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My LTTE on the coming rightwing fury about the "Obama ending farm chores" nonsense

Farm chores, oh the outrage

Lookee Pa' it's another one of them fake rightwing outrage stories a'coming.

The new Department of Labor proposed law revisions are years in the making with considerable input from the farming community.

Lookee Pa', facts:

“the proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents”, the Department of Labor stated in a press release last August (2011).

75 percent of the job-related fatalities for workers under 16 are from agricultural work.

The list of farm jobs that children under age 16 cannot be hired to do by nonfamily farms include: pesticide handling, timber operations, work around manure pits, and storage bins. Farm workers under 16 would no longer be able to harvest, cultivate, or cure tobacco.

If you hear it any different way it may just be the wind in the corn talking ya.

With 13 picks in 7 rounds for the Browns.... this could be the year!!

(fingers crossed)

I am keeping my phone open and fully charged starting Thursday at 7 PM.

This is my 23rd year of being "draft eligible" so, I mean seriously the lack of calls at this point is getting to be an old joke (I am looking at you Tom Heckert), this HAS to be the year....right?

Are you smarter than a Fox News viewer?

In 2005 the United States’ National Academies of Science joined the national science academies of Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom in making a joint statement about climate change. As to the reality of climate change, the academies stated: "Carbon dioxide levels have increased from 280 ppm in 1750 to over 375 ppm today - higher than any previous levels that can be reliably measured (i.e. in the last 420,000 years). Increasing greenhouse gases are causing temperatures to rise; the Earth’s surface warmed by approximately 0.6 centigrade degrees over the twentieth century." Fifty-four percent recognized that most scientists think that climate change is occurring. Sixty percent of daily Fox News viewers (compared with 25 percent CNN viewers) were wrong about the views of most scientists on this issue.

The Troubled Assets Relief Program won the support first of the Senate, on Oct. 1, 2008 and of the House, on Oct. 3, 2008. President Bush quickly signed the bill, called the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. But when asked which President had started the program, 40 percent believed incorrectly that TARP was started under President Obama, not under President George W. Bush. Fifty-five percent were correct that the program began under Bush. Forty-seven percent of Fox viewers were misinformed on this issue, but they came in third after those who get their daily news from network TV (51 percent) and from public broadcasting - NPR or PBS - (48 percent)

The stimulus legislation included about $288 billion in tax cuts. A modest majority of 54 percent of voters believed there were no tax cuts in the stimulus legislation, while 43 percent knew that it did include tax cuts. Sixty-three percent of Fox News viewers thought that the stimulus included no tax cuts. Some 52 percent of Network TV viewers were wrong, and newspapers and news magazine readers came in third at 47 percent. PBS/NPR audiences were best informed on this question.

According to the Tax Policy Center, 97 percent of US households saw their income taxes decrease. The center estimates that the Obama tax cuts saved these households and average of $1,179 in 2009. But only 10 percent of voters were aware that their taxes had gone down. A substantially larger number – 38 percent – even believed that their federal income taxes have gone up during the Obama administration. Another 48 percent thought their taxes had stayed the same. Forty-nine percent of Fox viewers thought that their taxes had gone up. Some 38 percent of network TV viewers (same as the national average) got it wrong, and 36 percent of NPR/PBS audiences got it wrong.

A total of 42 percent of voters believed either that Obama was not born in the US (15 percent) or that it is unclear whether he was or not (27 percent). Among daily Fox News viewers, that figure is 63 percent. Fifty-six percent of all of those surveyed knew it is clear that Obama was born in the United States. Some 45 percent of newspaper and news magazine readers got the question wrong, as did 43 percent of network TV news viewers.


Va. (State Police) investigates voter fraud

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

As Virginia legislators hotly debated a voter ID bill that narrowly passed the General Assembly, many were unaware of a state police investigation that, so far, has resulted in charges against 38 people statewide for voter fraud. Warrants have been obtained for a 39th person who can't be located.

A majority of those cases already have resulted in convictions, and 26 additional cases are still being actively investigated nearly 3˝ years after the state Board of Elections forwarded more than 400 voter and election fraud allegations from 62 cities and counties to Virginia State Police for individual investigation.

"If we have a widespread number of felons showing up to vote when they can't, then the voter ID law is not going to fix that," Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) added.

"If someone tells someone that they can vote, and they believe it, and they present themselves and don't change their identity, then that might be a mistake," Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, (D-Richmond) said. "But that's not voter fraud in the sense that we were told that it existed."

