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Miles Archer

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Name: Miles Archer
Gender: Male
Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
Home country: USA
Current location: Nevada
Member since: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 06:49 PM
Number of posts: 4,941

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The LOGO on Yertle the Turtle's "Team Mitch" jacket is WEAK. DU could make a BETTER one, I'll bet.



Well, like Mitt said, the Senate HAS to go red so they can get 'er done.



I do understand that there are people who are going to hear that talking point...the Senate has to swing to Republican control so that they can "end the gridlock" and "get bills on the President's desk" and "he'll sign some and veto others" but they'll finally be able to "get things done"...and BELIEVE it. That's TRAGIC.

That doesn't mean that my head doesn't explode every time they play the clip.

It's been an amazing 6 months. I have worked behind the scenes for a candidate back in Nevada (yes, she is a Democrat). Her opponent went all out for the mudslinging and personal attacks. The election, overall, has been one of the most contentious I've seen...and not just for my friend but for the other positions on the ballot as well. I have been the word smith, I have handled the social media, and I even though I was an English major at San Jose State, it has only been in the last 6 months that I have come to appreciate the power of words...how they can assure people, how they can manipulate them, how little words mean when they come from certain people and how much they can mean when they come from others.

It has been a rare and humbling experience, when her opponent has been talking out of her ass, to sit down and compose a response that says "My opponent has been talking out of her ass" in the most professional and precise way. It's clear that my friend's opponent assumed she'd just go in and do some backstabbing without resistance. It's now to the point where she cannot look my friend in the eye...she just clenches up like the sphincter of a person who's eaten too much cheese.

November 4th is going to be a game-changer, one way or another. My wish is that Mitt goes down in flames yet again, that he won't experience the joy of "Republicans getting things done."

"MISS HIM YET?" UPDATE: "Get Ready For A Lot More George W. Bush On TV"

Get Ready For A Lot More George W. Bush On TV



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/george-bush-book-tv-media-rollout-cbs-today_n_6063088.html?utm_hp_ref=media

NEW YORK (AP) Former President George W. Bush will be back in the public eye as he promotes "41," his upcoming book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

George W. Bush's interview with CBS newsman Bob Schieffer will air in two parts on Sunday, Nov. 9: the first on "Sunday Morning," the second on "Face the Nation." An interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie airs on the "Today" show on Nov. 10. For publication day, Nov. 11, both former presidents will be on "Today" for a discussion with George W. Bush's daughter and "Today" correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.

Other appearances by George W. Bush announced Tuesday by Crown Publishers include interviews on the Fox News Channel and NPR and a private event at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas.

5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better If Everyone Voted (Rolling Stone)

"4 Paragraph Rule" for copyrighted material...please click the link to read the full article.

Oh...and VOTE, too.



5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better If Everyone Voted

Low election turnout perpetuates income inequality and social injustice



http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/5-ways-life-in-america-would-be-better-if-everyone-voted-20141029

By Sean McElwee | October 29, 2014

With Election Day approaching on November 4th, Americans are faced with a perennial question: to vote or not to vote? In the last midterm election, in 2010, only 47 percent of the eligible population voted. Voting patterns typically break down along clear demographic lines: Non-voters tend to be low-income, young and people of color, while those who vote tend to older, whiter and richer than the population at large. Over the last three elections, voter turnout has been consistently 30 points higher among the highest income bracket (those earning more than $150,000 a year) than those in the lowest (those earning less than $10,000). Recent research on the top one percent of the wealth distribution millionaires suggests that members of this group turn out to vote at the staggering rate of 99 percent.

For a long time, political scientists believed that this voting gap was immaterial, and that voters were effectively a "carbon copy" of the non-voting population. They argued that this meant that non-voters were still adequately represented in elections. For a long time, this was likely true but since the late 1980s the class bias in the voting electorate has increased dramatically. At the same, public opinions on economic redistribution, government and regulation have polarized, with the rich rejecting the New Deal consensus in favor of laissez-faire lunacy. This means that our current election system is not representing what Americans really think. Here are five ways that our country would be different if everyone voted:

I cannot be the only person here who is CREEPED OUT by the new Viagra commercial

Here's a satire of it from the "Ellen" show.



MMMMM...Bacon & Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Two months after opening, $200K in taxes kicked back to city, and...

..."recreational marijuana" in El Paso County...specifically, Manitou, next to Colorado Springs...has a measure on the ballot to shut it down.

It originated from the owner of the "Garden Of The Gods Trading Post"...a local businessman and Republican, a guy who could afford to get this on the ballot, so he did.

