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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: 40,885

About Me

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

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Remember the pro-cannabis mother whose son was taken away by cops?

There is now a Go Fund Me set up for her legal defense.
http://www.gofundme.com/rw8p88r

Thought it would be cool if this group wanted to help her out.

Here is her story, which is also on the link.

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.

After her son spoke out about medical marijuana, police detained him and launched a raid on Shona Banda’s home. “Well, they had that drug education class at school that was just conducted by the counselors… They pulled my son out of school at about 1:40 in the afternoon and interrogated him. Police showed up at my house at 3… I let them know that they weren’t allowed in my home without a warrant… I didn’t believe you could get a warrant off of something a child says in school.” Banda continued, “We waited from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock. They got a warrant at 6 o’clock at night and executed a warrant into my home. My husband and I are separated, and neither parent was contacted by authorities before was taken and questioned.”

“They subsequently conducted a raid and then called me when the raid was over letting me know that there was a list of items they took on my kitchen table, I was allowed to go home, and gave me his word I would not be arrested in person or at work and that charges would be given to me in a postcard in the mail. I have not been charged with anything at this point, but I have a hard time believing that it’s OK for them to interrogate my child without parental consent for hours,” said Banda. A report by The Human Solution International notes that officers found 2 ounces of cannabis and an ounce of cannabis oil during the raid.

Banda then described the actions that the State of Kansas began to take in an effort to take her son from her, “On the 24th, he was taken into custody. That was on a Tuesday. He was taken out of town Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday we had a temporary hearing… and temporary custody was granted to my ex. Now the only reason why temporary custody was granted to my ex is because the judge said something to the effect that the amount of cannabis found in my home was going to possibly be felony charges and it was pointless letting the child return home to his mother.” She believes that the state is trying to take her son away and said, “The state is trying to deem it to where is not fit and I’m not fit and they’re trying to take custody of our child.”

Did you know that Google has a people finder for disasters?

This is what the page looks like for the Nepal earthquake:
http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake

That will hopefully come in handy for USA now, we are in tornado season.

Cruz just introduced a bill to to limit the jurisdiction of Federal courts re:same sex marriage

Senate bill 1080.
Introduced:
Apr 23, 2015
Status:
Referred to Committee on Apr 23, 2015
This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 23, 2015, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.
Sponsor:
Ted Cruz
Junior Senator from Texas
Republican
Prognosis:
2% chance of being enacted

Posting this to add to the list of Cruz watch items.


Man, this photo brings back feelings........seems a 100 years ago.



**How much of my social security benefit may be taxed? **online calculator

Easily and quickly find out your Soc. Sec. tax rate:
http://www.calcxml.com/calculators/how-much-of-my-social-security-benefit-may-be-taxed

PLUS, this site has dozens of other fast calculators for mortgages, car payments, retirement earnings, etc. Worth checking them out.
http://www.financialcalculators.com/

to Warren Stupidity who posted about the SS tax issue, can be found here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026550526

Green Tree Must Refund Consumers $48M For Array Of Deceptive Practices



According to the CFPB complaint , Green Tree – a national mortgage servicing company specializing in servicing delinquent loans purchased from other lenders
– failed to honor modifications for loans transferred from other servicers,
- demanded payments before providing loss mitigation options,
- delayed decisions on short sales
- and harassed and threatened overdue borrowers.

On a number of occasions, the FTC and CFPB allege that Green Tree – which markets itself as a “high touch” servicer making frequent collection calls – failed to honor loan modifications that consumers had entered into with their prior servicers and insisted that the consumer pay their original, higher monthly payment.

The company also purportedly failed to obtain the information and documentation from the prior servicer that was needed to accurately collect payments from consumers, the complaint states.

Additionally, the servicer allegedly
- demanded payments before providing loss mitigation options,
-delayed decisions on short sales,
-and resorted to illegal practices to collect mortgage payments from consumers who fell behind on their loans,
-including the use of false threats, repeated calls, and revealing debts to third parties, like employers.

More information at link, which may affect you if you have a Green Tree mortgage.
http://consumerist.com/2015/04/22/mortgage-servicer-must-refund-consumers-48m-for-array-of-deceptive-practices/

Pls. kick so others can see this important settlement.

