Why Green Acres Is The Place To Be

From the Desk of NickiLeaks   “Old McDonald had a farm With help from the GOP Had some tax breaks fund his crops With help from the GOP Got his workers nice and cheap With help from the GOP Grows some thing that no one needs With help from the GOP With a tax break here And a loophole there He’s got all he needs” This week, NickiLeaks, has no major discoveries, few attempts at humor and more of a down-to-earth look at farming and the farm bill, passed by the House this week and now headed to the Senate. The farm bill does many things. Some are even good. But not many. It doesn’t cut as much money for SNAP as the House Republicans wanted, just a 1% cut as opposed to the 5%-50% slash that the people who get more in meal allowances in two days than...

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Rand Paul Goes On The Attack Against Single Mothers and Their Children

By PBSpot Admin January 28, 2014 U.S. Senator Rand Paul, son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, went on the attack against single mothers last week. At a Lexington luncheon, Paul said that government benefits should be out of the question for “unwed mothers” who have more than one child. Paul is a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, making his comments all the more disturbing to the working poor as well as women across the board. The statement was made during a question-and-answer period following Paul’s remarks at the Commerce Lexington luncheon. When Paul responded to a question regarding workforce development, he said that unmarried mothers are essentially doomed to poverty. His solution? Make sure they don’t receive help from the government. “Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount,’” Paul told the business group. Paul said that being “married with...

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The DEA Just Doesn’t Get It, It Is Time For Change

Dear D, The DEA has gone rogue. First, an agent describes marijuana regulation in Washington and Colorado as “reckless and irresponsible,” contrary to the president’s assertion that it’s “important for it to go forward.” Now, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart has criticized President Obama for, accurately, saying marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol to the consumer. In fact, the science says marijuana is dramatically safer than alcohol, for both the consumer and society. It is unacceptable for our nation’s top drug cop to not understand the relative risks of America’s two most popular recreational drugs. That’s why we have started a Change.org petition calling on President Obama to fire Michele Leonhart and replace her with someone who will base decisions on science and evidence instead of politics and ideology. This is the same person who once refused to answer the relatively simple question of whether marijuana is less harmful...

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State of the Union – The Past Becomes the Pres(id)ent

From the Desk Of NickiLeaks “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — President John F. Kennedy   As Barack H. Obama looks to the future to shape his State of the Union address, NickiLeaks has uncovered that the very same speech lies in our past, that the speech given by a present-day-Democrat are no different than a Republican from our past. This is what the current Democratic president will say this week and this is what a different president, a Republican, said in his State of the Unions from ’51’-57. It is no different. Which is why we still like Ike. First, Mr. Obama will touch on the economy: “All branches of this Government–and I venture to say both of our great...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Welcome back to the latest installment of my Sunday funnies and factoids.  One week before the Super Bowl, most of the continent in a deep freeze of experiencing some kind of other nasty weather event, awaiting the Sunday talking heads and all they offer up, I present to  you  some tantalizing nuggets that I am sure most of you had no idea even existed.  Do enjoy.  1) Only sparkling white wine that comes from the Champagne region of France, in the northeastern part of the country, can be called champagne.  And that’s not a suggestion: in Europe, it’s the law.  In fact, France’s ownership of the word was actually reaffirmed in 1919’s Treaty of Versailles.  But here’s the loophole: Because the United States never ratified the Treaty of Versailles, it became perfectly legal to call American sparkling wine “champagne.” 2) Three men served as president of the U.S. in 1841: William...

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Federal Government To Let Banks Work With Marijuana Businesses

  Posted by Johnny Green at 5:35 PM on January 23, 2014  Marijuana Business News   There was a lot of big marijuana news that occurred this week, but the biggest news came out of Washington D.C. today. United States Attorney General Eric Holder stated that an announcement is coming soon which will allow banks to finally work with marijuana businesses. Banking has been a major issue for the marijuana industry. The federal government has worked hard for a long time to ensure that the legal marijuana industry is a cash-only industry. The federal government put pressure on banks to not work with marijuana businesses, and also pressured armored truck companies to shun the industry as well as stopped credit card companies from working with the marijuana industry. All those rules resulted in marijuana businesses stockpiling enormous amounts of cash, making them targets for theft. “You don’t want just...

