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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