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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
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Ferguson Police Chief to step down today, announcement forthcoming, says news.

Fox News is reporting, via sources, that Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson will resign today following the Department of Justice report. CNN is reporting that Jackson has indicated he is willing to step down, but does not mention timing. The police department has not made any announcement. -


If he wants to save his pension, and his ass, he would be wise to "retire" immediately, given the release of the report about the dept.
Let's hope this is indeed an accurate news leak.

Does this definition of sedition more closely fit what the Gang of 47 did?

conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
synonyms: rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation;
rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence, civil disorder

We used to have a Sedition Act, but it was repealed in 1920.

Petition here to prosecute Repub. Senator' clear violation of the Logan Act by their letter to Iran

The open letter to Iran's leaders by 47 senators of March 9th, warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with the Obama administration won’t last after Obama leaves office, is a clear and direct violation of the Logan Act and is treasonous. This action must not go unaddressed. We petition the White House and the Justice Dept. to take immediate and decisive action.

Please keep kicked and rec'd for others to see and sign.

On edit: There are TWO petitions on the WH Petition site. Sketchy pointed out the other one, which has more than 11,000 sigs, so I have listed the link for it now, above.

( I STILL cannot believe 47 Congress people so proudly broke the law)

More than 300 companies ask US Supreme Court for nationwide marriage equality !!!

WOW...this IS momentous.

A host of the biggest companies in the world, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and 374 others have banded together to file an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court stating that all couples should share the right to marry. The brief, which was filed today by law firm Morgan Lewis, actually makes a business case for legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. It claims that the currently muddled and confusing legal landscape surrounding same-sex marriage "places significant burdens on employers and their employees — making it increasingly hard to conduct business."

The brief argues that the varying state laws around marriage equality makes it harder and more costly for companies to attract and recruit top talent and administer benefits to employees who aren't allowed to marry, among other issues. It's not just huge tech companies coming out in support here, either — the businesses range from smaller, family-owned businesses all the way up to giants like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Comcast, Levis, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Wells Fargo, United Airlines, and dozens more.

The amicus brief was filed in the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, one of several cases that it will hear in April surrounding the marriage equality issue. The Supreme Court's ruling is expected to decide whether the Constitution protects the rights of same-sex couples to marry regardless of what state they live in, or whether specific states are allowed to continue forbidding gay marriage. Currently, 36 states and Washington, DC allow same-sex marriage; some estimates state that as much as 70 percent of the country lives in an area where same-sex marriage is allowed.

Feds Raid California 'Maternity Hotels' for Birth Tourists

I had heard of this, but thought it was a wild tale....turns out, it is a huge business, with over 40,000 tourist births a year!
Please read the article which lists the various frauds involved in birth tourism.

Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as "maternity hotels" for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.

NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into the luxury Carlyle in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.

"I am doing this for the education of the next generation," one of the women told NBC News.

The organizers who allegedly ran the Carlyle site, Chao Chen and Dong Li, used a website to drum up business, touting the benefits of a child with U.S. citizenship: 13 years of free education, low-cost college financial aid, less pollution, and a path for the entire family to emigrate when the child becomes an adult.

Boehner invites Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to address Congress -

Is there precedent for a House Speaker to invite foreign heads of state to address Congress?
Or is this a shadow Gov. that Boner wants to run?

Color me confused, if not forgetful.

Mass. man is selling snow to those who do not have any.....no joke.

MANCHESTER-by-the-SEA, Mass. -- A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

Kyle Waring, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, got the idea while shoveling snow earlier this winter and launched ShipSnowYo.com.

At first he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found the snow melted by the time it arrived at its destination.

So he came up with a new plan, selling six pounds at a time. He tells Boston.com even if the snow melts a little by the time it arrives, the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs.
He says he'll keep selling until people stop ordering.

His website: http://shipsnowyo.com/

Beneful dog food maker sued for illness, death of thousands of dogs

The maker of Beneful pet food is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the popular dog food has led to serious illness or death in more than 3,000 pets.
the suit claims that a mold byproduct used in the eight kinds of Beneful dog food has been found to have caused internal bleeding, liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, seizures, bloat and kidney failure.

Nestle Purina PetCare, the company that produces the food, said on its website that the by-product - propylene glycol -- used in the food is an "FDA-approved food additive that's also in human foods like salad dressing and cake mix."

Propylene glycol, an antifreeze component, and mycotoxins, toxins produced by fungus found in grains, are what is sickening the dogs, the lawsuit says.

The CIA coined the term "conspiracy theory" and what arguments to use against it.

In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the "Official" Narrative

Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” …
and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.
The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation –
and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

Summarizing the tactics which the CIA dispatch recommended:

Claim that it would be impossible for so many people would keep quiet about such a big conspiracy

Have people friendly to the CIA attack the claims, and point back to “official” reports

Claim that eyewitness testimony is unreliable

Claim that this is all old news, as “no significant new evidence has emerged”

Ignore conspiracy claims unless discussion about them is already too active

Claim that it’s irresponsible to speculate

Accuse theorists of being wedded to and infatuated with their theories

Accuse theorists of being politically motivated

Accuse theorists of having financial interests in promoting conspiracy theories

In other words, the CIA’s clandestine services unit created the arguments for attacking conspiracy theories as unreliable in the 1960s as part of its psychological warfare operations

The Soviet Union Dumped Nuclear Submarines, Reactors, and Containers into the ocean.

Scattered across the ocean floor in the cold waters of the Arctic are nuclear submarines and reactors dumped by the Soviets up until the early 1990s.

Now, as energy companies are seeking to drill in those same waters, the Russian government has shown an interest in cleaning up its nuclear waste. But after decades of sitting on the ocean floor, some of the most dangerous pieces may be too unstable to remove, leaving the potential for radioactive material to leak, which could disrupt commercial fisheries and destroy aquatic ecosystems.

Before the London Convention of 1972, an international agreement that prohibited marine dumping, countries were free to use the oceans as a trash heep for nuclear waste. Though the Soviets signed the treaty in the late 1980s, it wasn't until after the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991 that the Russians opened up to the international community about the extent of the Arctic dumping campaign.

Two years ago, the Russian government provided a tally: two submarines, 14 reactors — five of which contain spent nuclear fuel — 19 other vessels sunk with radioactive waste on board, and about 17,000 containers holding radioactive waste. The last known dumping occurred in 1993.
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