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If You Agree With Pres. Obama That Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol, Please Read This

 change.org Dear DTM,Thanks for signing our petition, “President Barack Obama: If marijuana is safer than alcohol, remove it from the DEA’s schedule of drugs.”Can you help this petition win by asking your friends to sign too? It’s easy to share with your friends on Facebook – just click here to share the petition on Facebook.There’s also a sample email below that you can forward to your friends.Thanks again — together we’re making change happen,Marijuana Policy Project ——— Note to forward to your friends: Hi! I just signed the petition “President Barack Obama: If marijuana is safer than alcohol, remove it from the DEA’s schedule of drugs” on Change.org. It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-if-marijuana-is-safer-than-alcohol-remove-it-from-the-dea-s-schedule-of-drugs?share_id=TPuForknsk&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition Thanks! DTM

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The Romneys – Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

  From the Desk of NickiLeaks     Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an American cult TV comedy series created by Joel Hodgson. The show premiered on KTMA in Minneapolis, MN on Nov. 24, 1988 and features a man who is imprisoned on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch a selection of bad movies and public service shorts as part of a psychological experiment. To stay sane, he and his robot sidekicks, provide a running commentary on each film, making fun of its flaws, and wisecracking their way through each reel in the style of a movie-theater peanut gallery. – Wikipedia (or Rand Paul, depending on your point of view.)   With the Mitt Romney film debuting with a day or two, I felt it best to surrender this section of “From the Desk of NickiLeaks” to some folks who really know a bad...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Welcome back one and all to the latest installment of the Sunday funnies and factoids.  I hope everyone had a great week and an even better weekend. I awoke this morning to snow blowing sideways with gusting winds so strong that no one is venturing outside today…. praying that my satellite feed holds out for the NFL Conference Championship games later on this afternoon.  Okay, running down the list……. Booze…check, Herb…check, Teams picked for my pool…check, Taco filling cooking on the stove…check, More booze…check.  Okay, I’m good.  Have a great Sunday everyone.  Hope your teams dominate today.   1) The French Kiss isn’t from France; it’s actually a slur against the nation. In the 1920s, the English derided the French as the kind of people who’d go around sticking their tongues where they didn’t belong. 2) The toilet featured in Hitchcock’s Psycho was the first flushing toilet to appear on-screen....

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Education – It’s Always Bagger in Texas

From the Desk of NickiLeaks “Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.” – Lyndon B. Johnson, Texan As Wendy Davis battles the lost boys for the governorship of Texas, she, and rightly so, has made education the major issue. They sure do need some down there. Following the theory “It’s always Bagger in Texas,” The state has made a lot of reforms recently, none of which are good. Supposedly, the broad themes of the education bill, known as HB 5, to the State Board of Education allows greater flexibility for districts and students, more local control, fewer state-mandated tests and greater emphasis on career preparation for students whose futures do not  include college. “There are about 40% of our students who we are not adequately meeting their needs,” said state Rep. Jimmy Don Aycock, R-Killeen. In other words, they’re still too smart for Texas Republicans to be satisfied....

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Chris Christie: Bridge on the River Lie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is up to his ass in alligators, and they are going to be one well fed group of reptiles by the time this drama is over.  It seems that Mr. Christie has himself embroiled in a scandal that may well end his political career and leave his aspirations for residence in D.C. nothing more than a fleeting flight of fancy.  In a revenge play that was so unnecessary and so dripping with paranoia that even Richard Nixon would have mustered a rare smile at the idiocy of it, Christie found himself at the center of a national spotlight glare that for a possible Presidential candidate must be as unwelcome as another super storm.  This has to be one of the quickest morphing stories I have come across in some time.  Even as I type, a new layer is peeled from the onion and what began as a...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids: The Led Zeppelin Edition

