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KKK Threatens ‘Lethal Force' Against Ferguson Protesters! [VIDEO]

Dividing the Spoils

We’ve been watching Congress since the mid-term elections and reading Zephyr Teachout’s terrific history book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United. That snuff box was a gift from King Louis XVI of France. His Majesty was a good friend of the American Revolution but when he gave Benjamin Franklin the gold box, featuring the monarch’s portrait surrounded with diamonds, some of our Founding Fathers objected. They worried that the gift would corrupt his judgment and unduly bias Franklin in France’s favor.

The framers debated the meaning of corruption at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and Americans have been arguing about it ever since. Today, gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions. The Supreme Court has granted corporations the rights our founders reserved for people, and told those corporations they can give just about anything they want to elect politicians favorable to their interests. Diamond and gold snuff boxes are as outmoded as the king’s powdered wig. Now we’re talking cash — millions upon millions of dollars. Quadrupled, quintupled and then some – and it’s not considered corruption.

Consider the new report from the watchdog Sunlight Foundation: From 2007 to 2012, the two hundred most politically active corporations in the United States spent almost $6 billion for lobbying and campaign contributions. And they received more than $4 trillion in US government contracts and other forms of assistance. That’s $760 for every dollar spent on influence, a stunning return on investment.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/21/dividing-spoils

Thank you for posting this ...

we have just lost our dearest kitty named Coya ... the sweetest cat I have ever known. ..

she is the last one following us on our daily walk ...



Washington's First Pot Auction Brings in $600,000

Washington state's first marijuana auction brought in about $600,000.

Fireweed Farms of Prosser sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers Saturday, the Tri-City Herald reported ( http://is.gd/JsJp6T ). Bidding took place under a black tent fronted by tall heaters, and the event was monitored by at least two representatives of the Washington Liquor Control Board. Bidders could smell plastic bags of buds before offering a bid.

The marijuana was planted in May and harvested between late September and mid-October. Fireweed Farms owner Randy Williams had sold some of his marijuana to recreational processors earlier this year, but the auction represented the bulk of his harvest.

He said he held the auction to "get rid of it all quick" so he could spend time with his grandson instead of packaging marijuana. The harvested and dried marijuana was priced by the gram and auctioned by the strain in lots ranging from about half a pound to five pounds.

Williams said he planned to donate proceeds from three lots, totaling $14,000, to local schools.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/washingtons-pot-auction-brings-600000-26956715

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Having solved the economy, ISIS, Ukraine, immigration, tax reform, the GOP tackles the EPA

Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA

Senate Republicans are gearing up for a war against the Obama administration’s environmental rules, identifying them as a top target when they take control in January.

The GOP sees the midterm elections as a mandate to roll back rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, with Republicans citing regulatory costs they say cripple the economy and skepticism about the cause of climate change.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) identified his top priority come January as “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”

McConnell made his defense of coal, a major piece of Kentucky’s economy, a highlight of his reelection bid, which he won easily over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

He said he feels a “deep responsibility” to stop the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, as it proposed to do in January for newly built generators and in June for existing ones.

But those are far from the only rules the GOP wants to target.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/e2-wire/223398-senate-gop-steeling-for-battle-against-the-epa

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I will say again the biggest loser in the midterms was/is our environment

Mike WHAT .... LMAO



Upside: Free beer for the rest of your life for $2,000.00

Downside: you have to move to Texas


A Texas man will give free beer for life in exchange for a $2,000 donation to kickstart his beer company, Intrinsic Brewing.

Cary Hodson of Garland aims to raise $30,000 to open a brewhouse, according to the initiative's page on Crowd Brewed, a crowdfunding site focused on craft beer.

"We plan to excite palettes with historical, common, forgotten and new styles," Hodson says in a YouTube video pitching the company.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Texas-man-will-give-free-beer-for-life-for-2-000-5883463.php

In wake of VG crash, 20 pre-paid passengers decide they'd like to keep their galactic virginity

Virgin Galactic Ticketholders Requesting Refunds in Wake of Crash

About 20 people have changed their minds

About 20 people have asked Virgin Galactic to refund their tickets to travel into space aboard SpaceShipTwo, a company spokesperson said on Monday.

Jess Gilbert, senior account supervisor for the Virgin Galactic team at Edelman Public Relations, told The Hollywood Reporter "about 20" people have requested refunds following the crash of the tourism rocket in the Mojave, Calif., desert Oct. 31. The accident killed the co-pilot, Michael Alsbury; the pilot, Peter Siebold, managed to parachute out of the rocket and survived.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/virgin-galactic-ticketholders-requesting-refunds-747942

Verizon: We will sue everyone everyone - including the US government - and you too .

Verizon: ISPs will sue unless government adopts weaker net neutrality rules

Verizon is gearing up for a fight over the government's latest net neutrality plan, which could impose stricter rules on Internet service providers than a previous net neutrality order that Verizon also sued over.

ISPS “SECRETLY FURIOUS” AT VERIZON, SCARED OF STRONGER NET NEUTRALITY RULES
Verizon's lawsuit against the FCC might backfire for whole industry.

Verizon sued to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's 2010 Open Internet Order, forcing the FCC to try again. The commission tentatively approved rules in May that would prevent Internet service providers from blocking or degrading traffic from third-party Web services while allowing "fast lane" deals in which companies could pay for faster access to consumers.

But after protest from consumer advocates, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly close to proposing rules in which ISPs would be treated as utilities. This wouldn't outlaw fast lane or "paid prioritization" deals but would make it easier for the government to block arrangements deemed harmful to consumers. In a blog post today, Verizon General Counsel Randal Milch said the plan "fairly guarantees litigation."

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/verizon-isps-will-sue-unless-government-adopts-weaker-net-neutrality-rules/

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk, but refuses to do the same for its food

McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — McDonald’s is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that two children have reportedly coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.

The safety agency said that parts of the three-inch tall “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” whistle can detach and be inhaled, posing a risk to small children.

McDonald’s handed out about 2.3 million of these whistles in the U.S. and 200,000 in Canada from October through November in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

Consumers should return the whistle to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy.

http://fox8.com/2014/11/10/mcdonalds-recalls-happy-meal-toy-for-choking-risk/
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