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Name: Rick
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Retired aerospace engineer. Bike when I can, I have a specialized tricross and a hardrock. Read sci-fi.

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'Big Bang Theory' Credits Call Trump 'Fascist, Hate-Filled, Fear-Mongering, Demagogic'

Source: Newsbusters...

Viewers who tuned in for The Big Bang Theory’s October 25 episode “The Imitation Perturbation" were treated to more than the story arc of the week, namely the feuds surrounding couples impersonating each other for Halloween. Those who watched until the very last second may have noticed a very political "vanity card" for Chuck Lorre’s Productions that blasted President Trump as "a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf cheater."

Placed between the finals credits and Warner Bros. logo, the vanity card remained on screen for under three seconds.

Chuck Lorre Productions, #598

My Prayer

God, (I call you that even though I suspect thou art well beyond names and words and might actually be some sort of ineffable quantum situation), I humbly beseech thee to make thy presence known on November 6th. Demonstrate your omnipotence through us as we make ink marks on little circles in curtained booths. Of course if you, in your divine wisdom, believe a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf cheater is what we need right now, then, you know, thy will be done. But if thou art inclined to more freedom, more love, more compassion, and just more of the good stuff thou hath been promoting in our hearts or our parietal lobes - either one, doesn’t really matter - I submissively ask that thy encourage voter turnout in that general direction. Also God, please help Bob Mueller. Guide him and make him strong, brave, wise and true. And yes, I know there must be thousands of guys named Bob Mueller, so why not help them all, just to be on the safe side. Amen.

Oh, almost forgot, remind those who collaborate with the darkness that thou art the light, and the light is not above whipping out a little Old Testament wrath. Amen again.

Read more: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/rebecca-downs/2018/10/29/big-bang-theory-credits-feature-prayer-shows-creator-calling

Whether your beliefs are with Christianity or not...the prayer really hits home with not just words but with cred from the producer of an award winning tv sitcom but with its accuracy and boldness..

Man allegedly misled bank, used $200K loan on marijuana shop

Source: HeraldNetg

EVERETT — When a man applied for a Small Business Administration loan, the bank didn’t realize he reportedly was going to use the money for his marijuana business.

Now, he’s being charged with first-degree theft in Snohomish County Superior Court.

In 2014, the 40-year-old man allegedly told an Everett bank he would use the $206,900 loan for HVAC equipment. He said it would be installed in a Lyman-based storage facility that would service contractors working in water damage remediation, according to charging papers filed in court Monday.

He reportedly told everyone else, including the city of Lyman and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, that he would use the same building solely for marijuana production.

The defendant had good reason to want the SBA loan. Compared with other financing options, the loan offers lower down payments and longer repayment terms.

One problem: the SBA doesn’t allow loans to borrowers who make, sell or distribute products “in connection with illegal activity.” From the federal agency’s perspective, that includes marijuana.

Inspectors visited the site two years after the loan was approved. They found the defendant wasn’t providing services to water remediation contractors. He was running a business producing marijuana, with the necessary permits and licenses.

The bank informed the SBA that it would not have approved the loan if it knew the truth.

The defendant has no other criminal history. An arraignment is scheduled in November.

Read more: https://www.heraldnet.com/news/man-allegedly-misled-bank-used-200k-loan-on-marijuana-shop/


Have you heard, there's a lot of points being scored in the NFL!

Do you agree why?

It’s in part because of offensive innovations, in part because the league is legislating defense out of the game, and in part because there are a lot of really talented offensive players and not nearly as many talented defensive players.


It may be the defenses will get better at the back end of the season after adjusting to
rules limiting their aggressiveness..imho

judge: Videotape of Kobach deposition won't be made public

Judge was a bush appointee I believe...Anyway kohacks attorney
didn't want it shown because it might hurt the little fucker during
the election run up...And that the public's interest was served
during the federal trial...I say bull s#$t!!! The public needs
to see how this jerk has hurt the voting processes in kansaas,
how he lied about the need for more stringent voter registration

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge says a videotaped deposition of Secretary of State Kris Kobach won't be released to the public.

The Kansas City Star reports Judge Julie Robinson's ruling on Thursday prevents the American Civil Liberties Union from releasing the tape.

The deposition includes details about Kobach's private talks with President Donald Trump and members of Congress. A transcript of the video is public.

Robinson said the public's interest was served when the deposition was viewed at a federal trial earlier this year and when the transcript was unsealed.

An attorney in Kobach's office argued the videotape could be used for attack ads in Kobach's campaign for governor.

An ACLU attorney suggested Kobach didn't want the videotape released because it detailed efforts to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.


Its gonna be a tight one...


Governor----- Dates---------- Pollster--------------------- Result-----------------Net result
Kansas-------Oct 19-20----Public Policy Polling-------Kelly 41%---41% Kobach---even

Davis, Watkins plaster each other with 'liar' label in 2nd District debate

Sounds familiar? Flim flam man looking to serve kansans in any way that will make him a buck...
His own party calling him a con man with no integrity...Kansas has had too many kohacks and brownbutts
and liars and borderline crooks, over the last decade or so...Gonna go vote today...