This week I decided to go off the beaten path and go with a musical theme.  Rock genius, Jimmy Page celebrated his 70th birthday this week which gave me the idea to do this subject matter.  I was listening to some Zeppelin last night and decided to check out when their first album was released…….to my surprise, it was Jan. 12, 1969……..45 years ago today.  That clinched it for me.  It was an omen if you will…a message to do it.  That being said, off we go on some Zeppelin facts that may not be well-known to many.  1) Jimmy Page has said that the first self-titled Led Zeppelin album only took 35 hours to produce and mix, and cost £1,750 to produce, including the artwork. That’s roughly $2,800 at today’s exchange rate.  2) The idea for the band’s name came from Keith Moon. Before Page joined the Yardbirds,...

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Congress Cleans House on Clean Air

From the Desk of NickiLeaks, by Nick Vanocur “In 1970 — 2 1/2 years ago — I sent a sweeping, 37-point environmental message to the Congress, proposing a wide range of pioneering new legislation to control air and water pollution and to provide more parks and open spaces within reach of urban areas. In 1971 I sent a second major environmental message, again proposing comprehensive water pollution control legislation, which would allow the Nation to achieve clean water without causing inflationary pressures. I also recommended new initiatives to control ocean dumping, pesticides, toxic substances, noise, strip mining, and power plant siting. In a third major environmental message in 1972 I urged a number of additional measures, including a tax on harmful emissions of sulfur oxides, controls over underground disposal of toxic pollutants and sediment from construction, and a measure to protect endangered species. These many proposals I have made, if...

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Rand Paul: Is He the Most Out of Touch Man in America?

Well, well, well, here we go again.  The mouth that roared let it fly again and in so doing shows at the best a tenuous grasp of the truth or at worst a public display of base pandering the comes off as slightly less embarrassing than a full on session of nationally broadcast public masturbation.  Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hit the airwaves this weekend to decry extensions of unemployment benefits to those among us are quite obviously in dire need.  Mr. Paul maintained that to do so would only do a great ‘disservice’ to the unemployed across the nation.  It would essentially keep them on their sofas unwillingly to seek gainful employment.  What a crock, sir.  I am sure they want nothing more than to eke out an existence surviving on cheap processed food or skipping meals entirely in order to keep the electrical bill paid.  Laughing at their good fortune as...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids: NFL Wildcard Edition

After losing my nest egg on the Eagles last night to Drew Brees and the boys from Nohlans, I decide to write this week’s edition of TSF&Fs about football teams and the cities from where they hail.  I will get to it as soon as I finish plastering the drywall where I punched a hole in it last night after the game winning field goal with 0:00 left on the clock.  1) Indianapolis became only the second playoff team to rally from at least a 28 point deficit.  Buffalo rallied from 32 points behind to beat Houston 41-38 in January 1993, though that one required overtime. 2) The New Orleans Saints had never won a road playoff game in the history of the franchise since their inception in 1967, until last evening that is.  3) The Philadelphia Eagles STILL do not have a Super Bowl victory since their purchase in 1933 for $2,500.00. ...

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REPUBLICANS OUTRAGED BY NEW YORK TIMES REVELATIONS: AMERICA SHOCKED REPUBLICANS CAN READ

From the Desk of NickiLeaks  REPUBLICANS OUTRAGED BY NEW YORK TIMES REVELATIONS      AMERICA SHOCKED REPUBLICANS CAN READ     After several members of Congress spit out their coffee reading The New York Times’ special investigation into the events in Benghazi, they ran over their maids and rushed back to the Hill for immediate damage control and advice from the Koch brothers. It was decided to hold an immediate press conference. Eventually, members of the press decided to go anyway. “In opening, I’d like to thank you ladies and gentlemen of the members of this hand-picked Extra Special House Committee to Get To The Bottom of What Never Really Happened in Benghazi and members of the true media – and by press I mean Fox News, for coming here today” said committee Chairman Darrell Issa.  “In opening, I would like America to know that the Republican members of this committee will not...

