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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: 36,876

About Me

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

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Eden Foods following in Hobby Lobby footsteps..

Eden Foods bills itself as the oldest natural foods company in America. Founder Michael Potter started the business as a co-op in 1960s Michigan, long before terms like “macrobiotics” and “clean eating” were commonplace.

snip....
devout Catholic (and sole Eden Foods shareholder) Potter has taken on a new mission: blocking his 150-strong workforce from accessing birth control as part of their Eden Foods insurance plan.

Here's the fun part:

In a letter he wrote in response to a shopper complaint that month, Potter described contraceptives as “lifestyle drugs” akin to “Viagra, smoking cessation, weight-loss” tools and other medications. (He also compared birth control to “Jack Daniels” in a contemporaneous interview with Salon.)


More:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/07/03/hobby-lobby-fallout-catholic-soy-milk-mogul-wont-cover-drugs-that-prevent-procreation/

Good luck with a boycott of that busienss....the brand is HUGE in places like Whole Foods.

Guess what they are calling today, down here in Alabama?????

Freedom Fest.

Our lil town held a Freedom Fest, completel with a beauty pageant.
Contestants ranged from infants ( I kid you not) on up to 18 year olds.
A 2 year old won "Lil Miss Firecracker" first place, in "infant to 4 year old " age group.
a 9 month baby girl got a prize for "most photogenic".

"Let FREEDOM ring" signs all over the place, including the paperbag with my prescriptions from the local pharmacy.

Not a mention of "4th of July".
Newspaper ads for the grocery stores used the word "Holiday". with lots of red white and blue designs.

I am up to here with "Freedom"....

Unlike dumbass Bush, Pres. Obama shows how FEMA is supposed to work in hurricane preparation.

FEMA has deployed a coordination team to North Carolina and prepositioned staff in North Carolina and South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Arthur, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says.

Breaking News story.....................

Hear that? "pre-positioned" staff into the area.

Maybe we will see FEMA work the way it is supposed to.

JPMorgan headm Jamie dimon, announces he has throat cancer.

Posted without comment................


Jamie Dimon, whose eight years atop JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) have made him one of Wall Street’s most powerful leaders, said he’ll start treatment for throat cancer, raising new questions about succession plans at the biggest U.S. bank.

Dimon, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, told employees and shareholders in a memo his condition is curable and that he’ll continue running the firm “as normal” during eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. The treatment will start soon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, limiting his travel, the CEO said.

“The cancer is confined to the original site and the adjacent lymph nodes on the right side of my neck,” he wrote. “Importantly, there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere in my body.”
The illness will revive questions about how the panel would theoretically handle his succession, said Ralph Cole, a portfolio manager at Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc. in Portland, Oregon.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-01/jpmorgan-ceo-dimon-will-undergo-treatment-for-throat-cancer-1-.html

The South Rises Up to Take on Wall Street and High Frequency Trading

This is from an article a couple weeks back, which got little attention.

Southern states are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more. After more than five years of watching their cities and towns suffer foreclosure and mortgage abuse from the biggest firms on Wall Street, rigged Libor swaps impoverishing local governments, and massive stock losses to municipal workers’ pensions, the South is rising up and suing Wall Street over its latest fleecing scheme – high frequency trading.

Snip.......one of the key Southern lawyers involved is Michael Lewis. That’s not bestselling author Michael Lewis; that’s Big Tobacco Cartel suing and winning lawyer Michael Lewis who mightily assisted in bringing the tobacco cartel out of the shadows and changed the health of a Nation forever.

Even more problematic for Wall Street and its hideously shrewd lawyers is that one of the smartest programming brains in U.S. markets, Eric Hunsader, is cooperating with the Southern lawyers.

Why is Hunsader who runs a successful data business involving himself in what is likely to be the biggest legal free-for-all of the century? Andrew Smith of the Guardian shares this with us:
“When Hunsader’s finance friends pointed out that nobody was driving busloads of children over cliffs, he would grab their wallet and remove a $20 bill, then hand the wallet back. ‘Does anyone in the world really care what just happened there?’ he would ask.
‘It makes no difference to anyone but you, and even then not much. It’s just that in a civilised society, we don’t tolerate that. Civilisation breaks down when people don’t follow the rules, because nobody can trust anybody else.’ ”
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/06/the-south-rises-up-to-take-on-wall-street-and-high-frequency-trading/

GM Has Officially Recalled More Vehicles In 2014 Than It Has Sold In The Last 7 Years

Pretty soon there won’t be any General Motors vehicles left on the roadways that haven’t been part of a 2014 recall. On Monday, the company announced the recall of 7.6 million vehicles in the United States – 8.4 million worldwide– most of them for the same inadvertent ignition key rotation that has been linked to at least three fatalities.

In the first campaign, GM is recalling 6.8 million sedans because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the run position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences a jarring event such as hitting a pothole or crossing railroad tracks.