Republican Steve Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis aggressively challenged the truthfulness and integrity of each other Monday night in a televised debate among candidates in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

Davis, a Lawrence attorney who served a dozen years in the Kansas House, said he was running for Congress to restore bipartisan work ethic to politics of Washington, D.C.

He also questioned why Watkins claimed to be a fan of Donald Trump, but didn’t vote for the GOP nominee in 2016. He said Watkins often bragged about starting a business overseas, but that didn’t match reality. He said Watkins was fond of highlighting Kansas roots, but owns two homes in Alaska and none in Kansas.

Fellow Republicans have called my opponent, Steve Watkins, a liar, a fraud and a rank opportunist,” Davis said. “We have a broken Congress and we have no choice but to fix it. It starts by sending a proven problem solver to represent us in Washington.”

Watkins, who grew up in Topeka but spent most of the past two decades in college, the U.S. Army or working as a private contractor in overseas, told the KTWU audience in a forum sponsored by the Kansas League of Women Voters that Davis was a career politician using lies to detract from his liberal instincts.

“In the Kansas Statehouse, Paul Davis has racked up an extremely liberal voting record, perfect fit for his district in east Lawrence, but not in line with Kansas 2nd,” Watkins said. “Paul likes tax hikes, abortions and higher spending. He will do everything and anything to detract you from his voting record, and most notably, lying about mine.”

Watkins rejected published reports and Davis’ assertions that he misled people about his role as building an engineering security company in Afghanistan and Iraq
. And, Watkins repeated an allegation Davis would back U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for a House leadership post, despite assurances by Davis that he wouldn’t.

“He lies,” Watkins said.

The only candidate in the Topeka studio who didn’t portray a rival as gigantic fibber — Libertarian Party nominee Kelly Standley — did conclude neither the Republican nor Democratic parties could be trusted to properly represent Kansans.

“The problem we have today is that current representatives choose to represent their party instead of their constituents. It is time to clean the muck out of the swamp,” Standley said.

Voters in the district decide Nov. 6 on a replacement for U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a five-term Republican who didn’t seek re-election.


Trump demonstrators uneasy with fencing installed at Expocentre


A measure of how ill the country is of cheetoz and its brand of sick
campaigning lies and distortions. I'd like to go just to see the hard
wired donnybots frothing at the mouth just to get a glimpse of their
hero. I've seen them at state fairs when brownbutt was around..
positively sick in their admiration for people that are stealing and
lying to them. Such a polar opposite to progressives...

A temporary fence of the type used to restrain livestock went up Thursday on the east side of the Kansas Expocentre along areas designated for demonstrators at the weekend rally with President Donald Trump.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to thousands at a Make America Great Again rally in Landon Arena, which was named for 1936 Republican presidential nominee Alf Landon. Trump’s visit is part of a national tour to promote Republican candidates heading into mid-term elections in November.

Preparations for the event include logistics of handling people intent on protesting or celebrating outside the arena. That included installation of gating parallel to the sidewalk on a two-block stretch of S.W. Topeka Boulevard.

The enclosure caught two people planning to protest Trump’s policies off guard. Both questioned the necessity of a barrier.

“Only a year ago at a right-wing rally, someone was murdered by a car driver,” said the Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan. “We now have the potential of hundreds of people being trapped between a wall and high-density traffic. Who thought this was a good idea and approved it?”


Get out those rotten tomatoes and..

limber up your throwing arms...
I'd like to see some farmers show up and ask
the yellow haired buffon just what the hell it
thinks its doing with the tariffs...

A decline in farm income accelerated slightly in the second quarter as crop prices plummeted in June. In contrast to earlier signs of income stabilization, more district bankers reported a decrease in farm income. The sharp decline in crop prices likely contributed to reduced income. In June alone, prices for United States soybeans dropped 17 percent.


President Donald Trump to hold ‘MAGA’ rally October 6 in Topeka for GOP candidates

President Donald Trump will bring his swagger and influence to Topeka next week as part of a national midterm campaign tour in support of Republican candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.

The Make America Great Again rally will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Kansas Expocentre, according to a news release sent to The Topeka Capital-Journal. Neither U.S. senator from Kansas is up for re-election in 2018, but lively races exist for the open 2nd Congressional District seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and with the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in the 3rd District.

Republicans are working to thwart a challenge from Democrats for control of the U.S. House, with a super PAC controlled by House Speaker Paul Ryan earmarking $4 million for attack ads against Democrats in the two Kansas districts.

It will mark the second time Trump has come to Kansas for a rally and his first rally in Topeka since he began his run for president. Trump visited Wichita in March 2016 for the Kansas caucuses.

Trump is expected to discuss the “booming economy that’s lifting up families across Kansas, and the critical importance of protecting and expanding the GOP majorities in the House and Senate,” according to the statement.

The Kansas Democratic Party responded to the news by launching an online drive to raise money from donors, asserting the cash was needed by Democratic candidates confronted with the “full weight of the Trump White House and national Republicans.”