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‘Yellow Journalism’ and Cannabis Propaganda

‘Yellow Journalism’ and Cannabis Propaganda This paper will cover the propaganda and ‘Yellow Journalism’ used to vilify Cannabis ! Hearst knew the difference between Cannabis and Hemp, and he wanted to vilify both simply due to Greed and Racism ! I’ve included links to show all of the cultures that he was racist against (Mexicans, Blacks. Jazz musicians etc.)! Hearst was also a cut-throat as far as his businesses were concerned, he’d do whatever it took to win!  Again, I’m going to let the links speak for themselves and I hope that you enjoy ! The last two links apply to Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon !   http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/history/e1910/harrisonact.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism http://www.pbs.org/crucible/frames/_journalism.html http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring03/Dyal/Page2.htm http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/spring04/vance/yellowjournalism.html http://j100history9.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/the-history-of-yellow-journalism/ http://www.examiner.com/article/a-brief-history-of-yellow-journalism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yellow_Kid http://www.neponset.com/yellowkid/ http://cartoons.osu.edu/digital_albums/yellowkid/              Samples of ‘Yellow Journalism’ http://www.onlineconcepts.com/pulitzer/yellow.htm http://bookpreview.info/world-war-d/the-build-up-to-the-war-on-drugs/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0XfxtMBF8A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzW04lvLuTM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcS4aLKOZ5U http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~sg85nc8p/pubenem.html http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/celebrity/wm_randolph_hearst/1_index.html http://thehemppress.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/la-cucaracha-marijuana-pancho-villa-william-randolph-hearst-a-recipe-for-propaganda/ http://brasscheck.com/seldes/lords17.html http://www.zpub.com/sf/history/will2.html http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=titles%2c+Cannabis+propaganda+films&qpvt=titles%2c+Cannabis+propaganda+films&FORM=IGRhttp://www.reefermadnessteachingmuseum.org/ReeferMadness/gorefiles.htm http://reefermadnessmuseum.org/chap10/Why-the-Gore-File.htm http://billstclair.com/hemplie.html http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/anslng1.htm http://www.ukcia.org/potculture/20/lies.html http://www.reefermadnessteachingmuseum.org/ReeferMadness/anslingerslie.htm http://www.reefermadness.org/propaganda/essay.html http://www.reefermadness.org/propaganda/essay2.html http://www.reefermadnessteachingmuseum.org/ReeferMadness/gorefiles2.htm http://phys.org/print205749537.html http://www.herbmuseum.ca/node/1578...

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On This Day, Jan. 30, 1948: Mohandas Gandhi Assassinated

Mohandas Gandhi, the world’s chief advocate of non-violence, is assassinated in New Delhi by a terrorist sponsored by a right-wing Hindu militia group. The murder came only 10 days after a failed attempt on Gandhi‘s life. Thirty-nine-year-old Nathuram Godse shot the great Indian leader as he made his way through a small crowd to lead a prayer session. The father of Indian independence had angered Hindu extremists by his efforts to bring peace in the wake of the British withdrawal from India. Muslims and Hindus had been fighting a civil war since the decision to the Muslim-dominated western region of India had become separated as Pakistan. Religious-inspired riots were breaking out all over India when Gandhi went on a hunger strike in September 1947. The fast almost killed Gandhi but it successfully suspended the fighting. However, he was forced to fast again in January in order to finally bring the sides together...

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On This Day, Jan. 29, 1979: A Mass Shooter Who Breaks the Mold

* What makes this story of particular interest is the shooter in this tragic incident was a young woman. Most mass shootings are perpetrated by males* Brenda Spencer kills two men and wounds nine children as they enter the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. Spencer blazed away with rifle shots from her home directly across the street from the school. After 20 minutes of shooting, police surrounded Spencer’s home for six hours before she surrendered. Asked for some explanation for the attack, Spencer allegedly said, “I just don’t like Mondays. I did this because it’s a way to cheer up the day. Nobody likes Mondays.” Spencer was only 16 years old at the time of her murderous attack. She was a problem child who was widely known as a drug abuser with a violent streak. She repeatedly broke the windows at the Cleveland school with her BB gun....

