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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Detroit Metro among airports DEA targets for cash grabs from travelers

Two years ago, Christelle Tillerson bought a one-way ticket to fly from Detroit Metro Airport to Los Angeles where she planned to purchase a semi-tractor truck using cash withdrawn from her boyfriend’s retirement savings.

When the Detroit woman arrived at the airport in Romulus on March 12, 2014, she was met by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents who asked if they could search her bags. She explained she had “about $20,000” in her checked luggage and gave them permission to search it.

Tillerson didn’t know it, but she had targeted by the DEA after the agency “received information” that she was headed to Los Angeles on a one-way ticket.

Like hundreds of other travelers profiled and stopped by DEA agents at airports and train stations each year, Tillerson was about to have her money taken away from her by the government under the suspicion it was tied to drug trafficking.

Even though she was never criminally charged, Tillerson would have to sue the government if she wanted the $25,000 back that the agents found in her luggage.


Khizr Kahn- father of a fallen soldier

If there was one speech that shows the difference between the RNC and the DNC-
this is the one.

West Virginia state Senate candidate, a veteran, brutally beaten

Source: MSNBC

West Virginia state Senate candidate Richard Ojeda was brutally beaten during a cookout Sunday — just two days before his primary — and nearly run over with a pickup truck, Ojeda told NBC News.

Jonathan Stuart Porter, 41, was in custody Sunday. State Trooper Zachary Holden told NBC News he was being held on suspicion of malicious assault, malicious attempted assault and felony destruction of property.

In an interview from his hospital room in Charleston, Ojeda, 45, a Democrat and military veteran whose primary contest is Tuesday, said he had been at a barbecue in the mountains about 60 miles southwest of Charleston when Porter asked for a bumper sticker.

Ojeda, who said he has known Porter since they were kids, placed one on the rear bumper of Porter’s truck. Then Porter asked for a second one on the vehicle’s front grill.

“That’s all I remember,” Ojeda said. “When I woke up, my head was on a tree stump covered in blood. Everyone was looking at me.”

Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/west-virginia-state-senate-candidate-veteran-brutally-beaten

Violence against democrats.

Ben Carson: I Didn’t Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position

Source: Think Progress

Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy on Friday, appears less than enthusiastic about that decision. And the real reason the unsuccessful GOP presidential hopeful endorsed his former rival could be a violation of federal law.
Carson told the conservative online site NewsMax TV on Monday that he backed Trump based on a practical calculus.

“I didn’t see a path for [John] Kasich, who I like, or for [Marco] Rubio, who I like. As far as [Ted] Cruz is concerned, I don’t think he’s gonna be able to draw independents and Democrats unless has has some kind of miraculous change… Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes. But that scenario isn’t available.” Pressed to clarify, Carson said he meant he’d prefer to have backed one of the other candidates.

Carson then said that Trump had promised him a role in his administration, “certainly in an advisory capacity.” Asked by NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg whether this meant a cabinet position, Carson declined to “reveal any details about it right now, because all of this is still very liquid.”

Federal law expressly prohibits candidates from directly or indirectly promising “the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy.” The penalty for violations could include fines or a year in jail — two years if the violation was willful.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/03/15/3760261/carson-offered-position-by-trump/

Ouch- it is a felony under 18 USC 599 for a political candidate to offer a Federal Government position to a person in exchange for their political support.

Someone needs to call the F.B.I. and report this.

Sanders packs Breslin Center with turn out to vote message

Source: Lansing State Journal

EAST LANSING - Delegate counts and Super Tuesday results did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the more than 10,000 people who came to see Sen. Bernie Sanders speak at Michigan State University's Breslin Center Wednesday evening.

Crowds composed primarily of young adults listened as Sanders leaned heavily on his messages of social and economic equality during his hour-long speech.

“People out there don’t want you to vote or to participate in the political process because they want to make all the decisions for you,” Sanders said. “They love the idea that in the last winter election in 2014, 63 percent of the American people did not vote.”

Read more: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2016/03/02/hundreds-already-waiting-bernie-sanders/81223014/

Michigan State University's BRESLIN CENTER, where over 10,000 people showed up in the cold to come see the next President.

I just watched Bernie give a magnificent speech, in which he:

1. Called for the RESIGNATION OF MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER over the Flint Lead Scandal, the Aramark prison food scandal, the Veterans Health Care scandal, and all the other offenses against human beings.

