovative Defense Technologies and Boeing.


Ferguson to Increase Police Ticketing to Close City’s Budget Gap

To close a projected deficit for fiscal 2014, which ended June 30, the municipality will deplete a $10 million capital-projects reserve, Jeffrey Blume, Ferguson’s finance director, said in a telephone interview. For the current year, the city is budgeting for higher receipts from police-issued tickets.

“There are a number of things going on in 2014 and one is a revenue shortfall that we anticipate making up in 2015,” Blume said.
“There’s about a million-dollar increase in public-safety fines to make up the difference.”

Revenue from violations, which already represents the city’s second-largest source of cash after sales taxes, will rise to 15.7 percent of receipts in fiscal 2015, from a projected 11.8 percent this year, he said. In 2013, fines brought in $2.2 million, or 11.8 percent of the city’s $18.62 million in annual revenue, according to budget documents.
Last Reserve

Even with the increased ticketing, a $4.09 million revenue shortfall will remain for fiscal 2015. The city will bridge that gap by drawing on its $10.3 million unassigned reserve, the last of its reserve funds, Blume said. Moody’s Investors Service cited an inability to maintain reserves at satisfactory levels as a potential downgrade trigger in a report from December 2012http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-12/ferguson-to-increase-police-ticketing-to-close-city-s-budget-gap.html.

In plain language:
"that shit we pulled of ripping off citizens for spurious tickets, we're gonna do more of it"

Guess what else was hiding in the monster budget bill? turning Ukraine into Viet Nam.

in the tumult surrounding Citigroup's annexation of Congress with the passage of the theatrically dramatic $303 trillion derivative quid-pro-$1.1 trillion spending quo, what most missed is that Congress also unanimously passed the The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which not only expands Russian sanctions but far more importantly, provides "lethal assistance to Ukraine’s military." And as we explained, passage of this law is just the pretext some Russian legislators needed to push for a full-blown, preemptive military incursion in east-Ukraine.



And with that, US "lethal aid" will shortly begin arriving in Kiev, which in turn will be just the pretext needed by Sergey Lavrov and the Kremlin to escalate the recent events in Russia as a direct attack by the West, and to demand retaliation against a US president who "does not reason" as the Russian media will appeal to the population in an attempt to "rally round the flag", and as a result Russian tanks may have no choice but to enter the separatist territories in East Ukraine.

It's not like Putin is in a jovial mood or anything.

In cas anyone has missed seeing this............

Free download of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement draft.

This document is the EU's offer regarding services and investment, presented on the 26th of may 2014.
In particular, it is a list of reservations outlining where the EU is not going to allow full market access to the US, or offer equal national treatment, in respect of services of various classes.

According to its proponents, the agreement opens a way for economic growth and job creation in the participating nations.
On the other hand, critics argue that it implies a deregulation of key markets that limits the acting capacity of national governments in favour of big business. The lack of transparency surrounding the negotiations has been a subject of discontent on both sides of the Atlantic.


I posted in another OP the download page for the TISA (Trade in Services Agreement), here:

Free download of Provisions of the secret TISA negotiations

The following release is a bilingual copy of the Proposal of New Provisions Applicable to All Services and the Annex on Professional Services of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). The main players in the top secret negotiations are the United States and all 28 members of the European Union. However, the broad scope of the treaty includes Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey, adding up almost 70% of all trade in services worldwide.

The TISA negotiations aim to further deregulate the world trade in services outside the framework of the World Trade Organization, as important players and their powerful lobbies attempt to overcome pressure of reform after the financial crisis of 2007. If successful, the ample scope in volume of trades will force other countries inside WTO to accept or lose their ability to compete.

down loadable pdf File starts halfway down page, here:

Cal. Hwy. Patrol: Former military personnel.........adapt well to our paramilitary environment.

From the Hiring page of Cal. Hwy Patrol:

The CHP offers military personnel a unique working environment which utilizes the skills, self-discipline, and life experiences you have developed during military service.
Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP's workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment.
You can use your former military skills and self-initiative to help you promote through the CHP's ranks.

The CHP's salary, medical benefits, and retirement plans are extremely attractive. They include a salary competitive with other California law enforcement agencies; medical, dental, and vision benefits for the entire family; and up to 90 percent retirement based on years of service and age.


Here are the names of the Dems who voted FOR the spending bill that Warren warned against:

the vote was 219-206.

The Dems needed 14 votes to kill the bill.
5 Dems did not vote.

139 Dems and 67 Republicans voted against it.

These 57 Dems gave Citibank the freedom from regulation it wanted:
Wasserman Schultz, D. (D-FL-23)
Sinema, K. (D-AZ-9)
Sherman, B. (D-CA-30)
Sewell, T. (D-AL-7)
Scott, D. (D-GA-13)
Schwartz, A. (D-PA-13)
Schneider, B. (D-IL-10)
Ruppersberger, C. (D-MD-2)
Ruiz, R. (D-CA-36)
Peters, G. (D-MI-14)
Peters, S. (D-CA-52)
Perlmutter, E. (D-CO-7)
Pastor, E. (D-AZ-7)
Owens, W. (D-NY-21)
Norcross, D. (D-NJ-1)
Murphy, P. (D-FL-18)
Moran, J. (D-VA-8)
Miller, G. (D-CA-11)
Meeks, G. (D-NY-5)
McCarthy, C. (D-NY-4)
Matheson, J. (D-UT-4)
Maloney, S. (D-NY-18)
Maffei, D. (D-NY-24)
Lowey, N. (D-NY-17)
Lipinski, D. (D-IL-3)
Kuster, A. (D-NH-2)
Kind, R. (D-WI-3)
Kaptur, M. (D-OH-9)
Hoyer, S. (D-MD-5)
Horsford, S. (D-NV-4)
Himes, J. (D-CT-4)
Garamendi, J. (D-CA-3)
Gallego, P. (D-TX-23)
Foster, B. (D-IL-11)
Fattah, C. (D-PA-2)
Farr, S. (D-CA-20)
Dingell, J. (D-MI-12)
Delaney, J. (D-MD-6)
Davis, S. (D-CA-53)
Cuellar, H. (D-TX-28)
Crowley, J. (D-NY-14)
Costa, J. (D-CA-16)
Connolly, G. (D-VA-11)
Clyburn, J. (D-SC-6)
Clay, W. (D-MO-1)
Carney, J. (D-DE-1)
Richmond, C. (D-LA-2)
Quigley, M. (D-IL-5)
Price, D. (D-NC-4)
Bustos, C. (D-IL-17)
Brownley, J. (D-CA-26)
Brady, R. (D-PA-1)
Bishop, T. (D-NY-1)
Bishop, S. (D-GA-2)
Bera, A. (D-CA-7)
Barrow, J. (D-GA-12)
Barber, R. (D-AZ-2)

These 5 Dems did not vote:

Smith, A. (D-WA-9)
Negrete McLeod, G. (D-CA-35)
Duckworth, T. (D-IL-8)
Cleaver, E. (D-MO-5)
Capuano, M. (D-MA-7


Cheney's holiday pic is out

Found this on Max Keiser's Twitter
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