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OnThis Day, Jan. 28, 1986: Challenger, Where Were You When?

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger‘s launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off. Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa’s family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors. In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

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On This Day, Jan. 27, 1975: The Church Committee

A bipartisan Senate investigation of activities by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is launched by a special congressional committee headed by Senator Frank Church of Idaho. On November 20, the committee released its report, charging both U.S. government agencies with illegal activities. The committee reported that the FBI and the CIA had conducted illegal surveillance of several hundred thousand U.S. citizens. The CIA was also charged with illegally plotting to assassinate foreign leaders, such as Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile. In 1973, Allende was killed in a coup that the CIA secretly helped organize. The Senate committee also reported that the CIA had maintained a secret stockpile of poisons despite a specific presidential order to destroy the substances.               See also….. Julian Assange           http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange Edward Snowden     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden Glenn Greenwald     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Greenwald   Also...

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On This Day, Jan. 26, 1995: Russia’s Fail Safe Nearly Fails

Russia’s early-warning defense radar detects an unexpected missile launch near Norway, and Russian military command estimates the missile to be only minutes from impact on Moscow. Moments later, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, his defense minister, and his chief of staff were informed of the missile launch. The nuclear command systems switched to combat mode, and the nuclear suitcases carried by Yeltsin and his top commander were activated for the first time in the history of the Soviet-made weapons system. Five minutes after the launch detection, Russian command determined that the missile’s impact point would be outside Russia’s borders. Three more minutes passed, and Yeltsin was informed that the launching was likely not part of a surprise nuclear strike by Western nuclear submarines. These conclusions came minutes before Yeltsin and his commanders should have ordered a nuclear response based on standard launch on warning protocols. Later, it was revealed that...

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On This Day, Jan. 25, 1919: Prohibition Takes Effect

The first Prohibition law in the history of the United States is passed in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. The bill stated that all persons convicted of retailing “spirituous liquors” would be fined at the “discretion of the court” and that the fines would be used in support of public schools. The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, several states and dozens of cities had enacted prohibition laws, and temperance groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, Congress passed the 18th Amendment, commonly known as the Prohibition Amendment. It took effect in January 1919, following state ratification. Despite an often-vigorous effort by law-enforcement...

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On This Day, Jan. 24, 1972: WWII Soldier in Hiding Found 28 Years Later

After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended. Guam, a 200-square-mile island in the western Pacific, became a U.S. possession in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. In 1941, the Japanese attacked and captured it, and in 1944, after three years of Japanese occupation, U.S. forces retook Guam. It was at this time that Yokoi, left behind by the retreating Japanese forces, went into hiding rather than surrender to the Americans. In the jungles of Guam, he carved survival tools and for the next three decades waited for the return of the Japanese and his next orders. After he was discovered in 1972, he was finally discharged and sent home to Japan, where he was hailed as a national hero. He subsequently married and returned to Guam for his honeymoon. His...

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On This Day, Jan. 23, 1997: Albright Becomes Secretary of State

The day after her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Madileine Albright is sworn in as America’s first female secretary of state by Vice President Al Gore at the White House. As head of the U.S. State Department, Albright was the highest ranking female official in U.S. history, a distinction that led some to declare that the “glass ceiling” preventing the ascension of women in government had been lifted. Albright was born Maria Jana Korbelova in Czechoslovakia in 1937 and fled to the United States with her family in 1948 after the communist takeover. She studied law and government at Columbia University in New York City and graduated with a Ph.D. During the 1970s, she served as a staff member on the National Security Council and at the White House and in 1989 became president of the nonprofit Center for National Policy. In January 1993, she was appointed the...

