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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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LWV provides online voter's guides for every PA district

This new website Vote411.org is the most complete compilation of voting info I've ever seen!

Link: https://www.vote411.org/

The link takes you to the opening page where you enter your address, city, state and zip code. The database finds your district and precinct, and then it displays every candidate that will appear on your ballot. This is not for actual voting, but merely to provide you with comparable info about each candidate. We should be informed first before going to vote!

Another service they provide is to email your selections (if you wish) or text them so they're handy when you need them. It's completely voluntary and no records are kept by the League of Women Voters. Or you have the option to simply print the page if you want and create your own record.

One thing I noticed is that this covers the candidates only, not the local/county/state resolutions where voters would voted yes or no.

This is an awesome website that organizes a lot of information that voters NEED and is often hard to find!


Good advice to women (and men) to avoid sexual attackers



Public Service Announcement - OCTOBER



Here's a great idea for Halloween costume



I think this would only work for a tallish man (or older teen) though. It wouldn't work for children whose legs are too short. Probably need some sewing skills to pull this off, but it would definitely be the hit of your Halloween party!

Tom Hanks to be in Pittsburgh for When We All Vote, new nonprofit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/09/12/Tom-Hanks-When-We-All-Vote-new-not-for-profit-pittsburgh-michelle-obama/stories/201809120145



Actor Tom Hanks will be in Pittsburgh Sept. 25 to speak on behalf of When We All Vote, a new organization.

The group describes itself as a national, nonpartisan not-for-profit that “brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting,” according to a press release.

It is holding a series of events in cities around the country from Sept. 22-29. Michelle Obama is a co-chair, and a number of celebrities and politicians are listed as co-chairs, including Mr. Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw.

"Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy— a government of the people and by the people,” Mr. Hanks said in the release. “It's up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn't just represent a small some—not just the most powerful—but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union."

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, Kiya Tomlin, wife of head coach Mike Tomlin, and Jim Rooney will join Mr. Hanks in Pittsburgh. To sign up to attend the Pittsburgh event, go to weall.vote/pittsburgh

Michelle Obama announced the group in a video.


Date: Tuesday Sept. 25th
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland

This website has more info on the event, plus signup: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/whenweallvote/event/8851/




Rolling Stone: Ticketmaster Has Secretly Been Cheating You With Its Own Scalpers

Rolling Stone Sept. 19, 2018

Link: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/ticketmaster-cheating-scalpers-726353/

Music fans’ ire toward Ticketmaster for expensive concert tickets may be somewhat justified, according to a fiery investigation by CBC News and the Toronto Star on Wednesday detailing a secret scalping scheme run by the ticket sales company itself. The two outlets sent journalists undercover as scalpers to a live entertainment convention this summer, where Ticketmaster reportedly pitched them on its underground professional resale program, through which it takes a cut of profits.

Ticketmaster, which is owned by live entertainment juggernaut Live Nation, enlists resellers to grab batches of tickets from its site and then flip them for higher prices on a Ticketmaster-owned, invite-only platform called TradeDesk (touted by the company as “The most powerful ticket sales tool. Ever”), according to the report. Ticketmaster gets extra fees from the pricier resale tickets on top of its fees from selling the original ticket. CBC and Toronto Star journalists were told that despite the existence of a Ticketmaster “buyer abuse” division that looks for suspicious online activity in ticket sales, the company turns a blind eye to its TradeDesk users. A sales representative told one of the undercover journalists that there are brokers with “literally a couple of hundred accounts” on TradeDesk, and that it’s “not something that we look at or report.”

Ticketmaster has sued groups in the past for using bots to grab up live events tickets from its site, which prompted counterclaims that Ticketmaster was itself supplying scalpers with bot software — which, per this week’s investigation, TradeDesk appears to be doing. “This is going to be a public relations nightmare,” popular Canadian radio program host Alan Cross told CBC upon seeing the findings, noting of previous “whispers of this in the ticket-selling community, but it’s never been outlined quite like this before.”