Taliban, ISIS announce war against each other in Afghanistan

April 20, Kabul, Afghanistan: The police chief of southern Helmand province, Nabi Jan Mullahkhel said Sunday that the Taliban and ISIS groups have announced jihad against each other. Helmand province has been considered the hotbed of the Taliban and also the largest producer of opium. The turf war between the ISIS and the Taliban is not something secret as Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS has called the Taliban’s leader Mullah Omar “a fool and an illiterate warlord”.
Al-Baghdadi who had fought under the banner of al-Qaeda against then Soviet’s troops in Afghanistan, said that Mullah Omar doesn’t deserve spiritual and political credibility. Last week, the Taliban leader ordered its fighters not join the ISIS and never let its flag to be hoisted on Afghan soil however despite that some insurgents are joining the ISIS perhaps for lavish resources and international caliphate ideology. Mullahkhel, said that they have received documents that show both the groups have announced jihad against each other. http://www.theoslotimes.com/taliban-isis-announce-war-against-each-other-in-afghanistan/

So, are we arming the Taliban again?

LAPD officer charged with assault in videotaped beating

A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged in connection with a videotaped incident in which a man alleged he was beaten and kicked while being held down by other officers in South L.A., authorities said Monday.

Officer Richard Garcia was charged with one count of assault under the color of authority in connection with the Oct. 16, 2014, arrest of Clinton Alford Jr., said Deputy Dist. Atty. Oscar Plascencia.

Alford has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the officers involved, alleging he was not resisting at the time he was struck. The 22-year-old was initially arrested on suspicion of drug possession and resisting arrest, but prosecutors later declined to pursue the charges.

Garcia, 34, pleaded not guilty to the charge in a downtown L.A. courtroom on Monday afternoon. If convicted, prosecutors said, he faces up to three years in County Jail.

Alford had surrendered to police, but Garcia “allegedly went on to assault the man while he was laying prone on the ground,” according to a statement from the district attorney’s office.
http://tinyurl.com/kysj5x5

Cook County, Ill., attorney to no longer prosecute for misdemeanor amount of marijuana!!!!!

Breaking News headline just now.

ok...found a newspaper source:


Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a news conference Monday to announce reforms to low-level drug offenses, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases, a spokeswoman said Sunday.

"If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute that case," Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly said. This program will be for people with less than three arrests or citations, she said.

The announcement, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the state's attorney's office, is part of the sweeping overhaul that will also address how the office prosecutes small amounts of recreational drugs including Ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.

Alvarez is expected to detail the creation of an alternative prosecution program aimed at diverting nonviolent, repeat drug offenders out of the criminal justice system, her office said in a news release Sunday afternoon. The program, designed for those charged with Class 4 felony possession — currently punishable by up to a $25,000 fine or one to three years in prison, or both — will attempt to address chronic drug use and addiction as a public health issue. Repeat offenders are expected to be linked with social service agencies for treatment rather than face criminal penalties.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-drug-policy-reform-met-20150419-story.html

Baltimore man dies, was healthy at arrest, spine 80% severed at neck in custody

Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man injured during an arrest by Baltimore police last week, died Sunday morning at Shock Trauma, according to family members and a hospital spokesperson.
Gray's death comes a week after his arrest and just hours after a protest was held at Baltimore police headquarters.


Snip:
Four bicycle officers tried to stop Gray about 9 a.m. on April 12 in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. for an alleged violation that police have not disclosed. He ran, police said, and the officers caught him and restrained him on the ground while awaiting backup.
According to a police timeline he was fine when he was loaded into a van to be taken to the district station, but was injured by the time he got out. He suffered a broken vertebra and an injured voice box, his family said.


Snip:

Gray was healthy at the time of the arrest, which Murphy said occurred "without any evidence he had committed a crime." Murphy said Gray's spine was "80 percent severed at his neck" when he was in custody. Murphy said Gray "lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and on Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life.

"He clung to life for seven days" before dying Sunday morning, Murphy said.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-freddie-gray-20150419-story.html
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