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On This Day, Jan. 22, 1973: Roe v Wade

On This Day January 22, 1973: Roe v Wade Roe v Wade was the landmark decision made by the Supreme Court in over turning a Texas interpretation of abortion and made abortions legal in the United States.  The Row v Wade decision held that a woman, with her doctor, could choose to abort (terminate) in the earlier stages of her pregnancy without restrictions, but with restrictions in the latter stages, based on the right to privacy.  Years later after this historic decision was handed down, the battle to circumvent this law rages on, both on the state and federal level.             Read more:   http://womenshistory.about.com/od/abortionuslegal/p/roe_v_wade.htm http://www.lawnix.com/cases/roe-wade.html http://www.casebriefsummary.com/roe-v-wade/ http://ww.streetlaw.org/en/landmark/cases/roe_v_wade http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1971/1971_70_18/  

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On This Day, Jan. 21, 1977: Carter Pardons Draft Dodgers

On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam War draft dodgers. During his presidential campaign, Carter had announced his intention to pardon those who had failed to register for the draft or left the country to  avoid service.  In a televised debate with incumbent President Gerald Ford, Carter proposed to implement a blanket pardon, in contrast to Ford’s  more selective clemency plan.  Carter interpreted pardon as meaning that  what you did, whether it’s right or wrong, you’re forgiven for it. And I do advocate a pardon for draft evaders to bring about an end to the  divisiveness that has occurred in our country as a result of the Vietnam War.  On his second day in office, January 21, 1977, he followed through on his promise. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at  Annapolis, Carter served on battleships and submarines for eight years,  although he did not...

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On This Day, Jan. 20, 2009: Barack Obama Inaugurated

On this day  January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of The United states. He was born on August 4, 1961 to an African Father and a white American mother. He is the first African American to hold the highest executive office in the land. President Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He is married to his wife of 21 years Michelle,  they have two daughters Malia and Natasha (Sasha) Obama.   The Obamas dance to ‘At Last’ at one of the inaugural balls. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-pzlZPRvx8   Read more about Barack Obama here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama   Also on this day Arafat elected leader of Palestine, 1996   Ronald Reagan becomes president, 1981   Bullfight spectators die when bleachers collapse, 1980   Country star Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Grand Ole Opry, 1973   John F. Kennedy inaugurated, 1961   sources:...

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On This Day, Jan. 18, 1950: China Recognizes Vietnam

People’s Republic of China formally recognizes the communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam and agrees to furnish it military assistance; the Soviet Union extended diplomatic recognition to Hanoi on January 30. China and the Soviet Union provided massive military and economic aid to North Vietnam, which enabled North Vietnam to fight first the French and then the Americans. Chinese aid to North Vietnam between 1950 and 1970 is estimated at $20 billion. It is thought that China provided approximately three-quarters of the total military aid given to Hanoi since 1949, with the Soviets providing most of the rest. It would have been impossible for the North Vietnamese to continue the war without the aid from both the Chinese and Soviets.     Also on this day. GM auctions off historic cars, 2009 Barry arrested on drug charges, 1990 Heavy rain leads to landslides in Southern California, 1969  NHL is integrated,...

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On This Day, Jan.17, 1950: The Great Brinks Robbery

On this day in 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the perfect crime–almost–as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired. The robbery’s mastermind was Anthony “Fats” Pino, a career criminal who recruited a group of 10 other men to stake out the depot for 18 months to figure out when it held the most money. Pino’s men then managed to steal plans for the depot’s alarm system, returning them before anyone noticed they were gone. Wearing navy blue coats and chauffeur’s caps–similar to the Brinks employee uniforms–with rubber Halloween masks, the thieves entered the depot with copied keys, surprising and tying up several employees inside the company’s counting room. Filling 14 canvas bags with cash, coins, checks and money orders–for a total weight of more...

