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Guilty Plea in Pennsylvania Voter Fraud Case

OK this guy needs to go to prison for a long time (and he's a D). I'm sure Faux news is going to be all over this one.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edpa/pr/former-us-congressman-and-philadelphia-political-operative-pleads-guilty-election-fraud

Posted by NowISeetheLight | Wed Jun 8, 2022, 01:57 PM (1 replies)

States Decision?

Then how about states pay for themselves. There has long been a series of Red states funded by Blue states. The Red states have ultra-low taxes and criticize the taxes in blue states yet happily take in a lot more than they pay in federal taxes. The Southern states are some of the biggest culprits, especially Moscow Mitch McConnels Kentucky. I remember when he criticized Covid aid to New York and Governor Cuomo replied “fine then give us back our $20b+ in overpayments”.

If states want the right to vote and make decisions about peoples lives let them pay for themselves. Interstate highways should be funded federally but all this aid for rural roads, infrastructure, etc, let them pay for it.

I know here in California we are criticized a lot by the Red states. We’ll give us back the $6b+ extra we paid in then. If you think your state is so great let it pay for itself. If your state is such a great state you don’t need other states to pay your way. Right?

New York is the largest donor state in the U.S., with a negative balance of payments at $22,798,000,000. For every dollar New York gives the federal government, its residents are only receiving $0.91 back.

Seven other states are donor states:

New Jersey (-$10,334,000,000)
Massachusetts (-$9,919,000,000)
California (-$6,653,000,000)
Connecticut ($5,754,000,000)
Minnesota (-$1,896,000,000)
Colorado ($1,374,000,000)
Utah (-$416,000,000)
Virginia is at the opposite end of the spectrum, with the highest positive balance of payments. Virginia’s balance of payments is $111,785,000,000, and residents receive $2.24 for every dollar sent to the federal government. Kentucky follows with $63,229,000,000 and the highest expenditure per dollar of receipts at $2.89.

The ten states with the largest positive balance of payments (the biggest takers) are:

Virginia ($111,785,000,000)
Kentucky ($63,229,000,000)
Florida ($50,999,000,000)
Maryland ($49,942,000,000)
Ohio ($42,004,000,000)
Pennsylvania ($41,516,000,000)
North Carolina ($35,437,000,000)
Alabama ($33,033,000,000)
Arizona ($30,907,000,000)
South Carolina ($28,209,000,000)


A lot of Red states getting “handouts”….

https://www.moneygeek.com/living/states-most-reliant-federal-government/





Posted by NowISeetheLight | Thu May 5, 2022, 09:48 PM (17 replies)

TV Commercial Ideas for SCOTUS & Republicans...

If I had Bill Gates type money I know what I’d be doing with it. Starting next year there would be a non-stop TV and print ad campaign describing the Republican “Right” effect on real people with the Roe and I’m sure future marriage decisions. I came up with a couple commercial ideas. Please post your own too. Playing “nice” obviously hasn’t worked.

Commercial #1 - Two parents in an ER…. The doctor comes out and tells them their 12 year old daughter has been assaulted. They ask about an abortion pill but are told the Republicans have made it illegal. They go home and try to order one online but are unable too due to Republican legislation. Fast forward a few weeks and they talk to another doctor who tells them their daughter is pregnant. They ask about abortion but are told thanks to the Republican gerrymandered state legislature it is illegal. They don’t have the money to travel to another state. Their daughter doesn’t have healthcare because they both work at a discount store without insurance and they can’t afford the exchange. There was no Medicaid expansion in their state. Fast forward seven months and the baby is born… but the daughter dies in childbirth from complications because she was so young. The parents are attending her funeral.

Commercial #2 - A single woman is pregnant after a brutal asssult… she wants an abortion pill but a religious fanatic pharmacist refuses… She is unable to get one and a few weeks later is told she is pregnant… She is told the child has several chromosomal abnormalities and will be very disabled. The child won’t be able to even get out of bed, will be blind and deaf, and only has a life expectancy of a few years. The child will be suffering and spend most of its time in hospitals. She asks about abortion to spare the child but is given the “Republican ban” excuse. Fast forward four years. She is attending the child’s funeral. She is bankrupt now because she had to quit her job to care for the baby. The commercial explains that while Republicans cared for the unborn child they could care less when it was born. So the child suffered for four years in agony and the mothers life was destroyed. She was victimized twice. First by her assailant and again by the Republican laws.

Commercial #3 - A pregnant woman who is alcoholic is told her child will have severe fetal alcohol syndrome. The child will have severe disabilities and will not be able to have a “normal life”. The woman wants to have an abortion but is denied. She decides to carry the child to term. She has the child but puts it up for adoption. Fast forward 18 years. The child, shuffled thru countless foster homes, disabled. undereducated, aged out from foster care, and is homeless living on the streets. The now adult has no healthcare because there was no Medicaid expansion. He devolves into drugs and crime. No one adopted this child into a “good home with a mother and father”. The commercial explains that while Republicans claim adoption is the answer for abortion the reality is much different. We can even get the CURRENT kids adopted… are all these Christian’s going to adopt them AND the future kids?

This is playing dirty… but perhaps in this era of the right screaming about predators in womens bathrooms and stuff it’s all they will understand.

Note: I’m adopted and I’m very pro adoption.

Some stats from childrensrights.org

On any given day, there are nearly 424,000 children in foster care in the United States.

In 2019, over 672,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care.

On average, children remain in state care for over a year and a half, and five percent of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years.

Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of kids entering care is 8.

