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10,000 people died in the past year while stuck in a backlog of judges disability cases.


Webster County, Miss. — On the 597th day, the day he hoped everything would change, Joe Stewart woke early. He took 15 pills in a single swallow. He shaved his head. And then he got down to the business of the day, which was the business of every day, and that was waiting. He looked outside, and saw his mother there in a green sedan, engine running. So many months he had waited for this moment, and now it was here. Time for his Social Security disability hearing. Time to go.

Stewart, 55, set out on crutches, tottering out of his mobile home and down a metal ramp he’d laid when stairs became too much. “I’m sweating my ass off,” he said, getting into his mother’s car, his long-sleeved dress shirt hanging open. He tilted the passenger seat all the way down, placed a pillow at the small of his back and, groaning and wincing, settled in as best he could.

“Did they say long-sleeved?” asked his mother, Jean Bingham, 73.

“It was the only decent shirt I had!” he said.

He knew only what he’d been told by his lawyer, who wanted to see him again before the hearing, and that was not to wear a T-shirt and to bring along a list of medications he uses to treat the pains that are all he has to show for a lifetime spent installing vinyl siding throughout Webster County. Neurontin for nerve pain. Baclofen for muscle spasms. Trazodone for depression. Hydroxyzine and Buspirone for anxiety, a condition that seemed to worsen each day his wait stretched into the next.

Stewart had first applied for federal disability benefits on May 21, 2015. The application was denied, and so was his appeal. When he appealed the second rejection, he went to the back of one of the federal government’s biggest backlogs, where 1.1 million disability claimants wait for one of some 1,600 Social Security administrative law judges to decide whether they deserve a monthly payment and Medicare or Medicaid. “A death sentence” is how Stewart, who has no health insurance, has come to think of another denial.

Social Security does have a fast track process for people who are about to die if they don't get treatment soon.


Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children. The CAL initiative helps us reduce waiting time to reach a disability determination for individuals with the most serious disabilities.

Rape in the storage room. Groping at the bar. Why is the restaurant industry so terrible for women?


If you’re a woman, what makes a restaurant dangerous isn’t the sharp knives or the hot griddle: It’s an isolated area of the kitchen, like the dry storage pantry.

That’s where Miranda Rosenfelt, 31, then a cook at Jackie’s restaurant in Silver Spring, was headed one day seven years ago to help out with inventory, at the request of one of her direct supervisors, who she says had been harassing her for months. When she walked into the narrow basement room, far from the bustle of the kitchen, she turned around to find him “standing there with his pants on the floor, and his penis in his hands,” blocking her exit from the basement, she said.

“I felt cornered, and trapped, and scared, and what ended up happening was that he got me to perform oral sex, and it was horrible. And the whole time he was saying things like, ‘Oh, I’ve always wanted to do this.’ ” Her instinct was “not to do anything, and wait for it to be over. Because that’s what will make me the safest.”

Or maybe the dangerous place is the walk-in cooler. That’s where chef Maya Rotman-Zaid, 36, says she was cornered once about 12 years ago, by a co-worker who tried to grope her. But after years of working in kitchens with handsy, misbehaving men, she had remembered an anecdote from Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential,” in which the famous chef struck back after being grabbed repeatedly by a colleague.

I've been to Jackie's several times when I lived in Silver Spring. I've probably seen Miranda Rosenfelt before. This stuff happens at any restaurant anywhere. My sister works at a restaurant and would probably stab the guy with her high heels. She also has some self defense training.

Republican governors fear a 2018 midterm wipeout after Virginia loss


Austin, Texas (CNN)Republican governors sense a wave coming -- and they're terrified it could wipe them out in next year's elections.

The three dozen GOP governors gathering here this week for a Republican Governors Association meeting -- including some close allies of President Donald Trump -- said they were jarred by Democrats' easy victory in the Virginia governor's race last week.
"Just simply the intensity of the opposition -- I think that's what was reflected in the Virginia vote," said Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. "That should be a wake-up call to all of our supporters in the elections next year."

But the Republican governors haven't figured out what to do about an increasingly toxic national political environment that led to a surge in Democratic support in the Virginia suburbs last week. It carried Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to a nine percentage point victory in what they'd expected to be a close race against Republican Ed Gillespie, the former RNC chairman and White House adviser to President George W. Bush.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Republican governors are now trying to answer those questions after Gillespie, whom he called "an exceptionally good candidate," was so soundly defeated.
"What is driving the turnout? Is it a specific issue? Is it a specific region? Is it a specific type of voter? What impact of Washington?" Walker said, without offering an answer.

Walker, the current chairman of the RGA, credited Democratic political groups with shifting the party's Obama-era focus on national races to the state level. He cited billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, labor unions and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former Attorney General Eric Holder and backed by former President Barack Obama.
"My biggest fear is not who my opponent's going to be," Walker said. "It's how much money is going to come from this Obama-Holder group, and how much can I offset that?"

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McConnell proposes Sessions as a write-in to replace Moore


Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell floated Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a replacement for Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct and assault of teenagers when he was in his 30s.

McConnell brought up the idea Tuesday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council's annual meeting in Washington, proposing Sessions as a write-in candidate to take back his old Senate seat. He cited Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as a successful example of a write-in campaign.

"It appears as if the only option would be a write-in and that's very seldom successful, although we've had an example of it in 2010. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska lost the primary, ran a write-in campaign in the general election and actually won," he said.

Like Murkowski, McConnell said Sessions is popular enough in his home state to defeat Moore.
"So, why did she win? She was totally well-known and extremely popular. And the name being the most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general, who is totally well-known and extremely popular in Alabama," he said.

