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Am I allowed to try to sell something in a state group?

There are no hosts for my state (Michigan) to ask. I posted a thread in the marketplace but was hoping to sell to someone local. But I definitely don't want to do anything that's frowned upon...

Like-new Dell XPS 15 ultra-thin laptop

I bought this refurbished (but in new condition... couldn't have told) about a month ago. Unfortunately a few nitpicky things about it REALLY bug me so I've been trying to get rid of it so I can buy one I like better. (I bought from an ebay seller who won't take a return for non-defective products). I haven't used it much because of the dislike so it's pretty much in like new condition. I tried to sell it on craigslist and facebook but haven't had any luck, and have been avoiding ebay so far because they take so much off the top and it's a hassle. So I figured I'd try here and see if anyone at DU wants to buy it before I list on ebay.

Here's the craigslist ad with more details: http://annarbor.craigslist.org/sys/4538963197.html

The right's latest anti-choice push (warning: hateful anti-choice language quoted)

So I got this email today on the NewsMax mailing list that I'm subscribed to for some reason and felt like this is something people should know about (searched and didn't see a thread about it already)... seems dangerous

Dear Newsmax Reader,

For over 40 years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life.

They have invented laws that condemned to painful deaths without trial more than 56 million babies for the crime of being "inconvenient."

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling forced abortion-on-demand down our nation's throat.

In the past, many in the pro-life movement have felt limited to protecting a life here and there -- passing some limited law to slightly control abortion in the more outrageous cases.

But some pro-lifers always seem to tiptoe around the Supreme Court, hoping they won't be offended.

Now the time to grovel before the Supreme Court is over.

Working from what the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers can pass a Life at Conception Act and end abortion using the Constitution instead of amending it.

That is why it's so urgent you sign the petition to your Senators and Congressman that I will link to in a moment.

You see, in the coming year it is vital every Member of Congress be put on record.

And your petition today will help do just that.

Signing the Life at Conception Act petition will help break through the opposition clinging to abortion-on-demand and get a vote on this life-saving bill to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A Life at Conception Act declares unborn children "persons" as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, entitled to legal protection.

This is the one thing the Supreme Court admitted in Roe v. Wade that would cause the case for legal abortion to "collapse."

When the Supreme Court handed down its now-infamous Roe v. Wade decision, it did so based on a new, previously undefined "right of privacy" which it "discovered" in so-called "emanations" of "penumbrae" of the Constitution.

Of course, as constitutional law it was a disaster.

But never once did the Supreme Court declare abortion itself to be a constitutional right.

Instead the Supreme Court said:

"We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins . . . the judiciary at this point in the development of man's knowledge is not in a position to speculate as to the answer."

Then the High Court made a key admission:

"If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case , of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the Amendment."

The fact is, the 14th Amendment couldn't be clearer:

". . . nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law."

Furthermore, the 14th Amendment says:

"Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."

That's exactly what a Life at Conception Act would do.

But this simple, logical and obviously right legislation will not become law without a fight.

And that's where your help is critical.

Please click here to sign your petition right away.



By turning up the heat on Congress in 2013 through a massive, national, grass-roots campaign, one of two things will happen.

If you and other pro-life activists pour on enough pressure, pro-lifers can force politicians from both parties who were elected on pro-life platforms to make good on their promises and ultimately win passage of this bill.

But even if a Life at Conception Act doesn't pass immediately, the public attention will set the stage to defeat radical abortionists in the next election.

Either way, the unborn win . . . unless you do nothing.

That's why the National Pro-Life Alliance is contacting hundreds of thousands of Americans just like you to mobilize a grass-roots army to pass a Life at Conception Act. The first thing you must do is sign your petition by clicking here.

They are the key ingredient in the National Pro-Life Alliance's plan to pass a Life at Conception Act. They'll also organize:
... Hard-hitting TV, radio and newspaper ads to be run just before each vote, detailing the horrors of abortion and mobilizing the American people.

... Extensive personal lobbying of key members of Congress by rank and file National Pro-Life Alliance members and staff.

... A series of newspaper columns to be distributed free to all 1,437 daily newspapers now published in the United States.

... An extensive email, direct mail and telephone campaign to generate at least one million petitions to Congress like the one linked to in this letter.

Of course, to do all this will take a lot of money.

Just to email and mail the letters necessary to produce one million petitions will cost at least $460,000.