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On This Day, Jan. 16, 1998: The Clinton Probe Expands

1998 – Three federal judges secretly granted Kenneth Starr authority to probe whether U.S. President Clinton or Vernon Jordan urged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her relationship with Clinton.  As a result of the issues surrounding his personal indiscretions with Ms. Lewinsky, Clinton became the second US president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.  He later tried in the Senate.  He was found not guilty of the charges brought against him. Clinton subsequently apologized for his actions and continued to have an unprecedented popular approval rating for his job of president. source: whitehouse.gov.   And in the honorable mention category On This Day: 1547 Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia 1759 The British Museum opened 1883 The Pendleton Act went into effect 1920 Prohibition 1961 Mickey Mantle signed a contract to become the highest paid baseball player in the in The American League. His contract...

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On This Day, Jan.15, 1967: Super Bowl I

The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, later known as Super Bowl I and referred to in some contemporary reports as the Supergame, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packersdefeated the American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35–10. Coming into this game, considerable animosity remained between the AFL and NFL, thus the teams representing the two rival leagues (Kansas City and Green Bay, respectively) felt pressure to win. The Chiefs posted an 11–2–1 record during the 1966 AFL season, and defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31–7, in 1966 AFL Championship Game. The Packers finished the1966 NFL season at 12–2, and defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34–27, in the 1966 NFL Championship Game. Still, many sports writers and fans believed any team in the older NFL was vastly superior to any club in the upstart AFL, so expected Green Bay would blow out Kansas City. The first half...

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On This Day, Jan. 14, 1942: Allied Leaders Meet

On this day, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt meet in Casablanca, Morocco, along with the Combined Chiefs of Staff, to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. This meeting marked the first time an American president left American soil during wartime. Participants also included leaders of the French government-in-exile, Gen. Charles de Gaulle and Gen. Henri Giraud, who were assured of a postwar united France. The success of the North Africa invasion, which resulted in the defeat of Vichy French forces, compelled President Roosevelt to meet with Prime Minister Churchill (Joseph Stalin, president and dictator of the USSR, declined an invitation to attend) to confer on how best to push forward an end to the war. Top priority was given to destroying German U-boat patrols in the Atlantic and launching combined bombing missions. Most important, in a controversial declaration, they announced that the Allies would accept...

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On This Day, Jan. 13, 1968: Cash Returns to Folsom

Born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, Johnny Cash joined the Air Force in 1950 and trained in Texas..where he met his first wife. Cash learned to translate Russian morse code while in the Air Force. After his service and discharge, he formed a band and landed a record deal. By the early 1960s, he was a musical superstar, known for his innovative hit songs with gospel undertones, Cash stated that he never performed without wearing black, as he thought wearing black brought him good luck because he wore a black T-shirt and jeans to his first gig ever. In 1967, he married June Carter. Cash was father to five children.  He recorded his last track of his final album a week before his death in 2003. Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom for the second time on January 13, 1968. Full album follows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO9EUBh_H74   In the highly...

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On This Day, Jan. 12th, 2010: The Haiti Earthquake

On this day in 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastates the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake, which was the strongest to strike the region in more than 200 years, left over 200,000 people dead and some 895,000 Haitians homeless. The earthquake hit southern Haiti at 4:53 p.m. local time. The nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, a densely populated city located about 15 miles from the quake’s epicenter, suffered widespread devastation. Countless dwellings were reduced to rubble, while hospitals, churches and schools collapsed and roads were blocked with debris. Numerous government structures were heavily damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace, parliament building and main prison. (At the time of the quake, Haiti lacked a national building code, and many structures were shoddily constructed.) In the aftermath of the quake, amidst fears that victims’ decomposing corpses could spread disease, trucks picked up thousands of bodies and dumped them into mass...

