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Home country: USA
Current location: Behind the Hoosier Iron Curtain
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 26,596
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.
Posted by B Calm | Wed Apr 13, 2016, 09:32 AM (2 replies)
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.
Posted by B Calm | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 05:57 PM (46 replies)
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
by PETE WILLIAMS
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
Posted by B Calm | Fri Apr 8, 2016, 11:54 AM (11 replies)
RETIREE'S LAST TRIP TO COSTCO
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.
Posted by B Calm | Sun Mar 27, 2016, 09:17 AM (67 replies)
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.
Posted by B Calm | Thu Nov 5, 2015, 01:21 PM (1 replies)
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.
Posted by B Calm | Sun Nov 16, 2014, 09:55 AM (24 replies)
I had republican coworkers ask me that question many times during my working life.
I tell them the story of my immigrant grandfather who was a coal miner in the early part of the last century. FDR was running for president, my grandfather just received his citizenship and the right to vote. The coal mine was ran by an anti union, slave wage paying, no good republican. The coal miners were trying to bring in the labor union. Black Lung, cave ins, low wages, long hours and mine safety were all ignored by the owner. All that mattered to the owner was profits. He threaten the miners if they voted for FDR he would close down the coal mine. My common sense grandfather not knowing much about American politics or which political party was on the side of the working man, knew from then on that he was a democrat.
Even today there really is a huge difference between the two political parties. Like my grandfather, people need to ask themselves which side are you on!
Posted by B Calm | Mon Nov 3, 2014, 05:55 PM (105 replies)
I know here in my part of rural Indiana the republicans closed down the rural voting areas and forcing us to drive many more miles into town to vote. Now the working class voters wanting to vote before going to work will face longer lines just to save a few tax dollars.
Republican Controlled States Making It Harder For Democrats To Vote
NYT (“New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States“):
Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.
Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.
Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.
In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register.
Voting experts say the impact of the measures on voter turnout remains unclear. Many of the measures have yet to take effect, and a few will not start until 2016. But at a time when Democrats are on the defensive over the Affordable Care Act and are being significantly outspent by conservative donors like the Koch brothers, the changes pose another potential hurdle for Democratic candidates this year.
Republicans defend the measures, saying Democrats are overstating their impact for partisan reasons. The new rules, Republicans say, help prevent fraud, save money and bring greater uniformity to a patchwork election system.
“We think they’re stoking these things for political gain,” said Alex M. Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party in Ohio. “We think there’s an effort here to rally the Democratic base in a year that they otherwise wouldn’t be rallying.”
Democrats and other critics of the laws say that in the face of shifting demographics, Republicans are trying to alter the rules and shape the electorate in their favor. Those most affected by the restrictions are minorities and the urban poor, who tend to vote Democratic.
Posted by B Calm | Fri Oct 17, 2014, 09:48 AM (3 replies)
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