Affected vehicles include:
•1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
•1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique
•1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
•1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
•2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo
•2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

The second announced recall includes 554,328 model year 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS and model year 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX vehicles for the same unintended ignition rotation issue.
Monday’s additional recalls include:

•181,000 model year 2005-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x vehicles, and the 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL SUVs were recalled for a possible electrical short in the driver’s door module. The short could disable the power door lock and window switches and, in rare cases, overheat the module.

More:http://consumerist.com/2014/06/30/gm-has-officially-recalled-more-vehicles-in-2014-than-it-has-sold-in-the-last-7-years/#more-10171427

T-Mobile Accused Of Making A Ton Of Cash From Bogus Charges On Phone Bills

T-Mobile is just the latest phone service to do this crap.
And T-Mobile stole customer money 2 ways:
by cramming unapproved charges on your bill ( they get a kickback for this)
and
by subtracting the cramming fee from your minutes if you are a pre-paid customer.Go to link to see what the phony charges look like on a T-Mobile bill.


The self-described “Un-carrier” has been accused in federal court of making hundreds of millions of dollars off of so-called “premium” text-messaging subscriptions that were often never requested by subscribers.

According to the complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission in a U.S. District Court in Seattle, T-Mobile allowed third parties to participate in what’s known as “bill cramming,” the placing of often-questionable charges for premium services on a phone customers’ bill.

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35-40% of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions (mostly $9.99/month) for things like “flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip.”

Making matters worse, the government claims that T-Mobile sometimes continued to bill customers for these services even after being made aware that they were being operated by scammers.
http://consumerist.com/2014/07/01/t-mobile-accused-of-making-a-ton-of-cash-from-bogus-charges-on-phone-bills/


If you had a mortgage serviced by Ocwen Loan Servicing, and were forclosed on

this may be of interest to you:
There was a 2.1 billion Ocwen national mortgage foreclosure settlement approved in February.
Claims letters are being sent to people who were foreclosed on.

The below info is from the Fla. news, but the settlement and claims also pertain to other states.
Pls. read below to find contact information if you have questions:

The settlement set aside for payments to Ocwen borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012. Those eligible include borrowers who had mortgages serviced by Ocwen, Homeward Residential Holdings LLC (also known as American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc) or Litton Loan Servicing LP.
Ocwen Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, agreed to the $2.1 billion joint state-federal settlement to resolve allegations of mortgage servicing misconduct resulting in premature and unauthorized foreclosures, violations of homeowners’ rights and protections, and the use of false and deceptive documents and affidavits. In addition to the $125 million payment fund, the settlement also provides for $2 billion in the form of first lien principal relief with an estimated $342 million being provided to Florida homeowners.

Packages including a cover letter, claim form, and instructions are being mailed to eligible borrowers beginning last week. A reminder mailing will be sent out the week of Aug. 11. All claims must be submitted by the Sept. 15 deadline. Payment checks should be mailed starting Dec. 3.

People who have questions can call 866-783-5382 for assistance in either English or Spanish. Claimants can file their claims electronically at the website below or submit claims to the address below:

www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com

National Ocwen Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 1917
Fairbault, MN 55021-7172


http://realtime.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/06/30/ocwen-mortgage-sending-claims-forms-to-26000-floridians/

Officer’s Conviction in Cannibalism Case Overturned

This decision has all sorts of implications...........

The 2013 conviction of a former New York City police officer in a plot to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women was overturned late Monday by a federal judge who said there was not sufficient evidence to support it.

The judge, Paul G. Gardephe of Federal District Court in Manhattan, granted the former officer, Gilberto Valle, a verdict of acquittal on the most serious count that he faced, kidnapping conspiracy. He could have faced life in prison on that count.


snip....

“The evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play,” Judge Gardephe said in a 118-page opinion issued late Monday night.

Mr. Valle, who was convicted in March 2013, had not yet been sentenced, and his federal public defenders had asked Judge Gardephe to grant him a new trial, arguing that the Constitution granted people — including police officers — “the right to fantasize about whatever and whomever they like, free from government interference.”
The case had drawn widespread attention both because it involved a police officer and because it raised the question of when does a virtual crime, discussed and plotted in Internet chat rooms, cross over into actual criminal activity, including what kinds of additional steps are needed to create an actual crime.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/nyregion/officers-conviction-in-cannibalism-case-overturned.html?_r=0

What if an agency..say the FBI..had been snooping on those internet chats, and had chosen this guy for one of their sting operations?
You know, like "helping" him go out and buy various things for his fantasy, to stalk a woman, etc?
Sorta like the terrorist cases they have "solved" by setting some nutjob up.

"because of environmental laws, there's not enough paper, thus everybody in the P.O. is out of work"



I watched last night's Real Time, one of the guests was an energetic conservative kid who appeared totally serious when making some of stupidest comments I have ever heard.
Awesomely stupid. He achieved heights of idiotic thinking that even Palin would admire.

For a long time now, I have been able to laugh when fossilized Reich Wingers like McCain and his gang provided fodder for outrage of the day. I figured they would die off soon and leave a vacuum which would be filled with smarter people.
But THIS guy last night..he was a kid...and seemingly dedicated to sharing his cherished views made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Glenn Beck lite, so to speak.

Damn it...they are breeding.
We are doomed.


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