Ticketmaster has not issued any public comment, but in a statement to CBC, said that “as the world’s leading ticketing platform, representing thousands of teams, artists and venues, we believe it is our job to offer a marketplace that provides a safe and fair place for fans to shop, buy and sell tickets in both the primary and secondary markets.”


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It looks like the Canadians are fed up with the abuse from Ticketmaster. I sure hope American concert-goers wise up and stop throwing their money at Ticketmaster. This has been going on for at least 20 years, probably longer.

Amazon has biggest day ever on kids' Halloween costumes!



Nintendo's Mario Kart Toad kid - $29.95

So Much for the Sex Temptress Russian Spy? Prosecutors Admit to Major Screw-Up

Link: https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/so-much-for-the-sex-temptress-russian-spy-prosecutors-admit-to-major-screw-up/

Law & Crime blog, Monday 9/10/18
By Matt Naham



The lawyer for accused Russian agent Mariia “Maria” Butina is mad as heck and isn’t going to take it anymore, it seems.

Robert Driscoll was none too pleased that federal prosecutors buried on page 19 of a “near midnight” filing on Saturday the fact that they were wrong when they said Butina offered sex “in exchange for a position with a public interest organization.”

Driscoll responded on Sunday evening, saying that the government’s filing was an “extraordinary document that reeks of desperation.”

“On page 19 of a 22-page brief filed near midnight, the government shamelessly admits it had no factual basis for a proffer made in court that Maria Butina ‘offered . . . sex’ in exchange for a position with a public interest organization,” he said.

He added in a footnote that the government’s focus on Butina’s sex life has “gone too far and transformed into an irrelevant obsession.”


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Bottom line - if the judge lets her out of jail, she's gone! Don't let her post bail, she's a severe flight risk.



Every state has one, if you have a dirty mind :-)



If you have any other "naughty" town names, please add below!

After grand jury report, a flurry of new tips emerge on clergy sex abuse

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Aug. 19, 2018

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/08/19/Pennsylvania-catholic-church-diocese-clergy-priests-child-sex-abuse-grand-jury/stories/201808170163

HARRISBURG — Almost as soon as the phone number flashed onscreen at a press conference about the blistering grand jury report examining Roman Catholic dioceses, calls began pouring into the clergy abuse hotline.

The staff of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro shuffled workers around, pulling in specially trained agents from its Child Predator unit to help sift through tips about misdeeds by religious officials.

By week’s end, 17 people were staffing the hotline and they had received more than 300 calls and emails — and the number was still growing. It was the single largest surge in calls since the line was created two years ago, following a similarly scathing report.

“Our agents will call and speak to every person who has called the hotline, hear the facts and investigate where appropriate,” Joe Grace, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, which staffs the line, said Friday.


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Current Pennsylvania law allows criminal charges in some cases, depending on how long ago the incident happened, to be filed up until the victim’s 50th birthday.

There is one bill in the state legislature that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations in most future cases — in effect, adopting one of the grand jury’s key recommendations. Such efforts have stalled in past, as they often get tied to controversial measures that would also offer windows for older survivors to sue — a measure championed by victims’ advocates by staunchly opposed by the church and insurance industry, who have argued it could deliver a crushing financial blow.


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House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, has promised to bring the bill up for a vote when the House returns this fall, noting that it will likely be revised based on the grand jury’s recommendations. It’s too early to know exactly what the revised bill will look like.

In the meantime, the attorney general’s office will continue to field calls and emails relating to clergy abuse. In addition to their normal hours, agents are scheduled to work in the evenings and through this weekend.

“It is our plan to be responsive to every single call,” Grace said.

Anyone with information can contact the Clergy Abuse Hotline by calling 888-538-8541 (a toll-free number) or sending an email to info@attorneygeneral.gov.


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