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On This Day, Jan. 11th, 2008: Bank of America Buys Countrywide

  2008 U.S.A. Bank Of America 11th January, 2008 : As the fallout continues from the sub-prime mess and pending foreclosures in Countrywide customers, Bank Of America has announced it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock making Bank of America Corp. the nation’s biggest mortgage lender and loan servicer. This continues the aggressive buying strategy of Bank of America after buying FleetBoston Financial and MBNA in the last 12 months. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7HDmFmQRcw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPd7fCL6DH4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AHUeZZwY2M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRoRkpj3vwY    

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On This Day, Jan. 10th: Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Bittersweet Chocolate Day  This is a day many of us can appreciate to the max, today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day! Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate made with cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla. Unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate, it does not contain any milk solids.  According to FDA standards, bittersweet chocolate must contain at least 35% chocolate liquor (a non-alcoholic liquid produced from cocoa beans). Consuming bittersweet chocolate on a daily basis is actually quite good for you.  All variations of dark chocolate contain antioxidants that lower blood pressure and help protect your heart.  Other heart-healthy foods include green tea and blueberries! In honor of Bittersweet Chocolate Day, treat yourself to a few pieces of your favorite variety!             http://www.womenshealthmag.com…   Knowing that it is ‘bittersweet’ chocolate day, it seemed more than appropriate to provide a link to...

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On This Day, Jan. 9th, 2007: The iphone Debuts

Whether it is viewed as a curse or a blessing, it was on this day that Steve Jobs debuted the Apple iphone.  Love it or hate it, one thing is undeniable…..it changed the world in which we live as much as any invention has in the past 50 years.    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/steve-jobs-debuts-the-iphone   The now infamous footage of a woman texting in a mall.  The dumbing down of society continues unabated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg11glsBW4Y          

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On This Day, Jan. 8th, 1928 & 35: Happy B’day Sandy & Elvis

Sander Vanocur was born on this day January , 1928.                                                             Sander Vanocur rose to fame as NBC’s White House corresponded to John F. Kennedy and was know a frequent contributor on “The Huntley-Brinkley Show” and weekend anchor of “The Today Show.”He has served as both political and chief diplomatic correspondent for both NBC and ABC, hosted a show called “Business World” for ABC and is the last surviving member of the Nixon-Kennedy debates. Vanocur was the first national reporter to come out against the war in Vietnam and was once fired by “The New York Times” for, as he put it, “Writing like people talked and not like The New York Times wanted.” Sandy Vanocur is alive and well and living in Santa Barbara. He has two sons, Nick, a former award-winning newspaper headline writer and Chris, a Peabody-award winning reporter who has recently moved from Salt Lake City to Columbus, OH.   Elvis Aaron Presley was born on this day January 8, 1935, he...

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On This Day, Jan. 7th, 1927: The Harlem Globetrotters

          It was on this day 86 years ago that the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game. Harlem Globetrotters play their first game — History.com This Day in History — 1/7/1927history.com   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U7ywkbb50s                                    

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On This Day, Jan. 6th, 1975: Zeppelin Fans Riot

  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/two-thousand-led-zeppelin-fans-trash-the-boston-garden                            

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On This Day, Jan. 5th, 1957: The Eisenhower Doctrine

Eisenhower Doctrine,  (Jan. 5, 1957), in the Cold War period after World War II, U.S. foreign-policy pronouncement by President Dwight D. Eisenhower promising military or economic aid to any Middle Eastern country needing help in resisting communist aggression. The doctrine was intended to check increased Soviet influence in the Middle East, which had resulted from the supply of arms to Egypt by communist countries as well as from strong communist support of Arab states against an Israeli, French, and British attack on Egypt in October 1956. Eisenhower proclaimed, with the approval of Congress, that he would use the armed forces to protect the independence of any Middle Eastern country seeking American help. The Eisenhower Doctrine represented no radical change in U.S. policy; the Truman Doctrine had pledged similar support to Greece and Turkey 10 years earlier. It was a continuation of the U.S. policy of containment of or resistance...

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On This Day, January 4th, 1974: Watergate Tapes Subpeonaed

January 4th, 1974 1974   U.S A.   Watergate 4th January,   1974  :  Richard Nixon received a subpoena which required him to show tapes which would lead to evidence regarding 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Headquarters located in the Watergate complex. As a result, Sam J. Irving, Jr. D.N.C. planned to take Richard Nixon to court. Over 500 tapes as well as several hundred written documents were sought as evidence regarding this case. Great Richard Nixon Compilation — youtube.com              

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