All of the claims...people moving away, "weed with roots in hell" abuse at the local high school, deviants walking the streets, traffic congestion all over the once-quaint city...it's all crap. No incidents, a business ("Maggie's Farm") that is run like a military complex, and...as I said in the subject line of my post...$2 MILLION in the first two months that resulted in $200K going to the city in taxes.

Here's an article that explains it all. Since most of the paragraphs are one-sentence paragraphs, the article is impossible to excerpt in any meaningful way...you'll just have to click through to get the fulll context:

http://www.koaa.com/news/election-watch-2014-voters-to-decide-on-retail-pot-ban-in-manitou-springs/

Oct 7, 2014 9:14 PM by Maddie Garrett
Election Watch 2014: Voters to Decide on Retail Pot Ban in Manitou Springs

Voters will decide whether to ban retail pot sales in Manitou Springs, just months after the first sales began there. Ballot measure 2G is stirring up controversy in the community, if it passes recreational marijuana sales would come to an end. A "yes" vote on the ballot measure, 2G, would ban retail pot in Manitou Springs and that extra revenue would disappear.

Tim Haas, owner of the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, organized the group "No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs" in an effort to stop the sales.



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Those fears include increased panhandling, a negative reputation, increased crime and drug problems. But so far, there's no concrete evidence that those perceived problems are becoming a reality.

Maggie's Farm does have its medical marijuana license, but currently only sells recreational marijuana at the Manitou Springs location. Conkling wouldn't speculate on what he'll do if the retail pot ban passes.

John Spinello, Inventor Of 'Operation' Game, Can't Afford Real-Life Operation

John Spinello, Inventor Of 'Operation' Game, Can't Afford Real-Life Operation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/27/john-spinello_n_6055174.html



John Spinello earned a small spot in pop culture history 50 years ago when he invented Operation, the battery-powered game that lets kids play surgeon.

But now, the 77-year-old Illinois man needs $25,000 in oral surgery and can't afford to pay for it, having sold the rights to his creation for just $500.

Spinello says he's not bitter and prefers to not focus on the healthcare crisis.

"Look, everyone needs medical care," Spinello told HuffPost Weird News. "I prefer not to dwell on that aspect and focus more on the joy that the game has brought to so many over the years."

Morning Joke just said "I LOVE JEB BUSH" twice in a 60-second span

I mean, I love Jessica Alba, but I don't think I've ever said it twice in the same DAY.



Context: Morning Intern Killer Joe loves him some Jebby but follows up with "But I don't think so," saying BOTH Bush presidents weren't popular with the "Republican base."

Beady Eye (Oasis minus Noel Gallagher) shan't work together again. And the Oasis haters rejoice.

Liam Gallagher Reveals 'Beady Eye Are No Longer'
The band that rose out of Oasis' ashes calls it quits after five years and two studio albums



http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/liam-gallagher-reveals-beady-eye-are-no-longer-20141025

By Daniel Kreps | October 25, 2014

Beady Eye have disbanded, Liam Gallagher revealed in a tweet Saturday. "Beady Eye are no longer. Thanks for all your support," the former Oasis singer wrote. Gallagher's fellow Oasis mate and Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell added, "Thanks to all the Beady Eye fans. I had a blast. See you on the other side. Big Love." A representative for the band confirmed the split with Rolling Stone.

Following the Oasis breakup in the summer of 2009, Gallagher invited Bell as well as Oasis' guitarist Gem Archer and drummer Chris Sharrock to join him in "something new." The band released a pair of well-regarded studio albums, 2011's Different Gear, Still Speeding and 2013's BE, but never reached the Britpop heights of their previous entity.

Earlier this year, Beady Eye canceled their two Coachella slots "for reasons beyond our control," the band tweeted at the time without going into further detail. In fact, that February 28th announcement regarding Coachella was the last time Beady Eye's social media accounts posted anything, and their official website's news section has been dormant since early February 2014. A month later, the band split with manager Scott Rodger. The band's final shows together were two concerts in Japan in March 2014.

While NME writes that fans are already clamoring for an Oasis reunion following the Beady Eye split, especially with the (What's The Story) Morning Glory? 20th anniversary reissue out, Noel Gallagher is currently working on his High Flying Birds project. That outfit will release their new LP Chasing Yesterday in March 2015. The album's final track, "The Ballad of the Mighty I" features former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who recently brought out Noel Gallagher to perform Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" during a show at London's O2 Academy Brixton.
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