2. Outlined a vision of a nation in positive growth, with equality for all, with hope and optimism.

3. Told the audience that "LOVE TRUMPS HATE".

God that was great.
I LOVE Bernie.
He's going to make a great President.

Ten THOUSAND people inside Breslin Center to listen to Bernie:

And I'm about 1,000th in line outside.

Talk Bernie to me......

North Carolina reveals results of welfare applicant drug tests

Source: Mashable- on Yahoo

North Carolina revealed early results on Tuesday from a round of drug tests given to those applying for or living with the help of welfare.

From the 7,600 recipients and applicants given an initial screening, social workers referred only 2% for drug testing. That amounted to 89 people.

Of those 89, 21 people tested positive for drugs, representing less than 0.3% of the total number of those screened.

Anyone who has used drugs in the past year or was convicted of a felony drug crime in the past three years gets tested. If adult applicants and recipients miss an appointment or test positive ...

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/02/10/north-carolina-welfare-drug-test/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29#vc1o2JKglZqq

Another yyuuuge waste of money.

The previous article said it was costing North Carolina almost $100 per test.

To reduce benefits for 12 people.


Hillary Clinton Won 6 Out of 6 Coin Tosses Last Night.

Source: U.S. Uncut

Hillary Clinton Won 6 Out of 6 Coin Tosses Last Night.

Here’s How Statistically Improbable That Is

Amanda Girard | February 2, 2016

The Iowa Democratic caucus vote count was so close last night that at least 6 precincts were decided by flipping a coin — an obscure procedure in the Iowa caucus bylaws. And in all 6 instances, the last remaining county delegate went to Hillary Clinton. Winning 6 coin tosses in a row is extraordinarily rare, and only has a 1.6 percent probability of occurring. As journalist Ben Norton explained, that’s broken down by calculating (1/2)^6, which is 1/64 — or 1.6 percent.

If Bernie Sanders had won half of the coin flips and split the six county delegates three and three with Clinton, he would have finished at 698.49 delegates to Clinton’s 696.57, effectively giving him an Iowa victory. According to a live map of all Iowa precincts, Clinton has a razor-thin 0.3 percent lead over the Vermont U.S. Senator with 99.9 percent of precincts reporting.

In addition to the coin flip tiebreakers, one widely discussed controversy was a missing 60 voters in one Iowa precinct which may have flipped the delegate count in Bernie Sanders’ favor:

David Schweingruber, an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University, explained to the Des Moines Register how a total of 484 eligible caucus attendees were initially recorded at Ames.
Yet when each candidate’s preference group was counted, Clinton had 240 supporters, Sanders had 179, and Martin O’Malley had five and was declared out.

Those figures added up to just 424 participants, leaving 60 apparently missing. The numbers were plugged into a formula that determines delegate allocations, with Clinton receiving four delegates and Sanders three – leaving one delegate unassigned.

Read more: http://usuncut.com/politics/hillary-clinton-won-6-out-of-6-coin-tosses/

Amazing world we live in.....

Hamburg Iowa Coffee Bean Caucus

Only two weeks to go, and the famous Iowa Hamburg Coffee Bean caucus is underway.

Each patron can cast one bean vote for their candidate.

The results of the Coffee Bean Caucus at Hamburg Inn No. 2 in Iowa City so far?

Feel the Bern.

Pot Brownies Found In Local Elementary School

Source: WHMI Radio

Authorities want to know who put pot brownies in the teacher’s lounge at a local elementary school. New details reveal the incident occurred at Spring Mills Elementary school in Highland Township.

Huron Valley Schools Superintendent Jim Baker alerted staff that earlier this week a plate of marijuana-laced baked goods was left in a teachers lounge at the school. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office say one of the school’s teachers went to a hospital after she started feeling sick. After an evaluation at the hospital, the teacher reported that she had tested positive for the presence of THC- the active ingredient in marijuana. The teacher stated that the only unusual item she had consumed was a brownie from the staff break room. Two other teachers also reportedly consumed the brownies and felt ill but did not seek medical treatment.

Deputies from the Highland Township Substation recovered the remaining brownies from the staff break room which tested positive for THC at the Forensics Laboratory. The school district is working with law enforcement to figure out who brought the brownies to school. District officials say they don't know whether they were put out intentionally or brought by mistake. The investigation is ongoing.

Read more: http://whmi.com/news/article/24330


I HATE when that happens.....
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