In 2019, one third of children entering U.S. foster care were young people of color.

In 2019, more than 71,000 children – whose mothers’ and fathers’ parental rights had been legally terminated – were waiting to be adopted.

In 2019, more than 20,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration as adults.


Posted by NowISeetheLight | Thu May 5, 2022, 09:31 PM (0 replies)

Russia Stands Alone

As long as the EU countries (and the rest of the world) condemn them and hold the line Russia will fail. Sure they can veto UN Security Council resolutions but in reality they’re in their own. Unlike Hitler who found allies in Italy and Japan I can’t see anyone publicly supporting him. Sure some countries may abstain in UN votes but I can’t see anyone actually actually voting in favor of this invasion.

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/25/1083252456/russia-vetoes-un-security-council-resolution-that-denounces-its-invasion-of-ukra

Russia’s stock market already crashed 50% after the invasion. Now with removal from SWIFT and other sanctions they’re in for a hard time. While the Russian citizenry may buy the government line for a while “It’s the economy stupid” will eventually get Putin.
Posted by NowISeetheLight | Sat Feb 26, 2022, 07:21 PM (28 replies)

Another Stupid Shooting

In Texas (where else) a two year old pulled a gun out from between the seats of a vehicle and shot the child’s 18 month old sibling AND the mother. When will they start charging these parents with leaving guns out. This is NOT a ‘senseless accident’.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/06/toddler-grabs-gun-shoots-sibling-mother-outside-walmart/

Posted by NowISeetheLight | Thu Jan 6, 2022, 01:36 PM (2 replies)

FOX News goes nuts over Satanic Xmas display

In the Illinois State Capital a Satanic Temple installed a Baby Baphomet scene next to a Nativity scene. FOX News goes predictably nuts over it. They interviewed Franklin Graham who quickly declared it was Satans war against Christmas. I’m not a supporter of Satanic Temple stuff but as an American who supports the Freedom of Religion I’m happy to support their right to worship as they please. It seems to me these folks who are screaming about the war on Christmas and religion are the same ones who want to deny other religions their rights. Hypocrites.



Some news articles about it.

https://abc7chicago.com/satanic-temple-of-illinois-display-baphomet-statue/11370430/

https://religionnews.com/2021/12/21/catholic-bishop-criticizes-satanic-temple-holiday-display-at-illinois-statehouse/

Reminds me of the Great Spaghetti Monster religion uproar a few years back.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

Hysterical.


Posted by NowISeetheLight | Sat Dec 25, 2021, 09:45 PM (17 replies)

This Should Be A Training Video For Police

With all the anti-police sentiment I’m detecting in some quarters I decided to spend the morning watching YouTube videos of good cops. After all there are over 697,000 peace officers in America, all of them aren’t bad. I found this video from 2018 that really moved me.



I’m not sure why the driver was stopped in the first place, but it turns out his license was suspended, and there were drugs in the car, but there is so much more going on. The guy was on his way home from work, to earn money to get his license back. It was his brothers car. He didn’t try to hide the bag of weed in the open (one officer says later that he was waiting for him to hide it). The driver was very polite and honest and the officers were too. He was in a program to get his life together and the officers were familiar with it.

The officers ended up having to arrest him… but they didn’t have a choice. But they didn’t charge him with the drugs, went out of their way to help him when they could’ve just arrested him and dragged him to jail. The officers set it up so he could get bonded out, go to work the next day, get on with his life.

I wish it could always be like this. I ended up feeling sorry for the driver in the end and was impressed by the officers. The YouTube comments are also very supportive of both the drivers efforts to restore his life and the officers humanity.

There are many other YouTube videos like this out there. There are bad apples in any profession… there are also good ones.
Posted by NowISeetheLight | Fri Dec 24, 2021, 05:00 PM (5 replies)

Defense Budget 2022 - Good Article

A good article from Vox about the 2022 defense budget. The article mentions how congress isn’t listening to the military and instead dumps billions to contractors for outdated legacy projects. Both parties are guilty here.

https://www.vox.com/22840615/us-defense-spending-increase-afghanistan-withdrawal

Posted by NowISeetheLight | Thu Dec 23, 2021, 10:02 PM (1 replies)

I Got BANNED from posting at FoxNews.com!

I had an account there and enjoyed posting in the comments after articles. I'm a numbers guy so I always backed up my postings with actual data. It was always fun to refute some idiot Trumpite with actual numbers. I even posted a timeline of his Covid comments from the pandemics start (that was really fun). Anyway I logged in today and found I was no longer able to post anything. I was signed in on the website but anytime I tried to post it would say I was logged out. I emailed and got a reply back pretty quickly stating my posting was no longer permitted. Considering all the whining the right wing has done about "censorship" by companies like Facebook and Twitter I was very amused by this. They like to dish it out but they sure can't take it.

I think the post that got me banned was one in which I replied to a posting about how great Trump was with the reply he was an "unqualified, failed businessman with four bankruptcies, a history not paying his working class vendors, whose only claim to fame was his ability to self promote himself and being a reality TV star". Ouch.
Posted by NowISeetheLight | Tue Nov 30, 2021, 11:35 PM (34 replies)

VA Gov Youngkin under attack...

… from Republicans. Apparently he has an LGBTQ staffer. A capital crime for religious totalitarian conservatives.

https://news.yahoo.com/wingers-turn-glenn-youngkin-over-212716065.html
Posted by NowISeetheLight | Sat Nov 20, 2021, 04:40 AM (3 replies)
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