Read more: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2012/apr/22/tdmain01-va-investigates-voter-fraud-ar-1859666/

There were just under 3,000,000 votes cast in Virginia in 2008

--From link on the original story--
Fraud complaints

Voter fraud complaints investigated in Virginia from 2008 general election*

Still active 26

Unfounded 119

Closed with arrest 38

Inactive 1

Inactive WOF 1

Closed service 29

Prosecution declined 194

Total 408


Active: cases still under investigation

Unfounded: investigation reveals event did not occur

Closed with arrest: alleged offender has been arrested

Inactive: no investigative leads exist or all leads have been exhausted

Inactive WOF: case successfully concluded with a warrant on file, but no arrest because offender can't be located

Closed service: inquiry incomplete with no further police action necessary

Prosecution declined: case where commonwealth's attorney declined prosecution


Chuck Colson

Colson authored the 1971 memo listing Nixon's major political opponents, later known as Nixon's Enemies List. A quip that "Colson would walk over his own grandmother if necessary" mutated into claims in news stories that Colson had boasted that he would run over his own grandmother to re-elect Nixon.[8] In a February 13, 1973 conversation, Colson told Nixon that he had always had “a little prejudice.”[9] Plotz reports that Colson sought to hire Teamsters thugs to beat up anti-war demonstrators.[7] Colson also proposed firebombing the Brookings Institution and stealing politically damaging documents while firefighters put the fire out.[10][11][12]

Colson's voice, from archives from April 1969, was heard in the 2004 movie Going Upriver deprecating the anti-war efforts of John Kerry. Colson's orders were to "destroy the young demagogue before he becomes another Ralph Nader."[13][14] In a phone conversation with Nixon on April 28, 1971, Colson said, "This fellow Kerry that they had on last week...He turns out to be really quite a phony."

Watergate and Ellsberg scandals

Colson also became involved in the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP or CREEP). At a CRP meeting on March 21, 1971, it was agreed to spend $250,000 on "intelligence gathering" on the Democratic Party. Colson and John Ehrlichman appointed E. Howard Hunt to the White House Special Operations Unit (the so-called "Plumbers" which had been organized to stop leaks in the Nixon administration. Hunt headed up the Plumbers' burglary of Pentagon Papers-leaker Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office in September 1971. The Pentagon Papers were military documents about the Vietnam War which helped increase opposition to the war. Colson hoped that revelations about Ellsberg could be used to discredit the anti-Vietnam War cause.

April 20th - Columbine and the (BP) Gulf oil spill

oh yeah and Hitler was born on this day

1999 – Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado.

2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing twelve workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months.


Your tax money doing the dirty work -- pics of the Columbian prostitute

At least three more Secret Service officers implicated in the Colombia prostitution scandal were expected to lose their jobs today as the congressional committee probing the affair revealed it would be investigating whether any of the females involved were underage.

The disciplinary announcement expected later today would bring to six the number of Secret Service employees who no longer work for the agency in the wake of the scandal, according to a federal source.

The U.S. agents and military personnel involved could also face criminal charges if is proven that they had sex with girls under the age of 18.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2132844/Three-Secret-Service-officers-set-fired-investigators-probe-agents-sex-underage-girls-Colombia.html#ixzz1sdCqjTf1

Scandal: David Randall Chaney, right, was forced to retire over his alleged role in the incident. The 48-year-old claimed he was 'really checking out' Sarah Palin, left, when he guarded her during the 2008 election campaign

This Secret Service thing is freaking me out

They were wrong but apparently the "wheels up" parties are a regular thing.
Well, I can understand the *umm* releasing of energy and I never got how people could stay THAT focused 365.

What is wierding me out is the sudden vacuum of leadership and middle management. Not that I have ever been a fan of middle management. But it does play a role.

If anything happpens (the right is stepping all over promoting it) we will hear, "Well you know they whole organization was in a bit of disarray".

Sorry, but it is wierding me out.

Starbucks de-bugs its menu offerings (still cheaper than using actual strawberries)

Source: USA Today

Just weeks after the world's largest coffee chain took serious PR heat from vegan groups and public relations gurus for switching to commonly-used cochineal beetles to color its Strawberry Frappuccinos, the company's U.S. president, Cliff Burrows, now says that bugs are coming out and tomato-based extract is coming in.

"We fell short of your expectations," he said, in a statement on Thursday on the company's "My Starbucks Idea" consumer site. "We are reformulating the affected products to assure the highest quality possible."

By the end of June, he says, the company will transition to using lycopene, a natural, tomato-based extract, in its Strawberry & Creme Frappuccino blended beverage and Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It also will drop the use of cochineal extract in its Raspberry Swirl Cake, Birthday Cake Pop, Mini Donut with pink icing and Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.


Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-04-19/starbucks-no-red-dye-drinks/54414032/1

5:53 interview with Levon Helm

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