Brad Parscale, a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School, is Trump’s campaign manager and drove the digital push for Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.

“As a Topeka native, I look forward to joining president Trump in my hometown to celebrate the incredible success of the Trump economy that’s delivered new jobs and bigger paychecks across the state,” Parscale said. “This is a great opportunity for Kansans to celebrate the promises made — and kept — by President Donald Trump.”

Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of the Trump for President organization, said Trump would remind Kansas voters of the critical importance of supporting Republican nominees in the November elections. The president easily carried Kansas in the 2016 election.

“President Trump looks forward to celebrating the success of his America First agenda with patriots from my home state of Kansas,” Glassner said.

Trump endorsed Republican Kris Kobach in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election. Kobach is running against Democrat Laura Kelly, independents Greg Orman and Rick Kloos, and Libertarian Jeff Caldwell.

Kobach hailed Trump’s work to reduce federal taxes and promised to lower the state tax burden if elected governor.

“It has been a great privilege to work with President Trump’s administration as a transition team member and informal adviser, and I look forward to working with him closely when I am governor of Kansas,” Kobach said.

Kelly said that while Kobach devoted himself to gaining Trump’s loyalty, others in the state were working to balance the state budget and finance public education. Her spokeswoman, Johanna Warshaw, said Kobach could “bring in whoever he’d like to try to convince Kansans we need to repeat (former Gov.) Sam Brownback’s failed experiment, but it’s unlikely to work.”

Orman said he would like Trump to take time in Kansas to hear from farmers suffering under the administration’s trade policies.

“President Trump’s trade policies and tariffs are hurting Kansas farmers,” Orman said. “The continuous implementation of Trump’s tariffs have the potential for serious long term negative impact on Kansas farmers.”

Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis’ spokeswoman echoed Orman’s sentiment about the negative influence of Trump’s tinkering with trade in agricultural goods produced in Kansas, including wheat, sorghum and beef. Davis is campaigning in the 2nd District against Steve Watkins, a Republican.

Watkins said it would be an honor to welcome the Republican president to Topeka.

“President Trump recognizes that this upcoming election and the race for the 2nd District of Kansas, in particular, is critical to the future of our nation and the great state of Kansas. I look forward to meeting President Trump on October 6 and sharing with him my plans to help deliver lower taxes, enhanced border security and higher paychecks for 2nd District residents,” Watkins said.

The president hasn’t endorsed Watkins, but Trump did urge voters to re-elect Yoder, the 3rd District Republican seeking a fifth term against Democrat Sharice Davids.

Expocentre general manager Kellen Seitz confirmed Thursday that the rally was planned. He said any further information would need to come from the White House.

The Topeka Police Department is working with the Secret Service on security measures, police spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen said.

“We feel we are fully prepared to assist in any way necessary,” she said.

Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for general admission, according to the news release from Trump’s campaign.

Kobach’s news release directed people wanting to attend the rally to request tickets at www.donaldjtrump.com.

Led Zeppelin Ordered to go back on trial in 'Stairway to heaven' copyright lawsuit.

Source: Nbc news..

Led Zeppelin must go back on trial in a lawsuit that accuses the legendary rock band of ripping off the intro to its rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven" from a little-known 1960s instrumental, a federal appeals court ordered on Friday.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a 2016 jury verdict that found that the British band did not steal any original music from "Taurus," a 1968 track by the Los Angeles band Spirit.

"Taurus" was written by the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, better known as Randy California, whose trust brought the copyright infringement lawsuit.

Michael Skidmore, the trustee for Wolfe, has said Led Zeppelin lead vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page may have been inspired to write 1971's "Stairway" after hearing Spirit perform "Taurus" while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969. Skidmore has claimed Wolfe never got any credit.

The defendants have said Wolfe was a songwriter for hire who did not have a copyright claim, and that the opening of "Stairway" — a descending chromatic four-chord progression — is a common musical convention that did not deserve copyright protection.

The jury in the 2016 trial found that the two songs were not substantially similar.

But the federal appeals court panel that overturned the 2016 ruling held that parts of the jury instructions in that trial were erroneous and prejudicial. The appeals court also found that the U.S. district court that decided the first trial abused its discretion by not allowing recordings of "Taurus" to be played during the proceedings.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/led-zeppelin-ordered-go-back-trial-stairway-heaven-copyright-lawsuit-n914831

Always the attempt to take down one of the greatest bands


Thought this was pretty cool..

How two Wichita doctors ended up delivering a baby orangutan at the zoo

Doctors Laura Whisler and Janna Chibry awoke to calls around 4 a.m. the morning of Sept. 7.

As practicing OB-GYNs at Wichita’s College Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology, they’re used to being called in to deliver babies at all hours.

But that morning, instead of driving to a hospital, they rushed to the Sedgwick County Zoo, where a pregnant 36-year-old Sumatran orangutan, Daisy, was having dangerous birthing complications.

It’s common for zoos to keep non-veterinary doctors on call for emergency situations, but this was the first time in Sedgwick County Zoo history a great ape required a surgical C-section.

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/keeper-of-the-plans/article218730195.html#storylink=cpy
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