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Like I said got it, I just don't agree with the third way I guess.

Trump 41%, Clinton 39%

Monday, May 02, 2016

Last week, Rasmussen Reports gave voters the option of staying home on Election Day if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the big party nominees, and six percent (6%) said that’s what they intend to do for now. Clinton and Trump were tied with 38% support each; 16% said they would vote for some other candidate, and two percent (2%) were undecided.

But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed. Trump also now does twice as well among Democrats as Clinton does among Republicans.


At least 20 states could vote on marijuana legalization in 2016

2016 might be the year that shatters marijuana prohibition.

Marijuana initiatives are sweeping across the nation this year, and already 20 states report marijuana legalization ballot measures in the November 2016 elections, as reported by SFGate.

That means 20 more states could legalize medical or recreational marijuana this year. If so, they’d be joining 35 states that have already legalized some form of recreational or medical marijuana.


How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World

ONE ICY MORNING in February 2012, Hillary Clinton's plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria's bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria had signed a five-year, $68 million deal, granting US oil giant Chevron millions of acres in shale gas concessions. Bulgarians were outraged. Shortly before Clinton arrived, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets carrying placards that read "Stop fracking with our water" and "Chevron go home." Bulgaria's parliament responded by voting overwhelmingly for a fracking moratorium.

Clinton urged Bulgarian officials to give fracking another chance. According to Borissov, she agreed to help fly in the "best specialists on these new technologies to present the benefits to the Bulgarian people." But resistance only grew. The following month in neighboring Romania, thousands of people gathered to protest another Chevron fracking project, and Romania's parliament began weighing its own shale gas moratorium. Snip.

Cont: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/hillary-clinton-fracking-shale-state-department-chevron

Hillary on Marijuana Legalization and 4 more major issues.


Clinton's stance on marijuana could be a major issue in the 2016 election, as support for legalization grows. A 2013 Gallup poll found that 58 percent of Americans favor legalization. For those ages 18-29 the percentage of people who support legalization is 67 percent.

In terms of Clinton's stance on the issue, advocates are skeptical.

"She is so politically pragmatic," Alan St. Pierre told CNN. St. Pierre is the director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "If she has to find herself running against a conservative Republican in 2016, I am fearful, from my own view here, that she is going to tack more to the middle. And the middle in this issue tends to tack more to the conservative side."

During the 2008 election Hillary Clinton was not in favor of decriminalization, which is a step below legalization. Since then, however, her views have become watered down and vague.

"I'm a big believer in acquiring evidence," Clinton told NPR affiliate KPCC in July of 2014. "And I think we should see what kind of results we get, both from medical marijuana and from recreational marijuana, before we make any far-reaching conclusions. We need more studies. We need more evidence. And then we can proceed."

She issued a similar refrain during a town hall discussion with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "On recreational, you know, states are the laboratories of democracy. We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now," Clinton said in reference to Colorado and Washington, which legalized marijuana "I want to wait and see what the evidence is."

In the same interview Clinton addressed the issue of medical marijuana saying: "At the risk of committing radical candor, I have to say I think we need to be very clear about the benefits of marijuana use for medicinal purposes. I don't think we've done enough research yet, although I think for people who are in extreme medical conditions and who have anecdotal evidence that it works, there should be availability under appropriate circumstances. But I do think we need more research because we don't know how it interacts with other drugs." Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states and in Washington, D.C.

The former Secretary of State, however, is not likely to try the drug herself. "I didn't do it when I was young, I'm not going to start now," she told Amanpour.

Continued: http://www.attn.com/stories/1403/hillary-clinton-five-things-2016

Coal Mine Executive Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Explosion Killed 29.

I'll never forget this anti union tea-bagging asshole! After ignoring miners safety issues he kills 29 miners and all this asshole gets is one stinking year!

One Year in Prison After Explosion Killed 29

Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in federal prison for safety lapses connected to a deadly West Virginia coal mine explosion.

A jury in federal court convicted Blankenship in December of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards, connected to an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 that killed 29 men. One year in prison was the maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charge.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger also imposed the maximum fine, $250,000.

In a brief statement during the sentencing hearing, Blankenship said, "It is important to everyone that you know that I'm not guilty of a crime." He told families of the miners that they were "great guys, great coal miners." snip


Wage stagnation in one easy chart!




Here's one for you.

Yesterday I was at Costco buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Necco, the Wonder Dog,
which weighs 191 lbs. (The dog, not the bag.)  I was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked
if I had a dog.

      What did she think I had, an elephant?

      So because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her
      that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I
      added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital
      last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in
      an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my
      orifices and IVs in both arms.

      I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way
      that it works is, to load your jacket pockets with Purina Nuggets
      and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food
      is nutritionally complete so it works well, and I was going to
      try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone
      in line was now enthralled with my story.)

      Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog
      food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant
      and a car hit me.

      I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

      Costco won't let me shop there anymore.
      Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the
      time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

Labs are in my opinion the best breed in the world. CONTINUED:

Back in the 1980's I had a Yellow Lab named Dusty. My son was wanting a Lab for a pet. I went to the Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show that year and an Indiana retrievers club was selling raffle tickets on this little yellow lab puppy with championship bloodlines. So I spent one dollar and bought one ticket. I showed my grade school son when I got home the ticket showing proof that I was trying to get him one. He said I sure hope we win. I never dreamed I would actually win the puppy, but I did. Maybe my rural route address on the raffle ticket helped in the retrievers club decision???

Anyways I couldn't back out because I did promise my son. So we drove to Kokomo, Indiana and got the puppy. The whole family fell in love with him. There were times though when he tested me. Like the time I was watching TV and everything went snowy. I had a ten foot C Band satellite dish outside and there was Dusty chewing and yanking on the wires. He loved bringing me home things he found in my rural neighborhood. My neighbors left steel toe boot, and even a fold up lawn chair but I never did find out where that came from.

I never seen a dog so perfect for a young boy. When my son was in little league he would practice hitting the ball and of course Dusty was always eager to play. My son would hit the ball and Dusty with his tail wagging would run and retrieve it and drop it right at his feet. He loved swimming with the boys down at the creek. The boys would throw a rock in the water and Dusty would swim out to where the rock entered the water. But, then he would do something I never seen a dog do. He would swim underwater and bring up a rock and bring it back to the boy who threw the rock.

I had an old CJ 7 Jeep that Dusty thought was his. Anytime I fired up the old Jeep, Dusty would be there sitting in the passenger seat and slobbering all over the side window. One day I was cutting firewood on the farmers land down the road and of course Dusty had to go too. When we got there Dusty took off running through the woods and having fun and I started cutting down a huge dead oak tree. I downed the tree and was cutting it up in logs when I discovered I felled the tree on my best buddy. In tears I had to cut the tree off of him and load his dead body in my Jeep. This happened 30 plus years ago and I still cry whenever I think of that dog.

Kalamazoo River Tar Sands Pipeline Oil Spill

4 years later and they are still trying to clean this mess up!

The Kalamazoo River oil spill occurred in July 2010 when a pipeline operated by Enbridge (Line 6B) burst and flowed into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. A six-foot break in the pipeline resulted in the largest inland oil spill, and one of the costliest spills, in U.S. history. The pipeline carries diluted bitumen (dilbit), a heavy crude oil from Canada's Athabasca oil sands to the United States. Following the spill, the volatile hydrocarbon diluents evaporated, leaving the heavier bitumen to sink in the water column. Thirty-five miles of the Kalamazoo River were closed for clean-up until June 2012, when portions of the river were re-opened. On March 14, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Enbridge to return to dredge portions of the river to remove submerged oil and oil-contaminated sediment.

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