Newspaper, TV and radio are even more expensive.

But I'm sure you'll agree pro-lifers cannot just sit by watching the slaughter continue.

The National Pro-Life Alliance's goal is to deliver one million petitions to the House and Senate in support of a Life at Conception Act.

When the bill comes up for a vote in Congress, it is crucial to have the full weight of an informed public backing the pro-life position.

I feel confident that the folks at National Pro-Life Alliance can gather those one million petitions.

But even though many Americans who receive this email will sign the petition, many won't be able to contribute. That's why it's vital you give $10, $25, $50, $100, or even more if you can.

Without your help the National Pro-Life Alliance will be unable to gather the one million petitions and mount the full-scale national campaign necessary to pass a Life at Conception Act.

A sacrificial gift of $35 or even $100 or $500 now could spare literally millions of innocent babies in years to come. But if that's too much, please consider chipping in with a donation of $10.

You should also know that a National Pro-Life Alliance supporter wants to make your decision to give easier by agreeing to match your donation, no matter the size, increasing its value by 50%!

So please respond right away with your signed petition.



And please help with a contribution of at least $25 or $35. Some people have already given as much as $500. Others have given $50 and $100.

But no matter how much you give, whether it's chipping in with $10 or a larger contribution of $150, I guarantee your contribution is urgently needed and will be deeply appreciated.

That's why I hope and pray that you will not delay a moment to make a contribution of $1000, $500, $100, $50, $25, or even $10 if you can.

Your contribution to the National Pro-Life Alliance and your signed petition will be the first steps toward reversing Roe v. Wade and waking up the politicians about where our barbarous pro-abortion policy is taking us.

Sincerely,

Rand Paul,
United States Senator
P.S.† The Supreme Court itself admitted -- if Congress declares unborn children "persons" under the law, the constitutional case for abortion-on-demand "collapses."

Please help make that happen. Sign your petition today to the National Pro-Life Alliance to reverse Roe v. Wade, along with a sacrificial contribution of $100, $50, $25.† If that's too much, please consider chipping in with a donation of $10.

You should also know a generous donor has agreed to match all contributions, no matter the size, increasing your gift to the National Pro-Life Alliance by 50%!

GD x-post: Anonymous Customer Gives Waitresses $15,000 Tip After Overhearing Their Conversation

Sorry food not excerpting, I'm on mobile

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024444273

35 Pictures That Prove The World Isnít Such A Bad Place

It's a BuzzFeed collection but I liked it

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-world-isnt-such-a-bad-place

Seattle man who wore clothes with holes, clipped coupons leaves $188M to institutions

Jack MacDonald, who kept a meager lifestyle all his life, was never poor as he appeared but was in fact a secret millionaire. MacDonald's astonishing donations from his will mark the largest philanthropic gift in Washington State this year. It's also the sixth-largest in the country for 2013 so far.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/late-seattle-man-wore-holes-clothes-leaves-behind-188m-article-1.1532305

Don't forget to VOTE today!

Even if you're in an area without any major publicized elections, check if there are small elections or proposals on the ballot. (Sorry, I only know how to do that in Michigan.) In my area, it's just one proposal on the ballot that I haven't even seen any campaigning on, but it's an important one: renewing a millage for the school district.

Remember that with the low turn-out in off-off-year elections, your vote matters even more. I remember going near closing time one year and they had only had around 10 voters all day in my precinct (though that may have been on a "primary" day in an off-year, not sure). This is not a tiny precinct; in 2012 there were hour-long lines. Your vote could make a huge difference in a local election or in renewing a tax millage or something like that.

GD X-Post: Janitor works without pay trying to keep nursing home running after staff leaves

So it's a sad story in general, and there could be an argument that the janitor should have done something different, but the spirit behind it was still very heartwarming and good news. The guy stayed on-site 24 hrs/day trying to make sure the residents were ok. The full article is worth a read.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014636922

Oregon Bartender Tipped With A Lottery Ticket Wins $17,500 (...)

and tries to give it back to the customer who tipped her. He refuses. She gives him a percentage. Good feelings all around. Yay people!

http://consumerist.com/2013/10/07/oregon-bartender-tipped-with-a-lottery-ticket-wins-17500/

I lost my job today...

Sequester and uncertainty caused by government shutdown (company does mostly government contracts).

Yay Republicans!
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