Moore has made no public indication he plans to leave the race, so a push for a write-in candidacy threatens to split the GOP ticket. Sessions also hasn't displayed any public interest in returning to the Senate.

But the longshot path to a Sessions victory would serve two purposes for the GOP: the party would retain the seat, and Sessions would leave the Department of Justice after months of public criticism by President Donald Trump over his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation and not prosecute Trump's political enemies.

Turtle is so worried! The GOP is either supporting a perverted predator or some idiotic scheme to find an attorney general who is willing to get rid of Mueller before more Trump officials get indicted.

It would be so sweet to elect a good civil rights lawyer to take that red state Senate seat and then watch their house of cards come crumbling down as Mueller locks them up.

Zimbabwe is under military control after army seizes power from Mugabe

Source: CNN

Harare (CNN)Zimbabwe's military leaders have seized control of the impoverished southern African nation, placing veteran leader Robert Mugabe under house arrest and deploying tanks to the streets of the capital, Harare.

The president of neighboring South Africa, Jacob Zuma, said 93-year-old Mugabe -- the world's oldest living leader -- was unable to leave his home. Troops were reportedly stationed at the country's parliament and presidential palace.

In a dramatic televised statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning, an army spokesman denied that a military takeover was underway.

But the situation bore all the hallmarks of a coup: The military was in control of state TV in Harare, there was a significant military presence at the international airport, and Mugabe has not been seen in public.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/14/africa/zimbabwe-military-chief-treasonable-conduct/index.html

looks like a coup is happening

As advertisers flee, panicked Hannity launches pathetic ugly smear against boycott leader


Instead of calming nervous advertisers, Sean Hannity's wild attacks on his critics will likely prompt more brands to flee his show.

Flailing wildly on his program Monday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity desperately tried to slow the advertising exodus that has gripped his program in recent days.

Specifically, Hannity launched a 20-minute tirade against Media Matters, which has been leading a campaign to contact Hannity’s advertisers to urge them to stop supporting his toxic program.

The latest push to persuade advertisers came after Hannity suggested some of Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore’s accusers in Alabama might be lying about their claims he pursued them sexually when he was in his 30s and they were in their teens. Hannity also suggested some women might be lying in order to make money off their claims.

The campaign is working, as Hannity has lost nearly a dozen advertisers, including Hebrew National, ReddiWip, Marie Callender’s, Volvo, HelloFresh, Hubble Contacts, UNTUCKit, Volvo, the Society for Human Resource Management, Cadillac, and E-Trade.

News that Keurig was withdrawing its sponsorship of the program outraged Hannity fans, who launched their own bizarre “boycott,” by destroying their $120 Keurig coffee makers in protest.

Note that Fox saw its advertising revenue plummet 17 percent in September, compared to September 2016 — and that was before its primetime host started defending an alleged child molester.

Oh yeah, it is a beautiful day that warms the soul. Hit them where it really hurts, in their revenue streams.

The psychology of smashing $120 coffee machines because the company opposed child molestation is simply

I might pick up some Green Mountain K cups for my office machine even though I don't want to drink it. I'll share it with my coworkers.

Skateboarders who stopped sex assault among Calgarians honoured for bravery at Chief's Awards Gala


Four skateboarders received special recognition after they stepped in when a man was sexually assaulting a teenage girl, scared him off, chased him down, and held him until police arrested him.

The young men — and 25 other Calgarians — received an award from Chief Const. Roger Chaffin in recognition for their exceptional bravery at the Chief's Awards Gala Thursday night.

The four friends were in an underground parkade at Chinook Mall when they saw a well-dressed man carrying what appeared to be a seriously drunk and distraught young woman.

"She was screaming and yelling. She just wanted to be out of there. She was all scuffed up and dirty," said Carsyn Wright, one of the longboarders

They stopped the man and began questioning him to determine whether or not the young woman was safe.

The man answered the group's questions, saying he was trying to phone the girl's father for a ride home.

The group, believing him, let him go and watched the pair enter a nearby stairwell.

"You don't want to really think of the worst in somebody like that. You don't want that situation to be real, so you just brush it off and hope for the best," Wright said.

More at the link above

Another link for this story: https://spotlightstories.co/teens-stop-assault/

One thing that can stop a bad guy is a good guy.

We don't need any guy control. Guys can be used for protection. The God-given right to bear guys is in our DNA. Buy some guys real quick before the liberals take your guys away. Don't use your guys to intimidate people. Be a responsible law-abiding guy owner. Register for guy safety training. Learn how to use your guy properly. Always keep your guys locked in a safe.

Message from the DNC - SNL

Get Woke with Tamika - SNL

Another Actress Steps Forward Accusing Tom Hanks of Being Nice


In the latest of a series of recent allegations about the Academy Award-winning actor, actress Veronica Warren revealed Thursday that Tom Hanks was extremely kind to her on the set of the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code.

“He gave me half of his sandwich when he saw our food supply was running low,” said Warren, who was only 17 at the time. “And it wasn’t just one instance. The entire time I was on set he repeatedly exposed himself to me as a thoroughly decent human being.”

Warren is just the latest actress to tell her story, coming just days after Zoe Tanowitz recounted the time Hanks entered her dressing room and performed an impromptu song and dance number for her birthday. Actress Georgia Moreno, Hanks’s co-star in The Green Mile, noted last month that the actor would regularly force himself upon the crew, insisting on helping them clean up equipment after shoots.

“We kept saying ‘stop it, stop it, you’re too kind,’” said Warren. “But he persisted.”

In response to the allegations, Hanks’s spokesperson said he was unavailable for comment due to the fact that he was abroad on a humanitarian mission helping drought victims in Somalia.
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